Meta Yoga’s Wheel of Life is based on ancient Yoga and traditional Vedanta texts. It is a model of the aspects of an...
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It’s a common expression that our body is our vehicle and our mind is the driver. The question may arise as to how this concept can be beneficial. Yoga is mind and body and its usefulness begins with an emphasis initially on the body. Yoga is designed to optimize the body’s functioning. Using the analogy of an automobile, yoga strives to increase gas efficiency, to utilize increased power at will, to reduce wear and tear on the tires and parts that interact. As the body becomes more supple, flexible and strong, the mind naturally is relaxes. Thus, the body is the first step for optimizing health and growing into a complete life.
The gas in our tank usually seems finite. We fill it up and when our energy slackens, we go to replenish with more fuel, such as food, deep breathing and sleep. The most effective and immediate way to increase energy and to provide higher octane for the body and mind to function involves deep breathing which engages the diaphragm muscle. The diaghragm is part of the core muscle structure in the torso. It is designed like a house with the diaphragm the roof, and the pelvic floor muscles as the basement. Deep breathing techniques affect both the body and mind. It strengthens the diaphragm and the pelvic floor and serves as an important function of stabilizing the truck and pelvis as well as calms the mind in a moment of stress.
We all carry a vast pool of emotions that are often in turmoil with our better self. We naturally avoid pain of every kind and especially painful emotions from the past and from current triggers in our day to day life. We all want to feel comfortable within ourselves and our surroundings. When uncomfortable emotions are triggered, much to our dismay, the mind will gnaw, chew, churn this thought from different perspectives until it can spit out those unwanted ideas and emotions that leave us feeling unsettled.Only when we feel safe enough do the muddied waters of emotions rise to the surface of our awareness.
The act of naming and feeling the sense of painful emotions enables us to come out of turmoil and move on to higher grounds. Emotions lead us, the driver of our car, our body onto many roads unintended, causing distraction from our higher goals and feelings of low self worth.
In Meta Yoga we learn to have a meditative mind, 24/7. We learn to simply relax into oneself without changing anything at all and relax so deeply that an acceptance of the whole of the situation emerges. Acceptance is a sign of resolved conflict. The driver of the car is available to take a proper direction forward. Seeing emotions clearly resolves emotions and promote clarity of thinking, more choice of action and significantly reduces stress the wears out the body.
A cleared physical awareness leads to an access to deep vital energy, which leads to a calmed pool of emotions all which leads to a mind empowered to think clearly and decisively. The fog that can often inhibit our thinking can lift and resolving different viewpoints can become more easily reached allowing decisions and actions to proceed in an appropriate flow.
The aging process allows for so many opportunities to harden our hearts, to salve a growing list of deep wounds from love lost, the death of loved ones, ambitions thwarted, battles lost, deeply held dreams abandoned, hardships of all types just to survive and so many other events that feel tarnished and deeply unsatisfying. It seems it is easier to act kindly to strangers but harder to feel accepting and generous with ourselves. The healing process of acknowledging the hardships and disappointments of life can be a lengthy but worthy process. It begins by working through each of the steps enumerated above until they become often practiced habits. The price of freedom from self-condemnation toward a loving heart towards oneself then leads to actions consistent with that which flows in one’s heart.
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I go to Julia when I’m in pain for hands-on bodywork, informed by years of Iyengar yoga study with me.
Ramanand Patel, Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Julia’s hands-on deep tissue work with her creative use of yoga props functions as many hands releasing hidden areas of stiffness. I highly recommend her work for relieving pain and stiffness.
Rita Lewis Manos, Advanced Junior Iyengar Yoga TeacherSan Francisco, CA
A few years back I had a major back problem and the only option left for me was to go for back surgery. Julia was visiting the gurukulam then and she agreed to help me through yoga. Today because of her Therapeutic Yoga work on me, I am free from back problem, without surgery. I requested Julia to offer a Therapeutic Yoga retreat at Arsha Vidya Gurukulum to help others. I strongly recommend you attend Julia’s retreats if you are having back problem.
Ashok Chhabra, Psy.D.
Julia’s coaching sessions have changed my life. I am more more confident and assertive,and generally comfortable with myself and others. What a difference when I remember how I was one year ago. Her meditations have taught me a reliable way to find my own center when I get out of balance.
Susan CutlerLos Angeles, CA
For 20 years , Julia has helped me through pain episodes. Early on she taught me special breathing practices for recovering from hyperventilation and more recently how to break the cycle of intense traumatic pain with breathing.
Marybelle OBrienArtist, Stinson Beach
Julia Lorimer, Director of Marin Yoga
Hi, I’m Julia Lorimer, the founder of Marin Yoga. Marin Yoga is a culmination of decades of study with some of the best yoga teachers in the world as well as my recent 12 year venture of dedicated study with renowned saint and scholar, Swami Dayananda. Swamiji is a traditional teacher of Vedanta, Sanskrit, Yoga Philosophy and Mindfulness Meditation. Having completed my studies with Swami Dayananda, I was asked to return to my country and teach Vedanta, Meditation and Yoga as a lineage holder in the Swami Dayananda Saraswati lineage.
Julia Lorimer, C-IAYT, e-RYT-500, Expert Yoga Instructor, Pain Relief Specialist, Mindfulness Meditation and Sanskrit Chanting Teacher, Sanskrit and Vedanta Scholar, Health and Wellness Coach.