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September 19

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Letting It Go (some advice from our Disney friends)
Source: Good Housekeeping, September 2017


Breath

Breath of Joy
From standing mountain, inhale and bring arms out in front, continue to inhale as you swing arms horizontally by your side, then continue with inhalation as you again swing arms out front, finally exhale as you forward fold and arms come down towards the floor. Repeat at least 6 times and on the final exhale, hang there limply enjoying the energy you just created through breath.  As with any breath, if you begin to feel lightheaded, return to a neutral position and your normal breath.

Poses

Surfboard

Props: blankets, including one for warmth, stuffed animals or eye bags for hands Benefits: gently stretches the lumbar spine and para spinal muscles, and gives a release in the diaphragm, quiets the mind and comforting. Gives a sense of security.  
2 bolster fold blanket placed lengthwise on mat on top of each other. Make one blanket roll at end of mat for ankle support. Rest of that b…

September 12

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There are so many inspiring people out there and so many inspiring stories.  I was driving to my first yoga class this morning and thinking about all the other people driving to wherever they had to be.  Which got me to thinking that many of them are also going to their place of work.  And as the thought process goes on, I was then struck by how many hardworking people there are out there, from the road construction worker to the nurse, to the teacher, and the massage therapist.  We are all making a contribution to this society.  What about the hand holding dear friend? What about the person on the other end of the phone line when you call Verizon?  We are all part of this great fabric of life, stitching in our own threads.  Some of the threads woven in have deeper seams and some are fragile, but together they form a connection which heals. 

People and their stories are stitched into this fabric. Each person has a story to share.  Stories can be of tribulation or sorrow but they are in…

September 5

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I am really out of the blogging habit after my summer hiatus.  It was a complete whirlwind of a summer beginning with four trips to some high altitude places - Chicago skyline, British Columbia, Colorado and Switzerland.  After almost two months of travel, I was ready to come home and find my roots.  My vegetable garden and my flower gardens also found their roots while I was gone!

I gleaned so much from my Inner Peace Training programs this summer. Functional Yoga Therapy with Maria Mendola was a study in the body, how it moves and therapies to support it's ease of movement.  Studying intently with Neil Pearson and Lisa (Bergly) Pearson in Pain Care Yoga firmly rooted by interest and passion to help those with chronic pain.  And finally the completion of my last residential Inner Peace program was the frosting on the top of the cake as well as the gooey insides.  It has inspired me to become an intuitive healer working with my own energy and the energy of others.  Switzerland was …

June 27 Restore

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Backyard Barbeques, Burgers and Babies
Celebrating the Fourth of July with my extended family has always been about backyard barbeques, burgers and babies.  One of the aunts and uncles would host our rather large family, grill up some burgers and dogs, and the parade of babies would begin. We have a very prolific family.  Catching up was finding out who was pregnant, who was due next and chatting about the kids running around.  Back then, I was one of the rugrats running around and enjoyed these 4th of July outings immensely. Time travel to the present day and they still are enjoyable.  But now I am one of the aunts, and even my own kids are out of the running around stage.  We watch one aspiring gymnast (all of 7 years old) turn cartwheels in the yard, a future financial wizard sell miniature flags he just colored in, and the someday Phillies ball player throwing the baseball to his younger brother.  

I take great hope in these children and these moments as I watch them do their own gr…

June 13 Restore

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BIJA The seed mantra 
These are powerful one-syllable mantras for calling forth what you want.  They are energy in their own right, in just repeating them.  They also may be easier to call up when you need a certain mantra in your life.

Bijas can be chanted over and over again for 5-10 minutes. Try for 10 days and see how it is going. If well, continue for 30 more days.


Shrim [shreem] - feminine sound is for energy of abundance, attracting and maintaining (spiritual, health, inner peace, financial wealth, relationships, love).Eim [I'm] - this seed is for artistic and scientific endeavors, music and education (memory, intelligence)Klim [kleem] - a bija to attract an object of desire and as a meditationDum [doom] - sound mantra for energy of protectionKrim [kreem] - for accumulating power* be careful with this one, as it is powerful Kali, Goddess of Creation and Destruction, at work hereGum - a seed for removing obstacles and bringing success in endeavorsGlaum [lah...owm] - also for rem…

June 6 Restore

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Mantras  - What are They?
The Wikipedia meaning or description of a mantra is this: A "mantra" (/ˈmæntrə, ˈmɑːn-, ˈmʌn-/(Sanskrit: मंत्र);[2]) is a sacred utterance, anuminoussound, a syllable, word orphonemes, or group of words inSanskritbelieved by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.[3][4]A mantra may or may not have syntactic structure or literal meaning.(Wikipedia).

A common and very powerful mantra is "OM". Vibrationally connecting with us on a much deeper level and considered the seed or bija mantra, inserting itself in many other mantras. The mantra of all mantras is the Gayatri mantra, considered the essence of all mantras, bringing enlightenment to mind and intellect.

For a sample mantra, listen to the following which is for removing obstacles


Ganesh Mantra


OM GAM GANAPATAYE NAMAHA http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4552/Remove-Obstacles-with-This-Ganesh-Mantra.html


Mantra Resources:
http://thedailymeditation.com/the-best-mantra-books-to-buy (plu…

May 16 and 23 Restore

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To Be Awake The following excerpts were taken from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.  Enjoy!

May 23 Inspiration
There is always purpose in being but not always being in purpose
How easily we get caught up in defining who we are in relation to those around us. We first find ourselves alone in joy of what we're doing. But somehow, there are suddenly others along the way, and we lapse into the breathless race of comparison, and then we are hopelessly running to avoid being termed a failure.

From here, we often latch onto the nearest goal as a purpose if we can't find one nearby, we are thought to be adrift. But our lasting sense of purpose is in our breathing, in our being. As the humanitarian Carol Hegedus reminds us, "Our purpose is that which we most passionately are when we pay attention to our deepest selves."

So underneath all our worries about careers and jobs and retirements, our purpose really comes down to living fully, to being alight with who we are beneath all t…