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Cooling Summer Breath

Sitali Breath, Cooling BreathHeating up from the hot weather? My car said that it was 122 outside yesterday! I don’t think it officially hit that number but it was hot. Since it is hot all over I thought you might like to try this cooling summer breath called Sitali. It is both cooling and calming which is perfect for hot summer months. It is a great way to get yourself to chill out. Plus, this breath reminds us that we have more power and control over our bodies, our lives and ultimately our reactions to life, including the weather. Hooray! So cool! (Literally!)

Sitali Breath Benefits:
– cools the body
– adds moisture to the body
– reduces fatigue

Sitkari Breath is the name of the breath with the teeth touching.

Sitkari Breath Benefits:
– cools the body
– balances your hormones naturally
– increases vitality

These are best used during hot weather months or after a heated exercise practice.

The heat wave we are having here will have me practicing this breath every afternoon. Let me know if you have any questions. Stay cool and happy summer!

Do you ever let yourself rest or celebrate? Or do you just beat yourself up when you do?

oracle cards, spirit animal, goose, steven d. farmer, do more of what makes you happyDo you ever let yourself rest or celebrate? Or do you just beat yourself up when you do?

Over winter break my younger son got into the charter school near our house and it was a big decision to choose to move him there while we waited for for his older brother to get accepted too. My husband and I decided in the long run it would be worth it.

For the next 5 months they went to different schools and I tried to be very involved in both. My husband and I shared the duties of driving and we recruited help when needed. In April, my older son got accepted to start there in the fall and for the first time since we moved to Arizona I could technically relax about schools.

Honestly, half the time I would worry about what others think when we have changed or switched schools but I finally found confidence in my decisions knowing that I am always trying to do what is right and good for my family. If it looks different than someone else’s route, well, I think it always will.

Anyway, every morning after I wake up I ask God what I need to know today and then pull a Spirit Animal oracle card. During the last 2 weeks of school I kept pulling the one in the photo. Goose: Take time to rest and recuperate rather than continuing your striving. It almost made me cry every time I pulled it. I decided that after my boys got out of school we would take that Memorial Day weekend and the week after to just rest and enjoy life. I wanted to mark the end of the school year and celebrate the beginning of summer.

I actually did it too! We went through their school stuff and made binders of what they wanted to keep, hung up artwork and recycled the rest. (OMG! I have wanted to do this every year and I always end up doing in August). We hung out with friends and neighbors, enjoyed downtime and sleeping in. We went swimming a lot and watched movies together. It was wonderful.

Then I woke up on Tuesday and felt behind on emails and started beating myself up enjoying so much downtime. Now I have felt this way so many times in my life that it just felt normal but it did not feel good. It never did. Thankfully (for the first time ever) the moment was fleeting because I was able to remind myself that I had set the goal or intention of relaxing and rewarding myself.

I was like “Kerry! You actually did exactly what you said you were going to do. Be happy not bummed.” Plus, the last thing I want to teach my children is that they can’t relax after periods of hard work. After all, isn’t that what summer vacation is all about?!

I am sharing this in an effort to be more honest with my struggles and to also share things that are helping me to be happier every day and really start loving my life. Over the weekend, I was literally walking around saying “I am happy.” in my head and I had a big goofy grin on my face. I mean that is awesome! So when that fear and doubt crept in that morning I was able to see it for what it was: a bad habit. One that has kept me back for years. One that told me I couldn’t trust myself. So happy that I can now call bullsh*t on those types of thoughts finally.

Honestly, becoming a more spiritual person over that past few years has helped me get to this point. Again, so many times I have not shared this kind of thing because of fear that it looked different than what others were doing and people wouldn’t like me. Gah! When I was younger I only did things that were different than others and prided myself on that.

Well, I am happy to say I have found that girl again and I am claiming what makes life magical for me and ready to encourage you to discover what makes life magical for you.

Trust yourself more.

You know what is best for you and your family.

Do it.

Enjoy it.

Ask for divine guidance. It helps.

Set goals.

Pat yourself on the back when you reach them.

Know when to slow down.

Know when to move forward.

Tell yourself that you are on the right track.

Trust your feelings to know when things need to change.

Figure out what you want to do.

Give your worries to God, Universe, Spirit.

You got this!

XO! #trustyourself #relax #celebrate

p.s. Pulling a card from this deck is a technique I use to not look at my phone in the morning. You can check out this oracle card deck here: Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Cards: A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook. XO!

Full Moon Yoga & New Moon Intentions

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When you step away from your calendar and lists of “todos” to pay attention to the cycles of the moon it allows room for magic to enter your life and increases your ability to connect with something much larger than yourself.

I have been teaching Full Moon Yoga classes each month for the past year and want to start incorporating this into my work online and the magazine. The next one is Wednesday, May 10th in Scottsdale, AZ. Click here for more details.

There is a powerful New Moon tonight and I wanted to share a bit about how you could honor yourself and connect to the moon’s cycle over the next 4 weeks.

New Moon

Tonight’s new moon is in Taurus which is an earth sign. Take a moment to go outside tonight (or in the next 3 days) and relax. Maybe 5 minutes or 30 minutes. Notice the air, the sky, the ground. Ask yourself if there is an intention that you would like to set for the next month. Maybe it is a way of being, doing more or less of something, or even drawing something into your life like more love or career opportunities. Write this intention down and also speak it out if you desire.

Waxing Moon

During this phase of the moon growing, take some time to imagine how it would feel if your intention was a reality in your life and also take action on making it a reality.

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Full Moon

The 3 days before and the 3 days after the full moon are a wonderful time to release things that are not serving you or your intention. That is why I LOVE teaching yoga classes at this time because moving the body helps us release so much stress and tension plus unexpressed emotions that we have been holding onto. You can try sitting comfortably (outside under the full moon is possible!), focus on your breath for a while, do some shoulder rolls, then say silently or aloud “I release anything that is no longer serving me and I welcome all resources and guidance to bring my intention to life.” You might enjoy gazing at the Full Moon and allowing your mind to relax. Notice if any insight comes and how you might feel lighter and happier.

Waning Moon

This is a great time to express gratitude for your life just as it is right now and thank the universe for any guidance. Allow yourself to receive your intention into your life. It might also be nice to slow down and relax a bit more during this phase. Honor your efforts.

Moving forward. You can create a new intention on the next New Moon or refocus and adjust your intention from the previous one. (This cycle includes the New Moon on April 26th, the Full Moon on May 10th, and then next New Moon occurring on May 25th.)

I hope you journey on the the moon’s cycle with me this month and look forward to seeing you at my Full Moon Yoga class. If you wish for me to share more ways to enjoy the moon’s phases please pop a comment below or email me at hello@kerryburki.com.

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p.s. Little known fact: I am a Certified Lunar Mystic. Getting out of my head and in touch with the phases of the moon has helped me appreciate myself, others, and the world around me so much more.

You have already made a positive impact on the world.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the real you was both celebrated and supported for just wanting to be a catalyst for positive change or even having dreams in the first place?

While the world needs positive change and dream chasers what the world often forgets is that you, as you are at this moment, are amazing. You always have been.

You have already made a positive impact on the world.

Maybe you have felt lost at times. Confused. That is okay. Maybe what you need right now is rest. Maybe you need clarity on the next step to take.

Either way, I am here to here to help you do both.

Whether you are looking for a sanctuary, a mirror, a mentor, or a shift – you will find that here.

Maybe you don’t know what you are looking for. Allow the experience of reading Kerry Magazine and this blog move you. Relax you. Inspire you. Possibly even bring you to tears. All of those things help bring the real you to the surface. Let it happen.

Then notice how you feel. Maybe generous, brave, joyful, peaceful, authentic, inspired, compelled, sentimental, happy. Notice what you feel called to do. Is it move your body, paint, travel, write, share your story, sleep, pause, cook, shop, journal, smile, call someone, or something else? Let go and allow the next step to emerge.

Smile and know that you are not alone. Just by reading one issue of Kerry Magazine you have connected with at least one soul who yearns to be seen as beautiful and amazing just for being her.

Know that this awareness can cause you to focus more on what makes your heart smile. Whether those are quiet periods of solitude or big bold actions or bit of both enjoy them. Know that they are the desires of your heart and soul that too often have been ignored.

Slow down, tune in, and move forward in the direction of your heart.

You are supported and celebrated.

Xo, Kerry