The Yoga of Transformation at the Yellow Barn – Day 4

This blog is the fourth in a series that invites you to experience the Yellow Barn’s 10-day Yoga of Transformation, guided by Gary (Anandasagar) Majchrzak, a nationally renowned yoga teacher and instructor.

By Polly Meyer

ImageThe studio in the Yellow Barn has beautiful old hardwood flooring. The grain and the complexity of knots and nail holes add to the rich character of the wood in this space. When I lay my hand on the floor, I can still feel the energy coming from this rich piece of earth; and I feel grounded when I stand on it with my bare feet. The flooring has small gaps here and there, and once in a while I’ll unknowingly lay my yoga mat on a plank that sticks up higher than the others, making Chivasana a little uncomfortable. So I’ll adjust my mat an inch or two and all is well.  Life is like that. And so is our yoga practice.

Our practice is immersed in deep and focused breathing. We breathe in and out through the nose to create space in our minds and bodies. We load our blood with oxygen to open, nourish and restore ourselves to wholeness. We breathe into our Chakras – that’s pronounced CHakra with a CH, not SHakra. And we move our breath energy up our spines, over our heads and into the Third Eye. Our breath is the ultimate healing force in our bodies. It circulates the oxygen through our lungs, arteries and veins clearing out toxins and restores us to perfection.

My favorite practice is the Nadi Shodhana, which is designed to purify our bodies, stimulate our right and left brains, and bring balance to our breathing by alternating the breath through both nostrils. This breathing technique significantly and positively affects my mood during our yoga practice. The thumb and ring finger alternately close and open the nostrils as we deeply inhale, hold and exhale our breath.

I like it because the technique has a calming affect. That is, unless you have a stuffy nose or swollen sinuses. In this case, you’ll feel like you’re suffocating as you struggle with great effort to pull in that life-giving breath. One of the yogis had us laughing as she lightheartedly shared how her nostril was so blocked that she thought she was going to die because she couldn’t get any air in. Gary instructs us to accept where we’re at in the practice and to not force the breath in or out. It’s meant to be calming, so we learn to adjust the technique to get the breath in as best we can. One of the yogis was so blocked that her only resource was to imagine the air alternating between her nostrils. And for me, that was the coolest thing. I mean, it wasn’t perfect, but she accepted her limitations in the moment and adapted herself to reap the benefits.

Embracing imperfections is what yoga, life, and old hardwood floors are all about.


About PollyMeyer

I studied everything about being on-camera to promote myself as a successful on-camera Commercial Talent, TV Host, and Presenter. I studied with top experts in the media. I further developed these on-camera skills as a Video Producer coaching and directing business professionals on how to make a connection with the camera, and to come across the lens as Confident, Knowledgeable, and Likable. I developed soundbites and message content for corporate videos and presentations. I became an expert in media training. My passion is showing my clients and students how develop their ON-CAMERA Media skills STRATEGICALLY to GET RESULTS! I created IMAGE ON CAMERA, a boutique media training partnership. We direct you on camera in our Minneapolis studio. We walk you through from start to finish. We coach you in developing a dynamic on-camera presence, help you get clear on your message, rehearse your soundbites, structure your videos, plan your media strategy, and rehearse interview techniques. Everything is filmed so you'll quickly get instant replay and feedback. We have a full service video production studio and can film and edit your videos for you! If you're wanting to shoot your own videos, we can train you in the art of Social Media Prep. CONNECT WITH ME IF... ✓ You're a business owner or entrepreneur and would like to feel MORE CONFIDENT, MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE, and MORE DYNAMIC in front of the camera and when giving presentations. ✓ You're looking for a media trainer for your organization or association, a workshop or a keynote speaker for your conference. ✓ You're wanting a coach to walk with you from start to finish. ✓ You offer professional services (i.e. coach, consultant, lawyer, accountant, financial services etc.) & want to be known as the LEADING AUTHORITY in your community. We can show you how to be seen as this authority using video. Contact me for a custom solution to all of your ON-CAMERA, MEDIA, and VIDEO PRODUCTION needs:
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