Meditation Workshop. Meditation: How to?

Meditation Workshop. Meditation: How to?

“Meditation: How to?” 2-Hr Meditation course 

Deepen your meditation practice with this experiential “Meditation: How to?” 2-hour course to immerse yourself into a deep meditation practice.

Eligible for 2-Hr Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance.

Meditation is a mind training. With this course, you will learn what Meditation is, how to set up your personal practice, what is the science beyond Meditation. You will also explore, under the guidance of an experienced Meditator/Teacher the following Meditation techniques:

  • Gratitude Meditation
  • Compassion Meditation
  • Reprogramming Meditation
  • Loving-kindness Meditation (Metta)

Who is the course for?

Everyone. Everyone who wants to learn more about the power of Meditation. Everyone who wants to deepen their personal Meditation practice. Every yoga instructor who wants to learn more about Meditation.

Location and time: Movati Trainyards, September 15, 2024 from noon to 2pm.

Pranayama Workshop. The Road to Bliss

Pranayama Workshop. The Road to Bliss

Getting a profound understanding of breathing to take care of all the body systems,  your mind and move the awareness to the Soul level.

In this course eligible for 2 hours Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance you will learn how to use your breath to increase your body’s energy, health, and awareness.

An intensive self-experience Breathwork/Pranayama course to:

  • Understand your breathing
  • Take care of your body/mind system
  • Deepen your awareness to move beyond the awareness sheath (awareness layer) to the bliss sheath (bliss layer)
  • Become aware of the deeper layers of the self

About the Techniques you will learn in this Pranayama course:

  • The Locks (Bandhas)
  • The Retentions of Breath (Kumbhakas)
  • Belly Breathing in Asamavritti (not squared breathing) and Samavritti (squared breathing)
  • Yogic Breathing
  • Alternate Nostrils Breathing (Anuloma Viloma)
  • Shining Skull Breathing (Kapalabhati)
  • Fire Breathing (Bastrika)
  • Humming Bee Breathing (Brhamari)

You will also learn modifications to enhance and control these techniques to suit your own practice.

Who this course is for: Everyone. Everyone who wants to learn more about the power of breathing. Everyone who wants to deepen their yoga practice. Every yoga instructor who wants to learn more about Pranayama.

Location and time: Movati Barrhaven, September 14, 2024 from 5pm to 7pm

Yoga and science: it is not just a pose!

Yoga and science: it is not just a pose!

Yoga and science: it is not just a pose!

Yoga and science: there is a lot to talk about it to discover that yoga it is not just a pose.

I emphasize the benefits of this ancient practice called Yoga that, in its full spectrum, is what I offer and what I offered through my creation FRY to help First Responders.

What is Yoga and how it can benefit First Responders

Becoming a Yoga practitioner does not mean you are trying to reach your feet with your hands or training to become a performer for the Circle du Soleil. It does not mean learning to bend over like a rag doll. Yoga is a body-mind system that can free yourself. It frees your joints and loosens the kinks within your body. It frees your mind by creating more space and helping you to differentiate without emotional engagement.

Postures are only a small part of yoga. Many other practices and techniques belonging to the yogic path can open the road to your freedom and awareness. Yoga with all its aspects such as postures (asanas), meditation, and breathwork may influence multiple psychological mechanisms, such as and just as examples denial, repression, projection, and intellectualization. It influences your emotional well-being. Yoga is not just a pose.

A Study about the Benefits of Yoga.

A 2020 study examined psychological and emotional changes across a single session of yoga. A group study made of 144 regular yoga practitioners completed measures of mindfulness, body consciousness, self-transcendence, social connectedness, positive engagement, revitalization, and tranquility immediately before and after a yoga session. The results have shown that the levels of positive emotions (engagement, tranquility, and revitalization) increased post-yoga while exhaustion decreased. What must be underlined is that the study revealed that even a single session of Hatha yoga can improve mood. Yoga with a greater emphasis on restorative postures was associated with greater self-transcendence (going beyond the perceived limits of the individual self), spirituality, and the emotion of tranquility. Yoga with a greater emphasis on breathwork was associated with greater increases in body consciousness and self-transcendence.

The full study can be read on U.S: National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

My suggestions

As Confucius said: “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”. So, try it and through your practice, you may have an experience and through your experience, you can begin to understand things on a deeper level.

Choose the right teachers. Investigate their background, their studies, and experiences. Yoga can be beneficial but can also hurt you and mislead you to wrong beliefs. Wrong movements and improper techniques cannot give any benefit to you.

Once you have done your research, practice. Do it “all in to win it”.

Trust it and you will get the most out of your practice.

If you are a First Responder, contact FRY. I am not part of the board anymore but someone else in FRY can take care of you. FRY always got First Responders’ six

Sasy

Is Yoga a self-esteem boost or an ego-quieting practice?

Is Yoga a self-esteem boost or an ego-quieting practice?

Is Yoga a self-esteem boost or an ego-quieting practice?

Keep reading to find out the scientific answer.
 
Quieting the ego” is considered a root cause to lessen suffering and pain. I do not think there is too much to discuss about it. Each of us had some experiences about dealing with an over-self-centered counterpart. Everyone deals with situations based on “I” talking, “mine” talking, and so on. You cannot get out of that. “Mine” will be always more important than “yours” because “I” will be always more important than “you”.
 
Here is why Yoga and Meditation are important. They help you to feel the undivided unity between you and the other. In fact, separation is an illusion. The great poet Rumi said, “Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion?
 

Research – The “Self-Centrality Breeds Self-Enhancement” Principle.

There is a study about self-esteem’s relation to the Big Two personality dimensions:
– “agency” – e.g., ambitious, competitive, outgoing, getting ahead, and
– “communion” – e.g., caring, honest, understanding, getting along.
 
The researchers stated that “self-centrality breeds self-enhancement” principle. Agency will link to self-esteem, if agency is self-central. Communion will link to self-esteem, if communion is self-central. You can read the full study at University of Southampton (UK) at this LINK.
William James was a 1907 psychologist. He also stated that possessing important agentic or communal self-attributes, produces much self-esteem. In other words, when you believe in what you do, the result you get is an increase in self-esteem. No matter if what it is important for you is an agentic or communal self-attribute

Research – Mind-Body Practices and the Self: Yoga and Meditation Do Not Quiet the Ego but Instead Boost Self-Enhancement.

An article first published online on June 2018, reports the effect of yoga and meditation on the Self. You can read it on Sage Journal website at this LINK.
According to the study, self-enhancement bias is higher in the yoga  and meditation conditions, and the effect is mediated by greater self-centrality. Additionally, greater self-enhancement bias mediated mind-body practices’ well-being benefits. Evidently, neither yoga nor meditation fully quiet the ego; to the contrary, they boost self-enhancement.
The “ego-quieting” effect people talk in yoga, contradicts the self-centrality principle. According to this principle, practicing any skill renders that skill centered within yourself; and self-centrality breeds self-enhancement bias.
  

Outcome

There are so many studies supporting the benefits of yoga and meditation. Boosting your self-esteem is another added benefit. Another gain in the First Responders-fast-decision-to-take environment.
 
FRY The Method, one of the visions I co-created, has its roots in those ancient practices.
This is also part of what I offer with my yoga teachings.
Sasy
Working with FASCIA is FASCIAnating.

Working with FASCIA is FASCIAnating.

Working with FASCIA is FASCIAnating.

I found working with Fascia, FASCIAnating for the impact on my body and my mind.

It is a thin connective tissue casing that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber, and muscle in place. The tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When stressed, guess what? it tightens up.

Fascia runs from the surface of the skin to the deep cells of the connective tissue. It is omnipresent in our bodies. As Carla Stecco, Professor of Anatomy in Padova, says “To overlook the fascia, would be like to overlook the nerves. It is an organ”

That’s the reason why when I confounded FRY and I co-created FRY The Method for First Responders Mind-Body wellness and resilience I decided to incorporate fascia training.

Healthy fascia is smooth, slippery, and flexible. Factors that cause adhesion in your fascia for it to become gummy are limited daily physical activity, trauma coming from surgery and injury, and overwork one part of the body either for a mistake or for natural imbalance in the body.

Working with FASCIA is FASCIAnating. How can I do it?

Keeping your fascia healthy has many benefits. You’ll move more easily, have a better range of motion, and experience less pain.

Different techniques are used to stretch the fascia and lots of marketing has been developed around it. Have a look at the web and you will discover how creative we can be: melting stretch, myofascial release, and so on. All the new age stuff recalls what has been available for us for a long time: stretching.

While the actively loaded stretch is more indicated for muscle, the melting stretch/long-lasting hold without muscle activation it is more appropriate for the deep tissue.

As everything is connected in our body, both techniques should be practiced to achieve holistic fascial health. Treat your body as a whole because the integrity and resilience of the body-net have everything to do with the integrity and resiliency of every strand. You are only as strong and pliable as your weakest link.

Sasy