Yoga and it’s Benefits.

Yoga has been around for 1000’s of years.  Stepping on a Yoga mat can be beneficial for that reason alone.  I became a Yoga Practitioner in 2008 and I knew it was time to do something different in my life.  I was yearning for peace and wanted to know how to become centered.  I want you to know you don’t have to become a teacher to find your center but it was a good thing for me because I needed to show up for myself.  It was a 6 month structure where I had to be consistent, committed and repetitive.

To this day I am inspired by how Yoga benefits myself and others.  A friend of mine went to a class for the first time and discovered how tight his hamstrings were and didn’t know what to do with his “talkative” mind.  After a few classes he realized he was standing up straight as well.  My friends it is the consistent things we do on a daily basis that bring lasting change.

Over the years I have noticed changes in myself from practicing Yoga.  These include~ healthier food choices, lengthening of the spine, stamina, calmness, better digestion, feeling lighter and connected to myself.

I believe that theory about our bodies having a biomemory (stored memories).  I also believe the body can change  by getting on a Yoga mat and getting into positions to lengthen the muscles, spine, calming the central nervous system and many other benefits.   When you do this repetitively your bio memory cannot help but to re-organize itself!

 

Cliff House in Maine

I recently spent several days at the Cliff House in Maine.  I have been wanting to go there for some time now.  Many people have told me how much they love that area (Maine that is).  I can definitely see why they would!  The Cliff House is literally on the edge of a cliff with the view of the vast Atlantic Ocean.  I could sit for hours staring at the water and rocks.  We dined at “The Tiller Restaurant and “Nubb’s Lobster Shack.  Both were good.  I also was favored with a beautiful view of the Ocean from my room.  I found it to be very calm and relaxing.  A indoor and outdoor pool along with a jacuzzi where also on the grounds.

Not far from where we were was many restaurants and hotels. We ate at a place called “Anchorage by the Sea”  looking out into the Atlantic Ocean.  Below is a picture of it. IMG_7338The last night we listened to a “solo” guitarist reminiscing to songs by the “Eagles” and many other artists.  If your looking for a get-a-way and want to enjoy beauty this is one of my favorites!

How I changed through Vibrational Transformation

What is Transformation Vibration?  A wise person once said (Panache Desai)
“when you change your energy you change your life.”  He refers to himself as a vibrational catalyst.

I have had the privilege to work with him over the course of the past 5 years.  He has helped me transform my “dense” or heavy energy.  This is done through the process of embracing your sadness, fear and anger.  We are taught from an early age on that it is not Okay to feel our feelings.   When we suppress these emotions we literally feel “weighed” down.

When I am in Panaches presence my supppressed feelings rise to the surface and past memories surface and hence my feelings come to life.  such as anger, sadness, pain etc.  I have learned so much about myself over this 5 year period.  This has not been easy by any means….

BENEFITS: 1. Opening my heart (I had no idea I had a closed heart until I met Panache).  2. Being honest with myself. 3.  Overcoming adversity. 4. Less afraid of being judged. 5. Speaking and standing up for myself. 6. Embracing life and much more.

When vibrational transformation happens you get to the covered spaces within you and the love and light do it’s work on your behalf.  It opens up dark corners and the light shines forth. I have noticed that I  have abandoned myself for the sake of putting other people before my own needs.  I had to learn to pull myself in to connect to myself instead of the outside world.  More or less I was giving my power away.  I had to look at “my so called flaws.”

To this day I still don’t like my anger, resentments, jealousy but I am discovering that this is part of our human nature and when we can learn to embrace this instead of “negating” it energy opens up for us in a whole new way.   Love is inclusive ~ the good, bad and ugly.  Remember this next time when you may perceive a not so nice feeling arise!  Don’t settle and don’t sell yourself short.

My trip to Ireland!

Ireland has always had a stronghold upon my heart and I suppose it has to do with my ancestral lineage and my father has always been obsessed with Ireland!  He also owned an Irish Pub in upstate NY called “Carnsie’s”.  My maiden name is Carns but according to my Dad the original spelling is “Cairns”.

I have been to Ireland twice over the past several years and the beauty is breath-taking.  My favorite visits have been to Dingle Bay and the Cliffs of Moher (picture above).    The feeling was as if I were at “home”.   The water, green grass and the cliffs are nothing short of amazing.  The Irish are simplistic and kind.  The food, currents, and soups were amazing.  There “soups” were pureed in every restaurant I ate in.  Eating breakfast reminded me of eating brunch at my Grandmother’s on Easter Sunday.  Chopped fruit, bacon, eggs, toast and soda bread.  They did offer baked beans for breakfast so my grandmother did not have it down pat!!

Before I went to Ireland I did research on my Grandmother’s side.  Her name was Clara Farrell and she was from County Clare.  Knowing this gave me much comfort and interest in my lineage in County Clare.

Another favorite place that I visited is Blarney Castle.  The first structure was built in the 10th century.  The Castle was surrounded by beautiful gardens and trees, below is a pic of a tree on the grounds.

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Over the course of my 2 visits I visited  Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Dalkey Village, Dublin, Clonmacnoise(a monastic settlement), Connemara (Hills of potato ridges) and Kylemore Abbey and impressive mansion.  Ring of Kerry tour mountains and Atlantic Coastline and the famous waterford Crystal Collection.  It is true that the “Irish” love to tell tales and sing.  I witnessed this when visiting the pubs.

If you have any interest I would highly recommend it and you will not be disappointed.  Ireland is a piece of “Heaven” on this earth!

 

Benefits of Yoga Nidra

What is Yoga Nidra?  It is a technique which places your attention on different  parts of the body for relaxation.  The idea is to get out of your head and come into the awareness of  body sensations.  I became a Yoga Instructor in 2008 and this is what I learned ~ When I work with students I have them lie on the floor and use props to support there back.  I guide them to focus on various parts of the body for 15- 20 minutes.  Yoga Nidra can be used for shorter periods or longer periods.   I have been a student and teacher of this technique and the benefits I reaped were;

  1.  Calming the mind
  2.  Observing my thoughts
  3.  relaxation of my muscles
  4.  Flowing with life instead of pushing against life
  5.  Expansion of breath
  6.  Calmer Digestive system
  7.  Headaches subsided
  8.  Problem solving:  Awareness
  9.  Getting in touch with that deeper part of myself
  10.   Flow of prana
  11.  Body sharing with me of how to “eat” better
  12.  Put me in touch with my emotions and vulnerability

more benefits…

  1.  Calming the nervous system
  2.  Lenghtening the spine
  3.  Relaxation of the internal organs
  4.  Letting go and softening
  5.  And many other benefits

This is a great practice if you are looking for ways to deal with stress and a great way to to get out of your own way so new ideas can flow into your awareness.

Please contact me if you are wanting to learn more about Yoga Nidra at annelamantia@verizon.net