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3 P's of Yoga & Life

I am re-posting part of my blog from around this time last year. It is still relevant, as a way to to do our yoga & to live our lives.

In our culture it seems at times we want things now, we want everything to come easy & don't want to work for things. This is not how you get to what is meaningful & important in your life. Instead look at things like practice, patience & persistence as a new way of slowing down, making an effort & again & again & keeping at it.

A simple formula that I have spoke about before is the 3 P’s (inspired by the article below, that I found years ago). Practice, Patience & Persistence. The 3 things that are necessary to create change in your life.,-Patience,-and-Persistence---3-Ps-For-Body-Mind-Healing&id=1877205

Yoga Therapy - Practice, Patience, and Persistence

- 3 P's For Body Mind Healing

"Are you losing patience and ignoring your practice of important routines for body mind balance? Perhaps you are about to completely give up because it's getting rough. Here are some tips for using 3 Ps, Practice, Patience and Persistence, to help body mind healing. See how Practice, Patience and Persistence connect hand, heart and head.

Practice is the doing word. It is whatever you currently do, or have decided to do, to create and maintain health for body mind and spirit. Which of the following action items deepen your body mind spirit connection: muscle tension release through stretching and movement, yoga meditation, singing, laughter, running, swimming, or something else? Repeat, repeat and repeat the practice. Come to think of it, would it really be repetition?

Action Tip: Practice daily. Ten minutes of daily practice is better than 60 minutes of practice once per week. A key to Yoga Therapy is the uniqueness of each individual. Stick with the practice that works for you.

Patience is the being word; the way you approach your practice. If your goal is worth achieving, it will take time. Do enjoy the journey. Can you allow the steps on the journey to be as exciting as the destination? Practice breathing consciously and deeply along the way, especially at tough times. This will allow you to be more aware of what is happening around you, as well as within you. And help you achieve more and more, while at the same time you slow down with Patience by your side.

Action Tip: Choose a day to slow down all your actions. Do everything twice as slow and calm your heart and increase patience. A key principle of Yoga Therapy

Persistence is the thinking word; the mindset that allows you to return to the practice day after day over a long period of time. To create a new habit it takes 90 days, and if you want to master it, a few years. If you have just begun a new habit for body mind and spirit, plan to stick with it even when you feel like quitting. If you have already stopped a practice, consider starting again. Call on your courageous spirit.

Action Tip: Commit to keeping up your practice, and make the commitment in a quiet moment when the mind is still and receptive. Another key principle of Yoga Therapy is Yoga Philosophy and Psychology which recognizes the impact the subconscious and unconscious has on our thoughts, words and actions.

Stay youthful with the 3 Ps. Practice for the hands, Patience for the heart, and Perseverance for the head.”

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I like how she puts these 3 ideas into doing, being, & thinking. So lets all do our practice, be patient & find the mindset of persistence to not give up on ourselves. Over time, a new habit will form & if you falter, just start over, again & again.

To help you on your journey, join a yoga class, a meditation group, try qiqong, pilates….there are many body/mind practices that can help you become what you are meant to be & to be part of a group that will support you in all the ups & downs to follow.

When thinking of the ups & down that happen in life, I was reminded of a character of the Grandma from a movie you may have seen Parenthood.

Parenthood (1989)

[Gil has been complaining about his complicated life; Grandma wanders into the room] Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster. Gil: Oh? Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride! Gil: What a great story. Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

Are you ready to get more out of life? Realize it has ups & downs, can make you feel so many things, yet is worth the risk of taking the ride as there is a possibility to get so much out of it.

Join me for a class this winter: go to for full details

Classes with Anne Cox in the New Year 2019


Marda Loop 2028b 33 Ave SW Calgary

See or contact 403-251-YOGA (9642) for more information or to register.

NOTE: The Thurs Customized Yoga Therapy class has been cancelled.

There will be a new registered yoga 6 week series by Aaron Patrick at the same day/time, more info to come soon.

- Gentle Yoga for Strength (drop-in) WEDNESDAY 9:30-11:00 am

- Customized Yoga Therapy (registered) WEDNESDAY 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Winter Session: January 9 - March 27

- Restorative yoga (drop-in) WEDNESDAY 7-8:15 pm

- Healthy Backs (drop-in) THURSDAY 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

Holiday Yoga & Sound Therapy-Cultivating Calm in the Chaos

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 1-3 pm $50 or $35 with a donation to the YWCA + GST

with Anne Cox E-RYT 500 December can be one of our busiest months. Do you get crazy, run down and forget to make time for YOU? Why don’t we try something new this holiday season? Plan to add in a little YOU time with gentle yoga, breath & sound! The gentle yoga practice will prepare the body to receive the vibrations created through the use of singing bowls, drums, rattles, tuning forks & voice. You will be taken on a journey back to your true self and will leave rested & renewed. Anne has experienced first-hand how healing sound & breath can be and wants to share her passion of sound with others as a way to experience it’s healing properties. Past traumas are held in our tissues, yoga, sound & breath can be simple yet profound ways to help allow these experiences to be processed to facilitate healing within ourselves. Anne Cox E-RYT 500 has been using sound her whole life. Singing & music have been part of her life since childhood where she performed in recitals, plays & performances using her voice & piano. Years later she came back to her voice while in Yoga Teacher Training & then becoming involved in chant circles & somatic practices involving sound. She is now training in Sound Therapy & Numa Somatics Conscious Breathwork that uses sound as part of its therapy.

Frank Wills Memorial Hall

405 1 St E got to for more information or to register

- Core Yoga Therapy- (registered/drop in class) MONDAY 1:00 - 2:15 pm Winter Session:

January 7 March 25 (NO class Feb 18 Family Day) 11 weeks $165 inc GST

- Gentle Yoga for Strength - (registered/drop in class) TUESDAY 7:00-8:15pm Winter Session: January 8 - March 26 12 weeks $180 inc GST

Knox United Church

506 4 St SW go to for more information or to register

- Lunchtime Yoga for Back Health(registered) TUESDAY 12:00 - 1:00 pm ​Winter session

January 8 - March 26 11 weeks $154 inc GST

-- Namaste,

Anne Cox E-RYT 500


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