Are You Stealing and Not Even Knowing It?
Published Monday, October 10, 2016 by Paula Ribotto
Asteya – Non-stealing
The 3rd Yama is simple, don’t steal. In its simplest form, Asteya asks that we not take what does not belong to us. While most of us wouldn’t be categorized as a thief, this yogic principle draws our attention to more subtle ways in which we rob not only others but ourselves, on and off the yoga mat. Asteya allows us to peek into the silent ways we ....
Satya Living Truthfully
Published Monday, October 3, 2016 by Paula Ribotto
Satya is the 2nd of the five Yamas, or observances, in the yogic path to awareness. Satya means Truthfulness. Living a path of truthfulness seems easy enough yet can be complicated. Why I say complicated is because Satya calls for us to dive deeper than the surface layer of truth that we show outwardly and explore what is really our truth and essence. Satya understands that what is true for me may not be a truth for you. It requires the awareness that what may have been true for me at one point in my life may no longer hold truth for me now. Through our experiences our perceptions change and another layer of truth is gained resulting in a new sense of self.
Satya asks us to look at the ways in which we express our truth through our words, thoughts and actions. Often our outwardly words or actions do not always reflect our truth....
Exploring Through Non-Violence
Published Monday, September 26, 2016 by Paula Ribotto
Over the summer I have been reflecting on and studying some of the foundations of a yoga practice and have been pleasantly surprised at the added awareness to my everyday life. These are known as the yamas and niyamas which are guidelines of living and navigating in the world through our relationship to ourselves and others. They are the foundation of all yoga practices and without a firm foundation we lack the necessary building blocks to navigate in this world with joy and happiness. The 1st Yama, which is called Ahimsa or non-violence/non-harming, calls for us to pay attention to how we treat ourselves and others. My first reaction to thinking about this was...
Dealing With Daily Stress
Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Paula Ribotto
Stress is one of those things that we can't avoid nor should we eliminate it. A little bit of stress can be helpful in keeping us motivated and focused on what needs to be done. However, in the fast pace of today's world combined with the many expections on us from work, family, friends and the never ending info that is flowing towards us all the time from social media, TV, cell phones..etc. we can often get overloaded and burnt out. More and more people are suffering from anxiety, depression and other health concerns that are being linked back to too much stress. The good news is that we can do something about it for ourselves! Yoga and meditation offer many tools to help restore the parasympathetic nervous system (which is in charge of the relaxation response) and boost our energy. The following video is a small sample of what we can do in as little as 3 minutes to help make effective changes in our life.