One day, as I sat down to meditate, I asked, why do I feel a sense of dis-ease in my life? At the end of my session, the reason was clear. I had become ungrounded, uprooted from my yoga practice. Living high in the sky, in a city ruled by traffic congestion, I had lost my footing, my balance. Another thing was clear as well, it was time to return to my roots. And so, my journey back to Hannibal and the birth of this yoga studio began.
The story itself isn't so twisted, but the path that leads us back home often is. The twists and turns and forks in the road have molded the person I have become. With these experiences, I have gained compassion for all beings and tolerance and understanding of the differences we all share. Most of all, I have learned to enjoy the smallest things and that any act of kindness, no matter the size, brings joy to all parties involved.
I welcome you to Twisted Juniper Yoga. I am honored and blessed that we have this opportunity to explore our paths together. May they be twisted and full of enlightenment!
It is said that Juniper trees respond to vortex energy, thus revealing where this energy is strongest. The stronger the energy, the more of an axial twist the Juniper trees have in their branches., giving these trees a unique shape. There is a great display of this around Sedona, Arizona where there are four main and several lesser vortexes of spiraling spiritual energy.
This axial twist outwardly evident on the Juniper branches is how I visualize the life-force or prana inside each of us twisting its way through the 7 energy wheels or chakras. Beginning at the base of our spine the spiritual energy within winds up the spine or the sushumna channel crossing through five more chakras before passing into the topmost wheel in the crown of the head. From here the energy turns downward on its return journey to the base chakra.