Gratitude journals have been around for a long time, perhaps getting a boost a few years back with books like “The Secret”. The same is true for vision boards and affirmations. And, although these ideas might have seemed trendy for a while, both have become part of me and my life since.
If you are thinking about creating a journal, now might be just the time to pick up a pen and start writing. Read the rest of this entry
Just when you think time can’t more any faster it seems to me it can. Is the rule the older you get the shorter the minutes, days and years seem and time just flies by at a pace that’s super impossible to keep up with?
I realized recently that my current thinking toward time passing me by was resulting in a feeling of being completely out of control….never a comforting feeling. So in an effort to slow the clock down and gain some of my power back, I decided I must change my thinking and a few of my habits.
As with any problem, a good place to start is my current beliefs or perceptions of what the problem is.
Perceived Problem: Time is passing me by (way too quickly).
Perceived Result: Feeling completely out of control (and a bit depressed / scared… you name it…I was feeling it). Read the rest of this entry
Yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar is credited with popularizing yoga in the West, and even today in his 90s, he continues to practice yoga. He’s also credited with introducing the use of yoga props. Although modern students may not consider yoga towels and yoga mats props, per se, but rather necessities, these, as well as other tools, such as yoga blocks and yoga straps, are part of many yoga studios today. Iyengar believes that using props promotes proper alignment and body mechanics when performing the asanas (poses).
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When the beginning yoga or ayurvedic student asks the question, “How do ayurveda and yoga work together?” the answer may be as simple as considering how the two modalities complement and function seamlessly together. The principles of ayurveda incorporate the three doshas (or energies) that constitute the world around us, as well as our body types. By discovering which dosha governs your constitutional make-up, you can find a complementary form of yoga to harness that energy most effectively for an enhanced sense of well-being and then discover how both ayurveda and yoga work best together. Read the rest of this entry
When you ask What is Ayurveda? to the National Institute of Health, medical clinicians will describe it as a complementary and alternative medicine, or a whole medical system, that offers the practitioner a way to enhance well-being through diet, meditation and herbal remedies. When you ask a student of the practice “What is Ayurveda,” they will tell you its meaning: “ayur” is the Hindu word for “life,” and “veda” means science. The Vedic culture in India dates back over 5000 years, and the ancient Greek physicians used many of the principles incorporated in ayurvedic medicine to treat and cure disease. Lately, the resurgence in integrative therapies in the medical community has many people asking, “What is Ayurveda?” Read the rest of this entry
Walking into the studio with your comfy clothes on and your gym bag slung over your shoulder may be like entering an oasis, away from the day-to-day stresses of reality; but once you drive out of the parking lot afterward, your once-cleared mind fills up again with what to make for dinner, who to pick up from what after-school event and that schedule change you need to make at the office. A yoga retreat allows you to focus on your yoga practice in a nurturing, stress-free environment, generally away from those distractions that take us out of ourselves. A yoga retreat can also be a vacation getaway with a little yoga thrown in so consider what you ultimately want to take away with you, as well as your budget constraints. Read the rest of this entry
Running is one of the most inexpensive and easiest ways to stay in shape, theoretically, but it can also be one of the most destructive when it comes to the toll it can take on the muscles and joints. Many beginning runners start off with a good pair of running shoes, a training log and high hopes, but over the course of a month may find themselves with aches and pains they never thought possible. Slow and steady wins the race, but this concept can be lost on the novice runner who, like the hare in Aesop’s fable, may take off fast then get sidelined by injuries, only to be beaten by the more conservative tortoise. Read the rest of this entry
Are you a type A personality living a workaholic lifestyle? Most of us to some degree are burning the candle at both ends, which certainly increases our odds that our lifestyle includes unhealthy habits. But the research is in and the message is clear. It’s time to add a healthy and fun habit to your daily routine – meditation.
Eastern philosophies have recognized the health benefits of meditation for thousands of years. Meditation lowers blood pressure, strengthens the immune system and delivers an overall improvement in your ability to concentrate. And the best part about meditation, is you don’t need to be a Buddhist monk to experience the many health benefits of meditation.
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Of the many benefits gained from practicing yoga, perhaps two that are on the top of the list are relaxation and de-stressing, especially these days. Everyday we’re bombarded with bad news and stress, reinforced over and over again throughout our day. The good news is that yoga can help combat the negativity and stress that surround us daily.
Here are a few tips for getting the optimal stress relief out of your home yoga session:
Step 1: Choose a quiet place where you won’t be distracted or disturbed. Often when you are new to meditation, it is easy to get distracted, so consider putting ear plugs in your ears or even your iPod ear buds in your ears…but forgo playing your Hit List for now.
Step 2: Sit on the floor or in a chair. If you choose to sit on the floor, you may want to put a blanket under you for some extra padding. Once you have some meditation time under your belt, you might want to consider purchasing a zafu and/or a zabuton. A zafu is a round traditional mediation cushion, measuring about 35cm and stuffed with buckwheat hull. A zafu is positioned under a person practicing meditation in a cross legged seated position for extra comfort. A zabaton is a cushion traditionally used in Japanese homes for seating. When meditating, a zabuton or yoga blanket is often set on the floor and then a zafu is placed on top of the zabaton or yoga blanket for added comfort. Using a zabuton, yoga blanket and/or zafu when meditating is more comfortable than sitting directly on the floor. The zafu also helps to maintain proper posture for the health and comfort of your back. These meditation accessories can help define that special place you have created for meditation.
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