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Holiday Gift Bags!

28 Nov

I hope you all have received a holiday gift bag from our wonderful circle of local healers (just scroll down to meet them!) by now.  If not, join me for a yoga class and pick one up!

My contribution to the bags was a small dram of doTERRA essential oil for you to enjoy this holiday season.  Your dram contains one of the following oils (which are my personal favorites!), plus MANY more goodies complements of Jelan …  Read on to learn more about how to enjoy your doTERRA oils and meet the practitioners responsible for your gift bags!

Balance_15mlBalance® Grounding Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Promotes whole-body relaxation
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance

OnGuard_15mlOnGaurd® Protective Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, Internal, Dilute for young or sensitive skin
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Protects against environmental threats
  • Cleanses surfaces
  • Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

AromaTouch_15mlAromaTouch® Massage Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Relaxes muscles and soothes joints
  • Promotes circulation
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response


  • Uses: Aromatic, topical – no need for dilution, internal
  • Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
  • Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Helps skin recover quickly
  • Eases muscle tension

Slim & Sassy®  Metabolic Blendslimsassy_15ml

  • Uses: aromatic, topical and internal
  • Promotes healthy metabolism
  • Helps manage hunger cravings
  • Calms your stomach and lifts your mood
  • Diuretic stimulant and calorie free

How to use Essential Oils

There are so many ways for you to enjoy your oils!

  • A few drops on the clay charm necklace that is included in your gift bag!
  • One drop on the wrist, rub wrists together, then rub on your neck near your lymph nodes
  • Add to a witch hazel spray for a yoga mat cleaner or all-purpose household cleaner
  • Rub a drop or two into the bottoms of your feet

A Note from Jelan:

The Holiday Gift Bags are up and running!  Much thanks and gratitude goes out to this amazing circle of healers for making these little bits of holiday cheer such a huge success!  I could not have done it with out you!

I would like to acknowledge T. L. Garrett of Mountain Sunrise Pottery for creating the darling little charms you will find in your gift bag.  Teri does beautiful pottery.  Many of you have seen some of her pieces in my salon.  She specializes in “functional ~ unique ~ wearable ~ beautiful” pieces.  You may contact her at mountainsunrisepottery@gmail.com or 406-696-5195 for customized orders.

The charm has not been glazed on purpose.  It is porous to hold and absorb a drop or two of an essential oil to carry your aroma therapy blend with you throughout the day.  They may be worn as a necklace or simply placed near you on your desk, in your car, on your nightstand, wherever you wish.  They make a nice addition to your meditation / prayer practice, or simply to freshen the air in a stuffy environment.  One drop of essential oil will last for several days.  If you have questions about essential oils or would like to purchase additional oils, contact Jessie.  Enjoy!

In addition to the charms, you will find a few small tumbled stones with a brief description of the healing properties for which they may be used.  To use a stone for healing purposes, take a moment or two to think about an area in your life that you would either like to cultivate or release while holding the stone.  Then simply carry the stone with you in your purse or pocket, or place on your dresser, nightstand, or special place to serve as a gentle reminder to yourself of your intention to create positive change in your life.  Explore your heart and mind and Play!

Wishing Each of You and Your Families a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Many Blessings,


Practitioners you’ll find in your Gift Bag!

Jelan Petersen, Reiki Master / Teacher, Cosmetologist, Proprietor, The Reiki Sylist


“Bringing Beauty to the Body, Mind & Spirit”

Jelan offers a unique healing opportunity for her clients.  Combining the healing energies of unconditional Love and Compassion with traditional salon & spa services, offers a relaxed, fun and safe environment to facilitate subtle shifts of perspective while chatting about day to day events.  Deep healing experiences take place effortlessly as conversations bring issues to the surface.  The energetic environment within the salon offers a reprieve from the outside world, allowing one to connect with their own divine self, relax, rejuvenate, and release.  Healing sessions may be scheduled for more in-depth exploration of your inner being.  Classes may also be scheduled to learn how to connect more clearly with your intuition to heal yourself and others using the healing energy of Reiki.

Jelan combines the healing practices of Reiki,Theta Healing®, Crystal Therapy and her Intuitive Knowledge in her practice.

Hadea Tift, Owner of Skagit Community Acupuncture, Licensed & Board Certified Acupuncturist, Chief Creator

Hadea1Skagit Community Acupuncture provides a radical and yet sensible solution to feeling better on a budget, treating multiple people per hour so that you can afford to come often enough to get better while not breaking the bank.  SCA is a part of a network of practitioners across the country (200 strong!) who believe in offering acupuncture in an affordable setting.  All are individually owned and operated, connected solely by a common goal.

Trained at Bastyr, Hadea uses a Japanese style of needling which is gentle.  She practices distal treatments – meaning that no matter what she is treating (from headaches to back pain to hormonal or digestive issues) she uses acupuncture points that are on your legs, arms, and your head.  Schedule an appointment to experience this unique and effective healing experience for yourself.

Kathleen Sweeney, Reflexologist and owner of the Sedro Woolley Center of Holistic Wellness

Kathleen offers a blend of her many gifts out of the Center of Holistic Wellness, drawing from her most beloved trainings including Intuitive Reflexology, Reiki Raindrop therapy, Structural Relief Therapy, Aromatherapy, custom essential oil blends & perfumes, and plain old fashioned listening!

The Center hosts a lending library, fair trade & local gift store (stop in!), and a myriad of resources including classes, workshops, and healing practitioners to help you find community, wholeness and healing on a deep level.  Sign up for Kathleen’s e-mail list by clicking here.

Suzy Cornell, LMP, CPT, Structural Medicine Specialist, Yoga & Pilates Instructor and owner of Body Free

Suzy Cornell

Suzy integrates her many advanced trainings in the healing arts with an extensive movement background to empower her clients to achieve a high level of freedom and functional ability in their lives.  Through Body Free, she offers hourlong or two-hour massage, Aromatouch, Functional Movement Screens and Structural Medicine treatments out of Concrete and Sedro Woolley.  She also teaches a weekly yoga class at the Center of Holistic Wellness.

Jessie Tierney, Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor & Physical Therapist Aide

Jessie-ProfileI teach therapeutic yoga and offer workshops around the Skagit Valley.  From Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Back Care Yoga and even Horseback Yoga, it is my deepest love to share the benefits of this life-changing practice to all.  I supplement my yoga teaching (and my life) with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTERRA essential oils, which I am thrilled to be sharing with all of you.  You can sign up for my e-mail list by clicking here (be sure you check the box that corresponds to your interests!).


Happy (Aerial Yoga) Birthday Party to Nathan!

19 Apr

Today we celebrated my sweet Nathan’s birthday … with an Aerial Yoga “party” hosted at Riverside The Studio in Mount Vernon!


Given Nathan’s history with  what we dubbed Hanging Yogs,” I thought it would be the perfect celebration to check out an official Aerial Yoga class.




*      It was a celebration on many levels!   *


If you’re not familiar, here’s a slice of Nate’s Back Story:  Nathan healed his low back injury–a vertebral disc herniation at L5-S1 (for which 2 different surgeons, upon reviewing his MRI, recommended emergency spinal fusion … they were surprised that he had bladder and bowel function given the way his disc was pressing into his nerves)–by stumbling upon what we call hanging yogs … he discovered a photo of someone hanging upside down from a silk sling and it piqued his interest.  With more research, he found that lots of people with disc herniations find tremendous relief from unloading their discs by hanging upside down (usually on an inversion table).  This inspired him to rig a hammock up at the house and hang upside down for a few minutes throughout the day.  Over time, (coupled with mindfulness, a daily yoga practice, and physical therapy) his disc herniation healed. We were so grateful Nate found aerial yoga and opted to heal his back in a natural way!  And I personally have his journey toward healing to thank for inspiring my decision to go to Physical Therapy school!


We’d never been to a “real” Aerial Yoga class, so I booked this private party through Riverside.  It was a simple process–just call them up and schedule the date, then turn in release forms for all members of the group (unless you are a member of Riverside, then they already have your forms on file).

And today was the big day …


We were greeted by Miranda Keller, a friendly yogini who got us acquainted with The Studio.  They provided all the yoga mats and everything we needed.  Miranda helped us set up our silks to the proper height to match our bodies, put on some soothing music, and coached us into a meditative pose inside the yoga silk.  We tuned into our breathing lengthened our spines … and the class began!


I was expecting it to be fun, but I was completely blown away!  The class was a skillful mix of strength & stabilization postures, with stretching, balance, meditative moments, and restorative yoga.  Miranda helped each of us find the pose that fit our body ~ she was so attentive and helpful ~ and we explored some really fun inversions (hanging upside down in Vampire was definitely a hit for our group!).  We giggled, we breathed fully, we stretched deep ~ I was quite impressed by how using the yoga sling really helped activate some deep core stabilizing muscles that don’t necessarily fire when I practice standing poses on the floor.  In a hanging version of Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana, for instance, having one leg on the ground and the other leg in the sling required a great amount of stabilizing that isn’t normally required: I felt muscles in my deep core and hips that have apparently been a little less than active in my floor yoga practice!  What an enlightening experience …


I am so exited about this new way to practice, bringing a new awareness to my body and my approach.  I can’t wait to go again!

If you are interested in joining a class, it’s easy!  Miranda currently teaches at The Studio on Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Thursdays at 10am.  Click here for the current schedule.  You don’t have to be a Riverside member to join the class ~ you can just drop in (but they advise to call ahead to reserve your spot).

Aerial_VampireAbove, Nadya in “Vampire.”


Happy Birthday, Nathan!


Horray for healthy spines and happy birthday celebrations!


Reflections on the Restorative Reiki Workshop

5 Jan

What an incredibly powerful workshop!  I feel so privileged to be in a position to share the energy of Reiki and the beautiful philosophy and life-science of Yoga with participants at the Restorative Reiki Workshop: Intention-Setting for the New Year.

“What you seek   …
is seeking you.”


We worked through four stages of preparation–each in a different restorative yoga asana–by practicing mindful embodiment (being truly present in and listening to our bodies), reflection on past joys and learnings, opening our hearts to a deep sense of gratitude for all, and surrendering to discover our Deepest Heart’s Desires (which were inside all along, and once discovered, served as our Intentions at the culmination of the workshop).

Below are some examples of Restorative Postures:


Restorative Yoga Postures offer us a chance to experience passive, deep, mindful (and sub-conscious) healing.  Spending up to twenty minutes in postures that are fully supported by bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps, our bodies are invited to truly surrender ~ letting go of tension on a deeper and deeper level with each exhalation.  Not only does this practice support the alignment of our physical body, but it also teaches us how to cultivate a still, clear mind–the alignment of our subtle body–which is being shown over and over in scientific communities to have myriad benefits.

The Reiki healing attunement and hands-on adjustments throughout the workshop helped clear the space for deeper, more whole and uninhibited healing to occur, aligning our energy and awareness toward our greatest good.

“Our instinctual desire for periods of stillness and reflection to digest and process our daily experience is always within us.  Creating time for this, either as a formal or informal meditation practice, enables us to address life’s discomforts as they arise.

We already spend hours of every day forgetting we have a body.  To be alive is to be embodied.

As you begin to quiet the mind from busy thoughts, discomfort raises its head, begging for attention.  An emotion, belief, or memory may surface.  Instead of analyzing the story behind it, let your body feel the sensation that accompanies it.  You might even take this sensation out of the body.  Ask it questions about what it might need or actions you might take.  When discomforts are engaged as messengers, they can become allies.”

~ Jacqui Neruater in Yoga Chicago Magazine

What a gift!  To be able to slow down long enough to discover our deepest heart’s desires, then make a commitment ~ pen-to-page, then voicing it aloud ~ to our Intention.  But perhaps it is not a gift, but our duty, our promise to ourselves, a virtue: “Leisure is not the privilege of a few who can afford to take time, but the virtue of all who are willing to give time to what takes time–to give as much time as a task rightly takes.” -Brother David Steindl-Rast

By setting aside our daily time for meditation, reflection, art-making, love-making, we are serving the greatest good, nourishing ourselves so that we can be of greater service to all.

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”

~Albert Einstein

I offer a heart-felt thanks to each of you for making the time for what matters.  2014 is going to be an incredible year!

And here … let us honor our intentions:

“I am already whole.”

“I am peace.”

“I am already healed.”

“I love my body!”

“I radiate health & vitality.”

“I take the time I need to nourish my heart every day.”

“I am already nourished and strong.”

Thank you, thank you, for co-creating a world full of love and light.  Please feel free to reflect, respond, or add your own intention below.


FREE Restorative Yoga Workshop ~ PreRegister Now!

20 Oct

Free Restorative Yoga Workshop!
(Pre-Registration Required: Space is limited)

One of the postures we’ll practice

Workshop is Full!  Contact Jessie if you’d like to be on the wait list.

Jessie offers a unique opportunity to experience Restorative Yoga, a deeply healing, relaxing and revitalizing practice. In Restorative Yoga, we practice only 4-6 postures within the 1 1/2 hours, supporting the body’s positions with bolsters and blankets, focusing on meditative and breathing practices. Participants’ only “job” in this class is to relax completely, while guided by Jessie’s cues.

The Exchange: Jessie is en route to Physical Therapy school, where she hopes to integrate Yoga and PT to offer a holistic approach to healing and contribute to research being done in this field. She is currently studying at Western Washington University, and this Restorative Yoga Workshop is a service project for her biology course. Participants are asked to fill out a Questionnaire before and after the workshop, and Jessie will take heart rate and oxygen saturation measurements before and after the workshop. It will be video taped, and Jessie hopes to interview participants about their experience in the class. Her final project involves a simple research project regarding the effects of Restorative Yoga on heart rate and oxygen saturation, and this will be presented to her class via a video showing.

Pre-Register with Jessie by calling 312.857.3454 or using the form below. The Workshop takes place Thursday, November 7th, 7-9pm at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness. Space is limited, so please contact Jessie if you are interested in joining the Workshop!   Workshop is Full!  Contact Jessie if you’d like to be on the wait list.

Restorative Yoga Study Release Form


“I like my body because it’s magic”

17 Jul

This post on Interrupt is so precious and wonderful.


Click here to read all of it.

What did you like about your body when you were 8?

Sprinkling Happiness

22 Jun

Today, on a bit of a whim, I joined Hadea (my amazing acupuncturist) and her community for my first-ever happiness sprinkling!

DSC_0225We dressed in yellow and gathered to meet in the JoAnne’s parking lot in Mount Vernon, where Hadea doled out signs inscribed with short affirmations like “Live Your Dream!,” “You Are Enough!” and “Trust Yourself.”  We stationed ourselves on the four corners of Riverside & College Way and sprinkled happiness for a few hours by smiling big and waving our happy signs at drivers as they passed (or sat for a seemingly eternal stop light).


Well, as one of the signs states, “Why Not?”

Hadea created today’s event in honor of Laura Lavigne, founder of the Anacortes Center for Happiness, who began the greater Happiness Sprinkling Project (read the whole story here).  Today, Laura was just up the road giving a talk about the Sprinkling Project at TedX (yes, like the Ted Talks we all love) hosted by Skagit Valley College.  My friend and fellow yoga instructor previously hosted a Happiness Sprinkling and said it was a blast.  Why not?

I expected it to be fun, but the experience was better than I’d hoped for!  I chose the sign that resonated most with my personal life mission and my practice of yoga: “You are Loved!”  Standing on the corner in my bright yellow pants, I danced to the occasional music pumping out of the Camero with tinted windows, I blew kisses to the frowning truck driver, I waved to the small eyes poking up just past the window in the back seat of the soccer mom van.  It was a fun challenge trying to reach the folks who diverted their eyes away from our activities while they waited for the light to turn green.  I pointed, I jumped, I blew more kisses.  It was transformation on the spot, a scowl into a smile.  Some people looked at us untrustingly, wondering if we had an agenda.  Many people, of course, honked and waved.  One yelled out his window, “I LOVE YOU TOO!”  There were lots and lots of smiles.

At one moment, Hadea exclaimed, “Oh my cheeks hurt from smiling so much!” (she was holding the sign that said “You Rock!”) and I realized my cheeks had a sweet sensation, too.  It took me back to the days of my childhood, riding horseback with Huntoon Stables in the fourth of July parade, waving and smiling and feeling so proud to be on a horse.  I can remember even as a young person the joy of connection when my eyes met a stranger’s: the sparkle of acknowledgment.

I think that’s what we need most as a species.  Connection.  Acknowledgment of our interrelatedness.  The realization that we depend on one another, and that when we build each other up, we both benefit.  Union.  Today’s sprinkling was yoga in action: my smile transformed your smile, and it fed me just as much as it fed you.  We took our smiles into the rest of our days and they spread to others.  We can be so much more powerful when we are united.


And after the hour and a half of dancing and waving, my cheeks hurt and I was sunburned but not exhausted.  In fact, I was reenergized, positively buzzing.  And I noticed something when I traveled up to Fairhaven to the bookstore, and when I stopped at Rite Aid to get some aloe for my sunburn: even long after the sprinkling, my heart felt more open, I looked into people’s eyes more, and I smiled.  And for the rest of the day, each person I encountered smiled back.

Happy Sprinkling!


If you are located anywhere in the WORLD and are interested in hosting your own happiness sprinkling, contact the Happiness Sprinkling Project and Laura will send you some yellow shirts and signs.  It’s a simple as that!

And stay tuned, as soon as it’s accessible, I’ll post Laura’s TedX talk here!

Yoga Anywhere!

13 Jun

Please enjoy some photos of Jessie and friends practicing Yoga asana in some of the most beautiful places in the world!





Crescent Lunge Mt. Baker




Yoga Play












Hanging Yogs in Washington



Horseback Yoga

Click here for more Horseback and Hayloft Yoga photos!

Hayloft Yoga


















Community Acupuncture

4 Jun

I was first introduced to acupuncture in an unlikely way: I watched  Heather Frazer, DVM, perform a demo treatment  on Tux, an equine I have practiced horseback yoga with, at the Horse Harmonics festival this past February.


Her demonstration was fascinating–and convincing.  Heather had an extensive power point presentation detailing the history and science of this thousands-of-years-old treatment, which was deeply informative, but once she began showing us the specific points during her assessment on Tux, his reactions were what sold me.  I think it was the best way to experience acupuncture for the first time: horses react genuinely, they don’t have a motive to feel anything at all, and Tux was undoubtedly affected by his treatment.  She showed us his reflexes when she gently touched different points (without needles), and explained that his twitch reaction helps her to know she’s on a sensitive point, or one that could use some attention.  Tux was ancy at the start of the treatment, and once she put needles into some points related to calming, he gradually eased and lowered his head and relaxed.  I would know because I was holding him throughout the demo!


If you are an equine owner and have a horse who you think may benefit from acupuncture (it is my personal opinion that all horses would benefit from acupuncture!), I can recommend with confidence Heather Fraser, DPM.

Heather’s presentation and Tux’s reaction was what convinced me to try acupuncture out for myself.

And I feel so fortunate to have met Hadea Tift, owner & bodyworker at Skagit Community Acupuncture in Burlington, WA.  I want to share her and all the incredible work she does with my community.  I actually learned about Hadea and SCA through one of the patients at the PT Office, who got substantial relief for a shoulder/neck problem after her first visit.

Hadea runs a “Community Acupuncture” treatment clinic, which allows her to offer acupuncture appointments on a $15-35 sliding scale.  Here’s her explanation from her website:

Skagit Community Acupuncture provides a radical and yet sensible solution to feeling better on a budget. We do this by treating multiple people per hour, being succinct and thoughtful about what we do. This allows us to charge just $15 for a treatment. That is pretty incredible when most places have to charge closer to $80 to cover their overhead.  This means that you can afford to come often enough to GET BETTER while not breaking the bank. It also means that we can make a modest living doing what we love.  (read more here)

So back up a minute.  You might be wondering just why one would try acupuncture in the first place.  I tried it because Tux’s calm response and  his obvious improvement in joint pain were measurable after just the first treatment.  I figured it might help with my mild to moderate anxiety, hip pain, IBS, and hypothyroidism.  I’d met Hadea at the CoOp’s Wellness Fair and I liked her frank, honest and healing personality.  At such an affordable rate, I thought I’d give it a try.  But check this out …

Acupuncture is known to help the following:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain from arthritis
  • Muscle strains
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Body stiffness
  • Digestion
  • Acid Reflux
  • Sour stomach
  • Gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation
  • Long term conditions like crohns, IBS, and the side effects of food allergies
  • Immune function
  • Energy (less fatigue, more vitality & stamina)
  • Insomnia
  • Snoring
  • Nightmares
  • Night sweats
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Allergies
  • Horomone imgalances
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Thyroid problems

My first visit began with a complete intake questionnaire.  Hadea sat down with me, took my pulse, and asked a number of questions.  I outlined my three top priorities in getting treated (IBS, hip pain and anxiety/low thyroid), and she set a treatment plan (1-2x/week for 10 weeks).  I decided I would commit to the full 10 weeks before I determined if it was helpful.  I explained that I probably would only be able to make it one time per week because of my busy schedule, which made me consider a source of my heightened anxiety and low thyroid, then strengthened my resolve that I do, in fact, need one hour each week to myself.

pocaWell, I was going to wait until the full ten weeks was over, but I am so impressed with how these 30-45 minute acupuncture sessions are impacting my life, I decided to write about it tonight.  My hip pain was 100% gone after the first treatment.  This may have correlated with my first Structural Medicine treatment with Suzy, but I think most likely they both helped!  My IBS has improved (I am not on my restrictive diet any longer), my anxiety has changed: I have become more aware and use my breathing techniques to control moments I find myself anxious, and I have noticed my thyroid levels are more stable.

The sessions are simple and peaceful: I step into the front office, put my payment in an envelope, walk through the doors into the quiet room full of recliners, pick my spot (usually the massage table because I like to lay flat), and lay down.  I roll up my pant legs and sleeves, close my eyes, and listen to the gentle, relaxing sounds of her water fountain.  Hadea enters the room and checks in with how I am feeling, then she unwraps a new pack of needles and places them delicately into position on my arms and legs (virtually painless, Hadea uses the most gentle method possible for needles).  She asks how long I want to rest for (45 minutes, please!) if I want a blanket (I do!) and a hot pack for my neck (yes, please!), makes sure I am comfortable, and leaves.  Then I either meditate, daydream, or fall asleep for the duration of my treatment.  She comes back in when 45 minutes has passed, takes out my needles (painless), and I slowly get up and make my way out the door.

My last appointment on Friday totally transformed my day.  I feel like it was really a breakthrough session for me.  I wasn’t going to go: the traffic, I was feeling overwhelmed and too busy, blah blah blah, but I did anyway.  I walked in up-tight, stressed and tired, and I walked out like I was floating on clouds.  The calming effects lasted all weekend, and into this week (which, in turn, improve my IBS and thyroid problems!).  I look forward to every Friday when I get to have a treatment with Hadea!

If you are struggling with pain or anxiety, do yourself a favor and try this ancient healing modality!  If you’d prefer to meet Hadea before you decide to schedule an appointment, just come out to the Hayloft on Tuesday nights–she’s there almost every week.