Have you ever wondered why Yoga is so popular in the West?
 Is it because it makes us feel so good?
Is it because it frees us from our inner physical and mental limitations?
Is it because it gives us wings and courage to stand and move forward when life is not easy? Yes definitively.

The Yoga’s Sages went even further to teach us how to harness our emotions and master our minds in a simple yet powerful 3-step approach.  Step 1 is Awareness, Step 2 is Compassionate Acceptance and Step 3 is Empowerment with Action.  You will learn how to harness your mind and tap into your inner powers.

This morning, I took a great Yoga class taught by my friend Meagan McCrary at  Equinox, which reminded me of this. During savasana, the final relaxation, I felt a deep sense of inner freedom and expansiveness that strengthened my trust in life’s infinite possibilities and abundance. I noticed how much lighter, brighter and uplifted, we all stepped out of the Yoga room.

Yoga is like an iceberg- We only see the tip of its depth and benefits at first. As we immerse ourselves deeper and deeper into our regular Yoga practice including asanas, breathing and meditation, we become more present and aware of our inner monkey’ s mind. That never ending inner flow of thoughts and judgements we pass on ourselves and others.

AWARENESS is the first and most important step of getting to know who we are truly and how we are misperceiving ourselves.
A recent Harvard University Psychology clinical study concluded that out of our average 5,000 thoughts in any given day, 4, 500 were negative comments towards ourselves. Western psychology and Ancient Yoga psychology converge on the idea that we repeat over and over the same two or three negative refrains day in day out , for example: “nobody loves me”, “ the world sucks”, “ I am not good, beautiful, thin, intelligent, qualified,…enough” “ I will never make it”, I do not deserve to ,,,,”. Does it sound familiar?

Cultivating awareness is no different than turning our attention inward, listening to our inner dialogue and physical sensations and “being present here and now”. Taking mental notes while witnessing our inner emotions & thoughts. We can practice this anytime and anywhere throughout the day, on and off the mat.

COMPASSIONATE ACCEPTANCE is the second step. This constitutes the essential ingredient in our life recipe for happiness and fulfillment. We can define it as the capacity to see who we are in an objective non-judgement way with a tablespoon full of acceptance & compassion. We embrace all of that we are, the “good and the bad” inner tendencies, emotions and thoughts. We do not cut out the darker seeds within us. Instead, we face our inner demons and we explore the primary deeper roots of our discontentments and frustrations. Courage and Self love is the cooking fire of this inner alchemy.

This inner process can be revealed in mindfulness meditation- a simple state of full expanded and relaxed awareness a few minutes a day in silence.

EMPOWERMENT WITH ACTION is the third and last step.
Now that we have assessed our mental/emotional mood coloring, it is time to tap into our inner strength with a determined will to extract ourselves from our negative patterns, and apply the amazing Yoga wisdom, tools & techniques.

Know & define very clearly what you want to manifest in the world and who you want to be then empower yourself. Tangible changes start within. Empowerment requires two complementary approaches:
1- To replace our current negative emotion with its positive opposite every time we  are caught again in the negative flow of our emotions, for example: depressed turns into hopeful, pessimistic turns into optimistic, limited & incapable  becomes free and capable.
2- Then to take the simplest yet most powerful action that will have the greatest impact in your life. 

  • *If you feel agitated, fluttered & stressed and need inner calm, pause and breathe slowly in and out through both nostrils for at least 1 minute with the yogic Ujjjai Breathing. Follow your breath up the spine on the inhale and down the spine on the exhale.
  • * If you feel down, sad, low energy or depressed, do the Alternate Nostril or Nadhi Shodhana Breathing.
    Round 1: Bend the right elbow & start inhaling in the left nostril blocking the right nostril with your right hand thumb then exhale in the right nostril blocking the left nostril with your right hand ring and pinky fingers.
    Round 2: Inhale in your right nostril blocking the left nostril then exhale in the opposite nostril on the left blocking the right nostril. It is very simple, each time you need to exhale, you switch nostrils. Do at least 6 to 10 rounds to bring inner balance in your brain and your mind.
  • * If you want to be in optimal health and look amazing, sleep 8 hours a night ideally between 10pm and 6 am in synchronicity with nature’s cycles. The secret for going to bed earlier is to retire 15 minutes earlier each week.

Ask yourself – what shall I do and how shall I take this action, that will empower me?

Mastery of our mind and emotions is not easy as Indian Luminary Paramahansa Yogananda said:

“You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.”
Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

 

 

 

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Lea Longo & Isabelle Du Soleil Costa Rica New Year Retreat

10 Great Reasons why you should come on our Yoga & Chant Retreat!

Many people today are continuously running around endlessly( including me sometimes but less now) doing this, and finishing that “TO DO” list. We are just operating on a sub-conscious level and routine- based life.

When I get a glimpse of the present moment ( which happens very often with yoga and chanting daily), I’ve realized that it is time to take a good break and breathe.

It makes me happier.  While we don’t need any real reason to take a good break, like going on a yoga retreat, I’ve compiled 10 reasonswhy you should.  www.yogachantingretreat.com

1-     Recharge your Batteries: Sometimes we just need to relax and recharge our batteries. Get away and just lounge around by pool, relax and do nothing. The result is that you will feel better when you return and probably more efficient. Detach, Detach Detach…

2-Relax from Daily Routine: Break the routine, get out ! Do something new, see places, come experience a different yoga class. Come Chant. It will make you appreciate life better when you break out of that boring day to day routine. A change of ideas brings new ideas.Costa Rica Sanctuary New Year Retreat

3-   Do Yoga, And Come Sing and Use your voice !  A little yoga can not hurt, especially if you are always sitting on a desk. This will help your body’s flexibility and breathing, and it’s a great mental healer too. Our yoga retreat has daily classes and daily meditation chanting classes that are somewhat easy and for all levels. Come Chant with me !

Sanctuary at 2 rivers Yoga pagoda
4-Re-focus on your future: Notice how motivated you are after a vacation with fresh new ideas? It helps you focus on what is important to you and your life and assess your strategies better if you got off track along the way. Plus a great way to start the New year!

5-Be happy, change of Attitude: A change of attitude is always good. If you’re happy the people around you will probably be happy too. And Chanting will make you happy… Guaranteed !

6-Eat well (organic): Most retreat centers offer organic and healthy meals which are just very good for you, overall. Your body will de-stress and heal better with the healthy, good foods you give it.

7- Tranquility : Get some mental Peace and Quiet. Finally, the only thing you need to hear is nature, beautiful ocean or rivers, trees, AH !!!!  Reconnect with the essence of you, the spiritual.

8-Connect with Nature: It is beautiful to connect with nature because you connect with yourself, and your soul. It is truly rewarding when you take time to breathe and relax  with nature.

9-Get to Know Yourself Better:  A retreat is the perfect time to get to feel your true self and get to realize what is important to you, and how you’ve changed throughout the years. Things that mattered to you before probably don’t matter anymore. It’s good to realize the change within us and celebrate this. Tranformation begins on a Retreat ! Yes !

10- Celebrate the NEW YEAR with NEW Goals and Plan your next retreat: By the end of your retreat week, you’ll want to plan your next yoga retreat because you enjoyed it so much. You will feel refreshed and youthful. And it is a great way to start the New Year, refreshed with new goals, and attitude… With a Bang !

What are you waiting for ?  

Join  Lea Longo and Dr Isabelle Du Soleil at the Sanctuary at 2 Rivers

DEC 29- Jan 4, 2014  (6 nights- 7 days) 

Early Bird Price : 1890$/person   Couple Package : 1790$/per person (airfare and taxes not included)

REGISTER your Spot !   CONTACT US AT 310-390-5250 OR EMAIL US AT info@isabelledusoleil.com 
Full Details at : www.yogachantingretreat.com

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I have been going to Greece for many years when I lived in Paris, France. Of all the Greek island, Santorini won my heart. I wanted to share a few of my “golden nuggets”secrets & discoveries.

Santorini is one of the most majestic places throughout Europe, being named the most beautiful island in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine and BBC. It offers the only arid desert climate, with its barren, rocky cliffs showcasing the turquoise beauty of the sea. A circular archipelago, it was formed from a massive volcanic eruption 5600 years ago, sparking the legend of the lost city of Atlantis.
Known for its idyllic sunsets, you’ll find one of a kind houses carved in the cliffs, black sand beaches, and Santorini’s unique volcanic crater. Popular activities include sunset sailing cruises to view the caldera bay, strolling through the town of Oia amongst the famous white washed walls and blue cupolas of the buildings, and wine tasting at many of the vineyards the island has to offer.

Sunset Viewing

The top attraction throughout Santorini is watching the sun disappear into the Sea. Every night, locals and tourists flock to the best locations to gawk at the incredible sights. Here are three can’t miss places for the best view:

  • Byzantine Castle Ruins: Bring a bottle of wine, glasses, and have your camera ready. Show up a few hours early so you can tour the ruin before staking your claim on some ground to watch the sunset. Stick around to catch a glimpse of the town of Oia once all the lights come on.
  • Sunset Oia Sailing Day Tour: The boat may be packed, but there’s plenty of room once you sprawl out on the nets. The traditional Greek dinner will leave you pleasantly surprised at how delicious it is, and it will help to warm you, as the air is cool in the evening on the Sea.
  • Lioyerma Lounge Café Pool Bar: While everyone fights for elbow room for the best vantage point, you can cool off after a hot day touring the island at this gorgeous pool lounge. If you prefer to stay dry, relax on one of the many balconies. The friendly staff provides a nice compliment to the view.

Where To Stay

The two best towns to stay to maximize your trip is Oia and the capital city of Fira. Both have town centers and many options to explore the island.

  • Pelagos Hotel, Oia: This is the best-kept secret in all of Santorini. Only stay here if you’re looking for an amazing experience during your stay. Only a short walk to the beach, vineyards, and the center of town, and the staff makes you feel as though you are a member of their family. www.pelagos-hotel-oia.com
  • Aethrio Hotel, Oia: The incredibly helpful and friendly desk staff will greet you with a smile and a glass of wine when you check in. The rooms are carved in the stone, providing exceptional views of the sea and surrounding caldera. www.aethrio.gr
  • Oia’s Sunset Suites, Oia: The location of this hotel can’t get much better. With easy access to shuttles to ports and the center of town for shopping and dining.  The owners act as your personal concierge, giving you the best locals’ tips that Santorini has to offer. www.oiasunset.com
  • Pelican Hotel, Fira: With rocket-fast wifi, you’ll be able to plan your tours quickly, giving you more time to experience the town of Fira. Restaurants and shops are steps from the hotel, and the friendly staff is more than willing to help with reservations and tips. www.pelicanhotel.gr

Yoga

There are few (if any) places on Earth that provide a more tranquil experience to practice yoga than Santorini.

  • Soleil Yoga Flow™ Summer Retreat for an authentic Yoga & Cultural immersion-  7-Day & 7-Night of Yoga, Breathing, Meditation, Sailing, Hot Springs,traditional Greek cuisine and Total Rejuvenation guided by acclaimed certified Yoga and Wellness Expert, Dr. Isabelle Du Soleil, Ph.D - Sunday, September 1 to Sunday, September 8, 2013. http://www.yogaretreatsantorini.com
  • Caveland Yoga Studio: Local Yogi Veronica Karac offers daily classes from her hostel. The terraces where she holds class provide a great view of the Aegean Sea. www.yoga-santorini.com
  • Osho Santorini: Specializing in Tantra Yoga and meditation, you’ll leave the studio refreshed and recharged, ready to conquer more of what Santorini has to offer. www.oshosantorini.com

Beach

  • Baxedes Beach: The walk down to the beach is inviting and exciting, but make sure you have some energy for the return uphill! This beautiful and remote black sand beach offers an escape within the island escape, but bring water and a sun hat because you won’t find any shops here.

Caldera Hike

  • This 3-hour trek is not for those that are weary of exercise. But the payoff is worth the sweat, as you walk along the caldera and struggle to keep your eyes from staring at the stunning beauty of the Aegean Sea. Along the way you’ll find some hidden churches and shops, so be sure to bring your camera.

Eat

  • Ellis Restaurant, Fira: You’ll find great value and delicious local cuisine here. Of course the views of the sunset are amazing, so ask your hotel to make the reservation for you in advance. www.ellis-restaurant.gr
  • Skala Restaurant, Oia: With the house red offered for the low price of $10 per liter, the mood is set fast for a delectable experience. And when you’re ready to call it a night, the staff is ready to fill your wine bottle for a nightcap at your hotel. www.facebook.com/Skala-Restaurant
  • Roka, Oia: The locals consider this to be the best restaurant in Oia, and that’s the best recommendation it could receive. This is the type of place that you’ll tell your friends about for years, as you recall your trip to Santorini. www.roka.gr

If you are dying to explore and experience Santorini like a local, join us  this summer September 1-8 , 2013- More information at http://www.yogaretreatsantorini.com

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Can I Lose Weight With Yoga?

by Isabelle on September 5, 2012

The answer is yes.

It won’t happen overnight but with a consistent dynamic Yoga practice at least 2-3 times per week supplemented by lifestyle & diet change, It will definitively happen.

One of my students recently lost 14 pounds in 2.5 months of our bi-weekly Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga practices with 3 additional weekly cardiovascular workouts.

Yoga has many benefits. A regular program of Yoga  can help you keep your spine supple, your core strong, your mind relaxed and centered. It tones and sculpts your entire body. It strengthens your immune system, reconditions your nervous system, and boosts your metabolism.

Here are the Golden Rules to Lose Weight:
- First, you need to increase your heart rate, sweat therefore increase your metabolism both in your Yoga practices and your exercise work out.
- Secondly, set your intention and create a new mindset.
- Thirdly, plan your week ahead of time. Incorporate daily or every other day exercise routine such as Yoga, cardio vascular activities, strength, muscle toning/ sculpting, stretching and relaxation.

Not all Yoga Practices are Equal For Losing Weight!
I do recommend an aerobic Flow Yoga style such as Vinyasa Flow, Hot Yoga, Ashtanga. Power, Kundalini or Bikram. Practice Yoga at least 2-3 times a week a 90-minute session with a more gentle Yoga style on other days such as easy flow or Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga or Relax deeply classes. The gentle practices will allow you to release and relax. Deep relaxation strengthens your immune system and increase your lymphatic circulation which helps breaking down body fat.

If you are a beginner, start with Sun Salutation series A  & B and build it up from here. As you become familiar with the postures and the vinyasa transitions, increase your speed, link your breath to your movement and cultivate being present: here and now. Then you can incorporate a daily 2-10 minutes core abdominals series, more standing poses such the warriors 1, 2 & 3, triangle, chair pose and twists. Do not forget a daily 5-minute slow breathing and centering practice upon waking up, before going to bed or at the beginning or end of your Yoga practice.

How to Keep it Off
In order to lose weight with Yoga and keep it off, you need to incorporate 5 key elements into your lifestyle for lasting changes which are adequate rest & sleep, drinking enough water, minimum 2 liters daily, eating a balanced diet with 50% raw food,  proper type of cardiovascular exercises and caring for yourself emotionally.

Consistency and discipline are 2 Yoga virtues that will pave your way to a lighter you. Be patient as it takes up to 3 months to see the full slimming results.
Find a way to sprinkle playfulness, joy and pleasure in all that you do.
Have a Yoga buddy that your can share your classes with.
Workout with a friend, walk, hike or run in beautiful settings and drink in beauty.
Cultivate self compassion & feel grateful for who you are, your life, all that you have, your family/friends as well of all the obstacles you encounter.

Movement is the ultimate secret to feeling alive, vibrant and slim. Every time you have an opportunity to sweat and shake your body, go for it.

Life is a journey not the destination. So enjoy this journey: your life’s journey. 

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Think Outside the Box

by Isabelle on September 5, 2012

You are driving in your car on a wild stormy night and you pass by a bus stop and you saw three people waiting for the bus:
1. An old lady who looks as if she is going to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect life partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride, knowing that only one passenger can fit in your car?

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

Think before you continue reading…

The candidate who was hired came up with his answer. ‘I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.’
Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our limitations of our mind.

Lesson of the story:-> ‘Think Outside of the Box.’

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The simple things in life are often the most powerful ones, aren’t they? Sharing simple Yoga and breathing approaches can transform someone’s life.

This is what I re-discovered a few weeks ago while teaching relaxation at UCLA for a special all day event to the catering and dining staff. Even though Yoga has become so popular in the United States, not everyone has access to it. The catering staff people work really hard with more than one job and moreover they stand on their feet all day.  They definitively do not have much access nor time to practice Yoga. I led them in a deep guided relaxation called Yoga Nidra, a 5,000 year old practice.

Here is the amazing thing about Yoga Nidra: 20 to 30 minutes of this practice is equivalent to 2 to 3 hours of deep sleep. Your body, mind and psyche relax so deeply.

It is one of Yoga’s best kept secrets!

They were lying down on their back with their legs on a chair or against the wall with their eyes closed and their whole body relaxed. Listening to my voice taking them through a rotation of consciousness throughout their entire body and then into the spontaneous movement of their abdominal breathing. We finished with a fulfillment visualization which they really enjoyed. Visualizing your happy place and imagining yourself there, feeling utterly fulfilled as if all of your desires and needs are met today and always. How does it feel? Seeing it, feeling it, tasting it, knowing and believing that it will happen!

As they “woke up” from our short practice, their faces looked relaxed and they were beaming, smiling to their ears. Just seeing their happy and peaceful relaxed faces truly touched me. I must have taught close to 300 people this day every 10-15 minutes. It was intense but truly rewarding for them and for me. Sharing the simple yet powerful Yoga tools and spreading more peace, wellbeing and relaxation.

What is Yoga Nidra really and what does it do for us?

This guided Yoga Nidra will help you release physical, emotional and mental tensions and leave you feeling relaxed, restored and rejuvenated. More than just the art of deep relaxation with this powerful practice, you will learn techniques to increase your will power, deepen your inner strength and align with your inner purpose, manifesting a richer and more fulfilling life experience.

If you wish to experience Yoga Nidra, this guided deep relaxation, visit my yoga store.

Try this slow Yoga breathing Tai Chi practice for relaxation and centering.

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What is Yoga Tantra Flow?

by Isabelle on December 20, 2011

An Introduction to Yoga Tantra Flow

‘Where the Sacred Meets the Everyday’ – let’s face it, who doesn’t need more of that right now?  Isabelle Du Soleil, Yoga teacher and tantrika shares more about ‘Yoga Tantra Flow’.

Does Yoga + Tantra = Sex?  Read on!

‘Tantra’ is certainly one of the most misunderstood Yoga traditions in the West.  It is a powerful tool for our times.  It is a field that I started to explore 20 years ago.  Tantra is practiced by householders living in the world, for people who do not renounce life.  It is for those who choose to ride the wave of life’s constant currents and challenges, for those who show up day after day and who wish to learn to flow through change; stable, yet flexible, open and fulfilled.  In Sanskrit, ‘Tan’ means ‘to stretch ‘and ‘Tra’ means ‘beyond’.

Tantra works with energy: Prana (the sustaining life force) and Kundalini Shakti (the evolutionary and creative snake-like power) which permeates all life.  Our body is seen as a sacred temple where Kundalini Shakti lies dormant, waiting to awakened.  This is a slow and gradual process where our consciousness rises, transforming our life’s perceptions, understanding and experiences.

The most striking effect on me is an inherent feeling of freedom with a sense of infinite possibilities.   One of Tantra’s premises is that “everything is possible”.  I feel more alive and vibrant.  It also helped me face and overcome many obstacles and heartbreaks, including the passing of my beloved mother 6 years ago.  Over the years, it has given me a road map for transformation.

What is Tantra?

Tantra Yoga is a 5000-7000 year old vast field of yoga wisdom, science, art and techniques.  The ‘Maithuna ritual’ or spiritual love-making branch represents about 0.1% of Tantra teachings totality.  Maithuna rituals aim at experiencing oneness and bliss between the individual and the universal through the worship of Shakti.

There are many other Tantric paths emphasizing oneness and bliss between the individual and the universal.  The universe is regarded as the divine play of Shakti (feminine, dynamic and creative principle of existence) and Shiva (masculine static form of the divine or pure, undifferentiated consciousness).  Tantra’s teachings describe the universe’s creation as a sacred dance.  There is no separation between the mundane and the sacred/spiritual world.  As energy follows thoughts, we aim at mastering our mind to master our energy.  Quantum physics mirrors Tantra in that it identifies a pulsating living force.  This Spanda or primordial vibration correlates to quantum physic’s description of the electron constantly flickering in and out of existence.

What is ‘Yoga Tantra Flow’?

Yoga Tantra Flow is an embodiment of Tantra’s energetic practices through vinyasa flow and meditation.  It is a dance where Tantra meets Vinyasa Flow yoga.  Some of the energetic practices include breathing or pranayama, bandhas or energy seals, kriyas or energy consciousness movement, mantras and sacred sounds, visualizations, purifications and meditations.

How can I experience Yoga Tantra?

There are 2 easy ways:

- In living in such a way where relationships are the catalysts and revealers of our karmic and dharmic patterns.  We can see our shortcomings and resistances.

- In awareness of the spine in Yoga Tantra practices.  By turning our attention there, we awaken, activate and balance our energy and psyche.  It is recommended to work with an experienced teacher.

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How to Find Balance in a Chaotic World?

by Isabelle on December 12, 2011

The secret is “riding the waves”; any surfer or yogi would answer us.

The Sri Vidya Yoga teachings remind us:

“All that is happening is waves rising and falling neither meaningful, nor inauspicious”.

This truth applies, whether we are talking about waves of external events or waves of emotions. Daniel Odier, one of my spiritual Tantra teachers, invites us to truly taste, touch and become one with life. I mean our daily life as it unfolds in our relationships, as it moves us in a pleasing or unsettling way. The Tantra wisdom tells us to embrace our feelings, emotions and desires as they arise within us, not to deny them nor push them away. Yes, we are always so willing to bury our head in the sand and pretend that our inner conflicts do not exist.  If you feel angry, feel it and ride the emotional wave within as if you were riding a tiger, Explore the sensations and feel the burn while you observe yourself at the same time.  Complete the emotional rollercoaster until you touch the core of your being, you will return to the original state of inner balance.

An emotion is energy in motion. Riding the emotional waves allow us to transform or rather transmute the raw emotion into powerful life energy. We then become more alive and aware. We are ready to explore new territories and stretch our boundaries.

We speak of living in the flow. But what is the flow? It is as a continuous and fluid progression or sequence of moments, events or feelings creating an inherent order. We feel as if time has stretched or suspended. There is a sense of ease and enjoyment as if we had become part of the cosmic dance of life called “lila in Sanskrit. We experience this playfulness and fulfillment at times in sports, games, art and in our hobbies.

How can we recreate it at will?

1- First, acknowledge change and fluxes as a constant.

2- Become open and flexible in your mind and body. Practice dance, Yoga or any martial arts.

3- Find your life’s purpose and take the smallest step or action towards it that will have the greatest impact on your life.

4- Set up your goals and directions then sail with life’s currents.

5- Cultivate presence in every moment with a relaxed awareness.

6- See the underlying beauty in every one and everything.

7- Ride the waves of your obstacles, challenges and successes with equanimity.

8- ALWAYS PLAY, EXPLORE AND BE CREATIVE.

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How Do I Start My Yoga Practice?

by Isabelle on December 8, 2011

Often I hear from people I meet that they do not know how to start to practice Yoga. They also ask me what is the process of Yoga and how will it help them in their life. Here are the 4 initial steps one will go through in this beautiful discipline of Yoga. It is simple, easy and so accessible to all at any level of health, fitness and at any age.

How and where do I start a Yoga practice?

Initial Step: It is the embodiment stage. Yoga through the physical embodiment of movement and breath is really giving us this opportunity to return to inhabit our bodies again. It’s a very important step and it’s usually the initial step.

Second Step:Then as we start to become regular in our practice and develop this really deep liking for the flow of Yoga, we become more intimate with our breath. We practice this ujjayi breath- inhale/exhale through the nostrils with that soft sound at the back of the throat like the sound of an ocean wave- throughout the class, the practice or the sadhana in Sanskrit.

Third Step:That’s when we start to find that thread, that oneness, that state of beingness, that state of Yoga as the body and the breath and the mind come together, merge together on this one thread.

Fourth Step: The next step that is a very logical step for a student of Yoga, a disciple of Yoga (and we’re all disciples of Yoga), is to take time in silence to meditate, to be with oneself. It is like returning at home within  to reconnect with yourself. That is another definition of Yoga; fourth definition of Yoga which is to connect our five senses, our mind and to our inner Self, to the source of who we are truly. Returning to the seed, to the spark, (to the spin if we’re talking quantum physics) our being of who we are. You return to the essence, to the source. This is your daily practice whether it is a for a few minutes or an hour, it doesn’t matter.

How do I get started?

You want to start by being in silence. You sit at a particular place and you find that inner contemplation. The capacity to withdraw the senses within from the outside world to your inner world and to develop a higher sensitivity that allows you to become more subtle more aware of your inner currents- of you inner energy levels. You even start to feel and understand your inner body physically. You can start to qualify inner sensations as you move: openness, areas that are closed, tight or loose.

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Are the Yoga Teachings Relevant to our Life Today?

by Isabelle on December 6, 2011

Some people have asked, “Well, this is very interesting and nice but all of this Yoga is really ancient and doesn’t apply to our lives today, our urban & industrialized lives”. The classical teachings of Patanjali are so releveant to our times. They  constitute  a major reference sacred text, considered as the seminal classical teachings of Yoga and written as sutras or aphorisms. Patanjali was an incredible sage living around 2,000 years ago, at a time when the Yoga teachings had become very scattered & diluted. He was the one who brought all the teachings back together, condensing them into short & concise  aphorisms transmitted from teachers to students/disciples. Those wisdom teachings are like pearls of wisdom- golden nuggets of the Classical Yoga philosophy.

Why are those tools that are ancient so relevant to you, to all of us today? 

Because those techniques are so universal. Those approaches allow us through the practice of Yoga in the West to really reconnect to our body, our physical body because we are disconnected from the five elements, from nature, in the way we live. We are very much disconnected from our bodies if we sit for eight hours in a chair and lot of people do unfortunately. Yoga is so relevant for our century because those tools are invaluable for our evolution. They provide us with a road map to recondition and balance our nervous system, to harness the powers of our mind, to balance our psyche and to nourish our soul. Regular practice of the Yoga, breathing, meditation and energetic practices will accelerate our inner and outer transformation as as an individual and as a world community.

 

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