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Yoga for your immune system

So, the munchkin completed his first full week of school with flying colors… and a snotty nose. As I was meditating on my class this week, I was simultaneously wrestling with a tickly, pre-sickness throat. Hence, I decided that this week’s class should focus on poses to support the immune system.

Here are a few poses you could try at home any time to bolster your immune health:

Simhasana (lion pose): This pose activates the tonsils and the lymph nodes in the throat. I’ve heard that it is possible to squash an oncoming bout of the sniffles if you practice this pose when you first feel ‘that tickle’ in your throat.

Bhujangasana (cobra pose): This pose, and any other upper back bends that open the chest and heart center, activate the thymus gland.

Namaskar Parsvakonasana (prayer twist): This twist puts pressure on the lymph nodes in the armpits.

Viparita Karani (legs-up-the-wall pose): All inversions work wonders on the immune system. Getting the heart and the feet above the head encourages blood and lymphatic fluid to circulate and rejuvenate the cells. I chose this very gentle inversion for class today… because, honestly, who wants to do a handstand with a snotty nose??

Supta Baddha Konasana (reclining bound angle pose): Hip openers, like this one, work on the lymph nodes and activate the spleen. I chose a supported, restorative version of this pose for class today so that we could comfortably remain in the pose longer while it worked its magic.

If you’re feeling a little under the weather, or if you feel as if you’re headed in that direction, give these poses a try. Also, remember that nasal cleansing with a neti pot can clear illness-inducing bacteria from the nasal passages and breathing exercises (pranayama) can improve the health of the nose, throat, and lungs. And everyone has their personal favorite healing recipes… one of my students was on her way home today to enjoy a bowl of chicken soup.

And for the cherry on top of the healing goodness? Ask for help from the Angels. I closed today’s practice with a guided meditation during savasana. I asked my students to visualize themselves surrounded by the emerald green light of Archangel Raphael (the Archangel of physical healing) and to allow that healing light to penetrate into any areas of their body that needed it.

Love, light… and a little luck! ♥

Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Hey! I have this deck! Doreen is here with the Archangels to share guidance for this week.

I love that she says we are in an energy cycle of great manifestation and that the reading reflects that. I’m already looking ahead to the new moon next week to add a little extra power to manifesting a fan-freakin-tastic 2012.

So many crucial reminders in this reading (for me and maybe for you, too). And she also includes a brief breathing exercise/meditation for moving forward. Yummy. Yummy. Goodness.

Daily reminder

Day 1 of 7 truths that “heaven has issued as essential”:

“All circumstances can be changed in a moment, and all illness can be healed. The Divine is not limited by human time, space, or physical concerns.”

~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit

Yoga this week!!

I will be teaching my class at its new regular time (10am) on Monday. I know some of you will have the day off in observance of MLK day, so please join us! Let’s get this party started… right.

Daily reminder

“We are all meant to learn the same truths and to allow our Divinity to work within and through us; this is a simple task, though hardly an easy one. The settings and people in our lives are different, but the challenges they represent to us are identical, as are the influences that these challenges have upon our bodies and our spirits. The more we are able to learn this truth, the more we can develop symbolic sight- the ability to see through physical illusions and recognize the lesson being offered to us by life’s challenges.”

~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit

Crystal in the spotlight: Labradorite

In observance of the first full moon of 2012, and also of the purification rituals that went on around here leading up to it, I took all of my crystals out for a bath in the moonlight.

My heart sunk a little when I realized that my “travel” labradorite had gone missing. It was my favorite of my “companion” crystals- my traveling buddies that live in my amulet bag (get yours now on Etsy– wink wink). In its honor, I bring you a profile of my very favorite stone… Labradorite:

From Judy Hall’s The Crystal Bible:

“Labradorite is a highly mystical and protective stone, a bringer of the light. It raises consciousness and connects with universal energies. Labradorite deflects unwanted energies from the aura and prevents energy leakage. It forms a barrier to negative energies shed during therapy. It can take you into another world or into another life.”

Other attributes she notes are:

-“It raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies intot he physical body.”
-“It strengthens faith in the self and trust in the Universe.”
-“[It] calms an overactive mind and energizes the imagination, bringing up new ideas.”
-“[It] is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance.”

Labradorite, I love you.

Daily reminder

“In all likelihood we have made our lives far more complex than they have to be. Achieving health, happiness, and an energy balance comes down to deciding to focus more on the positive than on the negative and to live in a manner spiritually congruent with what we know is the truth. Making those two commitments alone is sufficient to allow the power contained within our Divine biological system to influence the content and direction of our lives.”

~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit

Yoga at hOMe

Day 5 of Yoga Journal’s 21-day yoga challenge: I’m still so motivated to keep with my practice- in great part because a) every day I get an email with a new asana sequence b) I get to track and share my progress on Social Workout.

I loved this article on Spirit Voyage. It offers helpful hints for building a home practice.

I never fully appreciated the importance of a home practice until I was a full-time mommy. You can practice with babies in bouncers. There are no associated babysitting costs. My first months of mommyhood instilled in me the value of a dedicated home practice.

Plus, at that time, the munchkin and I were stationed in the wilds of wild and wonderful West Virginia. There are definitely yoga classes there, but they aren’t as plentiful or as frequent as I’m accustomed to.

Read on if you would like to learn more about developing your home practice… whatever the reason may be.
Love to my Mountaineers.

Love to all.

Daily reminder

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

~Dr. Suess

(photo by Richard Wright Photography)

I heart my angels

I’ve felt somewhat conflicted about my new-found ‘virtual’ connectedness since I created this blog. Long story short, I’m often overwhelmed with amount of guidance I encounter when I log on. I wonder how I could possibly incorporate it into my life (irl)?? Would my time be better spent sticking to the simple truths that have managed to stick in my brain? Balance is key, for sure. Moderation.

And then, something simply beautiful will happen, and I’m reminded not to worry so much. I’m not the showrunner. I need not feel responsible for every last how and why. And if I’m ever feeling overwhelmed or indecisive, I need only call on my Angels.

That’s kinda what happened just now. I got a little ‘wink wink nudge nudge’ from my Angel crew. I just posted a love note to my Angels, asking for help in opening my heart. Before I could post it to my Facebook page, I discovered a link to this guided meditation with Jack Kornfield about the awakening and opening of the heart.

You may have to enter an email address to get to the actual page, but it’s well worth it. Audio and video are available for download.

RAAAAAAAAD!!!!!

Thanks.

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