Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above
Without it, life is a wasted time
Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine
Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be
I could light the night up with my soul on fire
I could make the sun shine from pure desire
Let me feel the love come over me
Let me feel how strong it can be
Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love,
Bring me a higher love
I could rise above for this higher love.
Steve Winwood - a wise guy
Why smart people do yoga? Look at the proven benefits.
Yoga is proven to be great for our health. Yoga helps in calming our brains down, for helping us to focus and decrease stress levels, for preventing and treating things like back pain and headaches and for breathing better. If you are curious about this practical practice,
This photo is so befitting. How calm is this girl floating above the sting rays? I am not going to lie. This is a stressful time in my life. But when I see this woman floating above a bunch of stingrays it seems a perfect metaphor for staying as calm as possible even when things are edgy.
Whether you're experienced in yoga or just starting out, integrating the practice of ahimsa in everyday life can lead to wonderful strides. Ahimsa is one of the five yamas, which are the ethical, moral and societal guidelines for yogis. Ahimsa can be distilled into a practice of non-violence in all aspects of life, from the physical to the mental and emotional.
"I teach yoga. I call it Hatha as it gives me some flexibility when I teach but I really approach it from a "middle of the road" kind of place so it is applicable to everyone I work with. To me, yoga is for wellness and for learning to let go and also learning to focus and get into the intricacies of the body with full, complete presence on the mat.
Poem by Khalil Gibran "The Prophet"
respected and impressive.
"she was in august company"
Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness
There is a growing body of research to back up yoga’s mental health benefits. Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system.
Yoga’s positive benefits on mental health have made it an important practice tool of psychotherapy (American Psychological Association).
Benefits of Deep Breathing
Most people unconsciously breathe from their chests, resulting in short, shallow and inefficient breaths. Chest breathing causes reduced oxygen and nutrient delivery, increased feelings of anxiety and stress, and muscle tension. Unlike chest breathing, deep breathing involves breathing from your abdomen, which enables you to draw air all the way down into the deepest pockets of your lungs. Deep breathing can provide a number of benefits to your physical and mental well-being.
Do what it takes. Give yourself what you need. Self care, self inquiry, quality time with quality people, practice honesty, avoid gossip, serve others and forgive. Take a trip alone to soul search. Rest up or get up, whatever you need.
Have patience. Minding our own business and focusing on how we as one person can be better simplifies things. And this is all part of yoga practice.
Practice is the key word. We are all learning until the day we die. Patience with ourselves is a good thing to focus on because we are all going to have moments we falter. Yet each day we start over again and each day we can try again to be as understanding as possible.
When on a soulful path it can be extra challenging and there will always be situations that knock us off balance. We will not always hit the mark but peace within is the best place to focus our efforts.
Do what feels right and do what feels good to you. Respect and love yourself and then it doesn't matter what others think about you. Being right within ourselves means being at peace with where and who we are. We can forget this and I do too at times but bring my mind back to this ASAP.
When stressful times hit we can go within. Sometimes it takes a little time to calm down but in just sitting, breathing and connecting with our inner self as best we can, can bring relief and peace in minutes.
Today is another new day.
Namaste & love,
Yoga for Wellness with Suzanne Via