Life Lessons

How is 2017 treating you so far?

Yin-at-happe-for-yoga-newsletter-750x310How are you feeling as 2017 begins?

I have been asking my yoga students that question a great deal this month.  It seems that many people are facing health challenges as the New Year dawns.  If you are like me and are sensitive to world events, pollution, food, etc– you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed and for most of us, our health is a barometer of our emotions and the world around us.

So here are a few ways I am dealing with stress-related issues such as fatigue, musclmy feet on sand 225e aches, poor digestion and difficultly sleeping.

Instead of ramping it up during the day, I am slowing down.

I have been taking naps

I have been taking frequent short walks in nature

I have been shifting my yoga practice to a restorative and yin practice

I am not drinking tap water (too much chlorination and fluoridation). Spring water is a better choice according to my Chinese Medicine Doctor.

I am snacking on seaweed.  (a source of iodine, since so many of our natural sources are depleted)

I am drinking bone broth.

I am making my own foods with organic vegetables as much as possible.seaweed snack

I am using essential oils.  In fact, I made a mixture of coconut oil and oregano and applied it to my feet and my lower back started feeling better.

I am turning off the TV and going to bed early.

I am focusing on what is right in my body and my world and shutting out negativity.

 

When I feel stronger and can deal with the crazy world again, I will emerge a stronger, more centered self.  I hope this helps any of you who feel similarly.

Here is the thing.  As Danna Faulds says in one of my favorite poems of hers.   Let it all go. “Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.”

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I wish you health and joy in  your day.  Namaste,  Andrea

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Thinking about death to start living

FullSizeRenderI have been pondering end of life issues lately.  It’s no wonder with watching my step dad die and observing all the swirling issues and emotions that accompanied this event.  Illness and death are scary.  I have tiptoed through life – taking as great a care of my physical and emotional health as I can –to avoid the inevitable.  Even saying the word Death has been scary for me.  Doctor’s appointments have also been faced with dread.  I don’t think I am alone.IMG_7793

So how to face our mortality with the same sense of gusto that one faces life is what’s on my mind.

Here are a couple of ideas I have run across in my reading and reflecting.

Be like Steven Jobs and wake up every day and look in the mirror and say “If this were the last day of my life, how would I spend it?”  If you are doing things you love with people and animals you love and not aimlessly, mindlessly going through the motions of your day, then you might feel OK about death.

Staying present in the moment.  So much time is wasted regretting the past and worrying about the future.  Really all that does is waste the precious moments of the present.

Slowing down and breathing.  Observe the quality of your breath.  Notice your heart beating.  Watching my dad die left me in awe of the strength of breath and the heartbeat.  The rest of his body was withering – ten days with no food and only a few sips of water– and yet there he was with his eyes closed but his heart was beating and his breath was still coursing through his body.  Our bodies and soul are amazing.  So is our desire to live.  So for me, no resolutions for this year, just reflection and focus on how to live so I am not so afraid of dying.  Just reflecting “honestly upon our present reality and consider how to build” on what is right in front of us. Maybe finding some serenity in the process.

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I wish you serenity and peace in 2017.  Namaste, Andrea

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Its a Wonderful Life

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I have been feeling like Jimmy Stewart in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life” !

This summer, I was given the chance to go back in time to visit my college roommate, my family, and my grade school friends and through this journey, I realized the impact I have had on other people.  Don’t get me wrong, I never thought I was useless, but I also never realized how a smiling, positive child who wrote this in her yearbook “ I still believe in love, the best is yet to come” could have left an indelible positive impression on so many people.  It was a reminder to me (40 years later) that all of us put out energy every day that either improves people’s lives including your own or makes them worse.  And through our positive energy we can  affect physical and emotional  health and well-being.

Grateful for RPCoaching  Grateful for flowers 225  Grateful for food

Here are a ten ways (some may surprise you) to keep your energy positive for you and all around you.

  1. Be grateful – as Mindvalley Founder,Vishen Lakhiani author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, says, Gratitude is the key part of advancing your Blissipline practice. Quoting now, in a study by Robert Emmonds, PhD and Michael Mccullough, PhD “people who simply wrote down five things they were thankful for from the previous week showed a 25 percent difference in happiness levels compared to people who wrote down five negative things from the week.”
  2. Forgive everyone who has hurt you. You don’t have to tell them, but you really do need to release the anger from inside you, which ends up hurting your energy more than the person you are angry with. Lakhiani also has some interesting evidence of the power of this practice.  According to Lakhiani, forgiveness has been shown to increase the Alpha waves when looking at brain scans and it turns out that Alpha Waves are linked to higher levels of creativity, empathy and compassion.
  3. Surround yourself with beauty – flowers, cute dogs, music that inspires. It is hard to stay unhappy when you are surrounded by beauty.
  4. Turn off as many of the negative messages that you can, including TV and social media. I do not read any rants anymore.  It upsets me and I really don’t believe ranting ever leads to positive change.  I once read getting angry about things is like stabbing yourself. Especially if someone else has figuratively stabbed you with whatever action you didn’t like.  Why do you want to put a second knife in your belly?
  5. Do kind things for other people, whenever possible. It is amazing how good you feel when you are charitable to others. A recent study quoted in Mindbodygreen showed that random acts of kindness lead to longer feelings of happiness than shopping.
  6. Figure out what it is that you like about yourself and remind yourself of your good qualities daily. “I have a nice smile.  I make people laugh.  I work hard” are some of the qualities I like about myself.
  7. This is the surprising one. Be careful of what you eat.  All food has energy.  Make sure the energy from that food is clean and positive.  In other words, the food should be made with love and should be grown in a way that does not put toxic energy into you.
  8. Make your home a sanctuary —keep it clean and uncluttered when possible. I have not studied Feng Shu, but I know I feel better when my home looks, feels and smells clean.
  9. Make sure your relationships, your career and your creative energy bring you joy. Nothing is perfect, but you are much more likely to attract and manifest positive energy if you are engaged in what you are doing. (In other words, find something that allows you to get into the flow) Lahkiani calls this “Bending Reality”
  10. Exercise and meditate daily – take a walk in nature, do yoga, sit in silence and breath and allow the collective positive energy of the Universe to infuse every cell with this living breathing sphere we live on known as earth.

I am pleased to have three opportunities to spread my brand of happiness to you.   Check out my yoga classes, my jewelry designs or my health tips using doTERRA  essential oils. Connect with me at andrea@heavenlanecreations.com.

 

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Yoga, Essential Oils and Healthy Food when you are Vacationing

Andrea in front of the vehicleHow many times have you returned from vacation only to say, “I need a vacation after this vacation!”

Mark and the dogs in Paducah KentuckyIt is a tricky balancing act to have fun and still stay healthy when you are not in your own home, doing your own routine.  This summer, I was determined to figure out how to stay healthy on a 4,000 mile, three-week road trip with my husband and two dogs.

Here are a few tips I picked up and so far they seem to be working (I still have to drive 2,000 miles home).

  1. Bring lots of healthy snacks (carrots, dates, raisins, apples, grapes, celery, nuts)
  2. Bring essential oils (but keep them in a cooler) Heat makes them lose their potency
  3. Every two hours take a stretch or yoga break
  4. Bring a neti pot and rinse out your nose with warmed-up, distilled water and neti wash salts, not table salts.
  5. Stay present so you can notice all the amazing natural and man-made events going on around you (this can also help you avoid an accident)
  6. Sing, laugh and breath (especially if you can’t control what’s going on around you)
  7. Visit the local yoga studios.  Many have drop in rates and its amazing how re-invigorating it is to learn from some one new.

Andrea doing yoga in front of Cracker barrel  Healthy road snacks  Dramatic skies

More Details about Yoga Poses on the Road

I always bring a mat, but if you don’t have one, borrow a towel. Do a simple series of hamstring stretches, twists, child’s pose and sun salutations.  These poses will keep your back, hips and hamstrings limber. At truck stops or in public places, you can do standing poses such as half moon, triangle or the warrior series, which help with fatigue and digestive issues.

Andrea doing crescent moon lunge      Andrea doing side stretch at truck stop  Andrea stretching out  hamstring

 More Details about Using Essential Oils on the Road

Each morning, I take a drop of DigestZen and three to four drops of lemon and put them in my water. Next its oil time for mood enhancing –Balance if I am nervous, Frankincense if my brain is road weary, Peppermint for a pick me up.  My portable medicine cabinet has Breathe for respiratory issues, Deep Blue for muscle aches and On-Guard to protect from illness. I also bring Melalueca and Lavender for skin irritations. I carry a portable diffuser for car odors and use my essential oil diffusing bracelet to easily get the aromatic effects of these great health enhancers.

My supply of essential oils for the road  Another bracelet with peppermint  Hand with diffusing bracelet in car

I can help you with both Essential Oils and the beautiful aromatherapy bracelet to adorn you.

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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The Joys of Teaching Magnified in Nature

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The greatest challenges offer the greatest rewards

Case in point, the week-long watershed education camp I directed at Happehatchee in June involving middle school age children.  Preparing for this camp kept me up for weeks.   You might be thinking “that’s not very yogic of you!”  You are right, I know I am not supposed to worry about things like this – I preach skills for coping daily to my yoga students like being in the present moment and breathing through stress.  But it had been 15 years since I last spent this much time with students in an outdoor setting.  And I had never done so in the hot, stormy Southwest Florida summer. In fact, the week before camp began, we had an unusually early tropical storm.  Zika virus threats, kids running a muck, my counselors forgetting to come and help me were some of my nightmares leading up to camp.  But like so many things we worry about in life, this was not the disaster I imagined, but an amazing experience all around.

Camp all of us in the canoes and kayaks day 4          Camp Evan falling as Savannah looks on

Here is a sampling of the Eco-camp’s greatest moments:

A young girl comes to camp.  The first day she doesn’t say a word, the second day she begins to smile. Day three she is participating fully and on day 4, she is basically doing all the work in a canoe that I share with her. Quietly she whispers “Can I go in the river tomorrow?”

camp Arcelly confident in the canoe

The high schoolers not only show up on time every day,  they bring friends to help.  When one of them is leading an activity, the other young people are cleaning up and getting ready for our next adventure without me even asking them.

The campers eagerly participate in a water cycle game, a fashion-a-fish art activity, and a skit simulating the effect of tides on critters. They build a watershed,  play water games and conduct biological, chemical and physical tests on the river.   The campers decide they will learn science vocabulary bingo words better by teaching the older counselors and myself the words. And if this weren’t enough, they collect trash, discuss world events and twice a day, do yoga and learn how yoga has many of its roots in the natural world. Every day, I go home exhausted but exhilarated by their enthusiasm for our river and their passion for learning.

camp Annie playing water drop game    camp kids doing a skitCamp throwing water balloonscamp Jenna and Savannah 225 by 223  camp owen and savanna sleeping 225  camp Aracely getting in canoe for first time 225camp legs up the air

 

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I wish you health and joy in your days!

Namaste, Andrea

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The River Came Alive

May 1 Heading out to the river

Third time is the charm, at least that is what I have heard

On Sunday, May 1, four local high school students, one FGCU graduate student, one Happehatchee volunteer, my husband and I hit the jackpot– environmentally speaking. We headed out in canoes for our third  Estero River Monitoring Day, thanks to Happehatchee and the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.   With their funding, this small group of committed high schoolers has been monitoring the river once a month since late February.

May 1 fun on the river     May 1 Savanna taking notes

May 1 Annie and Savannah collecting macro     May 1 girls looking surprised

May 1 Jason doing temperature     May 1 turtle

Our first two trips yielded very little in the way of biological diversity, but this time something was different.  Maybe it was the river blessing that Happehatchee had participated in, but as scientist, I was looking for some data that could reveal why the river was teeming with life this day. My theory, which I need to explore further, is that with our area having received so much rain during the months of January and February, produced conditions that were not natural for this part of Southwest Florida.  In other words, the ecological conditions were altered just enough to affect the population of the bottom dwellers known as macro invertebrate.  On the other hand in recent weeks, we have had almost no rain, which mimic the normal conditions for a Florida winter.

Our chemical tests revealed some interesting effects from lack of rain and the disappearance of our winter human guests. At one of the stations we have been monitoring, the Estero River salinity was way up– four times higher than it had been in our previous visits.  However, we had nitrogen numbers of 0, water temperature in the low 70s,  a Ph level of 7, excellent oxygen levels, and the turbidity, which is how clear the water is, allowed us to see almost 2 meters deep.

May 1 kids looking at data     May 1 hands in muck

Macro Invertebrate Counts Using Save Our Streams Protocal

Month Counts (diversity-not numbers) Water Quality
February 1 (clam in tolerant range) Poor
March 4 (clam and snail in tolerant range) Poor
May 1st 18 (3 from excellent, 4 from moderate, 1 from tolerant) Good

The students also noticed  thousands of minnows, thousands of baby shrimp, several species of fish and they heard many birds. The students were excited by these findings, but were perplexed as well.   How could higher salinity lead to more bottom dwelling critters?  How do our readings compare with readings further upstream and what conclusions can we draw about the river? The students will meet one more time under this grant and then help me with a Happehatchee middle school camp as counselors for younger students during the early summer.  One disturbing part of our adventure was witnessing some of the poor behavior of the paddlers on this river.  We witnessed people pulling each other on boats, which ended up in a crash, throwing trash in the river and drinking while paddling. The students believe there might be an educational campaign about canoe  and kayak safety in their future. For this small group of young people, this is just the beginning of participating in a real hands-on science that could lead to real improvements in the watershed in which they live.

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I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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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.

My sons messy room

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.

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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). 

Muladara Chakra

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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Taking control of your health

Its a daunting task, but well worth the effort!

Take-control of your health

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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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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