Stress Management and Attitude

ATTITUDE

By: Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”

Stress Management and Attitude

By: Jenna Bacchi

What can we do when there is nowhere to turn, but stress is surfacing to our hearts, minds and through each and every pore? We have the ability to make some quick internal shifts to handle the stress.

One thing I’ve learned from being in the army was that things will be the way things are. What I mean is when something wasn’t the way I would have preferred, guess what, it didn’t matter. That’s the way it was. I realized that I would have to make my own internal shifts to handle situations. Really, our freedom lies within our own two ears, in our mind. We can be a slave to our own reactions of the situation, or we can handle it with our attitude. We have the option to step back and realize that our experiences are a culmination of what we perceive, what we think and how we feel.

Easier said than done, right? Not necessarily, that’s a perception too. To say it’s easier said than done immediately puts up limits on our mental capacities.

We are more than capable of managing our abilities to handle situations. Not to say something tragic won’t evoke some very extreme emotions, of course it will, that is part of this human experience. What it does offer is powerful coping skills. This allows to take our own power back, to roll with the punches and to manage the stress of our lives with our own mind.

When it comes to stress management not everything has to be external. It doesn’t have to be a yoga class, meditation, a massage. We can make internal shifts that don’t add more time in our life. We can change our attitude which allows us to change or handle our perceptions of a situation and design that moment into what we want it to be like. We can use our perception to look at the silver lining. This is important because when we’re in meetings at work, we can’t just say, “hold on boss, I’m getting kind of stressed, I need to go do a yoga class, how about we finish this meeting when I get back?”. Life doesn’t work that way, we have to handle stress in the moment, and we can use our attitude and perception to do so.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t have our emotions. What I am saying is we can decide how to perceive our experiences and we can decide to have a positive attitude about how the world is outside of us.

Take a look at your attitude, could it use an adjustment?

The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction:

To me the law of attraction is a way of becoming focused, intentional, and to take responsibility for one’s own life and thoughts. Here’s a shortened version of some of my own experiences with this lifestyle that I do my best to embody.

My first memory of exposure to the law of attraction was at about 12 years old (2002, I was in the 6th grade), I remember reading something in a children’s bible it said something along the lines of: “if you believe it, it will come true”. I tried to hang on to that belief for as long as I could, as I got older that thought process seemed to slip my mind.

I believe I first read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne in 2008. My parents gave it to me as a Christmas present. This might have been my second exposure to the law of attraction. I found it rather ironic, since my step-mom’s favorite phrase while I was growing up was: “if it’s seems too good to be true, it probably is”.

I’ve had this ebb and flow of working on being intentional with my thoughts followed by my own forgetting to be in control of them the next moment for a long time. At times I get so busy or hyper focused on my work, school, activities going on in my life that the concept that my thoughts and focus in creating my life can be forgotten and just brushed to the side. Although I may forget to be intentional, the law of attraction is still working through me as the activities I work on bring more of that into my life.

In recent events, it was my honeymoon where I saw the world bringing this message to the forefront of my mind. Not long before my honeymoon I went to a used bookstore (one of my favorite places to be), I had been thinking about the book, The Secret, for a while by then. I couldn’t find my old version and I wanted to take another gander at what the book had to offer. No surprise that I found it, as many used bookstores have many copies. I picked up that book, amongst my heaping armfuls of other books, and proceeded to the cash register. This book was marked at $5, the cashier looked at that price and said to me, that’s a bit much, how about a dollar. It was as if the universe wanted me to hear this message. I went home with this book and set it aside, as I do with most books that come home with me. Now this was I believe July, my news year resolution earlier that year was to just read half a book a month. Well, that didn’t happen. Fast forward to my honeymoon, I took that little book with me on the plane and finished the whole thing. Ok, if you’ve read the secret you know it’s an easy read nevertheless, the whole year I hadn’t finished one book and here I am finishing this one. I brought those ideas and intentions on my honeymoon.

We were on Roatan Island and just finished a remarkable experience of interacting and enjoying our time with multiple monkeys as they walked all over our shoulders. We were waiting for a late bus to take us back to the boat and that’s where we met Louie. It was like the universe wanted to bring Louie into our lives. Louie was a man who lived with intention, who knew the power of his mind. He understood what kind of power the human held. On the bus ride back to the boat he didn’t hold back in expressing to me and my husband this message. As he spoke to us it was as if the messages about the law of attraction (which he didn’t even connect to the law of attraction) flowed through his essence. He never read The Secret, he just knew these things to be true. He didn’t know what the law of attraction was, he just understood. His entire being just radiating wisdom. He told us a story of how he wanted to see what a million dollars in cash looked like, and how he found himself standing in a room with a million dollars. He expressed to us how he built a successful business, and the people he’s met, all though his own intentions and beliefs. He was truly an inspiration that my husband and I still talk about to this day. We are so grateful for that encounter.

When I look around at the life I’ve created, it’s literally everything I’ve asked for. I know this because I wrote a letter to myself in the 8th grade. That letter was sent to me years later and I had achieved almost everything on that list. I’m still working towards honing in on what I want in this life, but that’s part of the fun. I look forward to continuing to see what I have asked for come into my life.

When I give surface thoughts to the law of attraction I can relate the concept to creating clarity of what is wanted, focusing on it, moving towards it and allowing the universe to help along the way. When we are intentional with what we want, we get it. When we have positive feelings about the things we want, we get it.

If it speaks to you today, get clear on what you want. Write it down, look at it, envision it in your life, and make the path for it to come to you. This is your life and you are in control.

Namaste,

Jenna

My husband and I at Roatan Island.

Grace Under Fire

What a powerful concept tucked into a short phrase, which leads to the concept of control, courage and level headedness. It’s the concept that when everything is chaos around you, you stay calm and controlled. It’s something I’ve tried to embody (with some failures along the way) most of my life. Not to say I ALWAYS fail at this, I can remember getting rear ended, calmly getting out of my car and thinking, “I would have preferred that had not happened”. That’s the kind of surrender and attitude I strive to bring into all situations, that I don’t prefer.

Growing up in a household where a rational reaction was to anything was to scream, and fight, a concept such as “grace under fire” was foreign to me. I had to and continue to work on this daily. For me it’s a way of coming into my own power, calming taking on any situation, because I have the power to control how I react. Although, for many-like me, that reaction is not innate; but it is something we can train ourselves to embody. It’s something I started to master, or at least start to come into an understanding of when I was on my first deployment. I started with all the self-help books I could find. I mean, I really needed some help. From there it continued, and I experienced a constant rollercoaster of ups and downs; sometimes moving away from my “self-improvement” train, and of course always coming back. It’s a process, and I am constantly bringing in new tools.

Yoga is one of those tools I use to bring myself into my own power and to grow into a controlled and calm state of mind. The tools I’ve learned from the yamas and niyamas show up more in my life than I realized until I started writing. As I write I see how many themes are attached to the yamas and niyamas, and those concepts are bringing more clarity on how to react and handle situations. There is less guessing and figuring out how to handle things on my own. A niyama that comes to mind is surrender, opposed to negative reactions when a situation occurs, for me I try to surrender to that situation at that time, until I have the means to work through it. Sometimes that surrender means, accepting things that are not controllable. Isn’t it all too often we want to react to situations we have no control over? Grace under fire would ask of us otherwise. The training tools that yoga brings into my life are forever flourishing and offering me more abilities to be the grace under the fire.

My bag of tea, (Yogi tea), had a little quote at the end of the string: grace is kindness, compassion and caring. How powerful to replace “Grace” with “kindness, compassion and caring” under fire. When adding those adjectives in place of grace it can give us an opportunity to think even deeper into what it means to have grace under fire. Is it possible to be in a hectic situation and still hold onto kindness, compassion and caring? I know I’m not at a place where I can do that in every situation. Perhaps few chaotic situations, here and there, but overall, there are many situations where I find I have too much of an energetic investment in whatever the situation may be, and therefore still am not at a place where I can find my own neutral mind amidst the chaos. Therefore, I continue to use the tools from yoga and from different gurus to bring me into my own power, and abilities to construct as much power in every situation that is appropriate.

Take a moment to reflect on what grace under fire means to you and how you might want to bring it into your own life, and into the new year.

Namaste,

Jenna

Move into the New Year with Clarity: How yoga as a lifestyle can help you control your life

Move into the New Year with Clarity:

How yoga as a lifestyle can help you control your life

Allow me to begin this article with a little irony. As I sat down to write this article I immediately got up to grab a few reference material items. All of my paperwork, and most things, have a place in which they always reside. These items do as well. For some reason way beyond me, they were not where they should have been. It is with irony that I frantically looked for them, instead of using my steady yogi skills which this article is about.

Let’s start, as this year begins most of us start with intentions to have the best year possible, whether that means fitness, having fun, spending time with family, calamity of mind, flexibility, or in general yoga; yoga can advance our abilities to efficiently and intelligibly reach these goals.

The word Yoga means yoking, or in another sense, bringing together, union or connection. This brand-new beginning, new years, is a time to bring new intentions in with healthy habits from the previous year.

Yoga is a lifestyle, it’s more than an asana (poses) class you do once a week. Yoga is 8 limbs to follow. Yoga is the Yama: non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, non-possessiveness. It’s the Niyama: purity, contentment, austerity, self-study, centering on the divine. Yoga is breath control, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation and enlightenment.

Yoga includes balance. Balance is essential to bringing in new goals and intentions into our new year. To maintain this balance, we must find out own ways to manage that. Yoga can be the balancing force that allows you to take a step back when things get a little too busy, with food prep, taking kids to practices, hitting the gym, etc. It’s the silent time in the day where one sits and refocuses, relaxes, re-energizes. Yoga is self-care that helps you perform at your greatest potential. To take a moment to step back and have a yoga practice allows one to move forward with life and their intentions at a much quicker and efficient pace.

Balancing the eight limbs of yoga in with new years resolutions or goals and intentions is an intelligent way to push forward and sustain those resolutions, goals and intentions all the way until December 31st, 2018.

Take your intention, and bring use the Yama, non-violence to have a non-violent view of your intention. This means to not have any judgement of yourself for what you intend on achieving, be truthful with what you can achieve in what time frame. Do not allow this goal to steal you away from the other important things that must continue to be in your life, use self-discipline to make your intention come to fruition. And do not become possessive of what may result or be intended with this intention.

Continue up the eight limbs of yoga with your intention and use the Niyama purity to cleanse your living space and body, this will allow you to have a clear mind and body to stay focused on your intention. Less distractions. Contentment with where you are at the moment will take away stress or anxiousness that comes with trying to achieve a goal or resolution. Maintaining austerity will allow you to focus on your goals. Self-study can reveal anything that may be standing in your way, reasons why you haven’t achieved this goal in the past, and moving past that. Centering on the divine can bring you back anytime you feel as if you’re over consumed by the changes you decided to make this year.

Bringing in the posture practice of yoga can keep your body limber and young, what ever your goal is, it is vital to be in peak physical condition. Nothing should distract you from your goals this year. Joints that function, and muscles that are flexible and limber are vital to moving forward to attain goals.

Have you ever been so busy, maybe trying to juggle 5 different tasks, and you can’t remember where you put something? Or you just can’t figure out how to solve a problem. When you finally relaxed the answer came to you? Breath control and sense withdrawal allows us to move into our new year with clarity, calmness and a healthy state of mind. We can put ourselves into that state of calmness where things click by controlling our breath and taking ourselves away from media, and constant bombardment of our senses. We can put ourselves in this state of mind daily, we can train ourselves to be calmer and content in the moment. If this practice can help you achieve more, to reach your goals, would you do it?

Meditation is a daily lifestyle that can change brains. To achieve greatness, we must control our bodies, to control our bodies, we must control our mind. To control our mind, we meditate. To achieve balance, greatness, and new years resolutions, I recommend using meditation as your most powerful tool. There are many different ways to meditate, and you may resonate with one the most. Take that and use it to enhance your own personal power.

In the end perhaps we shall reach enlightenment, and if we are so blessed to reach enlightenment we have truly mastered all of the other limbs and are truly achieving the most incredible gift.

Take yoga into your life, take the time for yourself. This is an amazing time signified with new beginnings. I truly believe New years is the most incredible holiday as it’s a holiday where people all over the world vow to become a better them, and self-improvement is what keeps life interesting. It’s what allows us to help ourselves and others. Keep moving forward and consider using yoga in your journey.

If you’re interested in becoming a yoga teacher and diving deeper into these teachings and how your can help influence other’s lives with them you can join Temple Yoga on February 3rd for the next class that starts for Yoga teacher training. This class is Yoga Alliance approved and organized by Edge Yoga School. Start using these fundamentals in your life and helping others do the same!

Happy 2018 friends,

Jenna Bacchi
Owner of Temple Yoga in Dekalb, IL

The eight limbs of yoga:

  1. Yama-restraints
  2. Niyama-observances
  3. Asana-postures
  4. Pranayama-breath control
  5. Pratyahara-sense withdrawal
  6. Dharana-concentration
  7. Dhyana-meditation
  8. Samadhi-enlightenment

Holiday Classes

Classes Announcements:
Monday December 18, 2017 is the last Kundalini Class of the year. Sonja will continue on January 3, 2018. There will be no classes on December 23, 2017, December 25, 2017 or on January 1, 2017. Have a lovely holiday!

ACE Personal Training Prep Course

Edge Yoga School is offering a Personal Training Prep course located at Temple Yoga, 147 N. 2nd st suite 11 Dekalb, IL. This course will prepare the individual for the ACE Personal Trainer test. This is an opportunity for individuals to advance, change, or supplement their career into the health and fitness field. This course is taught by Jenna, who has 4 years experience as a personal trainer. Her passion and dedication to helping you learn will greatly impact your confidence when you graduate and pass your test. Contact Temple Yoga at templeyogafitness@gmail.com

Reiki Tomorrow Sunday November 19th

Tomorrow November 19, 2017 join Emily from Empath Healing from 11am – 2pm for a Reiki open house. There will be demonstrations, refreshments,
giveaways and discounts given to those who come and sign up for a session. Emily will be giving mini sessions to anyone who would like to try Reiki! Come out and experience it for yourself! 

Community Meditation and Fellowship – Free Event

Sonya from get balanced will be leading this beautiful event. It is on October 14, 2017 from 5:30-7pm at Temple Yoga, 147 n. 2nd st suite 11 Dekalb

Details
Join us in person, or in spirit, for this community meditation starting promptly at 5:30 p.m. CST. If you are planning on joining in person, please arrive early enough to get settled before we start the meditation.

As our group grows larger, we are asking those who come in person and wish to join in the fellowship following the meditation, to bring a healthy dish to share for snacking.

The meditation chosen for this community meditation is a Kundalini Yoga meditation called The Long Chant. The focus of this meditation is the raising of our OWN vibrations. As we know, as our vibrations rise, those around us will also rise.

Meditation Instructions for those joining in spirit:

Sit in easy pose (cross legged sitting on a pillow on the floor) with a straight spine and chin slightly pulled back level to the ground. You can also sit tall in a chair with feet flat on the ground.

Mudra: The hands are in Gyan Mudra (the tip of the index finger touching the tip of the thumb), elbows straight, with the backs of the hands resting on the knees; or resting in the hands in Buddha Mudra on the lap. (Buddha Mudra: for women, rest the right plam face-up in the lap with the left hand palm-up on top of it, put the thumb tips together. This hand position is reversed for men.)

Eye focus: Close the eys and focus on the point between the brows above the nose, the third eye point.

Mantra: Ek Ong Kaar Sat Naam Siree Whaa-Hay Guroo – music to chant along with can be found on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/PNpFtU8x1eY

Ek (One) Ong (Creator) Kar (Creation)

Sat (Truth) Nam (Name or Identity) Siri (Great)

Wahe (Beyond description, “Wow!”) Guru (Teacher of Light)

Instructions for the chant:

1) Inhale deeply and chant Ek Ong Kar

Ek is vibrated briefly and powerfully at the Navel Point (not shouted). Ong is chanted in the back of the throat, vibrates the upper palate, and comes out through the nose. Keep the sound continuous as you move without a pause from Ong to Kar. Give equal time given to Ong and Kar.

2) Inhale deeply again and chant Sat Nam until you’re almost out of breath, then reach for the Siri, which is brief. Sat is briefly and powerfully chanted at the Navel Point. Nam vibrates at the heart center. Siri is pronounced as if spelled S’ree; it is a short syllable.

3) Inhale a short half breath and chant Wahe Guru. Wahe is broken into two syllables, Wha and Hay. Wha is somewhat aspirated. Hay is extremely short. It becomes part of Guru which is pronounced as G’roo. This mantra has eight counts, eight keys, eight syllables, so the “hayg’roo” should be all run together, almost like one syllable.

4) Inhale deeply again to repeat the cycle. Continue for 11 minutes.

Comments about this mantra, from Yogi Bhajan – Kundalini Yoga Master Teacher – “This mantra is known as the Ashtang Mantra for the Aquarian Age. It has eight vibrations, and describes the glory of God. In the time period two and a half hours before the rising of the Sun, when the channels are most clear, if this Mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one with the Lord.”

“All mantras are good, and are for awaking of the Divine. But this mantra is effective, and is the mantra for this time. So my lovely students, at the will of my Master, I teach you the greatest Divine Key. It has eight levers, and can open the lock of the time, which is also of the vibration of eight. Therefore, when this mantra is sung with the Neck Lock, at the point where prana and apana meet sushmuna, this vibration opens the lock and thus one becomes one with the Divine.”

Chanting this mantra opens the solar plexus, which in turn charges the solar centers. The person chanting will connect with the Cosmic Energy, and thus will be liberated from the cycle of time and karma. Those who meditate on this mantra in silence will charge their solar centers and be one with the Divine.

This mantra initiates the kundalini, initiating the relationship between the soul and the Universal soul. It balances all the chakras. Though it is part of morning sadhana, it can be chanted at anytime.