ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

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.

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. 

Spring is Time for New Beginnings

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Many feel that Spring is the time of awakening; a time to set resolutions; and a time to move forward. The trees are budding. Many animals are giving birth to their young. The energy is fresh and light after many months of shortened and cold days. We are ready to shed the heaviness of the winter months. 

Naturally, we have the desire to clean our homes, eat lighter foods and spend more time outside. In Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the Wood Energy of the Liver & Gall Bladder Channels. This is the budding energy of new things. The excitement of longer days and warmer weather. 

The Liver is also seen as the General of the Body that oversees the smooth movement of Qi. However, this energy can get stuck and manifest physically as irritability, frustration, anger, PMS, moodiness, or anger. To soothe and ease the flow of the Liver meridian, adding sour foods (lemon water or pickled foods) to one diet is essential. As well, foods such as beets, asparagus, pea shoots, sprouts or milk thistle tea can aid in the smooth movement of qi. Avoid heavy and greasy foods which can stagnate the Liver.

Get outside. Take time to spring clean your home. Eat a lighter diet. Move your body to prevent stagnation. Get plenty of rest. Start your day off with hot water and lemon. Listen to your body's needs and your soul's desires to guide you forward. Your body innately knows what it needs. Trust it!

 

 

Yoga Nidra - Sleeping on a Cloud of Yoga

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Yoga Nidra is known to many as Yogic Sleep or Sleeping on a Cloud of Yoga. It is a guided meditation that leads the practitioner though 61 points in the body while laying down. This allows one to enter a state of deep rest. During this practice, the most  dominant brainwaves are Delta Waves. At this frequency, external awareness is suspended and one enters a state of healing and regeneration. Yoga Nidra offers one important time to relax one's mind and restore their bodies from stress, fatigue or imbalances. 20 minutes of Nidra are equivalent to 8 hours of sleep.

Today we are more stressed and our lives are quite busy; thus taking the time to deeply rest is essential to one's health and well-being.  Mountain Rose offers bi-monthly Yoga Nidra classes and private sessions. For more information, please email ana@mountainrosevt.com or call 802-496-9204. 

Du20 - Hundred Meetings

Du 20 at the Top of the Head.

Du 20 at the Top of the Head.

This amazing self-regulating point is either used to calm a person down or to increase one's energy. Whatever your energy need, Du20 will help. The Du Channel (also known as Governing Vessel) is one of the two extraordinary channels formed at conception and runs from the tip of the tail bone up along the spine to the crown of the head and down the middle of the face to end between the nose & top lip.

Du 20 is the highest point in the body and is the meeting point for all the yang channels of the body. The easiest way to feel this point is to place your hand on top of your head about 1cm away and you will feel a source of heat emanating from this spot. 

This is one of the two points used during the Yoga Nidra because it is so calming. It's functions are to calm the mind, lift spirits, and tonifies yang qi. It is used for headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, and prolapsed uterus or rectum. 

Massage this point when feeling drowsy for a little pick me up!