Animal Spirits – totems for heart chakra work

The heart chakra, Anahata, spins with the energy of love, joy, and harmony. If your heart chakra is feeling out of balance, by journeying to one of these animal spirits you can gain insight and guidance to make your heart happy.

hummingbird in flight

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

The joyful nature of Hummingbird invites you to find your own inner happiness. In Hummingbird’s quest for the sweetest of experiences, he playfully spreads joy and love. Hummingbird is linked to the healing power of plants, and reminds you there is powerful beauty everywhere.

 

Deer in tall grass

Image by Lubos Houska from Pixabay

Gentle, peaceful Deer epitomizes the energy of the heart chakra. Anahata, which means “unstruck,” is pure love, untarnished and untraumatized by any worldly goings on. Like an innocent child, Deer is offers only unconditional love, without judgement or condemnation. Call on Deer to learn to be sensitive, compassionate, and, at times, courageous. (“Courage,” after all, comes from the Latin word for “heart.”)

 

Dove on a cherry tree


Image by Susann Mielke from Pixabay

Long a symbol of peace and love, Dove flies in when your heart needs healing. Dove’s qualities are diplomacy and gentleness. Dove soothes grief, the wound of this chakra. Dove also symbolizes faith, and her energy can be accessed through Bhakti Yoga, the practice of joyful devotion.

 

Antelope in the wild

Image by Bishnu Sarangi from Pixabay

Antelope is associated with Anahata in yoga philosophical symbology. While the horns suggest the rising of spiritual consciousness, the soft eyes remind you to be guided by compassion. Antelope brings empathy, grace, and atonement to your heart chakra work. He invites you to free yourself from your emotional blocks, and comes with the message that you are loved.

Podcast Ep 55: Get Into the Details in Warrior I

Mouse invites you into deeper and subtler scrutiny of your physical body as you explore the details of Warrior I in your yoga practice. Following the guidance from Kim Krans’ The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck and Yasmin Boland’s Moonology, we’re taking a look at pragmatism and attention to details in this New Moon in Aquarius episode.

I’ve been putting some of that same energy into other areas of my life and stepping into my role as a teacher and a leader. You are ready to step up, too. Join me on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST for a free webinar. I’ll share the shifts I made to take impactful aligned action in both my business and wildlife advocacy, and how I choose an extraordinary life every day. Register here to get the webinar link and access to the replay.

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 Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

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 54: Learning to be Uncomfortable in Yin Yoga

There is power in being uncomfortable. Panther came out of Kim Kran’s The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck before I recorded this episode, which portends unexpected havoc. While it is uncomfortable, we cannot grow when we are stagnated. Learn to welcome the wild unholiness and discomfort of change with a Yin Yoga practice that asks you to sit with everything that comes up. You might want a folded blanket or cushion to support your hips in the seated poses.

I see your deep desire to change the world but understand it often feels more like dreaming than doing. You are ready to step up. Join me on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST for a free webinar. I’ll share the shifts I made to take impactful aligned action in both my business and wildlife advocacy, and how I choose an extraordinary life every day. Register here to get the webinar link.

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 Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

Thank you to Eelffica from Pixabay for the episode 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. 53: Energize Your Throat Chakra

It seems that, lately, every time I pull a card from Kim Kran’s The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck for episode inspiration, I get a Throat Chakra card. This week’s is Black Egg, the actual Throat Chakra card in the “spirit” group of animal spirits in the deck. I’ve been doing lots of work in that energy center – getting ready to premier a new webinar on January 27th. Whether I’m writing a talk, guiding a yoga class, or practicing my public speaking, my throat tends to act up, so I’m sharing a short yoga “warm-up” for the Fifth Chakra on both the physical and energetic levels. Open up and speak your truth!

Ready to share with your authentic voice as a healer, teacher, or activist? I have one mentorship open now for a healing arts professional and emerging inspirational leader. Explore what is possible. Click here to book a complementary Break Open call.

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 Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

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 52: Gentle Yoga and Meditation to Shine Your Light

I was ready to put Kim Kran’s The Wild Unknow Animal Spirit deck away and make a change for the new year, but the cards said, “no.” I’m sticking with it and pulled Oyster, which has a message of sharing inner treasures with the world. This is the time to let your light shine because it is needed, so the practice is gentle yoga and meditation to open up your heart and let your divine light radiate.

Ready to get out of your shell and show up with your unique, transformational offerings? I have one mentorship open now for a healing arts professional and emerging inspirational leader. Explore what is possible when you shine. Click here to book a complementary Break Open call.

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 Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music (and extraordinary webmastering) and to Pexels from Pixabay for the episode cover 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.

Animal Spirits – totems for solar plexus chakra work

Exploring the Chakra system side-by-side with shamanic journey work reveals animal helping spirits for each of the energy centers. The third Chakra, Manipura, which means “lustrous gem,” is your personal power and transformation center. In your solar plexus, located between your naval and your sternum, the fire element lights up your sense of self-worth. The animal spirits that visit to help you work with this Chakra are confident, unflappable, and at the top of the food chain.

 

Tiger roaring

Image by TeeFarm from Pixabay

Tiger always comes to mind when I think of the third Chakra. The big cats embody the energy of this Chakra as they stalk their prey, never doubting the power they are projecting and their ability to take action. Action is the theme of solar plexus Chakra work. No transformation will happen in your life unless you are ready to pounce. Call on the spirit of tiger to show you how to move assuredly.

 

The radiant yellow sun is a symbol of the third Chakra, and lion’s mane reminds me of the sun’s rays. Like tiger, lions are dominant, confident hunters, especially the females. Unlike solitary tigers, lions form prides and hunt cooperatively, so lion is an excellent totem to work with when exploring power dynamics and your role within teams or communities.

 

Orange corn snake

Image by Karsten Paulick from Pixabay

A snake’s shed invokes the transformative power of Manipura. When its outgrown skin no longer serves, snake leaves it behind. Thus snake has become a symbol of death and rebirth as part of a spiralling cycle of transformation. Surviving the bite of a venomous snake – being able to transmute the toxin in the body – was an initiation into shamanism in some indigenous cultures in the Americas. In dreams and journeys, a snake bite might be nudging you to let go of an old way of being so you can be reborn.

 

If you have ever witnessed a duel between rams, butting heads until one is dominant, you can understand why the Hindus chose ram to symbolize the third Chakra. Rams represent great force and power. Consider “battering rams” used to break down doors and castle gates. If the spirit of ram comes to help you with your solar plexus Chakra work, consider your own power struggles and where you might need to stand up for yourself. Rams also trust their ability to land safely as they leap from one tiny foothold to another. Do you trust yourself enough to take a risky leap? Ask the spirit of ram to show you how.

Podcast Ep 51: Cultivate Enthusiasm in a Playful Creative Yoga Sequence

I gush a bunch about Kim Kran’s The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck but I really love her work. This episode’s inspiration was Hummingbird, whose energy is positivity, enthusiasm, and how to find nourishment in nature, spirituality, and creativity. The best way I know to cultivate those qualities is with a playful yoga practice. A yoga block or a thick book might be handy. Approach this practice like a beginner and have fun with the sequence.

I have one remaining 2020 mentorship for a yoga teacher or energy worker who is an emerging transformational leader and ready to get clear, get real, and change the world. If it might be for you, let’s chat. Book a Break Open call now.

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 Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, 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 50: Open Your Third Eye to the Earth’s Wisdom

The Unicorn card from Kim Kran’s The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck has been popping up for me and did again the morning I recorded this episode. Since I drew the card reversed, I approached Unicorn’s third eye association a bit differently with a yoga practice that connects your third eye to the earth. There is wisdom under our feet as well as “out there” in the cosmic realms.

I have one remaining 2020 mentorship for a yoga teacher or energy worker who is an emerging transformational leader and ready to get clear, get real, and change the world. If it might be for you, let’s chat. Click here to book a Break Open call.

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 Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background.

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 49: Working With Ego Fear in Yin Dragon

Raccoon from The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck by Kim Krans challenged you to ask, “Am I ready to grow into something more?” You ARE ready – that’s why you are here – and you are invited to join me for 5 Solid Steps to Get Real and Change the World on Thursday, December 12th at 8:00pmEST. Grab your complementary pass here. Then unroll your mat, grab a bolster, block, or folded blanket, and move into Yin Yoga’s dragon pose to open your creative energy center and awaken your core will.

We’re making the Winter Solstice magical in our Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook beginning December 12th. Join and participate in ten fun activities leading up to the Winter Solstice on December 21st.

There you can also chat about this episode or learn more about yoga poses like dragon, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment and supplies for Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, 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 48: The Larger Gratitude of Giving

“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” – Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet

This short episode was recorded in a hotel room while I was visiting family for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Inspired by the upcoming Giving Tuesday, I’m sharing my favorite charitable organizations, most of which are dedicated to wildlife conservation. I make my giving choices based on my values and my dream for the world. What organizations align with your values and vision?

Wildlife rehabilitation and educational outreach:

North Country Wild Care (my regional rehabilitator network)

Adirondack Wildlife Refuge (wildlife rehabilitation and education)

Animal Help Now (connecting the public with wildlife rehabilitators so animals get help fast)

Wildlife and wilderness conservation:

Wolf Conservation Center

Adirondack Council 

Adirondack Land Trust

Wildlands Network (wildlife corridors)

Alongside Wildlife Foundation (research and outreach so we can live alongside wildlife)

Panthera (big cat conservation worldwide)

Rainforest Alliance (preserving rainforest habitat)

World Wildlife Fund

Other changemakers:

Victim’s Voice (giving domestic violence victims a legal voice)

Olympic Mountain EarthWisdom Circle (OMEC) (preserving indigenous wisdom)

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 Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music.