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The 5 Niyamas: Yoga rules for living

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The 5 Niyamas: Yoga rules for living

I wanted to share with you the 2nd Limb of the 8 Limbs of Yoga; The 5 Niyamas are the yoga rules for living and how we treat ourselves.  In the Yoga Sutra, a collection of texts written between the second and fifth century, philosophers outline an 8 limbed path of purification of mind and body.  The 2nd limb on the eight limbed path are Niyamas. 

Yoga is rooted in deep wisdom, philosophy, and history.  It's important to remember why we practice it.  If you aren't studying, practicing, and/or teaching the philosophy of yoga then you are merely exercising or sitting in meditation, which is still beneficial.

The practice of yoga extends way outside of any yoga class or beyond a yoga mat.  The more you live your yoga practice and weave it into your everyday life the more authentically you are practicing yoga.  Yoga is a way of life similar to that of Buddhism or Taoism.

Last week I wrote about the; the 5 Yamas the yoga rules for living and how…

The 5 Yamas: The basics of yoga philosophy

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I wanted to share with you the 5 yamas: the basics of yoga philosophy.    In the Yoga Sutra, a collection of texts written between the second and fifth century, philosophers outline an eight limbed path of purification of mind and body.  The first step on the eight limbed path is Yamas. Yamas is how we relate to other people.

Yoga is rooted in deep wisdom, philosophy, and history.  It's important to remember why we practice it.  If you aren't studying, practicing, and/or teaching the philosophy of yoga then you are merely exercising or sitting in meditation, which is still beneficial.

The practice of yoga extends way outside of any yoga class or beyond a yoga mat.  The more you live your yoga practice and weave it into your everyday life the more authentically you are practicing yoga.  Yoga is a way of life similar to that of Buddhism or Taoism.

Yoga teaches you to be a better person each day.  How can you be a better person each day?

1.  Ahimsa = compassionor non-harming or n…

How to enhance your deep listening skills

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Are you wondering how to enhance your deep listening skills?   




The world is full of talkers and needs more listeners.

My friend Jenn and I coined the term TLLM, which means to talk less and listen more.

How does it make you feel when someone cuts you off or doesn't pay attention to what you are saying or tries to fix you or discredits what you are saying?

Are you frequently thinking about what you are going to say next and continuously cutting people off mid sentence?  Then this blog is for you.

Deep listening is a form of holding the space for people to heal and connect on a deeper level.  

1st.  Making eye contact is key to making someone feel heard and seen.

2nd.  Mirroring in physical form is a great way for people to feel comfortable during talking and to feel like they are being received.

3rd.  Remain present and grounded.  Have 2 feet on the floor.  Maintain eye contact.  Continue mirroring the person physically if they change body position you can change body position to mirro…

Cultivate Peace and Love for ALL!!!

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What does it mean to cultivate peace and love for all and how do we do it?

With the rise of racism, fear, lies, corruption, greed and injustice as of late I thought it's important to focus on cultivating peace and love for all.

At Habit, we won't stand for injustice or inequality.  Black lives matter.  Brown lives matter.  We embrace our oneness regardless of color or socioeconomic status.  All are welcome here and we are here to support and stand up for equal rights and justice!!!  We will do whatever it takes to help raise people's vibration and help them see the light.

On the bright side, it's great to see people waking up to injustice, questioning the truth, and taking action.

It's important our action is rooted in compassion, peace, and love for all.

We must focus on raising our vibration, so that we can rule out hate, greed, ignorance, inequality, racism, and injustice.

How does one raise their vibration you ask?  You must work on yourself on all levels; soul,…

On Coronavirus and Cultivating Health

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originally published 3/3/20



Diseases are Many. Health is One. Rather than exhausting yourself by doing battle against the Many, Nourish yourself by Cultivating the One. ~Folk Saying, said by someone who clearly knew what they were talking about.

With all the talk about the coronavirus and concerns about our collective wellbeing reaching a fever pitch, here is a little something that may provide some useful information, as well as some levity to help balance out the gravity surrounding the situation.

1. Don’t Panic. Science Fiction author Arthur C. Clark has said that Douglas Adams use of
“Don’t Panic” was perhaps the best advice ever given to humanity, and I wholeheartedly agree. When we are operating out of fear or in a state of panic we do not think clearly, we may take actions that are most likely unnecessary, and we end up putting undue stress on our nervous and immune systems. None of these will help us in the ways we could stand to best be helped. If you find yourself slipping in…

May is mental health awareness month so lets talk emotional protective equipment

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May is mental health awareness month, so lets talk about emotional protective equipment to get through these very weird and strange times.
As many people come back to work after after this pandemic "we're all in this together" is both true and untrue.  Yes, the pandemic is a global experience, but it's also very much an individual experience.
Your race, socioeconomic status, where you live and whether or not you have children all have a dramatic impact on how you're responding in the face of a pandemic.

Personal protective equipment is one thing to protect us as humanity and flatten the curve, but what about emotional protective equipment?

Many people have lost many things; health, freedom, jobs, businesses, family, and friends, so we are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief at an epic level!!!

This brings about stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse or post-traumatic stress disorder that follows.

The good news is we have the opportunity to trans…