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How is 2017 treating you so far?

Yin-at-happe-for-yoga-newsletter-750x310How are you feeling as 2017 begins?

I have been asking my yoga students that question a great deal this month.  It seems that many people are facing health challenges as the New Year dawns.  If you are like me and are sensitive to world events, pollution, food, etc– you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed and for most of us, our health is a barometer of our emotions and the world around us.

So here are a few ways I am dealing with stress-related issues such as fatigue, musclmy feet on sand 225e aches, poor digestion and difficultly sleeping.

Instead of ramping it up during the day, I am slowing down.

I have been taking naps

I have been taking frequent short walks in nature

I have been shifting my yoga practice to a restorative and yin practice

I am not drinking tap water (too much chlorination and fluoridation). Spring water is a better choice according to my Chinese Medicine Doctor.

I am snacking on seaweed.  (a source of iodine, since so many of our natural sources are depleted)

I am drinking bone broth.

I am making my own foods with organic vegetables as much as possible.seaweed snack

I am using essential oils.  In fact, I made a mixture of coconut oil and oregano and applied it to my feet and my lower back started feeling better.

I am turning off the TV and going to bed early.

I am focusing on what is right in my body and my world and shutting out negativity.


When I feel stronger and can deal with the crazy world again, I will emerge a stronger, more centered self.  I hope this helps any of you who feel similarly.

Here is the thing.  As Danna Faulds says in one of my favorite poems of hers.   Let it all go. “Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.”

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I wish you health and joy in  your day.  Namaste,  Andrea

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The Holy Grail of Chakras

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The Crown Chakra is the Holy Grail of Chakras—it’s the pinnacle—the highest level of your subtle energetic Chakra body

The seventh chakra is the connection between you, the world and whatever God you believe in.  And to be honest with you, it is not that attainable for most of us “everyday folk”.  But does that mean you should not try — no way. Enhancing your crown chakra in any shape or form will enhance your life. Raising your level of consciousness will ease “physical and emotional pain and release endorphins which create happy and blissful experiences for us,”  according to Ambika Wauters , who wrote The Book of Chakras. Chakras_map.svgAnd she adds, “Once we start living from and within the Crown Chakra, we start to be thankful for our lives exactly as they are.  … we accept  trials and hardships that have shaped our spirit.” In all of the readings I have done throughout my yoga training, it is the ritual of working toward higher levels of connection that enhance your live, not necessarily the goal of pure bliss or Samadhi as it is called in Sanskrit.  In fact, according to Vedic tradition, no goal can ever be guaranteed in yoga or life, so the daily practice becomes the goal.

In helping my students work the Crown or Sahasrara Chakra, which in Sanskrit means thousand petals, we spend more time in quiet reflection than in our other Chakra practices.  When I offer my students either doTERRA Rosemary  essential oil if they are having too many visions or Frankincense oil if they need assistance in accessing the higher realm, I invariably get few takers for the Rosemary and many for the Frankincense.

“Frankincense, considered a Holy oil, is used for meditative contemplation, for achieving tranquil states of mind, and for attaining spiritual liberation.  The spiritual and psychological benefits of Frankincense have long been recognized by many cultures and spiritual traditions. On a physical level, the oil of Frankincense helps with nervous system conditions. Because of the high levels of sesquiterpenes, a type of molecules that have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, Frankincense may help to oxygenate the pineal and pituitary glands, according to .Frankincense is so highly touted in treating a number of physical and emotional diseases and the medical community continues to research more and more of its health benefits.   To top it off, it smells great making it a top seller at doTERRA. Even though it is very expensive, I offer my students to try it topically to help with focus and meditation.frankincense banner

The Crown Chakra Yoga Practice

We do a variety of the hip and hamstring poses to get ready to meditate. See my  Youtube video on sitting comfortably in easy seat.

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Gentle neck stretches, side to side stretches and twists are done to make sure all blockages leading from the base of the spine to the crown of your head are cleared.  Tree pose is our balance pose to ensure our focus and connection with all living things.

An appropriate relaxation activity for activating the crown chakra is Yoga Nidra.  When I did thisyoga nidra image practice with my students recently, I had several students report some fascinating results.  One student reported being able to visualize the blue pointed star at all 61 points that I mentioned.  Another visualized a colorful Chinese dragon dancing.

I introduce my students to a variety of other ways to quiet their mind and feel connected to their higher self.  Visualizing the color purple,  chanting the OM sound or using either crystal bowls or a 108 bead mala to assist in meditating.  Each of us respond differently to the various approaches of this practice, so I give the students a sampling and encourage them to practice at home.  To find out more about my Chakra balancing series, please fill in this contact form.



I wish you health and joy in  your day.  Namaste,  Andrea

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Do you Trust your Intuition?

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Balancing the Third Eye Chakra

I am going to share something very personal with you because I think it will help illustrate why working the third eye or Brow Chakra is so important.  When I was younger, I used to think every ailment that I got was going to be my last.  I ran from doctor to doctor seeking answers to every little strange ache and pain that cropped up in my life.  I also was afraid of everything– thunderstorms and earthquakes to name two of the big ones.  For me, it was a lack of knowledge, discernment and life wisdom that kept me imbalanced.  I had plenty of creativity and imagination (lol). I had a lot of work to do to develop faith in my inner wisdom.  Often work on the 6th Chakra comes with age, but some people are born wise or life hits them hard early in life, so they are faced with many big issues that can lead to development of this intuitive sense. According to, the brow chakra and the crown chakra are interconnected with two parts of the brain. “The pituitary gland is called the ‘seat of the mind’ with the frontal lobe regulating emotional thoughts such as poetry and music, and the anterior lobe regulating concrete thought and intellectual concepts. On the other hand, the pineal gland is known as the ‘seat of illumination, intuition and cosmic consciousness’. The pineal gland is to the pituitary gland what intuition is to reason.” If this Chakra is out of balance, physically you might be experiencing head aches, eye aches or be unable to sleep or have nightmares.


The following is an excerpt from the class I teach on the third eye chakra. I encourage my students to try one of several doTERRA essential oil blends– clary sage to reduce anxiety and brain fog or Frankincense to increase higher mental powers. Start in child’s pose –making sure to have your fists or a block touching the brow between your eyes. From there move into a downward dog, placing a block so that your forehead is touching something. Use blocks during the forward fold before coming up to standing. Do several  sun salutations– the first couple with your eyes open and then close your eyes to rely on your intuition to guide you through the sequence. During the balance work, we call upon the eagle again.  The eagle, as well as other birds of prey, have amazing vision.  They soar above everything and can see the tapestry of our lives.  Tapestry 600 dpiWithout this eagle eye, our lives look like the underside of a tapestry– a mesh of threads going every which way. We work through several other poses from a seated position– all with our head touching a block.  The simple act of touching a body part you are attempting to activate draws both your attention and energy there. Then meditate on the third eye by looking at a candle or closing the eyes completely and visualize a 5-pointed star with each point representing aspects of our higher brain functions.  I had one of my students report back to me that after we worked the third eye chakra, she had a dream that her mother was in the room with her giving her a hug.  She said it was not spooky, rather very comforting. Andrea in child's pose third eye routine

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The fire staring practice is done first by softening your focus and staring at the flame as long as you can without blinking.  Follow that with gently closing your eyes and noticing any visions or images that crop up.  Try to allow thoughts and images to pass by as if they are clouds in the sky. If you are an auditory learner, hum the following seed sound— Aum, Aum, Aum. I invite my students to select a throat chakra affirmation to become their mantra as they leave the class.  Maybe one of them will speak to you.

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I wish you health and joy in  your day.  Namaste,  Andrea

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Are you a Warrior or a Servant? Exploring the Manipura Chakra

 Yellow flower wide shot manipura chakraThe Manipura Chakra is not only strength in your abdomen but also strength in  your convictions.

Are you a warrior or a servant? That is the one of the questions to ask yourself when exploring the Manipura Chakra, the third of the seven energy wheels that start at the base of your spine. (for basic explanations of the Chakra system see this earlier post ) Located in the Solar Plexus region of your body, the Manipura Chakra is considered your energetic wheel of strength.  It is commonly known as the core.  Yellow is the color associated with this Chakra, which makes sense since the sun is considered the ruling element of the Solar Plexus. Energy here provides the fire needed to help digest your food and the world.


Determining if you Chakra is Over-active or Under-active

If your chakra is over-active, according to,  “you may be judgemental or critical – and you will easily find fault in others. An overactive solar plexus chakra can turn you into an arrogant, self-centered power grabber. You end up chasing name and fame to the exclusion of everything else. Soon enough the ‘my way or the highway’ lifestyle inevitably results in dysfunctional relationships and high levels of stress.” according to

“If this chakra is under active, according to,  it can cause severe emotional problems. You may have a lot of doubt and mistrust towards the people in your life, and worry too much about what other people might think about you. You may also run on “auto pilot” avoiding your feelings of depression orchakra picture courageous anxiety; you may feel afraid or alone when you start to look at what you have been avoiding. You also may feel that you are not good enough and be seeking a constant approval of others. “A blocked third chakra could lead to low self-esteem, hyper-sensitivity to criticism and attention seeking behavior. The resultant indecisiveness, poor self-confidence and self-image, and fear of rejection can prevent you from accomplishing important tasks and turning dreams into reality. Both over-active and under-active Manipura Chakra can lead to physical problems such as digestive disorders and anxiety.


Of all the Chakras, Manipura is the one mostly closely associated with your ego. Your identity including feelings of self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence is often established in your teens.   As an adult, it affects your feelings of personal power and freedom of choice, according to Ambika Wauters, author of the The Book of Chakras.

In teaching a Yoga class on the 3rd chakra, I offer my students the following doTERRA essential oils — Bergamot if they feel like they need to fortify themselves or Wintergreen if they are feeling overly aggressive.   Bergamot is a member of the citrus family and helps one feel more secure and abundant.  Wintergreen has a cooling effect.  Learn more about doTERRA oils by checking out my information page.

Here is a Manipura Chakra Yoga Routine.  Feel free to do at home or join me for one of my public offerings of Yoga.

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Throughout the practice (shown above and described below)be aware of your strength, which should give you confidence to move through life’s changes. Pictures are in order from left to right and top to bottom. Start in child’s pose Balasana and focus on your breath.  Feel the ground supporting you offering you safety and security.  If you are undergoing a major change in your life or are feeling ungrounded, affirm yourself with a statement such as “I have the strength to weather these changes and I have a right to the life I chose.” Move into cat Marjaiasana cow Bitilasana stretch. Coordinate the next series with your breath.  Then move into Balancing Table Pose dandayamna-bharmanasana. Raise the arm as you inhale and lower as you exhale.  Repeat three times.  One breath in between and then three times on the other side.  Then raise your leg as you inhale and hold it for three complete breaths.  You can add your opposite arm to make the balance and core work more challenging.   Rest in child’s pose (picture 1). Whenever you need to rest your wrists, go back to child’s pose. Move into a cat cow stretch with one leg bending and bringing your knee toward your  nose compressing your abdomen .   Then hold in plank Kumbhakasanafor three to eight counts.   You can modify on your forearms or hands and knees -Dophin Plank.  Move back into a downward dog -Adho mukha śvānāsana , making sure to engage both your inner thighs and your abdomen.  Move in and out of downward dog and plank several times—generating heat and becoming aware of your core strength. Come up to the top of your mat by bringing one left forward and end up in a Forward Fold. Safely come up to  chair pose Utkatasana (7). Be sure to engage your core and fronts of your thighs. There are many ways to both amplify and modify chair pose depending on how much or little you need to stoke the fires of your solar plexus.  If you have a strong sense of yourself, you might not need to push as hard.  If you tend to be afraid to try new thinAndrea meditatinggs, then pushing yourself may allow you through this challenging experience may develop the courage you need. High Lunge with or without a twist Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana . Repeat on both sides. Move into Triangle and/or Reverse Triangle Pose Utthita Trikonasana(shown above). Come down to seated and set up for Boat Pose Navasana  which if done properly put yours puts your spine in a sated V.  Because this pose requires so much core strength,  I am modifying it by holding my legs with my hands. (12) Moving Bridge works the core and strengthens the back from the ground. Be sure to feel the front body engaging and to not squeeze the buttocks. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana. Make sure to do Constructive Rest. Savasana .

A great way to finish  the Manipura chakra work, is to do a seated meditation using the following seed sound mantra– RAM, RAM, RAM.  Notice how this sound actually causes a vibration in your solar plexus region. Remember, the fire at our navel center is vital to your spiritual growth and fulfillment!



I wish you health and joy in  your day.  Namaste,  Andrea

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Yoga, Essential Oils and Healthy Food when you are Vacationing

Andrea in front of the vehicleHow many times have you returned from vacation only to say, “I need a vacation after this vacation!”

Mark and the dogs in Paducah KentuckyIt is a tricky balancing act to have fun and still stay healthy when you are not in your own home, doing your own routine.  This summer, I was determined to figure out how to stay healthy on a 4,000 mile, three-week road trip with my husband and two dogs.

Here are a few tips I picked up and so far they seem to be working (I still have to drive 2,000 miles home).

  1. Bring lots of healthy snacks (carrots, dates, raisins, apples, grapes, celery, nuts)
  2. Bring essential oils (but keep them in a cooler) Heat makes them lose their potency
  3. Every two hours take a stretch or yoga break
  4. Bring a neti pot and rinse out your nose with warmed-up, distilled water and neti wash salts, not table salts.
  5. Stay present so you can notice all the amazing natural and man-made events going on around you (this can also help you avoid an accident)
  6. Sing, laugh and breath (especially if you can’t control what’s going on around you)
  7. Visit the local yoga studios.  Many have drop in rates and its amazing how re-invigorating it is to learn from some one new.

Andrea doing yoga in front of Cracker barrel  Healthy road snacks  Dramatic skies

More Details about Yoga Poses on the Road

I always bring a mat, but if you don’t have one, borrow a towel. Do a simple series of hamstring stretches, twists, child’s pose and sun salutations.  These poses will keep your back, hips and hamstrings limber. At truck stops or in public places, you can do standing poses such as half moon, triangle or the warrior series, which help with fatigue and digestive issues.

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 More Details about Using Essential Oils on the Road

Each morning, I take a drop of DigestZen and three to four drops of lemon and put them in my water. Next its oil time for mood enhancing –Balance if I am nervous, Frankincense if my brain is road weary, Peppermint for a pick me up.  My portable medicine cabinet has Breathe for respiratory issues, Deep Blue for muscle aches and On-Guard to protect from illness. I also bring Melalueca and Lavender for skin irritations. I carry a portable diffuser for car odors and use my essential oil diffusing bracelet to easily get the aromatic effects of these great health enhancers.

My supply of essential oils for the road  Another bracelet with peppermint  Hand with diffusing bracelet in car

I can help you with both Essential Oils and the beautiful aromatherapy bracelet to adorn you.

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Sacral Chakra the Seat of your Creativity

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How do you know whether a Chakra is in balance or not?

How do you know which Chakra is out of balance and the bigger question, why is out of balance? As my yoga students and I have been exploring Chakras the past two months, we have answered these questions by conducting an inquiry into our bodies, minds and hearts.

During our Sacral Chakra Yoga class, we used several essential oils to deepen our Chakrasappreciation for our sensual self – Wild Orange  and the other citrus oils such as Bergamot are uplifting and encouraging. When we feel stuck or ravaged by life and age, our sacral area can go dormant.  If you have ever felt like you are sleeping walking through life – just getting through your day without feeling love or passion, you might be experiencing a Sacral Chakra imbalance.


Here is the routine we did for balancing our sacral chakra.  Feel free to try this at home.  Of course, you can contact me through my website.


First we tap into our spine and sacral area at the base of our spine by moving through a cat/cow sequence on hands and knees, making sure to inhale when your belly drops and head lifts and then exhale as you pull your navel to the spine looking  down at your knees (1) (2).  To keep moving this lower area of our spine in another direction, we then look sideways over our shoulder doing a C curve, making sure to keep our back in the table top position as we wag our tail the same direction. (3) Coming up on your knees, extend one leg to the side balancing and reach away from your outstretched leg. Then reach toward your outstretched leg. (4) (5) Do this Gate lock pose on both sides. Carefully come up to standing perhaps through a safe forward fold and set up  for Warrior 2. (6) To release the  front hip in this pose, come up on the ball of the front foot briefly (7) and then lower (8) being sure your knee remains behind your toes to keep them safe.  Repeat on both sides.  Lift your arm straight up to the sky with the front knee bent, stretch out your side body in a Reverse Warrior. (9) Repeat this post which is also known as Exalting the warrior on both sides.  A wonderful balance for activating your creative nature is Dancers Pose (10) If you need to set up next to a post or wall and then release your forward hand this is a great way to access this pose safely. Make sure to do this pose on both sides as well (noting any differences between the sides, without judgement).  Your body should be warmed up sufficiently to do Pigeon Pose, known as the king or queen of hip openers. (11)  Notice how I am using a bolster to even out my hips in this deep pose.  You can stay up right or fold forward to feel this pose deeply in both the front and the back of the sacral area. If you have knee issues, pigeon  should be down lying on your back.  Your last pose is a seated cobblers or butterfly pose. (12) Elevating hips on a blanket can keep your pelvis and lower back safe in this pose.  While in this pose, you might want to say the following 2nd chakra mantra VAM, VAM, VAM.


End your practice in Savassana.


When you balance your 2nd chakra, you enable yourself to experience joy and creativity without the need to overdo it.  You take good care of your body with healthy food and clean water.  Your emotions are balanced.  Leave your comments or questions below.  Namaste.


I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Practicing Yoga Poses Is Not Enough

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This is a strange comment coming from a yoga teacher, but the longer I practice yoga, the more I realize that yoga asanas alone, are not the key.  Yoga has to be part of an overall health and life strategy, which includes eating well, staying hydrate, sleeping the right amount and at the right time, attending to your emotional health and last, but not least, working to eliminate toxics from your life and this world.

doterra  600dpi Andrea smiling pouring into diffuserThis is why I have become a doTERRA Wellness Consultant.   I do not take this role lightly as I have developed a deep understanding of toxic chemicals and their effects on the environment and us.

I began researching toxics 30 years ago as a news reporter. My many environmental stories included uncovering asbestos contamination in a Miami school in the early 80’s, the landfill crisis which left a garbage barge circling  the NY Harbor for weeks,  and the decimation of the Hopi lands in Arizona by a deal made between the U.S. government and the Navajo tribe ( just to name a few).Andrea broadcasting smallWhen I left the field of reporting, I worked for a number  of environmental organizations including Campaign California (an anti-nuke group) and the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.  I ultimately co-founded and operated two environmental education organizations in Charlottesville, Virginia (C.A.R.T) Charlottesville-Albemarle-Recycle-Together and E.E.C. (The Environmental Education Center).  I went back to the University of Virginia to advance my knowledge of science and teaching (receiving two additional degrees) in order to enter the classroom full time as a environmental science and earth science teacher.  The Golden Apple Award I received was based on a project I did with the students on schoolyard habitats at Monticello High School.

Ten years later, I have narrowed my advocacy work from the saving the earth to saving individuals including myself.

So I use my yoga teaching platform, my writing and my work with doTERRA to spread the word about living a cleaner life as a way to exert some control over our health.

DoTERRA Essential Oils can be used a in a variety of ways to support your health goals. I am here to help. Here is a sampling of how I use them –doterra Andrea opening bottle

1) I diffuse them to assist in the purification of  air or to create a better atmosphere in my home emotionally.

2) I inhale them directly to combat seasonal allergies and to fight off indigestion and headaches.

3) I dilute them with coconut oil or other pure oils and apply them directly to the skin where they support my body in the following ways– anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti inflammatory and anti viral.

4) I mix them with distilled water and spray them on my body to keep insects away.

5) I am replacing my chemically-filled dryer sheets with wool dryer balls infused with the oils.

6) I clean my counters with a safe doTERRA mixture rather than using harsh chemicals that can contribute to our liver and kidneys working twice as hard to flush our bodies of toxics.

7) I am saving money by making my own hand wash rather than purchasing dozens of the liquid hand soaps that have hard to pronounce chemical concoctions in them.

8) I make cooling drinks with cucumbers and peppermint oil.

9) I bring a bottle of the lemon essential oils to restaurants and add them to my water rather than use real lemon because I am not sure who has handled the lemons and if they have been washed.

10) I use doTERRA toothpaste,shampoo and conditioner because I want to be able to limit my exposure to harsh chemicals that may be fine for now but could be building up in my system.

11) I add them to my shower, which relaxes me right before going to bed and assists in me getting a good nights sleep.

12) I use them in my yoga and meditation practice to aid in the physical, spiritual and emotional practice.

Most importantly, I am handing more of my daily aches and pains without advil, allergy medicines, sleeping pills, pills for indigestion, pills for sinus relief, etc.

There are many essential oil products being sold in stores and on the market.  But I have researched doTERRA and I feel secure with their 9 step quality control and certification of purity and I like them as a business.  They are putting their money where their mouth is — not only selling these products but working directly with the growers to ensure safe and sustainable practices.

There are three ways I can help you. These services are free.doterra Andrea smiling in front of all products

I offer one-on-one wellness consultations.  You may schedule by contacting me through my website contact form.

I offer classes.  I am trying to do one a month, either at my home or your home. If you host a class, you can earn free products.

I  offer information in most of my yoga classes. See my schedule of classes or contact me personally.

I know it is hard to change habits and in fact, there are many more ways I am exposed to toxics that I am not ready to change.  I still get my hair dyed and I wear store bought make up, but I am determined to do what I can to be healthier and I invite you to join me in this journey of health. Use this contact form to schedule a  free doTERRA wellness consultation.

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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It was an Essential Oil Kind of Morning

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The Ten Essential Oils I used Today

I was up this morning with my head spinning from the number of things I had to get done — prepare email invites to my son’s graduation, get newsletter out for my business, update my Etsy Store, make prom jewelry, make graduation jewelry, send out email to the tennis team on impending move, visit mom and dad, and that was just my personal list.  Dogs barking, Mark rushing and then the daily morning child crisis.

My sons messy room

Tearing apart Gabes room

Gabe rifling through his room, announces “I can’t find the speakers I sort of borrowed, took from my Baseball Coach. He is threatening to keep me from graduating if I don’t return them.” Move into mom emergency mode and tear his room apart.  No luck.

Wait a minute!!!! I need to stop and breath like I tell my yoga students everyday, and I need to jrely on my emergency home essential oil kit to get  me through this normal, crazy day.

1) Frankincense Oil –a drop on the back of my neck and on the bottoms of my feet 2) Peppermint Oil– a drop or two on my wrists and feet bottoms 3) Lemon Oil – 3 to 4 drops in my water 4) Balance Oil Blend – Inhale directly from the bottle 5)Wild Orange Oil– Place a drop in my palm and cup my nose and mouth and breath. 6) DigestZen Oil Blend — Rub a drop or two on my tummy 7) On Guard Solution — made with distilled water. Place on a clean cloth and wipe door handles because everyone in this house is coughing.

Much better now.  Later on today when I get back from running around, I am going to rub some 8) Deep Blue Essential Oil Blend on me to get the soreness out of my muscles, and run my diffuser with some 9)Purify Oil to get the dog smell out of my house. Tonight as I get ready for bed, need to add 10) Lavender Essential Oil to my diffuser to help me sleep.

If you live in Fort Myers and would like to attend one of my free doTERRA classes, contact me.  I have a class coming up Friday, April 29th at 1 pm.  If you live out of town, I can assist over the phone or through email.  Use the same contact button to send me a note.

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I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Taking Root – Balancing the Muladhara Chakra

muladhara chakra

Life is always throwing curve balls at us.  Many times these abrupt changes can leave us feeling rootless.  That rootless feeling is often associated with an imbalance in the Root Chakra.

ChakrasThe root chakra, Muladhara, as it is known in Sanscript, is all about security.   Yoga and Essential Oils can help rebalance your root chakra by reducing feelings of anxiousness and helping you feel more grounded. In my experience and readings I have done, there appears to be three ways your root chakra can become imbalanced (bear with me, this is an oversimplification).

  • Something big happens like a job change, change in marital or family status, a death or health related issue that rocks your world.
  • Unresolved issues that might be deep seated related to security from childhood creating long held tension and lower self-esteem.
  • An incredibly busy mind and body that is going all the time, leading to a daily need to ground oneself  with calming practices and daily routines. (I fit into this category)

As a Yoga teacher,  I have been working with my students to understand and balance their chakras.  We started at the beginning with the root chakra, which resides at the base of the spine. (see Blog post for more basics on chakras). When teaching a yoga class focused on balancing the root chakra, I start with an invitation to use doTBalanceERRA  Oils special blend called Balance.  Pure therapeutic essential oils are 1000 times more potent than herbs.  doTERRA Oils  are produced without additives like so many of the oils sold on the market today.

Balance is a perfect blend of Spruce, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Ho Wood in a mixture of Coconut Oil. The Frankincense has a grounding effect on emotions, while the Ho Wood, Blue Tansy and Blue Chamomile can ease anxiety.  I offer the students a drop of the oil to rub on their hands, their feet or to place on a flat cotton pad. I also diffuse the oil in a mobile diffuser.  We start the class in Mountain Pose 1 (Tadasana) feeling our feet firmly grounded and begin breathing in the oil as a way to feel securely planted on the earth.

Balancing the Muladara ChakraWe set an intention during this grounding which might relate to personal security such as “I know I will make enough money to pay my bills” or “even though I am currently experiencing major health challenges, I will trust in my body and my health practitioners to lead me back to health.” Other yoga poses that I incorporate into a Root Chakra Balancing practice are : Child’s pose 2 (Balasana) with your head on the floor or a block, Downward -facing dog  pose 3 (Adho Mukha Savasana) into low lunge pose 4 (Anjaneyasana).  Working the lower body builds the strength in the legs and flexibility in the hips so that you feel  supported.

Rooting your feet during either a Warrior 1 or Warrior 2 series 5 (Virabhadrasana II) continues to help you draw strength from the earth and your lower body. An obvious choice for a balance pose in such a practice is Tree Pose 6 (Vrksasana), but make sure in all of these poses that you do not  push yourself beyond what feels safe and secure.  Maybe you place your feet on your shin and not on your thigh for tree or stand close to the wall in case you need to support yourself.   Chair Pose 7 (Utkatasana) and Yoga Squat  pose 8 (Malasana) can be added to  your root chakra balancing routine before you come down to the floor.

Part of balancing any chakra is to find balance within yourself between what is known as Sthira and Sukha, strength and flexibility.  Once you steady yourself through the lower body strength work, it is important to find a bit of ease.  So spend the last fifteen minutes of your root chakra balancing class, seated or lying on the floor stretching out your hips and hamstrings with a series of postures including  wind reliever pose 9 (Apanasana) reclined pidgeon pose 10 (Supta Kapotasana), reclined bound angle pose 11 (Supta Baddha Konasana) and ending in Corpse Pose 12 (Savasana). 

Muladara Chakra

In my class on the root chakra, I offer the students another whiff of  the Balance Essential Oil as we say the Root Chakra Balancing Mantra of LAM, LAM, LAM. To experience my compassionate style of yoga teaching, check my Yoga schedule.  To learn more about using Essential Oils, use the form below to send me an email.   

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Balancing Your Chakras with Yoga and Essential Oils


Chakras are fascinating and the more you learn about them, the more empowered you can become to heal yourself and thrive.

Throat chakraMy two favorite ways of working with chakras are through yoga poses and essential oils. I was first introduced to chakras (pronounced with a hard CH like cheese) during Yoga School in 2014.  I had a vague understanding that chakras (a Hindu word meaning Wheels) were associated with parts of my spine and that each chakra could be represented by a color of the rainbow.  My instructor filled in some of the blanks with an excellent book entitled The Book of Chakras by Ambika Wauters.  In it, I learned how chakras could be thought of as energy centers of your physical, mental and emotional bodies.  I took a chakra self-assessment to figure out which of these energy centers were blocked and need to be balanced.

I was shocked when my imbalance showed up in my throat chakra known a Vishuddha. I laughed.  Me — the person who majored in Communication, spent years as a broadcast journalist, then a lobbyist for environmental causes, then a school teacher.  I was known to my friends as someone who willingly would give them a candid, if not blunt, assessment of any situation.  I also was known as a good listener.  In fact, many friends and students called on me when they needed to vent.  As I re-read the description of the throat chakra , it finally dawned on me that what was blocking this wheel of energy was my belief that I had so much to offer the world and no one was listening.  I was teaching to mostly empty classes at that point in my yoga career.  Today my classes are generally full and I feel much more balanced as far as my throat chakra is concerned.

yoga-eoI continue to help my students learn more about the Chakra System and its role in physical, mental and emotional health.  Using the essential oils as I teach my students yoga seems to enhance their  practice. I only recommend doTERRA because they have no chemical fillers or other additives which can actually be harmful.  In addition, they are carefully harvested in a sustainable way. Here is a quick primer on doTERRA Essential Oils

  • They are pure therapeutic grade of oils extracted in an environmentally sound way from different parts of the plants—leaves, stems, flowers and roots.
  • Each oil has specific chemical properties that can be powerful tools in health if used correctly.
  • Oils can penetrate cells through topical use, aromatic use(smell) or through ingestion.
  • Oils, as opposed to most medicines, don’t have serious side effects and are safe .

In the next series of articles, I will be exploring the Chakras, Yoga and Essential Oils.

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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