• MONDAY MANTRA

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    Happy February!

    It's February, and you know what that means? You made it through the 1st month of the New Year! January can sometimes feel like a crazy month. With coming right off of the holidays and starting with a holiday, only to be followed by trying to stick to our resolutions, this past month may have felt a bit rushed.

    But this month, let's remember that it is still winter, and in winter, animals hibernate; thus, we should a bit too! Take a cue from Mama Nature and slow down. Stop hurrying from one thing to another, and try to enjoy the moments in between, ya know, life.... #mondaymantra

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  • Restore, Breath, Relax, & Reset

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    By: JIVA Soul Sister, Aleena @mermaidyogagirl

    Have you ever spent the entire day wondering when you were going to get that break to relax, whether it be in the distant or wishful vacation you day dream of, or simply the couch that is calling your name? Those things are amazing, and so exciting to look forward to, cuz, duh, but I’m about to share a couple little tricks to help you feel less stressed in general and to aid overall mental well-being. 

    Pranayama Exercise = Breathing 

    Anuloma Ujjayi Pranayama translated from Sanskrit to English means to “go with grain.” First, start by developing your Ujjayi breath, in and out through your nose, keep your mouth closed. As if you were to fog up the car window with your breath, constrict the back of your throat, you may even start to hear your breath moving through your lungs and throat. Take 10 deep Ujjayi breaths. Now inhale through both nostrils, then use your ring finger to close your left nostril (if you are left handed, use your thumb) and emphasize on a longer than natural exhale through the right nostril. Again, inhale through both nostrils, then hold your right nostril closed with your thumb (lefties, use ring finger) and emphasize a long exhale here. I usually recommend 10 rounds, each side. It may be hard to keep count, and that’s okay, just always remember to finish exhaling on the right side, as energy exits through the right side of the body. This is also meditation, so letting yourself lose count is sometimes nice. Anuloma is relaxing because the alternating long exhales oxidize the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

     

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    Relax with a Simple 20 Minute Sequence

    You will need at the very least a mat and wall. An eye pillow, bolster (or firm pillow), and/or a blanket are optional. Start with the top of your mat touching a wall. Begin with Anuloma Ujjay (the breath above)i in Baddha Konasana, aka “butterfly legs.” Fold in Baddha Konasana. Take a few spinal rolls forward and back then settle onto your back with knees into chest. Give yourself a loving embrace. Plant palms by your sides and the soles of your feet on your mat, press firmly into your feet and kick feet up and over head for Halasana, plow posture. Take palms of your hands to the small of your back, finger tips face up, walk shoulders underneath you and draw elbows toward each other to avoid splaying. Little weight goes into your neck, most of it should be sustained by your shoulders. With every inhale, expand the heart, with every exhale, relax into your hips, let them be heavy.

    Note, if you experience high or low blood pressure, you will need to be able to practice Halasana (plow) for no less than 3 minutes prior to performing the next posture. First, extend the legs up for Salamba Sarvangasana, Shoulderstand. Stay in shoulderstand as long as you feel comfortable. When you are ready to release down, extend back into Halasana, then lower one vertebra at a time onto your mat.

    Next, roll up to seated and make your way to the wall. Pick either right or left hip to sit flush with the wall. Release down onto your mat, completely onto your back, extend legs up the wall for, well, legs up the wall! *You may like an eye pillow here and a rolled up blanket right up against the wall supporting your sacrum and low back area in this posture. This is your savasana, your final resting posture.

    Once you feel complete in legs up the wall, you may choose to practice Supta Baddha Konasana, which is the reclined version of butterfly legs from earlier, and place a bolster under your mid back area so your spine and head rest on the bolster. Another round of meditation with Anuloma Ujjayi could be performed, or if you choose to, you may perform Anuloma either to begin or conclude your relaxation practice.

    Happy Relaxing, 

    -Aleena

     

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  • MONDAY MANTRA

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    What if you knew that Bliss would always find you?

    If you knew that bliss would always find you, would you worry so much? If you believed that bliss sought you out, would you fret about the little details as much? If you knew without a doubt that the universe had your back and was seeking to send you bliss over a rainbow, would you dwell over half of the stuff that you worry about? 

    I've heard that a large percentage of our thoughts go towards thinking about negative things that haven't even happened and never will, so if you're naturally going to go to LaLa land with your thoughts sometimes, then why not instead imagine all the good that is flowing your way, all the bliss that is riding a wave of glitter and confetti right to your doorstep. We are not meant to suffer. We create suffering and worry. Instead, tell yourself, Bliss finds me. #mondaymantra 

    xx Lys

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  • MONDAY MANTRA

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    Do you go with the flow?

    This week I encourage you to go with the flow...let things play out. Instead of feeling defensive or thinking of how you could change things, why not ease up a bit and Trust that everything is going to workout? The Universe is supporting you, this I can promise! 

    xx Lys 

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