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By: Valencia McKinzie, Marketing Manager, Primo Water
Soda is 90% water and beer is 95% water, but Americans still aren’t consuming enough H2O. In fact, they only get about 30% of their water intake from good ole’ regular water. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t hydrate properly through just any beverage—you need water, plain and simple. Your life could depend on it.
When dehydration dawns
Dizziness, fatigue, headache, irritation, cramps, nausea, and most importantly, thirst—these are all signs of dehydration rearing its ugly head. Often when you feel symptoms in full effect, you’re already past the point of return. Combatting dehydration is as simple as preventing it: drink your water.
Athletes can lose mental acuity at just 2% dehydration, but what about folks who aren’t as athletic? Athletic or not, we all have muscle that makes up about 30 to 40% of our mass. Three quarters of it is made up of water, and when you deprive them of H2O, they lose their ability to optimally perform. Say goodbye to asanas, walking the dog or even cleaning the house.
Measuring water: The right quantity
There is no “one size fits all” formula for water intake. Your age, sex, daily activity, environment, and health status all factor in. Pregnancy, living in a hot area, sweating often, exercising, or being ill increases your suggested water intake from the standard eight glasses.
Water measures: The right quality
So, if soda or beer can’t do the trick, will any water suffice? Absolutely not. Water with high toxicity levels is just as harmful as not drinking water at all. Depending on the type of contaminant, impure water can lead to health issues such as gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Yuck.
Unfortunately, that impure water is closer to home than you’d think. Public water systems haven’t always done the best job of keeping our water clean and pure from manufacturing processes, fertilizing operations, or sewage overflows. In fact, between 1982 and 2015, millions of Americans drank tap water from a source in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. You know what that means: your tap water has officially tapped out.
So what other options do you have for readily available, healthy water?
Single serve bottled water is convenient and easy to transport, but water quality varies. Additionally, purchasing single serve plastic bottles contributes to the 1 million plastic bottles bought per minute globally. (Nace, 2017) So, what may be the most convenient option is not always the best for your health nor the health of the planet.
Carbon filter products sold by companies such as Brita, Pur, and Zero water are easy to use at home, and they remove a lot of the contaminants in tap water. However, many contaminants including bacteria, dissolved solids, fluoride, and some heavy metals are not filtered out through a carbon filter product. This is a partial fix at best.
But you shouldn’t settle, and Primo Water is making sure you don’t have to. Before it ever reaches a bottle — much less your mouth — Primo Water is put through a rigorous 5-step purification process. This includes a reverse osmosis system to stop unwanted chemicals and contaminants from ever touching your lips. It’s not just about safety, it’s also about quality and taste.
Primo offers highly purified water in refillable bulk sizes that make staying hydrated a breeze. Primo families can simply return to their local Primo retailer and refill their bottles, helping reduce environmental waste from single-serve plastic bottles.
You have a lot of options for how to hydrate your body, so it’s important that you’re as mindful of those options as you are of your practice.
Photo: Kenny Kolter, Allison Fullmer, Jean Marie Wilbert, Debbie Simon
The concept of Sanara Yoga and Wellness started years ago after owner and founder Allison Fullmer went through a devastating divorce that turned her world upside down and inside out. She spent months curled in a ball on the floor wondering how she would ever be able to go on. After some time spent in deep reflection, full of a grief and sorrow that she never imagined possible, Allison slowly started to see outside of her own pain. And she realized a simple truth: There were people all around her that were also struggling.
“So many of us suffer silently, and we don’t need to,” Allison says. “I don’t think we are supposed to. I believe that if we can all come together and grow from a place of love and strength, we can get through anything.”
From this concept, Sanara was born. Allison took her love for the physical aspect of yoga and how good it is for the body, and she combined it with the healing aspects of mindfulness, meditation, sound therapy, nutrition, and intentional living.
Today, Sanara is a home away from home. It is a community of healing love where we can come to feed our spirits, minds, and souls, while achieving the benefits of physically moving our bodies. The harmony of all of these moving parts is what creates the magic of Sanara!
At Sanara we practice from the soul including vinyasa, mindfulness, sound healing meditation, restorative, kundalini, and beyond. We capture all ages starting as young as age 4 with kids, teens, adults, and senior classes.
We are blessed to have a seasoned and growing team at Sanara. Jean Wilbert is our Director of Yoga. Her expertise and joyful living cultivates a cleansing space like no other. She brings a warmth to her teaching that makes you want to linger after class and drink in the vibe. Kenny Kolter brings the mesmerizing sounds of ancient instruments that will leave you feeling energized, peaceful and fulfilled all at the same time. We invite you to come and join our community and be part of our Sanara family in Southlake. We can’t wait to meet you!
We are excited to share this magic with you! Please note that our current space—which is peaceful, spacious, and gorgeous!…is a temporary location. We are building a 10,000 foot space (see photo) in the Carillon community of Southlake, Texas. Our final destination will have a tranquil outdoor peace garden, including a reflexology path, an underground kiva for grounded practices, full spa offerings, a library/meditation room, and big enough space for the entire Sanara community to gather in celebration. We welcome you!
By: Bipin Baloni, Passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher & Traveller in India
Summary: Let’s not harmonize the very much lived life full of common back and forth movements with cynicism. Change is essential, change is inevitable, change nurtures us, subsistence peace and calm with progress and figure out to navigate change like a yogi.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
Our life is and should be like a drifting river, enchanted and fresh, unlike the stale water. Similarly, changes and transitions are the inseparable part of our lives and should accept it with ardour. We all have past experiences, memories, sweet and bitter stories that surely have shaped our lives into a unique present. Throughout the journey called life, we all go through various heaps and slopes, ups and downs, all the variegated moments together transit the present and the nearer future.
Transformation is radical and refusing to let go of the past and fearing the change turns out to be a missed valuable opportunity that lets us commence the life called journey onto a new path that surely is astounding.
Socrates’ sayings are right… one shall emphasize all the efforts on creating the newness rather juggling with the past. So adapt the change by building the new practice, and the old ones reflects with time.
Begin with inducing yogic practice to your life, and trust, you summon the greater and the better transformation within. Yoga practice is, of course, good for the entire body, altogether enhances the personality, instigates self-realization, and supports the emotions during the bad phase or dealing with past dark realities.
As you are dedicated towards the path of yoga, these inner transformations slowly manifest all the goodness and change in the external life and change the way you live. So with yoga allow these slow, little changes to happen inside and out for the bigger transformation.
Below are the seven points that navigate you to change yourself and live like a yogi, and embrace every bit of the transition.
Sync with the Natural Cycle
Invite balance and vitality in life by getting the body cycle in tune with our natural process. Start waking up with the sun, indulge in the practice of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation sequence) and connect the body with the solar system. Practice yoga, drink the apt amount of water, take baths in cold water are some ways of syncing with the natural process.
Breathe Rightly for Overall Purification
Pranayam or breathing technique is an ideal way of purifying the mind and body by eliminating the unpleasantness and creating space for a healthy being. Pranayam soothes the discomfort in the body, let us reconnect with self, let go of the past, bring positive changes, and all this accompanies our outer transformation.
Feed Yourself with the Right Food
I suggest switching to the yogic diet, this compliments the practice and make life much better. A yogic diet is sattvic, vegetarian, and full of balanced nutrients. With the small change in your diet, food choices and eating habits will induce long-term benefits in your life. Positive changes in your diet will also assist with managing stress, restful sleep and positive changes in mindset.
Live in the Present Moment
In today’s time we forget to live in the present, with these simple changes we initiate the practice of mindful living to relish the present moment. Changes do bring along a lot of emotional and behavioral changes and we are likely to experience irritation, fear, anger or anxiety. But considering the positive aspect, the transformation brings mindfulness into our lives and actions. This helps us to subsist and remain in the present moment.
Bring Yogic Principle in Your Life
Embrace the journey called life and live it consciously and to the fullest…this can happen when we adopt the yogic principles. The Yamas (Ethics-Moral Discipline) and Niyamas (Observance) is the backbone of the yoga philosophy and guide us to know how to live life in the true form.
Adopting these duties or yogic principles is required for a healthy living, and guides you towards the changes in life.
Embrace Change Positively
The entire holistic practice of yoga helps the practitioner to navigate a change efficiently, and effectively by connecting our senses and enhancing the consciousness. As you experience calmness and stillness inside you accept present moment and create space to embrace each transformation in a positive manner.
Accept Change and Initiate Growth
One cannot escape changes in life, so learn to accept it as the process of growing. With the practice of yogic science, we attain both strength and courage to welcome the inner and outer transformation. The ancient art of life makes us realize the impact the internal workings have on the external and push you towards knowing and accepting the true self.
Allow these seven techniques to navigate change, and allow them to guide you as a pedagogue through the crucial stages, and transition of life in a positive and pragmatic way.
Author Bio: Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training Nepal. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.
You are a Manifestor, but are You a MASTER Manifestor?
By: Tonja Waring, America’s Leading Manifesting Coach & bestselling author of The Power of Manifesting
Several years ago, I was struggling. The economy was crashing, and I was in the thick of it. I had my real estate license and over 50 listings in two states. The market was headed in a downward spiral. My intention of earning $300,000 in commissions that year was quickly becoming a wish to make at least $50,000 just so I could keep my home and survive. I wasn’t that lucky.
After bankruptcy, foreclosure and divorce, I found myself wanting something greater…to learn how to master manifesting. As a certified feng shui practitioner, I knew the power of thoughts, physical placement, prayer and visualization. The problem was, sometimes it worked for me and sometimes, it didn’t. I was all over the place.
We are born natural manifestors.
The truth is, we all are born manifestors. Look at any child or teenager and you will see that more times than not, they get exactly what they want. They don’t think of the reasons they can’t have something, they think of all the reasons they should have something, and they aren’t afraid to tell you why and do what it takes to get it. They make up reasons out of thin air; they can be so creative! And persistent.
We can learn a lot from kids.
Here are 3 of My Favorite Ideas to Become a Master Manifestor.
1. When You Manifest What You Want, Stop Referring to It as “Unbelievable”, “Crazy”, “Weird” or “A Miracle.”
I hear this all the time. Friends will get exactly what they set out to get, and then they say something like, “Wow, it was unbelievable!” No, it wasn’t. Believe it! It’s natural. It’s normal.
I actually had my friend tell me she and her daughter saw a contest and wanted to win an iPad. They visualized it, and then their name was picked in the drawing! “It was so weird,” she told me. What? Why is that weird? It’s natural. It’s normal.
Telling yourself that this is not common, or it doesn’t ever happen, is programming your cells to be oblivious to all the manifesting you really do. Even if society sees manifesting as abnormal, you don’t have to. Manifesting is normal. And, manifesting can become your new normal. They more you do it consciously, the more you will see how much you do manifest and be able to manifest on demand with greater accuracy.
2. Manifest What You Want Like It Is a Game.
Taking life too seriously can greatly lower our ability to have fun and experience joy which lowers our vibration. For many of us, if we don’t instantly get what we want, we get bummed out. The higher our vibration (emotional wellbeing) the better we are at attracting what we desire. The reality is that you have everything you need right now, so anything you manifest is gravy.
Play this game instead: Dream up your ideal life. What would you do if you had everything you ever wanted? Then, start playing a game (pretending) as though you live that life. Think of what you want most. Visualize that happening. Write about it, have fun with it. Start doing things like that. See yourself receiving great things.
Make manifesting a game. For example, decide that you are going to manifest a $5-dollar bill within 24 hours. It’s just a game. Play and see if you can do it. Or maybe you want to manifest a movie ticket. Whatever, it is, just put it out there and start to play the game. See what skills/mindset you need to develop to be able to manifest it.
3. Study Manifesting and Practice Manifesting… Consistently.
People want to know how I’ve become a master manifestor. I practice a lot and I practice consistently. If you want to lose weight and gain muscle, you won’t do that by reading recipes and learning about exercises. That may be a part of it, but nothing really happens until you eat healthily and go to the gym. And, nothing really happens if you eat healthily and go to the gym once or twice. You have to eat healthily and go to the gym consistently…ideally, for the rest of your life.
I hear people say, “I’m going to get in shape.” Well, they get in shape, and then they fall out of shape, and then they get in shape again and fall out of shape. What would happen if your mindset was to stay in shape? “I’m going to stay in shape,” you tell yourself. You begin to manifest that and the yo-yo’ing stops.
Becoming a master manifestor is like that. Start with, “I am a master manifestor.” You study manifesting. You practice manifesting. And, it becomes a part of your daily life and mindset. You look for and acknowledge all the successes you’ve had in manifesting. You continually practice meditation and visualization. You consistently ask yourself, “What is it that I truly want?” You have fun, you play games, you laugh. You dream about an awesome and amazing life. You write about it. You will see how quickly your ideal life comes into reality. No attachment. Simply allowing yourself to have what you desire. And, like finding people to go to the gym, you find people who want to master manifesting so you can play together and learn from each other.
About the Author:
Tonja Waring is America’s Leading Manifesting Coach and bestselling author of The Power of Manifesting.An entrepreneur at heart, Tonja has created multiple successful businesses throughout her career. The foundation of her teachings is The Manifesting ProcessTM, a step-by-step framework for creating anything you desire in business and life. Her mission is to align people with their strongest assets, their passion and purpose, to create a life they love and are excited about.
As a single mom of three young children, Tonja was instrumental in the astounding transformation of a small pillow company into a national brand. In the first two years she worked with MyPillow®, they grew from $500,000 to $50 million. She co-authored one of the most profitable newspaper ads ever written, appeared as host in their national infomercial, has been a guest on QVC over 30 times and appeared on The Shopping Channel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Weekly, she hosts The Manifesting Mastermind where people around the country come together to master the art and science of manifesting. (www.TheManifestingMastermind.com)
By: DevakarSandhu, Reknown Yoga Instructor in Rishikesh, India
What is sequencing?
Sequencing is the flow or order in which the yoga asanas are placed with the aim of creating a yoga practice for achieving a particular outcome. The sequencing of asanas may differ a bit depending on the yoga school you choose as they decide how to sequence a yoga class or a personal practice. However, there are few specific types of yoga such as the Ashtanga and Bikram yoga that follow a specific sequence that should not change. The Ashtanga yoga consists of 6 sequences with increasing difficulty on order, the Bikram yoga classes have 26-pose sequence which is followed in same order by every Yoga Teacher Training India school. On the other hand, the styles of yoga namely Hatha, Vinyasa, and Iyengar have sequences that are decided by the specific tutor.
Importance of sequencing
It is important to maintain the sequence in yoga as you may have all the ingredients for a great practice but if you don’t sequence them properly, it will not only hinder you from achieving your goals but also make you vulnerable to injuries. The asanas are just like the alphabets of letters which makes no sense if you don’t put them in order. However, when properly ordered, they make sense and create a meaning. Each asana has a different effect which depends on the steps that lead up to it and the ones that follow. The postures can be beneficial or harmful on the basis of these factors.
Vinyasa is all about moving the body from one asana to another combining breathing with each movement of yours. The deeper essence of Vinyasa is to place the things where they belong to where they are appropriate.
Essential points a tutor should keep in mind
Correct sequencing is just like an art and science. It consists of having a knowledge of the principles, clarity on self-assessment, prior organization, and a considerable level of creativity. For reaching any goal, there are many paths, and for any person, there are many possible practices. For every practice session, there are several variables which impact its effect on our body. When a tutor considers all of these aspects is when the practice becomes truly integrative.
The practice of asana should be such that inspires and challenges an individual to do more. However, it is the responsibility of the tutor to help the students find the right balance as there would be students who would do more for achieving their goals and others would too little. The tutor needs to challenge their abilities ensuring their progress but not go overboard to cause injuries or frustration.
The class is a setting, where there is one teacher and many students, which makes it all the more important for the tutor to be responsible in their approach. There must be a systematic way of preparing the students for practicing a difficult asana and balancing out the stresses from the body after doing it. The teacher must be aware of the constraints of the students and conduct the class accordingly.
The Vinyasa Yoga is, basically, is a flow of asanas where each asana is a stepping stone to the next one. It has much wide scope and depth. The Vinyasa concept not just applies to the breath, senses and mind, but also to the mind. Without the progressive steps for deepening the mental focus, there is no Vinyasa at a mental level in asana practice. Since yoga is about bringing the mind to stillness, Vinyasa is about taking orderly steps towards a steady mind. Thus, Vinyasa practice should incorporate minding your mind in a progressive manner.
Considering the above-mentioned facts, it can be said that the tutor must stick to the sequencing especially when teaching Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Bikram yoga.
Author Bio– DevakarSandhu is a renowned yoga practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in yoga teaching. He holds a certification in 500-hour and 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh Course. He guides and suggests ways for lifestyle modification through yoga.
The number of people that practice yoga in the U.S. has more than doubled to 36.7 million over the past decade, with the Yoga in America study showing that 17% are in their 50s and 21% are aged 60 or above. Yoga is ideal for seniors because it wields many benefits that can be particularly useful at this age – including the fact that it reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, and relieves anxiety, depression, and back pain and headaches. If you are a senior and you are considering taking up this millenary practice, how can you ensure you enjoy all of its benefits while staying safe?
Yoga with Benefits
Activities such as chair yoga are proving very popular among seniors, who enjoy having the extra stability that a chair can provide while performing catered asanas. If you have osteoarthritis, chair yoga is ideal, with one recent study carried out at Florida Atlantic University finding that it is an effective way to reduce pain while avoiding medication or adverse events for the millions of people who are battling osteoarthritis in the hip, knee, ankle, or foot. Researchers noted that yoga can help reduce the limiting effects of pain, thus enabling seniors to carry out the daily activities they enjoy. “The potential impact of this study on public health is high, as this program provides an approach for keeping community-dwelling elders active even when they cannot participate in traditional exercise that challenges their balance,” noted researchers.
One of the biggest health risks for seniors is that of falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, more than one in four adults aged 65 or more will fall. Every year, three million emergency department visits are made. Every year, 28,000 results from falls. To boost their confidence, seniors often rely on alert systems that inform emergency departments if they have fallen. However, self-confidence should also begin from within. Seniors can boost their sense of security by pursuing balance-building exercises like yoga and Tai-Chi to. As noted by Dr. Mercola, the key to staying on your feet is twofold: having stronger muscles and building your balance.
Complementing yoga practice with strength and other exercises
If you are a senior, diet and weight-bearing exercise will also help boost your bone strength and avoid injuries and falls while you are practicing yoga and other sports. It is never too late to start exercising or performing weight-bearing exercise. One exercise that is simple and can be performed using a chair for support are lunges. These strengthen the leg and hip muscles, relying on the body’s own weight rather than external weights. A physiotherapist and personal trainer can also work with you if you wish to add light weights to your workout routine.
Yoga has been found in countless studies to lower stress hormone levels, boost vitality, and improve one’s mood. It is also an excellent way to increase strength and flexibility for people of all ages. To make the most of yoga as a senior, consider chair yoga if you need extra stability, and support your yoga practice with other types of exercise that increase strength and flexibility.
Dallas Yoga Magazine is thrilled to introduce you to Joseph Stingley. His unique journey is passionate and inspiring. He has extensive training in yoga and meditation and carries his spiritual message to his students. His uplifting style of teaching is encouraging and motivational. Take the time to learn more about Joseph’s life’s voyage leading him to where he is today.
DYM: Where are you currently living and where are you originally from?
Joseph: I currently live in Carrollton, Texas. I was as born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. I also lived in Phoenix, Arizona for a few summers while in college and I also worked for Honeywell Bull.
DYM: Tell us about yourself and your spiritual journey.
Joseph: I had my first encounter with God through angels when I was five years old. I got a glimpse of what I would consider my “Guardian Angle.” The being was around 8 or 9 feet tall and muscular. When I shared this information with family, they didn’t believe. Yet I know what I saw, and I believe my parents knew also and kept this information close to their heart. This was the beginning of my spiritual journey and the earliest that I can remember.
DYM: What was it like for you growing up?
Joseph: I started working a summer job at the age of 13 because my father could no longer provide financial support for me. He told me I had to buy my own clothes and future car, but he would provide shelter and food. I didn’t take offense from his statements. Because I knew he meant well, and he was only repeating what he experienced as a child.
DYM: You are very well educated in many areas. Tell us about your education.
Joseph: I felt a desire to go into the ministry in 1976, attended seminary school from 1978 to 1983. I graduated with a certificate of Pastoral Ministry and Counseling. I also graduated from Jackson State University in 1979 with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Math.
DYM: We’ve heard you have a very diverse career path.
Joseph: Yes! I worked and held various Information Technology positions from 1978 to 2003, including teaching college courses at North Lake College starting in 1986 to 1996. While at the same time, being very active in church activities such as helping with church plants, evangelism, assistant pastor, pretty much all areas of the church.
In 2003, I left the corporate IT world to become a personal trainer. I was certified through the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas as a Personal and Special Population Trainer. In November 2003, 24HF allowed me to train with 2 of their senior yoga instructors and in April 2004 I was given 5 yoga classes to teach. The first class I taught had 5 people in it and I ran 3 of them away! (Smiling)
The beginnings were somewhat of a challenge because I was so “green” with knowing about and teaching yoga. As time went on, I learn, trained, and was given many opportunities to teach the practice of yoga to 1000s of students per week.
The teaching of 1000s of students per week didn’t come until I surrendered my will that I would use teaching yoga as a platform to show my classes a God that they had never experienced. I wanted to show them a God with unconditional love, loving them right where they were in life, with no judgment, no religious expectation, no prejudice, no do’s and don’ts, mainly without words — allowing students to experience unconditional love by being in my presence. And, I have taught this way going on for 15 years, and don’t have any plans to change this method.
I moved to Texas in the fall of 1983 and have pretty much lived in Texas since. I have two wonderful and amazing sons Jeffrey (age 38) and David (age 31). I also have 2 grandchildren, Jackson and Reese who are Jeffrey’s children.
DYM: What was your first yoga and meditation experience like?
Joseph: My first yoga experience was in November 2003 when I was assigned to train under two yoga teachers. One, the gentle yoga teacher, I took class with her during the mornings. And, the other, the power yoga teacher, I took in the evening. I practiced with them both, 5 days a week, for several months.
The experience was fun yet challenging at times for me. I knew this was my next path. I didn’t have the details of it all. I only saw a few feet of light in front of me as I took this journey. And I was fine with that. I stayed sore for several weeks. Because my body had not experienced such movements or it had been a while since it had moved that way.
Right from the beginning of this experience I also knew I was born to practice and teach yoga/meditation and a host of other topics relating to how the mind and body works.
DYM: What was your first meditation experience like?
Joseph: My first meditation experience I can recall… if you can call it meditation… was listening to a series of tape cassettes from Deepak Chopra “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” I would take 1-2 words from each part and use them as a focal point. Back then I labeled focusing and or repeating the words as “confession” but later concluded that I was using “mantras.”
I was able to relate the information in the series with some of the Biblical understanding I had. The series actually gave me detail insights on what I already knew and had experienced. So, I guess I can say I started meditating and using mantras when it probably was not main stream in society as we know it to be today. To say the least, it changed my life for the better.
DYM: When did you decide to become a yoga and meditation instructor?
Joseph: It was November 2003 that I made the decision to become a yoga instructor and I would say it was probably several years later when I made the decision to become a meditation instructor. I felt becoming a meditation instructor was important because I saw many of my students were protecting the physical practice of yoga, yet they were still quick temper, fearful, stressed, anxious, and had periods of depression on a regular basis. I knew what meditation and mantra meditation worked for me. As I started to train and teach yoga teachers, I knew this would be a way to introduce meditation to many people, as they CYT (certified yoga teachers) would go out to teach.
DYM: Other than yoga and meditation, what do you enjoy in your spare time?
Joseph: I enjoy traveling as much as possible. I love taking day trips to various cities in Texas, especially Austin. Austin always gives me a feeling of belonging and “I’m home” whenever I travel. I also love to read books, listen to audible books, and writing blogs, books and ebooks. I truly enjoy being out in nature like natural trails and near lakes and oceans. The water also gives me the feeling that this is where I belong, a sense of “I’m home.”
DYM: You help students to overcome challenges and live their life to their fullest in your yoga/meditation classes? Can you share this process with us?
Joseph: The physical and mental (spiritual) practice of yoga has allowed me to help, speak, and impart into countless lives of students attending classes I teach, including blogs, and social media posts.
However, the most impactful method along with yoga and meditation has been what I label as “freedom” sessions. In these sessions, we look at the origin of events of past life (not past life regression, a totally different topic) that can bring freedom to their current and present life.
There is spiritual work in this process that the individual has to do. The work can be instantaneous and progressive as they move forward. Each session is generally 75 minutes long.
DYM: That sounds amazing! Explain to everyone the unique meditation you offer called Biblical Mediation?
Joseph: This form of mediation has been practiced perhaps for at least a couple of thousand years. It is a meditation that is so powerful that God promises everything we touch and do will prosper if we practice this type of mediation day and night. This form of mediation is not based on dreams but on promises that are found in the Scriptures. I do believe that many have a misunderstanding about Biblical meditation, such as being unrealistic, too spiritual, or too exhausting for them. When we use Biblical meditation, we are to think on God’s acts, character, order, principles, and promises.
DYM: How has adding biblical references to meditation made a change in your life and your students?
Joseph: The result has been successful, just as God has promised all of us if we meditate on Scripture. There has been times at night when I couldn’t sleep due to situations and challenges. I would meditate of God’s goodness and promises. Help would come in various forms such as solutions, peace, and calmness, to name a few. Then, there are times I would use my imagination and speak (mantra) God’s Word over them.
DYM: What has surprised you the most about being a yoga/meditation instructor?
Joseph: The unlimited opportunities to:
Serve others with or without words.
Show and impart unconditional love to others.
Create a space for individuals to come and know that they are safe, spiritually and physically.
Let individuals know that they are NEVER alone in our world. There will always be seen and unseen angels and guides to minister and serve them, especially during the challenging moments of their lives.
DYM: What do you find most challenging about what you do?
Joseph: There are no challenges about what I do. I love what I do. It’s my calling, my mission, my dharma. When we are willing accept and surrender to our dharma for this life then life is easy and there is joy in what we do. Joy is an inside thing.
DYM: What do you find most rewarding?
Joseph: When I look in their eyes and see that they “Got it.” They understand anything outside of love is just an illusion. When we meet or see others, we will either do one or the other. We will judge or love them. We can’t do both. However, the most important reward I experience on a regular basis is students see that . . . God sees them!
DYM: What do you see people having the most difficulty with in meditation? What guidance do you give them?
Joseph: I see individuals trying to pick which style or type of meditation they should learn or practice. Because of the unlimited choices, they can get confused. I tell them the simplest practice is focusing on their breath. If their mind wanders or thoughts come, to go back to their breath. Some can do it instantly while others practice will be progressive as they stay with the practice.
DYM: Some people often have problems sitting for long periods of time on the floor or with pillows because their legs fall asleep, what would you suggest?
Joseph: I tell them there is no “right” way to meditate. They can stand or walk around in a close area. They can also practice a “Walking Meditation.” I do this often. I have advised busy mothers that they can find a way to meditate if they are stay home mothers. For example, while they are doing certain things around their home, such as washing dishes, ironing or putting away clothes, and the list can go on and on.
DYM: There has been a lot of controversy about yoga in the news lately, what do you wish everyone knew about yoga and meditation?
Joseph: That the practice of yoga is controlling the modification of mind, using the breath and the physical practice (asana) of yoga. That meditation is a method of quieting our mind, which will help with the quieting of our body (stillness). Meditation is a universal practice that can be found in various religious setting, including Hindu, Christian, Islamic, and Jewish to name a few.
DYM: Tell us about someone who has influenced you on your path?
Joseph: There are so many that have imparted and influenced my life from childhood up to the present. The one person that I can truly say has made such a huge influence is “Joan of Arc.” I had a deep meditation session with my “Soul Coach” in 2016. During the meditation I received a prophetic message in which Joan of Arc appeared to me and had told me to “Speak your truth, Joseph.” I knew exactly what she meant with those words. And my life has been forever changed since then.
DYM: That is so inspiring! We often get yogis asking who to go to for teacher training, since you had the Soul Motivation Yoga School, what guidance would you give them for choosing a teacher certification program/school for yoga?
Joseph: I believe there must be a spiritual connection with the director/instructor of the yoga teacher training school. I would suggest individuals visit several schools to get a feel of the energy of the school, to get a feel of the individual(s) who will conduct the training. Their decision of which place and individual to take the training with has to be a “Yes” or it will default to “No!” It can’t be maybe, nor gray areas in their decision.
DYM: What program would you recommend for becoming certified to teach mediation?
Joseph: I highly recommend the following individuals:
DYM: What advice do you have for a person who has been practicing meditation for a long time but seems to need a little more extra something to their practice?
Joseph: Go back to the basic of meditation of when they first started. I call this . . Going back to their “First Love.” Something so simple can renew and ignite the excitement and joy just like when they first started meditating.
DYM: What advice would you share with a person who is just starting meditation?
Joseph: Start with breath meditation, which in my opinion, is the easiest path for beginners. And to not condemn nor judge themselves if they hear voices and have thoughts that they are not doing it right. Be kind, loving, and patience with themselves.
DYM: Great advice! Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Joseph: Several weeks ago, I created a free ebook called “Mustard Seed Faith.” It is one of many free ebooks I’m currently writing. This book has 3 different types of meditations that individuals can practice. The creation of the free ebooks are a way for me to give back to society, helping them conquer life’s challenges.
‘It’s For Charity! Events’ creates and manages FUNdraising Events With an Impact at fun locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth areas. We are the creators of ‘Happy Goat Yoga-For Charity’, ‘Be Crafty! Pop-up Series’, ‘Pups & Pilates-For Charity’ and many more exciting events in the making. We love to create, organize and run memorable ticketed events that are sure to boost the happy-vibes. Besides providing a memorable way for the community unwind, have fun and forget about life’s stresses for a moment, they also serve as fundraisers for local charities.
One of the biggest challenges that non-profits have to deal with is the ability in getting their name and cause out there, while also attempting to raise the funds necessary to be able to do the things that they do to make our communities a kinder and better place to be. This is where ‘It’s For Charity! Events’ comes to the rescue. We host super-fun, happy vibes events every week. The best part is, the proceeds from these events go to help local charities. Additionally, we help spread the word about these wonderful organizations through our ever expanding marketing platform.
Co-founders Susie Martin and Randy Price know the struggles that a non-profit faces. Susie is the founder of Here’s Your Reminder Project, a non-profit focused on combating depression and strengthening relationships. Like many start-up non-profits, she was funding the organization herself and constantly looking for new ways to bring in funds to fuel the mission of the charity. Randy has many years of experience leading and consulting with companies to increase revenue and growth. Together they are using their experience and talents to help those that make our communities a better place.
Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good
We use the motto: Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good! Our events promote a healthy and active lifestyle. At the same time, they help support great organizations that do great things. This is why we refer to our events as “FUNdraising Events With An Impact”! We all enjoy finding fun things to do, and since we are going to be going out anyways, why not help out a great cause at the same time?!
Our Founding Charity:
Here’s Your Reminder Project
We are mental health advocates focused on combating depression and strengthening relationships through awareness and intentional kindness (what we call Kindness Reminders). Our founder, Susie Martin, began the Kindness Reminder movement as a way to combat her own depression that, at the time, she was desperately crawling out of. Having a support system and being reminded daily, that we do indeed matter, can make all the difference. Now, it’s Susie’s mission, along with her Kindness Crew, to spread awareness on mental health by sharing their stories and encouraging others to do the same. We also inspire daily Kindness Reminders, challenging the community to make sure their people know they matter. As well as, creating Not-So-Random-Acts-of-Kindness for those currently struggling that were nominated by their loved ones. For more information, visit www.heresyourreminder.org
Happy Goat Yoga – For Charity
Perfect for any kind of celebration! You can’t be grumpy with a goat on your back! Enjoy a happy-vibes yoga class while the over friendly (and oh so cute!) pygmy goats run around, under, and over you! Goat Yoga is therapeutic, relaxing, and sure to make you smile. ItsForChrty.com/goat-yoga
Be Crafty! Pop-up
A hands on, DIY experience that pop-up at popular locations all over Dallas and Fort Worth. Whether you are a craft enthusiast or a complete crafting novice, we are sure to have something for every skill level. Each event features a seasonal or trendy project that you create from scratch. ItsForChrty.com/be-crafty
Pups & Pilates – For Charity
This class gets your good mood endorphins flowing, add a pup crawling into your lap and you have the perfect formula for your happy-vibes! Plus, your adorable, furry workout partners are all ADOPTABLE from a local rescue! ItsForChrty.com/pups-pilates
THE DYNAMIC HEALING OF SOUND BOWL “YINTEGRATION” YOGA
By: Atali Samuel, Owner of Happy Hour Yoga + Meditation Studio
If you are fatigued, energy-depleted, experiencing chronic pain or over-stimulated with a racing mind, Sound Bowl “Yintegration” Yoga was created for you. I developed this integrated practice as a result of observing my yoga students struggle to relax in my passive Yin Yoga classes. Regardless of the cues and adjustments to help breathe, unwind, and release – they resisted – open eyes scanning the studio, tapping tense fingers, and straining their fidgety limbs. I realized they needed something easy yet powerful to calm their monkey minds, something to focus on other than the sensations of the body and a rhythmic breathing pattern.
After playing my Tibetan bowls for a local meditation studio, I witnessed the powerful effect of the sound bowl frequencies. The meditation students stayed on their mats for ten minutes after the session ended, completely awake yet naturally still, savoring the effects of their weightless bodies and deeply relaxed minds. The idea of offering the combined static-style physical practice with the ancient healing sound frequencies of the bowls came to me in that moment. While I didn’t invent the uniting of sound healing and passive stretching, having enjoyed a similar class a year prior, I was inspired to offer my version using Tibetan metal bowls after my student reported that her neck, which had been aching for months, felt pain-free after the sound bath. Students usually choose a supine or seated meditation posture during a sound bath, thus adding the sound element to the same session decreases time it takes to unwind into the poses for full relaxation. The soothing tones help navigate the students’ minds to free-fall into stillness, and the body naturally follows suit.
Yin yoga was developed in 1970 by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink. The passive format is based on a unique style originating from the ancient Taoist health practices, philosophy, and spiritual traditions of China. The art of yin yoga incorporates helpful breathing techniques with restorative floor postures to encourage healthy alignment, improve circulation, decrease stress and clear energetic blockages.
Yin is all about relaxation, meditation, deep stretches and more importantly, patience. It is as much a cerebral practice as it is a static form of yoga, versus “yang” yoga, its dynamic counterpart, which includes vinyasa, ashtanga, kundalini and other forms for movement-based flows. The main difference between yin and yang forms is the recommended focus and encouragement to NOT contract the muscles. All parts of the body should be completely relaxed in order to soften into flexibly and deep healing.
Don’t let this passive practice fool you, it is considered a challenging format, for both the body and mind. Practitioners maintain each floor posture for 3-7 minutes, sometimes up to 20 minutes while using breath control to relax into the intensity of the stretch. The practice style was established to benefit deep connective tissue between the muscles and fascia in order to develop flexibility and ease tension. This also helps stimulate vitality so that blockages can be released to improve energy flow around the body. Along with reducing rigidity it encourages a sensation of release and “letting go”, ultimately, one can physically and emotionally surrender what is no longer serving them.
One of my beloved yoga mentors once said, “the future of healing is sound”. This ancient wisdom, the science of how sound vibrations affect brainwaves, is researched and proven today within thousands of published medical studies. Most of the previous research in the area of music focused on emotional effects. Music therapy explains a bit more but is limited to certain types of music and specific categories of issues. We now know that the area of sound healing can enhance mental clarity, learning, productivity, creativity and sleep. Research such as that of Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, the Founder/Director of the Center for Neuroacoustic Research in Carlsbad, California, a research center which is realizing the vision of “healing the body, heart, mind and spirit through the scientific application of sound” shows that when one resonates with your “root soul frequency” all of the organs and systems in the body fall into alignment. The rise of “brainwave entertainment” further verifies the research regarding brain hemisphere synchronicity.
Many proven experiments using EEG (electroencephalography) show that our brains resonate to any frequency that matches various brainwave states (alpha, theta, delta, etc.). Research also reveals a major breakthrough, when listening with headphones, binaural beat frequencies synchronize the left and right brain. Most people rarely have the left and right brain synchronized throughout the day. We now have scientific evidence that you can use sound waves to entrain the brain into high states of meditation by creating brainwave maps that mimic those of seasoned meditators.
With all this evidence, it makes sense that students feel completely zen and euphorically blissed out after being immersed in a sound bath. Many of my students reported the sensation of “floating” and complete stillness after their 60-minute session. Every cellular and synaptic aspect of their physiology and psychology is being bathed in sound frequency and resonant vibrations. The bowls are not only heard, they are also felt when the I play the chakra-specific bowls near, around, and on the physical body and its energy fields.
As a result of integrating yin yoga postures while immersing oneself into the theta-boosting frequency of a Tibetan sound bowl “bath”, the brain immediately synchronizes the hemispheres to enter a meditative state of deep relaxation and restoration. Students report feeling more open, aware, creative, and clear after a session.
I developed “Yintegration” Yoga is the quintessential “game-changer” practice suitable for all beginner and advanced practitioners. It is a valuable format for any individual regardless of age, fitness level, injury or illness. I find that athletes with over-contracted muscle struggle the most with this format, due to their decreased flexibility and mobility. However, it is a vital adjunct activity to balance out aerobic and anaerobic forms of training. “Yintegration” Yoga is also the perfect practice for the “Type-A” personalities who can’t seem to still their “monkey” mind. This format is an easy way to learn the basics of stilling the self and being fully present in a meditative state.
I invite you to take the healing path of least resistance and achieve two goals with one tranquil effort. Join me at the Cosmic Yogi Festival on Saturday at the Addison Conference Center, November 10th for a 50-minute Tibetan Sound Bowl “Yintegration” Yoga class, or schedule a solo or small group session at Happy Hour Yoga + Meditation Studio in Plano.
I look forward to serving you zen, one happy hour at a time.
Be Well + Namaste
More about Atali Samuel
Atali Samuel is a RYT 500, E-RYT 200, CHHC and Founder of Happy Hour Yoga + Meditation Studio. She is classically educated in both India and Dallas with over 800 hours of certified training and 1,000+ teaching hours. Atali firmly believes, as evident in
thousands of scientific journals, that yoga and sound meditation can completely rewire our being, reprogram our health and improve our state of mind. She spent over fifteen years studying ancient healing modalities including multiple forms of yoga, meditation, herbalism and traditional Ayurveda. Happy Hour Yoga + Meditation Studio was created to empower others to feel truly nurtured, accepted, and safe.
My name is Tim and I am in recovery and have been going on 36 years. So, what does this have to do with Yoga? Keep reading and you’ll find out.
First, I am just a guy that struggled with a hopeless condition of mind and body. Farfetched, not in the least. That’s what happens to the soul when reliance on a substance becomes dominant. Many of us quite willingly volunteer to sell our souls to a wide variety of things, just to change reality. Fortunately, I found a way out, one day at a time.
Way back in the day, I poured a depressant into my body daily because it changed me and how I dealt with the world. My fears and self-doubts were washed away. It did for me what I could not do for myself. I followed the call almost to a coffin or urn on the mantle.
Back then I did not know about depression and all that it entails. Pouring alcohol on top of it just made things worse. I explored self help remedies like Est and Lifespring. Going natural and eating better and taking vitamins didn’t help. I continued living on the bottom.
Then came a fork in the road and I took the one towards living and I turned myself over to a friend that had found the way.
So, I stopped drinking by not starting! However, I began to drink copious amounts of coffee and Coca Cola plus smoking innumerable cigarettes in a day. My mood did lift some, no doubt from the caffeine, and I lost a lot of weight. However, I was left with all the fears and doubts that plagued me before putting the plug in the jug. I felt like I was going to explode and sitting still was impossible. Constant upheaval ruled my life and then my mood began to sink and this time I FELT IT, ALL!
Hindsight is always 20/20 and as I reflect, I wish I had known about the mind/body connection. After all, I was trapped in a hopeless condition of mind and body. I didn’t realize they were connected.
After a period of being sober, I began to practice Tai Chi. It was amazing how it reduced tension and stress. Tai Chi is about re-directing or dissipating force, so I began to assume a Tai Chi attitude when faced with adversity. This means I was able to meet it with calmness while either redirecting it or dissipating the stress. However, Tai Chi over time, while very beneficial, began to lose the body strengthening impact, which I wanted.
So here is where Yoga comes in. I started Yoga at 34 years sober. I wish I would have discovered it manyyears ago. I often feel like I have had a 90-minute massage after an hour of Yoga. My body is relaxed, and my mind is calm.
The discipline works to heal the mind/body! The physical aspects are excellent to bleed off excess tension and stress and redefining the body, while heightening the mood and calming the mind. Not as instantly as substances do but, just as the impact of the substances multiply, the benefits of consistent and diligent practice of Yoga are accumulative.
I’ve come to believe that Yoga would be a wonderful adjunct to anyone in recovery. My Tai Chi practice improved greatly after taking up Yoga!
It is not unusual for those new to recovery to fall into a trap of consuming sugar (donuts, cake, candy or soft drinks) and highly caffeinated drinks. Like it or not, it is still self-medicating the feelings that begin to make themselves known. Afterall, it’s ok since you’re not drinking alcohol or using drugs! NOT!
It’s not OK because while the mind may improve as the result of the steps, the body often suffers. Healthy eating comes along with practicing Yoga and Tai Chi. Remember the body and mind are connected.
I am glad to see that the recovery industry is incorporating Yoga and Tai Chi into their regimens. Likewise, it’s good to see some Yogi’s are offering Yoga for recovery.
It’s just not newcomers to recovery that can benefit from Yoga! Nay, nay I say. Oldtimers can benefit too. Just go. If you know someone in recovery, invite them to go with you to a class. Namaste, ya’ll!