E com muita gratidão e alegria que convido você a participar da 2a edição do retiro “Yoga no Matu”, no Vale do Matutu, MG.
Marque um encontro consigo mesmo em uma vivência de restauração e reintegração com a natureza nas montanhas mágicas da Mantiqueira!.
A programação inclui praticas de yoga (hatha/vinyasa yoga, yoga nidra, yoga do som), meditação, ho’oponopono, oficina de anatomia energética, trilhas, banho de cachoeira, fogueira, alimentação saudável vegetariana e tempo livre para relaxar.
Ofereceremos atendimentos individuais de massagem relaxante, sonora, ayurvédica e integrativa.
Situada nas montanhas do majestoso Vale do Matutu, a Pousada Patrimônio do Matutu é um verdadeiro santuário natural e um local perfeito para praticas de yoga. A Pousada oferece acomodações confortáveis e de muito bom gosto. Por não ter energia elétrica (iluminação apenas a luz de velas) e nem sinal de celular, o lugar nos convida a vivenciar o momento presente e inspira o mergulho interior.
Por ser um local de preservação máxima da natureza, veículos motorizados ficam no estacionamento (gratuito), a 1.800 metros da pousada, e o transporte de bagagens (e de pessoas, se for o caso) é feito em lombo de burros. O transporte é feito de acordo com as normas e respeitando os limites dos animais.
Data: 21/10 a 23/10 de 2016.
Onde fica:Pousada Patrimônio do Matutu – Vale do Matutu, Aiuruoca – MG.
O Vale do Matutu fica a aproximadamente 380Km de São Paulo, 420Km de Belo Horizonte e 360Km do Rio de Janeiro, sendo 17Km de estrada de terra (de Aiuruoca até o Matutu).
Protegido pela Fundação Matutu, está localizado dentro da APA Mantiqueira, área declarada pela UNESCO como reserva da biosfera da Mata Atlântica. Um santuário de fauna e flora, com muitas espécies endêmicas e em risco de extinção, que faz limite com o Parque Estadual da Serra do Papagaio e o Parque Nacional de Itatiaia.
O valor inclui hospedagem, refeições, toda a programação e uma apostila com todo o material abordado.
Inscrições ate 01/07/16
Quarto compartilhado – R$800,00 parcelado em 2x (desconto a vista R$750,00)
Quarto individual – R$900,00 parcelado em 2x (desconto a vista R$850,00)
Inscrições de 02/07/16 a 15/10/16
Quarto compartilhado – R$850,00 parcelado em 2x (desconto a vista R$800,00)
Quarto individual – R$950,00 parcelado em 2x (desconto a vista R$900,00)
*** 2a parcela ate dia 15/10 de 2016.
*** Alunos “Viver Yoga” e “Blyss Yoga” tem R$50,00 de desconto.
O transporte não esta incluído no valor do retiro.
Podemos dar auxilio nessa questão criando uma rede de carona entre os participantes.
Caso haja a demanda, podemos também contratar um serviço de transporte feito por uma van que ira sair de Copacabana. O valor vai depender do número de pessoas.
Para quem for de carro:
Saindo de São Paulo
De São Paulo até aqui existem dois caminhos, cerca de 350 km: a) Pela Dutra: depois de Cachoeira Paulista, entra na rotatória de Cruzeiro siga pela 1.ª saída para a rampa Rod. Hamilton Vieira Mendes continue até Estr. Mun. Cachoeira Paulista – Cruzeiro segue pela via que passa ao lado desta cidade em direção à Itanhandú, Passa Quatro, Caxambu, Aiuruoca. b) Pela Fernão Dias: 20 km após a entrada de Pouso Alegre/Sta Rita do Sapucaí, siga até o Km 322 (saída p/ Heliodora, Natércia e Circuito das Águas, via MG-456) vá até Lambari, pegue a saída p/ Caxambu, BR-267, sentido Juiz de Fora é um caminho mais curto porém com menos sinalização. Outra opção é seguir até o trevo de Campanha, entrada 775 A na placa de indicação: “Circuito das Águas-MG” dali siga até Caxambu, faça a rotatória na entrada da cidade pegar em direção à Juiz de Fora que é a estrada que sai em Aiuruoca.
Saindo do Rio de Janeiro
Para quem vem do Rio de Janeiro (320 km), o melhor caminho é pela BR-040, subindo a serra de Petrópolis e depois entrar na BR-267, na altura de Juiz de Fora, sentido Lima Duarte-Ibitipoca, Caxambu e Circuito das Águas. O caminho mais curto porém mal sinalizado é entrar em Volta Redonda na primeira entrada da Dutra, seguir até o Supermercado Rosado (10 km), no sinal virar à esquerda no sentido Aterrado/ Estadio da Cidadania,seguir sempre pela principal, passar pelo viaduto, ponte Hospital Evangélico, entrar no bairro Voldac e depois pegar trevo para Santa Cruz mais 4 km até Santa Rita do Zarur, 38 km até Santa Isabel, 12km até Santa Rita do Jacutinga, 38 km até Bom Jardim de Minas, sendo 34 km de asfalto e 4km de terra. De lá até o trevo de Aiuruoca 59 km, mais 10km até a Igreja Matriz de Aiuruoca.
De Aiuruoca até o Matutu
Entrar na cidade e seguir pela mesma rua que é a principal até no fim onde começa a estrada de terra, 17 km até o Matutu, cerca de 40 minutos. Após 7km entrar à direita numa bifurcação que tem a indicação MATUTU, andar 10 km e chegar no Casarão do Matutu.
Do Casarão ate a Pousada
Ao chegar no Casarão do Matutu, os veículos ficam estacionados, em segurança, e as bagagens são transportadas em animais de carga. Um condutor virá acompanhar a caminhada de aproximadamente 30 minutos até o Patrimônio. O caminho, entre relvados e riachos do vale, é plano na maior parte do trecho, tendo-se que, perto da chegada, subir a colina aonde está a Casa de Hóspedes. Para quem preferir, é possível utilizar cavalos no percurso.
Os quartos são confortáveis com capacidade de 2 a 3 pessoas e vista para a Cachoeira do Fundo. Contam com camas box, suave iluminação a luz de velas e o banheiro exclusivo, também com vista para a cachoeira, é equipado com deliciosa ducha com aquecimento de água a gás. O estilo dos aposentos remetem a simplicidade e beleza dos refúgios monteses, com móveis, assoalho e teto de madeira.
A alimentação é lacto vegetariana, com muitos ingredientes orgânicos e locais.
Por favor, informe caso tenha alguma restrição alimentar.
Teremos terapeutas e horários disponíveis para massagens. O agendamento poderá ser feito diretamente conosco. Os atendimentos são cobrados por fora.
É aconselhável trazer o seu tapete de yoga, um bom livro, boné ou chapéu, protetor solar, repelente, lanterna, roupa de banho, agasalho, tênis ou bota de caminhada e roupas confortáveis.
Bruna Sakanoi e professora de Yoga, Praticante de Reiki e Massoterapeuta. Se formou pela escola Cloud Nine Yoga na Califórnia, onde viveu durante 16 anos. Participou de cursos intensivos de formação na Califórnia com Erika Faith Calig (Cloud Nine Yoga), Erich Schiffmann (Free Form Yoga), Seane Corn (Vinyasa Flow Yoga), Julian Walker (Open Sky Healing Arts) e Hala Khouri. Se formou em Massoterapia pela IPSB – Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing. Bruna e registrada pela Yoga Alliance Americana.
Patricia Mello (Diretora do ANTARYAMIN) – Centro de Yoga e Terapias/RJ, psicóloga clínica, psicoterapeuta corporal e healer desde 1986. Massoterapeuta ayurvédica desde 2004. Formação: IBRATA/RJ, ABRA/RJ, Shiva Studio/RJ e Kerala Ayurvedic Health Care, Trinvandrum, India. Professora de Yoga e Yogaterapeuta desde 2005. Formação: Centro de Yoga Montanha Encantada – Garopaba/SC; Satyananda Yoga/RJ e KYM Krisnamacharya Yoga Mandiram – Chennai/India, Meditação budista, yogi e meditação vocal : Vox Mundi,School the Voice/RJ; Massagem de Som , Peter Hess; www.patriciamello.com.br ;www.antaryamin.com.br
She is the author of a few best selling books and uses a tools of self-help that she likes to call “The Works”, A program designed to help people cultivate well-being. Byron Katie was at Agape this past Sunday (June 6) as a special guest speaker. She talked about the mind and believing our thoughts. The negative self-talk, the thoughts that have a heavy energy and weight us down… the thoughts that are based in fear, anger and worry. “Who would I be without these thoughts?” she asked herself. “Who would you be without these thoughts?” she asked everyone present in the sanctuary.
We think that we are our thoughts, but that is an illusion. I believe that is so, because something inside me is aware of and witnessing the thoughts all the time… and as Ken Wilber says, this witness is Spirit within. And that is who I am and who you are. Thought is energy. Thought waves that are rooted in fear and lack, carry a heavy vibration. I like to refer to these thoughts as “dirt”, because they make the window of our mind dirty and with limited or no visibility. When the window of our mind becomes dirty, we can’t see clearly and we often see what is on the other side with a distorted perception. We have an unclear and limited view. When the window of our mind is clean and free from all the dirt we can see clearly and see things for how they really are. We see the world for what it really is. We can see the love that is omnipresent and the beauty that surrounds us. We can see challenges and difficulties as blessings that are present to teach us something new, remind us of something important we have forgotten, and to bring forth gifts and qualities within ourselves that have been dormant. They come to help us continue to learn, grow, remember and experience breakthroughs, so that we can continue to unfold into our highest potential as Souls. It is a deeper calling from Spirit within that we live our Divine Contract in order to realize our highest potential. That is our purpose. Not to gain/achieve Divinity. But to remember what already is, the Divinity that is already happily in place. To remember the truth about who we already are.
So Byron Katie suggests taking a moment after being aware of a “heavy thought” or “dirt” as I like to call it, to practice cleaning your mind through the following steps.
(1) – Become aware of the thought and question it – Ask yourself: Is it true?
(2) – Ask Again: Can you absolutely know it is true?
(3) – How do you react, what happens when you believe that thought?
(4) – Who would you be without the thought?
Play with this practice whenever you remember. Try applying this practice to a thought that might be charged and making you feel heavy, worried, scared, defensive, sad, confused, off….
We are soon starting the next round of beach yoga classes through the city of Redondo for the summer. This next session will also run for 9 weeks, meeting twice a week – mondays and wednesdays 9:00 – 10:00am. I’m so excited! Join me for summer yoga fun on the beach! ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME!
Visit the following links to find out more and to sign up:
As many of you know, I have studied with Erich Schiffmann and continue to learn from him and be deeply inspired by his teachings. I adore him! He is able to make complex yoga philosophy accessible, by using analogies that are simple and yet profoundly insightful. He teaches Freedom Style Yoga, based on the art of listening for inner guidance, and daring to do as the energy is guiding you, on the mat and outside of it.
Erich Schiffmann has gained national and international recognition for his unique approach to yoga. He is the author of highly acclaimed book – Yoga: The Spirit & Practice of Moving Into Stillness, and has produced numerous Yoga DVDs. He is a major influence…for myself and many of today’s leading Yoga teachers.
Erich taught yoga at the Krishnamurti School in England and lived in India and studied with T.K.V. Desikachar, B.K.S. Iyengar and Joel Kramer. He has been teaching and inspiring yoga students for 32 years.
He teaches regularly at The Exhale Spa/Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA. In addition to classes, he also teaches workshops and teacher trainings throughout the U.S. and internationally.
He has a collection of online audio and video files that I highly recommend taking time to watch and listen to. You can also download his new iPhone App “iMeditateWithErich”. Good stuff!
“Yoga is the way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. The practice of yoga is the practice of meditation – inner listening – in the poses and in meditation, as well as all day long. It’s a matter of listening inwardly for guidance all the time, and then daring enough, trusting enough, to do as you are prompted to do.” Erich Schiffmann
I am now teaching a new Strength Yoga Class at a beautiful studio in the South Bay area. Happy Me Yoga is a cozy neighborhood studio located in Redondo Beach, offering yoga for all abilities.
Happy Me Yoga was founded by Lucia Cordeiro Drever. Lucia is a certified Yoga instructor who spent 6 months in India studying Yoga: a lifelong lesson. She currently studies Yoga with Robert Birnberg in Los Angeles. Lucia specializes in teaching people with disabilities and people of all abilities privately: the classical and (in her opinion) the most beneficial way method used to teach Yoga.
My Classes are happening every monday and wednesday, starting at 7:30pm and ending at 8:45pm. Here are more details!
STRENGTH CLASS – An evening class that will focus on channelling all of the energy you have to strengthening the body while using your breath to guide all movements. Poses are hold for longer and breathing long and smoothly is emphasized at all times.
TIME: Monday & Wednesday (7:30 – 8:45pm)
LOCATION: 1908 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Last weekend Gary and I went up to The Esalen Institute in Big Sur for a Mandala Workshop with Paul Heussenstamm.
I had been really looking forward to this workshop because I love going to Esalen and I am deeply touched by Paul’s mandalas.
I met Paul at Agape and was introduced to his art by my boyfriend Gary, who has also been inspired by Paul and has taken a few of his workshops in the past. Paul is usually at Agape on sundays, hanging out at his tent where he shows and sells his sacred art. His art is displayed all over the walls inside Agape, adding a mystical and sacred feel to the space. He is a special man who is deeply in touch with “The Divine Forces”. In fact, he often talks about and recognizes that he is not the artist, but a channel where Divine Force is expressed. He says that the Divine Forces orchestrate and manifest the art. He says that painting sacred geometry has powerfully changed his life and art has been his biggest teacher. Please visit his website and you can see his art and learn more about him…
The Esalen experience is to me a sacred experience that can only be explained by experiencing it for yourself. The Esalen Institute is a Workshop/Retreat Center that has been around since the 60’s – A non-profit organization that has been dedicated to alternative education, the exploration of human potential and personal growth. It’s located high on the Big Sur cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. It is completely surrounded by mother nature – Big trees, vast blue ocean, waterfall, clean air… Classes and workshops by renowned philosophers, spiritual leaders, psychologists, artist, yoga teachers, and experimentalists are offered all year round, focusing on subjects such as meditation, yoga, massage, spirituality, psychology, art, ecology, etc…
The energy there is amazing, and as soon as I arrived I could feel the high frequency vibration of the Sacred Esalen land. This special place brings me a sense of feeling nurtured and taken care of, so I feel safe to allow myself to process anything that I might be repressing and not giving voice to for some reason. Spending time there also made me feel renewed, more present and more alive – As if my batteries are re-charged.
We started painting the same day that we arrived. Since this was a short 3-Day Workshop we all wanted to start on our mandalas soon. Our journey with the canvas started after the opening circle, when each person had a chance to share a little bit about him/her self with the group. At one moment we all held hands and a human mandala was created. The Intention of our Collective Consciousness opened space and set the tone for the Creative Force to be expressed and the beauty of the Divine Forces to be revealed, not only onto the canvas, but within each one of us. I began sliding into the present, finding my center and becoming aware of my connection with all there is.
The days up there were mostly rainy, but that didn’t matter! The next days were spent paining inside the cozy art barn, eating healthy and yummy meals (that included fruits and veggies from their organic garden), connecting with beautiful people, and relaxing at the Clothing Optional Healing Natural Hot Springs that overlook the ocean. What a treat! I feel so blessed to have had this experience. So much gratitude for all of those who shared this special time with me!!
Today I picked a card from my card deck… I have several card decks of spiritual teachers with wisdom that I am always grateful to be reminded of.
Deep inside I know these truths. However, it’s sometimes very easy to forget. Living in the city, it’s easy to get distracted and allow all of the noise, rush, over-stimulation, stress, and the media, to fog our minds and distort our perceptions.
The card I picked today was from the deck of cards of one of Don Miguel Ruiz’s best selling books, ” The Voice of Knowledge.” The card Reads:
“Heaven is here, but we need to have the eyes to perceive it. When our spiritual eyes are open, we see heaven all around us. We experience truth, love, and joy. When lies hook our attention, all we see are lies. Our spiritual eyes close, and we fall from the dream of heaven.”
Now are times of change. Can you feel it? Times of great changes and a great shift. Not necessarily bad. In fact, something deep inside me says that this is a GREAT SHIFT. The world has cycles, just like our life and nature goes through cycles. Sometimes this is an idea that is hard to grasp… but look back in history and you will remember this truth. As we continue to go through the process of entering a new cycle – “Leaving a chapter and entering another” – we will face fears and the challenges that come with change.
I believe that the reason for changes -What in Buddhism is called Impermanence – is that it is a tool for growth and the evolution of consciousness – the evolution of the Soul. Since life is a school, there is always a great teaching in everything. So, Life is not our enemy. Life is not against us. It is not a test where we can pass or fail. We will always have another chance, in this life or the next… What I’m saying here is not proved and simply an opinion… something I strongly believe in and feel inside my soul. If you make a mistake and don’t learn from it, it’s likely that you will repeat it as many times as you need until you finally really receive the teaching. And you grow!
So, going back to the card… with all the changes happening and all the fear that can clog our spiritual eyes, we can sometimes become blind and believe in lies created by the ego-mind – the sense of self that believes it’s separated from nature and all beings. These lies keep us trapped and until we free ourselves from these lies in order to grow and evolve as souls, we will continue to have distorted perception about something and experience the suffering that it brings.
But wait… Life is not a test and you can’t fail remember! Because life is God and God is Love! So, don’t judge or be hard on yourself for not making better choices or not having access to a clearer perspective. That doesn’t lessen your inner beauty and light. God doesn’t judge or punish! Life doesn’t judge or punish anyone. Life is Love, so it will bring you everything you need, in order to truly see, realize and experience your full potential and allow your light to freely radiate.
If your perspective about something is not clear, if you are feeling overwhelmed with he changes in your life, if you are not sure of what decision to make and what to do next… just wait. Meditate on it, ask for clarity, cultivate trust and faith. Life is unfolding just as it is meant to. Everything happens at the right time. We are all on the path to the heart. Whenever you find yourself in a space of uncertainly, inner caos and confusion, practice letting go of the need to control. Surrender to life just as it is and ask for trust. Then try not to listen to the ego-mind chatter that is based in fear. Practice listening to your heart instead. Listen to that deeper inner voice… that is the voice of your heart. If the answers are not coming clear to you, then cultivate more patience and continue your practice of listening, and wait. Trust that the clarity will come at the right time. Meditate and cultivate faith, for faith is the direct channel to the heart.
Sit, become still and listen until you receive the message that will be so clear, that your next step becomes very obvious. But be aware! The answer will not always be what you want to hear… or let me word it better… the answer will not always be what you might expect to hear… but it will keep knocking until you let it in and embrace it.
The Masala Chai is a delicious spiced tea typical of India.
I had my first cup of masala chai many years ago at the SRF Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, CA. For a while I would go there almost every sunday to hear the morning lectures. Sometimes after the lecture everyone would gather outside the shrine to talk, drink tea and purchase homemade cookies and other yummy goodies.
The Masala Chai is made with loose tea, water, milk, sweetener, and an exotic blend of spices such as clove, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, white pepper, tumeric, and sometimes star of anise. The recipes for this aromatic and spiced tea vary!
Here is a recipe I love!
Recipe for Masala CHAI without black tea: (2 servings):
2 dessert spoons of brown sugar
1 cup of cow’s milk
3 cup of water
2 ground cardamoms
1 / 2 teaspoon of Greek hay powder
1 / 2 teaspoon of turmeric
1 pinch of white pepper
1 small piece of fresh ginger
1 stick of cinnamon
Place the sugar to melt in a pan, once it turns into syrup add all the spices and stir it well. Add the water and wait until it starts to boil. Let it boil for several minutes and then place the milk already warm.
Our next In-Depth Yoga Study & Teacher Certification Program in
Los Angeles is coming up!!!!
I have paired up with Ron Berman who is a fellow Cloud Nine Yogi, a wonderful friend and was my mentor along with Erika Faith (CNY Founder) during my first Teacher Training. I feel honored to have Ron on board and be able to work with this special being once again!
Are you interested in sharing the gift of yoga with others or simply deepening your personal practice? Then join our Big CNY family!
Cloud Nine Yoga – LA (El Camino) Branch
March 17 – July 7, 2010
We are now accepting applications!!!!! E-mail me to request an application!
For more information about our training and to find a Cloud Nine Yoga School Branch in your area please visit:
It is a totally different world down there… and I loved being part of it…
Arraial do Cabo is where I had my first Scupa-Diving experience.
Arraial do Cabo is located in the north of the state of Rio de Janeiro and is the best spot for scuba diving on the south-eastern coast of Brazil. It’s a Marine Reserve and part of the Costa do Sol (Sunny Coast), which also includes Búzios and Cabo Frio. The town is surrounded by hills white dunes, sandbanks, lagoons, and beautiful unspoiled beaches. The clean turquoise water of Arraial do Cabo is filled with marine life – exotic fish, turtles, sea urchins, sea horses, eels and the most beautiful colorful coral.
DEEP TRIP (http://www.deeptrip.com.br), a well known Scuba-Diving School, was my chosen one for my “batismo de mergulho” (scuba-dive baptism).
Even though I knew there would be an instructor with me during the whole time I would be under water, I was still a little nervous. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to use the breathing equipment properly. Luckily our wonderful guides were very clear with their instructions and we were all able to practice using the air tank for breathing before we got in water. I was quickly able to let go of the fear I had and felt completely safe!
I have to say that exploring the underwater sea was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had.
I saw some beautiful tropical fishes, corals, sea urchins… the scenery was soooo breath-taking! It was very calm and peaceful down there!
The sea inhabitants seemed not to be bothered at all by our presence. In fact they swam around and with us as if they were enjoying and welcoming our presence. They could feel that we were not a threat to their lives and their environment. I felt a very strong connection with them and felt very much a part of their sacred world. They brought me a great sense of peace. So quiet Down there…. All I could hear was only my breath… breathing in.. breathing out… breathing in… breathing out…
I get goose bumps when I remember that day! It was so magical and so worth it!
Sou buscadora de mim mesma, eternamente… Sei que aqui dentro um universo inteiro espera ser reconhecido. Como astronauta desvendo o espaço, como um mergulhador nado nas profundezas do oceano de meu ser… Há tanta luz, e trevas. Tanto temor e coragem, Tanto amor em meio a dor.
Busco a mim, como quem busca um Deus a se revelar, a se transformar, a se descobrir, a se realizar. Busco trazer à luz deste dia o Deus interior. E sei que no caminho serão muitos os desafios, e dilemas a viver.
Sei também que haverá amizade, e ternura, e muitas mãos a me erguer. E sei que não acharei as soluções em nossa imperfeita humanidade, mas haverá mais luz e compaixão, mais alegria e inteireza, mais verdade e consciência.
Onde vai dar este caminho? Em um momento em que gesta o silêncio e a paz, para depois acordar, renascer, em outro caminho ainda maior, repleto de novos desafios e dilemas…
É assim mesmo, vamos em paz, que a viagem é grande. Mas na noite estrelada os anjos velam por nós.
As a spokesman/spokeswoman for humanity. I choose to walk through the veils of illusion. I will no longer live in a world that distorts my truth. I will no longer allow another life form to manipulate, violate or coerce my efforts to exercise my free-will, or experience my divine expression. I claim my free-will and my sovereignty. I call forth all energies that have been blocked, distorted or manipulated in an effort to control my life, my world or my creations in any form on any level of consciousness, and transmute them into the divine expression of Creative Love.
I stand empowered. I choose to experience my divine expression. I claim responsibility for my world, my creations and my choices. I call for all individuals within humanity who hold this vision to stand as one in voice, one in mind and one in intent… to be well, whole and perfect in mind, body and soul. And now…as one in consciousness, I dissolve the veils of illusion and transmute them into the divine expression of Creative Love and return them to Creator Source to be used only in the divine expression of Creative Love.
I command this take place in a harmonious sequence for all life form co-creating with humanity. I claim my spiritual truth as I honor myself In words, deeds and actions.
I am the divine expression of Creative Love. I am whole.
Sunday August 16, 2 – 5pm :::: Alive & Well – Hermosa Beach
The Vishuddha Chakra is located at the throat and it governs communication and creative expression of our inner truth.
Communication is an essential part of our human experience and the experience of Yoga, union. It is how we interact and connect with each other, how we express our thoughts, ideas, emotions and creativity. The art of honest and open communication has the power to end conflicts and bring peace, acceptance and understanding between people and nations. Our minds tend to resist and judge what we cannot grasp or understand. Learning and refining this art can open our minds and bring us closer to truth.
In this workshop you will learn about the characteristics and the development of this chakra. We will use tools such as asanas, sound meditation, and journal writing, to unblock and improve the flow of energy through this energy center. You will also become aware of communication obstacles and explore tools to help overcome these obstacles and cultivate an open communication.
Wear comfortable clothing – Bring journal/pen and an open mind.
Lately, many of you have been asking me about the aromatherapy oils I use in class, so I decided to write a post about them and give you more information about how you can go about ordering these therapeutic oils.
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using plant and flower essences for healing, beauty, alteration of mental, emotional, and spiritual states, and a variety of other uses.
The use of essential oils dates back to most ancient civilizations, including Egypt, India, China, and Rome.
Essential Oils are the most concentrated essence, or life force energy, of the plant. The plant’s lifeblood is full of healing qualities containing many physical components, including hormones, enzymes, antibiotics, vitamins, minerals, etc. They also carry the energetic imprint of the plant. The oil essence protects the plant itself from bacterial and viral infetions, bringing oxygen and nutrients to its cell.
All the oils I use are from the Young Living Oils Company. These Therapeutic-Grade oils are in its most pure state.
SOME METHODS OF USE
**Inhalation (diffusers, room sprays, direct inhalation, candles…)
The Olfactory nerves (the nerves in the nose) are directly connected to the Limbic system of the brain. Their stimulation by the aroma of the oil causes immediate, although perhaps unconscious, physical and emotional responses.
Internal reactions triggered by the inhalation of essential oils vary from release of endorphins, mood-elevating, strenghtening of immune system, easing headaches and respiratory congestions, and much more.
The Limbic System of the brain controls:
*drives of hunger, thirst, and sex
*subtle responses of emotion, memory, creativity and intuition
*regulatory functions of the hypothalamus ( which influences the pituitary gland in its secretion of hormones).
**Topically (bath, sauna, body massage…)
Essential oils are absorbed quickly through the skin and their physical components (hormones, vitamins, minerals, etc) enter the lymph fluid and the bloodstream and are carried to the organs and cells of the body.
The Blends are combinations of oils that complement and enhance each other’s properties without conflicting with or neutralizing, any such properties.
Essential oils are a natural alternative to synthetic and toxic chemicals present in many personal hygeine, cosmetic and househould products. they are a safe, non-toxic alternative to your body and the planet!
If you want to learn more about aromatherapy, I highly recommend these books: The Complete Book of Essential Oils by Valerie Ann Worwood & Essential Oils Desk Reference by Essential Science Publishing.
HOW CAN YOU ORDER?
Call (800)371-2928 or go to www.youngliving.com
– Click on “Sign up” at the top of the page.
– Follow the instructions for each page and fill required info.
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What is fear and why does one experience fear? All human beings experience fear. Fear of not being loved and accepted, fear of failing, fear of death and sickness, fear of making wrong choices, fear of loss, and the list goes on… Now what is fear, really? What is the source of fear? What effect does fear have on one’s ability to live life to it’s fullness? Fear arises from a sense of lack. It has to do with our desire to replace this sense of lack with a sense of fulfillment… Fear is present in ones consciousness even with all the effort to get rid off it, control it, and live free from it. Fear arises from thought… thought is an object of consciousness, therefore fear is an object of consciousness. One has a thought that leads to fear. Fear is a sense of lack. Lack of life, lack of love, lack of money, lack of power, lack of health, etc… In a deeper sense, a lack of connection with our essence, the ultimate ever present truth… A disconnection of consciousness with unconsciousness. Fear brings about pain and discomfort. No one likes the feelings and sensations that accompany fear. So one tries to repress it, control it, and escape from it. I believe we have also been programmed to run away from our fears. People are ashamed to admit and be open about their fears…Society considers it a burden and a sign of weakness. The fearful part of us is often considerd the “bad” part of us. One often sees it as something separate from them. According to Krishnamurti, we are the fear. Fear is part of us. He suggests that resisting, escaping, denying, and trying to do something about it creates an inner battle… Creates more inner chaos and crisis. What if we could simply be with our fears, without trying to do something about it? What if we could just be fully aware and present with our fears without making any effort to change anything? If we can just stay with the fear, as we stay with joy it will also pass. It will go through a transformation.
Krishnamurti speaks on fear in the following video. Worth checking it out and contemplating…
When the ancient Yogis began practicing Yoga, there were no Yoga textbooks teaching them how to perform the poses. The asanas or yoga postures arised as a result of long periods of meditation (inner listening). After meditating, the yogis’ mind became WIDE OPEN. They were able to tap into BIG MIND and they were guided to move. That is how they came up with the Yoga poses. They listened and allowed their bodies to organically and intuitively move as they felt guided to, in the meditative state.
The physical practice helps to bring about one’s well being! Among other benifits, getting our bodies into these different shapes helps to strengthen the body, detoxify the organs, nurture the cells, create flexibility, aids in circulation, soothes the nerves, and stimulate the flow of vital energy through the energetic/subtle body.
We tend to hold emotions in the body as well as trauma… Trauma from stress, a shock, a rush of energy that didn’t get processed, a contraction as a result of moments when we felt scared or threatened. Somatic psychology explains this idea very well. We contract and tense up and as a result, our bodies become stiff and tight. The moments we contract are as if we squeeze the life energy out of ourselves, sometimes consciously and sometimes unconsciously. Tension and pain follow and it also starts to affect our mental/emotional state and our lives. Taking care of our bodies is an essential step on the path towards a more balanced life!
If you are intimidated to try Yoga because your idea is that one has to already be flexible and strong to practice try to let that go! If your body is weak and un-flexible, practicing Yoga will be a gift to your body and will only help. The advancement comes with patience and continuos practice, just like practicing a musical instrument. Then it will begin to feel natural, creative and it will become “your Yoga”! Asana practice will open you up so that your energy can flow freely, bringing about enormous healing.
Amidst all of the crazy, grimy, funky street life of Venice Beach, studio owner Yonnus Becker has created a peaceful sanctuary for all types to practice centering themselves so that they may radiate from within. One step into STUDIO SURYA YOGA and you are transformed by its serene simplicity matched by Yonnus’ sweet, loving voice. The one-hour vinyasa flow classes are calming, intimate experiences lead by the studio’s owner (who currently teaches all forty-four classes). Complete with a touch of personal pampering during savasana (final relaxation), Yonnus has created a sacred place that feels as though she has invited you into her private home. – Written by Meagan McCrary
Studio Surya Yoga, 1501 Main Street #106, Venice, CA. (310) 910 – 4740
Meditation can be challenging and frustrating, but the only way to receive the benefits of meditation is to be present with the frustration, the boredom, the distraction, the anticipation, or whatever else might show up for you, and to keep cultivating a sense of compassion and embrace towards it all. There are different kinds of meditation. Some require us to focus our attention in one thing, whether that is a mantra, a candle, a yantra, the picture of a beloved guru, saint, God…
Today I chose to focus on Vipassana Meditation (also known as mindfulness or insight meditation). This method requires us to keep the mind open, paying attention to the breath and to whatever arises in one’s awareness. It is a truly grounded approach! Before experiencing silence and stillness and resting in “emptiness”, we must learn to sit with what is present in our awareness. There are no short cuts, as a teacher of mine says.
When our meditation practice is focused on running away from our present experience to drift away to some magical place, then it becomes a practice of denial. We sit with the best intentions of finding inner peace. But to be able to achieve that peace, we must first gather resources and cultivate a non-judgmental, non-attached and compassionate awareness. There are many names for this awareness. I like to refer to it as “The Witness”.
Often, the intention and focus of the meditation practice of many, is to transcend the body… to transcend one’s present experience. But this is only another way to escape and deny reality. It might make us feel better while we are meditating, but when that is over we still have to go back to reality. We must sit and get grounded in the physical body first, and become completely present with all the emotions, thoughts, feelings, sensations, visions…with our light and our shadow… All that shows up moment by moment! Then the practice begins to unfold as it is meant to.
In Ken Wilber’s book ” The Simple Feeling of Being”, he explains “The Witness” in a way that is very accessible. Next is a segment from his book that will help you understand this idea.
Let your mind relax. Let your mind relax and expand, mixing with the sky in front of it. Then notice: the clouds float by in the sky, and you are effortlessly aware of them. Feelings float by in the body, and you are effortlessly aware of them, too. Thoughts float by in the mind, and you are aware of them as well. Nature floats by, feelings float by, thoughts float by… and you are aware of all of them.
So tell me: Who are you?
You are not your thoughts, for you are aware of them. You are not your feelings for you are aware of them. You are not any objects that you can see, for you are aware of them too.
Something in you is aware of all of all these things. So tell me: What is it in you that is conscious of everything?
What is it in you that is always awake? Always fully present? Something in you right now is effortlessly noticing everything that arises. What is that?
That vast infinite witnessing awareness, don’t you recognize it? What is that witness?
You are that Witness, aren’t you? You are the pure Seer, pure awareness, the pure Spirit that impartially witnesses everything that arises, moment to moment. Your awareness is spacious, wide open, empty and clear, and yet it registers everything that arises.
That very Witness is Spirit within, looking out on a world that is created. It sees but cannot be seen; it hears but cannot be heard; it knows but cannot be known. It is Spirit itself that sees with your eyes, speaks with your lips, hears with your ears, reaches out with your arms….
Don’t get discouraged if your attempts to meditate are challenging and are not bringing the results you expect. Try to approach it without expectations. Meditation is a practice and requires commitment and time to unfold. There are different meditation techniques and it’s a good idea to explore them and perhaps commit to one or a few that are helpful and easier to incorporate into your life.
Following are a few videos by Julian Walker, beautifully explaining and guiding us through some helpful meditations. Enjoy!
Satya is a dedication to “Truth”. It is the practice of being truthful in our feelings, thoughts, words, and deeds…To express ourselves freely and to be honest with ourselves and others.
The practice of Satya on and off our mats is essential on our path of self-discovery. On our Asana practice, it’s important to assess ourselves honestly, always honoring where we are and keeping our integrity. Many times we get caught up with how our practice should look like…focused on looking good and achieving the perfect pose. There is nothing wrong with wanting to become physically advanced and to chalange ourselves to overcome our limitations. Facing our limitations with compassion and patience is essential. Only when we start loosing touch with the real intention of the practice – which is self-knowledge, integration and liberation – is when we stop practicing yoga and start practicing only Asanas.
Out of our yoga mats we are also faced with this challenge. We become trapped in society’s ideals about how we should be, what we should look like, how we should act, and what we should say. The “Persona” (the “self” that we show to the world), is not all that you are! When we are dedicated to an honest and authentic spiritual practice, we cultivate the strenght to face our emotions, thoughts, feelings, and shadows in a compassionate and loving way. We are able to better listen to our hearts and intuition. This dedication to truth also has a tremendous effect on our subtle/energetic system, opening and allowing energy to move freely thought the Vishudha/Throat Chakra, and we experience a great sense of freedom!
So it’s helpful to ask yourself these questions… Can you feel safe to express yourself and your emotions freely, putting away the ego, fears and insecurities? How can you be more honest with yourself? Do you realize that you are a unique being and there is no one like you. Can you see how prescious you are and how valid your thoughts and emotions are? Can you see your light and beauty and the light and beauty of others? Remember, the practice of Satya should be approached with a lot of compassion!
” I am free to express my creativity with unrestricted enthusiasm and joy. I give voice to my feelings and communicate with clarity and openness. I am a unique being, my opinions are of great value, and I share them fearlessly. I am imaginative and colorful in all I do.”
Let me begin with the symbolism of birds in alchemy…
The alchemists observed the flight of birds and recognized it as a symbolic image of the human soul undergoing spiritual development.
The birds mediate between the earthly and heavenly realms using the air element as a bridge. The soul aspires upwards, seeking to fly free from the earthly bound towards light, only to have to return to the earthly consciousness after meditation. Symbolically we could also see it as the travel between the consciousness and the unconsciousness… between the earthly realm and the heavenly world.
In Greek mythology, the peacock plays an important role as the bird of Hera (the queen of the Gods), as it is also mentioned in one of Aesop’s fables. In the story, the peacock complains to Juno (the roman name for the Goddess Hera) that the nightingale has a sweet song and he doesn’t. Juno tells the him that he has size and beauty. The peacock is still not satisfied… what good is it to have size and beauty when his voice is so annoying? Juno then explains that every creature has it’s gifts and faults, and that they should learn to be content and embrace all that they are. The lesson taught by this story is a very important one on the quest towards spiritual development.
In India, the peacock is also seen as a sacred bird and has become the national bird of India. Many Hindu Gods such as Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth, fortune, love, and beauty), Brahma (God of creation), Sarasvati (Goddess of poetry, music, and wisdom), and Skanda (son of Shiva), are portrayed riding upon a peacock. It is also the bird of Lord Krishna (the supreme personality of Godhead). According to an ancient Indian legend, the peacock is also a destroyer of snakes. It swallows their venom and uses it’s poison to create it’s beautiful and colorful plumage, symbolizing transformation of evil into good.
In Tibetan Buddhism, this marvelous bird symbolizes the Bodhisattva; the pure, compassionate and awakened one, who works to release all beings from suffering and lead them towards enlightenment.
In folk art, the peacock is often painted looking backwards, focusing on it’s tail and colorful feathers (which are renewed each year), therefore symbolizing renewal. This majestic male bird is a symbol of beauty, expression, abundance, protection, transformation, renewal, and the most integrated self.
Karma Yoga is the Path of Union through action. It focuses on selfless service for the upliftment of one’s life and the lives of others.
“Don’t be discouraged by the impossibility of dispelling darkness from the world with your one little candle. Just light it! Step forward and let it shine with every step you take to help others.” – Amma