March 2019 - Inner Revolution Yoga Studio

March 29, 2019

Once you have found yourself seeking a question that is often asked of ourself is where do we go next? Once we have cultivated the tools that help us become still and listen we can hear the answer to this questions.

March 28, 2019

This has been the question on my mind this month. What does it mean to be awake? For myself I look at how clear my mind is and how much I notice. The more I can connect to the present moment the more awake and clear I feel. The intention is to live this way. Whatever I do, be able to do it in that moment with out the past or the future.

March 27, 2019

Being touched and adjusted in a yoga class is a very personal preference. For those who like the attention touch from a healing guide can provide you with just the right energy to help you release what you are holding or help your body adjust so that the posture is more in alignment with your body. Touch is a powerful healing tool that when used with love can provide a deeper experience in your practice.

March 26, 2019

Working with a challenge can create resistance and movement into the false self the ego. Having others compete each other only works inside the ego and can create feelings of resentment anger as well as push people to perhaps do more than they can physically in terms of a yoga challenge. Our intention is to help create a practice and community that supports each other instead of against each other. A community that fosters spirit and collaboration instead of ego and separation. We feel 21 days is a perfect way to help develop a healthy practice of balance and nutrition. We want to offer motivation instead of challenge. We want our community to encourage each other instead of hope that they others do not show up.

In designing this 21 days of motivation we are looking for feedback and support. This is new to the western yoga world and would love your input.

In 21 days you will be supported with more classes on our schedule to make it easier to fit it yoga into your day. You will be supported with a weekly checklist from Wholesome Heart Nutrition to help you nourish your body. All you have to do is show up! Not only will you be rewarded with a stronger connection to your gut, body and spirit you will also be entered into a draw each time you make it to your mat. At the end of the 21 days names will be drawn for nutrition programs, gift cards and yoga passes.

Slowly when we begin to change the way we use words and labels we can begin to shift our mindset and begin to think in collaboration instead of separation.

March 25, 2019

When we begin to foster more awareness in our life we begin to look at how we use certain words and how certain words can create more egoic states of being. When we are in a ego state we are in separation, competition and divided. We are either in the past or the future. One of the words we are looking at changing right now is the word problem. When we feel we have a problem our mind goes into a state that something is wrong not right (past and present).  We can link a magnitude of thoughts and anxieties that come with problems. If we reframe our problem into a situation it creates a more current state of being. A situation is not good or bad it just is. From this present state of awareness we can begin to find a solution and take action.

What other words would you like to change in our vocabulary?

March 22, 2019

Shamatha meditation is based on bringing stability and awareness to our body, speech and mind. The unification leads to a very clear and direct experience of the nature of all things.

March 21, 2019

One of the gifts we have is presence. To give this gift to our youth and children means that they will be able to enjoy life more. They will be able to connect to source more. Here are some tips that can help you teach mindfulness to your children.

  1. Keep it simple. Use the words awareness or noticing with children. Mindfulness is noticing our thoughts, what our body feels like, what our ears are hearing, and anything else that is around us and happening right now.
  2. Listen to the bell. An easy way for children to practice mindfulness is to focus on paying attention to what they can hear. I’ve used a singing bowl for this exercise, but you could use a bell, a set of chimes, or a phone app that has sounds on it. Tell your children that you will make the sound, and they should listen carefully until they can no longer hear the sound (which is usually 30 seconds to a minute). I find that this exercise does have a calming effect on my children, and it’s a fun way to teach them to pay attention to their surroundings.
  3. Create a mindful bedtime ritual. Bedtime is a great time to introduce mindfulness to kids. Body-scan meditation before bed.
  4. Practice with a breathing buddy. For young children, an instruction to simply “pay attention to the breath” can be hard to follow. Have each student grabs a stuffed animal, and lie down on their back with their buddy on their belly. They focus their attention on the rise and fall of the stuffed animal as they breathe in and out.
  5. Make your walks mindful. One of my children’s favorite things to do in the summer is a noticing walk. We stroll through our neighborhood and notice things we haven’t seen before. We’ll designate one minute of the walk where we are completely silent and simply pay attention to all the sounds we can hear — frogs, woodpeckers, a lawnmower.
  6.  Establish a gratitude practice. We believe gratitude is a fundamental component of mindfulness, teaching our children to appreciate the abundance in their lives, as opposed to focusing on all the toys and goodies that they crave. Each night at dinner we each share one thing we are thankful for.

March 20, 2019

In this evolution of human beings we need to heal. Our healing process needs to be balanced with passive and active healing.

Active healing is healing that takes physical and mental effort. Some examples of active healing are psychotherapy, breathwork, exercise, somatics, meditation. All these forms require mental and or physical energy from us to get the energy moving. Active healing is hard work as not only do we have to bring up the stuff we need to heal but we have to actually do the work to heal it. We have to sit with it, breath with it, talk about it. This active work is important to the awareness of what we need to heal. If we do not have awareness then we cannot reach the level of healing we need.

Passive healing balances out the active physical and mental work. With passive healing we take a softer approach. We let our bodies and mind relax and the the healing done comes from that relaxed state of our brain and our body. Some examples of passive healing are sound meditations, guided meditation, yoga nidra, restorative yoga. Passive healing requires you to let go which can also be very difficult for many of us. This letting go of the work or the attachment to the pain body is what passive healing is all about.

March 19, 2019

In my current meditation practice I have revamped my approach. I have decreased the length of time from 33 min to 24 min and I am taking a deep dive into the layers of awareness one moves through in meditative states. My intention is to notice what state I am in and refine it. Notice which state I have difficulty with and approach this state with inquiry and creativity. In the last 2 weeks this is what I have found.

State one: Relaxation in the body and the mind

If you are to relaxed you cannot enter the next state. If you are to alert and contracted you can not enter the next state.

State two: Focus on the breath

The next state is one of focused attention on a seed. For me I have been using my breath and my solar plexus to focus my attention on. The key in this state is to focus on awareness on the inhale and let go on the exhale. That awareness of when the mind wanders and then let it go. If one can stay focused and relaxed then we can enter the next state of Inquiry.

State three: Inquiry

State three is the deep internal reflection of our inner self. This state shows us a replication of where we are on our journey. In this state if we can remain relaxed, focused and see thy self as is we can reach states of clairvoyance and telepathy. The key again is not to react to these states but stay relaxed and focus.

The key to meditation is constant refinement of your state until there is no state just oneness.

March 18, 2019

Recently I have been working a lot with my shadow of guilt and shame. Friday it became clear to me that it was time to let this cycle go. The universe has spoken.

The danger of not being present and in emotions that no longer serve us are real. On Friday I had kindly asked a gentleman not to smoke in front of the yoga studio door. He understood and moved away from the door but I felt guilt and shame for expressing my truth. This is a deep wound and as I walked to my car engulfed in this guilt and not present, I opened my car door into my head. Immediately I was brought back to the present moment. Blood and tears gushed from my eyes and my third eye had been cut open. My response to this situation is to release my guilt and shame. I look at it like this, If I scar then this is a reminder to not hold onto the guilt and shame. If the cut heals then I have released the guilt and shame.

Forever grateful for all the experience I have on this planet.