The Ignite family is pleased to announce its first Hero scholarship winner, Jon Banks.
Jon is an Ignite yogi, Surprise resident and veteran who served 11 years with the US Army, including a tour in Vietnam.
Jon first tried yoga at a local gym and quickly realized that there was something more to the practice; as he said ‘something deeper.’ He now feels practice is part of his way of life and extends beyond the studio.
Jon has allowed us to share that he has arthritis in his knee and shoulder and bursitis in the hips, and some issues with stress. But rather than be discouraged by these factors, Jon is determined to manage them as much as possible with his practice.
Jon has discovered that his yoga helps him feel calm, and feels it’s good to meditate after his yoga practice. Inspired by his practice, Jon also maintains his own blog, The Invisible Hindu.
The scholarship provides for six months of yoga study and Hero recipients are asked to share their yoga journey and how it has impacted their lives. We hope to encourage more active duty military and veterans to learn about the benefits of yoga.
You can follow Jon’s story here. If you know someone that might be interested in applying for the Hero program, information and the application can be found on the Ignite Foundation webpage.
We begin this week with a new month and with it messages from Archangel Uriel. This month we will be working with Archangel Uriel and trusting what we know. This knowingness comes through the many messages we receive from our intuitive gifts, our spiritual team and usually presents itself as a "gut feeling" or instinct. It's those moments when you step out in faith and trust that through those nudges you are indeed being guided. And, it's also true that knowing what to do may not be easy, but it will undoubtedly be right. Taking action on a spiritual nudge or intuitive leap of faith can put you in the perfect place to be alignment with the bigger picture. This is where all the magic happens. Archangel Uriel helps us with those big picture items and helps us to define them through ideas and inspiration.
Discernment is another excellent tool for knowingness. Our spiritual team is always guiding and leading us but we always have free will, and it's up to us to make choices, decisions, and to choose whether or not to take action. Choosing not to engage with something presented when it doesn't feel right is also that intuitive knowingness. There are so many times that I've caught myself saying, I knew I shouldn't have done that. The good news is that we will be re-directed and put back on our path when things go awry, and it's always a good reminder to listen to our instincts. Not everyone will agree with your decisions or reasoning, but if you remain steadfast to your own personal truth and integrity, you will never go wrong. This week the angels would like us to focus on our knowingness and being aware of when we're getting those nudges and how we apply them. What happened when you listened to your knowingness this week?
In Native American Spirituality, the Bear symbolizes introspection and going within. Here you will find the truth, power, and that inner knowingness. This is the Dream Lodge (meditation), where all things are possible, and you commune not only with yourself but with the ancestors and your spiritual team. This month allow Archangel Uriel and Bear to help you fully integrate your gift and power of knowingness.
Have a great week everyone; I'm sending you good vibes,
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.