Yogi Selects X

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A stunning shot living on the edge with @dranalama
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Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today. Steve Maraboli – today’s #highhopeshighheels word is GRATITUDE. I am very grateful for all the wonderful and loving people I have in my life. Hollowback forearm stand with a doggy in the background ūüź∂ thanks for the fun challenge @srvj @ladydork ūüôŹ – @BikiniYogini
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This shot by @galinasara gives me a fee.ing horses are near by getting ready to jump over the wooden post. My imagination runs wild sometime.

Book Select: The Fifth Mountain

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This is one of the books I am currently thumbing through. It was passed on to me by my father.  I began reading it yesterday, Im about half way through and it is very fascinating. The first book I read by this author was The Alchemist which was very deep. The author Paulo Coelho has a way of painting scenes using his characters emotion for paint, but leaving space on the canvas for you to draw your own conclusions and insights. I will leave a few quotes from the book below. Grab a copy or score a download!

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúIf you have a past with which you feel dissatisfied, then forget it, now. Imagine a new story for your life and believe in it. Focus only on the moments when you achieved what you desired, and that strength will help you to get what you want.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúStop thinking about life and choose to live it‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThis was freedom; to feel what the heart desired with no thought to the opinion of the rest… She was free, for love liberates.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúAll life battles teach us something, even those we lose‚ÄĚ

Available online at Amazon

Almond Banana Milk Delight

Almond Banana Milk

My addiction for cashews and almonds knows no bounds. This lets you know how much I can appreciate a great Almond Banana Milk recipe. Enjoy the deliciousness -aa

Ingredients 

1 cup raw almonds
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
1 star anise
2 cardamom pods
3 bananas

Method

1. In a bowl, add 3 cups of water, raw almonds, vanilla bean, star anise, cardamom pods and stir. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator overnight.-aaa

2. Strain the almonds, discarding the water, vanilla bean, star anise and cardamom pods. Transfer the almonds to a blender and add 3 cups of water. Blend until very smooth, 2-3 minutes. Strain the almond and water mixture using a cheesecloth and strainer. Transfer the almond milk to a glass container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

3. To make the almond banana milk, add 1 1/2 cups of almond milk to the well of a blender. Throw in 2 bananas and a pinch of salt; blend until nearly smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately.

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Yields 3 cups Almond Milk; Yields 2 glasses of Vegan Almond Banana Milk.

For more yummy vegan recipes check out ACOZYKITCHEN

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How does the moon really effect us?

All objects including stars, planets and satellite bodies along with their gross (tangible) attributes emanate subtle (intangible) frequencies. These physical attributes and subtle-frequencies affect us in varying degrees at a physical and subtle-level.-moon-a

The frequencies emanating from the Moon affect the frequencies of the mental body, i.e. mind of human beings. By ‚Äėmind‚Äô we mean our feelings, emotions and desires. The mind consists of the conscious mind and the sub-conscious mind. Within the sub-conscious mind we have a number of impressions that are embedded that decide our basic nature and personality. We are however not aware of the thoughts or impressions in our sub-conscious mind. These impressions get collected over a number of lifetimes.

These impressions in our mind are the catalysts for all our thoughts and subsequent actions. Both the impressions and our thoughts have their own subtle-frequencies.

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The moon frequencies have the capacity to make the thought frequencies from the impressions in our sub-conscious mind to surface to the conscious mind. Once in the conscious mind we become aware of them. Thus one will be influenced as per the predominant impressions in one’s mind. We have explained this in more detail in the next section.

Similarly the moon also affects the mind of animals. However as the sub-conscious mind of animals consists of impressions related only to basic desires such as hunger, sex, sleep etc., the heightened thoughts are related to these basic instincts only.

Read The Full Articles: Sources Sciences360,  Spiritual Research Foundation

Knowledge is power, Be strong!

Moeraki Boulders

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. Moeraki Boulders New Zealand 08They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. The erosion by wave action ofmudstone, comprising local bedrock and landslides, frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders. These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.[1][2][3][4]

Source –Wikipedia

Planetary Chakra Meditation

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Solar breath meditation. This is a technique that I like to use when I want to align my 7 energy points(chakras). Each point corresponds with a planet.

Crown – Sun

Third Eye – Moon

Throat – Mercury

Heart – Venus

Solar Plexus – Mars

Sacral – Jupiter

Root  РSaturn

Ok so first It helps to know the energetic properties of each planet which can be found here. I begin with Crown chakra and move down from the top  then back up.  On the exhale I will begin by saying to myself Sun (crown) and then focus my awareness to the corresponding section on my physical body.  I will make it through each energy point on one out breath. On the inhale I will say to myself Saturn (root) and again focus my awareness to the part of my physical body then work my way up to repeat the cycle. You may begin to feel a strong vibration in each energy point you direct focus to. Once you have completed as many cycles you feel comfortable doing, breathe at a natural rhythm and bring your focus to become aware of each energy point. Once you focus on all of the energy points you may feel a sense of being in a energetic sphere. You have reached what I like to call cosmic mode. It feels like your in space bubble. I have seen some interesting visions while practicing this method of alignment. This works for me and is very effective bringing me to the cosmic bubble fairly quickly once I sit and focus. I hope this has given you some ideas, play and learn with your energy!

Sources: Makalasi 

The Hidden Powers of Saturn

Clark Atlanta University Yoga w. SuperDope

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If you are located in the Metro Atlanta- Georgia are or close feel free to stop in on a nice Yoga session with @SuperDopeHeroin.  Sessions are every Tuesday at 6:00 PM.  I typically run on sp/cp spiritual people time so i managed to make it out yesterday for the last few minutes of the session. As I came out of a shoulder stand I look up and there is 3 or 4 Falcons flying very close above chasing each other. It was exciting opening my eyes to falcons almost coming close enough to jump up and grab if I were 10ft taller ,  I wish I could of snapped a shot of them.

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Be Metaphysical: The Pineal Guide

The Pineal Gland/ Third eye has been known to be the source of seeing visions beyond physical reality. A subject that has interested cultures throughout the test of time. Here I will try to provide information on how each part of the mind work in unison.

Pineal Gland —> Serotonin —-> Melatonin –> Inner-Lightment

By understanding this cycle it will help you know how to give your body what is required to increase pineal gland activity awareness. What‚Äôs fascinating is that the interior of the pineal gland actually has retinal tissue composed of rods and cones (photoreceptors) inside its interior lining just like the eye, and is even wired into the visual cortex in the brain. pineal-gland‚ÄúThe photoreceptors of the retina strongly resemble the cells of the pineal gland.¬†Considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans, the pineal gland has always been important in initiating supernatural powers. Development of psychic abilities has been closely associated with this organ of higher vision.¬†The third eye controls the various bio-rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland which directs the body’s thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our aging process. When it “awakens”, one feels a pressure at the base of the brain.¬†This gland produces several hormones such as norepinepherine, serotonin and melatonin, which regulate mood and sleep patterns. The Pineal Gland has the highest level of blood flow over any other organ in the body. Several foods and herbs can contribute to the health and regulation of the pineal gland.¬†The pineal gland is able to measure day length and adjust secretion of melatonin accordingly.¬†The two hormones we will focus on is serotonin and melatonin.

Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another.¬†¬†Approximately 90% of the¬†human¬†body’s total serotonin is located in the¬†enterochromaffin cells¬†in the in the¬†epithelia¬†lining the¬†lumen¬†of the¬†digestive tract¬†and the respiratory tract.¬†Serotonin secreted from the enterochromaffin cells eventually finds its way out of tissues into the blood. Screen shot 2014-03-10 at 7.11.17 AMThere, it is actively taken up by blood cells, which store it.¬†¬†Functions include the regulation of¬†mood, appetite, and sleep. Serotonin also has some cognitive functions, including memory and learning.¬†Serotonin is produced is through hydroxylation, introducing oxygen and hydrogen (OH) ¬†into a organic compound. Hydroxylation converts lipophilic compounds into water soluble products that are more readily excreted. It involves the conversion of CH carbon hydrogen into COH carbon oxygen hydrogen.

Hydroxylase + Tryptophan(1 of 22 amino acids) = Serotonin

Melatonin a structurally simple hormone that communicates information about environmental lighting to various parts of the body. Ultimately, melatonin has the ability to entrain biological rhythms and has important effects on reproductive function of many animals. Within the pineal gland, serotonin is acetylated and then methylated to yield melatonin.melatonin

Synthesis and secretion of melatonin is dramatically affected by light exposure to the eyes. The fundamental pattern observed is that serum concentrations of melatonin are low during the daylight hours, and increase to a peak during the dark. Melatonin has important effects in integrating photoperiod and affecting circadian rhythms. Consequently, it has been reported to have significant effects on reproduction, sleep-wake cycles and other phenomena showing circadian rhythm. Administration of melatonin has been shown to decrease motor activity, induce fatigue and lower body temperature, particularly at high doses.

third-eye-chakra-5The pineal gland produces the serotonin and melatonin your body needs for everyday regulation and feeling good. The function as a receptor for visual images beyond physical reality is sometime overlooked. In order for your pineal gland to work as it should you must first provide the tools it needs to function at full potential. Serotonin levels are affected by diet. An increase in the ratio of tryptophan to phenylalanine and leucine will increase serotonin levels.

Foods with high levels of tryptophan: Chocolate, oats, dates,peanutes, seasame, bananas , chic peas, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.try 

Research also suggests eating a diet rich in carbohydrates and low in protein will increase serotonin by secreting insulin, which helps in amino acid competition. However, increasing insulin for a long period may trigger the onset of insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and lower serotonin levels.

Hydroxylase + Tryptophan(1 of 22 amino acids) = Serotonin

Muscles use 12 of the 13 amino acid groups (not using tryptophan), allowing more muscular individuals to produce more serotonin

Hydroxylation is just adding  oxygen to a CH (Carbon Hydrogen) bond.  Deep breathing will assist in bringing in more oxygen as well as blood circulation allowing more hormones to be released and absorbed.

That is the key,  eat foods that will increase amino acid competition. Exercise and build up the demand of muscle related amino acids to increase competition and serotonin/melatonin production which is pineal gland activity on a biological level.  Once you overstand the information  im sure moving forward to a more metaphysical perspective will be the next step.Screen shot 2014-03-10 at 7.36.36 AMThe best way I can describe  seeing with the third eye  is: Imagine a situation like ( jogging on a track) through first person perspective. You can see your surroundings mentally as if it were reality in the moment but it feels like your seeing based on a memory. So as it is happening it feels like your seeing based on the imprint of the memories being created instantaneously.    Be metaphysical

A helpful detailed video on the mechanics on the pineal gland.

Sources:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serotonin

http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/endocrine/otherendo/pineal.html

http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/serotonin

http://www.livestrong.com/article/489312-foods-and-herbs-for-pineal-gland-health/

Stoned Crystal Crew

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Vesuvianite, Limonite Quartz, Carnelian, Dalmation Jasper

New crystal alert! I picked up a few new stones/crystals for the collection. Earlier this week I was grabbed by some Vesuvianite.  This stone feels smooth and soft. I always find it interesting how something solid can feel soft. Meditation with Vesuvianite will be going down soon. Right Now I have been focusing in on Dalmatian Jasper. The pattern reminds me of a Cheetah or Leopard never an actual Dalmatian puppy. The energy is interesting and fun. The best way I can describe the Dalmatian energy sensations is:  Picture your hand  balled into a fist jasper being held within, imagine a infinity symbol around your hand and the energy is flowing-following the pattern of the infinity symbol outline. Now imagine two infinite symbols in a X kind of pattern with energy flowing through the outline of the double figure 8. Also seemed to be directing my attention to the root chakra in an magnetic kind of way.  Carnelian I have heard much about and it was mentioned to me last night so I decided I have to pick some up. The Limonite Quartz caught my eye with the mimosa orange stained exterior. Quartz clusters are my go to lately, I just can not seem to get enough of them. More crystals and experiences/sensations with them coming soon.

Metaphysical Properties Below

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Dalmatian Stone

This is a stone that aids you to break down barriers that you have created as protection around yourself.

It may also relieve the need to take revenge on anyone who you feel has done you wrong… as its vibration helps you to release any lack of trust in other people. ¬†This allows you to move forward in life and discover your true purpose for being here. Its energy brings childlike joy and a sense of playfulness into your life.

The black spots are Black Tourmaline… and so it also embodies the energy of this stone, and will aid you with spiritual grounding and psychic protection.

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Limonite Quartz

Limonite assists in grounding and directing the flow of one‚Äôs life toward stability and comfort through powerful, mindful manifestation. Limonite enhances the substance of one‚Äôs character especially under extreme conditions. Limonite helps one to stand firm with needing to fight back. Limonite is excellent for getting out of and raising yourself above situations where there are feelings of stagnation or being ‚Äúbogged‚ÄĚ down.

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Carnelian Stone 

A stone of ambition and drive, Carnelian is a power stone. ¬† Excellent career stone, it is very helpful in making choices and decisions.¬† Self Motivator.¬† Carnelian is the most powerful action stone for focusing, realization and self-actualization.¬†¬† Reminds one to be “in the moment”.

Carnelian is a survivor’s stone. Protects the user from all negative emotions. Wonderful protective energy over rage, resentment, bad tempers, and anger in self and from others.

It gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy and motivates for success.  Carnelian is useful for overcoming abuse of any kind.  It helps in trusting yourself and your perceptions.  It also overcomes negative conditioning and encourages steadfastness.  Carnelian improves analytic abilities and clarifies perception.  It sharpens concentration and dispels mental lethargy.

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Vesuvianite brings us closer to the higher realms and provides an easier link to our sense of higher self.  It facilitates the seeing and the understanding of things on this earth that have no substance.  Psychologically, Vesuvianite (Idocrase) releases feelings of imprisonment and restraint, dissolves anger and alleviates fear and negativity.  It helps to create a sense of inner security, opens the mind and stimulates inventiveness and the urge to discover, linking into creativity.  Vesuvianite banishes depression and clears negative thought patterns so that the mind can function more clearly. Physically, Vesuvianite (Idocrase) strengthens the tooth enamel and restores the sense of smell.  It also assists in assimilating nutrients from food.

Metaphysical Sources- Charms of Light , Minerals of the World , Healing Crystals for you 

Yogi Selects IX

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@momojolifestyle #iwillhandstandin2014 day 68/365 How can I be so lucky to have such amazingly talented photography friends? Photo of me in handstand and “Morris the yoga assistant” by gorgeous friend and Incycle-team companion @jessicaclaren ūüíē #handstandtraining#handstand #yogischoice #talentedfriends #incycle #morristhecat
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yogi_ichiI just love the twist on my arms by doing this pose… #yoga#yogapose #yogaaday #yogadaily #yogaeverydamnday #yogaformen#yogi #asian #filipino #pinoy #pinoyigc #fit
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-@shobegogo “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”

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