Cultivating Tapas to Evoke Tejas

Cultivating Tapas to Evoke Tejas

The Yoga of Inner Fire

Beautiful ones, today I want to share with you the concepts of Tapas and Tejas. Through the study of Yoga Philosophy, you can cultivate vibrant living and inner radiance.

In Yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy, there is the concept of humans as the microcosm of the macrocosm. Everything in nature presents within us and everything within us presents within nature. We are the little world in which the universe is reflected. Look around and you may see this to be true.

Agni is the Sanskrit word for fire. It represents the Vedic god of fire and illuminates, transforms, creates warmth and energy. In Ayurveda, Agni is the fire of digestion and metabolism. It is present in the body in the form of Pitta Dosha and has its origins in Tejas.

Tejas is illumination, radiant splendor. It represents intelligence, illumination, energy, and vitality. It is the superfine essence of Pitta (one of the Ayurvedic Doshas) and can be seen as a melting heart that draws others in.

How does one build Tejas?

Through Tapas – tap is the Sanskrit word for “burn”. Tapas, which means austerity is purification through discipline. Tapas is related to Agni, the element of fire, and it can be perceived as burning enthusiasm.

It purifies samskaras, deeply ingrained habits, and ways of being that no longer serve us. For instance, Tapas builds character and strengthens our will. It also helps us hone our intention so that it is stronger than the obstacles we encounter.⁠⁠
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⁠With a steadfast dedication to Yoga practice, we can turn Tapas into the more refined Tejas. ⁠⁠
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As a result of my own evolution through Yoga practice and all the benefits it brings, I am inspired to rededicate my heart to daily Sadhana. I already feel the burning fire of discipline ignited in my soul. It feels good.⁠⁠

Here is a little look at my daily practice:

  • 7:00 am: Wake-up and meditate. Get some exposure to sunlight.
  • 7:20 am: Perform oral hygiene that includes oil pulling, tongue scraping, and brush teeth.
  • 7:30 am: Drink hot water with lemon or lime if you have a fiery nature. This will hopefully stimulate elimination. Sit and plan out my day.
  • 7:45 am: Move my body/ care for kids. In the first part of the day, I like to get in the bulk of my exercise. I vary my workouts but usually, they include rebounding, Yoga sun salutations), pranayama (breathwork), dance, and sometimes Agni Sara.
  • 9:00 am: Perform abhyanga (warm oil self-massage)/ shower/ eat something warm, light, and noruishing.
  • 10:00 am: Begin Work. I try to get the bulk of my work done during Pitta (fiery) time of day 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. You will notice this is the time the sun is highest in the sky – it is also the time when the fire is strongest in our bodies.
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch – eat your largest meal of the day in this time of fire and digestive strength. Eat in silence if possible and try to stay off screens.
  • 12:30 pm: Take a walk in nature.
  • 1:00 pm: Finish up any computer tasks or work that requires a lot of focus.
  • 2:00 pm: This begins Vata time of day which is the most creative time. I love to use this period for creative projects, meditation, communication, and things like restorative Yoga.
  • 5:00 pm: Dinner prep food and eat. Choose from local – whole foods – close to nature and filled with Prana so nothing with a long shelf life and freshly made if possible.
  • 6:00 pm: Commit to completing any work tasks by now and turn work off. Be fully present with my family, and invite play and pleasure. As a person who tends toward overwork, making this commitment to myself is supremely important.
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Catch evening sunset – view outdoors if possible. (More on this from the brilliant Dr. Huberman)
  • 8:00 pm: Turn off all electronics by this time. Ideally two hours before bed. (Or get blue light glasses)
  • 10:00 pm: This is the ideal time for bedtime.

I hope this sample routine helps you! It is a way to cultivate the power of discipline which has innumerable benefits. When we build Tapas – we increase our pure potential and authentic power to show up in the world as who we are meant to be.

Here’s a beautiful video from Rod Stryker on turning Tapa to Tejas.

https://yogainternational.com/article/view/tapas-into-tejas-building-character

Join me on Wednesdays for small group Yoga Therapy classes. This month our focus is cultivating Tapas.

What I wish I had known when I started my business

What I wish I had known when I started my business

What I wish I had known when I started my business

Is your heart and soul invested in your business?⁠⠀
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Mine has been for as long as I can recall. When this is the case, there may be a tendency to get burnt out, overwhelmed, disappointed, and all other heart-centered challenging feelings when we find things not going our way. ⁠⠀
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Here are the TOP 3 THINGS I wish I knew when I started my business:⁠⠀
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1. Stay committed to the journey. No matter what anyone tells you, success doesn’t happen overnight. Stay steady, aim your compass to your true north, and remain focused on the end goal. ⁠⠀
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2. Remove your sense of worthiness from the extrinsic success of your offerings. For example – you launch your heartfelt offering to the world and….crickets. Do not let this dissuade you! Lean back, tune in, is it still aligned? What worked well? What didn’t work? What can you do better? For this part, use the second brain or the top brain and remain cool and detached. Your worthiness is not determined by your outward success. ⁠⠀
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3. Focus on building relationships! Business can be fun and playful and sexy! Dance, move, sing …. stay connected to source, and become a crystal clear channel for what wants to flow through you. ⁠⠀
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2020 Holiday Gift Guide

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Did you know consumer spending accounts for 70% of America’s economic activity? You have so much power than you realize when making purchases this holiday season. 

It’s food for thought after seeing this year’s devastating fires, massive hurricanes, and more

Our Earth is hurting which is why over the past decade I have grown more and more into my role as an educator and earth-based practitioner.

So while you shop this Holiday Season, use your consumer power to also do good.

I’ve put together a curated holiday shopping list with some of my favorite products from some really impactful brands.

Scroll through to find very intentional and earth-friendly products that also include discounts and special access for guilt-free shopping. 

I’m an affiliate with these companies because I believe so strongly in what and how they do what they do.  When you shop here this holiday season, you know your money makes a positive difference in the world. 

Ethical and Sustainable Gift Ideas

1. prAna

Prana is an incredible company that creates versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories. prAna is committed to clothing for positive change #C4PC…and they make my favorite Yoga pants ever! 

From the farm to the factory to our closets, we all have an opportunity to reduce our impact on the environment. Start asking questions about your clothes in the same way you ask about the food you eat, and you can help fundamentally change the way clothing is made.
Check out their renewal program.
I am absolutely in love with the Paiz legging (size up) and the Inigma Top. Soooo comfortable and flattering!
Transform 7/8 Legging

2. Jade

I’ve been using Jade Yoga mats for 20+ years! Jade is committed to making the world’s best performing, most environmentally friendly yoga products and giving back to the earth with every product sold. Run by a former lawyer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no question that making eco-friendly yoga products is our number one priority.   Lucky for us, made right, natural rubber is both the most eco-friendly and best-performing yoga mat you can get.
Their Harmony mat and Travel mat are my favorites.

3. Indigenous

Indigenous is a beautiful company that offers fair trade and 100% organic apparel with unique yet familiar designs. A leader in ethical, sustainable fashion for over 20 years, INDIGENOUS is committed to paying living wages as well as conserving natural resources.

Some of my favorites that make great gifts: Fisherman Sweater, Large Closure Basket, Alpaca Throw

20% OFF YOUR FIRST PURCHASE ON DONEGOOD.COM

Indigenous Designs FishermanS

5. Banyan Botanicals

Banyan Botanicals is my absolute go to for everything Ayurveda. The quality of their products is second to none as is the depth of guidance and resources they provide. Also, Banyan Botanicals is a certified B Corporation! When you purchase from a Certified B Corporation, you can trust that your money is going to companies that are using their efforts to create positive change in the world, focusing equally on environmental and social change along with profits.

My favorite products that I always keep in stock: 

Beautiful Massage Oil Set, Rejuvenating Chyvanaprash, and Joyful Heart Tea.

Check out their incredible holiday sale!

6. Beauty Counter

Beauty Counter is another long time favorite. They are a B Corp like Banyan – meaning they’re totally dedicated to. One by one, they are leading a movement to a future where all beauty is clean beauty. Our collective mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Formulate, advocate, & educate—that’s our motto for creating products that truly perform while holding ourselves to unparalleled standards of safety. Why? It’s really this simple: beauty should be good for you.

Get glowing Holiday Skin with their Vitamin C Serum, Overnight Peel with their BrightSide Duo!

7. Grove Collaborative

Grove is the first (and only) plastic neutral retailer in the world. One simple belief started Grove; that everyone should have access to high quality, natural products that are better for you and better for the Earth. They exclusively carry products that meet standards for being non-toxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. They value safety, transparency, social welfare and exclusively work with partners who do, too. We also carbon offset every shipment that goes out of our door.

I’m in love with this Limited Edition Candle Set and their Microgreens Grow Kit at the moment!

8. Sunlighten Sauna

My all-time favorite investment is my Sunlighten Sauna. I can’t tell you how many cold winter days I have received such great pleasure warming up in my sauna, not to mention the myriad of health benefits it offers for the whole family!

When the weather outside is frightful, the warmth of a sauna is so delightful. For your loved ones (and yourself), Sunlighten offers the best quality and most innovative light therapy solution in the world. Their customizable infrared saunas empower users to take control of their health and quality of life. From natural pain relief to anti-aging and weight loss, the benefits are endless.

mPulse 3-in-1® Infrared: the only true full-spectrum infrared sauna technology with separate heaters for near, mid, and far-infrared light. Select a specific wellness program for a truly unique experience.
Signature® Far Infrared: the safest, most effective far infrared sauna on the market that uses Solocarbon® infrared technology, clinically tested to show it lowers blood pressure, increases core temperature, and aids in weight loss.
Solo System®: like a sleeping bag for your soul — this is the best portable far infrared sauna on the market to give you solace in an affordable, highly effective way.
Heat up your gift-giving this holiday.

Learn more at Sunlighten.com or call 877-292-0020 with questions. Mention promo code SEALYFREESHIP  to receive get FREE SHIPPING on any sauna through 12.24.19.

9. Turn To Nature

A beautiful local (NJ) company with earth-based practices offerings teas, herbal solutions and gorgeous handmade jewelery. 

10. Backyard Harvest Solutions

Remembering, Rewilding, Sharing, Weaving the Magic&Sacredness of Life.
Food as Medicine, Herbs as Allies, Connection as Guidance. ?

 

Well, those are my favorites at the moment! You can be sure that your shopping choices make a difference. 

What gifts are you excited to give and receive this Holiday season? Drop a comment and let me know!

 

 

 

Architects Of Now – Compassionate End Of Life Care

Are you a caregiver? Have you struggled with feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, or completely compassion fatigued?

I did, too. Just like you, I truly wanted to care for my Mother as she was dying gracefully. But, honestly, it was a struggle. Managing a full-time job, mothering, and caring for my Mom was exhausting. I drowned myself in work, adventure, alcohol – everything I could to take me away from the grief that was welling up so strongly. You see, as I was caring for my Mother, my two children, and working full time in long term care. I was also teaching Yoga and doing massage to make ends meet. It was an overwhelming time. And even though I had worked in Hospice for 20+ years, nothing had prepared me for the incapacitating grief I would feel. I feared if I let myself feel it, I wouldn’t be able to do all the things I needed to do.

Sadly, I went on like that for some time – until I finally allowed myself to receive help, to lean into the support of the community. It’s THE most important thing you can do to support yourself as you’re caring for another.

My journey inspired me to create a virtual summit. To bring together beautiful teachers and wisdom keepers to help support YOU.

Here’s exactly what we’ll be covering in the virtual summit:

  • Caring For The Caregiver with Melissa Smith-Wilkinson
  • Essential Oils For End Of Life Care with Tiffany Carole
  • Healing The Light Body With Arzu Mountain Spirit
  • Helping Children With Grief With Jodi Kobrin
  • Living Wholly and Dying Peacefully with Swamini Shraddananda Saraswati
  • Mindfulness Care For End Of Life with Summer Deaver
  • The Last Breath – Yoga Therapy with Anne Pitman
  • Rituals For The End Of Life with Nya Patrinos and Zee Cruise 
  • Being Love In The Time Of Death with Jeanette Sealy

 

Samhain Womxn’s Gathering

Samhain Womxn’s Gathering

Samhain gathering

November 1st, 6 pm EDT

Samhain is a Celtic celebration that traditionally marks the beginning of the darker part of the year.  It marks the Yin time, the thinning of the veils. This Samhain, there is a Full Blue Moon, the first one in 76 years! This proves to be a powerful and potent opportunity for connecting with the world of spirit. 

Join us for this ceremony where we will honor our ancestors, heal collective grief, enjoy rituals to celebrate the dead, celebrate embodiment, and welcome the dark embrace of the season.

 

Outline of the Ceremony:

Opening

Calling In Of The Spirits

Shamanic Journey

Movement Practice

Journal

Closing Circle 

Once you register, you will receive the Zoom link. Please prepare an altar, add photos and items of ancestors and loved ones in the spirit realm, candles, flowers, items from nature, and the world of the living to offer to the land of the dead. We will gather in celebration together to open to the guidance as we navigate these potent times. 

Excited to weave magic together.