Archive for September, 2010

Two Candle Balancing Meditation for the Equinox

September 22, 2010

Two Candle Balancing Meditation

This Meditation is perfect for the Autumnal Equinox when the Universe is in perfect balance.

You will need one WHITE candle and one BLACK candle

The WHITE candle Represents:
Light, Sun, Day, Peace, Healing, Truth

The BLACK candle Represents:
Dark, Moon, Night, Dissolves Negative Energy, Relieves Pain, Things you want to release from your life

How to:

  • Come to a comfortable seated position
  • Light both candles.
  • Stare into the flames.  Soften your gaze.
  • Focus on your Breath.
  • Think of all things you would like to change in your life.
  • Concentrate on releasing all negative energy in your life.
  • Replace negativity with good you want to bring into your life.

Repeat this Mantra:
(you can speak, chant, sing or just concentrate on the words below)

Light both a white and a black candle, and repeat:

A balance of night and day, a balance of light and dark
Tonight I seek balance in my life
as it is found in the Universe.
A black candle for darkness and pain
and things I can eliminate from my life.
A white candle for the light, and for joy
and all the abundance I wish to bring forth.
At Mabon, the time of the equinox,
there is harmony and balance in the Universe,
and so there shall be in my life.

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Today’s Spirit Animal and Asana: Grasshopper

September 22, 2010

I’ve been encountering a lot of wild life lately.  It seems they have a message.

This Grasshopper actually landed on my arm and hung out there until I moved him to this plant.

Grasshoppers are Good Luck.  They symbolize abundance (perfect for the Autumnal Equinox).  Grasshoppers teach us to move forward and take chances, to act on a whim and jump in.  Grasshoppers give us bravery to listen to our internal voices.

In yoga, Grasshopper Posture, better known as Locust Pose or Shalabha-asana, teaches us to looking inward.  We open our hearts in back bends.  We learn compassion, to love and forgive.  Strengthening our backs helps us to stand tall in the assuredness that we have all the answers and we will eventually prosper.

How to perform Shalabha-asana (Locust or Grasshopper Pose):

  • Lay on your mat, belly down, arms at your sides
  • Inhale and lift your chest, neck, head and legs
  • Hold posture, and breathe
  • Relax your neck and bring your shoulders away from your ears
  • Open your Heart Chakra
  • Inhale and lift a bit higher
  • Drishti (eye gaze) is up, about where walls and ceilings generally meet
  • Lower back to your mat on an Exhale
  • After you complete Locust Pose, relax in Child’s Pose (Balasana)

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September 22, 2010 is the Autumnal Equinox

September 21, 2010

Equinoxes are a time of change and balance.

The word “equinox” means equal, and “nox,” means “night.  The two Equinoxes have an equal amount of day and night.

The Autumnal Equinox is a time to give thanks and rejoice in the abundance in your life.

Give thanks by holding a food drive or creating a gratitude list.  Try spending time in nature.

Try this Gratitude Ritual:

  • Face NORTH – Give thanks for your home, finances and health.
  • Face EAST – Give thanks for the knowledge you posses.
  • Face SOUTH – Give thanks for accomplishments in your career.
  • Face WEST – Give thanks for your spiritual growth and development.

Make a dream pillow by stitching two 7″ square pieces of fabric together and fill with two cups of some sound sleep, deep dream, better dream-recall herbs such as hops, lavender flowers, rosemary and rose petals.

Create a meal with some traditional fall foods like Squash, Apples, Root Veggies, Corn, Wine and Beer.

Practice Yoga and Meditation. Try some Balance Asanas like Tree, Eagle, Crane, Warrior III, Dancer’s Pose and half Moon Balance.  Try Alternate Nostril Breathing.

Find Balance with this Candle Ritual:

Light both a white and a black candle, and repeat:

A balance of night and day, a balance of light and dark
Tonight I seek balance in my life
as it is found in the Universe.
A black candle for darkness and pain
and things I can eliminate from my life.
A white candle for the light, and for joy
and all the abundance I wish to bring forth.
At Mabon, the time of the equinox,
there is harmony and balance in the Universe,
and so there shall be in my life.

For more info, check up last year’s post Autumnal Equinox 2009

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Alternate Nostril Breathing: (Nadi Shodhana or Anuloma Viloma )

September 20, 2010

Alternate Nostril Breathing: (Nadi Shodhana or Anuloma Viloma )

Without know it, our natural breathing alternates from one nostril to the next.  We breathe through one nostril for about 2 hours, then we breath through the other nostril for around 2 hours and we continue on in this way.

The Right Nostril is considered Masculine; it controls energy, heat, force and competition

The Left Nostril is Feminine; it controls nurturing, calming and coolness.

Alternate Nostril Breathing is a technique in which you inhale through one nostril, and exhale through the opposite nostril.

This technique helps direct Prana (energy).  Alternating your breathing nostrils helps to bring balance to your life.  By soothing the nervous system, you become more relaxed and sleeping improves.  Practicing Nadi Shodhana is a great way to prepare for meditation.

How to Practice Nadi Shodhana

Come to a comfortable seated position

Begin to notice your breath

Begin with a few rounds of Dirga Pranayama (Three Part Breath)

When you are ready to begin, choose your hand position*.

Close your eyes.

Close your Left Nostril and Inhale through your Right Nostril

Switch Nostrils and Exhale through your Left Nostril (Right nostril is now closed)

Inhale through your Left Nostril (Switch fingers closing your left nostril and opening your right)

Exhale through your Right Nostril

This equals one round.  Try to repeat 6 more times for a total of 7 rounds.

IN-R, EX-L

IN-L, EX-R

After all seven rounds are complete, return to normal breathing.

*Mudras for Alternate Nostril Breathing

Vishnu Mudra:  use your right hand.  Right thumb holds right nostril closed, curled index and middle finger controls the left nostril.

I prefer to use a third eye mudra.  With your right hand, place your index and middle finger together on your third eye (Ajna chakra, the place between and slightly above your eyebrows).  Right thumb controls the right nostril, and the bent ring and pinky fingers control the Left nostril.

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Today’s Spirit Animal and Asana: The Blue Heron

September 13, 2010

I’m having a trying day today.  Nothing too horrible going on in my life, but there are a few crazy things happening that have gotten under my skin lately.  I went to the Reading Museum Park during my lunch break, to relax and find some peace.  I was lucky enough to see this majestic Blue Heron.
(at least I think it was a Blue Heron)
Animals offer guidance and help with the challenges of our daily lives.

The Blue Heron:

Herons are solitary animals that teach us to stand on our own.

They show us the wisdom of standing still.
Through them we learn patience to wait; what we need always comes to us.
Herons teach us to walk with deliberation.
Often standing on one foot, Herons show us balance.  They are power animals.
They help to awaken your soul.
They teach you to assert your self in the face of others discouragement.
The Heron brings self-reliance and helps you gain independence.

So today through the Blue Heron.  I will be strong, confident and I will assert myself.
Today I will find Peace and I will relish my ability to stand alone.

Every year I pick an asana or two to try and master by the end of the year.  Ironically, HERON POSE (Krounchasana) was on of my chosen postures to work on this year.

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MEDITATION WORKSHOP

September 7, 2010

October 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM ($5)
Lean about Meditation, and try a walking a Labyrinth Meditation.
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The Second Star To The Right and Human Breathing Yoga Studio Workshop will include:

General info about Meditation, types of Meditation, why we meditate, who should meditate…..

Seated Meditation, Walking Meditations, Malas, Mandalas, Meditation as part of your everyday life.

About Labyrinths, types of labyrinths, walking the labyrinth, labyrinths as a meditation tool, finger labyrinths, and paper labyrinths.  How and where labyrinths are used.

People can leave, or prepare to drive to PSU.

Walk the Labyrinth

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