Lately my 6 year old and I have been doing some yoga together. She also likes to do it on her own following the pictures in her kids yoga book. I must admit as a yoga teacher it makes my heart smile to see her starting to explore her own yoga. But the part that has really taken me by surprise is that in her own 6 year old mind, on her own level she understands yoga. She also know when to use it, or rather when to remind me to use it.
She has created a little sequence that she calls Sky Pose. She says it helps her when she gets frustrated and that I should try it when I am frustrated. One day when I was losing it with her little sister for something totally ridiculous I felt a little tap on my arm. Kaia looks up at me and says, “maybe you should do skye pose”?
Of course my first reaction was ,”are you kidding? Don’t tell me what to do when I’m angry, stay out of this. I’m the mom, I’m in charge.” ( Yes I said that in my head of course).
She was looking at me in such earnest that I sighed and said, ” sure ok fine let’s do skye pose”. I did it with her. Then we took 3 deeps breaths together and my anger was gone. Just like that. My need to yell and scream was gone. I still wasn’t happy with what her little sister was doing but I looked at her and instead of wanting to yell I felt like I could keep my cool and navigate my way through the incident with more patience.
All we did was stop, breathe, stretch our arms overhead and bring our palms together down to our hearts and deep breathe again. So simple and so effective. It was made even more powerful for me because it was my 6 year old daughter who recognized what I needed in that moment and guided me through it.
Yoga was the example for me but beautiful lessons from children come in all shapes and sizes. They show up in many different situations. Children, no matter what age are incredibly wise and have so much to teach us. We just need to make sure we are listening.
It’s about this time of year that I really start to feel winter. Yes I know we live in Canada and we always have winter so it shouldn’t be a surprise. True, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take when it gets so cold out that your nostrils freeze 30 seconds after you go out the door and you waddle down the street hoping you won’t slip on ice and break something. There are many beautiful parts to winter like skating, skiing, building snowmen and drinking hot chocolate. There is also something that comes with the not so nice part of winter called SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder) and it’s real. I’m sure many of you are familiar with it. I think most of us have experienced it at one point or another, they say even kids and pets get it.
For many this is the time of year when you might be feeling more tired, lethargic, unmotivated and generally crusty. You also might find you are catching more colds and flus or that they are lingering longer. One thing I like to use to help me get through this blah time are essential oils. Depending on the oil you use they can uplift your spirits, boost your immune, clear you head and give you a bit more zip to make it through the rest of winter.They are all natural, inexpensive and pretty easy to find.
Here are some winter power oils I like:
Lemon – Lemon smells amazing, reminding us of summer sunshine and that alone can make you smile. Lemon helps to defend the body against infection because it stimulates the production of white blood cells. It can help with bronchitis and flu.
Sweet Orange – Orange is an anti -depressant. It is incredibly uplifting and also can help against colds and flu. Orange can be used around the house as a deodorizer. It also can help calm nausea.
Ginger – Ginger keeps you warm and cozy. It is great for arthritis and rheumatism. This oil is great for travel sickness, cold, flu and fevers. It can also help with cramps and muscle spasms. *Ginger is a very strong oil so you need to make sure you mix it with a carrier so it doesn’t irritate your skin.
Thyme – This oil works with the immune, respiratory and muscular systems. It can help with coughing, bronchitis and pneumonia. It is a stimulant that helps boost the immune system. It helps reduce feeling of fatigue and can boost the energy of people who are recovering from illness. * This is a very strong oil which should not be used during pregnancy, if you have high blood pressure or very sensitive skin
Remember pure essential oils are powerful and need to be used properly. Here are some safe ways to use your oils:
- A few drops on a tissue and inhale as needed
- Mix a few drops into an unscented body lotion or carrier oil like grapeseed and apply to the body
- Add water and 10 drops of oil to a room diffuser ( the kind that has a tea light in the bottom, or the plug in kind)
- Add some oils to all natural unscented cleaning products and use around your house. Baking soda and vinegar are great all natural cleaning options.
- Make a room mister with essential oils. Mix the oils with grain alcohol or glycerin and add filtered water. Shake well and spray.
I leave you with the thought that spring is less than 2 months away. Yay!
I read an article this week that I loved and thought I would share it with you as we start of off this new year. It is the speech zen buddhist monk Norman Fischer gave as his Baccalaureate address at Stanford University in 2014. I like it because it is so simple and so true. It brings it back to basics, yet fills you with hope and excitement about moving forward at the same time. It is about being present, being of service and bringing it back to love.
Here is a passage I really liked:
“Your life isn’t and has never been about you. It isn’t and has never been about what you accomplish, how successful you are or are not, how much money you make, what sort of position you ascend to, or even about your family, your associations, your various communities, or how much good you do for others or the world at large. Your life, like mine, and like everyone else’s, has always been about one thing: love.”
May this year bring you closer to love on all levels.
This week I did a guest post on the CureDiva blog. Last week the hospital I met a woman who even in just 15 minutes added some happiness to my day. She inspired a little blog post.
You can check it out here: http://www.curediva.com/blog/all-get-inspired/a-little-bit-of-grace/
This past weekend we turned the clocks back and with that usually comes a shift in energy. As fall is fully upon us the days are now darker and getting colder. You might find your energy changing a little too. Some people feel more tired, or sluggish, others begin to feel the need to draw inwards and we get closer to ‘hibernation’ season. Autumn is a good time to do a check in with your chakras (the 7 main energy centres in the body) and try to clear and balance them a little. Maintaining free flowing energy through the chakras can help get you through the transition to winter with a bit more mental and emotional strength and clarity.
“Every thought and experience you’ve ever had in your life gets filtered through these chakra databases. Each event is recorded into your cells…”, in effect your biography becomes your biology. – Carolyn Myss
Here are the links to my previous posts on each chakra. Each one comes with an explanation of what it is and some ways to balance it.
What are the Chakras and why will being aware of them help me? - read more
1. Root Chakra – your connection to the earth, your roots, sense of stability -read more
2. Sacral Chakra – centre of sexuality as well as creation on all levels – read more
3. Solar Plexus Chakra – centre of your will and self power - read more
4. Heart Chakra – your centre of love both for others and yourself – read more
5. Throat Chakra – area of communication, speaking your truth and creating your truth- read more
6. Third Eye Chakra – centre connected to your intuition, sixth sense, third eye - read more
7. Crown Chakra – connection point to universal energy , the thousand petalled lotus – read more
Happy energy balancing!
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I am Jasmin Fiore, a yoga teacher, aromatherapist, reiki master, mother and young breast cancer patient interested in all things that keep us happy and healthy. Please join us for weekly insights and info as we explore ways to create a brilliant,healthy, love filled deva life.
Deva - a sanskrit word for celestial or shining – a powerful connection to nature, the universe, and the ability to connect with the divine.
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