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,
Practicing Self Love; A series to focus on practice (part 2)
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love” Brene Brown
If you are reading this blog, this is the second of the series as we focus on the practice of self love and how it is an ongoing practice. Read Part 1 of the Blog here
Stop Comparing yourself!!
Practice self love by stopping comparisons. I have written another blog that is dedicated to happiness and how comparison kills it. comparison is one of those things that happens without awareness and contributes to unhappiness all the time. Especially for women, from print media to social media comparison is thrust into our faces and senses all the time. It is that much harder and important to realize when comparison sets in. You are a goddess in your own right, being you is your superpower, believe it with every particle of your being. Spend your energy to nourish your mind body and soul and build your own path.
Surround yourself with people you feel good with!!
This is critical, it has been my pleasure to provide a space where you leave all your worries outside the red doors of the studio and walk into a space that is filled with love and feel good vibe. Outside of the studio do a mental check of people who are around you, do they inspire you? Be mindful of who you spend your time and energy with because your energy is precious to you. Do not give it away.
Be compassionate when sh*t hits the fan!
So many of us (myself included) tend to beat ourselves down when we need our love the most. When we fail or screw up or someone rejects us, that’s the time we often beat ourselves down so much so that if you were to say it out loud to yourself you would not like that tone, does beating someone who’s lying down, sounds fair? I don’t think so, why would you do it your wonderful beautiful self?
Choose to be most loving and forgiving with yourself when things don’t go as planned. When you stumble and fall. When you say the wrong things. When you feel dejected about a spin, or a trick? Remember the first day your very first Intro class 💜. Ask yourself what you need and then spray that all over yourself and for extra unicorn magic wear some glitter and allow yourself to sparkle.
Practice this for two weeks and wait for the rest 😊