As we all know, yoga has become extremely popular now in America. However, I’m sure if you think about who does yoga, a certain image may arise in your mind. Maybe some slender, muscular male or female balancing on their hands. What about everyone else? Especially individuals with any type of disability. I found an article that addresses this issue. There is an upcoming first annual accessible yoga conference in Santa Barbara, CA. The founder of the accessible yoga movement, Jivana Heyman, is interviewed in this article.
- This conference will center on the awareness of adaptive yoga for individuals with disabilities or chronic illness.
- The mission is to share yoga with everyone. It’s not just a physical practice.
- Adaptive yoga students and yoga teachers will be attending the conference in order to build & empower the community.
- Teachers and adaptive students will be trained first hand from the experts at the conference.
- Learning to attend to the needs of adaptive yoga students.
- Debunking the popular image of the yogi. Yoga is for all bodies.
- Sponsors will be present & addressing the issue of affordable yoga teacher training.
If you would like to go to the conference or get involved in this movement click the link below:
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“It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.” ~Charles Darwin 1881
If you’re looking to perfect your yoga practice, here are some great tips! I found a video from Yoga Journal that explains the difference of moving into Cobra pose or Upward Facing Dog during a Vinyasa flow (Downward Facing Dog, inhaling to Plank Pose, exhaling Chaturanga Dandasana, inhale Cobra or Upward Facing Dog, exhale Downward Facing Dog), and which is appropriate for you. I’ve noticed in some of my yoga classes, while moving through a Vinyasa flow the teacher will say move to Cobra or Upward Dog. What’s the difference?! Which pose is appropriate for you?
First let’s run through Cobra Pose:
Beginning with the feet:
- Tops of the feet are anchored to the ground
- The thighs and the hips are pressing down into the earth
- The elbows are slightly bent
- Shoulders are back and down away from the ears allowing for the heart to be open
Compare to Upward Facing Dog:
Beginning with the feet:
- Tops of the feet are anchored to the ground
- The thighs and hips are lifted from the earth
- The arms are straight & wrists directly below the shoulders
- Shoulders are back and down away from the ears; heart is open
When should you do one or the other? That answer depends on where you are in your yoga practice. If you’re able to move from Chaturanga Dandasana without your hips or legs touching the ground, then Upward Dog may be a choice for you. If moving from Chaturanga Dandasana to Upward Dog seems to be too challenging for you, then lower your body completely to the Earth for Cobra Pose.
Always remember, it’s not about what you look like, it’s how you feel. Do what you can & your journey will unfold in its own time.
I suggest checking out the video to receive the full visual. Enjoy!
Until recently, we never really enjoyed silence. We felt uncomfortable with the sounds that people usually become accustomed to, but some of us can never. We think it’s because the silence was the sound of loneliness. And the sound of no one needing us.
The silence screamed the truth, up until specific people. We tried to focus our mind on insignificant details so we wouldn’t need to think about the whole idea. We’re really glad we met those people because up until then, silence was the sound of us tapping our pen on the blank paper. And our breath getting short. Or our foot tapping on the wooden floor. And the background music we did not realize was playing until it stopped. Silence was waiting for our phone to light up with any little words.
Thinking of it now, silence was incredibly loud. Something we could never turn off. Now, silence is the trees blowing in the wind. Silence is the cars passing by one by one heading wherever they’re going. Silence is the waves crashing in the shore. Silence is waking up and smiling because of certain people in your life. I guess silence isn’t loneliness anymore. It’s just quiet. It’s just peace. Peace with the world. And peace within ourselves. It just takes a lot to be able to deal with silence.
To be able and sit there. Accept things for what they truly are. Being able to realize difficult things. We shouldn’t be afraid of silence. Because in the end it could help us. It helps us know that we’re going to be okay. That we’re stronger than we think. That not everything can be fixed in a day.
The silence won’t last forever. The way we are feeling at this very second will not last forever. There is only a matter of time until things get better. And we need the right people to help us along the way. The right people who don’t mind sitting in the silence with us.
Written by: Miss Anonymous
As this forever winter begins to turn to spring, birds will chirp, flowers will bloom, and inevitably swimsuit season will be upon us all…
But before we get caught up in what that may mean to each and every one of us, let us take a moment to reflect on our connection to our bodies.
In yoga, asana or postures/poses are meant to foster a connection between the body and mind, between movement and breath. By doing so, this connection allows us to develop understanding and compassion on a number of levels. One level is that of meeting one’s body where it is. By this I refer to one’s physical ability to move and be in certain asana. Another level is where one comes to accept their body, their corporal form, as it is. By this I mean there is no judgment from the mind against the body. Any desire or fantasy of the body being in one form or another are met with compassion. This compassion is an expression of accepting one’s self as a whole.
Once we’ve been practicing yoga asana for sometime, we’ll begin to notice our perspective shift towards our feelings about our bodies. While it may take some time for us to come to terms with our own images of how we appear, asana moves us towards mastering these emotions in a way that allows us to stand strong and grounded, with confidence, in how our physical form exists. And, in time, this physical form becomes an expression of our emotional and spiritual form, because of how asana cultivates the connection between mind, body, and spirit.
Deemed the “philosopher king,” 2nd century emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius is one of the most well recognized stoic philosophers to date. In his most famous work Meditations, Aurelius explored through verses written to himself the deeper levels of one’s individuality, purpose, and benevolence. When we think of Roman emperors we usually think of decadent megalomaniacs, dramatic assassinations, or Russell Crowe fighting off tigers and the corruption of Joaquin Phoenix. Marcus Aurelius however spent much of his time studying and writing. As one of the last “good emperors” of Rome before its inevitable collapse, he maintained stability, peace, and freedom of expression of the people. His words written millennium ago are still cited in commencement speeches, yearbooks, intro to philosophy courses, and right here on his page.
SJC Wellness Top Five Quotes by Marcus Aurelius:
#5: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
#4: “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
#3: “Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this ‘reality’ as you view your dreams.”
#2: “Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.”
#1: “Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease from flowing, if you do not cease from digging.”
Yoga in Nature
at Seatuck Environmental Center / Sat Mar 28
$10 yoga class offered at Seatuck Environmental Center in Islip.
appropriate for all levels – even if you are not flexible and have never tried yoga before! Come with no judgements or expectations and enjoy a relaxing experience to nourish your mind, body and soul! All are welcome to attend. No pre-registration necessary.
Seatuck Environmental Center
550 South Bay Avenue
Islip – 11751
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Date & Time
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Last Saturday Session: March 28
GMO’s. You may have seen these three letters and wondered what do they mean. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, and refers to food products that have been created by taking the gene of the plant or animal and reproducing it using technological means. Chemicals and additives are added to this process, as well as bacteria and viruses so manufacturers can mass produce food products. This method of food production has been deemed unsafe for people, and has resulted in contamination of foods and destruction of crops.
Trying to understand which foods are GMO can be a daunting task, especially with the abundance of information on food, nutrition and overall health. However, people are now taking a more proactive approach to learn how foods are produced, pay more attention to what they are putting into their body, and focusing on how to eat more wholesome foods that naturally produced. Listed below is a snapshot of some of the brands that are GMO -free.
Categories: Body, Green Room
Even though Spring arrives in a couple of days, I have noticed that some people are getting that “end of the season cold & cough” that they cannot kick. I wanted to share with you what my mom has given to me since I was a kid to help kick those annoying colds a bit faster or even prevent them. If you like the earthy spicy taste of ginger, you’ll love the simplicity of ginger root tea. Ginger is an ancient herb traced back to 5,000 years ago in Chinese, Indian, Greek & Roman cultures. It’s first use as a tonic came from the Chinese and Indians.
Let me recount the benefits of ginger root:
- Helps settle nausea, indigestion, bloating
- Colds, flu
- Motion sickness
- Menstrual cramps
- Anti-inflammatory for joints
- Lowers high blood pressure
The list goes on! It’s even speculated to suppress cancer cells.
How to make ginger root tea:
- Buy ginger root at your local supermarket
- Rinse and cut up into slices of your choosing
- Boil water
- Pour hot water and sliced ginger root into your mug or tea cup
Remember that ginger is a little spicy. You may want to start with three slices of ginger root and see how you like it. This tea will warm up your entire body and is great for chest colds. Lastly, there is the option to add lemon or honey.
For more information, click below:
Scientific & History: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/