A large part of Meditation is the dance of breath, and the guiding of breath in Pranayama such as Ujjayi and even breathing, such as in this video, can be a beautiful gateway into a deep state of peace.
Maintaining a beautiful posture or seat in meditation is part of why the practice of asana is such a foundational and integral part of the practice.
When your heart sings, beauty breathes more fully within you and shines brightly all around you.
But to hear the song of your heart, you have to first listen.
Within silence, all sound exists. Every melody and beat is there, waiting for their time – ready to contribute to the dance of life.
You know when you hear or feel a deep truth? It moves you. It hits something far within, maybe bringing tears to your eyes.
The song of your heart comes from truth, from the pure love-light being who you truly are. And every time you pause to tune into your breath, or listen to the call of your spirit, that truth becomes more clear.
Even if you don’t actually like to sing out loud, we each have a beautiful singer within. When you honor yourself by following the path that your soul asks you to take, your own personal song lights up the entire matrix of life that we call the world and universe.
The following video is me singing one of the songs of my heart. The mantra itself came to me in a meditation, and the melody simply appeared one day, birthed out of silence. I hope you enjoy it.
Good alignment is good therapy, and optimal alignment is what brings the freedom in yoga therapy.
This can be anything from knowing how to place your hands and feet to aligning with your intention and coming into the natural pulsation of the breath.
One thing that comes up a lot for people is pressure or pain in the wrists. However, when you use the alignment principles of Anusara® yoga and apply them to your own body, that pressure and pain can disappear.
When you’re in a weight bearing pose on your hands (downward dog, handstand, push-ups, plank, gardening, etc.) your foundation has a lot to do with what you feel in your wrists. This means the way you place your hands and fingers translates to what you feel.
The following video that explains three of the most important points to know about how to align your hands.
Though this video speaks mostly to the added challenge of having your hands on uneven ground, this alignment goes for any surface and position where your whole hand is on the ground. When you practice outside or on carpet, the stakes are higher and it becomes even more important to align mindfully. Watch to find out why…
Try out my Magic Mix of fitness and yoga at the super fun Kamloops Yoga Boot Camp for women! The following workout is a great example of how you can transform your body and come back to center using this combination.
Get your blood moving, strengthen your muscles, and then lengthen them out – all the while using your awareness to make it more than just exercise. Connect to your true CORE.
This is a short segment from a full length EPIC workout.
Obviously this isn’t real time, so here’s the full workout sequence so you can refer to it. Watch the video to be sure of form (and for motivation if you’re entertained by watching me sweat!)
Center in. Take a breath and remember WHY you’re doing this. What do you want to look like? What do you want to feel like?
I know, sometimes it’s hard to get out of your chair – but you can do yoga right where you are! Isn’t that great?
By all means, get up and move when you can, but sometimes it’s okay to do yoga sitting right where you are. This is a great little practice to help you stay healthy and feeling good while you’re working.
This video gives you some great options for doing yoga while seated:
If you add more core strength exercises into your yoga practice, your body responds by having more energy and feeling stronger. In the hopes of making up for all the treats and festive meals of the holidays, I’ve upped my workouts and increased the intensity of my yoga practices.