It took me a long time to develop a meditation practice. Building a self practice is challenging. The best way to start is with a very short practice. Try five mins everyday. Try that for one month and see how it goes. You don’t have to start with a long practice. It’s better to pick something you know you can do everyday. Think of it like brushing your teeth. After one month if you were able to do the practice consistently then try adding another five minutes. Pick one technique. It’s not helpful to do every technique you know and jump from one to the next. The yogis often compare this to digging a well. You don’t want to dig a bunch of shallow wells. You will never hit water. Dig one hole and go deep! A consistent, daily meditation practice will change your life.Read More
The wall can be a crutch when we practice inversions. But it can also be a tool to help you magnify areas of weakness or areas where you are disconnected and lacking awareness.
I love using the wall to magnify how much core we need in our handstands. If you aren’t ready to do this exercise against the wall you can lie down on the floor first and practice your handstand against the floor, with your hands on the wall.
Last night my mind was very heavy. I was working on a technical problem with my computer and the cloud and on the phone with a support specialist. It was a long day too. I was getting tired and feeling overwhelmed with the situation. We kept trouble shooting the problem and couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
I could feel myself getting frustrated. I could feel the emotions coming up. I tried not to get attached to them. It was hard. I was agitated.
One of the things that helped me shift my perspective was remembering one day a few years ago, coming up the elevator to the Dharma Yoga Center during one of my trainings with my teacher, Dharma Mittra. I asked Dharma how he was doing and he surprised me when he said that his mind was very heavy that day and very sad. There was a pause and then he shrugged and laughed and said, “but it’s just the mind” and gave me a knowing look, and I understood a little better the concept we talk a lot about in yoga of shifting our perspective.
I always remembered that morning. And it helped a lot last night. I could feel myself getting caught up in my thoughts and the anger and frustration I was feeling. I kept telling myself — it’s just the mind. Let it go. It’s not you. It’s just the mind.
I went to bed and slept well last night and woke up feeling very light and energized. I remember thinking that It was so silly that my mind was so upset and agitated last night. And even sillier that I was getting agitated and upset too.
The mind is always going to be on the roller coaster. But it doesn’t mean that you have to be too. You’re not the thoughts. You’re not the emotions. You are the space between the thoughts. You are the witness of body and mind activities.
In Hatha Yoga — pranayama is used to balance the nervous system, bring clarity to the mind, and remove the veil of darkness that is covering the inner Light.
In Raja Yoga — pranayama is used to make the mind fit for concentration and is a preparation for meditation.
A very powerful evening working with the breath. Great job, everyone!
Some questions to consider: Why do we have two nostrils? Why would you want to predominantly breathe through the nose vs. the mouth?
This workshop kicked off a big weekend of Shiva Power classes, Shiva Meditation classes, and a Hip Opening and Arm Balancing Workshop! 🙏❤️Thank you to everyone who came to the workshop and thank you to Baja Soul Yoga for hosting. We have Asana Breakdown all week and then another big weekend coming up. Hope you can join us!
Incredible Shiva Meditation® class to finish day 2 here at the XYoga Dubai Festival. So grateful to be able to share this practice. 100+ yogis in attendance for a powerful and transformational experience. Thank you for coming, everyone!
When the class finished all the students just sat there, in stillness, with big smiles on their faces. There was a peace and a calm that you could feel radiating from everyone in attendance. I told the students that this is what happens everywhere I teach this class. When the class is over — no one rushes out, there’s no where to go, nothing to do. It happens everywhere. The mind is quiet. Each students has a deeper experience of themselves. Maybe for the first time ever they feel a connection to something beyond the body, mind and thoughts. The mind has stopped saying, “What’s next? What’s next?”
I always feel so happy when I see the students sitting there peacefully after class. It reminds me of taking classes like this with my teacher, Dharma Mittra. We would all sit and Dharma would sometimes say, “Any questions?” There was almost always no questions. This was just like after my class today. I finally told the students what my teacher Dharma always says — “That’s it. It’s over. There’s nothing else.” Then he would laugh and we would all laugh, as we all did today after my class.Read More
Yogis! It’s that time again. I booked my flight to Greece yesterday. Want to come on an adventure with me? Join me at the 3rd Annual Elysia Yoga Convention, at the 5* Aegialis Hotel & Spa, on the Greek Island of Amorgos! The convention is March 28th - April 4th! It’s an incredible value! Accommodation, 3 gourmet meals per day, Island excursions, and full yoga program — all for one low price! There’s single, double, and triple occupancy available. I hope you can join me. Amorgos is a really special place. See you there!!!
Our last Shiva Meditation practice yesterday with the Guruv Yoga Teacher Trainees! Such a pleasure to work with this dedicated group all week. We have had a big week of Anatomy, Asana Breakdown, Philosophy, Yoga Sutras, and Shiva Power classes & Shiva Meditation classes. Grateful to Tymi Howard for allowing me to contribute to this program and share these teachings.
I am here at Guruv Yoga Dr. Phillips for 2 more days. Today - 1-4pm - we have a Hip Opening workshop and tomorrow - 1-4pm - we have an Arm Balancing workshop. Hope you can join me for one or both of these weekend workshops! Have a great weekend, everyone.Read More
Breathing and Pranayama Workshop last night at Kula Yoga in Port Orange! What a fun workshop, exploring — breathing, anatomy, yoga philosophy, and pranayama, with such an open and receptive group. I learn so much from everyone everytime I lead one of these workshops and I love going over the material again and again, and deepening my own practice knowledge.
Grateful to these students for bringing so much of their own knowledge and exploring with me. Thank you for letting me share these teachings with you. I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did. Namaste.Read More
This was such a powerful Shiva Meditation class on Thursday. Wow! It was the last one I taught this week and several of the students came before. It just gets deeper the more you practice. Consistency is everything.
Whether you want to open your hips, balance in a handstand in the middle of the room, or train your mind to concentrate — what you practice and focus on gets stronger the more you practice. Whatever you feed grows. The opposite is also true. Whatever you starve dies. Focus on the solution. Replace the old patterns that aren’t serving you with new patterns that will lead you in a more positive direction. This is our practice. Over and over and over again.
Thank you to everyone who has come out to practice this week and to the workshops this weekend. It’s been so much fun practicing with you.Read More
Shiva Meditation class this morning at Kula Yoga in Port Orange! Powerful way to start the day.
Pranayama, yoga nidra, and seated meditation.
What is yoga?
The stopping of the movements of the mind. When the mind is quiet, in the stillness, you get to experience the true nature of your Self.
What’s left over in the stillness when for a moment the body, mind, thoughts and ego have disappeared?
Our next Shiva Meditation class is tomorrow night at 5:30pm at Kula Yoga In Port Orange. Last one of the week! Hope to see you there.Read More
Wonderful group of students this morning at Kula Yoga in New Smyrna for my Shiva Meditation class! Great way to start the week. I’ll be at Kula Yoga in Port Orange tonight at 5:30pm for a Shiva Power class. Such a nice surprise to see my old student and co-owner of Kula Yoga - Jodie Anderson in class today. Thank you for coming, Jodie! Thank you for coming everyone! It was a pleasure to practice with you all. Hope to see you again this week and on the weekend, as we dive a little deeper. Namaste.Read More