Posts Tagged ‘van Gogh’

Sun Flower Breath

March 30, 2012

I like to use this Active Breath as an energizer when I need a little lift or following a warm up in yoga.


Take a nice wide stance (Feet 3-4 feet or so apart)
Turn toes out slightly
INHALE circle your arms up over your head
EXHALE circle your arms down and bend forward
I like to allow my fingertips to brush the mat
INHALE reverse swan dive up, arms over head
EXHALE fold forward circle your hands to the mat
Repeat several times.

You can do this active breath fast or slow; you can make these movements large or small.

Variation 1:  Bend your knees and you bend forward
Variation 2:  Just move your arms with your breath omit the forward fold)

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Celebrate van Gogh’s Birthday with: Ear Pressure Pose – Karnapidasana

March 30, 2011

I wish they would only take me as I am– Vincent van Gogh

Today, March 30 is Vincent van Gogh‘s birthday (1853).

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One of my all time favorite artists, Dutch born Post-Impressionism painter, van Gogh is best known for is bright colored emotionally stimulating masterpieces.  His best know works include:  Starry Night, Sunflowers and Self Portraits.  van Gogh had a long history of depression and mental illness, resulting in his death by a self inflected gunshot wound.  He is also well known for cutting off  a portion of his left ear. (There has been some debate recently about who actually cut off the artist’s ear, some think it was Paul GauguinRead More Here).

To Celebrate van Gogh’s Birth and (possible) famous self inflected Ear Mutilation…


Ear Pressure Pose (Karnapidasana)
Also known as Knees to Ears or Deaf Man’s Pose

Begin by laying back

From Shoulderstand
bend you knees down towards your forehead (only going as far as is comfortable). Release your arms to the mat, palms down.

Ear Pressure Pose (Karnapidasana)
Hold this asana for a few long slow deep breaths, gently roll down onto your back when finished.

Pull Knees to Chest for a spinal release.

Please note: it takes time to totally achieve this asana, don;t worry, with time and practice, your needs will slowly get closer and closer to the floor.  before you know it, you will be in full expression of this pose.

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Here are some of my favorite van Gogh quotes:

“As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.”

“Conscience is a man’s compass.”

“Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.”

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

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