Shanti Yoga Shala | A New Orleans Vinyasa Yoga Studio by Nathalie Croix
A Vinyasa Yoga Studio by Nathalie Croix Nathalie Croix is a yoga practitioner for ten years and dancer for many more, who returns to New Orleans from Los. Shanti Yoga Shala is a Uptown New Orleans Vinyasa Yoga Studio offering 200 and 300 Hours Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training Programs.
“Music based on 432hz will support humanity on its way towards spiritual freedom.” – Rudolph Steiner
All of us have a certain genre of music that makes us move. Some of us can’t stop tapping our foot when we hear electronic music, and others of us feel like dancing when we hear country music. Music affects our psyche and our body – such as our heart rate – and is deeply emotional; how many of you have made a playlist for when you feel introspective or sad?
Some studies have shown that listening to music at 432 Hz is healing and relaxing, because that is the natural frequency of the universe. In 1952, German physicist Winfried Otto Schumann documented something he would end up calling the Schumann Resonance. He saw that global electromagnetic resonances exist within the cavity between the Earth’s surface and the inner edge of the ionosphere, and that the frequency of these electromagnetic waves ranges from from 7.86 Hz to 8 Hz; he concluded that this frequency is essentially that which the Earth beats at, or the Earth’s heartbeat.
Without getting into the technicals, we will say that 432 Hz resonates with the frequency of 8 Hz. Listening to music at this frequency is said to make us relaxed, conscious and open to intuitive learning because it synchronizes the brain to the Earth’s heartbeat. Some say that it gives us more clarity an opens our heart chakra. Think for a moment about all the frequencies that travel through your brain in a given day: cell phones, Wi-Fi, radio and microwaves. Why not try feeding your brain a different, more mindful frequency? Next time you’re about to relax, try putting on a 432 Hz mix; maybe it will help you tune into the frequency of Earth. There are many mixes on YouTube, such as this one or this one.
This technology is used in Energy Healing
Test it out and play this music in your home – it will clear your space of all negative energy and entities ~ getting rid of all which does not serve you or your space
Leave this music playing when you are not home, for your animals – they will be forever grateful. It calms them and heals them
One of my favorite artists who composes at 432Hz is Steven Halpern
Ask “Alexa” to play Steven Halpern and let the music clear your space
Want to book an Energy Healing session with Nathalie ?
We are powerful creators and we have the ability to co-create with the Universe.
Setting intentions opens the path to see transformation in your life, the way you intended. You are the captain of your own ship. But how can you drive your ship if you are not clear of what you want or where you are going?
~ Know What Your Intention Is ~
Ok. So Let’s Get Clear Now
2019 is right around the corner – another year down.
Every year, people set New Years resolutions
for something they want to achieve the following year.
But…. Why do we do this?
A New Year is a great time to reflect on the ways we’ve grown via all the challenges we’ve faced in the prior year. Then, we can explore how we can take those learnings and apply them to our year ahead, which is where the intention setting comes in. But you may ask, what’s the importance of setting an intention for the New Year?
The chief influence in our lives is our mind. There are many factors in life that we can’t control, but we can always control how we react to them. To create the life that we were meant to live, we draw our attention to our dharma and manifest our deepest intentions. To manifest these, we set an intention. Setting an intention directs the mind and gives us purpose, so that we don’t lose sight of our purpose and stray off our path. Remember, intentions are not goals. Goals put pressure on us and have an external outcome. Intentions align us with our purpose.
In Yoga, there is the concept of Sankalpa, and it helps us set intentions. In Sanskrit, “San” means “connection to the highest truth” and “kalpa” means “the rule to be followed above all other rules” (or in more modern language, a vow). As such, Sankalpa is a vow we make to pursue our own highest truth and honor the deeper meaning of our life; our dharma, our purpose for being here now.
Your Sankalpa is something you can call upon in 2019 to guide your choices. Follow these steps to set it:
Identify a statement that reflects your true nature. This requires no change or action; it is what you already are, such as “I am already whole” or “I am love’.
Then, you can get more specific, but still don’t make it a goal. For example, let’s say you want to stop eating junk food every day. Instead of saying, “I will stop eating junk food every day” or “I will eat a salad every day”, make it “I love my body.”, which ties into the true nature statement.
The Sankalpa should be in the present tense. For example, your Sankalpa might be “Compassion is my true nature” and your specific Sankalpa “With compassion for all beings including myself, I eat a vegetarian diet.”
Now, plant the seed of your Sankalpa in your mind. You can do this by using it as a mantra in your regular meditations or yoga practices. One of the most powerful ways to plant the seeds of the Sankalpa in your awareness is yoga nidra.
Yoga nidra relaxes the body and mind and guides you into deep awareness. You are aware and awake, but you experience a disidentification from the body and mind. When you recall your Sankalpa in the waking state, it might trigger doubts or your ego. But when you recall it in the yoga nidra state, it is rather a sense in the body-mind and is absolutely present in that moment.
In 2019, set intentions, not goals, and consider creating a Sankalpa, whose seeds you can plant in your awareness using Yoga Nidra. And we at Shanti would love to
During the holidays, things can be hectic. Sometimes it can feel difficult to come to a place of more equanimity & perspective. Or sometimes when we see our family suddenly all the things we have been working so hard on all year, come undone. Old habits are hard to break! Amidst all this internal and external commotion, self-care is KEY.
In this short 25-minute episode of LIFE ON EARTH PODCAST, Nathalie talks to us about her top five tried-and-true self-care practices during the holidays. She even recommends us her favorite 5-minute journal practice for morning rituals!
Many of us are already familiar with the limbs of yoga leading up to Samadhi; including asana (physical postures) and pranayama (breath, life force). After practicing all seven limbs of the spiritual path of Yoga, the eighth and final step in Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga is samadhi. The word samadhi literally means “putting together” and is often translated as “integration” or “absorption.” It is a state of consciousness where individual awareness dissolves into the great Whole.
What is Samadhi?
When you practice, train the mind and soul, and go deep inside, you can find the (non-permanent) state of samadhi, or bliss. When you transcend the confines of the ego and are no longer wrapped up in the trappings of like, dislike, judgment, worry, and fear, you are then completely absorbed in the present moment, at all times, while remaining in total awareness. This is a pure state of being.
As you go through your daily tasks, you are no longer replaying the past or looking into the future. You are immersed in the enjoyment of each moment as a sacred act.
Samadhi brings you freedom from the cycle of karma, which is a result of never-ending desires (vasanas) and memories (sanskaras). As the ego is continually concerned with what’s “me” and “mine,” your higher self knows that there is never a lack of anything because there is no separateness in anything. Therefore, all fear is gone, and what is left is pure love.
How does Samadhi fit in your daily life?
Practice the other 7 limbs of Patanjali’s path – they are a roadmap to free us from social conditioning and personal ego. Recognize this pure spirit in yourself, and in all beings and all things around you. If you are a divine light, then so are others; including the people you love and the ones you don’t like; including animals and plants.
When we can move past the mind and the ego which wants to judge, possess and compare, and when we can see that others are divine as well, we are moving closer to a state of divine connection. Samadhi is not a permanent state and requires discipline and practice; even if we do not attain samadhi in this lifetime, working on Patanjali’s limbs of yoga help us to rise higher and evolve as pure beings. Remember that’s it’s a journey and not a destination.
In our essence we are samadhi, therefore we don’t need to learn it as something new, instead we’ll need to take off layers, un-learn and find our way back.
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There are three different levels in this program; email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire! All meeting are one on one and done via Skype!
I have been teaching yoga for over twenty years, having trained and coached over 100 yoga teachers around the Globe
Our School Shanti Yoga, is registered and recognized Internationally with Yoga Alliance 200 Hour & 300 Hour Level + YACEP Continuing Education . As well as I am a certified energy healer and an avid student of A Course In Miracles.
Upon seeing so many people’s lives transform through our programs – LIGHT CODE was developed – this program is for any individual who wants to make a difference in our beloved Planet Earth – this program is for anyone who is ready to step into the next level of this unique life.
Together we explore so many techniques and practices for a more balanced, more authentic life.
LIGHT CODE gives you a tool box of infinite possibilities –
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LIGHT CODE is a journey of self exploration and radical acceptance – a commitment to the Self – to Soul evolution. It requires bravery to face your fears. To look at the light & the shadows. To know that we, have a responsibility to ourselves, our communities & our beloved Planet. We know that with every dollar we get to vote.
It’s a powerful thing to know how much we get to contribute each day to life. LIGHT CODE program focuses not only in understanding ourselves better but also enhancing the life of every being we come across, especially those who are closest to us.
Every choice we make brings us closer to the light or further from the light.
We are multidimensional beings, having a human experience.
As Gandhi’s famous say “Be The Change You Want To See In The World”. As with everything in life what you get out of a yoga training is what you put into it. Another famous quote I subscribe to“If You Want To Make The World A Better Place, Take A Look At Yourself & Make A Change “.
Manuka honey is a magic, medicinal honey that is different from traditional honey because of its anti-bacterial properties.
It also has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Many people use it to help heal wounds, improve digestion, soothe sore throats, and protect teeth from decay! Native to New Zealand, Manuka honey is produced by bees who pollinate the flower Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the Manuka bush. Here are just seven of its proven by science benefits:
Treats wounds, sores and boils: Manuka honey’s antibacterial and antioxidant properties help speed the regeneration of tissue while decreasing pain and keeping a moist wound environment and protective barrier, which prevents microbial infections.
Protects teeth from decay: Studies have shown Manuka honey attacks harmful oral bacteria associated with plaque formation, gum inflammation and tooth decay.
Soothes sore throats: Manuka honey reduces inflammation, thus reducing pain, while attacking harmful bacteria and smoothly coating the inner lining of the throat for a soothing effect.
Prevents ulcers: Ulcers are sores that form on the lining of the stomach, causing stomach pain, nausea and bloating, and studies have shown that Manuka honey helps prevent ulcers caused by some bacterias.
Improves digestion: Researchers have discovered that regularly consuming Manuka honey may help decrease of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements.
Fights respiratory infections: Manuka honey fights bacteria that causes serious upper respiratory infections; this especially helps for those afflicted by diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis where respiratory infections are common occurrences.
Treats skin problems: The antimicrobial activity of Manuka honey, when used in combination with a low-pH product, helps keep your skin free of bacteria, which can expedite the acne healing process.
These are just some of the benefits of this magical medicinal honey! You easily can buy Manuka honey online and have it shipped straight to your house; we highly recommend trying it out!
The yogis define our body as having five layers, like an onion. In Sanskrit, “koshas” means “sheaths”, and each body fits into the next like a sword into a scabbard, or like Russian nesting dolls, as shown in the image above (source: Sequence Wiz). To truly live a full and balanced life, we must take care of each of our five bodies.
Kosha #1: Annamaya Kosha – Your Physical Body
This is the body most of us are most familiar with; our muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons; the body that is sustained by the food we eat. The primary way to impact this Kosha is through physical asana.
Kosha #2: Pranamaya Kosha – Your Energetic Body
This body is the field that holds your physical body together. This body is made of Prana, or life force. We impact our energetic body through physical asana as well as pranayama breath practice. When you practice acupuncture and homeopathy, the treatments don’t directly affect your physical body; they work on your energetic body which sustains your physical body. Pranayama practice, fresh air, sunlight, and whole foods help nourish and cleanse your energetic body.
Kosha #3: Manomaya Kosha – Your Intellectual / Mental Body
Manomaya means “full of thought processes”. This body is instinct. It is responsible for your sensory and motor activities; it’s what’s working behind-the-scenes when you are on “automatic” mode. Mantra meditation nourishes the health of your intellectual body and helps release “knots” of energy tied up in mental complexes and obsessive thoughts.
Kosha #4: Vijnanamaya Kosha – Personality / Power of Judgment
This body encompasses all the functions of the higher mind, such as conscience and will. This sheath differentiates humans from many animals; only humans have the ability to activate this kosha and direct their lives, making moral instead of instinctual choices. The yogis thought this kosha to be so important that they made the development of it the first limbs of yoga study; the Yamas and the Niyamas.
Kosha #5: Anandamaya Kosha – Your Heart Center
This is the subtlemost body which is experienced as ananda (spiritual bliss). The bliss body is the final and thinnest veil standing between our ordinary awareness and our higher Self. Those who have had near-death experiences have reported experiencing a brilliant white light radiating all-embracing wisdom and unconditional love. This is the experience of the anandamaya kosha. Most people are hardly even aware that this level of consciousness exists within themselves.
How to cleanse your five koshas…
As you practice yoga, no matter what style or kind of yoga you’re practicing, you are releasing blockages in one or more of these layers of the body. All of this is part of your yoga experience.
So next time you practice, try to sense your physical body, your energetic body, your mental body, your intuitive body… and maybe even your bliss body.
During the holiday seasons, things can get hectic. Normal schedules and activities are interrupted, and some of us travel or are reunited with family members. This can stir up a lot of feelings and emotions – so what better time to take a few minutes to sit down and meditate?
Reduces stress and improves symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia
Controls anxiety and reduced symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic attacks
Improves emotional health; in one study, subjects who meditated showed measurable changes in activity in areas related to positive thinking and optimism
May reduce age-related memory loss and improve focus
Besides all this, meditation is also the pathway to the state of dhyana. Dhyana is the 7th limb of yoga, standing on the shoulders of the other limbs, including those you may be familiar with from practicing at Shanti – asana (physical posture) and pranayama (breath control). Dhyana involves concentration and meditation on a point of focus with the intention of knowing the truth about it, to be able to separate illusion from reality and achieve bliss.
In meditation we become the observer of the mind. You are not your thoughts. Sit. Breathe. When the thoughts arise, observer them without getting too attached. Label them if that is helpful; oh there goes a thought… that is fear, anxiety, happiness… all shall pass. Continue to sit and breathe. Stay steady, stay calm.
I love the analogy of our awareness being like the water of a river and the thoughts are like leaves floating, passing, and just like the river flows so does the leaves they continue their process of being.
Every day take minimum five minutes to just be. Make it simple just sit and be.
When feeling overwhelmed … pause and take three deep breaths. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth …. ahhhh – let it go and be present. The present moment is all we have.
Meditation supports us in finding our center and operation from a much more grounded and mature place.
When meditating we become less reactive.
Or book a private meditation class in person or via Skype – simply email email@example.com to inquire.
Need assistance : Download the award winning APP Headspace on your phone, we require this of all our teacher trainees.
Keep an eye on our schedule: Often times on Fridays, Nathalie teaches a meditation class at Shanti Yoga Shala.
Meditating can feel like training a puppy. Your mind keeps running around even if you tell it to stop; it seems to only be able to stay still a few seconds. This takes patience and practice! The purpose of meditation is to interrupt the fluctuations of the normal mental activity such as sensory knowledge, memory, and imagination. Out of these, memory is the hardest one to quiet, as it continuously feeds us glimpses from the past along with an endless stream of thoughts and emotions.
With meditation, through the mantras and one-pointed attention, you can break through to total awareness; Dhyana is the state of Divine Consciousness. Love flows from you, but it is not an attached state of love like that of to objects or people. Love with detachment is the vibration of pure love for God – In yoga, this type of pure love is called Bhakti. It is an innocent love for the sake of merging in oneness to the Divine, like the love of a baby for their mother.
In dhyana, the ego falls away, love flows through you and creates a higher vibrational frequency within you. So what are you waiting for?
Take five minutes today during your holidays to sit down, meditate, and connect with the divine.
Thanksgiving is almost here & Shanti Yoga Shala invites you to consider incorporating more Plants into your festivities!
Thanksgiving is this week and all of us are pausing to reflect on the abundance of blessings in our lives and give thanks for them. Here at Shanti, we have been reflecting on the gift of life, and it’s making us consider putting some extra vegetables on the table this year!
Here are a few reasons to consider swapping all or a few of your dishes for delicious plant-based alternatives!
– It is more friendly to the lives of turkeys and other animals that might apear on your table! Fun fact: Did you know that turkeys were almost the national symbol of pride? They only lost to the bald eagle by one vote in Congress!
– It’s more healthy for you! Vegetables have fiber, complex carbohydrates, and tons of vitamins – they are powerhouses of nutrition and feel great in the belly! Plus, they don’t carry extra fat & cholesterol.
– It could be safer for you! Turkey is the second most frequent cause of food poisoning in the US (second only to chicken!)
– It can be more budget-friendly! Depending on where and how you shop, vegetables are often a more wallet-friendly bet than meat!
If you’re interested in inviting more plants to your table this year, just google “vegetarian Thanksgiving” or “plant based Thanksgiving” to find TONS of recipe inspiration. Below we’ll share photos and links from a few of our favorites! (Click the name or photo to find the recipe link)
Yum – what warms you up more in November than a hearty soup!? This version of Velouté de Châtaignes, or creamy chestnut soup, is traditionally made with chicken stock and heavy cream, but this version swaps them out and adds two healing superfoods: turmeric and beta carotene.
Savory, sweet, and colorful, this salad is almost too pretty to eat, but so delicious that you have to. Featuring date-coated baked squash combined with fresh, juicy berries.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower Head
Not only does this whole roasted cauliflower head, rubbed with ginger, tahini, miso paste, and turmeric, look and smell amazing on the dinner table – it’s super healthy too. Feeling creative in the kitchen? Try including savory naked gravy as a dip!
Naked dressing / stuffing with sprouted bread & chickpeas
We know that no holiday table is complete without stuffing (or “dressing”, as we like to say), and there’s no reason that a plant-based Thanksgiving should skip it. Try this easy and hearty recipe made from sprouted bread, chickpeas, and plenty of herbs!
Feel free to share your other favorite plant-based recipes with us so we can share them on our Instagram!
Our hands hold energetic points for the five elements: space, air, fire, water & earth. Mudras are hand gestures practiced during meditation that carry specific goals of channeling your body’s energetic flow and these elements. In Hatha yoga, mudras are often employed along with pranayama while meditating in a seated lotus position.
To use a mudra, it is usually more effective to do for at least two minutes, and even more effective for 15 minutes or so – try making it part of your meditation. Hold the finger-positions with both hands; this will have a more powerful effect than doing it with just one hand. Some mudras are simple enough so that you can even do them with your hands in your pockets, so you can do these anywhere & anytime that you like.
For the next few weeks we’ll be sharing one of our favorite mudras with you every Friday! Today it’s the JNANA MUDRA:
Jnana Mudra or Gyan Mudra is the most common yogic mudra used in meditation. In Sanskrit, the word ‘Jnana’ means knowledge or wisdom, and this mudra is the gesture of Knowledge or wisdom.
To practice Jnana Mudra, place the tips of your thumbs and index fingers to form a circle, with the palms facing up and the other three fingers straight. This mudra’s intention is to improve your concentration and sharpen your memory, and is also a great mudra to use when seeking to gain knowledge or insight into your life. It stimulates an opening effect, allowing for a receiving from the divine source.