• Root Chakra Affirmations to Become Grounded

    Root Chakra Affirmations to Become Grounded

    Strengthening your connection to the root chakra is one way to become more present and grounded in your life. It’s about connecting with nature, with your body and plant life. 

    1. Root Affirmation Video
    2. Becoming Grounded
    3. Root Chakra Affirmations
      1. Different Parts of the Affirmations
      2. Root Chakra Affirmation List

    Have you ever felt disconnected from what is happening around you?


    Root Affirmation Video


    Becoming Grounded

    When you feel ungrounded it feels as if you cannot connect to the world around you. It’s like a “head in the clouds” feeling, and you can’t find your way back down. Feeling ungrounded is also related to anxiety or poor judgment of what needs to happen in your physical world. 

    Being grounded, or having your root chakra open, invites a feeling of presence, clarity, peace, and an overall sense of wellbeing. Sometimes, you can even feel a load being lightened because you will be able to practically do what you need to.

    One of my favorite ways to instill this beautiful open-root feeling is to practice affirmations. I have included some affirmations below, as well as a video to follow.

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  • Make your Dreams a Reality with Yoga

    Make your Dreams a Reality with Yoga

    There are many definitions of yoga that I have been introduced to over the years. Some say it is a state of connection within the mind, a form of meditation. Others say it is the connection between the mind and body, where the two become one. Another definition of yoga from an old mentor of mine said that yoga can be anything- any activity as long as we are present. The definition of the Sanskrit word yoga means “to yoke” or “union.” This union of yoga connects us to all aspects of our lives. Mentally, Spiritually, Emotionally, Physically– in all ways you can imagine.

    “Yoga is a way to attain what was previously unattainable.”

    TKV desikachar

    There is something in this life each of us has been unable to do. Maybe that is patience, strength, balance, or clarity. Perhaps it is something more tangible that you have not been able to do, like get a certain job, or write a book. We all know what that “thing” is that we are wanting to experience. And maybe some of us don’t know what will bring us balance or happiness yet.

    Practicing yoga is one pathway for us to reach our dreams.

    “When we find the means for bringing desire into action, that step is yoga”.

    TKV Desikachar

    Yoga unites us with what we are searching for. Whatever we seem to be searching for or missing in life, yoga can fill up that space when we choose to practice.


    Yoga brings us balance between effort and ease, bitter and sweet, active and passive, inward and outward. If you are feeling depressed, yoga can help you lighten it. If you are lonely, yoga can tap you into something bigger than yourself. If you need to find acceptance or to let something go, yoga can provide the other polarity in order for you to feel balanced.

    I have found the meaning of yoga in my life to mean “to feel” and “to experience.” It means to learn and grow from the experiences we have in life. It means to find the opposite of what we are and use that to expand our life.

    “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”

    Ralph waldo emerson

    The asana practice, then, represents your life. You start in your center and create an intention. You experience the movements of your body. You experience things you have never felt before. You discover and hold on. You let go, become stronger. You stretch to new limits and experience life for what it is now. You feel the emotions that are within you now. You learn from those who came before you. You learn from yourself.

    As the practice winds down, you reflect on how the movements make you feel. Ending in savasana, corpse pose, your final resting place. This is the place where you can just be and observe the changes that have come into your life. You reflect on a life and a practice that was lived to the fullest, and you can enjoy this time to just be without the need to do anything. And, finally, you curl up onto your side, a fetal position, to represent making life anew. Then you rise again, ready to feel and experience more, in a new way. A new life.

    This practice mirrors our lives. It gives us what we are lacking. Each new experience changes our life, and it will never be the same again. No matter how you go about to seek for change to instill balance in your life, is yoga. This is the path of yoga, for which I am grateful.


  • Root Chakra Meditation

    Root Chakra Meditation

    Meaning the “Foundation of Support” in Sanskrit, the Root chakra is our connection to the physical plane, survival, and connection to all things that give us life. It’s where we store the feelings of basic necessity, the right to live. It is the lowest center in human incarnations, located at the base of the spine

    To begin working on your Root Chakra now, check out this guided meditation linked above!

    Balancing the Root Chakra

    After we begin to connect to this masculine energy center, we can begin to connect with the earth itself. In meditation, you can imagine that you have roots, roots of light extending from your feet and going deep into the center of the earth to ground yourself.

    What can we learn from the root chakra?

    The root teaches us that we need to fufill our own basic needs. It is the base of us, the vital foundation that supports us, we support ourselves by making sure we are safe in all aspects of life.

    Is my Root Chakra in Balance?

    Here is some knowledge you can use to begin to get to know your root chakra.

    Age of focus: Birth- 7 years
    Element: Earth
    Color: Red
    Orientation: Self-Preservation
    Demon: Fear

    Endocrine Glands: testes/ovaries, sex hormones: Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogen

    Issues: Roots, Grounding, Nourishment, Family, Home, Health, Appropriate Boundaries, Body image

    Deficiency: Disconnected from Body, Fear, Anxious, Restless, Can’t settle, Poor focus, Financial Difficulty, Poor Boundaries, Disorganization, lack of abundance, If you are in a mindset of scarcity or lack, prana isn’t optimized in this chakra.

    Healing: Focus on restorative yoga poses, stretching the legs, grounding, giving in to gravity, meditating on the earth, spending time in nature, using grounding “tree” essential oils.

    Balance: Good Health, Vitality, Well Grounded, Comfortable in Body, Sense of Trust, Security, Ability to Relax, Stability, Prosperity, Abundance

    Excess: Weight issues, Hoarding, Material fixation, Greed, Sluggish, Tired, Lazy, Fear of Change, Addiction to Security, Rigid Boundaries, Holding onto things to feel Safe

    Affirmations: I am safe, I am protected, I belong, I am secure, I am grounded

    Happy Grounding!

  • 3 Ways to use Affirmations Every Day

    3 Ways to use Affirmations Every Day

    Stop for a moment and take notice about what you were just thinking.

    Whatever thoughts you think now pave the way for your future! As humans, we tend to act out unconsciously what our mind thinks about. Are your thoughts critical or tend towards the negative side of things? No worries, there is a way to turn this around, right now. One way to help shift your emotions and your future is to use positive affirmations. Affirmations are a fun way to retrain how you think about yourself.

    You can use affirmations for literally any situation! Using them consistently provides the best results.

    Below are three way I like to use affirmations.

    1. In front of the Mirror
    2. Use Sticky Notes
    3. Speak your Affirmations Out Loud
    Photo by Nadine Wuchenauer on Pexels.com

    In front of the Mirror

    Many of us spend some amount of time in front of the mirror every day. During these times, you can add a boost of confidence by using affirmations. Look into the mirror and say your affirmations to you, while maintaining eye contact with yourself. It can be confronting and difficult to do this at first, especially if you don’t make eye contact with yourself too often. But this is so powerful to say that you love yourself and that you accept yourself in the eyes every time you look in the mirror. Try it next time you pass a mirror and see what happens!

    Use Sticky Notes

    You can place sticky notes in places you are every day as a gentle reminder to use affirmations! Just write what affirmation you are working with on your sticky note and place it where you can see it each day. You can use sticky notes on your mirror, by your desk, in your car, in your room– anywhere you can read them regularly can help to train your mind when you are least expecting it, anywhere you go.

    Speak your Affirmations Out Loud

    There’s something powerful about hearing your own voice telling you that you are worthy, capable, and confident. Hearing your own voice telling you this each day is more meaningful to you then hearing someone else’s voice say these things.

    Here are a few affirmations to get you started:

    • I love myself
    • I accept myself
    • I am worthy
    • I trust in the process of life
    • I am healthy
    • I am safe

    Hopefully this got some ideas flowing for how to incorporate daily affirmations into your routine! If you are looking for more ideas on how to increase your positive thinking throughout the day, there are affirmation videos on YouTube available for you to listen to for free. These can be so helpful for setting the tone for the day.

    Below is a video of my favorite Abundance Affirmations! Try listening to it and see how you feel afterwards!


  • Letting the Practice Go

    Letting the Practice Go

    I remember a few weeks ago I consistently practiced yoga for quite a while. The feeling is empowering– knowing that you are on track and hitting your goals consistently. Until I wasn’t anymore, and I realize it’d take a miracle to just get myself moving and motivated again.

    Have you ever been there?

    I’m sure we all have. It can be difficult to stay consistent at the things we know we should be doing often. When we want to escape and run away from our problems is the exact moment we need to recommit. Recommit to your goals, recommit to that person you want to be.

    Your practice is about building the habits you know will take you to the next level. When we let that go, we are really telling ourselves that we are ok with giving up. Not being consistent is letting yourself down.

    But it’s not your fault.

    Our brains work against us when we try to create new patterns. It is trying to help us conserve energy, and also stay the same. That’s what it knows is safe. Recommitting to our practice during those times is actually when the best change can happen!

    Follow through even though you don’t feel up to it. Sometimes doing it anyway, despite being unmotivated, is what we need to help us change. And if it’s something that you truly love, that spark of inspiration and joy will come, even if you are just going through the motions.

    Next time you feel your habits slipping, recommit to them. Let yourself be surprised at what happens next!

  • Trying Yoga for the First Time

    Trying Yoga for the First Time

    I never liked exercising at first. I disliked running, I was slow. I never liked sports or pushing myself physically. I was bad at it and often felt self-conscious when moving my body. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has felt a lingering undertone of anxiety in the background of their days. I was curious about yoga, but I didn’t have the confidence to try it on my own. I heard that yoga was a way to relax. When a friend asked me to join her in a yoga class one day, I was feeling adventurous and decided to give it a try.

    Since I was invited last minute, I was wearing jeans. I was also not flexible in any sense of the word, so I felt out of place because I knew we would be stretching. Once I gathered myself in a little corner, the instructor’s calm demeanor invited my attention. I settled in and began mirroring the movements of the instructor as the class began.

    At first, I wanted to get it all right. I wanted to seem like I knew what I was doing. As the class went on, my senses began to pull inward. I was less focused on my appearance, and I began to experience how my body felt. It was wild.

    One of the last poses we did was child’s pose. I felt at home in that space. I remember the instructor cuing us: “let any anxiety you feel fall into the ground below.” Something in that cue clicked for me and I could feel the underlying stress begin to fade.

    It was stress that I didn’t even know existed, and it was gone somehow. For the first time in my life, I did not feel self-conscious about my body, even if it was for a few minutes. I felt I was in control, I felt I had the space to be myself for the duration of that yoga class. I felt as if I were on cloud nine as I gave myself permission to truly relax and not worry anymore. I wanted this feeling to last.

    So, what is it like to try yoga for the first time?

    I can’t guarantee that anything mystical or life-changing will happen in your first yoga class. But I will say, if you give it an honest try with an open mind, you might be surprised with what is possible out there for you to experience!

  • Are In-person or Online Yoga Classes Better?

    Are In-person or Online Yoga Classes Better?

    Have you ever wondered if you should attend an online vs an in-person yoga class? When beginning to do yoga for the first time, it can be difficult to decide what class format to try out first. This guide will break down the pros and cons of online and in-person classes to help you decide what is right for you!

    1. Online Yoga Classes
      1. Online Class Pros
      2. Online Class Cons
    2. In Person Yoga Classes
      1. In-person Class Pros
      2. In-person Class Cons
    3. Conclusion

    Online Yoga Classes

    Rising in popularity, online yoga classes are popular. You can take your favorite teacher virtually anywhere, and there are plenty of free classes as well. The benefits include being able to practice in the comfort of your own home, and drawbacks include not developing a relationship with your yoga teacher.

    Online Class Pros

    You can practice when you want, where you want.

    If you travel a lot, this can be a huge benefit. You still get the same class style and teacher you love, without the stress of trying to find a new studio to go to.

    When you are at home, you can choose when to do your yoga practice and it can fit seamlessly into your day.

    Skip the commute to a studio

    The act of commuting somewhere just to do something you could easily do at home is a major drawback to traveling to in-person yoga classes. Avoiding traffic and travel time is a major plus to taking online yoga classes.

    Practice in your own living room.

    You get to control your home environment. This means that you can set the lighting and music exactly where you like it. There is a certain comfort to practicing alone in your home that invites ease and relaxation right into your living room.

    Online Class Cons

    No feedback if you are doing the poses wrong.

    If your class is pre-recorded, you don’t have a teacher watching to see if you are doing the postures correctly. You have an increased risk for injury when you do not have a teacher there to make sure you are decreasing risk. Having a teacher’s eyes on you, even if they are through a screen, is better than none, because you will be assured that you are doing the sequence correctly. Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. 

    It is difficult to develop a relationship with the yoga instructor and class.

    One of the best parts of yoga class is the social aspect. It’s about getting to know your teacher and classmates, and that is difficult to do online even if you are in a membership group. There is just something about meeting up with the same group every Wednesday night for Restore that unifies and bonds you as a group.

    You can easily be distracted or end the class early

    I don’t know about you, but I have definitely paused or ended an online yoga session early because I just wasn’t feeling it. Yoga is meant to be a mind-body tool to help you get to where you want to be mentally, emotionally, and physically. Your at-home environment may be holding you back from fully experiencing the benefits of the yoga practice.

    In Person Yoga Classes

    Attending yoga class in person can be a rewarding experience. Decades ago, young yogis often lived with their teachers and learned from them in person. Even though we do not learn this way in the United States, stepping into a yoga studio or similar location is a closer approximation to this ancient practice. The act of being in the studio is a change of environment that you may need to shift the whole pace of your day. The benefits include getting personalized attention from your instructor. Although, you may feel pressure to do some techniques you are not ready for.

    In-person Class Pros

    You get individualized attention.

    Many yoga teachers are trained to keep an eye on their students, making sure that they are doing the postures correctly to avoid injury. If one or more members of the class is not up to the task of a certain pose or sequence, a seasoned teacher is often comfortable to change the class, tailoring it to your needs. This instant feedback is priceless and can increase your progress greatly.

    In these types of classes, you also get to feed off of the energy in the room.

    There’s just something about doing yoga with a group of people that gets you in the groove so you can stay focused. I don’t know about you, but when I do yoga by myself from a video I tend to get distracted in my surrounding environment. I’m more likely to push myself in a group setting.

    In-person Class Cons

    You might feel self-conscious.

    One of the drawbacks of attending in-person classes is feeling self-conscious in class. This is so common in beginners, and even I get intimidated from time to time in in-person classes, and I’ve been attending for years. It’s ok, most people are probably too zen’d out to notice you, or they are busy focusing on themselves. Attending class in person is one way to work on conquering this fear.

    You may feel pressured to go beyond your limits.

    If you are not ready to do a headstand, shoulder-stand, or even a downward facing dog, you might feel peer pressure to do these poses. Many yoga teachers will not be offended if you sit out on a pose or two, but you may feel the pressure to keep going even if you are not ready to do a certain posture. We want you to feel your best after class, and that is not going to happen if you are putting yourself in harm’s way. If this causes concern, I suggest talking with the teacher before class to see what postures they have planned. If the teacher knows your hesitancy or injuries, they can adjust class plans or offer modifications to accommodate you.

    Conclusion

    Whatever classes you decide to take, whether in-person or online, there will be benefits and drawbacks. I encourage you to try a combination of in-person and online classes. Many yoga studios offer their classes online as well, reach out to them for more information. Many yoga studios are local small business, and it can be so rewarding to get out in your community and support them!

  • Om Namah Shivaya

    Om Namah Shivaya

    I bow to that which I am becoming,

    May my attachments fall away.

    I can let go; I can breathe.

    May I transform into all that I can be,

    May the light fill me up.

    All that is un-needed falls away,

    We can never lose the love within our hearts.

    We can never lose that hope in a bright life

    All loss is that of untruth.

    All we lose is what is not meant for us,

    For it has served its own purpose in its time

    I appreciate all that is taken away,

    I praise the One who removes the untruth from me.

    When the world changes around me,

    I bow to that which I am becoming.

    Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya.

  • Meditation and You

    Meditation and You

    I have found that meditation is one of the best methods to bring myself into the present moment. Meditation has been proven to decrease physical pain and even anxiety.

    But some people wonder, what exactly is meditation?

    My definition of meditation: a technique used to attain a different state of mind.

    Is your mind bouncing from one thought to the next? Meditation can help! Do you lack motivation to get started working for the day? Meditation can help you get focused! Depending on your goal, there is a method of meditation that is sure to help you.

    Using the Breath as an Anchor

    Meditation is focused attention on one thing. Many people use the breath as their anchor for meditation. The joy that comes from meditation is lasting in our day to day lives. Meditation also leads to being less reactive and judgmental towards our own emotions and thoughts.

    Presence is the Key

    Meditation brings you to the present moment. Meditation is a state of mind. What matters is the focus we have on our anchor. The most effective anchor, or point of focus, in meditation is the breath. The breath is the bridge between the physical and the ethereal. The breath happens in the present, so we become present when we bring attention to the breath.

    Become the Observer

    Observe your thoughts, observe your breath. Observe your state of being. If the mind wanders, it’s ok to start again. Let the thoughts float away like clouds in the sky. Thoughts and feelings are an offering, they are a gift, let them be there. Accept everything as it is– there is no need to change. There’s no need to react. It’ll take patience, but the time will come when you move beyond thought.

    When the mind isn’t there to distract, it’ll become silent and that’s when meditation deepens. Meditation is used to look inward for your own answers. All the knowledge and wisdom you need in this moment is inside of you. You only need to bring your attention inward to begin to connect with this part of you. Meditation is ultimately committing to know yourself.

    Find Your Meditation Space

    There’s meaning in the meditative posture itself. Being in the same place at the same time each day and in the same posture helps to train the mind to enter the meditative state. It’s important to be comfortable when meditating. Sitting up in your own strength with your spine long is helpful. You could even lay down if you wanted to. The idea is to be aware and focused, but the mind calm. When you find that physical place each day, your body and mind will know it’s time to meditate.

    Keep Practicing!

    As we continue in our meditative practice, we will find that we can feel our emotions before we react to them. Meditation frees us from worries. It brings us to our center in the present moment. You are stronger when you meditate. Soon, you will find that you’ll notice your thoughts before you react to them.

    Meditation is about you, not others. It’s not about achieving something; it’s about being with whatever is there and staying with it. From that place, is where the answers will come. It will take time to see results. Be consistent, you’re not alone in exploring this world of meditation.

  • How to Start your Yoga Practice if You are bad at Routines

    How to Start your Yoga Practice if You are bad at Routines

    Wanting to step into the perfect daily yoga practice is a desire for many of us. We all know the benefits of yoga– from exercise to keeping ourselves centered and mindful, we want these benefits every day. But it can be difficult to start that daily routine. Especially for people who struggle with keeping habits consistently, no matter what they are.

    Here are a few things you can do to weave your yoga practice into your day, even if you have a hard time being consistent. 

    Add Yoga onto one of your Existing Habits

    You might be thinking, wait, I’m bad at routines, how can I ADD another task onto my busy schedule?! I’d say to you, think of what you already do every day that is consistent.

    Certainly, you bathe regularly and make your daily commute to work. You also probably sit down for a meal or two, and all of these are great opportunities to slip in a little bit of yoga into your day.

    Perhaps the easiest way to do yoga during these times to become conscious of your breath. Bringing mindful attention to the breath is one of the goals of yoga. If you can find these mindful moments throughout your day, you will be better off than if you haven’t.

    Below are some more ideas on how to incorporate your yoga practice into your day!

    Practice Deep Breathing When you are Trying to Fall Asleep

    This is especially helpful if you have insomnia, or if you want to introduce some meditative wind-down time. You can do this by simply bringing your awareness to the breath, and intentionally drawing out the inhale and the exhale gradually. Notice a slight pause as the inhale transitions into the exhale and vice versa. This will help to soothe your mind and get you ready for sleep. You can also do this if you have a hard time getting up in the morning!

    Add Yoga to your Current Exercise Program

    Do you go out for a run every day? Adding a few warrior poses can help to stretch the legs before and after your workout, this will benefit your run while slipping in some yoga time.

    If you don’t have an existing exercise program, I recommend getting outside and walking around in your neighborhood every morning or evening. Even simply walking is great for your health and can be the start of a lifelong habit!

    A Little Progress is Better than None

    Even if you don’t have the time for a full-fledged yoga practice every day, there are still many little ways to sneak in some yoga during the day. Whatever time you decide is best for you, there is no doubt that a little practice can go a long way over time!