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Explaining the Yoga Transformation cliché

Posted on Fri, May 17, 2013
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It may be cliché, I know, but yoga has changed my life.

Somebody recently asked me how and I realized that it is has been a slow and steady process, one which is vast and deep and profound. I struggled for a quick and easy description. It got me thinking....... How has yoga really changed my life...... Or more to the point changed me.

I used to be a wild party girl, chasing the next thrill, the next high, the next hit and the next buzz. One day I finally realized that it was insatiable. There was never enough, it always left you wanting more. More music, more hits, more highs, more booze, more spiffs, more cigarettes, more alcohol, more sex, more rock and more roll, more more more more more. IT was never enough. IT was not satisfying. IT was endless because IT was not IT.

I woke up one morning with a nose bleed and a hangover from hell. I crawled downstairs threw up and then looked at myself in the mirror. There must be more to life than this. There must be more to me than just this. 

I turned my back on my party ways, I packed my bags and left my life. I left myself! I jumped ship. 

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I had found Ashtanga yoga a year before and it was the first thing I had done in ages that actually made me feel good about myself. It actually made me feel. I had been numbing myself to life for so long that I could barely feel anything anymore. 

I chose life. I didn’t want o be numb anymore…..

I immersed myself in the new world I had discovered. I started taking my practice seriously. I devoted time to myself to making myself feel good. I started to take care of myself. Lesson one - if you don't look after yourself then how can u feel good? Inside and out. 

I started to observe myself. What did I do, how did I do it. 

I beat myself up. I put myself down. I hit myself with a derogatory stick all day everyday.

Lesson two - without observation there will be no change. First we have to recognize our faults before we can start changing them. 

I started to taking note when and why I was doing this. I burnt my stick. I made a pact with myself to start being nice to me. If I am not nice to me then how can I expect anyone else to be?

I changed my ways.

Lesson three - by changing the way you do things in your daily life can allow a new person inside of you to grow. I stopped drinking. I stopped smoking. I stopped partying. I went to class. I did my practice. I changed my patterns. I'm not saying it was easy, not at first, but with persistence and continuity; then things will change (Lesson four). 

India beckoned. I could hear it calling me. It's funny because when you drink and smoke and alter your state of mind then you begin to lose touch with you intuition. You simply can't hear it as clearly as you can with a clear head. I had lived in a blurry bubble for over 12 years and quite frankly, everything was hazy. As I began to clear my head I began to hear that little voice inside of me. The little voice of the larger me. The more I listened to it, the more it spoke to me. Guiding me, telling me which way to go, which path to take, which decision to make, what was right, what I wanted.

Lesson five - always listen to that little voice for it is the voice of your soul. 

I went to India. Choosing life, expansion. Choosing to follow my path. 

I learnt how to be on my own agenda. I realized that I had always done everything for everyone else and hardly ever did what I wanted to do for me. Lesson six. Live life for you! Put yourself first. 

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I learnt how to enjoy my own company, how to be ok with myself. Yoga teaches you to begin to be ok with where u are. Make peace with wherever you are and be content with that. Don't strive after achievements that you have not yet fulfilled or feel frustrated by things that have not yet materialized. Lesson seven. Make peace with exactly where you are today. Not where you were yesterday or where you want to be tomorrow, but where and who you are today. 

My practice and experience of India was arduous. It was a hard graft. I had upped my practice from 2-3 times a week to 6 and my practice itself was almost twice as long and the level of demanding-ness had quadrupled. I learnt that once again perseverance leads to achievement. Lesson eight - Without commitment you don't get very far. 

I kept going. When things got tough, when I felt like I was never going to get to where I wanted to go. I kept going. I was enjoying the journey and knowing that the journey was the destination I stopped looking forward and began looking at now. Living in the moment. Living each day as it came. 

Lets pause there for a moment…..living in the now is a hard practice. It takes years of trying to even get close. But you have to start somewhere, you have to be happy where you are and you have to preserver. I realized how much I cling to the past and how much I try to mentally paint a picture of the future. Again it is extremely heard to let go of these things but you have to just keep on trying. Keep acknowledging what you are doing and keep recognizing that you are doing them. Lesson 9 to live in the now is really hard! Only severe determination and constant effort will get you there.

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Lesson 10 - you are enough. Don't listen to other people's opinions of what you are capable of. If you want to do something. Just do it. Don't ask others people's advice. Listen to that voice inside of you. Don't listen to your fears of inadequacy. Don't let other people stop you from pursuing your dreams. 

A 'friend' told me that I was not ready for my teacher training, he had not been with me in India. He had not seen what I had out into my practice. He had no right to tell me what he thought I was capable of. I ignored his advice and I did it anyway. I was good enough. I started to believe in myself.

Lesson 11 - don't give up!

 On returning from my travels things went down hill.  My world fell apart. My vision of how life was going to be was so very far from how it actually was. I was lonely. I was in a new place. My creature comforts where stripped away. I fell. I got very close to giving up, for the first time in my life I danced with death. I fought depression. I struggled through. I took on all my weaknesses. I cleared out all my dirty corners. I did a big spring clean of me. 

When things got really bad I asked for help. (Lesson 12 always ask for help when you need it). I'm not very good at asking for help. I don't like to be a burden. Ironically I help other people endlessly, yet I can not ask for the anything in return. 

I asked for help. I got out of my hole. I reconnected.

Lesson 13. Everything you need is within you. Don't ever forget that. 

Lesson 14 - dream big.

Life is about following our dreams. About making them happen. Nothing is outside of our grasp. You really can do anything if you set your mind to it. Follow the things that excite you. Make decisions based on what feels right. If you can't find an answer then you are probably just messing with the wrong question! I was stuck between two options that I could not decide between until I realized that neither of them were what I wanted to do. I did a workshop with Nancy Gilgoff and she said to me 'come to Maui'. As she said it something inside of me lit up. I could go to Maui. I could go and spend a few months practicing second series with Nancy Gilgoff!! I could do that. Suddenly I got hit with the ' I can't afford it / what about my job / what would I do when I got back' thoughts. I decided to bin those and live in the moment. Right now it was the only thing that really excited me. It got my chi flowing. It made me sparkle. It made me feel alive! I was going to make it happen. I was going to live the dream.

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Lesson 15 - choose life. Every day you will be more. Every moment you are getting closer to your dreams. Every second you are changing and growing. Every day you can be a new you. Every thought can be the birth of a new dream. 

Who knows where you will be in six months, six weeks, six days or even six minutes from now. 

 

So that is how yoga has changed my life. It has taught me so very much about myself, about how I live and how I can live. Yoga is not about the physical stuff. It is a tool to help you begin to see yourself. Imagine you have a mirror to see yourself in, well practicing yoga helps you to clean that mirror…. For the purpose of seeing yourself more clearly.

When you can see yourself, you can change yourself.

This is how yoga helped me to transform.

 

Laura Grace  www.ashtangayogadeva.com

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Go Off the Grid: Side Bends to Open Your Practice

Posted on Fri, Apr 12, 2013

yoga paws, side stretch, side angle yogaSome parts of your body have a way of telling you when they are tight. Your hamstrings, for example, feel stiff and achy when they’re in need of a relaxing stretch. But, with muscle groups that you work less often in daily life, it can be hard to even notice there’s a lot of room for expansion.  The muscles that lie on the side of your torso are especially easy to ignore. Unless you’re doing a core move that specifically targets them, you probably aren’t thinking about how those muscles (mainly your obliques) are functioning. But, like a lot of other body parts that it can be difficult to focus on, this muscle group affects far more than you might think.

Your obliques are a crucial component of both your core strength and flexibility. Whenever you move out of a rigid plane of motion, you’re calling on them to support you, whether that’s slipping and sliding on an icy sidewalk or dancing. In yoga, too, a strong side body is integral for opening up your body to fully explore twists and to lifting up from your underside to extend fully into poses such as side plank and Trikonasana (Triangle Pose).

When you are trying to balance in any standing pose, especially on with one leg raised, your obliques are responsible for much of your stability. 

Vasisthasana, Side Plank Pose

In twists, they have to have enough flexibility to allow your torso to rotate. A core that is strong throughout the front, back and side bodies is a vital complement to arm strength in poses that challenge the whole body—as in Plank Pose or Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose). This encircling girdle of well-developed muscles pays dividends off the mat as well, making for an easier gait when walking, sitting up straighter and, for many, easing back pain.

On a deeper level, this sideways thinking invites students to investigate some off-the-grid thinking. Twisting, bending and balancing requires intense focus and a lot of momentary readjustment to hold these positions. It’s harder just to “phone in” the movements that place your body off-kilter. But, the more you call on your side body to knit together your core and back, the more you find yourself able to confidently tap into the fresh thinking that makes challenges into opportunities.

 

Here are some poses and tips for stretching and strengthening your side body:

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Extended Side Angle Pose

Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)

Benefits: This standing side bend encourages you to stretch your sides while keeping your center engaged. How to do it: Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Step or hop your feet three to four feet apart. Lift your arms out to the sides until they are parallel to the floor. Focus on reaching out through your fingers, palms down. Turn your left foot in slightly and turn your right foot out 90 degrees. Anchor the outside of your left foot into the mat and bend your right knee. Bring your left arm up toward the ceiling and turn your palm toward your head. Look to your left. Exhale and bend to your right, trying to put the right side of your torso on your right thigh. Place your right fingertips or hand on the floor or a block just outside of your right foot. If that stretch is too deep, place your right elbow on your right knee with the palm up. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to one minute, then release and repeat on the other side.

 

Ardha Chandrasana, Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana I (Half Moon Pose)

Benefits: This pose provides a deep stretch for your sides. How to do it: Start in Tadasana. Bring your left arm up toward your ear. Turn your palm so that it faces your head. Keep your hipbones parallel. Engaging your center and bend to the right on an exhale. To deepen, inhale both arms overhead and interlace all except the index fingers. Remain there for three to five breaths, then return to center and switch sides for the same amount of time.

 

Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)

Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)

Benefits: This pose allows you to deepen the stretch along your entire side body.  How to do it: Start in Tadasana. Step or hop your feet three to four feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor, palms down. Turn your left in and your right foot out, aligning your heels. Exhale and bend to your right, letting your right hand come to a comfortable point on your shin, ankle, a block or the floor. Work toward rolling your lower shoulder forward to avoid curling back toward your leg. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute, then release and repeat on the other side.

 

twist yoga poseStretch Both Sides. Whenever you do a side-bending pose, concentrate on keeping length in the side you are bending toward as well as the side you are stretching.

Stay Square. In a lot of side bends, it’s tempting to bring the top shoulder forward. Think of rolling it back to counteract that impulse.

As you practice side bends, remember that there is no prize for how far you can bend. Find a place where you feel a stretch, but don’t compromise your alignment to get there. And, as always, keep the focus on your breath. If it feels constrained or shallow, back out of the pose a bit. Side bending can help wring out tension and free your muscles. Take advantage of that to free your mind as well.

 

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Spring Forward: Freshening up Your Yoga Lifestyle

Posted on Fri, Apr 05, 2013

yoga and spring, spring yoga, The concept of “spring cleaning” is a centuries-old way of recognizing the primal shift in the world as you move through the seasons. In Ayurveda, each season has a dominant dosha-- from the Vata dryness of winter to the Kapha calm of early spring.  As the time of year changes, you respond to these shifts by changing your habits and environment. That’s especially true in spring. As you open your windows and literally let the sunshine in, you feel freer, lighter. It’s only natural to want to bring that lightness to all aspects of your practice and your lifestyle.  Getting rid of things you don’t need is a wonderful tool for balancing the Kaphic energy that’s abundant at this time of year.

The other tendency of a Kaphic time is the lack of motivation to try new things. Kapha’s nature is habitual and when it’s in excess, you might find you tend to stay in less-than-optimal situations longer than you need to. That applies to major life issues like jobs, relationships or houses, but it also can creep into your practice, diet and home. That makes this a great time to throw caution to the wind and introduce some fresh ideas. They don’t have to be huge changes, but shaking up the routine on and off the mat can help you take full advantage of the opportunities that the season affords.

crane pose, crow pose, Before you take class or start your personal practice, house-clean your mind. Toss out the stories about  what you’re “bad” at and open the way for new opportunities. This is the perfect time to take advantage of the warmer days and the comfort they bring to your body to try one new pose. Maybe Bakasana (Crow or Crane Pose) has a fear factor for you. Grab some blankets, put them in front of you, and give it a go the next time you’re in class. Whether you make it or not, you’ll gain so much from not letting the pose intimidate you. Try reaching for that bind you’ve never seen before when the teacher gives it, or pick a pose you’ve always wanted to learn and ask your teacher to help you work on it. Think about connecting with other students and taking the yogic lifestyle into life off the mat.

yoga and food, yoga for weight loss, yoga to trim belly fatSpring is also a great time to experiment with what you eat. Finding lighter foods to balance Kapha is a good reason to look at other shelves in the grocery store. Even though a lot of locally grown produce isn’t in season yet, there’s plenty of variety to add spice and color to your plate. If, for example, you always eat quinoa, check out some other grains. Whole grains like barley and buckwheat might be fun to try. Adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet is also good this time of year and offers a chance to experiment. It’s a great way to make you sure you maintain your electrolyte balance—especially if you like hot yoga or a fast flow that makes you perspire freely. If you don’t have a body brush, check out the offerings at your local health food store. Exfolitation is a great way to slough off dry skin and bring a glow to the outer you that reflects the you within.

spring cleaning, yoga springFinally, literal spring cleaning is a vital tool to help open your mind. Think about what physical stuff makes you feel “stuck” or “trapped.” Is that lamp from your college days still “you”? Could someone else use the piano that’s collecting dust or serving as storage? Decide to take on one or two of those places now.

Maybe finally getting the clutter out of your garage will make you feel like you breathe more easily, or maybe it’s the pantry shelf of expired spices that isn’t leaving room for you to move forward. Whatever that area is, use freeing that space as a meditation. Think about what thoughts feel like that physical clutter. As you remove the physical things, visualize yourself throwing away those ideas, cues or litanies in your mind.

yoga pawsAnd, definitely, add some “green” to your spring. Get your Yoga-Paws and take your practice outside, looking for areas without the emissions from cars or the toxins of city streets. Bring some houseplants and some potted herbs into your spring-cleaned home. Replace you pillow with organic ones or use organic towels and face cloths.

Enjoy the space you’re creating in your body, your practice and your life.

 

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Vital Force: Yogic Tips To Rev Up Your Inner Energy

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2013

yoga, yoga pose, cosmic dancerAs the world wakes up to life and color, spring offers a great opportunity to feel freer and more open in your body. It feels natural to want to put yourself in harmony with what’s around you. All the stress of hunkering down against winter winds and the tension of driving through ice and snow melts away with the first warm, sunny days. Yoga can help you take that feeling deeper. As you move into your practice, think about how each pose can help clear the energy lines within the body—coordinating your breath with movement to renew and rejuvenate from the inside out.

handstand, yogapaws, yoga handstandJust as with traditional Chinese medicine, yoga considers the energy lines (Nadis) that carry vital forces (prana in Sanskrit) through you. Stress, injury or illness can block the path of that energy.  So can environmental factors like weather and pollution as well as physical ones like poor diet and overwork. Fortunately, your yoga practice not only provides a calm place to meditate on the things that fatigue you and cause “dis-ease”, it’s also a physical way to open that energy flow again.

Prana is thought to flow through your body via the Nadis, which have a specific physical pathway. Chakras are located where Nadis meet and can also be balanced through your practice. So, yoga poses can help stimulate various points along those lines. For example, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose) opens the meridian that affects your skin and your immune system.

All of these physical balances combine to have a tremendous effect on your mental state. When your energy is flowing, you will feel more aligned mentally and physically. Here are some poses to try:

 

Salabhasana, Locust Pose

Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

Benefits: This gentle backbend detoxifies and calms by strengthening your back body and stretching your shoulders, chest and thighs.  How to do it: As Yoga Journal suggests, you may want to use extra padding beneath your pelvis and ribs before beginning this pose. Lie down on your stomach, with your forehead on the mat and arms along your sides. Bring your toe mounds together and rotate your inner thighs toward each other. On an exhale, lift your head, shoulders, arms and legs off the floor. Keep the arms parallel to the floor and palms up toward the ceiling. Gaze straight ahead or slightly upward (without compressing the neck). Hold for 30 seconds to one minute. As a variation, move your hands and arms underneath your front body. Place your hands palms down inside your hip cradle with pinky fingers touching or place your fists underneath you. With toes touching and thighs internally rotated, exhale and lift your head, shoulders and legs. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute.

 

Supta Padangushtasana, Reclining Big Toe PoseSupta Padangushtasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose)

Benefits: By activating the hips, thighs, hamstrings, groins and calves, this stretch opens the energy flow of the lower body and may help to address high blood pressure. How to do it: Lie on your back with your head resting comfortably on the mat (or supported on a blanket) and legs extended straight. Exhale, bend your left leg and draw your knee down toward your torso. Hug it tightly to your body as you push into the floor with the back of your right leg. On an inhale, loop a strap around your left instep (or encircle your left big toe with your first two fingers and thumb). If using a strap, walk your hands up the strap as you extend your left leg. Starting with your foot parallel to the ceiling, move your hands down the strap slightly (or lightly pull your foot with fingers) and draw your leg closer to your body. Your leg should align with your left shoulder. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat with your right leg.

 

Eka Pada Adho Mukha SvanasanaEka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana (One Foot Downward-Facing Dog Pose)

Benefits: This accessible, full-body stretch can energize and rejuvenate your nervous system and boost circulation. How to do it: From Tadasana (Mountain Pose), fold forward into Uttanasana (Forward-Bending Pose). Step your right foot to the back of the mat, then the left foot into Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Feet should be hip-width apart, arms straight and head between the upper arms. On an inhale, step your left leg toward the mid-line and raise your right leg toward the ceiling, keeping your foot flexed and reaching back through your heel. Rotate your right thigh inward so that your hips stay aligned. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to one minute. Repeat with your left leg.

 

Seated Flow  (video is a different version)

Benefits: This dance-like motion inspired by Shiva Rea works with the spiraling energy within the body to improve circulation and release tension. How to it: Come to a comfortable seated position. Rest your cupped  hands on your knees. Lower your torso over your legs. Drop your left should under as you take your torso to the left, then circle it back up. Stay low as move through center. Drop your right shoulder as you move back to the right, allowing your upper body to “draw” a figure eight as your torso flows from side to side. Continue for five to 10 breath cycles. Stop. Focus your eyes on a gazing point or close your eyes for three to five breath cycles. Repeat starting to the right.

 

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Benefits: Keeping your body’s ph in balance may help fend off fatigue and illness. How to do it: Eat more alkaline foods such as: figs and raisins; root vegetables, including radishes and horseradish; leafy greens; soybeans; garlic, lemons and cayenne peppers. A number of websites offer rankings of alkaline and acidic foods to help—or just take a trip to your favorite smoothie bar and order up a “green’ shake!

 

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Being Present: Exorcising Your Yoga Ghosts

Posted on Thu, Mar 07, 2013

yoga pawsOne of the keys to growing in your yoga practice—and your life—is to learn to leave the past in the past.  Just because you wobbled out of Garudasana (Eagle Pose) or didn’t reach your leg in Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) at one point in your yoga journey doesn’t mean you have “bad balance” or that you’re super-tight.  It simply means that at that point in your practice, or even on that day, there was a disconnect between how your mind wanted to experience that asana and what was available in your body. But, bodies change. The floor comes closer to your fingertips. You find that point where you’re suspended on your arms. You shift to one side and balance seems effortless.  To make the most of that change, you need to embrace it. 

Celebrate the “new you” that you’re building each time you come to your mat. Close your eyes and relax into the warmth of stretching muscles. You may have to consciously remind yourself that you’re no longer “not bendy.”  You’ve left that aspect behind in a very real sense, but you won’t be able to move forward physically until you really accept that you’ve accessed new abilities that open up further opportunities.

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Like someone who has lost weight or had a makeover, you can enjoying living and playing in a body that is not limited by the past. Think about what you’re able to do at each moment as you take class. Maybe your hip flexors have opened up enough that your hand and foot now connect in Natarajasana. Maybe your core has gotten strong enough that “hovering” in Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose) seems like flying. Or, it could be a mental breakthrough like understanding how to square your hips to the edge of your mat that makes Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III Pose) accessible. 

 lord of the danceSometimes, though, the hardest part is standing back and acknowledging that you’ve moved past some things you used to think you were “bad at” or that didn’t come naturally. So many students bring preconceptions to the mat about being tight, weak or unable to balance. It’s all too easy to carry that baggage around even after you have physically become able to access those skills in your practice. And, it’s not just that you deserve to feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. So often, that negative self-talk hampers you in class, too. Thinking of yourself as limited stops you from “going for it” when the teacher gives more advanced poses, but it also stops you from being able to fully release into the depth of what you can do. Self-confidence is the best antidote to any lingering fear of failure. 

yoga pawsSo, the next time you practice, visualize that this is the first time you’ve ever hit the mat. Don’t think about what you did last class or last week. Just let the practice flow as you move.  During Savasana (Corpse Pose) think about how that informed your practice.  What was it like to move without your yoga ghosts?

 Yoga is a wonderful way to learn to understand and enjoy your own capacity for growth and change. With each class, you gather more valuable information about your mind, your body and how they work together. No matter how long you’ve been practicing or what style you prefer, every time you come to your mat (in class or at home) is a step on a journey toward deeper understanding of your body and a wider range of abilities.

 

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Time for a Change: Using Your Yoga Minutes

Posted on Fri, Dec 28, 2012

Paws for studentsIn these last few days of the year, it can feel like a reckoning. You might look at what you have—and haven’t—done and feel like you came up short. Or, you might just be run off your feet in the middle of holiday madness and feel like you don’t have enough time to recoup your energy. Or, maybe it was a great year. You changed jobs, started or deepened a relationship, took that dream vacation or got your yoga teacher certification. But you still feel stressed to do more.  It’s great to have a plan, to want to accomplish things in your life. What’s not so great is to get so pressured by  stress that you stop living in the moment. To have time, you have to make time.

 Plank Pose While it’s tempting to tell yourself, “I only have 15 minutes—I can’t do anything,” try this “in the moment” exercise. The next time you slap on your YogaPaws, bring a stopwatch or clock. Come into Plank Pose and hold for 30 seconds. As you release the pose, register how many thoughts and sensations you experienced as you held your body in that position. Chances are, your mind was able to process some very intense thoughts about your physical and mental state. It’s doubtful you “looked away,” mentally, physically or spiritually during that half-minute. Now, think about how many half-minutes you have in your day.

Keeping that intent should help you realize just how much time you really do have in your life. Remember, that session on your mat was a matter of seconds—and when do you  not have 30 seconds in a day, even when you’re rushed? Every second, you make thousands of choices—sit or stand, talk or listen, act or react. Every second, you have the opportunity to write a new story about your life experience. Think about a life lived as intensely as those 30 seconds in being groundedPlank Pose! And consider how profoundly you can change your life minute to minute, day by day. That is the real power of the warrior—becoming a person of action within each breath—moving, growing, fully engaging in life. Time takes on a different meaning when you open up all of your senses and drink in the present.

As you plan our your goals for 2013, think about how you want this year’s seconds to play out. Don’t lose sight of the now, even when you feel like time is going by at warp speed. Slow down, focus and celebrate this treasure trove of experiences. And, welcome in a happy new year!

 

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