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DAY 1: A Shamanic Meditative Journey; DAY 2: : Sufi Breath: An Ancient Transcendental Breathwork

Mind Your Body Oasis is excited to announce that we have a special guest coming to our Center to host a powerful 2 Day Transformational Shamanic Workshop. You have the option to come to one or both days and we are pleased to be offering our guests a reduced donation for joining us for the complete workshop.

ABOUT OMAR AHMADZAI
Omar Ahmadzai is a Mystic and Ayahuasquero who like many of us has spent a lifetime searching for the deeper meaning of existence. He is the Director of Speakers at the Universal TheoGnostic Society, an International Non-Pro t Civil Society, and the Director of The Shamanic Healing Center located in Portalon, Costa Rica. He resides in Miami Beach FL and at our Center in Costa Rica.
He travels the world speaking on behalf of Humanity, Spirituality, and Ancient Mysticism including Shamanic “Tools of Divination” that include ancient meditation techniques and plant- based medicines that have been used by the Mystics and Sages of all ages.

Omar’s book, “Journey In Spirit: The Art of Awakening” is being released in the summer of 2016.

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Day 1 – A Shamanic Meditative Journey
Drawing from various ancient traditions of mysticism, this guided meditation will bring you into a timeless journey in spirit through vibration and sacred breath.
As spiritual beings our universal language is Vibration, and this form of communication cannot be taught it can only be experienced. Vibration is beyond time and space and within our Innerverse is alchemically opened; we enter into new familiar understanding of that which has always existed.
This Shamanic Meditation will bring many ancient vibrations together with the use of Shamanic Tools such as crystal bowls, Native American Flutes, the Chakapa from the Rainforests of Peru, to sacred drums from the Middle East in a precise symbiotic.
Sacred breath is used symbiotically with rhythmic beats and mantra creating a focused transcendental state of exploration within the deepest dimensions of your Inner Verse.
Through the creation of these vibrations our ancient memory is awakened, our connection to our cosmic ancestry is understood, and karma is shaken and then removed, providing the space for new beginnings.
Coming out of our Shamanic Journey all are open to share from their personal experience and an open format Q&A is held to reflect and expand on all subjections pertaining to Spirituality and the process of Awakening.

 

Day 2: Sufi Breath: An Ancient Transcendental Breathwork
Our breath is our Essence; it is our connection to the divine within. With proper cultivation, our breath transforms into a river of consciousness, flowing through us, activating our chakras and delving us deeper into a higher state of existence. On this day we will build off of the work from the previous day and dive deeper into this vibrational experience with the addition of longer Holotropic Breathwork and deeper patterns of sound created by various ancient shamanic tools such as the rattles and Chakapa from the rainforests of Peru to the flutes and hand drums of the Native Americans and many others.
Coming out of our Transcendental Journey all are open to share from their personal experience and an open format Q&A is held to reflect and expand on all subjections pertaining to Spirituality and the process of Awakening.

Day 1

PROGRAM OUTLINE:

Day 1: 7pm-9:30pm
Introduction Into Shamanic Meditation (30 mins)
Shamanic Meditation (1hr)
Limpia (Shamanic Energy Bath/Cleanse) (30 mins)
Q&A: 1 hour

Day 2 (2-3 hrs), Saturday Start 11am-?
Event includes:
Introduction
Introduction to Sufi Breath and Mysticism (30 mins)
Sufi Breath: A Holotropic Breathwork (1-1.5hr)
Limpia (Shamanic Energy Bath/Cleanse) (30 Mins)
Open Floor Q&A: (1 hr +)

Listen to Omar playing flute at a workshop:
https://soundcloud.com/shamaniccenter/shamanic-meditation

Reservations:
$55 each workshop ($90 for both) paid via PayPal or venmo to amanda@mindyourbodyoasis.com

 

July 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Back Up at the Crack of Dawn Growing Good Food by Dawn Olson

IT’S ALIVE!!  No, not Frankenstein silly, the soil.  Let’s learn about the wonderful underworld of this planet’s greatest resource (beside women).  Topsoil, dirt, loam, ground, and Earth (Wind and Fire, I couldn’t resist) are the medians in which plants live and thrive.  It’s in this deep dark space where lurking just below the earth’s surface we discover the secrets of growing good food.  Besides the usual worms, bugs, insects, and bees, (yes, bees live underground, we’ll explore them later), living soil contains microorganisms.  Translation—teeny tiny creatures that live on other living or decomposing matter.  Important point of order here, even dead matter supports life.  So let’s get this straight, soil is alive for plant growth and when it’s rotting, how can that be?  Read on Alice!

Fungi called mycorrhizae (my-cor-rhi-zee) or (my crow rises) and plants enter into a “friends with benefits” relationship.  Plants agreed to let these fungi hang-out on its roots, the fungi agreed to act as hair extensions, improving roots’ reach 100-fold.  If your mind is not blow yet, check this out.  These filaments called fungus roots actually help plants communicate with one another faster than twitter.

mycorrhizae

 

SAY WHAT!!  Plants talk?  That’s like asking if women gossip…we deny it, but you know we do.  Alright, before I go all Avatar on you, plants actually release chemicals when they are under stress (can you say, “B.O.”).  Then these chemicals get detected by other plants and this warning allows them to put up defensive shields for incoming diseases and pests alike.  Why is this important you ask…because, if given a chance most plants (like women) are designed to fend for themselves.  They do not need our chemicals to live and thrive.  If you want to grow good food, most of your effort should be in the building of healthy soil.

 

Like the Fifty Shades trilogy, healthy soil is comprised of three things:  air, organic matter, and rock minerals.  Plants need air because roots actually breathe, hence why plants die when overwatered, they basically drown.  First safety tip, overwatering is bad.  The ground goes anaerobic, (no oxygen), roots rot then die, followed closely by the plant.  I digress.  Back to the trilogy of soil, since you can’t buy bag-o-air, how does one put air into the soil?  Why, you just work the soil with lots of organic matter and rock minerals.  See how easy this is?  Pssst, that’s how Mother Nature does it.  Through erosion, rocks get ground down to minerals and debris decomposes into organic matter.  Then, ta-da dark, rich soil forms in which new flora and fauna spring forth.  There you have it, the circle of life!

Well, we are not getting any younger here so we can’t wait for rocks and debris to decompose. fungi2

I get that, so you can either make or buy compost, there is your bag-o-organic matter.  And you can also buy bag-o-minerals such as lava or green sand.  Now, these two get mixed into the existing soil and it will not only aerate the soil, but jump start the “friends with benefits,” arrangement.  However, always a however, if using store bought compost, it is probably sterile, so you’ll need something to stimulate and excite the fungi, they are easily excited.  Like most kids today, fungi and bacteria love sugar.  They feed on the kind of sugar found in dry molasses or diluted liquid molasses, yes like the one that goes in pecan pie.  Iver makes the best pecan pie, yum…I digress, again.

Here is an award-winning, life-giving, good-food grow’n recipe for luscious (like that word) soil:

Open a bottle of wine and let it breathe.

For every 100 sq. feet (10’x10’) of existing soil add:

5 cups of mineral rock

5 bags of compost

Get your man or some young kid to mix and stir, a lot.  Yes, he can fire up the tiller and go like crazy, but only do this once when you first start a garden.  Otherwise, you will pulverize all those micros that you have worked so hard to establish.  Then pour yourself a nice tall glass of wine, swirl gently as you water the mixture thoroughly.  With a garden hose in one hand and your drink in the other, strike a pose and toast the brilliance of Mother Nature and yourself.  You, sister, have just created soil.

So, let’s review for those of you who have slept since the last blog.  I convinced you by wit and dazzling blogging to grow or seek out good food.  In this writing, you were wowed by the “Oh, so easy” way of making soil.  Next month we shall “Release the Kraken!”  This feat is achieved by the magic of transforming garbage into compost, compost into tea, and tea into organic fertilizer.  How exciting!!!

Check out Mother Nature’s wicked sense of humor:  Fungi boobs and weiners in the garden.

fungifungi weiner

 

July 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|

June Student of the month Michelle Keefe

I would like to introduce the June student of the Month Michelle Keefe. I apologize for the late posting of this blog MYBO has done a little website remodel… Never the less we are very proud of our student of the month Michelle. She is growing stronger mentally and physically everyday by practicing yoga here at MYBO. Thanks for practicing with us… Namaste

 

Tell us a little about yourself! What does your 9-5 look like? Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What are you passionate about?

I am relatively new to the DC area, having moved here last fall.  I spent the last 2 years before that in Ohio, but Florida will always be my home.

 

 

Arlington though has quickly become my new home.  I love this area and enjoy all the wonderful things that it has to offer.  I live in Crystal City and love everything that we have right here to see and do.  It’s the perfect location!

For work, I am in sales in the education industry.  I have always been in sales over the years with most of that in the pharmaceutical industry before I wound up in education.  I am fortunate to be able to hear successes of students who have been able to get into colleges or achieve goals that they never thought possible.  It is often quite inspiring! One of my favorite things outside of work is spoiling my 11 year old Yorkie named Bogey.

Now that it is summer, you can often find this Florida girl out enjoying the sun by the pool.  I love to continue to see and do all that I can in the DC area, as I often still feel like a tourist in my new home.  I love live music, spending time with friends, and traveling.  I am a big sports fan and love going to games, as well as catching big games on tv.  My favorite teams are my FSU Seminoles, Tampa Bay Bucs, and Tampa Bay Lightning.  I am quickly becoming a Washington Nationals fan though, and other local teams are growing on me.  I love to travel and have so many places I want to visit.  Each year, I make a trip or two to Texas to visit my family and my 2 year old nephew.  I will get to meet my new niece and nephew or nephews this fall when my sister has the twins she’s expecting!

How long have you been practicing yoga? What made you try yoga for the first time?

I have practiced yoga consistently since June 2015.  I had done Bikram for a while back in 2011, but work travel kept it from becoming a lasting habit.  Then last summer a friend had been trying to get me to go to her studio when I was in Ohio.  I agreed and that’s when yoga really took hold.  I tried to keep it up as I could after moving to DC.  I tried other studios and online streaming some after moving.  Then I found my way to MYBO and I have never been happier.

What is your motivation to practice yoga regularly? What is the biggest physical and/or mental benefit you have noticed from doing yoga?

Yoga has been a journey for me in that I had to find the right studio to really grasp all of the benefits.  I liked the experience of Bikram before and liked the vinyasa classes I took in Ohio.  Yet being here at MYBO, all types of classes are available.  That includes restorative that I have previously only ever done online.  Yet that is never the same as being in class.  I truly feel having found a studio that allows me to enjoy a well-rounded practice has made me see much more of what yoga can offer.

I have always loved the stress relief of yoga.  What I can appreciate now in a way I never have before is the deeper impact of yoga.  It’s not just my body feeling better and improving, though that is important.  That might be what drew me to it, but I have grasped so much more in recent months.  I enjoy the better sleep that has come since I made efforts to practice daily. I like seeing the progress I have made in certain poses or my practice as a whole.  It’s more than just physical benefits though for me now.  I can let stress and situations go much easier than I have in the past.  I have started to become fascinated in learning more about yoga philosophy and the spiritual elements of a regular practice.  I have learned more about myself in a few months than I ever expected and know that is only going to continue.  Yoga is no longer just a form of exercise, but it has truly become a way of life.

What do you love most about MYBO?

The studio here at MYBO is like none I have ever seen. I say that not just here in the DMV, but even as compared to other places I have lived.  The quality of teaching is wonderful, regardless of the style of class.  The support and encouragement that each teacher provides is appreciated.  The focus of the month has really resonated with me on many occasions.  I love the MYBO community, as it’s so nice to see friendly faces in my regular classes.  As someone who is newer to the area, I never expected to find friends in yoga class.  Yet I have and that is so indicative of the culture that has been built at MYBO.  I also never complain about the cool towel at the end of a tough hot class either!

 

June 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|