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May 5th

Ardha Pincha Mayurasana – Dolphin Pose

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Dolphin Pose – Variation with Leg Lift – Peacock Pose *No cats were harmed during photoshoot*

If you lift weights, play sports, draw, work on a computer, play guitar, or play video games, you might be familiar with sore wrists. Additionally, women who are pregnant often get carpal tunnel syndrome, and Dolphin Pose can be a useful modification to their regular pre-natal yoga practice!

Practicing Dolphin Pose can be a great way to warm, strengthen, and stretch your whole body. It’s also a great modification for those with wrist troubles in Downward Facing Dog. It adds variety and fun to your practice, while challenging your muscles and inspiring your mind. Vary your practice with Dolphin Pose and you might discover joy and freedom in movement, just like those friendly creatures of the sea!

Directions

1. Do not practice Dolphin Pose if you have a recent or current shoulder, back, arm, or neck injury. Also avoid this pose if you have high blood pressure, or infections of the eye or inner ear.

2. Begin on your hands and knees. Align your wrists directly under your shoulders, and your knees directly under your hips.

3. Lower your elbows to the floor directly beneath your shoulders. Keep your forearms parallel to each other and to the side edges of your mat. Distribute your weight evenly across both forearms.

4. Tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor. Reach your pelvis up toward the ceiling. Keep your knees bent as you lengthen your spine and broaden across your shoulder blades.

5. Then, gently begin to straighten your legs. Bring your torso and legs into the shape of an “A.” Do not walk your feet closer to your hands — keep the extension of your whole body. If your upper back begins to round, bend your knees again until your spine is straight.

6. Align your ears with your upper arms. Relax your head, but do not let it dangle. Gaze between your legs or toward your navel.

7. Hold for 5-25 breaths.

8. To release, exhale as you gently bend your knees and come back to the floor. Press back into Child’s Pose and relax.

Benefits
– Relief from headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and mild depression
– Improved memory and concentration
– Relief from stress and anxiety
– Improved digestion
– Relief from back pain
– Prevention of osteoporosis
– Relief from sinusitis, asthma, flat feet, and menstrual discomfort

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Apr 30th

Finding time that I somehow didn’t know I had …

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” As a wife, mother, RN and CCM, I am much more comfortable taking care of others rather than myself. Firmly in middle age and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, I was well aware of the gamble that I was taking with my future health. Then, a wonderful friend asked if I could come with her to Nourishing Storm. I had never done yoga and was still fairly skeptical after signing up for the 30 day introductory offering. Well, that was about 8 months ago. I typically go now about three times a week to one of the yoga classes – finding time that I somehow didn’t even know I had. I have now tried a variety of their classes, even meditation, and dream of the day that I can do a crow pose. Everyone is welcoming, kind and thoughtful. I cannot believe how quickly my fitness level has risen even with the beginner classes and some shifts have definitely occurred with my perspective on life in general. I was even pleasantly surprised when my husband asked me a few months into my yoga practice if he could come to a class noting how he saw me benefiting and was intrigued for himself. Finally, besides the fun and inviting studio and cafe atmosphere, I would be remiss if I did not mention that they also make an amazing espresso!”
– Pattie
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Apr 19th

Healing Journeys: Energize ~ What’s Your Frequency?

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We are magnetic, electric beings wrapped in this human experience of life. Each born with our own vibration, each sharing our own special blend of magic with the world.   Our vibrations carry our truth to everyone around us.   Our energy tells our story before any words are spoken.

It is important to remember we are energetic beings at our core.  We spend so much time working on our physical bodies, our temporary rides, because we see them.  But that stardust magic on the inside, it needs our care too.

Our souls speak in vibes.  A well fed soul has a steady, genuine vibe that can be felt even when the body it inhabits is quiet and still.  A malnourished soul is easily lost in the din of the world, its truth masked in static or hidden entirely by a pirate station on the dial.

It’s like this: The universal source is broadcasting live all day and all night. The material world and everyone in it is also broadcasting live all day and all night. The universe has one channel and it is the Truth. The material world owns way more property.  All these other channels are playing perceptions of this universal truth.  Some are harmonious, some rebellious, but all are fixed in this time.  Whereas the Truth is timeless and when we tune in, we understand that we too are eternal beings.

So how do we feed our Truth?  How do we energize our souls so that we can be sure we are broadcasting the songs we are meant to share instead of amplifying some other station?

We start by tuning in our dials to the Source to reboot.  It is perhaps the softest sound on the dial and can be found in the stillness.  But once found, it vibrates in time with the rhythm at our core.  It is the vibration of pure, unconditional love.  And it can be recognized as it calls forth our gratitude for and acceptance of all that is in our world.  In that way, we are called back to our own true vibration.  One that is unlike any other in existence.

From here we can discern which stations in this space resonate in kind with our Truth and which create a drag and cause static.  If our energy is strong, we are inspired by other’s tunes without losing our own and can inspire others without needing them to sing along.  Those that resonate affirm our paths and keep our signal strong.  Those that throw mixed signals can help us find compassion and compel us to sing louder of the love we have to share.  And those that don’t resonate offer opportunities to build our strength in staying true to ourselves.

To stay loyal to the truth of our souls, we must energize ourselves from sources of real sustenance.  The energy we draw in, through all of our senses, becomes the energy we put out.  If we want to build our bodily tissues in a healthy way, we need to give our bodies the proper nutrients.   And just like feeding our bodies, we need to replenish our energetic stores in healthy ways as well.

By being ever mindful of the energies at play in each moment and choosing wisely the energies we allow to mingle with our souls, we decide the frequency of our vibrations.  When we energize ourselves in ways that harmonize with the Truth, we rock with the vibes we were born to share with the world.  And truly, there is no greater gift we can offer the world than our own authenticity.

Energize, harmonize, and realize yourself.   There is nothing more beautiful than the pure song of a soul in unity with the universe.

“Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution.”- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

– Nikki is a Mother, Wife, Healer, Hopeful Suburban Homesteader acknowledges words are her mind’s tools; writing her soul’s craft; and this circus of life her heart’s muse. Read more from Nikki here on her blog, The Way I Bee. Nikki’s massage therapy and energy healing, including reiki/cranio with some spontaneous journey work, are part of the offerings at Nourishing Storm Wellness Company.

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Mar 31st

Paripurna Navasana – Boat Pose

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Paripurna Navasana (nah-VAHS-uh-nuh)

Strengthen your core and cultivate resilience. Boat Pose is accessible to most since there are variations to keep hands and toes/feet on the earth. Overtime and with a little resilience to not give up on the pose, you can have a beautiful boat that you can melt into with ease.

Directions
1. Begin seated with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, hands resting beside your hips.
2. Keeping your spine straight, lean back slightly and lift your feet, bringing your shins parallel to the floor.
3. Draw in your low back, lift your chest, and lengthen the front of your torso. Then, extend your arms forward, in line with your shoulders with your palms facing each other.
4. Balance on your sit bones, keeping your spine straight. Take care not to let your lower back sag or chest collapse.
5. Lengthen the front of your torso from your pubic bone to the top of your sternum.
6. With an exhalation, straighten your legs to a 45-degree angle from the ground, bringing your body into a “V” shape.
7. Keep your breath easy, steady, and smooth. Focus your awareness within. Soften your eyes and your face. Gaze at your toes.
8. Spread your shoulder blades wide and reach out through your fingers, actively engaging your hands.
9. Stay in the pose for five breaths. To release the pose, exhale as you lower your legs and hands to the floor.

Benefits (from yogajournal.com)
Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors, and spine
Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestines
Helps relieve stress
Improves digestion

Variations
Ardha Navasana (Half Boat Pose)- Recline back, bringing your hands and toes closer to the floor as you continue to draw your belly in and up while you build core strength
To go deeper, add a flow by extending your legs straight out while your shoulders lower back and then hug your knees into your chest and repeat.

Modifications
Bend the knees, can hold the outside of the legs lightly
Bend the knees, toes to floor

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Mar 17th

Healing Journey: Leap ~ Higher Self

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I want to leap over the splits that divide us

build a bridge across and unite us

Want to leap to higher ground, want to clearly see

where there is no “them” and only one love for “we”

Leap to understand

so I can learn to stand

And to be myself in Truth

the self I glimpsed in my youth

Who would take any leap before her

But this time for no one save for her

You see I am older now

and my soul has learned how

To take hold and wield my power

Oh yes, I am awake now sir

I am no longer asleep

… but is it too late to leap?

I took so much time

made so many stops…

But my love is strong

and I still got hops


                  …..leap…..

– Nikki is a Mother, Wife, Healer, Hopeful Suburban Homesteader acknowledges words are her mind’s tools; writing her soul’s craft; and this circus of life her heart’s muse. Read more from Nikki here on her blog, The Way I Bee. Nikki’s massage therapy and energy healing, including reiki/cranio with some spontaneous journey work, are part of the offerings at Nourishing Storm Wellness Company.

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