Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thai Yoga Only

For the past several months, I have been focusing my energies on wellness, with regards to both recovery and lifestyle.

My path has lead me to a whole new wonderful place of learning to live mindfully with Macrobiotics. Also, I will be offering Thai Yoga Massage as the primary form of bodywork at this time.

In Support and Positivity-
Laura


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Simply Breathe

Never under-estimate the power of stillness.

Staying active during the harsh winter months can be challenging. While we are on the up-swing of the "days getting longer mode", the temps are still chilling, the snowbanks have become mountains, and we may find ourselves buying bulk in hand and foot warmers.

This is the time of year when we try to make the most of it. Maine is amazing for skiing and snowshoeing....bundle up and enjoy that cold, fresh, pine air...even brave a run with the proper gear. We also head indoors more often, finding ourselves sweating in the gyms to stay strong and get that heart rate up.

Activity is good health. Use it, or lose it.

Enter balance.

As we adjust our activity/life routines, we must also take care to honor our spirit, our life-force, our little soul furnace - we need to fuel this also, because balance begins within.

By simply sitting comfortably and in proper posture, be it on a meditation cushion or your favorite chair, closing your eyes, and breathing, you can circulate nourishing energy fuel throughout your being. It is a great way to start and end the day, but feel free to fit it in as your schedule allows...it should feel natural and enhance your day as opposed to becoming "just another thing to do." Sit for at least 5-15 minutes.

Tips for breathing:
  • Your breaths should initially be conscious, bringing full body-awareness to the three-dimensional breath. Fill the belly, expand the diaphragm, open the rib cage, raise the clavicles. Exhale reversing that motion. Picture an ocean wave washing over your body.
  • It's good for your first few breaths to be cleansing - in through the nose, out through the mouth, filling and emptying completely.
  • As you settle in, begin to breathe in through the nose, out through the nose. Your breath will always be your guide. As your mind wanders, bring your attention back to your breath...in and out. It helps to keep a soft-focus on the Third Eye Chakra...a mindfulness to the point between the eyebrows.
Breath is life. Mindful breath will nourish each and every cell, keeping us healthy in our physical and energetic being.

Give it a go! When the weather keeps us inside, take this as an opportunity to "check in" with your body, mind, and soul furnace.

-Om Shanti







Monday, January 3, 2011

In the Now.

Looking towards the new year and beyond, do welcome health, balance and awareness as your life-focus, in every moment.

The new year often prompts thoughts of change, setting goals and starting fresh.

What if we thought of every moment as new...the same way we look toward a new year?

We could then say..."Happy New Moment."

Enter, the act of being with the existence of each moment.

Well....isn't that simply....being present?

It is that simple. It is that challenging.

Are you up for it?