Bad Girl Yoga
Ladies, empower yourself from within through pranayama, asanas and focused meditations.
Living in these current times with the stress of day to day life, work, financial obligations and relationships takes a lot of strength to stay focused and do our best to live the dream. As women we may take on more than what we are able to maintain. Take some time to reflect and create some balance in your life. As bad girls we need to know what we want, how to achieve it and when to say no.
Drop in for a class on Wednesdays at 10 am at
The Body Shop
3134 N Woodland Blvd,
or email me at Devima@shaktiart.com for more information.
Holistic Sexuality is a way of approaching our sexuality in a mindful,, honest and holistic way. Holistic in the way that it includes one's physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of themselves while not excluding any part of the being what ever part that may be.
I work with people, couple's, individuals and groups as a form of support while they connect with and define their own sexuality. The tools I use are Tantra, breath work, meditation, yoga, spiritual counsel and various exercises to help one come into their full sexual potential.
In sessions I provide a safe and confidential environment where learning and growing is fun, insightful, sensual, invigorating and healing.
Please contact me for more information or to schedule an appointment at email@example.com
Kundalini Yoga is a style of yoga practiced to raise the kundalini energy and bring one into their full potential. Kundalini yoga was brought to America by Yogi Bhajan during the late 1960's.
Kundalini is the energy of consciousness that is said to rest at the Root Chakra, or Muladhara located at the base of the spine. Once the kundalini is awakened it is said to bring one into total consciousness with the ability to live according to their full potential.
Kundalini yoga encourages the awakening and raising of the kundalini energy through various yoga sets, or kriyas, pranayama, meditation and chanting.
After attending a Kundalini Yoga class you will immediately notice an increased sense of wellbeing, inner peace, bliss and harmony with life.
You can learn more about Kundalini Yoga here
Ayuryoga is the term for Ayurvedic-style yoga. It is a type of yoga practiced to balance a persons constitution, or body type.
According to Ayurvedic medicine all people are made up of the 3 constitutions or tridosha;
Vata dosha - air
Pitta dosha- fire and
Kapha dosha- water
Most people are predominantly one dosha. Some have strong characteristics of 2 doshas but very rarely is one tridoshic.
When a person becomes ill it is because an imbalance has occurred in one or more of the doshas.
The practice of Ayuryoga can help bring one's dosha back into balance.
Pranayama or Yogic breathing techniques can be added to your yoga regime to enhance and encourage the healing and balancing process.
There are many forms of Pranayama to explore. All have positive benefits to restoring the body to it's natural and healthy state. Practicing Pranayama gives one the ability to enter into a state of bliss and heightened awareness.
Turmeric is wonderful for treating many different ailments. If you are a fan of curry you may be familiar with this beautiful, golden spice.
The active ingredient in Turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to relieve inflammation, cleanse and tonify the liver, aid in digestion and even soothe depression. It is safe for most people but not recommended for those with biliary tract obstruction since it stimulates the secretion of bile.
Here are some more illnesses curcumin is known to treat:
Acne and Skin problems
and has been shown to hinder the reproduction of the HIV virus in laboratory tests.
You can add turmeric to your diet by cooking with it in curry dishes and other yummy exotic recipes or find the supplement in your local health food store. My favorite way to take it is by making a delicious Ayurvedic drink called Golden Milk. Here is my recipe:
1 cup of organic milk or milk substitute (preferably unsweetened and as pure as possible - I use Edensoy's unsweetened soy milk)
1 to 2 tbsp of freshly grated turmeric root or 1 tsp ground tumeric spice
In a small pot bring almost to a boil, stirring frequently
Let simmer for 10 mins.
Strain into a mug (only if using the fresh root)
Next add sweetener, which can vary depending on your dosha or body type.
Since I am kapha I use 1 tsp of local raw honey. Some other options are coconut sugar which is low glycemic, brown rice sweetener, or organic turbinado sugar.
You do not want to use white sugar as it counteracts all the healing benefits of the plant medicine.
Stir and enjoy.
This is recommended once in the morning and once in the evening.
For more information about holistic healing or to schedule a wellness consultation you can email me at Devima@shaktiart.com or call me at (407) 953-4388. I am also available on Skype.
*Please check with your doctor before adding to or altering your diet in anyway.
Yoga and Holistic Health
Shakti: The active manifest power that creates the Universe.
Woman, Womb-man we are the portals of life here on this Earth. We are that creative power that manifests life. Together with the Divine Shiva, life is created and nourished in that sacred place. The womb.
When you come to a Shakti Yoga class be prepared to go within and connect with that infinite source of life that is in every cell of your being. Mind, body and soul.
Come open and willing to step into yourself and be fully. present. in. this. body.
How often do the daily tasks of life sweep us away and we find ourselves outside, caught up in this or that or tangled up in the monkey mind?
I encourage you to take some time out for yourself. To acknowledge your breath and live intentionally.
Come join me for a Shakti Yoga class.
Be present in your body and experience the joy of being alive.
Blessings and Love
Our body is always working to digest and eliminate, nourish and filter. It is a non stop machine pumping blood to our organs and regenerating cells even in our sleep.
Fasting can give our body a break from the daily grind and send the digestive tract on a mini vacation. Fasting frees up the energy our body uses to digest and allows it to be utilized for healing.
Fasting also clears the mind and causes us to turn inward. It can help us make decisions that are true to ourselves especially during times of stress and transition.
Some of the positive benefits of fasting include increased health and energy, enhanced mental function, weight loss and vibrant, glowing skin.
There are many different types of fasts one can do. If you haven't fasted in a long time I recommend starting out slow. Beginning only one day a month with a raw food fast, eliminating all cooked and processed foods from your diet. From here you can increase your regime from one day a month to 1 day every other week, moving on to 1 day every week when you feel ready. You can also expand to a juice fast only drinking fresh juices and herbal tisanes that can aid in the detoxifying process.
Fasting can then be increased to 3 days, a week, and some like the Master Cleanse
fast can last 14 days. These longer fasts are recommended to be done in intervals. For example, a 3 day fast can be done once a month, a week long fast can be done once a season and the Master cleanse or extended fasting only once or twice a year.
Some side effects that may occur during your fasts include headaches, nausea, sluggishness, irritability, insomnia, bouts of energy and fatigue. Gentle yoga and meditation, breath work and drinking water with fresh lemon can help curb these symptoms.
Choosing a time and environment that is supportive during your fast can be helpful. Don't schedule a fast when you are expecting family or have a packed schedule. Instead plan it for a day off or get away for a weekend to a place that is quiet and surrounded by nature. There are special retreats made just for fasting. Check our Website to see when Shakti Yoga and Holistic Health will be holding our next Fasting and Detoxification retreat.
Do some research and find out which fast is right for you. Remember to consult your doctor when altering your diet and lifestyle in any way. Fasting is not recommended for those who may be hypoglycemic or have an eating disorder.
Yoga and Holistic Health
Fenugreek seeds have many healing properties. It is a galactagogue, stimulating mother's milk, an expectorant facilitating the excretion of mucus, an astringent, firming and toning tissues and an aphrodisiac. These are just a few of the medicinal properties of this wonderful plant medicine. I could go on and on about it's emmolient, demulcent and tonic abilities.
I am going to focus on a few of the medicinal benefits in this post because I've noticed that there is a nasty bug going around and this herb can be helpful in treating it.
A decoction can be made by soaking 2 tbs of the seeds in one cup of water for 5 hours or overnight and boiling it for one minute.
For sore throats you can use this as a gargle.
Drinking 2-5 cups a day can also be used as a remedy for the following:
An expectorant to move that mucus out
A tonic for the digestive tract
To settle an upset stomach
As an aid in moving the bowels
Also if you want to woo your lover, make a dish using the seeds as an ingredient. Here are some links to a few yummy suggestions:
Fenugreek has also been shown to help balance the blood sugar in diabetics.
Fenugreek can cause mild upset stomach in large quantities and may have adverse affects on those taking anticoagulants.
Please check with your doctor before use.
Oat straw, I have crowned *The Herb for Lovers*, comes from the oat plant. It is collected while in it's milky stage before the mature oat forms. It is full of calcium and is known to relieve stress and lower blood pressure.
Oat straw also boosts libido in men (and women) by raising and/or balancing hormone levels. Men in america can especially suffer from low libido due to poor eating habits, not enough exercise and high stress.
This can contribute to low testosterone. Low testosterone levels have become a growing problem, you can see the ads popping up on TV and in magazines.
So if you are feeling sluggish in bed and your lover is calling, try taking some oat straw. In no time, you and your loved one will notice the difference.
I will be writing more about this erotic herb soon, so keep posted!
Transitional times call for sensitivity and and gentleness to ourselves. One ally that can be helpful with this is the herb tulsi, or holy basil. Tulsi is an ayurvedic herb. The name means “incomparable”. Adaptogens help the body adapt to the effects of stress and also treats anxiety. It is the most potent adaptogen with the least side effects and can be used daily as a tonic.