Week of March 15th – Spring Forward…Wake Up! Master Yoga Class with Baron Baptiste and Spring Women’s Retreat!

It feels like the morning struggles again, with life on daylight savings time requesting I wake up before my natural time clock. I thought I was loving my mornings then just that one hour earlier reminded me how I used to resist waking up and wanting to press snooze. Raise your hand if you can relate! 🙋🏽‍♀️

So what did I do? I woke up!! To break a habit it starts with noticing, catching yourself in the familiar thoughts and physical reactions. Then choose…go down that same road or switch it up, change the channel, do something different!

My Spiritually Fit Yoga circle on the Insight Timer app hosts weekday meditations and yoga, Monday-Friday 730am PST and 930pm PST. I queued up I AM Affirmations for Vibrant Health by Kenneth Soares and kept my commitment to meditate at 730am PST.

Stick to new morning meditation habit: 1

Snooze and grumble OLD habit: 0

I confess, the temptation was strong, to press that snooze button, and right now I really need my daily routine. It means a lot to me to commit to my self-care, to my mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Setting the tone of my day with affirmations, and ending my evenings with gratitude, are my medicine. Especially with the isolation of this last year, my mind has had too much time to indulge in doubts and fears.

Mindfulness, yoga, remembering to serve a highest good…they keep me going, in equanimity, and are my preventative measures against self-sabotage.

Meditation can lead you into the light of awareness.

I AM AWAKE. I AM AWARE. I CHOOSE TODAY.

Life is the great teacher. What lesson are you being asked to learn today? What is trying to get your attention right now?


Opportunities to WAKE UP!! Click here to check out my full yoga schedule!

Yoga Highlights this week!!

Monday 4-530pm PST FREE 90 min. Master class with my teacher, Baron Baptiste!! Journey into Power, led by the founder of Baptiste Yoga. Book your spot here!

Spring Women’s Yoga Retreat – Awaken Your Feminine Power is this weekend!! In person spots are full and I am opening up virtual spots. Added discounts when paying with Venmo or Paypal and if you bring friends. Email me if interested in a discounted virtual spot! 😊


Latest Podcast Episode: Guided Meditation for Rest and Deep Sleep

🙏🏽💚 CHOOSE, pay attention, keep going.💚🙏🏽

The humanity in me honors the humanity in you.

🙏🏽 💞🦋 Amelia Andaleon

“Free Me Up!” Today’s Spiritually Fit Yoga podcast episode with Heather Viniar!

(Looking for my class schedule? Click here)

Today’s episode coincides with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which is very important to my podcast guest today, Heather Viniar.

The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders by educating the public, spreading a message of hope, and putting lifesaving resources into the hands of those in need.

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-involved/nedawareness

Click here to listen to the full episode on iTunes.

Here is the photo and video referenced in the episode about pulling from the Oracle Card deck:

Click here for the link to order this deck of Oracle cards for yourself!

About Heather Viniar

Heather is a Spiritual + Intuitive Coach, and is the owner of Heather Viniar Coaching & Wellness. She works with and supports women who desire a deeper soul connection by healing past experiences and owning their authentic voice. She’s a firm believer that, as humans, we have the ability to transform experiences of the past into our soul purpose and divine future, and is completely inspired by the growth and empowerment that she’s witnessed clients develop. 

Heather is also a Tier 3: 1200-hour Certified Baptiste Influencer and a 500-ERYT through the Yoga Alliance. Her favorite part about yoga is that it’s not just a practice that works, it’s a practice that matters. She utilizes her yoga/mindfulness background and fitness/nutrition background so she can truly cater to and support clients with individual desires, holistically. 

Heather is committed to opening up a world of possibility. She is passionate about working with teens, Eating Disorder treatment centers and women’s shelters to awaken empowerment in those communities. When Heather’s not working or on her mat, she loves beach walks, looking or seashells, sunsets, photography, paddle-boarding, traveling, playing (aka-snuggling) with her 2 dogs, and spending time with her family. 

Connect with her on Instagram @heatherviniaryoga, and come join to learn Heather’s 3 biggest secrets to setting energetic boundaries . When? Thursday February 25, 2021 from 6-7pm EST. Head over to heatherviniar.com to sign up. Can’t make the workshop live? No problem! Sign up, and the recording will be sent to you after!

Happy Inauguration Day 2021! Yoga and Meditation for VITALITY!

In honor of celebrating the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Madame Vice President Kamala Harris, the theme of today’s Spiritually Fit Yoga podcast episode is renewed VITALITY! Grateful for this new chapter for the United States of America. Breathe deep and big sighs of relief!!

This podcast episode is recorded for Week 2 of “40 Days to Personal Revolution – A Breakthrough Program to Radically Change Your Body and Awaken the Sacred Within Your Soul” by Baron Baptiste. The focus of Week Two is VITALITY!

30 min. Yoga + 5 min. savasana + 5 min. meditation.

Enjoy!!! ❣️ Meels (Amelia)

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spiritually-fit-yoga-with-amelia-andaleon/id1508949757#episodeGuid=aa1bc65f-2f1b-46c6-920d-f16476846743

Yoga with me ! Week of January 18, 2021

Happy Monday!! In remembrance of MLK Jr.:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today’s Spiritually Fit Yoga Podcast – honoring MLK, Jr. and Meditation for Week 2 VITALITY “40 Days to Personal Revolution” by Baron Baptiste

Virtual classes this week:

See you on your mat soon!!!

Amelia

How to Deal with Political Stress?

Recent events in this country have disrupted my sense of peace. How about you? Here are a few resources to help cope with the experience of stress, including a link to an instagram live meditation I shared this morning.

5 Tips to Cope with Political Stress

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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


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Happy New Year!!! January 2021 schedule!

Looking forward to get back to teaching in 2021! Here’s my schedule the week of January 4th: (time zone Pacific Standard Time)

  • Monday 530-630pm Zoom Baptiste Power Vinyasa – book here
  • Monday 830-9pm Mindful Monday Yoga Nidra livestream on Insight Timer. Join here
  • Tuesday 430-530PM Zoom Vinyasa for Just Be Yoga – book here
  • Wednesday 530-630pm Zoom Deep Flow – book here

See you on your mat!!!

Amelia Andaleon

Warrior Pose at sunset on
Mount Diablo – Danville, CA

Spring Renewal Yoga Retreat May 2-5, 2019 at Sagrada Wellness Yoga Retreat – Santa Margarita, CA

Join us for 4 days to recharge your batteries, renew your energy, and feed your soul. Morning Vinyasa, free time to chillax by the pool or hike, kayak, birdwatcher, taste wine, and more. Acupuncture, aromatherapy and reiki sessions also available during your free time. Every evening enjoy relaxing yin/restorative yoga and meditation and explore the bright starry night sky with a cuppa tea or glass of wine. Delicious organic, vegetarian, whole foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Every day we will explore our theme to renew and restore your body, mind and spirit.

Check out our beautiful venue at Sagrada Wellness Yoga Retreat, just 3.5 hr drive from the east bay to the Central Coast in “SLO” country 

Cost: room costs range from $750 in the communal room to $1299 for a private room with king bed. See flyer below for complete list of room costs.

Itinerary: Arrive Thursday May 2nd after 2pm. Welcome and yoga at 5pm followed by dinner. Check out Sunday May 5th at noon after morning yoga and breakfast.

Sample day:

Morning Vinyasa
Breakfast
Free time
Lunch
Free time
Dinner
Yin/restorative yoga and meditation.
Optional activity including guided stargazing with tea and wine.

Free time on-site activities may include hiking, pool time, self-care sessions. Off-site activities such as guided kayaking, birdwatching, ziplining, and wine-tasting will be offered.Guided activities will incur an additional cost.

Audrey and I are so excited to share this beautiful retreat center with you and offer you these 4 days and 3 nights of immersion in yoga, nature, and nourishing meals; to gather together as a community to play and relax, to offer time for private, quiet reflection, and to invite alignment and renewal of body, mind and spirit. We know how important it is to reset and begin again. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity for you to take the time and space you need to nurture and connect to self. For more information or to book your spot, contact Audrey Allen at 925-872-0430, audreyoga@yahoo.com 😊

Click on flyer below to enlarge.