7 Tips to Use Social Media Mindfully as a Yoga Teacher

In the yoga world & community today, it is almost impossible not to be on social media. Social media is useful to get in touch with like-minded people – teachers and students alike – and to share and learn about our yoga practice. It is, however, very possible to let them be time and energy consumers without realizing it. We do have a choice not to be on there to avoid distractions, the comparison trap, and criticism, but the optimist in me truly believes there is a way to use social media mindfully to reap only the benefits these platforms have to offer.

Here are a couple of guidelines I’ve collected, either as I’ve received them from others or thought myself they might be wise to follow:

Unfollow People who Don’t Inspire You

Sometimes it can be tempting to compare yourself to yoga teachers, especially as the industry is becoming increasingly crowded. But because you’re a yoga teacher doesn’t mean you need to be up to date with the latest drama around the biggest Instagram yoga celebrities, nor do you need to know how others, who you can’t really relate to, meditate or practice yoga.

Remember there are as many ways to practice and teach as there are yogis on this Earth. You don’t have to follow people who you can’t relate to, and it doesn’t all have to do with yoga either. Make sure your Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and/or Twitter feeds are places that feel comfortable, where you look forward to discovering uplifting, thought-provoking and soothing content that will serve you.

Block People who Might be “Stealing” your Energy

This one sounded very harsh to me the first time a teacher recommended that I do. I shared with her that I didn’t feel comfortable posting some things on my pages (especially Instagram) because I knew old friends and acquaintances were watching. After all, it makes sense to be able to choose who can see what you post online the same way you’d chose to dedicate your time and energy to only certain people.

The same way it’s important to set healthy boundaries in real life, you have to set them online, too. As soon as you feel your integrity, authenticity and comfort are being compromised on social media, then you might want to investigate whether anyone watching doesn’t really belong in your conversations. It is your right to decide who takes what you give out – even if your profiles are public, not knowing who’s behind their screens makes a (surprisingly) real difference.

Use Social Media to Connect with Like-Minded Teachers

Just like you crave true and authentic connections in your life, and as you might feel unsatisfied with what social media have to offer, there are people like you who feel the same way. Think about it: social media are special and great because they allow people who care about the same things to connect even though miles might separate them. No vegetarians around you? You can be sure Pinterest has lots of recipes to spice up your kitchen aspirations. No one to practice kundalini with? YouTube will definitely help. The list is endless! A quick search will help you find the people who you truly want to share with and learn from.

Post what You Really Want to Share

I personally struggled with this one in the beginning, specifically when I started using Instagram to share my yoga journey and teachings. It might sound stupid, but I felt the pressure to post pictures of my asana practice when it wasn’t really what yoga truly meant for me.

Slowly, I allowed myself to share more of what I truly wanted to share, more of what mattered to me and slowly, I felt much more at ease with all social media platforms in general. I’ve also realized that the more I share what I truly believe in, the more people who I align with can find me. And that agrees with the idea in tip #3!

Schedule Your Time on Social Media

This one is very straight-forward but very hard to stick to. Ideally, you’ll have 2 or 3 time-frames (or maybe just one) during the day when you open social media apps. You can set a timer and once it rings up, your time is over. Say you like to use Facebook and Instagram, then maybe you’ll have 20 minutes at 1pm for Instagram, and 20 minutes at 6pm for Facebook. You can set it up as you like.

This might feel a bit rigid but it helps to establish the habit. If you’re used to scrolling mindlessly several times during the day, then this one might be a good first tip to implement. You’ll feel much more peaceful and focused!

Use Automation Tools for Posting

This one goes hand in hand with tip #5; when you limit your time on social media, you might feel like this time goes by very quickly if you have to post things on there, too. The trick is to use automation tools as much as possible to spend less time on there. You can work in a word document or in your notes app to write down content, then edit or create your pictures, and then upload everything at the same time. You should know that:

  • When you have a ‘business’ page on Facebook, you can decide to post ‘now’ or choose when your post will go live when creating it from the page itself;

Take Time to Read, Take in, Enjoy what You See

Since you use social media yourself, you know how long it takes to create a post. You know how much energy, time, dedication and often, personality is put into each post you create. Take time to truly take in what you see on your feed, to appreciate what comes up, and think about the people behind their screens who dedicated some time and thought to create each post. Make it an entire in and of itself!

Call yourself out when you’re scrolling mindlessly, and take time to sit with what your read, the colors in the images, the words in the quotes, the intentions and meanings conveyed in each post. This will drastically enhance your experience.

Remember its Name: Social Media

It’s supposed to serve the purpose of connecting people, making us more, well, social. There are many ways to use these platforms to feel more in touch with yourself and others, so make sure you leave space for trial and error as you find what works for you. Also remember you have a choice to spend as much or as little time on there as you want – when it comes to teaching and building a mindful business, you are the one to make the decisions. If you’ve chosen to be a yoga teacher, it’s because yoga has become a way of life, not just a mat practice. Make sure your aspirations and beliefs seep into your social media use!

Kepler Mission: 5 of the Most Incredible Discoveries From NASA’s Alien-Hunting Spacecraft

On Thursday, NASA is due to make a much-hyped announcement about a new discovery from its Kepler spacecraft, the lipstick-shaped satellite that first launched in 2009 and was billed as “NASA’s first mission capable of finding Earth-size planets.” Unlike most missions, for Kepler, NASA banked all its hopes on one instrument, a photometer, which stared at 150,000 individual stars and measured tiny dips in their brightness caused when a planet slipped between the star and the spacecraft.

12_12_kepler_k2_satellite The Kepler satellite with Earth and its moon in the background. NASA

And although the Kepler mission itself formally ended after two parts failed, the satellite is still chugging along doing science under a new mission called K2, which conducts more or less the same hunt but in a larger patch of sky and while doing other work as well.

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We don’t know yet what Thursday’s announcement will bring, but here’s a recap of some of the satellite’s crowning achievements.

12_12_kepler_10b Kepler-10b as depicted by an artist. NASA/Kepler Mission/Dana Berry

Kepler-10b: The very first rocky planet Kepler discovered, this isn’t one you’d want to visit—it’s so close to its star it’s likely a toasty 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. But for exoplanets scientists have spotted, it is incredibly small; its diameter is one and a half times larger than the Earth’s and its mass is more than four times greater. Weirdly, it might have a comet-like tail, thanks to that super-hot temperature, which scientists think may pull tiny fragments of iron and rock off its surface.

12_12_kepler16b_tatooine Kepler-16b, the first exoplanet confirmed to orbit a pair of stars. NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt

Kepler-16b: A favorite of Star Wars fans, this was the first planet confirmed to orbit a pair of suns, like the movie series’ famous Tatooine. Scientists had suspected the phenomenon was plausible, but it took spotting Kepler-16b and its two stars to know for sure. And that’s a big deal for the continuing hunt for alien planets, since astronomers think about half the stars in the sky are in pairs. Kepler-16b has since been joined by Kepler-34b and Kepler-35b, two more planets, both gas giants like our own Saturn, that orbit separate pairs of stars.

Mini-Neptunes: Kepler’s planet-spotting skills gave scientists enough examples of individual planets to realize that there were two very distinct types of smallish planets: One group, up to about 1.75 times the size of Earth that are strictly rocky was expected from our own solar system. But the second group, which was nicknamed mini-Neptunes, was new, ranging between twice as large and more than three times as large as Earth and covered in gas.

12_12_kepler_mini_neptunes A sketch of the different categories of exoplanets. NASA/Kepler/Caltech (T. Pyle)

Kepler-22b: Scientists studying exoplanets get particularly excited about what’s called the habitable zone—the sweet spot distance from a star at which it’s warm enough that the planet isn’t frozen but not so hot that any water on the surface boils away. Kepler-22b was the first planet in this zone that Kepler spotted. To make matters even more enticing, the star it orbits is of the same type as our own sun.

12_12_kepler_22b Kepler-22b was the mission’s first planet in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water can exist on its surface. NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

Sheer quantity: The two incarnations of the spacecraft have combined forces to identify a whopping total of 2,515 confirmed exoplanets, with 30 of those being more or less the size of Earth and at the right distance from their stars to potentially hold liquid water on their surface. That’s more than two thirds of the grand total of exoplanets scientists on all projects have confirmed, 3,564.

And as for what Kepler’s next big discovery will be—well, we’ll just have to wait until Thursday to find out.

Intuitive Astrology: Super Blood Moon Eclipse January 2019 – Forever Conscious

On January 20-21st we have a Super Blood Moon Eclipse in the sign of Leo. This Eclipse is ultra potent as it’s both a Super Moon and a Blood Moon.

We will not have another Super Blood Moon Eclipse until 2021, so you can rest assured that this Leo Eclipse is definitely going to leave a lasting impression on all of us.

A Super Moon occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth. This means that we will see it shining big and bright in the sky. It also means the energetic effects of the Moon will be stronger than usual.

A Blood Moon occurs when we have a Total Lunar Eclipse. The totality of the Eclipse gives the Moon a reddish hue, hence the name Blood Moon. A Total Lunar Eclipse is the most potent kind we can have and signals a profound rebirth and culmination of energy.

On top of all of this, the fact that this Lunar Eclipse falls in Leo also adds to the significance.

For the last 18 months or so, we have been working with the Eclipse energies of Leo and Aquarius. This Eclipse cycle began back in February 2017, but now this January 2019 Leo Eclipse is the last in the cycle.

Seeing as this is the last Eclipse in the cycle, it is going to bring endings and a culmination to the lessons we have been working with since early 2017.
This is huge energy we are wrapping up, and it’s likely we will all feel a sense of resolution and completion.

As you can see, this Leo Eclipse is extremely potent and is going to be activating and transforming us on the deepest layers of our soul.

Overall, this Eclipse represents a time where we can birth ourselves, our past, our creations, our wounds, and our self-expression out into the world. This “birthing” process is one we may feel either on a creative level or on a level that allows us to release and let go.

This Eclipse also has some volatile, erratic energy to it, so we may feel a little scattered, drained or off balance. We may also find ourselves being pulled to release wounds of the past and to let go of things we thought we had dealt with.

To help you understand what flavor this Eclipse may have for you, think about what was happening in your life around February 2017. It is likely issues or themes from this time may play a part in what comes up for you.

It is not necessarily that the same events will repeat themselves, but you may find you are continuing your growth and development in regards to whatever was brewing around this time.

You may also gain closure in regards to these events, and feel proud of yourself for how far you have come. In fact, this Eclipse is like a graduation of sorts, so no matter what brews for you, be sure to honor just how far you have come and to celebrate the journey you have traveled.

Life is by no means easy, so we must remember to celebrate our victories both big and small. If we look at our lives through the eyes of love, we will always find so much to be grateful for and so much to rejoice in.

No matter what this Eclipse brings up for you, here you stand, trying to understand more, open your heart more, and learn more. As you read these words allow them to heal you, allow them to open you, and really honor the fact that you are taking the time to understand the cosmos and how it can aid your growth.

Accessing angelic realms and higher states of consciousness is also going to be easier under the effects of this Eclipse, so be sure to tune into your own guidance system and listen to the voice of your intuition.

While this Eclipse will touch us all differently, but we may also notice themes arising in areas surrounding our family life, creativity, and leadership.

We may also see these themes playing out on the world stage as well. In fact, in ancient astrology, a Leo Blood Moon Eclipse was a bad omen for the King and was seen as a prophecy that his time of reign was coming to an end.

It is very likely that under this Eclipse we may see changes to leadership in governments and in big organizations.

Due to the volatile energy around this Eclipse, it is going to be wise to think before speaking and to avoid getting swept up in the heat of the moment, especially when it comes to relationship matters.

Egos may be quick to rise under the energy of this Leo Eclipse, so do your best to stay mindful and to avoid arguments or conversations where you need to prove yourself or why you are right and the other person is wrong.

These types of discussions or arguments are never ones worth winning, as everyone has their own point of view, their own pains, and their own lens in which they view the world.

Tuning into your creativity is a great way to help negate some of this Eclipse energy, so if you find yourself feeling heated or wound up by something, make the time to do something that gets your creative juices flowing.

Eclipses always bring fated events into our lives, so in a sense, we can sit back and allow ourselves to be guided. We don’t have to worry about what actions to take on an Eclipse, because often the actions we need to take arise spontaneously and naturally.

Part of the reason Eclipses are so potent is that they put us where we need to be and unlock paths of our soul contract that we have been fated to walk down.

On this Blood Moon Eclipse, the energy is so strong and potent that we are going to find ourselves led in the right direction with minimal effort. Of course, the journey may not be easy, and we may feel resistance and fear, but keep trusting and know that the heavens have a plan for you.

Eclipses can be challenging, but very often they lead us to our highest destiny and help us to grow in leaps and bounds. Trust what unfolds for you on this January Super Blood Moon Eclipse. Stay open to the energies and pay attention to where you feel called to go.

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10 Proven Benefits of Yoga for Your Kids

10 Proven Benefits of Yoga for Your Kids

Childhood is fun. We think that the moon is following us wherever our car goes. We do not spit the chewing gum even after we have sucked the life out of it. We pee in the swimming pool. Oops… admitted it by mistake! Being weird without being high on drugs is one of the side-effects of childhood.

Let’s face it, before the intrusion of technology, we at least had a childhood, no matter how weird we acted.

Knock Knock… Any room for Yoga?

Technology — what was supposed to be a useful servant has now become a bad master. A one-minute task of switching off the alarm or checking an email leads to half an hour of browsing and scrolling through messages, pictures, and jokes. Before we know, study time, play time, and eating habits are already compromised. As parents, we plan so much for our kids, but not everything goes as per our plans. Given all the big plans you have for your kids, does yoga fit in it?

How Yoga is Spreading

Yoga is an excellent way to borrow “my time,” and feel loved, alive, and free from technology invasion. As they say, logout, shutdown, and do yoga. Interestingly enough, a growing number of kids are embracing yoga in their lives. Kudos to their parents! The National Center for Health School’s health blog reported that 1.7 million American kids are hooked to yoga. These numbers were from 2012. Getting caught by its growing interest, it won’t be an understatement to claim that the figures might have doubled by now. Hope you are not left on a cliffhanger dying to know the current numbers. Ok, let’s take a look at some current statistics.

Yoga by the Numbers

A study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance states that more than 36 million people practiced yoga in 2016 in the United States alone. Now, here’s the evolution part. Four years back, the numbers were around 20 million. Judging by its growth, we might hit 50 million in a year or two. Bingo! That would be a monumental feat by all means. After all, these are not mere data, but a positive endeavor in the right direction. We all know that yoga has been linked to our overall health and wellness. Since Yoga among kids is also on the rise, let’s explore some proven benefits of yoga for kids.

1. Encourages Self-Acceptance

There is no shortage of people in the real world that send out endless messages of lack and inadequacy. It’s easy for our kids to get sabotaged with these messages. As a result, they might grow up with feelings of self-doubt and lack of confidence. What may also follow is the ruthless job of masking the stinky feeling of frustration, pain, and anger. At best, we could only be a mere spectator to this event, especially when our kids have mastered the art of hiding their feelings from us. Don’t fret yet because this Satan of better life won’t be able to put up a battle against a much stronger opponent, ‘Yoga.’

Yes, yoga is a no-fluff approach to killing self-doubt at its roots. It helps one gravitate to a state of mind where one is comfortable being themselves. It arms kids with the right tools to break off the undesirable feeling of lack and self-doubt. Yoga clears all the clouded thoughts and allows the sun to shine once again by eliminating all the harbored negative thoughts and by killing the inner critics in a person. So, it pays to embrace yoga to eliminate the soul-sucking self-doubt from your kid’s life. There is no better way to morph oneself into a better and more confident person.

2. Physical Benefits

As reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five school going kids are obese. The obesity epidemic is on a ruthless trail. As we all know, obesity can have immediate as well as long-term impact on a kid’s social, physical, and mental wellbeing. Yoga can keep their bodies moving. With daily exercise, kids can derive a great deal of physical benefits such as reduction in weight, improved athletic performance, increased flexibility, better muscles, protection from injury, and healthier body metabolism.

Believe it or not, we have just scratched the surface over here. Truth be told, the health benefits of yoga are difficult to explain in a nutshell. We haven’t even talked about how it improves body posture, solves digestive problems, betters bone health, increases blood flow, drops blood pressure, relaxes our system, and so on. Not sold yet to roll out the Yoga mat for your kids? Okay, stay tuned as we introduce you to some more benefits of yoga for kids.

3. Living in the Present

Adults or kids, we are so tied to the past and future that we forget about the valuable ‘present.’ Believe it or not, most of us are doing a great disservice to ourselves by being trapped in the past and future.  Yoga can help us take stock of the incredible power of the present. Yoga attends to our mind, body, breath, emotions, and soul. By sharpening our mind and through the awareness of the breath, it allows us to stay focused in the present moment. So, don’t quit yet. This is not the moment to step back.

By helping us conquer fear, tame desires, and defeat sadness, yoga can get rid of unnecessary stress and expectations that could be holding us back from living in the moment. Instead of dictating actions to our body, yoga coaches the mind on how to listen to our body in complete awareness without any judgments or expectations. Remember, this is not an easy state to attain. It could take a while for any yoga practitioner to get there. Therefore, it helps to start off early. By the time kids grow up, they would be a naturally present person.

4. Awesome Stress Tool

Just because you can’t see your kid’s thoughts, doesn’t mean that they cannot fall prey to stress. A study conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey states that one out of every five kid in the United States suffers from some kind of mental problem. Remember, kids are not emotionally prepared or equipped to handle stress like adults. They often fail to detach themselves from the source of stress, so they could react oddly in certain situations.

Practicing yoga can prove to a great outlet to disburse stress. Health experts have long agreed that yoga releases happy endorphins—also investigated and confirmed by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Not to forget the fact that yoga incorporates several relaxing moments to calm one’s mind and body. Its proven calm relieving abilities provides both immediate as well as long-term benefits. So, don’t let the stress of daily life hold your kids back. They don’t deserve to lead a life filled with panic, anxiety, and trauma. Let the Yoga wand do its magic!

5. Improves Focus and Concentration

Today, our kids are bombarded with endless external factors that keep their mind scattered for the most part. Whether it’s Pokemon or any other fancy app, kids surrender to every other digital tool on the release date itself. Their focus and concentration appear nowhere in sight. As a result, their grades plummet. Our kids suffer in other areas of life as well, where focus and concentration are a necessary evil. Most parents are left with a grossed look on their face because they know that they are up against their worst enemy, ‘evil technology,’ which has already won the first round.

For the round two, it’s advisable to show up in the enemy’s territory with your companion, yoga. Yes, it’s proven that yoga has the ability to improve focus and concentration, so you are sure to win the upcoming battle. When kids learn how to stay glued to one place and focus on what’s important at the moment, they do not let their minds wander easily. Better yet, they do not get distracted by everything under the sun. This boosts their attention span like nothing else. With improved focus and concentration, they perform better in school and all other walks of life. So, there you have it, the elegant secret to better focus and concentration.

6. Fosters Non-Competitive Environment

The majority of us are raised with the belief that we cannot grow without cut-throat competition. Without competition, we are bound to be a lazy, mediocre bum in life. The worst part is that competition compels us to envy winners and feel marvelously bad about ourselves on losing a battle. On the other hand, healthy competition also brings out the best in us. Truth be told, competition is a double-edged sword. It has its share of good and bad elements.

Gladly, yoga is a non-competitive activity. So, there are no undesirable expectations, pride, or envy involved. Moreover, yoga keeps things in perspective. In yoga, kids are not taught to compare themselves with one another. People of all ages try to be the better version of themselves as opposed to being at each other’s throat. With a mix of young and old people, it’s more of a joyful, health beneficial environment without the competitive ruckus. It’s more of an inward journey of life that does not have room for an outward competitive drive.

7. Improves Mind-Body Coordination

Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means yoke or join. At its core, this 5000-year old art means union. A host of yoga poses fuels certain chemicals in our brain to promote inner peace and mental wellbeing as stated by a new study conducted by a UCLA-led team of neuroscientists. It’s the most effective union of the mind, body, and the soul to release boatloads of harmony, happiness, and good health. The mind-body synergy offers unparalleled benefits to a person. All yoga poses emphasize on deep, controlled breathing, which is an essential step to calm the mind and body to experience deep rooted benefits. Over the years, a growing amount of studies has proven the physical and mental benefits of mind-body exercises.

8. Sparks Creativity

When kids are allowed to do their own yoga poses, it inspires them to be creative in life. New possibilities emerge when kids are given such freedom. As a matter of fact, it proves to be one of the best forms of self-expression. It helps one generate positive energy to get motivated to access their limitless creativity. Not to forget the fact that studies have shown that mindfulness meditation has long been associated with creativity. So, creativity hasn’t vanished from our lives yet. Its use is on the extinct these days. Yoga helps to fill the gap over here by poking creativity out of our kid’s head.

9. Boosts Confidence

As kids master new poses with daily practice, it creates a flow between the mind and body, which radiates confidence. Remember, it all starts with baby steps, before the kids are able to do near-impossible poses. The humble start to praiseworthy feats imbibes a great deal of confidence in them. Since yoga allows enough opportunity to master a pose at one’s own pace, there is no room for frustration or disappointment. Even learning at a slow pace does not take a hit at one’s confidence level. Having mastered some poses in the past, they know that victory is only a few lapses away. All they need to do is keep moving.

10. Encourages Social Interaction

Yoga teaches kids that we are all the same from the inside, no matter how flashy a person may appear from the outside. Moreover, yoga inspires kids to be more patient, helpful, kind, and empathetic towards others. A person with such qualities is generally welcomed with open arms in a group setting.  A study conducted by the University of Nottingham on kids showed that certain yoga poses encouraged togetherness, mutual caring, and a more positive attitude, which made social interaction an easy task.

Unlike other things that we have tried in the past, we are not paying a lip service to a good life by incorporating yoga in our kid’s life. With most children steadily falling prey to technology and illness, it won’t be an understatement to claim that yoga is the cornerstone of active and healthy living. Not to forget the value of happiness, satisfaction, and self-worth it generates.

So, it pays to be a “go-getter” and head shopping for a yoga mat to set the path for a yoga routine in your kid’s life. It would prove to be one of the best decisions of your life. Even if were to derive 10% of the benefits outlined above, the time spent on yoga would be fully justified.

Archangel Michael via Ronna Herman: Developing Non-Attachment

Beloved masters, each advanced level of evolution and Ascension contain higher truths, along with new challenges and opportunities to attain Self-mastery. Self-discipline, heightened awareness and determination are required. However, the more you bring your ego-desire body under control, and allow your Higher Self to guide you, the easier the process will become.

As you expand your awareness, and begin to view life from a higher vantage point, your perspective changes. You no longer focus on the negative aspects or what is wrong in your life as you develop a positive outlook and focus on the good in others. You learn to appreciate the beauty of nature, and what is right with the world. Gradually, you also develop a sense of wonder and thanksgiving for the many miracles that manifest for you and those around you.

One of the most difficult things to accomplish is to let go of old outmoded, preconceived thought patterns and habits. Ingrained habits, traditional rules and standards, as well as social, racial, and religious influences of the past are only some of the shackles you must release as you strive to become an “en-Lighten-ed, free Spirit” within a newly emerging reality.

Humanity as a whole, as well as individually, is still trapped in half-truths and concepts that originated many thousands of years ago. Each of you is a composite of all your experiences, not just past lives, but experiences you have had from the time you first externalized into an individualized conscious Facet of the Creator.

Many of these limiting thought patterns have no place in your new world of expanded consciousness. It is vitally important that you release these negative influences, if you are to continue your forward momentum upon the spiral of Ascension into the higher realms of Light and Self-mastery.

It is time to take an inventory, dear hearts. Review what you have released during the last few years of your time. What outmoded ideas, habits, and responsibilities have you released and what has replaced them? What do you still need to release, or transmute into a higher form? What is limiting your spiritual growth, and no longer serves your greatest good?

** Have you learned that you are no longer a victim of fate, and that you are in control of your own destiny? What are you doing with your newly found power?

There is no one or no thing out there doing anything to you or for you unless you allow it. You have been gifted with all the tools of Creation, and you are entitled to all the beauty, bounty and opulence of this Universe – it is your Divine birthright. We can assist you, guide and inspire you; however, you are the composer and builder of your world and the reality in which you exist.

Each and every day you are projecting thought forms, feelings and intention, which will influence and construct your reality of tomorrow. If you do not like what you have created, and what you are experiencing at the moment, change your attitude and your thought patterns to a higher frequency, and then watch your world change for the better.

Remember, as you acquire skills in focusing your thoughts, and you practice deliberate, step-by-step action, your power to create will accelerate exponentially – both positively and negatively.

** Are you becoming more comfortable as a cocreator of your life’s experiences? Are you now willing to take credit and responsibility for both the positive and negative experiences in your life?

You can monitor and determine what kind of thought forms you are radiating forth out into the world by the people you draw into your awareness. Are you experiencing a lot of negative feedback or interaction with those around you? Are you still allowing people to take advantage of you in order to feel worthy?

When you do things for others, how often do you feel harmonious and loving afterward? How often do you feel resentful or exploited? It would be better to not do something for another person, than to do it for the wrong reason. 

** Remember, it is also the vibrational patterns that you are projecting that determine the “rightness” of action, not just the action itself.

In the process of returning to balance and harmony, there must be a balance in ALL things. There is an energy exchange in every thought you have, and in everything you do. If you constantly give to another person without receiving some kind of positive energy exchange in return – an imbalance develops, which soon manifests as resentment or guilt, and often a sense of superiority or inferiority. It becomes impossible to radiate unconditional love to another person under such conditions.

** Have you gone through the process of releasing everything and everyone in your world to its or their greatest good? This is one of the major challenges you must experience during your journey toward Self-mastery.   

This does not mean that you will have to give up anything or anyone, but you may be tested to see if you truly mean what you say. Holding on to people or things, and resisting change are the major cause of human pain and suffering.

In truth, you do not own anything, and you certainly cannot own anyone. All you are assured of is a moment in time, or the present now moment.  Everything and everyone in your life could disappear from sight in a flash – including you.

We do not wish to make you fearful; however, what we are trying to instill in your consciousness is that everything in your reality of today is transitory. What are you holding on to that still brings you pain or discomfort?  What lessons are still to be learned from the discomfort these things instill in you?  Isn’t it time to let go of the suffering, and to claim ease and grace?

** Do you own your possessions or do they own you?   

Are you so deeply in debt or so obligated to others that you have no time to enjoy life? Do you spend all your time taking care of, cleaning, fixing or striving to pay for your possessions? Remember, we have tried to impress upon you, things do not make you happy. Most often, they only bring a moment’s satisfaction, and then you are looking for something or someone else to satisfy the urges of your ego-desire body.

Happiness, joy and satisfaction come from within. What you are yearning for is a quality of life, or a state of Being.

How long has it been since you took a walk in nature, since you took time to gaze at the stars or the beautiful cloud formations in the sky? Can you remember the last time you walked barefoot in the grass, and attuned to the heartbeat of Mother Earth? How long has it been since you sat quietly and listened to the birds sing – or watched the people around you, as you endeavored to sense what they were feeling, or the frequency patterns they were emanating?

In your fast-paced existence, isn’t it time to slow down and experience the perfection of the moment? In doing so, you are creating more perfect moments, instead of a more frenetic lifestyle, which has become the norm for so many people in today’s world.

** Do you constantly have to be entertained or have outside stimulation to keep from being bored with your life situation?

** What can you let go of in order to simplify your life, and to make your everyday experiences more enjoyable?

** How often do you spend time in solitude, enjoying your own thoughts, and the whispers of your Soul-self?

** Do you always have to have music, the television or some outside distraction to keep from tuning in to your own inner thoughts? 

** Do you enjoy being alone? 

You must learn to enter the silence of Self in order to connect with Spirit – your Higher Self and your God Self are waiting for you to tap into the magical Light stream of Divine consciousness. We sense the yearnings of so many millions of dear Souls who wish to communicate with their Higher Self and with us.

It is so simple, dear hearts. All you have to do is state your intention, and then practice going into the silence and stillness within, so that we may clear the pathways, and strengthen the connection that is already there – a connection which has atrophied from mis-use or non-use.

** What negative habits have you released? What positive habits have you replaced them with, and what results have you noticed?

You will find it becomes easier and easier to release negative habits and thought forms as you begin to see the results of your positive actions. You will automatically begin to fine-tune your everyday conscious actions as you become an observer of your thoughts and intent.

It is important that you become aware of the frequency patterns you are projecting, as well as the words you use. Always use positive words of empowerment, tempered by love, and constantly monitor your negative mind chatter.

** Has it become easier to practice unconditional love rather than loving with conditions?

You must first forgive yourself, and practice unconditional love of Self before you can practice unconditional love for others. You cannot project or give what you do not have within. This does not mean that you should not strive to better yourself or achieve a higher level of Self-mastery. It means that you accept and love yourself the way you are at the moment, as you strive to integrate more of your Divinity and the Lightness of Spirit.

** Remember, heal the past, script your future, live in the moment.

Fear of the future is a result of not trusting yourself and the decisions you have made or will make. This is a result of deep-seated memories of failures or painful experiences of the past (in this or many other lifetimes).

Guilt and shame are also ego-driven emotions of not achieving intended goals or perfection in the past. Fear, guilt and shame are often directed toward other people in your lives who are mirroring back to you the vibrational patterns you need to balance in order to let go of those past negative patterns and experiences.

When you learn to radiate balanced, loving energy, it will be reflected back to you through the people you interact with, and also through your everyday experiences.

** Determine what attachments you have which no longer serve your highest good, and that are holding you back. Make a concerted effort to release those attachments, and envision the vacancies being filled with transforming crystalline Light substance. 

** Remember to use the power of the Violet Flame of transformation. Use this magic elixir often to assist in the transmutation of negative, imbalanced vibrational patterns.

** Endeavor to sever any cords of attachment that you still have with people in your life. With your inner vision, see these cords of attachment returning to the other person wrapped in loving energy. Strive to become consciously aware when someone is trying to tap into your solar power center. With loving intent, return the energy to the sender.

** Endeavor to view life and circumstances around you with detachment. Be an observer and reserve judgment. Seek and live by your own truth as it has been revealed to you.

Beloveds, you are in an intense phase of transition in which you are letting go of all the negativity of the past from the deepest core level of your Being. Old energies, symptoms, thought forms, and possibly pain, are roiling up into your consciousness and within your bodily form in order to be transmuted.

You are building a strong probable future through your intentions and actions, and you are being challenged to see if you are ready to bring your dreams and desires to fruition. Take some time to determine what kind of probable future you are building. If you do not like your design, MODIFY IT, for if you do not – as surely as there is a tomorrow ‒ what you have envisioned will become your reality.

We have been with you since you were birthed into consciousness in this Universal experience, and we will be with you throughout eternity. From the Sacred heart center of our Father/Mother God, blessings without end are constantly being showered down upon you.

You are loved most profoundly, I AM Archangel Michael.

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The Importance of Community in Spiritual Awakening – Ashtanga Yoga Project

Community, if we allow it AND we do the work, can wake us up. They trigger us. I am not saying that you should surround yourself with people that trigger you and that you should stick around in all the situations in which you are triggered. If you choose to leave the situation, don’t leave the work behind. Triggers show us where there is work to be done. One of my teacher friends says, “when it is hysterical, it is historical.” When something causes our emotions to go sky high and out of control, there is something in our history that needs our love, attention and eventually our forgiveness.

A community of awakening is a community of connection. They don’t want to go out and get shit faced. They want to sit down, look you in the eye, and have a meaningful conversation. Get rid of anyone you cannot hang out with without gossiping, getting drunk or high or having sex with. Get rid of people that you cannot be silent with and that don’t want to hang out with you in the light of day.

A community of awakening is not looking for you to agree with them. They respect your views and they listen. Many people will step to you under the disguise of wanting to have an amicable discourse but they really want to convince you to think, believe and live like them. People who give you conditional love, that is based on your responding the way they want, will not help you awaken.

Get rid of anyone you have to edit yourself around. This does not mean that you should not use non harmful , loving and true speech, but you should be free to be who you are completely.

If you want to awaken, don’t look for people to enable you. Look for people who will call you out. People who will ask you why you have not been on your yoga mat. People who will not ignore the fact that you have started drinking and smoking again after expressing the desire to quit. People who will not allow you to talk to them any kind of way and that will make you own up to your out of control emotions. Look for people who don’t agree with everything that comes out of your mouth. Look for those who challenge you to do better and to be better.

When your community presents an opportunity to be better, to rise up, to respond differently, to look at what is triggering you, take that opportunity. Look it dead in the face and use it to awaken. Don’t run. Don’t shut them down. Don’t bury these emotions. Wake up to them, fully and completely. Grow.

Elon Musk Project Fools Americans Into Believing UFO Is Landing

Wow, it looks like Bill Gates has got some competition in the bourgeoisie’s ‘Top Ten Most Banterous Moments Of 2017’ list, after Elon Musk led crowds across California to believe they had seen a UFO. Watch what they saw here:

 

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In a moment reminiscent of Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds, local television stations – as well as law enforcement agencies – reportedly received a number of telephone calls from witnesses worried about what they were see in the sky.

However, the reality was that the weird lights in the sky were part of tech giant SpaceX’s ‘Vandenberg launch’.

 

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One news report said that at least 130 people in just a single area of Los Angeles County called 911 on Friday evening. They were informed that the lights were a rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California.

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, joked on Twitter that the object in the sky was a ‘nuclear alien UFO from North Korea’.

Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea pic.twitter.com/GUIHpKkkp5
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2017

 

If you liked tonight’s launch, you will really like Falcon Heavy next month: 3 rocket cores & 3X thrust. 2 cores return to base doing synchronized aerobatics. 3rd lands on droneship.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2017

A number of celebrities joined fellow social media users in questioning what the mysterious light was.

Singers will.i.am and Billy Ray Cyrus asked what the streak was, and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk asked: “What is this in the sky?”

Here’s what people were saying:

There is absolutely an alien worm hole that just opened up over LA. I am fine with this. Welcomed. Hope the M.I.B don’t show up to tell me it’s a weather ballon or some lie. THIS IS ALIEN! pic.twitter.com/ywSt1Exf5D
– Keegan Allen (@KeeganAllen) December 23, 2017

:joy::joy::joy: #SpaceX gotta give a better Public notice… I aint know if this was a Rocket, aliens, Santa Claus, or North Korea pic.twitter.com/3kbPsTLiJb
– JuJu Tha G (@JuJuThaG) December 23, 2017

I’m calling bullshit on SpaceX’s excuse. That shit’s a UFO and there’s been others that have been seen that are just like it!!
– Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 23, 2017

Does anyone know what we just saw in the skies above San Diego? pic.twitter.com/EFNBh87Hc8
– Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) December 23, 2017

#Sandiego#lights over the #ocean#UFO wtf is that!? pic.twitter.com/UT3ygyGDW1
– celestial lamb (@WakenBacons) December 23, 2017

Musk’s company successfully propelled 10 satellites into orbit as the Falcon 9 rocket was launched for communications firm Iridium.

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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN TO FLY – Aerial & Vinyasa Yoga in NYC

I told my daughter, Adair, who’s an aerial performer, about my fingers. “I probably have arthritis.” She said she didn’t think so, that everybody’s fingers kill them for the first few weeks. She advised me to work with squeezy ball and massage in arnica oil. Two days later I was back at class. And again two days after that. By then I was hooked.

Now, I’ve been around yoga some time, having discovered it when I was seventeen. It was so unusual in the West back then that people confused it with yogurt and both were suspect. In those days, yoga was hatha: 88 poses, mostly named for animals, done slowly and held static. We’d never heard of Ashtanga or Vinyasa, Jivamukti or Iyengar, and the concept of baking at Bikram would have seemed very odd indeed. Yoga was yoga. Pure and simple. As different varieties made their way to America, often spawning offshoots of their own, I was pretty judgmental. After all, I did “real” yoga.

That bit of ego had to go in short order when I started aerial classes. Of all the expanded versions of the ancient Indian discipline, doing postures suspended is quite a leap. And yet, it’s still yoga – exquisitely so when you consider that in doing aerial, your concentration, one of yoga’s very limbs, has to be impeccable. Your mind can’t wander or you could fall on your head! I love it when the teachers give us a deliciously yogic concept to contemplate at the beginning of class, and when we chant, even one profoundly perfect Om. And when the instructor says: “Okay, this is a circus trick. It’s not yoga but it’s fun,” I get a surge of childlike glee. I wanna do circus tricks! They make me happy and content and connected. And yoga is about connection, after all.

Victoria Moran http://www.mainstreetvegan.net is the author of twelve books including Creating a Charmed Life, Fit from Within, Main Street Vegan, and The Good Karma Diet. She hosts the Main Street Vegan podcast and directs Main Street Vegan Academy, an in-person program in New York City to train and certify Vegan Lifestyle Coaches and Educators.

Ocasio-Cortez takes time off for ‘self-help,’ laments loss of yoga sessions due to politics | Fox News

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t yet started her new job, but she’s already taking a break.

The Democratic Socialist said Monday that she’s taking time a week off for “self-care” after feeling burned out and lamented that her political activity changed her lifestyle.

“I am starting a week of self-care where I am taking the week off and taking care of me. I don’t know how to do that though, so I would appreciate any and all self-care tips,” she said in an Instagram video.

“For working people, immigrants, & the poor, self-care is political — not because we want it to be, but bc of the inevitable shaming of someone doing a face mask while financially stressed. So I’ve decided to take others along with me on IG as I learn what self-care even means and why it’s important,” she added on Twitter.

Ocasio-Cortez, who unseated powerful New York Democrat Joe Crowley earlier this year during the primary election and easily cruised to victory in general election as she had no real opposition, went on to say that since her entry into politics and activism, she had to give up her more comfortable lifestyle.

“Before the campaign, I used to practice yoga 3-4x/week, eat nutritiously, read and write for leisure,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Instagram. “As soon as everything kicked up, that all went out the window. I went from doing yoga and making wild rice and salmon dinners to eating fast food for dinner and falling asleep in my jeans and makeup.”

“Before the campaign, I used to practice yoga 3-4x/week, eat nutritiously, read and write for leisure. As soon as everything kicked up, that all went out the window. I went from doing yoga and making wild rice and salmon dinners to eating fast food for dinner and falling asleep in my jeans and makeup.”

“I keep things raw and honest on here since I believe public servants do a disservice to our communities by pretending to be perfect,” she added. “It makes things harder for others who aspire to run someday if they think they have to be superhuman before they even try.”

The New York Democrat revealed that she decided to spend “a few days in the middle of nowhere” in upstate New York.

Ocasio-Cortez, together with other newly-elected lawmakers, will start her term on Jan. 3.

7 Baba Ramdev Yoga Asanas To Treat Asthma

7 Baba Ramdev Yoga Asanas To Treat Asthma

When I say yoga can help treat asthma, it makes sense. Doesn’t it? Breathing and yoga go hand in hand, and if there is a problem involving your breath, yoga can surely help cure it. If you are an asthma patient, you know the trauma of constantly dreading that shortness of breath. Approximately 358 million people around the world suffer the same. Yoga, along with regular medicine, is an ideal alternative to counter the asthma problem. Wondering how? We won’t keep you in the dark anymore. The following 7 Baba Ramdev yoga asanas will treat asthma, and all you must do is scroll down to find them.

Before that, let’s find out how yoga works to cure asthma.

Yoga For Asthma

Asthma is a respiratory disease involving the airways or the bronchial tubes. The airways are swollen in an asthma patient, and get inflamed further when triggered by symptoms, narrowing them and making it difficult for the person to breathe. The ancient Egyptians recognized this problem and gave it its name. The problem significantly increased from the 1960s and now accounts for 397,100 deaths globally.

Exercise offers natural relief for asthma patients, but the intense physical movements can be challenging. On the other hand, yoga is slow and soothing, combined with deep breaths, which greatly help the patient’s asthmatic condition. The causes of asthma are genetic and environmental. Whatever the reason may be, yoga acts as a shield for asthmatic patients and helps you gain control over it.

So, without further ado, check out the following Baba Ramdev yoga asanas for asthma patients.

Baba Ramdev Yoga For Asthma – 7 Best Asanas

1. Sukhasana (Easy Pose)

 

Sukhasana or the Easy Pose is a simple seated pose that is also one of the easiest poses to sit down in meditation. In many Asian countries, Sukhasana is a natural way of sitting down and also assumed while having meals. For best results, practice Sukhasana in the morning, not necessarily on an empty stomach. The Easy Pose is a beginner level Vinyasa yoga asana. Hold the pose as long as you are comfortable sitting in it.

Sukhasana For Treating Asthma

 

Sukhasana focuses on your breath and controls stress. It broadens your chest, relaxes your brain, and makes you strong and steady. The pose gives you a sense of calm and peace and helps you avoid circumstances that trigger asthma attacks due to tension and stress.

To know more about Sukhasana and how to do it, click here: Sukhasana

 

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2. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Angle Pose)

Upavistha Konasana or the Seated Wide Angle Pose involves sitting down on your buttocks and spreading your legs apart as wide as possible. Practice the pose in the morning on an empty stomach or in the evening after a gap of 4 to 6 hours from the last meal. Upavistha Konasana is an intermediate level Hatha yoga asana. Hold it for 30 to 60 seconds.

 Upavistha Konasana For Treating Asthma

 

In this pose, the upper body is stretched out. This opens up the lungs and betters the breathing. It also calms the brain and de-stresses your mind. The pose improves the body’s flexibility and, as a whole, is ideal to prevent an asthma attack.

 To know more about Upavistha Konasana and how to do it, click here: Upavistha Konasana

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3. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)

Ardha Matsyendrasana or the Sitting Half Spinal Twist is an asana where you sit down and twist your spine sidewards. Practice the Ardha Matsyendrasana in the morning on an empty stomach and clean bowels. The pose is a beginner level Hatha yoga asana. Hold it for 30 to 60 seconds.

Ardha Matsyendrasana For Treating Asthma

Ardha Matsyendrasana stretches your chest and opens it up, thereby paving the way for more oxygen to enter your lungs and improving their oxygen capacity. This function of the pose reduces the possibility of an asthma attack.

To know more about Ardha Matsyendrasana and how to do it, click here: Ardha Matsyendrasana

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4. Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

Sethu Bandhasana or the Bridge Pose looks like a bridge when assumed. It works best when practiced in the morning on an empty stomach. The pose is a beginner level Vinyasa yoga asana. Hold it for 30 to 60 seconds.

Sethu Bandhasana For Treating Asthma

Sethu Bandhasana is very effective for asthma patients. It keeps your body balanced by opening up your chest and lungs, keeping a check on your thyroid gland, and improving digestion.

To know more about Sukhasana and how to do it, click here: Sethu Bandhasana

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5. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Bhujangasana or the Cobra Pose is an energizing backbend that resembles the raised hood of a cobra. Practice Bhujangasana in the morning on an empty stomach and clean bowels. The pose is a beginner level Ashtanga yoga asana. Hold it for 15 to 30 seconds.

Bhujangasana For Treating Asthma

Bhujangasana eases the symptoms of asthma. It improves oxygen and blood circulation throughout the body. It also opens up your chest and clears the passages to the lungs. The pose increases your flexibility, elevates your mood, and stretches the muscles of your chest.

To know more about Bhujangasana and how to do it, click here: Bhujangasana

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6 Purvottanasana (Upward Plank Pose)

Purvottanasana, which means eastward facing, signifies the onset of new and bright beginnings, just like how the sun rises in the East in all its glory. Practice this Upward Plank Pose early in the morning on an empty stomach and clean bowels for best results. The pose is a beginner level Vinyasa yoga asana. Hold it for 30 to 60 seconds.

Purvottanasana For Treating Asthma

Purvottanasana opens up your mind to new possibilities and positivity. It improves the working of your respiratory system and keeps a check on your hormones. It helps you stay calm and composed as well as strong by strengthening your wrists, arms, and back, hence keeping asthma attacks at bay.

To know more about Purvottanasana and how to do it, click here: Purvottanasana

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7. Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

The ending pose for every yoga session, the Shavasana or the Corpse Pose gets its name as the pose requires you to stay immobile like a dead body. Shavasana can be practiced anytime during the day and not necessarily on an empty stomach if not preceded or succeeded by other asanas. Shavasana is a beginner level Ashtanga yoga asana. Stay in the pose for a couple of minutes till you feel completely relaxed.

Shavasana To Treat Asthma

Shavasana relaxes your entire body and mind and takes away any built-up anxiety or pressure. It brings you into a meditative state and completely refreshes you. The pose helps you to be calm and composed, which is essential to tackle asthma.

To know more about Shavasana and how to do it, click here: Shavasana

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Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Symptoms of asthma include chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.

Is asthma infectious?

No, asthma is not contagious.

What diet works best for an asthma patient?

Stay away from any food that triggers the symptoms of asthma.

Yoga helps you breathe better. Although breathing is a natural process, with yoga, it is possible to change your breathing pattern and habits for a more holistic breathing experience that will help you tackle your asthma problem effectively. Along with it, yoga has other physical and mental benefits, all working together in tandem to help you combat the asthma menace. Try the mentioned yoga poses and save yourself from pain. Have you ever considered Baba Ramdev yoga for asthma? How did it help you? Tell us by commenting below.