My Dear Friends,
We've had to deal with another tough and complicated year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Certainly, what seems like an unending nightmare!
I'm praying that you have a happy and safe new year. For this 2022 year, I will pray nightly for the miraculous healing and end to this COVID-19 pandemic. Will you pray too?
Blessings to you.
Literally, the images above are yoga poses with a chair or two; however, this goes against my teachings. If you've taken any of my classes (private or group), you'll recall my words, "Listen to your body. Only go as far as it feels comfortable for you." So, play it safe! Do not attempt the exercises above.
Yoga is over 5,000 years old. It’s one of the oldest ongoing systems of personal development. It’s believed that around 200 B.C.E. a wise man named Patanjali gathered core principals of yogic philosophy known as the Yoga Sutras. He is considered the father of yoga.
Chair yoga was developed in 1982 by Lakshmi Voelker-Binder after seeing that one of her students, only in her thirties, was unable to do floor poses because of her arthritis.
Chair yoga allows EVERY person to take advantage of the physical and psychological benefits of yoga. Using a chair as a prop allows individuals with hesitancy, tightness, balance problems, stiffness, injuries, physical disabilities, and so forth, to practice yoga with security and confidence. This provides encouragement, a reduction of pain or discomfort, and support for the body.
Chairs also assist one in finding the proper pose with correct alignment and safety. The use of this prop is also useful for added height for forward movements, for balance, and to assist one in getting down to and back up from the floor.
Below, I've provided 5 most beneficial chair yoga poses. They are safe enough to do every day to help detoxify, stretch, and provide burst of daily energy.
And if you want to improve your health and wellbeing and are searching for a yoga teacher who will create a safe, customized chair yoga practice just for you, then search no more! Click here to take the first step.
Merry Christmas. Feliz Navidad. Namaste.
“Sava” means corpse. “Asana” means pose. Put the two together and you get Savasana, which translates to Corpse Pose. And how fitting to honor this pose on this Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead; Day of the Corpse.
In this yoga pose, the objective is to remain motionless for some time and keep the mind still while being fully conscious. This allows us to learn to relax. This conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes the body and the mind. This so called “easy posture” is actually one of the most difficult to master as it requires keeping the body still. However, the benefit is great as it:
So, take the time today and always to end your yoga sessions with Savasana. And, especially on this Dia de los Muertos, seize the moment, while in your time of tranquility and restoration, to lovingly remember those who are no longer physically on this earth.
Do you know what a chakra is? Do you know the seven main chakras? Do you know the locations, seed sounds, colors, etc.?
A chakra is a spinning vortex of activity created by the presence of consciousness within the physical body. The seed words above represent the seven chakras or energy centers in the body that take energy from the outside, process that energy internally, and express it back out again. The seventh chakra is represented above as the thousand-petal lotus flower (the crown). It has no seed sound, as silence is the most important way to open this chakra.
The seven major chakra locations correspond to the seven central nerve ganglia branching out from the spinal column. Each of these nerve bundles influences the energy body as well as the physical body, matching the structure of the nervous system.
The word "chakra" comes from Sanskrit meaning wheel or disk, as the chakras are commonly referred to as spinning wheels of energy; wheels of light.
I have begun offering a morning and an evening chakra practice (listed in my Class Descriptions page). The morning practice contains seven variations on the flowing yoga sequence which is known as Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar. It is designed to stimulate each of your seven chakras, beginning from the root chakra up to the crown chakra. The evening practice is to bring your energy down from the crown chakra to the root chakra. It is designed for relaxation and preparation for a good night's sleep. You'll learn each chakra's locations, colors, seed words, words of affirmation, and specific poses for each of the chakras.
I'd love to hear from you with any questions, thoughts, or comments. Feel free to share your comments below or to contact me privately.
Ofrezco clases de yoga básica y estructurada que se enfoca en la conexión con la respiración, alineación de posturas básicas y la familiarización de terminos yóguico básicos.
Mis clases son balanceadas, de ritmo moderado que se compone de ejercicios somaticos, suaves y calientes, aplicando asanas (posturas) de pie, de silla, y/o de piso para relajación profunda.
Ofrezco opciones y modificaciones para todos los niveles disponibles.
A veinte dólares por una sesión de 30 minutos o cuarenta dólares por una sesión de 60 minutos, mis clases son economicas y ofrecen muchos beneficios para tu cuerpo y tu salud (por ejemplo, unión entre cuerpo y la mente; control y calma emocional, y incrementación de concentración mental, sólo para nombrar unos pocos).
¿Has tomado alguna de mis clases de yoga antes? Si es así, me encantaría recibir comentarios debajo de la imagen del yogi. ¡Gracias!
For the next week, commit yourself to three days (in the morning) of what I am going to propose.
The first day, sleep in as long as you’d like. Eat as much as you'd like, of whatever you like. Go ahead and eat that processed American cheese and garlic bologna sandwich on white bread with chips on the side. Don't forget your soda pop! Oh! And a cookie for dessert too! Also, do whatever you feel like doing (or others want you to do). Sit around and watch tv for hours, go visit a friend and sit for hours talking, etc.. Now listen to your body. How does it feel? What is it telling you? I feel sluggish...dehydrated…My body feels blah…
A second day commit to getting up a bit earlier then go for a moderate 30-min. walk, a steady 30-min. bike ride, a 45-min. yoga session or any other type of exercise you prefer. Just get moving! Immediately afterwards, go to Dunkin Donuts or Tim Horton and buy yourself a doughnut or two, with cream filling, pairing it with the coffee of your desire. Take the time to ingest your feast. Then listen to your body. How does it feel? What is it telling you? Why did I eat that (those) doughnut(s)? I didn’t need the Iced Cappuccino too! Ugh! I had such a good workout and ruined it with the donut shop stop!
Finally, on a third day you select of that same week-repeat the first exercise part above. Go for a moderate 30-min. walk, a steady 30-min. bike ride, or a 45-min. yoga session or any other type of exercise that floats your boat. Get your body moving! Immediately afterwards, go straight home and eat a healthy breakfast or snack, such as a half cup of Plain Chobani yogurt. Top it with a natural sweetener, such as honey, chopped nuts, blueberries, and some granola. Pair that with unflavored room-temperature water. Take the time to ingest your feast. Then listen to your body. How does it feel? What is it telling you? Wow! What a healthy snack! My body really needed that. I’m definitely going to get fitter and healthier now.
The behavior of the third scenario is that of an Ayurvedic principle or Ayurveda ― an ancient Indian healing technique. It is a sister science to Yoga.
So what is exactly is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a holistic system that you can incorporate into your daily life. It utilizes diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga asanas, meditation, and more to cleanse the body in order to lead towards a healthier state of mind, body, and spirit.
Basically, it all depends on the choices you make ― whether you commit to exercising on a consistent basis to move your body, the food choices you make to cleanse your body, and other ways you take care of your mental health (for ex., meditation, prayer, etc.) to clean your spirit (feel better about yourself).
Committing to healthier morning routines will create healthier days in your life ― a healthier mind, a healthier body, and a healthier spirit.
I'm doing it. I've thought about it and decided to take a break from blogging--indefinitely.
Taking this time to spend less time on the computer, get my COVID Vaccine(s), tend to my summer garden, go outside more, etc. Just doing it! 😊
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it's important to continue to take the time to care for your health. During this prolonged and uncertain time be sure to look after your mind, body, and spirit. Isolation seems to contribute to the rise in mental health symptoms.
For the month of March I'll offer yoga every Saturday online through Zoom from 10:00am-11:00am. Cost is $10 per person, per class.
These classes will strengthen your body, help you to breathe better (mask free), reduce stress, and be in visual contact with others.
Take advantage of this exercise opportunity to get physically and emotionally fit. Get "un-isolated" by joining me and others online.
So what are you waiting for?
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