Posts in Yoga

Yoga Teachers, Hold the Seat!

A teacher looses the seat when self-absorbed. As teachers we must get over our selves and show up to serve. We must truly embody and practice yoga to qualify for teaching yoga.

Holding the seat means to stay in contact, to stay in relationship. The Sanskrit word Asana literally translates to seat, which in yoga represents the relationship to the Earth, all beings and all things. As teachers we must not loose the connection. We must no longer see ourselves as separate. A yogi practices, seeing the art of God in everything. A yogi practices, seeing the best in others, their inherent nature, and thus creates the space of allowance for others to become just that, their best.

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Hot Yoga: Physiological and Psychological Benefits to Adding Heat and Humidity to Practice

There are so many dimensions to the practice of yoga. Often there are no words to describe the reason we keep going back to our hot yoga classes. It is just something we begin to feel. There is such a sense of cleanliness once showered and nourished with fresh water after the practice. To people who have never gone to a hot yoga class, they may think it sounds like torture to stay 90 minutes in a room heated to 115 degrees and up to 40-50 percent humidity. To the disciplined hot yogi there are days when we may want to scream, pass out, lie down, or leave the room.

Knowing why we are doing what we are doing can be of great benefit and motivation when we are exhausted, drenched in sweat, and about only half way through the standing balancing series. The heat and humidity puts our bodies into physiological responses that are of incredible healing benefit. The mind is also stretched in the practice revealing many psychological benefits. Read More

Reclaiming Your Intuition

Have you ever gone against your own intuition? How did that work out for you?

Have you ever felt so numb to your internal signals that you didn’t even sense what your intuition is communicating to you? Or have you ever consciously overthrown your own intuition for your desire to be loved and accepted? Maybe you overrode your intuition hoping to prove that you were a perfect match for a partner, a job, a community, rather than sensing and questioning if the relationship, job, or community was a good match for you. Please remember there is nothing to prove in love and acceptance, and that true love and acceptance must begin within. We must start with ourselves.

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Moving Beyond Disappointment

There is an excitement in imagining opportunity manifest. When opportunity arises and we truly believe ourselves to deserve it, we start to see and feel ourselves experiencing what it is that we want. We imagine it so completely we begin to engage our senses. We may even start to communicate to our friends that it is “happening!” Then we get the notice that we were not chosen.

It is disappointing.

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Imagination Explorations

Patanjali, author of The Yoga Sutras, shares that there are five states of mental activity; understanding, misunderstanding, memory, sleeping, and imagination.  Imagination seems to be a challenging mental activity for those of us raised and living in our current cultural, social, educational, and economic system.  Or so we remember.  How often do we as adults imagine, like we did as a child? I remember my childhood imagination explorations including faeries, castles, mythical creatures, dances, romances, flying, time traveling, body swapping, etc.

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Know your Instrument

When we have a clear realization about our capacity, we can be realistic about our effort.  Stress and anxiety often comes from too much expectation, or too much ambition.  Knowing your capacity can help in setting limits and boundaries to ensure that your efforts are in alignment with your truth, and values.  It’s hard to gage our future capacity, especially when we meet the moment of our previously filled schedules.  Calendars, work/survival responsibilities can offset presence, and distract us from our essence of joy, and the in-joy-ment of being alive.

Take a moment to explore what it is you truly value in life, and set your priorities towards that. I have come to experience that when I am doing and experiencing a life I love to live that my standards for living simplify, that my calendar clears to allow for spontaneous creativity, that my nervous system calms, that I have the capacity to show up to the moment by moment scenarios of my life, and greet them with an open and warm heart.

Depression and Anxiety: It’s the Now or Never Calling.

Depression and Anxiety: It’s the Now or Never Calling.  By: Shannon Connell, Health Psychology

Depression and Anxiety maybe aren’t disorders of mind, rather disorders of focus. It is the chance to surrender and heal soul wounds. And why is it not socially acceptable to take a few days to rest and restore in preparation for change? To such degree you need a Doctor’s note to take some time off from the rat race, and relationships feel threatened? Socially, most are conditioned to find joy in other’s company. Media boast about all the parties, and travels. What about the company you keep with yourself? Depression isn’t healed with medication, or avoidance through social escapes. Research supports that medications make depression worse.  Depression is healed with love, loving self, and taking the time and space to explore soul wounds to heal.

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Limitation is Due to The Mind.

Everyone looks at things from their own viewpoint. There are multiple truths, multiple perspectives, based on the perception. This shows not only distinctions in perceptional experience, but also distinction of one mind’s view from others. The mind perceives from its own experience and preparation.

Self forgets itself by relating to mind and body. As humans, we eat, breathe, love, and die within our physical forms. So it makes sense we associate with the physical. Our experiences within the physical create much of our mind stuff. But we are so much more! True Nature becomes imbued with the belief that it is limited to the body, and starts to think of itself as a product of cause and effect, time, a particular family, society, nation, planet. Thus, the soul gets shut out from true life.  Limitation is due to the mind. When this is realized the psychological self can reach beyond the things of the mind.

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To accept disappointment for another to be true to themSelf- Love.

There is incredible opportunity to experience Divine Love through letting go of attachment to how we desire love to show up in our lives.  A Divine Love that seeps into our Be-ing through the practice of just showing up, grounding, clearing, truly seeing and admitting, letting go, and letting God.  I am currently a fan, and humbled practitioner, of not personalizing experience in relationship, even the relationship to Self.  To love with out need, greed, attachment.  To be playful in the balancing act of giving and receiving.  To be my own provider, witness, creator, destroyer.  To disappoint another to be true to mySelf, and to accept disappointment for another to be true to themSelf.  Is this grace, beauty, True Love?

Finding acceptance in the Highest.  Gratitude in the surrender. Excitement in the tests of Faith.  The ecstatic Soul which gets to learn something new.  Free W.I.L.L.- Willingness In Life & Learning, centered in Joy regardless of storm.

Courage for this conduit to flow Love.  No Thing lasts forever.

Intention.  Repetition.  May me/we Be receptive to Divine Grace.

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True Love.  The I in I.