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Stoking the fire part 2
Kundalini and writing
#shaktirising
Seated roll backs. Sit tall, knees bent about hip width apart. Exhale to draw belly back rounding the spine, roll back. Inhale sit tall. Keep going about 1-2mins. Add the twist 1min one way 1 min the other. Or as long as youd like. Use your stomach muscles to support you.
Sit and simmer.
Reflect on all the masks you wear throughout the day. What roles do you play with what people. Take this beyond the obvious roles of mother or daughter. Do you ever play the victim? The authoritarian? With who do you play these roles, why? How does it make you feel?
Write write write
No judgement, just words.
When do you feel you are your truest self. Who can you be around as your True Self?
Write write write
No judgement, just words.
Wearing masks throughout the day I think is unavoidable, we play different roles to different people. The key is to spend as much time as your True Self as possible and spend as much time around others who you allow yourself to be seen with.
Try it. Let me know how it goes…what you think.
Peace and so muh love.

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"The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones."
#thenightcircus 
#quotes
#booknerd

"The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones."
#thenightcircus
#quotes
#booknerd

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Good morning!
Today…

Good morning!
Today…

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Stoking the fire
#shaktirising
Morning kundalini and writing
Find a comfortable seat.
Cactus arms. Keep your arms strong but shoulders soft. Start to twist, left to right. Pick a pace that works for you. Inhale left, exhale right. Keep going about 1-2 mins. Pause. Simmer. Ask yourself “who am I?”
Start again twisting left and right. this time let your arms reach across your body. Stong arms, soft shoulders. As you reach across open your palm, let go of all fear…anything standing in your way. As you pull your arm back in toward you, close your palm. Draw in whatever it is you need more of; courage, strength, hope. Inhale left, exhale right.
Keep going, about a minute or two. When youre done sit and simmer. Again ask yourself “who am I?”
Across the top of your paper write
I am…
and just keep going.
Get out all the labels of I am a…. (mother, student, father) and go a bit deeper
I am… brave, here, colourful
Write write write.
Then go out and hug someone
Let me know what comes up.
Peace and so much love.

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This weeks chakra is Manipura chakra - the city of jewels
#shaktirising
The solar plexus is the first stop along the path to an awakened life.  Manipura is about realising our own hearts desires and tapping into our purest, truest potential.

Center of personal power, self-esteem, warrior energy and the power of transformation.  Rules all aspects of personality and ego - influences self-confidence, personal power and freedom of choice. 
Location: below sternum, over stomach
Sense: sight
Colour: yellow
Body parts: stomach, liver, muscles
Bija mantra: ram

Developing a strong sense of Self and self worth are the primary qualities of this chakra.

Our true self is home to Truth, beauty and freedom.  Our true self is always intact (even when it doesnt feel that way) and we can call upon it for personal power and guidance.

Power is linked to this feeling of “fire in the belly” and is where we get our grit, our gumption and our get up and go.  A balance third chakra will use this power for good; peace, generosity and balance.

Many fears are brought on by imbalances in this chakra and fears will block this chakra.  Increased self awareness can help us come out of this place of fear.  As our self awareness grows, a very strong and resilient core develops.  Its important to keep a healthy connection between our ego and our self.

We wear different masks throughout the day, playing different roles for different people.  These masks can be limiting.  Its important to try to find as much time as your Self as you can. “Once we realise that we are truly worthy simply because we exist, we free up our life force and liberate energy for living.” -Ambika Wauters

This realisation opens us up to pure potential, setting us on a path to be all that we can be.

Stay tuned for more gems to come throughout the week.

Peace and so much love

This weeks chakra is Manipura chakra - the city of jewels
#shaktirising
The solar plexus is the first stop along the path to an awakened life. Manipura is about realising our own hearts desires and tapping into our purest, truest potential.

Center of personal power, self-esteem, warrior energy and the power of transformation. Rules all aspects of personality and ego - influences self-confidence, personal power and freedom of choice.
Location: below sternum, over stomach
Sense: sight
Colour: yellow
Body parts: stomach, liver, muscles
Bija mantra: ram

Developing a strong sense of Self and self worth are the primary qualities of this chakra.

Our true self is home to Truth, beauty and freedom. Our true self is always intact (even when it doesnt feel that way) and we can call upon it for personal power and guidance.

Power is linked to this feeling of “fire in the belly” and is where we get our grit, our gumption and our get up and go. A balance third chakra will use this power for good; peace, generosity and balance.

Many fears are brought on by imbalances in this chakra and fears will block this chakra. Increased self awareness can help us come out of this place of fear. As our self awareness grows, a very strong and resilient core develops. Its important to keep a healthy connection between our ego and our self.

We wear different masks throughout the day, playing different roles for different people. These masks can be limiting. Its important to try to find as much time as your Self as you can. “Once we realise that we are truly worthy simply because we exist, we free up our life force and liberate energy for living.” -Ambika Wauters

This realisation opens us up to pure potential, setting us on a path to be all that we can be.

Stay tuned for more gems to come throughout the week.

Peace and so much love

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Meditation time
#shaktirising
Ushas mudra - interlace your fingers, creating a chalise or bowl shape.  Representing the birthplace of creativity and creation. Ladies - left thumb on top, fellas - right thumb on top.  Apply a little downward pressure with top thumb.
Ushas mudra is said to direct energy upwards, unleashing creativity and pleasure centres and enhance pleasure impulses.  …uh yes please 
Hold your hands just below your belly button, at your sacral chakra.  Invite in the colour orange, the colour of the setting sun.  Bathe your sacral chakra with orange, balancing, empowering, motivating…creativity, sexuality, sensuality.
Let this chakra take what it needs and sit with it as long as youd like.  Try setting a timer…start with 5 mins and work your way up.  Watch your breath come, and watch it go.  Same with your thoughts, watch them come and watch them go.  You are the observer.
When youre finished, sit for a few moments more letting it all settle.  Notice what comes up; thoughts, feelings, words, images.  Dont judge or attach, just notice.  Take some time to write it all out.  Dont think about it…just write.
This is your soul saying “hi”.  Listen.  Because deep down you already know.  That burning question you have, you already know the answer.  And if you get quiet enough for long enough, you just might hear it.
Enjoy :-)
Peace and so much love.

Meditation time
#shaktirising
Ushas mudra - interlace your fingers, creating a chalise or bowl shape. Representing the birthplace of creativity and creation. Ladies - left thumb on top, fellas - right thumb on top. Apply a little downward pressure with top thumb.
Ushas mudra is said to direct energy upwards, unleashing creativity and pleasure centres and enhance pleasure impulses. …uh yes please
Hold your hands just below your belly button, at your sacral chakra. Invite in the colour orange, the colour of the setting sun. Bathe your sacral chakra with orange, balancing, empowering, motivating…creativity, sexuality, sensuality.
Let this chakra take what it needs and sit with it as long as youd like. Try setting a timer…start with 5 mins and work your way up. Watch your breath come, and watch it go. Same with your thoughts, watch them come and watch them go. You are the observer.
When youre finished, sit for a few moments more letting it all settle. Notice what comes up; thoughts, feelings, words, images. Dont judge or attach, just notice. Take some time to write it all out. Dont think about it…just write.
This is your soul saying “hi”. Listen. Because deep down you already know. That burning question you have, you already know the answer. And if you get quiet enough for long enough, you just might hear it.
Enjoy :-)
Peace and so much love.

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Erica @getfityogagirl shares one of her fav hip opening flows and a beautiful affirmation to help stoke pleasure and joy. #shaktirising
(we clearly have similar tastes in yummy hip openers…I posted the same sort of flow a couple of days ago…feels so good….try it :-) )
By @getfityogagirl Today for #shaktirising with @shawna_turner @yogashalawaterdown and myself, I invite you to try this yummy hip opening heart melt that I personally LOVE and do every single day! I also offer you one of my personal daily affirmations to repeat to yourself- either in your head, whispered or shouted at the top of your lungs if that’s what you need today!! ❤❤ Todays affirmation:
I unconditionally love and approve of myself at all times.
I trust in my own perfection.
I am good enough to have what I want.
I release my negative attitudes which block my experience of pleasure.
It is safe to have life easy and pleasurable.
I allow pleasure, sweetness, and sensuality into my life.
I allow abundance and prosperity into my life.
I am in control of my own life.
I give myself permission to enjoy my life fully.
I trust the Universe to give me everything I need for my growth
and development.
I am enough. What I do is enough. What I have is enough. Who I am and
what I do is enough.
I open myself to the beauty, joy, and harmony of the Universe and I enjoy it.
I trust the process of life.
I love myself exactly as I am right now.
I am who I am meant to be. 🙏❤🙏❤ #yogavideo #pigeonpose #backbend #yogaflow #mermaidleggings” via @PhotoRepost_app

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His and hers
Ready to dance
#theholdsteady

His and hers
Ready to dance
#theholdsteady

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Antoniette from @chakramindset shares her thoughts on limiting beliefs and how they affect our chakras.  Good stuff.
What thoughts are holding you back?
By @chakramindset “Limiting beliefs are beliefs that we have about ourselves, our lives and our capabilities. It is the power that we give these beliefs that enables them to hold us back, stunt our personal growth, and affect the flow of energy in our chakras.
It is up to us to challenge these beliefs in order to change the results that we are getting in our life. Remember we created these beliefs, we gave them the power, and we have the ability to challenge them.
The Chakra Mindset looks at each of our chakras and explores some of the limiting beliefs that may be holding us back in our lives. Some of the limiting beliefs that we may hold true for the Sacral Chakra may include:
• I am not wanted
• If I allow myself to feel, I will lose  control
• Feeling pleasure is selfish
This is just an example of some of the things we may be telling ourselves that are holding us back, and affect the flow of energy in our Sacral Chakra. The simple act of acknowledging that the beliefs are limiting you, will start to loosen the structure of certainty that have held these beliefs firm until know. Don’t back down and accept these thoughts as fact, question them. Where did they come from? Once you start to challenge the foundations you can explore how to install beliefs that will better serve you and will assist you on your journey of self-discovery. @shawna_turner 🙏” via @PhotoRepost_app

Antoniette from @chakramindset shares her thoughts on limiting beliefs and how they affect our chakras. Good stuff.
What thoughts are holding you back?
By @chakramindset “Limiting beliefs are beliefs that we have about ourselves, our lives and our capabilities. It is the power that we give these beliefs that enables them to hold us back, stunt our personal growth, and affect the flow of energy in our chakras.
It is up to us to challenge these beliefs in order to change the results that we are getting in our life. Remember we created these beliefs, we gave them the power, and we have the ability to challenge them.
The Chakra Mindset looks at each of our chakras and explores some of the limiting beliefs that may be holding us back in our lives. Some of the limiting beliefs that we may hold true for the Sacral Chakra may include:
• I am not wanted
• If I allow myself to feel, I will lose control
• Feeling pleasure is selfish
This is just an example of some of the things we may be telling ourselves that are holding us back, and affect the flow of energy in our Sacral Chakra. The simple act of acknowledging that the beliefs are limiting you, will start to loosen the structure of certainty that have held these beliefs firm until know. Don’t back down and accept these thoughts as fact, question them. Where did they come from? Once you start to challenge the foundations you can explore how to install beliefs that will better serve you and will assist you on your journey of self-discovery. @shawna_turner 🙏” via @PhotoRepost_app

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These words, sunny days
My fav poem of all time, ever.

'Waiting' by Leza Lowitz

You keep waiting for something to happen,
the thing that lifts you out of yourself,
catapults you into doing all the things you’ve put off
the great things you’re meant to do in your life,
but somehow never quite get to.
You keep waiting for the planets to shift
the new moon to bring news,
the universe to align, something to give.
Meanwhile, the piles of papers, the laundry, the dishes, the job -
it all stacks up while you keep hoping
for some miracle to blast down upon you,
scattering the piles to the winds.
Sometimes you lie in bed, terrified of your life.
Sometimes you laugh at the privilege of waking.
But all the while, life goes on it its messy way.
And then you turn forty. Or fifty. Or sixty…
and some part of you realizes you are not alone
and you find signs of this in the animal kingdom -
when a snake sheds its skin its eyes glaze over,
it slinks under a rock, not wanting to be touched,
and when caterpillar turns to butterfly
if the pupa is brushed, it will die -
and when the bird taps its beak hungrily against the egg
It’s because the thing is too small, too small,
and it needs to break out.
And midlife walks you into that wisdom
that this is what transformation looks like -
the mess of it, the tapping at the walls of your life,
the yearning and writhing and pushing,
until one day, one day
you emerge from the wreck
embracing both the immense dawn
and the dusk of the body,
glistening, beautiful
just as you are.

These words, sunny days
My fav poem of all time, ever.

'Waiting' by Leza Lowitz

You keep waiting for something to happen,
the thing that lifts you out of yourself,
catapults you into doing all the things you’ve put off
the great things you’re meant to do in your life,
but somehow never quite get to.
You keep waiting for the planets to shift
the new moon to bring news,
the universe to align, something to give.
Meanwhile, the piles of papers, the laundry, the dishes, the job -
it all stacks up while you keep hoping
for some miracle to blast down upon you,
scattering the piles to the winds.
Sometimes you lie in bed, terrified of your life.
Sometimes you laugh at the privilege of waking.
But all the while, life goes on it its messy way.
And then you turn forty. Or fifty. Or sixty…
and some part of you realizes you are not alone
and you find signs of this in the animal kingdom -
when a snake sheds its skin its eyes glaze over,
it slinks under a rock, not wanting to be touched,
and when caterpillar turns to butterfly
if the pupa is brushed, it will die -
and when the bird taps its beak hungrily against the egg
It’s because the thing is too small, too small,
and it needs to break out.
And midlife walks you into that wisdom
that this is what transformation looks like -
the mess of it, the tapping at the walls of your life,
the yearning and writhing and pushing,
until one day, one day
you emerge from the wreck
embracing both the immense dawn
and the dusk of the body,
glistening, beautiful
just as you are.