When there is pain or stress, the body goes into a fight or flight state.
Muscles tense up and the breath gets shallow in an attempt to conserve energy and protect vital organs from perceived danger.
Once the threat of danger is gone, the body is designed to return to normal; relaxed and breathing regularly.
But when stress and pain are unending, fight or flight never shuts off and the body continues to get more and more tense, and the breath gets more and more shallow, creating a vicious cycle of more pain and stress.
By simply focusing on taking some deep breaths, we can sometimes stop that cycle long enough to get out of it, even if only for a split second.
And sometimes a split second of relief can be enough to get us through the rest of the day, the rest of the hour, or just another minute.
The focus on today’s gentle class was the breath. We practiced feeling the expansion of the lungs in all directions- in front, in back, the sides of the ribs, the belly and the waist. We explored the depth of the lungs and the ability to access different parts of the body in order to breathe deeply when parts that normally move with the breath are restricted.
A lot of people turn to yoga to relieve pain and stress, so it was nice to be able to share some of the techniques that I have been having to practice lately to get out of my own fight or flight cycle.
“Breathing in, I relax. Breathing out, I smile ”. .🍃
“.....deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love”.
.– Thich Nhat Hanh
In some monasteries they have a bell that rings every hour and when it rings you are reminded to completely follow one in-breath and one out-breath. That is all.
Try this simple practice..... once every 30 to 60 min. Follow one inhalation and exhalation completely.
What do you notice?
Do you feel your energy come back into your body?
Notice a change in your orientation ?
Thank you to those souls who joined me in meditation and chanting this morning:) - Kundalini Hi-Fi
@ 8:30a. @soulasanayoga#thichnhathanh .
Chanting and meditation help to expand your lung capacity, expand your heart, expand your perception...your freedom.
🌱 tomorrow Sat. Feb 23
Catch a class with me in Lahaina @islandspirityogamaui
I am subbing for @yogawithjuliemitchell 10:30-12p Flow Yoga
GO LIVE YOUR HAPPIEST BEST LIFE ✨
Business, relationships , finances, time, health
ALL OF IT
don’t have to be seperate
It all blends and makes up our life
Don’t sacrifice everything for just 1 of the parts of you
Listen to your soul✨
What’s it saying ?
What is it you need to let go off
What is it you desire more of
You need to ALLOW yourself to be open and receive it
Allow yourself time and space in your own presence ...... The Universe is always listening 👂
You are 🖐🏻 what you think about
Who you surround yourself with
The daily habits you choose
The food you eat
The things you listen too ....... So moral of story You are in total control of the projector playing out your story 📽
If not happy just Change it 🙏
I kept pushing and hustling ignoring the signs and feelings
I didnt understand enegy and the difference between alignment and flow and trying to find things outside of me to feel happiness and success
Having a lot of money ,the house ,car etc IS’NT going to fill the void within you
I learnt that the hard way 🙅🏼♀️ Fill the void THEN everything will fall into place for you
Leaving something I held onto that didn’t align with my values and giving up EVERYTHING
Opened the door to BIGGER things
It allowed me to find what was missing it made me stop searching outside and go within
I realised we all have the answers INSIDE of us
We are here to BE so why not do that to the highest version of ourselves 💃
Live and play like we did as children
Forget rules and tying to “fit in “
stop worrying what you look like what’s wrong or right or what others are doing
What do you want
Take your own path
Stop just living someone else’s path
Absolutely love silence. All the magic is in silent moments.
In those silent moments every morning it's a wake up curious about the possibilities of what today will bring. Not knowing is as an adventure and mostly an honest reality. Even if you have organised and structured your day hour by hour we still can't predict life. We can plan for a higher probability for what we want but ultimately the universe is working its magic for each and every soul. With space and silence comes possibilities and an opportunity to hear the heartbeat of the universe.
Say a prayer, breathe in, breathe out... have a happy Saturday
Despite the current Sydney grey sky the sunrise this morning the sky was a total peachy delight.
Most of us really don’t like being uncomfortable. We’ll find all sorts of ways to avoid it. But this habit of avoiding short-term discomfort causes even greater long-term discomfort. It’s a habit we often learn in childhood from lots of well-intended people. We’d cry while watching a balloon float away and someone would say, “Don’t be sad.” We’d recoil when encountering a big dog and someone would say, “Don’t be afraid.” What if someone had said to us, from the very start, “I see that you’re afraid. What does that feel like?” A funny thing happens when we acknowledge our emotions, without stuffing them down somewhere in the body. When we turn toward them, we begin to see how they flow through us. We realize they are briefer than we think they will be, and that we can hold several very different emotions in a short period of time: the grief of losing a beloved pet can be held at the same time that we feel joy in hearing geese flying north signaling an end to winter.
It’s a leap of faith to turn toward our discomfort, and it takes undoing all sorts of conditioning. It’s just like in skiing when you learn that turning your skis up the mountain or leaning back will just cause you to fall, but that pointing the skis down the mountain will let you ski more controllably.
Inviting you to join us this week as we practice pointing our skis down the mountain: recognizing the emotions that flow through us, practicing turning toward them even if they feel uncomfortable, and observing what happens when we take this leap of faith.
May all beings everywhere without exception experience the freedom that comes from letting our emotions flow freely through us,
Community Sits This Week:
Please note we have an extra evening sit this week at Sama Yoga on Wednesday! See below.
Monday 6:30 PM Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, Ridgefield
Monday 7:30 PM Sama Yoga 45 Grove Street New Canaan
Tuesday 1:00 PM Ferguson Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford*
Wednesday 12:00 PM New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan
Wednesday 7:30 PM Sama Yoga 45 Grove Street New Canaa
This may not look like much, but this is one visual representation of how my brain reacts to feelings of not being desired, I go into hyper mode...everything becomes symbolic, I consider everything broken, out of control...I rip apart my body to the point of sheer exhaustion to look perfect:...somewhere long ago a boy told me I was curvy and fat...he was less than perfect but desired his partner to be perfect...it’s lack of confidence really, low self esteem that kept me with him...I thought I wasn’t worth much more than what he was willing to give...and I punished myself any way I could...in my adult years this pattern continues...not being desired, being told you are not beautiful...not wanting you...it’s a trigger that rears it’s ugly head...I wish I could say therapy helps this lack of faith in myself, I wish I could be more confident, more head strong, more 21st century in my thinking...but I’m not...im quiet, running stairs to fit some ideal, to fit someone’s ideals....and so I run, more to control it all...and when I saw the two different colour running shoes it’s the moment my brain goes what the fuck girl...stop it...and so I do...for now
I’ve been lucky enough to learn from some of the greats in the industry. And I’ve been lucky enough to teach to some of the greats in the industry. >
Thanks @stuartcooperfilms for the words.
After doing jiujitsu for over 10 years now the injuries have started to catch up with me. I'm having to look after my body in ways I never used to. I don't recover as fast and my body has become very tight.
Add weight training on top of this with weekly hill sprints and I'm really feeling the wear and tear on my joints.
Since working with Adriane I have certainly noticed an improvements in my recovery. My body and joints are much looser and I don't feel as tight or worn down. Post sessions I instantly noticed that my guard passing was much better. I felt more freedom in my body to pass the guard in different ways. I was able to be loosen up instead of being heavy and tight all the time. My hips really opened up and my guard retention was much better as well.
Another thing I took away was the breathing techniques. I noticed that for a long time I wasn't breathing properly in everyday life. Within a few sessions I learned how to breath properly which has had many positive effects on my recovery and stress levels. I feel calm, light and agile. I am a much better athlete now that I'm combining WTF yoga with my weight lifting routines to compliment my jiujitsu training.
Swirly chai spiced coffee curled up with a cushion, some fairy lights and plant pals in the little mid city hippie haven of @loveshack_ldn 💖
Take a moment to breathe today, take in your surroundings, count your blessings and take 10 deep breaths. Life is beautiful, and the world will keep turning 🌴
Panamint Dunes - Death Valley
8. 1miles (13 km) hike - 4 hours
I had all the dunes to myself
45 F (7C)
Very windy on the top of one dune. The wind brings lots of sand so keep your mouth closed. I didn't :-( . I was trying to breathe.
It's very important to watch where you put your foot. Sometimes there are sinkholes. Also watch for the snakes. You can see their traces on the sand.
The Sandwinder Rattlesnake makes his J-shaped trail. He is moving sideways and has the same color as the sand. All my experiences with Rattlesnakes have been positive. They never want to hurt you, unless you step on them or corner them. A Rattlesnake in general wants to avoid you more than you want to avoid him.
I did not see any Scorpion but I did see many footprints left by the Kangaroo Rat. This little guy never drinks water. He can convert the carbohydrates and the fats from the seeds he eats into water.
Also I noticed many beetles. They like to burry in the sand when the wind or the heat is too strong.
Just be aware that all form of animal life stays underground in the daytime. Learn to read the sand. It's pretty easy to find the safe way for you and for the other Beings. Watch for the tiny plants that are everywhere. Don't step on them! Don't run!
There is no trail to get there.
Also you need a 4 wheeled driving car to get to the trailhead. The drive is 5 miles one way on a very bumpy dirt road. Carry in the car lots of water for many days in case the car gets stuck in the desert.
“The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.” - Swami Vivekananda
Video of AYCT practitioner Betty, moving into #suptakurmasana
Family Day Holiday schedule this Monday February 18th. Join @davidrobsonyoga for Mysore practise between 8:00AM - 12:00PM. See you tomorrow ✨
Reminder of the Full Moon Day on Tuesday February 19th ✨
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✋STOP✋ After you read this, put down your phone or step away from your computer, and try this simple breathing exercise (a.k.a. pranayama):⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1️⃣ Sit comfortably and close your eyes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2️⃣ Breathe deeply in and out through your nose, filling the rib cage entirely. Don't breathe too fast or too slow⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3️⃣ Repeat for 15 cycles (inhale/exhale = 1 cycle), or about 1-2 minutes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4️⃣ Give your full attention to the act of breathing, and let your mind become still⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5️⃣ When you're ready, gently open your eyes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As you probably noticed, our breath is one of the best tools we have to reduce stress, regulate our emotions, and find our calm center. And the benefits don't stop there. Here's the scientific evidence that paying more attention to our breath can heal our physical bodies as well. Deep breathing:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌬 Regulates our body's level of cortisol, the stress hormone⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌬 Strengthens our immune system by altering genes responsible for immunity⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌬 Reduces activation of pain centers in the brain⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Deep breathing is one of our favorite ways to connect with the present moment throughout the day, because you can do it anywhere! Try creating a trigger for yourself – something that is your cue to stop and breathe, like whenever you notice your shoulders are tense or your fists are clenched, or even something fun like when your cat comes to sit on your lap. You might just be surprised at how this simple practice can transform your whole day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💬 Did you stop your scroll to try it? Comment below with emojis of how you felt before and after! 😌⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo via: @realfunwow⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀