Yoga is more than an exercise; it is spiritual that allows you to connect with your inner self. It provides you a way to get in touch with your truth and the beauty of who you are. Certified yoga and meditation teacher Sindy Warren goes deep with yoga practice and teaches how it can change a person’s outlook in life. She shows the power of breath work and the importance of hitting that pause button, to observe the sensations in our body, and to get in touch with our thoughts. Ultimately, she puts forward what’s beyond the physical practice of yoga, the philosophy and the non-physical aspects of it.
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Beyond The Physical Aspects Of Yoga Practice with Sindy Warren
My guest is Sindy Warren and she says, “If you believe that yoga is just what happens on a yoga mat and a one-and-a-half-hour session of downward dog and child’s pose, then you’re missing out on something much more.” While yogis, through the centuries, have additionally studied the Sanskrit translated yoga sutras, now, Sindy Warren has RADI8: Using the Practice of Yoga to Cultivate Your Inner Shine for the rest of us. Sindy perceives yoga much like Michelangelo viewed his masterpiece, David. He was reported to have said, “I didn’t create David as he was already there. All I did was chip away at the parts of the stone that wasn’t him.” She believes yoga chips away at what doesn’t serve us to reach the pure fulfillment of who we truly are. Sindy, welcome to the show.
Thank you so much, Terri. It’s a pleasure to be here.
I was doing yoga for years. I enjoyed it and then I tore my ACL. I can’t have it replaced due to the fact that I have a neurological disease. It’s no big deal, I go on without an ACL. I have learned to compromise. However, there were so many yoga poses I couldn’t do. I stopped doing yoga and I thought, “That’s what yoga is. It’s downward dog, child’s pose.” I totally love what you share through RADI8 because it’s so different. First, I want to ask you, how did you come to realize yoga is not just going to a yoga class and doing the poses?
I started my yoga fifteen years ago as a student. The more I practiced the physical practice and the better I felt mentally and emotionally, I knew there was more. I would hear little sprinkles of wisdom or philosophy in class and I became a voracious student of the practice. I read everything I could get my hands on. I spoke to every teacher who would sit down and have a conversation with me and quickly came to understand and love the larger context of yoga, which is this philosophy that goes back 5,000 years.
The physical practice is one-eighth of this philosophical approach to yoga, which is called an eight-limbed pack. Thus, the name of the book RADI8 with a number eight. I’ve been absolutely blown away in my own personal journey by the nonphysical aspects of yoga. As I proceeded on my journey and then became a yoga teacher, it became so clear to me that so few modern practitioners don’t know that it’s more than what happens on the yoga mat in the studio. If you have an injury, then you must be out of the game. They don’t know there’s more and I felt compelled to share that.Yoga provides a way to get in touch with your inner self and come into the truth and beauty of who you are. Click To Tweet
Talk a little bit about RADI8. I thought it was phenomenal and fantastic and this cultivating your inner shine gave me goosebumps. Talk a little bit about how you use yoga to allow us to create our inner shine and let it show.
Yoga is in so many ways a practice that involves moving away from the external world and turning to ourselves, finding our own inner wisdom, shedding negative and limiting beliefs and behaviors that are often the result of what we perceive we’re supposed to be doing. Even something as simple as, “I have a torn ACL, so I can no longer be a yogi.” Yoga provides a way to get in touch with your inner self and come into the truth and beauty of who you are. That’s something we all have in common despite simply by virtue of being human. I found that the practice is a tangible way. What I’m saying may sound esoteric, but the philosophy provides practical, daily, small, simple tools that can help us get there in a tangible way.
Can you give us some tools that the audience aren’t familiar with?
Let’s start with the breath works. One of the eight limbs or eight parts of the path of yoga in Sanskrit is called Pranayama, which means breath control. If you ever notice that you’re feeling anxious, uptight, sad or angry, and you take a moment to just tap it in, close your eyes, and notice the pattern of breathing, you’ll likely even notice the breath is quite shallow. It’s probably arising from the chest area as opposed to the belly. What you can do is sit down, close or soften your eyes, lengthen your spine, and take three deep rounds of breath. Inhale through the nose all the way up the spine. Exhale through the nose all the way down the spine. Do that three times. Open your eyes and I’d venture to guess you’re going to feel completely different.
I share with you that I do a lot of breathing and I did that as you were sharing that. When I opened my eyes, everything looked so much brighter and so much clearer. Is that normal?
Absolutely. The breathwork is one of the quickest, easiest, and most effective ways to shift our nervous system. There is so much scientific evidence about the impact of slowing down in deepening your breath. That’s quite common and it couldn’t be simpler.
Before I got engaged with yoga, I used to start reminding myself to breathe and I meant to breathe deeply. I had it on my computer monitors, in my car, in my bathroom mirror, in my kitchen. I had it on my nightstand constantly reminding myself to breathe, to pause, to get centered, and to get slowed down. Is that beneficial?
That’s incredible, Terri. Not only is that beneficial. To me, that also captures one of the essential features of Yoga and you came to that intuitively. This was before what we think of traditionally as a yoga practice. The whole idea of hitting the pause button, of slowing down, of observing the sensations in your body as you breathe, as you think, or as you move, that is all yoga.
I wanted the audience to know intuitively there are things that if you get quiet and you listen, your body will tell you what it needs. Breathing showed up for me whenever I had a lot on my plate or a lot of things to do. I would find myself rushing, not fully breathing and not being present. This is going back 25 years ago, I simply asked myself, “What can I do to slow down and be more fully present?” The answer that came to me was breathing. I certainly think it’s a good reminder for all of us. Give us something else that we can do to cultivate our inner shine.
You’re probably aware of this, but maybe all of your audience isn’t. Everybody has a running tape in their head where we have this dialogue that’s happening most of the time. If you’re not familiar with what your dialogue is, you can engage in the same exercise I described, which is to take a seat, close the eyes, and lengthen your spine. Instead of focusing on your breath, notice your thoughts. We all have a stream of thoughts. Some days when I tap into what that is, it’s a horribly boring inane to-do list. Other days, it might be ruminations from what I should have done the week before or anxiety about what may come next month.
When we start to notice what the narrative is, going back to the idea of slowing down and pausing, we have the ability to change the narrative. Even apart from the banalities of daily life, I noticed when I began this practice, I had extremely negative, critical and judgmental self-talk. It was showing up in my life in some very damaging ways. Through the practice of yoga, which is simply noticing that thought pattern, I was able to shift it. Even something as simple as creating a mantra for yourself such as, “I am enough,” and then saying it inside your head silently could start to shift your consciousness in a way where you start to believe it because it’s true. Therefore, you’ll come more into the truth of your inner self.
The first time I heard of a mantra, which was so funny, was when I was about sixteen years old. Of all things, my grandmother said to me, “You should create a mantra while you’re young.” At that time, I was like, “A what, grandma?” She said, “It’s something that helps you get present and centered.” I had no idea what she was talking about. Then maybe five years later, I don’t know what kind of a business meeting my father went to but when he returned, he said, “I have a mantra.” I thought, “There is something to this,” and it still took me a few years to catch on.
I do have a mantra and mine are these words, “I choose peace,” and it reminds me to get present, to get centered, and to get calm. Where can people find you, hang out with you, or connect with you? I know that there are so many Heartrepreneurs here who want to start a business and that are going about their life with a lot of to-dos and a lot of busyness. RADI8 can make a huge difference for every single one of our audience.If you get quiet and you listen, your body will tell you what it needs. Click To Tweet
I would love to connect with any Heartrepreneurs out there who want to discuss, question, comment on anything in the book or what we’re talking about now. The best way to find me is on my website, www.Yoga8Book.com. The book, RADI8, is on Amazon. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram under Sindy Warren.
I have the amazing pleasure of reading the book. I don’t say this about most books, I thought it was one of the best books that I had read in the field of what I’m going to call personal development because it felt to me like a personal development book. Don’t forget RADI8. Sindy, I love the work you’re doing in the world. I know you’re busy and I’m so honored that you took some time out to join us here at the show.
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About Sindy Warren
Sindy Warren is a certified yoga and meditation teacher and a lifelong student of the practice. The author of Radi8, Using the Practice to Cultivate Your Inner Shine, she began learning yoga in 2003, at a time in her life when she was dealing with some challenging transitions. While she was first drawn to the physical practice, it was the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the tradition that kept her coming back, again and again. Her yoga practice helped her develop the skills to navigate life challenges with more grace and acceptance.
Sindy, a lawyer by trade, but yoga teacher by passion, wants to make the entire system of Yoga accessible to individuals looking for a more satisfying and rewarding way to live. Sindy perceives Yoga much like Michelangelo viewed his masterpiece, David…He was reported to have said, ”I didn’t create David, as he was already there. All I did was chip away at the parts of the stone that wasn’t him.”She believes Yoga chips away at what doesn’t serve us to reach the pure fulfillment of who we truly are.