YOU ARE MADE OF LIGHT

YOU ARE MADE OF LIGHT

"One day, as he slept in a cave, he dreamed that he saw his own body sleeping. He came out of the cave on the night of a new moon. The sky was clear, and he could see millions of stars. Then something happened inside of him that transformed his life forever. He looked at his hands, he felt his body, and he heard his own voice say. "I am made of light, I am made of stars."

He looked at the stars again, and he realized that it's not the stars that create the light, but rather the light that creates the stars. "Everything is made of light," he said, "and the space in-between isn't empty." And he knew that everything that exists is one living being, and that light is the messenger of life, because it is alive and contains all information."
- Don Miguel Ruiz, author of Four Agreements

4/15/2014   Tags:  Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz, light, possibility, self-love, light, love

30 DAY SPRING YOGA CHALLENGE (SAMPLE)

30 DAY SPRING YOGA CHALLENGE (SAMPLE)

Dear Friends, 

You may or may not know I've been guiding a 30 day Yoga Challenge at huateyoga, Seattle this last 24 days. This Sprint Detox is different than many challenges in that it includes more than just yoga. We also have set intention for daily meditation, journaling, nutrition goals, sleeping, and reading inspiration.  Here is a sample of the daily emails you receive on this challenge. It was for our 24 out of 30 days! Enjoy and be inspired by #TheFourAgreements. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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Namaste #haute30 Kula!

Today is day 24 of your 30 day Spring Detox Challenge and the Libra Full Moon. This makes it a perfect day to refine intention setting, and be inspired by the advice of the Four Agreements to be clear you are living your dharma.

Driving around last year in Fremont I saw this sign someone had posted on a sidewalk. It read, "please forgive them, they are doing the best they can." On the other side it read, "Everyone has something they want to be forgiven for."  

This sidewalk philosophy was a great reminder that in the words of Don Miguel Ruiz from his book The Four Agreements:

4th Agreement: Always Do Your Best

·      Your best is going to change from moment to moment

·      It will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.

·      Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

 

This is particularly great advice for those of us that are recovering perfectionists because honestly, aren’t you tired of being perfect?

What is the difference between doing our best in a spiritual way and perfectionism? One requires a heavy expectation that our effort be a sacrifice and always the same, the other asks us to soften our expectations and allow an effortless effort that is always fluid and changing.  Don Miguel Ruiz continues, 

“If you try too hard to do more than your best, you will spend more energy than is needed and in the end your best will not be enough.  When you overdo, you deplete your body and go against yourself and it will take you longer to accomplish your goal.  But if you do less than your best, you subject yourself to frustrations, self-judgment, guilt, and regrets.”

However, applying this fourth agreement to your life doesn’t mean apathy, where we don’t try at all. For instance, in our poses all I ask is that the effort of doing the pose is balanced by not exhausting ourselves. The practice should never be punishing. I am concerned when students leave someone’s class saying things like “I survived that Power Vinyasa Class” or “I almost died.” To me that is not the intention of the yogic practice. And if that is how you are doing your yoga, the sacrifice you are making is way too much. And in the long-term won’t be sustainable.

Doing our best means taking action but not because of something we earn to make ourselves do it, but because we enjoy doing it. I never want you to do the poses:

*Without any effort where there is no sensation until you get bored and want to give up

*Or with too much sensation where you get frustrated and want to give up. 

As Don Miguel Ruiz writes,  “Action is about living fully.  Inaction is the way that we deny life.  Inaction is sitting in front of the television every day for years because you are afraid to be alive and to take the risk of expressing what you are.  Expressing what you are is taking action.  You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.”

And that at the end of the day, “doing our best” is all any of us can do.  Each day is so full of promise and it is our duty to enjoy our life. He goes on to write, "You are not here to sacrifice your life. You are here to live, to be happy, and to love."  

Today practice the affirmation: I am doing my best without pressure to be perfect.

And remember everyone is also doing the best they can too.

With lovingkindness, 

Leah Zaccaria and Silvia Mordini 

Twitter/Instagram: @leahlovesyoga @inspiredyogagal

4/14/2014   Tags:  30 Day Yoga Challenge, haute yoga, Spring Detox, Declutter, Four Agreements, 4th Agreement, Don Miguel Ruiz, Full Moon

MEDITATION IS LIKE AEROBIC EXERCISE

MEDITATION IS LIKE AEROBIC EXERCISE

"Meditation is to the mind what aerobic exercise is to the body. Like exercise, there are many good ways to do it and you can find the one that suits you best. Meditation is the quintessential training of attention. Since attention is like a vacuum cleaner - sucking its contents into your brain through what's called “experience-dependent neuroplasticity” - getting better control of your attention is the foundation of changing your brain, and thus your life, for the better." - Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Just like aerobic exercise the only way to get the benefit of Meditation is to do it.

4/13/2014   Tags:  meditation, crown chakra, exercise, happiness, neuroplasticity, change, possibility

YOGA PLAYLIST APRIL 12, 2014 THE 6TH CHAKRA

YOGA PLAYLIST APRIL 12, 2014 THE 6TH CHAKRA

Name     Time      Album     Artist

1 Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu 4:34 Be Receptive Chandra Om

2 Big Medicine 4:40 In the Hand of the Night Mari Boine

3 Buffalo Dance 6:31 The Rise of Downtempo Dub Sutra

4 So High 4:46 4am: Plum Mood DJ Drez

5 Free 4:03 Culture Of Fear Thievery Corporation Feat. Kota

6 Animal 3:35 Animal - Single Javier Dunn

7 Afterglow (feat. Soundmouse) 4:41 Fallen Light Phaeleh

8 Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) 5:07 Monsters Of Folk Monsters Of Folk

9 Way Back 4:34 Bar Lounge Classics (Deluxe Editi… Jazzamor

10 6th Chakra - Violet Universal Eye… 6:45 Chakra Balancing Solfeggio Frequ… Sound ॐ Love ❤ Alchemy☿

11 Riding The Wind 6:40 The Music Of Namaste Tim McCauley

4/11/2014   Tags:  yoga CLASS PLAYLIST, detox, destress, Spring, YOGA MUSIC, yoga playlist, vinyasa flow, silvia mordini, chakra vinyasa, don't worry be happy, habits, #haute30

WHY PRACTICE THE SOUND OF OM

WHY PRACTICE THE SOUND OF OM

Practice the sound of Om. This is an ancient and sacred sound. It connects us with our inner being, while also connecting us with the universe. Patanjali said when we chant the sacred Om, our consciousness becomes “one-pointed: and prepared for meditation.” So, we chant this amazing sound, which may actually lead us back to our true selves.

The sound of Om is actually made up of four separate parts. The first two sounds are “ah” and “ooh,” which actually form a contraction into the “oh” sound. The “ah” represents our waking state or subjective consciousness. The “ooh” represents the dream state or consciousness of our inner world: thoughts, dreams, and memories. The “m” represents our dreamless state of sleep and experience of ultimate unity.

The last part of Om is the silence which follows the sound. It is called the anusvara (after-sound). As the vibration slowly dissolves into silence, we are able to transcend our state of consciousness. The Maitri Upanishad described this silence as the crown of the mantra, “tranquil, soundless, fearless, sorrowless, blissfull, satisfied, steadfast, immovable, immortal, unshaken, enduring.”

So, the next time you practice yoga or your just practicing life, consider turning breath into sound. Chant the sound of Om and notice its effects. Don’t forget the silence afterwards. And, see what awaits your discovery!

4/10/2014   Tags:  om, mantra, sound, 5th chakra, chakra vinyasa, consciousness, chant, discovery, upanishad, pantanjali

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEART, MIND AND EXPRESSION

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEART, MIND AND EXPRESSION

If mind and heart are not communicating clearly with each other, one will dominate the other. When our minds are in the lead, we suffer emotionally because we turn emotional data into an enemy. We seek to control all situations and relationships and maintain authority over our emotions. When our hearts are in the lead, we tend to maintain the illusion that all is well. Whether the mind is in the lead or the heart, will is motivated by fear and the futile goal of control, not by a sense of internal security.

This imbalance of head and heart turns people into addicts. In energy terms, any behaviour motivated by the fear of internal growth qualifies as an addiction. Even behaviour that is usually healthy, exercise or meditation, for instance, can be an addiction if it is used to avoid pain or personal insight. Any discipline can become a willful block between our conscious and unconscious minds, saying, "I want guidance but don’t give me any bad news". We even try to direct the very guidance we are seeking. We end up living in a seemingly endless cycle of mentally wanting change but emotionally fearing change at every turn.

The only way to break through this pattern is to make choices that engage the united power of the mind and heart.

We do this thy the bridge of the 5th #Chakra

4/9/2014   Tags:  HEART, MIND, 4TH CHAKRA, 5TH CHAKRA, 6TH CHAKRA, CONSCIOUS, FEAR, LOVE, HEALING

WHAT RUMI SAYS ABOUT COMPASSION

WHAT RUMI SAYS ABOUT COMPASSION
When we practice lovingkindness and compassion we are the first ones to profit. #Rumi
4/8/2014   Tags:  RUMI, COMPASSION, LOVINGKINDNESS, METTA, LOVE, KINDNESS

DAYS OF THE WEEK, CHAKRAS, PLANETS

DAYS OF THE WEEK, CHAKRAS, PLANETS

Sunday, Sun, Solar Plexus 3rd Chakra

Monday, Moon, Brow 6th Chakra

Tuesday, Mars, Navel 3rd Chakra

Wednesday, Mercury, Throat 5th Chakra

Thursday, Jupiter, Sacral 2nd Chakra

Friday, Venus, Heart 4th Chakra

Saturday, Saturn, Root 1st Chakra

4/7/2014   Tags:  PLANETS, CHAKRAS, CHAKRA VINYASA, DAYS OF THE WEEK

MOON CALENDAR APRIL TO JUNE 2014

MOON CALENDAR APRIL TO JUNE 2014
First quarter April 7, 2014 01:31:44 AM
Full moon April 15, 2014 12:45:18 AM
Last quarter April 22, 2014 12:53:06 AM
New moon April 28, 2014 11:17:37 PM
First quarter May 6, 2014 08:16:49 PM
Full moon May 14, 2014 12:18:47 PM
Last quarter May 21, 2014 06:00:33 AM
New moon May 28, 2014 11:43:03 AM
First quarter June 5, 2014 01:40:58 PM
Full moon June 12, 2014 09:13:45 PM
Last quarter June 19, 2014 11:40:05 AM
New moon June 27, 2014 01:10:33 AM
4/1/2014   Tags:  moon calendar 2014, lunar calendar, moon, full moon, new moon, moon cycle

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