Love yourself First

Love yourself First

Doing Yoga and setting aside time for yourself in our society sometimes feels selfish.  I very much felt this way when I signed up for yoga teacher training.  I was mostly a stay at home mom, and summer time was my time to get everyone where they needed to be.  I also loved being with them, having extra time to do stuff that wasn’t possible during the school year. Now I realize what a blessing that was at that time in my life.  Not only did it change me, it changed my whole family.  Taking the time to heal myself on the deepest level that yoga offered was a very necessary part of their childhood.  Underneath my exterior mom, wife, sister side I held a little deep seated resentment.  Somehow, everyone else got to do fun stuff except me.  This is probably the single most selfish thing I’ve ever done, and yet, it created a ripple effect I still see in my family today.  Taking care of my resentment, my kids and husband released theirs. At one point, I asked my students what kept them motivated to keep coming back to their mat, and a student said, “It helps keep me sane!!  My kids notice when I’ve missed practice, and they tell me to go to yoga.”.  I think that is the highest compliment!! After my yoga teacher training, I asked my husband if he noticed a difference.  YES! he says!  He noticed I’m a better driver….(not impatient, cursing or yelling at drivers), and that generally I seemed more happy.  Seems to me, we all need to spread some...
Expectations are psychological killers

Expectations are psychological killers

Expectations are psychological killers. If you think about it, we expect many things.  We expect our car will work when we put the key in it to start.  We expect to see food in our cupboards.  We expect our home to be there when we arrive.  We expect to see our loved one coming home from work.  The biggest of all, we expect our body to remain healthy as it ages.  Nothing in this life is guaranteed, not even our yoga practice.  We expect to be as open and flexible as we were yesterday, but today, our body is completely different.  Over night, we processed emotions, used our body in different ways, and felt different things as we moved through life.  Literally, our cells are different than yesterday’s cells. My yoga practice has taught me this.  When I expect things to happen, and they don’t, I get angry.  I just do.  But, when I come from a place of extreme gratitude, of every moment, of every day, a switch throws.  I go from craving to satisfaction, from anger to contentment, from expectation to peace.  I realize that everything, everyday is a unique gift, even the gift of my body. I’ve hit a deep groove in the road with my yoga practice.  Over the past year, I’ve lost some ability to do poses with some grace and ease.  However, I know this is temporary, and it’s my current state of thoughts that I’m overcoming.  The more I step in gratitude, practice, the more my yoga becomes at ease.  Expecting to be in the same place as we were yesterday is just...

Secrets of Yoga

If you asked me what are 3 important yoga tips to amplify my practice to bring good health to my body, here’s what I would say: Practice yoga everyday    Do as many kind things for as many people as you can on a daily basis, thinking at that time, about their happiness Deep abdominal breathing for 5 minutes a day Tip #1  practice yoga everyday.  Even 15 minutes of yoga done on a daily basis can boost your energy and increase happiness.   This is quite a mountain to climb.  For me to overcome this obstacle, I had to enroll in yoga teacher training.  That established my practice.  We are talking about your health here.  You cannot serve others when you are sick yourself.  Remember, yoga brings on ease, and removes dis-ease. Tip #2  Doing kind things for others.  This is what a lot of us do on a daily basis, helping others.  But to make this a strong seed of health in ourselves, as we are doing this kind deed, we are simply thinking about how helping others will bring them happiness.  This is a crucial step in yoga;  thinking very focused, as we are doing this kind deed. Tip #3  Deep breathing.  Taking 5 minutes a day to deep breath can dramatically change our stress levels, and bring good health.  It also teaches us to hit the pause button, before we get angry at that other driver, or say something we might regret later to our spouse. All of these have been documented by research.  Perfect health is within our reach.  Living a good long life...
Releasing Fear

Releasing Fear

One of the biggest benefits of a regular yoga practice is the ability to feel and let emotions move out of the body.  Very often we are busy, and don’t want to “feel” and so we stuff those emotions down inside of us.  Overtime, this is detrimental to the body, as these areas become weakened or tight with tension, lowering our vibration, eventually causing “disease”.  A yoga practice helps move things through, restoring the body to balance, in the muscles, organs and tissues. After many many years of stuffing down my emotions, my yoga practice shifted things in my body.  Now, when I feel an emotion, such as a big surprise, I feel ripples of energy moving down my body, releasing the “surprise”.  Some emotions are definitely, “hard wired”, in their resistance to release, or the very grip they have on our lives.  Take fear.  Fear has a way of being stored in the upper body, shoulders and neck area.  Check out this interesting atlas of the human body where scientists recorded where different emotions are stored in the body. Lets take a look at whip lash.  Your sitting at a traffic light, and unknowingly to you, someone rear ends you.  This throws the head forward, until the seat belt catches.  Sometimes, after many months of chiropractor visits, your neck pain still persists.  I talked to such a client yesterday, where this exact thing happened.  She is amazed with aerial hammock yoga, because, she feels better than doing anything else she has done previously.  Aerial hammock lets the spine lengthen away the tight areas, and overtime, you will keep...
The fountain of Youth

The fountain of Youth

For me, the fountain of youth is aerial hammock yoga.  Hanging upside down, swinging like a monkey, makes me FEEL good, in so many ways.     I always leave lighter than when I come in.  After 6 plus years of regularly hanging upside down here is what I experience……. * Both right and left hemispheres of my brain get balanced.  (this may not seem like a big deal, but that is why we do yoga)  I can tell I’m balanced because my breath flows equally in the left and right nostril, leaving you refreshed, energized, and relaxed.  FACT:  I’ve grown 2 inches taller in the last 6 years.   I’m still growing, while others are shrinking. Aerial reminds me to “Let Go”.  The way the fabric wraps around tight areas of my body shows me mental, physical tension that I HAVE to let go off.  We cannot control our lives, every little second is a beautiful gift to cherish.  This practice reminds me of this fact. I feel so much stronger in my core.  Every practice is a opportunity to grow longer, get stronger, “I’m holding back the hands of time”. Inversions promise with additional blood flow to the face, you will look and feel younger.  Can’t say if that is true, but I always feel great after hammock. Aerial Hammock helps me lighten my mood.  Sometimes, I can let problems weigh me down.  This practice reminds me I am LIGHT! Don’t believe me?  Just take a look at some additional research, Change your POV, Can hanging upside down improve your health?     I can say for sure, that my spine...
Yoga Power!

Yoga Power!

When I started yoga, I thought yoga practice was all about flexibility.  Boy, was I wrong!  And yes, Yoga does help tone your external muscles, but I’m really talking about internal power.  Deep core strength, that just comes along with yoga.  I’m talking about mindfully practicing yoga, and engagement of muscles.  For instance, stand up, and find warrior 2.  Front leg bends, arms stretched front to back, back leg straight.  Warrior 2 is extremely beneficial for your knees, but only if you engage in this manner;  with your front knee bent, try to “pick” up that foot.  You will feel all the muscles surrounding the knee cap (the ones responsible for knee health) engage, where as before, there was no engagement.  Along with the quadriceps engaging you will also feel this in your core. Not only will yoga make you strong, it gives you fortitude.  Over time, yoga practice will help you say “No” to drinking alcohol everyday, or any other addiction.  Yoga practice helps you from overeating.  Your body can no longer continue destructive behaviors of the past.  Why?  I believe that after practicing yoga you begin to love yourself, quite possibly when you haven’t loved yourself ever.  As I slumped through my day before yoga, hardly giving my physical body a thought, now I take care of it, like a parent loving their baby.  I marvel at the deep sense of peace within me, and I thank my body for being open and strong, everyday.  My spirit soars when I flip upside down, twirl around, and act like a monkey in aerial hammock. Yoga has also given...
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