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.
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.
Last week’s meditation was with the Sanskrit sutra Aham Brahmasmi. Brahman means spirit, so: “I am spirit soul.”
When we realize that the core of our being is interconnected with all, we can move from a place of positive creation and intention. We used it as a mantra practice breathing in: Aham (I am), breathing out: Brahmasmi (the Creative Principle). “What you magnetize in your mind, you will bring into your life,” according to Goswami Kriyananda. He has also said there is a time delay, it’s not immediate. We must keep directing our thoughts toward the positive, letting go of those that aren’t in our best interest.
Observe your thoughts today. What intentions are you calling in? What do you want for your highest purpose? What are you devoting your time and energy toward? Are you sharing those intentions with another and holding that intention together? This is how we stay on the path. Please share your intentions in the comments for inspiration!
May Day is my favorite day of the year: it is the mark of growth, renewal, letting go of old and bringing in of new. So close to New Year’s Day, except the world wakes up to Spring along with us here in Michigan.
How can you use this day to air out, sweep clean, vacuum up any and all that has settled into the crevices of your home, and mind? Start fresh, knowing that the green shoots of choice, of positive transformation, are yours to make today!
Please share something you’ll be letting go of today…
I’m going to try to let go of the limiting belief that I am not strong enough to take on my next step…
So, we are almost five months into the year. January 1st, we set good intentions. By May 1st, they may have all been forgotten.
The last couple weeks have found me faltering on my path. Some personal challenges have created more emotionality than usual. We all have those times of feeling down and just not quite ourselves.
How do we right ourselves? One of the quickest, most grounding ways for me is to practice gratitude. Thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame, I began a gratitude/happiness jar January 1st. I try, every day, to write down one thing that I was thankful for or a special moment that made me happy, fold it into a small scrap, and add it to my jar.
This has been a most meaningful practice for me to remember the every day beauties we have, be they small or large. If you have a jar, tell me how this practice has helped you. If not, why not start one now!
Or, at the end of the day, before sleep, call to mind that one thing from your day that brought you joy, made you smile, and lightened your heart.