Strength Through Devotion

I woke up this morning to the sound of trees being chopped down. The land across the street is being clear cut to make way for a large Wellington mini Mansion. We have seen hawks and turtles, foxes and possums, owls and ospreys. Where will they go?

I don’t often write about all the sad and awful things that are happening in our world right now. Wars, mass shootings, environmental destruction,  anger, poverty, racism, and hate. But just because I don’t write about it doesn’t mean I don’t think about it, or feel it.. Because trust me, as an empath, I feel it. There is so much chaos right now that it is hard  not to feel crazy. I think we all do. How do we heal?

 

For me, even 10 minutes of yoga, deep breathing, a few juicy asanas, single pointed focus, can shift my mood and perspective, drastically!  I can transform from a place of hopelessness and fear, to a place of strength and healing. Through breathing and being mindful. This is why I practice yoga. This is why I teach yoga, even though truth be told, anyone who teaches yoga knows, you have to do it because you love it. And I do love it. It is through inner healing, realization,  and wisdom that we can create change. Sometimes while we are deep in the surrender of savasana, we truly feel and understand that all things connect.

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Putting down the shovel, for a little Asana Time

We are at a crossroads. Strange and intense times and energy. Times of transformation.  We can’t just talk about the problems, we have to start living the solution. How do we want to transform? What do we want to transform into?

My suggestion is that we tap into our higher wisdom, and transform through love, compassion, and forgiveness.

Wishing all of us a heart healing day. ~Tiff

 

 

 

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Therapy For The Third-Eye Chakra

The Third-Eye Chakra-The Anja Chakra

Third-Eye Magic
Third-Eye Magic, The Unicorn

Color: Indigo, A deep bluish purple

Element: Light

Location: The Space between the eyes, sometimes located at the center of the forehead.

Bija Seed Sound: OM

Energy, Emotions, Feelings Associated with this Chakra: The THIRD EYE chakra is associated with psychic abilities, visions, messages, premonitions, and the ability to “see” things that cannot be seen with normal vision….

A closed THIRD EYE causes close-minded thinking, overly logical, critical, and untrusting thoughts and behavior!

On the other hand, an overly active third-eye can be very intense, even frightening, too much information to process. This can make us feel crazy. It is very important to find balance.

 

Childs Pose, Third Eye To Earth, Nourishing, Grounding, Healing Power
Childs Pose- Third Eye To Earth, Nourishing, Grounding, Healing Power

 

Of all my chakras, the one that is most active, is my third-eye, and that is sometimes very intense. Child’s pose, helps rebalance excess energy, and helps process so much. Sometimes after doing yoga, meditation, or Reiki, my third-eye chakra remains wide open. And I do not feel normal.-Spending time in childs pose helps me so much. So does resting my forehead on the trunk of a tree. Bowing down, moving inward, grounding into Earth, we are humbled and reminded that with our increased awareness, and sensitivity, comes responsibility.

Breath Work: Deep nostril breathing, with the eyes closed, directing the breath to and from the Third-Eye is very healing and stimulating for this chakra!

Try wearing Amethyst, an excellent third eye stone.

Healing Affirmation: I trust my intuition. I am open to receive my Highest Wisdom.

Yoga Asanas For Third-Eye: Eagle Pose-Garudasana, Childs Pose -Balasana, Easy Pose, Half or Full Lotus..

Foods that help awaken and balance this chakra: ALKALINE FORMING foods, almonds, leafy greens, avocados, bananas, flax seeds, and more can help tremendously.

In yoga, psychic ability is referred to as “siddhis.” There are many texts that talk about one of the dangers of the siddhis, is ego involvement. A feeling of “I have superpowers, I must be very special.”  This is another important reminder to balance!! All the chakras working together in harmony.. 

Honoring the Journey. Namaste.-Tiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Therapy For The Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra –  The Vishuddha Chakra

 

Shoulderstand For Throat Chakra Health
Shoulderstand For Throat Chakra Health

Color: Blue

Element: Ether/Space

Location: Throat

Bija Seed Sound: Ham

Emotions, Feelings, and issues associated with this chakra: Communication problems, Fear to express ourselves,  fear to share our wisdom, or opinion.  Lying and gossiping also correspond with the throat chakra. Physical problems with this chakra include, thyroid problems, neck and shoulder pain, jaw problems, laryngitis, headaches, and more.

Yoga Asana For Throat Chakra
Sphinx Yoga Asana For Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra is our communication center and it represents self-expression and the ability to speak our truth. This is more difficult than one might imagine, because it involves breaking down and analyzing everything we have been conditioned to believe. Society, family, and culture condition us from birth!

Visshuddha in Sanskrit literally means Purification, and it takes some real work.. I am a Reiki Master, and it is pretty common when I pass attunements or give sessions, that my students and patients experience a sense of stuck energy at the throat.. Gagging and clearing the throat (multiple times) happen often during sessions.. I think this is because this chakra is taking us out of the physical and we all have so much to process here.

I have found that a small turquoise stone or lapis lazuli worn as a necklace helps bring energy to this chakra. . And also I recommend a few drops of lavender or sandalwood gently massaged to the throat and neck.  Singing is  great therapy  for this chakra too.  

A balanced throat chakra can be described as comfortable,confident, and honest communication. 

Healing Affirmation: I express myself freely and openly. I am grateful for the blessings in my life. I speak my truth. I am open to the wisdom of my higher self.

Foods that support Throat Chakra Health: Herbal tea (especially lemongrass),a big spoonful of raw honey, fruits, such as lemons, limes, peaches, blackberries, blueberries, and apples, eating a SATTVIC DIET.

Yoga Poses For Throat Chakra:Plow Pose- Halasana, Shoulderstand-Sarvangasana, Sphinx pose, Fish Pose- Matsyasana,

Plow Pose For Throat Chakra
Plow Pose For Throat Chakra
Fish Pose For Throat Chakra
Fish Pose For Throat Chakra

 

Lets align our thoughts, words, and actions with our highest wisdom..

-Tiff

 

Therapy For The Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra -The Anahata Chakra 

Open the Heart with a Standing Backbend
Open the Heart with a Standing Backbend

Color: Green

Element: Air

Location: Heart Center

Bija Seed Sound: Yam

Emotions and Feelings Associated with this chakra: The ability to love and forgive, ourselves and each other. Empathy, sympathy, and loving kindness, come from a strong and open heart chakra. Dysfunction of this chakra can manifest in many ways, feeling unworthy of love, closed to love, unable to express love, etc.. Physically, it can manifest as heart problems, lung problems, and more..

Yoga Poses For Heart Chakra: Camel pose, Cobra, Upward Facing Dog, Wheel, Standing Backbend, and more. Any pose that opens and stretches the chest will greatly benefit the health of this chakra.

Affirmation: My heart is open to give and receive love. I let go of past wounds and allow love to flow through and to me.

Ustrasana-Camel Pose An Amazing Heart Chakra Pose
Ustrasana-Camel Pose An Amazing Heart Chakra Pose

The literal meaning of the word Anahata is unstuck, unhurt, unbeaten.. Lets be real here, many of us have deep wounds. But we can heal. Yoga, chanting, affirmations, color therapy, diet, meditation, hugs, etc.. Choose love. 

Lots of love, from me to you!

Therapy For The Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra Therapy
Sacral Chakra/Creative and Fluid Movement/Dance

The Sacral Chakra/Svadisthasana Chakra 

Element: Water

Color: Orange

Bija Mantra (seed sound): Vam

Feelings and Energy Associated with the Sacral Chakra: Creativity, fluidity, sensuality, sexuality, pleasure, abundance,

Malasana To Stimulate The Sacral Chakra
Malasana To Stimulate The Sacral Chakra

Foods That Support Sacral Chakra Health: Fruits, especially with high water content, high quality chocolate,

Location: A few inches below the Navel, area of the genitals

Asanas: Malasana, Pigeon, Skandasana, Goddess Pose, Dancer Pose, and many more.. Flow Yoga and free movement and dance also stimulate this chakra.

Affirmation: I Feel creative energy flowing to and through me. I am creative, abundant, sensual, and fluid.

 

Eka Pada Rajakapotanasana/ Pigeon Pose
Eka Pada Rajakapotanasana/ Pigeon Pose

I have had many points in my life, where I feel a massive surge of creative energy. And during these times, I am compelled to choreograph a dance, make art, write, practice flow yoga, dance, etc… Yesterday I went on a morning walk with my family to look at the huge waves (and take these photos) and I was just in awe of the ENERGY!!! Ever wonder where our waves of creative energy come from? A Healthy and Balanced Energy System!  Lets harness our Sacral Chakra Magic and share our creative energy with the world.

We have the power and the knowledge to heal.

Be Fluid. ~Tiff

This is just some very general and basic information on the Sacral Chakra.. Consider this an introduction.. Chakras can be deficient or have excessive energy. And there are many different techniques, including breath work and visualization, amongst other things that can help!

Therapy For the Root Chakra

The Root Chakra/ Muladahara Chakra

Root Chakra Asana: Warrior I/ Getting Grounded With The Best Teachers
Root Chakra Asana: Warrior I/ Getting Grounded With The Best Teachers

Element:Earth

Color:Red

Bija Mantra:Lam

Feelings associated with the Root Chakra: Survival, Security, Stability, Belonging, Alertness

Affirmation: “I am safe, grounded, strong, and stable.”

Foods that support Root Chakra Health: Root Vegetables, Carrots, Potatoes, Beets, etc.

Location: Base of the spine

Asanas For Root Chakra: Warrior I, Tree pose, Downward Facing Dog, Mountain Pose, and many more.

I went up into the forest, took my shoes off, felt my feet begin to root, and moved into Warrior I. It felt absolutely amazing. I felt, strong, stable, secure.. I felt grounded. 

I am co-hosting a 15 day instagram yoga challenge, called #coloryouryoga My instagram name is @flowingyogini and participants have the opportunity to win Jade Yoga mats and other prizes. Jade is the sponsor.  We will be journeying up and back down our 7 major chakras and learning how to come into balance. Please join and lets heal! Happy Spring! Happy Solar Eclipse! Happy New Moon. Happy New Beginnings!

Blessings~Tiff

 

The Many Treasures

We just made it back to West Palm Beach, after a week of hanging out with my dad. We will spend a few days here on the east coast of Florida, before beginning our long adventure home.. it will take 5 different planes.

My dad had never met my daughter, his newest grandchild, and that is a big reason why this trip was put together.. We live about halfway across the world now.. he lives in Seattle, we live in the Azores.

We spent the last week together “treasure hunting”.. My dad has a slight obsession with Geo-caching. (For those who don’t know what it is, it is like an adult treasure hunt, that uses a GPS system to guide you.) It was my first time doing it.. and it was really fun.. There are hundreds of different finds (treasure boxes) at Myakka State Park. Just one more way to enjoy the magic of nature.

Geo-caching Myakka
Geo-caching Myakka, Holding My Treasures

Myakka state park is one of the most beautiful state parks in Florida. Having a love for nature, magical trees, and solitude, this park is paradise. Through the years, I have spent alot of time at Myakka..Hiking, camping, yoga, and now geo-caching. We went all over the park. We saw wild Boars, turkeys, hawks, snakes, alligators, and deer.

The Amazing Magic Of Nature.. The Snake Tree
The Snake Tree- SO AWESOME!

A few more days of the warm sun, and then we head home, to the Azores.

 

Grandpa with the Moonbeam
My Dad with the Moonbeam

Grateful for all my treasures~Tiff