Amongst the countless tools that practicing yoga consistently offers, there's one tool or practice that can be taken off the mat and could indeed change your life.
One moment a day - no excuses
Do you honor YOU?
Would you be willing to acknowledge that the Universe loves you, supports you and honors you?
If so, are you allowing?
Choosing to Trust that the Universe/Divine/God (whatever word to describe your higher belief system) is running the bigger show can remind us that we don’t have to control everything and everyone.
What if we don’t have to tirelessly heal or fix everything else- let alone everyone we know?
Instead, what if one small choice we make with ourselves can allow the Universe to support us?
What would it take for more ease and calm in our lives?
Let me tell you a story about a man who had some trouble at his work earlier in the day.
He mixed up 1 number on an account he manages that sent his boss in a tizzy.
Scrambling to correct this first time mistake before having to prep for dinner and pick up the kids from school, he still managed to get it all done. Then, after dinner, when it was time for homework, the homework folder from one of his kids backpacks was no where to be found. After Searching with frustration, the man began to fume, the energy escalated and the kids started misbehaving and so on. From his kids point of view, this folder really made daddy mad. 😡 folder ughh...
The part of the story I didn’t mention yet was that throughout this his day, this man did not choose to pause. He woke up, prepared and dropped the kids to and from school, worked a full day, went straight from his work into parenting and doing etc.
Now, I’d like to paint a different picture that tells a similar story about this man, who woke up that very morning not knowing the mistake he was gonna make and correct etc. After he dropped the kids off to school, and before he began working, he paused.
He paused just for a moment. He felt his feet on the earth and closed his eyes. He took 1 deep Breath IN and 1 deep breath OUT. In his mind, He thanked the Universe. He took 1 moment to pause, which was an honoring of himself and the Universe for the smaller and bigger scheme of his life.
So he began his work day and while the circumstances was the same as far as that day, by the time the search for the folder developed, a sense of peace enveloped him; he took a deep natural breath, and he responded with a calm demeanor, comforting his child that he can simply email the teacher about it.
No fuss; no mess no yelling, no misbehaving. Just ease.
As an Old Zen Saying goes...
YOU should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour
While 20 minutes can seem daunting let alone an hour of meditation, especially in our fast-paced culture these days, a practice that is certainly achievable for everyone is a moment to tune in and Pause.
Creating space using the Pause is a choice that each person get to make daily.
I wonder what 1 moment and 1 full breath each day could contribute to your living, to your co-workers, to your family members and how you show up with everything you are doing?
Please Honor yourself. If you are really good at choosing busy-busy, than I challenge you to practice the pause once a day every day for 30 days (at least).
I suggest Writing down what you notice after practicing THE PAUSE.
Please share your experiences in the comments below.
I would love to hear from you.
With YOUniversal Yoga
Could you use some extra nurturing?
Have you ever noticed some days your body wants to move fast and some days it could you use some extra TLC?
Not all Yoga classes are the same.
Which yoga classes are for you?
Read on to know more about our different Yoga Class Offerings at YOUniversal Yoga...
Hot Yoga Flow:
In our Hot Yoga Flow classes, sometimes referred to Vinyasa, which are movements and poses placed in a special way. Most Movements are connected to each other in a flowing manner, while linking the breath, which is a primary focus.
The wide variety of dynamic poses that ebb and flow in energy will enhance your stability, strength and flexibility. You'll practice a warm up sequence, incorporating a breath practice, followed by standing poses and/or vinyasa.
Three Quarters in contains seated or prone yoga poses or asana, finished with a 5 minute Meditation. YUM, right?
This class offers beginners a platform to establish their yoga practice foundation and also allowing consistent yoga practitioners to challenge/re-establish their foundation.
Modifications are offered with Props (offered in studio),
This class will be warm to heated at 85 degrees - 100 degrees, allowing the body to move and stretch with more ease
Warmer Temperatures invite the a quicker time to warm up so the joints can rehydrate from the practice.
*All levels Welcome!
Stretch & Relax (Gentle) Yoga
Stretch and Relax Yoga is offered with no additional heat.
This restorative series is perfect for anyone with tightness or tension in body seeking a soothing gentle practice with deep stretches and guided attention to the breath.
This class is a blend of Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga that creates a slower-paced style of modern yoga with seated, prone, or reclining poses. These yummy stretches are held for longer periods of time than other styles of yoga.
This class is mostly a floor series.
Perfect for seniors and individuals seeking a more gentle yoga practice!
*All Levels Welcome
*Recommended Equipment, not required: yoga mat, strap, blocks, blankets, or bolsters.
*Recommended for those seeking to move in a slower-paced class
Sivananda Yoga with Shelli
Shelli Teaches this 1.5hr Sivananda Yoga Class- which is based on 5 principles and 12 basic Asanas
1. Proper Relaxation
2. Proper Breathing
3.Proper Exercise ( Asana)
4. Positive Thinking and Meditation
5. Proper Diet
This practice is designed to accommodate all fitness levels
Some benefits of practicing Sivananda Yoga include learning to quiet the mind while increasing strength and flexibility.
Students are encouraged to go at their own pace and listen to their body. The connection between mind , body, and spirit is what we strive for. Shelli’s goals are to encourage students to see a clearer purpose to life by building a healthy body and clear mind. Shelli believes in the importance of keeping the physical and mental faculties strong to delay the aging process and achieve a beautiful body at any age.
Beginners Sivananda Yoga class is held on Mondays at 7:30m
Sivananda Yoga is also offered Wednesdays at 7:30pm &
Sundays at 4:30pm
Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.
Practicing mindfulness involves breathing method, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Includes light stretches to relax the body.
*All levels Welcome
Warm Gentle Yoga
A delightful class...that will get you "Zenned" out.
Gentle Poses/movements will be practiced and held a little longer
*All Levels welcome for this hour of feel good yoga
If you enjoy Savasana (meditation) at the end of yoga class this class is for you. Yoga Nidra is like an extended guided Savasana as you're led to the edge of sleep and conscious bliss. Yoga Nidra is a gentle guided meditation that reduces tension and stress throughout all five Koshas, or layers of being; our physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and consciousness through states of deep relaxation utilizing body scanning, visualization, and breath awareness.
This class meets is Friday at 7:30pm
We recommend joining our Yoga Flow at 6pm and then staying for Yoga Nidra at 7:30pm
*Length of Yoga Nidra class time is: About 30 minutes
*bring your mat, show up in your Pjs (or bring some clothes) and let this class prepare you for an amazing night sleep.
*All levels welcomed
Vin - Yin Yoga
Get the best of both worlds- Vinyasa (flow yoga) and Yin Yoga, as you dive into the vin-yin practice!
You'll get to engage and strengthen and then soften and restore all in one class!
*All Levels Welcome
*Excellent for Beginners*
Candlelight Yin Yoga & Sound Bath
Gently held shapes; either seated, prone, or supine, targeting the deep connective tissues releasing tension and stress from within the physical, mental, and emotional body combined with the beautiful healing art of the soothing sounds of singing bowls and harmonium.
What an incredibly relaxing and meditative class.
*All levels welcomed
Have you ever noticed that the mind doesn’t like moderation?
The mind usually wants More.. it likes more, especially common in our younger years
Our mind may be tempting us toward that second bowl of potato chips, while our bodies feel full.
The body likes what it likes and seems to leans towards more moderation especially into adulthood.
As Our Being become more conscious, we recall our power of choice.
We may ask ourself; if I choose this, what will this choice create? For example, “If I eat that second bowl of potato chips that I’m NOT really hungry for, what will that create?”
Without judging our choices even for the ones we aren’t ready to make, I wonder if instead, we simply take the first step by- acknowledging our choices.
Our minds may try and sway us toward that second helping, but if we can practice that pause between bowls, long enough to ask ourselves, what will this choice create, we could develop a stronger capacity or muscle called choice.
Choice precedes awareness…
How many choices do we make a day?
Which Clothes do we wear, which foods will we eat for each meal, who will we answer calls from?
What area of business will we be contributing to In the morning, afternoon etc?
What family activities could we play? The list goes on....
Our bodies are so super cool that once we make. choice - our bodies reveal an energy to us (are we paying attention is the bigger question?) For instance, while making the choice to eat the 1st bowl of potato chips was a yes, the body may felt a momentary natural wave of energy.
By the time we have chosen the 2nd bowl of chips, our body's clue may show up by a momentary feeling or awareness of "that tired-lazy feeling" (before we actually eat it).
I wonder what could be possible if we flex our capacity to choose with body's knowing- even if the first step is to simply acknowledge our own power to choose?