Is stress holding you back from living a full life?
Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life – BKS Iyengar
Stress can quickly creep into your life and can often be hard to shake. Yoga has shown to have a calming effect on the body and many poses have a stress relieving effect. Bridge pose gently stretches the back and legs while reducing backaches, fatigue, and anxiety. Another easy yoga move, cat pose, relieve stress and massage the spine.
Looking to eliminate the feeling of stress from your life? Take a look through this infographic to learn step-by-step instructions on how to perform 13 stress relieving yoga poses as well as their health benefits.
Calming Yoga Poses for Stress Relief
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This morning, I resumed a dedicated home yoga practice after a long hiatus. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve done yoga every day for years, but for the last few, it’s come in fits and starts throughout the day. A quick plank while I wait for the tea kettle; tree pose as I wait for the printer at work to spit out my report; standing forward bend as I unload the dishwasher or put food in the cats’ bowls… nothing that FLOWS from one pose into another. I think of it as isolated acts of yoga. Definitely not a formal practice.
I recently traveled to England for a whirlwind work trip. Like, land at Heathrow on Sunday morning, pull into my driveway at midnight Tuesday. I decided to take the time zone shake-up as an opportunity to set my alarm for an hour earlier than usual to reestablish a morning yoga practice. And while I was on the mat this morning, focusing on breath and body, I thought, “This feels magical. AND MAGICKAL.”
Breath. Body. Energy. Intention.
Everything clicked. All those years I was practicing yoga were preparation for practicing magick.
In yoga, you coordinate your movements with your breath, while focusing on an intention (typically related to the pose). I am a mountain standing tall and firm. My roots reach deep into the earth and my peak rises into the clouds. I am connected to all around me.
I am a witch, calling on Earth and Sky. Your energies flow up through the soles of my feet and in through the crown of my head. I am connected to all around me. I shape my world.
Not so different.
The listening and focus of yoga mirrors the listening and focus that attunes us to our clairsenses and intuition. My chest opens. I settle deeper into my practice. The energy flow intensifies. I feel tingling in my ribs, a call to open even wider. Later, when I work magic, I feel a warmth in my hand, a message from my guides to pour more light into the amulet I am crafting.
Not so different at all.
Namaste. Blessed be.
By: Jenn (Phoenix & Lotus)
So, you don’t feel like getting out of bed today? I understand because sometimes life can be hard, and we don’t want to face it, but it’s also important to realize that those of us who can get out of bed are very lucky indeed! Don’t forget, or neglect to be thankful, because there are a lot of people out there who wish that they could get out of bed….but they can’t because they might have no legs. Or maybe they have legs, but they can’t walk.
Ohhh, so you don’t want to go to work today? Yes, I understand that also because you might have a job where people don’t appreciate you, or they treat you like shit – WHY? Well just because they can! But still in all, try to remember that you are one of the lucky ones, because you have a job…….a job that my be paying your bills so that you and your family can have a safe place to live. You can have a warm and comfortable place that keeps you out of the cold. You have a home where you can go to bed at night, not having to worry about who might try and take your spot on your cardboard box whilst you try to get some sleep next to the garbage dumpster in the alleyway.
Just always try to look on the positive side of things, even though the situation might not be exactly how you want it to be, or even close to how you want it to be at that moment. Also, remember, storms never last forever, and what you may be going through will also have an ending.
Find a white candle (or a candle that is your favorite color). It can be a tapered candle, or even a small tealight. Now take just a few minutes to sit with that candle between your hands as you ground yourself by growing your roots deep into the dark, rich, Mother Earth. Imbue that candle by envisioning your love and power – your intentions going into it.
Sometimes, when I do Candle Magick, I will dig my pointer finger- fingernail into it as I send my intentions into it. For me, it seems the best way to get the MAGICK in there!!
So, decide on the way you wish to imbue your candle (holding it between your hands, the fingernail method or whatever else you feel comfortable with, as long as you are doing it with your power hand….the hand that you normally write with), and start saying either out loud or in your thoughts, that which you are thankful for. Make the time to list, in detail, exactly the things, people, situations and abilities that make you feel thankful. Go deep within yourself. Take the time to do this Ritual with your whole heart. Feel the thankfulness exude from yourself into the candle.
Once you feel that you’ve taken enough time to do this, thank the HIGHER POWER that you believe in, secure the candle so that it won’t catch anything on fire or be disturbed. If possible, use a wooden match and set the flame to the candle wick and watch the Magick of the candle spark to life. Stay with your lit candle as long as you desire, but leave it to SAFELY burn out.
It is very good to do this Ritual as often as you can, as it will help you to truly see all that you have to be thankful for…and more.
I wish you and yours, Bright Magickal Blessings!
Greetings Alpha Witches!
In the last four days, I’ve received questions regarding the Book of Shadows, so I thought it would be appropriate for me to broach the subject today.
Are you familiar with the term, Book of Shadows? More than likely you are, but I’d still like to expound upon a few things, especially since this is one of the most important implements in our Craft.
Some magickal folks call it a journal or a grimoire. Which name makes you feel more deeply regarding Witchcraft and your magickal studies? The choice is completely up to you. I, however, prefer to call it my Book of Shadows and Secretes. Regardless of what you decide to call it, the most important thing is that you have one, and that you are detailed and keep it clean, neat and up to date.
Don’t think that you need to spend a lot of money on it because you don’t. You are welcome to purchase your witchcraft tools, but to my way of thinking, self-made is always better, if possible. It’s a bit time consuming to make but I have the satisfaction of knowing that I, myself have made this precious tool, and I have infused every bit of it with powerful magick. I really enjoy making my witchcraft appendages because it’s a really big advantage to be able to know every bit about it.
A ring-binder or a spiral-notebook make perfect Books of shadows. In fact, I’ve made my own out of a ring-binder and I use parchment paper to write my spells, rituals and whatnots on. I’ll add a photo of it to give you a starting point. The ideas for your BOS are endless! Personalize it with whatever you need to so that you are always drawn to it – connected to it. When you personalize it properly, you will feel a shift in consciousness whenever you open it. Use real, dried flowers and herbs in it or essential oils in it…whatever you feel. Let your creativity flow. You can even do a Book of Shadows cleansing and empowerment charm on it.
After you’ve personalized it, you would want to use it to record all of your rituals, spells, dreams, poetry, notes, ideas, good times, bad times, your truest desires – just whatever you feel is important TO YOU. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks in this case. It can also be used to hold recipes for different magickal meals and beverages that you’ve prepared. I tend to fill mine with herbal remedies, positive affirmations, and secret information.
Put anything you want to in it and after it’s finished, and you are satisfied with the look, feel and smell of it, begin writing or drawing something in it every day to help organize your thoughts and strengthen the bond that you will have with it. Notice which feelings are evoked in you whenever you touch or open it. Jot them down – don’t forget to add the date, time, day, waxing or waining moon and weather conditions.
My advice to you would be to keep your Book of Shadows secret…just for yourself, unless you can honestly trust whomever you decide to share it with.
I wish you the brightest of magickl blessings and lots of happiness with your Book of Shadows.