ASANA

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ASANA – the third limb of yoga, in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is is the most popular and in many ways the reason why yoga has gotten to be so popular in the West. It also is the one I found to be most difficult to write about, perhaps because is so close to my heart –  One of my teachers has a very famous say ” Yoga is 99% Practice and 1% Theory” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Asana is the most tangible of the eight limbs.  It is a quick gateway to the other seven limbs of yoga. In this plane we exist in a physical form. Through our body temple we have access to the subtle body. Asana practice gives us an opportunity of Self expression, assists in detoxification and cleansing, relaxes our entire system, re-centers, and grounds, re-aligns the spine, relieves stress, promoted health and digestion, enhances the lymphatic system and calms the mind in preparation for different levels of meditation and deeper Spiritual practice. Asana is a tangible way to access the subtle body. The yoga mat and asana practice serves as a mirror to where we stand and how we feel each and everyday – creating a deeper level of Self awareness. Our physical body is the vehicle through which we explore the gift of life, giving us the opportunity of transformation and Self realization. There are only 3 sutras, which mentions asana, within the 196 sutras of Patanjali. The most famous is Sthira-sukham asanam – The basis of Asana is to achieve a state of steadiness and ease during practice, embracing the polarities – or a yoga posture is to be stable, steady and firm, yet also relaxed, comfortable, and delightful!

As we work strength and flexibility – asana asks us to bring attention to areas which are weak, it regulates our prana – life force and it opens our channels for deeper levels of transformation. It is not a way to create more stress in the body. It requires discipline and steady commitment.

The word discipline derives from the word disciple : suggesting devotion and commitment as a way to a higher path.

It does not involve competition but a means of commitment, not only to a better, healthier life for ourselves, but for our Planet with un understanding that we are all one and that by enhancing our lives we enhance the lives of others around us.

Asana practice keeps us grounded, connected and humble, assisting us to live in truth with each and every moment.

Promoting a healthy life long practice so we can sit for longer periods of time in meditation, preparing us for deeper spiritual work, even if and when, our physical body begins to fail us. Yoga Asana practice has meant many different things to me. I have been practicing postures since my early teens and meditating for even longer – Today I am mostly concerned with having a genuine – ego free – practice. Connecting with who I am and where I am at each and every day in Satya (Truth). What I strive for on the  yoga mat, is that my practice, in the most genuine way promotes a health body, mind and Spirit, cultivating the flow, “prana”,  life force and evolution of my Soul.

This is as well, what I am committed to transmit to my students, and their overall wellbeing. At times my philosophy of teaching and method does not make for the most popular yoga teacher, for the practice I offer is non’ flashy and many times not offering what we want (even on the mat), but we get what we need. This may come in a form of a yoga sequence (which at this moment has been revealed to me), always on the basis of well informed technique, but never closing the channels for divine source to come through. I follow my inner guide, connecting with my Higher Self through each practice and each teaching session – I simply serve as a channel of light to those in my room. Allowing divine source to come through. I firmly believe that the energy of Source – Prana – is highly intelligent and it always goes exactly where it is intended and it is needed. The yoga teacher serves as a catalyst. Each day I enter a yoga session, I am happy and grateful I get to do this work. It is my hope that my students navigate through their ups and downs in life in a state of more equanimity, that their practice serves to inform them in the highest vibrational way and that throughout this process they find not only equilibrium, peace and happiness, but also joy.

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Powerful Solar Eclipse 8/21

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Hello! How is everyone doing in the middle of two powerful eclipses and in Mercury retrograde? I am curious on how is your energy level? I have noticed within our community, people are feeling more tired! Eclipse season is always a time to reset. Things are shifting quickly. A bigger door, pathway will open for you and humanity. Just know energetically there is a lot happening right now. You are not alone. Remember this is a time for grounding, meditating, doing yoga, any clearing activities, go in nature…. Can you take things easy and not make any huge changes or decisions right now? Just let things be – easier said than done, right? Know that eclipses tend to amplify energy and you are in the middle of two! Right now gather your intentions and prepare to plant seeds for big manifestation on August 21rst when we come into the second and solar eclipse of this month. It will be a great time to visualize all our dreams and set them forth for manifestation. In the meanwhile whatever needs to come up , will come up! Because the time to cleanse and let go of all which doesn’t serve us any longer is now. Relationships that are ready to be released – will be amplified in this moment – let it go! Even when we talk about certain things we feed it energy. Work on yourself, know there is a collective consciousness, take a bubble bath :) with salts and practice some “Earthing” / hang in there and be in nature and sun. This too shall pass. Mercury retrogrades until Sept 5th / but after 8/21 things will begin to clear up. I love Kaypacha’s affirmation for this month ! – “When driving through a Thunderstorm, I take my foot of the gas and I go with caution …. checking out my options : … moving slowly as I let it pass.” Namaste Lovely Beings! Wishing you love and light and remember after the storm there is a rainbow :) <3
Tomorrow I will be recording a Podcast on these times and I look forward to @lovebasedmedicine and I “Eclipse Workshop” @rawrepublicjuice join us there this month or in September – luv luv #solareclipse #eclipseseason #love #collectiveconsciousness💫 #globalawareness #earthing #shumannresonance #moonrituals #shantipeaceproject #lifeonearthpodcast

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Happy Full Moon ! 🌕

IMG_8263Happy Full Moon Lovely Beings ! 🌕💫✨ No matter where you are in this Planet or Universe ✨ Today I hope you take some time to look up at the moon. So mysterious and so inspiring ~ allow yourself to embark on the flow of nature and it’s magical cycles. Notice if the ocean tides are changing, notice the fluidity of the waters wherever you are. If you have crystals place them out and let them bathe under the moon light. If you own a bathtub take a bath infused with salts and lavender or any other scent you love. Light a candle ✨ make a wish 💫Take time to reflect on this full moon. What is it that you want in your life ? What are ways you may cultivate your wishes ? Right it all down. Tomorrow take a walk in nature and ground with Mother Earth 🌏 #Gaia 🙏🏼✨✨🌱 As you prepare for this upcoming solar eclipse with the next new moon this August : clean your closet. Get rid of all which doesn’t serve you any longer, both material and emotional 🌙🌕create space for the new and allow your highest Self to come through. You are loved. The world needs your unique gifts and energy. I hope you can join me and @lovebasedmedicine for an ultra special solar eclipse workshop @rawrepublicjuice on August 21rst 6:15PM I will guide you through a deeply restorative yoga nidra practice, as Noell will work on acupuncture points with an opening and closing circle setting our intentions and #sankalpa for our next six months together. Private message me to sign up or email shantiyoganola@gmail.com for the link. Space is limited. Stay positive and live in love ♥️ – Nathalie Croix #happyfullmoon #solareclipse #rituals #crystals #yoganidra #meditation #journaling #acupuncture #moon #manymoons #eclipse #neworleans #shantipeaceproject #collectiveconsciousness💫

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FRUITY SUNRISE SMOOTHIE

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Some days we just need to wake up to a “Fruity Sunrise Smoothie” 😍 Water 💦 base 🍊grapefruit ☀️papaya ☀️raisins 🌻 cacao nibs ✨ raw honey 🍈lime ✨ginger ❄️ice ☀️ cinnamon & frozen wild sweet black cherries 🍒 #yum #summersmoothie #summerlove #summer #grapefruit #wildcherry #vitamix #fruits #organics #refresh #enjoylife #havefun

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ISHVARA PRANIDHANA

IMG_8184ISHVARA Pranidhana – The fifth Niyama – Surrender ✨✨✨Let Go. There is a bigger picture/ purpose and a higher power. We Are One. Open our hearts ♥️ and accept the higher purpose of our being. ” Do the best you can until you know better, and when you know better : do better ” – Maya Angelou. Know that we are all here to learn what love is. So be patient with yourself, those around you and the process. Accept situations : ask for strength to go through whatever it is life has in for you. Go through it in grace. Live your truth in ahimsa – never hurting others along the way. Believe. Love. Flow in the current of life with integrity. Wake up every morning ☀️ and let God in. Each morning I begin my days with a prayer from the wonderful @mariannewilliamson : ” Dear God, where would You have me go ? What would You have me do ? What would You have me say, and to whom?” ♥️♥️♥️ #acourseinmiracles #collectiveconsciousness #prayers #higherconsciousness #love #isvarapranidhana #eightlimbsofyoga #yoga #theniyamas #thepathoflight #shantipeaceproject #surrender

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SVADHYAYA

IMG_8183SVADHYAYA – The fourth Niyama: Self-Study, knowing yourself, peeling the layers of the “onion” through self discovery which requires Tapas: discipline, self-reflection and self-observation creates the path to freedom ✨✨ True freedom resides within. Yoga asana practice, meditation, as well as the path of Jnana yoga : study of old texts, books, sacred scriptures, inspiring biographies, are all ways to understand the deeper layers of one’s self. Learning from our mistakes, as well as the mistakes of others. Observing our minds. Learning our #Samskaras 🌿 We become witness and recognize our belief systems. Knowing we don’t always know : we come closer and closer to our true identity : the #atman pure awareness and consciousness, and we surrender to Isvara – in trust ✨✨ we surrender to God / love / higher power / the universe 🙏🏼💫💫💫🌟☀️☄️🌙💫 #theniyamas #svadhyaya #patanjali #shantipeaceproject #yoga #yogaphilosophy #eightlimbsofyoga #peace #love #trikonasana

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TAPAS

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TAPAS – The third Niyama translates of as heat. Also as discipline, change, tolerance, spiritual effort and transformation. In many places around the world since records of our first existence fire 🔥 has been a symbol in many cultures and tribes of transformation. To this day when we walk in the fire of life and go through whatever it is that burns our souls when we come out on the other side we come out stronger. But the fire is not always comfortable. In discomfort there is growth. It requires discipline. The word discipline comes from the word disciple. It is that thing which moves us deep inside, the fire within that wants to sparkle, that gets us off the couch and invites us to practice ! Wether is training for a marathon, getting on your yoga mats, joining a yoga training, sitting in meditation or any activity which we know it’s for our better good : Tapas tells us “Just Do It” much like the Nike commercial. So today I ask you what is it that’s holding you back ? It’s time to raise above and move forward into and through the fire. Surrender to the discomfort and know that transformation exists on the other side. More often than not we come out as better people. We choose to forsake momentary pleasures for future rewards. When in our lives there are moments of pain, we connect to the fire within and let it burn – never running away but looking at it in the eye and remaining steady – after darkness there is light – in one of the next niyamas – Ishvara Pranidhana we learn to surrender to God, Divine source and know that there is a Higher Power and a bigger plan. One of my favorite sayings is : A crisis is a terrible thing to waste – and as one of my teachers Sri K Pattabhi Jois says “Practice, And All Is Coming ” #tapas #patanjali #justdoit #shantipeaceproject #theniyamas #fire #firewithin #transformation #letitburn

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SANTOSHA

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SANTOSHA – the second Niyama – Contentment and being grateful for who we are and what we have. 🌈☀️” Satisfaction, Satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try 🎶 🎸 I can’t get no, I can’t get no… Satisfaction,Satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try…I can’t get no, I can’t get no I can’t get no, oh no no no !
Hey hey hey, that’s what I say! – Rolling Stones 🎼🎬 Alright we’ve all been there. Santosha teaches and asks us can you be happy with what we have and not participate in the chit chatter of our minds … I’ll be happy when …. or I’ll be happy when … How about now ? Happiness is a decision we should make. The time for yoga is now. The time to live your life is now. The time to love is now ♥️ In God’s Universe nothing is lacking. You are enough as you are right now. If we do not fill our house with light, darkness will be there. Stop complicating things or making excuses for not living your one happy life now. There is only one of you. Have gratitude for those you love who are with you here- right now. Most of us have made mistakes in life , perhaps we let someone we love go ? Perhaps we haven’t expressed our loved to the ones we cherish ? Where is the gratitude? We are so blessed to live in this body temple. And yet Santosha or ‘contentment’ doesn’t mean idly sitting back and relinquishing the need to do anything. It simply means accepting and appreciating what we have and what we are already, and moving forwards from there. The next Niyama Tapas goes more into that. Today I ask you : Start your day in gratitude, fill your heart with joy and count your blessings 🙏🏼💛🎶🎶🎶 and I will do the same for me ✨✨ You are your most beautiful song, and you are pure magic 💫 #santosha #shantipeaceproject #lightworkers #planetearth #gratitude #blessings #onelife #rollingstones #createyourmusic #heart #niyamas #patanjali #eightlimbsofyoga

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SAUCA

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SAUCA – the first Niyama✨ Purification/ Purity / cleanliness of our body temples, our thoughts, our words , our actions, our intentions, the company we keep, our environment ✨✨Keep the energy flowing and become a vessel of light and love. Let go of #Samskaras which no longer serves us. Making wise choices with our consumption intake, drink lots of water, exercise , be active and get the necessary rest. Pretty straight forward. Sauca invites us to purity our bodies, our thoughts – our words. ” In any way that we hold on to past wounds, we injure ourselves and keep ourselves from the ability to be pure with what is current in our lives. Forgiveness of self and other is the most generous gift we can give ourselves. ” – Deborah Adele. 💙 not only we seek purity with ourselves, but we seek purity in each moment. We become a person who can comfortably and compassionately sit with another without the need to fix them. 🙏🏼✨✨✨✨☀️☀️☀️☀️ #sauca #patanjali #yoga #eightlimbs #love #purity #lifelongpractice #shantipeaceproject

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THE NIYAMAS

IMG_8110Second limb of yoga is the Niyamas, according to Wikipedia: Niyama (Sanskrit: नियम) means positive duties or observances. In Indian traditions, particularly Yoga, niyamas and its complement, Yamas, are recommended activities and habits for healthy living, spiritual enlightenment and liberated state of existence. 🌸🌸🌸 We unfold the lotus and continue the journey of enlightenment ✨✨✨ the practice continues evolving reminding us each and every day that it is simply a practice 🙏🏼✨✨✨…. let’s continue ➡️ #dayindayout #daybyday #presence #onlyloveisreal #patanjali #samadhi #eightlimbs #yoga #niyamas #yogaoffthemat #philosophy #lifestyle #planetearth #peace #shantipeaceproject

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