Surviving the change of seasons does not only apply to the weather but to the seasons of our life. Change, whether expected or unexpected takes an understanding….
“Understanding is not taking a stand. It is twisting away from pre-conceived notions. It is taking a breath. It is an opening of the heart with a smile.” ~ Maria Lauren (Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio)
September is one of the hottest times of the year in Southern California with the Pacific Ocean hitting its warmest temperatures. As summer ends, I must admit to getting a feeling of urgency for beach activities including the desire for stillness which is found through the practice of Yoga postures.
The beach is the perfect setting to renew the understanding of our body, mind and spirit and our connection to the world around us.
The Yoga pose, Half Lord of the Fishes (pictured above) opens up the area around the heart as you breathe deeply. The twisting helps to energize and stretch your spine as well as the shoulders, hips and neck while increasing the circulation in your internal organs of the liver and kidneys. Holding this posture may also help your digestion and elimination. Now, that should put a smile on your face! 🙂
* For a modification, you may extend your bottom leg if that is more comfortable for you.
My daughter, Marianna Riccio, also like to do Yoga at the beach…
Marianna: “The Lord of the Dance is a Yoga pose that helps with focus, flexibility and balance. This pose opens up the hip flexors, the back, chest and front of the body while developing range of motion in the shoulder. It also strengthens my ankle which was severely injured in high school and the arch of my standing foot.”
“In life, sometimes we need to grab on to what is behind in order to grasp a stronger body and mind, gazing upon our future with optimistic eyes.” ~ Marianna Riccio
Thank you, Marianna.
The exercise practice of Yoga can benefit everyone with better well-being…. Yoga is not a religion to me but it can be spiritual, especially when my mind focuses on my Christian-based beliefs. When I breathe the breath of life, I remember in gratitude that my body is a temple entrusted to me by my loving Creator. The deep breathing has a meditative effect and is a principal component when anyone attempts to do the stretches and balances in Yoga properly.
The Powerful Message of the Pope – Renew…
This month, a breath of fresh air for our country was the visit of Pope Francis to America. His presence brings an open smile of love as a good shepherd welcomes his sheep. His message is full of compassion and wisdom, a true blessing to the people of our land and the whole human race.
“Live and let live. Be giving of yourself to other. Proceed calmly…”
I was born in Philadelphia and raised with a Catholic education, so I ponder on the fact that the Pope’s last mass was in my home town. I would like to share a few of the Pope’s holy words including a question addressed to his flock: “What about you? I encourage you to be renewed in the joy of that first encounter with Jesus and to draw from that joy renewed fidelity and strength… and I ask you all to pray for me.”
Powerful, Positive Visualizations & Bible Meditations
September is national Yoga month…. It is also a reminder to renew your body with exercise, your spirit with the power of prayer and your mind with positive meditations while going with the flow of life.
Wishing you love, wisdom, joy and renewal,
Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
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