Remembering Flow

Remembering Flow

Sometimes it’s easy to get in the way of ourselves, inside our minds instead of inside our flow. Further, sometimes it’s hard to learn how to allow others to integrate into our flow without letting it get upset.
We each have our own way to deal with this, I guess this is what makes us each unique. One of my favourite ways to forget those voices even just for a minute and submit to the flow of things is to slip into yoga; being in a class, leading a class, or just free styling on my own in my own space are all ways I can find myself listening to the flow.
Without a doubt though, when I return back to the flow it feels as if the knots of life seem to loosen and my smile in life and wonder for this same life returns.
How do you get into your flow?
photo taken in gorgeous Maui by @cadencia

Sthira-Suhkam : Just Breathe

Sthira-Suhkam : Just Breathe

I just returned a couple of days ago from two phenomenal retreats in Mexico – my annual Yoga & Spirit Retreat in Sayulita and then a Cultural & Culinary Retreat in Oaxaca. Fourteen incredible days filled with adventure and abundant heart connections. I left Mexico feeling light, inspired and joyful.
And while my intention was to try and sustain this post retreat high for as long as possible, in less than 3 days I began to falter under the pressures of my long post trip to do list. How easy it is to fall back into habits that create contraction and tunnel vision. Anyone relate?
So today I took some time in front of my altar to sit, close my eyes and just breathe. And within just a few moments I could sense more ease and flow.
The breath is the thread that connects the body and the mind. When the breath is easy and expansive, then the mind and the body will also express these qualities. It can be easy to forget this – it happens to me all the time. But then I remember and with the next breath everything can change.
The term sthira-suhkam is often used to describe this state of being, where sthira means steady and stable and sukham means comfortable and ease-filled.
Whatever is happening for you right now, join me for a moment and become curious about your breath. 

  • Start with the exhalation. Watch the out-breath with an inquiring mind. What does it feel like? What does it sound like? Pay attention and practice watching until you know everything out your exhalation.
  • Now focus on your inhalation, with the same level of curiosity.
  • Stay relaxed. And simply observe your experience.

So now turn off your computer. Find a comfortable place to sit, maybe even with some sunshine. Close your eyes. Breathe. Repeat.
love & pranams,
carla

Open Your Heart to Freely Flowing Love

Open Your Heart to Freely Flowing Love

At the end of the day (or maybe every minute of the day), we have two choices.
The first: close your heart to meaningful connections and fear anything that comes close.
The second: open your heart up so fully that whatever fear that may have existed in that spot gets overwhelmed by an abundance of freely flowing love.
I’m here to tell you that the second option should really be the only option because there is no other way to live. There is no holding back when tomorrow comes every day, anyway. Fears will surface in each situation, your body will feel pain no matter what, but with an open heart, your whole being will recover incredibly quickly and flourish in what is anew.
What are some tips to lead from our hearts?
A great place to start is to step into every situation with a consciousness for compassion. Hold that hug with compassion. Hum your early morning tune with vigor. Walk down the street like you’re performing a ballet. Brush your teeth with such detail that their existence depends on it! Thrive wildly and beautifully! That is compassion for you and what you choose to do.
Another way to bring more openness into the world is to acknowledge it’s existence. This means when you notice yourself slowly glossing over, losing all interest, acknowledge it to yourself and to your situation. Just the act of acknowledging it is a great step towards thinking about what you can do to ensure that heart valve stays open and full. But it doesn’t stop at your actions, when you see somebody else opening up their heart valve so fully, jump in and say ‘you’ve won!’ Positive reinforcement at its finest.
What better way to grow that awareness of heart then through meditation! Reflect on one or two situations during your day and recognize at what capacity you were there with your heart. Perhaps you may also stratagize in this space how you can open your heart to its full capacity.
A great way to jumpstart your heart’s vibrancy is to join me at one of my Breath of Bliss workshops. I specifically design these to kickstart your heart into its fullness, its strength, and to help you test the waters in a safe spot to living fully from your heart.

Transforming Resistance

Transforming Resistance

Do you ever catch yourself in a moment of complaining about somebody else? Or even second guessing your whole hearted expressions from your heart? Another big one is what people say to you, have you ever had some words of ‘advice’ from a friendly person that have stuck with you for a very long time and almost unconsciously encouraged you to adjust your attitude or ego the world sees?
Take a moment next time and reflect upon whatever it is that you’re complaining about or resisting, what the reasons are for hesitating, what the excuses are that are coming up.
It is most likely that those things that we complain about in others just so happen to be the things we ourselves are most self-conscious or self-critical about. I would like to suggest these are items within yourself to heal, not things for you to correct in others. . . . . .