Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Daily Astrology!

Yin Wood Rabbit Day!


Today, wood resides over wood. This is an element that thrives on growth, vitality and potential. The wood rabbit will shy away from authority figures today and choose to ignore mistakes made in order to maintain the status quo. Taking on a larger projects does bode well for this combination. Going slowly and being diplomatic is a sure way to reach success today. Acting promptly is best in situations encountered even though the energy will pull you in the opposite direction.


Mary Jane Kasliner

www.fengshuiyoganj.com

www.njfengshuitraining.com

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Building a Strong Back!

Everything you do depends on the strength and flexibility of your spine. In order to move through a wide range of motion on a daily basis your spine needs to be strong and flexible. Here are a few yoga poses that will do just that:

  • Seated Spinal Twists
  • Windshield Wiper Twists
  • Plank Pose
  • Down Dog
  • High Lunge
  • Plank Pose with a Twist
  • Goddess Pose with a Twist
  • Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend
  • Pyramid Pose
  • Twisting Triangle
  • Happy Baby Pose
  • Reclining Spinal Twist
  • Corpse Pose
Practicing anyone of these poses or string them in a sequence and you'll find it to be beneficial. Make sure you breathe deeply while performing each pose especially those that include twisting motion.

Here's to a strong and flexible spine!

Mary Jane Kasliner

www.fengshuiyoganj.com



Monday, March 20, 2017

The Vernal Equinox: What Are You Awakening in Yourself?

The Vernal Equinox: What Are You Awakening in Yourself?



Balance & Potential

March 20th marks the first day of spring, when the day and night are equal in both hemispheres. Nature is stirring, buds are awakening, and seeds are germinating. It is the quintessential signs of rebirth and new beginnings governed by the element of wood. The sun is getting stronger, the days longer and nights shorter. This is an empowering time of year as we begin to reconnect with the earth by spending more time outdoors. We can take advantage of this fertile time of year and the vitality of  wood by seeking new opportunities and positive change. It is time to celebrate this emerging energy of the earth as a symbol of new beginnings.

Transformation:

The vernal equinox is a balance between yin and yang, water and fire, the moon and sun and dark and light. The balance between these interdependent polarities catapults change to cultivate and manifest your desires.  This is the beginning of a growing period not only in nature but for the human spirit. There is a natural transference of energy inside and out from spirit to matter. What is within is flowing towards manifestation. Just think of the seedlings within the earth flowing to manifest as blooming flowers.

This blending of energy is expansive, upward moving and fueled with vitality. This is why it is so important to focus on what you want to grow in your life. Whatever you bring into your thoughts will grow ten-fold. It is important to move forward with this energy and actualize manifesting energy into physical matter.

Religions & The Vernal Equinox:



Religions from around the world celebrate and observe many seasonal days during March and April. Most are religious holy days, and are linked to the vernal equinox. The word "equinox" comes from the Latin meaning equal night. Christianity and other religions associate the vernal equinox with three themes:

  • Conception and pregnancy leading to birth 6 months later at the time of the winter solstice. The bible seems to contain internal evidence that Jesus Christ was born in the fall of the year. However, early Christians set his birthday, Christmas, at the approximate time of the winter solstice in order to match existing Pagan celebrations. That would have placed his conception 9 months earlier, near the time of the vernal equinox.
  • Victory of God and light (or life, rebirth, resurrection) over the powers of darkness (death).
  • The descent of goddess or god into the underworld for 3 days. This is also referred to as the "Harrowing of Hell".
Overall, most people value the worldwide variety of celebrations in March and April because they demonstrate diversity of religious belief in humanity.


Meditation Questions During the Vernal Equinox:


Christina Garofalo - Hawaii


Whether during yoga practice, relaxation or sitting in meditation, the following are some questions you might consider. Don't force the question but rather hold it lightly and trust the answer will rise to your subconscious.

  • Who am I becoming?
  • What do you wish to increase in your life?
  • What would you like to release?
  • How can I assist others?
  • What can I contribute to mankind?
  • How can I help the earth?
  • What is awakening within?

Vernal Equinox Yoga Poses:

Spring cleaning isn't limited to your environment. Your body needs some cleansing as well. Here's a nice set of poses that will do just that. Try to hold each pose for 5 - 8 breaths. You can repeat this series two to three times.

  • Chair Pose - Utkatasana
  • Revolved Chair - Parvaritta Utkatasana
  • Upward Salute - Urdhva Hastasana
  • Supported Standing Backbend
  • Side-bending Mountain Pose - Parsva Tadasana
  • Mountain Pose -Tadasana with Prayer hand over heart
  • Standing Forward Fold - Uttansana



Organizing Your Environment:




The importance of a clean and organized environment can't be stressed enough. Your surroundings reflect YOU. Do you like what you see, hear, smell, touch and what you feel in general? What is your higher self telling you about your surroundings? Are you tuned in enough to notice? These are some simple yet profound questions to contemplate. If you want to move forward with the resurgence of energy from the spring equinox, it is paramount your surroundings can link into this vitality.


Clutter Removal Tips:




There are lots of simple ways to clear your environment but none of them should be implemented until your surroundings are organized and free of clutter. Here are a few tips on how to clear out your stuff.

  • Determine what items you do not use or love in your environment, then get rid of them. 
  • Note objects that are in disrepair. Either fix them or dispose of them.
  • Determine the amount of furnishings in your environment. Less is definitely more!
  • Take action and commit to a timeframe to organize your surroundings.
  • Develop a system to organize the items in your environment (i.e. color coding bags or boxes).
  • Start with the most important rooms such as your bedroom or office.
  • Make sure you have proper storage solutions.
  • Have fun and maintain your environment with monthly updates.


Refreshing Your Environment:


Once your environment is up to snuff in terms of organization, then it's time to refresh. Using essential oils, incense or sound vibration are powerful ways to transmute the energy in your environment so you can return it to its pristine state. Here are just a few simple ways to refresh the energy.

  • Choose a pure essential oil that you love and place a few drops in a glass bottle (preferably dark glass), and add pure water to it. Spray generously around your environment and infuse it with intention.
  • Grab your favorite chime or tincture bells and walk around your environment while ringing them. Sound vibration has a tremendous impact on elevating the energy frequency.
  • Purchase your favorite smelling incense and let it burn periodically throughout your home.


Tapping Into the Wood Element


The wood element represents the season of spring, guards the liver and controls the earth. Yang or positive wood represents live branches in nature whereas yin or negative wood represents lumber used to build things. The seeds in nature are considered yin while the actual flower blooms are considered yang.

Personality of Wood:


Wood is confident, ethical with high morals and standards. Expansive by nature, wood people tend to do things on a grand scale. Interest are wide and varied making them perfect to take on large projects and see them to completion. Wood people have the ability to convince others to join forces with them. They can branch out into many different fields and constantly looking to continue their education. It is also easy for a wood person to find finances needed whenever possible. The main shortcoming of wood people is they tend to bite off more than then can chew. This can result in unfinished business or not achieving a satisfactory result.

Since wood is strong during the vernal equinox, you can take advantage of the aforementioned qualities and infuse them into your situation. However, it is best you support your environment in wood appropriate areas to capitalize on this fortuitous element.

Wood Directions & Symbols:



The wood element is strong in the east, southeast and supportive to the south direction. Therefore, it bodes well to add wood qualities to these directional portents in your home or office environment. Here are a few ideas:

  • Plants
  • Floral designs
  • Columnar shapes
  • Wood furnishings
  • Herbs
  • Books
  • Writing material
  • Landscape scenes
For more ideas, symbols, life representation, and how to position these items in your environment  see my Feng Shui Designs in a Flash CD. Simply scroll down my publications page to purchase this most popular Feng Shui CD!


Trees & What We Can Learn from Them




Trees are considered the strongest element of wood that frame life. They are the largest living piece of creation  on the planet with over 100,000 species in the world covering over 9 billion acres. Their spreading roots, sturdy trunk, and flexible branches are essential to our well being in so many ways. They fuel this planet with oxygen, keep soil from eroding, mark the seasons, have healing qualities and provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife. We have so much to learn from our standing brothers and sisters. Here are just a few things:

  • To be flexible in life
  • Acceptance
  • To take a firm stance in what we believe in
  • To be supportive
  • To embrace new beginnings
In my third book Mother Nature a Bridge to Conscious Living, I offer meditations with trees while hiking at Olympic National Park. There is plenty of space to journal your thoughts throughout my book. Below is a poem about trees from one of the poets I commissioned for the project.

Tree Time

In the cathedral of the trees
Silence is requested, Please
Whispering Woods, Buzzing Bees
Begging on my knees
Oh God -- Save these.

-Ralph Ruggenbach


Happy Spring!


Mary Jane Kasliner

www.fengshuiyoganj.com

www.njfengshuitraining.com




Wrist Pain and Yoga Practice!

The wrists have a great deal of moving parts anatomy wise and therefore are subject to injury. How many times have you felt wrist discomfort in down dog or plank pose not to  mention arm balances? Here are a few ways to keep those wrist in shape.

  • Increase core strength. Believe it or not a strong core takes to load off the wrist. Try moving into to forearm plank and holding it for 10 seconds before lowing to the ground. Repeat 2 to 3 times. While in forearm plank engage your gluteus maximus and attempt to drag your forearms towards your feet without actually moving them.
  • Activate your rotator cuffs by moving into eagle arms. Draw elbows shoulder height and then rotate slowly to the right and hold for 10 seconds. Rotate to the left and hold for another 10 seconds. Come back to center position and hold for 30 seconds and repeat opposite side switching arm position in eagle pose.
  • Stabilize your wrists in child's pose with palms down in front of you while rolling back your shoulders to draw the blades together behind the heart. Press into the mounds of the bases of your fingers so the wrist gently lift off the earth. Maintain the lift through your exhalation and on your inhalation lower wrist back to the earth. Repeat for several breaths.
  • Integrate the aforementioned steps in downward facing dog. Starting from child's pose lifting the wrists by pressing the base of the knuckles into the earth. Draw the shoulder blades back and lift your hips. On exhalation, sink your heels towards the floor as you r abdomen engages. Contract the quadriceps to straighten your knees and lift the tops of your feet towards your shins. Draw your body back towards your heels and further stabilize your core.

Mary Jane Kasliner

www.fengshuiyoganj.com



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Develop Your Meditation Posture


In order to relax during meditation it is important to sit comfortably. The traditional position from practicing meditation is the lotus posture ( sitting with both legs crossed, the tops of the feet resting on opposite thighs). Easier versions are half-lotus, (sitting, one foot resting on the opposite thigh) or sitting upright on the floor with legs crossed. If you feel any pain in your knees position a cushion beneath the pelvis.

Try to meditate regularly. Albeit the ideal time is in the morning, you can meditate anywhere and at any time. Think about being inspired by the clouds. A Zen master once said, "The sky does not impede the clouds in their flight." Meditate on this idea. Allow your thoughts, like clouds , to drift across the surface  of your mind without trying to push them away or hold on to them.


Om!

Mary Jane Kasliner

www.fengshuiyoganj.com



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Vernal Equinox: What Are You Awakening in Yourself?

The Vernal Equinox: What Are You Awakening in Yourself?


Balance & Potential

March 20th marks the first day of spring, when the day and night are equal in both hemispheres. Nature is stirring, buds are awakening, and seeds are germinating. It is the quintessential signs of rebirth and new beginnings governed by the element of wood. The sun is getting stronger, the days longer and nights shorter. This is an empowering time of year as we begin to reconnect with the earth by spending more time outdoors. We can take advantage of this fertile time of year and the vitality of  wood by seeking new opportunities and positive change. It is time to celebrate this emerging energy of the earth as a symbol of new beginnings.

Transformation:

The vernal equinox is a balance between yin and yang, water and fire, the moon and sun and dark and light. The balance between these interdependent polarities catapults change to cultivate and manifest your desires.  This is the beginning of a growing period not only in nature but for the human spirit. There is a natural transference of energy inside and out from spirit to matter. What is within is flowing towards manifestation. Just think of the seedlings within the earth flowing to manifest as blooming flowers.

This blending of energy is expansive, upward moving and fueled with vitality. This is why it is so important to focus on what you want to grow in your life. Whatever you bring into your thoughts will grow ten-fold. It is important to move forward with this energy and actualize manifesting energy into physical matter.

Religions & The Vernal Equinox:



Religions from around the world celebrate and observe many seasonal days during March and April. Most are religious holy days, and are linked to the vernal equinox. The word "equinox" comes from the Latin meaning equal night. Christianity and other religions associate the vernal equinox with three themes:

  • Conception and pregnancy leading to birth 6 months later at the time of the winter solstice. The bible seems to contain internal evidence that Jesus Christ was born in the fall of the year. However, early Christians set his birthday, Christmas, at the approximate time of the winter solstice in order to match existing Pagan celebrations. That would have placed his conception 9 months earlier, near the time of the vernal equinox.
  • Victory of God and light (or life, rebirth, resurrection) over the powers of darkness (death).
  • The descent of goddess or god into the underworld for 3 days. This is also referred to as the "Harrowing of Hell".
Overall, most people value the worldwide variety of celebrations in March and April because they demonstrate diversity of religious belief in humanity.


Meditation Questions During the Vernal Equinox:


Christina Garofalo - Hawaii


Whether during yoga practice, relaxation or sitting in meditation, the following are some questions you might consider. Don't force the question but rather hold it lightly and trust the answer will rise to your subconscious.

  • Who am I becoming?
  • What do you wish to increase in your life?
  • What would you like to release?
  • How can I assist others?
  • What can I contribute to mankind?
  • How can I help the earth?
  • What is awakening within?

Vernal Equinox Yoga Poses:

Spring cleaning isn't limited to your environment. Your body needs some cleansing as well. Here's a nice set of poses that will do just that. Try to hold each pose for 5 - 8 breaths. You can repeat this series two to three times.

  • Chair Pose - Utkatasana
  • Revolved Chair - Parvaritta Utkatasana
  • Upward Salute - Urdhva Hastasana
  • Supported Standing Backbend
  • Side-bending Mountain Pose - Parsva Tadasana
  • Mountain Pose -Tadasana with Prayer hand over heart
  • Standing Forward Fold - Uttansana



Organizing Your Environment:




The importance of a clean and organized environment can't be stressed enough. Your surroundings reflect YOU. Do you like what you see, hear, smell, touch and what you feel in general? What is your higher self telling you about your surroundings? Are you tuned in enough to notice? These are some simple yet profound questions to contemplate. If you want to move forward with the resurgence of energy from the spring equinox, it is paramount your surroundings can link into this vitality.


Clutter Removal Tips:




There are lots of simple ways to clear your environment but none of them should be implemented until your surroundings are organized and free of clutter. Here are a few tips on how to clear out your stuff.

  • Determine what items you do not use or love in your environment, then get rid of them. 
  • Note objects that are in disrepair. Either fix them or dispose of them.
  • Determine the amount of furnishings in your environment. Less is definitely more!
  • Take action and commit to a timeframe to organize your surroundings.
  • Develop a system to organize the items in your environment (i.e. color coding bags or boxes).
  • Start with the most important rooms such as your bedroom or office.
  • Make sure you have proper storage solutions.
  • Have fun and maintain your environment with monthly updates.


Refreshing Your Environment:


Once your environment is up to snuff in terms of organization, then it's time to refresh. Using essential oils, incense or sound vibration are powerful ways to transmute the energy in your environment so you can return it to its pristine state. Here are just a few simple ways to refresh the energy.

  • Choose a pure essential oil that you love and place a few drops in a glass bottle (preferably dark glass), and add pure water to it. Spray generously around your environment and infuse it with intention.
  • Grab your favorite chime or tincture bells and walk around your environment while ringing them. Sound vibration has a tremendous impact on elevating the energy frequency.
  • Purchase your favorite smelling incense and let it burn periodically throughout your home.


Tapping Into the Wood Element


The wood element represents the season of spring, guards the liver and controls the earth. Yang or positive wood represents live branches in nature whereas yin or negative wood represents lumber used to build things. The seeds in nature are considered yin while the actual flower blooms are considered yang.

Personality of Wood:


Wood is confident, ethical with high morals and standards. Expansive by nature, wood people tend to do things on a grand scale. Interest are wide and varied making them perfect to take on large projects and see them to completion. Wood people have the ability to convince others to join forces with them. They can branch out into many different fields and constantly looking to continue their education. It is also easy for a wood person to find finances needed whenever possible. The main shortcoming of wood people is they tend to bite off more than then can chew. This can result in unfinished business or not achieving a satisfactory result.

Since wood is strong during the vernal equinox, you can take advantage of the aforementioned qualities and infuse them into your situation. However, it is best you support your environment in wood appropriate areas to capitalize on this fortuitous element.

Wood Directions & Symbols:



The wood element is strong in the east, southeast and supportive to the south direction. Therefore, it bodes well to add wood qualities to these directional portents in your home or office environment. Here are a few ideas:

  • Plants
  • Floral designs
  • Columnar shapes
  • Wood furnishings
  • Herbs
  • Books
  • Writing material
  • Landscape scenes
For more ideas, symbols, life representation, and how to position these items in your environment  see my Feng Shui Designs in a Flash CD. Simply scroll down my publications page to purchase this most popular Feng Shui CD!


Trees & What We Can Learn from Them




Trees are considered the strongest element of wood that frame life. They are the largest living piece of creation  on the planet with over 100,000 species in the world covering over 9 billion acres. Their spreading roots, sturdy trunk, and flexible branches are essential to our well being in so many ways. They fuel this planet with oxygen, keep soil from eroding, mark the seasons, have healing qualities and provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife. We have so much to learn from our standing brothers and sisters. Here are just a few things:

  • To be flexible in life
  • Acceptance
  • To take a firm stance in what we believe in
  • To be supportive
  • To embrace new beginnings
In my third book Mother Nature a Bridge to Conscious Living, I offer meditations with trees while hiking at Olympic National Park. There is plenty of space to journal your thoughts throughout my book. Below is a poem about trees from one of the poets I commissioned for the project.

Tree Time

In the cathedral of the trees
Silence is requested, Please
Whispering Woods, Buzzing Bees
Begging on my knees
Oh God -- Save these.

-Ralph Ruggenbach


Happy Spring!


Mary Jane Kasliner

www.fengshuiyoganj.com

www.njfengshuitraining.com



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Daily Energy Forecast!

Olympic National Park - Oregon


Today, the yang metal stem combines with the rat water branch. Heavenly metal propelling the wetness of the earth. The metal element guards the lungs. Since the metal stem is building the water branch, it loses some of its energy; therefore, lungs are vulnerable today.

The metal stem is resolute in character today; therefore, once your mind is made up this morning there is nothing that will change your position. The preference is to work alone and to focus on unfinished business.

The afternoon hours take on the energy combination of the metal rat. This is a domineering type of energy that can be rather intense. Avoid competing with others this afternoon and move your focus toward financial matters. Adjusting financial portfolio bodes well today.

Mary Jane Kasliner

www.njfengshuitraining.com

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