Welcome to the world of Mini-Mindful Moments With Eve
I am absolutely thrilled to announce the release of my latest Mini-Mindful Moment videos. These videos were made with the generosity of the Framingham Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. I created these videos for families and schools to share their relaxing and mindful techniques with children and themselves.
The HABITS series can help children and grown-ups to grow healthy habits to deal with life’s ups, downs and everything in-betweens.
Families & Schools can learn the techniques and share them or use the recordings to follow along with. The sections can be played all together or can be used as separate activities for short mindful moments.
I am thrilled to share these with you and welcome all feedback at AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com.
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The Groove & Flow Experience March & April 2021
The Groove and Flow Experience is my special blend of yoga, dance, Qigong, and meditation styles where the participants can explore and experience the joy of movement and freedom of expression within a supportive, creative environment, regardless of experience and/or abilities. This class is balanced with movement, relaxation and meditation and participants can be on a mat or in a chair. All abilities welcomed for this one of a kind experience.
Bio: Eve Costarelli is passionate about bringing the joy of movement to all-bodies. Through her interactive, self-designed mindful movement program, Always Be Dancing: The Art of Movement, Eve uses yoga, dance & social consciousness to create a healthy, diverse, inclusive environment. Eve is the yoga & mindfulness coordinator for the Common Street Spiritual Center and facilitates all-inclusive yoga and dance programs throughout Massachusetts. Eve’s programs are fun, upbeat, and wholly inclusive. Focus is always on abilities not disabilities.
What is The Groove & Flow Experience? What makes it unique? How does it fit in?
Bioenergetic exercise to realize potential for happiness, gratitude, inner peace, self-worth, joy
Imagination, innovation, creativity
Goal? happiness, gratitude, inner peace, self-worth, joy, balance, mindfulness, peace, self care, connection, community, creativity, health
Walk On Air (Sun & Moon Mix) by Holy Ghost After Sunrise by Sergio Mendes Let’s Get It On (Step Remix) by Marvin Gaye Apple Tree by Erykah Badu Soul Shakedown Party by Bob Marley & The Wailers Steppin’ Out by Steel Pulse Ain’t No Half Steppin’ by Big Daddy Kane 2 Step remix by DJ Unk, T-Pain, Jim Jones & E-40 Yes, Yes Y’all by Sergio Mendes (ft. Black Thought, Chali2na, DebiNova & Will.I.Am) Makambo by Geoffrey Oryema Humme Hum by Mirabai Ceiba
Simulates the pituitary to create balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.
Makes the body flexible and strengthens the chest muscles and stimulates the lymph nodes in that area.
Balances the parathyroid gland and stimulates weight loss.
Balances Prana & Apana and sets the navel point, the seat of your inner power.
Humme Hum Tumme Tum Wahe Guru I am thine in mine myself Wahe Guru *I am you, in the core of my own being. Yahoo.
Recognize that the other person is you. *You can find harmony between opposites. *We have a shared essence beyond our physical selves. *We can reconnect to the essence and experience oneness in the moment, within ourselves, with others, with the universe.
*Sit comfortably. Make an antenna w/ R hand and block R nostril with thumb. Long Deep Breathing thru L nostril. 2 min. Inhale hold for 10 seconds. Relax. *Repeat blocking L nostril. 2 min. Inhale; hold 10. Relax. *Inhale L, exhale R. 2 min… *Inhale R, exhale L. 2 min … *Gyan mudra (the “ok” sign in both hands). Begin Breath Of Fire (this is a type of breath that you pump from the center of your navel to expel your breath. It’s the same as long deep breathing; it’s just at a much faster pace. So it’s in, out, in, out… and each time you breathe out, you pull your stomach in. The breath should be powerful and strong and through your nose). Totally center yourself at your brow point. Powerful, rhythmic breathing. 2 min…Inhale, circulating the energy. *Meditate on your personal intention for today. What brought you here. Think of something that will help propel you forward through the next week.
This is the set of “U.” It invigorates you by adjusting your internal and external energies. These are called the 4 U’s and they are “for you.”
“The ‘4 U’ kriya sets the nervous system to withstand pressures of society and challenges of times. Do each posture without moving a muscle and this is said to create nerves strong as steel—’stainless steel forever.’ This kriya also works on eliminating fear and developing greater spinal flexibility. Different people will function at individual levels of development and capability. Please refer to this post for poses and modifications
Lie down flat on the back. Raise the legs and arms straight up to 90 degrees. Palms face each other. Point the toes. Knees and elbows are straight. Hold steady and think about what good you have done since you have come to the planet Earth. Reconcile activities with your beautiful intelligence. We are moving the life force energy today and without any movement. Keep yourself in the posture no matter what. The energy will adjust itself. Let the energy above you hold your legs and arms up. Float effortlessly.
Still lying on the back, bring the hands straight up over the head on the ground. Then raise the lower body up into a modified Plow Pose, with the legs straight over the head but parallel to the ground. This is a simple flow of energy, a simple way of just being. Be a river.
Come sitting up and stretch the legs out in front; the arms extend toward the toes, palms down and parallel to the ground. The back is straight and steady, like a statue. The pain and disturbance comes in the adjustment of the pranic energy. You feel the pressure of the muscles adjusting themselves. Some call it “chi”, some call it prana. Some call it “qi” energy, and we call it “ji energy. They all mean the soul, the inner Self, the being. Meditate, chant and recite anything mentally or verbally, but keep the posture perfect. Sat Nam, I Am, My Truth, Light-Bright. Say it strong and say it sweet.
Stand up straight and bend over at the waist so the torso is parallel to the ground. Keep the back and neck straight. The arms will hang loosely down towards the ground. Form a “U” with your body. Don’t bend down to the toes. You can chant or meditate to keep yourself going. Be bold; be soft. Be bright; be light. Be earth; be air.
Deep Relaxation. Relax flat on the back. Listen to a gong, if available.
Meditation for Developing an Attitude of Gratitude: An attitude of gratitude is the highest form of yoga. Finding abundance of gratitude in yourself will open the floodgates for what you have to be grateful for.
Posture: Sit in a comfortable posture, with a straight spine and neck. Mudra: Cup your hands together as if you are gathering water from a stream and in this position, place them approximately 6 inches in front of your heart centre. Relax your arms at your side and feel every other part of your body relaxing and releasing. Eyes and Mental Focus: In this posture, simply sit with your eyes closed and visualize all the blessings of your life falling into your cupped hands. Breath: Breathe deeply and feel yourself merging with the light of all of those blessings. Time: Continue for 3, 11 or 31 minutes (or however long it feels comfortable to do so).
*Bountiful Blissful and Beautiful by Kamari and Manvir *Say Saraswati by White Sun *Give Me the Sunshine by Leo’s Sunshipp *Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Takuya Kuroda *Heal Me by Nirinjan Kaur *Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake *Thank You by Sly & The family Stone *Wishing On A Star by Rose Royce *Guru Ram Das Lullaby by Bachan Kaur
Tonight starts the mantra of Light-Bright. We need to be the brightness that conquers the darkness of the winter months and to allow the good in us to conquer the evil. We all have the proverbial devil and angel on our shoulders it is just how we react to them is what separates us. We need to be the light and shine as bright as possible to lead the way into a more positive time of growth for us, personally, communally and globally.
To keep your vibration bright, light and at a high frequency, make time for self care every day. Yoga, meditation, clean food, positive affirmation, kindness, Qigong…..set aside time each day-in a routine-for a formal practice and then encourage as much mindfulness into your daily life as possible.
Seated Breathing Sequence:
Gyan mudra. Breathe in 4 sniffs; breathe out 4 sniffs. Last sniff in, ends the full inhale/Last sniff out, ends the full exhale. (1min.)
Clasp hands. Leave a space for a diamond to form. Powerful inhales and exhales. (1 min.)
Press hands together very hard. Make a diamond. Press the piece of coal so tightly a diamond forms. Continue powerful breathing. (1 min)
Inhale & Squeeze as hard as you can. Hold breath-tighten every part of the body as tight as possible. Breathe out & release.
Today’s set is for spinal flexibility and the release of pent up stagnation so we will become lighter and brighter.
Playlist: Myopia by Moby Circling by Four Tet Sea Of Stars (Remix ft. Amanda Giacomini) by MC Yogi Keep On Movin’ by Soul II Soul River by Ibeya Synchronize ft. Jarvis Cocker by Discodeine I Want To Be Free by Ohio Players Rude Movements by Ahsford & Simpson Can You Feel It (Instrumental) by Mr. Fingers The Ancient Gong by Guru Terath Kaur Khalsa Sweat (Sweat the Club) by Jay Williams
Groove & Flow playlist 11/16/2020
Ayurvedic Tips for Autumn
Fall is a time of transition. Trees, shrubs, animals and birds are preparing for the winter. They are all gathering the energy, including nutrition, that they will need to survive the winter. Temperature is dropping and the wind is slowly gathering strength, carrying with it a hint of winter on its breath. Autumn is windy, erratic and cool.
These are all qualities shared by vata dosha (vata-wind/dosha=energy)
Vata is one of the three energetic forces of the subtle body, the inner happenings of the life inside your body.. This particular dosha corresponds with the elements of air and ether (space). Thanks to the airy and mobile qualities of vata, it plays an integral part in healthy bodily functions such as digestion, the flow of breath, and communication between the mind and the nervous system. Vata types tend to have creative personalities and are often inquisitive in nature.
Excess vata can cause the body, mind, and emotions to feel scattered like the wind. This type of imbalance can happen to anyone, regardless of their Ayurvedic constitution or body type.
Ayurvedic tips to balance Vata this fall:
1. Enjoy warm cooked foods. Foods made with a little olive oil or ghee have a wonderful soothing effect that immediately calms down restless Vata. Root vegetables, hearty grains, soups, and stews are recommended. Cooked grains – like oatmeal, tapioca, cream of rice, and cream of wheat – and most nuts and seeds are also beneficial.
2. Use warming spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin, but not extremely hot spices like cayenne pepper.
5. Take extra care of your skin with a warm sesame oil self-massage.
6. Increase stillness in your day to connect with yourself. Vata is aggravated by feelings of fear and insecurity.
7. Get enough sleep; nap when you need.
8. Reduce stress by consciously practicing yoga, meditation, long deep breathing and alternate nostril breathing.
9. The colors we wear can greatly contribute to how we feel. To help us feel light, be sure to wear bright colors, such as a camisole, a scarf or a pair of sox. Choose the color that makes you feel the lightest and brightest you, you can be. Its a sure fire way to add the perfect color splash into your day to keep you light and bright and uplifting.
10. Try to stick to a regular routine: go to bed at the same time, meditate daily, yoga every morning.
My brother just had surgery because he broke his ankle. The injury is still very fresh so I created a yoga set that he can do sitting on the floor with his legs straight out (pillow under the knees to soften, when needed). He can gradually change these to seated in a chair but for now the weight and shape of the cast and the recentness of the accident, it is best to keep him on an even, low level. He will be most grounded in this position.
I suggest setting a timer for each section and keeping the sections evenly timed. Try 1-5 minutes each to start.
Start with Deep Belly Breathing:
* Sit comfortably, upright but not rigid or lay down. *Close your eyes or keep them softly focused on one object. Having an actual spot for eyes to focus on is very important as it gives a home base for the eyes when the mind wanders. You can use the tip of your nose, a spot on the wall or through closed eyes, the third eye point. *Place your hands on your lower belly, on your legs or in your lap. *Create your own quiet, still space inside. I call this your Inner Love-Shack. *Inhale through your nose. Keep your mouth closed. Your belly should fill round on the inhale. Your body will feel like it is a balloon being filled up. *Notice the pause at the end of your inhale. *Slowly let the air out through your nose. You want the exhale to be long and gentle. Your belly will soften. If a mouth exhale is done, keep the lips slightly pursed and allow the air to seep out slowly as if you are trying to ripple a flame of a candle. *Notice the pause at the end of the exhale. *Repeat 3-5x or as long as you like. If your mind wanders, just pull it back to the breath and the sensation of your hands. *When finished, sit quietly for a few moments and enjoy the stay in your Inner Love-Shack, inside and out.
Cow/Cat: Legs out, back not against a wall/bedside, hands on knees. Close eyes and beam out through the third eye point and add in the chant “sat” Nam” or whatever resonates with you to keep a high positive vibration happening in your head and throughout your body.
With chin moving up (cow) & down (cat)
Without chin moving
Breathe in open chest, lift chin, lift puppy tail
Breathe out cat, curl forward (arch back like a halloween cat), drop chin
Breathe in your pelvic bowl spills water out the front
Breathe out the pelvic bowl spills water out the back
Holding Up The Sky With One Hand (Legs out, can be gently backed up to a support) Start with hands on belly and return there on each exhale before you switch sides.
Press down with one hand to keep the floor from coming up.
Press up the sky with the lower palm on the other hand.
Breathe in as you stretch up & open; breathe out as you, bring the energy to your power belly and change sides.
Holding Up the Sky With Two Hands
Start with both hands on lower belly
Breathe in as the hands travel up.
Stretch up over head, with both hands, from the lower palm.
Breathe out, hands return to belly.
Stealth Ninja (Legs out, body slightly pulled away from support, so that hand can snake behind)
Press one hand forward near your shoulder and chin, to ward off an attacker. It has the sensation of being propelled in that direction.
At the same time, look over the opposite shoulder, as if to check behind you.
The other hand is behind the back reaching in in the same direction the head is facing. Your body is moving in one direction and you are looking over the other shoulder while at the same time the back hand is reaching as if to grab a friend’s hand
Hip Circles (legs out, support under knees advised, hands on knees)
Move hips around in a circular motion in one direction, like an old fashioned coffee grinder
Repeat in the other direction.
Hands behind on the floor
Lift chest and lean back.
Head can drop behind, but keep chest lifting and open and back strong.
Fold forward but have knees comfortably bent
The “goal” is belly to thighs; knees bent more will facilitate this
Playlist: Myopia by Moby Circling by Four Tet Swisha by Ratatat Running Up That Hill (Instrumental) by Kate Bush Samba de Orfeo by António Carlos Jobim Dazz by Brick Be Still by Beautiful Chorus My Secret Lover (Diplo Remix) by Private I Was Born This Way (12 Instrumental) by Carol Bean Like Some Dream I Can’t Stop Dreaming (Break Mix) by Daniel Wang Synchronize Ft. Jarvis Cocker by Discodeine I Want To Be Free by Ohio Players
Groove & Flow playlist for 11/9/2020
Ayurvedic Tips for Autumn
Fall is a time of transition. Trees, shrubs, animals and birds are preparing for the winter. They are all gathering the energy, including nutrition, that they will need to survive the winter. Temperatures, although right now quite balmy, are going to drop and the wind is slowly gathering strength, carrying with it the whiff of winter on its breath. Autumn is dry, rough, windy, erratic and cool.
These are all qualities shared by vata dosha (vata-wind/dosha=energy) Vata is one of the three energetic forces of the subtle body, the inner happenings of the life inside your body.. This particular dosha corresponds with the elements of air and ether (space). Thanks to the airy and mobile qualities of vata, it plays an integral part in healthy bodily functions such as digestion, the flow of breath, and communication between the mind and the nervous system. Vata types tend to have creative personalities and are often inquisitive in nature.
Excess vata can cause the body, mind, and emotions to feel scattered like the wind. This type of imbalance can happen to anyone, regardless of their Ayurvedic constitution or body type.
Here are a few simple ayurvedic tips to balance Vata this fall:
1. Enjoy warm cooked foods. Foods made with a little olive oil or ghee have a wonderful soothing effect that immediately calms down restless Vata. Root vegetables, hearty grains, soups, and stews are recommended. Cooked grains – like oatmeal, tapioca, cream of rice, and cream of wheat – and most nuts and seeds are also beneficial. 2. Use warming spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin, but not extremely hot spices like cayenne pepper. 3. Enjoy warm beverages such as chai or golden milk. 4. Eat less cold and raw foods. 5. Take extra care of your skin with a warm sesame oil self-massage. 6. Increase stillness in your day to connect with yourself. Vata is aggravated by feelings of fear and insecurity. 7. Get enough sleep, nap when you need. 8. Reduce stress by consciously practicing yoga, meditation, long deep breathing and alternate nostril breathing. 9. The colors we wear can greatly contribute to how you feel. Choose colors from the environment around you. In this cooler season of autumn, warmer richer hues, like autumn’s foliage, are a great choice. Adorn yourself with rich red, warm gold, and burnt orange. 10. Try to stick to a regular routine: go to bed at the same time, meditate daily, mindful movement every morning.
Simple techniques to help you feel grounded, steady, and nourished all season long!
I am Eve. I was born and raised in Brookline, MA in a beautiful, yellow Victorian mansion atop the 2nd highest hill in Brookline. My mother was a paper sculptor and surrounded me with art my whole life. I found self-expression in the art of movement through sports and then through bodybuilding, tap dancing, flamenco, yoga, and Qigong as an adult. Just like my love for cutting paper, learned from my mother, I have created a personal movement style, based on cutting and piecing together different movement styles. I works with all ages and finds delight in adapting my programs for all ages and all abilities.
I love reimagining myself all the time and finding unique and creative ways to fit what I love to do into other people’s lives. I focus on sharing this source of inner freedom with people, to inspire them to feel happier, healthier, more wholesome and for them to be able to withstand the pressure and fluctuations of time.
Thank you all for embarking on this journey of self-discovery with me!
This meditation balances the brain and relieves stress. It takes only three minutes but can have a profound effect.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine. Raise the arms with the elbows bent until the hands meet at the level of the heart in front of the chest. The forearms make a straight line parallel to the ground.
Mudra: Spread the fingers of both hands. Touch the fingertips and thumb tips of opposite hands together. Create enough pressure to join the first segments (counting from the tip) of each finger. The thumbs are stretched back and point toward the torso. The fingers are bent slightly due to the pressure. The palms are separated. (I realize I did the wrong mudra in class.)
Eyes: Fix your eyes at the tip of the nose.
Breath: Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose. Exhale through the rounded lips in eight equal, emphatic strokes. On each exhale, pull the navel point in sharply.
Time: Continue for 3 minutes. You may build the practice slowly to 11 minutes but note that longer times are only for the dedicated, serious practitioners.
To End: Then inhale deeply, hold for 10-30 seconds, and exhale. Inhale again, and shake the hands over the head. Relax.
The mantra for creativity Har Haray Hari Wahe Guru is in four parts and represents the cycle of creative activity. Har represents the seed potential of Infinite Creativity. Haray represents the flow of the Creative Force. Hari represents the manifestation of the Creative Force. Wahe Guru is an expression of joy and wonder at the beauty of this process. It’s like saying “Idea. Flow. Here it is. Wow!” Here is a video of the movements.
Groove & Flow Playlist 11/2/2020:
Ancient Love by Anoushka Shankar
Voice of the Moon by Anoushka Shankar
Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers Ubiquity