Monday, October 16, 2017

Mindful Mondays!

Mindful Mondays!

 I decided to move around my weekly tips format. Welcome to Mindful Mondays!

Have you ever wondered what it might feel like if you decide to eat your meals mindfully? Unfortunately, most of us scoff down a meal being distracted by TV, our computer or cell phone. The problem with eating this way is we lose out on the full experience of tasting and smelling our food.

There is a powerful phrase that says: When you eat, eat. When you drink, drink.

This morning, when you prepare your breakfast, try taking a different approach and actually be in the moment. Feel the surface of your kitchen floor beneath your feet, notice the subtle sounds of your appliances, the texture of handling the ingredients you choose, and the aroma that wafts while cooking your meal. Savor these sensations. Become a part of the entire process and notice the difference. When you take a moment to be present, the energy washes over you like a warm gentle breeze. This is a much better way to start your day, as it sets the tone for everything else that will follow.

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mindfulness Fridays!

Welcome to Mindfulness Fridays. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and our surrounding environment. Mindfulness also means acceptance without judgment. Now that's a tough one. I'm sure we can all identify with thoughts roaming from past experiences to what may happen in the future. It is so difficult to remain in the present moment and see what is happening for what it is rather than trying to analyze the heck out of it and project its meaning. Today, try this simple technique in practicing mindful behavior.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing take a moment to live in the moment. Do not connect your experience to the past or project your energy to the future. Peel off the insecurities and just concentrate on your work.. Know that everything will unfold in a natural manner. Embrace the freshness of the moment, perhaps the aroma of a hot cup of coffee or the sound of the wind outside. Try to live in the moment of pure joy and stop listening to those around you trying to disrupt your moment. Start doing all the things you always wanted to do and keep your wish list close to your heart.

Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursdays - Meditate on This!

Thursdays - Meditate on This!

Every Thursday I will be giving you something to meditate on. Most types of meditation involve paying attention to your mind, then bringing your attention back to a chosen focal point. The mind likes to wonder, tell stories and move away from the present moment. Why not experiment with what to focus on and see what creates the most powerful impact for you.

Today, let's focus on the breath. This is perhaps the most common focal point in meditation and can be very effective. Here are a few ideas of how you can use the breath in your meditation.

  • Inhale deeply and pause at the top or crest of the inhalation, then exhale slowly and pause at the bottom of the exhalation.
  • Connect to the vibration of the Ujjayi (victorious breath). The sound vibration created by the slight contracting of your throat is a fabulous way to quiet the mind.
  • Concentrate on the movement of your belly and chest when breathing. It feels like you are being rocked gently in your meditation.
Have fun experimenting with your breath the next time you sit in meditation. Journal how effective the breath was in bringing your attention back to the present moment.

Mary Jane  FengShui Yoga Girl

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Yoga 4 U Tuesday!

Yoga 4 u Tuesday:

Plough pose halasana, is a slightly more advanced yoga posture and therefore should be practiced carefully as this position puts pressure on the neck. It is important not to force the pose and to gently develop the necessary flexibility to come into the final position. It is a common pose in both Hatha and kundalini yoga. This pose does work several chakra points: the throat, heart and navel. Key dynamics to hone in on in this pose are: Get grounded with you...r back on the ground. Use your hands to support your back by placing them on the ribcage. Straighten your legs and keep them together slowly swinging them over your head until your toes touch the floor behind you. Try to remain on your upper back instead of your shoulders . This is a wonderful pose to improve digestion and develop the abdominal muscles. 🕉#meditation #healthylifestyle #nature #bodyspacealignment #yoga #yogaposes

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl:

Friday, October 6, 2017

How to Change Up Your Yoga Practice and Your Environment for the Fall Season!

October Tips From Mary Jane Kasliner
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How to Change Up Your Yoga Practice for the Fall Season!

Welcome to BSA - The Conscious Alignment of Energy
The wind is changing bringing in the fall season. Albeit nature is so colorful this time of year, our minds and bodies aren't always ready for the change in weather and temperature. Change is good provided you can ease into it.

One of the best things to ground our mind and body this time of year is to connect to Mother Earth. It had a tremendous grounding quality that can offset the otherwise heavy "vata," one of the three doshas in the sister science to yoga known as Ayurveda. Vata corresponds to the element of air. With strong vata, you may notice you are more anxious, ringing in the ears, or difficulty focusing. Let's take a look at how you can move into the season of fall with a feeling of stability.

Mary Jane Kasliner

1. Grounding Your Body with Yoga Poses:
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, try a yoga practice that includes a few grounding asanas, such as forward bends, that allow the mind and body to relax. Forward bends work more with the parasympathetic nervous system that calms the body instead of revving it up. Standing poses are also very good because you feel balanced throughout the body. Twists help to cleanse the body while pranayama and meditation have an overall calming impact.

2. Forward Folds:   Focus on grounding the legs and feet deeply into the earth, also use breath and Uddiyana Bandha (belly pulling slightly up and inward) to allow the body to go deeper into the pose to relax the nervous system.

3. Seated Forward Fold: Ground the sit bones deeply into the earth, use the breath and Bandhas (locks) - squeeze the pelvic floor and lift the lower belly up and back, to go deeper. Better yet, try a restorative version of this pose using one or two blankets piled on the legs to support the torso while relaxing forward.

4. Half Lord of the Fish: This is a great pose to release toxins from the kidneys and liver while also grounding the body. Maintain a lifting action through the entire spine while twisting from the base and core.

5. Head to Knee Pose: This pose grounds and lengthens the body. The west side or back of body is brought to the light to thin out emotional imprints or samskaras.

6. Warrior 2: This pose is not only rooting to the earth but it taps into the solar plexus to move beyond fears and anxieties. Really root down through the padas (feet) and engage the pelvic floor as the arms move out from the heart space.

7. Eagle Pose: This pose pulls inward mimicking the element of metal strong this time of year. The standing leg roots  and grounds the body into the earth, the supporting element of metal. The movement inward represents a journey towards higher consciousness.

8. Breathe: The best thing you can do to relieve stress and anxiety is to simply breathe. Make an effort to spend some time outdoors and breathe with the ebb and flow of the wind. The breath has a remarkable ability to slow down the mind and the physical body.

9. Ground Your Environment: It doesn't make much sense to focus just on ways to ground your body and ignore your environment. After all, your environment is simply the macrocosm of your body and therefore directly influenced by it. Here are a few simple tips to follow:
  • Remove clutter. Clutter has a way to create chaos in the mind and the environment. Roll up your sleeves and really dig into what no longer serves you or your family.

  • Refresh your landscaping by removing dead vegetation, raking the soil and adding rockery. Stones are stabilizing and grounding. Areas that support rockery are the northeast, southwest, northwest and west.

  • Check in on the grounding earth areas of your home (northeast, center and southwest). This actually is referred to as the earth axis  line in feng shui schematics. It is extremely important this line is not undermined by water (bathrooms, laundry facilities) or architecturally missing (odd floor plan shape). If these areas are compromised by water, then offset and restore stability by adding earth elements (earth colors such as beige, tan, brown, terra cotta, etc.) and stone materials (granite, slate, etc.). If a stairwell falls within this axis line, reinforce with earth color hues, mountain scenery in artwork and stone pedestal with stone statue on landing, if the room permits. If the northeast or southwest areas of the floor plan are compromised, add in extra energy through outdoor landscaping. Even strong upward lighting in those areas are very effective.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

10 Simple Things You Can Do to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox!

Autumn Equinox Celebration Ideas!
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10 Simple Things You Can do to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox!

Welcome to BSA - The Conscious Alignment of Energy
The autumn equinox is the first day of fall. For most of us, fall is a time that ushers in harvests, preserving food for the upcoming months, enjoyment of the colors of the changing leaves and beginning to prepare oneself both physically and psychologically for the upcoming colder months. The famous poet, Keats, said fall was the "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness." Fall is a wonderful season filled with vibrant colors, cooler days and different foods.

In this newsletter, have fun with some simple ways to celebrate the autumn equinox. I have combined a variety of goodies from simple things you can do in and around your home to yoga poses that work with the "inward" movement of energy for this season.

Mary Jane Kasliner

What Makes The Equinox Special?
This is a day when both the daytime and nighttime are of the same length, which has been long interpreted to mean the world is in balance. Once the autumn equinox passes, the nights begin to get longer and the weather cooler. It is a time to gather harvest and determine what is needed for the upcoming winter. This is a time to determine what you may need physically and emotionally to restore and balance your own life.

1. Consider a Welcome Party:
Why not welcome autumn in with a party. Invite friends or family and ask everyone to bring their favorite fall dish. Fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, squash and pumpkin are all wonderful fall foods.  We have our party scheduled already!

2. Infuse Autumn Décor in and Around Your Home:

If you want others to enjoy your arrival of fall, why not enhance your environment with autumnal items like pumpkins, straw, a scarecrow or your favorite fall photo. Enhance the western portent of your home with metal and earth elements. For example, a metal bowl or your favorite stones creatively placed on an end table or cocktail table is one way to honor the elements of the west.

3. Get Crafty:
Fall inspired crafts are not only a fun way to express your artistic side, but a great way to infuse positive energy into your environment. Gather berries, pinecones, leaves and other fall favorite items from nature and then put them together for a fall wreath. You can also make leaf prints and frame them. This is an especially fun project for your children or grandchildren to take part in. 

4. Journal Your Achievements & Experiences:
In feng shui, the autumn equinox is associated with the element of metal. This is an element that moves inward. Take the time to get quiet and reflect on all the blessings that you have received over the past several months. This is a way of restoring gratitude within your life. Fine-tune what you have achieved and create space for all that is yet to come.

5. Contemplate:
This is a time that the buzz of summer winds down and life outdoors calms down. Take the lead from nature and calm your mind down. Set up a daily meditation practice, take some yoga classes, tai chi or qigong. This is a perfect way to bring balance to your mind, body and spirit.

6. Seek to Improve Your Health:
There is no time like the present to improve your health. There are so many delicious fruits and vegetables to help you cleanse and keep healthy. One way to really make a difference in your health is choosing the right foods for you personally. How? I can produce a 4 Pillars Chart based on your birth data and determine what specifics elements you may be heavily weighted in or too weak. Based on this information, I can recommend a list of elemental foods to assist in balancing your energy. For example, I am  a balanced metal chart (see below), albeit these charts can be tricky, I do best infusing my diet with  metal and water foods. Find out what foods are best for YOU personally for just $29.95. You'll receive a 7 page printed out chart plus the foods that bode best for you. And of course you can always build on this service with  a professional life reading from me personally. Email me now!


7. Touch Up Your Moldings:
I love the way it looks and feels when my moldings and doors are clean and bright. Most moldings and doors have white semi-gloss enamel paint finish. This correlates directly to the element of metal that is associated with the autumn season. Take note of how your moldings and internal doors look. If you need to kick it up a notch, then go for the gusto and illuminate these aspects of your home. This is definitely on my list!


8. Bring More Light into Your Home:
As the days get shorter and the nights get longer you'll want to add more light source to your home. Be creative in your choices. Perhaps some salt candles that will act twofold; illuminate and improve air quality. Light up rooms you normally do not spend time in. This is a fantastic way to improve the energy in different areas of your life that may seem stagnate.


9. Honor Your Family and Ancestors:
The inward movement of energy this time of year is the polar opposite of the outward wood energy of spring. The family/ancestor aspect in feng shui corresponds to the east or spring wood energy. Everything in the universe works in polar opposites; therefore, this is a good time of the year to honor your family and ancestors. Spend time with family and look through old photos of those who are on the other side of the veil

10. Have some fun!
The west portent in feng shui is a playful type of energy. It's all about letting your inner child come out to play. Is there something you love to do that takes you back to your childhood? Take some time to think about how you can become deliciously enthusiastic about anything!


Online Feng Shui Training Program!

Top Classical Feng Shui School with all the ratings of Gold School Status form the IFSG.
For years the Teaching Tortoise School of Feng Shui was part of the IFSG Gold School Status. Albeit the school maintains all the requires for the Gold Designation, we have decided to take our annual fees and donate them to worthy causes. World Vision has been our main contribution source. We are proud to use our funds to help those less fortunate.

Visit the school site for curriculum and PDF Modules. All correspondence is done by me personally. Any questions the student has during the educational program is answered by me directly. Have fun and help not only yourself but others improve their lives!
All student sign ups receive my book: The Feng Shui Connection to a Healthy Life for FREE!

Seated Forward Fold - The Pose for the Autumn Equinox!
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