Monthly archive for March 2013

Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Check out what Doreen and the angels have to say about this week!

It is spot on for me… I’m taking this week to focus on balance, clean(s)ing, and gardening leading up to Easter on Sunday. As part of my “detox,” I’m spending very limited amounts of time on the internet, social media, etc. So, without further ado, I present to you…

Doreen and the Angel Dreams oracle deck!

Best wishes and blessings for a wonderful week!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

It’s here!

The spring equinox is Wednesday… ’tis the season for new beginnings and renewal.

Doreen’s reading this week blends quite nicely with my personal theme for the week: spring cleaning. I’ll have much more to say about this as the week progresses, but as the cards have recommended for today, I’m off to spend some time outdoors. So, without any further ado…

Doreen and the fairies!

Have a wonderful, beautiful, blissful week, yoga lovers!

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Yoga for healthy roots

If you are not familiar with ‘inner body’ awareness, close your eyes for a moment and find out if there is life inside your hands. Don’t ask your mind. It will say, ‘I can’t feel anything.’ Probably it will also say, ‘Give me something more interesting to think about.’ So instead of asking your mind, go to the hands directly. By this I mean become aware of the subtle feeling of aliveness inside them. It is there. You just have to go there with your attention to notice it. Your may get a slight tingling sensation at first, then a feeling of energy or aliveness. If you hold your attention in your hands for a while, the sense of aliveness will intensify. Some people won’t even have to close their eyes. They will be able to feel their ‘inner hands’ at the same time as they read this. Then go to your feet, keep your attention there for a minute or so, and begin to feel your hands and feet at the same time. Then incorporate other parts of the body- legs, arms, abdomen, chest, and so on- into that feeling until you are aware of the inner body as a global sense of aliveness.

~Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

That was where we began class this week. Since my inspiration this week was metaphorical- preparing the soil for the seeds we will be planting and growing in the rest of 2013- this passage from A New Earth served to anchor our practice in our bodies rather than our minds.

Spring is a time of renewal, and I find myself excited and inspired annually at this time. I have had a backyard vegetable garden for a few years now, and the process of preparing, planting, and tending that garden has connected me more deeply to the unique qualities of this part of nature’s cycles. I’ve become more aware of how my efforts in the garden can serve as a template for renewal in many areas of my life- and how those efforts can be bolstered by the prevailing conditions of the season.

As any gardener knows, before you can begin planting the seeds and watching them sprout, you must uproot the weeds and prepare the soil. Our practice, therefore, comprised of grounding, standing postures and special attention to the flow of apana vayu. Standing postures activate and balance the root chakra, which governs our sense of security, stability, and safety. A healthy root chakra is an essential foundation.

Apana vayu, one of the five “winds” or aspects of the life force, is associated with the lower abdomen and pelvis and relates to eliminative functions. Shedding, of sorts. It is the downward-flowing energy that allows the old to be released and transform into the fertilizer for the new to grow. Staying in the “inner body” awareness where we opened our practice together, we used various standing postures to explore apana vayu and connect with this “shedding” energy that enables renewal. To learn more about apana vayu and yoga postures that activate it, check out this article from the Himalayan Institute.

I’ve created a Pinterest board to gather my “spring cleaning” inspirations. As I said, this is one of my very favorite times of the year, so I’ll be keeping you posted on my progress throughout the next few weeks. Stay tuned…

Namaste, yoga lovers!

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Happy Friday, everyone!

A little bit of fun for you… check out my little man practicing his singing crystal bowl skills while battling a case of the hiccups.

A happy, blessed weekend to all!

Namaste!

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Yoga this week!

We’re transitioning into one of my very favorite times of the year, and I am so stoked for class this week. We’re a week away from the spring equinox now, and that is going to serve as the inspiration for our yoga practices together for the rest of the month.

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 14), we will explore apana vayu, the downward-flowing energy of elimination, along with grounding standing poses to “prep the soil” for new beginnings this spring.

What seeds are you ready to plant for the rest of your year? What do you wish to manifest?

Join me on the mat to put those visions into action!

ps- The photo above from Kamelienyoga.com was selected to be on YogaPoseWeekly.com. Click here to vote for my photo by clicking on the heart in the upper left-hand corner or ‘liking’ it below the image. Thanks!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Awesome, super positive reading this week, but I gotta be honest… Pumpkin the cat is by far my favorite part. He reminds me quite a lot of the feline mayor of my yoga garden, the goddess Dolce. She’s the boss. And she kicks back and relaxes like a boss, just like kitty kitty in this video. Oh, to be a cat…

I also love the outlook Doreen gives us about the days ahead. The spring equinox is next week!!! I’ve already been meditating on spring cleaning, clearing, and cleansing. It’s time to uproot the weeds and prep the soil for new beginnings. Doreen’s reading this week, using my favorite Mary, Queen of Angels oracle card deck, supports and encourages this “spring cleaning” path. I love it! This is one of my very favorite times of the year.

Watch the video above to see if it inspires you, too! Will you be marking the change of seasons with any special plans? I’d love to hear about them. I’ll be keeping you posted through the rest of the month about my spring “festival,” too.

Stay tuned…

A happy, blessed week to all- and new moon blessings today, too!

superdolce

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Kamelien loves you!

Happy International Women’s Day!

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

~Anna Quindlen

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Who’s ready for a kinder, gentler week?

Spring is approaching… and what’s the saying about March? “In like a lion, out like a lamb?” For anyone out there who is hoping that the lamb-i-ness arrives sooner rather than later, Doreen has good news for you this week. She’s working with the Saints and Angels oracle card deck, and all signs point to a less intense week ahead.

Fingers crossed!

Love and blessings to all this week!

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Thank you, everyone!

Happy Monday, everyone!

I wanted to take a moment to offer a deeply heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported me in my involvement with the 2013 “Finish Chelsea’s Run” 5K. It was a huge success on so many levels, and I couldn’t have done it without you.

In the end, we raised $555 for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation through my fundraising page, exceeding my goal of raising $500! I am in awe of the support that came in from every direction. It was truly a team effort, and we did it!

I also gave my all to represent our “team” in the race. I clocked a sub-30 minute 5K, which was a personal performance goal for me. It was that much more challenging because of the enormous number of participants in the race. I’m not sure of the exact number yet, but it was around 6000 people. The huge number of people who stood up for Chelsea and committed to “finishing her run” certainly made for more traffic to negotiate through during the race, but it was also very inspiring. Some racers carried sunflowers, some pushed strollers or wheelchairs, some had their dogs with them… people of all descriptions coming together to stand up for hope and positivity.

It was a beautiful experience that I will not forget, and it was that much more special to me knowing that I had cheerleaders all over the country backing me up. Thank you, thank you, thank you… from the bottom of my heart! I can’t wait for next year to do it again!

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