Chakra System

3 Steps to Calm Anxiety

What is Anxiety?

If you are feeling anxious, know that you are not alone. Everybody will experience anxiety at sometime; it’s a normal human emotion. Saying that, the speed at which we are living and the speed our brains and nervous systems are accessing information has greatly increased. This means anxiety has become a bigger deal.

Looking through the lens of Ayurveda, anxiety is a Vata imbalance. This is an excess of the Ether and Air elements. This means that certain body types are more prone to becoming affected by anxiety and certain activities can increase anxiety.

How does yoga help

When we feel anxious the energy in the body rises upwards and we tend to shallow breath, we may experience dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, insomnia and digestive issues. If you have extreme anxiety it may also lead to panic attacks. Slow hatha yoga where we focus on grounding is a great panacea for anxiety.

On a mental level anxious thoughts are future focused. Yoga, mindfulness meditation, breath work can help bring us back into the present moment.

3 steps to calm Anxiety

Step 1 – Awareness

Recognise that you are feeling anxious, acknowledge that anxiety is occurring, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Step 2 – Allow

Allow it to be there, to feel it. Try not to resist the anxiety but instead, notice where in the body you are feeling the effects of this emotion and notice the intensity. When we name anxiety for what it is, a temporary emotion that comes and goes, it takes away its power.

Step 2 – Action (Choose a way to respond)

Choose how to move forward, below are 5 ways you can do this through Yoga. Different approaches work for different people, choose what works […]

Relax and Release Your Fascia

What is Fascia?

The fascia is the connective tissue (densely packed collagen fibers) that wraps around the muscles, bones and organs. It’s like a spider web of tissues that holds our whole body together.

Why do I need to release it?

Improve your Range of Motion – When the fascia is tight in can restrict our range of motion. Lack of movement as well as inflammation in the body can cause the fascia to tighten and to dry out. Yoga, massage and physiotherapy all help to release the fascia.
Boost your Immune System – As we soften and release the fascia, it also becomes more hydrated. It’s important to keep the fascia hydrated not only to help our muscles move but also to keep our immune system healthy.
Listen to your bodies natural intelligence – Releasing and softening the fascia helps to bring our awareness into our bodies it assists us to become more conscious of what our body is telling us. This is because Fascia contains sensory receptors, which carry messages throughout the body and allow the mind and body to connect.

Breathwork and Fascia Workshop this Sunday

Emilia Baduy and I have been working on a new therapy combining Yoga Therapy, Physiotherapy and Massage. This is our first workshop demonstrating this technique. We welcome everyone who wants to release, relax and rejuvenate body and mind using Breathwork, Fascia release and gentle Movement.

Dharma Shala Sunday 8th Sept 2.30pm-4pm
Cost $60
Email to book (Maximum 10 per class) justine@triveda.com.au

What is the Divine Feminine?

Whatever our gender, we all have both masculine and feminine energies within us. These are our divine energies as they are connected to our spirit and are sacred. The energies we associate with the Divine Feminine aspect of ourselves are creativity, intuition, flow, kindness, internal focus, listening to our bodies and surrender. These qualities are important in creating relationships, managing our health, building communities and looking at the greater good.

 

The energies we associate with the Divine Masculine aspects of ourselves are goal driven, linear, healthy risk taking, logical, focused and ordered. All of these qualities are helpful in situations when we need to be assertive and outwardly focused.

 

We all need both of these masculine and feminine qualities, also known as yin and yang, feminine and masculine, shiva and shakti energies. It’s great if we can have both in balance, but life is continually moving and changing and so is the balance of our energies. Our lifestyle, environment, body type, job, belief systems relationships etc can all affect the balance of our energies.

 

The qualities associated with the masculine energy are often needed for survival and are often celebrated in the business world and society in general. However there is a lot of unbalanced masculine energy around right now it is expressed as anger, fear, anxiety and aggression, being unreasonable and over thinking. It may show up as a drive to prove ourselves at the expense of our body. A constant push, push, push.

 

In Ayurveda like attracts like and when we want to reduce a quality we do the opposite so increasing the feminine energy will help to balance any unhealthy masculine.

 

How do we discover the different energies in our bodies and work with them? The […]

Yoga in Bondi Beach Park

Welcome to Spring!

I’m excited to announce that my beach permit is on the way and I’ll be teaching in the freshly renovated Beach Park for Summer.

Come and practice yoga in the Park (starting November 1), relax and revitalise with yoga under the trees, feel the summer breeze on your skin as you inhale the oceanic energy.

All classes 1 hour.

See timetable here.

Nameste
Justine
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2017 Yoga and Wellness Retreat :: Paperbark Camp

This Autumn I’m very excited to be offering another Yoga and Wellness Retreat in collaboration with Camilla at the stunning Paperbark Camp. This amazing bush setting encourages a very nurturing, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Here is the scene last year, relaxing in savasana fireside…

Please get in contact if you are interested in future retreats as this one booked out fast.

Justine

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Do you wear sunglasses at night?

I love screens, I love my phone, and I like playing computer games at night, and enjoy curling up in bed reading from my ipad. The problem is as I journey down the yogic path and tune more into cause and effect, I notice when I don’t use screens at night I sleep a whole lot better…

Why?

Exposure to light at night interferes with your circadian rhythm and suppresses melatonin secretion. Melatonin is made in the pineal gland (connected to our third eye) and is the hormone that controls our sleep and wake cycles. Any artificial light at night can interfere with your circadian rhythm and melatonin secretion but the worst offender is blue light.

Harvard researches have now shown that blue light suppresses melatonin for twice as long as green light, red light suppresses it the least. Unfortunately blue light is the light emitted by backlit portable screens, as well as energy efficient lighting. How annoying!

The research also states, ‘Light at night is part of the reason so many people don’t get enough sleep…researchers have linked short sleep to increased risk for depression, as well as diabetes and cardiovascular problems.’

I’m currently studying natural rhythms and how we evolve body habits so I’m really interested in this research. Adjusting your rhythms to adapt to the rhythms of nature is one of the best ways to increase your energy levels. Check out my post on amplifying your energy here.

What can you do?

I don’t fancy wearing those Bono style blue light-blocking glasses and I’m not going to stop using technology.

The most practical advice I can follow is to switch off screens one hour or even two hours if you can manage before going to […]

Increase Immunity – more tips from ‘The Ancients’…

When I refer to the ‘Ancients’, I’m not talking about my parents or even my grandparents, I’m thinking about wisdom passed down from thousands of years ago. Let’s look at two ancient systems Ayurveda from India and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from China. What similar guidance have these traditional systems sent us?

Three layers of the body are recognized in each system, the Physical Layer, the Mental Layer and the Subtle Layer. As a yoga teacher, I’m curious about the Subtle Body. The non-visible energy channels that travel through the body are recognized in Ayurveda and are called Nadi’s and they are also acknowledged in TCM and are called Meridians, many pressure points along these energy lines are similar in both systems. To access the subtle body, both ancient wisdoms link breath and movement, think, Tai Chi, Yoga as well as Meditation.

Elements feature in both systems, TCM recognizes the five elements Fire, Water, and Earth, and in Ayurveda the 5 elements are Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Importantly, both systems recognize the microcosm and macrocosm idea, what is outside is also inside, each constantly influencing and affecting the other. In other words how we interact with our environment will hugely influence our energy.

Practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation are the best way to start to access the subtle body. When we strengthen and heal the subtle body we will amplify our energy but also strengthen our body on a cellular level and build immunity. To dive in deeper come and try a yin yoga class!

See you on the mat!

Justine

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Ujjayi Pranayama – Victorious Breath

Each yoga class begins by bringing our awareness to the breath. We concentrate on deliberately linking breath and movement. It is through the breath that we are able to start to connect to the subtle body and the deeper energy reserves in the body.

The breath we use mostly in a Hatha Yoga class as we move through the asanas (poses) is called Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jai) Breath. Ujjayi Breath can be translated as Victorious Breath. It is where we inhale and exhale through the nostrils while slightly contracting the back of the throat. This makes an ocean like sound.

Here are some of the many benefits of this type of breathing :
• Slows the breath down.
• Calms the mind.
• Strengthens the nervous system.
• Strengthens the digestive system.
• Improves concentration and brings awareness to the physical movement.
• Warms the body.
• Directing the ujjayi breath to certain parts of the body can release tension and tightness in specific areas.

How to do it:
• Find a comfortable seat
• Begin by exhaling through the nose
• Inhale through the nose, partially narrowing the passageway through the throat.
• Exhale through an open mouth as though you were trying to fog a mirror, making a ‘hhhhaaa’ sound.
• Try this a couple of times.
• Now repeat but close the mouth as you exhale.
• Repeat a few times allowing the breath to flow smoothly and softly like waves in the ocean. You can place your hands over your ears to hear the sound more clearly.

Relax and enjoy this deep smooth breathing as you feel the prana circulate around the body.

Justine
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Meditation and Chakra Seven

The Crown Chakra – Sahasrara

Last week I dragged my husband to a conference where the fabulous Dr Robert Svoboda, an Ayurvedic Physician from America spoke.

I enjoyed every minute of the the 3.5 hours talk on Ayurveda, Consciousness, Yoga etc, my husband, not so much. I’ve learnt my lesson and next time I’ll leave him in the pub with a beer – oh well, horses for courses…. Anyway since that evening, one of Dr Svoboda’s quotes has echoed in my mind….

‘The manifested universe acts as a mirror for supreme reality’

Where is this supreme reality and how do we connect to it, you ask? (unless you’re my husband and you don’t ask)

Through the study of the subtle body, Sahsrara Chakra is the place where we can connect to this supreme reality that’s beyond the duality of our material world. You may also like to call it a higher power or your inner wisdom or god.

This chakra is located at the crown of the head and is associated with thought and consciousness, it is connected on a physical level to the pituitary gland. When we have balance in this chakra we are more aware, and are less likely to be ruled by our unconscious mind.

However, just as the ‘thousand petal lotus’ that symbolizes this chakra turns down to incorporate all of the chakras, we must be living in the manifested world at the same time as having awareness of this limitless space.

In this modern world with the amount of information we are inundated with each day, we need to inhabit the body and the lower chakras while using the upper chakras to make sense of this information.

As one of my favourite authors Anodea Judith describes in her […]

Ajna Chakra & My grandmother’s insane healing powers!

Everyone gets sick but why do some people bounce back so much faster than others? The answer is very complex and depends on myriad factors such as individual constitution, genes, environment, and lifestyle, diet, thought patterns…I could go on and on. What I do know is that my Grandmother has insane healing powers! She is always quick to bounce back from illness and at 93 years has just had an amazing recovery from a stroke.
About 20 years ago when ‘Gigi’, as my children know her, broke her leg the Doctors were amazed at her quick recovery, especially considering her age. While I sat with her in hospital I asked her how she was healing so well.
She let me into her healing secret that I will share with you…

With her leg in plaster, throughout the day (whenever she thought of it) she was practicing a powerful visualization technique. She would close her eyes and picture her leg as a building site. She would imagine the builders arriving to work each day, thinking about every detail down to what they were wearing and what their lunchboxes looked like. She would think about this miniscule world where each builder was doing his or her part to repair the bone of her leg, she would continue to think about this until she was interrupted or bored with it. She told me this really helped with her healing and I believe it did.
I really love this story, but what does it have to do with Chakra 6 (Ajna Chakra)? This Chakra is also known as your third eye. It is located on our forehead between the two eyebrows. While our two eyes see out into the external […]