Have you been doing yoga for a bit, but feel there is more than just poses and postures?
I remember feeling ready to deepen my yoga practice too. I've now been studying yoga as a student and teacher for over 8 years.
So where do you start when it comes to deepen your yoga practice?
First, it's important to know that yoga is meant to bring the mind, body, and spirit into union. I'm a huge fan of recognizing which part (mind, body, spirit) of you deserves attention. Then deciding what practice you want to do next.
We'll go over that more in this blog, but you may also want to check out my video here on breaking down the mind, body, and spirit.
I'll be suggesting other video's within each topic if you want to learn more!
I first fell in love with breath in my yoga teacher training. Since then I've taken an extra certification on breathwork and love even more.
Breathwork is a great way to clear out emotions and energy stored within the body. If you are one that can't seem to quiet the mind in meditation, breathwork is a perfect place to start. You'll receive the benefits of meditation without classic meditation.
Which part of our being does breathwork support?
Specifically it works with the spirit, which holds the breath, emotions, and feelings. It also has the ability to fuse the mind and spirit together allowing you to create heart coherence. Watch my video on heart coherence here.
2. Explore New Styles of Yoga:
When I first started yoga, I was only doing Baptiste yoga at a hot studio. I loved it for a few years, but then started to feel plutoed in my practice and craving more. So, I began to explore different studio's. Now you can explore tons different styles of yoga online.
Pay attention if you enjoy more relaxing, creative, or upbeat classes. I know for me, it depends on the season of life I'm in. Sometimes I enjoy a good workout yoga class and other times I'm looking to rejuvenate.
YouTube is a great place to start taking classes from different teachers that may be trained in different styles. Check out my free video classes here. (I am certified in 7 styles of yoga and more).
Which part of the being does this support?
All parts of the being are supported when we try out different styles of yoga. However, each style will support your being differently.
For example: A yin class will be really great for calming the mind. Where as a power yoga class will support more of the body.
3. Bring In Spirituality:
For this I'm talking beyond your being. A few years ago I started incorporating crystals, tarot cards, astrology, human design, and more. I made it into something that allowed me to learn deeply about myself. It's allowed me to tap into my power within. A great place to start is to follow the moon, and practice with it. You can watch my video on Moon Phases and Yoga here.
What part of the being does this support?
The spirit of course. However, I'd like to go deeper and say that it connects us to our third eye chakra or intuition.
4. Journal + Thoughtwork:
I'm not talking writing about your day, but writing out your thoughts. Being able to physically see them on paper and rewrite what you'd like to think. We often don't realize the thoughts that are holding us back in life. Watch my video on how to do thought work.
What part of the being does this support?
You guessed it, the mind. While doing physical and spiritual practices will have effects on the mind. Working specifically with the mind can be beneficial.
Ayurveda is a fun way to dive deeper into the elements within. It is an old ancient technique used to heal the body holistically. There are a lot of daily practices in Ayurveda itself. One of my favorites is Dry Brushing, it has TONS of benefits! I'll link a video here. If you want to dive deeper into Ayurveda and learn more, here's a good book to start.
What part of the being does this support?
Most the body, but of course, when we support the body other parts of our being benefit too.
My favorite way to deepen my yoga practice is manifestation. I am always in creator mode and using yoga to attract. I start by asking myself what I want and visualize it. I often then write it down during a thought work session (I do this as if it's already happened).
When I'm doing my yoga practice on the mat, I'll evoke the spirit of a yoga pose to BE the person I want to become for this next chapter or manifestation I'm working on.
For example, a few years ago I was noticing I was lacking strength in my yoga practice and not tapping into it in life. I wanted to tap into my powerful self I knew was there. So I used power poses such as, Warrior 2 to embody my power, strength, and resilience. I now teach this to my students often!
What part of the being does this support?
All, but you can start with the mind. Because everything is a thought before it physically creates. With manifestation using the mind and spirit together is key and letting the physical be drawn into existence. Here's a video on how to set intention and manifest!
These were just some examples of deepening your yoga practice. Now it's up to you to get creative, have fun, and find what area you want to dive into next!
Our body is a result. It's only one piece of our being. You see our being is made up of our mind, spirit(emotions/feelings), and body. Which all ripple and affect each other.
In this blog we will be going over ways that our body shows us results.
Thoughts Create Results:
We don't have a thought that doesn't affect our spirit (emotions/feelings) or body.
I'm going to tell you a story to give you an example. I've talked before about when I had just decided to turn away from the beauty industry. I was in a place where I hated the way I looked and wasn't loving myself from the inside either.
Let's take a look at some things I thought or said to myself.
-"I'm never going to look the way I want."
-"I'm always going to be ugly and overweight."
-"There's nothing I can do to change my body."
This type of thinking lead to feeling sad, lonely, and unmotivated. Which lead to me not taking action to show love my body or self.
Why would I exercise or eat healthy?
Why would I love myself?
Why would I change anything?
I was keeping myself stuck.
I truly believed these thoughts. Lucky for me beliefs are just thoughts we have repeated over and over.
One day I had that thought of "I'm stuck with me forever.. what if I just loved myself?" It was a moment of acceptance that blew open possibilities for me.
The moment I started loving myself was the moment I changed my whole life.
Eventually I was healthy and thriving. I loved myself when I looked in the mirror. But what I was seeing now, was the result I'd created by changing my thoughts.
Our body is a result of our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Questions to ask yourself:
Where are you keeping yourself stuck?
-Is there a new perspective that could change the way you think or feel?
-What action would you like to be taking to generate new results?
-What belief deserves to shift or change?
*Learn more about what the mind creates here.
Our Bodies Speak:
It’s amazing the way our bodies show us how we treat them from the inside. Your thoughts and feelings matter.
When I am teaching a yoga class, I can look at the way my students are moving their body and have insight to how they might be thinking or feeling. Often times I speak with my students after or work with them 1:1 and my insights are usually spot on. Yoga is a reflection of how we live our lives off the mat.
The body speaks. It speaks to us all day long. If we listen and tune in we can work with it.
Listening to your body exercise:
I have this simple meditation you can listen to here. Or do on your own.
Close your eyes, tune inward, and ask yourself... (I recommend daily)
Where does my body deserve love, gratitude, attention?
Where can you create space with your breath?
What is it asking for?
Then let it speak.
This can be used with your yoga practice, or a separate practice by itself. It will allow you to connect to your body and start listening to it, really listening to it. But remember, give it what it is asking for. By doing this, you will strengthen the trust between you and your body.
Treat it as if its a relationship, because it is.
Our Body Stores Emotions & Feelings:
Have you ever cried during a yoga class? This is called a psychosomatic release. Fancy for releasing emotions that have been stored within the body. When we bottle or cover up emotions instead of releasing them, they store within. My absolute favorite way to do this is through breathwork meditation. If you'd like to check out the benefits of breathwork, check out my video here.
Try a free yoga class for releasing emotions with breathwork here.
Our Body Physically Shows Us:
This goes along with the last point we talked about, but more about it physically coming up.
I once had this wart on my finger. I tried everything to get rid of it. It kept coming back.
One day, I went to this intensive coaching program. Through this program my wart disappeared in 3 days. It's never come back. I looked up the meaning of having a wart emotionally.
It was all of the things that I dealt with in that training. My body was physically showing me what I was creating within.
This can be tricky because we don't always know where the root is. You can research or even meditate to find out.
Dr Joe Dispenza is a really amazing person to follow if you'd like to dive deeper into this.
Hey guru, welcome! Today, we will be going over ways to deepen our connection to our spirit. Easy ways you can work with it right now.
Working with the spirit will allow our mind to calm and our hearts to speak. Its beneficial and will deepen the connection we have with ourselves.
Quick reminder of what the spirit is within yoga: The spirit holds our emotions and feelings. Spirit can also be our heart space.
Physically talking, our hands live within our spirit. So when we do things that feel artistic, using our hands, we are working with the spirit. Painting, dance, decorating, or anything that feels creative can be an expression of our spirit. Its a fun way to see our spirit in physical form.
Maybe start by taking a creative flow yoga class here.
Connect To Your Breath:
Since the breath lives in the spirit zone of our body and being, it's a great way to instantly work with the spirit. The breath can give us information about how we are feeling. For example, if the breath is heavy, fast, or high up in the chest. We might find our selves anxious or stressed. Yet if it is light, calm, and slow. We might find ourselves relaxed. Using the breath we can let go of any emotions allowing us to shift any feelings.
Breathwork is also a beautiful thing to add to your yoga practice. Check out the benefits here.
All About The Feels:
Are you a person who avoids your feelings? Or are you one to deal with them? Often we aren't really taught about emotional health or how to deal with our feelings. But when we do, we free up space in the body allowing us to feel into our heart space. The best way is to let the feelings come up, let them flow through, and then work with the spirit.
Since I was eight years old, I have written in a journal. It's been my way of knowing myself. It's a great way to work with the mind and the spirit. As we empty the mind, it calms down. When the mind is calm the spirit wakes up. All you've got to do is listen.
Connect With Others:
We are meant to connect with others. Being around people we love or strangers that inspire us, will allow us to get new idea's and perspectives. Connection with others allows us to feel and show our spirit to others. When we show our spirit to others, most likely they'll show there's back. The best way to connect with others is to listen, I mean really listen.
Working with crystals can be a fun way to work with the spirit and the intuition. Keep them in your pocket, decorate, or use them on your yoga mat! Check out some yoga classes using crystals here.
Today we will be talking about the ego and the spirit. We will touch on what they are, where they live within our being, and how to work with both.
My Story Of Healing My Ego:
The end of 2019 I did some deep inner healing. I shed years of experiences I still held onto. I healed the relationship with myself that I didn’t even realize was so distant.
Within this healing I was doing, I was learning how to follow my heart, quiet my ego, and ignite my true self.
As I did this, I noticed there was a battle happening within. Things got REALLY loud. It was confusing. All of this beautiful work I was doing, felt almost as if it was all for not.
What I learned was that it was actually the ego screaming. I had a coach tell me “your ego is like a screaming child in Walmart”. I laugh, because I often think of how accurate that feels. My ego was screaming, because it thinks it’s really important. It wants to keep me safe.
Ego VS Spirit?
The ego is a part of our mind, which always thinks in the future or the past. It thinks it's the most important part of us. The key to remember about the ego is it wants to keep us safe. I often feel people think the ego is enemy, but it has its beautiful parts.
The spirit holds our emotions and feelings. It has a timeless feel to it. Our breath lives in them spirit. When we connect to our breath we ignite the spirit. Often, the spirit is the most neglected out of the 3 parts of yoga (mind, body, spirit). I feel it's not often talked about as much in the yoga world, but I feel its actually the most important.
What Does The Ego Do?
Our brains are wired to keep us safe. In the comfortable world we now live in, safe means comfortable. Safe often means keeping ourselves small. Hiding ourselves from others. Putting up walls so others stay out.
But what actually ends up happening, is we stunt our growth. We hide ourselves from truly living. We compare ourselves to others. We get in our head about ‘what others think’. We don’t take chances on ourselves. We don’t fully connect with others.
Just take a moment to ask yourself these questions.
How are you allowing your mind to keep you “safe”?
What ways do you keep yourself small?
Those answers are a result of the ego.
The Ego Says:
I need more information.
What if I fail?
What will others think?
What will I look like?
I need this or that.
You will know it is your ego, because it will convince you of the limitations. It’s usually loud.
Often we take these thoughts from the ego as fact. It often paralyzes us.
However, when we realize what the ego is doing and why it is doing it. We can shift and no longer allow ourselves to stay immobilized. It’s not to say the ego stops talking. It will always be there.
Within yoga the mind can be broken down into parts of the mind. The ego being one of them. Teaching that the mind is trainable. So of course the ego is trainable. We can train it work from a space that works for us, not against us. The trick is we are training it, not controlling it.
It’s not there to be controlled. If we go back to the screaming child in Walmart. The child isn’t there to be controlled. We can try to control a child, but it usually doesn’t work.
All that child really wants is to be seen, heard, and loved. Our ego is similar. We can let the ego know it is heard.
Give it a kind thank you, I hear you. Deep breath in and out.
This then gives us the chance to tune in and tap into our heart or our spirit.
The Spirit Says:
When our spirit speaks, it’s usually quiet. It’s not going to put up a fight.
Usually when our spirit speaks we feel it.
I know for me, when my spirit speaks I feel light. I feel free. I feel no need to go faster or to be anywhere else but here. I know when I’m in my spirit things are delicious. Things look brighter. Time doesn’t feel restricting. I’m enjoying each moment.
For me that’s what life is about, it’s about each moment we delight in.
I notice the people around me start to slow down with me. We delight in each other. We truly listen to one another. When I’m in my spirit people look more human and amazing to me. I’m honoring exactly where I am and exactly where that person is too.
Our spirit doesn’t try to compare. It doesn’t care.
Our spirit is love. I’m convinced that’s all we ever truly, deeply want is love.
Our spirit does not limit us. It embraces who we are.
There’s a song by East Forest called “We Are Truth”. Within that song it says “the ego is who we think we are and the soul is really, really who we are”. Such a beautiful song, I encourage you to go listen to it.
As you listen to it, and even if you don’t, here are some questions to ask yourself:
Where can you be more of who you are?
What would you like to delight in?
What is your spirit whispering to you lately?
Are you following your heart?
How do you feel within when you are in your spirit?
I’ll leave you here to tune in and tap into YOU.
Thank you so much for joining me today, I can’t wait for next time.
P.s. Check out this blog post for tapping into your spirit easily.