Meditation is just a click away!
Each day you will receive a meditation, varying in length and style, to help you get better acquainted with…you.
This is a 30 day program and you will be emailed links daily. To help you stay true to your meditation commitment the link will only be active for 48 hours.
March Yoga Goals
20 Minutes a Day for 20 Days
Every morning from March 8-27 you will receive a link to a 20 minute yoga practice.
Your link will be live for 72 hours (last class will be accessible through March 30th).
There will be a *bonus* live class, March 31st at 6:30pm central.
Sign up today by emailing EveryBodyYogawithMegan@gmail.com.
I look forward to sharing space and time with you!
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I am here to help you stay the course. It can be hard to start or maintain a yoga practice. Other things start to take precedent, sleeping in a bit more or going to happy hour. Then all of a sudden it has been two weeks since you came home to your mat.
So, I have created a little January re-do program.
21 is 21 days of live content (that you can access on demand too). Each practice will be roughly 21 minutes and meant to help you start your day with intention. And I am doing this for you, at a very reasonable rate of $21 for the entire program. Actually, let’s be honest, a drop in at most studios is more than that. So, I am doing all I can to remove the barriers to your practice.
Each day we will focus on an area of the body and each week we will build on that area. Example, Monday will be low back. Week one will be an ease into low back but by week three we will be delving deeper into that muscle group.
The virtual program will be taking a different turn. I will be ending my relationship with Patreon and focusing on building YouTube accessible content. Therefore, in order to receive the On Demand content (this is not the same as the morning live class), you will need to subscribe to my YouTube channel to access the content. At this point, I do not have an easy link to share with you here so, upon registering for 21 you will receive a link in your confirmation email.
Link not working? You can also:
Email EveryBodyYogaWithMegan@gmail.com with 21 in the Subject. Give me your name and PayPal or Venmo information. An invoice will be sent. Upon Payment you will receive an email confirmation and the link to YouTube. Each morning, a ZOOM link will be sent for the live stream class.
Breaking down a very common yoga pose that is cued in many yoga practices.
Create Lasting Change
As we embark on a new year it is very easy to set lofty goals and determine that THIS IS OUR YEAR. And then after a couple of weeks, our lives take over and we are left feeling disappointed in ourselves for not staying the course. For not crushing each and every intention we set. But there is a trick.
The trick is doing the work in small bits every day.
Examples of my goals:
- Come into extended compass pose
Each morning, I spend 5 minutes doing yoga poses that open the upperback and hamstrings.
That is it. I am not going to force myself into the pose each day and then belittle myself for no progress. Simply doing the work that will get me to that pose is all I can do.
- Come from a space of more peace.
Each day, when I feel the most anxious, I will set a timer and simply take deep, full breaths for 5 minutes. There is no need to add a 30 minute meditation at the beginning of my morning routine. For me, in the morning I am busy enough and don’t need to shame myself for skipping the mediation when I choose to hit snooze.
- Have a certain amount set aside for a trip
Once a week, I will make a choice, am I going to go out to eat or buy a coffee or am I going to put that money in savings with the travel earmark? There is no need to give up eating out entirely or never have a bougie coffee again. Simply make one change. And celebrate it.
I ran into a problem when I tried Dave Ramsey a few years ago. I did not build in daily pleasure. I did not allow for “fun” in the current status because it was counter to my (aggressive) goals. And as a yogi I am adamant about the balance between our present lives and our future lives.
We have to be careful living too much in the present, sometimes this can lead to excess and gluttony. With no thought to the future, all of sudden we are 65 with no retirement.
But we also need to be mindful that our lives are happening right now. And we deserve joy today (and tomorrow).
As you set your intentions for 2021, I invite you to do so in a manner of ease. Maybe set a first quarter goal and then at the end evaluate how that goal served you and set a different one for Q2. Maybe by month four of the year you are ready to add 20 minutes of morning yoga to your routine or perhaps a dedicated time of day to meditate. Or you had a book to your reading list with the goal of ten minutes a night before bed. Essentially, remove the barriers to joy so that your goals can be easily celebrated and accomplished with less reason to judge yourself.
The holidays are here and it is more important than ever to ensure we are living intentionally. In addition to the holidays we are still mid-pandemic and still preparing for political change.
10 Minutes a day, is all it takes to help keep you in balance or start the return process to balance.
You are loved. If you need anything this holiday season, please reach out. I am holding space for you and your loved ones.
(also, this is not a 7 day “challenge” because life can be challenging enough, so instead it is 7 days of goals.
Mudras are asana for the hands that impact our greater well-being. Many different disciplines use these mudras for their various purposes. Based on who you ask there are up to about 400 different hand asanas.The term Mudra means to “seal,” “mark,” or “gesture.” Each hand placement can be used to impact a yoga asana more deeply or to help your meditation practice with a specific intention.Lam is the most commonly seen mudra and impacts our root chakra. This gesture is made by placing the index finger and thumb together. Some people press their nail into the thumb or press fingertip into fingertip.This mudra is said to help increase focus and decrease stress, anger, and depression.The next time you are stressed, try sitting at your desk with this mudra, with your eyes closed for a few minutes. Perhaps even set a timer. Focus on your breath, your hands, and nothing else.
More Mudra fun to follow. 😊
What is Toxic Positivity?
As per Psychology Today, “toxic positivity” refers to the concept that keeping positive, and keeping positive only, is the right way to live your life. It means only focusing on positive things and rejecting anything that may trigger negative emotions.
This seems like such a great way to live. I, too, love a good “attitude of gratitude” but what happens when this way of thinking is actually harming us?
How could being positive be harmful?
Well, sometimes being positive at all costs is a lie and is repressive and does not honor a person’s human experience. This can create shame. And we all know that unchecked shame can lead us to make some terribly isolating life choices.
There is a marked difference in stopping to reframe a problem with a positive light and being solution oriented versus thinking everything is doom and gloom. But sometimes we have to become keenly aware of the gloom so it can go away.
By avoiding difficult emotions, we actually make them worse. What we resist persists. Essentially, your emotions are messengers and when we avoid the messages they do not disappear they keep coming back larger, louder, and in different ways.
How do I heal from possible toxic negativity?
This is where Buddha saying of “invite your emotions to tea” comes in. It might feel counterintuitive but sitting with all of our emotions and allowing them to be messengers makes the space for them to share their message and then leave.
Make active space for all your emotions by coming from a place of inquiry.
By allowing the space for these emotions we are giving ourselves the opportunity to practice compassion. Self compassion.
But also, if we get real with why an emotion is present, we can retrieve the message our body is sending us. Yes, our bodies are hardwired to have emotions. Therefore, we know that emotions must contain information to help our lives. Our emotions can help indicate when we need to make different choices or change certain behaviors. And sometimes, as with grief, feeling our emotions helps our healing process.
This is a practice just like your physical asana or breathing meditations.
I leave you with the words of Rumi-
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!…
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Patanajli discusses this form of meditation on his work “The Yoga Sutras.” Trataka translates from Sanskrit to mean “gaze” this is a bit different than Drishti. We use the term Drishti in our asana practice as a way to detail the direction of the eyes. Trataka is a type of Drishti. Trataka is cleansing. The goal here is to focus on one point as a form of meditation.
Typically, a candle flame or black dot.
By using the focus of the eye to still the mind it is a type of meditation, specifically one that helps to open our Third Eye Chakra. Meditation allows us mastery of the mind and therefore our bodies and human experience.
Like all meditations, it is a practice. Heck, life is a practice. So, give yourself a little time to get the hang of this stillness.
How to do it:
You will need a candle/matches, table/chair, or comfortable sitting cushion and small table.
It is easier to begin in a dark space and lighting a candle so that is it easier for your eye to follow the flame and nothing else.
Sit comfortably with the candle at eye level, I don’t want you to crane your neck up or down as that is not comfortable and will distract from your practice and is bad for the spine.
Light your candle and set a timer (you pick, maybe 30 seconds or even 5 minutes to start).
Stare, in silence at the flame. Working to not focus on any thoughts that pop up but instead letting them dance away with the movement of the flame. I promise anything of importance or urgency will be remembered when your practice is finished.
Try not to blink, working your focused gaze toward the light for as long as possible.
Once you absolutely must blink, close your eyes, and keep the image of the flame dancing inside them.
Let that image remain near your Third Eye Center (space between your eyebrows) until you hear the alarm ding (perhaps pick a soothing sound so as to not startle yourself).
After the alarm has rung, gently blink open your eyes and blow out the candle. Come from a place of inquiry as to how you are feeling.
Just like with your asana practice there is a difference in coming to your edge and jumping off it. Please do not over strain your eyes or have a “hard” gaze. Let your eyes be soft but focused.