Blog - Inner Revolution Yoga Studio


April 24, 2018

Why do a 30 day challenge? A yoga challenge can be a great way to bring your practice to a deeper level. Yoga is a practice. Ideally a practice that is done everyday. This 30 day challenge gives you and your body and mind an idea of how it feels to be on your mat everyday.

Benefits of  a 30 day challenge:

  1. It creates a habit of getting on your mat
  2. The body starts to get more into alignment
  3. You experience more balance and flexibility on and off your mat
  4. You become part of a community challenge
  5. You challenge yourself with a goal


April 20, 2018

One of the many wonderful things about yoga is that you get to wear super comfortable clothes. Practicing yoga is not about looking fashionable but you can if you want to. My personal love of fashion and yoga helps create a look of comfort and style. I make sure that I can practice yoga wherever I am. My outfits are miss matchy patterns and often oversized with lots of layers to take off or put on for whatever style of yoga I feel like doing. I often feel fashion can be a great way to express your inner light. Here are some trends for this spring;

polka dots

pastals

bodysuit

scrunchies

mashed up prints

floral patterns



April 19, 2018

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

Les Brown



April 18, 2018

With yoga becoming popular many different types of yoga and yoga expereinces pop up.  These trends a great way to connect with others and bend and move together but will not have the body, mind, connection that yoga creates. It is hard to stay connected to your body and breath when a goat steps onto your mat. Here are a few yoga experiences that we have heard of;

Goat Yoga

Yoga and Beer

Yoga and Wine

Peacock Yoga

Naked Yoga

Snowga

Broga

Cannibis Yoga

Dog Yoga

Antigravity Yoga

Boxing Yoga



April 17, 2018
This  month’s theme it is the first yoga sutra , yoga sutra 1.1 and it states and now the study and the practice of yoga begins. I thought what a perfect time to start to introduce the sutras and the study and the practice of yoga in the spring when we’re all starting to kind of find ourselves again and start some more movement.
The yoga sutras are the main texts that yoga philosophy looks at for guidance. The sutras are
threads of knowledge woven together and they say that alone they don’t represent much but once read together  they come together and it all  starts to make sense. It is said that it is a path to enlightenment.
The things that I like to take from the first yoga Sutra is that Yoga is more than just the postures. Yoga is a practice and yoga can be studied.
If you interested in yoga there is so much more that can help connect the path and help you connect your dots to living your highest self and really manifesting what you want out of your life. We practice moving the body to open the trauma and breathing to clear the trauma.
Then opening yourself up to abundance, light and love.


April 16, 2018

When starting a practice there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that it is a practice which means something to work at and practice every day. The next is finding strategies to fit meditation in that work for your life. For some of us that will be early morning and for others that may be before bed. Finding a regular practice time helps us keep a routine and then we are more likely to practice. Keeping an open mind and understanding that the point of meditation is not to clear the mind but to observe the mind without judgment. Once we can relax and be ok with letting our mind wander the process becomes a little more graspable. In meditation it is important to understand that the mind will always wander because that is what it is built to do. Our job in meditation is to constantly bring it back and to be aware of when it does wander. We become gifted in the ability to watch our mind from above. The next stratified to starting a meditation practice is to find a comfortable position. This is very important as if we are uncomfortable our body will let us know then finding that above awareness will be nearly impossible. Some meditation positions can include; seated in a chair, seated cross legged, lying down. There is no perfect position. It is whatever works for you in that moment. The next strategy is consistency. The more often we meditate the more awareness we develop. We are training the mind and this takes time and dedication to the practice. Finding a course in meditation or a guide can help you find something that you will be able to relate with. If a meditation does not work for you let that go and find a different one. Building a meditation tool box with various meditations can help you create a diverse and interesting practice.

If you are interested in meditation or starting a practice we have a 4 week series at Inner Revolution that includes audio, pdf’s and guided practices.



April 13, 2018

Mindfulness and meditation wisdom is undergoing the rich and fascinating phase of transformation and adaptation while we facilitate and midwife its rebirth into liberating and viable contemporary forms.

-Lama Surya Das



April 12, 2018

Tonglen is a practice of exchanging oneself for others. This is an approach of sending and taking meditation with an attitude of extraordinary compassion and love for all. The intent is to open your heart accepting suffering and being able to transform it into love.

Find your seated position and drop into your present moment. Find your centre and when aligned begin your meditation.

  1. Inhale all of your personal suffering. Exhale love. Spend some time in this space before you move on.
  2. Bring someone you care about or that is suffering into your meditation. Inhale their suffering. Exhale love. Spend some time in this space before moving on.
  3. Bring your meditation to a global issue. Inhale the suffering of all those suffering. Exhale love.

Come back to your centre and bring some gratitude into your centre for all that you have. The tonglen meditation is done with the hope of healing ones attitude and restoring it to wholeness, as well as healing the troubles of the world.

-Adapted from Lama Surya Das book Awakening the Buddha within



April 11, 2018

Chakra meditation is based in ancient Vedic wisdom. The chakras represents wheels of energy in our body. Each of the 7 major chakras are linked with a endocrine gland which regulates our hormones. Mediation on our chakras helps improve hormonal functions and tune us up for optimal health and well being.

Find an optimal seated position in a chair, cushion or mat. Breath and drop into your centre. Let your body and mind become quiet. Once you have arrived start your meditation. Your meditation can be choosing one aspect of each chakra to focus on for 5 min. Starting at the base (root) working your way up to the (crown). Make sure you come back down and ground yourself at the end of your meditation. Staying elevated in the crown chakra will make it hard to do everyday tasks.

Root/Muladhara
Location is at the base of your spine
Element: Earth
Color: Deep Red
Mantra: LAM
Sacral/Swarasti
Location is in the pelvic area.
Element: Water
Color: Orange
Mantra: VAM
Solar Plexus/Manipura
Location: Behind the navel
Element: Fire
Color: Yellow
Mantra: RAM
Heart/Anahata
Location: In the centre of the chest
Element: Air
Color: Green
Mantra: YAM
Throat/Vishuddha
Location: Behind the throat
Element: Space
Color: Blue
Mantra: HAM
Third eye/Anja
Location: Middle of the forehead, in-between the eyebrows
Element: None
Color: Indigo
Mantra: AUM
Crown/Sahasrara
Location: Crown of the head
Element: None
Color: White light
Mantra: AWE (sometimes AUM)


April 10, 2018

Kirtan Meditation is a practice of sound meditation. Durning kirtan participants chant together and use mudras to help connect the energy within.

SA TA NA MA

This meditation brings a total mental balance to the individual psyche. Vibrating on each fingertip alternates the electrical polarities. The index and ring fingers are electrically negative, relative to the other fingers. This causes a balance in the electromagnetic projection of the aura. Practicing this meditation is both a science and an art. It is an art in the way it molds consciousness and in the refinement of sensation and insight it produces. It is a science in the tested certainty of the results each technique produces.

Posture: Sit straight in Easy Pose.

Eyes: Meditate at the Brow Point.

Mantra: Produce the five primal sounds (panj shabd): S, T, N, M, A, in the original word form:

SAA: Infinity, cosmos, beginning

TAA: Life, existence

NAA: Death, change, transformation

MAA: Rebirth

Meditation:

On SAA, touch the first (Jupiter) finger.

On TAA, touch the second (Saturn) finger.

On NAA, touch the third (Sun) finger.

On MAA, touch the fourth (Mercury) finger.

Chant in three languages of consicousness:

Human: normal or loud voice (the world)

Lovers: strong whisper (longing to belong)

Divine: mentally; silent (Infinity)

Time: Begin the kriya in a normal voice for 5 minutes; then whisper for 5 minutes; then go deep into the sound, vibrating silently for 10 minutes. Then come back to a whisper for 5 minutes, then aloud for 5 minutes. The duration of the meditation may vary, as long as the proportion of loud, whisper, silent, whisper, loud is maintained.

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