Live Your Practice, Claim Your Joy!

Live Your Practice, Claim Your Joy!

Yoga means to unite or to yoke, but on a deeper meaning, it is the realization of the interconnectedness of everything, from the micro to the macro level. Our practice helps us to understand our place in our world and therefore helps us to rise to our obligations, not in a way that is cumbersome, but with realization that life requires sweet responsibilities.

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Releasing Tension

Releasing Tension

Excess tension is stealing not only our peace, but the quality of our lives. Physically, when the body is under tension, the cardiovascular system is challenged, cholesterol and blood pressure increase, the breath becomes fast and shallow, nutrition is compromised as the body excretes vitamins and minerals rather than absorbing optimally from foods, muscles hold unnecessary tension for prolonged periods, and adequate sleep becomes harder to access.

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Dosha Balance: Vata

Dosha Balance: Vata

Vata dosha governs flow and motion in the mind and body — the movement of thoughts across our minds, memory, food moving through our digestive tract, elimination of wastes, the flow of our blood, and our breath. For the movement of all three doshas — Vata makes it happen; it’s the leader! Since the other doshas, Pitta and Kapha, cannot move without it, it is important to keep Vata in balance.

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Back to School, Back to Basics, Back to ...Yoga and Aromatherapy!

Back to School, Back to Basics, Back to ...Yoga and Aromatherapy!

Ever notice how people of all ages respond well to having a schedule? Though we recognize that in ourselves, children especially need such boundaries of a consistent schedule. Back to school is an opportune time to not be frazzled by the dictated schedule after relaxed days of summer, but to use the lesson of time management to include how to balance taking care of mind, body and spirit.

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Our Internal Freedoms

This month we are celebrating true freedom, and we do experience freedom on many different levels. We celebrate political freedom, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to choose. But what about thought and feeling freedom, the freedoms that we create internally? If you’ve ever felt trapped in your life or circumstances, you know that we actually have the power to limit the freedom we experience.

The truth is that our feelings come from the thoughts that we have, and our thoughts are based on beliefs. Our chakras inherently have much to do with the energy working within us, and each chakra affects a different part of our life. When our chakras are closed or blocked, we experience limited freedom as a result. Let’s look at some ideas for creating a strong foundation in our lower three chakras so that we can experience true personal power.

The Root Chakra is our security center because it’s all about our physical needs, and our need to belong. Everyone needs food, water, shelter, connection to the earth and our place on it. If you are experiencing financial troubles, feeling like you aren’t enough or that you don’t belong … your root chakra may be unbalanced.

There are many ways to address balancing chakras … color, mantras, gemstones, poses, meditations. Today let’s focus on a few essential oils that are supportive to our chakras.

Patchouli is a great essential oil to help balance the root chakra, as it supports our ability to connect with the earth, to feel at home and at peace in our bodies. You can apply it topically to the bottoms of the feet, and/or dilute an apply it to the legs. Breathe in the oil left on your hands after application and appreciate the rich earthy aroma that patchouli provides.

The Sacral Chakra is our creative center, it’s related to our level of joy and to the feeling of abundance we experience. It is the seat of our relationships with food, sex, and creation on all levels. When we are afraid of not having enough, when we want to control circumstances and people in our lives, and when we experience jealousy or any type of unhealthy relationship with food, our Sacral Chakra may need balancing.

Bergamot essential oil is a beautiful citrus oil that helps uplift and reconnect us to the joy that is lacking. It helps us recognize what might be holding us back, supports us as we connect to what we want to manifest in our lives, which helps us redirect our creative center to help us in achieving our purpose in life. Use aromatically by rubbing a drop in the palms of your hands and \ cupping your hands over nose, or using in a diffuser.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is origin to how we express ourselves as individuals. It relates to how the world sees us and how we see the world. If you are experiencing digestive issues, pervasive feelings of sadness and discouragement, or if you have difficulty setting healthy boundaries with others, your Solar Plexus may need balancing.

Geranium is a beautiful oil to help with healthy-boundary setting, especially when it comes to relationships with those closest to us. It can provide the added benefit of additional support for mother-daughter relationships. Another great oil to assist your personal feelings is Melissa – both these oils can be used topically on the bottoms of the feet, directly over the Solar Plexus or on the back of the neck just under the hairline. Rub in and breathe in.

Learn more about how yoga and essential oils can pair to bring light and wellness to your practice and everyday lifestyle by joining us for Essential Yoga Sangha this month, a two week online course, beginning July 30th; to learn more and register go HERE. This course is written for both yogis and essential oil enthusiasts, novices and seasoned students in each area. We will explore the world of aromatherapy, Ayurveda, and yoga and how they compliment each other. Yoga teachers will receive ten CECs from Yoga Alliance when signing up for the second part of the sangha course.

Our Freedom Depends on "We"

Yoga means union. Union of body, mind and spirit to be specific.  Yogis young and old, novice and seasoned, know and respect this, working constantly to deepen their practice in order to refine awareness and progress on their yogic journey.  Understanding how each of these three cornerstones are foundational to each of us defines the unique journey we each take.  We may share common ground as our journeys cross. The crossing of our paths give rise to opportunities to learn from each other and to recognize that the Divine presence of who and what intersects our path is just as important as the inward journey to discover our true nature, our true calling, the Divine spark planted within us waiting to be revealed. Our life’s work is from the microcosm to the macrocosm, realizing the inner work connects us to the ripple effect of the purpose of our life, and to the many lives we are affected by. This is empowering as well as humbling. We can contemplate many life lessons here: Your journey might start with “Me” but it is really about “We.”  We need each other in life. Our life’s journey requires spiritual growth. Yoga is a spiritual practice. We must work consistently at this, with courage and persistence, patience and faith.  In doing so, along the way we cultivate strength, resilience, happiness, humility, freedom, gratitude and love.  Love for God, family, country, humanity and self. We must embody our practice and in doing so we will appreciate how everything is connected, and that we are One, connected to the Divine.

We at Essential Yoga Practice are so glad to be connected to YOU! Share on our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest) how you are empowered by freedom? Join our online course “Essential Yoga Practice Sangha,” which begins July 30.  The second section of the couse will allow yoga teachers 10 Yoga Alliance online CECs. Prerequisite is to have your copy of the book, Essential Yoga Practice. Enjoy your practice!