Punch Drunk Love from Sacred Sound

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The morning after! Feeling a little hungover, yet really good.

That is what it feels like today after a 90 minute session Sacred Sound Sanctuary. Melinda Kinzie best describes her work as ”part shamanic sound healing journey & energy medicine salon”. And that is exactly what it is. She began with a brief opening about sound healing and our energetic bodies, setting intentions and allowing your body to do what it needs because it still receives the healing. Then off we went to Never Never Land!

I will admit it was a challenging for me to completely shut my brain off during the session; however, as I lay there I knew my body, brain, soul, energetic bodies were receiving so much. The first half of the class, felt like my body was releasing stagnant energy that was no longer needed. It felt as deep as my bones. There were rattles and drums and Melinda’s voice chanting complimented all of the sounds. Then she began to lay the Crystal Singing bowls and it’s as if the room was full of angels. The energy was calming, healing and full of light.

Coming back to reality was a transition and as the owner of the studio having to move back into the regular swing of things, I stayed mindful of moving slow and minimizing conversation. So many left with prayers to the heart and a bow of the head.

By the time, I got home last night, I felt light. Bright. Joyful. Full of ease. It felt really good to be in my body. My sleep last night was so deep and restful.

Today, I woke up feeling slightly hungover. My body felt different, yet good. So of course, I wanted to search and try to find an explanation online. However, I told myself to just feel. Until Melinda texted me and then I was able to ask her. This is what she said: “Most of us are running on a fair amount of adrenaline these days and most of us have some degree of adrenal fatigue. So when we go into a rest & letting go that is that deep, our bodies do not experience it in an hour and a half. Our bodies are not linear. We really come into the truth of where our body is actually at. Our endocrine system is at peace and calm. It is not experiencing adrenaline or cortisol. A lot of time people feel really tired because you are actually hearing where your body really is. The epsom salt bath afterwards is great because there is a lot of shifting in the electrolytes in the body. Lot of changes in the brain, pineal glands. A lot of neurological patterns melting in the brain that are no longer needed. We are having release.”

We are excited to be hosting Melinda Kinzie next month.

Autumn Equinox

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Summer tans are quickly fading.

The weather is brisk. 

Time to tend to the gardens and prepare for the dark hours of winter.

Fall in Chinese Medicine is associated with the Metal Element - it is how we find value and meaning in our lives. At this time of year, we innately take stock of what we has and what no longer serves us. We naturally end relationships or let things go that we no longer need. Even today on frontporchforum, there were several people offering items up for free. When we no longer find purpose from, we let go. This is the natural rhythm of this time of year. 

Fall is also associated with the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians. The act of breathing provides us with life. The large intestines absorb the water from the stool then lets go of what our body does not need. 

When this element is out of balance, there can be excessive grief from a loss, hoarding, or inability to let go. The symptoms could be asthma, excessive weeping, coughing, constipation, or diarrhea. 

Take time to clear out your closets, give away what you no longer need. Go through the boxes in your basement or the pile of papers on your desk to clear out clutter. If you want to bring balance through your diet, eating white foods nourishes the lungs. This includes, pears, rice, mushrooms, parsnips, turnips or rutabaga among other things. If you find that your symptoms are too much to handle, always seek out care. 

Acupuncture is a wonderful tool that helps bring the body's natural cycles back into balance. We are available for appointments and you can easily schedule online or call 802-496-6346. 

Fascia: what is it and why work with it?

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Lately, the myofascial balls or these super bouncy balls have been a part of yoga class. 

Fascia is connective tissue within the body. There are several layers. The first being the superficial which lays just under our skin. It houses part of the immune system. After our skin, it has the most nerve endings and is a passageway for blood vessels. Fascia encapsulates the whole body and acts as a protective and support system. 

The second layer, which is the layer we work with in class is the deep fascia. This is dense fibrous tissue that surrounds each muscle, runs through the muscle and envelopes each fiber. It also comes together to form tendons. This layer helps to transmit force. It also lubricates the tissue to allow for muscles to slide and glide by each other. 

The last layer is the visceral layer which suspends organs in the cavities. 

Back to that middle layer or the Deep Fascia With age, injury or overuse this layer can get stuck. When this happens there may be pain in the muscles or joints; decreased range of motion; less mobility throughout the body for example. 

Fascia is a fibrous tissue mainly composed of collagen amongst other things including white blood cells, fibroblasts, elastin and ground substance. The ground substance is key in attracting water and it fills the spaces between fibers and cells which comprises 70% of fascia. Collagen creates the structure of the fascial web. 

When we roll on the balls, a foam roller, or block in class we are breaking down the fascia. In doing so, the body needs to repair itself, so it increases collagen production and the release of fluids into the system. Being well hydrated is key for the body to lay down clean fascial lines in order to reduce the stickiness of the fascial tissue. 

Myofascial release can decrease pain, increase range of motion, increase recovery time and increase pliability of the muscles. 

If you come to class and have something you want to work on, let me know so we can incorporate it into the sequence. If you have any questions, please reach out to me. 



Theta Brain Waves and a New Way of Being

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Brain Waves are getting more press lately, but, what exactly are they and why is it important to access the theta state?

 

If you have been to a Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) class with me, or, more recently, a Yoga Drumming class, we touch upon the importance of entering the Theta Brain Wave state and why you should attend one of these classes. It got me researching more to understand this state and know its various benefits. 

 

There are 4 different types of Brain Wave activity: beta, alpha, theta and delta. Beta, the quickest wave, is consciousness, or, being awake and active. Followed by alpha, where one is relaxed, calm, and not thinking. Those moments of relaxation where you are just enjoying the clouds rolling over head, or your favorite spot atop a mountain where you can take it all in and just enjoy the moment. Theta is the next state and occurs when one is in deep relaxation/ meditation with the possibility of mental images. The most common time one accesses this place is just before they fall to sleep or in REM sleep. The final stage is delta and this is when one is in a state of deep sleep or dreamless sleep. 

 

Back to theta: for those who do not meditate, it is that place just before you fall to sleep where your body is at rest and your mind is at ease. It’s that place of deep reverie. We can learn to access this state more often through deep meditation, yoga Nidra, or, by listening to music with a specific beat that entrains the brain to the same binaural beat, i.e. drumming. 

 

Theta brain waves are the subconscious. In this place one has access to the stored memories, feelings, and, increased access to intuition. In yoga, this is the place where one can access the Soul - the part of us that is connected to the Universality of all that is. Through this connection one can reprogram the conscious mind by making positive suggestions. 

 

At the beginning of Yoga Nidra you are often asked to set an intention and to visualize that intention happening, and, feeling it in every part of your body. You are creating new programming in your cells. Very cool!

 

In addition, the deep state of relaxation induced by being in a Theta state of mind increases creativity by accessing the subconscious. It enhances a prolonged state of calm. It augments a deep relaxation thereby by decreasing stress and stress hormones. This helps to bring balance and healing back to your body. Theta brain waves increases receptivity and increases memory recall. 

 

The benefits of entering Theta brain waves are rather amazing. So, the next time you have the opportunity to take a Yoga Nidra class, Yoga Drumming with Entrainment, or deep meditation, say “Yes” because it can enhance a calm and relaxed state of being and benefit your health.

Ocean Jasper - July Crystal of the Month

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Summer is about the ocean, lakes or rivers. So this stone, Ocean Jasper, is the first Crystal of the Month.

Ocean Jasper is from Madagascar and officially the mine has been closed. It gets it's name because of the small circles, reminiscent of bubbles in the ocean. These circles remind us of the circle of life. It is a stone of joy and happiness allowing to dissolve any negative emotions, stresses and worries. Similar to summer, we feel more care free and joyful.

There are several ways to pick a crystal. The first is just what attracts your eye from the moment you see it. What you are drawn to immediately. Usually when we read the meaning of the stone it is spot on with something that one is going through. The second is much more of a sensing energy - you place your hand an inch above a stone or several and just allow yourself to feel the energy radiate from the stone to your palm. The one that has the most sensation, is one that will be easier to connect with. Feel free to come in and we can explore this second method.

When working with any stone, it works better when you take a moment to connect and set your intention. You can clear a stone, but just clapping your hands, running it under water or by burning sage. After cleared, take the stone into your hands and set your intention. This way the stone knows what its "job". When you see the stone or feel it in your pocket, you will be reminded of your intention.