stillness

What’s Up With Down Dog? April 1st Yoga News

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 1st, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: Bold & Naked, Chelsea Roff, Eat Breathe Thrive, eating disorders, job performance, meditation, naked yoga, New York City, russell simmons, stillness, waitress, yoga news

woman doing yoga at work

With more than 20 million yoga practitioners in the United States alone, yoga is becoming part of mainstream culture — and making its own news headlines! Here’s what you should know when you hit the mat:

Naked Yoga Class Offered in New York City

No yoga pants? No problem! Yoga studio Bold & Naked in New York City is offering classes where students can practice completely naked.

Stop the Madness: Choose Mindfulness Over Perfection This Holiday Season

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: calm the mind, family, friends, holiday season, holidays, hosting, in the moment, Jon Kabat-Zinn, meditation, mind, Mindfullness, perfect holiday, perfection, practice saying no, present moment awareness, silence, slow down, stillness, stress, The National Science Foundation, to-do list, unity, voluntary simplicity, Wherever You Go There You Are, witness thoughts, Yoga

I’m just going to say it … I think the holiday season needs a radical overhaul.

We see ads for the perfect holiday meals, served in a lovely setting where everyone is smiling, especially the gracious host. Truth is, in order to achieve this type of perfection, we nearly kill ourselves with stress trying to get that end result.

I’m sure your mind, like mine, is kicked into high gear this time of year to attend to the million things you have to accomplish between now and January first, but time is limited and your body begins to suffer. It will only be a short time before insomnia and exhaustion set in. Instead of enjoying our time with loved ones, we can wind up emotionally unavailable and stressed out.

The Thing About Overthinking

Bee Bosnak by Bee Bosnak | June 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: be present, believe in myself, contentment, dream, expectations, fear, inner critic, inner wisdom, inspiration, intention, limiting beliefs, overthink, patience, purpose, self-compassion, self-doubt, shift, stillness, transformation, trust, writer's block, Yoga

Overthinking

There is no rush, there is only now. Tapping into patience.

I haven’t written in the past ten days. Writer’s block, stuck in a rut, loss of inspiration … you name it. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my writing usually happens when I write from a place of inspiration and peace, instead of fear and must.

In the past year, something has shifted within me. It is both confusing and wonderful. I cannot put my finger on exactly what is going on, but it seems to be happening in just the right way. One of my favorite quotes is by Arthur Rubinstein: “There are no formulas for living the life you secretly dream about, because if you simply accept and welcome life, it’ll reveal itself to you.”

6 Simple Pearls of Wisdom to Learn from a Yoga Instructor

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | January 19th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: breath, gratitude, stillness, transformation, wisdom, Yoga

beautiful brunette yoga instructor

Karen, my yoga instructor, doesn’t claim to offer answers. Actually, she’s more of an “ask a question” type of instructor, consistently encouraging each of us to look within for wisdom.

Thoughts on Stillness — From One Who’s Rarely Still

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | October 8th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: calm the mind, eco-friendly, eco-living, enjoy the moment, Green Living, how to slow down, living in the moment, living in the present, quiet time, relaxation, stillness

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Perhaps stillness comes naturally to some people. I, however, am not one.

Take Time Out to Contemplate

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | September 24th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, change, contemplation, intention, spiritual practice, starting over, stillness, time out, transformation

When my children were small, I would give them “time outs” to contemplate their behavior after a challenging experience. The intention was to support them in having time to gain clarity on the consequences of their actions. It didn’t always work, but it did support all of us in stopping for a short time to gain composure.