Here in the Kootenay’s we live a fairly charmed life with beautiful scenery, small community, low crime rates, and shoes to wear if you forget yours at the Co-op. We have an abundance of healthy food, happy trees, and dogs that mingle at the doggy park. However, we still exist in the messiness of the real world here. There’s noises, sounds, smells, and other sensations that still pervade our peace in this little town. Why? Because it doesn’t matter where you live, life is messy.
And that’s not a bad thing.
As we exist and go about our daily life we create these little messes, get involved in others messes, and are affected by the messes around us. The question isn’t how we stop the messiness, it’s how we deal with it. Now don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a “life is perfect, I have inner peace and so should you” article. I am one of those people who are affected by the slightest of noises and any negative energy that comes within a 15 foot radius…it’s tiring some days. I often find that I am far more affected by noises than my clients or students, maybe because I want their experience to be great and so I want that “perfect situation” (did I mention I’m a Virgo?). I have, however, realized over time that these things (like noises) only cause you discomfort if you allow them to, and man have they caused me some serious discomfort.
I haven’t sorted out a solution and I sure haven’t reached a place where these things don’t bother me, but I have been playing with a method and I thought I’d share since there must be more of you out there. It reminds me a little of hynosis, without the hynotist or the hynotizing. Set an intention or mantra, or whatever it is you use, to let each noise, smell, touch, negative energy, etc create more relaxation in your body. Let these little things be your reminder to soften your shoulders and your eyes, to take a deep breath, and chill the heck out. Maybe you’ll find that instead of needing to escape those day to day things that grate on you, you’ll find that they help make your life a little more peaceful and awesome. Can’t hurt to try anyways.
Let me know you try this and if it works for you!
Big noisy, smelly, messy love to you!
Today, most of us have practiced some form or another of yoga, or know someone who has. We know personally the benefits and life changing good-stuff that comes from it, or have seen that goodness in someone we know. Imagine the power this would have on a little person. When their world is set simply around ours, and ours is one of bustling schedules, and scheduling, and dates, and dates in schedules, and we’re doing everything in our power to not freak-out, stress-out, or check-out….you can imagine the chaos, in turn, that can become rooted inside their budding minds.
Yoga for children, simply put, eliminates the chaos. The physical benefits are clear: enhanced flexibility, coordination, strength and body awareness. They develop a new or stronger sense of calm and relaxation, with added concentration and focus. The clarity on the inside is what is truly astounding. In the practice of yoga, children play, exercise, and connect more deeply with the inner self. Bringing to surface that awesome inner light that all children have!
Kid’s yoga reflects nothing of an adult class; even though we all reap the same delicious rewards. Children’s yoga is charged with laughter, dancing, games, story-telling, arts, and language; an integration that engages the “whole child”. An engagement that allows children to make a connection between the nature of their bodies and the nature of their surroundings. All through stretching like a dog, standing tall like a tree, balancing like a flamingo, or laughing like a hyena!
By planting the seed of self, social, and body awareness early, the possibility and probability of that seed growing into a conscientious, well-rounded, and beautiful being is huge. So, in conclusion and as possibly the easiest decision ever, get your kids to yoga!
~ With Love,
We are excited to welcome Linsey Rose to our teaching team in March 2014! She has been active at the studio as a substitute instructor and we are very excited to have her teaching a weekly class. Beginning the first week of March she will be teaching Yin Yoga on Thursday evenings, 7-8:30pm.
Class Description: Delve deep into the body in this quiet, inspiring practice. Postures are held for longer durations as we gently work the connective tissues of the body. The mind can unwind and the heart is inspired in this gentle, slow practice. A perfect compliment to your fast-paced, active lifestyle!
About Linsey: Registered Yoga Teacher Linsey Rose has been teaching yoga since 2006, receiving her Yoga Alliance certification in 2007. She brings her belief in honouring each individual’s unique experience, as well as her background in fitness, into her clear, soothing style of teaching.
Please join us in welcoming Linsey to Wild Woods!
Mudra Magic with Natalia: Come learn the magic art of mudras !
February 6th, 7-8:30pm
Mudras are sacred positions that have an influence on the energies of the body, mind and spirit .
By learning these simple hand gestures, we can drastically improve our over-all well being and quality of life.
You hold the power in your hands.
Connect to the elements within you, You are invited.
FREE for Dedicate 28 Participants, $15+gst for all others.
Wild Woods Presents…
Release Yoga with Brittanya – Learn to incorporate self-massage techniques into your yoga practice in simple and effective ways! This workshop will give you the tools to release those nasty knots, melt into deeper layers of relaxation, and make your practice that much more amazing!
Come prepared for some serious release and relaxation!
January 23rd, 7-8:15pm – FREE for dedicate 28 participants; $15 +gst for non-participants
Get the Most out of Yoga Class:
5 Easy Tips to Starting an at Home Yoga Practice
by Lucka Mantra
When it comes to getting better at any skill, you’ve probably already heard that a little bit of practice every day is more beneficial than a really long session once a week.
If you were taking guitar or French lessons once a week, wouldn’t it make sense to practice your new riffs and scales or vocabulary outside of the lesson setting?
Well, it is the same with yoga classes. Taking home what you learned in your class and practicing it at your own speed is where a lot of the yoga magic happens.
1) Schedule it! Practicing around the same time every day will greatly increase the likelihood of creating the habit.
I like to do my at home yoga practice in the morning after my workout when my body is nice and warmed up. It was kind of painful the first few times that I did this but before long my body – and more importantly, my mind – really did adjust. Schedule a time of day that you will do your routine and stick to it. When it is time, put down whatever you are doing and get started.
2) Just put on those stretchy pants and get started!
So now you have your yoga time scheduled. But its yoga time and you feel lazy. What do you do? Go put on your stretchy pants; it will help you get in the mood. The hardest part of working out is putting on your workout clothes! My goal is to do 15-20 minutes of yoga on a regular basis, and once I put on my gear and get started I usually get so into it that I keep going for 30-45 minutes.
3) Do poses that your body loves.
Why not look forward to practicing at home rather than seeing at it like it is something you have to do? By doing poses that you love you help your body feel amazing and it will make you want to do it more often. You can save the more challenging poses to practice at your yoga class where you will have an experienced instructor to guide you.
4) If you don’t know what to practice, find a sequence that you enjoy and follow it as a starter guide.
There are tons of free resources online. Think of something that you want to work on (my thing right now is the splits) and look up a ‘how to’ video on Youtube. I have also used this morning sequence as a guide to get me started, and then I add other poses as I feel like.
5) Make a yoga practice calendar.
Every day that you practice mark your calendar with an X and try to sting as many X’s together as possible. This is a technique that Jerry Seinfeld used to motivate himself to write.
Jerry once said, “Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain. Don’t break the chain.”
Lucka is a yoga instructor at Wild Woods Yoga and Wellness in Nelson BC.
For more articles visit www.luckamantra.com