Yoga Kula Project

Meditation: A Bicep Curl For The Brain


I often have people disclose to me that they cannot meditate, because they are unable to clear thoughts from their mind. This is an understandable, but common misconception about meditation.
brainNo one can clear thoughts from their mind. The purpose of our mind is to think; process information, look for threats, etc. It’s what the mind does, it’s what it’s supposed to do!
Think of meditation as a bicep curl for the brain. For example, when practicing “mindfulness” meditation, one focuses on a single point; such as, the nostrils. Focus is directed at the sensation of the air coming in through the nostrils and out of the nostrils.
When your mind wanders, and it will, simply notice it has wandered and bring the focus back to the single point. In doing so, you have just created stronger neural connections in your brain and increased gray matter. This is how meditation is a bicep curl for the brain.
So, each time your mind wanders look at it as an opportunity to strengthen neural connections, increase gray matter creating a healthier brain.

October Yoga & Meditation Challenge


Join us for our annual October Yoga & Meditation Challenge.

Our goal is to help each individual find a rhythm of daily yoga and meditation; however, each participant will set personal goals. For example, your goal may be 3 sun salutations and 3 minutes of meditation daily. Whereas, another person’s goal may be one hour of yoga and one hour of mediation daily. All classes in the studio are free during the month of October.30dayChall Door

During October, we will be exploring recent cutting-edge neuroscience of the brain and the positive effect that researchers are finding with those who have a daily yoga and meditation practice. Moreover, several styles of meditation will be introduced, so you can choose the type, or types, that work best for your needs. If you are unable to attend all six special sessions, do not worry; just do your best.

Additionally, you will have month long support with dietary issues. Also, ongoing information will be available to support you emotionally and assist you with yoga and meditation. All materials will be provided. All you have to do is sign up, create your goals and show up.

Registration for the October Yoga & Meditation Challenge begins September 1. Space is limited.  Some perks include: *Unlimited Yoga Pass *Free 1 Hour Private *Guest Speakers *50% off @ Serenity Spa and more!

Price for the Challenge is: $269. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Trudee @ yogakulaproject@gmail.com or 435 659 6950. Deadline to sign up: Sunday 9/24/17. You can sign up with Trudee in the studio or call to reserve your spot.

Moving from Stress & Anxiety to a State of Calm & Relaxation


Nasal Breathing (Pranayama) vs. Mouth Breathing; Moving from Stress & Anxiety to a State of Calm & Relaxation

At the beginning of every yoga class, I impress upon my students the importance of yogic breathing during practice. It is so important that the poses are secondary to breathing; a student can consider their practice perfect, if all they do during class is yogic breathing, while adding few or no poses.MeMed

The ancient Indian system of yoga identified prana as the universal life force or energy which distinguishes the living from the dead. Start by finding a slow, deep, rhythmic breath, in through the nose and out through the nose.

Then, find a ratio of inhale to exhale wherein the exhale is a little longer than the inhale; the exhale is as powerful at the end as it is in the beginning. On the initial inhale, soften the belly allowing the diaphragm to move downwards and fill up the lungs. On the exhale, drawn the navel in and up, expressing all the air out the lungs. These simple steps will: calm the mind, reduce worries and anxieties; improve focus and attention; increase energy, bringing enthusiasm and positivity; boost the immune system; rejuvenate the body and mind; and, may even slow down the aging process.

Take a moment now to become aware of your breath. Is it deep or shallow, smooth or choppy? Most of us breathe from the chest. Shallow breathing sends a signal to the brain that all is not well and we are stressed. Alternatively, breathing from the abdomen boosts respiration, ensures a rich supply of oxygen to the brain and signals that all is well. If you watch new born babies, you will see that their stomachs rise and fall as they breathe in and out. This type of breathing calms the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) our body’s fight, flight, freeze reaction and switches on the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) producing a feeling of calm and relaxation.

If we breathe a lower volume of air by breathing in a slow controlled fashion through the nose, we increase the amount of carbon dioxide, and can deliver more oxygen to our muscles and organs including the heart and brain. Breathing in and out more air than necessary results in hypocapnia, a state of reduced carbon dioxide in the blood. You inhale and exhale too much when breathing in and out the mouth. This reduces oxygen to the brain and body tissues. Nasal breathing increases the levels of nitric oxide. A key signaling molecule used throughout the body. It regulates air flow and helps prevent over-breathing.

More professional athletes are now using the ancient wisdom of pranayama breathwork to excel at their sport. Ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek, seven-time consecutive winner of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, states that slowing down his breath rate and breathing from his belly through his nose, is essential to his athletic success.

Pay attention to your breath. Breathing in and out of the mouth signals the nervous system that something is wrong. Mouth breathing means difficult breathing and this, in turn, means deficient oxygenation of the tissues with the result of lowered vital organ and brain activity. To move from the SNS into the PNS, find an everyday situation and train your brain to start automatically breathing yogic breath. One suggestion is when driving, each time you come to a stop light, soften your belly and inhale then exhale slowly always through the nose. Over time you will naturally begin to exist in a state of calm and relaxation, instead of in a state of constant stress and anxiety.

Yoga & Essential Oil Class in June


Current scientific research of essential oils confirms what many cultures of the world have known for centuries: complex aromatic compounds of pure essential oils can be ChakraEssenJoieClassused effectively to help you deal with stress, difficult emotions and treat ailments.

Join us in June for Joie’s essential oil & yoga class every Monday @ 5:30-6:30 pm. Learn how essential oils pared with yoga poses can support your mind and body, creating a healthier happier life.

New Moon Retreat @ Mystic Hot Springs


Join us on our New Moon Retreat at Mystic Hot Springs, June 23, 24 & 25.

This all-inclusive retreat is located less than 3 hours from Park City. In the evening, it will be a pubGroup2smallnew moon and very dark, as there are no city lights for many miles. It’s my favorite time to soak in the tubs and experience the true brilliance of the Milky Way.

Are you interested in yoga, meditation and eating fresh vegetarian meals, but cannot seem to start or stay dedicated? Or, you might be a kick ass yogi who does everything perfectly (not me). Either way, this retreat is for you.

Topics include: Dan Harris-Meditation for fidgety sceptics, Byron Katie-The Work, Samadhi-the movie and stories from Trudee (I might even read a bedtime story!).

NewMoonPricingFree yourself and join us for a weekend of self-inquiry mixed with fun and laughter!

 

To register call Trudee @ 435 659 6950. Or email: yogakulaproject@gmail.com

Deadline to register is June 1.

 

Ladies Spring Retreat: April 13-16


Join us for an all inclusive Women’s Retreat at Mystic Hot Springs. Spend a blissful weekend connecting with the mystery of Mother Earth. Nourish yourself with yoga, meditation and fresh vegetarian food. Topics include the work of Byron Katie, Mindfulness and Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Retreat includes:
~ 3 Nights Lodging
~ 3 Days
~ Various Meditation Techniques
~ Yoga
~ Freshly Made Vegetarian Meals
~ Relaxing in Mystic’s Hot Tubs
To sign up contact Trudee @ yogakulaproject.com or 435 659 6950.

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Comments:

Trudee, I have been thinking about you ever since our awesome weekend together. You have made a tremendous impact on my life. Thank you for that. ~Brenda

This Retreat was amazing! I have been working through family issues for a while now, and in just 3 days and nights, I have  a better understanding of how to deal with these issues. Thank you so much. ~C O

Dear Trudee, The vegetarian meals were delicious. I was taught that you had to have meat in each meal to make it complete. Your meals were so filling, delicious and were packed with protein and essential nutrients and I felt so good after each meal. I look forward to eating healthier in the future all because of this amazing retreat! This was money well spent. Can’t wait for the next retreat. ~Carolyn