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Using Mindfulness in Fear

Why I practice yoga & mindfulness episode 5049:

Mindfulness does not mean everything is super great and you should only focus on gratitude and other pleasant things. It has much to do with checking into that space that feels messy. Mindfulness sometimes means sitting with fears and doubt then digging deeply into a place of unattachment of labels “good” or “bad” and thinking clearly about what is happening RIGHT NOW. Sometimes it means asking yourself, “do I need anything to be okay RIGHT NOW or am I actually fine?” I have found that when I check-in, I am fine. My anxiety is not cured however, I have found this system helpful in preventing a panic attack and the desire to crawl into a hole. Failure to check-in is usually when I notice my emotions spiraling out of control and it’s only a matter of time before I notice because it is a practice. This practice gets easier. Personally, I start to notice my triggers and symptoms which is also extremely helpful, it is ALL useful information.

I am bringing this up because this is where I am today.  I am using mindfulness because out of nowhere I feel overwhelmed and terrified often. Maybe even daily/nightly. Even as I am typing this I am biting the inside of my cheek because I am filled with tension (one of those symptoms I’ve talked about). Looking into the year 2019 I have no idea what is going to happen. I cannot plan for anything and it drives me absolutely insane, but I trust deeply that everything will be okay even in those moments of doubt and panic. I love control, I am a Virgo after all and that is not a bad thing. Right now, I can control if I am practicing self-care and mindfulness. I can control my breath and how I use my words both mentally and out loud. I can remind myself of past experiences out of my control that tuned out just fine.

Meditation · Uncategorized

What is Reiki?

No, it’s not witchcraft.
A brief overview from The International Center for Reiki Training
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

Ready to give it a try?

This Friday you can get a lil taste of Reiki in this chakra balancing yoga class. Regiester in advance to save $

Yoga

October Offerings [sale]

Happy October!

My favorite time of the year. Cozy, calm, and colorful. In honor of my favorite month, I am having a sale this month for my private (meaning 1 – 2 people) in-home yoga lessons. As you might have heard me mention in other various platforms, I recently quit my “day job” in order to say YES to more private clients and expand my work with children all while finishing up my last year of undergrad. I dreamed for so long I could make this shift and I am so grateful I am able to make this happen with so much support from my community.
Who can benefit from private lessons?

If you are new to the yoga practice and crave deeper guidance I might be your teacher. In private sessions I usually introduce plenty of breathing techniques, a breakdown of basic yoga poses, and an intro to meditation. I typically work with very new, curious students. Each practice is designed specially for the needs of the student. Most sessions last about 45-60 minutes depending on the package and time available chosen by the student.

When I started my yoga journey I was very intimidated! I was NOT born flexible and became very self-conscious. I didn’t stay at a studio too long because I felt like I wasn’t catching on quick enough. It wasn’t until I met really awesome teachers when I really started to understand and appreciate the the yoga life-style, then quickly it became my life: I was obsessed. Healing my body and mind through movement and breathing (yes, breathing-it’s important).

If you consider yourself having a strong practice and little interest in spirituality, meditation, and breath work I am probably not your teacher. There are plenty of teachers who offer private sessions who focus strictly on vigorous practice. Personally, I enjoy working with my clients at a slower pace in order to build a solid foundation for the student to feel comfortable starting a personal practice or getting more comfortable in a studio setting.
What I am offering this month

This month only, I am offering new students three 45-minute classes for $130. Must be purchased by the end of the month and will not expire until March 2019.

Other things to consider

Along with private individual sessions, I also work with groups. Some examples of private group classes outside of gatherings of family + friends groups are: High school sports teams, youth groups, corporate / yoga at work, girl scouts, fundraisers, etc.

The events page has been updated for the month! Check it out. More to come! Thank you again for everyone who has EVER been to one of my classes/workshops/events or just stayed with me speaking some positive words in this journey.

Set some good intentions and have a great start to your October!

Lifestyle · Meditation

Mindfulness & Grief

For suicide prevention day, I wanted to make a video on mindfulness and grief. For those who might be new to my life, I lost my dad to suicide almost four years ago now. I spent over an hour making a 10 minute video. Starting over. Not knowing what to say. The authenticity was stolen. I gave up and went to study. A few hours into studying, Purple Rain comes on (my dad’s favorite song played at his funeral). I continue to work and not think about how much I miss him. The next song is What’s Going on (another song my dad would CONSTANTLY sing) and I decided to take it as a message to not let this day pass without sharing what I wanted to talk about.

 

Through the healing process I learned about mindfulness. For me, mindfulness was something that was healing me before I even knew it had a name. In short, mindfulness is allowing yourself to feel your feelings here and now. In grief or any really challenging situation mindfulness can be really helpful. Sometimes you might notice you do not know how to feel because you are so out of touch with your emotions, I’ve been there. In the early stages of grief I did everything I could to not feel. This resulted in panic attacks, and manifested a bunch of other issues then finally I went to grief counselling. I sat down on the stupid couch and said something like, “Hi my dad killed himself now I can’t figure out how to live and about how long is this whole healing thing going to take because I am very busy” My therapist retired a few weeks later. It’s funny now but that was my personality in a nutshell. In anxiety I overdo as an escape to feel. That’s why I needed a mindfulness practice.

 

As you might imagine, in difficult situations, it is of course far more challenging to sit with emotions because it is painful. We do not like pain. However sitting in discomfort can teach you so much about your healing process. Mindfulness is checking in and being curious about what comes up. Today when that song came on my first reaction was to push it away. I was “too busy to feel sad”. In that moment, I used mindfulness to check in and notice in a gentle way how I wanted to push it away because I am different now. I did not judge myself for that, I just noticed, there is a big difference. Mindfulness is a practice, there is no way to be perfect about it and if there were, it would not be true mindfulness. Perfectionism and mindfulness cannot coexist.

 

I invite you to put this into practice. Notice throughout your day how you judge people, or things, or even yourself. Then, ask yourself why you believe whatever that judgment is. Is it true? Start to notice if anything changes. Sit with whatever comes up and then let it go.

kids yoga · Meditation · Yoga

What I’m doing in New York

Tomorrow I leave for New York to stay for a week at the Omega Institute!😁
There still seems to be a lot of confusion around what I’m doing 😂

This is not necessarily a vacation or a retreat.

Let me fill you in a little bit on what I’ve been up to:

The last few months I’ve been working on starting my own business. You’re probably thinking, “wait haven’t you already done that…” and yes I guess in a way I do work a lot for myself as far as teaching yoga in various locations and doing private sessions and workshops. This is a little bigger.

Each day I’m understanding a little more how much of a calling I have to work with children and bring mindfulness programs into schools. I’ve taught in a few different schools but I want to go bigger and expand. Teaching kids tools to manage stress and use emotional intelligence is very important and close to me. I don’t want to just get my message to only children but I want to understand how this message can be shared to other school teachers, administrators, and even parents. We need this. Can you imagine the change that would happen if just one kid learned how to handle stress more efficiently?

Long story short, I’m going to an intensive training that focuses on yoga & mindfulness in kids, how to reach out to children dealing with trauma, classroom yoga, chair yoga, and a bunch of other new and upcoming healing modalities to teach children (or anyone really).

In the next few weeks I will definitely be sharing more on the specifics of what I will be doing but for now it’s time to learn🤓

kids yoga · Yoga

Yoga at the Hill (free yoga event)

Saturday I will be teaching a free kid’s yoga class and a family yoga class! Here is some information about this event:

“For the third year in a row, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners is pleased to team up with Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio (of Mt. Clemens) to offer the opportunity for everyone – regardless of age or experience level – to learn about the practice of yoga, and to personally participate in one or more classes in the great outdoors.

This FREE morning opportunity is a great time to try a yoga class for the first time, experience a new type of yoga class, or do an entire morning of yoga classes!

Schedule of Events
8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration, Resource Provider Displays
8:30 – 9:20 a.m. Intermediate Yoga (Under the pavilion)
9:30 – 10:20 a.m. Basic Yoga (Under the pavilion, Kids yoga offered at the same time on the grass)
10:20 – 11:15 a.m. Chair Yoga (Under the pavilion, Family yoga offered at the same time on the grass)”

 

More info here