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Is Your Gu Gone?

In yoga lingo, guru means:  gu=dark + ru=lightIn yoga lingo, guru means:

gu=dark + ru=light

A guru is someone who leads herself others from darkness (out of the gu) into light.

But how?

You can start ru-ing your way out of the gu by simply recognizing what keeps you stuck….

  • In a pose
  • A relationship
  • Or a job

Underneath, there’s often fear.  Fear of uncertainty, change, failure, consequences, you name it.  When the mind sees fear, it kicks into protection mode—protection from the worst possible outcome—death.

But the reality is that fear is often a signal that we are on the brink of massive transformation.  In fact, fear is often the fuel that rockets us into transformation!

Yet while our hearts may be calling us to a strike out in a new way, our minds find every reason to quiet the very ideas that excite us, and our fear.

That’s called playing it safe.  Or not playing at all.  If a born musician doesn’t play music because he’s afraid of failure, is it any wonder that he’s battling depression? No pill can take that away.

Want to play large instead? Join me for the 4 Day Light Up Your Yoga Practice February 26 – March 1st. You’ll live with a skip in your step and a smile on your face—and of course, you’ll get your Gu back.

I hope to see you there!

 

Laurel Hodory yoga teacher training

Change Your Story, Change Your Life

I couldn’t believe it. Driving home the other night from a friend’s house, my husband and I pulled up behind a car with a license plate that said, Woe is me.

Seriously? I can’t imagine being so attached to my negative self-talk that I’d put it on a license plate!

In the yoga teacher training, we learn from the ancient yoga teachings how thoughts, known as vrittis, create reality. The more we think a thought, the more we attract the energy of that thought. Change Your Story, Change Your Life.

Tip #1

Try noticing your thoughts before you believe them lock, stock and barrel. Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, a landmark yoga text tells us that we should practice seeing our thoughts without reacting to them. By doing this, we put a little space between our Self and our thought, and this buys us the time to respond, rather than re-act.

Tip #2

Keep a journal of your thought patterns for a week. Notice any common thoughts or thought trends? How do you think this affects you and your ability to live your most purposeful, wildly successful life?

Enjoying learning these tips?

If so, it may be time to consider enrolling in my Yoga Teacher Training Program. In it, you’ll learn mat skill secrets to advance your practice and much more. Our next program starts soon and applications are being accepted now.

Love and brilliance,

Laurel Signature

Back Bending: From Pain to Bliss

I often hear a sigh of disgruntlement when I introduce the first backbend in a yoga class. Back bending is demanding, and sometimes it even hurts.
But it shouldn’t—at least not for most.
Why does a backbend hurt? There are a lot of possible reasons. For some, the muscles of the back are simply imbalanced. One side is stronger, so it pulls the spine shorter faster causing it to rotate and put pressure on the joint on that side. Similarly, tight muscles on the front side of the body can prevent back bending.
For others it could be the boney architecture of the spine simply won’t allow deep back bending, but the student is convinced with effort and eagerness, s/he can force it to go further. Still yet, others may have injury or degeneration in the spine. Some have poor alignment. With some effort and energy focused on muscling into the pose, it’s easy to do!
Try these tips to reconfigure your backbend on a path towards bliss.
Tip #1:
When pressing into a backbend, be sure to plant your foundation and hold it as you transition up into the pose. Your foundation is your hands and your feet. Often times, students turn their feet out and move their hands just as they are pressing up. That’s like moving the footer of a building as your trying to pour the concrete foundation. Not good!
Tip #2:Come up onto your heels. This will create more space for your lumbar spine and you might just be able to straighten your arms or be pain free for the first time. If that doesn’t work, try putting your feet on some blocks.Enjoying learning these tips?If so, it may be time to consider enrolling in my Yoga Teacher Training Program. In it, you’ll learn mat skill secrets to advance your practice and much more. Our next program starts soon and applications are being accepted now.
Love and brilliance,

Laurel Signature