- What Is It Really Like?
- Slowing Down
- 2 Asanas For Tired Eyes
- A 5-Minute Office Yogi Sequence
- 3 Mudras For Opening Your Heart Center
- Tapping Into Oneness
- Yin Yoga as Self-Love
- Exploring the Fire and Longing of an Open Heart
- A Yogi’s Toolbox of Morning Rituals, continued.
- Libido-Boosting Mystical Saffron Nut Milk Shake
Kristy will be attending the 16-day teacher training in Bali, where she will be live blogging about her experiences each day to give you a glimpse behind the curtain of Yandara’s teacher training program. She’ll offer up her opinions, insights, and hopefully even her most embarrassing moments as she works her way to becoming RYT200 certified.
We live in a time when life moves loud and fast. Planes, trains and speedy cars whisk us away to our next destination. Television shows and infomercials blare from TV screens 24/7. It’s no wonder so many of us are drawn to the yogic path – one that celebrates silence and a shift in our daily rhythms. We don’t celebrate this slowing down enough in our modern lives, so let’s take a moment here to do just that.
Most of us are working at a computer all the time, and our eyes are constantly straining as we do. Poor, poor eyes! They’re so sensitive and yet so intelligent. Our precious eyes do so much for us but how often do we reward them for their unrelenting service? Not enough! So, let’s set the intention in this moment to begin to consider our eyes, with two simple eye asanas we can do anytime, anywhere.
For most of us, practicing yoga on the beach isn’t an every day occurrence. While we dream of spending more time at Yandara retreat centers – practicing yoga, meditating, and taking long walks on the beach, the realities of life often dictate otherwise.
At Yandara, our philosophy is, at its essence, one of teaching from the heart. To connect more deeply to the heart’s intelligence, here are three powerful mudras to practice while sitting in meditation that will help you connect more deeply with the energy, intuition, and wisdom of living and leading from your heart.
Have you ever heard the saying, “a butterfly’s wings flapping on one side of the planet, can affect the weather on the other side?” This seems like such a small and insignificant action in the great scheme of things and yet, there is profound wisdom in the truth of this reality. We are all connected. Our actions affect not only those within our immediate circle of interaction, but also those on the opposite side of the world.
The yin yoga practice is essentially one of self-love. Unlike other styles of yoga, it is slow, sensual, and soft – a yogic form that really allows us to lather up and cleanse ourselves with love and affection. During a yin practice, we give ourselves permission to relax, to care for our bodies and minds, and ultimately to see ourselves as the manifestations of divinity that we truly are.
If you want to know God, burn your ego in the fire of love.” - Mansur Mastana (Sufi poet)
Many saints and sages, of the past and present, use Love, in the universal sense of the word, as the primary vehicle for connecting to the Higher Self and the inner work we do when we practice yoga. Love can truly be the main vehicle for traveling the spiritual or yogic path. It can be the vehicle for transformation, and for achieving enlightenment. The teachings of yoga, the Toltecs, the Greeks – all these teachings from timeless traditions the world over say that a heart that is open to unconditional, universal, boundless love, with a capital L, is one surefire way to become connected with the Cosmos, with nature, with Universal Oneness.
One of the most grounding and loving ways to treat yourself is by implementing a few sweet and juicy morning rituals into your day. It’s relaxing for the nervous system not to jump immediately out of bed and onto the computer to check your e-mails or Facebook page. Instead, treat the morning as sacred – because it is. Treat your body as sacred every morning – because it is. While you may be familiar with some of the following techniques, you may not have them already firmly established into your routine. Bring these simple and loving actions into your life for a sense of sacred, self-care.
Did you know that saffron, one of Ayurveda’s outstanding super food spices is also highly beneficial for your libido? It’s true! The delicate spice has been highly regarded as a potent aphrodisiac since time immemorial. Cultivated from the flower saffron crocus, the exotic saffron is the queen bee of sexy spices known to support your sex organs and rev up your love life. It’s also believed to treat mild depression. If you happen to have a tendency towards feeling blue, feeling overcome with melancholy, feeling exhausted, or feeling like you need an exotic pick-me-up in the boudoir, this saffron-enriched elixir is for you.