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The LBC Yoga Mala: Benefit to Stop Sex Trafficking this Saturday!

I am honored to announce that this Saturday, I will be partaking in the Long Beach, “Off the Mat and into the World” Fundraiser to stop sex trafficking.

The 108 Sun Salutations is a similar concept to running a marathon for example in order to raise money for a good cause. Except that we are doing it Yoga Stylee!

I wanted to share an article I found on a website called www.everythinglongbeach.com. It will give you more information about what is going to happen this weekend:

*In most cases of sex trafficking, young girls, and even young boys are forced into slave labor at a very young age. Most girls haven’t even started their cycles. (Believe it or not, some are even as young as 4 years old) Usually forced means that a family member has sold off their daughter due to a family debt of some sort, in which the enslaved will never be able to pay back. These young girls endure torture,violence, and are most likely traumatized for the rest of their lives.

Could you put yourself in someone else shoes for a moment and even begin to imagine what the rest of your life would be like to survive something like this?
This particular type of sex trafficking may not be something that most people in the West are faced with day to day, but it is happening in different parts of the world, and it is a reality for many. And if you open your eyes you might even find that this kind of abuse is happening here in different manifestations of violence and greed.

I truly believe that when our planet is suffering, in some way we suffer too. How can WE live in peace knowing that there are other beings suffering out there?

There are many ways that we can contribute to making this planet a more peaceful place to live in. Practicing Yoga is great. We feel good inside and other people can sense that, and it makes them feel good too. Why don’t we take that to another level and reach even more people?!
We practice and work out “shit” on the mat, so that when we get out there into the real world, we can put everything into perspective, right?! Being peaceful and happy doesn’t mean much if we’re not sharing the joy.

And many times we often forget that we are all connected, and that an action and even a thought alone creates a ripple effect that will affect someone or something on this planet.

As a conscious human being, I believe that we have a responsibility to help make this planet a better place for all of us to live on. Ultimately we are here together. Let us each do our part, whether its joining a fundraiser, or practicing Yoga, planting a garden, creating community etc. Never underestimate the power within to create positive change, and to make our dreams and desires into a reality. We have come here to this earthly existence to do exactly that, and this is the perfect place where it all happens!!

I look forward to seeing some of you at the 108 Sun Salutation Fundraiser this weekend!

*May all beings suffer less, and may we all be at peace. May in some way our own thoughts, words, and actions contribute to the happiness and freedom for all beings.

Lokah Samstha Sukhino Bhavatu
Hari Om

October 24, 2012 0 Comments
breath and moon

Breathing in calm, Breathing out peace

I have been putting off going to the dentist for the past 2 years, hoping my teeth would get better. It never really got worse, but I knew that there would come a time when I would have to face this huge fear of mine. I am not a very big fan of the dentist, and never really have been. It freaks my out, and even thinking about it will give me a panic attack!

Soon I knew it was time, and so about a month ago I made an appointment with a highly recommended dentist in Tijuana. I was not happy with the idea of driving for 2 hours down south and 2 hours back up, nor waiting in the ridiculous line trying to get back to USA( sometimes you will wait up to 3 hours), but I decided to do it anyways.

So here I am laying in bed with my heart racing and breath speeding up, as I visualize my visit with the dentist. It’s nerve wrecking and it doesn’t do me any good to think about something that hasn’t even occurred…I stopped that old habit with other fearful challenges in my life, why can’t I do that with this? And so I did just that! I stopped thinking about it and decided that I am going to go calm and collected and that everything was going to be alright! Setting that intention alone changed the way I viewed what was going to occur and it didn’t frighten me anymore. *Intentions, I’m telling you, is Power~FULL stuff!

So, on top of having to go to the dentist, the drive and all that is really a full day mission. It’s not easy on the body physically to sit in a car and stand like that all day, but mentally, that’s a whole ‘nother story! And even though it can get really stressful “waiting” all day it seems, I am so grateful to Yoga and Ayurveda for teaching me how to keep me cool, even in the midst of chaos.

How do I do this? I was thinking about it (most likely on the drive down South), and what it comes down to is PREVENTION. It starts with my every day to day mind~fullness practices that keep me centered. The short term effects are great, but I know that it is the long term consistency in my practices that keep me balanced overall.
Then the day before going to dentist: I make sure I have work and my personal life taken care of so I won’t have to worry about them while I am away. I make my kitcheree in the morning and put it in a thermos so when I get back from the dentist I have something nourishing for my body. I also go through my Yogic and Ayurvedic routine so that I am grounded for my full day trip.
Even as I drive, or the walk to Tijuana, I work on staying aware of my breath and how I am holding my posture even as I sit in the dentists office. If I start to feel anxious I’ll stretch out a little bit and calm my breath.
The other day I was there for a root canal and I found myself chanting mantras to keep my cool.

It’s very refreshing to know that I have tools to reach for when I need them. Lately I have noticed that something that may have caused me much anxiety and stress in the past, does not bother me like it used to. Or with these “acute” situations, I notice that they are easier to “take care” of.

So even though I dread going to the dentist mainly because it takes up so much of my time, the fear of going has lost its grip on me. *Goddess bless those who fear the unknown*

Tryambakam mantra( ancient vedic chant) to help dispel fear and suffering:

Om Tryambakam yajamhe
Sugndhim pushti vardhanam
Urdhva rukamiva bhandahnan
mrityor mukshiya mamritat

October 21, 2012 0 Comments
windy trees

Change is in the air

Change is in the air, yes indeed!! The weather is slowly shifting, everyone is starting their new routines going back to school, people are going from vacation mode to work mode, and then soon enough before you even realize it: jingle jangle, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!! Whew, that happened fast!

I’ve noticed in others, as well as myself this resistance within me to this change, especially the weather change. I’ll admit this summer was HOT and sometimes unbearable, but I thrive in the heat. Those of you that know me, know that I really despise the cold. Sure you get to wear cute sweaters and have nice indoor gatherings with people you love, and eat warm yummy food… I know, its got its perks! But When it gets dark and cold, and my bones start to ache, I feel anxious and depressed. And with all the holidays and pressures to buy buy buy! This can become overwhelming, which can eventually shut down and exhaust our nervous system. I’m sure some of you know what I mean, right?!

Our culture and society, unfortunately doesn’t offer us many answers to coping with these changes and transitions of the seasons. Thank goodness to all the information out there now from other cultures and traditions of healing medicine that provide the necessary tools to staying balanced and healthy!

*According to Ayurveda, we are entering the season on Vata, which is primarily dominated by the air and ether quality. The qualities of these elements and of the season, are light, dry, rough, mobile, and cold. You’ll start to notice in your physical body that your skin and hair are dryer, some of you may even notice a shift in digestion. In the mind, many of you may feel more spacey, and not as grounded.

So I wanted to give everyone some basic tools that will help you to transition with more ease and softness during these changing times! You’ll notice that some are very natural to you already! Enjoy!

Here are some basic tips:

*Stay Warm, and expose yourself to less cold and wind!

*Daily body massage with warm sesame oil. Keeps circulation going and brings warmth to body and heart!

*Make sure you get enough sunlight. Naturally as we are exposed to less sunlight, seratonin levels go down and we may naturally experience more sadness. Also studies are showing that low levels of Vit D are the cause of many chronic diseases. If you are not getting enough Vit D and sunlight, you might consider taking supplements.

*Eat Vata pacifying foods. Placing more of an emphasis on the tastes sweet, salty, and sour. Root veggies are warming, and grains are also warming and grounding.

*Eat warm foods. When it is cold out, it is important to nourish the body with warmness. The warmth will make you feel more grounded and stable. *Visualize yourself running errands all day in the cold, and then coming home and eating a warm bowl of soup and veggies with ghee and warm seasoning. How does that make you feel? Now visualize yourself running errands and shopping around in the cold, and coming home to eat a cold, raw, veggie salad? How do you feel?

*Drink warming teas such as ginger, cinnamon, and chai! These will also help with digestion and building agni.

* Do activities that create stability in mind and body. Whether that’s Yoga, meditating, walking, reading a book, breathing. Focus your attention on what you are doing and be fully present in those actions. This will help you to stay calm and focused longer in all your other endeavors!

Enjoy!!
Jennyogini

October 3, 2012 4 Comments
ayur detox

My week of detoxing…

So I have officially started my kitcheree cleanse, and today is Day 1. I have been very resistant this last week regarding the cleanse, but I know that I need it. My body is telling me its time…Plus there are many added benefits! Why wouldn’t I? Here are a few of them:

– Eliminates toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind
– Restores your constitutional balance improving health and wellness
– Strengthens your immune system so that you become more resistant to illness
– Reverses the negative effects of stress on your body and mind, thereby slowing the aging process
– Enhances your strength, energy, vitality, confidence, and mental clarity
– Helps you to reset old diet and lifestyle patterns so that you can create newer and healthier ones.
– Provides a great time to go inwards and slow down.

It’s strange, I’ve never had eczema in my life, until last year in December I started itching…the itching got worse and spread all over my upper back from my neck! In my moments of itchiness, I could understand how all my other itchy eczema friends were going through… Hell!

So then in the spring early this year I did a kitcheree cleanse for 7 days or so, and by the end of it more than half the eczema cleared up! But the moment I started to introduce regular food, the eczema started to spread once again! So I took some herbs and started juicing like every day! And within a couple months the eczema went away! Completely that is!

But then with all this heat and God knows what other nonsense, the darn itch came back!!! So this is actually a great time for me to start this cleanse! I am actually looking forward to it now! I guess a lot of the resistance had to do with knowing that there is change coming in my diet and lifestyle, and of course that is absolutely normal. Now that I have surrendered to the fact that I am doing this, All is well!! So far that is…

Stay posted for more adventures with Kitcheree and Jenny this week!!

xoxoxo!

October 2, 2012 0 Comments