Monday, June 18, 2018

The Warrior Within!

     Several years ago, my husband and I took a trip to the Pacific Northwest. We did a great deal of hiking throughout Olympic National Park. During one of our excursions, I decided to pull off my hiking gear and stand on this rock ledge to experience peaceful warrior. I wasn't too concerned with perfect alignment, but rather to experience the warrior within standing on a ledge that was high enough to be in the mist of clouds. 

     When we think about (Virabhadrasana), it is a name given to the mythical warrior Virabhadra. One of the main bases of yoga is non-violence, so why do we practice a pose named after a warrior? The significance of this pose is that it shifts our attention to the fact that the real battle is the battle within us – our struggle with self-ignorance, false perceptions and distracted mind. It also reminds us to respond to situations with right action, rather than reacting with wrong action.

     Practicing any of the warrior poses cultivates strong will and determination, openness and readiness to embrace higher values in life. The combination of determination and openness is the key point in our personal progress. The next time you flow into and out of your warrior poses, connect with your higher self, defend those who are victims, and soar through the vast universe that lies within.  

Om Shanti!,

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girls -

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Journey of Yoga is Like the Lotus Flower

Photo by Mary Jane Kasliner

The story about the lotus flower begins with Vishnu, the second god in the Hindu triumvirate responsible for creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. Legend has it, when it was time for creation to begin, a lotus flower began to sprout from Vishu's navel. Interesting point where the lotus began to sprout - the same portal where the fetus feeds from the mother in the womb.

The story continues how the lotus flower opened to reveal the four faces of Brahma - the god of creation. Four is a powerful number referring to the four cardinal directions or heavenly points. From the petals, the sound of the universe (OM) was expressed. Om is the sound of all knowing, all potential and possibilities. The seat for this sound is sustained in the lotus flower which represents purity and enlightenment.

The lotus plant embeds its roots into the mud, the murkiest soil of the earth. It begins its journey beneath the water and perseveres to rise up above the mud to seek the light from the sun. When the shoot catches the beautiful rays of the sun, it blossoms.

The path of the yogi is not unlike that of the lotus. We are entrenched in the earth and experience the mud through the mundane aspects of our lives; the bills that need to be paid, illness, tension, anxiety and the constant need to perform. Yoga promises that with enough patience and fortitude, we will rise from the murky waters and experience our authentic being - the purity of our spirit that lies within. It's a journey that can't be rushed, but certainly worth the wait.

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl -

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gratitude and Daily Energy Forecast

I decided to begin my feng shui energy post today with the power of gratitude. It is a remarkable practice that can: 

  • Increase spiritualism
  • Improve health and vitality
  • Increase self esteem
  • Improve sleep
  • Make you happier

Practicing gratitude is simple and a sure way to improve your life. Here are a few ways you can express gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Think about 5 things you are grateful for every morning
  • Send notes of appreciation to a friend or loved one
  • Tap into a meditation practice

Having an attitude of gratitude is the shortest path to happiness. Today, be sure to express gratitude for all that you have.

Gratitude Quotes:

"We can only said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."  
                   - Thornton Wilder
"Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours."
                    -Marcus Aurelius
"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude."
             - A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh

Energy Forecast:

The energy combinations for today are considered stable. Therefore, it is a good day to initiate long-term activity or strategy. It is a day that promotes continuity, longevity and long-lasting results. If there is a business venture you are planning, this is the day to map out your plans and review potential contracts, copyrights or trademarks.

The element of earth is strong this morning, and through the earlier hours of the afternoon. This element supports the aforementioned qualities of a stable day. It activates and resonates with the primal energy of our being. You'll feel more secure and connected with your actions today as a result. 

Take time for meditation and let your higher wisdom come through. Whatever you are dealing with , let it rise to the center of your being. Let those closest to you know what your concerns are.

As the day progresses, the earth element will shift to metal. This will require you to be more specific and organized with your work. Be persistent and follow through with your plan. Finances are also a part of this elemental shift. Therefore, review where you may need to make some adjustments.

Other Areas of Focus Include:

  • Cultivating good contacts with those who share your philosophy will result in new financial opportunities. You have to put yourself out there to capitalize on this combination of energy.

  • Weave a creative slant to your work today. This will build for a brighter future when it comes to finances due to joyful work approach.
  • Keep open lines of communication when it comes to attracting the right people. Ultimately, this will increase fortunate blessings. It may require travel to fully understand the magnitude of things unfolding.

Enjoy your Day!

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Now Time!

Photos by Mary Jane Kasliner

Every moment has something new and exciting to offer. Every moment gives us the opportunity to choose that something new and exciting too. You gain nothing by holding back or maintaining a negative outlook. Why not choose NOW to delve into something new? Welcome the power of "Now," and move forward!

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl

Monday, April 23, 2018

Enjoying Nature!

Photos by Mary Jane Kasliner

How did you spend Earth Day? I decided to enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors. It really is amazing how elegant nature is. It is a party for the senses. If you think about it for just a moment, our five senses are immediately activated whenever we engage with the outdoors. If you place your attention on what you are seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and if you are lucky enough to add some "home-grown" herbs or veggies to your meal, it is a little slice of heaven on earth. This is why feng shui shui is so powerful when it comes to changing the vibration of our body. The practice follows the cycles of nature while infusing its' essence within the structured environment.

The next time you are out and about, take a few moments to really hone in on the power of nature. It has an instantaneous way of boosting your energy, and your mood.

If you would like to experience meditations from nature from my third book "Mother Nature a Bridge to Conscious Living," simply click on the link to purchase from Amazon. This book is a fascinating exploration of my meditations with nature while hiking through Olympic National Park.

In celebration of Mother Earth, Enjoy these wonderful quotes.

In wilderness is the preservation of the world. -Henry David Thoreau

I believe in God, Only I spell it nature. -Frank Lloyd Wright

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -John Muir

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
-Native American Proverb

The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.  -Barry Commoner

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl

Friday, April 20, 2018

Make a Daily Gratitude List

Olympic National Park

From Yoga 365, the focus today is to create a "Gratitude List." This is a perfect way to appreciate the richness of your life  by weaving the feeling of gratitude into you entire day. Start the day with a simple meditation to clear your mind. Focusing on your breath is a perfect way to get grounded and centered. Then, make a mental list for those things you are grateful for. Think about each entry on your list. For example, you may feel grateful toward a particular person or for a positive event that you experienced. Perhaps take into account your talents or accomplishments. You may simply be thankful for the sun rising or for the food in your refrigerator. This is an excellent practice that can set the tone of how you will move through the world today. But why stop here? Why not make this a daily ritual. For one thing, it will change your perspective about how you view others and situations that arise. Secondly, it is a perfect way to manifest more of these blessings in your life. 

From a feng shui perspective, the southeast portent resonates with the aspect of fortunate blessings in life. Okay, most people who are familiar with feng shui would call this the portent of wealth. But what is wealth anyway? Would you say it constitutes health, family, happiness, a loving relationship, your soul's mission and spirituality? In my opinion, it most certainly does. Just try it for one day to make a gratitude list. Write this list while spending time in the southeast portent of your home. Place it by a water fountain or healthy plant and let the natural energy of movement and growth expand your gratitude list. When you come from a perspective of blessings, the universe will send more your way!


Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl

Thursday, April 19, 2018

There is Magic in the Unknown!

My daughter Christina Garofalo, exploring the unknown!

Sometimes we are out of ideas. We try to force our thinking but nothing comes. We struggle with what comes next. This can be rather frustrating as we feel we have hit a brick wall. But, there is no such thing as being done. That void, that dreaded blank spot is really a magical place. 

Many times we have to come to hit the brick wall before we can open up to something new. If you think about it, the reason we can't see any further is because our ideas are limited by the past, by past experiences, by what life has been like before. Don't confuse the past with the future, as the future doesn't have to be limited by our past. The universe and life for that matter, knows that. It's time to learn that too. 

The next time you hit that brick wall, see it as a new beginning. Right now is magical. Let the universe take your hand and show you  things you have never seen before. Be open, be vulnerable enough to learn and celebrate the mysteries of the unknown.

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl