Killing ‘Martha Stewart,’ or Letting Go of Goals and Relentless Perfectionism

I have a problem.  I struggle with perfectionism and more often than not, it stops me in my tracks and prevents me from accomplishing more.  I’ve decided to kill my ‘Martha Stewart’-like tendancies and live from a more centered place by focusing on my intentions and purpose.  Read more about my adventures in killing ‘Martha’ by clicking on the article photo below!

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 4.44.25 PM

Fearing Our Light. . .

Our ability to recognize our own power and light is NOBILITY.  The cultivation of this virtue teaches us to stop hiding behind our often self-imposed labels of inadequacy and self-doubt and rise with courage to serve ourselves and others.  
Nobility is the knowledge that our lives are a gift, we are all of value, we are blessed and we have a choice.  We can choose to excuse our inaction with tales of expectations, self-doubt and societal correctness or we can run towards those in need with the gifts we have to offer.
 We can choose FEAR.  
OR
we can choose our LIGHT!
Choose the power of KINDNESS, HUMILITY, COMPASSION and offer your 
GOD GIVEN TALENTS.
#TheItyProject

 
OUR DEEPEST FEAR-3

5 Reasons Your Yoga Teacher Won’t Shut Up About Your Pelvic Floor!

kegel-cartoon
illustration from: womenshealthfoundation.org
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles which create a hammock of sorts connecting to each hip bone, sacrum and coccyx (tail bone).  It serves to support our internal organs and plays a role in the function or dysfunction of our posture, continence, sexual function, fertility and much more.
  1. Improve Your Posture
    Pelvic floor muscles help to stabilize our hips, keeping our pelvis, sacrum and low back in proper alignment.  Learning to both engage and release this important muscle structure as part of a whole body approach can help correct improper alignments and relieve pain.
  2. Reduce Risk of Incontinence or Prolapse
    Many of us have experienced temporary incontinence when we have coughed, sneezed or laughed too hard.  If you have had a baby, you are familiar with an often shocking, although usually temporary loss of pelvic floor control and the resulting incontinence.  Strengthening pelvic floor muscles is often recommended to help prevent or treat incontinence.
    Prolapse, or the dropping of pelvic organs can occur in some women often due to weakened pelvic floor muscles.  While genetic factors can explain some cases, others factors including lack of muscle strength also contribute.
    Should we strengthen or release the pelvic floor?  Kegel exercises are often recommended to strengthen the pelvic muscles can help protect against incontinence and prolapse.  It is worth noting however, having ‘weakness’ in your pelvic muscles can also be the result of too much clenching and tightness.  Learning to lengthen and release these muscles is equally important.
  3. Ground Your Yoga and Meditation Practices
    Practicing Mula Bandha or root lock, the upward lift of the pelvic muscles, when engaged in our yoga practice has the benefit of stabilizing the pelvis and giving us a sense of grounding. Explore Mula Bandha throughout your asana and meditation practices.
  4. Improve Your Sex Life
    Both strengthening and learning to control the pelvic floor has been shown to improve sensation and enjoyment of sexual intercourse for both men and women. In addition, research shows pelvic strengthening can aid in the treatment of ED in men.
  5. Aid Relaxation and Stress Reduction
    When we think of our pelvic floor, we often think about the lack of engagement or strength, however we often unconsciously over-engage and tense our pelvic floor muscles.  This can lead to tension and stress throughout the body and mind, poor posture and even painful intercourse.  In yoga it is believed we hold our stress, tension, emotions, fear and anxiety in the pelvic region or ‘root’ of our body.   Developing an awareness of our pelvic floor muscles through yoga, meditation and exercise can have wonderful benefits in terms of our ability to relax both physically and mentally.