Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
I recently returned from a yoga retreat to India. This was an adventure like no other. The combination of beauty, spirituality, loud noises, colorful clothing, wafting smells, dirt and poverty was a fusion of opposing forces in every way.
India is referred to as "the Mother." She nurtures, inspires and teaches us to live our yoga. It is through personal development and spiritual evolution we are able to recognize our blessings and be grateful for them.
In the holy city of Rishikesh, located along the Ganges and surrounded by the Himalayas, is where our group practiced Yoga, Meditation, the Law of Attraction and Seva. Seva is a Sanskrit word that describes the act of selfless service. It is an act of compassion and care for others above oneself. In the sacred Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita, encourages selfless service as a way to develop spirituality. It is closely linked to karma yoga which is said to transform the personality.
Seva is considered a devotional practice because by serving others, you are serving God. This was apparent to me, and I'm sure my fellow yogis, as we watched the tears of gratitude stream down Ma ji's face (Chai Lady), and the smile on the man's face who was pushed by Will from the Beatles Ashram all the way to the Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
This past Thursday was Thanksgiving in the United States of America. It is a time to show gratitude for our blessings. I realize now more than ever how blessed I am. It is the simple things we tend to take for granted like clean running water, a shower, mode of transportation, a home with a roof, walls and flooring, proper sanitation and engineered roadway designs. It's not until you see how others live until you realize what you have.
|Group with Chai Lady|
Albeit the people of India may be poor in possessions, they are rich in spirit.
A Prayer of Gratitude
In this season of gratitude, we thank you Lord for the blessings you have given us.
The blessing of family
The blessing of friends
The blessing of food
The blessing of shelter
The blessing of health
The blessing of abundance
The blessing of kindness
The blessing of generosity
The blessing of love
We gather together to celebrate our bounty, our prayers go out to those in need of comfort, care and hope. May they too be blessed by your grace and love
Mary Jane Kasliner
Feng Shui Yoga Girl
Monday, November 5, 2018
In India, the festival of lights takes place during the end of October and beginning of November. It is a time to recognize the light within and power over darkness.
The lighting of lamps signifies the dispelling of darkness (ignorance) through the spread of light (awareness). It is tradition to give your home a good spring cleaning, and decorate front entrance with floral wreaths to welcome and recognize the divine within.
This festival is celebrated to increase the "sattvikta" in us as well as society - meaning a sense of confidence, peace, harmony and intuition.
As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving in America, why not prepare for the blessings you have. Create a festival of lights in your own home. Give it a good cleaning, remove what no longer serves you well and remind yourself of the Power of Divinity that Shapes Our Lives!
If you are a Yogi, engaging in Sun Salutations is a perfect way to stoke the flame within. It brings sanctity to your practice. Moving through Surya Namaskar is a way to salute not only the sun that sustains all life form, but also honors your inner light.
Just follow the sequence below. Take as many rounds that feel right to you!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Discover the benefits of being mindful of your body. There are so many simple things you can do to tap into the wisdom of your body and heal yourself. Here are just a few to get you started:
Massage - Scientific studies have shown that massage is one of the easiest ways to attain and maintain good health. It increases circulation, relaxes muscles, aids in digestion and stimulates the lymphatic system. That's the short list! Here's the thing, you don't have to get a professional massage for your body to benefit. You can do it yourself. Just warm up your hands by rubbing your palms together and pressing your fingers against each other to stretch finger joints. Then, concentrate on making rhythmic slow movements on the area of your body that needs attention. Experiment with stroke and adding essential oils to the process. Absorb yourself in the massage and enjoy!
Pebble Foot Bath: This is a wonderful way to relax and revive after a long day. Place round pebbles or marbles in a shallow tub or bowl and pour half cup of hot, salty water over them and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Put your feet in the tub and roll them over the pebbles!
Develop Breath Awareness: There is a close relationship between our pattern of breathing and our state of mind. Breathing tends to be shallow when we are anxious. By becoming more aware of our breathing, we can consciously control the mind. A simple breath pattern to follow is to place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen, and focus on your hands as they rise and fall, reflecting the rhythm and depth of your breathing. As your breathe in, slowly count to 4, and as you breathe out, slowly count to six. Maintain this for at lease ten breaths.
Adopt the Pose of the Child: This is a classic yoga resting posture. This pose is calming and nurturing. Begin by kneeling down, buttocks resting on your heels, with your spine straight and your arms out to your sides. Exhaling, fold forward from your hips , bringing your chest to rest on your thighs and your forehead on the floor. Let your hands slide back to your feet and your arms rest on the floor. Close your eyes and simply breathe.
Exercise: Go for a walk, jog or cycle through town. It doesn't matter what form of exercise you choose, just do it! Try to maintain body movement for 20 to 30 minutes for optimum results. You'll find the benefits to be amazing.
Pamper Yourself: The body is a vehicle for your spirit, so it's important to take care of it, nurture it with healthy foods, good hygiene, regular haircuts and beautiful clothing. You will look and feel healthier, which will boost your self esteem.
Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com