So you’ve made the decision to make a change and create a new habit or get rid of an old one! You’ve established your ‘start date’ and you’re ready to make headway on engraining the new neural pathways required to make a long term change. The first hurdle of course is getting through those first challenging 21 days, then, you’ve done it, the worst is behind you and you’re on the home road to change and Masterville here we come. Well, that may have been case a few years ago, however according to a new study from the University College London (UCL) states that it does in fact take much longer than 21 days to create a new habitual patterns. This makes sense considering most years, by March/April, we find our new year’s resolutions lingering as a ghost of the distant past.
So what actually is a habit and how is it defined? Habits are considered as a set behaviour frequently performed automatically over a repeated period of time. Consequently the mind creates a connection between the repeated cue and the corresponding behaviour automatically enacted where the conscious mind, and subsequently, the conscious decision, is eliminated. The habit is then entrenched by cyclically repeating the habit because we perform a particular behaviour without thinking becoming so automatic that sometimes we don’t even remember enacting the behaviour.
It makes sense then, that the very patterns and energy to break a habit is required to create a new one, repeating behaviour over a consistent period of time, catalyzed by the conscious mind and a conscious decision to make the change and repeating this change over a long period of time. Breaking old, unhealthy habits is extremely challenging, and the presence of new habits doesn’t necessarily mean that the old ones cease to exist, but what it does mean, is that the new habits must become more powerful in their influence on behaviour.
Who exactly then stated that 21 days was the magic number to make or break a habit? According to the UCL, they believe this may have come from Dr Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon turned psychologist and author of ‘Psycho-cybernetics’. Maltz established the 21 day figure since it took an average of 21 days for a patient to adjust to their new face post cosmetic surgery and when a limb is amputated, phantom limb pain can persist up to 21 days. He believed a minimum of 21 days was required for “an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell”. More recent research conducted by the University College London in 2012 contradicts this by suggesting that it does in fact take 66 days to form a new habit. Participants in this study were tracked for 84 days measuring automaticity of repetitive chosen behaviour. The measure of when automaticity was also the point at which the habit had been formed and deep rooted measure on average at 66 days!
From a yoga philosophy perspective Patanjali clearly defines this exact hypothesis as abhyāsa-vairāgya-ābhyāṁ tan-nirodhaḥ. Patanjali clearly states in his 196 aphorisms, that the state of yoga can only be attained through consistent practice, without attachment to the outcome, over a long period of time. This means that you need to make a conscious decision each day to your chosen healthy habit and create new neural pathways until that habit become so automatic you don’t even need to think about it. As yogi’s, one area this comes up for us is in our dedication and commitment to a daily practice and we yearn for this to be established because our practice is something that contributes such positive energy to all areas of our health and lives.
One way that we support you at Moksha to establish a daily practice is through the 30 day challenges that we hold 6 times a year and our next one starts Monday the 1st September 2014 and every day thereafter for the month of September!!! So if establishing a consistent practice is something you’ve been really challenged by, take up the challenge and if you’re really committed, continue your practice for 66 days through to the 5th of October 2014 and really etch those changes into the quantum vibration of your cells and take your practice to the next level!
Written by Emma Palmer, 26/08/2014 – http://mokshayoga.com.au/moksha/teachers/emma-palmer-e-ryt-500/
This is a must read for all those who think they’re too old to start Yoga…….you’re never too old!!!
Our new Community Class starts next Thursday, 21st August, and is pay-by-donation. We encourage you to sign up before you come along just so you don’t miss out on a spot!
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We are all so excited to be launching our monthly Moksha Yoga ‘Asana Clinics’ commencing Saturday 20th September 2014 from 1-3pm.
These asana clinics have been designed for qualified yoga teachers, yoga teachers in training as well as all dedicated yoga students as a means of breaking down specific asana groups whilst developing and deepening your practice delivered in a workshop style over two hours. We don’t often get the opportunity to workshop some of the more challenging asana in a public class and therefore tend to avoid them, these clinics will provide you with the platform to experiment with the asana your body is ready for while supporting you to progress through each variation of asana in a safe, informed, educated, supported and joyful way.
For each group of asana we will focus on the use of breath in combination with the specific anatomy and biomechanics required to progress through each variation of asana as well as looking at different ways to come into and out of each asana with the use of props; this allows the asana to become more accessible and therefore support your practice to grow and deepen while moving towards a more advanced practice.
We will kick start our Asana Clinics with ‘Arm Balancing 101’ on Saturday the 20th September 2014 from 1-3pm with Amelia Schrader and we will focus on breaking down some of the arm balancing postures and alignment. We will be using integrated methods from yoga and gymnastics to teach you how to prepare, progress and take flight. Suitable for anyone wanting to lay the foundations for arm balancing, learn safe methods to incorporate arm balancing into their regular practice or wanting to explore different variations and transitions to a current arm balancing practice. This will be a playful and informative workshop style practice.
Each month we will break down a specific asana group so that your practice can continue to grow, deepen and develop and adopt the fearless heart of the yogi and try the asana that you perhaps tend to avoid in a supported way!
We look forward to supporting you to take your practice to the next level!
Yoga is a beautiful experience of self discovery and you can receive even further support with our resident life and transformational coach, Dave Beaumont from Life Mastery Coach who is offering 3 sessions for the price of 2 until 31 July! To secure your booking or to enquire further, contact Moksha on (03) 9557 5885 before 31 July.
Living Liberated: Introduction to Jivamukti Yoga – Friday 1st August 2014, 6.00pm-9.00pm
Join Nick and Pashenka of Jivamukti Yoga, for a journey into this amazing, inspiring and uplifting Yoga method.
Expect a vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating evening of flowing Vinyasa sequences, hands-on assists, Pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophical teachings, deep relaxation, and great music.
We will delve into the 5 tenets of Jivamukti Yoga:
Shastra – scripture
Bhakti – devotion
Ahimsa – kindness
Nada – music
Dhyana – meditation
Experience a solid Jivamukti Yoga class and deepen your understanding of the foundation yoga asanas and assists, energetically, physically and anatomically.
Suitable for all students, teacher trainees and teachers alike.
For more information about the teachers visit www.nikipiyoga.com
Yoga and the Full Moon
The lunar cycle affects the tides of large bodies of water and, as our bodies are largely made up of water, there may be some truth to the statement that the moon affects our tides as well. With the recent full moon on Saturday, 12 July, it’s a good time to reflect on just how this phase in the moon’s cycle can influence us humans. The lunar effect is the connection between the cycle of the moon and our own bodies. At different times within each lunar cycle, we may notice changes in our sleep quality, moods, behavior, and even the events of our daily lives, including our yoga practice.
During a full moon phase, it seems like everything in our lives gets a little crazy. This is often called lunar lunacy (the word lunacy actually derives from the Latin for moon). Animals start to go a bit mad, we might not sleep as well each night, our hormones may fluctuate wildly – these are excellent reasons to slow down, take stock, and be more present in our everyday lives, especially when we practice yoga. We may feel the urge to push ourselves to new limits in our asana, but, if we do follow that course, we must remain mindful of the fact that we can more easily injure ourselves during this time.
What we really need to do is to listen wholeheartedly to our bodies. Sometimes the body tells us to slow down and focus on balance and stillness, rather than on action and power. In this full moon time of chaos, it’s important to remember that you will nurture your body if you follow its root desires. If your body is calling out for a greater physical challenge, then you can mindfully provide it that outlet, reaping the mental and spiritual benefits as well as the physical. On the other hand, if your body is telling you to rein in the action and draw energy in toward your center, then heed these directions and your practice, body, and soul will glow with the health and healing of yoga.
Here at Moksha Yoga, we encourage you to find presence both on and off the mat. So embrace this time of lunacy and harness that wild energy to the advantage of your life and practice!
Live What You Love – Become a Yoga Teacher with Moksha
Are you a dedicated student of yoga looking to deepen your practice by moving beyond the superficial, physical aspect of yoga? Do you want to share your passion and knowledge of yoga and inspire others? If this sounds like you, then a course in Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Moksha Yoga may be just what you need.
Becoming a yoga teacher can be a great way to change careers to something more fulfilling, or to add on to your current career to broaden your work life. Moksha Academy of Yoga (RYS200) is a Yoga Alliance-accredited school of yoga and offers an internationally recognized program to help you make a career out of yoga. We provide a thorough and comprehensive YTT course that is a seamless synthesis of the ancient practices and philosophies of Yoga and the modern Western approach to the body. The goal of this blend is to equip our yoga teachers with a solid foundation in yoga teaching that spans thousands of years of knowledge and wisdom.
Our YTT course is an in-depth exploration and integration of key areas of teaching yoga in the modern world, including teaching techniques and methodology, applied gross anatomy and systemic physiology, yoga philosophy and psychology, yoga therapeutics and evidence-based research, and practical teaching experience. At Moksha, we understand that yoga is the union of all life and, through our YTT courses, we give our teachers-in-training the skills and tools to deliver this wisdom to the wider world, so that others may benefit from the bliss that yoga brings.
Enrollments are now open for our next intake on 9 July 2014, so call us at (03) 9557-5885 or email us today for more information about our class schedules and flexible learning options.
When yoga gets into your bones and you start to live and breathe yoga, go out and share your love with the world. Answer your calling and become a yoga teacher with Moksha Academy of Yoga today!
If you have attended a yoga class before, you are probably well aware of the physical benefits of yoga, such as increased flexibility, stamina, strength, and relaxation. However, you might not know of the therapeutic benefits of yoga and the ways in which yoga can complement Western medical treatments for serious illnesses like breast cancer. Pick up the latest issue of Australian Natural Health at your local newsagent for a chance to read Emma Palmer’s most recent article on the issue.
Emma summarizes the latest research on the benefits of yoga for people actively treating breast cancer and for those who have survived it. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in January earlier this year demonstrated that, with a consistent and targeted yoga practice during and post-treatment, women with breast cancer found relief from a wide range of symptoms, including inflammation, anxiety, and fatigue, and they experienced a heightened sense of general well-being and relaxation.
This study took subjective measurements such as self-reports on mental health, as well as objective measurements such as blood tests to obtain a holistic picture of the effect of yoga on each person’s body and mind. The researchers found that, not only did participants report feeling less anxiety, lethargy, depression, and difficulty with sleep, their physiological measures also showed a reduction in inflammatory response and levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress in the body.
Due to the invasive nature of breast cancer treatment, these findings are significant because they show benefits even to those who have been through perhaps the most harrowing experience of their lives, a fact that highlights the therapeutic potential of yoga. A consistent practice of gentle yoga, paired with yogic breathing and meditation techniques, presented a notable intervention for patients during and following treatment, and this study serves to reinforce what previous studies have also found: that restorative yoga practices are key to reducing stress and increasing quality of life both during and post-treatment, and may also be instrumental in increasing rates of success for breast cancer survival when prescribed appropriately.
As Emma points out in her article, yoga provides us with a space for healing and self-improvement like no other physical exercise practice. The spiritual aspect of yoga is particularly important in a therapeutic sense for breast cancer patients and survivors because being diagnosed with breast cancer and surviving its treatment is an experience to test anyone’s resolve. Although breast cancer predominantly affects women, a consistent yoga practice would also benefit men who have been diagnosed with or have survived breast cancer.
The findings of these studies are not necessarily generalizable to patients with other forms of cancer or other life-threatening illnesses, but the fact that yoga has been shown to be beneficial for people dealing with such a devastating disease can give us hope that yoga will prevail as a common therapy in hospitals and clinics worldwide.
Become a Yoga Alliance qualified Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and follow your passion, live what you love and then offer that in the form of service to others.
The Moksha Academy of Yoga is reputed to offer one of the most hands on practical Yoga Teacher Training Courses in a supportive environment, delivering thorough, in-depth, holistic teachings in all areas of Yoga study and Yoga Teaching. Our goal… is to ensure that we provide a consistently high standard of learning providing you with the opportunity of being fully prepared to teach Yoga to a diverse range of Yoga students.
Whilst studying, the Moksha Academy of Yoga Graduate moves through a process of extraordinary transformation and enters the world of Yoga Teaching harnessed with experience, confidence, passion and a wealth of knowledge in all areas of Yoga and holistic health.
Our next Intake starts on the 29th January 2014 offering both the Yoga Teacher Training Course (RYT200) and the Introduction to Yoga Teacher Training Course. The Information Session for both courses is on Tuesday the 14th January from 4.30-5.30pm.
To find out more simply contact us today on (03) 9557-5885 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an Information Pack.