Posts Tagged ‘traditions’

Red Cowgirl Boots and what I learned from them.

January 24, 2013
  1. bootsI have been looking for Vegan Cowgirl Boots forever.
  2. I finally found a pair at Plasticland.
  3. Everyone looks at your feet when you are wearing Red Cowgirl Boots
  4. Red Shoes make you happy (I’ve actually believed this for years).
  5. When you only ever wear Converse Chucks or my one pair of  Toms even a small heel makes you feel like a giant.
  6. When you only normally wear Converse Chucks or my one pair of Toms and you put on a pair of Red Cowgirl Boots and you walk on non-carpeted floors you make a loud clomping noise. (View Video)
  7. I need to wear a thicker pair of socks with my Red Cowgirl Boots.
  8. My calves are large and my Red Cowgirl Boots can’t come up all the way.
  9. Because of my calves my Red Cowgirl Boots bunch up a bit at my ankles and I like them better that way.
  10. Red Cowgirl Boots are much warmer than my Chucks and Toms.
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Yoga pose for New Year’s Day – Gate Pose

December 31, 2012

January 1, New Year’s Day is dedicated to Janus the god of gates, doors and beginnings. 

Celebrate the beginning of a new year with GATE POSE.

gate pose, ParighasanaGate Pose:  Parighasana. (par-ee-GOSS-anna) parigha = an iron bar or beam used for locking or shutting a gate.

How to:

Come to a tall kneel

Extend your right leg out to the side

Inhale, Raise your left arm

Exhale, side stretch out over your right leg

Bring your right arm to the inside of your right leg.  Use the leverage of your arm against your leg to help deepen the stretch, opening your heart chakra to the sky.

Hold for several breaths, then, switch sides

GateVARIATIONS:
-Bend your Right Knee and place your Right foot on the floor (instead of extending your right leg fully)

-Your right hand can reach down your right leg, possibly holding onto your right ankle.

 Revolved Gate Pose

Come to a tall kneel

Extend your right leg out to the side

Inhale, Raise your left arm

Exhale, twist to the right, and bring your left arm to the back of your right leg. Left arm is in the air

Hold for several breaths, then, switch sides

Bound Revolved Gate Pose

Same pose as above,

Then, bring your right arm behind your back and your left arm under your right leg

Clasp hands or wrists

Seated Gate Pose:

Come to a wide knee low kneel

Extend your right leg out to the side (half straddle, your left leg is bent with your calf under your thigh-low kneel)

Inhale, Raise your left arm

Exhale, side stretch out over your right leg

Bring your right arm to the inside of your right leg.  Use the leverage of your arm against your leg to help deepen the stretch, opening your heart chakra to the sky.

Hold for several breaths, then, switch sides

Grab a partner….

Double Gate 1:

Come to a tall kneel several feet apart from each other

Extend your legs so that the side of your foot touches the side of your partner’s foot

Inhale, raise your arms (opposite of your extended leg)

Exhale, side stretch out over your extended legs

Hold hands or wrists with your partner

Hold for several breaths, then, switch sides

Double Gate 2:

Come to a tall kneel next to your partner (hip to hip)

Extend your legs out to the sides (legs that are not touching your partner)

Rise your arm (the arm closest to your partner)

Exhale and side stretch out over your extended legs

Hold for several breaths, then, switch sides

Double Latched Gate:

Come to a tall kneel facing your partner

Come to Gate pose (mirror image, person A extends their right leg, person B extends their left leg)

Bring your extended/supporting arm to your partners extended leg (your partner brings their extended/supporting arm to your extended leg)

Hold the hand or wrist of your partner (use the hand that is opposite of your extended leg)

Hold for several breaths, then, switch sides

Related Post:  Celebrating the New Year with Traditions to Bring Love and Luck!

More Calendar Theme Yoga Poses

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Crying

August 21, 2012

I seem to be an emotional mess.  Is it because in my family you could never show emotion?  Now I cry all the time.  How can anyone take me seriously when as soon as there is a difficult situation the tears come out.  I am frustrated and I am crying.  Something happened at work, and I only care about it a little bit. I’m not really upset about it, just frustrated.  As soon as I try to express my feelings to my boss, I begin crying.  It really sucks.

In general, I am really happy.  I love my life and my job.  I like where I am and where I am going.  So, why the tears?  How can I stop them?

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Surya Mudra for July

July 9, 2012

Surya (Ravi) Mudra Surya means sun. The sun is a source of energy. The Surya Mudra attracts energy of the Sun.  This mudra reduces the Earth (Prithvi) Element and increases the Fire (Agni) Element in the body.

The Surya Mudra helps with weight loss.  It is said to help lower bad cholesterol.  This Mudra also fires up the metabolism and body temperature.  Surya helps strengthen eyesight.

 How To:

Place the tip of your Thumb on the tip of your Ring finger.

This Mudra can also be done by placing the pad of your Thumb over the second section of your ring finger.

 

Practice his Mudra  daily at any time.  You can practice this Mudra while standing, sitting, or even walking.  You can practice this Mudra on each hand separately or together.

Shuni Mudra is used in various pranayama techniques as well as meditation, but try it in some other asanas:

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Vrkasana (Tree Pose)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)

Try using Shuni Mudra  during centering at the beginning of your Yoga Practice & during Meditation & Pranayama.

You can also try Mudras in your everyday life.  Try the Surya Mudra while watching TV or waiting in line.

Read More about MUDRAS here

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Shuni Mudra for June

June 6, 2012

Shuni Mudra

Shuni, Saturn in Sanskrit, is the Seal of Patience.
(Saturn represents the taking of responsibility the thumb is ego)

This mudra can bring calmness and commitment.  Shuni Mudra helps with insomnia, depression and nausea.

How to:
Bring the tip of your middle finger together with the tip of your thumb.  This forms a circle.  This Mudra is like creating the ‘OK’ symbol with your middle finger (instead of your index finger).  You can keep your hands upright or rest the back of your hands on your knees.

Make the Shuni Mudra more active, bring your thumb to the nail of the index finger.

Shuni Mudra is used in various pranayama techniques as well as meditation, but try it in some other asanas:

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Vrkasana (Tree Pose)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)

Try using Shuni Mudra  during centering at the beginning of your Yoga Practice & during Meditation & Pranayama.

 

Read More about MUDRAS here

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Linga Mudra for May

May 1, 2012

The Linga Mudra, the upright mudra (Linga = thumb in sanskrit) increases your body’s inner heat (use this mudra when you are chilled).  It improves digestive health and boosts your immune system.  This is perfect for use when you are feeling under the weather.

Try LINGA MUDRA to help with allergies, colds, coughs and asthma.  Linga Mudra is said to help with weight loss.  Because of the heat this mudra generates, you can sometimes experience fatigue after it’s use.

HOW TO:

  • Interlace the fingers of both hands together
  • Raise your Right Thumb
  • Circle your right thumb with your left thumb and index fingers

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Color Therapy : What you wear can help your mood!

April 25, 2012

RED:
Need some Strength and Courage?  Are you trying something new?
Over come Negative Thoughts and Bring power and vitality into your life with the color Red.

ORANGE:
Feeling Socially Awkward? Are your feeling down?  
Become socially confident, resourceful cheerful and enjoy relationships with Orange.

YELLOW: Are you having difficulty concentrating?  Are you feeling negative?
Become more optimistic and gain mental clarity with Yellow.

GREEN:  Are you anxious and stressed?
Bring balance, peace, stress relief, calmness,and hope with Green.

AQUA/TURQUOISE:  Feeling insecure and angry?
Come to a place of openness, confidence, and relaxation with Aqua/Turquoise.

BLUE:  Do you have too much stuff going on, need a creative boost?
Bring a sense of mental relaxation, peace, creativity with Blue.

INDIGO:  Does your imagination need a boost?  Have insomnia or difficulty understanding something?
 Spark feelings of  serenity, imagination, accurate perception, understanding and sleep with Indigo.

VIOLET/PURPLE:  Angry, anxious and irritated?
Feel inspired, calm nerves, creative and  beautiful with Violet/Purple.

MAGENTA:  Feeling uneasy and disquieted?
Find relaxation and balance your emotions with Magenta.

PINK:  Are you hungry and feeling aggressive?
Find calmness and relieve stress and suppress your appetite with the color Pink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mudra for April : Bear Grip

April 4, 2012

The Bear Grip Yoga Mudra is used to help with concentration and stimulates the heart chakra and strengthens the heart.  Helps to bring intensity to your yoga practice.

How To:  
Bring your arms in front of your body at chest level.
Left palm facing out, thumb down.
Right palm faces in toward your body, thumb facing up.
Curl your fingers  to look like a Bear Claw
Hook fingers together.
Gently pull your elbows apart.

Use BEAR Grip MUDRA in the Sea-Saw Shoulder Stretch:
Bring your hands to Bear Grip Mudra
Relax your shoulders
Gently pull your arms in opposite directions (Don’t loosen your Bear grip)
Inhale, raise your right elbow (lower left elbow)
Exhale, raise your left elbow (lower right)
Continue sea-sawing your arms moving with your breath and increase speed
Practice for a few minutes

This is a great warm up for shoulders and helps relieve tension.
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Aura Photography post 2 of 2

March 13, 2012

On March 10, 2012, I had an Aura Photograph (Kirlian Photograph) taken by Joel Straup from Star Light Angels  at Thrive Yoga and Health Consulting.  I was anxious to compare my photo with one that was taken in March  2008.  The two photos couldn’t have been more different.  In 2008 My aura showed as mostly red with a bit of purple and a hint of white.  The image that I had taken on Saturday was virtually  rainbow of colors!

Yellow:  Teacher, Reader. Disciplined, an Intellectual, talent for Organization

Violet:  Spiritual in Nature, Mysterious, Intuitive, Imaginative, Has a very Creative mind & reticence.

Blue:  is truth, devotion, wisdom and calm.  Mind moves on a higher level

Red:  Over active, takes on challenges, mood swings

Orange:  Active Intelligence, very creative
Joel also said that I was still healing from an injury.  I nurtured many children in a past life, so I have need for children in this life.  He recommended I wear turquoise with many veins for healing and intuition.  Once again, I feel like my reading was pretty accurate.  I can’t wait to see what future Aura Photos hold.  If you have had Aura Photographs taken, please share your thoughts,

After my reading, I went to Kaleidoscope Angels to purchase some Turquoise Jewelry.

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Aura Photography post 1 of 2

March 8, 2012

On March 8, 2008 I had an Aura Photograph (Kirlian Photograph) taken by Ackbar.  It was interesting and informative.  I had a red glow emanating from around my head, purple at the end over my crown and some white over my shoulder.

RED:
Physical Body: Who am I ? Why am I here? What is my Purpose?
-Re-evaluating belief system
-Choosing more respect for self
-Building Strength for change

VIOLET/PURPLE:
Knowing the truth in all things
– Cosmic Consciousness/Self Service
Precognition (Enhances artistic talents, inspiration, creativity, ideas, passion to complete)
-Old soul teaching others

WHITE (Shoulder)
-Stress, worry, living in the past
-People and events pulling on the energy field no more!
-Setting boundaries to honor yourself

At the time I remember feeling like the readout was right on with how I was feeling.  I needed a change, I was in a rut and kind of unhappy.  I am definitely happier and  calmer at the present.  I’m having a new Aura Photograph taken this Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Thrive Yoga and Health Consulting.  I can’t wait to compare the two and see if there are major differences in my aura.

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