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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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Moon Oracle Deck Update!

Exciting news Moon Beams!

Spirit De la Lune Oracle cards are still under way! Rachael is still painting each moon while I am writing and organizing the book. There is still no definite release date, as I am still researching printers, but hopefully pre-orders will go up soon! 

Here is a sneak peek at some of the Moondalas! These are the energies of the different moon cycles each year! Aren't they gorgeous?!

The cards will most likely be square with a border, but ideally I would love round cards. Unfortunately they are a lot more expensive to print! But we shall see!

If you want to see the all the Moondalas click here!

Which one calls out to you the most right now?


PS. I am having a HUGE giveaway on my instagram! You can win a crystal ball, my CMP Self Study program and more! 

To enter you must follow my instagram! The winner will be announced on January 20th on the New Moon! Good luck!


Lunar Blessings,

Marissa Moondaughter

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

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Sacred Mornings

My mornings are anything but sacred. They are hazy. Unintentional. Unconscious. Roll-out-of-bed -and-get-to-work kind of mornings. My word of the year, Devotion, is going to be so hard for me. Especially in the mornings.

I am a night owl through and through, and the Moon is like my sun. Which is fine, but I also need balance. I need to remember the Sun too. I want my mornings to be sacred, I want to be centered before I go to work. I want to be AWAKE! before coffee!

But I know I need to ease into it. This will not be easy for me. And I need to find my morning rhythm and honor it. I wanted to throw this out there into the world to keep me accountable.

And then I did this today. We do not have the best mattress (a goal of mine is to get a better one this year), and lately I've been waking up to a very tight lower back. While I was still half asleep I rolled my legs up against the wall, and breathed and slept. Jimmy still sleeping, nestled his arm around me and it was lovely to slowly wake up like this, as my alarm was blaring. 

I brought my legs into a figure four against the wall and let gravity release my hips. And then I brought my feet together into butterfly again, up on the wall. And somehow I found myself sitting up with my hands at heart center and I was awake. I just did an asana half asleep in bed before I woke up to start my day! What the what! I was so excited I took these photos after the fact.

I started where I was literally. Asleep in bed. My spirit led me and my cells remembered. I need to trust myself like this everyday! I am inspired to have more mornings like these. I will keep you updated with my morning routine as it evolves and unfolds.

please tell me, loves,

What is your morning routine?

How do you start your day with intention and spirit? 


Mornings Blessings,

Marissa Moondaughter

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

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2015 ... D E V O T I O N

My Word of the Year for 2014 was Abundance.... and I have felt extremely abundant all year. Moondaughter bloomed and is growing so much, my love and I moved into our own place, I have collaborated with so many amazing and artistic souls. My heart feels so full going in to 2015.

Abundance has taught me to trust the flow of life and energy. I shouldn't be afraid of lack. I have never lacked anything in my life... only what my ego wants me to think. When I have had (or just wanted) to make bigger purchases, immediately after I would have the same or almost the same amount come back in. 

I will continue to trust this flow for the rest of my days.

Despite this flow, internally I am ebbing. I have felt really quiet all season long. Not sad, or angry, just reclusive and hidden away. I've realized I like quiet and like being alone. A lot of times I'll sit at home for hours doing this or that with no music, no movie in the background. Just quiet. And for a while my mind becomes quiet too. Thinking about it now, I could EASILY become a quiet, hermit, cat lady if it wasn't for Jimmy and my friends reminding me to connect!

This quiet time has led me down paths of reflection though. And this soul-deep yearning within me has become louder and louder for months now. 

I haven't told too many people about this, and I want to keep it to myself still, but I found my spiritual teacher last summer. I have known her for many lifetimes I know. And since she has been guiding me this past year, this yearning in my heart has began to reawaken. And has brought me to my Word of the Year for 2015.

I keep asking myself, what does Devotion look like to me? And I honestly cannot say.

The one thing I can say I have been completely devoted to is Moondaughter. And these past few months I have felt wiped out. 

But what if I put Devotion into my body? My spirit?

Into my family? My friends? My tribe?

What if I put the same intensity and devotion as I have with Moondaughter, into the present moment? Into everything I do?

Maybe I would go crazy, or maybe I would touch the Divine in someway.

My mentor was explaining my birth chart to me in a way that blew my mind, and pointed out to me I have a shit ton of Scorpio in my chart and basically in one section. She said I have this intense yearning to merge with everything, touch the sacred in everything. Go way deeper than what people are normally comfortable with. And the fact that all the planets, except for one asteroid, were in the sky in the northern hemisphere witnessing my birth, means I want complete illumination and for everyone on earth to witness it, is yet another goal my soul wants to accomplish this lifetime.

My jaw dropped, I got tingles, and she hit this yearning I've had spot on the head. She articulated what my soul feels and yearns for perfectly. 

As much as I yearn for this merging and sacred union with everything, I am completely afraid of it. Why must I want be so vulnerable? What must my soul be so intense? No wonder I like complete silence.

Well fuck it. I am tired of half-assing everything else in my life.

I don't want to zone out in conversations anymore. (Sorry Jimmy, you are not boring, I promise!)

I don't want to workout one day and quit the next.

I'm over being too lazy to cook, so I'll eat some candy instead.

I want to deepen my friendships... I don't want to hold my tribe at arms length.

I am tired of not trusting. 

I am over this heavy burden of worry and anxiety on my shoulders.

I want to be D E V O T E D to my life.

 

I saw this quote from Mary Poppins the other day and it is exactly how I feel in this moment:

"Winds in the East, mist coming in, like something is brewing and 'bout to begin. Can't put my finger on what lies in store, but I feel what's to happen all happened before..."

I do feel the mist coming into my soul. And within this mist who knows what I'll find, but I am devoted to find it.


In Devotion,

Marissa Moondaughter

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

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