Yoga Miracles

Yoga Miracles

Yoga is not a cure all, but given the chance, it will work miracles in your life.  Here are some of the many miracles a regular yoga practice has had in my life….. Generally, I enjoy awesome health.  (no colds, sinus trouble, sickness, or such the like) I have stepped away from all over the counter remedies, such as aspirin, pain relievers, because I simply don’t need them. Yoga has enhanced my relationship with my husband. Yoga has allowed me to be more open to my family, friends. I have passed through menopause, without a pill, shot, or whatever you might take. I am more joyful, and appreciate all the big and little things that come into my life. I find myself, not holding on or trying to control to get what I want…..ie:  people, things. I like to live simply, trying my best to not waste, and do more of reducing, and reuse. Generally, I am happy in my skin. I am at peace, and think I’m a much nicer person.  (I used to have road rage, now I send out love.) It sounds like I live through rose colored glasses.  But that is not true, I’ve had more than my fair share of stress throughout my life.  But I’ve also been blessed abundantly.  I look back on my life, and I’m so grateful for the people who had played a pivotal role in my life.  My parents, husband, and especially my yoga teachers.  I was accepted, loved, despite my many flaws and ignorance;  I was given the tools  that I have used to live this life well....

Creating boundaries

Something that I constantly work on is creating boundaries.  Call it my own personal values and ethics.  This has been very difficult, because I have found, that without boundaries, I have little self esteem.  When my kids were little, they were my life.  I read books, quit work, and basically did everything I could to give them happy, healthy lives.  What I didn’t know or realize, that they were watching me.  How well did I manage taking care of them, but also taking care of myself?  Taking care of myself, was secondary.  A trait that all of us sometimes fall into.  It was only realizing that I couldn’t do for them, if I didn’t take care of myself first.  For me, that was visiting the gym, on a regular basis.  From there, it gave me the power to step up my fitness level, reduce stress, and take control of my own life using yoga among other things. Creating healthy boundaries, is really about loving yourself.  Without any love for self, you CANNOT fully love someone else.  The relationship is distorted.   For instance…..how well are you at creating boundaries at work?  Sometimes, the places that we work for, hold overtime over our heads….meaning, if we don’t complete that project on time, and under budget, they will find someone else to do it, and fire us.  Usually, a talk with our boss, helping them to understand our current challenges, will ease off deadline pressures.  We need to speak  our truth at all costs. What about a boundary with your spouse?  Do you both give each other creative freedom to do the...
Gift of Health

Gift of Health

The gift of health cannot be overrated.  Ask someone who is sick, and above all else, they value their health at the top.  We all want good health, but we are not really sure how to get there.  Good sleeping patterns, good nutrition, and proper exercise are things we can all do to stay healthy.  I’m not interested in being healthy, I’m more interested in THRIVING.  Having tons of energy to go about my day, making an impact on others, and taking care of myself are top priorities. My answer?  Yoga.  Since doing yoga everyday for 15 years, I have not caught a cold, virus, or flu ever, during those 15 years.  That fact alone, speaks to yoga’s effectiveness.  But something you may not be aware of, is the health of your internal organs.  Everyday, your lungs filter the air you breath, everyday, your liver and kidneys wash your blood, and keep you healthy, and your brain works to write, function everyday.  We don’t think about these things as being vital, until they are not. Your body is a network of energy lines.  In Eastern medicine they explain it as chi, or meridians.  There are 12 major meridians that function together to keep you healthy.  You can think of those as highways.  Lets look at the liver.  Everyday the liver does 500 essential tasks to keep you going.  The liver meridian starts at the outside of the big toe, runs through the arch of the foot, and goes up the inside of the leg, groin.  When it meets the pelvis, it flares to the outside of the hip, through...
Traits of Centenarians

Traits of Centenarians

Centenarians fascinate us with their ability to live past 100 years old.  Have they been blessed with good genes, or had no stressful experiences in their lives?  It turns out how we feel about ourselves and our ability to adapt to an accumulation of challenging life experiences may be as or more important than health factors.  Enter:  our yoga practice.  Yoga practice begins to change our brain, and how we cope with stressful situations.  Most of the time, life is not extremely stressful.  It happens to be the little changes in our lives that seem to disrupt our peace.  An unruly teenager, endless tasks to complete, unpaid bills, new bosses at work, etc. the little changes never stop coming.  How we adapt is crucial to how we live. I was not so good at adapting.  I am one of those people who like to know all the facts before doing something.  I plan, plan, and re-plan, to make sure everything goes smoothly.  Unfortunately, the universe laughs at such people, throws them some curve balls, to spice up their life a bit.  Take our yoga practice.  We love it.  We come faithfully every week to Sara’s class.  We just love her!  Until, Sara moves away, or her class changes, or she decides to go in a different direction.  Disappointed, we stop our yoga practice.  But here is where a big step in yoga really happens.  If we know how yoga works, we can meet lifes changes, including the little stresses in our lives, with grace, poise, and not be disrupted by the waves of our lives.  It’s ok to like...
Loving yourself fully

Loving yourself fully

Unbeknownest to me when I became a yoga teacher, was how much I really enjoy helping others.  I came to teacher training with a singular goal: to finally rid myself of hip pain.  To start the process of wanting to heal yourself is a good enough reason to take yoga teacher training.  You learn many things in teacher training that you will never be introduced in a regular yoga class.  It is a turbo jet start to your transformation.  But what I have learned along the way, is I really enjoy helping others achieve their goals,  to feel good about themselves, to put a smile on their face.  Making people feel good about themselves is something we all strive to do, whether we help out a neighbor, donate items to the hungry, or do it everyday through our job. I think some of the most powerful jobs are which we are helping others.  This can come in many different ways, through directly helping, or indirectly.  I’m so thankful when 1 person shows up for my class!  This desire to help others should be at the core of our living.  I try to be as prepared in my training to be able to help my clients out, as best as my abilities.  That is why we should always be striving to be just a little better than we were yesterday. Over the weekend, I received an email from a client who used to come to me for yoga.  Leigh and I go way back, back to when I first started teaching yoga.  Always so fun to teach, and a joy...
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