Journey Thru Chakras 5 Throat Workshop and Meditation

“Every time we open our mouths to speak or sing we are affecting ourselves and the people hearing us. By opening up your voice to its greatest possibilities, you will experience positive changes both physically and emotionally. Change the way you sound and enjoy the success it will bring to you.”
- Roger Love

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Top 10 Benefits of Chia Seeds + Vegan Chia Pudding

This recipe is super yummy! It is so easy!

You can even add a half or an ounce of chis seeds to your water bottle. This will make you feel fuller and sustain you with the electrolytes for high endurance activities such as running!
Vegan Chia Pudding

 

  • 1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 2/14 Cups of milk of choice (I combined almond milk unsweetened with vanilla coconut milk)
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 1/16- 1/8 t pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 T Agave Nectar or to taste

Whisk chia seeds and non daily milk and place in a bowl in refrigerator overnight. In the morning stir well and add vanilla, dash of salt and agave. Serve with berries.

Vegan Chia Pudding ingredients

~Top 10 Benefits of Chia Seeds~

Here are the Top 10 reasons to add chia seeds to your life:

1. Fight Diabetes

Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes . It has the ability to slow down digestion. There is a gelatinous coating around chia seeds that develops when exposed to liquid. This can also prevent blood sugar spikes.

2. A Way to Eat More Fiber

1 ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fiber. Consider adding chia to your life is an easy way to get fiber. Fiber is important for digestive health.

3. Get tons of Omega-3′s

Chia seeds have tons of omega-3 fatty acids, almost 5 grams in a 1 ounce serving, and these fats are very important for brain health. Researcher Wayne Coates states,

(chis seed is a) “…better conversion of omega 3s into the plasma or into the food than with flax seed.”

4. Your dentist will be happy! Get stronger Teeth And Bones

One ounce has 18% of the RDA for calcium. Calcium is important for maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.

5. Manganese, what is that?

Manganese is important for our health, one ounce of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 % RDA of this mineral! Manganese is essential for our bones, it also helps our bodies use biotin and thiamin.

6. Get your Phosphorus on!

Chia has 27% RDA for phosphorus and helps maintain bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also important to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.

7. Pack In The Protein, yep that is Right! Full protein from a tiny seed!

Chia seeds are definitely a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. And chiaseeds don’t have any cholesterol. One ounce serving of these amazing super seeds has 4.7 Grams of Protein!

 

According to BodyBuilding.com:

“In either case, chia was a staple crop among both ancient civilizations. The Aztecs reportedly prized it even more highly than the Mayans, using chia as medicine, offering it to the gods during rituals, and demanding it as annual tribute from conquered tribes. One refrain you’ll see repeated often by chia advocates is that the Aztecs considered it ‘more valuable than gold’.

The word Chia comes from either the Mayan word chiabaan, for ‘strengthening’, or the Aztec word chian, for ‘oily’.

Chia’s nutritional profile is undeniably broad and impressive. A standard 2 tbsp (24 g) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Calories: 117
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 7.4 grams
  • Fiber: 8.3 grams
  • It contains all eight essential amino acids and a host of trace minerals and micronutrients. To put it in easy comparative terms, each 2 tbsp serving of chia offers:
  • Five times the omega-3 content of a 1/4-cup serving of walnuts
  • Twice the iron and magnesium of a cup of spinach
  • As much calcium as a half-cup of milk
  • As much potassium as a third of a banana
  • More than twice the fiber of a cup of oatmeal”

 

8. Fight That Spare Tire!

Chia stabilizes blood sugar and also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong. Resistance to insulin can also be harmful for your overall health in many ways.

9. Feel Fuller Faster

Tryptophan, an amino acid, is found in chia seeds. Tryptophan is responsible for helping regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood. It also triggers that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner because it is present in turkey meat.

10. Love our Hearts

According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. Yea!

Sources:

The Huffington Post Canada

Bodybuilding.com

Cleveland Clinic

Live Strong

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New Moon Meditation, Sacred Activation, Divine Angelic Healing, My Path of Truth

new moon open heart goddess

AHHHhhh…

the first New Moon of  Spring, the symbolic significance is so great! This is a time to reset, refresh and take charge in a new direction. One that honors the TRUE YOU! Today take time to spend it in nature, or in meditaiton. Really dentify the shadow areas that are lurking behing the secret compartments in your mind. What can you FINALLY LET GO of to be fully present, fully alive, ald living your life’s purpose? 

This is a powerful time!  NOW is an opportunity to step up and step out of the box and into a realm of higher mind, higher heart, and higher consciousness to access the state of higher centers. Any ritual you can do that will take you out of your usual mode of operation and into the realm of altered states with a deeper access to the world of spirit would be very helpful.

Watch for things that may go upside down, unexpected decisions and choices of others that affect you in some way. Stay neutral and in appreciation for the great change that the unexpected brings.

This is a time to bid for power. What do you want?

Speak it, voice it, put it out there to the universe and trust that the universe will listen.

For the 6 hours or so after the new moon’s exact time, be very aware of staying present and away from conflict and negativity. If you find yourself with negative thoughts or judgments especially during this time, be disciplined about turning them towards thoughts of beauty, well-being and joy. Connect with your essence, align with your essence and send your ego on vacation. Source~ The Power Path

So here is my raw, crazy amazing truth of my Highest Path. I have noticed so many people going through major life changes. I see it in my students, my family, my friends.

For my Self here is what has been going on. Be ready, this is really crazy. I recently had several major transformations in such a short period. Most recently, I experienced a huge ‘Third Eye Awakening‘; held an OMazing Yin Yoga with a sound Healer Kenny Kolter and during the circle afterward we shared that all of us had felt light bursts (with eyes closed). There were so many orbs we thought someone was taking flash photography! We saw them like a meteor shower when we took photos!

The next day during my Reiki attunement ceremony with 5 ladies after the ceremony in circle I ‘downloaded’ a clairvoyant guided meditation and channeled one of the ladies message from her grandfather; the week before the Spring Equinox our little dog crossed over on my daughter’s birthday and left us with some really amazing pictures of orbs, which we know was him crossing over at sunset. The photos were taken at our horse stables.

Sunset with my dog's orb crossing over 1

Sunset with my dog’s orb crossing over 1

To begin this recent cycle I held an all night Women’s Healing Circle campout with 13 ladies, including two other facilitators, Sarah Spirals and Linda Ball, both Goddesses in their own right. All three of us created and held space as Shamen, Reiki Healers and Maternal Grounding and connectors to Gaia. I had received a diving healing Sacred Activation a few days before the Full Moon that woke me up. Spirit told me to dictate it and write it to use at the Healing Circle. I was obedient. The amount healing straight from the Divine that took place that night still blows my mind. I will write about that experience soon! If you are reading this and called to receive this Sacred Activaton from Mother Gaia please click the link and place yourself in a place of meditation preparing to receive. Sacred Activation for Mother Earth downloaded by Lisa Ware

This huge shift all began with all light workers on Winter Solstice 12/21/12. For me I was honored to present yoga to one 1200 people with two of my yoga teacher trainees that night in a beautiful musical theatric presentation, the culmination of 20 years of work. Since then this shifting has accelerated so quickly. I am receiving more and more confirmations of my path as a spiritual leader with the Divine Feminine, yoga warrior and healer daily. I have been humbled to work directly with Source and get messages so CLEAR from the Angelic and Archangelic Realm.

In February 2014, when I was presenting at Texas Yoga Conference, I received healing and chakra activation of an AMAZING unbelievable sort from an amazing acupuncturist and monk in Houston, Annie. She guided me through a blockage in my spleen meridian that began with my healing of broken toe a few years ago! That night I received an vivid astral travel while consciously speaking to my friend, yoga teacher Adri Kyser, about our highest good and our plans to keep our path on Truth.  I received colors, stars, symbols and so much more and consciously shared what I was experiencing with Adri as we laid in our hotel room bed.

Earlier that day I had met a Kundalini teacher from New York, Karena Virginia. She and I really connected, like in a way from something bigger than our Self. We decided to spend time together the next morning at sunrise. We held a Reiki session for her healing in her room at the B & B. This was one of the most powerful sessions I have ever experienced. We thought we were in session for like 20 minutes. At the end of the session I called in the Angels and gave new information and messages for her. The wind struck the branches against the window so directly we knew it was an affirmation of the Presence. When we closed our session is was almost 90 minutes, not 20!

The culmination of this transformation was the weekend directly before the equinox. My third eye was on FIRE. I had been crying a lot that week since I missed my little dog. I developed a minor sinus infection and was in process of healing it. It was so so intense and I know that much more was going on besides sinuses. I texted my acupuncturist and she gave me a chant to use on the Full Moon. I chanted and prayed, I begged for the release and was dedicated to my ultimate healing. During this process  I stood under the Full moon. My third eye finally released after some Kundalini and I was so exhausted. I went into my meditation room and laid down, I then received Divine wisdom and a connection to my sacral chakra that took the heat from my third eye and balanced it. The post about that crazy experience is HERE.

This last week I audio recorded one of my ‘direct downloaded meditations’ for the heart chakra.

This is my path. I accept it. I don’t understand it AT ALL. I trust in the Divine Christ Consciousness within to guide me. This path of healing and Truth has been so abundant and continues to amaze me daily. I am in deep, deep appreciation.

The sound healer named me Shaman Priestess, Warrior. Yes, I accept that title and am following Truth to share the gifts I have, listening to what Spirit wants to be given in this world.

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Journey Thru Chakras 4 Heart Meditation

This was recorded at the Savasana during the end of the Journey Thru the Chakras Workshop 4 Heart class.

This is a restorative asana flow at the end of the asana class. I received this meditation and just recorded it on the fly. I really like it, the whole mediation is this beautiful white and green sparkly light going thru each of the Chakra, as it moves thru for your Highest Good it changes colors.

Its 16.47 Minutes long.

(The file is too big to add here…)

Enjoy! Click Here to meditate on Hit Play Yoga

I have also recorded the first part of the class where we went over the info on the details of the symbolism of the heart chakra Anahata.

Click Here to do the Heart Chakra Workshop with me on Hit Play Yoga

Much of the asana practice did not get recorded, this can be used as a simple meditation starting in supine twist (that part is where we began recording again.

 

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Vegan Lentil Burgers with Mango Slaw

Vegan Lentil Burgers

  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 T Garlic  or Garlic powder, large pinch
  • Pink Himilayian salt, large pinch
  • 2 T Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp barbecue sauce of choice
  • 1 heaping cup grated cauliflower
  • 4 baby carrots
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 inch slice fresh ginger
  • 1 small green chili chopped finely or 1/2 can green chilis
  • 3-inch broccoli stem
  • 4 tbsp chopped red or orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Chipotle pepper powder (may also use dried chili powder)
  • 1/8 finely chopped onion (or 1 tsp dried onion flakes)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp Ground Flaxmeal
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 cup GF chickpea flour or oat flour
  • 2-4 tbsp breadcrumbs Gluten Free

Wash the lentils and add to pan with water, garlic, salt and bbq sauce. Cover and cook until tender. (10-15 minutes) Grate cauliflower, ginger, garlic, and carrot. Chop small other veggies and broccoli stems. Add to a wide pan and dry roast the vegetables for 3-5 minutes. Combine the veggies, flax, and sesame seeds to the cooked lentils. Add spices and bbq sauce. Mix well, taste and adjust salt, spice, and bbq sauce. Add GF flour and then GF bread crumbs as needed to form into burger patties.

Bake the patties at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Once baked, these patties can be grilled quickly for grill marks.

Place on Gluten Free burger buns, top with Mango Slaw.

Mango Slaw

  • 1 thinly-sliced ripe mango
  • 1 Shredded carrot
  • 1 C Cabbage

Toss with Rice vinegar, raw sugar, pink salt, and Veggienaise. Mmmmm!

Inspired and reposted from Chocolate Covered Katie

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Full Moon Release, Goodbye to my Little Dog, Hello to my New Self

Angel of Guidance

Angel of Guidance

My little dog Yaapana crossed over on my daughter’s birthday 3/13/14. It was a very difficult day. One of the most difficult I have yet to experience, yet I have had this incredible peace about me. A peace that only comes from KNOWING that Spirit is in charge. That all was totally meant to be. I have reflected a lot this weekend. A LOT.

Yaapana Mini Dude

Yaapana Mini Dude

On the eve that Mini Dude crossed over my BFF and her daughter (my girl’s BFF) were serendipitiously in town to support us. They arrived shortly after we experienced that horrendous loss. I wrote about that crazy day’s experience the other day HERE. But I stopped the story at sunset. I still had to process what exactly happened.

The four of us girls and my 15 year son were going to go to the stables to feed our new horse. My son was REALLY torn up, and he didn’t feel like going. I felt he should to feel better. I said, ‘Son, it would do you some good to see the sunset.’ and left it at that. He chose to go.

We arrived and the girls ran to the west to climb the gate and open it so we could go get our horse from his paddock. The sunset was beautiful behind them. My BFF was looking toward them and began taking some photos of them on the fence, as silhouettes in the setting sun. We got the horse, led him into his stall, fed him then went home.

Later that night she said to me, I know how you like photos with orbs and things. You should see these.’ (so nonchalant, as her style). I was like ok, so she gave me her phone.

Here is what I saw. I have tried and tried to get the pics upright, so I am accepting that they want to be seen in this view.

Sunset with my dog's orb crossing over 1

Sunset with my dog’s orb crossing over 1

 

Sunset with my dog's orb crossing over 2

Sunset with my dog’s orb crossing over 2

Sunset with my dog's orb crossing over 3

Sunset with my dog’s orb crossing over 3

Sunset with my dog's orb saying goodbye 4

Sunset with my dog’s orb saying goodbye 4

I was so happy that I received this confirmation from Spirit and this closure. I showed my hubby and son. They both also knew it was Yaapana.

My BFF and I sat by the fire and chatted. It was so nice that she was here to support me in this way during such a time of change. She went to bed around 11:30PM. I sat up and reflected.

Later that night I called my Aunt Vonnie on the west coast, as she was still up. I couldn’t sleep. I told her the day’s events and she looked at the pix I forwarded to her and was amazed as well. She, my sister and BFF are my true only female support since my mom, her sister Lorene, passed in May 2008. I was sitting in my new den hangout that I created from our garage while talking to her. I looked up and saw the chakra flags. I noticed the symbol of the yantra on the sacral chakra flag was EXACTLY the same shape and color as the orb in the photos. I sent her this pic:

chakra flagCan you see the shape? Ok so this is serendipitous, too.  Another strange coincidence is the fact that I am currently teaching a seven week series on Journey through the Chakras and I JUST taught the night before about the sacral chakra!  …For info on that series of teachings on the chakras click HERE. This was just too much. We hung up.

I drew a card from the Archangel Tarot by Doreen Virtue. I drew two, one for today and one for tomorrow. I texted it to my aunt.

King of Ariel

King of Ariel

I decided to finally go to bed, as I had a 8:45AM Hot yoga to teach.

This has been an incredible bonding experience with my son. I am thankful for that. He and I really were so close with Yaapana. We both feel he was more like a little man in a dog body. I swear one day when I was in the kitchen and looked at him in the eye, I totally saw my Grandpa Farrell. Yep. My grandpa even had large bug eyes, like our Chihuahua. It was brief but very real. My son dream travelled with Mini and had many activations around the Shift of Winter Solstice 2012. We sat and laughed about how Yaapana would sing to the harmonica. We laughed at how he would howl when the teapot was blowing. How he was a perfect circle when he slept. He will be missed.

I told him that Spirit send him healing and that the sunset was meant for him, before we left I said he needed to see the sunset.

But yet I choose JOY. I choose not to be overcome by sadness. I am thankful for all the joy that little dog brought us. He had no other purpose. He was here to give us joy and laughter.

That eight pound little Chihuahua LITERALLY walked into our life. Someone came to my studio, knocked on the door when it was locked and we were closed to the public conducting a teacher training with a small group of trainees, including my hubby. It was a hot July in Texas in 2011. I opened the door and a lady had this blonde Chihuahua in her arms. I was like ‘hello? how can I help you ma’am?’ and she was like, ‘yeah, I was just coming by to see if I could levee you this dog. I found him running down the hot street and chased him with my car, and I can’t keep him.’ I was like, ‘why?’ She said, ‘because I’m going to Maine.’ I was like, ‘now?’ and she said yes and handed me the dog. I took him and looked out to her car as she walked away, it was packed with a car topper. I actually believe that she told me the truth.

I locked the door and went back into the studio with a dog in my arms. My hubby was like, ‘what just happened?’ The lead teacher said, ‘Oh I think you know what just happened, you just got a dog!’ It was really funny. He was a sweet pet, a one family dog for sure and VERY protective of our family and property, which is why he got snatched barking and defending in the black before dawn.

For a few weeks before this event my allergies had been acting up a bit (more than usual, as I am usually able to control them with giving up wheat Gluten). We really needed rain so the pollen has been up. With all that crying my sinuses were stopped up. I had been treating with natural  remedies like doing Neti Pot, echinacea, colloidal silver inhaler and herbal teas. It was subsiding, but my ear drum felt like it had liquid in it from all the nose blowing and my sinuses seemed to be turning to infection. Nice.

The next day I awoke and my BFF went to my yoga class. I normal would have had to go straight to Dallas, but luckily my private client cancelled so we had time to do some Zumba with my super fun staff Zumba teacher, then go Thrift shopping. I found some Levis bootcut low rise to wear to the barn then I went to Dallas for my second class at noon at Larry North CityPlace. I got there early and had time (first time ever) to go into the dry sauna. It was so nice. I cooled down then taught a fun handstand practice to a dedicated student that came (it was Friday of Spring Break) After class I went back into the sauna, I laid on my ear to bring the heat into it and meditated. My son was immediately on my heart. I did Reiki and a purple inner light came into my vision. It soon covered my entire inner vision. I sent healing to my son. I sent healing to my self and my ear.

I then decided to pamper myself and cool down then take a nice shower. My second private had postponed until next week, so again was given a rare opportunity to have some me time again that day. I took a relaxing shower and then went into the locker room. Another trainer was there and commented on my tattoo work only right thigh (you could see it below my towel). We struck up a conversation and it quickly turned into a Spirit led meeting. She too was going through a major shift I decided to share what happened and she almost cried as she has a Chihuahua. She and I really connected and I invited her to come out to my studio and take Reiki 1, as she feel she needs to take her training to another level. I am so thankful for Spirit working through me. She was too, and thankful she commented, as she said she is quiet a lot, because her circle is very earthly and material and she doesn’t fit in. I empathized with her, I get it. It is difficult to stay true to your path. Yet, I encouraged her that is gets easier and your ‘circle’ gets much smaller as those who really care about you and don’t want something from you will fall away.

I drove home to hang with the Bestie. By the time I got there my ear was clogged and very very painful. I mixed heated sesame oil and garlic juice and asked my daughter to take a cotton ball and squeeze some drops all the way into my ear. I didn’t ask nicely and I felt badly. I laid down on my side and she doctored me. I then had to take a nap. (I was feeling like a crappy, inattentive friend, but I had nothing left.) I slept almost one and a half hours. When I awoke I felt much better but there was still this pressure in my third eye. I took 3 acetaminophen (which I NEVER take). I decided to start on some antibiotics. I found some old amoxicillin and took 2.

We all went to feed the horse, Cochise then came home and we made a nice dinner. My BFF and I played poker with my son in my new den, then sat outside and had a lot of wine, listened to music from the 90′s and enjoyed each other’s company. She rolled in and I decided to sit and meditate a bit then rolled in to prep for bed myself.

I heard a noise and then my son came out of his room sobbing, so, so hard. It was super sad. I cried with him and we went to sit by the fire pit. He has been taking this pretty hard, and for a 15 year old boy to show his feelings that is so rare. We chatted about the fun times we had with the little guy and how it is hard to believe that is is just gone. We went to bed.

Saturday I taught mediation and one lady came. She is usually extremely good natured and so jubilant. Today she was sitting quiet in the Far infrared Heat in the studio when I arrived. (Thank GOD for my amazing receptionist to open for me.)

She said, ‘is it just me today?’ I was like, ‘yes, no worries.’ and she said she had a friend call her early already on a Saturday and dump her problems on her and started tearing up. She needed to release from these ‘energy vampires’ she had in her life. We did a Full Moon meditation. She felt much better.

I then taught Hot Energizing Prana Vinyasa Flow for my regulars and we did a fun hot sweaty flow with an arm balance thrown in. Then it was time for my second class, which is now covered by my amazing teacher trainees who are going through their internship as student teacher and assistants! Which means I could leave! Woo-hoo!

I went home to hang with my BFF before she had to roll out back to Austin. We had coffee and she packed up. It was such a nice visit and the timing was definitely Divinely ordained. The girls came back with my hubby from her first soccer game of the season. They won!

They departed and I was so grateful to have her here.

I ate some carrots and hummus. My head began to get this pressure between my brows. I laid down and could not even look at my phone. My little sister in soul was texting me, and she was at a healing weekend retreat with fiends in Arkansas. She said she put my picture on their altar for the ceremony along with all the crystals and special objects. I was incredibly honored.

My third Eye had been on FI-YAH. Unbearable heat. It feels like a bruise to the touch. I know this is more than sinus. It is totally energetic. I had placed my huge crystal shard on it (which works like an energetic knife of ice as a healing tool) plus a bag of frozen edamame balancing on that, and it was still hot. I finally texted my acupuncturist for some distance healing for my third eye and sinuses and briefly summarized the loss of the dog on my daughters birth. I napped, then ate a bit.

I saw a reply from my acupuncturist, who is an intuitive. She said she had a chant to open my third eye. I made some tea. I then said goodnight to my hubby, as he was asleep watching tv in our bed. I tucked in my daughter and went outside in the full moon. I am so glad I did. It was beautiful.

I chanted the one word chant standing in the full moon with the moonlight on my third for a long, long time and it was just after a rain. I saw the raindrops in the moonlight dripping off the cedars, and felt it lightly dropping on my face. I did some major Reiki on my self. It was so intense that I had to grab a lawn chair and use it for stability. I did some Heart opening asana and some Kundalini movements spinning til it finally released. Whoa. I held the chair and looked at the moon. The pain was much lessened. I looked at the cedars and felt so grateful for all my trees. They are so lovely and are my friends. I thanked each and everyone that I could see in the back by the river then thanked all the trees. Then I need to lay done. I was exhausted. I went inside into my den, since it wiped me out to do the work and meditated. I realized my sacral chakra was needing to take that heat and balance it with my ajna chakra. I used my crystal shard and placed it on my sacral chakra as I laid down. I did some major self-reflection and received pleasure, Goddess Energy was so beautifully forgiving.

Sunday morning we all slept in. For brunch I cooked everyone our lovely free dance organic eggs from our girls with some homemade hash browns. MMMmmm. Over breakfast I suggested that we make a family altar for Easter and place Yaapana’s favorite items and things that remind us of him on it. My son’s best friend had spent the night and he really loved that dog, so he participated too.

Chickens in the yard scratching

Chickens in the yard scratching

After breakfast we all gathered an objects and placed them on the mantle and fireplace. We created a very nice little altar. It had a painting from a friend with a chakra theme, a tree of life one of my yoga students made for me out of wire, a huge glass purple piece, Yaapana’s little bed and two of his super cute outfits, the harmonica, a rosary, some easter eggs with positive sayings on them, and many candles. I really love it. I hope it serves a purpose to bring closure.

Me my son and his friend went to go let our horse out since it stopped raining. It was icy cold out so we made it quick. We brought Cochise a bucket full of oranges, banana, flax seeds and the shells from edamame and some old slices of cantaloupe. He turned his nose but when we went back later that day to put him back in his stall he ate all but the banana. Funny!

This has been a very strange experience. The most satisfying yet sad weekend ever. I will say, my sinuses seem clear now and my third eye has absolutely no pain!

I drew a card from my favorite deck of oracle cards called Angels, Gods and Goddesses. I picked the top card from the deck. It was the Angel of Guidance. Her third Eye was open, it is a brilliant star! (photo at top of post)

I will see what the next days bring.

Namaste.

Peace, Love, Light

Lisa =-)

 

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Today I choose Joy. Through the Bittersweet I trust.

Mini Dude getting some sun

Mini Dude as Camo Army man

Today is Bittersweet. Its my daughter’s 11th day of being on this planet. <3

Cochise and my daughter at the 11th birthday party

Cochise and my daughter at the 11th birthday party

This morning, in the pre-dawn blackness at 5am, my Chihuahua Yaapana, got taken by a wild animal.

Mini Dude getting some sun

Mini Dude getting some sun

So many serendipitous events today. This morning as I cried by the river by our cOMmunity fire in meditation, as I questioned why now why on her birthday? WE loved that little dog so so much. The pain is very deep, yet it is the day of her birth.
As I sat there watching the sun rise I was grateful for being up, even tho it was for being waked with the horrendous realization from my hubby that he ran off barking and didn’t return with Cherry, the Caveiler King Charles.
I realized that at every moment NOW …

I CHOOSE JOY.
I choose joy.
Through the hurt and tears I am grateful for the time he was with us. Im thankful that today was the day it happened as my Best Friend came in town as planned, and was here to hold me and sit with me in silence in the sun as it warmed my hollow heart.
I allow the sun to give me life.

Yaapana  as Santa

Yaapana as Santa

I sat with my Bestie by the river and held Upward Plank with the sun low on the sky shining warmth on my heart center. I sat in Dandasana and grounded and breathed in. Letting go of the why.
We went to feed our new horse Cochise and I talked our son into coming. He did, forcing him off the computer was a trust issue. He enjoyed Cochise and watching the sunset with us.
Today we may never know WHY. We simply TRUST in the Divine plan. As I write my best girl is making me a delicious meal, for our entire family. I am blessed!

Lisa and Yaapana

Lisa and Yaapana

I TRUST.
I believe.
I receive.
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Getting a teenager to drink green smoothies

How did I accomplish this huge feat?  Starve them out. Yep. That’s right. Don’t but the junk. Don’t bring them fast food. Leave them at home with ‘nothing good to eat’.
After they figure out your not caving then they will have to eat. Lol. It’s taken me at least 6 months. Seriously I’ve introduced over 100 of my Green smoothies and my son tells me they are nasty. Until this week.
Breakthrough!!!

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Note he is still on the computer but… hey!  He’s smiling AND drinking the green smoothie!
I thought it would never happen.
I’m a happy momma.
Yes!
How else are you going to get a teenager to eat two huge handfuls of organic kale, spinach and  baby chard, plus a  mango, a kiwi, half of a lime, some orange juice some Complete Powder and the whole pint of blackberries in one sitting!

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Journey Through the Chakras with Lisa Ware | Week 1 Muladhara Root Chakra and Vinyasa Yoga

Lisa Ware 5 Pointed Star

Lisa Ware 5 Pointed Star

HOT Vinyasa Flow Yoga + Journey through the Chakra System with Lisa Ware

This practice may be utilized in conjunction for the 7 weeks of Lent and Easter Season!

The root Chakra is the base of the energy system called the Chakras or Cakra in Sanskrit. (In English we add the ‘ch’ spelling, but in Sanskrit the ‘c’ sounds like ‘ch’.)

Muladhara is located at the base of the spine near the perineum, or the triangular muscle grouping of the pelvic floor. It is symbolic with the Earth, being rooted down, and with groundedness.

Lisa Ware Goddess Pose

Lisa Ware Goddess Pose

For this class I recommend two books:

Anodea Judith’s Chakra Balancing Kit with the detailed book and 2 CD’s, and

Swami Svananda Chakra Meditation with the beautiful imagery and meditations

A great Cakra Poster is available from Sanskrit Sounds which has all the traditional description of the chakras from the Vedas by Nicolai Bachman.

To enhance your practice you may enjoy:

A sprig of rosemary, basil or a piece of cedar wood or cedar resin; a rosewood mala bead necklace or a mala of choice, a piece of dark stone or crystal, either red or black such as jasper or onyx or hematite. Cloves or black pepper, or grounding essential oils such as frankincense.

Props:

A bolster or small pillow, a blanket folded and firm, two yoga blocks and of course your yoga mat. Room temp water and an open mind. =-)

root chakra yantra

Root Chakra Yantra

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Goddess Pose with Root Chakra Mudra

Goddess Pose with Root Chakra Mudra Lisa Ware

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85 minutes; Beginners, All Levels

Enjoy a yoga class focused on your energy centers with Lisa in a beautiful Far Infrared Heated yoga studio! Practice yoga surrounded with tranquility and find your bliss on your mat! Make a commitment to mind, body spirit!
Begin the series with the Root Chakra and end focusing on Transformation and Ascension with the Crown Chakra!

Each week’s flow is designed to activate, balance and connection to breath through Mind / Body / Spirit. Learn and feel in new ways, connect with our natural Prana (the body’s chi, ki or energy). Learn to awaken all of our energy points (chakras) with some new and many traditional techniques and poses. Specific Sun Salutations for each chakra (Surya Namaskar). Learn how certain Warrior series activate direction of energy (Prana Vayus). Experience delicious twists, beginner and advanced back bending and an intro to basic inversions. All Yoga 4 Love Signature sequences are chosen to stimulate and balance each Chakra center. Come to one class or all 7!

This creative class series combines Lisa’s two passions: Reiki and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Learn through the practice of yoga and some breakdown/ lecture time about the colors, yantra meditation, crystals + positive affirmations and Sun Salutations specifically for each chakra. All learning is experienced during a flowing yoga class. Starting with breath work (pranayama) and setting your intention for the chakra energy center, we then begin moving into a flow set to conscious music at a pace that will stretch you to your edge, or be therapeutic, whatever you feel is best of you that present moment. Hold your focus and feel deep relaxation with an energy filled yoga practice, a beautiful blend of Hatha and Vinyasa infused with the transformative yin energy of Reiki Healing Therapy.

Build your core strength, balance, increase your internal fire. Have fun, laugh, fall out of poses, play and strengthen. You will leave feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and balanced.

Finish this class with Reiki and guided meditation during a lovely final relaxation (Savasana).

Oneness. Peace. Love. Light

Lisa Ware, E-RYT
Reiki Master Teacher

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Rosewood Mala provided by Atma Inports

Much gratitude!

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What is Vinyasa Yoga by Lisa Ware

 

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Monarch on Redbud | Photo Credit: Lisa Ware

Sanskrit | विन्यास

vinyāsa; vi-NYAAH-sa is a Sanskrit term often employed in relation to certain styles of yoga. The term vinyasa may be broken down into its Sanskritic roots to assist in decoding its meaning. Nyasa denotes “to place” and vi denotes “in a special way.” Like many Sanskrit words, vinyasa is a term that has many meanings.

Description

There are four basic definitions of vinyasa

1) the linking of body movement with breath

2) a specific sequence of breath-synchronized movements used to transition between sustained postures

3) setting an intention for one’s personal yoga practice and taking the necessary steps toward reaching that goal

4) a type of yoga class.

Definition:

Sequential movement that interlinks postures to form a continuous flow. It creates a movement meditation that reveals all forms as being impermanent and for this reason are not held on to.

It denotes a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, connected to breath or pranayama in which yoga and mudra transitions are embodied as linkages within and between asana. Indeed, this process entrains the mindstream with the bodymind of the aspirant, and fuels the samādhi (higher level of concentrated meditation, the 8th limb of yoga,  a Mystery in the adept; in affirmation that no value judgment between the importance or ascendancy of the asana or the transitions between asana is held. This view of non-judgement is grounded, founded and based in the Shunyata Doctrine which informed the development of vinyasa styles.

Vinyasa is also employed as a noun to describe the sequence of poses that are performed between Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog as part of a Surya Namaskara or Sun Salutation sequence. This is more correctly termed half-vinyasa, as full-vinyasa returns to complete standing asana or positions.

Srivasta Ramaswami, (whom Lisa has had the pleasure of studying with directly) author of The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga and a direct disciple of the legendary Yoga teacher Krishnamacharya, brings forth the essence of Vinyasa in asana practice in the following way,

“My guru believed that the correct vinyasa method is essential in order to receive the full benefits from yoga practice. The following quote, which was translated from Yoga Makaranda, perfectly captures this sentiment.”From time immemorial the Vedic syllables…are chanted with the correct (high, low, and level) notes. Likewise, sruti (pitch) and laya (rhythm) govern Indian classical music. Classical Sanskrit poetry follows strict rules of chandas (meter), yati(caesura), and prasa (assemblage). Further, in mantra worship, nyasas (usually the assignment of different parts of the body to various deities, with mantras and gestures) – such as Kala nyasa, Matruka nyasa, Tatwa nyasa – are integral parts. Likewise yogasana (yogic poses), pranayama (yogic breathing exercises), and mudras (seals, locks, gestures) have been practiced with vinyasas from time immemorial. However, these days, in many places, many great souls who teach yoga do so without the vinyasas. They merely stretch or contract the limbs and proclaim that they are practicing yoga…”"

Ramaswami further goes on to add, “Just as music without proper pitch (sruti) and rhythm (laya) will not give happiness, yogasana practice without the observance of vinyasas will not give health. That being the case what can I say about the long life, strength and other benefits?”

Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning “connection,” according to Ellen Stansell, PhD, RYT, a scholar of yogic literature and Sanskrit. In terms of yoga asana we can interpret this as a connection between movement and breath.

From the Yoga 4 Love Advanced Training Program Teacher Training Manual

© Lisa Ware 2014

Sources: http://yoga.about.com/od/howtospeakyoga/g/asana.htm

Lori Gaspar |  http://yoga.about.com/bio/Ann-Pizer-12794.htm

Srivasta Ramaswami, author of The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga

Maehle (2007: p.294)  | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam%C4%81dhi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samādhi

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Getting to Know Me ;-)

About Sapha

Passionate about the changes that can be attained through the practice and the immense potential to change our perspectives on a daily basis in order to open to love and manifest a different reality for us and those around us.

1) Please share one of your favorite quotes.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” Rumi
2) Why did you start doing yoga?
Having spent a fair amount of my young adult life in an everlasting fight with body image issues and a form of eating disorder, my original quest for yoga was that of vanity. I desperately needed to find more ways to lose weight and misguidedly thought this could be it. Thankfully, as the weeks wore on and the practice started to truly take root with in, my views began to change. My obsession with food and body fat began to slowly disappear and one class at a time, one breath at a time, one gentle pose after the next, my world became bright and beautiful. I knew then, that this was my journey and I was ready to take it on, to nourish it and care for it from that moment on. (http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/04/planting-the-seeds-of-a-tree-sapha-arias/)
3) What kind of yoga do you like?
My heart lies with ashtanga and vinyasa but I love anusara, hatha, iyengar and even kundalini every now and then. In short, I love all yoga.
4) What qualities do you look to embody as a teacher?
An open heart, a disposition to heal, help and guide and a gentle humility and raw sense of self. (No fakers allowed)
5) What is one valuable insight you have gained from practicing yoga?
There are too many to count. But perhaps one of the biggest ones is the fact that we can always change our worlds by shifting our perspectives and remaining open to grace and love.
6) How do you avoid injury when doing yoga?
Focus on the breath is the single most invaluable asset in the practice. This is what allows you to move in a meditative way and pay attention to your body. Always knowing when to stop and when to challenge yourself a bit more. Breath is key.
7) How do you know what style of yoga is best for you?
In my experience, the yoga that allows you to shift your paradigm in a gentle manner is the best suited for all. However, I also believe a balance must be struck; and so, all yoga can be suited for each individual depending on what is happening in that person’s life and body on a day to day basis.
8) What do you find most challenging about being a teacher?
That one can not teach 24/7 ;-)

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Vegan Cinnamon Roll ~ Personal Sized and Gluten Free

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This cinnamon roll can be made in the microwave, for a fast homemade treat, next time I am doubling the recipe, it is just that good. What to do with the bananas when they get brown? This is a perfect recipe. It is also vegan and gluten free, yeast free, with no refined sugar!

Dough:

  • 1/3 C Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 t Baking Powder
  • 1/16- 1/8 t Himalayan Pink Salt to taste
  • 1- 1/4 T Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 extra ripe banana, mashed

Cinnamon Filling:

  • 2 t Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1- 1/2 t Organic Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 t Cinnamon (good cinnamon is so worth it)

Icing Ideas:

  • Soy or Coconut Yogurt and Coconut Sugar
  • Peanut Butter and Coconut Sugar (this is what I made and it was really yummy)
  • Vegan Butter and Coconut Sugar

Mix all dough ingredients. Place some extra flour on a smooth board or counter and press dough into a long thin rectangle, adding more flour to the edges to keep from sticking too much.

Melt coconut oil and mix in coconut sugar, add cinnamon. Spread over the dough.

Using a flat scraper or butter knife, flat edge, peel dough off starting at one end and roll into a cinnamon roll shape. Place in a microwaveable cup. Microwave 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, don’t overcook. Let sit a minute. Top with 1/2 t coconut sugar if desired.

Add Icing of choice!

Enjoy!

Adapted from a recipe from Kylie at Yeah… immaeatthat

 

 

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Lisa Ware is the Founder of Yoga4Love. She is continually finding a way to create oneness and bring cOMmunity together to the enrich the greater good of the planet. She is a nature girl at heart, originally from Colorado, truly a mountain and ocean lover. Lisa is greatly motivated by the role model of her mother’s positivity through breast cancer. She is an E-RYT 200 with thousands of hours teaching Vinyasa Flow. She loves facilitating a space for healing, transformation and connection. For fun you can find her hanging outdoors, meditating, playing with her dogs and kids, doing Acro yoga with her hubby, blogging, and tending to their organic garden. Read More...