We have arrived in November! And we’re ready to enter the month of gratitude. In Online Yoga Membership we will start a journey through the chakras, giving gratitude for each aspect of ourselves as laid out by the energetic centers within us. Enjoy this yourself by thanking your body, emotions, will, heart, voice, intuition, and spirit! You can go in order, or consider where you don’t feel very in touch or a little out of balance and start there. (If you’re not sure, simply start with this Chakra Check-In Self Assessment.)
What I like about spending a whole month on one topic is that it has a chance to really sink in and change us. Gratitude is one of the best examples of this. Daily gratitude is a free and easy antidote to habitual negative thinking, insecurity, sadness, and anxiety. And it’s a practice. Pushing back against a culture that entices you to want more and fuels your desire for a life beyond your reach can be...
Do you sometimes struggle with making decisions? I know I do, and there seem to be more and more decisions to make every day. Sure, we still have the simple ones like what to wear and where to go out to eat. But then there's the bigger ones, like will it be safe? Do I need to wear a mask? Should I travel right now? Is this still the job I want? What should I tell my loved ones about x, y, z, and will they understand?
I went to a Hanukkah party recently that made it clear to me we're all still deciding things. The party was indoor and outdoor. Some people wore masks, some did not. Some chose not to come. Some said "hi" but kept their distance. And you know what? All of those decisions were fine and acceptable. The host family made it clear that all personal decisions were valid and welcome. They even provided a basket of masks for those who wanted one but didn't have one. So...
Can you believe we're already in the last week of October? And we all know what that means--once the ghosts are returned to their graves and the candy is secretly stashed away, we are racing towards full-on holiday mode! This might make you grin, or it might make you shiver. Either way, I know one thing that helps is yoga.
When you have a daily practice of yoga, several things begin to happen:
Stuff bothers you less.
You have fewer aches and pains.
Your relationships improve.
You feel stronger.
You become more flexible--literally and figuratively.
You experience an increase in self-confidence for showing up for yourself on the daily.
You become more aware of your internal state of temper and emotions.
You walk through the world more mindfully. You are present!
Joy starts to sneak into the mundane moments of your day.
Your mat begins to call to you like a dear friend--practice becomes...