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

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,

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

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,

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 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.


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.


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.


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,

(609) 918-0963
156 South Main St., Hightstown, NJ 08520 (click to see my schedule of teachings under Yoga)

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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