At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 6

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – UPPER BODY SCULPT & BUST BOOST (chest lift + shape)

Sweep Throughs – BUILD A BOOTY! day 1

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga for Depression: A Very Subtle Exercise | KIMILLA

Bridges – BUILD A BOOTY! day 2

Wednesday – RELAXING Yin Yoga for Stress Relief – Full Body Calming Stretch

Thursday – Ultimate Butt Challenge ♥ Glutes, Hamstrings & Quads | Koh Kut

Friday – REST

Saturday – 20 Minute Morning Qi Gong Exercise by Lee Holden

Sunday – Breathtaking Yin Yoga Class | 7 Day Yin Yoga Exploration Challenge

Love and light, 
Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 5

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – 30 Minute Full Body Workout for Strength – Total Body Dumbbell Weight Training at Home

Tuesday – REST

Wednesday – 30 Min Full Body Flow | Yoga To Stretch, Breathe, & Feel The Bliss

Thursday – Total Body Strength Training Without Weights for Women | Home Workout (No Jumping) | Joanna Soh

Friday – Kundalini Yoga: Complete Spinal Series

Saturday – Qigong Flow For Brain Optimization

Sunday – 30 min Morning Yin Yoga Class – Best Morning Yoga Stretches

Tip: It’s very important to listen to your body from the type of movement it wants to when it just needs to rest. I’ve been very sleepy this past week, which is why I chose to rest for one day. (I was sore from last week’s lower body workout and this week’s Monday strength video.) On Tuesday, I went to bed at 4 pm and slept for 15 HOURS. Then, I still managed nap later that day! Learning to not push yourself  to the point of exhaustion is integral for well-being- and something I’m still currently learning to do. 

Happy working out!

Love and light, 

Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 4

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – Complete Upper Body Workout for Strength & Toning: Arms, Shoulders, Chest and Back Workout

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga Kriya for Disease Resistance, Immunity, Metabolism and Thyroid Health

Wednesday – Stretch the day’s tension away with this yin yoga sequence

Thursday – LEG DAY | Strength Training For Women: 30-Minute Dumbbell Leg Workout + Pregnancy Workout (You can do this even if you’re not expecting. It will still hurt the next day…trust me)

Friday – Kundalini Yoga ” Kriya For Elevation” Express Version

Saturday – REST

Sunday – Yin Yoga class with Travis Eliot “Inner Dimension TV” (30 min.)

Love and light, 
Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 3

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – 30 Minute Full Body Dumbbell Sculpt Workout!

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga: Surya Kriya to Burn Fat & Build Strength

Wednesday – Yin Yoga Class ♥ Best Yoga For Slow Deep Muscle Release

Thursday – 30 Minute Quiet Low Impact Home Workout | Strength, Cardio & Abs Low Impact Workout

Friday – Kundalini Yoga for Intuition and Healing: Laya Yoga Kriya

Saturday – QIGONG FOR LOVE

Sunday – Yin Yoga Deep Stretch Class | Release All That No Longer Serves You

TIP: you can drop any weight and use just your body weight. You will still get a good workout and work towards using additional weight.

Channel Spotlight: Boho Beautiful

A channel created by partners, Juliana and Mark, who travel the world with their pet dog. Together they film workouts and vlogs in exotic locales to raise awareness of social/economic issues affecting the earth and her inhabitants. 

I love this channel because:

  • Even though the workouts use bodyweight, they are challenging.
  • Being a wonderluster myself, I admire the scenery and beautifully shot videos.
  • Juliana and Mark’s point of view on the goings-on in the world offer a different perspective that is refreshing and inspiring.

Happy working out!

Love and light, 
Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 2

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – 25 Minute Full Body Cardio & Strength Workout

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga For Prosperity: Kriya For Energy And Prosperity

Wednesday – Upper Body Yin Yoga – Yoga Stretches for Back & Shoulders

Thursday – 20 Minute FUN Strength & Mobility Movement Workout | Low Impact QUIET Bodyweight Workout!

Friday – Raw Kundalini Yoga Video with Yogi Emmanuelle

Saturday – Bioenergetic Exercises for Neck and Shoulder Pain – Qigong for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Sunday – 1 Hour Yin Yoga Class Without Props – Full Body Yin Yoga Class

Happy working out!

Love and light, 
Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 1

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday30 Minute NO REPEAT Standing Abs & Cardio

TuesdayKundalini Yoga: Sex Energy Transformation

Wednesday Yin Yoga to Release Anger – Liver Meridian Yin Yoga Affirmations

Thursday 20 Minute Real-Time LOW IMPACT Full Body Workout w/ Dumbbells

FridayKundalini Yoga Set: Kriya For Becoming Enchantingly Beautiful

SaturdayKundalini Yoga Kriya – Prana Apana Balance

Sunday30 min Yin Yoga with Affirmations for Self-Love & Healing

Happy working out!

Love and light, 
Ze

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

My At-Home Fitness Routine

Fitness isn’t something that is limited to a gym, studio, or a group class anymore. Thanks to grand ol’ YouTube and people’s passion for fitness, we don’t even have to drive anywhere. So no need to worry if you forgot to bring a change of clothes!

I have always found ways in my life to do things affordably and from the comfort of my own home. With that being said, at-home fitness became an anticipated part of my morning routine.

Through lots of trial and error of trying different workout styles and exploring numerous YouTube Channels, I have created a schedule that best suits me.

What My Routine Looks Like

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

My At-Home Equipment

  • 5lb Dumbbells
  • 10lb Dumbbells
  • 12lb Dumbbells
  • 15lb Dumbbells
  • 8lb Kettlebell
  • Bosu Ball
  • Equalizer Bars
  • Yoga Mat
  • Yoga Blocks
  • Strap

Some (but not all!) of the workouts may include the usage of the equipment on this list.

Why I Do These Styles Of Workouts

There is more to fitness than just building muscle and burning fat. It takes cardio, strength, flexibility, and mobility to help you function well in day-to-day life. Each aspect complements the other, helping you to up your fitness game and try new things.

Also, we have more than just a physical body. We are made up of an emotional, mental, and energetic body as well. Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Qi Gong use kriyas, postures, and positions that aid in the release and circulation of our energy through moving meditations. It’s not uncommon to feel anger or sadness during your practices nor is it uncommon to laugh or cry.

Personally, this combination of workout styles has helped me go through everyday life with a certain ease and I attribute it all the different modalities I partake in. If any of you choose to follow along, I hope you find joy in the routine as well.

What It Comes Down To

Not everyone likes to do the same things. While one person might love HIIT, another might despise it. I encourage you to experiment with different styles of moving your body until you find what you enjoy.

My goal with posting my workouts week-to-week is to offer you all an alternative routine that isn’t constantly strenuous, and one nourishes all the bodies, not just the physical one. Plus, I love supporting all of the channels and their free content as well as the people creating it!

  • Click here to learn more about Kundalini Yoga
  • Click here to learn more about Yin Yoga and Kassandra Reinhardt’s channel
  • Click here to visit my previous 4-week workout plan that offers a different set of workouts and where to buy equipment
As always, I wish you love and light,

Ze ❤️

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

Coronavirus – An Unpopular Opinion

By now, I’m sure you are well aware of what is going on in the world pertaining to health and wellness or lack thereof. The infamous “Covid-19” has plagued the planet and people are running scared, hoarding groceries, and filing for unemployment. And what are we to do you when the entire world is telling us we’re all sick? FEAR LIFE ITSELF, of course. Right? Absolutely wrong.

Just as day turns into night and one season changes into another, life is also a cycle filled with good things and bad things. It’s how we learn to appreciate what we have. Every generation seems to go through a monumental event in time- a war, an economic collapse, assassinations. The Coronavirus is serving as just that for this generation.

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The stillness that this has brought upon us has (hopefully) caused us to stop in our tracks and think. One thing you can count on in this world is change- transformation, evolution. Another thing you can count is that everything is a matter of perspective. Perspective during troubling times can either make or break us teaching us who we are in the process.
 

“Fear is just a prayer for something we don’t want.”

Dr. Debra Gambrell from Gaia’s “Real Immunity”

Ever hear someone say “stop worrying, you’ll make yourself sick?” There is truth in that. Fear, stress, and worry literally lower your immune system. They target your adrenals and thyroid glands which are your body’s way of handling stress. Don’t believe me? Check out these articles:

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“To conquer fear is to gain wisdom.”

Gaia’s “Real Immunity”

 Along with words like “Coronavirus” and “Covid-19”, the media is also throwing “social distancing” and “quarantine” our way. These have become synonymous with our current existence.

As we also know, the media is a fear-mongering mechanism that mostly shares the terribleness of what’s going on. I’m here to tell you that it is okay to step away from the news- from the chaos and the fear. You don’t have to watch it 24/7. Quoting a dear friend of mine, “you need to know what’s going on, but it gets to a point where watching the monkies dance just becomes depressing and you need to have some humor to balance it out.” This is also a fact. It’s scientifically proven that laughter boosts the immune system: “Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke”  

Side note: If politicians and government have already known about the virus before it blew to the proportion that it has, how then, are you sure you can trust the very information they are shelling out on the media? Flipping the coin, it’s not worth it to cast blame. The point is that it is here now and the way you react sets a standard for yourself and others.    

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Can we also please change the terminology that’s been springing up? It’s not a “disease” nor a “war”. It’s a virus and a new challenge to overcome with help from everyone around the world. Let us be thankful that here in America, it’s not an actual war where people are dying in the streets at the hand of another. With wording like this, we create resistance within ourselves. Resistance creates stress and as we know stress lowers the immune system.  

During the past 2 years, there has been an emphasis in health and wellness routines that encapsulate mind, body, and spirit- mostly confined to the “new age” community and millennials. The whole Corona Virus thing has just kicked all of that into high gear. Because of this, there is a good portion of people who are thrilled to have ample time for self-care, meditations, journaling, reading, etc. There is also a good portion of people who are asking themselves, “how do I even do that?”, “where do I start?”, or even “who am I without the people and things I’m used to being around?”  

Short story: There was a moment after a relationship had ended where I realized I didn’t know what to do when I was by myself. And at that moment, I vowed to change it and embarked on a journey of self-discovery That meant finding out what I enjoyed, what made me excited and becoming my own #1.  To begin walking this path and befriending yourself, here is a good list of questions to ask that I found on Instagram:    

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You can also ask yourself has there been a project you wanted to start or a skill you wanted to pick up? What about a book you’ve put off reading? Is there a place you always wanted to travel? Plan it out for the future! This isn’t going to last forever, you know (but a lot longer than 2-weeks). Find out what you’ve always wanted to do, learn, and aspire to be. Think about the steps you’ll take to get there. When you get sad, depressed, angry- whatever- feel it, express it healthily and move on.  

Another thing to think about is what this is teaching us as individuals and as a collective. A couple observations I’ve made are:  

1. It is teaching us how important self-care is. This is the time (always, but especially now more than ever) to take care of ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

2. It is also teaching us togetherness- yes, there are loads of people who are frantic and panicking that they will get sick and are in turn acting from a place fear, not putting their best selves forward, BUT that can’t be said for everyone. It is an active choice one makes to display compassion and kindness during times like these. Below are accounts and people who had made/make that choice:

Here are some more things to think about:

  1. You guys, SPRING IS HERE! Birds are chirping, bulb flowers have begun to awaken from their slumber, there are buds on trees and greener grass!
  2. With all of this mandated quarantine,  the earth gets to heal from all the nonsense we have wrought upon her. She gets to breathe again and breathe anew. That’s beautiful.
  3. There are so many people offering free services and classes right now. Look around the internet!
  4. People are becoming more conscious- more aware- of their thoughts and actions.
  5. Positive Pioneers! There have been loads of individuals stepping to the forefront to help society, both locally and abroad.
  6. Your body wants you to live. There are more forces working for you than against you. Trust that everything will be okay.
  7. For the love of all divine, please do not spend all of your time sedentary. It will drive you mad. There are lots of workouts being created daily and ones targeted to boost immunity specifically. Move your body! It will make you feel better.
  8. Take it day by day. Make a routine for yourself. Have a task list of all the things you want to accomplish. Stay focused and present.
  9. Please keep in mind small businesses- restaurants, convenience stores, specialty stores, hair salons, etc. If you have disposable income, buy from them. If their products are unattainable, buy a gift card. It’s the small businesses we want to see thrive and they actually need our help.

And if I may take a moment to share my feelings on this pandemic: *clears throat* I will no longer accept a negative mindset or shy away from my perspective. I am putting my foot down and choose to stand by the tools that have helped me overcome all the propaganda and collective social BS. Hope is not lost. Everything happens for a reason. Your truth is your truth and mine is mine, but mentality sets the stage for how you deal with this. Let’s all just respect that.  

Honestly, I hope that when we all is said and done, things won’t be as they were before. As this has all taught us, it can’t be. Think about how complacent our lives have pretty much been, expecting that we can just go to the movies, dine out at a restaurant, go to school, etc. Our society needed something to shake us out of our stupor and look at things with a new lens. The world needed to change. Have you noticed how we are all more of a global community? This is something that we are ALL going through and it is tremendous. And I for one, am really excited to see what the future holds. Like I said in the title, this is my unpopular opinion.   

Please remember, everything will always, always be okay. You are not alone. Our humanity is what unites us. We will adapt and overcome as we always have. That is what we as humans do. Stay present, take it moment by moment. This too shall pass and when it does, don’t forgo everything you’ve accomplished and acquired during your social isolation.

Do your part: sanitize things, wash your hands, respect social distancing (easy for most introverts, am I right? 😉) and breathe.  

Love and Light,

Ze ❤️

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**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

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Where Is My Mind?

Meditation has become more integrated into our current society. It is not all that uncommon to hear the word, how it has helped people, and how they have made it a part of their daily lives. But if you haven’t tried it or have tried and couldn’t get your mind to settle down, you may have already counted it out as unattainable. I’m here to try to convince you why you should give it a go.

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Dictionary.com

A lot of this world promotes being outside of yourself and gives you plenty of resources to do so- endless tv shows, social media, alcohol, drugs, etc. only to bait and hook you and your desires for more and more product consumption. And when it becomes socially acceptable to be mindlessly consumed by them, the only solution to become mindFUL. All of what you’re looking for is already present within you.

Silence

 

Learning how to cultivate peace and tranquility from within is something that takes time. It’s about learning how to step back and become aware of your thoughts rather than getting caught up in the story behind them. Adding a meditation regimen to your day is one of the most rewarding things you can do- I can personally attest to this.

Some back story: My mind always lived in the future. I was always thinking about what was going to happen next- next week, next month, next year. It got to the point where I didn’t even care to make friends because I didn’t plan on staying where I was. Life was passing on, but I was still just waiting for my “plan” to come to fruition. What happens when you live like that is you never appreciate what is right in front of you or how your actions and words affect others. Living with a future mindset also riddles you with anxiety since you’re always anticipating something. It’s not fun.

I had heard of meditation before, but it always seemed a little too “out there” for me. I was shy about it and felt self-conscious even trying to begin. When I became more dedicated to living a life of wellness, that was when I gave it a shot. I had already integrated things I loved to do into my day-to-day by starting with just 5 minutes. As “corpse pose” helps your body integrate everything you have done in your yoga practice, I decided to use meditation to integrate everything I do in the morning before I went into the world.

Through meditating, I have gained an awareness of my thoughts, actions, and interactions with all things around me. I learned (and am still learning) to take things day by day and not live in the next moment before it even happens. My anxiety has decreased significantly and I am aware of the things that trigger it which helps to prevent any attacks.

If you don’t believe me, believe science! Here are a few great articles about what meditation can do for you:

  1. Mindful.org’s “The Science of Meditation”
  2. Psychology Today’s “The Science of Meditation” (yes, both articles have the same title)
  3. Greater Good Magazine’s “The State of Mindfulness Science”.

I am sure that after all of that riveting information, you have been inspired to try it yourself! winking-face_1f609

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How do you begin? By making it easy for yourself! Start out by doing it 2-3 times a week, 5 minutes a day for at least 3 weeks. If you are thinking that is too much, think about what else you may do for 5 minutes every day already *ahem* scroll through social media perhaps? You are most certainly capable of taking 5 minutes to do something good for yourself. Heads up though, doing something mindlessly for that amount of time versus mindfully will feel different. It may feel like an eternity in the beginning. Mindfulness and awareness are skills to be acquired, but in the process, you will learn more about yourself and navigate through this world with eyes wide open.

Sidenote: Anyone can do it! Unlike the “Dictionary.com” definition precariously suggests, meditating isn’t solely attached to any religious practices.

Did you know meditation doesn’t even have to be sitting cross-legged in silence? There are guided meditations (my personal favorite), mudras, chanting, and moving meditations. Here are some free tools to get you started:

  • Simple Habit: This app is my go-to after “Calm” became nearly subscription access only. Simple Habit is heading that way, BUT they still have free programs such as “Ease Your Fear and Anxiety”, “Foundations of Mindfulness”, and “Detox Your Thoughts”- and it is all guided. When a new program comes out, there is a free trial period. The great thing is that it will be available until it’s not- no payment required. Simple Habit also has an “On The Go” section where you choose what you are doing and the amount of time you have. And if you like pretty relaxing sounds, they have a “soundscape” section as well.

  • Daily Mudras: This app has a library of different mudras (hand positions). It gives you some background on their uses and benefits. Each mudra is typically held between 10-15 minutes and there are several background sounds/music you can choose from. While these meditations are not guided, they provide an alternative from the traditional. They also send notifications for their short and sweet blog posts about healthy living.  

As for moving meditations, I recommend Qi Gong and Yin Yoga with affirmations. Qi Gong focuses on breathing with intention as you release and guide energy in your body. Yin Yoga with affirmations focuses on static stretches while repeating a sentence over and over again while observing your inner reactions. Check out these YouTube channels and videos if you’re interested:

Qi Gong Channels: Yoqi Yoga and Qi Gong

Qi Gong Videos:

  1.  Qi Gong Full 20-Minute Daily Routine
  2.  QiGong For Beginners
  3. Daily QiGong Routine

Yin Yoga Channels: Yoga with Kassandra and Yoga with Heather

Yin Yoga Videos:

  1.  Yin Root Chakra
  2.  Yin Yoga with Affirmations for Self-Love & Healing
  3.  Yin Yoga with Affirmations for Peace & Guidance

P.S If you caught the song reference in the title, check out my favorite rendition here.

As always, I wish you all the best and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out!

Love and light,
Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

The Road To Happiness

Happiness is not a destination,  it’s a journey, it’s progress, and most importantly, it’s the present moment.

In order to have a brighter tomorrow, we first need to go into the darkness within ourselves and heal. There is no magical pill nor is there anything we can do over night. It takes work, consistency and dedication. But it is so incredibly worth it.

As we’ve all come to learn in this world, there are opposites to everything. Hot and cold, positive and negative,  light and dark, yin and yang. And although people strive to stay on the more pleasurable aspects of life, the opposites are a necessity. They are not to be regarded as bad. They provide an alternative and much needed perspective in order to find harmony and balance. As individuals, we all want light and positivity, but, we cannot experience it without the dark and negativity. The dark represents introspection. This is where our journey begins and shadow work comes into play.

What is “shadow” exactly? According to Scott Jeffery of CEOSage, he describes it as such:

The shadow is the “dark side” of our personality because it consists chiefly of primitive, negative human emotions and impulses like rage, envy, greed, selfishness, desire, and the striving for power. All we deny in ourselves—whatever we perceive as inferior, evil, or unacceptable—become part of the shadow. The personal shadow is the disowned self. The shadow can operate on its own without our full awareness. It’s as if our conscious self goes on autopilot while the unconscious assumes control.

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So then, shadow work would be actively delving into our shadow and unpack everything that has been stored there overtime. Doing this is what helps shift us into a new reality, changes our perspective, and allows us to be happy.

We are made up of more than just of our physical body. We also have an energetic body and it is within the energy body that houses pent up emotions and traumas and can lead to manifestations of disease. When we fill up on toxins, whether they be from our food, environment, resolved issues, etc., they can spread to the physical body in the form of sickness. Shadow work can help with the release of these blockages. I thoroughly believe healing your emotional body can relieve stress and tension, and heal physical symptoms.

At this point, you may be asking yourself where to begin. How can you work on healing your shadow self? By dedicating time in your everyday life. In time, you will heal your body and mind piece by piece.

I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to do this is with affirmations. For example, by telling ourselves a positive statement such as “I am beautiful and worthy of love” you may agree with this or your body started to tense up and feel uneasy. It’s easy for us to compliment others, but we can have a harder time saying it to ourselves. The next step is to ask yourself “why do I feel this way?” and the exploration begins.

For all the active bodies out there, Yoga with Kassandra started a new series “Yin Yoga with Affirmations”. In these videos she explains shadow work as well, and suggests to have a journal nearby to write anything down that comes up. Below is a trailer of the series on her app. I’ve included links to her free yin and affirmation videos at the end of the post.

I also recommend checking out Jeffery Scott’s post Shadow Work: A Complete Guide To The Shadow. There, he explain about the topic in-depth and offers several different methods on shadow work.

It’s so interesting what you can find out about yourself just by sitting back and observing how you react to different things.

Aside from yoga, meditation and observing my reactions, I also use my dreams as a tool. When I was younger, I knew that dreams for something special for me and have forever used them as a way to learn, heal, and escape. Pay attention to themes, reoccurring dreams and write them down and as you work on energetic healing, watch how your dreams manifest and shift.

As the seasons change around us and days get darker faster, Winter is the perfect time to check in, dive deep and explore all that you are. Be the detective, the scientist, the scholar and when negative emotions or reactions come up, ask yourself “why do I feel this way?”. I promise you that by the time Spring arrives and the warm sunshine glows, you’ll emerge as a much happier and even more beautiful flower than ever before.

Love and light,
Ze ❤

To view Yoga with Kassandra’s Seasonal Yoga videos, click here.
To view Yoga with Kassandra’s Yin and Affirmation videos, click 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
To read a witchy take on shadow work, click here.

**BONUS**

  • Try playing some healing vibrations while you’re sleeping or studying, by visiting Healing Vibration’s YouTube channel.
  • In the mood for a quick energetic shift? Click here for Yoga Galatica’s Shamanic Breath Work and Sound Healing video.

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