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

 

Are you heeding your call?

Are you heeding your call?

 

Listen, what do you hear? What do you feel? Listen deeper, or maybe let go and allow it to come through.

If your life was to be laid out like the story in a book, could you see it breaking up into chapters? Would you see the chapters creating “the hero’s journey” or maybe some other narrative archetype?

I have come across many references to this analogy and it seems to resonate with me, especially when thinking about friends and individuals entering the story at some point and then heading in another direction later on in book.

Things come and go with the tide, its always moving and evolving while still maintaining its truth.

The challenges faced in the story tend to be the start of a new path, they tend to have a deeper meaning and message later on, just as when we reflect on the challenges in our life its often hard to see the bigger picture or lessons learned until after we have moved past, let go and integrated the experience.

Day to day we may not notice anything different but as the chapters progress we may see how different we have become over time. Reflecting on the significance of each choice and how it has shaped who we are today.

“our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made”

Dr. Wayne Dyer

The chapters in my life seem to be unfolding and becoming more and more interesting. Most of what I have known to identify myself with has been evolving into something greater than I still can imagine, something beyond me and for a bigger purpose. Not coming from a self promoting place or even entitlement, I know I’m not alone in this understanding and knowing that we are here to facilitate a deeply felt shift in way we live on this planet.

The old ways of living through greed, corruption and entitlement are fading out quickly and it takes an openness to welcome the new collaborative way evolving and living together.

This greater message coming through us is here to help others into the new way, showing and leading others by example while in the roll of the facilitator, the teacher and the mentor.

Heed the call to your own adventure, cross the threshold and bathe in the elixir of transformation.

It comes back to a state of remembering the truth within us, letting go of the need for outside validation of who or what others see us to be. Remembering this truth allows us to be in control of our own happiness, finding fulfillment in serving a larger purpose.

In the end, there may be nothing more powerful than to be aware of the choices we have made and the path we are on, writing the story and building our life with the creator mindset.

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

What Yoga May Show You About Yourself

What Yoga May Show You About Yourself

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”

Its only been a couple years since I began teaching yoga but it feels like a lifetime away that I completed my initial training. I distinctively remember in my training the fear, doubt, lack of confidence and many other challenges which came up for me to work through but also a deeper pull to do this even though I didn’t know why.

I saw how much attention to detail and focus it takes to guide students through a well structured class leaving them with a pleasant experience and noticed right away the difference between teaching people who are new to the practice with little to no experience versus the well seasoned practitioner.

The best teachers will tell where to look but not what to find.

I think I had a sense in my field that I wanted to teach the experienced yogi however lately I have been given the opposite. New opportunities are consistently given to me now and most of which involve students brand new to the practice. In the past month I have had twenty first-time practitioners show up in my classes and I couldn’t be happier about it. 

Your throat gives your heart a voice.

There is so much more to yoga than the elaborate postures everyone sees on the internet and other media outlets and I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to breakdown the different elements of the practice. Giving context to the practice and how its used as a set of tools rather than jumping right into the postures with no understanding of why we are here participating.

The consciousness you hold creates the life you experience.

Still every day is a new day to work through the beliefs we may have about ourselves keeping us confined in a state of comfort, preventing us from being vulnerable and experiencing humility.

Just like exercise strengthens muscles we can broaden our threshold of comfort and invite the new challenges, strengthening our sense of confidence while still maintaining a balance of humility and gratitude. Its a constant adaptation to the direction we are being pulled and the gifts we are willing to share, a perfect blend of surrender, consistency and authenticity.

I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

Habits for Vibrant Health 4

Habits for Vibrant Health 4

WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO EAT PLANTS?

Unless you are living in a climate where plants don’t grow which is most likely not somewhere you would want to live anyways, they should be the foundation of any healthy diet.

Of course there is seasonality to specific plants and their availability which is the beauty behind including variety and eating local. However, today we have too many labels and restrictions of how one may or may not eat and its easy to loose focus of the simplicity of food and the purpose of it.

If its not understood fully then take it in now, what we eat ultimately becomes us.

Low quality food means low functioning cells and higher quality food gives the cells the information needed to hopefully do what they are meant to do. In this divine relationship the nutrients we consume are the building blocks of our physical bodies and inform the cells to perform certain functions. I am not a scientist or doctor but to me this is what signifies the connection from our inner environment to our outer environment and our current health.

Polyphenols are probably the most interesting component to plants which supply us with a source of energy efficiency. The antioxidant properties of  polyphenols may influence many things from the efficiency of our metabolism and production of energy to the rate of which our cells age.

Besides the nutrients found in plants we have a dense accumulation of vibrant energy where in Ayurveda, we call it prana.

Prana is understood as the life force energy flowing in and all around us and everything alive needs prana for survival. Plants take in this energy from the sun along with nutrients from the earth and end up creating a more condensed form of prana which directly inform our cells. Just remember freshness still matters, the shriveled discolored veggies in the back of the refrigerator will not have the same intensity of prana as the fresh and vibrantly colored produce.

Fiber is definitely lacking in the standard American diet and is essential for the food to move through the digestive system efficiently as well as providing food for the bacteria in the gut. Without proper fiber intake comes a slow internal destruction and a whole list of health issues.

Its wild to see people filling their gas tanks with premium grade fuel and then eating low quality food.

I see it as a lack of value for our bodies along with the environment, after all, we are inherently part of this environment and there is no way around it. Its time we accept this relationship we have with our inner and outer environment and focus on this amazing influence plant foods may have on our body, when we focus on quality, diversity and freshness of the food we eat we start to upgrade our life.

What is Reality

What is Reality

the ineffable mysteries

How do we explain something we cannot perceive with our five senses? Have you ever had an experience you could not put into words? Take the sound of silence, the visuals behind our closed eyes or even our dreams. Our senses when seen as tools, which is really what they are, have a limited range in which they can receive and translate information.

Think of the word beautiful for instance, each individual has their own interpretation of the word and accompanying image or experience associated with it.

Experiencing something extraordinary and then telling someone about it can sometimes dull down the experience due to our limiting words and ability to describe it.

One mans beauty is another mans misery, and so it is, for every possible experience we have it is only relative to ourselves and our own interpretation of it.

As for light traveling through and around us, we only have the capacity to see a specific range of colors. However through technology we have created tools with great sensitivity to show that there is a broad spectrum of light beyond what we can see with our eyes.

No matter how subtle the experience is we should not disregard it or push it aside and call it not real. Just because we cannot explain it in words does not mean that it didn’t happen or we did not experience it.

I believe these non ordinary experiences contain qualities of magic and transformation if we can accept them for what they are. No matter how small or insignificant the personal experience seemed, it was still and experience and is no less real than anything else.

The Morning Connection

The Morning Connection

So we know this technology isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and why should it, there are unquestionable powers behind this instant accessibility to the internet and all that it contains. With only a few touches of our finger tips on a screen we can access what seems like endless amounts of information and stimulus. The question is….. Is this instant gratification helping us enter a more proactive state or keeping us more reactive?

The early morning (ninety minutes or so before sunrise) is referred to as the Brahma Muhurta or “the creators hour” , the time of the day when our minds are at ease, our bodies are rested and our conscious awareness is most expanded. This time is considered to be most potent for inviting a proactive vision for what we want to create, which ultimately sets the flow for the day. Recent studies are showing the affect of jumping into the virtual world and social media first thing in the morning to be just the opposite of that flow, by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system and promoting a reactive state.

Now just imagine how much deeper our connections could be if we turned to face our partner first thing in the morning rather than plugging right in to the web of disconnection. Or if we chose to reflect on our dreams and / or journal, we could get a sense of our fortunes and receive insights on the things we need to change or begin to invite into our lives. If we can utilize the power of “the creators hour” and choose to engage in things which enrich our lives, we can create balance between our internal and technological realities.

So what is it that makes us need to be constantly connected to this virtual community and what are the long term affects on our physical connectivity to our family, friends and other people in our lives? If we are truly living boring lives then why not make a choice to create interesting situations or engage with creative and interesting people?

At the end of the day, how does it influence us? Are we using it to our benefit as the great tech tools that they are? Or are we allowing these devices to control us by tearing down our personal boundaries and creating a hyper-connected virtual reality without the true one on one conversation all while challenging our ability to find our peace and stillness.

Personal Time Off

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You may notice an underlying theme among all the ideas I share here. This theme is something I have slowly integrated into my life and explore daily, it’s the theme of simplicity and connecting with my current ecosystem. I have always found peace through surfing, outside play and being in the ocean so it was intuitive for me to begin to focus on this. Just as the tide comes in and goes out, playing on a seesaw also relates to the ebb and flow of nature, showing how it takes an understanding of both sides to create balance and ease in our lives.

This daily unplugging, as in quiet time away from distraction or interruption each day is a necessity. Sounds simple right? By unplugging and entering this state of inquiry we can connect to ourselves more deeply feeling an internal sense of who we are. With the practice of personal inquiry we can explore our values and desires we may not have previously been aware of. Is there a sleeping desire within me? What do I desire? Where are the desires resting dormant? What do I value the most? What can I let go of? Am I taking life too seriously?

Even if we understand the answers on a certain level and can’t put them into words, the power of facilitating this inquiry practice with the time spent unplugged is often enough to feel more at ease though life. Its a very common question to ask what we think our purpose may be in life and understanding the different layers of what we value may help us gain a sense of this.

It seems paradoxical that when we quiet the mind we begin to hear a deeper conversation, but tuning into what we feel and asking the questions invites a greater sensitivity to the deeper internal dialogue. What happens when we allow ourselves to let go of our own expectations of who we think we should or should not be and acknowledge who we desire to be or who we are becoming.

I know when I don’t facilitate this time of personal inquiry for myself, I feel more and more distant from the path of purpose, a deeper sense of discontentment and so comes the patterns of destructive thoughts and behaviors. So create a quiet time to reflect and ask the questions. Take time off and explore, even if its walking in the park, on the beach, traveling somewhere new or somewhere you enjoy and remember to have fun!