The Yurt Garden is hosting a Peaceful Holiday workshop on Sunday Dec. 11th from 10am until 1:00pm. We’ll focus on centering ourselves, so we can be present for others during this hectic time of year.

Breath work, creative visualization, energy work, tai chi, and sound vibration therapy using Tibetan Singing Bowls will help put you into a relaxed state of mind. Each participant will experience a singing bowl massage. Art supplies will be on hand to create a mandala.

Bring a bag lunch and enjoy this time out for you! Refreshments and healthy snacks are included. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. The cost is $30.00. Please reserve your spot because space is limited.

You can register at the webpage using this Contact Form, or call Lynn Anderson at 256-424-2221

Lynn Anderson LMT #1307 has been operating the Yurt Garden for 16 years offering a variety of services including massage therapy, energy work, spiritual and life coaching, singing bowl massage and meditation and breath work. See ad, below.

Most women know the importance of checking their breasts each month for lumps and bumps but this act is usually done in fear. What if we find something, and then what?

Many women have fibrous breast tissue which can feel like a lump especially at the lower edges of the breast. This can cause pain in the breasts and even in the surrounding muscle tissue. It is amazing how little we know about our own anatomy as well as our general distaste for touching ourselves. Breast massage can be done in a loving and therapeutic way.

I have found by using certain lymph drainage techniques on myself and some clients, the pain and tightness of the breast tissue can be greatly reduced and can even go away!

To begin, lie on your back and cup your hand gently over your left breast. Pull your breast to the right, feeling the tissue yield and the muscles surrounding the breast stretch. Hold this breast stretch for at least 4 counts and then release slowly. Do this two more times and then change sides doing the same thing on the right breast. Next, with your right hand, begin at your neck using your fingertips, with the lightest touch, come down to your left breast feeling your pectoral muscles located on the chest wall. Then move your right hand down the breast. Cup your left breast and lift it off the chest wall, cupping the lowest part of your breast, lifting it gently upward. Hold for 4 counts, then release slowly and repeat two more times. Change breasts and do the same for the right breast, using your left hand. Remember to start at the neck with your fingertips and come slowly down to the breast.

Maintaining good breast health should be just important as eating right and getting the right amount of exercise. Lymph sometimes get stuck by wearing a bra all day and because we don’t usually touch ourselves.

I’m a licensed massage therapist with lymph drainage experience. I can show you these things in person as well as do a breast massage for you.

If we truly want to take charge of our health then we need to learn more about being in our own bodies.

I was well on my way to meditating for two months straight. The research about the benefits of meditation state it takes at least two months to create more grey matter to improve memory, as well as your general well being. I felt each day I meditated my mind began to recede into the back round and I could observe the peace behind closed eyes. Then my husband and I took a trip to Florida to visit my elderly parents. I could have found time to meditate, but it seemed like my concentration wasn’t there. My parents had become more feeble since the last visit in April and that was stressful. It was a good visit. When I got back home, I was too busy to meditate. At least I thought I had too many more important things to do. I started to miss it. Today, I decided not to beat up on myself for not maintaining my practice, but to begin where I left off.

In Meditation you create the rules. Meditation like life needs to flow from you. Today I did a chakra spread. If you ever thought about learning the ways of stones and crystals the “Dream Maker” in Huntsville is a great place to purchase reasonably priced minerals and stones.

There is much written about the chakras and the various stones to use for each one. If you review my Chakra blog you’ll see the colors each one corresponds to. Today I used Red Jasper as I sat on the floor, for my first chakra, for the second chakra, orange jasper, for the solar plex-citrine, the heart- malachite, throat- turquoise, third eye- amethyst and for crown chakra, a quartz crystal. Sitting on the floor, I first rubbed my hands together to stimulate my electro-magnetic field. I felt the field between my hands and then charged the stones with my energy field. This is something you can do as well. Then I took each stone and used them separately on the corresponding chakras. When I finished I felt more energized but peaceful. If you don’t have stones you can use your imagination and use the color breathing exercise I posted in January. Namaste!

As I had mentioned in the previous post every living and non-living entity has an auric field. The first time I saw my own field I was truly amazed! If you want to do this with your friends, get them to stand in front of a neutral surfaced wall. Stand at least three feet away from them and partially close your eyes. Look two inches off of their head and neck and shoulders, looking for their etheric layer. It should appear yellowish white. Let your eyes move out at least two feet off of their bodies and note what colors you see if any. This is the mental level. Next look four feet off of their bodies and see if you are able to detect their spiritual layer. Note if the colors are sharp, pale or muddled.

Another way you can see your own field is by rubbing your hands together and pulling them apart looking at the space between your fingertips. It’s easiest to see the streaming light coming off of your hands if you are in a darkened hallway with a light on in an adjacent room. Pull your hands apart slowly, as you partially close your eyes. Let me know if you are able to see your own field. I remember how thrilled I was to know my energy did extend beyond my physical body. Warm regards.

Everyone has an aura. It is the electromagnetic field that surrounds us as well as all living and non living things. If you have ever been in a gathering of people and someone comes up to you and pick up a weird vibe from them, you are literally sensing their wave length or energy field. You may have a few words with the person but you feel uncomfortable in their presence so you excuse yourself and leave. Energetically, what is occurring is a clash in your auric fields. If you see a good friend and walk toward them, you sense well being and joy. Energetically, your fields are merging.

Each of us are protected by our auric field yet it can be damaged by stress which in many cases leads to disease. In my Day 7 post, I suggested an exercise to help get a feel for the field by rubbing your palms together, pulling them apart and feeling the sensations between one’s hands. This exercise makes tangible the electrical- magnetic side of your energy field. Today’s exercise will allow you to physically see your field so you can incorporate this knowledge in your daily life.

Your auric field is multi layered. The first layer called the Etheric layer. This layer of energy can be seen an inch or two off of your body. The easiest way to see your field is to take a hot shower and steam up your bathroom. Stand in front of the mirror and look through the steam just above your shoulders and neck. Next look two inches around your head. Do you see a yellowish white light around the outline of your upper body? If so, you are seeing the first layer of your field.
Let your eyes move upward about two feet off of your body, looking at your shoulders and head, do you see any colors? This is the mental level. Now let your eyes stray further around four feet off of your body, do you see anything in the steam at this level. This is your spiritual level.

Tomorrow I’ll offer another auric exercise you can do with a friend or a group of people. The more we know we are multi-dimensional and extend beyond our bodies the more empowered we can become to help ourselves and others find peace and heal.

In the previous six days I’ve shared breath exercises, a brief overview of the chakra system, and how to utilize color breathing with your meditation. Last night, after watching an episode of “Foyle’s War,”an excellent show about WW11 through the eyes of a British policeman, I was unable to fall asleep. My mind was racing with the images I had just witnessed, some violent in nature. It came to me, to let my mind wrap around color chakra breathing. Within a short while, less than fifteen minutes, I was asleep. Using these techniques, letting them become a part of your daily life can bring wonderful results!
Once you discover this new awareness within your own body you will never think of yourself the same way.

The exercise I learned from my first teacher over thirty five years ago was the one that changed the course of my life. I like to think of it as my Dorothy moment from “The Wizard of Oz,” when the Wizard told her she always had the ability to go back home. All she had to do was click here heels three times and say “there’s no place like home.”
Your human energy field is the same way. It has always been with you. Awareness is all you need to unlock your potential ability to heal yourself and those around you.

Begin by sitting comfortably in a chair, feet flat on the ground. Exhale all the stale air from your lungs, take in three clearing breaths breathing into the belly and exhaling gently through the mouth. Next rub your hands together as if you were starting a fire for about a minute. Close your eyes and gently pull them apart. Notice what you feel. Can you sense a magnetic pull, heat or cold sensations? Pull them a little further apart, still with closed eyes. Notice where you don’t feel them exerting a pull over each other. Bring them together and in your mind’s eye, see a ball. Feel the sides of the ball, and the top and bottom of it. What size is it? Is it a tennis ball or soccer ball? What color comes to mind as you hold your energy ball? If you don’t feel anything the first time, don’t give up. Everything gets better with practice. Namaste.

The last meditative exercise we did was color breathing by bringing the intention of a color to the various parts of our body. These parts of our body correspond to the Chakra system that had its birthplace in India thousands of years ago. See if these descriptions align with the organism that is you.

The word chakra in Sanskrit for wheel. You can think of them as funnels or vortexs of energy. The seven major chakras are three dimensional going through your body from front to back.
According to Barbara Brennan,”Chakras function as intake organs for energy from the universal life energy field. This energy is taken in and metabolized through each chakra and sent to the parts of the body located in the major nerve plexus closest to each.”

The first chakra called the root, is located between the legs in the sacral-coccyx joint. It’s color is red and it is associated with our life force energy. When we are sick this chakra is usually the first one to be depleted. The second chakra located below the navel called the sacral.Its color is orange. Its associated with our emotions as well as our sensuality and sexuality. The third is the solar plexus between the diaphragm and the navel. Its color is yellow. It supplies the stomach, intestines,gall bladder, pancreas and spleen. It is where we can have a gut feeling about something. It is also where we experience our place in relationships, as well as ourselves. This is place that emotional issues can plague or physical body from digestion to elimination. The fourth chakra is the Heart, its color is green. It is related to love and openness to life. The fifth is is throat chakra. It’s color is blue. It is also associated with our ability to hear and smell. It is where we give voice to who we are. The sixth is located on our forehead between our eyes. Its color is purple and it is the seat of our intuition and the place we perceive the world from. The seventh is our crown located at the top of the head. It’s color is white. It is the place of direct knowing, linking our personality and spirituality as one.
See which chakra is most active or least active in your body. I would love to show you first hand how to experience the energy within you.