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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Kalani

Have you heard about Anusara Yoga and Anusara-Inspired Yoga?

It's a relatively new yoga practice, based in Hatha, which focuses on connecting yogis to the heart, divine energy, and universal oneness with each asana.

If you're interested in learning more, Omkar and Kelley Linn, the two Kalani Yogis behind Yoga Hawaii Time, have launched their own online video series which explains the beauty and techniques of Anusara Yoga.

Watch the two videos below to learn more about the practice, and subscribe to the Yoga Hawaii Time YouTube channel for future videos and online classes in Anusara-Inspired Yoga.

Omkar and Kelley Linn will be teaching a range of Anasura-Inspired Yoga classes in their upcoming Hawaii Yoga Escape retreats running December 3-8, 2011, and April 2-7 2012.

Click here to view the Hawaii Yoga Escape retreat page.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Riss Winstanley

Ah my Ohana. What to say?

During my last breakfast at Kalani the gorgeous little Shola was behind me. She gave me a big hug and said "So what did you get out of this place? What did you find?"

And I replied " I found me."

And what else can you ask for? I cannot remember the last time I felt so loved, so appreciated and so valued. And I cannot remember the last time I genuinely believed everyone that told me so.

So thank you. All of your compliments will stay with me for the rest of my life.

I felt so at ease, and so appreciative and have realized that's exactly how I want my life to be.

And whenever I get to that point where I feel stressed, sad, insecure, angry or overwhelmed, all I do is picture all of your beautiful faces and those feelings literally wash off me and I am left with an open chest and heart and a very nice feeling of contentment.

My first Yogi Tea lucky dip told me an attitude of gratitude brings happiness.

I am so grateful for what you all have taught me.

I have learnt how to appreciate all the simple things.

I have learnt how to breathe.

I have learnt how to love, and to let people into my life.

I have learnt how to listen more, how to be more patient and how to accept everyone just as everyone accepts me.

I have been reminded how to live in the present, and how to not worry so much about EVERYTHING.

You are all such beautiful people, with such amazing lights of your own and I am so proud of all of you, and so proud of myself for finding such a rewarding experience.

And my parting words?

Enjoy yourself. No worries. Laugh. Dance. Recycle.

So thank you for being you, and for allowing me to be me. The greatest gift anyone could ask for.

Some of you I will see again, some of you I won't. But I will carry you all in my heart and you will all coach me throughout the rest of my life.

I love you all.

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Mahalo.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kalani

Bill Donnelly is a true pioneer in the field of yoga. Along with co-creating and co-hosting the yoga-reality series Guru2Go, Bill is also the creator and founder of Practical Yoga, an energizing practice designed to heal and uplift the body, mind and soul.

Practical Yoga is the latest addition to Kalani's schedule of 50+ weekly classes and activities.

Having experienced the amazing high that comes from attending a Practical Yoga class, we decided to sit down with Bill to gain further insight into the practice.

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Bill (Will) Donnelly - Kundalini Yoga TeacherAloha Bill! Congratulations on joining Kalani's team of yogis. I was buzzing for hours after attending your Practical Yoga class last week. So that our readers know what to expect from your class, could you explain to us what Practical Yoga is?

Aloha Cameron! I am very happy to be a part of the Kalani team of teachers! Many visitors come to Kalani for healing and rejuvenation, so the styles of yoga that we offer are a very important component to their positive experience here.

Practical Yoga is, first and foremost, a healing yoga. My class experience is centered around the ancient and powerful tantric-based Kundalini Yoga & Meditation (as taught by Yogi Bhajan Ph.D.)™, which gives students a deep experience of healing. I like to think of this style of yoga as a very helpful "energy management system". It is useful to anyone searching for meaningful ways to improve the quality of their lives.

What kind of an experience does a Practical Yoga class offer?

We start each class with light stretching, and continue with core-strengthening, aerobic-inspired exercises and a brief Hatha-flow series to build heat and warm up the body. Then, we experience a full Kundalini Yoga set.

To finalize our work, we do an 11-minute active meditation to help focus the mind and expand our potential. We end class with a luscious deep relaxation to "let it all sink in" maybe the most important step! Evocative, healing music is used throughout class to heighten the experience. I offer a non-dogmatic, approachable spirituality in class.

Can you share a couple of Practical Yoga techniques with our readers?

Sure! There are literally hundreds of videos and techniques that people can access on the Practical Yoga Website.

For example, BICYCLES is an excellent exercise to help connect with and strengthen the core.

FROGS is a great technique people can use to stretch the back, strengthen the legs and buttocks, and balance their energy after a long day. Yogis also use this technique to prepare for deep meditation.

What are some of the benefits people will gain from Practical Yoga?

People who are on a conscious path of wellness, creativity and healing tend to appreciate the many powerful benefits found from even just one session of Practical Yoga. As you mentioned, you were "buzzing" for hours after attending. You had stimulated some inherently powerful life force in your body, and the healing and awakening process had been activated.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved physical fitness and strength
  • Improved well-being
  • Spiritual growth
  • Clearer thinking

Kundalini Yoga™ recognizes the importance of glandular balance in relation to physical and mental health. In addition to increased physical strength and improved mental focus, each of my classes works to elicit the Relaxation Response.

Is Practical Yoga designed to be a little more rigorous than other yoga classes?

Practical Yoga is designed to give all levels of students an invigorating, yet approachable, workout. Exercises can be self-monitored by the student, so you can easily meet the yoga where you are physically and mentally.

The music helps participants move through any moments of challenge, and within weeks students find themselves stronger, happier and more energized, or "in the creative flow".  Hatha yoga, in general, takes years to learn and perfect. Yet with Practical Yoga, even after just one session, students have an amazing experience and so many of the benefits the class has to offer.

Practical Yoga is about tapping into your inner strength and steadiness, and anyone with a sincere desire can do it. You don't need to be a pretzel to take a Practical Yoga class!

Did you create Practical Yoga yourself?

My partner and I developed the idea of Practical Yoga over a 10-year period of teaching yoga in top Los Angeles yoga studios, privately with in-home sessions, and on our television show, Guru2Go on fitTV. I received formal training at the renowned Golden Bridge Yoga Studio in Los Angeles, studying under the Renowned Gurmukh. After personally healing from this yoga, I concurred with its founder on the urgency of bringing this personal wellness technology to the larger community.

It was after filming our show that we realized how practical this yoga really is. It was then we developed our Practical Yoga for Everyday People DVD, which has sold internationally and has helped countless students get into shape in the comfort of their own homes.

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Bill teaches Practical Yoga at Kalani each Thursday from 10:30am - 12:00pm.

Bill will also host a special Holiday Yoga Retreat from Dec 20-27 at Kalani. Each day will feature two sessions of practical yoga and meditation in one of the most stunning environments you could imagine, surrounded by fiery lava, invigorating ocean, tropical foliage, and people celebrating the spirit of aloha. Celebrate and honor yourself and your spirit through the winter solstice and Christmas. Click here for more information on Bill's Holiday Yoga Retreat.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kalani

Soul Purpose Consultant and Life Coach, Geraldine McMahon

Soul Purpose Consultant and Life Coach Geraldine McMahon will host Heart, Intuition, Purpose on Saturday 24 September, a workshop at Kalani designed to help people get into their Heart Space and create lives of purpose, passion, and prosperity.

We sat down with Geraldine to deepen our understanding of why getting in - and living in - our heart space is so good.


Aloha Geraldine. Could you start by sharing why there is a growing movement of people who want to 'get into' their Heart Space? What happens, exactly, when we're there?

Aloha Kalani! More and more people are seeking to get into their heart space is because life is truly great when you do!

When you're in your Heart Space, life becomes easier, almost like an experience of heaven on earth, and worries cease to exist to weild any power.

By living within your heart space, you are naturally inclined to invest your energy and its power into your visions of what you love, what you’d love to create for yourself next while still being totally within the present. There are no concerns or thoughts of the past, and when the future is considered it is done with a firm anchor in the present. The ancient Hawaiians had a firm grip on this principle, even their language doesn’t have a past or present tense!

Life flows, fortuitous synchronicities are common, and our vibration changes too, which means we cease to attract experiences or people we do not love, attracting instead more magical occurrences and people to match our vibration.


It sounds awesome. So what exactly is the alternative? Head Space?

Correct! That's exactly the alternative. You'll notice when you're 'in' your head space because you'll have a busy mind, lots of internal chatter and dialogue. Overthinking, analyzing, and worrying are telltale signs of being in your head space, as is limiting language such as 'should' and 'have to'.

People face limited options when they're in 'head space', as when we are lodged in the head, we are only opening to memories, programs, beliefs and assumptions from past experience.

When you are in your ‘heart space’ you have a clear mind. You’ll feel at one with everyone and everything. The feeling we get when we’re in love; when everything is wonderful and there’s no fear.  The world takes on a rosy hue. You’ll have experienced this while in nature, maybe looking at a sunset, totally engrossed in it and in your heart.

When in the head we are only using 5% of our brain’s capacity. When you’re in the heart, you open up to an infinite number of possibilities. You move from the left brain to the right brain, the imagination and the intuition. As Einstein said ‘The imagination is the preview of life’s coming attractions.’


So how can someone actually 'get into' their Heart Space?

To get into your heart space, remember that you are the creator of your life experience. This saying expresses it perfectly:

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

People who live in head space tend to get caught up in drama, do things they feel they 'should', even though they know deep down they don't want to. It's not much fun.

A way of getting into your heart space is to train your focus and thoughts on things that you love. Another way is to make decisions with the heart by asking yourself 'What is best for me?' and choosing the option that makes you feel good.

You'll notice when you’re in your heart because you'll be flowing towards what you love; the life you love will start to manifest all around you. You feel connected to everyone and everything. Of course this doesn’t mean that life is ‘perfect’, we may still experience difficult or challenging times, but it’s how we perceive these times which makes the difference.

When in the heart, you'll feel more confident. You won't become easily derailed from the goodness you are feeling. You'll understand on a deep level that even challenging periods will pass and make you a stronger, happier person too!

Learn techniques to get into your Heart Space and create a life of Passion, Purpose and Prosperity with Geraldine at Heart, Intuition, Purpose on Saturday 24 September at Kalani's EMAX, and contact Geraldine at info@geraldinemcmahon.co.uk if you have any further questions about this interview or her upcoming workshop.

If you would like to discover Geraldine's 5 Steps To Doing Work You Love to go www.blissfulcareer.com.



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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Molly Rikkers

Camping at Kalani Big Island Hawaii

We've long wondered how to convey the beautiful experience that is 'Camping at Kalani'.

With lush tropical jungle surrounds to inspire you by day and a blanket of stars to cover you at night, it's hard to encapsulate what campers receive in our campgrounds experientially (physically and emotionally) in just a few simple words.

Thankfully one of our long-term volunteers, Molly Rikkers, has done it for us in the beautiful poem below.

Molly camped at Kalani for ten months (she and her tent are pictured).

Whether you're considering camping in Hawaii at Kalani or simply reading the Kalani blog for pleasure, .my jungle tent. makes for an inspiring read.

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.my jungle tent.


my home breathes with the jungle.

the walls are transparent and billow like sails in the wind.

i have to unzip the windows to let air in, unzip the door to let myself in.

tiny droplets of water splash onto my pillow when it rains.

lilikoi vines wrap around the foundation and climb towards the sky.

if i don't weed every few days, the jungle will swallow me.

and i love it.

i'm safe on my wooden platform, under my teal-streaked tarp, behind my see-through walls.

i sleep in a sea of green.

i lie in my bed and watch shooting stars from my window.

i can rub a gecko's belly and give it mini high-fives with my fingertip as it hunts for dinner on my rooftop.

the coqui frog orchestra serenades me to sleep and the blue-eyed doves remind me that it's time to wake up.

i have everything i need in here with me, in this 13 by 9 foot space.

and it's the most perfect home i've ever lived in.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tina Eastoe

Tina during her volunteer stay at Kalani

If you are reading this you may be thinking about coming to Kalani as a volunteer.

The search for ‘something’ (maybe you're not exactly sure what yet) has brought you to this website, and now you're curious about this place called 'Kalani' on the Big Island of Hawaii.

That’s how it happened to me, anyway. As I sat reading through other blog posts six months ago, my heart beat a little faster. Why? Because each post provided a glimpse of what life was like at this special place, and what I heard resonated deep inside. I wanted what I was reading about. My soul needed it, and I'm guessing that yours might too.

For this reason I want to share a little about my own experience at Kalani in the hope that it will encourage you to have your own personal experience with, what I call, 'The Kalani Effect'.

As soon as I arrived I could tell that my time at Kalani would be life-changing.

The Big Island, with its lush jungle, volcano, powerful ocean and endless canopy of stars in the night sky couldn’t have been more different from my life in a small English town, a 'nine to five' office job, and live-for-the-weekend lifestyle.

Tina at The PointDuring my stay at Kalani I danced, laughed and laughed, ate well and tried all sorts of different classes, diving into everything that was on offer. I can't tell you how good it felt to be interested in new things again.

I swam in the pool almost every day, wove bracelets that I’ll keep forever, watched moonlight on the waves, smelled the most wonderful fragrances from flowers in the night air, helped make a community drum, sketched and painted, dressed up, had blissful massages, swam with sea turtles and colourful fish, made amazing friendships, had one of the most memorable birthdays ever in my 37 years, opened my heart, remembered what it was like to experience joy every day, and more and more and more…

Oh, I also cleaned some bathrooms and made quite a lot of beds! But even during my volunteer work hours at Kalani, there was still time to think, to reflect and to listen to myself.

One of the best bits about this place (because there are many best bits) is the people. The fellow volunteers and staff are fun, loving, supportive, mindful, interesting, entertaining, engaging and most of all being themselves. And they stay in your heart even once you’ve left.

Not a single day passed when I didn’t at some point think "I can’t believe I’m in Hawaii, I’m so lucky!"

And once I departed, my life was suddenly full of possibilities again. I was more confident that I could create the life I wanted rather than reacting to life around me. I was happier. I felt excited again.

Three months on, that same feeling of confidence and happiness - 'The Kalani Effect' - is still strong within me. My stay at Kalani has changed my life permanently.

So, if you do come to Kalani, at the very least you’ll have fun and catch some sun, and at the very best it will be a life-enhancing and life loving experience!

Kalani is a place where you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so do whatever you need to do make your visit happen. If that means saving money, arranging vacation time, or taking care of other practical details, do it. If it means facing some fears and anxieties, so be it. Once you get to Kalani you’ll realise you don't need to hang onto fear and anxiety anymore. You'll have the time and space you need to get to know yourself. You'll learn to create and live the life you've always wanted for yourself.

In the end, my own experience of living and volunteering with this community – the Kalani 'ohana (family) – was truly more than I could have hoped for.

I hope you too will take the leap and honor whatever it is that is calling you to go.

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Click here to read more about Kalani's Volunteer and Sabbatical programs.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cameron McCool

Kehena Beach - One of the World's Top 10 Secluded Beaches (Islands Magazine)

Local beach 'Kehena' has been voted as one of the world's "Top 10 Secluded Beaches" alongside beaches in Curacao, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica in the July/August issue of Islands Magazine.

Kehena beach is known for its picturesque location, black sand, and sunday drumming circle. Dolphins and whales are also frequently spotted close to shore.

Many of Kalani's guests, who come to attend a wellness or yoga retreat in Hawaii, soon discover the magic of Kehena. The beach is a short walk from Kalani grounds and is a favorite of residents within the local Puna community.

Have you visited Kehena Beach? What are your fondest memories of this special place? Tell us on the Kalani Facebook page or in the comments section below.

Here's what Jon Whittle, a photographer for Islands Magazine, had to say about his first visit to Kehena... 


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THE BIG ISLAND'S KEHENA BEACH
- Jon Whittle, Photographer, Islands Magazine


My No. 1 tip from 10 years of travel photography? Follow rumors. There are no billboards for secret beaches. Having heard of a special spot below the cliffs of Puna, I drove through a tunnel of monkeypod trees on the Red Road, asking myself 'What do you wear to a nude beach?'

Passing a row of parked cars adorned with peace symbols, I stomped on the brakes. This must e the place. I strapped on my camera bag, pushed through the foliage and followed rough black "steps" made of a'a lava toward the sound of a big Pacific break.

I rounded a bend to see a sheer cliff rising from a sheltered cove. The sound of drums echoed intermittently above he crashing waves, and I caught a whiff of the distinctive aroma of 1967. Scattered pines grew from the soft ebony sand, providing shade for the unclothed bodies lying underneath.

Resisting the urge to stare, I found an opening under a nearby pine and unrolled a towel onto a perfect spot to spend the afternoon. The longhaired man beside me etended a hand in greeting. He looked like Iggy Pop, at least from the neck down.

"Welcome to Kehena," he said. This place is like a community. Stay a while and you'll meet painters, musicians, BI fugitives and people who just couldn't take the mainland anymore." He chuckled loudly, pointed down at the oversize camera sitting beside me and said, "You might want to put that away though."


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This content is re-printed courtesy of Islands Magazine from the article "Top 10 Secluded Beaches" in the July/August 2011 issue. Islands magazine offers readers stunning photos and compelling stories that inspire island travel. Visit the official website to order a free trial issue of this exquisite pubilcation and like Islands Magazine on Facebook to receive daily updates on Island life in your news feed.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Chris Roufs

Fireworks at Kalani

Every Monday a Kalani 'Ohana member is invited to inspire those present at our weekly community meeting with a speech, poem, song, quote, meditation or anything else of their choice.

Resident volunteer and filmmaker Chris Roufs shared an inspiration and ensuing video project so spectacular that we couldn't wait to put it on the Kalani blog.

Read the speech Chris gave to us about finding his inner firework at Kalani, and scroll down to view his video at the end of this post.

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FIREWORKS AT KALANI

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space,
You’re original, cannot be replaced.
If you only knew what the future holds,
After a hurricane, comes a rainbow.

Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed,
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road.
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it’s time you’ll know.

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine.
Just own the night like the Fourth of July.

Cause baby you’re a firework!
Come on show em what you’re worth!
Make em go, oh, oh, oh.
As you shoot across the sky-y-y!


If you haven’t already figured it out, these are lyrics from a Katy Perry song called 'Firework'.

I had heard this song many times before I came to Kalani this time (my third visit as a volunteer), but I had never really listened to the lyrics very closely.

When I arrived at Kalani again and life slowed down (as it always does when I’m here)  the song’s lyrics were pointed out to me by one of my 'Ohana. I took the time to realize that they had some deeper meaning.

That’s one thing I think is so wonderful about this place.  Being here slows things down.  Knowing that you are a part of this 'Ohana and feeling love and the beauty of nature all around you, allows you the opportunity to go a bit deeper within yourself. To discover your Firework, so to speak.

Shortly after I arrived back home this time I went to Open Mic and I saw the plethora of talents here at Kalani. I remember thinking to myself, “I wish I had something to offer.”  I wanted to get up and sing a song, or play an instrument, or recite some poetry, but that didn’t really feel right.  Just thinking about it seemed forced.  It felt wrong for some reason.

It was shortly after this that I heard Katy’s song again… and I really took the time to listen to the lyrics and then (like Katy sings)… something started to ignite inside.   But I also realized that I didn’t need to DO anything to be special or be appreciated, all I needed to do was to search for that Firework in me, that Firework in all of us.

The ONLY thing any of us ever have to BE is ourselves.  To try and find that DEEPEST PUREST sense of SELF, the part of us that is PERFECT, with no EGO, no JUDGEMENT, no preconceived BELIEFS.  That part of us that is pure JOY!

So one morning while walking toward Kehena beach, with Katy’s song stuck in my head, I turned to two of my 'Ohana and said, "I think I’m gonna make a video to a Katy Perry song."  I was going to do it so that everyone could show off their firework, their joy.  And I wanted people outside of this place to see how Kalani helps to bring that joy out in each member of its 'Ohana!

I’ve always heard that when you find a project or an idea that you truly believe in, the work you do in order to complete that task feels effortless, that time means nothing while working on something that you love, and that you fall into a kind of zone.  That is what this video project was like for me.  I think I briefly tapped into my Firework, my pure joy.  And I’m ever so grateful to all of my 'Ohana (especially Janice, Stephen and Alissa) for helping me to experience that.

For those of you reading and watching this that have never been to Kalani, I hope you catch a glimpse of the JOY that you too can hopefully find here.  I hope you make the journey very soon, and I hope I get to meet you here in paradise.

Mahalo Nui Loa 'Ohana!  May this little video always make you smile and warm your heart as it does mine.

Chris Roufs

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cameron McCool

Sex and Quantum PhysicsKalani resident and tantric yogi, Paul Squassoni, recently published his first book "Sex and Quantum Physics Volume 1: Tantric Yogi Tells All".

We sat down with Paul to talk about his book, altering the body's energetic state, and creating new paradigms.


Aloha Paul, let's start by sharing what your book is about...

Sure! Sex and Quantum Physics is an attempt to put tools that we already have - science and tantra - together to help people make more sense out of the world and their own lives.

The tantra part of it gives you an incredible tool for pain management, and for getting in touch with your body. And for calming yourself down.

The more scientific parts of the book allow you to understand a little bit better how everything from your own life to the global internet culture is evolving.


Quantum Physics is a topic that tends to stagger people with its complexity. Were you nervous that the scientific content might make many readers avoid the book?

Not at all. Even though Quantum Physics and Tantra are both covered in mystery and craziness! (laughs) The lessons from both are easy to understand. And I wanted the book to be understood by anyone, even in another culture, with a basic modern education. That’s why the language is simple, and why there are 24 exercises and more than 300 illustrations. I tried to keep in mind the image of an Iranian housewife reading it!


I read on the book's blog www.sexandquantumphysics.com that through 'Sex and Quantum Physics' you have essentially created a new paradigm for people to use to navigate today's world. Is that true?

Yes, it’s a look at the world in terms of energy flow. Looking at how energy flows in our lives gives us a way of examining what we inherit, what the culture gives us, and what happens in our own personal experience.

Examining sex, energy, and science gives us an understanding of how very different things are related - it helps us to see why things occur in our life. Gradually we begin to see patterns emerging; we gain insight into what triggers us, what pleases us, and why we do what we do.

I have been very reluctant to bill this as a self-help book, but Tantra yoga is the best tool I can imagine for everything. Working with the tension in your own physical, mental and emotional patterns is more effective than any form of therapy I have encountered.


What do you hope readers will learn from this book?

If nothing else, I hope they will learn to breathe down!


That’s one of the exercises in your book. Can you share it with us?

Sure. It's a simple way to connect yourself to the ground and relax not just the base chakra, but your whole energy pattern.

Here's what to do:

•    Seat yourself in a comfortable position.
•    Take an easy, good breath.
•    Focus the out-breath down through your hips and into the ground.

The air doesn’t travel down, but it may well feel as though it does as you move your awareness down your body. Explore a couple breaths. You will know when you have breathed down. Your sit bones will drop closer to the floor, your spine will begin to straighten of its own accord, your head will move up and back so that it is more directly over the spine.



If you let the top of your head relax a bit, at the end of the down-breath you may even feel a little energy rise through the neck and out the top of the head.

As you breathe down, you will notice that the rib cage relaxes, the heart settles to a gentler pace, the shoulders drop, the hips widen. Since tension in the body is everywhere counter-balanced, breathing down relaxes the entire system.

Try it sitting, standing, waiting for a bus or a train.

Hug someone and breathe down at the same time. You’ll be amazed at the difference! Better yet, get them to breathe down with you during the hug. Just tell them “Breathe in, and breathe down through your feet into the ground.” It will feel completely different from any hug you have ever encountered.


Is it really that simple?

Yes, it is! Many people use all kinds of complicated techniques to manage their energy. Simply breathing Down allows you to do the same thing - anchor yourself, calm yourself, and positively alter your energetic state with a few simple breaths!


Click here to visit the "Sex and Quantum Physics" website for further sample exercises, resources, and to read Chapters 1 & 2 of Sex and Quantum Physics.
 
Sex and Quantum Physics is available on
Amazon for $4.99 (Kindle edition) or $14.95 (paperback edition).

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ruth Tremato

Ruth - Kalani Volunteer in HawaiiWhen a friend of mine first invited me to spend time at Kalani, I tried to figure out what Kalani was all about. I couldn’t figure it out, but I liked the website and what my friend was saying.  Besides, what can be not great about Hawaii?  So I arranged my work life as my husband’s office manager and committed to 2 months in the volunteer program.

Now, after my 2-month stay, if I had to describe Kalani to someone, I would say:

Imagine living in a natural storybook Hawaiian jungle with all the amenities we are accustomed to but none of the stressors.

Imagine playing in a huge non-chlorinated pool, hiking as much or as little as you like, and luxuriating in a hot tub.

Imagine working in a greedless apolitical environment where you simply get to focus on the task at hand and on having a pleasant experience.

Imagine eating three luscious balanced nutrient-rich life-promoting meals a day without a thought given to grocery shopping, prepping, cooking, calories, blood sugars, or food combining.

Imagine that the biggest decision you have to make in your day is choosing an inspiring class/seminar/interactive group that you would like to attend.

Imagine instantly being a part of a supportive community. Accepted for who you are, on the path to discovering who you really are.

I once overheard a volunteer coordinator say “you are just going to be yourself when you come here.”  I am not sure what context he said it in, but what could be more empowering than that? 

You come to Kalani to be yourself - your true self.  You come to a place where you have no responsibilities to hide behind and no stressors to cloud your thinking.  You come to a place where you are surrounded by awesomely beautiful life-affirming nature, and where you are immersed in a culture of love and support. 

You come to a place where you are reminded of who you really are and you understand your true heart’s desire better than ever before.  You come to a place where paradigm shifts are the norm and where magic, for a lack of a better term, can happen.

Thank you, Kalani, for a hearty dose of love, clarity and sanity!

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