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Meditate Daily

Live Light Practice:

Meditate for 5 minutes each morning.
Focus on your inhales and exhales.

 

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Aug22

Practice Anytime Anywhere

No matter where you are it can be a time to practice yoga. Even if you don’t have a yoga mat. You could be sitting on the subway and just close your eyes to focus on your breath. Or you could be on a business trip in your hotel room and use the bed or a towel on the floor to try legs up the wall.

One of the many beauties of yoga is that it is portable. Anytime can be used to practice breathing and being in the moment. You don’t need to be able to stand on your head, just to sit or stand on your feet and breath.

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra the first thread or guidance is translated to ‘now the exposition of Yoga is being made’ or ‘now the teachings of yoga’. Yoga is in this moment, not a minute ago or ten minutes from now – but right now.

Live Light Practice:
Stand tall, with your feet firmly grounded on the floor. Be barefoot if possible. Relax your jaw and breath in and out through your nose.

Notice after a few moments if you can deepen your breath and settle in.

Watch the desire to fidget or distract yourself from the moment. Bring the awareness back to the breath.

After at least 15 breaths open your eyes and slowly make your way back to your day keeping your attention on your breathing and the present moment.

Shanti,

Liza

Jul07

Write a Letter

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It is more common today to text than to email or even write a letter. I find writing and receiving letters to still be a wonderful way to keep in touch. A hand written note feels more personal than an email. When you touch pen to paper one’s true thoughts can be expressed clearly and shared privately.

Sending a friend a birthday card vial snail mail shows that person how much you care about them. Writing a thoughtful letter to a loved one can be therapeutic and nurturing to the relationship.

Each time I receive a postcard or a letter in the mail I am elated. I love sending letters because I hope those who receive a card from me feel elated as well.

Live Light Practice:

Hand write a note to a friend and send it to them today!
 
Shanti,

Liza

 

 

Jun25

What Being Sick Taught Me

Out of nowhere last week I found myself sick in bed with strep throat. I resisted being sick at first, but then I realized there was no changing how I felt and I might as well relax into it.

When I finally let myself rest, I was reminded of 5 important things that can help me whether I am healthy or sick.

1. Crying is great – In general, our culture does not support crying for no reason at all. As a natural crier over almost everything big or small, I find I cry a lot when I am sick.

Crying is great because it helps move energy and release tension from the body. When I realized I was getting sick, and I resisted it, tension began to build up. Once I succumbed to the illness and let my tears go, the resistance and tension released.

 

2. Being nice to yourself is important – the yogic ethical practice of ahimsa or non-violence helps heal you. At first I judged and tried to push myself. Then I realized the dishes and work could wait, and I really needed to care for myself. So what if I needed to sleep or lay in bed watching bad tv shows! I stopped being hard on myself and thanks to lots of rest, I began to feel better.

 

3. Affirmations are powerful – I am a big fan of Louise Hay, and her app – Heal Your Body A-Z. When I first started getting sick, I found negative thoughts starting to populate my mind. Then I remembered how powerful Louise Hay’s affirmations can be for me. So I searched for my symptoms in her app and started repeating the associated positive affirmation.  This may not have taken days off my illness, but it did put me in a better mental state.

 

4. Gentle yoga poses in bed make it easier to get through the day – I found my joints and muscles aching. With a fever I couldn’t really move from my bed, so I improvised and tried some gentle movements that didn’t require me actually vacating the haven of my bed. Simple movements like bringing one knee to my chest at a time really helped.

 

5. Being dramatic makes you realize how it really isn’t a big deal and ‘this too shall pass’ – Being sick sucks, but it is not the end of the world. Once I let the tears go, was nice to myself, told myself positive things, and carefully moved a little, I realized it was just a little cold and would go away soon enough. Allowing for these stages of recovery and even some drama with tears puts it all in perspective. The day will come when I don’t have the sniffles anymore. It is easy to forget that ‘everything is already okay’ when we don’t feel great. Allow space for a crappy day and eventually the sun will shine again and you will remember that you can live light, because everything is already okay.

 

Live Light Practice:

Are you feeling under the weather or perhaps stressed about something? Take a moment to check in with yourself. Notice any resistance you are holding in. If you can, let yourself cry to release tension. If that doesn’t work for you, try reminding yourself that ‘this too shall pass’.


Shanti,

Liza

Jun10