About artemisia shine

Artemisia Shine is an Intuitive Healer, Counselor, Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master and coyote medicine maker. Love is one of her greatest superpowers and she’s here on the planet to find, be in and create more of that force of magic. Her professional focus is on being a transformational ally for other healers, empaths, givers, change-makers and highly sensitive people as they connect with their innate body-wisdom and power. She can’t wait to be your cheerleader as you come home to yourself and actively seek to live a better story. Her joy filled mission is to support the awakening of ever more sri (radiance, splendor and beauty) in the hearts of all those she encounters. In her free time she can be found trying to snuggle her teenage son, successfully snuggling her rattie-love Cinder, pedaling barefoot thru the streets of San Luis Obispo, bending her body into unusual shapes and falling madly in love with random animals that cross her path. At the time of this writing, she still contends with being human and has to put on her tights one leg at a time.

Yoga Expert Bends Giants players

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Written just before the Giants won the Superbowl:

Yoga Expert Bends Giants players

Source: New York Post • Jennifer Gould Keil • February 5, 2012

STRIKE A POSE: Giants yoga instructor Gwen Lawrence works with offensive linemen Chris Snee.

 

She’s got the Giants all tied up in knots — and they’re paying her to do it.

The New York Giants‘ biggest bruisers may have a yoga instructor to thank if they manage to bend the events at Lucas Oil Stadium in their favor Sunday.

Gwen Lawrence, who has been on Big Blue’s payroll since 2004, has been whipping the players into shape for game day by coaxing them into pretzel-like positions, such as downward dog, tree and frog.

“It’s a very demanding form of exercise that includes balance strength, flexibility, mental toughness, focus, and proper breathing,” Lawrence said ahead of Super Bowl XLVI.

Yoga is also a key to preventing injuries and especially to protecting star quarterback Eli Manning on the field, she said.

“Pro athletes of all types see that it will improve their health and longevity on the field of play,” Lawrence said.

She was introduced to the team by gridiron great Frank Gifford after spending years as a personal yoga teacher for his feisty TV star wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, who still calls Lawrence, “a dear friend.”

Lawrence’s yoga classes are mandatory for Giants rookies, and optional for the vets, though many of them go regularly, including Manning, who she calls, “nice, smart, and really flexible.”

In her classes at the Giants’ Meadowlands facility, Lawrence focuses on teaching poses to help players recover after especially hard-hitting games, and offers yoga assignments for the players to take home and practice all week.

She said she adjusts her routines based on the players who show up — an offensive lineman has different needs and a different body type than an acrobatic, agile wide receiver.

Each of Big Blue’s stars have a different favorite pose, Lawrence said.

Antrel Rolle:
Facedown Shoulder Opener: “This pose opens the chest, the front of the deltoids (shoulders) and stretches the biceps,” Lawrence says. “Stretching the shoulders is important for a lot of the players, and this poses works on all the muscles that surround the joint, which will strengthen the joint.”

Ahmad Bradshaw:
Plank pose with wrists turned: Plank pose requires players to point their fingers down to 6 o’clock instead of the usual 12 o’clock to open up the wrists. “This is essential for core strength, and it’s great to help wrists absorb shock, which is important not only for linemen who are pushing, but also for a receiver who’s going to fall hard on his wrists,” she said.

Victor Cruz:
Hero pose with toes tucked under: “Tuck your toes under in heroes pose to stretch the Achilles tendon, calf, and foot,” she said. “This will help build supple, flexible ankles and help prevent foot pain.”

Hakeem Nicks:
Frog pose: “This poses stretches the groin and inner thighs,” Lawrence said. “When I do it with the Giants, it’s a 5-to-10 minute pose. It’s important to remember that your flexibility won’t improve unless you push yourself.”

Eli Manning:
Pigeon pose: The classic hip-opening pose, pigeon pose is a valuable stretch for any exerciser. “Studies show that the more open and flexible the hips are, the less stress you put on the body’s weakest joint — the knee,” Lawrence said.

jennifer.keil @nypost.com

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 10

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 10

Today I am grateful..:

  1. for an experience in my Next Generation Yoga TT that brought me deep empathy for the emotional and psychosocial needs of a very special being that I work with and love.  I feel better equipped to support this beautiful soul if only in that I can now deeply relate to their inner struggle.
  2. for warm tea on a cold rainy night in a cozy Encinitas, CA Coffee shop (E Street Cafe) and random hugs from former-strangers-become-instant-friends over a game of cards.
  3. for understanding, soft, sensitive, deeply feeling women who strive to bring their inner joy to rest on the soft smiles of an engaged child’s face.
  4. for a sweet conversation I shared with my Nona Mirella over the phone – I am so grateful for her support on my path – her help made this current Kids’ Yoga Teacher Training possible. I have no words to express how much her blessings mean to me.
  5. for fresh, decadent salads pregnant with a rainbow of raw, flavor-bursting color, and topped with sunflower seeds, avocado, artichoke hearts and a generous portion of kalamata olives.
  6. for people who live their convictions as if ethos + passion = oxygen. Thank you for keepin’ us all AWAKE!
  7. for the containment of amorous energy and the patience and faith to hold my own hand until the day I embrace a palm that is firm, steady, kind, with just a streak of untamed nature coursing through the veins.
  8. for cafés with dim lighting and capacious well worn couches.
  9. for flip flops when it’s really cold and rainy out – that little bit of material between the wet concrete and my bare feet really warms my body up.
  10. for social media – even though i never thought I would say this.  FB can be a really cool tool.

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 9

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 9

Today I am grateful..:

  1. for the melody of wind and birdsong warming the edges of early morning’s chill.
  2. winter produce and organic grocers. We are so fortunate in California to have such abundant local produce in the winter.
  3. for friendship. This journey would be that much lonelier without bright souls to share it with.
  4. for that silent moment after the breath where thoughts are collected, emotions are processed and tongs can choose to lay still. Ahimsa and Satya.
  5. for my two beautiful calloused bare hobbit feet — they greet the earth daily and demand liberation from shoes.
  6. for the life of Paramahansa Yogananda. What a mark he has left on the planet. Thank you for writing Autobiography of a Yogi for future generations and inspiring the Self Realization Fellowship.
  7. for  grey whales and the wide-open mystery of the deep sea.
  8. for coastal skylines dotted with shore birds in flight. Their graceful ride on the wind’s currents remind me to go with the flow.
  9. for airplanes.  Sustainability conflicts aside, it is simply amazing a traveller can board a for enshrouded plane in San Francisco, CA and less than 24 hours later land in New Deli, India sunshine.
  10. for the visual representation of number 10. We are not alone. 1 = the individual  placed right beside 0. 0 = the cycle of the universe encompassing the whole of creation.

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 8

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 8

What an amazing day.  I truely am loving my Kids’ Yoga Teacher Training. I am learning so much from Jodi Komitor and am deeply inspired!  Yes!

Today I am grateful..:

  1. for watching the sun set over the Encinitas Coastline.
  2. for warm sunshine on my skin.
  3. for brainstorming poses for Rafi’s “Baby Beluga” Song. So. Much. Fun!
  4. for throwing my arms open wide to providence and being met with a warm embrace.
  5. for mirroring neurons and breath. At any moment we can calm and support the deep breathing of others by tapping into our own breath.
  6. for candlelight and a single flickering flame paired with infused essential oils.  It’s a coming home for the senses.
  7. that I possess a toothbrush and the realization that my daily life is absent of abject poverty, violence and political upheaval to the extent that I have the luxury of concerning myself with my teeth.
  8. for Blueberry, our rat family that passed a year ago on January 6th.
  9. for Illustrators of Children’s Storybooks.
  10. for all of you who take the time to read this.

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 7

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 7

Today I am grateful..:

  1. for the alignment of time and resources to be in Encinitas, CA at this moment.
  2. for the family I saw crossing the street pulling two little munchkins in a red wooden radio flyer wagon with a surfboard roof rack jerry–rigged out of PVC pipe. This family plays together.
  3. for art stores or very kind and hard cover black 8 1/2″ x 11″ blank sketch books. They make the best journals.
  4. for the authenticity of very young children. They are so in the moment it is magical!
  5. for the joy of being in child consciousness while taking Jodi Komitor’s Next Generation Kids’ Yoga Teacher Training. Amazing! Fun! All over the place!
  6. for apple, orange, spinach, parsley, lemon, ginger, kale juice. YUM!
  7. for discovering new communities and appreciating a gimps into lives lived out so differently than mine.
  8. for Gina Jacobs who has opened her home and shared her story with me during my visit to Encinitas.
  9. for sitting with a hot cup of herbal tea – no schedule in hand – feeling full in my soul.
  10. for life. As it is right now. So good!

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 6

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 6

I left Humboldt County in the early evening yesterday and drove through the night to be with my family at a funeral this morning.  (16.5 hour total trip.)

Today I am grateful..:

1-10: for SLEEP!

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 5

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 5

Today I am grateful…:

1. I woke up feeling very hungry. I am grateful that organic, whole foods are readily available and that chronic hunger is not my daily experience.
2. that my son is healthy and has access to clean water, sanitation, health care and education with no struggle on my part. I feel for the mamas and papas who must raise their children in refugee camps or in the midst of war.
3. for forests and trees. Specifically redwood forests. Thank you redwood folk for holding onto the pre-industrial memories and providing a haven on the far northern coast.
4. I am still grateful for my job. I really love Om Shala Yoga.
5. that in a few days I will be immersed in the fun of a Kids’ Yoga Teacher Training with Jodi Komitor & Next Generation Yoga.
6. that my best friend Giselle Rezai found love with a guy that is everything I want for her and she is happily planning her wedding.
7. that I live one block form the Arcata Marsh. It’s inspiring that what once was a large landfill dubbed “Mt. Trashmore” is now a sanctuary and marshland for hundreds of bird species along the Pacific Flyway.
8. for peacemakers and visionaries and their willingness to travel a hard road against the current to create positive change.
9. for the classmates who came over last night for a study group and dinner and washed all my dishes before they left.
10. Allison Pals & Amy Day. These women (and new friends) really made my heart smile this week.  Thank you.

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 4

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 4

Vanilla Beans!

Today I am grateful…:

  1. for right now. Today. This moment. No need to start over, go back or move forward. NOW. As I write this here.
  2. that I got to visit with my Uncle Mike/Carlos in January before he passed away this week.
  3. that I can be in LA for Mike’s funeral & the birth of my brother’s 2nd child because I was already heading down for a Kids’ Yoga Teacher Training.
  4. for Breath — bringing me back to HERE. I forget so often.
  5. for the outpouring of love from the people around me.
  6. for my body – that right now I get to be in skin, trying out the shape and feel of asanas, the warmth of good deep hugs and the smile inducing satisfaction of delicious whole foods on the tongue.
  7. for access to information and the abundance of inspiring articles, books and recordings on living well: health, spirituality meditation, yoga, ALL OF IT!
  8. for warm showers and the delicious feeling of jojoba oil and vanilla on freshly bathed skin.
  9. for the tribe of amazing, strong, beautiful women that I have met through Om Shala. They inspire me daily and provide direction by living example.
  10. Giselle Rezai. The best-est friend I could ask for. We’ve seen each other through so much in the past 13 years.  I am blessed to claw, scream, cry, laugh, grow and shine alongside her.

(+1) Today.  Being alive. Doing it. Yes! 🙂

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 3

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 3

Today I am grateful for:

1. friends that randomly say “i love you.” yay!
2. running water – mine was turned off today (back on tomorrow) and i realize how fortunate i am to have clean water coming out of a tap ON DEMAND!
3. Emily Trutt‘s Vinyasa flow. So so good.
4. that I live in a community that embraces my son with wide open hearts and arms.
5. sweating all my toxins out in the sauna alongside impromptu healing conversations about deep personal work
6. dusky footed wood rats and the fossilized plant records contained in their middens
7. the endless patience and forgiveness my son has for my fallibility
8. people who work with children – and love every minute of it — thank you.
9. Albert Einstein and the abundance of written revelations he left behind.
10. the opportunity to go to India!!!

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 2

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 2

Today I am grateful for:

1. health and a strong able body
2. memories of big sky on the Arizona desert and the sunset kissed ridge-lines of the Klamath-Siskyu Wilderness.
3. my heart – full of love, hurt, warmth, and fear but most of all courage to keep leading the way. Peter Sardelich, thank you for handing me a road map and compass when I was a lost young traveler.
4. raw cashews and avocados. One word: YUM!
5. time spent with my biological father and my family (on his side) – it’s soul food for me sometimes to hear Spanish and feel Mexican on the inside.
6. layers of warm blankets and a comfortable, dry, mold-free space to cozy up to sleep at night – many go without each night.
7. time. We still got it! And here we are breathing together. What a celebration!
8. the plant folk that are right now assisting my body to cleanse.
9. white sage and the magical ability of its burning leaves to drop me right into spirit.
10. Topanga Canyon.  I miss you and I love that there’s this little slice of oak woodland atop the Santa Monica Mountains that will always feel like home.

Feel free to add your own gratitude to the list. ♥