Spring Full Pink Moon + Theme of April is Intensity

 

Happy Full Pink Moon! 

The theme of this month is INTENSITY. I started off April like, nah, that is not accurate. Life is gooooood, right? Well, for me things really ramped up and life threw me a freaking curve ball from left field. DID NOT SEE THAT ONE COMING! DANG! I am now so thankful for the scheduled training I had planned, I almost backed out. 

When life throws you a curve ball, what do you do? What do you WANT to do? What is the best thing to do for your Highest Good?

The energy workers in my sister Shamanic Practitioner group were discussing a really important topic at our shamanic training this past weekend.

What is power? How do you retrieve it? Where did we first give it away? How can we get it back?

Searching… Let me know what YOU feel.

So many fun things to do with health, wellness and yoga for this spring! Take a peek and we will see you online or on the mat soon! Namaste. 

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The Earth is coming alive! What is your intention for this next cycle?

What is your intention for this next cycle? It is SPRING!
Have you shed off the winter and moved into this new cycle of birth? The Earth is coming alive! I encourage you to spend at least 15 minutes outside every day. I have a rhythm that makes me go outside, I have brought my 2 horses onto our land as of last fall. My son and I built a hotwire fence with help from the hubby and we have a lovely barn that they stay in at night next door. Getting outside daily really helps keep my body in sync with the circadian rhythms of the seasons, the sunrise and sunsets and I see the stars every clear night. So refreshing. Come to our retreat and spend some time out here with us this summer!
My daily life has drastically been altered since last month, my son is now active duty Navy, and he is in bootcamp right now, as I write you. I have had an upheaveal of bittersweet emotions and with that stated I have added a few things to my Self time. One is beginning my study as a Shamanic Practitioner. This was on my calling for years, and the time is now for me to begin, I started with an intense weekend training the weekend before my son left. I have had a lot of tears and letting go emotions! So much more difficult than I imagined.
Taking my first Shamanic training has been so grounding. I am so thankful for the tapped in, turned on comnnection I have received with my sister Goddeses and Sprit. This has really brought me through the difficult emotions of my first born leaving the nest. The permanance of the Navy is such a dramatic way to go, and he was in shock factor for the first month, as well. No phone, no personal affects, no calls for 2 weeks, and only a few letters.
As in Kali energy, the chaos is how my life rolls. BUT ahhhh… the beauty she brings. My next weekend Shamanic training is this weekend! So looking forward to it.
Affirmations for Spring:
I TRUST IN THE UNIVERSE NOW!!!
I AM IN THE DIVINE FLOW!
I AM OPEN AND RECEIVING UNLIMITED ABUNDANCE FROM ALL SOURCES!

What are you clearing? What are you embracing? Journaling is an integral part of my daily Sadhana, and if you are looking to add to your daily time for self care and do not know where to begin read more about Sadhana.

Ayurvedic practices have been another way to delve into taking care of Self. I mentioned one before to you, massage with oil, a practice of Self care called Abayangha (oiling part or the whole body with intention).
The other one is Nasya, and is really super simple. It is an herbal blend of oil that is placed into the nose and sniffed in to effect the brain and olfactory senses immediately. 👌 It is really powerful, there is a lot of Eastern research on this practice.

Taking time for YOU this season is number one priority.

I would love to meet with you on video chat and do an affirmation creation session, an angel card reading, Reiki healing or some life and nutrition coaching! Book a time with me! Let’s chat!

See you online or on the mat soon!

Namaste. 

Peace, Love + Light, 

Lisa

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About Yoga 4 Love’s Teaching Style~ Intuitive Vinyasa Flow

Intuitive Vinyasa is:
a yoga practice or class taught with the traditional elements of a vinyasa flow, the movement of Prana, the connection to Source and the mindfulness of being present with and for our Self and the ones whom we are teaching.
Intuitive Vinyasa is also:
the ability to utilize the tools of Yogic truth (Sat) and bring these teachings intuitively into the present now moment, with relevance to the mind-body connection. It is a way of life, moving with the breath, using the body as an expression of art, and a deep personal connection to Spirit. Trainees learn to practice with energy, the elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Ether, as well acknowledgement of the four directions, our ancestors and our lineage.
~Lisa Ware
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Spring Equinox is Monday, March 20, 2017! What are you clearing?

Spring Equinox (or Fall in the Southern Hemisphere) is Monday, March 20 at 4:28 AM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

 

(blog in progress, will write more later this weekend)

It is time to SURRENDER our anger, our resistance, our judgement and our need to know.

Enter the fiery time of action, movement, and fruition. Use fire in a ceremony or ritual to surrender something that still needs to be unloaded. It can be symbolic as in burning a written narrative about what you are surrendering. Equinoxes always signal a chance for change and for renewal, taking the nourishment from the previous cycle and the freedom from surrender and weaving it into a new picture, a new expression and a new signature. Celebrate this newness, this rebirth in some way by doing something that represents an expansion and an upgrade. What part of you is being reborn? Honor it!

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Why Practice Daily Sadhana? by Lisa Ware

Please read Lisa’s article on Sādhana in the April 2017 edition of Dallas Yoga Magazine, too! This is an edited, condensed version of below. 

 

Why Practice Daily Sadhana?

 (Sanskrit: sādhana)… literally “a means of accomplishing something”, is an ego-transcending spiritual practice.[2] It includes a variety of disciplines … that are followed [in] order to achieve various spiritual or ritual objectives.

In particular, sādhana can refer to a tantric liturgy or liturgical manual, that is, the instructions to carry out a ritual.

The historian N. Bhattacharyya provides a working definition of the benefits of sādhana as follows:

Religious sādhana, which both prevents an excess of worldliness and molds the mind and disposition (bhāva) into a form which develops the knowledge of dispassion and non-attachment. Sādhana is a means whereby bondage becomes liberation.[6]

Iyengar (1993: p. 22) in his English translation of and commentary to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali defines sādhana in relation to abhyāsa and kriyā:

Sādhana is a discipline undertaken in the pursuit of a goal. Abhyāsa is repeated practice performed with observation and reflection. Kriyā, or action, also implies perfect execution with study and investigation. Therefore, sādhanā, abhyāsa, and kriyā all mean one and the same thing. A sādhaka, or practitioner, is one who skillfully applies…mind and intelligence in practice towards a spiritual goal.

 

Kriyā (in Sanskrit “action, deed, effort”)… most commonly refers to a “completed action”, technique or practice within a yoga discipline meant to achieve a specific result. Another meaning of Kriya is an outward physical manifestation of awakened kundalini, such as a spontaneous body movement related to Kundalini energy flow. O Kriya Shakti is “a power of thought” said to be greatly studied by yogis.

 

I want to share with you why Sadhana is a significant part of your daily practice in your development as a yogi and as a human being, living your 100 or so years on this planet. This practice is not something to check off a list, and it is very different than asana or meditation. Sadhana is done with specific intention to grow and awaken to the Flow.

There is a common saying, “You are what you eat.” In yoga, there is another saying. “Your habits define you.”

Kundalini Yoga recognizes every soul as perfect, pure and Divine. There is nothing to redeem or purify at the soul-level, isn’t this great news!? The soul is complete and beautiful as it is. But this reality “life” is based on our habits. Our habits define us to ourselves and to other people. By our habits, we live in peace, joy and happiness. By our habits, we create suffering and pain.  When we change our habits, everything around us can change.


For many years I held a forty day spiritual practice  over Lent (a sadhana, as I now know). The first thing I ever did for a spiritual practice was simply to give up sugar for 40 days. The depth of my practices have definitely deepened, but the intention is always to do the Sadhana as an intention to connect to something greater than ourselves. Read on to learn more.

In this article I have listed some ideas for you and many important details on this topic to get you started on your daily practice. My hope is that you begin this journey, or deepen one you already have and continue to develop this practice daily until your life in this Earth realm is complete!

~ Lisa Ware

 

Sadhana FAQ’s:

What is this sadhana thing anyway?

  • A sadhana is simply a daily spiritual practice designed to allow oneself to turn inward and perceive life as it truly is.

But I’m not religious at all, why would I want to do a spiritual practice?

  • Being spiritual is not about religion at all – although it might mean you have a personal relationship to God, the Divine, the Universe, the Infinite, Consciousness, Allah, the Divine, Source, The Great Mystery, Goddess, Shiva, Shakti… whatever word you like to use to describe something that is omniscient.
  • Many people find connecting with nature is an innately spiritual experience, it makes them feel more in tune with life, and with themselves.
  • A spiritual practice is simply a practice that connects you to your Highest Self. That is – your ego self, which is small, limited and separate from everything else, to your Higher Self, which is infinite and connected to the great I AM.

Ideas for a daily of 40 day Sadhana:

  • A mantra
  • A chant
  • A specific daily meditation
  • A specific yogic asana practice like surya namaskar (sun salutation)
  • A particular kriya (set yoga practice which can include asana, pranayama, meditation, asana, mantra, mudra…)
  • Creative visualization
  • Affirmations, said with intention
  • Reading a spiritual text
  • A daily walk in nature

Why do we practice a sadhana for forty days?

  • A sadhana doesn’t have to be for forty days, it may be just every single day for an indeterminate length of time, or it may be a set time that you decide.
  • Forty days is usually the minimum, it’s a number with significance in many spiritual texts, including the Bible, as Lent is for forty days.
  • One reason for this is when you do something every single day for forty days, it ingrains the new discipline into our brains; this is the study of neuroplasticity! The grooves in the brain get re-grooved or REALLY GROOVY! These new grooves (sadhana) can replace old bad ones (samskaras) and this literally now becomes part of who you are!

What are the benefits of practicing a sadhana for forty days?

  • SELF LOVE ~ Love your self. LOVE YOUR SELF. No one can ever love you more than you. This is the calibration for all other love to come in. Ebb and Flow, baby!, this is the cycle of giving and receiving.
  • Commitment ~ a sadhana may only be three, five or ten minutes a day, but just doing it every single day no matter what says that you care about your spiritual evolution. Put yourself first. Do not cancel on you, do this regularly and you are growing and evolvoing.
  • Discipline ~ the ego is shrewd, clever and tricky. It and will use all kinds of excuses to try and keep you from doing your sadhana. Doing it every single day builds discipline as we learn not to listen to the mind and the ego, and to just DO what feels good because we know we truly want it. Every thought that feels good is bringing us closer to our Inner Guidance System and attracting more feeling good thoughts!
  • Evolution ~ you’re either changing and growing as a person, or you’re stagnating. “When you rest you rust”, said the women’s movement entrepreneur, Mary Kay Ash. Do you want life to imporve? Doing a daily sadhana is one small way to make sure that every single day is just a little bit better than the last one, no matter what else is going on in your life.
  • Foundation ~ just 10 minutes. A sadhana is like planting a tiny little seed in the garden. Every day you practice you water it and it grows… and as you get used to dedicating ten minutes a day to your evolution and growth, you’ll naturally discover you want to create more and more time for yourself! That tiny seed blossoms, grows and bears fruit and one day you turn around and discover your whole life has become a sadhana. (read more about Sadhana in the book BE HERE NOW, by Ram Dass)

I want to start my own sadhana. How do I start?

  • Set an intention based on one aspect of yourself you want to evolve, or what aspect you’d like to let go of.
  • Find a practice that supports that, ideas below.

Examples of Sadhanas:

  • Want to open your heart and increase the amount of compassion you feel for other people? Try a heart opening practice.
  • Want to find greater mental clarity, increase your intuition and open your third eye? Try a simple Om meditation.
  • Want to get rid of old mental and emotional behaviour patterns? Try a chakra cleansing practice.
  • Want to build a daily yoga asana practice? Practice surya namaskar (sun saluations) every single day, starting with five a day and building up to 30 a day. Or more.
  • Want to be a part of something greater? Train for the Global Mala, which is happening September 20th and 21st around the world. http://www.globalmala.com/
  • As a yoga teacher you may also host a Global Mala!

For those who want to seriously practice kriyas, it is time to formulate a specific sadhana. The result is accelerated spiritual evolution. Sadhana becomes a powerful method to achieve this result.

There are three important aspects of sadhana:

  1. Choice
  2. Commitment
  3. Aspiration

The first stage of sadhana is to choose a practice. Even the most simple sadhana will be challenging to the newcomer. Consider the sadhana of lighting a candle every night, then immediately blowing it out.  Nothing more or nothing less. Do this for ninety days. You will observe the mind coming up with every reason why you shouldn’t do it and every excuse why you missed a few (or many) nights. Yet by accepting it as a sadhana, you make a choice to do it and it becomes a spiritual practice.

 

The second aspect of sadhana relates to regularity, doing something at periodic,  planned intervals. This typically would be at the same time in the same place everyday. Yet it doesn’t have to be everyday. This sadhana practice could be every other day or every Tuesday and Thursday, as long as it is regular. Doing practice irregularly is not sadhana. Once the schedule is selected, the challenge of sadhana is to stick with it and not to miss your own appointed time. This is the first measure of commitment, commitment to your Self time. This creates a strong sense of Self Worth.

The third measure is to make a commitment for a specific period of time; that is, choose do the practice for thirty days, sixty days, ninety days, 108 days or even 1000 days. Notice the level of your success, then take a break. Decide upon another practice (or the same one) and make another commitment, or add onto your already established practice.

Choice and regularity are not the only aspects of sadhana. If they were, getting dressed every day would be a sadhana. We choose what clothes to wear and we do it.  Dressing could be a sadhana, yet it is just a mechanical action done every day. The final key to a successful sadhana is conscious intention. This is where the power of the UNIVERSAL SOURCE is generated and this moment is when the intention becomes an aspiration.

 

Many yogis chose a simple action, the practice of “neti”, the washing of the nostrils with distilled saline water. For this to be a sadhana, however, rather than just another cleansing action like washing the body in the shower, your intention is necessary.

With these words not only is an intention created around the practice, but an aspiration for each day. You will gradually become more consciously aware of having a spiritual goal. Perhaps that ultimate goal is samadhi, of being a spiritually enlightened being.

 

Simple statements to set intention:

  • This is all I have to do to evolve spiritually.
  • This is the only practice I must do to spiritually grow.
  • This is the only act that I need to do to develop as a spiritual being.
  • This is all I have to do for the benefit of self, other, and the world.

 

Initially, it will challenge the mind and the ego. The spiritual “you” may even win the battle, but to keep it from becoming mechanical, or something that you “check off the list” setting an intention is required. Pick an intention from above.

 

Candle Sadhana Exercise:

  1. Choose a practice (candle exercise or another)
  2. Pick regular time or set a specific period/interval to do the sadhana.
  3. Make a commitment.

 

THEN daily:

  1. Set an intention.
  2. Light your Sadhana candle.
  3. Blow out the candle. Immediately.
  4. Doing no other practice than this will, you begin a transformation process that will alter your life.


One immediate result of sadhana is the remembrance of who we are rather than “what we are” during the brief moments the sadhana takes. Repetitively remembering our inner essence nature is at the heart of all spiritual growth. One day we will remember our spiritual essence in every moment. That is the realized state, Samadhi.

Start with a simple sadhana to build your confidence and commitment. Add another sadhana in addition to this one. Expand your sadhana time to include many practices that bring you joy like yoga asana or other organic movement/dance, chanting or japa mala (inner mantra), cleansing Ayurvedic actions and kriya practices.

 

Talk to a spiritual leader, Ayurvedic doctor or advanced yogic practitioner to help you choose an appropriate kriya, chant/mantra or pranayama.

 

Practicing a particular kriya, chant or mantra every single day for the same amount of time. Based on the number of days you do this, here is how it will affect your habits:

40 Days: Practice every day for 40 days straight. This will break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through the kriya or mantra.

90 Days: Practice every day for 90 days straight. This will establish a new habit in your conscious and subconscious minds based on the effect of the kriya or mantra. It will change you in a very deep way.

120 Days: Practice every day for 120 days straight. This will confirm the new habit of consciousness created by the kriya or mantra. The positive benefits of the kriya get integrated permanently into your psyche.

1000 Days: Practice every day for 1000 days straight. This will allow you to master the new habit of consciousness that the kriya or mantra has promised. No matter what the challenge, you can call on this new habit to serve you.

 

Remember, a re-creating a new samakara is creating a habit. It is an unconscious re-grooving of the mind, the glandular system and the nervous system. We develop habits at a very young age. Some of them serve our Highest Good. Some of them do not. By doing a 40, 90, 120 or 1000 day special sadhana, you can rewire the brain and increase neuroplasticity. You CAN develop new, deeply ingrained habits that serve your Highest Good!

 

“One part of sadhana should stay constant long enough for you to master, or at least experience, the changes evoked by a single technique. Each kriya and mantra has its individual effects, although they all elevate you toward a cosmic consciousness. Learn to value the pricelessness of one kriya, and all others will be understood in a clearer light.”

~Yogi Bhajan

 


Sources:

Wikipedia

Alan Verdegraal, “Tantra: The Magazine”, Issue #8, p22-23 Transcribed with permission of the author. Copyright 1994

http://theyogalunchbox.co.nz/what-is-a-sadhana-and-why-do-i-need-one-in-my-life/

https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/sadhana/40901201000-day-sadhanas

The Law of Attraction

Yogi Bhajan, from The Aquarian Teacher, Level One Instructor. Page 150.

 

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Beauty From the Inside featured in Dallas Yoga Magazine

 

 

Beauty from the Inside

By: Shelly Conlon, Ellis County Business Journal

As a cosmetologist, Lisa Ware strived for clients to find their own beauty. She made the experience personal and the connection honest for each person who sat in her chair, but when the dye faded and she’d see those clients again in 6 weeks, she knew she was looking for something more spiritual.

That’s why after 17 years in cosmetology, she stepped back, put down her scissors and began searching for something more. Well, part of the reason, that is. Now she’s launched a global, mobile yoga teaching certification class to bring individuals together, help individuals find peace and understanding and help others teach more individuals to do the same….. click here for full article

 

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Vanilla Banana Green Smoothie

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One large handful of organic spinach, two cups of organic soy milk, one half of frozen banana, one scoop of vanilla complete and blend! This is my son’s favorite and it’s extremely simple and delicious.

 

Isn’t it pretty?Banna-green-smoothie

You know how bananas go bad so quickly so what we do is on the day after they get a little bit too right then peel them break them in half and put them in a gallon Ziploc. They blend up nicely and make your smoothies very creamy.

 

Peace, Love + Light~
Lisa Ware
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Full Moon Expansion in The Year of the Rooster with Full Lunar Eclipse

I love the full moon, I am a Moon Goddess for sure. The dreams you have around a full moon seem more meaningful, Keep a journal by your bed.

This full moon think about how you can be expansive in your dreaming, changing and choosing.  Eclipses always intensify any experience as well as support change, so look for some intensity during this time and turn that experience into something positive for yourself. We suggest that you are careful who you spend time with around these eclipses as you can be influenced by negative energy as well as positive inspiration.

It is a good day to do something that expands you. Take a hike to a mountain top where you can see a big landscape. Look at the heavens through a telescope. Go out into the vast ocean on a boat. Breathe deeply and expand your lung capacity. Take something you already do and do it longer and more energetically and with more enthusiasm. This informs the universe that you are ready for MORE.

The energy around this full moon is fiery and aggressive. Use this in a good way to propel and penetrate your bigger more creative dreams and desires into  reality. Stay focused on what YOU want and don’t get derailed by the cynicism of others. Be creative, inspired, and take action.

For a short, mysterious darkening time, the Moon that governs our emotional needs, our security, our nourishing energies, our urge to protect and our intuition will be disengaged from solar rays, solar polarity and will empty and free itself of all that has gone before. A closing and a reopening. What can you offer up to the dark time that will free your inner royal self? Or that inner, open-hearted child self that Leo represents? It’s a moon to align with your power and open up to the joy of the innocence in you.

Leo is that regal part of yourself that likes attention, recognition, to be admired, surrounding oneself with pleasure and luxury, maintaining excellence. Leos are ruled by the Sun after all and are the rulers of our hearts-the center of our bodies just like the Sun is the center of our solar system. Courage and flamboyance, much like the rooster, as well as strong will and pride are Leo’s gifts wherever it rules in your chart. Let this Full Moon release all that stands in the way of your creativity, playfulness and romantic expression as the Moon rolls through warm, big-hearted Leo. Tune into the confidence and radiance inherent in your true essence.

Sources: The Power Path

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