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It was an Essential Oil Kind of Morning

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The Ten Essential Oils I used Today

I was up this morning with my head spinning from the number of things I had to get done — prepare email invites to my son’s graduation, get newsletter out for my business, update my Etsy Store, make prom jewelry, make graduation jewelry, send out email to the tennis team on impending move, visit mom and dad, and that was just my personal list.  Dogs barking, Mark rushing and then the daily morning child crisis.

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Tearing apart Gabes room

Gabe rifling through his room, announces “I can’t find the speakers I sort of borrowed, took from my Baseball Coach. He is threatening to keep me from graduating if I don’t return them.” Move into mom emergency mode and tear his room apart.  No luck.

Wait a minute!!!! I need to stop and breath like I tell my yoga students everyday, and I need to jrely on my emergency home essential oil kit to get  me through this normal, crazy day.

1) Frankincense Oil –a drop on the back of my neck and on the bottoms of my feet 2) Peppermint Oil– a drop or two on my wrists and feet bottoms 3) Lemon Oil – 3 to 4 drops in my water 4) Balance Oil Blend – Inhale directly from the bottle 5)Wild Orange Oil– Place a drop in my palm and cup my nose and mouth and breath. 6) DigestZen Oil Blend — Rub a drop or two on my tummy 7) On Guard Solution — made with distilled water. Place on a clean cloth and wipe door handles because everyone in this house is coughing.

Much better now.  Later on today when I get back from running around, I am going to rub some 8) Deep Blue Essential Oil Blend on me to get the soreness out of my muscles, and run my diffuser with some 9)Purify Oil to get the dog smell out of my house. Tonight as I get ready for bed, need to add 10) Lavender Essential Oil to my diffuser to help me sleep.

If you live in Fort Myers and would like to attend one of my free doTERRA classes, contact me.  I have a class coming up Friday, April 29th at 1 pm.  If you live out of town, I can assist over the phone or through email.  Use the same contact button to send me a note.

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I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Taking Root – Balancing the Muladhara Chakra

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Life is always throwing curve balls at us.  Many times these abrupt changes can leave us feeling rootless.  That rootless feeling is often associated with an imbalance in the Root Chakra.

ChakrasThe root chakra, Muladhara, as it is known in Sanscript, is all about security.   Yoga and Essential Oils can help rebalance your root chakra by reducing feelings of anxiousness and helping you feel more grounded. In my experience and readings I have done, there appears to be three ways your root chakra can become imbalanced (bear with me, this is an oversimplification).

  • Something big happens like a job change, change in marital or family status, a death or health related issue that rocks your world.
  • Unresolved issues that might be deep seated related to security from childhood creating long held tension and lower self-esteem.
  • An incredibly busy mind and body that is going all the time, leading to a daily need to ground oneself  with calming practices and daily routines. (I fit into this category)

As a Yoga teacher,  I have been working with my students to understand and balance their chakras.  We started at the beginning with the root chakra, which resides at the base of the spine. (see Blog post for more basics on chakras). When teaching a yoga class focused on balancing the root chakra, I start with an invitation to use doTBalanceERRA  Oils special blend called Balance.  Pure therapeutic essential oils are 1000 times more potent than herbs.  doTERRA Oils  are produced without additives like so many of the oils sold on the market today.

Balance is a perfect blend of Spruce, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Ho Wood in a mixture of Coconut Oil. The Frankincense has a grounding effect on emotions, while the Ho Wood, Blue Tansy and Blue Chamomile can ease anxiety.  I offer the students a drop of the oil to rub on their hands, their feet or to place on a flat cotton pad. I also diffuse the oil in a mobile diffuser.  We start the class in Mountain Pose 1 (Tadasana) feeling our feet firmly grounded and begin breathing in the oil as a way to feel securely planted on the earth.

Balancing the Muladara ChakraWe set an intention during this grounding which might relate to personal security such as “I know I will make enough money to pay my bills” or “even though I am currently experiencing major health challenges, I will trust in my body and my health practitioners to lead me back to health.” Other yoga poses that I incorporate into a Root Chakra Balancing practice are : Child’s pose 2 (Balasana) with your head on the floor or a block, Downward -facing dog  pose 3 (Adho Mukha Savasana) into low lunge pose 4 (Anjaneyasana).  Working the lower body builds the strength in the legs and flexibility in the hips so that you feel  supported.

Rooting your feet during either a Warrior 1 or Warrior 2 series 5 (Virabhadrasana II) continues to help you draw strength from the earth and your lower body. An obvious choice for a balance pose in such a practice is Tree Pose 6 (Vrksasana), but make sure in all of these poses that you do not  push yourself beyond what feels safe and secure.  Maybe you place your feet on your shin and not on your thigh for tree or stand close to the wall in case you need to support yourself.   Chair Pose 7 (Utkatasana) and Yoga Squat  pose 8 (Malasana) can be added to  your root chakra balancing routine before you come down to the floor.

Part of balancing any chakra is to find balance within yourself between what is known as Sthira and Sukha, strength and flexibility.  Once you steady yourself through the lower body strength work, it is important to find a bit of ease.  So spend the last fifteen minutes of your root chakra balancing class, seated or lying on the floor stretching out your hips and hamstrings with a series of postures including  wind reliever pose 9 (Apanasana) reclined pidgeon pose 10 (Supta Kapotasana), reclined bound angle pose 11 (Supta Baddha Konasana) and ending in Corpse Pose 12 (Savasana). 

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In my class on the root chakra, I offer the students another whiff of  the Balance Essential Oil as we say the Root Chakra Balancing Mantra of LAM, LAM, LAM. To experience my compassionate style of yoga teaching, check my Yoga schedule.  To learn more about using Essential Oils, use the form below to send me an email.   

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Balancing Your Chakras with Yoga and Essential Oils

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Chakras are fascinating and the more you learn about them, the more empowered you can become to heal yourself and thrive.

Throat chakraMy two favorite ways of working with chakras are through yoga poses and essential oils. I was first introduced to chakras (pronounced with a hard CH like cheese) during Yoga School in 2014.  I had a vague understanding that chakras (a Hindu word meaning Wheels) were associated with parts of my spine and that each chakra could be represented by a color of the rainbow.  My instructor filled in some of the blanks with an excellent book entitled The Book of Chakras by Ambika Wauters.  In it, I learned how chakras could be thought of as energy centers of your physical, mental and emotional bodies.  I took a chakra self-assessment to figure out which of these energy centers were blocked and need to be balanced.

I was shocked when my imbalance showed up in my throat chakra known a Vishuddha. I laughed.  Me — the person who majored in Communication, spent years as a broadcast journalist, then a lobbyist for environmental causes, then a school teacher.  I was known to my friends as someone who willingly would give them a candid, if not blunt, assessment of any situation.  I also was known as a good listener.  In fact, many friends and students called on me when they needed to vent.  As I re-read the description of the throat chakra , it finally dawned on me that what was blocking this wheel of energy was my belief that I had so much to offer the world and no one was listening.  I was teaching to mostly empty classes at that point in my yoga career.  Today my classes are generally full and I feel much more balanced as far as my throat chakra is concerned.

yoga-eoI continue to help my students learn more about the Chakra System and its role in physical, mental and emotional health.  Using the essential oils as I teach my students yoga seems to enhance their  practice. I only recommend doTERRA because they have no chemical fillers or other additives which can actually be harmful.  In addition, they are carefully harvested in a sustainable way. Here is a quick primer on doTERRA Essential Oils

  • They are pure therapeutic grade of oils extracted in an environmentally sound way from different parts of the plants—leaves, stems, flowers and roots.
  • Each oil has specific chemical properties that can be powerful tools in health if used correctly.
  • Oils can penetrate cells through topical use, aromatic use(smell) or through ingestion.
  • Oils, as opposed to most medicines, don’t have serious side effects and are safe .

In the next series of articles, I will be exploring the Chakras, Yoga and Essential Oils.

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Taking control of your health

Its a daunting task, but well worth the effort!

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I am a Doctor’s daughter and  I really dread going to the Doctor.  Why?  Let me give you a list of reasons.

1) Most doctors treat me like a statistic.  If I show certain symptoms then based on the numbers, this treatment should work for me.  But I am not a number, I am a very unique person with a very unique history and a series of circumstances that might be important to know if you, the doctor, are treating me.anim-goodhealth sm

2) The Nocebo Effect — a lot of Doctors make me scared and when I am scared, my symptoms worsen.

3) Most doctors don’t have enough time to spend with me.  I want someone to listen, REALLY LISTEN, think about what I say and work with me to find an answer.

4) The kinds of treatments I want are expensive and not usually covered by insurance.  That’s because they are not part of the corporate medical infrastructure that is largely controlled by Mega Pharmaceutical companies. What is covered by insurance is lots of yucky medicines with a long list of side effects.  For me, those side effects are usually worse than the symptoms we are treating.

For these reasons and more,   I limit my doctor’s visits to super serious things and try to handle all the smaller daily aches and pains and other symptoms with a Turmeric soup smsystem of alternative health including nutrition, sleep, vitamins, essential oils, yoga, massage, chiropractic care and my wonderful friend who is a Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Doctor.

I am not a new age kook.  In fact, most of what I do is older than modern Western Medicine and tried and true in many parts of the world for thousands of years.  The biggest difference between this system of self-care is that it is not a quick fix and it requires work on my part.  Join me if you are interested in taking back control of your health.  We can work together.  Are we going to eliminate all need for doctors?  No way! But we will become more educated patients and even out the playing field when it comes to our own health and wellness.

Ten simple things you can to take back control of your health!

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1) Become educated about your ailment, but read  the information with a skeptical mind.

2) Keep some sort of diary about what you are experiencing and when.

3) Note what makes you feel better and what makes you feel worse.

4) Change those habits that make you feel worse, i.e., if milk upsets your stomach, stop drinking it and see if that helps your symptoms.

5) Add in healthy habits such as going to bed at a better hour, taking a walk in the morning, doing yoga, practicing breathing techniques and meditation.

6) Try adding essential oils.  But only use the purest oils in an appropriate way, which for me, has lead to both short-term and long-term improvements in many symptoms. And if you follow the directions carefully,  the oils are very safe.

7) Reduce toxics from your household and your life.  This does require work because there are so many toxic chemicals hidden in everyday items and the list is growing longer every day.  The latest information now pinpoints toxics in laminate.

8) Reduce stress by reducing your exposure to toxic people if you can.  Surrounding yourself with people who uplift you and make you feel good about yourself is good for your health.  Now that doesn’t mean you should get rid of your honest friends who sometimes tell you what you need to hear but don’t want to hear.

9) Practice Gratitude. There is so much written about this, but it is worth repeating.  Practice gratitude.  It is hard to feel badly when you realize all the things in your life that you are grateful for.

10) Believe in something bigger than yourself.  I have heard this a thousand times, but the one metaphor that has really stuck with me is that the Universe,  God, Jesus or whoever you believe in that is bigger than you, is looking at the tapestry of your life from above(seeing the beauty of it) while you are looking at it from under the rug.  Often, all  you can see  are the thousands of knotted threads. So trust in that higher power!

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I wish you health and joy in your day and in 2016!

Namaste, Andrea

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Saving the Environment — one student at a time

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Students taking a hard look at the Estero River health.

The-Charlotte-Harbor-National-Estuary-ProgramSouthwest Florida is facing its share of Water Woes this year,  and some students and I are doing some thing about it thanks to the Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center and The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP), which funded a program I am heading up to educate our youth on watershed protection.

Once or twice a month on a Saturday at Happehatchee, the students and I gather to learn about watersheds and to collect data on the health of the Estero River.  We are planning an educational program that will be delivered to local middle schoolers this summer during a week-long camp. We are also considering working on a long term restoration project if we can raise the funds.

Happe Teen River Lab 2In session one, we heard from a long-time  Lee County volunteer who has been collecting data on the Estero River for more than 15 years.  He explained to us that the biggest issue facing the Estero River is from fecal coliform bacteria (which is basically poop).  He showed a monthly water atlas that tracked how polluted the river gets during our peak months of February, March and April when the area’s population grows with our Snowbirds.  He said most of the pollution is from homeowners and golf courses. That, he says, contrasts with fifteen years ago, when most of it came from agriculture.

During the next meeting, we headed out to collect data on the Estero River.  With the help of FGCU volunteers, we collected  physical, chemical and biological data. While the chemistry of the river came out within normal ranges, there was something very conspicuously absent— macro-invertebrates.  These are the critters that form the base of the food chain.   I am a trained Izaak Walton League Watershed monitor and I knew we had a problem. “The chemistry of the river is just a snapshot.  It can change daily,” I told the students and added, “if you don’t have a Happe Teen River Lab 12diversity of bottom dwelling creatures, that shows the over the long term, the river is suffering.”

Conditions were very different during our third session the third Saturday of March.  We were joined by a former student of mine who is now studying marine science in FGCU’s graduate school.  The river was full of life — fish, birds, snakes and turtles — but still only two macro invertebrate.  What is going on?

During the five months of the Happe River Watchers program we will continue to monitor these river numbers to see if there are patterns and propose a program to help restore the river.  To assist, contribute funds or time or for more information, contact me at andrea@heavenlanecreations.com.

A special shout out to volunteers Taylor Harris, Conor MacDonnell, Ashley, Kelsey, FGCU Professor Nora Demers and of course, the staff and volunteers of Happehatchee and CHNEP.

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If you want more information about the Happehatchee Center, contact them:

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8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455
happehatchee@gmail.com
www.happehatchee.org

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6 Ways to Use Essential Oils for your Daily Wellness Routine—They work for me!

Doterra imageWhen I was young I used to be amazed at how long it took my mother-in-law to get ready to leave the house and for that matter, to get ready for bed.  Little did I know then, how important this daily routine was for being healthy as one ages.  Thank you, Joyce Trank.

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I want to share with you part of my daily health routine involving essential oils, not to gloat, but to provide you with some tips that have worked for me that you might want to add that might work for you.

  • Lemon Oil in warm water.

I started using essential oils as part of my daily health regiment a year ago.  I started small.  I bought the Doterra Lemon oil and added it to my room temperature water every morning.  If I skip this simple small routine I know it.  Thank you sensitive stomach!!!

  • Diffusing Lavender and On Guard for room freshening and sleep

I bought a diffuser next and experimented with several different oils to help us sleep at night.  Most of the time, I mix Lavender with a blend called On Guard,  Doterra’s proprietary combination of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils.  Sleeping soundly is so important for my health and happiness. I also use the On Guard Toothpaste and their throat lozenges .

  • Peppermint to cool down and reduce headache symptoms

doterraI use Peppermint on the back of my neck and wrists to abate hot flashes and help reduce headache symptoms. A friend of mine told me she puts Peppermint in her water before playing tennis.  I also use Peppermint, on occasion, to wake my children.   I put some Peppermint on a clean wash cloth and come up to their beds and wave the wash cloth near their noses. They get up immediately and have told me they feel more alert.

  • Breathe for respiratory symptom relief                                                                     

Dealing with respiratory symptoms always includes breathing in the Breathe proprietary blend which includes Lemon, Peppermint Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa and Cardamom which clears my airways.  I also rub them on my palms and bottoms of my feet.

  • Diluted Clove Oil for tooth ache

During recent tooth work to repair a crown, I mixed a blend of Clove oil (1-2 drops) and Coconut Oil (10-20 drops) and dabbed into the affected area with a Q Tip. Not only did I feel a lessening of discomfort, but it seemed to help the healing of that area.

  • Deep Blue Proprietary Blend for muscle aches

After teaching 3 yoga classes and playing a physical tennis match,  I reach for my Doterra Deep Blue Blend which has a proprietary mixture of  Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus .  I immediately get a feeling of relaxation in my muscles allowing me to go on with my busy life and day.

I am discovering new uses for my DoTerra products daily.  I feel good about using these products due to the fact that they are non toxic and extracted from the plants using the strictest controls of manufacturing and distribution.

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It is becoming well known that  one of the keys to protecting your health in the long run is eliminating toxics from your environment.  Use of essential oils is one small step you can take. If you are interested in learning more about Doterra Oils and its uses, I can help.  The reason I added this job to my long list of jobs is that my scientific and thorough approach is needed by clients out there.  I do not want someone working with me that does not take the time to research carefully a product’s benefits, uses and effects.  Like everything I do, when I commit to something, I pour myself into it.  So you can be sure before I recommend a product for you, I will thoroughly research it and work with you to become educated.  Email me  at andrea@heavenlanecreations.com if you want a copy of an informational PDF on Essential Oils and Working with your Chakras.

 

I wish you health and joy in your day and in 2016!

Namaste, Andrea

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Finding Zen in Tennis and in Yoga

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As I have watched the plethora of young yoga teachers in person or on line overdoing poses to find the perfect Asana, or even some of my  older yoga students stubbornly trying things that are not right for their bodies , I am reminded again and again about  the follies of ego and youth.

It is not the Asana we want to perfect but the control over our minds and integration of our mind, body and breath. Ask yourself this question, ” Do I have to do an extreme pose to accomplish this?”Dophin attempt at headstand

 

I liken this dilemma to what I have often experienced as a competitive tennis player.  For years, I thought if I hit the ball harder and outran all my opponents, I would win.  As I have aged and faced more and more tennis related injuries from my youth and ego follies, I have grown to realize that my best weapon on the court is control over my mind and body.  It is when I can integrate breath, mind and body and calmly see the greater picture including the ball, my opponents and my partner, that I experience the Zen of Tennis.  I had one of those moments recently.

So how does this relate to yoga.  Focus and awareness of your internal landscape is so much more important than trying to look like everyone else doing the pose. I often tell my students that once they feel safe and understand what the pose looks like,  close their eyes and then feel into the pose.Andrea Preparing for dd pretty picture

I read nearly every article that comes out on yoga safety.  I was recently reading about yoga to ease lower back pain. In the Yoga Journal 2015 article writer Bill Giebler wrote after attending a yoga session for lower pain, where the teacher Tias Little suggested that most of us need to dial back our movements to 80% and mix in micro-movements with  larger movements.  “Some somatic therapists suggest it’s the small movements that really open up the whole arena of the nervous system, because the slow and soft and small movements allow the brain to track what’s happening.” And really the bottom line, according to Little, for all of us who want yoga to be therapeutic, is to learn to track “sensation in each movement and take mental notes”.   In other words, learning to become both the observer/witness and the participant.

If you want to experience my mindful approach to yoga teaching, you can catch me twice a week at Happehatchee (Wednesdays at 11 am and Saturdays at 9 am), once a week at Fyzical on Metro (drop in rate just $7.00) Thursdays at 8:00 am, or if you belong to either Gateway Country Club or Vanderbilt Country Club, see their schedules.  Also I am available for one-on-one private or semi-private sessions at your convenience. Prices are listed on my website.

 

To learn more about my yoga and meditation offerings, please check out my website, my on-line profile through Thumbtack Professionals or my YouTube Videos.

I wish you health and joy in your day and in 2016!

Namaste, Andrea

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Why Jewelry is the Perfect Gift

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Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with a handmade custom designed piece of jewelry made from the heart.

  1.  Jewelry is an investment, not just a purchase.  It can appreciate in value.
  2.  You can’t wear stocks or bonds as accessories and still look sane.
  3.  Jewelry is one of the only gifts that always elicits a “GASP!” response.  Also, try a car…but jewelry is more affordable and won’t crash.
  4.  Jewelry can speak when you don’t have the words.
  5.  Jewelry is an extremely customizable gift.  You can cater to personality, color preferences, style, almost everything.
  6.  Jewelry is lasting; aren’t most family heirlooms a piece of jewelry passed down through the ages?  Start a new family tradition.
  7.  Jewelry is appropriate for someone of any age.
  8.  Jewelry is perfect for either sex.  Baubles for beautiful women and watches and chunky chains for the boys.
  9.  You can make the presentation process just as unique as the gift.  I will gift wrap it for you.
  10.  Jewelry is a memorable gift.  You’ll always remember who gave it to you, what the occasion was, and where you were.  Jewelry is meaningful and more than just metal and rocks.  Jewelry tells a story; your story. Reprinted with edits from the Gem Affairs Diaries Blog 2008.

Check out my latest creations by clicking on the pictures below.  If you are local, I will arrange to deliver the jewelry. If you are not ready to buy, please favorite these items or my  Etsy store and visit often because I am always creating.

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Chunky turqoise necklace nugget handmade in Southwest Florida custom designed green leather and crystal bracelet handmade in Fort Myers Custom Designed Red necklace handmade in Southwest Florida

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Special thanks to the amazing Annie Wood (ECS Senior) for her incredible photographs and for ECS Senior Erica Swafford for modeling my jewelry.  Both young ladies are pursuing their own businesses, so contact me if you would like to hire them.

Designing custom jewelry to fit your wardrobe and match your personal look. Designing custom yoga classes to meet your physical, emotional and health needs.

Click on any image to view more details and sample photos.

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Wishing you Joy, health and beauty during your day.

Namaste,

Andrea

Wholesale orders to stores are available as well.  Please contact me directly using the contact form.

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Rebooting Your Mind: Rebooting Your Life

 Mirror Lake Photo by Ben Trank

Mirror Lake Photo by Ben Trank

Your Life is like a Mirror Reflecting your Own Thoughts Back to You!

How are your resolutions going?  Have old habits crept back in without you being fully aware?  Did you say January 1, 2016, “I am going to walk every day!” But a week later, you woke up feeling too tired or the dog threw up on your rug or you stayed up too late watching your favorite sports team?  WHY IS IT SO DARN HARD TO CHANGE?

Two authors that I read regularly wrote about this dilemma recently.  Deepak Chopra of international fame and locally, our own Yogi and Health Writer Nancy Loughlin.

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This Heron Did Not Respond to the threat of my two dogs! Why?

According to Chopra, the reason why it is so hard to change, is because your habits are based on your mindset.  “A mindset is like a worldview. It’s the lens through which you see life. A silent filtering process is going on. We let in certain experiences and censor others,” he points out.  Every moment of every day we are filtering messages… saying yes, no or maybe not hearing them at all.   While these things are happening unconsciously, you can make a conscious effort to retrain your mind.  Here are Chopra’s five rebooting techniques.

  • Reject Your Old Self

“Most people allow beliefs, opinions, likes, and dislikes to pop up by default. In any situation, their thinking isn’t centered on the present, but is a relic of the past. The self who originated old thinking doesn’t exist anymore.” Chopra says in his article 5 Ways to Overcome Past Conditioning. Use a mantra, which is a statement you repeat silently to yourself like… “I am not that person anymore”  I try this all the time when I feel like I have been wronged. Mostly it works.

  • Reject Default Attitudes

All of our experiences and our reactions to them leave an imprint on our mind.  They are like a record groove.  Some call it a karmic impression.  According to Chopra, they are “like a microchip that sends out the same message over and over. It makes us respond the same way over and over also, which is the opposite of actually being real and present.”  Just last week I was so angry about the way someone treated me, that my first reaction was to put this person in their place with some very choice words, but instead, I went home and did not say anything for several days.  Finally, when I was approached about this situation, I realized that I had enough time to process, so that I could respond in a logical, more careful way.  A piece of advice I was given years ago (by my husband the lawyer) was to throw out the first draft of any angry email I wrote.  It helped me many times when I was responding to a parent who was upset over their child’s behavior in school. Nancy Loughlin in her article, Break the Cycle of Poor Decision making,  (News Press Living Well, Feb. 2, 2016) advises to try a simple reboot when this happens with meditation.

 

  • Listen to the People You Don’t Listen To
Photo Taken by Annie Wood 2015

Photo Taken by Annie Wood 2015

This is a doozy for those of us who are parents, because our children reject this advice out of hand. Chopra puts it so succinctly. “When you shut anyone out, you are censoring reality,” and  he adds that people who seem very decisive are often quietly reviewing and seeking data from multiple sources before they make great decisions.  Two heads are better than one, especially the one that is occupying your thoughts every day.  When I was in college, I majored in communication.  My research was on the way hostages were censured and how it affected their thinking processes. Many hostages came to love their captors because they were basically brain washed.  If you only hear the same messages every day you are brainwashing yourself.

Chopra’s advice to overcome internal brainwashing is as follows “See yourself as a kind of human inbox, allowing as many viewpoints as you can to enter your mental landscape. A rigid mindset is soon melted this way,” he concludes.

  • Favor Expanded Awareness

This is a tricky one because it involves stepping out of your comfort zone and many people like to be comfortable.  Chopra puts it this way. “We draw back when we feel insecure and vulnerable. We are averse to the unknown and the potential risks that await us there. These are all symptoms of constricted awareness.” Loughlin suggests that you notice the circumstances surrounding your habitual negative reactions without judgement and create new positive reactions (record grooves) by responding differently than you might have in the past.

Here is another piece of advice that has helped me with changing old thinking patterns, when they are not working for me. I can go forward kicking or screaming hoping to stop the tide or I can, as Poet Donna Faulds puts it, “Use my energy to swim with the tide.” This leads perfectly into Chopra’s final piece of advice.

  • Find the Way of Least Action

As an avid tennis player, I love Chopra’s metaphor on this one.” A tennis ball falls to earth in a simple curve, not a curlicue. An arrow flies straight to the target…If nature is always this efficient, using the least effort and energy as possible, why do we complicate our lives?”  Oh my, this one hits a nerve.  I have been told by my dearest friends and family, “I never seek the easy way!”

This is why many of us, including me, need meditation.  According to Chopra, “When you encounter the silent depth of your mind, some problems dissolve automatically while others present new solutions… A life aligned with the laws of nature is easier.”

So it’s our choice– if our current ways of thinking and reacting are making our lives harder, why not free ourselves and try something new.  With these five simple techniques, it might be easier than you think.

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That’s me in the center of a a great group of Yogis doing beach Yoga. Who says “You can’t grow trees on the beach?” Its all a matter of perspective.

To learn more about my yoga and meditation offerings, please check out my website, my on-line profile through Thumbtack Professionals or my YouTube Videos.

I wish you health and joy in your day and in 2016!

Namaste, Andrea

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Have mat will travel — deciding where you want to do yoga

1-26-16 Tarpon Beach Yoga (8)  600 dpi tallAs yoga’s popularity increases, there are so many opportunities to experience the amazing benefits of this practice.

How do you chose where to take your yoga classes?  Here is one yoga teacher’s mostly objective view on the pros and cons of the different venues.  I have taught in all of these settings.

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Yoga on the beach:  THE UPSIDE –beautiful scenery including sky and ocean, the smell and sounds of the sea, soft sand which is easy on the feet and knees, always available. THE DOWNSIDE: lack of privacy, hard to maintain your balance, weather conditions and bugs can sometimes be a factor and if you do not like the sand in your mat, this may not be your thing.

 

Yoga in an outdoor pavilion:  THE UPSIDE:  sounds of nature, beautiful scenery, yet protected from the elements, casual atmosphere, no mirrors, no make-up, come as you are.  THE DOWNSIDE: the equipfriends with yoga matsment is not pristine because it is out in nature, critters can make there way into the pavilion, harder to get to, limited class   schedule, can be very chilly or very hot and muggy.

 

Yoga in your country club: THE UPSIDE: convenient, friendly, affordable, everybody knows your name.  THE DOWNSIDE: often in a room that doubles as a dining area or has other types of classes so it can smell.  Often noisy as well. Lacking proper equipment and proper flooring sometimes.

 

Yoga in a gym:  THE UPSIDE:  Gyms are everywhere.  Yoga classes usually are included in the cost of your membership.  THE DOWNSIDE: noisy rooms, don’t always have the right equipment and teacher qualifications are not always as strict as other venues.Legsinairinfrontoffire

Yoga in a Yoga Studio: THE UPSIDE: Specially designed spaces with lots of amenities like props and mats, sound proof, good quality teachers.  THE DOWNSIDE: More expensive, often can be intimidating due to the beautiful yogis and the underlying glamour of a studio. Can feel cliquish.  You are either part of the “in” crowd or  you are not.

Private Yoga in Your Home: THE UPSIDE:  the comfort and convenience of your own home, no competition (except from your pets) or if you have small children.  Control of the cleanliness, go at your pace.  THE DOWNSIDE: private instruction is more expensive,  if you like a group for inspiration you might be lonely, and you need to hire someone you trust who has equipment or you will need to purchase your own equipment.

 

There you have it— a quick overview of the many yoga offerings out there.  And they are increasing all the time. My advice –sample the offerings. If you are a beginner and can afford it, take private lessons first so that you can get a firm foundation of  techniques of the poses and the breathing practices.  That way you will be safer when you join a class.  You will also be better able to decide which styles of yoga are for you and which teacher appeals to you.

To learn more about my yoga offerings, please check out my website, my on-line profile through Thumbtack Professionals or my YouTube Videos.

I wish you health and joy in your day and in 2016!

Namaste, Andrea

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Heaven Lane Yoga – Designing custom yoga classes to meet your physical, emotional and health needs.

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