I feel like it’s been forever since my last blog so I wanted to take a moment and post an update about the Current happenings at Yoga Current!
We began the 21-Days of Yoga Challenge last week. This has been a fun adventure in connecting with new (and reconnecting with dedicated) members, sharing the challenge of 21-Days of Yoga.
PLUS, I have been collaborating on a special project with my dear teacher-friend Zoe.
All of this = busy as a deity with 8 arms.
Or an octopus with 8 tentacles.
Or a spider with 8 legs.
But since my work is in Yoga, I feel the image of a deity with 8 arms is more applicable.
So, having fast, easy, and super nutrients has been of utmost important to support my mind, body, and spirit during these weeks, being Busy as a Bee.
Want to know what it is?
I’ll give you a hint…. it’s green, it’s chilled, and… it’s sort of delicious.
It’s a super smoothie!
Apple + Carrot + Cucumber + Kale
Coconut Water + Coconut Oil + Sunflower Seed Butter
Flax + Chia
Blend in the VitaMix or food processor.
Chill with a glass of healthy greens, super foods, and veggies.
It fills me up with satisfaction…
in my digestive-body, my energetic-body, and my mindful-body.
What else would you add to this? 🙂
Power words help us with difficult relationships, self-limiting beliefs, and financial hardships by tapping into the reserves of our self-confidence and self-realization.
The most POWERFUL power words come to us in clear states of being (experienced in practices like Yoga), when the mind-body-life process is flowing with synchronicity.
They are literally words and phrases that we grab hold of in our “self talk” and SAY SILENTLY (or audibly) when we need to get out of a MUCKY situation (often that is playing out in our own head).
What other words and phrases would you add to this list?
Leave a reply with your Power words and phrases below.
When I was 14 years old I started a home yoga practice.
At that time, I did not have a mentor or a Yoga teacher, or a Yoga mat or Yoga outfit.
I was highly influenced by 3 things – my peers, television programs, and magazine subscriptions.
Well, 4 things, as I was also passionate about creative writing, music, and visual design.
What I desperately lacked at this age was a design for a healthy diet, fulfilling relationships, and positive body image.
One day in my high school library, I instinctively pulled a book from the shelf in curiosity for the name, YOGA.
Inside this book were pictures of Yoga Asanas and self care techniques that intrigued me as I was definitely in search of ways to feel better from the inside out.
The yogis in that book wore leotards like I used to wear in gymnastics. They appeared calm in their mind and I was attracted to the quality of life luster that they demonstrated.
I took the book home and incorporated some of the practices into my evening bedtime routine. I practiced the positions as pictured and described in the book on my carpeted bedroom floor. I even wrote a short research paper based on the information provided in that book about the benefits of Yoga.
Yoga became a practice that I naturally incorporated into my personal life.
It was something that I looked forward to doing, like a relief from the obligations of school and other activities and exercise programs.
Yoga was a gift that I enjoyed giving & receiving.
At the turn of the new millennium, I moved to Austin to study at UT. This is when I found my first Yoga teacher and began learning how to explore more intelligently and thoroughly the Yogic facets of health and happiness to my daily life.
At the time, there were not many yoga studios in town and there certainly were not any fancy yoga pants to wear.
You really weren’t expected to have a lot in order to get started with a yoga practice… other than time, space, and a will to practice.
I remember I used to go home in the mornings after class and, instead of sitting on the couch to read or watch television, I set up on the floor behind the couch to practice headstands.
In the evenings I did hip-opening routines with the assistance of my bedroom wall to reduce stress.
As I embarked into adulthood as a young woman, the application of Yoga in my life continued to transform unconscious and unhealthy habits into restorative and empowering behaviors that enhanced my self-worth and well-being.
And for that, I am forever grateful.
There’s something immeasurably empowering about focusing your attention, putting forth effort, and receiving noticeable improvement.
It was this combination of intention, action, and benefit that not only shaped my life but inspired me to share the practice with the people around me.
The list goes on and on and on, but here are the first benefits I continually experience from Yoga:
Higher Self confidence
Improved Body image
Graceful actions and reactions
Desire for healthy foods
Presence in Relationships
Focused strength in mind
Inspired flow of thought
Enjoyment of sensation
Steady rhythm of breath
Super strength and agility
What more would you add to this list of
This list is just the beginning, as these qualities branch out into so many realms of my life – from the practical prevention of a sprained ankle (when I didn’t see the extra step and twisted my foot to fall flat on my back only to get up, dust myself off, and keep walking), to the highly sensitive ability to spot a golden opportunity and direct my efforts to achieve success, to the daily results of feeling fabulous from delicious and nutritious food.
What has worked for me can work for you too!
At Yoga Current, my mission is to deliver Yoga for you to understand and practice that will directly benefit you from the comfort of your own home (or any place you choose).
I receive messages from people all the time who are in awe at the results they experience from practicing Yoga with me. They are so excited and sometimes in disbelief, sharing profound results that make MY eyes open in awe and excitement as well.
These messages come from people who have been overweight and lost 25lb. in 4 months, people who have eliminated unhealthy food cravings and opted for eating whole foods, people who have healed from spinal injuries, who have transformed chronic pain into strength and flexibility, people who have overcome anorexia, anxiety, and depression.
So I know it’s true! And I’ll say it again,
What has worked for me can work for you too!
Would you like to share more about what Yoga does for you?
I’d love to hear from you!
Write to me in the comments section below.
You might find the word Vinyasa to be one of two things – very appealing and very confusing.
You might even find that the word is both appealing and confusing at the same time!
I find that the pronunciation is appealing in that it rolls gracefully on the tongue, “Nya,” with a long and airy finish,”hSa.”
However, Vinyasa carries multiple meanings so you do find it spoken, and taught in various contexts… and, as I was once young Yogini, I know it can be confusing for an aspiring Yogi’s practice!
Now I will shed some defining light on what Vinyasa means.
In my Behind-the-Scenes yoga program, we are beginning a Practice Series called ROCK THE CLOCK. Essentially, it is a Vinyasa practice in all four definitions of the word – explained below.
Vinyasa can mean – One or All of – the following 4 things:
#1 – Vinyasa is Movement Linked with Breath
Vinyasa may be a composed range of movement within one pose.
For example – when in Tree Pose, open your arms like you are giving a hug (with an inhalation), then close your hands to your heart (with an exhalation).
This Composed Range of Movement is known as a Vinyasa.
#2 – Vinyasa is a Yoga class of Movement sequenced with Breath.
This type of class is often called Vinyasa Flow.
Each of the many poses practiced in this type of class is sequenced (linked together) in a dance-like concert of movement and breath.
#3 – Vinyasa is a connection of 4 specific poses.
These poses are repeated throughout Sun Salutations and in between standing pose sequences.
They are (exhale) Downward Dog + (inhale) Plank + (exhale) Chaturanga + (inhale) Cobra or Upward Dog.
The connection of these 4 poses are known as a Vinyasa.
#4 – Vinyasa is an intentional approach to reach your personal yoga goals.
Vinyasa is a larger perspective of direction, orientation, and coordination to achieve a goal.
We can set an intention to reach a certain “peak pose” in our practice, to achieve a healing feeling, or to gain a certain clarity.
Lewis Carroll wrote, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.” In response, Vinyasa beings the ability to create a visionary intention and navigate a path in the direction of our desires.
Can you dig it?
Leave me a comment below if you love Lewis Carroll’s quote from Alice in Wonderland!!!
Have you noticed how the morning sunlight changes now that we are moving through winter, forward into the new year?
I am loving how morning arrives a bit earlier through my eastern windows with a soft and bright light. It makes me feel fresh and inspired as I wake up, kind of like the feeling you get when you are stretching to wake up after a long Shavasana. In honor of this fresh new feeling surging through my body and mind in the mornings, I am starting up a morning Yoga program that originally kicked off the membership side of Yoga Current.
The series is called ROCK THE CLOCK.
It is a 3-week Yoga program designed to get you moving and breathing in my Yoga Flow classes. I filmed this series in the morning light at a variety of outdoor locations all over downtown Austin.
Through the series, you will get to see how my own practice evolves through the practice of:
- Sun Salutations
- Balance Poses
- Hip Opening
- Core Work
- Upper Body Strength
Together, we will carve out time (and space) in our day to practice, meditate, and empower our body, mind, and soul energy. You can look forward to working with my tips for How To Create Your Yoga Space, and you will have an opportunity to share your progress in creating your ideal Yoga space from your own home or practice place.
Included in this series are my “Essential Keys” to study Key Poses that will help you in my Flow classes. I will send you a guide of Questions to help you chart your own evolutionary progress. Together, we will identify and explore what is a challenge and what is a strength, and we will learn how to create positive effects in both our Strengths and our Challenges.
In addition, you will have unlimited access to my Member Video Portal with lots of brand-new videos to choose from and explore.
I originally opened the program up for 10 new members, and as we now begin I have room for 5 more participants. Receive this awesome program at the special price of $108 if you sign up before Tuesday, February 9th. (Price increases to $150 after February 9th.)
Sign up soon to get on board with the initial wave of my new series!
Click the link below to sign up to receive this program + a complete month in my Behind-the-Scenes membership site. There is no obligation to continue past your first month, but you do have the option to stay on board for a small recurring fee.
Your happiness is guaranteed!
In any Vinyasa Yoga class with sequencing stemming from the Sun Salutations, you are likely to encounter Cobra Pose many times. It is a very grounding Asana that strengthens your upper body with:
- uplifting energy through the heart
- expansive movement for the lungs
- liberating effects for the spine
This Asana is typically sandwiched between two other major Poses. It happens after Plank Pose and before Downward Dog (or Child’s Pose).
As a teacher, I often observe in the body of students that Cobra Pose gets lost in the shuffle of movement. People are trying to keep up, and the glorious and liberating inhalation that accompanies Cobra is not quite so glorious or liberated because the pose is rushed or scrunched.
I want you to feel the glory! And I think that you find once you empower your technique in this pose, your back develops the necessary strength and your core the necessary flexibility to not only achieve liberation in this asana, but also foundations for the wide world of progression in yoga asana. So, let’s look at the movement inside this particular pose so that we transcend the “scampering to- and from-” and actually enter a heightened state of FLOW within our practice.
These are not your average yoga tips, so please “listen up” while you read 😉
Take a moment to set up the pose so that you can FEEL the difference and ACTIVATE the power of your body in Bhujangasana.
Here are some ways to activate Cobra and make it more effective, using the extra assistance of a Yoga Block and Blanket:
#1. Place the Yoga Block between your big toes, at the ball of your foot.
#2. Set your pelvis on a supportive blanket, about 1 – 2 inches high. This allows your pelvis to accentuate downward pressure into the ground which then serves to emphasize the grounding energy of the legs to feel like a cobra tail.
#3. Point your toes and lift the block between your feet off of the ground. Hold the lift-off for a few breaths, and gently pulsate the lower legs (knees/ankles/feet) up-&-down. This strengthens your backside, from head to lower back, glutes to hamstrings, and calves to heels.
#4. Now, place the tops of your feet to the mat, continuing to squeeze the block and keeping your toes pointed. With your open hands pressing to the mat under your armpit and shoulder, draw your elbow back towards your hips and feel as if there were magnets between the elbows pulling them closer together behind your back. You should feel strength traveling between your shoulder blades through the back of your neck to your head.
#5. Exert an isometric action of your hands towards your hips. “Isometric” means that you are moving in a direction without actually moving your body through space. The effect of this isometric action of the hands dragging towards the hips, is that the spinal column lengthens and rib cage shifts slightly forward.
#6. Continue these actions:
Squeeze the block between the balls of your feet.
Root down through your pelvis
Press your hands into the mat and magnetize your elbows together
Isometrically drag your hands towards your hips
Welcome breath into your body (Inhale) and allow your chest to shift forward as your spine lengthens and rib cage arches upward. Notice that it is not a lift up, but an arch up.
#8. Then, press down into the mat through your hands and pull your hips back towards your heels for Child’s Pose (Balasana).
Do you notice the different muscles that activate with these props and techniques?
How do your hips feel?
How does your back feel?
What about your head, neck, and shoulders?
Everything should get a new touch of power and fresh breath of sensation <3
Sometimes we ALL need a little poetry to open Our Minds to the imagination & Our Hearts to the creative life process. This poem resonates with my current theme of letting go of that which does not serve you.
We do it in practices like the Yoga for Detox Flow, and we do it on subtle levels of Prayer and Meditation to overcome obstacles that are in our path. In order to do this you must Allow Yourself (as the poem is titled) to be whole, to be powerful, and to be present with the process of this great life.
And always remember, you’re not doing it alone.
Enjoy the poem ~
by Catherine Pulsifer, © 2009
Allow yourself to dream,
And when you do dream big
Allow yourself to learn
And when you do learn all you can
Allow yourself to laugh
And when you do share your laughter
Allow yourself to set goals
And when you do reward yourself as you move forward
Allow yourself to be determined
And when you do you will find you will succeed
Allow yourself to believe in yourself
And when you do you will find self confidence
Allow yourself to lend a helping hand
And when you do a hand will help you.
Allow yourself relaxation
And when you do you will find new ideas.
Allow yourself love
And when you do you will find love in return
Allow yourself to be happy
And when you do you will influence others around you.
Allow yourself to be positive
And when you do life will get easier.
I try always to surround myself with people who think GREAT thoughts, who live with TRUTH, and who embody LOVING KINDNESS. What better way to keep your posse of positive people strong than to think, live, and be that way yourself?
It also helps to have a collection of books and yoga videos around you!
One of my favorites is Henry David Thoreau who was a great American transcendentalist author among other things. I’m a huge fan of his work because it speaks so clearly about the power of living with clear intention and right action.
At the end of my local Vinyasa class last week, after everyone had rested in Savasana, we were sitting in resonant stillness and I shared this quote by Thoreau:
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
I find that this quote not only encourages us to show up and take consideration for our actions and for our thoughts in life, but it recognizes that we have a deep seated desire to live with empowered presence and intention.
In Vinyasa Yoga especially, we enter a “breath/body zone” and our dominating thoughts subside for a while. We arrange our bodies into poses, coordinating one after another and we focus on physical alignment, balance, and transition. In one hour, we’ve not moved an inch off of our yoga mat but we have placed so many steps that create resonating effects in our body, mind, and state of being. It is a deep path along your journey that serves to greatly improve your physical health, your thought patterns, and your spiritual connection.
I’m excited to share a very special
with you on Thursday October 15th, 2015.
In this 60min class I will demonstrate the entire class for you while teaching directly on camera how to:
- Initiate the “breath/body zone” with simple instruction and technique.
- Practice my special Sun/Moon Salutation.
- Enjoy a challenge pose to enhance focus and have fun.
- Practice 3 rounds of Vinyasa sequencing that will bring to life a deep physical and deep mental path to support your positive progress.
- Relax deeply into final stretches and Savasana.
- Sit with me in resonant meditation.
The class is priced at $8 per person… but please sign up by midnight on Wednesday October 14th to get a GREAT discount: Only $5 for an hour long Vinyasa class with me that you can keep on video to practice anytime! » Click Here to Sign Up »
Members at YogaCurrent.com receive the class at no additional cost.
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Did you know that Thoreau was highly influenced by yoga practices and texts? He also followed a simple yogic, mostly vegetarian, diet.
Free in this world as the birds in the air, disengaged from every kind of chains, those who practice yoga gather in Brahma the certain fruits of their works. Depend upon it that, rude and careless as I am, I would fain practice the yoga faithfully. The yogi, absorbed in contemplation, contributes in his degree to creation; he breathes a divine perfume, he hears wonderful things. Divine forms traverse him without tearing him, and united to the nature which is proper to him, he goes, he acts as animating original matter. To some extent, and at rare intervals, even I am a yogi.