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Creating your Meditation Space

Wherever you roam or if you reside in one particular place, take the time to create a sacred space in your home.  It can be either a nook from a room to a corner off to the side. Or you can dig out a small meditation space within a closet separate from its surrounding area.

Each morning, start your day with a slice of comfort by choosing to turn on a small salt ion lamp and settle down near its offering glow.  Generate a long spine by consciously pulling your shoulder blades down your back and feeling your sits bones rooted down into the earth through the comfort of your cushion.  Contribute to your space a vibrant and colorful rug laying beneath a low and simple table. This structure can hold objects, pictures and crystals that represent desires held close to your heart.  In a tangible form, they are a reflection of your inner self.  This is your space and you can decide what holds the most value and what each item symbolizes.
The ritual you create each morning is your own.  Through all the different articles you may have read or facts you have heard, you get to decide what ideas and opinions make the cut.  There is one aspect that may be necessary and that is consistency.  Each morning, you might choose to inhale from a small bottle of frankincense which is a grounding essential oil. The scent is slightly pungent but you will appreciate its ability to awaken the mind. Close your eyes and set an intention for the day.  An intention is a statement or a wish for yourself.  You are creating a jumping off point of how you want to feel that day so relish in all the possibilities that could help you feel more plugged into your life!

With eyes closed, take an inhalation through your nose and then an exhalation through your mouth; letting in the good and then releasing what doesn’t serve you. The focus is only on your breath.final2

Your meditation space can be your place where your energy grows.  It is where you come to when you’re feeling unsettled.  It is where you can show up to celebrate a victory.  This is the place you created so you can honor who you are now and let go of all the rest.

Creating your meditation space can be a as simple as a mediation cushion and five minutes to focus on your breath. Meditation is having time and space for clarity.

Please contact us with any questions.

Healing with Structural Yoga

A branch of yoga, called structural yoga addresses the unique needs of each client – adapting to the individual. Which we practice at Catspaw Yoga in Wheat Ridge.

A common perception of yoga is a group class where participants move through a series of postures at a teacher’s direction. This one size fits all format does not suit everyone and we believe it is important to suggest modifications.  Many illnesses and physical conditions limit a potential yoga student’s ability to participate in a class.

In 1976 by Mukunda Stiles, developed structural yoga helps to help restore harmony and balance in the client’s body. The result of a structural yoga can be relief from the symptoms of back pain, sciatica, sports or overuse injuries, asthma, high blood pressure and the physical manifestation of stress among others as well as getting stronger.  The joint-freeing series is a staple among structural yoga teachers/therapist. The book Structural Yoga Therapy  by Mukunda Stiles is very well written and clear regarding structural yoga and is  a great guide. Mukunda Stiles, transitioned on February 18, 2014.  His wife Chinnamaste continues their practice at Yoga Therapy Center.

A regular yoga practice is always a benefit, and structural yoga helps you find your unique rhythm. For more information on this form of yoga and how it can help your health and the imbalances in your body, send us an email catspawyoga@gmail.com

Why you need Support

 

Zafu!Meditation helps clear the mind of clutter, focus emotions, and helps create goals that can direct you towards your proper life path.

One of the least understood tools in creating a successful meditation practice is the zafu. Many western practitioners of meditation aren’t even aware that these little delights exist. Support for the body is key in helping quiet the mind during meditation. If you are thinking about your discomfort, you may need support from a zafu-meditation cushions.

A zafu is, essentially, a round seat stuffed with very soft fibers made out of reedmace seed heads. In ancient China, the zafu was filled with the actual down of the reedmace, rather than its seed heads. A typical zaful is about 14 inches in diameter and about eight inches high when fluffed.

Although zafus can be used as comfortable everyday sitting spots, they are regularly used in cross-legged Zen meditation purposes. When using the zafu in Zen, you must give a small bow to the zafu, as well as anyone else you are meditating with, before you begin.

Traditionally, the zafu must be handled in a specific way, but use of that method has faded in modern times.

final2What’s so important about a zafu? The zafu is designed to not only provide comfort during meditation, but to actually raise your hips slightly. This helps make your cross-legged positions a lot more comfortable and stable than just sitting on the floor.

Most importantly, meditation on a zafu helps to connect you with the ancient traditions of your art. It might not bring you any more insight or relaxation, but it can help you feel more grounded and integrated with the ageless skill of meditation.

We are here to support your on your journey. 

The Story of Catspaw

Once upon a time there lived a griffin. Like the long line of her ancestors, she was of the earth and sky – part eagle and lion, and she too was a guardian of treasures.

This particular griffin had traditional eagle talons, but under one of the talons, there was a lion’s paw. And so this griffin was called Catspaw. She was flexible, strong and agile because of the many movements she and all creatures do naturally. We humans call these movements Yoga.

DSC_0016As the years passed, she noticed it was becoming harder to move in her usual, natural way, and also to keep her body aligned and comfortable while her mind focused onDSC_0031 other things. And
thus Catspaw began seeking the guidance of masters of mindfulness throughout the land. Yet even while practicing their lessons, she felt she needed some kind of structural support. “A pillow,” she thought. “A cushion would be an ideal enhancement for practicing my lessons.”

And so she began to search the land for a craftsman able to create a beautiful, supportive pillow for her exercises. Soon she found a skilled seamstress with the most amazing fabrics from far and wide. Together, Catspaw and the seamstress worked together to create a cushion using natural seed shells that fit Catspaw’s body perfectly, and yet was also a joy to look at. With her new cushion, Catspaw was able to continue and even broaden her palette of movements in ways she hadn’t thought possible. So inspired, she dedicated herself to teaching others the movements and non-movements of mindfulness.

Soon Catspaw decided to share her idea for an inspirational cushion with all others who were following her spiritual path. And thus was born Catspaw Cushions.
Pause to find your inspirational support.

 

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Encouraging Mindfulness through Yoga

 

Mindfulness unravels the ego, measuring the relationship with yourself and others. Yoga focuses on the physical vibrations, creating a union between the mind and the body’s’ flexibility. Ultimately, whilst practicing mindfulness and actively setting aside time to do yoga, you are engaging active consciousness.

Paying attention to the body is an excellent goal. Crafting the mind without judgment on your perceived good or bad thoughts, enables a healthier inner and outer body.

How Does Mindfulness Work?

By living in the present, we experience our intuitive connections with everything. Simple details that we would’ve never noticed during stressful times become vibrant and easy to appreciate.

Mindfulness follows these steps:

  • Accepting our imperfections and working on them.
  • Understanding our feelings and surveilling our reactions. Naming the issue, identifying the feeling, and living with the consequences provide a moral backbone.
  • Appreciating unsavory moments where relationships or opportunities don’t last forever. Remembering the moments for what they were is what truly counts.
  • Learning patience to coordinate around stressful situations.

Cultivating Peaceful Confidence

Confidence doesn’t have to consist of being loud, bold, and brash. A confident demeanor that is true to your inner self is what matters. You need to make peace with who you are through and through. Peaceful confidence thrives in those who are mindful of others. Even those who have not reached your pace due to their own choices.

Observing Where Your Attention Lies

What do you spend time thinking about the most? Your past? Your future? For those who multitask, this works for you too. Find a reasonable time to narrow down your perspective and relate to your surroundings.

  • In a comfortable and balanced sitting position, lightly erect the spine
  • Peacefully close your eyes, and take deep breaths. Notice the changes in the abdomen at each passing moment.
  • Don’t try to control or change the breaths. Just breathe without judgment.
  • Maintain patience and open your eyes.
  • Begin to notice your focus.

Initially, this can serve as a challenge. It may take patient repetition cycles in order to achieve your results. Please contact us for a safe and transformative experience.

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