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THEME OF THE MONTH: SUBCONSCIOUS PATTERNING

Scientific studies indicate that 95 percent of who we are by the time we are in our mid 30s is a series of subconscious patterns that have become automatic (aka, habits). Habits are a redundant set of thoughts, behaviors, and emotions that you acquire through frequent repetition, and are often performed outside of our conscious awareness.  This month, 'Science & Magic' subscribers will get the opportunity to explore the biology behind how we develop our belief patterns, as well as learn about different brain waves associated with our waking, subconscious, and sleeping states.


Coming September 2019…

YOGA

NEUROSCIENCE

READINGS

RITUALS


RESOURCES:

RESOURCE #1: ARTICLE ‘Are You Programmed at Birth?’

RESOURCE #2: ARTICLE: ‘Effects of yoga on brain waves and structural activation: A review’


REFLECTIONS

REFLECTION (8/7): When reflecting on the first 7 years of my life (see resource #1 above), what are some negative beliefs/patterns/behaviors that may have been programmed into my subconscious mind that no longer serve me in my adult life? How do they they show up in my yoga practice? Be specific. For example: ‘money doesn’t grow on trees,’ or ‘I’m not worthy if I’m not performing well.'

REFLECTION (8/14): Are there any Samskaras (mental impressions) that you were able to identify in your practice? Try to uncover the root impressions behind any recurring mental or emotional activity. For example, if you are repetitively thinking about duties you have for work, is there a root belief that you don’t deserve to relax? Or that you need to do a perfect job at work? Where do you think these impressions originate for you from your life experiences? Write down any places the mind went during class, any places of revisitation, and consider what Samskaras may be at the root of these thoughts or feelings


CLASSES:

Most Recent CLASS: August 14th

Playlist:

Click HERE for suggested music during class (simply start the playlist & the video at the same time, adjust volume as needed)

Notes:

This class is super simple to encourage awareness of the mind. However simple, it is not easy! The practice of breath awareness may be the most simple practice of all, yet it is very challenging for most of us; the mind can be very persistent. Invite in whatever is present, including incoming thoughts and feelings. Today I introduce the concept of Samskaras. Samskaras are mental impressions that we all have from our lived experiences. They are stored in our subconscious, and it is when we activate the parasympathetic nervous system that we are able to bring to light and release these stored impressions. As you move through your practice of breath awareness and Yoga Nidra, take note of any places the mind goes. In your reflection, I encourage you to recognize the root impressions that lie beneath any thoughts and feelings.

Timing:

(0- 11:30) Introduction and Natural Breath Awareness

(11:30-17:00) Breath-centered spinal movements

(17:00-37:30)  Pawanmuktasana movements

(37:30-41:00)  Crocodile pose 

(41:00-end) Yoga Nidra

Class:


CLASS: August 8th

Playlist:

Click HERE for suggested music during class (simply start the playlist & the video at the same time, adjust volume as needed)

Notes:

Happy August, beautiful people! I sequenced this class to include a lot of balancing postures. Not only do balancing postures help build focus in the mind, but they can also be a little frustrating - especially if you find yourself falling out of them frequently. Rather than absorb yourself in frustration or impatience, see if you can notice what thoughts are popping into your mind. Are you engaging in negative self talk in response to imbalance? I included a couple of edgy yin postures near the end of class with a similar intention - while you are holding a shape that feels uncomfortable, what beliefs are show up in your mind as a response? Examples may include, ‘I can’t do this,’ or ‘I’ll never be flexible enough,’ or ‘this is too intense for me.’ OF COURSE take breaks when you need to take breaks (always), but see if you can practice maintaining a neutral presence in relationship to the thoughts that come into your mind. Build awareness around the ruminating patterns of your monkey brain. The first step is noticing what’s there - only then, can we start consciously shift patterns that no longer serve us.

After class, I would spend 5-10 minutes writing, stream of consciousness style, in your journal. Let your pen move your hand and don’t try to make sense. See what comes through. Practicing yoga and meditation lowers our brain wave frequency, which gives us greater access to our subconscious patterns.

Timing:

00-4:01 Introduction

4:01-12:29 Seated Flow

12:20 -55:15 Yin Yoga

55:15 - end Sound Bath

Class: