What is Mindfulness & Why Become Mindful?

What is Mindfulness?

According to the American Psychological Association mindfulness is: “a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment. In this sense, mindfulness is a state and not a trait. While it might be promoted by certain practices or activities, such as meditation, it is not equivalent to or synonymous with them.”

Essentially, mindfulness is the practice of the taming the mind and becoming aware of the thoughts you think and beliefs that shape your reality. By practicing mindfulness and learning to calm the mind and think in new patterns you can begin to shape your life in new ways.

Developing mindfulness helps to create presence. There are many tools and techniques to create more mindfulness and help you become more self aware and present in the now. Meditation, yoga, talk therapy, and more, can help you tune into you and develop your ability to live more conscious, aware, and mentally and emotionally well.

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being aware of your moment to moment thoughts and is rooted in Buddhism. By becoming aware of what you’re thinking, the feelings in your body, what triggers you, and your beliefs about yourself, reality, other people, and the present, you can learn to develop mental and emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness can help you make better choices and perceive life and reality from a neutral mind and clear perspective. Without developing mindfulness you can become overly emotional, reactive, defensive, and make poor decisions and more. Creating self awareness and learning more about yourself and how your mind is creating your reality and reactions can help you communicate better, become more confident and secure, and create better health and wellbeing.

There are many ways you can learn how to practice mindfulness and become more mindful. Yoga, meditation, and more are practices that can offer tools to become more mindful and aware. By developing mind and body consciousness you can overcome health issues, stress, and create more mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Thoughts and emotions and desires drive you. You take actions, get reactive, and make choices based on the programming you have. Learning to become conscious of yourself can make life a lot easier, more enjoyable, and better.

Knowing that everything is a reflection of you and what you hold within yourself grants you the power to train your mind in new ways. Becoming aware of your insecurities, how reactive you get, what your suppressed emotions and beliefs are creating, you can begin to change them. Rather than acting our emotional pain of the past, getting triggered by people, and ignoring problems, you can become conscious and live in more mature and mindful ways. This can create positive relationships, better romantic partners, and help your overall health and wellbeing.

You have the power to tame your mind, understand your mind, and improve your overall mindset and manners.

How to Practice Mindfulness

1. Take time to create space for yourself and be along with yourself.

2. Begin to acknowledge your thoughts and perceptions about yourself, others, and reality.

3. Feel your emotions, triggers, and become aware when you’re reactive and emotionally defensive.

4. Take responsibility for your actions and reactions, including the words you speak, the thoughts you think, and the resulting action you take.

5. Identify your habits and perceptions and use journaling to understand yourself and why you’re mentally or emotionally uncentered to understand what your mind and body are telling you and creating.

The goal of mindfulness is to create and develop a neutral mindset to become less reactive. This means overcoming our unconscious attachments to how life and people need to be and give up our control dynamics that believe our mind knows and thinks best. Without becoming conscious of yourself and being able to adopt an open and neutral mindset, you will continue to be triggered and unable to change your life.

Reality and people are always giving you feedback about yourself. If you refuse to change or overcome suppressed emotional pain or change your thinking you can and do greatly limit yourself. The thoughts you think, emotions within your body, and beliefs create your present reality and future. Becoming aware of what you are creating and knowing you have the power to help yourself live better and feel better can motivate you to make the necessary changes needed and wanted.

Mindfulness Benefits: Why Yoga Can Help Your Create Health and Wellbeing

Yoga can teach you how to slow down, be in your body, and connect to yourself. Developing your intuition and learning to breathe and calm down can help you tame the monkey mind. Having more body awareness helps to create mental and emotional wellness. Yoga and movement can help move emotions so you can feel better within yourself and understand your emotions. Yoga with mindfulness can get you out of unconscious patterns and make you more self aware.

Some benefits to practicing mindfulness and yoga:

  • Overcome addictive habits and thoughts
  • Be able to communicate better
  • Get to know yourself in new ways
  • Help yourself destress
  • Improve mood, motivation, and mentality
  • Cultivate more self care and self awareness of your body and mind
  • Release emotional pain, triggers, traumas, and more
  • Improve overall health and wellbeing on every level: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual
  • Form better relationships and make better choices by being less reactive and defensive
  • Create peace in yourself and your life

Create Health & Wellbeing with Balance

Create Health & Wellbeing – America Needs Balance & a New System

It’s going to take more than a Politician to help the Health Crisis in America!

We need a new system that adopts Western and Eastern Medicine and alternative holistic sciences to help the mind and body fully heal. Beyond drugs, there are other ways that we can help the body and mind restore wellness. If we don’t being to take care of our health, and have alternative remedies to help health, our health crisis will get bigger. The future of our health and all people depend on our ability to foster mental and emotional health and fully be able to develop health and wellbeing on every level – mental, emotional, physical, spiritual. We all need to be able to take charge of our health and have ways to deal with our health problems.

Our Health and Happiness go beyond the body and physical issues.

The Mind, Body, Gut, & Emotions are Interconnected – If we don’t begin to develop mental/emotional health, beyond taking a pill, we will all continue to live with our suppressed emotions and create more physical disease, dysfunction, and problems

Eastern Medicine, Yoga Sciences, Ayurveda, Neuroscience, and more can give us new remedies to help our mind and bodies heal

  • Suppressed emotions cause other physical problems – and can lead to cancer
  • Many problems can be alleviated by confronting the mind and giving people access to mental health remedies
  • The body follows the mind – physical issues happen when we can’t heal the mind and emotional attachment suppressed in the body
  • Without proper gut health and the ability to digest food, emotions, and more, people can develop disease and more
  • Alternative sciences can help the body heal by allowing emotions to move through the body, help with pain, and other physical problems

We all can adopt new beliefs about health  & wellness and do our part to individually create health.

The body has the capacity to heal and function, when we can overcome emotional triggers, trauma, PTSD, and other issues. Taking medications often suppress the root cause of the issue and can lead to other problems in the body and mind.

The whole body is affected people cannot live well, breathe, digest, and function optimally.

Why Yoga?

Why Yoga? What is it about this hypnotic practice and growing culture that hooks people into the Yoga obsession?

Yoga is a mind-body practice that stimulates wellbeing by helping your body learn balance. There are many styles of Yoga, and all sorts of teacher. No style is better, they are all different, and serve different needs. Although many teachers teach Yoga as a physical practice, with intention to sculpt the body and create strength and challenge, Yoga is much easier than that. Western Yoga tends to promote more physical asana. Eastern Yoga is taught to invoked mindfulness and help people improve their body/mind connection and self heal. Through breathing, slowing down, and finding a quiet place, you can learn to be in your body, feel, and calm down easily. Through better health, better self care, and forming a connection with You, and your unique system, you can reform your mind, body, and self.

Yoga is easy! All it takes is an open mind. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. The practice is open to everyone and can help everyone through life’s challenges. The more we can learn to accept ourselves, deal with life’s issues, and be more open in who we are, the better we can live and learn to sustain ourselves. Yoga can help everyone live happy, stress free, and helps us form better relationships with ourselves, and with others.

We can all become more loving and kind, through Yoga, and learning to live better!

In loving yourself, you allow better relationships, better partners, and a better life, and a better world.

 

  • Yoga is a systematic science that promotes health and happiness
  • It’s not a religion, it’s a practice, that helps you cope with life
  • Arm balances, headstands, handstands, are not required to thrive
  • You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga, or be good at it
  • Yoga is for EVERYONE
  • It’s more than a workout, it’s a work in
  • Get high naturally, without drugs or substance abuse or sugar
  • Improves focus, memory, and cognitive behaviors

 

Yoga Health Benefits – 

  • Boost Immunity
  • Releases Toxins from the Body
  • Brings Peace to the mind
  • Teaches Balance
  • Helps with Emotional, mental, & spiritual Wellbeing
  • Promotes Weigh loss
  • Increases Happiness
  • Improves your metabolism
  • Prevents Diabetes
  • Teaches you how to destress
  • Improves addictive behaviors and emotional coping
  • Heals you from trauma and suffering

Do Yoga. If not for you, for your kids, for the new generation, and for the WORLD.

We need Peace, more Love, and better people to create a better World.

Don’t You Agree?!?

 

The One Love Movement Yoga Event

5th Annual One Love Movement Yoga Event 

held at the San Diego Waterfront Park on September 24, 2016

The One Love Movement holds annual Yoga Events to help benefit underprivileged kids. Every year the Founder, Kim Bauman, selects different Yoga Teachers around San Diego to teach a benefit class. It’s a beautiful celebration of Yogis and community!

See Kali’s Gallery of Photos here!

Contact her for more information!

How Astrology & Yoga can Help You

Astrology: the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world.

“In Hindu Astrology the word, Yoga, that has been derived from the sanskrit root, Yuj, meaning to join properly, to control judicially or to integrate, has been used to indicate the Soli-Lunar distances, and the planetary situations, associations and combinations. Yogas are formed when one planet, sign or house is related to another of the same kind or different kind by way of placement, aspect or conjunction.

[9] It is the active consideration of planetary yogas and the active consideration of the planetary dashas, directional effects, which are the two most important factors that distinguish hindu astrology from Western Astrology and lend support to the indigenous origin of the former system.”  [wikipedia]

Yoga: is the science of self awareness. Union of the mind, body, & soul.

Ayurveda: Yoga’s sister science. The science of life that integrates self healing practices by using the natural wisdom of the body & nature.

Yoga and Ayurveda allow us to view ourselves and the world in a more connected and wholesome way. They both help us sustain good health and live consciously with awareness. Yoga and Ayurveda are complimentary systems that have been used for years in India, and now across the world. They allow us to connect better to ourselves and find that ultimate union of consciousness by using our body and innate inner wisdom. The application of these practices allow us to transcend suffering and karmas and help us self heal and live more mindfully. Yoga goes beyond the pose and asana, and is a powerful spiritual discipline that can transform our mind, body, and spirits. Ayurveda and Yoga help us achieve well being and find balance with proper diet, and lifestyle.

The cosmos and stars are dynamic always changing energies that affect how we, as humans, function on Earth. We all have an innate inner pull towards the moon, and everyone is affected by the moon in some degree. How you personally feel the moon and affects of the planets depend on how sensitive you are and the positions of the stars when you were born. In general, the macrocosm of the cosmos can help ‘prep’ us and help us understand how we are functioning and why, when we learn to understand them. The moon always affects our psyche and emotional energy. Women often feel deeper because of their feminine qualities. It is has been proven that full moons so cause more commotion and chaos in the world, even in emergencies rooms. Full moons typically are contrasting energies that cause opposition between two major energies, which can cause our psyche to get a bit unstable. Around full moons you will notice people escaping with alcohol, food, sugar, etc, because they are allowing the planetary energy to cause them to react and get about ‘crazy’ or out of balance.

Yoga, Ayurveda, and Astrology and studying your unique energy can help you understand how you function and ‘why’ you may act out at certain times or feel a bit more emotional. These natural sciences help us connect in a more holistic manner and ultimately teach us how to empower ourselves to live naturally well. As Yogis, the goal is to not allow outside forces to ‘rule’ us, but to rule ourselves and our sensitive by being aware of what may trigger us and knowing how to truly do what is best for us, and our own unique bodies and selves.

 Inside us all is a unique energy, and our birth chart can help us understand our unique nature and characteristics. Consciousness is the ability to be aware of yourself, who you are, and to function optimally in the world and society. Yoga can help us awaken our inner wisdom and understand who we are and how to use our talents to live a life with purpose and joy. It’s not about the physical side of asana, the real yoga of awakening is about invoking mindful practices and elevating your consciousness and awareness so that you can live in harmony. Every single person has a unique energy and body. No body or person is the same, even with twins and family members. Understanding how you function and how to take care of your body is important for vitality and to live disease free.

 Astrology is a powerful tool that can help you understand your health, character, strengths/weaknesses, and life better. By connecting more with your strengths and overcoming fears or obstacles and weaknesses you can thrive easier in the world. Understanding your natural tendencies and imbalances can help you reform habits and more, so you can live a better life. Yoga wisdom and ancient sciences can help you naturally self heal and explore mindful living techniques that can keep your mind, body, and heart happy. Knowing you are a unique individual with your own body type and energy can help boost your confidence and awareness so you can create the life of your dreams, and use your special energy and talents to live well in the world.

Get your own personalized Yogi Star Chart!

Understand what healthy habits will work best for you, which Yoga will improve your body, & how to loose weight incorporating your own personal health routine. Learn about your unique energy and personality characteristics that can help you live well!

Watch this video and learn more! Leave comments and questions!

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Have More Energy with Ishnaan – Cold Showers

Jump start your day with more energy with Ishnaan & a natural super boost!

Ishnaan is the ancient practice of hydrotherapy that uses cold water for showers to rejuvenate yourself.

The yogis use it in India, and all around the world people use this trick to improve their health and circulation.

Benefits of Ishnaan and cold showers:

  • Improves circulation
  • Stimulates blood flow
  • Strengthens the nervous system, which improves immunity
  • Give you a natural energy jolt & fresh boost
  • Keeps the skin young
  • Helps with fat loss around the midline
  • Helps your organs release toxins easier
  • Stimulates your liver to work better
  • Clears negative energy
  • Helps your body regulate temperature better
  • Improves your immunity
  • Gives you a fresh reset for your day!
  • Relieves muscles & helps with stiff body parts

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At the end of your regular shower, take a few seconds to turn the nob to cold and shower. Dance in the cold water and rinse your head quickly.

Then get out and grab a towel and get warm again! You will feel energized and your body will thank you for the refreshing start to your day.

It’s best to do cold showers with your morning shower, however, you can do it anytime of day and whenever you are feeling tired or fatigued. I highly recommend taking a shower after a Hot Yoga Class to help your body cool and calm down and regulate back to normal!

 

Have you tried a cold shower before? Leave comments below!

 

 

 

The Best Healthy Green Smoothie

Enjoy this Healthy Green Smoothie!

Enjoy this healthy smoothie any time of day. I love it after a workout, and on a hot summer’s day!

  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Half a date with almond butter (for added sweetness)
  • Small teaspoon of Cacoa
  • Your favorite Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Half an Avocado (for thickness)
  • 1/2 cup crushed Ice
  • Mint Leaves or 2 drops Peppermint Oil
  • A dash of alkaline water
  • Make it more green: optional handful of Spinach

Put all in a blender and blend until smooth!

Make it fancy with cacao nips or garnish with fresh mint on top

Signs Your Body Needs a Spring Detox and Cleanse

The Spring season helps us all transition and plant new seeds and grow new beginnings. Our bodies react the same way! We leave winter behind and with it leave lots of other crap behind too. The birth of a new season awakens within us new changes and transitions too. The body is always changing. We are all constantly evolving and growing. Your old state cannot match your new state. You must discover balance.

As you begin doing Yoga and taking better measures of self care, your body responds and becomes more sensitive. The healthier you treat yourself, the more your body adapts. We are spiritual beings in physical bodies. The only constant that happens is change; within us and around us. It is important to take time to love your body and love yourself, especially in the midst of change and new beginnings.

The seasonal transitions bring endings and a new chapter in all our lives. Our hearts yearn, our bodies hold, and our human mind wants to hold onto everything. We are not taught change. Growth is essential for development. It is by changing your habits, switching up your routine, and living in different ways, you can create more opportunity. Doing the same thing daily will surely drive you insane. Holding onto the same people or ways of living may keep you stuck or hold you back from moving forward. Adapting new habits can help you refine your sense of self and live with the cyclical flow of nature. Now is the best time to learn more about your body, how food reacts in your system, and take better initiatives to refine your wellness this year!

The mind expands, life goes on, and our bodies adapt with it. The best time to improve your health and reset your life is the Spring. Nature is on your side to help create change and transition with healthier ways and better habits!

Signs Your Body is Ready for a Detox:

  • You have little to no energy & feel tired
  • Your congested and feeling very ‘off’
  • You have not taken a poop since yesterday or longer
  • You need coffee to feel alert
  • Your skin is breaking out for no reason
  • You have low motivation to get through your day
  • You feel hopeless
  • You desire change, yet can’t figure out how
  • You have food cravings that wont go away
  • New allergies have surfaces you can’t explain
  • You desire a healthier lifestyle

The body is the vehicle that can help you wake up with energy and create new ambitions. Spring cleaning is necessary to help you unload what was and move forward. It is by tweaking and refining our sense of self, where we learn how to feel better and become better.

 

Let Spring transform you & create healthier habits that can help you sustain a happy life!

 

 

Yoga & Ayurveda ~ Balance is a Lifestyle.

 

Ayurveda= The Science of Life (Yoga’s sister science)

Yoga= Science with techniques and disciplines that help humans live peaceful and in touch with the best version of themselves.

Yoga & Ayurveda allows individuals to lead healthy and happy lives with a calm mind and balance and mindful living.

Help You realize your highest potential with balance living well in your mind, body, & spirit.

Yoga is a practice that began in India centuries ago. Although it began as an Eastern practice, it is has moved greatly into Western culture. With today’s busy word and the on going demand to be connected and online, there is an extra need for society to develop more mindful practices and learn how to silence the busyness of the outside world. Yoga and Ayurveda help people live a balanced lifestyle by teaching people how to slow down, have more ease, and deal with every day stresses and emotional troubles.

 

Everything and everyone affects us in some way. The world is energy, and so are we. Our bodies are meant to live with perfect health when we can treat ourselves well and truly live a balanced lifestyle. That is, taking care of ourself and being aware of how we treat ourselves (and others daily). Yoga helps you be in your body, and the breathe facilitates an awakening inside that helps us feel better and more connected to our own true nature. As you invoke yoga principles and asanas (poses) you can learn how to reform your lifestyle and live more connected to you, your soul, and the natural energies of the seasons. 

 

Yoga and Ayurveda allow people to get in touch with themselves and learn the best way to eat and behave according to their unique energy. By shifting your eating routines, letting go of habits, and fueling your system better, you can improve your digestion and feel better in your own skin. Weight loss happens easily when your body is thriving. Your natural and balanced state is happy, healthy, and living satisfied as the unique person you were born to be!

The more in tune you become to your own energy, and the energy of the world, you can recognize when old habits and patterns creep in. Astrology and the planets are energies too that affect us and cause us often to feel unsteady. These energies can affect our emotions, and cause us to create bad behaviors is we are not aware of it. Yoga helps you steady your mind, stay grounded, and present in every moment. Ayurveda teaches you how to eat well and use the seasonal energies to maintain optimal health. Your health is created with how well you feed yourself, and everything you put into your system, and everything you are around. Stay happy by choosing good things that truly serve you and keep you balanced naturally!

 

Survive the Holiday Flu Season

Avoid getting sick this holiday flu season!

Our immune system functions based on what we put into our system, how we treat ourselves, and with our environment. The food we eat, how we choose to indulge, and the thoughts we think affect our whole system. Holiday time can be extra happy with celebrations and lots of liquid love. It can also be a stressful time with money worries, travel, & getting everything together. Plus the end of the year always brings up old problems. Stay balanced by watching how you treat yourself.

Most of our bodies ability to fight off disease is found in your gut. When you are able to maintain good digestion and elimination, your body is able to easily expel foreign invaders and toxins. Within the gut are millions of microorganisms that help keep your organs functioning well and protect the immune system. There are many factors that contribute to the holiday blues and illnesses. Stress, overworking, overeating, sugar, alcohol, and too much fun can deplete your system and leave you feeling tried, run down, cranky, and eventually ill. Too much of anything can leave us depleted and our inner body quite upset.

 

Keep your energy high this holiday with these tricks:

  1. Load up on Vitamin C
  2. Get extra sleep
  3. Sweat Daily
  4. Limit your alcohol to 2 drinks
  5. Watch how your body eliminates
  6. Let yourself Sleep in
  7. Wash your hands more
  8. Use teas to boost your immune system
  9. Stay hydrated with extra water
  10. Rest & listen to your body when it needs TLC

 

Fight the Flu with proper care! Holidays are a busy and fun time. Make sure your water intake is MORE than your sugar or alcohol intake. Watch what you eat. Too much of anything can weaken your system, and cause an imbalance in your gut and how your body functions and performs.

You’re allowed to relax and enjoy the holidays… Listen to what YOU need to stay well!

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