Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Your "Self"

Okay, so we all know that the hardest part of the practice is the time we spend in stillness. Where we are urged to no longer do but just be. To recognize our thoughts and acknowledge our emotions. Often we become agitated and sometimes annoyed. It seems difficult to admit that we feel this way. This is the practice of self-realization. So, how do we learn how to spend more time with our “self”. Well, first of all we must validate our thoughts and emotions. They are ours, after all. They must mean something to our “self”. Place what value they have for you and accept them. If they really don’t seem to have value, then let them go. It may not happen right away, but as you continue to work on your relationship with yourself you will find out more about yourself. Practice this without fear. Allow your mind to wander and see what is there. How can you free yourself from painful or negative thoughts until you realize that they are there? When you discover a toxic thought or emotion, take a big breath in. Hold it there, and then, feel the heaviness lift as you exhale it away. Be with yourself, and get to know yourself. Put that relationship first. Practice for yourself. Love yourself.
Love and light,
Annie

Annie discovered yoga in the year 2000 and in 2002, sought out yoga teacher training. She learned the Sivananda method as was originally taught by Swami Sivananda Saraswati. With her roots strongly connected in Sivananda, her branches began to grow into other traditions, notably the Ashtanga method. Over the years she has studied and practiced with many wonderful teachers and has completed workshops and trainings in both the U.S. and Canada. Her teaching style is both serious and fun, traditional and modern. It is her personal goal that her students take what they learn while on their mats and apply it to their daily lives. She strives to inspire and encourage her students and to promote a sense of balance and well-being . Annie is active in the yoga community and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance as well as Yoga Atlantic Canada.

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