2022 Holiday Mantra Box® Unveiling

9 Feb

2022 Holiday Mantra Box® Unveiling

2022 Holiday Mantra Box® Unveiling

It’s that time of year again – the time to share what we put into last season’s annual Holiday Mantra Box®. Holiday Mantra Box® is a special edition discovery box that features the best wellness products on the market. The majority of the products inside are from small businesses you likely will not see in your local big box stores.

If you’re new around here, a quick back story: Years ago, I was receiving packages from small businesses all over the country. They’d send them in the hopes that I would share on social and while I did share what I loved, it didn’t really do that much to help get the word out about the companies, so together with Marketing Director Lauren, we brainstormed about how we could help. The more we learned about retail, the more we realized just how expensive it is for a small business to get onto the shelves at big box stores. We put our thinking caps on and came up with the idea of Mantra Box®.

Keep scrolling to see what we put in the box! And be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified when our Summer Mantra Box® is available for preorder.


Lightly Scented Candle, Fontana Candle Co.

founders Katie & Eric Roering

Company: Fontana Candle Co.

Founders: Katie & Eric Roering

Why the company was started: Our Journey Began in 2017. A friend gifted us with a name brand candle that smelled amazing. We very rarely burned candles in our home, and were shocked to discover that after a day of burning the paraffin based candle, we had headaches and felt horrible. We decided to research candles and what we discovered horrified us. Most candles are extremely toxic, and most candle companies do not disclose their ingredients.

What the company does to give back: Because our Co-Founder Katie’s Father Died of Lymphoma in 2019, we give back to cancer charities in his honor. In 2021 the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society was our main charity we donated to, and in 2022 we are donating a minimum of $5,000 to the BCPP (Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.)

Product included in box: 6oz Essential Oil Candles

Code: use code YOGA15 for 15% off future orders

Retail value: $14.99

Instagram: @fontanacandlecompany


Company: Mesmos, which is short for Mesmerizing, Memories and Moments2. Founder is myself and a good friend and we refer ourselves as ‘The Mesmos Ladies’ and would like to remain anonymous hope you understand!

Why the company was started: We are both pharmacists and work in retail pharmacy. The work setting can be quite stressful and clinical as everything is usually white color. That was what inspired us to create encouraging and pretty stationery to spark joy in others, and help people de-stress by having constant positive affirmations around them.

What the company does to give back: We donate proceeds of our sales toward Global Fund for Women, this charity funds human rights initiatives for women around the world.

Product included in box: Mindfulness Self Care Cards

Code: use code YOGA15CAN on Amazon for 15% off future orders

Retail value: $13.95

Instagram: @mesmos.co


founder Emily Griffith

Company: Lil Bucks

Founder: Emily Griffith

Why the company was started: After discovering the potential of an underutilized superfood while living in Australia, Chicago-native Emily Griffith founded Lil Bucks, America’s buckwheat company with a mission to offer innovative buckwheat snack and breakfast products, while promoting a more nutritious diet and soil health in North America.

What the company does to give back: Lil Bucks uses regenerative organic buckwheat to support human and soil health. We work with A Frame Farms in Minnesota who planted 200 acres of buckwheat this year that will be used as the main ingredient for our sprouted buckwheat crunch and clusterbucks. Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.

Product included in box: Snickerdoodle Clusterbucks

Code: use code YOGA15 for 15% off future orders

Retail value: $6.99

Instagram: @lovelilbucks


Founder, Tiila Abbitt

Rose Quartz Quad

Company: ATHR Beauty

Founder: Tiila Abbitt, a former product developer and head of sustinability at Sephora.

Why the company was started: Founded in 2018 by Tiila Abbitt, a passionate, highly creative product development professional, with over 8 years of experience in charge of product development and sustainability at Sephora. ATHR Beauty was born out of the light of the desert in Tucson, AZ. Tiila was inspired by the plants that grew around her and thrived in such a harsh environment. So she dug deeper to find amazing plants and oils that are not only highly sustainable like the prickly pear plant but also have amazing benefits for your skin. The result is highly pigmented intentional beauty inspired by the desert.

What the company does to give back: We are a 1% for the Planet Partner

Product included in box: Rose Quartz Quad $20, Desert Rose Lip + Cheek Oil Stain: $24

Retail value: $44.00, combined value

Code: use code YOGA15 for 15% your future orders

Instagram: @athrbeautyco


YumButter by Tribe 9 Foods

Company: YumButter by Tribe 9 Foods

Founders: Brian Durst, Steve Ciurczak, Will Ciurczak, Peter Robertson, Chris Feuille

Why the company was started: Tribe 9 Foods, a specialty food company based in Madison, Wisconsin, was founded in February of 2017 in order to create delicious, nourishing and functional food to improve the lives of others. By combining the unique and diverse skills of three fast-growing companies, the idea was together we could do more: Create more nutritious products; Provide more great local jobs for employees; Contribute more to our communities; and Demonstrate more how to be a responsible and sustainable manufacturer.

What the company does to give back: As a certified B Corp, supporting our local community is a key tenet of what we do. Our support comes in 3 ways: monetary donations; food/product donations; and volunteer time. You can learn more about our efforts here. Specific to Yumbutter, is our Buy One, Help Nourish One program

Product included in box: 6.2oz Peanut Butter pouch

Code: use code YOGA10 for $10 off your purchase starting December 2022 *1 use/per person

Retail value: $4.99

Instagram: @yumbutter


Company: Ere Perez

Founder: Ere

Why the company was started: A childhood spent in Mexico with a traditional medicine man grandfather and a mother’s flair for home remedies & beauty recipes, made Ere curious about nature and healing. She obtained a bachelor in nutrition and certification in naturopathy, Bach flowers and acupuncture. Ere emigrated to Australia with her rich cultural heritage and dreamed of her own natural beauty line. In 2002, her dream was realised and Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics was born in Bondi Beach, Sydney. For Ere, natural beauty is about how you live your life, how you connect with the world and how you nourish your body — inside and out.

What the company does to give back:

Product included in box: Quandong Green Booster Serum

Retail value: $40.30

Instagram: @ereperezcosmetics



It’s that time of year again – the time to share what we put into last season’s annual Holiday Mantra Box®. Holiday Mantra Box® is a special edition discovery box that features the best wellness products on the market. The majority of the products inside are from small businesses you likely will not see in your local big box stores.

If you’re new around here, a quick back story: Years ago, I was receiving packages from small businesses all over the country. They’d send them in the hopes that I would share on social and while I did share what I loved, it didn’t really do that much to help get the word out about the companies, so together with Marketing Director Lauren, we brainstormed about how we could help. The more we learned about retail, the more we realized just how expensive it is for a small business to get onto the shelves at big box stores. We put our thinking caps on and came up with the idea of Mantra Box®.

Keep scrolling to see what we put in the box! And be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified when our Summer Mantra Box® is available for preorder.


Lightly Scented Candle, Fontana Candle Co.

founders Katie & Eric Roering

Company: Fontana Candle Co.

Founders: Katie & Eric Roering

Why the company was started: Our Journey Began in 2017. A friend gifted us with a name brand candle that smelled amazing. We very rarely burned candles in our home, and were shocked to discover that after a day of burning the paraffin based candle, we had headaches and felt horrible. We decided to research candles and what we discovered horrified us. Most candles are extremely toxic, and most candle companies do not disclose their ingredients.

What the company does to give back: Because our Co-Founder Katie’s Father Died of Lymphoma in 2019, we give back to cancer charities in his honor. In 2021 the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society was our main charity we donated to, and in 2022 we are donating a minimum of $5,000 to the BCPP (Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.)

Product included in box: 6oz Essential Oil Candles

Code: use code YOGA15 for 15% off future orders

Retail value: $14.99

Instagram: @fontanacandlecompany


Company: Mesmos, which is short for Mesmerizing, Memories and Moments2. Founder is myself and a good friend and we refer ourselves as ‘The Mesmos Ladies’ and would like to remain anonymous hope you understand!

Why the company was started: We are both pharmacists and work in retail pharmacy. The work setting can be quite stressful and clinical as everything is usually white color. That was what inspired us to create encouraging and pretty stationery to spark joy in others, and help people de-stress by having constant positive affirmations around them.

What the company does to give back: We donate proceeds of our sales toward Global Fund for Women, this charity funds human rights initiatives for women around the world.

Product included in box: Mindfulness Self Care Cards

Code: use code YOGA15CAN on Amazon for 15% off future orders

Retail value: $13.95

Instagram: @mesmos.co


founder Emily Griffith

Company: Lil Bucks

Founder: Emily Griffith

Why the company was started: After discovering the potential of an underutilized superfood while living in Australia, Chicago-native Emily Griffith founded Lil Bucks, America’s buckwheat company with a mission to offer innovative buckwheat snack and breakfast products, while promoting a more nutritious diet and soil health in North America.

What the company does to give back: Lil Bucks uses regenerative organic buckwheat to support human and soil health. We work with A Frame Farms in Minnesota who planted 200 acres of buckwheat this year that will be used as the main ingredient for our sprouted buckwheat crunch and clusterbucks. Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.

Product included in box: Snickerdoodle Clusterbucks

Code: use code YOGA15 for 15% off future orders

Retail value: $6.99

Instagram: @lovelilbucks


Founder, Tiila Abbitt

Rose Quartz Quad

Company: ATHR Beauty

Founder: Tiila Abbitt, a former product developer and head of sustinability at Sephora.

Why the company was started: Founded in 2018 by Tiila Abbitt, a passionate, highly creative product development professional, with over 8 years of experience in charge of product development and sustainability at Sephora. ATHR Beauty was born out of the light of the desert in Tucson, AZ. Tiila was inspired by the plants that grew around her and thrived in such a harsh environment. So she dug deeper to find amazing plants and oils that are not only highly sustainable like the prickly pear plant but also have amazing benefits for your skin. The result is highly pigmented intentional beauty inspired by the desert.

What the company does to give back: We are a 1% for the Planet Partner

Product included in box: Rose Quartz Quad $20, Desert Rose Lip + Cheek Oil Stain: $24

Retail value: $44.00, combined value

Code: use code YOGA15 for 15% your future orders

Instagram: @athrbeautyco


YumButter by Tribe 9 Foods

Company: YumButter by Tribe 9 Foods

Founders: Brian Durst, Steve Ciurczak, Will Ciurczak, Peter Robertson, Chris Feuille

Why the company was started: Tribe 9 Foods, a specialty food company based in Madison, Wisconsin, was founded in February of 2017 in order to create delicious, nourishing and functional food to improve the lives of others. By combining the unique and diverse skills of three fast-growing companies, the idea was together we could do more: Create more nutritious products; Provide more great local jobs for employees; Contribute more to our communities; and Demonstrate more how to be a responsible and sustainable manufacturer.

What the company does to give back: As a certified B Corp, supporting our local community is a key tenet of what we do. Our support comes in 3 ways: monetary donations; food/product donations; and volunteer time. You can learn more about our efforts here. Specific to Yumbutter, is our Buy One, Help Nourish One program

Product included in box: 6.2oz Peanut Butter pouch

Code: use code YOGA10 for $10 off your purchase starting December 2022 *1 use/per person

Retail value: $4.99

Instagram: @yumbutter


Company: Ere Perez

Founder: Ere

Why the company was started: A childhood spent in Mexico with a traditional medicine man grandfather and a mother’s flair for home remedies & beauty recipes, made Ere curious about nature and healing. She obtained a bachelor in nutrition and certification in naturopathy, Bach flowers and acupuncture. Ere emigrated to Australia with her rich cultural heritage and dreamed of her own natural beauty line. In 2002, her dream was realised and Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics was born in Bondi Beach, Sydney. For Ere, natural beauty is about how you live your life, how you connect with the world and how you nourish your body — inside and out.

What the company does to give back:

Product included in box: Quandong Green Booster Serum

Retail value: $40.30

Instagram: @ereperezcosmetics




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Author: Lauren Wotherspoon

9 Feb
9 Feb

What Is The Hamsa Hand Meaning? + Our Hamsa Jewelry Top Picks

What Is The Hamsa Hand Meaning? + Our Hamsa Jewelry Top Picks


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Author: Gemma Clarke

9 Feb

Breathe and Let Go ~ Create a Home Yoga Practice with these 6 Gentle Yoga Poses

Breathe and Let Go ~ Create a Home Yoga Practice with these 6 Gentle Yoga Poses


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Author: Gemma Clarke

9 Feb

Fix Men’s Sexual Health Problems With Yoga | 10 Effective Poses to Up Your Sex Game

Fix Men’s Sexual Health Problems With Yoga | 10 Effective Poses to Up Your Sex Game

Yoga can help solve men’s sexual health problems that might send a guy looking to a urologist for pills or invasive treatment.

When it comes to achieving maximum erections into middle age, and beyond, greater flexibility is just part of the all-natural solution that is yoga. That’s because a rock-solid erection has less to do with age, fitness level, and libido than with core strength, breathing, and blood flow, three of the key elements of yoga.

The post Fix Men’s Sexual Health Problems With Yoga | 10 Effective Poses to Up Your Sex Game appeared first on Man Flow Yoga.

Yoga can help solve men’s sexual health problems that might send a guy looking to a urologist for pills or invasive treatment.

When it comes to achieving maximum erections into middle age, and beyond, greater flexibility is just part of the all-natural solution that is yoga. That’s because a rock-solid erection has less to do with age, fitness level, and libido than with core strength, breathing, and blood flow, three of the key elements of yoga.

The post Fix Men’s Sexual Health Problems With Yoga | 10 Effective Poses to Up Your Sex Game appeared first on Man Flow Yoga.


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Author: The Man Flow Yoga Team

9 Feb

Yoga for Insomnia: Breathe and Restore

Yoga for Insomnia: Breathe and Restore

Woman in Supta Baddha Konasana with Standard Bolster - Poppy, Recycled Foam Blocks - Black, D-Ring Strap - Natural, Peachskin Eye Pillow - Plum, Wool Blanket - Olive

Here’s the third part in a series about yoga for insomnia. Here are Parts One and Two.

Roger Cole, Ph.D. in sleep physiology and longtime Iyengar Yoga teacher, lists four things that must occur for relaxation to happen (not necessarily in this order):

  1. Relax the breath.
  2. Relax the body.
  3. Relax the nervous system.
  4. Relax the brain.

All these processes are interdependent; when you relax one component all the others follow suit.

Before beginning any of the following practices it can be helpful to sit quietly in a comfortable position for at least a few minutes. Turn your attention to your breathing, aligning your awareness to an area of the body where the breath feels clear. During the following practices it is helpful to anchor awareness to whatever physical sensations you feel.

Relax the Breath

Knowing how breathing affects the nervous system is essential to allowing the body to relax. Breathing is the one thing all living beings have in common; it carries the essence of life. It is so important that it is the only physiological function that we can directly control.

The breathing rhythm interacts with the heart rate in a process called sinus arrhythmia. When we inhale the heartbeat speeds up; when we exhale the heartbeat slows. Therefore, when attempting to calm the nervous system it is helpful to emphasize the exhalation, making it a bit longer than the inhalation.

Author and yoga teacher Donna Farhi’s The Breathing Book contains lots of detailed information about the physiology of breathing and ways to use breathing practice to alleviate insomnia.

Yoga for Insomnia: Three-Part Exhalation

In addition to lengthening the out breath, Farhi suggests practicing a three-part exhalation. In this practice, you divide the breath into three equal segments, pausing briefly—a second or two—between each. This exercise naturally lengthens the out breath, which in turn lengthens the in breath. Make sure you are breathing abdominally—abdomen expands on the inhalation and contracts on the exhalation—as chest breathing can be stimulating and creates tension in your neck and shoulders.

According to Farhi’s book the three-part exhalation looks like this:

  • Inhale, exhale one third-pause, exhale another third-pause, exhale the rest of the breath-pause, inhale.
  • Repeat anywhere from five to 20 breaths.
  • It may be helpful to take one or two normal breaths in between cycles, then begin again.
  • You can practice this exercise while lying in bed or while practicing a Restorative Yoga asana.

Relax the Body, Relax the Nervous System

Practicing a few quiet yoga asanas shortly before bedtime can help bring the body into balance for more restful sleep. Forward bends, twists, shoulder stand and supine asanas, all have a cooling effect on the nervous system if they are practiced with a patient and relaxed intention. (Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) will not calm your body if it is challenging for you. Only practice Shoulderstand as a cooling pose if it is relatively effortless.)

These poses help quiet the mind-body to prepare you for sleep. Asanas on the heating or energizing side of the continuum include backbends, standing poses and all inverted asanas except Shoulderstand. These asanas are best practiced earlier in the day to supply you with energy to carry you through your activities. One yoga student told me that the energy generated in one intense evening backbend class drove her to deep-clean her house into the wee hours one night! This blog has a really cool chart that shows heating and cooling qualities of different poses.

Restorative Yoga for Insomnia

Restorative Yoga practice is specifically designed to balance the nervous system, alleviating the physiological effects of stress. Even one 10- to 15-minute Restorative pose can shift your nervous system into its parasympathetic side and prepare you for sleep. When sleep is elusive I often get up and practice one or more restorative asanas for 10 to 15 minutes. More often than not practicing just one pose calms my mind-body enough to shift me into sleeping mode.

Relax & Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, and Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation, both by Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., focus entirely on the practice of Restorative Yoga. A physical therapist and yoga teacher since 1971, Lasater devotes an entire chapter to restorative practice for alleviating insomnia. The chapter gives a series of six poses that take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

One of my favorite Restorative poses to alleviate insomnia is Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose). Go to this article to read how to practice it. Feel free to practice the three-part exhalation as you lie in the asana.

Here’s the third part in a series about yoga for insomnia. Here are Parts One and Two. Roger Cole, Ph.D. in sleep physiology and longtime Iyengar…


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Author: Charlotte Bell

9 Feb

What Does Shaktipat Mean? Does It Help in Kundalini Awakening?

What Does Shaktipat Mean? Does It Help in Kundalini Awakening?

Once upon a time, in ancient India, there lived a young seeker who was searching for a deeper connection to the divine. He had studied with many wise teachers and practised many spiritual disciplines, but still felt as though something was missing. One day, he heard about a powerful spiritual master who was said to possess the ability to awaken the dormant spiritual potential within others through a practice known as Shaktipat.

Intrigued, the young seeker made the journey to meet this master, who agreed to transmit his spiritual energy to the seeker through Shaktipat. As the master placed his hands on the seeker’s head, the seeker felt a surge of energy coursing through his body, and he was suddenly overcome by a wave of intense emotions and vivid visions. When the experience had passed, the seeker felt as though he had been transformed, as if a veil had been lifted from his eyes and he could now see the world with a new level of understanding.

From that moment on, the young seeker was a changed person, filled with a deep sense of peace and joy. He felt that the spiritual energy transmitted by the master had awakened the kundalini, a powerful energy force within him, and that he now had a greater connection to the divine. This is the concept of Shaktipat, the transfer of spiritual energy from one person to another, and it is considered by many to be a transformative experience that can lead to greater spiritual awareness and a more fulfilling life.

In this article, we will explore what Shaktipat means, its connection to the kundalini awakening, and whether it can truly help in awakening the kundalini. We will also discuss how to practice shaktipat, including tips for finding a qualified teacher and preparing for the experience.

What does Shaktipat mean?

Shaktipat combines two words – ‘shakti’ meaning energy and ‘pat’ meaning descend. Shaktipat is a tantric technique where the energy of the cosmos is directly transferred to a person (disciple) from their guru or master.

It is a very highly revered technique in the spiritual world. Shaktipat is known to be the highest yogic technique of all and is sometimes called the “mother of yogic techniques.”

Shaktipat can only happen when a disciple is truly connected to their guru with utmost loyalty and surrender.

It may only be attained after a lengthy time of self-discipline and spiritual inquiry. The giver must erase the imperceptible barriers standing in the disciple’s way of enlightenment for them to be capable of receiving it.

Without engaging in any spiritual practice, a student who receives Shaktipat will have divine insights in the space of a split second and experience bliss.

Anyone receptive to it can catch this energy and receive the Shaktipat. Depending on their openness and eligibility, it helps to erase the receivers’ profound karmic imprints and aids in their spiritual ascent.

You will become more aware of who you truly are at your core—the loving being that you are—as the pranic Spirit moves through you.

What is Shaktipat Initiation?

Shaktipat transmission by hand touch.

The act of performing shaktipat by a guru is shaktipat initiation or shaktipat diksha. Shaktipat initiation will begin the transformation process through self-healing which will lead to a higher state of internal awareness and subsequently to higher consciousness. 

Shaktipat initiation is performed by a guru in one of the following ways:

  1. Touch or Sparsha Diksha– The guru touches the seeker – on the third eye chakra, heart center, or base of the spine – to transmit the energy
  2. Divine mantra or word – The guru gives the seeker a divine mantra or word to be chanted. This mantra or word has been charged by cosmic power as the guru has been chanting this word or mantra for a long time. The mantra or word is sacred and unique and shouldn’t be disclosed in public by either the guru or disciple.
  3. Gaze or sight or Chaksushi Diksha  – Through a mere compassionate sight of the guru, the seeker may go through shaktipat initiation.
  4. Thought or Manasi Diksha – When shaktipat initiation is done through thoughts. It is most suitable for guru-disciple when they are living in different parts of the world.

An example of Shaktipat initiation

Eklavya practice of archery is a form of Shaktipat through the seeker’s resolve.

One of the rarer and hardest forms of shaktipat initiation is through the seeker’s resolve. Here no initiation is needed from a guru. The seeker makes a resolve or Sankalp to be initiated by a guru of his choice. 

Since the Sankalp is the highest form of loyalty and devotion of a disciple, the guru, who is considered an embodiment of cosmic divine consciousness, is compelled to respond to the Sankalp of the seeker. 

One of the best examples of this form of Shaktipat initiation is the story of Eklavya from the famous Hindu text Mahabharat. He made a Sankalp of being taught and trained in archery by Guru Dronacharya by making an idol. He was ultimately initiated by Dronacharya, who was unaware of this resolve and went on to become a legendary archer. 

Nirvana diksha and mritoddhari diksha, are a couple of other forms of shaktipat initiation. In the former, the guru burns all the karma of the seeker in an instant, providing them with liberation or nirvana. In the latter, the initiation is done after death.

These are highly advanced forms of initiation and are extremely rare.

An important point to remember here is that the guru will know when shaktipat initiation is needed. It is never done by force. Moreover, shaktipat initiation is only potent when the guru who is initiating shaktipat must have received it from a master.

It is also probable that the guru will use shaktipat at a highly advanced level of teaching when a disciple is practising yoga for spiritual objectives to enhance and enrich the student’s knowledge.

How does Shaktipat initiation work?

For shaktipat initiation, the guru and seeker must be well prepared mentally. 

The guru must ask questions to the seeker to understand their readiness and receptibility. If the seeker is not ready, there will be no point in proceeding with the shaktipat initiation. 

If the initiation is being performed from a distance, the guru and disciple should be well acquainted and should set up a date and time. The communication should be constant and both should be well informed of any delays.

If the shaktipat initiation is being performed in the physical presence, it is recommended that the disciple stays with the guru for at least 3 consecutive days. 

In both cases, the seeker should be well prepared mentally to sit for long hours. They can bring a water bottle, a few snacks, a blanket, or a cushion to be as comfortable as possible. 

Any expectations from the shaktipat initiation process should also be left behind before coming for the ritual. The disciple should remain calm and surrender wholly to the guru and the divine. Whatever they experience during the process of the shaktipat initiation, should be felt and not be pondered upon.

Generally, the initiation should be performed in the early morning or anytime between 4 am to 10 am on empty stomach. However, initiations can also be done in the evening or night if morning is not a feasible time.

What happens after shaktipat?

When you are given shaktipat initiation, the energy gets transmitted to the Muladhara chakra.

When shaktipat takes place, it awakens a person’s dormant spiritual energy (kundalini) by descending through the guru. The Sushumna Nadi is where this awakened spiritual force ascends. It ascends to the highest chakra, the Sahasrara, located at the crown of the head.

Before receiving shaktipat, the majority of those who obtain it are dedicated to their practice; subsequently, they typically return to it with newfound fervor and conviction. 

Additionally, the guru and disciple should be linked – mentally and spiritually – for the shaktipat initiation to be successful.

Subsequently, when a person is initiated, they should follow it up with meditation and yogic practices to further manifest the kundalini awakening. The shakti that has been transmitted from the guru to the seeker will promote purification and transformation within the seeker. 

This may also lead to bouts of bodily movements, emotional and behavioral shifts, or physical or mental pains.

It is also recommended that newly initiated disciples should avoid going out in public as the energy may unknowingly get transmigrated to non-initiates, resulting in hospitalization.

Does shaktipat help in kundalini awakening?

Kundalini begins illuminating at spine base when it comes to awakening. Image Source: Shutterstock

As stated above, shaktipat initiation has the power to awaken the kundalini energy from its dormancy as well. It will not give you the full experience of kundalini awakening but acts as a nudge for the kundalini to rise.

The best and most organic way to stir kundalini energy in the shortest time is said to be through shaktipat. 

Kundalini energy is maintained at a safe range when Shaktipat is performed on a person whose kundalini energy was already strong at birth. Kundalini energy will get awakened for the first time in those who have not yet experienced it.

Finding a guru for Shaktipat

It is important to note that shaktipat initiation will only be possible when the time is ready. Your karma here plays an important role. Your past or present karmas will propel you toward shaktipat. 

The search for a guru is also an important factor to be considered. 

Finding a guru who has received shaktipat is truly a difficult task. There are high chances you may not find a guru with whom you may connect fully. It is important to trust your instincts and choose a teacher who resonates with you and with whom you feel comfortable. Shaktipat is a personal and intimate experience, and it is important to work with a teacher who you trust and who will respect your boundaries and needs. On the contrary, there are likely chances that you might stumble upon a highly enlightened guru when you least expect it and receive the shaktipat initiation.

Shaktipat continues in effect until salvation is reached. In their afterlives, Shaktipat is therefore continued. But it is necessary to receive formal Shaktipat initiation from a Guru once in a lifetime.

Thus, there is no clear answer to whether shaktipat is dangerous. It all depends on your karma and your preparedness and willingness to be initiated.

Conclusion

Due to the complete uncertainty of the call and timeline of the ritual, shaktipat is not an extremely popular technique among spiritual seekers. It is difficult to find a guru who is truly blessed with shaktipat and has been given the responsibility to perform this sacred ritual. However, if you are fortunate enough, shaktipat can be a truly wonderful experience and can take you forward on your path to enlightenment.

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Once upon a time, in ancient India, there lived a young seeker who was searching for a deeper connection to the divine. He had studied with many wise teachers and practised many spiritual disciplines, but still felt as though something was missing. One day, he heard about a powerful spiritual master who was said to possess the ability to awaken the dormant spiritual potential within others through a practice known as Shaktipat. Intrigued, the young seeker made the journey to meet this master, who agreed to transmit his spiritual energy to the seeker through Shaktipat. As the master placed his

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Author: Ashish

9 Feb

The Process of Weaning with Dr. Lilly Hubschman-Shahar DNP, RN, NNP-BC, IBCLC

The Process of Weaning with Dr. Lilly Hubschman-Shahar DNP, RN, NNP-BC, IBCLC

Weaning either from breast or bottle feeding, can be a very controversial topic. From when you should do it, to how should you do it, many parents are left feeling frustrated, confused, and even bereft. It’s been a popular topic of late at PYC and this podcast comes by request from my students in Postnatal …

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Weaning either from breast or bottle feeding, can be a very controversial topic. From when you should do it, to how should you do it, many parents are left feeling frustrated, confused, and even bereft. It’s been a popular topic of late at PYC and this podcast comes by request from my students in Postnatal …

The Process of Weaning with Dr. Lilly Hubschman-Shahar DNP, RN, NNP-BC, IBCLC Read More »

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9 Feb

Ladies: Here Are 5 Ways to Awaken and Celebrate Your Sexual Energy

Ladies: Here Are 5 Ways to Awaken and Celebrate Your Sexual Energy

When was the last time you felt sexy – not for anyone else, but just for you? How often do you dare awaken your sexual energy?

As women, we’ve been socially conditioned to believe exploring our sexuality is wrong. Choosing to take on the same sexual experiences as men is deemed “promiscuous” or “slutty.”

Our names are literally changed for acting on the same desires as our male counterparts. We are disrespected for the same actions men do freely, or are even respected for.

But here’s the serious question: what’s wrong with wanting to feel sexy? Who are we hurting? No one. Men just feel the need to police what they can’t benefit from.

This Is How to Shamelessly Embrace Your Sexuality (According to a Sex Coach)
 
 

Set Your Divine Sexual Energy Free

Stigmas and social conditioning have left many of us dealing with sexual repression. The problem with this is that so much of our power lies within our own divine sexual energy. It is the hub for our creativity and sources our power.

This divine sexual energy deserves to be set free!

And tapping into this energy has nothing to do with anyone else. It is all about you. You deserve to feel sexy for you!
 
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Now let me be clear . . . There is nothing wrong in wanting to dress up or be sexy for your partner or choice for the night. You do you, girl!

However, there is also nothing wrong with wearing the same thing to be sexy for yourself.

It’s a new day and we are teaching ourselves how to move through life with our own divine sexual energy illuminated. This is good, because we should not be learning about ourselves and our bodies through the gaze of men.

You are the sun . . . go shine!
 
 

Here Are 5 Ways to Awaken and Embrace Your Divine Sexual Energy:

Are you ready to feel sexy?
 

1. Pose for a Sensual Photoshoot

Like Rihanna says in “POSE” – take a photo! At first you may feel silly, but relax into it and have fun. You may find that the things you thought made you feel sexy have changed. Notice what new things you discover and what old things still have you feeling yourself.

Start with a few things that you already feel sexy in. And this is a solo journey. Notice if you are talking yourself out of feeling sexy because someone else doesn’t think your “pajama pants” are sexy . . . so what?! You do!

You may choose lingerie, cute panties, or boy shorts. Some of us may choose our birthday suits!
 

As women, it’s the whole experience that makes us feel sexy.

 
As an extra bonus, pull something out that you may not see as sexy. And play with how you can feel sexy in it. Tap into your sensuality. How does it feel touching your skin? How does it smell? Try saying things that make you feel sexy while wearing it.

As women, it’s the whole experience that makes us feel sexy. Tap into your sensual, sexual self and explore.

When you feel ready and sensually tapped in, snap a photo. Evaluate how seeing yourself makes you feel. What body postures can you play with? Can you work with the buttons and ties on your garment to show more of you? The stage is yours, my love. Have fun!
 

2. Do the Thing

Be bold and brave and try the thing you’ve been thinking about.

Do the thing with your hair. Play with your color palettes. Experiment with make-up or go make-up free! Wear that dress that’s in the back of your closet. No need for a special occasion . . . you are the special occasion.

When we are learning to love ourselves, we are more easily swayed by the opinions of others. As we grow in self-love, we begin to shed our need for approval.

Is there something you always wanted to try, but someone talked you out of it? There is no greater victory than doing it anyway and rocking it!

And the beautiful thing about life is that if you don’t like something, you can change it, or do something else. We are evergreen and ever growing . . . so do the thing!
 

3. Recite Self-Love Affirmations Daily

Wake up and say these every morning, write them down, and envision yourself glowing in your divine sexual energy!

  • I am sexy
  • I am love
  • I am all
  • I am powerful
  • I am desire
  • I am abundance
  • My energy is magnetic and everything that is meant for me will find me

 

Get a journal specifically for you to explore your sensual, sexual self. Record your new revelations about what makes you feel sexy. Journal about how you felt during your photoshoot.

Use this journal as a tool to understand what makes you feel sexy and what gives you pleasure. Then be honest and gentle with yourself as you unearth the experiences in your life that altered how you view your sexual energy.

Hug, kiss, and speak beautiful words over yourself as you move through these emotions and blossom into your new bloom of energy. You are okay now. You are safe to be ALL of you.

Use These 5 Proven Tips to Make Your Daily Affirmations More Effective
 
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4. Spend Some Time With Yourself in the Mirror

If you haven’t noticed, these steps are getting more and more vulnerable. Because guess what? Vulnerability is sexy.

It takes a lot of courage and trust to be vulnerable. The ability you have within you to be vulnerable is not a weakness. It is a strength. You are so sexy right now.

This next step may be uncomfortable for some of us. Especially if it’s your first time trying this. So without judging any part of it, just move at your own pace.

Go to your mirror. Look yourself in the eyes. Be with yourself as long as you can.
 

Vulnerability is sexy.

 
If you are comfortable, begin to talk to your soul. If you can do this aloud, beautiful. It’s okay if not. Your soul hears even your most gentle whispers. Identify all the intricate details you love about your body. You are truly special and deserve to hear it.

“I love the dips in my hips. I love my almond shaped eyes. I love the way my feet support me as I rise.”

Over time, you will grow more cozy and comfortable with yourself. With time, more sensual words will come. Maybe revisit your sensual, sexual journal and write yourself a love letter if you feel so inclined.

You are your soul’s first love. Treat her well.
 

5. Move Those Hips

Our hips serve as the holster for our power. They serve as the guards to protect our source, our queen, our yoni.

When we move the hips, we re-energize this power. As we open up the hips, we share this power. In both cases, the power is divinely yours.

Make a conscious effort to support your power daily by moving your hips. You’ll begin to notice your sexual energy heightening.

Dance like no one’s watching, do some yoga, move while submerged in water and notice how the water flows as you move your hips.

Do anything you like to move those hips and balance your Sacral Chakra (the area in between the hips or pelvis). The Sacral Chakra harnesses our divine sexual energy – the mother of our creativity.

Need some ideas? Here are 10 Yoga Poses to Awaken Your Inner Goddess and Harness Your Feminine Energy
 
 

Ladies, Let’s Embrace and Celebrate Our Sexual Energy!

Maybe you do some of these things already. Maybe you’ve done none of them. Both of these places still led you here.

You are yearning for permission to be free. Now you have it!

Go be sensual and sexual and enjoy yourself!

Put it all into practice with this 30-Minute Yoga Sequence to Activate Your Sexual Energy (Free Class)

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When was the last time you felt sexy – not for anyone else, but just for you? How often do you dare awaken your sexual energy? As women, we’ve been socially conditioned to believe exploring our sexuality is wrong. Choosing to take on the same sexual experiences as men is deemed “promiscuous” or “slutty.” Our […]

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9 Feb

Did You Know You Need 7 Types of Rest? See Which Types You Need Here

Did You Know You Need 7 Types of Rest? See Which Types You Need Here

Have you ever had eight hours of deep sleep, only to wake up still feeling exhausted? Or felt more rejuvenated after volunteering than after taking a nap, even at your most fatigued?

We often consider sleep and rest to be the same thing, but they are very different and, in fact, there are actually seven types of rest.

We often confuse sleep and rest, thinking we’ve effectively rested because we’ve gotten enough sleep. Waking up still feeling depleted mainly happens because we neglect to replenish the other types of rest we desperately need.

The outcome: A culture of high-producing, top-performing, chronically tired people who suffer from a rest deficit because they do not understand that real rest is powerful.

In an interview with The Shine App, physician Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, M.D. stated, “Most people, when they think about rest, have a very one-sided approach—they lounge around, don’t do anything, and think that’s what rest is… We try it, and when we’re still rest-deprived, we think it doesn’t work.”

“People say, ‘I’m tired all the time. I’m drained.’ If they’re waking up (after sleeping) and still exhausted, the issue probably isn’t sleep. It’s likely a rest deficit,” Dr. Dalton-Smith explains about her patients.
 

Recharging yourself by getting proper rest requires recognizing the exact rest you need.

 
According to Dalton-Smith, who is also the author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Renew Your Sanity and founder of Restorasis, a professional development agency dedicated to restoring well-being in the workplace, there are seven types of rest humans need.

Sleep alone is not enough. If you are ready to truly restore yourself, where you feel truly rested, read on to learn about the seven different types of rest and how to refuel yourself.
 
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The 7 Different Types of Rest and How to Replenish Them When They’re Depleted:

Recharging yourself by getting proper rest requires recognizing the exact rest you need.

Rest should equal restoration, and there are seven different types of rest that must be restored when depleted: physical rest, mental rest, emotional rest, social rest, spiritual rest, creative rest and sensory rest.
 

Real rest is powerful.

 
Each type of rest has its own characteristics that will reveal themselves if a deficit occurs. The cure to feeling run-down and burned out isn’t always simply going on vacation, nor is it necessary to take a sabbatical. It is identifying and understanding the particular types of rest you need the most and then incorporating small daily routines to replenish them.

Here are the seven different types of rest plus tactics tailored to specific deficits so you can know how to restore them.
 

1. Physical Rest

The first type of rest we need to restore is physical rest. The most common form of physical rest is sleep, and we require high-quality sleep to feel recharged.

But there’s a passive and active approach to taking physical rest. Passive physical rest consists of napping and sleeping. Active physical rest can include restorative exercises that improve your body’s circulation and flexibility, such as yoga, stretching and massage therapy.

Physical rest is the act of relieving the body of physical stresses. If you find yourself less energized and more tired, struggling to keep your eyes open and straining to get out of bed, chances are you are physically exhausted.
 

We often consider sleep and rest to be the same thing, but they are very different.

 
Signs that you may be experiencing a physical rest deficit include aches and pains in the body, swelling in the legs and feet, and spasms along the back.

To receive the physical rest you need, try taking deep breaths during the workday and ensuring that your work environment’s ergonomics are non-toxic to your body. Let your body recover by skipping that HIIT class or stretch it out by squeezing in a restorative yoga class. You can also always hit the hay a little earlier in the evening.
 

2. Mental Rest

The second type of rest we need to replenish is mental rest to refocus and silence our “busy brains.” Lacking mental rest causes difficulty concentrating and recalling information.

Someone who experiences mental unrest will often place their head on their pillow to sleep but instead find their mind racing keeping them from falling asleep. Even after seven to nine hours of sleeping, frequent irritability and forgetfulness can occur as if they never slept.

Reading the same sentence on a page several times or sending a barely-comprehensible email are some tell-tell signs that you need mental rest. Thoughts turning negative, becoming judgmental, and feeling like your mind has mutated to mush are other signals that you need to take a mental break.

When needing the mental type of rest, make time to ground yourself with meditation and repeating a calming mantra. Rest your mind throughout your workday by scheduling short breaks. Shut down your screens and keep a notepad nearby to jot down any nagging thoughts that keep your mind racing when it should be resting.

8 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health Today (And Keep It That Way)
 

3. Emotional Rest

Shutting your brain off can provide rest in certain situations, but it’s just one of the seven forms of rest that help us to function as humans. Another type of rest we need to recharge is emotional rest, so we can fully express genuine feelings and nix those annoying people-pleasing tendencies.

Many of us carry our emotional labor privately, in that we don’t share what we are truly feeling. Not wanting to share financial troubles with your family or being the manager who has to lay off most of their team are examples of emotional labor. Many hide their feelings without allowing them to be exposed, expressed and healed.

Moments when someone is feeling everything at once—angry, confused, exhausted AND hungry, for example—is someone who requires emotional rest. Emotional rest refers to the rest we experience when we dare to be genuine and authentic in freely sharing our feelings.

An emotionally rested person can have the hard, honest conversation that otherwise would go unsaid. The opposite feelings one would experience when they do not receive emotional rest are constantly having to check their emotions, and lack the freedom to be truthful about their feelings.

To experience more emotional rest, offload your feelings to a willing listener, then keep the communication open to prevent future emotional overload. Schedule regular therapy sessions or find others with whom you can be 100% yourself.

13 Ways to Tell If You Are Emotionally Healthy (And How to Get There If You Answered No)
 

4. Social Rest

If you need emotional rest to recharge, you may need some social rest too. Social resting recognizes which relationships are rejuvenating and which ones are not. A social rest deficit occurs when we fail to differentiate between those relationships that revive us from those that wear us out.

Being in social settings can take a lot out of someone, especially since most of us may spend most of our time with people who are draining our energy. A sign you need social rest is when you feel everybody’s taking and not giving back to you in return.
 

Social rest is the rest we experience when we’re around life-giving people.

 
For the social type of rest, surround yourself with others who are positive and supportive. Catch up with an old friend who knows you well. Or, when interacting with others virtually, engage more fully by turning your camera on and focusing solely on the person you are speaking to.

You can also take a night off from socializing to reconnect with yourself. Evaluate the relationships you currently have in your life. Consider the people you spend time with just enjoying each other’s company and being in each other’s presence. Counteracting draining encounters with restorative ones can help bring balance and social rest.

5 Ways to Create Balance Between Your Work and Personal Life
 
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5. Spiritual Rest

If you’re feeling afloat, unanchored, afraid or alone, you may need to recharge with some spiritual rest. The spiritual typer of rest is seen as tuning into your spiritual beliefs and tapping into your higher power. But the root of spiritual rest is the need for belonging, the feeling that our work and efforts are for the greater good.

Spiritual rest needs vary based on someone’s belief system, but we all wish to feel that who we are and what we contribute to the world matter.

Someone suffering from not receiving spiritual rest is someone who feels their abilities don’t benefit anybody. But having spiritual rest means connecting beyond the physical and mental for a more profound sense of belonging, love, acceptance and purpose.

If you’re seeking spiritual rest and a sense of purpose, practice your religion and consider adding prayer, or connect with your higher self through meditation.

Find a way to cultivate a connection through your community or culture (work or faith-based). Engage in something greater than yourself by volunteering however you feel called to be of service.
 

6. Creative Rest

Creative rest is the type of rest we experience when we appreciate beauty in any form and allow it to inspire and excite us. Whether it’s natural beauty: like the oceans, the mountains, the trees, the waterfalls, or created beauty: such as art, music and dance, creative rest awakens the awe and wonder inside each of us.

We are all creatives, whether we realize it or not. If you brainstormed solutions at work, played with your children, built a piece of furniture or planned a party, chances are you’ve had to tap into your creativity.

But when a lot of creative thinking is required, especially by those who don’t see themselves as creative, replenishing their drained creative energy is less likely to be considered.
 

It’s imperative for those who must solve problems and think up new ideas to have creative rest.

 
Signs someone can tell they have a creative rest deficit is when they have a hard time being innovative and problem-solving is challenging.

Fill your creative cup by surrounding yourself with things that interest and inspire you. Go for a walk outdoors at a local park, around your neighborhood or in your backyard. Transform your area into a space for inspiration. Display pictures of people, images of places, or sayings that spark your passion for creativity and ignite innovative ideas.

Activities that remove the pressure of creating, like getting lost in a good old-fashioned book, are a great way to bring creative rest.

Feeling Uninspired? Here’s How to Use Meditation to Boost Your Creativity
 

7. Sensory Rest

The seventh type of rest that needs replenishing is the most prevalent drainer giving credit to the prevalence of screens, according to Dalton-Smith. In her practice, Dalton-Smith shares with The Shine App that with sensory exhaustion, it’s becoming easier to talk to the computer… breaking intimacy and, over time, breaking relationships.

All of these sensory inputs in time can cause sensory overload syndrome. The number one way most of us respond to sensory overload is with agitation, irritation or frustration. So people with a sensory rest deficit feel fine at the beginning of the day, but find themselves agitated, irritable or frustrated by the end of it.
 

Catch up on sensory rest by setting aside the digital devices and stepping outside for fresh air.

 
The sensory input that surrounds us that we are constantly and possibly subconsciously responding to might be the bright lights in our rooms, screens in our faces, and multiple conversations that can cause our senses to feel overwhelmed.

To replenish depleted sensory rest is to diminish sensory input received from aromas, devices and background noises. Dalton-Smith also states that our national form of rest is canceling plans and turning on the television resulting in more exhaustion than before.

Beginning with intentional moments of sensory deprivation, the damage inflicted by the over-stimulating world can be undone. This sensory overwhelm can be countered by mindfully closing your eyes for a few minutes in the middle of the day and intentionally unplugging from electronics at the end of every day.

Check-in with yourself before reaching for the remote to see if staring at a screen is really the rest you need right now.

Too Much Screen Time? Go Unplugged With a Digital Cleanse – Here’s How In 6 Simple Steps
 
 

Replenish All 7 Types of Rest to Feel Recharged

When Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith started her journey, she had built a very successful-looking life on the outside. However, inside, she was tired, drained, burned out and needed all seven types of rest. She started with emotional rest, the type of rest she needed the most.

As a physician, Dalton-Smith was working in the ER and the ICUs dealing with life and death all day almost on a daily basis. Then she would go home and try to smile and be happy for her family with no one she could talk to.

She was carrying excessive emotional labor and had an emotional rest deficit. Needing to understand this about herself so that she could heal from it and arrive at a better place was the starting point for her.

Dalton-Smith says, “For a lot of people, if you have a deficit in an area, you’re likely to experience specific symptoms.”

If your deficit is in mental rest, you might have trouble concentrating. If your deficit is in emotional rest, you might argue with your partner over anything. And if your deficit is in sensory rest, loud sounds might have you on pins and needles, making you chronically anxious.
 

Sleep alone cannot fully restore us to the point where we feel truly rested.

 
Dalton-Smith recommends starting at the area with the biggest deficit by taking her rest quiz to help you figure out where to begin and identify your highest level of rest deficit. Pick a type or two to start implementing some restoration strategies for resting.

As you can see, sleep alone cannot fully restore us to the point where we feel truly rested, when there are many types of rest we need to account for.

So it’s time for us to focus on getting the real rest we need. Fill your empty cup with a restoration process that you can practice at any time with minimal restrictions. Create a system of small routines to start feeling recharged by honoring each type of rest that you need.

Which type of rest do you need to feel recharged right now? Comment below. We love hearing from you!

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Have you ever had eight hours of deep sleep, only to wake up still feeling exhausted? Or felt more rejuvenated after volunteering than after taking a nap, even at your most fatigued? We often consider sleep and rest to be the same thing, but they are very different and, in fact, there are actually seven […]

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