Your secret can of Whoop A?!ss

Your secret can of Whoop A?!ss

Many people are still under the presences that a yoga practice will only yield flexibility results, this is not true, and I can tell you a story that happened to me on Friday to prove that yoga practice builds internal core strength…..   I ride around in a scooter, ie:  electric motorcycle, weighing close to 600 pounds.  It’s a monster, and goes fast as well.  It hauls me around, plus often my husband and Ollie, our dog….The other day, close to home, it decided to die.  After many failed attempts to restart it, we (my husband was with me) decided just to walk it home.  We were only about a mile from home, a very doable distance.    But within that mile, was a pretty big hill up into the neighborhood.  Pushing, swearing, praying, cursing, grunting was just a few of the things coming out of me.  I managed about 10 feet of gains, before collapsing on the bike, out of breath, sweat running down my helmet, on this cool day.  We thought at the bottom of the hill, we could take turns, as it was difficult for both of us to find holds to push with.  My husband is pretty strong, and I consider him an athlete, with many marathons behind his belt, but he couldn’t push that bike up an inch.  He pushed, faced grunting, but didn’t get anywhere.  Yoga practice builds internal resilience, and deep core strength.   Upon reflection, the yoga I do hauls my own body around in space, and usually, once a week I focus on core strength.  Planking, reverse back lifts, leg lifts,...

Keeping it fresh

The practice of yoga seeks to destroy what unpleasant/bad/unbeneficial thoughts or actions we might have.  If we feel “ill” towards someone else, the practice will destroy those ill feelings, so peace and harmony will rule your days.   Sometimes when I’m suggesting classes to a new client, I get a feel for what they want, and what goals they have, so I can help direct them to the appropriate classes.  Sometimes, I get asked about my own practice, ie:  how much do I practice, what style do I practice, etc.  After all of these years, I like to keep my practice fresh, and change it up.  That was NOT the case when I started practicing yoga. When I started practicing yoga, I wanted the same place, the same teacher, same time, same day.  It helped to keep me on a routine, and with the practice, I began to notice some very marked improvements in my mood, and physical body, over the course of many months.  Often, when something is working, it’s best to stay with that sameness, and I see that time as a great way to establish myself in yoga practice.  I stay with that way for many years, until I became a yoga teacher and started to practice a different style of yoga.  This style I stayed with, and still practice today. But lately my body needs something different.  After years of “inner listening” to my body, I find it’s just best to listen, and give it what it wants.  You see, in ALL yoga, we are just moving energy out and away, releasing different stored emotions,...
Stand up Straight

Stand up Straight

If I had a line up of different people, with different postures and asked you to tell me how you might guess people are feeling, you just might get it right.  When we meet someone, we access their posture, their energy, before we even say hello.    How they are standing says a great deal about how they are feeling, or what they have experienced in their life.  Your posture can be influenced by these main things….. Spiritual growth Yoga Heredity The type of people you hang around with Injuries As a yoga teacher and therapist, I have studied posture a great deal,  and it’s impossible for me to not “read” your body.  Your posture tells me how you are feeling.  This is called embodied cognition.  Embodied Cognition is the idea that the relationship between our mind and body runs both ways, meaning our mind influences the way our body reacts, but our body posture also triggers our mind. Not sold on this idea?  Do this for me.  Go and slump  in a huge comfy chair, grab a phone or tablet, and be on it for 20-30 minutes.  How do you feel?  Companies pay huge money for their employees to sit up straight, use ergonomic chairs, or tall desks so we can stand.  Your posture is telling your brain how to feel, and if you do one thing, for a longer time, that posture becomes engrained into your body.   You don’t know why you are depressed, that is just how your body is standing, or your posture. Yoga practice starts to “undo” all that we do to our body.  Often...
Take a deep breath

Take a deep breath

Wow…..I really don’t know how I would have coped these past months without the practice of yoga, and meditation.  They have not become a nicety, that I just have time to do, but a necessary part of my emotional health.  It’s all probably something we can relate to.  It is similar to the practice of headstand.  While I’m in headstand, I cannot think one other thought, then to ground down through my lower arms, pull in my core, lift my lower back, extend my legs skyward, etc. etc.  In other words, headstand demands such attention to detail, I cannot think about a virus, or what I’m having for supper, or that conservation I had with someone, really my thoughts surround around just staying balanced.  For our mental, emotional and physical health, our mind needs to be quiet. Americans suffer from a case of ADD,” says Victor Davich, author 8-Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind, Change Your Life. “With technology, economic pressures, work, and family, it’s impossible to be on top of everything and it’s upsetting our natural balance.” This overload and overwhelm often lead to anxiety, fear, and depression, and while you can’t check out of life and avoid responsibility, you can approach things in a gentler way.  Your yoga practice can be a portal to well being and health,  as you breath, you naturally calm the thoughts.  Another yoga technique for quieting the mind is to simply just stare at one object.  This is “food” for our brain.  Naturally, everything calms down, blood pressure decreases, and your thoughts began to still. Being mindful means being present, explains Davich. “Once...
By By Spiders

By By Spiders

In my early 30’s I started noticing varicose veins developing in my legs.  As I got older, my veins got worse.  Varcoise veins (spider veins) are mostly a cosmetic concern, but really point to an underlying concern;  circulation.  Is your circulation top notch?  Here are some indicators that might indicate you have poor circulation… Numbness and tingling in extremities Cold hands and feet Swelling in the lower Cognitive dysfunction Digestive Problems Joint pain and muscle cramping & Fatigue Varicose Veins Yoga can help immensely with poor circulation, but in particular inversions.  My varicose veins have all but disappeared, thanks to inversions in the hammock.  Poor circulation can lead to other serious problems, and it’s better to be proactive, than to wait for these problems to arise.  Inversions can also help with rosacea or redness in the face.  In fact, it’s pretty difficult for me to say something that hasn’t gotten better with the practice of aerial yoga in my life.  My inner ear/sinus and motion sickness have all disappeared with aerial hammock. We have all kinds of classes to help you get started, from beginning, foundations and also some serious core work hanging upside down.  You just might find some surprising benefits of hanging like a monkey that you didn’t expect! See you on the mat, Paula  ...

The Power of One

  It’s easy to think that one person can’t make a difference in a world of population around 7.5 billion, but that is not true.  It might take one person longer to be heard, or to get things done by themselves, but they will make a difference.  Every action we do changes and shapes our future, and even the future of our children, and their children.  This post is about one person;  showing up, being persistent, and going above and beyond in their line of work.  Hint:  It’s your yoga teacher!! There is a nice park I like to visit.  Kellys nature preserve is by the Little Miami River.  The only problem with this park has been the other people who go there as well.  When you pull into the small parking lot, there used to be lots of other men, just sitting in their cars.  I kind of got the impression that they were up to no good.  One day I saw a sheriff’s car in the lot, and came across an officer walking the park.  I mentioned that I was glad to see her here, because I thought there were some drug deals going down, or something illegal.  She said, that’s why I’m here, to clean up this park…..the guys in their cars were looking for a pickle.  Seeing my puzzled impression on my face, I ask her, “What are you talking about, looking for a pickle?”  So if you are wondering as well, just stop me next time and ask me;  I won’t explain further here, but yes, they were doing something underhanded, (LOL) and I...

Membership letter

  August 2nd, 2020 To:  Our most loyal constant members,   Without your constant support these past months, Anahata would have surely had to close it’s doors.   Your actions, big and small go a long way to help others, and by keeping your membership active at this time, we thank you from the bottom of our heart.  Most of our teachers have been able to keep up their teaching, which is a valuable source of income for them and their families.  We are committed to teaching and being here for you;  at the studio, or at home, it is a real truth;  that Anahata is not just brick and mortar, but a community of people who support growth and change.   A month ago, I adjusted each of your accounts, and sometime in the next 6-8 months, (if not sooner) you should see your auto pay go thru totalling 0 for the month, a total of 2 individual months.  I spread these free months of membership out to give the studio a chance to survive.  We have kept our virtual offerings, and plan to expand on those in the future.   Our software company, MindBody, let us virtually connect with you free for the past 2 to 3 months.  During that time, many technical issues were resolved, by them and us.  We feel confident that by offering JUST our members, our virtual offerings, will add value to your membership.  Most classes are offered at the studio, and some of them are offered both virtually and at studio.  However, our free trial has ended.   Because of your loyalty, all...

Breath, still and be chill.

Left to my own devices, I’m an anxious person.  A worrier.  An over thinker.  My thoughts run like a hummingbird from one thought to another, so much so, that I couldn’t get any clarity about the direction my life should go before yoga.  I find that when I’m facing a challenge, my thoughts ramp up, and get busier.  It’s helpful to know that this is the JOB of the mind.  The mind churns out thought after thought, not really caring if those thoughts are productive, or helpful in any way.   Left to it’s own worries, the Mind, and our very emotional and physical well being and health will eventually suffer to disease.  The root of “disease”, means simply that you are not at ease, something is worrying you. Probably the biggest shift that happened when I started to practice yoga on a regular basis was the stilling of my thoughts, or at the least taming them for the time being.  I found that when I’m clear headed, I am more productive, more able to focus and concentrate, generally I just feel better.  However, this did not happen overnight, but when I finally figured out how to ujjayi breath during my practice.  It took my a year of consistent practice to have a hold of ujjayi breathing.   Ujjayi breath is a sonorous sounding breath that can be heard across the room.  Ujjayi breath is all done through the nose, with a slight constructive closing at the back of the throat.  This helps particularly with people who clench their jaw when they practice or do anything really, with effort....

The real reason for chronic pain

A blog written in Dec. 2011, before Anahata was found or open…. A huge reason I left teaching in December was that I felt big parts of myself needed to be healed.  The yoga asanas that I had practiced for years began to crack open parts of myself that I needed to deal with.  With this intense growth, I knew I would come out in the end more compassionate, and hopefully more evolved than I was.  I journaled and wrote about past experiences from my childhood, and my life thus far.  We can only begin to truly heal by connecting to the disowned feelings and letting them be expressed, or released.  Things opened up that I had buried deep down inside.  It was self therapy at the deepest level.  I don’t think I have cried so much in all of my life, as these experiences came forward.  I also spend a couple of days beating the ?#!& out of a pillow.  I can say, it felt good, right, in fact, necessary to why very health and well being.  None of this will kill us; in fact it will heal us. Dr. John Sarno believes so.  He is world-renowned specialist in pain management working at New York University Hospital.  Many people come to him after they have seen and exhausted all other revenues of healing.  What does he do to eliminate their pain?  He talks to them.  When we don’t think we can handle something in a way that feels safe and manageable, ie:  if we speak up, we might lose a relationship or job, or even worse, be thought...
It’s your turn to change the world.

It’s your turn to change the world.

Division, Separation, Injustice, Hurt, Anger are just a few emotions that are floating around with the current state we are in.  Injustice over the way people are being treated, Hurt and Anger over the pandemic.  And lurking behind all of that is sadness and grief.  We can rally, protest and cry out for much needed change;  as we should.  But today I’m going to propose another idea of action.  The action of yoga by YOU.  Let me explain a part of the yoga sutras. The reason that we see division, separation, injustice is because we ourselves have dished that out in the past.  Sometimes that is a hard pill to swallow, that we ourselves could be cruel, unkind, or unforgiving.  Lets look at yoga sutra 34 A, and B: 34  A    the images – People who hurt me or the like – Come from what I did myself; Or got others to do for me; Or what I was glad to hear Others had done. 34  B     and what came before them Was either craving, or hating, Or dark ignorance. But!!!  First of all, it’s amazing that you can SEE this injustice.  There are people in the world who can NOT SEE these injustices going on, and for those people;  yoga is not for them right now.  If you can see these ways that others can hurt others, then  yoga practice is a very practical useful technique to change the world.  That is sometimes hard to realize, that when you step on your mat, you are really saying, I want this to END.  I’ve had enough of pain and...
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