Word for 2019!

December 29, 2018

This year I thought let’s make it simple.  Let’s pick a word that we want to be an overarching theme for 2019.

So instead of resolutions and regimens let’s just sprinkle a little word into our year, our months, our weeks, our days and relationships. Maybe it’s the start to your day.  Wake up, stretch a little and say the word to remind yourself or your intentions and desires.

Afraid you’ll forget it?  Tattoo it on your arm! Although I did see a woman who had inhale tattooed on one wrist and exhale tattooed on the other. (No just kidding) Find a cheap canvas from Michael’s and make it an art project.  Get your kids involved maybe they have a word too.  How about saying it out loud before each meal?  Could you answer the phone with your word?  That might be fun!  Instead of saying hello we say Joy!  This is ______________how can I help you?  Our students have begun to find their words like fabulous, peace and unicorn.  Don’t rush it.  Let it come to you.  Open your mind, relax and see what bubbles up.  Whatever it is make sure the word brings a smile to your face and a lightness in your heart.

Meet me for the big reveal on Facebook  Tuesday Jan. 1st 2019 and tell us…

WHAT’S YOUR WORD?

– YvesMathurinPhotography

Have you ever heard that you should cut your hair on the New Moon? Well, the idea is that as the moon grows so does your hair. So cutting it at the appropriate time can make or break your lovely locks. Check out more info here.

This applies to your New Year’s resolutions as well. You see, we spend all this time gearing up for the holidays only to counteract them with resolution for January 1st to do things differently like eat better, quite sugar, workout more, start yoga, stop drinking, and start saving more money. But whatever the resolution, we usually fail by Martin Luther King Jr. Day and then we say to ourselves I HAD a dream.

The timing for New Year’s resolutions is simply wrong. Just like the phases of the moon we need to work with the phases of the calendar. December 21st is the shortest day of the year and September 21st is the Fall Equinox. So somewhere between September 21st Fall Equinox and December 21st we should have contemplated and established what we would really like to change in our lives and make our resolutions on December 21st so our resolve can grow with the days ahead.

Another thing we should do to help our resolutions stick is to ask if we are really ready for things to be different. Sometimes we only say we want them to change but we don’t really want life to be different. We are too comfortable doing what we’ve always done.  We’re used to it. We understand this misery. We don’t want to rock the boat and bring up the fear of actually being happy and fulfilled. We don’t want to try to change and find out we failed again and we are back where we started. Better to not even try than to risk failure. I mean you’ve done this resolution thing enough times to know it doesn’t work, right?.

But have you really?

When was the last time you took action on making a change? When was the last time you wrote about what you like and dislike about your life and how you experience it? When was the last time to really took an honest look at how you are contributing to the things you don’t like in your life? Or made a commitment to yourself, God, and people who can hold you accountable; that you will do whatever is necessary to make things different.

The hero story is all around us. She goes out into the world wanting to fulfill her dreams and passions. But along the way there are battles, struggles, fear, loss, dark places, death, and enemies ready to take her down. It doesn’t come easy. Then, when she has had enough, she finds her resolve, her commitment to find a way no matter what, and the courage within to change. She begins to prevail. Slowly things shift. Changes start happening in her life one day at a time and she celebrates them. She starts to see the little achievements and daily wins that will bring her to her rightful place in the world and she is grateful. Then when time passes, she looks back and realizes she is fulfilling her passion, being of service, enjoying lots of love in her life, and, of course, making lots of money.

So honestly, until you are ready to get down in the mud and use it to bring you to a better place, start making some serious commitments and set a date that works with the solar system nothing will really change. What are you ready to do?

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud–the obstacles of life and its suffering. . . . The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. . . . Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying, and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness, and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.” 
Goldie Hawn

Let’s face it as much I love yoga I get pretty tired of the scantily clad 24 year old women hyper-extending their hips joints talking about peace and tranquility as they discover their true self.  Look.  When you start a yoga practice especially over the age of 30 there are certain poses that as cool as they are, just aren’t in the cards.  It’s never going to happen!  More importantly it never should.  One of the principle guidelines of yoga is right action.  Forcing your head to your knee in Pyramid Pose after having done no stretching in your life would not be right action but a hamstring tear waiting to happen.

But that does not mean don’t do yoga.  Indeed do yoga and lots of it and often.  The more you practice the more flexible you will be.  The more flexible you are the less stiffness in your body.  The less stiffness in your body the less pain and risk of injury.  You get the idea.  Plus, there are so many wonderful non – Instagram benefits to be had with a regular yoga practice.  Like feeling more peaceful and less stressed out after every class. Regular yoga practice can help in reducing back pain, having the awareness to breathe through feelings impatience (especially around the holidays), better circulation and reducing gut issues like constipation, and flatulence.  Yoga can even help to reduce anxiety.

If you are under the age of 30 well, go slowly towards putting your legs behind your head or 10 minute headstands because all of that will have an impact on your body later in life.  Will you be kept out of the kingdom of enlightenment if you do not achieve lotus?  No.  But if you practice often and enjoy the ride on your mat then enlightenment can truly be yours.

Change can be hard!

October 31, 2018

Change is not easy for most of us and big changes are even harder.  We have to dig deep and find courage, and put on acts of bravery and great faith to adjust to something new.  Fall is the season of change.  The Earth teaches us how to just let go.  When the branch can no longer support us or hold us just let go and fall gently to the support of something new.

Change is fiery and vibrant.  You can see the reds, oranges and the yellows bursting a the seams to bring in the shift.  What happens when things don’t change and they should?  The get heavy, stale and dis-eased.  What stops us from making the changes we need to when we know they need to be done?  Fear.  Fear holds us back from all things new and wonderful.  We try to find excuses and justify why we don’t change jobs, stand up to someone or create boundaries for ourselves instead of just admitting that we are afraid.  We don’t like the not knowing when we have to make adjustments, loose someone or jump into something that is (although wonderful) different than before.

Take some time this Fall to ask, “What needs to change in my life?”  “Where can I be more courageous and take that leap into the unknown?”  “What kind of support do I need to ask for to help me as things transition?”  and most importantly,  “How am I acknowledging the fear that arises around change?”

When it comes to change call more love into your life.  Whether that is doing something loving for yourself or a neighbor or even a stranger that may need some help.  Do something anonymously that will help you feel a part of something larger.  Opening us to love can help when we are in transition.  Getting out of your box and empowering others gives you great strength to take on change and help you not feel so alone as you step into something new.  Look for signs of love.  Love in others, love in animals, nature and love in the courage of so many people who have embarked on a new journey of their own before you.

 

Respond with love…always.

Yoga is only the half of it

October 24, 2018

There is a lot to be said for good nutrition when you want to stay in shape.  We all know we shouldn’t eat fried food or packaged food but you may not know that certain foods we think are healthy can actually end up hurting us in the end.  We could end up with more aches, pains and inflammation in our bodies that leaves us uncomfortable and hangry.

We love yoga and a daily routing of stretching and breathing exercises is good for reducing stress, increasing strength and flexibility, but what you eat can play a big factor in how well you can do your yoga and how you feel after.  I’m sure you have heard that gluten is the new evil but wouldn’t you like to know why?  Sure cakes and cookies are bad too but is there any dessert we can reasonably have?  Come find out how good nutrition can help you with weight loss, decreased stiffness in the joints, less anxiety and more energy with our resident nutritionist Deb Orosz this Saturday at 12pm at Fuller Yoga Glastonbury.

Got questions about how to navigate your food intake through the holidays?  Now is the time to ask your questions and put a game plan together so you can stick to good health throughout the winter.  With regular yoga and good nutrition you will feel better than ever.  And wouldn’t that be nice?

Looking for something more personal?

Book a private consultation with Deb here   http://bit.ly/2yvjR2a

Why not?

Yoga with Justine Fuller

Helping students

A 200 hour yoga teacher training is an investment in yourself.  You will learn yoga in a whole new way so that whether you teach or not you will know your body and be able to self correct in any pose. You will learn breathing techniques that you will use as a resource for stress reduction and ease.  Not only that, if you decide to share this gift of yoga by teaching our 200hr yoga teacher training you will prepare you with the anatomical and alignment knowledge to keep people safe, engaged and feeling better and not just shout out posture names like a drill Sargent.

It’s learning a lifestyle.  Learning how to choose differently, see things differently and help yourself and those around you find more ease in their body and peace in their world.  The Fuller Yoga Teacher Training is comprehensive in that we start with the body and build all the teachings bases on that.  This is hatha yoga right?

Would you like to view your world from a bigger platform?  See yourself connected to a larger community of people who are practicing authenticity, truth and speaking from the heart?  Yoga reminds us that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience and learning how to help others connect to their body and clear their mind helps us all.

There will be reading homework, tests and projects and papers to write.  You will learn how to teach to real people and not just teach to yoga students who are already knowledgeable.  Each weekend will focus on the following topics and you will be expected to develop a home practice and practice at the studio 3x a week.

– Anatomy/Kinesiology

– Pranayama/Kriyas/Meditation/Philosophy/Lifestyle/Ethics

– Asana/Benefits/Cueing/Contraindications

– Class Themes/Structure/Music/Seasons/Life stages

– History of Teaching/Business Practices/Marketing

So if you are ready to invest in yourself and others then this is the program for you.  Check out our Teacher Training Page for our 2019 200hr YTT and drop us an email with any questions.  If you want to make yoga a part of your life you will be glad you did.

Check it out here.

 

Yoga How to Start

October 9, 2018

In today’s social media star world it’s easy to get intimidated by the images we see of yoga.  Please be advised you do not have to be flexible to do yoga.  All you have to do is be willing to check your ego at the door.  As we continue to seek the fountain of youth we are realizing that the more we try to be 23 again the more the fountain is drying up.  That is when it is time to turn to exercise that is easier on the joints, increases blood flow and builds strong muscles and bones.  YOGA!!!  With it’s adaptability and use of props anyone truly anyone can do yoga.  However, if your ego keeps telling you you have to be perfect or not to look stupid then you just may miss out on all the wonderful benefits of a regular yoga practice.  Like less stress, sleeping better, eating better and even getting better at yoga.

Google yoga studios in your area.  Find one that does an Introductory or beginner course in yoga.  You will learn the names of postures and various breathing techniques to help increase oxygenation and reduce stress.  You will also be in a group of other beginners.  And you may even make friends with people who are also looking to better their health and feel better in body while getting or staying fit.  Find a friend and do it together and if anyone misses a week they owe the other person a pair of Athleta yoga pants.  And at those prices you’ll be sure you both will show up.

Hesitate no more!  Isn’t it time to grow a little and achieve more and be around for the great grand kids?

Breathe,

How are your hips?  Do you feel stiff in your hips and low back?  Like they just don’t sway like they used to?  If you sit in a desk most of the day or stand on your feet you might be tight in your hips and low back that can cause a lot of pain.  Below you will find a simple stretch that can be done in stationary chair (no wheels please) that will alleviate aches and pains due to inactivity.  So pull up a chair.

Pigeon in chair hip stretch

Sit on the edge of the chair with your feet planted firmly in front of you and sit up tall.  Now cross your left ankle over your right knee, like a man would typically cross his legs.  If you are really tight your knee crossed over will point towards the ceiling and it will feel very awkward.  In that case put books, blankets or a higher chair underneath you so your knee of the foot on the floor is 90º, in this case the right knee.  Lift up through your spine to be as high on your sit bones as possible creating a flat back.  You may feel some stretching in your hip just by being in this position and if so just hang out there for at least 30-60 sec.

If you don’t get much sensation place your hands up a wall as high as you can,  or find something to pull on like a yoga ropes wall or a bar and lean forward keeping the spine straight until you begin to feel a stretch in the hip of the leg that is crossed over.  After 30-60 seconds change to the other side.  Repeat each side at least three times.  After you are done stand up and gently bend at the waist reaching forward towards your toes.  Then come back to a standing position and take a walk.  See if your hips have a little more swing to them.  Now put an alarm clock at your desk or workstation to help remind you to do this again at least two more times throughout the day.

You will find this stretch, when repeated often, will be very helpful in alleviating all sorts of hip and lower back pain.  As always, let me know how it goes.

Live Simply and Wisely,

Justine

Write to Justine at hello@fulleryoga.com or find on Facebook

Fall Back to School

August 8, 2018

Sarajean assist.jpgSeptember is back to school month.  That means a lot of changes.  Different schedules have to be put in place, more traffic and cars are on the road and that time we had to play, take a day trip or go to the movies is scheduled with activities, homework and the onset of the holidays.  So how can you keep the easy spirit of summer and carve out time for yourself as your whole life changes tempo?

Well, it’s not just kids that have to go back to school.  Us adults could you use the education as well.   One of the best ways to keep your mental acuities is to keep learning, studying and growing your knowledge in ways that interest you and broaden your horizons.

Where can you find a class or workshop on various subjects that doesn’t cost a mortgage?  The first place to look is actually not you tube or the internet but your town.  Many towns have a park and recreation department that provide various classes ranging from foreign languages, computers, cooking, art and even exercise classes.  As we age it can get harder and harder to meet people and create connections and companions around activities that interest us.  We can get isolated and the internet won’t help break through loneliness.  That’s why when you engage in your community you can meet people who have similar interests and are close by therefore after the course is over you could meet up for lunch or coffee.

Also you may want to branch out to your local community college.  They generally have lots of classes that pertain to personal development that won’t end up in a degree, unless you want that of course.  There are arts annexes and organizations that hold classes in painting, photography, sculpture, writing mixed media etc.  You can check museums or science centers that may be having lectures or workshops in conjunction with specific exhibits.  You can even look at your local yoga studio for classes or workshops in yoga, meditation, essential oils and to make a bigger commitment you can enroll in a 200hr yoga teacher training even if you already know you may not want to teach.

Sure we may have to do additional education for our job to keep up with trends but it is also important to find new things to learn that peak your interests and help you become a well rounded human being and a fountain of information.  Then when the details of what we’ve learned have faded into the background we will still have good friends with similar interests.  And that can last a lifetime.

 

For more information on workshops and teacher trainings with Justine at Fuller Yoga in either Glastonbury  or West Hartford please visit www.fulleryoga.com

Meditation…

July 22, 2018

2008-05-20 16.29.18Have you ever thought about your thoughts?  Have you ever thought about how your thoughts make you feel?  Often times it’s our thoughts that stimulate our feelings.  If you think about how someone disappointed you, you may feel sad or upset, however if you think about the person who helped you move something or watched your children while you ran an errand or some other good deed, then you may feel a sense of love and connection.  So it’s evident our thoughts have a lot to do with our feelings.  This week let’s take a minute to examine our thoughts.  Are they mostly positive or negative?  Do they leave you feeling good or bad?

It may seem weird to examine your thoughts but you will find that you gain clarity and peace of mind when you are more in control of what you are thinking.  Here’s an exercise you to help.  On a blank piece of paper draw a line down the center to make two columns.  Use the left hand column write down your “negative” thoughts then on the right hand column write a list of your “positive” thoughts. Your positive column may be small but notice how you feel when you think about those thoughts.

Now that you have separated your positive and negative thoughts you will begin to notice them more and more.  In fact carry your list with you throughout the day so you can add to it on either side.  Then at the end of the day cut your list in half lengthwise so the columns are separate and burn the negative side so all you have left is the positive side.  Then take the positive side and place it in a prominent place in your home or workplace.  Repeat the exercise everyday for 5 days.  You will end up with 5 positive lists.  Try not to repeat anything on the lists.  Now for the next two days keep reading your positive lists and let the good feelings affect your attitude, your relationships, and your connection to Universal Source Energy and all things good and beautiful.

 

Live Simply and Wisely,

Justine

For more information on meditation classes please visit

https://fulleryoga.com/events-workshops/

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