Developed in India, yoga is a spiritual practice that has been evolving for the last 5,000 years or so.
Yoga means "union" in Sanskrit.
You do yoga will you become enlightened?
Well…you might (of course, it could take a few lifetimes of diligent practice). But then again you might not. But it doesn't really matter because yoga is a process, and there's a lot of good to be had along the way.
Even if you don't believe in the spiritual side of life, you can still do yoga. If you do yoga, chances are that you will feel its mental and physical effects.
Between work, home and all of the demands and stresses in between, it's easy to lose touch with who we are.
Through yoga we learn to develop a greater awareness of our physical and psychological states. As a result, we're in a position to better manage our reactions, feelings and responses we have to the various situations we deal with every day.
Yoga gives us control of ourselves. It clears the clutter and allows us to get back in touch with ourselves.
Yoga is union with self.
Yoga is about being in the world.
Whether you pursue yoga as a spiritual path or for its psycho-physiological benefits, yoga is for developing a deeper experience of your self and the world.
And it makes you feel really good.
I don’t know how anymore. Of many things. It’s this period of times when I feel at unease in my space, in my world, in my being, in my surroundings, yet keep looking for the anecdote and aid to make it all go away.
Hurting another human being, whether that being mentally, emotionally, physically or psychologically is unbearable. It is unbearable being a witness, a bystander, simply observing and viewing the event or events taking place right in-front of you. Imagine you witness that one day, in an event, in the street, amongst your friends. Perhaps you witness that more than once, maybe every week, maybe it’s your neighbours or loved ones.
There is something much worse than all of this. And it is when it’s even more unbearable being the one who’s causing this to someone you care or love for. Not with ill spite. Not with revenge. Not will bad influences. Not with a bad heart. The subtle yet powerful screams of cries due to pain and suffering. The body languages become stiff, rigid, uneased, hard. The facial expressions goes from numbness, indifference, anger, sadness, sorrow, despair, longing, compassion, love, tender caring, exhaustion, burnout, wanting this all to end.
It breaks your heart in a thousand million pieces each time you experience such a situation.
Unloved. Uncared for. Useless. Good for nothing.
When it does eventually end, after minutes, hours, days, weeks of pulling ourselves together; from the physical, emotional and mental damage that has been done and given. We start to open our eyes and immediately connect with your brain. What’s your brain saying? That’s logic? That’s reason? What’s cause? What’s the right and best way?
Try this; you wake up. You close your eyes again. Take a couple deep breath’s. Set some small, quick, little intentions for today. Open your eyes. Deep breathe in. Deep breathe out. Pray. Devote yourself. Then start listening to your heart, I always do this. Listen what it has to say, the good the bad, the excellent, the boring. You could even write notes about this if you wish.
Remember one thing:
Causing pain upon anyone gives yourself immense guilt, shame, regret and inadequacy. Yet we do it.
New week, new thoughts. My latest thoughts have been about the people in my life and how they affect me and my life. Friendships that you have had for years, but are now questioning them.
It’s rubbish to be thinking like this, but you reach a time in your life when you need to make yourself happy first before anyone else and yeah it’s awful cutting people from your life, but sometimes it has to happen for us to move on... anyway, those are my thoughts for today, what are yours? 🤔 #beeayogi
“Our bodies are just temporary vessels for our souls, which will go on forever. You really are an extension of the power that created the whole universe, no matter what drags you have on.”
Men and Women: We all come from the same place. We are all from the same exact source. There is both man and woman in all of us. Don't laugh, it did take your mother and father to conceive you, did it not? The body however, is merely an exterior. It is not who we are. At the core, we are much more than this shell. These outer impressions act only as a vehicle for the soul. That is all. And there is no difference between a man and a woman in love, a man and a man in love, or a woman and a woman in love. It is about two souls, who unconditionally love one another. That is what matters. Man and Woman are only exteriors. As such, we are fundamentally all the same. - Shāntiḥ
A little Christmas treat for our yoga clients this week. You've earned it! #lindtlove
There's still time to book a class. (Only $17 for a casual class this week. Book through our website or the mindbody app.
✨Bringing yoga to the dinner table✨
One of the many benefits of practicing yoga is you start to become more mindful and focused on the present moment.
Mindfulness, like yoga, allows you to notice how your body is feeling, your thoughts, and your behavior.
Here are 5 steps to bringing yoga to the dinner table:
🧘🏼♀️Breath - In yoga, we focus on our breath in order to bring awareness to our body and connect with how we’re feeling. The same can be done while eating. At the beginning, middle, and end of your meal take a deep breath and connect with your body. How are you feeling? Are you famished? Full? Also, notice the smells and taste of your food.
🧘🏽♂️Intention - At the beginning of yoga, we set an intention such as a word, phrase, or gratitude. Try doing the same before eating your meal. Many people say a prayer or gratitude for their meal. You can also set an intention that will guide you through the meal such as “I will enjoy the taste and smells of each bite.”
🧘🏽♀️Expectations - In yoga, we let go of expectations and judgement. There is no right or wrong way to practice yoga. It is what it is, yoga. It’s a way to connect our mind, body, and spirit. While eating, do the same. Let go of any expectation or judgement. There is no morality in eating. Food is neither good or bad. It is what it is, food. It is a way to fuel our bodies with nourishment and joy.
🧘🏿♂️Check-in - During our yoga practice, we take a moment to check-in and connect with our breath and body. The same is done with mindful eating. During your meal, pause and check-in with how you’re feeling? Are you still hungry? Does your food taste good?
🧘🏻♀️Satisfaction - There is nothing more satisfying in yoga than when you reach savasana. It takes all of the work and fire you built in your practice and provides you with total relaxation. At the end of your meal instead of jumping up, sit and appreciate the feeling of satisfaction and nourishment your food provided. Eating is not only meant to fuel us, but also to give us joy.
To start, choose one meal to practice mindful eating. Once you get the hang of it, add another meal. Rinse and repeat.
6 DAY COUNT DOWN
until the shortest day - The Winter Solstice.
FACT - Friday, 21 December 2018 will have 8 hours, 49 minutes less daylight than the summer Solstice (June). At this stage of the calendar year we are tired. Often we choose to do something active i.e. running or fast flowing yoga to kick start ourselves, in the hope to bring about more energy. This only depletes our energy more.
Naturally our bodies want to withdraw, basically hibernate.
If we do some restorative yoga at this time we can recharge our batteries, help sleep deeper and stimulate our immune systems.
For the 7 days I’ll post some of my favourite restorative postures and on Friday will send a video putting them all together in a routine. Each can be done separately if you don’t have time or indeed fall asleep while doing them 😬. POSE 2 - Supported Downward Facing Dog (Adhomukha Svanasana)
From pose 1 (yesterday) stretch your arms forward and straighten your arms. Come onto your hands and knees the lifting your bottom into the air come into head down dog. Resting your head on the bolster or a rolled up blanket or block on top of the bolster.
Often with the head connected to the bolster/block we can achieve greater space in the neck and shoulders and a stronger connection with the legs.
Try it for yourself!
• stretches the whole of the body
• calms the nervous system
• stills the mind (with head resting)
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to drag myself to a yoga class. Sometimes it’s what we have to do. Ah, but when we leave, we feel supercharged.
Join me tomorrow morning at 9 for the 1 hour hot class @bodyheatyogasarasota
Celebrate ✨THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE ✨
Time 🕒 to smile ☺ and blow out 🌬 another candle 🎂 25 Y/O 🎊 .
Every new day, is a day that time is given. Like every new birthday is a remembrance we are the lucky ones with more time.. Celebrating another year of time that we were able to enjoy, connect, have fun, to be alive!
No better way to be thankful for TIME than to SMILE 😍
I'm working on not using the common "I don't have time"-sentence anymore.. As this is not true. We tend to spent much time to "kinda" unimportant things. So when I feel like "I don't have time", I try to wake myself up, and be aware that it's a choice how to spent time. And I take a moment to feel the love for life, the gratitude for being alive, and spending time with things that fill my life with joy and happiness 🌻🌻🌻 .
Enjoy your time, make the best out of it. And never let your birthday pass by unnoticed. I used to dislike my birthday so much.. But I try to look at it in a different way nowadays. CELEBRATING to show my gratitude to my parents, to this incredible life itself that I can live, to all the people around me who are worth living for, and to myself.. Being grateful for trying to be the best version of myself daily, to take care of myself so I'm able to take care for the people around me 💛 Grateful for this mind, body, soul, that is challenging me enough to grow, and is open to receive the love and connection of this world.
Start this week with a moment to reflect on the time that has been given to you, the time that surround you: past, present, future.
Reflect on who you are, what you've been through, where you are today, and where you want to go.. And then.. SMILE BIG 😁
That's the biggest gift you can give to yourself. That's my birthday gift to myself 🎈💘 .
Love to you all! Xxx Loba-Luna .
Join me tomorrow I'll be teaching Holy Yoga at Fellowship Denver Church!
Ready to connect your heart, mind, body and soul to your depth and love of Christ? Join Emmy Gaines R-HYI as she leads a bi-weekly Holy Yoga class at Fellowship Denver Church Monday’s (see below for specific dates) from 915-1015. Come and sink deep into saturation of the Word, listening to the Spirit and digging deep into the temple of Christ. Childcare available. Class is suggested donation of $5-$10 additional $5 donation suggested per family using childcare. Classes start promptly at 915am in the Sherman Room. Church building opens at 9am please arrive early to get settled. Feel free to email me with any questions or to fill out your waiver before attending class. firstname.lastname@example.org
With this #yogaeverywhere picture want to recommend you super awesome tv series I’m enjoying now: Marco Polo on Netflix 🖥 it’s inspired by adventures of Italian explorer in the court of Kublai Khan. Very interesting and educational, great costumes and actors. 👌
One of the top tv series in my list this year 👀
📷 by @dima_sikorski
WE’RE HERE FOR A REASON...
I believe that the reason is to throw little torches of light out to lead people through the dark. — Whoopi Goldberg
Darkness can be changed to light with a single candle or a warm smile.
Are you here to provide the candle or to share a smile?
Want to help your digestion and tummy tone during the indulgence of the season? . .
Funny looking but VERY effective! .
Nauli is one of the Kriyas or Shatkarma (cleaning exercises) from Yoga. The exercise is claimed to serve the cleaning of the abdominal region - digestive organs, small intestine and is based on a massage of the internal belly organs by a circular movement of the abdominal muscles.
Nauli is an exercise of the classical Hatha Yoga but is not taught often in yoga schools. Nauli is considered as a difficult exercise, which can be learned only with perseverance and patience. (Wikipedia)
“Gaining maturity in yoga practice involves learning to respect the paths that other people are on and acknowledging their merits, maybe even acknowledging that your own path is lacking in some area where another one excels.” Geeta Iyengar 🕊