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  • 3 Ways to Attract Positive Vibes

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    1. Think Positive. What you allow to slosh around in your head truly does influence the way you feel and what you attract. If you want to feel good and attract good things, think good things. Simple, right? Yes. Simple, but not easy. For those prone to negative thoughts, it takes lots of practice to rewire the natural tendencies and patterns we have created. For me, the practice of cultivating positive thoughts began in yoga. As I practiced more yoga, I became increasingly more self-aware. As I observed my thinking mind, I realized that my thoughts were totally tainting my experience. Yoga, among other realms, helped me to release a lot of this self-induced toxicity. The yoga is still working on me, each day allowing me to release a little bit more or, at the very least, showing me what I need to work on and what negative patterns of thought and behavior need some rewiring.
    2. Feel Positive. Thoughts influence how you feel, yet the reversal also holds true: How you feel, influences your thoughts. One sure way to feel better is to get moving. Yoga just makes you feel good. It flushes out stagnation and lethargy and wrings out all of the toxic accumulations. All the positive vibrations you create via the physical practice (be it asana, pranayama, or mantra), translate powerfully to the mental body. You know this to be true. For example, say your favorite song comes on. You start jammin' to it, and your mood quickly shifts. The physical vibrations positively influence your mental body. The same phenomenon occurs in the yoga practice. The physical vibrations created via movement and action positively influence your thoughts and actions. To test it out, here are 3 physical practices specifically designed to generate positive mental and spiritual transformations:
      • Backbending: Harnessing the Power of Intention with Kelly Gardner // Begin by reversing the old adage, "I'll believe it when I see it," to remind yourself that it is also holds true that, "I'll see it when I believe it." The power of setting a positive intention and working with that intention through breath, body, and mind is transformative. Every pose in this Anusara yoga sequence is purposeful. Open up your body via deep backbends to powerfully expand your mind. (60 mins.)
      • Twisting: Balancing the Nadis with Jeanne Heileman // Twisting is not only a great way to cleanse the body, but when done on a deeper level, it becomes a mental and spiritual cleanse. The online yoga class begins with abdominal work and the cleansing techniques of Uddiyana Bandha and Agni Sara to really awaken the center. The breathing pattern of Samana Vayu is introduced to take this even deeper. Using that heat, you will move into twists from many perspectives to wring out the organs as well as to wring out your thought patterns. When you can change the way that you breathe, you can change the patterns in the mind. This can lead to space for new, positive habits. The result of this type of practice is a calmer, more stable energy and more centering in the spine. (75 mins.)
      • Anahata: Finding the Lightness of the Heart with Jeanne Heileman // The quality of the Heart Chakra is Air, yet most of us do not feel as though our hearts could be as light as air. This online yoga class will help transform your perspective to the positive energy and region within the heart. You will be guided through a specific pranayama called Viloma that moves the breath against the grain of what is comfortable, to create expansion and strength in the lungs and heart. Jeanne will then guide you on a journey deep within the heart, using Tantric techniques she has learned from her master teacher, that can help you find a beauty and deep love that dwells at the darkest cave of the heart. This meditation can be a life-changer if done for 30 days in a row. (24 mins.)
    3. Do Positive. Put out positive vibes. Commit to positive actions. Do good things for your friends, family, and fellow yogis. Shine a smile to a stranger. Be helpful. What’s more, wrap all of these positive outputs in love and compassion. Scientifically speaking, the person who gives receives a much higher dopamine (happy chemical) surge than the receiver. Interesting, right? It’s the law of karma in action.

    To attract positive, to realize your dreams and the impossible, you have to think, feel, and do positive. What you put out in this lifetime, you will inevitably receive.

    “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” ~ Sun Tzu

    Be victorious.

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: www.fitbodyflow.com

  • Weekend Intention: Throw Yourself into the Fire

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    Here’s some delicious food for thought to mentally digest this morning:

    "If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you." ~Fred DeVito

    "If you don't have the power to change yourself, then nothing will change around you." ~Anwar Sadat

    "If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security." ~Gail Sheehy

    "You can never change what you tolerate. As long as you accept it and accommodate it, you're going to stay right where you are." ~Joel Osteen

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    I’m sure the message is clear: Challenge breeds change. No challenge = no change = no growth = boring.

    To really live, requires a surrender of security. It requires looking challenges and fears in the face. It requires stepping into unknown territory and throwing yourself into the fire. Yes, it will burn. Yes, it will feel uncomfortable and scary. But it is these fiery, fear-invoking challenges that inspire the most meaningful self-transformations. If we remain in one comfy place for too long (in the practice and in life), stagnation will ensue. We won’t evolve. We won’t be really living.

    Throwing yourself into the fire on the mat is a great gauge for how well you deal with challenges off the mat. Do you quit? Or forge ahead? Do you put up walls? Or build bridges? Do you pout? Or smile? Do you only put forth a half-assed effort? Or do you give 100%? Do you experience resistance? Or excitement? However you deal with challenge on the mat is most likely how you deal with it off the mat. Allow your practice to be your teacher in this way. Let it unveil your patterns of behavior and your reactions to challenge. And with this new level of self-awareness…maybe you will change!

    This weekend, I challenge you to test out an advanced online yoga practice. Throw yourself into the fire. See how you deal. Observe your thoughts and reactions. Do they reflect your thoughts and reactions to challenge off the mat? During your practice, try to surrender and stop thinking so much. Let the thought wheels come to a pause. Less thinking; more doing. Who knows...you might just surprise yourself! Maybe you strike a new pose. Maybe you go deeper in the pose. Maybe you hold the pose longer. Go find out!

    Exhale Slow Flow Yoga Advanced: Focus on the Side Body Stefanie Eris

    Fusing traditional Vinyasa methodology with contemporary dynamic flow, this slow flow integrates breath and movement, inner and outer alignment, strength and flexibility and a focus on opening up the side body. This online yoga practice will allow advanced students to enhance their practice with some more challenging poses. (70 mins.)

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    Advanced Backbending Slow Flow with Cristi Christensen

    Challenge yourself in this advanced online yoga class filmed at Exhale Spa. Start slowly with a restorative heart and hip opener, then begin to build heat with a core plank series and a standing flow including Sun Salutation variations. Progress through a series of quadricep/thigh openers to prepare for advanced backbends, including salabhasana, dhanurasana and natarajasana. Practice a standing balance sequence, including Warrior III, standing splits and kundalini's descent. End with seated hip openers with an opportunity to practice the arm balance astavakrasana. Cool down with alternate nostril breathing and savasana. Music provided by Shaman's Dream. (87 mins.)

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    Master Sadhana Practice with Sri Dharma Mittra

    Master Sadhana practice features elements of the Dharma III-IV Shiva Namaskara Vinyasa: a challenging, yet graceful and meditative posture series steeped in 50 years of Sri Dharma Mittra's experience of the classical tradition. One of the joys of Master Sadhana is exploring variations of Sri Dharma Mittra's advanced postures you may not encounter anywhere else in the world of today, as well as instruction in how to take the steps necessary to acquire these postures. Master Sadhana includes guided Pranayama (breathing practice) and Deep Relaxation. Sri Dharma helps each individual to quiet the turbulent mind so as to experience the peace, contentment and realization of the Divinity already present within you. This online yoga class with a master is highly recommended for regular practitioners and yoga teachers. (74 mins.)

    Advanced Online Yoga Practice

    Throw yourself into the fire, yogis.

    ~Tess

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