Friday, May 30, 2008

Rough Ride

Okaaay its been a crazy ride this week. I'm not sure if its been one big up hill battle or all sliding down hill in a hand basket. Uhmmm hard to say, perhaps a spicy masala with a little of everything. Can you say denied! denied! denied! Evidently if your the Indian Embassy you certainly can. I have now been denied not once, but twice. It seems I keep sending in the wrong friggin' paperwork! Gandhar - were now on a first name basis - the coordinator of the ashram, have talked between every class, before every chant, and after every meditation. I felt we might be having some success as he is now sending some official government paperwork with the information the Embassy wants. Fantastic! But wait... It seems there's just one hitch, its in the local language Marathi. I may need to hire an official translator to verify the paperwork. Excellent, let me just flip out the yellow pages, can you hold on one minute while I look are up you fucking kidding me? In the meantime I went ballistic this week because someone stole my ipod. That was until I found it with the kitchen utensils. oh dear.... I'm loosing it. Its time to get on the mat, go deep and sweat this out. Just burn it off baby, breath deep and let it go. I felt much better after that class, thank you Rhea. I glided out of class and as as I walked back to my car I spied a parking ticket. "What? No, no, no! Oh wait, no... its a note. Why would someone leave me note." Well as it turns out when you accidentally hit someones car with yours it's the stand up thing to do. I stood there and screamed NO! Two people sauntering by saw the state I was in and scurried past. We've now reached the end of the week ( thank god). I'm going to get the car fixed. I'll have a rental till the works done. My paperwork will be faxed to the Indian Embassy Monday morning and were going to have another go at this.
Here hoping for some good ju ju for next week,
Om Shanti

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday Peace Prayer

Do not go to the garden of flowers!O friend! go not there;In your body is the garden of flowers.Take your seat on the thousand petalsof the lotus, and there gazeon the infinite beauty.
translated by Rabindranath Tagore,Songs of Kabir (2002 Edition)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

In the Moment

A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)

Friday, May 16, 2008


Pran Mudra
A quick week with an absolute must do now list and a longer must do as soon as possible list has left me fatigued and blurry eyed. This is an excellent time to incorporate pran mudra into my asana's. Pran mudra reduces fatigue, nervousness and improves vision. It increases assertiveness, self confidence and allows us to start something new or the strength to finish what we need to complete. Incorporate this mudra into your practice by allowing the tips of the pinky and ring finger to touch the tip of the thumb. The remaining two fingers are extended. I suggest incorporating this mudra into Vrksasana (tree pose) Natarajasana (dancers pose) and Ardha Chandrasana ( half moon standing). This mudra combined with slow and gentle breathing has a calm stabilizing effect. Root down and breath.
Jai Bhagwan

Friday, May 9, 2008

Days to come

Goood evening and happy Friday everyone! As my year quickly comes to a close I have a lot to look forward to. As things stand now, as long as my visa comes through I will be going to India this summer. This is going to be a wonderful journey. Persuaded by this trip and Brenda from Grounding Thru the Sit Bones I will continue my exploration of mudra's. Mudra's are a huge part of the Kripalu tradition and as I discovered in my yoga teacher training program not only part of the practice but also available for everyday aliments and increase general health. A great place to start is Mudras, Yoga in your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi. I will be exploring a different Mudra every week so stay tuned. Before leaving for the Ashram I am looking forward to a hiking holiday at the end of June. I'm going back to the land of milk and honey. I'm looking forward to getting back to nature but also a wee bit nervous about how smothering hot its going to be. We'll be up north which should be all of 4 degrees cooler than the south which means I can enjoy a breezy 94 degrees. Here hoping for lots of cool shady forest trees and many, many waterfalls!

Peace and Love y'all


Sunday, May 4, 2008

Summer Plans

While thinking how to deepen my practice this Summer I made a decision I didn't even know I was considering. I have decided to apply to Yoga Vidya Dham in Nashik, India. If accepted I will be staying in the ashram studying hatha yoga, ashtanga (the eight limbs) pranayama, meditation and general healing. Yoga Vidya Dham is associated with the Bihar school of yoga, a very old and respected ashram and school in India. As of right now It looks like I will going with my roommate from Kripalu. This feels right, but overwhelming. This week I need to get my application in, apply for a visa and make an appointment with my doctor at the travel clinic. more later
Peace and Love all!