Thank you, Thank you Very Much.

Via on Jul 9, 2010

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

~ Meister Eckhardt.

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

~ Herman Hesse

 

Bonus: a video of Elvis doing (and singing about) yoga.

 

 

 

 

This week’s mind chatter.

Since I have been sooooo Lame about getting my blog done I didn’t have a focus to talk about or quotes to read to my yoga classes this week, so in a moment of “Now what?” I grabbed a page from a “The Secret” daily thoughts calendar that I unearthed during my move. It reads….

 “There is a difference between feeling gratitude and appreciation for something and feeling attachment to something. Appreciation and gratitude are states of pure love, while attachment contains fear – fear of losing or not having what you are attached to. When it comes to something you want in your life, appreciation and gratitude attract, while attachment pushes away. If you are feeling afraid that you won’t get what you want or of losing what you have, then you have attachment. To remove the attachment, keep shifting yourself into a state of appreciation and gratitude, again and again, until you can feel that the fear has faded and has been replaced by joy.” ~ Anon

It turned out to be just what I needed to hear this week and I have developed my theme around the page…necessity being the mother of invention, and all.

So I  invited my students to use their yoga practice this week to feel this idea in action…you can too…when we come to the mat we often “desire” a certain outcome, a way of feeling, an accomplishment of certain poses. Can we begin, here on the mat to let go of the attachment to outcome?  Over and Over I remind students to be grateful for what their body can do…to appreciate the opportunity to practice. (I’m really reminding myself but that’s a whole other blog) How often do we focus in on not being able to do Hanumanasana? Or Bakasana Or “insert least favorite pose here” Rather than on what we can do?

The theme has sort of turned into a litany of me repeating the mantra “you can’t be bad at yoga”…You can only practice, and find joy in the practice and be full of gratitude that you live in a time and place that allows you to discover yourself in such a profound way…When was the last time you said thanks to your hamstrings?  Hey – Muscles are people too and they react better when you appreciate them and take care of them – push and pulling never gets you anywhere; except maybe a push or pull back!

So say thanks, to yourself for showing up, to your family (or dog or cat) for giving you the space to go, to the studio owner for struggling with business matters to bring us yoga, to the long line of people that have kept yoga alive so that we can enjoy it today…as a teacher I find the idea of gratitude one of the easiest tasks as I can truly say I am so very grateful for my students, they give me so much it’s magical.

Let go of attachment and enjoy the process – you may just find the “piece” you have been looking for…Namaste

Yoga Pose for the Week: 

eka pada rajakapotasana – One foot king pigeon pose (I love this video because it shows the use of props…remember it’s a work in progress!)

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Fitness tip of the week:

Arnica Gel…I recently discovered that many of my clients and students aren’t using Arnica for their sore muscles? What?  I don’t know who told me or where I learned about it…I just know that I am grateful for arnica Montana, both internal and external forms. Greatly reduces recovery time, takes the ache out and for bruises? It really does help them clear up faster.  Already using Arnica? Tell us your favorite brand and where you purchase yours from!

Mantra for the week: inhale I am exhale joy

Shanti!

About Aminda R. Courtwright

Aminda is a wellness facilitator and founder of ARCreated Wellness, LLC. A yoga teacher, transpersonal hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master, she shares her own healing journey with others in hopes of inspiring and uplifting those she meets. Her yoga classes are gentle and workshop style to invoke a real sense of learning and designed to be truly accessible for all levels. Her biggest hope is to help others take their yoga practice off the mat and into everyday life where it is truly meant to be experienced. (and can be most useful) Refusing to settle into the middle path just yet she prefers to dally on both edges and can be seen swinging right and leaning left. A devoted animal lover and activist and a humanist she is prone to rants and believes strongly that life is to be savored and that “we are all in this together, shouldn’t we enjoy it that way? “ When she isn’t teaching yoga, hypnotizing people, adoring her husband or doting on her grandson she is out riding her motorcycle—promoting the image that yogis are rebels and are a force to be reckoned with! You can also find her on Facebook. To join her for free classes online follow her here.

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4 Responses to “Thank you, Thank you Very Much.”

  1. Douglas says:

    "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."

    I can't express how much I love that.

  2. Katherine says:

    always being reflected here, where I already am, cool.
    Thanks for that video, very helpful to me, but I can's see her left foot…where is it/what is it doing?
    and can you elaborate on the use of the block under the bum?
    love,
    KC

  3. the block is to keep hips level and square. If you are flexible enough you don't need it but it can prevent knee strain if you aren't quite ready for the full pose. Left knee is bent and left foot is moving towards right hip (in theory if flexible enough the shin is parallel to the front of the the mat)

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