What does Namaste mean?

This gesture is usually done at the end of class because the mind is less active and the energy in the room is more peaceful. It is done by bringing the hands together at the heart with the eyes closed and the head bowed. It is a gesture that represents the belief of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow and te means you…therefore Namaste means the connection between each other.

Yoga teacher’s do the gesture as a sign of gratitude and respect to the students for being part of their yoga class. It allows individuals to come together energetically with a clear mind from their yoga practice to connect so a union can develop.

It is a moment of respect and kindness towards all in the room.

Namaste from Believe Yoga Studio,

Roxanne

 

 

 

TEN WEEK YOGA CHALLENGE Article Ten

When you know exactly what you want in life and believe that you can have it everything just starts clicking together. Like sand dropping one at a time in an hour glass so can all the necessary events, people and means drop right into your lap.

Never before had I looked at online ads for yoga teachers but one day I happened upon this opportunity at Believe Yoga. The owner Roxanne and I are still astonished at how many of the teachers just “happened along”. Teachers that fit in so perfectly with Roxanne’s vision that it’s truly hard to believe any of it was an accident.

The same is true of our Ten Week Challenge participant Laurin. She just happened to be going over to The Brick, saw our sign and decided to pop in. I remember meeting her for the first time so clearly because I was so impressed! She was so unassuming, friendly and undeniably enchanting. Simply an instant connection was made all around.

Laurin relayed to me that when she was a Grade 5 student at a private Catholic School she had an exceptional teacher and nun named Sister Mary Redemta. Sister Mary invited Laurin to visit the Rectory and as Laurin walked in she was struck by how peaceful, quiet and calm it was. That she felt as if she was “in the lap of God”. In that moment she wanted to be a nun when she grew up. She never did take that path but knew that one day she would find that kind of peace again. And she has with Yoga practised here at Believe Yoga!

So here we are now at the end of the Ten Week Challenge. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Laurin for opening her life to us all. We want to thank ALL of you for reading along and joining us here at Believe. Truthfully since the doors have opened it has been a never ending stream of the most wonderful people passing through our doors. It’s hard not to pinch oneself to affirm this reality…it is almost too good to be true.

Thankfully Roxanne BELIEVE’D all along.

Love and Namaste,

Jaromey

TEN WEEK YOGA CHALLENGE Article # 9

Bliss as described by Wikipedia is an emotional state that is characterized by perfect happiness (feelings of enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction).

Seconds after my class ended Laurin looked at me with great emotion in her beautiful eyes and exclaimed, “Wow!” I smiled a little shyly and asked, “Do you feel good, Laurin?” Again her only answer was “Wow”.

I grin even now as I write this…leaving someone so pleased that they are speechless brings me joy and a little bit of humour. It’s one thing to tell someone what they will one day experience in Yoga and a whole other thing when it actually hits them – pure unadulterated bliss.

When Laurin finally got her words back I asked her what “bliss” means to her. She thought for a beat or two and then said, “A place of complete calm, floating almost, like my body is not even there, just happy.”

As soon as she said that to me the song “Hakuna Matata” popped into my mind.

Here is a portion of the chorus;

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase

Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze

It means no worries for the rest of your days

It’s our problem-free philosophy

My favorite line from this is “It’s our problem-free philosophy” because that is exactly how I see Yoga and the effects it has on our lives. And this is not to infer that we don’t all have issues to deal with in our lives but that it certainly gives us the tools to worry less, to see things as a challenge or a learning opportunity and to have more gratitude. All of which helps lead to a state of bliss!

If you’ve been reading about this Ten Week Challenge all along then you are already aware of many of the benefits Yoga can provide but ultimately all of us here at Believe Yoga Studio want you to experience BLISS…here and in all your future moments.

Jaromey is a Writer, E.R. Volunteer and a Yoga Teacher

 

 

 

TEN WEEK YOGA CHALLENGE Article #8

“Stand on one foot, close your eyes and try to stay balanced. Notice how the smaller muscles in the feet, legs and core body are trying to keep you balanced. Pay attention to how hard they have to work against the larger, stronger muscle groups. Try to soften, relax and allow the body to sway, and then notice how much easier it is now to stay upright”.

In these days of advanced engineering, tall buildings are now built to move – to sway slightly in the event of high winds or an earthquake. As history has proven time and again, a solid, rigid structure will collapse if it has no room to move with whatever’s thrown its way.

Laurin and I were discussing how apt this is in the posture and in day to day life. In the posture the slight sway of the body side to side or forward and back helps you to maintain your balance. To hold yourself taut creates a state in which any distraction or air movement can send you off balance.

Laurin recently suffered the loss of a beloved Uncle and the way she is using balance to keep herself going is not by ignoring her grief, but by using it to appreciate each moment and to live fully each day. She said to me, “There is so much strength in being centered and balanced without rigidity. It’s so much easier to stay positive and I have noticed that as I use everything in balance I elevate myself and elevate others around me”.

As the smaller muscles of the body compete against the larger muscles so does the smaller, gentler emotions of the spirit compete against the hard knocks of life. Use your practice and learn to sway a little side to side…soften, relax and allow.

Jaromey is a Writer, E.R. Volunteer and Yoga Teacher.