August New Moon Meditation

We are almost through the eclipses and major astrological shifts! How are you holding up? I hope this pranayama and meditation offers you a chance to surrender and connect more deeply to your intuition. These past few months have been rather intense, bringing lots to the surface for us to look at making life shifts for our happiness and alignment. During these times it can be emotional and challenging to face certain aspects, and to let go… but look how far you have come!

 

Yesterday, August 8th (8:8) was the Lion’s Gate or Lion’s Portal. This happens when the sun transits through Leo, a sign of courage, strength and stepping out. You may have noticed the energy was particularly intense over the past few days due to both the sun and Sirius, a star system twice as bright as our sun, rising and setting at the same time. This ‘spiritual sun’ creates more heat, energy, and helps to illuminate our intuitive wisdom – due to all this, it may also be a little tiring and may cause anxiety. Take it easy on yourself.

 

The combination of the Lion’s Portal with the upcoming New Moon on August 11th and partial Solar Eclipse, brings our focus to new beginnings, greater insights and awareness. Pay attention to your dreams. This is a good time to ground, centre, and take a really objective look at your life and determine your top priorities, and let go of what isn’t needed anymore in your life – distractions, energies that aren’t serving your highest good, etc. This is a time of courage, strength and intention. You have and have always had the power to do as you wish and at this time, astrology is also supporting this. Take your time, meditate, and be very clear in your intentions.

 

A few interesting astrological aspects:

  • Mercury conjuncts the Sun, suggesting slowing down to tap into our intuition and wisdom
  • Jupiter is square to the Sun, alluding to fortune but the need for moderation
  • Pluto is quincunx to the Sun, a turning point
  • Planets still in Retrograde
    • Mercury in Leo until Aug 19 – take your time communicating & making decisions
    • Mars in Aquarius until Aug 27 – move slowly
    • Saturn in Capricorn until Sept 6 – a time of positive karmic change if we stay aligned with our ethics
    • Chiron in Aries until Sept 24 – healing time & self-love
    • Pluto in Capricorn until Sept 29 – all about clearing the unnecessary for greater flow & ease
    • Neptune in Pisces until Nov 25 – stay grounded, realistic & objective

 

New Moon Meditation

If you can, try to have a swim in the ocean or river in the coming days – the water helps to cleanse, why I normally suggest a bath during cooler months. Bring your crystals into the water with you, and leave them exposed to the moonlight. Enjoy a moon-light walk.

 

This New Moon calls for grounding and connecting to our intuition and universal wisdom – really listening. How can we do this? Through pranayama (breathwork), meditation, centering and grounding ourselves, and listening to the subtle information around us. I would recommend working with grounding and intuitive crystals and oils, such as;

  • Crystals – black obsidian, smokey quartz, crystal quartz, malachite, amethyst, aquamarine, celestite
  • Oils – earthy scents (Cedarwood, Palo Santo, Copaiba), frankincense, lavender, Envision (by Young Living)

 

When you are ready and have energetically cleared your space with crystals, oils, mantra, smudging – which ever speaks to you – settle into some easy Cat/Cow breaths. Allow your breath to guide your movements taking variations that feel right in your body. Perhaps move into your own flow, allowing the breath and energy to move through your body.

 

When you are ready, settle into rock pose (kneeling). Closing your eyes, connecting to your breath, allow your belly then chest to fill on the inhale, your shoulders, chest and belly to relax on the exhale. This breath tells us we are in a relaxed state, helping us reach a deeper relaxed state. Bring your awareness to your Root Chakra to ground your energy with cords or roots reaching into the Earth. Coming into the Venus lock (prayer then allow all fingers to cross keeping the index pointing upwards – traditionally males will have right thumb over left, females left over right). Bring your hands over-head, and begin quietly chanting ‘Sat’ on the inhale bringing light through the Crown Chakra & Pituitary, exhaling ‘Nam’ allowing the light to travel out through the Pituitary. Continue for 11 minutes. This cleansing and connecting practice can be done daily – it’s a journey!

 

Stay in meditation as long as you need – see what comes up for you and in your dreams…

You are welcome to join us this evening, and every Thursday for Yin and Crystal Bowl at 8pm.

 

Love & light,

Katie

July Full Blood Moon Meditation

 

Welcome to the Full Bloodmoon & Lunar Eclipse! This one is all about transformation, bringing February’s eclipse to a close, which likely ties back to 2011. Through this mediation, we will dive into ways to help you find peace while sifting through that which you no longer need, for a brighter, more aligned you! This moon is all about going with the flow and the ability to surrender & trust. 

 

 

Let’s take a peek at what’s happening astrologically:

  • Full Moon brings the tide high & the sun and moon are in polarity – our emotions are tied to water, and the polarity encourages us to look at finding more balance
  • Eclipses are a time of major transformation – as I mentioned this one is connected to February and 2011
  • Moon conjunct Mars speaks to a sense of bravery and strength
  • Moon square Uranus suggests impulsiveness or mood swings
  • Mars square Uranus shines on our rebellious side!
  • Moon sextile Saturn is about protection of those close to us
  • Saturn trine Uranus signals transition to greater peace
  • Retrograde planets – when they appear to be moving in a backwards motion
    • Mars in Aquarius (until Aug 27) suggests a sense of frustration
    • Saturn in Capricorn (until Sept 6) governs our karma and ethics
    • Neptune in Pisces (until Nov 25) encourages us to be grounded, realistic, and objective
    • Mercury in Leo (until Aug 19) rules communication & cognitive abilities  
    • Pluto in Capricon (until Sep 29) brings shadows to light, enabling us to clear what’s not needed
    • Chiron in Aries (until Sep 24) is about healing the subconscious & karmic wounds
  • Jupiter has come out of retrograde and speaks to transformation and adventure. Things we have been working on since February are finally coming to fruition!

 

What does this mean?

You may have felt a little pushed to your limits in the last month. This is a good time for self-love and reflection. Move slowly and methodically, everything will happen when it is supposed to. Think before you speak and do. This is time to tap into your intuition, to surrender and trust.

  • What motivates you?
  • Have you noticed a common theme since February? What does this mean for your life moving forward?
  • How is this theme tied to 2011? Are there any remnants that you can let-go of, to further move forward?
  • How can you bring more self-love into your life?

 

Self-Love

Self love is best practiced on a daily basis and doesn’t need to be complex. Simply doing what you need to function at your best is perfect! By doing this, you will also be your best for others. Here are some simple ideas:

  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep – your body, mind & soul needs to be able to restore itself
  • Eat nutritious meals – perhaps this would be a good time to look at incorporating more minerals and vitamins you need into your diet & eating easy to digest foods to allow your body to lightly cleanse and get the nutrients it needs
  • Move your body everyday! Get into nature – go for forest walks, swim in the ocean, whatever it is that moves you, enjoy it and try incorporating mindfulness into your activity. Notice your breath, the smells, sounds & sensations
  • Take mini-meditation breaks. Every two hours, take a moment to check in with your breath. Perhaps incorporate a little seated cat-cow, allowing your breath to move you

 

Full Moon Meditation:

You are welcome to smudge your meditation space, mindfully clearing any energies that do not serve your highest and best. For oils, I would recommend Lavender and Frankincense – full body healers. Crystal, Amethyst, and a grounding stone such as Black Obsidian can be used. This link is tuned to 852Hz for strengthening intuition.

This is a simple meditation, focusing on the breath, feeling it move through your body. You may begin by closing your eyes, taking 10 deep inhales and exhales. Ground yourself by imagining a golden cord or roots from your Root chakra reaching deep into the Earth. Create a layer of pure energy around you for protection – there are many ways to do this, which we explore in Yin. You are also welcome to email and ask me, as different techniques work for everyone. Continue with a simple inhale and exhale through your nose, allowing the belly, then the chest to expand with the inhale. Chest then belly to relax with the exhale. If you would like to practice Ujjayi or Ocean breath, please do so. This mediation is all about going with the flow. Watch what comes up as you breath. I would recommend maintaining this breath for 10-30 minutes.

As I mentioned above, try to incorporate this a few times a day for 2-5 minutes.

You are welcome to join us for Yin Thursday evening as we work with the Full Moon energy. Please register here.

 

Love and light,

Katie

July 12 – Super New Moon Meditation

During a New Moon the Sun and Moon are in balance, which keeps waters calm, and is connected to our emotional stability and intuition. This New SuperMoon in Cancer is the longest (partial) Solar Eclipse this century, and is known to bring fears to the surface to be cleared for transformation. Intuitive and emotional Cancer amplifies our ability to connect with these fears to move past them quickly. In addition, we have 5 planets in retrograde:

  • Mars in Aquarius, impacting our actions and communication
  • Jupiter in Scorpio speaks to our boundaries and limits
  • Saturn in Capricorn, governing Karma & ethics
  • Neptune in Pisces, asking us to face reality
  • Pluto in Capricorn, bringing our darkside and fears to light

Some other aspects at play:

  • Moon in opposition to Pluto speaks to our self-esteem
  • Fixed Star Castor in Gemini is the balance between genius and madness
  • Grand Trine:
    • Venus – Saturn indicates the need for long-term commitment in relationships and/or financially
    • Venus – Uranus signals to try something new! Mix it up and have fun!
    • Saturn – Uranus points to a transition for a positive outcome

So while there are many elements at play, this is really a beautiful time for transformation if we allow ourselves to take the time to reflect, set our vision clearly, and let it unfold. Staying grounded and connected to your values and purpose is key. Take some extra time for self-love this week and to be with yourself – perhaps a walk in the forest or by the ocean is just what you need. If you feel boundaries have been crossed, particularly in close relationships or work, it’s important to speak up with clarity around the concerns. Power and control is a common theme as we are being pushed to change and stand in our power.

 

New Moon Meditation

As always, I like to start with a bath with my crystals and oils to help calm the nervous system and clean the crystals. For transformation I would reach for Amazonite (one of my faves), Moon Stones, Celestite, Labradorite, or Tiger’s Eye. If you need a little grounding support too, try Black Obsidian or Smokey Quartz.

For oils, I would recommend those that support transformation and the Heart Chakra, such as; Frankinsence (to open the pineal gland), Sandalwood, Harmony, Rose.

Music

When you are ready to come back to your special meditation space, bring your journal with you and clear your space with sage and intention, mantra (such as ‘Sa, Ta, Na, Ma’ = infinity, life, death, rebirth), or pure intention.

Begin by circling your neck slowly and gently and take a few Cat/Cows, allowing your breath to move your body.

Settling back into a comfortable seat, begin by inhaling deeply into the belly & chest, exhaling completely from the chest & belly through your mouth. Repeat 5 more times. Come to a steady, easy or Ujjayi breath, inhaling & exhaling through the nose. Allow your body to relax and bring your awareness to your hips and lower body on your mat or cushion. Begin to feel the ground below you. Connect to your Root Chakra, and visualize your roots or a golden cord reaching deep into the Earth. This is your spiritual connection to keep you grounded. Maintain your easy breath as you feel this connection growing deeper. As you inhale, you can imagine drawing in a warm, white light from your Crown chakra all the way down to your Root, and letting this light travel into the Earth. This light helps to clean and balance your chakras. As you continue breathing, imagine this light radiating through and beyond your body, creating a protective layer around you or positive energy. You are welcome to do this for as long as you like.

When you are finished, create a mantra for yourself. It can be very simple. Perhaps something you heard. A quality you would like to embody – ex: I am light, I am love, I am peace. Repeat this mantra to yourself before bed, when you wake up in the morning, and during the day when you take a moment to check in with your breath and posture.

 

Journaling:

  • What is it you really desire?
  • What is it you feel called to do or share with your community?
  • How is the present situation helping you achieve this? If it is hindering you, it’s time to make a positive change.
  • Do you have any self-imposed limitations? Most of us do, but they can be deeply buried. Why are they there? Fears and limitations are not real, although you may feel you have strong reason for concern. Pay attention to your intuition. Are your fears really founded or are they holding you back from sharing your light?
  • How are you handling challenges and changes at the moment? If they are creating stress, fear, or worry, try to identify exactly where your concern is coming from. Are you meant to step out of the situation to grow in a new way? Try to allow yourself to surrender for the bigger vision, and for greater peace.

 

Happy new Transformational Supermoon! You are welcome to join us for a by-donation Yin class this evening, with crystal bowl sound healing from 8-9pm. Please register via this link.

 

Love & light,

Katie

 

How Does Hormone Yoga Therapy Work?

Hormone Yoga Therapy (HYT) for women is a natural and holistic method created by a Brazilian psychologist and Yoga therapist, Dinah Rodrigues. This practice respects the body as a whole, understanding the intricate connections of our glands, organs, and various systems. The objective is to reactivate in a natural way the hormone production of the endocrine glands of women: ovaries, thyroid, pituitary gland and adrenals. HYT combines elements of classical Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Tibetan energy circulation techniques.

HYT consists of a special series of Dynamic Yoga exercises (asanas) to reactivate hormone production and, as a consequence, it eliminates most symptoms of hormonal imbalances. Asanas are accompanied by intense breathing techniques (pranayama), energetic level, concentration, visualization and relaxation (Yoga Nidra). Regular practice helps to harmonize the hormonal system and consequently eliminate the symptoms of low or unbalanced hormone levels.

HYT exercises are very simple and suitable for everyone. No previous Yoga experience is needed. Once learned, daily practice takes approximately 30 minutes. Practicing 3 – 4 times per week will give you optimal results.

 

HYT is Recommended For:

  • Women of all ages with the symptoms of low hormones, with infertility concerns, PCOS, menstrual disorders, premenstrual stress syndrome (PMS), ovarian cysts and premature menopause.
  • Helping to re-balance hormones post-partum
  • Women from 35 years of age as a preventative therapy due to the decreasing ovarian activity and an associated gradual decrease in hormone production of the two main female hormones: estrogen and progesterone.
  • Middle-aged women who wish to eliminate or alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of the onset of menopause, such as hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, emotional instability, depression, headaches, difficulty concentrating, remembering, decreased libido, increased cholesterol, hair loss, dryness etc.

 

How Does HYT Help?

  • Physically, HYT helps to strengthen muscles to correct posture for improved circulation and breath (alertness). It also helps to strengthen bones, to prevent osteoporosis – for more on Osteoporosis read this blog.  
  • Physiologically, HYT works to reactivate and balance hormones to mitigate illnesses and symptoms caused by imbalanced hormones, such as; hypothyroidism, depression, and many more (see list below).
  • Emotionally, HYT helps offer ways to minimize stress, improve your sleep, help relieve anxiety and depression.

Attending an HYT workshop, such as the one Corinne will be hosting on September 8th & 9th at Studio 202, also offers you a network of other women facing similar concerns. This is an intimate workshop we hope will provide you with the support and connections you need to help heal your mind, body, and soul… and learn more about how to help yourself naturally!

 

How Do You Know HYT is Right For You?

If you struggle with one of the concerns below, HYT can offer you the natural tools and support to help you through the challenge.

  • Emotional support – PMS, depression, memory, emotional instability due to low levels of thyroid hormones
  • Low libido & dryness
  • Osteoporosis
  • Incontinence
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypertension
  • Fertility concerns
  • Hair loss, brittle nails, dry skin, acne
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Insomnia, low energy, fatigue

If you have or are experiencing any of the below, please consult with you Dr or ND before joining HYT classes:

  • Breast cancer (hormone dependent, before or after surgery)
  • After breast cancer surgery (not hormone dependent) medical permission needed
  • Advanced endometriosis (medical permission needed)
  • Psychiatric problems
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Large myomas (medical permission needed)
  • Non-diagnosed abdominal pain
  • After heart surgery (medical permission needed)
  • Women who had appendicitis and did not have the appendix removed
  • Serious osteoporosis (risk of fractures)
  • Labyrinthitis (inflammation of the inner ear) – Vertigo
  • After any other surgeries

*Pregnant women should not participate

 

You can register for The HYT Workshop with Corinne September 8th & 9th (1-5pm), please clicking the highlighted link.  

 

A little about Corinne, your HYT workshop guide:

Corinne’s friendly and joyful personality brings honesty, humour, and an open heart to her teaching. She balances and integrates her classes with breath, alignment, strength, and ease. With a communications and performing arts background, Corinne incorporates a love of yoga in all aspects of her life, including her work as a Certified Birth Doula (DONA) and Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner. In 2009 Corinne traveled to the birthplace of yoga; Rishikesh, India and completed her 500 hour teacher training from Akanda Yoga with Yogrishi Vishvketu. Recently, Corinne was trained and certified in Hormone Yoga Therapy by the founder Dinah Rodrigues. HYT is very popular in Europe particularly, Germany and Czech Republic, however in Canada Corinne is one of few teachers, certified. She is excited to bring this practice to Canada, and is honoured to be offering the workshop at Studio 202.

https://www.lotusmoonyoga.ca

 

More Information about Dinah Rodrigues, Founder of HYT:

You can find Dinah’s bio and home page here, and a great video on her philosophy here.

 

We look forward to hosting Corinne this fall and helping change many women’s lives for the better! We hope you can join us!

 

Katie

 

June Full Moon Meditation

This feels like quite a refreshing Full Moon to me! Through this meditation, I hope you gain a little clarity to help you move forward and shine!

The Full Moon (June 28th) is always a time of polarity, encouraging us to take a closer look at where we can find more balance in our personal lives, our careers, and our relationships. The Full Moon also reflects back to the previous New Moon, and this Full Moon back to January.

  • What has changed for you since the last New Moon? January?
  • Any major lessons or insight gleaned?
  • What’s been your greatest personal accomplishment?

This Full Moon in Capricorn is symbolized by the mountain goat – grounded, balanced, and driven. These will be important qualities to embody during this Saturn retrograde (until Sept 6). Saturn retrograde brings focus on our Karma – an opportunity to release the past, overcome weaknesses, and continue walking our soul truth and path.  I have noticed a common theme of transformation during this time. When we are able to face these challenges, often linked to Karma, with truth and grace they are so much easier to move through. 

The Moon conjunct Saturn brings a focus onto more serious emotions and a need to go inward to reflect. Mars retrograde also presents itself, helping us to be more patient and slow down to further reflect – perfect for the summer! Mars retrograde can make aspects of the Full Moon more intense, so staying grounded is important. The Moon trine’s Uranus, signaling intuition and excitement. Kaus Borealis is a fixed star, shining on initiative, idealism, humanitarianism, resources, and strength.

The combination of these aspects is a perfect time to slow-down, reflect, and move forward to allow more light into our lives! We have the skills, we have the strength, we have our intuition.

  • Observe your self-talk, your thoughts, and words over the next few days. Are they compassionate and clear? To yourself? To others?
  • Is there a challenge in your life that seems to repeat itself? Take a closer look at this. Where is it stemming from? Chances are it’s a Karmic lesson to learn & once you have, you will be that much stronger!
  • What is a personal challenge, perhaps related to Karma, you would like to overcome?
  • What is your personal, spiritual, relationship, or career goal for the next six months?
  • How will overcoming the challenge above help you achieve this goal?

 

Full Moon Meditation

This meditation will be a little more intuitive for you. As always, I like to start with a bath with my crystals and oils to help calm the nervous system and clean the crystals. Bring in the crystals you use for grounding, intuition, and strength. Use the oils you feel help you calm and stay grounded.

My crystals: Obsidian, smokey quartz, amethyst, crystal and rose quartz.

My oils of choice: Copaiba and Harmony. Copaiba is harvested from tree sap in Brazil, with similar properties to CBD. Harmony is a beautiful blend of oils for each chakra.

Music

When you are ready to come back to your special meditation space, bring your journal with you and clear your space with sage and intention, or pure intention. A lovely mantra to protect your space is ‘Sa, Ta, Na, Ma’ – creating a square space around you of protection. ‘Sa’ is the birth. ‘Ta’ is life. ‘Na’ is transformation. ‘Ma’ is rebirth. Check out our Insta post today for the full mantra with mudra.

Begin by circling your neck slowly and gently and take a few Cat/Cows, allowing your breath to move your body.

Settling back into a comfortable seat, begin by inhaling deeply into the belly & chest, exhaling completely from the chest & belly through your mouth. Repeat 5 more times. Come to a steady, easy or Ujjayi breath, inhaling & exhaling through the nose. Allow your body to relax and bring your awareness to your hips and lower body on your mat or cushion. Begin to feel the ground below you. Connect to your Root Chakra, and visualize your roots or a golden cord reaching deep into the Earth. This is your spiritual connection to keep you grounded. Maintain your easy breath as you feel this connection growing deeper. As you inhale, you can imagine drawing in a warm, white light from your Crown chakra all the way down to your Root, and letting this light travel into the Earth. This light helps to clean and balance your chakras. As you continue breathing, imagine this light radiating through and beyond your body, creating a protective layer around you or positive energy. You are welcome to do this for as long as you like.

When you are finished, create a mantra for yourself. It can be very simple. Perhaps something you heard. A quality you would like to embody – ex: I am light, I am love, I am peace. Repeat this mantra to yourself before bed, when you wake up in the morning, and during the day when you take a moment to check in with your breath and posture.

 

I am really looking forward to the healing power of this Full Moon. I feel it is quite transformational if we allow ourselves to walk the highest path and focus on the best outcome.

Surround yourself with love and light,

Katie

Mindful Movement for Postpartum Recovery

 

After having my son 2 years ago, I can say in full honesty that at times I felt like a stranger in own body. Fifteen years of yoga and years of competitive athletics had produced strength and flexibility, but the capacity for my mind to adapt and train my body back into shape was such a challenge. My lack of mental connection to my pelvic floor and abdominal wall made me unaware that my organs were literally out of alignment and my pelvic floor had suffered nerve damage.  As a yoga teacher this baffled me. How did I not attune to this?!?!?! I could’t connect to my own physical form and needed an outsider, in this case a pelvic floor physiotherapists to tell me I needed rehabilitation.

My rehabilitation took me on a journey from regular physiotherapy appointments, to visiting an osteopath (highly recommend that!), to seeing a naturopath, and finally to what I believe has been the most beneficial – Pilates.  It has taken me 2 years and I can finally say I am starting to recognize myself again.

I became so enthused about how my postpartum body was responding to the Pilates mat exercises that I became a mat certified pilates teacher in order to share the practice with other moms who were experiencing similar postpartum issues. These issues are so common, yet rarely talked about. I find that when we come together to practice, we find commonality in our birth and postpartum journeys, which ultimately leads to connection and a community of support. This community of support is empowering, motivational, and quite simply a good time!

 

3 Favorite Poses for Postpartum Healing:

Here are my three favourite exercises for postpartum healing;

  1. Bridge

Step 1: Lie on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the ground about hip distance apart. Place a block between your thighs (not knees). You should be able to touch your heels with your finger tips. Spine is in neutral.

Step 2:  Inhale to prepare and exhale to peel your tailbone followed by the vertebra one at a time off your mat until you reach the top of the shoulder blades.

Step 3: inhale to hold the bridge

Step 4: exhale to continue to hold and think of knitting your ribs together as you engage the glutes and try to lengthen the front of your hips.

Step 5: inhale to slowly lower vertebra by vertebra back onto the mat.

Repeat 5 times

 

  1. Clam Shell

Step 1: Lie down on your side with thighs stacked and knees bent with thighs close to your chest at a 45-degree angle. Draw your navel in and scoop it towards your hard to stabilize your core and lengthen your spine.

Step 2: lift your top thigh while keeping your inner heels connected. Open and close with control 10 to 15 times. Be mindful to keep your trunk and pelvis still with only the thigh bone lifting up/down.

 

  1. Toe taps

Step 1: lye on your back with knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor. Draw your pubic bone towards your bellybutton to imprint your spine into the mat.

Step 2:  One at a time bring your shins to parallel (a table top positions). Keep spine imprinted and upper ribs hugging together, navel drawing in and up. Take an inhale to prepare and on an exhale tap your right toes onto the earth, inhale bring the shin back to table top. On the exhale tap the left toes onto the earth, and inhale return the shin to parallel. Repeat 10 times each side.

Remember to avoid arching your back and keep pelvis and trunk table. First work on stability through mindful movement. Better to stay stable and integrated than to move quickly!  

Join Clara for Pilates starting Wed June 27th, or Prenatal Yoga-Pilates Fusion starting Sat July 7th!

If you have any questions, please send me an email: Katie@studio202community.com

June Super New Moon Meditation

This is a very beautiful freeing new moon! I hope you enjoy this deep diving meditation to bring more clarity to your life and your purpose.

This is the first of 3 Supermoons completing the cycle on August 11th. Supermoons are closer to the Earth, so appear larger, and due to their magnetic pulls, impacts to water, they can impact us emotionally. We may be more sensitive than normal and needing to be alone a bit more. This is a perfect time to dive deeply into our meditations, ourselves, and ensure we are building a life of alignment.

Gemini is an air sign known to be detail-oriented, adaptable, creative, speaking it’s truth, and very much about soaking up the experience of life – all of it. Having two sides, Gemini is known for being changeable, sometimes moody or unpredictable, and able to see things from varying perspectives. They are very much about communication and creation of the not-so-ordinary.

This New Moon in Gemini has 8 fixed stars, signaling protection, fortune, and karmic past.

Moon’s sextile of Ceres shines on an urgent need to nurture and protect…hopefully without smoothering!

 

Meditation

Let’s work with the Sacral and Throat chakras for this meditation. The Sacral chakra is connected to our values, beliefs, creativity & sense of self. Our Throat chakra is one of our main forms of expressing this sense of self.

As always, I like to begin by prepping my meditation space, so I can sink right in after my soothing bath. You don’t need to sage or use palo santo every time, only when you feel you need to clear energies, but take the time to make your space special for you.  

  • Healing stones to bring in with you; sapphire, citrine, moonstone, lapis lazulis, aquamarine, pearls, blue lace agate, azurite, malachite – one or a combination of your choice.
  • Essential Oils to use;  Lemon, Rose, Lavender, Sandalwood, or a combination of.
  •  Healing Tones

Once you are ready to come into your meditation space, I would recommend beginning this session with a few cat/cows, connecting to your breath, allowing the breath to move you as you awaken your body and open your spine and energy centres (chakras).

When you are ready, settle into a comfortable seat, and let’s begin with a nice deep inhale through the nose, into the belly, and allowing the chest to expand. Hold for 2 seconds. Exhale audibly and slowly, allowing your chest then stomach to relax. Bring your awareness to your hips on the floor and ground your energy, deepening your connection to the Earth. Continue this breath for 3-5 minutes before settling into an easy Ujjayi/Ocean breath, inhaling and exhaling through the nose. You can continue here for as long as you like (suggested 10 minutes minimum).

Once you are ready, gently open your eyes, allowing yourself to come to. If you’d like, take out your journal and answer the following questions:

  • What are the three most important qualities in your life?
  • What’s your life story in 5 sentences?
  • How do you express your creative self?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How would a loved one describe you?
  • How do you use your voice? What is your general tone?
  • When you speak to yourself, describe the tone: Is it supportive? Critical? Realistic? Fanciful? Anything else?
  • Do you see any connection to how you speak to yourself, and your life story? Are they aligned? Are they serving your highest and best, your purpose, your potential?

Notice any areas you feel you could strengthen to take you to a higher level, or bring you more peace. So often we subconsciously have stories running in our background that aren’t allowing us to be our best. But first, we need to recognize them, then let them go with love. This helps us move past Karma that may be holding us back.

A common theme that has come up in this past week has been about setting boundaries. This is very much related to our Sacral & Throat chakras. Boundaries are about self-respect. If we don’t respect ourselves and command this respect from others, how do we expect to be treated with respect? We teach others how to treat us. I know, because this has been something I have only gotten comfortable with in the last few years. It was a major lesson for me, and when I learned it and embodied it – WOW! For caring souls, it’s particularly easy to put ourselves in the background, but that doesn’t actually help anyone, as we end up feeling worn out and un-supported and can’t be the person we desire to be.

 

It’s time to step forward into our creative power, to let ourselves shine!

 

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5 Easy Tips For More Peace: Meditation, Self-Talk & More!

Our sense of peace and easy is impacted by many things externally and internally.

  • The quality and quantity of sleep you’ve had
  • If you’re getting all the nutrients you need
  • The amount of exercise you’re getting
  • Your surroundings – people, sounds, setting physically & energetically
  • The amount of work or pressure we face both internally & externally
  • Quality of our relationships
  • How we feel about ourselves

While external influences can definitely make a difference, the greatest way to control these influences is taking care of ourselves. This includes nurturing ourselves (sleep, nutrition, exercise) and quality of our relationships, which affect our endocrine system and hormonal balance, which in turn regulate our bodies. It also includes how we feel about ourselves, and this is the easiest way to allow for more peace and joy in our lives.

 

Here are 5 simple ways to allow for more peace and joy in our lives:

1.Paying attention to your thoughts and self-talk

Often we tune out our thoughts and self-talk, particularly when life is busy, but this is actually one of the best ways to monitor how we are feeling about ourselves and situations. Do you talk to yourself with love? The same love you show others? How do you approach challenging situations? Ever notice that when you approach a challenge with peace and expecting (realistically) a positive outcome, it turns out ok?

 

2.  Meditation

Because we so often don’t take the time to tune into ourselves, meditation (mindfulness) and breath-work (pranayama) is so important. You don’t need to do anything fancy, just sitting and breathing into your belly for a count of 4-8 seconds, exhaling for 5-10 seconds.

I suggest to clients taking at least 5-10 minutes in the morning, and 5-10 before bed. Not only does this create a healthy and calming routine for yourself, but it gives you that chance to check in to your frame of mind and thoughts. In the morning this is helpful to set you up for a great day, no matter what it brings! In the evening, this is a great way to release the day so you can have a restful sleep. Sometimes having a journal to note down thoughts before or after meditations is also useful.

If you can, try to also check in with yourself and your breath every hour. You can set a (soothing) alarm at work, or when you go to the loo. Watch the difference over the course of a week – you’ll be amazed!

 

3. Energetically protect yourself

This is another step I take in my meditations – morning, evening & throughout the day. There are many ways to do this:

  • You can ground yourself by imagining a golden cord extending from your Root chakra into the Earth
  • You can imagine connecting your Root chakra to a Lotus about 3’ below you
  • You can imagine white light glowing in your body (starting with the spine – the chakra points), then slowly radiating out to create a protective white layer around you
  • You can imagine yourself in a crystal of any colour where only positive energy can come in
  • You can create a mantra for yourself – 3 positive ‘I am’ statements (ex: I am love. I am light. I am one)
  • You can ask for a spirit, angel, guide or someone who has passed for protection

Like meditation, this is personal. You can try a few and see what you connect best with. When you do find what works best for you, try incorporating it daily or whenever you meditate. When you are faced with a challenge, it becomes easier to reconnect to yourself in a peaceful, loving way.

 

4. Create clear boundaries

This is a very practical one, but it can still be hard for many of us. Those who respect you will respect your boundaries. Be clear and compassionate with your words, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you need – 10 minutes for yourself, more from a job, help around the house… We all have needs, and when they are respected, we have healthy relationships and are able to approach situations from a place of strength. This is a very important step for your peace of mind.

 

5. Nurture yourself

And the most practical – take care of you! Love yourself like you love your loved ones! Try to make sure you’re getting the quality sleep, exercise, and nutrition you need. Everyday, yes everyday, do something daily that makes you feel good! This can be that 5-10 minute meditation twice a day.

 

Resources for Children & Teens:

If you’re looking for more resources for yourself or others, Ranbir from @FreeWithin offers an Adult and Children’s program you can download here:

Ranbir Puar will be hosting a by-donation session on Sat, June 9th for 12 years plus providing tools to deal with exam stress. Please register here.

Our Inspired Leaders (8-11yrs) and Kids Yoga & Arts (5-7yrs) Summer Camps also offer a wonderful opportunity for children to learn some of these tools for greater confidence, focus and peace in their lives… and of course we have lots of fun exploring these themes through yoga, art, games, and more!

Resources for Adults: 

Most of our classes focus on meditation, mindfulness and breathwork. Meditation & Pranayama on Mondays or Yin with Crystal Bowl on Thursdays are great classes to dive into energy work you can do for yourself.

May 29 – Full Moon Meditation

Super-moon Meditation

This Fullmoon has a lot at play, with the Moon in Sagittarius and the Sun in Gemini. Let’s look at the aspects at play, to help you dive more deeply into personal exploration with the meditation below!

  • Moon and Sun polarities, as in every Fullmoon encourage us to seek balance. What isn’t aligned in our life?
  • Gemini asks us to explore & question. Is there something we could see from a different perspective? Are we seeing the whole picture? This is much healthier and easier on us that opposition!
  • Sagittarius encourages us to open our hearts. Is there something we are missing in our relationships? If we open up more, if we live what we wish to attract, it will come to us. Sagittarius Decan 1 signals swift changes – so be clear about what you wish to attract.
  • The Water Trine of Venus & Cancer on May 31 further asks us to work with our intuition, wisdom, and emotions to resolve or heal any pieces we wish to transform in our lives.
  • Saturn’s Semisextile signals ego versus responsibility. This is an interesting opposition as for many they tie into each other. Focus on what you are doing for true soul fulfillment. What can you let go of? What can you change or change in how you approach?
  • Mar’s Sextile is a playful one. Similar to above, make more time for true soul fulfillment!
  • There are two very interesting fixed stars, which are considered Royal in the Persian culture:
    • Antares tying to Scorpio, Mars & Jupiter –  a tough, strategic, powerful star
    • Aldebaran in the eye of the Taurus bull – energy & tenacity

A strong combination, able to make things happen. The question here, are we looking at the full scenario? Are we using our intuition and wisdom when making choices? Are we doing things to win, or for the greater good and in alignment with truth? Be a wise leader for yourself and others.

This is a lovely meditation to connect more deeply to your Third Eye, your centre of intuition. Sometimes it can be tricky to always listen to our intuition, but our body knows. We just need to slow down and listen, which is definitely not always easy. When you are faced with decisions, try to take a few deep breaths. Close your eyes, ground yourself, and ask your higher self (getting the ego out of the way), ‘What would you do?’ Wait. Be patient. Listen, and you will know.

 

This is the longer version of that mini-meditation for you to really soak up this Fullmoon:

As always, I like to start with a bath, bringing in my favorite healing stones and essential oils. This Fullmoon I would recommend Smokey Quartz, as it’s grounding, clearing & playful. To connect with your intuition, Amethyst or Black Obsidian. For essential oils, I would recommend Young Living’s Northern Black Spruce (their farm is in BC!) to ground, Lavender in the bath, and a drop of Frankincense on your Third Eye. If you do not have Northern Black Spruce, you can use another earthy or woody essential oil.* For music, try this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdl8mpoeG2Y

For the meditation, set up your space so you won’t be disturbed. Bring your healing stones, sage if you wish or burn palo santo to clear the energy. Make yourself comfortable. Close your eyes, take 5 deep inhales into your stomach and exhale through the mouth relaxing your shoulders, neck & jaw. Bring your awareness to your hips and root chakra to create a strong connection with the Earth. Placing your tongue tip on the roof of your mouth, inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 7, exhale open-mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat 10 times, then return to an easy Ocean or Ujjayi breath – inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Bring your awareness to your Third Eye, ask to see more clearly how to approach a specific situation, or you can just listen and watch your thoughts as you connect more deeply to your intuition.

You can try this anytime, anywhere. Practice daily connecting to your intuition, and you will become aware of the subtle signs your body is telling you, helping to bring you into greater alignment with your Higher Self.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You are welcome to join us for Yin, where we practice this every Thursday 8-9pm. This is a gentle class focusing on deep fascial & emotional release, breath & mediation.

Love & light,

Katie

 

*I use only Young Living (YL) oils as they are held to the highest integrity in the industry. YL can ensure this as they own their own farms, monitor the entire process of ‘seed to seal’ (bottle), going so far as to harvest appropriate plants by horse and carriage or hand so as to protect the energetic balance of the plant. Oils that do not pass testing, are put back in the organic soils on YL farms. Why do they take such care? It’s part of Young Living’s mission, and they know what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies between 20 seconds to 10 minutes.

To purchase your own oils, please follow this link and order as Wholesale to save 24%. Again, I am happy to answer any questions.

Self-Healing – How Muscle Memory & Yin Yoga Works

Yin and restorative forms of yoga help the body to release stored emotions and memories, through holding gentle, supported poses for an extended period of time. The idea behind it is when we feel supported, we are able to breathe deeply, and we enable our body to surrender. During this release, we are in a meditative state, allowing our minds to more objectively connect to what is being released, also allowing an emotional release. It’s not uncommon at all to cry during yin, or gentle forms of yoga – it’s a good thing. So often we don’t allow ourselves the chance to process emotions until it becomes a huge build-up in our body.

 

How We Get Stored Muscle Memory

Think about learning to play an instrument – our body forms the muscle memory in our synapses so we don’t even really need to think about our reactions any more. This also works when you experience negative physical and emotional situations. Think about when you get startled. Your body tenses up. This tension is now connected to that emotion and stored in our synapses. You get startled again, your likely to have the same reaction, compounding on this tension in an area in your body and making it a greater part of your reality. It may not even be obvious to us. Most of us stop breathing when we’re stressed, which is the very thing we need to do to stay alert for critical thinking. When we don’t breathe we also put our bodies into a further state of stress. Or perhaps it’s a little more serious, with more emotional ties to tension in your body. Many of us have experienced trauma in some form in our lives, however; unlike animals who process it immediately by making noises and shaking, we tend to bottle it up. We keep this bottled and continue to add to it – often subconsciously,  until we finally need to let it out.

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to give ourselves the space to process these emotions. Sometimes it takes a few hours, days, or even years. There can be layers to it. By regularly giving yourself the time alone to process, through movement and meditation (mindfulness) in whatever form you like – swimming, walking in nature, painting, music, breathwork, you will find you are more at peace. Sleep is also to help us process, but often the messages get jumbled. Unlike sleep, when we are in a meditative state, we are slightly more conscious, allowing the emotion to process as it is connected to intuitive thought – which can bring greater healing.

 

Somatic & Sound Healing

Using somatic (sensation) and sound healing can be very powerful during yin and healing sessions. Somatic can be through gentle touch,, similar to how craniosacral and some healers work. EFT can also help us tap into ourselves intuitively. There are also non-touch approaches, yet the client or student still feels sensations of release through their body, or energy moving. Sound therapy, using crystal bowls, tuning forks, the gong, and solfeggio frequencies helps us reach a deeper state of relaxation with greater ease for greater release.

It’s important to trust your body, and know it knows exactly what it needs to do. To do this you need to feel safe, and it’s completely ok to take the time to find the practitioner that feels right to you – in fact I think most teachers and practitioners would appreciate this, as we have also done our intuitive & healing work.

 

Sharing the Knowledge

This is an important skill to teach children for self-awareness, self-confidence, and peace in our communities. When we are better in-tune with ourselves, we are able to communicate more effectively, and understand others. This is why we teach children breath-work and mindfulness in our kids classes and summer camps. Showing children this very simple tool at a young age can make a world of difference to their lives. Children are receptive and naturally intuitive. If we can give them a healthy coping skill at a young age – think about the difference it can make!

You are welcome to join us for Meditation & Pranayama or Yin anytime! Both are gentle practices, open to all levels. If you are looking for more assisted healing, please contact Katie for referrals: katie@studio202community.com

Here’s an interesting article if you want to read more about this!