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.
I came across a gem that helped uplift my mood and restore a little bit of my faith after a challenging day. On Huffingpost.com I came across the 12 Universal Truths to live by. As a love and advocate for using spirituality as a powerful tool to create a whole and meaningful life, I thought I'd share this with all of you who are on the same path. These universal truths apply to you no matter where you are in life or what mistakes you’ve made in the past. So read them, apply them, and watch the magic happen in your life.
My hope is that we all arrive at the truth of each of us is more than capable of manifesting the life we want. In order to do so, we must be aware of what we consciously and subconsciously believe; because honestly, they can differ greatly.
In this life there exists the constant of darkness and the Light, Yin and the Yang, the positive space, and the negative space. Although the coexistence of these dualities has a continual presence, cycles of subtle to extreme fluctuations can result in an imbalance. Since these opposing forces comprise of energy and we are energy Beings, we feel these imbalances on an emotional, mental, and spiritual level.
In shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of
being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask you four
The mind is fertile ground for seeds (thoughts) to grow into reality. The more we give attention and belief to our repetitive thoughts, whether negative or positive, the more they get energized. It is true that many of our thoughts are “junk thoughts.”
All thoughts are not created equal—positive and negative thoughts vary in both their number and psychological effect. Statistics show that up to 80% of our thoughts are negative!
Though commonly thought of as a fad for the 20-40 set, the practice of yoga covers all ends of the spectrum. From yoga poses being integrated into children's academic curriculum to teenagers practicing body awareness and self-love to the adults who seek stress relief and body and mind connection during their weekly 9 to 5 job, to retirees practicing physical stability and spiritual contentment.
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The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is the first of the three spiritual chakras. In the area of the throat, it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, and tongue.
The fourth chakra that's also referred to as the heart center, is located at the center of the chest and includes the heart, cardiac plexus, thymus gland, lungs, and breast bone.