Well we've most likely heard of Yoga & Acupressure but how do they work together? In Koty's class at Barefoot Yoga P.R. she combines Hatha Yoga with traditional Chinese medicine. You will learn yoga postures (asanas) along with a deeper understanding of your organs, the 13 Meridian lines of energy as well as various acupressure points. Did you know that the liver is associated with anger and frustration? Hmm liver...alcohol...anger. Or that your heart is associated with sadness and grief? Think about how people clutch their heart when something tragic happens...a he.Acu-Yoga exercises are so much more powerful for releasing blockages in your body than pressing a point here or there. Why? Because you’re using your entire body to gently stretch and stimulate multiple points at once, while focusing on taking in the life force through breathing deeply.
I'm happy to report that I've received a clean bill of health from the dentist office. I'd like to believe that daily flossing and 4 weeks of oil pulling with coconut oil contributed to this. Check out our previous post for full benefits of oil pulling. Happy Mouth = Happy Happy Joy Joy
New Moon is for New Beginnings.
Just as we set intentions for our yoga practice, we can set intentions at the New Moon. As we create space by letting go of what is not serving us at the Full Moon, we can then invite positive intentions into that space. The New Moon is a perfect time for new beginnings. The first quarter of the Moon is an especially powerful time that will set the course for the entire month. Think about what you want, how you want to feel or what projects have been calling you. Write down your wishes, dreams or desires. Read it aloud and thank the Universe. Store your paper in a safe place and refer back to it during the month. Celebrate these goals and new beginnings. Trust. Believe. Have Faith.
A New Moon Ritual is a powerful practice in which you can "charge" your intention with power. Many of us set intentions on a daily basis and the New Moon Ritual is a way in which to do it in a more conscious way. This can be done alone or with friends, at home or in nature. Trust in what you feel is right. A simple ritual is below. Feel free to simplify or add to this as you wish.
Create a Sacred Space ~ Select a location and add to it your favorite crystals, candles, pictures, special objects. Cleanse yourself and the space with sage smudging. Clear your mind with music, mantra or meditation. Find grounding by connecting to the Earth's energy. Visualize roots growing down from your feet through all of the Earth's layers to the fiery core and back up through your body out of the crown of your head connecting up to the Moon. Repeat this cycle as necessary until you feel a connection and sense of grounding.
Set your Intentions ~ Once you are in a clear mind and comfortable space, offer up some positive intentions. Write them down in your journal or on a piece of paper. And write them in a powerful way by beginning with "I am" or "I will". Believe. Dreams do become reality so dream big. Remember this is a powerful time and you are opening up to the universal energy. Have faith. Tell your intentions to stones such as Citrine, Ruby, Moonstone and Green Aventurine.
Be your Intentions ~ Turn those dreams into reality. Keep awareness on your new intentions by placing them in a visible location or write down the progress. Doors are opening. We just need to be open to see or feel it and have the courage to step through. As with yoga, the more you practice, the more powerful these transformations will become. You may just surprise yourself as these dreams manifest.
I finally started the Ayurvedic tradition of oil pulling and am amazed at the difference with just one week! It's quite simple: swish about a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes and spit in the garbage. Rinse with warm salty water and voila you have a clean mouth. I like to use coconut oil not only because it tastes good but it also has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. While I don't have any real dental or mouth issues, I've noticed much fresher breath, whiter teeth and an overall healthier feel. Others report benefits such as reduced cavity pain, helps with dry mouth, healthier gums, improved lymphatic system, decreased headaches, etc. I plan on staying with the oil pulling for at least the next month when I visit my father-in-law who is a dentist and will check back in on his findings.
You've most likely heard of Yoga & Acupressure but how do they work together? In Koty's class at Barefoot Yoga P.R. she combines Hatha Yoga with traditional Chinese medicine. You will learn yoga postures (asanas) along with a deeper understanding of your organs, the 13 Meridian lines (energy lines) as well as various acupressure points. Did you know that the liver is associated with anger and frustration or that your heart is associated with sadness and grief? Think about it...anger, alcoholics, liver or breakups, tragedies, heartache. Acu-Yoga exercises are much more powerful for releasing blockages in your body than pressing a point here or there. Why? Because you’re using your entire body to gently stretch and stimulate multiple points at once, while enhancing your life force through deep breathing. Come see for yourself. Koty teaches AcuYoga on Monday mornings @ 9 a.m.
happy full moon o LA LUNA LLENA
The full moon in August is also know as the "Sturgeon Moon"
• The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
Join us for some full moon rituals as learned by the lovely Kalpulli Teoclli Ollin by making Moon Water and participating in a Fire & Water Ceremony.
Make some Moon Water: Place drinking water in a clear pitcher or bowl (must be made out of glass or crystal, clear and with no designs or motifs on it). Cover it with cheese cloth or a clean cotton towel so bugs or leaves do not get into it. Leave over night and in early morning bring indoors and drink a glass before breakfast until the pitcher of water is gone. Preferably for 9 days. Why 9 days? The Mayans, Aztecs and Incas believed in the 9 spirits of healing, the 9 healing dimensions and the 9 cycles of grieving. Helps to recharge your body’s depleted energy. Helps women with swollen ovaries and pain during intercourse. Helps to lessen PMS. Connects you to your feminity and helps with purging, releasing and letting go of toxins in our body.
Prepare a Fire Ceremony:
Prepare a Water Ceremony:
Baño de Azares (Citrus Blossoms Bath) Citrus Blossoms from any citrus trees: orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit or citron. Baths with these flowers are powerful to clear away negative feelings, feeling rejected, Envidia (jealousy or envy) feeling emotionally or spiritually exhausted. It is recommended to repeat the baths 9 times: 3 before the full moon, 3 baths during the full moon and 3 after the full moon (waning moon?) If you cannot fit the 9 times do what time allows. During the day gather the flowers, use prayer and the intention of faith and thanksgiving as you hold the flowers. Place the flowers/blossoms in a bowl of water in the sun for a few hours. Late in the afternoon or evening while the moon is out, prepare a sacred bath: pour enough hot water (as hot as you can tolerate it and pour in the bowl with the flowers (which have been energized by the sun for new beginnings and will be used in the moonlight time for endings). Use candles, music, meditate, contemplate and relax. Let go (you can use essential oils if you cannot locate the flowers). Try to either get outside to see the moon, or look at it out a window, or even just close your eyes and visualize the full moon bursting with light and glory. Slow your breathing to enter a light meditative state by breathing in at the count of 4, hold for 4, exhale to 4. Once you’ve entered your meditative state set your intentions of letting go, purging, releasing and receiving abundance from the Moon’s Energies. Soak for at least 30 minutes. Allow your body to “melt” away envida (envy), susto (fear), pesar (grief) and/or any energies weighing heavy on your spirit, heart, mind and body. Give yourself permission to make it a loving ceremony by adding lit candles, music, chanting etc “I Love Myself, I Accept Myself, I Embrace Myself”