Posts tagged The science of yoga
Their Happiness is NOT Yours

Their happiness is not your happiness. My wonderful friend, Beth, spoke these words to me until I believed them. In our lows though, it can still be hard for our hearts to believe them.

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Stress 101

Stress takes many forms but it is easiest to take the idea of stress learn it from the physiological perspective and translate it into the emotional and psychological perspective. Essentially, let’s look at the body and then see how those same concepts apply to the mind. This week, we’ll get a baseline definition for stress so that we can explore how to turn stress into our platform for growth. 

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When All the Normal Things Don’t Work

It is not possible for all of life to be completely wonderful and effortless all of the time. The contrast between each high and low is what helps us conceptualize and appreciate the difference between joy and despair, healing and hurting, fully realized awe and detachment. Yoga and meditation are incredible powerful tools because they allow to gain some, if not all, of our agency back from circumstances that seemingly have swallowed us whole. With a healthy perspective and a non-attachment to feelings and thoughts as our identity, we gain freedom from feelings and reclaim our ability to manifest the lives we deserve.  

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Rumination vs Reflection

As I’ve been journeying through this brave new life in Los Angeles, I’ve gained plenty of time to reflect on the circus that has been 2018. Not one single part of it has been easy or effortless.  All of it has been entangled with hard choices and even harder feelings to manage. I’m human and I’ve made a ton of mistakes. There is still so much I have to learn in the ways of empathy, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, what it really means to love another human. By far, the biggest discovery I’ve made is confusing that I’ve been confusing ruminating with reflection. Both of these elements are looking back at the past. Our reflections can easily get hijacked and turned into rumination. How can we then steer ourselves back towards balance and growth?

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Lessons from East to West

I’m grateful that I have an extra time to reflect on this whirlwind trip back to the city. It is way sooner than I anticipated. My leaving felt like getting into a huge fight with a significant other and promptly breaking up. It felt like a messy and emotional door-slamming drama, something that is remarkably challenging to come back from. I felt utterly torn apart and beaten down and almost irreparably broken. Coming back before I thought I was ready brought into sharp focus all of the ways in which I am truly thriving in my new LA life that I have built from the ground up with hard work, consistency, trust in myself, and some magic from the universe. A month later, this is what I have learned from relocating with no expectations, just some desires and emotions and baggage (of the literal kind). 

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Shake out the Truth

As my main squeeze Usher says, “The truth hurts”. Ultimately, whenever we are confronted with things we don’t want to hear, the coming to terms will not be without a little hurt. So to avoid that hurt, we keep ourselves busy, running away from the truth that is already living inside of us. If we spend our entire lives running, can we say that we have lived at all? You already know. It’s already inside of you. Have the courage to listen because the truth is asking to be released.

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Awake and Alive Asana

The yoga practice stirred up a passion in me to live a life I never thought possible. This life is one that is full of compassion and connection and empathy and goodness. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but my body did. It knew that I was ready to wake up. Any mindful asana practice can act as a guide on the journey towards a full and feeling life, but over time I’ve found a few postures that draw me into being here, being now, fully feeling and living, with both ease and speed.

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Awake and Alive

Yoga is the practice of being awake and alive. Many people spend their whole lives asleep, unable, maybe afraid, to feel or think too much or too deeply. Practicing yoga means a commitment to waking up. Like ripping off the comforter for a pre-6am wake up call in the dead of winter, waking up is not always comfortable. 

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