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Desert Dwellings and Feathered Friends- a Guided Meditation- Well Read Wednesday

The porch that inspires me everytime we meet

For this week’s guided meditation, we will be visiting Ocotillo Wells. Let’s get ready to find peace in the Southern California desert!


Estimated practice time: 15 minutes


Start practice in: Savasana, Sukhasana, or in a supported Chair


As we get started, begin to close your eyes and scan the body. We must scan ourselves head to toe, removing any future distractions. Feet and toes are unclenched as you start to ground down in your comfortable pose. Let your belly relax, and start to tap into the rhythm of your breath, perhaps for the first time today. If you are able, start to breathe in and out through the nose with steady and even inhales, exhales. You are always welcome to breathe in and out through the mouth, especially if the nose is not an option for you today. Strive to breathe in and out through the nose, as you activate ujayii pranayama.

Face is at peace, as you relax your forehead, unfurrow your brow, and open and close the jaw a few times. You are welcome to yawn…

Swish back and forth your spiritual mouthwash as your relax the cheeks…

Imagine wiggling your ears and choosing clear and conscious communication for the rest of the day. We are ready to begin our visualization. As you keep your eyes closed, take note of any colors or sensations that you start to notice through the eyelids. Bright bursts of color and shapes tend to shine through the eyes as we travel to the sunny deserts of eastern San Diego.

A panoramic view of desert colors unfolds in front of you- soft tans and creams, light yellow flowers, dark brown rocks, and bright blue skies. Soft, fluffy white clouds pass freely in front of you, as you feel the desert breeze brush against your face. You take in more of the colors that surround you- hints of subdued green from cactus and ocotillo branches, light purple flowers dance in the wind, and deep dark black ravens fly overhead. At peace, you start to match your breath the ebb and flow of the wind that surrounds you on this warm, sunny day.


The sun shines down on your face as you feel the warmth of the sun give you a bath. Like a lizard baking in the sunshine atop a rock, you continue to feel sun on your shoulders, your arms, and watch as chills and goosebumps run all down your skin. Enjoy your sunbath. As you slip off your flip flops, set the bare soles of your feet on top of the hot sand. Not too hot, not too cold, you feel its radiating warmth underneath your grounded feet. Sparkles and glimmers of gold specks wink and dance in front of you, as you keep looking down to your toes. A bright Orange butterfly gracefully flutters past you, dancing and bobbing with the wind across the sky.

Up ahead, you see a brown, inviting, primitive and quaint desert dwelling. The porch is old and sagging, the roof is discolored and bare, but the heart of the home calls you closer. As you take a closer look at the porch of this desert house, you notice a large wooden rocking chair, available and waiting for you to take a seat. Underneath the shade of the porch, you hear the creak of your footsteps as you walk across the wooden deck, making your way to this noble, knowing chair.


You find a rhythmic rock back and forth, as you slowly sink into the chair and align your breath to movement. As you slowly rock forward, you inhale through the nose. As you rock backwards, you exhale. Find your rhythm, find your prana flow, and guide yourself through 10 rounds of breath as you sit in your rocking chair.

Inhale- rock

Exhale- roll

Inhale- rock

Exhale- roll x5

Still in your rocking chair, still meditating on your desert porch, you feel and hear the wind start to pick up. As you look out over the desert horizon, you see an eagle, a hawk, and a raven surfing with the winds of change. You watch these three massive birds of prey effortlessly float with the wind. Not fighting the wind, not swimming upstream, these birds are one with the earth. The birds continue to dance and caw, teasing with one another in the desert’s playground in the sky.

One of the birds makes its descent, slowly, to your desert dwelling. Knowing he is safe and welcome, he stops and perches on the stoop of your porch, appreciating the divine connection that you are having with one another.Which bird came to visit you? Of the three birds that danced in the sky, one has chosen to visit you and send you blessings. A message of peace and intuition, this magnificent bird reminds you of how truly knowing and wise you are and have always been.

You spend a moment, at one with the bird and the shade of the porch, listening to the gentle creak of your rocking chair. Finally, you find stillness, and close your eyes as you firmly press the soles of your feet down onto the ground. As you lightly bow and tuck your chin in towards the chest, the bird knows that our ritual is complete. Slowly crouching, ready to take flight, the bird lifts off the porch, gives you a gentle CAW, and leaves you in solitude on your desert porch.

You are welcome to stay here, as your desert house is always available to you. At any time, you can close your eyes, settle into the body and mind, and take yourself on a creative vision quest to your dilapidated house out in Ocotillo wells, where the wind whistles gently through your hair and the birds always notice lifeform. As you prepare yourself to leave your house, for now, you thank it and wish it well. Bless your home, and remind yourself how grateful you are to have this house to rely on. To protect you from wind, from prey, from sun, and from dark thoughts. A safe space tucked away in the desert, farewell abode and thank you for your offerings.

Begin to slowly wiggle your fingers and toes, as you start to find consciousness. If you feel naturally guided towards further meditation, I would continue to stay in your restful place. Fall asleep, take savasana, or continue to walk around the inside of your desert home.

If you are feeling invigorated, alive, and reset, it is time to open your eyes and find consciousness. Bring your hands to hearts center, and take a deep breath in. Hold. Take a deep, open mouth exhale.

The light and the teacher in me is honored to guide the teacher and light in you- NAMASTE! -Xo Kelli

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Sitting on a Bench Meditation Script- #WellReadWednesdays

What can I say? In times of pandemic, I have a little more time than usual to reflect on what’s most important to me.

I wanted to start off my post by saying that my husband, dog and I are doing well during this trying time. We do not have symptoms of this epidemic, we are fully stocked and prepared, and we have one another to depend on.

Financially, we are certainly taking a hit. My computer changed this to ‘taking a shit’, and I find this timely and true! I am used to teaching 12-15 yoga classes a week, in person, with the community that I serve in San Diego. After my predominant employer had to shut down during Corona Virus mandated shut-downs, we have shifted to uploading our content virtually!

Today, I taught our set-sequenced class, Hot as a Mutha, on Instagram live. I have never done this before! It was thrilling and felt similar to teaching on the mat. I can’t even begin to tell you how much the regular students hold us ‘teachers’ accountable to the practice. Can I sustain a 2 week quarantine without 30 NAMASTES of service and gratitude? Quite frankly, no, and so I will continue to upload content for my friends and family to enjoy.

Really, this is an archive and a diary entry for one of the most trying times that I have survived on this planet so far. In my lifetime, I have endured 911, a Type 1 diabetic diagnosis, the San Diego wildfires, and so far, this pandemic, and they all feel similar. Earth shattering, strangely calm, and luckily, we have the rest of our lifetime to process this trauma that has been inflicted on our people. And also, a great healing has been bestowed upon us. I see the beauty in this wake-up call.

May we see this as a time to heal and to love when we need it post! I have been divinely guided to share this meditative script, of which I have written and shared with the past few yoga classes I have taught.

Read this meditative script slowly to yourself, your friends, and your loved ones. Allow 5 minutes.

Begin in a seated posture. I suggest something with back support, such as a chair. Savasana/aying down is always an option.

May you begin to awaken your sense of creativity and you third eye, as you join me on a journey of the breath.

As you inhale, start to close your eyes and ground down. As you exhale, let your eyes gently roll into the back of the head and take yourself to a simple, unclenched, unfurrowed meditatite state.

Before you lies a bench. First thing that comes to mind…imagine sitting down on a bench of solitude that overlooks an infinite body of water.

Ocean, lake, river…you happily sit on your bench and look over the cascading horizon, feeling grounded and at peace in your seat.

Feel the bench beneath you, as your imagination starts to paint a picture of the horizon.

Blue waters, gentle setting sun, and the salty breeze that sways you further into your meditative state.

At peace, you look down and notice a folded piece of paper. As you bend over, you pick it up, slowly unfolding the message that lies before you.

At the top of the page, you slowly read to yourself:

I am rational

I am level-headed

I choose to lead with compassion for the rest of the day.

This resonates with you. You take a deep inhale, exhale, and read this mantra to yourself once more.

I am rational

I am level-headed

I choose to lead with compassion for the rest of the day.

You take this piece of paper, fold it back into its familiar creases, and tuck it into your pocket. knowing that you have infinite access to this bench for the rest of the day, you slowly stand, leaving your bench.

Mantra in hand, you are able to take your moving meditation with you  for the rest of the day.

Namaste, OMies! I truly miss all of you on the mat and am joining you in solidarity as we quarantine and connect on a spiritual level.

XO

Kelli

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#TeenYoga and the Positive Affects of Moving Meditation- Teacher Tuesday

I love teaching teen yoga! Some days, we practice asana. Some days, we practice meditation and breathing. And some days, we color!

I have ample coloring books at home, and took the time to photocopy the pages that had powerful words of affirmation. Faith, love, and smiles accompanied the coloring pages and pencils that I brought for 90+ teen girls to play with!After a few rounds of breath, intention setting, and card pulling, we had an hour to color. Students were able to decorate the halls with their mandalas, or take them home to gift to loved ones.

Strips of colored (and recycled) construction paper were provided to write letters of gratitude and leave them on windshields, lockers, and purses of loved ones. No one regrets a handwritten note attached to an act of kindness. Moving meditation is powerful. Coloring and connecting with OMies is a great way to team-build, as well as practicing Saucha etiquette of cleanliness and shared tools/space.

I loved coloring with the teens, as well as pulling cards from Thich Nhat Hanh’s EVERYDAY PEACE CARDS. I found this deck at a funky bookstore in Oakland, CA. May you find bliss in the ritual, share it with others, and take time to reflect on why it really matters. This is a great itinerary for a group of 12-18 year olds, lasting us about 65-70 minutes of play.