Showing posts from September, 2011

Building Self-Esteem Workshop with Chris Michaels

Here is a brief review of what I learned at a weekend workshop conducted by Chris Michaels on Self-Esteem. This was not a planned event. In fact I put more planning on what I'm going to eat for lunch than I did this class. My good friend invited me to church so I went along. The sermon was conducted by a guest minister Chris Michaels and let me tell you, the 'message' was received loud and clear.

Message: Have you ever really worked hard towards a goal but find you can only get so far, no matter how hard you try? The moment you are close to it, you do something to sabotage your efforts every time.  That is because there is a spiritual law that states:

You can only attract to your life and keep in it - what you truly and honestly believe you are worthy of having. That glass ceiling, is your own internal barometer that will only allow into your life what you think you deserve or are worthy of."

Take a moment and think about where this occurs in your own life, what is you…

Yoga to Sacred Music

This article is a brief review of a Yoga Sacred Music Class. Whoopee! I finally got invited to Yoga to Sacred Music, if you are curious as to what that is here is a brief explanation from the website:
In this class, we turn the lights off, light candles, and play soothing and inspiring music to our flow of yoga asanas. This class allows students to focus more on the mental and spiritual aspects of the practice, while still receiving the physical benefits. Verbal instruction is minimal, therefore we ask that you take at least 10 Hot Yoga classes before attending the Sacred Music class."
This class really was relaxing. I forgot all about getting it right, and focusing on my dristy. My focus had to come from somewhere else - my inner sense of balance was called forth. The whole experience was breath-taking.

A hand stretched palm flat on the floor while every other limb is contortioned and twisted into ecstasy is no small feat. The lack of self judgment came from…

Before and After Weight Loss Photos

Weight Loss Journey or just Journey really...


THIN ,After, Being

~25 ~

Well here I am in London. Thin. I do believe I existed on cans of corn for supper. I was never hungry. I ate salads and fruit for lunch and a slice of cheesecake for dessert.Weight: about 60 kg

~ 26~
Everything here is starting to get tight. None of my clothes fit.

Weight: about 65 kg

~ 26~
Italy - I was out of breath everywhere I went in Italy. High blood pressure, and awful depression

Weight: 72 kg

This at last. I was obsessed with food. I was on such a strict diet that I thought I was losing my mind. Exercising daily and forever checking my calorie count. I had to be under 350 or it was a disaster in my mind.
Weight: 60 kg

This night many things happened. Let's just say, being thin is not all it's cracked up to be. I might have looked great, but I was still very insecure. Any attention at all, I was grateful for.
Weight: 135 lbs

There's still time for you. I spent the enti…

Complete List of 26 Yoga Poses

Here is a complete list of the 26 Hot Yoga Poses I will be doing in this months 30 Day Yoga Challenge. I have also included two amazing charts that you can print out to help during the next few weeks. One is in English while the other is in Sanskrit.

1.) Pranayama Series (Standing Deep Breathing Pose)
2.) Ardha-Chandrasana and Pada-Hastasana (Half Moon Pose and hands to Feet)
3.) Utkatasana (Awkward Pose)
4.) Garurasana (Eagle Pose)
5.) Dandayamana-Janushirasana (Standing Head to Knee Pose)
6.) Dandayamana-Dhanurasana (Standing Bow Pulling Pose)
7.) Tuladandasana (Balancing Stick Pose)
8.) Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana (Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose)
9.) Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
10.) Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana (Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose )
11.) Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
12.) Padangustasana (Toe Stand Pose)
13.) Savasana (Dead Body Pose)
14.) Pavanamuktasana (Wind Removing Pose)
15.) Sit-up
16.) Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
17.) Salabhasan…

Pasasana: Noose Pose

The Pasasana yoga pose is a great pose for helping to improve breathing, while opening your chest. It is also good for women with menstrual problems and can help to improve overall balance and leg strength. I find it also helps to improve my overall balance which is great throughout my everyday life. In this post I am happy to bring to you the steps to complete the Pasasana yoga pose with ease.
STEP 1: Stand yourself in the Tadasana pose or mountain pose so you are next to a wall or prop. Keep your feet hip-width and parallel to one another as you stand about forearm distance away from the wall. While standing in the Tadasana pose with your right side facing the wall, press your right palm in the sequence with the wrist to elbow. Your forearm should be parallel to the ground. With your torso turn it back to the centre and adjust the distance accordingly to the wall.
STEP 2: With your knees bend into a full squat so your buttocks are sitting down onto your heels. If you can’t place your …

Parsva Bakasana: Side Crane Pose

The Parsva Bakasana or Side Crane Pose is a great pose for helping to maintain proper balance and improving overall strength. This pose is also said to alleviate back pain and can help with strengthening wrists, the abdomen, or forearms. This pose is a great challenge and can be really rewarding when you complete it. In this post I will give you the steps needed to complete the Parsva Bakasana yoga pose.
STEP 1: With your knees, bend them into a half squat with your thighs sitting parallel to the floor. Support your heels on a blanket if they don’t comfortably rest on the floor. With your left elbow take the outside of your right thigh as you help soften your stomach and belly.
STEP 2: Twisting your torso to the right while exhaling, bring your lower left ribs across and toward the right thigh as far as possible.
STEP 3: With the back of your left arm down, slide the outside of your right thigh before you bring the outer part of your armpit as close as you can to the outer thigh. Take yo…

Purvottanasana: Upward Plank Pose

The Purvottanasana or Upward Plank Pose is a great pose for helping to strength your legs, back, wrists, and triceps. It is also great for helping to stretch your chest, front, and shoulders. I find it a great pose to help free your mind while helping to keep you open to new possibilities. In this post I am happy to give you the steps needed to complete the Purvottanasana yoga pose.
STEP 1: Start by sitting in the Dandasana or Staff Pose. With your hands place them behind your hips so they are several inches apart with your fingers pointing forward. With your knees bent, place your feet down and onto the floor with your heels about a foot away from your buttocks with your big toe turned in.
STEP 2: Exhaling with your inner feet and hands press them down against the floor before lifting your hips until you are able to come up and into a reverse tabletop position with your thighs and torso parallel approximately to the floor. Your arms and shins should approximately be perpendicular.

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana: Revolved Side Angle Pose

The Parivrtta Parsvakonasana pose is a great yet challenging pose that can help to improve muscle strength and flexibility. This pose can also open your side ribs and is said to help with stretching your muscles. It took me a few goes to complete this pose, but now I can do it successfully, so you may need some practice. In this post I will give you the steps needed to complete the Parivrtta Parsvakonasana yoga pose successfully.
STEP 1: Start by standing in the Tadasana pose. Exhaling, lightly jump or step your feet so they are about 3 1/2 to 4ft apart. Resting your hands down onto your hips, turn your right foot to the right so it sits about 90° before turning your left foot slightly in facing the right. With your right heel, align it with your left heel before firming your thighs and turning your right thigh outwards. The kneecaps centre should be in line with your right ankle centre.
STEP 2: Turn your torso so it moves to the right while exhaling until you’re directly facing it out …

Parighasana: Gate Pose

The Parighasana is a great pose for helping to stretch your spine and torso. It can also stretch the hamstrings and open up the shoulders. This pose can help to stimulate your lungs and abdominal muscles. I find this pose really rewarding and I always enjoy doing it. In this post I am pleased to give you the steps needed to complete the Parighasana or Gate pose successfully.
STEP 1: Kneel down onto the floor. With your right leg stretch it out to the right before pressing it down onto the floor. With your left knee directly below your hip, align your left knee with your right heel. Take your pelvis and turn it slightly to the right but turn your upper torso to the left. Point your kneecap so it is facing toward the ceiling. This will require your right leg to turn out.
STEP 2: With your arms, bring them out to the sides as you inhale with your palms down parallel to the floor. Bend to the right so you move over your right leg’s plane, and lay your hand down so it sits on the ankle, shin…

Matsyasana: Fish Pose

The Matsyasana or Fish Pose is a great pose for helping to strengthen your flexor and intercostal aka the muscles between the ribs. This pose can also help to relieve tension in your throat, shoulders, and neck while helping to improve posture and relieve irritation and stress. In this post I will give you the steps needed to complete the Matsyasana correctly for beginners.
STEP 1: Lie with your back touching the floor with your feet on the floor and your knees bent. Slightly lift your pelvis off the floor and with your hands slide them, palms facing downward, below your buttocks. Take your buttock and rest it on the backs of your hand but make sure they don’t lose contact as you perform the pose. Tuck your elbows and forearms up close so they are beside your torso.
STEP 2: Firmly press your elbows and forearms against the floor as you inhale before pressing your scapulas into your back. Inhaling take your upper torso and head, and lift it away from the floor. Release your head back dow…

Natarajasana: Lord Of Dance Pose

The Natarajasana or Lord Of Dance Pose is a great pose for helping to improve overall flexibility. It can also help with developing balance and concentration and is great for stretching your hip flexors while strengthening the arch and standing foot. This pose can expand the chest and front body, and is designed to develop range of motion in the shoulders. In this post I will give you the steps needed to complete the Natarajasana yoga pose successfully.
STEP 1: Start by standing in the Tadasana pose or Mountain pose. Next inhale and move your weight so it moves onto your right-side foot before lifting your left heel up toward your left-side buttock as your knee bends. Next take your right thigh bone’s head and press it deeply into the hip joint. While doing this pull your knee cap up to help keep you standing straight and strong.
STEP 2: There are two variations available that you may like to try here with your hands and your arms. Try to keep your torso in either case relatively uprigh…

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana: Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose

The Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana yoga pose is a great pose to help with enhancing flexibility and is said to help with increasing sexual energy. It can also help with strengthening your back and is great for helping to prevent insomnia, anxiety, headaches and fatigue. This yoga pose can also help with stretching your overall body. In this post I am pleased to bring to you the steps needed to complete this yoga pose.
STEP 1: With your torso upright, sit on the floor with your legs out wide. With your left knee, bend it and with your heel snug it into your left groin. With your right knee, bend it slightly and with your heel slide it toward your right buttocks a few inches.
STEP 2: Leaning to the right, exhale and with the back of your right sided shoulder, press it against the inner side of your right knee. With your right forearm, lay it on the inner side of your right leg with your palm facing up. Lengthen out your torso’s right side along the inner side of your right thigh. Next take your…

Parivrtta Trikonasana: Revolved Triangle Pose

The Parivrtta Trikonasana or revolved triangle pose is a great pose for helping to tone the legs while releasing the thoracic spine. It is also said to help with invigorating the abdominal organs and can stimulate digestion. I find this pose can also help with improving my balance and overall flexibility. In this post I will give you the steps needed to complete the Parivrtta Trikonasana successfully.

STEP 1: Start by standing in the Tadasana pose. Exhaling, lightly jump or step your feet so they are about 4 feet apart. With your arms, raise them up so they are parallel to the floor and actively reach them out to the sides with your palms down so they are shoulder blade width apart. With your left foot, turn it to the right 45° to 60° and with your right foot turn it out to 90°.  With your right heel, align it with your left heel and firm your thighs. Your right thigh should be turned outward so the centre of your right kneecap is lined in the centre of your right ankle.

STEP 2: Turn yo…

Day4- Posture 4- Eagle Pose Garudasana

Welcome to Eagle Pose, definitely the most fun pose in yoga. It’s kind of like playing the children's game ‘touch your head and rub your tummy’. You need to keep your wits about you as you balance on one foot while wrapping a foot around your calf and keeping your hands in an extra twisty prayer position. It’s super fun while you are getting it wobbly-wrong, then when you get it right as you dip deep you feel such a level of self control and focus that your body is almost growing out of the earth with vitality. You’ll see what I mean after a few weeks of practice. Eagle Pose is called Garudasana in Sanskrit, garuda means eagle and  asana means posture.
How to do Eagle Pose:
Step 1 ~ Stand at the top of your mat in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) facing the mirror or the wall since you will need to find your drishti (point of focus) during this pose.
Step 2 ~ Bend your knees and shift your weight to your right foot and steady yourself. Now cross your left thigh over your right thigh. Stead…

Day 5- Posture 5- Standing Head to Knee Pose

This pose is also known as Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana  in Sanskrit. Interestingly enough or Prasarita Padottanasana which is Wide-Legged Forward Bend with Feet Grab. This pose is really about releasing the fear. Letting go and trusting the earth and your body. The moment you get this pose and your head brushes the mat and you feel the stretch in your spine you begin to trust the universe a little more to always have your best interests.

Step 1 ~ Stand on your yoga mat, and turn to the right wall so that your body is facing the right wall. Wipe down your hands and feet so that they are dry. Stand in Tadasana
Step 2 ~ Take your right foot and step approximately 3 feet out to the side. Feet should be parallel to each other with toes pointing forward.  Press your hands on the small of your back to give you support as you bend forward. Hinge forward until your upper body is parallel to the floor, take your hands and grab your heels one at a time. You can bend your knees as yo…

Hot Yoga 30 Day Challenge

What a great day to start a new Yoga Challenge. The next 30 days are dedicated to learning the 26 Postures in Hot Yoga and its sequence. Knowing the Sanskrit names would be a bonus I can live without for now – but that would be kinda neat though so I will include them here for you.
Why should you read about my Journey? Perhaps you will identify with me, engage with me by commenting and sharing your own yoga journeys. I’m your average girl screeching towards 30 in 3 months. I’m out of shape and, Yes I’m scared. I’m plump and do not resemble a pretzel in the least. Yet I would love to have this as my daily morning wake up ritual to do outside during sunrise. Can you imagine it?
Here is a video where Naomi Clark demonstrates all 26 postures in Hot Yoga, so you know what we are getting ourselves in for.

Happiness and Peace Prayer by Marianne Williamson

Prayers At Dawn when you need it most.

Dear God,
Please deliver me to
my own true self.
Please make of my body
a perfect container
for who You created me to be
And teach me how
to live within it
in happiness and peace

A Course In Weight Loss~ Marianne Wiliamson