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Why Yoga Works for Better Sleep and Less Anxiety

Better sleep has been touted for years as one of the benefits of yoga. So today we learn about Yoga for Sleep and improved emotional well-being since there is a link between inability to sleep and anxiety. What is Anxiety? It is how we manage stress. What is Stress? The opposite of relaxation. One of the most important things you can learn from a yoga class is that your thoughts have the ability to affect your overall contentment and health. During the deep relaxation pose (corpse pose), one systematically relaxes every part of the body, even suggesting that the brain itself is “relaxed.” During conscious relaxation, thoughts are experienced more as an energy, which is associated with the brain than as the sum total of who we are. We have…

AWAKE

You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup – #SelfCare First By Silvia Mordini I’m a recovering workaholic who used to be totally ignorant of my most valuable resource, my health. I wore my workaholism like a badge of honor. I was in constant competition with myself and didn’t even consider there was another way to exist. I was winning! But it came at a cost. I did everything “right.” I proved myself successful in the ways most people define success like making more money and fancy job titles. What happened next was not just one thing but a series of moments of enlightenment that made me realize I had everything I was supposed to want, but I wasn’t happy. One of those moments that woke me up was being in…

The Yoga of Relationships: Getting Along with Others

By Silvia Mordini Human beings are tribal in nature. It is part of our social evolution. “What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. And it’s something that people have wanted forever,” says Seth Godin in his book Tribes. We are raised in community and from the very start of our lives we have other humans around us. Nature mimics this in how animals live in packs, schools, flocks, gaggles, herds, and prides. Yet for as natural as it is to live in tribes, we often struggle in getting along with others. Although it’s one of the first things we learn in kindergarten – to share and play in the same sandbox – it’s not always easy. We all have that difficult person in…

How To Escape Scarcity Mentality, and Believe that You Are Enough

By Silvia Mordini I often meditate on trusting that I will have enough. Enough of what? Well, enough courage, enough inner strength, enough wisdom, enough energy, enough love, enough happiness, enough peace and yes, enough money. When life becomes intense, the prism of mental scarcity often grows and distorts your view. You start to think that you are going to run out. This feels real. However you cannot attract abundance if you think this way. Abundance and Scarcity are mutually exclusive energies. Do you suffer from what Stephen Covey describes as a scarcity mentality? Do you frequently have feelings of jealousy? Do you often compare with your colleagues, friends or family? Do you constantly measure what you have? Do you have any sort of loss aversion? Let’s find out how…

Come Home To Yourself

By Silvia Mordini When we’re at home with ourselves, we’re fully embodied. We feel grounded, peaceful and self-accepting. We’re less likely to worry. We’re not overly concerned about what anybody else thinks or says that isn’t loving, kind or helpful. Yoga is a way of coming home to this place. Yoga serves us as a “respite” from many of the concerns and responsibilities that can await us at home or work. Studies show us that little respites reduce stress, and help us approach life with a clear mind and a more open heart. Connecting with my breath, moving through skin, I traverse muscle and bone and wash up on the shores of my own being. –Julie Rappaport, 365 Yoga Daily Meditations To come “home” to yourself, first be aware of…

How To Care For Your Feelings

By Silvia Mordini It’s good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing. ~Rumi In Yoga, the practice of poses (asana) and breath (pranayama) brings about an awareness of what we are feeling. Yoga is a very practical form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. For most of us, we start Yoga because we’re feeling stressed out, overworked or wired. We haven’t made time to ask ourselves this simple question: How Do I Feel? We’re either too busy going faster, doing more for the sake of more, or really good at avoiding what we are feeling. Denial or argument with our feelings has become a way of life. But also a formula for suffering. Tantric practice encourages…

How To Find Balance Through Meditation

By Silvia Mordini Each day, I ask myself “How do I maintain balance in order to live my best day ever?” As much as I try to stay balanced, I have learned that I can easily lose it if I stop paying attention to it. Chanting, or using rhythmic speaking or singing of words and sounds is a great way to find and maintain balance. Om Namah Shivaya is my favorite mantras to practice. During and after singing this song I feel a quiet but energized sense of equilibrium. Om Namah Shivaya mantra uses the universal elements that govern each chakra: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. This song allows the chakras to better utilize the fundamental elements that exist in the chakra. When we repeat this mantra, we bring…

How To Form Healthy Habits That Will Last

by Silvia Mordini We all form habits as we go through life. When we realize that we are creatures of habit and that those very habits often keep us stuck in patterns we can finally begin to break unhealthy habits, only then can true spiritual growth begin. In order to change, we have to change something. When you look at what you want for your life direction, you may find that something has to change from the way you’ve been living. By consciously understanding which habits no longer serve you, then you are able to realize your best transformation. This is the basis of why a cleanse serves your best health. It renews your awareness of what you’re doing and not doing. If we want to develop healthier habits like…

What Is Meditation Like?

“My meditation is loud, so my life can be quiet” – Silvia Mordini If you met me you’d guess I’m an extrovert. In fact on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, I test out as an ESTJ (extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging). But really I’m an introvert. I like quiet time. I need it and always have. I don’t like loud malls or huge groups of loud people. I enjoy nature. And truth be told I need a good amount of solitude which fortunately has been part of my life whether I wanted it to be or not. The test isn’t wrong. I simply test almost in the middle barely to the “Extroverted” side so introversion is part of my nature too. I also have a inbred appreciation for the “art of…

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