In Ayruveda, the practice of boosting the metabolism is more than just insuring your body gets the most of food. It is also intended to stimulates the body’s conversion in to energy…Enjoy this video that explains in more detail!
Like a Lotus Blossom, muck and mud in life can bring beauty and joy…
This morning I took my coffee outside to sit on a bench by the pond. Like a montage set on a loop, my whole life began to roll thru me. This is what happens when you set time aside to be still.
The Soul knows what needs to rise up and be seen! A private moment where I could allow every blue and pink and red memory to spin inside of my chest like some watercolor masterpiece. A quiet moment where I could allow myself to feel it all.
Then, I noticed an almost imperceptible movement. A Lotus blossom just beginning to open in the morning sun. I sat and watched as she slowly opened petal after petal and offered her nectar to the bees who gently landed on her before she was even finished. The Lotus behind her, still beautiful, but already spent. She will drop her petals soon.
With memory and surrender still rolling inside of my chest…it all began to connect and blend. The energy of this moment…the offering in this moment…this time of life.
I am aware that I was the only person on the planet who was watching this display. A private show. I am also aware that the Lotus blooms in the muck and the mud. She is not like the other flowers that need just the right kind of soil and amount of sunlight.
If I were to drain that pond, it would smell like a sewer.
Nothing is wasted in Creations economy.
Sometimes the most beautiful things rise up out of the rot! So, make peace with your past.
Consider even the most difficult seasons of your life a type of joy…for without them, you would not be who you are today…a Lotus blossom rising out of the mud!
Permission to Play for Work! Work/play balance…I can already hear you rolling your eyes.
I get it! I, too, must put in crazy hours at the studio. And, when I get home, I’m really NOT home. There are sequences to write, themes to work on and it just never ends. And, I no longer have kids. Throw that in them mix…WOW!
Living is expensive, so we must work — trade our time for money.
But, I have found that it is my attitude about work that helps me bring the work/play into balance.
I ACTUALLY GIVE myself permission to play at work!
If I start my day off grumbling because “it’s Monday and I have to go back to work…” I begin the spiral into fatigue before I even have made it to Tuesday.
Instead, I truly feel that I’m blessed. I love my job! (I do know not everyone is lucky enough to be able to say that.) But, if I have to work so many hours to make ends meet, that I have to find a way to make it worth doing.
Even when doing exactly what I want to be doing for work – because I actually do LOVE being a YOGA TEACHER — I must be intentional in choosing my thoughts. It is a rigorous, exhausting, bring your full game everyday, kind of job!!!
Here’s how I do it…”I am so lucky to have a good job”, ”another opportunity to make some money and provide for myself”, or “how incredible that I’ve been offered this challenge…”
Simply working on changing my outlook, my approach to work and giving myself permission to be ‘playful’ in my heart, brings actual play into my work.
Here’s the thing, too! Play brings positive interaction with my co-workers and my boss and work…and, soon work becomes a place we either want to be…or maybe not so bad after all.
Exercise to Energize, Rest to Restore! How many times do you hear people say, “I’m just so tired all of the time…”? And, that’s after 3 cups of coffee?
Or, how many people work with that high energy, let’s get the job done, oh wait, squirrel…
As a yoga teacher I preach BALANCE. A time to energize and exert, and then bring it down — rest and restore.
The cycle of exerting energy and restoring energy is incredible important to our bodies – our nervous system. But, our sedentary lifestyles blur the cycle – we never really physically exert, not fully, and then we never really rest to restore energy.
I see this all the time at the studio, many of us are working like crazy as well as working at home and on top of that we are maxing out a high impact sweaty workout three to four times a week.
It’s easy to get addicted to the ‘high’ that a good, rigorous Vinyasa Flow class, and never ever step into a Restorative Yoga class.
Restorative Yoga is a class that is slow with dim lights and soft music and incredible stretches that are supported with bolsters and blocks and blankets. The whole class is designed to drop you into a ‘rest and digest’ state. These days, there are so many places online that you can stream a yoga class like this. Just a few props is all that you need. ( my personal favorites are the Manduka blocks and mat…..and the wonderfully supportive Max Deluxe bolsters. ) So, take a few moments at the end of your very busy day and drape your body over the bolster and breathe. You do not even have to take a full hour class….but I promise….you will WANT to.