Day 26 Yoga Support with Amber

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”  – John Muir

Welcome to day 26 of our 30 days of yoga together.

What a time, presenting a doorway for each of us to dive into a deeper understanding and inner knowing of what we all need to thrive, that looks different for each of us.

I hope you’re finding time everyday to reconnect with that place of ease inside of you, and that you have tools in place to help you arrive there.

Today we spent our morning out in the woods, and were in awe at all the winged beings and their beautiful birdsong.  Our practice today is inspired by the eagle.  A powerful posture, Garudasana in sanskrit.  When we explore Eagle, we can connect with this upward spiral in our inner experience, as the body folds and wraps around itself, directing our energy upwards.  All our precious internal organs receive a flushing of blood as we compress our extremities and breathe in this majestic shape.

Some good questions to ask in this posture are:  Where I am in my life?  How do I need to spread my wings?  How do I need to conserve my energy?  What are the obstacles in my life?  What is being revealed?  Can I face challenges with strength, control and grace? How do I soar in my life?  

As you approach the physical posture, can you be there for a few breaths with that single pointed concentration, maintaining balance?  Please modify the shape in any way your body needs today.

To view the practice click here

Thank you so much for joining me, it is an honor working through these 30 days with you.  Such a powerful project infused with love and compassion for each of us.

Take your time with this posture, slowly entering and releasing out.  Take a little time once you’re finished to sit with the experience – let yourself integrate.

May you feel the expanse of your own wings, and know that you can safely open them.

So much love, till tomorrow

Amber

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Day 25 Amber’s Yoga Support

“Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience”

Paul Cezanne

Welcome to day 25 of Amber’s 30 days of yoga support during this challenging time.

I am SOOOOO grateful you are here today!

How are you getting through this time in this chapter of your life?  What is keeping you lifted, and inspired to get up everyday and start again with so many unknowns?  Are you able to reflect on perhaps what you do know you would like your life to look and feel like when we once again shift into a new normalcy on the other side of this?  Are you able to put the unknowns aside, and instead focus what you do know to be true for you right now.  That is my challenge for you today.

I love the above quote by french artist Cezanne, for if we don’t take time to integrate and renew the experiences of our life then we never actually allow ourselves to grow and truly flourish, into the genuis inside of each of us.

The ways we renew ourselves, on a daily basis, dictate how we thrive in our bodies and our minds.  Today we’ll be exploring a restorative posture, a very powerful restful practice to bring you back to your center.

In the video I offer you a few different suggestions to try, all different approaches to being in legs up the wall.  If your day allows, I encourage you to spend at least 10 – 15 minutes here, give yourself permission to fully experience and integrate this time on your mat (or in your bed).

This particular posture is very healing for our nerves, it’s a wonderful practice for when we’ve been going through a time of stress, or we just feel depleted. It also relieves pressure and heaviness in the legs.  Taking this time is like giving yourself a little gift everyday.

To view the video click here

Thank you for joining me today, you inspire me in so many ways.

The world needs your genius, so please take care of yourself.

With so much love, until tomorrow

Amber

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Day 24 Yoga Support Challenge with Amber

“Practice being gentle, respectful and loving towards the life force in all things.  

Remind yourself that your efforts do make a difference, even if you think they are minuscule in comparison to the magnitude of the problem.”

– Dr. Wayne Dyer

Such an important reminder for all of us.

You matter, everything about you matters.  Without you the web of life and all the pieces in it’s intricate puzzle wouldn’t be complete.  Remember the life force in all things is in you as well.  Feeling deep gratitude for all of life.

Before you read any further, I want you to stop, and if you’re not sitting down please bring yourself into a comfortable seated position.  Roll your shoulders back and drop into the experience of your breath.  Can I ask you a favor, could you try to be gentle with your breath today.  Try not to force, control or manipulate – but rather turning to your breath with respect, gratitude and kindness.   Let yourself sit here for a little while, noticing your thoughts and allow them to drift by like a cloud floating up in the blue sky, try to not to attach to your thoughts as you gently return to your breath.  Stay here as long as feels good for you.

Now, I can welcome you here today, Day 24 of our 30 days of yoga support!

Thank you for opening this message, it is really such an honor and a privilege to hold this window of time with you.  It is my hopes that our practice supports whatever it is that you need today.

I am looking forward to exploring some movement for the front of the pelvic girdle with you.  These stretches are wonderful if you’ve been walking alot (or running), and on the other side of that equation – they are also fabulous if you’ve been spending extra time sitting in a flexed hip position.

We’ll be opening up the iliopoas in a different iteration of movement, as well as releasing tension through the front of the pelvis.  Through these movements we also open space through the abdominal cavity, and our breath ideally will naturally lengthen.  Let’s start with some cat cow, to release tension in the spine and then we’ll explore these postures together.

To view the practice click here

Thank you for being here with me today.

I hope you enjoy the little closing song, it was inspired by the family yoga in the park Lindsey and I did together a few summers ago.  We look forward to more yoga in the park!

Take care of yourself please, you are pretty wonderful

Much love, till tomorrow, Amber

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Day 23 Yoga Support with Amber

“I wish you mouthfuls of laughter and warm hands and bowls of nourishing soup and starry glittering at the periphery of your eyes as if someone is tapping you gently on the shoulder, whispering a song from your childhood that makes you smile and weep at the same time, in a good way, like when you know who you are.

I wish you a loving letter from an old friend when you least expect it, with words that warm you like small sticks of kindling that catch and smoke and smell of ancient sandalwood forests and the tiny blue birds that sing at night, and a low slung moon, lying on her back, like a bowl of light. “  – Meredith Heller

I came across these words today, and they made me smile.  I hope they do the same for you

Welcome to day 23 of our 30 days of yoga support during a challenging time.  It is an honor to be welcomed into your day, one I don’t take lightly.  Thank you.

I hope you’re doing okay, and that you’re carving out some time to reconnect with nature in the  midst of all of this.  Such a powerful way for us to fill our reserves, by simply walking through the woods, or sitting by a tree or the water.  It always amazes me how relaxed I feel when I take that time.

Today we’ll be exploring a powerful breath practice for your immune system, and your inner vitality.  This breath is called the breath of ten, and it helps to move stagnation through the body, increase your lung capacity, stimulate and support the lymph nodes in your arm pits helping to cleanse and detoxify your breast tissue, your lungs, your thoracic cavity, and it assists in pulling the lymph up from your lower extremities (just to name a few benefits).  This is a potent practice which helps us to be able to better overcome pathogens, bacteria and viruses we encounter.

To view the practice click here

The basic practice:  Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine (ensure your body is comfortable).  Your elbows are bent and the forearms and hands are relaxed in a clapping position about a foot apart.  Your hands move in and out like you are clapping – inviting a flapping movement at the armpits (pumping fluid through the axillary lymph nodes), your hands do not make contact.  This will make more sense once you watch the video.  Concentrate on the energy between your hands.  Your breath is timed with the  movement of your hands, inhaling with 5 powerful strokes of breath in through your nose, exhale in five powerful strokes out through the mouth.  Try to maintain the rhythm and the movement with the breath.  Start with 3 minutes, and slowly you can increase your time.  Your eyes are closed down and once you settle into the practice allow your internal gaze to fall at the point between your eyes.

Make sure you take some time once you are finished to sit in stillness, sense what is happening inside of you and allow yourself to integrate the practice. This is an important step every time we come to our mats.

I am so grateful you joined me today, and I can’t wait to check in with you again tomorrow.

“The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.  Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding” – Thich Nhat Hanh

My love travels with you

Big giant love filled hugs, Amber

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Day 22 Yoga Support with Amber

Welcome to day 22 of our 30 days of yoga support during this challenging time.

I am so grateful you are here.

Today we also honor Earth Day, a day to remember our place and our collective responsibilities to the earth.  I am hopeful you are able to take some time today to connect with nature, and reflect on why it’s important to care. How can you continue to do your part, and perhaps make some changes as we are continuously educated on how  our choices directly and indirectly effect the health of our planet.

We are being guided to deeply consider all of our actions right now.   This is our home, and what we do matters.

“When the animals come to us, Asking for help, 

Will we know what they are saying?

When the plants speak to us, In their delicate, beautiful language,

Will we be able to answer them? 

When the planet herself, Sings to us in our dreams,

Will we be able to wake ourselves, and act?”

– Poet Gary Lawless

When we explore the true roots of our yoga practices we can trace them back to the earth.  The asana’s (postures) and pranayama practices (breathwork) are inspired by the earth.  We can immerse ourselves in the experience of tree as we really connect with our own roots, with mountain as we feel ourselves solid and steady on the earth reaching up towards the sun.  We move through sun salutations honoring the life giving energy of the sun.  We honor the creatures that walk and fly, those we co-inhabit this planet with, the eagle and the cobra.

Allow your practice today to open a gateway to reconnecting with the earth and all the glorious creatures we share this home with.  Feel the pulse of the earth in the pulse and beat of your heart, the flow of breath in your lungs, continuously moving, like the water flowing by.  We learn so much from the wisdom of our natural environment.  The more we give ourselves time to reflect and connect, the more we’re able to truly understand why it’s important to care.

I’m attaching a few video’s for you today

To view today’s’ practice, day 22 click here

I’m attaching a special little gift from the earth here

To revisit our nature based practice exploring tree, on day 3 click here

Thank you for joining me today.

Deep breaths, we’re going to get through this and be stronger on the other side.

Be gentle with yourself, you’re pretty precious

Till tomorrow,

Love Amber

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Day 21 Yoga Support with Amber

Sat Naam and Namaste

Welcome to day 21 of our 30 days of yoga support.

In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.” Buddha

I am so grateful you are here today.  In the treasure of our practice is where we support ourselves to increase our resilience.  We give ourselves the gift of self love and provide care for our bodies and our minds, we learn acceptance, and find that spark of ease and happiness within.

Join me today as we explore some dynamic movements to release the imprint of stress on our bodymind, and support the healthy flow of cerebral spinal fluid (the fluid that supports and nourishes our spinal chord and our brain). Our sequence today helps to lift our energy and let go of tension.

To view the practice click here

I would encourage you to move through the full sequence, starting with your breath and then exploring cat/cow transitioning into the anahatasana/sphinx to child’s pose/cobra and spending some time in child’s pose to rest.  If child’s pose isn’t’ comfortable for you, then spend a bit of time on your back, give yourself some time to integrate.

These are just suggestions, make sure you explore these movements in a way that makes sense for you TODAY, your practice may look completely different than these suggestions and that is perfect.

My love travels with you, as the snow falls on this spring morning,

I look forward to being with you tomorrow.

Much love

Amber

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Day 20 of Amber’s Yoga Support Challenge

Welcome to day 20 of our 30 day’s of yoga support during this challenging time!

Today we’ll be exploring a powerful stress management practice, called Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR).

This simple technique involves the tensing and relaxing of all of the muscles in your body in a sequential order.   By tensing your muscles before relaxing them, you enable yourself to relax them more thoroughly after you release, letting go of physical and mental tension more effectively.

Dr. Herbert Benson is a pioneer in mind body medicine and was one of the first doctors in the 60’s and 70’s to bring alternative stress management  techniques, including progressive relaxation, into the medical arena.  Research shows that through this technique, as we move tension through the body with the ultimate goal of relaxation, we  also release psychological tension and stress, minimizing our stress reactivity and decreasing our experience of chronic stress.  Trying these practices can help to support many chronic health problems that are caused or exacerbated by stress, which I think we can safely say stress plays a role in all of our health concerns.

We can also let go of those old wounds, the stories we’re still carrying that no longer serve us.

Did you know that through a daily practice of stress release and management, we build our reserves?  We give our nervous systems a chance to re-calibrate and integrate the experiences of our lives, rather than overloading our bodies and our minds.  We also give ourselves an invitation to return to a state of equilibrium on a daily basis through our practice.

Today we’ll be moving through a shortened version, but you can take up to 30 minutes slowly moving through each part of your body separately and then finishing with a few rounds of full body tension followed by complete relaxation.  You want to make sure you give yourself at least 5 – 10 minutes to rest in the final relaxation state, inviting your awareness to follow the flow of breath, dropping deeper into a restorative place where you heal from.

To view the practice today click here

With regular relaxation breaks, over time your whole self will feel lighter, more easeful and more at home in yourself.

I would like to send out a special message to all the people at Country Haven today, I know we have lost more members of our community.  My heart is with all the families who have lost their loved ones at Country Haven.  My heart is with all the workers that are navigating this scary time.  My heart is with all those we have lost during this virus, sending them love on their journey, praying no more lives will be taken.

Thank you for joining me today, it is an honor to be with you on this journey.

You are so very loved, and cherished.

Thank you also to my husband, Jay Young, for the beautiful musical accompaniment in yesterday, and today’s videos, a little extra hug holding you in your practice.

Till tomorrow

Much love, Amber

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Day 19 of Amber’s 30 days of yoga support

“Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already have it – that you are it”

–  Byron Katie

YOU ARE LOVE, can you close your eyes and feel that?  I invite you to take a minute and breathe that into your heart, into every cell in your physical body.  Infuse your breath with kindness and compassion, acknowledging the infinite reservoir of love that you are.

Welcome to day 19!  Wow, how did we get here?  Day 19.

As I sit down to weave together a little mini yoga practice for you, the rain falls outside.  I love rainy days, I feel like it’s natures invitation for us to cocoon a little, nurture an easeful gentle practice, read a good book, cozy up with our favorite blanket and drink tea in the company of our journal.

The rain allows us to connect with it’s energy, imagining our stress washing away with the pure droplets that fall from the sky.

I wish for you a cozy day today.

Our practice will support an introspective experience, inviting you to connect with your breath and the energy of your heart.

Our movements will help to open the chest, support your breast health, release the rib cage and thoracic cavity, stimulate your lymphatics, and nourish and nurture your heart.

Coming to a comfortable seated position, with your palms in prayer pose connected to the energy of your heart in the center of your chest.

To view the practice click here

We’ll take a few deep grounding breaths together.  On your next inhale, opening your arms out to the sides (as if you’re going to give someone the biggest hug ever), as you exhale, bringing your hands back to prayer pose.  Inhale, lifting arms up towards the sky through the center line of your body as you open the space between your hands about 2 feet, exhale bringing hands back together in prayer pose and slowly lower hands back to your heart center.  We’ll move through a few cycles of this gentle sequence.  Close your eyes down and allow this to be a dance between your breath and your body.

Let’s do a few shoulder circles together, and come laying down on one side.  Resting your arms extended in front of your body, and your legs in a bent position as if you’re sitting in a chair.  It’s best to watch the video to have a visual of this movement.  There is no text book way of doing this movement, I want you to really explore the circles in any way that makes sense for you.  We’ll be drawing circles around the body, moving slowly, noticing sensations, releasing tension, and relaxing.  Relaxing into ourselves.

Thank you for being with me today, it is a privilege and such an honor to be invited into your day.

My love travels with you

Till tomorrow

Amber

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Day 18 of Amber’s 30 days of yoga!

Welcome to day 18 of our 30 days of yoga!  I am so glad you’re here.

Little daily inspirations intended to help support you during this time of so many unknowns, and our need for social distancing.

Today we send our prayers and thoughts out to everyone at Country Haven, for those we’ve lost, for all the families affected, and for all the workers who show up everyday despite the present circumstances.  I know my heart is with each of you right now.

Taking time to connect with such immense gratitude for all of our front line workers, providing us with essential care and essential services during this time.

To view the practice click here

As we begin to invite movement into our bodies today, we’ll be exploring a forward fold posture, to help flush your abdominal organs and stretch and lengthen your spine.  This is a great posture to do every couple of hours – it helps to support the integrity of your nervous system, releasing restriction along the spine and creating space through the spinal canal.  Slowly moving into some movement to help release and open through your intercostals and your rib cage, allow a little more depth into your breath.

I encourage you to spend as much time as feels good for you exploring these movements and postures.  Perhaps sitting in silence for a while after our time together, simply noticing your breath, softening around your heart, inviting in compassion.  Reflect on where you are now, and where you see yourself as we move through this time.

“Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?

-Carolyn Myss

You are so very loved, and my heart is with you.

Till tomorrow

Big Cozy Hugs

Amber

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Day 17 of Amber’s 30 days of yoga support challenge!

Sat Naam and Namaste!  I’m so grateful you are here today, day 17 of our 30 days of yoga.

Connecting community, and hopefully a little inspiration to carve out some time for your self care everyday during this exceptional time in the history of our lives.

Swami Sivananda Radha reminds us that twisting the spine touches on the basic foundation and functioning of the skeleton itself.

A flexible mind and an inflexible spine are very rare to find together.  If our body is tied up in knots, so often are our mind, emotions and our thoughts.

Our words can also often get twisted by others in our life and vice versa.

Remember though, what can be twisted, can also be untwisted!

A few words you can reflect on while in the posture today:

Foundation, what supports your foundation, flexible and inflexible, tied in a knot, spaciousness, bent out of shape, different points of view, unraveling emotions, exploring layers of a problem.

While our bodies move through our practice today, we’re encouraging so much vitality with our breath and with the internal massage of our abdominal organs as we move into the twist.  Our muscles along the spine are slowly released, we create space and encourage flexibility through the spine, as well as openness through the chest and the rib cage.

Let’s with a few moments of breath, setting a foundation for the posture.  I encourage you to connect with a feeling of  lengthening through the spine and expansion in our physical body.  Invite your breath to infuse the layers of this posture.

To view the practice click here

When you approach the posture, allow your breath to guide you, finding length in your inhale and gentle movement on your exhale.  Make sure you don’t twist yourself into a place of tension or pain, but rather explore the intelligent edge of the posture, guided by the intelligence of your body wisdom.

I’m so grateful you’re here today,

You are so very loved, and the world needs you!  Twist away anything that stands in the way of letting your light shine.

Much love, until tomorrow

Amber

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