Podcast Ep 39: Cultivating Courage in Wild Thing

Yoga’s Camatkarasana, the pose called Wild Thing, is a playful heart opener. For me, however, an injury led to a fearful retreat from practicing Wild Thing. With help from the Golden Egg from Kim Krans’ The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck, I’ve contemplated how strengthening the back of the heart allows me to be more open and more courageous in the pose and in face of the devastation of our global ecosystem and the other collective challenges of our modern times. This episode explores Wild Thing from a place of shoulder and thoracic stabilization that supports a strong and open heart, physically and emotionally. You will only need 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 and sign up for the newsletter. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment and supplies for my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and 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 38: Where the Wild Things Were

I ditched the yoga practice this episode so I could bring your attention to some of the wildlife that has been affected by the Amazon wildfires, Hurricane Dorian, and the roll back of the endangered species regulations in the United States. I end with a meditation on the power inherent in the web of life. I needed to write and guide this meditation as a step in the process of healing my frustration and powerlessness, and I hope my words bring you peace.

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. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment and supplies for my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music, and thank you to Free-Photos from Pixabay for this episode’s image.

Sloth in the rainforestWhile 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 37: Fire Up Your Legs in Eagle Pose

Get your talons out! In this episode we explore yoga’s Eagle Pose with emphasis on the legs. Discover its fiery energy inspired by the Eagle card in Kim Krans’ The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck. The message from the card was “step into the unknown,” a message I’ve been hearing since returning from Washington State’s Hoh rainforest, where I was with my Shamanic Reiki Worldwide clan on a Wild Wisdom Retreat with Llyn Roberts. Check out these retreats on the Olympic Mountain Earthwisdom Circle’s website.

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 and sign up for the newsletter. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment for my wild turtle clinic.

Gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the intro and background music and Pexels from Pixabay for the image.

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 36: Yoga to Get Your Belly to the Earth

I drew Snake Spirit from Colette Baron-Reid’s Spirit Animal Oracle deck, reversed, and looked at what it means to shed the past in a way that keeps us whole and growing. The yoga practice invites you to be snake-like and get your belly to the Earth. You might want a thin blanket under your hips during the back-bending sequence.

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. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment and supplies for my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and 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 35: Yoga for Activists in Frustrating Times

After saying a final goodbye to our elder dog this week, I was feeling a bit raw emotionally. Then I pulled Badger Spirit from Colette Baron-Reid’s Spirit Animal Oracle, reversed, and was challenged to consider how I let go of anger and frustration. Luckily I had hit the pavement in my running shoes earlier. The yoga practice offered takes you through a yang flow to shake off some of the anger and frustration you may be feeling if you are at all paying attention, then guides you into the yin of a long-held surrender. You will only need your yoga 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. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment and supplies for my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and 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 34: Yoga to Use Your Mind Wisely

My dear friend Blair Sutherland created beautiful intro and background music for My Shamanic Life. I am grateful beyond words and pleased to be able to share it with you in this episode. I also share how an upcoming trip with my Shamanic Reiki teacher, Llyn Roberts, is challenging me to be less of a “mom” to my business so I can more deeply explore the Shamanic Reiki practices and my own creativity and intuition. The yoga practice will move energy upward through the Chakras to ignite your own inner wisdom.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, the Extraordinary Yoga Teacher mentorship, 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. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment for Dancing Turtle Wildlife Rehab, my wild turtle clinic.

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 33: Yoga for Exploring Your Shadow

The Nightingale Spirit card came out of Colette Baron-Reid’s Spirit Animal Oracle deck to invite a look into shadow in this week’s episode. Working with shadow parts – regrets, uniformed beliefs and biases, general ugliness of spirit – is necessary as we move into spiritual adulthood, but what we most avoid (me included) on our growth paths. The 30-minute yoga practice is on the challenging side today, to move you to your edge to notice your physical, emotional, and mental response. You will only need your mat.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, the Extraordinary Yoga Teacher mentorship, 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. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment for Dancing Turtle Wildlife Rehab, my wild turtle clinic.

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 32: Yoga to Stay Mindfully Centered

Do you have spare time? I prefer to make a conscious choice to use my time in ways that align with the big vision for my life. In this episode I discuss what it means to have a vision, how it keeps me centered, and how all the things I spend time doing come together in a glorious way. Then I’ll guide you through a yoga practice that will challenge you to stay mindfully centered in both strong and releasing asanas.

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. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment for my wild turtle clinic.

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 31: A Yoga Practice for the Turtles

This episode is all about the turtles. I am excited to announce that the podcast has its first Patreon sponsor to help fund equipment needed for wild turtle rehabilitation. I’ll share about how asking for help was a big step into a new way of being for me, and I’ll guide you through a yoga practice into a long-held turtle pose. If you experience knee or hip strain when sitting with the soles of your feet together, please have two yoga blocks, blankets, pillows, or thick books at hand when you unroll your mat.

Gratitude to Mark Piper for the background music.

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. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment for my wild turtle clinic.

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.

Yes, the turtle bus is really a bus

When I told my husband about my desire to rehabilitate turtles, he looked around our already crowded house and asked, “Where are you going to put them?” It was a legitimate question, and one that I had been asking myself. Then I looked out the window and remembered the bus.

sealing leaks in an old school bus

The whole family helped me get the bus ready for turtles.

Why is there a bus in my yard?

The bus was parked in my side yard by my then just barely twenty-year-old daughter. She had purchased the stripped-out retired school bus and drove it 600 miles to home with the intention of creating a tiny home on wheels for herself. Life happened, and the bus stayed parked in my side yard with some of the wall framing complete and a pile of materials in our garage. Since everything was on hand, and with my daughter’s permission, my husband and I completed the interior walls, laid some sheet vinyl flooring, and ran a heavy-duty extension cord to power it up. And the turtle bus came to be.

laying sheet vinyl flooring in an old school bus

My husband helped me lay the floor one very dark evening so the bus would be ready for the start of baby animal season.

The first critters in the bus were orphaned squirrels who have since been released into the woods behind my house where I still catch sight of them on occasion. (The food I leave for them disappears daily.) Now, the turtle bus is almost fully occupied by turtles.

Injured turtles need care.

Most of the turtles in my care had been hit by cars, have had their shells mended, and are in the long, slow process of healing. One Eastern Painted Turtle was “retrieved” by a dog whose teeth notched the back edge of his shell. Those small wounds healed over quickly, and he will be returning to his wild home soon. A recent addition has an abscess on his neck that needs to be removed. Two painted turtle hatchlings found their way after “landscaping incidents” – one was the victim of a leaf blower, the other found in a roll of sod. Their growth is being monitored and they will be released once they are a bit more predator-proof.

turtle rehabilitation clinic in an old school bus

The turtle bus filled up quickly once the season started.

All wildlife rehabilitators have the same struggle – we have more love than money. While we are licensed and monitored by our state wildlife agencies, we get no funding, supplies, or equipment from them. We are all volunteers and most, like me, are home based. I am blessed to be part of an organized local network, North Country Wild Care, which fundraises as a group to purchase and supply things like formula and food for the many orphans our members raise, from birds to opossums to deer.

Equipment needed!

Turtles, while relatively easy to feed, have specialized housing requirements. Glass tanks have been easy to come by, as many folks I know have had a fish tank at one time, but each needs a filter system to keep the water clean and moving, a heat lamp for a warm basking spot, and a full spectrum UV light to replace the sunlight they are missing. These are all essential for any turtle’s health, but especially for turtles who have lost blood, are fighting infection, and trying to grow new tissue. Even with the most inexpensive options, each complete tank setup costs around $100. I have already used my full budget for equipment and then some, and simply cannot expand any further this year without help.

Please help me help the turtles.

Can you help me help the turtles? There are two easy ways you can help. I have a wishlist on Amazon for Dancing Turtle Wildlife Rehabilitation. You can purchase any item on the list, and have it sent to me as a gift. (You will get double karma points if you use Amazon Smile and select North Country Wild Care as the beneficiary.) If you like the My Shamanic Life podcast, please consider becoming a sponsor through Patreon. I have always considered my podcast a way to share yoga and Shamanic Reiki with the world (while sneaking in some wildlife conservation advocacy) and never intended to monetize it, so any funds received will go directly to the turtles. Patreon sponsors will have access to exclusive content from inside the turtle bus so you can follow your favorite turtle’s recovery.

I am immensely grateful for everyone who has helped me get this far. Locally, I have received donations of tanks, gently used sheets and towels, heating pads, and even bags of homegrown lettuce for turtles to munch on. Thank you!