Why Practice Yoga? – Why Yoga?

2016June30

Why Practice Yoga?

Why Yoga?

It’s a BIIIIG question.

One word – Sadhana – enlightenment.

And that’s a concept that’s so out there, and it’s super hard to understand.

That’s normal :)

I practice yoga because I can be a more peaceful, kind and grounded person.  I practice to keep me sane, not have a nervous breakdown, and flip out in public in anger.

Don’t get me wrong, I still want to sometimes…

Especially when someone cuts me off while driving and I want to honk at them for 15 consecutive seconds!!

But I don’t honk at them for 15 consecutive seconds.

I let it go.. and Yoga has helped me do that.

Yoga also helps calm the brain.  Studies show that a 10minute meditation or Shavasana is equal to x hours of sleep.

Yoga helps build muscle, calms the mind, and improves flexibility.

Yoga also provides a guideline, a road map on how to live as a kind, loving human.

Yoga, often considered a spiritual practice, is a science.  There are many studies showing yogic concepts with modern science, and although ti is fascinating, you won’t find much of that here.

So why practice yoga?

Do you want to de-stress?

Do you want to build strength and flexibility?  Not only for your physical body, but your mind as well?

Do you want to have more patience?

Do you want to be a kinder person?

Do you want to be able to face challenging situations more gracefully?

If you said yes to any of the above, you’re in the right place 😀

“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim.
The better the practice, the brighter the flame.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

Focus on Your Food

2016June23

The other day I went to my favourite italian restaurant.

With myself.

For a lunch date.

(A girl’s gotta treat herself :D)

I absolutely LOVE all of their food!

Anything I order here, is always amazingly delicious.

I never had a plate that I wish was different than what was served.

I went during the busiest time, and was guided to the counter.  The best part about this seat is being able to peak into the kitchen to see the amazingly talented chefs cook.

As I sat down, and I looked around, most people came with a lunch buddy.  I was the minority here.  There were people engaged in conversations, twirling their forks to eat pasta, and some eating their pizza with both hands.

Then I noticed the amount of people glued to their phones.

While waiting for their food.

While eating their pasta (the phone people don’t seem to order pizzas).

While drinking their coffee, and eating their dessert.

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things about my favourite restaurant is the atmosphere.

I love the smell of the food, the cozy feeling I get from the Italian Country interior, the cute water vases that are shaped like a chicken, the perfectly round ice cubes in my water, the smile of the waiters, the pictures on the wall, the texture of the walls, the dessert menu…

I would miss out on all of this.  ALL OF IT.. If I keep starring into my phone.

I mean, I’d keep starring if the secret to life, or enlightenment beams through the screen of my phone… Was there an app for that?

I guess the next best thing would be cute baby animal photos and a meditation app… but not the best company to a delicious plate of Penne Arabbiata or a Bismarck Pizza.

So for the love of all delicious food out there… take a photo if you need to, than put your phone away!

Future Suffering Can Be Avoided

2016June16

HEYAM DUKHAM ANAGATAM – Yoga Sutra 2.16

“Future suffering can be avoided.”

There is nothing you can do to change the present.  You can only change how you react to it.  We can change the future.  The future is the consequences of our actions now.  The present is the consequence of the past.

This is one of the things mentioned in the Abundance Flow workshop which was held at Sun and Moon yoga earlier this year.  As usual, I listen to these beautiful words and think “oh that’s SOOO true!”, let it go, and don’t think too much about it afterwards.  Life goes on, and there isn’t a time that I would sit down and reflect upon the words.  What they really mean and how it could be applied to my life.  It really is hard to remember something we don’t relate to.  I’ve been thinking about these words for the last few days, and the more I think about it, the more I find out why the words were sticking to my head.

So the other day… this happens.

We have these beautiful glasses that are made from recycled glass and are made by a super kind gentlemen in Chichijima, Ogasawara.  It’s a very remote place you can only go by a 25.5 hour boat ride.  Every time we go, or we meet the couple behind these beautiful creations, we always purchase more to take home.  We think these things are so cool, we even gave them away at our wedding.

Four nights ago we were cooking and I was getting some plates from the cabinet.  Unfortunately one of the bowls in there slipped out, hit my favourite wine glass and it broke from the stem.  My first reaction was to scream! OMG! I cannot believe this has just happened!! Time must be reversed!! I throw my arms up in disbelief. Eventually pulling myself together enough to pick up the pieces and put it in a bowl.  I look at it every time I go to the kitchen, and it makes me sad.

Well, lesson #1, There is nothing you can do to change the present.  Okay, the glass is busted.  Mmm, yes I can change how I react to it.  I DON’T want to be happy about it.  But maybe it’s a sign that I should contact them.  We were supposed to go last September, but these came up and we couldn’t make it.

We CAN change the future.  I CAN change how I feel.  If I do book a trip to go visit, or even drop them a line to check how they are doing it would make me feel a whole lot better!  As for future objects in the cabinet being busted?  I think it’s time to downsize the content, and only keep what we really love to use.

HEYAM DUKHAM ANAGATAM 

“Future suffering can be avoided.”