Ayurvedic Self-Massage Guide & Download

Ayurvedic self-massage is a highly beneficial treatment on all levels.

I recommend this type of self-massage because it particularly helpful for lymphatic drainage, aiding the body’s detoxification process. It also a nice, nurturing ritual that can be continued regularly as it helps foster self-love and appreciation– two qualities everyone good use more of!

Ayurvedic self-massage is also known as Abhyanga. It can be done with or without oil.  An article by ayurvedic practitioner, Sandhiya Ramaswamy for the Chopra Centre describes abhyanga like this:

There is no greater expression of self-love than lovingly anointing ourselves from head to toe with warm oil […] It is believed that the effects of Abhyanga are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Like the experience of being loved, Abhyanga can give a deep feeling of stability and warmth.

I often include dry self-massage (sans oil) in yoga practices with my students as part of the ‘warm up’. (See details about the Therapeutic Yoga Clinic)  It is very nice to do at home with warm oils, especially when you are fresh from the shower or bath and already semi-relaxed.

Benefits to Self-Massage 

  • Encourages self-love;
  • Stimulates cardiovascular circulation;
  • Lymphatic drainage;
  • Improves digestion and immune function;
  • Promotes relaxation and grounding;
  • Lubricates joints;
  • Helps you sleep deeper and more soundly;
  • Releases muscular tension;
  • Calms the minds;
  • Balances the nervous system;
  • Increases the flow of energy & prana in your body;
  • Smoothes your skin (especially when using warm oil);
  • Regulates body temperature;
  • Enhances your mood and confidence.

How to practice self-massage

There is no right or wrong way to do self-massage, but it is best to start with your head and end at your feet. Do circular motions on your joints and vigorously rub up and down between the joints.

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CLICK HERE to download a guided self-massage practice I recorded for you

 

Using oil

If you want to use oils, great. Oil helps to calm the nervous system and hydrates the skin. It’s very important to use a good quality, cold-pressed oil (available at all health food stores) and warm it up slightly prior to using it.

Here are the recommended oils to use per dosha:

  • Vata benefits most from warm sesame oil.
  • Pitta benefits most from warm almond oil.
  • Kapha benefits most from warm sunflower oil.

If you aren’t sure which one to use, almond oil is a safe bet or even olive oil. If you know aromatherapy, you could also add a drop or two of lavender or ylang ylang to further promote relaxation.  I very much like the Rescue & Renew Detox Massage Oil from Arbonne & the Arbonne Harmony Essential Oil blend for a high quality tri-doshic oil.

Evening Ritual

I like to make a date for myself on a Friday or Saturday evening when I have some time and can stay in. I have an early dinner, take a hot epsom salt bath with oil and then do a little self-practice of massage and maybe some light yoga and meditation. I heat the oil gently on the stove on low for a few minutes and then pour it over my head letting it saturate my hair. Then, I massage the oil into my skin from head down. I drink a hot cup of herbal tea and go to bed early. It’s heavenly.

TIP:  If you use oil, sleep on a towel or pillow case you won’t mind getting oil stains.

 

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20 Life-Changing Questions

Determining what I really really REALLY want started by answering several life-changing questions. These questions, complied over several workshops and countless reading, required me to get extremely honest with myself, which led to some big decisions like selling my yoga studio in Pointe Claire, moving, building a new online business and even shifting my social circle. Difficult as this was at the time, the answers to those life-changing questions instigated a transformation that went from me feeling continuously stuck and frustrated to being happy and free.

I go into much greater detail about these life-changing questions and how to actualize the answers in the Ritual & Inspiration Vision Board workshop I co-host with my friend Ron Cherilus, I AM Coach and co-founder of Centre I AM. However, here are the questions and some context to help you get started.

Summum bonum – The Highest Good

Before I get to the actual life-changing questions, I want to share why I feel they are important. In Latin, “summum bonum” is an expression that means the “highest good.” It was first used by Roman philosopher Cicero referring to an end in itself or the ultimate goal of life in which values and ethics are top priority.

Responding to the life-changing questions below is about understanding how to serve and pursue your highest good, your true purpose and joy in life.

For me, the “highest good” is what is of greatest benefit both to you and to the people and community around you. And this is how I believe life begins to shift from OK to incredibly fulfilling.

Warning & Recommendation

This is not the easiest process, because you may have to confront some truths about your current situation that is may be easier to ignore, like being in a job, house or even relationship that does not serve your highest good.  My recommendation is get comfortable, make a cup of tea and journal the answers to the life-changing questions below in a stream of conscious way by writing down whatever comes to mind as it comes to mind, kind of like a “brain dump”.  Working with a life coach or mentor may also help facilitate this process.

20 Life-Changing Questions

  1. When do I felt most at ease and free? Why?
  2. When do I feel most light? Why?
  3. My favourite place… My sanctuary…
  4. Who are my favourite people? Who do I feel my best around?
  5. What are the qualities of these people?
  6. What10-15 things am I grateful for now?
  7. What are my main values in life?
  8. What inspires me?
  9. Where am I most inspired?
  10. What motivates me and gets me moving?
  11. My greatest discovery…
  12. In which ways do I want to grow?
  13. Moving forward, what are my health goals?
  14. What are my top five personal goals for this year?
  15. What are my top three-five professional goals for this year?
  16. What are my daily/ weekly practices to keep me healthy and happy?
  17. What makes me feel strong, sexy and fabulous?
  18. If I were completely fearless, I would…
  19. How does my bravest, most confident self behave? What does she/ he do?
  20. Three powerful life-affirming words to describe me in my best state are…

My  hope is that these answers will help you clarify what and who you want in your life and why. Hopefully, what comes out of this exercise will also inspire and motivate you to make important decisions for your highest good.

For further support with this work, consider joining the upcoming workshop I am co-hosting with I AM Coach Ron Cherilus:  Ritual & Inspiration, Cultivate your Best Day Everyday with Vision & Priority Management.

 

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Spring Cleanse Program

This spring cleanse program is inspired by ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system I practice. It holistic and works all levels: physical, mental, emotional and energetic as well.

I do a customized cleanse program for my clients, which ideal for addressing specific needs and/or health goals. However, I wanted to share suggestions for a gentle spring cleanse that almost anyone can do — Please read the disclaimer at the bottom. The program outlined here does not involve aggressive purgation or detoxification, yet it is still highly effective and harmonizing.

Why Cleanse?

In ayurveda, cleansing is an important part of maintaining good health and it is holistic, meaning it addresses the whole you — body, mind and the emotional heart. 2018-05-Blog-Spring-CLeanse-greens

  Better digestion;
  Stronger metabolism & immunity;
  Feel lighter;
  Feel healthier;
  Boost energy;
  Healthy weight management;
  Improve body composition;
  Reduce stress;
  Promote mental clarity;
  More restful sleep;
  Improve skin tone & lustre;
  Brightness of eyes;

Basically, it is a total reset for the system and the best time for following a cleanse program is in the spring or fall when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold.

Spring Cleanse Program Overview

BODY
EA2018-05-Blog-Spring-CLeanse-foodT light, soupy / stewy meals & keep portions small:
  • You will likely have about 4-5 ‘meals’ per day during the cleanse. If you aren’t hungry, don’t eat;
  • Eat soups (ideally blended) and lightly steamed greens – lentil soup recipe
  • Avoid all fruit except apples & pears (best cooked);
  • Eliminate wheat, coffee, alcohol, meat, dairy, sugar, high fat & processed food.
DRINK  only herbal teas & water at room temperature:
  • Arbonne Detox Tea has fantastic, high quality kidney and liver cleansing herbs. One tea bag makes about one litre – drink this warm or at room temp during the day;
  • Chlorophyll and aloe is also good in water;
ADD cleansing herbs to help you eliminate:
  • Arbonne Essentials Body Cleanse – I love this product because it is easy to use, tastes good and everyone can benefit from it. The active ingredients are aloe for cleansing, ginger for circulation and anti-inflammation as well as magnesium to help the body relax and process. Take 1 sachet at night in warm or hot water or  1/2 in the morning & 1/2  at night in warm water or hot water;
  • Triphala in larger doses or in conjunction with the Arbonne Body Cleanse is also beneficial. Triphala is a blend of three herbs that has a laxative effect on the body. You can take tripahla along with the Body Cleanse for better results.  (I like the herbs from Bayan Botanicals or Himalaya – easier to get Himalaya in Canada)
EXERCISE should be very gentle during the cleanse – only walking, light yoga or restorative yoga.
 
MIND & SOUL
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  • Avoid television, social media and other distracting mental activity as much as possible;
  • Avoid extensive social outings and late nights;
  • If possible, avoid traffic, unnecessary errands and housework;
  • Practice gratitude;
  • Journal;
  • Day dream and be creative;
  • Favour books that inspire you and calming music;
  • Adopt a comfortable routine – create it and you can send it to me;
  • Sleep on time, eat on time;
  • Ayurvedic massage (abhyanga) and/or warm oil (shirodhara) treatment is highly recommended as part of a cleanse program – For these services in Montreal, I recommend you go to the Ayurvedic Holistic Centre in NDG or contact my dear friend Vanesa Ayurveda.

DISCLAIMER: This cleanse program can be done by almost anyone. However, your immunity system and strength should be stable – do not attempt a detox when you are sick, extremely tired or very stressed. Exclusive cleanse diet is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Daily Affirmations to Create the Best Day Everyday

These are my daily affirmations to create the best day everyday. I read & review them at night and in the morning to help me protect my mindset and stay focused. You are welcome to adopt these for your own or personalize them.  Use the present tense, affirmative, positive language and where possible, begin each affirmation with “I AM.”

 

Daily Affirmations to Create the Best Day Everyday

I create my best day every day.

The most amazing energy, abundance and joy are available to me right now.

I am taking care of myself and following through with what I say I am going to do.

I am waking up feeling rested, energized and optimistic.

I am ready to take on the day.

I am motivated.

I am calm & clear.

I am completing my most important tasks before lunch.

I am productive and courageous.

I am eating nutritious food that gives me energy.

I have clarity of mind.

I am making decisions with ease.

I am prioritizing my time with ease and clarity.

I have enough time to accomplish what is important with consistency & ease.

I am confident and efficient and work with ease.

I end my workday on time feeling fulfilled and successful.

I love the evening.

I enjoy exercising my body.

I enjoy seeing my friends and family.

I am having meaningful conversations and cultivating meaningful relationships.

I spend quality time with my loved ones.

I also have quality alone time to relax before bed.

I go to bed early, fall sleep easily and sleep soundly throughout the night.

Thank you for my health & happiness body & for the health & happiness of my family and friends.

Thank you for bringing wonderful, engaging & authentic people into my life and business.

I am grateful, radiant and deeply fulfilled.

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I believe in living for now and enjoying life each and everyday. Our time here is too precious to wait for ‘someday.’  Although it may not be possible wake up on the beach each morning without responsibilities, we grow, learn and have opportunity to make the best of every moment.  It is a continuous effort to release what is not needed and cherish what is important (both in short term and long term). I’m still in process with this, which is why I carefully guard my daily practices of meditation, yoga, writing and reading. This said, my life is very different than it was a few years ago (I probably could write a book on this…) and I am pretty much doing exactly what I want. Still, like most people, I don’t have much time on my hands, so I need to constantly be reminded where to focus my energy and attention otherwise time escapes me and I end up crashing at midnight unsure of what I actually I did during the day. Can you relate?

Daily affirmations are also key!!  So please, share your affirmations in the comments below. I would love to hear what works for you.

If ever you need support with any of the above, you might be interested in joining me on a 30 Day Healthy Living Program designed to sculpt your body & mind.

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10 Great Personal Development Books

I have been reading a lot over the last few months and I have finally put together my list of top 10 great personal development books. Of course, there are many other great books. These are just the ones that have inspired me the most in the last six months and my recommended reading. Since the new year is around the corner, hopefully one or two of these books will inspire you.

Practical Organization & time management books

Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod2017-12-Blog-book1

This book is highly motivating! Great ideas on how to start your day well. Talks about the benefits of early rising and offers nice suggestions for a well rounded morning routine.

Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastination, by Bryan Tracy

This is way more than just a time management book. It’s a priority management book with simple tips on how to master your to do list.

 

Business Books & Books on Leadership

Extraordinary Leadership, by Robin Sharma
Short and simple and yet it delivers a powerful message. My favourite line is, “If you don’t make time for your health now, you will be forced to make time for illness in the future.”

The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential, by John Maxwell
This book talks about leadership without sounding boring or repetitive. The teachings and principles feel fresh. It basically discusses the nature of relationships in a new light. For me, it had a lot of ‘A-ha’ moments.

Inspirational & motivational Books

On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, by John O’Leary2017-12-Blog-book3
Great book. This is a memoir / inspirational story about how the author transformed a childhood tragedy into power, love & gratitude. It gave me a lot to think about on many levels including being a mom.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Oh so good! It offers very a interesting perspective on being an artist and being creative. I felt a huge sense of relief reading this book. I also liked how Elizabeth Gilbert talked about the success and the process of her book Eat Pray Love.

Home Improvement Books

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo

Changed my life. Read this and do what she suggests no matter what. The method of recreating space and joy in your home and in your life is wonderful and has very positively influenced the energy in my home.

Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well, by Meik Wiking

Love this book! It offers so many sweet ideas on how to cultivate joy and community with others as well as yourself. (Just don’t pay too much attention to all the sugar & meat!)

Spiritual Development Books

Be Feel Think Do, by Anne Bérubé2017-12-Blog-book4

I like her story and her message. It’s gentle and feels Canadian, not overdone. Anne Bérubé is humble and grounded and you feel her through the book. It’s not super polished and neither it the message, which in many ways makes it more charming.

The Universe has your Back, by Gabrielle Bernstein

At first, I was not sure I would like this book or its author, because at first glance, it seems commercial and very American, but I loved it so much that I read it twice back to back. Amazing language to connect with Spirit in all circumstances.

 

PS  In case you don’t have time to sit around reading great personal development books, however nice this is, I recommend you download the Audible App and get a monthly subscription. It’s the best incentive to read. I do a combination of paper and audio books. I listen to books when I walk with Koji and when I drive mostly. I enjoy it so much.

Please share your feedback if you read or have read any of these books or if you have other books to recommend! Thank you!

 

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Prayers of Unity for 2017

I am not a religious person in the traditional sense. I would say I am spiritual and the G.O.D. of my understanding is what I call, the “Great Oneness Divine,” a powerful energy that unites all creatures great and small and represents life in all its glorious ways. This G.O.D. may manifest itself in may ways. I believe prayers are important and that the world needs all our prayers of unity for 2017 and beyond. These are mine:

Dear Great Oneness Divine,

May all babies know love and kindness from the moment they are born.

May all children and all beings receive love, care, respect and nourishment throughout their lives.

May parents and guardians be supported in their roles as caregivers and providers.

May all beings have love, peace, health and harmony throughout their lives.

May all beings have a home of love and comfort.

May all beings have access to healthcare, education and culture.

May all beings have confidence, courage and strength to shine.

May we appreciate nature and have gratitude for life’s little miracles.

May we build community and foster friendships.

May we listen to understand each other better.

May we come together as one to heal and protect our earth and all Her children.

May we use our combined talents to find innovative solutions and make the world a better place.

May happiness and friendship be enjoyed and shared by all. 

May happiness and friendship be enjoyed and shared by all. 

May there be curiosity and compassion in the world.

May abundance and love be enjoyed and shared by all.

May light dissolve the shadows of fear and loneliness.

May there be brotherhood and sisterhood among all beings. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Love, Healing, Light and Peace to all.

What are your prayers?

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Grateful for 2016

Dear Great Oneness Divine,

We are at the cusp of a New Year. I am so grateful for the blessings of 2016 and in particular, the health and happiness of our son Koji Rio. Thank you for the wellbeing of my family and friends and the abundance we have to share with others.

Some of my wonderful Arbonne colleagues.

I am grateful to my wonderful Arbonne colleagues for their constant enthusiasm and support.

Winter

Thank you for a healthy pregnancy. I was so fortunate that I could travel and spend most of the winter in Panama with Arturo. Also, thank you for my Arbonne business for allowing me to work from anywhere in the world and thank you to my loyal clients and fantastic team of coworkers. What a blessing to earn a living while working outdoors by a pool or in a cafe or from the comfort of home!

Spring

How wonderful that I was able to continue exercising, travelling and working throughout the time I was carrying Koji! While I didn’t practice much yoga during this time, I learned to appreciate other forms of practice and discovered that I enjoy swimming and weight training. In Spring 2016, I was also able to attend conferences in Las Vegas and Toronto.

Summer

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Koji Rio was born on Aug 16, 2016. We are truly grateful and honoured by his presence in our life.

I am grateful that Arturo, my parents and beloved mentor Gigi were present at the birth of my son. Although his birth was quite different than I anticipated, in the end, we are all healthy. I am grateful for the care we received at the birthing centre with our midwives as well as the dedication of the hospital staff at St Mary’s. Nurses are incredible beings.

Fall

Thank you for Koji and the blessing of parenthood. Thank you for a loving husband, who is a great dad. Thank you for the loving support from our family. We are blessed to be surrounded by people who love our son as much as we do. If only all babies received as much love as Koji, the world would be a better place.

Since Koji was born, we were fortunate to travel to a wedding in New York state, to Maine (first family vacation), to Niagara Falls, to Quebec City and all over Panama!  Thank you for two successful yoga retreats and several great yoga workshops. I am grateful to share my passion for yoga, ayurveda, nature and wellbeing with others.

This fall, we also said goodbye to my Grandma. It was blessing that she lived such a long and healthy life and passed away peacefully.

This year's Into the Light Solstice Yoga event for Dans la Rue brought together some of Montreal's finest yogis and yoga teachers.

This year’s Into the Light event for Dans la Rue gathered some of Montreal’s finest yogis & yoga teachers.

Winter

On Dec. 21st, we hosted our fourth annual Into the Light Solstice Yoga community practice and fundraiser for Dans la Rue, an organization that supports homeless youth in Montreal. We may have been few in numbers (it was, after all, the Wednesday before Christmas), but we raised more than any other year. See photos

Thank you to all participants for helping us raise $781 along with a bunch of material donations. Big gratitude to our sponsors for their donations to our Silent Auction:

And lastly, thank you for the beautiful Christmas we shared with our family in Montreal. It was a perfect way to close 2016. We are so blessed to have amazing families both in Canada and in Panama.

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Healing Prayers for 2016

This are my healing prayers for 2016 and beyond.

Dear Great Oneness Divine,

Everyday, may I, may we be connected to Source, to Spirit, to Love, to healing.

May we be centred and peaceful within the constant changes that is the natural evolution of life.

May we approach each new challenge with curiosity, patience and courage.

May we have healing for our past hurts with forgiveness and grow stronger and brighter.

May we laugh often and experience true joy and happiness daily.

May we nourish ourselves and others with generosity and kindness.

May we be compassionate and open to learning.

May we accept our faults and be understanding of other people’s faults.

My we listen deeply and speak with integrity and truth.

May we follow our intuition and know when to let go and move forward with grace.

May we be confident and dream bigger, and may we encourage others to do the same.

May we be disciplined to follow through, especially with promises made to ourselves.

May we know when to take a nap and when to get to work.

May we show gratitude even during the tough times.

May we give and receive the support that’s needed.

May we embrace our essential nature like we embrace a friend we’ve missed.

May we have true friendship and community with others.

May we all know we our own beings:  free, whole and worthy of greatness.

May these healing prayers for 2016 manifest in the hearts of us all.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Balancing the Chakras

The success of the recent chakra balancing workshop I led in Montreal prompted me to write this post and share the information more widely. I was amazed how this work instigated a profound shift in all of the workshop participants.

Chakras, for those new to the term, are powerful energy centres located along the spine. There are seven charkas, each associated with specific physiological and psychological functions. The word ‘chakra’ in Sanskrit means ‘wheel’ or ‘circle’. Often they are described as ‘wheels of light.’  Whenever there is stress or dis-ease in the body or mind, the chakras are involved and affected. Over the years, I’ve found that working with chakras is greatly revealing and can radically improve healing. Although I offer chakra balancing sessions using gemstones and mantras, experience has shown me that the most effective way to increase energetic flow through the chakra system is by asking some tough questions.

Below is my chakra chart. Here’s how I  suggest you use it:

  1. Begin with a simple meditation. Sit comfortably and focus on your breath.
  2. Centre yourself: Feel the ground below you and connect to the ‘God of your understanding.’
  3. Bring your awareness to area of the first chakra and observe the sensation, color, shape and general energetic impression.
  4. After a few minutes, write down your observations.
  5. Then ask yourself the first question. (see below)
  6. Pay attention to what comes up. It may be an image, emotion or memory.
  7. Without analysis, write down your observations.
  8. Then ask the next question and follow the same procedure.
  9. When you’ve completed the questions for the first chakra, bring your attention back to the area of the chakra.
  10. Visualize the color associated to it and incorporate one of the suggested balancing tools: mantra, mudra or gemstone. (Do not do all three. You will be overwhelmed.)
  11. After a few minutes, set aside the visualization and tools and observe  the sensation, color, shape and general energetic impression of the chakra
  12. After a few minutes, write down your observations.

If you are up to it, you can then move on to the next chakra and do the same process. However, if this work is new to you, I recommend giving yourself at least a day in between each chakra session.  You may feel emotional or strange after this work. It can even be alarming. Breathe and let it go. Do some yoga and drink water to cleanse. Writing out what you’re feeling and your reactions then burning the pages is also therapeutic.

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CHAKRA

BASIC PROPERTIES

QUALITIES & FUNCTIONS

QUESTIONS

TREATMENT

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1. Muladhara Chakra

First or Root Chakra

Location: Base of spine or coccyx

Color:  Red

Element:  Earth

Basic survival needs for food, clothing, security and shelter, as well as to earthly pleasures. Out of balance, we feel fear and disconnection. In harmony, we feel safe & grounded. What brings me security?

Where do I feel most at home?

What do I need to survive?

Mantra:   LAM

Mudra:  Ring & thumb

Gemstones:  Garnet, Smoky quartz, Ruby, Bloodstone, Black tourmaline, Obsidian, Red Calcite

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2. Swadhisthana Chakra

Second, Spleen or Sacral Chakra

Location: Below the navel in the lower abdomen

Color:  Orange

Element:  Water

Directs our reproductive organs, sexual expression, and creativity. The health of this energy center indicates the ease or dis-ease we have with intimacy & creative power. What are my passions?

In what area(s) does my creativity flow?

What is intimacy to me?

How do I create intimacy?

Mantra:   VAM

Mudra:  Pinky & thumb

Gemstones:  Blue-green Turquoise, Blue-green Fluorite, Amber, Orange Calcite, Vanadinite, Orange camelian

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3. Manipura Chakra

Third or Solar Plexus Chakra

Location: Just above the navel in the solar plexus

Color:  Yellow

Element:  Fire

Described as a ‘shining gem’ & the center of personal power, it governs digestion, self-esteem & emotional balance. This is our source of  confidence, courage and vitality. What brings me strength & confidence?

What do I want?

What is my ‘shinning gem’? / What am I great at?

What stands in my way?

Mantra:   RAM

Mudra:  RT hand  LT, thumbs touch; Pinky, ring & thumb.

Gemstones:  Yellow Jasper, Golden Calcite, Citrine, Lemon quartz, Topaz, Moonstone

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4. Anahatha Chakra

Heart Chakra

Location:   Heart or center of the chest

Color:  Green

Element:  Air

Connected to breath, feelings of compassion, understanding, forgiveness & acceptance. Preserving this center allows us to know unconditional love. Who was I before my heart was broken?

Who or what can I forgive?

What do I want most in my life?

What do I love about myself?

Mantra:   YAM

Mudra:  Palms touch in prayer position

Gemstones:Malachite, Jade, Green Peridot, Rose Quartz, Kunzite, Morganite, Green Tourmaline

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5. Vishuddha Chakra

Throat Chakra

Location:  Throat

Color:  Blue

Element:  Ether or Space

This chakra governs personal expression, communication, and the thyroid gland. When free from obstruction, we feel at ease to speak our truths, to trust and to let go of tension. What do I want to get off my chest right now?

How do I express myself in my highest state?

What gifts do I have to share?

How do I want to express my creativity?

Mantra:   HAM

Mudra:  Middle & thumb over knuckle

Gemstones:  Sodalite, Blue Calcite, Blue Kyanite, Angelite, Blue Turquoise, Saphire

 

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6. Ajna Chakra

Third Eye or Brow Chakra

Location:  Forehead, between the eyes

Color:  Indigo or Midnight blue

Element:  n/a

No element is associated with Ajna other than light itself. The act of seeing, both physical and intuitive, stems from this energy. When balanced, we have clear thoughts imagination and wisdom. Who am I?What guides me?

How do I know if something is right for me?

Where & how do I rest my mind & allow my creativity to flow?

Mantra:   KSHAM

Mudra:  Interlace fingers, indexes extend

Gemstones:  Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Sugilite, Iolite, Turquoise, Tanzanite

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7. Sahasrara Chakra

Crown Chakra

Location:  Top or just above head

Color:  Luminous colors

Element:  n/a

Described as a one-thousand petal lotus of rainbow colors so luminous, it turns white. This is our gateway to the divine. This centre is connected to spirituality and cosmic consciousness. It governs our sense of belonging. What is divinity to me?

How and when do I interact with the divine?

What is enlightenment to me?

How can I be of service?

Mantra:   AUM

Mudra:  Index & thumb

Gemstones:  White Calcite, White Topaz, Amethyst, Selenite, Celestite

 

 

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Prayers for 2013 and beyond

Happy New Year, my friends. This is my prayer for the new era we are entering. Please feel free to make it your own, share it and/or add to it in the comments below.

Dear G.O.D. (Great Oneness Divine),

Thank you for a fantastic life.
I am so grateful for this human experience and for the wonderful people who surround me.
May 2013 bring me greater clarity.
May I be inspired by some great purpose.
May I be creative, motivated, productive and grateful each day.
May I only take on what is healthy for me and may I learn to simply rest when I am tired.
Please grant me the courage to face my challenges with grace and humility.
Please help me transform my past hurts into strength, insight and wisdom.
May I forgive. May I let go. And may I grow.
Please give me the discipline to continue to work on myself mentally, physically and spiritually.
May I continue to know peace, joy, health, abundance, love and kindness.
May these qualities exude from every cell in my body and in some way, touch all beings everywhere.
May all beings know peace, joy, health, abundance, love and kindness.
May all beings have access to clean water, food, love and safe place to rest, learn, play and pray.
May all parents be supported in their roles as protectors and providers.
May all children enjoy their childhoods in laughter, peace and security.
May physical, emotional and mental healthcare be available and accessible for all.
May those that need help receive the love and care they require.
May no one live in fear, hunger or loneliness.
May all beings have access clean air, fertile land, beautiful forests and pristine waters.
May we come together as a global community to heal and to share conversations, ideas and abundance.

Please surround me in warm, white light wherever I am and may this light be passed on to whomever I encounter.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Om Shanti. Peace.