Beacon of Light - December 2016

The winter solstice and holiday season are upon us... it is a time of great challenges and great celebration.  Read more in this month's blog post, below - Beacon of Light.

Here are upcoming events to support and inspire you through the season and beyond!  Including January's Day-Long Retreat (don't miss the early bird discount!)

• Monthly Morning Yoga & Meditation (MMYM) for December celebrates the Winter Solstice on Friday, December 16th, 9:45-11:45am in Palo Alto

• EARLY BIRD DEADLINE 12/15!  Winter Day-Long Suburban Retreat - Sound, Energy, and Intention: Sunday, January 22nd at Subud House in Palo Alto

• Spring Day-Long Retreat - "Awakening Creative Energy": Saturday, April 29th at Ananda Valley Farm in Half Moon Bay




Beacon of Light

The cycle of the seasons here in the northern hemisphere is winding down to the longest night of the year – the winter Solstice. We enter the time of increased darkness and decreased temperatures.

Yet, it is in the dark that the light shines most brightly; a candle during the daytime is hardly noticeable, but at night it is a beacon of light.

There are times when our lives seem overcome with more darkness than light. Yet these times can be powerful and transformative. Often, the darker moments are the ones that call forth our greatest gifts and the most inspiration and support from the Divine.

Read more.




Winter Retreat on January 22nd:  EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT THROUGH 12/15!

"Sound, Energy, and Intention"

Coming up on Sunday, January 22nd in Palo Alto, CA!

• Yoga

• Meditation

• Chanting and Mantra

• Deep Nature Connection

• The Life Visioning Process

• Sharing in Supportive Community

• Amazing Kid's Program with Katie Hicks!

• Includes a delicious lunch!

Special Concert of Heartbeat Spoken Word with Denzal & Cruuz Santana

Sunday, January 22nd,  2017


At Subud House, Palo Alto, CA

Early Registration (by December 15th, 2016) – $115 for adults, $95 for children ages 6-12

After December 15th – $130 for adults, $105 for children

More details on the Retreat webpage


Join us for a day of elevated vibrations, attunement to your Divine Self, and re-visioning your life!



 A Winter Solstice Celebration: Monthly Morning Yoga and Meditation - Friday, December 18th

Monthly Morning Yoga and Meditation class (MMYM) on the 3rd Friday morning of every month - coming up  Friday, December 16th!  We will explore the meaning of the longest night of the year and the beginning of winter.

• A two-hour class, in my signature style - slow, deep, and mindful

• A spiritual theme emerges from discussion and is explored through the practice

• Guided meditation at the beginning and end

• Open to All Levels of yoga experience


Location:  SUBUD House

330 Melville Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94103


Dates:  3rd Friday of (most) every month 

Early 2017 dates:

• January 20th,

• February 24th (4th Friday),

• March 17th

• April 21st

• May 19th

• June 16th


Time: 9:45-11:45am

Offered by suggested donation:  $15-30

Contact me to RSVP - or email Connie (at) AwakeningSelf (dot) com

see you there!


Yoga Teacher Training at Mind-Body Zone in Fremont - starts January 2017!

Join me for another amazing journey through the Mind-Body Zone Yoga TT and Advanced Studies program.  We have an excellent faculty of teachers, including director Lynn Cheng Kaylor.  You don't have to want to be a yoga teacher to benefit from this in-depth exploration of yoga practice and philosophy.

We've been offering this teacher training since 2009, and it is so inspiring each year!  It is my joy and passion to share yoga philosophy with you.

Find out more at the MBZ TT website 


Speaking to the Heart, Mind, and Spirit - at your gathering

I'd love to share my inspiration with your group, community, class, or organization.  Some of my favorite topics:

• Who Are You?

• Presence and Awareness

• Yoga Philosophy

• Spirituality for Imperfect People

• Creating a Spiritually Inspired, Meaningful Life

• Open Heart, Open Mind

• The 7 Chakras

• Grounding, Centering, and Being in Your Body

• Meditation

• Yoga in Everyday Life

And many more. 

Contact me if you'd like for me to inspire and awaken your community!


Event Calendar

Every month, you can click this link to view my Calendar to see what is coming up!


Spiritual Quotes


"Offer everything [to the Divine] and you will acquire the habit of thinking always about God.  THAT will change you."

~ Mother Meera


"If you are not thinking for yourself, someone else is thinking for you. Choose for yourself and become free from society’s undertow. The Universe is ready to support you." 

~ Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith


"Wherever you are is the entry point."

~ Kabir



Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Interfaith Minister - Spiritual Mentorship

Menlo Park, CA