STOP and BREATHE

This week there was a great piece on NPR about breathe, meditation and exercise.  Attached is the blurb from them.  Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

There has been a lot of talk on the benefits of yoga, meditation and breath lately and there is nothing but truth to all of it.  I don’t need NPR or a scientist to back my beliefs.  Years ago I tried to break out of the corporate world, the mold of what was expected of me and I moved to Maui, Hawaii.  I left a great job, apartment and friends in Washington, DC.  I wanted and needed to slow down and I wanted more out of life, spiritually.   I was almost there, mentally and spiritually but not quite…I just wasn’t ready, darn it, no matter how much I wanted to be and honestly today I could say that if I was put in the same scenario now it would be much different, but I don’t live in Maui any longer.

OK so my point being, I did learn to stop, to breathe and to watch the world around me rotate.  I still try and sometimes, not successfully but darn it I try. The quipy saying of don’t sweat the small stuff, well it is true.  We get so wrapped up in the bullshit that we forget what really matters, family friends, health and to stop and breathe.  Look around you, appreciate the leaf falling, smell the earth, the love you have for family, friends, your husband or wife, your dog or your cat. This is all precious, and also so quickly lost and drowned out in the noise of the everyday.

Take your strength,Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff make of life what you will, but do not waste it.

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What Is Prajñā?

Prajñā is a Sanskrit word which means “wisdom” or “consciousness”.  This is how I take my approach to my own personal fitness and those of my clients.  It is important to become in touch with your body when you are working out, conscious of your form when performing a squat or doing mountain climbers, for example.  Are you using the correct muscles, I like to ask those who are new to working out where they are feeling the effort coming from so that one becomes familiar with how the muscle should be feeling when active or activated.  Thus the reason for the name of my blog, become wise with how you use your body and conscious of what you are doing, don’t just go through the motions.  The same applies to yoga, to just go through your asanas or poses, but feel your body in each asana, deepen your hips in warrior one and lengthen your torso.  While the whole time deepening and feeling your breath as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils, otherwise called ujjayi pranyama breathing that is found in many yoga practices, particularly in Vinyasa style yoga which is what I practice and teach.  I will go into detail in another post regarding your ujjayi breathing during yoga.