WHAT ARE YOU HERE TO GIVE?

So let's begin with the most important questions to ask in life. One of them is this:
 

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🤔 Have you ever thought about it?

🎁 In yoga we call it your Dharma, your purpose. 
Do you know yours? Don't let life pass you by without finding out!

🤗 My Dharma is learning to live from the Heart instead of other peoples opinions; learning to live in a way that keeps me inspired and not frustrated, healthy and not sick and makes me feel fulfilled every day. For me that includes Purna Yoga, nutrition, certain lifestyle habits, meditation and Young Living essential oils. 
My mission is to share these things with you, so you too can stay inspired, healthy and fulfilled.

👉 SO THE QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF TONIGHT IS:
What am I here to give - what is my purpose?

A new blog series! '' ALL LIFE IS YOGA ''

During the next Autumn and Winter months I'm going to be sharing with you more of what that sentence really means.

🤔 How do you live your Yoga and stay inspired through the winter? 
🌿 What are the things you can do in daily life to discover more of yourself and your purpose?

I'm so thrilled to share these things with you.
I hope they will benefit your life as much as they have enriched mine!

STAY TUNED! 

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The Art of Relaxing - 7# Beautiful feeling

7# Feel a beautiful feeling 



Most of the time we think. We spend our days in the midst of the mind's inner talk. That inner talk takes us into the past through memories and into the future through plans and expectations.
That activity of thinking is very necessary and useful in our daily life.
It is only when it stays on a constant ''repeat''-mode that is becomes tiring and unpleasant.

Do you know that feeling when you are trying to relax, have a nap or go to sleep at night, and your mind is taking you on a journey from memories to plans? What can you do in that moment to reset yourself into the peaceful relaxing parasympathetic mode?
This weeks tip is for that. 

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When we think we alter between past and future.
When we feel we are always in the present.
When we are in the present we feel alive.

This weeks tip to relax and restore in the evenings, during the day, or upon waking up in the morning and wanting to start the day right: 

1. Think of a sentence that instantly gives you a beautiful feeling.
for example;
''Everything I have, I have received'' - feeling: Gratitude
''I am a Creator, and my life is my creation'' - feeling: Empowerment
''I am so much more than I can see in the mirror'' - feeling: Self-Love


2. Then let go of the sentence and focus only on the feeling. 

You will notice how your entire body will release, your mind will become completely quiet and receptive and most importantly; your heart will open. 

Spent some time in that feeling - what ever we focus on in our life, expands. 
As you focus on the beautiful feeling it will become even more present in your life and you will feel more peaceful and grounded.

After doing this and getting into contact with the beautiful feeling you can add the technique of Mental Centering (discribed in the previous post) for extra presence and clarity. 

Try this tonight! 
Email me for any questions: kiviluomaeva@gmail.com



 

The Art of Relaxing - 6# Mental Centering

6# Centering the mind - Heartfull Meditation 


''The mind is its own place and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.''
- John Milton


The mind contains a great Power. A power that affects our life every single day. All the great minds of our time have disagreed on many things, but agreed on this one thing:
the power of the mind. 

''Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think'' - Albert Einstein
''You either control your mind, or it controls you.'' - Napoleon Hill
''What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.'' - Napoleon Hill
''Whatever we plant in our mind, nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become reality'' - Earl Nightingale
''We are shaped by our thoughts: we become what we think.'' - Buddha

Our mind creates our reality. 
The question to ask ourselves then is: what is the reality I want to live in every day?
Is it one of stress and hurry, where I feel constantly pulled to different directions, can not sleep peacefully and feel burdened and tired?
Or is it one of peace, fulfilment and happiness? 
In the end, it is our choice. And more; it is in our power to create our reality. 

So what can you do today to create more peace and more relaxation for yourself? 

What to do:
Before going to bed, spend some time listening to your mind. What is your mind telling you; is it complaining, worrying, hurrying, thinking about the future - planning and expecting, or the past - dwelling in memories? Gather your mind and bring it into you Heart, where the Light and Love are always present. Repeat this technique just as you learned in class. 

This is a tool for your toolbox. Use it whenever you feel out of balance, stressed or overwhelmed. Creating a more calm and centered mind will make your days more enjoyable and your sleep, definitely, more peaceful. 

Try it tonight! 

The Art of Relaxing - 5# 1:2 Pranayama

5# Controlling the breath - Pranayama 

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''Breathing control gives man strength, vitality, inspiration, and magic powers.'' - Chuang Tzu
 

Before we go into this topic let's understand one important thing: your breath has power - your breath affects your nervous system profoundly and therefore your breath is to be respected. 
What is the nervous system? 
Let my teacher and Yoga Master Aadil Palkhivala tell you: 

''The nervous system is our communicator with Spirit, our connection with the inner worlds, a gateway between the physical and spiritual. The nervous system is a transmitter as well as a receiver, an electrical system emitting powerful electromagnetic waves that connect and harmonise all aspects of our being. An agitated nervous system fails to receive the Spirits guidance, just as a warped antenna cannot receive television signals properly. 
The nervous system feels joy and sorrow, initiates laughter and tears. However when under stress it fumbles through its job, and so do we. In our yoga practice and in life, we must protect our nervous system and ensure that it lives in a state of equanimity.'' 
- From his book Fire of Love 
 

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Supine Pranayama Position

''Slow deep breathing is the nervous systems best friend. Rapid breathing increases the heartbeat and stimulates the nervous system, thrusting it into the sympathetic mode, the fear response of ''fight or flight''. Holding the breath creates even more nervous tension and can increase blood pressure dramatically, thwarting any prospect of peace. 
On the other hand lengthening and deepening each breath slows down the heartbeat and calms the nerves, inviting peace.'' 
- Aadil Palkhivala

With this understanding - this weeks tip is a breath control excercise (= Pranayama). 
Make sure your surroundings are peaceful and that you have sufficient time and silence to do this exercise. Avoid doing this when disturbed by loud sounds or when in a hurry. 
So peacefully, with time (a good moment is before going to bed):
Lye down into the Supine Pranayama position that you learned in class (see image) and start: 

1. Observe your breath as it flows in and out freely. 
2. Gently begin to lengthen your exhalation. Lengthen the exhalations as much as you comfortably can, do not use force. Work towards the exhalation being double as long as the inhalation. 
3. Imagine a ball of white Light in front of your face. With every exhalation release any tensions, worries, pains, anger or other burdens in to the white Light. Do this for 5-10 minutes. 
4. Then release this Pranayama and return to normal breathing. 
5. Rest and relax in Shavasana after this exercise. Feel the wonderful effect on your mind and body. 


This helps to release built up tensions in the body, releases stress from the nerves and creates a peaceful and calm mind. I recommend doing it whenever you feel stress building up. 
I do this every week before going to bed when I feel I am losing my inner calm. I sleep peacefully every time after this pranayama! 

 

 


 

The Art of Relaxing - 4# Essential oils

4# Essential Oils

 

Essential oils derived from plants are also called ''the soul of the plant''. Think about that. 
They contain all the juice, vitamins, antioxidants and power of the plant. Take Lavender essential oil for example. The oil is simply the raw extract containing the essence of the flower; it has the beautiful pure scent that helps you sleep better as well as all the vitamins and minerals to help your skin rejuvenate. 

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Essential oils have been used throughout the world for thousands of years. In Australia aboriginal people have known the power of eucalyptus oil. In India lemon peel essential oil has been used in Auyrveda for millennia; from external cleaning to inner cleansing. In Canada peppermint has been used to help with digestion, to sharpen focus and to refresh the space. The wisdom of essential oils has been there, it is now that people are waking up to its Power again. 

What you smell when using an essential oil is not simply smelling a wonderful scent but actually volatile aromatic chemicals - this means that using essential oils has a physical & a chemical effect on you. Therefor essential oils are not simply fragrances but effect us on a deeper level. 

So what can you do at home that helps you and your family relax better? 
Here are a few practical tips. 

 

Lavender essential oil

1. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your body lotion, and enjoy the soothing effect on your skin as well as on your mind. 
2. Drop a couple drops on your pillow before going to bed at night. 
3. When taking your warm evening shower, drop some lavender oil to the floor and enjoy the fragrance. 
4. Diffuse lavender oil through out the night in your bedroom for a better sleep. 

Other great essential oils to relax: 

1. Eucalyptus Oil - rub some of this oil on your chest before going to bed
(or rub it on your snoring partners chest to help you sleep better)
2. Mirrha Oil - add into your body lotion and rub it into the soles of your feet. 
3. Frankinsence Oil - Rub it into the soles of your feet before going to bed. 
Did you know that only in 20 minutes after rubbing essential oils to the soles of your feet the components of the oils get in your blood stream? Great for helping the immune system! 

I do this every night myself. 
I use Young Living all organic & pure essential oils. 
If you want to know more about essential oils drop me a message: kiviluomaeva@gmail.com

Learn more about Young Living's Lavender Oil: 

The Art of Relaxing - 3# Hydration

3# Hydration 



Your body is 75% water. What happens, when there isn't enough hydration in the body - and how does this affect your ability to relax? 

Hydration is the process where something absorbs water. In this case the ''something'' is your body. When your body has not received enough water to absorb your body becomes dehydrated. Dehydration means lack of water in the body; dryness. 

When our body becomes dry several things happen.
The fascia covering your muscles becomes tight, causing tightness and tension in the muscles, even cramping. The intervertebral disks become dryer and weaker (they are mostly liquid) causing the spine to become tight and vulnerable. The skin becomes tight and itchy. The nervous system becomes agitated, fiery and impatient. Your blood becomes thicker making your heart muscle work harder to move it forward. The body pH becomes more acidic - creating a state where disease thrives. 

So let's quickly recap: If you are dehydrated = in a state where you haven't been absorbing enough water (drinking) you feel your body tense and tight, you might even have a headache, your back is achy, your skin itches, and any small thing makes you agitated. 
Do you think that in a state like that you can deeply relax? No way. 

So how much should one drink per day to stay hydrated? 
There is a simple way to calculate that. 
 

YOUR WEIGHT in kg  =   OUNCES of WATER/per day. 
 

For example;
60 kg = 60 ounces (= 2,00l of water) 

 

One more thing: when you drink only water your are cleansing your body internally, like an inner shower. This is good especially in the mornings. 
To hydrate yourself add something into the water; lemon, mint, ginger, a few slices of cucumber, berries or Fortune Delight. When you add something to your water before drinking it hydrates your body more effectively. (+ It is very tasty!) So drink water, with something in it, between meals through out your day to stay well hydrated. 

When well hydrated you'll feel more relaxed and calm, more patient and understanding. You'll feel your body more released and free. Creating an alkaline pH state, a state of health and relaxation.
Try it out and see for your self! 

My tip: buy a 1 litre glass bottle and fill it up twice a day, this reminds you to drink enough! 
 

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The Art of Relaxing - 2# Prioritise

2# Prioritise that which really matters 

When your day started today you had a set amount of resources - time and energy.
Every morning this happens. It is how we use these resources during the day that affects our ability to relax and feel balanced. 

When we use our time and our energy only to do things that we think we must do and use the resources till they run out we are bound to have stress and difficulty relaxing. 
When we know how to manage and prioritise our resources then only can we live a fulfilled and balanced life. This is called time and energy management - prioritising first. 

Let me remind you of this story you heard me tell you in class:
 

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What are your golf balls?
What are the things that really matter in your life? 


 

When you look at your week, at your day, put in the golfballs first. Set time aside to prioritise your life and make sure your have time to do the things you love and that make you feel love. Do less things that make you stressed (watching TV, reading negative news, complaining) and more things that are sincerely important. 

The resources we are given are limited - life goes by very fast.
When we take the time to enjoy what is really important to us we feel at peace as we go to sleep at night. 

Take a moment to look at your calendar and ask yourself:
What can I do this week that really matters? What about today? 



 

The Art of Relaxing - 1# Magnesium

1# Take a magnesium supplement in the evenings. 
 


During the past 100 years our way of farming has changed dramatically - from local small manual farming to concentrated massive farming by big machinery. This change; the modern aggressive methods have caused the soil to become depleted of many of it's nutrients. 

In the past 20 years the magnesium level in our food has decreased 30%. Think about that.
That means we are not getting the levels of this mineral we need to. Adding to this the intense lifestyle most of us lead, with busy schedules and stress - causing the body to use more magnesium than 20 years ago - we are not receiving enough of it to maintain mineral balance. 

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In our body magnesium has a variety of different health maintaining jobs; without it our muscles would constantly contract, we could not produce energy and the health of our heart muscle would be in serious danger. Why? 

Magnesium helps the blood vessels to relax and by this plays a main role in the relaxation of muscles. (Magnesium is often recommended to help with muscle cramps.) 
Being an electrolyte magnesium aids muscle and nerve function, especially crucial for our heart. The heart muscle uses big amounts of magnesium daily - if under stress these amounts skyrocket. So when under stress we need even more magnesium to support the heart muscle.
Magnesium also helps to balance high blood pressure (hypertension).

So to sum it up: we are receiving less magnesium in our food, we are using more magnesium due to our stressful lifestyle.
This is why this weeks tip for relaxation is supplementing with magnesium and taking it in the evenings, as it promotes relaxation. 
Get a good magnesium from your local health food store & enjoy the relaxing effect it has on your body and mind! 




 

To read more about magnesium I recommend reading this article. 

The Art of Relaxing - The indelible scar of stress

If I asked you if you've ever experienced stress your answer would most likely be that of 99% of all of us: yes. I haven't yet met a person who wouldn't have had stress at some point in their lives. Yet stress wears us out, diminishes us and makes us older. When in stress we feel our body becoming tight; the tension building up in the muscles and tissues. The mind becoming restless and negative, losing patience in the slightest challenges. The emotions becoming rapidly changing and unbalanced, reacting strongly when things don't go our way. 
My teacher Aadil Palkhivala beautifully expresses the effect of stress with this quote: 

''Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.''
- Hans Selye
(The man who studied stress probably more than anyone else in this world)

So we want to undo and release stress. But how? Through relaxation. 
In this world filled with constant stimulus and busy schedules, how does one learn how to relax?
During the upcoming weeks I will give you 7 practical tips on how to learn to relax more in your everyday life.
Stay tuned! 
 

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Sharing the wisdom of Purna Yoga.

With my dear teachers Tove Palmgren and Aadil Palkhivala.