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What is happening on the matt when you step onto it?  What are you actually trying to cultivate?  Ask yourself if you have a healthy relationship with your yoga matt. 

There has to be a point when we are challenged as an individual to go beyond the physical.  What does this pose mean to me?  Where in my life am I experiencing these same thoughts and behaviours?  Asana is like a mini incubator.  How you behave on the matt is pretty much the same way that you are living life except that it is in a controlled environment.   Form a bridge between your yoga matt and your life.

How to bring intention to the yoga matt.  Hold an intention while you are in a pose.  Open yourself to your higher power.  Trust that you are going to be guided in the right way.  What happens is we can find a morsel of peace and serenity.  Be okay with not having all the answers right at that moment. 

Three pillars - breath, body and belief.

Breath is the first thing to be given to us and the last thing in life to be taken away.

Inhale and exhale is its own mantra.  “Hum” on the inhale and “sah” on the exhale.  The more we tune into this we try and curb our mind away from all out thoughts.  We remove ourselves from the situation temporarily and when we come back to it we come back with a fresh mindset.

You have an average of 24,000 breaths a day.  How may of those breaths are you aware of?

First learn to breath and then learn asana.  It is a natural progression. 

Breathing is a nutrient.  It helps to stoke our “agni” our digestive fire.  It is absolutely free and it is often overlooked.

Most people are breathing with 18% of their lung capacity.  If we can get that full breath, we are going to feel so much better.

The hope with meditation is that we create space between us and our thoughts.  You get to watch your thoughts but you don’t get to go in and engage.  The more we detach we become a lot less emotionally involved.  We become the observer.  This gives us more insight to make a positive choice.

She tries to see her whole life as a meditation.  A practice of one pointedness.  When you talk on the phone with someone – only talk on the phone with them.  No radio, no TV, no checking Facebook.    We have been led to believe that multi-tasking is great but really it only creates more anxiety.  When you go for a walk try and do this without headphones.  When you cook only cook.  When you are with your kids only be with your kids.  When you are listening to this podcast only listen to this podcast. 

Day dreaming sparks creativity.  Meditative practice then allows greater imagination and access to ideas.  Sometimes mindfulness is the preliminary round to day dreaming.  Or we day dream and we need more clarity on it so we sit in meditation.

Mindfulness is about getting rid of the clutter in our mind that doesn’t serve us.

Giving yourself permission to think big about yourself.  And look back on your past and even though you messed up a lot but realise it all led you to this.  Allow yourself time to daydream as well.

Through the soulful deep connection of just feeling raw with myself I found God through that.  I find a connection to my higher power.  I started experiencing these things on my yoga matt.

When I am on a yoga matt my body is a temple.  I am good enough the way that I am.  This idea that I am enough.  There must really be something out there for me.  These must be purpose and value for me.  Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.  You need both. 

That is such an expression of my faith for me because then I go out and live that.

 

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