Yoga Therapy & Astrology Posts

A Lunar Eclipse….so, between now and then we are in the Gibbous phase.  Act Accordingly.  Please.  Best use during this 3 day period?  Self-care. Self-reflection. Spiritual practices.

Om Shanti.

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How aware are you of what you are feeling in your body when you walk into a house/office/building/room?

Today’s movement to declutter our homes/live has it’s roots in feng shui which is not the same thing as interior decoration or artistic design with an Asian flavor. Feng Shui is much, much more than a pleasing appearance. When properly understood feng shui is a methodology for creating harmony, balance, prosperity, health, & an elevated consciousness of environment and self.

Every culture on the planet has their own spiritual tradition of connecting buildings & man-made structures with nature and the cosmos.  The idea that we are affected by our surrounding is universal. As above, so below and so it goes.

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(In India, vaastu shastra was practiced. Their spatial map looks like this. (Geomancy & sacred geometry are both related fields that have their roots more in western culture. The medicine wheel might be the way native americans lined themselves up with the cosmos, which is the original intention of all of these disciplines, to align oneself with that which is greater as represented by sun, moon and all the planets in the night sky.)

wind/waterThese chinese characters, wind and water, are the characters used to describe Feng Shui. (Just remember, when we begin to translate from language to language, a lot of translation gets lost; just one of life’s paradoxes)

In today’s culture, feng shui is showing up as an offshoot of interior design/decoration, and it can be a great reason to give in to ‘shopping’ addictions. Awareness is a key element in knowing what is really needed.  Some people regard feng shui as folk art, old wive’s tales, or magical actions time-fully performed in  affect our lives, and there’s certainly an organic truth to everything you’ve heard.

Feng Shui provides the map for us to see ourselves in relationship to others and the greater whole of our communities.  It’s intention is to bring peace, love, & happiness to all who enter upon the  space. And, where there is peace, love & happiness, there you will also find prosperity, health, & joy.

I became interested in feng shui, per se, in the late 80’s. Previously I had studied architecture & interior design in college. At the same time I was working as a real estate agent which enabled me to see thousands of homes & businesses…although with a different focus. My right brain began to relate to my left brain in  new ways and I began to understand  how different surroundings impact our lives in significant ways, and that we could change our lives with some simple ‘cures’.   Feng Shui became a tool for self-discovery as well as practice that kept me grounded and stable through difficult times. Another awakening occurred when I discovered the role that astrology plays in determining auspicious design & placement.

The compass school of feng shui  makes specific use of astrological information.The practitioners used a luopan which was placed in the home in alignment with the birth information of the head of the family…..usually the father.luopon With the advent of the computer, we are now able to create personalized maps of the planetary locations for anywhere and any time on earth. When these maps are placed in your home/office/business it is easy to see the ‘lines of energy’ radiate through physical space. From here, we can then apply ‘feng shui’ to mitigate, minimize, maximize, alter and adjust our interior spaces to take advantage of the movement of chi. The results are usually pretty immediate and impressive.

localspace_compassThis is what a local space map looks like. You place it in the center of the space and work from there. (If you live more than 50 miles from your birth place then you need to recalculate the map for the current location.)

Of course you also need to be knowledgeable of all the other correlations and correspondances that are part of the astrological/feng shui vocabulary…..none of these techniques are as simple as they appear and one needs to be quite balanced with both information and intuition to make use of the data.

I like to think of feng shui as environmental acupuncture, or perhaps astro-ecology.
How you choose to define feng shui is a personal choice since Feng Shui can be either a noun or a verb.

The Yoga of Space….June 3, 4pm on Zoom.  Go here:

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I knew it was coming.  It was inevitable.  Today the announcement was made in the Berkshire Eagle.  It’s too much to process right now.  It’s a big deal for me, and many, many others.  There will be many stories in the days to come.  Mine will be one of them.

My first visit to Kripalu Ashram was right after Gurudev Amrit Desai, the Guru, had left.  That was 1993?  Over the next couple decades I commuted to Lenox frequently to assist/teach/train/volunteer/retreat and then some.  The Kripalu Community spans the globe and when I did volunteer work at the Amrit Institute in Florida a few years ago,  I discovered even more how the teachings of Swami Kripalu are available in other places as well.  Nevertheless, the feng shui and energy of this property will live on.  I hope I get to go there again.

I’ve written a lot here about Kripalu.  If you’re interested type Kripalu into the search bar.

more to come.

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Self Study or Svadaya in Sanskrit, refers to the practice of introspection to ‘study of the self’.  It encourages one to practice focused awareness and nonjudgmental self-reflection.  My intention as facilitator is to align various yoga (therapy) practices with cosmic forces to create optimal conditions for participants to have a meaningful experience.  Transformation, healing, or enlightenment are  possible side effects.  Read more here.

INQUIRE WITHIN – ONLINE!!

Under a Pisces Moon

May 16-17, 2020

Our workshop this weekend will take place 1-4pm on Saturday and 9-am-12 on Sunday.  We’ll be alone and together online.    You are welcome to attend one or both.

The Moon will be moving thru Pisces, a perfect time to explore the topic of Healing.  Healing is not curing.  We don’t need to be deathly ill to reap the benefits of healing practices. Whatever throws us out of balance, be it by choice, chance, divine will, or the unexpected consequences of a global pandemic, we all have some healing work to do.  If not for ourselves, then in service to others.

This workshop-on-retreat is an opportunity to do the kind of inner work that frequently occurs when we travel to be with strangers.  Participating from the confines of your home without the external structure of the typical retreat experience will be an interesting experiment in svadaya. 

Experiential portions of this program may include: Asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, meditation, art, journaling, expressive movement,  storytelling. Hatha yoga and experience with astrology is not necessary. The practices will be gentle & challenging at the same time. Experiences and insights that stimulate the mind-body-spirit connection can be profoundly transformational. Inner space explorations of outer space can at times stir up the unconscious and help us to see places we don’t often visit consciously.

Submit the form below to register or call/text 721 531 9013.  Once you’ve registered you’ll receive the zoom link and an information sheet on how to prepare.  There is no set fee for this program.  Donations gratefully received thru Paypal/Venmo/Personal Checks  PayPal button is here.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A long time ago I created the word timescaping….it’s a verb.  I couldn’t find it anywhere else, and I researched it, so I’m ready to take ownership of this word, now.  It describes the act of perceiving time as  cyclical & multi-dimensional, not linear, which is how a majority of us see it.  The word implies, by intention, that we can have an effect on time, just as time effects us.  We can speed it up or slow it down, almost at will.   It’s much, much harder to manage time for those that retain the linear perspective of absolute beginnings & absolute endings.   Of course, that’s silly, because many, many things do end.  Absolutely.  And yet, the invisible, energetic, impulses & sparks do live on if there’s any karma around it at all.

After decades of research, life experience, and risky experiments, I came to believe that living one’s daily life according the cycles of the Moon, (and other cycles too, taken as a ‘whole’ picture perspective), is a far superior way to organize one’s activities then adhering to just calendars & clocks,  Apple watches included

The Salon for Astrological Discourse is meeting again this week.  How to move thru “time” is our primary study.  It doesn’t matter what you know or don’t know about astrology.  There’s always something to learn.  Join us online.

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So, I’ve been  organizing my personal library and came across this very old, very yellow, coverless paperback copy of Autobiography of a Yoga.  I read it at least twice before I enrolled in my first yoga teacher training program and one (or is it 2?) again since.   I downloaded it on Kindle so that when this copy turns to dust I will still be able to read it.  But, today, in the midst of all that is, I randomly opened it to this page.

 

Once again I am stunned by the sychronicity between the *universe* and what is happening in the moment.  This constant, expression of “As Above, So Below” helps me feel safe.

Meanwhile….     I have been offering my yoga therapy classes online now for 3 weeks and it looks like this trend will continue for some time.  The astrology of the day supports the movement to use technology better and safer.  I continue to rearrange my living space to accommodate these new working conditions.

If you are interested in joining an online yoga therapy class with me let me know.

FYI   I took the photo at the top of this post at the Lake Shrine Temple, which is in Pacific Palisades, CA.  A very peaceful place.  There are Temples all over the world promoting the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.  The organization is called the  Self-Realization Fellowship and it’s based in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Om Shanti.

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Now

Now is the time.

Now is the time to know,

that everything you do is sacred.

Why,

Oh,  Why,

do you throw stones at your heart?

Now,

why not consider a lasting truce with yourself?

Now is the time

to understand that all your ideas of right and wrong were just a child’s training wheels to be laid aside.

When you can live with veracity & love…

This is the time for you to consider the impossibility that there is anything in the world but Grace.

Now is the season to know,

that everything you do is sacred.

 

There’s a wonderful article on Hafiz at www.poetseers.com.  Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that Hafiz, “is a poet for poets”.  Spiritual mysticism speaks across geography, cultures, and time periods.  There is wisdom here if you have the eyes to see.  Namaste.

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Even those who know little about astrology have probably heard of the infamous “Mercury Retrograde”.

Here’s a list of articles in the New York Times, of all places.

It’s definitely true and accurate that during the 3-weeks (9 thru out the year) this planet appears to move backward,  an illusion explained better here, things go wonky here on earth.  Astrologers, such as myself, can accurately predict when and where in one’s life this retro-active period will manifest.  If you are a therapist (one who ministers), of any kind, you can help your clients/students/peers prepare and use if for the best possible outcome.  It’s not all bad. In fact it can be a very productive time for re-do’s.  Don’t judge it, is good advice.  Yoga Therapy provides good results as it teaches us how to stay centered amidst a swirling, confusing environment.

Symbolic Mercury (The Messenger) governs most things that require mental energy.  Thinking, writing, reading, speaking, listening and all the tools to do those things:  pens, pencils, sticks, computers, television….  Post Offices, Information Services, Libraries….all Mercurial places experience unexpected disruptions  during this time.  Yesterday, I was standing at a cash register with a human attending it when the card reader started spitting my card out with a nasty buzzing sound.  The human said, “It’s been doing that all day!”.  She’d never seen that happen before.  She wasn’t having a ‘good’ day.   We took a breath together, and I finally got out of the store.  Mercury retrograde shows up everywhere….if/when you know how/where to look.  Studying astrology trains the mind in ways that are really helpful.  It is believed by many that studying astrology prevents mental illness.  Mental illness and all kinds of mental states can also be investigated thru the placement of Mercury, natal & by transit.

Mercury is in Pisces for this first retrograde period in 2020.   Hah!!  Forget about study and logic with that placement.  Pisces is a poet, not an analyst. But, that doesn’t make Pisces wrong…..or right.  Their mental pathways towards decisions, choices, and impulses are different from the other zodiac signs.  Pisces represents the sum total of everything learned from all the other zodiac signs.  Pisces represents the “all”,  the collective unconscious, and it does so non-verbally thru spiritual experiences as well as addictive behaviors and other means of operation. Mercury here can be challenging for those who have no regard for intuition, psychic phenomena, spiritual practices, or artistic pursuits.  Institutions such as: prisons, hospitals, campuses, monasteries, ashrams, etc.  may also have a rough time with this retrograde period.   As for me I plan to work on some older, left behind watercolor paintings as well as my collection of creative non-fiction pieces.

As a college student I did a research project on intuition.  Where it comes from.  How to develop it.  Astrology guided me in understanding how intuition played a part in my life.  Yoga taught me how to recognize intuition from busy-mind thinking.  Meditation helps me find still-mind.

May this retrograde period bring peace and ease of mind.

Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.

 

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at 4:42 pm if you’re on the East Coast.  It’s in Aquarius where nothing is ‘predictable’ except when it is.  It’s a peculiar zodiac sign and points out that which always feels a little bit….off.    I wonder what this next 28 days will bring.  Be alert around Feb 1-3 for something ‘dramatic’.

Practice Yoga…………..with a capital Y.

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