Discovery of New Yoga Classes <3

Hi guys!

So I recently found a yoga studio that I absolutely love. The room was so inviting and homey.  The people were so nice to be around. I was able to relax with them yet remain deep in my own mind and experiences.

This was my first official yoga class. I usually do yoga at home watching online classes or following books, but I decided to try out a few yoga studios near me. This way I can not only receive better instruction to correct my mistakes but I am able to be around many sweet, beautiful people.

I don’t know if any of you guys have this problem, but I get discouraged quickly when I can’t be around somewhat positive people. When I am around really negative people, I’ll try so hard to be positive and cheer them up, but it gets sort of tiring if I feel like I’m the person around trying to see things in a positive light. This is why I find it so important for me to spend time with people who have  a positive outlook, wanting to get the most out of life.

I’m hoping through taking yoga classes I will cross paths with many people who I will be able to cheer up when they are blue and they will be able to cheer me up when I’m having a grey day. I hope that I can let the light shine through me and allow others to shine. I want to get to know people in my community better and grow a stronger support system. I want to be kind to everyone and be careful not to gossip about anyone. I want to be honest and true. I want to be the best I can be and attract others, not only from yoga, but anybody who is interested in living a similar life journey. People to keep each other on track. This is my prayer this week.

I’m grateful for this studio being opened near my home town. It hasn’t been open around here very long. Best of all, they offer an ashtanga yoga class. Yay! The teachers are so nice and they are eager to work with you. Their beautiful vibe is inspiring, contagious even. I’m sure I will continue to meet more wonderful souls throughout my time at the studios. I’m really excited to be a part of this movement.

Well, that’s it for my update today. I hope you all had a super fun halloween! 🙂

Yoga Asanas for Hair Growth

Something terribly upsetting has happened to me. I keep losing my hair. It’s been doing this for several months now. I’ve tried vitamins, deep conditioning treatments, got my thyroid checked, and my blood count checked, but nothing seems to be working.

Who knew hair is such a confidence booster?

At this point, my hair is half as thick as it used to be. I’m only 20 years old.

Needless to say, I’ve been feeling somewhat depressed about said topic.

I went to the doctor yesterday, and they told me it was more than likely the birth control implant I had put in a few months ago that was causing the hair loss. So I made an appointment to get it removed. Now I am working on growing it back.

Just in case any of you have a similar problem with your hair, or just want thicker hair, I am posting some yoga asanas that can help promote hair growth.

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Adho mukha svanasana, also known as “downward dog,” obviously helps to stimulate the blood flow to your head. Anytime you can increase blood flow to your head, even a simple massage to the scalp, it can help your hair to grow.

To perform this posture, stand on your mat with your feet flat and your hands by your side. Slowly bring your body downwards, while bringing your palms downwards. Tuck your belly in and inhale deeply. Hold the pose for a minute and on an exhale come back up to the starting position.

[Side note: It’s okay to bend your knees when you are performing this posture. Downward dog is about lengthening your spine.]

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Sarvangasana, or “Shoulder Stand pose,” is another good one for promoting hair growth in that it helps to get that blood circulating to your head again. It is also said to help maintain a healthy thyroid. This asana is pretty easy to perform, and it’s one that keeps things fun and interesting.

To perform this posture, lie down on your back and lift your legs from the floor to make a ninety degree angle. Exhale and raise your waist while pushing your legs up beyond your head.

{I know, my poses are far from perfect, and that is one of the reasons I want to make this blog. I can’t wait to see myself grow and get deeper into the postures over time :)}

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Uttanasana – “Forward Fold”

This is a common pose, even for people who don’t practice yoga.  To perform this posture, stand tall. Inhale deeply and bend forward so that your palms touch the ground. Stay here for 30 seconds and come back up.

Pretty simple, right?

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Ustrasana, is often referred to as “Camel Pose.”

This is one of my favorites. This pose is know for rejuvenating the hair blood cells. Baba Ramdev, a popular yoga guru in India, advises this posture for hair growth.

Sit on your knees on your mat with your hands on your waist and thumbs behind. Lift up your body as you hold your feet with your hands. Hold this posture for 30 seconds.

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Sasangasana, commonly called “Rabit pose.”

To perform this posture, sit on your knees with your hips on your heels. Then, put both your hands on the back and try to hold the heels. Place the top of the head on the floor and slowly lift your hips. Hold for two minutes.

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Fish pose or Matsyasana:

Another beneficial yoga pose for hair growth, fish pose is also easy to practice. Lie down straight on your back with the hands at the back of your thighs. Put pressure on the elbows and pull the stomach portion upwards. Hold this position for thirty seconds and come down.

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Raised feet pose or Uttanpadasana:

Raise feet or uttanapadasana is not same as uttanasana. In this posture, you do need to push your legs backward, and do not need to lift the hips as well. Keep your legs raised to create a ninety degree with the floor.

Lastly, don’t forget to meditate, as stress is a big factor in hair loss.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, as I have enjoyed writing it. Good luck to you all and so much love to you! ❤

The Power of Yoga on Relationships

Yoga has a strong potential to transform your relationships. Don’t we all long to fall in love and have those moments of pure intimacy and passion? While it’s not true that half of marriages end in divorce, it doesn’t take a genius to see that divorce is a lot more common than it should be.

Many people don’t realize how important it is to love who you are. In order to be attractive to others, which is the first step to falling in love, we must see ourselves as attractive. We all have flaws. There are going to be things you don’t like about yourself, but find things that you do like about yourself and make a commitment to work on improving your flaws. There will also be people out there who won’t like you. Don’t put all of your self worth in other’s hands. Be someone that you love so that other people can love you. This is when you will experience how great love can be.

The art of yoga practice is that it teaches us to develop a personal relationship with ourselves and accept us for who we are. Yoga can show us beautiful things about ourselves that we may not have been able to see otherwise.  We also learn not to be so hateful in how we treat ourselves.

Though this is the first step in creating a beautiful, fantasy worthy, love story, I’m not here to talk to you about your relationship with yourself.

I’d like to share with you what yoga can do for you and your partner.

When you begin yoga, you will notice things changing in your life. Yoga is a learning process. It’s so much more than a physical practice. When you are on the mat, you will probably begin to reflect on your life. Lessons learned during those reflections can do your relationship a whole world of good.

Have you and your partner ever gotten angry at each other and started slamming doors, slinging dishes around, or maybe even breaking things? It is not uncommon. You may realize after getting into a habit of yoga practice that you and your partner can communicate better. You may still be angry, but instead of acting like a child, you are able to talk out your feelings together in a respectful and calm manner.

Yoga releases endorphin’s, the “feel good” chemicals, and leads to better moods. This will likely have you and your partner spending more quality and beneficial time together. Yoga allows you to experience positive moods. The more often we practice, the more we get used to being in a positive state of mind, which will make spending time with our lover that much more enjoyable.

Many people feel closer after trying a new activity together. It’s fun to try new things and not get stuck in too much of a routine in a relationship. Practicing yoga together is a fun way to hang out. It allows you to bond in a totally different kind of way.

Yoga, and the mediation that comes along with it, teaches us a lot about being loving and forgiving. This carries into our relationships. We are able to accept our partners for who they are instead of wanting to change them. Forgiving someone who hurt us is hard, but yoga and meditation may be able to make it a little easier.

Yoga helps us to practice being present. This can do wonders for our relationships. Instead of thinking about all the things we have to do, we are able to be mindful of our surroundings, and of your partners emotions and actions. We can get more out of the time we spend with our partners when we are in a mindful state.

Start practicing yoga and see what it can offer you and your relationship! The benefits are numerous 🙂

Grey Days

It’s one of those gloomy days here in South Carolina. The kind that keeps the grey clouds hovering above you. They look as if they were going to burst and send rain pouring down, covering every spot you see. The thing about these kind of days is that it isn’t actually raining, only teasing you, making you think it will rain. Staying in the in-between.

I call these grey days.

Grey days seem to be the best “thinking” days for me. I didn’t get very good sleep last night and I woke up feeling achy and sore. I slept through my alarm, didn’t have time to do yoga before school, and still ended up being late to class. It’s so easy to feel negative on a day like this.

Then I get to thinking and have to remind myself about some of my favorite quotes.. One of them is by Peace Pilgrim and it says “If you realize how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think another negative thought.” If this isn’t true, I don’t know what is.

Your mind and the thoughts you possess are very powerful. Think of the placebo effect. If someone gives you a little sugar pill and tells you it is something to make you feel a certain way, and you believe it, you will start to feel the effects of the so-called “drug.” Your mind can overcome your body.

A great weapon to use against a gloomy, grey day is visualization. Visualization is probably the most effective form of meditation I have found for myself. It helps me to be creative and successfulFlorence Scovel Shinn once said, “Man can only receive what he sees himself receiving.” To start visualizing, just close your eyes and have a silent moment with yourself. See yourself going about your day with a confident smile on your face, with your soul shining bright like the stars, bringing light amongst all the darkness of your day. Imagine yourself bringing the peace and good into a hectic world. Picture yourself accomplishing your goals and excelling in the day’s activities. Breathe. Now, you are ready to go about your day feeling at peace and ready to let your soul shine.

Just remember, there will always be people who want to drag you down. There are a lot more unhappy people than there are happy people. Make the choice to be a happy person; build others up. Don’t let yourself stay stuck in thoughts that take your happiness from you, thoughts that can’t help you about things you can’t control. It’s okay to be sad sometimes, but it’s not okay to stay that way. Focus on the good. Believe in yourself.

Love and light to all of you,

Namaste.

Pushing Through the Bad Days

So, it’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything. School has started back and it’s been a little crazy lately getting everything settled.

I just took a break from homework with some bends. Although, I’m guilty. I’ve been running around so much lately, I have been letting life get the best of me and put yoga on the back burner. Every time I don’t do yoga for a few days for whatever reason, I end up wondering what I was even thinking.

[Side note: A lot of these blog posts I write mainly to myself and hope it may also touch home with someone else needing to read something about a particular topic. Writing really helps me to express myself and access thoughts that I keep in my subconscious that would actually be beneficial on the time in my journey. ]

Yes, yoga can be intense. Yes, yoga can be time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be.

I’ve learned that when you’re sore or feeling weak, sometimes all you need is some yoga. It definitely won’t hurt anything. Life get’s stressful, I can attest to that. Our lives need something like yoga to bring us back to center.

Taking just a few minutes to do some stretches and breathing exercises can really change your mood, mindset, and the turnout of your day. It allows you to stay aware and focused on what you need to be doing in your life.

When you go out into the world, you are sure to come across people that are having a bad day. Someone is hurting everywhere you look. By making sure you are balanced and ready to radiate warm, loving vibes can truly change someone’s day, and possibly even their life.

As a yogi, we want to spread goodness. In order to put out good into the world, we have to look inside ourselves. We have to be aware of the needs of our body, mind, and spirit. Then, we can go out into the world and spread loving energy to everyone we come in contact with.

I believe goodness is a chain reaction. Looking at all the hurting people and wanting to find a solution, I believe it starts with you. Every good deed you do, the more likely someone else will do something good for someone else.

One of my favorite quotes of all time:

Be the good. Spread peace. Radiate love.

The world needs you! So, even on your worst days, a few minutes of yoga and meditation can allow you to see your life more clearly and shine brighter for others. Namaste.

Soul Questions

I have been reading a lot about the spiritual laws of yoga. These tips have really been giving me new perspectives and insights to deepen my practice. So, of course, I want to share them with you!

One of the books I am reading that I am going to share a little piece of information from is “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga” by Deepak Chopra and David Simon. You can find the book on amazon. Truly, a great read.

As you probably know, yoga is so much more than just some bends to increase your physical fitness and flexibility.

It is a practice that can totally transform your life. It’s a tool we can use to help us grow into more spiritual beings.

Yoga philosophy begins with the spirit. The main goal of yoga is to help us get in touch with our spirit. Getting in touch with your spirit is not very hard to do. It actually occurs naturally when you are able to quiet your mind and access the inner wisdom that comes from deep within your being. Today, I read about a great way to connect to your spirit, which is to consciously ask yourself three powerful questions.

Who am I?

What do I want?

How can I serve?

These questions are some of the most important questions you can ask yourself. Believe it or not, they actually guide your choices and life decisions. They can help you to see what is really important to you and what you hope to receive from this life.

A simple exercise that will help you gain access to the answers of these questions is simple. Close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths, and bring awareness to your heart. Silently ask yourself “Who am I?” every fifteen seconds. Innocently listen to the answers that rise from the depth of the mind.

When people ask themselves who they are, they tend to answer with things like their occupation, relationships, race, or even where they live. Yoga can encourage you to look deeper into who you really are. These things are only pieces of you. When you recognize that your essential nature is unbounded and eternal, life will become more joyful, meaningful, and carefree.

The second soul question takes you deeper: “What do I want?” “What do I really want?”

Different levels of your being give rise to different desires. Your physical body needs necessary things like food, water, oxygen, and even sexual gratification. Listening to your body’s desires and providing nourishing fulfillment can help you to achieve health and vitality. Your subtle body (the mind) has the need for achievement, emotional relationships, and recognition. Expressing your talents and honoring contributions made by others increase the health of your subtle body. Your casual body (the domain of the spirit) needs creative expression and renewal. It has the need for unity to predominate over diversity, for expansiveness over restriction. The spiritual journey is one of fulfilling the needs of the flesh, mind, and spirit. When you ask yourself what you really want, you are asking what level of your being is expressing a need.

As you become conscious of your identity and desires, ask yourself the third soul question. “How can I serve?”

Our inner dialogue usually focuses around thoughts like “What do I get out of this?” When your inner reference points expand to embrace your casual body, your inner dialogue shifts to “how can I be of service?” As your sense of self expands, your compassion proportionally increases and you naturally find yourself caring about how your choices influence those around you.

This exercise is powerful and can guide you on your journey. It is good to do regularly so you can keep in touch with your true needs and desires. I hope you can find this knowledge useful, as I have. Namaste.

Hello world!

Hello, friend. I am glad you’re here! This blog is about yoga. I have made it a loving environment and I hope you have a comfortable stay. Hopefully this blog can answer some of your questions or just simply brighten your day! A little background about myself.. I have been drawn to yoga for the past 6 years. I have been learning as much as possible about it. I practiced here and there, but I got discouraged because I never knew where to begin! I was always worried I was doing something wrong.. which I probably was. Where I’m from, yoga isn’t very popular so there weren’t any classes for me to get involved with. But now this idea has changed because I’ve come across a yoga instructor who really inspires me. She shows me the correct way to do asanas and now I feel confident to practice. She was just what I needed! I recently made the commitment to be dedicated to my practice and I am so glad I chose to lead this life. Now I am on my way to following a dream of mine and becoming a yoga instructor. I plan on pushing myself and devoting very much of my life to this practice. I want to inspire people and teach people about yoga. I am currently saving to go to a teacher training so I can help others fall in love with it and reap the mental, spiritual, and physical benefits. Yoga has opened my heart and brought me so much joy. It’s such an amazing feeling, I want others to feel this way too! Follow along with me as I blog about my yoga journey and knowledge! Don’t be a stranger 🙂