Freedom

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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!

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Santosha

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 II

Here is an Aham Brahmasmi meditation from The Chopra Center:

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.

Aham Brahmasmi

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!

OM Shanti Namaste

Water infusion!

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How innovative, water bottle with an infuser basket right in it! I’m trying mint, Stevia, and blueberries. This is by Rove, it is 24 Oz, BPA free. It says leak~proof.

Yoga For the Traveler-Staying in Balanced on the Road

Today, I have a guest blogger! Wes would like to share with us how to stay on the yogic path while traveling. Here he is:

My name is Wes Vonn and I am a fitness and healthy living devotee. I stay fit and eat healthy less for my body but more for the energy levels, better mood, and the ability to sleep through the night that a healthy lifestyle seems to provide me. My new blog is located at http://vonnpumpup.blogspot.com/

Yoga For the Traveler-Staying in Balanced on the Road

It’s easy for people to fall completely off track when a person has a hectic travel schedule.  Professionals who frequently travel now have more options than ever to help them stick to their yoga routine while on the road.  Yoga for the traveler has never been so easy.

Keeping up with Yoga on the Road

One can find hotel establishments that offer yoga classes before booking accommodations.  Hotels now understand the importance of being able to accommodate their travelers, and many are now offering yoga classes for their customers.  Some hotels even offer in-room equipment to their travelers. Performing some due diligence before booking hotel options is definitely a recommendation of mine. On a recent trip to Las Vegas I was able to book a hotel with great yoga classes because I looked into it before I even booked the hotel. I searched many different reviews of the top Las Vegas Hotels and found that the hotel that I eventually booked had the best amenities for my personality and fitness level. Doing due diligence on hotels before traveling absolutely goes beyond just price and luxury. Looking at prices and then going from there to reviews of the hotels that are comparable in price is the best way to do it.

Downloading yoga videos is another way to keep up with the routine while traveling.  Many of the gurus and yoga experts create and publish content online for business travelers and those who enjoy practicing it privately.  This options allows a a person to practice when it’s most convenient.

Joining a gym with locations nationwide is convenient for traveling professionals who practice yoga.  When signing up for a membership, a person can request information on locations in areas where he or she conducts the most business on the road.  Many of these facilities publish their class schedules completely online.

Some airport locations are now offering yoga rooms to their patrons.  In a major airport in San Francisco, a person can get in a quick session by stopping by the yoga room.  The San Francisco International Airport is one of the first airports to offer such amenities to travelers.  The Dallas-Fort Worth airport now has its own yoga room and has even created walking trails to serve the health-conscious crowd.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga has been shown to lower stress and blood pressure for people on all levels.  Research published by the University of Westminster showed yoga intervention to be extremely effective in treating people with depression.  It improves balance, mood and memory.  It’s also known to improve flexibility and reduce pain symptoms in some.

Busy travelers find it stressful to achieve proper work life balance.  Sticking to a workout routine is the hardest for traveling professionals.  Busy travelers who practice yoga can maintain their schedules on the road in various ways by taking advantage of gyms, media downloads, and generous amenities offered by hotels.

Meditation ~ Changing gene expression

Want to know how to become more calm, peaceful, & balanced all the time?!?

Read this article on how meditation affects lowering our stress response and reducing inflammation in the body, which is thought to create disease.

There is no better time than to use the present moment to begin a practice!

Peace