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.

 

TEN WEEK YOGA CHALLENGE Article #7

Today, as I was driving my daughter to New West to go dress shopping, the sun was shining so brightly. We both remarked at how warm we were getting in the car with the heat off and our windows down! It reminded me of Laurin’s (Ten Week Challenge participant) comments to me the other day how she loves to use the Infrared Heat to help heal her body during yoga practice.

Our sun produces much of its energy in Infrared. Far Infrared Rays are invisible waves of energy that have the ability to penetrate all layers of the human physical body, penetrating into the inner-most regions of the tissue, muscles and bone.

Practicing Yoga in Believe Yoga’s Infrared studio can help a person to lose weight and increase circulation. With increased blood flow to the joints and the extremities the healing of sprains and strains is much quicker.

The increased blood helps aching and injured muscles recover faster because the stronger the flow of blood, the quicker metabolic and toxic waste products are purged from the body, through the skin during perspiration. The skin is often known as the third kidney, because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating up to 30% of body waste.

Far Infrared energy is not only safe but can also be very pleasurable and relaxing producing a feeling of well-being in a person that can have significant psychological as well as physiological benefits.

Yoga in and of itself is extraordinarily beneficial and to couple that with the harnessed energy of the sun makes for an enjoyable experience. Laurin has made many a comment on how great she feels after class. Sometimes feeling a great surge of energy and at other times feeling the deep comfort of a well rested body.

Everyone’s experience can differ from day to day and from class to class but what I hear most of all is; “this is blissful”:):) Yes!

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

TEN WEEK YOGA CHALLENGE Article #6

Long distance running has never been my forte. My body dominantly contains fast twitch muscles more suited to quick bursts of speed. Fast twitch muscles are harder to train for stamina and endurance and I must admit that because of this I’ve had a long standing aversion to distance running.

Our Ten Week Challenge participant, Laurin, has mastered the discipline of running and now after what she has told me I’m thinking of giving it a go.

Laurin’s practise with us at Believe Yoga has brought some unexpected perks to her running regime; faster running times, less effort and a better running posture.

She describes her new experience as feeling more seated into the earth with each stride. That with each step she feels as if that grounding is helping to propel her further and faster enabling her to cover more distance in less time and with less emotional difficulty.

Her hip flexors feel more relaxed during down time but when she needs them to “kick into gear” this is done effortlessly now. Even just standing talking to me she can feel the difference!

The personal pressure that she puts on herself to get out for a run is now eased with her new found ability to get into a meditative state of mind helping the time to fly by. And most remarkably she has noticed that even her rib cage feels more lifted and her lungs capable of taking in deeper and more expansive breaths.

Laurin assures me that with time, patience and a lot of practise I too could find the peace of mind and freedom that she has found in her running now. This actually has me quite excited as there are a number of fun distance obstacle courses that I’ve wanted to try and she has now given me the push I needed! The student surpasses the teacher:):)

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