Create a solid foundation for your week with this hour-long yoga practice. A thorough, thoughtful warmup builds to an invigorating vinyasa sequence, with careful attention to breathing, alignment, and mind/body awareness. Finally, as class concludes, a cool down including restorative postures facilitates deep opening, relaxation, and rejuvenation. This class is appropriate for students of all levels of experience.
Hello, yoga lovers! Well, baby man is three months old now, and I am slowly regaining my strength and focus (hello, sleep deprivation!!…). The opportunity has arisen to begin teaching a weekly class on Monday evenings. I hope you will be to drop in and check it out!
I am so excited that Doreen is working with her Life Purpose oracle deck this week. Saturday’s new moon was a very favorable one for my fellow Sagittarians and I with regard to our career outlook. Prior to that, things were not lining up for fruitful professional growth, but that’s over now. Farewell to that!
Now, let’s see what Doreen and the angels have to say about what’s next! Two words… crystal. healing.
“Attributes: Amethyst is one of the most spiritual stones, promoting love of the divine, giving insights into its true nature, and encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It opens intuition and enhances psychic gifts. This is an excellent stone for meditation and scrying and can be placed on the third eye to stimulate it. Sleeping with Amethyst facilitates out-of-body experiences and brings intuitive dreams. It transmutes ‘lower’ energies to the higher frequencies of the spiritual and etheric realms.
Healing: Amethyst boosts production of hormones, and tunes the endocrine system and metabolism. It strengthens the cleansing and eliminating organs and the immune system. An excellent cleanser for the blood, Amethyst relieves physical, emotional, and psychological pain or stress, and blocks geopathic stress. It eases headaches and releases tension. […]
At a subtle level, Amethyst balances and connects the physical, mental, and emotional bodies, linking them to the spiritual. It cleanses the aura and transmutes negative energy, and stimulates the throat and crown chakras.”
Do you remember way, way back when I was working my way through a 7-day crystal/chakra healing marathon? We had made it all the way to Day 5 / the throat chakra when my computer went on summer vacation.
To me, the change of seasons is like nature’s reminder alert to slow down and take stock of things. Check in. Whether it’s in my yoga practice, diet, daily meditation, habits, thoughts, emotions, etc.- I boost my efforts to bring change where it is needed by aligning with the energy of change that swells at the solstices and equinoxes.
It’s a time of one phase ending and a new one beginning. Why not follow Mother Nature’s lead to let go of the ‘old’ and welcome the ‘new?’ She pretty much has this whole managing life thing down to a science.
If your chakra health is an area that will have your attention as we approach the fall equinox, healing crystals are a great way to uplift your efforts.
…Which brings me back to the crystal/chakra healing countdown. Who needs a refresher?
“Tiger’s Eye combines the earth energy with the energies of the sun to create a high vibrational state that is nevertheless grounded, drawing the spiritual energies to earth. Placed on the third eye, it enhances psychic abilities in earthy people and balances the lower chakras, stimulating the rise of the kundalini energy.
Tiger’s Eye is a protective stone that was traditionally carried as a talisman against ill wishing and curses. It shows the correct use of power and brings out integrity. It assists in accomplishing goals, recognizing inner resources and promoting clarity of intention. Placed on the navel chakra, Tiger’s Eye is excellent for people who are spaced out or uncommitted. It grounds and facilitates manifestation of the will. Tiger’s Eye anchors change in the physical body.”
Day 4 already! You know what that means? The summer solstice is getting near.
Of course, it also means that we’ve worked our way up to the heart chakra in our little ‘crystal in the spotlight’ marathon. And the stone of the day is…? Aventurine! You may have noticed that both chrysoprase and malachite (our two previous crystal superstars) are also strongly connected to the heart. Green is the color of the heart chakra, so many green stones have an association to the heart chakra.
In fact, aventurine can be a variety of colors, and each of these varieties has its own unique properties. Aventurine has a high quartz content, but it is the presence of other minerals that determines its color. Green aventurine, the type that I picked up in Oklahoma, is the most common variety. The green color is produced by the addition of fuchsite to the quartz crystals.
I think that my favorite quality of green aventurine is that it facilitates connection to the devic kingdom, making it a friend of the gardener. Any friend of the gardener is a friend of mine!
Aventurine is another great protection stone, protecting the heart and regenerating heart energy. It also balances male and female energies, and promotes leadership qualities.
On a physical level, aventurine promotes feelings of well-being and heals parts of the body found in the region of the heart and throat (heart, lungs, adrenals, and sinuses).
Day 1 of my ‘crystal in the spotlight’ marathon! And it feels so good! Or it may be that I picked up a piece of bloodstone in Oklahoma. It is a powerful healing stone and a blood cleanser. It has a lot of properties that I could use now that I’m hOMe again. It’s a grounding and revitalizing stone- two things I could certainly use after my trip (and also some strange and mysterious nutrition choices I made while on vacation). It’s time to ‘get back’ with the program in more ways than one. So? Revitalizing? Great. Grounding? Sounds perfect.
I also love some of the history associated with this stone, which is actually a combination of dark green jasper and iron oxide. Its name, for instance, derives from the Middle Ages when it was thought that it was created by Christ’s blood dropping onto the green earth. Also, it was known in ancient times as an “audible oracle,” meaning that it gave off sound as a means of guidance.
I only brought a small piece of it home, but Grandma Patsy (you know her, right?) had a mammoth chunk of it on her deck. It was bigger than my head. I spent some time out there admiring it in the last week, and it’s inspired me to learn more about bloodstone.
Wanna hear ’bout it? Here it go.
This cleansing stone is associated with the lower chakras. It grounds, protects, and revitalizes, anchoring us in the present moment. It cleanses the blood and the internal organs located near the lower chakras (detoxing the liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen, and bladder). It also cleanses negative energy.
It grounds both the mental (by calming the mind and lessening confusion) and emotional (by grounding heart energy) bodies.
Welcome, bloodstone! So grateful to have you around!
Whoa there, tiger… welcome to the world of holistic/ayurvedic healing.
Neem has been on my mind for the past few days. Over and over, it has come up- from Paramahansa Yogananda & his sister sitting under a neem tree during his childhood to rejuvenating the hair and scalp to curing sore throats.
Neem is a remedy of many uses, hence its designation as ‘the village pharmacy’. Learn more about neem today to introduce its healing power into your life!!!
“Sadhana: Trauma or mistreatment by parents or caretakers can be healed or altered through what is known in Sanskrit as sadhana, which means an effort exercised toward achievement of purpose or practice. While the literal translation of sadhana sounds mechanical, it implies a practice of a healing nature. In the tantric tradition, sadhana refers to the path of liberation. Meditating, Reiki, gardening, playing basketball, singing, and yoga are all examples of sadhana that could lead to deep levels of healing with the correct intention- that is, when a person engages in these activities with the purpose of reconnecting to their inherent power.”
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!!