"Tolerance and compassion are the qualities of fearless people." - Paulo Coelho Compassion. Love. Kindness. This is a pretty standard class theme for me. Not because it is standard and easy, but because it is absolutely ...
"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." - John Muir Last weekend, I visited Denver, Colorado with my family and we headed up to Estes Park to walk some of their gorgeous trails. The melting ...
"Those mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb." - Najwa Zebian
I only left home a week ago, but my body is already feeling really out of alignment. It doesn't help that I have not kept up with my practice over the last month and have taken a class nearly every day since I arrived in Silverton. (btw, if you are ever here... I recommend Body Theory). I am also getting used to working at a computer again, carrying a heavy backpack, and sleeping in a bed I am not used to.
This combination has led to some really grumpy shoulders and a stiff neck!
Tight shoulders can also be caused by an excess of stress in your life. We can learn to release tension through yoga movements, allowing weight to be lifted from our shoulders.
I created a video today to walk you through some gentle stretches for the upper body. We will be rolling, wiggling, reaching, and moving in a way that helps drop some of the heavy weight off our shoulders. As we tend to carry a ton of stress up there, let's try and breathe through the release of the cooped up energies there.
As we focus on opening the chest and heart, I encourage you to keep the idea of compassion in your mind throughout this practice. When negative thoughts about yourself or others come to mind, let them go without judgment and focus instead on love.
I would love to know what you think. Please feel free to comment below or on my YouTube channel. I would love suggestions for other videos you would like to see.
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Rise and shine! It is time to get up and moving in the morning! Committing to a daily practice of yoga can be extremely difficult, but do you think you can squeeze about five or ten minutes for movement each morning? ...