Monday, September 17, 2018

Sutra Focus for Yoga Your Yoga Practice


Sutra 52 Tatah ksiyate prakasavaranam, essentially talks about how the practice of pranayama and how it destroys the veil that covers the inner Light. The light within (Prakasa), is covered by the veil of mental darkness. Mental darkness is the mind chatter or illusions we create. How are we to remove the veil? By pulling the threads out, one by one, until it exists no more.

The mind is a veil woven of thoughts. It has no substance by itself. If we pull the thoughts out one after another, when they have all been removed, there is no mind left. It is like a heap of sugar. If we remove each grain of sugar, one after another, the heap no longer exists, only the sugar. Wood arranged in various ways, gets called different things; chair, table, bench or firewood. Different appearances get different names. But it is only the appearance that changes; the basis can never be destroyed. Our basis is the Self. As long as we identify with the body or mind we feel we are mortal. Pranayama indirectly helps is to understand the Oneness, the never-changing One, because it removes the veil.

Pranayama is an easy practice. Set aside a few minutes each day and simply breath. There are many different methods of pranayama, but one simple yet highly effective method is take a 4-count in breath to an 8-count out breath. Notice the difference after a few minutes of breathing in this format how you feel. Perhaps a bit lighter, softer and more centered.

Om!
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Exploring Sutra 41 Sattvasuddhi



Exploring sutra 41 Sattvasuddhi, breaks down as follows: One gains purity and cheerfulness of the mind when one is able to master the senses for self-realization. Essentially, you must understand the body, then the heart is purified. When the heart is pure, you are always happy. Concentration of the mind comes automatically without even trying. Only an impure mind is chaotic, forcing you to bring it back again to a state of peace. All the senses can be controlled, and then self-realization can occur. One must understand the first niyama, purity. When one is pure in thought and word, peace of mind automatically occurs. It is rather simple, yet the ego never wants to accept things easily. Try for just one day to be absolutely pure and honest. According to Patanjali you will be tempted to repeat the experiment again and again.

Om!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Devotion Can Shape Your Life

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Today, Yoga 365 discusses how devotion can shape your life. What is devotion? Is it a feeling, an act? It's up to you to discover exactly what it means to you. Essentially, when we are devoted to someone or something, we move through our life with them in our heart and mind. There is a deep reverence and love. We feel inspired and blessed knowing we are devoted to something in our life.

The feeling of devotion directs our actions, our behavior and words. It helps us to decide what is important in life and the types of decisions we make. Devotion has a way of connecting us to something greater than ourselves. Today, think about who or what you are devoted to and how that devotion shapes your life.

Om!

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Resources - Truth - Strategy : Find Out How to Work With The Energy of August!

Resources - Truth - Strategy
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August: Resources - Truth - Strategy


Welcome! 
Resources - Truth and Strategy is the theme for the month of August. The combination of the Earth Mountain, double Metal and Water provides rich resources found within the earth cradled by the movement of water.  Together, these elements provide the foundation for plenty of resources  this month. It is important however to approach these resources with integrity and a strategy that is productive and effective.

In today's newsletter, I'll review the qualities of the energy combinations and the best way to navigate through them.

 

Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane

 
Resources - Truth - Strategy:

This month the 8 earth (Gen) or mountain takes front and center of the Lo Shu. Earth greets metal, earth and water in the Monkey branch.

The Monkey archetype is like the seasoned traveler of the Labyrinth. It is the wizard of the impossible. The monkey is the sign of the inventor, the improvisor and the motivator. This is a month where you can easily problem solve situations, be clever and innovative. Being factual and truthful is the best approach in utilizing the rich resources (Gen - Mountain) has to offer, especially when dealing directly with the monkey archetype.

The monkey is a born strategist. Therefore, do not make a move this month without a plan, probably several plans in place. Do not turn your back on an opportunity, as the energy combinations this month support positive outcomes as long as you take the time to properly prepare. This shouldn't be a problem however, as the quality of metal naturally moves towards precision in thought, word and action. Furthermore, the vatta quality that is rising aligns to the element of metal, and provides all the necessary movement to digest information and make things happen.

The 8 earth mountain trigram (Gen), is yang but supported by two yin lines making this an introspective yet steady energy. It is associated with both the pingala and ida channels.  Therefore, it is best utilized by building a strong and grounded foundation so you can rely on your intuition and wisdom. This can be attained through a meditation practice.  You must however, take that wisdom and get out and use it. Be in front of people so you can move your plan into action. As long as you rely on the inner mountain or higher self, the resources will freely flow like water that flows upon the earth. This really becomes a balancing act between yin and yang. You must take enough action (Yang) to realize the rich resources that are available but this can only come through quietude and introspection (Yin). With just the right amount of each aspect, lightness in consciousness (Sattva), will arise and these resources or opportunities will unfold with grace.

Putting the Three Together:

Earth is grounding, supportive, stable, safe and reassuring. You need these qualities to feel confident and fully connected to your thoughts, ideas and others. These qualities are doubled this month through the Gen (8 trigram) and the Monkey hidden stem. Earth builds metal, as ore is found within the earth. The metal is strong this month (August), by way of the Monkey and the heavenly stem. Metal is the child of earth; therefore, it will test your balance through proper planning, strategy, thought process and integrity when taking action. The element of water lies beneath the Monkey branch, or is hidden. In nature, water also lies beneath to fill the water tables for plants to set root. This means there is a natural ebb and flow with your thoughts and actions. Communication and flexibility is a must for plans to shake out properly. With the dog days of August before us, a little water beneath these combinations is beneficial, as it will cool down the heat and keep us agile in the process.

 

Environment: 
The 8 earth star represents the northeast portent of your environment. Here are a few pointers for this direction:
  • Add a strong earth or fire feature such crystals, stones, candles or oil diffuser. This will naturally assist and build the earth quality of this portent which represents higher wisdom and knowledge.  
  • Incorporate square or rectangular shapes to further activate the support of earth.
  • An image of a majestic mountain bodes well to remind you of the stillness that lies within. You can also place an image of a saint or angel as a guide with your intuition.
     
Foods:
 8 Gen Earth prefers fire foods such as chicory, endive, asparagus, sweet potatoes or earthy foods such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, avocado and beans.


 Other Areas of Concern:
When eight-earth is the highlight trigram for the month, the remaining trigrams move to different positions. On a very basic level, we are able to see how other aspects of our life take on this moving energy. Here are some things to consider:
 
 
  • When it comes to family this month travel is a must. Where is your ideal destination vacation? Figure it out and seek the journey. It will be transformational!
  • Be mindful of credit card or bank issues this month. You can be easily hacked if you don't take precautions.
  • Leisure reading and some research is beneficial to build on goals and direction you are thinking about taking.
  • Windfalls are the result of following through on your goals. See your vision and go for it!
  • Partnerships can be chaotic this month - two steps forward and three back. 
  • Find ways to be more creative on the job. This will change the dynamic of joy with your work.
  • Reach out to share your vision with others who share your interest. This can turn into a fabulous opportunity.
  • Any literature that deals with self-exploration is an excellent choice for this month.

Yoga Poses:

Helpful poses for the Earth trigram this month are as follows:
  • Standing poses
  • Kurmasana (Tortoise)
  • Child's Pose
  • Sukasana - Easy Pose
  • Malasana - Prayer Squat
  • Uttansana - Forward Fold
These will all help to arouse the root or earth base. Remember, the mountain has a strong base that rises upwards to the peak!


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Yoga Poses to Strenghten Your Spine!




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     Everything you do depends on the strength and flexibility of your spine. In order to move through a wide range of motion on a daily basis, your spine needs to be strong and flexible. Unfortunately, at some point in our lives, we are bound to experience back pain. Why not take a preventative approach and strengthen your spine with these yoga poses. 

  • Seated Spinal Twists
  • Windshield Wiper Twists
  • Plank Pose
  • Down Dog
  • High Lunge
  • Plank Pose with a Twist
  • Goddess Pose with a Twist
  • Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend
  • Pyramid Pose
  • Twisting Triangle
  • Happy Baby Pose
  • Reclining Spinal Twist
  • Corpse Pose
    
Practice these poses, or string them into a sequence for a healthy spine. You'll notice the difference right away. Make sure you breathe deeply while performing each pose, especially those that include a twisting motion. You'll want to practice the aforementioned poses at least every other day to give your back the self-care and self-love it needs and deserves.

Here's to a strong and flexible spine!

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com

Thursday, July 12, 2018

July Energy Forecast - Illumination - Clarity - Vision!

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July: Illumination - Clarity - Vision


Welcome all! 
Illumination - Clarity and Vision is the theme for the month of July. The combination of earth, double fire and wood provides a rich yet stable quality of energy that bodes well for creating a strong vision for your mission in life. The elements work together in a building process that requires a strong and stable base. Wrangling in your thoughts and working in a cohesive nature with others bodes well.

In today's newsletter, I'll review the qualities of the energy combinations and the best way to navigate through them while having some fun in the process!

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Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane

 
Illumination - Clarity - Vision:

This month the 9 fire illumination element takes front and center. Fire greets fire in the month of July through the summer cycle and the hidden stem of the Sheep archetype. The assistance to fire brightens the light or portal to the crown chakra - the point of illumination or enlightenment. Nothing can be hidden from the light, so whatever it is you are working on, it is time to share it with others.

The Sheep archetype supports  partnering energy. You can accomplish more with the assistance of others, rather than taking it on yourself. It is important to work with the energy of fire in a way that fuels stability -a sense of feeling grounded, otherwise you will burnout and it will take double the effort to move forward.

The 9 fire trigram (Li), is yin or receptive in nature. It is closely associated with the ida channel and therefore is best utilized by slowing the pace, getting quiet to create a lightness of consciousness, or what is known as the guna - Sattva. Think of it as the center of the Tai Chi where yin and yang meet for perfect balance. Now, easier said than done, as 9 Li or fire chi has a "get up and go" type of quality. To add fuel to the flame, there is the hidden stem of wood found within the Sheep branch this month that will really catapult overactivity. Balancing the action with inaction is the key to working with fire to leave behind the ash so the earth or stability can propagate.

Putting the Three Together:

Wood is the element of creating. It is like the quality of Rajas - the Guna of movement and action or creation. Since this element shows up as a hidden stem in the Sheep branch, it is shielded or hidden behind the veil. Therefore, it may require a little work to get things in motion when it comes to developing a project, idea or new work venture. The fire trigram (9-Li) combined with the hidden stem of fire in the Sheep branch will shed light on things you may have been pondering. This includes new direction of your goals and soul's mission. Clarity or illumination is the benefit we can all draw from with such rich light. To further enhance your vision, include inversions in your yoga practice to activate the petals of the crown. Follow through with grounding or standing poses to stabilize and capture the earth or main quality element in the Sheep. We can't always be up in the clouds, we have to ground down through our feet and absorb the earth frequencies. If yoga isn't part of your routine, simply spend more time outdoors to absorb the earth chi through your feet and heavenly chi through the top of your head. Doing all this while sitting under a tree will activate the refined wood chi. The trees are the place of knowledge or study, as we sit beneath their canopy that rises towards the light of the sun.

 

Environment: 
The 9 Fire star represents the south portent of your environment. Here are a few pointers for this direction:
  • Add a strong wood feature such as a healthy flowing plant to represent growing knowledge for your soul's path.  
  • Incorporate columnar or pointed-triangular shapes. Keep the quality of 3's or the triad here.
  • Add bright lighting, candles or oil diffuser.
  • Images of fire such as the sun, people, animals or a representation of your soul's path - what makes your heart sing. 
     
Foods:
9 - Fire element prefers wood and fire foods such as green vegetables, citrus, nuts, seeds, potatoes, buckwheat and rice.


 Other Areas of Concern:
When nine-fire is the highlight trigram for the month, the remaining trigrams move to different positions. On a very basic level, we are able to see how other aspects of our life take on this moving energy. Here are some things to consider:
 
 
  • When it comes to family this month fun and creativity is the name of the game. Think about venturing out to a lake as the trigram that moves to this portent represents the lake that surrounds the mountain. Serenity is the result.
  • Wealth and finances are a natural resource. There is plenty to gather and enjoy. Real estate is also a big quality to this trigram, so if you own it, enhance it!
  • Leisure reading and some research is beneficial to build on goals and direction you are thinking about taking.
  • Travel with partner this month. Even if it is a short trip, it is fabulous for relationship.
  • Potential opportunity arises but requires a long-term strategy. Take time to get introspective to seek answers to question that you may have.
  • Don't take on anything new when it comes to career this month as the energy is a bit chaotic - Murphy's Law principle. Best to go slow and steady and be methodical!

Yoga Poses:

Helpful poses for the Fire trigram this month are as follows:
  • Sun salutations
  • Inversions
  • Plank
  • Boat
  • Balancing Poses
These will all help to arouse the crown portal and the manipura - the seat of opening powerful intention and open heavens gate.  



 
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