Yoga And Feeling Good

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Are you aware of how you feel? Of course we all want to say yes. Yet knowing that true emotional clarity takes practice, and believe it or not, a consistent yoga practice does just that.

Emotional awareness develops rapidly when we practice yoga. Yoga may bring up uncomfortable feelings that can energetically move one to tears.

It took me by surprise when I finally let go, relaxed and surrendered into feeling my own power.

That pure positive high frequency is like coming home and the relief can be expressed as tears even sobbing into a complete emotional release.

I have been practicing yoga for over 30 years since I was introduced to my first class at the age of 17. And throughout the years I have learned the art of naturally allowing surrender in the body to be a spontaneous act of release. As this healing occurred I can acknowledge possibly even celebrate my process. At the same time I let it go, as I intentionally move on to the next present moment. This is the work, as I address in a healthy way my progress, by naturally allowing surrender, I give up mental control and practice the art of non attachment.

As an observer I recognize the gradual release of emotional resistance, the baggage that no longer serves me as it once had.

This process is easy to allow, it is the next logical step as the yoga practice deepens. The absolute reward as I continue to grow true intimacy with self. Self awareness that encompasses deep sensations of love, trust, wellbeing. An inner knowing of who I really am as source energy flowing freely, joyfully. Yes yoga does that.

As a young girl I was holding myself back in fear and insecurity. I had developed coping mechanisms I felt I needed to protect myself. That feeling of helplessness really plays a toll. I developed significant barriers such as shyness, lack of confidence and a lot of deep fear.

Releasing fear was not easy and took time. Yet I knew I needed to let go surrender into the mental anguish and retrain my brain to believe in what I was feeling as relief. At points it felt like I was going to die. At these points I knew gradual release was key.

Everything began to fall into place as I grew emotionally aware in my yoga practice. Yoga was my haven, my safe place to reconnect. As my practiced evolved I began to be more diligent with body mechanics and core alignment.

A physical Yoga practice not only develops new pathways energetically in the material body but also in the outer sheaths or Koshas (the non physical layers of consciousness). As we focus on clearing the mind of unwanted chatter we fine tune our vibration, building clarity in thought and emotion. This allows our authentic self to be pure and still stay receptive to higher thought. The more time spent in this sacred space, self aware and allowing resonance with source energy the more healing can occur.

In contrast, the slower frequency of mindless chatter (chitta) is busy unproductive movement of thought that create pathways synapse/neurotransmissions not in sync with wave patterns of a healing vibration. These waves agitate the mind when they become out of balance and can contribute to excess stress, causing a primordial body response of fight or flight.

This response if chronic results in excess release of the stress hormones Cortisol, Norepinephrine, resulting in a myriad of body dysfunction such as chronic inflammation, depressed immune function,disrupts metabolism (the release of insulin) and causing head and stomach problems.

As I continue to work my body and breath on deep cellular levels with focused mindfulness, I release the energy that holds back truth. The feel good space of finding the true self becomes easy.

From the body,  to my mind and into my spirit, we magically find the answers. Via receptivity, clarity, purity, stillness, we reveal that which can never be blemished or erased. That is the spark of source and light of our inner fire.

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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.