My intentions

My intentions

Everything about Anahata was produced to bring healing.  When I created the studio, it was not about following the latest trends of barn wood, or being slick and modern, but rather a “feeling” of connectedness.  The word “Anahata” is Sanskrit, and means your heart Chakra, or a wheel of energy in the center of your heart.  We have 7 major chakras, and the heart is the bridge between the earth manifestations and spiritual wellbeing.  Some traits of an open or balanced heart chakra are: Love for oneself and others Relating, relationships Compassion, empathy Forgiveness, acceptance Transformation, change Ability to grieve and reach peace Compassionate discernment Center of awareness, integration of insights Physically, if the energy of the heart is blocked it can lead to respiratory ailments, such as lung infections or bronchitis, or circulatory and heart-related issues, including high or low blood pressure that can lead to heart disease.  When the heart chakra is in healthy alignment you will feel surrounded by love, compassion, and joy and connected to the world around you.  Many people who have come to the studio “feel” this.  The color of the heart chakra is primarily green, thus we have green walls.  The symbol of the heart is the biggest mandala at the studio, just to the right of the CD player.  The singing bowl in the big studio brings harmony and love to relationships.  The physical practice of yoga brings about change, transformation.  According to researchers plants in hospitals speed recovery rates, patients requested less pain medication, experienced less fatigue and anxiety, and were released from the hospital sooner.  We have plants ALL...
Who needs yoga

Who needs yoga

People often think that yoga is about becoming flexible, so a general assumption would be that if you are flexible now, there is no need to do yoga.  This is far from the truth.  The practice of yoga is about uniting the body, mind and spirit.  Yoga asana’s or postures do this by making a clear  and healthy line along the energy lines of the body.  It’s the exact premise as acupuncture, where needles are placed on an energy line to “stimulate” it, bringing increased blood flow, and draining and eliminating waste, lactic acid from the muscles and tissues.  This is why I’m such a stickler for alignment in the poses.  If you are not lined up correctly, you will not be “stimulating” that energy line. Lets take a look at the bladder meridian, or line of energy.  It extends over each eye, down around the head, through the neck and parallels the spine.  From the sacrum and lower back it runs down the back of each leg, through the calf muscle before it ends at the outer edge of the baby toes.    Every time you bend over and reach for your toes, you are stimulating the bladder meridian.  Problems with bladder meridian include:  Dehydration, incontinence, frequent and urgent urination, painful urination, dark or bloody urine, fever, thirst, suspicion, jealousy, aversion to cold, fear associated with cold environments, occipital headaches, stiff neck, radically-changing moods, over-enthusiasm, lack of confidence, listlessness, low libido, fear-based inflexibility of mind and emotions, negative attitude, diabetes, prolapsed uterus in women, swollen prostate in men, frequent urinary infections – especially in women who are angry with...
Embrace your Light!

Embrace your Light!

My yoga practice evolved simply by following.  My current pilates teacher decided to embark on yoga teacher training, and then began to teach it.  So, I just followed her into the practice of yoga.  I was surprised at how much better I began to feel.  Not just physically, but mentally as well.  For a couple of years I practiced pretty regularly, and again, found myself being led.  At that time, I had really wanted to run a marathon, but some hip pain led me to yoga teacher training.   Slowly, I began the real work of yoga;  of uncovering all of who we think we are, and seeing all that we are currently.  It was described to me as such:  You are looking at the bottom of a lake that is very deep, only you cannot see the bottom because of the layers of sediment.  You practice your yoga, and start removing these layers of sediment.  This sediment weighs us down.  This sediment is full of fears, doubts, anger, self-denial, hurt, injuries; generally, the pain that comes with living a life.   Yet, when I was in teacher training  or even years after this, I did not know this.  I simply wanted a way to keep myself fit, and I really enjoyed doing yoga. What I discovered in the process was this.  Initially, I didn’t like myself.  I didn’t want to even be by myself in savasana.  I mostly worried about what other people thought of me, than who I was myself.  I bought into the fears of the world, that said, “you need this cream to look 5 years...

Presto! Just like that.

I know full well the healing power of a regular yoga practice, but I’ve got to say, it is working super quick for me.  Lately, I’ve been having a little bit of heart burn that wakes me up soon after I fall asleep, as an uncomfortable burning in the stomach.  So, for my yoga practice, I turned to Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar and his book, “the Path to holistic health”, and looked up acidity.  There was a whole list of referrals, in the back, and so, I began my practice.  On my list of “prescribed asanas” or postures was some of the very things we do in every yoga class, plus a few restorative postures as well.  Poses such as triangle, side angle, and half moon were held for 10 slow breaths on each side.  Then I moved into supported Childs pose, and an all time favorite, reclining hero’s pose, (which is NOT a favorite!!). Yet, this practice worked so beautifully on eliminating my acidity.  I slept like a baby that night, with no disturbing heart burn.  This may be surprising to you and even unknown the health benefits of a yoga practice.  Everyday conditions such as hernias, fibroids, ulcers, and even worse health conditions such as high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease are all listed in his book with referrals to asanas or postures.  Yes, Yoga does work indeed.  BUT!!  You need to keep these things in mind…….. Yoga practice is like water washing away stone.  It takes some time for these conditions to arise in your body, and it will take some time to heal them. Yoga...
Why yoga works

Why yoga works

It is easy to start a yoga practice, but what takes diligence is sticking regularly to a yoga practice.  Yoga practice is usually the first thing we take out of our schedule when life gets chaotic and busy, but those times are when we need the yoga most.  A regular yoga practice frees up your energy and your thoughts, so you can be more productive and proactive.  Yoga practice gives us space to slow down, connect with our breath, and check inside to see how we are feeling.  Mostly, before yoga, I was on auto pilot.  I didn’t take the time to see how I was feeling, unless I got sick, which was usually 1X or 2X a year. One of the first things you see disappear  with practice is getting that annual cold.   You think you’re pretty healthy, that is, until you’re not.  Most people are really surprised to find out that in the 14 years since I’ve been practicing I have not have one cold, one bout of flu, one stomach virus, or have lost one day of work due to being sick.  I also know of many others this way as well.  This is reason alone to keep on practicing when life gets busy. Yet another reason is to keep surgeries and pain from happening.  I have “popped” my knee when skiing, and have used yoga to rehabilitate myself.  I have also healed my hip pain, back pain, and my heartache.  I have enjoyed being active and doing anything I want, because yoga keeps me aligned, tall, and healthy. I promise, generally, you just feel...
Be Love

Be Love

I am reminded on a daily basis of the power that yoga practice has on the mind and the thoughts.  Most of us don’t know about this benefit of a practice.  The mind is a powerful tool and unfortunately, most of us tend to worry, stress, and get angry.  When we experience these emotions, we fall into a fight or flight mode, where our options are limited.  In fact, the more we  stress the more stress we attract in our lives.  I did some googling on this subject, and came across many articles on positive thinking.  Turns out that people who meditate on a daily basis experience greater health and more positive thinking than anyone else. The great news is that yoga practice helps us meditate after we have moved our body.  That is where the practice leads us to…….a calm state.  Without yoga practice our mind tends to act “like a drunken monkey stung by a scorpion”.  In other words, go from one thought to the next thought, without any gaps in-between, without any clarity.  Sometimes, I set and contemplate how much this practice has changed my thoughts.  Before yoga I thought a lot about myself.  With yoga in my life, I experience more Love.  I love myself more; I love others more.  This is what we are called to do:  Love. The affects of a yoga practice are like a small trickle of water leaking from a faucet.  You really don’t think it’s that powerful, or it will add up to much.  But anyone knows how much water comes out when it’s a steady drip, drip.  Yoga...
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