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As human beings, it is part of us to get caught up in our own stories - ruminating on our past, dreaming about our future - that we suffer in this moment rather than living in the NOW. To bring you to the present moment, think RIght Now… right now I have my breath; right now I have my family; right now I don’t feel pain; right now I am grateful for this experience; right now I choose to see and experience blessings.
If we bring our practice into these moments, we can see that even in the hardest moments, there is collateral beauty. In every moment what is wrong is always available. But if we are practicing yoga, we can also find what is right.
By Jeanne Adams
Chakra work describes the techniques that are directed toward the chakras and the circulation of chakra energies. Such practices include sound, color, visualization, gemstones, aromatherapy, breath work, meditation, and asana practice. Chakra work improves our energy system by helping raise our level of energy, strengthen our intuition, and heal the mind, body, and spirit. Some of the effects of chakra work include strengthening metabolism and the immune system, detoxifying and improving functioning of internal organs, decreasing anxiety, mood swings, mental fatigue, and depression, and improving powers of concentrations, memory, clarity of mind and spirit, and more! By connecting with the centers of awareness and opening ourselves to balanced energy, we can treat ourselves and the world around us with grace.
At INNER CONNECTIONS, we offer many modalities to harmonize the energies of the chakras and promote well-being, including: Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Massage, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Reiki, and our Salt Room.
Choose the methods that correspond best to your inner nature and are comfortable for you. The more approaches you practice, the more successful the results will be. NOW is the time to set an appointment at ICY to experience balance, peace, and freedom. 303-588-8598
The term chakra comes from Sanskrit, the sacred language of ancient India. You will experience a taste of the Sanskrit language in Inner Connections Yoga classes.
Chakra means "wheel" or "turning." In fact, the chakras revolve continuously and through their rotation, we take in energy from our surroundings - plants, animals, and other people, as well as from the sun, moon, planets and the entire cosmos. Chakras are sometimes described as funnel-shaped flowers. Yet, at the same time, they allow prana (energy) to radiate from within us and act as miniature suns. Each chakra serves as a kind of way station in which energy is collected, transmitted, and made available for the ongoing processes of an individual's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual life.
You can make a positive impression in the world and influence your surroundings for the better by working with your chakras. Working with these vortices of energy, the chakras promote harmony between your inner and outer worlds.
The knowledge and teachings on the chakras come from yoga - the oldest system of addressing the development of the whole person. Yoga is a philosophical system and meditative practice directed toward mastery of one's body, mind, breath, and spirit. A goal in yoga is liberation from suffering and union with our divinity. The ultimate significance of the practice of yoga lies in the recognition of our highest Self and when we live in our highest Self we contribute to the greater good of all.
Chakras are centers of awareness in the human body. These energy centers are neither physical nor anatomical. They are found in the subtle energy system, although their energy corresponds to certain existing systems within the body. Chakras influence cells, organs, and the entire hormone system, can affect thoughts and feelings, and are centers of psychic energy.
"Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself." ~ Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
One of the best ways to infuse your home with serenity and sacredness is by practicing meditation in your space. Prayer, meditation, asana, pranayama, and chanting in your living space provides you with a sanctuary to receive inner guidance and a clear space to Be. Remember that your true home is within you. Relax, let go, breathe, and turn inward.
Place a few drops of lavender essential oil onto a tissue and inhale, or breathe deeply and mindfully from the lavender essential oil bottle for a few minutes to enhance a sense of peace, calm, and relaxation. Place some dried lavender in a small bowl and when you need, gently squeeze the flowers to release the beautiful scent.Lavender can calm nervousness and anxiety, cure insomnia, or relieve a headache.
Your religion is not the garb you wear outwardly, but the garment of light you weave around your heart. Discover who you are, behind those outer trappings, and you will discover who Jesus was, and Buddha, and Krishna. For the masters come to earth for the purpose of holding up to every man a reflections of his deeper, eternal Self.
~ Paramhansa Yogananda
What Is Infrared Yoga?
The hipper younger sister of hot yoga is practiced in a room heated by infrared technology. Rather than blasting steamy air at you (like a typical hot yoga studio), the heaters actually warm you on a molecular level, from the inside out. The difference provides benefits like increased blood flow, intense detoxification, and digestion stimulation in addition to boosting your metabolism and burning calories.
BENEFITS OF INFRARED HEAT:
· Burns hundreds of calories in 20-30 minutes
· Reduces stress and fatigue
· Strengthens the cardiovascular system
· Heals injuries faster and more efficiently
· Relieves pain and migraine headaches
· Eases joint pain and stiffness
· Relaxes muscles and increases flexibility
· Deep cleanses skin naturally
· Removes toxins and mineral waste
· Improves the immune system
· Increases metabolism
· Helps fight cancer cells and generate healthy cells
· Removes heavy metals, toxins and pollutants from the tissue
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January: new bathrooms
February: new paint and floors in yoga rooms; purchased MindBody software to create a seamless experience for you, our valued students!
Late March: Infared Yoga classes available
Late August: CommuniTEA and Salt Room opening