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Yoga Sanctuary

Make Yoga Work For “You

Our bodies are all different!   We make Yoga work for our own needs.  


Yoga Sanctuary helps you improvise.  You know your body!  Our bodies will talk to us if we listen.  Skype is available if you’d rather be in the comfort of your home.  Call or text in for help.  575-937-3609

Yoga, you make it work for you!   You can lay on the mat, sit on the mat, or sit in a chair.  

MEDITATIVE WALKING

Walking meditation is a simple way to connect with your spirit and mother earth in a very grounded and balanced & method.

Many of us take the benefits of walking for granted. Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. But walking even a few blocks a day has unlimited benefits -- not only for our health, but our spirit, for as we walk, we connect with the earth. 

Even when walking on concrete, the earth is still beneath us, supporting us. Walking lets our body remember simpler times, when life was less complex.  This helps us slow down to the speed of our body and take the time to integrate the natural flow of life into our very cells. Instead of running from place to place or thinking about how much more we can fit into our day, walking allows us to exist in the moment.   

Each step we take can lead us to becoming more mindful of ourselves, our thoughts and feelings. Walking slows us down enough not only to pay attention to where we are in our body, but also to our breath. Taking time to simply notice the breath while walking, through paying attention to the length of our inhales and exhales, and becoming attuned to the way in which we breathe is taking a step towards mindfulness. When we become more mindful, we gradually increase our awareness of the environment around us and start to recognize that the normal flow of our thoughts and feelings are not always related to where we are in the present moment. Gradually we realize that the connection we have with the earth and the ground beneath our feet is all there is. By walking and practicing breathing mindfully we gain a sense of calm and tranquility -- the problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away because we are in the 'now'.

The simplicity and ease of a walking practice allows us to create time, space and awareness of our surroundings and of the wonders that lie within us.  Taking a few moments to walk each day and become more aware of our breath will in turn open the door for the beauty of the world around us to filter in.  This time can bring gratitude and sorting out thoughts.  If you can imagine a British voice, a colleague used to say, “Sometimes we must take a walk about the lake to get life back in order! .” Whether you have a lake, woods or sidewalk, just walk, breathe and clear the mind and move the body.  

Summer Sister weekend in Memphis ! Lots of meditative walking & bonding.

BEING A GOOD FRIEND

Date:  July 10, 2022

Be the kind of friend who texts when you’re thinking about them and who buys them flowers just because. Be the kind of friend who notices when it’s been a while since you’ve seen them and says things like, “hey I miss you; let’s get together this week.” Be the kind of friend who asks how they’re doing and then listens (and truly cares) about the answer. Be the kind of friend who is true to her word and who shows up when it matters.

Be the kind of friend who is the first in line to hold that baby, and the one that orders their favorite pizza to the hospital room after birth. Be the kind of friend who says how you feel about them and hugs and says “I love you.” Be the kind of friend who prays and encourages. Be the kind of friend who assumes the best, not the worst. Be the kind of friend who stays and works it out when there’s conflict. Be the kind of friend who doesn’t gossip and who always sticks up for her people. Be the kind of friend who gives more than she takes. Be the kind of friend who cares so deeply and so wholeheartedly that it’s a risk, because the risk of friendship is worth it.

Be the kind of friend who doesn’t shy away from hard stuff like depression, anxiety, and grief. Be the kind of friend who holds space for her people and is present in the pain. Be the kind of friend who celebrates their wins like you’re their very own cheerleader. Be the kind of friend who buys champagne and makes a big deal over even the smallest things.

Be the kind of friend who stays. If someone is truly narcissistic or uninvested in your friendship, it is totally okay to walk away. But if you are just hitting a rough patch, or they’re just suddenly annoying the crap out of you, be the kind of friend who stays. Be the kind of friend who talks about stuff that’s bothering you instead of pulling back. Be the kind of friend who will fight for your friendships like you’re in the ring fighting for your life.

Extraordinary friends fight for their friendships with all their hearts, and they don’t walk away without being bruised and battered from trying.

My friend, listen to me, because this is so important: don’t wait one more second for that friend to show up in your life. Go and do it and be it, and it will be contagious.

Extraordinary friendships are built on people who decide to be extraordinary friends.

Extraordinary friends are people who love ridiculously and extravagantly and without expecting anything in return.

Yes, you will run into people who don’t deserve you. You will give more than you get sometimes. Nothing is ever lost by being generous, my friend. If you made an investment with no return, thank you. Thank you for your investment; it wasn’t wasted even if it feels like it. If you realize that relationship isn’t ever going to be mutual– it’s also TOTALLY okay to walk away and invest somewhere else.

We currently live in a very lonely world where so so so many people feel isolated and disconnected. How do we change that? We just start. We just start somewhere. We start loving and pursuing and being the kind of friends that we’re longing for. We don’t over think it, we just begin. And then? When we find our people, we hang on for dear life and we love them with our whole hearts. We refuse to let pettiness or small things wedge their way between us and WE STAY.

Because, extraordinary friendships are built on people who decide to be extraordinary friends.  Be that person!

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Yoga Mindful Practice

Mindful Yoga Practice can bring peace to the mind, body and spirit.  Regular Yoga meditation, prayer and body movements bring great benefits to we as human beings.  Just being still, breathing and taking quiet moments bring healing.  The body is the meditation hallway in which we first learn to practice the basic contemplative art of concentration, insight, and mindfulness.  Very few Americans make time for regular yoga practice.  If we incorporated yoga, meditation in our lives, there would be more peace, less stress, less disease 🦠 .  Yoga Sanctuary offers 7 gentle Yoga group sessions a week at a reasonable price.  Skype is available as well as private sessions.  Find your peace in regular Yoga Practice, prayer, and the Word. Discipline life for things to come. 🙏


January 20, 2020


Color has the ability to trigger our emotions, affect the way we think and act, and influence our attitudes.

When we enter a room or see an object for the first time, our minds register its color before any other detail. The colors our eyes can perceive are like words that form a subtle language of mood, energy, and insight. Color can exert a gentle effect on the mind and the body, influencing our dispositions and our physical health. Color has the ability to trigger our emotions, affect the way we think and act, and influence our attitudes. You unconsciously respond to the color of the walls in your home, your car, your clothing, and the food you eat based on your body's natural reactions to certain colors and the psychological associations you have formed around them. The consequences of the decision to paint a room or wear a specific article of clothing therefore goes beyond aesthetics.

The colors you encounter throughout your day can make you feel happy or sad, invigorate you or drain your vitality, and even affect your work habits. Throughout history, cultures spread over many different parts of the globe have attributed varying meanings to different colors. In China, blue is associated with immortality, while people in the Middle East view blue as a color of protection. There is also evidence that human beings respond to color in a very visceral way. Red excites us and inflames our passions. Too much red, however, can make us feel overstimulated and irritated. Pink tends to make people feel loved and protected but also can cause feelings of lethargy. Yellow represents joy or optimism and can energize you and help you think more clearly. Bright orange reduces depression and sadness. Blue and green are known to inspire peaceful feelings, and people are often able to concentrate better and work in rooms painted in soft blues and greens. The darker tones of both colors can make you feel serious and introspective.

There are ways to integrate color into your life that go beyond picking the hues of your décor and your wardrobe. You can meditate with color by concentrating on the colors that make you feel peaceful or using a progression of colors to symbolize a descent into a relaxed state. Color breathing involves visualizing certain colors as you in inhale and exhale. Choose to surround yourself with the colors that you are attracted to and make you feel good, and you can create an environment that makes you feel nurtured, peaceful, and uplifted.

Surrender Box

June 1, 2022



A surrender box is a tool to let go of our burdens so God can take care of them for us.


A surrender box is a tool to let go of our burdens so God can take care of them for us.

There are times when our minds become too full. Our to-do lists, worries, plans, and dreams may be so crowded together in our heads that we don't have room to think. We may believe that we are somehow taking care of our desires and concerns by keeping them at the forefront of our minds. In maintaining our mental hold on every detail, however, we may actually delay the realization of our dreams and the resolution of our worries because we won't let them go. At times such as these, we may want to use a surrender box. 

A surrender box allows us to let go of our worries and desires so the God can take care of them for us. We write down what we want or need to happen and then place the note into a box. By writing and placing our thoughts in the box, we are taking action and letting the universe know we need help and are willing to surrender our feelings. We give ourselves permission to not concern ourselves with that problem any longer and trust that God is taking care of it. You may even want to decorate your box and place it in a special place. Your surrender box is a sacred container for your worries. Not only do you free up space in your mind by letting go of our worries and desires and dropping them into your surrender box, but you are giving your burden over to a higher power. Once we drop our worries and desires into the surrender box, we free our minds so we can be fully present in each moment. 

Surrendering our worries and concerns and placing them in the hands of the universe doesn't mean that we've given up or have been defeated. Instead, we are releasing the realization of our desires and the resolution of our worries and no longer concerning ourselves with their outcomes. It's always fun to go back and pull the slips of paper out of the box once your requests have been granted. And it's amazing how quickly problems go away and dreams come true when we finally let go and allow God to help us.  This will be a summer project for children I work with. 

Shalom

April 25, 2022


Even the geography of Israel is used by God as a metaphor of His love and protection of our hearts.


Jerusalem is surrounded by hills, standing tall around her on every side.

So tall that some refer to them as mountains.


God says, through the Psalmist, that this is a picture of how he cradles, cherishes, and protects our hearts…..


"Just as Jerusalem is protected

by mountains on every side,

the LORD protects his people

by holding them in his arms

now and forever."

~Psalm 125:2


What a treasure in this geographic picture!


The Jews of ancient times were reminded of this metaphor of God’s love for them at least 3 times a year - when they made their required pilgrimages to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, Shavuot (Pentacost,) and the Feast of Tabernacles.


And it gets even better ~


The name of God’s holy city, Jerusalem, is derived from the same root as the word “Shalom.”


It literally means "Abode of Shalom" or "City of Peace."

And He invites us to "dwell" in His Abode of Shalom.


"Shalom" means "peace" ~ but has such a deeper meaning than our superficial word for "peace."


It means “wholeness” of soul, completeness, the opposite of broken-ness ~

So, in the middle of God’s protective, cherishing embrace we have this place of wholeness,

His Abode of ShalomShalom in His everlasting arms.  The deepest peace we can imagine on this earth. Shalom

Warrior Self

March 18, 2020

WARRIOR SELF

The human soul is dynamic, adapting readily to the changing conditions we encounter as time marches forward. Though we may use a single set of characteristics to define ourselves, we slip easily into contradictory roles when necessary. When we feel called to explore the way of the warrior, we may feel a strong sense of dismay because we have no wish to deny ourselves of our softer side. Yet embracing the warrior spirit is not a matter of denying gentleness or compassion--all human beings embody all traits to some degree, and coexist peacefully within us. We can exhibit strength without sacrificing tenderness precisely because both are elements of the self and both have a role to play in our very being. If you remember the wolf that showed itself from time to time in Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” that is a great illustration of “Warrior Self.” When we need strength to remap our life or carry through tough times, we welcome Warrior Self showing up.

Balance is the key to peaceable coexistence where opposing characteristics of the self are concerned. The warrior spirit, when allowed free reign, is overpowering and all-consuming. If it is to be an affirmative force in our lives, it must be tempered with wisdom and moderation. Our inner warriors are ready to react instantly to conflict, chaos, and confusion, while nonetheless remaining committed to a path of goodwill and fairness. They lie at the root of our dedication to integrity but do not drive us to use our strength to others into adopting our values. The warrior may be nourished by raw emotions with the potential to cause us to lash out, but it channels that energy into positive and constructive action.

Your inner warrior is one source of strength you can draw upon in times of great need. When you employ your warrior spirit thoughtfully, it manifests itself as clarity, focus, determination, courage, constancy, and zest for life. The warrior views roadblocks as evolutionary opportunities and is not afraid to pursue a purpose to its climax. There is more than enough room in the existence of the warrior for softness and kindness, and the warrior's willingness to stand up for their beliefs can aid you greatly as you strive to incorporate these ideals into your life. Exploring this unique side of yourself is a means of broadening your reality so you can internalize mindfulness while meeting life's challenges with an intensity of spirit that never wavers.

Anne Lucero Korssjoen

FB Yoga Sanctuary Midland, Tx

www.YogaMidlandTexas.com

575-937-3609


An ongoing series of informational entries

Grief

Sept 27, 2019

Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability helps create truly close bonds.

When we experience something that causes us to feel shock and sadness, we may feel the urge to withdraw from life. It may seem like remaining withdrawn will keep us protected from the world, but during these times it is important to reach out to those trusted and precious people who care about us the most. Even with our best information and reasoning, we never know when someone else's experience or perspective can give us additional information that we need. The universe speaks to us through many channels, and when we open ourselves up to receive its messages, we also receive nurturing care from a loving partner in life's journey.

Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability is what creates truly close bonds in our relationships. Opening ourselves up in this way gets to the core of our being, past all of our defenses and prejudices. When life seems to crack the outer shell of our world, we are both raw and fresh at the same time. It is then that we discover who is truly willing to walk with us through life. We also see that some of those sent to us may not be the ones we expected to see. Regardless, we learn to trust in the universe, in others, in our own strength and resilience, and in the wisdom of life itself.

Sharing grief allows us to ease our burden by letting someone else help carry it. This helps us process our own inner thoughts and feelings through the filter of a trusted and beloved someone. We may feel guilty or selfish, as if we are unloading on someone who has their own challenges. Although, if we think about it, we know we would do the same for them, and their protests would seem pointless. Remember that not sharing feelings with others denies them the opportunity to feel. We may be the messenger sent for their benefit, and it is on this mission that we have been sent. By sharing our hopes and fears, joys and pains with another person, we accept the universe's gifts of wisdom and loving care.

Dear God, may you bring to me those that need me and may those I need be brought to me. May something I do today be eternally significant.  

Why Slow Yoga

August 25, 2019

Why “Slow” Yoga ?

Slow yoga, affords practitioners a thoughtful, meditative experience to move into the body and mind gently. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, this style of guiding develops flexibility, balance, strength developing into a heightened sense of well-being. Often physicians suggest Yoga to their patients in leu of, prior to, or recovering from medical procedures. Many people come to yoga seeking freedom from stress and mental anxiety. During the session you're guided to move past trains of thought and into active movement connecting body and mind. Breath awareness is encouraged. This manner of yoga practice aides stress reduction, personal mindfulness and creates a sense of harmony and well-being. Yoga is not an exercise but a mindful, therapeutic activity cultivating harmony in body and spirit.

Yoga “poses” are not the goal. The handstand is not the goal, standing on one leg for long periods of time is not the ambition. The intent is to create a peaceful space where you may have been stuck. The aim is to release layers of protection built around the heart, targeting appreciation of your body and becoming aware of the mind and the noisy chatter it creates. The intention is to make peace with who you are and the person God created. The goal is to love yourself, so that you can love and give to others more freely. It is important to replenish yourself on a regular basis (you cannot give what you do not have). We all hear the medical benefits of yoga such as regulated blood pressure, increased blood circulation, pain management etc. When we keep our mind and body at ease, we avoid the opposite, which is “disease”. These are all health bonuses.

Soft, gentle guided Yoga is doable for all people, no matter the age or level of health. The guide will consistently remind you to be in tune and responsible for your own body ( making no move unless you have the confidence to do so ).

So come to your yoga mat to “feel,” not to accomplish. Shift your focus and allow your heart to heal and grow.

Please accept the invitation to the experience! Namaste (meaning respect and honor of one another's spirit)

Anne Lucero Korssjoen

FB Yoga Sanctuary Midland, Tx

www.YogaMidlandTexas.com

575-937-3609