My Dear Guide – Shamanism and Grave’s Part Two

Woman With Clouds by Christian-Schloe | SpiritMAMA Blog

My road to recovery from illness has had many facets. Like peeling an onion only to get to the next layer, tears and all. There’s been the physical symptoms to address, but I knew from the beginning that this illness was more complex. In 2012 my baby son was 3 years old. I started working out […]

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After I got Graves Disease – Part One

The Heartache by Christain Schloe | SpiritMAMA Blog

Everything fell apart. But, it really had to. They say disease, sickness, injury come to show us what we are ignoring. Or at least show us where we are in disharmony. For me, Graves made me sit down. Literally. I sat on my couch for months because even the slightest of strain or excitement made my heart […]

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Sick All the Time? Practice Forgiveness

I will Never Turn to the Dark Side Meme | SpiritMAMA Blog

Last night I had a really vivid dream that moved from one story to the next story. When I woke up I was like, wow! a lot going on there. I felt the tug to meditate immediately. What followed was the densest meditation session I have ever had. The energy in my mind was like […]

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How I Quit Smoking

Smoke Rings by Maegan | SpiritMAMA Blog

This story never gets old. At the ripe old age of 29 I had been a pack-a-day smoker for 16 years. I started in grade 8. It wasn’t to fit in, rather it was to get off my head – the first foray into mind-alteration. But this story isn’t really about that. This story is […]

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The Mat, She is Tenacious

Yoga Double Exposure by Victor Tondee | SpiritMAMABlog

Happy to report that I am back on my mat. You’d think from reading this blog that I do yoga all the time. I don’t. I’m actually not a creature of habit. I find that any routine can get stale, which bores me – and in my experience of myself, that’s when I start to […]

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How and Why to Start a Yoga Practice

Courage Dear Heart Art | SpiritMAMA Blog

On Sharon Gannon’s Magic Ten Asana Sequence and Why We Must Practice with Love I came across this article today. Love it so. Sharon Gannon is the teacher of one of my teachers and the founder/creatrix of the Jivamukti yoga method. In the article she talks about how the asana part of yoga allows us to feel […]

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A Balanced Approach to Living With Graves – Part Three

Christian Schloe | SpiritMAMA Blog

My journey with Graves disease continues. They say that it comes in waves or fluctuates – this is my experience now. My symptoms have come back. Not as bad as they once were, but enough to stop me from doing things I like to do – mainly yoga, running, physical exercise. For me Graves manifests […]

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Rainbow Body Guided Visualization

Rainbow Body | SpiritMAMA Blog

I do a variation of this every morning. This is a basic foundational mediation and visualization for clearing out your chakras and grounding to the earth. You can build on it later after you’re comfortable with it. Go into a meditative state in the usual way, with steps downward or counting or whatever you use to […]

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Shining Skull Breath and Anuloma Viloma

Woman Sits Pranayama | SpiritMAMA Blog

Here’s a breathing technique, called the Shining Skull Breath or Kapalabhati Pranayama. I learned a version of it during the Medicine Wheel (MW) I did last year, called the Shaman’s Breath. In the morning I get up at 6 and do three rounds of 100 breaths, at whichever pace I feel like at that moment, […]

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