Living My Best DAsh

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Welcome to my new website! A place where I will be sharing inspiration for an alternative path to wellness and living a more mindful life. 

I am a first an individual with goals, dreams, and a variety of thoughts and beliefs. I am also a wife, soon to be mother of three, 200HR CYT (Certified Yoga Teacher), and business owner. Yoga, travel, art, and wellness are four things I am incredibly passionate about.

Here I am navigating through this new adventure!!!! eeeekkkkk! I am very anxious about the future and excited about sharing things with you. 

I have grown a lot in the last few years and I am inspired to share things about my journey with the hope that it will make a new path in someone else’s life. I am here to promote positivity, living a more mindful life, and wellness with some adventure along the way.

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Dana Ashley

Mantras

Two of my biggest weaknesses in achieving utmost peace and harmony with myself is worry. Worry about the future and worry about the past. Reminding myself I am in control of how I feel and I am the creator of my day is very powerful to me. The use of mantras is transformational for negative thought. Mantra practice or repeating affirmations can seem very mechanical at first. It is in fact the opposite and will give you a deeper understanding of self and spiritual insights.

Mantras, commonly used in Hinduism and Buddhism for thousands of years, are words, sacred sounds, prayers or phrases used in meditation. Believed to raise physical vibration and positively affect body and mind. They help to focus concentration, deepen meditation, achieve inner peace and connect to a higher power. Many people are familiar with a Sanskrit word Om or Aum. This is the most important mantra of all. Translated as the Universal Sound or Vibration of the Universe, it is completely non-denominational in that it symbolizes the creation itself.

Affirmations are positive statements, the process of affirming something to ourselves. They have different origins than mantras, although both are often used interchangeably. It is the meaning that matters, not the sound. Part of my mantra practice includes choosing affirmations that I write down in my journal. They can be for something specific that I am manifesting or an intention I am setting for a particular day, week, or month. Affirmations are great to put with visual representations. This is more commonly known as vision boards. This is a great for manifestation.

Until next week!
Dana Ashey
Living My Best DAsh

Learning to exhale

Breathing is one of the best tools for mindfulness. How? You can do it anywhere, anytime, nothing else required. Bringing awareness to the breath brings you into the moment. When you become distracted by negative thoughts or emotions a simple inhale and exhale with intention and focus can draw your thoughts back to present.

Have you ever stopped to observe your breath randomly? Ever recognize that you were holding your breath unintentionally? This happens when we feel tension. Anger and fear dramatically change our breathing patterns. Typically these patterns become more rapid with less focus on the exhale. This does several things. Not only do these rapid breaths speed up our heart rate, allow our mind to race, we stay in that fight or flight mode, and stale air remains in the body.

Slowing down the breath, drawing focus inward, making the exhales just as long if not longer offer rapid change from within. Our blood pressure naturally lowers, heart rate lowers, our focus is redirected, mind resets giving us room to make clearer decisions. The exhale releases toxins and allows room for fresh oxygen to enter the body.

Regular breathing exercises will help you manage stress and find balance. There are many breathing exercises out there to explore as well.
Alternate Nostril Breathing, Bellows Breath, Dragons Breath, Skull Shining Breath, just to name a few. Head over to @livingmybestdash on IG or Facebook an explanation of these exercises.
Until next time… Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

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Dana Ashley

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is as simple as being present in the moment. It’s focusing on life in the moment as it is and not thinking about what you did or what you will do. The benefits of mindfulness range from reducing stress, increased focus, better decision making, reduce anxiety, increase happiness, allow gratitude. Many of us spend the majority of our day in autopilot. This means that the majority of your day is spent absorbed in a wandering mind and NOT present in your life. A dreamlike state almost as if you aren’t really there. Living this way restricts us from the many finer things in life and can fixate our thinking. The stress of “getting things done” instead of really living is a real sickness for our psyche.

Mindfulness is the opposite. It is purpose, intentional, focus. Consciously on purpose recognizing things in the present moment. Allowing ourselves to be completely engaged in the now. Let go of control. Let go of tension. Let go of judgement. Become only the watcher. Becoming self aware. Understanding our own character, motives, and feelings can be a challenge. Admitting to those things to make changes is transforming. The answers we seek come when the mind is still and quiet. 

Mindfulness practice comes in many forms. A more formal approach is meditation. Meditation looks many ways as well but is traditionally done in a seated position with the eyes closed but attention toward the third eye. It can be done in a quiet place or with the sound of calming music or using seed mantras. Meditation can also be done with movement in the form of yoga, tai chi, running, or even doing the dishes. 

Mindfulness, once an ancient spiritual practice, is now becoming mainstream. Wellness has without a doubt taken a shift to include mind, body, and spirit. If you are seeking bliss, less stress, peace of mind, or just looking to look within a daily mindfulness practice is necessary. If you are new to this you may even grab a journal and document how your mindful journey unfolds. It will be eye opening when you are able to reflect back one day.

Third Eye

Chakras

The third eye chakra is at the center of the forehead between the eyebrows. The energy allows you to have clear thought, vision of higher self, and deep intuition. Here we have direct connection to the all knowing eye that sees beyond all senses. It is represented by the color indigo and takes on the element of light. It is represented by a two petaled lotus with the downward triangle in the center. The two petals are said to represent Self and God.

How do you know if the third eye is out of balance or blocked?
-Lack of connection to Spirit
-Lack of clarity
-Mental blocks
-Creative blocks
-Sinus infections
-Headaches

How do you heal the throat chakra?
Meditation by moonlight is very charging for the third eye. The seed mantra for third eye is OM (pronounced as it is spelled). Chanting this will send vibrations to the third eye. There are yoga poses that can increase blood flow to the third eye but visualizing space for your inner vision will make them more impactful. Utthita Balasana (Child’s Pose) this pose connects third eye to the earth unlocking inner guide and allowing reconnection to breath. Ardha Pincha Mayurasana (Dolphin Pose) this pose clams the brain and relieves stress. Savasana (Corpse Pose) this pose allows you to reset and allow light to come through the third eye to illuminate mind, body, and spirit. Crystals for the third eye chakra will help guide intuition and break obstacles. Lapis lazuli is the stone of awakening and supports higher vision. Amethyst is the stone of intuition and protection. It is the strongest protector of all crystals and will aid against negativity and unhealthy environments. Howlite is the stone of remembrance providing connection to the minds memory. This stone can help with sleep and stress. Oils recommended for third eye are ones that can open the pineal gland. Clary sage, lemon, lavender, peppermint, or rosemary are good choices.

Until next time!
#livingmybestDAsh
Dana Ashley

Throat Chakra

Chakras

The throat chakra is located at the center of the neck around the throat. This is our hub for communication, balance, and expression. Here we speak and seek our highest truth. Communication both verbal and body language are energetically stored here. Throat chakra is the element of ether, or sound. It is associated with the color blue and is represented by a sixteen petaled lotus with a downward facing triangle with a circle in the center. The petals represent the Kalas, the stages of development or ability. They span from born from seed to establishment is the God-Self. They are also said to be related to the Kalas of Lord Krishna which are more related to expression. The triangle in the center is facing downward but representational of upward and open giving a channel for consciousness to the soul. The center circle is said to be a full moon.

How do you know if the throat chakra is out of balance or blocked?
-Negative self talk
-Withholding truth
-Limiting beliefs
-Nervousness
-Jaw pain
-Sinusitis
-Throat infections

How can you heal the throat chakra?
Opening the energy in the throat allows you to communicate freely and express true feelings. Throat is the bridge between heart and mind so it is very important to have this channel open. This will allow you to have creative ideas, empathy, and truths that are effortless. Meditation with music is a good idea since the element here is sound. The seed mantra for the throat chakra is HAM (pronounced hummmmmmmm). Chanting this sends positive vibration to the throat chakra. Yoga poses that open and stretch the throat will help clear the channel between heart and mind. Salmba Bhujangasana (Sphinx Pose) is a passive stretch that provides strength in the neck and opens the throat. Ustrasana (Camel Pose) will balance energies in the neck and throat while releasing tension opening the heart as well. Follow modifications for this as full expression of this pose is not for everyone. Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) is a great pose for stretching and opening the back of the throat chakra. Halasana (Supported Plow Pose) sends energy to the throat while stretching the back of the neck and shoulders. DO NOT MOVE YOUR HEAD while in this pose. Crystals associated with the throat chakra are typically blue or green. They will aid in releasing negative energy with communication. Apatite is the stone of truth and is powerful with personal goals. Chrysocolla is the stone of communication known to clam nerves and contain feminine energy. Using essential oils aromatically will trigger the throat chakra through smell. Suggested oils are bergamot, blue tansy, geranium. Valor from Young Living is my go to for this chakra!

Join me April 11th for a FREE LIVE class that dives deeper into energy healing with crystals and oils. Click HERE to join the FREE class.

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Dana Ashley

Heart Chakra

Chakras

The Heart Chakra is located at the center of the chest. This chakra takes on the element of air and associated with the color green. Heart chakra is the place for love, compassion, and spirituality. At the heart chakra you are deeply connected to your most pure higher self. When this chakra is in balance you are more open to vulnerability and change. You may find yourself with more gratitude and joy. The heart chakra is represented by a twelve petaled lotus flower with a six pointed star in the center. Representing either the 12 divine qualities of the heart – bliss, peace, harmony, love, understanding, empathy, clarity, purity, unity, compassion, kindness and forgiveness – or the 12 blocking qualities (vrittis) of this chakra: lust, fraud, indecision, repentance, hope, anxiety, longing, impartiality, arrogance, incompetence, discrimination, and defiance. The hexagram in the center is made out of two intersecting triangles, one of them pointing up, the other one down. This refers to the fact that the heart chakra marks the middle of the chakra ladder, the three more physical chakras below it and the three more spiritual chakras above it. 

How do you know if the heart chakra is out of balance or blocked?
-Fear beliefs
-Sadness
-Clingy behaviors
-Unable to process deep emotion
-Lack of compassion
-Pain in upper back and shoulders

How can you heal your heart chakra?
Deep meditation will allow you to reconnect with soul. It would be a good idea to take this meditation outdoors to a calm comfortable environment. The seed mantra for heart is YAM (pronounced yum). Chanting this will send vibration to the heart. Bring something green to your meditation, that could be green grass beneath you. Self love is big for this chakra. Give yourself a spa experience, journal, buy flowers. Reconnecting to positive relationships will help your positive vibrational energy and fill your heart with joy. Yoga has many heart opening poses that are good for opening energy in the heart chakra. Marjaryasana/Bitilasana (Cat/Cow pose) bring movement to heart center and release energy that may be trapped. Anahatasana (Melting Heart or Puppy Pose) allows the heart to be open and relaxed stretching the front of the neck. Crystals for the heart are those of pink and green or blue. Rose quartz is the stone of love. It will help with acceptance and forgiveness. Amazonite is the stone of hope. It will offer strength, courage, and protection. Kunzite is the stone of inner peace. Use this stone to help relieve fear and confusion. You will want to gravitate toward essential oils that have a floral scent. Jasmine, rose, rosewood, geranium, patchouli would be my go to.

Join me April 11th for a FREE LIVE class that dives deeper into this subject. Click HERE to join the class.

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Dana Ashley

Solar Plexus

Chakras

The Solar Plexus chakra is located at the curve of the rib cage in the center of the belly. It is the central hub for courage, motivation, and manifestation. This chakra guides your inner (gut) instincts. Solar plexus takes on the element of fire and is associated with the color yellow. The symbol is a ten petaled lotus flower with an inverted triangle in the center. The ten petals represent the ten pranas inside of us, the triangle in the center represents the other chakras below and the energy of those moving toward the others upward.

How do you know if you are blocked or out of balance in the solar plexus?
-Low energy
-Fearful
-Depressed
-Excessive gas and bloating
-Lack of willpower
-Anxious

How can you heal the solar plexus chakra?
Many people have a large build up in solar plexus so it may take some time to get it balanced. Because solar plexus is associated with the sun and element of fire getting outside more will help. Implementing some self empowering mantras can bring new positive energy to solar plexus. Mantras like “I am motivated to pursue my purpose.”, “I am capable.”, “I rise in my own power.” Meditation in an uplifting atmosphere outdoors is very healing to the solar plexus. You can use the seed mantra RAM (pronounced rrum) and visualize the color yellow in your meditation practice. Yoga poses that concentrate on the core and engage cleansing breaths open the flow of energy in solar plexus. Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana (Forearm Plank) is powerful for the core. Send your deep cleansing breath to the core and engage the muscles to awaken solar plexus. Navasana (Boat Pose) will stir up personal power and transformation from within. Kapalabhati (Breathe of Fire) will rest your mind and send energy to solar plexus. *Not a good pose while menstruating as it stimulates blood flow within the body. Crystals in shades of yellow and brown are good for solar plexus. Their energy will help fuel your inner powers and awaken confident energies. Tiger’s eye is the stone of confidence and can help with anxious and nervous energy. Citrine is the stone of manifestation with a high vibration to aide in calling your highest self. Sunstone is the stone of vitality with vibrant energy that will awaken life from within to boost energy. You will want to gravitate toward spicy essential oils like lemongrass, peppermint, or marjoram.

On April 11th I will be doing a LIVE training that digs deeper into this. Click HERE to join the FREE class!

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Dana Ashley