As yoga practitioners we all have to live our lives off the mat as well as on it. In my new book ‘A Life Worth Living: A Journey of Self-Discovery Through Mindfulness, Yoga, and Living in Awareness’ it suggests living in awareness as an everyday understanding for living a more meaningful life. But, if you are (like me) a parent with a household and responsibilities to manage, bringing in and inviting that peace into your life doesn't always go to plan! If that sounds like you then here are some tips that sometimes help me to invite peace off of the mat and into my home and life.
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words by Mellara Gold
As we are about to turn the corner on another year, I’m feeling reminded of the pause at the top of the inhale.
The feeling of holding it all and being with all of what makes us who we are—before exhaling into 2022. What also comes to mind is a quote Mother Teresa is known for saying:
“We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
I feel seen through these words, and I know with them I can get through anything. Click on the photo to read more.
words by Mellara Gold
words by Mellara Gold
How Yoga can Raise our Vibration & Strengthen our Immune System.
I had absolutely no intention of practicing yoga, let alone being a teacher of it. After five classes of a helpful, different kind of pain, I was hooked—becoming wholeheartedly vested.
Along the way, I had somehow gotten it into my mind that yoga was for folks who lived in the slow lane—it certainly wasn’t going to be exciting enough for my then-teenaged self.
How wrong I was!
Not unlike a lot of us who practice postural yoga, I was on the mat to find relief from the back pain that I was experiencing. I felt seen and supported through this ancient practice. Diagnosed with five bulging discs, I knew I had to find a way to help heal myself. As I look back inside of my life, I wasn’t settled within until I began to include the teachings of yoga and meditation into my whole life.
Cut to now, I am always looking for a great yoga book that can help support my practice and my students. Well, here it is folks!
Melanie Salvatore-August’s new book Yoga To Support Immunity brings us step-by-step into agency toward our own healing. Through attitude, movement, and breathing, we can become more resilient and strengthen our immune system with yoga.
Meditation is my temple - words by Mellara Gold
Keep it simple,” said the Dalai Lama. “There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; our philosophy is kindness.”
Meditation, or contemplation, is the seventh limb of yoga in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. These eight steps basically act as guideposts on how we can live a more meaningful and purposeful life. They invite us to live a moral and ethical existence as we bring our attention towards ourselves to live ‘healthy’ in all the many understandings of this word. And, if you are a yoga teacher, this is one of the very first things we are taught during teacher training.
It can overflow from there and become a lifetime of curiosity and understanding. For over 20 years as a yoga teacher I’m often referred back to the sutras for guidance and, as Patanjali might say, to refine personality, or gain more awareness in the body, and develop an energetic awareness of ourselves and all beings.
All of this is supposed to lay the foundation and prepare us to delve deeper into our senses, mind and being the higher vibrational state of consciousness that is available to not just a few, but to all of us. To read more please click on the image.
How our yoga practice can help us to live a more authentic and down-to-earth life, one rich with humility. By Mellara Gold
In a world filled with inequality, exploitation, and injustice it’s hard to imagine being humble on the top of our list as a collective.
If our ancestors were alive today perhaps they might have this wish for us. A simple yet powerful intention of accessing our most humble selves — and if practiced with heart and soul — could change everything.
Having a consistent yoga practice we are asked to look into the very mundane of our lives and ‘become the sacred’ — in the ordinary of folding clothes, getting legs up the wall for a few minutes (viparita karani), or cooking a healthy meal for ourselves and loved ones.
In being humble, we enter into a state of service and it becomes an extraordinary experience.
And it is being of service to humanity that is at the heart of what yoga is really all about.
When we practice yoga, whether we are on or off of the mat, we are essentially remembering who we are. Our pure human kindness radiates and a humble heart takes centre stage. The more we can give back and nurture ourselves throughout our day, and not just on the mat — that’s what it’s all about.
Our new mantra becomes: ‘All of life is a yoga class’.
Why does it sometimes feel like our yoga is getting harder, the more we practice on the mat? It’s because we are learning about ourselves says long time yoga teacher, student and writer Mellara. To read more from this article just click on the photo 'Does Our Yoga Practice Ever Get Easier?'
“Just because something has always been a certain way, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need changing. Growth, healing, and transformation are constantly moving all of us to higher ground, even if we can’t see it."
- Mellara Gold
'Of all the techniques and remedies 4-7-8 breath is the most effective anti-anxiety, anti-stress thing you can do' -Dr Andrew Weil