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Blue Skies Blue Lake … it’s still there People !
California Lake Last Year !

Have you taken a flight on a airplane before ? When the jet plane lifts off the runway, and heads up and up, zooming past all winds, air pockets, flying higher and higher – notice – no matter how cloudy, lousy and fogged up, no matter how thick the veil that covers the ground, once we get up above a certain altitude, then BOOM ! All the sudden, a breakthrough ! We are above the smog and clouds, and out the window, there’s a VAST blue skies that open up and sunshine EVERYWHERE.

Imagine! We cannot see them but they are up there – sun, moon, sky … the Universe.

All There – still up there – So again, there’s sun and blue skies – and more importantly there’s a SUN within.

There’s a bright sky and a brighter SUN within we can ignite…

So today, maybe we awoke and found the gloom and doom, dim,

Orange sky where sun is nowhere to be seen …. but don’t be sad. Let’s find the inner sun that ignites within that vast body temple within.

The time will soon be here when my grandchild will long for the cry of a loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles, or the screech of an eagle. But he will not make friends with any of these creatures; and when his heart aches with longing, he will curse me. Have I done all to keep the air fresh? Have I cared enough about the water? Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom? Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild’s fondness? —CHIEF DAN GEORGE

Geswanouth Slahoot
Salish First Nations
British Columbia, Canada
(1899-1981)

So sure, there’s No longer need to burn and smudge any sage

Burning sage is said to clear the air of nagative – negatives of sad people who forgot where we really came from, the non-believers of science – what does it take? Global warming is real and exteme weather is here. Earth warming caused by our own doing. Non believers of science also ignore the age-old wisdom to tend to our mother earth… so now,

The Creator is smuding the Air to cleanse the Earth … reminding us that we are responsible to tend to this Planet Earth, our home. Our home is beautiful and we will see the blue skies and the bright sun soon. If we pivot and tend to those we hold dear …

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
—CHIEF DAN GEORGE

Geswanouth Slahoot
Salish First Nations
British Columbia, Canada
(1899-1981)

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Full Moon

This week – First week back to school? Traveling in fear? Nerves getting the best of us? Suffering from eyes itching and headaches from the air quality?

Let’s take a pause – I am happy to share Headache Busting techniques … so that we can get on the mat and yoga … as we look up at the nights sky. Tonight’s full moon is the last full moon of this summer. It’s a special time and we can all acknowledge that – it’s been a summer and spring like no other. We feel it in our bones, in our spirit that this year, this summer has been a unique but shared by all kind of summer. When we are put under stress, strife and strain, all that was swept under the rug, all that was hidden were no longer concealed … It has been a revealing time. In a sense, it’s a very yogic time – in that what we go through is a revealing one – where the good, the bad and the ungly like a Western frontier mindset, comes to the forefront. And now as we approach this Labor Weekend … the full moon if we even bother to gaze up to look at the night sky.

Full moons happen when the sun, Earth and moon form a line, allowing the side of the moon facing Earth to be fully illuminated by the sun

It’s time of illumination at this time of very revealing alignment in the Universe. It’s time to think about how you have taken care of yourself this summmer … or did we? As we head into Autumn, really, really, thinking about SELF-CARE during this time when we really need to manage our ENERGY. Managing our energy, boosting our immune system … SURVIVE with grace this time of inordinate stress where crisis mode we thought was just temporary it rather a lengthly temporary – yet, more so, the need for this practice. Yoga works.

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Smokin’ Yoga Therapy

Apparently like many of us, woke up very early with a violent headache – could it be a carry-over from my concussion injury in the Sierras – or is it the fact that our eyes are tired and strained beyond limit from being glued to the screens. Or is it that now, with such poor air quality, we cannot see the sunrise, the sky so murky grey… gone are the outlines of redwood trees few houses down … We are engulfed in thin smoke … Closing our windows and avoiding the outdoors, head pain and stiffness of the body worsens as every cell of our body craves fresh delicious air, our 5th chakra so impacted. This is when I am grateful for all that I know and share from yoga therapy advance practice – individualized home practice. It’s working. My headache is gone. I would love to share one of MANY techniques or lifestyle choices with you ! If any resonates with you, please, incorporate in your toolbox of ways to cope.

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It seems like common sense but with children, it may not be ingrained in them yet. If so, please teach and practice Yogic Breathing. On the inhale – Nostril – only Nostril.

Yoga to the Rescue; Yoga for Resiliancy

***inhale count of 3; hold count of 2; exhale count of 6; then work up to 4:2:8 sit quietly follow the flow of breath… any time if you feel your breathing pattern strain in any way, stop.

Reciting together in spirit – may there be healing… cooling of the fires; cooling of the burns and ashes:

Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya

Tamaso Maa Jyoti-Gamaya

Mrtyor- Maa Amartam Gamaya

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

Lead me from the unreal to the real 
Lead from the darkness to the light
Lead me from death to immortality
Let there be peace, peace, peace

Let the sound of MMMMMMMM reberbrate in every cells of your brain, and flush out the body of the unwanted impurities and heat. Repeat.

Next … a protocol of movements that flow to get us into that ZONE. That zone of unwavering resiliancy. That zone where we celebrate being … of lightness. That zone of …

Grace.