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

 

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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“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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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

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3 tips for the seasonal transition.

3 tips for the seasonal transition.

 

It’s  that time of year again to take a step back and enjoy reflecting on the summer!

 

How often do you find yourself moving nonstop, leaving behind your basic needs for self care, self reflection and self nourishment?

Its easy to forget how important it is to take break, not only from the longer days, but the activities, over stimulating adventures and also the complex ways of eating which most of us tend to indulge in.

Now is the time to integrate all the experiences from the summer and begin the shift towards deeper self nourishment! This can be done gradually and the steps may be small. The question is… 

Will you give yourself permission to take a dive into understanding your deeper needs?

It doesn’t take long. Committing to the following practices for one week will give you the much deserved time to sit back, relax, enjoy the change of the season and gain a deeper insight for your personal needs.

  • Giving your digestion a break is commonly overlooked and holds . Choosing to eat a mono diet or eating simple food like kitchari will assist you through this process. Allowing the energy typically used for digestion to be redirected and help facilitate the next two practices.

 

  • Taking the time to sit in silence and in a state of reflection. This will create the internal space to integrate the activities you participated in this summer, evaluate where you spend your energy, release what you no longer need and will help make room for the new potentials.

 

  • Keep a consistent yoga / movement practice that suits your daily needs. Practicing daily, even if it’s for ten or twenty minutes will bring you back into your body. Coming back to the body allows for deeper listening, sensing what we really need to stay nourished and functioning optimally.

 

As the seasons evolve and the energy of the senses are redirected from the dense, external to the subtler internal, we tap into a powerful time for reflecting on what you need to create and what you truly need to bring into your life.

On a foundational level adopting these practices will create a positive momentum to bring into the approaching holiday season, setting yourself up for a more easeful experience to enjoy the valuable time with loved ones.

Namaste,

 

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.