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YOU Are a Powerful Artist! You know how to move energy!

Life is art.

Harness the energy of the universe and channel it for a particular need, cause or simply the highest good for all.   Feel whole, complete, grateful.  It is our natural state.  All conditioning that doesn’t serve the highest good will fall away with patience and persistence.

The greatest tool is to learn how to move energy. How can you move energy?  How can you transform a mood or energy state, or spark creative juices?  This is the art part of yoga & life.
Here are the top 10 ways (not in particular order) that occur to me;

1.  Step back from an emotion or situation and see what energy is present, what  cause or purpose something has arisen for.  Notice;
-What needs to be felt?,   What story is attached to that?
-Can we release the story or does someone need to be recognized or apologized to (seen, forgiven, appreciated), even if it is yourself.  If there is emotional heat, take pause encountering another until you move with some of the processes below;
-Now can we dive in to just the energy or feeling that is there?
-Where in the body is it?
-What color is it, what shape?  Does it have movement, ?  Does it have sound?
-Does it move or change as you recognize or express these things?
Listen in, feel in..
-Does it have a message?

2. .Breathe.
You can simply breathe deeper, fuller.  Breathe out fiercely.. Lions breath!  Slowly extend the exhale to calm down..  Breath in deeper, faster to wake energy up!
The breath changes physiology.

3. Make some noise!  Try long deep tones.. Aaaahhhh.. Eh, Oh, EE , Uu, Ng.. feel into where they vibrate in the body.. Soon you are nothing but a puddle of vibration and you realize all else is construct.
Try chanting/ japa (repetition) or singing… ‘Om’ is good, just ‘ah’ is good, ‘OM mane padme hum’ (the jewel in the lotus), ‘om hrim’ (being, becoming), ‘one’, ‘love’, ‘so ham’/ ‘I am’, ‘i am all light’, ‘all love …’,
‘Row row row your boat…’
‘Let it be’
Make up your own song..you can’t get it wrong.

4. Move!  Move the body to move the energy!
Shake it out, shake it off!  All animals do it!  Move like any of nature!
Take some yoga shapes.. Hold down dog, cat/ cow with breath, take any forward fold shape and breathe the arising sensations..look at the world upside down, change your perspective on things.  Flow in and out of lunges…Fly your arms with your breath… dance!

5.  Peel away some layers!  Take off restrictive clothing, go naked! Or put on something that invokes a desired feeling or aspect of character for you.

6. Share some physical love & sex magic with yourself.  Give yourself massage, even masturbate.  Its ok.  Give yourself the love you would want from another.  With intention, move the energy.. Bring it to your heart and then up and out thru your head…

7. Investigate the voices!  Be an actor.. You are.  We all are.  We are ALL ONE consciousness acting as an individual expressions to see what it is like, so do this for yourself consciously and play!  Who is that mean voice in your head?  Who is the sweet nurturing voice that maybe you can barely hear?  Act it out, turn them up!  Play the role of the one who says “Yes!” and celebrates! Play the role of the doubter.  Go to extremes. How far can you go?  Let it get silly, let the truth of the situation be revealed through absurdity…

8. Draw, paint, write.  Let it flow.  Do not try to make a masterpiece, only feel how things can move thru you into another form.

9.  Pray.  Pray to God, goddess, trees, sun, moon, rain clouds, great spirit, creator, great mystery, source.. Whatever is inspired…  Give this energy up.  Ask that It be taken, transmuted, and that you receive/ listen.   Ask for faith that you are on the right path, give thanks.

10.  Get quiet after or during any of these.  Listen, feel for the Pratibha.  Pratibha is a lovely Sanskrit word that simultaneously means; animal instinct, intuitive insight, and creative impulse.  When we are quiet and connected, we can feel where the life flow wants to take us next, what the next move or most beneficial choice is.

You are powerful. You know how to move energy.  You can change things.  You know how to do this for yourself.  Once you allow this self care and innate power to flow, then it gets easier and easier.  Soon you can do this easily with those around you as well.  Take care of yourself first.

Share your list and process with someone and call them when you need support. Ask them to do these things with you, to remind you of what worked last time, or to remind you of how powerful you are.  This is love.  Love is singing the song of someone’s heart when they have forgotten.

There are many ways of course to move energy.  Many arts, religions, spiritual & physical practices are based on just this.  You may even have your own special ways like gardening or hiking or anything!… I am just sharing what I know best and what I am qualified by way of training and extensive practice to teach, lead, and directly inspire with.  Id love to hear what works for you as well. We could get a great conversation going here.

Written by Yoga Program Director – Lucid Dawn

Natural Migraine Headache Relief

I’ve been wearing glasses and getting migraines since at least 3rd grade.  My mother has had migraines for aslong as I can remember…
I am ready to be cured.
I’ve been practicing yoga for 23 years.
I’ve been teaching Yoga for (officially) for over 10 years, sharing the practice with friends and kids for over 13.
I’ve been studying neuroscience, cellular biology and energy healing in bits and pieces but with great
enthusiasm for 5 years.
It’s all coming together.
I’m almost entirely migraine free.
They come for brief visits at the end of my moon cycle, but less often, and are less in intensity and duration.
Oh, sweet relief.
Migraine headaches used to knock me (and dear mother) down for days. No matter what pain
relief I took. Sometimes even to the point of vomiting.  Now, I use yoga (physical, breath and meditation),
essential oils, and an attitude adjustment via mindful awareness practices.

It may be different for others, but I have also worked with many other people (especially women)
now who have been migraine sufferers, to help them find relief.  I see the familiar patterns that we all carry.
I now know how to dispel these patterns in myself and would like to offer my experience,
hopefully as a blessing to your relief.

First, the patterns;
– moon cycle /hormonal fluctuations, chemical imbalance
– Go getters, type A’s, mothers, high responsibility positions especially with;
– Tense/clenched jaw/ TMJ
– Shortness of breath, upper chest breath only
– Subconscious fears/ ideas around not being enough, not being good enough, not having
enough time/money/worthiness/ security or lack of security around financials, family, job.
With internal messages/ pressure of “gotta do/ gotta get/ need to be…”
– Tight/ rigid /frigid /reluctant sexuality
– Herpes Virus (also can come w/ sciatic like pain in legs), triggers; stress, low immunity,
hormonal imbalance, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dark chocolate, pistachios, peanuts, etc..
– Trigger foods, as commonly known; red wine, caffeine, sugar, smoked and aged things, night shades…(CHECK!)
– Head forward of shoulders posture (more relates to headache/ neck ache than migraine but
same muscles often are quite tense in both cases)
– Toxic environment
– dehydration!!!

The solutions;

– Be sure to avoid trigger foods especially around moon cycle

Be well nourished with lots of dark greens in diet, b vitamins, iron, magnesium, balance of
daily vitamins. Since I have begun using Purium products I have had even less incidence of
headaches trying to get me at the end of my moon cycle.

– Lysine is especially important in keeping the Herpes virus from arising. So is good nutrition
and restraining from alcohol, chocolate and caffeine, especially when immunity is low, such
as at the end of the moon cycle.

– Our moon time is calling the body to slow down, there is a natural weightiness and wane of
energy. Too often we do not allow ourselves the pause. Tension headaches are often due to
an internal tug of war. Allow yourself the pause. Men have a cycle too in which a time of
reflective pause, turning in and self care are needed, it may not be so obvious as there is no
blood flow, but nonetheless – biorhythms, we all have them…

Divya karana, relax the face, let your jaw hang, soften the tongue at its root, soften skin and
muscles around and behind the eyes

– Run the coldest water you can stand on the crown of your head, or use an ice pack where
tension is showing up.

Breath practices, there are many. I will list two here;
1. inhale through the nose, down the
front body, exhale up the spine and out the mouth. Really let the jaw hang. Sound can help
on the exhale, “aaah..”, or “Ng…”,
2. is what I call “unicorn breath”- breath in, imagine breath is coming in through 3rd eye center,
then imagine breathing up and out thru the crown of your head, all tension rising up and out
with the exhale, you might imagine this as a light cord or horn lifting you up.

Physical practices– yoga for clear alignment & biomechanics, gentle pressure to forehead
and crown of head, neck /jaw/shoulder releases, yin & restoratives…
(see practice video @ https://youtu.be/IGebuQbx8VE )

Mantra – any Japa or repeated mantra can clear the mind which can be helpful. Most of all I
find vibration helpful. Brahmari/ bees breath is great. Make the sound of “Ng” like the end of
the Om. Extend it for the whole length of long slow exhales, send the sound up into 3rd eye
center, into the pineal gland, add to this effect by gently turning eyes towards eyebrow center
and bring tongue lightly to the highest point in the mouth (this also helps to release the jaw)

Meditation – just allow yourself to sit and BE, magick happens. It’s a practice. Don’t try to do
it “right”, just be..

Energy medicine for re-patterning subconscious – notice the default state of your mind.
Notice the underlying thoughts and feelings. Would you choose these? What would you
choose? Make it a practice to repeat that I AM often. Please contact me if you would like to
schedule a session to do some re-patterning with the Lifeline Technique.

Masturbation/ orgasm. Yup, it’s ok. It’s healthy, even. The need to release and transmute
energy on all levels is real.

Trust life. Trust life. Trust life. Everything is working in a cycle. Receive and let go. Control
is an illusion. The tension in jaw, head and shoulders is often the result of trying to control our
reality.

Essential oils are magickal concentrated distillation of pure earth medicine. There are many
that can relieve emotional and physical stress and tension. DoTerra makes a great blend
called “Past Tense” among an abundance of others. I love to share the plant medicine.
Contact me if you have questions or want to order, I’m happy to help.

Detox, cleanse, and nutritional supplements… crucial complements to life! If we do not detox
ourselves once in a while on purpose, then nature will do it for us through pain and sickness.
We can avoid the big sicknesses by attending to the little ones with healthy practices.
Drink more water!

Reach out for help if you are having trouble balancing your life. We’ve all been there at one point,
I’ve been there at many. Finally thanks to years of Yoga and health study I am balanced and
healthy most all of the time. So grateful. Happy to be your consultant on this. It is time for
me to give back.

Blessed be. I bow to you in honor of your beautyfull spirit. Thank you for walking this path that
we walk together. Namaste.

Written by Yoga Program Director – Lucid Dawn

 

March ON!

In this newsletter;

▪ aligning with self & season
▪ spring cleanse w/ oils & deep green nutrition
▪ gather for healing in sacred space *(an invite to my home)
▪ upcoming events, class time changes
▪ love & inspiration!

As we move towards Spring Equinox and we feel the season bursting with creativity, beauty, color, scent, sensuality – let us too be inspired!

Let us find our natural equilibrium at this time as well. Welcome the wisdom of the light and the dark in balance.

When you bring what is hidden in the sub/unconscious into consciousness it is an act of healing.

As we move towards Equinox we are being healed and we are healing the world by awakening to and cleaning up our own personal stuff.

Sounds so simple but indeed to bring awareness and movement to the parts of our bodymind that we have ignored or not been connected to, the healing happens. Long held experiences become digested, stagnant energy becomes activated. We dive deeper, unafraid of darkness and mystery. We open to the challenges of renewal. We grow stronger, more awake, more aware of how we are showing up in the world, what we bring to it, what our purpose is, how we affect others, and thereby the power that we have to make the world a better place.

We do the deeper magick by doing that with intention and aligned living.

Clean house, come into alignment, allow life force energy to flow the way that nature intended.

Connect to your integral structure, the way that we were built and intended to move. This is humbling and opens us up to the wisdom and strength of the universe.

Succumb to what you are.

Rise into all that you are meant to be.

Root energetically into all that makes up who you are, all that has happened to you, in the world, in your lifetime or in your awareness. This is your wisdom.

Be with what is. Using the strength and wisdom of our past enables us to grow, to blossom, to open to a brighter, better, more open and compassionate future.

There is brilliance in the design of these brains and bodies. We honor that brilliance when we take time to align ourselves with its nature.

▪ Spring clean the body with a reflective, integrated yoga practice.
▪ Use pranayama to clean the energy body. Take a hike and breath in your nose, the breath spirals down deeper. Smell the damp earth and the blossoming of spring.

*Clear your mind by listening bird song and bees humming.

Do you have allergies? I’ve got a remedy for that! I have been delightfully blessed by diving deeper into essential oil and aromatherapy studies these past few years. I have many clients and family members that have been able to kick their allergy and asthma medications by using pure, organic, pharmaceutical grade essential oils by an amazing company that I represent.

The essential oil blessings to my life have been countless for health, for cooking, for emotional support and for pure sensual bliss! Please contact me if you are interested, I love to share these gifts of the earth.

The immune system can also be bogged down from bad dietary habits. Our energy can feel heavy when the body is trying to cleanse or heal itself, especially without external support. Our waistlines can get thick with sugar, wheat, alcohol and the like. Many people are actually living with low levels of inflammation in their bodies all of the time. Inflammation has been sourced as the root of most chronic pains and diseases.

The turn of seasons and the warmer days call us to clean house inside and out! It is time to cleanse!

Written by: Lucid Dawn, Yoga Program Director

Lavender Oil
What’s that smell?

If this is the first question your brain processes when you walk into work Monday morning, it’s usually because someone left their lunch in the fridge on Friday.

It’s also because most brains are hardwired to use your sense of smell to warn you of danger, help you determine if your food is edible, and find a mate.

Aromatherapy probably isn’t the first tool you think of to help boost your productivity and grow your business, but maybe it should be. Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning.

Smell this, not your left overs!

According to Lisa Evans, contributor for Entrepreneur, there are six specific scents that will help you be your be your best at work or anywhere.
1. Lemon.This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you’re feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body’s immune system and improving circulation.

2. Lavender.This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines.

3. Jasmine. Like lavender, jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.

4. Rosemary. This is the perfect Monday morning pick-me-up. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue. Rosemary can also be used topically to relieve muscular aches and pains.

5. Cinnamon. The stimulating properties in cinnamon can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration and focus.

6. Peppermint. Try peppermint when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.

The best part about aromatherapy, is how easy it is to add it to your day.

You can still get the benefits of aromatherapy in a shared workspace without offending others. Just place a drop or two of an essential oil on a cotton ball and take a whiff when you need an energy boost. If you have a private office, add 1-6 drops to an electric diffuser or create a mister by adding a few drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with distilled water.

Or, for a group benefit, put a bowl of hot water with a few drops of essential oils in the middle of the table at your next brainstorming session.

Bringing Wellness to the Workplace

Creating a sense of balance at work can be challenging for any employer.

How does one foster loyalty yet stay competitive in our increasingly fast paced world?  One of the best ways to build a cohesive work environment is by investing in a solid wellness program – that people will actually use.  The research is adding up; when people are happy and healthy, so are the numbers.

Healthy Behaviors by Engagement

Gallup research previously found that employee engagement is positively correlated with better health — engaged workers are less likely to be obese and to have chronic diseases.

How can employers meet their broad wellness program objectives of attracting, retaining and engaging employees while helping employees to be healthier and more productive? And what about saving on health care costs? Both employees and employers have heightened and evolving expectations, so wellness programs need to be developed with a comprehensive, holistic mindset. With mounds of information and advice on developing these programs, it’s often overwhelming to sort through and apply the strategies and tactics that will have a positive impact for your organization.

Join this webcast presented by Jennifer Piliero February 9, 2016 to resuscitate your wellness program.

She will address concerns every HR manager is facing today and cover the following:

• Approaches to developing a culture of wellness
• Considerations when creating short and long term program goals
• Elements of a comprehensive wellness program
• Tactics and examples for promoting the program

This webcast cuts through the confusion and offers four basic elements that can lead employers to a well-balanced program. With two-thirds of employers surveyed by Aon Hewitt wanting to increase employee participation in their wellness programs, the simple, yet effective, approach outlined in this webcast can help employers achieve this goal.

 

Learn more and register here:

http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/webcasts/upcoming_webcasts/the-four-squares-of-a-well-balanced-wellness-progr_ijahfaqw.html

Receive Massage Fearlessly

Do you ever feel slightly terrified when you see your massage therapist?

Like there are some things you just can’t say out loud?  If so, you’re not alone.  The article linked below addresses a few of the more common questions and concerns you may have been too uncomfortable to bring up.

 

Six Unspoken Questions About Massage Therapy

Afraid to Ask? Get Your Answers Here
By Robert Chute
Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring/Summer 2008. Copyright 2008. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

You love massage. But you’d love it more if you had the answers to a few questions you’ve been shy about asking. Good news! This article will address those niggling questions you’d like to ask your massage therapist, but were afraid to ask.
I’m a bit uncomfortable taking everything off when I go for massage. Do I have to be completely naked to receive massage?
Some people go under the sheets without a stitch on, others wear underwear, and some people prefer to wear shorts, sweatpants, or even their regular street clothes. No, you don’t have to take off more clothes than you are comfortable with to receive massage. Talk to your therapist and he or she will adapt to your needs. Be aware that wearing more clothes can interfere with the use of certain techniques, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy receiving massage in casual clothes. Therapists won’t be able to use lotion and may be unable to work as deeply, but they can adapt to your comfort level and still deliver a satisfying massage experience.
For full article click below:

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http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/1489/Six-Unspoken-Questions-About-Massage-Therapy

At the end of the day, anything you’ve been worrying about is really just a barrier between you and a way better massage.  So, go on and schedule your next relaxing moment – fearlessly!
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