Podcast Ep 11: Yin yoga practice to soothe the heart

This week I said a final goodbye to one of my dogs and experienced the death of a young deer the team at North Country Wild Care and I rescued too late. I recorded this episode with a heavy heart but allowed myself to be vulnerable and share. I sequenced a 30-minute soothing Yin Yoga practice to caress the heart and allow the emotional hurt to be there, held but not squashed down. A few folded blankets or cushions can add extra support during these poses.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter.

Deep gratitude to Mark Piper for the background music.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep 10: Yoga to Connect with Fire and Air in Eagle Pose

When the Eagle card from Kim Krans’ The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck came up today I was taken by surprise. I’ve been battling depression and anxiety, partially seasonal and partially due to dread and helplessness over the imminent destruction of the National Butterfly Sanctuary for a section of unneeded wall on the southern border of the U.S. Lifting to meet Spirit like Eagle felt impossible while I was feeling heavy. But the Universe knows that if I get into my body and start to break apart an asana, I can shift out of feeling powerless, even if it’s just for a little while. I dropped into Garudasana (Eagle pose) and broke it down for you, focusing on the interplay between the fiery core work and keeping your heart open for air, in a 40-ish minute practice. You won’t need anything but your mat.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep 09: Yoga to Explore Spirals

To open this episode, I pulled the “Spiral” card from Alberto Villoldo’s Mystic Shaman Oracle deck. Spirals are very present in Shamanic Reiki and in yoga – as we create spirals in our physical body that reflect the energetic spirals that exist. Explore the spiral with me as a symbol of our spiritual growth cycles and in a 40-minute yoga practice. You’ll be doing some seated work to begin the practice, so please gather a folded blanket, cushion, or block to sit on if needed before you begin.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or visit my website at www.DebbiePhilp.com and sign up for the newsletter.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep 08: Yoga to Explore Your Perspective

I pulled the Milky Way card from Steven Farmer’s Earth Magic Oracle deck, which is about perspective, and how important it is to step back and see the big picture and to witness my experiences without getting wrapped up in them. In this episode I share how mindfulness meditation is teaching me to witness how I am responding – mentally and emotionally – to bad news about the environment and things that arise during a Shamanic Reiki client session. Then I’ll guide you through a 30-ish minute yoga practice to explore different perspectives. You won’t need anything but your mat for this one.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or visit my website at www.DebbiePhilp.com and sign up for the newsletter.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep 07: Grounding Yoga Practice

I’m back to my somewhat revised podcast with a grounding yoga practice. I’ll share a bit of what I’ve been doing in the months since I last recorded an episode, then guide you through a short yoga practice to help you connect to the Earth element in your body and to feel more grounded. You won’t need anything but your yoga mat for this practice.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

On the Winter Solstice 2012, revisited

Winter Solstice TreesIn the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Conneticut, Spirit was speaking strongly to me. The following poem was written then. Six years later, to the day, my dear friend’s brother was killed – murdered – in an act of violence with a gun. In the week since, Spirit has again been speaking to me, helping me to navigate the myriad of emotions that have surfaced while bearing witness to my friend’s anger and devasating grief.

In the pre-dawn hours this morning, I remembered what I wrote in 2012, which honestly feels like decades ago, on a blog long abandoned, and was called to publish it again. It is a call to hope and a call to action during dark times on the darkest day of the year.

 

 

 

On the Winter Solstice

In the dark waiting womb
there is a quiet rhythm,
the sound of intention unmanifest.
It will become with a wail.

To call the first tendril of pink
from beyond the horizon,
a feathered minstrel lifts its head
and trills its morning anthem.

Do not sit silent in the growing darkness.
The universe was not born in a flash but a bang,
the resonance of the heart of the Divine,
speaking its name into all of creation.

Invite the sun with song,
be it frenzied drumbeats,
melodious carols, quiet lullabies
or the echoing sound of om.

All songs are one song,
as all hearts are one heart.
Sing your Divine name
into the creation of a new age.

And when, in the deepest darkness,
your song fades to stillness,
a collective pause for breath,
listen. Listen for the waiting refrain.

Listen for the muted pulse of love.
Listen for the hushed jingle of peace.
Then take up their song, your song,
and roar them into being.

(c) Debbie Philp 2012

As we step over the threshold from autumn to winter, from darkness to light, from violence and hatred into the blank slate of a new day, I wish you peace and love. Sing their song with all of your heart. Pass it on.

Podcast Ep 06: Yoga Nidra for Self-Care

Yoga Nidra, also called yogic sleep, is a progressive relaxation and guided visualization that brings you to a state of deep rest and ignites your creativity and intuition. You are engaging in extreme self-care when you enjoy this Yoga Nidra experience.

Please do not listen while driving!

Podcast Ep 05: Isis, Vultures, Release, and Yoga to Practice Flying

Mercury retrograde has me revisiting things, like this episode that didn’t get posted on time. Better late than never, and the practices are still very relevant in this post-eclipse waning moon energy. In it I share more about the Egyptian goddess Isis and her bird, the vulture. You’ll hear about how vultures are an important part of our ecosystem, even in the Adirondacks, where they aren’t technically natives but do the important work of cleaning up the animals who have been killed by cars on our not-so-animal-friendly roads. You’ll get some tips on letting go of the past, and practice flying gracefully, like a vulture, in a 30-minute yoga practice.

Podcast Ep 04: Isis, Bears, and a Yoga Practice for Fierce Creativity

During the lunar cycle of the Strawberry Moon, join me in getting to know the Egyptian goddess Isis, the mother of all. Find out why black bears mother like Isis and how the US Dept. of the Interior is making it harder for those mother bears. Then unroll your yoga mat for a practice to bring out your fierce creativity.

Podcast Ep 03: Aphrodite, Clean Water, and a Healing Yin Practice

This episode continues the journey with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and her association with healing waters. Find out how the Clean Air Act supports the health of Adirondack lakes and enjoy a yin-inspired yoga practice for the lung, kidney and urinary bladder meridians to support the flow of your internal water.

 

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