Opening MY Heart

Yesterday I took Bonnie’s class…the last one of my 7-day trial. 😦

When we did Tadasana (Mountain) I felt a tightness/blockage in my shoulders. At the end of the session I asked her for advice.

She gave me mantras to practice daily in order to help with opening my heart and throat chakras (more to come on the chakras!). I once attempted to practice subconscious training, but I didn’t stick with it. In a sense, mantras do train the subconscious…so I think I am going to give it a try.

One she wrote down for me is the Sanskrit phrase “om gam ganapataye namaha”

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I’ll keep you posted 📫 on how helpful these mantras are!

Namaste

Kristi ❤

Satnam

“I am that”

On Wednesday I signed up for a 7-day pass at The Yoga Center of Medford. A full week of unlimited classes…ahhhh 🙏

This studio has no mirrors. This can be a relief for some, but it is a challenge for many. It is only natural to want to look in a mirror while practicing yoga. I used to be worried about how my poses looked compared to all the videos and pictures online.  Practicing without a mirror at home changed my perspective on progress. Unless I am taking a class at the gym, I seek out studios without mirrored walls.

There are cards available to help with focus. They are names of gods/goddesses and angels. The card I received was Zanna.

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It is kind of ironic that I should pick this card; the pains of my past are what led me to yoga. I felt a sense of peace.

I loved the class so much that I returned on Friday. The instructor was different, as was her style. There was less flow, more breathing thru postures. I enjoyed the stretching along with a bit of core awareness!

Class this morning was with Bonnie. She is a wonderful instructor! I took her class once before and by far she is the most spiritual instructor I have ever had. She takes the class from root to crown reciting mantras. I just might incorporate this style in some of my home-practice sessions. 😁

Good News… I still have two days left on my week pass! Yay!!
Namaste

Kristi ❤

“Words of Enlightenment”

The great paradox of karma is that it’s a very unfree way to get free. Mark Borax.

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This quote was on the back of this interesting drink I found. To me this quote expresses the true definition of living the law of attraction. The universe cannot differentiate positive vs. negative or good vs. bad; it can only understand thought and action. If you are kind to others, kindness returns to you…just as if you are unkind to others, unkindness returns to you. You are always bound to your actions…

Namaste
Kristi ❤

An Opportunity to Learn

A longtime friend of my mom’s hubby, Kim Friedman, teaches a gentle/level 1 yoga class on Sundays at the Yoga Center of Medford. She invited me to attend her class.

She gave me a tour of the facility when I arrived, first showing me a small Pilates reform room and a smaller studio for private sessions and training. The main studio is decorated but simple; white doors open to an outdoor balcony. On nice days they open the door for fresh air!

Kim is a great instructor! She was friendly and encouraging during the practice. It was easy to let go of my “ego” and experience a restorative session. After the session, she answered all my questions and encouraged me to try other classes offered at the studio.

So this week I am going to take her advice and buy a 7-day pass! I am really looking forward to attending more classes at this studio.

Namaste

Kristi ❤

Let Freedom Ring

In honor of Independence Day, here are some inspiring “freeing” quotes!

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ENJOY! 😉

To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates.

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.  Michel de Montaigne.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Steve Jobs.

When I discover who I am, I will be free. Ralph Ellison.

For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose. Marcus Aurelius.

In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got. Flannery O’Connor.

Namaste
Kristi ❤

visit www.goodreads.com for more GOOD quotes (and books)!

It’s Time to Break the Cycle

Welcome to The Spirit in Me Blog! If you are reading this, THANK YOU for visiting my page :)! I have been a yoga enthusiast for three years now. My practice has been inconsistent…I typically practice for a few weeks/months then stop for a few weeks. It is an ongoing cycle 😓

Just like any typical 24 yr old, I’ve been trying to figure out who I am and what I want to do with my life! I know I have my degree, but is it what I want to do until retirement!?! Throughout this process I have tried different hobbies, jobs, fitness plans, etc. YOGA stands out; I always come back, and I ALWAYS love it! I enjoy the physical and mental benefits.

I decided the best way to achieve a consistent yogi lifestyle is to record my experiences. I hope that you will join me on this journey! Please comment anytime!

Namaste (in Sanskrit this means “the Spirit in me bows to the Spirit in you”)

Kristi ❤

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