Winter chill have you down?

So how about this winter here in PA? It seems like that ‘groundhog’ got it right this time. The constant freezing temperatures, the never ending snow fall and to think, there is more to come! Rather, than hiding away to avoid this seasonal chill, consider taking a class. Step onto your mat and breath, just breath your way to a clearer mind, healthier body and all around better spirits. The National Institutes of Health has recognized yoga as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Take the step, share the breath work and create your own personal wellness program. Namaste

True strength comes from acceptance of our selves

As I was walking to class (A Warriors Vinyasa) on Sunday evening it dawned on me like a beacon light in the dark, ‘true strength comes from acceptance of our selves’…As we mindfully practice connecting our breath to our physical postures let’s focus on our inner warrior. Where our personal strength was ignited at birth, grown through our childhood and forged through our life journey! Namaste:)

Day 1

So, our first ‘A Warrior’s Vinyasa’ class/practice is in the books. On Sunday, September 7th there were 3 of us in the studio. The Pirates and Steelers had both played and won. The weather was ‘amazing’. Our practice began and ended with the connection of our breath to our physical practice. What was missing is you. The practice of yoga has many proven benefits (e.g. increased focus and mindfulness, leading to decreasing anxiety, etc.), one of the most important benefit’s is the general feeling and increase in our personal health and wellbeing. Our next class/practice will be Sunday, September 14th at 1900.

Our Relationship with Food and Fear

I used to hate food. I loved the taste of it, but I would rather have not eaten it. I prayed for a way to live without having to eat. Those who attended the Mindfulness, Food, and Yoga class held at the studio in July know that this is because shared that I am an emetophobic, or have a phobia of vomiting. So when we’re having a meal together? Yeah, sorry, I’m not really listening to what you’re saying; I’m too busy worrying about whether this meal is going to make me sick later. I’m too busy listening to my inner monologue telling me that eating this meal, no matter how delicious, will never be worth the sickness that it may cause. So, if I didn’t get enjoyment out of that meal, what did I get? Anxiety, anger, and fear.

While emetophobia may be a new vocabulary word, I am going to make a wild assumption that some of you have had a similar relationship with your food. Instead of it making you sick, though, you may be afraid that eating a particular food may make you overweight or unhealthy. Or you may already be overweight or unhealthy and may worry about eating or food in general and see it as the enemy. So, can I ask how much you’re enjoying your food? Are you left feeling anxious, angry, and afraid, just like me?

When it comes down to it, food isn’t our enemy, but our ally. Food is here to keep us alive. We need to trust it—and ourselves–to do that. We need to respect it enough to allow it to do that. Because, guess what? The other feelings that we get from food, the anxiety, anger or fear in this example, don’t matter. That lettuce in your healthy salad couldn’t care less how you feel about eating it; it just wants to nourish you. Similarly, the ice cream doesn’t care if you’re mad at it for existing, seemingly only to make your waistline bigger than you’d like; it just wants to bring your taste buds joy. I think that if we’re willing to be mindful of this, and allow food to do its job – to nourish and satisfy us – we will find ourselves in a much happier, healthier place in our relationship with food.