Tamara Owens - Yoga Teacher in Springboro

Peaceful Turtle Yoga

Yoga by Tammy

Tammy Owens is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master that has a passion for teaching Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Ageless Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation to individuals, to classes in studios or in business environments.

Remembering that everyday can be extraordinary...

I was just talking with a good friend of mine this week about how crazy busy life has been the past couple of weeks and feeling disappointed that I haven't found the time to do my spiritual practices in the past week. She was feeling the same way and we supported each other by agreeing that we shouldn't feel guilty about it and that all we can do is our best.

Within hours of talking with my friend a couple of readings have come to my attention as I have gone about my day.  I love it when that happens! Whenever I need a reminder or need a question answered, one appears.  This morning one appeared. It was a reading from Swami Sri Satchidananda, from the "Golden Present". It was a message I have heard before in several workshops I have taken. Basically it was that God is within me and I carry Him with me everywhere I go and with everything I do.  Every chore, errand, that I do should be done as worship, as God's work. "The kitchen is an altar, the house is a temple, and God is in you. When you go to sleep, you are putting God to sleep. When you walk around, you are taking God in a procession".   ~ Swami Satchidananda

I tend to always get hung up on tradition or ritual. Everything needs to be perfect.  I should always sit and meditate in a certain place, the candles have to be lit just right, or that I should always practice yoga in a certain room facing East.  What I find time after time, is that timing and perfect circumstance rarely align together.  Needing to have the perfect surroundings or time to worship, and to feel connected is really just creating excuses as to why I don't.  All I really need to do is remember to do my chores and commitments as God's love and service to my family, friends and community.  Everything should be infused with this intention. I have discovered that when I do this, tasks seem less like  a chore.  Service doesn't have to be on a grand scale all the time.  While it is always great to volunteer, raise money for good causes, our everyday chores are service too if we do them with love and intention.

I will never give up on finding time to fit in my spiritual practices, as they are important to me...I will remember that my everyday activities are just as meaningful as I complete them with love and intention.

I am attaching the reading from Satchidananda.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/sri-swami-satchidananda/will-you-make-a-good-babysitter-october-17/10152328930355683

The picture is a quote by Ram Dass that resonated with me yesterday as well.

 

 

A difference two minutes can make!

This past weekend, I went to Yoga on High, in Columbus, to attend a wonderful Teaching Restorative Yoga workshop.  I soaked up all the wonderful knowledge that was shared about the importance of restorative poses and how to help students to relax 10% more even though they felt they couldn't or were relaxed enough. I got to spend sometime alone in the evening at a hotel, which is something I have never done and ate some awesome food at very different and unique restaurants on the Short North strip.

While all this was all wonderful, the best and most surprising part was a very quick two minute guided meditation.  We were asked to accept all parts of ourselves.  Now, I have heard this before and when I hear this phrase, I automatically start to list all the things I don't like or want to change about myself.  The list came fast and growing long in my mind, in a surprisingly very short amount of time...a few seconds, really.  I thought to myself, "This is way too easy.". Then, it dawned on me...I have always accepted this part of myself. What I needed to accept was my good qualities and actions in my life.  I started to list those and it became quite difficult and felt uneasy. I had a hard time accepting the silly, spontaneous part of me. I have always worked very hard to suppress and control this part of me. I am not sure why. Maybe because I am getting older and I am not supposed to act silly or break out in a dance when out in public other than a dance floor.  I never liked feeling out of control, didn't want people to judge me.  Yet this is a quality that I often enjoy and love about other people. They feel really good in their own skin and freely express it when and where the mood hits them.

This quality of being able to express ourselves in a joyous way is in me. It's in all of us. 

I feel that many people today freely accept the parts we don't like about ourselves but with judgement. What I learned in this brief moment of meditation was that we need to accept the bad and GOOD things WITHOUT JUDGEMENT.  How we perceive these qualities in us is how we write our stories and then we become our stories.  If we are unhappy with our stories of our lives, we must first accept our good, bad or different parts of ourselves without judgement, then we can begin to change how we perceive our qualities and begin to write a new story.

I was amazed that this revelation came in such a quick span of time. So it doesn't have to take 30 minutes or hours a day of disciplined meditation and reflection to have an Ah Ha moment. Just two minutes CAN make a difference!

I invite you to take two minutes and and ask yourself what about you do you need to accept and embrace?

Many Blessings,

Tammy

This is a Blog Page

The day has finally arrived! The website is up and running! This is just the start of turning my passion of yoga into more of a career. How blessed I am that I get to do something I am so passionate about and love as work!  This website is just the beginning.  I am going to put together a Facebook page and make podcasts of yoga sequences that you can download and do at home or while your are away and cannot take a class. I am currently putting together several workshops that I think will be helpful and interesting to many of you.  So stay tuned to find out more about all the exciting offerings to come!

Growth is the only evidence of life.  ~John Henry Newman