Your unconscious mind is running your life

First of all, there are only two ways to live: unconsciously or consciously.

But what does “living consciously” mean and more importantly how do we accomplish living consciously 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Is being happy in our every waking moment even possible?

A new perspective of why we are the way we are has been introduced by some cutting edge molecular biologists. Foremost among them is former professor of medicine at Stanford University, Dr Bruce Lipton.

He says the new science of epigenetics has shown that our genes are in fact controlled and manipulated by how our minds perceive and interpret our environment. That means we can change many things about the way we are including our health. 

For example Dr Lipton shows that if we interpret things in a positive way, we start living healthier and better quality lives, regardless of the genetic makeup we started with. A new attitude, positive or negative, sends new messages to the cells in our body and can actually reprogram their health and behavior. It can even change cellular structure, turning diseased cells into healthy cells.

Dr Lipton explains that there are two separate minds that create what he calls the body’s controlling voice. There is a conscious mind that can think freely and create new ideas ‘out of the box’. Then there is the subconscious mind, which is basically a super computer loaded with a database of programmed behaviors, most of which we acquired before we reached the age of six. And it seems the unconscious mind is running us on its automatic pilot mode, 95% of the time!

So… how to get out of this endless cycle of old programs and start to be more in the conscious mind? Because of the power of the unconscious mind (one million times more powerful than the conscious mind), and the amount of time it is running us (95 – 99%), Lipton says it takes a lot more than positive thinking to get out of it. Because as soon as you forget to be conscious, the unconscious is back in charge again. Sound familiar? He suggests meditation, hypnotherapy or other reprogramming approaches.

Just like mastering any new skill, living consciously takes a period of time to master. Remain patient with the process. As you begin to change the way you respond and react to your circumstances, the people in your life your world will change! You will behappier…guaranteed!

Does Nature makes us happy?

WHAT IF  NATURE COULD JUST BE THE BEST MEDICINE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES—IMPROVING OUR HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND WELL-BEING???
TAKE YOUR PRACTICE OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO AND FEEL THE CHALLENGES...

THE LINK BETWEEN NATURE AND HAPPINESS 

Zelenski and Nisbet conducted two studies with one question in mind: Is the link between nature and happiness independent from the other things that make us feel emotionally connected to life, like family, country, culture, music, and friends?  

In the first study, they measured people’s feelings of connectedness across many spheres, including nature. They called the concept of how we emotionally connect to our natural world nature relatedness. Using a Likert-type scale, participants rated their nature relatedness by their level of agreement or disagreement with statements like “My relationship to nature is an important part of who I am,” and “I take notice of wildlife wherever I am.” 

The results of their research suggest that “nature relatedness has a distinct happiness benefit” beyond the more generalized benefit of feeling connected to family, friends, and home. Our connection to nature also correlated with most measures of human well-being, indicating it may play an extremely important role in maintaining positive mental health.

Take your mat and practice outside. By getting out of the studio and into nature, you can experience yoga as it was originally intended. Being outdoors gives you access to a whole other world of sensations. It helps you feel part of a boundless existence, at one with an intelligent and sympathetic universe.

Love & Sun 

God can not fill a heart or mind that is already full

When we start doing yoga or mediation often we feel that our head is full and all we do is identify with all our thoughts and acts.

We can stop the busy mind and come into our calm heart. Instead of always thinking, our awareness can be open, soft, and present. No matter what are the circumstances of our day, the details, frustrations, and desires do not need to constantly occupy and overflow the river of our awareness. We do not need to live in constant stress. 
Meditation can bring us to the beauty of the moment, simple, and free.  

Love & Be Free

 

Letting go is the hardest Asana

The strongest yogi in the room is the one that takes child's pose when they need it.

How many times have you pushed yourself too hard in class only to be left feeling worse than when you walked in or maybe even pushing to injury? Have you been practicing for awhile with little change and feel frustrated? Yes, you show up every day, but you are still as stiff and tense as when you began. You can power through any Vinyasa, but your stress and anxiety levels are through the roof. Have you considered that it’s not the asana you need to master, but the act of listening and letting go instead. 


Can something come from Nothing?

What goes around comes around! You get what you give. Try and practice this coming week and see what happens. Send a smile to a stranger out ;) and create a very special moment in your daily life. 

We are able to change the way we think, speak and act in life to get the most out of it. 

We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)
— Swami Satchidananda

let’s do some psoas work- The way that we use the psoas in our yoga practice can either help keep it healthy, strong, and flexible, or, conversely, can perpetuate harmful imbalances.

The psoas is a deep-seated core muscle connecting the lumbar vertebrae to the femur. A tight psoas can cause serious postural problems: when you stand up, it pulls the low back vertebrae forward and down toward the femur, often resulting in lordosis (overarching in the lumbar spine), which is a common cause of low back pain and stiffness; it can also contribute to arthritis in the lumbar facet joints. On the other hand, a weak and overstretched psoas can contribute to a common postural problem in which the pelvis is pushed forward of the chest and knees. This misalignment is characterized by tight hamstrings pulling down on the sitting bones, a vertical sacrum (instead of its usual gentle forward tilt), and a flattened lumbar spine. Without its normal curve, the low back is weakened and vulnerable to injury, especially at the intervertebral discs.

So it’s important to prepare your body for backbending by first stretching the hip flexors, especially if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. When you begin to lift your pelvis off the floor, lift your tail-bone first. This simple action sets the pelvis into a posterior tilt, and, if your hip flexors are lengthened enough, helps you keep space in your low back.

Happiness comes from your actions!

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
— Dalai Lama

Habits that make you happy:

1. Help someone- others are suffering too, even if that just means they’re stressed out. Then we can reach out, and do something to reduce their stress, put a smile on their face, make their lives easier

2. Practice- study and practice what ever it is, do it regular on your daily basis.

3. Meditate- just 2 minutes a day, and you’ll create a habit that will allow you to notice your thoughts throughout the rest of the day

What habits and activities make you happy? Try doing these on a daily basis. A handful of activities can actually make you happy. Take 5 minutes out of your day and write down 3 Good Things about your day!