SUN SALUTATIONS

Sun salutations are also known as Surya Namaskara.  It is a sequence of poses that stretches your major muscles, cultivates concentration, and gives you a sense of meditation with movement to flow through your Yoga practice. Sun salutations raise energy and stamina while we inhale and exhale in co-ordination with the sequence.

Traditionally there are twelve steps to a Sun Salutation which can be incorporated into your Yoga practice or simply done on their own throughout the day when needing energy.

A great way to create “inner fire” to re-energize yourself to enjoy your day.

Namaste

 

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