This photo by Leonie Dawson sparked my intuition to create a circle of women. I feel I was somehow called for this journey. To bring together a group of women to travel a year together, learning, sharing, practicing through creativity, yoga, meditation, freeing and expanding energy, resting, and playing joyfully.
A few years ago, I participated in a creative circle of women in Ann Arbor and I loved it. I wanted to create something similar, but utilizing tools I can share. When I began to put it together, I knew my good friend Erin Moss was the perfect person to collaborate with on it.
This will be an exploration of deep, true self. A gift of space to belong, unite, and enliven the spirit. I can’t wait! I hope you join us.
Here are some great tips on why drinking water in the morning is so helpful. But, remember, especially when it’s cold and we are drinking more hot beverages like coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, all of which contain caffeine, it is also very important to stay hydrated all day.
Namaste~Carrie Hura here! Welcome to Wellness Wednesdays! As the Fall quickly turns to bitter Old Man Winter here in MI, I begin to want to hibernate: stay in, cuddle up with the kitties, and eat lasagna! I have to balance that desire with staying healthy and motivated because I know that if I stay active, keep up with my yoga practice and meditation, and eat well, I will feel better and ultimately will be more healthy.
Here’s one of my favorite, easy, healthy comfort foods for this time of year:
How does one find yoga? This strange physical practice, this philosophy, this lifestyle, this community? The yogis have a saying, “If you come to find yoga in this life, you’ve known it before.”
Yoga has come to me at different stages of my life, in different ways.
Now, yoga is more prevalent, easier to come across with its own major magazines, chant musicians, slick ads, and yogi celebrities. Not so in 1992. I was working at the now defunct Waldenbooks as an assistant manager. We could check books out like a library, and I came across B.K.S. Iyengar’sLight on Yoga. He is the real deal, swathed in nothing but a white cloth and his caste symbols, symbols of his lineage. I could not tell you what drew me to it, how I actually found it, or decided to bring it home, but I did.
I was living with my sister at the time. I opened the book and began to try to mimic the postures. Hilarity ensued. This man bent, twisted, and balanced his body in ways that seemed humanly impossible. I tried, we laughed. It was great fun. But, I realized quickly this level was beyond me. Not detoured, (I learned everything out of books then), I brought home a new book: Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan. The postures were much more accessible and laid out a nice plan of progression: not too much at once, not too little. I began to learn yoga, practicing at home, by myself. Not only did this book show the postures, but also included little snippets of philosophy to follow for then the modern person, which was 1970 or so. It was a bit outdated for me, but did begin the journey. I began to learn yoga from a book!
I am so very excited to begin to share a vision of expansion! Please welcome The Yoga and Wellness Collective! As the building I am in has transitioned opening more space, we are dedicated to growing the yoga on the low level, with more teachers. My massage practice, with space for private sessions, has moved to the upper level.
Please stay tuned as we grow to include more yoga classes, meditation, and workshops!
Here is our Mission Statement:
The Yoga and Wellness Collective’s Mission Statement is:
To bring together professionals in the field of therapeutic health, healing, and wellness to create a group dedicating our time, energy, and resources to assisting each individual to regain and maintain their health by working harmoniously together to achieve that goal. We focus on facilitating the body’s innate self healing process regardless of a patient’s age, gender, sexual orientation, or creed to bring spiritual, emotional, physical, mental pain relief, and prevention such as through, but not limited to: yoga, massage therapy, Reiki, and other forms of natural health practices.
We commit ourselves to the ongoing process of educating the community, empowering them to take a more active role in their own wellness. We will treat all clients/students/patients and each other with kindness, compassion, and respect.
Happy 4th of July! To me, freedom allows me to be who I am: a woman, educated, self-sufficient, self-employed, massage and yoga therapist who chooses to pursue her dreams and passions and share them with others.
I have/have had family in the military, and while I wouldn’t choose that path, I honor and thank those who have made it their choice to serve.
In honor of that, I am a supporter of <a href="<a href="http://www.yogaforvets.org/“>”>Yoga for Vets, and offer 4 free yoga classes to service members, active or past duty.
Yoga has been shown to help reduce symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and allow for more focused attention.
So, please come in or pass this along if you know someone who may receive benefit!
In Monday’s meditation, we talked about connection, contentment, and gratitude. Santosha is one of the limbs of Yoga that means contentment. And, I believe connection and gratitude are both a product of and a means to feeling content.
If we pause in the present moment and feel gratitude for one thing in our life, we feel connected to that thing, be it a person, situation, or idea of how things are; and that equates to feeling content with our lives as they are. Maybe not perfect, probably not perfect, as that is a very limited view of things. Perfection is just our idea of how we think things should be based on past patterning of the mind. The only perfect thing is what is happening in the moment, this is where we are, who we are, and what we’ve created our life to be.
This moment. Pause. Feel gratitude. Connect. Be content.
Aham Brahmasmi (ah-HUM brah-MAHS-mee) is a Sanskrit sutra whose English translation is “the core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.” When we repeat this sutra and let it resonate deep within, we expand our awareness of our eternal, unbounded nature. Here is a sutra practice you can use right now:
Begin by meditating for a few minutes, then imagine that you are a crystal bead. You reflect the light of every being in the universe, and your light is reflected in them. Silently repeat the words “Aham Brahmasmi” and continue to envision yourself as a beautiful jewel, reflecting and absorbing the light of the entire universe. Rest in the silence and feel the expansiveness of your being – an expression of the infinite field of intelligence and all possibilities.