What is ‘woo-woo’ exactly?
relating to or holding unconventional beliefs regarded as having little or no scientific basis, especially those relating to spirituality, mysticism, or alternative medicine.
"quartz crystals that were so popular with the woo-woo crowd"
Webster’s definition seems to be a bit… um, derogatory. I, on the other hand, believe quite the opposite. What the world deems ‘woo-woo,’ I believe to be more defined as magical, metaphysical, spiritual, energetic, and vibrational. All of these descriptions are REAL. We (all things) are made up of energy. It’s actually proven that when you stare at an object, the vibration of the object changes. I’m no scientist, but the atoms and molecules and stuff are actually really powerful and something that we shouldn’t simply disregard due to lack of understanding!
There’s a new term that’s taking hold this year that encompasses more than just energy work, called ‘stay woke.’ The meaning of this saying varies from economic to environmental issues but can also apply to other ways of viewing the world, i.e. spiritually.
Why I practice them?
Many of these practices I started as a way to increase more peace + serenity + balance into my life. When I was struggling with adrenal fatigue, these were LIFE-SAVORS! Also, they have greatly reduced my anxiety and depression and help me deal with everyday stressors much much better.
Also, if you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I am very intuitive and sensitive to other’s energy/vibes. Once I realized this, these practices have helped me ground, detach, cleanse, and release energy that isn’t mine. It has been truly the most empowering realization I’ve made about myself!
I’m all about trying new things and opening my mind up to different perspectives. Once I began experimenting with alternative medicines and really noticing the positive benefits, my curiosity has been sparked as it relates to energetic healing.
For those who have an open mind, I’d love to share some ‘woo-woo’, ahem.. mindfulness and spiritual practices that I love and that I have personally benefited from!
How often: I have been meditating on and off since 2013 when I stumbled upon Deepok Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s 21-day free meditation. (which they still do every so often!) As of this past summer, July 2018, I’ve been meditating at least 4-5 times per week. I wake up more excited about meditating than I do a cup of coffee, which is a huge shift! I truly believe we will be meditating daily as a part of our hygene like brushing our teeth in the near future.
Transcendental (TM), Breath (focused attention)
Youtube - search “positive meditations” “abundance meditation” “6 Phase Meditation”
Just like meditation, I couldn’t live without yoga! There are so many amazing benefits of yoga in every aspect of life. Physically, yoga has improved my flexibility and strength - allowing me to do everyday activities with greater ease (i.e. carry the groceries!) Spiritually, practicing yoga has improved my patience, stamina, acceptance and ability to surrender. Holding the pigeon pose for 2 minutes in class can really transform the way you handle difficult situations in every day life! Emotinally, going to a yoga class helps me feel a part of something bigger than myself. I can
Benefits: Can decrease stress, relieves anxiety, may reduce inflammation, could improve heart healt, improves quality of life, may fight depression, could reduce chronic pain, could improve sleep quality, improves flexibility and balance, could improve breathing, may relieve migraines, promotes healthy eating habits, can improve strength
Learn more here!
Get the breakdown of these major types here.
Oxygen delivery improves. Breathing deeply will help you to relax well. When you breathe, you will notice that fresh oxygen will pour into your body cell. This will enhance the functionality of your system, physical stamina, and mental concentration.
Your blood pressure lowers. Breathing properly will drastically lower your blood pressure. When you breathe well, your muscle will let go of tension and your blood pressure will return to normalcy.
Endorphins are released. Deep breathing provides pain-relief, improves feelings of well-being as well as triggers the release of endorphins.
Detoxification improves. Breathing properly will help your lymphatic system to function at an optimal level. This will surely inspire the release of harmful toxins from your system. Deep breathing will cleanse your body, and allow it to engage in more productive lifestyle.
Relieve stress and anxiety. Stress management is an essential key needed to improve your quality of living and health. Healthcare experts believe that deep breathing exercises remains a foundational step that will manage your life’s stresses.
Sama Vritti or “Equal Breathing”
Abdominal Breathing Technique.
Nadi Shodhana or “Alternate Nostril Breathing”
Kapalabhati or “Skull Shining Breath”
Nashville: Float Horizen - “SOMA” short for Somatics - Geared towards creating replicable moments in everyday life - posture, breathing, and awareness. All to reduce pain and aid in recovery and for self-discovery. The focus is placed on isometric movements and building neuromuscular tone.
Affirmations & MantraS
You become aware of your daily thoughts and words, reducing the risk of letting negativity seep in.
You notice more synchronicities in your life, which serves to encourage and motivate you to keep up the practice.
Daily affirmations not only help keep you surrounded by the things you want in your life but they help bring about more blessings and gifts.
A daily practice helps to keep the small things in perspective. In this high-speed world you can easily lose sight of how large the small things really are. When healthy you may forget to think of how much you appreciate it. A simple morning affirmation sentence of “I am healthy” can go a long way.
A recent study shows that optimistic people have healthier hearts, and affirmations help you to stay positive.
As you continue this practice, others take note and you begin to help those around you without even trying. This, in turn, helps keep you focused.
Daily affirmations keep you in a constant state of gratitude.
Body Love & Healing Affirmations
You can search all of these on YouTube to find helpful videos
Powerful relaxation tool that promotes pain relief
Lowers stress levels
Lowers blood pressure
Promotes muscle recovery and boost energy
Helps strengthen the body’s immune system
Learn more here!
Swedish massage, Hot stone massage, Aromatherapy massage, Deep tissue massage, Sports massage, Trigger point massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu massage, and more!
Float Tank & Salt Baths
Benefits: Known to help with: chronic pain relief, strengthened immune system, decompress spine and joints, deep mental relaxation, regulate sleep, muscle & bone regeneration, reduced risk of hypertension & anxiety (learn more here)
Benefits: better sleep, relaxation, detoxification, weight loss, relief from sore muscles, relief from joint pain such as arthritis, clear and tighter skin, improved circulation.
Ever since I had a my minor lapse this past summer (more will be shared on that soon!), I haven’t missed a day of journaling! I wake up and actually look forward to writing out my gratitude list and meditating and love ending my day with a review of what happened that day, how I felt, how I want to live tomorrow differently, etc! I love to write - as you all probably can tell! However, if you’re not much of a writer, it’s still really important to simply put pen to pencil. There are actually loads of studies about how writing down just your goals helps make them a reality and if you only keep them in your head, they won’t actually come to fruition! How powerful is that?!
Stretching your IQ
Boosting memory and comprehension
Improve communication skills
Get the details here!
How to get Started: The easiest way to get started is to just free-write, whatever comes to your mind. I love to take a pad and pen to a park and just sit and get every thought that I can think of onto paper. It’s amazing how much space that can free up in your head!
Download one of these apps: Morning Pages, 5 Minute Journal (you can purchase this on amazon here) Bullet Journaling, Day One Journal, Momento, Moodnotes, Journey, Daylio, Grid Diary, Five Minute Journal, Penzu.
Here are some of my favorite writing tools:
Check out these helpful writing prompts to get started!
More advanced level of woo-woo:
In simple terms, numerology is a study of numbers in your life. Numerology is the idea that the universe is a system and once broken down we are left with the basic elements, which is numbers. These numbers can then be used to help us to better understand the world and ourselves as individuals.
The idea behind numerology is that the cosmos and your life is affected by your birth date, birth name and many other factors surrounding an individual. In this way, there are great depths that a numerology reading can go into. Consequently, it can provide often astounding insights about someone.
It is believed that there are no coincidences in the Universe that your name and birthday affect the journey that you will take and your characteristics, in the same way, that some look at horoscopes or astrology to interpret signs or destinies.
How to Get Started:
Find out your life path number
Find out your desitny number
Do you keep seeing repeating numbers? 11:11 or 2:22? Learn more here
Astrology & manifestation
Astrology - Okay, yall. So the truth is, there have been loads and loads of people who have put out incorrect information (i.e horoscopes) for a very long time in order to profit. Which has turned most people away from
The Power of the Moon: (@spiritdaughter and @wearemoonclub are really helpful on IG)
Learn more here about how every phase of the moon can affect your life (New Moon, Full Moon, Eclipses, Equinox)
Ever since the movie, “The Secret” came out, manifestation has been a hot topic! Unfortuntaly, it has gotten a bad rep as well due to the misuse of this Universal law. However, it is very very powerful.
Another really helpful tool that can help you better understand how you use your energy in the world is to understand your Human Design.
Once I found out that I’m a Manifesting Generator, I began to see how I can make things happen easier than others because it comes natural to me. Over time, understanding your Human Design helps you learn what brings fulfillment. Everyone has a Signature — peace, satisfaction, success or surprise—that comes when they are living in accordance with their true nature. A lessening of resistance in the form of anger, frustration, bitterness or disappointment is the end result.
Find out your Human Design here.
The Seven Steps of Manifestation:
Step 1: Get clear on what you want.
Step 2: Ask the universe.
Step 3: Work toward your goals.
Step 4: Trust the process.
Step 5: Receive and acknowledge what you get.
Step 6: Keep Your Vibration High.
Step 7: Clear your resistance.
Watch this amazing video on the power of Manifestation!
Podcasts that go into depth: “Expanded” by Lacy Phillips, “Manifest This” by Ashley Wood, Almost 30, “Woke & Wired”, “Aubrey Marcus”, “The Balanced Blonde” by Jordan Younger, “Radically Loved” by Rosie Acosta, “So you think You’re Intuitive” by Natalie Miles
Gemstones & Crystals
I always thought burning sage or sticks of wood was way too hokey, until I tried it! Whenever I burn sage (aka smudging) I immediately feel the energy shift in the space.
You can take a moment of meditation to notice if the smell evokes a sense memory for you. Where does that resonate in your body? Examine whether you feel a spiritual connection, or an earthy, ancestral stirring within your blood. This is the smell of thousands of years of spiritual communion and ritual.
Smudging your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response.
Increase your sense of well-being
Improve mental focus
Cleansing your aura
Uplifting and increasing energy
Removing negative energy in a home/enclosed space
Learn more about what smudging is here.
Check out this article on how to smudge.
YouTube “saging music” or “saging prayer”
Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems.
More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.
The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda
The mind and the body are inextricably connected
Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind
Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body. This process isn’t as complicated as it may sound.
Create a morning ritual
Nourish dry skin with oils
Eat according to your dosha and a colorful diet with all 6 tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent)
Strengthen your digestive power
Get abundant restful sleep
Experience nature regularly
Tune into your body when you exercise
Find quiet time each day
The Lemon Test
I saved the most woo-woo practice for last! But there’s also a reason that 1.7 Million people have watched this video! According to Mark Barjerski, spiritual teacher, having a a few lemons around the house can tell you if the energy is positive or negative! I tried it and it’s amazing how well it works! Watch the video below to learn more.
I hope this post was helpful to you! If you have any questions about woo-woo wellness, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
As always, please check with your physician before starting a new wellness routine or regime. All of the practices mentioned in this post are only suggestions. Please practice them at your own risk.