Your secret can of Whoop A?!ss

Your secret can of Whoop A?!ss

Many people are still under the presences that a yoga practice will only yield flexibility results, this is not true, and I can tell you a story that happened to me on Friday to prove that yoga practice builds internal core strength…..   I ride around in a scooter, ie:  electric motorcycle, weighing close to 600 pounds.  It’s a monster, and goes fast as well.  It hauls me around, plus often my husband and Ollie, our dog….The other day, close to home, it decided to die.  After many failed attempts to restart it, we (my husband was with me) decided just to walk it home.  We were only about a mile from home, a very doable distance.    But within that mile, was a pretty big hill up into the neighborhood.  Pushing, swearing, praying, cursing, grunting was just a few of the things coming out of me.  I managed about 10 feet of gains, before collapsing on the bike, out of breath, sweat running down my helmet, on this cool day.  We thought at the bottom of the hill, we could take turns, as it was difficult for both of us to find holds to push with.  My husband is pretty strong, and I consider him an athlete, with many marathons behind his belt, but he couldn’t push that bike up an inch.  He pushed, faced grunting, but didn’t get anywhere.  Yoga practice builds internal resilience, and deep core strength.   Upon reflection, the yoga I do hauls my own body around in space, and usually, once a week I focus on core strength.  Planking, reverse back lifts, leg lifts,...

Keeping it fresh

The practice of yoga seeks to destroy what unpleasant/bad/unbeneficial thoughts or actions we might have.  If we feel “ill” towards someone else, the practice will destroy those ill feelings, so peace and harmony will rule your days.   Sometimes when I’m suggesting classes to a new client, I get a feel for what they want, and what goals they have, so I can help direct them to the appropriate classes.  Sometimes, I get asked about my own practice, ie:  how much do I practice, what style do I practice, etc.  After all of these years, I like to keep my practice fresh, and change it up.  That was NOT the case when I started practicing yoga. When I started practicing yoga, I wanted the same place, the same teacher, same time, same day.  It helped to keep me on a routine, and with the practice, I began to notice some very marked improvements in my mood, and physical body, over the course of many months.  Often, when something is working, it’s best to stay with that sameness, and I see that time as a great way to establish myself in yoga practice.  I stay with that way for many years, until I became a yoga teacher and started to practice a different style of yoga.  This style I stayed with, and still practice today. But lately my body needs something different.  After years of “inner listening” to my body, I find it’s just best to listen, and give it what it wants.  You see, in ALL yoga, we are just moving energy out and away, releasing different stored emotions,...
Stand up Straight

Stand up Straight

If I had a line up of different people, with different postures and asked you to tell me how you might guess people are feeling, you just might get it right.  When we meet someone, we access their posture, their energy, before we even say hello.    How they are standing says a great deal about how they are feeling, or what they have experienced in their life.  Your posture can be influenced by these main things….. Spiritual growth Yoga Heredity The type of people you hang around with Injuries As a yoga teacher and therapist, I have studied posture a great deal,  and it’s impossible for me to not “read” your body.  Your posture tells me how you are feeling.  This is called embodied cognition.  Embodied Cognition is the idea that the relationship between our mind and body runs both ways, meaning our mind influences the way our body reacts, but our body posture also triggers our mind. Not sold on this idea?  Do this for me.  Go and slump  in a huge comfy chair, grab a phone or tablet, and be on it for 20-30 minutes.  How do you feel?  Companies pay huge money for their employees to sit up straight, use ergonomic chairs, or tall desks so we can stand.  Your posture is telling your brain how to feel, and if you do one thing, for a longer time, that posture becomes engrained into your body.   You don’t know why you are depressed, that is just how your body is standing, or your posture. Yoga practice starts to “undo” all that we do to our body.  Often...
Take a deep breath

Take a deep breath

Wow…..I really don’t know how I would have coped these past months without the practice of yoga, and meditation.  They have not become a nicety, that I just have time to do, but a necessary part of my emotional health.  It’s all probably something we can relate to.  It is similar to the practice of headstand.  While I’m in headstand, I cannot think one other thought, then to ground down through my lower arms, pull in my core, lift my lower back, extend my legs skyward, etc. etc.  In other words, headstand demands such attention to detail, I cannot think about a virus, or what I’m having for supper, or that conservation I had with someone, really my thoughts surround around just staying balanced.  For our mental, emotional and physical health, our mind needs to be quiet. Americans suffer from a case of ADD,” says Victor Davich, author 8-Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind, Change Your Life. “With technology, economic pressures, work, and family, it’s impossible to be on top of everything and it’s upsetting our natural balance.” This overload and overwhelm often lead to anxiety, fear, and depression, and while you can’t check out of life and avoid responsibility, you can approach things in a gentler way.  Your yoga practice can be a portal to well being and health,  as you breath, you naturally calm the thoughts.  Another yoga technique for quieting the mind is to simply just stare at one object.  This is “food” for our brain.  Naturally, everything calms down, blood pressure decreases, and your thoughts began to still. Being mindful means being present, explains Davich. “Once...
By By Spiders

By By Spiders

In my early 30’s I started noticing varicose veins developing in my legs.  As I got older, my veins got worse.  Varcoise veins (spider veins) are mostly a cosmetic concern, but really point to an underlying concern;  circulation.  Is your circulation top notch?  Here are some indicators that might indicate you have poor circulation… Numbness and tingling in extremities Cold hands and feet Swelling in the lower Cognitive dysfunction Digestive Problems Joint pain and muscle cramping & Fatigue Varicose Veins Yoga can help immensely with poor circulation, but in particular inversions.  My varicose veins have all but disappeared, thanks to inversions in the hammock.  Poor circulation can lead to other serious problems, and it’s better to be proactive, than to wait for these problems to arise.  Inversions can also help with rosacea or redness in the face.  In fact, it’s pretty difficult for me to say something that hasn’t gotten better with the practice of aerial yoga in my life.  My inner ear/sinus and motion sickness have all disappeared with aerial hammock. We have all kinds of classes to help you get started, from beginning, foundations and also some serious core work hanging upside down.  You just might find some surprising benefits of hanging like a monkey that you didn’t expect! See you on the mat, Paula  ...
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