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Happy New Year of Yoga Together!

Wishing Everyone everywere a peaceful New Year.

This time of year it is common to set new goals, start new habits. We often do this in isolation, which  sabotages us from the start.  Share your goal, recruit a buddy and support each other weekly or more often. Togetherness is why yoga classes, especially small community classes, are the best place to start and continue because you are not isolated.

True yoga is a non-competitive process!  The inner wiser self knows what is best and that health, energy and peace come from mindfulness in movement over time.  The wiser self knows that like life itself yoga is a process, a journey. The wiser self knows we are meant to be connected together with other humans.

The ego doesn’t want you to feel better, be connected or close with others, or to find peace.  The Ego says,  “I  have to be good immediately” “I have to already be flexible to start” and “I should do this on my own”. Below are excuses, direct from ego-  Excuses for not getting to  yoga are actually the true reasons to start and continue growing your yoga practice!

“I’m not flexible”— yoga helps you become more flexible over time!

“I’m out of shape-“– yoga helps you get in shape, and if you can breathe, you can do yoga!

“I’m too overweight”  regular yoga helps with weight loss!, so love yourself now as you are and begin.

“I’m too old”— You are never too old to reap the benefits of yoga!

“I don’t have the energy”– Yoga gives you energy! You may feel tired after classes or practice in the beginning but stick with it and you will begin to have more energy.

” I have this condition or injury..”  You are more than your conditions and injuries.  Talk with instructor, focus on all that you can do and grow your practice from there!

“I tried it once ….”  Try a different class or teacher give it a few weeks or months before giving up.– look for a class that is right for you – e.g. if your over 50 look for a teacher over 50, if your beginning go to beginner classes!

 For persons who have suffered accident injury or severe illness, be smart:  choose to do therapeutic ,senior, or gentle yoga to start.  A daily walking program can be an excellent starting point.  If you want success, do not be secretive or isolated in whatever you chose.  You do not have to do it alone.

To avoid  movement  is choosing to age faster, is limiting your future joy in:  dancing, playing with children, easily getting up from and down to the ground, or picnicking in the grass on a sunny day. 

The less you move the less energy you have, the less you move the less you are able to move and the more likely you are to become injured when you do move. The more strength and flexibility you have the less likely you will be injured and the faster you heal and recover from injury. Moving mindfully after injury is the best way to heal and regain flexibility.

The biggest mistake people make in yoga  is to forget to tune-in and honor your own limits- where you are at, today.

The second biggest mistake is to forget you are more than a mechanical body, that the mind, spirit and emotions all are involved. Yoga is more about training the mind than anything else.The physical moves or postures are just the tip of the iceberg, what is underneath is: discipline, practice,  change of attitudes, watching the mind, breath, concentration,  meditation.

Peace, Christina

Consider having an individual session to set and begin your next goal- reach higher!

Winter & Yoga

Dear Yoga Friends,

Winter is upon us and so is the “holiday Season”. Rather than get caught up or annoyed with the frenzy of consumerism that seems to dominate western culture, let’s be closer to each other.

We are a species profoundly interconnected and interdependent. Keep in mind modern culture promotes an unrealistic ideal of independence and self-sufficiency. This may be hindering our ability to be close. The truth is we all want closeness and connection.  I shared this article last year and in case you missed it, you may find it refreshing; closeness, togetherness coziness

    I hope you find time for leisurely walks this season.                         All around us, in the natural world is stimulus for us to understand our own nature, we are made of the same stuff:  Water, Earth (minerals), Fire (heat and combustion, digestion and burning of food for energy) Air (Breath) and Either (space). Appreciation of nature on a walk always lifts ones spirits. More about walking in this blog post walking the most under-rated exercise.

Remember to do your daily routine, even in the hustle of holidays, travel and visitors. Your practice, done consistently and mindfully has a powerful healing effect on all levels; physical, mental, emotional, energetic and a multitude of aspects deeper and more profound. Daily practice  allows us to face our life, to deal with our emotions and quiet the chatter in our minds. Our negative thoughts and suppressed emotions are toxic. By gaining control of the mind we can grow through conscious awareness of emotions the energy they have. True yoga is a well of strength and peace to draw from.  This well is filled through daily practice– asana and meditation.

“The more you sit in the self the more you will feel an energy that you have never experienced before. It comes from behind rather than in front where you experience your mind and emotions.…When you are no longer absorbed in your melodrama, but instead sit comfortably deep inside the seat of awareness, you will feel this energy from deep within.    …. Feelings, loneliness, fear are just things in the universe like cars, grass, stars, Awareness does not fight.  Within the self you will experience strength of your inner Being, even when the heart is weak…”   From the book Untethered Soul – Michael Singer

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace, Christina

_CLASS Schedule December January, all same except....
There will NOT be classes at RGCSL on Monday  Dec 25th 
or Monday January 1st 
(New Year's day there will be Primary Lead @ Stone Age Climbing Gym)
Consider joining the Wed. class- Versatile Vitality, 4100 Silver SE
 8:30am - 9:45am.(wonderful group,lovely space & easy parking)
or treat yourself to an individual session to design or 
refine your daily practice. 
 Gift Certificates available now.


coziness,togetherness, and well-being

Happy Autumn and Winter! 1-2-4-trail-abq-fall

This is the time of year to slow down, as nature does for winter, yet, culturally there are holidays and gatherings that might lead to overdoing things. Remember to have down time, quiet time,  perhaps walking simply to enjoy being in the world, without any attachment or goals. Slow down and be fully in the moment. Hold eye contact and hugs longer, open your heart more.   See with Gratitude.

  You might embrace the word and concept “hygge”.   ~ “Denmark endures dreary winters with the help of an arcane cultural concept known as “hygge.” It’s not an easy word for outsiders to pronounce; it sounds sort of like HYU-gah  and it’s even harder to translate. Hygge apparently has no direct analogue in English, and related words like “coziness,” “togetherness” and “well-being” only cover a fraction of its nebulous definition. Hygge, originally a Norwegian word for “well-being,” first appeared in Danish near the end of the 18th century… It has evolved into a big part of Danish life since then, absorbing connotations over time like a semantic snowball. The dark winters of Denmark helped turn hygge from a mere word into a kind of cultural panacea, manifested in various ways to buffer Danes against cold, solitude and stress…. hygge is a pervasive, year-round spirit. “It’s like a mood you have. We can see hygge in many things, in many situations.” This flexibility of hygge is a major reason why English words like “cozy” don’t do it justice. “Coziness relates to physical surroundings — a jersey can be cozy, or a warm bed — whereas hygge has more to do with people’s behavior toward each other,” writes author Helen Dyrbye in “Xenophobe’s Guide to the Danes.” “It is the art of creating intimacy: a sense of comradeship, conviviality and contentment rolled into one.” ~ Taken from article by  Russell McLendon , science editor at Mother Nature Network, http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/blogs/how-hygge-can-help-you-get-through-winter

 

Namaste,   Christina