Wow, and here comes Summer! And not a moment too soon. Thank goodness, we are moving direct in Mercury today and in June Mars goes direct! phew! You’ve probably heard the saying, “This too shall pass.” A Shaman friend of mine, Jill Carty, reminded me of this saying over the weekend when I was suffering through more kidney stone issues. They truly will pass (preferably sooner rather than later, teehee.) This is just one of those life’s challenges that forces me to be patient. But it’s also one of those things that is finally come “out”/up for release. So many lessons can be read from challenges.
I hope Mercury Retrograde has brought up all that needs to be seen and perhaps this time around it’s been easy on you. And even if it hasn’t been too easy, it HAS been Divine. Everything that comes up, comes up for a reason. If you are seeing it, then you are ready to move THROUGH it. This is a perfect lead in to this month’s Inspire You Article: “Take Yoga Into Life” (below). It is during these challenges times that my services may be needed to help with clarity and moving you through these life lessons. I offer Readings and Energy Healings as well as Soul Coaching as tools to help empower you on your path.
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Inspire You Article
Take Yoga Into Life
My schedule has changed a lot this year with classes and teaching yoga. I no longer teach yoga during my lunchtime hours at my corporate job. So my personal practice has changed. For a while it became more physical than taking in all that yoga usually brings me.
Yoga is not just a physical practice. Yoga is a mind, body and SOUL way of life. The magic of yoga is really utilizing the full potential of yoga which is: mind, body & soul connection. Yoga heals physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Sean Corne is one of my favorite yoga teachers. She is constantly reminding us that yoga has the potential to uncover truths with the self that may otherwise lay hidden. Yoga reveals the peace that dwells within. Yoga is a practice of self reflection and holds a mirror to our truest self. This knowing can bring us into a harmoniousness nature with ourselves, others and spirit. Asks us to witness all aspects of humanity, darkness and light. Deep reflection cultivates awareness and helps us transcend. Non-reactive and present in our life, make wise choices in life. Every once in a while our mind opens wide and creates space.
Watching how you flow through your yoga practice can give you insights into your life. Such as, when you are holding a challenging pose, what are you thinking? Are you deep into your monkey mind? Are you thinking about your grocery list? Worrying about the past or the future? Or are you breathing deeply? Sinking deeply into the pose. Enjoy the stretch and presence it provides? Do you take the time to truly sit with your feelings?
Are you allowing yourself to be in the pose wherever you are, rather than competing with others or yourself to be the “best” at this pose. There is no right or wrong. Often our ego gets in the way of our yoga practice and that is truly what yoga reveals for us. Truth. Through our practice we can reveal what our ego is doing and feeling and work through it to heal and remove it. Sometimes we want to be the best and be as amazing at a pose as other students are. So we may push too hard, cause injury. Remember: Sweet discomfort in yoga, no pain. Can you sit with wherever you are in a pose? Sometimes we simply want to “feel the burn” and therefore blocking the amazing spiritual benefits and connections that arise from truly being present in our practice. We are human and it’s normal. Yoga is not a sport. There are no levels to achieve. It is simply being as present as we can, allowing the healing to occur, doing whatever it is the wisdom of our body is feeling in any given moment. We are ever evolving and growing.
So take these lessons to life. Can you sit with a level you are at in your work life and still enjoy being present right now. It’s possible. You can strive for more, but you don’t have to allow your present moment to suffer while you are constantly reaching for the next “better” thing. Can you sit with a challenge and allow it to fill you up. To really sink deeper into it and therefore allowing space within yourself for a possible solution to arise. Perhaps no solution arises, BUT the lesson could be again, that challenges will be there but that doesn’t have to take away from peaceful moments in life. Other times it’s finding the solution and working through the issue, rather than stuffing it down.
Transitions from one pose next. are you being more mindful of one pose to the next? So it’s not just about the “finish life” but the journey. Flowing into each pose, how you align each pose, breathing into the pose, sinking deeper into the pose. Enjoying this process. Can you deal with life’s challenges or can you allow yourself to breathe and enjoy and be present? Yes there are times when we need to satiate our relaxation, our getting away from it all; allowing our mind to just let go and not think. Enjoying yoga for it’s relaxation healing benefits. This is an amazing benefit of a gentle yoga practice. And other times it’s about getting mindful and enjoying that practice. Or that IS the “getaway”. Can you feel the bliss and flow of each moment?
Yoga holds so much magic. It’s a life long dedication to Self and ReConnection to Source/All That Is/God/Goddess/Universe. Whatever you call it. It’s magical and amazing! May YOU feel the magic of Yoga and dive into life.
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I keep being drawn to the name Stephen in regards to meeting guys what does this mean?
Thank you for your email. Synchronicities happen for many varying reasons for many people. The first lesson of a synchronicity is to remind us to awaken; that there is a Universe out there with a grand design and we are a part of it.
The name could mean you are about to meet someone with that name (or someone’s) that will help you along your path in a partnership role. It could also mean that it truly is your one and only twin flame. It could mean that your twin flame in on the Other Side guiding you right now and the name you receive is that one. They could be helping you open your heart to love. For you it feels like this is the truest answer right now.
I used to get the name Joe all the time regarding this love relationship feeling. But I never met a Joe for a relationship. This, for me, was a past life connection/relationship. Also, a lesson in that our soul’s live on and lessons are still being learned long after our body died and our soul continues on the Other Side.
Try meditation. Meditate on your Spirit Guide and this name. Ask for your Angels and Guides to work with you to learn more about what this means to you. Get to know your heart deeper. Release an unforgiveness from past relationships gone wrong and therefore truly learn all the lessons meant to learn from the past. This will allow you to have the most fulfilling relationship in the future. The more you love Self, the more you can love and be open to another.
Yoga Pose of the Month
Sun Salutation B
Sanskrit: Surya Namaskar B
Photo of Maggie Anderson taken by Maggie Anderson
The Sun Salutation B sequence is built off of the traditional Sun Salutation A sequence, the most common and widely used Vinyasa out there today. (Click on the image to the right to see larger in a higher resolution.) Literally translated as “bow to the sun”. This sequence is great if you have low energy or poor circulation. As yoga teachers, we will build off of this sequence into even more dynamic or complex sequences to focus on certain areas of the body for our goals in each individual class.
Even the most experienced Yogi and Yogini have difficulty with some of the poses held in Sun Salutation A or B. You may modify this sequence, for example, by placing the knees down on the mat for Chaturanga and Runners Lunge (low lunge) or skipping Chaturanga completely if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This sequence is great for warming up the entire body, as well as strengthening and stretching. It is recommended to we practice at least six rounds of the Sun Salutation daily, preferably in the morning when we are more energized.
“One of the means of honoring the sun is through the dynamic asana sequence Surya Namaskar (better known as Sun Salutation). The Sanskrit word namaskar stems from namas, which means “to bow to” or “to adore.” (The familiar phrase we use to close our yoga classes, namaste—te means “you”—also comes from this root.) Each Sun Salutation begins and ends with the joined-hands mudra (gesture) touched to the heart. This placement is no accident; only the heart can know the truth.” ~ Yogajournal.com
Directions on how to come into this sequence:
Please, also, click on the image above to follow along visually how to come into this pose. For full text directions read below. Also, click on the individual pose links for a deeper look and direction into each pose:
1. To begin, stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) with Anjali Mudra, contemplating the sun or light of awareness in your heart. Distribute your weight evenly over both feet. Establish a slow, steady rhythm for your breath. Find your center.
2. Next, inhale and sweep arms out and up to the side about shoulder height or up by your ears, palms face in, for Utkatasana (Chair).
3. As you exhale, hollow out your belly and fold into Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), connecting down into the earth. Keep your legs firmly engaged.
4. Inhale and lengthen your spine forward into Ardha Uttanasana (Half Standing Forward Bend). In this pose, the gaze is lifted, the spine is extended, and the fingertips can stay on the floor or rise to the shins.
5. Exhale and step or lightly hop your feet back behind you into Plank Pose. Your hands should be flat on the floor, wrists shoulder-distance apart, and your feet should be at hip distance. Straight line of energy from your head all the way down to your heels. Take a full breath in as you lengthen through your spine.
6. Exhale and lower into Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose), keeping your legs straight and pushing back into your heels or bringing your knees to the floor. Build heat in the center of your body as you hold this challenging posture.
7. Inhale and carve your chest forward into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog), directing that energy out from your heart. Pull your shoulders back and open your collarbones. Engage your legs but relax your gluteal muscles.
8. Exhale and roll over the toes, coming into Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Ground down through your hands and feet as you lengthen your spine. Remain here for five breaths.
9. Inhaling and step right foot forward in between your hands, turn your back foot flat at an angle towards the top corner of your mat, rise up into Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I), reaching arms to the sky.
10. Exhale, lower hands to the mat and step both feet back behind you into Plank Pose. Your hands should be flat on the floor, wrists shoulder-distance apart, and your feet should be at hip distance. Straight line of energy from your head all the way down to your heels. Take a full breath in as you lengthen through your spine.
11. Exhale and lower into Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose), keeping your legs straight and pushing back into your heels or bringing your knees to the floor. Build heat in the center of your body as you hold this challenging posture.
12. Inhale and carve your chest forward into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog), directing that energy out from your heart. Pull your shoulders back and open your collarbones. Engage your legs but relax your gluteal muscles.
13. Exhale and roll over the toes, coming into Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Ground down through your hands and feet as you lengthen your spine. Remain here for five breaths.
14. Inhaling and step left foot forward in between your hands, turn your back foot flat at an angle towards the top corner of your mat, rise up into Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I), reaching arms to the sky.
15. Exhale, lower hands to the mat and step both feet back behind you into Plank Pose. Your hands should be flat on the floor, wrists shoulder-distance apart, and your feet should be at hip distance. Straight line of energy from your head all the way down to your heels. Take a full breath in as you lengthen through your spine.
16. Exhale and lower into Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose), keeping your legs straight and pushing back into your heels or bringing your knees to the floor. Build heat in the center of your body as you hold this challenging posture.
17. Inhale and carve your chest forward into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog), directing that energy out from your heart. Pull your shoulders back and open your collarbones. Engage your legs but relax your gluteal muscles.
18. Exhale and roll over the toes, coming into Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Ground down through your hands and feet as you lengthen your spine. Remain here for five breaths.
19. On an exhale, bend your knees and look between your hands. Then inhale and step or lightly hop your feet between your hands, returning to Ardha Uttanasana (Half Standing Forward Bend).
20. Exhale back to Uttanasana (Forward Fold), surrendering into the fold.
21. Next, inhale and sweep arms out and up to the side about shoulder height or up by your ears, palms face in, for Utkatasana (Chair).
22. Exhale and return to Tadasana (Mountain) with Anjali Mudra, your home base. Remain here for a few breaths, feeling the movement of energy through your body, or continue on to your next salute.
When not to do this sequence or to modify/Contraindications:
Contraindications and modifications for each individual pose within the Sun Salutation B sequence can be found on their individual pose pages (as linked above).
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