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Nisargadatta Quote

3 Feb

Nisargadatta Maharaj Quote

Mindfulness Explained

29 Jan

If you have been wondering about Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, what it is, why it’s useful, and how to do it, then check out my post on my new blog truebodymindsoul.com!  Mindfulness can improve health, decrease stress, and bring more joy and happiness to your life!

Mindfulness Explained

A New Home for TrueBodyMindSoul!!

25 Jan

 

Hello friends and followers!!

I am excited to announce a new home for True Body Mind Soul!

I have purchased the domain, and started a new blog (well, a continuation of this blog!) at truebodymindsoul.com

I hope you will come check out my new site for posts about yoga, meditation, mindfulness, health and happiness.

Here is one post, for example, that you should definitely read : )

Ten tips for starting a hot yoga practice (2)

Ten tips for starting HOT yoga

Hope to see you soon!

Best,

True Soul
(Amber)

365 Challenge Day 315 – GRADUATION!!!

9 May

I did it!!  It’s official, I’m a certified yoga teacher!!!!

Wow oh wow oh wow.  Even though I’ve worked so hard over the past six months, I still can’t believe it.

In a way this is fulfilling a lifelong goal.  My mother was a yoga teacher, and my father was a yoga teacher!!  They lived in a yoga ashram when I was born, and the Guru named me!!  So yeah, it kind of feels like destiny.  And my sister has a 2 year old at home, but I am quite sure in a few years she will be a yoga teacher too : )

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Here I am celebrating in my backyard on graduation day : )

365 Challenge Day 305 – Yoga + Music?

6 May

At Core Power yoga studios they play music in their classes.  I have to say I’m not a huge fan.  But I think most people like it.  I guess I consider yoga more of a moving meditation than an exercise, and I don’t listen to music when I meditate either…  although I’m sure some people do.

I think the music they played in the class was pretty tasteful.  Some mellow kirtan chanting, which I wasn’t crazy about but it was fairly benign.  Some songs that were probably Deep Forest, and that I actually enjoyed : )

So it was okay, kind of different.  It will be interesting to see how I feel about it after 5 weeks of unlimited classes here.  Will I get so used to it that the silence will be challenging?

But one thing I feel strongly about, they really should have turned it off during Savasana.  IMO.

365 Challenge Day 273 – Acceptance

28 Apr

I’ve spoken before about my “spiritual crisis” of feeling like I couldn’t connect to the Buddhist community, possibly the Buddhist practice, and needing to explore other practices. There were several things that made it feel like a “crisis”. I didn’t like the uncertainty of not knowing what would come next, and I felt a certain amount of resentment that the community was not what I wanted it to be.

But recently I’ve begun to feel a big shift, an acceptance.  I don’t feel that resentment anymore.  I feel like I got a lot out of that practice and that community, and now it’s time to move on.  I can look back at those years with gratitude, not resentment.  I can even imagine going back there again someday, at least to meditate, but not to try to build community.

I’m even finding my way a bit back to the practice.  The teachings all still resonate with me, but I need to apply them in a different way.  A way that’s more integrated into life, not about retreating from life.

365 Challenge Day 253 – A Journey

27 Mar

In the yoga teacher training my teachers spent quite a bit of time talking about Vedic Astrology. I found it all very interesting, but had some doubts about the relevance for our future as teachers.

The twelve signs are described in a sequence as a story, starting with a seed, that gets planted in the soil, blooms in spring, etc. The first six signs are about the development of the self. And then the next six are about going beyond the self, realizing we are not separate, opening to our oneness with the rest of the Universe.

And then, suddenly, the meaning of it all landed for me. My teacher started describing this same journey in a single yoga class. The students come to class lost in their heads, spinning from their day and their lives. The beginning of class is about getting them to ground into their bodies. Developing and being present in the “self”. Leading all the way to the end of class when in Savasana, the student gets a chance to release the self, and open up to a oneness with the Universe.

Wow!!!

I love the idea of bringing my students on a journey every time they come to class : )

365 Challenge Day 250 – Intention

26 Mar

It’s funny that I’m debating about whether I should buy bird seed or not.

This weekend my yoga teacher told a story in the training and in class.  She went to visit her brother, and there were all sorts of birds and animals that came to his backyard all week.  She said it took her about five days to realize that he was feeding all of them and had about 24 bird feeders in his backyard!  (well, she tends to exaggerate, lets say he had a lot.)  This was such as powerful metaphor for her.  If you want birds, you have to put out the bird feeders.  She even quoted the Field of Dreams, “build it, and they will come”  (personally I thought that was a really stupid movie, but I like the quote.)

I’m thinking about that.  What are the areas in my life that I want something to happen, and I just need to create the right conditions for it to happen?

365 Challenge Day 247 – Teaching

23 Mar

Second day of our teacher training weekend.  Wow.  We took class in the morning at 7am (which reaffirmed my position that I am NOT a morning person!!)  Then did a lot of practice teaching.  It was so much better this time than the last time.  All that practice teaching I did in between, and memorizing the sequence, made a big difference.  I didn’t really feel that nervous, I felt ready.  Of course, I still felt very relieved when my turn was over!

We talked a lot more about astrology.  I’ll write a little more about this later.  I’m still not quite sure what to make of it all.  But it is fun and interesting.

One unexpected part of our teacher training is that there has been quite a bit of humor!!  There were multiple times in the day when we were in hysterical laughter!!  Our teachers are a married couple and a few times they did things to tease each other that were really funny.  And a couple of the trainees just have quirky and funny personalities and got us all cracking up while they were practice teaching.

365 Challenge Day 246 – Space

23 Mar

This weekend I have my yoga teacher training.  We are getting close to the end!  It’s exciting!!  Tonight we took class together, and the teacher led us in the sequence exactly the way we’re learning it.  It was great to have it in our muscle memory.  In our training we’re still teaching in a “bare bones” style with very little additional instruction, just the poses, so it was great to hear how it will play out in a real class setting.

Our teacher talked about “space” as one of the most important elements (as in fire, water, etc.) that we will find in a yoga class.  He said it is also one of the most easily overlooked.  I wish I had taken better notes.  He talked about the physical space in terms of room size, walls, floors, furniture, colors and such.  And also talked about energetic space, and we hold that space with our presence.  He said yoga teachers tend to talk too much, because we feel uncomfortable leaving room for the space, and plus we have so much we want to share.  We did an exercise in which we talk the class, in real time, so holding poses for 5-10 breaths or longer, but we didn’t say anything other than just calling out the pose and then waiting in the silence.  The result was that our energy dropped.  So our challenge will be to hold the space, keep the energy with our presence, but not talk for sake of just talking!