Archive for December, 2009

Moon Salutation (Chandra Namaskar)

December 31, 2009

Begin Moon Salutation (Chandra Namaskar) in  Goddess Pose in Full Moon

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Inhale-Raised Arms Pose (Urdhva Hastasana)

Crescent Moon to the Right (ardha chandrasana)

Crescent Moon to the Left  (ardha chandrasana)

Step right Foot out into Goddess (Utkata Konasana)

Five Pointed Star (Utthita Tadasana)

Triangle right foot forward (Trikonasana)

Pyramid right foot forward (Parsvottonasana)

Lunge right foot forward

Wide Leg Squat to the right

Transition to the middle

Squat to the center

Transition to the Left

Wide Leg Squat to the Left

Lunge left foot forward

Pyramid left foot forward (Parsvottonasana)

Triangle left foot forward (Trikonasana)

Five Pointed Star (Utthita Tadasana)

Goddess (Utkata Konasana)

Step Left foot in to Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Crescent Moon to the Right  (ardha chandrasana)

Crescent Moon to the Left  (ardha chandrasana)

Repeat in the opposite direction

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Once in a Blue Moon….

December 31, 2009

The New Year is upon us, and as always, it is a perfect time for reflection.

It’s a time when we examine our lives and resolve to be better beings.

New Years Eve this year (12.31.09) we will experience a rare Blue Moon.

Blue Moons only occur once every 2.7154 years, and a New Year’s Eve Blue Moon only occurs once every 19 years.

(the next Next New Year’s Blue Moon is 2028)

The energy of the full moon helps to bring our relationship with our self and others into harmony.  The Blue Moon increases the energy and power of the full moon by three.  The day of the Blue Moon is a Spiritual and Lucky day.  It’s perfect to create resolves and meditate.  The communication with the Spiritual world is especially strong.

THE GREAT INVOCATION is a traditional meditation perfect for the Blue Moon

THE GREAT INVOCATION

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

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Tapas – Austerity or Discipline

December 14, 2009

Tapas the activity of keeping the body fit or to confront and handle inner urges. It means to heat the body and, by so doing, to cleanse it. Tapas is also the cultivation of spiritual fire and passion. We can direct our energy to engage life and achieve our ultimate goal of creating union with the Divine. Tapas helps us to burn up all the desires that stand in our way of this goal.  Another form of tapas attention to body posture, eating habits and breathing patterns. Tapas includes specific practices, like fasting, holding silence, controlling the breath.

Things you can try to practice Tapas

Exercise

Take time to breath deep.  Try focusing on your breath every time you glance at the clock

Go through a day without TV, computers or phones

Be silent for an hour or a day

Practice some kind of spirituality today

Affirmation for Tapas

I am in control of my bodily desires

I am mindful of my speech

I have a burning desire to reach my goals

I am disciplined in my spiritual endeavors

Journal Writing Exercises:

What techniques to you use to control your mind?

What is a current situation in your life that you need to apply greater discipline?

How have you used Tapas to achieve goals in the past?

How can you deepen your experience of Tapas?

Yoga Posture for Tapas: Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutation

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