Naptime!

Taking back nap time.

Whatever happened to nap time? Why is it not a part of our everyday lives? With our eyes open to the world and bombarded with colors, lights, people, images, scenery it is important to give our eyes and minds sufficient rest.

Dr. Sara Mednick wrote Take a Nap! Change Your Life. In this book she covers her research on napping and how it is an important aspect of our daily lives. Dr. Mednick’s research shows evidence that a siesta provides incredible physiological, psychological and cognitive benefits. Taking a nap will allow you to be fully alert, energetic and in a good mood all day long.

Now of course it may be impossible to take a nap in the middle of the day at your cubicle, but consider the possibility of naps on the weekends or even stoping in one of those napping spas. In New York City the YeloSpa offers a rang of napping times and types.

Go forth and nap!

Feb24

New Live Light Thought Pattern

My words are consciously selected and I communicate openly and honestly.

Feb24

Let me clear my throat

 

 

 

 

As I prepare for the upcoming yoga retreat to Bali I have been reading Fragrant Rice by Janet De Neefe. As Janet writes about her adjusting to life in Bali and understanding the culture she expresses how one of the most difficult skills to master was that of silence.

“…the Balinese art of sitting with family and friends, hardly speaking a word, for what seemed like an eternity. Silence is just another way of communicating feelings, a space for words and thoughts to gather.”

Our throat chakra is the center of communication, our ability to speak clearly to ourselves and others. At times silence is needed in order to really hear the truth. In my studio classes this week I have been taking time to turn off the music, stop speaking, and have each person lead themselves through Surya Namaskara B with the sound of their own breathe moving and guiding them. This is a powerful and quiet practice that allows you to really listen to your body rather than be distracted by things outside of us.

Live Light Practice:

Sit with family or friends in silence for 20 minutes, no need for music, tv, or other noises for distraction. See how it feels to be with others in silence.

Shanti,

Liza

Feb23

Effort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we begin practicing yoga we question how long it will take before we master headstand or find enlightenment. However, once we expand our practice to read the Yoga Sutras we discover that there is no clear timeline. Sutra 1.14 says: When practice is done for a long time, without break, and with sincere devotion, then the practice becomes a firmly rooted, stable and solid foundation.

Do not be discouraged by the vagueness of this Sutra, but inspired by the simplicity of it. All we need is continous effort and to not give up in order to move along the path. As Winston Churchill said – “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

So no matter if you are working up to a handstand, writing a book, starting a new career, or a new home – it is continuous effort that will guide you along the correct path.

 

Live Light Practice:

Recall what your intention for 2012 was. Ask yourself if you feel you have been true to that intention. How can you keep in mind Sutra 1. 14 and what W. Churchill said to inspire your continued efforts of your 2012 intention?

 

Shanti,

Liza

 

Feb20