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June 27 Restore

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…
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June 13 Restore

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

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


Mantra Resources: (plu…

May 16 and 23 Restore

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…

May 9 Restore

It may not seem like a true May spring out there to us but my allergies know it.  The Alternate Nostril Breath can help clear out those nasal passages making the stuffies subside. And try adding this 5 minute meditation to your day to release the stagnant air and bring in fresh energy. Brought to you by Jillian Pransky.

The Breath

Alternate Nostril Breath (Nadi Shodhana)

This breath invites the calm in, balancing both sides of our nasal passages and our brain.  We tend to breath predominately with either the left or right nasal passage and we become unbalanced.  A few minutes at the start of a class or practice, can merge the two hemispheres of the brain and allow you to become more receptive.
Breathing through the right or left nostrils gives different effects. Right Nostril increases heart rate, increases verbal performance, stimulates left brain, increases rate of blinking Left Nostril decreases hear…

May 2 Restore

We used a technique called Nyasa or a slightly adapted version of it.  We called to mind areas of the body and brought forth light into these areas on the inhalation.  For example the toes became filled with golden light on the inhale.  Then on the exhale, we sent this light out into the universe.  Moving through the body, we continued to find ease, release and connection to our world around us.

The relaxation, meditation and visualization exercises (also called yoga nidra) that are used at the end of a yoga practice -- and, during which, practitioners "place" efforts of relaxation on specific body parts -- originally stem from mental nyasa rituals.

The Poses
Reclined Goddess
Props: 2 blocks, 2 blankets, neck roll Benefits:opens the hips and groin facilitating blood and energy flow to the urinary tract and reproductive organs. Opens the chest and abdomen benefiting breathing problems. Shoulders release their tension. 

Bring blocks to lowest height, place rolled up blanket on …