Ever wondered how the full moon affects you? For some, it affects their sleep and researchers have found that we get 20 minutes less sleep, and it takes us 5 minutes longer to get to sleep. Notice if you wake up groggy the next day or have brain fog throughout the day.
According to the Ano Lani Ano Honua moon book the Mahealani full moon is about endings, closures and spiritual rebirth. Also, if you happen to be missing any personal belongings, this is the time you have a good chance of finding it. :)
Interested in knowing what the Oracle cards have to say? I have collaborated with Kealapono in my cyberspace yoga classes to set the stage to align with the wisdom of the cards. The spirit animal in the cards was the serpent which lead me to tell the dharma story, ' The Marriage of the Princess and the Dragon.' See the following quote. Click HERE to see the video clip of the oracle card messages.
Because of the mishaps of her parents, a young princess named Aris must be betrothed to a fearful dragon. When the king and queen tell her she becomes frightened for her life. But recovering her wits, she goes out beyond the market to seek a wise woman, who has raised twelve children and twenty-nine grandchildren and knows the ways of dragons and Men.
***The next cyberspace class is Sunrise Stretch and Meditation which will include the mayan calendar and crystals. RSVP at email@example.com for an invitation to the free class.***
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of presenting a Mindfulness presentation to teachers and staff at St. Clements. It was my opportunity to share this beautiful story with them and to have them do an exercise like this. I hope that this exercise touched their hearts because this story touched my heart.
This is a story of a teacher at a Catholic school in Minnesota. She describes an unforgettable elementary student named Mark Eklund who had been likeable but frustrating because of his inability to stay quiet in class. The teacher transferred to teaching junior-high and later had Mark again. One day asked everyone in the class to write down each student’s name and also write the nicest thing they could think of about that person. Years later, the teacher got word that Mark Eklund had died in Vietnam and she was asked to attend his funeral. Mark’s family showed her that the piece of paper from junior-high with other student’s kind remarks about him had been carried in his wallet until the day he died. The teacher then heard that other students had also saved their pieces of paper from that day and how much it had meant to them. The story closes with encouragement to tell people how much we care for them and how special they are to us while there is still the time to do it. (truthorfiction.com)
Hello Cyber Yogi's!
Thank you so much for joining in today for the test run and having patience for the technicals. Keala has offered to be my cyber tech support whenever he is available to join in and will be working on the mic situation, then killing the music for now. Your comments make a difference and I am super grateful!
Here below a recap summary of what was covered in the session today.
BREATHWORK - PRANAYAMA
Prana = life force ; Ayama = extension. The bridge between our external world and internal world. The benefits include: witnessing our thoughts, feeling our emotions, calming the scripts that are running in our minds.
*Beyond the mat: Whenever we are triggered with a strong emotion it takes 90 seconds for the emotion to leave our body chemically. Thereafter, we are responsible for choosing to keep playing the scenario repeatedly in our minds. Take a breath the next time you feel triggered and use it as your tool. Choose to respond rather than react.
EYES CLOSED OR EYE GAZE SOFT
Lowers external stimulation, guides one into a quiet stillness and facilitates focus and inner clarity.
*Beyond the mat: We are stimulated by our external sight which keep our minds active. Our eyesight is a learning portal and we are receiving more than 80% information downloads through our the scope of our lens. Practicing with a soft gaze or closing the eyes, turns the vision inward, and we soften the information bias of what is coming in and begin the process of developing our own intuition. This work enables us to tap into a larger field of intelligence-our wisdom. It is that innate wisdom that helps us to break through illusions and recolor our perspective to a reality that supports our best self. We then can make better choices in or daily living.
--> ASANA - PHYSICAL PRACTICE
Hip openers such as Warrior II and child's pose release stuck emotions lodged in the body such as fears. It is easy to have fear of our own expectations, in order to fit into the roles that we hold in society, or to fear what the future holds for us.
Heart openers are backbends that allow the front body to open and release any type of congestion physically in the chest or if we are having difficulty expressing ourselves to others.
Lowering the head below the heart assists the blood flow to the heart therefore, relaxing the brain activity when we are feeling scattered.
--> GUIDED MEDITATION - YOGA NIDRA
Moving beyond the physical body and surfing through the various states of consciousness to cleanse the internal space and arrive feeling at ease and peace.
Body scan - This gives the thinking mind a task to pull the energies into the body, and the present moment.
Rapid visuals - The planted images excavate stuck memories, whether good or bad to cleanse the system to make room for new experiences. Helpful in releasing trauma.
Visualization - Encourages one to keep diving inward to recognize that our well being is more than just the physical body.
-->SANKALPA - HEARTS DESIRE / RESOLVE TO DO SOMETHING
This is the intention we set to support our highest self. It can start off as materialistic or superficial, which is perfectly ok. That is the first step to discovering what we are really longing for from the truth of our heart. With genuine practice and commitment to seeking our authentic truth of why we are really here, this intention / vow, will arrive when we are ready to live it. It is the larger arc of our lives, our dharma. We planted our seeds today's practice into the universe with the clear bubble and feeling ourselves in that space.
-->SAVASANA- THE CORPSE POSE
Settling into the totality of all the layers of our being. Arriving into a deeper understanding that all is well and surrendering into our essence and nesting in our inner divine self. No gripping or clenching on what things should be, just allowing ourselves to arrive and coasting into the timeless and expansive stillness. Feeling whole and complete then finally feeling 'one-ness' with everything around us.
What if we relaxed our need to control and judge our situations and embodied a neutral outlook?
This past week I added two more classes to my schedule seeing a whole new crowd of participants. Every class presents something new and different each time and there is no way to predict how the class will turn out. I've learned to surrender into servicing the people, honoring the truthful practice, and releasing the control of having to know what happens next.
I came across this story about an old man and a horse from my dear friend Melody. It reminded me that not all situations really turn out the way we think it will be, so why not just be ok with what is and let go of trying to label it as good, bad, lucky or unlucky or trying to predict the outcome.
The Old Man and his Horse
If you were to write down the thoughts about yourself that you had today, what would that be? Researchers say that we have over 65,000 thoughts a day and over 90% were the same as yesterday.
At the start of my yoga class I always check in with each person to see how they are feeling and if they have any type of body issues or injuries. It is common for me to hear about their body issue(s) as they have a look of defeat in their eyes. Yet when the class is in progress each person comes into their own magical flow and a transformation begins. At the end of class, I usually see a subtle transition in their body, their face, and a lifted sense that no longer allows the confines of the body to defeat their spirit.
What if you decided to believe that everything that happens to you is rigged in your favor? Here is one of my favorite stories that I often share in my classes.
Itzhak Perlman: Violinist...
,A while back I went to a lecture at CRS presented by Hideko Yamashita, who talked about this concept of Dan Sha Ri. Not knowing what to expect it turned out to be one of the most enriching lectures I have attended and one that I will always remember.
Dan Sha Ri written in with three characters means to refuse, to discard and to separate. The refusal is that ability to deny things that we do not really need added into our home or lifestyle. To discard, is to be able to free yourself from those things that may be limiting your space in the home, or subliminally binding you from progressing forward. For example, with our tokens of honor, such as trophies, if we cling too tightly, we may be interfering with our growth process, by holding on to the past and denying new accomplishments to manifest. And finally to mentally and emotionally separate accordingly and organize oneself into what is essential for living a healthy balanced life.
A great question from a woman came up about a gift she received from her aunty. She had Japanese dolls that were costly and valuable, yet it occupied a good portion of space in her home. Hideko responded by saying that we can be gracious for the gifts from our loved ones but when we keep them in the home and it is intruding on the living space, we are not really living for ourselves but living for the other person.
These three characters on a deeper emotional level Hideko says, is the act of 'deciding, releasing and leaving stressful situations and things behind. It is about renewing the heart space and transforming the mind.’
I believe that self-care is not only about staying physically fit, eating healthy, and getting a good nights sleep but it's also taking stock of what we truly value and releasing that which does not serve us in this moment of our life. And it not limited to just material things, but also our relationships, our job, and/or our emotional addictions.
The process of honoring our truth and making conscious decisions is a constant work in progress as we are by human design, ever changing.
Choose that which will make space for you to be free to live your best self.
These past couple of months I met with three different friends that had just lost a loved one. It's never easy to accept the impermanence of our lives and our loved ones but I believe the soul is the evergreen that continues on. While in conversation with one of my friends, I told her that the way I see it is that, 'she just left the party earlier than you did, and I feel you will see her again later.'
We all have tendencies to hold on to people, and things so tightly that we forget that life is constantly evolving and cycling. Nothing really stays the same no mater how hard we wish for it. The changing agent is not just about the new, the birth, the growth, but also about the end, the death.
Here is a beautiful story that helps me to remember impermanence.
The story is told of an American tourist who visited the 19th century Polish rabbi, Hofetz Chaim. Astonished to see that the rabbi's home was only a simple room filled with books, plus a table and a bench, the tourist asked, "Rabbi, where is your furniture?"
I subbed a yoga class at Still and Moving and one of the regular participants was relieved that it turned into a vinyasa yoga class instead of the barre yoga class. Saying that she really didn't like the barre class but feels really great after class. It's hard to know what to expect when a sub instructor comes in and changes the class format. It could turn out to be a good thing-or not so much. It takes an open mind to allow a new class format with a sub instructor to come into the studio and I was so appreciative of the fact that these participants were willing to be present no matter what.
Here is a story that I shared in that class...
A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to straighten his back and talk for a moment."What sort of people live in the next town?" asked the stranger.