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Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves

We have a full “Harvest Moon” coming this weekend:  Friday into Saturday.

Full moons have a lot of energy.  They can magnify whatever is going on in our lives If you have been feeling out of sorts, you may find you feel even more so. 

And women, remember, we are ruled by the moon.
This means we may have an “extra special ride” ride when it’s the full moon time.

On the other hand, if you are feeling strong, even tempered and on top of your game, this too can be more heightened. You may feel even more joyful, inspired, and expanded.


The planet Jupiter, the largest planet known for its wisdom, is contributing to the full moon effects this month.

Jupiter’s influence helps cut through confusion.
Thoughts and feelings that have been stuffed down may rise up.

We may find we have the power and courage to see and feel what needs our attention and take action that moves us in the direction that is right for us.

There are many tools which help bring us back to a place of presence, stability, and stillness.

Mantras are one such tool.

The word mantra means a vehicle or tool to help neutralize the mind and connect us with our heart.

Mantras help us clean our minds and discover what is getting  in our way of experiencing happiness and peace.

    Please join me for the weekly Free Online Yoga Class!

    Thursday,  Sept. 8, 2022
    9-10am
    All Levels, everyone is welcome!

    Let’s  come together for a full moon practice with breath and movement  to help clear what is obstructing us in daily life, heighten our intuition, and open us to new possibilities and uplifted moods.

    We will chant a mantra dedicated to the moon to help bring peace of mind:

    Click Here for the link to one such version of the mantra.

    Hope to see you!

    Balanced Living During the Late Summer

    Balanced Living During the Late Summer

    There can be challenging forces at play when August comes especially when the heat continues to be a predominant force. The accumulated heat can cause inflammation and a dry internal environment.

    We can experience fatigue, overwhelm, and agitation.

    We also have the change in the air now with cooler nights, signaling Vata is on the rise. (This means the nervous system will be more tender.)

    The good news is that the body will let us know if there are things going on that we need to pay attention to.

    And, thankfully, we have the wise ways of Ayurveda’s daily and seasonal lifestyles and foods, yoga practices, and the underlying philosophy of both, Vedanta, to help show us the healthy path through the ebb and flows of the changing days, nights, seasons, and life cycles.

    Before I get into some tips for late summer care, I want to remind you of a fundamental principle of Ayurveda.  It’s one of the first things I talk about when I’m asked about Ayurveda. 

    We’ve got to get this one.

    Ayurveda says that Mother Nature’s law and rhythms guide all of life including ours. Our greatest health is found when our daily and seasonal lifestyle practices are synced with nature.

    • Rise with the sun and the birds
    • Sleep with the moon and the stars.
    • Eat 3 meals per day with the main meal in the middle of the day.
    • Read spiritual scriptures.

     – My teacher, Dr. Lele’s prescription for health

    Translated: 

    • Rise by 6am- the time of Divine consciousness- a perfect time for yoga and meditation
    • Bed by 10pm-when the energy supports settling and sleep
    • Eat the biggest meal between 11a and 2p based on foods for the season when the digestive fire is the brightest
    • Awaken to the truth of our spiritual nature- so that we can remain situated within our own selves and feel the joy, peace, and love that is our birthright

    This guidance falls into the Dinacharya –Daily Routine – category.

    The teaching about specific foods and practices fall into the Ritucharya –Seasonal Practices category. These two go together and are equally important.

    Signs of imbalances
    -and things we can do to alleviate them in late summer

    Some of the telltale signs of imbalances:

    • irritability,
    • feeling critical, angry, short tempered,
    • impatience,
    • a tendency to “push” too hard,
    • loose stools or constipation,
    • dry skin,
    • skin rashes, especially the ones that spread quickly,
    • anxiety,
    • and sleep troubles just to name a few.

    What to do!

    We want to make sure we hydrate well and lubricate the tissues of our bodies.

    And we want to slow down. Regardless of what we are doing, see if we can do it a little more slowly.

    • Favor foods with sweet, cool tastes
    • Focus on hydration
    • Eat smaller portions in general

    Here’s a partial list of foods to favor ~

    • peaches, plums, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers
    • green beans, carrots, dates, raisins
    • white chicken or turkey
    • mung beans
    • ghee, olive oil, coconut oil
    • coconut water
    • sunflower seeds
    • cumin, coriander, fennel, dill, cardamom
    • Reduce dry, hard, rough foods like popcorn, pretzels, chips
    • Reduce salt
    • Pungent taste such as raw garlic and onion and spicy foods

    We have a lot of say when it comes to health and wellness.  We need to remain aware of the connections between how we are living and how we are feeling.  

     If we want to sleep good tonight and feel good tomorrow, we need to pay attention to how we are living today.

    “A well lived day is medicine unto itself.”

    Today is a perfect day to begin living an awakened life.

    Thank you to all of my teachers and to all the Yoga And Ayurveda Community.

    Choosing Between the Hard and the Hard

    Choosing Between the Hard and the Hard

    Here we are in full bloom of summer; a time of high energy and activity.

    The power of the sun fuels the fire element and propels us to action. The sun gives us strength, vitality, and focus and rules our digestive fire.

    Clarity and radiance are born from this power.

    Plus, this week we have a new moon in cancer on Tuesday, the  28th. The watery elements heighten our emotions and provides an opportunity for us to clear away what has been and open to new possibilities. 

    Personally, I am in the thick of these very things.

    The fire and water elements that predominate right now can give way to us feeling out of sorts such as irritated, angry, and critical.  We may be more sensitive, emotional, and reactive.

    We may experience more inflammatory conditions…..acid reflux, skin rashes, etc. Or maybe we push ourselves too hard rather than surrendering to the pace of the body. Add to the equation the circumstances in the world around us and in our own personal lives.

    What a wild ride it can be. This we know:  the more we can remain calm and steady, the better off we will be. This is especially true when faced with making a difficult decision.

    I am in the midst of making  a decision between “the hard and the hard”.
    So how do we choose between the two?

    My beloved studio/barn and one plus acres of land is for sale. My Yoga and Ayurveda business is, and will remain, alive and well…online.

    I have come to the point in my life where I want and need more simplicity and a financial cushion for my elder years. What I know to be true is that this decision cannot be rushed.

    I have taken time over the past two years to reflect on this.

    I’ve needed to get quiet and centered and clear about my intentions and the “why”.

    I’ve needed to allow the time and space for the emotional roller coaster ride.

    I’ve applied the teachings about the importance to go beneath the surface waves of turmoil.

    I have sorted through the fears, the heartache, the letting go as well as being open to the possibilities and new beginnings.

    The words from Jack Kornfield help comfort me:

    “ Like a traveler on a train.
    We can put down our bags.
    We can relax our grip and trust
    in the unfolding of life.”

    In the end, when the answer comes of what is truly right for us, we will know.

    There is a calm and peace way deep down inside that shows us the way.

    And all will be alright.

     

    For those of you who are facing difficult decisions at this time,  my heart is with you.

    May you too take all the time you can and need so you can hear the wisdom of your soul to show you the way.

    With love,
    Deb

     

    Inspiration for Troubling Times

    Inspiration for Troubling Times

    These troubling times continue on. 

    So many of us feel the heartache, anger, despair, and overwhelm. We go through our days not quite knowing how to feel or what to do. 

    My daily practice helps me stay strong and steady. And, I often look to inspirational readings.

    Here is one that helps keep things in perspective for me:

    “Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height.
    Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches.
    Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth.
    Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously.
    The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots.
    In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”  

    -Osho

    One thing I know to be true.

    We need our practices more than ever to help us stay grounded and balanced.

    Movement, breath work, mindfulness, and meditation are some of the keys to help maintain inner stability.

    Training ourselves daily with our sadhana, or practice, helps us  develop a stable emotional body and a calm mind which in turns bring about peace and happiness.

    When we uplift ourselves then we also deepen our roots and we can shine our light and help uplift and root all those around us as well.

    This takes work.  Freedom takes work. Doing our own inner work is what is needed more than ever now.

    The saying goes:  Peace begins with us.

    I encourage you to reflect upon the following questions and write down insights, thoughts, or anything all all that comes to mind. This practice will help clarify and guide you on your path.

    Some Questions to Ponder:

    • What are the areas within us that needs healing?
    • What are our triggers that bring on shame, anger, resentment, blame, and pain?
    • What can we do to help uplift ourselves so we can uplift all those around us?

    We are encouraged to let ourselves feel what is going on.

    We are encouraged to take the time to self-reflect and self-correct.

     

    • What are our thoughts, how are we behaving?
    • How are we living day in and day out? 
    • What are we surrounding ourselves with? What are we eating?
    • Are our daily habits supporting our mental and emotional health?

    “Stop a minute.  Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water.

    Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still.”

    -Barbara Kingsolver

    Why Celebrate a Lunar Eclipse?

    Why Celebrate a Lunar Eclipse?

    Right now, you may be experiencing a different energy and strong emotions. It isn’t just you. We are coming up on a rare lunar eclipse this Sunday night/Monday morning. It is a Blood Moon and Supermoon, and “the first of two of most ‘balanced’ lunar eclipses for four centuries.”

    The energy of this eclipse event will be felt for two days before and for two days after. It is a potent, yet perfect, time to release negativity and past emotions. We have a unique opportunity right now to create significant change in our lives and move forward in our spiritual journeys.

     

    So let’s celebrate this moment!

    In honor of the lunar eclipse, please join me on Monday, May 16 for a FREE Breath Practice and Meditation from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. We will set the stage with the space and time for you to release stress and tune in to your feelings and intuition.

    Lunar eclipses are feminine in nature and affect women more at this time. During this time, the emotional body can dominate our sense of self.

    With a “rare and balanced” lunar eclipse, then, it is especially important for us to nurture calm and clarity for our inner selves.

    In preparation for a mindful practice:

    • Distance yourself from distractions.
    • Have a quiet space.
    • Light a candle.
    • Have a journal or notebook handy.
    • Bring a shawl.
    • Make your self comfortable and allow for inspiration and insight to shine.

    You may even be surprised at the wisdom that seems to “come out of the blue” during a lunar eclipse!

    If you are looking to remain steady and calm during this emotional time, please make use of the recorded breath and meditation practice. Click the button below to access the recording!

    Monday, May 16th
    Recorded LIVE 

    Together, we will harness the energy of this divine and celestial event!