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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 With unbiased awareness we can identify our patterns and the outdated software that is holding us back and can begin the shift to adopt beliefs more attuned with who we want to become.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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Empowered Living, simple strategies to stay above the holiday overwhelm.

Empowered Living, simple strategies to stay above the holiday overwhelm.

 

There are many factors when it comes to living a balanced life, how well you sleep, how well you move, what you eat and your social engagements are among the top influences for creating balance and staying healthy. Luckily enough we have the choice to identify how we want to experience life and can begin to make the small shifts towards that desired state. So where do we begin and how do we optimize our day to stay above the overwhelm of life? By taking responsibility and taking small action steps!

Sleep

Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy life and its not just about the amount of sleep rather than the quality of sleep. Our bodies are naturally attuned to the circadian cycle of our planet and even our organs are on their own biological clock working to create deeper states of physical balance and mental/emotional ease. When times become more intense or stressful, give yourself the opportunity to get more sleep.

Meal Spacing

Are you filling up your car with premium fuel and still eating conventional produce?

Food and the desire to please the palate is often in the driver seat influencing decisions and shaping our day. Yes food can taste good but we need to come back to the whole reason we eat, that is to fuel this body we inhabit. If we look at food as energy, we can see that this energy is information, we realign with the fact that this information is signaling the body and providing raw materials to do the necessary things to stay alive, but with the enhancement of flavors though food manufacturing this food is now creating a desire and addiction for overconsumption.

Re-enter the power of intermittent fasting. Spacing meals is vital for living a long and healthy life and enhances our ability to be flexible and adaptable for accessing and using stored fuel (body fat) on the body. Yes food should be satisfying and can be very pleasurable but for many of us its will take a shift in how we look at food, a change of identity to begin viewing food as an energy source. Choose to eat simple high quality food to fuel your body and mind and over time, you will notice the shift in cravings.

Spend time outdoors

There are so many fancy ways to take control of your health but sunshine and the outdoors is among the best for combating overwhelm. Keep a regular practice of walking outside with no electronics to recalibrate your senses to your environment. Smell the flowers and notice the plants growing on the side walk or on your favorite hiking trail, and even if its for a minute, zoom your perspective outward and notice where you are in space, on a planet orbiting around a star in a vast universe. This practice in shifting perspectives really sheds light on the scale of how serious we can take the smallest and most mundane of situations in our life.

Meditation

Nothing beats sitting and spending time in stillness, even when your mind is racing and nothing seems to be still, the act of watching and feeling what is going on inside is good for us. With the Holidays approaching its easy to feel overwhelmed with all the activities and to-do lists, but make it a point to take 1-5 minutes twice a day to reflect and decompress the mind with just sitting and being. Everyone has the time it is just a matter of priority and facing the challenge the doing something new. So even if you have never formally meditate before get curious and just sit, close your eyes and notice whats going on for a few minutes. If you haven’t yet, click here to receive a free guided meditation from me to listen to at your own time.

The Take Aways

Empower yourself by applying these tools and upgrading your performance physically and mentally. Identify your priorities and know other peoples’ priorities are not yours unless you choose to own them. Reorienting your approach to your day with a few deep breaths and identifying the small steps needed to head towards a desired state you want to experience can be a fun approach!!

Dont take it to seriously!!

Be kind to yourself!

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3 health benefits of drinking warm water.

3 health benefits of drinking warm water.

Actions tend to create momentum in one of two directions, towards aligning ourself to a more easeful experience or towards disharmony. I can say at this time, for most of my life I was on the path of disharmony, with no clear goal to strive to, with no desired state of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health to experience.  I was on the path of just trying to get through the day with as little conflict as possible. So what does this have to do with drinking warm water?

Everything!!

As we transition into the cooler months it doesn’t mean you can’t be warm and fuzzy inside and often enough its these simplest action steps which make that said warm feeling happen. Think of wool socks and how comforting they are. Action step, put on a pair of wool socks. Want to feel warm and comfortable inside? Action step, drink warm liquids and eat warming foods. This comfort can relax the nervous system, which is a major controller of how well our digestion is functioning, which over time this comfort carries the potential for transformational results.

Over time I have adopted a very simple morning routine which a couple of the practices repeat throughout the day. This is a common practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and sure enough, it’s the simplest of them all that for me have been the most life changing!

The most basic practices from these ancient traditions of promoting health and longevity is through improving digestion, warming up the body and keeping the energy flowing. Think of ice, its stagnant, dense, rigid and well, cold. This alone should shine some light on the adverse affects of drinking ice water. Now contrast this to warm water. It doesn’t contain any of the preceding descriptors. Basic enough?

So onto the ideas and application behind this practice.

So what do you do? Drink warm water first thing in the morning in place of cold or room temp water. It’s best not to overthink it because it is this simple. Ideally the water should not be too hot to drink in a quick manner. You are not making tea so long before it becomes “tea hot” it is ready. Do Not burn yourself! It’s not worth it and it’s not pleasant first thing in the morning to scorch your taste buds and throat.

What you get from drinking this is a warming sensation throughout your entire body that’s very comforting. This practice is very underestimated with the power of flushing out subtle and gross stagnation in your systems. Of course it’s hydrating and possibly more importantly it stimulates peristalsis, yes pooping, the typically underachieved elimination process ridding your body from yesterday’s digested food hanging out inside you.

Simplicity at its best, choose warming liquids and foods to consume during these chilling months. I invite you to try it out. Begin to notice the most basic functions in your body improve and becoming more consistent. Remember the warmth you can create from the inside out is this easy when the proper steps are taken to support your body.

So here are 3 health benefits from drinking warm water.

  1. Helps flush water soluble toxins first thing in the morning.
  2. Promotes bowel movement to start the day lighter and clear.
  3. Helps stimulate and awaken the digestive fire in your belly

 

 

Bonus health benefit!

The warm glass feels really nice in your hands first thing in the morning.

 

Enjoy the path to creating a more easeful experience, creating more harmony within and exuding that harmony to others.

Choose your habits wisely!

 

“Sun is shining and the weather is sweet”

“Sun is shining and the weather is sweet”

How do you know if you have and easeful or stressful orientation to life?

Often its how we were brought up or through larger influences which set the tone for how we engage with life. But later we have the option to choose how we enter our day. So ask yourself a few questions. Is life stressful? Is life overwhelming? Should life be so tiresome? By consciously entering your day with the choice to be in ease,  a sense of flow, a sense of connection, life becomes opportunistic rather than the socially accepted busy, stressed, overworked, tired and overwhelmed where everything is happening and you are just reacting.

Is your cup half empty or half full?

It begins with our language and how we describe our life to ourselves. And its not about just sugar coating everything to say “oh yea everything is great and nothing is wrong” but rather embracing even the challenging as opportunities for growth and evolution  of our own identity. And just like using training wheels on a bike when we are learning to ride, its awkward and different when beginning to orient ourselves to the language aligned with ease, comfort and creativity.

When we choose to respond to life, we take complete responsibility of our life and own that we are creating everything from the easy to challenging. Reacting is in a sense a lack of ability to respond, a lack of responsibility, this responsibility comes with deepening awareness and making choices to see life happening for us.

It’s the cup half full way of life.

This is ingrained in our dna through the challenges of our ancestors, but through the growth of our consciousness we now have a choice to change the trajectory of our path and how we associate with it.

Through practice, we can articulate our words to identify and express our orientation and where we are coming from. Through daily practice, it begins to rewire our brain and becomes the normal way of approach. Feeling the difference between stress and anxiety as a contraction and the intensity which is associated with these states vs. the expansive qualities associated with joy and love and how it opens us more and more.

Whats the easiest shift to begin with you ask? Gratitude.

Stress and gratitude don’t go together. They resonate at different frequencies. Meaning you can’t experience both at the same time. Yes its hard to immediately shift into this state in the heat of the moment after being activated by the situation, that is why it is a practice. We continually come back to it each time after noticing and over time, momentum builds and its just the new normal.

Gratitude is the antidote for stress

This state of easeful living comes after time of practice and setting up your body in way which takes the pressure down a bit. Self care practices are great tools to help re-orient yourself and other simple steps taken again and again over time do create momentum. So Identify what matters most to you, which orientation do you want to have towards life, and know that the entire world needs your joy, your love and your gratitude expressed more and more everyday!

Remember, to be kind to yourself and to be kind to others!

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7 tips for thriving through the holidays

7 tips for thriving through the holidays

The holidays are approaching!

This time of year its easy to become overwhelmed, that is unless you strategize, choosing to keep strong healthy routines creating a momentum orienting you towards a state of thrive.

If you are interested in not just surviving this holiday season but exiting with the same Thriving momentum you entered with, then here are my 7 tips for keeping peace of body, mind and spirit during this fun time of year. Making the right choices will keep you feeling on top of your game so empower yourself with these simple tips and invite a sense of ease this season, drop the need for perfection and enjoy the little details!

 

 

Here are the 7 tips

  • For a peaceful mind, Drop the need for perfection ( the next steps will help this fall into place when the waters get rough)
  • Dont over schedule yourself, enjoy the down time.
  • If you do drink alcohol, discontinue at least 3 hours before bed ( again, sleep is important)
  • Keep a consistent morning routine (this sets the trajectory for the day)
  • Stay consistent with your movement/yoga practice ( 5 minutes is better than none)
  • Eat slowly to prevent overeating
  • Come back to gratitude

So a big take away from this is to remember the importance of rest.

Invite a sense of ease, gratitude is antidote for stress and anxiety.

 

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Spiritual Reboot to Vibrant Health

Do you crave deeper sleep?
Do you desire to be more integrated in your body?
Do you crave healthier relationships to your family, friends and partner?

By identifying who you want to become, we will challenge old outdated habits, intentionally create new routines and compassionately deepen your relationship to your environment.

Over the course of 10 weeks, I will guide you through an exploration of the habits from the ancients, our ancestors and the cosmos.

If you are ready to join a dynamic group of individuals who are ready to make lasting changes aligned with who you want to become,

fill out the form below.

Next round begins January 5, 2018

Space is limited

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Cosmic Download, riding the waves of intuitive insights.

Cosmic Download, riding the waves of intuitive insights.

When we attune ourselves to the rhythms of our environment it becomes easier to facilitate deep listening. Deep listening itself is a skill we can acquire by practicing again and again, and as we practice it becomes easier to notice the influences upon us and how we can apply them in a way to facilitate our path.

Ride the waves of intuitive insights.

 

The skill of listening is becoming more and more of a commodity in our culture, at least to me it is as I notice just how out of tune people are within social interactions by evacuating the interaction through means of a device searching for something that is rarely found outside of the present moment and by consistently turning the conversation back to themselves. Just as its a challenge to truly listen to someone who just needs to be heard our intuition is calling on us to listen deeply more often than we think.

Everything that we perceive here in nature is pulsating with these insights for us, but only if we take the time to listen to them.

Our breath comes in and it goes out, the tide comes in and goes out. The cycles are a part of the natural rhythm and we are inherently integrated within, that is until we perceive ourselves as separate from, above or below the rhythms. Surfing for me is an instant reality check for this, as entering the water is an instant attunement to the bigger picture and the pulsating nature of our environment. When the swell is on the rise the energy shifts and becomes much more intense than when the swell is low, just as surfing has a skill level involved so does the practice of internal listening aka meditating.

If we intentionally choose to ride the swells of creative impulses, we facilitate our creativity to bloom. If we choose to ride the waves of our intuitive impulses, our choices become more clear as to where they will guide us.

As we continually come into this state of listening whether its to a friend, a stranger, a family member or spouse, we hone a valuable skill sharpening our attention span. This skill gradually builds momentum and before you know it just like learning a new language you have the capacity to listen deeply and hear the messages coming through you in a new way you haven’t heard or felt before. The momentum from consistently tapping into our intuition and acting on what we truly hear is the practice.

Acknowledge the rise and fall of the pulses and surges of inspiration coming through you! Feel your heart beating, pumping blood through our entire body and reflect this to the larger picture of where we really are in space and time. On a tiny speck of dust, drifting around a star, floating through space that no one can explain. Namaste!

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Spiritual Reboot to Vibrant Health.

This is the first hence the name pilot program and its based on my own experience of becoming more aligned with the natural rhythms of the planet we live on.

Do you crave deeper sleep?
Do you desire to be more integrated in your body?
Do you crave healthier relationships to your family, friends and partner?

By identifying who you want to become, we will challenge old outdated habits, intentionally create new routines and compassionately deepen your relationship to your environment.

Over the course of 10 weeks, I will guide you through an exploration of the habits from the ancients, our ancestors and the cosmos.

If you are ready to join a dynamic group of individuals who are ready to make lasting changes aligned with who you want to become,

fill out the form below.

 

We start October 26, 2017

Space is limited

Schedule a free 40 minute wellness evolution session

 

How yoga will show you the way home.

How yoga will show you the way home.

Being in your body is being at home in nature

If you have recetly attended any of my yoga classes, you have noticed the conversation I have been starting about the rhythms, pulsations, our bodies and using the practice as a way of reconnecting. Whatever your view-point is, it’s a beneficial shift to see it as a collaborative experience we have with our bodies. Our bodies are essentially our feedback system for what we choose to participate in daily, from our food choices, where we spend our time and what we put our focus on.

Through different stages in our yoga practice we direct our senses inward and explore what we begin to notice. At first we may just notice muscle fatigue from the yoga postures and the accompanying sensation of physical movement, but over time we may begin to notice specific patterns or behaviors that no longer suit our desired state physically or mentally. From this stage when we shift gears into this perspective of bodily collaboration we reflect on how our choices are affecting us and how we feel.

Today people expect or hope for their health to be achieved in a pill form, that magically the doctor or nutritionist will fix us with a special concoction to make everything better or that just talking to the psychiatrist will alleviate the stress and the changes will occur, but this approach doesn’t address and give practical strategies for creating new and lasting lifestyle and behavior changes. The modern medical approach has essentially been zooming in on the what is happening and finding a way to alleviate the symptom or discomfort, this approach does have its place but it typically doesn’t address the reason such symptoms are arising or offer a strategy to change.

Where in your life is the over indulging in a substance or action costing you and how much?  Maybe it’s not committing to saving a said amount for a much-needed vacation or retreat. Maybe the irresponsible spending is building frustration in your partner and an emotional volcano is building up pressure to erupt at any moment.

Over time, how much are you spending on the extra stress induced food cravings, alcohol, shopping for another pair of shoes or pants that you know you don’t need. How much money is this costing you per year along with how much is this taxing your energy reserves and mental capacity? What’s the point and why are we habitually drawn to do these things when triggered in a stressful situation or overrun with overwhelm.

Zooming out to the larger perspective is one of the practices for entering the collaborative model and through relating to this idea of rhythms and cycles we can clearly see where there are areas of strength, integrity and imbalances. It’s through adopting this perspective of  the bigger picture and entering collaboration, when attuned to the rhythms of the day that we take the approach of connectivity. From the circadian cycles to the seasonal rhythms we have the waves of different qualities we can ride attuning us creating more of a balanced way of living and experiencing life.

Understanding how much money the choices being made are costing financially is a huge eye opener, investing in yourself and on your own journey to feeling awesome is in my opinion the best way to create an enjoyable life.

Because it’s through making decisions ahead of time while willpower and motivation are high that highlights the choices which are in alignment with what you are needing and desiring to change.

 

This is the official announcement of my pilot program I have been working on over the past nine months while striving to become a Certified Yoga Health Coach.

Spiritual Reboot to Vibrant Health.

This is the first hence the name pilot program and its based on my own experience of becoming more aligned with the natural rhythms of the planet we live on.

Do you crave deeper sleep?
Do you desire to be more integrated in your body?
Do you crave healthier relationships to your family, friends and partner?

By identifying who you want to become, we will challenge old outdated habits, intentionally create new routines and compassionately deepen your relationship to your environment.

Over the course of 10 weeks, I will guide you through an exploration of the habits from the ancients, our ancestors and the cosmos.

If you are ready to join a dynamic group of individuals who are ready to make lasting changes aligned with who you want to become,

fill out the form below.

 

We start October 26, 2017

Space is limited

Schedule a free 40 minute wellness evolution session