September 21, 2018

September is Self Care Awareness Month and the perfect time to challenge each other in a couple different ways.

I'd like to ask you to define what self care means both for and to you, and to think about how to incorporate more self-care into your daily life/routine.

I am a firm believer in the practice of self care because it's a way to remind yourself that your needs are important too; take the time to nurture yourself. So often we think of self care as being selfish when in reality it's actually quite the opposite. If we don’t nourish ourselves then we can’t be fully available for those we love.

What is Self Care:

Self care is knowing what YOU need to make your life better so this will be different for each of us based on our individual needs and desires.

Ways to Practice Self Care:

Honestly, self care doesn’t have to be big things, so don't let it overwhelm you. Start with something small that takes minimal effort but will have a profound effect on how you feel. Even if you only...

December 22, 2017

Om Shanti…

I am excited to announce the opening of Om Shanti Healing at 150 W. Vermont in downtown Southern Pines. This space is designed to provide individual sound healing in a private setting, which will also include private yoga instruction, meditation and reiki. Group sound baths will be offered frequently through pop-ups and local venues.

Please visit my website www. Andreabridgeryoga.com, to see a description about sound healing and its benefits, as well as services and rates.  

My Story…Why Sound Healing?

Sound healing was new to me until last year when I participated in several sound baths while visiting the California desert. I immediately fell in love with the soothing benefits of the vibrational sounds, and the deep state of relaxation. This healing experience intrigued me and I wanted to learn more.  I entered a training program with the talented Satya Brat, through International Academy of Sound Healing. Under his instruction, I learned about the science and philosophy of sou...

March 31, 2016

 

"Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, non-judgementally, in the present moment “ Jon Kabat Zinn

 

Recently, we are seeing so much information on mindfulness, the benefits, and how to be more mindful. During our two months in the California, my goal was to consolidate a few simple tools for myself as I wanted to make sure I was practicing being mindful and present to soak in all beauty of the desert and time with my family and friends. I am sharing this blog in hopes others will benefit in their lives as well.

 

What is being mindful? Being mindful is a way of being present and in the moment. It is learning to cultivate a focused awareness on being present. Mindfulness is not just something we do such as a yoga class or meditation practice (which by the way are AMAZING tools), but something we should practice throughout the day. 

 

How to be more mindful:

Breath work is key. When we bring our attention and awareness to the breath...

November 1, 2015

 

Hello November! 

 

With Thanksgiving approaching, I knew in my next blog entry I wanted to write about keeping a gratitude journal, but I could have never predicted how perfect the timing would be, and, for my need to feel, write and express my feelings as part of my own personal journey. 

 

I started a gratitude journal last January as a New Year’s Resolution which, by the way, is something I don’t usually believe in. As life happens, my journaling consistency was hit or miss, but the timing of recent events, could not have been a better reminder to find gratitude in everything and get back to aconsistent gratitude journaling.

 

Jack Kornfield says gratitude is a gracious acknowledgement of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small, an appreciation of the moments of good fortune, that sustains our life everyday. We have so much to be grateful for. Gratitude is confidence in life itself”.

 

As each day passes there are things I tell myself to remember. Take note of this m...

September 22, 2015

 

“That was the day she made herself promise to live more from intention and less from habit” Amy Rubin Flett

 

Having recently completing my 500 advanced teacher training with Yax Yoga Concepts, one of the many take-aways I would like to share is the process of setting intentions. This is an excellent time as we transition into a new season, finding a bit more routine, taking inventory to notice if there are things in our life that are serving us, and, if not, deciding what we can let go of as we move forward.

 

An intention is an objective that guides your actions. Something you want to move towards based on your emotions or your feelings.  Living with intention is a path, a responsibility. Intentions are road maps through life.

 

Why should we set an intention?

Intention setting is a safe and sacred space for love to always rise above fear in order for you to dream big “Sara Prout”

 

If we don’t know where we are going. How can we possibly get there? We each have the pow...

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