yoga silence quotes

yoga silence quotes: city living is not silent…there is a beat to every city even at night. Sometimes the only opportunity to turn all the sounds off is during deep sleep when we unplug.  There seems to be a lot of yoga classes where they play really loud music and I have tried to embrace it but can’t. I taught the other day and did not have my ipod on me and the student said it was fine, she was happy to hear the cues, directions, and her breathing. I like this quote because I think it is about balance. If you are always in noise, silence becomes unfamiliar and unfamiliar may not be comfortable. If you are always in quiet, then if there is noise, you may not be able to focus. I love yoga silence quotes because they appeal to my Yoga MInd, but I am just starting on Spotify, trying new music for the yoga classes where they prefer it…

Click the link below to listen to Rana Waxman’s playlist Rana yoga playlist  on Spotify:

http://open.spotify.com/user/12141563042/playlist/62l4e3icRgTVOBWL6UVpKE

yoga silence quotes

Breathing Techniques For Mindfulness

Breathing Techniques For Mindfulness:

If you are thinking stressful thoughts the body will hold onto them and create knots in the muscles, this post gives breathing techniques for mindfulness. “Whatever you are FOCUSING upon is TRAINING you into a habit of thought” ~ Abraham Hicks

So what would happen if you focused on your breath? It would not change the situation, but it would alter your perception. I just experimented with this at the dentist. First focused on my breath, then the drilling (OWWW) then back to my breath. Drilling still there, I was calmer though. My heartbeat wasn’t pounding. So … taking this to another situation seems like a good stress management plan.

mindfulness

mindfulness

This is a great reminder. The breath is the link between mind and body. If you are thinking stressful thoughts the body will hold onto them and create knots in the muscles (etc). This is why learning to use your breathing in a conscious (mindful) way will help you in all kinds of ways by triggering the parasympathetic response (relaxation response) in the nervous system. Like anything it takes practice, and the good news is I am available here in Jersey City for private yoga lessons or to give a workshop at your studio :-)

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of the moment, live in the breath” ~ Amit Ray. Anxiety can be very loud, and this noise can cloud judgemtn. What would happen if we could just be, in silence?

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inner listening through mindfulnness

Focusing on the essential natural breath ( a practice from my YOGA MIND cd) is easy to use and learn, because it basically requires you to cultivate awareness more than “technique”, and can be done even 5 minutes a day – anywhere: car, subway, bus, walking, at your desk…

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Meanwhile this is one of many breathing techniques for mindfulness – you simply repeat to yourself when you breathe in, breathing in relaxation and when you breathe out, you focus on breathing out tension. It just takes a few moments to breathe mindfully so give it a whirl

breathing in and out

The benefits of finding calm through Yoga

“What makes the mind so powerful and difficult to ‘still’ is its rajasic impulse to do – to think about what to do, and about what to do about what it is thinking, and so on” ~ Doug Keller

Sometimes the body needs to do less as well.  What I love about restorative yoga is that it helps the mind settle as the body learns to let go into gravity. This prepares us for the sweet practices of yoga such as meditation and relaxation which help us so much in daily life.

The benefits of silence are numerous. Click HERE for the top 7 that come to mind and HERE to check out my cd, which will help you along the way.

If you typically think a lot during the physical practice of yoga, it could be that you haven’t quite got the right alignment information – so – I am available for private yoga classes to help you get in touch with the power of silence within. For now: food for thought: The benefits of finding calm through Yoga  are numerous and silence is stress relief…

silence is a place

on contentment

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Every time I think of the word “happiness,” I recall one of my favorite poems by Ven. Lama Gendun Rinpoche: “Happiness cannot be found through great effort or willpower, but is already present in open relaxation and letting go,” he writes.

Wow! Powerful, right? It is certainly easier to connect to a feeling of happiness when you’re not being tested, but is this your default setting? If pressure builds up, do you breathe and release, reboot and move forward with peaceful gratitude, or do you store it, build steam and explode? When things aren’t so easy, what are your attitudes, perceptions, and coping strategies? Is it still contentment, or is this reserved for the one day all the bills are paid, you’ve slept and have eaten well? In other words, are you content regardless of your situation?

Contentment, Patanjali says in Sutra 11.42 is dynamic, as opposed to complacency, which is stagnant. We should be able to look at our life, weed out the toxic relationships and situations to then rebalance on all levels. This requires changing what isn’t working. It also asks us to want what we have, be grateful and see a crisis as a crossroads.Contentment brings us to a new perception of how things are, which calms the mind. It is an attitude that’s independent of outside influences. What you have or don’t have does not change the essence of who you are.

Here’s what you need to do to turn your frown upside down, view adversity as opportunity and connect with the contented you:

1. Stop comparing yourself and your life to others; we all have gifts.

2. Give away something you don’t need; there’s always someone who could use it.

3. When you find yourself complaining, listen to yourself and write down two options for bringing change.

4. Repeat the mantra, “Thank you” more often; it cleans up taking things for granted.

5. Sit, breathe, relax and reboot.

6. Practice (safely) an energizing backbend, to open the body and allow new energy to flow to you.

7. Write down one thing today that makes you smile, and let that energy permeate your core.

Tough times provide opportunity for great inner strength and to connect deeply with what’s important to us. Allow this sustaining virtue of grateful contentment to take root in your life so that your default setting is now rewired for peace and positivity.

 

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Silence Empowers.



“Close the eyes gently and look down within at the heart without hardening the eyeballs.  This inner observation or feeling is most revealing” – B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Pranayama


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