Full Moon in Pisces Crystal Ritual

Full Moon in Pisces Crystal Ritual

Tonight we will experience a Full Moon in Pisces. The Dakota Sioux people call this the “moon when all things ripen”.
As the last sign on the zodiac wheel, Pisces is about endings and transitions. It’s time to surrender, symbolically wave the white flag, and accept the things we cannot change. As Pisces is also a dual sign, it means we will experience some of life’s paradoxs, like being a Spirit being in this very human and physical world.
When the full moon arrives, it’s time to create space to take stock of what has and has yet come to fruition. A full moon ritual is a time to get quiet, reflect, and celebrate. Unlike the new moon, the full moon represents fruitfulness and completeness and brings with it a lot of energy.
I’ll be celebrating tonight and you might want to as well. Here’s a Full Moon Ritual you can use to ground your heightened states, revel in your successes and strongly release that which is no longer serving you.
PISCES FULL MOON RITUAL
What you’ll need:

  • Candles
  • Altar Space
  • Pen & Paper
  • Smudge: palo santo, sage, ceremonial tobacco
  • Crystal or semi-precious stone (one you feel comfortable releasing)
  • Water in a bowl, if inspired, throw in a few flowers

Cleanse yourself, your altar/space, and chosen crystal with sage, palo santo, or ceremonial tobacco along with lighting candles and incense. Have your paper and pen ready to write. If there is a prayer or chant that you would like to use, have it available to recite.
On a piece of paper, acknowledge all of the blessings that have manifested in your reality since the New Moon or even in the past month. Muse about the amazing opportunities, love, experiences, and people you are grateful for.
Next, take your crystal and while holding it, allow everything you are ready to release from your life currently (such as old negative beliefs, people, or experiences) to be absorbed into the crystal.
Once finished, take this crystal outside and giving the energy and thanks to Mama Gaia, bury the crystal in the ground and ask Gaia to take this energy you no longer need from your life. Ruled by Neptune, god of the seas, Pisces is the zodiac’s mermaid as it is ruled by Neptune, god of the seas. Wash your hands and feet in the bowl of water. Or even pour the water over your head and allow yourself to be completely cleansed.
Release any expectations and place your trust in your moon magic ritual that your invocations have been heard.
love & pranams,
carla

A Yoga Practice Really Works

A Yoga Practice Really Works

Last week my father had to be Medi-Vac’d to the hospital with a heart issue. I was in San Francisco at the time and fortunately was planning to travel later that day so was able to get to Vancouver easily to be with him and my mother. The first several hours after getting the news involved a flurry of texts and calls with family and the hospital relaying information, followed by traffic, long airport lines and a delayed flight.
What I observed that day and in the several days afterwards was that despite the stress and worry I was remarkably calm, present and centred. When my breath would get shallow, I noticed and could adjust. When my body was tightening and armouring, I intuitively knew how to move to find more flow without even thinking. My yoga practice was seamlessly showing up when I really needed it.
In class I often speak about how the practice on the mat is really about giving us the tools to handle what shows up in life. When we are in a pose that is especially challenging – we can be mindful with our breath, we can slow it down and be present with whatever sensations and emotions arise. We can remind ourselves that everything is welcome as part of the human experience. We can trust the intelligence of our bodies without having to do anything.
And while I have experienced this translation of practice from mat to life many times, last week it seemed to register in a more profound way. Presence is just a breath away. You can ground simply by feeling your feet connecting to the earth. You can experience more flow and ease in a difficult moment with some finger wiggling and wrist circles that no one will notice. You can trust that ultimately everything will be ok.
The wonderful news is that my father is recovering well and will be able to return home in the next couple of days.
Perhaps take a moment right now to sit back and feel into a time when your practice has served you in life. Allow yourself to have the full body experience of that remembrance. Have gratitude for your practice and your body’s capacity to receive it. Breathe into the knowing that this is a practice not just on the mat, but a practice of life. And that it really works.
love & pranams,
carla

Connection with Touch

Connection with Touch

You and me are connecting right now through a digital medium that exists in pixels and maybe some audio. Flashes essentially. Supernova experiences? Maybe not that epic, but a beautifully elaborate presentation none-the-less.
But the human condition (that is, being human) necessitates that we are nourished with the power of touch. Human connection. It’s quite literal that we send electricity through one another when we touch, our energy lines flow that way.
It is no mistake that our energy lines within ourselves come to an end at our phalanges. Our fingers are sensors and also beacons of energy! So are our feet! Our veins end at these points, and they are even a different colour then the rest of our skin, a soft underside protected from the harshness of some weathers. They also happen to be our connection points to the rest of the earth. We walk on our feet, and hold most everything else in our hands.
Today, I’m encouraging you to touch somebody! Ok, maybe a friend or partner or child. Share your bright and shining energy beam with their energy beam and light up that energy space you’re sharing like a supernova! Go on! Time’s a wasting!

Be Bold, Be Curious, Practice Deep Reflection

Be Bold, Be Curious, Practice Deep Reflection

“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” ~ Jason Crandell

Warriors and savasanas and planks and trikonasanas are all very effective at aligning our sheath of outer-self with our sheath of inner mind, using effective tactics like breath and posture, but then what? Does Yoga just stop here, with a building of stretchy limbs?
Perhaps this space is also a very supple opportunity to reflect on who we are as a human? Reflect on some of our actions during the day or previous day and see if there were perhaps some more peaceful actions or moments where I could have been more understanding? Being the brand new year, it seems like this could be a great space to reflect on our past, and to choose a subtle shift towards more intention into the future.
Perhaps this space is the perfect opportunity to meditate upon our ‘me’, to visualize our self filling the space of our dreams.