Hello! I am a yoga teacher and yoga therapist in Austin, Texas. I help make yoga teachings relevant to your life today.
What you're about to hear is the opening of my public yoga class where I introduce an idea that I hope you can use on the mat...and OFF the mat... in your everyday life. Then we'll set an intention, and do some guided breathing.
You can listen to this while you're driving, or doing the dishes, or maybe you can take a break...just STOP. Get CENTERED...before moving on with your day.
How much do you love waiting? I don’t mean the fun, anticipatory waiting like for the start of a movie--I mean the finger-drumming, “when’s it going to be time??” waiting. I’ll admit, I’m not a fan. But I’m getting better at it.
In this week’s podcast, I tell a funny story about waiting as a fruit of maturity. I offer a releasing breath and calming mantra.
We do get better with waiting as we age, but maybe that’s just because we don’t really have to wait much--especially not these days (thank you, Amazon :). Most of us have been around long enough to know that with enough time and right effort, “good things come to those who wait.”
But how about some of that deeper stuff? How do you do with waiting for
Your body to heal from injury, illness, or surgery?
Anger to settle before engaging in an argument?
Financial dips to rise back up?
The right diagnosis?
Clarity and wisdom in a difficult situation?
Your estranged relationships to heal?
These are tougher. This is where we have to exercise that patience muscle.
Or do we? What if instead of requiring fierce determination and great effort, patience was easy and beautiful? What if it were there all along? What if patience were a natural outcome of your yoga practice?
Continue reading on my blog: jessgyoga.com/blog
The practice is to maintain Yoga, or remain yoked to what is eternal, so we don’t get jerked around by the temporal chaos that life can sometimes be or feel like. The messes of life don’t go away, but they have less of an effect on us when we keep proper perspective and give the chaos a container. We keep our surroundings tidy, we keep our body toned, stretched, watered, fed, and slept. The chaos will be there, but it won’t be such a disrupting force in our day. Chaos isn't going anywhere, so we best learn how to deal with it!
In this week’s podcast, I talk about the effects of chaos and how it can be hard to focus and to be in your body. I also take you through some directed attention and breath, considering what is your current mental state. The intention is inner peace.
May you accept chaos as an underlying part of life, and always practice yoga to remain yoked to inner peace.
Read more about chaos on my blog: jessgyoga.com/blog and sign up for my weekly newsletter of expanded content and thoughtful guidance.
If you're in the Austin area, come take a class or schedule yoga therapy! All info available at jessgyoga.com
What is your relationship to "delight?"
Is it something that was available only in childhood?
Has "adulting" robbed you of seeing the sweetness in life more often than the fear?
Delight is an absolutely necessary component for a balanced and happy life. It's so close to our foundation, it's in the energy center just above it!
Really noticing the fear in the world around us prompted me to create this bonus podcast episode all about delight.
In it I talk a bit about
> the symptoms of fear.
> how to have less of that!
> the way the mind works for positive and negative events in your life.
I hope you find my words and centering breath helpful to you in your journey today.
May you find several ways each day to see the butterflies of delight in your life.
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In this week's podcast episode, I talk about how LESS can be more. Less intake, less output, less effort, or less distraction might actually create space for MORE of what is life-giving and nourishing to you, body, mind, and spirit. Things like scarcity-mindset, anxiety, worry and need to control, shame, and our family of origin can fool us into thinking that all is not well, when in fact quite often it is.
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CHAKRA Savvy: Embodiment is my Chakra One three-week online course where you learn to calm the anxiety and worries of the mind so you can stop doing MORE than is right for a balanced life. You will learn practices of abundance and ground out your fears around scarcity.
Here's what Lorenna, who participated in my trial run said,
"I was surprised by the shift in energy. I felt so much more focused, and connected with the abundance in my life; more in tune with the wisdom of my body, and deeply connected to the earth."
I so wholeheartedly believe that once you experience feeling balanced in Chakra One, you will want to experience balance in the rest of your system. Therefore, I am offering all students of this Embodiment launch 10% off all future CHAKRA Savvy courses!
From Embodiment in Chakra One, to Release in Chakra Two, and Confidence in Chakra Three, all the way to Clarity and Wisdom at the top. The journey starts now! **Registration ends February 9, so I encourage you all to enroll today!
This episode is all about saying “YES.” “YES!” to the things you DO want, the direction you DO want to go, the people you DO want to surround yourself with. Focusing positively on the choices you do want allows a greater sense of freedom and abundance. All those “yeses” come together to pour the foundation for the life you’re building. With a structurally sound foundation, the sky is the limit!
As I talk about in this week’s podcast, and in my blog at jessgyoga.com, saying “yes” to daily yoga practice is not “no” to other things! But it’s hard to structure it into our lives, I know that for sure. That’s why I am constantly trying to come up with new ways to get you your yoga in a way that is practical, relatable, beautiful, convenient, and most of all, enjoyable.
My greatest initiative in providing this framework is available right now through February 9 when the cart closes.
Chakra Savvy: Embodiment is your opportunity for daily yoga practice that fits with your time and place. It's a deep dive into the experience of Chakra One, which is grounding, stable, self-loving, and deeply connected.
go to chakrasavvy.com and join others like you who are ready to say “yes” to the best version of their life today. “Yes” to the abundance life has to offer!
See you Friday at 7:30 am for Ready, Get Centered, Go! LIVE on Facebook!
P.S. There is ONE SPACE available in ARUBA! You can experience daily yoga in Paradise! This can be your reset button to the yoga-infused life you're craving. I'll teach you how. We can talk about it, plan, and strategize your continual yoga path for once you're back on the mainland. It's a great investment in YOUR LIFE!
Today I’m talking about chakras. Yes, those wheels of energy in your body that help you interface with your interior and exterior world. Our knowledge of them comes from the meditations and experiences of the ancient yogis, and we now know they are located at the seven groups of nerve ganglia that line up along the spine. I love the chakra system for self-study, transformation, and healing.
For fifteen years now, once a year I teach a full week of classes on one chakra at a time. Many of you have been there for these classes, and I always hear about the fantastic transformation, understanding, and empowerment that comes from the chakra series.
The number one question students ask me is, "When are you teaching your chakra series again?"
Well my friends, The answer is NOW, and it's even better.
I have always wanted the chance to go deeper, explain more, and give more practices that support the asana we do on our mats..
So please, allow me to introduce you to
CHAKRA Savvy, my emerging suite of online courses perfectly designed to bust through blockages get you on track for the life you know you can have. The first course, Embodiment, is a proven, mind-spirit-body system to harness the Energy of Chakra One and set a new foundation built on connection, gratitude, and trust in the world.
Find out more at www.jessgyoga.com and www.chakrasavvy.com
"Checking in" with yourself every day is a facet of self-study that is invaluable to personal growth and healthy relationships. It’s a process of tuning in to the conversation going on between your interior and exterior environments. The chakras, or the seven centers of energy that align with your spine, have valuable information to share with you about how balanced you are--you just have to learn to speak their language.
There are 5 clear steps to tuning in. The order can be changed according to experience. You can download a handy Chakra Savvy Reference PDF to have on hand as a guide to your practice.
Enjoy the journey!
“There is an Energy in the world that is life-giving and all-pervasive. This energy is within you. You ARE this energy."
Welcome to the first podcast of the new year--the new decade! This season I want to try something new--I’m going to start my podcast by talking to you directly. So now, in addition to the centering and guided breathing you usually hear, I want to give you some valuable nuggets that you might not get in just the class opening chat. I want to empower you to go deeper, ask yourself challenging questions, and open to the insights you have within you, but maybe don’t have a road-map of how to get there.
My road-map starts with INTENTION, which is my word for 2020. It is my theme for the year. I want everything I do, every relationship I maintain, and every event I create or attend to have the intention of living my life purpose, which is teaching you how to live well and in harmony with YOUR life purpose!
Here are the links to four of my INTENTIONAL events happening this month:
First, Facebook Live Friday starts this week! I’ll see you on jessgyoga facebook page at 7am every Friday for a wonderful 30 minute practice to end your week on a high note, and start your weekend calm and happy.
Second:if you’re in the Austin area this weekend, January 11, I am teaming up again with Erin Mursch of Organized for Good, and we are doing another Making Space workshop, combining yoga and the Kon Mari Method of organization to help you create a home that is grounding and supportive and a body that has space for ease and joy.
Third: On January 18, I am leading the yoga portion of a wonderful day-long retreat at John Knox Ranch, about an hour outside Austin. It’s called Time Out to Regroup with God, where you will join others in worship and learning contemplative practices that will bring you daily experiences of the holy.
And fourth: you should come with me to Aruba on February 28. I know my students have very busy lives, full of career, family, and friend obligations that can feel overwhelming at times. The BEST WAY to balance this is a vacation that has yoga, meditation, adventure, and the ocean. I personally can’t WAIT to come home from vacation feeling restored and ready to return to life, rather than feeling the need to recover. The LAST DAY to sign up is January 14, so please don’t delay!
Now join me in my class as we get centered on how to tune in, listen, and follow this beautiful incarnate energy.
**If you're curious about the chakra system and want to get started, I encourage you to go listen to my podcast episodes dedicated to each chakra. They start at episode 19, published on November 19, 2018.
This is my last podcast episode of the year. It's an unpublished class chat from back in May, and I think it's a good theme to close with: Just This. In it, I read to you a portion of Richard Rohr's book on leading a life of contemplation and contentment. Wouldn't that be a great intention for 2020?
Personally, my intention for 2020 is exactly that: Intentional. I plan to be very intentional about my time, the company I keep, the work I do, and the plans I make. I don't know exactly what this looks like yet, but the word just sticks in my mind so I'm going with it!
Thank you for being on this journey with me, and may you have a bright and happy holiday season.
As we head into the year 2020 I want to prepare the way by identifying with what is true and clear. What helps us have perfect vision: the light that is within us. Without this light our vision is clouded by wrong identification. This means we begin to identify more with the external than the internal, more with our ego than with our spirit. We start to suffer because we attach our happiness to material things, and because we allow things that we don’t like to agitate us.
There’s a beautiful mantra that we use in yoga which is Sat Nam. Sat Nam basically means I am, or I am that. I am that which is eternal. When you use this mantra you could just say "I am" and remember who you are. Or you could say "Sat Nam," and remember that you are identifying yourself with the beauty beyond your ego.￼￼￼
In this week's podcast, we breathe and center on the mantra Sat Nam, and I identify four ways to remember to identify yourself with what is beautiful and eternal this holiday season.
The "Thank You" Breath is three things for us:
Shortcut to the present moment.
Short circuit to negative thinking.
Step towards faith.
Gratitude routs out anxiety that comes from thinking you have control over things you have no control over.
Read more at www.jessgyoga.com/blog
This week's podcast is seasonally appropriate, as the intention is THANK YOU. Once again, I suggest you stop to do this one. Breathe with the instructions, and get recentered as you feel gratitude fill your body. You might just avoid the "holiday gluttony-guilt-repent-detox cycle" this year.
May you take the time to stop and recenter on what's important, again and again and again.
Blog post with 3 steps to recenter at https://www.jessgyoga.com/blog/the-recenter-cycle
This week’s podcast episode is a tad different, as it is a short centering practice. So I encourage you to find a quiet space with some room to move and prepare for Awakening.(reading from Pema Chodron’s book Comfortable with Uncertainty)
We get to reset everywhere we want. Friendships, career paths, attitudes, wellness goals, breaking habits, testing new waters...
Now (inhale), yoga begins (exhale).
This week's podcast sets the intention of RESET on the mind and the breath. (And there's some happy baby pose thrown in, so if you can, find some floor space and join in!)
May you remember that every moment is a chance to reset, whatever it is that needs it.
In this episode, I read again from Pema Chodron's book, Comfortable with Uncertainty. The first line of of the fourth teaching is,
"The central question of a warrior's training is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear, but how we relate to discomfort."
Kaivalyam is a term used in the householder tradition of yoga that is defined as "freedom." This freedom comes from having space between stimulus and response. We are not chained to our reactions! Here I explore this idea and guide an intention of sticking with uncertainty.
My blog goes in another direction with an enlightening game of "horse handshake." www.jessgyoga.com/blog
In the reading I do in this week's podcast, we come across Pema Chodron's words and her use of the cocoon metaphor in a way I have never encountered. She describes the cocoon as the life we create around ourselves that is safe, predictable, convenient, and trustworthy.
This is not freedom. This is your cocoon preventing a broader, more enriching experience of the full spectrum of life. As Pema puts it, outside of our cocoon "are all the planets and all the galaxies and vast space, but we're stuck here in this cocoon."
Expanded content on my blog! www.jessgyoga.com/blog
Who among us does not have a desire for CONTROL.? Not having control over parts of our lives is SCARY!! We might want to hide until the hard stuff passes. We might avoid uncomfortable situations and conversations because we don't know how they will turn out.
This last year in my life has been full of uncertainty, tons of change, lots of sitting through uncomfortable waiting. I've come up against being out of control time and time again. Which is why I decided to read Pema Chodron's book, Comfortable with Uncertainty.
In it she begins to train us to be warriors--"not warriors who kill, but warriors of non-aggression who hear the cries of the world." Warriors who don't run away. Warriors who are brave enough to stay and be with what is.
This podcast episode helps us breathe into her words and life-giving advice. Read more expanded content and thoughtful guidance about the subject on my blog at www.jessgyoga.com/blog.
May you realize you are a warrior, just by showing up with your whole self.
"Forget self-improvement and [bask] in what's already great about yourself." --Willibald Ruch, from TIME article "Nine Ways to Feel More Joy."
Full blog post about focusing on your character strengths to experience more happiness at www.jessgyoga.com/blog
Are some of us born with a "happiness gene?" My mom thinks so 😊👍
Whether or not we have a happiness gene, for ALL of us the practice of pausing to savor small things throughout the day has a big impact on our overall happiness.
Check out this week's podcast to hear how you can up your happiness factor in 15 second increments.
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This episode is a lively conversation with Laura Forsyth, founder and CEO of OneYogaGlobal, an international yoga retreat company.
You'll hear about how she came to yoga, to retreats, and her experiences organizing global yoga adventures. She's a TOTAL PRO at this. I couldn't be more excited to chat about our upcoming retreat to ARUBA! February 28- March 5, 2020.
Can you picture it? Right when you are ready to be done with the cold and rainy season, you will take off for 6 days to rest, detox, have an adventure, do the most yoga ever, make friends, laugh, go deep, and feel great in the warm and toasty sand and sun of Aruba.
If you've ever had an itch to travel AND do your yoga, or take a vacation that requires no "recovery time," this is your chance.
And if you sign up before October 1, it's $150 off!
Early holiday gift, anyone? ;)
Talking with her, I can almost TASTE the salty air and feel the sand under my feet--while doing yoga! ALL LEVELS welcome!
Everything you need to know can be found at https://www.oneyogaglobal.com/current-yoga-retreats/aruba-with-jess-goulding/
and linked on my website, https://www.jessgyoga.com/
May you find your path to Aruba, and I will meet you there...
Your energy is a precious gift. It is a unique resource that must be replenished and protected. It is a gift to be shared through healthy participation. It is nourished through your attention, self-care, and thoughtful discrimination.
In this week's podcast I talk more about Brahmacharya in our everyday lives, and we tune in to how our energy is feeling right now and where it is felt in our bodies.
To learn more about Brahmacharya and healthy BOUNDARIES, check out my blog post:
May you always remember to be a loving gatekeeper of your precious energy.
Asteya is usually translated as non-stealing.
But I know that most of you aren't shoplifters or bank robbers, so we have to look deeper ;)
What if that book you keep on your shelf but will never read again steals the opportunity for someone else to read it? Isn't accepting accolades or credit for something you didn't do the same as stealing? When greed seeps in and makes us want more for ourselves than we need, there is poverty of spirit and stealing of resources.
The thing about going to get more than is yours, or taking someone else's, is that it prevents your true wealth from flowing into you.
In this week's podcast, learn how to breathe with a non-stealing rhythm of life, flowing from reverence, to gratitude, generosity, to patience.
Read more about applying Asteya to your life on my blog.
Aparigraha reminds us of the ABUNDANCE of life.
It is the clinging that shows we forgot.
As Nischala Joy Devi puts it in The Secret Power of Yoga, "Life's ebb and flow brings things into our life and then out again. Even the slightest hesitation of holding impedes the flow...If you believe that material and spiritual blessings are infinite, a cornucopia awaits you."
In this week's podcast, I talk more about Aparigraha, and we practice breathing into a sense that there is enough. We couple this with gratitude, which is the antidote to scarcity.
For more on aparigraha, visit my blog, Unfolding on the Mat. www.jessgyoga.com/blog
This week I'm here to tell you:
You CAN handle the truth!
In fact, not only can you handle it, you ARE it.
But sometimes we can't see it. We do not see by the Light of Truth within, so we can't see the Light of Truth around us. Things like inner conflict, lack of sleep, poor diet, increased stress, and lack of movement cloud our perception. We start to see the world as ugly, lacking, and dark. We are more easily fooled by the illusion of separateness and scarcity. Attachments and aversions creep in and create suffering.
We get a lot of dross covering up our golden joy.
In this week's podcast, I discuss the second YAMA of SATYA, or Truth. In its most basic form, SATYA takes the form of controlling speech so as not to lie. But beyond that, when you establish your life in Truth, it "burns away the dross"(B.K.S Iyengar, Light on Yoga) and reveals a life of abundance.
Interested in a yoga practice to burn away the dross? Go to my Blog Page and get started!
In this week's podcast, we are informed by BKS Iyengar's Light on Yoga to help us wrap our heads around going beyond non-violence and into love of all. We are encouraged to EXPERIENCE what we believe, not just think about it.
Start by experiencing it in your own body--pain can be thought of as the body's signal that there is some violence going on. Stop, back off, breathe, and re-enter what you are doing with more attention, ease, and self-compassion. Or perhaps change your activity entirely. Sometimes it's helpful to treat your body the way you want your best friend or partner to treat their's.
Then take the practice to the world.
We're all complaining that the country is divided, right? Do your part to practice love of ALL.
The next time you catch yourself thinking negatively about someone or a group of people, try THE 7 STEPS OF AHIMSA at www.jessgyoga.com/blog
Let me know how it goes! I love to have stories to draw from for my teaching. Your experience could help someone else, so don't be shy!
May the world you create within and around you be one of love, compassion, and non-violence.
I am excited today to share my very first interview! In this conversation, we talk about how the space you call home has its own energy, and the things within it can either support or suppress joy in your life. We talk about the KonMari Method™ of home organization and how it relates to yoga. This is all in excited anticipation of Making SPACE, our upcoming Yoga + KonMari Workshop, Sunday, September 8, in South Austin.
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Erin Mursch, of Organized for Good ATX, is a home organizing consultant based in Austin, TX. Her passion for order and transformation have been apparent all her life, from her days lovingly tidying up her roommates' closets to tidying up spreadsheets in her first professional job. After experiencing the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up herself in 2015, Erin trained with Marie Kondo to become Austin's first Certified KonMari Consultant. She has now logged more than a thousand hours of tidying in spaces of all sizes and shapes with clients of all circumstances and backgrounds. She uses empathy, positive energy, and expertise to support and guide clients wherever they find themselves along their decluttering journey.
Angela Kelley is founder of Buffalo Roam, a movement to make space for possibility and connections through serendipity and sagacity. She has a knack for connecting people to what they are seeking. In her own roaming, she seeks to pay rapt attention to the undertones of life.
I first watched the Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” back in June, and it really left an impression! Now I think about the space I’m in as a deeper part of my experience of Spirit.
In this week’s podcast, learn to acknowledge both the space around you and within you as ALIVE with energy! Realize that the STUFF in your space might be blocking your energy. Take a moment of GRATITUDE and shift the energy of the space around you, and feel how it affects your body and mind 🙂🙏
If you’re in the AUSTIN area on September 8, I’d love for you to join me for a workshop called Making S P A C E. We will learn from Erin Mursch of Organized for Good, how to make simple changes towards a mindset of ease within your space, surrounded only by things that spark joy. Jess G Yoga and the Kon Mari Method come together to practice letting go of what keeps you from your natural ENERGY: inner JOY.
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Season 1 of the podcast has come to an end, my time teaching at the same studio for 10 years has ended, and we’re in a new space. Whew, what a journey!
As we begin a new chapter of practicing together, I’m reminded of the very first sutra, and that all yoga teaching begins with the timeless, ever-present Now. We start at Now with every practice.
Thank you for being here Now.
Now, yoga begins. 🙏
What do a seagull, a tree, and driving in the dark have in common?
Listen for how staying plugged in to the universal flow of energy helps us trust that the Divine is working out an intricate web of care and keeping.
This is my final class at YogaYoga, where I have grown and taught for 15 years. My heart is full of gratitude, and I take this chance to say it 💗🙏
“You just can’t skip Day 2.” As our time together in class at Yoga Yoga comes to an end, we’ve all been moving through the transition and all the feels.
In her book Rising Strong, Dr. Brené Brown explains that in any process, Day 2 is the day of hard work, the icky part. A NECESSARY part.
But there is a Day 3...
Have you ever had a dream where you’re driving in the dark? Well I have, and I tell you all about it in this weeks podcast. I think it is a universal feeling that we can engage with has one more piece of this puzzle called life. Much 💗
Does meditation seem like a good idea to you, but darn if you can't do it? Does your mind jump around like a monkey in the jungle?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
In this week's podcast, I talk about my busy mind one morning when it just wouldn't settle. But rather than getting frustrated, I settled into the idea that it's a PRACTICE, not a perfection or a result. It's an ongoing process, hopefully moving in the direction of getting easier, but there are ups and downs along the way.
What if you looked at all of life like a practice, instead of a product?...
Just so you know, I'm going a bit dark in June, so you'll be hearing from me a little less. But there are now over 45 podcast episodes covering so much material, I know you'll want to catch up! While I'm "away," I'll be letting you in on what is taking my attention...
I am creating my very first DIGITAL COURSE!!
A new way to learn and use the Chakra system is taking shape--but it needs my full attention! I'll let you in behind the scenes on Facebook and Instagram, and I'll check in with my email list couple times, I'm sure. Then I hope to be back in full swing later this summer/fall.
So, if you haven't yet, please take a moment and SUBSCRIBE to this podcast. And if you like what you hear, I'd love for you to leave a review :)
May you find every opportunity to remember life is a PRACTICE, not a product, and may that bring you ease and joy this week.
I have a question for you: do you trust yourself?
I thought I did, until I had a little lesson from a caterpillar nibbling on my foot (which I talk about in this week's podcast :)
So as I begin doing the Work of building trust with myself, I look to Yoga to see what my experience is there, and what the texts have to say.
First, you probably already know that yoga helps you know yourself better. The simple act of moving and breathing in a connected and mindful way begins to shed light on mental habits, energy level fluctuations, emotional blockages, and relationship to body, just to name a few. Triangle pose one day does not feel the same as Triangle pose another. Then you notice things off the mat, like increased blood pressure under certain circumstances, racing pulse after that third cup of coffee, mental agitation after too much screen time, etc.
Here's what happens to Arjuna in Chapter One of the Bhagavad Gita, as translated by Stephen Mitchell:
"As I see my own kinsmen, gathered here, eager to fight, my legs weaken, my mouth dries, my body trembles, my hair stands on end, my skin burns...I am beside myself, my mind reels." -
That looks like a panic attack to me! He's so aware of how his system operates he can name his body's response. So, feeling this way, he puts down his sword in dismay, then begins to listen and reflect.
Building trust with yourself means moving away from danger when your body gives a signal. It means listening to the rhythms of your energy and honoring those limitations. Your body trusts you when you give it what it needs. Doing this again and again is like building muscles for strength--flex, flex, flex your trust muscle!
May you find every opportunity to build self-trust by nourishing, resting, and listening to yourself this week.
"I wonder if the only way that conversion, enlightenment, and transformation can happen is by a kind of divine ambush."
--Richard Rhor, just this
In this week's podcast we move the ego aside, drop the oars, and get back in the flow!
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These days I'm thinking all about BALANCE, as in that mythical life balance we all seem to strive for, with varying degrees of success. This week's podcast has a little chat about balance and how it evades us when we cling to it. Sometimes to remain balanced, we must actually TILT in one direction. Food for thought, huh?
One of the most important things we can do in seeking balance, is know who/what takes us OUT of balance. Observe yourself throughout your day and notice when you feel off kilter. What are your surroundings? Who did you just communicate with? What did you take in that day? I recorded a BONUS guided meditation this week to help you discover what your triggers might be, and maybe even begin to change their impact on you and your sense of ease. https://www.jessgyoga.com/imbalance-triggers.html
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Wherever this week takes you, may you find pleasure in the moments of balance, and lean into the inevitable change that surrounds it.
Planning my mom's 70th birthday party last Friday with my brother and mom's boyfriend made division of labor prettymanageable and enjoyable. But I'd be lying if I didn't say there was still quite a bit of stress getting things going! It was a great opportunity to watch myself experience stress, feel where it lands in my body, and see how it operates on my mind and behavior. There were some tense moments, but deep breathing and keeping perspective helped keep me in the flow and maintain harmony.
In this podcast episode, I ask, "What state are you in?" Do you know you're agitated WHILE you're agitated? The breathing tools I offer are wonderful for keeping you from living in a state of reaction, and living more often in a state of awareness and harmony.
Educating people on how to watch one's response to stress and maintain balance in the workplace is one of my favorite things to do. I'm getting excited to present at Jacobs Engineering and Scott Douglass McConnico events next month! I have had the pleasure of presenting with some pretty savvy companies, such as NOVA Leadership, Renee Trudeau & Associates, and Conscious Capitalism, to name a few.
If you are interested in having me at your company's health and wellness event, please check out my Events page and let's see what will best fit your needs!
This last klesha, or veil, is difficult, even for the wise sages! The fear of dying is the seed of all fear and anxiety, and its inborn characteristic indicates that perhaps we have known death before. Yet here we are, alive and breathing. Why fear what is to come?
I read from BKS Iyengar's Light on the Yoga Sutras.
Raga is the klesha, or veil, of attachment. Sometimes we become attached to an idea, status, or a way of doing things. These attachments take us out of the present moment and into a longing, which causes suffering. Remember, happiness lies within.
As we embark on this journey to clear our minds of kleshas, or veils that obscure true perception, we can practice the art of remembering. AVIDYA, the first Kesha listed in the yoga sutras of Patanjali, is our ignorance, or innocence, of our divine nature. It is like a translucent curtain that obscures the light of the divine within us. It is this ignorance that makes way for the other four obstacles, so this is a big one! When you were a newborn baby, you were so close to this light within—it was not yet obscured by life in the material world. This connection was there in the beginning, it is still there! Remember this innocence as a practice this week. Notice it in the eyes of any baby you meet 💗
What are you paying attention to, or what is occupying your attention, throughout your day? Are you aware of the effects of what comes in through your senses? How about that 24 hour news cycle?
Explore how you’re LINKING in the world these days, and get centered on what nourishes you.
Special thanks to Abi Robins of Conscious Construction podcast for my spiffy new music and mixing lessons, and Amy Costello of Tiny Spark podcast for my voiceover coaching, recording, and producing, as well as Fanny Priest for this podcast image. Taking this podcast to the next level has taken a team, and y’all are the best! 💗🙏
It’s March 1! Here I talk about the first sutra which I like to think of as a nice reminder that it any time you can begin again.
A special thanks to Amy Costello of Tiny Spark podcast for my voice coaching and awesome intro. Also thanks to Abi Robins for composing the music. Feels like March 1 is a good day for a new introduction!
And as always, thanks for listening 🙏
One of my favorite things about having a yoga therapist is having a consistent yoga practice that I can turn to each day. It is there that I get some sweet wisdom and insight when my mind finally settles down enough that I can listen.
The first lock described in Yoga Sutra 1:33 is the happy person. What key do we use to unlock our own inner peace when we meet a happy person? The friendliness key! Seems easy enough. But can you remain friendly when their happiness bumps up against your serenity? Can you be friendly to your body? What about your mind?
In this episode I introduce the concept of locks and keys from Yoga Sutras 1.33. In her book The Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi reminds us the we must remember that we “hold the keys to our own inner peace.”
Sahasrara! The crown chakra means “thousand petaled lotus,” and is our port of entry for Divine consciousness and point of liberation for our Spirit. It is the realm of non-attachment, where we invest in the gift of life, but hold all things loosely.
Chakra 5 is the realm of sound, creativity, and purification. Located in the throat and tops of shoulders, there can be a physical bottleneck of tension blocking emotions, desires, and individuality from being spoken in truth. 5th chakra could also block lies we hear or violence we see from entering the heart. A healthy 5th chakra listens well and speaks the truth with a resonant voice.
The second chakra is all about our ability to let things go. This talk incorporates information, breath, and mantra to help you release what’s holding you back, and let go of what needs to be let go of.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back quickly from an event or negative experience. This episode has some seated movement and breath to help you elicit the sensation and set the intention of resilience.