A Conversation With a Witch.

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I never really gave witchcraft much thought, and even scoffed at it, until eight years ago someone buried my picture in a Mexican Cemetery. It was eye opening, bone chilling and crazy. I was quickly involved in several unrelated freak accidents. I also caught dengue fever, was fired from my job along with eleven others without reason and was left stranded in Mexico without money or a home. The dark energy hit me hard. I felt it, and it’s weight pulled on me like quicksand for months. Nothing like these events had ever happened to me before, so I began to believe in the ability of manipulating energies.

Hopefully everyone had a fun and safe holiday this last weekend. This year dressing up just didn’t happen in my world. No partying either, really. My Dia de Los Muertos was spent talking with a Witch.

The playground where magic takes place is in darkness, just like tonight. Lola, a beautiful Latin American woman, spoke of her enchanting past. She began learning magic from her ancestors. It started with black and white magic. Alchemy resulted in a balance of practicing the two. The intuitive skills, sensitivity towards energies and ancient knowledge has been passed down through generations.

Black magic entails casting spells. At times, it is with the intention of causing harm to someone, but not all black magic is bad. It is often used in ceremonies to aid in the transition from life to death. It is also utilized in calming chaos and purifying spaces. Both spells for black magic and white magic have consequences. Practicing both forms can parallel the balance of loving both the light sides of our existence as well as our shadows.

White magic is generally practiced for healing and health, to find or strengthen the bond of friendship, and to find truth. (Who’s the fairest of them all?) Other uses of white magic are for defense, to decode dreams, to manifest peace and to ward off other spells. Lola’s supernatural practice is for self-healing and to purify her own space. Alchemy is a tool to dig into deep layers of one’s self, finding the root of illness and stress. If she heals her surroundings (her body, her home) people on the same frequency are attracted like magnets and subconsciously also healed.

Our conversation led me to think about things I’ve never pondered before. Here’s inspiration from a witch.

All Energy Can Be Applied to Amplify Life

What does it mean to apply all energy towards amplifying our lives? How much energy is all of it? Lola exists and makes moves very conscious of her actions and the possible reactions or consequences. She describes a bedtime meditation involving visualizing goals and aspirations before falling asleep. Through this, she manages to maintain complete consciousness throughout the sleep cycles. It’s as if she observes herself rest. She can wake up at any moment and even choose the level of restoration she receives overnight. She also visualizes the things she wants to bring to her life in the future, dedicating herself to searching for spiritual advancement by focusing on abundant positivity in her life before sleep.

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In the beginning, Lola wondered if she was crazy or super cognizant. When she realized with practice she could refine these skills, her life was flooded with meaning and purpose. “When someone recognizes they are a force of power they can choose their life’s meaning.” She explained. “We create our realities as bizarre as they may flow. We can be anyone and we can do anything.”

Information Has Historically Arrived Through Space Teaching Us How To Continue Life.

Ideas come and go in our minds and we often think nothing of where they come from or where they go. These little messages are the universe speaking to us. One example is the cosmos saying long ago ‘be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 9:7) because that was what was needed at the time for life to continue. Today, many women no longer feel the ‘ticking clock’ or internal drive to be a mother. The world is overpopulated and over polluted; right now we don’t need to multiply, we need to conserve and live lightly. Lola believes this shift is the universe’s great wisdom infiltrating our minds as a necessary step for continuing life as the human race.

We Are The Architects Of Our Own Destiny. Allow Self-Change.

“The divinity inside of your heart could be from a shooting star, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Allah, etc. They were all great teachers that taught love and unity, not separation. Yoga, like magic, is an instrument to guide our path towards the light.” The words she spoke gracefully spilled into our space. This information, like all information, is available for the taking if we want the learning path that accompanies it.

Through the evening air, sweet smell of incense moved from the glowing ember, flowing in around us. Lola, sat at the handmade wooden table across from me, her eyes twinkled in the candle glow. We both sipped hot mugs of chamomile tea with Yucatan honey pondering the strength of our divine power— the divine power inside of all of us.

Lola’s Dia de Los Muertos advice for us: Direct your energy towards amplifying life, use the universe as the space to make your dreams come true. Listen to the subtle voice within, and allow yourself to change while creating your destiny.


standoutMatilda fricking loves sharing interesting things she stumbles across. Floating through life like Forrest Gump’s feather she moves from place to place. Happily she finds herself in Mexico often and can’t et enough of the culture — the people, the food, the language, the traditions — it’s so beautiful! If you dug this article, you will probably get a kick out of my book, Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe — Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi.

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OM Fest – Connecting with Ancient Spirituality

Fernando Molina of Ananda Yoga made an amazing observation in his enlightening lecture on “The New Yoga” during OM Fest in the Mayan Riviera. He pointed out that yoga festivals are where union is even more apparent because the variety of different styles of yoga come together creating a community of peace, healing and light!

OmFest3This is exactly the experience OM Fest delivered! From the most spiritual kundalini session I’ve experienced to waving our hands in the air and clapping during a vinyasa flow with MC YOGI, we truly saw many yogic methods from the hearts of mindful leaders united together as a community of love!

Similar to other yoga festivals I’ve been to, my spirit is on fire in the afterglow of OM Fest. Bliss shines through me, my smile is ear to ear, and I feel great about myself, my job, my relationships, and I have hope for the rest of the world’s crises, too!

OM Fest is the first international festival I’ve attended and the first festival I’ve taught at. Several very special elements made OM Fest unique.

map1The ancient civilization of the Yucatan are the Mayan people who created one of the most developed and sophisticated cultures in the Western Hemisphere pre-Christopher Columbus’s ‘discovery’. The Mayans were very spiritual beings worshiping primarily gods of nature. Their sun god, Kinich Ahau, their rain god, Chaac, and their earth god Ah Uuc Ticab.

What does this have to do with OM Fest? Our gathering took place at historically one of the most spiritual ancient regions in the world, and that divine energy was prevalent. For thousands of years the people of this area have been connected. Connected to nature, connected to time and space, and connected with themselves. They predicted eclipses and built majestic temples aligned with longitude and latitude lines that cast shadows of snakes only during the equinox. The Mayan ancestors were in touch with everything.

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MC Yogi and I 😀

Amazing teachers, spiritual healers, and peace givers came together with beautiful worldly intentions. Best part is OM Fest is a place where intimate connections flourish! Who doesn’t want a chance to get one on one time with amazing teachers?

Claudine Lecorre took us on a path through a striking visualization before teaching a Kundalini class on strengthening the nervous system. Someway, somehow in working Kundalini up the spine through breath we encountered Zen. Victor Varana taught Kalam-Balam— The Path of the Snake and the Jaguar tying the ancient knowledge both to the practice in our minds as well as for our bodies. Combining methods from two of his passions, yoga and Aikido, he moved us through honestly the most unique sequence I’ve probably ever experienced. Olga Lingard shared her sweet spirit and knowledge of Anusara in an astonishing workshop where hard energetic work pays off with deep relaxation.

Omfest2We practiced balance in Michael Gannon’s Ashtanga workshop, we practiced trusting each other in Marina Barberena and Eliu Flores’s Acro Yoga class, and we practiced connecting to nature in SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga with Kat Carroll and Itzel Olvera.

Paul King gave an enchanting Iyengar practice that freed my muscles and my spirit. Ayurvedic conferences taught us how we can heal our selves by living well. We gazed inwards with Antonela Roselli as she dug deep within Pratyhara, one part of the eight limbs of yoga that doesn’t get very much attention in North America. We opened hips and hearts. We played like children during laughter yoga, and we slept like babies after sound therapy by Shaman Ahau.

OmFest1Until living in the Mayan Riveria, I hadn’t given much thought to our ancestors or ancient spirituality. Another aspect I hadn’t given much thought to is the effect that music has on our bodies. Since we are such a huge percent water, vibrations have a subconscious effect on us. From beautiful ringing Tibetan singing bowls to the sweet lullabies from Paloma Devi, from Ale Sai of the musical team Moksha chanting ‘Om Namaha Shivaya’ to MC YOGI’s mantras—it was all there! Dancing barefoot in all areas is accepted, encouraged and inevitable. Inda and Yani’s angelic voices chanting mantra sent healing energy through the roof! Smiles twirled as hips swayed. Culturally, these people know how to have a great time. #IMoveLikeAGringa

Another great aspect accompanying the sacred tones was the captivating art! Amanda Giacomini, a remarkable artist was gracious enough to share a copy of three paintings of Shiva, Hanuman and Lakshmi with everyone. Mandalas of all sorts of colors and sizes were displayed. Siri Nath Kaur even taught a Kundalini class on Awakening our Creative Power. Positivity and love flowed freely. I still feel the energy of everyone giving and receiving!

International yoga with international students and international teachers brings international ideas. This kind of variety just doesn’t exist in the festivals I’ve participated in before. (Which is fine, they are aimed at different demographics, I loved those festivals too, and all yoga is good yoga!) OM Fest was refreshing, inviting, welcoming, healing and uplifting all at once! What an event!

All of the traits of OM Fest have made a lasting impression on my heart, and it’s already reflected so brightly in my life and my relationships! I feel it’s added a sense of being well-rounded to my yoga practice. I have found meditation easier to come by and more enjoyable to stay in. I couldn’t be more thrilled with this weekend and hope everyone gets the opportunity to attend such an event! Like OM Fest on FB to receive OM Fest 2015 information as it becomes available. And if you are looking for a spiritual escape close to home, please consider the Mayan Riveria for one of your next adventures. It’s sure to please!


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Matilda frickin’ loves sharing the positive things she stumbles across in life! In addition to silly blogsyummy organic recipes and reviews, Matilda writes for elephant journal and is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Check it out and follow me around ;). 

Eff You, Wikipedia, for Acting Like Free Media

Just hearing the nasty little word ‘diet’ makes my jaw tight with anxiety and my mind crave donuts.

I searched ‘diet’. The first page of results reveals an intense and lucrative industry. The Atkins Diet, The 3 Day Diet, Biggest Loser Diet, DHEA Supplements, South Beach Diet, Drop 30 Lbs in 30 Days. There is a plethora of diet related information available. We can learn anything from the 10 Skinny Cocktails to a list of the Best Diets in 2014.

One can find anything one wants to know on the internet, right?… Free media?

I was perusing the web, researching diets and the idea of dieting, fully prepared to state what’s already been stated. How it’s a four-letter word and the amount of misinformation available is saddening. Why diets don’t work and that the Diet Industry makes a lot of money with super magical weight loss pills or flavored shakes that serve only one purpose… to make money (continuously… if they succeeded in making someone thin they would lose that customer.)

This article isn’t about diets anymore. It’s about free media.

Wikipedia has an interesting perspective. In the introduction for Nutritional Diets, the top part that can’t seem to be edited displays a picture subtitled “A selection of foods consumed by humans.” Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 5.31.45 PM

Really?!? That’s the example we are going to give people who are actually trying to research nutrition? In addition to tulips, we see muffins, nuts, grains, more nuts, more grains, all carbs… Are the items in the bottom right corner yams, bread or fish?… I can’t tell. Yes, in the photo someone chose to be our example for ‘a selection of foods consumed by humans’ we see veggies and fruits as mere garnishes. Half a strawberry and several slices of lemon aren’t enough to provide the vitamins our bodies need.

Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 5.39.32 PMI’m going to click this picture and see if I can replace it with one full of a variety of fruits and veggies, I thought to myself.

Nope, sure can’t change it but we find that this terrible example of what humans should eat was kindly released by the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hmmm, interesting.

Later, we read, “Proper nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, and food energy in the form of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.” WTF?!? Carbohydrates, proteins and fats?! Now I’m kinda’ getting frustrated. We are supposed to absorb vitamins and minerals from just carbs, proteins, and fats?! Fruits and vegetables isn’t even going to be mentioned? What about ‘organic’ or ‘nutrient dense’ Seriously!? You’ve got to be kidding me. Who wrote this?Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 5.46.08 PM

“There is no consensus on what constitutes a healthy diet.” Shut the FRONT DOOR! How is there no consensus? Who was asked? I bet if you solicit about a hundred yoga teachers or practitioners of Eastern Medicine about nutrition you will get a frickin’ consensus. I call bull-shit!

Even free media isn’t free. Just as we have to be mindful of the things we consume as food, we have to be mindful of the information we consume. The lack of information and misinformation is vast because nobody makes profit off of people being well. I really enjoy the documentaries A Beautiful Truth and Hungry For Change, the information in these films jumpstarted my interest in nutrition.

Free media is the biggest joke of all. Regarding proper human nutrition, there is a consensus. Enjoyable articles on elephant journal and mindbodygreen often give excellent recipes, healthy ideas, and ayurvedic methods. Processed or not makes a difference. Chemical additives like msg, artificial colors and flavors, and preservatives are historically completely foreign to our bodies. No wonder we can’t process them. P.S. The chemicals in artificial food interact with our cerebral chemical makeup making us just a little (or a lot) crazy. Read about how diet effects ADHD here.

A nutritional ‘Diet’ is defined as the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group. When one speaks of a giraffe’s diet, they are speaking about what a giraffe eats throughout its life, not what the giraffe ate to get ready for swimsuit season or that family gathering where there will be tons of photos taken. Hazaa! It’s not supposed to be a three day, 4 week, year long or segmented regimen at all! It’s the sum of what we consume, the prana for life. Our cells regenerate with the nutrients we provide them… and I just don’t think tulips and carbs are gunna’ cut it.

Eff you, Wikipedia, for acting like free media.

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Matilda began introspection and soul work several years ago. She fell in love with yoga during a miserable low point in life. Job sucked, relationship sucked, and when push came to shove she didn’t like herself all that much. She felt she was on the fast track towards a mundane life. Searching for something positive to be a part of, Matilda impulsively purchased six months unlimited at the yoga studio. There she found something she didn’t realize was lost… herself. Yoga- something so simple, yet so complex changed everything.

Matilda is a sultry storyteller. In addition to silly blogs, yummy healthy recipes and reviews, Matilda is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Follow her for more beautiful short stories, compilations of risky and seductive encounters paired with tasteful karma.

DIY Organic Toothpaste (Fluoride = Icky Eeww Gross!)

stretchOne of my favorite parts of being a yoga teacher is that many people ask me for advice on all sorts of issues. (Some other professionals in other areas like doctors or physiotherapists dislike being asked for free advice. I LOVE IT!) Clients, friends and family tend to all ask the same root question in their search for peace, health and happiness.

“What steps can I take to be good to myself?” they ask phrased in a plethora of ways.

It’s that simple. Being good to ourselves results in happiness and health.

‘Good to ourselves’ doesn’t mean treating ourselves to shopping or bags of chips. In this sense it means actually giving your body the nutrients you know it needs regardless of money, actually giving your body the time it needs for rest and exercise, regardless of money, and to give your spirit the opportunities to let go of everything— especially the attachment to money. (Uggg… Something I’m working on!)

The information is already inside of each of us but we have fallen out of practice with listening to our selves. You know what you need! Maybe its different from want, or maybe what you need is the same as what you want. Have you asked through your own words what steps you can take to be good to yourself? Start listening to you. You deserve it and you can allow yourself to feel well by treating yourself well.

When we are good to ourselves, we feel better, we are happier and we treat others better.

A step I guarantee will make you feel better and be happier is ensuring you don’t consume or absorb fluoride. Check out this video 10 Truths About Fluoride. It’s a must see!

Whew. That video is crazy, right?! Here is an article I like on how to remove fluoride from your water. Teaser: Brita and Pur filters don’t cut it.

Just altering two tiny parts of the morning routine will change your life! It’s quick, easy, you’ll save money, create less waste, and feel better! Eliminating fluoride from your prana will not only benefit your dental health, but the health of your whole system increases. The difference is notable!

DIY Toothpaste Recipe

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No more boxes, no more tubes, no more flavors, colors, sweeteners, chemicals and no more fluoride! 😀

What you need:

-Small glass container or jar (Abundantly found at thrift stores!)

-Organic virgin coconut oil (Most detailed article on coconut oil types. Great table in the conclusion.)

-Baking Soda

-Tea Tree, Eucalyptus or Peppermint Essential Oil

Directions:

Put roughly equal parts coconut oil and baking soda together in your cute glass jar. I like to put the oil in first because the baking soda gets stuck in the corners.

Add 15-25 drops of the essential oil of your choice depending on the size of your jar and your personal taste preferences.

Shake or stir depending on your oil’s consistency. I live abroad at the moment. Packages come in Spanish and the coconut oil never gets solid, but I love my drippy DIY toothpaste just the same. If you are in colder climates, oil may be opaque and thicker but it still mixes with baking soda easily.

Creating your own toothpaste produces less garbage, costs less money, and the fluoride stays far away! Using fluoride free floss is also important. The second unnecessary fluoride morning routine is swishing with mouthwash.

For a mouthwash alternative, check out the incredible benefits of oil pulling!

What’s your favorite DIY toothpaste flavor? Catch a typo? Comments below! 🙂


Matilda began introspection and soul work several years ago. She fell in love with yoga during a miserable low point inMatilda life. Job sucked, relationship sucked, and when push came to shove she didn’t like herself all that much. She felt she was on the fast track towards a mundane life. Searching for something positive to be a part of, Matilda impulsively purchased six months unlimited at the yoga studio. There she found something she didn’t realize was lost… herself. Yoga- something so simple, yet so complex changed everything.

Matilda is a sultry storyteller. In addition to silly blogs, yummy healthy recipes and reviews, Matilda is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Follow her for more beautiful short stories, compilations of risky and seductive encounters paired with tasteful karma.


Ponder Your Purpose, Your Passion and Your Potential.

eagleyogafest1With Eagle Yogafest just a week away I’ve been pondering how profound Yogafest was in my life. Yoga festivals in general are wonderful experiences where the ‘yoga retreat’ comes to you. A welcoming atmosphere full of happiness and healing fills the autumn air in quaint Eagle, Colorado. This is a time to find a closer connection to your True Nature.

eagleyogafest4In reflecting, there are five traces of Eagle Yogafest that have stayed with me.

  1. Going deeper with a great variety of lectures and classes! There are opportunities to try new things and expand ones practice. Check out this Budokon Yoga video! Asymmetrical Arm Balances, Conscious Vinyasa Flowing, Aroma Therapy, Acroyoga, Slackline Yoga, Ayurveda and more!
  2. Knowledge flows freely. Extraordinary teachers discuss deeper aspects of the yoga practice and lifestyle! Everything from the keys of the Yoga Sutras, yoga psychology, understanding Chakras, energy conservation, pranyama breath work and unraveling individual shining expressions. 145_yogafest2013Touching workshops provide information on healing with essential oils, practice balancing on top of your partner, and removing obstacles to really let it all go. (Let it all go is the gift I received at Eagle Yogafest last year. Read about the moments that changed my life in this book.)
  3. This is not simply a yoga festival at a venue, where people come and go and in between they are lost in the city. This is a whole town event full of community where the friends and
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    Mingle Party at Yeti’s Grind

    connections you will make will be everywhere and linger in your heart forever. The Mingle Party at Yeti’s Grind was so much fun! What a great way to start the weekend! Everyone just enjoyed chilling together. The Yoga Pants Party at Bonfire Brewery is so great! Everyone wearing Yoga Pants gets their first beer free! I like the Glutart- gluten free beer best. 🙂

  4. There is lots of love! From the very first night at Free Community Yoga the loving energy flowed opening our hearts. Everyone interacted playfully happy and the room seemed to beam with peace and promise. eagleyogafest6Later heart opening classes, workshops on flipping your perspective, and dancing to raise our vibration at the Hardscrabble Concert continued to unite friends and family.
  5. Leave feeling empowered. Maybe we stuck that amazing handstand from the inversion workshop, found our center on the Slackline or maybe we didn’t. Afterwards we practiced letting go because we know each time we try we get closer. We head home with smiles on our faces very conscious of our invigorating strength, curious courage and fierce potential.

Why not escape to the mountains and see what Eagle Yogafest brings to your life! Tickets still available here.

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Matilda frickin’ loves sharing the positive things she stumbles across in life! Check out her other articles and recipes.

Organic ‘Cookie Dough’ – Baking not required. :)

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Healthy eater with a cookie dough craving? Me too!

And life is short.

I have found that eating less processed/packaged foods and only fresh organic foods has allowed me to maintain weight even if it includes organic sweets. I have also found allowing myself what I want within the realm of organic to be a more sustainable ‘diet’ than eliminating things I ‘shouldn’t eat’ later feeling like a failure when I just really want it. Organic cooking is meant to be a fun little experiment. Play with recipes and tweak them to work for you!

All ingredients are optional. Omit the chocolate or use vegan chocolate for vegan. Use as a blueprint to create your own tasty masterpiece.

-Tastes Like Cookie Dough Bars-

Organic Ingredients

¼ cup peanut butter                                                   
¼ tsp cinnamon                                                          
2 bananas, peeled and mashed
handful of walnuts
handful of dried cranberries/goji berries 
1/2 tsp organic maple syrup
1 cup chocolate chips
around 2 cups rolled oats (I think precooked works nicely.)
1/2 tsp fresh ground ginger
shredded coconut

In a medium size saucepan warm peanut butter, mashed bananas and maple syrup just long enough for all ingredients to be well blended. Remove from heat.IMG_0764

Add cinnamon, walnuts and dried berries. Mix until all ingredients are integrated well. Add rolled oats and stir. The desired dough consistency will be sticky, chunky and able to press into a crust. Sometimes I add more rolled oats to make it thicker.

IMG_0765Press dough into un-greased pan of your choice about ¼ inch thick. Place aside.

Gather chocolate chips and fresh ground ginger. Warm on a low temperatureIMG_0768 while stirring often until chocolate has melted and ginger smells awesome. Remove from heat. Spoon melted chocolate evenly over ‘dough’. Sprinkle coconut and keep in freezer until serving time. Enjoy with tea and fruit for even more satisfaction!

MatildaMatilda’s relationship with food has had its ups and downs all her life. Through yoga and ayurvedic teachings she has found and practices nutritional balance. She is now dedicating herself to helping others find their balance.

In addition to yummy organic recipes, yoga thoughts, and spirituality she is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi.

What ways did you personalize this dish? Think it tastes like cookie dough?… or is it more of a gourmet Peanut Butter Cup? 🙂 Comments below!

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A Second of Oneness.

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Today I found myself.

If I lose myself again tomorrow, that’s okay.

I may lose myself tomorrow— or in five minutes.

If I find a deeper version of myself tomorrow, it doesn’t take away.

Today I found myself.

Matilda did ten hours of laughter yoga training, danced around the room like crazy for one song, a few forward folds, and bliss. Magic— the feeling of oneness. She is trying all sorts of interesting therapies. If you dig her blog you’ll love her book Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi.

Peace in! ~M