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The Feng Shui Yoga Connection

I’ve been consulting in Feng Shui for almost 20 years and I’ve been a registered and actively teaching yoga instructor for over 11 years, so when I say that Feng Shui and Yoga are yin and yang to one another, it might be worth considering.  Let’s break it down.  Feng Shui tracks the energy and flow of chi or life-force energy within and without a space.  Yoga guides and promotes the flow of prana in the body.  Prana is basically, just another word for chi.  So, Feng Shui is like yoga for your home, and yoga is like Feng Shui for your body.  See what I did there.

I’ve been afraid to write about yoga for years because I know there are so many people out there who are way more knowledgeable about it than I.  However, the one thing I know for sure is that yoga, just like Feng Shui, is something that we all need.  I can’t imagine what my life would look and feel like if I hadn’t found both of these healing tools and used them to create a grace and flow in my life that wasn’t present before.  It is my desire to find a way to combine both of these paths to flow and balance and share them with the world.

If you are already a fan of yoga, then you don’t need me to tell you how much better your body feels after an hour of sending prana and intention into the tight areas between your shoulders or into your hips and getting rooted and grounded in your body.  Doesn’t it stand to reason that a home that has had its chi adjusted would feel just as good?  Of course it does.  It’s the only logical conclusion.

If you are already a fan of Feng Shui, you know how good it feels when you walk into a home or business that uses this practical tool to ignite change.  Trust me, if your house could do yoga, it totally would!  Maybe when it is in balance, that is exactly what it is doing.

Feng Shui is a balance of logic and emotion.  Yoga is a balance of breath and flow.  They are like cosmic twins separated at birth and they belong together.  They are mirrors of one another, and we all deserve to know them, understand them and invite them into our lives.

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Fighting Foreclosure with Feng Shui

“All things are vibrating energy fields in ceaseless motion” – Eckhart Tolle

In recent years, foreclosure has become more commonplace then ever before. Foreclosure is everywhere and probably coming to a neighborhood near you. There is one thing that foreclosures often have in common; they are in a state of disgrace. If they have been empty for long, they usually look dilapidated. When families are forced out of a home, it is not uncommon for them to destroy the property in retaliation.  Foreclosed homes that stay empty too long, have a tendency to lower the property value of homes around them by virtue of their poor energy.

Ideally, an investor looking for a sweet deal will swoop in, pay cash, give it a makeover, and sell it for a fat profit.  In fact, entire cable programs have grown up around this concept.  There is just one problem with this scenario.  If the structural problems and predecessor energy that contributed to the home’s demise are not addressed, there is a strong probability that the new owners will have the same or similar issues.

If the problem with a foreclosed home was simply ugly carpet or paint, then replacing those items would eliminate the pattern.  However, ugly carpet does not in and of itself cause foreclosure.  In order to understand structural foreclosure causes, we must look to some of the age-old Feng Shui rules for an explanation and creative solutions.

I am going to share a few Feng Shui design flaws that may contribute to a home’s  potential to an unstable financial flow.  Our homes are a mirror to our lives, so when one begins to deteriorate, it is probable that the other will follow.

  1. The front door aligns perfectly with a back door – While this design is not enough to create foreclosure all by itself, it does often lead to money coming in and going out too quickly.  Ideally, energy enters a home, meanders around and nourishes its surroundings.  However, with this design, there is no meandering, thus, there is very little energy retainage.  Now, let’s replace the word “energy” with money.  They are synonymous.
  2. The front door opens up to a set of stairs – There are many variables that impact this design with the main one being the distance between the stairs and the door.  The closer the stairs are to the door, the worse it is.  The type of stairs also matters.  Stairs that have a landing, can cause less issues than the kind that cascade straight down.
  3. A bathroom is located in one of the commanding areas – If you are familiar with a Feng Shui bagua, then you know that the commanding areas of any home are typically in the back of the house.  These areas correspond with the bagua sections of Abundance, Fame and Relationships.

The nice thing about Feng Shui is that by working with the elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, as well as the colors and shapes that represent these elements, we can nullify negative architectural designs.  By learning to rehabilitate homes that have been devastated by the ignorance of improper home design, and using the tools we have been given within the system of Feng Shui, we can create homes that are healed.  As we heal our homes, we heal ourselves, and we create a planet that allows all life to thrive and prosper.

If you know someone that is facing foreclosure, share this article with them.  I’d love to help them prevent that potential outcome.  I can be reached at fengshuidesignconcepts@gmail.com, logynnbnorthrhip@gmail.com or at 512-496-9232.

Let’s Talk about Patios

Do you have a patio at your home or apartment?  Are you curious how to make it a positive part of your home’s overall Feng Shui?  Patios can be problematic if we don’t make the most of them.  A patio in this particular discussion is one that has a covered roof above it.  When the patio is covered it is often included as part of the roofline of your living structure, which means it is also part of the Feng Shui bagua of your home.  Just because it is outside, does not mean that it is separate.  Let me say it in another way, the patio is just as important as any other part of your home.  Whatever you do, don’t disregard it.

If you are in a house, the covered patio is most likely in the back.  If you live in a condo or apartment, it could be in the back, on the side or in the front.  Without getting too technical, let me give you a few tips that will be helpful regardless of its location:

One of the things that will help the most when it comes to a patio, is to actually use it.  Sounds logical right?  However, you would be surprised at how many people shun that part of their home.  One of my recent remote clients was exactly in that group.  She flat out refused to put outdoor furniture on her patio even though in her case, it would have been very helpful for her relationships.  She did do a few things that I suggested, but she was not willing to commit to going outside to enjoy the outdoors from her patio.  So the first step is to use your patio.

Second, because it is outside and not something you will use as frequently as you indoor spaces, I suggest that you invite nature to use the patio when you can’t.  Hanging a bird feeder on your patio is a great way to keep the chi active. If you don’t like seed feeders, try feeding the hummingbirds or leaving a little pile of acorns or peanuts for the squirrels.  Animals represent the fire element, and their activity on your patio will keep the chi circulating, even when you are not there to use it.

Third, keep it clean.  Many people treat their outdoor spaces as a storage area for overflowing garbage, a catch-all for kids toys, gardening tools, & unused flower pots, to name a few.  Some other items that I have recently seen on my neighbor’s patios are rotting dog beds, broken furniture, brooms, and dirt-covered knick knacks of all sorts.

A patio can be a place to unwind at the end of a long day with a glass of wine or at the beginning of the day with your trusty pooch and a hot cup of coffee.  If you can find a way to make your patio space colorful and inviting, you will be amazed at the benefits it will provide.

Why You Should Care About the Helpful People Area of Your Home

‘Helpful People’ sounds like an ancillary benefit to Feng Shui until you find yourself in need of some truly reliable and helpful people in your life.  To be honest, more people become curious about Feng Shui because of the allure that it will improve their finances or love life, than for the probability that it will allow them to ‘receive it forward‘.  In fact, the Helpful People/Travel/ Service area may be one of the most overlooked areas on the Feng Shui bagua.  We all need to be able to give and receive stellar service as we move through this thing called life, and when this area is in sync, things just have a habit of going your way.

So who are these “helpful people” anyway?  Let’s run through a few scenarios where helpful people are very appreciated.  You were just in a wreck, you call your insurance company and they jump through hoops to make sure that all of your needs are met.  Need a tow truck, car rental or doctor?  Chances are that your insurance agent is acting as a very helpful person in your life in that moment.  Here’s another example; let’s say that you walk out of your apartment and your car battery is dead.  One of your neighbors has jumper cables, and offers to give your car battery a jump with their’s.  They just did a “pay it forward” and they helped you out of a frustrating start to your day.  A helpful person could be the girl taking your order in the drive-thru window or it could be the contractor in charge of your home’s plumbing needs.  Regardless, it is always a good idea to tweak this area BEFORE it becomes a issue in your life.

“When this area is in sync, things just have a habit of going your way.”

Now that I have your attention, let me give you the 411 on this area.  If you mentally visualize an imaginary tic tac toe box around your home, it will then be divided into 9 evenly placed squares (the example below is not perfectly even, but at least it gives you a visual).  The Helpful People area is located in the bottom right hand corner in relation to your front door.  Using your mental bagua, go to each room, locate the helpful people area and do an inventory of your findings. Your home is an overlay of multiple helpful people areas, and they all matter!  Once your inventory is complete, you’ll want to analyze the data.  Did you find your daughter’s collection of headless Barbies or did you find a chaotic table full of un-filed papers, bills, receipts and other symbols of overwhelm? Whether you found your meditation pillow and yoga mat, or your son’s legos scattered like land mines all over the floor, it doesn’t take a Feng Shui license to know what you need to do in order to bring some balance back into your life.

Helpful People Bagua

The next step is to eliminate the most obvious problems first.  If your area is filled with clutter and broken items, clean it.  Don’t wait for your kids to call Hoarders, and embarrass you on national television!  Next, remember that this area revolves around being of service.  From a Feng Shui point of view, all areas can be enhanced by balancing the elements.  Helpful People is strengthened by the metal element.  The  colors that enhance this element are obviously metal tones like silver, bronze and gold, and metal items like bells or metal Tibetan Singing Bowls as well as white and light pastels.  The shape that represents the metal element is a circle, so adding round, metal items would really pack some punch.  Obviously, whatever you add, needs to be able to fit in with the decor that already exists within your home.  Placing a Feng Shui “cure” in your home just because the store clerk assured you it will bring good luck is not nearly as powerful as finding a way to allow the cures to be blend seamlessly into your surroundings.  It is much more desirable to have your friends walk into you home and feel great about it without knowing why, than for them to walk in and be confronted by all sorts of  kitschy Feng Shui Chinese items that have no relevance to your life or culture.

Feng Shui may have its roots in some of the more esoteric and secret aspects of Chinese culture and lore, but at its most basic level, it is a very common-sense way to add a little peace and happiness into your life.  Have fun with it, and whatever you do, don’t take yourself too seriously!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discovering the Yoga of Your Home with Logynn B. Northrhip

I’ve been discovering everything I can about Feng Shui, and helping others do the same for over 14 years, and I’ve been discovering the joys and challenges of doing and teaching yoga for over 7 years. The thing that strikes me about both of these ancient, and thoroughly modern day practices is how well they go together.

The Merrium-Webster dictionary defines yoga as “a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind.”  When you get right down to it, Yoga is like Feng Shui for your Body; and Feng Shui is like Yoga for your Home. The difference is that the inner peace we seek through yoga, through the active participation of the body through movement and breath, is applied to the home by controlling, or supporting our surroundings based on the placement of rooms, the elements of the bagua, the 9 life areas, etc.  The common result of both Yoga and Feng Shui is inner peace, and Feng Shui, just like yoga, is always evolving for the individual.  There is always another level for us to shift out of and into.  Feng Shui and Yoga also share another thing in common.  They don’t ever end, because they are essentially a lifestyle choice.

Through the physical action of asana, we learn to quiet the mind and allow a sense of peace to pervade every area of our body.  We say in yoga that we learn to practice this peace on and off our mat.  How we handle the stress of driving in bumper to bumper traffic or a busy schedule with no gaps or breaks can become our”yoga” of the day.  It all begins with the breath and with awareness.

The way that we can apply this same principle to our homes is simple, but requires a re-envisioning of a typical flowing yoga sequence. We begin with a moment of silence and a connection to the breath and our intention process.  During a flow practice, we typically move the body gently at first to stoke the inner fire with twists, with breath-connected movement and action that resembles a wave.   In our homes, we start at the front door.  How does the house breath?  Does it take a “breath” that fills the home evenly?  Or does it take a breath like a smoker with asthma?

In yoga, we learn about our body’s chakras or energy centers.  According to Wikipedia, “Chakras are part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels, called nadiis. Nadiis are channels in the subtle body through which the life force (prana), or vital energy moves.”  With this in mind, it is good to point out that Feng Shui is also a subtle energy system, and it thrives on chi as its vital energy.  Chi is a life force energy that meanders throughout nature, and when we build homes, it filters in and around our homes as well.

Using Feng Shui, our ultimate goal is to create a sense of balance in all areas of our lives.  We want our careers to be balanced with our health, our family and all our personal relationships.  We want adequate financial abundance to balance with our creativity and passions, and we want our sense of well-being to balance with the flame of our reputation.   Understanding and discovering the yoga of your home is a way of combining Feng Shui principles with yogic wisdom to create a common ground that unites these two ancient practices and philosophies, and gives us endless opportunities to evolve and manifest the life of our dreams!

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What Feng Shui Isn’t – by Logynn B. Northrhip

I’ve spent a lot of time and energy attempting to help people understand what Feng Shui is all about.  Today, I am going to take some time to clarify what it isn’t.  In my experience, there are two types of people interested in Feng Shui.  There are the ones who are curious and open-minded about change, and there are the people who see it as a last-ditch effort to “fix” all the problems in their life.  Today, this blog is dedicated to those people in group number two.

Everything around us is energy.  I am no physics genius but this much I do know, and based on this, everything is susceptible to change. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that everything that is f*cked up in your life can be 100% fixed by using Feng Shui, but it will definitely change in some way, shape or form.  How it changes is dependent on each person.

For example, making changes to the areas of your home that relate to finances and abundance doesn’t mean that you will win the next lottery.  What may change however, is your understanding of how you spend the money that you earn.  Likewise, using Feng Shui adjustments  may not cause you to meet the man or woman of your dreams, but it might help you understand why you have chosen certain types of relationships in the past, and give you opportunities to make better choices.  Some people go through their life moving from one bad relationship to another.  Feng Shui can tell you why you have this pattern.

Many people think that they are you are ready for a new relationship, but they don’t realize that some aspect of their home may be sending the Universe a different message.   For example, I once had a client who insisted that she was ready to start dating again.  However, several rooms in her home had items that were inconsistent with this statement.  For starters, the  structural shape of her home created a missing area in relationships.  Also, her furniture was not inviting for two people.  Just remember, a soft, cushy love seat in the relationship area is always more inviting that a single, wooden chair.  Even the artwork on her walls was sending a subtle message that she was not aligned with her intention.  The thing about life that is true for all of us is that once we know something, we cannot UN-know it.  We can either make changes based on what we now know, or we can ignore what we know, and live the rest of our life feeling victimized and powerless.

I have only touched on two of the areas of our homes that are included within the grid of Feng Shui.  There are a total of nine! When a person is ready to make deep changes, they will adjust their surroundings in such a way that makes it possible for them to make their own wishes a reality.  That is empowering and that is all that Feng Shui is capable of doing.  Feng Shui creates awareness. The rest is up to you.

Houses Even A Feng Shui Consultant Couldn’t Love

While it is true that most homes can be adapted to Feng Shui principles of balance and completion, it is equally true that there are some houses that are way more work than they are worth.  Even when I am not consulting on an individual client’s home, I am always observing and mentally correcting the Feng Shui imbalances that I see around me, and it is my observation that some houses have so many Feng Shui issues that even a Feng Shui consultant couldn’t love them.  Here a short list of my top 5 least lovable house designs:

  1. Sometimes a house is just fine, but there is something around it that is causing a problem.  One thing that comes to mind involves things like giant electricity transformers and huge city water towers.  These type of structures have a very ominous energy about them, and they can cast a sha-chi or poison arrow shadow onto a home which has a cutting effect.  When we see this type of issue, it can be helpful to notice what part of the home receives the shadow being cast or where the structure is located within the property’s bagua by focusing on the area of your life is receiving the disruptive spike of energy from the sha-chi.
  2. A house with a yard that slopes down in the back, and due to city ordinances involving water drainage, cannot be corrected by adding dirt to level it.  This is a biggie!  When you consider that the back of a yard encompasses the Big 3 sections of a bagua, including Wealth, Fame and Relationships, these are some of the key areas of life that need stability and balance.
  3. A house with a major freeway on the other side of the fence is a Feng Shui nightmare.  I have actually seen an example of this in person.  I’m not sure which came first, the massive toll road or the subdivision that had a row of houses backing up to it, but I know that no number of wind chimes could alleviate the noise or disruption created by this type of structure, and thus, it belongs on this list without a doubt.
  4. A house shaped so that either Abundance or Relationships is excluded under the original roofline requires a lot of mental and physical shifting and changes.  While it is possible to activate missing areas by creating living areas such as a covered deck or garden when a home’s original design left these areas out, it would not be my first choice for a new home.
  5. And finally, we have the classic Feng Shui no-no’s such as waterfall stairs in line with a front or back door, front and back doors that are directly aligned and opposite one another or all of the above with a road pointing at it as well.  Why go there?  With the number of houses that do not have these structural imperfections, there is only reason that someone would chose a home like this.  They simply don’t know any better, or they don’t believe it will matter.  If you fall into that last category, let me know how that goes for you.  The fact is, some things are true whether you believe in them or not.

Logynn B. Northrhip is a Professional Feng Shui Consultant in Austin, TX offering local and remote consultations.  She can be reached at http://www.fengshuidesignconcepts.com, fungschwaygirl@yahoo.com or by calling 512/496-9232.

Get Kinky & Go Deep with Your Feng Shui

All you really need to know about Feng Shui is that it knows all your secrets!  Another thing about Feng Shui is that it does not mind exposing all of these secrets to anyone who happens to walk into your home.  Your only saving grace is that very few people would know how to decipher the secrets that your home holds without a keen eye to detail.  I happen to be one of those people, and I am more than happy to teach you how to do it too.

Now, the first thing you need to do is look around for anomalies within your spaces.  Let me give you an example.  You say you want to be in a relationship, and yet, when you look in all the relationship areas of your home, you find things like the cat’s litter box, your gun collection, your extra healthy cacti plant or a nice, spiky yucca!  I’m not a rocket scientist, but none of those items seem very inviting.  In fact, on a subconscious level, they may be giving away a secret that you have not yet acknowledged within yourself.  Perhaps you aren’t as ready for a relationship as you think!

The solution is to go around and intentionally replace these anomalies with items that symbolize inviting images for relationships.  If kinky is what you like, then remove the cacti and place your copy of “50 Shades of Grey” there instead!  There are plenty of small sculpture of couples wrapped in each other’s arms.  Or, you can chose a statue of the union of  Shiva and Shakti. It is a symbol that expresses the sacredness of sexuality as a path to spiritual union.  Get creative! Whether you are kinky or spiritually deep, there is an image and a symbol that you can place around you to conjure up the type of relationship that you desire.

Now, we’ve been picking on the relationship area, but in truth, you can do this for each and every area of your home/bagua that seems to be incongruent with the type of life you desire for yourself.  In order to do this, you need to know one vital thing.  Every room in your house  has a money section, a family section, a life journey section, etc.  So this can either be a great opportunity for you, or an overwhelming burden of learning to take responsibility for your life. Let go, and let your resistance collapse into a new possible outcome!

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Hoarder?

I am pretty sure that I met a certified hoarder last week, and you would never know it by looking at him.  I was on my morning bike ride, roaming through an unexplored neighborhood, when I saw a garage that was so full, that it seemed to be defying gravity by not falling out.  Naturally, I pulled my bike over and reached for my camera phone.  However, before I had a chance to snap a photo, a slender man in his mid-60’s walked up, shook my hand and started talking to me. Within the space of 5 minutes, I knew all about his 20 year career as an air-traffic controller, a real estate deal he just helped close, that he is now single but used to be quite the ladies man, and that he was indeed the owner of the garage that I was about to photograph.  Needless to say, I did not get my picture, but I did feel as if the amount of information that verbally spilled out of him was relative to an avalanche of stuff that wanted to fall out of that garage.

I did not tell the man that I am a Feng Shui consultant, and I did not ask him about all the clutter that he stores in his garage because I know that the psychology behind a person who hoards is delicate and I wanted to proceed with caution.  The entire experience got me thinking about why people hoard, and what role that Feng Shui can play in the process of healing.

I found an amazing website that is dedicated to clutterers at http://www.clutterless.org, and it gives a great definition of the difference between hoarding and cluttering.  The truth is that they are not one and the same.  Even though they are both often a manifestation of deeper psychological issues like anxiety or depression, that is where the similarity ends.  According to Mike Nelson, author of the book, “Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life”, while cluttering is a self-diagnosed condition, hoarding is not.  Hoarding must be diagnosed by a psychiatrist and medications are often prescribed.  He goes on to say that a hoarder “cannot make rational decisions about what is useful and what is not.  A hoarder obsesses about their stuff and is compelled to collect it, yet they are usually unaware of anything being wrong.”

I am doubtful that Feng Shui can be used to help a hoarder unless they start to recognize that they have a problem.  Just like an alcoholic must admit that they have a problem with alcohol before healing can take place, I believe this is also true for a person who hoards.

Using Feng Shui tools to allow a clutterer to shift their space is a much more likely solution and it starts with a Feng Shui bagua.  You will need to virtually  place a Feng Shui bagua over your space, oriented to the front door.  Once that is in place, you will be able to determine which of the rooms in your home or business have the most clutter or hoarding tendencies.  For example, you may notice that the only place in your home that gets cluttered is in your Money area.  It is dangerous to over-simplify why that is the case, so don’t try to figure it out unless you notice a repeat pattern.  If you clean it up and then a few days later, it has somehow managed to get just as bad if not worse than it was, there could be something more than clutter going on here.  Or, there may be some issues around money that you need to shift within your own thinking process in order to eliminate it for good.

Regardless of whether you have borderline hoarding tendencies or you are a plain ‘ol clutterer, the bottom line is that you will start to know your own inner workings better by becoming an ardent observer of your surroundings.  The fact is that your external surroundings REFLECT your inner world.  If it is cluttered or full of broken things that no longer have a purpose, you can use the tools of Feng Shui to learn to let go.  It may not be easy, but it will change your life, if you let it.

The Feng Shui Way to Buy a New House

When you know enough Feng Shui information to be slightly dangerous, you can bet that you will want to use it when you seek out your next home.  You will most likely also become your realtor’s “Most Annoying Client Ever” as well.  See, realtors are all about pointing out all the good things a house has to offer.  It’s their job.  If you are one of those people who knows what to avoid from a Feng Shui standpoint, the fact of the matter is that they are not gonna be able downplay certain major Feng Shui faux pas such as a front door that faces the back door!

On the other hand, you may be in the dubious position of knowing more about this topic than your realtor, and that can be a good thing.  Why?!  It can be a good thing because that becomes the first item on your list of things to do.  It is your job to educate your realtor.  Unfortunately, unless you have had a professional Feng Shui consultation at some point in your life, or have read numerous books on this topic, you may not know all the things to avoid, but you do know at least a few of the biggies.  So, what are the biggies?

Feng Shui Land Shapes to Avoid
  • Educate your Realtor about Feng Shui by knowing what you don’t want. In relationship terms, these are the “Deal Breakers”.
  • You don’t want be able to walk in through the front door and keep walking out the back door.
  • You don’t want a set of steep (waterfall) stairs to be the first thing that lines up to the front or back door either.
  • You don’t want the land of the backyard to slope down and away.
  • You don’t want your backyard to be diamond-shaped.
  • You don’t want a covered patio. ~ I know you think you want this, but trust me, you don’t.  Instead, look for a wooden deck.
  • You don’t want a bathroom or set of stairs smack dab in the center of the house.
  • You don’t want a big chunk missing from the back of the house  – at all. (In case you are wondering, a covered patio has the same energy as a missing chunk, especially if its roofline attaches to the main roofline of the house.)
  • And one final thing to get you started on your search for Utopian homeowner’s bliss, you don’t want your house to be on the receiving end of any street.

This is by no means a complete list, but it will be a great way to keep you out of some of the most common Feng Shui house-buying mistakes that exist.  If you are interested in learning more about Feng Shui, you can sign up to have this blog delivered into your inbox each month, or you can find us on Facebook and like our Feng Shui Design Concepts page.  We are also linked to Twitter so if that is your preferred way to receive FREE Feng Shui information, find us there at FSDCbyLogynn.  If all else fails, go to our website at http://www.fengshuidesignconcepts.com