Friday, May 29, 2020

June 2020 - Keep the Faith

Keep the Faith

One of my favorite quotes:

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." MLK Jr.

As I write this I actually feel as though I am in the middle of the staircase but its no ordinary one. The staircase winds up and into the clouds and to destination unknown. Will I continue the staircase and keep the faith that it is taking me somewhere beautiful and magical? Or will I hold on and cling to getting back down on to solid ground that I also can no longer see? To me the only decision is to keep climbing the stairs and keep the faith that we are ascending somewhere that we need to be. Perfect love. Perfect trust.

As I close in on the completion of my Doctor of Ministry program and having seen how everyone has chosen to work through the current life struggles, I am astounded at how many people completely lost faith or stepped away from everything that they ever believed in, that has helped them through challenges their entire life - clergy included. This is not judgment. Everyone is doing the best that they can with the situation at hand. However, I feel how for myself when I plug back in to what I truly believe in and have faith, that the energy shifts.

As many of you know, I work with Angel cards and Tarot cards, regularly, for guidance. The Angel Tarot speaks the most to me, but so does another Angel deck, the Indigo Angels. The "Pray" card keeps coming up one and over. In fact, sometimes it just flips out of the deck on my lap.

A year ago I began a daily morning prayer ritual for myself. Every day, without fail, I thank Spirit for watching over me and my family as we slept, and for giving us another new day. I give other thanks and appreciations, and I may ask for assistance in some way or another. There is more to it, but I try to do this upon waking, or as soon as I can. I find that it helps me set the right tone and intention for my day. It sets me on the right path.

Amidst the current world pandemic, this just wasn't cutting it. I found myself in early May affected negatively by the rising anger and hatred in the world. Now I do believe that we are moving through a wave of ascension energies on the planet and the we are dealing with the last days of duality, where the "sides" are duking it out. I am an optimist. I believe that we are moving somewhere beautiful, eventually. In the meantime, like a pimple that surfaces after a facial, the real junk is boiling to the top.

My morning prayers were not getting me through the day. I needed more.

A couple of weeks ago, I took my dogs for one of their usual walks. I have come to love these times when we can walk, unmasked, around the neighborhood, enjoying the lovely weather and fresh air. On this particular day I was really struggling. I needed a sign - anything! I took several deep breaths and shook some energy off my body. I began to sing "Let it Be"over and over, asking Mother Mary to come to me. In fact, I put it on replay on my iPhone. Around the block I went, singing, "...and in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me..." over and over. At one point I looked at a patch of grass and immediately say a four-leafed clover. I picked it, thinking it could be a sign from Mother Mary, but sort of dared her to show me another one if she was really there. Again, within a minute I found a second four-leafed clover right under my feet.

I really needed that sign to keep the faith that day. It got me through the week.

Recently I was reminded of the beautiful Gayatri Mantra. Well, I was not reminded of it, as much as I came across a translation of it that I had:


Aum
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat

~ The Rig Veda (10:16:3)
Translation:
“O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us."

As I sang the Gayatri over and over I felt within me a darkness being lifted. I felt a levity to my spirit. I went from nearly crying in anguish to smiling with joy. The affects are still in me. The chanting of this sacred mantra (hymn) to the Divine helped and restored my faith.

Each time I find myself questioning the world today or whether or not God/Spirit is watching or helping, I receive a mystical sign. Often, however, I need to ask for it or watch for it. If I am busy focusing on something else of a lower vibrational level, I could miss it entirely!

I have shared many times that I was not brought up in any religious church or house of worship. My parents allowed me to discover my own belief systems, which perhaps is what propelled me to understand them most in the first place. As I sit on the precipice of finishing my seminary school and receiving my ministerial doctorate, I find that faith is probably the most important thing that I have in my life at this moment. For without it, I fall into deep despair.

Living life guided by mystical experiences, I welcome any and all faith traditions into my life that have at their core the teachings of love and Oneness. Truly "Interfaith" I derive inspiration from many sources, and continue to learn and grow and expand upon my awareness.

I've taught many people over the years who call themselves "Recovering Catholics" or atheist/agnostic. That's fine. I ask them to believe in the light or the sun or nature. Usually they can relate to something in that vein. As a yoga teacher, I cannot teach the practice without the discussion of Spirituality and God. Personally I do not like the word "God" as it still has old religious connotations of a white man with a white beard in the clouds. I prefer to use Spirit, Great Spirit, Eloheim, or one of the many other names in which this omnipresent higher power is represented by. I do not begrudge anyone what he or she calls the name of her Universal Presence either. I believe that as long as you have faith, there is a spiritual presence in your life. And as a yoga teacher, we cannot practice yoga without that connection.

Today where do you find your spiritual connection? What gives you faith? Who or what is helping get you through each day with grace?

I would challenge you to reconnect with the Absolute of your upbringing or ancestral lineage. If that does not work for you, then what does? Reconnect or connect in some way and make that link your own. Release dogma and allow yourself to find the relationship that is meaningful to you - today.

So for June, let us "Keep the Faith" and connection to the deep wisdom within and the Spiritual Guidance that speaks to each of us.

In Love, Service and Wisdom,
Tracey

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Two Month Quarantine - is Time even a Relevant Thing anymore?

Well, this is most certainly a blog that I never thought I would be writing. But here we are - another month gone by and still "sheltering in place." For me the whole entire time is a blur. I cannot even remember any specific day and no moments stand out. Time feels, well, irrelevant, other than I need to be on a class at a certain time. If it were not for various appointments, I wonder if we would even need time anymore? Hmm...interesting discussion...

Our world is vastly different than it was in February. I spent nearly three weeks in blissful unawareness of any threat in Thailand only to have the Covid-19 situation break new heights of concern just prior to traveling home. When I got back we were in the throes of chaos, and under a week the yoga studio was closed by the Governor. Truth, he never said "yoga studios," but I did determine that when he said "fitness centers and gyms" that we were lumped in to that. Besides, on Monday we had 10 people in class, by Wednesday 4, Thursday 2 and then closed. So, who was coming in to the studio anyway?!

And then, in the blink of an eye, everything went digital and virtual. I didn't even have a computer at the studio. But, I did have some foresight to set up a Zoom account months ago in preparation for an upcoming training, and for someone who really tried to stay away from digital energy, I had unknowingly set myself up for virtual classes to come.

Initially we tried a Facebook account for yoga class pass holders. It was good for about a week until everyone went on Facebook and then Facebook started deleting my own videos on my own private group as spam (P.S. they have yet to get back to me about that).

So, a week later the format was moved to Zoom, where the classroom has been for two months.

Has it been an easy two months?

Hardly.

First of all, where to put the camera is a whole ordeal. Determining the best angle for all poses is difficult. I have tried putting the computer high on stools and chairs and low to the ground. I am still working on it. Each have their own good points and difficulties.

I am always astounded by the grace of the Universe that puts me into these unique experiences. Like, who knew my degree in Radio/TV/Film would come in handy so much because of Covid!?


Not being able to see everyone and their practice is a challenge for me since proper alignment and safety is high on my teacher list. Not being able to offer assists and help people improve on their practice is also quite limited with Zoom. There are many facets to teaching that are difficult in the digital format. That, and the fact that nobody knew what they were doing in the beginning ether - so many times there was NO video on at all, or I was looking at someone's ceiling. All good. I am not judging. Just relating the challenges to it all. And we've certainly come a long way since then!

And then there are my dogs: my best friends, partners in crime, and unconditional loving pups. They follow me EVERYWHERE. Now that I am home so much they've gotten even MORE attached to me. They are always nearby when I teach. Sometimes Bodhi is snoring and you can hear him. Other times Kali is on my mat in my way. And then there are the times when they are either both on my mat, vomiting just off screen, crying to go outside, and lying on the computer. Your honor, may I please submit for evidence the following:




I ask you, how am I supposed to teach with these cute distractions! My students have no idea what I do for them. It's time you all knew! HAHA

And let's talk about my amazing students. Oh my goodness. Thanks to the many folks who wanted to continue to do their yoga practice. Many said that they feel it is the only thing keeping them going. I have been so grateful to practice with you all each day. When I log into the classroom and several people are already there waiting, I get really excited! I can't wait to see who jumps in the class each day and what distractions of your own that you have going on. And yes, I've seen it all. Mostly I love your pets bothering you. But its also pretty funny when your husband walks through the room, unaware or your children decide to make lunch in the kitchen where you are practicing. Luckily we have the "mute" button! If it were not for those of you who continue to come to regular classes and support the studio, we would not have a studio to come back to. I am forever, grateful to so many of you that words cannot amply express how I feel.



I found the virtual background option and have used that a few times for us. It feels nice to sit on the beach with moving waves, but sometimes my body just disappears. Other times, I am floating on the water. Kind of cool, but more distracting I think. So I started only using the backgrounds for meditations and am finding them to be quite effective for those.



The picture above is from the High Light Resonance Booster Attunement I did virtually. It actually worked quite well.

I also have done several Angel Card readings virtually which have been very on-point and quite powerful for people. I really need thought that I would be able to convey those messages through this format, but instead they are coming through even louder and stronger.

Another fun thing we did for a couple of weeks was an adult coloring meet-up. It was fun and I miss it. I think I spent all of March coloring on Saturday nights! But with so much on-line it was starting to feel like more work and it was time to take a break. But, I am down for inviting it again soon if anyone is interested. Check out some of our art:



In the beginning I taught 11 classes for the One Yoga students. Although it doesn't sound like too much, I also had 2-3 other classes that I taught for on-site clients who wanted me to go virtual, in addition to the Special Olympics classes that I did for them virtually. Each vendor has a different virtual set-up, so learning their systems, logging in early to work out the bugs, and downloading the various software setups was a lot of time and effort. In fact, all of the set ups ate away many hours on the back end that body really saw. I made sure that when it was time for class, I was ready. But really there was a lot to do that nobody else was aware of. So what may have been 13 classes a week turned into countless hours of preparation and setup. But, I pushed through!

May came in, ushering our second month of virtual classes. I tweaked the schedule bit based on feedback that I was given. I hope this helps people to get the most out of their class experience, but also to give me a little better schedule. It is not easy without a day off. Right now I have one day off: Fridays. Before, I had no days off because we also offers the community yoga for free on Facebook every Friday night. And although I really do think this might be the better night to hold it, I just needed one day not on Zoom! I truly apologize to anyone that this schedule does not work for. But I needed to honor myself so that I could be there more for my students when it was time. I am still evaluating the schedule and if things go into June, I may done more tweaking.

One thing is for sure, I will definitely be doing virtual classes moving forward. We have people joining from Florida and North Jersey, and now Canada! Another one of the benefits of the virtual classroom is being able to connect or reconnect with students who have moved away! And, this takes One Yoga classes international so that's pretty cool too!



And when you don't see me in front of the camera teaching, I am always behind the scenes. The amazing Elina Hernandez look back her Monday evening class at 6 pm. She logs on, I check everyone in and then turn the class over to her. I am so grateful to Elina for offering this class to the community.

I also have my yoga teacher trainees: Karuna, Marilyn, Amanda, Katie and Sarah, who teach the Community yoga classes. They teach and I watch and take notes, then we talk after. Again, I may not be in front of you but I am still working and there with you.

To say that the last two months have been a blur is an understatement. Now you see why. Every time someone tells me what they accomplished, cleaned or learned in their time off I do feel a pang of jealousy. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful to be busy and working, but I do need some down time. All work and no play makes Tracey a dull girl...

And that is why I created CONNIE the Covid Bunny.

She started out as a snapchat filter joke one night when I was feeling silly. My mother loved it so much that I did another one to make her laugh. She started looking forward to her daily dose of Connie just to laugh, so I continued them.

And then she got her own Facebook page because more people told me how cute it was and made them smile. Soon Connie became a reminder to remain positive and hopeful. If you haven't checked her out, seek her on Facebook "Connie the Bunny."

I've tried to share her with Ellen Degeneres. Maybe Connie will make me famous! My step-daughter hopes so. Connie hopes so too!

And that brings us almost up to date.

In addition to all this virtual classroom business I also took over control of my website and reydisnged it myself. I moved the domain name, created the content and continue to work to enhance it. For the past nearly 20 years I've had someone else do my website and had limited ability to work with it and add features. Now, I can change things on a dime and I love it! So the girl who didn't even want a computer at the yoga studio is a web designer and television producer!

The yoga studio is also in the process of a complete overhaul. I moved things around - again. I cleaned. I stocked up on new supplies for the Natural Healer Shop. And I go there now twice a week to imbibe positive energy into the space. The studio misses us! The plants miss us! The Chakra porch misses us!

So, as I write this blog it is May 13th. My birthday is exactly 11 days away. Anyone that knows me knows that is an important number to me. So, I want to leave with a prayer that by my Birthday we have good news on the front about this quarantine and the virus. That we can begin reopening, cautiously, and yes, I am praying for a miracle that erases this virus from the earth. I believe that anything is possible. I don't want a vaccine. I just want it gone...or irrelevant. That is my birthday wish. Pray it with me and I will see you soon at One Yoga Center!

In love, service and wisdom,
Tracey (a.k.a. Connie the Bunny)

Sunday, April 26, 2020

May 2020 - SMELL THE FLOWERS

You know the phrase:
April showers bring May flowers.
For years this didn't exactly work out as the earth was in flux and some years we skipped spring and moved right to summer and found ourselves in hot and humid May months too quickly for plants to mature at their natural pace. Other years it felt like Winter would never end and the plants that did come out, quickly froze and died overnight.
Now with the slowdown of the world, the earth is healing by cleaning the air, the water, and the land is thriving again. It feels as though the natural cycles are returning and the rhythms of the planet are back on track.
I try to keep this in mind when I get restless about being at home or worried about the future. I keep trusting in a grander plan, and this is my proof.
The term "Stop and Smell the Roses" seems quite timely to me for May. Of course we have all slowed down, but life has also marched on. Some people are busy taking online courses, reorganizing their home or applying for new jobs. Many people are finding that they are busier now than before! Whether your workload has doubled or you've found yourself absorbed in something new, make sure that you continue to find time to STOP, and smell those roses...because boy, are they particularly aromatic this year!
Of course this theme also reminds us to focus on the simple things in life and the beauty in the world. There is a lot of low/negative energy all riled up out there. How do we keep from allowing that into our energy field and get lost on the hamster wheels in our heads?
Well, of course yoga and meditation techniques can assist. In fact, I really think its important to be doing at least five minutes of yoga breathing, daily. For physical practice, at least 2-3 times a week right now. Meditation can be implemented daily as well. It doesn't take much time, but it does require you to be consistent for optimum benefits.
As a wise man from my time once said, "Life moves pretty fast...if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!"
Let's not miss out on this beautiful opportunity to stop and smell the roses this month. But hey, you can't smell much from this beautiful picture - you gotta get your butt outside in the fresh air to smell it!
Happy May, everyone!
In Love, Service and Wisdom
Tracey


Friday, March 27, 2020

Yoga for April 2020

Hello Lovely ONE Yoga Community,

If I am being honest, with all the virtual classes and offerings, I simply don't have it in me to give you  something more here for the special monthly yoga class. But, I am aware that you want to continue to practice. So, keep checking in with our calendar to see what virtual special events are being offered as well as the VIRTUAL weekly classes are.

Some fun things that have arisen from this virtual classroom is that people are feeling the ability to try different classes that they haven't before and their practice is getting deeper because they are challenging themselves more.

It is a great way to stay connected with others, continue to build our community, and keep learning.

Sometimes I offer Angel Card picks before or after class, so I usually try to log on 10-15 minutes prior in order to check-in with everyone.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support the studio and keep us going - even if it is virtual for now. Know that when we are able to be in person again I have big plans for a community drumming circle, open house and more!

Reach out if you have a group that you want to offer a special private virtual class for or if I can assist you in any other way. I am here!

In Love, Service & Wisdom
Tracey


April 2020 - RISE

So, what's new?

Just kidding...trying to bring in some levity. We are all sorting out what is new and it seems to change daily. But, isn't this what we have been talking about? Haven't we been discussing energy changing, clearing out the lower vibrations and moving into higher light?

It may not "FEEL" that way, but trust me that this is what is occurring. If you choose not to plug into the mass hysteria and continue to be mindful, but not fearful, then you are seeing the potential in what is now happening around the globe. This includes the clearing up of the air of pollution and smog, the returning of animals to natural habitats, and the reconnection of families and loved ones. 

I do not mean to downplay the issue nor the suffering that is happening for many people. I am aware of this, I feel this and I truly send love and healing energy to anyone and everyone on the planet that needs it. But, I also see this playing out for a greater purpose - something that we maybe cannot all see clearly. 

We continue to move through unchartered territory in our world. Some have fallen into great despair while others have chosen to surrender to the flow of new energy. A few of us have been able to remain calm and positive and help create space for others to find this. What is happening now may have been foretold or forewarned. Those in the spiritual communities have been working through difficult personal energies for years. The traumas and issues of our past and the connection to them on a cellular level and the dark night of the souls have prepared us for this time. But I realize that many of you just began this journey or hadn't actually completed it.

To all of you - regardless of where you are on your spiritual path I want to say that now is the time to RISE. Now is the time to move into your light and shine. 

The Marianne Williamson quote that I begin all of my teacher trainings with remains so powerful and maybe even more timely today:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented,
and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others.”
 Marianne Williamson, Return to Love (hardcover p. 165. paperback pp. 190· 191) 1992.

Yogis, yogini, 
Our training is over. We have learned about non-attachment. We have discussed stilling the mind-stuff. We have worked on releasing lower energy on a cellular level. This time is now to RISE up. Your family needs you. Your community needs you. The world needs you. In fact, there has never been a more important time to embrace your light and shine - to liberate yourself from the bondage of our fears. THIS is what we have been talking about. 
  • Think outside the box
  • Go within and contemplate daily
  • Go outside and commune with nature to plug in to nature
  • Create beautiful art
  • Learn new things
  • Figure out how to live with less and simplify

And when you do, please share with others. I want to see your light and I want to see all that you can be. And I know that if you RISE up to that challenge and share with others the you will truly give others that same permission to do so. 
BE THE CHANGE, Gandhi said. 
Abraham Lincoln said: Dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
As we continue to move through the changes of today's world, do not forget the practice that has helped you so many times before. It is even more important today. I am here for you...allow me be your muse or your sounding board as you RISE this month.  
In Love, Service and Wisdom,
Tracey

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Energy of Covid-19


Everything is energy. Everything that ever was, is or will be - it is all energy. Quantum physics revealed that energy is always in a state of flux. It never retires completely, but simply changes form. And, it is all inter-connected. As a student and teacher of vital energy for twenty years, I tend to look at everything from an energetic perspective. Here is my take on Covid-19...


Covid-19, the current global pandemic, is a virus affecting the respiratory system. The respiratory system spans two chakras, or psycho-spiritual centers, in the human body: the 5th and 4th chakras. But there is actually even more to it.

For those who are new to the term Chakra, this is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disk. The human body contains seven main chakras that align through the center of the body. Each have different attributes and connect to organs, glands and bodily processes as well as contain qualities of the personality. Sanskrit is the language of the ancient yogis, who contemplated on the nature of reality through processes like yoga, meditation and internal cleansing. These practices, although thousands of years old, are widely known today. And with the addition of technological advances, the chakra system can now be seen through aura photography. The whole reason for understanding the chakra system is to understand the person - who we are and who and what we were meant to be. The psychology of this system has been vastly studied and deserves our attention.

There is much that we do not know about Covid-19. What we do know is that it is transmitted person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The lungs and bronchial tubes are situated in the 4th chakra, Anahata, at the center of the chest or cardiac plexus. This chakra is known to be equated with our ability to love, unconditionally. The organ of the heart (which also resides in this chakra) aside, love and the heart are inextricably connected. It is said that all healing can occur when we focus on the energy of love - whether that is internal healing on a personal level or global healing on an external level. Many studies have proven that love heals and many yoga teachers prefer to work with this chakra in classes to provide students with the ability to tap into this unlimited healing energy.

The lungs and the heart are vital organs. They are protected by the ribcage but if dis-ease decides to descend into one of these organs, it can be fatal. Love is a vital quality. Without the ability to give and receive love, unconditionally, we unintentionally invite in dis-ease because we block out the healing life force energy by closing down our receptivity to oxygen, circulation, and vital nutrients. The organ of the heart is actually the largest transmitter of energy - both electrical and spiritual. A Yale study by cardiologist Dean Ornish actually proved that people who felt loved and supported had fewer blockages in their heart arteries. There are many more proven connections between the energy of love, the heart organ and the 4th chakra.

The 5th chakra is located in the throat or pharyngeal plexus. This energy center is quite small in relation to the 4th chakra. the name is Vissuhda, which means purification. While many people focus on the qualities of communication, which undoubtably relate to this chakra center since the mouth and throat are involved, we also cannot discount the discussion on toxic energy.

The obvious connection to the mouth and throat with Covid-19 need not be discussed in length here - you get it, we cough and droplets leave our mouth. So what of this purification? The 5th chakra is the area of the body that filters energy. When someone speaks through their 5th chakra, we receive the information through our 5th chakra with our ears. Speaking and hearing are both equal parts of this system. Over-focusing on speaking without listening is only a part of what this chakra relates to. So when you receive distorted, incorrect, false or discordant energy through your ears, you begin to filter this energy. Those who are pretty clear and "pure" will realize the toxic energy quickly and immediately move to avoid it. Those who are not so cleaned up in this area will continue to allow this energy in, which in turn, promotes more dis-ease. Prolonged periods of taking in toxicity allows actual disease to manifest in the body.

Now, toxic energy comes in through the ears, but also through the mouth with the foods that we eat. How pure are you eating? Or, have you created an overly toxic environment to enter into you through that intake system? And remember that the filter works both ways. So, are you spreading toxic energy through hateful speech, rumors, lies and other wrong words? If your words have love behind them you can never go wrong. If they do not, you have to consider if they are toxic.

Now that we understand these chakras, I want to introduce the 12th chakra. Not defined by the ancient yogis as precisely as the first seven, many current day healers and teachers are discussing this energy center now. The 12th chakra relates to the auric body or egg around the human being which links to 32 other secondary points in the body. For our purposes here we should understand that the throat and lungs are included in this extensive list. The purpose of the 12th chakra is our connection to nature and natural/spiritual forces and the body. This is how unseen energy connects to us and where we allow energy in or restrict energy and keep it out. Think of this as a master filtering process of unseen forces.

Okay, so how does this all link with Cover-19?

Well, first remember that everything is energy. This virus is toxic, unwanted, lower vibrational energy. There is nothing loving about it. It is said to attack those with lower immune systems and pre-existing conditions the worst. People with low immunity have a weakened energy in the 4th chakra. Those with respiratory issues also have lowered energy in the 4th and 5th chakras. We can also assume that the 12th chakra egg is allowing for this lower vibrational energy to enter as well. The virus moves through the air (sometimes attaching to surfaces) and our weakened energy system allows it in. Most of us are walking around with weakened energy systems somewhere, by the way. Regardless of the work that you may have done so far on your energy system, most people are still working through the issues that we incarnated here to work on, and thus that 12th chakra has openings and cracks in it. Once the lower vibrational energy enters our auric field, it can move into the internal chakras. Once it is there, and with prolonged periods of dis-ease and disharmonious rhythms, it will manifest into physical realities.

What can we do on an energetic level to combat Covid-19?

First, we can boost our immunity. Eat as many whole, organic foods as you can. Tap the thymus gland. Stretch open the chest muscles and connect to deep breaths.

Next, pour tons of love into yourself and out into the world. "Love begets love," said Shakespeare. Love helps fight dis-ease and raises our vibratory field. Work on loving thoughts (not fear-based ones), speak loving words, and perform loving actions.

Last but certainly not least, detoxify. Get rid of the lower stuff that does not serve your spirit. The time is now to release your energy system of the things that you have been "meaning to" deal with. Your Highest Self understands what is right and what is not. You have probably known that eating a certain way, speaking a certain way, thinking a certain way, or behaving a certain way is not good for your body, mind, soul. And yet, we allow things. We've all had trauma. We've all had problems in our lives. We've all suffered. Suffering from this point forward is optional.

Regardless of a cure or a vaccination that may come soon, we must work urgently on our energy systems. Periods of quarantine are prime for this. Work on the inner self in every way possible. Stay healthy in your body and your mind. Think positively that we can heal, globally, and be an active participant in the global healing. Consider your place in this world, and how you can be a part of making the word a better place.

If we all do this now, we can get to those cracks and leaks in the auric field, and begin to firm them up for the future.

Everything is energy, my friends. This virus is no different. We can change its energy, but we have to get to it individually.

In Love, Service & Wisdom
Tracey

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Focusing on Good Health and Healing

It seems appropriate that as the spiritual director of our community that I touch upon the current panic and hysteria occurring regarding the current virus outbreak from China. I am not a health official nor do I have the lofty titles appropriated to such people. I also do not have any political agendas or links to big pharma, Purell and other companies currently benefitting from what is happening. So, there's that. What I do have is 51 years of living with germs, fighting off bacterias with my own immunity, and over twenty years working with Holistic Healing energies. That has to count for something.

What I want to focus on is GOOD HEALTH. HEALING. HIGHER LIGHT ENERGY. And, of course, LOVE.

We know through our yoga practice that our mind is our own worst enemy. When we obsess over any topic, we find ourselves in a negative loop that accelerates dis-ease and disharmony. When we begin to release the mental activity and slow down the thoughts, we begin to tune into a harmonious nature with our Highest Self and the potential to create, sustain good health, and thrive.

P.S. This is for all the time - not just now. We know this, we have studied this, we have lived and breathed this. This is our yoga "to go" stuff. It has applied for thousand of years and it continues to be relevant today. Give these holistic healing practices a try:

1. 4,4,8 breathing. Inhale to a slow count of four, hold your breath for a slow count of four, and then exhale to a slow count of 8. Sustain for 3-10 minutes and repeat as needed. Notice how you feel in your body. This changes the brainwaves and helps relieve anxiety and stress.

2. Walk in Nature. Go outside to a park or into an area with trees. Turn off the Television, Cell Phone, and any other means of external communication. Take a nice, long walk in nature. Feel each step on the earth. Breathe deeply as you walk. Relax into your body. Breathe in the fresh air and oxygen. This helps to keep us grounded and connected to the inter web of Oneness of the planet and overall healing and well-being.

3. Inhale "I AM" and Exhale "HEALTHY" - repeat. If you need a boost, try to Inhale "MY IMMUNE SYSTEM" and Exhale "IS STRONG". This helps bring in the energy that you are looking to build upon.

4. Add lemon to your water each day. Drink warm or cold and keep hydrated. Lemons are full of vitamins and help detoxify the body. The water helps flush the toxins out.

5. Thymus Tapping. Find your Thymus gland, approximately 2 inches below the notch in between your collarbones. With index and middle finger, tap sternly to feel vibration through you. Do 20 seconds to several minutes. The Thymus is the primary lymphoid organ in the body. Stimulating the gland helps boost your immune system.

6. OM. Chant the Mantra OM over and over and over until you feel the vibrations resonating deeply throughout your entire being. OM harmonizes our inner and outer being to an energy of higher light vibration, which expedites healing and well-being.

7. Thieves Oil. Young Living Essential Oils makes medical grade Thieves Oil. The story goes that during the Bubonic Plague, marauders lathered in this blend of oils to ward off illness...and it worked.

In light of recent events, I invite you to take positive intention and holistic health to the next level. Do not panic because that does not help anyone or contribute to healing of the planet in any way. Instead, try the above aforementioned items and see if they do not work for you in some way.  

Remember that we can heal anything and we can manifest GOOD HEALTH, HEALING, and THRIVING ENERGY by intention and focused concentration.

Be well, everyone.
In Love & Light,
Tracey

Friday, March 6, 2020

You are Not Alone - Spiritual Guidance

I was recently informed of a former student's taking of her own life and feel the need to send out a reminder to our community that as the director and founder, a Minister and healing practitioner, I am here for you!

I AM HERE IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO.

I don't care who you are or what our past history is. If you need me, I am here. Yes, I am busy and yes, I am sometimes not in the area physically. But I am very reachable. My phone numbers and emails are listed everywhere, and I am at ONE Yoga Center 4-6 days a week, available to talk if you reach out.

I want you to know that I too have felt alone, disconnected from Source, and afraid. I too have struggled with feelings of "it's just not worth it" and "why bother anymore?" I even, on my darkest day, thought about ending it all.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Most people on this planet are struggling. We struggle with understanding who we are and what we are here for. We misunderstand our true nature and we forget our Light. This is a part of our human condition, our reason for dropping down into this life, this body, has been to feel all the feelings that you are, and despite it all, despite the challenges, the heartaches and the grief, to feel and know what LOVE is. That, is why we are here and why we continue to be here. We wanted to dive so deeply into love that we create situations where we break our own hearts, and then, eventually, love again.

IT IS NOT EASY.

No, that is for sure. I argue that if life is easy for you, then you are not truly living, and perhaps you are hiding...spiritually "bypassing" through life. If I make it look easy, then please understand that it is merely my intention to provide tools for others to work with through these challenges - tools that have helped me get through the dark nights - tools that help me regain my Light and lead me back to Love.

Contrary to any other opinion, I do not shit cupcakes nor ride a unicorn to work. I work hard every day to raise my vibration and sort out my issues and my darkness so that I can help others raise theirs. I know that is one very important reason that I am here. And I also know that not everyone will want to reach out to me. But I can tell you that I will not judge you - regardless of what you may tell me in confidence.

I know many people and have resources, but remember a very special number in case you ever need it:
SUICIDE HOTLINE:1-800-273-8255

I have lost many people in my life very suddenly. It never gets any easier. But if I can help prevent another grievous loss in any way, I want to try. So if we have ever met, you were or are a student, friend or family member of mine, or you are reading and seeing this in any way, know that someone GETS you.

I get darkness.
I get pain.
I get fear.
I get supernatural energy.
I get feeling alone.
I get hopelessness.

But, I ALSO GET LIGHT AND LOVE.

And I truly believe that at the end of each day, we can all find our way to enjoying life and feeling the feelings without a total sense of despair.

It takes a village. If you are struggling, please reach out - to me, to the hotline, or to another person. Understand that you have more to offer this world than you may currently think.

In Love and Light,
Tracey

(609) 918-0963
Info@OneYogaCenter.net
156 South Main St., Hightstown, NJ 08520
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Remember Kimberly Grasso, former Student and Trainee

Kimberly Grasso, graduate of 2013 Teacher Training

Dear ONE Yoga Community,

I was just informed about the passing of a former student and teacher trainee yesterday. I cannot shake the news of Kimberly passing. This once beautiful, incredible soul is no longer with us.

As a teacher and mentor, I have met hundreds of people over the years. Most I remember by name or face and some I simply cannot, while others make a memorable impression that lingers with you. Kim was one of those lingering impressions. Beautiful and vulnerable, Kim showed up at the studio, not unlike most students, looking for something. I know that through yoga she had found some positive energy and peace. Her change was noticeable throughout the 200 and 100 hour advanced training modules that she took with me at OYC.

Upon graduating, I worked with her on some special class offerings at the studio as well as gave her a massage job at an on-site location. She was always open and appreciative. I knew her to be genuinely talented in her skills as a teacher and massage therapist, most likely because she was quite sensitive to energy. I could see her potential and had hoped that she would continue with her practices.

And then, like so many students, she stopped coming in to classes. Although connected on social media, I did not see her for many years and she rarely posted. Always a more reserved young woman, there was no way of truly knowing what was happening in her life. She reached out to me about a year ago regarding an assistant position that I had posted on Facebook. We spoke briefly but she never followed up. Now less than a year later I find that her soul has moved on to the next plane.

I cannot help but feel great sadness for the loss of this beautiful spirit. I realize that not many students may remember her, but some will. And I wanted to hold some space for her, a former student and trainee of ONE YOGA and WELLNESS CENTER.

Kimberly, we will always remember your TRUE SELF, your Spirit and your Light. And, I truly hope that you have found peace.
Kimberly with Kali 2013
Kimberly at Far Right during Training Retreat























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Monday, February 17, 2020

March 2020 - Harmonizing Energies Arrive

March's Theme: Harmony


Are you ready to harmonize your inner and outer world
March ushers in the Spring Equinox, a day of balance of light and dark. The energies on the planet are harmonizing, and at least for those of us in the NorthEast, we are moving out of our cold Winter's nap and into the blossoming of Spring.

Many people struggle with the Winter months due to the lack of light. By now we can start to feel the growing light and welcome the longer days. The underlying energy, however, is that of harmony. With each new bud on the tree or sprout on the ground, we feel more at peace in the world. This rebirth gives us hope, hope that the world, no matter how crazy it can sometimes feel, will always continue to move along.

Our inner worlds can often be a place of chaos. Often ruled by our mental states and emotions, we constantly strive to find balance. For some, prolonged periods of darkness, like the winter, can usher in a phase where the focus on the negative aspects of these states continues to rule. The best tools during the winter are to welcome in the period of rest and inner work with meditation, warm baths, snuggling with loved ones, etc. However, most people focus on the lack of light instead of the comfort in the darkness.

Look at the yin-yang Taoist symbol at the top of the page. There is balance and harmony here. There is not a lack of darkness. No, far from that. Instead the darkness is shown as equal to the light. More so, the light cannot even exist without the darkness. Notice that within the light, there is always a pinch of the dark. This is a Taoist perspective. For those who light to focus on light and positivity, this can be somewhat challenging. So, how do we acknowledge that with harmony comes periods of struggle and challenge just as well as abundance and flow? Again, allowing and accepting those times as growth periods instead of feeling victimized by everything that happens can go a long way. And of course, a couple of our tools in this toolbox are our yoga and meditative practices.

So what about our outer world? How do we harmonize our outer world? The key may be to start within. If we can focus on harmonizing our inner world, the only thing that we really can control, then the energy will start to affect our outer worlds. In order for enough change to the outer world to occur, enough people have to harmonize their inner worlds first. So, its time to allow this energy to come in! In 2020, an angelic year of light and ascending energies, we have the capacity to harmonize quicker than before. We just need to focus on doing so.

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I, for one, am ready for harmony. I have felt discord for far too long. These lower energies bring up fear in me, and fear grows into other negative energies and thought patterns. Can you feel discord? I can feel it in my body when it comes up. When something is disharmonious, I will get a slight nauseating feeling in my stomach. I can literally feel something is wrong in my gut. Guess what? So can you. You know when something is not a harmonious energy because you have this same skill. Maybe you just haven't been listening, or maybe you just push through anyway, because you think that you have no other options.

But I truly believe that when we feel discord in our body that it is our opportunity to change that energy. First of all, slowing down to notice it is key. Once I do this, I can start a meditation to tune into the energy to determine just what it is. In the past, I historically did not act upon removing this energy soon enough. Instead, I allowed it to overshadow me, until any hints of inner peace vanished completely. Perhaps you can relate. Today when I fell this energy in my stomach, I know that it is time that I take a stand, and make a change. Honestly, there are no other options anymore. I simply refuse to live a life that is not harmonious to my entire being.

Now, does that mean to march in and quit your job today? No, it does not. Sometimes we cannot take action immediately. Often we must plan and navigate a way out. I start with intention and prayer. I thank the Universe for all that I have been given, first. Then, I ask for guidance in how to maneuver through the challenge that I am in, so that I may move out of the discord. All happens when it is supposed to. I have learned to trust and continue to put this energy out daily, because when it does come, it is always beautiful and most welcomed.

OK, but how can this affect our outer world too, Tracey?

I hear you. Here's one example:
The other day I was in my home office and called my insurance company to cancel my policy. I was rerouted three times to erroneous parties - once to Denver, another to Medicare, and a third to a wrong contact within the same company.

Now, when I first called this company, my husband came home and began ruffling through all the file cabinets in my office looking for something. He was mumbling, making a lot of noise, and the energy in the office was completely out of whack. No harmony there. By the second call, I took a deep breath and asked him to go downstairs and have lunch. I rewired my energy mentally, physically and spiritually, and called again. This third time, I was rerouted to wrong person again, but did not let them off the phone. I asked the person to assist me. I told them I was not getting off the phone with them until they helped me get to the right person. She put me on a brief hold, and got me to the right person and I was finally able to cancel my policy.

What happened here? There was disharmony in my outer world, causing major disharmony in my inner world. I asked my husband to remove himself so that I could energetically change my inner world. I took some deep breaths, then I did some energy manipulation techniques that I do (magical stuff, everyone). I said an intention of what I wanted to receive, and I made the final call. Boom. That was that, and end of story.

How many times have you found yourself frustrated on the other end of a phone call, getting nowhere with a bunch of people that "don't know what they're doing?" Uh-huh. And, do you believe that you cannot change that situation? Well, then you, my friend, are the real problem.

Harmony is available to us. It really is a matter of perspective. Sometimes challenges will arise, because that is the nature of life. We will sometimes suffer and sometimes feel low. This is life. The idea is to remember that there are also amazing things in life that occur everyday too. I am sure that if you took a mindful moment that you could find one too. Let's start to harmonize with the energies of Mother Earth this month: body, mind and soul!

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In Love and Light,
Rev. Tracey L. Ulshafer, Founder ONE Yoga and Wellness Center

Yoga for March 2020

March 2020 Yoga for Harmony

Posture: Adho Mukha Svanasana - Downward Facing Dog




I once heard a yogi say that there are over 100 cues for Downward Facing Dog. WOW! Well, let's keep it simpler than that!

Description: From hands and knees, tuck toes under and press hips up towards the sky. Make sure that your fingers are flat to the earth, spread wide, with knuckles pressing into the floor evenly. Once there, and without moving the hand position, rotate the elbow creases slightly forward so that the shoulder or outer deltoid muscle drops down towards the floor, creating space in the upper back. Elongate the neck and relax the jaw. Bend the knees and lift up on the ball of the foot, taking the heels high. Now, press the chest back firmer towards the thighs, which are engaged, and lift the sitting bones towards the sky. Slowly drop the heels back down towards the floor, and do not worry if they don't touch the earth. Engage the abdominal muscles inward and upward for the lock of the belly (Uddiyana Bandha). 

Drishti: Naval Center or at feet or legs

Variations/ Modifications:
  • Stay on knees
  • Heep knees bent
  • Walk the dog by alternating pressing heels to the floor
  • 3-limbed dog with one leg raised, then the other
  • 3-limbed dog with one leg raised, knee bent, and over to the opposite side, then other side
Notes:
  • Downward Dog is the ultimate "check-in" pose. Not sure what is in harmony? Pop into Downward Dog and breathe. You will immediately feel discord somewhere in your body. Check it out as often as you can and make notes. 
  • Practice variations to see how they change your experience of the pose.
  • Notice the thoughts and emotions that arise when in the pose
  • If you practice at different times of the day, notice how that changes the nature of the pose.
  • Journal daily.

Mudra: Gyan or "Chin" Mudra

One of the most important mudras, this is usually performed for meditation, but can be done at any time. Chin means "consciousness" so this is the mudra to bring peace, calm and harmony to your inner and outer worlds.

Description: Bring the tips of the thumb and index fingers together and form a circle. Keep the remaining three fingers stretched and the palm facing upward.

Benefits:
Promotes proper flow of prana, Cures indigestion, Addresses sleeping disorders, Improves focus, Enhances memory power, Relieves and prevents stress and anger and Promotes sense of balance and harmony

Notes:
  • Perform Atmanjali every day while in Child's Pose, but also when greeting someone and note the response and energy that it generates.
  • It is advised to hold mudras for at least 15 minutes, but up to 45 for desired affect. Try this!
  • Use with meditation.
Breath: Nadi Shodhana: Alternate Nostril

Alternate Nostril breathing is the harmonizing breath. It synchronizes the hemispheres of the brain. There are many variations, but you can practice it by toggling your thumb and pinky fingers on one nostril and then the other (use one hand). Start by closing right nostril and exhale through left nostril, deeply. Then inhale through left, close it and open right nostril, exhale through right. Then inhale through right nostril, close it, and open left, exhale through left. Etc. Keep it going for a few minutes or until you feel yourself beginning to harmonize.

If you need to blow your nose, have tissues handy. If you are very congested, try using neti pot first or wait until congestion is somewhat settled before doing this breathing. If it causes anxiety, stop at any time. You can also try just holding one nostril closed and breathing through that, then after several breaths switching and doing other side. Start slow and build up.

Meditation: Right hand on Heart/Left hand on Solar Plexus

Let's create the harmony by putting right hand, symbolizing masculine energy, on the heart-center, and left hand, symbolizing feminine energy, on the solar plexus. Close your eyes and breath deeply in and out through the nose. Notice your being in the moment. Feel yourself right there - right now. Drop in. Follow the energy without engaging thought or becoming distracted. Be in the moment completely. 

Mantra: OM MANI PADME HUM

The translation of the mantra would be ‘Hail the Jewel in the Lotus’. It is a mantra, used by Tibetan Buddhists to achieve the ultimate state of compassion, also known as Chenrezig.‘Om’ is the primal sound of the universe. It brings you harmony and aligns you with the energy of the cosmos. ‘Ma’ – strips you down from your needs. It takes you away from the world of the physical and it guides you towards the spiritual. ‘Ni’ – Releases you from passion and desire. It leaves you peaceful and content. ‘Pad’ – frees you from ignorance and prejudice. You are left with love and acceptance. ‘Me’ – releases you from possessiveness. You are ready accept the world as it is. ‘Hum’ – liberates you from hatred.

Notes: 
  • Chant three times daily
  • Work up to 108 times daily
  • Chant whenever you need to feel more harmony in your inner and outer worlds
Remember to journal about your experience daily. Notice what changes throughout the month. And ask your yoga teacher for guidance with any of these practices before or after regular yoga classes. To book a private lesson, contact ONE Yoga at Info@OneYogaCenter.net or 609-918-0963.