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Kat Biga
Nov 08, 2021
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Kat Biga
Nov 08, 2021
In Breath Work
Pranayama in yoga means "breath control". In Sanskrit 'prana' means breath or life, and 'yama' means control. The practice of breath work is a wonderful way to incorporate a better sense of well being physically, mentally, and spiritually. I know in my journey with breath work, I have noticed it's not about how long you do it for, it's more about how mindful you are when you do. There are many different types of breathing exercises. If you have taken any type of Vinyasa style yoga class, I am sure you have heard of the Ujjayi Breath. It is also known as the 'ocean breath' because when breathing it has an oceanic like quality to it. To perform Ujjayi breathing, you inhale through your nose, and then with a restriction in the back of your throat, you exhale out of your nose. This breath helps to sooth the nervous system and calm the mind. It also has a physical heating effect in the body, so it is an awesome breath to have and keep throughout your yoga practice. I encourage you to try this breath whenever you get a chance. Whether you are incorporating it into your yoga practice or not, see if you can feel the oceanic like quality and heating sensations with your own body. If you have any experiences you would like to share about your Ujjayi breath experiences, you can post them in the comments :) Breath work has many different types of benefits, but in this post I will be talking about 4 benefits of breath work that can help you to live a more mindful, peaceful, and connected life. Decreases Stress Breath work helps to calm the nervous system; therefore it is an amazing way to decrease stress, and manage the stress in your life. Next time you are feeling stressed during your day, or before bedtime, breath for at least one minute and see if that helps to calm you down. Improves Sleep Quality Ahhhhh sleep. Sleep is so important for so many reasons. Getting good sleep makes for a better day, better mood, better immune system, better memory, better productivity, etc. It is just really good for you! Breath control can help aid in improving your sleep quality by slowing down your breathing and heart rate. It helps to put you in a feeling of relaxation; therefore, helping to calm your body before sleep so you may sleep more fully. Try breathing mindfully 5 minutes before bed and see if you feel a difference. Increases Mindfulness For most of us, breathing is automatic. Our bodies breath for us without us having to give any thought at all. Focusing on your breath and breathing with intention can increase mindfulness. During breath work, you are aware of your breathing and how it feels, helping you to focus on the present moment. With each breath, you can begin to feel more focused on each inhale and exhale, and not so much on the past or future. Enhances Cognitive Performance Breath work can help aid in better executive function of the brain. Executive function of the brain is a mental process that enables us to plan, focus, organize, manage time, multi-task, etc. If breath work can do this, that means it can help us to live a more balanced and grounded life.
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Kat Biga
Aug 14, 2021
In Letting Go
How do we know what is no longer serving us? When asked to shed what is no longer serving us, how do we really know? And once we know, how do we accept? And once we accept, how do we take action to let go? I find that sometimes in life, we might know that things are no longer serving us (maybe they never did) but letting go can be the hardest thing to do because we have some sort of attachment to what that thing, person, situation, etc. mean to us physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. In Buddhism, attachment is the root of all human suffering. Attachment to physical objects, people, beliefs, opinions, ideals, etc. It is actually through our inner development of peace and happiness, not external development or material success, that we can find a quality of life in line with our truest, highest, and most peaceful self. This will help guide us to know what to shed, to accept, and truly let go. I think about the way that I want to feel, to interact with others, and to live my life. It is important to me. I want to live in a way that brings joy to others. But sometimes, this blinds me from remembering that I am a soul in a human body and I must take care of it. I must in order to live the way I want and bring joy to others. And sometimes that even means letting go of "the people pleaser" in me. Gosh am I a people pleaser. Anyone else? I never want to be the reason someones life is difficult in anyway. Lately, I have had to shed and let go of the idea of saying yes to everyone. To saying yes to things because I want to be there for everyone. I have had to learn a new way of being, and it is a process. Let me tell you. I have had to learn that it is okay to put myself first. That doesn't take away from the fact that I can show compassion, empathy, and kindness towards others, but rather it is simply the idea of remembering on a moment to moment basis that I am worthy of love. I am worthy of kindness, I am worthy of empathy. I am worthy of compassion. I am Divine. What have you had to let go of recently? How did you know? How did you accept? And how did you truly let go? I would love to hear all about it. It is truly such a beautiful process in life to ebb and flow, to shed, to let go. I believe that intentions are really everything. Remember that if your intentions are pure, that is all that really matters. Remember in this human life things come and go, but your truest, most authentic self will remain.
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Kat Biga
Jul 11, 2021
In The Eight Limb Path
The Eight Limb Path act as ethical and moral guidelines on how to help us navigate a meaningful life free from suffering. The Father of modern yoga, Patanjali, is known for being the author of the eightfold path. He did not create yoga; however, he was known as a wise man who wrote many significant things about yoga and Ayurveda. He believed in his teachings of yoga philosophy to help change the way we think and communicate. The Eight Limb Path helps us to return to a life of simplicity. With a growing world of complexity and stresses, the eight limb path helps us, and those around us, to liberate, to blossom, and come back to the essence of who we really are. Today I am going to talk about the first limb of the Eight Limb Path. Yamas. You can think of the yamas as the "do nots and constraints". It relates best to the idea of the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do onto you." Yamas deal with the ethical standards of integrity and how we act in the world. There are 5 yamas. Ahima - Nonviolence Ahima, or nonviolence is the idea to give kindness to all living beings, To respect all living things as unity because they are all connected. To avoid all verbal and physical violence because every interaction has a karmic consequence. It also isn't only about actions, it is also about the way we think. To not have violent thoughts towards others, or to yourself. The main objective of ahima is to act with clarity and love to yourself and others. 2. Satya - Truth, Do Not Lie Satya, or truth is to have truthfulness in thoughts, words, and actions. To have honest communication with yourself, and with others. To be your most authentic self and to live your truth. You might ask yourself before you say something - "Is it kind?" "Is it true?" "Is it necessary?" 3. Asteya - Absence of Stealing Asteya, or not stealing is to not steal. When most of think of 'stealing' we think of materials. Stealing objects from other people or places. This is true for asteya, but it is also more than that. Let's think of the example of time. Giving too much time is stealing from yourself. Running late for a meeting or event is stealing time from others. Asteya is the idea of not stealing materially, spiritually, environmentally, and energetically. 4. Brahmacharya - Self Restraint & Moderation Brahmacharya, or moderation is all about being intentional with where we are spend our energy. To not give or take too much of one thing, but to have self discipline with things like food/goods, exercise, work/life balance, and in giving/receiving. 5. Aparigraha - Non-Greed, Non-Hoarding Aparigraha, or non-attachment teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us or brings us joy in a positive way, and to let go when the time is right. Overall, aparigraha reminds us to practice trusting the abundance of the Universe. I hope you all found this helpful in one way or another. If you have any questions, insight, examples, or feedback feel free to comment below 😀
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Kat Biga
Jul 10, 2021
In General Discussions
Hi everyone, it's Kat ☺️ I am so happy that you are here! I created this online community so that everyone in the Elegant Yoga Studio community can make friends, ask questions, talk about interesting topics, and overall just feel connected and united in this community. I have some topics that each of you are able to create posts in if you choose to do so! If you have insight, a question, or just want to get a conversation flowing you can post in one of the topic discussions, or in the general discussions if its not related to any of the topics listed. What is super awesome about this online community is that not only can you create written posts, you can also post pictures, gifs, emojis, videos, etc. This will help us to really connect and get to know one another. Everything is fair game, but I just ask that each of you remain respectful and considerate of everyone in the community. If each of you could, I would love to hear just a little bit about each of you once you have joined. You can write, post pictures, or a video with just a couple things about who you are (name, where you are from/live, age, one interesting thing about you, and why you decided to join the Elegant Yoga community. 😌 I am seriously smiling ear to ear right now writing this to you all. I am beyond excited about starting and creating this community with each of you. Lets grow in resilience and strength individually and together as we explore yogic topics, the meaning of life, and what it means to be human. And may the conversations begin...
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