Sometimes grace comes unbidden. Silently slipping through the cracks of our brokenness. When we lost something for good. When we have no choice but to allow grief its way with us. She holds us then. Until we can hold ourselves again. I suppose at these times she feels like sanctuary. (more…)
When you trust this pose and let yourself surrender, you release any need to grasp and control, and you may just experience a glorious floating sensation. Gravity can pull harder the more we resist, but Humble Warrior teaches us to honor this powerful force and learn from it.
Unlike the far-reaching dristi (point of gaze) practiced in Warrior I, II, and III, Humble Warrior reminds us to humbly look inward and value the moments of introspection. Even the words “humble” and “warrior” can seem like a contradiction, but only through humility and beyond can we truly know ourselves.
- Begin in Warrior I with the right leg in front.
- Gently step your front foot one to two steps over to the right with your toes slightly turning right to keep the groin open and protect your knee.
- Interlace your fingers behind your back. Inhale to expand your chest and lungs.
- As you exhale, continue to keep your heart open and gently bow forward. Your right shoulder may lovingly nudge your right leg even further to the right as you release your pelvis and drop deeper into the pose.
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Stimulates the abdominal organs
- Opens the lungs and chest
- Stretches the shoulders, arms, legs, back and neck
- Opens the hips
- Strengthens the legs and ankles
– Benefits from Yoga Journal
I like to compare finding yoga to finding love…. both find you when you are not looking. In my case, yoga found me five months ago. At the time, I did not realize what an impact yoga would have on my life, and how it would shape me into the person I am today.
Prior to joining Nourishing Storm, I practiced yoga through a course at Temple University. During this course, I had the opportunity to learn about the eight limbs of yoga in conjunction with practicing Ashtanga yoga. However, upon the course concluding, I did not continue my practice. I had always been more focused on building/toning muscle through lifting and neglected what was truly right for my body in terms of exercise.
At the end of my sophomore year of college, I decided to stop lifting and try a yoga in an effort to change up my exercise routine. However, I found more than a means of exercising. Yoga has taught me a great deal about what it means to be aware of both your mind and body. In addition, it has allowed me to grow, to challenge myself, and express myself in a new way. Further, my yoga practice has made me more mindful not only of myself but others.
The people at Nourishing Storm have helped me deepen my practice and have supported me on my yoga journey. I have had the opportunity to experiment with meditation and create mantras to keep in mind throughout my day. These mantras have helped me reflect and ask the universe for what I need. I am beyond grateful for finding Nourishing Storm and all the people I have met along my journey. – Natalie
Dancers have the ability to cultivate grace and ease while confidently spinning around and making leaps across the floor. They are able to do this as a result of practicing inner focus, while training their bodies to be flexible, strong and balanced. Lord of the Dance pose is a great pose to tap into your most creative, strong, balanced self, thus bringing abundance. Not only is this pose a back bend but a heart opener. When we work with heart openers and back bends we start to clear out any junk in the heart center leaving it wide open, ready to receive and cultivate all the good stuff! (more…)
Yoga Studio & Café on York Road in Hatboro, PA, has announced it will be licensing its brand and business model to aspiring yoga and wellness entrepreneurs, according to “Storm” founder Kristin Ritter, Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Vinyasa Flow Teacher, wellness coach and business consultant.
“For the past 18 years I have been helping businesses grow,” says Ritter. “Now that Nourishing Storm has been created, my sole mission is to help passionate people create their own storms.”