Ahimsa: Non-Harming

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Non - Violence

Whether you're experienced in yoga or just starting out, integrating the practice of ahimsa in everyday life can lead to wonderful strides. Ahimsa is one of the five yamas, which are the ethical, moral and societal guidelines for yogis. Ahimsa can be distilled into a practice of non-violence in all aspects of life, from the physical to the mental and emotional.

I Teach Yoga.

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"I teach yoga. I call it Hatha as it gives me some flexibility when I teach but I really approach it from a "middle of the road" kind of place so it is applicable to everyone I work with. To me, yoga is for wellness and for learning to let go and also learning to focus and get into the intricacies of the body with full, complete presence on the mat.

Children's Mental Health

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Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness

There is a growing body of research to back up yoga’s mental health benefits. Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system.

Yoga’s positive benefits on mental health have made it an important practice tool of psychotherapy (American Psychological Association).     

Deep Breaths

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Benefits of Deep Breathing

Most people unconsciously breathe from their chests, resulting in short, shallow and inefficient breaths. Chest breathing causes reduced oxygen and nutrient delivery, increased feelings of anxiety and stress, and muscle tension. Unlike chest breathing, deep breathing involves breathing from your abdomen, which enables you to draw air all the way down into the deepest pockets of your lungs. Deep breathing can provide a number of benefits to your physical and mental well-being.

Peace

Do what it takes. Give yourself what you need. Self care, self inquiry, quality time with quality people, practice honesty, avoid gossip, serve others and forgive. Take a trip alone to soul search. Rest up or get up, whatever you need. 

Have patience. Minding our own business and focusing on how we as one person can be better simplifies things. And this is all part of yoga practice. 

Practice is the key word. We are all learning until the day we die. Patience with ourselves is a good thing to focus on because we are all going to have moments we falter. Yet each day we start over again and each day we can try again to be as understanding as possible. 

When on a soulful path it can be extra challenging and there will always be situations that knock us off balance. We will not always hit the mark but peace within is the best place to focus our efforts. 

Do what feels right and do what feels good to you. Respect and love yourself and then it doesn't matter what others think about you. Being right within ourselves means being at peace with where and who we are. We can forget this and I do too at times but bring my mind back to this ASAP. 

When stressful times hit we can go within. Sometimes it takes a little time to calm down but in just sitting, breathing and connecting with our inner self as best we can, can bring relief and peace in minutes. 

Today is another new day. 

Namaste & love,
Yoga for Wellness with Suzanne Via

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Forward Head Posture Correction

My bambino is so young and starting to get forward head tilt.

Should be corrected soon with new computer set up, awareness and this technique of pushing back of head into pillow (to lengthen and strengthen back of neck).  

Done with back against wall bent knees strong legs press feet and press back of head into pillow hold for a bit repeat.

If you look at your kids posture don't be surprised to find this issue as many kids now have it (adults too) from looking down at electronics. 

Strengthening the rhomboid muscles (muscles next to upper spine between scapularis also known as shoulder blades) will further help.

Namaste,

Suzanne

Tapas for Wellness

Discipline in yoga is called "tapas". The word “tapas” comes from the Sanskrit verb “tap” which means “to burn.” The traditional interpretation of tapas is “fiery discipline,” the fiercely focused, constant, intense commitment necessary to burn off the impediments that keep us from being in the true state of yoga (union with the universe). 

THE CHALLENGE:
☆ 8 hr sleep
☆ 30 min run
☆ 1 hr yoga
☆ 30 min meditation
☆ 30 min sutras study

What do you need?

Every year I take a solo time out for travel (usually there is yoga and nature involved). I have done this for years. I leave my work, family, friends and I go out into the world by myself to "recalibrate". No pressure, pure "me time".

We go to work, interact with others, with our kids, colleagues, our families, clients - whatever and we do our best to keep things smooth and to please the people in or lives, to support others, to make money, be good parents and partners, etc. It can happen that we stop paying attention to our own needs. 

There is this thing that I have done over the years. I learned it from author Louise Hayes, the great healer. This is my version of it, anyhow. 

Walk to a mirror. Look yourself square in the face, dead in the eyes and have a conversation with you. You can speak your mind freely and say whatever you want, out loud. No need to edit, just speak directly to yourself. Notice this person in front of you (yourself). You might feel ridiculous and want to laugh. No, you are not a lunatic. You might see how lovely you are and just how worthy you are of your own love and acceptance and find some answers to your questions as to what you want to do or need in your life and information for moving ahead with more clarity. 

I am going for a massage, an early night's sleep. I leave for a 4 week pilgrimage in India soon. That's what I need most right now so I am giving it to myself. 

And you? What do you need and how can you best support yourself at this time in your life?

Why not go to a mirror and ask yourself. Because no one knows better than you. 

Happy New Year :)