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YogaNidra Here’s the astrology chart for our yoga nidra this Sunday.  I find it makes for a delicious experience  if I take the time to study the Timescape© for the event.   Timescape is a word I invented in 1989 to describe the particular astrological technique I use to help people manage their time better.  Time, and our management of it, is a major stress factor for our modern day society .  And, then, given the fact that most people look at life from a linear, finite point of view, just adds to the stress of it all.   Birth…then, death.  The End.

Cyclical thinking and cyclical time-keeping really does feel better….at least it does in this aging female’s body.

Anyway, in the chart we find Uranus rising, Mars setting,  with Pluto and Venus culminating.  The sun and moon are drawing closer together for a New Moon at 6:39 am on monday in 20 degrees of Aquarius.  This means that our yoga nidra experience will be happening under the auspices of a balsamic moon.   It’s a wonderful time to go in and light your fire around something close to your heart.  Om shanti.     That said, the Sun square Mars in the middle degrees of fixed Aquarius and Scorpio, will keep flames burning right into the new cycle.

At the beginning of our yoga nidra practice you will be asked to create a sankalpa, or intention for your practice.  The theory says that if you plant a sankalpa into a deeply relaxed body it’s like programming your brain for success.  The details do matter so come on Sunday so that we can all practice together.

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Til then,     May all your dreams take root and grow.

 

 

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and there’s a storm brewing named Saturn.  It can’t get any more metaphorical, can it?  Today, at 2:15pm est, (about to become edt) the moon conjoins pluto.  It’ll be an intense moment for some, so intense that it has the potential to transform you.  Indelibly.

more later.  may all beings be safe.

om shanti, shanti, shantihi

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mask_ii.jpgNamaste, Everyone.

I’m facilitating another Yoga Nidra tomorrow morning.  First one of the year.  Can’t believe it’s 2013 and we’re all still here!!  Just kidding.

The astrological aspects are so supporting for this kind of yoga practice right now.  The possibilities are limitless.  The little stellium of Sun Neptune, Chiron and Venus re-affirms a drive towards spiritual healing.

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It’s time for another Yoga Nidra experience.  Who knows what will happen this time?  Surely, not I.  Nevertheless, it’s important to continue the research. Scientific documentation seems to be important to a lot of people, as if that were the absolute truth of any matter.  Those on a yoga journey are learning (or rather unlearning) different perspectives.

I’ve been teaching yoga and yoga therapy for a long time now and it’s interesting to note that insomnia is an increasingly common complaint.  Sleep disorders abound.

Many people self-medicate in order to get a good nights sleep.  Some people die from the medicating substance, whether it be  pharmaceutical, organic, or cooked up in your kitchen by the resident witch/healer.

What needs to be looked at more closely is that all of these cures/methods for inducing sleep are relying on an external something (pill/tea/etc.) to put us to sleep.  Nothing is inherently wrong (or right) with that approach.  Sometimes we need help.  But, here’s an article from Dr. Mercola’s newsletter that certainly deserves some thinking time.   If you do not want to read the whole thing at least scroll thru it and read the headlines, please.

scan0005On August 29 I’ll be facilitating another Yoga Nidra experience in SoCa. I’ve been de-stressing the American population for a long time, or trying to.  I’m learning that SoCa has it’s own unique list of stressor’s, quite different from those on the East Coast….    This past weekend a 6’ bookcase filled with china & glassward toppled over right next to me!  Other people were there too and it was ‘decided’ that it must have been an earthquake.  Yikes!

Stress is everywhere.

If you’ve experienced a yoga nidra before, this one is guaranteed to be different.  It’s built into the ‘system’.  After all,  every moment in time/space is utterly unique and changing at the same time.   Trust that you always get what you need but not necessarily what you want.

Nevertheless, healing happens with yoga nidra practices.

I’ve put together a teacher-training for those who would like to learn more about this pratyahara experience.  Find me if you’re interested.

I’ll be happy to bring this training to your group/studio.

Contact me and we’ll talk about how to do that.

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Recently, I have had many good reasons to delve further into how & why we heal. Because, some of us actually do heal from our physical/mental/emotional/spiritual challenges. And some of us don’t.
It’s a fine line that divides those that do from those that don’t, and it takes a  subtle, intuitive eye to discern. Microscopes are useless if you’re looking for the big picture.
I’ve learned from a 40+ years of raja yoga practices that we are, indeed, more than just our bodies. We are more than our minds and our emotions, too. This is a concept not easily grasped by many. And yet, there are certainly changes to see. Look around. Beginings and Endings are what help us be ‘in time’.
When I began to learn about symbolic languages, brand new neural pathways formed in my brain. Modern day brain science has validated for me, everything that I knew intuitively growing up. And, I am not alone. Many, many, many people, everywhere are waking up to the same realizations about who we are, and who we are not, every day.
The Alphabet vs The Goddess, by Leonard Shlain is a wonderful book that really makes a bold statement about how language has shaped us as a culture, and as individuals. A fascinating read.
Many of my early astrology teachers required us to memorize the meanings of the houses/signs/planets by using KeyWords. Once you had established a growing vocabularly it becomes easy to create interpretations. Whether they are accurate, useful, or necessary is a discussion left for another time. It was clearly understood by many, that you cannot understand and learn astrology from just reading books about astrology; most especially if you were planning on consulting with clients as a practice.
Gotta run.
Om peace.Man's First Breath

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I began facilitating stress management classes around 1989,  but here’s a tidbit of information Ilearned in a recent YTT class on stress-management.

When they did all those studies to determine what is known as the fight or flight reaction they used men. After observation those were the words that were chosen (Fight/flight) to represent  the surges of adrenalin and cortisol as witnessed in a male human body. Fight. Flight. Sounds simple enough , and it’s quite true. Remember, that primal brain is still operational, despite modern evolution.

The tidbit though is about how a woman’s body responds to those same adrenal gland secretions.  Recently they duplicated the same studies and discovered that neither fight or flight were the most common responses for the females.  At All!  What had been observed  was that female bodies tended  more to Freeze during stressful conditions.  Think ‘deer in the headlights’ kind of reaction.

When I took a little survey among  my students, men & women, I discovered that The Freeze feels much more resonate with them than fighting or fleeing….not always, but most of the time.  Nearly all seemed to breathe a sigh of relief by just hearing that alternative F-word. (freeze)

Whatever. Stress is stressful. There’s no doubt about it. Yoga helps. Find a teacher that you resonate with. Go often. Relieve your stress. It’s good for everyone. Yoga Nidra tonite.

Come, The Door is Round and Open. (rumi)

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It’s a void-of-course moon again today! Oh, yippee!!! Because I don’t think I have another ‘productive’ minute in my body. It’s time to re-group and practice some deep breathing. Chiron’s coming around soon.

It ends around 11:24 pm tonite……… yup, time to get a good rest in.

The void-of-course moon is like a microcosm of the longer measurement of time called the balsamic phase of the moon. The difference is simply the length of time……ie. 6 min / 6 hrs….get it? Check out the other posts all over this site on the ‘balsamic moon’. There’s a search engine over there in the upper right hand corner.

BTW, the balsamic phase begins just as the void-of-course ends………..yup, a nice long rest will do fine….Equinox coming, too.

Om shanti.

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back to the Hill House

Have you noticed how the outside really does reflect the inside? All the time.

I’ve just returned from Kripalu Center where I was able to take on the role of musician in the Saptah ‘event’ and then facilitator and yoga leader in the IQI.

A lot happened. Nothing happened. The stillpoint that becomes present when I find my center was exquisitly healing for me personally & professionally.

And, just to remind me that the universe supports inward journeying I’ve arrived home during the balsamic phase of the moon; another opportunity to develop relationship with the more causal levels of existence.

I’ll be facilitating another yoga nidra this thursday.

The astrology is perfect.

I feel like I’m doing my part to bring peace to the planet.

I couldn’t do this work without practicing peace for myself.

May we live in peace, no matter what we’re given.

Om nama shivaya.

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chiron2.jpgThe asteroid Chiron is named after a mythological centaur (horse/man) who became a great healer/teacher. In astrological mythology, Chiron is the Wounded Healer and has many talents. One story tells how he became immortal and lived a life of suffering after a fatal(?) wound from a poisoned arrow. In the attempt to heal himself,  Chiron learned the magic of herbs, gems, astrology, and  other ancient healing techniques.

In our natal horoscopes, the placement of Chiron describes the circumstances of our unhealed wounds, the ones that require an integrated approach to understand. These are the wounds that are invisible to the world and sometimes even invisible to ourselves.The emotions of shame and humiliation will give you a clue as to where these wounds are located. By the time we reach our early 50’s we have had numerous opportunities to confront these wounds and perhaps we were successful in transforming this lead into gold. Also around the age of 50, the asteroid Chiron returns to the same place he was in when you were born….a Chiron Return in the astrological language. This might be considered a ‘last chance’ for healing in this lifetime the wound that binds you. It’s also a time (after 50) to share your knowledge with others and become the teacher/counselor/healer who helps others with wounds similar to your own, just as Chiron did in mythology.

The Heirophant

The success of the 12-step format is one example of how wounded healers have helped others create happy lives from painful pasts. The Wounded Healer contributes to the whole in ways that can’t be measured.We all have Chiron somewhere in our psyche. It is an archetype that the whole human race feels. The location of Chiron in your personal astrological birthmap can shed some light on the wound that follows you everywhere and has the potential to become your greatest strength. Consult your astrologer/yoga teacher for guidance on this topic.

Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.


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