February 2022

Wellness (Body, Mind & Spirit) and Yoga:

In the last article I wrote about how the three pieces of wellness are connected. How when you choose to work on one the other two are working or waiting their turn in the order in which you chose to proceed down this path.

Well being a person who teaches Yoga, you know I am going to link this with Yoga. When you think of hear the word Yoga the mind immediately takes you to poses or a form of exercise. Which is not wrong but Yoga is so much more. I am going to share with you what my teacher and hers before her shared with her. Yoga is a pathway to open the body and the mind to look inward at the Self. Svaroopa® Yoga is designed to release tension in your body starting with the tailbone and working your way up. When you practice the asanas (poses) and the body becomes more comfortable less painful, it becomes easier to be still. The mind is less focused on the outward and starts to turn inward, now you start to look for something more. What is that more? The more is the Self not the small (s) self, that self is limiting, constricted. The capital (S) Self, is the one we all carry inside and see it in others we meet. The Self is Consciousness-Itself (Caitanyam-aatmaa) Shiva Sutras 1.1.

I will tell you before I became a teacher I did a lot of personal growth work on myself, different modalities. Everything I did all the workshops, classes and so forth worked, but it was only on one of the three, majority was mind that did need a bit of help which then helped me with the spirit. The mind is strong it keeps us focused and most of the time moving forward sometimes not. So for me that was a good place to start my journey letting go of the mind and all of the stories that it keeps playing over and over again and again. When I learned to surrender and not have such a tight grip on things, it was easier to move into the spirit of wellness. Yet I was still restless not balanced, it was like sitting on a two legged stool I needed that third leg (body). When I discovered Svaroopa® Yoga is when my stool became balanced. This style of Hatha Yoga not only works on the body, it also works on the other two all at the same time. I found this to be a more gentle way to work on Body, Mind & Spirit. Having a good daily practice of the asanas (poses) opening up the body to then sitting quietly in Meditation helps me have a more balanced life. I will always be working on my own wellness, this is a path if choose to walk. What is your path, what are you looking for?

Namaste

January 2022

Wellness is it a Journey or a Goal?

January is the time when the word Wellness is spoken with high regard. “Better you Better life” we have heard that at sometime in our lives, and it means different things to different people. I guess it is all about what is challenging in the moment.

Body, Mind & Spirit the trifecta of Wellness. You can’t work on one of those three without the other two following. Not that we work on the three all at the same time, that can be overwhelming to think about and do. Let me take you on a brief walk down my Wellness Journey path when I became aware of it.

I started with Spirit or it is probably more true that Spirit started with me. My son was diagnosed at 1 month with Down Syndrome and having to have heart surgery. Thrown in the deep end of Spirit realizing the path I was on was changing significantly. During this time my Mind tagged along the Body was just surviving. Then the Wellness Journey went to the Body and the Mind once again tagged along, the Spirit was percolating in the back ground. Then it was time to work on the Mind and the Spirit was waiting in the wings to pick me up after I did the work of what I refer to as cleaning my personal house. All this time the Wellness Path I was on was not an easy walking path sorry to say, there were hills, mountains and valleys, twist and turns, dark tunnels some significant slow downs yet there was always light just ahead. There are quiet times when you take a breath and enjoy the moment. The Wellness path is not all about hard times and dark times it is also about Joy and light and love. Finding and living in the Grace that surrounds us. It is always there, we just need to open our eyes and see it. Just like in Yoga class, release one layer of tension or pain enjoy that moment and then work on releasing the next layer. What I am saying is the Wellness of Body, Mind and Spirit is not always easy but worth the Journey. I did a lot of things to promote the balance of Body, Mind & Spirit, everything I did helped me get to the point of teaching and doing Yoga and being the person I am today.

So no matter where you are on your path of Wellness, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and find the gratitude in the journey. Even when the path is rocky or maybe you are on a slow up hill climb look for the light, it is there. This is something that has to be worked at. Set the intention, keep it simple, don’t look so far ahead stay in the moment and just take a breath when it becomes overwhelming. Then put one foot in front of the other and be grateful that the path is moving forward.

So the answer to the first question is a Journey. We are all trying to be in a better place in our lives it just depends on where you are taking your first step of awareness on the Journey of Wellness.