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Yoga Teacher Training includes more than just ASANAS!

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This Saturday July 21 st, we begin Module 2 of the Maha Shakti RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training and we kick it off with an Ayurvedic cooking lesson and demonstration with Elaine Dodson of Dallas Texas. There is no one better suited to instruct the Maha Shakti Teacher training students than Elaine in the understanding of Ayurvedic principles and the creation of healthy and health enhancing meals. Elaine is the quintessential HEALTH NUT! Her sense of humor and unique approach to life give everyone she touches a lift . Spend some time with our yoga instructors and enjoy the fruits of your labor at this fantastic event on the first day of Module 2- Jala!

Namaste

 

 

Elaine Dodson Ayurvedic video

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Share the Love…with your BABY!

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Not sure what to do about your yoga practice now that you are preggers????? Well, Adri Kyser, co-founder of the Maha Shakti RYT 200 is a certified Pre-natal Yoga instructor and she shares her expertise in this recent article…

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Why Prenatal Yoga? Prenatal yoga can ease the discomforts of pregnancy (moodiness, swollen ankles, shortness of breath, etc). It gives you the opportunity to bond with your baby, other pregnant Goddesses and helps prepare your body for labor. Many of my prenatal clients are new to yoga but I also get some clients that are familiar with yoga but now are interested in a gentler feminine approach.

Prenatal classes are not to shape the body or avoid gaining weight. Prenatal classes are meant to celebrate this special time in your life, your femininity, your beautiful changing body, the bond you are creating with your baby and the connections and support you establish with other women during this period. These classes are very powerful and can help many women reclaim their physical and mental power while becoming receptive and confident during labor. (read more)

 

Maha Shakti Teacher Training Module 2…Including an introduction into prenatal yoga, will begin July 21, 2012…register now to secure your spot in this amazing and transformative personal journey!

Namaste

Forgiveness = Compassion and Self-Care

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A few years ago while I was helping a friend with her “resentments”- see 12 step program… I was reminded that the goal of  creating this “list of people we feel have harmed us”, is to begin the process of seeing our part and then taking the  steps to forgive them. Not for their peace of mind… for our own. This article by Adri Kyser co-founder of Maha Shakti Yoga Teacher training reminded me of that very powerful process of forgiving…

 

Have you ever felt hurt, betrayed, disappointed or all of the above? In our lifetime, many of us have felt this way one time or another due to the words, actions or lack of action by others. Sometimes people that have hurt us don’t even know what they did. Other times, their actions were intentional and uncalled for. Regardless of the intention, we are the ones that are deeply wounded and carry the pain, hurt and anger within us. Normally, after our initial stage of being hurt (it may be few days, weeks or even months), we try to move on with our lives and let the incident be a thing of the past. It is easier (not easy) to move past the event when we receive a heartfelt apology, but often times we don’t get an apology at all. Unfortunately, we can carry the memory of hurtful events and the feelings associated with them for a long time, taking a toll on our physical, mental and emotional health.

Forgiveness is a conscious decision to let go of resentment and even thoughts of revenge. It is a journey to freedom from our past. Learning to forgive can lead to feelings of understanding, compassion and empathy for the one (s) who hurt us. Like Deepak Chopra says “What we don’t recognize is that holding onto resentment is like holding onto your breath. You’ll soon start to suffocate”.

Forgiveness does not change the past nor does it free the person from their responsibility of his /her wrong actions. Forgiving will not erase what happened but it can lessen the intensity on how you remember such events. Forgiveness actually frees you up from the ties that are holding you back. It opens the doors to healing and to new possibilities. Forgiveness is something we do entirely for ourselves.

One of the most common obstacles I find in the process of forgiving is that many people, deep down are expecting an apology. They want the person that hurt them to know the pain his/her actions have caused them. Some even want that person to feel the same pain. This type of thinking does not lead to freedom, inner peace and inner power. As long as you are expecting the other person to apologize or to hurt the same way you have, you are still tied to their hurtful actions. You are giving them your power and peace. You are the only one that can find freedom and strength by forgiving and cutting the ties that bound you to them and their past actions. I know it sounds really simple and easy but I know it is harder that in sounds.

Take a moment here and ask yourself these questions:

–       Are you ready to be free?

–       Are you ready to be happy?

–       Are you ready to let go of the past?

–       Are you ready to forgive?

If so, start the process of forgiveness. Here are few things that may help up.

–       Be patient with yourself and don’t expect everything to be ok overnight.

–       Reflect on the event, the facts, on how you’ve reacted, and how this has affected your life and well-being.

–       Actively choose to forgive the person who has offended you.

–       Write in a piece of paper the name of the person, the event, and your feelings. Then say a prayer and say you are done with holding on to this and you are finally releasing it and letting it go.

–       You can burn the piece of paper as a symbolic act of burning the ties that are preventing you from living a happy, loving and peaceful life.

–       If the circumstances allow it, maybe have a polite talk with the person causing you pain. This will close and complete the cycle and hopefully will give you some resolution.

–       Pray for their well-being or send them positive energy. They may be going through something in their lives. This one is not as easy but it sure is powerful.

Remember that you are not a victim and you can choose to claim back the control and power you have given consciously or unconsciously to those that have hurt you.

Of course there is also the “Power of Forgiving Ourselves” but I feel that merits a new discussion in itself.

If you have experienced successful tools or actions taken that helped you forgive, I would love to hear about it.

Love,

Adri Kyser

The co-founder of Maha Shakti Teacher Training shares her ideas with our students, and YOU!

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8 Easy Steps to Start and Sustain a Yoga Practice.

 

 

Have you noticed how more and more people are turning into yoga every day? Whether they are looking to loose weight or to release stress, yoga is becoming more and more popular across the Globe. You see celebrities, professional sport athletes even doctors endorsing the benefits this practice can bring to your life. No wonder why everyone is giving it a try.

Many people are asking questions like “Why is everyone practicing yoga?” “Why now?” After all, yoga has been around for at least 5000 years. Even though this is true, it is now more than ever that we need yoga the most. These days, we seem to live our lives with more stress, more things to do, more things to accomplish. Yoga is giving us an opportunity to find ways to release stress, relax and live more meaningful lives.

I personally believe that the key to practicing yoga is consistency. It does not matter what type of yoga you practice, if you practice at home, in a studio or gym. It does not matter what type of mat you have and if you wear super cool yoga clothes. What really matters is that you practice consistently.

Here are 8 easy steps you can take to start and establish a yoga practice for years to come:

Be realistic with your expectations: Start where you are today. The beautiful thing about yoga is that it is for everyone regardless of age, gender, body type, etc. Do your homework and see what classes or videos are best for you. What type of experience and trainings your teachers have, etc. The best informed you are the better your choice will be. But remember that it does not matter if you were an athlete when you were 18 years old, if you never practice yoga before, start with a beginner class. You can always take other classes if you feel you can do more.

Be kind to yourself and listen to your body. Your body knows what it can do. Yoga is not a competitive sport where you need to push toward the end to win. If you push your body too hard, you probably will stop liking yoga or worse, you may hurt yourself and stop your practice all together.

Add it to your schedule. See how many times you can honestly commit to yourself and to your practice. Many people want to jump head first and do as many classes in the first few weeks. They think that in this way they can achieve all the benefits people talk about as quickly as possible. The truth is that you will see benefits even if  you can only commit to a yoga practice twice per week. This will help you continue a steady practice for months and even years rather that start strong for 2 weeks and then stop completely.

Create a sacred space for your practice. If you are starting a home Yoga Practice, find a space just for you. It does not matter if is just a small area big enough for your mat or an entire room. Create a place where you feel special, where you can connect with your breath and your practice. Maybe light incense or have some flowers. Create your own sanctuary. If you are planning on going to a studio or gym, then create your sacred space within you…..in your mat… You don’t have to be fancy just willing.

Practice at the same time everyday to establish a routine. Once you begin to see the difference your yoga practice starts to make in your life, you will be looking for more ways to make this practice a part of your daily routine. Once your practice becomes fully established in your routine you don’t have to think twice about it. You just do it like when you brush your teeth, you do it because it makes you feel good.

Go for quality rather than quantity. Let go of time. It does not matter if you practice for 2 hours or for 20 minutes. What matters is the quality of your practice along with the consistency of it. You don’t have to practice daily for 2 hours (unless you want to and have the time) to get many of the benefits yoga has to offer. You may find that for you a simple 20-minute practice gives you all you need.

Have Fun and enjoy your “me” time!  During this time nothing else matters but you, your breath and your practice. Make it fun. Play some cool music that inspires you, turn off your phone, play around and don’t get caught up on how you think you should look like. Just move your body and concentrate on what you are feeling.

Don’t give up. Life happens and sometimes our yoga practice falls between the cracks. If you fall off the wagon, start again. Remember that every step you take towards your well-being is never wasted.

Give it a try. You may be surprised by the results.

If you have any additional suggestions, I would love to hear all about them. Feel free to leave a comment or two.

 

Love and Peace,

 

Adri

Rooting down, to expand upward

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Understanding all of the aspects of the practice of yoga is what Maha Shakti Teacher Training is founded on. Whether it is reading the Sutras by Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita or studying anatomy as it relates to yoga and postures. it is all part of a whole practice.

Eastern Body, Western Mind is a dense text explaining the chakra system. More than this however, it helps demystify the whole concept of what our energy centers are and how they can be aligned for a more centered and healthy life experience. Here in the west, as the book’s title suggests we are frequently”in-our-heads” and disconnected from our body’s intelligence. In reading this book, I have had some moments of “connection” of my own and I would like to share from time to time some of the more profound of these.

The author of Eastern Body, Western Mind Anodea Judith writes, ” The Muladhara chakra corresponds to the element earth, which is the ground for our roots…. Our roots can be seen as the way our system plugs in to the larger system of the planet, which is our source, the origin of the liberating current, from which all things grow up….We push against the earth in order to stand or move and we rest upon the earth (nurtured by gravity) when we choose to be still.”

The author continues…” Grounding brings consciousness into the body, and is essential for forming healthy boundaries. We feel more awake and alive when the downward current of consciousness connects with the body and meets the field of sensation, the edges and boundaries of physical reality.”

I know this is a lot to ponder, but just think on it for a minute… when we feel like we ar un-tethered, as if our life is spinning out of our control, we alone can stop the disconnect. We can practice standing still and feeling the earth beneath our feet. Look deeper into the causes of our chaos and we may find that the root of our problems lies in having poorly established boundaries, for our bodies, our minds or our hearts.  Stillness and feeling supported by the earth can do wonders to  re- create our sense of trust. Trust in the world and trust in our selves.

Today, as you step out into the world that seems ever-changing , remember that the earth, the ground,  your roots are what sustain you… no matter what your head may think!

Namaste

Finding your ground …. no matter what!