Celebrating Transitions

 

Namaste,

Today I feel like celebrating.

It’s not something we do very often, experience pure awakened celebration.  At least I don’t. I am great with daily practice of gratitudes, meditation, and heart centred sadhana, but there is something different about the feeling of pure unadulterated celebration, basking in the beauty of what is around us, and experiencing the essence of that beauty and energy. Today I celebrate the sunshine on my face, the freshness of the air (it smells like an early spring here on Vancouver Island, and the sweetness, and strength of my body.  It feels good to just relish these things, to feel them bright and open in the moment.  Today I celebrate.  It feels good.

 


Transitions

I also wanted to share a little bit about transition.  I don’t know about you, but my life has been full of transition these past few months.  In fact there is so much that is moving, or being put into place to move, yet things have also been at a standstill, with no apparent growth at all. It has been an interesting space to be, knowing that big changes are happening and feeling them on both an internal and external level, yet being in a space of surrender to the timing of the universe, waiting for it to offer the first wave of exalted movement.

As I sit with this, I sense that part of this holding period that many of us are in is the beginning of great change. As we have been marinating in the space of stillness, the layers have been shed and the new beginnings are calling us forth.  Yet it has been winter, and in alignment with the elemental energy, it really hasn’t been time to move, to take big steps.  Like seeds we are being held in a space of suspension until the light calls us forth. We have been feeling the need for jumping in, for flowing in the waves of change we sense on such a big level, yet the internal work has been so important and we have needed this stillness to fully occur.

A reminder to myself that instead of me moving outwardly, or waiting for the right time and place to arrive on my timeline, that the gift of this “stalled” transition has been exactly as it needs to be. And as the wheel turns, as spring comes, the sunshine and rain can nourish and water us, propelling us forward ready and excited to make the steps into what is to come. A reminder of surrender, allowing, deep rest and overall immense trust in the life we are here to live.

 


Recipe- My Favourite Dal

This is one of my favourite recipes. It’s light, yet nourishing and incredibly tasty.  I never get tired of the mix of coconut and lime.  As we start to head into Kapha session the lentils bring a lightness, the pepper a spiciness to bring balance, yet there is still a feeling of grounded sweetness in this beautiful and sacred simple dish.

Dal

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 3.5 cup water
  • 2 Tbs Ghee (or olive oil)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 tsp grated or chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 Roma tomato finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbs dry unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 4 Tbs cilantro

Wash the lentils in 3 changes of water. Place the lentils and water in a medium sized pot and bring to a boil. Skim the froth as it rises to the surface and discard. Cook on medium heat til the lentils are soft and fully cooked, about 15 minutes.  While the lentils are cooking in a small pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds and allow them to pop. Next add the cumin seeds and ginger and sauce about 45 seconds. Add the hing and turmeric and saute for 10 seconds. Add this to the cooked dal along with salt and pepper.  Bring the dal to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add cilantro, coconut and lime juice and serve hot.

From Happy Belly, Happy Soul a guide to Vedic Cooking- by Aparna Khanolkar

 


Upcoming Events

Looking ahead the next few months there are some amazing opportunities for expansion and growth.  If you feel called to join into any of them, I would love to have you with us.  In group work, I am always reminded of its power, in community we reflect the energy and multiply it 10 fold (or more), an as we embrace the light together- there is nothing we can do but to shine.

 


Healing Light Yoga- Nourishing Your Sacred Self

A Six Week Journey Into The Awakened Heart

Starting Saturday, February 2, 2019.

8:00-9:30 PST/11-12:30 EST.

$108 USD + tax

Online Via Zoom

All classes are recorded if you can’t be there live.

Register Here-

We invite you to join us for this beautiful journey into the awakened heart.

This course offers a powerful opportunity to awaken to the innate joy and sweetness of your being. In connecting to and nourishing our sacred heart centre we can expand into the awakened heart. In this journey will will embrace both the lightness and the darkness, connect with deep nourishment, and sacred ancient practices, honouring what is held in our anahata chakra.

We will also open to your own potential to heal and to connect with your subtle energy body. We will embrace and work with the cellular, emotional and energetic layers, opening the doors to a clear and potent awareness. At the same time you will explore and experience a deepening of your intuition and expanded self.

Enjoy this video that shares more with you about this upcoming journey-

 


The Elemental Woman

Tuesday Feb 19- Tuesday March 29

4:30-5:30 PST/ 7:30-8:30 EST

$99 USD per person

$150 USD for two- We believe that it’s even more powerful and exciting to share in the journey with someone else, so we invite you to come with a friend and to save $25 a person.

Aparna Khanolkar and I are excited to be sharing another sweet and powerful offering for you all.

Nature is the first Mother – the life-giver. Through fire, water, earth, space and air, she creates us. So many of us have lost connection to this powerful nourishment that is all around and within us.

Having lost connection to her, we have forgotten the glory of creation itself and move through life in a hypnotic, robotic state of emptiness and sadness. Yet when we sit quietly by a flowing river or gaze at a campfire, something is soothed inside us.

Join Aparna and Asrael as they share ancient rituals to re-align with the Panch mhabhutas or five great elements – the very foundational blocks of life.

One hour once a week for each element. Practical, spiritual and beautiful!

Link for more information:
http://blessedfeminine.com/the-elemental-woman/

A FIVE-WEEK CIRCLE FOR WOMEN, WHERE WE WILL CONNECT WITH THE POWER OF THE ELEMENTS AND ACTIVATE THEM IN OUR BODIES FOR GREATER PEACE, ENERGY, DIGESTION, FLOW AND STABILITY IN OUR LIVES.

LET’S TUNE IN TOGETHER.

 


Introduction To Ayurveda

Saturday, February 9 at Harmony Yoga

1-4 pm

$60 + GST

Are you interested in connecting with true health and wellness for your unique body and being? Do you feel that your life would benefit from whole body/mind/spirit connection? Are you drawn to yoga or an inner spiritual practice?

Ayurveda holds the key to all of this and more. The wisdom of this ancient practice unlocks the doorway to our true potential of vibrant energy, emotional flow, and connected consciousness. In this workshop, we will explore the nature of this ancient healing system and leave with the tools to begin to integrate it into our daily lives.

We will discover:
– The three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha: discover your “type” and learn how you can bring balance to your own unique constitution.
– Daily practices that support health and harmony in your being.
– The importance of consciousness, subtle energy, and emotional flow to our physical health and well-being.

Register Here-


Awakening Into The Energy Body

Saturday March 2 at Harmony Yoga

1-4 pm

$60 +GST

“Open into the power of your subtle energy body. Awaken to your true nature.”
 
This workshop offers a powerful opportunity to tune into and to connect with your subtle energy body. In a gentle and connected space we will open the doors to a clear and potent awareness of embodied consciousness. At the same time you will explore and experience a deepening of your intuition and expanded self.
In this class we will explore:

The Chakras – Connecting with each one, understanding their purpose, and the relationship they have to our entire being.

The Koshas – Gaining insight into all of the different layers of our being from the Atman (Bliss Consciousness) to the Annamaya (physical).

Healing – Learning practices to both clear and balance the being, enlightening the chakras and the auric body.

Yoga Asanas, Mudras and Pranayama for the Chakras – Learning the Healing Breath and creating flow in different energetic areas of the body. We will learn about mantras and mudras that can help to balance the chakras.

 


Monthly Online Moon Circles

Monday, February 4
6-7 pm PST/ 9-10 pm EST
By Donation

We are so enjoying our monthly Moon Circles.  WE have been so blessed to have such wonderful women join us from all over the continent. These circles are monthly gatherings of community, ritual and awakening. We host them on a site that has a forum that we use as an altar for intention setting and sharing, as well as a place of connecting with our community. We meet every month close to or on the New Moon.

By donation. All are welcome. Let’s go deep into the stillness and womb of consciousness, creating together in sublime energies.

Join Here


 

Thank you all so much for your presence in my life- however big or small.

I wish you a beautiful and wonderful day- and look forward to sharing with you again soon!

In light and love

Asrael

Being- Recognizing The Light We Are

 

 

Namaste

I have been thinking a lot about being.  It’s something we do naturally. In fact it is the essential truth of who we are. We don’t do being. It just is. Yet it’s so hard to embrace sometimes. It’s so much easier to think that we have to do more. That we have to create action or be in action to be worthy, or to get things done. In our culture, our nervous systems are so frazzled that it’s easy to keep running this story and this energy.  This makes sense, when the nervous system isn’t settled how can we be?

It’s wonderful to have desires, to want to be of service, to connect with a purpose that calls us.  Yet at the same time, it can sometimes pull us out of the truth of our lives and our connection with nature. We overwork, overdo, and keep going past the point of what is nourishing. Fatigue and exhaustion are common imbalances in our Vata/Pitta aggravated society. In reality our nervous systems are in hyper overdrive from doing. I believe the root cause of this imbalance, is our disconnection with honouring our true innate power.  The power that we hold just in being.

 

 

I notice that the more that I settle in, the more ease there is in creating. The more I let go, the more flow there is in abundance. The more I AM, instead of do, the more pleasure I have being of service.  But it takes practice to “be”. Remembering that I can stop for my second meditation of the day, letting the dishes sit for a few hours, or even just taking the day off from emails, and paperwork.  Just a soft shift in perception, by giving ourselves the permission to stop, we can remember how in ourselves we are perfect, just in who we are.

Are you noticing these patterns? This undercurrent of overdoing?

A simple way to start to shift this energy, is to slow down and pay attention. Set a little alarm to go off a few times a day, and when it does, stop, take a breath, look around you, feel your body, and notice how you feel.  Often that is enough of a gentle reminder to shift something, even for a moment. And of course, time for yourself in a regular Ayurvedic Dinacharaya (Practice), and taking time in your day for meditation, yoga, dance, nature or any other practice that reminds you to tune in and connect, will support the flow and ease of “Be- ing”.

 


Nourishing Your Sacred Fire

I was inspired to create a short guided meditation on nourishing our centre of being- the sacred space of our essential divine worth, The Manipura Chakra. It’s a beautiful practice, one where we light our own sacred fire- connection with essential flame of our being. Enjoy.


Moon Temple

December Moon Circle

Monday, December 3

6-7 pm PST/ 9-10 pm EST

By Donation

Cycles, Rhythms, Nature, Consciousness, Exploration Of The Divine Within The Human Via The New Moon. November 5 – Worldwide on Zoom, with Aparna and Asrael. (Aparna is in Mother India, so will be joining us this month in spirit- and by a video recording greeting:) 

It’s time for a sacred Moon Temple- I would love for you join me this coming Monday December 3, for another beautiful Monthly Moon Circle. These circles are monthly gatherings of community, ritual and awakening. They are hosted on a site that has a forum that we will use as an altar for intention setting and sharing, as well as a place of connecting with our community.

By donation. All are welcome. Let’s go deep into the stillness and womb of consciousness, creating together in sublime energies.

Join Here


Thank you all for reading, and for being!

I so appreciate you-

Asrael

The Sacred Temples We Call Home


Namaste Dear Friends,

I have been thinking a lot about embodiment lately, not just in the “spiritual” sense, but about how it feels to be in physical form.  It’s not a new theme for me, it is something that is present in every moment.  As I live in this body every day, I can’t help but be aware of my connection to it and its place in my life.  In Ayurveda, the body is an ever present reminder of our reflection of spirit here on earth,  a manifestation of consciousness through the cells.  In my yoga classes, I often refer to our bodies as a sacred temple, a place that we have chosen to live in, and to support us on this earthly plane.

So the question I have been with over time is: Why are we so harsh to our bodies? So judgemental?  Why do we push them so much at times to keep them going when they are tired or want rest? And where do we get the idea that our physical form should be different from what it is?  Stronger, softer, sleeker, (you get the idea).  Where do we get the idea that we are not perfect exactly as we are?

I think as a culture, or perhaps even as a species, we over identify with these beliefs that if only our body was different then we would be happy. This identification constantly pulls us into the dream state of being separate, or not enough.  Even when we have pain, discomfort, or illness in our body, it is our home.  How do we care for our home? Usually with love, and attention.  What would it be like to give that same attention and energy to our bones, muscles, bellies, hair, all parts of us?

These past few years, I have made a focused intention to bring more love and gratitude to the form that I am in. Every day I wake up grateful for the strength of my body, for the support of it, for its health, and for getting me this far.  When there is pain, or discomfort, I ask-What are you trying to share with me? What do you need?  And then I listen. It has been almost 44 years on this planet, and my vehicle for the most part has served me very well.  I still have my underlying story that will pop up from time to time, the “not good enough” one, but in general I have enjoyed taking time honouring the parts of me that are in my perception weaker, or squishier, or tighter, or more brittle.  As I age, grow and change I can wonder at the transformations in my outer self- and know it is part of the beautiful gift of being alive, here on earth.

I find that daily practices support this connection with the truth of my innate beauty; Yoga, Chi Kung, Meditation.  Perhaps the most powerful ways of honouring my self is, just touching my body, in my daily self massage practice. I also love placing my hands on my belly and feeling its softness and space, letting them rest there and holding this creative space of my being (male or female this is the space of our creative womb, the water essence, emotions, and the seat in many ways of our consciousness).

I thought I would share a video with you-Gentle Body awareness with our belly (the seat of our 2nd chakra).  Soft massage, and hip circles.  Short, sweet yet very nourishing. I hope you enjoy, and I invite you to take time to truly open to and honour the magic of your form in this world.  You ARE BEAUTIFUL, just the way you were made, in every moment, at every age, and for eternity.


Upcoming Events


Healing Light Yoga-Awakening Into The Energy Body-Starts This Saturday!

A Six Week Journey Into The Essence Of Your Being

Starting Saturday, November 3.

8:00-9:30 am PST/11-12:30 am EST.

$108 USD + tax

Online Via Zoom

All classes are recorded if you can’t be there live.

Register Here-

 It’s time to awaken to your pure potential.

In this powerful and awakening 6 week series we will open the doors to our expanded truth, and connect with our innate power to heal body/mind/emotion/spirit. This is an opportunity to experience deep surrender, great opening, and to deepen our awareness of the energy body.
Live Online- And All Classes are recorded in case you can’t be present. There is also a beautiful community forum for questions and sharing.

If you have any questions about the course, or this modality at all please don’t hesitate to connect. I would love to share with you.

More Information and Registration Here

And if you are interested in what Healing Light Yoga is, I invite you to watch this short video.  It may inspire you to find out more.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

 


NEW- Monthly Moon Circles

Monday, November 5

6-7 pm PST/ 9-10 pm EST

By Donation

 Cycles, Rhythms, Nature, Consciousness, Exploration Of The Divine Within The Human Via The New Moon. November 5 – Worldwide on Zoom, with Aparna and Asrael.

It’s time for a sacred Moon Temple- My colleague, Aparna Khanolkar and I would love for you join us this coming Monday November 5 for our first Monthly Moon Circle. Our intention is for these circles to be monthly gatherings of community, ritual and awakening. They are hosted on a site that has a forum that we will use as an altar for intention setting and sharing, as well as a place of connecting with our community.

By donation. All are welcome. Let’s go deep into the stillness and womb of consciousness, creating together in sublime energies.

Join Here


 

Thank all again so much for your time, your sharing and being part of my community.

In light and love

Asrael

Autumn Reflections


Namaste Beautiful Beings Of Light,

I hope you are well.

I thought I would share a bit about what was going on in my world these past few weeks. The seasons are changing and as we begin our transition into darker nights, cooler temperatures and a more inward cycle of being it’s a potent reminder to remember that life is beautiful in all its shades.

Gratitude- The sun has been shining beautifully, it’s been golden and warm during the days, and crisp and clear at night. Grateful for this nourishing light before the west coast winter begins. Grateful for my garden and it’s bounty. Grateful for the earth and it’s never-ending support.

Transitions- Chela, my sweet, orange lion is in the midst of crossing over- transitioning back to the stars. It’s been interesting to hold space for him, to just give love and nourishment, and to accept it is his time (could be today- could be a week from now). His big beautiful heart has given so much, that it is running out of energy. Witnessing his slow movement, his deep rest, and his purrs and trusting he will go when he is ready (or let us know if he needs help). Lots of emotion of course.. pure, alive and intense at times.. But most of all deep, deep love.

Inspiration- Subtle, yet sweet- listening to the energy that wants to flow through me. Feeling its invitation and opening to it’s movement, and creative flow. Interested to know how it will express itself into the world

Rest- the need for deep rest, as the days shorten noticing my bedtime gets earlier and earlier. Allowing myself to lie down, to surrender and to go inward. My meditation practices too- so valuable and needed now.

How are you?


Recipe

It’s been a while since I shared a recipe- And autumn is a beautiful time to do so.  The time of year to dive deep into a warm bowl of soup or stew, to luxuriate in tender, well cooked vegetables, to eat something that feels like a nourishing, supportive hug.

Savory Pumpkin/Winter Squash Vegetable

A recipe from- Chef Mosa at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts

Serves 5

Ingredients

5 cups of pumpkin or winter squash of your choice, peeled and chopped into 1- to 2-inch cubes (feel free to add in carrots, Brussels sprouts, or any other local fall vegetable)
1½ tbsp. ghee
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 to 4 bay leaves
2 Tbsp. grated ginger (fresh)
¼ tsp. asafoetida
½ tsp. turmeric
¼ tsp. gharam masala
½ tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. brown sugar

Directions

Steam pumpkin cubes for 20 minutes.
In a saucepan over medium flame, heat ghee until hot and add cumin seeds.
When cumin seeds are brown — stirring constantly — add ginger, bay leaves, asafoetida, and (last) add turmeric and gharam masala.
Add steamed pumpkin, stir, and cook for 5 minutes.
Add salt, coriander powder, and sugar.
Stir well, and then cover for 5 minutes.
Remove from flame and serve.

 

Enjoy

 


Healing Light Yoga- Awakening Into The Energy Body

A Six Week Journey Into The Essence Of Your Being

Starting Saturday, November 3.

8:00-9:30 PST/11-12:30 EST.

$108 USD + tax

Online Via Zoom

All classes are recorded if you can’t be there live.

Register Here-

As many of you know I love to embrace healing on the very energetic level of being. In life we are so much more than the body (although the body is an essential part of our experience here on earth).  I also believe that if we can come into greater connection with our own ability to heal and connect with all parts of ourselves, that we can truly expand in our health, our wellbeing, and our light.

Healing Light Yoga is a beautiful and powerful consciousness based modality,  that taps into our full potential of healing- body, mind and spirit.  In this upcoming series, we will be embracing the energy body and opening to the deep and subtle flows, awakening to the power with in.  I would love for you to join me.

More Information Here

 


Thank You Again for your time, and presence in my life

Wishing you all a most beautiful and wonderful day,

Asrael

 

 

 

 

Gratitude

Gratitude

One of the keys to connecting with the inherent light of our being.

What are you grateful for today?

 

 

I am thankful for so much. Both the things that fill me with joy, and the things that challenge me. Thankful for my friends, family and community, and grateful for my pets and for the work I am supported to share. I am grateful for my teachers, and for my home. I am especially grateful for the earth, and all the nature in it. Plants, Animals, Minerals, Wind, Air, Rain and all the way it comes up. And I am grateful for all that that challenges me, that allows me to grow, the things that I may not understand or like. I am grateful for these more difficult things both that well up inside of me and outside of me. I am grateful for the experiences. I am grateful for being here at this powerful and crazy time.. I am grateful for so much more than I can express here. I am so grateful….