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Eastern Body, Western Mind

Feel your Charge and Discharge!

Anodea JudithWhhhatttt do you mean I hold a CHARGE of energy when someone cuts me off in the grocery store and my dagger eyes don’t show a discharge?   Or when my spouse just really digs into me about spending money on something and my anger gets stored into my body???

Whhhhaaatttttt are you talking about!   Amy you are freakin’ crazy! (yep and I own my craziness!)

Mind Body Integration Workshop with Anodea Judith

World Renown Author – Anodea Judith live and in person in Phoenix!

Anodea Judith will be teaching a four and a half-day Mind Body Integration Training Intensive in Phoenix Metro Area from 09/15-09/19/16.

Anodea JudithEveryone seems to know about chakras these days – at least as a concept – but do they really know the ins and outs of activating, balancing, and healing using the model of the Chakra System as the profound formula for wholeness that it is?

This elegant map to human consciousness is not only a ladder of liberation for achieving higher states of awareness, but an opening into our own deep psyche, with all its issues and illuminations, from its depths to its heights.

Finding the Balance

Think of it this way: Your body is like the hardware of a computer, while your mind is like the software—programmed into you since the day you were born. The software contains your memories, your beliefs, your habits, and your thoughts. Some of that programming was unconscious, installed before you could even think or question.

Some of that programming includes the things you’ve studied, the realizations you’ve had, the beliefs you’ve chosen for yourself. All of that programming runs your life.

What enables the hardware and software to work together is the vital life force, prana, or energy. Without that, the hardware and software, or mind and body, have no way to interface—just like when your cell phone battery goes dead.

Without the vital “juice” going through the system, your phone is useless, no matter how fancy the model, or how many photos you’ve loaded onto it. It needs that electricity, just like we need prana to run through our system.

Vibrating Into Expression

The software or programming tells the energy where to go in the body or hardware—what to access. It may tell us to hold in our belly, to keep quiet, to be careful, or that we’re not safe. This then shapes the hardware, or the body itself, which forms around the energy of the chakras. Most of this is unconscious, yet can be seen in our activities or the way our life works (or doesn’t).

The chakras are organizational centers for the reception, assimilation, and expression of that life force energy. Each one works on a different level, from the root chakra that processes all our survival programs, to our emotions, actions, relationships, communications, visions and beliefs.

You could say that each chakra stores programs for these essential levels of being. Just like a computer, these programs can have bugs in them, resulting in problems in your life, and issues in your tissues.

Releasing the Blocks

Chakras also contain gateways into and out of your core. They regulate what gets in and what gets out.  Defenses block the chakras by blocking the gates in order to keep energy out or to keep energy in. Then our consciousness gets caught in the blocks, and is no longer in the free flow of awareness and experience. That can render a chakra out of balance, which usually takes the form of being excessive or deficient.

When a chakra is blocked, a person lives in the frustration and suffering of the block and cannot access their core. The internal gears that move and regulate energy up and down the core get sluggish. This creates further defenses, discomfort, and eventually illness, addiction, or dysfunctional behavior.

Restoring the Sacred

Chakra Therapy looks at the physical body, the human psyche, and the flow of the life force as a result of our past conditioning. As each of the chakras contains a vital key to unlocking the life force, Chakra Therapy uses tools from Yoga and Bioenergetics, (the healing of the human psyche through the energetic process of the body) as well as models of childhood development, to root out these unconscious programs, move the energy to new places in the body, and bring not only understanding and awareness, but greater aliveness and freedom.

My book, Eastern Body, Western Mind, presents the theory behind all this, while the the live experience of workshops bring that theory home to your own body and life.

Learn more in person at my four and a half -day Mind Body Integration Training Intensive in Phoenix Metro area.

 

About the Author

Anodea Judith, Ph.D. is a groundbreaking thought leader, best-selling author and the director of Sacred Centers, a teaching organization of transformational wisdom. She holds a doctoral degree in Psychology and Human Health, is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (E-RYT), and has engaged in lifelong studies in psychology, mythology, sociology, history, systems theory, evolution, and comparative religion. She teaches and lectures worldwide.

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Yoga for your Heart

Yoga for your Heart

2015-02-14 19.38.31As we wind down Valentine’s and a time full of love, I am pondering why does one day out of the year have to promote more love than any other day?

We are each to be filled with love and a time to create awareness on a daily basis and to assist in Self- Love and Compassion toward all.  Life is full of lessons and one that I have enjoyed getting reacquainted with is compassion toward Self.

Yoga Ithaka – testimonial from a student

“Have Ithaka always in your mind,

Your arrival there is what you are destined for.

But don’t in the least hurry the journey.

Better it last for years”………Cavafy

 

YOGA’S ITHAKA

Jayne before & after TriangleMy yoga Ithaka began a year ago.  Upon urging by a friend, a 15 year Yogi, I reluctantly agreed to try it.  To say I had preconceptions is an understatement.  I believed twisting my 5’10” body into Gumby positions would end my entry into the world of yoga at once. 

Savasana = Nap Time

Savasana = Nap time

AZ Biltmore Hotel

AZ Biltmore Hotel

At the end of a yoga practice you should feel like you are ready to just lay down and rest, cuz  you have been moving and cranking out yoga postures that you are not use to doing.

Thus, Savasana (sha-va-san-ah) was created!  I refer to Savasana as Nap Time because the goal is to lay down and rest.

Note I said Goal!

For many it is a time to do just that, for others it is the time they look at their watch or tap their fingernails or feel absolutely tortured!  

Cough during yoga practice – is that normal?

Feel a Cough coming on during Yoga Practice

tickle in throatI had a student ask me the other day after class, Is it normal to feel like I need to cough during yoga?

My response was – sometimes depending on what you need to say, either to yourself or to others.

The throat is your 5th Chakra (energy center) and this is the voice/words we say to ourselves and to others.  If we are constantly swallowing or coughing or have the tickle like we need to cough that is the activation of this energy center.

What I LOVE about Yoga

What I LOVE about Yoga

There are so many things that I love about teaching yoga and doing yoga over the last 16 years…

I LOVE the feeling at the end of class where you are “floaty” and calm and just noticing the quietness of breath.

I LOVE the fact that as a teacher people show up to take my classes and for those beginners, you are the best because you truly SHOWED UP!  That is the hardest part of yoga – taking the chance to try it out.

Types of Yoga Amy Online Classes

Types of Yoga Amy Online Classes

Types of Yoga Amy Online Classes offer a variety of styles or types of yoga formats.   I am often asked what are the differences between them.

So here is the low-down on my classes from easy to hard:

Relaxation classes are to provide you the opportunity to meditate or  if you have problems falling asleep these videos will allow you the opportunity to rest.

Legs up the wallRestorative Yoga is the easiest style of yoga.  You will use yoga props to support your body while on the ground.  This is a very relaxing format and meditative.  I encourage you to have some soft music that you can relax with and enjoy the resting postures that help you rejuvenate.  Many of the postures are held between 8-15 minutes.

Yin Yoga is a step up from restorative.  Majority postures are on the floor, however they are a deeper stretch and you ease into them to take the stretch deeper.  Many of the postures are held between 5-10 minutes each and you feel AWESOME when you finish the practice.