My Favorite Yoga Anatomy Resource

How about doing down dog without any pain in your wrists or shoulders? It is possible when you understand and engage the correct muscles!

How about doing down dog without any pain in your wrists or shoulders? It is possible when you understand and engage the correct muscles!

One key element to better health is:

A better understanding of your body and how it works.

Ever wondered what your psoas really looks like? (Or where the heck it is? Or how to pronounce it?)

How about the name of that tendon that runs outside your ankle, you know -- that area that gets sore when you twist your ankle?

Or the difference between your traps and your rhomboids, and why you should even care?

...and why it matters to you?

Okay, I get it if you're not obsessed with the workings of the body, like I am :)

One of my favorite past-times is is studying anatomy, biology, biomechanics of the body!

That knowledge enriches my own yoga practice so much, because I have a better understanding of what's going on in my body (and why) when I'm doing certain poses.

To get an inside look as to what is going on in your body, I can find no better resource than this:

Daily Bandha: Anatomy for Yoga, Tips and Techniques

This website is basically an amazing library of knowledge on yoga anatomy.

The publishers are medical doctors/yoga instructors, so they provide what I find to be a perfect marriage of technical/practical info on the workings of the body...

Along with amazing, clear illustrations and video.

Take a look and see is you're not as fascinated by these teachings as I am.

So grateful to have these conversations with you.

with warm wishes,

Peggy

P.S. I've been adding more of my writings on my "Tips & Advice" blog here  Feel free to share your comments there as well!

How to Stop Worrying about what Others Think of You

you can be free of worry about what others think of you once you understand this one simple truth

you can be free of worry about what others think of you once you understand this one simple truth

Worrying about what others think of me, what I look like, what I wear, what I say, what I do...

I have not worried about these things for a long time.

Worrying about what others think is too draining, too stressful, too restrictive...too much against life, growth, development and healing.

Worrying about what others think can inhibit you from living freely and fully, from sharing your gifts, talents, opinions and preferences.

Most of all, worrying about what others think can prevent you from living a life of joy and peace.

There is one simple reason (among many) why this worry should not dominate your life -- and I'll share that in a moment.

But first, here are a couple of books that have offered me beneficial insights into living a healthy life (not so much physical health, but mental and emotional health):

Heal your Life by Louise Hay

Boundaries by Henry Cloud

(I don't get earn any fees from Amazon, just putting the links for your convenience!)

So much of my own life philosophy mirrors that of Louise Hay, sometimes I feel like I could have written passages of that book!

On the other hand, the principles I learned in Boundaries were so different from how I had been living my life for 40+ years as a people pleaser, so eye-opening, and so liberating. 

You see, measuring and judging my every action, comment, decision, opinion, desire and preference against what "others" might think is far too stressful.

More than just the stress is the sad fact that living my life in an attempt to get approval, validation and acceptance of others robbed me from living a life that was aligned with my own soul.

And that is a true loss.

So, here is the major realization that has helped me -- and can help you -- banish this worry once and for all:

No one really cares that much about what you look like ...they only care about what they look like!

No one really cares that much about what you are wearing ...they only care about what they are wearing!

No one really cares that much about whether you're witty, intelligent or successful...they only care if they are witty, intelligent or successful.

In other words, people are usually more concerned with their own lives, challenges, hopes and dreams than they are with yours.

and that's exactly how it should be!

Read Boundaries and Heal Your Life and you'll see why.

For now, I'd like to hear from you: what books have made a difference in your living a life of joy and peace?

So grateful to have these conversations with you.

with warm wishes,

Peggy

Uplifting Songs to Encourage the Soul

it's important to take time for yourself to reflect, refresh and recharge...with positive, encouragement to uplift the soul

it's important to take time for yourself to reflect, refresh and recharge...with positive, encouragement to uplift the soul

When I need encouragement when times get tough, I often listen to these songs:

The Words I Would Say by Sidewalk Prophets

Good to be Alive by Jason Gray

I Will Be  by Natalie Grant

Legacy by Nicole Nordeman

Warning: these are not calm, soothing tunes -- but upbeat, energizing and uplifting (to me, anyway!) 

Regardless of your faith or spiritual background, I hope you'll find meaning in these words, as I have...

I know musical tastes and preferences are so diverse, so I get it if these are not your cup of tea.

I'd like to hear from you: What songs do you recommend for those times when you need encouragement?

Let me know your recommendations in the comments below :)

...As always, sending you peace and blessings, especially today.

Peggy

How to Overcome Overwhelm During the Holidays

Do you have a perfectionist streak?

Trying to do it all, do it all yourself and do it perfectly?

I totally get it!

Watch for my top three tips on how to overcome overwhelm during the holidays so you are not robbed of your JOY and peace of mind this season.

Would love to hear in a comment below how you deal with holiday overwhelm. 

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