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Post #73: something haunting you that you did or said? 11 minute yoga vignette to curb cravings and release guilt and shame

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Have you ever had something that you "said" or "did" haunt you deep inside and you want to cover it up so that you don't have to face the guilt, shame or other uneasy emotions? Most of us have something that we feel guilty or shameful about and would like to bury it in the ground. But not facing these behaviors in ourselves and admitting (at least to ourselves) that we were wrong, will wreak havoc on us until we can face the music. The cravings we reach for when this...

Post #72: 16-Minute Storytelling Meditation to Combat Loneliness & Remember God’s Presence

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Do you ever find yourself moving through life, everything is fine, then one day you wake up and it's like the whole world is against you? You feel like you have no friends, you feel like a loser, you feel worthless and unworthy, lonely and isolated, and you are beating yourself down in your head about something you said or did? What the hell happened?! Why do we do this to ourselves?! What triggers this? I have no idea why this overcomes us suddenly, but I do know that it happens...

Post #71: Introduction to the 8-limbed path of yoga!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Summer is here!! And that means longer days in which to cultivate good, wholesome practices! Ashtanga Yoga means the 8-limbed path of yoga and this was written about in Patanjali's yoga sutras thousands of years ago. Understanding these 8-limbs of yoga helps us to understand the basis of yoga and what we are trying to accomplish with the practice.  The first limb of yoga is called the Yamas. These are ways to properly conduct ourselves through daily life. One of these is ahimsa, or non-violence. When we say "violence" this can be the negative...

Post #70: Wake up on the wrong side of the bed?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We all do it. We have a great day. Life is good. Then from out of nowhere, bam! We wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Why is that? What happened from yesterday to today? Hormones? Bad dreams? Stress? Maybe a little bit of all of the above? This time you are prepared. Because this time you have a guided meditation that will help take you from the wrong side of the bed to the right side of feeling good again.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_video link="https://vimeo.com/99443313/"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

Post #69: Yoga is like a mini-vacay for body, mind, & soul

[vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Do you enjoy planning your next vacation? I sure do! But have you noticed that most vacations are spent running after kids or running around trying to take in as many sites as quickly as possible? Have you ever heard yourself mutter, "I need a vacation from my vacation"? Unless you’re 20 with no kids and heading to the Bahamas, vacations usually don't leave us feeling refreshed and recharged. Yoga is like a mini-vacay without having to leave your mat.  It gives us something we don't normally get with vacation, a chance to check in with...

Post #68: 14-minute Sacred Ceremony to Meet Your Higher Self

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]I hope you are ready because today I am sharing one of my favorite guided meditations.  I was guided to put this one together after one of my friends and fellow yoga teachers passed away unexpectedly years ago. I led a guided meditation at a special memorial that was put together for her and I've never felt more connected with someone who had passed. The days leading up to the memorial I felt like she was helping me craft the perfect meditation that needed to be heard and felt by those she...

Post #67: Yoga as an Alternative to Exercise

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yoga is not meant to be seen as "exercise". It is an ancient practice that is meant to release old stress and allow us to access our higher guidance, creativity and connection with God. How can we not be excited to practice yoga every single day?!! This is my goal for Spiritual Yogi. I want to get people excited about this ancient practice of yoga. When you fully understand the depth of this practice and what all it's doing you won't be able to wait to step onto your mat and...

Post #66: 7-minute breath-work exercise when you need to press the pause button

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Want to know one of the many things I love about yoga? The self-study. The yoga sutras say that yoga is built on 3 components: discipline, practice and self-study. As we practice yoga we learn to shift into witness consciousness. This is the aspect of consciousness that allows us to turn our focus onto ourselves and "study" ourselves. It's pretty darn cool. It's what allows us to slow down and begin letting go aspects of ourselves that we've picked up and learned along the way that no longer serve us well. For instance, one...

Post #65: 6-minute alignment exercise to re-balance energy in the body

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I'm so grateful you are here to share in this amazing practice! Yoga is truly a phenomenal practice. It reminds me of the essential oil lavender, which is considered an adaptable oil. In other words, if we're tired, lavender oil helps to energize us. If we're agitated or anxious, it helps calm us down. Yoga is similar in nature. It re-balances the energy in the body in whatever way is needed. This can be instantly felt as we practice. As we work on physical alignment through the practice of yoga, we also allow the energy of the body to...

Post #64: Yoga Is Movement Meditation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yoga is considered movement meditation. For some of us, we are more drawn to movement meditation rather than seated meditation. Sometimes, we crave one over the other. When I was in my 20's and 30's all I wanted to practice was yoga as movement meditation, but once I had kids I noticed that I craved more of the seated meditation. Can't imagine why! lol Probably because with kids we don't really have a chance to sit down, and we always want what we can't have, right? Both yoga as movement meditation and...