Happy May everyone!
I must confess that this month, I've been struggling with writers block. It happens from time to time but this month I am really feeling stuck. Every time I'd sit down to write, I get a few sentences out that don't make any sense or end up with nothing. How stressful! So I decided to take a step back ,stop forcing it and just let it go. Then I heard a little voice telling me to write about being stuck! DUH AMY!
So...here we go!
On being stuck. We've all been there. Stuck in traffic, stuck on a project, stuck in our yoga practice, stuck in a rut...just plain old stuck. Most times it is easier to stay stuck than to go inside of ourselves for the answers on how to start a forward motion again. It's scary to go deep into our beautiful brains, because there are things in there that we may not want to hear! But the good news is, the answers we seek are always there, we just have to be quiet enough to hear them.
Everyone has an inner voice and we all choose whether or not we listen to what it's telling us. (<-- don't ignore it!) When you choose to listen to it - that's TAPAS. Our niyama of the month. :)
Tapas literally means heat or glow. Tapas, in yoga, is defined as self discipline through actions that perfect our body & senses as well as increase our spiritual fervor.
According to dictionary.com...
tapas [tuhp-uh s] noun, yoga
1. the conditioning of the body through the proper kinks of amounts of diet, rest, bodily training, meditation, etc. to bring it to the greatest possible state of creative power.
Think of a fire. When we place an object into a fire, the fire burns so hot that the object comes out unchanged. It's the same thing that's happening within us. We choose to listen to our inner voice, make a change for the better which in turn burns away the old habits that are holding us back or keeping us in our rut. Genuine tapas makes us shine like the sun.
One way to practice tapas is by listening to our inner voice that is telling us things to improve our current situation. For instance, when I am sitting on the couch, being a bum because I "had a hard day" and my inner voice is saying, "get up and get on your mat" - I have 2 choices. I can ignore it because "I've had a hard day" (WOMP WOMP) or I can listen to it as it pushes me in the direction of positive change (HOORAY!) and I can get on my yoga mat and practice for a bit. Listening to my inner voice has taken me on a healthier path for my mind, body and soul. And I ALWAYS feel better after doing a few poses or practicing my breathing. ALWAYS. Think about it, do you ever feel worse after doing a few yoga poses?
Whenever I am feeling stuck, writing, getting things done around the house, in my practice - I get on my mat, close my eyes and listen. I listen to my breath. I listen for that inner voice.
I hope this helps you in some way and you are able to start practicing tapas more often in your life.
Tapas. It's a beautiful thing.
Happy April everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter holiday!
What's on my mind? NIYAMAS. (knee-yah-mah)
Niyama - positive duties or observances used for our inner self; things that are inside of us. Not to be confused with a tapeworm that may be "inside of us" or the lunch we just ate "inside of us", but on a spiritual level "inside of us".
They are used to cultivate happiness and self-confidence.
Yamas (we have been discussing these for a bit) are used to relate to the world; things that are external.
Our first niyama is Saucha - (some spell it shaucha and others saucha) which means cleanliness or purification. Using saucha in your yoga practice is a great way to remember who you truly are at the core of your being. This is a wonderful way to burn away any clutter in your mind or obstacles in your life that are preventing you from being YOU. Sages say that saucha is the foundation for physical health and it is the pathway to a deeper and more tranquil state of meditation. So how do we do it? Great question! Make smarter decisions about putting pure things into your body and mind. As always, start simple and see where it leads you. (hopefully to a clean lunch that does not include a tapeworm!)
Santosha means contentment, happiness and joy. We can achieve these feelings by acceptance; acceptance of life and whatever it has brought to us and ourselves. When we are content, we are happy. Happiness is a choice. The niyama said it, not me! Ok fine, I said it too. But you needed to hear it. ;)
How do we become content? LET GO! This is our recurring theme! Let go of the past. Stop beating yourself up. Free yourself of expectations. Remind yourself that what you have right now is enough. You are right where you need to be. You can still strive for other things in your life and your future but be content where you are right now and enjoy some peace. Once you achieve whta you are working towards, it will only add to your current joy. Go ahead, try it. You deserve it.
I'll never recommend or suggest that any of you become doormats to the world, however, I DO recommend that you start to shift your perspective about life and everything that happens on this crazy journey. Yes, unfortunate things happen in our lives but we do not have to be the victim of that circumstance. We can choose to rise above the negative acts, emotions and responses and be the light that we were meant to be in this world. You were meant to shine so why do anything less?
I am a yoga teacher and a Beachbody coach. I am addicted to fitness and feeling great and crazy cat shirts. The fact that these things also help me to lead a healthy lifestyle and make me frequent the doctor less, that’s a bonus. Personally, I would rather cut expenses from other things in my life that do not aid in my health, than cut from my grocery money or my Shakeology money. I budget for my health because to me, it just makes sense! I do not buy $200 boots to go with my $95 leggings and carry around a purse that costs as much as a car payment; that’s just not me. I’d spill my Shakeology on those boots, tear those leggings on a hike through the woods and drop the purse on the floor of a nasty bathroom; that IS me. I’ve never been known to be “graceful”. It’s all good and kudos to those of you who trust yourselves with expensive things. :)
My question here today is what is your health worth to you? (Write it down. I'll wait.) What is the maximum you’d be willing to spend on your health daily? (Write this shit down too. I'm still waiting.) For a comparison, do you buy Starbucks or Dunkin' every day before work? Do you eat out for lunch every day with your co-workers? Are you hitting up the bar for happy hour? Tally up what you spend on these excursions…which are all lovely, please don’t get me wrong here. Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? (Keep writing and get the calculator out. Still waiting.) and see the financial damage you are doing to yourself with these few habits. THEN ask me what it costs per day to drink Shakeology. Do you have any guesses? Come on, not even 1 guess? Ok fine, I’ll just tell you. It costs $4.33 a day. That’s it. One Shakeology smoothie costs you what your coffee does in the morning (maybe less) and it’s definitely less than what your lunch costs and I won’t even compare it to happy hour. These shakes are PACKED with super foods from all over the world giving you 9 servings of fruits and veggies and keeping you full until your next meal. Start here with this simple routine change and see how you start to feel. I am loaded with energy and I’m getting things done in record time! Get the fuck out of my way I'm doing shit! Weeeeeee!!!!
Hit up my website here. Email me if you have any questions. Keep carrying your fancy purses, wearing those sexy boots and tell me how much I suck because I’m not capable of having nice things because of my "grace"! Ha ha! Talk soon bitches. Much love. <3
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