Celebrate International Yoga Day with a Free Online Class

Celebrate #InternationalYogaDay with EkhartYoga by tuning in to their Facebook Live Stream Class with World renowned teachers Esther Ekhart and David Lee Lurey!

The class starts in about 1.5 hours! You can virtually practice with fellow yogis from all over the world by joining in a 45-minute Yin-Yang flow. Esther and David will do a short Q&A right after the class. You can leave any questions in their comments on their FaceBook event page.

Join me and grab your mat, wherever you are in the world, for non-edited fun!

 

 

 

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The Spirit of Mantra, a 21 Day Mantra Meditation

If you enjoyed the first 21 day mantra meditation journey with Deval Premal and Miten, then you are in for a treat.

The world-renowned chant artists are offering “The Spirit of Mantra” – a 21 day exploration into the transformative power of a daily mantra meditation practice that began on May 14. It’s free to sign up and enjoy. The previous days are still up to listen.

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This new program offers another opportunity to explore the deep inner peace found in chanting these ancient sound formulas. Like the first mantra meditation journey, Deva & Miten will share a new mantra every day, with an explanation of the meaning, and a guided meditation into the chanting. This year’s program includes seven brand new chants from their album Mantras for Life. The

This free streaming 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey has begun! Join me &  register here

A few words from Deva & Miten:
Mantras make a difference, not only for the benefits they bring us on a personal level, but also as a healing balm for our troubled world. With this in mind, we have chosen mantras that help us meet life’s daily challenges, including blessing and protecting our children; healing body, mind and spirit; caring for the animals; and celebrating Mother Earth.

 

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I am not affiliated with this site and or Deva and Mitten.

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5 Things Yoga Has Taught Me On My Journey

Yoga continually teaches me new things, about myself, about life, and the world around me. This is just one of the many reasons I like it so much. I like to reflect on how far I’ve come, see what I have learned over time from these experiences, and observe what new knowledge I have gained along the way.

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A few things Yoga has taught me.

1. Honor your body
Don’t push your self too far past that edge. Its okay to push your self a little, but if you go to far past that boundary you can injure yourself. Your body will subtly let you know how far is too far. Its all about being mindful and listening to what your body has to tell you.

2. Let go of things that no longer serve you
This can be anything. It doesn’t have to be a physical object, although cleaning out that closet stuffed to the gills can feel cathartic. It can even something invisible such as anger. Every minute you spend angry, you give up 60 seconds of peace. Get rid of what you don’t need, physically and metaphysically.

3. Breathe
We often forget all the benefits of breath. Aside from the fact that we need it to live, there are other benefits to the breath. It grounds us, and forces us to be in the present when we focus on it. It can help us overcome obstacles, think of  lamaze breathing when a woman is in labor. I’ve even been able to get through what could otherwise have been a painful experience at doctor appointments, dental appointments, or even those few body piercings or tattoos just by focusing on my breath.

The breath is more powerful than you think, and there are even many types of “breaths” out there. To name a few in case you are curious, look up bhastrika, pranayama, Ujjayi, Shitali, Agni-Prasana, 3-breath practice, and 2-breath practice. I’m sure there’s others out there, in the vast yogic system. I’m always curious to learn and discover more. Feel free to comment if there’s any you want to share with me. 🙂 Our breath balances us and additionally helps us balance. I find this latter especially true when I focus on my breath and or a fixed point in those difficult poses where sometimes only one limb is touching the ground. Our breath fosters healing and allows us to extend our vital life force. Everything always comes back to the breath.

4. Be present and okay with it
Be present. Live in the here and now. Stop worrying about the future and the what-if’s. Don’t live in the past, and don’t dwell on the I should of’s. If you have trouble focusing on the present, your breath can guide you. Live in the present moment,  and be content with it. Live like there is no tomorrow, be at peace, and be happy in that state. When you try to control everything, or worry about the future or the past, you won’t be able enjoy what’s right in front of you. Relax, breathe, let go and enjoy the present moment. Even life can subtly remind us to be present. For me the winter weather reminds me to turn inward, slow down, and make time for myself. Be like the Buddha on his lotus leaf  under the bodhi tree living in the present moment.

5. You can achieve more than you think
Believe in your self. Sometimes we have to take risks in order to achieve our goals. Sure its scary, and may not be easy but no one ever said life was. We all have dreams, goals, hopes, wishes, and aspirations. Stop making excuses on why you can’t do them, and take baby steps to get there. We can all do more than we think, if we test our limits.

I wasn’t sure I could ever do crow pose, but knew I wanted to be able to “fly”. I was a little apprehensive but I didn’t let my fear stop me. Sure I fell on my head a few times in the learning phases, but as I discovered even someone who is a very seasoned yogi can have an off day and fall in an asana [pose] they have been practicing for years. We don’t always see everyone’s mistakes but we all make them. Eventually we end up where we are supposed to be and can achieve things we never thought possible.

21 Day Mantra Meditation Journey Returns

First and foremost, I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, I’ll address that in a separate post later, for now I will leave you with one of a few posts from my exciting things to share list =)

Back in May, the Mentors Channel hosted the 21- Day Mantra meditation. I have great news friends. Due to popular demand they have decided to run the free course again coinciding with the world tour of Deva Premal, Mitten and Manose. The 21 day program begins on SEPTEMBER 10th 2013.

Below is my original post from may since the below links etc… apply once again. I hope you take advantage of this special opportunity and join me.

Below is Re-posted from my May 4th entry on the journey:

I am someone who enjoys having things to look forward to each day, especially when they not only make me feel great and refreshed but can make me a better person. Things like yoga months, or a themed type of yoga 21 day challenge, etc… This month my “I feel great and I am excited to get up in the morning even though its cold and barely daylight out” journey is a 21 day Mantra Meditation Journey being presented for free from Deva Premal and Mitten on Mentors Channel.  Want to join me on this three-week  journey into the powerful world of Mantra? I have listed some details below on how you too can participate.

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Let me start off by saying that I am not affiliated with this site and or Deva or Mitten.  I’ll be honest I was not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten prior to this transformative journey, and never really listened to their other albums. I’ll have to check them out and give them a chance, but my point is that even if you are not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten I think you will still enjoy this special gift and should take advantage of this opportunity. There’s a saying, there’s no time like the present, so if you have been putting off trying out meditation well, why not grab life by the reins and do it now?

You too can join me and the thousands of mediators worldwide as and explore the healing power of these ancient sounds. You can join by email or Facebook. When you join [for free] you get access to the daily mantra sessions as they are released. You will receive daily emails with the link to the new mantra sessions, as well as some suggestions on ways to bring the mantra practice into your daily activities.  Each day they introduce a mantra with a guided meditation, followed by an exploration into its energies and meanings. If you decide to give it a whirl you can discover how these ancient sound formulas carry us into a state of inner peace and well-being.

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This is an opportunity to acquire for yourself a potent tool for healing and transformation; one that will support and nourish you on your journey through life’s adventures and challenges.

Deva & Miten launched their first 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey April 23.  We are invited to spend 15 minutes with them every day for three weeks. They share a new mantra every day, explaining the meaning, chanting together, and meditating on the mantra’s essential energetic quality. A program of 21 days provides the possibility for real and lasting change to occur, in body, mind and spirit. They say it takes 21 days for something to become a good habit and integrated into our lives. You can register here for this transformative inner adventure.

A few words from Deva and Mitten’s site: “We look forward to sharing these precious and sacred moments together with you, with the intention of making this world a better place”.

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Healing Rhythms: A 15 Step Free Program to Relax, Relieve, and Restore.

Recently we had the 21 Day Mantra Journey. Looking at the site, comments and views, I know thousands of people enjoyed that course, so I wanted to share the newest free course offering from Mentors Channel. Its almost a new month with new and exciting opportunities, such as this, to look forward to. Like the last program I am again in no way affiliated with this and do not receive anything from them. I just  like to share things I think others can enjoy and benefit from.

Healing Rhythms is a 15-Step Free Program beginning on June 10th. The program will consist of a daily journey where you train with the top leaders from the world of Wellness: Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Andrew Weil, and many others. Best of all, its free!

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I joined, will you?

A few words from the site:

“With each step, you’ll receive an inspiration and two guided practices, one-on-one training with the masters in the field. Learn breathing and mindfulness techniques that will help you to quiet your mind, release physical tension and enrich the most important relationships in your life.

Together with Healing Rhythms beautifully interactive 15-Step program you will learn the tools to build a happy mind and a more balanced lifestyle. We look forward to sharing this life changing, daily experience with you.”

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Quote Of The Day

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

-Roald Dahl

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This posts inspiration came from a situation last week in my life.  I found myself re-watching a Harry Potter film, and trying to explain the magic of the series to Mr S. I thought it fitting to share a magical quote. Even if he didn’t like the series as much as I do, they will always be magical films for me. This quote reminds me to look upon the world as if it’s the first time I am seeing something with the awe and inspiration that we feel when we visit somewhere new, or experience something new. Never give up hope, always believe.

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21 Day Mantra Meditation Journey

I am someone who enjoys having things to look forward to each day, especially when they not only make me feel great and refreshed but can make me a better person. Things like yoga months, or a themed type of yoga 21 day challenge, etc… This month my “I feel great and I am excited to get up in the morning even though its cold and barely daylight out” journey is a 21 day Mantra Meditation Journey being presented for free from Deva Premal and Mitten on Mentors Channel.  Want to join me on this three-week  journey into the powerful world of Mantra? I have listed some details below on how you too can participate.

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Let me start off by saying that I am not affiliated with this site and or Deva or Mitten.  I’ll be honest I was not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten prior to this transformative journey, and never really listened to their other albums. I’ll have to check them out and give them a chance, but my point is that even if you are not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten I think you will still enjoy this special gift and should take advantage of this opportunity. There’s a saying, there’s no time like the present, so if you have been putting off trying out meditation well, why not grab life by the reins and do it now?

You too can join me and the thousands of mediators worldwide as and explore the healing power of these ancient sounds. You can join by email or Facebook. When you join [for free] you get access to the daily mantra sessions as they are released. You will receive daily emails with the link to the new mantra sessions, as well as some suggestions on ways to bring the mantra practice into your daily activities.  Each day they introduce a mantra with a guided meditation, followed by an exploration into its energies and meanings. If you decide to give it a whirl you can discover how these ancient sound formulas carry us into a state of inner peace and well-being.

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This is an opportunity to acquire for yourself a potent tool for healing and transformation; one that will support and nourish you on your journey through life’s adventures and challenges.

Deva & Miten launched their first 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey April 23.  We are invited to spend 15 minutes with them every day for three weeks. They share a new mantra every day, explaining the meaning, chanting together, and meditating on the mantra’s essential energetic quality. A program of 21 days provides the possibility for real and lasting change to occur, in body, mind and spirit. They say it takes 21 days for something to become a good habit and integrated into our lives. You can register here for this transformative inner adventure.

A few words from Deva and Mitten’s site: “We look forward to sharing these precious and sacred moments together with you, with the intention of making this world a better place”.

21dayregister

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Zen Tea Quote

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh (via japanese-zen)

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I happen to listen to an interview today with Thich Nhat Hanh, and thought this a fitting quote. Especially since I am currently drinking a cuppa tea, from my lovely yixying buddah’s in a tree clay teapot.  I am one of those who savor my cuppa. It’s nice to slow down sometimes, and allow ourselves to recharge. To soak up newly gained wisdom, or just ponder. I find comfort and solace in the Gayatri mantra I sing myself tonight.

A New year, and A New You!

2012 has gone and left us. We have passed the milestone marker of the longest day of the year. I can’t tell you how glad I am about that last one. The cold, dreary, and dark mornings make for “Ugh, I am too tired, and don’t want to get up Asana”. Now its a time for the returning light of the upcoming year, to illuminate us and guide us through the times to come. We are well into 2013, whether we want it to be or not. The new year often brings about reflections and resolutions. As time marches us forward, we reminisce, and we contemplate.  We reflect memories past to  learn from our mistakes. It’s a time count our blessings and not our worries. We set an intention to become our best selves possible each year. To be true and authentic. To evolve into the most amazing version of ourselves we can be.

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Reflecting on the most recent holidays passed, I’m sure a fair portion of us may have fallen off the healthy bandwagon onto the sugary horse or even into the lack of motivation saddle. Whether its been due to either the colder weather, lack of sunlight, or holiday spreads, the new year provides us the perfect motivation for change. The time to detox or begin a new healthy habit! The simplest of detox’s could be getting back into your yoga practice, and leaving out all those tasty but sinful if you will items we need to detox from. Drinks and foods such as alcohol, sugar, caffeine, fried foods, and processed foods.

Looking out the window at this wintry weather, as we move closer to the shift, where the days become longer, it will become even that much easier with each passing day. Why not take the first steps to a new, healthy you in this new year. If you are looking for a detox plan with a bit more to oomph it, I recommend you check out this plan put together by the lovely Esther.

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Don’t beat your self up if a plan you pick seems like a lot. Just take things slow, take baby steps and you’ll get to where you want to be, and on the path you envision yourself on. Some days are admittedly easier than others. Don’t beat your self up about it if you have a day where you have to repeat a day of your detox plan or yoga practice. Maybe your like me and somehow twist your back the wrong way at the office and have to take a week off to heal before you can pick up your regular practice. Just accept things for what they are. This transformative journey of our lives includes acceptance for who we are, it’s part of the reward. Don’t do something you’re not comfortable with but at the same time know its okay to gently challenge ourselves a little.

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Don’t feel discouraged in your practice, just put on your favorite yoga pants of transformation and all will fall into place. Remind yourself there’s no such thing as a perfect pose, rest when you need to. It’s okay to make adjustments and do modified poses. Instead of giving up yoga completely due to injury, I made a new adjusted plan in the interim. Like the ocean, I decided to move gently like the  ebb and flow of the tides. I decided to follow a somatics therapy practice to aid in healing my back, and alleviate me from the awful back pain and muscle spasms. Sometimes pain and sickness I find serves as a reminder of how important ones health is both physically and mentally. How we really have to take care of ourselves.

Sometimes small changes and adjustments in our lives can be a good thing. I found my self so slow-moving in the am due to pain and extreme tiredness, but didn’t want to give up a practice in the am while I had to rush out the door on time for work. I adjusted, went with the flow and did a short am practice and a longer practice after reaching home from the office. I found that the extra restorative motions have tremendously put me on a path toward a quicker paced recovery.

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Some day’s are harder than others. I can’t deny it, it’s not always easy, but there are lessons to be had in everything and its important for me to remember that. I am living in the present moment today.  I feel like a new person today after this mornings practice and the newly discovered self myofascial release / trigger point therapy. Today I am happy there was sunshine on my face streaming in through the window. I am glad to be alive. Today I find myself focusing on life, love, happiness, and peace. I feel inspired and motivated. I have lots to be thankful and appreciative for. I am generally healthy and these recent back issues serve as both a reminder of how important ones health is, and not to let such challenges force me to give up. With consciousness in your heart, repeat to your self I can do this!

 

 

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