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Reconnect with yourself

Reconnect with yourself

As I am aging I am finding my heritage and my love  for Yoga again. I have been immersing myself in yoga/ trainings/ and certifications from Kripalu. My recent immersion has been in Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis. The practice of Yoga Nidra opened my inner self for a deeper connection with myself.

Feel like a hamster caught in a wheel

I have often felt like a hamster caught in a wheel, running in the same place trying to get to places, yet each day turns into another and another and another. Though technology is all around us, we can connect with people loved ones right away yet there is overwhelming sense of loneliness and disconnection. There is so much social media noise that it has become impossible to hear oneself. In this blog I will not venture into comparison and ego but that is definitely coming. Working on a new space Shakti has brought its own challenges and small wins too. I have felt a deeper need to reconnect and be present. I wanted to share a few of my go to practices, in the hope that you might find them useful too.

It is not about controlling, it’s about being present, being open, being aware and allowing it to come.

Being one with your body

Most of us have experienced different forms of trauma, for some of us disconnecting with our body is a way to deal with it, for some of us our body image brings us pain of different kind. No matter how hard it seems but the truth is reconnecting with our body is the first step to grounding ourselves and being present in the present moment. Our body houses our soul/spirit, before we can reach deep within we need to connect with our body. I have found Yoga Nidra to be one of those practices, it brings a great amount of awareness to all 5 Koshas, and wherever awareness goes consciousness follows. On a wider level I believe both practices of Yoga and dancing bring great awareness to body, simple attention to breath brings attention to our body and to the present moment. It allows you to get out of your head and experience the magic of breath that we all take for granted.

In today’s world there is constant comparison of ourselves to others, our worth is defined by career achievements and financial standings. Just like the hamster in a wheel, this is an endless cycle. Breaking this cycle requires jumping off the wheel, from time to time to reconnect with our beautiful body, reconnect with our true being. Yoga Nidra is one of those practices that helps ground you and reconnect with Annamaya Kosha.

All problems are the illusions of the mind ~ Eckhart Tolle

Getting to know breath and the mind 

Once we connect with our body the next is to focus on your breath, your “prana”. Your energy, something that happens automatically yet is vital for our existence. We rarely give it attention. Attention to our breath brings us back to us, especially when our mind that is like a child, that is constantly worried, has doubts, self criticism, and obsesses. Guided meditation such as Yoga Nidra, guides us to its tantrums. Brings our awareness to it. With the breath grounding us in our body and our intellect noticing the inner child, we are bringing ourselves to the present moment.

What happened in the past stays there and future is not here, what we have is the NOW. Take in the present with your entire being. This practice can be very jarring because it will bring you face to face with your inner turmoil, however it will also make you realize it is your own creation. It will help you cultivate love for yourself, more compassion for yourself and others. It will bring you closer to you.

When there is a surge of restlessness| anxiety or when we feel overwhelmed, returning our focus to our breath can bring calmness. For some of us sitting meditation is hard, in that case dancing, walking are perfect to center ourselves.

You can not control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.

Acceptance and writing

Am I about to say journaling?? Yes I am, we tend to run away from our feelings,  we need to allow for us to process it fully be aware of it and accept it. This is where writing and journaling comes in. Journaling allows us to explore our thoughts and feelings further, allows us to go deeper and to the root causes which brings on greater awareness and hence acceptance without judgement or criticism Journaling has the potential of uncovering all the layers. It is like a deep conversation with ourselves, that forces us in a way to explore further and hopefully brings us closer to the answer of “who am I”.

These 3 practices can help us with deeper connection to ourselves, thereby leading us to live fuller lives, greater self love, and a sense of belonging.

Hope you join us for a yoga and mindfulness at our Yoga Nidra classes at  Shakti Yoga Nidra, 

Love And Light Always
Neelam Kataria

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Self Love: Be Good To Yourself

Practicing Self Love; A series to focus on practice (part 1)

Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” ~Unknown

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Be good to yourself

Be Good To Yourself, loving yourself is so much harder  than what the words imply. I have been struggling with it myself. Fairly recently when Ms. Crystal Belcher was at the studio teaching workshops, a friend and I were catching up after the workshops, she is coming back after major surgery and I am battling various obstacles life throws from time to time. While we were chattin with each other I believe we were having an internal dialogue with ourselves too and were realizing how hard we were being on ourselves. That interaction made me realize that self love is not one and done, it is a process that needs consistency. At the studio we value self confidence, Self-confidence is about trusting yourself and your abilities for example of hanging upside down, or baking perfection. Self-esteem, on the other hand, is about how we see ourselves. It’s about our perception of our worth. No matter what happens on the outside, do you treat yourself with love, care, and respect or not?

This realization that been coming in small doses over the years, when I left a kickass corporate job to be a mom and wife, taking on a new country new culture and a language that I was fluent in yet it was foreign. As a high achiever it is very easy to mask the issue of self esteem. Learning the art of self love is a work in progress and I believe it will always be.

Lets practice self love ❤️ 💖 💗 

Be someone who loves.

This is hard, no question about it. It will take practice just like when we learn how to invert, from pole inversions to silk inversion, it is the consistency of practice, understanding how your muscles work. Similarly the practice of self love will take consistent practice. Try to be someone who loves, allow  love to flow through yourself as often as possible, If you take aerial Yoga class with me and have practiced the flow of love ; )  you know how to practice it, for others where have you been (hahaha) all jokes aside, really practice the flow of love think of anything or anyone that made you feel love and place it in your heart, be open to all the feelings it invokes in you. Be in that moment, you do not need to be in a hammock to practice this, you could be waiting at a red light to turn green or waiting for you coffee to brew, and then slowly grow this practice, find things you love in people or nature, take thew time to observe and acknowledge them, be open to love.

Take it further by feeling what it feels like to be loved

Life is very smooth when things go as planned and we are succeeding, it is when stuff falls apart, or when we feel rejected that we need to find the place of love. It is during these challenging moments that we are meanest to ourselves. Think of things a person who loves you would say when you are facing those challenges or struggling. Pretty sure there would be no criticism or judgement. There would be kindness, understanding, and acceptance and that is what you would need to practice towards yourself.
 

I am practicing self love by sharing this small note I received from a student which made me feel so loved and appreciated. 

“Thank you so much for bringing heels class to the studio, I can not tell you how much positive impact  the studio has had on my life and how much I love dancing here.” ~ Arielle
For the next two weeks inculcate the above two practices in your daily routine. Our next blog will take your practice further,When self doubt clouds me or when I am having a tough day, your words give me a quick dose of “what it feels like to be loved”, Thank you 


Love & Light Always

Neelam Kataria

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