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Be Your Own Valentine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance’
~ Oscar Wilde.

Happy Valentines day fellow yogis! This year I invite you to look at this holiday in a different way and give love to yourself.

Until we learn to open our hearts and love ourselves it can be difficult to give and receive love. To begin the process of understanding love, we must begin with ourselves.

Start by looking into your heart and discover what you love about yourself. If you find this challenging, take a cue from the sun. The sun nurtures all living things on earth; it radiates continuously in all directions and does not discriminate in any way. Look at your own heart as if it were the sun. Allow it to radiate continuously without discrimination.

Live Light Practice:

Shower yourself with attention and gifts! Be your own Valentine and give yourself a gift or a compliment, take your favorite yoga class or get a massage. Find any treat just for you!

PS Don’t let the love die after Valentines day. Try to show yourself love everyday!

Feb14

Mindful Knitting

Watch this video to learn more about what Mindful Knitting at The Yarn Company is.

Each month Liza Laird will be at The Yarn Company for Yoga for Knitters event! At this event we will stretch our bodies, open our minds, and knit for charity. The final blanket knit over the Monday night gatherings will be donated to Safe Horizon.

Dates: 1/14
Time: 7-9pm
Location: The Yarn Company, 274 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

For more details go to theyarnco.com

Jan10

Relaxation Response

Restorative yoga is a conscious mind-body practice best described as active relaxation. Restorative asanas (postures) have wonderful healing properties for those recovering from injuries, depression and life in general.

We all live such stressful lives that increase the rate at which our sympathetic nervous system is triggered. The sympathetic nervous system manages our response to dire circumstances when we have to choose between ‘fight or flight’ — whether we protect ourselves or try to run away. The sympathetic nervous system sends blood to the extremities to prepare the body to attack or escape. A continued state of ‘fight or flight’ can lead to high levels of stress and cause illness and disease. Yoga can help counteract this increasing trend in our society and promote a balanced life.

Yoga, and especially Restorative Yoga, helps to teach the body to cultivate the parasympathetic nervous system — the ‘relaxation response’. This system helps to regulate our breathing, decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure, and improve digestion, because the blood flows to the organs that specifically need it and not only to the extremities.

The restorative nature of the asanas relaxes the body so it can open up to release tension and toxins that can cause illness. Benefits you receive from Restorative Yoga are plentiful. At times when you feel week, fatigued, or stressed, they can calm and sooth your body and mind. Restorative postures can also be beneficial for difficult times in your life like the death of a loved one, change of job or residence, marriage, divorce, vacations, major holidays, or when you are ill or recovering from an injury.

This gentle approach to yoga can be wearisome for beginners, as it is difficult to quiet the mind. If this is you, it is important to focus on being in the asanas rather than doing them. There are many props used in order to make you comfortable enough to stay in the postures for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. The idea is to use the props (blankets, blocks, eye pillow, etc.) to your advantage so there is no strain in your practice.

 

Jan03

View from the mat

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Dec03