Creating space is different from “letting things go.” When we believe that we must let go of a feeling, a personality trait, or any other part of ourselves that we believe is “unattractive” or “non-beneficial,” we are reinforcing the perception that we must constantly be in the cyclical process of eliminating those aspects of Self that we don’t necessarily like.
Acro Yoga integrates acrobatics, yoga, and Thai massage techniques, all in one flowing, playful, and loving sequence. The focus on community, health, partnership, and trust. Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa are styles of yoga that have tremendous benefits for the individual. But what about our innate need for physical connection with others?
Mindfulness, an imperative component of the yoga practice, is a tool that emboldens mental focus, physical awareness, and conscious breathing. When the mind starts to wander, or when the breath becomes shallow and quiet, there are four yogic techniques that can be effortlessly integrated into the skillful art of running long distance!
Optimal health is an intricate balance of mind, body, and soul. Eastern medicine, specifically in India and China, has been utilizing crystals to accelerate healing since its earliest civilizations.
Fall is a time of transition. It is evident everywhere around you. Many trees and shrubs are quietly undressing in preparation for the winter. There is a subtle browning of the earth. Temperatures, which, just a few weeks ago were raging with the intense heat of summer, are beginning to hint at the telltale crispness of autumn. And there is the wind: slowly gathering strength, carrying the tides of winter on its breath.
Now is the opportunity to look at the autumn season as a transition into a new year. As one reflects upon nature, they'll discover that the harvest is over, and it's time to clear out! Fall is an opportunity to till the soil and plant the seeds for next year's harvest. Once one does this for themselves, they can recommit to what is in alignment with their highest Self as well as manifest more of what nourishes their life!
One of the most awe-inspiring aspects of yoga is the way in which it nudges you toward greater discovery—not only by making visible previously hidden aspects of your own character but also by illuminating areas of your relationships that could be explored and further strengthened. The practice of yoga emboldens one to be fully present, a skill that’s a catalyst for conscious relationships. The natural effect of the practice leads your heart to open and makes you more available to authentic connection.
The flow of life is nothing other than the harmonious interaction of all the elements and forces that structure the field of existence. This harmonious interaction of energy in your life operates as the Law of Giving. Because your body and your mind and the universe are in constant and dynamic exchange, stopping the circulation of energy is like stopping the flow of blood.
Just the simple act of reading or watching the news can be traumatic these days. Things have been a bit crazy, and the holidays are approaching as well With all of this energy, our yoga practice and this community are more important than ever.
Do you feel that? Can you hear that? The Universe is asking each of us to emanate more love, right now. Answer this call by infusing your yoga practice with Metta and connect that innate place of loving-kindness that exists within your soul.
When people begin yoga, it is common for them to discover they have lost connection with their feet. For some, their feet can seem as if they’re at the opposite end of their universe. So, how can we reawaken our awareness to these two energy sources of connection?
The word ‘yoga’ means union in Sanskrit, and this is exactly what partner yoga aims to achieve – creating a community! Partner yoga brings people together through movement, play, breath, touch and importantly, it rewards us with a deep sense of belonging and connection.
Energy work, also known as spiritual healing, addresses the energetic connections between our minds, bodies, and emotions, and seeks to foster flow and abundance among all three. A modality is simply a method or procedure – let’s demystify these popular practices and look at the most common ways in which healers draw upon the power of unseen energy to create lasting personal transformation.
Yoga’s ability to reduce stress, promote a healthy lifestyle, create a positive attitude and regulate and balance the endocrine and hormonal systems make it an excellent therapy to soften the transition into menopause.
Forward bends typically have a calming effect on the mind, emotions, and nerves. These postures facilitate deep relaxation by stretching the muscles of the back, decreasing the stimulation of the sensory organs, and providing the fresh circulation of blood flow to the heart and brain.
Peace is the ultimate medicine for the collective. In difficult times, the call for each of us to be a light within the darkness urges us.
Why Incorporate A Variety of Backbends? Along with inversions, backbends form the peak of the intensity curve in this sequence, since these are demanding postures that require a strong degree of effort. Backbends stretch the front of the body, strengthen the back of the body, and balance the effects of time spent sitting in chairs.
Why Include Standing Poses? Standing poses create strength, stamina, and flexibility throughout the entire body. They work the major muscle groups, such as the quadriceps, gluteals, hamstrings, and core. Standing poses often precede backbends, twists, and forward bends in a sequence because they are so efficient at preparing your body for these poses.
Establishing an independent home practice is a rite of passage for yoga practitioners. It's the point at which you really learn to move at your own pace, listen and respond to your body, and develop greater consistency and frequency in your yoga practice.
Nature connects us to our roots. The grass, the ocean, the foliage, and the flowers are all part of our primeval world and it is where we feel the most at home. Practicing yoga outside can transform a stagnant routine into a heightened experience that will enhance wakeful relaxation and internal focus—two important components of a rewarding yoga practice. Spending time in nature can replenish depleted energy.
The fall Equinox marks the beginning of the harvesting and composting phases of the year. Equivalent to the changing foliage that will soon surround us, we too will embark on the cycle of drawing our energy inward, exploring the growth that took place over the summer, and shed what is no longer is necessary.
Do you recall walking barefoot along wet sand at the beach or on a field of dew-moistened grass? Do you recall feeling some tingling in your feet or legs, or a sense of warmth or well-being rising up into your body? That sensation is the result of direct barefoot contact with the surface of the Earth, which brims with natural, subtle energy.
Your root chakra which resides at the base of your spine has to do with feeling grounded in the world. It represents basic survival needs -- security, stability, and protection. If you suspect your root chakra needs positive vibrations, you could repeat the following affirmation to yourself several times throughout the day: “I am safe. I am secure. I am always protected.”
I spent last week in Tahoe. I have been to Tahoe many times, but this time was different, I didn’t have the kids! It was just my husband and I, so we spent the week beholding Tahoe’s beauty.
The ego is our individualized identity and all the personalities, roles, and abilities we build to create that our unique identity. It is made up of our personal stories, fears, desires, emotions, thoughts, and characteristics that form our outer persona.
At the heart of yoga, there is awakening through direct realization, transformation, and regeneration from within. The more we wake up, the greater our power as a whole. We genuinely practice for the benefit of all beings.
Deep listening grants you access to your wise inner guidance, allowing you to "respond" rather than "react" and make more mindful, nourishing, and compassionate choices.
A recent study of healthy, older individuals who have committed to a weekly yoga practice has resulted in significantly greater cortical thickness (CT). The cortical thickness is a region of the brain that’s related to cognitive functions (attention and short term memory). As this region of the brain is continuously exercised and gradually sharpened, the greater one’s cognitive preservation will be as they age.
Outside of yoga classes, when someone is described as “grounded” it usually means that they’re sensible and well-balanced. To be grounded is to be in touch with reality and not to get “carried away.” And in yoga, we have the same idea.
When yoga first found me, my practice was shaped by my ego. I pushed, I challenged, and I overexerted my energy until the very last drop. Ultimately, my practice was ego-driven. When my practice was being driven from a place of ego rather than the soul, I misinterpreted simple poses as ‘too easy’ and didn’t yet understand the benefits.