Highlight : Shervin Boloorian

Q: What inspired your new album?
SB: It’s an album of sacred songs, and chants from ancient texts. Each one has a positive message and is recorded in the original Persian or Arabic. The songs on my album “One with the Beloved” are mostly original compositions and others are my versions of traditional Sufi Mantras and folk songs.  

Q: How did your upbringing influence this album?
SB: I grew up in Britain in an Iranian refugee household. We spoke Farsi at home (Persian) My parents had lost virtually everything in Iran. It was humbling to experience being an outsider and to learn the importance of compassion and friendship at a young age from certain English friends we had who were kind to us.  I went to the US to go to college after getting my GCSE.
Iranians revere figures like Rumi (a 13th century philosopher and poet), whose texts are the main inspiration for the lyrics used in my album. Rumi himself was a refugee who had a revelation which transformed his creativity. I resonate with Rumi’s journey and his wisdom is timeless and universal to me. Leonard Cohen and Coldplay are among the most well known musical artists who have been inspired by his messages, yet his name seems to fall into obscurity. I am hoping to change that through my new album.

Q: Can you explain more about your vision of unity over separation?
SB: Whenever there is political violence that may hold a person in dread or despair that you pause before judgement and consider that this is a desperate act and not how people normally are. Of course some will say that is already happening, but is it really sinking into our consciousness that Islam, Middle Easterners or people of faith in general are not a danger? When people make these claims, they are attacking every person of faith and rather than to debate which side is wrong or right, I wanted to make a contribution showing the world that there is a universalist message from within a faith, which is wrongly associated with violence.
We in the West are urgently lacking when it comes to reversing stereotypes in a meaningful way about civilisations that we have been at odds with. Policies of alienation and adversity are outdated and are not working as they stand. We need to start focusing on humanising and not ostracising those we cannot understand—and engaging from that place. That means calling on imagery, figures in history, literature and artistic expressions that can help us regain a more complete picture of those who have been our so called “enemies”. If we can do it in a way that is relatable, then I believe, lives can change as well as perspectives.
I believe everyone can relate to a figure like Rumi because of the tremendous appeal of his writings and it’s no accident that he is experiencing a resurgence today at a time when our relationship with the Middle East is at its most chaotic. We need more of his voice.     

Q: What measures do you feel people could take to try to overcome the current worldwide barriers of political mistrust?
SB: I could say what everybody else says: “vote” “be engaged civically” and “write to your elected Rep” and generally I would respond in such a way, BUT the truth is we’ve had colossal failures when it comes to our policies concerning the Middle East.
When it comes to something like our relationship with Iran for example (and I worked in Washington on this issue) there is a lack of reliable information and it creates this sense of desolation no matter what we do or where we turn. Historically, when our institutions are gridlocked, it’s up to the grassroots to get involved and to come up with alternative ways of pursuing the positive change that we urgently need. That’s not practical or easy when there is a large distance and gap in cultural awareness.
Music and the Arts are powerful tools in rebuilding that human bridge. Their potential is untapped here, and if we can make these tools accessible and personal, if we can trace the relationships between societal wounds and the wounds and fears within each person’s individual consciousness that exists, then there is hope, and I believe Rumi would approve. 
Q: What is Sound Healing and how did you first come across this?
It’s a holistic modality that involves vibration and frequency (not just music) and it can have positive effects on the consciousness and the physiology. I learned about the cellular research that Fabien Maman was doing on blood cells and their response to sound vibration and was inspired to become a practitioner. I went on train at Fabien’s Tama-Do Academy of Sound, Color and Movement and became certified as a sound therapist in 2011, two years after leaving my career in Washington DC. 

Q:You have worked in the past with many major businesses such as Google to provide their teams with Sound Healing and Talks. How did this come about and what has been the feedback and positive impact of these?

SB: I had someone who took a workshop with me in Bali who worked at Google. They invited my to their offices and I did a presentation for them in Singapore and had a great response. I have also done corporate events in Bali and shared about my personal journey to retreats and private groups as well as giving a demonstration of the deeply relaxing effects of the different instruments I play.

The Power of Sisterhood by Lauren Lee

Now, more than ever, we are being called to stand up, speak our truths and live with compassion, authenticity and fearless hearts. Many of us are feeling a call to live more sustainably and protect the earth, to learn/share integrated practices which help us to live from a place of love and not fear. Our individual efforts are 100% needed for a collective shift…

This is why I teach yoga and meditation.

I know that these teachings have given me tools to step out of my personal addictions, and help me to make better decisions daily. And with my own healing, I can offer more support and love to those around me. I can live a life of service and have the most positive impact in the world.

Most importantly, I know that these practices bring people together in community and that ideas become more powerful when shared…

This shift in consciousness is the rise of the Divine Feminine. The energy of the female is potent — She gifts us the qualities of creativity, intuition, protection, holistic thought, collaboration, empathy and unconditional love…all of which have been ignored and abused within our society for far too long.

While men have an equally important role to play, it is women’s time to gather in sisterhood to encourage mass collaboration and love as the qualities our society will recognise and hold sacred moving forwards.

This is why I share the practices of yoga and mindfulness through retreat immersions around the world. I want EVERY human to first treat themselves with the love and respect they deserve through heathy lifestyle habits: high vibe nourishment through diet, sleep patterns, physical movement and time for reflection and relaxation to bring awareness to the parts of us we need to nourish (or begin to nourish) daily. I want women to learn to accept themselves exactly as they are, to see themselves as a beautiful and unique Goddess and live with more sweetness. Most important, I want everyone to experience the gift of sacred community: what it feels like to be seen, heard and felt from a place of neutrality. When we feel nourished from within and supported from those around us, we naturally rise into our highest selfs.

This is the power of Divine Sisterhood. Our sisters provide the platform for loving-kindness and a safe haven of support. Our sisters help shape-shift us into better partners, mothers and daughters. They remind us of our power and responsibilities as women of the world. They hold us accountable without shame or blame. They honour our uniqueness and help us integrate with tenderness. The power of sisterhood is fierce, creative, loving and a change-maker…and this energy resides within each one of us.

As we are all a direct mirror reflection of one another, it is imperative we take initiative and become mentors for the world. Women must celebrate and collaborate with one another in order to encourage those around us to follow suit.

And when enough of us support one another to take action, the system will naturally adapt to support us. There is a ripple effect which will spread far and wide.

But it begins on an individual level…

It is our birth right to step into our highest selves — to be happy, healthy and give back to the entire eco-system that is our global family. This is a call to action to create more Divine Sisterhood in our lives. Together, women can change the world. I feel it. I believe it with every single cell in my being. Things are just getting good and I am so honoured to be here, right now, alongside you.

The Divine Goddess within me, recognises the Divine Goddess within each and every one of you.

Let’s THRIVE in 2017!

LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures.

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Lauren Lee : Mindfulness Matters

LAUREN LEE

Beyond the beautiful and beneficial shapes we can create with our physical body in asana, and the various nourishing breathing techniques of pranayama, lies one of the most simple and for many, the most challenging practices of all: Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is derived from Buddhist tradition, yet beautifully integrated and aligned with the philosophy and aims of yoga. Mindfulness is a gentle effort to be continuously aware.

It is a conscious direction of your awareness. It is an emotionally non-reactive state, one that witnesses emotions/sensations and actively chooses to allow them to pass through and cease to exist. This frees us from our thoughts, emotions and experiences (whether they are pleasurable or difficult) and transcends any limiting beliefs of judgmental states to heighten our moment to moment focus.

It is the art of attention; the fullness of living in the present moment and the sweetness of living in those moments with ease and gratitude.

Mindfulness is free and available to all those who commit to the practice. Most importantly, mindfulness is not only for the elite or for when you are on your yoga mat.

As many of you reading this already know, the true reflection of our yoga practice is demonstrated off the mat — in the moments far from the comfort of our yoga teachers and studio community. Our true character shines through during the moments when we are asked to ignite our inner strength (similarly as we do when we go upside down) or find guidance through calm rhythmic breathing (similar to the flow we cultivate during dynamic sun salutations).

These experiences are when we get to bear the fruits of our labor from our consistent practice of asana, pranayama and meditation to elevate our lives every single second, of every single day.

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Here are 5 simple ways to practice mindfulness and enhance everyday through subtle, non-judgmental and open-hearted living.

Use the senses as an anchor: 

The senses are the windows to the world; we experience life through the senses, and each sense has it’s own unique and rich sensation.

Use the senses as a way to ground yourself back to the present reality by making a mental list of how you are feeling each sense. For example:

Feel the rays of the sunshine or a cool breeze.

Hear the sounds of people and activity around you.

See the simplicity, beauty and perfection within nature.

Smell the coffee you are about to consume.

Taste and enjoy each of the different foods you consume. 

Touch a loved one with intention as if it were the last time you would see them. 

Experience the 5 senses as if it were the first time you have every lived — with a new perspective, one that is so enthusiastic to be alive in human form to live on this beautiful Earth!

Breathe deeply.

Do this as often as you can. When in conversation or when quiet. See how smooth and even you can make your breathing. Ideally, aim for a steady inhale count to 3 with a slight pause, and an exhale count to 3 with a slight pause. Shorten or lengthen your rhythmic count depending on your lung capacity and current state of your nervous system. When you feel like you need to ‘reset’ take 3 cleansing breaths — in through the nose and out through the mouth with a sigh-like sound. Then work to build your even and full breathing so it is sustainable.

Find a tall posture.

Notice how this will encourage you to breathe more deeply as the spine lengthens and there more space is automatically created within the chest and lungs. You may also find you feel more confident, strong, awake and open.

Get outside!

Take breaks and walk in nature. Visualize your toes as they touch the ground and take time to enjoy the fresh air and change of environment without an agenda or any distractions.

Take a moment of gratitude before meals.

Pause for a deep breath before you begin and cultivate gratitude for the nourishing food in front of you. Eat your food slowly so you can savor each bite. Notice each food you eat through the textures, temperature and flavours.

Bonus!

Smile. Notice how this simple act shifts your perspective and the situation at hand to automatically feel more positive, lighthearted and pleasurable. Smiling is proven to lower the heart rate as it relaxes muscles and relieves tension in the body, and boost endorphins, the feel good chemicals that lower stress levels and encourage higher levels of happiness. Smile as often as you can and at as many people as you can…it is a contagious act of kindness that can only be received with mindfulness: a non-judging state of freedom and sweetness.

Lauren Lee

LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures. Read more about her HERE

This article was originally published on Raise Your Beat

Highlight : Vera Kaur

 

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The human body is a latticework of energies, vibrating at different frequencies, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. It has been perfectly created to function optimally, providing we observe the laws of nature.

When we divert from these laws, through breathing polluted air, eating food far from its natural state, drinking chemical laden water, ingesting toxic medication, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, using inorganic body and household products, being exposed to electromagnetic pollution and even thinking negative thoughts, energy imbalances result within our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body, creating dis-ease.

The symptoms of our dis-ease are merely the body’s innate method of correcting the imbalances within, to allow us to return to our natural state of wholeness.

When we attempt to treat our dis-ease through the administration of medication, we are merely temporarily suppressing the symptoms. We are not addressing the root cause of our dis-ease, i.e. the energy imbalance. The medication causes further imbalances, disrupting the body’s natural immune system, which is rarely given the opportunity to fulfil its role.

Over a period of time, our initial dis-ease re-appears with more serious symptoms. Our body, once again is attempting to correct the imbalances within, to restore the healthy flow of energies. Our new symptoms are diagnosed as a new dis-ease, stronger medication is administered and the viscous cycle continues.

The traditional energy healers of India had a wealth of knowledge on how to diagnose, treat, and cure dis-ease by natural methods, and through the generations, a great deal of this ancient wisdom has been kept alive, some of which is described below.

The purpose of applying traditional Indian holistic therapies is to empower our body’s innate ability to self-heal.

Acupressure

The holistic practice of diagnosing and treating the root cause of dis-ease, thereby curing dis-ease by applying intermittent pressure on specific areas of the hands and feet, that correspond to specific organs, glands, nerves, bones, tissues and so forth. This regulates the vital energy within the body part, empowering it to function optimally. Traditional Indian medicine widely recognises that the physical root cause of all dis-ease lies within our endocrine and exocrine glands. These glands have a profound effect on our entire being as they regulate the functions of our systems and organs by secreting the numerous vital hormones essential for our well-being. It is only through the application of acupressure, that our endocrine and exocrine glands can be re-balanced and re-empowered.

Mudras

The holistic practice of balancing the vital energy throughout the body by joining different combinations of the fingers and thumbs. It is believed that the human structure is a miniature form of the universe, composed of the five elements; earth, water, fire, air and space, each of which corresponds to a specific finger or thumb. Holding specific fingers and thumbs together for a short period of time allow the elements to regain equilibrium which creates a positive effect throughout the entire being, to encourage our body’s natural healing response. Traditionally, mudras were practiced in conjunction with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) to attain a higher state of consciousness or to channel the vital flow of energy to an area of the body that required healing.

Pranayama

The holistic practice of controlling the breath by a number of different techniques to increase the vital energy within the body. Our breath is the life force that flows through each and every cell within our body, and by expanding our life force we can harmonize with the life force of the universe, to receive cosmic healing energy. Our thoughts and emotions can have a detrimental effect on our breathing patterns, affecting all the bodily systems. However, with the regular practice of pranayama we can influence our physical, mental and emotional states in the most positive of ways, to initiate the body’s natural capacity to self-heal. Traditionally, pranayama was practiced to release negative emotions, re-balance the body’s energies and prepare the mind for meditation.

Meditation

The holistic practice of quietening the body and mind through awareness to enter a state of deep tranquillity whilst being fully alert. Meditation has been practiced in India for centuries to promote good health at a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical level. It allows us to re-connect with our true selves to experience inner peace and contentment, which we can draw upon in times of external stress and chaos, to remain calm, centred and in control. Meditation is immensely therapeutic and with regular practice it enables our entire being to rest, recharge and recuperate to release negative thought processes, deep rooted emotional trauma and pain. Traditionally, meditation was practiced to discipline the mind to attain spiritual purification or enlightenment.

Chanting

The holistic practice of repeating a mantra, for a short period of time, to detach from the external world, bring our awareness to the present moment and return to the essence of our being. A mantra is a rhythmic speaking or singing of a word or sound. It is believed to calm the restless mind and rid it of negative thought processes to create tranquillity and mental purity. Chanting starts loudly, gradually becoming quieter and ends almost silently. This resonates with the energies of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our body, to restore inner peace and awaken our latent healing energies. Traditionally, chanting was practiced with great devotion to reconnect with the divine light and love within us to experience the unity of life.

Facial Acupressure

The holistic practice of balancing the energy throughout the bodily systems by applying gentle pressure to specific points on the face that correspond to the body’s organs and glands. It is believed that our face reflects our inner physical, mental and emotional health and the upper, middle and lower areas of our face are associated with the upper, middle and lower parts of our torso. Indian energy healers study the face as a means of diagnosing health imbalances. Self- facial acupressure is effective for restoring our skin’s youthfulness and assisting our natural capacity to heal, as it re-activates the vital energy flowing through our bodily systems. Traditionally facial acupressure was applied during an Ayurvedic head massage to calm the mind, body and spirit.

Chromotherapy

The holistic practice of applying specific colours to parts of the body, by various methods to heal energy imbalances. The sun is comprised of seven colours, each of which possesses its own unique energy vibration and carries its own healing property. Each of the seven colours is associated with our seven main energy centres known as the chakras. Colour can be absorbed by our body through our chakras by sunlight, artificial light, the earth’s natural stones, water or visualization to restore harmony by correcting physical, mental and emotional energy imbalances. Traditionally the sun was worshipped for its ability to provide the necessary healing energy required by the body, to treat and prevent dis-ease, due to its abundant and unlimited source of solar energy.

Crystals

The holistic practice of placing the earth’s natural stones within the body’s magnetic field to restore the flow of healthy positive energy within and around the body by removing the toxic negative energy. The earth is crystalline, as it is composed of minerals, and our bodies are crystalline in essence; therefore our energies resonate harmoniously with the vibration of crystals. Each crystal possesses a unique chemical make-up which determines its healing property and appearance. Placing a crystal in our energy field or on a chakra allows our body to raise its vibration to that of the crystal. Traditionally, the earth’s natural stones were well known for their capacity to encourage self-healing and were widely used treat the organs and systems of the body, mind and spirit.

Yoga Asanas

The holistic practice of physical postures known as asanas, each of which has specific physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits to unite the body, mind and soul. Yoga alleviates numerous health conditions through restoring the healthy flow of our energies. The breathing carried out during the practice improves our cell oxygenation and increases our lung capacity which is beneficial to every bodily system. Regular practice of the asanas instils a calming and balancing effect on our endocrine and nervous system to relieve stress and anxiety. It is believed that as our physical body becomes more relaxed, flexible and open, this promotes a similar effect on our mental and emotional body. Traditionally, yoga asanas were practiced to purify the body and quieten the mind in preparation for meditation.

Barefoot Walking

The holistic practice of walking on the natural earth, barefoot to draw upon the powerful and unique energy source that lies within the earth. The earth is composed of minerals and the human body is mineral in essence, therefore our body’s energies resonate perfectly with the earth’s energies. It is believed that through the practice of barefoot walking, our body absorbs the antioxidants it requires to counteract harmful free radicals. Sleeping outdoors during the summer, on a natural fibre placed directly on the bare earth is immensely therapeutic and described as charging the entire being with the vital healing force of the universe.  Traditionally, humans were aware of the benefits of connecting their body with the earth’s surface; sleeping and sitting on natural animal skins and walking barefoot.

Healing Visualisations

The holistic practice of creating positive images of healing within the mental body, which allows the emotional body to respond by becoming receptive to the healing, which subsequently initiates the healing process in the physical body. Our body and mind are intricately connected and our thoughts have a direct influence on our physical health. By using the power of our mind, to envision our healing in process, we are disciplining our nervous system to react in a positive way, resulting in the desired outcome. The regular practice of healing visualizations, allows us to detach from our past limited beliefs to release our fears, bring our awareness to the present moment to enable us to create a healthy future. Traditionally, there was an innate awareness of the mind, body, soul connection and healing visualizations were practiced through daily prayer.

Raw Food Diet

The holistic practice of eating food in its whole, un-refined and un-cooked form that is positively and negatively balanced, supplying the body with a plentiful supply of solar energy and active enzymes. Food eaten in its raw, natural state has a detoxifying, calming and balancing effect on the energies of our body, which instils a similar effect on the energies of our mind and emotions. All of the nutrients required by the body are available in plant based food, in a form that is easily assimilated. Traditionally, fasting was recommended during illness to allow the body’s energy reserves to be directed towards self-healing, however adopting a raw food diet for a short period of time can have similar health benefits.

In today’s fast-paced world, as we strive to create balance in our bodies, tranquillity in our minds and harmony in our lives, to experience inner peace and contentment, we can benefit enormously from the ancient Indian wisdom of self-healing practices to cleanse, calm and empower our energies, ensuring they flow smoothly and synchronically, instilling physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

About the Author

Vera Kaur is from Sikh Indian origin and currently lives in the Forest of Dean, England. Indian holistic healthcare was part of her upbringing and in her twenties she visited and lived in ashrams in India, where she observed the remarkable results of the self-healing practices used by the traditional energy healers.

Vera would like us all to be empowered with this ancient Indian wisdom, to take responsibility for our own health and well-being.

Through her dreams and meditations she was guided to write her book,

“Diagnose, Treat, and Cure All Dis-ease with Traditional Indian Holistic Therapies”.

http://www.verakaur.com

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Angelo Marcos Santos : We Are Not Our Pain

ANGELO MARCOS SANTOS

I went running today…

I planned to do my usual laps around the park, then I decided to do my push ups BEFORE running.

I got to the park’s outdoor gym and decided to go straight into Sirsasana pose, which is the head stand. Half way through the 3 minutes I usually do it for, I felt a sharp pain on my back, to the left, next to my spine, behind my heart. It felt like my lungs were pierced by my rib.

I had experienced this pain before and being committed to the practice, instead of coming off the Sirsasana, as I was seriously weakened in that moment, I decided to override the pain (NOT something I would EVER recommend to students however) and connect with my energy body, instead of focusing on the pain in the body.

We are not the pain in our bodies.

1.5 minutes later (and they always have to be slow seconds because commitment is there) I knew there was problem. I couldn’t breathe properly, couldn’t expand my lungs. I was fine though psychologically as I had encountered this experience before in life, so I knew it would pass at some point. Certainly no more running that day or for the next few days.

Annoying as it was, I had to accept it. I didn’t want to let go of the push ups, so after much slow breathing energy and Qi / Healing energy moving, I was just about ok to go down on my knees slowly and do my 100 push ups. Going down was painful but once I was horizontal and in the push ups, it was fine.

Afterward, I went straight home. And was received by Ama Lia Wai-Ching Lee, who saw the state I was in, as I couldnt breath properly or speak very well when I entered the home.

So, this is the point of this sharing…it was HEALING TIME.

She got into her Healer mode straight away and sent me into meditation. We were going to access the source of the physical pain, which is found in our Consciousness.

All physical pain has a source, not the physical world, but the spiritual world. Something usually related to past lives. Some kind of trauma in past lives has been stored in the holographic memory which composes our multidimensional matrix and this is what true healing is. We access the memory of the source or origin of the pain, we come to see it for what it is, we get empowered and the issue is gone.

This is ever lasting healing so I knew I was in safe hands of course. She is by far a healer that creates a field of transformation unlike any other healer, shaman or mystic I have ever met. Aside from Great Rinpoches or other more “out there” teachers.

So I am sharing my story of a healing session which just happenend. A very weak pain is still around, but the disabilitating grave pain I was in is now gone through 20 mins or so of healing. Just astounding how Ama is able to tap into source, to the field of infinite potential, and allow you to come to your own healing, identifying what it is the cause and why the effect has been such.

In this last healing session just now, I got a great gift, a big surprise and that is how magic goes. We are brought to a space where we feel reality, we see more clearly, the nature of life as infinite potential.

I have done 3 sessions with her, and been at close proximity with her for over 2 years now, so I understand her impact in the lives of others, and still it is astounding to observe the healing work that happens when she does it on me.

These deep deep traumas incurred in our past lives are blocks which we were born with in our multidimensional matrix of the self. So this is something that our personality is not aware of.

In each session I have done with her, what arises is either physical pain or some kind of behavioural limitation in life, ie creating abundance or having harmonious relations with others, and then it is seen for what it is. Visually, we jump from life to life, seeing karma playing out as it is, repeated patterns of behaviour happening from life to life, affecting us in ways which eventually prevent us from having our desires fulfilled. Of course, this is also a huge blessing, as we get to understand life and the way of the cosmos. Ama Lia makes sure that the healing done is “seen”, so it truly goes away when the pain or limitation is acknowledged mentally, emotionally and spiritually as a lesson, and therefore something to aid us on our path.

Once healed, our lives are truly transformed. Like going from being a slow car to a Ferrari. That’s how it feels, something that has been deeply traumatic in our souls history, is healed. To me, this is priceless and no money can ever pay for this kind of transformation.

Angelo Marcos Santos is a consciousness researcher, who investigates the limitlessness of the human potential through Arts, Science and Spirituality. He is a Yoga & Meditation teacher, Mandala Artist, Dancer and Boardsports Enthusiast. More recently a poet, inspired by anything and everything to do with loving the Beloved.

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Highlight : Beatrice Giampaoli & Yoss Giancarlo Miggiano

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When did you discover an interest in yoga? 

YOSS: I started my path of inner growth with martial arts in 1989, then two years later, I discovered yoga. I carried on both disciplines for more than 25 years. From martial arts, I found confidence in myself or self-esteem. From Yoga, I received awareness and inner peace. Through the practice of both disciplines for many years, I have reached the conviction that happiness and the realisation of happiness only depends on our attitude and our self  awareness in everyday life.

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BEATRICE:  At the age of three I was already doing gymnastics, and I had always felt that movement is something precious. When I was sixteen years old, I went to India for the first time and there I discovered yoga as a way to unite the world of the body and the philosophy of the heart.

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What made you decide to become a yoga teacher?

YOSS: Teaching is sharing. I didn’t decide but it was something that I deeply felt in my heart: the opportunity to share the great joy and beauty of yoga with other people and grow together with them.

BEATRICE: I really do not feel myself to be like a teacher, but instead like a worker who, as a little ant does, wants to build a better world.

Would you say that yoga is a method for healing and is that why you teach “Yoga & Medicine”?

YOSS: Yoga is actually much more. Yoga is an ancient science of physical, mental and spiritual growth. Regarding our mind / body system, yoga provides great techniques for better health. However, a good teacher must know perfectly these techniques and in particular how yoga techniques work on the body of the practitioner, especially if he were to have physical problems. In our Yoga & Medicine Teacher Training we study both yoga techniques and the anatomy and physiology applied to Yoga techniques.

BEATRICE: I obtained a degree in medicine and I have done yoga for many years, so I am just following my personal passion for life ; that is sharing what I feel good for myself with others by studying in depth the movement and reaction of the body, and the floating of the mind.

What are the benefits of yoga?

YOSS: How long do I have to answer this? Countless ways. If we pause to reflect on our very existence, we can safely say we are designed to live in health, serenity, joyfully aware and in constant transformation. Yoga helps us achieve this.

BEATRICE: The benefits of yoga are both physical and mental. I believe that by being aware of your movement and your breathing, you can learn to understand more about your inside world. Which is full of light and shadow at the same time. This awareness can help you to be able to surf the waves of life better.

Why specifically do you do this work?

YOSS: What work? For me it is a great opportunity to be able to live by practicing what I love and to share it with those who want to follow me.

BEATRICE: Firstly, I live life as a unity with nature and animals, which corresponds to our inner instinct. By teaching yoga I would like to communicate this union to others.

How did you develop your abilities and methods?

YOSS: With a deep attention to everything I hear around me, both in the world of yoga and in everyday life. Of course I studied a lot with Italian and international masters. But in recent years my greatest growth occurs through reflection and meditation.

BEATRICE: Through practicing, studying and learning just how little we are, I have evolved. By knowing nothing, but capable of breathing and feeling our breath we can find a new way to face ourselves and the world.

How do you prepare for teaching your courses?

YOSS: I do not really prepare myself that much. Of course I have a rough idea of what I want to do in a classroom or in a seminar, but then I follow what I feel in the class and the responses of my students. Often, at the end of the lessons I receive thanks. I always reply by pointing out that I have not done the class alone but together with them and thanks to their energy too.

BEATRICE: I prepare for teaching by practicing yoga every day. Doing research and trying to live in the present as much as I can.

What is it like to teach together with another and how do you make that work?

YOSS: It is a great experience, support and mutual enrichment. It means to be open and fluid.

BEATRICE:  It is a wonderful experience to teach yoga together with another teacher, but it is not always easy to find someone who is on the real wave of sharing.

What transformations have you experienced through doing this work?

YOSS: I love teaching together, it help me lose my reference points, my certainties, giving me fluidity, lightness, flowing together with my partner. In life our greatest certainties can become our biggest influences.

BEATRICE: I have experienced that life is not yesterday nor tomorrow, but it is now.

What transformations have you witnessed in others?

YOSS: Students like to receive a lesson from more than one teacher simultaneously.

BEATRICE: Through yoga I have seen others achieve physical wellness, improvement of flexibility and better alignment of the body. I have also witnessed more ability of people to let themselves dance in the river of life.

What has your greatest realisation or learning been?

YOSS: Lots! Lately, I have felt deeply that I will no longer waste time and energy to change what cannot change, but I do not want to lose a little chance to learn about and change what I can change: myself.

BEATRICE: I have learned that life is a circle with death and that they are not distinguishable. This is the same for all of the opposite forces inside of us.

What is the most powerful type of healing you have personally experienced?

YOSS: Yoga

BEATRICE: Yoga practice has been the most powerful for me.

What is your favourite music/artists to listen to? 

YOSS: Eddie Vedder, and all the artists who express themselves and deep feelings with music.

BEATRICE:  “Spirit Bird” by Xavier Rudd is a song that means so much in my life path, and also”What if God was one of us ?” by Joan Osborne.

Do you have one tip to share for happiness and wellbeing in everyday life?

YOSS: Stop. Breathe. Open your eyes and see if anything has changed in the way of seeing the same old things. It works!

I think we labor to find pleasure, always trying to do new things, we should actually try to find pleasure in doing ever anew the usual things.

BEATRICE: My tip for happiness is to live in the present.

What are your plans for the future evolution of what you do?

YOSS: I’d like to communicate more and more my message and open more than the two yoga studios I already have. The challenge will be to best manage my centres, without losing time for personal practice and teaching. 

Together with Beatrice, we will continue to hold Teacher Training for “Yoga and Medicine”,  where the teaching of yoga is enriched by the medical scientific component, to ensure future teachers a broad and thorough preparation.

BEATRICE: I do not like to plan, I prefer to grasp the moment in life.

Beatrice Giampaoli
BEATRICE GIAMPAOLI
 

Yoss Giancarlo Miggiano Yoss Yoga Suite

© Lightening Magazine 2016

Highlight : Romeo Baron

ROMEO BARON

A galactic tidal wave of divine light is descending upon earth, raising the frequency. The old reality is ending. We will experience a dynamic re-calibration of electromagnetic fields into Earth on a global scale. Which will trigger a radical shift in consciousness.

As we reach the second half of the year, we will experience more energetic shifts, frequency expansion symptoms; the healing, balancing and aligning of the mind, body, and soul.

The cosmic christ energy entering the planet now is increasing the frequency of our kundalini energy. And our auric field is expanding and becoming brighter. The aura is holding more of the high frequency cosmic energies it receives from the higher dimensions in space. As the aura expands, the person expands their consciousness. Our aura must go through these expansions in order to merge with new Earth. The frequency changes is filtering out any lower vibrational frequency from our body. 

As you feel these ascension symptoms; Emotional changes-feeling irritable, overwhelming mood swings. Mental changes-feeling disorientated, lack of concentration. Physical reactions-high pitch sound vibrating in the ears, intense pressure around the head, fatigue, exhaustion. This is a clear sign that you are spiraling upwards with Earth and integrating the higher frequency codes, thus creating an interconnected and unified crystalline body that will carry more cosmic christ energy.

Our body is being reformed, redefined. When we go through this process, our DNA also goes through this process. The DNA is being given the programming to prepare for a brand new reality to be born within it so that it can begin to experience and visualize the new Earth beyond the lower dimensional confines of 3D Earth. The activation of neural path ways will trigger new perceptions, new information, new impulses and the re-calibration of our DNA, thus activating our highest DNA potential.

As the Earth spirals up through the star gate 4D portal faster and faster, we are taken into higher and higher consciousness within the new Harmonic Universe. We will perceive worlds of unimaginable beauty as the veils are lifted. Multidimensional reality that interconnects all things will be as clear as sun light. The old reality will be swept away by the revelation of what we are, released, transformed into a multidimensional being, conscious, whole and free.

New Earth will emerge without fear, without war, without greed, in a safe custodianship of the awakened human species, manifesting peace with love, light and celebration.

Open yourselves to these high dimensional frequencies, open your heart, trust with love. Now is the time of great shifting of the Ascension Cycle!

Within Love-Unity,

Written by Romeo Baron

Published on angelstoyou.wordpress.com and Simple Capacity

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Romeo Baron is an advocate for spiritual wellness and healthy lifestyles. He is the Author of the book, “Personal Ascension: How To Expand Your Consciousness.” He is the creator of the website NutriUnify, a natural health organization that aims at spreading wellness throughout the planet. He is the creator of the website Ascension Energies, a community organization that provides insightful, and accurate information regarding the planetary energetic changes.

Top 10 Yoga & Wellness Retreats

This week we are opening up our Editor’s “little green book” of top secret awesome yoga and wellbeing retreats.

We receive so many inquiries from people needing to take some time out to recharge, reflect and rejuvenate and wondering where in the world to go and do that.

Below is a list of personally experienced and recommend retreats where space is created and held for healing and transformation. Please feel free to respond or write to us if you have personally experienced a wellness retreat that was amazing. We are also interested in hearing from you if you are creating or hosting retreats.

Sunflower Retreats

A beautiful Italian Medieval village called Casperia forms the backdrop for a peaceful week of daily yoga classes, delicious food, cycling and hilly rambling. Conveniently only 1 hour from Rome.

I practised yoga there with Advertising Exec turned Ayurvedic Doctor and Yoga teacher, Jo Heath who is teaching there again this summer as the yogi in residence.

Casperia

Ibiza Yoga

Stay in a Balinese pagoda, a teepee or a room in a shared luxurious villa. Yoga classes are 2 hours every morning with a roster of world-renowned teachers. There are many healing holistic treatments on offer throughout the day as well as a delicious organic vegetarian lunch included at this wellness centre located next to beautiful Benirras beach on the hippie “quieter” side of Ibiza.

I trained there with Edward Clarke, founder of an experimental dance company called Tripsichore Yoga.

Ibiza Yoga

Yogabeats Holidays

Worldwide yoga holidays throughout the year with David Sye in The Canary Islands, Greece, Cuba, Ibiza and Dahab Egypt. I attended his Dahab retreat and found the combination of sunshine, moonlit desert meditations and red sea scuba diving to be out of this world. This holiday literally changed my life and set me on the path to becoming a yoga teacher myself. I also ended up assisting as an apprentice and making a lot of videos with David after becoming qualified as a yoga teacher. He is a truly amazing teacher and person.

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Desa Seni

A slice of heaven on earth at this paradise escape in Bali. Desa Seni is a year round wellness and yoga centre where guests stay in interior designed antique wooden joglos and eat organic vegetarian food grown in the gardens which surround the studios. The good vibes from the yoga and meditation classes also help the fruit and vegetables to grow.

I attended a powerful Satori Breathwork training retreat here, run by Dawn Delgado & Beau Robb of  Transformation Vacations

Desa Seni

PachaMama

Located deep in the jungles of Costa Rica, PachaMama is an Eco community setup by an Israeli Guru turned wildlife photographer named Tyohar. All sorts of wellness and yoga retreats happen here year round, the most popular being the cleansing, fasting and vision quest experiences. Community ground rules include one that all residents must gather to sit in silence in the great hall for one hour each day. This place is a jungle utopia for the inner Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, built entirely by it’s residents who also have their own school for the community children and their own monetary currency.

Pacha-Mama

Blue Spirit

A luxurious place to restore and unwind. All sorts of interesting wellness retreats are run here year round on a quiet beach in the un-touristy Nosara area. There are some great surf spots nearby and the yoga studio has one of the best possible views I have ever seen whilst meditating. It is an extension of the Omega Institute in the U.S so many of it’s retreats are linked to the Omega teachers and teachings.

Blue Spirit

Sacred Circularities

Jaguar Mary is a world traveller who runs these empowering hula hoop retreats in Sedona and in Bali. These weeklong retreats are focused on intention setting and workshops to expand dance and hooping techniques. I attended as a hooping novice and left that week with new friends, a fit body, trim waistline and surprisingly strong hooping skills.

Photo by Cadencia Photography
Photo by Cadencia Photography

Jungle Yoga

This place is so incredible, I almost do not want to share it! It was the most beautiful and powerful place I have ever visited and a magical weeklong retreat with world famous Yogi, Shaman and Singer/Song-writer Danny Paradise. After a one hour boat journey deep into a National Park you find a cluster of floating bamboo glam shacks and one large floating yoga studio.

We spent a blissful week practising and learning from Danny’s years of experience for 4 hours everyday and the rest of the time was filled swimming the huge lake, canoeing and observing the abundant wildlife. Every evening we had a musical jam led by Danny, with other talented (and famous) musical guests joining in too. I returned from this retreat the strongest and fittest I have ever felt in my life and still dream about it, hoping to return there one day.

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Lotus Yoga

A beautiful collection of simple tree-houses open to the surrounding nature yet offering complete privacy whilst decorated with beautiful antique Indian furniture. It is set inland from the quiet clean beaches of Patnem, Goa. Yoga is offered every morning and some evenings as well as a daily range of Ayurvedic and other healing modalities and the organic vegetarian food is delicious.

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The Findhorn Foundation

Findhorn is a world famous eco village and model of sustainability. Retreats and courses run all year at their Cluny College Campus and almost every week there is an “Experience Week” where visitors can get stuck into community life working in the gardens, the kitchens and care for the eco homes and Castle-like Cluny campus. It is a life changing experience and a very healing place. Many people who go there end up deciding to stay for years because they feel so happy and at peace there.

I trained as a “Sacred Dance” teacher there for a few months and loved it. I have returned several times since then to unwind and recharge and also for the annual Festival of Sacred Dance.

Findhorn

Cluny College

 

And here’s a bonus 11th retreat that I am on right now….

Vitala Yoga & Yoga Suite

High up in the Italian Valtellina Alps is an ancient spa town where I am on a family friendly yoga and hiking retreat specifically tailored to Parents and kids. This is run by a Nautropathic Doctor, yoga teacher and studio owner Beatrice Giampaoli and the “perfect Yang to her Yin” studio owner and teacher trainer Yoss Giancarlo Miggiano.

In my research, I found few retreats that welcome and offer comforts and services to help make it a relaxing experience for “Mummy and Babies or Mummy/Parents and Kids”.

I am being so held by the power of these magnetic mountains and have great babysitters organised so I can grab some quality “me time” for restorative yoga, hiking and soaking in the “aqua curativa” ancient healing thermal waters. Naturally, I am in bliss!

Bormio

© Lightening Magazine 2016

Highlight : Punnu Wasu

Photo by Heather Bonker
What type of healing do you do?
I practice a variety of healing modalities such as psychic surgery, reiki, pranic healing, chakra balancing/toning, sound healing therapy, shiatsu anma therapy, healing relationships with parents/children/partners, quantum touch, swedish massage therapy, Deeksha/Oneness Blessings, spiritual counselling, yoga, pranayama and various meditation techniques.
Why do you do this particular sort of healing work?
I have always been drawn to it and was keen on knowing ways to heal myself and others. When I was in my teenager, I used to have visions of sharing the healing “hands on”. At that time, I couldn’t really understand those visions as I wanted to follow my father’s dream of being a businessman.
When I started working as a healer, I suddenly had a deja vu and the same vision appeared to me- the one of healing hands, which I used to see in my teenage years.
When did you discover an interest in healing, yoga and kirtan?
In my early childhood when I was around 5 years old, I started sitting in kirtan with my father and then continued to learn from him. Seeing my interest in music, my father enrolled me into a Hindustani Classical Music school in aurangabad (Maharashtra) and while I was in my teenage years, I started attending yoga classes regularly and then began to have interest in learning various healing modalities.
How did you develop your abilities and methods as a healer and as a musician?
It took me quite a while to develop my abilities and methods by constantly inquiring, learning, practicing and sharing. In the beginning, I used to be very shy about expressing myself, but with Grace and the encouragement of so many beautiful souls that I have encountered in life; it became a smooth process to express and to learn again from the art that was expressed as music or as healing.
How do you prepare for your sessions and for your gigs?
By invoking the divine guidance and universal intelligence to guide, by thanking all my masters for all the knowledge that I have received, and also for the people who come to experience, I thank them for their presence, their inner beauty and openness to give me a chance to be part of their world.
Photo by Swami Arun
Photo by Swami Arun
What is your favourite music/artists to listen to?
I like many styles and genres of music such as: Indian classical/devotional music, kirtan and bhajans, mantras, folk, Sufi qawalies, Gazals, Bollywood/Bhangra, soul love songs, rock, rnb, hip hop, jazz etc.
My favorite artists are such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Nath Rao Narelkar, jagjit singh, Rahat Fateh ali khan, Lionel Richi, Nikki Bomba, Nahko and medicine for the people, Beatles, Jarah tree, Dave Stringer, Cynthia Alexander, Seal, Norah Jones, Ravi Shanker, Hariprasad Chourasia, Amjad ali khan, Zakir Hussain, Shiva Mani, Hariharan, Yesudas, Noorjahan,  Kailash Kher, Indalusia etc.
What transformations have you experienced through your journey as a healer?
In order to have the divine grace we need to help as many beings as we can.
My whole life has been transformed and is transforming through so much healing that I have also received by giving it. My relationships have healed in a major way, my spiritual life, health, finance etc. I would say that each and every aspect of my life has been touched with the healing. I am so filled with Gratitude.
Photo by Larissa Israel
What transformations have you witnessed in others?
I have witnessed transformations happening in many people, they have come to an understanding to see and perceive life in a holistic manner, their way of thinking has changed, there is a seed of growth, spiritual wisdom, healing relationships in a major way, health on all levels, finances and much more.
What has your greatest realisation or learning been?
To live fully and abundantly in each and every aspect of life, and to follow my dreams.
What is the most powerful type of healing you have personally experienced?
The most powerful healing that I have ever experienced is healing my relationship with my parents, partner and children- major growth in a spiritual understanding of life itself.
Do you have one tip to share for happiness and wellbeing in everyday life?
Yes, live life fully with happiness in each and every moment.
The outer world is merely the reflection of your internal state.
What are your plans for the future and the evolution of what you do musically and holistically?
My plans for future are to travel globally and share the love and healing through music and other healing modalities.
 Anything else you would like to mention or share?
Aside from my daily healing work and gigs at The Yoga Barn in Ubud Bali Indonesia, I will be at the following festivals:
Switzerland
Summer of Love Festival from August 26th to 28th
Austria
Yoga Summit Innsbruck from September 30th till October 2nd
Music and healing tour to Europe in September 2016.
More venues and dates to be confirmed.
Photo by YoGiada
Photo by YoGiada
Facebook : Bali Kirtan
You can find my albums on my website www.punnuwasu.com, iTunes and

© Lightening Magazine 2016