bees – lore, healing + sacred abundance

personal meaning + inner wisdom

Bees are master pollinators! During my week I walked into my room to find a loudly buzzing bumblebee come from under my bed to hide on my window sill. She was gripping in stillness for dear life and my heart simply melted at its very presence. I remembered my instructor from Seed to Supper Gardening class mention she had problems getting bees in her backyard garden and here in my tiny room a ladybug and now a bumblebee found their way into my life. Instead of being frantic, my heart raced with both acceptance, thanksgiving, and wonderment!

Bees have always been sacred to me, I’ve honored them for many reasons and having a small indoor container garden I was left with so many questions; How did this tiny creature find its way into my room? How was I going to get it out?

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On a much deeper level, (as I always look into the hidden spiritual side of things), I wondered what ‘message’ the apidae was both showing and leaving me. And as I captured it in my dirty sea moss-water cup, I felt the power of its familiar buzzing mantra which immediately touched my heart. I felt the need and urgency to continue on the path of raising my personal vibration and personal healing.  I felt its deep connection beyond space and time to ancient cultures and goddess traditions. The bumblebee’s buzzing was hypnotic and brought with it many healing remedies. I felt and saw my heart swell with intense healing vibration. I remembered the shamanic experience I had only a few months prior in a field of flowers and bees where the song enraptured my heart from left over past pain to surface for healing and alignment.


Alberta District front lawns – Butterfly and Bee Flower Gardens  (May 2019) 

Bombus Bumblebees – Species in the Northwest Pacific Region

Bombus_vosnesenskii_Sequoia_National_Forest_2016-06-28_(1)Bumblebees (Bombus) are master pollinators! They are diverse in their range of pollinating various plants, herbs, and flowers and thus play a central role in maintaining and balancing our ecosystems.  The bumble bee has over 250 bombus species in the Apidae family which consists of over 5700 bee species.  Other bees include the honeybee, orchid bees, stingless bees, carpenter bees, and bumblebees all of the apoidea family.  Bumblebees are nectar bees like their honeybee cousins.  Bumblebees pollinate crops and wildflowers and are vital to tomato plants.


Best Bee Documentaries

Vanishing of the Bees 2009
With Ellen Page (Directors: Maryam Henein, George Langworthy).


Queen of the Sun (2010)
(Director: Taggart Siegel).


More than Honey (2012)
(Director: Markus Imhoof).


Colony : The Endangered World of Bees (2009)
(Directors: Carter Gunn, co-director: Ross McDonnell )


Who killed the honey bees? (2009)

(Director: James Erskine)

Movie Mention

I would add the movie The Secret Life of Bees but that’s about personal relationships, sisterhood, and healing color lines in America; staring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys,  Jennifer Hudson and Sophie Okonedo, produced by the linked of Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith to note.


Bee Shaman Wisdom Message

The bee symbolises community, brightness and personal power. Follow the bee to discover your new destination. From ancient Kemet (Egypt) of the Nw Swt Bty [nswt-bjtj], to early Estruscan (Ancient Greece) Women’s Mystery Rites Systems such as The Eleusinian Mysteries (Goddess Demeter), to ancient Druid societies bees have symbolized the sun, the Goddess, community unity, and festive parties and events.


Bee Mantras and Yogic Pranayama

The buzzing of bees is an ancient Hindu healing mantra which effect the heart chakra and pineal gland. The Goddess of the Bees is a form of Shakti (Divine Feminine Life force) called Bhramari, goddess of the black bees also an avatar of Durga, Shakti, and Parvati. She  is consort to Shiva and  is simultaneously a warriors goddess as well as healing goddess.


There is abundant bee mythology including Native American and Indigenous animal totem, spirit animal, and spirit guide meaning while the Hindu have preserved their mythology and healing medicine in the form of not only stories but healing practices. Pranayama the science of the breath has its own yogic tradition of the bee breath that brings calm to the mind and senses, alleviates migraines, improves memory and focus, and brings sunny confidence in undertakings.

I plan to start not only a 30day Yoga practice but to include forms of pranayama including this Bhramari pranayama – Humming Bee Breath. 

How to Practice the Bumble Bee Breath

  • Sit cross-legged  or up on your chair
  • Keep your mouth during practice: Gently close the lips, keeping the teeth slightly apart, and bring the tip of your tongue to the space behind the upper front teeth
  • Cover and close the ears with your thumb while placing index fingers at at the mid part of your forehead (the middle fingers, ring finger, and pinky finger should press gently at the bridge of the nose
  • Take deep ujayi breaths from the belly
  • Begin making a low pitched “hummmmmm” sound at the back of the throat
  • Position the tongue and allow the buzz sound
  • Breathe through the nostrils
  • Start with 7 repetitions and increase with practice


With Love, Light and Healing!



Chakras – Understanding Your Energy Centers 

each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number.



Chakras are the vibratory energy centers within the body and throughout the universe. The 7 main energy centers or wheels of radiating vibration can be used to awaken and balance emotions, actions, increase self-awareness and restore peace. In Sanskrit chakra means “wheel” as it is believed that the energy spirals and moves throughout the bodies of the human system. Chakras can effect the 7 bodies of the human energy body system. It is believed that each chakra is mapped or assigned to one of the 7 energy systems of the human body and can shift the human 12 auric energy fields.  An aura is a considered an energetic ‘space’ field existing around your body. It can be felt when you see a person and are drawn to them or immediately turn the other way because you can feel their ‘bad’ or ‘negative’ energy. Chakras can be seen as channels that can be tuned up, activated, and balanced  with crystals, essential oils, sound, higher frequency thoughts, mediation, mantras, and more.


Chakra Correspondence Chart: Yantras, Crystal Gemstones, Chakra, Body Location, Auric Body, Layer, Mantra. ©2018. for NaturalSelfGoddess + EvolutionaryGoddess.



  • Muladhara Chakra – Root – The Etheric Body – First Layer –  I AM  – Red Jasper
  • Swadhistana Chakra – Sacral – The Emotional Body – Second Layer – I FEEL – Carnelian
  • Manipura  Chakra – Solar Plexus – The Mental Body – Third Layer – I DO – Citrine
  • Anahata Chakra – Heart  – The Astral Level – Fourth Layer – I LOVE – Green Aventurine
  • Vishuddhi Chakra – Throat  – The Etheric Template Body – Fifth Layer – I SPEAK – Sodalite
  • Ajna Chakra – Third Eye (Brow) – The Celestial Body – Sixth Layer – I SEE – Amethyst
  • Sahasrara Chakra  – Crown – The Casual Body or Ketheric Template – Seventh Layer – I KNOW – Clear Quartz



Chakra Energy Attribute Chart. Healing characteristics and mantras. ©2018. for NaturalSelfGoddess + EvolutionaryGoddess


Chakra energy can be manipulated to magnetize or repel or draw energy inward or outward. They have a signature of encoded data that are specific to the energy centers of the body such as color, musical tone (note), mantra, planets, physical attributes, emotional characteristics including excessive  and deficient and balanced states, even deities, herbs, Kabbalah and tarot corresponding information.

Ancient Chakra and Yoga Wisdom

Our first people nations (indigenous aboriginals) understood that deeper connection with the stars, elements, earth, animals, the self and others determined wellbeing, fertility and prosperity. From the Twa pygmy the oldest humans on the planet also known as the little people who populated many parts of the planet their magical insight and higher societies such as the Olmec Mayan and Shang Xia dynasties were noted to practice forms of higher spiritual sciences such as yoga which later developed into forms of  martial arts.  It is noted that the ancient pygmy Twa from Africa (ancient Egypt – Khemet) crossed the Bering Strait into the Americas. Other ancient Africans crossed the Atlantic Ocean to enter the Americas at the Gulf of Mexico. Ancient aboriginal negroid phenotypes were the first modern humans on the planet dating back over 24 million years ago and older. These groups migrated out of Africa and became the first Indigenous groups to inhabit the Americas (South, Central, North) and other parts of the world. 


Some of our oldest cave inscriptions and stone glyphs depict men in the lotus position in higher states of spiritual union with the elemental and animal kingdoms. The Pashupati Seal discovered in Mohenjo-Daro, dated to c.2300 BCE. This ancient stone sculpture depicts the Hindu deity Shiva as shaman yogi seated in a yogic posture called Mulabandhasana.

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The Pashupati Seal discovered in Mohenjo-Daro, dated to c.2300 BCE. It depicts the Hindu deity Shiva seated in a yogic posture called Mulabandhasana. Public Domain.

The moola denotes “the beginning” the “root” the “base” “origin” “source” where the kundalini (serpent) energy from the root begins to lift upward toward the spine upward throughout the chakras to the crown chakra. Here is where one perfects the Self from the lower nature (chakras 1-3) to the heart (middle) and upward toward self mastery and ‘dominion’ over the lower nature into a god-self and enlightened state or christ consciousness.  This yoga spiritual system was practiced in ancient Egypt  (Kemet “Black land”). The awakened serpent was known as Uadjet (Wadjet/Uatchet) and was paired by the goddess Nekhbet the winged vulture.

Ancient India is known as the home or birthplace to modern day Yoga and its branches. Although archeologist and anthropologist state that Yoga is 5000 years old, we know that the original man is much older than a mere 5000 or 6000 years old. According to Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race (Cremo, 1993) the modern human bones were found in limestone dated as far as 24 million years ago in the Americas, the Lady of Guadeloupe. found in Guadeloupe, FWI (French West Indies).



The practice of Tantra yoga in Indush Kush statue of Vishnu and Lakshmi ancient India.

The Indus Kush  indigenous Dravidian aboriginals of the pre Vedic civilization practiced ancient yoga predating the arrival of the Indo-European invasion and destruction of their ancient records and the subjugation of a color caste system. Still some statues exists on temples and other archeological artifacts. Harappan Civilization or the Indus Sarasvati (Matriarchal-Goddess) Civilization, flourished from 3300 B.C. to 1800 B.C. Like many ancient civilizations destroyed and forgotten by the coming of the dark ages (Kali Yuga). We can still see their heightened states of spirituality and enlightenment  and we owe our gratitude, reverence and thanks for their contribution to the light of the world leaving behind the sciences of yoga, religions, and spiritual healing systems and modalities.

The First 7 – Basic Chakras +  Correspondence

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1st Chakra – Root Chakra (Muladhara) 

Sanskrit name: Muladhara – base/root support
Element: Earth
Color: Red
Shape: Square
Petals of the lotus: Four
Seed sound: Lam, Lang, Sham (Saturn)
Vowel sound: O
Musical Note: B (yam)
Energy: To have
Mantra: I am Supported
Endocrine gland: Adrenal Cortex
Physical association: The skeletal structure, teeth, large intestine, kidneys, blood
Psychological function: Self Preservation, Self-Sufficiency, Survival
Identity: Physical identity
Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months
Challenge: Fear
Plane: Physical
Planets: Earth, Saturn
Elements: Earth, Water
Deities: Ganesha, Elegua, Brahama, Dakini, Shakti, Shankara, Rudra, Shiva, Khronus
Zodiac: Capricorn, Aquarius
Animals: Goat, Crocodile
Gemstones: Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Sapphire, Smoky Quartz, Tourmaline, Lapis Lazuli, Tigers Iron, Shiva Lingam, Apache Tears
Mythological Animal: Elephant, Kundalini, Snake at base of spine,
Symbology: Kundalini Serpent
Sense organ: Nose
Predominant sense: Smell
Essential Oils/Aromatherapy/Incense: Cedar, Myrhh
Herbs: Sage, Myrhh, Bindweed, Bistort, Bluebell, Comfrey, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Foxglove, Hellebore, Holly, Indigo, Mandrake, Monkshood, Mullein, Pine, Rue, Solomon’s Seal, Witch Hazel, Wolfsbane, Yew,
Incense: Musk, Myrrh, Civet, Patchouli, Sage
Sephira: Malkuth
Tarot suite: Pentacles

2nd Chakra – Sacral Chakra – Swadhistana 

Sanskrit name: Svadhisthana – ‘sweetness’
Element: Water
Color: Orange
Shape: Pyramid
Petals of the lotus: Six Petals Orange Lotus
Seed sound: Vam
Vowel sound: Ay
Musical Note: D
Location: Sacrum
Yoga: Tantra
Number: 2
Psychological function: Desire
Orientation to Self: Self-Gratification
Energy: to feel and have pleasure
Endocrine gland: Gonads/Ovaries/Sexual
Physical association: Kidney, Bladder, Sex organs, circulatory system, prostate, womb
Psychological function: Love
Sense: Taste
Nature Experience: Lake, Moonlight
Challenge: Guilt
Plane: The plane of balance
Ruling Planets: Pluto, Moon
Deities:Diana, Pan, Tiamat, Poseidon,
Gemstones:Citrine, Carnelian, Golden Topaz, Tiger’s Eye
Symbology: Goddess / Crescent shaped horns (oxen)
Sense organ: Skin
Predominant sense: Touch
Essential Oils/Aromatherapy/Incense: Ylang ylang, Jasmin, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Citronella, Bitter Almond, Bergamont, Violet
Plant Therapy: Bergamont, Orange Juice
Herbal/Nutritional Therapy: Apricots, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Carrots, Eggs, Pumpkins, Peaches, Rutabaga, Persimmon
Sephira: Yesod
Archangel: Gabriel
Tarot Cards: Empress, The High Priestess, Lovers, Star. Tower, Justice, Death
Astrology: Cancer, Scorpio
Animals: Alligator, Fish
Mantra: I feel


3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus – Manipura

Sanskrit name: Manipura  “City of Jewels”
Element: Fire
Color: Yellow
Shape: Circle with Triangle (downward-pointing)
Petals of the lotus: Ten
Seed sound: Ram
Vowel sound: Ah
Keynote: E
Frequency:  320 Hz.
Rights: To Do, To Act
Endocrine gland: Adrenals, pancreas
Physical association: Digestive system, liver, gall bladder
Psychological function: Will
Identity: Ego identity
Developmental stage: 18 – 42 months
Challenge: Shame
Plane: Celestial plane
Planets: Sun and Mars
Deities: Agni, Surya, Rudra, Lakini, Sekhmet, Bast, Leo (zodiac), Lucifer, Apollo, Aten, Brigid, Sol, Helios, Ra, Mawu, Maasai, Xiuhtecuhtli, Teoyaomicqui, Meri, Aine, Xu Kai, Xihe, Khepri (Khepra), Amun, Atum, Heru (Horus), Ptah, Spdt, Athena, Theia, Zeus, Inti, Tawa, Pele, Vulcan, Vesta
Metal: Gold, Brass
Gemstones:  Diamond, Ruby, Chrysolite, Yellow Topaz, Citrine, Sunstone, Tigers Eye, Red Garnet, Chrysoprase, Amber, Rutilated Quartz, Carnelian
Mythological Animals: (Chakra) Ram, (Magickal) Snake, cricket, lizard, praying mantis, ladybug, bee, scorpion, shark
Incense: Saffron, musk, sandalwood, cinnamon, clove, pine, citrus, Benzoin, Pine, Frankincense, Labdanum, Olibanum
Herbs: Cinnamon, ginger, Anise, sunflower, calendula, marigold, daylily, orange, citron, saffron, pine, mistletoe, rosemary, buttercup, heliotrope, bay,laurel, daisy, walnut, acorn, maize, wheat, hops, cloves,
Sephira: Hod, Netzach
Tarot Suit: Wands

4th Chakra – Heart Chakra – Anahata

Sanskrit name: Anahata – unstruck
Element: Air
Color: Green
Shape: Crescent moon
Petals of the lotus: Twelve
Seed sound: Lam
Vowel sound: Ay
Musical Note: B (yam)
Energy: To love
Mantra: I am Love
Endocrine gland: Thymus
Physical association: Heart, lungs, circulatory system, arms, hands
Psychological function: Love
Identity: Social identity
Developmental stage: 3.5 to 7 years
Challenge: Grief
Plane: The plane of balance
Planets: Venus (lunar, feminine), Sun
Deities: Lakshmi, Oshun, Het Heru, Bast, Vishnu, Krishna
Gemstones: Rose Quartz, Jade, Green Aventurine, Emerald, Green Tourmaline, Malachite, Rhodochrosite, Chrysoprase, sometimes Turquoise
Mythological Animal: Antelope, dove, birds, dog, love birds, deer, hummingbird
Symbology: Goddess / Crescent shaped horns (oxen)
Sense organ: Skin
Predominant sense: Touch
Essential Oils/Aromatherapy/Incense: Jasmin, Lavender, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Neroli, Melisa, Frankincense, Geranium, Sweet Marjoram, Sandalwood, (Respiratory system: Cayenne, Thyme, Rosemary, Cypress, Ginger, Eucalyptus)
Herb: Yarrow, meadowsweet, oris root, Nettle, Ginger, Linden, Holy Basil, Hibiscus, Green Tea, Hawthorn Berry,
Sephira: Tiphareth
Tarot suite: Swords

5th Chakra – Throat Chakra – Vishuddhi 

Colors: Blue
Element: Ether (Akasha)
Function: Communication, Creativity
Basic Rights: To speak and to be heard
Symbols: Circle surround by 16 petal lotus
Central Issue: Communication, Self Expression, Self Discipline, Speaking Ones Truth
Demon: Lies
Orient to Self: Self – Expression
Development Stage: 7 and 12 years old
Glands: Thyroid, Parathyroid
Power: Choice
Yoga: Mantra
Strength: Faith, self-knowledge
Shadow: An obsessive need to control relationships and events
Life lessons: Personal expression, active listening, power of choice
Main Issues: Communication and self-expression
Area of body governed: Throat, mouth, nose, neck, teeth
Associated Spinal Area: Superior cervical sympathetic ganglion, 1 cervical spinal ganglion
Life Issues: To harness your will, express your highest truth & to live creatively
Physical Ailments: Obesity, difficulty putting on weight, sore throat, trouble hearing, hearing loss, tinnitus
Crystals: Lapis lazuli, turquoise, celestite, sodalite, aquamarine, blue lace agate, sapphire
Shape: Inverted pyramid
Plant: Gardenia, Himalayan Blue Poppy
Musical Note: G
Seed Sound: Ham
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Incense/Aromatherapy: Benzoin, Bergamot, German (blue) Chamomile, Lavender, Frankincense
Tarot Card: Wheel of Fortune, Judgment, Hierophant
Tree of Life Sephiroth: Binah (understanding)
Hindu Deities: Ganga(river goddess related to purification), Sarasvati
Other Deities: Hermes, the Muses, Apollo, Grigit, Seshat, Nabu
Astrological: Gemini or some believe Taurus.  I lean towards Gemini as it is ruled by Mercury who is the communicator, and this is what this chakra is all about.
Archangel: Gabriel
Number: 5

6th Chakra – Brow Chakra – Ajna 

Element: Inner Sound
Sanskrit name: Ajna (to Know)
Location: The centre of the forehead, brow
Symbol: A circle surrounded on each side by two large lotus petals ( or a lotus with 96 petals ), and inside it a triangle
Orientation of Self: Self Reflection
Glands: Pineal
Central issue: Intuition, imagination, ability to see one’s life clearly, use of the mind/intellect
Color: Indigo
Seed sound: OM (Aum)
Vowel Sound: Mmmm
Musical Note: A
Demon: Illusion
Developmental Age: Puberty
Essential Oils: Geranium, lavender, rosemary, spearmint
Crystals and Stones: Amethyst, azurite, fluorite, lapidolite
Stars and Astrological Signs: The planets Jupiter, Uranus, Mercury, Neptune and signs Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces
Sound or mantra: Ham-ksham
Sense: Intuition (the sixth sense)
Body: The high mental body
Orientation to self: Self-reflection
Goals: Psychic perception, imagination, clear seeing, accurate interpretation
Rights: To see
Developmental stage: Adolescence
Identity: Archetypal identity
Level of relationship: Our relationship to knowledge, wisdom and vision
Element: Light
Hormonal glands: The pituitary and the pineal gland
Organs: The brain, nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, face, the pineal and pituitary gland
Excessive: Hallucination, nightmares, obsessions, delusions, difficulty concentrating, headaches
Sephiroth: Binah, Chokmah
Planets: Jupiter, Neptune
Metals: Silver
Gemstones: Lapis Lazuli
Foods: Entheogens
Incense: Mugwort
Aromatherapy: Balsam, Tolu, Lavendar, Gardenia, Rosemary
Number: 6

7th Chakra – Crown Chakra – Sarasrara 

Sanskrit name: Sahasrara (thousand-fold)
Energy State: Consciousness
Element: Thought
Right: to Know
Psychological Function: Understanding
Identity: Universal Cosmic Identity
Location: The crown of the skull
Yoga Path: Jnana
Symbol: A lotus with thousand petals
Central issue: Awareness, spiritual search for meaning, issues of karma and grace, grace bank account, spiritual awakening, divine discontent
Color: Purple, white, gold, silver, violet
Essential Oils: Jasmine, frankincense
Key/Musical Tone: B
Vowel Sound: Ng
Seed sound: none
Crystals and Stones: Diamond, clear quartz, moldavite, selenite, pyrite
Stars and Astrological Signs: The planets Saturn and Neptune, the signs Capricorn and Pisces
Sound or mantra: Om
Body: The soul, the karmic, causal body
Orientation to self: Self-knowledge
Goals: Wisdom, knowledge, spiritual connection, consciousness
Rights: To know
Developmental stage: Throughout life
Identity: Universal identity
Level of relationship: Relationship to our life’s true purpose, relationship between the ego and the higher self, relationship to God and spirit
Demon: Attachment
Element: Thought
Organs: The muscular and skeletal system, skin, central nervous system
Glands: Pituitary
Sephiroth: Kether
Planets: Uranus
Metals: Gold
Number: 7
Gemstones: Diamond, Amethyst
Incase: Myrrh, Gotu Kola
Aromatherapy: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Carnation, clove

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A Gymnast is Born: Meet Allison Tellez

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing my niece, Allison Tellez, age 8, compete at The Royals Invitational at Stafford High School.


It was my first-ever live gymnast meet and to be honest, I’m rather hooked. I wish my kids were still young enough to learn and join in the fun. At the age of four Allison and her younger sister were proving to me that they could do every yoga asana I showed them. But this weekend it was Allison who asked me if I could do the Natarajasana, full splits and Padmasana! I was embarassingly sore from that morning’s body sculpting session and did a poor attempt at “Cosmic Dancer” leaving a cracking sound in the air which drew giggles and ridicule. Of course, a flexibility challenge has ensued where all 3 yogi poses will be accomplished by yours truly per our next gymnastics meet. (I better be ready, cause this cutie is brutal! lol)


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Allison Tellez, age 8, Royals Gymnastics Team, Floor Routine, Saturday, February 25, 2017.Photo Credits: ©2017. Daria Smith Giraud, DwriteDesignStudio & Ria Takharu Media LLC.

Congrats to Allison who won 5 medals at the Royals Stafford Invitationals. Unfortunately, she refused to wear her 3rd, 4th and 5th place medals because according to her mother, Faja Tellez, “she’s used to winning 1st and 2nd place medals, this is rare!” I, however, thought she did a fantastic job representing her team, gymnastics school and family! Goo Allison!



Photo Credits: ©2017. Daria Smith Giraud, DwriteDesignStudio & Ria Takharu Media LLC.


21 mudras for meditation 

21 Mudras for Meditation ~ this is absolutely on my 2016 List” in fact I haven’t named my 2016 list just yet but its fast being created as a ‘goal’ ..a 21 Day Mudras Challenge is going in there somewhere so its already out into the Universe under this Capricorn (Sagittarius, Tehuti) New Moon (chuckle) …peace, wholeness, unity, divine love and creative abundance family! ~ Ria (aka Daria)

Source: 21 mudras for meditation

Rest Day!? ACTIVE Rest Day

Rest Days  – Active Rest Days

Daily Stats:
Workout: Yoga Extreme – Duration: 30 minutes
Ab Core – 10 minutes
Total Calories Burned = 149 (Total Daily Calories : 1108) 


Exhaling! This morning’s Yoga Class was absolutely needed the Upward Dog never felt so good! My back had kinks I didn’t know it could hold. I know, I know, I’ve been focusing so much on getting my multiple workouts completed I realized both physically and intellectually that I HAVE to balance my Yin AND Yang energies simultaneously! I read somewhere while discovering Muur world history that the Shaolin believe in the Balance of Energies in Physical movement as  in all areas of life! To focus too much on the Yang brings imbalance of the Yin, to focus too heavily in the Yin brings imbalance to the Yang and thus imbalance in the Chi (life force) of one’s inner and outer life! That one should study Qigong throughout one’s life for optimal health and well being. I am looking at what programs I want to study and stick with for the next year – 5 years! Allowing myself the inner contemplation to plan and inquire from deep within. What are of focus should I pick back up and complete? What discipline helps to balance my natural energy? How should I ‘honor’ this energy that I was re-incarnated with? Which discipline will truly help me grow – spiritually, physically, intellectually and mentally?


Sometimes in this society where things are so out of balance and seen as fragments, we forget to look from a wholistic-centered way of living. I became so obsessed with my workout routines I neglected my Yoga practice completely. Little by little, I ignored the fundamental and power this duality in fitness can be used to compliment the other  and thus heal the body, mind and spirit. (lesson learned!)

While in the Upward Dog this morning my back remembered to align itself with greater ease and comfort! I was actually sweating in that little 30 minute yoga session!!!! And feeling rather amazing – peaceful, ‘light’ and calm!

I’ve been taking these past 2 days “easy.” Keeping an assertive  journal of my Nutrition and Exercise,  adding ANY notes to include, emotional, physical pathologies, ideas, decrease in performance or improvements. I’ve leaned just how powerful a journal can be when measuring success and failures of a program! If I have a bad day, I admit it, note it and prepare for the next day of victory. I take note of what works and what does not and possible variables as to why!!!

Taking a few days ‘break’ is pretty hard for me! These Sustainability courses are rough and coming from a place of despair and crisis with little optimism of real solution and shift in consciousness. I don’t think this way and so it’s been taxing for me to observe and listen to these scholars lecture from a place of pessimism harboring an outcome of perceived total destruction. I always look to my Ancestors and those before me centuries ago, who knew the secrets of living hand in hand with Nature and using technology appropriately. I always see that there is “A Way” to live and thrive on this planet than take a place of fear of destruction and annihilation.Nevertheless, I am spending this time catching up on these Sustainability classes, cleaning, and visualizing. I’m right on track with my nutrition and considering adding a 1 small Ab workout!;-) (i cant help myself!!)

I am looking forward to the next 30 Days of Greatness!






#1 Menses Yoga Pose – Savasana ?

I recently saw this video on a search for finding the best and or worst yoga poses to do when on you menses. I dont have cramps, Im not out of sorts, quite the contrary Im high vibration and high optimistic and moving forward with big energy. I can admit my periods had become a night mare once I hit my mid 40s! Prior the winter of 2012, I had the over 30 years of serene almost non existent periods – sans cramps, or discomfort, sans wild mood swings, or symptoms, in fact, being vegetarian seemed to help me through those years. There were times when my period was almost non existent or lasted for 2-4 days tops! I used to brag on it. But then as I hit 40-ish and through diet changes I guess my periods were less kind. The last few years especially I suffered quietly. Now, they are much lighter. Not to my almost non existent state of yesteryear but showing a much healthier improvement. I have no cramps, very little almost-non-existent bloating,  and my emotions are steady, balanced and clear.

I usually have to shut down for a week while on my menses but so far my energy is fine, and I’m honestly ready for sprinting, planks, sessions et al.


During yoga I mastered a crow pose with little effort. Then  I found that the most important pose for women on our menses to do is Savasana (the Restorative Pose) to take Sacred Time for ourselves as needed. To be intuitive, to be still and restful. “Deeply connecting to our Souls and Intuition”  Sara Avant Stover, yogini and best-selling author of The Way of the Happy Woman.

She further asks:

  • What are the Dominant Emotions that I’m feeling during my cycle this month?
  • What issues are coming to light through situations in my life? 
  • Through my relationships, through my emotions, that need my attention? 
  • What feels really hard right now, feels really challenging? 
  • And what Am I needing to know and to learn from those challenges?
  • How am I being called to heal and transform ? 


Day 9 ♥ – Crow Pose – From My Yoga Pages

So yesterday I did the  Crow Pose in my Yoga practice! You can imagine how stoked I am right now!!
I had only planned on ‘stretching’ out better to make up for missing my Warm ups, cool downs and stretches the day before my HIIT morning practice! Since I was sore, I really just went into the practice completely open-minded and found myself pushing, stretching and breathing into the yoga teacher’s poses and my own simply because my body seemed to want to go in that direction (i followed what my body wanted). Bending and breathing into poses with a kind of thankfulness and lightness.  This is little huge personal milestone for me. I’ve done a crow pose before but not with such ease and feeling of body control to be honest before it felt more of –(pause) — doing a physical exercise.This felt so different!!!

10690271_10205323009053014_5463141337779671149_nThis time mastering the  Crow Pose felt cohesive! It is as if my physical body AND strength are coming together in unison. I know that may not seem to make sense – or perhaps it makes perfect sense. But I feel more in tune with my Body when I exercise whether I’m doing sprints, planks, hill drills, and yoga! There is a different feeling I’ve never felt before this ‘all encompassing experience’ I have surrendered to lol. In my early days of yoga, I had this feeling of ‘oneness’ with my Body, Mind Soul and Spirit. But I lacked the Strength that my body could have had,  although I was very flexible and ultra spiritual!!!  There was still something missing in my ecstatic state of love and being!

Today is not merely physical or spiritual, there is a kind of “Call and Response” my Body is doing that I have never felt privy too. Beyond the  duality of my past understandings. It’s beyond the mindset of grabbing some protein, shakes or meals, hitting the gym with the guys, sweating and hurting like crazy, bulking and prizing my new muscles, then heading to another meal, etc. I didn’t know what I was missing until it was gone and I had to create another way.

If you would have told me a year ago or even 6 months ago that Squats and Push ups with Planks would change me dramatically I would have thought no its the gym and pumping Iron that can do that – ONLY! But then I’m not after The Arnold Look, I don’t want to be Swole. I’m not eating what  Arnold ate to get those muscular results and gains either. Being Vegan and Vegetarian has its rewards.

Rise, Crow Pose -Instructor-Subha in Jamaica, WI

Rise, Crow Pose -Instructor-Subha in Jamaica, WI

I’m after ‘feeling AND being the MOST Fit I’ve ever been in my Life! Not to simply look aesthetically pretty to the eye,  but actually be stronger in my ability to do things (simple exercises and poses I could not do before) those that are REAL AND FUNCTIONAL as I define them:

  • Can I Sprint? And How fast? 
  • Am I Flexible and Agile? 
  • Am I Strong AND Confident? Can I lift my Body weight and beyond? 
  • Can I do the splits, pull ups, push ups, headstand with ease? 
  • Do I feel and look sexy to me (and others)?
  • Am I happy and living the Best of What (Who) I am? 
  • Am I aligned with Earth and Purpose?
  • Am I psychic, radiant with higher energy, in tune with my vibration and in synchronicity? 
  • Am I in the ‘Right’ Direction? And using the Tools available to me to keep me at Balance in this journey? 



Fitness+Wellness: 30 Day Fit Challenge

I have to have a movement to keep me motivated! It has to be all or nothing – I’m either all in or not at all. I went to my sister’s private gym a few weeks ago tagging along with her and her kids to their community pool. Since I didn’t have a bathing suit on hand I rushed into their tiny weight room. There were elliptical machines, treadmills, cycles, flat screen monitors, some basic free weights a bench and a cable pulley machine. For over 30 minutes, I was in gym heaven doing sets and reps and super sets.

riasweetraw_colorrun-augustagaFor the next 3 days, I couldn’t move and I was satisfied. Immediately after my workout, I had a glow return to my face, eyes and skin. My body aligned in perfect posture. I felt alive!!! Whoever says working out is not for black woman or people period is a nut job! I’ve been on this planet enough lifetimes in sedentary or monk-like ascetic lifestyles to finally injoy the benefits of real movement from let’s say non-movement, lethargy and America’s normal sedentary lifestyle choices. Maybe if my job would include 80% active movement I’d not have to workout so often but I can tell you from experience that the sedentary alternative even when including a vegan or vegetarian food choice just doesn’t cut for me!

I don’t consider myself ‘old’ or elderly no matter what true age I seem to be approaching (lol), my body screams “keep me fit” “keep me flexible” “keep me alive and moving” and so I follow this inner guidance as my true voice and plan not someone else’s life paradigm. It feels right! I feel right! And that is enough for me!

So I’m doing a 30 Fitness Challenge, still vegan, and vegetarian strong, hair in its natural state. I’ve lost 10 lbs and haven’t gained it back. So now I’m ready to tone up. hit some cardio and strengthen this body of mine.

Fitness Challenges on the Web

What used to be called the Neila Rey workouts is now called DareBee. My sun actually got me hooked on these and I’d done a few when I didn’t have access to the gym and equipment. My goal is Workout Daily – anytime and anywhere!

Start: Test Your Fitness and Choose a Training Plan or Program

Fitness Test

To find out what level of difficulty (I, II or III) you should be doing our routines on, perform three exercises (push-ups, sit-ups and basic burpees) one after another each for 60 seconds. Count how many push-ups, sit-ups and basic burpees you can do in 60 seconds and use the table below to find out the level that is suitable for you:

Level I Level II Level III
1-20 push-ups
1-20 sit-ups
1-20 burpees
21-39 push-ups
21-39 sit-ups
21-29 burpees
40 and over push-ups
40 and over sit-ups
30 and over burpees

Training Plans

These are 7 Day Workouts you can choose from. Choose one and stick to it for 7 Days! You can either continue for another 7 days or choose another for 7 days, just keep it going and keep it moving.

Fighter – weight loss and tone

Day 1: Martial Arts Workout (L1-L3)
Day 2: Strength Workout (L1)
Day 3: Martial Arts Workout (L1-L3)
Day 4: Casual Training
Day 5: Martial Arts Workout (L1-L3)
Day 6: High Burn Workout (L1)
Day 7: Casual Training

 Assassin –  weight loss and tone

Day 1: High Burn Workout (L1-L3)
Day 2: HIIT / High Burn Workout (L1)
Day 3: Casual Training / Walk (30+ min)
Day 4: High Burn Workout (L1-L3)
Day 5: Strength Workout (L1)
Day 6: Casual Training / Walk (30+ min)
Day 7: High Burn Workout (L1-L3)

Superhero – overall fitness

Day 1: Superhero Workout (L1-L3)
Day 2: Strength Workout (L1)
Day 3: Ab Work / Stretching (L1-L3)
Day 4: Superhero Workout (L1-L3)
Day 5: High Burn Workout (L1)
Day 6: Superhero Workout (L1-L3)
Day 7: Long walk / Long run (45+ min)

Amazon – overall fitness

Day 1: Super Heroine Workout (L1-L3)
Day 2: Ab Work / Stretching (L1-L3)
Day 3: High Burn Workout (L1)
Day 4: Super Heroine Workout (L1-L3)
Day 5: HIIT / High Burn Workout (L1-L3)
Day 6: High Burn Workout (L1)
Day 7: Ab Work / Stretching (L1-L3)

Ranger – weight loss and tone

Day 1: Running + Ab Work (L1-L3)
Day 2: Bodyweight Workout (L1-L3)
Day 3: Long run (60+ minutes)
Day 4: HIIT Workout (L2-L3) / Sprints
Day 5: Bodyweight Workout (L1-L3)
Day 6: Running + Ab Work (L1-L3)
Day 7: Long run (60+ min)

Gladiator – strength

Day 1: Strength Workout (L1-L3)
Day 2: Ab Work (L1-L3)
Day 3: Strength Workout (L1-L3)
Day 4: Casual Training
Day 5: Strength Workout (L1-L3)
Day 6: Ab Work (L1-L3)
Day 7: Strength Workout (L1)

or you can choose other programs:

7 Day Micro HIIT

30 Days of Change 

30 Days of Strength 

Total Abs

30 Days HIIT Advanced

30 Day Cardio Blast 

or Light Foundation programs for beginners.

Calories Burned Calculator

Check this out and keep track of your daily workouts.

Running + Sprinting

Get your running, walking, and sprinting in! Daily cardio is a must so remember to stretch prior to your workouts and include running, walking and sprinting. Running is an effective form of exercise that can make you feel empowered AND transform your mid section tightening core muscles and legs. Don’t underestimate this integral part of fitness it will serve you well to include in your daily workout out plan.

Sprinter Workout

30 Day Running Programs and Workouts from (formerly Neila Rey)

From walking to running




Sprinter Workout 


Rest Day and Active Rest Day Fitness
(everyday warm up or cool down)


14 Day Yoga Shred Challenge with Sadie Nardini

30  Day Fitness Challenge – with Erin Motz of 


30 Day Meditation Challenge with Faith Hunter 

Own Your Shit, You Create It, You Own It!

8b2814635767a74fd4828032c84487b8Relationships, this quote really struck me as I read this article on “We Are The MEN Women Want and We Are Sexy, Conscious and AWAKE” Kelly Marceau in Yoganonymous blog. It was actually something I may have written and made me chuckle. Is it time to clean up your own shit? Well I can agree owning it is half the battle. Remember that this life is 100% what you create. Since my last relationship Ive been on hiatus. Since then I’ve come to some serious realizations. Know thyself, never settle, dont take shyt or false truths as fact, be true to yourself, dont procrastinate, conquer your fears, be accountable, own your shit (giggle) and keep it moving! On the court, in the box, on the treadmill, in life! You Create It, You Own It! 

More from her article: What Sexy, Consciously Awake Women NEED & Don’t WANT from Men

Choosing Conscious Awareness was fuuucking brutal.

Real Self Examination requires COURAGE and DISCIPLINE.

You don’t know what courage looks like until you are sinking in piles of your own shit and you have to figure a way out before it suffocates you.

Let’s make no mistake—Consciously Awake Women don’t just exist—we have evolved through enormous effort and courage to confront the tumultuous waters of our own emotional landscape and social conditioning. Women like us are not entitled or self righteous, we are confident and love ourselves. Don’t mistake self-love and self-care for selfish. Women like us are not selfish, we just have boundaries, and we trust our intuition. 




Come out Yoga with Us, Wed, April 30th at the Appleby Branch Library!

Peace and Blissings,

Come out and Yoga with Us, Wednesday, April 30th at the Appleby Branch Library!  I will be concluding my  One Human Family Love + Love Earth Ourselves 2 -part Series include; 

  1. Free Kids Yoga, (April 30, 2013)
  2. Poetry and Reading of “The Message of Water,” from the EMOTO PEACE PROJECT, and  (April 24, 2013)
  3. yogawithria

    naturalself by riasweetraw believes  Sustainopreneurship is the future!

    By giving back to community we not only strengthen our communities but empower our children with tools that last through and into adulthood. One Human Family Love + Love Earth Ourselves was birthed with the idea that creative sharing  of information, facts, storytelling and the arts are empowering tools to teach love, tolerance and the importance of social responsibility. One Human Family Love + Love Earth Ourselves foundation is too use the creative force as a partnership business model to educate community, families and thus sustain our ecosystems and quality of life.

    Here is more of what  One Human Family Awareness + Love Earth Ourselves Project provides:

      • yoga
      • poetry
      • arts-education performance
      • conflict resolution
      • eco-literacy
      • organic garden initiatives 
      • community partnerships

I’d love to see you there!

Until then, Namaste and Eat Well!


Ria Sweetraw Takharu
NaturalSelf by riasweetraw  |  be informed, be active, be love!