REFLECTING On My SHADOW.
In this month of October, Halloween preparations are looming about us. It presents an ideal time to reflect on our shadow selves, the part of ourselves we repress, deny and hide from ourselves and others.
We all have a shadow side. It’s the part of us that is unloved, despised and rejected. Sometimes we’re not even aware of it. Emotional patterns we bury into our shadow selves include sadness, anger, jealousy, hatred, anxiety, loneliness, disappointment, depression. They are whatever qualities and feelings we don’t accept. We consider them to be negative, bad, weak or unbecoming. We don’t want others to witness our dark secrets, whilst we reproach ourselves for feeling these human emotions. We disguise them, and sometimes so well, that we disconnect from them consciously all together. They become buried deep in our unconscious mind, emanating darker, denser, dissonant vibrations, perpetuating the shadow self and it’s power. It’s understandable that they can become the root of bitterness, exhaustion, addictions, illness and unhappiness.
It can take a lot of energy hiding these human emotions, but sometimes certain people or situations or simply being alone with our ‘mask off’, can bring them to the surface, leaving us hurt, embarrassed and ashamed. It’s in allowing yourself to find compassion for the one experiencing these emotions, that being you, that we begin transmuting their pain and potency.
Considering 90% of our decisions making process takes place in the unconscious mind, it serves us well to transform these emotional patterns. The shadow self can begin healing when we acknowledge and accept this part of ourselves. It is only human to experience the full spectrum of emotions, however they need not be toxic in our lives. With compassion and love for our darker nature, we bring our shadow into light.
Like everything in the Universe, all human emotions vibrate and entrain to vocal toning. Our voices in toning carry our healing intention to our shadow selves and our sacred sounds literally comb out the snags they have created in our field, and subsequently in our lives. In a meditative state, this is a tremendously powerful medicine for the whole being.
If you would like to experience Reflecting On My Shadow Healing Treatment, please join us at Bayou Bliss Tuesday October 20 at 7pm.
A look in to what’s in store for the Time of the Seasons Workshop
Fall. It’s a time of year that many people love, and it’s not hard to understand why. After a long, heated and humid summer in Houston, a cooler and drier season is refreshing and invigorating. However with this season comes holiday hurry, a general quickness to get things done and a fleeting feeling. Perhaps that’s why we love the season so much, it’s here and then seems to be gone in an instant. The reason each season is so different from the previous one is due to a change in qualities within our
environment. There is a natural cycle and rhythm to how the world works, and in Ayurveda, the sister
science of yoga, we’ve determined that each of these distinct periods in the cycle have certain elements that are more prominent than others.
In the fall, air and ether dominate. These two elements are thin and dry. They’re cool. They encourage
movement and creativity. You can see how these qualities are present in the fall. The leaves are drying
out and falling to the ground. The Earth is quickly producing the last bits of fruits and vegetables before the winter comes. In Houston, you even start to see the social scene pick back up, with more networking events and football games to attend than you have room on the calendar for.These qualities are natural, but in the transition period, it’s essential that we prepare our bodies and minds for what’s ahead. Self-care in the summer looks very different than it does in the fall. Since the fall is cold, light, dry and mobile, we have to take care that we balance these qualities out. If we don’t, it
results in dry skin, gas and instability of mind (among other things.)
How do we balance out exactly? Well, we have to balance out the primary qualities of the season with opposite qualities in everything we do. Every sensory experience we have affects our organism and has
the potential to throw us completely off balance. That means everything we smell, taste, see, touch and hear can either help us get closer to wellness or drive us further away from it.So, in the fall, we must use our senses to find ground and stability. We must introduce moisture and heaviness to our lives. We must slow down, simplify and harvest. While these activities may seem counter intuitive at this time of year, it’s the only way to make the season last and to truly revel in its beauty. Without proper self-care, we can be swept up in the winds of autumn and quickly spit back out. I hope you’ll join us at Time of the Season this month to discuss and experience all the ways you can find balance this fall.
Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu
The word reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power,” and Ki which is “life force energy.” So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
Reiki is the Japanese version of therapeutic touch therapy. It promotes stress reduction, relaxation and healing. It is administered by still hand placement and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. The ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
When people can let go of ego and express the intention for this universal life energy to flow, Reiki flows through with unconditional love. Such outpouring of “the flow” with ego-less and unconditional love promotes inner healing.
My own personal experience with reiki has opened the possibility and the reality that what we call miracles happen all the time, that when we lay healing hands on another in a sacred space, true unconditional love is allowed to flow and to bring healing to those who are ready to receive, including ourselves.
The five precepts that a reiki practice is built on can be used as words to live by:
1. From today forth, I will have conscious awareness.
2. From today forth, I will live my life with integrity.
3. From today forth, I shall gratefully receive.
4. From today forth, I will live my own truth.
5. From today forth, I will honor each person to have their own truth.
The Reiki School and Clinic of Texas was founded to:
– ensure integrity in the practice of Reiki
– empower practitioners present and future in their Reiki practice
– expand opportunities for those wanting to learn or to experience Reiki
Charlene Fox has been a Reiki Master/Teacher since 1997, sharing with others the power of their own healing nature, the power of the true self.
There are SO many different kinds and styles of breathwork. Every time I look I find more. While not surprising, it is still amazing and wonderful! The truth is that your breath is your most powerful tool, so it is exciting that there are different avenues for people to explore and learn. Keep breathing and you will find the path that works for you!
Over the past few weeks I have had a few people ask me what is the difference between Holotropic Breathwork and Integrative Breathwork (ie what I do). The two are both similar and different.
Let’s start with how they are the same.
They both use
A connected or circle breath – inhale exhale no pause. This is an important distinction from pranayama or other meditative breath techniques.
Music to help the mind let go and encourage participants to allow the rhythm of the breath to come forward.
As a result both techniques will typically move you into an altered state of consciousness. It is in this altered state of consciousness that a great deal of healing can/and usually does take place. Plus it is just pretty cool!
There are several way that the two techniques differ which leads to a different experience.
The differ in the use of
Intention – I focus on integrating stuck energy in your body/being and cultivating a stronger connecting with your higher self.
Toning and movement – I actively use toning and movement to encourage the mind and body surrender and help move stuck energy and release repressed/suppression emotion.
Physical facilitation – I use acupressure points as well as thai bodywork as a way to physically and energetically support a deeper state of surrender and greater opening of the breath.
Shorter session about 1 hrs vs 3hrs
In general the toning, movement and facilitation help you let go and move through overwhelming emotion and sensations and integrate experiences/energy/emotion quickly, making it easier/effortless to connect to your Higher Self/guidance.
My suggestions is try them both and find out for yourself. Develop a deeper relationship with your breath and watch what happens!
“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wildress of your intuition. What you will discover will be wonderful. What you will discover will be yourself.” -Alan Alda
Dear Bliss Lovers,
As many of you know I just returned from a trip to Sedona
Why am I going to the Sedona Yoga Festival?
I am so excited to be presenting at the Sedona Yoga Festival in February.
Many of you know that I will be presenting at the Sedona Yoga Festival in February. I am so excited to be a part of this festival and I wanted to take a few words to tell you why.
1 – I LOVE SEDONA – It is a beautiful, restorative place, like no other I have been too. The landscape is stunning and transformative. Just being in the red rocks of Sedona is healing to the mind, body, and soul. The people of Sedona are fun, sweet, awake and present. Have a cup of coffee, hiking a trail or in the bookshop, Sedonians are open and delightful!
2 – The name – SYF: a consciousness evolution conference – they are very clear on the intent, come to raise your level of awareness. So you are going to have a great time, get in lots of yoga in, have some acro and partner yoga fun, sing, dance, meet new people and get introduced to ideas, practices, meditations, and people that will widen your aperture of awareness.
3 – Great presenters – and I am not talking about me 🙂 They have over 115 presenters, teaching over 200 classes, acrossed 9 intimate venues (so not just one resort, but all over Sedona) presenters include Happy Yogi to the stars Steve Ross, Yoga Journal Co-Founder Rama Vernon, Kundalini masters Ana Brett & Ravi Singh, best-selling spiritual author and pulitzer prize-winning journalist Bhava Ram, Saul David Raye, and more than 100 yogis, healers, artists, authors, musicians, shamans, scientists, philosophers and performers. More info http://sedonayogafestival.com/be-involved/attend-the-festival/
The festival is going to be AMAZING! I would love for you to join me. I am more than happy to answers any questions, connect fellow Texans and Houstonians who are planning to attend. When you sign up with this code you get 10% off the price of your ticket by using the promotional code Shamas.
“One who understands the breath quickly tastes the ecstasy of liberation.” ~Goraksashastra
The latin word spiritus, means breath. In every tradition around the world, breath is directly linked to spirit and to life. You can stop eating and stop drinking for quite a long time; however if you stop breathing for just a minute, you will no longer be living. Your breath is the most important component to your health and wellbeing, and I am constantly amazed at how we tend to take that for granted. As a general rule, we are using only about a third of our lung capacity, and are experiencing the results of shallow breathing patterns through a plethora of issues from upper respiratory problems to depression and anxiety.
Breathwork has been used over the ages in meditative practices, martial arts, yoga and other ancient philosophies. The ancient sages knew that the breath had amazing healing, restorative and life enhancing power. Western philosophy tends to believe that our lives are spent in three “normal” states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and deep sleep; I am seeing evidence now of our culture slowly waking up to the most dynamic aspect of our being – the fourth state of consciousness. This fourth state provides us with an incredible view of our human experience through a transcendental meditative state. Scientific research has shown that connecting with this state of consciousness, this Source, has a profound therapeutic effect, and not only carries the memories of our biological past, but can transcend time and space connecting us to the Divine parts of Self that hold much inner wisdom, enlightenment and healing. The beautiful end result is a profound acceptance of oneself, others and life. The quickest, most direct path to this Source for me is through integrative breathwork.
Webster defines integration as the combining and coordinating of separate parts or elements into a unified whole. Integrative breathing is a safe and natural process which utilizes conscious breathing patterns to induce healing–physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, thus bringing the parts into a unified whole. As we expand the quality and quantity of breath in our body, we raise our vibration, bringing clarity, and releasing physical, emotional and mental blocks. Each breath becomes an opportunity, not only for self-nourishment, but for the release of unconscious barriers to experiencing more presence, more joy and more love. My process of self-discovery was unique, as is each person’s who does this work. I immediately began to feel a sense of peace as I finally saw that I could relax into the flow of life and trust in the Divine Order of all things. For me, this was huge. As I consciously attended to my emotional growth through regular breath sessions, I began to experience more peace, more joy, more awareness of the present moment. As a result of this emotional growth, this awareness began to translate into all of my relationships inside and outside my immediate family. Nothing external had really changed dramatically. It was I who changed my inner condition and, as a consequence, was able to adjust my interpretation of my outer experience – to heal the blemishes in my life experiences.
“There is no breathing in the past, and there is no breathing in the future. By becoming conscious of our breathing, we activate a powerful and reliable inner tool that enables us to consciously extract our attention from the past and the future. Consequently, we automatically accumulate present moment awareness.”
Michael Brown , author of The Presence Process
By Mary Oppermann
For more information about Integrative Breathwork email Info@bayoublissyoga.com.
Hi! I’m Amanda, Bayou Bliss’ own massage therapist, esthetican, and reflexologist. I am very excited to share with everyone at Bayou Bliss a little more about reflexology.
What is Reflexology?Reflexology is a therapy based on the principle that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the hands and feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body. In this system, the nerve endings in the extremities provide a “map” of the rest of the body. Examples are the base of the little toe representing the ear, or the ball of the foot representing the lung. Through the application of pressure on particular areas of the hands or feet, reflexology is said to promote benefits such as the relaxation of tension, improvement of circulation, and support of normalized function in the related area in the body. source
What if I told you I could help ease the pain caused by sciatica by working on your feet? What if you said to me you had fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis and I told you after working on you, you might feel more energetic and in less discomfort. While hard to imagine that these complex and painful issues can be mitigated by rubbing on your feet, I can tell you that these are issues some of my clients have. AND after receiving reflexology (without making any other lifestyle changes) have experienced great benefits.
I have seen some incredible results using reflexology. For example: I’ll share with you that my partner grinds his teeth in his sleep. I have seen several movies and commercials where snoring can truly strain a relationship. And believe me, I get it now. (Thank heavens he grinds his teeth so badly my snoring doesn’t bother him ;0)) Any way, one night after being in class all day and learning how to do jaw work in reflexology I offered to work on him as an experiment. After he finally went to sleep I noticed he had made no noises. In fact he had stayed in the same position on the bed for over two hours. On a normal night once the jaw grinding begins he’ll toss and turn. Obviously this pleased me. Even more pleasing to me is I got to sleep without the intermittent “shh”. Speaking to him the next day he was so surprised that he felt so well rested and insisted that was the best night’s sleep he had gotten in a long while. Of course, internally I jumped up and down loving that this magic worked. IT WORKED! Only, it wasn’t magic. It’s a practice that has been used in America since the early 1900’s. Even similar practices have been recorded for thousands of years in Chinese and Egyptian.
Reflexology has given me the ability to help address my clients’ issues and concerns that massage doesn’t allow. I can’t begin to express how the benefits of using such light (and I can NOT stress that enough, LIGHT) touch has even blown MY mind. It’s an amazing service to receive as well as it is for me to provide. Don’t be afraid to try it. I PROMISE, it will NOT hurt you. But it sure couldn’t hurt to see if it helps. I found an awesome website on how reflexology is used to help treat back pain, an ailment so many people have. I’ve provided the link in case you’d care to look it over.
For as beneficial as this service is, we have made it very affordable! $65 for one hour and consultation.Long lasting results are best achieved through a series of services. At Bayou Bliss Yoga we offer a series; $200 for 5 sessions. With a series purchase you would be getting 2 sessions for free. Another added bonus is that it feels like you’ve had a full body service after receiving reflexology. Come see me try it out!
Giving your body and mind a little spring cleaning may very well result in what we see after cleaning our home – a more organized and beautiful space to work, relax, rejuvenate and live in! Using clean, nutritionally abundant food and fresh juice to cleanse as well as soak every cell in the nutrients and moisture needed for cellular health results in a more powerful body from the cellular level, powerful energy!
The most common benefit reported from our Detoxification 101 participants is an increase in energy. The great thing is that it is obviously apparent in their physical presence before they even excitedly report that they feel exuberant and full of surging energy. Glowing enthusiastic faces tell it all! Improved hair, skin, and nails seems like a too good to be true benefit of a little dietary adjustment but if a healthier body is feeling more energy then there is increased energy for the growth and reproduction of hairs, nails, and skin cells as well. Some of our participants have claimed to see almost immediate improvement in the appearance and feel of their skin and hair.
Join us for Detoxification 101 and enjoy the energy and beauty that comes from a little spring cleaning!
New Years is perhaps my favorite time of year. Yes, Christmas is lovely and Halloween in fun, but the beginning of a New Year… the pause, the anticipation, the collective energy of starting fresh is palpable and powerful! No dogma and little commercialize (let’s face it – you aren’t expected to buy gifts for the New Year). We get space, time, and freedom to enjoy and celebrate what we have learned and accomplished in the last year. Then we have the opportunity to set some intentions for the New Year.
As yogis, we get to start every day new and fresh and we don’t need a momentous occasion to make a resolution. This is true and I do live everyday with a new beginning. And yet, there is something to be said for the collective pause that comes between Christmas and the end of the year. There’s the momentum and optimism that comes with the start of a New Year.
We get a chance to pause and reflect… and I mean literally, people get vacation and time off… to slow down and reflect on what has transpired for the last 12 months. We have a chance to take it all in. Yes, all… the good and the bad. As we let that settle in, we have an opportunity to set intentions for the New Year.
Most of us are familiar with the concept and actuality of New Year’s resolutions. In our culture we tend to think of resolutions as resolution: a strong will or determination, which is one definition.
The implied logic of many New Year’s resolutions is if I have a strong will or determined enough,
“I will (insert new year’s resolution here).”
“I will lose 10 pounds.”
“I will eat healthier.”
“I will get a better paying job.”
“I will quit smoking.”
And the flip side is if I don’t succeed then I was not strong enough or resolute enough to make it happen. It carries a good deal of judgment with it. For many people this works, but for others there is more.
“The intention more than the action.” Russell Simmons
I prefer to consider another definition of resolution: statement of intent.
Weather you lose 10 pounds or not, or get a better paying job or not… you are still YOU and you are still Divine!
I choose to create statements of intent not because I lack will, but because I ENJOY inviting the Divine into my life. When we create statements of intent, we invite our Highest Self into our life which is infinitely more fun than judging our will or resolution. A statement of intention acknowledges that you are Divine, which means you have your will and much more. You intend to achieve your resolutions and leave the door open for so much more!
During this pause between Christmas and the end of the year, I encourage you to take a few (or more) moments to reflect…
– When did I feel like my most authentic self or the highest aspect of myself? When did my heart sing and radiate with Joy without effort or struggle?
– what things, events, or people cultivated or fostered it?
– When did I feel the furthest from my authentic self?
– What do I want to invite more of into my life?
– How can I allow my authentic self to shine more often?
Statements of Intention for the New Year:
– I intend to write more often and share what is in my heart.
This may result in a better or higher paying job and will result in a happier You.
– I intend to breath in all that life has to offer me.
This may result in you quitting smoking this year and will result in a more abundant life.
– I intend to delight in the fruits of my labor.
This may result in you eating healthier and will result in a more joyfilled year.
While each of these statements may come from similar goals, the intentions invite in so much more than resolution.
If your resolutions are met you will have weight loss, more money, and a healthier body. Your statements of intention invite you to enjoy living, be happier and live fully… the amazing thing is that usually means you are at your ideal weight, have enough money, and live a healthy life!
I invite you to welcome in ALL that 2013 offers you! Go for what you really want…Happiness, Love, and Joy!
This week has been filled with many early morning yoga classes. So I have been out and about during this amazing time of day. The Russians say that Divine is most easily seen at Sunrise and Sunset…it is the time of in-betweens…transitions…when nothing is quite settled and everything is possible. Humm…kind of sounds like the state of our world at the moment. There is so much transition and change happening all around us and within us, that sometimes it can be overwhelming. It is important to remember that everything in our life comes in cycles and we have these great reminders in nature to help us learn and manage these cycles.
On these early mornings, I leave my house in darkness….not a ray of light in the sky. And it is funny that at some point there is light, it is light. While it maybe not be day, it is no longer night and there is light. Light is like this. We like to pretend that there is one ray and then another as if light can separate itself. In truth, there is simply more light sometimes than others but it doesn’t matter because there is always light.
It occurred to me that transition works like this. We like to believe that transition is always swift and delineated, one day x and the next y. In practice, transition and change and shift happens as the sunrise does….there are gradual, sublet, small shifts and then you notice that things are different. There is more light. While we may struggle during this in-between sublet shifting phase, there is a beauty and peace in watching the sunrise and light fill your life.
Om asatoma satgamaya
tamasoma jyotir gamaya
mrityorma amritam gamaya
Lead us from the unreal to the real
From darkness to light
From death to immortality