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My shoulders are burning and my wrists ache. I can feel the blood rushing into my head and the pressure in my eyes. I push through my arms and squeeze my feet together. A brief moment occurs which appears to be timeless. I’m standing upside down, perfectly aligned- effortless, weightless and with ease. Although the moment feels timeless, I quickly come crashing down. A feeling arises in me that I haven’t had in years. It’s a familiar, but distance feeling, like seeing an old friend and remembering why you shared so much time together. It’s the feeling you had when you got a gold star for a perfect spelling test in first grade, or completed your middle school science project. I’ve been practicing hand stand for a while and could never seem to nail it without the wall. I finally see the result of the hard work I have been engaging in- the feeling of accomplishment.

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HPotter BooksFeeling like a troubled, tuckered out muggle?  Want to enter the wizard- like state of clarity, and focus? Choose to ground your outer body to create the conditions for a vast inner freedom. You need space inside for the magic to do its work.  Albus Dumbledore teaches us… “It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Each pose has a corresponding charm for you to breathe into your structure. The more you breathe with awareness, the more potent the charm becomes.  With each inhale; feel the wand drop the charm into the crown of your head. With each exhale; drop the meaning of the charm into the same space.  Say the word to yourself as you drop it down into your heart.
The charm Duro is used to keep objects still. It is cast by Hermione while escaping from Death Eaters in Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows.

Stay balanced in each pose by softly gazing at an immobile object.  Inhale DURO, EXHALE FREEZE to keep the object still.

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” — Albus Dumbledore.

 


 

Charm: Rennervate

Rennervate is a charm that awakens and energizes whomever the caster’s wand is pointed at. It is accompanied by a flash of brilliantly colored red light. Harry uses it to attempt to revive Professor Dumbledore after Dumbledore has succumbed to the potion guarding the locket in the lake.

Pose: Wake Up Mountain

HRV bigStand with your feet parallel and evenly rooted to prepare for WAKE UP MOUNTAIN. Exhale as you reach up high with outstretched hands and take hold of the universal energy. Inhale and pull the power into your core. Each time you exhale stretch out higher. Each time you inhale, bend your elbows and pull in deeper. Visualize the movement of energy around and inside your body. Accelerate your breath to accelerate your movement.. Then decelerate your breath to slow your movement. When your movement follows your breath, you feel more alive. Inhale RENNERVATE, Exhale WAKE UP!

 


Charm:  Mobiliarbus

Mobiliarbus lifts a tree a few inches off the ground and levitates it to where the caster points his or her wand. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione uses the charm to move a Christmas tree beside her table to hide Harry.

Pose:  Root Tree Rise

BB37 bigGround your left foot to prepare for ROOT TREE RISE. Place the sole of your right foot inside of your left thigh or shin. Reach your right hand behind your waist between your shoulder blades. Lift your left arm overhead, lowering your hand to interlock with your right hand. Rise up inside with each breath as you open your shoulders and stretch your branches. Exhale, expand and explore. Root into the earth and into your own center. Experiment with gazing both outward as a tree rising up toward the sky and inward as the same tree roots down into the earth. Inhale MOBILIARBUS. Exhale RISE. Ground your right foot and repeat on the other side


 Charm:  Avis

This charm creates a flock of birds from the caster’s wand and is shown in Goblet of Fire, cast by Mr. Ollivander to test Viktor Krum’s wand.

Pose:  Flap Eagle Fly

BB39 bigGround your feet to prepare for FLAP EAGE FLY. Inhale; lift your arms. Exhale your right elbow under your left one-twisting to bring your palms together. Steady your breath for balance. Lift the right leg up, over and around your left leg. Center your wrists, elbows, knees and ankles in one line. Slowly untangle your right leg and extend it behind as you hinge forward. Stretch your crown, fingers and elbows forward. Inhale AVIS. Exhale FLY. Flap for stability and fly with freedom. Ground your feet and repeat on the other side. Let your brilliance soar.

 


Charm:  Incendio

Incendio produces fire. It is first seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when Hagrid  produces fire out of his umbrella in the little house the Dursleys took refuge in. In Half-Blood Prince, this charm is used several times in battle, for instance when Hagrid’s hut is set ablaze.

Pose: Playing with Fire

HR22 bigGround your sitting bones to prepare for PLAYING WITH FIRE. Lift your legs and rub the soles of your feet together. Balance and rub your palms together. Create friction. Generate heat by scooping your tailbone until your lower belly fires up. Draw into you internal fire to provide energy and fuel your focus. Inhale INCENDIO. Exhale FIRE.

 

 

 


Charm:  Revelio

Revelio will reveal to the caster whether any other humans are within its area of influence. In Deathly Hallows, when they first arrive at Number 12, Grimmauld Place after leaving Bill and Fleur’s wedding, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are concerned that there may be Death Eaters lurking. Hermione casts Homenum Revelio to determine that the house is, in fact, empty.

Pose:  I Am What I Am

ZI65 bigSit in Easy Pose. To prepare for I AM WHAT I AM. Press thumbs into each of your fingers in the following order. Say “FOCUS” and press thumb and first second together. Say “CLEAR” and press your thumb and third finger. Say “CERTAIN” and press your thumb and ring finger. Say “BRIGHT” and press your thumb and little finger together. Repeat out loud for a minute. Whisper for a minute. Hear it inside while you silently keep moving your fingers for one minute. Do another minute of silence, then one minute of whispering, then one minute of saying it out loud. Close your eyes. Inhale REVELIO. Exhale REVEAL

 

 


 

Charm: Lumos

Lumos creates a beam of light. It is first cast in Chamber of Secrets and then constantly throughout the series.

Pose:  Lighten Up

HR18 bigLie on your back and press the back of your head into the ground to prepare for LIGHTEN UP, keeping your chin level. Exhale as you lift your legs to a 90-degree angle, making an L shape with your body. Inhale; root your upper arm bones down and back by your sides. Exhale, spread your toes and extend your flame. Soften your back body into the earth. Inhale LUMOS. Exhale LIGHT.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. “ – Albus Dumbledore

 

 


 

Charm:  Quietus and Sonorus

Quietus makes a magically magnified voice return to normal.Sonorus magnifies the charm caster’s voice, functioning as a magical megaphone. These charms counter each other and were used by Ludo Bagman and Cornelius Fudge in Goblet of Fire to commentate at the Quidditch World Cup and during the Triwizard Tournament. Also used by Dumbledore to silence everyone in the Great Hall in Goblet of Fire. Used by Voldemort several times during the Battle of Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows.

Pose:  Just Breathe

HR12 bigRoll up into Easy Pose to JUST BREATHE. Close your eyes and tune in to your own internal magic elevator. Visualize a silvery white light beginning at the base of your spine and flowing upwards, reaching your head and spilling out from the top of your head like sparkling stars soaring upwards into the universe. Through your nose inhale a spacious breath into your basement, up into your atrium and toward the roof of your mouth. Exhale the breath from your roof all the way down into your basement. Establish a steady rhythm of your breath. Inhale QUIETUS. Exhale Quiet. The quieter you become, the more you can hear the quiet whisper of your heart. Listen. Magnify your heart’s voice so it functions as a magical megaphone. Inhale SONORUS into your heart. Exhale Magnify. Listen…That’s the magic.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Albus Dumbledore

 

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Kale Me Crazy

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Yesterday, I was with my friend Autumn, and she wanted to go to Taco Bell, which is her favorite restaurant. The only way my mom was willing to take us is if we went to a place called “Kale Me Crazy”. Basically, we were bribed. I’m not a huge kale person, so I never even thought about going there.

A couple months ago, my mom had gone in there and gave the owner her recipe for nut milk. He turned it into a smoothie, naming it Grounded after my mom’s company. Of course, my mom ordered that one for us. It resembled the concoctions that my mom normally would make. It was a brown, grainy, mixture that literally looked like it came from the ground. I guess it lived up to its name.

Unenthusiastically, Autumn and I tried it. And we were surprised. It tasted like a healthy version of a chocolate milkshake. We couldn’t stop drinking it. Being the nice person that I am, I let Autumn have it so I could “enjoy” my kale smoothie, which was really disappointing compared to Grounded. I guess you never know what to expect.

To try this smoothie, I would recommend going to Kale Me Crazy or, you can even make the smoothie at home by blending these ingredients.

Menu Grounded
Recipe:

Handful of raw almonds (soaked)
3 tablespoons of raw cacao
1 banana
1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
1 teaspoon of hemp protein
Handful of raw Brazil nuts (soaked)
3 dates
11/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of raw honey
2 scoops of ice
1/2 cup of water

 

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Raising Doubts!

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Hey did you know?
or maybe you heard?
Doubts need attention~
Sounds quite absurd!

They seek comfort among shadows,
and tend to grow stale,

Crinkly and dull
craving  exhales.

Left all alone~
Doubts suffer from depression,
get stuffed away,
and morph into aggression.

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Doubts dwell in our bellies,
Dull, sleepy in this place~
And contract to remind us
when we need more space.

They listen to our blames,
our anger, our fears.~
They need to be seen~
to be heard loud and clear.

How can you find them?
you ask with desire~
Crank up this pose called
‘Playing with Fire”!

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From a seated position,
Ground into your seat~
Lift  up your legs
Rub the soles of your feet.

Keep rubbing feet together,
add your palms in as well~
Rub feet and hands~
Create friction, that’s swell!

To Generate more heat
scoop  your tailbone in strong~
Your low belly will lift~
Now you’re coming along!

Match your breath
to your movements~
Vigorous and fast
Play with the fire!
Fuel your light, at last!

Become aware of your breath~
Follow breath to your belly
Warm up the doubts~
till they feel more like jelly.

Welcome with clarity~
welcome with ease~
Be there with yourself~
Listen, if you please.

Tap into your shadows
by igniting the light!
The sun of your body
is meant to burn bright!~

It’s the source of your power~
your shining gem!
Invite your doubts to play
and get to know them.

Nourish them by listening
and feeding them truth.
Tend to them often
as a faithful sleuth.

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You have 2 or 3 Doubts,
Though it feels like a hundred,
Honor and love them
and raise them with wonder.

Notice Your mission, your purpose,
your light~
gets stronger, more potent more accessible
and bright.

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