The Karma Blog
Random Acts of Kindness with Dianne
Get free resources about how to raise your karma.
mindfulness . action . gratitude
Get free resources about how to raise your karma.
mindfulness . action . gratitude
Remember when I said I tend to not write anything in my blog if I didn't have anything to say? Well, it's been 5 months and I'm excited to share some Karma news with you! Three things: 1) My 5th Annual Yoga in the Park is done for 2018. Each class is $10 Drop-In; $45/5 class pack or; $70/8 class pack. As part of my Karma Project, I keep these prices the same each year, never raising them as a way to give back to the community. Most Yoga classes outdoors offers a free class for the day, but since my classes are usually 8 classes (2 mos.) for the summer -- sometimes 12 classes (3 mos.) --- plus paying overhead costs, a small fee charge is necessary.
2) Successful launch of my Breathing Workshop, now in its 4th month! A portion of the proceeds goes to The Lung Association. This is exciting! Sessions are on the last Saturday of each month. 3) My Aroma Yoga Bliss Retreat was launched 1.5 months ago. On the 2nd Saturday of each month I teach/host this fun 2.5 hr. private mini-retreat for members.
l also have a guest speaker with me depending on the month. Where's the karma in this service? Some of these 2.5 hrs. mini-retreats start @ $20.00/members; $55/non-members. Members receive 1 yr. wholesale pricing on therapeutic essential oils. I will strive to continue to make these retreats value-packed and effective in your healing process.
Half-Day Retreats also available!
Whew! I think that's it for now.....
The Karma Project with Dianne is Officially Accessible!
As promised, here's the link to my Karma Project. Just click this page. There you'll find 2 projects that you and your family can do to get you going in 2018. Sometimes it's hard to know where to channel your energy when it comes to giving and having empathy. We all get a little rusty so, don't be too hard on yourself. Just start.
Remember to have fun!
Let me know your comments below.
The Karma Project
Random Acts of Kindness -- with Dianne
Welcome to the launch of my new blog: The Karma Blog!
Yes, I'm a Yoga Teacher.
You may have noticed that I haven't blogged for a while. There's a reason for that: I had nothing to say. I've never been the most chatty person in the room. Sure I love to talk but, I found that in 2016 and 2017, I simply stopped feeling the need to find topics just to keep adding stuff.... So, not writing anything in my blog for a year..or so, made sense. But now that I have something to share, I'm excited to share it!
2018 marks a change in human connectivity and consciousness across the world. It just feels like the world is starving for acts of empathy. In many examples, our ability to listen has at times, fallen short. I'm no exception.
Subscribe to my newsletter and join me each month as I add FREE information and activities for you, your family and friends to enjoy. Random acts of kindness is the essence of my Karma Project which can easily become habits to live by. You'll have complete access in the first week of February, 2018.
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It's February 1st! Already? Here's the big question: Does your year look anything like what you designed it to be? Again, no, this is not a type 'o'. Remember, if you can think and see it, you're half way to making your wish come true.
How Our Subconscience Influences Our Reality
Take a look at this excerpt from ScientificAmerican.com. It shows us just how powerful our subconscience is at picking out circumstances and habits that just doesn't fit.
A study published in June in Psychological Science suggests that the mind’s unconscious awareness is capable of analyzing everyday situations for red flags and alerting our conscious brain about them. Psychologists at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem showed subjects various scenes, masked by moving geometric shapes, which gradually became easier to see. Subjects were instructed to press a button as soon as they could make out the scene. They hit the button faster for incongruous situations—such as a basketball player dunking a watermelon—as compared with typical ones, which suggests that the unconscious mind was differentiating between them.
Have you noticed something in your year so far that isn't quite helping you to align yourself with what you're designing for your life? What's your red flag?
by: Dianne Ellis
(This article was originally published in my November 2014 News & Events issue)
So often we know there's something not quite right in our life. We know that somewhere along the line we stepped off our heart's path to happiness and gave up our creative aspirations, just to please others -- family, friends,society. But what about you? By 'you' I mean the fulfilled you. Remember, igniting your heart in order to live and create your balanced life true to your core purpose, is your birthright.
HINT: You'll know you've tapped into your core purpose only if it benefits you AND those around you (your community either locally or internationally).
Being of service and connecting to others is key to being happy and YOU have to be happy first before you can truly be there for others. Like airplane safety rules dictate, put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you pass it to the person next to you. But remember, happiness only begins when the real you shows up! So, how do you even begin to find the real you? One of the first steps is to spot the area of your life that creates no pleasure, is in desperate need of resuscitation or simply non-existent.
The following excerpt is from an article by Pete Moseley. It touches on one of the tools that I use for my coaching clients. This exercise inspires me so much, I had to share it with you! It's also a great life maintenance tool --- you can use it over and over again. It's the gift that keeps on giving!
CAUTION: Please read and use the following exercise only if you wish to increase creativity and satisfaction in your life.
The Human Givens
by: Pete Moseley
Wheels have been used as coaching tools and aids to constructive thinking for millennia - they date back to early Buddhist thinking - perhaps earlier. A Google image search for' wheel of life' will find lots of very beautiful examples -and some more modern derivations. This variant - the Human Givens, is based on the notion that we need to have balance in our lives in a number of key areas. If that balance is not there, we get fed up. Or anxious. Or depressed. That's not good. This exercise reveals areas where we are more, or less, satisfied with our lives - and therefore gives us a golden opportunity to re-balance.
The basic assumptions of the Human Givens approach are that humans have evolved innate physical and emotional needs called ‘human givens’. Human beings instinctively seek to meet these needs in their environment. When a person’s innate needs are met in the environment, he or she will flourish. When these needs are not met in a balanced way, distress can result. The focus of the exercise is the discovery and rectification of any blocks to these needs being met.(Wikipedia: Griffin/Tyrell 2003)
How to do the exercise
You can do this on your own, or pair up with a friend that you trust. Print off the wheel (right click to save). Go round the wheel, scoring yourself for each segment instinctively on a scale of 0 -10 where 0 = totally unsatisfied and 10 = totally satisfied.
What is your current score in each area?
Go round again, identifying areas you'd like to work on - probably the areas where you scored lowest.
by: Dianne Ellis
Here are 7 Reasons why learning to relax is important to our state of
wellbeing. When I teach classes about mindfulness and whole
person wellness, a huge part of my teachings are about sharing
information on how to self-regulate for optimal health with
relaxation right at the centre of it all. So have a look and
determine how much of this is true for you.
1. Rejuvenates the body and mind
When we take a break, it is only natural that the body should want to
accommodate us, right? Ideally, yes. But, studies show that when
we’re constantly experiencing stress, our body can stay in the flight
or fight mode for much longer than expected. So, when we
practice healthy relaxation techniques consistently, we then retrain
the body to remember or learn ways to let go of things we cannot
change, in the moment. This one exercise can revitalize us on so
2. Regulates your Mood
Mood regulation is something everyone can relate to in a general way.
For example, feeling sadness, loss of appetite, lack of motivation
can be signs of worry or depression. Studies have shown that
chronic worry can kill brain cells and even prevent the creation of
new ones in the hippocampus — responsible for our healthy
response to stress, according to Time.com.
3. Linked to Decrease in Food Cravings
When we relax it increases our ability to choose healthy foods
improving our brain’s ability to to not operate from a place of
4. Get off Auto-Pilot
Reminds us of what’s important to us, gets us back on track. For most
of us getting relaxed gives us time to appreciate our families and
friends that in the end add value to our lives.
5. Boost you Immune System
That seasonal cold is the “norm”, contrary to popular beliefs. According
to Sheldon Cohen, PhD., in the Huffington Post, “when we’re
stressed for more than a month but less than six months, this
doubled the risk of catching a cold”.
6. Decrease your Stress Level
Handling stress well is a sign of resilience. We all experience stressors
in our lives that are strikingly similar but, it is how we “bounce
back” from traumas, challenges in life transition that can determine
our state of wellbeing over time. Being relaxed, helps to lower
7. Helps You Make Better Decisions
How we respond and weigh our choices can be hi-jacked by too much
stressors in our lives. In turn, making a decision becomes a
burden, and in its essence shows a lack of trust in ones own
judgement; a fear of “making a mistake” or, not being able to keep
one “safe”. In effect we freeze, the third response to a “live or die”
decision. Relaxation gives us a chance think clearly, make
reasonably comfortable decisions.
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