Year of the Dragon
As we headed into 2012, I stopped to take the time to ask a few from the AYA Life Health and Wellness Collective their Top 3 Tips for 2012.
Top 3’s for 2012 from Amie Hoff, Hoff Fitness and FitKit.com
We caught up with Amie Hoff in New York this past December and here are Amie’s Top 3 suggestions heading into 2012:
Try out the many versions of the new FitKit’s! I don’t travel without mine anymore!
Top 3’s for 2012 from Erica Mather, Forrest Yoga Instructor New York City
Here are my Top 3’s suggestions heading into 2012:
- Eat more dark, leafy greens – Drink more water – Sleep longer
- Be swift to love – Live every day as if it were your last – Work to heal your wounds
- Find work you love that is also profitable – Learn how to be an entrepreneur – Prioritize paying off your debt
Erica, E-RYT 200, has been teaching yoga in New York City since 2006. She teaches at the Wanderlust Festival in Kripalu, and will appear during 2012 at the Bali Spirit Festival. Erica studies yoga with Ana Forrest, is a Certified Forrest Yoga Instructor and Forrest Yoga Mentor Teacher. You can find her at http://www.ericamather.com
Top 3’s for 2012 from Michelle Currie, Meditative Arts
Here are my Top 3 suggestions heading into 2012:
- Carve out 10 minutes of your schedule each day to be with your breath. This gives your body and mind a chance to refuel and take everything in.
- Fill your days with people and things that give you energy. There’s nothing worse than starting the new year off on a sluggish foot.
- Remember that you are powerful and creative enough to get through the blahs, especially from January to March when there’s little daylight.
It’s time to put your sanity on a pedestal! It’s being centred and relaxed that will actually help you get more done and help more people. A burnt out and frazzled you only limits your potential. Refuel AND stay sane without spending tons of $ or time ! Try out Michelle’s Bliss Kit http://meditativearts.ca/shop/blisskit/
We don’t have to travel around the world to visit sacred sites – we can create them in our own homes but until we are prepared to do so – how about visiting a site that inspires or connects with you.
Ancient stones and Sacred sites
Many ancient sacred sites are on the island of Great Britain and are connected it is said by invisible “ley lines” that carry a mystical energy around the world. And while their mysterious origins and exact ritual purposes are lost in those mists of time there is no doubt that these sites with their careful construction and astonishing astronomical positioning have been focal points of the sacred to the societies who built them. To be able to witness firsthand, to run your hands over and touch the ancient mystical symbols carved into solid rock gives you a brief powerful ways of the magic crossing the centuries from eons gone past.
Stone circles, crop circles, an ancient burial chambers are part of the spiritual heritage of many countries where strong cultural groups tell the legends and stories of their history. Let us take the small journey to sacred sites around the world.
There are sacred sites all over the world, each with their own unique structures and legends, where invisible world connects with the mystical. What stopping you from taking a trip to those you feel most attracted to and connect their magical energy to yours? Here are some examples from around the world but there are so many that this article would be an entire book! (Note to self – new travel book idea!) I invite you to do your own research to determine if you have a connection or need to visit a certain one or a selection of a few. I encourage you to discuss with your yoga/meditation instructors and to check various travel sites to determine the best time to visit based on festivals etc.
Stonehenge (England) the most famous stone circle in the world.(see above photo)
Glastonbury (England) this town is no end for its magical energy, and it is overseen by an ancient tor, St. Michael’s Tower.
Avesbury (England) the second most famous stone circle in the world.
Silbury Hill (England) this 4000 year old giant ceremonial mound rises out of the plains of the English countryside.
Les Eyzies (France) these cave paintings and ancient artifacts date from the time humankind began to express its mystical connection to the world.
Lascaux (France) these splendid cave paintings are possibly the most significant prehistoric expression of the spiritual known to exist.
Newgrange (Ireland) this megalith is an ancient Celtic structure.
Hypogeum (Malta) a 5,000 year old site used by many different cultures for Goddess Worship
The Neolithic Temples of Malta (Malta) Holy sites that are dedicated to the Goddess
The Palace at Knossos (Crete) a spectacular Minoan palace complex honoring Goddess culture
The Temple of Delphi (Greece) Home to the supreme oracle in ancient Mediterranean world and also believed to have been the seat of the Earth Goddess Gaia
Middle East Highlights
Oracle Shrine of Didyma (Turkey) this pre-Greek goddess sanctuary was finished in the 6th century B.C.
Aphrodisias(Turkey) an ancient goddess city that predates Greek culture
Yazilikaya(Turkey) a prehistoric ceremonial sanctuary dates back to 15th to 13th century B.C.
Mt. Fuji (Japan) this highest peak in Japan is also said to be the home of a Shinto goddess
Temples of Bali (Bali) Everywhere is sacred as is the splendor of the Balinese temples
Angkor Wat (Cambodia) this is one magnificient 1,000 year old Buddhist city is set deep in the forest
Banaras (India) Goddesses and gods abound here and devout saddus wander the streets in India’s holiest of holy city
Mt. Kaliash (Tibet) acknowledged as “The Center of the Earth” in many traditions, this is home to the Hindu god Shiva and the seat of the sky goddess Sipaimen in Tibet’s pre-Buddhist Bon religion
Uluru (Ayers Rock) the colossal outcropping rising out of the earth in the outback of Central Australia that is sacred to the Aboriginal people
Megalithic Stone Alignment (Central Australia) these “stones” are dated between 10-15,000 years old
Lake Narran (Australia) according to an Aboriginal myth, the creation story of the world was imparted to its inhabitants here 10,000 years ago
The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx/Giza ( Egypt) the Great Pyramid of Giza was one of the ancient wonders of the world, and even most travelers today would not consider a trip to Egypt complete without seeing the pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx
Luxor ( Upper Egypt) the Temple of Karnak, which was used in ancient times for major religious ceremonies. The temple is known for its massive towers, some of them 70 feet tall.
Binu Shrines of Mali (Mali) these are the sacred mud shrines of the ancient Dogon people, who revere the spirits of their dead ancestors
Tshipise (South Africa) Mapungubwe Ruins, recently declared a World Heritage site as one of 24 new global sites inscribed on Unesco’s World Heritage List. Mapungubwe developed into the largest African kingdom before it was abandoned in the 14th century as the people moved, according to some scientist’s, to establish Great Zimbabwe
Matobo Hills (South Africa) Known as “Amalindidzimu” – the dwelling place of the spirits, it was known by the ancients as the ‘burial place of kings’
The Great Zimbabwe Ruins (South Africa) The Great Zimbabwe Ruins known as the place of the ‘Sun People’ is a mysterious and sacred ancient city. Your journey will take you along the sacred pathway, travelling northward above the great subterranean river known to the ancient African Priests as – ‘Lulungwa Mangakatsi. Of special note is that the Great Zimbabwe Ruins are situated on the sacred Nilotic Meridian (associated with Zep Tepi – the beginning of time on earth) and due north of the birthplace of the White Lions of the Timbavati – the star beasts
The Americas Highlights
Machu Picchu (Peru) a stunning Incan city is set on a remote mountaintop, its mystical significance shrouded in mystery
Chichen Itza (Mexico) this is a sacred center of the Mayan world that has been wonderfully restored
Palenque (Mexico) a magnificent Mayan city in the highland jungle is full of ceremonial sites and ancient temples
Chaco Canyon (New Mexico, USA) the greatest architectural achievement of the northern Native Americans is the site of a great Kiva, which was the circular sacred den of the ancient Anasazi people
Mt. Kilauea (Hawaii, USA) this sacred volcano is said to be where the mountain goddess Pele dwells
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