Love is the bomb. 3 ways to love more through yoga.

Love is the bomb. 3 ways to love more through yoga.

We can all love a little more. And I am sure we can agree that our world could use it. With the challenges we face today in such a hyper-connected and distracted culture we need to practice these benevolent qualities to help give back. If we really want to thrive as a culture, we need to cultivate balance and connectedness. So How can you love more?

1. Being kind

Create cultural compassion through practicing self compassion. Have the courage to see yourself in every other person around the globe. The good the bad, the angry the happy. When we practice acceptance that we all have these potentials within us we are able to find compassion for the others and recognize their pain, their blocks, and their suffering. Compassion will breakthrough the limits of the mind and open doors to unbound energy reserves.

2. Staying inside

Practice observing and training your mind though meditation. To see the love we must embody and feel the love within. We do this by giving the mind just one thing to focus on at a time. Such as feeling your own heart beating within. Meditating on a single point such as your heartbeat, strengthens our attention and ability to focus. It is our mind that perceives separation so drop back into your heart and rest in the limitless power and connectedness within.

3. Hitting the streets.

Take your yogic principles to the places that need them. Take three deep breaths at the traffic light to drop back into your body. Perform an act of kindness to a stranger and notice how it shifts their day and opens their heart. Its actions like these that help reshape our culture and every small piece contributes.

Coming back to the art of practice.

Yoga is designed to rework the mind and recalibrate the nervous system through the different limbs of the practice. Through practice and repetition we create a resilient mind and open heart. With continued practice you may notice when it carries over to the other avenues of your life. This is when the old beliefs are challenged and over time a more compassionate outlook on the world settles in.

If we desire to create balance and harmony for our culture, then we need to be balanced and harmonious with our own selves first. The more we can reside in the space of our heart the more opportunities we have to spread the gifts we have to offer. Remember If its worth doing at all, its worth pouring your full heart into it.

Are you interested in learning about what it takes to create a more connected and balanced life? If you are then reach out! As a an act of kindness I am offering a Free wellness evolution workshop to those ready to take the first step. If you are ready, click the button below!

Much love,

Alec

 

Flow State, Yoga and Surfing

Flow State, Yoga and Surfing

A large part to finding optimal health is to come back to the fundamentals and understand our connection with nature. And if we align ourselves to nature and tap into the moments of life happening through us and around us we enhance the ability to enter states of consciousness know as flow states. These are hypo-active states in where our brain opens the capacity to sense the deeper relationship we have with our world. Not only does this state of consciousness accelerate learning, problem solving and connection to our surroundings, but these states open up the potential for stronger creative impulses and motivation.

So why would you want this in your life and how do you practice this? There are many ways we can enter this flow consciousness, such as through demanding environmental conditions where there may be some risks, or by cultivating the conditions with practice or through activities. We can enter these states without our knowing but with the right conditions and practice the state becomes a great tool to have access to. If you desire to optimize your mental capacity for greater processing then it may be something to pay attention to.

surfing and the practice of yoga.

A complete practice for integrating mind, body and spirit.

This state of flowing happens when we are in our optimal state of consciousness, present and focused, our sense of self dissolves and we enter a state beyond the normal flow of time. When this state is entered or created through body awareness practices such as yoga, we find the capacity to fine tune the placement of our body and shift our weight in different ways that during normal states of consciousness take a much longer time to change and even notice. This is an indispensable skill needed for surfing as most of the activity is strategic placement on the board and within the water. This is when developing a regular yoga practice or other mindfull movement technique becomes helpful. From the placement of your feet to the distribution of weight on the board, from the direction your shoulders face to the range of motion in your hips, the number of minute details needing attention demand nothing short of focus and full mental capacity. Yes the postures of yoga help develop and maintain mobility and strength for these dynamic movements but its the practice of breath control in combination with body awareness and movement which I find most powerful.

The power of presence

Anything that grabs your attention brings you into the present moment, the now, and add a little risk to the moment whether it be social or even physical risk, our attention and concentration deepens. Surfing is without a doubt a place for me to connect to this moment where I find vulnerability, humility and I am reminded how fragile we are in the larger picture. Upon entering the water I instantly feel the potential risk and relate that to the rewards of having some good rides. This practice then becomes an opportunity to let go of the challenges I face in life and reconnect to these larger currents of energy circulating the globe. These are the conditions which allow the release of the mundane and a recharging of the internal battery all from the focus and attention of positioning myself for a good ride.

How does this state of consciousness facilitate a deeper connection to our world and why does that matter?

Well, it sets the stage for our natural rhythms to come in. When we are in a rhythm, creativity comes through with much less effort and it becomes easier to let go of needing the external stimulus to make us happy. In contrary to this idea our culture has been creating constant distractions to keep us occupied and addicted to constant stimulus driving us out of this flow. Through practice we can break the mold our culture has been creating and tap into the larger picture of the natural world around us.

This connection can be found in many ways but for me submerging in water is a sure way for troubles and challenges to be released and dissolved. What practices for you bring your into this state of flow? What brings you out of it? Just like anything, the more we practice something, the more familiar it becomes. And when we identify what the triggers are we can begin to design experiences which allow us to practice and cultivate this much needed skill of optimizing our mental capacity.

With my passion for this subject combining the yoga practice and surfing, I designed a workshop Yoga Fundamentals for Surfing which combines the above mentioned ideas. I will be teaching this on Saturday, February 3 at Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla California. If you are in the southern California area you might just like what we will be exploring within this workshop. If not, I encourage you to look at what it is that drives your mental energy, where it tends to head.

Much love,

Alec

 

Evolving identity through evolving habits

Evolving identity through evolving habits

When you stop and look at your daily routines what do you notice? From the very first thing you do upon waking up every morning, to the last task you check off before closing your eyes for the night, there are habits and patterns you are following every day which are leading you in a direction. Just think for a moment and invite in this question. Which direction do I want to be heading in and are my current habits in alignment with this direction?

Your habits are a reflection of your current identity

Just this question alone can so profound if you tend to expend your energy in one or more areas. Such as if you are habitually spending your entire energy bank account at work only loose steam and not have anything left to give and share when it comes to relationships and family. This is one I personally noticed several years back when I began to explore this topic and with a conscious effort I started to shift. I began this shift just as I continue to practice today with small changes and refinement techniques. So back to the question, in what direction do you desire to be headed?  This could be in a direction towards a specific goal, a desired outcome or even a state of experiencing or feeling. Moreover beginning to accept that these habits are the framework for our daily experiences allows us to take control of our lives trajectory.

Habits are simply automated routines.

If the cultural norm today is to feel busy, tired, overwhelmed or even sick and depleted, then that makes the conscious choice to feel at ease throughout the day a counter culture path. This path is very different and goes against most of what is being served to us through the majority of media and advertising, making it a bit challenging and potentially draining of our will power if we aren’t clear on our personal and relational values. My intention here is to show the importance of creating clarity on what it is that you stand for, what it is that you value as an individual and what you value as a collaborator on this planet.

How do you feel in the morning? Midday? Evening?

These daily habits and lifestyle choices are what set the pace for how we age and the degree of comfort we experience through our lives. While every choice does matter, it is also another opportunity to realign in the direction you want to be headed. Our habits either bring us into balance, or the opposite which is why a creating conscious routine aligned with a desired state or outcome is so powerful. So does choosing this perspective gives us ultimate control of how in balance we are? There is only one way to know for yourself. Invite the explorers mindset and try to tweak your routine until it fits your needs.

While traveling along the growth path its easy to get caught in the reigns of perfection, so I invite you to drop it completely and be open to the infinite possibilities and opportunities for learning through the choices made. We must allow ourselves to be human and to live freely but with a compassionate understanding of our reason we integrate our choices and free ourselves from being overly critical.

Think small shifts over time.

Looking at how we live our lives, it’s not just about having good habits. When we live purposefully and with intention, the habits we choose can give us leverage. That is more power and more momentum to align ourselves to the next level in our personal evolution and closer to who we desire to become.

If you are ready to explore new possibilities beyond the mundane normal state of living I offer a Free personal wellness workshop so you can begin this process and start to take action.

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Much love,

Alec

“conquer your hidden fear and take life to the next level”

“conquer your hidden fear and take life to the next level”

After listening to “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks in audio form a few times now I got it! I have identified the zones where I am comfortable and have started to breakthrough the hidden fears. This book invites you to question where you orient your life from and to explore how we hold ourselves back from expressing our unique gifts, experiencing an abundance of happiness, love, joy, appreciation and financial security. This book highlights where humans tend to hold themselves back and common signs that may be signaling you in the instance you are playing it safe and staying in your bubble of comfort.

This is more of a reference for myself but I am deciding to share it because I feel others, maybe you, will relate to this or in the best case find the inspiration within to look at yourself with an understanding that we tend to make choices confining ourselves from reaching our most glorious potential.

After identifying the zones from where I spend time and express myself from, here it goes. My zone of excellence is where I have been comfortably providing for myself financially with my professional skills as a Chef. I have used the skills of cooking and preparing food for people to support the majority of my life as an adult. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but Its where I have been identified for such a long time that it’s all I have known to identify with. It’s where my family and long time friends know me and can expect to find me working in and sustaining my life from.

It would be easy or at least comfortable for me to continue doing the same thing until I could no longer do it, however there is something that has been pulling me out of this zone for sometime now and I am seeing why. Its not my zone of genius! I know this now and can feel the pulses from my intuition guiding and nudging me toward my zone of genius. My zone of genius is based on my evolving experience of becoming more attuned to the environment we share and in this attunement finding deeper more complex relations between our inner world and our outer world.

What I have identified in this zone as a unique gift is my desire to work with people in a new way of nourishment. Taking a step back from the hyper-focused attention to detail and complex palate pleasing foods and stepping towards the simple use of food as fuel for our body and mind. It really hit me when this thought came to me in the shower as I was washing my hair.

I desire to create a deeper change within people. I desire to have a deeper impact. Anybody can cook a meal and feed themselves or a family member, but I want to impact them in a different way that really accentuates their experiences in life and how they further impact others in a positive way.

In my zone of genius I am guiding people into deeper states of thrive through habit evolution and simple daily practices. In this zone I am working from a space where I am guiding people into their intuition and teaching how to use it as the framework for their life, tapping into the endless reservoir of love and connecting to their inner guide.

This identity shift from the chef to the teacher, guide and leader is my big leap out of my zone of excellence and into my zone of genius and where I can express my deepest gifts and offer compassionate insights. My goal is to facilitate the growth of ones spiritual side while sharing the gifts and insights of health, longevity, planetary and personal connection.

Have you read this book? I highly recommend it. I love to hear from others on their journey so please reach out with any questions or comments. Please share this with another person who may be inspired or could benefit from this.

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Alec

What do your New Year Dreams look like and how do they make you feel?

What do your New Year Dreams look like and how do they make you feel?

What are your biggest dreams?

I know its the season of festivities and holidays but it is also the time to reflect back on the past year. Taking note of the accomplishments along with the failures. Its through our failures where we can switch our view and re-enter with a fresh approach, new vision and orientation.

Its easy for me to get caught up in the distress of life and forget about the huge shifts I have made over the past year, with the amount of challenges we all face today it’s so powerful to have a practice to come back to, to help ground, reconnect and focus on the good that we see in the world and the good we are co-creating.

Reflecting back on 2017 I see how much momentum I have created in the direction of offering my services in new unique ways. I came to realize how much I enjoy dancing and ecstatic movements as a way to connect to my body. I embraced the practice of pushing my own boundaries and how riding the edges of my comfort zones has helped me step into the new identity I am becoming more vulnerably and confidently. I have a sense now of what that looks like even though I know its a constant evolution with no end state.

So I ask you, what has your year looked like and how have you changed? Reflecting on the challenges you have faced in 2017, how have they shaped you and your perspective of your life? What powerful lessons are hidden behind those challenges? In what direction are you headed now based on the choices you made over the past year? And then ask yourself,

How deeply do I want to Thrive in 2018?

Start with identifying how you really desire to feel physically, mentally and spiritually, keeping it in an easily attainable scope. Then set an intention for how you desire to experience life.

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January 5, 2018

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Is the holiday pressure building? Don’t be a grinch. Simple tips to hit the reset button and recalibrate yourself.

Is the holiday pressure building? Don’t be a grinch.  Simple tips to hit the reset button and recalibrate yourself.

The holidays are typically filled with a plethora of very merry and extravagant gatherings, and we are right in the middle of it all. The overloading of family and friends can lead to frustrations along with the overloading of food creating a frustrated and compromised digestive system. I value spending time with family and friends however we are all unique and have a personal limit for stimulation, when we identify these limits and use them as guidelines it is easier to stay in our zone of connection. So how do we manage this jolly time of year and stay connected with loved ones without sacrificing our personal sanity and wellbeing?

I like to view it from a very simple perspective, have you ever had your computer or device start acting funky and find out all that needed to be done was to restart it? Its funny how such an easy and simple thing can change the way our devices perform and bring them back to optimal functioning. But what about our body and our mind? Could we have too many programs running and still be stuck on how the conversation at dinner went the other night? I believe so, which is why its a healthy practice to reset and recalibrate our orientation daily.

Based on my own experience I am a strong believer of taking time outs throughout the day, even if its for a moment I will take a few deep breaths to regain presence of where I am and what is really going on. This is true for me especially during gatherings where I may unintentionally be involved in two or three different conversations at the same time. This practice allows me to reconnect and reenter my body during the times when I recognize I am losing my focus or begin to enter frustration.

No one wants to be the grinch at the party or the one blaming their internal misery on someone or something else and time outs help alleviate this pressure building up inside before we hit the panic button and start causing trouble. If you feel this internal pressure cooker ready to explode give yourself the permission to take breather or a walk outside, it might just save you from the very thing you don’t want to happen.

Remember to be kind to yourself and not to over schedule, give plenty of time to relax, reflect and let go of what is not needed in your personal internal hard drive. Remember that you can be the catalyst for creating a more loving and connected gathering and it all begins with how we enter each moment.

 

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Yoga Nidra, a meditation for deep healing and profound relaxation.

Yoga Nidra, a meditation for deep healing and profound relaxation.

Yoga Nidra

enter through the doorway to the subconscious

This practice has the potential to profoundly transform our perceptions, beliefs and our subconscious mind. From my experience, it’s the fastest way to understanding where we are coming from and how to shift gears to approach our lives in a different and more compassionate way.

Think of your mind as a computer hard drive, as we are growing up we are learning through experience and influence. These Influences and lessons become our downloaded programming and is where we operate from until we download new programming. And just like a computer our minds need to keep up with the advances of technology and with changing times of the planet we live on. Therefore upgrades of our operating systems are highly beneficial when it comes to living in harmony with our planet and ourselves.

This is a practice into the storage space of our mind where we house our beliefs and operating systems, in this practice we invite the exploration of these operating systems which we use in our daily lives with unbiased awareness. With unbiased awareness we can identify our patterns and the outdated software that is holding us back and can begin the shift to adopt beliefs more attuned with who we want to become. It’s through awareness and intention in which we have the ability to upgrade our operating systems and begin to shift our waking reality to become aligned with our deepest desires and to express and share our unique gifts.

 

“When we dwell in the pleasures of our senses, attractions to further pleasures arise. From attraction comes attachment, the desire for possession that leads to passion and burns into anger. Passions and anger cloud judgement and lead to confusion, the inability to learn from past mistakes and the failure to choose between what is wise and what is unwise. This is the path of separation. But when we move in the world of the senses, yet keep our senses in harmony, free from attachment to attraction or aversion, we rest in the wisdom heart of our true nature, the true equanimity of being, in which all sorrow and suffering cease.”

Yoga Nidra, by Richard Miller PhD ( Bhagavad Gita translation)

 

I have for you a short guided Yoga Nidra meditation through the five senses. This can be practiced before bed, in the morning, or anytime when you need to reset and recalibrate. Be sure to practice this when you will not be disturbed or distracted. Create space and give yourself time (about twenty minutes) to let go and enter a state of profound relaxation.

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