Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Waking up to the Practice of Yoga. ~ Tammy Foley

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The practice of yoga keeps us present; in our bodies; and able to cope with things that may have seemed previously unmanageable.

In today’s world, between conference calls, texting, voicemails, emails, and social media, we can be (and are most likely) hooked to technology 24/7. In all likelihood, many of us  are still connected on our days off and even during vacations.
We multitask because there aren’t enough hours in the day to get what we need accomplished. We are rarely, if ever, actually present, in the moment or in our bodies.
The practice of yoga is healing for mind, body and spirit. When we take the time for yoga daily, we’re simultaneously taking care of our physical, emotional and spiritual health. We’re giving ourselves over to something beyond our ego. There is no competition. No judgment.
As I practice yoga, my breath becomes a tool to calm, reflect, and respond. Yoga allows me to just be.
Getting up and beginning a yoga practice first thing in the morning (or at least very shortly after rising) is an effective way to be calmer; more productive; less stressed; and even more loving and compassionate throughout our day.
Studies show that it takes 21 days to start or break a habit. Why not start a habit that is good for you in all ways? A one hour yoga class is only four and a half percent of your day.



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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

108 Day Journey



Getting tired of being sick and tired, on Sunday I decide to do something about my current health situation.

On Sunday I started a 108 day yoga, meditation and ritual challenge as well as a healing diet to try to alleviate the painful and exhausting symptoms of an autoimmune disease, which is basically a pretty strict macrobiotic diet.  Today is day 4 and the scale is down 8 pounds.  I'm not kidding.  This is definitely a welcome side effect.  Since the onset of my frozen shoulder I have put on 20 pounds.  That's 20 pounds in a single year!  Crazy.  I'm feeling pretty good overall with the exception of the killer headaches.  I have always been a headachey person.  I was first diagnosed with migraines as a very young child.  I'm hoping they will subside as my body withdraws from the sugar, caffeine, alcohol and other miscellaneous food toxins.  I am taking this journey one day at a time and treating it as I would a fast or cleanse...listening to my body to know whether I'm heading in the right direction or not.  I expected the headaches to some extent, maybe not quite as bad as they have been, but I know they're temporary. 

Tonight I teach a 60 minute vinyasa class and 60 minute restorative class. I hope the headaches stay gone. Trying to do anything with them is nearly impossible. I plan on spending an hour in the garden meditating this afternoon. I think that should help.  

If you'd like, join me on this journey. 
 






           

Five Simple Ways Yoga Can Improve Your Sex Life. -Article published on Elephant Journal 3/22/12

Five Simple Ways Yoga Can Improve Your Sex Life. ~ Tammy Foley

Via on Mar 22, 2012

A better sex life and it’s fun?

If there were something you could do to improve your sex life that didn’t require a prescription, was fun, improved your physical fitness and flexibility and relieved stress, wouldn’t you want to do it? If yes, you might want to give yoga another chance.
Here are five simple ways that yoga can improve your sex life.

1.  Mindfulness

One of the most important aspects of yoga is being mindful, staying present and focusing on what you are experiencing within your physical body. This is very important in your yoga practice and equally beneficial to your sex life. Being totally present allows you to focus on your own sensations, what brings you pleasure, and also allows you to focus on your partner’s response to you and your touch.

2. Strength and Stamina

In the practice of yoga asanas you are supporting yourself in many poses. Sometimes you hold these positions for many breaths, which builds great strength and stamina, both of which are beneficial during sex when you sometimes have to support your own body weight for significant periods of time. You want your physical body to last as long as your desire.

3. Flexibility

The practice of yoga can increase your flexibility. This added flexibility could add an interesting spice to your sex life. As your hips, back, and hamstrings become supple you are able to move more easily into positions you may have previously thought impossible.

 4. Positive Body Image

Yoga is a non-judgmental practice, combine that with the inevitable muscle tone and self-confidence of exercising and feeling strong and the results are a better body image, which equals less inhibitions. When you are less inhibited you’re truly able to relax and enjoy the experience.

5. Increased Circulation

The practice of yoga is great for increased blood circulation. Increased blood flow, especially in the pelvic region equals increased sex drive and more intense orgasms.
Yoga is a centuries old way of achieving physical, mental and emotional well-being. With an experienced yoga teacher and the appropriate modifications when necessary, people of every age and body type can practice yoga safely and effectively.
Read more from Tammy: Just a Little Wounded.