Archive for October, 2009

Bramacharya- moderation in all things

October 26, 2009

Bramacharya- moderation in all things.  Refraining from allowing one activity overtake your whole life. The word is often used to refer to celibacy or denying pleasure, but this is only a small part of what Brahmacharya represents. The purpose of Bramachary is to keep you focused on your purpose in life, the things that instill a feeling of peace and contentment in you.  Brahmacharya can also mean conserving your life force.

Things you can try to practice Bramacharya

Don’t push yourself in yoga practice

Don’t overindulge in food

Try to control addictions

Try to be mindful and develop strength

Affirmation for Bramacharya

I am a spiritual being

I am moderate in my appetite

I am in perfect harmony and balance

I use my energy in divine service


Journal Writing Exercises:

How can you practice moderation in your everyday life?

In what ways are you excessive in mind, speech or body?

Examine a typical day in your life.

How do you use your energy?

How much time do you send on work, school, sleep, meditation, friends and family.

Is there any thing you would like to change?

Yoga Posture for Brahmacharya: Janu Shirshasana or head to knee posture

In this posture, you might go to a moderate expression of the posture instead of forcing the posture to have your head totally on your knee.

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Asanas for Cramps/PMS

October 26, 2009

Cobbler’s Pose

Rock the baby, Butterfly wing flutters

Forward bend, Balance

Forward bend, Balance

Table: Cat & Cow

Active

Hold Cat Few breaths

Hold Cow few breaths

Down Dog

Rag Doll

Sunflower Breath

Chair

Chair, Balance, Twist

Sun Salutation to belly

Crocodile

(belly, head on crossed arms, legs straight, toes point out, deep full breaths)

Wide Leg Cobra

Child’s Pose

Bow

Child’s Pose

Puppy

Lay Back

Bridge

Half Plow

(raise your legs over your head until they are parallel to the floor. Support your hips and back with your hands, arms bent, elbows tucked next to your rib cage)

Fish

Wind Relieving Pose

Hold each knee in for 30 seconds, switch

Savasana

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Asteya: Non-stealing

October 26, 2009

Asteya: Non-stealing

Steya means “to steal”; Asteya is the opposite– take nothing that does not belong to us.

This is not exactly the same as “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” It also has aspects of “Thou shall not covet.” If someone entrusts something to us or confides in us, we do not take advantage of him. Non-stealing includes not only taking what belongs to another without permission, but also using something for a different purpose to that intended. The practice of asteya implies not taking anything that has not been freely given.

Things you can try to practice Asteya

Be considerate when demanding another’s attention and time

Don’t want what someone else owns

Don’t compare and want what others have in physical ability, beauty, youth, material wealth, fame, power or love.

Ask yourself if you truly need what it is that you want

Affirmation for Asteya

I respect people’s ideas and accomplishments

I honor what belongs to others

I am satisfied with what I have

I appreciate my abundance

I am whole and complete

I am at peace with myself

Journal Writing Exercises:

Write 3 ways that you are blessed

Is there anyone whose possessions or accomplishments you covet?

What makes you feel jealous or envious?

What have you misused that belongs to others?

Yoga Posture for Asteya -Natrajasana or the Dancer Posture.

This is a posture of that looks lovely when it is done well, but it is difficult to get to that place. When you see someone doing this posture, it takes asteya to not want what someone else can do.

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Yoga vs. Pilates from Mental_floss

October 13, 2009

http://www.mentalfloss.com/difference/yoga-vs-pilates/

Yoga vs. Pilates
Should you take yoga or Pilates?

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http://www.mentalfloss.com/difference/yoga-vs-pilates/

Satya: truth in word, thought, and deed

October 12, 2009

Satya: truth in word, thought, and deed

Commitment to Truthfulness – “To speak the truth” Satya is is perfect truthfulness in thought, word and deed, however if speaking the truth has negative consequences for another, then it is better to say nothing. Satya should never come into conflict with our efforts to behave with ahimsa.  With others we need to have the courage to speak and listen to what is true in a loving way.  Satya entails living in harmony and integrity with all that is.

Things you can try to practice Satya

Observe “what is” rather than “what we wish was”

Ask before speaking: “Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it nonharming?”

Restrain from using sarcasm

Do not gossip

Observing truths and non-truths around you in social, professional, familial, and casual relationships

Observe moments when you feel most tempted to exaggerate, justify, or otherwise step away from your Truth

Affirmation for Satya

I am clear about who I am

I speak my truth appropriately

I listen and respect the truth of others

I am always true to myself

Journal Writing Exercises:

In what ways are your actions inconsistent with your speech?

What situations/relationships are you not true to yourself?

Who are you untruthful to and why?

Yoga Posture for Satya -Virabhadrasana 1 or Warrior 1 Posture.

This is a posture of standing forward and being forward in your truth.

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Yamas-Restraints, Ahimsa: nonviolence, non-harming

October 5, 2009

Ahimsa: nonviolence, non-harming

Compassion for all living things
The word ahimsa means not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or any person (including ourselves) in any way whatsoever. Ahimsa is, more than just lack of violence as adapted in yoga. It means kindness, friendliness, and thoughtful consideration of other people and things. It also has to do with our duties and responsibilities too. Ahimsa implies that in every situation we should adopt a considerate attitude and do no harm.

We all commit small acts of violence every day.  We carelessly harm each other, the earth, and ourselves in dozens of different ways, because we are not living our lives in compassion and awareness.

Did you have an argument with someone?

It is better to be kind than right

Did you forget to recycle that glass bottle or your junk mail?

During your Yoga practice, did you force your body to stretch farther than you knew it should?

If you can’t breath freely, you shouldn’t be there

Things you can try to practice Ahimsa

Practice forgiveness, compromise and reconciliation

Try vegetarianism for a meal, day, week, or a lifetime.

If living meat free doesn’t appeal to you try giving thanks before each meal for the life that has been given.

Carry an insect outside instead of stepping on it

If you are sleepy go to bed.  If you are sick stay home.

Affirmation for Ahimsa

I am enough, just as I am

I am gentle to all beings

I easily forgive myself and others

I am free of fear and anger

Journal Writing Exercises:

Write 3 ways you are loving to yourself.

Write 3 ways you are loving to yourself.

In what ways are you critical of yourself?

When have you not been kind to others?

How have you allowed others to be unkind to you?

Yoga Posture for Ahimsa might be Tadasana or Mountain Posture.

This is a posture of alignment and the basis for all yoga postures.

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