Join me on Saturday at Lower Lake for yoga, live music, and of course paddling!
Yoga begins at 1pm
Join me on Saturday at Lower Lake for yoga, live music, and of course paddling!
Yoga begins at 1pm
New students welcome!
Registration Required Click HERE
This month Mindful Moment for Teens offers your teen an hour to simply reconnect to themselves in a nurturing way under the guidance of certified Ayurvedic Specialist and Yoga Instructor, Julie Konrad
We’ll be working on systematically relaxing the entire body. Wear comfy, warm clothing and please bring a yoga mat.
Start the new year off by discovering
your unique dosha and learn how this ancient practice
will help balance your mind, body and spirit.
Call Julie today for an Ayurvedic Consultation
Do you trust yourself? How much validation do you need to make decisions? How honest are you with yourself? Reflect on the last big decision you had to make or the last time you were verbally challenged? How did you feel afterward? How ruffled were your feathers? How unsettled were you? I’m not talking about ego here, I’m asking you to think about how you felt below the surface of the ego. When you walked away, when you hung up the phone, or went to bed were you present, settled and at peace, or disturbed, frustrated, angry or numb? We all occasionally need validation in the form of support and comfort. This, I believe is human nature, but sometimes, indecisiveness and doubt get so much in the way that we stifle our voice and in doing so we give away our power right along with our confidence. This is dangerous! I truly believe that we already know the truths of our lives and when we’re honest with ourselves, and take the time to look and listen the answers to our questions are revealed to us. We might be afraid of what action to take and it might not be the time to “do” or “not do” something, but knowing is the first step to unfolding our actions appropriately.
As your inner voice becomes louder through your mindfulness work and begins to assert itself into your actions, you’re gaining a confidence that is hard to explain but will be felt. Each time you “feel” this confidence creep up on you, don’t doubt it, recognize it and own it. Trust your wings! Hold your space and don’t let em’ take you down!
See you this week.
NO CLASS THURSDAY FEB. 11th.
Working With What You’ve Got!
I go back to this quote often because it’s such a great reminder when I am feeling stuck. Whether I’m feeling limited by physical strength in my yoga practice, emotionally in a relationship or even creatively in my writing. The only thing I can do is continue moving from here, from this place. I can build strength steadily and slowing and keep showing up to my mat to practice. I can keep writing, jotting notes and continue paying attention to create a fertile ground for inspiration. But if my 40 years of life have taught me anything, it’s that forcing strength leads to injury and forcing inspiration grows frustration. I truly believe that we are all perfect, whole and complete in the moment we’re in. Your determination, hopes and dreams are manifested as you live each day building upon the day before. Paying attention, making mistakes, learning lessons, asking questions, and listening to your intuition and following your heart are what drives us toward a fuller more beautiful life.
So, today, do what you can with what you have where you are and TRUST in the Universe, God, or your higher self, and relax. Everything is in order.
I don’t know about you, but my yoga mat goes everywhere with me! It rolls around in the trunk of my car, I use it in several studios and even outside in the grass so, it gets dirty, not to mention the simple fact that my bare feet are the main point of contact! Besides the daily, quick wipe-downs, I like to give my mats a good scrub a few times a year. So today, I took advantage of a warm, fall day to make them squeaky clean.
How do you clean a yoga mat?
This is a question I often get from students. There are several ways to do this, such as: soaking the mat in a bathtub, manually swishing around in a top loading washing machine, hanging over a shower rod and scrubbing, and the list goes on. I’d like to share the easiest, and fastest, way I’ve found to get the job done!
Take your mat outside and find a fence,
low wall or even a lawn chair and drop your mat over it.
Spray down both sides with a hose until the water that drips off doesn’t look dirty :/
Make a solution of half water/half vinegar in a spray bottle
and spritz generously across your whole mat
(don’t forget to get the portion draping over the top by flipping it around)
Let the sunshine and fresh air warm and dry your mat.
Your mat will not smell like vinegar once dry, but if you’re worried,
simply hose off after you let the vinegar sit for 10 minutes
Note: It could take a few hours for your mat to dry. Flip it over once the front surface feels dry to speed up the process.
Even if it feels dry to the touch it may not be. The material absorbs the water quite well, so make sure you have plenty of time for it to dry before your next class. The last thing you want are wet pants after standing up from opening meditation!
TIP: You can also lay your wet mat on the ground, place a towel across the full length of it and then roll them up together in order to squeegee excess water out before hanging it to dry. In the cold, winter months, I hang my mat over my clothesline or laundry drying rack to dry.
Enjoy your fresh mat!
By: Julie Konrad
In this month’s issue of Mindful Magazine, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter wrote a piece titled, Are You Addicted to Doing? This article sums up what I’ve been trying to say the last few weeks, so perfectly, I had to share some of it with you here:
“Action addiction is an advanced sort of laziness. It keeps us busily occupied with tasks. The busier we keep ourselves, the more we avoid being confronted with questions of life and death… We keep a safe and comfortable distance to the issues that are sometimes hard to look at…With all our activity we believe we are getting closer to something bigger. We might not know what it is, but we keep working at it. It’s like climbing a ladder as fast as we can hoping to get to the top. And someday we get there. We reach the top in the form of a job promotion,or a newly acquired house. But what’s the point of reaching the top of the ladder only to realize it’s leaning against the wrong wall?”
We think it’s good to be busy, to be active all the time. We might produce more, achieve more and even make boat loads of money, but without time to reflect, to rest, to ask questions of ourselves how can we really know what we want? Busyness just moves us further away from ourselves. Think of all the stories you know of “successful” people who also suffered feelings of emptiness and regret. Think of all those having heart attacks and stress induced illnesses as a result of this addiction.
We have things we have to do in our lives, but we have the freedom to choose whether we become action addicts. We can take time to pencil in a few moments to rest or a few evenings with no committments. Take this week to reflect on how busy you are and how much of that busyness is self-inflicted. Take time now to slow down and enjoy the simple things.
Most of us would consider ourselves to be non-violent people, but did you consider that shame, guilt, resentment and even disappointment all have a seed of violence to them? When we can’t forgive ourselves, when we put all the responsibility of the world on our shoulders, we’re inflicting harm to ourselves. When we act and speak out of fear we are causing harm. When we gossip we’re acting out of accordance of ahimsa. If we leave fear and self-sabbatoge unchecked we can wreck havoc on our lives! Outward violence is simply the outward manifestation of inner turmoil and fear. Acting from a place of unconditional love and compassion for ourselves is the way we achieve ahimsa. If we choose to run, hide and make excuses for ourselves we continue to suffer.
Another side to ahimsa is one of protection. When I read this short story I learned a huge lesson in my own life. The story here was shared by Judith Lasater:
“There is a famous story about ahimsa told in the Vedas, the vast collection of ancient philosophical teachings from India. A certain sadhu, or wandering monk, would make a yearly circuit of villages in order to teach. One day as he entered a village he saw a large and menacing snake who was terrorizing the people. The sadhu spoke to the snake and taught him about ahimsa. The following year when the sadhu made his visit to the village, he again saw the snake. How changed he was. This once magnificent creature was skinny and bruised. The sadhu asked the snake what had happened. He replied that he had taken the teaching of ahimsa to heart and had stopped terrorizing the village. But because he was no longer menacing, the children now threw rocks and taunted him, and he was afraid to leave his hiding place to hunt. The sadhu shook his head. “I did advise against violence,” he said to the snake, “but I never told you not to hiss.”
“Protecting ourselves and others does not violate ahimsa. Practicing ahimsa means we take responsibility for our own harmful behavior and attempt to stop the harm caused by others. Being neutral is not the point. Practicing true ahimsa springs from the clear intention to act with clarity and love.” -Judith Lasater
My kindness has been taken advantage of more times than I’d like to admit and I have also received unjust shaming for innocent mistakes. I have spent nights beating myself up, succumbing to self-sabbatoge, but this story changed the direction of my thinking so much. We all make mistakes, we misread people and situations, we are human beings. We do things we’re sorry for, but if we are coming from a place of truth and good intentions, without the intent to harm, we can go easier on ourselves. We can also create better boundaries for ourselves when we understand ahimsa, and in doing so, we can protect our hearts and souls. We can create a hiss. Being kind and loving does not mean we are weak and vulnerable. It’s the exact opposite. It means we love ourselves and we will protect ourselves and others in order to honor this place in us.
Our yoga practice offers a great place to meet our truths so we can begin the act of acceptance. Moving through our practice without force and honoring our limitations helps us nurture the body and the mind so we can become gentler and more at ease in all aspects of our lives. It’s about living authentically.
The beginning of a new school year can be a rough transition for many kids. Adjusting to new teachers, routines and workloads can take their toll, even on the littlest student. As parents, it’s rough watching our kids suffer, particularly since we remember being the same age, feeling the same way.
Anxiety can show up in children much the same way as in adults. Kids will complain of tummy troubles, they might even experience vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and insomnia. Every day they might have different symptoms. When the nervous system is taxed, the body responds by trying to get our attention.
Our autonomic nervous system has two parts-the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The better know part, is called the sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the”fight or flight” response. The lesser known part, the parasympathetic nervous system, is responsible for keeping the balance of the body systems and is know as the “rest and digest”response. Stress typically shows up in the weakest part of the body first, often moving around the body or showing up as a different ailment with every episode of anxiety. This can be confusing and frustrating.
I’ve put together a few tips and resources to help you teach some breathing techniques to your child. Breath work is the fasted and easiest way to calm the nervous system. Kids love to know they have a tool or two in their toolbox to use when they find themselves feeling uncomfortable and scared.
Hang in there, parents! I’ve been there. I hope these little tips are a good start to comforting your child.
I am now offering private sessions focused on breathing techniques for children dealing with anxiety. Please call me to schedule an appointment at 216-501-1465.
Remember, this too shall pass.
Julie Konrad is not a doctor, just a mom with three kids, who has experience working with hundreds of kids through her yoga teaching and once being a child with clinical anxiety herself. This works!