Tag: blissology yoga

Goodbye Anxiety: Adrenal Draining in 6 Minutes

Adrenal Draining is a 6-minute technique based on Embodied Physiology and Eoin’s work with the ancient Chakra system. We spend a few minutes on our back experiencing a deep reset of our nervous system and self-regulating towards peace.

We will then do some luxurious supine yoga twists to unwind the body, let go of holding patterns and to restore calm in our belly.

We will breathe in expansively and breath out worries, fear and tension. If we don’t move these out of the body, we become tenser and interfere with our body’s natural immune responses.

This technique is one of many you will learn in our Commit to Bliss course (http://www.blissology.teachable.com) – the goal of this yoga, meditation, philosophy and physiology course is to learn how to make Embodied Peace your SetPoint.

One question we explore in this groundbreaking course is, “what has changed in modern living compared to life 30 years ago?” When we think about it, our pace is accelerating, we are always on and available, we want everything in a hurry and we are multi-tasking more.

This leaves us scattered and drained.

This practice is about countering this “Rajasic,” fast-paced energy.

We recommend this practice anytime during the day when you need to reset or before bedtime.

Make Embodied Peace Your set point.
Drain Your adrenals.
Commit to Bliss!

Check out this next Commit to Bliss Course.

Namaste

 

4-Minute Yoga Stretch for Your Day

Enjoy this short, 4-minute yoga stretch designed to get the stress out of your body. We pay particular attention to long, deep mindful breaths and stretching the neck and back body.

Because working on laptops makes us slouch, we want to not just stretch your hamstrings but elongate your spine. You will feel energized and centered after the program.

Do this program every day and see what happens!

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Let’s pour love on all we do.

Kindness = Happiness

 

What is advanced Yoga?

In my past two decades of teaching yoga, I’ve seen a lot of evolution in the yoga world. I’ve loved watching new poses come into the mix, some borrowed from creative minds and some from other disciplines such as circus school. I never thought I would be interested in a one arm hand stand for example. I thought, “this is just flashy,” but then I realized the challenge kept me fresh and gave me something to progress towards. I am no longer a naysayer and practice this and other “new school” yoga moves almost every day.

That said, having just taught one month of intensive Blissology Yoga Teacher Training course focusing on the ins an outs of yoga alignment, I am recommitted to making people realize my stance on yoga progression. I strongly believe that advanced yoga needs to be viewed not just as flashy, challenging poses, preferably done on the edges of cliffs or waterfalls; nay, advanced yoga lies also in being able to do so called “basic” poses with precision, breath and presence. This needs to remain the foundation of yoga.

One afternoon during the YTT, I wanted to run our Yoga Foundations course so the students could see how to explain so called “simple poses” like upward dog or chaturanga to beginners.  It become clear that this work was not just for beginners. Even people who had been practicing yoga for decades loved going back to basics and learning how to do them well.   It was a joy to spend whole afternoons looking at what muscles need to turn on to make these poses feel light yet stable to explore what the feet, pelvis and hands do in the pose with a fine brush instead of in broad brush strokes.  There is a whole world of detail that isn’t boring but outright exciting in this work.  There needs to be a resurgence of this type of study in modern yoga.

Over the years, as thousands of more yoga teachers pour into the incredibly competitive global yoga market, there is more and more emphasis to find something fresh and exciting in the practice. This means that teachers will step up their sequencing game, make killer playlists, and throw lots of challenging poses into the mix.

To really do yoga with precision, you need to make people aware of what they are doing by plugging into their bodily feedback loops and slowing the tempo down. In way too many yoga classes I’ve observed, the tempo seems to be speeding up as this is what creates sweat which is an easy sell in our body conscious culture.

Imagine trying to play jazz before mastering the scales. This is an analogy for what I see in the modern yoga culture.

I believe that we need to spend more time ingraining a solid alignment foundation in yogis; and as experienced yoga teachers it is our responsibility to the next generation (of yogis) that we do so.

I always remind our graduating teachers that every yoga instructor is trying to strike a balance between detail and flow—and it’s a tricky balance. If you concentrate on the details of the poses, often the classes loses flow and become a clinic or workshop.

Yet, there is a third option. When we slow the pace down just a little and create an experience of harmony between mind, body and breath, concentrating on precise yoga can lead to the state of mind we all love called “flow.”

This means we need to let people know why they are doing the poses, what the benefits are, how they should feel in the pose and let their internal experience guide the poses.

It’s the opposite to being guided from the “outside in” and feeling like every pose needs to fit a perfect photo. This is where we progress to in our month long YTT.

There is a lot of room still for inspiring playlists, creative sequencing, philosophical themes and even options for advanced poses for those who want to go there in the class. Let’s walk before we run though. Alignment is and should be the foundation for all yoga, beginner or advanced. After all, cultivating a strong practice of alignment will help our bodies to continue to practice our yoga as we age, with more freedom and no injuries.