September Issue, Volume 2
Contributing Writers: Lisa Bozeman, Lorilee Gillmore, Carol Dickinson, Sudha Balagopal, Lena Stevens and Pat Liles
It just seems weird to say that when it’s still so hot here. At the same time I feel the change of season in different ways. The traffic is increased, the kids are back in school and the sun just seems to hang differently in the sky. Though we still have the heat, fall is here nonetheless.
Have you been gravitating toward fall colors yet? I find myself wistfully looking at my tall boots and then I remember…having to sweep my car, shoveling the driveway and sidewalks before I went to work and then not being able to see the sun for a month at a time. Whew, that memory scared me a little and I actually started breaking out in a cold sweat.
Inside this issue are wise words from talented and generous writers:
Ayurvedic Goddess, Lorilee Gillmore takes us on a journey to embrace fall. Storyteller Extraordinaire, Yoga Teacher, Published Author, and Spicy Girl, Sudha Balagopal shares her love of cooking and the healing attributes of the cumin seed. Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master Teacher Lisa Bozeman observes simplicity in nature. Astrological Guru’s Lena Stevens and Pat Liles will “wow” you with their uncanny Power Path Monthly forecast.
The excitement of our season here in the valley of the sun includes some pretty spectacular workshops coming up as well as some additions to the Ignite Yoga Class Schedule.
September 13th at 9:00 a.m. is the second Mysore Event with Lisa Schrempp at Urban Yoga. (Details are on the Ignite Yoga website). October 5th is the official launch of the new Mysore Program that will be taught by Lisa Schrempp at Urban Yoga through Ashtanga Vinyasa Phoenix. There is a few words from Eva inside about Ashtanga Vinyasa Phoenix and what that means for Ignite Members.
Reiki shares….Reiki shares…Reiki shares. September 13th, at 2:00 p.m. begins the monthly Reiki Share. The following Monthly Reiki Shares will be held on the first Sunday of each month with the exception of October 4th which will be the first of two Reiki Events that benefit Yoga for Hope.
On October 4th, three practitioners and three rooms will be used so that in two hours we can give treatments to as many people as possible. The cost is $25.00 for a thirty minute treatment. Tuesday, October 6th from 9:00 to 6:00 p.m. is the second Reiki Event to benefit Yoga for Hope. Treatments that day are full hour long treatments for $30.00. (Those that have them may use their Reiki passes)
Throughout the month and into October, there will be donation yoga classes that will also benefit Yoga for Hope
In spirit of the changing of seasons I think it’s a great time to think of renewal, recharging and as we will see in the Monthly Power Path Forecast a time of prioritizing and simplifying. It’s really easy to take on too much and then not enjoy what’s in front of you, (says the pot to the kettle).
by Lisa Bozeman
I have several planters on my porch and enjoy tending to the flowers year round. I have some rose moss, aloe and vinca. The vincas are the ones that seem to do the best for me, they survive the winter and manage to keep reseeding themselves. There is a bench on the front porch but the rocking chair on the back patio is my favorite. Listening to the wind chimes, I’ll sit enjoying the view behind my house soaking in the Arizona heat.
A few weeks ago, in a hanging basket that I have yet to do anything with I noticed some long leaves and dried weeds. They looked random yet strategically placed at the same time; so I began to watch. Yes, a few days later there was more… pieces of grass.
Weeds from the yard that had now dried like flowers actually providing a soft cushion at the bottom. It was obvious a couple of birds were building a nest. I would only catch glimpses of them coming and going, their work done discreetly. Looking up from the patio, it just looked like a mess of sticks in the basket. My curiosity got the best of me and I had to get a closer look, from a short ladder I peeked in and discovered a lovely little home. The bottom was padded with the fuzzy weeds, the sides built up with long pieces of the tree in the front yard and the top was woven together with small pieces of straw. The walls & ceiling about an inch thick with the edges coming toward the center making a round opening for the door.
I marvel at the process. The parents together scoped out the place to build their nest. They’ve worked as a team finding and placing each piece. And it isn’t until you look closely do you see the real design. I’m eagerly watching for signs of residency. For now, it’s just the parents watching me back to make sure they have picked the right spot.
We all wonder… Am I where I am supposed to be? Piece by piece, am I doing enough? Will these small efforts ever come together into something others will recognize as well? What if I put in all this work and something else comes along tearing it apart?
“Can you give yourself totally to the reality of your life and its unknowable outcome? When you do, they questions of where, when, how, and if will no longer trouble you. You might feel instead the ecstatic certainty of having arrived.
Each of us walks along a path with no sign of where we’ve been and no knowledge of where we’ll end up. The earth rises to meet the soles of our fee, and out of nowhere comes a gift to support and sustain our awareness, which is our life. Some days the gift is a bite, and some days it’s a banquet. Either way, it’s enough”
-Excerpt from “The Endless Practice” by Mark Nepo
As a former military spouse Lisa has had the opportunity to travel within the United States as well as overseas. She still describes herself as a small town girl from Stillwater, OK. and has called Goodyear, AZ home since 2012. Lisa’s has one daughter who is attending ASU and two sons living at home.
Lisa earned her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certificate at LifePower Yoga in 2013. In 2014 she continued her studies with an additional 300 hour certificate under Eva Shaw of Ignite Yoga Studios. In March 2015, Lisa received her Reiki I and II Certification from Heyde Class of Sedona Arizona and in August 2015, received her Reiki Master/Teacher certification from Carol Dickinson.
You can practice Yoga with Lisa at Ignite Yoga in Goodyear, LA Fitness and EOS Fitness of Avondale. She also subs and teaches special events at the Wigwam Resort. On occasion, the Angel’s Baseball Corporation has invited her to teach classes for the Fall Pitcher’s Camp in Tempe.
by Sudha Balagopal
The allure of spices provided Christopher Columbus with the impetus to sail westward toward India. Once there, he hoped to set up a spice trade. We all know he ended up in a whole new continent in his quest: America.
In his time, spices were precious and exotic since they came from faraway lands and because they weren’t easy to procure. In today’s world, we don’t need to travel quite so far to purchase our spices. If he were alive today, Columbus would marvel at the sheer variety and the easy availability of spices in America’s grocery stores.
What are spices?
A spice can be a dried seed, fruit, root, bark or vegetable substance. For example, caraway is a seed, while cinnamon is a bark. Spices are different from herbs which come from leafy green plants.
Less known is the fact that spices are not mere decorations that embellish food. They provide more than sensory stimulation with their fragrance and flavor. Embedded within spices is their magical connection to health and well-being.
The cumin seed
Cumin, related to parsley, is the most-used spice in the world after black pepper. It packs a punch in terms of flavor. I use cumin in my cooking everyday. It’s essential to Indian cooking and for years I accepted it as a spice that is necessary to lend a distinctive flavor to my dishes.
However, each tiny seed also carries a nutritional punch. Cumin is rich in potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and sodium with good amounts of iron and a smaller amount of zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. In addition, cumin is rich in vitamin A, C, E, and choline and contains niacin, vitamin K, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, and folate.
How can this spice help our health? Cumin has long been used to cure digestive disorders. This little seed may help with flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and morning sickness. In addition, it is said to help with the common cold.
Cumin, when boiled with water – like tea – makes a good tonic for overall heath. Use cumin-infused water and cumin tea as an aid in digestion. Some sources indicate that cumin can prevent tumors of the stomach. With its iron content, cumin is also used to provide the body with the energy and vitality it needs to function.
How to use the cumin seed
Cumin seeds can be dry roasted and powdered. Toast them in a dry skillet until fragrant and then remove them to a plate or a bowl so they don’t burn. Powder the roasted cumin and store in an air-tight jar. Sprinkle cumin powder on everything from soups, stews to salads and notice the flavor rise by several notches.
Cumin seeds can also be fried in a little hot oil until they make crackling sounds, then added as a seasoning or garnish to a dish. Hot fat has the amazing capability of capturing the essence of a spice and to transfer that essence into the dish it flavors. It also unlocks the healing property in the seed. Make sure you remove the seeds from heat as they start to sizzle or you can burn them. If you do burn them, don’t attempt salvage, just start again.
Cumin added at the start of a dish, common in a curry or a rice dish, gives the whole dish an earthy, spicy – but not hot – feel. When sprinkled into your dish at the end, it acts like a garnish.
Simple Raita Recipe:
Plain yogurt: 2 cups
Cucumber 1: Peeled and grated or chopped into finely chopped cubes
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder: a pinch
Fat in the form of ghee, coconut oil or oil of your choice: 1 teaspoon
(ghee is clarified butter)
Cumin seeds: half a teaspoon
Chopped cilantro: 1 teaspoon
Using a fork or a spoon, mix the yogurt until it is whipped smooth. Add cucumber. Sprinkle salt and pepper and add the chopped cilantro.
In a pan, heat the oil. Once the oil or ghee is hot, add cumin seeds. When they start to splutter, remove from heat, and pour the cumin seeds over the yogurt mix.
Suggestion: Enjoy as an accompaniment with rice pulao (pilaf).
When she is not cooking, Sudha Balagopal teaches yoga and writes fiction. She is the author of two short story collections, “There are Seven Notes” and “Missing and Other Stories.” Her debut novel, “Love After Loss,” is forthcoming later this year.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take one of Sudha’s yoga classes. Not only is she a wonderful and inspiring Yoga Teacher she is also a very gifted storyteller. (She is currently teaching at Lifetime Fitness, Palm Valley). It is her gift of storytelling that comes in handy especially in those long, long and long holding asanas.
By Lena St evens and Pat Liles
The themes for September are “FAITH and TRUST.”
There will be other influences and other themes including Expansion, Creativity, Destruction and Change that will manifest as a result of working with Faith and Trust as guiding principles.
We are truly expanding the boundaries of our creativity, perception, and understanding, and moving ourselves into the unknown. The container of our lives needs to be bigger to accommodate this evolution and we cannot hold ourselves back with our fears, limited thinking and need for control.
This month may at times feel out of control and you may witness others losing control of their rational thoughts and actions. The world may not make sense and chaos may set in. You may feel at a loss as to what to do and where to put your energy. The best-laid plans may go haywire as spirit shows you in no uncertain terms that there is another agenda for you to follow. The rational controlling mind will have trouble with this, but the higher mind of intuition and inspiration will be delighted by the opportunity to take charge.
At the end of the day, all you will have to really rely on is FAITH and TRUST.
This is the time where you take your skills at organizing your physical life and turn them towards organizing your spiritual life. This is a different type and level of organization and highly important this month. We are learning that the external physical structures of security and support we have been relying on are perhaps not really a reliable source of true support.
As we witness them dissolving and crumbling before our very eyes, we need to turn our focus towards structuring our inner spiritual life in a way that can support us no matter what happens. The stronger and more organized our inner container is, the better it can feed our outer container with the FAITH and TRUST we need to move into the future. This may be the only thing that keeps you sane this month.
Remember that this is an Artisan year and artisans are masters of chaos, destruction and high levels of creativity. It is useful to tap into the artisan within and to trust that you have what it takes to navigate chaos and destruction, and to turn your life into one beautiful outrageous and highly creative work of art. Just as any creative project begins with a blank, your life as a creative project will unfold in its right timing with power and purpose as long as you can practice Faith and Trust every step of the way.
Faith and Trust require flexibility. When one door closes, another opens. If you keep staring at the door that has just closed, you may not see the one that is opening. This month we need to look at our attachments to old dreams and the way we thought things should have been or ought to have worked out. Release what is still holding you back from the exquisite potential of the unknown. Let go of regrets and disappointments especially if they are in any way connected to your external expectations. Your inner life is the key here and at the end, it is all you really have.
How do you organize your spiritual life?
Start with anchoring a practice of some kind, something you can do every day at the same time that serves as a reminder and a reference point for your Faith and Trust in a larger Spiritual energy. It could be a meditation or saying prayers or doing a walking practice. Build a little altar in your home that can serve as an external anchor for your inner reference point. Spend some time every day strengthening the inner core of who you are and be very disciplined about not matching or sympathizing with fear patterns that you may witness happening around you. They will all be connected to some external drama that is not necessary for you to experience.
If external events are directly affecting you, stay neutral and see all change as a positive expression of necessary evolution. When the going gets tough, have a way to remind yourself of the larger picture and of the Faith and Trust that will carry you forward.
DATES AND TIME FRAMES
September 1-7: This is a time frame that may have you feeling unsettled, at the slight edge of chaos and with a bit of non-specific anxiety lurking in the corners of your psyche. The tendency is to look around for what in your physical environment is not working and causing this sensation. Most likely you will not find anything that you can blame.
We have unsettled energy at this time, like shifting sands, with not much to anchor to that makes any external sense. We may also feel like there is something we are missing or forgetting, or something that we ought to be doing but just cannot think of what that is. Relax. Make sure you are keeping track of the most important things and then let the rest unfold.
We are being prompted to refocus from the external environment to the internal one. You should begin right away with organizing your spiritual life in a way that works for you and including bringing large doses of Faith and Trust into the areas that need it. Stay out of unnecessary drama of others and keep your eyes on your own goals and intentions.
September 8-15: This is the time when you are likely to be tested. Your faith and trust will be tested. The tests are likely to come from others who doubt you and from your own self- doubt. If you cannot put trust and faith in yourself, no one else is going to. This is a good time frame to work on your own self- trust and to build that trust in your own support and guidance. When the tests come up, see them for what they are and do not get derailed by your own self-doubt.
This is also a time when we enter into an intense window of change and opportunity to shift our focus towards what will sustain us in the long run instead of the shallow shiny promises of a quick fix.
September 12/13: The New Moon with a Solar Eclipse is on Sunday, September 13 at 12:42 AM MDT (Mountain Daylight Time). This is close to midnight on Saturday, September 12 and for some time zones it is actually on September 12. So pay attention to the full moon and its influences on Saturday night.
This full moon is the opening act of the play called “now or never” or “what are you waiting for?” You may feel a desperate desire to get on with your life but without the understanding of what that means or how to go about it. Be careful with impatience and being irritated by what you perceive to be standing in your way.
There is really nothing you have to do except to recommit to your own faith and trust in your clear intentions and desires. Ask spirit for help and commit to stepping up and showing up and being willing to change where needed. This is a good day to anchor something of a spiritual practice to honor your inner life.
September 16-22: The energy gets really focused during this time and you will have a lot of opportunities to learn lessons and to expand your awareness. Use the time practically to put into practice some of your ideas, creative concepts and theories that have been downloading for some time. You have a good combination of support to focus on your internal spiritual life as well as witnessing some awesome manifestations you never thought possible in your external life.
Prepare for the change of seasons by honoring what has changed in your life as well as what still needs to shift. You can harness the natural power that supports change and use it to propel transitions in your life that need to happen. Remember to trust the process once you have made the decision and then to have faith in its positive outcome. This window that is bookended by the two eclipses serves as a container for fine-tuning your creativity and the way you organize your spiritual life.
September 22/23: Fall Equinox on Wednesday September 23 at 2:20 AM MDT. Because the equinox falls close to the 22nd MDT (Mountain Daylight Time) you can really celebrate and honor it on both days. We are in the middle of this window of opportunity for change and expansion and resetting the way we perceive what is possible and how we are supported. Use this powerful time to hone your faith and trust in something that is important to you. Share the joy and wonder and ask for help if you need it.
September 23-30: This time frame may feel chaotic scattered, a bit crazy and off center. This is the most likely time this month where you will witness many people losing their way and their center, especially those that continue putting their faith and trust in the wrong structures, the wrong people and the wrong belief systems. Awareness of this can come crashing in making things even more unstable than they already are.
It is very important during this time that you maintain your practices, stay neutral, trust in your own process no matter what it looks like “out there”, and have faith that everything will all turn out just fine. We are still in the play called “now or never” and the final act is about to start. What have you learned about your own process of procrastination versus moving forward? Have you been able to move beyond your own fears and gather some courage to trust?
The energy is up and down. Don’t take anything personally and remember to get enough rest, to be spontaneous and creative, to eat well, and to keep your center.
September 27: The Full Moon with a lunar eclipse is Sunday September 27 at 8:50 PM MDT (Mountain Daylight Time) Yes, this is the beginning of the final act. But since this play is improvisational, where you are ending up today is entirely up to you and your level of trust and faith. Either you will be launched to a new experience of life and opportunity, or you will question everything. Either way is good. The play is not over yet.
To read this entire forecast visit http://thepowerpath.com/
by Carol Dickinson
It’s a mystery really…how one day you come in for a session and feel all the energy flowing and moving. At one point you really thought you were floating. The next time you come in you fall asleep and don’t remember anything and the third, it was something different all together. How is that possible? It’s the nature of Reiki which has an innate intelligence. The Reiki always knows where to go and how much “energy” to give to someone in that particular session. Trying to make sense of magic is futile. I have learned to get out of the way and allow the Reiki to flow.
I trust that the Reiki is doing exactly what is for the best and highest good of the person receiving. The person may not recognize at first that they felt anything however, most of the time they come back in and say they slept better, were able to focus more and had less anxiety and/or pain.
Someone asked me recently what it felt like (as the practitioner) to be the one “sending” the energy. The very simple yet complex answer is, LOVE. While the Reiki is flowing, I am filled with the ever knowing and undeniable truth of the existence of the Divine. Another person ask me how I know where they’re hurting and the answer to that is of course…I have no idea, (just kidding).
It’s another one of those magical pieces of healing that I believe is tied into the nature of Reiki. There is no way that as a practitioner you can be closed off and be available for Reiki. The practitioner is open and trusting and in those moments we may receive intuitive information to assist in providing the best possible session we can. That’s the nature of Reiki and it’s available to anyone at any time. Being a funnel is not a bad gig, just ask any Reiki Practitioner!
To schedule an appointment call or text, 480-229-2315.
The Seasons are Changing
by Lorilee Gillmore
It is 7:32pm and 102 degrees as I write this. It is almost laughable to be speaking of fall and yet it will be here, at least on the calendar, before we know it. This year the Autumnal Equinox will happen on Wednesday, September 23, at 1:22 AM. However, taking an Ayurvedic approach, while living in Phoenix, we probably have until the middle of October before we begin to experience the cooler weather. This change of season brings the amazing bounty that fall has to offer at our farmers market.
According to Ayurveda the fall season is ruled by the Vata dosha, which has the qualities of cold, dry light and mobile. Until we experience this climatic shift, we continue to eat and live in Pitta season, the season ruled by the element of ﬁre, by maintaining our cool through our daily practices. The change will happen, we just need to wait for it to arrive. How do we stay in balance when nature is evolving around us? “As is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm” is an important principal guiding us in Ayurveda. This refers to accepting that everything happening in the outer environment will be mirrored by our inner environment of mind and body. This way of understanding and partnering with nature really does help us to stay in the present moment. If we are aligned with nature’s intelligence, and in tune with our body’s needs, we will instinctively crave the foods and daily routines to keep us in harmony anytime of the year. The ﬂip side to this is, that if we are out of balance we tend to crave foods and lifestyle choices that keep us out of balance.
It is important to notice when these subtle changes begin to occur. Our bodies become adjusted to the weather, foods, spices and daily practices that we experience during the long hot summer months. There is typically about a ﬁfteen day period where one season is ending and another is beginning. During the shift from the Valley’s extremely Pitta dominated summer into our much deserved Vata fall, a conscious transition is needed. It is important that we slowly adjust into this welcomed fall season. How do we do this? Check out what is being sold in your farmers market that is being grown locally. Eating what thrives seasonally is a simple way to stay in harmony with nature. If you have a daily self -massage routine, and suddenly ﬁnd mornings to be chilly, you will want to consider switching to a warming oil such as sesame oil.
It is traditional to do a “cleanse” as we move from summer into fall. This helps purge any excess heat, or Pitta, from the system in preparation for the cooler weather. During October and November, I lead consecutive 21 day Ayurvedic based cleanses to guide you mindfully through the transition. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information. Next month we will be looking at daily routines to stay in balance during the Vata fall season.
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.
Eddie Stern has been teaching yoga in New York City since 1989. He studied under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois for eighteen years and is the director of Ashtanga Yoga New York (AYNY).
Over the past years, Eddie has published four books on Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga Yoga including the translation of Pattabhi Jois’ 1960 book Yoga Mala and is as well the co-publisher and editor of a monthly Indian philosophical journal entitled Namarupa,
Weekend Schedule Friday (November 6th): 8:00am-9:30am: Mysore 6:00pm-7:00pm: Lecture. Basic Principles of Developing Self-Awareness Through Yoga. 7:00pm-8:30pm: Puja. Join us in a simple, Hindu ritual to remove obstacles and invoke in ourselves a devotional state of mind and heart.
Saturday (November 7th): 8:00am-9:30am: Led primary 10:00am-11:00am: Lecture & Q&A 2:00pm-5:00pm: Yoga therapy. Pelvic floor and spine, with pranayama and chanting
Sunday (November 8th): 8:00am-9:30am: Led primary 10:00am-11:00am: Q&A 2:00pm-5:00pm: Yoga therapy. Hips and Shoulders, Pranayama and Chanting.
$350 for the full weekend!
We appreciate your interest in our Mysore Program. Have you heard our recent great news? Ignite Yoga is sponsoring Ashtanga Yoga Phoenix at Urban Yoga, 3225 N Central Ave., Phoenix AZ 85012.
Come learn more about this program at our 2nd Mysore Pre-launch Party on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 9am to 12pm at Urban Yoga! Enjoy a Mysore class, Ayurvedic treatments, and delicious vegan food hand-made by Tumerico to heal you after class. to sign up and for more information please visit the website, http://ashtangayogaphoenix.com
Our new Mysore program begins Monday, October 5, 2015.
5:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ashtanga Yoga Mix
Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 p.m. -7:15 p.m
4:40 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
For more details on our schedule, please visit: http://ashtangayogaphoenix.com
In recognition of your support to Ignite Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga Phoenix, we would like to extend the following special offer to you:
MONTH TO MONTH UNLIMITED YOGA MEMBERSHIP
$120 Auto Pay per month (3-month commitment)
Regular Price: $150
NOTE: This special pricing includes access to both Ignite Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga Phoenix classes
This offer is only valid through September 28, 2015 at 11:59pm, so please reserve your membership ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be able to keep this pricing as long as you remain current with your membership as our way to say THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you at our special Grand Opening on October 5, 2015 at Urban Yoga.
Lisa Schrempp, Jason, Eva, and Little Man-Isaiah Shaw