Balance

Have you noticed that most of what I talk about relates back to the yoga mat? I see many people who want to work on their balance. They mean they want to be able to stand on one foot without falling over. What I know is that standing on one foot will lead to balance in other areas of their lives.

Our culture can be extreme. I think it comes from a desire to have control in a world that seems out of control. Marathon runners, low/no carb diets, workaholics…these are all ways we can be out of balance. The reverse is true as well. Too much screen time, couch potatoes, procrastination are at the other end. Somewhere in the middle is sweet spot.

Yoga uses the gunas to help us find balance. Rajas is the active, driven, passionate guna which is full of ego. Tamas is slower, full of chaos, anxiety, and destruction. Sattva is the harmonious guna, the one in the middle where there is balance, purity, and peace.

We need all three gunas to keep the world moving forward. Our work is to try to stay in a sattvic state more than a rajastic or tamastic state. Use rajas and tamas when needed but strive for the balance that comes from sattva.

Easier said than done, right? This is why I encourage you to come to your mat, breathe deeply, and find a comfortable, easy tree pose. Learn to hold it through any wobbles of the body or the mind. Trust that you’re learning more about balance than standing on one foot. Balance in the body will become balance in the mind and finally in every day life. Or at least most days. After all, balance is a practice too.

Namaste,

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Dig a Deeper Well

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my recent video about digging a deeper well. It talked about the idea that instead of abandoning your current path you should dig in and go deeper. I felt that I couldn’t do this topic justice in 60 seconds so here’s more.

We live in a highly “disposable” world. We like instant gratification and when we’re finished with something we often toss it aside. It’s one thing to buy a bottle of water, drink it, and throw away the bottle. It’s another thing to *fill in the blank*, have difficulty with *fill in the blank*, and walk away from *fill in the blank*. Yes, *fill in the blank* could be anything – a job, a relationship, a personal change (like a diet or exercise program), a hobby.

I’ll use yoga as an example. When people first try yoga they attend class for 6 or 8 or 10 weeks. It’s going along quite well. They feel stronger or more  flexible. They breathe deeper. And then they hit a wall. The body has adjusted, the mind is clearer, people feel present. All good things, right? So why do so many people stop doing a yoga practice at this point? Because it becomes uncomfortable. This discomfort is because it’s actually changing them at a deep level and change is hard and scary. So they go off to dig another well.

The video asked you to keep digging the same well. When the practice is hard keep practicing. When you get scared take a deep breath and move forward. When you have the urge to throw it all away and learn basket-weaving instead, please remember to love yourself and push through your doubts. It doesn’t have to be perfect all the time. The growth is worth the discomfort, I promise.

I’m not suggesting that you stay in a dead-end job or abusive relationship. I’m asking you to be truthful about why you don’t want to dig this well. Is it truly because there’s no water at the bottom or because you don’t believe you deserve to drink from the well.

Namaste,

Melissa

 

The Number Three

images-1Oh the joy of the number three! With so much artistic energy and imagination,  you’re sure to express yourself under the influence of the three. Three is an emotional number that likes to spend time with family and friends and takes the time to slow down and enjoy the ride. Pleasure is a key principle of three.

When the three shows up in your life it’s a time to use your vision to improve your life and/or the world. You’ll either be inspired or be inspiring. Either way, let the creativity flow! This is a time to turn dreams into reality.

Three loves to love. It has an inclusive feel to it. Many interesting experiences come with a three. A three has a certain flair the other numbers lack.

How does three impact your life? Is it a number that resonates with you? To learn more about numerology and the energy of the number three visit the website. It’s easy to schedule your personalized reading from there.

Namaste,

Melissa

 

 

 

The Spiritual Journey of Yoga

Experience the Shift

This amazing series will transform your life.

The Spiritual Journey of Yoga is a 12 week series that will lead you deeper into the true power of yoga. It’s a chance to explore how you can use yoga every day, on and off the mat, to become a better, more peaceful you. The course includes a yoga practice each week, the study and practice of meditation, the study of yoga philosophy, discussion of the chakras, and a few fun, yoga style adventures. Your yoga practice and your life will expand into places you never imagined.

The class will meet each Wednesday from 9:00am – 1:00pm beginning on September 7 and ending on November 23, 2016. The cost for the 12 week program is $499. Sign up with a friend and you each save 10%!

This is a one of a kind series that I think will impact your life in a profound way. I hope you’ll join me.

Namaste,
Melissa

P.S. This would be a great class if you want to learn more about yoga without taking yoga teacher training!