Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New Year-Be excited for the unknown

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Since I am in Las Vegas for the new year visiting my boyfriend for a few weeks, I have been doing Yoga via a pod cast from Elsie Escobar. The link to her site is located over in my blogroll. Please take a look, it’s a good site.

This morning, on the last day of 2011, I decided on a 1 hour level 1-2 class called Learners will Inherit the Earth. I chose it because it was a 1 hour class instead of a 90 minuet class and a level 1-2. The theme of the class, however, really got me to think about entering the new year with an open mind and be willing to learn. Now this might seem like a normal thought for most of you, but if you know me you know I need to have everything in order. I want to know where I am going to be 4 years from now, who I am going to be with, how may kids I am going to have, where I will be living etc. And when I don’t I stress the heck out. (It’s and interesting point to mention my boyfriend is just a fly by the seat of his pants kinda guy…).

Elise starts each of her classes with a theme (a quote or article etc) and this one was actually an amazing message for New Years eve even though it was published in the middle of the summer almost 4 years ago.

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“In times of change, learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

We are never done learning. Once we stop learning we shut out the world and new ideas and the progression of life. The world around us is constantly changing and we need to embrace the changes around us to live in the current world. The world today is not the same as the world we were in yesterday.

So as we enter the new year, 2012, I invite everyone to keep an open mind with me and just embrace the unknown; don’t be afraid of what is to come but be excited for each moment and do not stress over what you do not know about the future. It’s like unwrapping a new present every day; a new surprise and a new direction for your life.

Happy New Year.

Namaste!

-Jess

Inspiration for New Yogis- 92-year-old instructor

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92 Year Old Yoga teacher

Above it a clip that I found inspiring. To be able to practice yoga for over 40 year and still be able to have the mind-set that you are a beginner and still learning is amazing.

It’s a short clip so click the hyperlink and take a look! 🙂

The perfect to and from yoga class jacket!

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Stride Jacket*BR

First let me say that Lululemon is one of my favorite stores ever and wish I could have one of everything they have. Literally.

I saw this jacket on-line since I unfortunately do not have local store in Va. I called my boyfriend and told him me MUST go get this jacket as soon as I get into town. Lucky for me he ran out and got it for me as a present.

This jacket is quite possibly one of the most comfortable things I have had on in a while. This particular version is a little more lined so it is perfect for running from home to a yoga class or from work to a yoga class. It zippers up to protect your neck in the wind and the hood comes forward enough to protect your face in the rain with still being able to see where you are going. The thumb holes are great and the zipper doubles as an emergency hair tie if you find you forgot yours when you get to your yoga class.

The length is longer so for me that is great since I will most likely wear it with tights to class. It is a little more in the expensive side (the more lined version is 128.00 in the store) but it is very much worth it.

Lululemon is an amazing store for Yoga clothes and accessories. I plan on going back to buy a new mat with the money I didn’t have to spend on this jacket 🙂

 

Here is a link to the website:

http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women-jackets-and-hoodies/Stride-Jacket-Brushed-28634?cc=9528&skuId=3427531&catId=women-jackets-and-hoodies

Happy shopping!!

 

-Jess

Merry Christmas

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It’s starting to quiet down here; all the packages are opened, Christmas breakfast is cleaned up and people are starting to play with their new toys and goodies. I, as you can tell, am cuddled up on the couch with my computer (and my new typing gloves with heaters in them).

There is still wrapping paper everywhere and it’s still electric with energy from the excitement of the morning. There are tons of kids running around outside with new bikes, guns (after all this is North Carolina), dirt bikes, etc.

I am sitting here and just absorbing all of the energy and excitement around me and it is almost peaceful to sit here and relax in all the commotion.

I’m not sure what exactly happened in the past month or so but being able to stop and just relax and take in the world around me instead of moving from one thing to another at lightning speed is an amazing feeling. I am going to blame that all on starting yoga. It slows down your body and mind and makes you take in the energy and beauty around you.

This is a feeling and ideal I am planning on taking into the new year with me as a way of life.

So as you and your family sit down to dinner and give thanks for everything that happened this year and each other, take a moment to absorb everything around you and your presence in the chaos and love of the season.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Namaste

Jessica

A way to get Yoga in to your day- 7 days a week!

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Like I said before I have jumped right into the practice of yoga with an open mind. The physical aspects were the least of my concerns. I know what my body is capable of and I know I can work my way back up to where I used to be while running track if not beyond. I was more concerned about the spiritual part. My mind races. I can never calm it down so meditation is just off-putting to me. Also I am always rushing to the next thing and never stopping to be in the moment.

So I figured I would get a few books on the history of Yoga and read about techniques for mediation as well as the physical practice.

Well the first book I picked up was just what I was looking for.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra, is currently providing me with a way to look at yoga as a life style and how to make it possible to reach a healthy spiritual practice as well.

I find it interesting that Chopra, being a medical doctor, incorporate medical theory and other religious theory into an explanation of Yoga presenting all things are basically intertwined and religions and medical philosophy stem from each other. Being in pharmacy school I can appreciate this analytical approach.

This book also provides a way to incorporate the 7 spiritual laws of Yoga into each day of the week. And that is the first thing I am going to try to do to help reach a more peaceful state of mind.

Below are the 7 laws and their mantras. You can check out my amazon kindle notes and goodreads to see other things i picked out from the book.

Let me know what you think!

Sunday- Law of Pure Potentiality

  • “Om Bhavam Namah”- I am absolute Existence

Monday- Law of Giving and Receiving

  • Om Vardhanam Namah”- I am the nourisher of the Universe

Tuesday- Law of Karma (or cause and effect)

  • “Om Kriyam Namah”- My actions are aligned with cosmic law

Wednesday- Law of Least effort

  • “Om Dakaham Namah”- My actions achieve minimal benefit with minimal effort

Thursday- Law of intention and Desire

  • “Om Ritam Namah”- My intentions and desires are supported by cosmic intelligence.

Friday- Law of Detachment

  • “Om Anandham Namah”- My actions are blissfully free from attachment to outcome

Saturday- Law of Dharma (or purpose in life)

  • “Om Varunam Namah”- My life is in harmony with cosmic law.

The goal for these is the meditate on them in the morning and practice them not only through your Yoga Practice but throughout your life all day. For ways to incorporate them into your practice and life you’re going to have to read the book (:)) But I promise you it will be a good read and something you will keep referring back to.