What is Yoga?

I’ve decided to post some of my writings for my yoga teacher training. This is the first of much more to come….. Namasté

1. What is Yoga?

Yoga is as beautiful as our Universe and its laws because it is as individual as every person that comprises it, yet it is as systematic as the laws that govern it. Yoga is as simple as my given name and as intricate as the cells and their actions that comprise my body. It all depends upon how deeply you want or need to look at it that regulates what you discover.

To me, yoga is creation and the space between creation: life and death, as well as consciousness and unconsciousness (awareness). There are many ways to see this spectrum outside of yoga, as well as within the vast practices of yoga.

In my perception of it, I see the energetic pulse of yoga as Truth. Truth governs our creative process in our lives (the Truth of our desire) and highly influences how receptive we are to death and the spaces between our creations, whether or not we are conscious of our truths.

Of course, our truth in asana is very obvious. We are in/out of balance today. We are strong/tired. We are flexible/inflexible. Truths come to us in our asana practice through what our mind speak is while we are in practice, yet the role of truth in yoga is much larger.

Truth is relative to each and every one of us; between our hearts and minds there is no faking what our truth is. When we live in truth, we live in purity. When we know our truth, yet act differently; we are creating an energetic “soot” within our pure form, which then becomes karma, which we need to come to terms with eventually.

This of course, can happen consciously and unconsciously and through a spectrum of time that we may not yet fully understand. Therefore, the practices found within the 8-limb path of yoga help awaken our consciousness for self-actualization and to purify our self and our actions for our ascension in our lifetimes.

This can be felt through experiencing more joy, love, and peace in our experience on Earth, and I believe if practiced with intention, can assist us in our death process and potential reincarnations.

Wow! Yoga is a really deep mental journey if we’re up for a trip, and it’s also as simple as a smile. 🙂

23 words: [Words of Hope in a Black Friday World.]

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth. (Rumi)

This post is creating itself. I just copy & pasted the quote and noticed that there are 23 words to the above sentence. 23 is a magical number for me, its the day of my son’s birth, of course DNA, plus more in ways I have yet to comprehend completely. It seemed appropriate to name this post after the mystery, magic, and coincidence.

I thought of this quote recently when some discussion regarding “Black Friday” came up in my family, and community. I have many friends who are very passionate about changing the world we live in to be more peaceful, loving, and mindful in our practices that affect our environment (read: basically everything about our daily lives.) In all honesty, this quote has come up for me a number of times when in circles discussing philosophy, evolution, health, and other parallel subjects.

The other day when my partner and I were reading through comments posted on an event page created for Black Friday in my hometown via a facebook (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=168743023145745) this quote rang through to me again.

The event had planned a bike ride to the mall where participants would dress up like zombies or other artistic expressions of “mindless consumption.” On the page, an argument was made that the “Man” pulls on our “puppet strings” and we buy on such a day. Hence the term, “mindless consumer” being used. Another statement was made that it isn’t always about mindless consuming, that there is a “need” since money is low, and certain items are on sale that normally aren’t. In this specific scenario, it was a pair of gloves. I think, maybe this man needed his gloves to ride his bike to school or work and to be a happier person in his personal endeavor in changing the world. He needed them out of LOVE for himself, and who knows who else directly, and furthermore, indirectly.

I was initially excited when I first saw the event, as I had been thinking about what I could do to affect the consciousness of my fellow Boiseans in our consumeristic nature. I knew it wasn’t for me because of the combative tone to this particular advocacy. To me, it is the same energy that the “Man” is using to try to tame/control/sway another person. I believe if we are to make any change we need to inspire another person, through our own actions moreso than words, and let it plant a seed inside of another person.

Change comes from within. Therefor, I fully believe that if we are to change the world, it is through joy, love, and celebration making another person WANT to change. Guilt and shaming some one to change are just going to push unconscious actions into another avenue in my humble opinion. This is not what any of us want. We all want and need to WAKE UP!

Which is an extremely large peice of humble pie for us all right now. Including yours truly. We need to be kind to ourselves and each other. We are growing, we are learning, and we are in this together.

My particular vision for Black Friday is to have a re-purposed dance party in front of the main entrances to the mall. Local and global music, repurposed fashion and costumes, and street performances. These things would draw interest yet would not necessary communicate the entire message overall. Hence, some form of communication (signs/fliers) would be necessary. It is imperative to educate others in order to instill change as well. Which I believe was the primary intention for the “Buy Nothing Day” event.

In closing, I think that by letting the beauty of what we love (living freely through repurposing and other “green” practices and intentional uses of resources) be what we do. We can accept others by understanding that there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

I would like for us all to start envisioning that we are not as asleep and stupid as we have been told to believe. I can not think that every person that participated in Black Friday doesn’t think about farming, eating organic foods, recycling, carpooling or think critically. Granted, we do have A LOT of ground to cover (literally & figuratively) but if we accept that Americans are clueless as our truth, we will make it so.

I am positive that a decent percentage of the consumers in my home-town have had seeds of awareness being dropped into their consciousness. I know it has had to even hit West Boise on some level, because we are not separate from the whole. It is after all beginning to pop up more commonly in our culture through shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender, and of course James Cameron’s version of Avatar as well. Not to mention health practices like acupuncture and yoga becoming more and more mainstream.

Maybe if we live joyfully, and most importantly out LOUD and OPENLY with a sense of forgiveness (for ourselves and our brethren) everyday, that maybe next year, even more of our city will notice the changes. Especially when they’re gettin buzzed by bass and re-purposed hot pants as they try to enter Macy’s through a facade of ecstatic dancers.

Who’s with me!? 😉

Jai!

PS. final word count 882 sans this “PS.”

Checking vs Intention

re: Items of our To-do lists, that is the question.

Granted, we need to accomplish our goals and chores for ourselves in order to have a strong foundation of self care, and have a sense of accomplishment and mastery.

However, I think that sometimes, in the big picture, it is not the checking the items off of the list that matters. Its the Intention- the thoughts of the list, the mental digestion that occurs as we make our way down the list and through the day.

I read on tumblr that Confusious said it does not matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop. Lovely. : )

Now, back to my list, and having fun while doing it.

Jai!

Prenatal Massage Incentives

Just a quick note to let you know I am starting an incentive program for pregnant mothers to receive the very most they can out of their prenatal health care with massage therapy. As with all holistic health measures, the best and most far-reaching benefits result from frequent and consistent practice. So of course, prenatal massage is no different!

Prenatal massage has been proven to lower incidents rates of premature infants, low birth weight, postpartum depression, relieve pain, and improve relationships (and postpartum depression in fathers) when partners practice massage together during the pregnancy. Who wouldn’t love to benefit from that!? 🙂

With these prenatal massage packages, an expectant mother can purchase a massage program to get her on schedule and receive a discount as well. Here are the options:

1st Trimester Massage Package:
2 massages during the first trimester,1 massage/mo for the 2nd trimester, and 2 massages/mo for the 3rd trimester which is: 11 massages for the price of $550, $165 in savings!

2nd Trimester Massage Package:
1 massage/mo for the 2nd trimester and 2 massages/mo for the 3rd trimester which is:
9 massages for the price of $450, a savings of $135.

3rd Trimester Massage Package:
6 massages for the price of $300, a savings of $90.

Any of the 6 massages intended for the 3rd trimester that are left over upon the baby’s birth will be valid for use during the infant’s first three months of life.

***For November only, for any package purchased, Mother & Partner can enroll in one of my 3 hour workshops “Pregnancy Massage for Couples” for only $15! 50% off the regular price!***

Please email me at heidipuckett@gmail.com to get started! More info regarding other services can be found at: www.jaemama.com
Some restrictions apply. Please contact Heidi Jae for more details.