Sunny Side Up Yoga is a 4 week virtual mini series, focusing on how to bring optimism into your life and practice. Join me on your phone or computer on Facebook Live for 4 Tuesdays in a row (January 24th - February 14th). I'll be recording a free live yoga practice from 8:30am - 9:00am and posting a corresponding blog post here. If you miss the live showing, the replay is available to you anytime!
These 4 practices will be geared toward developing an attitude of optimism throughout your day. Best practiced in the morning, if possible, we will work together to shift our attitudes, our reactions, refine our thoughts and become more aware of internal dialogue. Through gentle movement, breathing and meditation, I want to share the experience of starting your day off with the right mindset. (No yoga mat or experience needed.)
I hope you'll join me live, where you can interact directly and ask questions. Mark your calendars and join me here on the 24th!
Week 1: THOUGHTS
Optimism must start with the way we're thinking. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What we dream about. How we perceive ourselves and others around us, experiences, our jobs, interactions, challenges...etc. Sometimes all it takes is one negative thought to spoil our entire mood or day. (Editing our thoughts starts with awareness, which is what I hope to offer you through our practices.)
Yoga science teaches that thoughts are things. Because they are energy, our thoughts vibrate at specific frequencies which are either healing or challenging for our body and mind. Just as our thoughts can cause chronic pain or disease, they can also cause chronic joy and optimism.
"Russian space scientists were the first to discover that every single thought or feeling triggers the release of tiny chemical proteins called neuropeptides (NP's)...Your cells produce hundreds of different NP's, each with its own unique function. Hormones, endorphins, cortisol, and adrenalin are some examples." - Source
Our body reacts to every thought we have in very tangible ways. Our body is literally a metaphor. Once you can shift to this mindset and realize the importance and power of thought, you can begin to be more intentional about what you're allowing in and out of your mind.
Iyengar teaches that feelings move through the body moment to moment. But when they become attached to thought, they become stuck emotions. These emotions will manifest in very specific areas of the body. For instance: tight shoulders usually indicate feelings of 'carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders,' whereas feeling unsupported usually manifests in tight hips.
Our subconscious mind is extremely powerful and it uses our body as a vehicle to seek attention from the conscious mind.
So the key to creating the types of thoughts that lead to optimism lies within the subconscious. In the book "Think & Grow Rich," Napoleon Hill writes about the science of auto-suggestion which is the hypnotic or subconscious adoption of an idea that one has originated oneself. Basically, through repetition of verbal statements, you can literally trick your subconscious into changing a lifetime worth of unconscious reactions, thoughts or behavior.
So why don't we all use autosuggestion? Because it's not a quick fix and most of us don't have the patience to keep at it. Autosuggestion happens when we create a powerful affirmation and truly dedicate the time to dive into it, study it, read it, memorize it and repeat it with emotion. Every day. Multiple times per day. Eventually, if we stick with it, it sticks with us and it's life-altering.
Next week, we'll talk more about autosuggestion as well as how to create your own affirmation. I hope you'll join me live, where you can interact directly and ask questions. Mark your calendars and join me here on Tuesday the 31st at 8:30am!