Let Us H.E.A.L ♡

This week’s theme and intention for yoga classes is to encourage healing and harmony within our bodies. A quote from B.K.S. Iyengar, “Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” Think for just a minute. What is troubling you about your physical, emotional, or spiritual health? See it. Feel it. Now begin to create a positive, healing intention around your concern. May today’s guidance invite the healing and harmony you desire.

Let us H.E.A.L. ♡
H = Heed: pay attention to—tune into body, mind & spirit
E = Experience: encounter, undergo—allow everything to surface without judgement
A = Awaken: evoke, kindle—what do I need to sense, feel, and know in this moment?
L = Life: the ability to grow and change, the experience of being alive—awareness of, and openness to personal transformation

“Some of us don’t know how tired we are until we try to relax. Then we realize we’re exhausted. We may have lived with exhaustion and stress so long it’s become habitual. That doesn’t mean we’re bad or wrong, or even off track. Many of us are deeply involved in activities, work, projects, and relationships we enjoy. We like our lives and the things we’re doing. But sometimes we’ve pushed too hard or too long. Sometimes we haven’t given our bodies adequate time to relax, to rest, to really let go. It’s all right to take time out. Relax. Refresh. Regroup. It’s all right to rest even if we’re busy, rest often enough to keep ourselves replenished. Get in touch with your body, then stay in touch with yourself. Find out how tired you are. Then let your body tell you what it needs to come back to life and love.” ~ Melody Beattie

As I gradually learned to be true to myself and succeeded in admitting my own feelings, the language of my body spoke out more and more clearly and guided me toward decisions that did it good and helped it to express its natural needs…repressed, disassociated emotions can make us ill but not conscious feelings that we can give expression to. ~ Alice Miller, The Body Never Lies

“Our bellies can be wonderful monitors of our emotional health and the truth can always be found there. So often, emotions that we long to express get stored in our bodies instead. The space where this most often happens is in our bellies. Rather than telling people, our even ourselves, the way we truly feel, we may stuff our true feelings deep inside of us, where they take up space until we are ready to let them go. Stuffing our feelings in our bellies may feel like the safe response, since we then don’t really have to deal with our emotions. Yet, doing so can actually be detrimental to our emotional well-being and physical health. One way to connect with and release your emotions is to do a focused exercise with your stomach area. Take a moment to center yourself with some deep breathing and quiet meditation, relaxing your body fully and turning off the chatter in your brain. With your right hand on your stomach, tell yourself three times: Please reveal to me my true emotions. Listen for the answers. Repeat the exercise as many times as you would like, allowing yourself to drop deeper into your body each time. Notice any physical response in the stomach area, whether you have a warm, relaxed feeling in the middle of your body or if you feel tight knots in response to any emotions that do come up. You may even want to write down any answers that come to you. Remember that the body doesn’t lie.” ~ Madisyn Taylor, DailyOM: In Touch with True Emotions

Witness the elemental motion of emotion:
Fire burning, illuminating
Water gushing, cleansing
Air inspiring, soothing
Earth supporting, holding
Space expanding, embracing
Radiance Sutras, Yukti Verse 101

You Can’t Rush Your Healing
Darkness has its teachings
Love is never leaving
You can’t rush your healing
Your healing

Mama, well she told me time
is such a wonderful gift
You’re not running out
You’re really running in
Confusion clouds the heart
but it also points the way
Quiet down the mind
The more the song will play
You can’t rush your healing
Darkness has its teachings
Love is never leaving
You can’t rush your healing
Your healing
Trevor Hall

“A breath of desire and My Spirit is there—to replenish and renew. Sometimes weariness and exhaustion are not signs of lack of spirit but of the guiding of the Spirit.” ♡ ~ God Calling, Exhaustion

No Mistake
Holding my tension close is exhausting. I don’t know why I do it–
habit I guess–but when I let it go, the sense of relaxation and release
is immediate. My whole body sighs as ease and healing bathe
each cell in light. Once the truth of me has space and energy
to shine forth, it’s clear that the alchemy of humanity and divinity
is no mistake. ~ Danna Faulds

Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG) 5 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. 6 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.

What Do You See In The Mirror?

✨Love ~ Serve ~ Inspire✨

We are all mirrors for each other. The qualities we see in the people around us are directly related to the traits that exist in us. We attract individuals into our lives that mirror who we are. Those you feel drawn to reflect your inner self back at you, and you act as a mirror for them. Simply put, when you look at others, you will likely see what exists in you. When you see beauty, divinity, sweetness, or light in the soul of another, you are seeing the goodness that resides in your soul. When you see traits in others that evoke feelings of anger, annoyance, or hatred, you may be seeing reflected back at you those parts of yourself that you have disowned or do not like. Because we are all mirrors for each other, looking at the people in your life can tell you a…

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Love At First Savasana❤️

18 years ago I stepped into my first yoga class at L.A. Fitness. I was faithful at working out to stay in shape, and to relieve stress from my social work career, but something about the dim lit yoga room drew me. I was feeling a shift at 30 years old. Priorities were changing as we thought about starting a family. I longed to try something new.

The yoga class was powerful, sweaty, and challenging. I totally felt at home! I was in tune with my breath, focused inward, and all the unnecessary layers of the outside world vanished. During the final resting pose, savasana, I felt so alive, calm, clear, and balanced. I felt like the true me — unmasked and unbound! It was love at first savasana. ❤️ Yoga continues to be my moving meditation as I connect daily on the mat — body, mind, and spirit.

In yoga asana, we participate in savasana, or corpse pose at the end of each practice. It symbolizes our death as we lie down, and new life as we arise — listening to new insights about our connection with the body, mind, and spirit. Make time to JUST BE and listen to the still, small voice inside. Accept yourself for who you are outside of your life roles, responsibilities, and contributions. Rest times provide valuable insight. They allow us to put to death what no longer serves us, being able then to fully experience the joy and liberation of new life.

I release all that no longer serves me to embrace positive change in my life. ❤️

In This Moment, by Clive Fogelman (adapted)

In this moment invite stillness
With each breath let tension melt away
Give yourself permission to be here
Let the earth receive you

In this moment surrender the body
Float into effortlessness
To spaces unknown
Know that it is okay to let go

In this moment no solutions are needed
Allow the journey to unfold
As you travel through your inner landscape

In this moment breathe into your potential
Imagine yourself unmasked and unbound
Connect with your heart voice
Offering up yourself to the world

In this moment you are free
Feel gratitude for all that you are
The potential that lies within and outside
Let this be the beginning of something new

Revelation, by C. JoyBell C.

I am like a diamond
Born to the earth
The years have covered me in
Grime and mud
Filth and stench
Dirt and dung
But now is today and
I will dance and dance
I will dance and dance
I will dance and dance
I will dance and watch the dirt fall off
I will dance and watch the mud crack
And drop
I will dance and all the filth and grime
Will float away into the air
And I will see myself again
And so will you

May you put to death what no longer serves you and begin to experience the joy and liberation of new life!