Contributing writers: Lena Stevens and Pat Liles, Lorilee Gillmore, Danny Neumann, Carol Dickinson
Ignite Yoga Embraces Tradition
Co-Owners Eva and Jason Shaw have created a beautiful and inviting Yoga Studio in Goodyear, AZ. Yogis and Yogetts from every walk of life can find a class that suits their individuality, temperament, and skill level. These days, you can join fellow Yogi’s as early as 6:00 a.m. for a Mysore practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Mysore is a place in India where the style of this practice began as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
|“Practice and All is Coming”
– Pattabhi Jois
It wasn’t until the practice began being westernized that it morphed into a led class. In Mysore style, yogis enter when the studio is open, lay down their mats and begin. One of the things I love most about “Mysore” is that we all practice at our own breath and pace. It really gives you a chance to find your pose, your breath and your own rhythm. It’s very liberating and empowering all at the same time. Those new to Ashtanga or Mysore practice are quietly being led through their first set of poses.
While all of this is happening an ever vigilant Yoga teacher who has eyes in the back of his or her head (Eva, Scott) and usually an assistant offers individuals one on one assistance. I don’t know how, but the teachers always seem to know if you missed a pose or when your breathing is off even when they’re working with someone else. Then there is this unmistakable “magic” that happens by following this traditional practice. In his book, “Astanga Yoga, Anusthana”, R. Sharath Jois, describes this magic as “parampara,” which means, “an uninterrupted succession; the direct and unbroken transmission of knowledge from teacher to student. Then there is the magic that happens when we all meet on our mats, breathe and move together as a community. Now that’s a whole different kind of magic. Check it out at: www.igniteyogastudios.com
Welcomes Lisa Schrempp
by Danny Neumann
Thanks to the dedication of inspiring teachers, Phoenix’s yoga community has deep roots in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. This fall, our community welcomes the arrival of one of Ashtanga Yoga’s most respected teachers: Lisa Schrempp. Lisa has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for 24 years and has been authorized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to teach for the past 18 years. Lisa’s relocation to Phoenix represents the first time our community will have the opportunity to practice regularly with an authorized teacher.
With Lisa’s arrival we will be launching “Ashtanga Yoga Phoenix.” This exciting collaboration will include a six day a week Mysore program, trained and dedicated assistants, a genuine focus on helping beginners, and a consolidated approach to special workshops. It is our hope that under Lisa’s leadership “Ashtanga Yoga Phoenix” will be a rallying point for the valley’s dispersed but dedicated Ashtanga practitioners and a destination for those that would like to explore this dynamic and vital yoga system. Special thanks to Ignite Yoga for facilitating and Urban Yoga for hosting this program.
“I want to thank everyone, especially Anusha Moore and Michelle Irene for their interest and excitement in initially bringing me to Phoenix. Also to Dave, John and Cheryl Oliver in their love and efforts in spreading Ashtanga Yoga! Thanks to Eva and Jason Shaw of Ignite Yoga for making this a reality!
I hope to encourage and inspire passion for the Ashtanga practice throughout the Phoenix community and continue the good work that many of you in the community are already doing to spread this beautiful and wise practice in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. I am also excited to welcome newcomers to the practice as we grow interest in Ashtanga Yoga by instituting a true beginners Ashtanga program.”
– Lisa Schrempp
It is HOT in the valley of the Sun! This is Pitta time of year. Pitta is made up primarily of the element of fire with a little bit of water to keep itself from burning up. In Ayurveda we use summer cooling fruits and vegetables to keep us cool from the inside out. We focus on adding tastes of sweet, astringent and bitter in our diets; while avoiding sour, pungent or spicy foods and excess salt. We have an abundance of fruits and vegetables to support us in this Pitta season.
Please enjoy this Pitta pacifying recipe.
Pitta Pacifying Salad Burritos
4- 8 inch flour tortillas
1 cup mild raw white cheese
1/2 pound zucchini chopped
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup carrots shredded
1c sweet roasted corn
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup alfalfa sprouts
1 cup crushed sweet pineapple
2 medium avocados
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix together mashed avocado, lemon juice and 1tablespoon chopped cilantro and set aside. Evenly divide the cheese on the 4 tortillas. Place them on a baking sheet and place them in an oven that is heated to 300 degrees. In a bowl combine squash, mushrooms, carrots, corn and the balance of the cilantro. Once the tortillas are soft and the cheese is lightly melted remove from the oven and spoon 1/4 of the vegetable mixture on each of them. Roll the burrito and top each with 1/4 cup lettuce, sprouts, pineapple and guacamole. Enjoy and stay cool.
Lorilee Gillmore is the owner and operator of Moksha Ayurveda in Phoenix, Arizona. She discovered her passion for Ayurveda during her Yoga Teacher Training in 2007. To her, it was a natural evolution stemming from fifteen years as a bodyworker and the ongoing passion of using food as medicine. After finishing her certification from Kerala Ayurvedic Academy where she graduated Valedictorian, she was honored to study Tantra and Ayurveda with Dr. David Frawley, (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) in the Himalayas.
She has continued her studies at The Sivananda Ashram with Dr. Marc Halpern, Dr. K.S Chitralekha at Mysore Ayurveda Retreat and Training, and currently studies with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. She leads two seasonal, twenty-one day cleanses a year, teaches weekend workshops, and has written curriculum to teach “Intro to Ayurveda” in teacher training programs around the Valley. She teaches Yoga and leads cleanses at Metta Yoga and Moksha Yoga in Phoenix.
Lorilee can be reached at Moksha Ayurveda in Phoenix, (602) 524-4546.
The Power Path Monthly Forecast
Lena Stevens and Pat Liles
1: Full Moon is Wednesday, July 1, at 8:19 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). This full moon may bring about a feeling of being overwhelmed by all that is not “right” in your life and therefore a good time to take a break from it all to do something for yourself that is nurturing, loving and peaceful. You should use this moon to honor yourself with gratitude for all that you have accomplished in your life and to be in acceptance of whatever is showing up for you at this time.
This moon launches the month and will initiate the “growing pains” so it is best to start the month off in a place of honoring self, acceptance of what is, and neutrality around what others are going through. Be inspired by something today and make sure to be physically active as well. This will put your heart mind, and body in the right place.
July 1-7: This time frame we can call “digestion”. You may be digesting certain recent events or experiences, you may be digesting old emotional debris, you may be digesting the consequences of a recent choice, or you may be trying to digest some energy that is not yours and never has been yours. Your physical digestion will be a barometer you can follow as to whether or not you are being successful in this digestive assimilation process or not.
If you find yourself reacting negatively, irrationally or overly emotionally to something, chances are it has been triggered by an old pattern. Old patterns are old, and therefore the experiences they generate are not as easily assimilated and digested into your present life. The digestive aid will be eliminating your judgment and your attachment to how you think it ought to have all turned out. This is the time for you to embrace whatever is showing up in your life and however it is showing up. Work with what you have and don’t put too much on your plate if possible.
Even though there is a desire to move quickly through the lower vibrational states and into a higher centered experience, this may not be possible during this time. The sense of overwhelm experienced during the full moon may continue as you look at all the pieces of your life and try to digest where you have been, where you are now, and where you think you are going. Be patient. Chop wood, carry water.
July 8-15: This is a great time for breakthrough. New understandings, inspiring ideas, magical experiences are all possible at this time. It is a good time to anchor some higher centered points of reference that will help you keep your focus on the light when the going gets tough. You may experience an eccentric combination of being in emotional pain one moment and ecstatic the next.
A deep cry for help can easily turn around and become a hysterical laughter about the absurdity of life. Humor is key to breakthrough and to accepting your growing pains as a path to more power and freedom. Do something during this time that keeps you on track so you don’t fall into bad behavior, your usual addictions and old patterns. However if it does happen, forgive yourself quickly and move on.
July 15: New Moon is Wednesday July 15 at 7:25 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). This is a time of assessment and truth telling. This New Moon may also bring something completely unexpected into your life. Whatever it is, see it as a gift and allow it to anchor you into something new. Allow others to support you at this time with whatever it is that you need. A New Moon is always an opportunity for a reset. If there is anything going on in your life that needs a reset, do it now.
July 16-22: You should be experiencing success, relief, a sense of freedom and a greater maturity in how you are navigating your life right now. Reflect on the challenges you have been through and see how the growing pains of your experiences have made you stronger and given you a greater sense of power. If you are feeling completely the opposite, be patient as you are still in the learning curve and not out of the tunnel yet.
July 23-31: This could be a time of confusion. Who am I? Where am I? Whose life is this? Where am I going? Nothing looks familiar. Nothing feels familiar. How did I get here?
This is where trust comes in. The most important things that need your attention and that you are creating for yourself for some reason will show up in a way that you cannot ignore. So do not worry that you have somehow lost control or cannot seem to grasp the organization of your life at this time. There is almost a relaxed quality to the times. Savor it and allow yourself to trust the support of spirit.
This time frame may have you experiencing yourself enthusiastically stretching into the growing pains that have now become familiar and more comfortable. You may surprise yourself by taking on something you never would have imagined doing before or making a choice that would have been uncharacteristic of you in the past.
July 31: The second full moon of the month is Friday July 31 at 4:43 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). Celebrate something new and do something awesome!
Editor’s note: To read the full forecast go to: http://thepowerpath.com/
In My World by Carol Dickinson
We have always been infatuated with the Moon. Nursery rhymes and songs are written about it. Some of us softies romanticize about falling in love under the shinning full moon. Many Native American tribes honor Grandmother Moon and the traditions of the “Moon Lodge.” So who lays claim to the practice of Moon Phase Bathing? At first I believed it to be an Ayurvedic principle however, as I did some further research I found several different cultures and beliefs practice some form of “moon phase bathing.” Regardless of where it actually started, most agree on the following
The Full Moon is about absorption and nurturing. So on a Full Moon your bath should include a mineral or Epsom salt and anything that fills nurturing to you. It could include lavender, jasmine, rose or sandalwood, or you could forgo the essential oil altogether and add some milk and rose petals. Some moon bathers say that you shouldn’t use any essential oils at all. (According to www.edensgarden.com if you are pregnant you should avoid using essential oils period).
New Moon is about cleansing, releasing and purification. When I think about cleansing or clearing the essential oils I’m drawn to are peppermint, lemon, mandarin orange, patchouli, juniper, and cedar. Sources say that indulging in a new moon bath ritual has the same effect as doing a three day cleanse (more pleasant I’d say).
In the Native American tradition of a “giveaway” on July 15th, (New Moon), I will have a New Moon Bath giveaway at Ignite Yoga Studio. Some will have essential oil and some will not but all will be infused with Reiki. The most important thing to know about Moon Phase Bathing is to do it with intention. Please stop by and get yours and Enjoy!
When I first starting healing with energy I was working at a Horse Rescue facility in Southern California. As I was brushing a sweet older gelding, named “Judge,” I began to see pictures in my head of
certain places on his body that hurt, I would go to those places and massage or do what I was shown to do. Over the next few months the information given to me would change but always in pictures. One day he would show me something that happened that caused the pain, other times it would be just the treatment. He was a great teacher for me. Through him I developed a trust and faith in the information that was given in order to assist in the healing process.
Horses are amazing creatures. They have such huge hearts and heart spaces. They’re ability to connect with us heart to heart is limitless. That is why horses are great healers themselves and why there are so many treatment facilities that incorporate horses into the healing work they do. When you do healing work with horses you don’t have to tell them anything. They just connect and allow the healing to occur. This same dynamic happens with people during a Reiki session. For me, the process is the same.
Reiki is a Japanese words that means, “Universal Life Energy.” In Yoga this energy is called “Prana”, in other cultures and practices it is called “Chi.” During Yoga you are moving Prana while moving your body and opening energetic channels as well as opening and balancing Chakra’s. Reiki practitioners act as a conduit to allow this energy to flow through to the client in a kind of directed energy flow in a systematic way. The symbols that are used in Reiki treatments help the practitioner to activate or connect with different healing attributes of the energy.
Everyone has a different experience with Reiki, some may feel warmth or even heat, sometimes a heaviness or tingling. Others may feel nothing at all one treatment and feel everything the next. Sometimes I may receive “messages” as it relates to healing for the client, the next time nothing at all. Healing is a process; it’s fluid and changing. In my world, I equate Reiki to Yoga…it just makes sense.