You’ve come a LONG way, Yogi

One of the many things I love about yoga asana practice is this……The more you practice, the deeper your experience into the posture becomes.  At first, yoga just feels pretty good;  with regular practice you start to feel a better general sense of well being, such as not getting sick, or having an even level of energy, or experiencing an upbeat attitude.  All of those things are wonderful, but as you progress, the posture starts to work at such a deep internal level, that several times during practice this morning, I had to “take a moment” after coming out of the asana. Some of the postures (backbends or heart openings) activate your sympathetic nervous system, causing a surge of energy to run up and down your body, kind of like somebody dumping a 5 gallon bucket of ice water on you after a marathon through the desert.  Refreshing, energizing, tingling volts through your body. Our society is increasingly stuck in a forward head posture, which slumps our body, ruining our posture.  Now it is more important than ever to backbend.  Here are some examples of backbends……           Other asanas (forward bending) activate your parasympathetic nervous system.  Cooling, and the ultimate in relaxation, better than a 2 hour massage, are the forward bending asanas.  Nothing quite hits the spot to relax you more, than a series of different forward facing postures.  When we are stuck in over drive, stressed, and not feeling our best, this group of asanas soothes, repairs, and recharges us for the week ahead.  Here are some wonderful forward facing postures…..    ...
Karma in Action

Karma in Action

You can think of our actions as karma, or seeds that we plant.  We want a healthy body, a good life, free from distress.  But right now, our past, present and future actions dictate how our future will be. We are creating our future, one action at a time.  Our yoga practice can help us plant good karma, and good seeds.  Let me explain. The deeper you go inside your body with your yoga poses helps you to refine your actions….Most of the time, unknowingly, we ACT, and then pay for the repercussions after the fact.  Finding the intelligence of the body through the asana practice helps to make good solid actions, ones that the yogi’s say are “seedless”.  For example, you practice the pose triangle or utthitha trickonasana.  Most of us can and do, jam the front leg knee cap back, thinking most of the stretch should be felt in the front leg hamstring.  But doing this action over a period of time overstretches the ligaments at the back of the knee, and can harm the knee.  We must learn to lift the muscles of the kneecap, engaging the quadriceps to direct the stretch in the side of the body.  Then we feel a tremendous release in the sides at the lower back, sides of hip. The same is true of our actions off the mat.  If you complain about something, and do it over and over again, you will find yourself complaining more and more as you age, until you reach a point, where you are unhappy about complaining and of life in general. Going deep inside...
Be your Valentine

Be your Valentine

One of the very best gifts I’ve ever given myself is the gift of yoga practice.  The treasures I’ve received are worth more than gold.  Here are just some of my favorite gifts……. Time:  I was a busy mom of 3, and still am busy.  The time spent on my mat was time away from doing, worrying, de-stressing, and letting myself process my day.  This was my time, and I’m worth it! Working on myself:  I also really enjoy a challenge.  My yoga practice has challenged every part:  mental, physical, spiritual.  I find myself more easily able to face the difficulties of life, because of a challenging yoga practice. Listening to my Body:  Before yoga I just bulldozed through my day, ignoring the signals my body was trying to get through.  Your body pays attention to you. It thinks you’re important!  I used to hit the mute button and just go through my day.  Through my practice, I turn this “ON” every time.  Yoga turns the volume up on listening to your body. Love:  This is one of the best gifts of yoga practice.  Self-Love is the answer for becoming successful and working towards our goals. Self-Love is the motivation we need to cultivate to try harder with our relationships and self-betterment. Self-Love will actually take us where we want to go in life. I think Self-Love may be the answer for halting Anxiety and Depression (which seem a lot more prevalent nowadays) before they begin.  Through my yoga practice I find out, I’m ok. in fact, I’m pretty good, and I love to be with me. 🙂 Before...
Playing your strongest card

Playing your strongest card

I’m sure you have seen a recent video gone viral with the High school students and the protester Native American.  Even in my facebook feed friends are upset, dismayed at the teens behavior.  But lets take a closer look with regards to yoga philosophy.  “That what you see outside exists inside.” I have no comment on the video, only a window opens up to look at my behavior.  I have felt feelings in the past similar to the Native Americans.  Once in our old house, our garage got broken into and tools were stolen.  Even though that happened in the garage, I felt violated, not safe in my house.  It took some time to get over that.  I can only imagine the fight of Native American’s as their land was stolen, they were shot, relocated without any dignity.  Let me say, in no way does this compare to what they went through.  I can only imagine what they had felt like. I can also emphasize with the plight of a teen now-a-days.  It’s hard to fit in, and be liked, and I’m sure when I was in my teens I was a little snot.  This does not excuse their behavior, I can only “feel” their peer pressure to be liked.  I’m not saying every teen is like that, but I’m sure if you have visited your past, that in sometime, you have acted inappropriately. You see, empathy is our strongest card with regards to yoga.  When we can “feel” others feelings, we are practicing yoga.  This takes us out of reacting in anger or another strong emotion against someone...
Consistent Practice

Consistent Practice

A question I get asked quite often, is “Can I just buy a package of classes for my spouse and me to share?  We can only come to yoga very sporadically.”  Yoga does not work like that.  I don’t want to take your money, without sharing with you how yoga really works, even though it is very second hand, through my pricing selections.   Yoga works when you come consistently, with joy, over a long time.  If you want to see and feel the benefits of yoga, you have to come regularly, over a time.  For some it might work very quickly, and others, it might be years before you start to feel the benefits, either way, you just keep coming. My pricing reflects this, down to how the yoga sutras say yoga works.  I wanted to make yoga accessible, affordable for all, so each and every week, you can look at your schedule, and book yourself into class.  Something happens, and you have a very busy week, most of our memberships will pay for itself in just 2 visits per month.  Likewise, if you find yourself not so busy, you can double up on classes, with no stress that you are burning up those class passes. Like anything, it is difficult to become regular with your yoga practice.  Life happens.  I guarantee you, if you keel over with a heart attack from stress related work issues 5 years after retirement, your former job will not care.  Self care is important, vital role we take for ourselves.  Over time, your job will appreciate you showing up everyday, because yoga...
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....
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