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Free yourself from emotional blockages

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Emotions like thoughts not only dwell and are generated in the brain but also are transmitted to the blood as neurotransmitters and neuropeptides to later reach every corner of our organism. As a matter of fact, recent studies have shown that our organism’s cells have receptors for these neurotransmitters and neuropeptides.

If it is true that our mood to a certain degree depends on a cocktail of neurotransmitters and hormones and that this cocktail travels throughout our blood reaching the receptors that our body’s cells have to these substances, then we can conclude that our organism’s responds to our emotions and thoughts.

Therefore, our whole body is sad or happy, depressed or excited, anxious or furious and these same emotions can be locked in different parts of our body unless we get rid of them. These locked emotions are called energetic blockages by the traditional Chinese medicine, but they could also be called emotional blockages.

If these blockages persist and are not released through the use of the vast array of methods that we have for cleaning emotions—laughing, crying, shouting, talking, sighing, shining, etc—they get stuck and chronic. This is the reason why the human being has been looking for more sophisticated ways of cleaning old emotions.acupuntura (1)

Some methods are based on spiritual practices like the meditation and the confession of some religions; others are mental like the group therapy and the psychoanalysis. There are physical methods too like the acupuncture, qigong exercises. Finally, there are energetic methods like Reiki and Bach Flowers.

Fortunately there are practices that include mental, spiritual, energetic and physical methods, as it happens with Yoga.

Yoga is not just a good way to exercise the body and get supple and calm the mind. Yoga practice is a way to access the great potential inside each of us since it is a great tool for self-knowledge. Yoga is an ancestral method of dissolving old stuck emotions or energetic blockages through the practice of asanas or postures, meditation, breathing exercises, and mindfulness in the present moment.

Yoga has the term “sankalpa” or intention. During Yoga practice you can formulate an intention about what you want to achieve during the practice or even a long term desire. By formulating a sankalpa your are getting align with what you desire to achieve.

Additional information about how to formulate a sankalpa can be found in the following video of Melissa West:

There is a close relationship between body posture and the emotional state. We all have noticed how a posture with the shoulders down imply some sort of surrender at the emotional level. Conversely, a straight back implies self-assurance. Next follows an interesting video about how postures influence emotions and vice versa.

Yoga has many empowering postures that will help you to overcome fear and face challenges courageously. Try the goddness pose or Utkata-Konasana or Warrior poses


Yoga has also asanas that will help you to get in touch with stuck emotions that need to be dealt with. To me the posture of the dying warrior implies surrender and letting emotions flow from the heart towards mother Earth with unconditional love and acceptance. Some people, find that savasana is the posture that allows them to get in touch with the emotions that need to be released.

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It is my experience that some postures are good for releasing emotions and this happens unexpectedly.

Meditation is another way to get inside us, get in touch with our inner self and watch what is going on in our life without judgments, remorses or self blames.

Meditation allows us to be aware of where are we, what are we doing, how do we live and how we express our feelings and emotions. During meditations show up some emotions that need to be dealt with. It is through meditation that our inner self guides us to make the right decisions to fix our emotional issues.

Meditation is a way to stop doing and begin to being.

Yoga’s breathing exercises also known as Pranayama is also a good way to release stress and emotions. You will find many different types of breathing exercises in Yoga, please consult your instructor for guidance.

Next follows a very interesting video about how breathing can help us to release stress and emotions.

Many thanks to Melisssa and the members of the forum “Real Yoga for real People” for their suggestions and for sharing  their experiences with me.

Namaste,

María J. González

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vegan recipe: Filled in Pumpkin

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Today is a perfect fall day to prepare this recipe .

This beautiful pumpkin is from ” El  Recuncho Verde “. This , pumpkin have  a very thin skin ( you can eat it ) and a  wonderful sweet taste.

Ingredients for two people:

one large onion

one zucchinicalabazas

one carrot

one pumpkin

basmati rice

an apple

white grapes and black grapes

olive oil

sea salt or herbal salt herbs

fresh ginger

herbs (I used dried Provencal herbs and fresh basil )

water or vegetable broth for the rice

nuts (in my case I used Linwoods , flax seeds , goji , sunflower, pumpkin seeds and sesame )

 

Preparation:

It is a very easy recipe to make .

The first step is to cook the pumpkin :  wash the pumpkin,  split it in half , remove the seeds with a spoon and boil it  in water for a while till soft . Use a fork to make sure that it is cooked and remove it from the water.

You can give them a pinch of salt herbs.

The second step is to make a rice with  vegetables :

Chop the onion and garlic very finely and fry them  in a little olive oil. When poached add the zucchini , apple and carrot.

I like to put them all finely grated ,because it  gives it a nice texture and is cooked sooner.

Prepare some fresh grated ginger and add it along with dried herbs . Now is the time to wash the rice , so dust is cleaned.

Add the rice and let it soak in the flavors of the vegetables and ginger. Heat water or vegetable broth to add when hot , when it starts to boil again reduce the heat and wait about 12 minutes (depending on the type of rice ) until rice is done and water is consumed .

Now add finely chopped fresh basil .

Now is the time for the grapes!

In Aragon ( Spain )there is a  famous recipe :  crumbs with grapes . The grapes provide  a freshness and spectacular taste to the  crumbs . I was inspired by this recipe.

We are in the time of harvest , so the grapes are now in their best moment… I ‘ve used white and black grapes very sweet and without seeds. To prepare them wash and cut them  in half .

Fill the pumpkin  with the  vegetable rice, put over the grapes , add a bit of good olive oil and sprinkle a few nuts … and ready o it!

The taste is great , I hope you like it!!calabacitas

Maria J. González

Yoga for everybody with Melissa West

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Melissa has brought to thousands of homes around the world a simple Yoga style for  everybody  through her weekly free videos in her YouTube channel. Melissa’s Yoga videos have received more that 1,000,000 visits  around the World and some have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian and more. Melissa and Tim have created a forum where you can share your experiences, post questions, and  access Yoga videos  either those for forum members or those on sale at their online shop

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If you watch Melissa’s Yoga videos you will realize that Yoga is much more than  asanas ( poses) and pranayama ( breathing exercises) . Yoga is a simple and dynamic way to connect with your inner self. Melissa’s videos are the perfect path to do it enjoying the process.

We hope you enjoy the interview!

When and where did you meet with Yoga?

I first started yoga when I was in my early twenties and a newlywed. In my early days of marriage to Tim I had traded in my active university student lifestyle for a pretty sedentary life with lots of treats and wining and dining. The result was about 20 lbs of weight gain in a short period of time. Tim and I decided to get a personal trainer to lose some weight. We worked out a lot! I decided it would be a good idea to stretch once a week and so I started a yoga class at his ju-jitsu dojo on Saturdays. The first day when I got home from that class my voice was about an octave lower (I think I talked like minnie mouse before that) and I couldn’t believe how much more relaxed I was!

When did you decide to become a yoga teacher?melissa2

When I was working on my Ph.D. I was looking around me at how incredibly unhappy my peers and my superiors were. Most of them admitted to being on anti-anxiety and anti-depression medication. I knew I didn’t want that for myself to be able to cope with the life of an academic. Then we had a wake up call in our family. I was twenty eight years old and my sister Tricia’s partner, Ryan,  died suddenly and inexplicably in his sleep at 23. They would have been married and had a life together if he had lived, I expect. That moment made me question everything and realize how precious life was. That day I threw out my birth control and eleven months later, my beautiful daughter Trinity Ryan graced our lives. I was already a fitness instructor specializing in mind/body fitness. From that day forward I knew I would finish my Ph.D. but I made the decision to be a full-time yoga instructor, because that was where my heart was.

Every Yoga teacher brings something unique to their teachings. How do you interpret Yoga?

I feel that my interpretation of yoga comes from my unique life experience. I have a background in fitness and pilates. I have a Ph.D. in cultural studies and communications. I adore the Hindu Deities and the stories of their human foibles. I am also incredibly influenced by the Metta Meditation and the Loving Kindness Prayer from Buddhism.

To me, the most important benefit of yoga is the promise of awakening to the light of your own true nature. I will practice yoga every day for the rest of my life because of that promise. Everything I teach in yoga is directed towards that intention in some way or another.

How much time do you spend daily to Yoga?

I spend just over an hour a day on my own personal practice. About half of that time is spent on the physical asanas. The other half is spent in meditation. I also find journaling to be an integral part of my yoga practice and coming to know my True Self.

You’ve more than 177 free Yoga classes in youtube . Where did you get the inspiration to create a class every week?

Sometimes it amazes me that I never run out of ideas for yoga classes! Ideas never seem to be a problem. In yoga there is this term called “shakti,” it is a dynamic feminine creative power that runs throughout the entire universe. It manifests through creativity and is available to everybody. I guess I am just tapped into the shakti of yoga class ideas! 😉

There are many types of Yoga. Which one do you recommend and why?

There are many types of yoga and I think it depends on your personal preference and personality. When you start yoga be sure to try out many different kinds and find one that “fits” for you. If you don’t like one style, more than likely there is a another style out there that will work for you.

With Namaste Yoga we focus on real yoga for real people. This is definitely reactionary to many of the athletic styles of yoga out there that are quite performative and leave the participants watching yoga videos and not able to participate. We want everybody to be able to practice yoga, that is why we have created yoga that everybody can do. The style that I teach has been highly influenced by my teachers Esther Myers and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.

What is a Sadhana and what are its benefits?melissawest

The Sanskrit word sadhana  means –“ to accomplish.” A sadhana is simply a daily spiritual practice designed to allow yourself to turn inward and come to know yourself on a deeper level. A spiritual practice is simply a practice that connects You to you. That is – your ego self, which is small, limited and separate from everything else, to your Higher Self, which is infinite, unlimited and connected to All that Is. Taking time to focus on yourself each day with a practice that is the same for 40 days can have a profound and transformative effect.

What benefits do we get from practicing Yoga?

The list is expansive! Flexibility, strength, balance, breathing, posture, helps with anxiety, relaxation, reduces stress response, lowers blood pressure and slows heart rate which is great news for those at risk of heart disease and stroke. Yoga has been associated with decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as a boost in immune system function. Yoga benefits other chronic medical conditions, relieving symptoms of asthma, back pain, and arthritis. Yoga has benefitted those suffering from insomnia.  Other researchers have been studying whether yoga can slow the aging process, increase a person’s sense of self-acceptance, or improve energy levels. Yoga can help you improve your spiritual awareness and also help improve your relationships.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/the-health-benefits-of-yoga

How often you should practice Yoga to notice the benefits?

You can practice yoga every day. Anybody practicing yoga three-five times a week for 20-60 minutes will experience these benefits in my opinion.

Any advice for beginners?

The best advice I heard given was by a yoga teacher who suggested their students should go their yoga mats and do one yoga posture for one minute a day. This is how you start. Once you start, there will be no stopping you. 🙂

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In  these videos Melissa answers the many questions that arise during the practice of yoga and  introduces changes in Yoga poses to make it accessible to everybody.

Aditional information at her web site  : www.melissawest.com

We  hope you enjoy  Melissa’s videos  and  your Yoga practice!!

Namaste!

Maria J. González

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