Posts written by Shannon Connell

A Sense of Adventure

Yoga reminds us that having a human birth is an awesome opportunity! In the eyes of God it does not matter if you are physically beautiful, or materially rich. Yea it’s maybe some good karma, but what we do with the life we live is how we approach freedom for not just us, but for all.

The superficial is not important to the yogi. The connection to cosmic consciousness is important. Consciousness is connection. Through the practices of yoga the body will be its most beautiful, yet as yogis we are most interested in the quality of consciousness. Life is limited. Take good care of your body so you can become conscious.

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Life As A Yoga Instructor

I chose to have my career as a yoga instructor. There is a lot that goes into it and it constantly develops my public speaking, my creativity, courage, and motivates me to show up to the moment. What qualifies us to teach yoga is that we practice yoga. We must practice what we teach. We also must really love people.

Like any other mission, or purpose in life, it will present us with challenge and some heart break, but as yoga teachers we are humbly willing to show up and rise to the moment, heal our selves, and do all that we can to be of service to our community. It is a great honor to be of service, to inspire people back to their true nature, back to joy.

The goal of teaching yoga is to assist others in the experience of yoga, in enlightenment, consciousness, and liberation from attachment and separation. If we are teaching yoga we have probably experienced moments of this bliss in our personal practice, and we want to share it with every body.

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RECIPE for Yoga

Remember that you now call the shots in your life. You are totally empowered to affect what ever change you desire for your life. You are a resonance and a co creator. You can have everything you desire for your life. You just have to know that with your whole being.

The mind is the most powerful tool.

When the thoughts of the mind are unconscious, they can cause all sorts of problems. Usually most of unconscious thinking is not even real. It is usually governed by our past, or our fear/desire for the future.

Right here, right now is the only true reality that will remain with us throughout our existence.

Here is a recipe I learned from my teachers and from my experience with yoga:

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CHOOSE

We are constantly presented with choices. What do I want to eat? Am I even hungry? Do I need this or that? Should I resign the lease? Should I stay in this relationship? Should I stay another year with my job? Etc. Our choices will determine our reality of the here and now. The here and now is really all there is. Commitment to the moment helps us to make good decisions. Staying grounded in the here and now will assist in the ability to choose consciously. Some choices can cause us to become ungrounded. Some choices expend incredible amounts of energy. Yoga reminds us that it doesn’t have to.

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Tapas: Growing Personal Power: The Practice of Discipline

Tapas is the third of Patanjali’s Niyamas (personal observances), in Sanskrit it is heat, transformation, austerity, discipline, and the burning up of impurities. It is related to the Solar Plexus chakra, Manipura, which element is fire. Fire is the most transformative element. To cultivate more personal power, inner strength, and self confidence it is important to practice Tapas.

Will power will grow if you decide to do something and do it. Will power will decrease if you decide to do something and don’t do it. We work our will power just like a muscle. We have to train for it.

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We are a Resonance

Our body, our being, our spinal cord, and our nervous system is like an antenna, a satellite. We receive all that is coming in. We have to feel it because we are on a path to something. It is vital to our health that we learn to listen and respect all that is coming in. We are a resonance. We must bring consciousness to our resonance.

We are constantly being fed with sources of inspiration. Whether it comes from the world, from our community, our culture, our relationships, our past, or our desire for our future, it is important to bring mindfulness into how we metabolize these things. If we are interested in a happy life, we must purify our nervous system, and become responsible for our resonance.

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We Learn Through Being In Relationship

Most of us are in a co-dependent, and dysfunctional relationship with our mind. Most of us are unconsciously creating excessive and psychological reliance that is dependent on our identification to our thoughts. This is a one sided relationship. The mind should not be relied upon for our self-esteem, and for self-identification.  This is abusive.

True self confidence comes from the connection to the inherent self, which nature is, joy, peace, and love. Begin the psychotherapeutic process that clears the lens of perception, revealing to you, your inherent nature, which lives in each and every cell of the body and lives within the mind, and it’s every thought. Strive to dis-identify first with the thoughts of the mind that are unconscious and not serving in order to begin to co create with the mind. We start this through cultivating the art of observation. The art of mindfulness. We begin to observe the mind think.

Usually we observe that the thoughts are either governed by our past, our memories, our perception of our memories, our emotional storage, attachments, etc., or our thoughts are governed by our desires or fears about the future. Both of these goverences are not grounded in reality. Reality is only true in the here and now moment. There are infinite possibilities of outcomes. We have to bring our mindfulness to how our present reality and resonance is being guided by these things of past, or future. And then we have to ask ourselves if that is even real. If that is even true for us, or the vibe we would like to co create with.

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Humility

With out humility, understanding is not truly possible. The beginning of knowledge is humility. Humility means that one should not be anxious to have the satisfaction of being honored by others. The material conception of life makes us very eager to be honored by others.

Yoga says that the entry point to enlightenment is humility. Being humble symbolizes that we are willing to learn something new. Yoga inspires us, to be uncertain, to be humble, is to have the power to change. When life humbles us we have a choice to take it, to be humble, to change, and it is something to celebrate.

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Manifesting

What will get us to what we want is our growth. We will get it when we are ready for it. Manifestation requires the use of our imagination and our intention. We have to be creative to imagine what it is that we want. When disconnected from our imagination most of us are just focused on survival and the manifestation of things for our comfort. When we really get into the art of manifestation it is important to be clear on what it is that you want and to align your thoughts, and behaviors towards that. Consciousness is important.

Sometimes we manifest things that we don’t want but we have an underlying energy, thought and emotion that is negative. It is important to work on emotional healing to assist in the cleansing of our cells. Yes, we store our thoughts and emotions in our cells. Our minds and our emotions are the most powerful tools to creation of experience. It is our thoughts and our emotions that inspire our desire to create. Our body is the vehicle for our awareness and our awareness is the collection of all our thoughts, all our emotions, all of our karma.

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Free Will

Yoga says that we all have free will. We create our own karma. This is the most loving thing the creator of all could do for us. We get to learn about our selves and our true nature on our own timing. We get to naturally come to freedom. We get to do it, and this is the whole essence and journey of our human experience.

We should be mindful on how we allow for the free will of others to naturally unfold. Yoga says if we infringe on the free will of other beings then we too are operating from the space where we feel confined and controlled. If we can relax into the experience and side step our need to control what is happening, and learn to calm our own nervous system we will find the energy becomes softer, we can find the freedom.

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Shannon Connell