One of the lessons I appreciate every day, from becoming a Reiki Master is the awareness towards energy; I have developed while I’m teaching yoga.
Our minds, bodies and spirits are composed of energy, which vibrates out and is felt by others. Those vibrations resonate within us and impact our own energy stores.
As we move through our day, we are sending energy into the world and we receive energy back.
High frequency energy can boost our feelings of well-being, dissolve feelings of anxiety and improve communication.
Low frequency energy results in feelings of discord, conflict and resentment.
Although is challenging not to be exposed to low frequency energy…
Our goal should be to attract good energy and repel the bad.
It is not complicated to raise our energy level and aligning yourself with positive vibrations.
Allow yourself to consider the following 9 daily tips to tune up your inner vibrations and start feeling positive energy flow your way.
1. Cultivate gratitude.
You can practice gratitude each morning by thinking of 5 things you’re grateful for. Then think of at least one person you’re grateful to have in your life.
Consider keeping a gratitud journal, where you can quickly jot down a list of little joys and things that give you a sense of happiness and contentment. Remind yourself of all the bad you have been through. When you see how far you’ve come and all of the difficult storms you have weathered, it will make you more appreciative of what you have in your life now.
2. Align your current self with your future self.
Things you spend time, energy and money on will impact you far beyond today. If you want to have positive energy flowing through you, you need to start making decisions that will steer you to become the kind of person you want to be, with the job and relationships you want to have.
Ask yourself these questions:
What do you most desire in the world?
What goals and dreams are you working toward?
Now imagine what this life you want feels like.
Who are you in this ideal future? What are you doing?
Start to align your current self with the future self you want to become.
As you start taking steps toward creating the reality you wish for, you’ll feel motivated to take control of more parts of your life.
The more actions you take toward the positive, the more you create your own favorable reality.
3. Act in good faith.
We all know that we should treat each other with fairness.
Treat others with the same respect and consideration, that you would like to be treated.
Unfortunately, we don’t always follow through with these principles when we interact with each other on a personal or even professional level.
4. Embrace compassion and kindness.
Research shows that people who are kind and compassionate to others are more satisfied with their lives, enjoy better physical and mental health, and have stronger relationships.
Giving to others creates a positive feedback loop — the more you give, the more good feelings will be received in return.
Nonetheless, be careful not to give more than what you receive in order to keep an even energy flow.
5. Find your inner strength.
Insecurity, self-doubt and fear are good-energy killers. Those negative feelings rob you of confidence and undermine your ability to bounce back from adversity. Embracing inner child meditations, in order to identify intermittent patterns of behaviors, or the search for behavioral help, supports detachment from unresolved childhood issues.
When you have developed resilience by overcoming difficult situations; inner strength grows.
6. Change the tone of your thoughts.
Negative thinking can be hard to stop. It’s easy to allow yourself to slip into pessimism or take on an air of indifference. But if you want to attract good things, you must let the positive guide you, not the negative.
Think before speaking. Once you speak your thoughts become decrees.
7. Pay attention to the energy you’re emitting.
Negative energy is bound to impact your relationships. It may be subtle, but the attitude you approach others with will generally be reflected back at you. What kind of impression do you make on people?
If you naturally seem to draw others in and people seek out your company, chances are you’re doing a good job of emitting positive energy. If people avoid you and sidestep your assistance, you’re stuck at a lower, negative, vibration. Focus your energy on the positive.
You can’t expect to attract good energy if you’re giving off loads of negative energy. Think about the kind of vibes others get when they spend time with you. Do you exude a sense of peace, calm and happiness? Or are you more gloom and doom?
8. Cut off negative influences.
Negative vibes can disrupt your sense of well-being and drain you of happy feelings and contentedness. These negative influences can be people, places or things that have an unfavorable sway over your life. It may be that there are people in your life who are toxic to your overall happiness.
Cut off these negative influences and begin creating the life you want to live. Look for the negative influences in your life.
You may be able to completely avoid or remove some of them, which is a surefire way of eliminating that influence.
For those that are a permanent fixture, work to limit your exposure to them and mentally fortify yourself before you encounter them.
9. Expand your circle.
Surround yourself with positive, successful go-getters who are supportive and caring. Keep company with those who bring positive energy with them, and make sure you nurture and protect those relationships.
The same way you try to limit your negative influences, make sure you start spending time with positive ones.
Bring your own good energy into your circle and help create a positive synergy that will permeate the group.
Lastly, the universe manages to align you with people, things, situations that match your vibration.The higher you are vibrating, the more you will see things that are beneficial to your wellbeing, manifest in your reality.
It is always necessary to know when a stage of life is over. If you insist on staying in it beyond the necessary time, you lose the joy and the meaning of the rest.
Closing circles, or closing doors, or closing chapters, whatever you want to call it. The important thing is to be able to close them, and let go of moments of life that are closing.
Was a goal accomplished?
Is a relationship over?
Did you retire from a job?
Do you no longer live in that house? Do you need to evolve or reinvent yourself?
You can spend a lot of your present time wallowing in the whys, in continuing to review the movie, trying to understand why this or that fact happened. The wear and tear is already going to be infinite, because in life, you and I, your friend, your children, your siblings, all of us are heading towards closing chapters, turning the page, ending with stages, or with moments of life and move on.
We cannot focus our energy towards a goal or manage to evolve towards better relationships; as long as we persist in staying on the same frequency, because it is the one that makes us feel most comfortable. . We can not be in the present longing for the past. Not even asking ourselves why this or that event happened.
The erosion will be infinite because in life we are all on our way to closing chapters, or we rescue what has potential for resilience, starting from scratch or we let go of it, allowing ourselves to let it go in order to move forward.
Last but not least;
One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it be guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on, we fight to let go. When we allow ourselves to let go, we accept change, making room for the new.
It all starts with you, look at yourself with love, appreciate what is presented to you. Every breath, every moment of difficulty, every joy comes to you to leave you a life lesson. Everything is fine…, everything is for the best. Simply give thanks, let go and trust the light to spread and guide you.
Yoga means the union of spirit, mind and body, according to the texts of the Bhagavad-Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
This philosophy of life teaches us that, through meditation, physical practice (what is known asanas), self-knowledge, service to others and devotion to God, we can achieve this union that is within each one of us, but that as we grow up it erodes, due to the experiences we face in life.
The United Nations decreed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, a practice that began in India more than 5,000 years ago, and is currently performed on all continents.
Yoga continues to expand and fashion in the West, at a level that in 2016 alone in the United States it moved $ 16,000 in the industry related to classes, clothing, equipment and workshops, according to a study published by the Yoga Journal and the Yoga Alliance organization in 2020.
Likewise, the number of followers in the country went from 20.4 million to 36.7 million from 2012 to 2016, the research highlighted.
Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, weight, social class, or religion. You just need to have the willingness and desire to learn, breathe and a mat. This is a unique process where each person must be attentive to the limitations of their own body without getting discouraged, in addition to being patient with poses, since everything is progressive.
Last but not least;
We are in the third round of voting in the “I am Yoga Warrior 2022” competition, we are on the right track in order to advance into the Top 5; so please don’t forget how important your vote is today and every day during the “I am Yoga Warrior Competition 2022.”
I am grateful and continue to count on the support of all of you; to get to share my story (in Yoga Journal Magazine) of physical and emotional rehabilitation; after my accident in my last year of military career.
Also to receive resources that will allow me to continue integrating the resilience project through yoga in the local military community; simultaneously representing my fellow teachers in the local yoga community.
A community full of empathy and facilitation of love through service.
Trust, Breathe and do not lose your drishti about deserving better.
Hey there beautiful Souls;
I want to briefly approach the word “Drishti.”And is because when I teach balance poses in yoga, I encourage a lot the intention of maintaining balance while in a difficult moment; as we all find ourselves during our life’s journey.
When we are able to connect with our breath, we can surrender with trust into our instincts. This becomes a self-love act, in the event that we start to embrace adversity with poise and self-trust to prevail into our higher selves.
We learn how to set boundaries without setting for less than what we deserve.
Now let me explain the term “Drishti” which is actually a focused gaze, actually a great tool for developing concentrated intention.
Also, I would like to humbly request your support by voting for my participation into the I am Yoga Warrior 2022, competition in order to be able to share my physical and emotional rehabilitation through yoga (integrated into 90 physical and aquatic therapies); also how yoga helped me move out from a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as result from a car accident I had on January 8, 2021, while I was still serving into Active Duty Military.
Please click into below link and read my story. Furthermore, the reason why I would like to keep integrating resilience through yoga to my local military in order to provide my brothers and sisters in arms permanent resilience skill to keep healing physically and from combat trauma.
Hey there beautiful Souls, I so much love this quote from Ann Frank, a former survivor from the Holocaust and writer.
I discovered her during my high school years; back then I read her diary.
Hence, being that shared and based throughout scientific research that there is predisposition into our DNA towards resilience; if you allow yourself to reflect regards how the ubiquity of hardships across history and across cultures and societies has taught us that helping others is, in fact, helping ourselves—in a way, paying it forward.I would have no doubts that your motivation to act on daily basis with more kindness, solidarity and love would increase.
It is an energy that elevates frequency collectively.
However, in order to help others you need to help yourself first, otherwise you will not be able to boost your energy frequency high enough to help others, without becoming vulnerable to lose yourself or relapse into any type of adversity.
Always remember that the final stage of any healing process is becoming able to use what happens to you to help other people.
As well, is important to maintain into perspective that helping others without keeping track or any personal agenda, represents our higher selves manifestation, instead of our ego acting or even reacting throughout the shadows from our subconscious. If you would like to learn a little more about our vulnerability towards this behavior, follow this link The Shadow Into The Psychic House.
Returning to our main subject, helping others might or have been the best defense against hardships people had for a very long time in human history, and it might still be the best available defense against misfortunes people have today in societies where formal social insurance institutions are sparse or do not exist.
Even within prosperous societies, generosity may lead to improved health and psychological well-being.
Last but not least;
“You have two hands, one to help yourself and the other to help others.”
Happiness comes not from what goes on outside of you but rather in how you perceive life from the inside.
We all have different journeys, different paths along the way. We all are meant to learn some things. We might be meant to leave from certain places, but we might be meant to stay.
I have learned throughout my yoga teachers trainings that we are Divine beings living a human experience with a free will, which makes us vulnerable to miss the mark along our journey.
We are not here to make judgements about ourselves or others. We are here to grow and evolve into a better version of ourselves. Hence, let us keep in mind that mistakes are the most valuable teachers which bring us lessons we can use for life.
Whenever something doesn’t turn out as expected or simply doesn’t resonate with your frequency, ask yourself:
What can I learn from this?
Write this new knowledge down. Apply it to make your life better. A better life from a beautiful mistake.
The healthy tendency to focus on and emphasize positive experiences and file them away for frequent recall while allowing ourselves to dim and let go of memories of distressing times is one of the major components of a resilient and happy life.
Last but not least;
“You can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability” -Brené Brown
As we witness the Universal Omnipresent force in All, (our God Self or I Am presence) we connect to the Divine Power of Grace.
As we embody the Will, the Capacity to receive this gift, our finite minds open to greater possibilities, once lost in our limitless awareness. We behold our Infinite Self.
Divine Grace, the sweet surrender that transforms, and inspires humanity to live a virtuous life. Becoming the Light that remains illuminated as we continue our path.
The resurrection of our Eternal Divinity, our Christ Consciousness resides in each of us. Our perfect expression of God. as the human mind acknowledges the Divine within, he awakens his Soul.
Paramahansa Yogananda, (author of The Yoga Of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels) said “To commune daily with the Divine in deep meditation, to carry His love and guidance with you into all your activities, is the way that leads to permanent Peace and Happiness.”
I exhort you to separate at least 10 minutes daily to connect to the Divine Power of Grace through meditation.
First, sit down into a comfortable crossed legged position.Along your spine, and melt your shoulder blades towards your tailbone.
Second,bring your attention to your breath. Soften your face. Bring your tongue towards the roof of your mouth (behind your front teeth). Begin inhaling through your nose (keeping your mouth closed) and when you exhale, allow yourself to let go (without judgement) of any turbulence within your mind, that doesn’t allow you to be present and in harmony with this inner self connection and exploration moment.
Third, while keeping your eyes closed ask your self the following questions:
Who Am I?
If you don’t know the answer, it’s alright. Remember no judgement. You may help yourself with a journal and write down, your answers.
What do I want? Are my thoughts and actions aligned congruently?
Remember be compassionate with yourself, simply take note regards how can I become happier and live in congruency.
How can I better serve while I am living this life? What is my purpose here?
What is my source of gratitude? Keep in mind that gratitude is a magnet for miracles.
After ending this meditation exercise, release everything, close your eyes again and breathe slowly during three minutes.
When you feel ready come back to your space.
I encourage to practice this short meditation during 21 days and you will feel and see the difference as well as your perspective towards others.
A sign from the Universe L iberates intention I ntention determines outcome G enerates coherence N ew energy enters your life M oves you forward E xcellent way to attract happiness N ourishes your Soul T ry not to resist it and flow with it
We are Divine beings living the human experience…
Alignment is about finding the feeling inside of the things that we want and then deliberating the choice to create those feelings.
If we align our intentions from a source of gratitude, we will attract more positive things into our lives and vibrate into a higher frequency throughout releasing and elevating our Divinity.
The whole of the pose while in yoga practice depends on its relationship to gravity and the ground.
Also the ground gives you a clear and stable reference for feedback about your body, as such is helpful to start building your pose by attending to the foundation.
All these must work in accord with the connection to the ground if it’s to work well.
If our foundation is compromised, so it’s our attention and our abilities.
If the foundation is weak, the pose will be weak.
That’s why at the beginning of a practice establishing the rule of breath awareness and synchronization with movement is essential.
Inside our bones there is growing and regeneration of the soft bone marrow, (which function is to produce our red and some white blood cells), just imagine what would happen if our red blood cells wouldn’t be able to carry the best quality of OXYGEN to our tissues and platelets.
Our inmune system (by default), would directly suffer collateral damage.
When our inmune system is compromised, as such is our mental awareness and concentration.
Why is this happening?
Oxygen keeps body cells working by releasing energy from the nutrients we obtain from food and breathing draws in plenty of oxygen, but an efficient transport system is required to carry the oxygen around the body.
Our heart and circulating blood are responsible to perform this role.
It is through the breath that we keep our blood circulating, the process of waste gas, carbon dioxide (produced by our body cells) is also happening.
So without breathing our brain would not be able to transmit electrical signals through our body taking us to an imminent energy shut down.
Needless to say, this could turn into an unnecessary challenge establishing foundationb for any pose during a yoga practice.
Two sets of stretching seated asanas, will benefit the practitioners as part of a slowly somatic foundation.
For these reasons my experience as a Yoga Teacher is to start at the ground or bottom during a class with beginners or first time practitioners.
This will help them gain confidence to work up their transition based on a stable feedback gained from the relationship to gravity and the ground.
During advanced Vinyasa or Power Yoga, the practitioner had already gained the above mentioned relationship required for a good foundation.
That is why is considered an advanced level of yoga practice.
Rooting vs. Pressing
When we say “root or ground your feet” etc., what we mean is to establish a clear, even, and living connection with the ground. This is a sensate and dynamic experience. It is more than “pressing” because it is also receiving the information the action offers, and requires periodic attention to the regularly changing signals of your nervous system in order to sustain good practices. The foundation is an evolving process, not a one time act. As we warm up into a pose our needs shift, and what is possible changes.
The feet are comprised of a number of arches, maintained in a state of dynamic tension. If there was no tension your feet would be flat. You are the person who is maintaining your arches! Arches a resilient structures, which absorb shock as well as provide a springy dynamic quality to movements. To do this they need enough tension. One way to get a sense of augmenting their dynamic tension, and thus increasing their arch, is to lift the toes up strongly, and draw the sides of your feet towards the heels. After getting a sense of the feet drawing in and up with the above actions, lay the toes down and grip the ground with them. The toes are an essential part of your connection with the ground. You can play with these actions in standing poses. It will help cultivate a stronger foundation and more resilience.
When the Feet are part of the foundation one way to make sure they are firmly connected to the ground is to imagine they have four corners, and to root each of those corners in turn. This is a helpful intermediate step, but don’t get stuck believing they really have corners. After playing with the four corners see if you can find even better ways to refine your connection to the ground.
Like the feet, when the hands are part of the foundation it is important that they are intelligently placed—both to protect them, as well as your wrists and shoulders, and to give you the best possible support for your poses.
Since many of the hand balance poses share the same hand configuration, for brevity we are calling this “Floor Hands.” Floor hands have the following qualities:
The horseshoe shaped perimeter of the palm roots down, This includes the sides of the palms, as well as the metacarpals at the base of the fingers and thumbs. The metacarpals should root evenly. Avoid the tendency for the base of the index finger and thumb to rise. If you are unable to control this try spreading your hands wider a part and see if that helps. – The center of the base of the palm (at the carpel tunnel) should have a bit of lift, along with the underside of the wrists. This maintains space in the carpel tunnel. – The fingertips claw the ground, and the centers of the fingers lift. – The fingers are level with the ground—not leaning to one side. – If you are in symmetrical poses with both hands on the ground such as Adho Mukha Svanasana, place the wrist creases in a straight line. Also, place the center of your wrists outer shoulder width apart. If your shoulders are tight then the hands can be farther apart.
When your hands are in the air rather than on the ground, we are calling them “Air Hands.” Air Hands have the following qualities:
They are energized and alive. From the core of your torso extend out through the fingers actively. – Fingers can be either together or apart. Examine what effects these positions have in your body.
When we open our hands the feeling in the torso feels more expansive.
When they are closed the energy feels more pointed and directed.
Which serves you best?
When your pelvis and feet become part of the foundation, it is valuable for your connection through them to be clear, strong, and supportive. This is more possible if you are comfortable. Make sure you modify any pose so that you can approach it’s full expression comfortably and safely.
Use a lift if your hamstrings are tight.
In any sitting pose if you are unable to sit with the sacrum at least perpendicular to the floor, if not leaning forward slightly, then sit on a lift. This is so your leg flexors (psoas, quads) and/or adductors do not have to work to keep you upright. The lift can be one or more folded blankets; a bolster, a firm pillow, or even a chair. Be creative..
In seated poses where one or both knees are bent, feel free to place a support under them if they don’t comfortably rest on the ground or your feet. Unless you are actively addressing the muscles that lift your thigh and knee from the ground in that position, it can be counterproductive and fatiguing for the body to have to support the lifted thighs.
Last but not least;
Always keep in mind during yoga and even into life that “Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything of value.”
Everything that happens in life is perfectly aligned by a divine force, once you start believing in that higher power you realize that control is an illusion.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t take any action and just sit on your couch all day long, it simply means you accept life as it is with receptivity and faith as a source to believe in yourself. It means to fully engage into your potential to evolve into a better version.
You don’t try to force things to happen. You don’t flow against the current of the river, you allow yourself to release any resistance all the way from your cells tissue and your mind.
You start living life effortlessly mindfully, in other terms with awareness of each moment because you realize that everything is connected.
There may be some things that may feel really bad right now, but in the future you realize those bad times made you a strong person. So trust the divine timing of life, nothing is a coincidence in this Universe. Keep in mind that everything is aligned and connected.
Everything we do is controlled and facilitated by electrical signals running through our bodies.
Think about how would our brain communicate with a skeleton of 206 bones and more than 600 muscles if it wouldn’t be the outcome of positive or negative charges of electricity that had been produced across our membranes when atoms switch charges.
In other words energy is our main Life Force. Hence is throughout our energy that we become able to connect to this divine and universal force, which descends to us and allow us to align with it in a vortex flow. However in order to experience that we must raise our frequency and vibration.
How to raise your vibration in order to align yourself with the vortex:
Being grateful for what you already have surfaces your vibration and opens you up to receive more.
Meditating is a great way to ground yourself and feel connected to the Universe.
Positive affirmations are very powerful because they release you from negativity, fear, worry, and anxiety. When these affirmations are repeated over and over again, they begin to take charge of your thoughts, slowly changing your pattern of thinking and ultimately changing your life.
There are some you could such as these ones below as an example…
I am calm and peace.
I am in the vortex or the source.
I trust that I am loved and supported.
Every cell in my body vibrates with joy.
4. Connect with nature:
Go outside and connect with nature. It is a great way to ground yourself and feel connected to the Universe.
5. Self care:
Taking care of yourself is and essential way to raise your vibration. Go through physical health assessments at least once a year. Put on your face mask as long as required during this global pandemic period. Read a good book or simply do what feels good and makes you happy without jeopardizing yourself and others.
Close your eyes and see what you want to manifest. Visualize your dream life or goal . Imagine every aspect of your desire and see yourself with it.
7. Drink water:
Water helps you cleanse you from toxins and impurities that could be weighing down your vibration. Water raises your vibration from the inside out.
This is a great way to clear and organize the mind. Journaling will raise your vibration by releasing worries onto the paper by freeing them from your mind.
Last but not least;
“You are only vibrations away from what you want” (Abraham Hicks)
Hey there, I have learned throughout my years of facilitation as a yoga teacher, master resilience trainer and reiki master that enlightenment is not an altered state of consciousness; it is coming out of an altered state of consciousness.
Sometimes we are faced abruptly into adversity, which is meant to test our faith within ourselves and even our connection to the Universe, Divine Sourceor God. It happens through many ways.
It could be undergoing physical suffering, as well as mental or even heartbreak. In summary, life is full of adversity, since the moment we are delivered out of our mother’s womb (our safest zone) in order to face this world full of difficulties.
However, if we keep ourselves attached to the past experiences that caused us any type of pain; we lose connection to ourselves, to what we want, to our life’s purpose and to our source of love and gratitude, God.
If we accept and realize that is within ourselves to break the chain of resentment, lack of forgiveness, to shelter compassion and lovethen we will be able to heal and evolve eventually into a better version of ourselves.
During this week of reflexion meditate and see yourself able to:
Choose understanding if you were judged.
Choose accountability in order to make anything up.
Choose acceptance if you were rejected.
Choose compassion if you were shamed.
Choose to be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than who broke you.
Choose to heal instead of becoming bitter so you can act from your heart, not your pain.
Forgiveness and love were the main teachings of our greatest master of resilience, Jesus. Throughout his short life, his crucifixion and resurrection he left us a great message and lesson that resonates a lot with Victor Hugo’s quote “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
Last but not least;
It is within our will and practice of self–love to move on from the darkest night and allow our sun to rise.
Author: Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.