mind-body-connection

Everyone Has a (Yoga) Story

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 25th, 2013 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: awakening, be present, body, breath, challenged, desire, detox, distractions, head, healthy life, heart, impurities, injury recovery, inspiration, meditation, mind-body-connection, noise, peaceful life, perfection, presence, release tension, slow down, soul, source, strengthen, stress, teacher, tiered, transform, twists, ulcer, Yoga, yoga class, yoga poses, yogis

Everyone has a story about why they took their first yoga class and why they keep coming back. Most involve a desire to slow down, release tension, or recover from an injury. Mine is no different.

I took my first step onto the mat to learn how to let go of tension before it turned into an ulcer, as my lifestyle at that time was very fast-paced and stressful. Little did I know that in taking my first step on the mat, I would not only learn how to tune into my breath and strengthen my body, I would learn that I had the power to transform my life by gaining a clearer understanding of the mind-body connection.

The Forbidden City of the Heart (And How to Open It with Yoga)

Dionne Elizabeth by Dionne Elizabeth | July 12th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: anahata, anger, anodea judith, camel pose, consciousness, dionne elizabeth, eastern body western mind, ego, exploitation, Fish Pose, fourth chakra, Frog Pose, frustrated yoga teacher, heart chakra, heart-opening yoga, letting go, listen to your heart, mind-body-connection, puppy pose, releasing emotion, songlist, spotify, yoga heart opener

Woman doing yoga

Newsflash: Yoga teachers are just as damaged, depraved, sordid, angry, insecure and proud as everyone else. Perhaps the only difference is that some yoga teachers are more aware of their flaws than others. But that isn’t a given; plenty are oblivious to them.

People are people. I’m not excusing abhorrant behaviour; I’m merely observing the fact that we are more similar than we might like to think. We have feelings. We get hurt. Exploited. Taken advantage of. Pissed off. Irritated. Fed up. Lost. Angry. Furious, even. Exhausted. Whiny. Grumpy. There’s a whole range of drama going on within all of us in the wrestle of the upward and downward spirals.

What can make all the difference, though, is connecting the inner to the outer and finding balance between them.

Morning Has Broken: Greet Your Day with Sun Salutations

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | August 16th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: mind-body-connection, morning, ritual, sun salutations, Yoga, yoga poses

Rodey Yee practicing a Sun Salutation

Sun Salutations are a perfect ritual with which to greet the day, using the rhythm of your heart and the song of your breath to conduct the body into being awake. The beauty of the salutations is that they require the entire physical body to be utilized. From the neutrality of mountain pose, to the inward turning of the deep standing forward bends, to the enlivening openness of the back bending, upward facing dog and the grounding, invigorating downward facing dog, the salutations draw our minds into the temple of the body.

Your Body’s Talking to You — Are You Listening?

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | November 24th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: body messages, body signals, body signs, body talk, communicate with your body, health, healthy habits, lifestyle habits, listen to your body, meditation, mind-body fitness, mind-body-connection, Yoga

katefeatureI love dark chocolate. Its perfect mix of bitter and sweet scratches an itch down deep in my soul.

And yet, the past two times I’ve consumed it (once in the form of squares from an actual bar and once in the form of hot cocoa made with the highest quality cocoa powder I could find), it has upset my stomach.

Disengage Your Auto-Pilot: 4 Ways to Exercise More Mindfully

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | October 13th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: auto-pilot, avoid distractions, Emily Welsh, exercise, Fitness, health, mind-body, mind-body-connection, mindful exercise, mindful workouts, mindfully, slow down exercise, the firm, workouts

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By The FIRM Master Instructor Emily Welsh

You can work out every day or even hours a day and get little benefit if you are not fully engaged in the process. I have found that if I’m not paying attention to what I am doing when I work out, I move mindlessly through each set of exercises, not getting the best benefit from each repetition. I call this being on “auto-pilot.”

Are We Our Own Healers?

Tabby Biddle by Tabby Biddle | February 18th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: acupunture, alternative healing, cancer, chakra, mind-body-connection, Yoga

As I sat in the waiting room at the dermatologist’s office recently, I thought about how much our attitude affects our health and our healing process.

Welcome: Find the JOY of being YOU!

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 21st, 2008 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: joy, mind-body-connection, positivity

When I started jazz ballet and folk dance at a very young age, it brought me so much joy! It was the catalyst that led me to study many forms of movement including Pilates, kickboxing, body sculpting, yoga, and functional training (training for movements that are part of everyday life and your core sports or favorite physical activities).