Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Zombies & Gunas...

"Good" Morning my loves...I put the word good in quotation marks because after watching last night's episode of The Walking Dead...I am not sure how good it actually is haha.

I won't give away any spoilers but let's just say that I had a good cry this morning and of course I had to celebrate the season premier with my Sox Box "Zombie Killer" knee highs

This weekend was my Yoga Teacher Training midterm and I am happy to say that I did pretty good and even got "Well Done" written on it which made my day.

During philosophy on Sunday we spoke about the three Gunas which are Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas.   

Sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious) occurs during the morning and this is the best time to meditate and calm your mind before the day takes over. During Sattva one should do one or more of these; meditate, read, study, play an instrument, write poetry, create a gratitude something that brings you closer to your higher self. 

Rajas (passion, activity, change) happens during the day and this is the time when we work and perform our daily activities. When in Rajas we should focus on our tasks for the, school, etc so we can transition to the last guna with little residual. 

Last but not least is Tamas (darkness, immobile, steady) which is when we wind down and relax for the day. This is when we press pause and let our body rest and heal.

All three Gunas are interactive and it is truly important to find balance with each of them. Here is a scenario that we do not want:

Alarm goes off and you hit snooze one too many times and boom you overslept. Now you are running around your house trying to get ready for work and before you know it, you are driving like a maniac to only arrive late to your office and now you have to stay late to make up for the time. NOW you get home even later in the evening and since you have been playing "catch up" all day, now you have to stay up until midnight and you repeat the whole cycle the next day?  

Who wants to live their life in such chaos?

Many people laugh at the fact that I wake up early to perform my morning routine but I wouldn't have it any other way because it sets the tone for my day. However, I do need to find more balance between Rajas and Tamas..these two have basically merged into one for me which is no bueno. 

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Roller Coaster Weekend....

Good Morning my loves! This weekend was a roller coaster ride of emotions. I experienced some really sweet highs followed by some overwhelming lows during my Yoga Teacher Training.

Saturday we had "The Joy of Yoga" workshop and this was the seminar that I was most excited about since we received our calendar of events.

Theresa from Healthy Vibrant You was our guest speaker and a fellow graduate of the Yoga school that I am attending.

We started the day performing a Lymphatic Drain Practice which she recommended we do every day in the morning to "unclog" our lymphatic system.

After lunch we did Desire Mapping which looked like this:

For each word, we had to brainstorm and write down words that popped in our head when we thought of what we wanted in each area of our life. After we were done, we reviewed our lists and identified which word or words appeared more than once and for me they were "Happy & Content".

We then broke into little groups and each had 1 minute to explain WHY we wanted to be yoga teachers and after that minute, the other two people in our group would give us just one word based on our story. I was very personal with the ladies in my group and the two words that they gave me were "Inspired & Compassion". We then put some music on and danced our words was such a beautiful release of emotion and happy tears. We laughed and said that it reminded us of Grey's Anatomy when Meredith and Cristina would "dance it out"

And now onto Sunday...

Sunday was a full day of Anatomy; our anatomy teacher Janine, is very knowledgeable and I believe she is a Surgical Nurse. As a personal trainer and health coach, I came into this thinking that I knew most of what we needed to know...yeah not so much. There's so much that we need to retain in these few months and the only way that I can describe it is, Overwhelming. Yesterday when I came home from school, the tears started to fall once I entered my apartment (they fell again in my video below).

The Yoga school that I am attending is one of the best in the country and they want to make sure that all their graduates represents them in the best light which I respect. Last week, I spoke about accepting the highs and lows in our life and this week was yet another lesson in that department.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: You Take The Good, You Take The Bad...

How many of you started to sing the "Facts of Life" theme song after reading the title of my post? I have been singing it all morning ha!

Today I want to talk about accepting the good and bad things in your life and knowing that everything is serving its purpose in your life.

This is something that we spoke about this weekend in Yoga Teacher Training and I definitely agree with. Everything that is happening in our lives is here for a reason...even if it is sorrow or pain.  We may not know what the reason is when you are in the eye of the storm but eventually it will unveil itself.

I also believe that if the bad things don't happen; we wont appreciate the happy moments. Yes, I have times when I am depressed and don't want to leave my home and I am sad for no particular reason but when the tides change and those waves of emotions pass..I am truly grateful for the blissful events in my life.

This week, if you have a hiccup in your life...just remember that something better is right around the corner.

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