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Yoga – The Inward Journey

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My personal journey down the holistic lifestyle path, was born out of my own desperate need to find a way to successfully care for myself and my family naturally. For more than a decade now, I have been studying holistic and alternative therapies that have all brought me to focus on nutrition – appropriate diet (organic foods), targeted supplementation and alkaline water. Our ancestors successfully used food as both nutrition and medicine for eons. By giving the body what it needs and relieving the effects of stressors, the body will do what it does best…heal!
While I was busy becoming more knowledgeable in the field of nutrition, I knew that my physical “fitness” was not exactly where I wanted or needed it to be, so I started doing Yoga. My practice quickly evolved into something much more.

As a mother of 6, I know first-hand, how we unconsciously neglect ourselves whilst making sure everyone and everything else is cared for. Yoga has really played a huge role in eliminating the levels of stress and anxiety that come with my life.
Before yoga, I had this whole warped vision of who I thought I was, how I was supposed to act, or not act, because of my conditioning and how I was raised. Instead of living in denial about harmful lifestyle choices and toxic people that I have associated with, Yoga made me realize what my issues were, and taught me to actually do something about those issues. As soon as I started practicing yoga two to three times a week, my views on everything began to change. I had shifted from a complete focus on business growth to inner growth — the source of everything we create and the playground of the subconscious. I’ve tirelessly expanded beyond the comfortable and have become more comfortable with the uncomfortable. I have broken through limited thinking and enjoyed the rewards of acting “as if.” My entire being as I knew it, just started to melt away as this health-conscious, semi-yogini personality started to emerge.

Never did I think my practice would lead me to where I am now. As I continue to deepen my understanding of how to truly and totally care for me, I see it reflected in my deeper caring and service to my family, friends, clients, and the world.
My business’ mission reflects my lifelong passion for inner peace, health and joy, my dedication to being a manifestation master, and my commitment to sharing this with everyone interested in living their best life and leaving their legacy.

What is Holistic Yoga?
Holistic yoga, although not an official type, is more of a lifestyle approach which combines the ideal of holism and the practice of yoga. It focuses on a person’s entire routine, rather than the physical practice of yoga alone. The student learns to apply the key concepts of both holism and yoga to his or her daily life, thus creating a lifestyle. Many students of yoga already practice holistic yoga without necessarily realizing it, due to the key principles that yoga teaches practitioners to incorporate into their lives.
Yoga Integrates Body, Mind, and Spirit
Yoga has been around for about 5,000 years, and while many regard it as just another form of exercise—some even see it as a “fad”—it’s really a comprehensive practice that integrates mental, physical, and spiritual elements.

With regards to the latter, yoga can be viewed as a form of meditation that demands your full attention as you move from one asana (yoga position) to another. As you learn new ways of moving and responding to your body and mind, other areas of your life tend to shift and change as well.

In a sense, you not only become more physically flexible, but your mind and approach to life may gain some needed flexibility as well. Your body and your health will indeed change as you start implementing the correct lifestyle changes.
The main types of yoga are Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Bikram. The “eight limbs” of yoga refer to what body parts and what types of breathing the individual poses are intended for. Yoga poses, or asanas, are combined with individual breathing exercises in order to harmonize the body, and to accelerate the mind-body connection. Traditionally, Western medicine does not focus on the importance of the interrelationship between the mental and the physical.
Proper yoga is to be practiced in a sequence, with the end purpose of meditation and concentration kept in mind. First, the breathing and stretching exercises are perfected. This requires the student to take his or her exterior senses and to draw them inward.

Then, the student focuses his or her concentration on an individual item, such as a candle flame. Lastly, and this may take years of steady dedication and practice, the student becomes a master and is able to fully achieve inner peace. This requires one to fully remove himself or herself from the world, and to achieve a feeling of timelessness.
Holism is the idea that the parts of a system do not stand alone, and that they are dependent on the whole. It is a concept that requires looking at the entire system in order to address an individual part’s problem, and the effects of one part will affect the system. The lifestyle concept of holism is that the body, overall, is affected by all the parts together.

In holism, each body part and function is believed to have an effect on the entire body. It is important not to do or consume anything that may have a negative impact on one part because it will have a negative impact on the entire body. Yoga, nutrition, deep breathing, stress management, flexibility, strength, and mental clarity are all intertwined as part of the holistic yoga lifestyle.
Holistic yoga combines the holism ideal with yoga. An individual is encouraged to look at his or her entire state, both mental and physical, in order to address personal issues, he or she is having. Most diseases and ailments are believed to be the result of imbalances and can be treated with the holistic yoga approach.

My name is Shawna Mowery, I am a stay at home mother/entrepreneur, Certified Holistic Life Coach/Practitioner and I am currently studying to become a Certified Yoga Instructor.”

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