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lumen dei

As the planet moves through an unprecedented shift, now, more than ever, it’s important to hold your light.

Keep returning to your center.

Collectively, we need to raise the vibration from fear to love.

Share love. Be kind.

A great friend always reminds me that when I am lonely and when I am scared, to make someone else’s day better. It works, every time.

It’s ok to wobble. It’s ok to be scared. I am.

But I keep reminding myself of that simple sentence. I am. I am. I am.

Find your mantra. Find your center.

WE CAN DO THIS….

Let’s choose love over fear.

Let’s think beyond ourselves and for the health and welling-being of each other and the planet.

Here’s a zen playlist to infuse your home with extra ease.

In the upcoming weeks I will be streaming live donation classes via Zoom stay tuned!

 

 

~ lumen dei ~

‘The light of the divine has two aspects. One is what is what it is traditionally known as the lumen dei – the light of God -which is really the divine light of one’s higher Self. It is a very, very beautiful light. It is very clear, very simple; it just is.  It is the light of God as you can see it as a human being. Of course, the real light of God you cannot see. You become blinded by it. It is said God has 70,000 veils of light and 70,000 veils of darkness to separate us from experiencing the true light of the divine, which would burn you away. But there is lumen dei that we have within us – our divine light. And when you pray to God your light raises up to God. When you really pray to God there is a light, a spark. You can see it, in a way, from outer space that spark that rises up to God from the heart of the human being. It is very beautiful.  If you go deep in meditation, you discover that the divine light is within you. It is like a diamond, very clear, very pure, very beautiful.’

– Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul

 

~fight for your right to the light ~

‘To find your way, you will need courage. Lots of it. If you don’t have it, fake it until you make it. Soulshapers are artists, but they are also warriors. It is no easy feat to shape the inner world. You need the heart of a lion to overcome the odds. You need to fight for your right to the light.’
– Jeff Brown
~ finally, read this ~

What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade” by Brad Aaron Modlin

Chakra

Are you interested in understanding how the practice of yoga, pranayama and meditation work together to transform the energetic body?

In this 7-week series, we will explore the chakras. The human chakra system consists of 7 primary chakras that stretch from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. In Sanskrit, the word chakra translates to “wheel” and references our energetic body. Each week, we will explore a new chakra and focus on how it uniquely regulates a physical, spiritual and emotional function of the body.

Through movement, sound and smell, we will journey through the chakras and explore how we can improve our connection to the subtle body through:

Shapes (asana)
Breath (pranayama)
Mantras
Colors
Elements
Aromatherapy
Music

In this 7-week series (with each session lasting 2 hours), yogis will:
– Learn about the energetic body and chakra system by focusing on one chakra per week
– Practice one hour of asana, focusing on the chakra of the week
– Practice a 10-minute chakra meditation, focusing on the chakra of the week

Students will leave each session with a custom, essential-oil blend and a crystal to balance each energy center.

All 7 Sessions – $250
Drop-in Session: $40 each

LOCATION: YOGA VIDA NOHO | Broadway & Bond | New York City | Dates Below

Thursday, April 11: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. MULADHARA | ROOT
Thursday, April 25: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. SVADHISHTHANA | SACRAL
Thursday, May 9: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. MANIPURA | SOLAR PLEXUS
Thursday, May 23: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. ANAHATA | HEART
Thursday, June 6: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. VISHUDDHA | THROAT
Thursday, June 13: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. AJNA | THIRD-EYE
Thursday, June 27: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15p.m. – SAHASARA | CROWN

Sculpture

Meditation comes in a multitude of forms, even sculpture.

In order to create the form you must observe the subtleties that make it unique. The act of observing a model (or anything) with complete awareness heightens consciousness. To look and see:  ridges, curves, creases, bumps, edges, lines, points. Noticing the fine details allows you to see something more fully. Only later does one step back and take in the piece fully.

Sculpture, and art in general, highlights the importance of small details. Looking closely, then stepping away, manipulating the shape but also allowing it to hold form.

Practice this sequence when you wake up in the morning or after a run.

YOGA AT YOUR DESK & MINDFUL BREATHING

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Gentle stretching throughout the day helps to reduce shoulder rounding, takes pressure off the lower back, and allows you to breathe more deeply.

  1. Seated Spinal Twist – Twisting at your desk helps to gently detoxify throughout the day. Moving the spine, relieves lower back pain, improves digestion, and even reduces stress.
  2. Seated Ankle to Knee – Draw you ankle to knee on each side and gently lean forward until you feel the opening of your outer hip. Hold for about a minute and deepen your breath.
  3. Reverse Prayer Pose – Start by grabbing alternate elbows behind you.  If you have more range, press your hands together. If you can, bring the pinkies and thumbs to touch. This posture stretches the wrists, hands and chest.

STRESS REDUCTION – The simple act of bringing mindfulness to your breath throughout the day can be a powerful tool to better manage and cope with stress. The key is start simple.

Begin by sitting at your desk and lengthening your inhales and exhales. Plant your feet firmly on the ground while sitting up straight and broadening across your chest. Inhale and count: 1…2…3…4…5….Now Exhale: 5…4…2…1.

As you continue to practice, increase the count.  Direct the breath to the lower belly and back. This is a simple technique, known as, Full and Complete Breath. Focusing on the breath helps to increase concentration and focus, calm the mind, and it physiologically increases oxygen intake in the body.