Civilization Mistake

Civilization Mistake

Some of the ways we bring tightness/dysfunction into out body is the way we think.  For what our thoughts are, the body follows suit.  This is how yoga works.  Sometimes, a “untruth” or “meme” continues in a culture, unchecked.  Some civilization memes from the past have been, “Going to war, will bring peace”, or “Money will make you happy”.  Hopefully, most of us know these beliefs are untruths. One of the civilization mistakes that I’m tackling on right now is the meme “You get what you pay for”.  This is untrue.  What we shell out for in money, does not equal what we get in value or trade.  Some of the very best gifts I’ve been given have been free.  For instance, I was talking to a new customer about Anahata.  I asked how she like her classes, and if there was anything else that she had a question about.  She said, “This studio was not how I thought it would be”.  I questioned her further, and she mentioned that the memberships were so inexpensive, compared to other studios.  And to her surprise, it was much nicer here, that other studios.  She loved all the teachers, the variety of classes, and the atmosphere here.  Sometimes you have to go out and experience and pay more to learn this lesson. This is how yoga works.  This is how you can change your body.  In fact, the sutras say allowing these civilization mistakes to continue on to the next generation is planting tightness/dysfunction in our children.  This is why my pricing is so low.  I want to impact yoga’s teachings to...
Upside down is right side up!

Upside down is right side up!

I’m so excited about the future of aerial hammock.  For 6 years, I’ve been encouraging people to give it a try.  The benefits on your physical body, and on your mental state are tremendous.  The fabric goes deep into places where traditional yoga cannot, or it takes years and years of practicing to go into postures that deep.  The low back pain is gone, because the whole spine gets lengthened out.  I’ve grown 2 inches from practicing aerial hammock alone.  However, care must be taken when learning this amazing practice.  Many systems of the body are flushed out, or rejuvenated. Inversions also have a huge impact on your mind and mood.  I like to say, they turn your “crappy” into “happy”.  How you feel influences your actions in this life.  When you “feel” good, you make better decisions regarding healthy eating habits.  You also treat others better, because you’re feeling better.  When you are upbeat, it influences your whole life in such a positive way, it also influences the people around you.  This has a trickle effect on everyone you’re in contact with. I’m SO excited to have trained this new batch of aerial hammock teachers.  They are the future of aerial hammock.  They will guide you, teach you, about this powerful practice.  We have new classes, restorative aerial hammock, with the hammock a foot above the ground will relax and de stress you.  Half and Half with warm you up with traditional yoga, and then introduce you to inversions.  Hip Height/Low Fly is an awesome mix of weightlessness hanging upside down, and the relaxation of the hammock down...
What goes around, comes around

What goes around, comes around

As you do this practice of yoga, you become acutely aware of any wrong doing that you doing, or have done in the past.  This is a good thing, because, then you can change your thoughts, actions and keep from planting bad seeds.  We want to plant as many good seeds as we can, but sometimes this is hard.  Sometimes, people are not nice, and then we “react” to that, and plant more negative seeds.  Let me tell you what happened the other day to me. My husband, Ollie the dog, and myself went up the road to go for a walk, and took my motorcycle.  Standard procedure when you get off the motorcycle, is to stash your gear safely, get the dog out of the back, and make sure the kickstand is down and secure.  We did all of this, and started out on the walk.  Before I got out of the parking lot, I heard a loud bang behind me.  Something made me turn around, and walk back to check on the bike.  It sounded like it fell down.  And yes, when I reached it, I looked on in horror, as the bike was resting on the ground, with the smell of gas coming from the engine.  Anyone who has owned a motorcycle knows that when it goes down, it is not good.  It had never happened to me, and thank God, because my scooter weighs 500 lbs., and can go 70 down the highway.  For all purposes, it’s a motorcycle. The girl who parked next to me, started apologizing and saying, “I just went over to...
Highly Successful Yogi’s

Highly Successful Yogi’s

One of the most important ways yoga works is when you are consistent.  Yoga does not work going once a month, everyday, then the next month you stop.  Yoga works when we become disciplined to the practice.  We set our goals, show up, do the practice and come back the next day.  Hard work always pays off, and when you understand how great you feel after consistently practicing yoga, many people continue to do the yoga practice. Sometimes the yoga is difficult.  Anything hard won is.  You encounter an issue with pain, or a problem with your schedule, and you stop practicing.  Yoga does not work like this.   Yes, I believe when you hit a bump in the road, you need to change tactics.  Go to a different teacher, or try a different class. When you google traits of highly successful people, consistently is high up on the list, if not number one.  Yoga can be all movement, or stillness listening to the breath.  No one type of yoga is the best.  We have to be flexible in our approach.  When our schedule does not allow us to continue with our favorite teacher, we need to find another teacher.  When vinyasa yoga slows down our progress, we should try a yin or restorative class.  Yoga practice teaches us resilience and patience.  “Fall down seven times, Get up eight times.”, Japanese proverb. One more thing……Let go of your expectations.  If you think yoga will work on you if you practice everyday for a month, you do, only to realize it’s going to take longer.  People who have been practicing...

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...
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