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Ahhh… the singing crystal bowls

On Sunday, I was blessed and privileged to attend a crystal bowl practitioner training at the Soul of Yoga. It was out of this world. I most vividly remember working with an 18″ throat chakra bowl. When it began to sing, the vibration radiated up my arm and throughout my body.

I was going to attempt to introduce and explain the crystal bowls, but I feel that the gentleman in the video above does an exemplary job of just that, so I’ll leave it to him.

And close with this: Dear Cupid, Please, please, please bring me a crystal bowl (or a set) this year. I’ve been a very good girl ♥

Crystal bowl sound healing with Holly Richelle… coming to a class near you in 2012!!

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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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Daily reminder

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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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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