“If there is pe…

“If there is peace in your mind you will find peace with everybody. If your mind is agitated you will find agitation everywhere. So first find peace within and you will see this inner peace reflected everywhere else. You are this peace! You are happiness, find out. Where else will you find peace if not within you?”

~ Papaj

If All You Do Is Wait…

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You’re going to waste your life if all you do is wait for that specific moment to happen. Live in the present moment. Don’t look back and regret why you never did what you wanted to do. And don’t look too far forward into the future to plan everything out. Looking into the past and future has a way of ruining your current mood — and life.

Be spontaneous. Try something new — something you have always wanted to try. For example, a new workout program you have been back and forth on trying. Go for it! It will give you something to do, get you into better shape, and shift your mood into a better one instantly. This is the same with yoga and meditation — even after one practice it will leave you in a much better mood and your body feeling rejuvenated. Although, even if we do hate routine, it’s important to make this practice part of your daily routine for two reasons: it will get easier to do with each day that passes, and you’ll also eventually look forward to what you’ll be doing the next day. It could be that you’re working up to a new pose, or that you’re going to try to meditation for 20 minutes instead of 15, or you’re going to add in a little extra to your workout to burn more fat and/or calories.

Instead of waiting until a certain day to start, why not start now? You’re just procrastinating. You shouldn’t dread starting a new workout or program — you should be excited and looking forward to the outcome. You’d be surprised about the benefits that come out of what you accomplish. So instead of delaying whatever you’ve been waiting to start, start today. I call your bluff if you say you “don’t have time”. Take 10 minutes out of your day to meditate, or 30 minutes to start a new workout, or 20 minutes to start a new yoga sequence. It’s all about starting now and building it up as you go. Start out small and watch how your mind improves as you get deeper and more serious about making your life better.

I’m Just Here For The Savasana

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Savasana: lay down on your back, legs shoulder-width apart, arms next to your sides but not touching, palms facing up. Inhale to the count of four, exhale to the count of eight. Concentrate on your breaths. Start at your head and relieve any and all tension in your body. Move down your body joint by joint until you reach your toes. Notice the negative energy leaving your body to make room for the positive energy.

Savasana (Corpse Pose) is (usually) the last pose in your yoga sequence. This pose is intended to bring total relaxation to your body after a beautiful sequence you just completed. Even if you don’t have time to practice yoga today (shame on you!), you should still get into Savasana for 5-10 minutes or until you are completely relaxed — however long that may take. You’ll notice a difference in your mood and energy levels almost instantly.

Since it’s finally Friday, I know we all can benefit from Savasana. It’s time to wind down and enjoy the weekend!

Namaste 🙂

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A Million Different Thoughts

A Million Different Thoughts

If I could sum up meditation quickly, this quote depicts it beautifully. 50,000 thoughts a day is quite a bit if you think about it. And that’s how many thoughts the average person has. Finding some time in your busy day to seek the quiet in your mind will lower your stress and you will be able to get through your thousands of thoughts quicker each day. Finding the quiet in your mind allows you to to find peace from within. It’s quite a wonderful feeling that we don’t practice nearly enough.

Find the True Yogi In You

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We’re all searching for true happiness. Sometimes it’s so difficult to find it. We can’t see past the darkness, but the light will always shine through. Maybe not at the moment you want it to, but when the time is right it will.

I’ve had a four-day weekend (it’s been so bitter cold; -35 degrees with the windchill. Gotta love Chicago weather). Having this much time off is so bittersweet. It’s great to have a nice, long break but it can also get a bit boring and that’s when your mind starts to wander about anything and everything. It’s a terrible thing to be stuck in that state of mind. You never know where your mind is headed. Since my mind is prone to overthinking about every little thing, I decided that I was going to put a stop to the negativity and find the positivity. I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve practiced yoga and also meditation. It’s gotten so far away from me and I’ve just pushed it off. I know it’s benefited me in the past, so I decided to give it another shot. I found a sequence by Kathryn Budig, which I just love. She’s an international yoga instructor and author and she’s simply a prodigy. I highly recommend finding sequences that she’s designed.

I started practicing both my yoga sequence and my meditation both first thing in the morning and in the evening. Practicing twice at these certain times guarantees to put a smile on your face and to rejuvenate you in the morning and to calm you down and relax you in the evening. For the past three days I’ve committed to this schedule and I’ve felt better than I have in a long time. More positive about my current situation — not worrying so much about what can happen, go wrong, or feeling stuck. I feel more elated and relaxed. If this outcome has affected me in only three days, I can only imagine how changed my life will be if I stick to it.

I write this post in hopes that you will try this technique. We’re all searching to be inspired and to elevate our mood. I believe the practice of yoga and meditation will help you achieve greatness in every possible way. Start out small with a short 10 minute yoga sequence and a 10 minute meditation practice and work your way up when you’re feeling ready for the challenge. You’ll feel moved and eager to begin each day.

Good luck, my fellow yogi’s! Namaste.

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