On Grace, Ritual and "The Yogini Path" with Kristen Stuart

What is your morning ritual to cultivate clarity and grace  (self care must do’s)?

Upon rising I always drink a glass of warm organic lemon water while watching the sunrise out my window on the 3 Sister’s Mountains. This is followed by morning meditation on my mat by the fire for 10-20mins. I may do a smudge, light candles, select essential oil blends for my diffuser based on my needs, and/or draw tarot cards for inspiration and intention in my day ahead. Then it is double americano misto time sweetened with local honey and sprinkled with cinnamon - I love strong coffee! When I can carve out time I will hit my mat for an asana practice to ground, open and move my body, though some days this works better later in my afternoon. I also love my morning beauty ritual and am currently blissing out with the Pura Botanicals skincare line. It feels so indulgent to treat my skin to these luminous, gorgeous smelling products. A neti pot rinse is also a part of my self-care practices, especially through the fall, winter and spring months.

Who do you believe is your spirit animal and why? (optional) 

White Horse - I have felt the presence of a White Horse with me (and great desire to ride one!) for quite some time I feel a great deal of connection to the symbolism of the White Horse in Strength, Freedom, Intuition, Spirituality, Wild Heart, Vitality, and Unbridled Spirit. 

Raven - my Spirit messenger; there is always one close by

White Wolf - The wolf has always held power and a sense of connection for me, intimately tied to my instincts as a woman. I feel wolf freedom, power and grace and have had deeply moving and spiritual experiences with wolf medicine over the years. Plus the book 'Women Who Run with the Wolves’ by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes is one of my favourites. 

What is the true essence of  “The Yogini Path”? 

The true essence of the Yogini Path is remembrance and recalibration. It is a guided journey and rich path of self-study supported by the practices of yoga, meditation, Kundalini kriya, yoga nidra, and time in nature, designed to connect women back to their true nature as wild, free, luminous and divine. The Yogini Path is about remembering your harmony, strength, wisdom and grace. It is an opportunity for women to remember the woman they came here to be. I want women to come out of this immersion program, look at themselves in the mirror and say I AM ENOUGH

We study and work with the elements, goddess archetypes, chakras and koshas, laugh, dance, sing, cry, wear gold tattoos, eat chocolate, write, create, design, and come together in circle, in sisterhood and in our hearts. It is a powerful way to expand your studies in yoga and more importantly of yourself. My Yogini Path tribes usually consists of a rich mix of yoga teachers of all ages and women ready to dive into the journey home to self. 

Name one muse that continues to inspire you?

Mama Earth/Pachamama sprinkled with a dash of Pocahontas, Incan Priestess, Artemis, Athena, Durga, Lakshmi, a little Kali and a sprinkle of Ariel the Mermaid. Was that more than one? ;)

What is your daily ritual to stay connected and in the creative flow? 

I Love to walk/hike in nature with the sun on my face. I am blessed to call Canmore home,  in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. I can walk out my door into stunning mountain scenery, walk through the forest and witness the beauty of nature in all of her forms (waterfalls, creeks, rivers, wildflowers, etc.) These offer such rich inspiration and teachings for me. I also love to visit our natural spring to pray, meditate, rinse my skin and fill up my water jars with pure prana vibing water straight from source.

What makes you feel Graceful and Victorious? 

When I am moving in the mountains - rock climbing, hiking, trail running, skiing, biking and/or SUP’ing.

How do you wish women to feel during and after your offerings?

hOMe - in their hearts, connected in tribe and ready to rise. 

What are your rituals in regards to the New Moon and Full Moon phases?

I will always spend time in meditation either in the mountains or in my home. I like to do a smudge with palo santo to clear any residue before moving into a new cycle and I often work with different tarot decks to pull a card reading. I also line up some of crystals, Chalice Grove malas and gemstones on the balcony for a moonbath and then I will take my own candlelit bath filled with himalayan salts and my favourite essential oils. 

What is your current Mantra, Prayer or Affirmation that you pull up for support? (when you feel lack, depleted or low)

I AM VALUED.

What are you really excited about for 2017 and what were you grateful for in 2016?

2016 was a big year of growth in my business and my personal self + sense of worth for which I am very grateful. It involved a lot of movement in heart, spirit and soul, rich experiences with family and friends, and connections with amazing and inspiring lightworkers doing great work on our planet. I had the opportunity for extensive international travel and adventures in Peru, New Zealand, Mexico and other magical places which brings me so much joy and satisfies my wanderlustin’ boho vibin heart. I was also blessed to spend the most powerful time with my 98yr old Grandmother as she transitioned. This woman has been the richest source of inspiration in my life and to be there with her, with my hand on her heart as she took her last breaths was a gift I will never forget.

2017 is looking wildly beautiful with some new exciting projects birthing (stay tuned ;). I am expanding my Yogini Path program into new cities, completing my Kundalini Level 1 Training, growing my doTERRA essential oils business, raising the bar and the awareness of my Unity Project fundraiser across Canada for the Ninos del Sol Orphanage in Peru, a cause near and dear to my heart. I will be starting up Moon Shakti Circles and gatherings for women again after a 3yr break and I am honoured to bring La Luna Social to the mountains. Most importantly I am committed to saying No to more, and Yes to myself and family for more travel, mountain play and retreat time together. 

This radiant, luminous soul, Kristen, will be sharing a beautiful experience in Edmonton, AB this October for Its Time To Bloom Fest. Be sure to register for her offerings and come with an open heart.   

Beginning July 1st: A 40 Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Meditation for the Soul

Excited to share this meditation and embark on the journey of what is on the other side through this 40 day Sadhana. I will share a weekly blog post of my interpretations hoping to provide a web of support and open dialogue with shared comments below.

Although Sodarshan Chakra Kriya stands alone, in the way Yogi Bhajan taught it, you may want to do a warm up series to relax your whole body and to tune into and deepen the breath. You're going to be sitting relatively still for a while and that may take some preparation. Any practice will be complementary if the Kundalini YOGA practice is fresh for you. I personally suggest the SATTVA practice, Ashtanga or Dharma YOGA. Choose a practice that will regulate your breath and completely relax your body.

This meditation purifies, it takes care of the human life. It gives you the pranic power of health and healing. It establishes inner happiness and a state of flow and ecstasy in life. The kriya never fails.

To gain these benefits it requires different efforts from different people. Each mind has stored up its own pile of negative thought and energy. So each pit is cleaned on its own time and scale. You decide how much time you have and you need to invest in this practice. Treat the practice with reverence and increase your depth, dimensions, caliber and happiness. It gives you a new start against all odds. It saves you when internal pressures have become too great for any external influence or solution. It gives you the ability to stimulate yourself from the inside. Let's elevate our souls.

To begin please tune-in to the Adi Mantra 3-5 times (do it until you feel calm and present)  

Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh.

Eyes:

The eyes are fixed at the tip of the nose. (This meditation is not to be done with the eyes closed).

Mantra:

WHA-HAY GUROO

Mudra & Breath:

a) Block the right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale slowly and deeply through the left nostril. Suspend the breath. Mentally chant the mantra WHA-HAY GU-ROO 16 times. Pump the Navel Point 3 times with each repetition, once on WHA; once on HAY; and once on GUROO, for a total of 48 unbroken pumps.  (please do your best) 

b) After the 16 repetitions, unblock the right nostril. Place the right index finger (pinkie finger can also be used) to block off the left nostril, and exhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril.

c) Continue repeating a & b Time: for 11-31 minutes. Master practitioners may extend this practice to 62 minutes, then to 2-1/2 hours a day. (Start practicing slowly— the slower the better. Start with five minutes a day, and gradually build your time)

To End:

Inhale, hold the breath 5-10 seconds, then exhale. Stretch the arms up and shake every part of your body for 1 minute, so the energy can spread.

Comments: This is one of the greatest meditations you can practice. It has considerable transformational powers. The personal identity is rebuilt, giving the individual a new perspective on the Self. It retrains the mind. According to the tantra shastras, it can purify your past karma and the subconscious impulses that may block you from fulfilling you. It balances all the 27 facets of life and mental projection, and gives you the pranic power of health and healing It establishes inner happiness and a state of flow and ecstasy in life. 

Note: 
This is how to keep track of the counting.  
Inhale (blocking the right nostril with the right thumb, other fingers held straight up in the air). And then I hold, and then I count '16' - - how? One. two. three -- counts with the pinkie finger, moving it slightly three times. Four. Five, six -- moves the ring finger three times. Seven, eight, nine -- moves the middle or Saturn finger three times. Ten. eleven, twelve: -- moves the index finger three times Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen -- moves the thumb slightly for three beats. Sixteen -- brings the index finger over to block off the left nostril, as he releases the right thumb from the right nostril. Then Exhale through right nostril.  
You are open to try what works for you. :) 

May this journey bring light and strength to the inner you and may you share that light and strength with the world.

Sat Nam, 

Myrah 

ON KUNDALINI YOGA + THE ART OF INDIGO WITH AMBER JOY:

What is your current morning meditation kriya to cultivate clarity and grace?

My morning meditation begins the minute I begin to blink my eyes open, feeling my connection to my heart and breathing into that space, setting the intention to remember that connection all day. After a cold shower, I sit down to do pranayam, then stretching and moving my body in a way that it craves, moving any stagnant energy (dancing, forward folds, spinal flexes), then a kriya followed by a meditation. When I start the day with intention and inward focus, I can tap into that clarity & grace all day long.

What is one Kundalini Meditation or Set that is rocking your world right now?

I’m loving the one-exercise kriya, Breath of Fire with Lions Paws. It makes me feel so expanded, radiant and I know I’m projecting what I intent to project. No mixed messages here!

What is the essence of the Kundalini Yoga teachings, in your own personal expansion? 

Kundalini truly is a technology that creates expansion in the mind, body and aura, an expansion that can be measured.  I feel my wisdom expanding, the neutral mind strengthening, leading me to understand situations in a new way, able to rise above and see the whole picture. Not falling into reactions and distractions, no longer a slave to my emotions. People notice my glowing presence without me having to say a word. And I can sense and know things before I hear the hard facts, thanks to my super power intuition.

Most of all, the teachings have lead me to be able to shut out all distraction and noise, so that I can hear the voice of my soul and know how to follow.

Name one muse that continues to inspire you?

This is a tricky one, I look up to a lot of women; Myrah, my sister Sara Jade, my mother, my Aunt, my grilfriends... I am like an inspiration junkie so it changes every moment!

What inspired the “Art of Indigo"?

Living in Japan, Indigo was something sacred, that took time, a process that I found beauty in from start to finish.  When working with my hands and creating I feel a vastness and bliss that doesn’t come from anything else.  As my career took me from hands on design and styling, to photography, to working full time in front of a screen, that magic fell away.  Through kundalini my creativity and desire to make began to bubble up again.  I started painting and eventually came back to indigo, remembering this infinite creativity within me.  Kundalini makes you more and more of your true self and I believe that each indigo piece a person creates expresses their uniqueness. No piece is ever the same. Just like how kundalini has opened me up to my authenticity, indigo expresses that same beauty.

What makes you feel Graceful and Victorious?

When I inspire others to see something beautiful and special within themselves that they forgot was there or had never recognized. When I can use my presence to bring joy and peace without having to say a word.

How do you wish women to feel during your Indigo workshops?

There’s something magical about creating together; sitting in a circle and using our hands to create, as our ancestors did. It weaves community, strength and support.

I want women to come together to experience the beauty of both shakti and bhakti, love and creativity. To connect with their authentic selves, building sisterhood, and feeling their creativity ignited.  

What are your rituals in regards to the New Moon and Full Moon phases?

I co-host a monthly new moon circle in Vancouver where I join together with a beautiful tribe of women, in community, song, sharing, movement and meditation. I look to the astro world for insight into the energies and planetary alignment.  During the new moon, I plant seeds and intentions, taking stock of where I’m at and what I can do to honor myself in my life, relationships, self love, career, spiritual practice, etc.  At the full moon, I focus on surrender, letting what no longer serves me fall away.  I also use this as a time to consciously connect and communicate with my partner.

During both full and new moon phases I connect to my womb, my femininity, and check in to see if there is something more I could be doing to nurture myself as a woman, and I take time to celebrate myself and all that I am.

What is your current Mantra, Prayer or Affirmation that you pull up for support?

“I am, I am.”  This reminds me that I am not my body, my title, my bank account... I am what I am, and I am connected to the cosmos and all that is.  I am both finite and infinite.  That energizes me, excites me and definitely puts any feelings of lack or not-enoughness in their place.

What are you really excited about for 2016 and what were you grateful for in 2015?

I am so pumped to be doing exactly what I’ve been dreaming about and cultivating for the past few years.  I get to travel to amazing places to teach and inspire women, connecting them to their divinity, creativity and power.

2015 was a big year. I moved back to my motherland after living abroad for 11 years. There was some uncertainty and bumps getting settled, but the sisterhood I’ve found through my incredible super woman of a sister-in-law, Sara Jade, and our new moon circles has been the most therapeutic, inspiring, motivating, joy-generating thing I’ve experienced in my life. I couldn’t have asked for anything better!

Sat Nam, 

Amber Joy