Yoga Bodi

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Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

There can be a tendency for Yoga practitioners and students to feel discouraged when a naturally gifted dancer, gymnast, martial artist, or even long-time yogi, performs an advanced asana with little effort. Instead of feeling envious and inadequate, you should send praise. Every individual is different with a different path to yours, born with a different body to yours, different training, psychology, biochemistry etc. So what if someone is born with elongated joint capsules and their extraordinary range of motion is fire. You and I may have to work at it, but the goal of Yoga is not the asana as you should know, it’s the journey to and through the asana, and all things require practice.

Many students who have extraordinary flexibility admit they struggle with other aspects of Yoga, such as the student who just can’t focus and meditate, or whose strength needs work, or their balance, their phobias, or limited knowledge of the yoga flow that is most beneficial for the body or specific body part.

Yes, many Yoga practitioners have a competitive mindset, some beginners never start because they get intimidated in a yoga class. But this perspective is limited in and of itself. It’s fear-based and serves nobody. Competition is healthy if you are competing against yourself. The best 100-meter athletes in the world, try to beat their own record times.

Remember that Yoga means “union.” In simple terms, we can say union of mind, body, and spirit. Competition against others is informed by the ego, and the ego is just a part of your personality. The ego resists union for its own survival. The ego is our social mask and does not want to share anything, so be aware when your ego is calling the shots and determine whether it can sit one out, and let your higher mind kick in to coast you along, unaffected by your environment and simply stay focused on your goal.

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Dealing With Sadness – Natural Depression Management

Depression is a serious condition that can debilitate a person’s normal day-to-day function, making even the most mundane tasks such as getting up from bed or eating breakfast seemingly difficult. However, coping with depression is still possible with or without professional help, if one knows depression management. Here are a few things that can help people deal with depression, it is important to note, however, that professional therapy is still very invaluable. These steps are just suggestions for alleviating the condition.

Natural depression management is possible and entails taking charge of one’s self and incrementally making changes in your lifestyle. Sadness does not disappear overnight; it takes time to get back on one’s feet. Little by little, one can get out of depression and have a normal life once more but every person’s situation is very different and specific to the individual. There is no one size fits all and some people may require medical intervention, but the key is lifestyle changes which include nutrition and environment.

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Photo by Caique Silva

Food Nutrition. The most important aspect of self-care is to avoid processed foods, foods high in sugar and harmful fats, some carbohydrates, and factory-farmed meats, inclusive of fish. Anything that is not organic and is processed and farmed is going to be laden with unnatural chemicals and pesticides, harmful components that are of no benefit to a living organism such as a human or animal. Instead invest in a clean eating philosophy, a plant-based diet, a sugar-free lifestyle, and watch your mood and your body improve exponentially.

Staying active is one way to take your mind off your circumstance. Activities that you enjoy help distract you from feelings of sadness, melancholy, or traumas, it also helps channel and expresses the positive energy suppressed within in you. Keeping active releases the very important and natural to the body endorphins which are your internal mood boosters.

Rest. It is important to take a rest. Experiencing depression can be very exhausting, so it is essential to regain strength and energy daily. Make sure to activate Melatonin, another internal natural hormone released by the pineal gland at night with adequate nighttime rest. Relaxation techniques will help you be more attuned to the self and the now, and enable you to be more still present and at peace. When resting, stressors should be kept away from the bedroom so that ample rest can be obtained, this includes television, radio, harsh lighting, and the most common, cell phones.

Express yourself creatively through song, dance, theatre, poetry is another key way to transmute emotions in a way that is positive and poses no harm to yourself and anyone else because suppressed emotions can cause major dis-ease in the body and the mind. People who are grieving either a loss or another type of trauma can be prone to depression if they are programmed to keep their emotions bottled up and to themselves.

Release those tears. A lot of people avoid crying because they think it might be a sign of weakness. However, it is important to cry because it releases one’s emotions and on a physiological level this is important. When expressing feelings, it is important to avoid catharsis – venting up one’s anger by instead doing vigorous exercise, strength training, boxing, or going for a walk into nature and allowing the environment to stabilize your mood or hug your pet and let the tears flow.

Help people or animals in need. Seek out people who may need help, and where you have the capacity to help them. They may be at a different stage in their life where things are outside of their control; poverty, illness, loss, environmental disaster, cruelty… your ability to empathize and help someone or something else, will inspire you and help to heal the receiver and the giver with tools towards a love of life no matter the circumstance. Stay committed to your self-care and help others less equipped to help themselves in their journey towards self-care. Helping animals too is incredibly rewarding, due to their unconditional, loving, divine energy.

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Photo by Mateus Souza

Lastly, it is important to believe you are overcoming depression to see it manifest for you. A lot of people get depressed because they or society place them in the mental health category, as though it’s a too hard basket that is lifelong. But it is important to know that on a Quantum level of understanding, you must believe and imagine your way to the outcome you desire, like a movie screen imagine yourself well, vibrant, and thriving. Depression can be a red flag being held up by our soul and our body, to bring attention to something we are ignoring or something that does not serve us which then leads to dis-ease. It can be a transitory station to pass through, after trauma and deep grief. Those experiences are all valid and help us to see what and who we are and what we are capable of. Be kind to yourself and know you are never alone. There is an expansive universe out there and a long line of ancestors ready to assist us if we reach out and believe.

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Reduce Your Stress

A little stress is actually good for you but like anything, too much of something has the reverse effect. Stress that is too much for a person or a community will take a mental, physical, and spiritual toll on your overall health. Stress should be managed in order for depression or anxiety to be prevented.

So how should you do it then? The following are tips and advice to help manage stress.

Write it out, schedule it out.

It is best to write down everything that seems to be overwhelming. You will find things-to-do-list much easier to manage than having errands all crumpled up in your head. Writing down the tasks, and putting a specific schedule and time to do them, helps anyone manage activities one chunk at a time. Crossing out an activity that has already been accomplished is very rewarding and could actually help you feel more relaxed when doing the other tasks at hand.

One at a time works.

Focus and put all your attention specifically on one task at one time. It does not help to feel panicked about the other undone or to-do tasks. Thinking about them only adds unnecessary stress and might even undermine the one task you are attempting to accomplish at present.

Relax and take it slow.

At least, try not to expend too much energy on activities that are not high priorities. This is in order for your energy to not be easily expended on the tasks that are not that important, at least for now.

Delegate, delegate, delegate.

You don’t need to do everything all at once, and you don’t need to do everything on your own. Ask for help, get help, or pay for help. When there is a feeling of being overwhelmed that is cropping up, hire someone to mow the lawn or create your website. The feeling of being pressed to finish something on time will somehow be eliminated if tasks are delegated. It takes a load off unnecessary worry and anxiety. Moreover, it is easier checking up on how things are than worrying yourself sick doing everything on your own, all at once.

Give yourself a reward.

You deserve it. Acknowledging your accomplishments, no matter how big or small is an effort that is necessary before getting on to the next tasks and activities. It reduces stress and could even make you happier in doing the next task.

Give yourself a break.

You need it to be more productive. A ten to fifteen-minute break during your work is necessary. Go visit a café nearby, take a quick brisk walk, jump on a trampoline, sit outside in your garden, play with your pets…do anything to put your mind off work, at least for a while. This is necessary to refresh and recharge. You can also stay in your place of work and sit quietly with your eyes closed as you visualize a peaceful landscape or a relaxing scene. Your body doesn’t know the difference. This frees the stress from your muscles and your mind.

Relax and be cool. Doing so makes you healthier, happier, and a lot more productive.

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2022 How to Set Goals

Are you set for anything that 2022 brings? Here is some inspiration to guide you.

What do goals represent? These are representations of your visions about yourself and your future. Goals should be achievable and realistic. These kinds of goals allow you to put them into practice or at least do some activities that allow you to monitor your progress. However, more is involved in just merely setting realistic goals. In order to achieve your goals, you must take action and exert effort in reaching them.

  1. Setting objectives; what you want to do. Think about the steps you want to take.
  2. Strategize and take risks; Brainstorm, write things down, have an outline, a vision board, a list, a journal, a calendar, a mind map and understand what and how and why and when relating to your goal. Create action items using the objectives and get those tasks done. Focus on being productive. Taking risks means that you are ready to learn new things and challenges that will help you in the long run. Spend time plotting all the possibilities, both the pros and cons before you begin.
  3. Act in accordance to your goals. Be in the right frame of mind. Move as though you are in the goal and it’s finished. Leave no room for self-doubt. Stay focused and task orientated. Manifestation will come quicker when you believe it before you see it. Know and visualise yourself achieving the goals and that’s half the battle.

What if you’ve tried goal setting and failed? Setting goals means that you are acknowledging and identifying any limitations and that you are ready to work your way up towards overcoming those limitations to be a success, professionally or personally.

Some goals may require needing assistance from others. Relying on others might create resistance if there is a conflict or not enough true investment in your goal by the other person(s). But don’t give up. Collaborate with like-minded people who would benefit from the collaboration, where working on your goal might serve to work on their goal too.

Minimize or avoid distractions if possible so you can focus. Have a clear vision of you achieving those valuable goals. If you have to switch off your phone, switch off email notifications. Sit in silence or put on music, whatever works to keep you focused and in the zone. If the goal means something to you, you will maintain focus and motivation. If you are vying for promotion in your workplace, it is important that you see yourself already in the position you want. If you are aiming for a personal or educational goal, make things happen by planning and doing things related to that. If you are trying to hold Bakasana (Crow pose) but you keep face planting, strategize how to better practice mentally and physically to stick that asana. What do you need to overcome the fear, gain more strength and balance? No matter how difficult the goal appears to you, it is attainable. You got this!

Be

Be yourself. Your soul will guide you. Learn to listen to you.

Many of us open our eyes each day with the assumption that we know the person, staring at us in the mirror & that every action we take as that person is an action that was apparently informed by our own inner guidance system. But is it really? There are so many things in modernity to distract us from recognizing what our inner guidance system is saying, the many interruptions throughout our lifetime, from just living our best life, are plentiful… so when in our life do we come to recognize our true selves & once we know do we invest the time to be ourselves? Typically, when a person experiences trauma, for example or spends time enjoying nature, this can inspire us to confront ourselves; peel back the layers & question our motivations that got us to where we are. We can decide then, which direction we want to go or if we want to make any changes to ourselves. Many of us fear a deeper connection with ourselves, because we become vulnerable. What follows is a lifetime lived not being true to your self, your soul… then dis-ease may occur because the body is responding to the dis-ease of your soul. We push down the knowing that something is off, by just following the pack, the heard, the same ol, and all of this takes energy, a lot of energy to avoid being you. Energy you could have just spent being you right out the gate, the you that sometimes appears when nobody else is around. Think of the time, money and energy we invest to be like others, or compete with others, when the only person we can and should be is ourselves. Ignore listening to anyone on this Earth telling you who you are. When you inner-stand who you be, then just simply be.

Play

Reignite your inner child. Be playful, curious, fun and uncomplicated.

We are taught that to grow into adulthood we must lose our sense of childlike rational, that we should become responsible, committed to follow what is socially excepted of us and behave in ways that are serious, assertive and meaningful. There is nothing wrong with any of that but what many of us may lose in the process, is our sense of adventure, certainly we lose our innocence, our naivety, our sense of fun, our carefree paradigm and our pure yet to be corrupted loving energy the highest frequency, connected to all that is. The fastest thing that takes you to a similar state is to immerse yourself in nature. Nature will re-calibrate your frequency almost immediately. But you must not just sit in nature and bemoan your adult life, or check your social media messages, but instead plunge into the natural world and all it has to offer with as little reminder of the so called mature world. Laugh and find wonder, amusement and excitement in the natural world. While nature isn’t necessary to get you into a playful state, perhaps being playful at your job may not be so appropriate, but you could try… Aim to be playful at least once per day, and this does not include playing people, this means being a beacon of light, of childlike fun and goodness, for yourself and for others. Also, as adults, we should aim to listen to children, they are on the higher frequency in real time so we can learn a lot about what to aim for just by listening to & observing them.

Word

Consider language. Reflect on the words you choose to use each day. Words hold vibration. Consider the origins of words and & their impact in the human experience.

The word is a powerful tool & as beings who use language daily, we take for granted it’s power & how it shapes our reality & also reinforces a reality that other people have created for us all. If you investigate the origin of the English language for example you will discover many words that have problematic messaging. Yet, we use these words on the daily without consideration for the original intention in the meaning of those words, or how those words where created by people at a time & place that had a certain distortion, a certain energy signature; words hold vibration, energy… Words can open up minds and close minds, they can also open up doorways to the unseen. Words can bind us, control us, words can limit or confuse us. We should each be more discerning with the language, particularly if the language is by nature not your first language. It is not something to fear, & it doesn’t apply to every language. Research the original meanings & intention behind the creation of words you use, from what ever language you speak. One word, or a sentence could manifest a particular reality of either what we want or what we don’t want for ourselves or our loved ones, all without even realizing how it happened. Language is not just words, it is communication yes, but it is also a magical tool that we can use for positive or negative applications. What do you think legalese is? Words that as citizens, establish us in a social contract, the law.

Nurture

Take care of every aspect of yourself. You are the keeper of your world.

We can often lose sight of how critical it is to ensure that we actively contribute towards a highly auspicious physical, emotional & spiritual life for ourselves. In modern society, we are socially engineered to believe that to nurture ourselves we have to seek outside ourselves; material objects, seek out other people to make us whole or accept handed down belief systems or escapist entertainment or eat certain foods… To truly nurture yourself is to know that you are loved by elements unseen, that you should side step toxic situations, toxic enviornments, toxic people & toxic food because these things don’t nurture, although they might provide lessons that enable an expansion of our consciousness, but the lessons would need to be learned & inner-stood as lessons, in order to have a positive impact and avoid repeating experiences & suffering from further impacting our Karma and our time here. For parents, this is especially important that we are healthy first; mind, body & spirit because our children learn by observation and from their five senses. Take care of yourself, show yourself love, warmth, compassion & empathy, fill yourself up with goodness, greatness, grandness from the inside out and that will be reflected in what comes into your experience, good, great, grand.

Cultivate

Cultivate a healthy practice of protecting yourself from energies that are not your own.

Living among billions of people we are all bound to experience the transference of energies that are foreign and not necessarily favourable to our being. It’s important to know that there is the world we see, and the unseen world that is made of vibration, light and energy, among other elements. What we don’t see is not to be feared but to be felt and inner stood. A good practice to commit to is to be aware of energies that are not your own, by observing how certain people & situations make you feel, what your second brain, your gut, is telling you & how to transmute or dismiss those foreign energies in a positive & effective way to which you ensure you are not going to be wearing someone else’s problematic energy. Music, film & TV too, incrementally carry energies that can impact how we feel, think & behave long term. There is a plethora of information that can be researched about the affect of low vibrational music, the language in some music & the images, and the dialogue & narrative in cinema & television. It is important to do your due diligence, to discern your environment & not be a passive receiver of information, but a critical receiver of media information ready to block things that are harmful to your soul, and avoid becoming a product of the social programming all around us. In the physical, we have many senses that are besieged with negative energies that influence us all. Yes, we can still live a fruitful, joyful and abundant life, playing the game of life, but it helps to actively protect ourselves from energy pollution by holding sacred space around ourselves, every day, even in our dreams.

Grow

Grow by seeing that all life circumstances are oppportunities to cultivate the life you want.

If you observe nature, it is clear that no matter the circumstances life is everywhere; under harsh conditions or favourable surroundings, in abundant microcosms and macrocosms the germination of trillions of organisms active on this planet, makes up our reality. Often human beings forget that we too are highly developed organisms and just like the natural world, abundant circumstances and harsh conditions shape how we live. Yet it is a common misconception to believe we are the only ones experiencing hardship. Birth and demands of physical life, then death of physical life is all around us, it is one thing we have in common with sentient life everywhere, we are all coming into this world physically, adapting to our environment, creating other life forms and expanding in spite of the challenges that come with our incarnation. Gain comfort in the fact that all life on this planet shares the same narrative, that we are connected on a grander scale. Embrace gratitude for all things, aim to prosper, live your best life, love all sentient life including yourself, your mind, body and soul, teach others and watch your inner standing reflect your outer world where your perspective on all things will positively change and your world will begin to flourish for you just as nature intended.

Wonder

Stay in wonderment, fascinated, curious, amazed. It keeps you in the moment.

How many things can you find within your day to day that truly fascinates you? Things that make you feel like a child again, inquisitive, undaunted, eager and engaged. To be in wonderment is to be connected to the moment you are experiencing. This connection is powerful because it is one way in which we tap into all that is, including connecting with ourselves and how we manifest that which we desire to come into our experience. To be positively amazed at something is to make space in our heart, to let in light in which raises your frequency vibration. Like seeing a baby born for the first time, standing in front of the Pyramids at Giza, or the Grand Canyon, healing your own body or someone else…There are many things to create a higher resonance in our field of experience, the key is to stop and notice more, acknowledge and keep that spark alive inside you, like a child seeing things for the very first time.

Enchanted

There are bountiful ways to be joyful. Seek the good vibes in life.

What captivates your attention? What makes you smile, feel joy, gleeful, spellbound? We live in a world overflowing with beauty, magnificence, intriguing, fascinating aspects of itself that are awe-inspiring. But, often, we are socially navigated away from the natural inspiration, towards the un-natural. We might believe in things that may in still fear, self loathing, doubt, negativity, competitiveness, lack, apathy….but if we each stop, step away from that which doesn’t feel right, and move towards that which feels right, feels less pensive, anxiety inducing, less stressful then we can see more clearly that we can always step away, turn around, look up, down or around us in any direction and engage with the natural world. Find the good vibes, go there and immerse yourself in the energy of divine bliss.

Natural

Embrace your being, a creation of pure magnificence of beauty & perfection because you are created from nature; the earth & the cosmos

Many if not all of us have been programmed to believe that we are not good enough as we are, since birth. That the skin we are in may be considered inferior, or that our hair, eyes, nose etc are seen as unloveable. That all of us, no matter the skin we are in are incomplete, that we all must “need things” to be worthy of what it means to be human. Woke folks know that this is a socially engineered agenda where at it’s origin was promoted by religions, corporate industries, academics and scientists for nefarious social, economic and spiritual motives. If you strip back everything, back to our naked selves, and if you consider the inner workings of our biology, all the internal organs that makes us function and the light being inside us, our soul, the key to our animation, we are miraculous, beautiful, extraordinary, phenomenal beings. We don’t need anything more. Anything else is icing on an already delicious cake, the extras are just the emotional need for “things” that we perceive through our social conditioning, our nurture, that those things will apparently make us better, attractive, beautiful, sexually appealing, more socially acceptable, which all translates to more loveable as a human entity, all because someone said so and everybody believed it.

Heart

Detox your heart from darkness, negativity, traumas… by reacquainting your self with the natural world. Elements of nature open the heart, they inspire and bring in the light.

Spending time in nature is an important part of experiencing our physical incarnation as human beings. It’s not enough to just live on the Earth and go about our day-to-day, without really experiencing the Earth. Touching, lying, sitting on the earth or sitting by a tree or holding a tree, help your body to let go of energies that don’t serve you. Nature does the work to absorb those energies leaving you feeling energized and less dense. When we live in cities, we spend time in buildings, our homes, then move around in our cars or other means of transport, for many people exposed to any form of nature in a tactile way, not just looking at a tree through a window, is lacking in our lives. While being surrounded by nature is a positive, making physical contact with the natural world is even more effective in inducing favorable outcomes for your mind, body, and soul. Try to include some aspect of nature into your day; yoga in the park, meditation under a tree, swimming at the beach, walking along a tree-lined street, take your children to play in the earth or the sand…There are many ways to connect with nature in order to rejuvenate yourself, to lift you up, and put your existence into perspective by bringing in the light.

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Be Emotionally Healthy And Live A Colorful Life!

Life without emotions is like an empty canvass. Our life should have some color once in a while, or else life would be completely dull and boring and biege. Emotions are so important in daily life. For that reason, human emotions have been the object of research and study for thousands of years. What has changed over the years has been the general approach to this investigation. For many years, researchers in psychology focused on what seemed to be rational and what could be directly observed through physiology. Hence, emotion was neglected as it was seen as more part of mind than body.

All humans have basic emotional needs. These needs can be expressed as feelings, like the need to feel important, accepted, and respected. While all humans share these needs, each differs in the strength of the need, just as some of us need more water, more food, or more sleep. One person may need more freedom and independence, another may need more security and social connections. One may have a greater curiosity and greater need for understanding, while another is content to accept whatever he has been told.

Unlike physical health, many people including physicians have somehow neglected the importance of emotional stability. A person’s emotional stability is vital in achieving overall health. Emotional stability contributes to the individual’s sense of well-being. Without this, one can be prone to internal chaos, depression, despair, and isolation. In fact, emotional health influences other aspects of health such as physical, mental and social health.

Stress leads to the release of certain chemicals to prepare us for action. When this is not required, these excessive chemical levels can cause damage to our body over time. Emotional issues may manifest themselves as illness. One very difficult form of stress to cope and manage is emotional stress. It is often self-created, it can come out of nowhere and the stress caused by it only heightens the emotions felt. As the emotional stress increases, the emotions get worse, heightening the emotional stress. Thus, the problem recreates the cause and the problem only gets worse.

Emotional stress is often triggered by a dramatic event that puts a person’s nervous system under severe strain. This stress-inducing event could be losing a loved one, seeing someone die, ending a relationship, or being put into a life-threatening situation. These emotionally-charged occurrences put a severe strain on a person’s mind. The incredible strain can cause changes in the way that the brain works. In fact, a severe emotional strain could even cause someone to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD

Therefore, maintaining emotional health is necessary to achieve optimum health. It requires a multi-dimensional approach. The various aspects of this approach may include counseling, anger management, meditation, and physical exercise. People should not be haunted by emotional stress. Instead, they should look and try to understand where it is coming from. There are various support groups and solutions that are easily accessible to help someone cope with emotional stress and illnesses. One should not dwell on negative feelings and emotions, which can only hamper the beauty of the different colors of life.

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