Posts Tagged holistic healing

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!!

Share

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! ♥

Share

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.

Share

Meditation for day 2

This is a very cool meditation for day 2 of the Yoga Journal’s 21 day yoga challenge. I know there are those among you who have practiced yoga (asana) in the past, but have never committed to a meditation practice.

This is a great practice for anyone who is interested in Reiki or in amplifying the healing abilities of their own bodies (via Spirit Voyage).

Share

What’s Reiki??

I posted a video recently from my friend, Lotus Love. She’s a Reiki practioner and healer. After I posted it (and also after having a Reiki session with her), quite a few people have asked me ‘what exactly is Reiki?’

The video above covers it quite nicely. Basically, it’s a holistic healing modality in which a Reiki practioner acts as a conduit of natural healing vibrations. This article (via Green Lotus) also offers useful information about Reiki, including findings from a study of Reiki programs in hospitals, clinics, and hospice facilities throughout the US.

One of my intentions for this year is to learn to practice Reiki, so look out for more info on Reiki as we roll into 2012!

Share

If you have a neti pot, read this

Yikes! So, I was killing some time today waiting for my neti pot salt to arrive, and what on earth did I see on the internet?? Neti pots linked to brain-eating amoeba!!

I’ve owned neti pots, given them as gifts, worked in establishments that sold them, and I never, ever remember anyone stressing the importance of using distilled or sterilized water in them. Take note! If you do not have the time or inclination to read the article, read this: It is critical that you use distilled or sterilized water in your neti pot. Otherwise, you could get a brain-eating amoeba.

Good thing I had some distilled water left over from all those priops I killed last year…

Share

Wanna see the coolest thing??

Retire your televisions, people! 😉

Soul TV is here! You can now have a continuously updated selection of yoga and meditation classes, inspirational spiritual talks, and general goodness from the amazing folks at the Soul Center.

This is such an unbelievable blessing that they have put this together. But yet… coming from them, I can totally believe it. Check it out and see what all the fuss is about.

Share

11.11.11 – A special message for you

Written during an automatic writing exercise in a recent class. This is what was on the page when the exercise had finished… It’s not me, it’s Shakti (un-edited):

Cocoon. You are wrapped in a warm and loving cocoon. And you are safe always. You are held safely in my arms. You are protected as you evolve and grow. Worry not, my love. Release your fear. You are loved. You have always been loved and there is nothing that you have to do or say to receive this. It is yours. Always has been. Always will be. It has been there every step of the way. You needn’t fear any longer. Everything that has happened was chosen for you because you can take it. You have the strength and power to heal it, not just for yourself but for others and for the world. This is not a test. It is your hand-picked mission. But it was not given to you so that you would live in fear forever. It was given to you so that you may see your way to the light. So that you may see you were wrapped in that cocoon of light always. And then you may carry that message forth to others who are still struggling in the dark. You were chosen for this because you can take it, not because you were meant to live as a victim. Not because you’re meant to suffer because you’re meant to heal.

Namaste.

Share

You are how you eat

I wake up in the morning and affirm, “Today, I practice Ahimsa.” That’s a great start, but it loses its power if I don’t continue to affirm my commitment in every moment of the day (ie, be committed!). One of my most consistent detours from Ahimsa is poor eating habits. I wake, I vow to practice non-violence and allow myself to grow to my fullest potential… and then I head for the nearest drive-thru. Detour!

Thankfully, being aware of this is the first step in changing it. Every time I eat, I receive a gift of nourishment that the earth has offered. I have the opportunity to accept it and treat myself well. Wow! That is no small thing, yet I sometimes eat an entire meal plus seconds without realizing what I am doing.

Many factors contribute to the quality of nourishment I receive- not just whether or not it came from a drive-thru. Were the ingredients responsibly obtained? Was my food prepared with love? What is my state of being as I eat it? From an Ayurvedic point of view, how we eat is just as important as what we eat. Stress, sadness, distractedness, gratitude, joy- these emotions all produce changes in our bodies that impact their ability to assimilate food.

I mentioned the other day that I had a wonderful lesson in mindfulness when I was unable to use my dominant right hand. Generally, I can shovel an entire meal into my mouth while watching a movie, checking my Blackberry, and having a conversation… and I miss the whole experience of eating. When I had to use my left hand, each bite became a blessing when it made it to my mouth.

This new experience of mindful eating sent ripples into every aspect of sitting down to a meal. I only chose foods that were worth the effort it would take to eat them. I prepared them with love and attention. I sat down to a table that honored the experience (no TV, no BB). I blessed the food and everyone who had had a hand it getting it to my table. And then I ate… very, very slowly.

As I’m bringing my full attention to what I take in again, I aim to create that same sacred space around mealtimes. When the meal becomes a ceremony, it is difficult to “eat anything that you can’t bless” (as one of my teachers puts it). Try it out for a day and see how different it can feel to do something as basic as eating. If you want a real eye-opener, try doing it with the other hand. 😉

Share

Autumn confessions of a Vata-holic

I was in a mall in Virginia when I first heard of Ayurveda. The Body Shop had introduced a range of Ayurvedic bodycare products, and I took a dosha quiz to find out what I should buy. And it was from that time that I was aware that I am Vata… very, very Vata… whatever that means.

Thankfully, Ayurveda stuck with me and wouldn’t get off my case until I paid attention. I find now that Ayurveda integrates so helpfully into my attempts to achieve balance that it is an essential companion on my journey.

Let’s take Autumn, for example. I was never too fond of Autumn, even though I grew up with the changing colors and weather and all. At best, it was the time that connected Summer Break and Christmastime. Through Ayurveda, I learned that Fall is a Vata season. For someone as Vata-heavy as I am, I must give extra-special attention to maintaining balance during this time.

Anyway, after a busy October, I feel the need to focus on balance and being rather than doing and… doing. Get off the treadmill and into the jacuzzi, if you will. This article, Ayurveda tips for Autumn, is an excellent reminder for me because it covers all of the five senses.

I’m making an effort to move away from detoxes and cleanses (if only in name) in favor of a ‘conscious return to mindfulness about what I take in.’ I find that my former fondness of detoxes came in no small part from my perception that I needed to be fixed or corrected- flying in the face of my realization that I am already everything I must be. Our senses are our tools for navigating through this sea of human life. My sense of ‘balance’ in my body depends on input from all five of them.

What do you do to stay balanced?  What’s your dosha? Take a free dosha quiz here. ॐ

Share
Page 2 of 212

Upcoming Events

Nov
18
Sat
12:00 pm Yoga @ VeraVia
Yoga @ VeraVia
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
VeraVia is an all-inclusive, luxury health and wellness retreat, located within the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA. Please visit VeraViaFit.com to learn more.
Nov
19
Sun
9:30 am Prenatal Yoga Flow @ Cap Wellness Center
Prenatal Yoga Flow @ Cap Wellness Center
Nov 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
A 75-minute yoga flow, appropriate for all stages of pregnancy.
Nov
21
Tue
9:30 am Moms & Movers Yoga @ Cap Wellness Center
Moms & Movers Yoga @ Cap Wellness Center
Nov 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Crawlers+
12:00 pm Yoga @ VeraVia
Yoga @ VeraVia
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
VeraVia is an all-inclusive, luxury health and wellness retreat, located within the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA. Please visit VeraViaFit.com to learn more.

Latest Instagram posts

Latest tweets

Subscribe for updates

Email Format