Photo by Christian Aranha

As we enter this next phase of human evolution, we become aware that the vehicle we have to experience this amazing journey needs to be taken care of on a daily basis. It’s not enough to only engage in a physical practice to grow and strengthen muscles or to religiously monitor what we ingest. Our bodies are so much more than the visible aspects we identify with. It becomes imperative to focus on oneself as a whole being, acknowledging the different issues, seeing them as manifestations of the subconscious mind, and embracing them as an integral part of growth.

The need to achieve is deeply ingrained in our psyche. It is tied to our sense of self worth. We are continuosly driven by intentions, by the necessity to do something in order to be someone. There is an underlying anxiety in this process that takes away our peace and it is only when we create the space for pure being that we realize we already are – Each one of us perfect in our imperfections.

In life every experience we have registers at a different level in our being. Some are captured by the bliss body (that finest veil of perception that we call our own) and never move any further, soon after releasing completely. Some are intellectualized and absorbed at a denser level. Some filter further down to the thinking mind and begin to weave into stories. Stories elicit emotions and start to reverberate at a deeper layer. The energy body becomes heavier as it takes on this emotional load. Knots begin to form in the way of energetic dissonance and the physical body cries for help.

It speaks to us through sensations. When we come into stillness we can “hear” those messages and we can begin to decipher them. It is not a mental process but rather a letting go of the lower mind that needs to analyze everything in order to understand it. In stillness the understanding is of a different nature and does not involve thinking.

Tools such as Yoga Nidra and Healing Yoga are a gateway to this “knowing”.

Healing Yoga is the practice of effortless being, both in motion and in stillness. In this flow of breath and movement the outside world is progressively left behind as focus turns inward. The inner landscape is vast and unexplored and full of surprises. As sensations, thoughts and emotions become observed there is much learning; there is a sudden clarity of knowing certain truths and a deeper sense of connection that leaves no space for doubt. Emerging into that quiet space is liberating, all channels streaming with energy, clearing obstructions and dissolving the blocks that create limitations, opening the way for revelations. Great gifts of creation are brought to light in this space of pure being.

And while we live in expectation of instant gratification, the third dimension requires time to honor this process. It also requires will to move beyond time and space in stillness.

Evolution 2.0 is a transition from Doing to Being.

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Monika, a transplant from Poland and Brazil, has been practicing and studying yoga for over 20 years. She began her training in 1999 with Edely Wallace, (owner of Yoga Matrix Studio in Orlando, Florida) a yogi master, Yoga Alliance founder and author who studied in Belgium, Brazil and the US and who is at present working with lymphatic yoga research. She went on to study with Ariel Albani, a certified wellness and yoga facilitator and Reiki master. She furthered her studies while on a trip to India, practicing with different Eastern yogis and tapping into yoga as a complete path to wholeness. Monika continues to explore the infinite possibilities of wellness that yoga offers by becoming certified in Yoga Therapy at the Amrit Yoga Institute in 2015 and bringing elements of this therapy to her group yoga practice. In 2016 she was certified in the I Am method of Yoga Nidra and is weaving this technique of stilling the mind into her classes. Her Healing Yoga is a meditative flow of breath guided Asanas focused on quieting the mind and connecting with the Higher Self, in order to identify and target areas of imbalance. It is a gentle but mindful practice done with eyes closed so as to keep the focus within. Practitioners are encouraged to listen to their own bodies and to move with the breath, allowing a slow process of stretching and opening areas of holding in need of healing. Each inhale is mindfully guided to the area targeted by the specific asana. Every exhale is used to release tensions and toxins, balancing and healing spirit, mind and body.

2 thoughts on “EVOLVING 2.0”

  1. I love my practice with Monika. She has enabled me to learn how to “quiet the mind” and live more in the moment, thereby attaining a sense of peace and contentment. The physical aspect of her approach is amazing as well; the stretches and poses have strengthened my physical being, giving me better balance and agility. Thank you Monika!!!

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