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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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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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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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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.

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Wednesday wisdom: Believe in me

Day 3 of Yoga Journal’s 21-day yoga challenge, and I’m really loving the ‘social’ aspect of it. I’m finding that connecting and sharing my experiences with others is really keeping me motivated to stay with my practice every day!

Check out this article (via Tiny Buddha) about the importance of believing in ourselves and in each other. I think it speaks very well to the way I’m feeling so far into this new year’s challenge.

How are you doing with your resolutions? What’s keeping you motivated?

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Let the challenge begin!

Today is the first day of Yoga Journal’s 21-day yoga challenge. The challenge includes a daily yoga practice, 15 minutes of meditation each day, and at least one vegetarian meal a day.

The video above is an ‘intermediate’ practice, but you can choose a level when you sign up for the challenge. I love that I can track my progress on Social Workout and share it with yoga buddies. I think it’s a great way to stay motivated!

If you would like to join a ‘team’ with me, search for my email: holly@kamelienyoga.com

Let the challenge begin!

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Yoga this week!!

My little man has officially started school, so I’m switching my weekly class to Monday at 10am- beginning tomorrow! I’m not sure I’ll remember how to teach without a wild little animal running in and out of the class, but let’s just see how it goes… πŸ˜‰

Hope to see you there!

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Ahims-huh??

I was just thinking about ways to regain my focus in my observance of Ahimsa when I came across this video of the Dalai Lama at the presentation to His Holiness of the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace during the Kalachakara for World Peace in Bodh Gaya, India, on January 4, 2012.

Takin’ notes. ♥

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Yoga this week!!

Aaaaand… we’re back. School’s in, yoga lovers. I’ll be teaching this week on Wednesday.

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