People think Yoga means always standing on your head or doing some pose. But the aim of yoga is to calm the mind. That's why it's called Integral Yoga, because we integrate everything; mind, body, and spirit.     ~Sri Swami Satchidananda

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Resources for Positivity, Cleansing, Protecting, and Ascending

October 22nd, 2012by Michelle Muttart

Here is a list of some of the sources that I use to help me keep a positive mind! The Internet is a wonderful resource that is easily accessible and full of great information.  Remember take what speaks to you and apply it, and forget the rest!

 

 

 

 

It’s important to keep our energy high by taking good care of our body, our mind, and our spirit.  In yoga we use the physical practice for our body along with what we eat and drink; what we watch on tv, read in books or online, and listen to on the radio all effect our mind; our spiritual studies, prayers, meditations, and rituals all keep us connected to our spiritual side.  In order to keep our all three vibrating optimally we should practice awareness and be sure that everything we absorb is of the highest vibration.   This includes healthy foods and positive reading, listening, and speaking.  What we take in we will become.

 

 

 

Above all it’s important to nurture yourself, take time for you, and go easy on yourself.  We are all children playing the game called life!

 

 

 

RESOURCES:

 

 

  • JOHN SMALLMAN,  a channeler,  he writes from different people who talk through him.  It’s a concept that may be new, but what he is saying is very positive and interesting.

 

 

johnsmallman.wordpress.com  This site he channels Saul who is thought to be an incarnation of St. Paul.

 

 

johnsmallman2.wordpress.com    This site he channels Jesus, which is really interesting.

 

 

  • Positive Thinking.  It has a lot of good info and explains a lot of the energy/spiritual side of our thinking process.

 

 

  • Lilou Mace is a great example of the power of positive thinking and manifestation.  She set out to meet Oprah in one year and made it happen! She realized the power of manifestation and creating your destiny and now her ‘co-creators’ donate for her to travel all over the world and interview cool people and place the interviews on youtube.  My dream job!!! 🙂

 

 

  • Beliefnet.com is a great site to read about anything spiritual.  My favorites are slideshows (there is one on Archangel Michael I read a lot) and quizzes ( try the one to tell you what faith you resonate with the most and then start exploring)

 

 

  • Caroline Myss is a great teacher.  This website deals with our Sacred Contract, which Caroline teaches we each come into the world with one.  Realizing our archetypes helps to better understand situations in our lives and how to better handle them, and can also help to guide us towards our true calling.

 

 

  • Positive Affirmations might remind you of Edward Smiley from SNL.  But it works!  It’s like taking a mantra and repeating everyday, all day, until it comes true.

 

 

 

  • I have also learned that our Angels our one of our best allies.   Archangel Michael and St. Germain both have wonderful tools for cleaning up ourselves and our relationships with others.  There are lots of resources to find a script that resonates with you personally, start with youtube. Sometimes other people literally “feed” on our energy, especially when we are caretakers and light workers.   It’s important to protect our own energy and lovingly separate our energy from people who “lean on our energy” instead of use their own.  A teacher once told me when I made a comment about being negative, she said, “Honey, there is nothing negative about you, you just got to keep the negative out of your energy field.  It’s so big it fills this whole room, so if someone negative comes in, there in your field.”  She taught me a technic to draw my energy in closer so I don’t feel invaded.   It was one of those invaluable lessons and I use it at least once a week!  Its called the Zipper.

 

 

 

 

Energy Clearing and Protection with Archangel Michael.

 

 

 

Energy Clearing, the Violet Flame, and releasing others from our energy field with St. Germain.

 

 

 

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  • Last but not least, YouTube! Such a wealth of positive videos, you can look up any of the above and find links to more interesting and helpful videos.  I watch at least one everyday.

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Transitioning into Fall and the Doshas

September 5th, 2012by Michelle Muttart

Hari Om,

 

The fall and winter months often prove to be more difficult to handle for some and for others they sail through what they’ll often refer to as their ‘favorite time of year’.  I fall into the first category often beginning to struggle sometime during the transition into fall.

 

For many years I wrestled with seasonal depression.  Of course, in my younger, more naïve years I’d visit my family physician and start taking an anti-depressant.  That never ended well.  Once yoga philosophy came into my life and I learned about Ayurveda I realized that what was actually happening was an imbalance in the elements that composed my body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the transition out of Summer (Pitta) and into Fall (Vata) began I would usually have more fire energy in my body but it didn’t take long to swoop right into having too much air, the result was feeling cold, restless, anxious, indecisive, my body hurt, my stomach would swing from constipation or dysentery, I would feel irritated and loose my temper, I’d overeat or not eat enough, and soon I would be sleeping too much causing fatigue and ultimately depression.

 

Through an analysis I learned that my body is made of a lot of air with ether (Vata), equal fire with water (Pitta), and a smaller amount of water with Earth (Kapha pronounced Ka-Pa).  More importantly, there were actions I could take to help improve how I felt.

 

What I now change or implement at the beginning of fall:

 

  • Eat warm foods like soup, stews, and casseroles
  • Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables especially rooted ones to help keep me grounded
  • Not eating frozen, processed foods, or cooling foods like melons, cucumbers, or grapes
  • Not using ice in my drinks and drinking more hot teas and warm water with lemon
  • Doing yoga everyday and meditating more often
  • Travelling to warmer climates whenever I can
  • Eliminating things that cause me to move at a hectic pace, doing less and nurturing myself more
  • Coconut oil massage and moisturizing with it daily, even eating it
  • Adding more omega 3 to my diet
  • Adding spices to my foods that help warm me from the inside out (in moderation)
  • Soaking in the sunlight whenever I can
  • Wearing warm clothing to ensure that I’m comfortable, opting for layers

 

 

 

Many things stimulate the Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  The saying is true; “Like attracts like,” and I am no different.  We all are naturally attracted to what speaks to us most, good or bad.  To further understand the Doshas, I’ll tell you a little more about how they work in my life.

 

My Vata expresses by:

 

  • Exploring mystical ideas
  • Creative pursuits
  • Having many pursuits
  • Being somewhat thin and of low weight
  • Having small teeth and eyes
  • Loving change and travel
  • Dry skin
  • Exploring spirituality
  • Loving warm weather and sunlight
  • Sensitivities to noise
  • Getting restless at times
  • Joints that pop often
  • Under stress my body hurts
  • Loving to counsel or teach

 

My Pitta expresses equally by:

 

  • Often striving for perfection
  • Sometimes having digestive issues
  • Having lots of moles
  • Having owned my own business
  • A slight athletic build
  • Having equal proportions
  • Color coordinating my closet
  • Working well under pressure
  • Sensitivities to heat
  • Loving be next to the lake or ocean
  • A love of learning
  • Getting irritated at times

 

My Kapha expresses too by:

 

  • Having blue eyes and blonde hair
  • Having softness physically (no six-pack here, Kapha is a voluptuous creature!)
  • Get melancholy at times
  • Allergies in the spring
  • Wanting to help others
  • Not liking to be rushed by others
  • Feeling a connection to nature
  • Sensitivities to smells
  • Cold, damp weather bothers me

 

You might see similar characteristics in each list and that in natural.  We are all made of all three Doshas; it’s the amount of each one that varies for the individual.  Once you realize what you are made of, you can learn to lean more to what really balances you and not just what feels best, because sometimes what seems right isn’t always.  Sometimes we have to look at the whole picture.

 

I realized that some of the things causing chaos for me were things that ‘society’ said were normal.  I pushed through for many years, but in yoga we are taught not to push but to look for the path of least resistance.   I found that I couldn’t participate in the normal and remain balanced.  I had to make some major lifestyle adjustments in order to honor my family and myself more.

 

One of the things I chose to do was to take my children out of public school and bring them home.  I realized several years ago that the change into the school year made the pace of which our family flowed turn into a type of stress vortex! Between the schedule, work, homework, and sports we were all tapped out by the end of the day and there was no time for any of us to nourish ourselves.  Sometimes it would be weeks before we had a chance to balance.

 

Not finding time for balance results in dis-ease; so some major changes had to be made.  The result has been rewarding.  It wasn’t easy, however, we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor now.  Each change we make brings us closer to where we need to be, a place of perfect health and peace.  A place where our spirit can remain connected with those closest to us, to others who need us, to ourselves, and most importantly, to our source.

 

Honor yourself this fall and make the changes big or small!

 

Namaste.

 

If you or a loved one are interested in having your own analysis, I will be scheduling appointments now through Oct. 1 for a discounted price of $55. Please see the services page for a detailed description.

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Water and Women: 3000 Sun Salutes for Clean Water

August 29th, 2012by Michelle Muttart

Last year my youngest son watched a survival show where a couple would put themselves in different situations to see what it would take to fill basic needs of shelter, food, and water.  They explored several techniques to clean their drinking water including boiling any water they could find if they had a fire source, evaporating salt water, and even pouring bleach into old collected water.

 

We live in a country where we are blessed to have water at our disposal pretty much whenever we want it and at any amount we want to use.  This is not the case for 884 million of our fellow Earthlings! Yes, over 3x the population of US is without a clean water source.

 

This article initially was going to be a piece on how neutralizing our bodies ph levels and that of our drinking water is important and took a turn as I was doing my research.  So foremost, let me suggest that you visit water.org.  It is an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for the have-nots.  It was at water.org that I learned that water and women go hand in hand.  Did you know that in most countries it is the women’s role to get water? That many women are put at extreme risks because of this? Well, the truth is staggering.

 

Women and Water

 

In fact, according to water.org women and girls have many plights because of this issue including:

 

  • Only relieving themselves once per day resulting in health related issues
  • Physical injury because of the heavy and prolonged lifting
  • Walking for miles and being put at risk for bodily harm including rape
  • Not being able to attend school or work
  • Paying exploiting prices for water
  • Receiving contaminated water that could result in death

 

So while I have a lot to say about our drinking water, and while it’s important to educate and take the best care of ourselves that we can; I feel that it’s even more important to give back to those that don’t even know water has a ph level.

 

3000 Sun Salutes for Clean Water

 

If you would like to join me, I am going to give to this organization.  A fellow yogi named Josh Schrei is undertaking a challenging task to raise funds for water.org to help provide clean water for impoverished families in India.  In early October Josh is heading to Southern India.  There he plans to do over 3000 sun salutations around the 8.5 mile base of the sacred Arunachala mountain. It’s a simple transaction of any amount you are comfortable with.  The company is registered with charitynavigator.com and received a high score. Below is their mission statement:

 

Water.org

Co-founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Water.org traces its roots back to the founding of WaterPartners in 1990. In July 2009, WaterPartners merged with H2O Africa, resulting in the launch of Water.org. Water.org works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Its microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative is pioneering sustainable giving in the sector. All of the projects Water.org supports are self-sustaining, with organizational and financial structures in place to allow communities to independently operate and maintain them. Projects have an active water committee governing the operation of the water system, and users paying a water bill to cover the costs of operating and maintaining the water system.

 

You can visit (http://give.water.org/f/sunsalutes/#) for more info or to donate to Josh today.

 

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The Power and Benefits of Juicing

July 12th, 2012by Michelle Muttart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently purchased a juicer and love it! A couple weeks ago I watched a documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  It is the story of an overweight Australian man using juicing to lose upwards of 150lbs and the health benefits that he encountered along the way.

 

He travelled through the US talking to many people about food.  Along the way he met another man with a similar story to whom he offered his help when he was ready to make a change.  Some six months later this man calls and is in dire health and severely overweight, the Australian man, flies back to the US and gets his new friend started on juicing, continuing to document his progress.

 

What starts out as a 10-day cleanse turns in to 30, then to a full 60 days of consuming nothing but juice!  Of course, doctors for the full length of their 60-day process monitored both men and the results were impressive.  So much so that the American man has also dedicated his life to educating others.

 

I was inspired to start juicing….

 

I wasn’t drawn to juicing for weight loss, but what interested me were the health benefits.  The fact that I could more than double my intake of healthy raw foods and thereby significantly increase my nutrients and vitamin intake intrigued me.

 

While I haven’t committed to do a cleanse at this time, I have been juicing at least once per day for the past 2 weeks, mostly in the morning, and adding vegetables to those juices.  I have found recipes online and try the ones that sound tasty; I have even tried beet juice and loved it!

 

There are many juicers to suit different lifestyles and budgets.  I picked up my juicer at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $99.  There are options available that range from $20-$500.  Some juicers use a blade and some are juice pressers.  It’s really about what works for you and how much you want to commit to.

 

Some additional reasons to juice…

 

I have a saying, “Being healthy is going to cost you either way, you can pay now or you can pay the doctors later.” Meaning it is up to us to take care of our own health. Juicing one glass is about $2.50, organic will naturally cost more.  I pick up as much locally grown fruits and vegetables as I can, and if you have a garden or fruit bearing trees this is a great way to reduce waste.  You can even use the pulp to add to pies, quiche, make feezer pops, or compost it.

 

Most fruit juices on the market have added sugar or corn syrup, most vegetable juices have added sodium.  A lot of these juices are also frozen concentrates or heated through the pasteurizing process required by the FDA. Basically, you know what you are ingesting and the preparation process.

 

Studies have shown that the absorption rate and amount of nutrients of juiced foods vs. eating them raw is substantially increased. According to Stanford University, “1 cup of carrot or celery juice provides most of the same nutrients found in 5 cups of those same vegetables chopped up.”

 

Other considerations…

 

Juicing in moderation is great, however juice-fasting is not for everyone and should be monitored by a health-care professional especially if there are any health related issues already in play.  For instance, a lot of the fruit juice is high in natural sugar, which needs to be considered for someone diabetic.

 

It’s important not to only drink juice.  We have to drink water.  Hydration is #1.  The standard for water consumption is half your body weight in ounces.  So, if you weigh 140lbs. you would consume 70oz. of water per day.  (I will be writing soon on the benefits of consuming PH balanced water.)

 

Juicing cannot be a replacement to eating fruits and vegetables, which are high in fiber.  It’s important to diversify and continue to eat different sources of nutrients and fiber for balance and optimal nutrition.

 

 

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Yoga Class begins this week!

May 20th, 2012by Michelle Muttart

 

 

Namaste!

 

 

 

 

I am happy to announce that I will be teaching at class starting this Tuesday at 9:30 am in the studio at 436 Peppers Ferry Rd. in Christiansburg.  This will be a weekly yoga class for all levels. Class will be provided for a suggested donation of $10.  However, if you still have classes in a package with Omkarra they will be accepted for this class.

 

I hope that everyone is doing well and continuing with practice.  I know that it is difficult at times and this is true even for me!  The boys and I have continued to adjust to homeshcool life and we are making strides in the direction of following our heart and our path.  My oldest son will graduate from high school in a couple weeks, so my life really hasn’t slowed too much.

 

I have missed everyone’s company and conversation tremendously and miss teaching classes so I am excited to get back on the mat this week!  Hope to see you there!

 

 

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