You’re brain is a muscle. Sometimes I think people forget this simple fact. The more you exercise your brain, the stronger it becomes.
For example, learning a new language is a really difficult project for everyone. But if you never try to push your brain – much like you would push your body to get those last 10 squats in for the a fit bod – you won’t see any improvements in your comprehension of grammar structure.
This is something that I experience day to day with my expat neighbors here in Guatemala. Many of them have lived here for 20+ years and still don’t speak Spanish. Why? Because they do not exercise their brains – they have made a conscious decision not to try or improve.
I’m sitting down getting ready to Skype with Jessi Luna, one of our retreat leaders. To be perfectly honest with you, I’m nervous. I’ve never interviewed anyone before…except for maybe my old family dog, Daisy, when my sister and I used to record talk shows as children.
As I think about those times, it becomes clear that I do, in fact, have some interviewing skills to dust off and put to use. Thank you Mom and Dad’s camcorder circa 1990. Pep talk, check. Water poured, I’m ready to go. Jessi is a fiery, red-headed yoga instructor and practitioner who is also largely involved with community empowerment. As I talk with her more, I can tell she is a genuine person who really cares about others. She is leading a yoga teacher training retreat from November 20th to December 15th in Costa Rica – and wait until you hear about this place! You can find out about the details here:
Glo is a dancer, a chef, a writer, and a designer. She and her sister, Giulia, co-foundedSattva Land – a self-sustainable “wholistic” learning and healing center in the Mayan jungle of Belize. They offer two retreats that are available all year around. Check them out here:
When people think of yoga, they generally think of a fit, 20-something year old woman in a tight ensemble doing splits and twisting her body into unthinkable shapes, right?
Here is Luke @skywalkeriam killing this Grasshopper pose on a cliff.
But with a 20% increase of yoga practitioners in the US from 2014 to 2015, this body-conscious routine has more men coming into the scene. In fact, most of the branches of yoga were founded by men.
Now, let’s deal with this fact: yoga is popular and it has gone far beyond the sex divide. Male athletes, celebrities, and “normal” people like you and me have found something appealing about yoga that has fit into our lifestyles.
So what is it with this females-only stigma behind yoga? For starters, 72.2% of yoga practitioners in the US are females. Maybe all these women are a reason for men to attend a class, or maybe it’s a source of intimidation. One thing is true: women dominate the yoga scene.
New to Yoga? Here’s some wise, gracious and some giggly Yoga Etiquette guidelines so that you’ll blend in like a pro.
“Namaste” is often translated as: “the divine in me is bowing to the divine in you.” In class and beyond we should always consider, honor, respect and appreciate one another as human beings and equals.
The MANTRA is a mystic formula – a sound, a syllable, a word or phrase containing special powers.
They are chanted aloud to create force fields or repeated within to quieten and harmonize the mind. The inner bodies are calmed and purified through the powerful subtle emanations of the inner mantra.
The mantra is bestowed by an Initiated Master who has been entrusted with the responsibilities and powerful mysteries which must be performed when bestowing such a mantra, given otherwise the mantra has no power and is useless.
AN INTRODUCTION TO MANTRAS
There are only a few mantras in the world. The power and selection of the mantra are chosen by the bestower, who works in accordance with the Universal Laws and cannot, and will not, go against these laws.
The thing about meditation is: you become more and more you.” David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish
The continued practice of meditation or mindfulness is the perfect complement to any process of coaching and personal development.
A regular practice, as frequently shown in numerous articles and scientific studies, will improve your quality of life in a wide variety of aspects, as it will help you reduce your stress and anxiety or the risk of suffering certain diseases.
This is the fifth chakra of our Seven Days of Chakras series. The Chopra Centered Lifestyle has one of the best chakra guides out there. Enlighten yourself about one of your most communicative chakras.
Speak Your Inner Truth With the Fifth Chakra: Vishuddha
The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is the first of the three spiritual chakras. In the area of the throat, it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. Faith and understanding combine the essence of the Vishuddha chakra. The element corresponding to the fifth chakra is ether or space, and the sense is hearing.
Determine Your Highest Truth
Authentic expression is not something that comes easily. There’s a delicate dance between saying what you mean and staying tactful or diplomatic. Often it’s easier to say what the other person may want to hear instead of speaking your truth. Fear of not being accepted, or judgment from the other may hinder your truthful verbal expression.
Excerpts-Lessons by Swami Paramahamasa Sivananda of Divine Life Society Hrikesh
Stage 1: Basic Lessons-Practical Lessons in Yoga
Prana means breath and Ayama means control. By Pranayama is meant the control of Prana and the vital forces of the body.
Pranayama begins with the regulation of breath and ends in establishing full and perfect control over the life-currents or inner vital forces. In other words, Pranayama is the perfect control of the life-currents through regulation of breath.
Breath like electricity is gross Prana. By establishing control over the gross Prana, you can easily gain control over the subtle Prana inside.
The process by which such control is established is called Pranayama. Pranayama is the fourth limb of Ashtanga Yoga.
Prana is the oldest for, it starts functioning from the very moment the child is conceived. On the contrary, the organs of the body such as hearing, and so forth, begin to function only when their special abodes viz., the ears, etc., are formed.
1. Have a designated sacred space for daily meditation sessions. This can be the same room you use for yoga and pranayam.
The room should be clean and well ventilated with fresh air. If you can’t have a separate room, you can allocate a portion of a room to your practice.
2. Overeating and fasting should be avoided.
3. The recommended time for meditation is early morning as the mind is naturally calm and fresh at that time.
4. Be consistent. Meditation should be done at the same time daily. Don’t give up within few minutes of starting the practice. If you feel restless it’s only because you become more aware of it when you sit down in meditation.