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:
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.
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!