My 30 Day Yoga Challenge, Day 24 (Honor the Moon)

My 30 Day Yoga Challenge, Day 24

(Honor The Moon)


[ Celebrate Womanhood ]

There was a time when I would get my menstrual cycle and I would be utterly disappointed.

For me, it meant

horrible pain, dizziness, dehydration, exhaustion and the complete feeling of helplessness. 

You see, I was raised by a single-parent father. And though I appreciate and respect him for doing the best he could to raise a daughter by himself (since I was 5-months old), I still had to learn how to be a woman in many ways by myself. The first time I had a period, I was 9 years old… through shear trauma and pain, I finally started to have what I call, “a happy period”, in my mid-20s.

Today, I celebrate my period, my menstrual cycle, my happy period, my Moon Cycle, as a way to Celebrate Womanhood.

[ The Experience ]

Today was the first time in over a year or so where my Moon Cycle came with a vengeance.  I totally credit it to not taking care of myself this past week; working on my business overtime, and eating junk to save time.  Bad idea! LOL

But, I thank the beautiful practice of Yoga being in my life. Because even though I didn’t make it to a class at the studio today, I was able to still do Yoga.  I looked online for some Menstrual Cycle-specific poses and found some.  I integrated one of the poses into my practice today and you have no idea how grateful I am!

In case you are curious, here are two of the resources I found:

Pose #1:  Bow pose or dhanurasana
Pose #1: Bow pose or dhanurasana

[ The Takeaway ]

Yoga is just a beautiful thing.  I never thought that 22 years after having my first Moon Cycle I’d be tending to my discomfort with Yoga, targeting my belly and lower back in gentle, effective ways.  My breathing deepened at the end of my practice tonight, too (when I first started, it was shallow and fast).

The best part, I only invested 20 minutes of my time for this healing. I find that as I Salute the Sun in my practice, Yoga also allows me to Honor The Moon.

Now, I will definitely continue Yoga (and eat right and balance my work load properly).  

Oh and I also use Carnelian, a healing crystal to naturally heal my Moon Cycle discomfort, as well as to stay focused in my business. Win-win!

[ Question For You ]

What are some holistic remedies you use for PMS?

Please comment below!

Here’s to your health, happiness and WHOLENESS!



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My 30 Day Yoga Challenge, Day 18 (Salute The Sun)

My 30 Day Yoga Challenge, Day 18

(Salute The Sun)


[ Basking in the Sun ]

I feel on top of the world.  I feel so high on life that I fill the warmth upon my skin from a sun that illuminates from within.  Everyday I have something to celebrate, like this:

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As I ride this wave of celebrating milestone upon milestone, I salute the sun.

[ Saluting Synchronicity: An Aside ]

So, I went to grab that image of my 2 year Sober Birthday on my Facebook page and this pops up on my news feed:

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So, I pick a crystal, and as synchronicity would have it, I am attracted to:

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And post this response…

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It appears as I salute the sun, the sun is saluting me, in synchronicity.

[ The Experience ]

I did my practice at-home today. I wanted to keep it simple, and focused on repetition of the Sun Salutation, Surya Namaskar.

Sun Salutation is probably the most famous yoga sequence and there is a good reason for it. Sun Salutations stretch all the major muscle groups of the body, relax the mind, and help you to deepen your breath. Barbora Moravkova from Ayurveda Holistic Medicine presents an easy step by step guide on how to practice Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar). Sun Salutation is a wonderful way to start your day, reduce your stress and ground your body & mind for the day. So, if you are looking for ways how to reduce stress, this is it.

Here’s a great poster image:

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Purchase this Poster from the Deaf Wellness Shop!

Welcome to Karli Yoga Shop. We have a new DVD instructional yoga with Qualified and Deaf Yoga Instructor, Karli Dettman, for you to buy to continue practice yoga in the privacy of your homes. We also have two Karli Yoga posters for order to put up on your walls to remind you to practice yoga regularly. What a great way to maintain good health overall.

[ The Takeaway ]

The more I do this practice of yoga for myself, first and foremost, I am amazed at how in tune I am with the flow of life.  Yoga opens me up to the magical world that is around me. Whether I do 4 Sun Salutations or an hour and 15 minute class of any type of yoga, I feel fulfilled.  Yoga is truly, for every body, and for any where.

[ Another realization ]

The #18 in Jewish Tradition, Chai, is a symbol that means life.  I don’t talk a lot about my Jewishness, but when I am so aware of life as I am now, things like this stick out (and probably for a reason)…

From "Double Chai", a post by White Girl in Black Face Blog
From “Double Chai”, a post by White Girl in Black Face Blog

I feel so alive and filled with life right now.  I am co-creating my life and loving every moment!  How appropriate to be at day 18 of my challenge.

Yoga is helping me to live my LIFE fully.

Life feels good. 🙂

[ Question For You ]

What synchronicity has amazed you lately?

Please comment below!

Here’s to your health, happiness and WHOLENESS!


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