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Rising above the chaos

Rising above the chaos

We have just experienced a powerful full moon with strong energies contributing to lots going on.

It can be a challenge to stay grounded while all these changes are taking place.

We are all being tested in different ways.

The question is, how can we bring a settledness to ourselves when life’s events feel chaotic.

How can we rise above the confusion, worry, anger, and divisiveness?

For me, one of my mainstays is my Yoga practice. 
My practice helps me stay steady even in the midst of all the chaos.
My struggles have much less drama, intensity, and duration.

I can often maintain a broader view, see things for what they are, and smile to my troubles.

Yoga means wholeness:  oneness with all things: coming into an integrated state of being.

A yoga practice helps us to experience the feeling of being connected to each other and to all that is.

It helps to open our heart space and expand our awareness so we can see things more clearly.

Awareness is essential to awakening:  awakening to the truth of who we really are and to what matters the most in life.

A well rounded, integrated yoga practice helps us experience a more settled feeling in our minds, bodies, and emotions.

We feel healthier, happier, more vibrant and hopeful.

Consistency is key. We need to practice daily so that the vitality we are creating is stronger than the stressors of life.

Without consistency, our new elevated state will not be stabilized in our being and then we will slide back into the old grooves and lose our grounding.

Having a sangha – a spiritual community is important to help us stay consistent and connected. 

In some ways, this past year has made it easier for folks to connect and partake of yogic offerings online.

For this, I am grateful.

Here are a few suggestions for today to help you remain settled and uplifted:

-Let the breath be long, slow, and deep.  As is the breath, so is the mind.  When the breath slows down, the mind will follow.

-Tune inside – Take a pause, take a breath, come into this moment, and place awareness on our heart space.  Feel the relief.

-Accept everything:  resist nothing.  What we resist, persists.  Allow all things to be as they are.  Trust that all will be alright.

-Find something you are grateful for. Gratitude, like love, peace, compassion and faith are high vibration words that provoke a positive feeling in the body.

For online classes please visit the website https://ayurvedayogacenter.com/online-yoga/

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Yoga in These Times

Yoga in These Times

With the health situation as it is, I wanted to acknowledge we are in some rough waters.  It is hard not to feel overwhelmed, somewhat fearful, and confused as to what to do and not do.
 
The “Corona Virus in Maine” was the topic on Maine Calling last week on Maine Public Radio. Very good program.  It’s worth listening to. This we know:  grounding, shoring up, calming, and immune building measures are called for now. There are many disciplines that help.

As a yoga studio owner, I have sought council, am following the guidelines, and have taken measures to help keep us all safe. Here’s the scoop:

  • Classes will continue here in Liberty unless or until it makes sense not to.  I will certainly keep you posted.
  • I have hand sanitizer waiting once you enter.
  • We are encouraged to practice social distancing: no hugging, no shaking hands.
  • I am asking that folks bring their own yoga mats and blankets.
  • I also have sanitizing wipes for chairs and other surfaces that will be cleaned regularly.
  • And please do not come if you have a cough, cold, sneezing, or are feeling ill in any way.

 
The practices I am focusing on now help to strengthen and balance our systems so that we can withstand whatever comes our way. Also, reducing stress and anxiety, supporting immune health, and more is what is covered these days. All through the lens of Yoga and Ayurveda.
 

 

This past winter I have been working on getting set up for more online offerings.  There will be more posted on my website very soon. Now may be a good time to consider a personalized yoga practice online or by phone. The practice can be designed for you- uniquely you and what you need and want. For example, if anxiety is on the rise there are certain breathing practices, yogic exercises, and chants that can be very helpful. A daily sadhanda, or spiritual practice, is essential. It is what helps anchor and fortify us.  I can help you design one especially for you. E-mail me: ayuyoga@fairpoint.net or call 207 589-4254 to find out more and to schedule a session.
 

Other Online or phone offerings:

Online/ phone  coaching program to help you make deep lasting changes that can be very transformative.

An Ayurvedic Consultation is also very potent to help you identify your unique constitutional make-up and needs.  This includes a customized diet and lifestyle plan which follows the ancient way:  no one size fits all.

No matter what, we need each other.  It is a known fact that being connected is essential to our health and wellbeing. There are many ways we can remain connected.  If I don’t see you, I will remain in touch through e-mails and, finally!, I will be sending out a regular monthly newsletter.

Some tips for us all:

  • Stay hydrated!!  When the winds in our minds are blowing, we dry out–which contributes to anxiety and fear.
  • Warm, moist cooked foods are grounding and nourishing.
  • Soups and stews.
  • Warm liquids
  • Teas such as chamomile, holy basil, and licorice are comforting.
  • Even plain water with a little lemon can soothe.
  • A paste made from equal parts raw, unfiltered honey and turmeric are helpful to strengthen immunity.
    • Take 1 tsp. of the paste  every couple of hours.
  • Lemon, ginger, turmeric, and  honey tea as well.
  • Oil your body with warm sesame or almond oil – daily.  It’s amazing how quickly that can help ground us. In fact, Ayurveda says it is one of the quickest ways to calm down the nervous system.

 

A simple breathing practice to reduce stress:

Breathe in for 5 counts, hold the breath in for 6 counts, and exhale for 7 counts.
Repeat and practice for 1 – 3 minutes.  It’s worth trying.  It works!

Weekly Classes:

  • Tuesday, Vibrant Living – a Gentle/chair yoga class 9-10:15am
  • Wednesday, All Levels Yoga – 8:30-10am.
  • Thursday, Kundalini Yoga for Anyone  6-7:15pm

Yoga and Ayurveda for Spring – Kapha Season coming April 6-10. 3 spots left

In closing, I send strength and healing thoughts to all,

Deb

Vibrant Living

Vibrant Living

Practices, guidance and support to help us maintain strength, flexibility, and mobility for years to come.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

The roots of this new Vibrant Living offering began 20 years ago when a group of senior citizens, all residents of Liberty- came to the new Yoga Studio’s Open House.

They had never taken a yoga class before and were interested to know how Yoga could help ease their achy joints, improve their energy, decrease their worries, and help them age well.

I listened to their needs and challenges. I spent some time developing a program and  Gentle/Chair Yoga was born.

Back in the day they were the most committed group of folks. They didn’t miss a class.  We had lunch after class every Tuesday at local restaurants – our favorite was the Corner Restaurant.

They told stories of their lives.  We gathered at my home for holiday celebrations.

Those years were some of the most precious years of my teaching career.  I will always miss that group of folks and appreciate what they taught me and what they brought to my life.

My  mom, Nancy Stephens Keene

All but two of the participants have passed on now, including my mom.  And the two remaining continue to take class on a regular basis.

One of my greatest passions is studying and learning about ways to enrich my programs.

Now that I am closing in on my mid 60’s, my interest is as strong as ever in understanding how we can remain healthy, strong, and vibrant well into the older years.

An area of focus this past year has been on this very topic which brought me to the decision to change the name from  Gentle/Chair Yoga  to Vibrant Living.

This new title better reflects my studies, practices, latest research, and understanding of what contributes to the aging process and how we can slow or reverse the effects.

I have been and will continue to slowly make changes to the class format so the transition remains a smooth one. 

And there are still some of standard familiar elements;  always will be.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

-Thomas Edison

Vibrant Living consists of gentle stretching, whole body movements, yoga poses, breathing practices, healthy living info all designed to help us not only remain strong, limber, and mobile but also ease stress and feel lighter and brighter. The content is practical and applicable to our daily lives.  And fun!

There is a continued focus on:

-Spinal health
-Nervous and glandular systems strength and balance – a key for overall well being
-Food for the soul
-Food for the brain
-Relaxation techniques to calm the mind and so much more.

Chairs are still available and used during part of the practice just like before for those that want and need them.

“If you know the art of deep breathing, you have the strength, wisdom and courage of ten tigers.” – Chinese adage

This “one of a kind” program as it’s been called by some of the participants is powerful enough for anyone/any age and gentle enough for everyone – including seniors

The age range has been from mid-twenties to 98.

Comments such as “There is nothing quite like this” is not uncommon.

It is unique:  I consider this offering one of my signature programs found only here in Liberty, Maine.

On that note…  To honor all who joined me twenty years ago, all who have come over these past many years, and to honor those who are with me now:

I am offering a free Vibrant Living Class next week, on Tuesday, July 2nd from 9-10:15am. Please come and bring a friend.  We’ll make room.

All are welcome! I hope to see you!

For a complete list of the offerings here at the Ayurveda Yoga Center in Liberty, please see the schedule and offerings pages of my Website:  ayurvedayogacenter.com

Summer blessings to all,

Deb
Deborah Keene, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher
Ayurvedayogacenter.com

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