Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Be Flexibile...

Good Morning loves! It is a gorgeous morning here in NYC...Fall has definitely arrived and I welcome it with open arms.

I had another educational weekend at my Yoga Teacher Training, which included a lot of Triangle/Trikonasana poses (demonstrating a variation below)....

Triangle can look so simple but it takes a lot to maneuver your body into need to focus on your chest, pelvis, hips, ribs....the list goes on and on. It just shows me that I need to be consistent with my practice and not be beat myself up because I am always learning.

Speaking of not being hard on myself...this weekend I learned that I have to be more flexible, OFF THE MAT.

As you know: I love my routine...sometimes to a fault. This weekend in philosophy, Mokshapriya asked us "What is stopping you from meditating" and I couldn't really think of anything because I try to stay consistent with my routine. If I had to choose one thing, it would be that I am lazy. When I say lazy, I mean that sometimes I want to stay in bed a bit more and hit snooze one too many times and when I do wake up, I am running around my apartment like a chicken with its head cut off.

She pointed out that, it isn't about me being lazy but the fact that I am such a slave to my routine and don't leave any wiggle room for change. This confused me because I thought one of the main things about being a Yogi is discipline (tapas). She reminded me that yes, I do need to be disciplined but I need to be open to hear God at any moment.

I applied it to my routine this morning and was pleasantly surprised. I usually meditate and follow it with  prayer and then choose an Angel Card for the day but I changed it up a bit (which I wasn't planning to do).

I set my alarm to meditate for fifteen minutes and two minutes into it, something inside of me told me to pray first and then grab a card. Normally I would have ignored this little voice but thankfully today I listened.

Check out my video below to see what my Angels said to me about my studies and how I need to be more careful about what I put out into the Universe ...

(I am little sick today so it took a bit for my thoughts to come together but I hope you take a moment to watch) 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Namaste In Bed...

Happy rainy Monday morning my loves. (Before I begin, make sure to check out the end of this post for a special offer to my readers...)

I had yet another amazing weekend at Yoga Teacher Training. On Saturday we had a four hour Core Workshop (why did I hear the Gilligan's Island theme song when I wrote that ha) and I felt every single muscle in my core. After my training, I came back home and implemented some of the things we learned and was finally able to master a pose that I have tried in the past and failed...many many times...

Eka Pada Koundinyasana II

This takes me into something that I learned this weekend in Philosophy. We began to study the Raja Yoga Sutras of Sage Patanjali and one of the Sutras stood out to me. 
Sutra 14:

"Practice for a long time, unbroken, with love, attention or honor, and truthful service, then we will have a firm ground (of what we are learning or trying to achieve)"

This pertains to ANYTHING we are trying to achieve in life. In my video below, I used my marathon training as an example. When you decide to train for a marathon, you need to train for a very long time. Your training has to be consistent (unbroken) so that you are able to increase you mileage. Towards the end of the training, you will might start to hate it because you are running so much but you need to change your mindset. You don't need to love it but you do need to respect the training and in the end trust the process. 

I learned so much this weekend and shared some more of it on my vlog...including how long it takes for us to get over anger and what having anger stops us from getting in the long run.


Sooooo I am sure most have you seen the saying "Namaste In Bed" all over social media; I absolutely love it. Since the weather is getting a little cooler, I wanted to get a new Traveling mug and have this quote on it. I checked on Amazon first because I am sucker for instant gratification and wanted it "NOW" but I didn't find any that drew me in. I checked on Etsy and found some nice ones but then I found the perfect one....

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They have hundreds of mugs to choose from and I know you will find the perfect one for yourself or as a gift. 

Speaking of gifts...we have a gift for YOU. Head over to 52 Blue Avenue and get 10 percent off your first purchase with the code "Namastemari16" (offer expires 10/16/16) 

Check out my video for even more rambles....

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: The Journey Begins...

Happy Monday my loves....

This weekend was so wonderful. I started my Yoga Teacher Training this Saturday and I can't even explain how happy I am. We were told to come into this journey as beginners so that we can truly absorb everything that they are going to teach us.

We learned so much this weekend; including the four branches of yoga, the five bodies of men, breathing techniques, a couple of Asanas (we practiced them for hoooours), and the 8 limb of Yoga which I shared recently on Instagram.
Yesterday in philosophy class,  Mokshapriya spoke about meditation and I learned a couple of interesting things that I wanted to share with you guys:

You should not meditate between midnight and 3 am because those are the hours of "dark Meditation"
Meditate for at least 15 minutes
The optimal time for meditation is right before the sunrises (Woohoo this is when I do it)
Even if you can't get into the actual meditation, just sitting for those 15 minutes is worth it
You can't teach people how to concentrate but not how to meditate
Set an intention before you begin your meditation. 

Yesterday something else very beautiful occurred, we experienced Harmonic Immersion at the Ashram. The fact that this took place on September 11th made this even more special for me and I have began to cry...for all those lives that were lost and because we were experiencing so much love on this day.

Check out my vlog below for even more rambles and a little clue about something I am going to share with you guys NEXT WEEK.

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