Tune in

“When we learn to tune into our body, we find we have all the answers. When we simply decide to acknowledge any lower energy such as tension, strain, pain and ease up on the fighting, griping and holding on, we then have the fierce opportunity to make space for peace, strength, vitality, letting go of risk of illness and even disease.”

- Michelle Doublet

Heart-Centered

Within the realms of your heart is where presence is. With heartfulness, true mindfulness, the heart of life is present, decreasing our fears, healing everything that gives us seperation, giving you back connection.

-Michelle Doublet, LCSW, ERYT

Light

Your light may disturb, upset & even anger the darkness. The darkness can’t handle its own reflection. Don’t dim your light, shine it even brighter & see what happens.

Does the sun fear the shadows?

Listen to your heart today

Listen to your heart today.

Feel your feelings fully without judging them.

Emotions are your guidance system.

If you allow yourself to feel all your feelings fully, regardless of whether they’re sad, angry, or joyous, your heart’s wisdom will heal your pain.

- Christiane Northrup, M.D

Yoga- Health Benefits Beyond The Mat

“Let’s shift from autopilot to conscious thinking, mindful eating.”

Yoga- brought to Mather Hospital Weight Management Program- Health Benefits Beyond The Mat

-Michelle Doublet

-Michelle Doublet

What is Mindfulness? In its most basic, simplest form, it can be defined as the ability to live in the present moment. So, what does that mean? It can mean, meditating twice a day, practicing Yoga, tai chi, journaling, sharing what you are grateful for, observing your surroundings, etc. Mindfulness is the act of being present while paying attention to passing thoughts and emotions without judgement. It’s really about not trying to change who you are, but becoming more fully present with your experiences. It does not have to be seated, it can be done at any moment, by being in the moment, such as focusing on the rhythm of the breath, the cooling as you inhale and the heat as you exhale from your nostrils. Cultivating mindfulness is an art, a skill developed through practice & repetition.

Basic benefits of how Yoga can help shift you from autopilot to conscious thinking, mindful eating…..

Better Body Image

-        Focusing inward during Yoga helps you be more satisfied with your body and less critical of it

Heart Benefits

-        Yoga can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, all of which are good for your heart and blood vessels.

Overall Fitness

-        Practicing Yoga a couple of times a week increases muscle strength and flexibility (Mind & Body), boosts endurance, relaxes your nervous system (balances hormones) and tunes up your heart, lungs and blood vessels.

Mindful Eating

-        Being more aware of how your body feels carries over to mealtimes as you savor, enjoy each bite, sip and notice how food smells, tastes and feels in your mouth

Weight Control

-        Mindfulness developed through Yoga can make you more sensitive to cues of hunger and fullness, which help you develop a more positive relationship with food

Meditation, Breath control, Movement (asana-poses)

-        Increases focus, concentration

-        Increases self-awareness, insight, and conscious thinking  

-        Decreases Impulsivity-helps us learn to slow down

-        Decreases cortisol levels- stress hormone- which often make you crave sugary, fatty and salty foods

-        Developing skills to ease cravings, urges, temptations to things that are unhealthy for us

-        Decreases anxiety, depression etc

-        Teachings of self-love, compassion, kindness towards oneself, others without judgment increases our wanting to care for ourselves and helps us make  healthy choices/decisions

-        Letting go of ‘restriction thinking’ to ‘abundance’

Michelle Doublet, LCSW, E-RYT, Reiki Certified, Reiki Master Trainee

Bringing Yoga & Meditation in the class room

December 2017

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After I was asked to present to faculty about the benefits of bringing Yoga in the classroom, mainly wanting me to discuss the benefits for children who would use yoga instead of a consequence such as detention, I thought a lot. I couldn’t stop thinking.

Yoga-there are so many benefits! So I had to focus, I had to focus on one important aspect that I believed in, to be powerful enough to allow faculty to be inspired. To say the least, it was the teachers last day with the kids at school before their break! This was going to be challenging. What a treat they were in for! As I hoped.

While I thought about the importance of bringing Yoga in the classroom I could not help but to think how wonderful it would have been to have this necessity while I was going to school. At the time I was going to school, we weren’t exposed to half of what children are exposed to now. While I was in school I was not as nearly, NEARLY exposed to electronics, such as cell phones, apple TV, vapors etc. The list goes on. Which tells me, that there is a high demand and NEED to bring Yoga not only just in the classroom but in the school, as a whole.  

As I continued to think about this topic I realized that the one thing WE all have in common is that we are all being stimulated on a constant and daily basis 24/7. Not only are children constantly stimulated, we as adults are as well too. Our society is in a constant rush, we are always ON, & we can instantly get what we want right at our finger tips. One thing WE do not have in common is our brain. The first 12 years are the prime time of development, the most important stage of development of their lives. Constant stimulation will affect ones intellect, emotions and behaviors. We all see it, children having difficulty 1) focusing, 2) concentrating and 3) communicating at an increased rate. These three areas, which I focused on, that are being hindered by constant stimulation, these three aspects of the self are the core to healthy decision-making, developing healthy relationships & the ability to absorb information, to learn. The three very important essentials to succeed. Teachers are leaders of our future. Teachers are here to help children learn, be successful so they can contribute to their community, to society.  That’s a big responsibility. Teaching has become even more challenging however, & this is just ONE aspect, that hinders our children- being stimulated on a constant basis.

We see an increase of acting out behaviors, impulsivity, self-harm, substance use/abuse, bullying etc. What do we do? I say we need to meet our children where they are in society, to understand. If WE don’t slow down as a whole, we will never be where we want to be as a whole. Not only does bringing Yoga in the school help the children, it helps the teachers. It’s a win-win.

Yoga scientifically increases a sense of gratitude, oneness, compassion, empathy, emotion regulation and stress tolerance, PLUS all the areas of hindrances I mentioned above; focus, concentration and healthy affective ways to communicate. Important skills are developed and strengthened to allow children to better manage and cope with everyday stressors, learning the importance of speaking kindly to oneself and to others, increases ones ability to take tests affectively and consciously etc. Teachers then have the ability to use their leadership skills, to be creative and bring Yoga into their classroom, in their school any way they see fit. Areas they may see as lacking and needing more attention to.

As one example, using Yoga during classroom time allows teachers to let go of just using the traditional way of teaching, sitting at the desk. Integrating Yoga during classroom time allows students (and teachers) to take short breaks, to standup, to reenergize, to refocus. Such as flowing into a balancing pose (these poses assist in learning how to regulate emotions, stress tolerance, increases focus and concentration) helps them then come back to what’s being taught at hand. All of these positives-equals positive outcomes, happier students, happier teachers.

After the discussion, a short breathing exercise and guided meditation with the faculty, I had many teachers brainstorming ways they can start to integrate simple breathing and meditation exercises into the school. An example was when the children get off the bus; they have a short time frame before they head to their classroom. They discussed the possibility of projecting a video of a meditation on a screen for all the children to watch and participate in right before heading to their classrooms. Simple yet profound!

A few questions to ask yourself-

1)    What would you see different if the power of Yoga was brought into your school?

2)   How can you start bringing Yoga in your school?

 

Today, Just be Still.

All you need to do in this very moment is to just be still. To Breathe, take a breath & be silent with eyes closed, open heart & just be. Be still in your mind, be still in your soul. All that you need, you already have, all that you have is all that you need. Take a moment to recognize what you have built, what you do have. Gratitude, love is all you need right now, let this be your intention in stillness in silence.

Namaste- Michelle Doublet

"Learning to be still, to really be still & let life happen, that stillness becomes a radiance."

Lead

Whats broken can be mended.

What hurts can be healed.

And no matter how dark it gets,

the sun is going to rise again.

Learn from everyone. Follow no one.

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Light + Love + Truth

+ Namaste +

My soul honors your soul.

I honor the place in you where

the entire universe resides.

I honor the light, love, truth,

beauty & peace within you,

because it is also within me.

In sharing these things

we are united, we are the same.

We are one.

Tiny Buddha

"Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu.

May all beings everywhere 

be happy and free

and may the thoughts, words,

and actions of my own life

contribute in some way

the the happiness and 

to that freedom for all."