Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Spotlight on Uttanasana (Standing forward fold)

There are many reasons why I love standing forward folds. For me they are extremely energizing and help to brighten up the face. I practice them early morning to start my day and as a mid-day release. Releasing the head below the heart helps to calm and cool the brain. It helps to relieve stress, headaches, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia. Practicing this pose regularly helps to stimulate the liver and kidneys and improves digestion. Along with these amazing benefits it encourages length and openness in the hamstrings and calves and releases tension in the neck and hips.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Keep Your Rooms Open

There is an Indian proverb or axiom that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but, unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person.-Rumer Godden in A house with Four Rooms

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Spotlight on the Lotus Flower


The Lotus is one of the most commonly found flowers in Thailand. In the Buddhist tradition, the lotus flower is a symbol of the spiritual path a person takes through life. The growing lotus symbolizes purification of the mind, body and speech. The lotus grows bright from muddy waters, up to the clean surface and blooms into something of rich beauty. A blooming lotus symbolizes complete enlightenment. 

In Feng Shui the lotus is considered one of the Eight Precious Objects that brings every kind of good fortune and encourages spiritual development.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

                              Spotlight on Patchouli

Since the east first traded with the west the essential oil from the patchouli plant has been regarded with high esteem both for medicinal herbalists and ancient to modern day perfumeries. Benefits from Patchouli Essential oil include its use for skin inflammations, fungal infections, eczema, dandruff, and as an insecticide. 

Description: Rich, earthy, woody aroma with a nearly hidden fruity note.

Possible Aromatherapy and Skincare Use: Acne, athlete's foot, chapped skin, dermatitis, eczema, fatigue, frigidity, hair care, insect repellant, mature skin, oily skin, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.] P

atchouli is more of a woodsy or musty smell as opposed to floral, it is also described as earthy, sweet, and spicy. Patchouli is a fairly fragrant plant for your herb garden growing 1 to 3 feet in height. It's foliage releases the scent when gently rubbed through the summer months. Most of the essential oil available in the US is imported from Indonesia, Madagascar, and China. Patchouli essential oil is known to be antibiotic, antiseptic, and antifungal.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Benefits of Inverting

Yoga inversions are an amazing way to balance the body and release the mind.
Inversions flip us around, literally turning us upside down which creates a change of perspective that stimulates and invigorates. Inversions have been known to help benefit and balance the cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous system. Studies have shown that regular practitioners of inversions even mild inversions like Viparita Karani also known as legs up the wall pose(one of my favorites!) helps to improve sleep, focus and digestion. So find a good wall, grab a pillow for the head and get your legs up! I recommend holding for 5-10 minutes.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Creative Immortality

"To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams"

 - Giorgio De Chirico

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Scroll Marked VII

 I will laugh at the world.
No living creature can laugh except man. Trees may bleed when they are wounded, and beasts in the field will cry in pain and hunger, yet only I have the gift of laughter and it is mine to use whenever I choose. Henceforth I will cultivate the habit of laughter.
 I will smile and my digestion will improve; I will chuckle and my burdens will be lightened; I will laugh and my life will be lengthened for this is the great secret of long life and now it is mine.
I will laugh at the world.
(excerpt from The Greatest Salesman in the world by OG Mandino)

The Tree of Life by Peter Lik

The Tree of Life by Peter Lik