Short Sets

Yesterday I was terribly sore, and crabby from all the heat. Our A/C is not working. I have not slept well in days because it is so hot and sticky. I was too crabby to exercise yesterday. But I did Short Sets today. More forever long arm movements. I am really excited to get back to their earlier DVDs. I am really behind in my daily plan. I will try to catch up this week. I would like to be all caught up for June 1st! It’s ok, though. One day at a time, one movement at a time. I’ll get there.


Oh My Healthy Back

Wow. That is just what I needed. I may do this video before every video from now on. This really opened my tight back and shoulders and neck. The pinch in my neck had returned in the night, and this took care of it. Oh, it feels great. I love this one. I highly recommend this video to Everyone!

I’ve also noticed my legs are more flexible. I can touch my toes. This is very good progress.

I did a child’s pose after the downward dog/plank sequence, and I noticed that I could go deeper in the pose than I could yesterday. I also felt excited about how thinner I was feeling. There was less resistance between my chest and knees.

I’m still a few videos behind. To catch up I have Short Sets and Super Radiance. I think what I will do is the Short Sets video today when we return from church. Then tomorrow I will do Super Radiance and Green Energy. I remember I use to really enjoy doing Super Radiance. It has been many years! Green Heart, too, is wonderful. I have vague memories of them.

I look forward to being a more consistent RaviAna Living Room client again, like I once was, once upon a time. All things return to us in one way or another. I am very happy I have decided to do this blog. It is helping keep me on track. I have few views, but that is ok. Perhaps someday someone will read this blog and feel inspired. I want to take care of my body now and undue years I wasn’t taking care of me. Perhaps someone will read that sentence and say: ME TOO. That someone will see I am changing to better me, and that someone will say: I WILL TOO.

Love the Journey. Sat Nam, God Bless, Namaste

Ringing the Bells

Another FOREVER long arm sequence, and right in the very beginning. I had to pause several times. Finally, it ended, and I could relax in the corpse pose, very fitting, because it is a miracle I survived those arm movements.

I have to take a break to finish the rest. I have two hungry girls wanting me to make lunch, and I still have 20 minutes in the Ringing the Bells video.

There is a plus side, however. Making my daughters’ their lunch, I made myself a plate of spinach, cheese, tomatoes, with white wine vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt (all of it organic and some of it local). I enjoyed my plate of healthy food thoroughly. After 500+ arm movements, I wasn’t about to blow it on macaroni and cheese!

Completing the Ringing of the Bells feels great! I feel more flexible, and I am breathing deeper breaths without that tight pulling I had prior. Before the video, it hurt to turn my head to the left. Now I can turn my head to the left without pain. Strangely, what healed my neck the best were the last leg sequences. I had to modify them to fit my flexibility, however, I felt the stretches! My goodness, I felt the stretches. Then, my head turned to the left without the pinching pain! Amazing.

I am determined to be up to date with my days by tomorrow. I will complete Oh My Healthy Back video tonight, and then tomorrow morning I will do Short Sets and For Energy & Super Radiance! And I will be up to date, and back on track with one Raviana Kundalini Yoga a morning. Monday is day 7 Green Energy of the Heart. I was thinking that starting Monday I would like to include a brisk 30 minute walk after the Kundalini Yoga, before I hop up and get ready for work.

Sat Nam 🙂


Ok. I was doing really well until the 10 minute bear claw. Oh my goodness. I was not as calm as Ana. I will know next time around: This is 10 minutes long! I love when Ana and Bret talk during the segment, especially saying things like: This is a breast cancer prevention because it massages your lymph nodes. Then I sigh, ease a bit, and the information gives me some more endurance. However, for 10 minutes, I was becoming very distracted. I do feel great now though. I do feel I’ve released some tightness, and I am breathing better.

Mark 5:24-34

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

October 2015 I was a mess. I was moving without knowing where I was moving to. I had until the end of the month. I was in a college class. I was possibly changing jobs, and my daughter’s dad said to me he had been seeing someone else on the side for 5 months. Needless to say, one very hysterical day, I called my brother for help with my children so they didn’t have to see me that way, and he called the police, who took me to the hospital, who then escorted me to the mental ward. Now, by this point, I was like OK FINE. I’ll take a few days off. I’ll actually get some sleep because they will give me sleeping pills. I’ll have good food. I’ll avoid my life for awhile. To me, a couple days of good sleep is a mini vacation. Plus there was a nurse I met at patient check in. Bill. He was a good guy. I felt safe and in the right place at the right time.

So, I had a little bed in a little room that I shared with another woman. Between our beds was a wooden desk with a chair and a lamp, and within the desk was a Bible. I pulled the Bible out, and Mark 5:24-34 was the passage that probably saved my life. I prayed every evening to touch his garments and be healed of my affliction. Yet, what is my affliction? This is STILL my question. What is my affliction that needs to be healed? I had thought it was that I don’t know what love is. Then a horrible family Easter this year had me thinking that my affliction is that I don’t believe in my SELF because I have lived a life surrounded by a family who does not believe in me. Then my computer came down with a virus that prevented me from streaming my RaviAna Kundalini videos and had me bent over it for hours, wiping the computer clean and starting over. I then thought my affliction is that when I start something healing, The Enemy gets in my way. Well, I’m putting an end to that cycle. No more. Starting NOW. I place over me a pyramid of White Light that is so full of Love the enemy cannot penetrate it; the enemy cannot even look at me.

I read Mark 5:24-34 again, and I prayed to have His arms around me and be healed of my afflictions. And I heard: Daughter, I have the whole world wrapped in my arms. Your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed of your suffering.

To catch up with my RaviAna Kundalini Yoga I am breaking it down this way: Tonight Transformer and Ringing the Bells, tomorrow morning My Healthy Back and Short Sets, and I’ll be on track for Energy Super Radiance Sunday morning with which I will then celebrate my accomplishments with God at church Sunday morning.

Day 1 Rise & Shine

I awoke this morning to birds chirping.  And then the second thing I noticed was my cat Annie on my legs, purring.  I reached my hand back to pet her, and I glanced at the clock.  5 a.m.  I had the alarm set for 5:30.   A part of me which I call “The Destroyer” because this part of me resists healing, was screaming Go Back to Sleep!   You have 30 more minutes!  I know this part of myself, and I chose to wake up.  I pulled the covers off, noticed my youngest daughter Thea had crawled into bed with me, and I pulled the covers over her, turned off my alarm, went to the bathroom, washed hands and brushed my teeth, and fed my grateful cat.  I wanted to take a shower, but I just didn’t feel like I had the energy to do it.  I poured myself some water, and the first thing I started with was Our Father prayer.

Then I felt inspired to also pray the Serenity prayer.

I turned on the computer, logged in to my Raviana site, and began my Rise and Shine video.  Maybe it is my computer, but there was a lot of skipping.  I was disappointed about that.  However, I finished the A.M. portion of the video.  I had thought it was ONLY the A.M. yet it does include the P.M. section, and I will do that tonight.

I won’t say I felt it was easy.  My back is very tight.  Some of the stretches downright hurt, and I couldn’t go nearly as low in some stretches as Ana Brett, obviously!  However, I did stretch as far as my body would allow, and I did feel some opening and releasing.  The tightness was to be expected.  I probably will be working that out for some time.  My back feels like when you put a clay face mask on and it hardens and you can’t move your mouth anymore.  That is the best description I can think of this early.  I think you understand.  Instead of feeling down about it, I was a bit excited.  I thought, I will cycle back around to this video on Day 16, and I wonder how different I will feel in these poses?

Sometimes the hardest part of healing is quieting the destroyer down and showing up for the Light.  I feel blessed.  I am grateful for today.

XOXO Namaste 🙂


100 Days people.  100 consecutive days.

I once was a regular Raviana Kundalini Yoga intermediate Living Room client.  I was proud to wake up in the morning and put in one of their DVDs and complete it!  That was before Thea.  My four year old love who is sad tonight for forgetting her favorite stuffed animal at day care.  My body went haywire when I was pregnant with Thea.  I contributed to this with emotional eating, and once I saw how overweight I was becoming and how unhealthy I was feeling and how bloated and miserable I was, I didn’t do anything to counter the inevitable.  I remember after Thea was born, maybe a few months old, I sat on the couch exhausted, overweight, sad, and I felt as though my soul could leave, just like that, leave my worn out body.  I thought: If I keep on like this I will die too early.  I still feel this way, yet I haven’t changed.  I am still overweight.  I am still emotionally eating.  I am still exhausted, even after a lot of coffee and chai tea during the day.  I come home from work and nap.  Well, all this is over now.  Starting today.  Today is day # 1 in my 30 Day Arbonne cleanse.

However, I don’t have a work out plan.  I have tried other yoga.  I have done Pilates.  I have weight lifted.  I have attended Zumba, super fun of course, but not feasible fore my daily life.  I miss being HAPPY in the morning.  I miss waking up and thinking YAY I get to do another Raviana Kundalini Yoga!  I was happy because I knew it would feel good and inspiring.  My body is different now.  I’m not flexible, and I’m still overweight.  I’ll just need to work at this more than I had to back then, before my second pregnancy five years ago.  I’ve had some LIFE happen between then and now.  That is OK.  I will do what I can the best that I can every day.

Why 100 days?  I like the number, 100.  It is an entire season.  100 days from now will bring me into Autumn.  That feels right.

I’ve pulled out all my Raviana Kundalini Yoga.  Ravi Singh and Ana Brett.  Well, the ones I have left.  I have given some away over the years, with a sigh, “Oh once upon a time I was able to do this.”  Plus I purchased some of their streaming videos.  My reluctant ten year old daughter brought me the calendar from the kitchen, annoyed by Thea’s little sissy behavior.  I’m going to give you my daily plan with the first 15 day segments, because I have 5 streaming videos and 10 DVDs.  I happen to appreciate that the last day of the month of May will be my 15 day completion.  I love going into June with a Raviana Kundalini Yoga body, heart, and spirit.

First 15 days:

  1. Tuesday 5-17-16: Rise and Shine A.M. streaming video
  2. Wednesday 5-18-16 Transformation streaming video
  3. Thursday 5-19-16 Ringing the Bells streaming video
  4. Friday 5-20-16 Oh My Healthy Back streaming video
  5. Saturday 5-21-16 Short Sets for Inspiration streaming video
  6. Sunday 5-22-16 For Energy & Super Radiance DVD
  7. Monday 5-23-16 Green Energy of the Heart DVD
  8. Tuesday 5-24-16 Happy Hormones DVD
  9. Wednesday 5-25-16 Dance the Chakras DVD
  10. Thursday 5-26-16 Dr. Yoga House Call DVD
  11. Friday 5-27-16 For Beginners and Beyond DVD
  12. Saturday 5-28-16 Yoga Bliss Hips DVD
  13. Sunday 5-29-16 Yoga Beauty Body DVD
  14. Monday 5-30-16 Journey Through the Chakras DVD
  15. Tuesday 5-31-16 Fat Free Yoga Cleanse DVD