Posts Tagged ‘affirmations’

Pickles, Birthday Cake and The 5th Chakra

February 19, 2015

Yesterday it was my Birthday…..

chakraNumber5I began my 42 year of life with no voice (my 41 B-day was 2/18). I have laryngitis and an ear infection so, I also am having trouble hearing. I have never really lost my voice before. It’s an interesting experiment to try to not talk. I had to teach a yoga class yesterday while remaining silent. When I try to speak, just a horse, raspy whisper comes out and I am reminded that when I speak, I am just delaying my illness.

I had a sore throat (along with a nasty upper respiratory infection that that me at Urgent Care twice) that began on Feb. 6. I have been ‘voiceless’ for about a week. I keep trying out my voice and expecting it to be there. Back and stronger than ever, but only whispers come out.

I’ve tried everything from salt water gargling to pickle juice, but nothing is working. Yesterday in a fit of pickles
desperation I followed a friends advice. On my lunch break, I went our and bought a jar of pickles (I DO NOT LIKE PICKLES). She said “drink pickle juice, it works every time.”
I drank some, it didn’t work. Plus, I spilled it all over myself and my car while trying to swallow it.

In Yoga and Hindu tradition, my current allurements are a result from a blocked Throat Chakra. The Throat Chakra, Vishuddha (the 5th Chakra) deals with our speech, and our creative being, our self expression our very ‘me-ness.’ Communication. The Throat Chakra is all about communication. What am I not communicating that I should be? I’m not sure….

This past year has not been a good one for me. It may very well be one of the worst I’ve ever had. It’s been filled with loss and more loss. Loss in a way I have never experienced before. Yet, life goes on. My life has gone on AND there has been a lot of good that’s happened in the last 12 months.

Since I turned 40…
my 40th year

I Participated with Baxter in ‘Bark for Life‘ for the 2nd year in a row
Got a matching Pac Man/Ms PacMan tattoo with Bobby
Participated in the Phoenixville Dogwood Festival and Parade
Skated in the Fourth of July Parade in Pottstown
Ran a Warrior Dash!
Saw Motley Crue
Started Freelancing Photography and Story Writing for Newspapers
Painted a Halloween Window in Pottstown with some of my Derby Team and we won
Was a runner chasing Zombie
Got my pretty Pixel Styx Catahula
Cut my hair into a purple Mohawk
Played my 3rd (2nd with PRDR) season of Roller Derby
Practiced with a Renegade (no rules, co-ed) Roller Derby Team

I pretty much have most things I have wanted. Generally, I am happy or pretend to be, hopefully, I’ll soon be on the mend. Fingers crossed that whatever I need to face, I’m able to.

Healing affirmations for Throat Chakra from Louise Hay
(check her out: http://www.louisehay.com/affirmations/ , her affirmations are always perfect no matter what you need).
It’s ok to make noise.

I speak up for myself with ease.

I express my creativity.

I am willing to change.

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Note:  I typed this in Open Office and wanted to save the file as today’s date and  No Voice.
When I was closing the document, the screen asked if I wanted to save before closing. I read the file name (021915_novice) as nov·ice I wonder it that has meaning.

High School reunion and happiness. How do you judge success?

August 3, 2012

I recently went to my 20 year High School reunion.  What a strange experience.  There are only a few times a year that you are forced to really examine your life.  The New Year and your birthday force you to look at your accomplishments and failures, but a High School Reunion forces major reflection.

You end up having your whole being reduced to a few bullet points.

  • Married?
  • House?
  • Kids?
  • Career?
  • Overweight? (women)
  • Bald? (Men)

Based on the above criteria, how do you stack up?  How do I?

I’m married and have a house.  I have a dog, a cat and a day job I (mostly) like.

I really need to lose some weight.  No kids and I have all my hair.

Do those things equal success.  Does it for me?

How do you judge success?

What did I want to accomplish in my life that I haven’t?  What dreams are lost to me?

How can you objectively answer those questions?  Whose standards are we using?

I’ve been examining my life for a few months and I have no answer.

FaceBook has really changed the scope of High School Reunions.  I graduated in a class of just under 300 students. I’m FB friends with maybe 75 of them.  About 55-60 alumni came tot he reunion.  I think there was just one guy at the reunion that didn’t have a FaceBook account.  I kept in touch with my classmates virtually.

Several people (who I had not seen since graduation in 1992) came up to me and said “Hi!  This must be Bob!”  My husband was instantly recognizable to people he has never met because of the photos I post online.

I feel a little bit sad about the past,  little reminiscent, and a bit nostalgic, but I know I would never want to relive my teenage years.  There is no way I would ever want to go back to that time.  I am 38 years old and 1988/1989 were the worst years of my life.  I was the most unhappy and desolate at 14.  I am much more happy now.

My whole life was reaffirmed when a former classmate said to me “I like to see all of your FaceBook updates.  You seem so happy.”

I really hope that is how people view me.  I hope that I am remembered for being happy.

Happiness = Success
I win.
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Sun Flower Breath

March 30, 2012

I like to use this Active Breath as an energizer when I need a little lift or following a warm up in yoga.

SUNFLOWER BREATH

Take a nice wide stance (Feet 3-4 feet or so apart)
Turn toes out slightly
INHALE circle your arms up over your head
EXHALE circle your arms down and bend forward
I like to allow my fingertips to brush the mat
INHALE reverse swan dive up, arms over head
EXHALE fold forward circle your hands to the mat
Repeat several times.

You can do this active breath fast or slow; you can make these movements large or small.

Variation 1:  Bend your knees and you bend forward
Variation 2:  Just move your arms with your breath omit the forward fold)

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The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith

February 1, 2012

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

This is quote is often, incorrectly, attributed to Mother Teresa, who had this hanging in her orphanage.

Easy Self Guided Bareh Count Down Meditation

November 8, 2011

Bareh (बारह) is 12 in Hindi .

This is a great relaxation technique to do when ever you are stressed.  It’s perfect for unwinding after a long day.  It can help keep anger in check (think counting to ten).  It’s a perfect meditation to do when you can’t sleep (think counting sheep).

Come to a comfortable seated pose or corpse pose
Settle in, close your eyes and begin to take a few slow deep breaths.
When you are ready to begin…

  • Take a long slow deep breath in,
  • as you exhale, relax and release mentally say 12.
  • Inhale once again,
  • as you exhale, relax and release a little bit further,  mentally say 11.

Continue on in this way slowly counting backwards, relaxing and releasing with each breath out.

If you find that you reach zero and your mind or body are still racing, begin again at 12.

Learn More about MEDITATION, Click HERE

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4-7-8 Breath: Get what you want with powerful Pranayama.

August 4, 2011

4-7-8 Breath
Do no more than two round of 7 of these breaths per day.
You can do this breath anywhere anytime.
I like to practice breathing exercises while I’m driving or waiting for my computer to warm up.

Set an intention.

  • I am happy and content
  • My income is constantly increasing
  • I am fully engaged in the present moment

You can practice Pranayama in any body position.  Today, however, we will begin in a comfortable seated asana.

Come to Easy, Half Lotus or Lotus Pose.

Sit up nice and tall, good contact with your sits bones.

Settle in, close your eyes and begin to take a few soft full deep breaths.

Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
Find the area behind your teeth and before the bump on the roof of your mouth.
*Press your tongue onto this area for the entire breath cycle.

*Inhale through your nose for a count of FOUR

*Hold your Breath in for a count of SEVEN

*Exhale through your MOUTH (tongue on the roof of your mouth) for a count of EIGHT

*Repeat above for up to 7 cycles, up to twice a day.

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Samadhi -Enlightenment

June 7, 2011

Samadhi is the final step in the eight-fold path of Yoga. Samadhi means to bring together to merge. In this state, the body and senses are at rest, but the faculty of mind and reason are alert. You need to control the feelings of Avidya (ignorance), Asmita (egoism), Raga-Dvesha (likes and dislikes), Abhinivesha (clinging to mundane life).

The ultimate goal of the eightfold path to yoga is samadhi or absolute bliss. This is pure contemplation, superconsciousness, in which you and the universe are one. Those who have achieved samadhi are enlightened.

The eight limbs work together:

The first five steps — yama, niyama asana, pranayama, and pratyahara — are the preliminaries of yoga and build the foundation for spiritual life. They are concerned with the body and the brain.

The last three, which would not be possible without the previous steps, are concerned with reconditioning the mind. They help the yogi to attain enlightenment or the full realization of oneness with Spirit. Enlightenment lasts forever, while a flat tummy can disappear with a week of binging.

You become enlightened when you discard aspects of your ego that block your connection with the divine.

The way to undo this block, is to work on two things.
1. Creating a still mind.
2. Clearing your emotional baggage

BUT to do these two things you need to understand many things.

1. What thoughts are and where they originate.
2. How you (the individual) think.
3. Why you think certain thoughts and not others.
4. How to correct your thought process.
5. What your emotions are.
6. How to feel your emotions.
7. How to render your emotions powerless.

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Centering to Begin your Yoga Practice

February 11, 2011

Come to a Comfortable Position:  Seated  (Easy, Half Lotus, Lotus Position), Laying back in Corpse Pose, Standing in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) or Child’s Pose (Balasana).

Settle in, Close your Eyes and begin to take a few slow, full deep breaths.

When you are ready, begin to transition to Dirga Pranayama

Inhale and exhale through your nose.

Fill your Belly Ribs and Chest with Air on the Inhale.

Allow your Chest, Ribs and Belly to contract on the Exhale.

Begin to let everything from the outside world slip away.

Give yourself permission to be present here in this space and this time.

After a few Minutes set an Intention or Affirmation for your Practice.

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Feeling the effects of the Common Cold? Try some Yoga Solutions.

January 3, 2011

Try a daily warm salt-water nasal wash with a Neti Pot.

Chant!  Humming vibrations are great for opening sinuses and sore throats.
Practice Chanting ‘OM’ or
Perform Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

Take a full deep inhale through both nostrils,
As you exhale through your nose, create a buzzing like sound in the throat
(Soft ‘eeeeeeeeeee’ sound)
Try for 5-10 rounds and try to increase your buzzing volume as you advance.

Learn More Pranayama HERE

Some Asanas for Cold relief:

Begin with a few minutes of centering in Balasana (Child’s Pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block, bolster or folded blanket).

Set an Intention or Affirmation:

‘I am safe and secure at all times.  Love surrounds me and protects me.’
(From ‘Releasing Health Problems’ by Louise Hay)
See more of Louise Hay’s Affirmations HERE

Come to a low kneel (or seated pose if you prefer), and try a few rounds of Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

Rolling Child’s Pose:
(you may want to have some tissues available)
Come to Extended Child’s Pose with your hands clasped
Try to keep your shoulder blades down and back
Engage your core and pull your belly button towards your spine
Inhale and stretch arms out
Exhale and shift your weight forward, and roll onto the top of your head
Gently roll back and forth, from your forehead to the crown of your head ten times
Move with your breath
Rest in child’s pose and repeat

Bhujangasana (Cobra)

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Come to a Low Kneel (or seated position)

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist)

Table Pose

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
(Try this supported with your head on a block or chair)

Gently roll up to Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Take a few Breaths here and come back to center.  Remind yourself of your Affirmation.

‘I am safe and secure at all times.  Love surrounds me and protects me.’

Ardha Chandrasana (Cresent Moon Side Stretch)

Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Utkatasana Balance (Chair Pose, up on toes)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Beginning Sun Salutation to

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose) to
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose) Right Side

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose) to
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose) Left Side

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Come to belly

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Balasana (Child’s Pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block, bolster or folded blanket)

Roll up to a low kneel, then have a seat

Dadasana (Staff Pose)

Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose)
Bend your left knee and bring the sole of the left foot to your inner-right thigh, switch sides
(Try this supported with your head on a block, bolster or folded blanket)

Paschimothanasana (Seated Forward Fold)

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Release to back

Bring both Knees to chest and rock from side to side.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
(Try this supported with a block under your hips)

Bring both Knees to chest and rock from side to side

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose)

Knees to chest

Jathara Parivartanasana (Reclining Twist)

Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose)

Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Lay back, settle in, take a few Breaths and come back to center.
Remind yourself of your Affirmation.

‘I am safe and secure at all times.  Love surrounds me and protects me.’

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Yoga for the New Year! Resolutions, Intensions, Creating a Practice Habit

December 29, 2010

The New Year is the perfect time for introspection; it’s a time to evaluate or lives and set goals for the coming year.

Perhaps it is finally time to start an early morning practice, or a 15-minute evening meditation.  Examine your life and set some intentions.

In Yoga an INTENTION is not a goal for the future.  An INTENTION is focused in the present moment.

A goal may be “I want to loose weight”
But your INTENTION maybe “I am eating healthy”

What are you looking for in your life?
Weight Loss? Wealth?  Stress Relief? Patience? Forgiveness?  Compassion?

Set your intention in the positive present.

I love myself
I am eating healthy
I have an abundance of wealth
I am relaxed
I have endless patience
I forgive___________________
I am a compassionate person

Remind yourself of your intention constantly.

Resolving to begin a new Practice habit?

Determine reasons why you want to develop a Practice (or anything else)
Health?  Flexibility?  Stress Relief? Blood Pressure?….

Just Begin!  This is so important; most people spend a lot of time getting the right clothes, music, equipment, ect the entire process becomes overwhelming.  The most important thing is to just begin!

Set a routine and to stick to it. (Research suggests it take 14 – 28 days to form a habit)

Remind yourself of your intention constantly, both on the Yoga mat and off.

Make if fun, find music you enjoy, practice with friends, or take a class.

Celebrate your victories!
Did you stick to your plan for a week?  YAY! You!, Are you able to touch your toes?  Hold an Asana longer? Congratulate yourself for doing your best.

Pick a Challenging Asana and perfect it in 2011

Try some Mood Improving INVERSIONS!

Learn about New Year Traditions for Love and Luck HERE!

More Calendar Theme Yoga Poses

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