My Experience of a Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

unnamed-2By Alana Bray, Owner of Yoga Bound

The day before I went on my first Yoga retreat (of which I was a participant) I wrote in my journal: “Alone in a life I do not recognize”. My father had just suddenly passed away. I was in Costa Rica where he lived, and where he had passed to take care of his unfinished business. I was there grieving, confused, overwhelmed and heartbroken. Something in me made me drop everything and go on a Yoga retreat. My dear friend Colleen flew down to Costa Rica and joined me where we submerged ourselves in a week long Yoga and cleansing food retreat. I learned in this week how to nurture the space of myself through conscious choices toward personal evolution. This was a foreign subject to me. Yet, in that week, my brokenhearted soul learned first hand the healing powers of clean food, rest, yoga, relaxation and meditation. Miraculously, the day after the retreat was over I wrote “I dive deep in the vast ocean that is my independence, my freedom”. Clearly, the emotional, mental and physical experience of this week long Yoga retreat in Costa Rica changed my perspective on my situation. Where before I wrote “someone else chose this for me”, pointing blame and turning away from my grief. After, I was expressing the release and vastness I felt as I turned towards everything that was happening. This shift in perspective was a release ultimately leading me to sustained healing and freedom that came from a profound loss. This important pause in the most overwhelming time of my life was the turning point. I made many important decisions from the information I received on this retreat; decisions which lead me towards continuous growth and evolution to this day. My experience was extreme and I decided to go on a whim. I didn’t analyze how, who or why…I just did. I was drawn to this, and did it, and it was if someone opened my eyes and gave me the answers. Now I can see that it was my soul speaking. If you are magnetized to anything, make it happen. Follow your curiosity. This is for your soul, your bliss, and your heart. My intention is to provide a safe, healing space for renewal, growth, presence and self evolution. My experience in Costa Rica was a game changer, and yours can be too!

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Benefits of Sound Healing

What is Sound Healing?

Journey into the world of Sound Healing!


At long last, science and western allopathic medicine are validating what shamans have known for millennia. Long before history and the written word, music and healing have been inseparable in the practices of shamanic healing and ofmantra as a musical prayer for healing. Contemporary holistic healers, spiritual healers, Reiki masters, shamanic healers, practitioners who work with crystal healingand chakra healing, and with the myriad other aspects of the alternative medicine healing arts: all are increasingly aware that with the introduction of the healing energy of sound, energy healing is catalyzed to potentate their healing abilities and the miraculous touch of their healing hands. Sound healing is increasingly embraced as the oldest, most gentle and most profound method of healing there is.

Whether you call it the Word, om/AUM, or something else, creation stories around the world identify sound as the creative force by which the Divine Sourcemanifested first light, and then the material reality. It follows: that which created all that is can also transform all that is. The unique, deeply relaxing (and therefore healing) benefits of harmonic overtones, which induce the rare state of Thetabrain wave activity while still conscious; the pizo-electric stimulation of meridian linesacupressure and acupuncture points by the vibration of sound (enjoyed in the comfort of your home and without needles); and the alleviation of energy blockages in the chakras as the karma you are ready to release disappears quickly and with minimal effort: all are reported benefits of sound healing with a gifted channel of this energy (testimonials). While we do not recommend ceasing or failing to consult with traditional health care practitioners, we have continuous reports of the work providing relief and cessation of acute and chronic mental, emotional and physical issues (including stress, insomnia, ability to concentrate, various immune system issues, emotional disorders and many more) as well as initiation and/or heightened clarity in direct contact with spirit guides and angels, finding life purpose, spontaneous past-life recall, increased ability to manifest, and MORE.


Join us, Friday, January 30th for “Bronze and Branch” at 7p. Experience deep meditation and enlightenment that comes from the healing vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, and didgeridoo. The sacred sounds, of these beautiful instruments, produce a powerful tool to clear, shift and attune our luminous energy body. These ancient musical instruments easily transport you to a place of peaceful awareness where you can become one with the sounds
and vibrations. Classes are held throughout Southern California.

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2015: The Year of Living Mindfully


If there was one resolution that could be the umbrella change that shifts the course of 2015, it is learning to live a mindful life. Every New Years resolution has one common purpose; to enhance our life. The idea of being mindful, and living a mindful life has to do with being present and being more conscious as life happens. Just like anything, mindfulness is a habit that is cultivated over time. Why not dedicate this next year as the year of Living Mindfully, and watch all your scattered misfit habits slowly fade into the distance. In holistic nutrition, we have a “crowding out” theory. The principle of “crowding out” suggests that you add more to your diet, instead of taking away. By adding healthy, whole foods, you will crowd out the unhealthy foods. Similar with living a mindful life. Rather than swearing off cheese, sugar, carbs, reality TV, smoking, etc, committing to live a mindful life will evolve your consciousness to be attracted activities and foods that raise your energetic vibration. This attraction, while gradual, will become sustainable. You will see, that once committing to a mindful living practice, all you will have to sustain is showing up for that practice on a daily basis. Over time you will have developed an instinct to be present with life as it happens, and how you choose to respond to everything that is presented to you. Without even trying, your mindful practice will evolve into mindful living. Sarah Varcas says “we do this by honing our focus on how we interpret the events of our lives, the behavior of those around us and the complexities presented each day merely by being human”. Our mindful practices will teach us how to respond vs. react, leading us to a profound sense of self awareness. According to Sara Varcas, “Knowledge about ourselves draws the highest price right now”.

To make it simple as well as sustainable, dedicate each month of 2015 to a different perception of mindfulness, while staying committed to the mindful practices of the month before. To give you some guidance, we have come up with 12 mindful practices for each month that build upon the next.

 January: Begin or commit to a Yoga practice. Yoga is a mindful based, mostly physical practice. Traditionally, Yoga postures were performed daily to prepare the body for a meditation practice. Today, Yoga is in almost every city and populated town. If you can’t find it in your town, there are a plethora of online videos for every level. January is the perfect time to start as many studios have amazing New Year specials, that give you long term packages for discounted rates. At Yoga Bound we are offering $360 for a 6 month unlimited Yoga package. Decide this January to commit to it at least 3x per week and watch your life change before your eyes. You will never understand how you were able to exist without it.

February: In February take up the mindful practice of doing less. Everyone is busy, yet, figure out what is really important and what is not, before you fill your day with numerous tasks. Pick 3 very important things to get done each day, and leave room between each task in your schedule.  If you do less, you can do things more slowly, more completely and with more concentration. The quality of how you do things will improve, and you will see yourself connecting to each day in a more present, satisfying and clear way.

March: Commit this month to doing one thing at a time. Single-tasking vs. multi-tasking. The first few days this month you might dedicate to noticing your multi-tasking habits. For example, when you are eating, you notice yourself reading a magazine. Or when you are walking, you find yourself browsing on your phone. Learn this month to follow the zen proverb “When walking walk, when eating eat”.

April: Your mantra for this month is “do it slowly and deliberately”. Notice when you tend to rush through things to get each task over with. As the month begins, what task usually makes you want to rush through it? Whenever you find yourself rushing this month, pause, and take your time with it. Make your actions deliberate and present. This might turn into one of your favorite things to do!

May: Spend at least 5 minutes each day doing NOTHING. Make space in your day to just be. Maybe its sitting outside after your lunch and watching the clouds pass by, the birds fly, the trees blow. Possibly watching a sunset, laying on the earth with your eyes closed. Find time each day for space of being and the joy of nothing.

June: Piggybacking on the month of may, June is the month to pick up a meditation practice if you do not have one, or lengthening the current one you do have. As a ritual, try to pick the same time each day in the same place to sit and be with your quiet. Start gradual; 5 minutes the first week, and add 1 minute each day after that. A simple meditation is focusing on your breath. Every time you inhale say to yourself “SAT” and every time you exhale, say “NAM”. This means nothing more than “I AM”. Whenever you notice your mind elsewhere, bring it back to the simple meditation mantra.

July: Become aware of your thinking–are you constantly worrying about the future? Learn to recognize when you’re doing this, and practice bringing yourself back to the present with a long, slow, deep, calm, breath. Every time you are conscious of yourself worrying about the future, turn your attention to what you are doing right now and the deliberate actions and joy you are receiving from being alive in your body with what you are doing NOW.

August: This month is all about how you connect to others. When you are talking to someone, be present. Do you ever notice that when you are talking with someone, you are thinking about something else, worrying about the future or even worse, on your phone? Instead, make it a choice to be present with who you are with, listen to their words and find joy in their company.

 September: This month is all about eating. Be conscious, every meal to eat slowly and savor your food. Have a moment of blessing your food and all the abundance and nourishment it provides your life. Try not to eat in a rush or cram it down your throat. Savor each bite, notice the flavors and the texture to get the most out of your food. You will also eat less and digest your food better.

October: Find time every day to walk as a meditation. 15 minutes each day, without your phone, notice the sensation of walking and all the lovely things you notice as you walk outside. Thich Nhat Hanh says “walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet”. Each step you take on your daily walks this month, your footsteps are like a healing prayer of gratitude for the generosity of the earth. There are so many more beautiful, and stabilizing images and walking practices in the book Walk Yourself Well by Sherry Brourman.

 November: Live Slowly and Savor your Life. Just as you are learning about the practices of eating mindfully and walking meditations, this month is dedicated to savoring the experience of everything you do. Allow cleaning, cooking, walking, eating, driving, listening, paying bills, be a slower experience and notice what it feels like to savor each and every moment. What happens when you really tune in to even the most mundane errand? This month, tune into the sights and sounds and awaken your senses to the world around you.

 December: This month, everything that you speak is kindness, and serves to uplift, support, and move forward. You might have to take time being aware of the lower vibration words that come out of your mouth for the first week. Once you notice what you tend to say, you are able to create space for responding instead with loving kindness. Eventually you will see it in your thoughts and your actions as well.

This is the year of transformation! There is nothing more powerful and healing as committing to your mindful life.

 Happy New Year! 

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Travel with Purpose


“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” -
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

We are at the cusp of a new year: 2015, a new chapter, and another perfect time to inspire the new you! At Yoga Bound, our purpose is to serve your highest self. To be a resource for wellness in all the different layers of you; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. While we offer daily classes, workshops, and beLiving Well 12 day clean eating programs, nothing is as meaningful and resetting as a Yoga Retreat. So much more than a retreat, it is an investment into yourself.

For our Yoga Retreat, we have chosen Costa Rica, voted by the travel channel as one of the happiest places with the happiest people on earth. In our week long retreat, we combine all of our multifaceted Yoga and Wellness programs into a week-long experience for you. You will understand how good it feels to be living mindfully, w(holy), and naturally.

Picture the most beautiful long stretch of beach you have ever seen. The lush green jungle rinses and kissing the sand. The sand is smooth and golden, and the deep blue pacific ocean is warm. The waves are hypnotic; perfect for surfing or enjoying the roll of the swell from your beachside villa hammock. You won’t have to travel far for anything you need. Beach, hammock, yoga, massage, food, nap, shade, sun; its all available to you within the hospitality of the retreat.

All Yoga is taught by either Kristina Bengala or Alana Bray Barrey. Both highly skilled teachers in the art of mindful movement through Yoga practice. The retreat is small enough so that we can address your individual Yoga goals, questions and evolution of Your practice. Kristina Bengala is also highly versed in meditation, which will be a foundational piece to the retreat. If this is a focus that you are craving, we can attune that to your needs. Alana Bray Barrey is a holistic nutritionist and makes sure that every meal is succinct with the food perameters of the beLiving Well program. The wellness and healing properties of food will be incorporated in the menu of the retreat, and Alana will be there to answer questions and help you on the path to health through food.

Aside from high quality Yoga, meditation and nutrition guidance, the retreat is an investment in You and how you want to start the next chapter of your life. You don’t just go away. You come back with a new idea of the way you want to live. You understand what nurtures your soul and learn how to replicate that into every day life. During our retreat, you learn to quiet everything, and you realize that what your soul and the chaos of the planet is craving is your peace. You will come home from Costa Rica with a priority of peace and well being in your heart with all the tools to make this a reality in everyday life.

There are only a few spots left in our retreat:

  • The Jungle Suite which is $3,900 for single occupancy or $2,900 per person for double occupancy
  • The Las Olas Suite which is $3,900 for single occupancy or $2,900 per person for double occupancy

Remember, all Yoga Bound members (12/6 month unlimited autopay) get $250 off the retreat price. All prices include everything but flight (transportation to and from airport, planned adventure excursions, all meals, beverages, accomodations, yoga, meditation, holistic nutrition and cooking classes).

To book there is a $500 deposit required with balance due six weeks prior to departure. Please email to book the retreat of a lifetime!!

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Yoga Therapy: Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Our Costa Rica retreat hosts Paraiso Adventures highlighted our Yoga Therapy neck and shoulder release sequence! Check it out:) Join us in Costa Rica, March 12-18 for a full dose of love and intelligence in your practice from Alana and Kristina!

We hope to be able to spend time with you and your practice in gorgeous Costa Rica!!

Kristina + Alana

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“Loving Within”: Self Hypnosis for the Co-Creation of Your Life

selfloveOn Saturday, November 8 2014, Yoga Bound will be offering a Hypnotherapy workshop available to the public called “Loving Within” taught by Nancy Epstein. In this class, you will experience how your thoughts and beliefs affect your energy, health and wellbeing.  Hypnosis is a safe and powerful tool you can use to increase the flow of energy through your entire body. With a few easy hypnotic techniques you can learn to attract what you truly desire while quieting your mind, strengthening your body and encouraging your spirit. Nancy Epstein is a certified Hypnotherapist with a prospering private practice in Ventura and Manhattan Beach, Ca.  She has a deep sense of compassion and understanding of others and a strong commitment to assisting her clients in developing, defining and attaining their goal.  She does this with humor, care and an inspiring manner.  Join us for this enjoyable Workshop that includes finding your personal balance with Yoga and Hypnosis.  This empowering and dynamic balance of mind, body and spirit is the very foundation of loving from within.  Please follow the link below to register for the event under “Workshops”: 

The deep internal connection to a heightened state of consciousness, relaxation, steadiness and ease can describe both Yoga and Hypnosis. The natural state that comes from hypnosis, where both physical, mental and emotional bodies are calm, is very similar to the ancient traditional Yoga practices. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, an ancient text describing and detailing the steps to achieve meditative bliss,  it is said that your thoughts and mind stuff have the potential to create suffering. According to Patanjali “self-realization (enlightenment/moksha) can only be achieved when the mind is quiet and the activity of the mind is  relaxed, and that only when there is a cessation of identification with the outside objective world, the mind is able to see things as they are.”

In hypnosis and Yoga, there is the belief that we can co-create any situation we desire based on our intention when approaching it. Like in Yoga, according to Chiara Marripodi with, ”Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation.  It is a natural state where the physical and emotional bodies are calm.  Through this process individuals are able to access deeper parts of themselves whilst still maintaining a heightened state of awareness.”

A beautiful article written by the Natural News talks about quantum physics as a way to medically accredit the use of Hypnotherapy to create healing and profound change.

As Yogis, we can understand that energy and intention are real, and we can use hypnotherapy “as the gateway to find our authentic selves”. Please join us at Yoga Bound for this amazing, and rare experience that will teach you hypnotherapy tools to co-create your amazing life!

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TBT: Yoga Bound in Costa Rica

Paraiso Adventures

October 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

TBT: Yoga Bound in Costa Rica

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Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances. -Maya Angelou

We’re throwing it back to last March for the Yoga Bound retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Alana and her Carlsbad crew really brought the fun on their last retreat. Everyone came with an open heart and ready to have some serious fun!! Over the course of seven days in pure paradise, this group bonded over life stories, wellness tips and sunset swims.

Paraiso Adventures

Yoga Therapy is Alana’s specialty. Alana was able to dissect the most basic of postures and transform them into challenging poses. Nina was hosting that retreat and reflected on the Yoga Therapy saying that, “Learning to work from the ground up, more, from the core out, really had profound results on my practice. I was able to gain control of very specific muscles. This really took my alignment to the next level! Nina and Alana both agree that this program offers something for every mind, body and spirit.

Paraiso Adventures

There was some extra spice added to this trip as well, this group wanted to shake it Costa Rica style, so we set out to Mal Pais for an Afro-Caribbean dance class. Complete with a live drummer, this teacher had us hopping, jumping, stomping, twerking, you know…the usual. The instructor led us through this sweaty, primal dance and everyone let down their barriers and danced their hearts out. This trip really revealed the importance of sweating it out, shaking it out and letting everything go so there’s room in life to learn new things and meet new people!

For more information about the retreat, pricing or to sign up, visit

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beLiving Well Basics by Yoga Bound

Wanna learn more about our beLiving Well Program we offer every season? Our retreat company did an awesome write-up about our Program, and much of it will be implemented in our Santa Teresa Costa Rica Retreat this March 12-18!


October 8, 2014 / 0 Comments

beLiving Well Basics by Yoga Bound

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Alana and Kristina of Yoga Bound are the ultimate health gurus. Not only do they own and operate (respectively) one of the coolest yoga studios in Carlsbad, CA, they offer popular mind body cleanses for their community. The beLiving Well Program is created by both women and gives followers a chance to hit the reset button on lives to reinvigorate and rejuvenate every aspect of the human being.


Alana and Kristina are currently hosting a cleanse locally, but they sent us the program so that we could participate remotely from NYC! We’re psyched to be included in this awesome program and wanted to share some of the fundamental points with you, our readers.

Alana and Kristina are leading our Boho Beach Chic Costa Rica Retreat March 12-18, 2015 and will be sharing some of their recipes/cooking techniques with our guests on this trip. This is the ultimate mind body learning experience and we cannot wait for our guests to experience this unique opportunity!


Living Daily Health

Just as we practice yoga, our health can be looked at as a practice too! The beliving Well program is designed to help you embark upon your health as a daily practice. Therefore, in addition to changing your daily food intake, you will be asked to cleanse your whole body in a very well-rounded and holistic way by integrating daily meditation, journaling, yoga, connecting to nature and increasing your heart rate though some form of cardiovascular exercise.


A daily meditation is very beneficial to implement into your life. It offers up a time slot throughout your day to check in with yourself and to truly listen. Schedule a time everyday (if you can the same time each day) to participate in 10-20 minutes of meditation.


Yoga has many benefits these include but are not limited to creating space in your day, becoming aware of your mind-body connection, increase your breathing and circulation, promote digestion, remove stagnation, physical strength and flexibility and overall well-being. It is suggested to practice yoga 2-3 times a week as a basic practice and 3-5 times a week for deeper transformation.


Writing down our thoughts gives us the ability to put them out there and see ourselves more clearly. This program is all about getting clear and learning our own attachments and self-limitations, therefore, journaling is highly encouraged. You can even combine this with your daily meditations; perhaps, journaling after your meditation and writing what comes up.


Often, we get so busy with our daily lives, driving, working, scheduling family/friend/work events, running errands, etc that we forget that we are nature itself. We embody nature in every way possible. Thich Nhat Hanh encourages us to reconnect to ourselves by seeing ourselves as nature. A first step in doing that is getting back outside without technology – no cameras, no phones, no computer, just you, your breath and the great mother earth. Add in 10-20 minutes of daily nature time – this can be eating your raw salad outside alone with no technology and/or taking a long hike, or playing in the ocean, or watching the sunset.


In addition to your yoga practice, we encourage you to do something for your cardiovascular health – walking, running, working out, etc. This whole foods program will not deplete the body. You will be surprised with how much energy you will have. It is suggested that you work-out 2-3 times per week in some form of exercise.

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Self Care


Every season at Yoga Bound we host our beLiving Well 12-day clean eating program for optimal health and wellness. In this program you are fully guided through the process of eliminating parts of your diet that may not be serving you: Meat, dairy, processed foods, refined sugar, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, and most oil. In addition we guide you through the introspective work with guided mediations and daily emails and journal topics. Overall this is a self-care healing time for you so that you can be the best you and manifest the relationships and experiences you desire.

Here is a preview of our emails we send daily, and some of the things we hope that will inspire you on your healing journey.

“Self-love manifests the relationships and experiences we desire”
-Jennifer Kass
Hello lovely programmers! 
Happy day 5 of the program. While I don’t want to tell you how you are feeling or what to expect, I do want to let you know that this part is usually the begginning of feeling in your body, mind and spirit the benefits of eating clean. It is incredible the relationship we have with food. The manner in which we nourish ourself is an important metaphor for the way that we nurture everything in our life. From carefully selecting fresh, organic, high quality food, to the way we put it in our bodies with mindful attention can reveal many things about the care we put into other areas of our life. If we don’t put much care into the food we eat, where it is from, how it is prepared and most importantly, what is in it, how is that a microphone for how we treat ourselves and expect others to treat us?
The time that we are taking for these 12 days is a gift to the well being of our life and all our relationships. Food is a huge part of the program because everything we eat makes up the cells of our life. If the food is not clean, our cells, our genetic makeup will not be either. If our cells are not healthy, our systems and our thoughts will not be clear and providing for us as well. Aside from the food, meditation and journalling allow us to reflect, write down and hold space for everything that comes up. By adding in this goodness into our lives, we begin to crowd out the bad, destructive behaviors. We are learning the highest form of self care. The foundation of self care is love. Through this program we are learning how to love over again. Not that the way we loved before was wrong, we are now evolving to a higher and more pristine form of love. Whatever reason we came into this program, the basis of what we are learning is self-care, self-recognition, self-understanding and loving kindness. This way we can can manifest the relationships and experiences we desire.
1. What is the most loving kind thing you will do for yourself today that you are looking forward to?
2. What comes up when thinking about how you should be treated? What is the earliest memory you have about being mistreated? Do you still hold onto it?
3. If today was all about treating yourself the way you would want others to treat you, what would your day look like? What would you do, what would you think, how would you feel about yourself?
We hope that you have an incredible day filled with lots of love and kindness towards yourself and others!
Kristina + Alana
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Happy FULL MOON/ SuperMoon in Pisces September 8th 2014

Thank you Mystic Mama from Follow her site….she is awesome!




FULL MOON ~ SUPERMOON ~ HARVEST MOON bringing the deep and feminine waters of Pisces to cleanse our emotional realms. There is potential for deep healing.
Here are the MYSTIC MAMMA Astral Insights form the most tuned in readers of the planetary bodies. First from the insightful Divine Harmony:
“This Full Moon is…what I am calling a waterworks Full Moon!
“The Moon in any of the water signs is already very emotional, sensitive and receptive- but I would argue that Pisces is the most sensitive of all the signs…”
“With the Full Moon in Pisces we have a heightened sense of sensitivity- which could bring us to the point of bliss or to the point of pain and suffering.
“If you find yourself in tears leading up to this Full Moon- now you know why. (I think crying is good- it helps you to release all that you are holding onto.)
“Moon conjunct Chiron is a very heavy aspect. There is wounding and pain around emotions, being supported, nurtured and being contained. Since Pisces is the sign of vast consciousness- there is simply no way to put a container around all that it feelsand experiences!
“This Full Moon can bring up some deep psychic stuff around childhood, the past and/or the shadow. Looking at any wounds and pain (or denial) we have around codependency, enabling, addiction, victimization or playing the martyr is key right now.
“To add to this on Thursday 9/4 Chiron was perigee- which means his orbit was closest to earth. Whenever planets (or planetoids) are closest to earth their energy is felt more palpably- and so this amplifies the sensitivity and woundedness in the air right now.
“…can unearth stuff we did not see or did not want to see- particularly stuff around anger. If we have been repressing it or holding in for a while- watch out! This Full Moon chart could pop the lid of all that repression- which can be great for release but could also wreak a bit of havoc in your life if you don’t express that anger consciously!
“The Full Moon also forms a Grand Water Trine with Saturn in Scorpio and Juno in Cancer. This sweet watery alignment supports healing and cleaning of the karmic past in relationships and commitments in our lives…if we can tap into Saturn in Scorpio and our ability to navigate the shadow, as well as juno in cancer and our ability to attend to the relationships that mean the most to us- then this Full Moon can be fruitful.”
“…with so much Jupiter all over this Full Moon chart (sextile Sun and Mercury, square Saturn, trine Uranus, quincunx Pluto, quincunx Chiron/Moon- with a 3rd yod being formed by Jupiter/Pluto/Chiron/Moon!)- there is a hugely expansive, expressive energy present. So work with it! Be grateful, give thanks, see the Bigger Picture, think positive.”
© Copyright 2014 ~ Divine Harmony All Rights Reserved.
 From the wise Cathy Pagano from her Wisdom of Astrology:
“This Pisces Full Moon is another super Moon—closest to the Earth, bigger than usual, more energizing.  If you live by the ocean, the tides will be higher, bringing the magic of the ocean closer to our consciousness…”
The magic of Pisces is the magic of the Heart.  The Sufis believe that the Heart is an ocean and the body is its beach.   Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Wisdom, arose from the ocean waters and came to shore as Love, which is our blessing and our heritage.  Pisces is the World’s Heart and Aphrodite’s love arises from the Source of Life, flowing through the body, engaging the heart and mind and filling us with spirit.
“When we actually sense what our hearts are feeling, we understand the quality of the moment.  Russ Hudson, co-author of The Wisdom of the Enneagram1, says that the ‘heart tastes what the moment is all about’.  The heart brings us the quality and texture of the moment.  
“The heart is the knower of truth, not the mind.  The mind presents us with possibilities and choices, but the heart knows the truth.  Being in touch with our heart tells us the quality of our existence, the truth of who we really are.
“The heart brings us a sense of the preciousness of life and the present moment.  The heart feeds the soul, and truth is the heart-food we most need.  What is your truth?  Who are you really?  What are you being called to be and do?  
“Each year we get to harvest our experiences, so we can continue to weave the tapestry of our lives.  Virgo brings it all together and makes it coherent.
“…the Blessed Virgin Mary is a good example of a Virgo/Pisces goddess figure.  As virgin, she alone gave birth to the savior.  As Great Mother of all, she is the source of compassion for all our suffering…Mary also has a sacred heart—a heart full of love and compassion.  The ancient Mother is calling to us, wanting to lead us home to that place of calm and peace that we all long for.  The way there is through the heart.”
“…The Great Moon Mother shares with us an awareness of the woundedness of our world and asks our Virgo self, what we intend to do about it.   Once we remember our inner Spirit, we are compelled to open ourselves to our spiritual destiny.
“It is time to dispel the illusion that we are separate from each other and from the Earth.  Pisces teaches us we are all One, just as we are individuals. The question this Pisces Full Moon poses us is why did we incarnate at this moment of human history?  Is it to continue feeding the corporate machinery of patriarchy, or is it to dive deep within our humanness and remember our responsibility to Life.”
“…The ongoing Uranus in Aries square to Pluto in Capricorn connects with Mercury and Pallas Athena in Libra.  Pallas Athena united with Mercury symbolizes the creative intelligence we need to solve our problems.
“Uranus opposite these two energies opens our intuition and can guide us to new perceptions concerning social justice (Libra) that can counter our continuing racial, gender and sexual prejudice.    Pluto squaring these two energies uses the power of ideas to transform reality.
“…We are being asked to make a choice.  Will we continue with our old ways of being in the world or will we trust our hearts to know the truth, so that our minds can listen and find us a way through the darkness to a new dawn?”
© Copyright 2014 ~ Cathy Pagano  All Rights Reserved.


From the inspired Kelley Rosano:
“The Pisces Moon is in a harmonious energy flow with Saturn and Pluto. This can open the door to greater abundance in your life…The abundant life includes love, joy and well-being…We also need to feel strong and effective. This requires self-mastery.
Be the captain of your ship. Be the master of your destiny. Your power lies in how you take care of you. You want to love your Self more than the need for other people’s approval. Otherwise, you are giving your power away to forces outside of you. People and situations that you have no control over, this makes you feel bad about yourself.
“When you live from the outside, you can end up at the mercy of other people. Lost and confused. This is the dark side of Pisces. When you are empowered, you live from your authentic self, from the inside-out. You are proactive. You are empowered. You are using your resources wisely…” 
“There is more good news here. The Pisces Full Moon is coupled with Chiron…This supportive healing energy can empower your own deep healing. You can heal old wounds. You could experience a liberating healing in September…Your pain and suffering hold great value. It makes you compassionate. Your struggles are there on your path to make you great. They empower your self-mastery.” 
© Copyright 2014 ~ Kelley Rosano All Rights Reserved.


From the wonderful Patricia Liles from The Power
A feminine Pisces Full Moon draws us into oneness and compassion, sensitizes us to the subtle realms of feeling and being while dissolving any separation from our own true nature.Surrender is the portal to the garden…”
“Further blessings in this Full Moon chart come from the Full Moon/Chiron being one point of a Grand Trine in water with Vesta 16º and Juno 16º.
“Vesta is our inner spiritual fire that we focus and dedicate first and foremost to our own inner work, sublimating the heat of kundalini energy to discovering our selves at our deepest core, resting in our powerful connection to Spirit…
“This Grand Trine with Moon/Chiron, Juno and Vesta, empowers the reemergence of our feminine consciousness. Let Chiron help release anything you have created in fear and still carry, and recreate your life with the help of the feminine expression of the asteroids so generously gifted with ease and grace here at Full Moon…”
“Neptune, ruler of Pisces, is opposite Venus. As quick moving Venus sees her reflection in Neptune, Pluto and Chiron between Sept. 10-17, we have an opportunity to deeply love and forgive ourselves. Valuing yourself as the son or daughter of Spirit is a very good practice (Inner smile) and is the prelude to moving into higher centered consciousness.
“Our other fleet-footed messenger, Mercury, will be triggering the Uranus/Pluto square between Sept. 9-13 putting us in touch withcommunicating our deepest truth.
“We are speeding along to Equinox now on September 22. Change is in the air on so many fronts. But one thing is for sure, Love is all there is.”
© Copyright 2014 ~ Patricia Liles All Rights Reserved.


FULL MOON Blessings!
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