The thing is - we can'y always 'think' our way to confidence. Sometimes the best way to gain new insight, and a sense of empowerment is from ACTION rather than thinking. We have to get into our bodies and create more space for ourselves.
Power is not a dirty word.
In Chakra theory from the Yogic tradition the seat of power is located in our solar plexus. This is the center of action, confidence, free will, and getting 'ish done. It also seems important to point out that this is a significant interchange in our energy system. It's hard to tap into love, truth, intuition, or our higher selves when we are feeling powerless. In exercise science when we take on BIG movement we also know it gets our blood pumping, and when we focus on core work it help support our spine so we stand a little taller, and can feel both stable and dynamic.
In this flow we focus on BIG and powerful postures along with core work to stoke our power center.
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Helping someone find more ease has always come naturally for me - offer a block, touch a bound muscle to encourage awareness and softness, provide a wall of support when needed.
Using the methods I had been taught up to that point felt forceful as if I was manufacturing the pose for the student, and rarely yielded lasting results.
It dawned on me about 50 hours into my 300/500 training that I needed a more well rounded background in anatomy, an approach outside of the world of yoga. So, on top of 300 additional hours of yoga training, I dove into additional studies in personal training, group exercise, cycling and kinetic mechanics. It may have been overkill, but what came from that headlong (and wallet thinning) dive, and a crazy number of miles on my car bouncing from jobs at studios, gyms and the homes of private clients is my own personalized approach to assessing a client’s anatomy, teaching movement, and offering assistance.
Admittedly I started this process as a rigorous (and naive) search for the ‘best’ method. But as is generally the truth when working with the human body my quest became a continual proving and reproving of one truth - everything is contextual. How frustrating it can be to sit squarely in the middle of gray shades, when so desperately I just want to know what’s best!
One concept in particular has transformed how I train students to awaken muscles, and develop awareness around patterns of compensation, and I find it crosses over exceptionally well in the yoga room.
This ONE technique offers a method that
Efficient and personalized?
So, what is it?
So, let's breath together!
To begin, find a comfortable seat in a chair or on the ground.
Place one hand on your abdomen, and one hand on your chest.
Allow your eyes to get soft or perhaps lower your gaze.
Now, let's begin to breathe with more intention.
Breathe in and fill your low abdomen all the way up to your chest.
Hold breathe in all the way at the top and count backwards from 4...3...2...1
Exhale from the chest all the way down to the low abdomen.
Repeat 10 times.
After the tenth round, return to normal, natural breath pattern.
Get up from your seat when you feel ready.
How do you feel?
Have you tried this breathing style before?
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Hi there! You found me. My name is Julia Marie Lopez. For 20 years I have studied meditation and mindful movement as my primary tools for healing. For the past 10 years I have worked as a wellness business owner, the Founder of Practice Everywhere, and now I am embarking on a new adventure to expand how we define our Personal and Public Practices.
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