Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Sometimes You Have To Be A Bug...

Good morning my loves.

I had another wonderful weekend at my 500 Hours Yoga Teacher Training. On Saturday we had a  Workshop "The Wall is With You" which was very interesting.

I thought that this would be an easier day since we had the wall to support us but boy was I wrong. The wall is not very forgiving and it doesn't let you "cheat" when doing a posture since it holds you upright. When I did Revolved Triangle on the wall, I felt my chest fully open and my heart was lifted to the sky.

We joked in class about the things that we as teachers put ourselves through so that our students can get the best experience when they step foot into our class. You want to try to be able to relate to all your clients and understand what they are feeling in a particular Asana...

Even if that means you have to go against the wall and look like a splattered bug on a windshield lol

Yesterday in Philosophy we spoke about the Third Eye Chakra and Mokshapriya lead us through a guided meditation to bring focus to this chakra (I describe it below in my video). Our Third eye, is our "sixth sense" and it's that little voice in your head that sometimes whispers "go down this road instead" is our intuition. 

Some how we came into a discussion about money and the negative stigma that is attached to it. Mokshapriya reminded us that when we teach, we must get paid; in order for our students to benefit from it. Money is a transfer of energy and in order for someone to benefit from your services they must give you something in return.

Imagine if someone gave you a new car for free and now imagine if you worked really hard and saved up for long time to buy a new car ...which car would you treat with more respect? The one that you didn't earn or the one that you worked hard for?  

Yesterday afternoon we had anatomy with Janine (I call her the body whisperer). Janine always knows exactly how to adjust you and just how far she can push us. Yesterday she adjusted me in Uttanasana (standing forward bend); she had me put more weight on the balls of my feet so that I wasn't leaning back. She kept telling me to lean forward and I felt like I was going to fall right over. I said to her "I am going to fall". and she said "don't worry, I'm here" and with those words, I trusted her...

Like I said...she is the body whisperer


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Restorative Yoga & Joy Of The Unknown

This weekend was amazing at the Ashram...this place is seriously becoming my second home. 

On Saturday, I took a Restorative Yoga class. 

I have to be honest; before taking this class, I had some preconceived notions about it. I never took this style of yoga before and when someone asked me last week what it was about, I would joking answer “Adult Napping”. These misconceptions were soon erased. 

I appreciated the fact, that the minute we walked into the ashram, the incense was burning and Michele was playing soothing music…it instantly told my body to relax. She thoroughly explained all the postures we would get into and was very attentive in using various props to adjust us. She was very good in positioning my body, for it to completely melt into the mat. At some points it felt like my body was floating and when my palms were facing up, I could feel energy pulsating through them. 

For the most part, I enjoyed all the postures except for one. It is not that I didn’t like the spinal twist but I felt like I could not truly take deep breaths when my body was lying on the bolster. I could hear my heart pounding which made me feel uncomfortable. Maybe my "girls" got in the way ha

I thought that the class would drag and I would become restless since it was an hour and a half but it flew by. Before I knew it, we were done and my body felt completely relaxed. The next time that I take a restorative class, I need to control my mind a little better to fully embrace the experience. I had to constantly remind myself to think “So Hum” to bring myself back to the present moment.  

I think that I will be adding more restorative classes to my routine…it was a wonderful experience and like I said right after “that was delicious”. 

On Sunday we had a guest speaker at Sunshine Lecture, Mark. Mark spoke of "The Joy Of The Unknown". This topic intrigued me because as someone that suffers from anxiety, I tend to fear the unknown and want to make shifts to change my perspective. 

Mark reminded us that Faith is what helps you not fear the unknown and that we can set our intentions but we can't be attached to them. Not everything will go our way and we have to remember to not waste our energy on things we can not change because everything happens for a reason but we don't need to know the reason just yet. "Energy goes where intention flows".

One thing that stuck out to me was when he said that we need to stop making the "what if's" into something negative and instead think "what if I succeed...what if this is right for me, etc" 

Or like my tattoo says "What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?"

As Mark, said "everything happens for a reason but we don't to need to know the reason"

I have to make a conscious effort to learn to have peace in every moment and be present...easier said than done ha. This will come in handy tomorrow when I teach my Valentine's day "Sunrise Stretch" at my gym....eek

Watch my vlog below where I discuss more about the restorative class and of course other rambles. 

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: WorkoutLabs Yoga Cards

Happy Monday! I am in a particularly good mood this morning and I think it's because I was in my yoga bubble all weekend. I can't put into words how grateful I am to be part of this 500 hour yoga teacher training. This morning when I was walking home from the gym, I made it a point to be present and enjoy the birds chirping, the blue sky, and of course walking over to my favorite tree to say "Hello"

This weekend at training we spoke more about the Gita which of course was wonderful and insightful. It reminded me once again, that I am on the right path and following my dharma. Yesterday afternoon we did a lot of balance poses which involved Warrior 3, Half Moon, Revolved Half Moon, etc.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been searching for Yoga Cards on Amazon and one in particular stood out to me. (The people at WorkoutLabs were so kind and sent over a deck for me to review.)

A couple of reasons that the WorkoutLabs Yoga Cards were on the top of my list is because:
  • They have both the English and Sanskrit names for all the poses
  • Breaks down what each pose is working including organs (this is VERY important to me because yoga is much more than just a "workout")
  • Includes 47 yoga cards, 3 breathing exercises, meditation card, and sequences to follow (or create your own!)
I love that they organize the cards by color based on the category of poses (example Back bends are in orange). On the front of each card is an image of the pose and on the back you will find the instructions as well as identifying what positive effects this pose will have on your body as well as which organs are benefiting from it.

If you are new to yoga, these are very beneficial because they come with 5 practices based on what you need for that day.  All you have to do is match the number on the card to the number in the sequence or you can base it on just the colors if you want more variety.

I am a visual person so these will definitely be in my arsenal! They are going to be a life saver when I format my classes as well as remembering the Sanskrit name for the poses which is required in my training. I recommend them to anyone who is new to yoga or if you want to deepen your practice...check out my video below for more information on the cards.

*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% mine. (I am in love with these cards!)

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