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|January 25, 2013||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Anatomy, Jean Hoiland, Uncategorized||
This morning my mom shared her “aha” moment from the previous weeks yoga class. Once she mentioned it I realized she had been standing a little taller and practicing tadasana at home. Turned out she finally found her lumbar curve, after decades of it being MIA… and low and behold when I turned her sideways there it was.
A well aligned spine is a beautiful sight, each curve properly in place and in balance. The heart centered over the pelvis.
You may be wondering what the big deal is….well…let me tell you…it is a really big deal. Proper alignment, posture and form are essential for spaciousness, ease and freedom in our bodies. It can be oh so elusive to attain, but once we feel it, we want to shout from the roof top “eureka, I’ve got it”.
It’s kind of like mastering a stick shift. When our gears are out of alignment we are stiff and jerky, sometimes stalling out. Once mastered the ride becomes smooth and exhilarating.
Regaining homeostasis is a liberating feeling. My mom succeeded in undoing decades of patterns and habits and in doing so she looks taller (not easy at 5′ 1″) and younger (she already looks at least 10 years younger than her real age). She no longer appears to be perpetually practicing first position, toes out heels in, clenching her butte-cheeks, locking up her pelvis and reducing her lumbar curve.
She has found space and freedom for movement. Her pelvis has begun to release and her practice is unfolding.
As her daughter I am elated and greedily anticipating at least two more decades of her presence in my life. As a teacher I feel relief that my efforts and persistence are not in vain.
I am hopeful that perhaps my mom’s propensity to fall on her face (literally) has ended. I asked her if she felt more balanced and she responded yes. There is still a long way to go but with this new found freedom she will no doubt feel more confident to pursue more challenging postures.
There may still be hope to free her shoulders and see her in a handstand in the next few years 😉
Do not burst my bubble…I can hope.
|January 10, 2013||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Uncategorized||
As the new year begins you may find yourself struggling with resolutions, goals and a host of other mind stuff that clutters a sincere desire to be healthy, happy and wise. I have found the two books below to be of great help over the years and it is my hope they will help you as you embark on your 2013 odyssey.
In the meantime I’d like to share my daily ritual. I am not always successful but over the years it has become easier.
Rise each morning with the intention to recommit, refocus and surrender the old ways…set an intention to be mindful, aware and loving. At the end of each day reflect, forgive, be humble, persevere and be tolerant of ourselves and others.
I hope these two books will give you new perspective and insight into creating greater health, happiness and freedom.
It is a small book but packed with a healthy dose of very useful wisdom.
- Be impeccable with your word. (Our words have the power to create everything we desire and yet they can also destroy everything around us. Take responsibility for your actions, do not blame nor judge yourself. Speak the truth with kindness and love.)
- Don’t take anything personally. (It’s not about you!)
- Don’t make assumptions. (Clear communication is key. Ask questions, clarify your point and avoid misunderstanding, sadness and drama.)
- Always do your best. (Recognize that each day, each minute is different. Avoid self judgement, self abuse and regret.)
There are plenty of free copies online as well as for purchase on Amazon. A parallel guide to the Sutra’s can be very helpful as each author interprets the verses a little differently. The essence of the Sutra’s is calming the mind through the practice of the eight limbs of yoga.
While neither of these books will describe or explain how to achieve a perfect forward fold or warrior II posture…each will guide your journey towards practicing your postures and asanas with joy, ease and understanding.
Here’s to nurturing 2013 along with some mindful reading and contemplation. Happy New Year!
|May 5, 2012||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Holistic Healers, Jean Hoiland||
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|December 8, 2011||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Holistic Healers, Jean Hoiland, JuicePlus||
It is nearing a new year and like me I imagine many of you are pondering 2011, maybe asking yourself how to make 2012 a better year. Ideas for NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS are beginning to germinate. Your intentions are heart felt yet 6-8 weeks into 2012 your resolve will begin to weaken and you may find yourself falling into old habits and routines.
Hey I am guilty of this too. Each year I ponder the psychology of resolutions as December ebbs into January. Each January classes are vibrant and thriving with new and excited members embarking on their NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS to:
– LOOSE WEIGHT
– REDUCE STRESS
– FEEL BETTER etc…
By March 1st I’m left wondering where everyone went. This year I am determined to keep at least a few of you motivated by creating a 12 week program addressing the psychology of why resolutions fail. Tops on the list of why people fail is lack of support. Yes folks it’s good to have a cheer squad behind you when you are making life changes. Why do you think 12 step programs are so successful? Support and accountability are key ingredients for seeing our goals, dreams and yes resolutions through to success.
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