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February 4, 2019

In my healing journey I have recently started to work with a healer in the field of bodytalk and somatics.

Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes internal physical perception and experience. The term is used in movement therapy to signify approaches based on the soma, or “the body as perceived from within. This experience has been difficult. The body has trapped unreleased emotions and pain that I have lived with for years. Now to be given back the opportunity to sit with it and become aware of the feelings deep within the tissue is allowing me to be free of this pain. The work is hard but as the pain leaves my body it also leaves my mind. This creates space and peace within my vibration. The work is worth it. If we keep showing up and doing the work we will make healing happen just in those around us. We heal ourselves and we begin to heal the world.

Jaya Holland is one of the healers I work with out of Ottawa. Here is her website.



February 1, 2019

This month our studio theme is all about LOVE. Lovefor oneself and love for others. When we think about love and the heart we may feel different sensations. To love is to feel great affection for. We need to love ourselves first before we can find lovefrom someone else. How do we love ourselves? Loving ourselves is about accepting who we are. About loving our dark sides as well as our light sides. Self care, compassion and community are important aspects of developing a loving caring self.



January 31, 2019

I recently stumbled upon a new activity of shadow work that I would like to share. This has been a practice of mine since I started to move and notice my shadow but it was until recently that I dug a little deeper and realized that this is a great activity to help people move out of their comfort zone and into understanding what shadow work is.

First let me explain what shadow work is. Our shadow is our dark side. A Shadow represents a term for everything we cannot see in ourselves. To work on our shadow means to bring new awareness or light into our dark side. Learning about the part of ourself that we cannot see. Exploring this part of ourselves can help us continue the shift into an awakened state. This activity is all about noticing your physical shadow and begin to dance with it. Letting go and embracing our shadow.

 

Step one: Find your shadow

Find some sun light or lights so that you can see your shadow.

Step Two: Turn on some dancing music

Step Three: Dance

Start dancing and observe how your shadow moves as you dance.



January 30, 2019

In my recent self work I have been given the opportunity to see a part of my shadow that will eventually run me into the ground if I do not work with it. Little did I know that my base vibration from childhood has been one of high alert. I truly do not know what it means to be safe. Nor do I understand why one would want to feel safe? This is the work. To understand a feeling of safe and balance so that my body, my mind and my spirit can create, love, and serve forever. To me all I know is how unsafe feels. This is my norm and has been. When I walk into any new space I am hyperaware of smells, sounds, touch, tastes and sights. I find the details in my environment a tool in which will help me gain more understanding. Trusting that my gut and my insight for survival will keep me in the universe. Explore this topic in your own vibration.

What does safe mean to you?

Do you feel safe?

What makes your feel safe?



January 29, 2019

This beautiful meditation is a practice of giving and receiving the suffering we feel and that of others. This practice was derive from Tibetan Buddhism to help cultivate more compassion for ourselves and others. The technique I like to use comes from Pema Chodron.

Step 1: Flash on Bodhichitta

Take a few breaths focusing on the spaces of openness or stillness. This contemplation helps open up our awareness and expand our conscious mind and bring in clarity.

Step 2: Visualization 

Inhale and visualize the dark and heavy. Exhale and visualize the light and open. Breathe in completely, taking in negative energy through all the pores of your body. When you breathe out, radiate positive energy completely, through all the pores of your body. Do this until your visualization is synchronized with your in- and out-breaths.

Step 3: Personal Situation

Find something that you are currently suffering from. This can be anger at a person who has done you wrong, this can be physical pain, mental pain anything that you currently feel suffering from. From this point allow yourself to breath in all the suffering. Allow yourself to receive the suffering on the inhale and then on the exhale release the suffering.

Step 4: Expand your Compassion

As you practice this meditation start to expand the suffering out to those you know who are suffering or for all of those suffering in the same way you are. As you practice this meditation this will begin to happen naturally.

 

TiP:

If you find yourself struggling to feel the suffering change your suffering until you find something that you can identify with. Try a few until you feel one you can really embrace.

 

 



January 28, 2019

Having an experience is how we perceive the present moment. Each experience is unique and individual. There are so many layers to how one experiences something. We look at the environment the experience is taking place in, what senses are being used. We look at previous experiences that shape this present experience. Brining an awareness into your experience is a way to practice mindfulness. Once we are aware we can begin to create the experiences we want to feel. Using the present moment to guide us.



January 25, 2019

Brining in more light means we create more open space in our body, mind or spirit. Bringing light to something that was previously hidden or in the dark. When we bring in more light we are reactivating parts of our brain. The structure in are body and minds begins to change form and dimension. To expand.

Here are 3 tools to help you bring in more light.

  1. Observe light everywhere you go: Begin to notice all the light that is around you.
  2. Sun Gaze: The practice of sungazing closely resembles its name. At sunrise and/or sunset, when the sun is closest to the earth, sungazers stand barefoot on the earth and look directly at the sun for 10 seconds. Every day, 10 seconds are added and some sungazers eventually reach a duration of 44 minutes.
  3. Body Scan: Scan your body and notice areas in your body in which you feel or see light.


January 24, 2019

In this day and age yoga studio’s and classes are super popular and you do not have to look very hard to find a class. So you have heard all the hype about how good yoga is for your body, your mind and your soul and you are ready to try out a class. What class should you try?

In you are brand new to yoga and have never done a class we recommend contacting a local yoga studio to ask about beginner classes. Most studios have classes that teach the foundational postures and help guide newbies through the language and movements. Starting with a beginner, basics or gentle class is highly recommended. Yoga postures can be very difficult and students can injury themselves if they are not aligned and moving through the postures.

Let you instructor know you are new to yoga and if you have intentions for starting yoga. This introduction to your guide will help them support you through your very first practice. It is nice to know that we all are beginners in yoga. Even if a yogis can do an advanced posture they are still learning each time they step on the mat. Yoga is about developing a deeper connection with you. There is no competition in yoga. We learn to feel our way through our bodies. We learn to be still in our bodies. We learn about connecting with our bodies.

What do I bring to my first yoga class?

A yoga mat

A water bottle

Dress in comfortable clothes you can move in. A tight shirt and a loose shirt over top will make you feel comfortable if the top shirt comes up. Leggings are also a great option for your bottoms.

Bare feet

An open mind to learn breath and move

 

 



January 21, 2019

These 10 daily rituals will help move your body, mind and spirt into optimal growth and transformation. They key is to make this part of your daily routine. Start by adding one for 3 weeks. Once you have mastered one new rituals then add another.

  1. Wake up early: Early risers get the best part of the day. Dawn is where we can foster the most creative energy.
  2. Coconut pulling: Pulls all of the toxins out of our body. Maximum results 20min each day.
  3. Drink warm lemon water: Drinking warm lemon water on an empty stomach helps detox the liver and speed up metabolism
  4. Neti pot: Rinsing our sinus with salt water daily helps clear and clean any dust or toxins from our system.
  5. Meditation: A daily practice of meditation or mindfulness can help us foster balance, resilience and flexibility in our day.
  6. Yoga Postures: Movement especially yoga helps move any stuck energy out of the body. It builds strength and balance.
  7. Walking in Nature: Lessons come in all shapes and forms. For us we like to find our lesson each day from our walk. Nothing beats feeling centred and at peace then a beautiful walk in the woods.
  8. Drink chlorophyll: It’s chock full of vitamins and antioxidants, hence why it makes plants happy and also your skin. Studies have proven that chlorophyll, in its various forms, has been proven to fight carcinogens in the body and reduce cancer risk. It also helps detoxify the liver and can expedite the healing of wounds.
  9. Eat fermented foods: Fermented foods are rich in probiotic bacteria so by consuming fermented foods you are adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your overall intestinal flora, increasing the health of your gut microbiome and digestive system and enhancing the immune system.
  10. Practice Gratitude: Practicing gratitude helps us have compassion for ourselves and others. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.