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Among so many other benefits, yoga is touted for strengthening your core muscles.  In yoga, we work with breath and bandhas to lift the pelvic floor, tighten the transverse abdominal, and strengthen the muscles of the back.  Doing each of these things creates better posture, diminishes back pain, and even begins to align our pelvis, legs and shoulders.  All things that promote a better quality of life and worth doing for ourselves! 

When we come from a perspective of working from the core muscles of our bodies, we are more grounded and focused.  You might have noticed that sometimes you can do a posture, such as chaturanga, just by muscling it out; only to find later that your lower back is hurting.  This happens when we avoid building the core muscles that protect the low back and align the body before we lower into a chaturanga or use our other muscular strengths to move through asana.  If we focus on the outside goal or posture, we are only forcing it.  If we build from the core out, the grace of the postures and the healing of yoga can begin.

As always, yoga on the mat parallels that which we do in life.  I have found that as I move through life if I find a place where I keep getting blocked or feel like I am just running into a wall, I am usually focusing it – using outside stimuli to get my results.  By moving to a place where I am lifted up by what I hold inside and what is at the core of who I am, the result is life that moves gracefully, a power to create the life I want for myself, and a shining of everything that I am intended to be. 

This week my yoga practices will flow through asana that comes from the core, so we can practice how to live – shining from the inside, out! 

To hear more about this topic as well as pranayama and bandhas locks to connect to this place, come see me!! 

Tuesdays at 6 pm at Balance Wellness Center

Oh, and this week I have the honor to sub Susan McMurry’s class at Balance Wellness Center on Saturday morning March 5th at 8:30 am.

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We are coming up on what many call a commercial holiday of Valentine’s Day.  A holiday for card companies and chocolate dealers to ramp up sales and for us to stimulate the economy.  But, it is a holiday that was established to celebrate love and affection between companions.  And from what I can find it was established by Pope Gelasius in 500 AD, named after various Christian martyrs named Valentine. 

In any accountant, who cares??!!  What is wrong with making a day that celebrates love??!!  While we hope we let our hearts shine everyday, there is this one day of the year that we can really be mindful of our heart and reaching out to others.

The heart chakra, anahata, governs the heart, lungs, and also the thymus gland.  Anahata is associated with the air element.  The word anahata means fresh and clean or unstruck and unharmed.  As we experience heart opening, whether through a physical practice of backbending or from an emotional connection to another, we can experience a lightness and openness.  Our bodies and mind can feel spacious and free.  With new-found lightness, we can experience love in a whole new light:  Giving compassion and understanding to others and receiving love without putting up walls or barriers. 

How will I open my heart chakra on Valentine’s Day?? 

1.  I will spend time with my hubby, children, and friends – nothing opens the heart chakra more than giving and receiving unconditional, non-judgmental love.

2.  I will also buy into the commercial holiday with a trip to Hallmark and heart box of chocolates 🙂  My son loves the cards that sing, and I love to watch him laugh!

3.  I will celebrate the time of the year with a heart opening yoga practice.  Find one in your area or join me in Concord at Balance Wellness Center – led by Susan McMurry on Saturday, Feb 12th from 10am-12pm.

“Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World.”  ~Paulo Coelho

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"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." -- Nikos Kazantzakis
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