Balanced

Balanced

Confessional.  I’m an upside down junkie.  I have to admit, there is nothing quite like it.  At first, when you go upside down, it’s uncomfortable, because every drop of blood flows to your head, in a most explosive way.  If you stick with it, that sensation goes away, and is replaced with the only word I can come up with……BALANCE.  Inversions are work, but they are also incredibly relaxing, particularly after coming out of them.  After an aerial hammock class, I’m just balanced is such a wonderful way. My love of inversions came from practicing headstand and shoulder stand in yoga class.  I was intrigued by the Iyengar yoga method, of using ropes or a sling attached to the wall, and inverting from there.  Some of you remember my old studio in Maineville, where I had a sling hanging from the ceiling.  People would come early, and get a quick hang in before yoga.  As my practice of inversions became more steady, I began to look for other methods of hanging upside down.  In New York, they had some classes using a sling type of hammock, and using those to invert.  I quickly ordered one, and hung it up.   Aerial yoga, in it’s infancy, was really born from a gal named Rebecca Leach.  She was a dancer, arobatic performer who started playing around with nylon fabric suspended from a ceiling.  People would tell her, well, that pose is just like pigeon in yoga, only upside down.  She wrote books, and began to teach it,  using yoga as a vehicle to promote it.  I ordered her books, and with...
Never Stop

Never Stop

One of the very best reasons for taking yoga teacher training is learning to adapt yoga for many circumstances.  You might not think that is important, but it has saved me over and over again. On Sunday of this past week I laid down my motorcycle.  A big pause for those of us who ride.  For those of you who don’t ride bikes, aka, my bike slid on the pavement, and down I went with it.  Fortunately, I was pulling out of a parking lot, and not going terrible fast, but it still scared the crap out of me.  Slightly wet pavement, combined with a steep turn, and slightly worn tires is 3 strikes, and I”m out.  I fell on my lower arm, ripped my pants, but was mostly shaken up.  Luckily, someone helped me get my bike upright, and I rode home. Recently, I posted on facebook about an article I found online, that described where you hid emotions in your body.  We are too good at playing mascarade and hiding our feelings, or using substances to block how we feel,  Our yoga practice uncovers these hidden and stuck emotions and releases them. “Emotions are physical experiences. We flush our bodies of everything, and regularly so. We defecate, we sweat, we cry, we literally shed our entire skin once a month. Feelings are no different, they are experiences that must likewise be released. Emotions, when not felt, become embodied. They become literally stuck in your body. This is because they have something called a motor component, which means that the minute they begin — before you can suppress...

Peace on Earth

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” Wayne Dyer     Peace on Earth really does begin with you.  When you listen to this song, it’s easy to think of wishing peace in the Middle East, or some far off place that is a war zone.  The yoga philosophy tells us that our world is directly shaped by the things we do, how we talk and go about our day.  Our “peace” is attainable when we extend good will as we go about our day.  As you shop, drive around, interact with family our “peace” is tested again and again.  How quickly can we forgive and move on after someone slights us?  The good news is that a yoga practice helps you find peace and forgiveness in your heart, even when you don’t feel that way when you first step on your mat.  I have witnessed this over and over again in my own life.  Here are some ways for you to plant good seeds and see and feel the peace you want to experience this holiday season. Let others in cars go before you, especially when you are in a hurry or are late. Pay for someone else groceries, it’s even better if you set it up so they don’t know who did it. Visit a nursing home, and bring gifts, spend time listening. Do something unexpected for someone else. Really watch what comes out of your mouth;  keep unwelcome words to yourself. Step up and be the first to apologize, call a...
Wake up your “self”

Wake up your “self”

Mindfulness made no sense to me when I started yoga.  All I knew was that I love the yoga, loved how I was feeling, and wanted to continue doing it.  But the funny thing about the practice of yoga is other things start to make a shift too.  Slowly, your temperament begins to change, and if you are a type A personality, your balance yourself out with B personality. Type A individuals tend to be very competitive and self-critical. They strive toward goals without feeling a sense of joy in their efforts or accomplishments. This is characterized by a high work involvement.  Type A individuals are easily ‘wound up’ and tend to overreact. They also tend to have high blood pressure (hypertension). Type A personality run a higher risk of heart disease and high blood pressure than type Bs. Type B Individuals. People with Type B personality tend to be more tolerant of others, are more relaxed than Type A individuals, more reflective, experience lower levels of anxiety and display a higher level of imagination and creativity. Friedman & Rosenman (1976) conducted a longitudinal study to test their hypothesis that Type A personality could predict incidents of heart disease.  They followed 3,154 men over 8 years and asked them some of these questions…….. Do you feel guilty if you use spare time to relax? Do you need to win in order to derive enjoyment from games and sports? Do you generally move, walk and eat rapidly? Do you often try to do more than one thing at a time? That is me.  In a nutshell.  Their findings? By the end...
You!  The Star of your life.

You! The Star of your life.

Approaching my 40’s, I thought I had it all together.  Work, family, and workouts were all going strong, until that is, they weren’t.  I still got my sinus infections that were really hard to get rid of, as well as the stomach, latest flu virus that was going around.  Also, the running, biking, and other various activities also left me with hip pain.  I tried traditional routes to get rid of the pain, but the only thing that worked for me was yoga.  I committed to a regular practice, and immediately began to reap the benefits.  My workouts became easier, in fact everything did.  I was non-reactive, which was a big thing for me, as I’m kind of a hot head.  The yoga took my edge off, and helped me to be more loving to myself and everyone else, and also kept those viruses away. The thing I realized myself was how important this practice was to my self care.  If I took the time for yoga, I still had plenty of time for work, family obligations, keeping up with friends, and workouts.  Without the yoga and my self care, I occasionally got sick, which usually grinds all activities to a halt.  That is why so many companies are starting to realize how important the practices of meditation and yoga are.  Your employees are happier, healthier, and get sick less often.  Companies are paying for yoga memberships, as well as offering lunch time or after work options to get your practice in.  This is a huge step in the right direction, much like chiropractor was recognized as beneficial years...
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