Category Archives: YogaMentals

Art of Letting Go

Art of Letting Go

MDretreatThe most important aspect of letting go is to notice. Notice where you feel it in your physical body, and notice how good it feels when you just let go!

Apiragraha, the fifth of the Yamas means not grasping, but for the sake of simplicity lets just say the art and act of letting go.  Easier said then actually practiced.  I remember the very first time I felt this peace that comes from a practice of letting go.  It was in the early days of my yoga practice and I was in a Nia class.  The routine called for us to reach to the earth as tho we were scooping up and then extend our hand in an expression of letting go.  She gave us the visual of scooping up a butterfly and letting it go.My daughter was in the process of leaving for college and my older son was in the midst of his life struggles that I had no control.  It was at that moment as I reached to scoop up that butterfly that I imagined myself scooping up my son with my right hand, my daughter with my left and watching, In the words of one of my favorite recording artist, In the moment I was able to relax ~ let go ~ release ~ and surrender ~ relax, let go release and surrender And for a moment, all was well!   Read the rest of this entry

Niyamas a look at Saucha, yoga beyond

Niyamas a look at Saucha, yoga beyond

Niyamas can be described as the rules that need to be observed by individuals, on a more personal level. You have the ability and the power to touch the lives of everyone who you come into contact with and with everyone each of those people come into contact with. Think of the possibilities. The second of the 8 limbs of yoga are the five internal practices of Niyama (observance).

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Registered my Assana! Yoga Alliance

Registered my Assana! Yoga Alliance
Registered my Assana!
 

O The importance  put on a piece of paper.  It becomes the end of the journey for some.  The summit, the pinnacle, and unfortunately THE END.  I see to often as the owner of a yoga studio and a yoga mentorship/studentship program.  It is because of what I see and hear in the yoga community that I see no value in the Yoga Alliance.  I have not always felt that way, even encouraged my teachers to join, I mistakenly believed it would
·      Make them better teachers
·      Allow them to get insurance
·      Allow my teachers to “train” other to teach
·      That my students cared
Nothing could be further from the truth. Read the rest of this entry

In pain and suffering, It is time to Shift and Revise,

In pain and suffering, It is time to Shift and Revise,
Pain and suffering, it is everywhere, but so is joy.  It is our true authentic self. Do you ever wonder how to rise above and become unaffected by the pain and suffering of others. Does this mean we must lose sight of compassion?
How can one not be affected and react to the negative energy while maintaining and staying in a space of peace?

It can be difficult to rise above it, not react, and stay in a place of joy, of love and acceptance.  Avoidance of people, places and things is not always possible. Many of us have to deal with pain and suffering in our homes or the workplace, but we do not have to let it define us.  You can choose which energies you wish to become a part of you and which you wish to release and be unaffected by. Read the rest of this entry

Reflections on our Reflections

Reflections on our Reflections
Reflections on our Reflections
images-9We all have the ability to Sense energy, but many of us lack the awareness of self, and it is thru this self awareness that we can tap into our innate ability to accurately sense energy. 
For just a moment, listen to the sounds around you, both inside the room and outside.  Don’t try to identify it just sense it.  What about fragrances, do you smell anything?  Touch, can you feel the clothes resting on your skin, your hair on your neck or face, maybe a gentle breeze made by your breath.  Can you sense the parts of your body resting on the earth, or the chair? Bring awareness to any taste in your mouth.
Now with your eyes closed, bring into the minds eye something you saw today that made you smile.  What picture came to your mind? What did it look like?  Feel like? Were there any emotions attached to this visualization. Read the rest of this entry

This is the practice of yoga, it all begins with you.

This is the practice of yoga, it all begins with you.

This is the practice of yoga, it all begins with you.

Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 7:05 PM
What is the practice of yoga?   It is many things for many people, but for me it has given the gift of mindfulness, of awareness.  Of a greater sense of gratitude as well as consciously being in my body.
Forgetfulness, It is not just a mental issue; it can also show up in the body.  No one is immune to the habitual state of forgetfulness, CRS (cant remember shit) as I often call it.  We are told we can keep our minds alert thru mental exercises, so why not the body.  As this forgetfulness or lack of awareness shows up in the physical body we lose awareness of sensation in certain muscles and or muscles groups in the body. Read the rest of this entry

Tapas, the niyama of discipline, try it.

Tapas, the niyama of discipline, try it.
At some point we are all going to reach a point in an asana where we are just not able to go any further.

Tapas, the niyama of discipline.  Tapas also means fire, a burning desire or drive aimed at quiting a bad habit or creating a new way of being.  How many times have you found your self looking back over the last few days, weeks, months or maybe years and you have not been to a yoga class.  What happened?  When you first found yoga you were there everyday, sometimes twice a day.  There was this excitement inside of you that grew with intensity after each class.  That is Tapas, and like any fire, it must be fed, it must be fueled or it will die out.  Each time you let that flame go out it becomes harder and harder to relight the fire and get it ablaze again. A practice based on discipline can help to build that fire of desire burning within.   Read the rest of this entry

Should Christians practice Yoga?

Should Christians practice Yoga?
Should Christians practice yoga? This is a question I  am often asked, and can even directly relate to as I was once uncertain of the relationship between Yoga and Christianity.   I refrain from associating my teaching with any doctrine as I believe what makes a practice Christian or Jewish or Hindu, is not its source, but its intent.  Christians are free to set their intention to deepen their awareness in Christ, thus making it a Christian practice. Read the rest of this entry

Symptoms and imbalances are the language of the body.

Symptoms and imbalances are the language of the body.
Written several years ago when I was healing from a broken ankle
 
First Chakimages-6ra work has been heavy in my practice as I not only have a new awareness of my physical foundation but I am having to reconnect with the foundation of my yoga practice.  I have a new awareness of the  importance of the ankle as my foundation, not just in my standing poses, but in so many other asanas.All of the asanas that require us to be on our knees rely heavily on our ankles, to be open to ground down thru the front of the foot to take pressure off of the knees.  Child’s pose requires the ankles to be flexible as well as up dog.  An injury gives you a perspective and awareness as well as gratitude towards the many uses of a particular body part.Symptoms and imbalances are the language of the body, and it is important that we listen to the  message.  If you find your knees hurt when you are on all fours, what can you do to bring more balance into the asana. Read the rest of this entry

“The body does not lie.”

“The body does not lie.”
images-5Spring is a time for renewal, and all this lovely rain has had a cleansing effect on me at a very deep personal level.  Into my third week of no weight bearing on this broke ankle I have alot of time to think, manifest and be open to possibilities.  As I hobbled over to the sliding glass doors to close them, it was as if I were truly closing a door, a chapter if you wish, and there was such peace.  I am still not sure how this chapter ends and the next one begins, but I find myself open and ready to receive, and redirect if need be. Read the rest of this entry

I am a yoga teacher and it is time for me to come out of the closet.

I am a yoga teacher and it is time for me to come out of the closet.
I am a yoga teacher and I am coming out of the closet

0_0_0_0_250_166_csupload_53525621In recent years, after taking on the often coveted role of yoga teacher and studio owner,  I find it harder and harder to call my self a yoga teacher.  I am more of a guide who is sharing what I know to be true for me in my life and in my body…. Today.  But for the sake of ease, lets go ahead and call me a yoga teacher.
I don’t have a script, and I don’t believe there is only one way.  But I do believe if I am to responsibly take the seat of the teacher I must have a strong personal practice.  Not just time on my mat in front of my students, or a note pad or a book, or my blog or facebook, but time on my mat facing all of my stuff. 
I am a yoga teacher and it is time for me to come out of the closet. Read the rest of this entry

A practice of awareness is a practice in gratefulness, as well as gracefulness.

A practice of awareness is a practice in gratefulness, as well as gracefulness.
imagesA friend recently shared a blog with me called  Yoga Clichés that Must Die. ~ Maya Georg
She states
Below are a few of the most common clichés I have heard through the years…and why we must never, ever buy into them.

Listen to Your Body.

If I listened to my body I would smoke four packs of cigarettes a day, drink a fifth of vodka, and eat nothing but chocolate ice cream as I lay on my couch.
Our bodies are creatures of comfort and routine. While it is true that our body is one of the very few things in this world we have some control over, the reality is we have all been betrayed by our body (think sneezes and gas).
Our body can only be mastered through discipline. No one ever spontaneously thinks: “Gee! I think I’ll sit absolutely still for an hour and contemplate the universe!” That’s why yoga, regardless of whether it is asana, jappa, or meditation, is called a practice.