"A negative mind will never give you a positive life."
As you settle into your practice this morning, focus on the movement of your breath. Feel the changes it brings to your body. Allow the breath to lengthen, drawing out the inhalation and exhalation to a place that comfortable for you. Take a few moments here....Turn your attention to your thoughts. With each exhale, release any negative thoughts, any judgments or expectations you bring to your mat. Allow those to pass and in its place, let each inhale fill your body with positive thoughts.
"Yoga is a dance between control and surrender, between pushing and letting go - and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being." Joel Kramer
In your practice this morning, be an active partner in this dance of understanding your body. Listen as each asana reveals exactly what your body needs...control, surrender, pushing or letting go.
"...and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~ Anais Nin
As you move through your practice this morning, be conscious of what you are holding on to a bit too tightly. Is there something you can let go of that will change your perception and experience of the asana? Find the perfect place to blossom in your practice.
- leg open to the side
- leg across midline 8-10 inches
- leg across body for supine twist
"You cannot always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside."
As you move through your practice this afternoon, be mindful of what’s going on inside yourself…your breath, your thoughts, and your body. Be intentional in maintaining that mindful control over the effects of what’s happening outside yourself.
"Drink from the well of yourself and begin again." Charles Bukowski
Approach your practice this with an attitude of newness. Explore each asana as if it's the first time you've been there. Use your senses, your breath or your movement to experience something fresh and new.
"Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within." Eckhart Tolle
In your practice this evening, leave your expectations at the door. Step onto your mat with an intention of remaining present. Feel the breath move through your body, keeping you in the moment...releasing anxiety, judgement and worry.
"Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without." Terri Guillemets, 2002
"For thousands of years, yoga has been a tool to open the mind and body, bringing transformation. At its core, yoga is a process that involves confronting your limits and transcending them." Joel Kramer
In your practice this morning, be particularly attentive to what you perceive as your limitations. Use the breath to intentionally explore these perceptions, move with integrity, and discover where your body needs to go.
"When you lose touch with the inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world." Elkhart Tolle
This morning we'll focus on listening to the inner stillness & refocus attention to our inner self with a yoga breath practice called square breathing. This simple, easy breath is an effective way to calm yourself and enjoy a few minutes of tranquility.
"Renewal is what happens when you realize that some of the stuff you've been carrying around doesn't matter." Rob Bell
As you approach your practice this afternoon, do a quick inventory of anything that you're carrying around that doesn't serve you well. Intentionally release those with each exhale of your practice.
"Go with the flow. Force nothing. Let it happen...trusting that whichever way it goes...it was for the best." Mandy Hale
We'll build today's practice around sun salutations. Take or leave any part that does not serve you well.
"Yoga must not be practiced to control the body; it it the opposite, it must bring freedom to the body, all the freedom it needs." Vanda Scaravelli
In today's practice, we'll continue to explore the bandhas in our practice. Bandha means to lock, control or tighten. In practice, it's the activation and engagement of muscle groups that support in toning and lifting of the systems of the body against the natural laws of gravity.