Friday, April 25, 2008

Mudra for the Day

Gyan Mudra

The Gyan mudra represents the starting place or home. It takes you back to your roots, or a simpler time. It clears the mental facilities, stimulates the root chakra, and grounds calms and improves concentration. A yogic tranquilizer, its practice ensures mental peace. This mudra can be incorporated into any number of poses or used as a meditation on its own. The hand position for this mudra is to place the tips of the thumb and index finger together, other fingers are straight but relaxed.

These days altogether too busy, running in three directions at once I seem unable to accomplish anything. It's time to slow down, take ujay breath and do a little mudra therapy.

Jai Bhagwan and peace to you all.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Focus and Breath

This week I wanted out of the fun house in the worst way. By Friday things had calmed considerably and now I'm starting to regain a tenuous grip. I really am quite stressed and its affecting me physically. It's time for a little yin yoga. This practice consists of postures selected to gently stretch and release the connective tissues around major joints, and put slight pressure on the joints themselves. Postures are performed with muscles held as relaxed as possible for a sustained period of time. ( 2-10 minutes)

Yin yoga is based on the Taoist principles of Yin and Yang, where Yin is more calming and passive, and Yang is more active, excited, and upward-moving. The physical effects of the Yin practice result in lubricated and lengthened connective tissue, whereas Yang practice focuses more on strengthening and stretching the muscles.

Yin yoga is also a wonderful practice for both quieting the active mind and encouraging the prana to consistently flow through the six main meridians in the legs, which are connected to the health of these major organs (the spleen/pancreas, liver, kidney, urinary bladder, stomach, and gall bladder).

When I need a little TLC Emily Frank is my go to lady. She is calming, warm and lets me know its all OK.

Namaste and happy trails

Prayer for Sunday

Keep walking, though there's no place to get to.
Don't try to see through
The distances
that's not for human beings.
Move within
but don't move the way
fear makes you move.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Is it Friday yet?

This is how I feel this week.................... Don't fuck with me.....seriously.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Spring Cleaning

Glorious Spring! To celebrate the season and get this party off right Miss. S attended a yoga workshop, Twisting: Spiraling Within Flow with Gregor Singleton. This workshop integrated the mechanics of twisting postures with a step-by-step guide to what is needed to benefit the body to revitalize. Yoga twists open the chest, detoxify the body and massage the internal organs. When spiraling the organ receives a tourniquet effect which squeezes out old blood and when twisting in the other direction, allows new blood to flow in. This in turn stimulates the metabolism, dextoxifies the system and brings rejuvenation. I walked into this workshop knowing I wanted to do this but also exhausted. Personally and professionally there is a lot going on and I'm truly in need of a good rest. An hour later I was in child's pose making exuses in my head and trying to figure out how to walk out gracefully. I stayed, only to realize everyone in the room had a similar level of exhaustion. Many spirals later I was in savasana, glad I stayed and feeling much better. I have a few more things to do this month including a lemon cleanse, but I'm off ,maybe not running but on my way!
Happy, Happy Spring Everyone!