Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Power of Visualization

I teach yoga to persons with disabilities where the person often has a weaker side which sometimes cannot move without assistance.  In class I often encourage them to do the pose or movement on the stronger/ dominant side first to really feel in their body how the movement feels.  I then encourage them to close their eyes and visualize the second side doing the same movement.  They will often find an increase in strength and flexibility on the weaker side.  There have been studies done on the powerful effects of visualization even for athletes.  Check out this link.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/flourish/200912/seeing-is-believing-the-power-visualization.

One morning right before I awoke, I had a dream I was in Crane (Bakasana) Pose.  In my dream, I could feel my abdominal muscles engaging and all the muscles working that needed to work.  During my morning practice, I told my husband my dream and that I was going to see if I could do the pose, which I could not do before.  Wow, I got into the pose with ease.  I shared my experience with my students and encourage them to keep visualizing!

What is something you want for your life?  Try some visualization.  I would love to hear how it works for you!

“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.”  Richard Bach 

Hug your family

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I had planned on another post but this post had to be shared.  Lately unfortunately, I’ve heard many stories of tragedy.  Parents losing children, unexpected loss of loved ones and those living with serious illnesses.  My Urban Zen work takes me into hospitals and hospice where I am presented with the reality that with life, comes death.  Yesterday I felt an overwhelm of emotion,  an enormous sense of gratitude for the health and well-being of my children, my husband and my parents.  I sent them love and a thank you to God for my family.  I went home and hugged my family tight and offered my full presence.  I can get wrapped up in the daily dramas of life so this day served as a reminder of what is truly important.  I hope you and your family are well and if not, I hope you find the support that you need.  I’m surrounding you all with love and hugs.  Have you hugged your children today?

You’re just getting started

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this 4 week Meditation/Mindfulness Journey with me.  I hope you have found more ways to be present for your life and those around you.  Maybe you’ve found that sitting everyday is a challenge but have found mindfulness in your day to day activities.  As a result, you are living with less stress and the increased ability to be more responsive versus reactive with the difficulties that arise in the ups and downs of life.  I invite you to continue your Meditation/Mindfulness Journey and, would love to hear in the comment section how it is affecting your life and those around you.

Today  or this week, I invite you to do a moving meditation.  This can be a yoga practice if you do yoga or, a walking meditation.  If walking is a challenge but you are able to walk with the assistance of a cane, I invite you to try walking backwards next to a wall using the wall for support.  PLEASE only do this if your doctor says it is okay and if you have support and a friend or loved one near.  Walking backwards is helpful for alignment of the pelvis over the legs and,  may help you to feel more balanced.

As a side note, my son came downstairs this morning and noted that he heard birds singing, I do believe spring is coming.

Be Well!

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn