Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Goals & Habit Stacking

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Goals. What does that word mean to you? There are plenty of articles and podcasts out there about them. The dictionary describes the word as: the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

Setting goals is wonderful and does serve a purpose, but they often depend on willpower and motivation, which can be a struggle for many of us. We know how to set goals. We usually know what's required to achieve them. But a problem for many is executing the smaller aspects of these goals on a daily basis. Because of this, most people lose sight of or "fail" at achieving their goal, and in turn, this leaves them with a negative impact on their self-esteem, may cause limiting beliefs and may deter motivation to pursue future hopes and ambitions. 

Habit Stacking is about adding new daily practices into our lives. They require less willpower but still move us towards our medium or long-term goals without requiring major lifestyle shifts. It's great to have a big picture in mind but don't forget to focus on the smaller day-to-day tasks that are just as, if not more, important in moving you closer to your goal or desired state.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sign up for Summertime Teen Yoga!

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Summertime is just around the corner! Soon, the kids will be fleeing out of the school doors ready for 2 months of sun! 

Alter Ego Yoga offers Teen Yoga(suitable for 13-18 yrs of age). Whether you have a teenager or you are a teen yourself, and you're looking for that little extra something to do in the summer, sign up for Teen Yoga. Classes are $15 dollars per class. Whether that is a private session or a small group(20 spots available per class)

No experience with Yoga is necessary. All you need is a mat, water/beverage and an the willingness to have fun!

To book a session please email: yogaalterego@gmail.com

Monday, February 19, 2018

What is Self Care?

Search Self-care into Pinterest and you'll get lost down the rabbit hole of all the things to do, eat, drink and journal about. Search the hashtag #selfcare into Instagram and you'll get inspiration from all the latest updates. It's true, self-care is one of the most important things you can do. It is something I believe to be absolutely necessary in life. Self-care can bring you balance, serenity, clarity, space, the list goes on. There is something that not everyone will tell you about self-care though...Sometimes, it can be uncomfortable, maybe even a little bit painful. Self-care isn't always hot baths, a good book, and a yoga class. Self Care isn't always going for a quiet walk on a beautiful sunny day. Sometimes, self-care may be ending the relationship you know isn't working out. It could be letting go of any toxic things or people in your life. Self-care could be feeling those hard emotions, riding the waves of hurt, pain, devastation so they can finally exit your body. It could be stepping into the abyss of the unknown, the darkness of "what if" so you can take that risk you've been dying to take. Maybe it's moving away, starting a new job or even just asking that person that caught your eye for their number. Self-care could be letting go of those things that no longer serve you. Self-care can be scary...absolutely terrifying at times.

The baths, the good books, the massages, and yoga classes are wonderful and just as necessary. It is always important to take time for those things that you love and that bring you joy. But, also know that self-care can also be a tough yet just as necessary process.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sakhara-I am a Seeker

As a Yoga guide, it is typical of a person to think that I have all my stuff together. I am this blissful human being that has found enlightenment and experiences no pain, anger, sadness or misfortune. This couldn't be any further from the truth. Although, I do participate in daily practices that will rid my day of anything that doesn't serve me, it doesn't always go as planned.

I have been taking part in a daily meditation challenge. My meditation practice was always consistently inconsistent. Although I practice Yoga every day and consider this a moving meditation, I would like to challenge my mind to be still without movement; Wanting to develop of calmer mind, and a more peaceful state of being. I decided that I needed to exercise my discipline and commit to a daily meditation practice.  

Day 1 through to Day 5 went relatively painless. Having experience with meditation, I found it easy to merge myself into this challenge. Then came Day 6. I had just completed my Yoga practice, was seated calmly on my cushion, closed my eyes and begin to focus on my breath. Inhaling and exhaling. Acknowledging thoughts and letting them drift away. And then suddenly, I was met with an intense feeling of anxiety, almost in a panic. I brought the focus back to my breath but it seems that the feeling had already began to take hold. My thoughts were consumed as to why I was feeling like this. My breath became short and my heart rate began to quicken. What the heck is going on?! Succumbing to this emotion, I ended my mediation and began journaling. In the beginning, just single words that came to mind to express the feeling I was experiencing: Anxious, panic, fear. Then more began to flood out: Guilt for ending my meditation session. Anger for not being able to "fight through it", self doubt in myself and the point of continuing with the challenge, and so on. Even though I never could pinpoint the reason this feeling took over me during my session, I feel, just as in our Yoga practice, something was trying to rise to the surface. I was stirring something up and needed to rid this from my mind, body and/or spirit. Instead of sticking with the practice, I gave up. A big question came up at the end of this: What did I hope to get out of this meditation challenge. Why did I just assume it was going to be as easy as focusing on my breath? What am I seeking?

When I googled Student in Sanskrit, I was brought to the word Sandanta, which translates to Student, but then I noticed another word, Sakhara, which translates to Seeker. The word stuck out like a flashing neon light. Just like my Yoga practice, I will always remain a student, on and off the mat. There will always be growth, expansion and learning. But this word, Sakhara, rooted itself in me. It jumped out and spoke to me. I am seeking calm. I am seeking peace. I am seeking relief.  For the same reasons I approach my Yoga practice, I need to approach my meditation practice the exact same way. When a posture gets challenging, I don't step off my mat, roll it up and be done with it. I breathe. I ask myself what am I feeling. What am I resisting or giving into. I become even more aware of my body. I need to practice this same exercise when meditating. When I am overcome with emotion, I need to relax and examine. I need to acknowledge these feelings, give them my attention as to why they are surfacing and then become aware. 

We are always growing. We will always be students in life. Embrace it <3

I am Sakhara. I am Seeker. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Living Your Dreams: A Book Feature

This is the first book feature I have done on the Alter Ego Website. Why? Well, I have read some outstanding books, both fiction and non. However, it's not too often that I come across a book that speaks to me on so many levels! I am huge advocate for authentic living. I think it is so important that you embrace and love yourself. Live life as yourself. To chase your dreams and passions and to live life to your truest potential. To live life as your very best self!

Some may call it selfish, but I will only pursue things that I believe in. I will only surround myself with people that feed and nourish my soul. In this wild and precious life, I have no room for things that don't excite me or that don't serve me positively.  That is why, when I was approached by Krista Harrison, a woman that is filled with so much light and love and a true representation of living authentically, about being a part of this book she was writing, there was no hesitation; A big yes was my answer!

They say big things come in small packages, and that holds true when it comes to Living Your Dreams by Krista Harrison. Harrison interviews 12 inspiring women that have overcome obstacles, pushed through boundaries, taken risks, plunged into the unknown all to live up to their truest potential. My story is featured in this book, but I am just a very small flower in this beautiful, vibrant bouquet. To say it was an honour to be in the literary company of these women will be an understatement. Every single one to these women inspired me. Each ignited a new spark beneath my feet. Each one reminded me of why I wake up in the morning and pursue my dreams.

These women will express to you how important it is to nurture that seed that lies within you.That seed that needs watering and tending to, so you can bloom and blossom into your best self.

Living Your Dreams by Krista Harrison is a rare gem. At just 114 pages, you will gain so much wisdom and insight. And when you are done, you will be ready to put this book down and go after what you love. Even if you're not sure what that is yet, you'll be ready to tap into that energy.  Living Your Dreams will become well loved. Dog-eared and stuffed with posted notes, it will be a book you return to often! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wrapping up 2015 with Gratitude

We are approaching the end of another year. Time flies when you're having fun! That is why it is so important to live each and every moment mindfully. Savour every hug, kiss, laugh, tear, smile. Live each moment in the now. Don't dwell on the past and worry about the future. Live in the only moment we are promised, the now. 

Each year around this time, I like to reflect back on my year. In this journal I will write about my good times, my not so good times, my dreams come true and the dreams I am still chasing. I'll also set my intentions for the next year coming. I'll express all my love and gratitude for everything that has come and that has yet to come. I encourage you to do the same. Grab a journal, a piece of paper or even your phone or computer and just write. Write about everything that makes you smile and that makes your cry. Write about all the things that you love and that you are grateful for. And write about the things your want in your life in the next year. Set your intentions then write about how you can put them into action! 

Namaste! ❤