It has been five months since I last blogged to you. I’ve been slowing down due to a few reasons and missed you all so much. I’ve had a lot of time to gear up in the reading department.I wanted to bring you something really special for your summer enjoyment. This summer we are discussing the book “How To Meditate” by Author Pema Chodron. Pema Chödrön is an American, 79 years of age, and a Tibetan Buddhist. She is an ordained nun, acharya, and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Chodron has written several books and is the director of the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada.
We will start with pondering why we should meditate and how to get started meditating.
I would like you to join me in discovering the importance of looking within.
Please watch Pema as she discusses the experience of “getting hooked” on meditation and then my video introduction as we begin going through the book review.
It is that wonderful holiday week again and we are all making plans to be gobbling some awesome food and sharing what we are most thankful for.
I am most thankful for my family, my friends and for each and every one of you for being a part of my life the past four years on this blog.
You each offer something exciting and new as you brighten my day with your comments and questions. When I run into one of the students who is just starting out for that I am most thankful because you crossed my path along your journey and you have so many good questions. Hopefully I will have inspired you to learn more by the end of our conversation.
My goal for everyone is that I led you into the yogic path that is personally right for you as there are many different types of styles of yoga and I am passionate about everything. This past year I ran into a few that say they can’t do yoga for this or that reason and for you I have yet other types of yoga I can show you. Yes yoga is universal and meets you where you stand health-wise as long as your open to listen and try it out.
Although to many of my blog followers I am maybe just someone who you follow and we never even meet in email, chat, on the phone or in person you can be certain I am thinking about you and wishing you a very special holiday season and I am grateful you come back each article and apply yourself.
This year I started working with an Orphanage in the North Eastern part of the Ukraine. There are three little girls over there that I talk about in my videos. Two of them are sisters a year apart both now 13 years old and the little one with the 18″Doll pictured here is 8 years old my newest friend. These 3 beautiful girls had just received their holiday break and their holiday parcel from me. Each girl is amazing and we have learned so much from each other.
They say with age comes wisdom so I am 45 now and on a positive note I have yet another thing to be thankful for. Opening yourself up to a yogic path truly brings wisdom and since I started at 27 it is not about age but the path you have to follow to obtain the wisdom.
Join me in learning more about how to achieve this for your life and thank you for continuing to be a supporting fan of jerseyyogalicious now going into it’s 5th year on here.
Now how about those berries? That was courtesy of a delicious visit to a Waffle house during my visit in Cartagena, Columbia (nice travel video coming soon I promise!)
Please enjoy today’s lesson below a short review of an article on how to find your “true self”
Avidya by Kat of JYL
1 minute is all it takes and you can join us, do you have a minute to spare? If not you better check your schedule as your way too busy!
Standing Forward Bend Pose has so many benefits such as stretching your hips,hamstrings and calves and strengthening your thighs and knees.
This pose will help relax your central nervous system and calm you which is a total stress reliever.
Start out in Mountain Pose
Forward fold bending over and try to touch the back of your calves if not then the back of your knees with a slight bend in the knees, breathe and hold, inhale up.
Moderate practice: Use blocks next to each foot, reach down to the block this will help you to go over more towards the mat
Advanced practitioners: Palms and fingertips into the floor. Straighten your elbows and arch your torso away from your thighs. Lengthen between your pubic bone and navel. Use your palms or fingertips and push down against the floor. Lift up the top of your sternum away from the floor, look forward but do not compress the back of your neck. Do 3 breaths, exhale back to full Uttanasana, inhale up.
Do you have 1 minute to help yourself? Just one minute to dedicate to well being?
A one minute segment from Booty Boot camp by JerseyYogalicious NESTA certified instructor Kathleen Wendorf.
Cobra/ Bhujangasana pose reflects a serpent
Bhujang = Snake (Cobra); Asana = Posture or Pose with it’s hood raised.
This pose opens your shoulders and neck and works your abdomen.
Lie on your stomach with your toes on the floor behind you and your forehead resting on the ground
Legs can be close together with heels touching if this is comfortable for you
Palms down under your shoulders elbows parallel and close to your body. You may bend your elbows.
Lift up your head, chest and abdomen with your navel left on the floor
Pulling yourself up with the support of your hands and strength of your lower back doing the work.
I promised you a mini boot camp this fall. I have been doing boot camp for 2 months now and I feel stronger and ready to take on the busy seasons ahead. Whether you are in demand professionally or personally we all need to keep our strength up, specifically even more so during winter when colds and flu can knock at our door.
Not only is it important to exercise regularly but your diet and sleep pattern need to be carefully monitored.
Try some cardio boot camp and keep at it for the next few months it will really give you that edge that helps energize your body.
We find ourselves now in Chapter 5 of the book club’s first book review of Awakening The Buddhist Heart.
All that we learn from human interaction is our greatest reward as we travel the path of life.
True acceptance of others is a must. If we understand like the great masters did that people will be just a little bit flawed or imperfect which is the nature of life, then we can learn to gracefully handle daily situations in our lives.
The more we learn the easier it becomes to feel a sense of compassion for others.
Spiritual intelligence reminds us that when we view things with wisdom we will appreciate them more for what they are and we can’t help but transform into someone more caring, patient and loving which will help you to reach enlightenment.
I encourage you to continue learning with an open heart. Let the ancient words speak to your soul. Let us learn and grow,
The sixth Chakra “The Third Eye” is in the center of our intuition and defines our connection to our own inner guidance.
If you experience issues in decision making or lose of direction then you may have an imbalance in this Chakra.
The developmental stages of this Chakra is in the adolescent stages of youth.
The third eye is located between your eyebrows in the center.
The Chakra’s element is light and it’s color is Indigo.
If you have physical issues in your eyes and or ears this may be due to the sixth Chakra.
Please follow us as we explore bringing this Chakra into balance.
Namaste & Sat Nam,