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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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Tags: being present, yoga for change, yoga and goals, yoga for being present

Creating Your Dream Life

Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2012


yoga pawsIf you’re like most people, you probably fantasize about waking up and having your life be exactly the way you want it. You might have pictured what you want from each minute of that day, from breakfast to bedtime.

Now, think about what you would do if you could put all those things on a holiday wish list. How would you describe them? How many of them do you feel are possible? Which are the most important?

Most likely, you already have some idea of how to make most of those things happen in your own life. You  might already know the steps you’d take or the actions that build that ladder between you and where you want to be.  You don’t need to wait for Santa to send that list. You can be your own genie in a bottle. The question, asks self-improvement guru Louise Hay, is why you don’t work toward those goals, whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or a dream move.

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Sometimes, the easiest way to work around that sense of impossibility is to focus on the specifics. Next time you practice yoga with YogaPaws or on your mat, create a meditation around your life’s wish list.

Go back to that vision of your perfect life. Where would you live? What would you eat for breakfast? How would you want to spend your day? What kind of job would you have? What would you want to do after work? What responsibilities would be taken off your plate?

Now, bring your awareness back to your life as it is. Try to prioritize your list, just like you did for Santa when you were a kid. Narrow it down to two or three things that you really want. As you shape these goals in your mind, meditate on the idea that as you leave the studio, you will start working toward that goal. Think about each step you are going to take—it can be as literal as imagining yourself picking up your car keys to drive to the studio. Focus on walking yourself through each step of your goals and feel yourself as you would be when they are met. What would you wear? How would you talk? Let yourself dwell on the sense of achievement you’d have. Try to live like that’s who you are now (because it is!).

 

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Tags: yoga and goals, self love, Manifesting your life

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