Monthly archive for September 2012

Crystal in the spotlight: Amethyst

And finally:

7th chakra / crown / amethyst

Attributes: Amethyst is one of the most spiritual stones, promoting love of the divine, giving insights into its true nature, and encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It opens intuition and enhances psychic gifts. This is an excellent stone for meditation and scrying and can be placed on the third eye to stimulate it. Sleeping with Amethyst facilitates out-of-body experiences and brings intuitive dreams. It transmutes ‘lower’ energies to the higher frequencies of the spiritual and etheric realms.

Healing: Amethyst boosts production of hormones, and tunes the endocrine system and metabolism. It strengthens the cleansing and eliminating organs and the immune system. An excellent cleanser for the blood, Amethyst relieves physical, emotional, and psychological pain or stress, and blocks geopathic stress. It eases headaches and releases tension. […] At a subtle level, Amethyst balances and connects the physical, mental, and emotional bodies, linking them to the spiritual. It cleanses the aura and transmutes negative energy, and stimulates the throat and crown chakras.”

~from, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

Yes, please!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Tiger’s Eye

Do you remember way, way back when I was working my way through a 7-day crystal/chakra healing marathon? We had made it all the way to Day 5 / the throat chakra when my computer went on summer vacation.

To me, the change of seasons is like nature’s reminder alert to slow down and take stock of things. Check in. Whether it’s in my yoga practice, diet, daily meditation, habits, thoughts, emotions, etc.- I boost my efforts to bring change where it is needed by aligning with the energy of change that swells at the solstices and equinoxes.

It’s a time of one phase ending and a new one beginning. Why not follow Mother Nature’s lead to let go of the ‘old’ and welcome the ‘new?’ She pretty much has this whole managing life thing down to a science.

If your chakra health is an area that will have your attention as we approach the fall equinox, healing crystals are a great way to uplift your efforts.

…Which brings me back to the crystal/chakra healing countdown. Who needs a refresher?

Me, too.

1st chakra / root / bloodstone
2nd chakra / sacral / chrysoprase
3rd chakra / solar plexus / malachite
4th chakra / heart / aventurine
5th chakra / throat

And now… let’s resume, shall we?

6th chakra / third eye / tiger’s eye

“Tiger’s Eye combines the earth energy with the energies of the sun to create a high vibrational state that is nevertheless grounded, drawing the spiritual energies to earth. Placed on the third eye, it enhances psychic abilities in earthy people and balances the lower chakras, stimulating the rise of the kundalini energy.

Tiger’s Eye is a protective stone that was traditionally carried as a talisman against ill wishing and curses. It shows the correct use of power and brings out integrity. It assists in accomplishing goals, recognizing inner resources and promoting clarity of intention. Placed on the navel chakra, Tiger’s Eye is excellent for people who are spaced out or uncommitted. It grounds and facilitates manifestation of the will. Tiger’s Eye anchors change in the physical body.”

~from The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

Mmm… sounds good. Love you, Tiger’s Eye!

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Kamelien loves you!

“Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.”

~Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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Inhale from the tips of your toes

WARNING: The video may not be for you if you are squeamish. Personally, I find information about human anatomy to be a great way to deepen my practice, but I know it’s not for everyone. So, that being said…

Conscious breathing is the foundation of my yoga- the yoga I practice, the yoga I teach, the yoga I carry with me throughout my day. Pause right now and bring your attention fully to your breathing for 5 slow, deep breaths.

How did that feel? Did anything open up that seemed stuck before? I don’t find many situations that can’t be elevated by taking a deep, conscious breath before you step into them.

That is most likely why I love this video so much. It is one of the lessons from my teacher training that has stayed most alive for me- transforming my body and breathing awareness in such powerful ways.

Often in my classes, we take a good, long pause when we first come to stand in tadasana. I like to take my time to build the pose from the ground up, beginning with the soles of the feet connecting with the earth.

I was teaching a new student last week. She’s relatively new to yoga, but she is already great at staying present in her breathing. In fact, she asked me several times about ways to connect more deeply with her breathing. I had to become that much more present and aware in my practice to answer her.

One of those moments was when she asked me about breathing in tadasana. The ‘deep front line’ guy immediately popped into my head. As I was finishing my teacher training last year, I was simultaneously training for my first 5K. During my training for the race, every run became a kind of meditation on tadasana.

I’m not so young and springy as I used to be. In order to keep things from creaking and popping when I ran, I tried to stay fully in my body as I took each stride. I took the lessons I had learned during ‘quiet time’ in tadasana and hit the road with them. I felt better acquainted with every bone in my foot. I had a better understanding of the muscles in my leg. I remembered the ‘deep front line’ guy and took each inhale from the soles of my feet to the tip of my tongue- drawing strength and power up from the ground below. Just like I had done in tadasana.

Try it after you watch this clip. Stand up straight and tall in tadasana (barefoot is best). After you feel settled into the pose, take a few deep, conscious breaths- feeling as if you are drawing each breath up through the soles of your feet.

Namaste!

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Kamelien loves you!

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.”

~Thomas Merton

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Last week’s oracle card reading wrapped up with the suggestion to spend time outdoors over the weekend. I happened to take that advice, packing up the fam and heading out to Joshua Tree. It was a great trip for many reasons (I got to see Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, CC White, Arjun Baba, and Krishna Das!!!), but one of the things that made it the most special for me was being in the desert landscape. I love going to places where the natural environment is different than the one I see in my day-to-day. It gives me a new perspective on things.

So, I guess I don’t have to tell you that I’m stoked that Doreen is using her ‘Healing with the Fairies’ oracle card deck this week. The fairies are nature angels. They back up Mother Earth and work to keep her balanced. Doreen states in the beginning of her reading that the Healing Fairies deck works well for anyone who has environmental issues on the brain.

I also love that the reading for the weekend brings up detoxing and clearing. We are rapidly coming upon the change of the seasons again. I often like to observe solstices and equinoxes with some type of cleanse or detox- whether it be in my diet, my thoughts, my habits, my schedule. Whatever form it might take, I love to ride the energetic wave of ‘change’ that surges around solstices and equinoxes.

I’ll have more to share about that as we roll up to the autumnal equinox, but I love that it came up already. A great reminder and great motivation.

Do you observe the changing of the seasons in some way? What will you be doing to get ready for fall?

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Here you go, boo boos… Angels!

For those among you who feel now is a time for rest (healing/nurturing/transition/transformation, etc.), Doreen has brought with her the wisdom of Archangel Michael. He is a protector. He can shelter you from the storm.

Spoiler alert: My favorite part is when she says that the angels acknowledge the work I’ve been doing to open my heart.

“Aww- thanks, angels. Shucks, little me?” (Cut to me working and praying and practicing and singing like I’m training for the Olympics. Like, “Open my heart. Please, help me open my heart.” I backbended like Rocky today.)

Anyway, your angels love you. And Kamelien does, too!

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It’s in the stars

The unofficial ‘end of summer’ is behind us now. All of a sudden, we’re 4 days into September even though I barely noticed its beginning amid all of the holiday weekend revelry. My family and I marked the holiday by running in a 5K race at Disneyland on Saturday, which was awesome. It was a great start to a fun weekend.

So, now it’s the fourth and your September horoscope is here. Technically, it was there all along- but I wasn’t. I was partying. With Mickey Mouse.

Now that we have that straigtened out, we can look ahead to what’s in the stars for September. We were graced with the rare occasion of a blue moon last month. According to Susan Miller, the full moon on September 29 will be a memorable one as well- and maybe not for the best reasons.

Check out what she has to say about your September horoscope (via AstrologyZone).

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Kamelien loves you!

“All I have seen teaches to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Kamelien loves you!

“Flow down and down in always widening rings of being.”

~Rumi

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