Surrender to Become

23 Feb

Allow mysteries to unravel in their own time… My shoulders already feel lighter and I can’t wait to lay in Savasana.

Mysteries

via Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy Facebook page

11.11 Make A Wish

22 Feb

This post was simply going to be a little tribute to Anaïs Nin’s 111th Birthday. Brainpickings.org had posted a pretty picture with a quote and I was going to pop it here and share with you all.

But then I delved a little deeper and wondered why I am always drawn to the repetition and pattern of numbers. I always make a wish when the clock shows up as 11.11; it was partly the “111″ of Anaïs Nin’s birthday commemoration that got my attention.

So I googled 11.11 and was kind of spooked out by what I read. Here’s a sample from Yahoo Answers:

For many years the numbers 11:11 have been mysteriously appearing to people all over the world. Often appearing on digital clocks, the sightings of 11:11 tend to occur during times of heightened awareness, having a most powerful effect on the people involved. This causes a reactivation of our cellular memory banks. There’s a stirring deep inside, a hint of remembrance of something long forgotten.

The appearance of 11:11 is also a powerful confirmation that we are on the right track, aligned with our highest Truth. Throughout the years, I have personally encountered thousands of people all over the world who, have experienced repeated sightings of 11:11. They all want to know what is happening to them and why. What does the 11:11 signify?

11:11 is a pre-encoded trigger placed into our cellular memory banks prior to our descent into matter which, when activated, signifies that our time of completion is near. This refers to the completion of duality. When the 11:11 appears to you, it is your wake-up call. A direct channel opens up between you and the Invisible. When this happens, it is time to reflect on whatever you are doing for a moment and Look Larger. A transfer is in position. You can enter the Greater Reality if you wish pray or meditate and seed your future and also, you can be seeded by the Invisible. You can ask for help in some specific area of your life or simply listen quietly and receive a revelation.(written by dolly blaine)

And from 1111angels.net:

How often have you noticed the numbers 11:11, 12:12, 10:10, 22:22, 12:34, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44 or 5:55 popping up all over the place? These number sequences are not necessarily only time prompts. They can also be number sequences, like 333, 1111 etc. To your mind, is this a coincidence, or are they too frequent to be random? Perhaps you are puzzled or amused by this phenomenon? Possibly even a little bit nervous? The question everyone is asking is “What does 11:11 mean?” and “Is there a reason for this?” And there certainly is.

These 11:11 Wake-Up Calls on your digital clocks, mobile phones, VCR’s and microwaves are the “trademark” prompts of a group of just 1,111 fun-loving Spirit Guardians, or Angels, and the 11:11 prompt is their way of using our innate ability for pattern recognition to let us know that they are here. Once they have your attention, they will use other digits, like 12:34, or 2:22 to remind you of their presence. Invisible to our eyes, they are very real.

All along I have been making a wish at 11.11 — check my Twitter feed — and hey, maybe I was on the right track. I just didn’t know a spirit or angel was around making it so. I’d like to think that my grandmother has something to do with this!

Anyway, here is the Anaïs Nin picture from Brain Pickings I had intended to post before I became entranced with the above.

via brainpickings.org

via brainpickings.org

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#YogaTruth

21 Feb

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Pigeon Saved My Life…

19 Feb

Well, it wasn’t that dramatic, but the stubborn tightness of my right hip was interfering with my walking, Bikram poses, and general lifestyle. It was two months ago that I started to feel its niggle, and to be honest, I don’t know what set it off. I didn’t know what to do…

So, I decided to do the opposite of what I was doing. I stopped going to Bikram and started up a Yin practice. I didn’t want to feel hot, bothered, and rushed; I wanted to go at my own pace. I found a comfortable space at home, dusted off my Paul Grilley Yin Yoga DVD, and surrendered to poses with long holds that targeted the hips. It felt so good and I was in need of this shift.

Utilmately, it was Pigeon that did it. As I surrendered into the forward bend of the 4-minute pose, I felt the click of something falling into place. I loved that more shifts were happening. Don’t get me wrong — it wasn’t a quick fix as I am continuing to stretch and “click” that particular area but I feel the body getting into a state of balance.

Yoga Journal has a great explanation of the dos and don’t of Pigeon. http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/2313

For anyone looking to balance their Yang yoga practice, I can’t recommend restorative Yin highly enough. I’m indulging in it.

One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) Illustration by Andrea Drugay

One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) Illustration by Andrea Drugay

Cumulative Exercise (and 30 Day Challenge) Recovery

18 Feb

The U.K. Daily Telegraph listed “plan rest days” as one of their three tips  for recovery from strenuous exercise.

Basically,

“Exercise makes your body stronger by hurting it first, so planning for recovery is as important as planning the workouts. ‘Everyone is different but a good rule of thumb is three hourlong workouts a week.’ And schedule a down week for your body every eight to 12 weeks.”

(The other two tips included avoiding alcohol and ice baths, which I would rather avoid and go for the alternative: alternating one minute warm shower with 30 second cold shower. Apparently the process flushes waste products from the bloodstream.)

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Obsessed with oils…

18 Feb

I am slightly obsessed with essential oils. Not only because of their aromatherapeutic properties, but because they feel good and do a proper job on my skin; better than any moisturiser I have ever tried. So listen up all you yogis who sweat bucketloads and need to hydrate the skin:

Creams and lotions are mostly waxes and water, with a few oils thrown in. Waxes form an occlusive layer on the skin, which helps to hold moisture in. That’s good, but there are two major downsides: wax build up may lead to clogged pores, and the wax barrier may prevent the oil component of the cream (the part of the product that actually benefits skin) from penetrating.

Natural oils, on the other hand, deliver all of the benefits without any downsides. What’s more, the small lipid particles in oils penetrate past the epidermal barrier to deliver nutrients to deeper layers of the skin. This means that a very high concentration of therapeutic ingredients can reach the dermal layer where skin renewal takes place.” – Marie Veronique

via One Love Organics

via One Love Organics

One of my favourites is the rose essential oil. It’s said that the Brits think their rose gardens are the best in the world. I guess this sentiment has rubbed off on skincare companies who are cultivating their own rose fields around the world and extolling the benefits of those extracted oils. And so they should — rose oil is calming, nourishing, and smells divine.

Call a rose old fashioned no more!

I don’t know if this is fascinating to anyone else, but I did some research on this for a magazine article and found that nineteenth-century roses Centifolia and Gallica, along with Damascena, are the most widely used by the beauty industry. The reasonably affordable brand Weleda makes some of the loveliest rose products out there — the company harvests 400,000,000 organic roses in Turkey every year, which yield 3 ounces of oil per 8,000 pounds of petals.

I’ll give you a moment to do some math.

via Dr Hauschka

via Dr Hauschka

Dr Hauschka products are a pleasure to use — the brand makes a deliciously scented Rose Nurturing Bath Essence that smells like a bouquet of roses. The company supports the Terra PLA Damask Rose Farm, a fair trade initiative in Ethiopia which produces roses that weigh almost double the average. Peter Schmich, responsible for the procurement of essential oils, says, “The Damask rose is an old, cultivated variety that has its roots in the pre-Christian era, and it has a very high essential oil content. In this sense, the Damask rose is impossible to top – and it is also extraordinarily fragrant.”

via Dr Hauschka

via Dr Hauschka

And, then it comes full circle, back to the UK. The London-based REN makes a Moroccan Rose Otto line, which uses oil extracted from Rosa Damascena roses grown in the Atlas Mountains. I recently learned that their Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash has won the InStyle award for the 12th time…

via REN

via REN

Right now I am coveting One Love Organics’ Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation serum. I have a sample of its mix of Bulgarian rose oil, date oil (anti-ageing), and frankincense oil (which smells so exotic), and I am rationing every drop.

I may have ditched moisturisers — I do still use an SPF one when I am in the sun — but it is definitely for the better.

If you try any oils that work for you, let me know!

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Promises, promises…

17 Feb

A quote by former President Bill Clinton in honour of Presidents’ Day in the U S of A:

“Promising too much can be the same as caring too little.”

 

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