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Yoga this week!!

Well, hello there, yoga lovers!

The website issues are sorted. The galleries seem to be back in order. I have a new (to me) car, and the breakdowns and crises of the week are a thing of the past. Goddess willing.

After all of the “excitement” of the past few days, it’s time to take a yoga break- take a deep breath and anchor in awareness of the present moment where everything is a-ok. The present, after all, is where our power lies. The past is history, the future is a mystery, as they say.

Join me for a gentle vinyasa practice Thursday morning at 10am. We will focus on staying connected to our breathing as a way to deepen our awareness of our bodies and of the present moment.

See you on the mat!

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Yoga this week!!

I have the good fortune on teaching on Valentine’s Day this week!

Lord knows I love holidays. I haven’t met too many holidays that I don’t get excited to celebrate. But Valentine’s Day? One of my favorites. Really. I know I probably say that about every holiday when it is approaching, but I really, really looove Valentine’s Day. I mean… come on- it’s the holiday of L O V E. What’s not to love?

You can imagine my excitement that I get to create a special class this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Join me on Thursday at 10am. Kick off your day with a gentle, energizing vinyasa practice that focuses on connecting with the heart center and being your own dear valentine.

I would love to see you there!

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Yoga this week!!

Hello, yoga lovers! Welcome to Monday! I hope it’s going swimmingly.

I’ll be on the mat, leading an outdoor practice with the North County Yoga Goddesses on Thursday at 10am. This week, we’ll be looking ahead to Saturday’s new moon and integrating some of its unique qualities into our practice.

Intrigued? Join us on Thursday to work it out on the mat!

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Resolution check-up

The first month of 2013 is behind us now. I decided that my class on the last day of January would be a good opportunity for a resolution check-up.

Did you make any resolutions this year? If so, how is it going after one month? Are you still feeling the motivation and resolve that you felt on New Year’s Day? Or could you use a resolution boost?

Fortunately for me, my resolutions have had the support of Yoga Journal’s ‘Boost Your Willpower‘ program. It is in its third week now, and the momentum it has given me with my goals and intentions was a huge inspiration for class this week. I have been more faithful and committed in my yoga and meditation practices, and I feel more centered and focused than I have in years.

When I sat down with the idea of a yoga practice to re-energize resolutions, two things began to emerge. One was the connection to the sacral chakra- the center that governs appetites and desires. The other was the connection to the solar plexus chakra- the center of willpower and the self. Both of these energy centers play a vital role in manifesting positive changes. So, I built this week’s class around checking in with the sacral and solar plexus chakras and exploring the attributes associated with them.

Twists are the category of asana that is most closely associated with the solar plexus chakra. They are deeply detoxifying, so they aid in “letting go” on many levels. Not to mention that the area of the body that is twisting most in most twists is right at the level of the solar plexus chakra. I like to accentuate the attention they bring to that region but pausing in the twist to visualize a glowing, golden sun at my solar plexus. Learn more about twisting poses here.

The many twisting postures in class this week were interspersed with core stabilizing poses to build strength and to activate and balance the sacral chakra. Again, pausing to visualize a brilliant orange jewel radiating at the level of the sacral chakra adds a whole new level to the practice. I fully encourage it! πŸ˜‰ Check out some core stabilizing poses here.

I wish everyone the best on this first day of February 2013!

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Yoga this week!!

So, nature has had other plans for the North County Yoga Goddesses for the past few weeks, but I have a good feeling about this week.

We are meeting on a new day now- Thursdays at 10am. This Thursday, the 31st, is the last day of January, so we will be checking in with our intentions for 2013. How has the first month of the year been for you?

Join us Thursday to explore that question on the mat!

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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

β€œThe 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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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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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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