Practicing Silence

“Everything worthwhile is gained through Silence. When you verbalized, you have moved into your head.”  Yogi Amrit  Desai I don’t believe that any of us are strangers to the spinning mind, the monkey mind that is continuously planning, assuming, solving, judging, disliking or liking.  In the practice of silence we can find our way through the cluttered mind and move into a space of stillness and quiet. We can learn to just BE with ourselves. The experience of silence will, after a time, quiet the internal dialogue and a new space of potential will begin to emerge. What does practicing silence look like?  Power down your computer, shut down your phone, turn off the television and create a space to be alone, to be in solitude and to just be silent. You can begin this practice for 30 minutes a day and work up to several hours.  During this time you can take a long walk, be in nature, read an inspiring book, meditate, do an at–home yoga practice or write in a journal. More challenging, but an important endeavor, would be to try an extended period of silence – a full day or even several days. Often when one begins a practice of silence the mind can kick into high gear and the monkey chatter may escalate.  An urgent sense of needing to speak may emerge.  Over time the mind will quiet and a greater sense of peace and stillness follows.  The practice of silence will lead us away from the chatter of the mind and into a deeper connection with our internal spirit, our heart and our...

Therapeutic Yoga Because Gentle Is the New Strong

We teach differently than other studios–we focus on therapeutic yoga. From a therapeutic standpoint, we teach our students the alignment and practice that will build strength in their bodies like no other studio can. The motto, “Gentle is the new strong” could summarize our thoughts on the results.  Some of the results are awe-inspiring. The stories have warmed our hearts beyond belief. Students who used to have debilitating chronic pain have found relief. A student who struggled to breathe and speak without needing to stop mid-sentence can now do so with ease. The fear of falling and not being able to get up, leave a student’s list of concerns after a few weeks of private lessons. A child with special needs, is able to relax in a room with other people and make eye contact. These results can’t be labeled, priced, or compared. These are achievements that we couldn’t be more proud to have facilitated with our gentle, therapeutic approach. Contrary to popular belief, there is strength in being soft. Power does not come by pulling and pushing things into place, in fact, it comes by humbly giving and taking. In all aspects of life, whether they be business affairs, relationships, money, or experiences, true strength is not developed through force, but through the heart. Trusting in the power of letting things flow naturally through your passion, takes more strength and courage than forcing a square peg into a round hole. There are a thousand ways for what’s meant to be to be. However, the harder you push for perfection, the more you exhaust your resources. Good things will come...

Meditating on JOY

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha   We’ve lived a lot, that’s true. But how have we lived? Each thought created is the illustrator for the movie that is our life. You can let ideas run wild with a paintbrush of dark hues creating a canvas that looks like something you wouldn’t want to run into walking down a dark alley at night. OR you can create a work of heART with your internal dialogue. Here’s the big secret that no one wants you to know (except us of course, that’s why we’re sharing it) YOU ARE THE AUTHOR OF YOUR STORY. Your ego is about to put its big ugly foot down and say, “no, some people can do that but it’s not us,” because that’s what your ego does; it challenges you. If you keep thinking that, then yes, THAT is your truth. “As long as you feed the beast, it shall live,” wrote Jen Sincero. If you draw the line and take your power back right now, then your life will begin to change for the better. The universe will begin to conspire to put together the things that you deserve because you are open to receiving joy. Meditating on joy and gratitude is the key to creating new cognitive habits. It’s not the quick fix, but it’s a practice that will carry you throughout life. When chaos creeps in, and the ego rears its ugly head, you have the strength to stand tall like Xena the Warrior Princess...

Changing Your Perspective

It’s often second nature to look at situations, emotions, and people, and label them. A cancellation of plans is a disappointment, a criticism is a punishment, a risk is scary, so on, and so forth. When you look at things differently, though, the things you look at change. Rather than sticking a positive or negative connotation on life’s experiences, make a daring decision. Name it something good: a new opportunity, a lesson to be learned, an adventure to be explored, or a new friend to spend time with. When it doesn’t work out right take a step back, see things from a new view, and discover new possibilities. Redefine what you believe to be true. Paint your reality in the hues you wish to live within. Let it be bright and bold, or light and calm. Look at what’s weighing on you today, and try to see it from a different...

Finding Balance

Our body’s natural functions maintain homeostasis to keep the physical self in equilibrium. Although the body is consistently balanced, we still struggle to feel that balance transcends into our lives because the mental and emotional self requires a different kind of maintenance. That maintenance is mindfulness. In yoga, we practice grounding down and rising up through standing postures. By doing so, the mind weeds out the necessary from the unnecessary and becomes more focused on priorities like what gets you up and what keeps you up. These moments of physical balance encourage the mind to seek balance in other ways. What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you up when life knocks you down? Samatva is the state of even-mindedness which allows us to find harmony within ourselves and the contexts of our environment. When samatva is reached, it is said that a person is then able to see passed birth and death, see the true equality of all beings, and treat success and failure alike. Samatva and physical balance are alike in the sense that we work for it, attain it, lose it, fall out of it, and start all over again and again. That’s the nature of each, and as frustrating as it may be, it is what allows us to appreciate it all the more when we do have...