About Paula Gardner

Mom. Author. Yoga Teacher. Ayurveda Consultant. Marketing Maniac. Chief Happiness Officer. It all counts because YOU count.

Velvet Darkness

Velvet Darkness

I once had a beautiful velvet gown, a suit really, with a short fitted jacket and a wide skirt.  It was a deep, deep almost-black forest green color.  I wore it first to my baby brother’s wedding and then for many occasions after that.

When I put it on, I felt….

Regal.  I felt beautiful, at […]

By |March 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are you ready to see…?

Are you ready to see…?

We are often VERY reluctant to look at ourselves in the mirror.

We frequently don’t like what we see. We generally are quite critical of what we see.

Sometimes, when I teach yoga, I invite my students to face the mirrors so that they can see themselves.

People are unhappy when we do […]

By |February 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Many Moons

I seem to have lost my rhythm of Tuesday’s Grace.

Grief does this to us—takes us out of life, perhaps just SO that our focus can be grieving and healing.

And so we need to seek help in this healing, help from outside sources which, of course, become inside sources when we integrate what we’re receiving.

Take the […]

By |February 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I miss her most

I Miss Her Most….

Two weeks ago today, I posted about where I find refuge.

If you missed it, you can read it here.

I wrote that one of my most cherished refuges was my beautiful Golden Retriever Hera.

That morning, subzero temperatures in Chicago forced closure of a good many businesses and schools, including the yoga studio where […]

By |February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What’s Your Place of Refuge?

What’s your place of refuge?

Sadness, cold (physical and figurative), even great joy can spark a need to go within, to take refuge in our own self—our resources, our sense of peace, our calm.

We need a place of calm and serenity to rest…and then to renew ourself.

Although, like many other things, rest and renewal don’t occur […]

By |January 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Just ask…

Just ask…

When you want to know something about someone, just ask them.

When you want to know how someone feels about something, just ask them.

When you want to get information about someone or something or an event or an activity,

just ask.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who was raised to 

or interpreted 

or perceived 

or inferred 

or expected

or …

to […]

By |January 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Soften your hips. See more beauty.

Ayurveda (the ancient Indian art and science of health and well-being) believes that the mind, the body, the spirit are inseparable:  What we do for (or to) one, we do for (or to) the others.

And so it’s no surprise that science in recent years has discovered/confirmed that emotions manifest in the body.  By injecting dye […]

By |January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Sacred Pause

What is a Sacred Pause? In our busy, hectic, crazy lives, do we stop for a moment? look around? take a breath? stop what we’re doing and give our attention to the sky? a hug? the child in front of us? It’s important to remember this: At any moment in our super-charged […]

By |January 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Happy New Year! We begin again

Focusing on intentions…We begin again.

The other day, I got to lead a New Year/New Moon ritual at my favorite local yoga studio.

It’s something that I’ve done on my own the last few ends-of-the-year and I thought I’d enjoy sharing it with folks who were interested.

It was, indeed, lovely to lead people in a practice accessible […]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let Peace Begin With Me

Margaret Mead, renowned anthropologist, wrote, “What people say, what people do and what people say they do are often very different things.”

My Dad, in his keen self-awareness used to tell us, “Do as I say and not as I do.”

Eknath Easwaren wrote a book that he titled, “Your Life Is Your Message.”

Children are amazing observers […]

By |December 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments