Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Feeling Stiff? Could Be Your Fascia and Not Your Muscles

Feeling Stiff? Could be Your Fascia and Not Your Muscles


Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey


Have you ever felt so tight you thought you were on the verge of tearing a muscle? I'm pretty sure we can all relate to that experience. What's so interesting is it may not be your muscles at all. We all have something called fascia that is part of our physical makeup. Fascia is a network of connective tissue that pretty much holds us together. It is made up of extra cellular material that resides in intracellular spaces. It has a gel-like substance that holds us firmly together accommodating every movement we make. 

This gel-like material spreads out like a web connecting everything in your body. That's right; everything. The circulation in your body needs to pass through this web-like consistency, but if the fascia is dried out, less circulation can flow through to nourish the body and remove toxins. This is why you may feel tight and stiff in certain areas and think your muscles are to blame. 

Yoga helps to stretch and hydrate this fiber webbing matrix making it more permeable for circulation to move through and do its job. Deep strengthening and stretching squeezes this fascial network similar to ringing out a sponge. That visual should sound pretty familiar to yogis who engage in twisting asanas. The longer you practice yoga, these fascial fibers will thin out and ease any tension in the overall fascial matrix, and that means less pain and resistance for you.

For 18 Amazing Benefits of Yoga According to Science, click here! And for the icing on the cake, 2018 is a perfect year to practice this earth quality practice. Read about the Earth Dog 2018 forecast from my feng shui blog here!


Here's to a free flowing fascia network!

Mary Jane Kasliner

Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com

Friday, January 12, 2018

7 Things to Welcome in the Earth Dog Year of 2018!

7 Things You Can Do to Welcome in the Earth Dog for 2018!
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7 Things To Welcome in the Earth Dog Year of 2018!


Welcome to Body Space Alignment Newsletter. On February 4th, 2018, the solar new year begins. The Earth Dog will rise, as the Fire Rooster of 2017 moves into storage. 
This is the first of a three part newsletter to prepare you for the year ahead. Today, I begin with 7 things you can do to prepare for the changes that are coming. Part two of this series will include the energy of the Earth Dog while the  third segment will review points of interest in your environment and other activities that are beneficial for 2018.
Let's get right to it!

Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane

 
1 & 2. Organize and Cleanse Your Environment:
In Deepak Chopra's book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, he discusses how to integrate all parts of your life. This includes your environment, As a feng shui consultant and yogi,  I couldn't agree more with him.

Within your physical domain, you have and extended body, and an energetic body. Your extended body is the environment, containing the never-ending supply of energy and information that is available to you. Every sound, sensation, sight, flavor, and aroma you ingest from the environment influences your body and mind. Each breath that you inhale and exhale is a reminder of the continuous conversation taking place between the physical body and your environment. With that being said, it behooves you to take note of what your surroundings are like and how you can improve it. Without getting into a long laundry list of things to do, go for the obvious infractions such as clutter, old and worn out items, tattered fabric or peeling paint. Start big and then refine.

Once you complete the cleaning and organization steps, then cleanse your space. You can do this with herbs, bells  and essential oils. Have fun walking around your home and  removing old suck energy patterns and refreshing it with new active intentions. I have several e-programs and books that can guide you every step of the way to dramatically improve the look and feel of your home. At the end of the day, you need to take responsibility for what is happening in your environment.

3 and 4. Complete Unfinished Projects & Clear Your Mind:
I don't think I know anyone who doesn't have something hanging over their head when it comes to business and projects. Is there a project you've been working on but somehow let it get away from you? Aim at closing any loose ends, the logic is to start fresh and continue what is good, and let the rest go.

Now that you can let go of the unfinished work, you can spend some time to clear your mind. First, make a list of all the good things that happened in 2017. Take some time to also list the not so good. When you review the list, are there any lessons for you to walk away with? Now, make a list of the things you would like to realistically accomplish in 2018. I say realistically, as many times we put so much down on our list we set ourselves up for failure. Break it down in monthly intervals. It will not look so daunting that way. Make sure you include a meditation practice in this process. You'll be amazed what comes up.


 
5 and 6. Manifest and Welcome the New:
What is it you would like to manifest in 2018? Can you see it, feel it, smell it and taste it? Take a least one action everyday that gets you closer to you year goals. Meditate daily and see yourself living your desires. Especially take advantage when the energy is really high such as a full moon to do your visualization and meditation.

Go ahead and buy something new to welcome in the solar new year. Maybe a nice accent piece for your home or wardrobe. Either way it's always nice to welcome in the new with something that is literally NEW!

 

7. Feng Shui:
The first of the Chinese month is an excellent time to treat yourself to a feng shui consultation. That can be for your home, office, or maybe an astrology reading to bring clarity for business, home, family, personal and your soul's mission. This is an excellent way to bring in the new year and know exactly where the most powerful points are in your environment and how to open them up to assist you on your goals, desires and manifesting process. Contact me for your personal consultation.

Part 2 of this Newsletter series I will expound on the Earth Dog energy for 2018. This is a generalized approach since personal impact is determined by personal birth data and how it interacts with the Earth Dog for 2018.

Part 3 of this newsletter series I will delve into the feng shui flying stars on a generalized perspective. Once again, for personal impact, the year structure was built and facing direction is essential.
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Yoga is Union

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According to Deepak Chopra in his book ;The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, the essential purpose of yoga is to integrate all parts of your life. This includes your environment, and as a feng shui consultant, I couldn't agree more with him. The physical, emotional and spiritual body is the core component of yoga practice. 

Yoga is a practical system to awaken the human potential, a way to directly access the wisdom of life. Yogis know the mind and body are ever changing with the ebb and flow of the universe, but the soul remains untouched, beyond the world of change. 

According to Adi Shankara, ninth century sage, he elaborated the layers of life that cover the spiritual self. In yoga we refer to these layers as the Koshas, meaning "coverings." By and large, we spend most of our time and energy on the most outer layer, or the physical(anamaya kosha). There is a never-ending supply of energy and information that we ingest through our senses from our environment. We are all responsible for our environment, and collectively, the global environment. Part of this layer is influenced by the air that we breath or the breath body (pranamaya kosha). It is the sheath of vital energy - life force.

There are five  seats of prana that move energy to parts of the body (head, throat, heart, stomach and pelvis). When prana moves freely throughout the cells and tissues, vitality and creativity is abundant. This sets the foundation for a sound mind. However, yogis realize the mind is not who we are. The mind (manomaya kosha)  is simply another layer covering the true self. The mind simply acts as a repository of sensory impressions. There are layers to the mind where we discern things, make choices  and distinguish the real from the unreal.  The real can't be lost but the unreal is anything that has a beginning and end to it. Knowing the difference is the essence of yoga.

The causal body is the field of pure potentiality. This is the domain of the spirit. It gives rise to our thoughts, feelings, dreams, desires and memories. There are several layers within the causal body. Shankara believes, each person arrives on this planet with a specific purpose and unique set of talents and skills. Given the right environment, the seeds sprout, and we become capable of serving others with our gifts. 

Yoga encourages us to write our story and expand our sense of self to embrace the domain of our soul. 

Learn more ways you can embrace your soul by taking control of your personal happiness, health, environment and more by visiting my publications page.


Om!

Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com

 


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Honor the Beginning!





Manasquan Beach, New Jersey


Beginnings can be delicate or explosive. Either way, they hold the promise of new lessons to be learned, old lessons to be recalled and appreciated. Beginnings can be ambiguous and even fearful, but don't let that deter your enthusiasm for something new. Instead, open your heart and mind to all that the universe has to say. 

Think of this new year as an exploration, a journey to a new place. What will you pack for your journey? Perhaps bring along some lessons from the past that can propel your excitement and curiosity into the future. Whatever you choose, try not to plan out the course, simply let it organically unfold. Don't worry about the specifics or who you need to meet, the right circumstances and teachers will arrive just when you least expect it. All parts of the journey are sacred, so do not place the emphasis in any one particular area. 

Map Your Own Journey:

One of the best approaches to starting something new is go on your own authentic path. Don't let others influence your direction or judge your choices. We all have the freedom to explore where our soul needs to take us. Get out your map and delve in. Let your heart be the navigator, it knows the way. Listen to the voice within, the quiet voice and see where it takes you.  Trust your heart instead of your head. Unfortunately, the head creates too much noise limiting our ability, vision and opportunities. There is a tendency for the head to see with the eyes of fear. It is the heart that sees clearly and takes into account all things that need to be done. Follow the map drawn from your heart and connect to the Universal oneness of all things.

Om!
Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Cold Weather Yoga Tips



Albeit very tempting to snuggle up under a blanket while the temperature declines, the better thing to do is to move your body. Here are a few cold weather yoga tips to help warm you up and ease stiff joints.

  • Start your day with a few rounds of sun salutations. Follow them up with ground poses to get deeper into connective tissue for full release of any muscle tension.
  • Regular yoga practice will help to build your immune system. That is a perfect way to keep bacteria at bay.
  • Practice pranayama (breathing exercises) to clear out congestion. Kapal Bhati or skull shining breath is a wonderful way to heat up the body during these cold days.
  • Include a meditation before and after your practice to help lift the "winter blues." It acts like an instant mood changer.
  • Because it is cold outside, the body stays in a contractive state. Try adding more shoulder openers into your practice. Be mindful of externally rotating upper arm bones to let the heart come through in poses such as warrior 1.
  • Practice mindful eating as the tendency is to indulge during the colder months. Shift your diet to include more soups, green tea, ginger and stewed vegetables.
This winter stay warm by rolling out your yoga mat and moving with the ebb and flow of your breath!

Om,
Mary Jane - Feng SHui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com


Friday, December 22, 2017

Embrace the Rise and Fall of Life

Niagara Falls - Canada

The length of the day, the span of the year, the duration of a life, the blossoming and decay of a flower: your yoga practice mirrors the rhythm of these cyclical natural phenomena, Savasana, the Sanskrit name for Corpse Pose, is usually the final pose of a yoga practice session. When we release our bodies into this restful pose, lying on our backs, palms facing up, we acknowledge that everything is born, lives, and passes away. When we take savasana, we acknowledge nature's processes, and join in more fully. We become one with nature through the ritual of savasana. We acknowledge the rise and fall of life and its brevity, its beauty. Each yoga practice is like living life and completing a cycle; at the end we rest.

Om Shanti,
Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Winter Solstice 2017!

The Winter Solstice and the Energy it Holds!
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Winter Solstice

The Energy Patterns!

Winter officially begins on Thursday December 21, 2017. The winter solstice represents the birth of the sun - both universally and personally. The rising sun on the winter solstice, out of the darkest day of the year, echoes the birth of light from the dark void on the first day of creation.

The ancient Egyptians understood this connection between creation and the winter solstice as they aligned the Karnac Temple Complex to the rising sun of the winter solstice.  This complex was never completed, as successive Pharaohs kept making additions to it as a living example of the process of creation. These additions were built according to the famous Fibonocci sequence (mathematical sequence) found in growth and expansion of life.

The birth of the sun as the light of the first day also represents the birth of our own spiritual light. The physical sun brings light to the world, the spiritual sun gives spiritual life to the individual.




Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane

 
December 21st:
The day of the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, meaning we experience the least amount of sun light. It is also a time the sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky
There is a gradual cooling process of the earth over the next few months, albeit the earth still does retain some of its heat from summer and fall.  
Astronomical Influences:

There is an interesting alignment on December 21st in terms of Saturn and the sun. The sun is going to move into the astrological sign of Capricorn, and as a result, the sun and Saturn will line up. The last time the sun and Saturn aligned was in 1664.


What it Means:

Saturn is a planet that depicts the qualities of personal  awareness and experience. It represents the finite  limit to our own perceptions, capabilities and life. Since Saturn is slow moving, taking 29 to 30 years to orbit the sun, it is associated with old age, low energy, and overall lack of ability to move forward.

Saturn has natural rulership over places and conditions that are cold, dark and oppressive. Hard physical labor is the cornerstone to this planet's energy. With that being said, try not to start anything new on Thursday, as it will take you three times as long to complete the task. You may feel tired, limited  and constrained from this alignment.

The Element of Water Peaking Through the Rat Branch:

Winter is represented by the element of water in 5 phase theory. It is associated with the sense of sight, the bladder, and the kidney meridian. Therefore, these areas are more vulnerable this month, and especially on Thursday when the energy peaks. This includes the hamstrings too, so be mindful in your yoga practice to open them slowly with these poses.  Click here for my short blog on a great pose for the winter Solstice!




Water's Tendency:

Water has a tendency to move fast or be still. Active or yang water pushes forward relentlessly and fearsome to reckon with. Gentle water, on the other hand, is like the dew that nurtures and seeps into the soil of the earth.

Communicating and advancing your ideas by influencing others is a powerful sign water is in motion. Other people's mind becomes the vessel to help carry creative ideas into positive action. Tune in, as this water energy has a way to accurately gauge future potentials. Persistence is the cornerstone behind reaching your intended goals this month by propelling instead of compelling others into motion.

The Rat branch falls on the 24 mountain template North second mountain with peak of the winter solstice. It is the self-proclaimed acquisitor. It is a yang stem or male energy that is resourceful and practical. Taking a forthright and inquisitive approach to matters for the rest of this month, into early January, is the best way to act on this energy, especially when it comes to your career and life goals.

Taking time to cherish friends and family is also inherent to the Rat's personality. That should be easy since we are in the holiday season of light and joy. Just be careful of gossip and criticism, as the Rat loves to engage in this type of behavior. 

Holiday Items That Lift Energy!

This space clearing E-program is perfect to set into action as we move from the metal and air season of autumn into the water of winter. Getting everything in order for the holidays and NEW YEAR is key! And the best part about this is I have included my entire Mini-E Series for the 2017 Holiday Sale!

Now just
$14.97 per program! Choose any E- Program for $14.97 or all 6 For $67.97. Click here to view the series. Sale is only applicable by emailing me directly! If you are a student of feng shui, these are excellent programs to keep as part of your tools! Or buy it as a gift for friend or relative!


Get your signed copy of my third book Mother Nature a Bridge to Conscious Living.  This journal-style book is a culmination of meditations with nature while hiking through the Pacific Northwest. Find out what the spirit of trees, mountains, wind, fire, water, sky and earth have to tell us! Signed copy for just $7.95 plus S/H. There is a limited supply, so get yours while they last. Email me for your order!


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