Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Are you living a Heart Centered Life?


A heart centered life is full of love and compassion.
What is your true self asking of you?  Who is your true self?

What are your values, your calling, the wisdom that you hold deep inside, the intuition that guides you, and messages that you send out physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Being true to yourself doesn't always come natural for us.  We hide behind a mask of what we think others may like or want from us.

If you can begin with a simple (yet often difficult) body scan of breath and awareness you can tune into who you are, what you need and want.  Where is the tension held in your body?
Ask yourself these five questions to see if you are willing to listen to your heart with compassion.  Live your life with love and compassion.
1... How much do you trust yourself?  Do you speak your truth?  Do you listen with full attention?
2.  Do you know your own values?  What is important in your life?
3.  Are you willing to spend alone time?  deepening your meditation practice, mindfulness and awareness.
4.  Can you ask yourself the tough questions?  Have confidence to own your inner wisdom.
5.  Will you take action to create a more gratifying satisfying heart centered life?

What is your first step?
Take it.
Risk
Love with passion, Love with Compassion, Love Yourself

Namaste
Janine


Janine is a Yoga Instructor and Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, practicing from her home studio in Massachusetts and Ogunquit, Maine. Janine's work includes recovery from illness, trauma and stresses (physical and emotional) caused by everyday living.   She teaches and coaches a style of yoga called integral or classical yoga, which uses the four paths of yoga to reach full awareness and complete balance of mind, body and spirit.
 Janine's yoga practice has tremendous therapeutic effect on your body. Not only does it work your physical body, it works on better breathing, vitality, concentration, healing and relaxation.   As an Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor, she will provide guidance on ayurvedic and yogic lifestyle change to bring about greater health and harmony.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tuesday TeaThyme 2/12

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a personal spiritual path
Part 2: Niyamas

All of us have a desire for finding a better way.  Hoping that we make an impact on the world around us.  We want to contribute in some way that makes a difference.  
Part 1 describes the 8 limbs of yoga.  Patanjali, a Sage from the second century, wrote about the Yogic life style.  
     Part One describes the Yamas, moral code of conduct
Here I will talk about the second limb called, Niyamas.
Niyamas are the practices to support the individual who is creating a more spiritual path.

Bring these practices into your daily life to foster true awareness of who you are as well as a soft heart.  
Finding the joy and sorrow in our life as blessings.  Treating them equally in your mind, body and spirit.
Niyamas:
     1.  Saucha - purity and cleanliness
     2.  Santosha - contentment, embracing the moment
     3.  Tapas - discipline, training the senses of the body and mind
     4.  Svadhyaya - sacred self examination, contemplation
     5.  Isvara Pranidhanan -  surrender  to the Divine



Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tuesday Tea Thyme 2/5

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Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga 
Part 1

Patanjali, a Sage from the second century, compiled four books called the Yoga Sutras.  He describes eight aspects of a Yogic lifestyle.  These eight limbs represent a guide to a meaningful and purposeful life.  A well rounded life is his goal to educate people on the limbs.

The limbs are not rungs on a ladder, but spokes on a wheel.  You work all eight at times, or you can work on one at a time.  They limbs are not progressive, but a collective and united way of being.

1.  Yamas:  The Yamas are moral codes of conduct.  the way we interact with each other, and how we treat ourselves.
     a.  Ahimsa- non-violence, non-harming, kindness and compassion to all
     b.  Satya - truthfulness, honesty, and integrity
     c.  Asteya -non stealing, not taking from others, having a big heart
     d.  Brahmacharya - non excess of energy, awareness of energy
     e.  Aparigraha - non possessiveness, non-greed, non-attachment, awareness of abundance



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tuesday TeaThyme 1/29

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Aging gracefully and youthfully in the practice of yoga.
Are there poses and modifications that you should be aware of....Absolutely.

Here are 5 ways to modify your Yoga practice as you age (of course not everyone...but at least good to know)

So you say your are in great health because you are still doing (or started) yoga.  Hooray for you.
No physical issues to really complain about....but as we age...we certainly can not and should not treat our bodies as a 20 year old.   Our bodies are not twenty anymore.  So treat it with that respect.

Less Physical stress....the same joyful practice.

1.  Know the difference between yin and yang stretching.
 Extend your warm up, stretching period a little bit longer.  Add extended forward fold, (standing and seated), knee and hip rotations, neck and shoulder stretches...Complete warm up and check in

2.  Remember your restorative poses.
Letting go of the clutter in your mind and decompress from the stress.  As we age, our stresses are so very different than our 30 year old friends.  Legs up the Wall and child's pose should be staple poses for your practice.

3.    Neck and shoulder stretches.
As you practice these important stretches bring awareness to the back of your neck and never compress the back side of your neck.
Any time your head is tilted back the carotid arteries in the neck become flat and the flow of blood to the brain is restricted.  Never restrict the blood flow completely.
I do not tilt my head back without my hands behind my neck to protect and elongate the neck.

4.  Chaturanga with my knees hard at work
I may attempt one full plank pose to the floor, but after that...knees to the floor!
I put less weight on my back and shoulders and arms as I let myself down to the mat.  I can still feel strong, still lengthen my spine, still pull my stomach in and use my core. 
No added physical stress.

5.  Always ...and keep reminding yourself...
Savasana is the most important pose.
Allow yourself to let go, and gain acceptance as you end this practice and bring the benefits with you throughout your day (and the next)

Know your limits and your strengths.
be kind and gentle to yourself as you practice yoga
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Janine is a Yoga Instructor and Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, practicing from her home studio in Massachusetts and Ogunquit, Maine. Janine's work includes recovery from illness, trauma and stresses (physical and emotional) caused by everyday living.   She teaches and coaches a style of yoga called integral or classical yoga, which uses the four paths of yoga to reach full awareness and complete balance of mind, body and spirit.
 Janine's yoga practice has tremendous therapeutic effect on your body. Not only does it work your physical body, it works on better breathing, vitality, concentration, healing and relaxation.   As an Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor, she will provide guidance on ayurvedic and yogic lifestyle change to bring about greater health and harmony.          

Call for more information   207-251-9577

Janine Robichaud





Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tuesday TeaThyme 1/22


Tuesday’s TeaThyme           

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Your 2019 Numerology: 

Universal Year:  3

2019 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 9 =12

12 = 1 + 2 = 3

3



All of us will begin to feel the energy starting January 1, 2019 and the effects will end on December 31, 2019. 

 

A year of creativity and self – expression awaits us in 2019, the 3 Universal Year!  Yahoo. 



2019 will be a joyful year, an optimistic year, socially and physically.  We will tap into our own creativity, enjoy more fun filled activities and people, we will laugh more and feel lighter.  We be inspired and uplifted.  Speak your truth! 

  Feel the power of 2019 by :

a.    Practicing impeccable communication

b.   Lighten up and see new possibilities

c.   Learn something new

Challenges for 2019:

a.    Manage your emotions

b.   You may feel scattered as you try too many new things

c.   Think before you speak

Let your light shine in 2019!  Feel bright, be bright, and share your brightness!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WHOLE30

Starts October 1st,
"change your life in 30 days"
hmmmm .......what kind of changes do I want to see...this could be interesting.

I am ready!
there are 8 easy (maybe not so easy) steps..We shall see.
Step 1.  Find out what is Whole30...Ok, that is do-able.
Step 2.  read the program.  What exactly can I eat...what is off my plate.
Step 3.  Commit...Okay, Okay
Step 4.  Build your support network (I am recruiting Rick...anyone else??)
Step 5 Get the house ready...I am eating all junk food, drinking all my open bottles of wine...I will be ready.
Step 6  plan for success.  (yes, we will)
Step 7  toss the scale.  (that one is easy, I have no scale)
Step 8  do the Whole30  (starting ......October 1 for 30 days!!

Okay...here I go

Friday, August 14, 2015

Yoga Means

Yoga means....
Yoga translates "to yoke or unite"

What exactly are you yoking?
You join or yoke your breath with movement.  When you move from pose to pose with your breath you bring a meditation in motion to the practice of yoga.
You join your breath and movement together....lots of Yoga teachers talk about this...

But what else can you yoke or join together in yoga?
poses (asana) with alignment and balance
breath that heals and keeps you healthy
withdrawing the focus from the outward to the inward
meditation
purification
rejection of violence, greed and jealousy

Let's begin to join our energies together as we explore the possibilities of yoga...to unite
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Janine is a Yoga Instructor and Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, practicing from her home studio in Massachusetts and Ogunquit, Maine. Janine's work includes recovery from illness, trauma and stresses (physical and emotional) caused by everyday living.   She teaches and coaches a style of yoga called integral or classical yoga, which uses the four paths of yoga to reach full awareness and complete balance of mind, body and spirit.
 Janine's yoga practice has tremendous therapeutic effect on your body. Not only does it work your physical body, it works on better breathing, vitality, concentration, healing and relaxation.   As an Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor, she will provide guidance on ayurvedic and yogic lifestyle change to bring about greater health and harmony.          

Call for more information   207-251-9577

Janine Robichaud