Yoga + Meditation for February Full Super Moon

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Super-moon Meditation

This Snow Moon at 0* in Virgo is the biggest Super Moon of the year – the closest to the Earth – meaning it has a stronger effect on us. Virgo is associated with power, healing and manifesting. The number 0 symbolizes creativity and opportunity (why we use 0  in our studio name – 2 is for harmony and partnership). So what is this moon all about? Questioning our greater purpose in life and being open to opportunity! In order to do this, we need to release old habits and patterns to truly allow this potential to flow to us. Breathwork and EFT (emotional freedom technique) are two very effective ways to release old patterns to create new healthy neural pathways and habits.

Here’s a look at the planets and stars at play during this time:

  • Moon trine Uranus – shines a light on our courage to act, even if going against status quo
  • Saturn sextile Neptune – brings out our spiritual side
  • Regulus is one of 4 Royal Persian stars – guardian of the heart

 

Yoga & Meditation for the Full Moon

Before we get into this meditation, please take the time to clear your space, cleanse any crystals or other sacred objects you wish to bring in. Crystal quartz helps us cleanse and heal, while Carnelian is used for courage and action. I would recommend moving through any energy in your body, through a little flow listening to your own body’s needs – perhaps some sufi grinds to connect to your Root Chakra & ground your energy. When you are ready, take a moment to close your eyes and cleanse your mind with 10 deep inhales through the nose and exhales through the mouth. Let go of any tensions, any emotions, any thoughts. When you are ready, bring your awareness to your Heart Chakra,  and continue with a steady Ujjayi breath. Welcome Your Higher Self, Guides, or Angels to your meditation. Take a moment to allow them in and to deeply connect – you will know when you feel connected either through sensation or knowing.

If you have a specific question or thought, please ask and then continue to stay open and connected with your breath.

Some ideas to consider:

  • What pattern do you need to release?
  • What is holding you back from living your full purpose?
  • What is your true purpose?
  • Is there a lesson you need to learn?
  • How can you fulfill your soul mission with greater ease?

Sometimes information comes quickly, other times it will come later in the day or week. Pay attention to your dreams and any synchronicities you notice. When you are ready, make sure to thank Your Higher Self, Guides or Angels. Try to stay connected this week and take time to continue to check back in. All we need to do is centre ourselves and calm our minds, and we can access our intuition and higher powers. It’s such an amazing gift we all poses, but a gift that needs to be practiced. Give yourself the gift of taking the time to do this every morning – even if it’s just breathing for 5 minutes in silence.

 

Join us for weekly yoga and meditation sessions at the studio to keep up your self-care practice and learn to connect more deeply. We also host a variety of workshops, including Breathwork and EFT & Art. Visit our Workshop page to sign up for early-birds for these and other upcoming workshops, including EFT for Kids!

January Full Moon Meditation

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This Super Blood Wolf Moon in Leo is an exciting one to start the new year! In addition, it’s a full Lunar Eclipse, helping us to reset our emotions – so meditation really is a key here. This Full Moon is about opportunity leading to growth. There is a balance here between staying grounded in your values and being open to going with the flow, to allow the right opportunities to come to you. While Leo enjoys the admiration of the spotlight, this also shows all our sides opening up a fear of criticism. It’s important to focus on having the courage and trusting that we can only do our best. There will always be critics and there will be those who appreciate what we are doing – act with pure intentions and trust your intuition. Have patience and trust.

 

Decan 1 of Leo is about our ancestors, reverence, and family loyalty. This will be tested, particularly when it comes to inheritance, be it tangible or intangible. Jealousy and fear seem to rear their head. Try to step away from this ego ruled time and see it for what it is – what’s at the root? Don’t get involved but rather focus on the value of family.

 

Other astrological events impacting the Full Moon:

  • Moon square Uranus may make us a little impulsive or on edge. Find grounding activities like meditation, yoga and walking in nature.  
  • Mercury square Uranus is about spontaneous changes. Go with flow but stay grounded.
  • Sun sextile Ceres is all about generosity & innocence. Let your heart guide you.
  • Moon trine Ceres brings awareness to family & freedom. Have a sense of humour & that child-like innocence if things are a little jumbled at the moment.
  • Pi Puppis star is Arabic ‘much promise’, bringing good things if we focus our minds and hearts in healthy places
  • Argo constellation is connected to a strong mind & spirit but associated with drowning. Try to keep life simple and focus on priorities. Other things can and will wait.
  • Altair is fixed in Aquarius. It’s Jupiter’s swooping eagle, highlighting honour & confidence

 

This is a wonderful first Full Moon for 2019! The key here is to stay focused on our true soul desires and to stay grounded. In our meditation, we will focus on connecting with our third eye and our guides or ancestors.

 

The other morning I had an absolutely beautiful meditation with my Pop who recently passed, and some interesting words that came through for family. Our ancestors and those close to us, will always be… we just need to take the time to be quiet, go within, and choose to listen with pure hearts.

 

Before we get into this meditation, please take the time to clear your space, cleanse any crystals or other sacred objects you wish to bring in. I would recommend moving through any energy in your body, through a little flow listening to your own body’s needs. When you are ready, take a moment to close your eyes and cleanse your mind with 10 deep inhales through the nose and exhales through the mouth. Let go of any tensions, any emotions, any thoughts. Begin to connect with your roots, grounding your energy. When you are ready, bring your awareness to your third eye and continue with a steady Ujjayi breath. Welcome Your Higher Self, Guides, or Angels to your meditation. Take a moment to allow them in and to deeply connect – you will know when you feel connected either through sensation or knowing. If you have a specific question or thought, please ask and then continue to stay open and connected with your breath. Sometimes information comes quickly, other times it will come later in the day or week. Pay attention to your dreams and any synchronicities you notice, including number patterns. When you are ready, make sure to thank Your Higher Self, Guides or Angels. Try to stay connected this week and take time to continue to check back in. All we need to do is centre ourselves and quiet our minds, and we can access our intuition and higher powers. It’s such an amazing gift we all poses, but a gift that needs to be practiced. Give yourself the gift of taking the time to do this every morning – even if it’s just breathing for 5 minutes in silence.

 

For more opportunities to learn about this connection and to give yourself the space to connect, join us for a yoga class or one of our special workshops. 2018 was a year of karmic cleansing, and yes we continue to do this, but it was a big year of clearing. 2019 is a pivotal year in moving forward and will be much smoother.

Do You Often See Repeating Numbers?

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Tesla Thoughts on Energy

 

Perhaps numbers or other synchronicities you can’t help but notice, continue to appear in your life. There will likely be periods where you see a few for a while, then numbers will change. It’s quite interesting when you become tuned into these subtleties and messages, which often becomes more apparent the more you meditate and develop your intuitive or psychic awareness. You may begin to notice all sorts of synchronicities and patterns in your daily and dream lives, including the effects of the moon. While I know numerology is connected to a pseudo-religion most of us aren’t a fan of, there’s no harm in seeing patterns in your life and taking an objective look to see if they have any meaning or significance for you. It’s said that our universe is built upon numbers, each carrying their own vibration. Did you know our Birthdays and names also carry numeral significance? For a little fun and to see how much it resonates with you, read on! 

 

The Significance of Repeating Numbers: 

  • 000 – Is all about connection and unity.  When this number continues to show up it’s a sign you are aligned with your higher self and the infinite. It’s also a sign of new beginnings.
  • 111 – Signifies a spiritual presence is with you. Take a moment to tune in to yourself and observe what’s happening within and around you. 1 is also a symbol of leadership and clarity.
  • 222 – Represents creativity and new beginnings. Every moment is yours to create. It’s also a sign of harmony and partnership.
  • 333 – Symbolizes ascended masters are with you. Be encouraged knowing you are protected and can make difficult decisions and speak your soul truth.  3 also symbolizes communication.
  • 444 – You are awakening to your path and in full harmony with universe. Trust in this and that you can reach your goals! 4 is all about truth.
  • 555 – Is connected to freedom, exploration, and change. If you see this number, trust you are on right path and keep moving forward.
  • 666 – This signifies it would be wise to examine your current situation. Are you in true alignment, or can changes be made for greater alignment? 6 is a symbol of nurturing.
  • 777 – Symbolizes synchronicity with the universe, increasing intuitive awareness, and a thirst for knowledge and sharing knowledge.
  • 888 – Represents equality and an abundant mindset – you are in flow with the universe and ready to receive. This is an especially powerful number.
  • 999 – Signifies the ending of a cycle and transition for further growth. A very humanitarian aspect for change.
  • 1234 – Is considered a ‘full circle’ number, as they total 1.  

 

Finding Your Birth Path:

To find your Birth Path, add the year, the month, and the day.

For example: Nov 1, 1984 = 1+9+8+4=22= 4 +11 + 1 = 1+ 6 = 7

Here’s a great link to read more on what your Birth Path means: https://astrostyle.com/numerology/

5 Tools to Help you Realize Your Dreams

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How was 2018 for you? I know it was challenging for many, and some of these challenges to help us truly align to our true potential may linger in early 2019, but it should be easier as we now we know clearly what we will and will not allow in our lives. Hopefully you have taken time over the holiday to nurture yourself, and are ready to take on the new year! Remember to continue nurturing yourself on a regular basis – perhaps a daily meditation practice and a few yoga classes or other activities for your soul. By looking after ourselves – mind, body & soul – we are in a better frame of mind, and able to make healthier choices everyday.  

So let’s get on to realizing our true potential by first looking at these two approaches:  

The Yogic Approach – 8 Limbs of Yoga 

These limbs are set out to help us stay focused and on a path towards enlightenment, or self-actualization. Click here to read more in depth about the 8 Limbs.

  1. Yamas – disciplines to observe to guide our interactions in the world
  2. Niyamas – personal practices for a healthy internal world
  3. Asana – the physical practice of yoga to move energy through the body to assist with a clear mind
  4. Pranayama – breath work to help clear the mind for meditation
  5. Pratyahara – sense withdrawal to assist with meditation & truly listening to our intuition
  6. Dharana – focused concentration
  7. Dhyana – meditative absorption, where true inspiration flows through us
  8. Samadhi – a continual state of bliss

 

Maslow’s Hierarchy & 10 Characteristics of Self Actualization

Maslow states our basic needs (physiological, safety & security, love & belonging, self-esteem & respect) must be met in order to come to the fifth stage to achieve our fullest potential. So how do we know if are achieving our fullest potential?

  1. Gratitude is part of your daily life
  2. Accepting all aspects of yourself
  3. Authenticity & ability to take responsibility for your actions & thoughts
  4. Grace to flow with life’s ups and downs
  5. Purposely fulfilling your life’s mission
  6. Truth seeking is part of your perception of reality
  7. Humanitarian desires stemming from pure altruism
  8. Experiences of Oneness
  9. Strong sense of moral intuition
  10. Creative spirit & child-like innocence and perception

Looking at either of these approaches, we are likely to have strengths in some aspects and weakness in others. Take a moment to intuitively look at where you are now. Where can you grow to fulfill your soul potential?

I think it’s important to recognize that fulfilling our soul potential is a journey rather than a destination. Some of us have a very clear calling for our mission, while for others it may take time to become apparent. It’s ok if you don’t know clearly – you are already likely living it and it will become more apparent over time as you continue to tap into you intuition. The approaches above help us connect more deeply to our intuition and live in greater joy…and isn’t that the point?

My mission was pretty clear to me at 18 – creating the studio as a space for all to connect in health and wellness. Such spaces weren’t exactly common back then, and it took 15 years to bring it to reality…and it continues to evolve. It was by no means an easy path, and there are still many challenges…but this is my passion and a very clear mission.

To help you connect to your mission, think about the following:

  • What are you most passionate about?
  • What gifts do you have to share with the world?
  • What gifts do you bring into your everyday life?
  • How can you share more of this?

For many of us, there are aspects blocking our true and full potential to share our gifts. Even if you think you do clearly know the path you are taking, this is a continual journey of growth with challenges to help you live your true potential. These little challenges, when handled in a healthy manner, help you to grow further to more fully express your gifts. This past year I have been working on a big challenge quite a bit, and will continue to. Often these challenges are rooted deep in your subconscious and from child-hood patterns.

 

Are any areas blocking you from achieving your full potential?

Some ways to know if you are blocked in certain aspects include;

  • Not feeling you are worthy of your dreams, or fear of what may happen if achieve them (fear of success)
  • Sudden depression, excessive worry, or uncontrollable anger
  • Fatigue and appetite changes
  • Resentment

Let’s clear any blocks using the tools below:

 

5 Tools to Help you Realize Your Dreams

  1. Take the time to understand the root of your block, fear or challenge. Where are these feelings, thoughts and patterns are stemming from?
  2. Learn to let-go – set realistic expectations of yourself & others. Practice the sometimes challenging art of surrendering, and trusting in a higher process. Perhaps you have felt blocked from one avenue only to realize by not following this path, you were actually spared.
  3. Be clear as to what you will and will not allow in your life. It’s ok to say no to unhealthy people and situations, in a kind but clear way. 
  4. Love yourself – look after your exercise, sleep, and nutrition. Participate in activities to nurture your soul, including being in nature and meditation as regularly as possible. This will help you connect more deeply to your intuition, which will help things flow with grace and ease. 
  5. Some other tools to help you tap into your intuition and create new neural pathways:
    • Cleanse by smudging, sound healing
    • Creating a mantra to reinforce positive change. This is extra powerful when combined with EFT
    • When meditating focus on your dream being reality (already being engaging your senses, not in the future)

 

By doing the above work, you will be able to more deeply connect with your true self, tap into your intuition and achieve your dreams – it’s a journey, not a destination. While some of your dreams will be achieved this year, even if not as planned, taking time to do this work will help you make progress on your soul mission. This may take life times, but progress is progress! And most importantly, it will help you live more in the moment and in true joy!

 

Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy & happy 2019!

 

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Early-birds are open on workshops, including EFT series and Spring Break camps!

December’s Full Moon Meditation & Yoga

Full Moon Meditation

The theme of change keeps coming up in my meditations – waves of change. This change is about finding simplicity, pure joy, and clearing the extraneous. This meditation requires us to reflect deeply about where we are and wish to go, set clear boundaries, and nurture growth. Self-care is a big theme to prepare ourselves for the growth to come. Don’t be afraid to be assertive and clear – this can be done with compassion for yourself and others. By honouring yourself and being clear in boundaries, you allow the space for positive change to flow into your life.

December 21 is the Solstice, and transits from creative Gemeni to nurturing Cancer. This Full Moon is known as the ‘Cold Moon’ or ‘Long Nights Moon’ – all about self care, evaluation and conclusion, before January 5th’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse with a theme of new projects and growth. Some other aspects affecting the Full Moon:

  • Moon sextile Uranus shines on excitement
  • Moon conjunct Betelguese speaks to a strong & active mind that will strive for what it believes
  • Venus trine to Neptune evokes a softer, intuitive and nurturing environment – perfect to get cozy at home

Don’t out-do yourself this Christmas or holiday you are celebrating. Take the time to really nurture yourself – once your cup is full, you can continue to keep it full while caring for those you love.

 

Full Moon Meditation & Yoga

Rose, geranium and lavender are the scents that speak to this time of self-love. Perhaps treating yourself to a luxurious bath, bringing in amethyst, rose and clear quartz. I would suggest smudging and cleaning your meditation space.

Sitting in your space with your eyes closed, gently focusing on your breath with your eyes closed and feeling into the subtle sensations around you. Bring your awareness to your Root Chakra, beginning to ground your energy – you can do this by visualizing roots or a golden cord reaching into the Earth. With your inhales draw white light into your body, holding briefly as your body expands with this light, and exhale completely allowing the light to radiate out beyond you and fill the room. This practice is cleansing for you, your aura, and your space.  Continue with this practice as long as you wish.

When you are ready, with your eyes closed, begin with Sufi Grinds – sitting cross-legged, inhale reaching your chest forward, exhale rounding your spine to the back. Continue in circles to one side moving with your breath, then switching to the other side. Coming back to a neutral, tall spine, begin with spinal flexes, inhaling reaching your chest forward, exhale rounding your spine to the back. Take some gentle neck rolls – left to centre to right, moving with the breath. Coming back to the breath, inhale reaching your arms to the sky and exhale gently twist to the right, then repeat to the left. Inhaling tall spine back to centre and gently transitioning to Child’s pose. Rest here. You are welcome to continue to move as your body needs, through Cat/Cow, Down Dog, perhaps a few flows to move the energy.

Once you feel ready to come back to seated, close your eyes again and focus on the breath.

  • How has the breath changed in your body?
  • Taking a little scan from Root to Crown, how has your body changed?
  • How would you feel if you continued this practice every day, taking the time to nurture you?
  • What brings you the greatest joy and contentment?
  • If you feel you do not know clearly yourself, perhaps ask your Guides or Higher Self what it is you could clear from your life to allow more of that pure joy to flow in?

 

Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday, taking the time for you and to surround yourself with those you love. Take moments for yourself to continue breathing in this white light, coming into greater alignment with the true essence of you

✨ Over Christmas we are hosting by-donation classes: Yin & Crystal Bowl on Thursdays, and Gong Bath’s on Sundays. We would love to have you join us! Use the code #healthiswealth when you are purchasing passes for the Winter to save 10%

✨ Early-bird’s are open for EMPOWER Spring Break Camps (8-11 & 12-15yrs), EFT Kids and EFT Adult series

✨ For information on pure essential oils, please email me: Katie@studio202community.com

 

Love & light,

Katie

5 Simple Mindfulness Tips for Everyday!

This time of year can be overwhelming with so many places to be, things to do, and emotions. Here are some simple mindfulness tips to help you stay centred to maintain your well-being, peace & joy!

 

Start Your Day off Right

Taking 5-10 minutes at the start of every day to gently move and come into a meditation makes a world of difference to the rest of your day. Don’t believe me? Try it for a week! Meditation can be as complex or as simple as you make it. You can simply focus on your breath – taking deep belly breaths, you can draw in mantra, visualization, energy work, and so much more. If you are new to meditation or mindfulness, I would suggest just closing your eyes and focusing on inhaling through the nose, bringing the breath into the belly, feeling your chest expand. On the exhale through your mouth or nose, allow your jaw, neck & chest to relax.

 

Take a Moment

I often recommend to clients who are starting to practice mindfulness or meditation to find something that reminds them to reconnect to themselves and their breath. It can be as simple as a red light. When ever you come across a red light, bring your awareness into your body, and take five deep inhales and exhales. If you’re not driving you can even close your eyes!

 

Check Your Breath

We often breath in such a hurried state and aren’t even aware of it – I know I can do this too – bad habits we’ve developed over years… but with practice we can become aware and catch ourselves to ensure we get full breaths. If we aren’t taking full-breaths, we are only getting a portion of the oxygen our bodies and brains need. Furthermore, a shortened or shallow breath makes our body believe we need to be in fight or flight mode. The best part? The reverse is also true! By focusing on bringing the breath into our belly, then into our chest – think of how a baby breathes – we tell our body we are safe and can relax. We are able to get a nice full breath to nourish our nervous system. Now try taking 5-10 of these deep, soothing breaths. Try this with your kids before bed and they’ll soon be off to lalaland! This is a very important aspect of yoga & meditation, called pranayama.

 

Thoughts Become Words, Words Define Our Path

We are deeply complex beings full of memories and stories that create how we see ourselves and in turn affect our lives. Mantra is a powerful way to become conscious of our words and to help develop new, healthy habits and pathways in our brain. You are welcome to use the mantra in the image above, or create your own! What qualities do you already or wish to embody more of? Repeat this mantra to yourself during your morning and evening meditation or quiet time. You can also do this with little ones!

 

The Power of Scent

Mindfulness is all about being in the moment and engaging our senses – being aware of what you are seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. Scent is a particularly powerful way for us to reconnect to ourselves and memories. Give yourself a little gift of going for a walk in the forest or by the ocean – we have no excuse here on the shore! Take a deep breath in, really feel & smell it. What does it smell like? How does it make you feel? If you enjoy using essential oils, you can bring your favourite calming scent with you where ever you go.

 

Upcoming Events to Help You Reconnect & Restore: 

Dec 8 – By-Donation Crystal Bowl Sound Bath with Essential Oils

Dec 9 – Create Your Own Essential Oil Gifts using the purest oils on the market

Jan 13, 20, 27 – EFT Workshops*

Jan 16-Feb 13 – EFT for Kids*

Or join us for one of our many soothing weekly classes; Restorative, Kundalini & Gong Bath, Hatha, Yin & Crystal Bowl, YinYang and many more! We have a special Christmas Pass on sale for $69 (save $99) for Dec 17-Jan5.

*Early-birds on new year workshops & spring break camps until Jan 6th. Use the code #healthiswealth for 10% off weekly classes before Jan 6th!

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out: Katie@studio202community.com

We hope this season brings peace, light & joy into your hearts!

 

 

 

Yoga & Meditation for November’s Full Moon

Energy Healing

This is an interesting Full Moon – meditation and yoga are definitely in order! We’ll explore the aspects at play, followed by a little meditation and yoga sequence you can practice at home.

The Moon is at 0* in Gemini, a particularly creative and sometime fickle sign, so you may feel pulled in many directions. 0 also represents our infinite creative potential. This is wonderful energy to have with us as we reflect on the growth and changes we have made over the year, and begin to prepare for another year. The image I saw this morning in my meditation was stepping out of my skin like a snake – major shedding for major growth to come. It’s important to recognize and give gratitude to what was in our lives, what brought us to where we are, and at the same time be able to let go to make room for more growth and greater alignment. Release stories and your shadow aspects that no longer serve you – guilt, shame, fear. This was also a theme for November’s New Moon – forgiving and letting go. Forgiving others and most importantly ourselves, surrounding ourselves, situations and others with loving energy. Take time to nourish your nervous system through yoga, meditation, art to connect to and allow your intuition to thrive. Trust your heart. I find by taking the time to reflect and connect to our intuition, we are able to make healthy changes in our lives before they seem forced upon us.

Full Moon Astrological Aspects:

  • Moon squaring Mars – Watch your words & how others words affect you
  • Moon opposing Jupiter – This amplifies confrontational energy from Mars, particularly when we’re vulnerable
  • Mars squaring Jupiter – Enjoy your energy but try not to be impulsive with thoughts, words & actions
  • Moon conjunct to Alcyone – This fixed star has a feminine influence, but in the picture of what’s going on astrologically it points to cruelty & potential out-lashes by ourselves or on the receiving end

 

Full Moon Meditation & Yoga

Oils and crystals for this meditation could include Cedarwood, Palo Santo & Copaiba for clearing & calming the nervous system. I love sticking with my Obsidian & Clear Quartz when there’s a lot going on, perhaps bringing in a Rose Quartz. 417Hz is for clearing energy, so you may want to listen to something like this.

Begin by settling into your space, clearing or smudging if you like. I like to have a shower or bath with the oils first to cleanse my skin too. Getting comfortable and coming into your body, bring your awareness to your Root chakra and begin to ground your energy with an easy breath perhaps visualizing roots traveling from you into the Earth. Call in your protection in a way that speaks to you or begin to fill your body with white light with every inhale.

Once you feel grounded, begin with Sufi Grinds moving gently with the breath. After a minute or two in each direction, begin with Spinal flexes, hands on the ankles, then flexes with hands on the knees. Inhaling reaching your chest forward, exhale rounding the spine. This Kundalini warm-up helps to lubricate the spine and wake up the nervous system. Once you feel warmed up, bring your awareness to your Crown chakra and begin with gentle neck rolls, moving with the breath.

Let’s begin with Nadi Shodana – Balancing Breath. Covering the left nostril, inhale through the right. Cover the right, exhale left, then deep inhale. Cover the left, exhale right, inhale and continue. Allow your belly then chest to fill on the inhale, your shoulders, chest and belly to relax on the exhale. This breath slows our energy, improves focus, and with the belly breath tells our body we are in a relaxed state to bring us into a greater relaxed state primed for meditation. Continue your breath for 5 minutes, returning to an easy inhale and exhale through the nose bringing your focus to your Third Eye and Crown Chakras. Stay in meditation as long as you need, thinking about what you would like to shed and what you would like to bring into your life. Or simply surrender to your breath and allow what’s meant to flow to you to come. If you would like to repeat a mantra, Sa Ta Na Ma is an appropriate one: Infinity, Life, Death, Rebirth. 

 

You are more than welcome to join us Thursday for Yin & Crystal Bowl 8-9pm at the Studio for a Full Moon session, or to dive even deeper into release and connecting to your intuition, Linda is hosting EFT & Creative Art Therapy this Sunday.

If you’d like to learn more about pure essential oils, you are welcome to email me or join our Dec 2nd event ‘Make Your Own Essential Oil Gifts.

 

Have a lovely Full Moon. Sending love & light,

Katie

 

10 Reasons to Practice Yoga if You Live In North Vancouver

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Most of us in North & West Vancouver lead active lives outdoors, including participating in extreme sports. When the mountains and ocean are right at your back door, how can you not want to be outside hiking, mountain biking, skiing, swimming, climbing, going for a soothing trail run or road bike?! While these more strenuous forms of exercise are great for an exhilarating rush and often require you to be in a meditative or focused state, more and more of us are realizing the need to balance our outdoor passions with gentle forms of yoga for our longevity. Here are the top 10 reasons to practice yoga:

 

  1. Yoga encourages you to focus on the breath – during classes we work with the breath or pranayama to increase lung-capacity and breath control, which supports your cardiovascular strength & stamina. If asthma or allergies are a concern for you, pranayama can also help encourage full breaths and a strong respiratory system.

2. Yoga targets large muscles – by holding strength building poses in classes such as Vinyasa, we target our larger muscles in balanced and safe ways to support us and our posture. This helps you build greater endurance for your favorite sports.

3. Yoga builds strength in fine muscles – when we hold poses we activate the finer and often under-used muscles which are needed in our daily activities and for balance. These fine muscles support our larger muscles and the integrity of our bodies.

4. Yoga helps strengthen bones – by placing pressure safely on bones it causes the cells to regenerate, which keeps bones strong, helps to prevent osteoporosis and helps to reduce inflammation in some forms of arthritis.

5. Yoga encourages flexibility – this surprisingly to many, is not the goal of yoga, but rather a by-product of allowing our tight muscles and fascia to lengthen, which in turn helps to prevent injuries…and feels good! Many of us have very tight low backs and legs, which if not effectively stretched gently in classes such as Yin and Restorative, can cause tears, strains.

6. Yoga helps to balance our nervous system – through breath and mindfulness exercises or meditation, we learn simple techniques to calm our nervous system and release emotional tension. This allows us to be more self aware, less anxious, and get better sleep.

7. Yoga helps with greater self-awareness – you will notice you become more attuned to your body and what is happening around you, helping you stay present, focused, and better able to handle and mitigate potentially stressful situations.  

8. Yoga supports hormone balance – by learning simple tools to support the nervous system, get better sleep, live more mindfully and mitigate or better handle challenging situation, we allow our hormones to come into greater balance. Less cortisol is also present, which helps with weight concerns.

9. Yoga can help improve your relationships – by being more present, more objective, and understanding our stress responses, we are in greater control of our reactions and able to really be there for those close to us, which strengthens our relationships.

10. Yoga helps boost your immune system – by nourishing your nervous system, we reduce inflammation and stress hormones. This helps us to stay healthy so we can enjoy being outdoors in our beautiful city!

 

You can practice many of these techniques at home, such a simple slow breath work or pranayama – inhaling and exhaling for a count of four. I strongly recommend taking a few breaks to do this every day, and watch the difference in your sense of peace over a month.

While yoga can also be practiced at home, many find it more peaceful to come to a space dedicated to this practice, with a seasoned yoga instructor who can offer suggestions in order to help your alignment and relaxation. Many of us are used to practicing in large studios where it can be challenging for the instructor to support each student, and ensure the integrity and safety of poses. Smaller studios are able to dedicate the energy to the well-being of clients. This is particularly important to us at Studio 202, and one of the aspects we feel sets us apart. Our team is passionate about supporting your well-being, physically, emotionally, and spiritually in our North Vancouver oasis. Come check out some of our classes to help you stay strong and healthy for all of life’s adventures!

 

October Full Moon Meditation

This full moon meditation focuses on finding balance within our relationships and self. Stable Taurus is challenged by unpredictable and changing Uranus. The result, the unexpected and our vulnerabilities to surface. While it’s not always easy, it’s important to take a look at our ‘blind-spots’ or weaknesses in order to grow.

Here’s a glimpse into the astrological impacts right now:

  • Venus opposes Uranus, which can create tension in our relationships and our relationship with money
  • Moon conjuncts Uranus, leading to impulsive and detached tendencies
  • Moon opposes Venus, exposing our need for affection
  • Venus sextile to Saturn, emphasizing our need for companionship
  • Moon trines Saturn, which lends patience, intuitive & emotional strength
  • Fixed stars
    • Mirach symbolizes giving love. The Moon conjuncts this star signaling concerns with the opposite gender, furthered by Uranus conjunct leading to unbalanced perspective or approach.
    • Mira is about perseverance

Retrogrades:

  • Neptune is in Pisces until Nov 25, encouraging us to stay grounded, realistic & objective
  • Venus started in Libra and ends in Scorpio Nov 16, asking us to go within & look at our relationship to giving and receiving love

What does all this mean? We are still dealing with similar issues from September’s full moon. October’s new moon was about transformation, but we are now looking at our shadow in these areas in order to move forward. Again, it is important to tap into the self and really understand what it is your soul is longing for. Try not to seek a quick fix by just filling the void – this will lead to further problems. Scorpio encourages us to look deep into our hearts and souls to truly nurture ourselves.

 

Full Moon Meditation & Yoga

Let’s find some balance. I would begin by clearing your meditation space through prayer, mantra, sage – whatever speaks to you. Two beautiful oils to balance the masculine and feminine are Lavender (the Mother healer) and Frankincense (the Father healer). For crystals, choose those you are drawn to. I will be working with obsidian, rose & clear quartz, for the Root, Heart & Crown chakras. Perhaps turn on a 639Hz frequency such as this for harmony.

Begin with gentle movement – trust your bodies flow. Sufi grinds, spinal flexes or cat cows, allowing your breath to guide your movement. If you need to flow to let some energy move, do so. When you are ready, come back to a comfortable seat closing your eyes softly. Let’s begin with Nadi Shodana:

  • Covering the right nostril, inhale through the left
  • Cover the left nostril, exhale right then inhale
  • Cover the right, exhale left then inhale
  • Continue for 5-10 minutes feeling the flow of the breath through your body

Stay with an easy inhale exhale or Ujjayi (Ocean breath) through both nostrils once you are finished with Nadi Shodhana, noticing the full flow of the breath and ease. Imagining the breath being white light filling up every corner of your body, beginning to radiate out beyond and into your aura, creating further balance & peace around you.

Ask your soul or guides: What serves your highest and best right now? 

When you feel you are completed with your meditation, take time to journal your thoughts, inspiration & insights. Through the next few weeks, find something you can do every day to nurture yourself to bring greater peace – even if it’s just showering with the lights off before bed & applying a drop of your favorite essential oil in your lotion. Give yourself this gift of love, and more love will come your way.

 

 

Full Moon Yoga & Meditation: Thursday 8-9pm, join us for Yin & Crystal Bowl Healing where we will practice this meditation with pure Young Living Frankincense & Lavender essential oils.

If you are interested in purchasing your own essential oils, I would recommend starting with the Starter Kit, which comes with a diffuser and the 10 most popular oils – many of which will become your new natural medicine cabinet – perfect as the cooler season falls upon us. Please click this link or email Katie@studio202community.com. 

 

Essential Oils While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Pure essential oils can a huge support during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but it’s important to know which ones to use and when. What we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood stream within 20 minutes max, which is then shared with our baby. This is why it’s so it’s important to be aware of all the products we consume, including those we use on our largest organ, our skin. As mentioned by the National Association for Holistic Therapy, the quality of the oil is incredibly important as is the quantity used. Many oils on the market have additives and are blended with other unnamed ingredients to be cost-effective. This is one reason I choose to only use Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living owns their own farms and takes great pride in ensuring quality from ‘seed to seal’. They care for the plants energetically and beyond – and yes, you can even visit their farms around the world to experience yourself! As these oils are pure, you need very little.

 

First Trimester

During the first trimester it’s important to be cautious, and I would not recommend ingesting any essential oils. You are safe to use the following oils topically or diffuse during the first trimester to uplift and help keep nausea at bay; Bergamot, Chamomile (german and roman), Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Petitgrain & citrus scents.

I would not recommend ingesting or using any of the following essential oils on your skin while pregnant; Aniseed, Anise star, Basil, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Cumin, Fennel, Hyssop, Jasmine, Oregano, Myrrh, Parsley, Pennroyal, Rosemary, Sassafrass, Savory, Sweet birch, Thyme, Wintergreen, Wormwood.

Yoga Tip: While active pranayama (breath-work) is not recommended during pregnancy, a deep slow breath is a wonderful way to help ease nausea, and help you to tune into yourself and baby. Find a comfortable space & close your eyes for a steady inhale to a count of 4 into the belly and chest, and exhaling to the count of 4 relaxing the chest then belly. Repeat for 5-30 minutes.

 

Second Trimester

The second trimester is a great time to start massaging a few drops of pure essential oils diluted into the carrier oil of your choice – coconut, jojoba, almond etc – all over your beautiful body. These oils are wonderful for nourishing the skin; Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Neroli, Rose Otto, Sandalwood & Ylang Ylang. I would suggest using organic carrier oils for their purity.

You can also continue to diffuse or apply the following oils to help energize yourself; Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint & citrus scents.

For an amazing sleep, I would recommend a few drops of Lavender, Frankincense or White Angelica in a bath with pure magnesium salts.

Yoga Tip: You may notice your lower back beginning to bother you a bit. To get ahead of this, try cat/cow every morning and evening as this involves pelvic tilts. This helps to loosen the back, allowing energy to flow through the spine nourishing all your organs (including baby), and strengthen the pelvic area. If you haven’t yet, try to get to a Prenatal Yoga class for more tips and poses to strengthen and calm.

 

Third Trimester

Below are a few recipes you can blend into a carrier oil or diffuse to soothe some common discomforts in the third trimester:

  • Frequent urination – Cypress, Neroli & Sweet marjoram
  • Heartburn –  Petitgrain, Roman chamomile & Sandalwood
  • Haemorrhoids – Copaiba, Cypress, Peppermint, Sandalwood & Sweet orange
  • Varicose veins – Cypress, Sandalwood, Sweet orange
  • Water retention – Geranium, Lemon & Petitgrain

Yoga Tip: One of my favourite parts of our Prenatal Yoga classes is our flowing squats. This helps you connect to your breath,  strengthen your legs, open the hips, and encourages baby to move to a head first position.  Start by rolling a mat under your heels, coming to standing hands above your head. Exhale slowly folding into a squat, and using your hands rolling up with the inhale. Try doing 15 when you wake up each morning.

 

Birth

During birth, Clary sage & Jasmine are welcome in addition to any of your favourite oils from above to help you stay in a space of peace and joy during this special time. Frankincense,Helichrysum, Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood & White angelica are some of the highest vibrational oils and wonderful to use at birth. Copaiba is another amazing oil to ease anxiety and compliment other oils – this is one of my absolute favourites. Oils are best diffused or you can blend into a carrier oil for massage.

Yoga Tip: The breath and meditations we do in class help you prepare for birth, by helping you connect to your intuition and your baby. Gentle breath, visualization, and mantra help us stay in a space of peace. Try the breath tip mentioned in the First Trimester section and creating a mantra for yourself. It can be as simple as ‘I am love, I am strength, I trust my intuition.’ Get creative!

If you would like a little extra support, Clara (certified Doula) and her husband Mathius will be hosting an intimate Birth Partner Workshop November 25th for 6 couples.

 

Breastfeeding & Fourth Trimester

Gentle Baby blend is an oil you and your little bundle can enjoy to soothe the skin and aid with sleep. I would suggest diffusing this oil, or blending with a carrier oil to apply along on the inner ankles, lower back and across the tummy to ease any discomforts.

Some oils to help you balance hormones include; Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clove, Copaiba, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint. These oils are uplifting, calming, and can help balance hormones. Wild Yam and Chaste Tree also help balance hormones – for these I would speak to your Naturopath.

Basil, Fennel & Geranium help to increase production of milk, while Peppermint slows the flow. You will want to place a drop or two above the breasts around the lymphs.

To soothe sore and cracked nipples, try using Geranium, Myrrh & Sandalwood in a carrier oil.

Mastitis? Massage Clove, Lavender, Orange, Thyme, or Rosemary into the lymphs above the breast.

A friend also recommended Clariderm spray on a pad to help soothe & heal. Please see below for details on purchasing Clariderm or other pure essential oils.

 

Just for you!

Until October 15th use the code #mamalove to save 10% on any of the following classes & events:

We also host Bellydance on the first Thursday of every month 615-730pm for $10 – perfect for Pre & Postnatal!

To purchase Clariderm or any of the oils mentioned above at wholesale, please click here. With Young Living you order what you want, when you want. The Starter Kit with 11 of the most essential oils and diffuser is a great value of $400 worth of products for $200! All who purchase $50 or more of essential oil products before October 31st will receive complimentary entry to our Dec 2 event where we will be making essential oil gifts for yourself and those you love!

If you have questions, please email katie@studio202community.com