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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Your Cosmic Energy Centers: The Top 3 Chakras

In preparation for my Chakra Study Yoga Flow Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Oct. 9th at 6pm, I've created yoga art photography and written a bit on each chakra to ease one's understanding about the chakras, our energy body. The chakras are defined as 7 spinning wheels of rainbow colored light that are found at the base of the pelvis, run along our spine and up to the crown of our head. Since the chakras are energy they are sensed. This is where I feel art and a few words on each energy center can coax you into feeling what you experience in each of your chakras. In this post I'm focusing on the top 3 chakras found at the crown of your head, third eye and throat. I like to call them your cosmic energy centers because once they're are open and spinning your connection to your highest self is found.

You will notice in my notes that each chakra corresponds to a different emotion that I like to interpret as a positive affirmation that you can say to heal and empower yourself. Also each chakra is associated with a different part of the body, element in nature, color and mantra.

As you review this post take in each image and description. Then observe what you feel and where you feel it. There is no wrong or right answer, just notice. This is how we heal and balance our chakras, by feeling and not critically thinking about them.

*Next week I will post Your Earthly Energy Centers: The 1st 3 Chakras.

Sahasrara Chakra (pictured above) is a white spinning light that sits at your crown. It's a 1000 petal lotus that with devoted practice unfolds and unites you with your limitless self. It is associated with the element space and the sacred syllable is the mantra OM.

Healing Affirmation: "I am connected, understanding and blissful."

Ajna Chakra rests at the third eye and is the color of the twilight sky. When you chant the sacred syllable OM you come back home to your highest self and see clearly putting your story lines and projections on a shelf. It is associated with the element space.

Healing Affirmation: "I see the big picture and I accept my path."

Vishuddha Chakra is a turquoise light that floats in your throat. Chant HAM to ease your words and turn your communication into a blessing. The element is space.

Healing Affirmation: "I have clear, compelling and truthful speech."

Friday, September 18, 2015

Warmly Welcoming My Fall Yoga Schedule

Whether you're ready to say goodbye to summer or not, the coming change to fall is around the corner. You will notice the sun fading making the sky ruby colored at dawn, caramel light in the afternoons, deep purple at twilight and dark ink blue with diamond studded stars at night. It is time for study, tying up the loose ends of the year, letting go of what doesn't serve you, sharing what you can and giving thanks with friends and family.

The mantra is "Let go as the winds blow. I am a dancer with the wind."

My Fall Yoga Workshop Schedule is:

Chakra Study at Ramapo College of New Jersey   Friday   Oct. 9th   6pm   3hrs

Bandhas and Mudras Magic at Ramapo College of New Jersey   Friday   Nov. 13th   6pm   3hrs

Thanksgiving Day Special Gratitude and Giving Back Class at www.bamboomovesyoga.com   Thursday   Nov. 26th   9:30am   2hrs

Weekly Classes:

Tuesdays   10:00 am   All Levels   1 hr and 15 min  www.bamboomovesyoga.com  Palisades Park, NJ

Tuesdays   12 noon   Gentle Warrior   1 hr and 15 min  www.bamboomovesyoga.com  Englewood, NJ    

Thursdays   12 noon   Gentle Warrior   1 hr and 15 min    www.bamboomovesyoga.com  Englewood, NJ

My Compassion Yoga Flow Online Class is coming up this fall on www.yogainternational.com This class will energize and relax you, loosen and strengthen your neck and shoulders, liberate your lower back, challenge your physical balance as well as your ability to equally give to yourself and others. Participating in this unique online yoga class will offer you an opportunity to give to the www.himalayaninstitute.com One Tribe Project who is building libraries in Cameroon, Africa.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Make A Difference

Cockscomb flowers, recycled glass vases, quartz, selenite, rose quartz, lepidolite crystals www.anthropologie.com candle www.saffrontradingcompany.com table

Everyone wants to be a hero. Movies become box office hits because of this truth. Luke Skywalker, Superman and other Hollywood heroes who carry the light to serve mankind spark the basic goodness that sits within all of our hearts. However it is absolutely human to disconnect from our greatness as we get entangled with life’s dramas and daily demands.

Consider creating a little sacred space in your home and/or workplace where you can rest and reconnect to your basic goodness. Intuitively pick a spot like a countertop or a corner table by a window and beautify it with a candle, fresh flowers and crystals or incense if you like. Light your candle with the intention of enlightening within your consciousness ways you can make a difference for those in need no matter what your personal financial and health status is today. Sit silently and notice any glimmer of inspiration in the moment or later in the day.

Crystal singing bowl

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Himalayan Institute

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going on a little work retreat with my husband to film my Compassion Yoga Flow online class with Yoga International at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Himalayan Institute is a classical yoga studies haven nestled away in in Northeastern Pennsylvania with 400 acres of sacred space resting in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains.

With over 40 years of experience the Himalayan Institute's retreat center is an ideal place to rest and rejuvenate as well as study the ancient traditions of yoga which enables you to deepen your connection to yourself and the world around you. During my stay I wholeheartedly enjoyed the picturesque setting where deer, hummingbirds and chipmunks appeared like a fairytale at my room's window while I did my asana practice. Meditating in the Sri Vidya Shrine which was the original living space of the Himalayan Institute's founder, Swami Rama had such great energy that sitting to meditate came so easy. The vegetarian food was delicious and prepared by the kindest staff who gave me some cooking tips I'm already using such as cutting up my browned banana's into four pieces and freezing them to use instead of ice cubes in my smoothies.

There's so much more to the Himalayan Institute such as endless Programs and E courses, Yoga Certification Programs both 200 and 500 hour, Spiritual Excursions, Studying the Practice/Sadhana of Herbs, Residential Programs, A Total Health Center, Detox and De-Stress Retreats, Holistic Rejuvenation Programs, Ayurvedic Cleansing and Rejuvenating Retreats, Humanitarian Projects and more. Please visit www.himalayaninstitute.com to learn more and book your stay.

Back bending onset at my Compassion Yoga Flow Class which is coming this Fall online at www.yogainternal.com to support the Himalayan Institute's One Tribe Project who is building libraries in Cameroon, Africa.

A picture I took upon exiting the Sri Vidya Shrine of Swami Rama, founder of the Himalayan Institute.

On campus at Sunset Pond.

In route to the Himalayan Institute we ate at Dyberry Forks in the town of Honesdale, Penn. It has a country farm chic vibe with the freshest farm to fork food I've ever tasted. It is a must stop to eat spot on your way in or out of the Himalayan Institute.