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Staying Out of my Head

September 12, 2019

What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Or, does it?

I had recently applied for a creative marketing job position opened at one of the bigger companies in my area. Months prior to that, I did, however, tell myself I’m not going to look for regular 9-5 jobs anymore, but the job description was calling my name and could not get myself to pass up the opportunity.

I had mixed emotions about it at first. I knew for certain when the deadline for application was, but I was furious when a day prior to the ending because the listing wasn’t there anymore. Good thing I had the tab open on a different computer because the thought of not applying would not let me sleep at night. I even woke up before the first sun rays hit the window to send the application in.

I was not surprised when they called me in for an interview soon after. But, that started off a snowball of emotion in my head. The interview went fairly well as much as I still recall (the bulk of what I thought and scripted in my mind afterward when dissecting every move and the words I had said).

They did, however, tell me that they’ll get back to me at the beginning of next week. Once I haven’t heard back by the time Thursday rolled around, I started to doubt that I ever said anything right and went on to think they will never get back to me anyway. Except for an email after a couple of months that will dully state I hadn’t been chosen for a position and possibly that they thank me for taking time to come to meet them.

Another week rolled around and my phone still didn’t ring with their number on it. But, I was waiting and couldn’t move past the fact that the ball was now in their court. So, I finally got the call on Friday afternoon of the third week of me waiting, saying that they would like me to come in for round 2 of the interviews and gave me some instructions on how to prepare. That is what I thoroughly did. It took away another few days of my thoughts and a week of anticipation what the interview holds. Again, it went great and they were enthusiastic about what they heard from me. They said they will call at the beginning of the upcoming week.

It’s the upcoming week now and I’m anxiously waiting. I am trying to meditate, exercise, read books, anything to differ my thoughts from thinking about the job. But in the back of my mind, I’m waiting.

While waiting for their final response, I’m still not sure whether I want a full-time job when freelancing is something I enjoy and make a comfortable living with for now. Though, the thought of rejection is not a pleasant one either. I understand that there might be someone who just overall fills the position better, and there is nothing wrong with me, my skills, experiences or personal traits. It is just that coming second best has never hit home with me. Hearing how professional I am sounding the same as any boring banter I’ve ever heard. I don’t like hearing excuses, and uncomfortable situations are not my “glass of wine.” Now, I really need one of those.

How are you able to cope with similar experiences? What do you do throughout the process to stay out of your head?

How to Avoid Injury and Protect the Wrists in Yoga

July 10, 2019

Wrist pain is a very common issue for many of us and can definitely impact our yoga practice. It can especially present itself in yoga because many yoga poses require you to put weight on your wrists. By learning correct wrist placement and some simple wrist exercises you can protect and strengthen the wrists. 

1. Proper Wrist Placement

The first thing that we need to review is proper hand placement. Proper hand placement is key to protecting your wrists and I see a lot of misalignment often when it comes to this.
When you’re in common poses where there is weight on the hands and wrists, like downward-facing dog, tabletop, plank., you really want to focus on hand placement.

2. Avoid dead hands. 

This is when your fingers are all touching one another as if they were is an oven mitten. When you put weight on dead hands all the pressure and weight gets dumped into the wrists.

3. Do spread fingers nice and wide. 

Press each individual fingertip into the mat. As you bring all of this activity into hands activating what’s called in yoga “hasta bandha”. “Hasta” means hand“bandha” means energy to lock in the Sanskrit language. 

4. Feel the outside of the hand pressing. 

Feel the outside perimeter of your palm pressing into the mat as well. However, the center of your palm is slightly lifted. Act as if you are trying to keep a ladybug alive that is underneath the center of your palm. This is the hand placement that you want to protect your wrists. 

5. Warm Your Wrist Before Practice

It makes a big difference to warm up and lubricate the wrist joint before you start to practice. Even just a few moments of a wrist warm-up is sufficient. Here are a few wrist exercises that you can do. Make sure you are breathing deeply and consciously throughout these stretches to help keep the body relaxed and open.

Exercise 1

1. After getting dressed in your yoga attire, come to a comfortable seated position on your yoga mat. 

2. Begin by extending our arms out long. 

3. Take your right hand and pull your left fingertips back towards your face.

4. Take a few deep breaths here and check-in with how tight or loose your wrists feel. 

5. From there reverse this by flipping the palm down and pulling the fingers back towards your body. Take two deep breaths. 

6. Shake out your hands and wrists. 

7. Repeat on the opposite side.

Exercise 2

1. Interlace your fingers and make a rollercoaster motion. 

2. Begin making a waving motion. The motion should flow and look similar to the ups and downs of a rollercoaster. 

3. Take a couple of breaths as you make this waving motion. Notice how this motion makes the wrist joint move up and down. Keep the motion fluid as this will also loosen and warm up the wrist joint and surrounding muscles. 

4. Flex the palms away from us. take deep breaths in and out. 

5. Release the hands and shake them out once more.

What Is Power Yoga ?

May 12, 2019

Many different yoga styles have developed over the years, from Bikram to Ashtanga to Tantric. All of these styles are taught in their own way, but each has its roots in classical style, which focuses on alignment between the body, mind, and soul. Of course, not everyone is interested in the spiritual side of yoga. For those who are searching for a strictly fitness-based version of the ancient practice, Power Yoga is the perfect solution. Developed in the ’90s by Ashtanga students looking to make the vigorous but rigid style more accessible to Westerners, Power Yoga does not conform to any set poses and allows for more teacher creativity and flexibility. Power Yoga is often known as “gym yoga” because of its prevalence in fitness studios instead of traditional yoga studios. 

One significant advantage of Power Yoga is its focus on strength training rather than flexibility. There are typically fewer total poses that are held for a more extended period, and they are guaranteed to make you sweat. Some studios will even heat the room a bit, similar to Bikram yoga. It’s also the go-to yoga style for weight loss. If you feel like you’ve neglected your muscles a bit but don’t want to stray from yoga, here’s a sample of what you might expect to do in a Power Yoga class: 

Stretch 

As with any exercise, you’ll want to start with some simple stretches. Seated Spinal Twist and Forward Fold are both common in any yoga class.

How To Do: 


  • Seated Spinal Twist – Start in a sitting position with your legs out in front of you. Bend your right knee and bring your foot towards your pelvis, leaving the leg resting on the ground. Bring the left leg up and over the right, resting your left foot beside your right thigh. Next, lift your chest and reach your spin up, then hook your right arm over your left knee, twisting your torso to the left. Breathe here for five breaths, and then switch sides.
  • Forward Fold – From Mountain pose (standing with your back straight, feet hip distance apart), slowly begin to bend from the hips and reach your arms down to the floor. Draw your forehead to your knees, bending them as needed. 

Vinyasa-Style Flow

A key component of Vinyasa is the way each pose flows into the next. This smooth transition is a part of Power Yoga as well. The main difference lies in the speed at which you transition between poses and how long each pose is held. Power Yoga moves quickly between poses, but once you are in a pose, time seems to slow down. Each position is held longer than it would be in Vinyasa, which is why Power Yoga is good for strength training. 

Common poses you will be flowing through are: 

  • Chair Pose 
  • Warrior I and III
  • Triangle
  • Revolved Side Angle
  • Plank
  • Four-Limbed Staff
  • Cobra
  • And many variations of Downward Dog. 

Of course, every teacher will have their favorites.

While traditional yoga is more closely linked to meditation, Power Yoga is first and foremost a workout. Grab your mat (and plenty of towels) and get ready to sweat!

Training As A Yoga Teacher

March 23, 2019

(Even if You Don’t Plan to Teach)

For those who want to learn more about yoga, following the instructions of your teacher in a class, or taking a class by video, are adequate ways to learn more about the practice. Many are content enough to follow along and learn all they can from the teacher. It never occurs to the student to train as a yoga teacher because he or she does not aspire to teach yoga to others. It is something you may want to reconsider because many benefits can come from the training a teacher takes. 


Expanding Your Current Practice

If you tend to go to the same classes weekly, a definitive routine can develop and make it difficult to progress within your practice. By following a training course in yoga, you are expected to be able to guide others within their practice, thus expanding on your own. Moves that you may have passed on before are no longer an option, as it is up to you to show others what to do. It just might be the extra push you need to let go of fear and impress yourself.


Expanding Your Knowledge

Teachers reveal a lot of wisdom and small pieces of information to their students. By signing up for a training program, you have direct access to this yoga wisdom that before may have seemed like a privilege for a selected few who honestly decided to study the art of yoga. You might start to see yoga differently, as you can apply your newfound knowledge directly to your practice.


Mind Over Body

Most classes that a yogi takes are related to asanas and the body. Those who follow a training program are required to learn more about meditation and the mind. You might find yourself focusing even more on the training of your mind, and realize the importance of this is equal to the training of the body.

Bonding With Fellow Trainees

There is a different kind of environment that is created when you put people together within a class of people who are all there to learn. Questions are asked, help is given, stories are shared, and bonds are created. You are all going through the same process together, learning to be vulnerable, to let go of insecurities, and to trust others. Cultivating these relationships will set you up for the confidence and emotional stability to continue your personal journey through all forms of yoga. 

Going through the process of 200+ hours of yoga teacher training is a challenging yet rewarding process. Your ultimate goal may not be to stand in front of a class or to teach others all about the process, but that doesn’t mean you won’t learn a lot about yourself. 

As you are taught to have compassion and love for others, hopefully, you will learn to have this same love for yourself. The journey through yoga is the journey through self, and following a program through teacher training is a great way to teach yourself the emotional strength you need to progress. It is a unique process and is likely one of the greatest experiences you can ever give yourself. Take the chance today to expand your knowledge on a practice that you already hold dear to your heart.

Making or Thinking of a Move

December 13, 2018

 

Pull up your yoga pants. You’re about to relocate. I’ve recently made some life changes. And as they come with all the excitement and enthusiasm, they also come with work. For example, relocating from one house to an apartment comes with cleaning both spaces. Numerous times! Additionally, there are mental obstacles or better questions and concerns that regard the move.

 

I have seriously moved more than 10 times in my life. If not more. And each time is different. There are things that I leave behind. Things that later, in retrospect, I could have used differently. Opportunities that slipped through my fingers. While the ones taken remain in my memory for good. Some are excellent, others are the kind that makes you hide behind your two palms and take the experience as a life-lecture.

Leaving something that you know and can possibly call your comfort zone is not easy. It comes with a rainbow of emotions. With anything you feel, refrain yourself from feeling fear. It is the one feeling that can eat you alive. Any other is fair game.

If you’re about to relocate, you probably know why you’re going. Have expectations? I would say, don’t, if that’s an option. Stay open-minded of what’s to come. But having a clear vision of why will help you settle and act more confidently from here on out.

Go through your belongings. Depending on the mode of transport and shipping options, decide what you can and can’t live without. How are things going to be where you’re going in comparison to where you are now?

That said, I would also refrain from comparing. I’m sure each place has its pros and cons. Just look at the destination from an observer’s standpoint, rather than someone who’s going to live there. That will help you objectively decide on what’s a necessity and what’s extra luxury.

Then set the date. And, when you go, don’t look back. I say that from first-hand experience. I went to study abroad—on the other side of the world—and I’ll never forget the feeling of the unknown that lasted for about 10 minutes when the plane landed at my destination. The experience had no expiration date. But, once I graduated, the decision to relocate back was made. With teary eyes, but it felt like I was closing one book and opening the other. Their genres were different. Some characters changed. The ones that were meant to stay, stayed. And I flew in between the two worlds like a grasshopper from one grass leaf to another.

Sorry, this article seems to be full of don’ts. Sometimes, being aware of things that we rather not do helps us focus more energy on those that we should do. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and whether you’re moving across the world, the country, or next door, these will help you make the transition easier.

Relocating, in most senses, presents you with a clean slate—but not in all cases. It will definitely give you spaces to grow. You’ll learn new skills, acquire new friendships, learn to navigate through a different city, … and, at first, you’ll most probably go through it alone. This will give you the opportunity to really get to know who you are. In the process, you can refine your goals, and it will definitely make you stronger. You’ll grow to appreciate the quiet time. If nothing else, it will leave you with a life-valuable experience.

Ajna: Bringing Balance to the Sixth Chakra

June 25, 2018

The second spiritual chakra, Ajna, can be found in between the eyebrows including the eyes, head, lower part of the brain, and pituitary gland. This particular region of our body aligns with this sixth chakra is also known to be the house of our third eye, which is all about the mysterious sixth sense of intuition. The Sanskrit word Ajna can be translated as “command” or “perception center” and it provides us with a natural ability for immediate understanding and knowing that is unlike any of the other five senses with which we usually experience the material world.

When this wheel of energy is in balance, we feel like we are able to trust hunches and feelings that come our way to try to tell us something; we are able to witness our inner-knowing allowing it to flow. When this sixth chakra is out of balance, however, we tend to feel like we are being pulled in different directions, through our physical five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste show no sign of warning, our perceptive third eye does.

Physical expressions of a misaligned Ajna chakra may be manifested in the forms of headaches, migraines, problems with vision, or dizziness; whereas psychological symptoms mostly involve mental confusion, memory problems, or difficulties with concentrating.

Five asanas or yoga postures that can aid you with opening this sixth chakra are:

Balasana or Child’s pose

Virabhadrasana III or Warrior pose III

Makara Adho Mukha Svasana or Dolphin plank pose

Ardha Pincha Mayurasana or Dolphin pose

Pincha Mayurasana or Feathered Peacock pose

Meditation is naturally a powerful exercise to help you bring the Ajna chakra back into balance. As you close your eyes and go into that deep, calm contemplative state, concentrate your mind on your third eye in whatever way that best works out for you: imagine a light, a dot, or round object; or perhaps just envision how the chakra progressively opens up for you. Soon you will be feeling a pressure or sensation in the forehead area; this will be a sign that your sixth chakra is being unblocked.

Another exercise that can aid you with realigning Ajna is to consciously pay attention to this personal intuitive quality. We are used to dismissing what we cannot see or experience in any given physical way, underestimating anything and everything that falls within the other abstract and invisible category. Every time you get a sudden insight, independently of whether you perceive it as “positive” or “negative,” take your time to notice it, digest it, and lastly, thank your Ajna for its guidance. Whenever you feel insecure or doubtful about something, do not judge yourself, but rather search for a safe, quiet, and solitary place where you can go within you to ask your sixth chakra to open up for you.

Other tools that you may want to consider for when you work towards aligning the throat chakra is its corresponding sound “Sham,” its color indigo; gemstones such azurite, lazuli, lapis lazuli, amethyst, and purple fluorite that you can place on the chakra’s region while lying down, also using essential oils like melisa, rose, neroli, and jasmine, and eating dark natural cacao or chocolate, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, grapes, blueberries, eggplant, purple kale, and others.

Eight Yoga Fashion Trends that We Love Now

February 28, 2018

 

 

With the advent of yoga selfies and videos online showing different poses and practices in yoga, the type of clothes worn by practitioners has become more important. Yoga clothes can show group allegiances, personal styles, or even be used to display personal growth. However, with this emerging market there has been more concern about the look of this once functional type of clothing. Here are 8 yoga trends that are popular right now.

1. Workout Wear Out of the Gym

As the clothes for yoga get more expressive, they are also being worn outside of the gym or workout area. Because more people are working from home or in a more relaxed office setting these days, expect to see more of this trend in the future.

 

2. Crop Top Bras

These are crop tops with a difference. Supportive and pretty, these crop tops can easily pass as casual wear, and go with a variety of bottoms.

 

3. Harem Pants

Harem pants are so comfortable that you will want to wear them all the time. Inspired by Indian sari pants, these come in a variety of fabrics and colors, and are good for traveling and casual wear, as well as for yoga workouts.

 

4. Body Suits

A trend that seems to have been stolen from a past generation. Because this outfit is all in one, there is no fear that the shirt will ride up or the pants down. That means no annoying adjustments throughout your session. This piece also layers well if you want to take it out into the street.

 

5. Brighter Prints

Whether it’s tropical prints or just bright blocks of color in random patterns, yoga clothes are getting bolder and brighter and even a little bit crazy. All you need to wear this trend is a little bit of courage.

 

6. Bras That are Cute and Functional

From crop tops to bralettes that are super supportive and made of material designed for exercise, it’s about time that designers realized the need for better support for active women who still want to look good in their outfit.

 

7. Shredded Everything

This is where your clothes look like they’ve been ripped up in the washing machine. The fashion for shredded clothes indicates a certain amount of rebellion from the norm and is a good example of how clothes for yoga are becoming another way to express yourself.

 

8. Cell Phone Pockets

This is probably not the best trend, particularly for yoga, but it seems to be catching on. Because we like to be connected at all times, some yoga pants now are made with a small pocket in the side of them. Only for those who can’t survive for an hour without checking their tweets.

Yoga clothes don’t just have to be functional. Recent additions to the market have shown that the clothing can be as beautiful or as expressive as the rest of your wardrobe, so don’t be ashamed to let your workout clothes shine.

 

How Long Will It Take Me To Become Flexible Through Yoga?

July 27, 2017

The Duration It Will Take to Do Yoga Exercises for One to Achieve Maximum Body Flexibility

Yoga is one of the fitness exercises that people may practice to keep themselves physically fit. A lot of people have been asking how long it will take them to attain the body physique that they are longing for. The truth is that Yoga is not a vigorous exercise but it can be very effective when practiced well. Not all yoga exercises work the same or have the same effect so you should carry out yoga exercises that will yield the physical fitness or health impact or status that you want to achieve. This is why people should undergo a yoga training exercise for them to learn the effectiveness of every yoga exercise.

How Frequent You Do the Exercises Determines the Outcomes

Yoga is comprised of sessions. These sessions could be of 30 minutes, 60 minutes or even a few hours. The more sessions you do per week the quicker your physical fitness results will come. Owing to the fact that yoga exercises require maximum silence, many people tend to get bored with their first sessions. When you don’t practice regularly, you will have a delay in achieving maximum body flexibility. Experts reveal that doing five 60 minutes yoga sessions per week is enough to make a person achieve maximum body flexibility in two months.

Do the Perfect Exercises for the Right Fitness Goal

There are exercises for weight loss, there are exercises for depression elimination and there are exercises for body relaxation. You can do all these exercises if you have the time but if you just need to accomplish a certain fitness goal, you should do the perfect kind of exercise that will make you achieve your fitness goal. When you do the right exercise for the right fitness goal, you will achieve your fitness results quicker that you expect. Find a yoga expert to teach you the effect of every yoga exercise on your body if you want to get good results.

Supplementing Yoga with Other Exercises Helps

When you do yoga alone, your body flexibility and physique will come slow. When you include other exercises like weight lifting, pushups, jogging and press-ups, you could end up achieving the best fitness results within a very short time. For example when you want to reduce abdominal fat, you can start practicing sit ups to exert pressure on your abdominal muscles so that you burn excess fats in that area. This is the best way to ensure that you achieve your desired fitness status within a very short time. You can even hire a yoga expert trainer who will show you all that needs to be done for you to achieve a good body physique.

The bottom line is that achieving complete body flexibility from yoga solely depends on how well you practice and your frequency of exercising. If you commit yourself and practice regularly then you will achieve your fitness results within a short time frame. Yoga requires commitment and dedication which is why it is good if you can get some friends to practice together. Five one hour secessions per week are enough to make you become flexible within months of practicing. If you don’t know how yoga works, then enroll in a yoga school or hire a yoga expert to teach you.