February 2016 - Inner Revolution Yoga Studio

February 22, 20160

In this already intense world we live in we are fueled by intensity. The mass amount of choice in toothpaste or deodorant we have, the constant advertising, the “rat race” to move up the corporate latter, the overcrowded public classrooms, the pressure to have the perfect body. I get the feeling that this intense pressure is not a great thing for us. This intensity opens the body up to a gamut of expressions in a short span of time. We feel joy, love, grief and anger. Perplexity, frustration and deep confusion. When we do not allow ourselves to feel these expressions how can we expect to soften their intensity. In many of us we were not taught how to fully express emotions. We were taught some are ok to feel like happy, joy and love but others such as anger and turmoil were never talked about. When a person is not taught to fully express an emotion that emotion still happens but gets blocked down somewhere in the body, most likely our connective tissue. This emotion not expressed can manifest into many negative outcomes. If we learn how to soften the intensity of emotions we are more likely to express the full range of these emotions thus not getting blocked down. With our breath we can allow our awareness of the sensation of the emotion expand, noting how it moves outward, shifting its tone over time. For example rage peaks and then settles down, amusement may come up suddenly leaving a trail of happiness as it moves through us. If we allow ourselves to feel the vast depth of the sensations of our emotions they soften.
Written with the hopes that one may learn to fully express the full range of their emotions.

February 17, 20160


In the yogic path we talk about the 4 aims or purusharthas. These aims are to guide us in the direction of self-realization, actualization and development of our true authentic self. If we explore these aims as we were meant to it can lead us to our supreme self. Now who doesn’t want to be supreme? So here they are. The first aim is called dhrama and this represents our duty or our mission on earth. The real reason we live here on earth. If you have found your dhrama then you know it is the driving force behind everything you do. It breathes life into your body and gives you at most times a great sense of fulfillment. This can be anything that helps others and can also be a combination of things during your lifetime. As you move through life at certain times you may have different missions or dhramas. To find your dhrama seek the inner guidance of your heart. The second aim is artha or acquiring wealth. Abundance is what the universe wants for you. It is a state of mind but only if we do not ask for more then what we need. Remember that more is more and enough is enough. Acquiring what you need to fulfill your dhrama or mission. Kama is the third yogic aim. Kama speaks to our pleasure and joy in life. In order to reach our supreme self-one’s desires need to be met. To fulfill these desires with awareness, without judgement and not harming anyone in the process. Allowing these desires to surface and not suppress is the key here. If we suppress our desires it is like a volcano waiting to erupt causing blocks and unpredictable behavior. The last aim is moksha. Moksha translates like freedom. Freedom is defined by the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action. It is in this state of self-actualization that you become your supreme self.

Writing from love and gratitude to spread the yoga love!

February 10, 20160


What does this mean when we say we are grounding or grounded? The process of grounding is about feeling secure and stable in your space. This space can be life, work, family or present moment. This process of grounding is important because it creates a stable base from which you can work from. A supported system that has strong deep roots when you become grounded. When you become grounded there is no anxiety, no stress, nothing but the feeling of a strong stable base of support.
Here are a few things you can do that helps the grounding process:
Yoga- Doing yoga helps keep you grounded by using breath and body movement. There are also many poses in yoga that actual do ground and root the body. Like Tree Pose a balance pose. In your practice always take time to center yourself and feel your feet on the mat.
Walking in Nature- Walking in nature is a great way to ground when things seem up in the air. The fresh air and nature brings you back to the earth. Feeling your feet touch the ground as you walk can be a useful exercise to help you ground.
Swimming- Swimming is a great way to feel free and move the body within the element of water. With swimming you automatically become aware of your breath. You are grounded with the earth in many bodies of water.
Meditation- Meditation connects you with a focus and mental clarity. With this mental clarity there is an immediate grounding feeling that happens.
When you are grounded others tend to feel safe and supported by your energy. Practice grounding daily to keep this anchor.

In love and with gratitude I write.