BE Calm, Carry On

Did you know each year close to 20% of us suffer with anxiety or depression?  Still, when you go to the doctor, most of them prescribe meds.  Like many other drugs, the medication for these disorders come with a whole host of side effects, which are sometimes, more terrible than feeling anxious.  However, the tide is turning, some doctors are recommending yoga.  Any type of yoga, which includes mindful movement, linking the breath with the asanas can literally turn your crappy into happy. How exactly does yoga work?   When you work out, your body goes on auto pilot and just “runs”.  Yoga makes us pay attention to what our foot is doing, how our hips feel, and what is going inside our head.  Most of these thoughts about the future are worries that will never happen.  By focusing our mind on the present moment, the present breath, we find our center where the thoughts of the future can slowly disappear.  As the yoga begins to work in our bodies, is slowly changes our thoughts from fears/worries, to happily present today. I’m super excited about the future at Anahata Yoga Center.  Yesterday, I was in a meeting with a therapist, and we were discussing bringing a program to the studio just for anxiety and depression.  Look for that to come out after the beginning of the year.  On the 22nd of this month, I start a new class called Yoga for 1st responders.  Firefighters, police, EMT, are doing amazing jobs in our communities, taking care of all of us.  This brings a high level of stress to these important people....
Going Deep

Going Deep

Yoga works beautifully from the level you are, as you step onto your mat.  Slowly, it begins to remove the darkness, pain inside of us, out into the light.  For when we see things as they really are, there is no ignorance. There are many levels of ignorance, and in the yoga journey, Swami Satchidananda, says we must let go of an old ignorance, and get a new ignorance in it’s place.  For if the yoga/healing happened all at once, our nervous system would not be ready to handle that type of dramatic healing. After a time of practicing, you begin to feel better.  But, once the body tastes the benefits of regular practice, there is no stopping it.  The body/mind is seeking liberation;  just like every plant on this earth grows towards the sun, seeking light.  The body and mind rebel if left not growing toward the light and begin to slowly wither away, allowing pain to creep back in.  What does all this mean to us?  We need to take our next step.  We need to replace one level of ignorance, for a better level.  We need to “up” our game of practice.  Here are some different ways to “super charge” your yoga. Try a different yoga teacher Try a different class Meditate Try a hot infrared class Sign up for yoga teacher training chant Learn to fly with aerial hammock yoga All of these will work, some faster/better than others to get the results you want.  Many people have asymmetry in the hips or legs;  meaning one is higher/lower than the other.  One of the best...
Your choice, sickness or health

Your choice, sickness or health

Sometimes we don’t even realize we have a choice whether we are sick or healthy.  The practice of everyday yoga will bring you health.  But yoga effects are subtle.  So subtle you might not even realize they are working, until months or years down the road.  The first thing you realize, you are sick way less.  The cold or virus that runs around your family in the fall/winter/spring has missed you.  Consistently, you stay healthy.  But yoga will only work if you commit to the practice. Another simple way to super charge your yoga practice is choosing to be kind.  This is not so easy in the world we live in.  We choose to be kind, even when someone is unkind to us.  We choose to let other cars go in front of us, even when we are running late.  We take the time to wish others have a wonderful day.  We call that friend who is going through a tough time lately.  We look for ways to improve safe measures;  in our homes, and work places.  We guard our thoughts, and when unpleasant or unkind thoughts enter our minds, we switch it to positive thinking towards others.  This is powerful work that can give us real results in the health of our bodies. The practice of yoga removes these negative thoughts towards ourselves and others.  Slowly, like water hitting a rock, it polishes our vibration, so we are light.  We can bring our light to others who are in darkness.  We help others who need help.  We raise our vibration, and others.  This is what we are called...
Yogas’ 4 letter word, SORE!

Yogas’ 4 letter word, SORE!

As a studio owner, I field many calls from new beginners wanting to start the practice of yoga.  Usually after some questions later, we decide on some appropriate classes for them to attend, depending on what their needs are at that moment.  Meeting with a new client after a class this week, she mentioned to me that she hoped she wouldn’t be sore tomorrow.  But this is not how yoga works.  Let me explain. All of you is Energy.  When you are healthy, the energy circulates throughout the body, cleaning away waste, repairing and maintaining cells and tissues.  This energy flows through all of your organs, cells.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, you were born with a self-healing ability, and through the use of movement or other ways, you can recharge that self-healing function in your body.  Yoga holds this same belief.  These asanas or postures can balance your energy, or Qi,  giving you the healing support it needs to regain its healthy function. Deep inside, hidden inside your muscles, organs, really, your whole body is a recording of all the past events and emotions that you have felt in the past.  According to Chinese Medicine,  emotional activity is considered a normal healthy functioning response to external stimuli, and does not cause problems within normal limits.  However, when emotions become so powerful that they overwhelm a person they cause serious injury to the internal organs, and open the door to disease later on in life.  You may not think this is you, but how many of us become upset when somebody slow pulls out in front of...
With Loving Eyes

With Loving Eyes

Your yoga practice starts to work on you the moment you begin.  In subtle (feeling better) and not so subtle ways (soreness).    Your body is a reflection of your mind and thoughts.  As we live, these thoughts and actions get ‘recorded” on our body.  The older we are, the more things are recorded.  Our yoga practice is like an eraser that cleans away the thoughts that are recorded onto our body.  With practice and time, our body begins to feel  “lighter”, in every aspect. Think of a barcode on a piece of white paper.  Perfect health, happiness, clear thoughts and actions are the white sheet.  The black lines of the barcode are all of our thoughts, actions;  our karma.  These included how we treated others, things we did to help/hurt others, in essence, how we lived in this life and past lives.  Some of the karma we have accumulated, are quite easy to erase with a yoga practice.  I should mention before I go any further, there is good karma, and bad karma, and I’m sure I don’t have to differentiate between the two.  The good karma ripens as you see, experience good things.  I’m talking about how to get “rid” of the bad karma. So, it makes sense that as you do your yoga practice at first you will get rid of some of the “little”  bad karma you have accumulated.  I’m talking about our likes and dislikes.  We have many.  We like this yoga teacher, but not that yoga teacher.  We like a turkey sandwich, but not a ham sandwich.  As the yoga practice begins to work...

We have what you need

One of the very best things about Anahata yoga center is our teachers.  Each one of our 21 teachers has a unique style, a special way they share yoga, that helps you to understand how to approach the practice.  Their own teachers, their own yoga practice, and the very body they live in have a direct impact on how they teach.  Not many yoga schools have such a widely diverse teaching staff.  Depending on what you need from your yoga practice, I’m sure you can find a “like or similar” teacher to fit your body.  Here are some of the unique styles we have…….. gentle movements that guide you towards bliss restorative yoga with oils that affect your mind, body and state of being funny classes, that leave you with a smile on your face energizing flows that put the pep back into your step upside down classes that have both a calming, and energizing affect on your body classes that fill you up on the inside, ready to tackle anything! we have teachers who let you be, and find your best posture teachers who will tear you down, and build you back up teachers who correct every posture You see, not one approach is the very best for yoga.  One teacher could not do all of this alone.  That is why we need such a diverse teaching staff, and I do believe that they are the very best in the Cinci/Dayton area.  So whether or not you are coming to “Zen” out, or need to just smile, and forget about your day, you will find it here in...
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