Saturday, January 31, 2009

Some inspirational quotes for everyone.. :)


Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. - John Heywood, sixteenth-century English poet

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most...We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson, American author and lecturer

Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit. - Nigerien Proverb

The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done. - Allard Lowenstein, twentieth-century American diplomat

Let us strive on to finish the work we are in... - Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States

Ability is sexless. - Christabel Pankhurst

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. - Chinese Proverb

You must motivate yourself EVERYDAY. - Matthew Stasior

The best motivation always comes from within. - Michael Johnson
Finally, watch this video and immerse yourself in its images and music:
Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Opening the PSOAS

Take a look at this really neat sequence of opening the psoas (the long muscle on the side of your lumbar spine). This link shows you great illustrations and demos of your skeleton, muscles and ligaments:

Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Monday, January 12, 2009

Heart Opening Restorative Yoga Workshop

Yes, I'm doing another workshop! Come and open your heart chakra while you linger peacefully in well-supported postures to the sound of soothing music, the aroma of essential oil and gentle hands-on adjustments. The entire workshop including the asanas, restorative poses, meditations and visualizations is designed to release blocks in the heart (anahata) chakra.

The heart chakra is the energy center that governs love, relationship, self acceptance and balance in our lives. When this energy center is out of balance we lack self love and often fear intimacy with ourselves and others or, conversely, we can become demanding and codependent. When this energy center is balanced our lives are balanced and we are compassionate and self accepting. The class will end with a ½ hour yoga nidra, a guided meditation that induces complete and deep physical, mental and emotional relaxation.

Restorative yoga is a practice that reduces your stress and improves your health. It is helpful when you feel stressed, weak, or fatigued from daily activities or major life events. Restorative yoga is especially valuable for those suffering from stress, cancer, menopause, injury, depression or other challenges. Even those who feel perfectly healthy report that restorative yoga has helped them develop more energy and sleep better. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Class size is limited to 15 people, so that you receive the attention and guidance you need. All props are provided.

YogaVillage
4b St Patricks Rd
Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
11am-1pm
Book online at http://www.yogavillage.ie/workshops.htm

Sunrise Yoga
Patrick Street
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Bulin
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
4pm-6pm
Book online at http://sunrise.ie/index.php/Workshops/heartchakraworkshop.html

Hope to see you there!

Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Friday, January 2, 2009

DETOX!!!

I need to lose a few pounds of holiday excess. Anyone else? Detox!! The three recipes for shakes and juices below are meant to be liquid meals that help decrease the amount of work your digestive system has to do. I will be suffering along with you to kickstart my year a bit lighter. Good luck to us all! :)

1. BLUEBERRY and ALMOND SHAKE
This could easily be made with any fruit—raspberries, peaches, mango, etc. Also, feel free to substitute rice or coconut milk for almond milk.

SERVES: 1
TIME: 5 minutes
1 scoop of a complete nutritional, whey protein fortified powder (not soy protein)
1/2 cup blueberries
1 scoop of a ProGreens type of powder (preferably with probiotics)
1 1/2 cups almond milk
Blend everything together.
2. BEET, CARROT, APPLE and GINGER JUICE
This juice is the most incredible color and is wonderfully sweet. Beets are said to lower blood pressure, carrots pack a super beta-carotene punch, apples are cancer-fighters and ginger just loves your heart.

SERVES: 1
TIME: 5 minutes
1 large or 2 medium beets, cut into wedges
1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed
2 large carrots
1 large apple, cut into wedges
1" piece of ginger
Juice everything into a glass, give it a stir and enjoy.

3. CUCUMBER, BASIL and LIME JUICE
This juice is especially refreshing when you blend it with a handful of ice cubes (use a whole lime if you do, as the acid is muted when it’s cold). Think of it as a detox-friendly mojito.

SERVES: 1
TIME: 5 minutes
1/2 cup fresh basil
1 English cucumber, cut in half lengthwise
1/2 lime, zest and pith removed
1 apple, cut into wedges
Starting with the basil, juice everything into a glass, give it a stir and enjoy.
Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Do more Yoga!! My intention for 2009!


One of my New Year's INTENTIONS is to do more yoga myself in 2009. To that end, I woke up early on New Year's Day excited to go to Michael Ryan's special class at the Yoga Room for the start of the New Year. What I forgot was that the trains were running on a Sunday schedule, and I wound up showing up 15 minutes late for class and couldn't get into the class since it had already started and they couldn't here they buzzing!! I was sooo disappointed!! So, I wound up taking a walk around town instead and going to church. I have to admit I haven't been to church in a while, but it was a nice introspective and meditative experience. I prayed for peace. :)

Anyway, I realize a lot of you have your New Year's Resolutions/Intentions (I know I have a lot), so here's some help in manifesting them in your life:

Samkalpa literally means "intention." We meditate on our Sampkalpas so that we can root our goals into the unconscious part of our beings from where they can then manifest into realities. According to the yogis, that which is in our unconscious, is the most difficult to call upon yet the most empowering when it comes to motivating our intentions.
Sit in a meditative posture. Close your eyes. Visualize your New Year's Samkalpa on the screen of your mind. Chant the following mantra 27 times:
Om Trum Atma

"Ohm Troom Aht-mah"

Happy New Year!!

Blessings and Namaste,

Anna