All posts tagged: hit the mat

What is Yoga and Why do I practice Yoga?

Yoga is a reason.  It’s a reason to get up in the morning and a reason to fuel my body in a healthy way.  It’s a reason to continue my fight.  It’s a reason to breathe. Yoga is breath. It’s the inhale and the exhale that allows me to get through each day, through each trying situation.  I can feel it with me when my alarm goes off in the morning, and when I’m standing in the shower.  I can feel yoga on my morning commute and into the office.  It’s in lungs and in my shoulders as I sit at my desk.  I feel it in my back and my hamstrings after an 8+ hour day at my desk.  I feel it in the back of my eyes, after staring at a computer screen all day. I go to my mat because it is my reason for breathing. My mat holds me.  It allows me to release my breath that I’ve been holding all day.  From the moment my alarm went off to the …

Demystifying the 7 Chakras: part 8, your crown chakra

This is part eight of eight posts about your chakras.  We started with your root chakra and have moved all the way up to your crown chakra! The crown chakra, or sahasrara, is the seventh chakra and is located at the top of your head.  The gift of the chakra is experiencing unit and selfless realization that everything is connected at a fundamental level. The energy of this chakra allows us to experience mystical oneness with everyone and everything in nature.  There is no intellectual knowing here, but there is serenity, joy and deep peace about like.