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Welcome back, Kamelien!

Peek a boo! I see you!

After several weeks of visions and revisions and an education in web design, KamelienYoga.com is back!! I hope that you haven’t missed me too terribly (ha!) and that you find the revamped site useful… and fun!

As you can probably tell by now, I’ve shifted gears a bit, moving ahead with taking my yoga teaching from the blog into the real world. While I will be focusing on meeting new students and building my teaching career, I will still be here on the blog with my insights and inspirations. Please check back often to see what’s new with KamelienYoga.com and me, Holly Richelle.

If you are interested in anything you have discovered on the site, including any of my yoga instruction services, please feel free to contact me today to get started.

Namaste!

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Practicing gratitude

“The power chakra is fed by the energy of gratitude, which is a powerful kind of surrender. Gratitude is the opposite of fear and resistance. The heart opens to love, the power chakra responds to gratitude. Most karmic stuff will transmute as soon as you can manage to be genuinely grateful for it. Count your blessings, feed your power chakra.”

~from Kundalini-Teacher.com

My inspiration for class this week came from this quote, which I initially found for my Thanksgiving class last year. My memory being what it is, I had a foggy recollection about gratitude and something about the solar plexus chakra… so, here it is again.

When I dug it up this time, it spoke so powerfully to life at the moment that I decided to take it onto the mat again.

I don’t know about you, but things have felt a bit topsy-turvy for me lately. Words like ‘turbulent,’ ‘discombobulated,’ and ‘chaotic’ have been coming up a lot. This Mercury Retrograde period has especially been a challenging one. At present, I’m down a computer, a mobile phone, an iPod, a vacuum, an electric toothbrush, and as of 5 minutes ago, my camera won’t turn on. Sooo… that about covers all of my activities in an average day. Honestly, it’s left me feeling like I’m not quite sure what to do next. And it could easily lead to an attitude of ‘OMG! What next? What else can happen to me?

But as my amazing friend reminded me yesterday (and others have pointed out often in recent weeks), the time has come for the snake to shed its skin. Everything that came before is falling away to make room for what’s now. Maybe everything has to break in order to force a fresh start.

By searching for the bigger picture lessons, I open up room for new (positive) possibilities to move in. I’m co-creating a new reality here. Will I create it from a place of fear or one of gratitude? Will my attitude attract more chaos or more blessings? Will I realize that things are happening for me, not to me? Will I give up resistance and surrender to the truth that everything is happening in perfect timing? These are the challenges that the quote clarified for me this week.

I built my class around the connection the quote makes between gratitude and the solar plexus chakra. Twists are the category of poses associated with the solar plexus, so I dug up twists and twist variations that I hadn’t done in years. We twisted our little hearts out- opening, activating, and connecting to the solar plexus chakra and our sense of gratitude.

We also practiced “surrendering” with deep forward bends and hip openers. And as a special treat, we practiced counting our blessings as we held certain poses. That was my personal favorite part of the class this week because it stayed with me off the mat. Counting my blessings with every breath in Pigeon Pose prepared me in a new way to deal with “things” as they are presently. When I found myself resisting an activity or situation, when I felt my inner brattiness stomping its feet at having to do something, I switched to thinking of things I was grateful for at that particular moment.

Try it and see! Sitting in traffic, chopping onions, holding Gomukhasana, whatever… count your blessings and see a whole new world of possibilities open to you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Namaste.

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Happy Monday, my friends! I know many of you have some time off this week. Some of you may be traveling. And I hope that all of you will be doing something special with friends or loved ones for Thanksgiving on Thursday.

I kicked the week off with a group yoga practice that explored ‘gratitude’ and how we can express it on and off the mat. More about that later, but first…

Doreen is here with the Saints and Angels. See what important guidance she has to share about this special week.

And like she says, don’t forget to count your blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Yoga this week!!

‘Tis the season to be grateful!

I will be teaching this Monday at 10am. Our gentle, flow practice will focus on gratitude- experiencing and expressing gratitude through yoga.

Kick off your Tofurkey week on a grateful note with me!

And to those who cannot make it… Happy Thanksgiving and I’m grateful for you!

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DIY, at-home spa day for you!

Happy Friday to you!

Check out my video about how to create a simple, rebalancing spa day/break at home. On the day of the solar eclipse, I read a post that recommended “extreme self-care” through the end of the year. This spa treatment is agreat way to refresh, rebalance, and lover your body.

Take a free quiz here to learn your Ayurvedic dosha.

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

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Hey y’all… guess who’s tardy for the party? Sorry, I needed a minute. I don’t know if I’m experiencing symptoms of a Reiki “cleanse” or if it’s the solar eclipse and everything else that is shaping up cosmically (I’m sure it’s a combo of all), but I have been feeling things very intensely lately. I feel like issues are surfacing from way, way down to come to the surface and be released once and for all.

Doreen’s reading this week speaks so beautifully to these feelings. She even includes a brief meditation that I just love.

Check out the video and see if it resonates with you. Feel free to share your thoughts below.

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New moon solar eclipse today!

Today was not only the new moon in Scorpio, but there was also a solar eclipse.

Mysticmamma.com is a blog and website that I thoroughly enjoy. If you have never visited her, I would recommend it highly. Her site is always full of such wonderful information and insights.

Today, for example, she shared this wonderful compilation of wisdom about the eclipse and its meaning in the broader picture. I felt like it explained a lot of things I’ve been feeling lately and helped put them in perspective. Read here and let me know what you think!…

Love to all!

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Yoga this week!!

Oh no!!!

Can you even believe, dear readers, that I’ve been out of commission with a cold again? I’ve been quite useless all week. I thought I had really put together a satisfactory defense when li’l man headed back to school in September. When he began school for the first time earlier this year, he brought sicknesses home about every other week. “Not this time,” I said. “This time, we’re coming prepared.”

Not so fast! Sick again.

So, (check out the brains on me) guess what I’m inspired to teach about this week? Yoga to support your immune system! That will be the subject matter for my regular class on Monday at 10am.

I will also be teaching a class in the park this Saturday– a gentle, all-levels-appropriate flow class.

Join me for one. Join me for the other. Join me for both! I would love to see you there!

Health and happiness, yoga lovers!

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Calling all animal lovers! Show your support!

Hello yoga lovers!

I wanted to share this project with you. Yoga is a path of compassion and service to others. Karma yoga, specifically, is the yoga of service to others. I hope you agree with me that all life deserves the same compassionate consideration. I have no doubt there are many animal lovers among you… which brings me back to Karma, or Kharma rather.

Rita Spiegel is a student and friend- and her dog Kharma is the unofficial mascot of my weekly yoga group. Rita rescued Kharma during the fires in San Diego County several years ago.

Through her experiences with Kharma, Rita was inspired to create the 100 Cali Dogs… 100 Stories project. She plans to photograph 100 rescued dogs (she’s a professional photographer) and compile their “rescue stories” in a photography book with the proceeds benefitting non-profit spay and neuter programs.

Check out her page on indiegogo to learn more and to show your support.

Remember, to give is to receive! Have a beautiful day!

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