We’re Back!!!

                                                               We're Back!!!

Here I am with my awesome yoga teacher, my sister Maureen Miller.
She has taken me to the next level of my practice. So much to report!
Stay in touch for there will be many new and exciting posts that you will love.
And look at me…hugging a tree!
Love my sister….

Book Recommendations

I recently did a review of Charlotte Bell’s book – Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life.

People often ask me what books they recommend as they begin their yoga journey…. this is a must.  See my review for why:

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/08/review-of-mindful-yoga-mindful-life-by-charlotte-bell/

Sharon and I also have a page on our website (currently being updated) which I’ll provide here:

SHARON:
An Ordinary Life Transformed – Stephanie Rutt

Yoga Chick – “A Hip Guide to Everything OM” – Bess Gallanis

Smart Guide to Yoga – Stephanie Levin-Gervasi

Yoga Body, Buddha Mind – Cindy Lee

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga – Deepak Chopra & David Simon

Yoga for Life – Martin & Margaret Pierce

MAUREEN:
The Power of Intention – Wayne Dyer

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life – Wayne Dyer

A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle

Mudras – Yoga in Your Hands – Gertrude Hirschi

Creative Visualization – Shakti Gawain

Life Lessons – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler

Anatomy of the Spirit – Caroline Myss

It’s been a while since we updated that page, so we’ll do that as we are updating the website too.

Make an amazing day everyone.

Love,
~Sharon & Maureen

Sahasrara Chakra – The Crown Chakra

Sahasrara Chakra – The Crown Chakra

 

The Crown Center is located at the top of the head

Enlightenment, Peace, Oneness

Lessons related to spirituality

Spiritual freedom is about making choices and taking chances.

The Crown Chakra represents the highest level of consciousness and enlightenment. It is the seat of intuition and direct spiritual vision. This center integrates all the chakras with their respective qualities.  The Crown Chakra is associated with Meditation & Wisdom – to know, to understand and to know what we do not know.

The Crown Chakra is related to:
The Body Association is the central nervous system, upper skull
Cosmic Energy – the Universe
Beyond the Senses
Sacred Truth -Live in the Present Moment

When Sahasrara Chakra is not functioning well or is out of balance we  may be constantly exhausted, can’t make decisions without great effort and may have no sense of belonging. We can be psychotic, manic depressive, frustrated or have a sense of unrealized power.   When it is functioning well and in balance we are at peace with our self, have a magnetic personality, achieve miracles in life, transcendent.


How to balance this chakra?

Yoga, of course!  Poses good for this chakra: dandasana, headstand, wheel.

Aromatherapy – lotus – I personally have not ever heard of the aroma of lotus?  I shall research this!

Meditation – focus on the region of the chakra, envision the color violet or bright, bright white and repeat a mantra (I am well in body, mind and spirit or something that resonates with you)

Gem/Crystal – Pearl  is a healing gem for this chakra and Amethyst is a healing crystal – hold the gem or crystal in your hand as you meditate or find a piece of jewelry to wear

Deity – The teacher within!

For more information on Chakras – http://crystal-life.com/home/library/chakra1.htm

Thank you for being on our journey as we explore the 7 major energy centers…. please share our blog with your friends and comment often…. we want to know what you think about what we share with you!

Namaste,

Maureen & Sharon

Sixth Chakra – more info from Maureen on the Third Eye Chakra

The Third Eye Chakra is related to:
Emotional Intelligence
The Body Association is the eyes and base of the skull
The element:  Light (Sun/Moon)
sense of inner knowing

When Ajna Chakra is not functioning well or is out of balance we are not disciplined, fear success, set sights too low, highly logical, authoritarian and/or arrogant.  When it is functioning well and in balance we are charismatic, highly intuitive, not attached to material things and may experience unusual phenomena.


How to balance this chakra?

Yoga, of course!  Poses good for this chakra: bridge, plow, eagle.

Aromatherapy – violet, rose, geranium

Meditation – focus on the region of the chakra, envision the color indigo and repeat a mantra (I am well in body, mind and spirit or something that resonates with you)

Gem/Crystal – Diamond is a healing gem for this chakra and Lapis Lazuli is a healing crystal – hold the gem or crystal in your hand as you meditate or find a piece of jewelry to wear

DeityShiva – Ganesha’s father and seen as the Supreme God in tradition of Hinduism.

The Fifth Chakra – Vishuddha

The Throat Center

Blue : divinity and spirituality
Our Voice

Lessons related to will and self-expression

Faith/Self Knowledge/Personal Authority

Are you honest with yourself?

Are you aware of your limitations?

Do you have self discipline?

Are you able to refrain from negative thoughts?

The Throat Chakra is the center for communication, self-expression and creativity. This is where the inner voice of one’s truth is expressed. The Throat Chakra’s connection with expression, resonance & communication allow us to speak and to be heard.

The Throat Chakra is related to:
Purification
The Body Association is the throat, ears, nose, neck, shoulders, mouth, thyroid
The element:  Ether
sense of hear
Sacred Truth -Surrender Personal Will to Divine Will

When Vishudda Chakra is not functioning well or is out of balance we hold back from self expression, unreliable, holds inconsistent views, overly talkative, self righteous, arrogant.  When it is functioning well and in balance we are a good communicator, contented, finds it easily to meditate, artistically inspired.


How to balance this chakra?

Yoga, of course!  Poses good for this chakra: camel, shoulderstand, cobra

Aromatherapy – lavender, patchouli

Meditation – focus on the region of the chakra, envision the color light blue and repeat a mantra (I am well in body, mind and spirit or something that resonates with you)

Gem/Crystal – Sapphire is a healing gem for this chakra and Aquamarine is a healing crystal – hold the gem or crystal in your hand as you meditate or find a piece of jewelry to wear

DeitySarasvati – Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom

Book recommendation:  The Book of Chakra Healing, Liz Simpson

Anahata Chakra – The Heart Center

Who do you love?

Did you include yourself?

Do you practice forgiveness?

Do you accept others unconditionally?

 

Anahata Chakra is the center of real, unconditional affection, spiritual growth, compassion, devotion and love. It is the bridge connecting the lower and higher energies of our being and is the place where our Spirit, our true Self resides.  The Heart Chakra is associated with love & harmony – to love and be loved.

The Heart Chakra is related to:
Harmony & Life Balance
The Body Association is the heart, lungs, circulation and immune system
The Air element
sense of touch
lessons related to love, forgiveness and compassion – for ourselves and others

Sacred Truth- love is divine power

When Anahata Chakra is not functioning well or is out of balance we are possessive, love conditionally, withhold emotionally, fear rejection and may feel unworthy to receive love.  When it is functioning well and in balance we have compassionate, love unconditionally, nurture ourselves and others.


How to balance this chakra?

Yoga, of course!  Poses good for this chakra: fish, child’s pose, cobra, dancer, warrior III

Aromatherapy – rose, lavender, jasmine

Meditation – focus on the region of the chakra, envision the color green and repeat a mantra (I am well in body, mind and spirit or something that resonates with you)

Gem/Crystal – Ruby is a healing gem for this chakra and Emerald is a healing crystal – hold the gem or crystal in your hand as you meditate or find a piece of jewelry to wear

Deity – Kali Durga

Book recommendation:  An Ordinary Life Transformed (Bhagavad Gita translation)– Stephanie Rutt