“There are only two days of the year when nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly, live. ~Dalai Lama XIV
It has been a little over one week since returning from my 10 day Vipassana and I am beginning to digest more of my experience each day. Vipassana is a style of meditation wherein you practice silence, do not eat after noon and spend most of the day meditating. The foundation of the teaching is to practice Sila; moral conduct, Samadhi; concentration of the mind and Pana; wisdom of insight.
There is a code of discipline that you vow to adhere to during the course. The code includes: abstaining from killing any being, stealing, sexual activity, telling lies and abstinence from all intoxicants.
I am forever grateful to my family, friends and teachers for their support and love while I was on this inner journey. Without their help, I could not have had this inspiring experience.
Serenity Spa by Westgate & Yoga Kula Project are having an open house this Friday October 24 from 5-8. Treats will be provided by The Edge, mini treatments & activities by Serenity Spa by Westgate and information on chakras, breath and meditation by Yoga Kula Project.
Come check us out!
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When scheduling yoga classes, appealing to the masses can be difficult.
Our Thursday morning Bikram 60 class has been limping along for quite some time; I am not sure why.
My response to that is:
“I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer” -Douglas Adams.
So, starting Thursday October 2, 2014, Trudee will be teaching her Warm Vinyasa Flow class from 9-10:15 am.
This is a great class for those who are recovering from injuries, are stiff & not flexible, or need to build total body strength.
Warm Vinyasa Flow (85-90 Degrees) every Tuesday & Thursday @ 9 am.
During class I often hear, “I don’t have very good balance.” Not only that, but I see and sense the frustration and embarrassment, of many of my students, as we move through the balancing series of each class. I understand how discouraging this can be. However, I would like to challenge all of us, myself included, to have some fun with falling. After all, if we never fall it is much harder to improve.
- Poor balance leads to health problems.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and the third leading cause of poor health among persons aged 65 years and older. As we age, our bones become weaker and the healing and recovery process takes longer. Continuing to move is vital to our health because moving is medicine. Being able to maintain your ability to balance is key in being able to move in a functional, healthy way. The only way to maintain this is by regularly challenging our balance.
- When we practice falling, it helps to improve our balance.
Balance is controlled by three systems: vestibular, somatosensory and visual. These three systems interact to keep the center of gravity over our base of support and to keep us upright. Not only does challenging balance work these three systems, but it also helps to improve the neuromuscular connections so we can react quicker. Additionally, it challenges our muscles making us stronger.
- Practice falling, it keeps things interesting and fun.
Yoga would become very boring if every time you stepped onto your yoga mat you were able to nail every movement and pose in the same exact way. Challenging yourself! It’s much more fun and enables you to improve.
- Our balance changes every day.
Sleep, diet, stress and fatigue all have an effect on balance. Some days you might require more support on your mat and the next day you might hit every pose. Remember, the goal is not about the perfect pose or doing a movement in the same way every time. Noticing how our body is moving, in the moment, is perfection. Some days you will consistently fall and in those moments laughing, at yourself, is usually the best reaction.
- Balance is a reflection of how you react in life.
We have very little control over most things in life. In fact, it’s easy to lose our balance daily; whether it is at work or at home. But once we let go of trying to control all of the uncontrollable factors, we can put our energy towards those things that we actually can control. Yoga teaches us that the one thing we can control is how we react. If we react with tension, when we lose our balance and fall, we are more likely to hurt ourselves. In contrast, if we can stay open and relaxed we are more likely to fall softly.
So ask yourself, do you want to react in life with resistance, force, and stiffness? Or, do you want to react with ease and grace, and maybe even a little humor? Practice Falling. Think how much you can learn about yourself and others.
Immediately we experience the benefits of meditation. Even when we practice every now and again, you will notice a change with each session. However, a regular daily practice of meditation is the key to experiencing all of the benefits that meditation has to offer.
20 reasons why meditation is the best thing you could be doing right now. Meditation:
- Literally grows your brain.
- Increases blood flow to your brain.
- Reduces cortisol production.
- Reduces blood pressure and heart rate.
- Increases neuroplasticity.
- Increases the production of good neurotransmitters.
- Triggers the parasympathetic nervous system.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Causes muscle relaxation.
- Slows the ageing process.
- Reduces stress related conditions such as anxiety and depression.
- Increases stress resilience.
- Increases positive emotions.
- Increases focus and present moment awareness.
- Increases emotional stability and intelligence.
- Increases your capacity to learn.
- Increases empathy and compassion.
- Increases a sense of connection to your self and others.
- Increases your sense of purpose and meaning.
- Improves sociability.