I am blessed to live in a beach town located on the Atlantic coast of central Florida, specifically the Space Coast. It’s a surfing town, and this weekend we had a swell of rolling waves that lasted all weekend. As the weekend progressed, many amazing surfing photos started to appear on my Facebook feed. The below images are just a few captured by David Pritzker of Raw Surf. It reminded me of a beautiful passage I recently read by one yoga master, Erich Schiffmann, I must share it with you:
“The purpose of yoga practice…is to experience the truth about what you are. It’s about the wave experiencing itself as it is and thereby experiencing its inherent ocean nature. Every wave is the entire ocean in specific expression, and the peace of the ocean’s depth is its peace — available to be experienced. Each of us is an individually unique expression of the one and only divine God.”(1)
My wish is you find the Peace within you. This is especially important as the Holiday Season is now upon us, so make time for YOU. It can be as simple as breathing exercises in the privacy of your own home or attending your local yoga, meditation or spiritual gathering place.
Peace be with you.
(1) Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann p.199
Farting is a wonderful by product of yoga that is not typic
ally celebrated. It happened to me during a recent class, and worse yet, I was teaching! At first I was shocked because it was one loud gut honk
while demonstrating a pose! But at that moment, I decided to respectfully confront the truth and just own it. Yes, it was me …your teacher just answered the call of the wild burrito
, and it’s okay if you do too!
We teachers frequently remind our students about the therapeutic benefits of yoga asana (posture). Removing gas and other toxins from our bodies is natural. Also, one of the basic tenets of yoga is living your truth in word, thought & deed. Within reasonable boundaries, we could all benefit from being more accepting and open with each other when it comes to the occasional squeaker escape during Spine Twist Pose a flying fizzler during Forward Fold.
A new season, especially Fall, may bring a lot of change into your daily life. For example, a schedule change with back-to-school and sports obligations can be overwhelming some days!
On your mat, I invite you to pause and take a moment to FOCUS on the following:
- Where have I spent my energy in the first nine months of 2018? Does it serve my well being?
- Where can I best focus my time and energy for the last three months of the year (without running myself ragged)?
- Am I listening to my body? Am I giving it what it needs?
I hope this helps you reflect and possibly make the adjustments you need to finish the year strong, focused and healthy. See you on the mat.
Many of you have asked me about the benefits of Soft Foam Rolling as per my Florida Today article, 3 Reasons to Try Foam Rolling. During March, I added the same self-massage principles into our Gentle Yoga & Stretching Class. However, instead using a foam roller, we used “balls” for massaging the fascia of our hands and feet.
Working with the feet, in particular, offers many benefits as they are the foundation to our bodies. If we have problematic feet, (ie. plantar fasciitis, bunions, chronic pain), the negative affect may impact our knees, hips, spine, and so on. Also, our feet hold many accupressure points, that when massaged, can induce a healing response in other parts of our body. For example, a positive change to digestion, sleep, or anxiety may be the last thing we think about when it comes to working our feet, but massaging the feet can have a real impact on these areas.
So I hope we have fun on those days when I bring the balls to yoga class, but my wish is that you experience even more positive changes to your overall wellbeing that you derive from your regular yoga practice.
See you on the mat!
Some of you may know that I suffer from sleep apnea. I’m occassionally invited to share practical tips on relaxation at a fun support group, called A.W.A.K.E at Parish Medical Center in Port St. John. At one of the meetings, I recommended listening to binaural beats at bedside – many tracks can be streamed for free via YouTube. One of sleep technicians who attended the session recently switched to night shift and was having trouble STAYING asleep. She would wake up after after sleeping for three hours. Does this happen to you?
She tried her rainfall sound music, but it didn’t work. After tossing & turning, she remembered the tip & searched for binaural beats for dreaming. She said, “At first, I was skepical that it would work…but I wanted to go back to sleep so bad that I focused on the sounds and slowed my breathing. It worked and I had powerful dreams! I can’t believe it really worked!”
If you’de like to sample a binaural beats soundtrack, click the link or image below. Also, if you or anyone you love, has been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, below is information for the FREE monthly group.
A.W.A.K.E.—Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic—is a health awareness group for those with sleep disorders. Everyone with a related interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend. This meeting is held the second Monday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John (south entrance). Call 321-268-6408 for more information.