Organic Oasis Farm – Hemp Pilot Program 2017

Growing Hemp – A way to replenish the soil.

We did it! Organic Oasis Farm is a qualified participant in the 2017 Minnesota Hemp Pilot Program. And, what an adventure this has been!

Growing hemp at Organic Oasis Farm helps replenish the soil.

Our journey returning our land back to its natural state has been full of challenges. We have focused on the reward of knowing we will be leaving the soil better than when we found it. With that said, it is taking much longer than we expected. The guidelines to certify the land as “Organic” are to allow the land to ‘rest and restore’ for 4 years. It is a parallel concept in Yoga classes. Just like our soil, our physical and mental bodies require ‘rest to restore’. Our bodies are like plants, we also need clean, healthy, organic food to sustain our life as the plants need clean, healthy soil to grow our food.

In the fall of 2016 as I worked up our land in our trusty John Deere tractor, I was disappointed as to how much dust the disc was kicking up. I was hoping after 4 years of letting it rest that it would have had enough time to rebuild it’s organic matter. When I finished discing, I climbed out of the tractor and grabbed a handful of soil,  it crumbled through my fingers. I learned about the soil and how it needs to have organic matter to hold moisture and nutrients from Attina Diffley, who is the Author of “Turn Here For Sweet Corn”. Attina took me out in their field and showed me how real dirt holds together , she even had an earthworm wriggling in her hand. Beautiful, rich organic soil. She mentioned how their land was dust when they 1st purchased the land and how it took years to rebuild. With that memory in mind I began researching…what is the best plant to grow in order to rebuild depleted, conventionally farmed soil?  The answer came up loud and clear.

Plant Hemp – Enrich the Soil
That’s when the research really took off. In the fall of 2016, all our land was officially Certified Organic. Hemp needs to be grown organically. Divine timing! I checked with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Hemp was classified as a controlled substance in Minnesota. Huh? Illegal? Why? It has little to no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects). Well, it was shortly after that, the government recognized their error and the MDA started their 2017 Hemp Pilot Program. I signed up right away! After researching, discussing pro’s and con’s with my husband, Dan and multiple background checks, we were officially approved.

Here we grow!
Our Hemp seed arrival is days away. The anticipation of an Organic Hemp Crop is exhilarating! The soil benefits are tremendous. We are growing our 2017 crop for the hemp oil that will be extracted from the harvested seed. It’s a long road ahead…contracts, soil preparation, organic weed control, even some chicken pellets for some natural fertilizer.

Our Retreats at Organic Oasis Farms will include ceremonies to honor Nature that includes a tour of our Hemp fields.  Join us in our evolution to rest, restore and rebuild our minds, bodies and spirits alongside our greatest sustainer, Mother Earth.

LOVE!
Char

How to Create a Peaceful Life “Inside and Out” with Meditation and Yoga

We can use the movement in our Yoga Classes and the relaxation of Guided Meditations to create a peaceful life “Inside and out”.  The movement in Hot Yoga, for example connects our breath to our body through our mind. One Breath_One Movement. In Guided Meditations we also connect our breath to our thoughts through our mind.  In our exploration of the mind, body, breath connection we learn to recognize the space within us where peace is always present.

Long, smooth breath creates a calm, clear mind and an open, healthy body.

As we practice connecting our breath, mind and body it brings us to that still place within all of us.  In keeping this place clear we learn to respect our troubling thoughts and emotions. We learn to recognize our thoughts as thoughts without attaching any emotion. This enables us to simply allow them to enter and leave our minds. We recognize that by attaching to these troubling thoughts and emotions we begin to clutter up our mind. In our Yoga and Mediation classes  we notice that our breath, mind and body function optimally when they are working together. The fewer non_serving thoughts the mind is distracted with, the better our practice will be.  We create our own practice, calm and open or complicated and chaotic. Our choice.

Learning to be comfortable in this new space of awareness is the next step. Taking the awareness off our mats and into the ‘real’ world is the next.

We can use this space within our awareness to recognize thoughts that are not serving us. When our lives present complicated, emotional or troubling thoughts on the outside, we will know we can go to our peaceful, clear place on the inside. The fewer non_serving thoughts the mind is distracted with, the better our quality of life will be.  We create our own life, calm and open or complicated and chaotic.  Our choice.

My Gramma Gee was right!  It is what’s on the inside that counts.

Love!

Why should I practice Yoga and Meditation?

At Oasis Yoga and Meditation, located in Lakeville, MN, we offer different types of yoga classes and meditations services tailored to our clients physical and emotional needs.

The Physical and Psychological health benefits of Yoga and Meditation are amazing.

Yoga and Meditation can affect our entire nervous systems in a positive way.

Physically Yoga and Meditation has been proven to heal our physical body. The list includes but is not limited to:
Reduces muscular tension, Strengthens immune systems, decreased blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, promotes deeper and more restful sleep, reduces stress hormone levels, increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation and feels great!

Psychologically Yoga and Meditation can assist us in many areas that are related to our state of mind, such as:
increasing our intelligence, improving our memory, enhancing creativity, drastically improves our ability to think clearly, decreased anxiety, helps to resolve addictions, reduces irritability and moodiness, decreases and eliminates depression which leads to many more smiles!

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness” — Gandhi

Charlene Adelmann, Oasis Yoga & Meditation, MN, Yoga Teacher

How to do Meta “Loving Kindness” Meditation

Meta, or loving kindness, is a beautiful Buddhist practice. Meta is heart centered energy that is generated for your well-being along with the well-being of others. Buddha used the analogy of the care a mother gives her only child. Loving-kindness is the result of a compassionate, open heart.

To practice meditation, sit in a comfortable seated position. Elevate your hips and feel your sit bones connected to the earth. Take two or three deep breaths with slow, long, and complete exhalations. Put any thoughts about your day aside. Allow yourself the space to just be.

Now feel or imagine the breath moving through the center of your heart. When your breath comes into your heart, feel it become a beautiful soft green light, watch it expand and begin glowing with love. As you breathe deeper, this loving, beautiful, soft green glow expands. While you quietly breathe, you see the loving green glow entering every cell of your body. With loving intention, mentally repeat, slowly and steadily, the following or similar phrases: May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and at ease. You now feel serene, completely and totally full of Love.

You can now begin to use your breath to allow this soft, green glowing Love to release out to others. You feel or imagine the soft green glow of loving kindness growing out beyond your being. Using your breath connection with your mind, you are able to direct this wonderful light of love out to someone in your life who you know would welcome this amazing feeling of unconditional Divine Love. Breathe the green glowing light towards this person. See or imagine them breathing in this soft light, filling their entire being. Watch as it grows and expands within them. Then slowly repeat phrases of loving  kindness toward him or her: May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.

Continue to bask in your connection with this serene state of pure Divine Love. Know it has manifested through you into the world.  Allow your breath to continue to soothe your entire body as you go about your life….breathing in Loving Kindness for yourself…breathing out Loving Kindness for all beings. Love!

Charlene Adelmann, Oasis Yoga & Meditation, MN, Yoga Teacher

Yoga Plus Meditation Equals Transformation

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Yoga plus Meditation equals transfomation.

Yoga is a circle of breath and movement. There is no separation, competition, or religious tradition. It is a natural science that is based solely on personal experience. The practice of Yoga is a way to achieve a keener sense of awareness of the true Self. It offers the possibility to reach a higher consciousness through physical, mental & spiritual development.

Yoga enhanced with Meditation, can create a transformation for complete human fulfilment on every level.  The beauty of this practice is that it is all-inclusive.  Yoga is for everyone regardless of personality, body type, faith, race, flexibility, physical or mental conditions. Yoga and Meditation unites us into the one pure state of Divine Love.  Namaste’

Charlene Adelmann, Oasis Yoga & Meditation, MN, Yoga Teacher

Yoga – Just Breathe…at Oasis Yoga, Lakeville

As I guided my Yoga class this morning,  I recognized how completely present I was…connecting with my breath…connecting with the yogi’s breath…completely in the zone. I felt as though my ego self was resting, allowing universal inspiration to flow through me, guiding my words and actions to facilitate an effortless class of breath & movement. I am blessed to connect with others on this level of pure bliss.

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Another amazing day of yoga at Oasis Yoga & Meditation!

Charlene Adelmann, Oasis Yoga & Meditation, MN, Yoga Teacher