All posts filed under: Self-Care

[VIDEO PRACTICE] Usher in the New Year with this Winter Practice

by De West Grab your bolster, block, and strap (and a blanket) and join De for this powerful New Year practice. Themes to contemplate include: How to be more fluid. What is your mission this year? Why were you on the planet for 2022 (practice of annual review)? Consider joining De and Brian for Fresh Start: Joining the Movement of Yoga with the Stillness of Meditation March 10-12, 2023. About De West De West, Certified Yoga Therapist and a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher is a leader in the Boulder, Colorado yoga community with over 29 years of teaching therapeutic yoga. She has developed a movement practice that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience a positive, relaxed, and transforming experience in both body and mind. Observation, listening, and respect of one’s unique anatomy contribute to her passion for helping students create more peace and freedom. De is the founder of Be Center in Boulder, CO. You can reach De at www.Be.Center Photo by Clint McKoy on Unsplash

Stop, Breathe and Embody…

By Dr. Nashalla Gwyn Nyinda Tibetan Medicine TMD (Menpa~Amchi), MA Acu. LMT & Acupressure Practitioner When was the last time you just sat and felt the diaphragm below your ribs expand and contract? Just place your hands there, on your diaphragm. Feel the air come in, invite expansion in a naturally restful way. Notice if you do, that you more easily breath into the tips of your lungs, which are all the way into your shoulders. Simultaneously you might notice how you allow the expansion of oxygen and vital energy of breath to fill your abdomen below. Rest in that breath. Repeat. Have you stopped to consider the benefits of that deep breath? We do not think about our breath much of the time. It’s run by the autonomic nervous system. Therefore, for the most part our breathing is set on autopilot mode. We do notice it in moments of rest, but more often it is during distress, panic, fear, upset and illness which hampers the breath that we notice. How often do you stop …

Permission to Value Yourself

By Blake D. Bauer // It’s a new year, already, again. How quickly did the last one pass us by? Three questions that put much into perspective are: How much did I value myself, my time and my energy last year? If I were to value myself fully today in the present, and each day moving forward, what would I say and what would I do?  How would I be living if I valued myself and my precious time on this planet? As we walk into 2023, we all can use a reminder that no one can give us permission to value ourselves; to speak, act, live and be in ways that are fully true and kind toward ourselves. Each day, in each situation, you have to be the one to say that your feelings, your needs, your calling and your health matter. Everyone is selfish and it’s ok for you to be selfish in healthy ways too, because this is what will support you to feel well within yourself and then have the resources …

Talk About It: Overcoming Toxic Loyalties, Shame & Anger

By Blake D. Bauer // Whatever you’re struggling with, whatever you feel shame or pain or frustration around, please find someone safe to talk to. Please don’t reject your inner world in the name of pride or survival or a toxic loyalty you have toward someone, because it will only make you sick or more unwell. Likewise, please do not abandon your emotional life or pain in the name of ‘being enlightened or spiritual.’ Pretending you don’t have emotions, fear or desire is not true wisdom. There is a very big difference between not reacting impulsively to everything that arises within you and repressing your inner truth in the name of a false peace. Internalizing our feelings, needs, or calling is often a crutch for a simple lack of education around how to express ourselves honestly and kindly. Embodying true awareness and love arises as we learn to fill our thoughts, words and actions with gentleness and clarity, especially when we’re triggered, hurt and angry. Many people learn from a young age that feelings, needs …

Is Going on Retreat Worth It?

By Katharine Kaufman // Have you ever attended a retreat? You know when you’ve been indoors for a long time and walk outside and the wind comes up gently and you look up. Although you know about wind and you’ve experienced this many times, it’s new. The moment—it gives itself. The bustle stops. The buzz stills. The commotion, argue, the race. The day is simple with spaces around the edges of things on purpose. You get to unravel and be yourself for yourself. The Zen folks call it, “Way Seeking Mind.” The mind seeks its own way. You arrive at the practice space frazzled or disillusioned, mildly distracted, revved up, and you go along. Nothing has been built really or progressed. Some time in the late morning, maybe after Yoga while you write a note to yourself, you notice you’re really there. Maybe you’re briefly satisfied. Jois de vivre. Retreat is kind of underneath. Always going on. Impossible to find just by saying so. Not much happens. You move, stop, write, eat, walk, sit, drift …

[VIDEO] 5 Reset Poses to Welcome Freshness

By De West // Finding time to refresh can be challenging. Take just five minutes to welcome freshness with De West. You might also consider joining De and Brian for Fresh Start: Joining the Movement of Yoga with the Stillness of Meditation March 10-12, 2023. About De West De West, Certified Yoga Therapist and a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher is a leader in the Boulder, Colorado yoga community with over 29 years of teaching therapeutic yoga. She has developed a movement practice that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience a positive, relaxed, and transforming experience in both body and mind. Observation, listening, and respect of one’s unique anatomy contribute to her passion for helping students create more peace and freedom. De is the founder of Be Center in Boulder, CO. You can reach De at www.Be.Center

5 Keys to Health, Happiness, Self-Worth & Peace

By Blake D. Bauer I never learned how to love myself. And then I did a lot of things in my life that I didn’t like or love about myself, and I ended up doing a lot of damage. I would really love to help you understand how to stop hurting yourself and how to stop letting yourself get hurt. Figuring out how to love yourself practically today and every day is the key. From the moment we wake up in the morning we are either hurting ourselves with our habits or healing ourselves with our habits. I’ve broken down self-love into five specific key steps which are habits that we need to practice on a daily basis to be truly healthy and happy and shape the life we want. Key 1 for Loving Yourself Every Day—Express yourself honestly and kindly A lot of us are living in a way where we internalize much of what we feel, need and want. Because we never really learned how to understand what we’re actually feeling, what we …

Women’s Aura Clearing Meditation

In this women’s aura clearing meditation by Sara Avant Stover, you’ll be guided through cleansing your personal energy field to restore a state of inner neutrality, followed by removing others’ energies. Last, you’ll call back any of your own energy that you may have left or leaked out in other times or places. The result is landing fully back in yourself, grounded, present, and clear. This is a great way to start or end the day or to simply hit the “reset” button when you feel disconnected from yourself. Join Sara at Drala Mountain Center for Replenishing & Revisioning for 2023: A Yoga, Meditation, & Nature Retreat for Women About the Author: Sara Avant Stover Sara Avant Stover is a teacher of feminine spirituality, bestselling author, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner. After a cancer scare in her early twenties, Sara moved to Thailand, embarked on a decade-long healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia, and has since gone on to uplift tens of thousands of women worldwide. The creator of the world’s first Women’s Yoga …

Live as a Free and Full Expression of Who You Really Are

by Blake D. Bauer What if all our suffering is a cry from our soul, from our body and our subconscious mind, asking us to love, value, and take much better care of ourselves? What if our suffering is waking us up to what matters most, to the reasons we were actually born? We experience so much pain and suffering throughout our life. You were not born to suffer. You came here to enjoy your life, to learn about love, to grow. The question that’s really important to answer is “how do I create less suffering for myself and for the people I love?”   A lot of our suffering is the result of us betraying ourselves and trying to please other people all the time. I’ve been tortured mentally and emotionally. I’ve struggled with drug addiction, and suicidal thoughts. I’ve gone through periods of not wanting to be here. I feel really lucky that I found some insights that helped me heal my heart and find deep health again…and I want to help you …

Autumn and Cultivating Equanimity

As Mother Nature changes with the seasons, human beings also experience transition. Everything from the activities we participate in, the foods we eat, and the time we go to bed, to our external/internal reflections change. With Fall right around the corner, we thought it was a good time to share Sara Avant Stover’s podcast “Reflection for the Autumn Equinox” to understand how Autumn asks us to change. Celebrate the New Year with Sara and Drala Mountain Center by Replenishing & Revisioning