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#SihnuuHealingSpaces : #Myofascial Therapy 

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Today’s #tbt is doubling as an accurate depiction of my post #MyofascialRelease Therapy #mood.🏾‍♀️

Yesterday I started my morning with The Still Point, a super cozy spa centered in Takoma Park, MD. I’ve stepped into this space a few times to peep the scene and speak with a few practitioners, but never received a full service, but yesterday I tried something new. Ihad heard of myofascial release from a few of my fellow #Yogis, but had only known the method through the use of a tennis ball. Ryan at #TheStillPoint expanded my scope. 

But first...What is fascia, you ask? It is said that our fascia is like a sweater inside of our bodies and if one thread is jacked up the entire sweater is too! Fascia has the appearance of gauze and is the connective tissue that encloses muscles, surrounds the nerves and encases the organs in a web of fibrous spiderweb like collagen from head to toe. 

When we experience physical trauma, inflammation, wear and tear from repetition scar tissue and even emotional trauma anywhere in our bodies it can  affect other areas and we create tightness in our fascia. This is why this form of therapy can be especially beneficial for yogis, runners, swimmers, any person who uses their body in a demanding way consistently or anyone who experiences chronic pain and discomfort inside of their body. 

The session took an hour and it felt great to just lay on a table and be! Ryan incorporated light to heavy pressure massage, guided breathing, hot towels and assisted stretching in targeted areas of my body to lengthen connective tissue and relieve me of any tightness and restriction. 

After my session if felt open, definitely heard less cracks and pops and experienced an overall sense of ease moving through my day.  

If you are ever in the Takoma Park area I would definitely take some time to explore the unique massage offerings The Still Point has. What healing module should I try for my next #SihnuuHealingSpaces adveunture? Comment below!


Fierce Devotion: Power and Passion

Pictured asana: Hanumansana / Yogi Splits, a pose of devotion. Hanuman, was the son of a monkey and the wind, and the king of the monkeys in Hindu mythology. Hanuman served as a devotee to Rama  and pledged his loyalty to him. Rama’s wife Sita was kidnapped and Hanuman came to the rescue by taking giant (and literal) leap of faith across the ocean from India’s south-east coast to Sri Lanka to save her.  With Hanuman's devotion he was able to do the seemingly impossible. When we channel our own devotion we can also move beyond perceived limitations and connect to our personal power.  

Pictured asana: Hanumansana / Yogi Splits, a pose of devotion. Hanuman, was the son of a monkey and the wind, and the king of the monkeys in Hindu mythology. Hanuman served as a devotee to Rama  and pledged his loyalty to him. Rama’s wife Sita was kidnapped and Hanuman came to the rescue by taking giant (and literal) leap of faith across the ocean from India’s south-east coast to Sri Lanka to save her.  With Hanuman's devotion he was able to do the seemingly impossible. When we channel our own devotion we can also move beyond perceived limitations and connect to our personal power.
 

What greater power exists than devotion? We literally have to dig deep and transform fear into faith, pain into purpose and commit ourselves wholeheartedly. To devote ourselves to anything takes a healthy balance of strength, receptivity, sacrifice  and an unwavering passion to see something through. When we are in love we devote ourselves to sharing who we are with another, as parents we devote ourselves to being selfless and giving. Devotion to self could look like dedication to peace or finding an authentic connection to our own happiness. 

 

Most of us have either shown or felt devotion in some way and understand that it isn’t always an easy task. We are faced with challenges like self doubt, naysayers and overall frustration when things don’t seem to go the way we intend. Devotion invites us to explore what it means to be patient and trusting, two essential virtues needed to stay the course. 

On August 26th 2016 former 49ers quarterback,  Colin Kaepernick put it all on the line and devoted himself by taking a knee to raise awareness around oppression of African American people in the U.S.

On August 26th 2016 former 49ers quarterback,  Colin Kaepernick put it all on the line and devoted himself by taking a knee to raise awareness around oppression of African American people in the U.S.

Devotion can serve as a way to remind us of our own courage and connect our lives to something of purpose. Being devoted awakens a certain fire within us that transforms fear into light. We become warriors fighting against self ignorance and defeating those voices inside that tell us “we can’t.” With this light, we are also able to inspire others to move beyond their fears and align themselves with something meaningful. We channel compassion and dedication of the Heart Chakra to connect to a love so committed and true that even when we feel compelled to give up, we keep going, we keep giving.  What are you currently devoting yourself to? How do you stay devoted when you feel challenged?  What do you think you can do to be more devoted?

 

Below I’ve listed a few things that I am devoted to.

  • Yazi (my daughter) 
  • My yoga practice (challenging with work and mommyhood, but I’m dedicated).
  • Family
  • Sister friends
  • Community uplifment
  • My overall well-being 
  • Yoga!

I can’t wait to here what you have to share! Let us know in the comments!


 

The Focus Inward: Seeing Clearly with the Drishti

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Energy grows where energy flows. The Drishti challenges us to ask our selves, "What's the focus here?" On our mats we look to the Drishti as a way to create and maintain balance, internal steadiness and stability.  We call on the Drishti to help us focus inward and find stillness during meditation.  Through this technique we also find proper alignment in our asana practice in poses like tree to maintain balance, toward the lifted hand in reverse warrior and beyond the shoulder in spinal twists. How can the Dristhi help in our everyday existence?

In a yoga practice we find the Drishti by setting the eyes on an unmoving point. We connect to the fifth limb, Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) and Dharana (one pointed attention). If we can apply this same practice to how we move throughout our day to day we can offer  full awareness and 100 percent effort to all that we do. Focusing in on a Drishti trains the body to follow the mind with intention, strengthens our ability to connect and is also a great exercise for improving vision.  

Using the Drishti is a great tool to transcend the body and it's senses. We are able to travel inward, connect to the breath and move beyond physical and mental limitation. 

Three ways to focus your Drishti:

1. Notice your thoughts, focus on connecting to productive thinking and allow self defeating thought to pass as it arises. Plant the seed of positivity in your life and nurture it with care.

2. During your wait in line for coffee, at the metro or waiting for that last kernel of popcorn to pop, shift your focus to your connection to the earth. How are you rooting down? What is your posture saying? Are you exercising patience? Are you fully connected to your surroundings? Can you stand tall no matter where you are or what you are doing?

3. When people speak to you are you actually listening? Take a moment to focus in on what a person is actually saying. Tune in with intention. Show your care by giving your undivided attention to what they are expressing to you. 

What are some other ways you find focus in your everyday life?

Yours in wellness,

Sihnuu