Healing and becoming whole with nature, beauty and yoga's wisdom.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fall Meditation: Making Art with Nature



This past weekend my little guy and I visited our local nature center to take in fall's trees making letting go look so good. During our walk he claimed his little legs that usually never give up were getting tired plus he kept on saying "I miss Daddy." I distracted him from his worries in the not so familiar forest by collecting beautiful fallen leaves. Soon after he happily joined me. Eventually our leaf bouquets were falling out of our hands so we found a comfortable place to sit. Here we arranged the leaves by color and created spiral leaf designs. For a good amount of time he and I were at one with making art in nature.




When we were done with our moving meditation, I took a fews pictures of our swirling leaf designs for memory sake. We said thank you and goodbye to our leaf art creation experience and left our art for someone else to discover or the wind to dismantle. We continued on our walk and when it was time to go home guess who wanted to collect some more leaves and make a little bit more art with nature.





Monday, October 19, 2015

Bandhas & Mudras Magic Yoga Workshop @ Ramapo College of New Jersey




When you bring your palms together you take the right and left, the sun and moon, the ha and tha, the masculine and feminine sides of you together and form a seal called anjali mudra. Here you feel grounded, centered, and able to hear the wisdom whispers of your highest self.

Catch that light and visualize it rooting deep and growing branches that stretch far out and can handle just about anything with amazing grace. Learn more at my upcoming Bandhas and Mudras Magic Yoga Workshop Friday November 13th at 6pm at Ramapo College of New Jersey. It will be 1/2 lecture 1/2 yoga flow that is designed to fit all. See the side bar description for more information.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall Lifestyle: Encountering Darkness

Natarajasana/Lord of the Dance Pose. Dress www.saffrontradingcompany.com Tall boots www.ninewest.com Red tassle mala www.marialuisaboutique.com


The signs that the dark half of the year are settling in are more obvious during mid October. Gloomy bone chilly rainy days vs. sunny cornflower blue summer like days show their shadows earlier and earlier each day. Our instinct tells us to draw our energy inwards rather than striking out. Listen to your body responding to the energy of the sun at this deepening time. It is time to put down roots as you prepare for winter. This includes eating plenty of baked or stewed root vegetables which are low in moisture and perfect for your digestion and immunity during the season's change to colder days ahead.

Regarding your yoga practice take some extra time while you hold your postures to feel the ground beneath you and observe your roots reaching deep into the earth. Overtime you will notice thoughts of connection to the earth and those around you will surface including memories of your ancestors. Don't be surprised if you find yourself seated in your closet looking through a box of old family pictures while your intention was to bring your winter weather clothes to the forefront of your closet.

If the darker days have you feeling restless, decorate your living and workspace with fall colored candles and candle holders. Pillows, throw blankets and dried flower arrangements are fast and economical decorative touches to ease you into hibernation mode. 

Honor the feelings that show themselves now. Decline invitations if you're feeling tired. Go to bed earlier than normal if you're feeling to and notice your sleeping and conscious dreams. Dark feelings mixed with eagerness for a new year and a fresh start are sure to surface now. Let go of what you need to with love, keep what serves you with gratitude and accept what you can't change now, knowing that with mindful reflection your transformation will be unstoppable.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Your Energy Center that Balances Heaven and Earth Within: The Heart Chakra



In preparation for my Chakra Study Yoga Flow Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey Fri. Oct. 9th at 6pm, I've created yoga art photography and written a bit about each chakra to ease one's understanding about the chakras, our energy body. The chakras are defined as 7 wheels of rainbow colored light that are found at the base of the pelvis, run along the spine and up to the crown of the head. Since the chakras are energy they are sensed. This is where I feel art and a few words can coax you into feeling what you experience in each of your chakras. If you've been following my posts for the past two weeks, you have read my current expression of the 1st 3 chakras and the last 3 chakras. In this post I'm focusing on the central chakra, the heart chakra. It is where the energy of love is born within your body.

In my notes you will notice the heart chakra like the other chakras in my previous posts corresponds to emotions that I like to interpret as a positive affirmation you can say to heal and empower yourself. There's also a body part, an element in nature, color and mantra association.

As you review this post take in each of the 3 heart chakra images 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.

Anahata Chakra is the 4th chakra. It is a green light that rides the air element within our chest and shoulder blades. It is where love is born in your energy body. See it as the link that balances your heavenly (top 3) and earthly (1st 3) chakras. Chant the mantra YAM to open the doors to this gateway of love.




Love is always available to us yet at times we stuck in one chakra and don't see it. Get that green light of love spinning freely again by raising your chest to the sky. Root your lower body down onto the earth and tune into feeling your heart center in the middle of your energy body balancing your lower and higher realms.




When this center is open, your heart's trauma is called to heal. Don't shut down and seal your heart closed again. You can keep it open and still revel in the grace of it all no matter what happens. Light needs darkness to shine and darkness will always seek the light. There's no escaping this truth. Know that you're not alone in working towards loving the beautiful and shadow side of yourself.

By doing the work to maintain an open heart, you nurture yourself in the process and then have the capacity to heal others. Balancing giving and receiving are the gifts of a healthy heart chakra.

Healing Affirmation: "As I open and heal my heart, I see the giving and receiving qualities of my heart in balance."

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Your Earth Energy Centers: The 1st 3 Chakras




In preparation for my Chakra Study Yoga Flow Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Fri. 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 first three chakras found at the base of your pelvis, center of your hips and solar plexus. I like to call them your earth energy centers because once they are open and spinning your connection to everything you will need for your transformative journey home to your supreme 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 Energy Center that Balances Heaven and Earth": The Heart Chakra


Muladhara Chakra (pictured above) is the 1st chakra. Red is the hue and it sits at the base of the pelvis. It roots and supports everything you will need to survive on your journey home to your infinite self. The sacred syllable is the mantra LAM and the element is earth.

Healing Affirmation: "I am grounded, powerful, safe and strong."






Svadhisthana Chakra is the second chakra. It is orange in color and floats in the center of your hips. It governs your likes, dislikes and all relationships. VAM is the sacred syllable and water is the element that helps this energy flow.

Healing Affirmation: "I am a creator who is worthy of pleasure and love."





Manipura Chakra is the third chakra burning in the solar plexus. The color is yellow like the sun and the element is fire which ignites your desire to do what you love. Chant the mantra RAM and see your power expand. 

Healing Affirmation: "I manifest my dreams as I connect to the universe."