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Happy New Year!
Wishing everyone the best year possible, full of what fills your soul with passion, joy, peace, and fortitude on your journey through life. January and the new year are a wonderful time to reflect and take inventory on where you are and what you want for yourself and for the world. After the holiday intensity, it seems the perfect time for a little self-reflection and goal setting. Have you made any resolutions? Do you stick with them when you do?
Rather than coming up with a resolution or goal, such as, "I want to loose ten pounds," it may be more helpful to think about what qualities you want more of in your life. Can you come up with ten virtues that you want to focus on for the year. This does require a bit of thinking, journaling or vision boarding, but why not spend a little time this month really thinking about your "ten"? Write them down, draw them, collage them, meditate and sit with them, and even spend some time refining and editing them. Each following month is an opportunity to focus on one.
Here are my ten: strength, kindness, health, wealth, love, productivity, adventure, beauty, creativity, spirit. I can't wait to work with each of them and bring more of these qualities into my life. I hope you'll join me on this journey of growth, awareness and refinement as we practice our yoga, off the mat.
Share some love-with yourself, with others, and with the world!
Every year, my yoga classes cycle through the yamas and niyamas-the first two limbs of yoga. The yamas (social ethics) are non-violence, honesty, non-stealing, self-control, and non-greed. The niyamas (personal practices) are cleanliness, contentment, discipline, self-study, and surrender to a higher power. We should always practice each of these, everyday.
Last month, we brainstormed our more personalized intentions, by choosing our own ten words and created a visual representation, kind of like a to-do list. Here is mine, and one from a student (Sonia). As you can see, there is no one way to do this, it is highly personal, from the words you choose, to the way you represent it. My hope is that each
month, we choose one theme and give it what you can.
I am choosing LOVE. That seems like the best place for
me to start. My daily meditations will focus on a sense
of expansion outward, opening my heart physicially,
emotionally, and energetically. Get ready for a month
of heart opening asana!
I had a wonderful opportunity during the first tow weeks of this month to visit Washington, and earn my diploma as a Buteyko Breath Educator. I have been working with this breath very diligently since last June when I attended a talk by Robin Rothenberg at the Yoga Therapy Conference. Last summer, I did my initial training with an experienced teacher in Toronto, and this round, studied with Patrick McKeown, who is the world authority on Buteyko. Robin then helped tie in the breathing techniques with the ancient yoga texts. It was fantastic. It is such a privilege to be on this path and study with the best. So how does this tie into my word of the month? I wasn't sure to be honest, it wasn't apparent until the last third of the month.
I returned with my head very full, and the need to complete my test, my case studies, and plans for sharing this far and wide. I also have a detailed daily practice for myself, as well as teaching my regular classes, and covering classes for a friend who had emergency surgery (she is fine, just recovering), running my permanent cosmetic business, preparing for my son to come home for spring break, and taking several online classes of personal growth and passion. The word that came to me repeatedly was over-extended. That word was not on the list of my intentions for 2018, but it is a long-term friend, we know each other much too intimately, I'm afraid.
My normal pattern, or samskara, when I feel this way, is to give up the daily routines I have in place that keep my healthy, balanced, and calm, such as a good diet, meditation, creative work, exercise, etc. As someone with a long-term yoga practice, this is the real challenge in life. How do we deal with these chaotic periods of our lives with a sense of equanimity and calm-for this is the true practice of yoga? It is not staying calm in a one hour class, it is dealing with life without reactivity, emotional outbursts, giving up when the going gets tough, or falling back into poor choices that let us know that our yoga practice is working. So I dealt with my month by walking. When I felt overwhelmed, I went outside and walked everyday, for miles. I also meditated and did my breathing practices more. There was certainly less time to cross off things on my to-do list, but I remained calm. I then my word came to me, easily. Strength.
Strength is a word on my list for 2018. Walking everyday made me feel strong and grounded, more certain and focused. I did indeed gain some muscle tone in my legs and hips, which was reinforced by my adding a Pilates barre class twice a week. Strength is not just physical. It is mental, it is emotional, it is the very practice of tapas (the niyama that asks us to focus, bring our raw material to the fire for transformation and growth). I learned to stay focused on just what was in front of me, at the present moment, and I feel more mentally strong because of it.
I still have way too much too do, and that's a goal I still need to work on. But I feel stronger, more focused, ready to handle the things that I don't have control over. What is your word for March?
I set out this month to make "productivity" my word for the month. I have things to do, lots of things, and an ever-growing to-do list. And then I got sick. I actually rarely get a cold, and even less often, the flu, but when I do, it usually knocks me down, and it did. I spent five full days in bed, canceling appointments, arranging for substitutes for my classes, and doing very little, besides sleeping. So much for crossing anything off of my list. I did take the time to finish an online course in yoga history and philosophy, which was illuminating, and I did get much needed downtime and rest. I was a little frustrated because I have a daily goal of walking 4-5 miles, and so my monthly and yearly averages dropped significantly. Does that really matter in the big scheme of themes. No, of course not-it's a first-world problem to be sure.
I did come across a meme on Facebook that really resonated with me. "It might look like I'm doing nothing, but on a cellular level I'm quite busy." I decided to go with that. My life is full of "busyness", which is the opposite of mindfulness. Unless I am sitting for meditation or doing my pranayama, I almost never just sit and observe life going by, I want to be a very active participant. And yet, that doesn't really contribute to inner growth or awareness. Due to my illness, I was forced to do less , I didn't have energy for much else, and I also learned (again) detachment. My goal is not to get things done, it is to be more present. And so I am going with this. I was productive on the cellular level. And so it is, a new definition of productivity.
Weekly or bi-monthly one-on-one meetings to refine practices and build upon them. Includes postures, breathwork, guided meditations, discussion.
Yoga therapy sessions
Working with a certified yoga therapist will consist of an intake appointment to determine your goals, issues, and history. A session may include a variety of modalities, including: poses, guided meditations, journaling, breathing mechanics, talking, or chanting. Many clients benefit from a weekly meeting and checkin, with a daily practice to be done at home. It is typical for a client to come in with a physical complaint, and as the body is opened up and more receptive, it is very common for deeper emotional issues to arise. The yoga therapist's job is to create a safe space for the work to be done; healing is not always linear. For the work to be successful, a commitment to the process is necessary. Some issues are worked through more quickly, others may benefit from additional therapies, not provided in this scope of practice.
Initial meeting is conducted, with completed forms, to determine goals of therapy. Session will include a preliminary practice, and a written protocol to be practiced at home.
What is yoga?
Yoga is ancient philosophy originating in India. It has become increasingly popular in the United States as a form of fitness, primarily, but as a means to increase overall health for the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga consists of eight limbs, which include: social and ethical behaviors; personal practices; physical poses for strength; flexibility and balance; breathwork, mental strength and focus; meditation; and connection with the divine. Not everyone practices each of these pieces of the yoga puzzle, but together they help to create a lifestyle of greater self-awareness, self-control, and self-mastery. There are a great many lineages and modern re-interpretations of these practices; it is a lifelong task to understand the depth of yoga, and well worth the effort to start on your journey.
Yoga Therapy Services & Pricing
A phone consultation is recommended to answer some of your basic questions.
Monday/Wednesday Pilates Barre, San Pedro YMCA, 9:30am
free with membership
Monday, mat Pilates, San Pedro YMCA, 6pmTuesday/Thursday, Yoga, Inner Harmony Yoga, 9am
$12 per class, $80 for a package of eight classes
Wednesday, Yoga, San Pedro YMCA, 7pm
Friday, Restorative a& Yoga Nidra, Inner Harmony Yoga, 6-7:45pm, $20; 5/11, 5/25, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, 8/31
Saturday, Yoga, San Pedro YMCA, 9am
Sunday, Yoga, San Pedro YMCA, 10:15am
San Pedro YMCA- 302 S Bandini St, San Pedro
Inner Harmony Yoga- 579 W 9th St, San Pedro
Some clients prefer to meet in their homes. Anything outside of a five mile radius, will incur a charge.
$25, per half hour
What is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy differs from a traditional group yoga class because it is done individually and is structured around the specific needs of the client. Yoga therapy can be done in tandem with other healing modalities to treat all levels of disease, injury, trauma, or illness. Traditional medicine tends to look at the body as a separate entity, mechanical in nature. Yoga looks at the body as a system of 5 bodies that work together to create a unique human with specific needs, desires, strengths, weaknesses, habits, body type, diet, and family history. The yoga therapist's job is to help each person unpeel their layers of body, energy, mind, emotion, and spirit, and help facilitate the body-mind back to a state of calm, balance and wellness. A yoga therapist is not medically trained, and therefore testing and diagnosis are recommended prior to sessions.