Soul Body Blog
When you take a Reiki level 1 and 2 class and you forgot what to do with Reiki, here are some simple ways to incorporate the beautiful energy of Reiki in your life.
Eileen is a small flower farmer, a writer and a yoga teacher. (facilitator is her more resonant word). She began taking Kundalini at the age of 20 in Los Angeles with Guru Singh and when she was pregnant with each of her children, she practiced with Gurmukh in her house. She took a break from practicing from age 35-45, but then the awakening came that she needed to find herself again….so began the journey into her own power once more. The writing, flowers and Kundalini all have that common thread of transformation.
The intention at Eileen’s flower farm, Palomar Farm, is to grown a variety of native and unusual flowers reminiscent of ancient ways and days gone by. Medicinal herbs, edible plants, from the wildly weird sunflowers, to the regal romantic roses, to a chorus line of dancing dahlias! Think of it this way, a cross between your grandmother’s old-time favorites with medicinal herbs from ancient times interwoven to create both a visual and sensual feast.
Eileen is fascinated by transformation. Through understanding the natural world of seasons and how the garden changes with each phase, so too do we, with each stage of our lives. We are constantly changing and evolving – which is a beautiful process, but can also be challenging at times to accept the changes and let go. Along with the flowers in her garden, Kundalini Yoga has been Eileen’s spiritual practice which supports her soul’s evolution. Kundalini is a transformational yogic practice which encompasses all that we need to live our highest vibrational life. She lives in Ojai, grows all varieties of old time flowers, holds sacred women’s writing circles seasonally, and teaches Kundalini Yoga.
Eileen’s Kundalini Yoga class at Soul Body Ojai is on Mondays 10:00 am – 11:30 pm. See Full Class Schedule
Gather your important things. Put on your thick socks. A fluffy coat. A soft scarf. Maybe mittens. We are going on a walk. The door opens and the air is crisp and elevated, hitting the back of your throat all at once on the first breath…the brain immediately notified and every cell of the body enlivened. The sun above is still high but descending. These days are abbreviated, concentrated, like laser. Focus. One step at a time, now. Up the mountain slope. Into the trees. Into the beginning. But first through the end.
Keep going. Sound itself becomes more still, deeper and more challenging to locate. The beat of the heart grows louder in the silence. Is it your heart or the heart of something else? Something more ancient. Like Truth before words. Like space before birth. Like the vacuum of the inhale of Creation.
There it is. The cleft in the granite. The cavern. Time before time. Make your offering here on the snow before you enter. Your highest and most troublesome aspect. Your shadow and your light. The breath and your blood. Smooth or stuttered, let the mantra be given. Give away your judgment first. And then the defeats. Now, the victories. This year has been fruitful, yes? She will receive it all as good fortune. You are free now of your burdens. Clean of the praises that bind.
Are you ready, now? How long has it been since this reprieve? This surrender? Move one grateful footfall at a time into this womb. There is a fire deep in the interior. Mingmen, the flame of life. You will be bone deep warm, now. The floor is soft and lined in the finest fur. Do you remember it? Was it not so long ago?
Make yourself at home, dear traveler. All is cared for. All is done.
The last solar light drops away and the shadows play upon the deep red walls. Pictographic. Sensual. Nourishing. A most perfect sustenance bubbles over the hearth.
Stop now. Go still. Deeper, now. Yin within Yin. This is the place of the Mother. Your Mother. And she has been waiting here to love you. Enter here and become anew.
See you on the other side, Beloved.
Winter Tips to Deepen into Healing
- Prepare delicious food – Cooking warm foods creates a warm home. Soups, casseroles, and root vegetables are perfect this time of year.
- Practice Meditation– Meditating before the sun rises and sets, helps us to begin and end the day in a peaceful manner. An evening meditation also helps us access deep sleep.
- Indulge in evening baths– Experiencing an evening hot bath is a wonderful way to release the demands of the day.
- Find time outside alone– Breathing in mother nature and being in her presence automatically slows us down. Weather permitting, find some time to take a walk, cross country ski, hike, or tend to your garden.
- Journal – Journaling about anything and everything is so beneficial this time of year. Writing helps us to process our past experiences and dream of future possibilities.
- SLEEP– Sleeping during this time of year is key. Did you know the best time to make up a lack of sleep from earlier in the year is the Winter? Try to go to bed an hour earlier than usual and experience how quickly your body rehabilitates itself.
Tara Matthews, L.Ac.
Soul Body Ojai Spaceholder
I entered the healing professions because it was the most natural thing in the world for me. At first, in college, I studied for medical school because, as an academic, it made perfect sense. Being a doctor would allow me to help. But I also found yoga in college and the practice opened abilities that were not well defined in the western model. A minor injury to my knee as a young adult brought me to Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, and that was the both the end and the beginning. I began my studies in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine before I left my undergraduate program and there was only destiny before me.
My yoga practice evolved into teacher trainings, from Hatha to Iyengar and then to Kundalini. And again, I never looked back. Chinese Medicine, Daoism and Kundalini Yoga became framework and lifework, a deep remembering, as they still are,almost 20 years later. In between, I have studied Earth based medicines, energywork, Sat Nam Rasayan, and within a dear Priestess lineage. Working as a solo practitioner for over a decade, my practices became my life.
Upon moving to Ventura County with my family, I found my community and the deeper calling of holding space for other healers and teachers has become an equal calling to my healing work. While I continue to deepen my studies with my own teachers, I also find happiness in providing openings for others to find their path, too~ in real ways. From offering Retreats and Journeys, Teacher Trainings, classes, and healing sessions. These offerings both stretch and nourish me.
There are callings and then there are mandates. Soul Body Ojai is a mandate for me. The community, the land, the space, the inner and outer space of it…the students and clients who move through our doors and classes and under our hands in the treatment rooms, the teachers and practitioners who are my family. This community is a great privilege to be a part of. And there is room to grow together. (And we do!) Thank you for reading this far and sharing my story with me. If I can help remind you of the medicine you bring into this world, I would love to be of service.
It is Autumn here in Ojai. As I write, we are expecting our first rain of the season. It has been over 180 Days since any significant precipitation, so that is a lot to be grateful for! But not all. As we enter the time of reflection that this time of year brings, we want you to know how grateful we are for you, too! You are our community. You are space holders and clients and students and friends. Soul Family. And we appreciate that you are part of the bigger vision of what Soul Body Ojai is. We provide a venue and experience of healing, but it is in relationship with you that the realization of a healthier, happier world exists. All of us create this together and we don’t take that for granted.
Gratitude is one of the highest vibrational experiences attainable in the human experience.
When we are thankful, we elevate ourselves and those around us because our energy is more expanded, our magnetic field larger, our mood higher, and perspective more expansive. Gratitude increases the health of the immune system, improves and increases the quality and number of our relationships, helps us sleep better, and live longer.
All of this increases glandular secretions in the body that allow us to experience life from a happier place by balancing the flow of oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. We become more self-contained and emotionally self-sufficient, and that in turn, creates and energetic dynamic that attracts a similar vibration. Gratitude increases gratitude increases ->>>>infinity. The cool thing about the glandular system being intimately tied to the experience of gratitude is that we can trigger the same benefits by balancing the physical system. So when it is challenging to be thankful, do yoga, breathwork, and meditation. Go for a hike. Reach out to a friend or go to a group yoga class. Get some acupuncture. A massage. Adjust your sleep practices. Eat better. You will find that it will be easier to feel thankful if you do. Start where you can and go from there.
And let us help. We are celebrating you, our community and soul family next week. On Saturday, December 7th, you are cordially invited to our Annual Soul Body Open House and Gratitude Celebration! From 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, come and enjoy yoga, gong yoga nidra, meditation, sound baths, mini-sessions with our practitioners (massage, ear seeds, intuitive consultations), a warm bowl of veggie chili, yogi tea and chocolate EVERYTHING! (Check out the full schedule on our website.)
Everything is on the house. But if you feel like paying it forward into the world, all donations will benefit the Ojai Valley Conservancy. (Because we are grateful for them, too!)
Come celebrate with us.
And, as you consider all that makes your world better and brighter, know that you are on our list.
Tara, Jennifer, Sharmila, Becky, Nikki, Shiva, Angelique, Faith, Ashley, Debbie and Robin
Ojai, CA 93023