http://SpirituallyFitYoga.com, mom, wife, photographer, happily retired computer geek, 500hr E-RYT Tier 2 Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor, Certified Yin Yoga Instructor (with Bernie Clark) and Certified YogaFit Kids Instructor. Nature girl, urban hippy, mermaid, indigo child . Reiki 2 practitioner, doTerra Wellness Advocate, Certified AromaTouch practitioner. Transitioned from fast-paced-corporate-computer-geekdom to life in the Pacific Northwest and back again in the Bay Area. Going with the flow, generating ease and calm teaching and practicing yoga and meditation, to balance the unexpected WTF curveballs of life!
I am on an amazing team of teachers leading this 40 Days program through Baptiste Power Yoga San Francisco and am offering support and commitment to the daily yoga and meditation practice by publishing weekly episodes aligned with the weekly theme and focus points.
Week One theme: PRESENCE.
And, the first two laws are:
Law One: Seek the Truth
Law Two: Be Willing to Come Apart
Here are the iTunes podcast links to a meditation and yoga class you can use during Week One of your 40 days program, or even if you’re not following the 40 days book! First preference is to get yourself to a class AND for times when that’s not possible, these episodes are for you! Creating a “no excuses!” option to support your commitment to a daily practice! Of course, remember one day of rest every week from yoga! Meditation every day, asana practice 6 days/week.
If you’re new to my podcast, there are other yoga, meditations, and guest interviews on my Spiritually Fit Yoga too! (My podcast is also on Spotify, Google podcast, Anchor, and more.)
Have you listened to my episodes? I’d appreciate a review an iTunes with your feedback (5 star ratings always appreciated) or comment below. My. intention is to offer you podcast episodes to empower you using the tools of yoga and meditation, and from the insight and wisdom offered by my guest interviews! Thank you for being here.
You are not alone. I acknowledge you feel stressed. Acknowledge that what you’re experiencing is part of being a living, breathing human with a beating heart with the beautiful capacity to feel deeply. What’s happening can feel jarring, like mentally, emotionally, and physically receiving the impact like shockwaves. You are not alone in experiencing the impact of stress.
Breathe. Inhale to a count of 4, pause with a full inhale, slowly exhale to a count of 4. Repeat 5 times or until you feel more relaxed. Start and end your days with this mindful breathing, and use anytime you you want to a calm body and mind.
State of Mind and Body. Stress is a state of mind and body, which can be shifted and shaped. How you feel and think is temporary. Take a break from negative images and thoughts. Limit your intake of anything disturbing Turn off the news/social media. Instead of watching repetitive news stations, read or listen to your news. I opt for the 20 minute weekday morning Start Here podcast. Choose an activity that floods the brain with positive thoughts. One of my mindset shifters is laughing at Friends reruns. What makes you laugh and feel happy? Get out of your head and into your body. A vigorous yoga class with challenging poses does the trick for me. When my practice invites me to focus on my breath, my physical sensations, and a positive affirmation or mantra, I fill up with positivity and crowd out the negativity. A positive mindset practice is protection towards letting negativity pentrate your mind and body. Choose to deflect negativity like teflon, not have it get stuck to you like velcro! Do what you love! Getting out in nature is another fav activity. Do what you lifts you up, which nutures your body, mind, and spirit.
Connect. Reach out and connect to another person. Facetime and audio messages can feel more intimate than texting. Joining a virtual zoom yoga class can help you feel less alone. I teach zoom yoga classes and we do a mood check before class. In my free/donation livestream meditation and yoga classes on the Insight Timer app, I do a quick check in before and after class where students can share comments and questions in the chat box. It is amazing how connected we feel as if we were together in a community class.
Meditate. A regular meditation practice can train the brain and nervous system to be less-reactive to stress, to cultivate a calm, neutral state of mind. Anger, fear, worry, sadness are all real emotions worthy of our acknowledgement and compassion. My meditation and mindfulness practices have taught me, when uncomfortable emotions arise it’s a warning bell reminding me to pay attention and check in with myself. “Ok self, what’s really going on? Let’s breathe, sit, and pay attention to this exact present moment.” Imagine stress makes its appearance like your hand in a boiling pot of water. The more you practice being in tune with your physical sensations you’ll notice the temp of that water before it even starts simmering then you stop and drop everything for a selfcare break. What happens is we don’t pay attention and before we know it we’re reacting like our hand in boiling water and primal, freak out stress kicks in. Noticing what is triggering stress can signal you to change course and learn lessons to avoid those triggers. Meditation and mindfulness is the practice of paying attention. Give it a try! Here is a link to a short meditation and a brief commentary about spirituality and politics on my Instagram page @spirituallyfityoga: click here.
CURIOUS NOT FURIOUS: Lastly, after meditating and doing all the things to calm your body and mind, from a centered state and with clear thoughts, ask yourself if there’s an action you can take which aligns to what you believe is right. Stress can often be telling you that you care deeply about something. Pay attention. Are you being called to be of service? Channel your energy towards a cause or allow a passion project to arise. Stress can be a powerful way to motivate you to make a difference, to support a cause that really matters to you.
An additional resource I found helpful: click here
Was this article and the meditation helpful? What are you struggling with? What are YOUR tried and true methods for coping with stress, especially during this current political climate? Please share to benefit and support others. Leave a comment below. Thank you being here. Peace out 🙏🏽 Amelia Andaleon
Interested in teaching yoga or deepening your practice? Join me this Friday December 11th from 7-8pmPST for a free Yoga Teacher Training Info Session via zoom! Book your spot here!
I’m excited to offer a yoga teacher training in 2021! My 200hr YTT will be primarily focused on teaching Baptiste Methodology, Baptiste Journey into Power, as well as an introduction to Yin Yoga. The foundation of yoga philosophy, anatomy, etc. will also be included in the curriculum. Join this session to learn more and ask questions!! A deep discount will be offered to those who attend this session!
Amelia Andaleon is a Tier 3 Certified Baptiste Instructor (through Baron Baptiste and the Baptiste Institute), Certified Yin Instructor (through Bernie Clark), Certified YOD Yoga Instructor (through YOD Yoga founder Danielle Jokinen), and is always learning and sharing her skills and knowledge with students to empower their practice and their life! Questions? Email email@example.com
Updated 12/6/2020 – we’re moving into another shut down here in CA and I’m still teaching! Mostly on zoom and livestream classes for Insight Timer. Occasional outdoor classes as weather permits. Follow me on Instagram for my class announcements and Check my schedule here!
Weekly Zoom Tuesday 5-6pmPST Baptiste Power Vinyasa, with occasional popup zoom and outdoor classes – book here!
Note: As of December 14th my weekly classes will switch from Tu/Th to M/W 5:30pm
At this time, my teaching schedule varies at yoga studios due to Covid restrictions.
My Yoga Styles:
✨ BAPTISTE POWER VINYASA: Rigorous, physically challenging power flow, linking breath with movement, led with a tone of possibility, awakening your inner-fire, self-love, and self-acceptance. Baptiste Yoga invites access to strength, balance, mobility, power, freedom and ease. Through self-inquiry and connecting within, transformation is possible, on and off the mat. 🙏🏽💓✨
✨ YOD: “Your Own Determination” is a blend of Baptiste Vinyasa + High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) + Restore to cool down, slow down the heart rate, and meditate with yoga nidra or a short seated meditation after savasana. YOD challenges you mentally, physically and emotionally. Expect to move, breathe, sweat, get your heart rate up, and end feeling relaxed in yoga bliss after the restore poses. More about YOD here.
✨ DEEP FLOW: Short vinyasa warmup, hold poses 10+ breaths,invite opening through shoulders, hips, and heart; release tightness in back and hamstrings. Get deeply connected to body, mind, heart, and spirit. 🙏🏽
We have been conditioned to believe that we are not good enough the way we are. We’re pursuing some better version of ourselves all the while asleep to the one true fact in the universe. Our ideal selves are already within us, just waiting to be awakened.
– Baron Baptiste
Can’t take class? Audio recordings of yoga classes and meditations on my Spiritually Fit Yogapodcast 😍
Social distance class opportunities are opening up! Zoom classes continue for those who prefer that option. Hope to see you on your mat!!! 🙏🏽💓 Amelia
I’m teaching outdoors for Just Be Yoga in Danville, silent disco style! Wearing headphones, students will hear my voice and music without disturbing nearby businesses or residents. Book at myjustbeyoga.com or on the JBY app.
I am teaching my first INDOOR class at Baptiste Power Yoga San Francisco! Very limited class at 10% capacity. All of us wearing masks, me and the students. Wed 5-6pm and yes it will be a HOT power vinyasa class! Book at baptistepoweryogasf.com or on the BPYSF app.
Friday morning at 815am I’m teaching Power Vinyasa outdoors at Emerald Glen Park for Joya Yoga Dublin. Book at joyayoga.com or on the Joya app.
And, my Tuesday community classes continue with a max of 6 students on my yoga deck. On deck spots fill up quickly. I teach a simultaneous zoom class. More deets at this link here.