Wake Up Show Up….

  • By Christina Skiftun
  • 13 Dec, 2016
yoga

…….There will be miracles. All we can possibly do is show up for our lives each time we wake up to a new day.

3 Daily Things You Are Doing That Are Keeping You Out of Balance This Holiday Season……and the Simple and Easy Daily Things You Can Do To Change That.

It isn’t surprising that you are feeling overwhelmed, wound up and utterly stressed out these days - it’s a busy time of year in the craziest way! I know it feels like all times of the year are the busiest? The holiday season however always has that extra fa la la la….. I doubt feeling this way is helping you accomplish those millions of extra tasks these days. You see when we’re bouncing all over the place; whether it’s actually happening or just happening amongst our thoughts and to-do lists, so is the energy we put into these tasks. If the scattered chaotic energy is what we put into what we do, what do you think the result will be?

….right…..exactly…….It’s nothing revolutionary, just a simple idea. Why don’t you stop and take care of yourself for a little while. I promise you all those things you must get done will still be there when you come back and they will be far less daunting. What an idea! I know! You may have heard this idea a hundred times before, and how are your results? Don’t doubt your efforts. The fact that you have the awareness is the first great gift you could offer yourself. If this is the very first time you have pondered such madness as putting everyone and everything in your life on hold and be right back, well I wish you could see the smile I have for you right now.

 1) Holding Your Breath…….

I would bet a day with the sand between my toes that throughout your days you have experienced a time or maybe 2..3…4….where you are holding your breath and are completely unaware that you are. Of course after some time our autonomic nervous system kicks in and we are all systems a go again. The power your breath has to calm, relax and re-energize you is gravely underestimated. We tend to hold our breath when we are worried, anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, scared or angry. Here’s my wee anatomy lesson…..your bloods wants to be neutral, that is how we achieve the healthiest happiest state for our entire body to function properly and to reduce stress levels. If you breathe out too much carbon dioxide it changes your blood’s chemical make-up, it becomes more alkaline which in turn fires up your sympathetic nervous system so we naturally continue to over breathe…..have you ever caught yourself paused in a moment and then all of a sudden you take a big almost staggered breath in……that’s called respiratory alkalosis because your body is trying to bring up the acidity in your blood and that means your body’s chemical state is not happy with us, our hormones get all out of whack and we all know how hormone imbalances can make us feel. The only way to come back is you must decide to change your breath. Taking long slow breaths in through the nose and out through the nose actually creates nitrous oxide within the tissues inside your nose, how cool is that?! If you’re in need of an energy boost, add some extremity movement to your breath. As you inhale raise your whole arm up and away from your body reaching your fingers for the sky. As you exhale reverse this action. Try this right now, and mentally record how you feel. This will become natural after a short time, just keep the focus.

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 2) Self Trust is Lacking……

my friend, I can tell you right now, you’ve got this! Truly not feeling it? let’s try couple things. First let’s think back to those times when all the stars for your day just aligned perfectly. You got up right when your alarm went, powered through your morning routine, packed the healthiest lunches for you and the kids and even got out the door on time without struggle, and on went your day just this way. I know you have had those days. So if you’ve done that before why do you feel like you’re not doing it these days? Because you just forgot how absolutely wonderful you are. Do you think you need to move mountains to feel like you can handle all that comes at you each day? No even close! you simple need to notice and acknowledge as many of those small things you rock all the time. The key is to start where you are and start small. It’s good to have goals and big dreams, but little by little a little becomes a lot, right! By noticing and acknowledging that you can make a yummy meal for your family is a triumph! It doesn’t have to be all around perfect; as in the yummiest, the healthiest, the most thoughtful conversation enticing….it simply needs to be one good thing for you, just think about how it feels when someone says to you, “Yum! This supper is great”. How about YOU be the one to say that to yourself in celebration of each and every one of your daily triumphs. That is called noticing and acknowledging yourself for the good you do. Don’t wait for others to offer you such sweet words, offer them to yourself all day long. Believe me, it is lifechanging. Now for the second thought….how passionately do you encourage your child or a dear friend or your partner when they are in need of a bit of a endorphin boost. Passionately and wholeheartedly encourage yourself my dear. Turbo-charge these effects by looking at yourself in the mirror and saying the words you long to hear out loud. When we fell good about the good that we do we are far less likely to let the times that aren’t so good or feel overwhelming get us down.

3) You’re Sleeping, But You Aren’t Resting…..

did you even know there is a difference? So what is the difference? We all require long periods of sleep for the purpose of restoration, growth and repair of our tissues. It is also a time for healthy synthesis of hormones and proteins as well as cognitive function. So sleeping is non0negotiable, but who doesn’t crave those delicious peaceful times of rest throughout the day. Proper rest is where the magic happens. It is short periods of checking out of your busy world and checking into yourself. Yoga Nidra and meditation are your key! Rest, yoga Nidra, and meditation help relieve muscular, mental and emotional tension. It releases stress and anxiety from your mind and your tissues. Proper rest heals endocrine (hormonal) imbalances, clears the subconscious and increase energy levels……not to mention it induces better long periods of sleep. Rest is the crown jewel you can offer yourself and your family. The trickle down benefits are ever lasting.

Christina Skiftun is a mommy to 3 + 1 on the way, an entrepreneur, owner of The  Yoga Studio North Calgary and a living life to the fullest junkie. She is  inspired by many who walk along side her and many she continues to dream  who will.

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We all want to know that when we invest in anything, whether it be with our time, money, or efforts; that we will receive a payoff…..that is why we invest. An investment in a regular yoga practice will offer you the most valuable pay off, an enhanced state of living, a healthier you, a happy life.
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Restorative yoga postures along with yogic breath work can shift the ‘stress response’ of the sympathetic nervous system to the ‘relaxation response’ of the parasympathetic nervous system – creating the inner environment for healing.

Invoking the relaxation response is an acquired skill and is fundamental to healthy mind and body. .

When the body is fully supported it is then able to let go of deeply held tensions and stresses, releasing into deep relaxation. This allows for healing, replenishment, restoration and a return to homeostasis.

The passive nature of restorative yoga makes it available to practically anyone. However, even the most seasoned and skilled yogi and yogini will benefit from a regular restorative yoga practice. The balance of an active asana practice along with the stress reducing therapeutic or restorative practice, create the state of santosha (contentment) we desire from our personal practice.

Take your practice a step further by learning the art and skill of restorative yoga with Calgary’s most senior restorative yoga teacher, Trish Robbins at her 3 day workshop. Through practice, discussion and hands-on experience, learn the art and skill of practicing or teaching classical restorative postures. This training is suitable for yoga teachers, trainees and health care professionals. The skills learned in this training allow for a deeper, more effective personal practice and the skills to help others.

Trish is Co-Director of The Yoga Studio College Gold Yoga Therapist Certification Program and Calgary’s most senior restorative teacher trainer. Sign up early to avoid disappointment. Bring a notebook, a copy of Relax and Renew and your own mat.

www.theyogastudiocalgary.com/workshops
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  1. Start thinking about all the things you have already accomplished in your day, your year, your career….instead of thinking about all the things you still have to do. You’re running up a checklist in your mind already why not make it one that makes you feel good.
  2.  When you feel uneasy about something or you are pushing yourself further than before….pause….ask yourself; am I ok now? Will I pay for this later (either physical soreness or mentally over analyzing everything)?…..if you answer yes and then no then carrying on, friend, use your breath if you need it. If you answered no and then yes stop and come back to honouring your soul. 
  3.  Breathe……Breathe……Breathe……I know you have heard it before. Maybe even many many times. Here it is one more time….nothing is more powerful at reducing the stress hormones surging through your body during tense times than your very own breath. 
  4. Realize that every choice you make matters. This isn’t to overwhelm you, but simply show you how easy it is to create the life you want to live. You are in control of your thoughts and choices. Therefore you are in control of creating your life. 
  5. As often as you can keep your mouth ever so slightly open. This reduces subvocalization, the very subtle jaw movements that are created during mental chatter, therefore reducing that mental chatter. 

Try these out and see how you begin to feel. Yoga is for everyday. Yoga is for life. www.theyogastudiocalgary.com
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Practicing daily affirmations is a very powerful way to transform your self talk from negative/sadness/worry/ fear to positive/happiness/excitement/contentment. It is a tool you already have. What is an affirmation? It is anything you think or say. The content of these thoughts and talk have the precious ability to change our lives. They allow us to feel good about ourselves, overcome adversity, troubles, even addictions of all kinds. Here are 15 daily affirmations;

1) I deserve love
2) It is safe for me to share my thoughts
3) I honour who I am
4) I am grateful for my entire life and all that it is
5) I accept myself exactly how I am
6) I appreciate my body
7) Love is always around me
8) Old and negative thoughts no longer serve me
9) I surrender to the flow of life
10) Now is the time to let go and trust
11) I am worthy of love
12) I have unlimited potential
13) I release fear and worry
14) Only positive rests in my body
15) I give love always

Speak these simple, yet powerful words to yourself as often as you can. You will then begin to notice how strong you will begin to feel.

Join Val Petrich this weekend for her Yoga for Addictions Workshop to learn how yoga can compliment a daily affirmation practice. This workshop is recommended for anyone wanting to learn a willful, sustained practice to help release tension associated with addictions. www.theyogastudiocalgary.com/workshops1


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Yoga asana (the poses) that we practice in class or on our own, are simply the surface of the oh so powerful world of yoga. It is the greatest way to walk through the door and into the amazing world of being yoga and not just doing yoga. As Sri T Krishnamacharya says - “ Yoga is the process of replacing old patterns with new  and more appropriate patterns. ” Our lives are ever evolving and so shall our yogic lifestyle. Practice on fellow yogis! Practice on and off the mat, come home to yourself.

Here are some simple tips on how to bring the other limbs of yoga into your daily life.

We begin by learning about our external ethics (Yamas). It is simply knowing and acting on what’s right and what’s wrong.
  1. Ahimsa - Replace hurt or violence (to others and yourself) with compassion. It takes courage - a lot of it - to look deep enough to see the quiet ways in which it is better to use compassion. 
  2. Satya - Would your soul rather be real or appear perfect? Know your truth and live it. It may not feel safe at first, however you will quickly come to know it feels real. Be your unique self. 
  3. Asteya - Live a life of integrity. Our highest level of self cannot shine through if we steal our light from others or other places. 1 May 7, 2017 
  4. Brahmacharya - Ask yourself, what are you over indulging in? Too much is simply too much. Clear the clutter, release the junk, soften the density of blocking energies within you.
  5. Aparigraha - Realize nothing is permanent and clinging onto things as if they were possessions will only lead to fear, worry and a sense of scarcity. Remember expectations will only create limitations. 

Moving onto the Niyamas now, we focus on our internal ethics, the foundation of stepping into our brightest light.
  1. Saucha - purify your thoughts, your intentions, your self talk. The best form of a cleanse! 
  2. Santosha - Feel and know immense gratitude for all that you already have and all that you have created. Love your life wherever you may be. 
  3. Tapas - Hang in there! remind yourself how strong and courageous you really are as you walk through the fire, or have those days of needing to dig deep. 
  4. Svadhaya - What do you need to either release or bring into your life so you can truly know you? Fall in love with learning about YOU!
  5.  Ishvara Pranidhana - Surrender! Surrender! Surrender! Trust the flow of your life. Instead of trying to control, begin to simply pay attention. 


The remaining limbs or gifts we can gain from in a daily yoga life are;
Asana - our physical practice, what we know as yoga on the mat.
Pranayama - A practice of mindful breathing.
Pratyahara - looking inward by withdrawing from outside influences.
Dharana - Cultivating concentration, focusing your thoughts. Dhyana - A practice of mediation, as familiar to many as an asana practice. Samadhi - Sweet sweet bliss! Spiritual illumination and a sense of oneness with all.

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