Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Unblock the Heart & Release Emotional Pain

February 2019 - Happy Heart Month
Let's celebrate diversity & practice
unconditional love for one another!
Love is powerful. 
Love is magnetic.
It binds atoms together in infinite complexity like
A rose. A child. An ocean. An ecosystem. A single thought. A full symphony.

Love is cohesive.
It binds people together in place and in community.
A family. A small town. A great nation. A single planet.


Unconditional Love is the most powerful force in the entire universe.
It allows us to soothe a crying child, offer compassion to someone less fortunate, infuse fun and excitement into our relationships...
yet it often seems unobtainable in daily life.

The human heart is like a flower that opens and closes.
A heart filled with unconditional love is like a lotus flower, rising out of muddy waters to offer its delicate beauty to the world. It has no idea how long it will bloom, or if anyone will even notice its presence. Still, it offers itself freely.


But sometimes the heart gets blocked, closed off from Spirit, unable to access love, compassion, kindness. An outburst of frustration, angst, anger, trepidation and fear, or sadness and depression can close the petals of the heart, one by one....
until love can neither be given or received.


What would we do in moments like these?

Could we breathe, get out in nature, or lend a helping hand? Get on our mat and practice? Stop work and go have some fun? Mediate or pray?

And if these fail to bring about the desired shift in mood, perception or thought in one's reality...
then what?

Practice acceptance for ourselves and others?
Wait until the inner storm passes? Or pry the heart back open?
Undergo years of psychotherapy?
Take a medication?

When you've done your very best to offer unconditional love and kindness, but feel thwarted by something you may or may not understand...perhaps something deeper than a passing emotion is surfacing. And that something is what ancient yogic texts call "samskara".



Samskaras
are subconscious patterns of thought that can trigger a memory, feeling or behavior. They manifest as a tendency, an impulse, or habitual way of acting and reacting.
 Samskaras affect your daily life. They can trigger suffering or wellbeing. Or dredge up feelings of resentment, hate or sadness...or give uplifting feelings of love, joy, peace, contentment.



A few years ago, I discovered a new modality, The Emotion Code, which I successfully used to lift a heavy cloud of grief that hung over me for a long time. In just TWO days, I felt like my usual happy self again. It was amazing!!  Such relief. 
And that opening allowed me to feel reconnected to Source at work and at play. It was as if a floodgate opened and love poured back in.

This month, we hope you find numerous ways to unblock your heart, celebrate diversity and cultivate unlimited, unconditioned love. Love is the operating system of the universe, and the power that fuels it. As a self-sustaining energy there's an inexhaustible supply waiting for you. Just open your heart and let if fill you.

If you're feeling stuck (January doldrums) or are in need of uplifting - join us for one of our celebrations of the heart (read below). And if you're ready to shift any old unprocessed emotions (samsakara) that block your heart from giving and receiving unconditional love - check out my Emotion Code sessions. I work with people in-person and by phone. It's painless and the results to release both physical and emotional pain are immediate.

Namaste,
Lynne

Lynne Ann Paterson
Prakasa Yoga & Wellness   
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Dark Night of the Soul and the Season of Light

December 2018

Congratulations!!
We've made it to December. And if you are reading this,  I wonder if it's a safe bet to say that you, too, have made it through a most challenging year!!

I didn't write a Thanksgiving letter because honestly I was having a "dark night of the soul" experience. Not able to touch much appreciation or gratitude. That experience lingers like an undesirable taste on the tongue...

What do you do when you can't see the Light of your Awareness? When your own mind wrecks havoc on your heart? Betrays your best intentions and bullies your future plans into submission?

Tantric Yoga Philosophy teaches us to view and understand our whole life as a "play of consciousness" - where what we experience in the world around us is a reflection of what's going on deep inside of us...hidden below the surface.

As a loving wife, mother, teacher I strive to live life from values I hold dear - beauty, love, truth, freedom, light, duty, kindness, nature. Yet what I've just been through has broken my heart and opened my eyes! To say I've steeped in the darkness behind the Light is an understatement. Did I experience the Devil? Hell? My own Arjuna/Krishna moment? I can't say for sure. It was awful, and remnants linger still...

I discovered a tempest inside of me that is completely raw, undeveloped, uncensored, ungrateful - even hateful. It's what I call the Big White Powerful Man archetype (a cultural Trump-ism?) that lives inside of me. Was it learned? Inherited? Did it stem from childhood trauma? Old wounds? Is it a form of the Hindu Goddess Kali Durga?

I cannot say for certain. But I saw how it masterfully it revels in putting down the gentle feminine side of my psyche. How it's over-encoded masculine, left-brain, demanding nature blatantly disregards the counsel of it's twin flame - the divine feminine, right-brain, receptive nature.  It's an attitude that's so essentially ingrained, and so very askew. A nuanced thread of awareness that's typically obscured from view. A subversive attitude that flows in the background of my mind largely unnoticed. One that I believe stems from a culture that values the mind over the heart; material gain over spiritual growth, intellect over intuition...the male ever dominating the female.

I must affirm this for myself, and it hopes that it gives you perspective.
Until I WITNESS & OWN the ways my shadow acts out inside myself, then trickles into the world, I am still part of the problem that humanity currently faces: an ingrained attitude of privilege that, like a virus spreading far and wide, permeates every level of our culture - business, politics, health care, education, finance, agriculture, entertainment, environment, etc.

To own the power of hatred, narcissism, privilege, sabotage, negativity within one's self in the first step out of the dark abode of the dead and back into the Light. It's Shiva Nataraja's first step in the dance of life - to dance despite the horror - to dance with it in order to reclaim your sovereign power - and privilege to uphold the Light in whatever way you can.

Suffering has it's place - a powerful  place - when powerfully expressed - as we've seen in the Black Lives Matter and Me, Too movements. What does your deep dark feminine side have to offer the world at this time? What truth or knowing is arising within you as we witness continued disclosure of misdeeds and hatred designed to control and harm good people (and children) everywhere?

To participate fully in the struggle to create balance between the masculine and feminine aspects within yourself is, to say the least, the greatest achievement that any human being could undertake at this time, in their life.

As Mahatma Gandhi so wisely said:
"If you want to change the world, start with yourself."
And just in case you didn't know, the title "mahatma" means "great soul". It refers to one who lives in balance with their body-mind-heart, and who despite the travesties surrounding them, shines their Light into the world, as a beacon, for those who - even temporarily - have lost their way, have lost their Light.

In owning my own white American privilege, I can remove the veil of darkness and step cautiously, back into the Light, without ever forgetting this lesson: When the male archetype is permitted to rage and act without regard for its other half, only destruction will follow.

In the Spirit of the Holidays - I encourage you to claim both the dark and the light within yourself - then choose to express the Holy Light in all that you think, say and do.

In Deep Respect with Folded Hands,
Lynne

Now on to "The Season of Light"...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Top 10 Health Habits for Autumn


Top 10 Health Habits for Autumn
Lynne Ann Paterson, Prakasa Yoga & Wellness


AVOID:
1. Avoid frozen foods, frozen desserts and iced drinks.
Leave the ice cream and frozen yogurt at the store. Cold foods cool the body. A cold body is less resistant to outside influences.

2. Avoid dairy and wheat.
Stop eating all dairy and wheat for 1-3 weeks to give your lungs and large intestine a rest. Dairy and flour products (cookies, cakes, muffins, bagels, etc.) are very congesting - especially when eaten together daily day. Any grain ground into flour (wheat, coconut, barley, rice, etc.) when mixed with liquid acts like glue in your intestines and creates congestion in the lungs.


PROTECT:
3. Oil your skin, nostril and ears.
I love to use Ayurveda Nasaya Oil, but any organic unprocessed oil will do (olive, almond, ghee, sesame). In the shower, after washing, rub oil over your entire body and rinse off excess. Put a little oil in your ears, nostril and mouth. Cold and wind can enter your body through all these areas. The best line of defense is proactive self-care.

4. Essential Oils
Rub eucalyptus essential oil on your chest (after oiling your skin). That will help to clear congestion in the lungs, and ward off germs should someone cough or sneeze your way.

5. Breathe more fully and deeply.
When I feel my energy dip, I stop, sit down for a few minutes, close my eyes and breathe this way: inhale 4 seconds, hold breath for 4 seconds, exhale 4 seconds, hold breath 4 seconds. This allows your lungs to absorb more oxygen!!

6. Scarf season is officially open.
Wear a beautiful scarf to keep Autumn’s cool, dry air off your neck and skin.

7. Slow Down & Sleep More.
Nature is slowing down, so should you. Overextending yourself depletes your energy reserves and weakens your immune system. It’s better to get regular sleep, then risk an illness.


NOURISH:
8. Hydrate Daily with Warm or Hot Water
The optimal amount is half your body weight in ounces. Ex. 100 lb person = drinks 50 oz. water
Why? The cool dry winds of Autumn dehydrate your body as much as the Summer sun.

9. Eat Soft Warming Food.
Eat yummy warming foods to counteract the dryness of cold air and the dehydrating effect it has on your lungs and skin. Meals that feature soup, congee, or stew seasoned with warming spices like ginger, mustard, pepper, garlic, anise, coriander, oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary. Warming spices and foods stimulate digestion and add moisture to your tissues to combat.
Add plenty of organic food grade oils like ghee, sesame, almond and olive oil (use olive oil raw and drizzle on your meal in the bowl).

10. Eat Orange & White Vegetables.
There's a good reason why orange is associated with Halloween. It's the color of Fall harvest veggies like carrots, beets and Winter squash. They offer natural sweetness and condensed energy to warm the body. White vegetables like turnips, daikon and radish help to break up phlegm and mucus because they are pungent.





Friday, February 2, 2018

2018 - It's gonna be a great year!

2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018


We're back from Morocco. Our Unleash Your Creativity Women's Retreat was a great success.
Now we're happy to be back home and in our studio teaching our great students with renewed enthusiasm.



February is "Healthy Heart" month.
Beyond buying Valentine's Day chocolates & flowers:

What are you doing to increase your heart health?
How are you healing an old broken heart?
Are you tending to your wounded inner child?




The matters of the heart really do matter, alot!!
When our spirit or physical heart is broken, injured, diseased or wounded it's impossible to live life fully and create the life we were meant to live.

I'm thrilled to say that I've declared 2018 to be the year of "authentic self-love". Spoil myself rotten in a good way kind of love. Follow the creative impulse within me. Shout it out loud every day: "I love you Lynne Ann Paterson" love.
Because honestly, if we don't truly nourish and heal our hearts and find immense joy every day, what's the point of being alive?


Since my dad passed away five years ago, I've committed myself to heal my past, transform my present and love my life in every way, shape and form. The path has been serious and challenging at times - like diving deep into a cloud of depression. Sigh! Seeing the shadow side of my own psyche to discover how I sabotage myself. Argh! Learning how
I cause my own pain and suffering. So True! Tapping ancient ancestral anger and learning to release it for good. Grrrr!
And now I have all the effective tools I need to emerge a fully radiant healthy woman. The work is not yet complete, but I feel that I'm getting closer. I've already seen great results in my mind, heart and health. And the puzzle pieces are fitting together nicely - with more ease and Grace.


Why I do believe I am finally becoming whole!!

How about you? 
Where you at in your personal journey health and wellness?
Are you just beginning to address the inner landscape
- to deal with your emotions and feelings?
Have you been transforming your mindsets and daily habits
- to sync up and support your dreams?
Have you been going it alone and trying your best
- only to realize that you're stuck and can't move past some issue?
Are you able to evolve every year? Are you staying young, vibrant and healthy AS you get older?


What we do during the month of January sets the tone for the entire year. 
If my own experiences in Morocco are any indication - it's going to be a great year!!

I'm ready to have a truly amazing 2018. Are you? Would you like to join me?
If you know it's time to:
     ~ get unstuck and move forward
     ~ make some lasting changes in your diet and lifestyle
     ~ lose unwanted weight, enjoy deeper sleep, have abundant energy...

Then I'd love to guide you.
I'll help you to upgrade your daily habits, self care, emotional patterns, thoughts, perspectives, breathing, 
so the experience you have of yourself is joyous, free and easeful. 


If you're ready and willing to make 2018 your healthiest year ever, 
please contact me, today and request a complimentary consultation.
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Repeat after me:

2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018 - 2018 
...it's gonna be a great year!










Lynne Ann Paterson
The Green Yogini
Prakasa Yoga & Wellness Studio
Younger AS You Age Health Coach
Emotion Code Practitioner
www.prakasayoga.com

Lynne Paterson, E-RYT500
Founder/Director of Prakasa Yoga Studio