I’ve been sleeping on a mat in the barn the last couple of nights and, physically, I am feeling better than I have in months. It reminds me of dreams and visions of other lives I lived here on this planet. Does my body remember how ‘things used to be’ and crave those days of austerities: living simply, not eating much, etc.? And when I don’t live this way, I literally become sick from too much food, too much comfort, too much sitting, too much sleep. JUST.TOO.MUCH. It seems I may not be alone in this either. 1
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Flashback to February 2010
One night during the yoga teacher training course in the Bahamas, I had a very vivid dream where I recalled a number of lives I previously lived on this planet. I was also shown the purpose of a few significant relationships I had up until that point, including the contracts we had signed before incarnating this time around. Contracts that were meant to cause growth through emotional pain. 2 It was incredibly eye-opening.
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Some of you may know that the activities at Drager Farms have come under the scrutiny of the township and the Ag Preserve Board. The activities “not in alignment with a preserved farm” include Shakti Healing Therapies’ yoga and meditation classes, along with the Hipcamp field, and the farm-to-table dining events Nathan and I were trying to get off the ground (which btw… went NOWHERE).
I am unsure of what the future holds for the studio or anything else Nathan and I were trying to do. We were hopeful that by renovating the barn, it could provide some extra income to pave the way for Nathan to get out of UPS, quit driving 60 hours a week, AND have the farm to run on top of it all. But that reality seems to be just out of reach while my own work feels like it’s on hold again too.
We are applying for Event Barn status and will have to see where this process leads us and the offerings at Shakti Healing Therapies. I hope everything will be ironed out by early 2020.
Continue reading Studio Update: Oct 2019
Pranayama (control of prana or life force energy via the breath), is one of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, and as such has very ancient healing roots. However, the more modern version of therapeutic breathwork was born in the 1960s out of LSD research. When the government banned LSD, Stanislov Grof turned his attention to something that couldn’t be outlawed: breathing. Grof went on to trademark “Holotropic Breathwork“, a non-drug alternative to reaching altered states of consciousness.
Today, there are numerous styles of therapeutic breathwork. At the core, all breathwork therapy has benefits similar to other “psychedelic therapies” (such as Ayahuasca, magic mushrooms, and LSD) in that, as oxygen builds up in the blood, the breather experiences a mild sort of trip with the aim of promoting transcendental, ecstatic, religious or mystical peak experiences. Types of experiences usually fall into one or more of several categories: sensory, biographic, perinatal, and yogic sleep states.
Continue reading What is Breathwork Therapy?