“Feel good, be good, and do good.”
Leslie Glickman, founder and driving force behind Yoga Journey, was born and raised in New York and grew up with a tremendous passion for athletics and dance. She loved the combination of precision and fluidity in both disciplines and later found that yoga incorporates that intuitive flow, using graceful yet powerful postures to achieve health and wellbeing.
After relocating to Florida in 1990, and marrying her soul mate, Andy, Leslie made a career change from the advertising industry to managing an extremely successful South Florida fitness center which she co-owned with her husband.
It was in this setting that Leslie was introduced to the practice of yoga, an ancient discipline enjoying a 20th century resurgence as more athletes and fitness enthusiasts discovered a safer and more meaningful way to connect with their bodies—practice they could enjoy well into their later years. “This was life changing for me,” says Leslie. “I studied with some of the greatest teachers and learned how powerful the practice of yoga can be for everyone. It is the perfect blend of mind, body and spiritual endeavor that will transform your life for the better.”
Since 1995, Leslie has studied with the enigmatic Rodney Yee, the passionate Seane Corn, the irreverent Bryan Kest and gentle leaders Paul Grilley and John Friend. She also had the privilege to study with the great yoga master Sri K. Pattahbi Jois in 2002 when he visited the United States. Using her own vast knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology, Leslie developed her unique style of teaching that’s challenging yet compassionate, always mindful of the safety and comfort of her students.
Leslie is registered through Yoga Alliance at the 500 ERYT level, and refers to her style of teaching as “intelligent and organic.” Her goal is to inspire her students to take their yoga experience off the mat and into their lives. She enjoys working with all levels of students whether new to the practice or aspiring to become a teacher. This is especially true for students who have special challenges, physical, emotional or spiritual. Leslie enjoys teaching private clients, because the one-on-one relationship allows more intense and personal growth for the student.
She also specializes in helping clients who are being treated for fertility issues and has seen remarkable results in easing the stress and anxiety surrounding these treatments with balancing the physical and emotional body with chakra work and a softer practice. Leslie is adept at modifying the practice for individuals who have all types of injuries and health issues, including those with Parkinson’s disease. In addition, Leslie leads workshops for both teachers and students, helping them fine tune their practice and alignment.
Her true passion is bringing the community together to teach and share the gifts of yoga, uplifting lives and sending that positive energy out to the universe. Each week she offers a class to the city of Boca Raton in Sanborn Square, a beautiful park in downtown that is open to everyone. All level students, all ages and shapes and sizes come out to practice, sometimes with their kids and their dogs. It is a complimentary class that has exposed the community to the practice of yoga and is now drawing in over 100 people per week. “It gives me so much pleasure to come out and share the magic of yoga to all that want to come and experience it.” According to Leslie, it is her favorite practice of the week!
She is honored to be an ambassador for the ground-breaking organization lululemon athletica for the 3rd time since they have been in Boca Raton. Her association with them has offered her another path to follow on her journey to create a grassroots community and raise the vibration of this community from mediocrity to greatness. As her husband Andy says: “Leslie really walks the walk. The reason so many people find her words inspirational is that she is authentic. She lives a healthy life and truly wants to help others enjoy the gift of health and wellness through yoga.”
Back in 2010, Leslie created the Yoga Journey Teacher Training School and is registered with Yoga Alliance for teach both 200 and +300 hour levels of certification. In 2012, she expanded into an amazing new Yoga Journey Studio, located in the beautiful Wyndham hotel which offers students the opportunity to stay in luxury surroundings while attending one of Leslie’s many local yoga events and retreats.
She is available for group instruction, semi private or private sessions and individual consultations. Click here to see Sun Sentinel article and video. Although yoga fills her life with much joy and pleasure, her husband and their two children make her life complete. "The yoga really helps to balance it all,” she says. “I am grateful beyond words.” Namaste!
Leslie had created a one-of-a-kind home for beginner yogis to advanced yogis. This is the only studio in south Florida where you can take various yoga styles (including Vinyasa, Anusara, Iyengar, Yin and Kundalini) with incredible, hand-picked teachers for $10 a class! Between the special workshops offered at Yoga Journey, to the amazing community service shared including yoga at Sanborn Square park, to charity events and of course Leslie's teacher training...the Boca community is getting brighter, one class at a time!
♥ Brie Mazin
I am blessed to have Leslie as my teacher, mentor and friend! Participating in Yoga Journey’s TT200 was perhaps the most enlightening period of my life. Leslie’s angelic stature and yoga mastery is only surpassed by her true wisdom, incredible caring, and pure authentic nature. I am honored to work with Leslie and be part of Yoga Journey.
♥ Craig Richman
There is a class for every level whether you're just starting or looking to enhance your practice. The teachers love to teach and the community of people will welcome you with open arms and hearts. The studio is beautiful and place where you will feel comfortable from the moment you walk in. I've practiced yoga all over the country and I'm so happy to call Yoga Yourney...Home.
♥ Dawn Abondanza
Leslie and the staff at Yoga Journey have been deeply impactful upon me and my journey to discovering true bliss in my life. I have learned from Leslie, in her kind and gentle way, how to pay attention and notice, without passing judgement. I have learned to turn inwards and meditate and discovered who I really am. Thank you!!
♥ Deana Karp
Yoga Journey has helped changed my life for the better. I am forever grateful I found a place with such loving and knowledgeable people. Leslie and her team go out of their way to make ones yoga practice an ever revolving place of growing and learning. The way the teachers care and focus on each and every person in the studio is simply amazing. The studio itself is a calming oasis the minute you walk in the door. Yoga Journey does a fantastic job making sure everyone's experience is the best it can be. Thank you Yoga Journey !
♥ Suzanne Moore
Leslie Glickman is one of the most intuitive yoga teachers I have ever met. I am, myself, a certified yoga teacher and have had the opportunity to experience many styles of yoga. Every class Leslie teaches has been powerful and purposeful whether she is guiding an aggressive vinyasa flow or a gentle yin experience. Yoga Journey is an appropriate name for her studio because her leadership is one which creates awareness of the journey we are all on. She has the ability to lead a group while, at the same time, addressing individual needs.
♥ Michael Mahanger
Words cannot express the depth of the gifts Leslie brings to our yoga community. Leslie is an incredible teacher, coach and human being. If you have not yet taken a class with Leslie, you must. Her energy, love and light shine brightly in each and every journey she takes us on.
♥ Monica McMahon
I have been Leslie's student for a little over a year. A friend recommended her class as a great way to start my yoga practice. From the very first class I loved yoga and Leslie! I feel like I am just beginning my yoga journey and am so lucky to have Leslie as my guide. From the first days of having no idea what a sun salutation was to now, she has really helped me grow in my practice - both physically and mentally. Each of Leslie's classes are different, but at the end of each one, I feel like I have explored physical and mental territory that I never would have gotten to unless I was in that room for that session. From the very start of this journey, I have felt like Leslie was a gift. I feel so blessed to have her in my life as my teacher and friend.
Leslie, you are the ultimate yoga teacher and I thank you for the guidance in this practice. With your warmth, wit and knowledge, you plant seeds of what's truly important in life. You have helped me spread my wings!
♥ Sandra Imperatore
It is almost impossible to describe the yoga experience of your class in 3 words. The best 3 that come to mind are ChallengingSTUDI Rejuvenating Transforming. But if I can take some more time here just to thank you for the wonderful gift you give all of us. Your class is AMAZING!For your Body, mind and soul. You enhance my life greatly and others too, I'm sure. The Stress Release, the physical workout and the beyond that is hard to describe. The aspect that makes your class so superior is it's perfect flow. One pose into the next. The perfect balance. The rhythm, the breathing, the difficulty and the ease at the same time. Your soothing voice and gentle reminders. Almost hypnotic. It can be a deeply profound and meditative experience. If it wasn't for your class, I can honestly tell you, that I would not be as healthy, as happy or as relaxed in my life. Thank You Leslie. You are truly doing a great thing for me and others. And, you just keep getting better and better! With great admiration and appreciation.
ॐ Barb Penn
Leslie is a gifted teacher in Vinyasa Flow and also Yin Yoga. Her style is comforting yet challenging and extemely safe! I have been studying with Leslie for 8 years 2x per week and I have never experienced less that a spiritual and physical awakening each time. As a 30 year veteran of yoga and other disciplines, I believe that some instructors are true teachers.
♥ Lynn Allison
Focus, Balance, Peace, Compassion.
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About Yoga Journey
The yoga helps to balance our energy. That is why we feel so good when we have finished our practice. I have learned that there are many more layers to the yoga. Thanks
to some invaluable teachers and literature I have journeyed into a much deeper understanding of myself. The study of the Chakras will open doors into a greater awareness of
how our history and experiences, our lifestyles and emotions, and our reactions to it all affect our health. As you read the section below you will discover a lot
about yourself and the other people in your life. Please try to stay open to all possibilities without judgments. Awareness is the first step in doing some of the
hard work. We all have a lot to learn and discover. It is all part of this incredible Yoga Journey. This information changed my practice, my teaching and my life. I hope
that it will do the same for you. I feel that sharing this is very important and a necessary component for everyone doing yoga. Notice where your energy may be blocked
and begin to apply a mindfullness that helps you let it go. The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy connected to each of the Seven Chakras offers a lesson
to be learned.
Please take advantage of the list of books and materials from different tabs above and begin your own journey…
Patanjali's 8 limbed system of yoga is called Ashtanga or Raja Yoga.
Each limb of the tree of Raja Yoga represents a purifying yoga practice. It is through these practices that we purify the mind and body in order to experience incredible
bliss and self knowledge.
yama's: restraint, moderation
(there are 5)
- ahimsa non violence, in thoughts, words and deeds
- satya being real, truthfulness
- asteya non stealing
- brahmacharya refers to sexual conduct, not to be engaged in to enhance power or ego
- aparigraha non hoarding or greediness
conduct towards yourself (there are 5)
- saucha shining, cleanliness
- santosha contentment
- tapas discipline
- svadhaya study of self
- ishvara pranidhana devotion to spirit
- asana: posture, seat, physical practice of poses
- pranayama: restraint or control of life force, breath
- pratyahara: withdrawal from senses, redirecting them inward toward their source
- dharana: concentration, directing your attention to one object
- dhyana: meditation
- samadhi: consciousness and bliss
This is the complete system of yoga. We must all look at this and know that yoga is so much more that the practice of asana. The power of our practice is what we do when we are off the mat and living our lives…
Wheels of Life
Eastern Body Western Mind
Waking The Global Heart
Creating on Purpose
by Anodea Judith
Anatomy of the Spirit
by Caroline Myss
Life Changes with the Energy of the chakras
by Ambika Wauters
Health, Healing and Beyond Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya
by T.K.V. Deshikachar with R.H. Cravens
Light on Life The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom
by B.K.S. Iyengar>
Yin Yoga by Paul Grilley
Yin Sights, A Journey into the Philosophy & Practice or Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
by Stephen Cope, MSW. Director of Kripalu Institute
The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga Volume I
The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga Volume II
by Ray Long MD FRCSC
Living Your Yoga
What We Say Matters
by Judith Hanson Lasater, PHD., PT
Chakras (translated from Sanskrit as "wheels" of rotating energy and pronounced shock-ras),
as defined by the Eastern Masters, are the intersections of vital energy. This energy flows in the ethereal body and in related locations of the physical body. There are hundreds of these intersections, but there are seven major chakras associated with the physical body where the major energy flow intersects. The health of an area of the physical body and the condition of its associated chakra are considered interdependent. When a chakra is vital, the associated portions of the body should also be in optimum state.
Seven major chakras (from bottom up):
|Chakra||Location||Issue||Right||Tone (note)||Seed Syllable (sound)|
|Root||Base of spine||Physical||to be||C||Lam|
|Sacral||Lower Abdomen||Sexual/emotional||to feel||D||Vam|
|Solar Plexus||Solar Plexus||Power/vitality||to act||E||Ram|
|Third Eye||Brow||Intuition||to see||A||OM|
|Crown||Top of head||Understanding||to know||B||All Sound|
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|Meaning – root support||Location – base of spine|
|Element - earth||Sense - smell|
|Food - protein||Challenge - fear|
|Color – red||Balancing Color - green|
|Addiction - food, alcohol, sex||Glands - adrenals|
Energy connection to the body – spinal column, Rectum, legs, bones, feet, immune system, large intestines, teeth.
Mental/emotional/energetic issues – 1st Chakra energy orients us in time and space to our 5 senses. This energy is about literal perception--how you relate to your body, finances, home, work, environment. Family beliefs(religious, ethnic, political) support the formation of identity; roots, grounding, nourishment, trust, health, home, prosperity, appropriate boundaries, survival, social & familial law & order, ability to stand up for one’s self, patience, commitment, and manifestation of our ideas & dreams happens here.
Contributors to imbalance - Birth trauma; abandonment; physical neglect; poor bonding with mother; mother not wanting child; malnourishment; survival threats; physical neglect; violent environment; inherited traumas (i.e. holocaust, war veterans, poverty).
Physical Malfunctions - Disorders of the bowels, large intestine, disorders of solid parts of body: bones, teeth, issues with legs, feet, knees, base of spine, buttocks, eating disorders, frequent illness, depression, OCD, alcoholism, immune related disorders, multiple personality disorder, varicose veins.
Balanced characteristics - Good health, vitality, energetically grounded, comfortable in body, stability, right livelihood, prosperity, sense of trust in the world, feeling of safety and security, ability to relax and be still.
Deficient characteristics - fear; anxiety; resistant to structure; anorexic/underweight; spacey-flighty-vague; disconnected from body; restless; financial difficulties; disorganized; difficulty manifesting.
Excessive characteristics - heavy/sluggish/slow; resistant to change/rigid boundaries; obesity/overweight; material fixation/greed/hoarding; workaholism; excessive spending.
Affirmations - "I am willing to accept myself and others"; "I am grounded and connected to the earth"; "I am open to trusting myself"; "I am ready to release old habits that no longer serve me".
Asanas - deep squat, cobblers, chair, standing poses, locust, child's pose.
Balancing Activities for deficiency: garden, hike, bike, make something, grapple with something heavy, go into nature.
Balancing Activities for excess: eat less, sleep less, work less, do less! Play more, laugh more, move more!
|Meaning – sweetness||Location – lower abdomen|
|Element - water||Sense - taste|
|Food - liquids||Challenge - guilt|
|Color – orange||Balancing Color - blue|
|Addiction - sex, work, sugar, relationships||Glands - ovaries/testes|
Energy connection to the body – Sexual organs, large intestines, lower vertebrae, pelvis, hips,
bladder, kidney, bodily fluids.
Mental/Emotional/Energetic issues – Second chakra energy is about pleasure. Once survival needs are met we turn to pleasure. This energy is about tuning in and finding connection especially as we use sexual intimacy to blur our physical boundaries and connect with another. Where healthy pleasure brings peace and contentment, denial of pleasure leads to overindulgence and addiction.
Contributors to imbalance – Denial of feelings, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, coldness, rejection, religious or moral severity, physical abuse, alcoholic families, unplanned pregnancy.
Physical Malfunctions – Reproductive issues, spleen/urinary system, menstrual or sexual dysfunction, impotence, low back pain, knee trouble, sciatica, lack of flexibility, deadened senses, loss of appetite for food, life, sex.
Balanced Characteristics – Emotional intelligence, enjoys pleasure, nurture others and self, healthy boundaries, embraces change, passionate.
Deficient characteristics – Rigid in body & attitude, fear of change, frigidity, fear of sex, poor social skills, emotional numbness, denial of pleasure , excessive boundaries, lack of desire, passion, excitement, insensitive, boredom, moodiness.
Excessive characteristics – Sexual acting out, sex addiction, pleasure addiction, addiction to stimulation, excessively strong emotions, ruled by emotions (hysteria, bi-polar mood swings, crisis junkie), excessively sensitive, emotional, poor boundaries.
Affirmations – " I am alive and joyful"; "I am in the flow of my life"; "I am in tune with my emotions"; "I am able to surrender my fears".
Asanas – seated forward bends, camel, eagle, seated hip openers, goddess pose.
Balancing Activities – drink lots of water, bathe, swim, increase flexibility (take a yoga class!), dance, feel pleasure, experience emotion, become flexible in your attitudes, increase sensuality by tuning into your senses - color, texture, smell, sound, flavor, etc.
|Meaning – lustrous gem||Location – solar plexus|
|Element - fire||Sense - sight|
|Food - complex carbs||Challenge - shame|
|Color – yellow||Balancing Color - violet|
|Addiction - sugar, caffeine, food, compulsive cleaning||Glands - pancreas and adrenals|
Energy connection to body – Stomach, pancreas, adrenals, upper intestines, gall bladder, liver, mid-spine, digestive systems, muscles.
Mental/emotional/energetic issues – Third chakra energy is about individualization, will, self-esteem, self- respect, self-confidence, care of self and others, being decisive. The third chakra controls digestion and metabolism--literally and symbolically processing energy to overcome apathy and inertia. In the third chakra there is a shift from relating to the world around us to understanding ourselves.
Contributors to imbalance – Shaming, authoritarianism, volatile situations, domination of will, physical abuse, dangerous environment, fear of punishment, emotional manipulation, inherited shame from parents.
Physical Malfunctions – Eating disorders, digestive disorders, ulcers, hypoglycemia, diabetes, muscle spasms, chronic fatigue, hyper-tension, stomach problems, pancreas issues, arthritis, liver dysfunction, hepatitis, adrenal dysfunctions. Most third chakra illnesses are related to self-responsibility/self-esteem, or fear of rejection/criticism.
Balanced characteristics – Responsible, reliable, effective will, good self-esteem, warm personality, confident, good sense of humor.
Deficient Characteristics – Low energy, weak will, easily manipulated, poor self-discipline and follow through, low self-esteem, cold, poor digestion, collapsed middle, attraction to stimulants, victim mentality, passive, unreliable, hyper-sensitive to criticism, perfectionism.
Excessive Characteristics – Overly aggressive, controlling, need to be right and have last word, manipulative, power hungry, attracted to sedatives, tantrums, stubborn, outbursts, type A, competitive.
Affirmations – " I am strong centered and determined"; "I am powerful, brave and focused"; "I am able to gracefully weather life's unexpected storms"; "I am strong enough to follow through".
Asanas – core moves (bicycles, boat, plank) twists, forward bends
Balancing Activities for Deficiency – Take risks; make mistakes; give yourself room to explore flounder learn. Eat hot spicy food; drink hot teas; exercise vigorously; eat lightly; increase light in home; light candles; decorate with pointed shapes like triangles, diamonds, sunbursts; increase use of yellow and red in home/wardrobe; high gloss paint moves energy.
Balancing Activities for Excess – Avoid spicy foods/caffeine; relax, meditate, breathe deeply; take time off. Increase water element in your life. Soften contrasts in home/wardrobe. Use more rounded forms.
|Meaning – unstruck||Location – heart|
|Element - air||Sense - touch|
|Food - green vegetables||Challenge - grief|
|Color – green||Balancing Color - red|
|Addiction - nicotine, marijuana||Glands - thymus|
Energy connection to body – heart, lungs, diaphragm, chest, thymus, circulatory system, shoulders, arms, hands, ribs, breast.
Mental/emotional/energetic issues – The fourth chakra is the bridge between the upper and lower chakras-it is the space from which we give and receive love; inviting us to expand beyond the self and find union with another--the heart speaks of "we" rather than "me". Fourth chakra energy is about finding balance--mind/body, self/other, light/shadow/, masculine/feminine. The result of this balance is peace. To open the heart is to feel compassion and empathy for the self and others. Embrace the healing power of forgiveness as opposed to human justice.
Contributors to imbalance – rejection, constant criticism, loss, grief (own or parents), despair, jealousy, shyness, resentment, disengaged, unemotional, dependent, sorrow, betrayal, sexual/physical abuse, divorce, cold environment.
Physical Malfunctions – cardiac problems, hypertension, stroke, respiratory ailments, asthma, allergies, upper back and shoulder problems, bronchial pneumonia, sunken chest, breast cancer.
Balanced characteristics – compassionate, loving, empathetic, altruistic, able to give and receive love, feel unity with others, able to let go, truly feel power of prayer emanating from center.
Deficient Characteristics – anti-social, withdrawn, cold, critical, judgmental, intolerant of self or others, fear of intimacy/relationships, narcissistic, lack of empathy.
Excessive Characteristics – codependent (focusing too much on others), poor boundaries, demanding, clinging, jealous, pleaser/martyr.
Affirmations – "I am able to give and receive love"; "I am trusting, open and grateful"; "I trust my heart".
Asanas – seated spinal twists, cobra, upward facing dog, backbends (increase energy) forward bends (decrease energy).
Balancing Activities – pranayama (breath work), practice acceptance of self and others, work on forgiveness, work on gratitude, give to others, practice random acts of kindness, eat veggies. Increase air element in home - use ceiling fans; keep space uncluttered, add curtains, use objects in pairs.
|Meaning – purification||Location – throat|
|Element - sound||Sense - hearing|
|Food - blueberries, blackberries||Challenge - lies|
|Color – blue||Balancing Color - orange|
|Addiction - smoking, inhalants, exercise junkies||Glands - thyroid/parathyroid|
xEnergy connection to body – throat, thyroid, trachea, esophagus, parathyroid, hypothalamus, mouth jaw, teeth, shoulders, arms, hands.
Mental/emotional/energetic issues – The fifth chakra is the "bottleneck" of the energy body. As energy moves up the fifth chakra refines that raw, base energy for consciousness filtering it so the mind isn't flooded with unnecessary stuff. As energy flows down the limitless is filtered into images then words--thankfully expressing only a small amount of what goes through the mind. These refinements and filters involve an inner struggle that brings knowledge of the power of choice. This chakra is ruled by sound--vibration, rhythm, music, voice, words, communication. To open here is to find resonance and harmony--unity with all things.
Contributors to imbalance – lies, mixed messages, verbal abuse, constant yelling, excessive criticism (blocks expression), secret/threats for telling, authoritarian parents (don't talk back), alcoholic/chemical dependent family (don’t talk, trust/feel).
Physical Malfunctions – disorders of throat, ears, voice, neck; tightness of the jaw, TMJ, dental problems, skin irritations, attention disorders, stuttering.
Balanced characteristics – resonant voice, good listener, good sense of timing and rhythm, clear communicator, lives creatively.
Deficient Characteristics – fear of speaking, weak voice, difficulty putting things into words, introverted, tone deaf, poor rhythm, secretive.
Excessive Characteristics – too much talking, gossiping, stuttering, inability to listen or be quiet, poor auditory comprehension, interruptions, dominating voice, inability to keep confidences.
Affirmations – "I hear the voice of my soul", "I am able and willing to speak my truth", "I am able to celebrate the beauty in my life".
Asanas – reverse plank, neck and shoulder rolls, shoulder stand, fish.
Balancing Activities – chant, make noise, sing, be silent, listen to or create music, write in a journal, hang wind chimes, filter nise pollution with drapes, fabrics, carpets to reduce noise.
|Meaning – to perceive and command||Location – forehead, brow, third eye|
|Element - light||Sense - sight and seeing|
|Food - greens, green drinks, teas||Challenge - illusion|
|Color – indigo||Balancing Color - deep yellow|
|Addiction - shopping, possessiveness, cultish behavior||Glands - pineal|
Energy connection to body – the brain and neurological systems, pituitary and pineal glands, eyes, ears, nose face, sinuses, central nervous system, lymphatic and endocrine system.
Mental/emotional/energetic issues – intelligence, emotional intelligence, self evaluation, truth, feelings of adequacy, and openness to ideas of others, ability to learn from experience. Psychological characteristics that combine what we know with what we believe to be true (facts fears personal experiences and memories etc.) Inability to see the big picture or separate fact from fiction.
Contributors to imbalance – What you see, doesn’t go with what you are told ... invalidation of intuition. Psychic occurrences, ugly or frightening environment (war zone/violence). Illusions of separateness.
Physical Malfunctions – Headaches, migraines, sinusitis, brain tumors, stroke, blindness, vision problems, learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, nightmares.
Balanced characteristics – perceptive, imaginative, good memory, able to remember dreams, visualization, think clearly, at the top of our game, trust inner wisdom, think symbolically, connect with intuitive powers, comfortable detachment from worldly goods. Can sustain a vision of wholeness for all, “know the unknowable” your truth.
Deficient Characteristics – insensitivity, poor vision, poor memory difficulty seeing the future or imagining alternatives, lack of imagination, denial, can’t see what is going on, hard to remember dreams, only one right way, intellectual stagnation.
Excessive Characteristics – hallucinations, delusions, obsessions, nightmares, difficulty concentrating, confusion.
Affirmations – “ I am united w/the vibration of the infinite”, “I am seeing and thinking clearly”, “I am one with the infinite” , “I am balanced and strong”.
Asanas – gazing(dristi), eye exercises, closed eyes, spinal twists and yoga mudra.
Balancing Activities for Deficiency – ournaling, dream journaling, awareness of coincidences , visualization, exposure to light, dress colorfully, use contrasting colors, get outside.
Balancing Activities for Excess – meditate, enjoy and or create beauty, create art, monochromatic tones soothe.
|Meaning – thousand fold||Location – crown of the head|
|Element - thought||Sense - spiritual connection|
|Food - none, fasting||Challenge - attachment|
|Color – violet||Balancing Color - pale yellow|
|Addiction - material acquisitions, hallucinogens||Glands - pituitary|
Energy connection to body – entry point for human life force. This force nourishes the mind and spirit. Highest energy center in both physical location and rate of vibration. The energy influences the central nervous system, muscular system and the skin.
Mental/emotional/energetic issues – issues ability to trust life, values, ethics, courage, humanitarianism, selflessness, faith, inspiration, spirituality, devotion, great knowledge, deep understanding, inner wisdom and a connection to the highest state of enlightenment and spiritual growth. Union with the highest self and with the divine. Mystical realm.
Contributors to imbalance – Withheld information, education the blocks curiosity, forced religiosity, invalidation of ones beliefs, blind obedience, no right to think or question, misinformation, lies spiritual abuse.
Physical Malfunctions – coma migraines, brain tumors, amnesia, cognitive delusions, skin problems, sensitivity to light, sound, environment, cranial and cerebral illnesses, diseases of the musculoskeletal system, chronic exhaustion.
Balanced characteristics – ntelligent, thoughtful, aware, open-minded, able to question, having spiritual connection, wisdom, broad understanding, fulfillment of ones destiny, sense of bliss.
Deficient Characteristics – spiritual cynicism, learning difficulties, apathy, closed-minded, depression, materialistic, ethical and moral beliefs weak, disconnected from life and nature.
Excessive Characteristics – over intellectualism, spiritual addiction, unquestioning adherence to religious dogma, rigid beliefs, confusion, disassociation from body, living in your head.
Affirmations – “I am balanced between earth and heaven”, “I am at peace with myself”, “I am empowered by the strength of my body", “I am”.
Asanas – inversions, yoga mudra, downward facing dog, rabbit, head stand.
Balancing Activities for Deficiency – meditate, pray, learn create, use brain power, define beliefs and values, live consciously, aware of surroundings (neat/clutter).
Balancing Activities for Excess – meditate, experience beauty, create art, abstain from food, work talking etc., breathe, have sacred space, view night sky.
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(The following information comes from the book "Love is the Earth")
Crystals are the blossoms of the mineralogical portion of the earth; the recognition of the beauty and loving energies of these forms can greatly enhance ones personal development.
Crystals have been used and/or revered since the dawning of civilization. The energies of the mineral kingdom are "universal energies". Hence when one contacts and is willing to receive this energy, and begins to exercise personal creativity via exercise of the "Higher Will", one can contact and synthesize the energies from which the entire universe is comprised. This is the reason that crystals and other minerals are so very powerful and also why their powers must only be used through the highest consciousness of the individual.
Right intention during the use of the mineral further stimulates the melding of one's personal energy with that of the mineral kingdom, furthering the propagation of the light, the love, and the "good of all".
The consciousness of the planet is leading humanity to the re-discovery of an ancient and forgotten healing art in which the utilization of crystals is prominent.
To experience dis-ease and/or disorder in one's life, is to experience a total or partial disconnect from wholeness, a loss of awareness of the innate and universal source of perfection. The members of the mineralogical kingdom have been used for centuries to act as catalysts and to assist one in becoming re-united with that source.
Root Chakra ~ Garnet
Garnet is a "stone of health", extracting negative energies from the chakras and bringing the energy to a beneficial state. It can help to change ones world by increasing awareness and allowing for manifestation. It has also been known as a "stone of commitment" - to propose to others and to ones self. It can activate and stimulate the will...the will to live, to survive and to manifest. The garnet balances and stimulates the development and movement of the kundalini. It stimulates from the base and the crown chakras to provide for free flow of movement, via the spinal column and the inner pathway of light, helping to distribute the appropriate amount of energy to each portion of the body. The garnet provides a protective influence and a calming stable vitality during use.
Sacral Chakra ~ Carnelian
Carnelian increases ones perception and awakens ones inherent talents. It is used to produce inspiration from and connected-ness with the spiritual worlds. Carnelian protects against envy, fear, and rage and helps to banish sorrow from the emotional structure. It helps promote and awareness of the association between the emotional state and the inner condition of the self. It provides for a stable energy in home. The message of carnelian is that since on is love, there is nothing to do but offer the love...each offering of love brings and exponential increase in the quality of love returned. Carnelian can help to increase physical energy (including sexual energy), personal power, creativity and compassion.
Solar Plexus ~ Citrine
Citrine is one of the two minerals on the planet which does not hold and accumulate negative energy, but dissipates and transmutes it, working out problems on both the physical and subtle levels. Citrine activates, opens and energizes the navel and solar plexus chakra, increasing personal power, creativity and intelligent and decisive choices. It stimulates both mental focus and endurance. Citrine also increases self esteem and optimism. It can help one to release fear. It promotes radiance from within, encouraging a happy disposition. It positively influences the areas of education, business pursuits and interpersonal relationships.
Heart Chakra ~ Green Aventurine
This mineral is used at the heart chakra to both activate and clear. Green aventurine helps heal emotional pain and fear by dissolving blocks. It is also an excellent protector of the heart chakra, providing for a shield to block any “tapping-in” of ones energy. Aventurine provides fro balancing of the male/female energies. It has been used in rituals of the medicine wheel, to show the spirit guides the connection with the healing light of the heart. In these ceremonies it is held at the heart of each participant: it has been reported that during contact with the spirit guides, the participants have felt a “wash of love” fall around them.
Throat Chakra ~ Blue Lace Agate
Blue lace agate is useful for balancing the energy of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. It has been successfully used to provide a pathway or receiving clear thought transmissions…messages from ones higher self. It promotes attunement as it assists in the clear examination of one’s self, clarifying issues relevant to wones well being. Blue lace agate provides for perceptiveness in situations and awakens ones inherent talents. It helps stabilize the aura when used in conjunction with a clear, pure, intention, can help one to reach extremely high spiritual spaces.
Third Eye Chakra ~ Amethyst
Amethyst is a “stone of spirituality and contentment”. It balances the energies of the intellectual, emotional and physical bodies and provides a clear connection between the Earth plane and other worlds. Amethyst is also known as a “stone of meditation”. It is excellent at creating a calm and peaceful energy, helping one enter and maintain that state. Amethyst also helps clear away unproductive and unkind vibrations. It enhances spiritual insight and intellectual reasoning. Amethyst can be used to facilitate both speaking with and receiving information from the spiritual and other worldly masters and healers. Psychic abilities and intuition can be stimulated and amplified by the use of this mineral.
Crown Chakra ~ Clear Quartz
Quartz is said to bring the energy of the stars into the soul. These crystals can be used to amplify both body energy and thoughts. Quartz provides for clarity in ones thoughts and in the manifestation of thoughts to matter. The natural tendency is for harmony, and it is recognized as a “stone of power”. The quartz crystal is the connection between the physical dimension and the dimensions of the mind. In early times, when all things were thought to be conscious parts of a greater living consciousness, the quartz crystal was believed to synchronize the individual and the total consciousness with that of the heavens and the advanced life-forms. The quartz crystal provides for purification of the physical, mental and spiritual bodies. It helps release negative perspectives and judgments. Quartz can be used to stimulate positive thoughts and feelings. It can further enhance the flow of, and can direct ones positive thoughts and feelings toward the “light, love and harmony of the planet”.
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Adho-mukha: Face downwards.
Adho-mukha svanasana: Downward facing dog pose.
Ahimsa: Non harming, the touchstone of all yoga practices.
Ajna chakra: 6th chakra,located at the third eye, between eyebrows.
Anahata Chakra: 4th chakra located at the heart.
Ananda: Bliss, ecstasy.
Anga: The body; a limb or a part of the body; a constituent part.
Apana: One of the vital airs which move in the sphere of the lower abdomen.
Asana Posture: The third stage of yoga.
Asta: The number eight.
Astanga Yoga: The eight limbs of Yoga described by Patanjali.
Aum: Like the Latin word 'Omne', the Sanskrit word 'Aum' means 'all' and conveys concepts of 'Omniscience', 'Omnipresence' and 'Omnipotence'.
Ayurveda: the science of life, ancient Indian system of medicine and healing.
Baddha: Bound, caught, restrained, firm.
Bakasana: Elbow balancing pose (crow).
Balasana: Child's pose.
Bandha: Lock or tie, a psychokinetic energy lock used to direct the flow of prana.
Bhagavad Gita: "Song of the Lord" essential reference book for the practices of yoga.
Bhakti: Worship, adoration.
Bhuja: The arm or the shoulder.
Bhuja-pida:Pressure on the arm or shoulder.
Bhujanga: A serpent, a snake.
Bhujangasana: Cobra pose.
Brahma: The creative aspect of the Hindu Trinity.
Buddha: "The awakened one".
Chakra: A wheel or circle.
Chandra: The moon.
Chatur: The number four.
Chaturanga: Four limbs; a push-up position a few inches off the ground.
Chitta-vritta: The fluctuations and whirlings of the mind.
Danda: A staff.
Deva: One of the shining gods of Hinduism.
Devi: One of the radiant goddesses of Hinduism.
Dhanu: A bow.
Dharana: Concentration. The 6th stage of Yoga mentioned by Patanjali.
Dhyana: Meditation The 7th stage of Yoga mentioned by Patanjali.
Dwi: Two, both.
Dwi-hasta: Two hands.
Dwi-pada: Two feet or legs.
Eka: One, single, alone, only.
Gu: First syllable in the word 'Guru', meaning darkness.
Guru: Spiritual preceptor, one who illumines the darkness of spiritual doubt. Teacher.
Guruji: Affectionate name for the teacher.
Ha: First syllable of the word 'Hatha', which is composed of the syllables
'ha' meaning the sun, and 'tha' meaning the moon. The object of Hatha-yoga is to
balance the flow of solar and lunar energy in the human system.
Hala: A plough.
Hanuman: The Monkey God.
Hasta: The hand.
Hatha: Sun/moon; balance.
Hatha-yoga: The way towards realization through rigorous discipline.
Hindi: Language spoken in Northern India, same script as Sanskrit.
Ida- nadi: “moon stream” the left cool energy channel.
Janu: The knee.
Japa: Mantra repetition, done with mala beads.
Jaya: Victory to! Hail!
Jalandhara Bandha: “Cloud catching lock” known as chin lock used in Hatha practice.
Jiva: The individual self, the enlightened soul.
Jivanmukti: Living liberated to the true nature of being while still living.
Jnana: Sacred knowledge.
Kapota: A dove, pigeon.
Karma-yoga: The yoga attained through selfless service.
Karna: The ear; also one of the heros in the Mahabharata.
Karna Pidasana: Pressure on ears pose.
Kirtan: Call and response chanting.
Klesha: Obstacles to liberation (there are 5).
Kosha: Sheath or covering.
Krishna: "The One Who Attracts".
Kriya: A cleaning process, purification.
Kundalini: The Kundalini (kundala=coil of a rope; Kundalini=a coiled female serpent) is the divine cosmic energy. This force or energy is symbolised as a coiled and sleeping serpent lying dormant in the lowest nerve centre at the base of the spinal column, the Muladhara-chakra. This latent energy has to be aroused and made to ascend the main spinal channel, the Susumna piercing the chakras right up to the Sahasrara, the thousand-petalled lotus in the head. Then the Yogi is in union with the Supreme Universal Soul.
Lam: sound mantra for the muladhara chakra (root).
Maha: Big or great
Mala: A garland, wreath.
Mandala: A circle.
Manipura chakra: 3rd chakra located at the solar plexus.
Mantra: A sacred thought or a prayer.
Matsya: A fish.
Maya: Illusion, that which vails limits or conceals.
Mudra: : A seal; a sealing posture.
Muladhara: Root place.
Muladhara chakra: 1st chakra located at base of spine.
Nadi: River, current, subtle channel for flow of prana.
Namaste: Commonly said at the end of yoga class by the instructor and the students.
One beautiful interpretation: "The divine that resides in my heart bows to the divine that resides in yours".
Nava: A boat.
Neti: Nose cleaning.
Nirodha: Restraint, suppression.
Niyama: Observances. The second stage of yoga mentioned by Patanjali.
Om: The most powerful mantra, universal sound.
Om Namah Shivaya: "I bow to Lord Shiva, the benevolent, who has the power to transform through destruction".
Pada: The foot or leg; also part of a book.
Padangustha: The big toe.
Padma: A lotus.
Parigha: A beam or a bar used for bolting or shutting a gate.
Parighasana: Lateral side stretch.
Paripurna Navasana: Boat pose.
Parivrtta: Turned around, revolved.
Parivrtta Trikonasana: Twisting triangle.
Parsva: The side, flank; lateral.
Paschima: West; the back side of the body.
Paschimottana: Intense stretch of the back side of the body from the nape to the heels.
Paschimottanasana: Seated forward bend.
Patanjali: The author of the yoga sutras. Founder of Yoga Philosophy.
Pingali Nadi: “Sun stream” right hot male energy channel.
Pida: Pain, suffering, pressure.
Prajna: Intelligence, wisdom.
Prana: Breath, respiration, life force, wind, energy, strength.
Pranayama: Rhythmic control of the breath. The fourth stage of yoga.
Prasarita: Spread out, stretched out.
Pratyahara: Withdrawal and emancipation of the mind from the domination of the senses and sensual objects. The fifth stage of yoga.
Prem: Divine love.
Purva: East, the front of the body.
Purvottana: The intense stretch of the front side of the body.
Purvottanasana: Pose of the intense stretch of the front side of the body.
Raja: A king, a ruler.
Raja-kapota: King pigeon.
Raja-yoga: The achievement of union with the Supreme Universal Spirit, by becoming the ruler of one's own mind by defeating its enemies.
Ram: The sound of the 3rd chakra.
Ru: The second syllable in the word 'guru', meaning light.
Sahasrara chakra: "Thousand petaled lotus wheel" crown chakra.
Salabha: A locust.
Salamba: With support.
Samadhi: The same as the highest, where there is a feeling of being the same as ecstasy, bliss, enlightenment.
Samsara: Auffering individualization.
Sanskrit: The ancient language of India.
Sarasvati: The goddess of learning music, science and the arts.
Sarva: All, whole.
Sarvanga: The whole body.
Satchitananda: True existence, attributes of supreme self.
Satsang: Attachment to the truth, associated w/those who remind you of your true potential.
Satya: Truth, "being real", honest.
Sava: A corpse, a dead body.
Savasana: Corpse pose.
Setu: A bridge.
Setu-bandha: The construction of a bridge. Name of an asana in which the body is arched.
Shiva: The destroyer
Siddha: A sage, seer or prophet; also a semi-divine being of great purity and holiness.
Sirsa: The head.
Sukha: "Sweet space" happiness and spaciousness.
Supta Virasana: Reclining Hero Pose.
Supine: Hero pose.
Surya: The sun.
Svana: A dog.
Sushumna: Sweet shrine, most important nadi, central energy channel.
Sutra: Thread, teachings given in terse concise statements.
Swadhsthana chakra: 2nd chakra located below the navel.
Tada: A mountain.
Tadasana: Mountain pose; standing tall.
Tan: To stretch, extend, lengthen out.
Tapas: Burning away impurities through self-discipline.
Tha: The second syllable of the word 'hatha'. The first syllable 'ha' stands for the sun, while the second syllable 'tha' stands for the moon. The union of these two is Hatha-yoga.
Tola: A balance.
Trikona: A triangle.
Uddiyana Bandha: “Flying up lock” lifting the diaphragm, holding exhalation.
Ujjayi: A type of pranayama in which the lungs are fully expanded and the chest is puffed out. Vigorous Breath.
Urdhva: Raised, elevated, tending upwards.
Urdhva-mukha: Face upwards.
Ustra: A camel.
Ut: A particle, denoting intensity.
Utkata: Powerful, fierce.
Uttana: An intense stretch.
Uttanasana: Standing forward bend intense stretch.
Utthita: Raised up, extended, stretched.
Vam: Sound for the swadhisthana chakra 2nd chakra.
Vajra: A thunderbolt, the weapon of Indra.
Vasistha: A celebrated sage, author of several Vedic hymns.
Vinyasa: Linking mechanism.
Vira: A hero; brave.
Virabhadra: A powerful hero created out of Siva's matted hair.
Virabhadrasana I: Warrior I pose.
Vishnu: "Preserver" one of the Hindu Trinity
Viveka: Knowing what is true.
Vrksa: A tree.
Yam: Sound of the 4th chakra, the heart chakra.
Yama: The god of death. Yama is also the first of the eight limbs or means of attaining yoga.
Yamas: Universal moral commandments or ethical disciplines transcending creeds, countries, age and time. The five mentioned by Patanjali are: non-violence, truth, non-stealing, continence and non-coveting.
Yoga: Union, communion.
Yoga-mudra: A posture.
Yogi or Yogini: One who follows the path of yoga.