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Shitali Pranayama

Shitali Pranayama Originating from the Sanskrit word shital, “soothing” or “cold,” Shitali Pranayama is also referred to as the “Cooling Breath.” How to Perform Shitali Pranayama: Roll the tongue, which will protrude the tongue slightly beyond the lips. [Note: if this motion of the tongue is not accessible to you, complete Sit Cari Pranayama instead — the benefits are similar]. Once the tongue is rolled, inhale through the mouth, drawing cool air across the surface of tongue tongue. Retain the breath for 4 counts, with the option to tuck the chin toward the chest into Jalandhara Bandha. Notice the cool air as it contacts the heated, moisturized environment within the oral cavity. Release Jalandhara Bandha and exhale through the nose for 6 counts. Expand the breath as comfortable to 4:8, 5:10,…

Ayurveda Tips on How to Stay Cool This Summer

Namaste Ayurveda Lovers!  As the hot, sharp, and penetrating qualities of summer begin to increase, we thought it would be advantageous for you, our beloved alumni, to receive a few Pitta pacifying tools for your Dinacharya, daily rituals. When you maintain harmony in your pitta energy, you’ll delight in ample mental and physical energy and drive, mental clarity, joyfulness, vitality, and strength. How do you keep our pitta dosha in check during these hot months? Here are few lifestyle tips for all three doshas types. Eat breakfast and lunch before noon To naturally cool our bodies when temperatures start to flare up, our agni, digestive fire, reduces to a simmer. In fact, our appetites are the weakest during the hottest portion of the day. Try eating breakfast and lunch before noon + a…

It’s eclipse season! What does the solar eclipse + new moon in Cancer mean for you?

“On July 12th, at 7:48 PM PT, the new moon and partial solar eclipse occurs at 20° of Cancer. If the sign of Cancer teaches us anything it’s that we curate a well-lived life by developing and demonstrating our ability to care. If Eclipse Season teaches us anything it’s that it is in our best interest to direct our efforts towards what is most impactful. Ushering us into a time of personal growth, eclipses bridge the gap between our private and societal lives. With our collective issues amplified, what normally exists just under the surface of our situations gets exposed. What inhibits our access to the truth gets cut away. Quickly. With a little more than the usual new-moon-in-Cancer-emotional-rawness, this solar eclipse ushers us into a time of rapid growth and accelerated…

Canang What? Canang Sari

There is nothing like the captivating island of Bali. The first time I was there, I was totally blown away by its people, culture, food and lifestyle. Ubud is in the middle of nature; surrounded by rice terraces and thick jungle. As the sun rises at Villa Tanah Shanti, the jungle becomes alive with birds and insects singing you back to this earthly realm. The air is filled with magic and you’ll learn early on that spirituality is an integral piece of Balinese culture. You won’t go far without seeing a small square or round palm leaf offering filled with flowers and rice, Canang Sari, on the streets. The phrase “Canang Sari” is derived from the Balinese words sari means essence and canang means a small palm-leaf basket. Canang Sari is the symbol of gratitude and…

Fortify Jessie’s Future

“A healer is not someone that you go to for healing. A healer is someone that triggers within you, your own ability to heal yourself.” -Unknown. Hi, I’m Jessie. Last year I stepped out of my comfort zone to walk towards my work of supporting, encouraging and connecting with others on their journies of self-love, self-discovery and loving their authenticity. I have had the pleasure of working with incredible women in groups and private sessions. I know in every cell of my body that my next step is to become a yoga teacher, to offer another level in the work I am already doing and to reach a greater community of people. Over the last year, I have dedicated myself to an at home yoga practice, utilizing incredible free resources,…

Water Purification Ceremony

As a profound tool for healing, water purification ceremonies are held periodically throughout training at the most well-known and sacred temples on the entire island. These ceremonies give trainees a deeper understanding of the magical mysteries of Balinese spirituality that represent healing, love, and transformation. After putting on your sarong gifted to you by alchemy of yoga, you will be escorted for a guided tour of the peaceful and ancient site, where you will learn the history of these sacred grounds. Then the ceremony will be conducted by a Mangku (Balinese Priest). While sitting in meditation the priest will prepare some holy water in a vase with flowers and incense while chanting mantras in ancient Sanskrit. Following the mantras, you will be invited to receive a holy water cleansing as…

A Traditional Balinese Dinner!

One of our favorites evenings throughout training is visiting Agung’s ancestral home to learn about the meaning behind the layout and overall design of a traditional Balinese home. You’ll also learn how to make traditional Balinese offerings! We’ll enjoy an incredibly generous dinner buffet with a private traditional Balinese dance performance – a dance-drama that represent stories expressed through elegant movements detailed all the way into the gestures of eyes, fingers, head and hands. These mudras are learned early as Balinese children are taught to dance with their hands even before they can walk! In December 2015 UNESCO recognized 3 forms of Balinese Dance as “intangible cultural heritage.” This is sacred moving meditation at its finest.In this dance tradition the practice is an offering to ask protection from the gods and…

Meditation for Prosperity

Meditation for Prosperity (Har Har) “This meditation can be done for up to 11 minutes. It is so powerful in bringing prosperity that more than 11 minutes would be greedy. This meditation stimulates the mind, the moon center, and Jupiter. When Jupiter and the moon come together, there is no way in the world you will not create wealth.” -Yogi Bhajan Posture: Sit in Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Eyes: Focus at the tip of the nose, eyes are 9/l0th closed. Mudra: Elbows are by the sides, forearms are at a 45° angle, with the fingers at the level of the throat. The exercise begins with the palms facing down. Alternately strike the sides of the hands together. When the palms are face down, the sides of the Jupiter (index) fingers touch, and…

Love Yo’ Self Written by Ferrah Seifert  wwww.ferrahchino.com @Ferrahchinoyoga  “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu To be honest, self-acceptance doesn’t always come easy for me. I grew up in an 80% white school, where I was not the typical blonde that received a ton of attention. Since this was pre J-Lo and Kim K, I constantly questioned my appeal as a woman with darker features. I can recall entering Jr. High with five horribly expensive Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch shirts that I would wear on each day of the week. I was constantly seeking approval from outside sources hoping that…

Abundance Mantra  Om Shrim Maha Lakshmi Yei Namah Lakshmi opens our eyes to the material and spiritual abundance in our lives, while also empowering us to create beauty in all that we do. What makes chanting so healing? When you chant Sanskrit, there is a marked difference in your entire being, from your mental state to your physical body. After chanting a Sanskrit mantra or even a few of its very simple bija sounds, your mind becomes tranquil, your body relaxes and your breathing steadies. Nothing major right? It’s pretty major. Additionally, when you chant Sanskrit sounds with the intention of goodness and love behind them, you draw that energy towards you and begin to heal your entire system through chanting. Sanskrit sounds emanate from five distinct mouth positions that exist on your palate….

Moving with Intention: Consent and Gender in Yoga

With Tobias Wiggins, Alchemy of Yoga Trainee Sunday, June 24th, from 1:30 – 3:30 To have “intention” means to be mindful, to be attentive in our actions and to plot our course with a gentle deliberation. We often begin our yoga practice by setting intent – a simple thought to guide our movement, and to return to as a foundation. Interestingly, in medicine the word intention carries a different meaning. It is the process of closing a wound, and the restoration of health. In this workshop, we will explore this double meaning of intention in discussions surrounding the key topics of consent and gender, as they relate to yoga. Broadly, we will consider how trauma-informed feminist consent politics can deepen our practice and transform studio spaces, by using mindful touch…

The Journey of White Yoga

When Nancy Hanley, White Yoga Founder, was finishing her Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 10 years ago, she struggled to find yoga clothing in white that looked and felt amazing. A Libran and lover of fashion, she started to sew her own garments to teach and practice Kundalini in. With an innate eye for beauty, she designed clothing that she felt truly great in, both in and out of the studio. She believes that clothing should honor the yogic principle of ahisma, non-harming, so comfort was always taken into consideration. She received so much interest from her peers and students, she began to consider producing clothing to sell. She started with a hundred pants, a goal that would jumpstart White Yoga and provide evidence that her line could be profitable. She…