Meet Nor Cal Dancer, Valeria Star

An Interview with a Dancer

What kind of dance do you do?

I enjoy many types of dance. I enjoy ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, belly, salsa, hip hop and ballroom. Currently I am studying ballet although I am going through the rehabilitation process so all dancing must be done with good form so as to not become injured. And I must make sure to address any injuries right away so they will get better. So that means I am not able to dance as often as I like.

Where is home for you?

Stockton, CA, where else

How Long Have You Been Dancing

I believe that we started dancing in the womb since we were swimming in utero. But when I was 8, my mother gave me tights and leotard for my birthday and I was horrified. I didn’t want to go to ballet but ended up loving it after only 1 class. That was 44 years ago. But I had big gaps in my dance life because of work.

What is your favorite song right now?

I believe you can have infinite favorite songs. But I did a dance to one of my favorite songs called Patience by M. Mendi. It was produced by Outrecords.com. It’s a really chill song that is sure to have you feeling like your riding on clouds. I did the video to hopefully inspire Patience in the world. I think we all need to be really patient with everyone which includes ourselves. The more we can relax, we can begin to have more positive social interactions and actually help other people feel our calmness.

What Dancer Do you Admire?

That is another really hard question!! I love so many!! But if I can only pick one it would be Misty Copeland. I read both of her books and I know her story of courage and perserverance. She had a very difficult home life and despite all of that she was able to succeed. Also she’s just so strong and has the most amazing body. I can only dream to have her body one day. But I do have her book Ballet Body so hey anything is possible.

What Is Your One Wish that You Hope Comes True?

More than anything I want there to be world peace. What that means to me is that we don’t have anymore wars, everyone is fed, healthy and has food and jobs. The economies are all thriving and our Mother Earth is Healthy and clean. And there are a lot of trees. I love trees so much that I started a fundraiser for trees and it’s with a NonProfit called Plant One Tree. Super excited. To date, I’ve raised enough for over 90 trees. To Plant trees for $1/tree click here.

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What does wellness mean to you?

Wellness means that you are basically healthy and doing well. You have housing, food, clothing along with financial income or support and you are calm, physically strong, flexible and in a positive mindset. Also your finances are in order and you love and respect yourself. You also eat lots of fruits, vegetables and drink lots of water and take yoga. It’s really important to take care of yourself because who wants someone else to take care of them? They won’t do the same job you would. Nobody will ever take better care of you then yourself. Just drink a cup of tea and think about scheduling that appointment for a massage.

Final Words on Dance

Just do it and do it often. You may think you are no good and have no talent but if you allow your body just to start moving to the rhythm of the music, you will find a cool flow. You start to have fun and it’s so good for your body, brain and spirit. I feel it can get you out of a bad mood in no time. You can take classes if you like but nothing wrong with just shaking that bootie however you want. I hope you dance and often.

Are We Living in the Kali Yuga?

Orignally Published on UpliftConnect.com on November 1, 2016 By Jacob Devaney

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Ancient Wisdom on the Cycle of Time

It isn’t hard to recognize that even though we live on a planet that surrounds us with beauty, that there is a lot of darkness happening within humanity. The ancient Sanskrit teachings understood that civilization goes through distinct cycles of creation and destruction. Native traditions have similar stories to describe different ages of humanity as well. It can be easy to lose hope sometimes, but there many possibilities for spiritual growth and awakening during this time. Let’s look at the bigger picture knowing that the warm glow of dawn always follows the coldest, darkest moments of the night.

What is a Yuga?

The ancients understood time as a circle, not linear, and the circle of ages are known as the yugas. Like the four seasons in our year, there are four yugas in the full cycle (Mahayuga). Each cycle has distinct themes and spiritual lessons for humanity. Below are the four yugas in order from beginning to end. It is important to note that the first yuga is the longest with each one getting successively shorter (4:3:2:1) until the cycle starts again.

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The ancients understood time as a circle.
  • Satya Yuga: First we see the time of truth and perfection, which thankfully lasts four tenths of the cycle. These humans are honest, youthful, vigorous, and virtuous. Everyone is happy, and religions live as one. Disease in non-existent, as is fear. Those living through this part of the cycle are gifted with abundance through the land, along with great weather.
  • Treta Yuga: The second Yuga lasts for three tenths of the cycle. Unfortunately, this is where human virtue begins to fall away. Leaders gain more dominance, causing wars to rise. As if to reflect the state of humanity, the weather also moves to more extremes. It is unsurprising that people’s health begins to lessen in this part of the cycle.
  • Dvapara Yuga: The third Yuga lasts for two tenths of the cycle. During this time, people become more sluggish and slow, many aren’t as strong as their ancestors, and the number of diseases increases. Becoming discontent with their lives, humans fight each other. This could possibly be because maturity decreases, with some people still possessing characteristics of youth in old age.
  • Kali Yuga: The final age lasts only one tenth of the cycle, however, that is certainly long enough as it is the age of darkness and ignorance. People slide further down the path of dishonesty, with virtue being of little value. Passions become uncontrollable as unrestrained sexual indulgences and manipulations run through society. Liars and hypocrites rise. Important knowledge is lost and scriptures become less and less common. The human diet is now ‘dirty’, and people are not even close to being as powerful as their ancestors in the Satya Yuga. Likewise, the once pristine environment is now polluted. Water and food become scarce, as do family bonds.

What Should We Do?

It could be that we are currently in the Kali Yuga stage of the cycle. If that is true, what can we do to move back into the the first, much more pleasant phase?

The Vedic Scriptures, of course, recommend meditation, yoga, and various spiritual practices as the natural antidote to the strife of the Kali Yuga. And while some scholars have attempted to tie dates of these cycles to the calendar, yet few agree on when the Kali Yuga will end. For this reason, we must not fall into fatalism (thinking that we are all doomed and there’s nothing we can do about it) or hopelessness, but instead must strengthen our personal practice and act as a light in dark times for those around us that are lost. To find peace in peaceful times is no accomplishment, to find peace in the most unpeaceful times is true spiritual attainment!

This is one of many stories that illustrate what each of us observe when we pay close attention to nature. Life goes in natural cycles of gestation, birth, growth, decay, death, and rebirth. We see it in the plants, the seasons, in the rise and fall of nations, as well as in our own personal lives. When something is pure, it can be maintained as pure but cannot become more pure, it can only become less pure. In that same regard, when things are polluted or corrupted, they can be returned to purity. The Kali Yuga is as good a time for spiritual discipline and evolution as any.

Something pure can be maintained but cannot become more pure, it can only become less pure.

A Universal Story

The ancient Greeks called these four ages of human civilization the Age of Gold, Silver, Bronze, and the Age of Iron. The Phoenix always rises from the ashes of its predecessor. The Hopi tribe believe that a cycle when humans head and heart are disconnected (Fourth World of Separation) is followed by an era when they are in harmony (Fifth World of Peace). The Lakota believe that the birth of a White Buffalo in 1994 signified a time of great healing and unification around the world. The Pan-American prophecy of the Eagle and Condor speaks of the re-uniting of the tribes through sacred wisdom and power. For as much darkness as one might see in the world, there are endless stories of rebirth to explore. These are roadmaps for us from the darkness into the light.

A Parable

Once a king asked his wise men to give him something that would make him happy when he is sad, and sad when he is happy. The wise men spent days thinking about it in silence and watching the clouds go by. On the fourth day, they wrote on a piece of paper and handed it to the king. When the king read it, he thanked them. What did it say?

This, too, shall pass.”

The Phoenix always rises from the ashes of its predecessor.

The Big Picture

Whether you take this information as literal or metaphorical, you can gain much value from considering it. Destruction is part of creation, we live in a world of endless cycles. Sometimes things have to fall apart in order to come back together stronger than before.

If we are actually living in the Kali Yuga now, then any and all behaviour that is wholesome, honest, generous, virtuous, happy, authentic, is emulating behaviors that bring us closer to the Satya Yuga. Satya Yuga is the next phase in the cycle, a golden age of abundance. Knowing that the Kali Yuga can end abruptly at any moment, observe what is happening around you, grow your compassion, and learn what you can from this precious time!

 

How to Get World Peace according to a Tarot Reading

Solzana.com did a Tarot Reading for Mother Earth

Why a Tarot Reading For World Peace?

I had the opportunity to sit down with Mayra of Solzana.com and she did a reading for Mother Earth. You won’t want to miss What we can do right now to save the planet. I also asked what are we going to do about all of the plastic. We started the readings off here.

I asked is how we can have world peace regarding Mother Earth.

We can’t give up on following what we innately think is good. We lose ourselves in what we should be doing because that’s what people tell us to do but we have an internal guidance. It’s a guidance from the heavens. It’s starting to listen to our inner voices and don’t give up as a society because some people give up on things. We can’t give up as a society because some of us brush things off because we are so used to seeing bad things happen that it becomes normalized.

We can’t give up and we have to try to get more in touch with people’s feelings. Before we used to have conversations and now we’re more disconnected from each other. Because we have mediums that have come between us that are impeding us from making that human connection.We’ve lost empathy for the greater good.

Back in the days people would take time off of work to go to a civil rights movement. But now people will not take time off for that. We have taken a more laid back approach but it’s mainly because we are so numb to what is going on. We need to get touch with our feelings so we can feel and then have that drive to stand up for another person that may not be able to stand up for themselves. We need to do that reconnection. There are many things that we do not care about.

We have to return to a time when we were like children. Because when you are a child and innocent when you see bad things happen it affects you more. It’s because you are wiser when you are a child because what you feel is real.

The page of swords, we haven’t been standing up for individuals. Form coalitions and not let things slide. Also with our own families, we have to reconnect with them. The communication has broken down.

Especially with children the communication has broken down and that’s why there are many children that are alienated and feel isolated and depressed and then they get these ideologies that need to be put in check but nobody is talking to them.

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Our society is based on overindulgence. We over indugle too much in the material so much that we are not thinking about the greater good of society.If we open our hearts more to others that it will be a better planet. But if we keep up with always wanting to overindugle there will always have to share the wealth. Don’t hog the $$, you need to share it for the greater good. If we share than there won’t be people starving. There’s enough food to go around but it’s because we are hogging it.

Let’s spend time with our families.

We need human connection, communication and it’s not about you but what can you do for others. But it isn’t just one person who can do it but we all need to do it.

Thanks again Mayra for doing this reading and let’s start communicating with one another. We got this it’s not that hard. XOXO

What Can People Do Right Now to Save Our Planet, A Tarot Card Reading

Cards I pulled for the question, what can we do now to Save Our Planet?

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Mayra of Solzana.com for a reading to discuss what is currently going on with the planet. The second question was what are we going to do with all the plastic?

What the cards show is that we have to take more action. Every single individual by changing their habits, that will help and also inspiring others. So by you doing something you are leading by example. Doing something will teach others that there is a better way of doing things.

Be leaders and good mentors to our kids. There are more kids being educated about what is going on with the environment and also opening their eyes to what is going on with society. So they have a better grasp of what is happening even at a younger age. It is our job to inspire that.

What can we do to improve things?

  • Don’t get straws
  • Don’t buy plastic water bottles
  • start a garden
  • Don’t buy from companies that use pesticides
  • Learn how to go back to old ways that were more self sufficient
  • Be more aware of our environment and saving animals because we are destroying their habitat.

The moon says that it is all going to happen naturally. Again leading by example. When purchasing something, how does this affect earth? It’s going to slowly happen but more people need to be vocal about it.

We need to keep our own government in check by continuing to hold our elected officials accountable. This is our society and we need to be leaders and spread the word.

Thanks Mayra so much for answering this question. I know many people are working on this issue and I feel more confident now that things will definitely turn around.

Valeria is a halth and wellness coach in Northern California. She’s happy that things are definitely turning around for humanity. Keep thinking positive and things will definitely turn around for the better.

Another Reading for Mother Earth, What about plastic?

Tarot Card Reading for Mother Earth, I pulled 3 cards for each question.

On August 14, 2019 I had the opportunity to sit down with Solzana.com and get a Tarot Card reading for Mother Earth. I really appreciate Solzana.com for doing this reading. The first question was, “What is Mother Earth trying to teach us?

The next question I asked was regarding the excessive amount of plastic that is currently filling up the landfills and the fact that other countries are no longer taking the plastic from the USA. There is already so much trash all over the oceans and in the landfills. There is no such place as away. What are we going to do about this plastic situation?

Cards I pulled for question about what to do with all the plastic on planet.

I picked 3 cards again and Mayra of Solzana.com indicated that there are going to be new individuals on earth that are going to be very enlightened and intellectual that are going to find and create new resources that will create resources that can be absorbed be the Mother Earth. These people will develop new products but what we have now we will have to deal with what we already have (there is a solution for this here). We will be victorious and they will be very passionate individuals and everyone will be rejoicing because this is a card of celebration. (PS here is the answer for plastic.)

Judgement is that it is what it is and we will have to deal with what’s already here. We will have to deal with this mess until it is cleaned up. It’s not just the plastic it’s the radiation from prior nuclear meltdowns. We have to live with this because it won’t disappear automatically. But it will come to an end. There will be new ideas but we have to deal with what we already have created. But it will come to an end.

This is something good to focus on. This is our beautiful world. Let’s clean it up because who likes a big mess?

There’s a lot of political things going on with plastic and it has to do with money and people that are greedy might hinder our progress. There are those people and it’s about the money but that’s why it’s going to take time before it can be removed from our products. But it will come to an end. But with the new people it will be more about having a healthy place to live.

Again I really want to thank SolzanaHealing.com for doing this reading. It was a great reading and There is still more questions to be answered. Stay tuned for the next question and answer. I highly recommend Solzana.com. She’s very kind and just makes you feel awesome!! Did you know she’s a Reiki Master too? Don’t be afraid to reach out and say hello. It costs nothing to say hi. Hellooooooo Beautiful!!!!

Valeria is a Health and Wellness coach in Northern California. She encourages everyone to follow their dreams and enjoy life. Forget the nonsense and focus on the beauty. She enjoys singing and dancing for pleasure. PS IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE EARTH, YOU’RE AN EARTH ANGEL. THANKS FOR CARING ABOUT OUR MOTHER!!

Tarot Reading For Mother Earth

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Solzana Healing did a reading for Mother Earth.

With everything that has been going on with the planet I felt like it was important to have a reading for Mother Earth to see how best to go about healing her. Recently I had the opportunity meet up with Mayra of Solzana Healing. I asked her if she would be willing to do a tarot reading for Mother Earth and if I could publish the reading here. She agreed right away.

The reading occurred on August 14, 2019 in Northern California. Mayra’s room where she does her readings is very beautiful with crystals and it has a very positive energy to it. The first thing she did was ask me to shuffle the tarot cards with the focus on Mother Earth. I just kept thinking positive loving thoughts towards Mother Earth.

Question 1: What is Mother Earth trying to tell us?

I picked 3 cards and handed them Face down to her. The first card was the 2 of Swords.

Mother Earth is showing that she is in the battle and it’s the battle between man and nature. Mother Earth is in a state of who’s going to win this battle and who is going to dictate my future. The Earth is waiting to see what society and government is going to do. We are fighting amongst each other. Mother Earth is waiting for that battle to end. People will open their eyes to this reality and it will awaken them to know they need to show more love to nature. People are going to awaken in a spiritual sense that this Earth is not just what you see but different dimensions. It will awaken us to be in tuned to Mother Earth because she is more than a material object but a spirit.

Ace of Cups represents the spirituality. It will awaken us to our origination such as the Ancient Maya and Inca’s to the Egyptians to where they were in touch with the balance of nature. To the Egyptians Earth Wind and Fire were all Gods. and they respected Mother Earth and we are going to awaken and things will adjust and decisions will be made based on taking care of Mother Earth because this is our home. You don’t pollute your own home. You take care of it because that’s where you live. Mother Earth will love us back and there will be balance.

The next card was the 2 of swords which means that there is a battle between man and nature and Mother Nature doesn’t know who is going to win. She has no power over what we decide.

But because there is an Ace Of Cups it means that it is a positive result and it is a new beginning. It’s going to be nourishing. Mother Earth will repair itself. (Valeria likes this.) This is the hope card.

The Hierophant the things that will help will be to have laws passed so we can manage it. We need to have laws put into place to manage the people. It’s going to be an international effort. There will be a decision made world wide so that we can really clean up Mother Earth.

There will be a great awakening and because we are opening ourselves to being more spiritual there will be more advances in technology. The children that will be born in this enlightened era will be and will come enlightened onto earth and the will be able to come up with new forms of technology that will not harm the earth.

Thanks baby for saving us!!

It’s either the children now or their children will be the enlightened group that will come and create all of the changes that will clean up Mother Earth.It is about enlightenment.

Valeria is a Health and Wellness Coach in Northern California. She’s following her dreams and encouraging others to do the same. When she’s not getting tarot readings, you can find her dancing through life.

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Meet Washington DC BellyDancer Varia Strix

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I had the great pleasure of meeting Varia in Portland, Oregon at the 8 elements Initiation Training with Rachel Brice of Datura. Varia is a beautiful dancer and she was super cool and had a great sense of fashion. I asked her if she would share a little of herself with the world and she was happy to share her passion.

I asked Varia to share one of her favorite artists that we danced to in Portland. As you can imagine if you hear music you’ve never heard, you want to know who it is. Varia shared in the group Velvet Owl by Amon Tobin. We did a really cool warm up to this jam!!!

That’s all core strength right there and lots of practice!! Awesome!!

So Varia darling, what type of physical activities have you done in your life? ” I have been dancing since 2008 with a primary focus on bellydance. Prior to that I used to dance East and West Coast swing and Lindy Hop with sprinklings of Walts, Foxtrot, Salsa, Cha Cha and contra dancing. I also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, skiing, rock climbing (indoor and outdoor) and advanced SCUBA.”…( I had no idea she was such a badass!! Wow)

Varia also learned this sequence with Rachel Brice at the Datura 8 elements initaion training.

Here Varia is dancing

Just Dance with Amy Amustela Kirwan and The Rogues


Varia lives in the Washington DC area. She began belly dance in 2007, inspired by Amustela’s performances at the MD Renaissance Fair  . She has explored various styles including American Cabaret, classical Egyptian, and her favorite, tribal fusion. She has performed solo and as a member of local troupes Belladonna’s Bellatrix, Wendy Broadway’s ATS Tribe Masala, and Ayperi Leyla’s Al Kamiya. 

Varia has received training under many world renown instructors including Suhaila Salimpour, Zoe Jakes, and Rachel Brice. Currently she is expanding her growth as a member of the DC Salimpour Collective under director Donna Manalo, and is pursuing certifications in the Salimpour formats and the Datura 8 Elements program.

Varia was smart to take this fan to Portland. It was very hot and she looks so mysterious. Love those bracelets!!

Since receiving her FTT certification, Varia has been invited each year to teach at the Maryland Council for Dance Festival, and has held workshops at various locations in the northern VA area. She is also available for private instruction upon request.

Varia’s focus is to bring awareness to safe body alignment, encourage confidence, and most importantly to have fun!

Congratulations Varia for following her passions and dreams. Dreams are so important. Never give up on your dreams.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach living in Nor Cal. She’s encouraging everyone to follow their passions. Please share and follow this Blog to support and encourage dreams.

Datura Bellydance Workshop in Portland

I had the great honor and privilege to attend a Datura bellydance workshop in Portland, Oregon last week. It was such an amazing adventure. It really took me outside of my comfort zone on so many levels.

What was it that took you out of your comfort zone?

Well first of all I had to get myself packed, get my dog packed and get to the airport on time. If you have ever had the pleasure of missing a flight, then you know, that you don’t want to experience that again. So I started out my trip with a ticket from California Highway Patrol. I stayed cool despite this ticket. But it was a little irritating to say the least.

Then I got to the airport past security. My boarding pass was B14. But I got the gate mixed up and was sitting in Gate B14 for at least an hour. Then someone paged Valerie and they said your supposed to be at gate 20!! How the hell that happened I don’t know but I ran down there and made it to the plane.

Sitting at wrong gate

I made it to my hotel and then realized I had left a very critical bag. My bag that had my toothbrush. Luckily my hotel gave me one and I had toothpaste. I remembered my make up so, all in all, it wasn’t bad.

What was the deal with the Datura Workshop?

Datura is a style of bellydance created by Rachel Brice. She has classes online at Datura online and she teaches workshops in Portland at a cool dance studio called Nia. She has her own Datura studio as well but to accommodate more people she had the training at Nia.

The Datura Phase I Initiation of the 8 elements brought together 40 students from all over the world. Represented countries included: Japan, Australia, Mexico, United Kingdom and United States. There were professional dancers as well as students. But everyone was a student this week to learn and absorb as much as they could from Rachel Brice

Rachel shared part of her dance journey as well as the reason for putting together the course so that this dance form can be shared with the world. She had told us at the beginning of the week that we were going to feel like, “She was filling up our mouths with a fire hose.” At first it made me laugh but by the 3rd day, I completed understood the concept. I felt like my brain was being stretched out really far. I didn’t want to stretch it but then she stretched it for me and I was so glad she did.

What was the most awesome experience?

We would learn these dance sequences. First we would learn the feet, then she would add isolations, then Zils and then finally arms. It doesn’t sound that difficult and even when you see it, it doesn’t look terribly difficult. But playing the Zils while dancing and keeping rhythem while your arms, legs and body are doing something different was mind blowing. And then we did it in perfect unison at full speed. It was like, “Hell Yeah!!!” I couldn’t believe we were able to do it all together. If you’ve ever been around dancers there are usually varying levels of dance experience. But in 3 days she had as doing it. I felt like a complete badass!!!

Just for the record, I felt like such a beginner. There were definitely dancers who had such cool moves. Some were awesome with Zils and everyone just brought their own gifts and talents. Truly an amazing group of people.

She shared her costumes in Costume Cafe which was just amazing. In the video above I was able to see her headdress in person. She shared her inspiration for costumes and also so many things. She is a complete badass. Bruce Lee’s baby sister. I bow down to her.

What was the take away from the training?

Whatever it is you do everyday becomes your practice. You simply have to find the time to do whatever it is you love to do. Sometimes we get stuck in bad habits, or get caught in the responsibilities of life. But no matter, practice is the most important. In talking to Rachel, she explained some of the ways she practices and how she just goes over it over and over again until she gets it down to how she likes it. I was also super happy to know that her absolutely favorite type of dance is improvisational dance which is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE THING TO DO!!. So it gave me support to know that there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH IMPROVISATION!! And she does such an amazing job with it.

You’re Not Music’s Bitch

What does that mean? It means as dancer that you control your movement. YOu can pause and stretch and pose and dance how you want. Music is there to help you express yourself but you and music work together and you do whatever you want. It’s you dancing after all.

What are my plans going forward?

I realized that more than anything I need a good teacher. I plan to continue to study dance. A good teacher will mold me to their vision. I will be like a child coming to my teacher. I will allow them to teach me and that is the best I can do for right now. There’s nothing wrong with being a student. It’s like letting someone else drive you around for a while and I get to just enjoy the ride. I will continue to pursue my dream of dance. As long as I am dancing, EVERYTHING WILL BE OK.

Valeria is a Health and wellness coach who lives in Northern California. She is sharing her passion and journey with the world and encourages everyone to follow their dreams at all costs. This guy was cool. He didn’t talk much and never moved. XOXO

Green Leaf Juice Company in Portland

Greenleaf Juicing Co in Portland, Oregon is a much needed blessing. I was so happy to find it today. All organic juice and smoothies!!! Pure heaven and bliss. Feeling like I can make it through my belly dance workshop with Datura.

This guy is cute and he doesn’t interrupt.

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