Transform Through Practice

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You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of success is found in your daily routine.”
-John Maxwell

‘Transform through Practice’ is the daily practice part of our Ayurveda program.

This section is for those that are committed to positive, sustainable change through regular practice.

Ayurveda and Yoga are both complete, holistic systems of health. In this part of the program, we will provide both the education and the practices need to create measurable, sustainable change.

The truth is, in order to get something new you have to do something new. Both Yoga and Ayurveda encourage the individual to take different actions and continue doing so on a daily basis. The is the principle of self-responsibility leading to self-empowerment

Both Yoga and Ayurveda teach that we are responsible for how we perceive, act and respond to events in our lives. In other words, while we are not always responsible for what happens, we are responsible TO what happens. This viewpoint takes us out of the victim role and enables us to step into our power. The word ‘responsible’ has the word ‘respond’ in it. When we respond in the same way to problems, we get the same result. When we take a different perception or response, we create our own path to wellness.

My personal experience as well as of hundreds of students is that its easy to get excited about something new. However, when it comes to doing a consistent practice on a daily basis, many well-intentioned individuals lose motivation, get discouraged, or allow life to get in the way of their new-found goal.

We live in a time where information is abundant and access to it is easy. We can gather a plethora of information about anything, anytime, which is great….or is it?

I continually ask my students “how is all that knowledge you’ve gathered working for you?” The usual response is “not well.” This is because there is so much information available that people often get confused and find themselves hopping from one healing modality to the next. We learn a little about a lot from self-proclaimed ‘experts.’

However, simply learning about something rarely leads to change. This is because much of what we read or hear doesn’t take into account our unique constitutions and lifestyle. Some information works for some of the people some of the time, but rarely works for everyone all the time.

Lasting change takes commitment, time, practice, patience and guidance. In order to change something,weneed to engage in new thinking and behavior for a period of time. We need clear aims, passion and conviction.

In the ‘Transform through Practice’ program, the student commits to meeting with me for eight consecutive weeks. During our sessions, I will help each person identify their health and life goals. I will educate, support and empower you to understand personal responsibility and cause and effect. We will co-create a sustainable, long-term plan which employs elements from both Yoga (the eight limbs) and Ayurveda ( your constitution, food, herbs, lifestyle) which you can integrate into your daily life. You agree to do certain practices and are accountable and committed to the path. Follow through is essential.

I only accept serious, committed students who are willing to dive deep into their habits and psyche and change them. This is transformation from the inside out!

The psychology of change is addressed by the teachings contained in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Put simply, this paradigm states that lasting transformation occurs as a result of:

1. Choosing an experienced teacher or mentor that you like.
2. Co-creating a practice that is aligned with your new goals.
3. Ensuring that the practice is doable and appropriate to your age and lifestyle.
4. Committing to doing the practice on a regular basis
5. Being accountable for doing the new practice daily for 2 months.

In order to facilitate success,each student is required to write a letter or send a short video or blog 12 months into the future

For example………..Its been 12 months since we have spoken and my life has changed in the most amazing way………
Remember to keep it positive, concrete and specific. What does that mean? Glad you asked.

Positive please tell me what you want achieve, or what its going to look like when you have completed your 2 month commitment. Generally,we are motivated by a desire to lose weight, stop a bad habit, or eliminate a health problem.The challenge here is to describe your lovable future in a way states what you DO want. Again, you cannot refer to anything negative or talk about what you do NOT want.

My goal is to get each person to really think about and visualize the most amazing, yet realistic thing they want to create. Being able to clearly articulate what your best possible future looks like will set the stage for your inevitable success.

Concrete - life is made up of actualevents. I want you to create a factual, visual picture. Avoid abstractions! I don’t know what they are and neither do. People see the world in three ways, either as pictures/visual or Sound/auditory or feelings/kinesthetic. Find your preferred way of describing your visualization and and paint a picture.

Specific – give as much detail as possible and place yourself in the picture. You should be able to see it in your mind. It should be capable of detailed description. For example if you want to loose weight, your post would sound something like:
“ I see myself surrounded by my friends at a party. I am wearing a black slim fitting halter top and slim ankle pants with heels. My short silver hair is spiked. I am wearing my signature red lipstick. I am smiling and talking to some friends. My friend Zoe, says…”Eleni you look amazing..how much weight have you lost?

I say ‘Oh about 15lbs. It was easy and I feel amazing”

Simply put, write out your goal describing what a camera would see when you have achieved it.