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7 Conscious Altering Herbs

Herbs and plants are an integral part of the life that exists on our planet on every level.  Plants are our food, our medicine, and are also catalysts to the expansion of our consciousness.  Throughout our daily lives we are more likely to coast by using our automated behaviors and modes to experience our reality, but at night those boundaries are broken down and our spirits fly.  These 7 plant allies can stimulate our consciousness to expand opening us to alternate experiences of reality and new ways of perceiving our selves and surroundings;

ayurvedic plants that make you high

 

1- Xhosa Dream Root – Vivid and Prophetic Dreams
Silene Capensis, or Xhosa Dream root is most associated with the Xhosa people of South Africa who are knows to ingest this herb to induce vivid and prophetic dreams.  This herb is often used by the Xhosa in the initiation rites of shamans and is believed to open up pathways of communication to ones ancestors. It is believed that the ancestors are most likely to communicate in the dream state.  The root is ground into a powder which is mixed with water and drunk in the morning on an empty stomach.  The effects are apparently slow to be induced and will take effect by the nighttime.  According to entheology.com, “The effects of S. capensis usually manifest during sleep as prophetic lucid dream states that are rich with significance.  Individuals do not usually perceive any effects in the waking state, although one individual did report perceiving wavy lines of light in the air about twenty minutes after consuming the root.  The dream state is often compared to going under water by the Xhosa.  Interestingly enough, it is said that the plant has no effects on individuals who are not meant to be diviners.
(Image Source: Silene Capensis)
2- Celastrus Paniculatus – The Elixir of Life
This amazing herb is not only known to promote the incidence of lucid dreaming and dream recollection for those who take it, but has often been called the ‘intellect tree’ because of its long history of use in ayurvedic medicine as an herb to help with mental focus, longevity, and memory.  Users have reported that by adding 10-15 Celastrus paniculatus seeds into their daily regimen, they notice a marked improvement in cognitive function, ability to focus, and sharpness.
(Image Source: Celastrus-Paniculatus)
 3- Blue Lotus – Mind Body Spirit Herb
Blue Lotus was among the most sacred of plants to ancient Egyptins. It grew throughout Egypt where its consciousness-enhancing properties were well known and taken advantage of.  The Blue Lotus was associated with the origins of life and the divine perspective.  According to iamshaman.com the plant was used in Egypt to stimulate the sex drive and, “Egyptian medicinal practitioners also used this flower to stimulate blood flow, and as an anti-aging treatment.  The ancients worshipped Blue Lotus as a visionary plant and it was the symol for the origins of life.  When this flower was soaked in water or wine, and then ingested it acted as an intoxicant.”  Considered very sacred, the Blue Lotus was used to reach euphoric states of visionary consciousness.
(Image Source: Blue Lotus)
4- Wild Asparagus Root – Fly by Night
Wild Asparagus root, according to some old legends throughout Asia, allows the consciousness to fly during sleep.  Journeying into other dimensions and places while asleep are common associations with this adaptogenic herb.  Adaptogenic herbs help the body better adapt themselves to stresses that they face. This herb is also a respiratory and kidney tonic, helping to heal the body while letting the mind soar.
(Image Source: Asparagus Root)
5- African Dream Bean – Master Spirit Connections
Growing along the coasts of Madagascar, Southern Africa, Australia, and Asia, this common bean is used in a wide variety of ways by an array of people groups throughout the world.  Its uses vary from a skin treatment to a food given to teething babies to relieve pain.  However this bean’s most well-known and interesting use is its traditional use in South Africa to induce intense lucid-dreaming states in which a person is able to communicate with the spirit realm.  For its consciousness-altering properties, the meat inside the bean is eaten.
(Image Source: Dream Bean)
6- Mexican Tarragon – Grow a Garden of Herbs for Dreaming
Mexican Tarragon is commonly grown in gardens and used as an herb for flavoring in cooking. Also known as Mexican Marigold, its flowers are associated with Dia De Los Muertos celebrations and observances.  The herb can be used in a variety of ways to induce lucid dreaming from burning as incense, smoking before bedtime, or infused in water as a tea.
(Image Source:  Mexican Tarragon)
7- Mugwort – A Versatile Dreaming Herb
 
 Throughout the ages Mugwort has been a widely used herb in Europe associated with treating digestive or parasitic troubles and as a dream herb.  Mugwort, like Mexican Tarragon, can be smoked, burned as an incense, or drunk as a tea.  Mugwort is known to also stimulate lucid and meaningful dreams.  It can also cause things deep in the subconscious to be exposed during dream-time.
(Image Source: Mugwort Leaf)
Main Image Source: Juan Carlos Taminchi
This list originally appeared on quantumstones.com by Stephanie Lucas

Yogi Selects 35

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j.chava Journey strong.

 

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buterflisoldier@tayynicoleee tagged me to #stopdropandyoga. Thank you for the tag! Me and the little man this morning. I didn't even plan to take yoga pics today, but I saw your tag and decided to record my practice this morning and it was pretty awesome. Thanks again for the tag. Now I tag @haitianphoenix @bennyfeliz and @shreytilly to #stopdropandyoga #yoga #yogaismytherapy #yogaofcolor #blackgirlsdoyoga
buterflisoldier @tayynicoleee tagged me to #stopdropandyoga. Thank you for the tag! Me and the little man this morning. I didn’t even plan to take yoga pics today, but I saw your tag and decided to record my practice this morning and it was pretty awesome. Thanks again for the tag. Now I tag @haitianphoenix @bennyfeliz and @shreytilly to

 

 

yoginishaSkylar  had a bit of a scare this week and I was so scared but he's all better now. I love love love him! He'll be back in pictures soon 💜 #catswhoyoga #catsofinsta #yoginisha #doepicshit #yoga #yogi #yogini #yogaofcolor #yogaeverydamnday #yogismakebetterlovers #fortheloveofyoga #yogangsta #stretch #fitwomen #fitness #fit #iloveyoga #instaom #omgirl #yogalife #bendy #yogagram #igyogis #madaboutyoga #brownyogi #yogabums #namaste ॐ
yoginishaSkylar had a bit of a scare this week and I was so scared but he’s all better now. I love love love him! He’ll be back in pictures soon namaste ॐ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why chant Om?

Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone. It’s both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth and when pronounced correctly it is actually AUM.
Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable.
The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of your throat and you stretch it out. You will start feeling your solar plexus and chest vibrating.
The second syllable is U, pronounced as a prolonged “oo,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along your upper palate. You’ll feel your throat vibrate.
The third syllable is M, pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm” with your front teeth gently touching. You will now start to feel the top of your vibrate.
The last syllable is the deep silence of the Infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, you have to merge your chant from the ‘M’ to the deep silence.
Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy (Shakti) and it’s 3 main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation and (3) liberation.
Why do we chant it?
Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.
As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.
Read the full article at Mind Body Green 

Yogi Focus with Ms Lovely Desire!

Yogi Focus will shine a spotlight on one single yogi for  a truthful Question & Answer session.

For our first Yogi we have went with MsLovelyDesire! We would like to focus in on her and learn a little bit more about how yoga helps her through out the day to day.Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 4.23.43 PM

Whats your name and where are you from?

“Ashley Coleman from California. “

How were you first introduced to yoga ?

“I picked up a Dvd, I love working out and yoga was on my list of things to try.”

Have you ever had any yoga related dreams?

“No, only if I did it would be about getting the pose just right”

What have you learned about yourself physically and mentally through yoga?

“That I am beautiful and strong. That I can do anything I set my mind on I even inspire myself at times! Yoga has made me a better me not just for me but for those around me. Such a blessing! “

Whats your favorite pose/routine

“I love me some back bends but I love flowing through Sun salutations popping up to a handstand down to an arm-balance.  So free you know “Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 1.49.52 PM

Which type of yoga do you connect with most if any?

“Ashtanga yoga”

What was your first memory, The furthest back you can remember.

“When i was a child in San Diego, All i can remember is this big park across some apartments, but when I ask my parents if we ever lived in San Diego they tell me no but we visited. Sometimes the kid in me runs back to that time at the park. I guess It was a safe place.”Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 1.50.18 PM

What do you find yourself visualizing most throughout your day to day?

“My life, how I have changed  and so have the things and people around me. How beautiful life is. That I am nothing but a speck in this world. I’m not like most I don’t need fancy things, lots of money no no not me. As long as I have love and understanding Ill be just fine. To be remembered for my laughs and talks is just fine with me  🙂 When I look at my life I see a bright future because I do Love and understand on so many different levels! “

What is the best advice you can give to people that would like to improve their health and well being.

“Do it for you and you only. You are your only competition. Making  a lifestyle change is big. You get to see yourself in a new light, that may be the light someone special is able to see you under.  Its a beautiful thing to see yourself in a new light I did and Im not turning back. The best you, you can be is you.  Love the skin your in embrace your be different”

Is there anything else you would like to share?

“Different is good , Im always willing to share more in depth if need be so let me know”

Thank you for taking the time to answer a few question to encourage people to join in on yoga

Why does alcohol work?

When you drink alcohol, roughly 20% is absorbed straight from your stomach into your bloodstream. The other 80% is taken up from your small intestine. This explains why eating before you drink can slow down the effects of alcohol, if your tummy is full of food, it’s harder for the alcohol to end up by the stomach walls, where it can be absorbed. It’s also why drinking on an empty stomach can have such a speedy effect, 20% of the alcohol gets STRAIGHT into your bloodstream, and straight to work.

And how DOES it work? Well, in short it tries to sloooooow your brain down. Nerve cells in your brain, and indeed in your arms and legs and everywhere else you’ve got nerves, pass messages along themselves via action potentials. However, action potentials can’t simply leap from one nerve cell to another, when they reach the end of a nerve cell they need a go-between. These go-betweens, these molecular messengers, are neurotransmitters.  When an action potential arrives at the end of the nerve, the synapse, this triggers a flood of neurotransmitter molecules to be released, like a hoard of tiny very very efficient postmen, delivering messages to the nearby nerve cells. 

When alcohol is in your brain, it sneakily PRETENDS to be a postman; it binds to the receptors that usually receive messages from neurotransmitters. Broadly speaking, if it binds to a receptor that usually receives exciting messages and gets motivated and gets things done, then it inhibits it; it blocks the getting-things-done messages. If it binds to a receptor that usually slows things down, however, it simply encourages it to slow things down even further. Alcohol just wants your brain to live life at a slower pace.

Read The Full Article  here How Alcohol Effects Work

Yogi Selects 18

talia_sutraGood morning! Boker Tov! This moment was captured by my beautiful and talented brother @nadav_peretz_ <3 Remember you can always slow down, breathe more and smile :) #yoga #itsallyoga #love #yogaeverydamnday
@talia_sutra  Good morning! Boker Tov! This moment was captured by my beautiful and talented brother @nadav_peretz_
@laurenrudick Plunge head first into the unknown. Trust that you have the strength and balance to hold yourself together. Move thoughtfully and slowly. Take big breaths. You won't fall.
@laurenrudick Plunge head first into the unknown. Trust that you have the strength and balance to hold yourself together. Move thoughtfully and slowly. Take big breaths. You won’t fall.
dade2shelbyImagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. -John Lennon @keaushaj #RastaYogi #YogaWithKe #RawFitnessApparel #TemaVitaFlex #Iam1stPhorm #LegionOfBOOM #fitsporate #Orlando #Florida #training #physique #fitnessmodel #yoga #yogainspiration #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogaofcolor #OrlandoSentinel #acroyoga
@dade2shelby Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one. -John Lennon @keaushaj #RastaYogi #YogaWithKe #RawFitnessApparel #TemaVitaFlex #Iam1stPhorm #LegionOfBOOM #fitsporate #Orlando #Florida #training #physique #fitnessmodel #yoga #yogainspiration #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogaofcolor #OrlandoSentinel #acroyoga

Yogi Selects XVI

happywholelife Positive thought of the day: I believe in my strength to handle anything that comes my way! There is nothing that I can't handle, even if it is difficult, challenging, exhausting, and tests my limits. I will breathe deeply. I will stay calm. I will not resist. I will come out of every obstacle and every single day even stronger than the last. Breathe. One moment, one breath at a time... #happywholelife #positivethinking #breathe #strength
@happywholelife Positive thought of the day: I believe in my strength to handle anything that comes my way! There is nothing that I can’t handle, even if it is difficult, challenging, exhausting, and tests my limits. I will breathe deeply. I will stay calm. I will not resist. I will come out of every obstacle and every single day even stronger than the last. Breathe. One moment, one breath at a time… #happywholelife #positivethinking #breathe #strength
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@byasha Wow!! I’ve been just working on my handstand since a few days & already feel so much stronger!!! Still nothing more then 5 sec of the wall though but at least a way to work on my inverted hollow back ☺️ which is def harder then it seems! What are your yoga challenges?? Any inversion, armbalance, meditation, food or something completely else?
@scionraphaella "When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” (Thích Nhất Hạnh) >>>>>>>>> #HigherConsciousness #Awakening #Awareness >>>>> If You think like ✶This✶, Know that You are not alone 🙏💜 Peace.
@scionraphaella “When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” (Thích Nhất Hạnh) >>>>>>>>> #HigherConsciousness #Awakening #Awareness >>>>> If You think like ✶This✶, Know that You are not alone 🙏💜 Peace.

10 Reasons to do a Handstand Everyday

Headstand (Shirshasana) is often referred to as the king of all yoga poses. Here are 10 reasons why headstand should be practiced everyday.

1. By reversing the flow of gravity, a headstand simulates a “face lift” by letting your skin hang in the opposite direction. The inverted position of a headstand also flushes fresh nutrients and oxygen to the face, creating a glowing effect on the skin.

2. Headstands increase nutrients and blood flow to the scalp, decreasing onset of grey hair. Some yogis say that it will even convert grey hair back to its natural color!

3. Headstands stimulate and provide refreshed blood to the pituitary and hypothalamus glands. These glands are vital to our wellbeing, and are considered the master glands that regulate all other glands in the body (thyroid, pineal, and adrenals). This includes our sexual hormones, so you can expect better sex with a consistent headstand practice.

4. When the adrenal glands are flushed and detoxified with headstands, we create more positive thought. Depression will decrease, as going upside down will almost always put a smile on your face.

5. It’s great to bust out a headstand at a party. Your peers will be impressed!

Read the last 5 at  MindBodyGreen

Yogi Selects XV

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@yogi_peanut The light of my inner self shines through my heart. The light of Divine wisdom shines through my heart. Day 10 of #21daysofmudras Mudra of Inner Self Place the tips of your fingers & the balls of your hands together. Then put your thumbs together. Hold your hands in this position in front of your forehead and look thru the opening as long as you can without blinking. Next, hold your hands about an inch below your chin. It is said that this is the place where the soul lies, your hands forming a temple around it. With each exhalation, whisper “Hoooo.” Sitting in half lotus, lotus, cross legged, etc…our body forms triangles everywhere. The triangle symbolizes the Divine, which is now being expressed throughout the body🔼✨ Love to you all! I can’t believe we’re basically half way thru! 💛🙏💜 #yoga #yogawithpeanut #yogaoffthemat #beuniquelyyou #liveyourtruth #livelikeawarrior #chooselove #meditation #mantra #mudra #justbreathe #floatnabove #beyou #betrue #bepresent #mudras #intention #blessed #grateful #intuition #affirmation #inspire #inspiration #balance #healing #onelove #universallove
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@IreeYogi Of course I had to try my new mat out with my all time favorite #scorpianpincha It was LOVE at first #pincha 😍 Was also tagged by a few OMies @deja_z @smiling_yogina @sandra_thornburg to #stopdropandyoga & by @yogi_peanut to #strikeapose #scorpianpinchaprogress #yoga #yogi #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverywhere #feeltheyogahigh #yogalove #yogamom #yogimommy #selfpractice #selftaught #asana #yoc #yogaofcolor #yogiofcolor #yogapractice #yogainspiration 💖Love & Light
Decided to join the #omwithmeyogis challenge today. #mayurasana #peacockpose @patbailey @gordonogden @monkeymix I've got a few minutes of playtime after #mysore practice! Yay! ♥ #armbalance #yoga
@pauladhy Decided to join the #omwithmeyogis challenge today. #mayurasana #peacockpose @patbailey @gordonogden @monkeymix I’ve got a few minutes of playtime after #mysore practice! Yay! ♥ #armbalance #yoga