Letting Go

In my earlier days when practicing a yoga posture, I began to notice that I held my breath, particularly if I was doing something that I found mentally or physically challenging. Your yoga practice can reveal much to you about yourself and how you respond or react to every day things in life. I recall asking my yoga teacher at the time about that and she kindly shared, that if I focused on the exhale, the inhale would naturally follow. It took time for me to understand what a powerful metaphor, this reality is. Recently I was thinking about drinking…

Sankalpa – Sow a Resolution for Positive Change

A New Year is a great reminder to pause, stop and take a moment to sit with yourself and focus on what you would like to achieve and the changes you would like to bring into your life.  Taking the time to clear the mind and allowing yourself an opportunity to hear and listen to the intuitive wisdom of your heart is an invaluable practice.   Sankalpa is a sanskrit word which broadly speaking means a ‘resolve’ or ‘resolution’.  It differs in meaning from ones traditional view of a New Years’ resolution, as it extends much deeper than for example, changing a habit…

Navasana – Boat Posture (Modified)

Pronounced NAH-VAHS-anna, nava means boat.  This is boat posture (modified). This posture is found in the seated sequence of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (primary series). It is recommended to seek the guidance and supervision of a qualified yoga teacher when practicing yoga postures. Sitting on a yoga mat, pull the flesh away from under the sit bones.  Lift the pelvic floor up.  Lift in the lower back.  Lengthen the spine vertebrae by vertebra with the top of the head reaching towards the sky.  The shoulders are broad, with the shoulder blades reaching down the back towards the waist. Inhale, drawing the navel up…