Benefits of the pose: Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

I always tell my students that you will have a love/hate relationship with Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana ‘AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna’). As a beginner, you will hate it. It is considered a resting pose, but won’t feel like one until you build up strength in your shoulders and core. The love relationship will come when you realize how it lengthens, strengthens and stretches the whole body, especially the back part of the body: ankles, calves, hamstrings, upper back and shoulders.

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Lessons from the mat: how you feel about yourself

Why practice yoga? What benefits do you get? There are the physical benefits, strength & flexibility, stress relief and weight loss. On a deeper level, you learn to be with your thoughts & breath, learn to be with yourself, even learn to love yourself. You become a better version of yourself each time you spend time on your mat.

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Keeping it real: Oreo’s

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With real problems. With real cravings.

I may be a yogi striving for health but I have my vices.

This is one of them. I only had 3-4 servings.

I’ll leave it up to you to figure out how much a serving size is.

PS It’s probably not what you think. 😉

PPS It’s not organic or dairy free milk either. 😊

First Chakra: Muladhara

The first of the chakras from the main system of seven is: Muladhara chakra. Shown on the right, the root chakra, has four petals bearing the Sanskrit letters va, scha, sha and sa. The seed sound in the center is lam. The tattwa of Earth is shown as a yellow square.

Meaning: Literal translation, root

Location: Base of spine, coccygeal plexus, legs, feet, large intestine

Element: Earth

Main issues & goals: Survival, grounding, nourishment, trust, health, home, family, prosperity, appropriate boundaries

Basic rights: To be here and have

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At A Glance: 30 Traits of an Empath

It’s amazing and exciting and scary to find a post that perfectly describes yourself, and you realize that you aren’t alone. All the words I needed but couldn’t find. #empath

Empaths Empowered

 1.     Knowing: Empaths just know stuff, without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.

2.     Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums, where there are lots of people around, can fill the Empath with turbulently vexed emotions that are coming from others.

 3.     Feeling others emotions and taking them on as your own: This is a huge one for Empaths. To some, they will feel emotions off those near by and with others they will feel emotions from those a vast distance away, or both. The more adept Empath will know if someone is having bad thoughts about them, even from a great distance.

 4.     Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable: The more attuned an Empath becomes the worse it is and may make…

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Creativity: recent art projects

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I used PicCollage filmstrip option to create my header image. I took images I had taken of what I feel represents the theme of my blog, life (plants), yoga (me in different poses), and creativity (one of my acrylic paintings).

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Pictures from lengthening the spine. The camera on my phone (Droid Ultra) is pretty decent. I have to be creative when getting visuals for yoga poses, since I’m usually alone. I set my phone up using whatever is handy (this one was a few yoga blocks), take video, and then take screenshots of the images I need. Viola! I have an image to edit and add my own watermark. I use PicCollage to add text onto my image and turn the opacity down (or is it up?) to give it that watermark feel. There’s probably an app for that, I just haven’t found one to use.

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I enjoyed creating this image for my Journal entry. I layered my journals on top of each other, snapped a photo. I then used SnapSeed to add the Grunge filter and played with it until it made it a little difficult to actually read the content on my journal pages while leaving enough visibility to see my handwriting. I had mentioned this entry how I would go from print to cursive.

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Lastly, this little kitten (still no name) is adorable! The first picture I played with the app AfterFocus to create the blurred background effect. The others are just candids of the first few weeks of his life with us.

Audio

I have experiment with creating audio for some of my yoga posts. It can be difficult to read cues and follow them. Using a voice recorder app, I have so far created two audios. I admit they aren’t the best quality. I am learning. The experience of listening to my own voice is interesting. In my head I sound like me, but recorded, I sound like my sister mixed with ‘me.’ It’s weird. I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to be an actor, watching myself in a movie. That’s probably why I haven’t produced any videos yet. Anyway, that’s another blog post for another day.

I’m still figuring out the best way to share the audio on my blog. Right now I am using Google drive, and I think it’s working well. If you have any suggestions, I am totally open to them!

Here are the two audios I’ve created so far.

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It’s fun and a lot of work creating and upkeeping this online journey/journal. Thanks for joining me!!