Happy International Yoga Day!
Yoga totally changes lives!
How awesome that the United Nations has officially declared the summer/winter solstice as International Yoga day to raise awareness worldwide of the benefits of practicing Yoga.
Today we celebrate the importance and value of Yoga as tool for connection to ourselves, and how that affects the way we connect with others and the planet
I wonder, How has Yoga changed or improved your life?
Hit Reply – I’d love to hear from You!
We remember with love, one of our mot loyal students, devoted friends and helper, Kyle Keeber who passed this week.
“Thank you francie!!!! ! I really can’t be grateful enough for what a big difference you’ve made in my life. Hearing all the wonderful and beautiful things people have said to me and about me this past week and how much people have recognised this new positive energy I carry with me has really made me realise what a big evolution I’ve had in the past year and all this really wouldn’t have been possible without you and pure flow” – Kyle, USA
Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:
- “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” — Tim Ferriss
2) What is Aum / Om?
- “Om or Aum of the Vedas became the sacred word Hum of the Tibetans, Amin of the Moslems, and Amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians.” -Paramahansa Yogananda
Aum, sometimes spelled Om, is the most universal of Hindu symbols and its sound is used in most yoga traditions to promote body-mind harmony. We often begin and end each yoga asana class with 3 Aums, to bring each individual and the collective into this. The sound of Aum spans the full range of the human voice, beginning at the base of the spine, moving up to the navel and slowly vibrating up to the 3rd eye chakra and beyond.
Aum is said to be the primordial sound of creation; the sound of all things in the universe vibrating simultaneously. Aum is used to symbolise the universe and the ultimate reality, representing the three aspects of God: Brahma – Creator (A), Vishnu – Sustainer (U) and Shiva – liberator/destroyer (M). Aum is a also said to be a prayer of protection, representing: “a” –the waking experience, “u” – the dream experience, “m” – the deep sleep experience. Many traditions use this sound to seal or confirm a prayer, for example “Amen” is used in Judeo-Christian cultures and “Aho” in Native American tradition.
3) Join Global Om TODAY – June 21st!!!
This is happening TODAY and I encourage you to join – Click the Link for Time Converter to sync up.
From this article…”Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “union”, and therefore yoga is a perfect antidote to our divided world. Recognising the popularity and health benefits of Yoga, on the 11th of December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. This year’s theme for Yoga Day is Climate Change and it will take a unified global effort of individuals with healthy bodies, clear minds and open-hearts to avert our planetary crisis. Sanskrit is an ancient Indo-Aryan language that influenced cultures in Asia and Europe, and OM is the root syllable from which the language originated. Unify.org is hosting a Facebook Live webcast of a globally synchronised OM to honour Yoga Day and inviting people to join for 15 minutes on June 21 at 10:30 AM PDT wherever they are on the planet.”
4) Guided Meditation – 20 mins
- 20 Minute Guided Meditation for Reducing Anxiety and Stress–Clear the Clutter to Calm Down from the Mindful Movement
My friend Rita, who has been a devoted meditator for many decades now, turned me on to this meditation to help me de-clutter the mind and find more relaxation. I find the visualisations they offer pretty helpful, and could see how coming back to this again and again could be very helpful.
5) Song – To Let Myself Go
I’ve loved this song as long as I can remember. This is a fresh more danc-y version that is helping to bring me into my embodied practice on the mat and remember the mantra …to let myself go. Do you dig?
***What’s your favourite inspiration this week?
I’d Love to Hear from You. Please let me know!***
As always, I hope you enjoyed today’s selection of Love & Inspirations. Please let me know which of the above inspirations is your favourite? Anything in particular that you want more or less of? Other ideas or suggestions? Please et me know on Instagram, Facebook, or simply send me an email.
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