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12 Ways to Transform Your Self-Talk!

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In yoga we continually talk about how finding "balance" is the most important reason for practicing.  Balance, between the hard and the soft, too much and too little, is optimally the goal of every posture.  I found this list of 12 Ways to Change Your Words and tweeked it a little to fit our self-talk.  Perhaps it will be helpful to you as well. Above all else, as I practice yoga, I know God loves me and created me just the way I am.  He knew me before any one else.Realistically, my faults and weaknesses can get the best of me on hard days, but I desire to change and transform.  Therefore, I believe that God is working in my life.  He is changing me bit by bit.  I think this is like "yoga," because as I practice the postures I find myself getting stronger, more flexible, and more balanced even when I know that they are still not the way I want them to be.Since God loves me and accepts me, I can in turn love and accept myself and others right in the present moment. …

Yoga Warriors!

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Reasons Why Yoga Is Helpful for Veterans and Military Personnel  (I would add "anyone" who has undergone a traumatic experience, in my opinion)

Yogabegins with the question, "What is right with me?"  not "What is wrong with me?"Soldiers in battle are in a constant state of "fight or flight."  When they return home that response does not turn off, making the transition to normal life difficult.  Yoga can help to reduce the hyper-arousal and connect the mind with the body in the present moment.Military personnel need to main flexibility in switching from the stress inducing environment of hyper-arousal and vigilance to normal functioning.  Yoga can improve a person's ability to return to a normal state once the stressor has disappeared.Yogagently unlocks rigidly held memory material in ways that normal talk therapy might not.  The feelings may be too complex for words, or the person may be too self-conscious and find it difficult to verbalize th…

Transformation Begins Today

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​"Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us." 2 Tim. 3:16 MSG
Tenet #1:  Seek the truth. In the beginning it talks about how God breathed "life" into everything that was made.  Today's tenet is Seek the truth through your breath.  You might ask, "How in the world do those two verbs go together?" Breathe and Seek... Here is my understanding. Whatever I breathe in comes into me.Whatever I breathe out goes out of me.Amazingly enough, I talk on the exhale.  I sing on the exhale.  I release whatever is inside of my thoughts on the exhale.I am taking in the thought that I breathe in with, and believe me, I am always thinking.I release the thought that I breathe out.  Honestly, yes, sometimes I hold my breath or breathe shallowly, but I am getting better at th…