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Blissology Project: Day 4 – Thursday, January 25th

This is Day 4 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

We admire your commitment to transform from a Ho-Hum, Poor Me, or Selfish way of living to being a Blissologist where your heart is open, radiant and full of joy!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Crow (Bakasana)
  2. Side Plank (Vasisthasana)
  3. Humble Warrior (Baddha Virabhadrasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do Crow then insert a pose of your choice that feels good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

P.S. – If you haven’t had a chance check out Eoin’s Winter Flow practice from Day 2 of the Blissology Project.

Meditation

Enjoy this calming Sunrise Meditation with Blissologist Shelly Prosko to enliven your day!

Nature Appreciation

  • Go for a run, ride your bike, surf some waves or do anything out in the natural world where you get your sweat on and feel more connected to the environment all around you.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Eggs + Kale + Avo:

This is a filling, hearty breakfast with good fats and greens when you have a little more time and are craving something savory.

Ingredients:

1/2 bunch kale, stemmed and leaves torn into shreds

2 organic eggs

½ avocado

lemon juice

cold pressed extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

sesame seeds

sea salt or Himalayan pink salt

  • Prepare the Avocado. Peel and slice. Sprinkle with lemon juice and a bit of salt.
  • Boil water in a large pot. Add kale shreds into the boiling water and let simmer for approx. 3 – 5 minutes. Kale should look bright green but wilted. Drain and let sit in the warm pot while you prepare the eggs.
  • This recipe tastes great with either poached or scrambled eggs.  To poach, boil water in another small saucepan. Bring to boil. Add a ½ tsp of vinegar like apple cider vinegar. Swirl the water quickly to make a whirlpool effect and add in the egg to poach.  Watch it carefully. You may poach the eggs for 5 – 7 minutes or until done.  To remove, use a slotted spoon.
  • For scrambled eggs: beat the eggs lightly in a bowl. Add milk if you would like and perhaps a pinch of thyme or rosemary.  Pour into a pan on medium heat.  Gently stir the eggs from the edges of the pan to the center a few times to create large, soft egg curds 5 minutes or so.  Watch carefully as you don’t want to overcook the eggs.
  • To serve. Place cooked greens on your plate, top with the eggs and avocado and garnish with sesame seeds, salt to taste and black pepper. You can also add a light drizzle of olive oil.
  • If you are craving toast with this meal, use a whole grain sourdough bread, one without added yeast, or added gluten.  
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • While outside during your nature appreciation time notice three things in the natural world you’re grateful for that enhance your experience in that moment.

Wild Card

  • Forgive someone. Is there someone in your life who you have unresolved energy with? Give them a call or visit them to confront what has come between you. Notice how much more lighter you will feel afterwards.

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Projectevent page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 3 – Wednesday, January 24th

This is Day 3 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Let’s keep riding the wave of gratitude we shared with a loved one forward to empower us to live the life we’re meant to!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)
  2. Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
  3. Front Splits (Hanumanasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do a Handstand then insert an inversion of your choice that feels good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Nature Appreciation 

  • Go for a morning walk. Be intentional with every step you take and every breath you inhale and exhale. Savour the beginning of the day.  
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup:

This creamy and rich tasting soup has no dairy but is full of vitamins and anti-inflammatory benefits. Make extra and freeze it for a lunch later on in the week.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 head of a small cauliflower

2 leeks

2 – 3 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil (or ghee) or extra virgin olive oil

pinch of turmeric

fresh ground black pepper + himalayan pink salt or celtic sea salt

2 cups organic chicken or veggie broth

Sesame Seeds

Filtered water as needed.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

Prep:

  • Gently wash, drain and rinse the cauliflower, then break it into medium sized florets using clean hands or a knife. Discard hard bits of the white stalks, but keep the tender ones, chopping them into 1/4 inch pieces.
  • Use the white portion of the leeks. Save the green stalk ends in a freezer bag or box for making stock in the future.  Slice the leeks lengthwise first into half, then chop into half-moons.  Wash leeks well in a bowl of water.   
  • Peel and slice the garlic into halves.

Bake:

  • Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. Scatter vegetables in a single layer,drizzle with oil, add some salt, pepper and that pinch of turmeric, as well as any other herbs you might like to use.
  • Place the tray onto the middle rack of the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Check vegetables for softness and if needed roast for approx. 10 minutes longer.
  • Remove tray from the oven, let the vegetables cool slightly.

Blend:

  • To make the soup, pour the veggies and chicken broth into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth in two stages, so the blender does not overfill.  You can also use an immersion blender in a soup pot. Add more water if needed to liquefy the soup to a consistency you like, 1 cup should do it.  

Enjoy:

  • Taste the soup and serve in a bowl, topped with toasted black or white sesame seeds for extra minerals and a toasty crunch.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Take three things in your life you’re not excited about and reprogram your thoughts to be grateful. Example: If you’re not excited to work full time this week say to yourself, “I am grateful I have a job to go to that creates abundance in my life for myself and my family.”

Wild Card

  • Pay for someone’s coffee. Brighten someone’s day with your generosity and see how it comes back to you in other ways!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

 

 

 

Blissology Project: Day 2 – Tuesday, January 23rd

This is Day 2 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Let’s carry the high vibin’ energy from the Wave Rider Smoothie and nature time in Day 1 forward!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
  2. Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana)
  3. Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Nature Appreciation 

  • Sit on a rock in the forest or on a beach and get quiet. Allow your gaze to be soft while you become aware of how your senses interact with the natural world.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness 

Spiced fruit bowl:

Eating fruit seasonally is an incredible way of aligning our body’s ecosystem with our larger environment as seasonal fruits provide us the vitamins and enzymes we need to boost our wellbeing in a particular season.   

Serves 1 – 2

2 cups fresh, seasonal fruit.  For a spring bowl use berries, for a summer bowl: stone fruit, tropical fruits such as papaya, mango, pineapple and bananas, for a fall bowl: pears, apples, persimmons and maybe even jicama; and for a winter bowl: stewed fruits, or citrus fruits.  

1 tbsp orange blossom water  (this is my secret ingredient that adds so much flavor. Find it at a middle eastern market)

pinch of cinnamon

½ tsp lemon or lime juice

bit of raw, runny honey if needed

pinch of sea salt + black pepper (the seasonings help us to digest the fruit better)

  • Add all ingredients except fruit in a bowl, mix well.
  • Now add the fruit and toss lightly until well coated with the spice mixture.  
  • Eat slowly and savor the flavours.  
  • This is delicious with a cashew or coconut cream as well. 
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Tell someone you love why you’re grateful for them. Be totally present while you do this. Look into their eyes and speak from your heart.

Wild Card

  • Sing in the shower. Whether it’s a favourite song or your own made up tune don’t hold back and really let it out!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 1 – Monday, January 22nd

The Blissology Project has finally launched!

This is Day 1 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Here is the video explaining today’s commitments! 

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga Poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
  2. Seated Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
  3. Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Nature Appreciation

  • 20 minute Park Walk – Stroll off the path and go on a journey. Take off your shoes and feel the earth below you. Maybe even hug a tree or two.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness 

Wave Rider: An Ayurvedic Green Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 organic pear (or green apple, or a peach: sliced or diced
Juice from a freshly squeezed lemon
1/2 organic avocado: sliced or diced
6 – 8 organic spinach leaves or 4 – 5 kale leaves
1 to 2 tsp spirulina
1 heaping tsp extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil, or flax oil, or udos oil
1 cup filtered water
1/4″ chunk of organic ginger (if you need a little more heat, add a bit more to taste)
Optional: a pinch of cardamom powder and some bee pollen to sprinkle on top before drinking.

  • Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender.  
  • Add some more water if it is a bit too thick.  
  • Taste for sweetness, if needed, add some raw honey, garnish with bee pollen.
  • Enjoy this deliciousness a little later in the morning, when the sun is high.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Begin a Gratitude Journal. Write down 3 things you are grateful for in your life.

Wild Card

  • Compliment a stranger. Tell them something nice to brighten their day!

We’ll start by telling you how awesome you are! You rock!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

 

What does Core Stability really mean?

Whether you are preparing to hit the ski hills this season, play golf next season, perform fall yard work, or simply are wanting to continue to walk and perform all your household chores with ease and efficiency, it might be helpful to be knowledgeable about the term ‘core’ and how timing of our core contributes to quality of movement whether we are participating in sports or activities of daily living.

The ‘core’ can be interpreted in many ways, depending on who is explaining it. Some leading spine researchers debate that a true ‘core’ even exists (O’Sullivan 2012 interview here). Scientific reviews of high level (level 1) evidence conclude that there is not any one superior exercise for chronic low back pain. The popular belief that core stability exercises are essential to prevent and address back pain is not supported by research (don’t shoot the messenger) (Smith et al 2014). Sure, these exercises may help some people; but not for the reasons we may think. This debate is for another post. That said, we all likely have heard of the ‘inner core’ described as a group of muscles surrounding the trunk and described as a cylinder. The main function of these muscles is said to create spinal stability and control the intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) when the rest of the body is in motion. There are 4 main muscle groups that make up the inner core: Transversus Abdominus (TA), Multifidus (MF), Pelvic Floor muscles (PFM), and the respiratory diaphragm. TA is the deepest abdominal muscle that wraps around your abdomen like a corset, and is connected to tissue surrounding the spine. When TA engages, it assists in increasing the pressure inside the abdomen, which
can be one of many factors that contribute to trunk stability. MF is a deep spinal muscle which makes up the back part of the core. It is a postural muscle that helps keep the spine erect. The PFM’s are the bottom part of the ‘cylinder’ or core. More information about the role of the pelvic floor and the factors that influence its function is here.

The respiratory diaphragm makes up the top part of the cylinder. When all of these muscles engage in a coordinated manner, they help to maintain the pressure in the abdomen which then provides the stability to the spine and pelvis. It is important to note that the timing of these muscle engagements is needed for efficiency of movement and function, which is why I often like to refer to this phenomenon as “core timing” instead of “core stability.” For optimal core function, these muscles will activate in a sophisticated and coordinated during movement and are ideally engaging at a variety of intensities, automatically, throughout all movement, all day! Julie Wiebe, PT, describes the core strategy system as ‘piston science.’ Antony Lo, PT, discusses the refined recruitment that continually changes in response to each task as “tension to task.”

A common misconception is that “strong abdominals protect the spine”. In fact, as described above, the abdominal muscles make up only one part of the core. Furthermore, coordinated ‘timing’ of the engagement of the TA is important and not just the mere ‘strength’. The famous “6-pack” or Rectus Abdominus muscle that many fitness fanatics train is not the muscle we are trying to target here. Instead of engaging TA adequately, you may be using or over-recruiting the Rectus Abdominus (as evident by the abdominals popping out and up) to compensate for the TA that may not be recruiting appropriately.

Core timing or core training can play an important role in any rehabilitation program.  A healthy core means a healthy foundation from which our limbs can move with more power and efficiency. However, can we actually volitionally ‘train’ each muscle to engage in a perfectly timed and refined way? It’s quite a sophisticated and automated system: there is debate on whether or not we can actually cue the timing of the core adequately.  That is also for another post!

For now, I will say that in my clinical experience, cueing breath and ease of movement seems to improve core timing (therefore movement efficiency and performance) more than actually cueing TA, PFM’s or MF to voluntarily ‘engage.’

Brent Anderson, PT, PhD, explains a similar approach, and uses two real-time ultrasounds to illustrate this concept here.

Core timing can be an essential part of any regular workout routine. Whether you enjoy recreational sports, competitive sports, pilates, yoga, or enjoy working out at the gym, addressing your core (through breath) can improve your abilities and enhance your overall performance.

If you experience low back pain, then a visit to your physiotherapist or other trained health care professional would be a good idea. See “Truth About Back Pain” for more info on myths vs truths about back pain and the myth of core stability here.

**This article is not intended to act as medical advice, nor to diagnose or replace your current treatment. Please seek clearance and guidance from your licensed healthcare professional prior to participating in any of the tips, advice, practices or movements mentioned in this article.

By Shelly Prosko, PT, PYT, CPI, Blissology 200-hr YTT graduate
Check out Shelly’s teacher profile to learn more.  

Arielle Rabier

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

Name: 
Arielle Rabier

Where in the world you can find me! Town/Studio: 
I live in North County, San Diego. Encinitas, to be exact! Where Swami Yogananda created the Self-Realization Fellowship as mentioned in his book, The Autobiography of a Yogi. You can find me at Yoga Six in Solana Beach + Carlsbad, Equinox in La Costa and Yoga+Bergamot in Leucadia.

What originally drew me to yoga? 
As a dancer I loved the flow of Vinyasa. But I was also training in aerial silks at the time, and the practice was necessary to ease my muscles. But I have Lululemon Athletica to thank, as an employee there I was introduced to yoga for the first time.

Blissology to me is… 
Finding your bliss! Being honest about what makes you happy and being steadfast in pursuing it. And inspiring others to do the same!

My life mission is… 
To inspire full self expression.

The most important thing yoga has taught me is… 
How to bring kindness and mindfulness off the mat and into my life.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m… 
Walking my dog Charlie on the beach.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is… 
This month I am partnering with Manduka and Susan G. Komen to battle breast cancer. Join me and one million yogis and find a class near you.

I am learning to… 
Listen, and not fill the awkward silence.

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to… 
Realize they can be whoever they want to be. There is no “one way” to live this life, rather an expression of your truest self!

Most inspiring yoga related experience: 
I recently co-led my first yoga retreat in Joshua Tree and the result was better then I could have dreamed of. Now I’m inspired to lead more, all over the world! Next stop, Mexico!

Favorite yoga pose: 
Handstand, hands down!

Best way to fuel up after yoga:
Mmm… poke bowl from Fish 101!

Yoga and music are…
A fusion that creates flow—on the mat and in life.

I create community with Blissology by…
Remaining friends with the bliss babes I’ve met along the way. I’m the bridesmaid in Christine Rahman’s wedding this summer, we met at YTT four years ago in Bali!

I am most grateful for…
My Encinitas yoga community. I have found my people!

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers? 
Practice, practice, practice. Learn from mistakes, and try again.

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More about Arielle and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.

Luke Graeber

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Name:
Luke Graeber

Where in the world you can find me:
Shanghai, China at Pure Yoga.

What originally drew me to yoga:
I worked as an accountant at that time and Yoga was a way for me to get out of my head and more into my heart. I was instantly drawn to the physical practice and it is what I use still today to keep my body, mind are heart feeling alive.

Blissology to me is…
a supportive community of people that not only share the benefits of Yoga with the world but protect the world they live in.

My life mission is…
to inspire with my practice and empower with my teaching.

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
the only person that can transform you, is yourself.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
taking photos, drinking coffee, reading Iyengar books or playing Acro Yoga.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
spreading the benefits of Yoga that has been passed to me through my teachers.

I am learning to…
take Yoga photos. I love capturing people in their full state of awareness.

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to…
live more in alignment with our true self. Many distractions pull us away from living from this place; Yoga is a way to not only fully understand our true self but to reconnect with our true self through practice.

Most inspiring yoga related experience:
2015 Vancouver Blissology Teacher Training, at that time I just left the corporate world and was looking for my calling. The training was inspiring on many levels but the most inspiring part for me was seeing how Eoin created an environment where people felt safe to deal with any issues they had.

Favorite yoga pose:
Scorpion, I love inverted backbends because they show balance in a practice. The combination of strength, flexibility and balance.

Best way to fuel up after yoga:
Meditate.

Yoga and music are…
a way to realise our true self and also a way to express our true self.

I create community with Blissology by…
creating a connection between people. Each class I do partner work to create this connection. Also share a little bit of my Blissology experience before I teach each class.

I am most grateful for…
the chance to share the benefits that I have received through Yoga with others.

My advice for aspiring yoga teachers:
Don’t wait, when you finish your training teach straight away.

You will feel you will not be ready but that feeling gets stronger the longer you wait, go and share the love!!!

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Connect with Luke:
Instagram: @lukegraeber
Facebook: Luke Graeber

Linda Cruse

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Name:
Linda Cruse

Where in the world can we find you? 
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia with a boot full of yoga mats I have been heading out to teach at community halls since my YTT in 2014, it has been a great way to grow as a teacher.  This Spring I will be starting practices at Fit Hot Yoga and Yoga North Hobart to join a collaboration of teachers for different backgrounds, with different styles. I feel very passionate about sharing the Blissology philosophy, what I have learnt from Eoin and my journey, in a space where I have the freedom to share in my own way.

What originally drew me to yoga?
This Canadian guy….and Power Yoga for Happiness

Blissology to me is…
Everything that keeps my energy centres balanced… Love, Yoga, Meditation, Nature, High Prana foods and my Blissology family

My life mission is…
To share the gift of yoga

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
Yoga has taught me many things… the most important thing is love, being open to give, receive and the freedom to be 100% Linda without fear of judgement.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
In the water or my garden and thinking about where my practice will take me next, physically and spiritually

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
Changing someone’s life through yoga.  The transformation it brings has a ripple effect that I believe is changing the world.

I am learning to…
Accept, forgive, love and live in the present moment.

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to…
Be patient, accept who you are, your limitations, honor the feedback you receive from your body and love yourself, the rest will come.

Most inspiring yoga related experience?
A student in my practice sharing that yoga has changed her life…

Favorite yoga pose?
At the moment Upha Vishta Konasana. Because it has been one of my best teachers, there have been times when I pushed to find the pose and I hurt myself. There is no rush, we should slow down and listen to our bodies when moving into a pose and be patient, everything comes in time.  When you let go of the fight and be in the pose regardless of the depth, it brings freedom and the acceptance that this is me and that’s ok.

Best way to fuel up after yoga?
Can I say beer?? But seriously, just water and uncomplicated food, anything green.

Yoga and music are…
An opportunity to let go, find freedom and yourself…

I create community with Blissology by…
Sharing a practice that opens the door to yoga on and off your mat, encouraging a connection with nature, kindness to yourself and others and keeping things simple.

I am most grateful for…
Every single breath and recognising how important it is to stay open to love and spiritual growth.

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers?
Be you! Lighten up and have fun…Get out of your head, come into your heart and it’s always ok to fart

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You can contact Linda at:
veayoga@gmail.com
facebook.com/lindacruse
facebook.com/veayoga

Donna Williams

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Name:
Donna Williams (more commonly known in blissology circles as Donna Prana!)

Where in the world you can find me?
At the Canadian Club in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where I’ve just arrived; at  Innercityoga (www.innercityoga.com) when in Geneva; and always at Emergencyoga (https://emergencyoga.wordpress.com) on vimeo and soundcloud wherever you are!

What originally drew me to yoga? 
Meditation. I meditated for years before I even knew what an asana was.  I think I liked the idea that I could enjoy my mind more, be a more peaceful person.  Then I took a yoga asana course at a local buddhist centre when I was working a job where it felt like I fired someone every day.  I really did just turn up for the savasana in those days.

Blissology to me is…
Family, it’s also peeling away the layers to really, deeply connect with each other and with our planet, it’s the place, the way I feel “the most me” version of me

My life mission is…
World peace, one love at a time. I believe it to the very depths of my being that every moment we increase the amount of love in the universe, whether that be with ourselves or with any other living thing, we take a step towards world peace.

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
That the still place inside me is always there, unchanging, untouchable by others, waiting for me whenever I need it.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
Outside as much as possible enjoying whatever our planet has to offer wherever I am. I’m also spending my days as a humanitarian working for the Red Cross.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
Two things: Emergencyoga which is a project I started with my friend Nicola to bring free yoga classes to humanitarians working in tough places.  You can take these classes online and I’m just about to try live streaming a class from Sri Lanka with my Red Cross colleagues working in Central African Republic, Gaza, Yemen, Myanmar and Syria.

I’m also a big advocate for women’s safety and our right as women to walk the streets confidently without fear of being harassed, catcalled or worse.  My two favourite organisations right now are ihollaback.org where you can report street harassment and Rape Crisis Counselling which is a start up developing an app to teach people how to support others immediately after they have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Given your work in humanitarianism, what has been the more unlikely location you have taught a yoga class?
The thing about teaching yoga with humanitarians is you have to be willing as a teacher to offer bite size, accessible yoga whenever you have a chance.  Generally humanitarians are a group of people who are too busy helping others to look after themselves and so you have to take your chance to inject some yoga whenever the opportunity arises.  This has included pranayama in Malaysian meetings, mindfulness moments in Jordan, asanas in Sudaese living rooms and out in the Israeli desert, pool side yoga classes in Thailand and roof top yoga in Sri Lanka.  One of my favourite moments was when I ran a yoga ‘team building’ session for United Nations colleagues.  Let’s just say that the Blissology dance party was more than welcome.  Giving people that space to let go and be free and vulnerable is crucial in a world where you spend your days being strong for everyone else around you 24/7.

How does yoga benefit those in your profession?
In so so many ways.  Working in the humanitarian sector usually means we are experts at serving others.  Yoga offers a time and space for us to serve ourselves in a way that is accepted in our humanitarian world.  It’s ok to tell someone you’re heading out to see your yoga teacher, less cool to tell colleagues you’re going to your therapist.  We know it shouldn’t be taboo to seek help from clinical professionals but the reality is that admitting you need support is still not widely accepted in the humanitarian world.  Yet how can we be there for the world’s most hurt and vulnerable people if we never take the time to look after ourselves? Yoga provides a safe space to look after our bodies, minds and souls and a place where we can create community and connection when we are away from home and family.

I am learning to…..
Live in a new place and the tropics again after many years in Europe. Hello frizzy hair and mosquito bites!

What I want to teach others (through yoga)…
Is to love and accept ourselves more so that we can feel more confident and capable of spreading that love and the peace that goes with it across the planet

Most inspiring yoga related experience…..
When someone I don’t know walks up to me in my humanitarian (work) world and says ‘thank you for being my yoga teacher in ….(insert crazy war torn place here)’ It’s incredible and humbling and yet inspiring to think that people feel such a connection with you and the yoga you offer even when you’ve never met.

Favorite yoga pose? 
Usually meditation is my favourite yoga ‘pose’ but I just found a new yin prep for getting into grasshopper so all of a sudden this complex arm balance has become more accessible to me and it feels like so much fun, like being a kid again – kinda how handstands always make me feel, like I’m 8 years old and back in the school yard

Best way to fuel up after yoga? 
Post morning yoga is fruits, eggs and a real Italian coffee, post evening yoga is quinoa, greens with toasted seeds and coconut oil

Yoga and music are…
What will together bring you to a high level of consciousness and connection that you never thought possible

I create community with Blissology by….
Hugging my students and making space for them to hug or connect with each other and by deliberately incorporating nature’s cycles and seasons into my classes and how we practice together.

I am most grateful for…
Life.  I had a moment once where I thought it would be taken from me. Every day I wake up grateful to be alive, for all that life brings me, the people I share it with, the choices I have, the planet for supporting me.

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers? 
In the words of Oscar Wilde, ‘Be yourself, everyone else is already taken’.  And on a more practical note nail your asana sequencing so people feel awesome and finish your class on time. Oh and finally—you are perfect just as you are.

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More about Donna and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.

Ann Green

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Where in the world we can find you?
This SHiNE filled yogi / mermaid can be found in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and around the world teaching,leading, loving and surfing her BLiSSOLOGY vibe! I teach at BLiSS Ann Green Yoga in Barrie, Ontario. You can find me surfing my groove on the mat most everyday in studio unless travelling to teach in NY or Mexico, Costa Rica or Nicaragua. I teach loads of Yoga Teacher Trainings, foundational and graduate work, when not wandering in the love + lust of adventure and travel.

What originally drew me to yoga?
The breath, the movement, the shape change. I started yoga at a really young age to cope with stress, for training and because I was drawn to the beauty in the anatomy.

Blissology to me is…
A humble happy approach to aligned yoga that infuses love! Blissology to me is a pathway for my SHiNE; pure free love in action.

My life mission is…
My life mission is to be a conduit of SHiNE…to serve happiness in neighbourhoods everywhere! This is closely supported in the cross pollination of SHiNEE … sharing healthy integration naturally elevating education!

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
To be myself. And that myself is incredibly diverse, talented and beautiful all in the simplicity of being. There is no attachment to outcome needed. I’m liberated in my own authenticity. Not because of any achievement or job…simply being me.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
Educatin’ Elevatin’ Celebratin’. I am working towards my own compilation/book which will illustrate my approach to yoga and my personal philosophy, as well as video and digital experiences to compliment this. I am teaching at Education Conferences, continuing to develop student and youth athlete programs, spreading the good in my community, loving nature, life and my family. I continue to do research and support the spread of integration with and for a life of playfulness and humble healing leadership complimenting therapeutic yoga – MiYoga.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
Service… To be a light to others to overcome adversary and make health available to all!
and…Water appreciation and providing clean water for all beings. Go with the flow!

I am learning to…
…create and keep the space. To take things less personally and embrace the amazing lessons of bliss and grief the universe administers through and with me. And to keep the glow!

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to…
…have freedom and ease in the body. Be able to open your heart and tissues, to move freely without restriction or pain.

Most inspiring yoga related experience…
There are so many moments in yoga that have rocked my bliss. But, I would have to say while on a retreat in the Catskills, I was in absolute nature appreciation when a mamma deer and her two babes decided to sleep beside my tent for a series of nights. I was scared so incredibly at first but when I realized the grace of the family beside me, it was amazing. She was protecting me. I found my space, invested in my exhale and enjoyed the now of the experience completely. This was the first time I had been away from my child, my son of two years old at that time. It was truly the power of nature connection in tapestry and cross-pollination of the miraculous + love. Oh, and I met the Dalai Lama that retreat too. Absolute mind blowing the ecstasy of yoga.

Favorite yoga pose: 
Handstand. Inversion love affair. Getting upside down on land in air under water and all the relations in nature getting my hands so Mother Earth can support!! Best way to fuel up after yoga A delicious smoothie or medjool dates, pitted and almond butter stuffed inside…yummm!

Yoga and music are…
Intereconnected. Yoga is the music of the body and music is the expression of how your body is feeling and moving. A song of the soul

I create community with Blissology by…
I share Blissology with my community through my teaching and my leadership. I lead with love and insight, ahimsa, inclusivity and celebration for all. I love this life and I am filled with gratitude and humbleness, beyond the reaches of the universe, for souls such as Eoin, my friend, my colleague, my teacher.

I am most grateful for…
My life, my family and, most importantly, my son.

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers?
Teach from your heart and your experience. Be open to seeing by observation all the powerful lessons your teachers (students)bring you. That you are incredible being present teaching from your heart. That is enough. You are powerful beyond measure in your authenticity.

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