Wednesday, March 6, 2013


A person can collect energy from several different levels of vibrations–including color–that are utilized in various parts of the body. Throughout our body we have main energy centers, which are connected to major organs or glands that govern other body parts. Each of these main energy centers are referred to as chakra–chakra is a Sanskrit word which means wheel. A chakra is a wheel-like spinning vortex that whirls in a circular motion forming a vacuum in the center that draws in anything it encounters on its particular vibratory level.

It is said that our body contains hundred of chakras that are the key to the operation of our being. These “spinning wheels” draw-in coded information from our surroundings. Coded information can be anything from a color vibration to ultra-violet ray to a radio or micro wave to another person’s aura. In essence our chakras receive the health of our environment, including the people we are in contact with (that’s why other people’s moods have an affect on us!). As well our chakras also radiate an energy of vibration.

It is also believed that we have seven main chakra centers and that each main center is connected to our being on several different levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. On the physical level each chakra governs a main organ or gland, which is then connected to other body parts that resonate the same frequency.

Every organ, gland and body system is connected to a chakra and each chakra is connected to a color vibrational frequency. For example, the heart chakra governs the thymus gland and it is also in charge of the functioning of the heart organ, lungs, bronchia system, lymph glands, secondary circulatory system, immune system as well as the arm and hands. And the heart chakra resonates to the color green.

The seven main chakra centers are aligned along the spinal column. If there are disturbances on any level, this shows in the chakra’s vitality level. Also each of the seven main chakras is their own intelligence center. This means that each chakra is not only associated with our physical health but also controls aspects connected to our emotional, mental and belief system.
To help balance a chakra–whether on an emotional, intellectual, physical or spiritual level–we need to bring in the chakra (color) vibration, which resonates at the same frequency.

In the study of the anatomy of the aura it is important to understand the significance of the chakra system and the language of colors expressed in the aura.

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Snap, Pop n' Lock OR Snap, Pop n' Rock

The name of our signature hip hop dance fitness class is created to honor one of our favorite childhood cereals 'Rice Crispy's tagline 'Snap, Crackle, Pop'.

The name was created before the structure of the class was formed.  The fact that the name 'Snap' coincides with my dance name SnapShot and 'Pop' with WandeePop is all divine rhythms.  So people can stop asking who is 'Lock'   LOL

Using 'Lock' was the perfect style to include in the name because it is the Funk Styles we teach in conjunction with our Freestyle Party Dancing and Rocking.  But we are NOT masters of Locking.  We learned Locking Basics from the Original Lockers and creator Don Campbellock and Don Campbellock Jr., as well as Skeeter Rabbit (RIP), Jazzy Jay and Sugar Pop.  

Our initial Locking influences are Mr. Wiggles and PopMaster Fable before we had the women's influences in Breakin 1 & 2 with Anna 'LoliPop' Sanchez and Toni Basil.  So for those who want to learn the Funk Style of Locking that was born in California please follow one of these instructors, as well as Shabba Doo, Original Lockers.

Locking is not a major part of our class structure, but we do perform Locking drills to help with Points, Wrist Rolls, Angles, Locks and Scoops.  It's a dope funky style, like popping, that paved the way for the Funk Styles explosion out of Cali that influenced the Hip Hop Culture on the East Coast.

WandeePop and I teach what we learned growing up in the Bronx too keep the authenticity of who we are, which is why we are officially changing the name to Snap, Pop n' Rock.  We are pioneer BGirls from the 80's representing Hip Hop Party Dancing Style with a taste of Rocking and Popping (Boogaloo and Electric Boogie).

Rocking is the official original Hip Hop style from the Bronx that we rocked in the jams.  We loved to get down.  It derives from Latin Inspired Dances such as: Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Boogaloo and Mambo.


Deepak Chopra's 21-Day Meditation Challenge March 2013

Deepak Chopra's
21-Day Meditation Challenge for March 2013

Join Tru Essencia's Stillness Community on March 11 for a transformational three-week guided meditation journey toward the triad of whole wellness—mind, body, and spirit. In Deepak Chopra's interactive online program, we invite you to meditate and journal with us each day to embrace the vision of your best self, expand your understanding of your miraculous body, and achieve greater balance and wellbeing. 

We encourage you to register now for this all-new 21-Day Meditation Challenge—Perfect Health. It’s free to participate and Deepak will be your guides each day as together we discover how to recognize our body’s natural perfection and leverage its inherent wisdom. 

Please give yourself this gift with infinite benefits and sign up today HERE. We look forward to an amazing three weeks together!

For those participating please share your experiences with Tru Essencia on our Blog.
Deepak Chopra Meditaions
Tru Essencia invites you to join our Stillness Community where we will share these and more Stillness experiences Together.  If this is something you have never tried before and you are curious to give it a go please send us an Email.  Or if you are skeptical and have attempted Stillness before and it just did nothing for you please send us an Email and share your thoughts.  We are here for anyone and everyone who may have questions, comments or concerns.

Stillness is not a Religion.  It's a Powerful Practice of spending quality time with yourself: Mind Body Heart Soul Spirit

Please Share your Thoughts on your Meditations with Tru Essencia Below.  We would love to share with you;-)

The Anubis Oracle by Nicki Scully

The Anubis Oracle
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The Anubis Oracle is a guide to the inner workings of the soul. It is also a guide to Inner Egypt and the shamanic mysteries of Egypt that live within us. Inner Egypt is a place of mystery, roots, ancestral wisdom, and love-home of the neteru, the deities of the Egyptian pantheon, who can guide us to the answers we seek today in our personal lives and our outer world.
The full-color deck contains a Key Card, a card for each of the 22 deities and 4 elements, and 8 composite cards that portray several deities together. These composites represent 8 major portals of initiation and complex archetypal relationships. The accompanying book provides detailed interpretations for each card and instructions for 8 divinatory spreads that include entering into the mystery, achieving higher love and wisdom, and identifying our sacred purpose. By divining with the neteru, the shaman within awakens. This allows the neteru to reveal the answers we seek in our personal lives and in our interactions with the world by connecting us with the wisdom, guidance, and shamanic mysteries of Egypt that live within us.
Many cultures and traditions have used oracular devices such as cards, shells, corn, stones, bones, water, mirrors, and a myriad of other tools to elicit a response from spirit. Tarot is a modern interpretation of the ancient oracle that connected the ancestors to the divine original source. Although here we sometimes use the language of tarot, the Anubis Oracle is an emerging new form that is more closely related to an ancient pre-tarot paradigm. This oracle is an elder of modern-day tarot.
The Anubis Oracle is a companion to the recently released book, Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt, Awakening the Healing Power of the Heart. Both contain stand-alone information about the ancient neteru of Egypt, and each offers a unique set of direct experiences related to the Egyptian mysteries. Shamanic Mysteries of Egyptis a series of rites of passage that help us remember our true nature as divine humans with sacred purpose. It provides rituals, meditations, and rites of passage that allow the reader to meet his or her personal and planetary challenges with grace, wisdom, and love. The shamanic initiations provided are invoked, directly experienced, and transformed into embodied wisdom that awakens consciousness and illumines the intelligence of the heart.

About the Authors of The Anubis Oracle

Nicki Scully, who has taught Egyptian mysteries since 1983, lectures worldwide and specializes in spiritual tours to sacred sites. She is the founder of Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. and theAlchemical Healing Academy. The author of Power Animal Meditations and Alchemical Healing, she lives in Oregon.
Linda Star Wolf, founder of Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts, has led transformational workshops worldwide since 1984. She lives in North Carolina. Scully and Star Wolf are co-authors of Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt.
Kris Waldherr is an illustrator, author, and creator of several oracle sets, including The Goddess TarotThe Lover's Path Tarot, and The Goddess Inspiration Oracle. She lives in New York.
The Anubis Oracle is published by Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.
Click here to see more Inner Traditions books.
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Releasing the past ~ Appreciating the Present ~ Dream Seeding the Future

Love Angel Journey
Wandee 'WandeePop' Candelario

My spiritual awakening has helped me realize the potential I have in every aspect of my life. I'm making better decisions in my personal life, business, and I've been blessed to tap into a whole other level of creativity. Since I started my journey... the enlightenment of my awakening has me thinking more on how the cause and effect of my energy and attitude affects others. It's all up to me to send the positive energy out into the universe, so in turn I can receive the same magical energy.

I can truly say at this point in my life my heart, mind, body and soul are connected the lightness I feel is like no other. I used to feel angry all the time, used to feel such heaviness like I was carrying the weight of the world on my back. This no longer is so!! Each day is a learning experience a blessed day. It allows me to drop off a little of that luggage each day.
The load is lighter and my energy is calmer more loving and open. Opened to a new way of life a new beginning, loving caring giving non-judgmental life.

I wake up each morning thanking creator for the beautiful blessings of the day. The glorious wondrous day that is ahead for me.

So I take a few steps to help protect and conserve my positive energy.
When I wake up in the morning I take 3 deep cleansing breathes.
Say a prayer of gratitude.
Send positive energy out to my family, friends, and community.
Make sure to smile before I get out of bed.
Connecting with like minded individuals
Visualizing everything in the light with clarity.
Whenever something feels heavy taking deep breaths inhaling through your nose and exhaling out the mouth helps to ground you, it may vary you may at times need to take 3 or 4 deep breaths, or you may feel like you need more. There is no wrong way; the point is to be mindful and take the time out to breathe.
For tips on Breathing Techniques read January's Newsletter Article,                              Balance Your Energy Wellbeing

The steps are very easy like everything… you need to practice and make it a part of your everyday life. That is the key factor to continue to work that power; the power of our energy spirit… doing this will ensure the exercise if feeding our spirit, is what you choose to do. We all get so busy trying to take care of others, and sometimes just our physical outer shell, we often forget to feed the soul and our spirit. Making the connections for Mind, Body, Heart, Soul, Spirit with health and wellness is one of the most amazing transformations I am witnessing and going through.

This formula has helped me heal negative energy, allowed me to remove the toxins right out of my system. It hasn’t been easy but it’s been well worth it. The journey took me through a very long hibernation period, and sometimes even the feeling of being silent and still.

Some folks didn’t understand. Those I thought were my friends, so I lost a few. I am totally okay with that cause I am not judging them for not understanding my journey. It was and still is a very necessary path I need to continue on.

Others embraced me and allowed the space and the room to do what was necessary at the time. These are the folks that I have bonded with on a whole other level spiritually.
These are the folks I am happy to have in my life and for their non-stop support and LOVE! They’ve allowed me the space to transition into the real me. A more approachable, less standoffish, non-judgmental human-being, I am a woman that is thriving to help support, encourage, empowerment and honor the newfound way of light!

Part of the LIGHT path journey is accepting all that comes along with transformations, changes, and the different levels energy that all come into play. So where there is light, there is darkness and sometimes even the gray side. So please be mindful of this and always make your way back to the LIGHT!

Using the balance of it all combined the light the dark and even the gray area is needed too. Understanding and knowing not to stay in the dark or heavy area for to long will take some time but it is doable cause we are given some many blessings on a day-to-day basis. It is very important to show gratitude and give thanks.

So I am continuing to work on the following: Releasing the past ~ Appreciating the Present ~ Dream Seeding the Future

Sending Blessing Peace Love and Light!
To be continued

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hip Hop Dance Related Injuries: Back Strength

Mind, Body, Heart, Soul, Spirit

In our November 2010 Newsletter I wrote about my experiences with knee injuries. What not to do and how to strengthen your knee joints and muscles as well as knee injury prevention. If you missed it.. check it out Knee Injuries

Now I will share my experiences with lower back pain and muscle spasms.
I am no stranger to injuries related to dance or everyday stress. I learned through experience what NOT to do. Starting with:

Again the all faithful Improper Warm-Up and Stretching
I can not stress this enough how important it is to properly warm-up and stretch for ultimate flexibility and overall wellness.

But this time I was in the middle of teaching our Snap, Pop n' Rock Bootcamp Challenge Fitness Warm-up and possibly attempted a stretch my body was not thoroughly warmed up for and I over did it. But of course other factors in conjunction made for a not so great experience. I was coming out of a strength move into a stretching move and extended my back too far too fast and I felt my back right away, but I assumed holding the position would alleviate whatever pain or burning session I felt. When I stood up i knew something was not right, but I kept teaching a class full of students that I did not want to disappoint. By the end of class when all the students left the room I hit the floor to lay flat thinking I can stretch out the burning and cramping I felt. As I waited for my Boyfriend, Stan to pick me up that day WandeePop waited with me more concerned than I was. i did not know how sever the injury was. By the time I got home to lay on my bed is when I had the first spam and was bed ridden for a week. The spasms were the worse pain I ever felt. I could barely move.

Talk about humbling, but it gave me time to re-evaluate situations in my life i was dealing with at the time.

As a private trainer I use my experiences to help my clients and students. A thorough total body warm up is necessary starting with low impact to medium then to high with a moderate paced stretching routine. Of course that is wellness 101 but there is nothing like going through the experience of what NOT to do.

Always listen to your body it will NOT lie to you.

Lack of Strength Training
Before my injury I remember thinking I had to get back to the gym. It had been at least a month that I did not strength train thinking the calisthenics i perform in class would be enough to maintain my body strength. As we get older we need to protect our bodies from bone loss.. what protects our bones?...Muscle, what protects muscle?... Plenty of Protein Intake, Strength and Flexibility Training. In my opinion, Calisthenics and/or cardio only workouts alone will not do it. Everyone needs to strength train for overall well-being.

Lack of Sleep and Proper Nutrition
Needless to say I did not eat well that day and did not have restful REM sleep the night before, plus lack of proper hydration. Meaning.. if you are drinking water because you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. Proper hydration and nutrition starts from the night before your activities for the next day and it should be properly filtered, alkaline water with electrolytes. Nutrition does not mean fatty fried foods, processed meats or 'so-called enriched foods you get at your local market. Just because the FDA gives it the sign of approval does not mean it's good for you. Educate yourself.

Plus the day of my injury, I was rushing into the city Not to be late for class, which added extra stress...

The number one killer! Mental, Emotional, Physical, Financial, my overall spirit was stressed out. I was laid off from my job, father passed away, trying to figure out my life, arguing with my BF.. you name it.. it was going on for months prior to my injury.. My body was speaking to me as the last straw. I needed to wake up quick because it was making me physically ill.

Vices (A Bad Habit)
We all have them from; eating too much.. not eating enough.. addictions, fatty foods, drinking alcohol, smoking.. etc. Take all of these things into account as well.

I believe in a life of balance. If something is not working for you get rid of it or if you are a person that enjoys a glass of wine/alcohol with dinner every night.. balance it out with a glass of water so you are releasing those toxins and cut it down to 1-2 glasses of alcohol. I do not judge anyone's vices, but if it is interfering with your growth, focus or harming others.. Get Rid of it! Too much of something is NOT good, balance it out to moderation.

My Healing
My healing process was challenging, but rewarding.. and it is daily work. Not only physical work, but mental and spiritual. Injury prevention is an everyday process. When you are injured it's your wake up call to implement a daily regime that will cater to your well-being. Believe me it has taken me many years to get it together and realize you can not nurse it when you have it then forget about it afterwards. Wellness is a life choice, a lifestyle not a phase. You have to conscientiously make the decision to want more, be better, stronger and consistent.

At this point we can all agree that injury prevention method has the same ingredients. All natural-pathetic elements from Mother Earth that our higher source gave us when this planet was created. How did our ancestors survive?

Conventional Medicine is not the first place i run to unless absolutely necessary, like an emergency.

So here is my Top 6 list on what helped me Heal. These essentials are what I use today to heal my knee and back injuries. I will NOT recommend anything I do not use and anything that does not work for me and my clients.

Baby Step it. Some things may or may not be available to you right now. Start with what works for you and move forward from there.

My Top 6 Hip Hop Dance Injury Prevention Methods
1. Thoughts ~ Words ~ Actions:  After much Reflection, Observation, Stillness, Steadfast and Perseverance through my journey.  This was and is the number one cause of All injuries, illnesses, anxieties etc..  This is my recent update to this article and I added this as the number 1 because it is through my personal experience.  My Heart Angel Journey has led me to this ultimate conclusion.  Testimony of my painful injuries is how i help teach, educate and train my clients and students to self: 

Reflect:  What are you thinking, saying and doing that is interfering with your progress and creating energy blockages within your body, mind, heart, soul and spirit.
Obeserve:  How your thoughts, words and actions affect others around you.
Stillness: of the mind and focus on your breath and connection to high self to absorb the wisdom.
Steadfast: in making the necessary changes to release the blocked energy.
Perseverance: within your life as the Universe Opens Up to your every desire and manifestations.

2. Nutrition and Hydration: The most important element for injury prevention. Eating for pleasure is fun for sure, but at some point you have to add eating for fuel and energy into your nutritional plan of life and NOT a diet plan. Diet plans do not work! Remember it's a lifestyle change not a phase or fad or temporary fix. In conjunction with your nutrition are the Herbs, Spices and Essential Oils that you cook with, use as ointments and therapies for the body.

WandeePop created her Herb Ready Tea Packs; immune booster and bone repair teas for me during the healing process. They helped me tremendously and I learned more about what my body requires for proper function. For more details on Herb Ready Tea PAcks please contact WandeePOP for info and rates.

Hydration should be one ounce of water for half your body weight: ex: a 130lbs woman should consume 65 ounces of water per day on average. Meaning if you are an active person you should consume your body weight. Water is a natural diuretic and releases harmful free radical toxins from your body.

3. Rest: There are 5 stages of sleep the 5th being your REM, dream state. We cycle stages 2, 3, 4 & 5 at least 4 times a night. Sleep is also when our cells are repaired. So a minimum of 6 hours per evening is required. Preferably in one nights sleep. We get the most cell, mind and body repair during meditation. Which will be another topic i cover in the next newsletter.

4. Strength Training/Cardio/Flexibility: Back strengthening workouts, Stability of your core; Abdominals and Lower Back is crucial for functional living. Everything you do in life and the gym requires core strength.

Back Strengthening Workout Recommendations:
With isolation and compound movements like back extensions, deadlifts, SuperMans, Planks, Good mornings you are off to a great start. For more details and if you are interested in a personal workout plan please contact SnapShot for info and rates.

Another great tool for me during my recovery is the Foam Roller: It can be used to enhance balance, body awareness, muscle re-education, flexibility, myofacial release and dynamic strength. Dense foam construction of rolls provides firm support for all body types. Foam rollers are an essential tool for core abdominal, back stabilization and strengthening. Foam rollers are used as a balance training tool to improve balance for sports and everyday exercises. They are also an excellent aid for self massage of the upper and lower back, calf, hamstring, glutes and quads.

Cardiovascular Exercise is important, especially before you begin any strength training workouts. A proper cardio warmup should last a minimum of 10 minutes to properly elevated your heart rate and prepare your body for more intense exercises.

Basic Stretching and Yoga everyday, sometimes twice a day is recommended if you are already injured. When i wake up i perform my basic stretches for at least 10mins to prepare my body for the days activities. Then later during my workout I do a more in depth stretch because my body is already warmed up. If i am teaching that day I am stretching three times a day. By the time i get home I listen to my body and if i need another dose i will do my at home yoga DVD for 30mins.

Steam Room: Helped me big time with my healing. During my process the cardio alone was not enough to warm up my body for an adequate stretch because i did not have my complete range of motion yet. So I would stretch in the steam room.

5. Magnetics: One of Mother Earth important elements to our survival. Magnetic energy is part of the natural environment for all living things. Earth's magnetic field is also recognized as a protective barrier against dangerous radiation from space.

All life, be it plant life, animal life or human life, exists in and responds to the magnetic field of the Earth. It should be made clear that using magnets themselves do not heal or cure, rather using magnetic energy provides the body with the necessary ingredients it needs to repair itself. We live on a big magnet called the earth and every individual on the earth has been exposed to and has benefited from the earth's natural magnetic energy fields. It's healthy and necessary to sustain life on earth.

Clinical studies have indicated that magnets hold promise in the development of new, scientific approaches to many of the challenges of modern life. Some people using these self care health magnets are getting results and relief within minutes, hours, or in just a few days, from head, neck, shoulders, back, wrist, elbow, knee, ankle and foot problems. Many people with more serious health problems are having their discomfort eased.

Another benefit many people receive from these health magnets is an increase in energy though out the day.

For a moment think about your family or friends, a health problem they may have, whether it is minor or severe. There have been years and years of research to prove that people benefit from this technology. Today, millions of people around the world are feeling better because of health magnets.

A week after my injury i discovered magnetics through a highly recommended company. i participated in a webinar they were conducting and i was convinced. It was not the first time i heard about magnetism. i read a book a year before called 'Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About' and he mentioned the amazing benefits.

I was in pain and would have done anything to help my situation so I ordered their magnetic insoles for my knee therapy/feet pain and magnetic back pad to start. i was soo anxious to see if this would work for me. i was going to acupuncture but I needed more for the in between visits that were getting costly and i had no insurance. I also had a very important dance performance coming up within weeks and i needed to heal.

Needless to say i was amazed. Within days of receiving the magnetics and wearing them everyday my pain was gone and I was on stage performing as if I was not ever injured.
PLEASE NOTE: Duration of healing when wearing magnetics varies depending on how hydrated your body is. Water is the conduit that attracts magnetism so if you are using them and they are not working well for you, you may want to increase your water intake. They work better in conjunction with all the other steps i mention in this article.

6. More Natural Pathic Techniques
Deep Muscle/Thai Massage: Painful, but gets into the muscle tissue to alleviate energy, inflammation, soreness, toxins and knots we develop that cause tension and stress.

Acupuncture: A technique of oriental medicine performed only by licensed health care providers. Fine needles are inserted into the body at specific points to induce anesthesia, relieve pain, or to treat other various disorders. Is based on Chinese traditional medicine for the purpose of stimulating healing. This practice is believed to promote the healthy flow of "Qi" or life force, through the body.