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...
"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...
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...
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...