Wake up your “self”

Wake up your “self”

Mindfulness made no sense to me when I started yoga.  All I knew was that I love the yoga, loved how I was feeling, and wanted to continue doing it.  But the funny thing about the practice of yoga is other things start to make a shift too.  Slowly, your temperament begins to change, and if you are a type A personality, your balance yourself out with B personality. Type A individuals tend to be very competitive and self-critical. They strive toward goals without feeling a sense of joy in their efforts or accomplishments. This is characterized by a high work involvement.  Type A individuals are easily ‘wound up’ and tend to overreact. They also tend to have high blood pressure (hypertension). Type A personality run a higher risk of heart disease and high blood pressure than type Bs. Type B Individuals. People with Type B personality tend to be more tolerant of others, are more relaxed than Type A individuals, more reflective, experience lower levels of anxiety and display a higher level of imagination and creativity. Friedman & Rosenman (1976) conducted a longitudinal study to test their hypothesis that Type A personality could predict incidents of heart disease.  They followed 3,154 men over 8 years and asked them some of these questions…….. Do you feel guilty if you use spare time to relax? Do you need to win in order to derive enjoyment from games and sports? Do you generally move, walk and eat rapidly? Do you often try to do more than one thing at a time? That is me.  In a nutshell.  Their findings? By the end...
You!  The Star of your life.

You! The Star of your life.

Approaching my 40’s, I thought I had it all together.  Work, family, and workouts were all going strong, until that is, they weren’t.  I still got my sinus infections that were really hard to get rid of, as well as the stomach, latest flu virus that was going around.  Also, the running, biking, and other various activities also left me with hip pain.  I tried traditional routes to get rid of the pain, but the only thing that worked for me was yoga.  I committed to a regular practice, and immediately began to reap the benefits.  My workouts became easier, in fact everything did.  I was non-reactive, which was a big thing for me, as I’m kind of a hot head.  The yoga took my edge off, and helped me to be more loving to myself and everyone else, and also kept those viruses away. The thing I realized myself was how important this practice was to my self care.  If I took the time for yoga, I still had plenty of time for work, family obligations, keeping up with friends, and workouts.  Without the yoga and my self care, I occasionally got sick, which usually grinds all activities to a halt.  That is why so many companies are starting to realize how important the practices of meditation and yoga are.  Your employees are happier, healthier, and get sick less often.  Companies are paying for yoga memberships, as well as offering lunch time or after work options to get your practice in.  This is a huge step in the right direction, much like chiropractor was recognized as beneficial years...
Cumulative Effect

Cumulative Effect

Little unbeknownest to you, yoga “effects” start the minute you lay down your mat.  Each yoga practice is like a little drop of water in your cup of wellness.  One little drop does not add up to much, nor does a month of drops, but take 6 months of everyday yoga practice drops and you’ve got a sizable cup full.  You can only imagine how slowly yoga will work if you just come once a week verses coming 3-4 times a week.  Here are my recommendations based on common reasons people practice yoga. 1 X a week.   You are just dabbling your little toe in the water.  general flexibility 2X a week.    With consistent practice you notice more flexibility, ease in everyday movement, and a little strength building, depending on what class you might take. 3X a week.   Along with gains in strength and flexibility, you begin to notice a real change in the way you deal with stress. 4X a week.  Strength, flexibility, ease of movement, plus you don’t seem to get that cold/flu/virus bug that is going around. 5-7 X a week.  Simply put.  You Thrive.  Words cannot describe how good you feel.  After a period of soreness when you started, you have plenty of energy, and you just feel at ease, as opposed to dis”ease”.  Little concerning health issues began to drop off, leaving you quietly. I thought of this analogy as a student had come back to practice after being gone for a time.  She originally started yoga because of plantar fasciitis.  After some months of yoga practice the pain went away, and...
Kindness Principle

Kindness Principle

We all want good lives.  We all want to live Long Lives, and we also want many blessings to come our way.  Well, there is an easy way to do this.  Practice yoga everyday  Be as kind as you can, as often as you can, to as many people as you can. Pretty easy huh?  Let me say, this does not guarantee that you will live to be 100, but it will probably get you closer than any other method out there.  We should be adopting kindness as a principle, to live our lives well, but often it’s tough.  Lets look at some examples…….. You got a thrashing at work for a mistake.   It’s not really your fault.  You complain to your coworkers, friends, and family how you were treated.  Understanding is hard in this situation, but if you hit the pause button before you complain, you might see some very valid points your boss was trying to get across.  You can also practice kindness, knowing your boss is human, and sometimes has bad days as well.  Choose to forgive and move on, work on yourself and stop complaining. You are super late for a soccer game for your child.  It’s your turn to bring snacks.  Rushing, you get in your car, and drive like a bat out of hell.  Yelling at everyone to get out of the way, and no way are you going to cut in front of me.  Pause.  Breathe.  Use kindness as you let a driver in front of you, when traffic merges.  The more you do this, the less stressed you will feel,...
How Flexible are you really?

How Flexible are you really?

It turns out that being flexible is one of the specific traits of centurions, or people who live to be 100.  Being adaptable and flexible helps people avoid stress and anxiety, which can increase longevity,” says Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD, a professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.   But I’m going to challenge you and see how flexible and easily you can adapt to certain situations by these questions….. You order at a restaurant, and tell your waiter specifically you don’t like onions with your stir fry, and to please don’t put them on.  What are you going to do when the order is mixed up, and comes with onions on the plate? Do you :  send back the food and remind them of your previous statement?    or Do You:  Eat it, and just pick around the onions, who knows you might start to like them!   You always do the dishes, and your husband always manages the money.  He suggests that you flip flop chores, and he will do the dishes and for you to manage the money. Do you :  Try to manage the money, only to realize that you have a difficult time, bills go unpaid, or get paid late, causing you a great deal of stress, so you suggest switching back chores.  OR  Do you:  Ask for help, look for different ways to manage things, and learn a valuable skill.   You lose your job of 20 years, but are not ready to retire, and find out that today’s job market,...
Outside Your comfort zone

Outside Your comfort zone

When you step outside your comfort zone for your higher purpose, the universe supports you in every way.  In fact, for me, it felt like all available doors shut, and the only one open to me at that time was yoga teacher training.  I wasn’t even sure why I was doing it, let alone, actually seeing myself teaching a group yoga class at the end of training.  But my teachers cleared the path for me, planted seeds, and believed in my capabilities, even when I didn’t myself.  I’m not going to say it was easy, for it was the hardest thing I’ve done yet.  I believed in the process, trusted my teacher, and walked “blind” into the process of really learning about yoga, or so I thought, for really, yoga teacher training is learning about yourself.  Of healing old hurts, that you think you have forgotten, but the “scab” is still there, waiting for the yoga to remove it. The yoga asana is like “reversing” your wiring, like going back to a younger version of yourself, but only better, because now you have a younger feeling body, but with the wisdom gained of your years. What is holding you back from your dreams?  Our mind can come up with LOTS of reasons why it’s not the right time for yoga teacher training.  I can’t tell you how many doubts I had, but my inner voice that signed me up was just a little stronger.  Some of my doubts about teacher training….. It’s a lot of money, what happens if I don’t teach? Trust me, even if you don’t teach,...
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