Examine you thoughts, healing happens

Examine you thoughts, healing happens

This practice of yoga opens you up.  Yes, it opens your hips, legs, shoulders, and spine.  But practiced long enough, it begins to change your thoughts…….Before yoga, I had a lot of self doubt.  Self doubt in myself, in my actions, and who I was in this world.  I berated myself when I messed up, and gave myself a tongue lashing inside my head.  This became a vicious cycle that is difficult to surmount.  I think most of us are like this.  Even when I became a yoga teacher, I would fret and pray, that I could teach yoga, help people, and they would like my class.  All of that self doubt did nothing, except cause disharmony in my body, and tightness in my hips. All of these years later, occasionally that self doubt monster comes out, but I don’t let him have a say.  I walk away from each job, hopefully with my head held high, that I taught a balanced class, respected people, and met them where they were on this day.  Hopefully, I planted good seeds in others, instead of bad seeds. When I do fail, and I do, I realize it, come up with a plan of action, so I can and will do better the next day. This practice of yoga has also opened another space in my heart, forgiveness.  By examining my own thoughts, and actions, I realize when I fail.  Hopefully, I’m quick to apologize, and try to make amends.  By finding forgiveness in my heart for myself, it has allowed me to forgive others when they fail.  I realize that living...
What your body needs

What your body needs

I believe with the right movement, nutrition, rest, and right thoughts, we can prevent or delay an onset of disease that runs in our family.   That includes cancer, heart disease, or anything you might have.  Our genetics do not influence who we are, and what we are going through.  This is proven through scientific research.  We have the understanding and power to cure ourselves, and make the changes necessary to reverse what was given to us. If you listen to the body it is constantly giving us messages.  It shouts, MORE SLEEP, if we haven’t been getting enough.  Headaches shout, stop listen and breath;  sit still and meditate for a while.  I hope that I’m listening to my body, most of the time, which includes how I approach a yoga practice.  I had a very busy, and active weekend, and last night, my yoga practice was a few simple stretches, but really heavy on savasana.  I slept like a baby.  Today, I feel the need to sweat, move and challenge myself in hot yoga.  I look for new ways to challenge myself, both in meditation, and movement.  Combined with the right movement, is the direction of my thoughts.  I spend time thinking of others;  hoping their day is going well, and sending them good thoughts.  This helps me feel better, because it take the attention of my selfish desires, and sends positive thoughts of well being into the atmosphere, which change our world.  This is a foundation of how yoga works to help us stay healthy. Ask yourself, what do you need today?  Do you need to sit...
The real reason on how yoga works

The real reason on how yoga works

Yoga is extremely beneficial for our body, because it balances our central nervous system.  The central nervous system is made up of two parts: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for our fight or flight mode, which most of us tend to function in on a daily basis due to the tumult around us. The parasympathetic nervous system supports our autonomic functions such as breathing, heart and metabolic rates, and restores balance. When this part of our central nervous system turns on, blood is directed to our digestive organs, endocrine glands and lymphatic circulation, while blood pressure and hear rate are lowered. Most of come to yoga with our nervous system in a state of unbalance.  The stress of work, family, living, throws us in our sympathetic nervous system, throwing off our digestion, and rest and relax response.  If we live too long in this sympathetic state, (fight or flight) our organs, the breath, and even our mental state begins to change.  We become depressed.  Studies show that depression leads to heart problems.  Blood pressure begins to spike, and we think we can do nothing about it, other than take the pills prescribed by our doctor. We can change our health very directly by the practice of yoga.  Don’t think that easy yoga will be the best, if you are stuck in the fight or flight mode. For each person, the path of yoga they take is different.  For some of us, a challenging hot practice will be the best to change.  Yet others need the healing affects of inversions to bring...
Civilization Mistake

Civilization Mistake

Some of the ways we bring tightness/dysfunction into out body is the way we think.  For what our thoughts are, the body follows suit.  This is how yoga works.  Sometimes, a “untruth” or “meme” continues in a culture, unchecked.  Some civilization memes from the past have been, “Going to war, will bring peace”, or “Money will make you happy”.  Hopefully, most of us know these beliefs are untruths. One of the civilization mistakes that I’m tackling on right now is the meme “You get what you pay for”.  This is untrue.  What we shell out for in money, does not equal what we get in value or trade.  Some of the very best gifts I’ve been given have been free.  For instance, I was talking to a new customer about Anahata.  I asked how she like her classes, and if there was anything else that she had a question about.  She said, “This studio was not how I thought it would be”.  I questioned her further, and she mentioned that the memberships were so inexpensive, compared to other studios.  And to her surprise, it was much nicer here, that other studios.  She loved all the teachers, the variety of classes, and the atmosphere here.  Sometimes you have to go out and experience and pay more to learn this lesson. This is how yoga works.  This is how you can change your body.  In fact, the sutras say allowing these civilization mistakes to continue on to the next generation is planting tightness/dysfunction in our children.  This is why my pricing is so low.  I want to impact yoga’s teachings to...
Upside down is right side up!

Upside down is right side up!

I’m so excited about the future of aerial hammock.  For 6 years, I’ve been encouraging people to give it a try.  The benefits on your physical body, and on your mental state are tremendous.  The fabric goes deep into places where traditional yoga cannot, or it takes years and years of practicing to go into postures that deep.  The low back pain is gone, because the whole spine gets lengthened out.  I’ve grown 2 inches from practicing aerial hammock alone.  However, care must be taken when learning this amazing practice.  Many systems of the body are flushed out, or rejuvenated. Inversions also have a huge impact on your mind and mood.  I like to say, they turn your “crappy” into “happy”.  How you feel influences your actions in this life.  When you “feel” good, you make better decisions regarding healthy eating habits.  You also treat others better, because you’re feeling better.  When you are upbeat, it influences your whole life in such a positive way, it also influences the people around you.  This has a trickle effect on everyone you’re in contact with. I’m SO excited to have trained this new batch of aerial hammock teachers.  They are the future of aerial hammock.  They will guide you, teach you, about this powerful practice.  We have new classes, restorative aerial hammock, with the hammock a foot above the ground will relax and de stress you.  Half and Half with warm you up with traditional yoga, and then introduce you to inversions.  Hip Height/Low Fly is an awesome mix of weightlessness hanging upside down, and the relaxation of the hammock down...
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