Full Moon Blessings

Namaste,

Happy Summer.

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful and nourishing July.

I love summertime. There is something about the longer days, and bright sky that just nourishes my soul and being.  Somehow it’s easier for me to slow down, take rest and enjoy.  It’s like nature resets my nervous system and reminds me its ok to play and get out in nature, which I do often, taking time enjoying the local rivers, and forests.

How do you nourish yourself at this time of year?


Full Moon Blessings

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Full Moon, and to encourage you to take time to slow down and really enjoy whatever your truth may be today. We have been in between 2 eclipses, a solar eclipse on July 2 and a lunar eclipse today.  This is always an interesting time, as the eclipses can bring to light what has been hidden and wanting to come into the light.  In our culture we are so used to a quest for happiness, and peace that we don’t always connect with the essential energy of love that is always present. We also don’t take time to fully receive the wisdom that is constantly being shared to us from the natural intelligence of our bodies and beings. I invite you to take some time today to tune in and reflect on how you are feeling, and what you might be experiencing in the multi dimensional level of your senses.  Give yourself permission to connect with what may be there and ask for a message or a symbol of its purpose. If we listen and pay attention, we are often gifted with a key to exactly what we may need to support us on our path to remembering our natural state of wholeness.  Celebrate who and what you are, and celebrate the fullness of the light of this moon, as a reflection of the light of yourself.

It is also the Full Moon of Guru Purnima, a day for honouring our teachers (celebrated yesterday in India), I want to take time to honour my mentor, and dear friend Dr. Paul Dugliss, for all he has brought to the world and to my life.  I also want to honour all of my Yoga Teachers, Chi Kung Teachers, my clients and all the beings in my community who offer me so much wisdom in their teachings, connections and reflections.  With all of you in my life, I continue to grow.  Thank You


Recipe- Mint Cilantro Rice

Today I was inspired to share a favourite recipe from one of my favourite cookbook authors, Aparna Khanolkar’s Happy Belly Cookbook.  It’s a perfect mix for summer: sweet basmati rice, summer vegetables, and fresh herbs to support digestion.  I didn’t have green beans so substituted zucchini, and added in a sweet red pepper as well.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

Mint- Cilantro Rice With Cashews And Vegetables

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbs oil or ghee
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger grated
  • 10 whole cashews
  • 15 green beans trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 small head of cauliflower
  • 1 medium carrot sliced thinly
  • 1/2 tsp salt

In a blender mix and blend to a fine paste

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp pepper.

Directions

Wash and rinse the rice well. Mix with water and salt in saucepan, bring to a boil and cover. Let cook on low for 15 minutes, then leave covered without opening for 5.  In a large skillet heat the oil on medium  and add the whole spices. Saute for 45 seconds or until the cumin starts to brown and smell toasted (do not overcook). Add the onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric and cook for about 6 minutes, until the onions are translucent.  Then add the cashews and continue to cook for 2 minutes.  Turn the heat up to high, add the veggies and cook about 4 minutes, stirring. Add the mint/cilantro mix and continue to cook and stir until the water is dissolved. Mix with the rice and enjoy.


Heart Based Meditation Initiation- This Weekend- By Donation To Charity

Learn To Meditate

Connecting with the Heart and Expanding Consciousness
With Asrael Zemenick and Nisha Bansal

July 19 5:30-6:30 PST

July 20 5:30-6:30 PST

Online Worldwide Via Zoom

By donation to- a charity to be announced soon.

More Information and Register Here

 


Pranic Healing Training- A Course In Energetic Mastery

I am so excited and honoured to be sharing this course once again,  through New World Ayurveda. This is a powerful opportunity to grow both in your own personal light and awareness, while learning tools to support others in their path of healing and awakening.  In this course we work with sacred and powerful practices including Mantra, Mudra, Pranayama, Healing Light Yoga, as well as exploring and experiencing  the chakras through deep and powerful practice each month. This is a very practice based course, where we integrate the knowledge through our own experience, so that we can fully be of service to others. Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions. I would love to have you join us.

  • Have you always been sensitive to energy?

  • Do you feel or know things that words cannot explain?

  • Do you want to be able to support and guide others on their path of emotional flow and intelligence?

  • Are you looking to be able to guide people into a space of deep relaxation to support healing on levels that are beyond the mind?

  • Are you longing to develop your intuition and be able to work with energy and awareness?

 

This course offers powerful tools that will support the healing, growth & evolution of your self, your clients and your community.
You will graduate with confidence in your intuition and in your abilities to support deep healing on all levels of body, mind and spirt.

It’s Life Changing

 

Join Me In This Powerful And Life Changing Course-

Starting September 26, 2019- Online, Worldwide Via Zoom.

For More Info Visit Here

 


I thought I would close today with one of my favourite mantra’s

Enjoy- and Thank you for your presence in my life-

Asrael

 

Om. That is full; this is full. This fullness has been projected from that fullness. When this fullness merges in that fullness, all that remains is fullness. Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!

 

 

 

For The Joy Of Gratitude

 

Namaste

Happy Early Summer.  Life is amazing isn’t it? Every moment bringing us something new to experience and to enjoy.  This spring has been a spring of great transition, transformation and growth. It feels as if everything that was ready to move has been swept away on the channels of change, and that the next layer of “being” has fully integrated and arrived.  It feels good. I am grounded, awake, grateful, aligned and connected with my heart centre. It feels at least for the moment, that it is a space to just relax, allow and to receive the gifts of the spirit and the universe.

How are you?

 


Dhanyavad (For The Joy Of Gratitude)

In the spirit of an open heart I felt inspired to share with you a beautiful and gentle mantra that every time I listen, my heart opens. It’s simple, beautiful and divine.  The definition of dhanyavad is gratitude and ananda is the joy and bliss of the highest state of consciousness, the essence of who we are.

Enjoy

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Sitali Breath

I also felt inspired to share one of my favourite summer time breathing practices. It is a simple and powerful way to shift not only our body temperature, but bring balance to our emotions and energy bodies.

This breath was “discovered” by the ancient Indian Sages as they observed the elements of nature, (the curling of a leaf in the sweet dew, the gentle in-breath of a cobra), and imitated it, unlocking the power of this technique. Sitali breath can be done anytime, not just in yoga or before meditation, and is especially good on those days that we are feeling overwhelmed, overheated and sticky with sweat.

Sitali Pranayama cools the body, invites moisture into the being and soothes any excess heat or inflammation in the body. It also brings relaxation, nourishes the nervous system, and reduces excess fatigue.

Instructions

  • Sit comfortably in a chair, or cross legged. It’s extra nourishing if you can be outside in nature in a shady space. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and settle in.
  • Curl your tongue lengthwise and allow it to stick out of your mouth a little (¾ inch). If your tongue doesn’t curl, just allow the tip of it to rest gently at the top of the mouth behind the teeth.
  • Inhale deeply, yet slowly across your tongue and into your mouth, as if you were sipping through a straw.
  • Exhale through the nostrils, as you close your mouth.
  • Repeat

Continue for up to 5 minutes on a hot summer day then allow yourself to let go and rest- Notice the difference in your body temperature and in your mind. You might notice that you feel much cooler, and also that there is a spacious ness and a sweetness to your emotions and thoughts. This pranayama practice is wonderful to do in the heat of summer, creating balance in body, mind and spirit.

 

Here is a video of the Sitali Breath to help you learn it 🙂 Enjoy

 


Upcoming Events

I am so excited to share some powerful and enlightening events this summer.  One is a potent evening with a master healer and channel who is coming all the way from California to grace our local community with sacred sound and angelic teachings.  The other is a beautiful opportunity to learn to meditate in an easy and effortless way- It’s a free 2 hour workshop, spread over 2 days in July, if you are interested in meditating, or looking to deepen your practice we would love for you to join us.

An Infusion Of Light- Sacred Sound And Divine Teachings
A Special Evening with Saryon and Dixie

Wed July 3, 2019
7-9:00/30
The Coop Room, The Hub, Cowichan Station
$30 in advance, $35 at the door.

For tickets please email/etransfer: sweetasrael@gmail.com or call 250 597 3973

I am so excited to share this powerful workshop. I have known Saryon for a few years now, and have found his one on one sessions and his group teachings invaluable to my growth and evolution. He has a peaceful, and powerful presence, and is so clear in his insights and channeling. I know being together in a group session will be wonderful and am very excited to see what will come through to be shared with us all. Let me know if you have any questions- and I would be happy to share in my experiences.. Please feel free to invite or share this event with anyone you think may be interested.

Oh- and their crystal alchemy bowls… WOW! 

Join internationally known Channel and Author, Saryon, his partner Dixie, and their Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls for an activating and enlightening special evening event. In this 2 hour workshop we will open to, and experience the wisdom, love, and humor of the Angels and Ascended Masters, along with a sacred sound bath to open and awaken hidden energy centers of the body.

Dixie will ring in the Angelic Presence with the powerful bowls (see the link for more information on their special gifts), while Saryon goes into a deeper space to connect with the messages of the guides that want to come through for the group and space. As a channeling teacher, contactee, remote viewer and angel aficionado, Saryon is an amazing resource for those seeking to understand their connection to higher guides and their own conduit nature. The subject of channeling will be explored and Saryon will answer questions about his new spiritual fiction book, Roya Sands and the Bridge Between Worlds.

This event is approximately 2 hours, and will be followed by a book signing.

www.Saryon.com

www.CrystalAlchemyBowls.com

www.YouTube.com/saryonmichaelwhite

www.Facebook.com/AskSaryon

 

Private In-person Sessions Available – One Day Only

We are also blessed to have Saryon offer personal sessions in Cowichan Bay on Thursday July 4- Please call 250 597 3973 or email asrael@ayurvedicbliss.com to book.

Book a one-hour channeled reading and coaching session with Saryon for a special rate of $200 CAD.

In these sessions:
You will have an opportunity to connect with your spiritual guides and accelerate your spiritual growth. Saryon’s sessions help you clear creative and emotional blocks, transform limiting beliefs, and tap into hidden potential. These sessions are great for people seeking to expand in some area of their life where they are facing limitation. Saryon’s humble approach to coaching, and the wisdom of his guides, provides a safe space to uncovering deeper layers of truth around your life’s challenges, so you can cross a new threshold of understanding and realization of your potential.

See testimonials at www.Saryon.com for more info.

Availability: 11am, 2pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm


Learn To Meditate- Special Online Course- Free (Or By Donation To Charity)

Heart Based Meditation Initiation

Connecting with the Heart and Expanding Consciousness
With Asrael Zemenick and Nisha Bansal

July 19 5:30-6:30 PST

July 20 5:30-6:30 PST

Online Worldwide Via Zoom

By donation to- a charity to be announced soon.

Register Here- 

Albert Einstein had quoted “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”. If we could expand our level of consciousness and operate from our hearts, we will be able to connect to the inherent wisdom of nature and our inner being, allowing it to support and guide us.

In this workshop, Asrael and Nisha will introduce you to Heart-Based Meditation and share a powerful attunement, opening you to its simple yet grounded gifts. In this transformative practice, you will learn that meditation can be truly effortless. That there is nothing to try for, nothing to force or achieve, and no experience you’re “supposed to have.” Instead, through meditation you can shift into deeper states of consciousness, relaxation and inner knowing.

One of the greatest gifts that we can give to ourselves is a regular meditation practice. Taking a short time each day to let go and to tune in, creates space for us to awaken and shine. A regular meditation practice is also deeply nourishing for our nervous system, our brain, our emotional health, and our stress levels. Hence, as you meditate every day you will elevate your consciousness and intuition.

Heart-based Meditation is a simple technique that allows you to return to your natural state of peace with ease, while offering countless benefits that are deeply transformational and life-changing, including:

– Reduction of stress and anxiety
– More restful sleep
– Improved mental clarity and decision making
– More harmonious relationships and better conflict resolution
– Natural healing – creating health from the inside out – through the power of Consciousness
– Cravings shift toward those that serve, not hinder, overall wellness
– Experience more joy and love in your life
– Synchronicities and the effortless fulfillment of desires
– Shifting and release of old programs, patterns, and behaviours that keep you stuck
– Less reactivity to outside triggers
– More emotional stability

When you learn Heart-Based Meditation, you will learn how to let go and to allow the natural process of clearing and releasing to take place, while making friends with any thoughts that may arise. At the same time, you naturally and organically create a resonance and connection with the heart centre.

All are welcome (no meditation or yoga experience necessary).


 

Thank you all so much for your presence in my life and this world.

I am grateful to you all.

In light and love

Asrael

 

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