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April 27, 2015
We often talk about different types of Yoga (ex. Iyengar, Bikram, Kripalu, etc.). While many Yoga teachers may practice and teach a particular type of Yoga, I was wondering how people feel about studying many different types of Yoga and then combining asanas from different Yoga types into a unique practice. That is, strictly following one particular type of Yoga vs. combining several types. Any thoughts??
April 27, 2015
Inner Eye Yoga - The Benefits of Yoga and Seeing With the Minds Eye
By Cheri Davis
In the quiet meditative moments with myself, I fall in love with myself. This sitting, breathing and stretching into a posture. It's a stretch into my body, into my deepest being. I experience myself fully and feel fully alive, from a peaceful place within.
I practice a slower meditative yoga, the same way I have taught it too. To find and resonate with the still place within myself. We all have it. I have found that slowing down is where I meet spirit, the universe, or God. Each soul has different experience of the oneness of all.
When I first started teaching yoga I was told that my teachings were too advanced because people wanted to just 'do yoga' without slowing down, without diving deeper within, without unwinding the emotions, fears and dreams stored in body/mind.
How is that yoga I thought?
Yoga is union. The unity of mind, body, spirit. How can you have union when you are working to just do it? Unwinding the body is more than simply doing a stretch. It's about unwinding from the deepest place within yourself, and it takes being still to get there.
Yet...there is no one right way I have realized. Each person will gravitate towards whatever path their heart calls for.
I have found that slow meditative yoga gets me in the space to slowly feel into my body in a profound way. Sometimes I am feeling into my pain, my fear or doubts. Sometimes I am simply feeling into my joy and love. It is possible to commune with my muscles, tissue, cells in such a way that I can slowly expand myself through all of it. I can move into the moment and feel every ounce of it. I think of it as the soul of the moment.
In my 10+ years of being a massage therapist I have noticed how difficult it is for many to be still within themselves, because usually they are avoiding uncomfortable feelings within and usually aren't aware of it.
Awareness is the key to unlocking an inner portal of tremendous bliss.
During my yoga practice, many times, I have experienced that simply being present with the more difficult emotions can be powerful tools for transforming them. There is something magical about being with the pain or fear from a place of acceptance. It allows the moment to unfold organically. With a quiet stillness the more difficult emotions can actually be consciously stretched through and moved out. Or in others words, they can be processed and let go of.
And on the other side of that, is that bliss I just mentioned.
When we slow down, we see more, we feel more and we can actually BE with ourselves more. It's like a deep tissue massage the inside our and by keeping our mind relaxed we let that stress go.
We spend so much time living outside of ourselves. So much time up in our heads and not in our bodies.
Yoga can teach us to traverse our inner landscape and teach us to be with ourselves from the inside out.
This by using our body to synch into our vibrant beings. An inner place where we meet our true beauty and feel the shine of our soul. That place feels good.
Redding Massage and Redding Yoga
Cheri Davis of Advanced Massage Solutions in Redding, CA. 10 Years Professional Massage Experience
Certified Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Teacher
Mind/Body Awareness Guide.
A yogini of 12 years. Cheri specializes in visionary and therapeutic massage for pain relief, stress reduction, injury recovery and peace of mind. She brings a slow meditative approach to her deep tissue massage as well as her yoga instruction. She can flow between relaxation massage, spa massage, or sports massage too... Cheri also offers yoga instruction in Redding, CA She does private yoga consultations and helps you take your yoga experience to the next level...by teaching you how to be more present and grounded in your body.
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