Ahimsa for the Holidays

4da8995ccfcbcd860944b2b77dfa9078It all started with a beautiful Michael Khors bag in TJMaxx I just ‘had’ to have. (Yes, I know. I am working on my five Yamas, too.) As a admire the bag a woman, probably mid-thirties, snatches it out of my hands. No joke here. This woman literally takes the bag right out of my hands and proceeds to tell me, very defensively, that she was looking at this bag earlier and she just decided she was going to buy it. She stood there, waiting for me to fight back I think, but I honestly couldn’t find words. Really, I thought?

Granted I was a little upset. I wanted this bag. But after a ten second brain process I realized the humor in this situation. Here I was coveting this bag that I didn’t need, nor could afford, and feeling slightly guilty about my desire, when all of a sudden a stranger ‘steals’ it right out of my hands. It was like God came to earth in human form to say “No bag for you!!” I took it as a sign, and let them woman have the bag. (As if I was going to fight her for it?! I am sure some people would have. Good deal, people!)

Anyway, the point I want to make is that very often the holiday shopping season is littered with acts of violence, aggression, and covetousness. Does this sound appropriate for a season supposed to be about thankfulness, giving and life? Maybe it is sadly expected, but it doesn’t mean you have to spread it around like a disease yourself. It starts and ends with you.

“Non-violence is unconditional love, it is true compassion. We achieve that non-violence by learning to love and be loved; but how is it possible to love and be loved if we choose to escape or ignore some aspects of  ourselves?” – Unknown

Thoughts of guilt (buying too much), shame (buying more), resentment (crap, I didn’t have money for that), and disappointment all have a seed of violence within them. Now I am not saying boycott all holiday shopping, but perhaps after reading this you can take the values of Ahimsa with you to the mall this year.  When you buy something, do it with gratitude because you can afford it. Buy it with love for someone else.

This year don’t just buy gifts for family and friends,  give the gift of peace to the world. Minimize the violence you inflict on others and yourself.

Because of my ‘awakening’ at TJMaxx, I want to spread the gift of yoga and Ahimsa a little further this season. I am continuing the Unique Yoga Events special on at home personal yoga sessions – buy four, get one free – until December 31st. So perhaps this is an opportunity to buy a gift certificate for yourself or a loved one. Unique Yoga Events, LLC aims to bring yoga to more people outside the studio space. We work with children, senior citizens, couples, singles, people with disabilities by offering personalized yoga sessions in the comfort of your own home or studio rental. Everyone can benefit from yoga – especially during the holiday season!

Eat well. Give. And do more yoga.

Namaste.

Jamie L. Taylor, Founder Unique Yoga Events, LLC

uniqueyogaevents.@yahoo.com

973-820-8904

 

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At Home Mini Yoga Retreat – Your Guide to Beating Holiday Stress and Weight

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It’s that holiday time of year again! Wish you could beat off the holiday weight? How about banish some of that holiday stress? We got you covered at Unique Yoga Events. Our personal yoga instruction is available through out Morris County, New Jersey. We work with all types of clients – couples, singles, children, seniors – right in the comfort of their own home!

These personalized at home classes are fantastic for anyone with physical challenges, looking to get closer with children or a spouse, or even just those wanting to perfect and understand the basics of yoga prior to hitting the studios. We believe everyone deserves yoga. Our unique in house yoga instruction is a great way to stay fit, stay relax, and stay inside this winter!

124 Yoga Lane, Nirvana, USA – A Place to Call Home

It is commonly accepted that our teenage or adolescent years are when we blossom into the person that we are meant to be. That during these times we begin to see things in a more mature, educated manner in order to develop a more realistic view of the “way things are”. But for me, this mindful, life altering change is happening now, in my late twenties.

I owe this growth and realization to yoga. I have been practicing and teaching yoga for many years, but it isn’t until recently that I’ve honored the practice of yoga enough to truly adopt the theories into my thought process, and essentially my life. Yoga is not about the stretching, or funny poses (headstand, backbends, eagles…I still can’t do), but instead is about honoring the body and finding the place inside ourselves that we can call home.

I truly believe, upon talking to people, that a lot of the restlessness we feel in life is due to the fact that we don’t feel at home in our bodies. When things go wrong, or when things are turned upside down, we feel lost. This is a place we have all visited and can relate to – where do I go, what did I do wrong, what could I have done differently? But when we feel at home in our bodies, that is security. When things go wrong we are okay because we are home and we feel that love for ourselves, life and the people that decorate it.

Yoga teaches that no matter where you are or what your obstacles, you can find union – you can find yoga in your breath, body and mind. This is your home. Yoga is home. I have heard others call it an addiction, a fad, a religion, the easy way to exercise (hah!), but it has nothing to do with how my muscles look or how thin and flexible I am. In reality it is about building confidence, love, admiration and strength. Through Unique Yoga Events I am trying to share this truth.

Jamie Taylor | Owner and Founder | Unique Yoga Events, LLC

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The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

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As we get older, it can become increasingly difficult to incorporate physical activity into our daily routine. Common exercises such as jogging, biking or weight lifting might not be possible due to the physical limitations that come with age. Or perhaps you (or a loved one) is recovering from a recent heart attack or other ailment that requires rest and minimal exertion. Whatever the case may be, consider yoga for seniors who have the desire to stay active and healthy in body and mind.

At Unique Yoga Events we offer classes geared to benefit those age 65 and over. Instead of focusing on challenging poses, yoga for seniors is a relaxing way to maintain health and prevent injury while engaging in safe, physical exercise. Though some might consider yoga to be for the younger generation, there are plenty of benefits for seniors as well:

  • Increased flexibility– Yoga helps seniors maintain mobility by easing muscle joint and stiffness. Regular low-impact stretching exercises can also help to prevent osteoarthritis, a common joint condition, and ease the pain of existing bone conditions.
  • Improve circulation- Yoga has been proven to lower the heart rate and get the blood pumping. This is an important benefit for seniors with any kind of cardiovascular problems.
  • Stress Relief- No matter what your age, we can all benefit from some quiet ‘me time’ and relaxation. The spiritual and meditative side of yoga can calm the mind and help to re-energize the body.

For our senior students we offer meditation, chair yoga and gentle yoga classes. The staff at Unique Yoga Events is always happy to consult with potential students about the health benefits of yoga and whether or not it’s right for you. We emphasize safety as a top priority in all of our classes and we will customize each class to suit the needs of our students.

For more information about yoga for seniors in the North, South and Central New Jersey areas, contact us at uniqueyogaevents@yahoo.com or by phone at 973-820-8904.