But now, I tell myself that I can do hard things, in yoga and in life. And I can give myself grace and acceptance when I fall. And I can try again. Yoga has taught me to “drop my story” and just be. Be in the moment. Be grateful for the moment. Breathe it in. Be who you are. Feel an emotion without actually becoming it and living there and letting it wreak havoc. Let it go. So much easier.
“I AM _______.”
Two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality.
There were always many words I’d use to fill in that blank after, “I AM.”
Admittedly, many of those words that were used were often negative and demeaning and down right mean, especially during a trial or challenge I was facing. Words I’d never say to a best friend or family member, but to myself, well, that was a different story.
I have at times in life, been terribly demanding of myself and brutal, like a drill Sargent screaming in the face of a young cadet. Just muscle through it and never give up, no matter what, no matter the cost.
Then people will love you and see your worth. Right?
Well, not so much for me. But, that was my daily self-talk.
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Fundamentals of Inversions Workshop
Saturday, June 15th
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
On the inside, I was broken and insecure most of the time. I had already been in counseling for years, read books on self-care and self-love. So, why was this self acceptance thing so hard for me?
I’d ask myself over and over, what is the matter with me? The more I looked at it, the more I realized I had NO idea whatsoever what the phrase, “I am enough” even meant. I am enough what?
Enough crazy? Yes, for sure.
Enough anxious? Definitely enough of that.
Enough emotional and controlling? Absolutely.
What am I supposed to be enough of anyway?
This was my pre-yoga life and thinking. Little did I know the massive transformation that was about to happen in my life the day I walked into the Mind Body Flow Yoga studio. Not only was I going to learn what being “enough” meant, but I was unknowingly about to embark on my life’s most beautiful journey.
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LIVE Music Vinyasa
Saturday, June 22nd
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Violinist, Lauren Eastlack, will accompany our practice, on the morning of Saturday, June 22nd, from 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM. Lauren, is the Co-Executive Director at Buffalo Suzuki Strings and is a violin instructor there. She has performed as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on two separate occasions and has been subbing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013.
Additionally, this class will be held outdoors, at Glen Falls Park, in Williamsville, to kick off our outdoor yoga classes for the summer season.
What is this Pose About?*If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.This is a backward bending pose. The resulting shape is a deep opening through the chest, hips, and hip flexors. Watch Renee enter into this asana from Mountain Pose (Tadasana). She will exit the pose and land back in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) as well.
Tips for Camel Pose (Ustrasana)Here are a few things to keep in mind, if you decide to try this pose, or if you have already started to experiment and play around with it.
- Kneel on the floor with your knees hip width distance apart. Press your shins and the tops of your feet firmly into floor.
- Rest your hands on the back of your pelvis, bases of the palms on the tops of the buttocks, fingers pointing down. Inhale and lift your heart by pressing the shoulder blades against your back ribs.
- Lean back against the firmness of the tail bone and shoulder blades. Keep your head up, chin near the sternum, and your hands on the pelvis. There is an option here to drop straight back into this pose, touching the hands to the feet simultaneously while keeping the thighs perpendicular to the floor. Most beginners will stay in the first part of the pose with the hands at the back of the pelvis. If you’re not able to touch your feet without compressing your lower back, you can try turning your toes under and elevate your heels.
- Turn your arms outwardly so the elbow creases face forward, without squeezing the shoulder blades together. You can keep your neck in a relatively neutral position, neither flexed nor extended, or drop your head back. But, be careful not to strain your neck and harden your throat.
- Stay in this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. To exit, bring your hands onto the front of your pelvis, at the hip points. Inhale and lift the head and torso up by pushing the hip points down, toward the floor. If your head is back, lead with your heart to come up, not by jutting the chin toward the ceiling and leading with your brain. Rest in Child’s Pose for a few breaths.
- Opens up the hips
- Stretches the hip flexors
- Stretches and strengthens the shoulders and back
- Expands the abdominal region, improving digestion and elimination.
- Improves posture
- Opens the chest, improving respiration
- Relieves lower back pain
CautionAvoid this posture if you have:
- high or low blood pressure,
- migraine headaches,
- insomnia, or
- serious low back or neck injury.