You know I like to have fun. So here I am dancing with a scarf. I also discuss what’s up with wearing scarves over your head and face. It’s only a scarf but it does bring up a lot of emotions.
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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor. As you Heal yourself, you heal the planet. Thanks for caring.
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Most mother’s know what tummy time is. It’s when your child is a baby and you put them on their tummy to strengthen their core. That’s where they eventually get the strength to roll over and crawl. It’s a very important part of child development. As you know they have to get used to carrying that really large head. So they lay on their tummy and lift their chest. They do many poses that are in yoga and pilates.
I am not shy about my neck and shoulder pain. It comes and goes. I started to think about child development and how after years of a sedentary job my back had become weak and no amount of massages was going to help it. So I started to think maybe it was time for me to try some tummy time.
As a Yoga Instructor there are many poses that focus on strengthening your back. Sphynx, Cobra, Up-Dog, Bow and the list goes on. Pilates also has many as well. So I would do the Asanas and hold the poses for a breath or two but then move on.
I googled a YouTube Video about Tummy Time and they said that babies need to work up to 15 minutes per day. But actually what the lady said was to hold Sphynx pose for 15 minutes. Now I’m not sure if that’s accurate because that sounds like a long time to me. But I decided to do Sphinx pose for 5 minutes.
This picture can also be modified to where you keep your chin down. If you feel any pain back off. You also want to make sure to engage your abdominal muscles and your glutes. It’s not easy but you can do it. Consult a yoga instructor or physical therapist if you need help.
I would come out of it if I would feel any pain. The morning after I did this, I kid you not. When I woke up in the morning, I did not feel any pain or stiffness. I felt really strong. I told a friend about this and he tried it and said he felt better the next day too. Now keep in mind that you can modify this pose as well. There’s is also baby cobra which is a great place to start too.
Could tummy time be the answer to back pain? I also did rolling from back to tummy, happy baby, just kind of rolling around the floor and it felt amazing. Aim for two or three times a day, for three to five minutes at a time to start, and progress from there.
If it’s good enough for a baby, it’s good enough for you baby. Take care of yourself because we need you baby!!
Valerie is a health and wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor. She’s healing herself after a 26 year career and sharing her wisdom with the world. To read about another simple healthy living tip about silence click here.
How would you feel with some extra free time? It’s easier than you think.
Let’s look at the current situation. Many men and women work full time jobs. After they get off work, they have to get home and figure out dinner for themselves and maybe their families. Not sure about how many people feel about cooking dinner after working at least 8 hours, but it can be exhausting and that’s not exactly the first thing you feel like doing.
So how do you deal with this feeling of not wanting to cook? Many people decide not to cook and instead go to their favorite take out or restaurant and buy dinner. Not only is this pricey but most of the packaging comes in plastic. Hopefully you grab something healthy for your body. But if not then you bought something bad for one’s body and is bad for the planet as well.
How about thinking about a new solution? I know this is not a new idea but actually a very old idea. So maybe you have a good friend that is in the same situation as you. So before you cook dinner you give them a quick call and say, “Hey friend, I’m making some mushroom soup and salad. I cannot eat it all. Would you like to stop by on your way home from work and pick some up on your way home? Bring your own container and we’ll save the planet.” Your friend is not only grateful but she replies, “Thanks so much!! I made some almond meal cookies and I’ll bring you some.”
The next night the cookie making friend calls her making friend and says, ” I made some quinoa with pesto sauce would you like me to bring some over?” And they were both fed happy and they had the strength to carry on another day.
So if everyone started to do this, it would just create a world where people are sharing, caring and being fed. It would be really great for the planet, families wallets and it would allow people to share some time together instead of being in the kitchen.
You can also try new and different food and if you like to cook, then someone to tell you how awesome your food is. Also there’s nothing wrong with just giving food to someone with no expectation in return. As you give, so shall you receive. This is how we will transform our planet. One small gesture of sharing at a time. Let’s start the cycle of giving and receiving.
About the Author: Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor. Her dream is to see all people healthy and happy. She shares with you healthy recipes, Anything good for Mother Earth as Mother Earth is in need of healing. As you Heal Yourself, You heal the planet.
Recently I did a performance and many people were telling me that they admired my courage to sing in front of people. I told them that I just decided that I was going to be brave and not worry about what other people think.
I read a really good book which I highly recommend for anyone that wants to pursue their dreams or goals. The main thing I got from this book was that you have to do what makes you happy and forget about what everyone else thinks or says. Also if someone criticizes you, then tell them to come and do a better job. So that attitude really resonated with me. The name of that book is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Just to be clear that I am a student. I am not a professional. My preparation to sing this song began about 11 months prior when I first started listening to this song by Lindsey Stirling called Shatter Me and I just really fell in love with that song. I listened to that song over and over on a road trip.
I wasn’t sure I would be able to sing that song because it seemed like a difficult song to me. I spoke to my voice teacher and she said, “Let’s do it in G Minor.” So I got the music and we started working on it in December 2017. It was very brutal at first. Just painful to listen to. But I just kept working on it.
After a while I asked my music teacher if maybe someone could accompany me on the violin. So she was able to find an advanced student to accompany me. (Please note that she did not want to be videotaped. We had to actually edit her out because she did not want to have her images on the web. But Rebekah is beautiful and an amazing violinist.) The first time we rehearsed together was brutal. Imagine trying to sing with someone banging drums right in your ear. I couldn’t believe how thrown off I was. My music teacher said it’s completely normal. When the violin accompanies me, I was listening to her play and my timing was off and it was way more difficult than I thought. It’s like I am distracting her by singing and she was distracting me by playing the violin. The thing is we had to be in sync with our timing.
In any event this is the results of the preparation. I watched numerous George Michael Videos. I became a bit obsessed with him (which is a completely different story.) In any case this is the result. Thanks for watching and any kind words are appreciated. Also remember I am a student. Think of your kid that’s been singing for a couple of years. T
Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach. She has a passion for singing, dancing and following her heart. She encourages everyone to do the same. Please subscribe to her Youtube channel and Follow Enlighten Your Lives to support everyone’s dreams. Namaste
Are you stressed out and need to calm down? But then once you get yourself to that time and space that you should be able to relax, then your mind just won’t shut off. And if it goes on, unchecked and if you have a poor diet, you will most likely experience anxiety and it could turn into a disorder.
But if you don’t have anxiety yet and want to prevent it, then relaxation can be very beneficial. Especially if you have any kind of injury, then you need to just rest and recover. But no we want to keep going. We don’t want to slow down because then that will somehow mean that we gave up. As I am writing this, I am describing how difficult it is for me to slow down.
You see after working 26 years in a career that was high stress, it takes a while to slow down. And even as a trained yoga instructor, who should allegedly know better, I still have difficulty slowing down and so I can only imagine for most people it can be very difficult. Some people are really good at relaxing. They can fall asleep fast and sleep until they are well rested which is a gift. ( I hope you recognize that gift, if this is you.)
But our culture doesn’t really support the concept of slowing down. I mean we have to do well in school. This is so we can get a job to support ourselves and maybe our families assuming that men and women will still be able to produce children in the future with the current state of health in the US.
Our culture supports working and also there is just too much to be done. Especially if you are a parent. You must carve out some time for you.
So the concept of slowing down and just focusing on relaxing is an unusual concept which I am allowing myself this time. I am noticing that it is super important to just stretch and relax a lot. Also to recognize something that’s causing stress. Maybe it’s a horrible song on the radio and it’s causing you jaw tension, change that shit with the quickness.
Also there has to be the concept of good enough. At some point, your workout has to be good enough. Hey you hit all the major groups and stretched, you’re good. There is no need to run 10 miles and do 100 push ups. If you are not training for an event then allow yourself healing. And many of us need to heal. The body recovers when it rests. When you sleep and eat healthy and relax.
Again meditation just has to be a part of it. I know it’s the big M word that nobody wants to do but it works. Or call on your higher power and ask for help. Archangel Michael and Archangel Raphael are super powerful and they will help you but you must remember to ask. Of course you can always call on Jesus, Buddha or whatever concept your higher power represents, just call on it. Relax, pray or meditate. Then after that things seem much more manageable. Don’t forget how Jesus went to the desert for 3 days to fast and pray. (Is that correct? My biblical stories aren’t very good. My point is that Jesus meditated and I know some Christians that have resistance to meditation. But if Jesus did it, then what’s the problem?)
You can choose to see the stress and drama but then release it as soon as possible. You can minimize the stress by how you choose to look at it. Again turn it around to gratitude as soon as you can. If you are feeling weak in your legs, immediately think, “Thank you for my legs, that I can walk.” And if you really want to be a warrior, say, “Thank you for my strong legs.” Speak that of what you want to happen.
You are stronger than you know but you have to learn to connect to your higher power. Otherwise it can be difficult if you try to rely on yourself and do everything. You’re good but everyone needs help!!
Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach. She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy. Please feel free to email her here.
Well I’ve been reading The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer for quite sometime. I bought it years ago and it was on my book shelf for at least 5 years. Then when I finally decided to read it I was only reading one page before bed. So I have been reading this book for at the very least 1 year. And if a better book comes along, I will drop this one so fast.
Something about the book is difficult for me because he challenges my thinking and of course I want to keep doing things the way I am doing them. So if I find a great book on Essential Oils, I will drop this book so fast, it won’t even know what hit it.
But anyway Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has some amazing things to say and so when something is just like “Whoa!!” I’ve just got to blog about it. I can’t keep it to myself. So my service is spreading these really profound concepts that can just be life changing.
So he talks about the Path of Least Resistance. The Universe loves you so much and when you love yourself in the same proportion, then you are matched up with the field of intention. You have opted for the path of no resistance. As long as the ego is present, you’ll retain some resistance. Take the path in which resistance is minimized.
The shape and quantity of your thoughts determine the amount of resistance. Thoughts that generate bad feelings are resistant thoughts. Any thought that puts a barrier between what you would like to have and your ability to attract it into your life is resistance. Your intention is to live a tranquil life, free of stress and anxiety. You know that stress doesn’t exist in the world, and that there only people thinking stressful thoughts. Stressful thoughts all by themselves are a form of resistance. You don’t want stressful, resistant thoughts to be your habitual way of reacting to your world. By practicing thoughts of minimal resistance, you’ll train yourself to make this your natural way of reacting, and eventually you’ll become the tranquil person you desire to be, a stress-free person free of the “dis-ease” that stress brings to the body. Stressful thoughts all by themselves are the resistance that you construct that impedes your connection to the power of intention.
We’re in a world that advertises and promotes reasons to be anxious. You’ve been taught that feeling good in a world where so much suffering exists is an immoral stance to take. You’ve been convinced that choosing to feel good in bad economic times, in times of war, in times of uncertainty or death, or in the face of any catastrophe anywhere in the world is crass and inappropriate. Since these conditions will always in in the world someplace, you believe you can’t have joy and still be a good person. But it may not have occurred to you that in a universe based on energy and attraction, thoughts that evoke feeling bad originate in the same energy Source that attracts more of the same into your life. These are resistant thoughts.
Here are some examples of sentences on the PATH OF RESISTANCE, which are then changed to sentences on the path of least resistance.
I feel uneasy about the state of the economy; I’ve already lost so much money. I live in an abundant universe; I choose to think about what I have and I will be fine. The universe will provide.
I have so many things to do that I can never get caught up. I’m at peace in this moment. I’ll only think about the one thing I’m doing. I will have peaceful thoughts.
I can never get ahead in this job. I choose to appreciate what I’m doing right now, and I’ll attract an even greater opportunity.
My healthy is a huge concern. I worry about getting old and becoming dependent and sick. I’m healthy, and I think healthy. I live in a universe that attracts healing, and I refuse to anticipate sickness.
My family members are causing me to feel anxious and fearful. I choose thoughts that make me feel good, and this will help me uplift those family members in need.
I don’t deserve to feel good when so many people are suffering. I didn’t come into a world where everyone is going to have the same identical experiences. I’ll feel good, and by being uplifted, I’ll help eradicate some of the suffering.
I can’t be happy when the person I really care about loves another and has abandoned me. Feeling bad won’t change this scenario. I trust that love will return to my life if I’m in harmony with the loving Source. I choose to feel good right now and focus on what I have, rather than what’s missing.
All stressful thoughts represent a form of resistance you wish to eradicate. Change those thoughts by monitoring your feelings and opting for joy rather than anxiety, and you’ll access the power of intention.
Valerie back again. Wow isn’t that just amazing. We can change our negative scary thoughts into something positive. My favorite is : I have so many things to do that I can never get caught up. Man I say that a lot. But who is keeping track that all this stuff needs to get done anyhow? Nobody really cares. There’s no inspector coming over anytime soon. So I just need to calm the fuck down and just remind myself that I’m at peace in this moment. I’ll only think about the one thing I’m doing. I will have peaceful thoughts.
Valerie is a health and wellness coach. She lives in Northern California with her daughter and Black Labrador Retriever puppy, Amber. Check out their dance moves here.
Meditation is something that I started doing during yoga during Savasana or corpse pose. I am not going to say that it is particularly easy. And sometimes it’s down right difficult. It’s not something that I always feel like doing but, afterwards, I am always glad that I did. It’s kind of like when you first start working out. How at first it really sucks and you’re not really enjoying it. But then something happens one day and you can’t do it and then all of a sudden you’re disappointed because you weren’t able to work out.
That’s kind of how meditation is for me. I did it for a long time before I ever started to enjoy any benefits. I did it because I knew that I should be doing it. But to be honest, I wasn’t really feeling the benefits until I committed to a regular practice of meditation. I committed to 3 days a week of meditation. Three days a week was because of course I was much too busy to do it everyday. But I could commit to 3 days a week and that was after years of doing it not regularly. I just knew that I wanted to become more spiritual, so I committed to 3 days. That was after 12 years of faking meditation. You know just doing it randomly and being mad because I wasn’t getting the many benefits.
So after I committed to 3 days per week, I have to say that my experience was actually quite magical. It’s really hard to describe my experience but I just started to feel really calm, strong and super positive. Things just really stopped bothering me and I started to just have shit really start going right. I just felt that I was being super blessed. If I wanted something, it would just magically appear. I needed a videographer, and I found his card in a coffee shop (thanks Kristian). I needed help with my Blog and someone gave me an awesome Web Designer’s info.
Now obviously there are so many different ways of meditating but I recommend doing a guided meditation and sticking with the same one for a while. Do it at least 21 times. But give it a good chance. And it’s not magic but it could be. But you have to give it a chance. Remember you don’t just brush your teeth one time and think you never have to do it again. You don’t just eat one time and think, “OK I don’t need to do that again.” And obviously you can’t just work out one time and think,”That’s it I don’t like exercising so I won’t do that again.” No you have to do it over and over. (sorry to be the bearer of bad news on this one.)
Meditation is the same way. You have to give it a chance and do it over and over. In this short video, Maggie, my beautiful niece does a short meditation that will give you a little bit of peace. Please watch here.
Here are 20 reasons to start meditation.
Happy Meditating and don’t get mad at me when you start feeling peaceful, relaxed and shit starts going right for you.
Valerie is a Health and wellness coach that lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy. When she’s not dancing, she’s singing. You can check out her moves here. Please subscribe to my youtube channel so you don’t miss out. Thank you!!
Have you ever read a book and it’s called something like How to have The Best Sex of your Life? And you really want to find out, How to have the best sex of your life. And the author is just talking about the history of sex and ethics and religion and mores. And you want to just get to the part about the sex. But no you have to weed through all of that stuff until way back on page 250, they start to get down to the nitty gritty.
Well I read Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, called The Power of INTENTION. Now I will say that it was a very good book and I do recommend reading it in its entirety. But if you want to read this blog instead, I will give you the highlights of how you can go about living a really abundant life and hopefully cut through a bunch of bull shit.
Now some of these concepts may be a little bit advanced, and that’s fine. But it’s kind of like something to shoot for. It’s like when you read the Olympic Athlete’s training schedule and then you say, Oh that’s how they are in such good shape. So it’s kind of a way of taking your spiritual blood pressure and heart rate. Just a little assessment about where you are and maybe where you might choose to be.
Step 1: See the world as an abundant, providing, friendly place. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. When you see the world as an abundant and friendly, your intentions are genuine possibilities. They will in fact, become a certainty, because your world will be experienced from the higher frequencies. In this first step, you’re receptive to a world that provides rather than restricts. You’ll see a world that wants you to be successful and abundant, rather than one that conspires against you.
Step 2: Affirm: I attract success and abundance into my life because that is who I am. This puts you into vibratory harmony with your Source. Your goal is to eliminate any distance between what you desire and that from which you pull it into your life. Abundance and success aren’t out there waiting to show up for you. You are already it and the Source can only provide you with what it is and consequently what you are already.
Step 3: Stay in an attitude of allowing. Resistance is disharmony between your desire for abundance and your beliefs about your ability or unworthiness. Allowing means a perfect alignment. An attitude of allowing means that you ignore efforts by others to dissuade you. It also means that you don’t rely on your previous ego-oriented beliefs about abundance being a part of or not a part of your life. In an attitude of allowing, all resistance in the form of thoughts of negativity or doubts are replaced with simply knowing that you and your Source are one and the same. Picture the abundance you desire freely flowing directly to you. Refuse to do anything or have any thought that compromised your alignment with Source.
Step 4:Use your present moments to activate thoughts that are in harmony with the seven faces of intention. The key phrase here is present moments. Notice right now, in this moment, if you’re thinking that it’s hopeless at this stage of your life to change the thoughts that comprise your belief system. Do you defeat yourself with thoughts of having had such a long life practicing affirmations of scarcity and creating resistance to your success and abundance that you don’t have enough time left to counterbalance the thoughts that compromise your past belief system?
Make the choice to let go of that lifetime of beliefs, and begin activating thoughts right now that allow you to feel good. Say I want to feel good whenever anyone tries to convince you that your desires are futile. Say I want to feel good when you’re tempted to return to low-energy thoughts of disharmony with intention. Eventually your present moments will activate thoughts that make you feel good and this is an indicator that you’re reconnecting to intention. Wanting to feel good is synonymous with wanting to feel God. Remember, “God is good, and all that God created was good.”
Step 5: Initiate actions that support your feelings of abundance and success. Here, the key word is actions. I’ve been calling this acting as if or thinking from the end and acting that way. Put your body into a gear that pushed you toward abundance and feeling successful. Act on those passionate emotions as if the abundance and success you seek is already here. Speak to strangers with passion in your voice. Answer the telephone in an inspired way. Do a job interview from the place of confidence and joy. Read the books that mysteriously show up and pay close attention to conversations that seem to indicate you’re being called to something new.
Step 6: Remember that your prosperity and success will benefit others, and that no one lacks abundance because you’ve opted for it. Once again, the supply is unlimited. The more you partake of the universal generosity, the more you’ll have to share with others. In writing this book, wonderful abundance has flowed into my life in many ways. But even more significantly book editors and graphic designers, the truck drivers who deliver the book, the auto workers who build the trucks, the farmers who feed the auto workers, the bookstore clerks… all receive abundance because I’ve followed my bliss and have written this book.
Step7: Monitor your emotions ad a guidance system for your connection to the universal mind of intention. Strong emotions such as passion and bliss are indications that you’re connected to Spirit, or inspired, if you will. When you’re inspired, you activate dormant forces, and the abundance you seek in any form comes streaming into your life. When you’re experiencing low-energy emotions of rage, anger, hatred, anxiety, despair and the like, that’s a blue that while your desires may be strong, they’ve completely out of sync with the field of intention. Remind yourself in these moments that you want to feel good and see if you activate a thought that supports your feeling good.
Step 8: Become as generous to the world with your abundance as the field of intention is to you. Don’t stop the flow of abundant energy by hoarding or owning what you receive. Keep it moving. Use your prosperity in the service of others, and for causes greater than your ego. The more you practice detachment the more you’ll stay in vibratory harmony with the all giving Source of everything.
Step 9: Devote the necessary time to meditate on the Spirit within as the source of your success and abundance. There’s not substitute for the practice of meditation. This is particularly relevant with abundance. You must have an understanding that your consciousness of the presence is your supply. By repeating the sound that is in the name of God as a mantra, you’re using a technique for manifesting as ancient as recorded history. I am particularly drawn to the form of meditation I’ve mentioned previously, called Japa. I know it works.
Step 10: Develop an attitude of gratitude for all that manifests in your life. Be thankful and filled with awe and appreciation, even if what you desire hasn’t arrived yet. Even the darkest days of your life are to be looked on with gratitude. Everything coming from Source is on purpose. Be thankful while empowering your reconnection to that from which you and everything else originated.
Well there you have it. Wish you all the abundance and love in your life now and forever.