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“He that can have Patience, can have what he will.”

~Benjamin Franklin

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

“Live in the present moment, and practice forgiveness of others.”

~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit

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Day 6 of 7 truths that “heaven has issued as essential”:

“Positive energy works more effectively than negative energy in each and every situation.”

~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit

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Day 5 of 7 truths that “heaven has issued as essential”:

“Life is essentially a learning experience. Every situation, challenge, and relationship contains some messages worth learning or teaching to others.”

~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit

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Day 4 of 7 truths that “heaven has issued as essential”:

“Never look to another person to make you happy- happiness is an internal, personal attitude and responsibility.”

~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit

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Day 3 of 7 truths that “heaven has issued as essential”:

“Change is consistent. Every life goes through places of difficult change as well as peace. Learn to go with the flow of change rather than try to stop change from occuring.”

~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit

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Drop that hibernation weight

I felt a deep and overwhelming need to hibernate for several weeks during the holidays. I had a calling for it. And just like any other wild animal, I packed on a couple hibernation pounds.

This article by Katie Silcox (via Yoga Journal) plots a return to balance from an Ayurvedic perspective. She points out that this season is a Kaphic time of year and that the prevailing conditions are lethargy- and heaviness-inducing (glad it’s not just my powerful, powerful hunger for cereal).

I love that her suggestions include eating fresh ginger, going outside, and sipping hot water/tea throughout the day. Those are 3 of my favorite things! This is going to be a snap!

[Sidenote: I recommend Banyan Botanicals for your Ayurvedic herbal needs if you are wondering about that. Their (very awesome) catalog is an education in Ayurveda in itself. Also, click here for a free dosha quiz.]

Bonne chance, mes amis!!

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Day 2 of 7 truths that “heaven has issued as essential”:

“Be consistent: live what you believe.”

~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit

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MLK Day

“We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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! ♥

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