written by Caroline Donahue for NGYCMindy The benefits of aromatherapy have been enumerated in countless articles, blogs, books, magazines, and more for many, many years. Eastern medicine has relied on aromatherapy via essential oils for centuries, and the West has finally started hopping on the bandwagon. Thankfully, we do know that oils are beneficial for […]Read more "Oils That Help with Holiday Stress"
I had been using many different essential oil brands for about 15 years before I began using doTERRA oils. Mostly I used lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint topically or for aromatherapy. After I had my second child, I joined a Facebook group for natural or “crunchy” moms. They started talking about oils and then the […]Read more "Why doTERRA? Guest blog from Caroline Donahue!"
NGYC will be hosting its’ first Instagram Challenge. I am very excited about this as so many challenges out there are just about who has the most followers or the coolest posture photos. However, I hope that with this challenge we inspire an entirely different mindset. I want to inspire the person that says “I’m […]Read more "NGYC to sponsor Instagram Challenge!!!"
So this morning while driving from the studio to my house a short three miles away I had two thoughts. Pretty awesome to only have two in my monkey brain. The first, I love driving the old Forrester because I have always preferred a car that drives smooth instead of something that looks pretty or […]Read more "Random thoughts or being present…you decide:)"
The final installment of the eight limbs of Yoga. Samadhi: (Bliss) Union of the Individual Self with the Supreme. Samadhi is a profound state of grace that is gained after prolonged meditation, wherein the practitioner transcends the illusory sense of separateness from the Universe. Samadhi is the culmination of the practice of all the limbs […]Read more "Limb #8…when two become ONE…bliss"
7. Dhyana – (Meditation) is the state of existing fully in the here and now. Having naturally arrived at this stage thru the practice of “one-pointed ness”, thought ceases and we abide in the present. This sounds abstract but truly it can be achieved. Our western mind (and society) tells us that we must sit […]Read more "Limb #7….thought ceases"
6. Dharna – (Concentration) Dharna is the practice of making the mind “one-pointed”, so as to steady it and make it still. This state of “one-pointedness”, when prolonged, leads to meditation. Oh the crazy monkey mind and all it’s little places it likes to go. Also, our current technology driven world only serves to facilitate […]Read more "Limb #6…focus…"
5. Pratyahara – (Withdrawal of the Senses) Pratyahara is the withdrawal from the outer world as experienced through our senses so we may journey farther inwards towards a more dispassionate, objective observance of ourselves. This can often be the hardest limb of Yoga. To withdraw from the way we see the world and truly observe […]Read more "Limb #5…withdrawal…"
Pranayama – (Breath Control) Pranayama techniques develop mastery of one’s breath, a usually sub-conscious process is brought under conscious control. Pranayama reveals the intimate connections between mind, body, breath and emotions on an even more subtle level, allowing still deeper penetration inwards. The practice of breathing is tantamount to a complete experience when practicing Yoga. […]Read more "Limb # 4 of Yoga…."