All Things Akashic Records with Desiree Sparrow

Hey fellow #w3llnessjunkies!

When I first decided to get this blog going, I didn’t just want it to be a place for me to spew ideas. I wanted it to eventually become a community. A  place where people would feel comfortable learning about & discussing wellness topics on a number of levels, in a safe and positive way. Ironically, the first person I have decided to interview for my #W3llTribeSeries is not only one of my mentors, but also living what it means to create to such a tribe. As the founder of LI Kula Yoga and Wellness Center in Bellport, NY, Desiree Sparrow has built a space that hundreds of yogis consider their second home. It is safe, it is welcoming and above all else, it is accepting. (Not to mention the word “Kula” literally means “community” in Sanskirt!)

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I decided to begin with  Desiree because in addition to being one of my most influential teachers, she is also someone who has inspired me to truly show up to life as my most authentic self. Wife, Mother, Teacher, Healer and Intuitive. These are just a few of the many titles she goes by. However, I have a strong suspicion she’ll certainly continue adding to that list.

My journey began with Desiree a few years back when I enrolled in her 200 hour yoga teacher training program at LI Kula. Over the course of the six month program Desiree immersed my classmates and I in a world of healing and spirituality that I had never before been exposed to. (And by the end, I was hooked!) During this time Desiree was also just beginning to offer Akashic Records Readings to the public. Although I knew very little about what the service actually was, I was eager to try.

After having had multiple healings with Des and sending basically everyone in my life to see her, I knew I had to have her (and her infinite wisdom) on this blog!

So, if you’re interested in learning more about what Akashic Records Readings are all about, check out my chat with Des below.

Can you describe in your own words a little bit about your journey? How did you get started and why?  

DS: Well, my awareness of my spiritual journey began shortly after I started practicing yoga about 20 years ago.  I did not initially know that yoga would change my life & I certainly did not expect that it would be the place where I would expand my spirituality & consciousness.  

My yoga practice showed me how to live a more authentic life.  Yoga cracked me opened & turned me inside out.  The process was intense & at times painful, but I know now that it was all necessary in order to get very clear about who I was.  So, as I practiced clearing my vessel (mind, body & spirit) the voice that always existed in me became more audible.  From there, the Seeker within began searching. In my exploration I found Meditation, Reiki, Energy Medicine & The Akashic Records.   

When did you know you were ready to venture into owning your own business?

DS: This might sound odd, but I always knew.  I opened my first yoga studio in Bay Shore (Long Island), while I was completing my first 200hr Yoga Teacher Training.  For some reason I felt that there was an urgency to start teaching others the magic of yoga.  My business expanded from there. I eventually started offering other healing modalities like Reiki, Energy Medicine, Akashic Records Readings & Healings in addition to my yoga classes & trainings.  

How did you make that jump into the unknown? What were some of the biggest struggles for you during that period? 

DS: I listened to that voice.  Whenever I listen to IT (the voice), it never steers me in the wrong direction.  I guess you could say that that voice is the sound of my truth.   I practiced listening & discovered a life filled with so my love, honesty & magic.  

The biggest challenges I faced definitely occurred when I was caught up in my EGO.  I knew the voice that resided in me would never steer me in the wrong direction, but my EGO told me something different.  The voice of my EGO, never really served me.  This voice also created confusion for me which made me extremely reactive & often irrational. Now I can identify this voice when it emerges & lower the volume on the THAT channel. With practice I have learned to listen for clarity more & more. 

How did you know you were ready to expand your business to include Akashic Records? Was it always something that interested you?

DS: As my teaching progressed and I evolved in many ways, the universe then provided me with guidance to move towards this work.  I practiced opening my own Records first which was an amazing revelation for me.  I somehow knew that if I were offered the opportunity, I would provide this service to others. 

Yes, esoteric teachings always seemed to interest me, but I don’t think that I would have fully absorbed the teachings and practice of The Akashic Records without the help of my Yoga & Meditation practice.  I believe that those practices prepared me for this work. 

For someone who has never heard of it, what is it?

DS: The Akashic Records are the record of your soul’s journey.  The Akashic energy holds all of your thoughts, feelings, actions and deeds from this lifetime and from previous lifetimes.

You can imagine that the Akashic Records are like a database system of your Soul & Soul’s Journey with all of your information stored in the hard drive.

The Akashic Records are part of the Etheric or Akashic Field that is a part of and is connected to everyone and everything. Think of a web, we are all connected in this web. In Sanskrit, Akasha means “ether” or “vast space” which is boundless and each of us are made up of Akasha. When we peel away our layers, the true nature of who we really are is revealed. We often forget that our essential nature is Boundless, Limitless & Free.

In this work, we get to explore the magic of our infinite selves. Not only does this provide space for asking some of life’s most challenging questions, but it also supplies us with the ability to receive very CLEAR answers on how to resolve them.

What does a reading typically look like?

DS: This is a tough question to answer because just as each Soul is unique, each reading is also unique.  Sometimes, deceased loved ones will enter the space or a past life memory will be a part of the reading.  

But in a nutshell, each session starts with a Meditation, Prayer and Invocation which allows your SOUL to receive deep Healing & Guidance.  Once this happens, we enter the realm of your Soul and your Soul’s records where you are able to connect with it on a very deep level. In this space you can receive anything from messages, important information regarding your path, and the healing you are seeking on a Soul level.

What are the benefits of something like that?

DS: I think when people hear their Soul’s message it is validating on so many levels.   A lot of what is said in the reading is information that the client already knew, but the validation offers them so much peace.  It really is a beautiful thing to witness. 

How do you know you’re seeing someone reputable?

DS: I am not sure how to answer this, but I will try.  In the esoteric realm the idea of certificates or our titles is a foreign concept.  Spirit does not really care about having a PHD in this or that.  (I know, because this comes up in readings).  However, referrals from people you trust is a good way to seek out a skilled reader. Clients can also read testimonials. However, I would ultimately recommend going with your gut.  It is sort of like trying a new class or restaurant for the first time,  you just have to check it out for yourself, in order to know if the reader is the right fit for you. 

I have a few Akashic Records Certifications, but I only obtained those for personal knowledge & spiritual growth.  I never really intended to do healings or readings, but I was led to do this work & it really has helped so many people, which is such a gift for me.  People’s souls are beautiful & I am honored to be able to interact with their inner light.   

For someone who wants to more deeply connect with their own spiritual side, how/where do you recommend they start? 

DS: Spirituality is such a personal practice.  There are countless practices out there but the truth is that many people are TRYING very hard to be Spiritual or in some cases they are trying really hard to be non-spiritual.  We as humans complicate things & then our spirituality may even become a task or too sterile. The truth is that our spirituality already exists within us, we just have to figure out how to unleash it.  I  was brought up Roman Catholic but was not very spiritual when I was young.  It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Yoga that I became a very spiritual person.   However, as I said previously, I did not know that Yoga would do that for me.  I was very naive but open to the practices and this served me well.  I was also never rigid about my practice which offered me tremendous growth. I believe that my soul was just ready to be rebirthed & the universe provided.  Again, my initial outlet was Yoga but for someone else it may be something else.  I think the first step is to simply be willing to listen & divinely guided towards the Source.  

Practice being empty & just ask Space, The Universe, Your Angels, The Divine, God, or whatever you want to call it, to show up & guide you-I promise you that IT is listening & has your back.  Trust in the process.  It really is a matter of softening & not forcing your spiritual practice, the expansion will happen if you allow it. 

Like an exhale, in the pause, or in between sound, this is where the magic is.  This is doorway to your expansion….have fun & enjoy the ride! 

Need an Emotional Reset? Start with These Best Sellers

When it comes to confronting the word “emotion” where does one begin? Most likely we start in that fun, comfortable place. The place where feelings like happiness, excitement and love pervade our very being. But as we all know, that’s not always reality. Sometimes we’re sad, sometimes we’re anxious and sometimes we’re just plain old going through sh*t.

When times like this come rolling in, it can be hard to get out of your own way.

For me, that’s where reading comes in. Books provide that little bit of mental re-set, and when chosen wisely, provide me with the clarity necessary to look at the world from a very different perspective. Hopefully, one that reacquaints me with the ability to withstand and overcome whatever it is I’m facing.

Here are 3 of my tried and true anxiety busting, joy inducing go-to’s. Hopefully this inspires you to give them a try!

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by: Brene Brown

In her book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, New York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown lays out ten guideposts for engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. Through this work readers are taught to mindfully embrace imperfections, develop courage, connection and compassion and ultimately, acknowledge that they are enough- regardless of situation, obstacle or circumstance.

As a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, Brown has been featured in Oprah Winfrey’s daytime series SuperSoul Sunday, as well as internationally recognized for her viral 2010 TED talk entitled “The Power of Vulnerability.” If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out here. I promise it will be the best spent 20 minutes of your day, or at the very least, the most transformative.

Love Warrior by: Glennon Doyle

When it comes to compelling writers Oprah certainly has her finger on the pulse of what’s up because like Brené Brown, author Glennon Doyle has garnered major attention.  Earning a spot on Winfrey’s coveted book club list for her gritty memoir Love Warrior  Doyle details the collapse of her marriage as a catalyst for self-love, discovery and healing. In addition she also honestly discusses her courageous battles with both addiction and bulimia.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön

There are not enough ways for me to fully describe the impactful nature of Pema Chödrön’s words. However, I have tried. In fact, I’m such a fan of this book that I wrote an entire article about it which you can find here. If you’re sad, lost, confused or even bored, take some time to dive into this book. I promise you will not be the same after. 

XO,

S

Let’s Talk Meditation

Hey guys!

As a yoga teacher, I constantly find myself being asked by friends and family about the topic of meditation. What is it? Why do it? And probably above all, how is it possible to shut off your mind for 30 seconds let alone 30 minutes?

So let’s back up.

For starters meditation is a practice of awareness (which sounds simple in theory, but in reality, not so much.)  Also, there are tons of different kinds of meditation. From transcendental to visualization, it’s all about what resonates with you. So if something specific is peaking your interest, don’t be afraid to do your research. There are lots of incredible resources out there. 

However,  one of the many cool things about meditating is that you don’t need to be an expert to do it. (I’m certainly not). In fact, you can start right now! Simply get comfortable, close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath. Your focus will undoubtedly shift. When it does, just bring it back. You can do it anytime or anywhere.

When I first started meditating it was pretty hit or miss. Some days I felt totally connected, and others, I couldn’t do anything but spiral into my thoughts. I guess that’s why they call it a “practice”. However, since that time I have found a few tips and tricks to help me along the way. So if you’re interested in reading them, keep on scrolling! 

Find a quiet place to begin.

Whether that’s your bedroom or a secluded spot outside, the location doesn’t matter as much as the feeling of calm it should create within you. Whatever place you feel comfortable is the best spot for you to begin. I tend to gravitate toward my bedroom floor, but that’s just me!

Get comfy (but not too comfy.)

When you’re settling into the quiet you want to remain alert, so be mindful of the fact that practicing in bed may make you more likely to fall asleep. (Been there, definitely done that.) 

Speaking of- if sleep is something you struggle with, check out the links I included lower in the article. Both apps have a ton of meditations specifically designed to help you hit the hay.

Start slow.

There’s no need to jump right into a 20 or 30 minute daily practice. In fact, that may never be your trajectory, and that’s totally fine. Life is busy, and I for one am more than happy to sit for eleven (or three) minutes before I start my day. Get into the swing by starting with two or three minutes. You can set a timer on your phone and for those 120 seconds or so, simply follow your breath. Like I said before, at some point you will begin to drift into thought. Once you notice you’re doing it, come back to the breath. The goal isn’t to “not think” unless you’re this insanely enlightened guru (in which case…do you want to be on my blog?) It’s just to notice your thoughts without allowing yourself to fall into their stories. Notice and come back. Notice and come back. Over and over again. 

Remember that you don’t have to go it alone.

In addition to meditation classes offered in yoga studios and wellness centers worldwide, there are also tons of meditation apps and challenges you can access from virtually anywhere. Below are two of my personal favorites:

Insight Timer

Calm

I hope this post helped! I’d love to hear other people’s tips and tricks for tuning in!

XO,

S

Self- Care 101

Hey guys!

To kick things off  I’ve decided to dive into a topic near and dear to my heart: Self-care. Most people in my life would agree, I’m all about that self-care life. I love anything relaxing, cozy and that smells good. But I mean honestly, who doesn’t?

In the last year or so “self-care” has become a hugely popular buzzword, not only in the health and wellness world, but also in mainstream media. With major celebrities like Selena Gomez, Chrissy Teigen and even Justin Bieber coming out in support of slowing down and tuning in, the notion of personal love is taking a new direction. 

At its very core, self-care comes down to prioritizing your mental, emotional and physical health by identifying your current needs and nurturing them accordingly. However as you can imagine, this looks different for everyone. So to make things simple, I’ve put together a little list of my most essential self-care habits. Feel free to pull from it whatever speaks to you, or to comment with your own list of favorites!

  • Books! Hard copies, audio versions, self help and fiction. Having a wide range of literature to regularly access is helpful for me when I need to re-center my mind or just escape for a bit. I tend to fluctuate between genres depending on what I’m feeling in the moment, but stay tuned for book lists of  my current ride or dies.
  • Baths. Grab your favorite bubble bars and some epsom salt and get the water going. The bathtub is one of the best places to let yourself unwind.
  • Journaling. Whether it’s making gratitude lists or just letting things flow,  I find that getting my thoughts down on paper is a great way for me to sort through them more easily.
  • Clean sheets. Nothing says relaxation like a freshly made bed. Add some lavender spray, and you’ve got a little oasis of comfort smack dab in the middle of your room.
  • Essential oils. When I’m feeling tired/ anxious/ blah I will usually rub some on my wrists or behind my ears. I’m also a huge fan of investing in a good diffuser. They’re especially awesome in bedrooms and sitting areas.  
  • A fur baby. I mean honestly, enough said. 
  • Dark chocolate
  • Candles, because again, scent is everything.
  • Fresh air, especially when it’s a bit chilly out.
  • Taking a yoga class
  • Meditation 
  • Sunshine and time outside
  • Movement-Even if it’s just a short walk to get the blood flowing.
  • Quality time with people you love
  • Quality time with yourself
  • Movies- yes, I know electronics aren’t always ideal. However, sometimes a moderate Netflix session or a movie night in is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Welcome + My Journey

Hey guys!

For those of you that may not know me, my name is Sam. Nice to e-meet you :).

Before I jump into my first official post (insert another HUGE happy face emoji here) I wanted to extend a serious thank you to everyone who decided to check in with this little passion project as I excitedly work to get it off the ground. To me, your willingness to simply browse this page is a demonstration of support, and I could not be more grateful for your time and interest. Please know that I do not by any means consider myself an authority on anything. (Except for maybe Nutella..big fan of Nutella.) Wellness is simply a journey that continues to enhance my life, and it’s something I’m eager to share as openly and honestly as possible!

My interest in the world of wellness, spirituality and all things high vibe started a few years ago when I began to develop a pretty regular yoga practice. On a whim, I decided to take a 200 hour yoga teacher training to deepen my understanding of what yoga truly “is”. Over the course of a few months I studied with the human goddess that is Desiree Sparrow (stay tuned for a blog with her soon) and started to feel as if I had literally been cracked open. For years I had been struggling with crippling anxiety. However, rather than naming it for what it was, I exacerbated its presence with harmful band-aids like perfectionism, achievement and constant striving. And to be honest, those are things I still very much struggle with today. However, as my anxiety continued to surface, I was forced to really lean into the discomfort of everything I was feeling. You could say it was somewhat of a quarter life crisis or as author Brené Brown puts it “a spiritual awakening”. Either way, I was changed. I felt like I was relearning how to live and witnessing my emotions for the very first time.

Yep, it was as dramatic as it sounds! And there have been just as many lows as there have been highs (perhaps even more of the former). But in the end I came to realize that that is what humanity is, and learning to confront every aspect of who I am- mind, body and soul is what makes life worth living. It’s what joins us all together, and while we rarely like it admit, it’s what we all have in common. Our specific experiences may not be the same, but those raw emotions, fears and doubts that are native only to human beings is what we all share- and it’s what my journey and thus this blog, are all about.

No matter where you are in your story, I hope you can find this page as a place to simply connect and explore. Like I said earlier, I am no expert. And I most certainly do not have it all figured out. In fact, this is as therapeutic for me as it is hopefully, informational for someone else.  I am just a girl on a journey inviting you to come along for the ride. Some of this stuff may come off as “hippy dippy” or new age (I’ve heard it all before) but hey, don’t knock it ’til you try it.

If I’ve still got your attention, thanks again from the bottom of my heart. I am super excited to get going, and I hope you are too!

XO,

S