Thursday, April 28, 2011

thursday thought

"You have to save yourself from so many good-intentioned people,
do-gooders, who are constantly advising you to be this, to be that.
Listen to them, thank them. They don´t mean any harm — but harm is what happens. You just listen to your own heart. That is your only teacher.
In the real journey of life, your own intuition is your only teacher." Osho

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Reiki Honors Pregnancy by Loree Bell, RMT

My pregnancy was not planned. Not in the traditional sense. I had a thriving beautiful daughter keeping my husband and myself busy, and my mind had wandered on focusing on my life path.
Circumstances had propelled me to look inward, and to listen to my internal guidance. The voice led me to the healing path. When I focused deeper, Reiki bubbled to the surface. What was Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese energy technique that relaxes, restores, and balances your energy systems. I felt the need to learn this modality, and asked the universe for financial assistance. Within weeks, an unexpected check arrived in the mail to cover the costs for the training and I found myself on an airplane to Arizona. During my training and attunement to the energy, I found out I was pregnant! Stunned, I was assured that Reiki would be beneficial to me and my baby during the pregnancy and postpartum period.

Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman's life. A blessing. A Reiki treatment during this period can reduce stress, center and ground emotions, and restore energy systems in the body. Studies from Hartford Hospital in Connecticut find that Reiki reduces pain, nausea, anxiety, and improves sleep when used in conjunction with medical care. My intuition during my pregnancy was to give myself treatments daily to relieve stress. I was juggling a full-time job, an active toddler, and the notion I could fulfill my life purpose while pregnant? During these mindful sessions, I could shut out the pressures of my life and deepen the connection to my baby. A mindful moment of Zen. I had no major complications with my pregnancy, but Reiki did improve routine discomforts such as sciatic nerve and round ligament pain in my second and third trimesters. Reiki is also useful during the labor process, and can assist mothers recovering from post postpartum issues. I gave birth to a healthy baby girl! The name Norah came to me, which means light. The name was meant to be given my path as a lightworker.

After birth, Reiki soothes newborns with colic or teething issues. Norah was a joyful and calm baby, and I continued to give her Reiki as an infant. Now as an adventurous toddler, she loves to laugh at herself when completing developmental milestones such as sitting or walking. I truly believe the universe put Reiki in Norah's life for a reason, and her life journey has just begun.

Please contact me to schedule a session and begin your journey in honoring yourself and your baby during this very special time in your life. Reiki is not limited by distance, and can be given without the client physically present!

I am celebrating Mothers in the Month of May! Mothers receive 25% off a Reiki Session.

Loree Bell, RMT
By Email:
By Phone: 206-713-3143

Sunday, April 17, 2011

YJP on Twitter

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Because of love, I have become the giver of light. ~ Rumi

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Advance your Practice FRIDAY

Come on down to Nurture Healing Center THIS Friday April 8th, 6:00-8:00pm for Advance your Practice!
This session is going to be a surprise! We'll come to our edge and find our own challenge wherever we are in our practice!
Come with a mat, water and an open mind!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yoga Stops Traffic!

Ashtanga Tacoma .....6th Ave Saturday.... 9 AM.... 108 SUN SALUTATIONS (SURYA NAMASKARAS A). Donatation fundraising class to raise funds to save CHILDREN from human trafficking, child slavery and sexual violence.
PLEASE... if you can't go to this

(even if you aren't LOCAL!)

consider sending a donation...l00% of which goes to this important cause.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Snow day

"Yoga doesn't ask us to believe, it asks us to practice, examining our experience until we can witness the truth in the book of our own heart".

So, I'm on a Blog roll today! I'm snowed in with a sick, 7 year old boy at home. Have enjoyed quiet at home practice the past two days and simple domestic tasks like lots of laundy. I love how yoga reminds me to find beauty wherever I am. (ok, I did get thrown up on this morning, but I've moved on from that . . : ) The art of non-attachment is helpful, too.


Costa Rica

Anyone in love with Costa Rica, yet? Stay tuned . . .


"Yoga Unveiled" Documentary Trailer

Yoga Unveiled is a video documentary of the yoga tradition. Early on, the observation is made that yoga is not intended to promote the teacher, but to support the student. This is a fitting and humble orientation-but of course one should not forget the teacher entirely. In this spirit, first-time videographer Gita Desai and her husband, Mukesh, have produced a unique testimony to the countless teachers who brought yoga from the remotest reaches of India to the main streets of America.

Beautiful film. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

surya namaskar

Practicing yoga at home this morning. Sun shining outside, sun shining brighter within.


Friday, February 11, 2011


Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ~ Mother Teresa

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Join us on Sunday 12-1:30 @ Serenity Yoga (711 St. Helens) for a DONATION EVENT to support The Ripple Effect, Inc. - A group helping to create sustainable programs for change for the Ixil people of Guatemala.
Enjoy a valentine's vinyasa and donate whatever you like! All proceeds will go to Guatemala with Michael Ewens (director of The Ripple Effect, Inc.) to help build these programs. The power of your dollars is AMAZING. Just think on it...$100 gives one family a sustainable water system for life. $35 gives fencing and seeds to a family.
Join us, and send your love!
Serenity Yoga
see what Michael and the Ripple Effect, Inc are up to right now on their blog!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Yoga Stops Traffick 2011

This comes via Holly Menzies of Ashtanga Yoga Tacoma.

♥ Amy

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

From David’s Ashtanga Journals: Physical and Mental Edge

From David’s Ashtanga Journals: Physical and Mental Edge

This is a re-post from David Garrigues's blog. I attended a wonderful Ashtanga retreat at Breitenbush with him a few years ago. He articulates well here what practicing at our "Edge" means.

♡ Amy

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yoga teacher training in Bali

Another Link!
This one to the teacher training program with Bob Smith and Ki McGraw offered in Bali that I received my 200RYT from.

♥ Amy

Girish performing Hanuman @ Bhakti Fest 2009

Girish performing Hanuman @ Bhakti Fest 2009

This is yogajoyproject friend, Girish, in a live performance at Bhakti Fest. I reposted from Authur Klein's Y YOGA Movie Blog You can also get a download Y Yoga Movie there. . . Check it out!

p.s. YogaJOYproject peeps are headed to Palm Springs this weekend to a Girish Kirtan (see below)! AND, YJP is honored to have Girish in T-TOWN for a Kirtan performance in December!

Palm Springs, CA
Saturday January 29, 5 - 9 pm
Girish Kirtan
Kristin Olson's Urban Yoga
458 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs 92262
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Sunday, January 23, 2011

American Yoga 2011: New Possibilities for a New Decade.
‎"Then BOOM. Suddenly, last year, three books on the subject appeared: Robert Love’s The Great Oom, Stephanie Syman’s The Subtle Body, and Philip Goldberg’s American Veda..."

♥ Amy

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Namaste, Amy

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Snatam Kaur - The Sun Shines On Everyone

The sun shines on everyone. It doesn't make choices.
-MLK Day 2011


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Yoga For Unity Flash Mob

In Light and Love ~ Amy

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Y Yoga Movie - Peaceful Warrior Trailer

Y Yoga Trailer. This movie gets to the heart and soul of the practice. Check out the whole movie!
Light ~ Amy

Y Yoga Movie

This is a link to a 15 minute clip of Y Yoga Movie. If you love it, check out the whole film! Gets to the heart and soul of the practice.
Light ~ Amy

Fierce Grace: Yoga Ain't for Sissies

Enjoy this powerful interview with Seane Corn directed to me by the ever fierce and graceful Jill. Thanks!

This interview speaks to the transformational power and relevance of practicing yoga.

Love ~ Amy