By Tara Adkins, Primal Movement Teacher
Our current lifestyle doesn’t facilitate a healthy posture. It’s not something that’s really taught anymore. We know we should have better posture but don’t know how. We sit most of our day. We sit in chairs that don’t take the human form into consideration.
We’re told to strengthen our core but are given exercises that only shorten the stomach further, without any focus or awareness that the core is not just the stomach but instead something that’s 3 dimensional. It wraps all the way around and travels up through the center of the body. The placement of the ribs, hips, and even the head are all essential to unlocking this mystery of how to improve posture.
We don’t really teach specific exercises to improve posture. We focus more on functional movement. Personally, the key for me has been the practice of Primal Movement. Through this practice we learn...
If you practice meditation on a regular basis, you probably already know all of these terms, and may even have a different definition for some of them. This article is more for the person who wants to learn more about meditation before diving in, so to speak. So let’s begin with some simple terms that you might hear in a class.
An asana is the pose, or position, you are in when you do formal meditation. Examples would be the full or half Lotus, kneeling, or sitting in a straight back chair. We’ve all seen the pictures of someone sitting in the lotus position, eyes closed, forefingers and thumbs touching, or hands positioned in the prayer mudra, with palms together at the center of the chest.
In the Hindu and Bhuddist religions, japa is the repetition of a mantra or divine name (more on mantras below). You may chant it, whisper it, or speak it within your mind.
More than a wall hanging pattern, the mandala is a sacred diagram used as an...
If you are looking for a scientific and spiritual practice to help you regulate your nervous system and enter altered states of consciousness without the use of drugs, then conscious connected breathwork (CCB) may be for you.
The International Breathwork Foundation defines conscious connected breathwork as a breathing technique where you connect the inhale with the exhale, with no pauses. DailyRitual.live teacher Elisha Jane puts it this way: “Conscious Connected Breathwork is a practice of returning to our natural, connected, and flowing breath. CCB is a three part breathwork practice including: full, vibrant, active inhales, followed by surrendered, soft, “let go” exhales, connecting the inhale and exhale with no pause, and remaining conscious with the breath and present in the body the entire time.”
Conscious Connected Breathwork is a gentle, psychotherapeutic process practice that can help you unveil and lift unprocessed emotion...
Yoga is an ancient mind and body practice dating back more than 5000 years. Various styles of yoga combine physical poses or postures (known as asanas) with breathing exercises, and meditation, or relaxation. Yoga harmonizes development of the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with your environment.
Sound too good to be true? We can understand why you might think so, but there are scientific studies to back up the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga. Keep reading to learn more.
The health benefits of yoga are wide-ranging, and encompass your physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. When you practice yoga, you are working on all three areas at once. That is part of the beauty of this ancient art. Whether you’re a beginner or have been practicing yoga for years, learning about all of the benefits will...
Here at DailyRitual.live, we offer several levels of online, interactive primal movement classes. When we refer to primal movement, we mean classes that go beyond traditional yoga, to incorporate Bowspring, Budokon, martial arts, functional movement, and more. Primal movement helps maintain the natural curves of the spine and balances your body with holistic and engaged movement. And by using the inclusive name of primal movement, we can remain open, unique, expansive, creative, and free.
In primal movement classes, we:
Whether you’re looking for a new fitness routine, to improve balance and posture, to improve flexibility or just want to try something new, primal movement may be just the thing. We...
You may have heard the term manifestation thrown around lately. There are enough books on manifestation to fill a library. But just what is manifestation? Whether you’ve been manifesting successfully for years, or you’re new to the topic, today we hope to share some insight into the principles of manifestation.
Simply put, manifestation is turning a thought or desire into its physical equivalent. In other words, if you can dream it or imagine it, you can use the power of manifestation to create it in your life.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~Henry David Thoreau
The word manifestation comes from the Latin root “manifestare” which means “make public.” So when you manifest, you make your goals and dreams public. You stop daydreaming about them and bring them into the physical world.
Whether you realize it or not, you are always manifesting, Whether...
Here at DailyRitual, many of us practice meditation daily. The habitual process of training our minds to focus and redirect our thoughts has helped us and our clients in too many ways to count. You can think of meditation as exercise for your brain. And just like any exercise, meditation yields benefits.
The benefits of meditation affect your mind, body, and soul. While we break down the benefits, you will realize that the physical, mental health, and spiritual benefits are all intertwined.
Research shows that there are numerous physical benefits of meditation. And when we say physical benefits, we don’t mean building muscle or increasing flexibility. The physical benefits are more subtle, but can include:
Stress can wreak havoc on your body, with increased heart rate, high blood pressure, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and more. Chronic stress can lead to multiple physical and mental...
Being locked up isn’t the most fun but maybe that’s the wrong attitude…
This time is very reflective of a cocoon- nurture yourself because in the end, all you have is your brain & body.
Incubation allows for creation. The quarantine that we are seeing worldwide gives an opportunity for growth, rediscovery & enlightenment. Spark your inner fire & let it flourish.
Like a butterfly metamorphosis - or a newborn learning how to walk and a bird learning to use its wings. Take time, breathe, and pick yourself up.
There’s so much beauty in the uncertainty. There is so much potential and possibility! It is what brings us all together as a species, as a collective, as a collective consciousness.
Now that it has been over a month, how do you feel? Take time to ponder your privileges and know that if you have a roof over your head, a nice warm bed & food on the table- you are so lucky. There are many people who don’t have this. May we...
We are moving into a new energy. An energy that holds us all connected, thriving, and living from the heart for the goodness of all. This new energy promotes a win-win living system. It works with collaboration, unity, harmony, connection, and care for all beings. We are moving into a higher vibration, and it sources from Love.
Mandala comes from the Sanskrit meaning “circle.” The circle holds the meaning of totality, wholeness, perfection, eternity, and timelessness. It is a sacred container, teaching the nature of cyclic movement and infinite capacity. It represents the space within and the vast, uncontained space without.
Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity, harmony, and peace.
When we create these special nature mandalas: we tap into our personal, intuitive inspiration. The act of creating these mandalas taps us into this special energy that radiates love and intention from the center of our...
Sometimes the moments are just too sweet.
With this, mindfulness comes into play: Create. Dream. Love.
I find solace in film photography. It is an art form that brings me closer to nature and to my roots.
The grain within the images allows for a detailed view behind the lens… Nature and fractals are my favourite.
Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting some of these captures and giving some interesting biological insight as to why these moments captured my spirit.
Look forward to lots of rainbows and wildness. My hope is to to brighten the day! All the best kitty kats. Meow meow meow!
The forest holds so much magic. Though there is so much darkness within the canopy, sometimes the light shines in long enough to allow the smallest ones to grow.
This photo was taken in Gowland Todd park and shows fractalized fiddleheads starting their life journey. Fiddleheads are baby ferns, which are one of the oldest plants known to Earth. These spiral...