Bliss is Not an Attitude

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For me the reality of bliss within is not just a nice, fanciful New Age idea. It is not a mood, or an attitude of happiness. Bliss is a way of being in the world, and can be established as an achievement from meditation and one’s own personal development. Inversely, trying to create happiness on a surface level is not sustainable and can even create strain, especially if one actually feels bad, but is pretending to be happy.

Trying to be happy or positive can foster an insincere and disingenuous state of mind, or mood making. Mood making is not healthy for our emotional state and can tend to put others off.

I am certainly not speaking badly of someone who is trying to change his or her mood and be positive, but if it is forced it will not have a lasting effect.

Bliss: A Bi-product of Diving Within

It is astonishing to think that within every one of the 8 billion people on this planet exists an ocean of calm. In each one of us there is a field of bliss, whereby we can access true peace.

According to the Vedas, all of creation is ultimately made of bliss.

All Creation is Made of Bliss

The Vedas, the ancient literature from India, express that all creation is essentially made of bliss.

Out of bliss, all beings are born,
In bliss they are sustained,
And to bliss they go and merge again.

Anandaddheyva khalvimani bhutani jayante
Anandena jatani jivanti
Anandam prayantyabhisamvishanti
-Taittiriya Upanishad (3.6.1)

Bliss: Our Essential Nature

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought Transcendental Meditation out of the Himalayas and introduced this concrete experience of bliss to the world. He described bliss as our own essential nature and often quoted a Sanskrit expression that explains consciousness as sat, chit, ananda.

Sat means the absolute, non-changing reality of life.
Chit means consciousness, or wakefulness.
Ananda means bliss.

Bliss: The Message of all Great Teachers

Maharishi often said that “the purpose of life is the expansion of happiness” and that “life is here to enjoy.” When we experience our essential nature through meditation, this reality of bliss grows more and more as a state of Being. This inner experience of Being is not dependant on anything from the outside for its fulfillment.

All the great teachers throughout time have expounded this reality. Christ said, “the kingdom of heaven is within” and Buddha talked about nirvana.

We do want to follow our bliss in the outside world, as recommended by the great mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell. However, if we really want the deeper values of bliss in our lives we need to dive within and experience transcendence.

The outside world is always changing and moments of happiness will always go as quickly as they come. The bliss I am speaking of here is more than just a momentary experience of happiness in the outer world. It is a transcendental experience of wholeness, complete happiness, contentment, and heavenly joy. In its most stabilized form the continuum of bliss is a hallmark of the state of enlightenment.

Traveling to experience this bliss within is the first step on the journey toward enlightenment. The most beautiful aspect of this journey is that you don’t have to go anywhere. The Self unfolds itself, to itself, by itself, within itself, for itself. By enjoying the bliss within I very naturally and spontaneously live bliss more and more in my everyday life. It is this feeling, and this message I most want to share with the world.

Wishing you all peace of the truest kind,
Ann Purcell

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ann Purcell. Ann is an author and has been teaching meditation around the world since 1973. In addition, she has worked on curricula and course development for universities and continuing education programs. Her latest book, The Transcendental Meditation Technique and the Journey of Enlightenment, was released on March 13, 2015. 41Zk+UVxcPL

6 Tips for Teaching Your First Yoga Class

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Not Baron’s First Yoga Class…

Teaching your first yoga class can be intimidating. The prospect of it might cause you to totally stress out, pile on the pressure, and arrive to teach a nervous wreck. While those feelings are completely understandable, follow these six tips to relax and enjoy preparing for and teaching your very first yoga class.

1. Know Your Audience

Every yoga instructor’s first time teaching is different. You may have scored your first gig at a gym, studio, community center, workplace, or school. How you approach the class depends on who is taking it. Are your students required to be there (read: workplace or school environments), or do they want to be there (studios and gyms)? Are they stressed-out business-types coming to a studio for much needed relaxation? Or are they athletes looking for a good stretch while strengthening at a fitness center? Maybe your first class is a studio audition, with yoga teachers and studio managers in attendance.

Ask questions to understand what is expected of you. Some studios or classes have a specific class sequence they require you to teach, while others want you to get creative. Orient your sequencing and tone toward the needs of your audience. As their teacher, they trust you to fuse what they want with what they need. Put in the time to understand them, and you’ll be one step closer in knowing exactly what to deliver.

2. Write a Class Outline

Based on your students’ needs, create a class sequence and write it down. The act of writing down what you intend to teach will help commit it to memory. Even if you are not allowed to bring your outline into class, have an outline handy to reference right up until show time.

Recruit your friends, your dog, or even a mirror and practice teaching your first class sequence to help build your confidence. Not only will practicing with your outline help you hone your cuing skills, it will also give you an idea of whether your sequence is realistic for the amount of time you’ve been given to teach.

3. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…

The main objective in guiding your first yoga class is to teach a solid, safe practice to your students. Start with basics: focus on cuing, timing, breathing, and alignment. Have a theme ready, but ditch it if you find it’s tripping you up. If music is required or recommended, choose appropriate songs that you enjoy practicing to, but don’t stress about making the perfect playlist. It’s your first class; no one expects everything to be exactly perfect. Keep your eye on the prize of serving your students, and table peripherals until you get more teaching time under your belt.

4. … Or the Big Stuff Either.

Employ a sense of humor and lightness to give an air of approachability to your new role as a yoga teacher. The energy and intention you bring to class affects each and every student, so why not have some fun? Use your own enjoyment in preparing for and teaching your first class as a barometer: if you’re enjoying yourself, there is a good chance your students will and are enjoying it, too. You smiling gives your students permission to smile. Commit to making your first class lighthearted and fun. Not only will an intention to enjoy take the pressure off, having fun will ensure your students leave your first class with good vibes.

5. Get and Be Real

In each and every class, yoga teachers have opportunities to truly shine. Oftentimes, these opportunities happen in the moments directly following a mishap. Did you stuff up your opening line? Totally ace one side of a sequence but space it and not do the other? Forget the next pose in the sequence or what it is called? Blunders happen, and probably more often than you think. Directly following a screw-up, get and be real.

Get real with your expectations of yourself. Mistakes happen, so go easy on yourself. Call in your sense of fun and humor, have a laugh, and move along. No one expects you to come out of teacher training as The Greatest Yoga Teacher That Ever Lived. Be gentle with yourself. Take a deep breath to center, tap into your confidence, and follow your instincts to recover. Be honest and real with your responses to mess-ups in class, and win the hearts of your students every time.

6. Enjoy the Process

Think about engaging with your new life as a yoga teacher like dating: we only get one first date with a new partner, one first kiss. Think of the way your heart thrills when your romantic interest calls or messages. Remember the excitement and butterflies, the nerves and fears. The hopes, curiosity, and genuine heart you bring to getting to know someone new.

Approach your role as yoga teacher as tenderly, accepting, and hopeful as you would a new relationship. Slow down. Enjoy where you are. You only get to teach your first yoga class once. Ever. Savor it. New experiences can be scary, sure, but trust yourself. It’s all part of the process. We have a limited number of “firsts” in this life; once they’re gone, they’re gone. We don’t get do-overs. So enjoy every moment of teaching your first yoga class, good or bad, along the way.

For your first yoga class, set yourself up for success: know your audience, your sequence, and practice teaching it. Get your priorities straight: focus on safety and alignment, breathing and cuing, and commit to having fun along the way. Get real to be real. Breathe. Approach your first class with humor, fun, honesty and a true heart to enjoy every moment, the nerves, the thrills, and the excitement of preparing for and teaching your very first yoga class.

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post written by Rachel Rannow, an intern for Yoga Travel Tree. Yoga Travel Tree (www.yogatraveltree.com) was inspired by the simple idea of creating rich, meaningful yoga adventures around the world. They know from experience that both travel and yoga can be transformative experiences for the mind, body, and soul. Yoga Travel Tree brings the two together to offer travel adventures for the young and the young at heart, for the advanced yogi and those just getting started, for the world traveler and the novice sojourner. All are welcome for a yoga adventure.

Photo credit: @baptisteyoga on Instagram

What’s the best way to break in a new yoga mat?

Practice on it every day…

Practice On...

From left to right, here’s what I’m practicing on lately:
  1. Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat – 6mm, 3lbs, 24″ x 72″
  2. Jade Yoga Harmony Professional Yoga Mat – 5mm, 4.5lbs, 24″ x 68″
  3. Hugger Mugger Tapas Original Yoga Mat – 3mm, 2.5lbs, 24″ x 68″
  4. Magic Carpet Sapphire Deco Yoga Mat – 6mm, 3.5lbs, 24″ x 70″
  5. Manduka Black Mat Pro Standard – 6mm, 7lbs, 26″ x 71″

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It’s a rough life trying to give each of these yoga mats all the time and attention they deserve, but they’re certainly motivating my 30 day yoga practice challenge for May (going strong so far:). I’ve been a longtime fan of pretty much all Manduka yoga mats–definitely my comfort zone–but I’m also usually happily surprised when I step onto different surfaces. These were all different and unique in their own ways.

Of this group, the Jade Harmony definitely has my attention and will spend a lot of time in future mat rotations. I’ve never tried a Jade mat, but I can totally see why so many yogis recommend it. Besides the great traction, it’s heavy enough that it lays out nice and flat on the ground without sliding or moving around. It just feels solid, but as you can see from the picture, it also rolls up pretty tightly and seems like it would be ideal for carrying to class. Since I spend most of my time on the mat at home, I’m less concerned about portability so the wider Harmony XW or the thicker (and heavier) Jade Fusion look really nice for a home practice too. For now, I’m more than happy with the sweet ride of the regular Harmony mat.

Yoga Mats...lots of them...If you’re in the market for a new mat, you can find these, and practically every other piece of yoga gear imaginable (with a low price guarantee), at YogaOutlet.com. Besides finding great yoga deals, you also help support Daily Cup of Yoga–we get a small cut of any purchases you make through our site–many thanks and Namaste!

How Do You Choose The Yoga Teacher That’s Right For You?

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One of the biggest issues yoga students face today is finding a truly great yoga teacher. A teacher in whom they can place not only their trust, but who will also guide them in achieving the ultimate purpose of their life.

Sure, most yoga teachers know something about alignment. Or maybe they can put a good flow together. But very few teachers are practiced and learned in the ways of what yoga truly has to offer. 

There is clear evidence of this in the lack of teachers who understand and teach methodologies such as stillness (Stirha), or the ability to cultivate effortlessness and good space (Sukha). Instead, there are a lot of great classes with awesome playlists, loud music (often so loud you cannot hear the instruction of the yoga teacher), fantastic flows that are so fast and long they leave no time for savasana, and enough backbends to make you feel like you could join Cirque de Soleil after class. 

One time I attended a yoga class at Laughing. The teacher began the class expounding on the virtue of stillness and how yoga was about getting there and then staying there. Moments later, he started his class with a flow that did not stop for 1 hour. In order to keep up and go at a pace suitable with my breath, I skipped every other pose. He made it a point to let me know that if I could not keep up with the class, he would have to ask me to leave.

My bliss had left the building.

To you, the true seeker, the one looking for a true teacher– you are not so easily fooled by those yoga teachers who need the smoke and mirrors to get your attention. You are looking for someone who is not only full of real experience, but someone who is connected to a tradition. Someone who has been led and guided by a real teacher themselves. You are looking for a yoga teacher who has had direct experience with what they are teaching.

Real practice leads to direct experience. And direct experience is ultimately the best source of real knowledge.

Many can dispute and argue what should be the criteria for choosing a teacher. I cannot speak for others, but my three are simply this:

1. Who was their teacher and what is their lineage?

As mentioned above, it is important to note the different lineages and the kinds of teachers they have. Some yoga lineages are not lineages, but more of a name-brand style of yoga. Like McDonald’s and Burger King is for hamburgers, so we have the same for yoga. They are not connected to a tradition or a teacher. There are many in the yoga world who would have you believe otherwise, but do not be fooled.

There are other lineages that have popped up in the last 100 years. You may think that they are ancient in their techniques and lineages, but they are not. Some of those are Iyengar Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga, just to name a few. 

Find out who the teacher’s teacher was, and then who their teacher was, and so on. If what you learn feels right to you, you will know that you have found your teacher. 

2. Are they actually thriving in life? 

I have been surrounded by spiritual leaders ever since I knew how to walk. Many of them amazing, and so many others…well…not so much.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s I lived in Vancouver, Canada, where spiritual leaders seemed to come out of the woodwork. There was a constant theme in all of their lives – they were not thriving. All of them seemed to be simultaneously ending a relationship, a marriage or a partnership of some kind. They were nearly all in debt or financially insecure. There was another theme of heavy drug use or pot smoking. They all gave the illusion they were doing well, and it was all “cool,” but none of them were thriving. It was just an illusion. 

Find an instructor who you are proud to call your teacher. Not because they have a lot of things or live in a big house, but because they are taking care of themselves and their responsibilities. And most importantly, because they do what they say they are going to do. 

3. How content are they?

A great way to gauge if a teacher is right for you is to notice how content they are. Try asking them.

Contentment is an interesting word, and it is a hard one to define. The best definition I’ve heard lately is that contentment means you have no ambition. You have no desire for more. That statement in and of itself demands more explanation.

The way I would define contentment is this – a general overall happiness with one’s life. 

Now I know that is almost too broad of a statement, so I will let you sit with it.

But here is what the opposite of contentment looks like. Someone who is:

  • Perpetually negative or complaining about their life.
  • Needing to have new things all the time.
  • Obsessed with the latest yoga clothes and fashions.
  • Constantly dolled up whenever they show up to class (I knew a yoga teacher who got eyelash extensions to advance stage presence for her yoga career).
  • Surrounded by a lot of stuff and things.
  • Seems restless and agitated.
  • Cannot sit still for very long and fidgets a lot.

The gauge in finding a yoga teacher that is right for you is a difficult path. For some of you, you might go years and even decades without finding your teacher. And for some of you, you will meet them and not even know it.

My best advice is to keep your spiritual ears open, your heart sincere, and stay devoted on your path. Don’t be distracted. Pray every day for guidance. Stay true on the path to enlightenment and the right guru or spiritual mentor will show up and change your life forever.

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Yogi Aaron, author of “Autobiography of a Naked Yogi.”  Bringing passion and adventure to his teaching, Yogi Aaron guides students to secret and far-flung locales, empowers them to realize their own limitless potential, and makes yoga relevant and accessible for the modern world. Since 2002 he has been traveling and leading retreats worldwide and currently serves as the yoga director at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa in Costa Rica. Follow Yogi Aaron on Facebook.
 Photo credit: Alon Reininger / Contract Press Images

Mysore: The Answer to the Universe

Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory. ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

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Mysore, probably the most overlooked approach to Ashtanga yoga, is invaluable for progression in personal practice, making it one of yoga’s best-kept secrets.

But before we dive deeper into the nitty-gritties of this incredible yet underutilized approach, a thought for modern-day yogis:  For some, yoga seems to be just “exercise” — a way to become more flexible, maybe even work on core strength, perhaps learn to “chill” here and there.  For many others, however, yoga is a life long journey of self-discovery, reflection, and growth.  The foundations we set, and the lessons we learn on the mat transcend to our everyday lives. As we explore the body and it’s capabilities, we also explore our limitations — in all aspects of ourselves — and how they change over time.

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For quite a while, the yoga studio where I practice was offering 6 a.m. classes every weekday morning and I was pretty religious about going. 6 a.m. may seem ridiculous, and it kind of is, but it was really the only time I was guaranteed to be free of other obligations. No excuses, except my self. Then one day, three of the five weekday morning classes suddenly disappeared from the schedule, with something new and curious in their place: Mysore.

WTF is Mysore? I had no idea when I first saw it, and had to ask around. Even after getting the inside scoop, it seemed, well, boring. You mean I just go there and practice at my own pace? I can do that at home, right? Pointers from an instructor? Kinda cool, but still, I love the flow and energy and oneness of a kick butt group class. So in my unreceptive closed-mindedness, I didn’t go to Mysore for a while. A long while. I let it simmer, thinking about if this was worth waking up at 6 a.m. for. But when I tried it… like really tried it… lo and behold…my mind was blown.

One of the exciting (and habit-forming) aspects of yoga is that there is always progress to be made. The journey is never complete, yet continuously rewarding. When we are engaged in a regular yoga practice, we continue reaping the benefits, time and time again.  What other “exercise” or “sport” can boast endless rewards for practice?  What’s more is the realization that our limits are merely mental and that with sheer determination in our practice we can power through them.  Poses that felt impossible only weeks ago start to take shape.

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So what exactly is Mysore?

Let’s start at the very beginning (it’s a very good place to start) with a dash of yoga history!  Ashtanga yoga, often called a modern version of classical Indian yoga, is a beautiful, ancient system of living that was first taught in the Yoga Korunta by Vamana Rishi.  It was then imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois when he began studying under Krishnamacharya in 1927.  It is this man, Pattabhi Jois, the “Father of Mysore,” who developed the specifics of the practice and introduced them to the world as essentially a deeper, introspective alternative to modern yoga classes.  And it’s no coincidence that the name rhymes with “try more!,” “high score!,” and “by Geor(ge)!”

Okay, maybe it is.  The practice is actually named for the place of its creation.  Referred to as the Ashtanga yoga capital of India, Mysore is the country’s third largest city.  Located in Karnataka State, it is a world-class destination for the thousands of tourists who come each year to not only visit the region’s palaces and temples, but most importantly to study yoga.  Instructors here are specialized in teaching the Ashtanga yoga based on Pattabhi Joi’s understanding and teaching of yoga, which he so eloquently explains as: “…a way of life and a philosophy, [which] can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.”

While you chew on that magnificence, let’s talk more about Mysore and how it differs from the yoga classes you might be used to.  Traditional yoga classes are usually set up so that the focus is on a teacher, some poses, maybe even the music at times.   Generally, participants are guided through a pre-established set of asanas (poses) and explore only the material offered by the current instructor in an environment where rhythm and sequence is already set. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a yoga class centered around flow – they’re my drug of choice. But there comes a time in your practice when you need to go deeper into yourself and into the asanas to really take your practice to a whole new level.  Enter Mysore, which offers an environment where one’s focal point can shift inward in a self-paced practice within a group setting.  Talk about the best of both worlds.  Let’s break it down a little further.

In essence Mysore focuses on the individual’s practice.  Mysore still uses the Ashtanga sequence of asanas (poses).  But! (and it’s a big one) instead of being led through these by a teacher, individuals guide themselves through each pose — learning about one’s mind and body, one’s limits (and soon…lack thereof), focusing on breath and moving to his/her own rhythm.  Each asana is learned separately, allowing participants to explore each posture and the depth they can reach within it before deciding when to move on to the next.

Mysore = Self-practice in a group setting to accelerate breakthroughs in body and mind.

Rarely will you hear talk of ability and achievement from a Mysore guru, as these are not the focus of the practice.  So perhaps it is ironic that not only does this specific technique set the foundation for a deeper, stronger practice but it also allows for accelerated improvement and flexibility — helping people go from their first yoga class to a hard-core yogi in mere months.  In a Mysore the teacher is seen more as a mentor; an advanced practitioner who is there to give hands-on guidance through the individual poses, offer adjustments, instruction (and encouragement) to help each yogi get the most out of his or her practice.  This method insures all students get exactly what they need out of their practice, regardless of their level of expertise or experience.  Mysore is meant to be incorporated into a daily routine with days off only on Saturdays, new and full moons (at least until Lululemon releases it’s rumored werewolf line…).

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal…. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain. ~ Pattabhi Jois

Anything can be achieved with practice and time.  Pattabhi Jois practiced his own form of yoga until his death in 2009, at the ripe old age of 93.  He had a strong following that continues to grow, as more and more people experience, and get hooked on, Mysore yoga.

This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts.  ~ The Bhagavad Gita.

The only way to truly convince yourself of the benefits of Mysore is to give it a try.  It is so much more than just a style.  If you take the time to deepen your practice with Mysore, you’ll begin to see benefits arrive not only where twisting yourself into a human pretzel is concerned, but in all areas of your life.

The father of Mysore said it best with “Yoga means true self-knowledge.”  Take the leap.  Go deeper.  Reach farther.  Allow yourself to be lifted to higher levels.  I double downward dog dare you.

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post new Daily Cup of Yoga contributor, Reid J. Robison, MD MBA. Reid is a psychiatrist, meditation practitioner, yogi, humanitarian, and artist. He’s CEO and co-founder of a venture-backed tech company called Tute Genomics, and is on a crusade to personalize medicine. As a father of five kids, including particularly lively 6-year-old twins, Reid uses mindfulness meditation and yoga to stay sane in our fast-paced, tech-crazed society and find stillness and clarity for the soul. You can find him occasionally plugged into the grid online through Instagram or Twitter.

5 Ways for Urban Yogis to Live Their Yoga

urban yogiAHIMSA – Yoga Sutra Chapter 2 Verse 35 is one of the five Yamas, which are guidelines for how we can live in harmony with others. A traditional translation of Ahimsa means, “Do not kill or harm other people.” I’ve outlined here a more modern interpretation for today’s urban yogi.

  1. Lovingkindness

Ahimsa means that when connected to our heart we naturally share lovingkindness. Love is active and it is never too late to offer healing through loving thoughts and kind actions towards yourself and others.

  1. Compassion / Connection / Respect

In fact, we have an infinite abundance of compassion out of respect for the connection we have with all other creatures. “The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. We are all one people.” (Avatar) Connecting to others without fear of being judged and dropping our judgment of them helps us expand beyond fear into a place of love and respect.

  1. Safety / Balance / Self-care

Fear feeds violence. Lack of safety makes us afraid (whether its real or imaginary). When we are chronically living from fear we become imbalanced. A return to balanced living is the antidote to violence. However, it requires constant sensitive adjustments to maintain. These come as a result of dedicated self-care. We all grow better in positive energy. Through this we learn the way we treat ourselves will be the way we treat others.

  1. Empathy / Choice / Forgiveness

Practicing empathy helps us to see the other person or situation with kind eyes. It changes the knee jerk reaction of fighting back. As a result we lose interest in justifying our need to be right. Ahimsa is the constant reminder of our freedom to choose between fear or love.

On the mat, we practice choosing love as a visible expression of how we do the poses. Remember your Yoga shouldn’t hurt. It is not a punishment and you are not trying to “win”. At the end of class, during savasana, we forgive ourselves for times we weren’t as compassionate as we could have been. We recognize we are imperfectly perfect, doing the best we can. Forgiving ourselves strengthens our capacity to love the full spectrum of who we are, shadow and light. This builds our empathy muscle and in turn our ability to be more easily forgiving of others off the mat.

  1. Peace

When we live in Ahimsa we’d rather be happy than right. We don’t have to prove ourselves worthy of love, we know we are love (aham prema). Our natural state of peaceful joy is how we are meant to live. It is our birthright; it is everyone’s birthright. As a result, we stop comparing and competing, we start promoting peace in all that we think, say, and do and life feels like we are on easy speed. We are at peace with our pleasure.

My experience of Ahimsa:

Personally the one thing that pulls me out of balance the most easily is over-working or simply over-doing. This inspires fear that I am powerless. As long as I make time to stay balanced by getting enough sleep, meditating daily, practicing yoga, going for walks, drawing, and relaxing then I live my Ahimsa. I’ve come to realize that the antidote is making sure to leave enough open space and free time to equally give my mind, body, and spirit time to rest before they get tired.

Just like anything else the benefits of applying Ahimsa can only be achieved if you actually practice them. Today, before you head out the door to face the day, pick two categories and really commit to creating a new pathway of lovingkindness, compassion, safety, empathy and peace.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!
Silvia

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Screen Shot Front Silvia CardEditor’s note: This is another amazing guest post by Daily Cup of Yoga contributor Silvia Mordini, E-RYT, retreat leader, happiness coach, and yogipreneur. Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted! Born in Ecuador, raised traveling around the globe, she is an enthusiastic citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer. She has over 10,000 hours and 15 years of teaching experience, owned a yoga studio for 9 years and after being run over by a car used yoga to recover physically and emotionally. Silvia leads Alchemy Tours Yoga Retreats and Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training.

Silvia can be reached on the Web at http://www.alchemytours.com ; or http://www.silviamordini.com, or via email at silvia@alchemytours.com. Twitter: @alchemytours@inspiredyogagal; Facebook: Silvia Mordini; YouTube: lovingyourday; Pinterest: Silvia Mordini; Intagram: alchemytours.

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