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My Yoga Training

What can I really say about this whole experience? It has been challenging, rewarding, and most of all beautiful. I finished the lecture section of my Yoga training 2 weeks ago. And now I am beginning my teacher shadowing! I am so excited and nervous!

There is still so much to learn and process. Yoga is a beautiful way to live - it is not a religion, but a philosophy that can benefit anyone's beliefs and spiritual path. there is so much more to Yoga than just asanas- the movement and postures. Yoga, in sanskrit means "to yoke" "to merge" - yoking the mind, body, and spirit to merge into one. We are all one, we are all connected and can tap into this beautiful state of consciousness, and yoga can help us do so.

In Yoga there are Yamas and Niyamas, actions and observances to help us be better humans.  There are kriyas, cleansing techniques to purify our bodies and minds. Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga, learning to create balance with the energies within us, with food and nourishing rituals. And of course, chakras play a part in balancing our energies as well. The list can go on and on.

The Hanuman mudra for the Full Moon and devotion.

The Hanuman mudra for the Full Moon and devotion.

I have changed these past 4 months... I still can't explain these changes, but my yearning for spirit has grown stronger. I am a vegetarian now because I don't want to eat my friends. My awareness has grown - I am not strong in strengthening postures, but I am great at balancing and I am drawn to restorative and yin yoga. I am more in touch with my body.

I am so excited to merge Moondaughter with my newfound yoga knowledge. I want to teach specific asanas to flow with the Moon, not just the standard Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutations), but specific to the moon phases we are in. I will always add crystals, tarot and oracle cards, and essential oils to my classes. I just can't help it. I want to create specific asanas for each chakra. 

So many opportunities to learn and grow have opened because of this beautiful training. I want to be able to get into bakasana (crow pose), and perfect my chaturanga dandasana (I can barely do one pushup). For a while I judged myself for not being able to do specific poses.

"A Yoga teacher should know how to do that"

"You are not fit to be a yoga teacher"

In the end, I have realized I just need to be me. I need to show up authentically and sincerely and teach from the heart. I need to remember that everyday.

Cloud Nine Yoga training merges the physical aspects and spiritual aspects of yoga so beautifully. I knew I needed that balance when searching for a yoga training school. My teachers are so amazing! They balanced each other's energies perfectly, and our lectures were never boring. They created an atmosphere to explore in without fear, but fun and joy. Unfold Yoga was the beautiful little studio we learned in. It is intimate and full of light. 

My little yoga family was filled with strong and inspiring women. We grew and bonded and it was amazing to see everyone's journey unfold together. I learned so much from each of them.

As a final project we had to create a one hour asana and teach a 20 minute snippet of it. This project is so dear to my heart, friends. I am even working on it to be an actual live workshop in the future. It definitely exceeds one hour! I combined my love for Tarot, my ecourse Tarot Journey, and yoga! It is my Fool's Journey Asana... moving through the 22 cards of the Major Arcana. Embedding the wisdom of Tarot into your body with a moving meditation. I am looking to combine Tarot Journey and this asana into a workshop in the Orange County area sometime this year. If you are local and are interested stay on the lookout!

Above is a picture of one part of the savasana (all the photos are credited to one of my lovely yoga teachers, Hannah :). 

However, coming soon to the blog will be the Fool's Journey Asana! I'll share one pose a week starting with the Fool ! The start date is yet to be determined, but I will let you all know when!

Overall I just feel extremely blessed and I am so excited to see how 2015 will expand and unravel. New beginnings are on the horizon. My spirit is soaring.


Namaste,

Marissa Moondaughter

moon my compass // intuition my voice // crystals my companions

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A New Cycle is Beginning

It has been a long time since I have checked in here and poured my heart out. I ebb and flow in this blog space of mine. I would love to flow more, but it is what it is.

My heart feels lighter because I finally finished the Self Study Program. Thank you for your feed back and support while I hunched long hours over the computer reformatting my work. I pushed myself creatively and I am so happy how everything turned out. You can sign up anytime, there are no deadlines or limits. 

Anyway, I wanted to complete the ebooks before this coming weekend because I am starting a new path.

I am embarking on the path of yoga teacher training. it begins on Sunday and I am elated, excited, and nervous.

The thing is, I feel a strong disconnect with my body. I am not grounded very much, I forget to eat, and the older I get, I beat myself up more for not exercising and taking advantage of my youth and energy. So I beat myself up, pig out on junk food, and the cycle begins again.

I am breaking this cycle once and for all. I want to see my body as a temple and treat her with sacred love and respect. 

My word of the year has been abundance, but for the past couple of months I have felt a shift. Abundance is in my life and I am grateful for that. But this shift is directing me to DEVOTION. Devotion to my body, my path, my community, my life.

I need to be the priestess of my body. Devoted to nourishing her and caring for her they way I have done so for others.

I have been drawing a card before I practice yoga to focus and meditate on. I have named it Tarot Yoga :) And the first time I did I drew the High Priestess, or Seeker.

This will not be easy for me. There is definite healing that must take place within my body. I must forgive myself. I must let go and surrender . I must show myself compassion and love.

But I know it is time. I am ready to show up for myself. I am supported and I am loved. And I grateful.

So here is to devotion. To completion and and new beginnings. It's time to shed my old skin and wrap myself in love.



Lunar & Crystal Blessings,

Marissa Moondaughter

moon my compass // intuition my voice // crystals my companions

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