Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is an invitation to grow, to wake up, and to experience your life in the most fulfilling way. The true transformation is more than just a physical change in your appearance, it’s an awakening of your inner strength, freedom, and perception.  There are no guarantees to this awakening though. You have to be willing to do the work, to stay the course when you hit a wall or plateau, and to allow your yoga practice to be about more than your body.

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Jackie Casal
Why Yoga is Awesome!

Yoga will change your body, and it can also change your life. This could seem like a bold statement for those who have never experienced yoga beyond the physical element.   So often when I mention that I teach yoga, people respond, "Oh I'm terrible at yoga! I can't touch my toes!" I smile and let them know that yoga is so much more than stretching, but I usually get a confused look in return.

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Jackie Casal
Start Yoga Young!

We were all born with flexibility. It is life experience and stress that tightens up our bodies, rounds our shoulders, and gives us neck and back pain. Imagine if you would have learned yoga postures and deep breathing techniques when you were a kid. How might your body and mind be different today?  While we cannot go back in time to change our own lives, we can offer the opportunity of learning yoga to our children.

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What Are You Really Committed To?

Recently I attended a commitment seminar (Landmark Forum), and we were asked to make a list of what we are committed to in our lives. “Easy enough,” I thought, so I wrote down things like, health, yoga, teaching, being a good mother, love, contentment, learning, saving money, and a few others.

Next, we were asked to reflect upon our moment-to-moment and day-to-day actions to see how they corresponded with our declared commitments. Then came the wakeup call.  

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Jackie Casal
Speak It. Feel It. Believe It.

Lately I have come to appreciate the power of positive affirmations. Simply speaking a sentence aloud a few times can change our state of mind. Once we change our state of mind we can start to feel the positive emotion behind our words. When we harness the emotion, our energy shifts and so does our reality.

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Jackie CasalAffirmations