Today I decided to sort out my closet. I, like many people, have many clothes that I hardly wear. This creates lots of clutter that I deal with daily. I’ve wanted to clean out my closet for a while now, but it has always been too overwhelming.
I have told myself in the past that cleaning out the closet is hard. Throwing things out is rough. I want to hold onto clothes that “I might need one day” or clothes that are “practically new” but never worn.
I was telling myself a story about organizing my closet– That it’s too difficult for me to do. What if I’m wrong about this story I created?
When you start believing this, your world will change.
Many of us have high aspirations in life. We want to go places, try new things, go for our dreams. Many people have these dreams for their life– the experiences their soul longs for. Still, these dreams remain on the shelf, many times to be thought of from a distance, never fully in our grasp.
On the last day of my yoga teacher training, we gave our final presentations. In the first half, we presented a yoga sequence. For the second half, we talked about our experiences through the teacher training. I was the last one to present– I was so anxious about presenting, everyone before me had gone and done a fabulous job. After I had started presenting, I was crying and way too nervous, I couldn’t follow my notes. It was embarrassing! I couldn’t believe I couldn’t even get through my presentation without having a hard time. I was never good at speaking in front of people, and I was living in my fear with everyone watching me– Crying in front of a group of people.Continue reading “Emotional Healing Through Yoga”
Take a moment to think about the thought you were just thinking. Whatever you were just thinking about is creating your future. We tend to believe what our mind thinks about the most. What are the quality of your thoughts in this moment? What we tell ourselves reflect our emotional and mental state. One way to help shift your emotions and your future is to use positive affirmations. Affirmations are a fun way to retrain how you think about yourself.
Affirmations are one tool I recommend for anyone looking to shift their life in a simple way. Using them daily provides the best results. There are many different ways to use affirmations. Here are three ways I like to use them:Continue reading “Affirmations: 3 Ways to Use Them”
Meaning the “Foundation of Support” in Sanskrit, the Root chakra is our connection to the physical plane, survival, and connection to all things that give us life. It’s where we store the feelings of basic necessity, the right to live. It is the lowest center in human incarnations, located at the very base of you, centered at the perineum in men and the posterior side of the cervix in women.
Balancing the Root Chakra
After we begin to connect to this masculine energy center, we can begin to connect with the earth itself. In meditation, you can imagine that you have roots, roots of light extending from your feet and going deep into the center of the earth to ground yourself.
One of the fastest ways to shift your energy state is by using the breath. Breathing more fully, deeply, and consciously brings much benefit into our lives. The word pranayama alludes to breathwork– breathing using certain patterns and techniques to help the prana to flow through the body. Using the breath helps us to connect our ethereal body to our physical body. The breath itself invites in prana– the vital life force energy.
The chakras are known as energy “spirals” or “disks”. These energy centers interact with the physical body and they work to feed positive energy and dispose of unwanted energy. The Chakra vitality contributes to the prevention of illnesses, and reflects the overall wellness of the individual.
Chakras and Consciousness
The energy of the seven main chakras reflect states or levels of consciousness, your mindset, and your emotions. The lower chakras reflect the lower vibrations and states of consciousness, while the higher chakras reflect the higher states of consciousness.Continue reading “Exploring the Chakras”
Prana is the vital life-force energy that runs through us.
In some traditions it’s known as chi, ki, or simply energy. The prana moves through the main energy channels of the body, that are connected with the chakras. The optimal flow of prana reflects the qualities of vibrancy and calm. Prana reflects the life within and flows through the different sheaths or layers of our physical and energy bodies.
Prana needs to be active in our bodies, but not too fast as to overwhelm our system. If it’s too calm, then it grows stagnant. Finding a balance between these two qualities is the goal of practicing yoga. Whatever state we find ourselves in, we can use the different postures or methods in yoga to help balance the energy we find ourselves in.
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