Thursday, August 3, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pascima means "west," the side of the setting sun. When the sun sets it grows dark, and we cannot see with our physical eyes. The word "tan," means intense stretch, however, its deeper meaning goes beyond our past self-imposed limitations. This pose is an intense stretch of the west or back side of the body which takes us beyond past boundaries. This pose awakens the back part of our brain, the cerebellum, which is said to be the seat of citta or the subconscious mind.
Seated forward bends bring us into very deep communion with the Divine. This pose symbolizes the coming together of the individual and the universal, closing the gap of separation of Oneness of the Atman and Brahman. This pose is a form of passive surrender. It is a surrender to Self or God.
Monday, July 24, 2017
I love this picture I took in Olympic National Park. What a powerful display of water energy. It was in this park I did a great deal of meditating with the elements of nature. The result was the publication of my third book: Mother Nature, A Bridge to Conscious Living. One of the yoga poses I practiced was pyramid pose. In this pose the head and the heart humble themselves to the earth as the hands offer to the heavens (reverse Namaste mudra).
In this pose there is tension created between the base of the spine and the crown of the head. When we transcend self-imposed limitations while in this pose, we can learn how to go beyond the self-imposed limitations in our lives. Our practice becomes a reminder that no one does anything to us or holds us back, that each of us has the power to make changes and create whatever we wish for ourselves.
Mary Jane Fengshui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Today is considered an initiate day. The energy combinations promote smooth beginnings. It is a day best used in order to ensure the right start on the right foot. Taking a look at the flying star positions for today, it is most notable for financial gain in the southeast portent. Here the auspicious 8 money star resides. As luck would have it, the 2 monthly star, albeit inauspicious comes to assist the beneficial 8 earth star. What does this mean? Take a look at your accessible accounts or those that you can freely deposit and withdraw money from and determine if you are gaining enough interest. In addition, make some financial moves in the market today. In terms of business, this is a day to initiate deals and negotiate ideas that are income producing. The southwest portent also has an excellent energy combination today. It is important to evaluate your partnerships and take a leadership role in initiating goals and aspirations.
What to do in the environment?
- Bright lighting source, gentle movement (incense burner) and money placed in the southeast.
- Place strong earth component in the southwest portent to ground decisions and propel networking between partnerships.
The Daily Pillar:
The water rat releases a great deal of water qualities for today. What does this mean? Communications are strong but does require listening to others for good advice. Perseverance is the name of the game today along with some down time for enjoyment.
The water rat combination specifically is concerned with mental exercise and thinking process. This allows you to relate well to people on all levels. Go with the flow today instead of trying to swim against the current. You'll find you will accomplish a great deal more with this approach. People may be more calculating and shrewd today so just be mindful of that.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Today, the energy is considered "full." It is a day of abundance best used to support activities and endeavors where more is ideal. Let's view the flying stars and see where the energy is fullest.
The southeast portent holds the financial powerhouse star. Activate this area with movement devices (plug in incense, bright lighting, fish bowl), are all good ideas. It's important to navigate business dealings today with confidence and flexibility.
Female partnership and advice bodes well when it comes to networking and planning for potential new opportunity. Take the lead in matters and keep a positive outlook for a binding agreement. Place the element of earth in the southwest and ground any decision making process today.
If you can successful negotiate and network with leaders in your industry, it will pave the way for long-term career growth and goals. Add strong metal to the northwest and let new opportunities flood the gates.
In terms of the 4 Pillars aspect, the day stem of yin earth rises above the rooster metal branch. This is a sheng cycle of element whereby the branch fuels the stem. Moving your body today in some form of exercise will help to relieve mental stress. Definitely take advantage to get outside and move your body even if it is a short walk, as the earth rooster combination will have you working extra hard today to complete tasks. Digging for the truth is also the characteristics of the earth rooster. Whether it is personal or on a grand level of politics, finding out the truth is a theme for today.
Mary Jane Fengshui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Thursday, July 20, 2017
This is a pose that can be a little scary. It is best to warm up your hips before attempting this pose with the following poses:
- Happy Baby
- Forward fold rag doll variation
- Wide leg forward fold
Once you feel warmed up, have a seat and extend both legs out in front of you. Keep your left leg long and bend your right knee and hug into our chest. Relax your shoulders downward and sway your leg side to side to open up your hip. Bring your right leg and the underside of your knee to rest on top of your right shoulder. Cross your left ankle over your right and make sure your right shoulder is under your right knee. Make sure your hands are firmly planted on the ground shoulder distance apart. Start to bend your elbows as you squeeze your legs together. Reach your chest forward and transfer your weight onto you hands. Stay for a few breaths and repeat on the opposite side.
Watch my full video here and have some fun!
Mary Jane Fengshui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com
The power of the primordial sound of the ocean pulls into the ujjayi breath. It reminds us of the tranquility we can find within ourselves. Pantanjali said that if you focus on the trachea, hunger and thirst will be subdued, meaning that we can overcome cravings. Therefore, when we practice the ujjayi, and the breath creates friction as it moves into the trachea, cravings are abated.
If we want to access higher, more expansive aspects of the brain, we should use the breath. Each time we breathe to our fullest capacity, the breath has the potential to move to different folds of the lungs, stimulating and creating new pathways in the brain. Therefore, it is possible to intensive awareness and experience more expansive states of awareness.
Enjoy this video of the ocean I took the other night before my meditation. See if you can sync your breath to that of the ebb and flow of the ocean waves.
MAry Jane Fengshui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Saturday Morning Practice Thompson Park, NJ
Side angle or Utthita Parsvakonasana literally means to rise upward. It is a pose with a deeper meaning representing the changes that occur in life. It is a pose that enters the gateway of transformation by letting go of the old, rigid beliefs and limited perspectives.
In this pose, the bent knee forms a right angle. When the arm and hand are in alignment with the lower leg, a square is formed. This is the yantra for the root chakra, a symbol of Ganesa, the Lord of thresholds who protects the spiritual practitioner from any inner or outer obstacles that may arise.
This pose is an extension of warrior 2, yet requires more concentration to hold the body in equal awareness. Some key points in this pose to remember are as follows:
- Make sure the bent knee creates a right angle to the earth, yet the knee doesn't extend past the toes.
- You can either place the right elbow on the thing for greater extension or bring right palm or fingertips down to the floor, either in front of the bent leg or behind it.
- Inhale to the back, expanding the breath across the entire back.
- Exhale and elongate the spine into the front body allowing the spine to rotate and lift the heart.
- The rotation of the head and neck comes from the base of the torso, as both thighs externally rotate.
- Stay in the pose as long as the breath is calm.
This pose releases inner and outer intercostal muscles, freeing the breath through the release of the lungs and diaphragm. On a spiritual level, side angle prepares us to live on the earth plane an in the inner dimensional states of consciousness at the same time.
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Friday, July 14, 2017
Today, Friday July 14th, 2017 the energy follows as such:
The overall energy for today is considered to be rather rough. It is best to avoid major projects or decisions as a result. It is far better to focus on loose ends and wrap up unfinished business.
In terms of the star combinations there are a few notable energy interactions. They are as follows"
Northwest: This area has a fortuitous energy combination, that if handled properly, can result in financial gain. I suggest bright lighting, water movement via a fish bowl or plug-in incense burner and paper money with terminating crystal pointing upward. Keep you mind open to advice from leader or patriarch. Connect with your closest networks and keep apprised of current information.
Northeast: I would suggest strong metal element here to propel the auspicious water from the sea star. In your meditation today, focus on your long-term goals. Take time to record words that come to mind while meditating. Seek the path for longevity instead of short-term results.
Southeast: My suggestion is the element of metal to assist the white star from the heavens. Be open to male advice when it comes to new opportunities and take financial advice from a trusted advisor. Be willing to listen and communicate ideas to those you trust. You may actually place virtual water here too to being flexibility in your ideas and financial outlook.
In terms of the Day Pillar combination:
The water stem combines with the tiger branch. This is a flow of the elements naturally from heaven to earth building harmony. However, let not the mind take too much in today otherwise your body will feel the stress. Balance is always the best way.
The water tiger is pretty open-minded and inclined to new ideas and experiences. There is also a natural ability for this combination to judge the truth and not be fooled. It is an excellent combination for making the right deal. Just be mindful of procrastination measures today as the water tiger combination is notorious for that. Concentration on the long-term outcome proves to be most beneficial today.
A little rain never stops a yogi. Today, from Yoga 365, we learn how yoga enables us to access spirit by opening up the creaky corners of our bodies. Our muscles soften and lengthen, and we feel more powerful through the openness that we begin to experience. When we feel open, we can more readily tap into something that we often call spirit - a feeling or sensation that shapes our dreams and connection with the greater world. To access our spiritual selves we need to tend to our physical selves, because body and spirit are not separate. Yoga keeps our bodies open, enabling us to access spirit.
Today, no matter what the weather is like, roll out your yoga mat and take the time to move through some poses. Do whatever feels right for your body. Do not worry about doing every pose. It is far better to savor the poses you choose to do and the journey it takes to arrive in the pose. This is how way to access the deep hidden areas physically in your body and the subconscious. For transformation occurs. You must awaken what lies deep within and bring it to the surface.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
This is the cutest farm to table local garden. Today, while I was doing some errands, I decided to pull out my camera and take a video of this fabulous yet simplistic garden. It has great feng shui!
The owner of the restaurant uses all organic ingredients grown in this charming garden. Take time to view my video so you get an idea of how the garden is organized. Without realizing it, this restaurant owner incorporated feng shui principles. Let's take a look.
I always suggest my clients incorporate varying heights in their landscape and garden designs. This gives the eye room to roam. Furthermore, it is fantastic to encourage energy to flow and keep the garden fresh.
This is another great feature to this garden and definitely a feng shui plus. If your contemplating designing a garden or landscape area on your property, choose multiple materials to include in the design. You'll see in my video there is a mixture of metal and wooden containers to hold plants and vegetables. Different materials give off varied vibrations and add to the garden experience.
There are several areas in this relatively small garden for people to sit and enjoy nature. This is fabulous as it allows the body to rest while activating the sensory system, including scent, sight, sound and of course taste with a delicious farm to table meal.
There are several places in the garden with natural landscape barriers that successfully contain this garden oasis from a busy roadway and parking lot. The evergreen archway is a wonderful way to attract people to come and enjoy the garden views.
MaryJane Fengshui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com