Thursday, April 14, 2016
Warrior 1 can be a very challenging pose as so much is happening in the body. Build from the foundation (feet up), is how I like to instruct my yogis. Feel as though your heels (front and back) are trying to move toward each other, this will effectively activate the inner thighs or hug muscle to bone so there is room to organically grow in the pose.
The tricky part about this pose is keeping the hips square. I like to have my yogis continue to build upon the foundation by setting their hands on their sacrum to make sure the hips are in alignment - this will require the hip associated with the front leg to move back and the hip associated with the back leg to move forward. Hug to the mid-line, engage the pelvic floor and get long on the side body. At the same time, soften the front rib cage and externally rotate the upper arm bones so the shoulder blades meet at thoracic spine. Let the heart space widen and lift the energy through spreading fingers. This will allow you to plug back in to the back of the heart.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Let us welcome the energy of spring with open arms. This is a time of renewal and rebirth. It is a time to de-clutter our hearts, home and life. This month in particular is the sign of the Dragon - a mystical, fiery and enthusiastic nature that calls us to be free among the clouds. Be grateful to go outside in the fresh air and plant the seeds for new beginnings. Kapha is heavy from the winter months so be sure to include plenty of sun salutations combined with seated forward folds, back bends and twists in your practice!
Friday, April 8, 2016
This is a great article I read on Elephant Journal by Lori Streator. It is worth the read! For convenience I copied it to my blog page. Enjoy!
6 tips to gain clarity for Spring and clean out our “Life Junk”
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
A japa mala or mala is an eastern rosary with 108 beads. The mala is used both in Hinduism and Buddhism for counting mantras, chants or prayers. 108 has been a sacred number for a long time, and this number is explained in many different ways. Here are a few explanations:
- Indian/Buddhist thought states that the outer universe is mirrored in the inner man. He is the microcosm and the objective universe is the macrocosm. The number 108 represents the distance between the devotee and the God within.
- The chain of 108 links is held together by 107 joints, the number of marmas, or weak spots, in the body according to the Ayurvedic way.
- The 108 sacred meridians points on the human body in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
- The 108 Karanas of dance, with 108 movements.
- The Chinese, very aware of the esoteric and the use of this same symbolism employed it also in their various systems, Taoist and Buddhist. The Yang style form with 108 moves is an example.
- The 108 stations a candidate had to go through to leave the temple, the 108 steps through danger and death, which also signifies the level of the spiritual adept who must overcome on the spiritual planes the 108 intermediate regions of danger and trial.
- The distance between the earth and sun = 108 times the diameter of the sun.
- Distance between the earth and the moon = 108 times the moon's diameter
- The diameter of the sun = 108 times the diameter of the earth.
Lastly and most importantly, the beads represent, in a simple yet powerful way, the ideas of karma and reincarnation--a rarely disclosed fact. The thread that the beads are strung upon symbolizes the Sutratma, the Spirit or Thread Soul. This is the reincarnating Ego, our true Self, that dons a new garment, a new personality for each lifetime. Each bead strung on the thread is one of those lives that has served its purpose in the evolution of the Higher Self, our God within. We are supposed to join with that inner divinity by building a bridge, called Antahkarana, through meditation and other disciplines......this
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