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Char’s Message

Inspiration, Hawaii’s Wellness Journal is proud to celebrate 7 years of service in our islands. Mahalo to all of you for supporting our efforts, to our contributing writers, advertisers and ohana for helping us reach this amazing 7th year milestone. We couldn’t have done it without each and everyone of you! We look forward another incredible year of “connecting those who are seeking with those who are serving.”

Mahalo nui loa,
Sally, Tammi, Richard, Ganshet, Todd, Dexter, Gary, Kecia, Mark and Char


Healing Horses on Kaua’i by Barbara Carroll

When you open the red wooden gate of 3146 Akahi Street, Lihue, Kauai immediately you can tell this is certainly not any typical commercial property. The yellow house is surrounded by green grass and lined with beautiful tropical plants and flowers. Show up on any given Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday and you will find this yard graced with the wonderment of Kauai’s keiki and adults connecting with gentle, well-trained horses and ponies.

One man’s vision.. “Where Prana meets Mana” A yoga temple on Kauai’s North Shore by Michael Levine

Sitting in a hospital bed following 12 hours of surgery, Eagle could not feel his legs and could not move his feet. His burgeoning career as a world-class racquetball player derailed by a head-on car crash a year earlier, he had been unable to walk without excruciating pain when he opted to undergo a 360-degree lamenectomy, a procedure that used shaved portions of his hipbones, as well as bone fragments from a cadaver, to pack the area between his tailbone and lowest vertebrae tight and keep his spine stable. It would be a long, challenging road back to the top. Eight years later, during an instructional tour of Japan – during which he defeated all of the country’s challengers in one-on-one play – Eagle realized that his Japanese racquetball students were unable to advance past a certain level not because they weren’t heeding his advice or because they didn’t want it badly enough, but because their rigid bodies were restricting their movement and rendering them physically unable to execute the shots.

Health, Wealth and Happiness by Francesco Garri Garripoli

In all my years of studying and working in the field of health and wellness, I have consistently been reminded of the importance of balance. It sounds almost cliché, but for myself, I can’t seem to hear this enough. Whether it is through personal fitness exercise, Tai Chi, Qigong, or bicycle riding – or through responsibilities in business, relationships and community service – balance is essential… and here I will share some effective tools for your empowerment.

Feng Shui Your Wealth Corner: Feng Shui for Wealth 101 by Eva Cariffe

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement that promotes life fulfillment through harnessing and distributing energies into an area or location. It is also a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies in any given space and time to assure the health and good fortune for the people inhabiting them. The literal translation means “wind and water.” In the Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, therefore good feng shui came to mean good fortune. Implementing the principles of this three- to four-thousand year old wisdom correctly into the space we live and/or work, will enhance our lives.

Other articles:

  • Coming To Our Senses by Dr. Jane Ely
  • Restorative Yoga is Productive by Ellen Wagner
  • Wool Helps Patients With Fibromyalgia by E. Blossom Wong, MD
  • The Illusion Of Average by Richard Podolny, MD
  • Why Love Heals: Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine by Cindies Jones

Healing Horses on Kaua’i by Barbara Carroll

When you open the red wooden gate of 3146 Akahi Street, Lihue, Kauai immediately you can tell this is certainly not any typical commercial property. The yellow house is surrounded by green grass and lined with beautiful tropical plants and flowers. Show up on any given Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday and you will find this yard graced with the wonderment of Kauai’s keiki and adults connecting with gentle, well-trained horses and ponies. Here, Karin Stoll, a Clinical Social Worker, has perfectly created her own intimate pasture to share with the Kauai Community, by bringing her specialized skills in social work and recruiting a dynamic team of professionals including: Horse Trainers, Occupational Therapists, NARHA Certified Instructors, accomplished horse riders, horse assistants, parents and volunteers. Her team, along with the horses, ponies, keiki and adult participants make up Healing Horses, Kauai.Healing Horses, Kauai.

Healing Horses originally started in 2005 and then became a non-profit organization, founded in 2008, by Karin Stoll, MSW, DCSW. Healing Horses offers Hippotherapy, (‘hippos” meaning horse in greek), which incorporates therapeutic horse riding, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) activities. Hippotherapy benefits the emotionally, physically and mentally challenged individuals of all ages starting from 3 years old. The main benefits of hippotherapy are regulation of muscle tone, improved balance, coordination, sensory integration (Straub,1998, 2000) and gross motor skills (McGibbon et al 1998). Healing Horses, Kauai.

People with emotional challenges such as low self-esteem, substance dependence, PTSD, Selective Mutism, Depression and Generalized Anxiety respond well to EFP. Other diagnoses, including and not limited to; Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Downs Syndrome, Stroke/CVA and Traumatic Brain Injuries, show significant improvement in balance and muscle tone as a result of EAL. Individuals with Autism, ADHD, Learning Delays and Mental challenges can also benefit from Hippotherapy in many ways. Riding the horse increases sensory and vestibular input. The vibrations felt between the body of the rider connecting with the movement of the horse helps to increase one’s body awareness and positioning. It also provides a calming stimulation, creates an environment to promote increased attention span and the ability to focus on the activities. In addition, the physical interaction of brushing and petting the horse, riding the horse and holding the reins helps to promote increased tactile stimulation for those that may be resistant to touch, (tactile defensiveness).Healing Horses, Kauai.

The Horses promote the children and adults to leave their wheelchairs, walkers, canes and fears behind as they learn to ride. Healing Horses offers our riders a feeling of freedom and sense of accomplishment through their befriending of, riding and command of these 1,200 pound sociable horses. It is through this interaction that doubt is transformed into confidence and disability into fitness and strength. Core psychological objectives of equine-facilitated psycho-therapy/learning are to introduce gradually a sense of order, to create an understanding of boundaries, to develop focus and to instill trust (Ewing et al, 2007). Our working horses are “strong medicine,” connecting with our riders left-brain, to stimulate and improve the body, mind and soul. Our staff and volunteers help promote our participants to increase their social interaction skills, abilities to follow instructions, perform exercises and balance activities while riding. Our well-trained team at Healing Horses strives to provide a safe and positive environment for everyone, at all times.Healing Horses, Kauai.

We welcome the public to attend all sessions and cheer our riders on. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Kauai community for their support over the years. We continue to welcome fundraising assistance such as grant-writing, financial sponsors for client scholarships, horse adoption-helping with maintenance and feed, donations of supplies and monetary gifts that will help keep us “in the saddle” and allow us to continue to provide these services to our community. Healing Horses, Kauai.

Feel free to learn more about Healing Horses by checking out our website: www.healinghorseskauai.com, contacting Karin Stoll at 808-632-2010 or emailing: kastoll@hawaiiantel.net. We look forward to you stopping by and joining us at Healing Horses, Kauai.


One man’s vision.. “Where Prana meets Mana” A yoga temple on Kauai’s North Shore by Michael Levine

Sitting in a hospital bed following 12 hours of surgery, Eagle could not feel his legs and could not move his feet. His burgeoning career as a world-class racquetball player derailed by a head-on car crash a year earlier, he had been unable to walk without excruciating pain when he opted to undergo a 360-degree lamenectomy, a procedure that used shaved portions of his hipbones, as well as bone fragments from a cadaver, to pack the area between his tailbone and lowest vertebrae tight and keep his spine stable. It would be a long, challenging road back to the top.

Eight years later, during an instructional tour of Japan – during which he defeated all of the country’s challengers in one-on-one play – Eagle realized that his Japanese racquetball students were unable to advance past a certain level not because they weren’t heeding his advice or because they didn’t want it badly enough, but because their rigid bodies were restricting their movement and rendering them physically unable to execute the shots.

It was then that Eagle – who peaked as the No. 10 ranked player in the world on the International Racquetball Tour and reached the finals of both the United States National singles and doubles championships, earning him two separate terms on the U.S National Racquetball Team – decided to retire from the pro tour and put the sport he’d loved since he was a child in a secondary position.

“I had a significant feeling of seeing I could contribute to sports by sharing the art of yoga as a healing, rebalancing and training modality,” Eagle says while pacing in his Kilauea home. “Did I want to spend years going from 10 to eight to five to two to one, or what can I do to contribute the most?”

Declining to renew his contract with Head Sports and other endorsers and “dismantling” a pair of Western-medicine style physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation clinics he owned and operated near his home in Texas, the Long Island, New York native packed his bags for Hawaii with the ultimate goal of providing yoga instruction for the masses.

After one year in Maui, a weeklong Kauai seminar under the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois inspired Eagle to visit India and study with Jois and many of the other tradition-holders. At the end of his first tour of the subcontinent, Eagle decided that the ashtanga yoga practiced at Jois’ institute in Mysore, southern India, was the longest-rooted practice and the one he would share with the West.

“Through this ancient system of observing breath through postures, we are not trying to bring an agenda to make something happen but more so wanting to observe what tensions, stresses and distractions in the mind are there preventing us from witnessing and maintaining the observation of the present breath,” Eagle says slowly as quiet classical music and reggae fill in the gaps.

Eagle took up residence on Kauai’s North Shore, and for the better part of a decade has been teaching the traditional mysore style – students who arrive at the studio sporadically during the two-hour practice each goes through his or her sequence of asanas (postures) at their own pace, with Eagle weaving his way through the class offering soft-spoken one-on-one instruction. Nobody stands at the front of the room yelling, “OK, now everybody get in downward dog!”

Eagle, who turns 38 in October but looks half that age, says his goal is to live to his 140th birthday in 2112 and attributes his health not only to his practice of yoga but also a strict vegetarian lifestyle that he’s maintained for more than a decade.

“If you’ve never experienced extreme vitality, you don’t know what you’re missing!” Eagle says with a smile. “We have not come close to our human potential.”

He has offered private yoga instruction, worked with home school students, and held his class six mornings each week at the Parish House in Kilauea, but is looking to expand and offer a permanent home for yoga practice. A sanctuary serving householders, professionals and executives, farmers and, of course, surfers.

A temple

The Pineapple Yoga Temple project has taken the name “Where Prana Meets Mana” – pointing to the Sanskrit term “Prana” and the Hawaiian term “Mana,” both of which translate roughly to life force energy, as a kind of “East-meets-West.”

With the “authorization” blessing of Jois and R. Sharath, his teachers in Southern India – Eagle maintains his status as a yoga student by returning to the institute each summer for between three and six months – Eagle has commissioned Master of Architecture Michael Patton to provide a plan for a temple featuring sacred geometry to replicate the teaching environment in Mysore and give Kauaians a place of peace. “The structure itself is built on a grid of the flower of life,” Patton said in a recent phone interview, describing the plans he “downloaded” one Christmas Day.

Patton said the blueprints, viewable on Eagle’s Web site, include eight-sided rooms on each of the four corners and a double pyramid with windows and open space that serves as the center teaching area. Squares drawn around all the elements would fit inside each other like fractals in a Fibonacci sequence, creating a spinning vortex of energy.

“Our DNA is in the flower of life,” he said, adding that the space was “designed with elements of our DNA so that it’s part of ourselves.”

“You feel empowered or uplifted because it feels inspiring because it’s you in a different form. That’s why it’s so beautiful to us: Because it’s us!” he exclaimed. “The implications of this place can really be powerful. Eagle is a very special guy and I wouldn’t give him these plans for this temple unless I thought he was the person to do it.”

When open, the temple will be a home space for Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga and supportive activities of all kinds.

In addition to a daily schedule of yoga classes and quiet areas for personal meditation, the temple will provide programs for students and provide health benefits for all, especially Kauai keiki, Eagle said.

“It’s not esoteric or out there so they can’t identify with him, they connect with him,” said Felicia Alongi Cowden, school director for Akamai Learning, a Kilauea-based home-school program that focuses on “learning by doing” and features five to eight adult teachers each week, including Eagle, to instruct between six and 12 middle-school-age students. (photo # 7-A caption: Eagle teaching Ashtanga Yoga to the Kilauea home-school Akamai Learning with school director Felicia Alongi Cowden-far left in photo)

Felicia said the program’s interest in yoga started a few years ago when the class touched on different features of India as part of a cultural study.

“When we learned yoga, it seemed to have so much quality to it that it’s something we carried out through the whole year,” she said in a recent phone interview. “It seemed like a worthwhile piece, so we ended up doing some yoga every morning as a way to start the day.”

Felicia said yoga helps her students’ concentration because “it’s a cleanser for what is on their minds when they come to school” and also touted its ability to “tune the body.”

“It was overall a healthy thing. It brings in cultural acceptance, it brings it better health, and it brings composure,” she said.

Eagle has enriched a partnership with the Inter-Nation Cultural Foundation, a North Shore-based nonprofit organization founded in 1998 that has as its vision “to promote responsible and effective philanthropy with a focus on science, art, culture, indigenous peoples, education, and personal and global sustainability.”

“Our intention is service to the community and I’ve seen so many people in the community that want to see this because they understand how important yoga can be if done correctly,” INCF Executive Director Ken Hunt said in a recent phone interview.

“For me, I’ve been studying yoga for a number of years, if I don’t do it, I don’t feel well, but if I do it, I feel terrific,” Hunt said. “I’m loose, I’m free, I’m stretched out. I’m 64, but I feel young and vital and vibrant. I watch guys that are my age that haven’t done any kind of exercising, and I’m just watching people get older and I know this is a very powerful healing mechanism.

“Eagle, as a former pro athlete, is on it, and he’s completely dedicated to it. He, in my mind, he’s kind of a hero to me because he’s given up all the comforts of life and dedicated himself to this form so he can teach others,” he said.

The nonprofit is trying to do its part to serve as a mechanism to bring attention to Eagle’s vision, Hunt said. INCF is currently scouting potential locations and Hunt hopes the community can contribute land and funding. With INCF, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with rare global donor-direct status, all donations are tax-deducible.

INCF’s central principle of “stewardship not ownership” is a concept that aligns with Eagle’s vision for the space.

“The yoga temple is to be stewarded, not owned by an individual. It is for the community and the generations that continue to follow,” Eagle said.

“It just became this huge potential of having a world-class, one-of-a-kind place on the North Shore,” Hunt said, “and what better place to have a yoga temple?”

Kauai’s North Shore Yoga Temple Vision “http://www.WherePranaMeetsMana.com

Please save the date Saturday June 26th FULL MOON as Pineapple Yoga celebrates its 10th year of service with vegan food, music and community! (Location TBA North Shore)

On the Web:
http://www.pineappleyoga.com
http://www.incfworld.org

Michael Levine is Assistant News Editor for The Garden Island newspaper and a former student of Eagle’s. He currently resides in the Wailua Houselots.


Health, Wealth and Happiness by Francesco Garri Garripoli

In all my years of studying and working in the field of health and wellness, I have consistently been reminded of the importance of balance. It sounds almost cliché, but for myself, I can’t seem to hear this enough. Whether it is through personal fitness exercise, Tai Chi, Qigong, or bicycle riding – or through responsibilities in business, relationships and community service – balance is essential… and here I will share some effective tools for your empowerment.

Our lives are beautifully complex, and a recipe for a full life consists of a variety of ingredients from family, partnership, business, health, finance, spirituality, playtime, etc. You know those people who seem to have many of these ingredients in such elegant flow and those are the people we admire. There are even those people that seem to have EVERYTHING together, running in abundance and balance. In my exploration of human nature over these past 40+ adult years, I have to say that I’ve never seen anyone with EVERYTHING in balance… even though it may have seemed that way upon first glance. We all want to think the “grass is greener” or that there is some magic formula for living a perfect life… but alas, I still haven’t seen it in anyone.

Like Achilles, we all have our vulnerability, that place where we need to grow and learn. This area of our life is rarely the one that is easy. This challenge area is where we struggle, where we are tested time and again. The recurring nature of this dance is beautiful actually because it points to where we are most likely holding on to some old pattern that simply doesn’t serve us. Our “ego” (belief-systems and/ or fear) clings to patterns, even if they are destructive or growth- limiting, because the ego needs to be defined externally, defined by something, someone, or some mental construct.

If someone has a great relationship, exercises regularly, maintains vibrant health, and has a healthy spiritual life, they may be the person you know who has financial challenges. Another person may have tons of money and are physically fit, but their relationships belong on a reality TV show. You get the picture. If we look inside, we know what our vulnerable area is. Our challenge is to embrace the courage to see this clearly, release self-judgment, and start having fun with bringing our life into balance.

A good first start is to appreciate all that IS in balance. If we really are living in an infinitely abundant Universe, then you have an amazing pool of resources to draw from. Imagine tapping into all the Qi energy from anything and everything that is flowing and vibrant in your life… and then charging that up with the infinite energy all around you. Imagine next seeing this like powerful root system and connecting it to the area in your life that needs a recharge. If you can make this a joyful “game”… and infuse the process with gratitude, then you may come into clarity that every aspect of your life is a fragment of the same hologram. When you can see that it is all our “Dreaming,” then the basic principles of quantum physics are there to support you – your intentional “spin” of any atom (aspect of your life) will harmonically “spin” any and all other atoms (areas of your life) – everything is connected. The resonant energy/quality of that spin affects the whole… our opportunity is to keep this vibrant, joyful, abundant, and full of gratitude.

For many of us, the aspect of our lives we call “financial” is our weak link. How surprising we all have so much in common! Ha! When you live your life from a heart-centered perspective, what would seem the farthest from “heart”? Money. Sure, we can all intellectualize that it’s not, and we can play with all the “laws of attraction” that we’d like, but the fact is, our finances don’t seem to stabilize. What to do?

Going back to what we touched on earlier, it seems like we have to embrace the concept that ALL aspects of our lives are resonant aspects of a unified hologram I like to call our “Dreaming.” Until we merge them all into a singularity, we will be in a state of constant judgment and comparison. Everything is energy.

So, money is energy… the same energy that keeps us healthy, and in good relationships, and connected to everything around us – from a tree to the farthest star. When you can translate everything into “energy” (Qi, prana, mana, etc.) you are now working in a realm that you can actually shine in. You ARE energy and every thought and action you choose affects all the energy around you.

We live in an infinite Universe and even Einstein said that there is no empty space… that in any cubic centimeter there was enough energy to power a city. Are you courageous enough to let go of your fears, your old inner stories, and the influence of the media? Are you willing to put these principles to work and expand into your potential?

I share all this because”money ” is not an easy area for me… but I’ve had great mentors and Master teachers in Qigong and energy healing who pushed me to continually break through my self imposed limits. It is a life-long process that seems to become more and more joyful.

Recently I have been getting over some old patterns and beliefs Spirit that I’ve held about money… and am coming to peace with it all. Breathing into this isn’t always easy, but what a relief because I know it touches on every aspect of my life. I am revamping the annual Qigong Study & Healing Trips to Asia that I’ve been leading for 15 years, bringing joy into them in new ways. I’ve even gotten involved in a most interesting home telecom business that I pushed away upon first hearing it. I heard my old patterns kick in, but because I trusted my friends who turned me on to it, I went further and now I laugh at seeing how I resisted. I see how we “dream” into existence our opportunities. It’s as if they don’t even fully exist without our embrace… and then we mold and infuse the opportunity and draw it into our infinite view of life. This home telecom business has much more than returned my investment, which is much better than the stock market can do… and it’s potential for lasting extra monthly income is now really clear. The reason I never got involved in stocks is because it forced me to believe someone else was going to do something for me and it took away any sense of empowerment. In this unique telecom business model, I can guide the flow and I feel how my efforts can have a direct affect on the outcome. It is very empowering and rewarding! If you are interested, email me and I’ll share this with you.

Balancing our family life, balancing our responsibilities… it is all one beautiful process that we are asked to embrace with joy and gratitude… it is all the dream you dream, wide awake.

Francesco is a wellness advocate, author, software designer, Qigong instructor, and Chairman of Kahuna Valley, a Kaua’i-based non-profit that works with youth and families in need. Visit www.KahunaValley.org or www.WujiTech.com


Feng Shui Your Wealth Corner: Feng Shui for Wealth 101 by Eva Cariffe

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement that promotes life fulfillment through harnessing and distributing energies into an area or location. It is also a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies in any given space and time to assure the “http://fengshui.about.com/od/health/qt/stayhealthy.htm” health and good fortune for the people inhabiting them. The literal translation means “wind and water.” In the Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, therefore “http://fengshui.about.com/od/glossaryofterms/g/shengchi.htm” good feng shui came to mean good fortune. Implementing the principles of this three- to four-thousand year old wisdom correctly into the space we live and/or work, will enhance our lives.

Good feng shui brings you the opportunity to create and seek your own wealth and fortune. It helps you to create an environment, both at home and at the office, that will strengthen and attract energies of wealth. As the old masters say, feng shui will bring you wealth if you strive for it. In other words, you need to take ACTION to reap the benefits of the energies provided by your home or office feng shui. Although feng shui may seem overwhelming and complex, there are many things you can do to enhance wealth through your space.

Some people confuse income with wealth. Yes, a good income can help you build wealth. However when we talk about wealth from a feng shui perspective, we mean investments, stock market, gold, real estate, etc. Day-to-day and month-to-month income is considered career luck. Wealth and career luck have different locations on the Bagua map.

Many of you may have heard of the Bagua map, but some are probably wondering what this is. The simplest way to explain the Bagua map is by identifying it with the nine tic-tac-toe squares. The middle square corresponds to the center of your house/office and the other squares correspond to the eight directions. Each of these areas/squares, besides representing a direction, has a corresponding life aspiration (wealth, health, love etc). You can then super-impose the Bagua map over the floor plan of your house so that the directions of the map match the compass directions of your house.

This is like a treasure map. You can trace not just the wealth energies in your house/ office, but all major life aspirations (health, love, career, etc). The map holds a lot of other useful information. With the body of information from integrating your floor plan with the Bagua map, you are equipped to enhance, cure and adjust your own space in a way that can bring you life fulfillment.

A good feng shui practitioner will assess and integrate many different aspect of the space such as when the house was build, major house renovations, directions, family members’ information
(DOB). However there are many easy steps that you can take to improve your wealth feng shui as of this moment:

  • Keep a clutter free environment.
  • Repair or replace broken things in your house.
  • Keep the house paint fresh.
  • Protect your front door from environmental obstacles.
  • Keep the entrance of your house free of objects.
  • Allow fresh and healthy flow of energy into your entrance
  • Let the energy in your space freely flow.
  • Identify the wealth areas in your house. Southeast is the universal wealth area.
  • Activate and enhance the wealth areas.
  • Use powerful symbols of wealth in your space and in particular in the wealth area:
  • Wealth deities.
  • Money trees.
  • Money frogs.
  • Wealth vases.
  • Wealth coins/ amulets.
  • Citrine.
  • Gold ingots, etc.”

For the Year of the Golden Tiger (2010), placing a rolling ball gemstone fountain in the middle area of your house or living room, will tap into the yearly wealth star. For body feng shui, wear a gold money frog, ingot or coin pendant or wealth dzi jewelry.

For information on classes, product or services, please contact us at (808) 335-9977 or email us at “mailto:twindesignshop@yahoo.com

Eva Cariffe
www.TwinDesignShop.com

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