Resillience: Living a Happier Life with Yoga

Resillience: Living a Happier Life with Yoga

Living a happier life through the practice of Yoga

Element: Earth in Fire or Air in Fire

Resilience is the ability to stay calm during crisis and to be capable of acting competently and well-considered instead of emotionally driven. In terms of the elements that means that one is able to stay connected to the earth even if one´s thrown into fire by life or to develop a sense of ease and joy – air – in these intense periods of time. The good news is: We can learn resilience! This is due to the amazing capability of our brain to change, which in neurosciences is called “neuroplasticity”. That means that almost like a muscle, we can train certain patterns in our brain we want to grow bigger, while not training those patterns which don´t serve us, e.g. being reactive or stressed out by challenges.
So if we want to live a more happy and fulfilled life and to stay connected to a sense of deep joy even facing challenges, we need to train – metaphorically speaking – the “happiness muscle” in our brain. The more often we intentionally decide to be happy by focusing on the positive experiences right now, the more often our brain will let us experience happiness! 
This is where the yoga practice comes in: Try to concentrate in every asana on what feels great right now and develop a feeling of happiness about it. 
That will set you on the path towards becoming a more resilient person, meaning with practice, your brain will naturally choose this option of happiness, even in situations facing challenges. 

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Resillience: Living a Happier Life with Yoga

Living a happier life through the practice of Yoga Element: Earth in Fire or Air in Fire Resilience is the ability to stay calm during crisis and to be capable of acting competently and well-considered instead of emotionally driven. In terms of the elements that means...

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Ball Rolling the Piriformis with Pam Godbois

What is the Piriformus? The Piriformis is one of the 'deep 6' hip muscles responsible for external rotation of the thigh bone. It is also a muscle that sits right in the middle of the gluteals and often responsible for that pain you get right in the middle of your...

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Changing the Patterns of the Mind with Pam Godbois

Thought Patterns Our thought patterns develop as a result of our life experiences. The interesting thing is, it doesn't take a large number of negative experiences to product negative thought patterns. We all have patterns that do not serve us, the sneaky truth about...

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The Chaturanga Breakdown with Matt Giordano

Engagment Vs. Alignment There are so many opinions about how to do each posture in yoga, and they each of their benefits and their draw backs. The major confusion however comes from not understanding the difference between a muscle engagement and an alignment....

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The Chaturanga Breakdown with Matt Giordano

The Chaturanga Breakdown with Matt Giordano

Engagment Vs. Alignment

There are so many opinions about how to do each posture in yoga, and they each of their benefits and their draw backs. The major confusion however comes from not understanding the difference between a muscle engagement and an alignment. Alignment is a placement of your bones or a set of joint articulations. A muscle engagement within a static posture is what we would call isometric – engagement without movement. To help you understand, get into chair pose with your knees bent. Ask yourself if your quads are active? Yes, of course they are, but the quads are the muscles that straighten your legs and yet your knees are still bent. THIS is why so many get confused, you can engage muscles that support the alignment, and you can engage muscles that appose the alignment.

Balancing Action Vs. Fundamental Action

In Chromatic Yoga I created two terms to help understand isometric engagements. Balancing action is the muscle engagement that apposes the alignment – Quadriceps activation in chair pose is the perfect example. Fundamental Action is an isometric engagement of same muscles as the joint alignment, so in the case of chair pose you would have to engage your hamstrings which is challenging due to the relationship to gravity in that posture. An easier example is plank pose, you have to activate your triceps in order to keep the elbows straight. To clear up the how to of chaturanga I have created the following video. 

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The Chaturanga Breakdown

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Resillience: Living a Happier Life with Yoga

Living a happier life through the practice of Yoga Element: Earth in Fire or Air in Fire Resilience is the ability to stay calm during crisis and to be capable of acting competently and well-considered instead of emotionally driven. In terms of the elements that means...

read more

Ball Rolling the Piriformis with Pam Godbois

What is the Piriformus? The Piriformis is one of the 'deep 6' hip muscles responsible for external rotation of the thigh bone. It is also a muscle that sits right in the middle of the gluteals and often responsible for that pain you get right in the middle of your...

read more

Changing the Patterns of the Mind with Pam Godbois

Thought Patterns Our thought patterns develop as a result of our life experiences. The interesting thing is, it doesn't take a large number of negative experiences to product negative thought patterns. We all have patterns that do not serve us, the sneaky truth about...

read more

The Chaturanga Breakdown with Matt Giordano

Engagment Vs. Alignment There are so many opinions about how to do each posture in yoga, and they each of their benefits and their draw backs. The major confusion however comes from not understanding the difference between a muscle engagement and an alignment....

read more
Ayurvedic Tip From Genell Huston: Tongue Scraping Detox

Ayurvedic Tip From Genell Huston: Tongue Scraping Detox

Our tongues have so much to share with us!  In Ayurveda, as well as other Eastern medicines, the tongues are a representation of our whole body and organs.  There is a story on all of our tongues and we can start to learn about our own health through the status of our tongue.  Learn why and how to scrape your tongue.  An ancient Ayurvedic practice of starting your day with clearing off the toxins (or “ama”) from your tongue.  Scraping your tongue first thing in the morning, not only do you scrape away the layer of gunk and have fresher breath, you also consciously stimulate all your organs. Learn more about Ayurveda, cleansing, and self care from Genell Huston at www.livelila.com/health-wellness/
Water Meditation with Corinne Farrell

Water Meditation with Corinne Farrell

The Flow of Life

Embracing the flow of life can be challenging, but with the right tools it is possible. Picture the river of your life, it might be deep, it might be rapid, and there may even be several obstacles standing in your way. Are you in the flow or are you resisting the natural movement of your life?

Take a Seat, Press Play, and Lets Meditate

 

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Corinne Ferrell is the founder and ownder of Balance Yoga in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania. Visit her on instagram @Crinne8 or check out her studio and trainings at www.BalanceNepa.com

Resillience: Living a Happier Life with Yoga

Living a happier life through the practice of Yoga Element: Earth in Fire or Air in Fire Resilience is the ability to stay calm during crisis and to be capable of acting competently and well-considered instead of emotionally driven. In terms of the elements that means...

read more

Ball Rolling the Piriformis with Pam Godbois

What is the Piriformus? The Piriformis is one of the 'deep 6' hip muscles responsible for external rotation of the thigh bone. It is also a muscle that sits right in the middle of the gluteals and often responsible for that pain you get right in the middle of your...

read more

Changing the Patterns of the Mind with Pam Godbois

Thought Patterns Our thought patterns develop as a result of our life experiences. The interesting thing is, it doesn't take a large number of negative experiences to product negative thought patterns. We all have patterns that do not serve us, the sneaky truth about...

read more

The Chaturanga Breakdown with Matt Giordano

Engagment Vs. Alignment There are so many opinions about how to do each posture in yoga, and they each of their benefits and their draw backs. The major confusion however comes from not understanding the difference between a muscle engagement and an alignment....

read more
Are You Doing This in Your Backbends? With Pam Godbois

Are You Doing This in Your Backbends? With Pam Godbois

Gluteus Maximus

In the practice of yoga, I often hear well meaning teachers use the cue “relax the butt” positions that require hip extension, like backbends.  While I get the intention is to decrease the risk of lumbar spine compression in back bends, my question is, Does it really do that, or is it simply reinforcing a weak back body chain

After many years struggling with pain in my lower back and an avoidance of any kind of back bends, I have begun to realize, it is the mechanics themselves that were causing me problems. See the video above to gain a better understanding of the movements caused by engagement of the Gluteus Maximus, and see how firing up these muscles can decrease pain and improve your strength and range of motion.

 

 Get Your Glutes Engaged with These Simple Steps

Resillience: Living a Happier Life with Yoga

Living a happier life through the practice of Yoga Element: Earth in Fire or Air in Fire Resilience is the ability to stay calm during crisis and to be capable of acting competently and well-considered instead of emotionally driven. In terms of the elements that means...

read more

Ball Rolling the Piriformis with Pam Godbois

What is the Piriformus? The Piriformis is one of the 'deep 6' hip muscles responsible for external rotation of the thigh bone. It is also a muscle that sits right in the middle of the gluteals and often responsible for that pain you get right in the middle of your...

read more

Changing the Patterns of the Mind with Pam Godbois

Thought Patterns Our thought patterns develop as a result of our life experiences. The interesting thing is, it doesn't take a large number of negative experiences to product negative thought patterns. We all have patterns that do not serve us, the sneaky truth about...

read more

The Chaturanga Breakdown with Matt Giordano

Engagment Vs. Alignment There are so many opinions about how to do each posture in yoga, and they each of their benefits and their draw backs. The major confusion however comes from not understanding the difference between a muscle engagement and an alignment....

read more

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