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Book Select: Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound

Modern science and ancient wisdom traditions agree that the universe is a symphony of vibrational frequencies. In this beautiful, comprehensive, and unique work, Dr. Frawley elaborates the essential truths about cosmic sound, and how we can employ important mantras for healing, transformation and inner awakening.

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Yogi Selects – YogaPlayground 

We have come back full circle…. seems like a little healthy pressure is getting some of the questionnaires to come home…..  with answers ofcourse. Today we linked up with Yogaplayground, I know him as Eazy. Its ironic because the first time I met Eazy was my attempt at reaching out to people outside of myself to do yoga, the whole purpose of Yogi Selects.  Take sometime out to go on a journey of yoga, crystals, entheogen, dedication and peace with Eazy below!


From knowing you I can tell your truly dedicated… When did you know or find comfort in teaching yoga? 
Haha well thanks man that’s really nice to hear because dedication/ following through is probably one of my biggest struggles!! I really found comfort teaching I’d say about 6-8 months in of teaching yoga classes consistently. I felt like I had the “voice of my teachers” for a while. I would say cues how they would, even the tone didn’t feel like it was mine. I recorded my self teaching a class one day and was like dude wtf this don’t sound like me at all I felt like I screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-8-02-33-amwas trying to give the typical yoga voice all soft and shit and I’m like mmmm nah. So I started embracing what I like and really just being me not this picture of what people say yoga is. I was “lucky” enough to have barely anybody in my classes at first so it was a smooth transition. But it wasn’t until I started just saying fuk it to fulfilling others expectations and embracing how I get down did I really feel like I could own my classes. And yes I curse in my classes too 😅

Why is it important to have fun with your practice?
I don’t believe in doing things that I don’t enjoy. If it doesn’t move your soul then it’s probably not for you and you are forcing it. And from taking / teaching a bunch of classes I noticed how stuck people were to their mat and the “seriousness of yoga.” That’s actually how I came up with my own style aka the yoga playground. First I believe that we should approach everything like a child. Embrace the creativity the chance to see something from the beginners mind. Treating everything like it’s new and moving without judgement. Only then can we really get out of our heads and into the moment. The goal of the playground is to get people to

1.  Play! Laugh, joke, crawl like an animal, and engage with your classmates through random games I come up with.

2. ground yourself. Reconnect to the earth through primal movements, earth salutations, and chi breathing.

So we play but we reground ourselves through the practice. We have to remember to be as grounded as we are spiritual. I see way too many people who only try to do one or the other and I’m like brah… u know that ain’t you, just be you, have fun, and be here now!

How does yoga help capoeira and vice versa?
Haha well I tell everyone that yoga and capoeira are my yin and yang. Capoeira teaches u to be closed and protected. It’s also a community thing. You can practice by yourself but it takes a community because capoeira is a conversation between two people through movement. Yoga teaches you to be open and it’s personal practice. It’s just you and your breath with your awareness within. Both teach you about yourself and how u react in every situation. In capoeira do you get angry when somebody is aggressive towards u and you return their aggression with more aggression? In yoga does your mind go everywhere but here or do you get frustrated and want to give up because you ain’t that flexible today or you couldnt do a pose you saw on instagram lmao so in my mind they help me stay balanced. Capoeira requires certain flexibility that yoga gives me and yoga requires certain strength and mobility that capoeira gives me. These r the two arts that I literally practice every day.


What was your perception of yoga before you began practicing?

I thought it was boring as hell lol I thought if I wasn’t sore and sweating like crazy I wasn’t doing anything. But man was I learned to connect with my breath I realized how yoga transitioned into everything else that I did. I also thought thanks to hyper feminization in America that dudes just didn’t do it. That’s one of the screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-7-54-20-ammain reasons I began teaching. I wanted to share my influence with my brothers who wouldn’t normally even think of touching a yoga mat and let them see that we ain’t gotta wear leggings (unless ur name is @dade2shelby he makes it cool) and that we all breathe and we all need to learn to slow down and become more aware of each moment.

Is cannabis helpful to practicing yoga, share how it has helped you?
Oh yea man you know that’s my kinda party right here lol to me cannabis helps me

1. Get motivated to practice . It’s like coffee for me in the morning. Shit I actually start my morning with a spliff and some coffee before I practice anything and it’s my ritual.

2.  It helps me to feel what’s happening within me aka increase my focus and bring me more internally. Funny story, I actually did my first handstand on mushrooms lmao I know we talking bout the herbs jah bless but I’m a big believer in the magic of the mushroom and it’s healing benefits for old traumas and its ability to bring epiphanies into your life. Imma hippie man if it’s from the earth I know it’s worth!
Who are some of the yogis you practice with and is it helpful to have a community of like minded people to surround yourself with?

In Atlanta I had a lot of dope people I practiced with @blackyoganerd is a huge inspiration , @fitqueenirene first introduced me to rocket yoga which really kept me practicing. I love the entire @movingartexperience crew like @hippieheathen @dade2shelby @iamreneewatkins dude there’s really too many to name. Love to practice with other people but most of my work is done alone. I’m a lone wolf man I like to train on my own time but love to have a community to reach out to if I have questions, or I need some inspiration to get on my mat. I definitely believe in finding like minded people and vibing out.

Have you ever practiced yoga using entheogens? If so feel free to screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-7-58-50-amshare how that experience was…
Haha whoops I answered that earlier but hell yes man. I love shrooms and LSD. Shrooms more though cuz lsd is lab made. But to me they are a healing substance mentally and physically and uhhhh the experience is an experience everyone should experience !!! Life changing to say the least. Just be in a comfortable place with people you love and it will be amazing.


What crystal do you find yourself attracted to most at the moment and why do you feel that is? 

Citrine, green calcite and amethyst are my favorites. I’ve always dealt with insecurities and citrine really helps me embrace my power. Green calcite is a heart stone and paired with citrine brings abundance of not just money but love. Especially self love! Amethyst is just friggin beautiful to me . Yellow, green and purple are my favorite colors so it kinda works out that they are my fav stones. Being a Pisces though I keep a hematite handy to keep me grounded.
Comparing yoga and the ocean… How can both provide a tranquil state a mind?  
The breaths are like waves man ever present and ever flowing. Embrace each one but allow them to go as easily as they come. Just like the breath u can only feel one wave at a time. Being present is the only way to truly find peace. screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-7-59-04-am
Have you ever had any yoga related dreams or experiences during meditation that were hard to explain?

Yea totally man. Once I remember drifting off in a meditation that felt like a mushroom trip. The colors became so vibrant in my mind, my senses felt like they were on another level. I was rocking in small circles and didn’t notice until my phone went off lmao snap back to reality . It was super trippy but cool to see that we can transcend reality with just focus on the breath.
Any yoga tats? Lol had to be a story behind it

Ha yea I have the throat chakra on my throat. It’s a constant reminder for me to live in truth and honesty. To always embrace who I am , my creativity, and my truths no matter what the popular opinion may be. Also got it on my throat cuz I said fuck a job lmao I’m doing this for life. I create my own destiny and fortune. Fuck what society thinks 😁also I have the flower of life. It’s my reminder of the oneness of all in this dimension.
Congrats on baby Lazer! do you plan on teaching him to be a young yogi Jedi?
Thank youuuuuu!!! Most definitely, but more along the lines of giving him the tools at a young age to find his truth, to be fully conscious, and be able to make choices that will always fulfill his souls desires not the personalities desires. I just want him to find what he loves and do that Shit all the time lol not pressed at all on if he wants to pursue it on a monetary level. I believe him having a yoga / capoeira practice will just help him embrace who Lazer Man is and be the best he can be on any path he chooses.



Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers of
Practice makes practice there is no perfection. Remember that the destination is never as fulfilling as the journey. So embrace every practice as just that, a practice. Also, do it for you not for social media… please and thank you.

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Yogi Selects – YogaNubia

We are back once again, this time we present an interesting yogi that goes by Yoganubia! I found an interesting balance between peace, love and war. Read below to learn more! 

What is 9ether? 

9ether is a term that refers to Nubian or African-American hair. Nubian hair follicles grow in the shape of the number 9, towards the sun. 9ether is the kinkiest or kingliest hair-type in existence. Caucasian follicles grow in the shape of the number 6, referred to as 6ether.


What did you know about yoga before you gave it a try? 

Not much, other than that it is a form of exercise that supposedly helps with stress and anxiety.

How can yoga be a tool of empowerment for women?screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-8-25-25-pm

Yoga teaches us to go inside of ourselves to connect and listen to Self. This is empowering for women because it teaches us that the only voice we need to listen to is the one inside. We don’t need to look outside for happiness, we have the power to create it ourselves. Yoga teaches that we can only control what is in our power and to let go of whatever is beyond our control. This is liberating and empowering because it allows us to focus our energy on things we can change, and let go of anything we cannot.

What do you find the most challenging about moving forward from past emotional pain?

Prior to yoga, I was someone who stayed living in the past – replaying old mistakes or heartbreak in my mind, thinking of how I could have done something differently if I just had the chance to go back. Most challenging part of moving past emotional pain is the ability to trust afterwards. Trust is already something that does not come easily for me, so if I am betrayed or hurt by someone or something, it will be extremely difficult for me to trust that entity again.


“People who love are happy” In which ways do you prefer to receive love?

I think I’m a pretty simple gal – care, gratitude, and kindness from family and friends. Little gestures that show thoughtfulness, and appreciation.

Can yoga and a vegan diet help you maintain a healthy lifestyle? screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-8-23-29-pm

Absolutely! Practicing yoga increases body awareness and the desire to care for and accept yourself. A vegan lifestyle (I hate the word “die”t, so I don’t use it 🙂 ) absolutely leads to better health. The human body is not designed to digest meat and/or animal products. Converting to a vegan lifestyle can have very positive effects on health, including but not limited to – increased energy, faster metabolism, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health, lower risk of cancer, weight loss, healthier skin, less body odor, the list goes on.

Is it important to balance the peace of mind and  yoga provides with a realistic perception of everything and everyone isn’t always namaste… If so why?  

Absolutely! Yoga creates and teaches balance, on and off the mat. One thing I teach in just about every class is that balance is tricky and it varies, day to day, sometimes hour by hour. The most important thing we can do is accept where we are each day. The same holds true when dealing with outside people and things. There will always be ups and downs in life, but we learn from the practice that not being ok is okay. We will come across people and situations that test us or make us upset. What is key is how we deal with these instances – if we become upset, realize it’s okay, and not beat screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-8-24-05-pmourselves up over it. Always remember to face whatever feelings come so that you can move on.

Have you had any yoga related dreams or hard to explain experiences when focusing on your chakra points?

While learning about the Chakra System in Teacher Training, I came to a realization about a recurrent dream I’d been having for the past (I don’t even know how many) years. The dream always manifested as me trying to explain something or get my point across, but not being able to breathe. For as long as I can remember, even as a kid, I have been notorious for biting my tongue, not expressing myself, and holding things in. The day we learned about the throat chakra, I made  the connection to my reoccurring dream.  From that day forward, I have been working to express myself and speak up for myself any time the opportunity arises. I have not had that dream since making this declaration and taking action to speak up.


How can children benefit from learning yoga and meditation techniques at an early age?

Children learn the tools needed to deal with the natural ebbs and flows of life. Through the practice, they develop body awareness, learn to manage stress through breathing, build concentration, learn self-acceptance, have better focus and concentration, and learn calming techniques, all of which can benefit them for a lifetime.

Is there anything you would like to share with the readers of 

Yoga has completely transformed me as a person, which has in turn, completely transformed my life! Everyone in the world can benefit from the practice – you don’t need to be anything other than willing to learn. Yoga is for EVERYONE!

Teresa Robinson, RYT200
Registered Certified Yoga Teacher

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Honey Soul Radio: Kilindi Iyi


screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-7-27-44-amListen to the blogtalk episode here:

In this episode of HoneySoul Radio we are joined by our special guest Kilindi Iyi going to take a journey inside and outside of our minds. We are going to leave those things that are considered and accepted as normal, and expand our consciousness into the mysteries of spirit medicine. We ask, “What can plants really do for us?” We will discuss transformation, transportation, sexuality, and transcendence. You don’t want to miss it! It’s food for the GODS!

Master Teacher, Kilindi Iyi is the head instructor and technical advisor of Tamerrian Martial Art Institute. A world traveler and mycologist, Kilindi has presented on the subject of psilocybin as far north as Norway and as far south as Australia. His exploration and research focuses on the high dose of psilocybin magic mushrooms.

Yogi Selects – ThuleHeals

We are back once again with an insightful  healer. I follow Gogo Thule and knew there would be an adventure waiting to be read. When I received her response to the questions I felt like i’ve been served a full plate of goodness with desert!  Our paths will cross and videos will be created but until then enjoy the reflections below.

Peace! I hope these questions find you at the right time! 


What is your name and first memory in existence? 

Peace, I’m Gogo Thule Ngane. My first memory that I can recall is nap time the first day of preschool in America. I remember not knowing how to speak english and most of us kids not sleeping but playing and observing each other. I remember feeling excited and adventurous.
How did you come to the path of a Sangoma Priestess and what have you learned on your journey?

The more I think about my story and how my path unfolded the only thing that truly makes sense is divine intervention. Around the end of high school, I started to question everything. I grew up as a regular catholic African girl in the Suburbs of Maryland, with good grades that always listened to her parents. I was labeled the “good girl”. I really didn’t think outside of what I was taught. When a close friend changed religions for some reason I began to struggle with how we even come into choosing our religions, why there were so many to choose from and felt a growing need to know who truly held the TRUTH because screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-12-52-28-amif I was born in another place and time I would probably be a completely different person. I felt a deep need to know the truth for myself regardless of my environment and upbringing. This spiraled into a deep depression, a deep uncovering of veils, and what shamanic traditions call a shamanic illness, which signals that a person has some form of calling to be a healer. I first tried to take my Catholicism seriously. But the more I attended church and bible studies the more I felt lost, filled with more questions, and engulfed with more guilt. I had to find answers that resonated so I began to study all the religions/spiritual concepts I could get a hold of. Universal teachings and Buddhist theories opened up the way for me, especially the concept of the soul, this divine energy that knows who we truly are and our connection to the creator. I wanted to experience this connection and remembrance on a deep level and go beyond reading books and intellectualized spirituality.


I attended my first spiritual retreat, where I experienced a Native American Priestess and sweat lodge for the first time. The earth-based-ness (feeling) of the whole experience drew me in. It felt like home. It felt like I was finally touching something real (the truth). A woman at the retreat connected me with a African Traditional Priestess. I got an ancestral reading from her and heard from my ancestors for the frist time. I immediately started to cry and learned that I come from a lineage of healers and that the torch was being passed on to me. Soon after I underwent an initiation process to become a Sangoma Traditional Healer & Priestess.thulef

What I’ve learned is that there is so much more to African culture than what I was raised with. I’ve learned that the ways of our ancient elevated ancestors can empower us spiritually in ways beyond our imagination, that honoring the earth and the divinities within us brings back so much healing and harmony in our DNA, in our bones, and in our spirits. The ancestors are our guardians, they walk with us always, there is wisdom for them to pass on to us even in the form of spirit. I’ve learned so much and it has given me so much life.

What does it mean to embody the life of a Medicine woman? 

I’m still learning what it means to be a medicine woman. Lately, I feel that embodying her means being okay with dying often. Shedding the negative side of the ego over and over again, purging what no longer serves me, and facing every shadow and fear so that I can be a pure channel for healing & wisdom. To be a medicine woman is to tune into the divine spirits through cultivating a deep relationship with nature, tapping into the spirit realm and being a medium of both worlds, while humbly being of service to the spirits, to the elders, and to the community at large.


What are some of ancient traditions you think would be helpful for society to start picking back up on?

Ceremony is my greatest love and something I see society needs to return to. In ceremony we honor the divine spirits, the ancestors, nature, and all of our guardians, we open up portals to connect, to heal, to remember. We make offerings, we chant, we drum, we invoke the elevated ancestors and divinities, we release, we heal. So much of our society is out of balance, and so much of us are carrying such heaviness in our hearts and bodies, and traditionally ceremony is where all of that was released and harmony with ourselves,screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-27-23-am with the divine, and nature is restored. One thing I respect greatly about the Sangoma tradition and African spirituality is that we consult the ancestors and spirits on what is needed, what problems are present, and how to resolve them at its spiritual root. Everything when done with integrity is led by spirit. There isn’t one answer for us all. We are all individual energies with certain needs and ancestral memory running through us. I think we need to pick back up this way of seeing and directing our lives. To rediscover our lineages, and the  practices that resonated with our unique frequencies and ancestors.

One important thing I have realized is that a lot of our practices were channeled by some being. Then man ritualized and organized these practices into certain systems and we have gotten away from tapping into our own inner channel or connecting with the elders/priestesses who still know how to do this. screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-24-36-amSo we follow what has been given for a certain time or for a certain group than stop connecting with the spirit realm for more and new ways of living in alignment with the spirit realm. In my world things are always changing and spiraling, my spiritual life is very nonlinear, what connects me one day can be different the next and so I must remain fluid as much as committed. I can’t name too many specific practices because we are all different. Yoga opens up one person up deeply in a way that chanting opens another. My answer is mostly follow your spirit, discover your origins, dig deeper, and go with what taps you into the wisdom in your blood, the cosmos and mama earth.

Words can’t express how I feel up here… If you could paint a portrait of your feelings right now what would the image be of? 

The image would be of a goddess with all of the channels, meridians, and chakras awake, open, and spiraling in all directions. Her face would be smiling in a deep sense of calm, wisdom, and presence. All of the forces around her would be supporting the opening of her channels. She would be connected to all traditions, all practices, all that exists because there is no separation between her the world on a physical and non physical level. 🙂


How has helping others effected your perspective on natural methods of healing?

Helping others has confirmed and strengthened a lot of what I have discovered to be true about healing through natural/holistic/spiritual methods. Natural healing is the way. We have to take care of nature in order to screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-12-51-24-amdiscover our natural selves. We have to use the elements of the earth to heal and remember ourselves. These methods are very much who we are and helping others reconnect with that energy is a coming home that we all deserve. Natural healing brings everything in the mind, the body, and the spirit back into balance. Chemicals and toxins go against our bodies and our true nature. I am in awe at what I and others have been able to accomplish and heal through natural earth-centered practices. Overall natural healing has helped me see that there is an answer to every problem and that absolutely nothing is impossible.

Have you had any life changing dreams if so what was the message/experience?

I’ve had many life changing dreams and messages from the Ancestors in my dream state. One of my favorites was when I was initiating to be a Sangoma. I dreamt that I was at the large gathering/celebration and everyone from my life was seated and present. I greeted a few of them and others danced and performed at the ceremony. The next thing I know this older black man sitting beside me starts using his finger to aggressively poke at the spot in between my eyebrows {third eye}. I was getting annoyed but before I could open my mouth to speak I was shot up into the cosmos and surrounded by stars. I heard this cosmic male like voice but I can’t be sure of what it was. It was one of the few experiences in my life that seemed like I was close to hearing the actual voice of the Creator God energy. So this voice started to tell me about who I truly am. I was given a vision of an ancestor in the middle of a dirt road in Africa. I was also told my mission in this lifetime. This dream confirmed so much for me. Even in the midst of my training/initiation I had doubts about what I was being called to do. This ancestral world was so foreign from what I grew up to know and believe yet something resonated deeply within me. My spiritual path still blows my mind most days but the ancestors have shown and told me many times what I am here to do.

I am here to learn the ways of my ancestors.

Remember the ways of my ancestors.

And live the ways of my ancestors.

I am here to reclaim wisdom and power that was lost for various reasons. There is so much more to this life than this physical experience and my dreams have shown me that time and time again.

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Have you ever experienced trance like states with entheogens? If so feel free to share that experience

Yes, I have had trance like state experiences with and without the use of sacred plant medicines/ceremonies. In one of my most powerful medicine journeys, I spent about an exhausting hour or more (it felt like forever honestly) literally shaking off all the the pain, baggage, trauma, and blocks to my true self. The medicine didn’t let me see exactly where all the blocks came from. I do know that not all of it was mine. But after finally releasing a lot of energy screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-34-02-amoff of my body, I remembered myself. I realized how much we walk this earth as zombies simply because we don’t know and have forgotten ourselves. I forgave myself because it was all out of ignorance. Then I fully felt and remembered the earth as my mother. Spiritualist are always talking about our connection the earth and I have felt it many times in small ways but this journey was very meaningful. It humbled me on levels that I can’t describe and the memory was restored on a high level. I communed with the earth mother for a long time and she taught me things I needed to know. She reminded me how important it is to not let anything linger. I realized how much I let life experiences alter who I am. I also felt my higher self as this powerful Kemetic being. I felt the energy of who I am. I now truly know how what I am feels like beyond this body and the story of this lifetime. I honestly felt like I was on the earth for the first time as my self and realized that every thought and feeling about not wanting to be alive was my higher self trying to get out of this false self to birth who I am. I have so much gratitude for being alive and I remembered that even if I forget I {we all} will hit this point again. Awakening is a journey we are on and a destination we will reach many times. I feel like my words right now sound airy but we all feel this sense of lost or disconnect and I feel the plants {amongst many other trance inducing practices} are here to help us remember this connection on a deep level so we can walk this earth less confused, more connected, and full.


What crystals are you currently connected to most? 

Crystals have not called to me as much as I thought they would. Right now I am obsessed with sage, resins, and tobacco. The spirit of sage connected with me as a laughing goddess who cleanses all low vibrations. I felt her deeply and I’ve been obsessed with using herbal smoke for healing.

Which secret of the universe do you wish to learn first? 

This question tickles me. That’s what I’m all about…and I want ALL the secrets…all at once really. I have had to learn the hard way about patience though.

I just recently came out of my Saturn return this past December and I had a major awakening and remembering of who I am. I realized that so much of what I used to perceive as secrets have been revealed to me over the past 6 years. screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-39-08-amI feel like I’ve been given so many answers and now it’s about living those answers out. Allowing them to bloom in this post Saturn return season of my life. My greatest desire has always been to learn how to tap into the spirit world and connect with my soul, my guardian spirits or the god like energy. My path as a Sangoma has taught me that and now it’s all about going deeper and deeper because this universe is so vast. The secrets are simple but always evolving.

How can healing practices such as yoga not only be physically beneficial but also mentally?

Healing practices like yoga can allow us to slow down a bit to be fully present in this moment. When we are present screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-12-57-48-amwe can receive higher vibrations/frequencies and hear the answers to our own life’s issues, and release the pains of the past and the illusions of the veil on earth. Healing practices whether they be dance or drumming open us to connect with spirit so mentally we can be free, clear, and in alignment with our purpose.

I have heard of, and have experienced in some ways, people breaking down in a yoga class and releasing old experiences from certain areas of their body which allows them to have a clear thinking and deeper awareness about their experience. Overall, no matter your approach our bodies {mental, physical, emotional, spiritual} are all connected. What you do to one affects the other. There is no separation.

Where do you see yourself and what path will you be on 10 years from now?

Remember that spiral like nonlinear life I described? I never know what is going to happen next. The ancestors are always surprising me and the more I get to know my true self the more I surprise myself. Even with all my prophetic visions this path has taught me to get very comfy with the unknown. I see so many possibilities most of which include being of service to the community and contributing to the consciousness that is rising on the planet.

No matter where I land, I will always follow the guidance of my Amadlozi {elevated ancestors}.

Is there anything you would like to say to the readers on ?

Thank you for reading my words…for seeing me. I wish you well on your sacred journey and pray you find what is in alignment with your spirit and earth purpose in this lifetime. Stay inspired. Despite the chaos, life is so worth living.

Gogo Thule Ngane
Sangoma Priestess + Shamanic Healer + Medicine Woman
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:: { Ancient Medicine for the Soul } ::

The Power of Ceremony :: { Lion Heart Medicine Tour } :: Ceremony is when we create sacred space for all to come together for healing, for enlightenment, and communion with the spiritual realm as well as our true inner world It is a space that infuses ritual, movement, prayer, healing sounds, and honoring of what is sacred within and around us. Not only do we open portals to heal ourselves but to heal each other and the world at large. If prayer is to speak to God, and meditation is to listen, then ceremony is to experience God and manifest that being from within us. From my experience, ceremony activates the memory in our DNA, aligns our minds and energy field with the divine and our true nature…who we truly are. So much is released in a way that we are transformed and able to come back out and face the world again with more wisdom, strength, and an inner knowing through experience. Many are walking around and carrying the weight of our pasts for too long. Ritual and ceremony are a natural part of life that holds space for us to continually let the past go and be more present in the moment as we move forward in clarity. These natural ways are less common in our modern world but still very much etched in our lives, hence why I feel a deep desire and responsibility to bring back what has been hidden through ceremony. My sangoma sister Gogo Ekhaya Esima and I (Gogo Thule Ngane) have embarked on a journey called the Lion Heart Medicine Tour. We will be traveling the U.S. and the world sharing the ancient medicine with all those who seek this kind of sacred space. I am truly honored to be a part of this powerful movement. I am personally inviting you and all you know that feel called towards ancestral healing, spiritual alignment, and a deeper transformative experience to enter the Lion Heart with us…

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Tongue to the Roof / Pranayama 101

Why hold your tongue to the roof of your mouth and pranayama techniques!

Many people have heard of this practice in the martial arts, meditation, yoga, and even while doing the thymus thump.(Tapping the sternum stimulates the thymus gland to produce T-cells and enhances the immune system.) The practice of keeping the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth helps keep your focus, while meditating, driving, chopping vegetables, etc., keeping you calm and centered.How this may work is easy to explain, and I am happy to offer corroborating evidence as to the efficacy of this practice.The system of acupuncture dates back thousands of years.There are 12 meridians that energize our organ systems.

Two meridians are known as the Master Meridians – they are in charge of all the rest.They are called the Conception or Central Vessel and the Governing Vessel.The very fact they are called “vessels” gives us a clue.A meridian is a line of energy; a vessel is some sort of container. These two meridians, the Master Meridians, are important because they “contain” the secret of energy and vitality.Both of these meridians begin at the perineum – that part of the body between the genitals and the anus. The Central Vessel travels up the front – through the soft tissues of the body – and ends at the tip of the tongue.The Governing Vessel travels up the back – through the hard bony tissues of the vertebrae, over the bones of the cranium – and ends at the roof of the mouth.To keep the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth completes the “microcosmic circuit” and allows the energy to flow.When we tap the sternum, we direct this flowing energy to the thymus gland, stimulating its function – producing T-cells, thereby enhancing the immune response.

With the tongue completing this circuit, we can also tap over the right lower rib cage to stimulate the liver, the cranium to stimulate the brain, etc. the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth!You will find a spot that feels comfortable about an inch behind the teeth.

I gave a talk at the Institute one night about subtle energy fields and mentioned the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth. A few days later one of the guests mentioned that it really works.I asked her what she meant – thinking, like most people, she observed the calming, focusing effect.

As soon as she put the tip of her tongue to the roof of her mouth, the contractions were noticeably more vigorous. Skeptical that such a simple thing could have such a profound effect, and thinking that her muscles were now “warmed up” and able to move easier, she took her tongue away. She was shocked when the contractions reduced their intensity. So she kept her tongue where it belongs for the rest of the therapy, and now keeps the habit throughout the day. She was at the Institute with her daughter and her mother. She mentioned this experience to her daughter who performed her own experiment and confirmed the results.

When the mother’s turn came, she noticed no difference at all!Then, realizing the mother was wearing dentures, the daughter asked her to remove them – and, sure enough, she could clearly see the difference!So now when anyone asks about dentures, the answer is: always remove the synthetic dentures when doing therapeutic work or meditation. This will allow the free flow of energy within the “microcosmic circuit.”So, unless you are eating, drinking or talking – when it’s impossible – always keep the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth

Source – Real Doctor

Breathing is something we do on a daily basis. The body, in a living state, breathes involuntarily whether we are awake, sleeping, or actively exercising. Breathing is living. It is a vital function of life. In yoga, we refer to this as pranayama. Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life force and ayama means extending or stretching. Thus, the word “pranayama” translates to the control of life force. It is also known as the extension of breath. Every cell in our bodies needs oxygen to function properly. So it’s no surprise that research shows that a regular practice of controlled breathing can decrease the effects of stress on the body and increase overall physical and mental health.

Ever notice how soothing a simple sigh can be at the end of a long day? There are a variety of breathing techniques that are known to reduce stress, aid in digestion, improve sleep, and cool you down. Here are instructions on four pranayama exercises worth practicing and the most beneficial times to do them.

1. Nadhi Sodhana aka Anuloma Viloma

Nadhi sodhana, also known as alternative nostril breathing, is a very relaxed, balancing breath that is used to help calm the nervous system and aid in a restful night’s sleep. By increasing the amount of oxygen taken into the body, it’s believed that this breath can also purify the blood, calm the mind, reduce stress, and promote concentration.

How to do it: Nadhi sodhana can be done seated or lying down. To start, empty all the air from your lungs. Using the thumb of your dominant hand, block your right nostril and inhale through your left nostril only. Be  sure to inhale into your belly, not your chest. Once you are full of breath, seal your left nostril with the ring finger of the same hand, keeping your right nostril closed, and hold the breath for a moment. Then release your thumb and exhale through your right nostril only. Be sure to exhale all the breath out of the right side and pause before inhaling again through the same side. Seal both nostrils once you’ve inhaled on the right side and exhaled through the left side. A complete cycle of breath includes an inhalation and exhalation through both nostrils. If you’re just starting out, you can do a four-count inhale, holding your breath for four to eight counts, then exhale for four counts. Perform up to ten cycles and notice how your body responds. You may feel more relaxed and calm in both your mind and body.

When to do it: Nadhi sodhana is a calm, soothing breath that can be done any time of day. Try practicing this technique when you are anxious, nervous, or having trouble falling asleep.

2. Kapalabhati Pranayama

Kapalabhati means skull shining breath. It’s a pranayama exercise as well as an internal kriya, or cleansing technique. Practitioners of kapalabhati believe that this breath will help clear mucus in the air passages, relieve congestion, reduce bloating, and improve lung capacity. Kapalabhati is an invigorating breath that can build heat in the body.

How to do it: Start by sitting in a comfortable seat with a tall, straight spine, and exhale completely. Inhale briefly through both nostrils, then sharply exhale (again out of your nose) while pulling your navel in toward your spine. The exhalation is short and quick, but very active, while the inhalation is short and passive. Again, pull your navel in as you exhale and soften it on the inhalation. Do one round of 30 (counting your exhalations) and rest for a minute with some deep breaths in between. Repeat. If this seems strenuous, start with 15 and gradually work your way up.

When to do it: Kapalabhati is great to do in the morning if you’re feeling chilly or sluggish. You may also try it when you’re feeling congested or bloated, but don’t try it on a full stomach. Avoid this technique if you are pregnant, or suffer from blood pressure issues or heart conditions.

3. Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi means victorious breath; it’s also referred to as ocean breath due to the sound it creates. This breath is often used in asana (posture) practice, especially in ashtanga and vinyasa classes. Ujjayi encourages full expansion of the lungs, and, by focusing your attention on your breath, it can assist in calming the mind.

How to do it: Find a place where you can sit comfortably with a straight spine. Take a steady breath in through both nostrils. Inhale until you reach your lung capacity; maintain a tall spine. Hold your breath for a second, then constrict some of the breath at the back of your throat, as if you were about to whisper a secret, and exhale slowly through both nostrils. This exhalation will sound like an ocean wave or gentle rush of air. You should feel the air on the roof of your mouth as you exhale. Repeat up to 20 times.

When to do it: This breath can be practiced for up to 10 minutes at any time of day. Try it with an asana practice as well.

4. Sitali Pranayama

Sitali also means cooling, which explains the effect it can have on your mind and body. This breath encourages clearing heat with coolness. It’s especially helpful during summer and in hot climates.

How to do it: Roll your tongue until the outer edges touch, forming a tube. If you can’t curl your tongue, make an oval shape with your mouth, keeping your tongue flat. Inhale through your mouth, taking in all the air that you can. It may make a hissing sound. After inhaling, bring the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth and seal your lips. Feel the coolness of the inhalation in your month then exhale through your nose. Repeat five to ten times or as needed.

When to do it: If you’re feeling overheated, irritable, or find yourself waiting impatiently in hot weather, sitali is a great tool to try to cool off and relax!

Breathing is one of the most natural things we do as humans. It is a gift and a very powerful tool that can enable us to create more ease and balance in our lives. Taking time to focus on the breath allows us to pause from daily stresses, physical symptoms, and emotions that have taken over the mind. It is in that moment where we focus on the breath that we can return to a neutral state of being, gain clarity, feel rejuvenated, and enhance an overall sense of well-being. These are just a few wonderful reasons to invite a pranayama practice into your daily routine.

Source- Onemedical

We Drank Soma, We Became Immortal

Inside a deep Xiongnu grave hidden in the thickly wooded Sudzuktè pass, on the bottom of the burial chamber, archaeologists, participants of the Russian-Mongolian expedition, found what they had long been searching for: a layer of clay revealing the outline of textile relics. The fragments of the textile found were parts of a carpet composed of several cloths of dark-red woolen fabric. The time-worn cloth found on the floor covered with blue clay of the Xiongnu burial chamber and brought back to life by restorers has a long and complicated story. It was made someplace in Syria or Palestine, embroidered, probably, in north-western India and found in Mongolia.

Finding it two thousand years later is a pure chance; its amazingly good condition is almost a miracle. How it made its way to the grave of a person it was not meant for will long, if not forever, remain a mystery. Of greatest surprise though was the unique embroidery made from wool. Its pattern was the ancient Zoroastrian ceremony, of which the principal personage was …a mushroom. In the center of the composition to the left of the altar is the king (priest), who is holding a mushroom over the fire. The «divine mushroom» embroidered on the carpet resembles well-known psychoactive species Psilocybe cubensis.

The weight of evidence suggests that soma, the ancient ritual drink, has been prepared from the mushrooms of family Strophariaceae which contain the unique nervous system stimulator psilocybin

Diggings of 31 Xiongnu tumuli (dated from the late 1st c. B.C. to the early 1st c. AD) of the Noin-Ula burial ground (Mongolia) carried out in 2009 by an expedition of the Institute of Archaeography and Ethnography, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS), have discovered embroidered woolen textiles preserved by a miracle. Their complete restoration is a long way to go; however, the first fragments restored have revealed exceptional information

On the altar the flame burns – two tongues on the sides and an S-shaped sign in the middle. The flame of king’s fireplace mounted on the altar is a symbol of royal grandeur

On the altar the flame burns – two tongues on the sides and an S-shaped sign in the middle. The flame of king’s fireplace mounted on the altar is a symbol of royal grandeur

Inside a deep Xiongnu grave hidden in the thickly wooded Sudzuktè pass, on the bottom of the burial chamber, archaeologists found what they had long been searching for: a layer of clay revealing the outline of textile relics.

This was the third find to date; all of them were made in the well-known Xiongnu burial ground of Noin-Ula: the first fragments of a unique textile were found here as early as in the 1920s by the expedition of the eminent traveler and scholar P. K. Kozlov. Like many other things, the precious fabrics happened to be in the graves of rich nomads because of the trade along the Silk Road. Xiongnu did not participate in the trade deals but they controlled a long stretch of this perennial spring of foreign goods.

Basing on the first find, the researchers believed that the textile from the Xiongnu burial ground was made in Bactria (Pugachenkova, 1966). However, the finds made in 2006 and 2009 do not allow identifying this textile so unambiguously. Of greatest surprise though was the find made in 2009, or, to be more exact, the unusual pattern involving people and animals embroidered on the textile.

The fragments of the textile found were parts of a carpet composed of several cloths of dark-red woolen fabric. The fabric itself mast have been meant for mantles. A sign of this is the narrow maroon woven stripes with “pockets.” These important ornamental details are known not only from the numerous finds of real textiles in Dura-Europos, Syria, in Palmira and in the Palestinian Cave of Letters, but also from frescos, paintings on Egyptian sarcophagi, and early Christian mosaics (Yadin, 1963).

Similarly to the known mantle textile, the woven stripes of the Xiongnu find do not go from one edge to the other but begin and end within a single cloth. Their cut bits were sewn together without taking into account the location of woven stripes: the ornamental element, so important for making mantles, this time proved to be unnoticed.

The embroidered fabric filled the narrow space between the chamber’s wooden walls and the coffin, which was placed in the middle on another, not embroidered textile. As a matter of fact, the embroidered carpet was laid along the corridor used for the burial ceremony. On top of the fabric was a thick layer of blue clay brought on purpose, which, according to the Chinese tradition was used to make the chamber waterproof. This clay cover made the restorers’ work very hard but preserved the textile.

Beside the altar flame

Men in Iranian dress, equipped with daggers and long swords, approach the fire

Men in Iranian dress, equipped with daggers and long swords, approach the fire

The restorers’ hands have revealed the following embroidered plot: a procession to the altar. The altar itself – support for the fire – is a column with a base consisting of two steps and a two-step top turned upside-down. The column shows depictions of circles with a dot in the center – the widespread ancient symbol of fire and the Sun. In the Achaemenid time, similar altars were a novelty introduced by Persians, who proclaimed their adherence to the Zoroastrian belief. “The flame of the king’s fireplace, going upwards in this way, became a symbol of their grandeur.” (Boyce, 1988, p. 75—76).

The altar is aglow with the fire. These Zoroastrian fires had a martial spirit: those who prayed to them were warriors fighting on the side of good creatures against gloom and cold, evil and ignorance.

…Men are approaching the fire. They are armed with daggers attached to the right thigh and long swords with a ring or round pommel and long grip appended to the belt on the left. The warriors are wearing Iranian garments – red trousers, narrow or loose, and closely fitting jackets, wrapped on the left, or longer kaftans. The dress is girdled with a buckled belt and lined with fur.

The warriors’ black voluminous tresses, set in rows and cut at the length of ear lobes, are sometimes strapped across the forehead with a narrow ribbon with fluttering ends. Their looks are conspicuous: expressive profiles of their broad round faces with big eyes, soft chins, pudgy lips and big, slightly aquiline noses. The faces are shaved, though many have a black narrow moustache above the upper lip.

A dismounted rider wearing an armor-clad long jacket with something like a scarf or a cloak fluttering behind his back attracts special attention. His beardless face is stern. The left hand is raised to the forehead in a gesture of adoration common as early as during the Achaemenids as a sign of worshipping a deity. The rider’s horse is held by the bridle by an armed man in a short jacket with something like a scrip on his back from which something like a mushroom is peeking out.

The manner in which the warrior with a horse is depicted copies in minute detail the images on the heads of the coins minted by Indo-Scythian (Saka) kings: Azes I, Aziles и Azis II, who governed north-western India approximately from 57 BC, as well as by their successor Gondofar, the first Indo-Parthian ruler of West and East Punjab (from 20 AD to 46 AD).

A dismounted rider wearing an armor-clad jacket raised his left hand to the forehead in the traditional Zoroastrian gesture – the sing of worshipping a deity (left). Drawing of the carpet by Ye. Shumakova. The depictions of embroidered riders on the carpet and rulers on the heads of Indo-Scythian coins have a great deal in common. On the right are the coins of Azes II, on the left is their drawing. From: (Musee National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet – l’Asie des steppes d’Alexandre le Grand à Gengis Khan, 2000)

A dismounted rider wearing an armor-clad jacket raised his left hand to the forehead in the traditional Zoroastrian gesture – the sing of worshipping a deity (left). Drawing of the carpet by Ye. Shumakova. The depictions of embroidered riders on the carpet and rulers on the heads of Indo-Scythian coins have a great deal in common. On the right are the coins of Azes II, on the left is their drawing. From: (Musee National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet – l’Asie des steppes d’Alexandre le Grand à Gengis Khan, 2000)

On these coins we can see similar stocky round horses with long tails and strapped docks, cut in a particular manner: a hogged plait at the tail head. Like the embroidered horse, their breast collars are decorated with plates.

The saddle with four horn-shaped supports is identical to the reconstruction made on the basis of Roman archaeological data (Connoli, 2001) with the only difference: instead of leather laces hanging down from under the saddle, there are two clawed paws of a predator’s hide that was used as a horsecloth. These saddles are believed to have appeared by the beginning of the Parthian period and were widely spread with the Parthian cavalry; they were also known to the Sarmatians. Similarly to the embroidered warrior, the riders on the coins are wearing tight waist jackets sewn around with big rectangular plates – such armor was known to the Sakai and Parthians.

These similarities are an important argument in favor of the hypothesis that the carpet shows Indo-Scythians or Indo-Parthians.

Divine mushroom

To the left of the altar is the king (priest), who is holding a mushroom over the fire. Opposite him is a warrior in a jacket with a “tail” and a belted quiver

To the left of the altar is the king (priest), who is holding a mushroom over the fire. Opposite him is a warrior in a jacket with a “tail” and a belted quiver

The embroidered plot develops further… We can see people standing absorbedly around the altar fire. The most prominent figure among them is the man on the left – probably, the king himself or a priest – dressed in a smart long embroidered kaftan gaping open at the bottom. He has a rarely expressive face, and his intent look is focused on the mushroom he is holding in both hands.

A priest with the Divine Mushroom in his hand… The question of what plant was used to prepare soma, or haoma – the drink of gods ancient Indians and Iranians imbibed has been debated for over a hundred years. Up to now, the plant whose sap was a permanent participant of the rituals, an offering to gods made by ancient Indians and Iranians, has not been identified. The hypotheses are plenty: from ephedra, cannabis, and opium poppy to oriental lotus (e.g., Abdullaev, 2009; McDonald, 2004; et al.). All researchers agree that ancient Indians and Iranians used for cult purposes a drink containing a psychoactive substance – it is only debatable what it was exactly and how it affected the people’s consciousness.

A scene from the Eleusinian Mysteries: Persephone taking a mushroom from Demeter. C. 4th c. BC

A scene from the Eleusinian Mysteries: Persephone taking a mushroom from Demeter. C. 4th c. BC

The translator and greatest authority on the Rig-Veda (RV) T. Ya. Yelizarenkova wrote: “Judging by the RV hymns, Soma was not only a stimulating but a hallucinating drink. It is difficult to be more particular not only because none of the candidates satisfies all the soma properties and matches the soma descriptions found in the hymns only partially but primarily because the language and style of the RV as an archaic cult monument reflecting the poetic features of ‘Indo-European poetic speech’ is a formidable obstacle to soma identification. The answer may be provided by archaeologists and their finds in north-western India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (and not in the far-away Central Asia).”

This was written in 1999 – ten years before the outstanding find that testified that Indo-Scythians (Saka) and Indo-Parthians had used mushrooms for cult purposes.

The mushroom depicted on the Xiongnu carpet can belong to family Strophariaceae, according to Candidate of Biology I. A. Gorbunova (Laboratory of Inferior Plants, Central Siberian Botanical Garden, SB RAS, Novosibirsk). Its external appearance has similarities with species Psilocybe cubensis (Earle) Singer [= Stropharia cubensis Earle].

Many species of family Strophariaceae, especially genus Psilocybe, contain psilocybin, a unique psychoactive substance and a nervous system stimulator. The mushrooms having this substance play the leading role in T. McKenna’s psychedelic theory of evolution – one of the most original hypotheses of the origin of humans, their language, conscience, and culture.

A priest with the divine mushroom in his hand. Drawn from the carpet by Ye. Shumakova. The “divine mushroom” embroidered on the carpet resembles Psilocybe cubensis in its habit, shape of the cap, and stitches along the cap margin that look like radial folding or veil remnant. Dark inclusions on the stalk may depict the annulus that blackens because of falling spores.  The mushrooms of genus Psilocybe, like many other species of family Strophariaceae, contain the psychoactive substance psilocybin. On the left is a king/priest with a mushroom in his hand. Drawing of the carpet by Ye. Shumakova. On the right is the fruit body of P. cubensis, grown on elephant dung (India). From: (Stamets, 1996). In the center is a diagram of P. cubensis fruit body. From: (Guzmán, 1983)

A priest with the divine mushroom in his hand. Drawn from the carpet by Ye. Shumakova. The “divine mushroom” embroidered on the carpet resembles Psilocybe cubensis in its habit, shape of the cap, and stitches along the cap margin that look like radial folding or veil remnant. Dark inclusions on the stalk may depict the annulus that blackens because of falling spores. The mushrooms of genus Psilocybe, like many other species of family Strophariaceae, contain the psychoactive substance psilocybin. On the left is a king/priest with a mushroom in his hand. Drawing of the carpet by Ye. Shumakova. On the right is the fruit body of P. cubensis, grown on elephant dung (India). From: (Stamets, 1996). In the center is a diagram of P. cubensis fruit body. From: (Guzmán, 1983)

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