Crappy to Happy

Crappy to Happy

My yoga journey Yoga found me, just when I needed it most.  In 2003, after many years of raising kids, I needed to start to look after my health.  I started a Pilates class to tone up.  My Pilates teacher decided to take yoga teacher training herself, trying to ease the discomfort of Fibromyalgia.  After training, she moved from teaching Pilates to yoga, so thus began my practice of yoga.  (Since then she has transformed all the discomfort of that disease, and is disease free, and living a happy life)  At that time, I was practicing yoga twice a week.  Because of all the other running, cycling etc. I was doing at that time, I developed hip pain, and the only time it was eliminated was during  yoga practice.   Because I want to stay active all my life, I signed up for a month long yoga teacher training. On the first day of yoga training, our teacher asked us how much we were practicing.  At that time, I was practicing 3 times a week…(wasn’t that enough???)   Our training consisted of 8 hours of yoga/meditation/pranayama (breathing) a day, 6 days a week.  I’m not going to lie, besides a natural child birth, it was hardest thing I’ve done;  physically, mentally, spiritually.  But it was exactly what I needed at that time.  After training, I was in a different place, with everything in my life.  Practicing yoga everyday has brought such incredible gifts to my health, family, and my circle of friends. After 6 months of regularity, I noticed some changes.  My chronic yearly sinus infections (I had a sinus infection...
We are changing

We are changing

Ahh…..Change.  We are changing whether we like it or not.  Every 7 years our body is a completely different than before.  With my background in yoga, I think this is exciting.  I now have the tools of yoga to reverse the hands of time.  I know full and well how difficult change really is.  As we get older, our view does as well, unless we are keeping our minds and bodies supple. Yoga promises us that our body will be filled with light with the practice of yoga.  That we can choose our time of death.  The yoga postures were designed in such a way to eventually work out every ailment and disease in our body.  That is why we twist, fold, squeeze, strengthen and release every muscle and organ in our body. Just like you, Anahata Yoga Center is changing as well, but we need your help!  Can you please help us pick out a logo that best describes US?  The studio, teachers, and the energy at Anahata are changing all the time, and that is good!  Change is good! Outside each studio will be a box, to place your vote there, or you can let us know at: yogacincy@gmail.com Thank you, and see you on the mat!...
Thriving not Surviving

Thriving not Surviving

Before undergoing my yoga teacher training program, I was surviving.  Sure, I thought that I was doing well.  I exercised, ate, and slept well, yet problems would arise in my body.  Well, I just thought that was the price I had to pay to keep working out.  I would regularly get up with shin splints, and  hip pain worked into my body.  I had the occasional nasty colds/flus, that turned into sinus infections.  (didn’t everyone?)   Eventually, I noticed that the only time pain did not creep in was when I was doing yoga everyday.  With practicing yoga everyday, even the colds, flus and viruses went away. We are All meant to Thrive not just to Survive.  Just like this beautiful spring tree, we are meant to “bloom”, and attract many others to our energy, including bees!  But unlike this tree, we are meant to be blooming all year around!  In the beginning, I thought 1 or 2x a week practicing yoga was enough.  That is not enough if you really want to see and make lasting changes in your energy and body. If you are like me, and need someone to hold you to this, NOW is the perfect time to work on YOU!  We have a summer intensive teacher training that will dispel any darkness, and let you find a new path through Yoga.  This is how I learned yoga, and I’m so grateful that it came this way.    Click here to see more details! I look forward to seeing you on your mats! Paula...
Removing the splinter

Removing the splinter

Patanjali, (writer of the yoga sutras:  explains how yoga works) says the reason we practice yoga is to remove ignorance. At your very essence, you are light, love.  But if we are light, how is it the body gets old, sick?  Patanjali says we are ignorant of the Truth.  We actually don’t see things as they really are.  They describe it as such:  think of yourself as 2 parts, the non self and the self.  The self is your light, it never changes;  it’s your spirit, your soul.  The non self is your physical body.  Nothing can destroy the light, the self, and once we fully realize this, there is no reason to even practice yoga. Our bodies are changing every second.  Yet, we take the body to be our self; and speaking in terms of it, we say, “I am hungry” or “I am sick”, or black or white, etc.  These are all just conditions and qualities of the body.  We touch the truth when we say, “My body aches”, instead of “I ache.” It is easier to view it as such.  Every new vehicle now comes with a computer, but the engine actually drives the car, the brakes stop the car, etc.  Think of your car computer as your mind, the all the rest of the car as your body.   The reason to practice yoga is to keep your car running, as long as you can, as in good shape as you can.  Everyone knows when you ignore your car, problems arise.  Your keep your car running well, so you can help other people keep their car...
A Balanced Body

A Balanced Body

Yoga in all it’s aspects teaches us to be balanced.  What we do on the right side of the body, we do on the left.  When we backbend, we counter the effects of that with a forward bend.  This is a big reason on how yoga works.  We also become more balanced in our moods, thoughts, and have better control with our emotions.  Yoga also teaches us to stay in the middle. As what we do on the right, we do on the left, this has a balancing effect on the central nervous system.  And furthermore, yoga states that our central nervous system by our very birth is in a slight state of being unbalanced.  We either tend to be excitable by nature, or more quiet and retrospective.  By doing the poses on the right and left, and balancing them out with forward and backward bending we are having a great effect on the nervous system.  Over time, it will become more balanced.  When the central nervous system is balanced we are in a peak state of health. “It’s like driving a car,” says De Blas, a professor of physiology and neurobiology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “You have to have a pedal for the gas and a pedal for the brake. In the same way, nerve cells can have excitatory or inhibitory effects.” If these two types of nerve impulses don’t balance each other, he says, it can cause neurological syndromes, such as epileptic seizures. All the negative consequences of stress are really negative consequences of sympathetic nervous system. Think of it as adrenaline poisoning....
Words of Power

Words of Power

Often, I find myself speaking words of power to myself, and to my Monday Hot class.  Those words of power go something like this…… You have everything within you to succeed You are beautiful being, full of light, capable of spreading that light Yoga will work, all you have to do is show up, and do it. You already are strong enough, smart enough and OPEN enough to do this pose, do your best today, and it will manifest tomorrow BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, they are all around you Believe in yourself, show up for yourself, and LOVE yourself. Could yoga be that easy?  Just believe, and have some magic fairy dust to sprinkle over you, and BAM…..your a yogi!!  Yes it does.  The philosophy says that yoga practice brings on a feeling of well being….When you FEEL well, you are WELL.  The more yoga you do, the more you feel well.  Let go of your expectations of what poses you should do well, and just do your best.  No one cares or thinks bad of you for resting in childs pose.  Only you feel bad, because of past experiences and beliefs.  Come, show up, book yourself into class, do your best, when you need to rest, REST. You know how you forgive a friend when they mess up?  Well I think we are harder on ourselves when we mess up.  Recognize your faults, work on them, and make a strong commitment never to mess up again.  When you do, love yourself even more. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will you change in an instant.  Yoga...
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