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February 10, 2013 began the Year of the Snake in the Chinese Zodiac

February 11, 2013

ImageAccording to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2013 is the Year of the Snake, began on February 10, 2013

“Gung Hay Fat Choy!” (Happy New Year in Cantonese)

The Snake is the 6th sign in the Chinese Zodiac, following the Dragon
Find your Chinese Zodiac Sign HERE.

 

Celebrate with COBRA POSE (Naga-asana)
ImageThe Sanskrit word naga means snake or serpent.

HOW TO: Snake Pose 

  • Lie on your stomach, face down, legs and feet together. 
  • Place your hands on the mat under your shoulders. 
  • Inhale as you raise your head off the mat (use your core, without pushing up with your hands).
  • Press into your hands elevating your torso to your fullest extent
  • Hold for several breaths
  • Exhale, slowly lower your body to the mat

Option: add a ‘hissing sound when you are raised in cobra pose

Variations:

Cobra with lion face

Knees bent feet in the air

Baby cobra – Cobra with bent elbows

Wide Leg Cobra

Twisted Cobra

Learn More Animal Poses Here

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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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