3 Steps to Manage Emotional Ups and Downs Without Getting Depressed

People are suffering. They love the ups of life but don’t love the downs. Those with busy careers are “depressed” as they fight burn out and juggle too many demands. Those retired or unemployed  are equally “depressed” as they feel useless in a culture that values youth, enthusiasm and energy. Those with lavish lifestyles are “depressed” because they always want more and then those with less are “depressed” because they feel left behind. The list goes on and on. The point is depression is today’s pandemic.                                                                                                                                                                                         Of course, I am not talking about severe cases that require medication and the expertise of a health professional but rather this general malaise so many are feeling that brings about feelings of numbness, despair and hopelessness that noone wants to talk about.

So let’s get started tackling this vast, complex and important topic. In the first blog of this series  I will share 3 steps to manage these emotional ups and downs.

1. Embrace your ups and your downs. Stop viewing the “ups” as better than the “downs” and view them both as equally important to your health and wellness. Why label the “downs” as “depression” when in fact they are just part of the natural ebb and flow of life. So embrace the “ups” when they happen and then embrace the “downs” when they happen as well. Create space for them, welcome them into your life and feel grateful for being able to feel your emotions. So many people can’t feel anything so the fact that you can feel is a true gift.

2. Redefine how you define your “up” and how  you define your “down”. Already the word “up” sounds more appealing than the word “down”.  Let’s use the analogy of a battery and look at “up” as running the battery and then “down” as recharging the battery. In other words “up” is being active, doing, giving and “down” is resting, replenishing, receiving. Both activity and rest are equally important. If you do too much you will burn out and feel resentment and on the flip side if you receive too much you will feel uninspired, bored and useless.

3. Look at the proportion of time spent expending energy and then time spent building it up                                                                                                                     Is your rest time giving you what you need to recharge your battery? If you are doing a job you hate, surrounding yourself with people who exhaust you or even rob your energy chances are the rest you are getting is not enough. This lack of energy will deplete you to the point of exhaustion. Over time this burnout turns into “depression”.  Perhaps you need to look at shortening your work week or working from home a few days a week, set some new boundaries, hire some help, book a regular weekly massage or go on a holiday retreat….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Is your activity time using up your energy? If you are sitting at home bored and feeling useless chances are you are not engaged in enough activity. This excess energy will be turned inwards, making you stressed as you regret the past or anxious as you worry about the future. Over time, this too will bring up feelings of depression. Perhaps you need to do some volunteer work, learn a new skill or take up a hobby, do some babysitting  for a friend, become a mentor to someone struggling in your family or community.                                                                                                                                                                         Naturally you have your own unique rhythm and cannot look to your neighbour to see how much rest and how much activity you need to feel balanced. Giving and receiving is a very personal thing and cannot be measured. Time spent doing physical labour or studying for an exam will deplete your energy just as much as a parent emotionally caring for a child or a friend being there for another. You alone have the answer. Go within and connect to the wisdom of your heart that always knows exactly what you need to bring balance and harmony into your life. Take a few minutes today to connect to who you truly are and find that balance you need to ride the waves of life.



Nicole Rolland

Nicole Rolland is the author of  “Stepping into Consciousness- A Guide to Living a Life of Joy, Meaning, and Abundance”  and the owner of Nicole Rolland Yoga & Meditation (NRYM)

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The Fall of Feminine Power and the Rise of the Feminine

I have been thinking a lot about feminism recently. Certainly the movement has come a long way since the Suffragettes of the late 1800’s century, Rosa Parks in the 1950’s, the rise of the career woman in the 1970’s, the stay-at-home dad in the 1990’s and then the recent US presidential loss of Hilary Clinton of course. What does this notion of being a “feminist” mean today and how does this help us connect to who we truly are and to what really matters on a deeper level?

I am concerned that, with the current fashion of feminism, rather than gender inequality lessoning it is simply moving from one power base to another. When we speak of feminine power, we risk falling into the trap where women simply usurp the traditional role of the man and abuses of power remain. Perhaps this is not the initial aim, but over time, the same tactics used to compete and manipulate continue to create the same result and nothing really changes.

Until we stop competing over scarce resources, wasting what we have and yearning for what we don’t, and as long as we continue to focus on materialism at the expense of kindness, compassion and love we will not see an equality in how genders are treated and nor will we see the gap between the haves and the haves-not lessen.

I believe a truly egalitarian  society (and please do not get sidetracked  by communist and socialist idealism here)  will happen with the rise of the feminine rather than the use of feminine power. The feminine is feminine energy that is within each of us. This energy represents the gentle, receptive, allowing, intuitive, non competitive, wisdom heart- centered part of each of us. The masculine, also within each of us, represents the opposing qualities of domination, hierarchical structures, competition, reason and ego head-centered energy. This latter energy has served us well in the past and continues to do so to some extent, and it must be respected. It has however, moved us to a place where we are invited to go “home” 🙂

So close your eyes, connect to your breath and connect to the feminine and to the masculine energies that live within you.

  • Are they in harmony with one another or is one trying to overtake the other?
  • How are they affecting your relationship outside of yourself? at home, work and in your community.
  • Notice any patterns with the way your parents treated each other when you were a child and how you perhaps treated your own children in turn.

Just notice without judging and then let your feminine intuition take over and see what happens….



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Stick to Your Guns and Share Your Truth

Foreword: Please note that sometimes I preface my opinion with “I believe” and sometimes I do not. Whatever I write or say constitutes part of my world view. My aim is not to convince, merely to share in the hope this may help you formulate your own life view.
All truths lead to the One Great Truth, that we are all Truth.
(Stepping into Consciousness- A Guide to Living a Life of Joy, Meaning, and Abundance).

I get it, it’s not easy to share your truth especially when it goes against popular opinion. When people lack awareness (or consciousness) they are basically living in darkness or what I refer to as the proverbial “hell”. In darkness, one easily gets triggered when contradicted or surprised. Departing from the herd’s group think mentality can make people very uncomfortable.
Think for yourself…
Even if it gets you into trouble, start exploring differing points of view. As parents, we need to let our children do this. When they can do this in the safety of childhood they are given free reign to grow into strong adults.
One only realizes one was living in darkness when one moves into lightness. I can’t help think back to the old me and to my old life. If someone were to have told me that I was living in hell I would have thought them crazy- I had all the obvious constructs of an outwardly “successful” life without the solid foundation of a rich inner connection.
The more easily we share our truth, the more able we are to listen to the truth of others without feeling triggered in anyway. People who lack awareness are living in a right/wrong space. When they hear something that makes them uncomfortable they get angry.
Why get angry?
Why did people get so angry with Jesus’ message? He was killed for it after all…

In Richard Hopper’s book Jesus, Buddha, Krishna & Lao Tsu- parallel sayings, he notes, with a charming sense of humour, the difference in environments in which Jesus and the Buddha were born into.

“What impresses me the most about Jesus as a person who “woke up’ is that he tried to explain his mystical insights to people who didn’t have the slightest idea what he was talking about. The Buddha was fortunate enough to “wake up”in India- the most mystically oriented culture on Earth. When people met him after his enlightenment they would say “Congratulations, we knew you could do it!” When Jesus woke up in first century Palestine, he must have looked around at his situation and thought Uh-oh!”
Luckily this did not deter Jesus from spreading his message of love, compassion and forgiveness.
Hopper continues -“certainly Jesus could have kept his new mystical understanding of reality to himself. Had he done so-had he just enjoyed his private bliss in the Kingdom of God- he might have lived to a ripe old age, and died a peaceful death like the historical Buddha. But Jesus was passionate and felt compelled to share his wisdom with as many other people he could reach. This meant that he had no choice but to try to explain himself within the doctrinal and social confines of a religious culture that was completely unfamiliar with, and most antagonistic to, mystical insights about reality.”
What if Jesus or others like him did not share their mystical insights with the world? What if YOU keep your insights bottled inside?
Hopper on community support-
“While Siddartha Gautama was supported by a community of mystics, many of those who Jesus talked to thought he was crazy, or blasphemous or both. His own family rejected him and thought him demented. Most of Jesus’ disciples while obviously charmed by his charisma, often didn’t understand what he was talking about. In the end, one of them betrayed him, another denied him, and the rest deserted him in his greatest hour of need. “
Was Jesus’ message “wrong” because others did not understand him and felt compelled to prosecute him? Did Jesus make a mistake by teaching about love and freedom?
Breathe, Relax, Feel, Watch and Allow….transformation within and around you!

Nicole Rolland is the author of  “Stepping into Consciousness- A Guide to Living a Life of Joy, Meaning, and Abundance”  and the owner of Nicole Rolland Yoga & Meditation (NRYM)

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40 Ways Yoga Heals

According to Yoga as Medicine- The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall, MD there are 40 good reasons to do yoga:


  1. Increases Flexibility
  2. Strengthens Muscles
  3. Improves Balance
  4. Improves Immune Function
  5. Improves Posture
  6. Improves Lung Function
  7. Leads to Slower and Deeper Breathing
  8. Discourages Mouth Breathing
  9. Increases Oxygenation of Tissues
  10. Improves Joint Health
  11. Nourishes Intervertebral disks
  12. Improves Return of Venous Blood
  13. Increases Circulation of Lymph
  14. Improves Function of the Feet
  15. Improves Proprioception
  16. Increases Control of Bodily Functions
  17. Strengthens Bones
  18. Conditions the Cardiovascular System
  19. Promotes Weight Loss
  20. Relaxes the Nervous System
  21. Improves the Function of the Nervous System
  22. Improves Brain Function
  23. Activates Left Prefrontal Cortex
  24. Changes Neurotransmitter Levels
  25. Lowers Level of Stress Hormone Cortisol
  26. Lowers Blood Sugar
  27. Lowers Blood Pressure
  28. Improves Level of Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  29. Thins the Blood
  30. Improves Bowel Function
  31. Releases Unconscious Muscle Gripping
  32. Uses Imagery to Effect Change in the Body
  33. Relieves Pain
  34. Lowers Need for Medication
  35. Fosters Healing Relationships
  36. Improves Psychological Health
  37. Leads to Healthier Habits
  38. Fosters Spiritual Growth
  39. Elicits The Placebo Effect
  40. Encourages Involvement in Your Own Healing                                                                                                                                                                 These are all fantastic reasons to do yoga. You may not find the perfect class or the perfect teacher for you the first time around but don’t give up. There is such a huge variety of types of yoga, types of teachers and places that offer yoga that it won’t be very difficult for you to find the right match to suit your style.                                                                                                                                                                            Namaste,


Nicole Rolland is the author of  “Stepping into Consciousness- A Guide to Living a Life of Joy, Meaning, and Abundance”  and the owner of Nicole Rolland Yoga & Meditation (NRYM) 

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Spiritual Self Awareness Tool to Move Out of Chaos and Stress

If you are feeling chaos and stress you are not alone. The good news is- this is temporary. Many people suggest it has to do with the consciousness movement that is sweeping the planet today which is basically all about remembering the love that you are, have always been, and will always be. This movement is causing us to look at ourselves and examine our lives differently. However, This shift in awareness, rather than creating more unity in the world appears to be creating an ever widening schism. As the awakening souls begin to outnumber those still asleep- chaos and stress seem to be taking root and disrupting lives.

Chaos and Stress

The world is moving to a higher frequency and as a result time appears to be flying by. For many, there seems to be no “time” to socialize, relax, read a book or even call a loved one. Others, suddenly have too much time, yet find their lives equally stressful. People are scared.

There is a polarizing parting of the ways between people clinging to their “stuff” like a life line and those able to let go of what no longer serves them. This separation is fundamentally between those who have found their freedom and those who are still trapped in slavery.

It’s not what you have or don’t have, it’s the value you place on having them and how you use them to define your identity. When you have a clear sense of who you are and what matters you understand you are not these things.

Take a few minutes, breathe… and notice what you are clinging on to?  your job, partner, home, possessions, friends, children, family, job, money, status, roles, reputation, lifestyle….and let it go….

Choosing what to let go of

  • Let go of what is holding you back in the old consciousness.
  • Let go of what no longer vibrates at the higher frequency state you are now vibrating in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 To manage your stress levels and reduce chaos in and around you, you need to calibrate your vibration to the vibration of everything in your life: your home, possessions, you friends, your partner, your family, your work, your thoughts….as long as there is a dissonance between these you will be trapped in chaos and stress.

You cannot enjoy the new energy until you let go of what you need to let go of. This is different for everyone. It’s always what is bringing you out of balance with your true nature and it’s probably what you think you could never live without.

Anything/anyone that makes you angry, sad, resentful, stressed, anxious needs to go. It need not be done dramatically but it can be done gently, compassionately and without judgement. It may come back and then again it may not…It does not really matter.

Take a few minutes, breathe… and notice what is moving you away from feeling the unconditional love that you are?  your job,  partner, home, possessions, friends, children, family, job, money, status, roles, reputation, lifestyle…. and let it go….

Yoga and meditation are the best tools to assist you as you let go, embrace the new and raise your vibration.



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What Do You Hunger For?

“Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in the crisis-afflicted countries of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen” and most Americans (85%) are oblivious to the starvation crisis overseas, reads the Huffington Post this week. With today’s global network of information dissemination how is it possible that so many people are unaware of such a disaster?

It is true that relief often comes in the form of copious amounts of money and time being thrown to a problem. Luckily we have many organizations whose mission it is to offer assistance to people and countries in distress. However, this comes at a price when it releases us of responsibility. We easily refer to any crisis that happens outside of our front door as a  “Someone else will take care of this” type of problem. This kind of thinking simply fuels future crisis to take root and to be ignored.

People who are consumed by greed are so focused on their need for “more” that they cannot process distress that does not directly affect them.

What can you, as a spiritually aware and mature person, do?

You need to care and this means you need to feel. If you can’t feel, you probably don’t care and you most certainly need to heal on some level.   Everyone is responsible for their life and is being called to take responsibility for the life they create for themselves. In todays world, the need for others to play “rescuer”, “victim” or “saboteur” is increasingly being replaced by the need for others to “care and hold space”.

Bottom line is you cannot do the “work” for someone else but you can care and hold sacred space for people and countries who are learning. Caring is not feeling pity, because that suggests condescension. Caring is not trying to solve problems for others because that is disempowering. Caring is not trying to teach anything because that suggests inequality and caring is certainly not blaming others for the situation they may find themselves in- no matter how dire. Caring is really a state of offering love and sharing in the trust that a solution will be found in due course.

Satisfy your hunger

So connect to your breath, breathe deeply and send prayers to the people in Africa now in distress, to the suffering countries and to their governments. While you’re at it send blessings and prayers to every soul on this planet who is suffering from their own personal brand of starvation and then connect to what you hunger for….and know that with love and trust you will no longer hunger for anything.



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Greed- Move Past your Greed to Embrace your Life

Greed is a highly emotionally charged word- If you told someone they were greedy they would consider it a personal attack and would become no doubt very angry. Likewise, if someone told you you were greedy you would no doubt have the same reaction. So calm down, take a deep breath and know that it is time to receive.

The fact is many people suffer from greed. Greed halts spiritual progress on both a personal, as well as, a collective level. Greed prevents humans as well as countries from living peaceful and healthy lives. Dealing with this is important.

What is greed?

Wikipedia defines greed as “an inordinate or insatiable longing for unneeded excess, especially excess wealth, status, power, or food. As secular psychological concept, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs.” How to define what one needs? not an easy concept.

Greed is not only associated with wealth, food, power and status, nor is it about its mere accumulation, but more about the fear that resources are scarce. With feelings of scarcity come behaviours linked to hoarding, fortification and the need for more.

More, More, More….more money, friends, security, power, status, homes, sex, affection, travel, fun, parties….

Why do people want more?

The Ego, that keeps us trapped in separation always wants more. When we want more we are not living in the present moment and are not remembering the wholeness that we are- we are not connected to our true nature and are not living spiritually rich lives.

We think that if we acquire enough we will be safe and we will have the love we need to be happy. This is not conscious thinking and will only lead to disappointment. Just look at the record number of depressed or overly stressed out people around you. People that have everything yet feel so bereft.

What is the antidote to greed?

The antidote to greed is trust- trust that your needs will be met no matter what and that there will always be an ample supply of what you need.

  • Trust in yourself: that you will be able to do what needs to be done to meet your needs.
  • Trust that the resources you need to do this will be there for you.

Until you learn to do this, you will continue to miss the boat in spiritual understanding. Until you can appreciate that you are so much more than what you think you are/have/do and that you are neither better nor worse than your neighbour, you will continue to be lost and searching for more….Trust, Believe and Have Faith. 

Start by facing your greed

Face your greed by first becoming aware of where you are greedy in your life. Where do you hold fear? You may live a simple life but are greedy for recognition, knowledge or respect. You may live extravagantly but are paranoid that you will be robbed or taken advantage of. You may have more than you need but have difficulties sharing or giving freely to your loved ones. Greed can manifest in so many ways so connect to the way in which greed plays out in you. The next step is to accept it. This will happen automatically with the awareness.

Greed exists when we are fearful we do not have what we need. 

Release any guilt that may arise. Greed is a normal by-product of the society you were brought up in and of the old ways of interacting with one another. As more and more people Step into consciousness and connect to their true nature they are discovering new ways of treating themselves and their neighbours.

Open your eyes 

Open your eyes to what is being offered to you right now. Release expectations and judgments so you can receive what is there, staring you in the face. Let go of antiquated thinking of deserving more or better and accept what is being offered. Whatever is offered will match your vibration. If you vibrate true love you will get true love and if you vibrate fear you will get fear. Remember that a treasure covered in dust is still a treasure- it may just need to be wiped over with a fresh cloth.

Breathe…..There is no need to be greedy anymore. You have everything you need. You always have and you always will.

Spend money, more money will come. Lose a friend, a new one will come. Your heart breaks, new love will appear. Your home is destroyed, a new home will appear. Your reputation is lost, you will get a new one. A client goes away, a new one will come knocking. Your possessions get stolen, you will acquire new ones. Your clothes no longer fit, you will find new ones. Your fridge is empty, you will find food.

Open yourself up to receive the treasure, trust that it is what you need, let go of any expectations and allow yourself to be delighted with the treasure of your life….



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Calm Down the Monkey Mind with the Practice of OTFG

If you are like many that struggle with an overactive monkey mind you may find that my 4 tips to opening the heart will prove to be a helpful recipe to feel more peaceful and calm.

Opening the heart is all about healing the heart. Believe it or not, you no doubt carry a lot more grief, sadness and pain than you think. Over the years you have perhaps learned to close off your heart and cover it with a protective shell to be able to get on with life. You have no doubt learned that emotions and success do not go hand-in-hand. Today you are perhaps beginning to hear something quite different.

A healthy heart leads to healthy emotional responses and these are key to true happiness and happiness is key to long-lasting success.

The practice of OTFG will help you heal your heart. Beginning to open the heart can be painful so doing this gradually, surrounded by others committed to this process, is a good idea. The more you heal your heart the more comfortable you will be there. As your comfort level increases, you will naturally begin to gravitate away from the worrying fearful space in your head toward the more loving space in your heart.

You literally can learn to move out of your head and into your heart to recharge, renew and recenter. You do this by building awareness.

Step 1: Practice Openness- Get curious about people, experiences and yourself. Try new things, make new friends, challenge beliefs.

Step 2: Become more Trusting- Trust that your needs will be met and that it is safe for you to live a loving, compassionate and kind life.

Step 3: Forgive Yourself- Take responsibility for your life and your creations. See life as a school filled with learning opportunities rather than wins and failures.

Step 4: Practice Gratitude – Move to a place of optimism. No matter how challenging a situation may be there is always something to be grateful for.

When you get stuck practice Acceptance– Doing this on the yoga mat or in meditation will offer the magic you need to cycle through these steps. The more you do this, the easier it will become to move into your heart space and calm the monkey mind in your head.



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Is Your Job Running Your Life? How Yoga Can Help Prevent Burnout

Are you trapped on a treadmill doing a job that is taking more and more of a toll? Do you feel that the demands being placed on you exceed the resources available? Not sleeping, eating, exercising or really having much fun?

If this sounds familiar you are not alone. You are probably headed towards the burnout zone. Sure, you can run on empty for a time but eventually you will hit a wall and crash.

What can you do to prevent this from happening?

First off, you need a holiday – a holiday from your “job”. And then you need an ongoing maintenance plan to replenish the energy you expend.

Bringing yoga into your life is no longer a luxury, a fad or a preference but a necessity to survive in today’s world. As long as you allow the practice of yoga to do its job-to yoke together Body/Mind/Spirit your job will never control your life and you will never experience burnout.

Here are my 4 tips to allow yoga to do its job so you never experience burnout:

  1. Chose an appropriate yoga activity.                                                             Any activity that joins together Body/Mind/Spirit will truly nourish you and provide the sustenance you need to stay grounded and centred with who you truly are. Whether it’s a yoga class, some quiet meditation or reflection time in nature, an artistic or sporting pursuit, reading, writing, cooking – anything really that brings you into the present moment – is an appropriate yoga activity. If your chosen activity leaves you feeling inadequate and in a place of judgment you are not engaged in an appropriate “yoga” activity.
  2. Commit to this yoga practice                                                                        Allow this activity to become a practice and show up regularly – no excuses. That does not mean going to that yoga class when you have nothing to do or treating your appointment at your art studio as the least important appointment on your agenda. This means refill your tea cup as needed – called listening to your body. Everyone has their own unique rhythm. Learning what yours is, without looking at your neighbour’s, and then learning to honour it is a big step towards allowing your practice of yoga to do its job.
  3. Build awareness                                                                                             Learn to understand what is driving you. Are you being driven by the demanding voice of your ego that always wants more, bigger and better or by the gentle voice of your loving soul that wants you to remember the wholeness and perfection that you are? This is important. Don’t get me wrong: your ego is helpful and plays a crucial role in your life but it needs to be tamed. If you are working crazy hours, skipping meals and generally not taking care of what really matters, you are being bullied by your ego and have lost control.
  4. Feel the love                                                                                                    Chose a heart-centred practice that helps you connect to the wisdom of your heart. If you are not feeling the love that you are and the love that is around you, you are not in balance. Think of the unconditional love you feel when you look into the eyes of a baby. Whether you are a busy, follow- the-leader type or a seasoned yogi committed to living a life of meaning – everyone goes into fear and amnesia at times. It’s your ability to restore balance and your awareness that homeostasis is missing in the first place what matters here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Regardless of your job – executive, entrepreneur, stay- at- home mom or dad, socialite, student – it’s helpful to allow whatever your yoga practice is to do its job so you don’t end up shattered. The effects of burnout can be devastating, especially if you don’t have a strong support network to help you pick up the pieces.                                                                                                                                                     Press pause, take a breathe and connect to who you are and to what matters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Namaste,                                                                                                            


Nicole Rolland- Yoga & Meditation                                                                   nicolerolland.com

4 Tips to Deepen your Yoga Practice

Today more and more are turning to yoga to stay healthy, fit and find inner peace. Many are even looking to add more depth and meaning into their lives as well- deepening a yoga practice is a good place to start. So what makes one yoga class more profound than another? and what can you do to get the most out of each class?

Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years there is always some new terrain to explore, wisdom to embrace and another layer to shed on the wondrous journey back to remembering the wholeness you have always been. Here are my 4 steps to deepening your practice- It’s all about opening and healing the heart.

1- Open. Allow yourself to receive the fruits of your practice  by showing curiosity and excitement. Cultivate a beginner’s mind ripe to possibilities rather than staying trapped in probabilities with the jaded minded of a scarcity based mentality.

2. Trust. Show faith in a  higher force at work orchestrating your heart’s desire. Allow this force to align your outer life with what you truly desire. Accept that whatever happens on the yoga mat is happening for a very good reason- you do not even need to know the reason.

3. Forgiveness. Take responsibility. In the same way you are responsible for what happens in your life, you are responsible for whatever happens on the yoga mat. Do not blame, criticize or put anyone down, least of all yourself. As you take responsibility there is no need to apologies or even receive apologies from anyone.

4. Gratitude. See the glass as half full and find the blessings in your life. You are so lucky to have the support of a yoga practice. The more gratitude you feel the more your practice will support you on the mat as well as off it.

With this mind set you are well positioned to yoke together Body/Mind/Spirit and bring yourself back to who you truly are and to what really matters. The more you can move between the levels and see interconnections the more profound your practice will be. Notice what happens to the mind, body and the spirit in each posture and flow. Notice how this then spills over into your life.



Nicole Rolland- Yoga and Meditation