Yoga – lose more than weight

Yoga – lose more than weight

My journey through vinyasa and kundalini yoga has been one of fun, challenge, and letting go. One of the things I’ve let go of is physical weight which is great, so many women join for that reason, but another thing I’ve let go of is mental and emotional weight which brings confidence, self respect, and happiness.

This I believe is more important because what women really want when they say they want to lose weight is to be more attractive. Losing mental and emotional weight will make one so much more attractive (and magnetically attracting) then just losing physical weight. It makes us radiant, makes us a magnet for better things to come into our life. Most people don’t pick a part our physical appearance as we usually do to ourselves, it’s just not that important. Most often people first feel our vibe (which is low if you’re worried about weight) and then they look to see if we are smiling (which so few of us do when stressed and criticizing ourselves).

Yoga gives us confidence as we conquer a pose and see all that we are capable of doing. Sometimes we are more comfortable reading books or dabbling in some classes here and there,  feeling like we are doing a lot and we ARE doing a lot, but we also need to balance that with consistent experiences that bring our new changes into our nervous systems making it a part of who we are.

Yoga gives us many experiences. You will face your self, your mind, your issues, your accomplishments, your limited thinking.

CONFIDENCE comes as you show up for class, become a part of a group, and do your best to progress. The more you show up, the more you RESPECT yourself, the more you believe yourself that when you say you are going to do something you will follow through. This leads to success in many areas of life and art. And it leads to others respecting you as well. We show people how to treat us through our thoughts and actions toward ourselves.

In many kundalini classes you may go a lot deeper energetically and emotionally. Many of their sets can help to push you to let go of things that no longer serve you. Letting go of past baggage makes you lighter and HAPPIER. A lot of low level stress is released and you are able to move through the world more engaged. The more you go inward the more relaxed and focused you become. Concentrating on getting yourself into a pose makes you go inward and tune out the world. This is where you find those moments when you are able to see your true self and breathe.

Who wouldn’t want to be around someone who is confident, respects herself, and is somewhat free of past baggage?

So yes, yoga can help you lose weight but hopefully you participate enough to lose so much more than that. See it as time for your self and stay committed to showing up every week or better yet every day.

Victoria

Humble your Warrior

Humble your Warrior

Deeper meaning of a yoga pose. As women we often feel as if we have to keep up with the world around us, some of us waking at the crack of dawn, going over all we have to do that day in our heads. We loose sight of our true self before we even get out of bed.

We attack the day like misguided warriors ready to conquer anything that comes in front of us. But this usually leaves us feeling stressed out and on guard. How easily we move into fight or flight mode after breakfast, that is if we allow ourselves the time to stop and eat at all. Our whole energy field is on guard. We are not available to share love with our loved ones, we can’t even see them when they are standing right in front of us.

When we we act like this we are not being true warriors, we are being bullies. True warriors are present and humble, they are true to themselves. Bullies are stressed out and trying to prove something to the world around them, they are not being their true selves.

The Warrior poses in yoga teach us how to align our bodies within the space of the four directions, to embody ourselves and stand strong in our energy. I often love doing these poses in class and seeing how I progress through them each new week. One day the instructor had us go a step further, to gather our arms behind our backs and then lean forward (facing the fear of falling over) and humble (bow) our heads.

While doing this I gained a deep sense of what it is like to let go and be humble in any situation, to trust the space and people around me to support me. To know everything will work out and there is no need to be on guard when starting the day, there is no need to try to conquer anything.

To be humble is to be a warrior, to see situations as they truly are not as we imagine they are. We are able to actively engage with our surroundings.

Try this pose or the concept of it in your daily life. Catch yourself when you are in ‘stress & conquer’ mode, and look to see where you can apply some humbleness to the situation. With humbleness a stressed out bully becomes a warrior.

Victoria 

Creative Alignment

Creative Alignment

Often writers and artists procrastinate because we don’t feel we are ready yet to begin our work, we don’t feel inspired, we can’t face the unknown. We want to know we will be successful, that this project will pay the bills, that everything will work out for our art but, like an entrepreneur we have to just move forward and trust ourselves.

“We have to know who we are, then whatever we create will be in alignment with our spirit and there is no failure.” Victoria Schmidt ‘Tweet this’

Don’t make one piece of work your whole existence, your whole identity, and don’t be like pop singers who changes their focus every year, reinventing themselves to keep the whole world interested. Things are different now. Find who you are at your core, be true to that. Then worry about markets and readership. Stay aligned.

Things have changed, many writers have a core fan base and make more money with 5,000 fans who buy regularly then those who strive for a more random 100,000s of fans that usually never buy or come back. Align with your true self, then you will find those who align with your work. Don’t deviate from that unless you are called to do so… and it all works out.

Creativity or Despair

Creativity or Despair

Creativity can happen anywhere at any time. To put limits or rules upon it is to kill it. It is when we awaken to the beauty of the moment that our minds relax and we can hear the muse once again.

For some this means a need to change locations, for others this means a need for total quiet. But it’s not these ‘things’ that give us creativity, these things just allow us to settle in so we can then allow creativity to come, but creativity is not dependent on these things.

There are many ways you can find your creative spirit when you are in the grips of creative despair. Don’t become dependent on one way of creating. That way will become a crutch, an excuse, for why you can’t create because you don’t have it.

Oh how the unconscious mind will seek to make sure you don’t have it! It wants to protect you from failure and keep you safe. Set up rules, and you only give it fuel.

 

What is your creativity rule? Can you break it please! (Tweet It)

 

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