Urdhva Dhanurasana or upward-facing bow pose/bridge.
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Here is a video that I have come across on Youtube, with a great demonstration of ashtanga yoga from Danny Paradise, yogi to high profile celebrities such as Sting, Madonna and Paul Simon. Great locations and postures... Enjoy!
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I would like to recommend a book and a yoga nidra CD by Richard Miller Ph.D.: Yoga Nidra - The Meditative Heart of Yoga
His wise guidance is clear and inspiring, and is a great tool for teachers and students alike. I always feel refreshed and balanced after yoga nidra and teach it to my prenatal students who find that it helps alleviate fears associated with pregnancy; as well as bringing about deep relaxation. Richard Miller has a soft melodic voice that my labrador also loves... He will come and lie down beside me whenever he hears this CD go on.
20 September 2009
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Here is another video I have found on Youtube regarding the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India. It is taken from the BBC programme Extreme Pilgrim and provides an interesting and more than entertaining insight into the lives of the Sadhus - a term used to describe mystic, ascetic practitioners of yoga; as well as wandering Hindu monks.
17 September 2009
Along these channels sit the chakras, which are divided into seven main wheels or discs. Chakras are often described as prana centres and are depicted as spinning wheels of light. Each chakra has a colour associated to it and correlate to specific parts of the body; as well as to emotional and spiritual well-being. During the practice of yoga, prana is encouraged to flow through the chakras, increasing and balancing these subtle “wheels of light”, while having a positive and healing effect on the mind, body and spirit.
The seven chakras are:
- Mulahara (red): grounding, stability, stamina, motivation, self-confidence, purpose, passion, excitement. (Base)
- Svadhisthana (orange): joy, respect for oneself, release (of stored negativity), creativity, cheer, pick-me-up, happiness. (Sacral)
- Manipura (yellow): cleansing, cheer, happiness, upliftment, ego, will power, energy, focus, enthusiasm, self-worth. (Solar plexus)
- Anahata (green): balance, harmony, peace, abundance, love yourself, release (heart related emotions), growth/ new beginnings. (Heart)
- Vissudha (blue): release of physical tension, communication, peace, healing, honesty, calming, cleansing, express oneself. (Throat)
- Ajna (indigo / magenta): wisdom, protection, vision, responsibility, understanding, seeking, power. (Brow)
- Sahasrara (purple): clarity, cleansing, clearing negativity, universal energy, has all colours within it, pureness. (Crown)
I came across this video from shortcuttonirvana.com on Youtube, and thought I would share it with you all. It was filmed at The Maha Kumbh Mela (Great Festival of the Urn), which takes place every twelve years near the Indian city of Allahabad. With more than 70 million people attending (gurus, spiritual leaders, devotees) from all around the world, the Maha Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering in the history of humanity.
In the video, the Dalai Lama talks about the ancient spiritual connection between India and his homeland of Tibet. Hope you enjoy his words of wisdom!
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The practice of yoga induces a primary sense of measure and proportion. Reduced to our own body, our first instrument, we learn to play it, drawing from it maximum resonance and harmony.
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From personal experience, chanting can have a very positive, uplifting effect on you, irrespective of your religious beliefs. It allows the mind to be free of any other thoughts that may be distracting or disturbing you. Chanting with others can also bring about a feeling of belonging and energy is shared. When we chant, it is said that we cut through the mind mesh and obtain freedom from delusion.
I have included some quotes below which I like a lot and which can be interpreted in many ways. I find them very useful for quietening the mind and feeling good about oneself.
Here are a couple of Kirtan chants:
“Chanting is the heart practice of yoga. When we are in love, our hearts are constantly calling out the name of our lover. Chanting is that calling”.
I am that (that which is immortal and everlasting) - The Upanishads
“Om asato ma sad-gamaya, tamaso majyotir gamaya,
Mrtyor ma amritham gamaya,
om shantih shantih shantih.”
Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality, om peace peace peace
“Rama bolo Rama bolo, bolo, bolo, Ram
Seeta bolo Seeta bolo bolo bolo Ram
Hanuman bolo Hanuman bolo bolo bolo Ram”.
Rejoice and sing the names of Ram, Sita, and Hanuman.
“Ganesha sharanam, sharanam Ganesha Jai Jai Ganesha”
I take refuge in the one who removes all obstacles
But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
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It is said that the energy from the full moon can make us headstrong, while that from the new moon has a more calming effect, but which can also make us more lethargic. Therefore, by connecting with the natural ebb and flow of the moon, we can be more connected not only to ourselves, but also to the natural rhythms of the Earth.
Here is a calendar of the new and full moons for 2009:
- Sunday 11th January
- Monday 9th February
- Wednesday 11th March
- Thursday 9th April
- Saturday 9th May
- Sunday 7th June
- Tuesday 7th July
- Thursday 6th August
- Friday 4th September
- Sunday 4th October
- Monday 2nd November
- Wednesday 2nd December
- Thursday 31st December
- Monday 26th January
- Wednesday 25th February
- Thursday 26th March
- Saturday 25th April
- Sunday 24th May
- Monday 22nd June
- Wednesday 22nd July
- Thursday 20th August
- Friday 18th September
- Sunday 18th October
- Monday 16th November
- Wednesday 16th December