May

06

Deadly Thoughts

The mind: it can be a crazy, dark, beautiful, chaotic, place.  The mind is an amazingly complex organ that not only runs your body but can greatly affect your life and determine your future. Every action you take begins with a single thought.  I remember when the thought “you’re a lost cause”popped into my head after a week of bad decisions.  That’s the night I tried to take my own life. 
 
I genuinely trusted and loved God.  I was going to church, part of a small group and actively involved.  But something wasn’t quite right.  Why couldn’t I “be good”consistently?!?!  If you’ve read my previous blog, you know I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety (so that explained a lot).  In one of my weakest moments, Satan saw the perfect opportunity to attack.  I was mentally weak and felt absolutely nothing on the inside.  He didn’t come to me in a...
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May

06

My Favorite Yoga Stuff

Hey guys!  First off...This is not a #ad.

No one has given me anything in exchange for mentioning their brand.  I have, however, used a lot of brands over the years and I've been given A LOT of stuff, so I know what's out there and I know what I like and I know what's good.  People ask me all the time "what type of mat do you recommend?" or "what type of leggings are those?"  This blog is an answer to that.

I also see a ton of "yoga" stuff out there.  We've come a long way from needing just a crappy mat.  We've got everything from yoga mascara (yep, you heard that right!) to really prickly mats that swear relieve sore muscles and it can be overwhelming to decipher what is just hype and what is going to really help your practice.  I have found certain things, along the way, that enhance my practice.  Things worth mentioning.  And here they are:

  1.  Mandukamat.  Everything they say about their product is true.  I've had...
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May

06

Finding Freedom (on and off the mat)

By Bethany | Uncategorized | No Comments

I think Society would like you to think that freedom is a life without restraint. A lot of people think of freedom as being able to do what you want when you want, buy  and say whatever you want when you want.  When we only do what we want to do, and don’t do what we don't’ want to do, we are actually enslaved to our emotions. Our feelings then dictate what we do and don’t do. We are all adults with the ability to make choices so of course we are free to make those choices, but that doesn’t equate to real freedom.

Real freedom is freedom from fear, guilt, shame, bitterness, anger and fear….did I say that one already??? Good, because that’s a biggie.

So how do we find that kind of freedom? I believe the secret to Finding Freedom is not something you do or say. Unfortunately, there’s not a pill we can take and we are all of a sudden free. The secret to Finding Freedom is something you KNOW. When you KNOW the TRUTH, the...

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May

06

5 Tips to Handstand

It's no secret that I love me some handstands.  But what I love even more is helping someone else get there.  To see their face when they get that one second of hang time is priceless.  But here’s the deal.  There’s only so many tips and cues that I can give you.  There’s only so many tutorials you can watch and workshops you can go to.  Your best bet to get you standing on your hands is to stand on your hands!  With a wall.  Without a wall.  It doesn’t matter.  There is no substitute for practice.  You have to feel it yourself.  And once you get that little taste of hang time….it’s all over.  You’ll be hand standing everywhere and throwing handstand hashtags around like confetti: #handstandjunkie #handstandseveryday

Here are some tips to help you get #upsidedown.

5 Tips to handstand:

  1. Strong hands AND flexible wrist.  This is probably the most important because your...
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May

06

Yoga and Christianity

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A friend of mine posted this article on my page the other day.  You can read it here: https://www.edendecoded.com/blog-2/item/yoga.  The whole “Yoga and Christianity” debate is annoying but one I’ve tried to stay out of mainly because putting it down on paper has been a challenge.  “We all have our convictions” has been my mentality until I read the article and in the comments a young lady wrote “I am so devastated to read that yoga is not for Christians. I had no idea. It was recommended from my Dr. so as to help my illnesses, Chronic Fatigue and migraine, that yoga is gentle and a simple exercise for these illnesses. I have been going for about 10 months and has helped me alot. Now to learn I am displeasing God, I must quit for nothing is worth going to hell for.” 
 
The origin of Yoga doesn’t so much concern me for 2 reasons:  1.  It works.  2.  The Bible says in Colossians 1:16 “For...

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May

06

Live Like a Warrior

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This may come as a shock to those who know me now, but I grew up angry.  And for no particular reason either.  I had (and still do have) loving parents who would do anything for me.  Nothing traumatic ever happened to me.  I just remember being pissed off.  I’ve put holes in doors with anything I could get my hands on.  I’ve thrown a telephone and a wrench at my brother.  Even as an “adult”, I’ve punched through glass, smashed phones, and screamed and yelled to get my point across.  The smallest conflict seemed to be an outright war and this little chick liked to fight!  But on the opposite end of the spectrum, I was also very kind and loyal and would do anything for you.  I loved people and enjoyed serving others.   

 
I knew the way I responded to certain situations probably wasn’t the best way to go about it, but it’s like something would snap and I HAD to do those things to...

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May

06

Bandha Wha?!?!

By Bethany | bandha core yoga | No Comments

Your core is much more than the 6-pack we strive so hard (or not so hard) to get.  There’s a layer of muscles behind that called your Transverse Abdominals.  These muscles, along with your hip flexors, are deep core muscles that are needed to obtain that “effortless” float to and from the top of your mat or to press into a handstand.  So if these muscles are so deep, how do we engage them?!?!?  So glad you asked.  In yoga, we use a little thing we call bandhas.  Bandha literally translates to “lock” or to “hold”.  Essentially, we engage a part of the body that allows for a deeper core engagement and where we lock, or hold, energy in and up.  We have three bandhas in the body, but for the sake of core engagement, I am only going to discuss two: Uddiyana and Mula Bandha.

Mula Bandha is located at the base of your pelvis, the perineum.  Stay with me here!  You engage this area by lifting...

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May

06

Do Not Be Led By Your Emotions

By Bethany | emotions feelings | No Comments

"Feelings are like waves.  We can't stop them from coming, but we can choose which ones to surf." - Jonatan Martensson


I woke up Tuesday morning and did NOT want to get out of bed.  I took Anna to school, came home and got right back under the covers.  There is an ice storm coming and it’s supposed to be pretty bad.  The thought of having to get out in this cold, rainy weather is torturous for me.  I’m frantically checking my phone for cancellations!  Dear God, please let them cancel!  I can sense my dread and then anger.  And then I thought:

Just like I can’t change the weather outside, I can’t change how I feel about it either.  HOWEVER, I am in control of my response to those feelings.  I can choose to stay under the covers until the very last second and then rush to class.  I can dwell on the fact that it’s cold and wet and gross outside.  Or I can think and act differently.  And in...

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May

06

What To REALLY Work On During Your Practice

By Bethany | practice yoga | No Comments

     Tonight was a very special night for me.  I had a client come to her first hot yoga class!!  I can't even tell you how proud I am that she even showed up.  And you know what? She did great....tight hamstrings and all!  I’m just beaming with pride, right?!  I looked over and asked several times if she was good and she smiled back.  There was a time when she dropped back into child’s pose, took a few deep breaths and then picked right back up.  Having had the opportunity to introduce her to yoga and then witness her first yoga practice in a group setting, I’m so excited I can’t even focus on my own practice!!!  Before I know it, we’re bringing it down to the mat for savasana.  We rise...Namaste....class over.  

     I excitedly walked up to her after class and said “Sooooo, how was that?!?!”  Her response threw me off guard.  “That was so...

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May

06

Lessons I learned in my 20s.

 From September 25, 2013

What I learned in my 20's & why I'm embracing my 30's

1.  Self-Development is key!  You have to want to be better...to do better.  Don’t think you already know it all!  So put the trashy novel down because you’re husband hasn’t given you enough affection and pick up a book on how to pray, how to be an effective leader; pick up a book on Dreaming BIG or how to learn Italian.  Never stop learning!

2.  Embrace your body and share it with your husband....often!  It will make you a happier couple, not just because he’ll be happy....but I promise, you’ll be happier too.

3.  Being emotional is OK!  Embrace it!  It means you have a big ole heart and you’re not afraid to let people see it.  So when someone says “You are so dramatic.”  Just say “Thank you.”  

4.  Do NOT be led my those emotions!  Be emotional, but know that...

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