Let’s prepare to say goodbye to the first month of 2015, and enter February, the month of LOVE!!
February for me is the month where all the stress and bill paying of the holiday season finally comes to an end. Now we move into opening ourselves up to give, be, and receive love…..winter is slowly beginning its exit, leaving me excited with thoughts of spring being right around the corner. During the colder months I notice my body craves grounding and strength building asanas, but lately I’ve noticed the cravings shifting. Unrolling my mat each morning my body has increased its request for heart opening yoga asanas (postures), a favorite asana of mine is Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana). So today I found myself enjoying this delightful back bending, heart opening asana, noticing the corners of my mouth turned upward as I watched my chest rise and fall with each inhalation and exhalation. Allowing me to receive all which is new on the inhalations and letting go of what no longer serves me a purpose on the exhalation……ahhhhhh…….I can still feel the joys of my early morning practice!
So I’d like to share this asana and benefits with you…….The photo attached is a group of my summer beach yogis, taking in the benefits of the asana while absorbing the sun love from Mother Nature. I hope you find it useful in your daily practice, it’s appropriate for all levels of yoga practice.
BENEFITS: Nice stretch for chest, neck and spine, also lends to improving circulation, decreasing blood pressure and stress. This asana is simply exhilarating…..Give it a try!
1. Lie supine on the floor, Bend knees and plant feet on the floor, heels align with sitting bones (resist pressing neck into floor, use a rolled towel or blanket under shoulders)
2. Keep feet, arms, hands, base of skull gently pressing into mat, as you inhale lift buttocks, lower back, and middle back off the mat. Allowing the backs of the shoulders to stay in contact with the mat. (allow your breath to fill and expand your body)
3. As you hold this asana (30-60 seconds) a few gentle tips…..lift chin just enough so it’s not pressing down towards chest. Resist tighten the butt cheeks. Palms remain flat on floor and legs and knees are hips with apart…….AND inhale and exhale fully.
4. Exit the asana on a exhalation, the length of the exhalation brings the entire back body down onto your mat. Repeat, and extend the hold as your body desires.
Wondering what Yogatones Yoga, Health & Wellness Coaching has in store for your health & wellness in 2015!?! Well be sure to check out Founder/President of YOGATONES Toni on the Revolution and Beer show this Saturday morning 11-1pm!! All you need to do is click on the picture below and join us........Peace & Health
Unexpected changes are usually the needed changes. Seven months ago I became c-o-m-f-o-r-t-a-b-l-e in a situation that was not necessarily aligned with my life plan. It was more of a band-aid,and we know band-aids are not for ever. I soon realized I needed to remove the band-aid, and move with focused awareness back to my GOALS. I asked for guidance....clarity was delivered. Now I'm back stronger than ever, creativity has been on FIRE! I'm super excited for what's to come and feeling extremely blessed to have this time to fully focus on grad school, writing, developing, and growing.
The takeaway........Reach for the stars, and even if you fall off track, trust that if you continue to live on the path of reaching goals, all will prevail......Remember things happen exactly the way they should.!#lifeisgood #yogatones
Early Sunday morning I awoke to the news of the sudden death of a relative…….as I tried to grasp the information I just received, flashbacks, memories and tears began to take over. Although our relationship was not a close one, the memories I had made me smile and cry at the same time, remembering the last time I saw her was in June 2014. She greeted me with a big warm hug and beautiful smile, we shared a quick life catch up, and then we parted ways…….I took to her social media page and read post after post about the beautiful woman she was, and how much her transition will leave a void in the community………I dedicated my practice to her Monday morning, it gave me the words I needed to reach out to her family and express my sympathies………RIP Linda....
Late last year Yogatones began offering a new service, Integrative Labor Coaching. As the sun began to rise in downtown Chicago, Theodore Singh Bedi birthday was being celebrated!! First birth of 2015 for Yogatones, and what a beautiful birth it was.
Yogatones mission is to promote preventative health & wellness care, by providing the resources and education needed to decrease stress and create a healthier lifestyle; mind, body and spirit. Integrative Labor Coaching seeks to do just that, my initial visit with Jonathan and Olivia was at six months where we drafted a legal birth plan, the parent’s then completed the final plan. Yoga asanas and breathing exercises are taught to both parents, which proved to be helpful as the early stages of labor arrived. I attended several doctors’ appointments with them, which was great, the physicians loved my nursing and yoga experience, and had no problem allowing me to be a part of the medical team.
As labor began to progress, Olivia would use her breathing exercise as epidural is inserted, the initial plan was to start the mom on Pitocin, but she began to contract naturally and consistently on her own. There was a brief emergency which I believe was related to repositioning, the physicians, nurses, and anesthesiologist were extremely professional attending to Olivia immediately reassuring her all was going well, allowing me to turn to Jonathan and make sure he understood all the medical language that was being used and well as checking on his wellbeing.
As the clock struck midnight in the now dimly lit room, Olivia continued to labor down beautifully, Jonathan finally fell off into a much needed sleep……..Olivia and I talked off and on like friends at a sleepover, I watched the monitor as the contractions increased…...we’d talk some more, and the contractions decreased…….this went on for the next few hours. Five am the physician comes in does an exam then announces Olivia is 8 cm!! Olivia continues to labor down, about six am we decide once again we were going to get some sleep……..this time we did.
I was awoken by the nurse coming in to check on Olivia, she asked if we were ready to have a birthday party! Yes, it was time! As a nurse I knew it was near end of shift and asked the nurse if she would be staying, Olivia expressed that she wanted her to stay, and with that she promised to stay for the birthday party. The room remained dim and calm until the last possible moment, Olivia pushed two good pushes, during each push there was conversation and laughter by all….yes, even Olivia! At the end of the second push we could see the head, the room lights turned up, the obstetrician and nurses geared up and with one last push,Theodore Singh Bedi! joined us at his birthday party already in progress, he let us know immediately his lungs were GOOD!
This has been such an emotional week, starting with the untimely death of a beautiful woman, to the birth of a beautiful baby……….I found myself aimlessly walking out of Northwestern Memorial Hospital Thursday morning, a mix of emotions, and although there was no sun to be found, I pulled my hat down low, scarf up hi and hid behind my huge dark sunglasses. Walking in meditation, letting the tears and giggles do what they needed to do…..comforting me….that’s exactly what my mind, body and spirit needed.
Life……such a fleeting miracle…….Live out loud, Love with Meaning, Laugh Just because……it’s all you have between birth and death.
So we're just about mid-way through the first month of the New Year. How are you doing? The fast pace of the holiday season comes to an abrupt halt, leaving many feelings that range from exhilaration to depression.I personally find this the most important time to create a sense of balanced awareness.
What is balanced awareness you may ask...... to me its being in sync to relationship with yourself and others. In other words open communication, and acceptance of a person regardless of differences you may have. Listen and learning, remembering there are two sides to every coin and every story.
Of course there is no set in stone way to create this balanced awareness, but I’d like to share a couple of beneficial yoga asanas (postures) I incorporate in to my daily yoga practice when I'm in need of balanced awareness.
I hope you find them useful to begin a home practice or incorporate them into your current practice.
Standing forward fold (Utanasana) and Warrior III
Happy Saturday Beautiful People! Little Saturday morning yoga in my Mickey Mouse PJ's
meditation & 40min with the hula hoop happened before hand. Now I'm ready to walk 9-10 miles in Mi hood and SHOP as I do. #lifeisgood #yogaeveryday #strength #balance #mindfulness #live #love #laugh Enjoy your day do something's you LOVE!
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