Monthly Archives: April 2013

Go Someplace New

“Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.” Dalai Lama

Travel is a wonderful time to experience new places, foods, people, and cultures. This November Pravassa and I are leading a vacation in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Thailand is a magical place, and I’m excited to see many new things this trip.

The journey begins in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, and continues in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai. Our daily practice of wellness through yoga, meditation and cultural exploration will increase strength and flexibility in your body, mind, spirit and soul fostering a new sense of self half way around the world. Open your heart and be welcomed with kindness by the friendly Thai people who would love to show you their Buddhist culture and way of life.

November 14-23, 2013

Questions? bookings@pravassawellnesstravel.com or +1 646 389 0208

Apr25

Who Have You Become?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It doesn’t matter who you used to be, what matters is who you’ve become.” – Robert Tew

Clinging to how things once were doesn’t give room for change or development. How can we grow if we are stuck on who we used to be?

In yoga classes I like to teach about tapas, a Sanskrit term that means ‘to burn’ or ‘to purify’. Through asanas (yoga postures) we let go of old habits and patterns so that we can take in life in a new way and not see life in the old way.

There are a few asanas (yoga postures) that I personally have convinced myself that I am not physically able to do them. If gomukasana (cow facing pose) comes up in class I already count myself out of it. I accept that my hands don’t touch in that pose. By determining my present experience by my past I am limiting myself. In a class I took recently my teacher assisted me in this pose and to my surprise my hands touched. In that moment I had let go of how I had done the pose in the past and was open to how it could be at that time. I let go of the old thought that I am not flexible and opened up to the idea that I am flexible.

If we don’t let go of our past habits, thoughts, and patterns we will always see the world in that way and not be open to new experiences. If we want to live a life with ease we need to be open to change how we see the world.

Embrace who you have become today.

Live Light Practice:

Set a timer for 5 minutes and find a comfortable seat on a chair or the floor. With your eyes closed and jaw soft repeat to yourself for the next 5 minutes “I release my past and allow for ease in my life.”

Apr18

What’s Up?

What’s happening right now? Are you thinking of what will come next, what happened last night, or perhaps you are only thinking about this newsletter? More often than not our thoughts are rooted in the past or future, it is rare that we are fully present to the current moment.
I was taking a wonderful yoga class this morning and we began with a very long hold in uttanasana (forward fold). We adjusted our feet a few times to see how it changed to posture, but really we were in a forward fold for a good 10 minutes. For an early morning class you think (or perhaps expect) to be moving right away and waking up the body.
What I loved about taking the time in this yoga posture was it was a great set up to getting ourselves present in the moment, into the yoga class, and turning our attention inward. I wasn’t thinking about what was coming next or how my morning was, I was acutely aware of the sensations in my body and how my breath was deepening the posture, how as we stayed there longer my body began to awaken and the thoughts and breath were in line with what was happening right then.
The expansion I feel in body and mind is fueling me through my day. Each time I watch myself jump to what is next I gently coax myself back to the present moment. It is a continuous practice, and the balanced awareness I have gained from the yoga class this morning is helping me to continue this throughout the day.

Live Light Practice:

Find a supportive seat in a chair, on the floor, sitting against the wall. Take a few moments to set yourself up. Then let the eyes close softly so there is no gripping. Start to watch your breath. Then after a few moments begin to repeat to yourself ‘inhale, exhale’ with each breath. Let other thoughts float through your mind, but don’t attach to them. Allow the attention to be on each inhale, and exhale.

Remain with this focus for at least 5 minutes.

After the time has passed take your time to shift from sitting to standing and with your eyes open notice your surroundings. Then ask yourself “what’s happening now?”. See how you can be in that moment and how long you can stay without thinking what is coming next.

Shanti,

Liza

Apr05