The 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 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!
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
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
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
I am a yoga teacher and I am coming out of the closet
In 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.
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.