Blog: Union-Connecting Yoga to Daily Life

Feel like you need to move? Only have 4 minutes? This very short standing practice offers support during standing postures, and allows the spine to get a more extension during forward folds. It is a 'vinyasa' which means that it moves at the pace of the breath. We will start with one movement, then gradually build upon it. The movements are simplistic and might be just what you need to get things going. There are…

Standing Chair Flow

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by Kerry Shamblin Calculations are done using the Chitrapaksha ayanamsha and the mean node. Timings are based on Mountain Time Zone, US. New Moon in Revati/Pisces April 5Jupiter Retrograde April 10 – August 11Mercury Enters Pisces April 11Sun Transits Aries April 14 – May 14Venus Enters Pisces, April 15Full Moon in Chitra/Libra April 19Jupiter Returns to Scorpio April 22Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius April 29 – September 18 New Moon in Revati/Pisces April 5 After the…

Planetary Influence April 2019

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March 2019by Kerry Shamblin Calculations are done using the Chitrapaksha ayanamsha and the mean node. Timings are based on Mountain Time Zone, US. Mercury Retrograde in Pisces March 5 - 28 New Moon in Purvabhadra/Aquarius March 6 Rahu/Ketu Enter Gemini/Sagittarius March 7 - 23 Sun Transits Pisces March 14 – April 14 Full Moon in Uttaraphalguni/Virgo March 20 Venus Transits Aquarius March 21 – April 15 Mars Transits Taurus March 22 – May 6 Jupiter…

Planetary Influence March 2019

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I started making jewelry in High School, my friend Drex's mom Bev Harrington taught me the basics. She is a silver smith, makes her own beads, and all types of very high end products. From time to time I pack up all my stuff and go to craft shows. While they are fun, you just never know if there will be a crowd, and it is rather time consuming. When I first opened a brick…

Jewelry Boutique

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by John Douillard Have you ever heard of ancestral or generational healing? Or seen a family where the same trauma pattern seems to mysteriously develop generation after generation? The Ayurvedic idea of samskarasalong with the science of epigenetics may shed some light on this mystery. According to Ayurveda, physical, behavioral, mental, and emotional traits can be carried through generations. If mom or dad carries stress, the associated behavior traits can be passed on for generations. These are called samskaras, imprints, carried to offspring.…

Inherited Stress (Samskaras) Explained by Epigenetic Science

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February 2019 by Kerry Shamblin Calculations are done using the Chitrapaksha ayanamsha and the mean node. Timings are based on Mountain Time Zone, US. Outer Planets Hold Positions February 2019New Moon in Shravana/Capricorn February 4Mars Enters Aries February 5Mercury Transits Aquarius February 6 - 24Sun Enters Aquarius February 12Full Moon in Magha/Leo February 19Venus Enters Capricorn February 24Mercury Enters Pisces February 24 Outer Planets Hold Positions February 2019 After an eclipse-laden first month of 2019,…

Planetary Influence February 2019

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The full moon is a powerful time, add an eclipse to it and experience something extraordinary. This is a perspective of three viewpoints that I reference regularly. The first, Planetary Influence describes the Eastern Perspective. The second, Mythic Zodiac is western astrology influenced by Greek Mythology and Jungian Philosophy. The third is a Yogic Perspective from Shankari about how to make the most of this powerful time spiritually. The eclipse will be visible to all of…

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

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Are you ready to make a change? Break a habit?  Start a new routine? Well, Maybe...This is no easy task, but can certainly be done when done mindfully and meticulously. The first part discusses Prochaska & DiClemente's Cycle of Change using the example of quitting smoking. Doing the self inquiry to where you are in the Cycles of Change chart is infinitely helpful in working towards a goal. The next part of the video discusses how to create SMART goals…

Goal Setting & The Cycles of Change

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December 2018 by Kerry Shamblin Calculations are done using the Chitrapaksha ayanamsha and the mean node. Timings are based on Mountain Time Zone, US. Mercury Direct in Scorpio December 6 New Moon in Scorpio/Jyestha December 6-7 Sun Transits Sagittarius December 15 – January 14 Venus Transits Libra Through December Full Moon in Gemini/Ardra December 22 Mars Transits Pisces December 23 – February 5, 2019 Mercury Direct in Scorpio December 6 As 2018 reaches its final…

December Planetary Influence

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This standing sequence will strengthen the outer hips and core, and integral part in maintaining balance. Move into Tree Posture from Mountain, Goddess, and Warrior 1. Flow with the breath in and out of these postures. The movement will create stability, increased external rotation in the hips, and strength. If you don't feel confident if your balance you can have a chair in front of you and keep a hand or two place on it…

Practice: Moving into Balance

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Isn' it curious how one bowl of soup can drum up so many memories? Santa Fe is known for many things: Like whether you prefer red or green chili sauce, how there are more healers there the 'regular' folks, it's rich culture, and so much more... But I always return to their take on chicken soup, Pozole.  Savory & Spicy  If you ever have a chance to go, make a reservation at Cafe Pasqual's. A…

The Taste of Santa Fe

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Want to transform your core? Well you have come  to the right place (physically & energetically) The primary area of focus in this sequence is Manipura Chakra, the fire center. This energy center govern's self-esteem, discipline, empowerment, and transformation. My favorite asana for this is plank. Join me in this 8 minute sequence that focuses on plank, and a few of it's variations.   https://youtu.be/qr4W0iO4I7w

Practice: Fire up your Core

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Current Forecast November 2018 by Kerry Shamblin Calculations are done using the Chitrapaksha ayanamsha and the mean node. Timings are based on Mountain Time Zone, US. Mars Transits Aquarius November 5 – December 23 New Moon in Libra/Vishaka November 7 Venus Direct November 16 Sun Transits Scorpio November 16 – December 15 Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio November 16 – December 6 Full Moon in Taurus/Krittika November 22 Mars Transits Aquarius November 5 – December 23…

November Planetary Influence

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This class's purpose is to decrease stress and let go of tension held in the shoulder, arms, and face. It builds up to the upper portion of 'Cow Faced Pose.' It's was held at the Amy Lynn Ferris Adult Activities Center on a grant so it is free for all to attend. There will be two more classes to come. Attend in person or on the web live. 11:30am on November 8th, and December 13th,…

Practice (live): Chair Yoga- Cow Faced Pose

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October 2018 by Kerry Shamblin Calculations are done using the Chitrapaksha ayanamsha and the mean node. Timings are based on Mountain Time Zone, US. Venus Retrograde in Libra October 5 – November 16 Mercury Transits Libra October 6 – 26 New Moon in Virgo/Hasta October 8 Jupiter Transits Scorpio October 11, 2018 – November 4, 2019 Sun Transits Libra October 16 – November 16 Full Moon in Aries/Ashwini October 24 Mercury Transits Scorpio October 26…

October Planetary Influence

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  This side laying practice get you out of your head and into your body. It is a great shoulder and hip opener, while working with rotation on the spine. The beauty of this practice is that you can do as much or as little of the movement as you want, pause when it feels good, then continue. It cultivates a sense of inner listening for what is best for your body, and can help…

Practice: Somatic Compass

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September Vedic Astrology Forecast Venus Transits Libra September 1 – January 1, 2019 Venus glides out of Virgo and into Libra on Saturday, September 1 for a four-month transit in her own sign. This transit is notable for the length, due to a retrograde cycle that will again propel Venus into a different relationship with the Sun, sending her back to the "morning star" position in early 2019. Most of 2018 saw Venus setting after…

September Planetary Influence

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Sweet & Savory Summer Snack Mmmm this snack is oh so satisfying!   Every once in a while I just get a hankering for beets and olives. Usually when this happen's I make my way to the salad bar; pairing it with a hardboiled egg, chickpea salad, artichoke hearts, and some tuna fish over romaine. Yesterday I went to Chestertown's super cute wine and cheese shop. I got a black & Green olive medley, some…

Sweet & Savory Summer Snack

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Virabhadrasana II or Warrior 2 is meant to increase strength and stamina. You will find an opening across the chest and the arms, balanced by a strengthening element in the back and shoulders. As best as possible, keep the muscles of the face and neck soft. When it comes to the legs, the 'front' knee is bent directly over the ankle, and the back leg can have a bent knee, straight leg, or some place…

Practice: Dancing Warrior (Chair)

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Practice: Six Movements of the Spine (Chair Sequence) This six movements of the spine can be done in any position, supine, seated, tabletop, kneeling, standing. In the previous blog post we did some of these, now I am going to show you a way it can be done from a chair. Since the practice is focused on the spine, I will show you some modifications for the postures with and without the arms. The purpose…

Practice: Six Movements of the Spine (chair)

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Practice: Six Movements of the Spine This video takes you through the six movements of the spine.  It starts in a seated position, goes to kneeling, and ends in standing. It would be a great morning practice, warm up, or anytime you need to gently get yourself moving. The six movements of the spine will make the joints more fluid, and the muscles in the back more supple. If you need to do these posture in…

Practice: Six Movements of the Spine (seated, kneeling, standing) 13 mins

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The Tale of Two Diaphragms This spectacular video is done by Shelly Prosko, a leader in the pelvic health field and esteemed yoga teacher. It explores the relationship between the breath and the pelvic floor. The diaphragm that controls the lungs, and the pelvis diaphragm work in partnership. It also explores when this breath is not functioning properly. If you have ever felt like your breathing pattern is the opposite of what is done in…

The Tale of Two Diaphragms

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Pesto Perspective There are a lot of great smells in the summer season, but fresh basil & garlic are two of my favorites. The aroma will permeate your house, enticing even those that might not be 'into that kind of stuff.' A weekend out of town and your basil plant begins to bud. Once that happens you might as well call it quits. To keep your plant producing those pungent leaves, give it a good…

Pesto Perspective

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The summer garden is bountiful, especially with squash... My husband came home from a cookout with tons of extra rotisserie chicken the other day. It was far more then we could ever eat, and I am not one to waste. I LOVE HOMEMADE CHICKEN STOCK ...and it is especially tasty when it is rotisserie and you have tons of herbs from the garden to enhance it! This light and refreshing soup took two days to…

Summer Soup with Homemade Stock

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You never know what to expect when you answer the phone and somebody exclaims, "don't hang hang up, I'm not a telemarketer, I'm a radio producer!" ABMFM was looking on the East Coast for a Reiki Practitioner and stumbled across my information. Pretty exciting! Here is the link to listen 🙂 Curiosity peaked? I also had an article in Shore Monthly Magazine. Check it out! On August 13th & 20th, 2018 I was invited back…

Reiki Interview (8 mins)

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Growing up, my cooking was experimental to say the least…. Frankly it years of trial and err. The thing is I like good food. So I learned~ as I am not one to waste, or eat something gross. Anyone that knows me knows that that I need regular ‘feedings’ or I get hangry lol. Eventually I figured out the flavor profiles that work well together. My mother is an excellent cook. So perhaps some of…

‘At One’ with a One Pot Meal

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 Royal Wedding Reflection Bryan and I got engaged the eve of Thanksgiving 2017. Harry and Meghan announced their engagement that same weekend.  During the period of time I was preparing for my own life transitions a lightbulb went off in my head. Marriage is the ultimate 'Yoga'. It is a sacred union. The root word of yoga means to 'yoke' together like oxen...Or like a beautiful horse drawn carriage seen in fairytales. My wedding was…

Royal Reflections & Tea Meditation

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  There is so much information out there these days. I wanted to give y'all a taste of my personal favorites and go to resources. Places that I believe to be credible sources of information. Yoga Sequence Wiz is a the program I use to create my lesson plans. They have the cutest little stick figures. Moreover, the have helpful article and videos. Yoga International has a wealth of information. I will frequently send clients…

My Favorite Resources

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Welcome to my very FIRST BLOG POST! The Space Within The idea first came to me in July 2017 while on vacation with my girlfriends from college. I had no idea how stressed out I was until I was laying by the pool. We had it all to ourselves, total peace and quiet. The warm sun on my skin seemed to melt the tension away. Ahhh, my whole body took a sigh of relief. Being…

The Space Within

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