This is a super quick practice and easy to do!!! Working with meridians and energy points on your body!
Try this when you need a quick energy boost to get through the moment!!!
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Ever wonder why some dreams just don’t take root? A moment of inspiration hits us. We can see it happening. We get excited and share this dream with others. Our heart is pumping now! Then the bottom drops out.
Where does that dream go? What happened to all that enthusiasm and passion?
It’s time to light a fire, do a little yoga, and figure it out.
This is a super quick practice and easy to do!!! Working with meridians and energy points on your body!
Try this when you need a quick energy boost to get through the moment!!!
Continue the conversation and check out the Free Masterclass!
all the New Year’s resolutions, to do lists, things to learn....try this yoga hand gesture, Tse Mudra, and shift your vibration!!! It only takes a minute to do!
New Year's resolutions, new apps, which direction to go, what to learn next?
There seems to be so much to do and with a clean slate so to speak in front of you. Which direction do you go in especially when all of the information coming your way seems to cause a depression. It feels very heavy. Maybe there is a feeling of sadness or overwhelm and you just want to shift it.
You want to find a way to get your path back to that Joy that's inside. That Ananda that is always present, which is different than happiness. Happiness is conditional. Happiness is kind of like the roller coaster ride. During good times, we're happy. Bad times, we're sad. But Ananda is that joy that's always flowing deep within.
Thanks for joining me. If we haven't met yet, I'm Irena Miller and welcome to Inklings with Irena! I help time strapped adventurers tune into their unseen resources and utilize a variety of techniques and tools and tips. Things like singing bowls, we're going to play a little bit with that today, yoga hand gestures and different visualizations and meditations and crystals too, just to name a few!
The yoga hand gestures are known as Mudras.
They're different positions that we place our hands in to create a particular experience or tune into a way of being. Many of you are probably familiar with Anjali Mudra which is often done in yoga classes and is accompanied by Namaste.
Use Anjali Mudra when you desire to tune into the gratitude of your heart.
But there are many more yoga hand gestures than just this.
Chin Mudra is another one that many of you may have seen. It is used often when meditating.
The mudra that I’m sharing today is called, Tse Mudra. This is a yoga hand gesture to help alleviate the stress, anxiety, and depression that sneak in when there's too much to do.
It will also help with that feeling of heaviness or sadness that comes over you when you think of how far you have to go. (You're exactly where you need to be in this moment right now.) And this is going to lift that weight, that rock, so that you see the light and you connect to that Ananda. That joy that's within you and you'll discover that the next step lights up and the next step and you're getting to the place that you need to go in just the right time because you're exactly where you need to be now.
In a seated position, take your hands and place them on the back of your legs with your palms facing the sky. Take your thumbs and wrap them in towards the base of your fingers, the thumb tip towards the base of the pinkie finger or ring finger. And then once you have that, wrap the other four fingers around your thumb. Making a soft little fist. Rest the back of your hands on your thighs.
With your hands in Tse Mudra I talk you through a little visualization and meditation in the video above, starting at the 3:17 minute mark. Have fun!
Did you feel the energetic shift from this practice?
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When you playfully practice this meditation, notice where you feel like you're soaring and where you might come up against resistance.
It can be a telling practice as you dive into the New Year and set resolutions. This adventure will reveal where you are simply uncomfortable and therefore sabotaging your best efforts to grow.
Then with this information you can take conscious steps to shift and realign your heart's desires.
Hello and welcome!! Today I am talking about those moments when you are so distracted.
You're pulled in a million different directions at once and it just seems like life is a constant bombardment of distractions social media pop ups and ads saying, "Look at me. Look at me."
How do we get anything done?
And there are those moments where your head is simply spinning and you realize that you need to focus to get things done.
Today, I'm going to share with you one of my favorite exercises straight from my program, the Intuitive Energy Adventure.
This is a very simple energy exercise. It's great to do when you need to read material and you can't focus on the text. It's great to do if you're working on a project and you're pushing in those final hours to get it done. It's wonderful for any moment that you need a clear head for clear thinking.
Take a comfortable seat or simply stand nice and strong. Close your eyes and imagine beautiful roots growing from the soles of your feet deep down into the earth. You always ground and root at the very beginning of any practice. Why? Well when you're grounded, you're present and you're less likely to be distracted or thrown off course. You're aware and in the moment rather than in off daydreaming.
Take a few deep breaths, imagine roots growing from your feet into the earth. Now bring your awareness to the crown of your head, the 7th chakra, the seventh Energy Center and we get very playful with these energy exercises because it's all about strengthening our imagination muscle. We're trying to play in an area where we don't really have much frame of reference. Imagine that you just are vacuuming out the crown of your head, it’s like a little “you” vacuuming. I have one client who loves to see herself like Donna Reed, wearing pearls and an apron, while vacuuming. She giggles when she does this exercise because she doesn't like to vacuum.
You can vacuum out the crown or you can sponge it out. You can even sweep it out. The crown of your head is where you pick up all the other bits of information floating around. It's those moments where you read between the lines. For example, if you're talking with someone and they're saying one thing but you're picking up on another thing...you know that moment when they say, "Oh, I'm fine everything's OK." And you know deep down inside, that everything is not okay. You're reading between the lines and that's where you pick up the extra information. Now you just vacuum that out. You're vacuuming, vacuuming, and as you vacuum it out and you feel like you've gotten all the junk and debris out, all that clutter from the crown of your head is gone...
Imagine sending it to a beautiful golden sun. And why do we send it to a golden sun?
Well, once energy is in creation mental thought goes out or an emotion goes out it's going to exist forever. And if it was a thought that wasn't serving our highest or somebody else's thought or emotion that just isn't working for us it shouldn't be in our space to begin with. We can't just get rid of it. What we can do is we can transform it. So the idea is that through the fire of a golden sun Or you could use ice you have the alchemical experience of transforming the thought or emotion. So as you vacuumed it up you're using your imagination you send that vacuum you send all that junk to a beautiful little Golden Sun where it's transmuted into something of wonder of beauty something that uplifts others. Now remember nature abhors a vacuum. As Aristotle taught us anytime there's an empty space. Nature is gonna wanna fill it. Just think of the weeds in the corner of the backyard. Maybe that's just mine.
Does your backyard get filled with weeds easily? Holy cannoli, I can't keep up with it.
Anyway, you need to choose to fill up that space that you just cleared with something. Otherwise it's gonna draw in all sorts of other gunk.
Today I'm going to invite you to imagine a beautiful golden light with a little bit of of purple washing from the heavens above over the crown of your head filling that area that you vacuumed. Sliding it down your ears, your shoulders, your arms, off your fingertips. Your whole body is bathed in these beautiful colors of gold and purple, and a little bit of white. Now take a few deep breaths.
Feel the shift, feel the difference, and you can slowly, slowly, open your eyes.
And that's just one of the many many exercises that I go into great depth in my program all about the Intuitive Energy Adventure. Thanks for playing energy with me!!!
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See on the flip side!
Hello! Hello! Want a playful energy saving tip that will protect that intuitive heart of yours?
Oh my goodness. Hello and welcome to the Inklings Show with Irena. That's me!!
And if we haven't met yet I and my Irena Miller and I help time strapped adventurers tune into their unseen resources so that they can live a more joyful and playful life. Thank you for joining me. So are our heart.
At times you might just find yourself super sensitive. You might find that commercials are making you cry. Maybe your partner or spouse looks at you in a funny way and next thing you know your heart feels broken
You're out running around and you just find that you're taking everything personally - the person who cuts you off. They don’t hold open the door they let it slam in your face.
Oh my goodness gracious.
Some days we're just a little more sensitive and on those particular days there's a way to protect that sensitive, intuitive heart. Because we're picking up on the energy and vibrations all around us. As we're picking up on those energies and vibrations we're bringing it into our space.
Then we have these energy centers within our body. Maybe you've heard of Chakras. These are your energy centers that receive the energetic information, they process it, digest it a little bit, And then figure out what does this mean to me? How does it fit with my life experience? And then we also transmit energy back out from these centers.
Do you ever have those super sensitive days?
Maybe it's just me … but I know that there are people out there who who are like me. Who have those days where oh my gosh you just you bump your toe and it feels like the world is falling apart. I sliced my thumb this morning but it's OK.
What can you do?
Well, you can tune into your own energetic frequencies and say all right, if I have these energy centers within my body how can I utilize that to protect and to tune into the energy and the information coming my way?
What can I do?
Well you want to tune into the different energy centers that run through the very central column of your body. We’re just going to focus on the seven basic ones right now. There's many more than that though.
For example, if you want to feel safe, you want to feel protected, grounded, and present, that's going to deal with the First Energy Center.
What can you do to tap into that particular energy center in your body and really feel strong and steady so that when these things happen in life you don't feel so sensitive to them. You don't feel like you want to break down in tears.
What you can do in this particular case is really work with your root chakra.
This is the Energy Center that's located in the bottom of the pelvic floor.
This is the energy center that's going to create a feeling of safety like you're not being chased after by the saber tooth tiger or that someone's energy and thoughts aren't just whacking and hitting you.
What you can do for this (and this is where it comes into great help if you know where your natural intuitive abilities lie). We all have that natural intuition that sixth sense but sometimes you might find that it's easier for you to see things, to visualize, and to imagine. Maybe you just have an image you pop into your head when someone's talking or maybe you find that you just have a gut knowing like you know this to be the truth or maybe lyrics to songs pop in your head.
There's a variety of ways we can tune into this energy and information.
Today I'm going to share with you the playful tip to protect your sensitive heart by activating your root chakra. That energy center in the bottom of the pelvic floor that really goes into a grounded protective mode in the sense that you're just aware of your surroundings, you're aware of the fact that you might feel sensitive, you don’t want to pick up on everybody else's energy.
You're going to really strengthen the root chakra.
How can you do this?
Well you can get very very fashionable and for my visual friends out there.
This will really help - the color red!!!!
I specifically put my red Christmas socks on!
If you were to wear red socks or polish your toenails red or even wear red clothes what that's going to do is it's going to serve as as visual reminder to you to set your energetic frequency, your vibration to that color of red, which corresponds with the root chakra.
Now an extra bonus tip for my friends out there who are more auditory and who tend to really tune into energy through listening - You can use music!!! And in particular you can use the C major scale and arpeggios. Because the C major scale corresponds to the root chakra. Each of the seven main chakras correspond to one of the 7 notes from the musical alphabet. From middle C all the way up to B!!
Let’s do something playful!!!
I'm going to go ahead and play C major arpeggios for my friends who want to sing along. This is honor of my amazing mom who was a musician and an incredible incredible singer. I didn't get her gift as far as singing goes. But here goes!! Let's be playful!!!
The C major arpeggio!! We're going to do, say ‘ha’, using the diaphragm and you might feel like a little doggy. Let’s go. Ha Ha . Ha Ha Ha Ha
Is it silly!!
Oh my goodness!! If you had fun with this let me know.
Please share it with a friend if you found it helpful to you as well.
Wear some red today to feel a little more grounded, a little more protected. Whether it's on your feet, or a shirt, or maybe singing a C major arpeggio and enjoy yourself!!
Life is meant to be playful and fun and what you're doing is you're developing your ability to have a dialogue with your unseen resources.
Maybe it's through color because you're a visual person. Maybe it's through sound because you tend to really pick up on your intuitive abilities through that sound. Or maybe it's other ways. But that's why I'm here to introduce you to a variety of techniques tools and tips to help make your intuitive adventure more playful and fun.
I will catch you on the flip side!!!
...hmm...developing a thick skin is such a frustrating idea. Not to mention, how much it lacks a certain cuddling desirability.
"They're as a prickly as a pear!"
I love how there is a whole set of vernacular phrases and idioms that have woven their way into our everyday language that represent energetic experiences.
Yet it's like the amazing Indian Baby Shower that I just attended - meanings can get lost along the way.
During the Baby Shower all these amazing ceremonies were performed for the radiant mother and her unborn baby. Another guest and I were so enamored by the beautiful rituals that we kept asking one question after another!
What's in the rice? Why do you place it on her hair? The bangles, what are they for? (To soothe the unborn baby.) Why do you place this bright red powder (kumkum) on her forehead? Why so many sweets and fruits? What about the flowers in her hair? :)
We were very blessed to have a helpful and enthusiastic guide to share what he knew about the special ceremony. And what he also shared was that much of the meaning, the symbolism, was lost along the way.
You just do the actions because that's what you were told to do, that's what you saw your family doing.......
How often do you continue family traditions whose meaning got lost somewhere along the way? Like a bad game of telephone?
There are so many traditions, rituals, and phrases that simply get taken for granted or at face value and the treasure gets buried along the way.
Here's the cool thing.
You may not always know the meaning or reason behind certain traditions, yet if you do the actions with love in your heart you will benefit from these amazing moments in time.
You will be able to connect on an energetic level to what's going on beneath the surface and feel the joy that comes from tuning in to the unspoken explanations.
My friend's Baby Shower was transformative. The curious guest and myself were welcomed with open arms and invited to join in the celebration and ceremony. We were able to shower love on the glowing mama and her precious unborn little one. Our actions and intentions were based in love and we felt the sacredness in that moment - with each flower we wove into her hair, each sweet placed at her feet, and the joy-filled laughter that rang through the hall.
So when you feel yourself frazzled, at wit's end, and that hunger deep inside - take a moment to pause.
What phrase might come to your mind?
Maybe it's not in the cards today :)
Or maybe you've been burning the candle at both ends.
Once in a blue moon you find yourself energized!
The goal is to be playful!! Work that imagination muscle!!! And....
"What if 'Developing a Thick Skin" meant something else entirely?”
Watch the video above to find out the updated way to ‘develop a thicker skin.’
Welcome to a very special edition of Everyday Inklings with me - Irena! It's the Show and Podcast! If we haven't met yet. My name is Irena Miller and I'm an Intuitive Energy coach and I help time strapped adventurers and entrepreneurs tap into their unseen resources.
And today is the origin story!
What's going on? What is this all about?
And oh my goodness. What are inklings, unseen resources, and why should I care?
Well that's what we're going to dive into.
Inklings is just another way to say hunches, your gut instinct, or intuition. Or a coincidence that really isn't a coincidence. If you've ever had a moment where you've been thinking about someone and they call you out of the blue and you think wow! Well that was strange! Or you get the feeling like, "oh I better buy this ticket today before that airline flight price goes up I just gotta get in now." And you were right! You had that inner knowing or maybe somewhere somehow you had a song pop into your head and it just gave you the impetus to go to a certain store and you ran into an old time friend.
If you've ever had these coincidences these inklings happen to you. Give me a yes in the comments. Let me know that I'm not alone. I know I'm not alone :)
Asking for help, receiving guidance, and acknowledging your unseen resources and your inklings is your opportunity to say, wow I'm not alone!
But I can have more information if I know how to tap in and tune into my environment.
And HOW do you pick up on these inklings and interpret them?
That's the next step of what I'm talking with you about because years ago, in the mid-90s, when I was playing and teaching yoga, I had this awakening. This realization that really bridged my religious upbringing with modern and ancient practices. This realization that there is a way to connect with your unseen resources and live a more informed life.
Because what was happening both in my brick and mortar yoga studio that I owned, as well as in the online space where I taught, was that I kept running into people who were very confused about what they were feeling and what they were being told.
They were told… “You're taking it too personally! What you need to do is develop a thick skin. It's all in your head. Everything's fine.”
And they were so confused and frustrated because they weren't trusting their gut instincts!
They were being talked out of their inner knowing.
They were losing their energy and giving away their power.
So for me it became quite a lifelong passion (because I really feel like I've been doing this ever since I was a tiny tiny little girl) to connect people with their angels their guides with their unseen resources through practice of energy exercises or yoga or crystals or cards or more sacred practices.
There's a world and variety of techniques and tools to do this! Take for instance one of my clients who is running into what she considered an upper limit problem which is having this physical cramping in her neck and shoulders and she couldn't get rid of it with any kind of massage.
She has this amazing empire that she runs with a large following and she is part of a very high end mastermind. She went to that mastermind weekend and by the end of it her neck and shoulders where were excruciatingly painful. So on the way home at the airport she got one of those little chair massages it didn't touch it. The next stop, the next layover, another chair massage. And it still didn't help.
So by the time I talked to her the next day she didn't know what to do because the massages weren't helping.
I guided her through the specific energy exercises and practices that created a release from the physical pain she had been in! What she came to realize was that there was an energetic misalignment and it was showing up as a physical dis-ease in her body. That is why the massages weren’t helping. She had to address this issue on another level.
Another one of my clients who was overwhelmed with anxiety when it came to time to speak in front of her mastermind group. She had to give a presentation and she just didn't quite feel like herself.
Everybody else's worries and fears and emotions were crowding in on her. I taught her how to stand in her power, through a very simple technique and all of a sudden her energetic shift was so vibrant that not only did the people in the room react to her and give her wonderful applause but her followers online also started to see the energetic shift within her.
You discover that what you might have thought was being too sensitive or not having a thick enough skin was just you being intuitively aware and not having the skill set to utilize that gift to your fullest.
What I love to do is share with you these very simple actionable techniques that you can use to gain more information because when you're better informed you make better choices.
There's always going to be uncertainties in life. But what if you had trusted advisers you could turn to who could see a little bit farther ahead down the road than you?
Or maybe who had some expertise in an area that you need help in?
That may sound very appealing.
Let me know if it sounds appealing to you.
It definitely does to me.
If this resonates with you make sure you subscribe and like this page as well as the podcast because I will be sharing a world of wonderful resources wonderful information to help you live a tuned, in turned on life where you find freedom and you let go of the energy that's dragging you down.
And if you'd like to continue the conversation join me over here!
Thank you so much for hanging out with me. I look forward to this journey with you!
With everyday inklings we live an empowered and joyful life.
I'll catch you on the flip side! Bye!
We have a winter wonderland of ice today! And the holiday spirit is in the air! (Even though my little girl and her friends have been singing Christmas songs for a month now! Holy Cannoli!)
And Thanksgiving is next week! I'm so excited to be hosting and cooking all my favorite goodies! I even went into a crazy cleaning mode yesterday to get the house ready!
How about you?
Are you hosting? Traveling? Going to the movies? :) (If you're going to the movies let me know what you see :) I love the movies!!!)
And just in case you're hosting....
One of the things about hosting a party of course is the clean up (both before and after) that can send you into a tailspin. If you have a lot of people over you might notice that the vibes in your house feel differently. You may remember conversations and laughter (almost as if you could still hear the echo of the party) and it might be hard to simply relax. Like that "overtired, fried nerves, exhausted I can't fall asleep feeling."
Try this simple technique that I mention in the video above to clear the energy in the room and make your home feel like your's again!
And if you're traveling and staying in a hotel or maybe you're going back home and you end up on a cot in the laundry room by the washing machine like Steve Carell did in that movie, Dan in Real Life, this will help you! (Have you seen this movie? It's a great one! :) )
This quick energy exercise that I describe in the video will help you sleep better, lose the frazzled nerves, and feel the good vibes in your space once again!
Happy Early Thanksgiving!!!!
My heart is filled with joy because you are here!
I'll catch you on the flip side!
Join me and my friends and discover one way to tap into your unseen resources and make decisions that you don’t regret.
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You know that feeling, when life keeps coming towards you and your nerves are fried?
There’s a heaviness that settles over your heart.
You are feeling weary and tired but it is a deeper exhaustion that caffeine and sleep just can’t help you with.
Because how can you get a good night’s rest when when so many thoughts are playing on a continuous loop through your head.
You need answers and a moment to “feed your spirit”. This goes beyond self-care.
Self-care is just a band-aid that is applied when you’re in a rush.
The play/work that you will experience here goes beneath that surface quick fix and right to the source of the misalignment and ache.
Lean in a bit my friend because my heart wants to share a super soul nourishing practice with YOU!
One that will leave you feeling deeply restored and energized.
A practice that will bring you clarity.
And one that will guide you to those answers deep within.
Want to know what’s next?
Check out this Deep Dive Energy Intensive.
You put a lot of pressure on yourself to do it right.
And it's exhausting.
It becomes a never-ending circle of questioning your choices and trying to find the best option in a short amount of time.
And time is a luxury that you have in segmented amounts and it's almost as if you can hear the clock ticking. Which in turn, tunes you out of your intuition.
You know, deep down, where the momentum of life is moving you but the panic that just set in is making it almost impossible to trust it.
These moments of struggle and resistance are a sign that you need to take a deep breath and pause.
The Hurrier I go, the Behinder I get. ~ The White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland
Have you heard the story about Monet, sunning in his garden?
The sky was the bright blue that feels electric and the trees were glowing with their green. The sun was dancing its way through the leaves as the wind skirted through the branches. And there, stretched on a rough bench was Monet, straw hat over his face, soaking up the rays of the sun.
His nosy neighbor peered over the edge of the hedge, disturbing the bird song, and said, "Hey, Monet!! You resting?"
Monet replied, "No. I'm working."
Invigorated by his time in the garden, Monet returned the next day with a creative fire!!! Easel out and paints flying, he channeled all that he had soaked up the previous "work" day on his bench.
The nosy neighbor shouted out again, "Hey, Monet! You working?"
Monet in turn said, "No. I'm resting."
"Work" turns to rest when you relinquish the notion that it's all up to you.
Give yourself time to soak up the Divine wisdom and guidance all around you.
Then go to "rest" the next day and bring into being all that you took in the previous day.
This song from Fia's album, Made of Stars says it all:
"The more I struggle and fight
Trying to get it all right I push away the very thing I want
Thinking it's all up to me
Deciding how it will be
Forgetting that I am guided by the One
So I forgive mySelf over again
Cause I am doing the best I can
And there are no mistakes
I learn every day
And the Universe is showing me the way"
~ The Art of Letting Go, Fia
This is one of my favorite ways that I used to TUNE IN, lose the stress, and make a decision that brings me joy and not regret.
Join me for a quick yoga flow and check in with the messages your body is sending to you!
And this week you have an amazing opportunity to practice super healthy mental hygiene :)
Yes, mental hygiene.
Just like you brush your teeth and floss your hips, you will benefit immensely from taking the time to watch your thoughts and mindfully choose which ones to keep and which to release.
Why bother with taking a shower for your thoughts?
Remember the wonderful Pig-Pen from Peanuts. And how he is surrounded by a cloud of dust, dirt, and debris.
This is what can happen to us on an energetic level.
From the time you wake up, you are encountering all sorts of moods and thoughts from your loved ones, friends, and co-workers. And an intense mood can be extremely contagious.
By the day's end, you've picked up on a rainbow of thoughts and emotions.
Carrying them around is just exhausting. There's a better way.
Here is a quick visualization to help you lose the overwhelm!!
Short on time? Download the audio and take it with you :)
or watch the video :)
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Unhealthy thoughts, food, and emotions drag us down every now and then. To feel lighter and more energetic try Yoga! :)
The yoga twists are the go to poses for 'detoxing'. The idea is that as you twist your body you are stimulating the liver, the digestive and the lymphatic system, which flush the toxins out of the body. Leaving you with a feeling of refreshment and alertness.
As my grandmother used to love saying, "Energy, begets energy."
You will boost your energy when you move with your breath and be less likely to reach for those stimulating caffeinated, over sugared treats!
So even if you're feeling sluggish, start moving! :) It won't be easy, believe me I know. I have two adorable puppies that love to cuddle. But once you get the momentum going, it will get easier. Think of the snowball at the top of the hill, who picks up speed and energy as he rolls down it!
You know that phrase that just plays over and over in your head. The one that blocks you from enjoying the sunrise and your puppy playfully bouncing over to you with that ragged ball in her mouth?
Yes, that one.
Well....when you're twisting in crescent pose you'll be focusing on spreading your pinky toes. Hugging your legs towards the midline. And breathing with a deep even quality so that you can stay upright and balanced. As soon as one of those pesky thoughts enter into your mind, you'll experience your body wobbling.
There's just no room for extra thoughts. The yoga poses highly encourage you to focus in order to stay upright.
You'll discover that all yoga poses have a gaze point (a drishti) to help you find your balance. Just like the dancer who has a 'spot' as she pirouttes across the floor, so that she doesn't fall over from the dizziness. The difference with yoga is that you begin to uncover a gaze point within yourself. And you rely less and less on the external world for confirmation.
You discover discernment - viveka the yogis call it. You welcome in those thoughts that are life enhancing and you release the thoughts that drag you down.
I have an amazing teacher, Sonia Choquette, who says, "How's your spirit today?"
I love this!
What does it mean though?
Well you know when you go into autopilot? Your eyes glaze over, you're not all there.
Think of the time you drove to the grocery store and couldn't quite recall the trip in-between home and the store. Your mind was thinking about to do lists, what you needed to buy, did your kids get their homework done......and boom, grocery store parking lot.
Life provides a ton of distractions. Yoga helps you learn how to readjust your focus and be fully present in the moment. Just let that squirrel try to distract you!
Before you do this yoga flow, look at your eyes in the mirror. Then do the practice and look at them again. What has changed?
The eyes are the window to the soul......
Length: 10 minutes
Props: none :)
Do you ever wonder if you're doing the yoga poses correctly? And where should you feel the stretch?
When the world feels like it's crashing down, you're tired, and your heart feels heavy, it's a challenge to connect with gratitude. One thing that can help is moving with your breath. Think of this as opportunity to chip away at the the grime and grit that has coated you to the point of barely being able to breathe.
Yoga poses have a way of releasing not only the tight aches and pains in our muscles. But also in our hearts. How does this happen, you might ask? Well, emotions are stored within your whole body. When I work one on one with my students, I often ask them, where do you feel the stretch? And do your muscles feel? Have they just had it? Are they tired? Or fatigued? Do they feel overwhelmed? Are they angry or Inflamed?
Don't take yourself too seriously when you check in with your muscles and how they feel. Instead, be playful about it. Try using the phrase, "hmmm...that's interesting..."
Do you ever catch yourself saying, "Oh, they're a pain in the neck!!" Or a 'PITA' as one amazing student brought me up to speed on - "Pain in the a$$". "They give me a headache!"
Watch what you're saying because these things have a way of showing up in our body!!
The yoga poses are designed to help you relax and let go of tension on all levels, physical (body), thoughts (mind), spirit (emotions). So you might experience some waves of big emotion washing over you. That's a good thing!
You want to release those pent up emotions before they create such havoc within you that you end up in a state of distress or dis-ease.
When these big feelings bubble to the surface, say 'hello' to them. Often when people and things are simply seen and validated their power over us lessens. It's not so overwhelming.
It may not be easy to go through the emotion, but it is a whole lot easier than keeping it stuffed down within us for decades.
The work (play) you do on your sticky mat is ultimately creating a positive ripple effect across the world.
You are strengthening your physical body and honing your mindset to see the beauty in this world. To offer kindness where it is needed most. To realize that the frustrations, anger, and worry will pass.
You have the tools to handle these tough times with grace. Others will learn by your example and be inspired!
Thank you for shining your light so bright in this world and lifting others up! I am filled with gratitude for you and the time you take to build into yourself!!
Try this 7 minute Yoga Flow to Tune into Your Heart and cultivate the ability to see the blessings all around you!
I'll see you on your mat!
with light and love,
How many Chaturangas does it take to get to your center ..... of inner bliss?
Or how about just to feel strong and safe?
The key is in the alignment. Watch the video or check out the tips below to help you keep your shoulders safe.
Extend your arms straight and keep them in line with your shoulders. Keep the top of the thighs rooting back, lower belly toned, sides of the waistline moving back, and soften between the shoulder blades.
Bend your arms and draw the hands back in line with your chest. Notice how the chest feels....expansive? Notice the upper back....engaged? How about your triceps, the back of the upper arms....strong? Do you feel steady and safe?
When you bend your arms from standing plank and draw the hands back to be in line with the shoulders it's not a solid pose. Notice how your chest feels.....collapsed, weak? What about the upper back.......disengaged? How about the arms, do you feel strong? Not me.
From table pose, walk your knees behind your hips a good 8 inches, engage and tone your belly. Then move your chest forward an inch, so your shoulders are more in line with your fingertips, and bend your arms, so hands roughly line up with your chest. Root through the mound of your index fingers, keep the head of the shoulders lifted, shoulder blades drawing towards one another and down your back.
Watch that the head of your shoulders never drop lower than your elbows. You will lose your feeling of strength and put your shoulders at risk for injury.
Your legs and tummy are working quite a bit in this pose. From plank position, spread your toes to engage your outer shin muscles. Keep the inner thighs lifting, tone the lower belly, move the sides of the waistline to the sky, and shift your chest forward an inch to bring shoulders over fingers. Maintain all these actions and bend your arms, just to the point where shoulders and elbows are level with one another. Keep the head of your shoulders lifted and your shoulder blades drawing towards one another and down the back. Look forward slightly on your sticky mat.
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The secret ingredient to an every day happy lower back is open thighs - quadriceps, psoas (hip flexors), hamstrings.
If you are a runner, gardener, everyday life liver then your legs are getting worked! Muscles get tight and we lose range of motion if we don't balance out with a little lengthening and strengthening.
Any of the poses listed below are great to help relieve every day back tension. Give them a try after a long hike, shoveling snow, a gardening session, or just general spring cleaning.
Remember, listen to your gut instincts and modify according to your needs.
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and you want me to talk you through these yoga poses
rather than looking up and down and trying to figure it out on your own,
GRAB THIS FREE LOWER BACK YOGA VIDEO
(it's just 15 minutes!)
Your lower back is tight and achy.
Sitting at your desk or long car rides.
Your shins and calves are yelling! No one likes shin splints.
A long hike, that quick run, or a night of dancing in high heels!
You're sleepy and need an energy boost! Or your lower back and mid back are feeling super tight.
Yard work, running, or long periods of sitting binge watching your favorite show!
You want to boost your confidence and feel strong. This will build your core and leg strength.
You're warmed up from the previous poses.
DO THIS WHEN:
Your lower back is achy, when you need inspiration, or when you are getting ready to take a leap of faith.
Long periods of sitting.
Join me in this quick 15 minute video, where I show you just how to get in and out of these poses and link them into a beautiful, sequenced flow.
I'll see you on your mat!
with love and light,
What if you can't feel it? The love. Because you're overwhelmed, stressed, and just plain fed up with the craziness of day to day living.
You know that feeling when you're late, rushing out the door, and your little one tries to give you a hug. Or the deadline just passed and someone tries to offer help. How easy is it to pause and receive the love?
Take a moment (3 minutes), do these 2 moves.
The purpose of this is to get you out of a state of being overwhelmed and back to clarity. A place where you can receive the offer of help and love.
Then like it says in the song, Love is All Around, you may find yourself singing:
I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
The love that's all around me
And so the feeling grows
Then pass it (the love and video) on :)
with love and light,
Wowsers! It's chilly here! And when it gets this cold, my shoulders seem to take residence around my ears and my back goes into a turtle shape.
Next thing you know, your back is hurting, shoulders are aching, and you just want to curl up with your favorite Netflix show and cuddle with your puppy. Happiness is a warm puppy after all.
If this sounds like you, try these 4 yoga moves to boost your energy, lift your spirits, and get you ready to jump into your day! It will only take 3 minutes! And you can do it in your jeans! :) I am!
I'll see you on your mat!
with love and light,
Everyone gets so serious at the beginning of the new year. Putting on intentions that don't necessarily fit and feel like scratchy wool sweaters. Lose 10 lbs, organize, systematize, legitimize. These are all great things to set our sights upon.
And if these intentions don't truly align to your heart's desire, there's a good chance they won't happen.
Take an honest look at your motivation. If it is to feel peaceful and at home in your body, spirit, and mind maybe losing 10 lbs isn't the right intention. It might bring stress, worry, and anxiety as you count calories and try to get to the gym.
How about a motivation that knows movement will release happy endorphins and as a result will lift your spirits and help you make more loving choices?
This way, when 5 am rolls around and your sticky mat is calling to you to practice, the motivation to get out of bed comes from the knowing that you'll feel incredible after you've done your practice. Not from the forced march of you must lose 10 lbs.
Once you have an intention that is aligned with a true heart's desire, you need a plan.
One of my teachers has a fabulous quote she shares with us often, "Freedom = Discipline. Discipline = Strategy. And Strategy trumps Willpower."
This is a great reminder for me that it's not about willpower. It's about aligning my intentions with my heart and setting up the strategies that will support me in accomplishing my dreams.
Think about your great accomplishments - the dreams that became a reality.
Were they a result of blind luck? Or did you have a plan you followed?
Most likely, you had a strategy or step-by-step plan to bring you to your goal. And how great does it feel to look back and know that showing up day after day, doing the work, and having faith brought this dream into being?
The bottom line, is yes - Setting an Intention is a powerful and wonderful practice to help you realize your dreams.
What makes the intention truly work and become fully realized is to:
Remember, anything of value requires discipline - essentially showing up and doing the work.
It also requires a certain amount of humor and humility. There will be falling, there will be missteps, fatigue, and sore muscles. And there will be strength, flexibility, peace of mind, and lots of laughing. And there will be the "living your dream".
Here's a plan for playing yoga at home this winter. Because who has time to go to a studio? Let alone practice for over an hour a day everyday. You can find quiet mindful moments at home for a few minutes at a time.
Join the Winter Yoga Challenge - Strategize Your Way to Health 5-Day Challenge and let me show you exactly how it's done. We start the adventure January 11, 2017!
Find more information here or simply sign up for the free 5-Day Challenge below.
with love and light,