When you describe yourself - how much of what you say is true? The story you tell about yourself - where does it come from? Is it from what other people say? Maybe your parents always described you in a certain way - oh Julia, she’s so daring. Scotty! What a clown. And maybe these labels given by others became your identity.
Do you have a regular Yoga and Ayurveda practice? Semi-regular? Regularly irregular? Maybe you’re like many folks out there - you go through phases of practicing consistently and then somehow it falls off.
To build a secure and loving home - the kind you really want to spend time in - the first thing you'll need is a solid foundation.
But oftentimes our mind has us enjoying the view from the top floor before the concrete has dried. This is a common approach to asana practice - students force and contort their bodies into an idealized shape without doing the requisite work. This leads to discomfort, pain and perhaps injury.
By Myra Lewin
Why do you seek transformation?
What does transformation mean, really? Transformation implies deep change. Real change. Change that feels true and lasting. Transformation is about letting go of what you don’t need and creating space for the new. It’s about redefinition, renewal and regeneration. Transformation is inherent in the process of creation and destruction, and that’s why we’re here in this life - to continually open ourselves up to new experiences that we can enjoy and grow from.
By Myra Lewin
A new year, a new you?
How many emails landed in your inbox this month offering you a path to a better version of yourself? A new year carries the energy of a fresh slate, a page turn, a new chapter or maybe even a whole new book. In modern culture, a new year is viewed as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and invite a brighter future.
But think back to last year, and the year before, and the year before that. Were you able to sustain the inspired momentum of the new year or did motivation give way to old habits and disappointment? Have you found yourself repeating certain types of experiences and relationships year after year?
Intuition and intellect, feminine and masculine, moon and sun, night and day. Throughout the universe, pairs of opposing qualities combine in a dynamic dance. Ayurveda recognizes the value of this interplay of opposites in the environment and within our being. In fact, the idea that the opposite brings balance is a central principle in Ayurvedic healing. We can apply this concept to our diet, to our activities and perhaps most important of all, to how we manage our energy.
By Myra Lewin
I used to race cars, and fix them too. When I was about 14, back in east Tennessee, you could often find me at the garage, hanging with the mechanics, or riding the rolling hills. At that time, being behind the wheel or under the hood felt like freedom to me. I loved being a part of the action - hugging the curves of the road, leading the pack. I was small, young, plenty reckless, and clearly pretty in touch with my masculine energy.
By Myra Lewin
The Sahara belongs to the sun. Among the rolling dunes there was once the world’s largest lake, named Mega Chad, which evaporated over a thousand years ago under the sun’s relentless glare. But today the lake’s silvery remains sustain life half a world away. Each year wind blows mineral-rich dust from the dried Saharan lake bed all of the way to South America, where it fertilizes the lush greenery of the Amazon.
To gain an understanding of Earth’s intricate and fantastic ecological balance, one must examine the planet as a whole. The earth is a holistic system in which balance is sustained by the interaction of different elements. The human being is no different. To initiate true healing we must consider the person as a whole: mind, body and spirit.
Joint health is an important part of your ability to move freely and enjoy life. When prana is absent in your joints, you may feel pain or discomfort, or experience limited mobility.
This short sequence, called Namaste to the Joints, is designed to bring prana to these places where bones intersect and move each joint in its optimum range of motion. You can do most of these exercises in a chair, making this a wonderful sequence to bring to the office or practice while traveling on an airplane.
Watch the video below to say "namaste" to your joints:
Prana is life force. It is the energy that creates and sustains us. When prana flows easily through all parts of our beings, life unfolds with greater ease. Pranayama, one of the eight limbs of Yoga, is a powerful set of practices that harnesses and directs prana to flow the way it is intended. A consistent and balanced pranayama practice can correct emotional and physical disturbances, calm the doshas and support spiritual awakening.
Because it is so powerful, it’s best to learn advanced pranayama practices from an experienced teacher, but there are a few practices that are simple enough to share online. We have posted on bhramari and a version of nadi shodhana. A few months ago, we also shared the practice of yoni mudra as an additional way to direct your flow of energy and connect to your higher self within. This month, we offer one additional pranayama practice that is designed to disperse excess heat in the body and mind.
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