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ENERGY, BREATH, HEALING & AWAKENING

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As Above So Below

 

Everything is energy. Everything is pattern. Your beliefs, thoughts, energy, emotions, breath, body fluids, tissue and bone are little energy packets orbiting in repeating patterns. These layers intermingle. Some are more dense than others but all are subtle variations on a theme. This is why your body changes yet you remain, more or less the same. (Every seven years all your cells are completely replaced by new ones but you are still you.)

 

This is also why healing and transformative work that does not include all levels of being, that mainly works on the mental level, is not integral and doesn’t really stick.

 

Yet, even though we are a synchronized symphony of energetic frequencies marching to the same beat, we can introduce higher frequencies and align with higher organizing principals. We can heal the body and evolve our being. We can awaken and live as our higher selves.

 

Energy Yoga Therapy

 

In Energy Yoga Therapy, we look at how we, as expressions of life, move, pulsate, coordinate and organize energy as we transpose energy into matter into energy into matter etc. This is the process of living we share with all life. When we get stuck, when we prematurely slow down or rush ahead only to crash and burn; when we get injured, sick, fired, divorced, anxious or depressed it is fundamentally about our energy. Everything on the outside is a mirror revealing where we disconnect from the flow of the universe inside us. The guru is everywhere. Before we enclosed ourselves in a bag of skin, we were consciousness pulsating with life connected to a cosmic matrix of pulsating information – as above, so below.

When we shift our energy metabolism out of the closed system that imbalances our bodies, emotions and minds, we stop draining the life out of us. When we shift into an open system interwoven into a rhythmically pulsating matrix, we add more life to us – as below, so above.

 

Aligning to this living grid acts is an organizing principal. It helps us develop structure and equilibrium. It glides fields of tissue, rhythms of breath, and widening perception away from old feedback loops toward more elegant, functional, creative and evolving organization. These two keys, the relationship between form and flow, reconnect us as a body and a soul in oscillating harmony with the primary energy of life.

 

This is the engine that drives the healing response. It is in water seeking equilibrium; nature balancing forces in seasonal cycles and time offering healing and forgiveness.

 

108 Breaths of Bliss

 

Energy is carried on the wave of breath. Pranayama and other conscious breathing practices are powerful ways to unravel old feedback loops that separate us from being in relationship to the flow of consciousness.

We’ve added 2 new breathing videos for you to try.

 

Hara Breath

 

Think of this as emotional first aid or as a practice before you start your day. It can be done anywhere. It roots your energy and makes you more bio-electrically alive. You’re less threatened, less defensive and less reactive. You’re better connected to your truth and your real power. You’re in flow consciousness.

 

 

Deep Release Breath

 

As you melt chronic tension patterns in the diaphragm and hips that contribute to anxiety and/or exhaustion, you feel a fundamental sense of safety and support. Remembering your origin as energy, you restore and revitalize body and soul – as above, so below, as below, so above.

 

Humanity’s next step is to master how we use our energy for our health and well-being and for creating a sustainable world. It will lift us to a new structure of consciousness. Yet, it starts with an intention, and a breath. It’s both macro and micro; very real and very intimate and we’re all breathing as one.

 

In loving service,

 

Elizabeth

The Hidden Message of Valentine’s Day: Loving Makes Us Real

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Love is anything but sentimental. In fact, it is the most real and creative form of human presence. Love is the threshold where divine and human presence ebb and flow into each other.” Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom,John O’Donohue.

 

There is beautiful heart wisdom in the Anam Cara teachings about love being the most potent medicine

for healing, awakening and enlightening us. Here’s a taste…

 

“The human heart is never completely born. It is being birthed in every experience of your life.”

 

“Each person has an inner face, which is sensed but never seen. The heart is your inner face.

The human journey strives to make this inner face beautiful. It is here that love gathers within you.”

 

“Love begins with paying attention to others, with an act of gracious self-forgetting. This is the condition in which we grow.”

 

“Sometimes it’s easy to be generous outward, to give and give and give and yet remain ungenerous to yourself. You lose the balance of your soul if you do not learn to take care of yourself.”

 

You can Suffer from a Desperate Hunger to be Loved.”

“You can search long years in lonely places, far outside yourself. Yet the whole time, this love is but a few inches away from you. It is at the edge of your soul, but you have been blind to its presence. We must remain attentive in order to be able to receive. Boris Pasternak said, ‘When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your own heart and it is very easy to miss it. ‘ ”

 

Love is the Nature of the Soul”

“The soul needs love as urgently as the body needs air. In the warmth of love, the soul can be itself. All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow.”

 

Valentine’s Day is calling us to love, no matter what, no matter who and the angels have come to help us answer the call.

 

With deepest gratitude to all my love teachers,

 

Elizabeth

Finding Myself in The Winter Practice

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I must confess, I adore The Winter Practice and I don’t do enough of it. I love a hotish vinyasa as much as the next person but I know that my time doing the contemplative forward bends, turtle poses and seated twists is worth it because it pays off, big time. This is how I replenish my energy, restore my tired body and tap into my depths -to align with my higher frequency and do the real work I’ve come here to do.

 

The Winter Practice is, essentially, a practice to restore the pulsation of energy and sensation in the body/mind while feeling safe, cared for and internally organized. It produces feelings of vitality, well-being, inner strength and joy. It relieves emotional distress, depression, chronic stress, fear and anxiety. Continue reading

Marriage as a Spiritual Practice

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If you want to evolve and be happy, open your heart and clean up your relationships.

 

We have not come here to take prisoners but to surrender, ever more deeply, to freedom and joy.” Hafiz

 

It’s impossible for me to believe but, I’ve been married to the same man for over 30 years. One thing I struggle with is when my husband tells a story I’ve heard a hundred times before. I haven’t just heard what happened before, I’ve heard his interpretation of it a hundred times too. This is just a speck of an example of the challenge of keeping it fresh but, it goes beyond that. When I hear him repeat a story or even think I know what he’ll do or say, a little veil goes over my heart. I stop fully experiencing him as ‘life unfolding before my eyes’ and I realize, I stop living that way as well. This is when the awesome beauty of arising reality dims and the world’s magic disappears. Both of us and all of it are sacrificed to my habit of judgement, separation and superiority. Continue reading

A Katonah Yoga Breathing Practice

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Dear Friends,

Hope you enjoy these pearls of wisdom from two of my most treasured teachers Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin of Katonah Yoga. You can get more goodness from them at www.katonahyoga.com and Abbie’s blog http://lia022.wix.com/yoga-with-abbie. I am honored to have them as guest bloggers on Our-Daily-Breath and so excited to share them with you. Thank you Abbie and Nevine- for everything.
Much Love,
Elizabeth

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A Katonah Yoga Breathing Practice
by Abbie Galvin & Nevine Michaan

 

Pranayama is the art of using breathing   techniques to participate in personal well-being. Prana,   akin   to the Taoist term Chi, references the universal energy which informs all life through inspiration and expiration. One’s breathing is profoundly influential in one’s   physiology and psychology. The benefits of a sophisticated breathing practice are enormous. Knowing how to catch one’s breath, hold one’s breath, empty oneself   and fill oneself allows the individual to modulate and regulate responses to external and internal stimuli.   Pranayama is a gateway to meditation, a state of Being predicated on a regulated dialogue between’s one’s body and one’s breath: the state of mediated well-being.   The accompanying video takes you through a similar Katonah Yoga Breathing Practice.
The practice includes seven breathing exercises.   The sequence moves through integrating the breath first in the lower body,   enhancing organ function through breathing linked to movements, and then moving into stiller techniques of breathing , moving minerals, adjusting the tonality of one’s breath,   with the goal of informing, adjusting, and enhancing one’s self. Continue reading

Mary Reilly-Nichols – The Cooling Breath, a Harvard Pranayam

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Recently, I sat down with one of our extraordinary Life in Motion Yoga teachers, Mary Reilly-Nichols.

Last May, Mary was one of eight Harvard grads asked to give a “Life Talk” at her 35th reunion.

 

She recalls how she told the crowd about an awakening experience she had with her guru, Swami Muktananda. Then she explains how we can ‘reverse engineer’ spiritual experiences with wise use of yoga postures and breath.

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TRANSFORMING ADVERSITY

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Let This Darkness Be A Bell Tower, by Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29

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Energy Healing Client Interview

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Have you ever wondered what energy healing can do for you?

Take a peak inside the healing room and find out. In this interview Bruce talks with one of our clients, Barbara (a nurse) about what led her to getting energy work, her journey with it and how it has changed her personal and professional life.
It’s a great description of what to expect from the healing process.


Our Daily Breath Client Interview

Oy, It’s Spiritual Warrior Time Again!

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When the Gods deal defeat to a person, they first take his mind away, so that he sees things wrongly.” from the Mahabharata

 

Use Seasonal Energy to Evolve

 

Autumn is Warrior Season: time to ruthlessly rid ourselves of what holds us back, harvest what nourishes us and take a stand for what we believe in. Our yoga practice clears the lungs to take in more life and support the heart to feel everything; fully present and ready to act.

 

Take on the energy of the Spiritual Warrior. Your compassion, courage and clarity will guide you to choose the quality of energy, thoughts and actions that embody your highest vision.

 

How This Has Been Showing Up In My Life

 

Lately, it feels like I am being tested. Fortunately, nothing is life-threatening. There’s just a constant stream of situations pushing my buttons, sometimes I feel like I can’t catch my breath or keep up. These little wake up calls carry information about my systemic reactions to life. They’re reminders not to get triggered and react but to stay plugged into Source and in creative relationship with what’s happening. That’s how I see clearly.

 

The little battles we constantly fight with reality become the stories we spin about our victimhood, which become the way we breathe, hold our bodies and shape ourselves and our world.

 

We see things wrongly and rigidify body and soul around that point of view.

 

Pick your battles wisely. Get yourself back to your breath, your body, your senses. Listen to the sounds around you, smell the smells, really see. It will create an opening that disrupts the old pattern of doom and gloom.

 

Waste nothing. Be grateful for and work with everything you have. Sharpen the blade of perception and cut through appearances to read the heart of the matter. Seek the gift in the hit and the silver lining in the cloud.

 

May we be peaceful,

 

Elizabeth & Bruce

 

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Practice The Religion Of Kindness

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Compassionate action involves working with ourselves as much as others.” Pema Chodron

 

I practice one religion and that religion is kindness.” His Holiness The Dalai Lama

 

From my own many years of struggle, I can tell you that not having compassion for yourself means you waste years running away from your own process. You may fool yourself into thinking you are dealing with it but actually, all you may be doing is feeding it and making it your big excuse.

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