Karma of Freedom 2014

Stuck in bed after a knee operation, I had time but no mobility so I initiate to reflect on karma and law of attraction. 

In Vedantic philosopy the word Karma means both action and the effects of such action.

I kick-off by watching the documentary “Manufacturing consent ” from the book of Edward S Herman & Noam Chomsky, and from there more documentaries, lectures, debates, newspapers…..

Even if I encountered some anger management moments, I had a sense of raising my consciousness by coming across the stories of people who chose to tell another side of the truth. They informed people, engaged themselves no matter the consequences because they felt it was right.

I decided for 2014 greetings to review some facts, I came across.

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“It is still my firm conviction that human nature is essentially compassionate, gentle…..

……….I beleive that these conflicts aren’t necessarily because of human nature but rather a result of the result of human intellect- Unbalanced human intelligence , misuse of our intelligence, our imaginative faculty”

HH DALAI LAMA

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As a yoga teacher, to be successfull in my practice I should pay particular attention to certain key aspects :

Ahara /  Proper and healthy food

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Food Inc. Full movie – click here

In october 2013 Monsanto win the nobel prize for agriculture :

“This has to be a joke, right? Just like when Obama won the Peace Prize (http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7647) “The accolades are set to be given to these cretinous executives on World Food Day, October 16. If this insane plan goes ahead without a public backlash, we will be rewarding CEOs who have systematically:

  • Monopolized our food and driven millions of farmers into poverty
  • Designed dangerous artificial growth hormones for dairycows
  • Created franken-seeds and prohibited investigation into their long-term effects
  • Tried to block the labelling of GMO foods
  • Patented food in a sickening attempt to own nature itself
  • Enforcing these patents by suing and threatening smallholders and family farmers who violate Monsanto´s iron rule
  • Caused mass suicide among millions of farmers whose GM crops fail
  • Invented pesticides thatkill bees and endangered other wildlife
  • And later had the audacity to launch legal action against the European Union after it finally banned bee-killing pesticides in May this year.
  • And so on, to infinity and beyond. We could be here all day (soya, roundup, cotton, aspartame, take your pick of therest…) ”  http://www.trueactivist.com/monsantowins-nobel-prize-for-agriculture/

Bihara / proper and healthy thoughts

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Chomsky on courses of intellectual self-defense

I find actually very difficult to develop free, open-minded and logical thoughts in my evryday life…. 

“Noam Chomsky and others have criticized the legal decisions that led to the creation of the modern corporation:

“Corporations, which previously had been considered artificial entities with no rights, were accorded all the rights of persons, and far more, since they are “immortal persons”, and “persons” of extraordinary wealth and power.

Furthermore, they were no longer bound to the specific purposes designated by State charter, but could act as they choose, with few constraints”

          “management is granted a degree of independence; and his attitude toward the inherent corruption of private power, probably a “conspiracy against the public” when businessmen meet for lunch, in his acid view, let alone when they form collectivist legal entities and alliances among them, with extraordinary rights granted, backed, and enhanced by state power”

The documentary shows the development of the contemporary business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government-chartered institution meant to affect specific public functions, to the rise of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of a person. The documentary concentrates mostly upon North American corporations, especially those in the United States. One theme is its assessment as a "personality", as a result of an 1886 case in the United States Supreme Court in which a statement by Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite[nb 1] led to corporations as "persons" having the same rights as human beings, based on the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.The Corporation – click full movie

Campaign 4 Corporate Harm Reduction

When thoughts of Freedom and Democracy expand

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OCCUPY LOVE 2013

Excerpts from the book “Occupy” by N.Chomsky

“In no rush to produce leaders or to issue a closed set of demands, Occupy embodies a vision of democracy that is fundamentally antagonistic to the management of society as a corporate-controlled space that funds a political system to serve the wealthy, ignore the poor”

” That is very needed especially in a world where inequalities have risen to historically unprecedented heights “

“Occupy  put the inequalities of everyday life on the national agenda, influencing reporting, public perception and language itsel”

“they worked, they acted, they organised, , they rioted if necessary to bring their situation to the attention of people in power as a normal citizen”

 

I went and slept in the Occupy camp at Saint-Paul cathedral in London in October 2011, this was for me just an experience as I stayed just 2 days, I didn’t do much.  But I remember, how I was amazed by the organization, it was like a small village independent inside the big apple with everything you need, hot drinks tent, canteen tent (vegetarian food all day), library, info tent to organise the resources, recycle bins, media tent.  Even a tent for meditation (sure you need it to make your thoughts lighter).  I have seen people of all background debate together, exchanging informations, expressing their indignation regarding failure of the financial system.

I learned the power of  “the countless small actions of unknown people” (Howard Zinn) are foundation for those great moment, and to me this was beautiful to see. 

“We are legion”  click full movie

Over 6000 arrestations…..   

Torey Van Oot Occupy protester arrested for throwing flower petals in Capitol sacramento March 2006

Vyavahara – proper and healthy behavior

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Information and knowledge are foundations for healthy behaviour

“A whistleblower is a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organization. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health and safety violations, and corruption”

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Julian Assange –  Editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks which publishes submissions of secret information.

Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, Cypherpunks, Surveillance State – DemocracyNow

Karma of truth can be expensive

“For the whistleblowing website and his own defence had reached £500,000. Assange said WikiLeaks had been receiving as much as £85,000 a day at its peak, before the financial blockade. WikiLeaks took legal action against VALITOR, the Icelandic partner for Visa, and won their case in an Icelandic court, forcing Visa to begin processing payments again”

The Julian Assange Show: Noam Chomsky & Tariq Ali (E10) A surprise Arab drive for freedom, the West’s structural crisis and new hope coming from Latin America. That’s the modern world in the eyes of Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali, two prominent thinkers and this week’s guests on Julian Assange’s show on RT

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 Barrett Brown  –  Journalist has been incarcerated since 1 year and risking 105 years sentence! for what exactly ?

“What Brown did through his organization Project PM was attempt to expand these peepholes. He did this by leading group investigations into the world of private intelligence and cybersecurity contracting, a $56 billion industry that consumes 70 percent of the U.S. intelligence budget”

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/barrett-brown-faces-105-years-in-jail-20130905

http://freebarrettbrown.org/

Free Press

“The notion that linking to stolen material makes the linker a party to the original crime is absurd. And the severity of the charges is clearly meant to send a message to journalists and whistleblowers everywhere. Brown’s case appears to be part and parcel of the government’s crackdown on activists who leak information and the journalists who report on them.” —Free Press

https://twitter.com/FutureRadicals

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                  Slim Amamou 

SLIM AMAMOU

Graduated from the University of Sousse,he is an influential blogger and author of ReadWriteWeb France. He protested against censorship in Tunisia and organized a demonstration on 22 May 2010.

He was arrested during the protests that led to the Jasmine Revolution After his release, on 17 January 2011 he was appointed Secretary of State for Sport and Youth in the new Tunisian government.On the week of May 25, he resigned from his post in protest of the transitional government’s censorship of several websites at the request of the army.

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Edward Snowden

  American computer specialist, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed classified NSA documents to several media outlets, initiating the NSA leaks, which reveal operational details of a global surveillance apparatus run by the NSA, its Five Eyes partners, and numerous commercial and international partners.

Snowden is considered a fugitive by American authorities who have charged him with espionage and theft of government property.He is currently living in Russia under temporary asylum.

What you’re not being told about Booz Allen Hamilton and Edward Snowden – Truthloader MUST WATCH 

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Bradley Manning 

Manning was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years confinement with the possibility of parole in eight years, and to be dishonorably discharged from the Army.

“the U.S. government has made a policy of charging and convicting a wide range of activists across the country”

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Aaron Hillel Swartz 1986 – 2013   was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist

“an information transparency activist like the late Aaron Swartz is apparently more dangerous than the men who ruined the nation’s economy, and an environmentally-minded economics student poses a greater threat than the oil companies polluting America’s natural resources”

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Aaron Swartz is the founder of Demand Progress, which launched the campaign against the Internet censorship bills (SOPA/PIPA) and now has over a million members. He is also a Contributing Editor to The Baffler and on the Council of Advisors to The Rules.

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Michael Mahon Hastings – 1980-2013  Was an American journalist, author, contributing editor to Rolling Stone, and reporter for BuzzFeed.

http://www.occupy.com/article/exclusive-who-killed-michael-hastings

Books “I lost my love in Baghdad!”

The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan

Click to watch video

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Nelson Mandela 1918-2013  over 27 years in prison

” In April 2000, Nelson Mandela ” accused the British gouvernment of encouraging international chaos, together with America, by ignoring other nations and playing “policeman of the world”, saying that ” he resented the behaviour of both Britain and America in riding roughshod over the United Nations and launching military actions against Iraq and Kosovo” ” Such disregard for international conventions was more dangerous to world peace than anything that was currently happening in Africa….” From the book ” A new generation draws the line” 

Despite overwhelming odds and the outlawing of the African National Congress, Nelson Mandela remained dedicated to his cause for freedom. He was still listed as terrorist in 2006.
Despite overwhelming odds and the outlawing of the African National Congress, Nelson Mandela remained dedicated to his cause for freedom. He was still listed as terrorist in 2006.

Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Denounced as a communist terrorist by critics, he nevertheless gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Soviet Order of Lenin and the Bharat Ratna. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”.

Correct behaviour in technology

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Nicolas Tesla –  1856 – 1943  

The History of Nikola Tesla – a Short Story

 “On June 6th, 1884, Tesla arrived in the United States. He was hired by Thomas Edison to do basic electrical engineering, but moved up to re-designing the direct current generators that ran Edison’s business. Edison offered Tesla $50,000, or about $1.1 million in today’s currency to make these improvements. After completing this assignment, Tesla asked about the payment for his work. Edison didn’t pay out the money. He claimed that he wasn’t serious about the payment, that Tesla didn’t “understand American humour” Tesla eventually left Edison’s company and partnered with George Westinghouse in 1888 to commercialize his system of alternating current (AC). The problem here is that alternating current competed with direct current, which Thomas Edison built his entire monopoly on. Thus begun the “War of the Currents.”

“Edison started a massive smear campaign against Tesla and alternating current, trying to scare people into avoiding it’s use. He spread false information about deaths from alternating current, lobbied against it, and went so far as to electrocute a circus elephant in public.”

“Eventually, Edison had to give into the demands of the people, and go with alternating current.”

“Tesla’s influence goes much further than electricity. He had over 700 patents, and came up with ideas such as

Robots Spark Plugs the Electric Arc Lamp an Xray Device Blade less turbines Wireless communication Electric motors Laser technology Neon Lights Remote Controls Cellular communication The radio An electrical bath to remove germs RADAR Wireless communication And much more…”

Tesla died from heart failure in a room of the New Yorker Hotel, on January 7th 1943. Despite his fame and influence on the world, he died with significant debts, and all alone”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSVzivzGeoc Les Archives oubliées . Nicolas Tesla (energie libre) http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/10-inventions-of-nikola-tesla-that.html

“freedom and peace need thruth”

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“the war you don’t see” produced and directed by John Pilger

“The killing of civilians and wilfully causing great suffering is a war crime” fourth geneva convention 1949

 

” A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.

“As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an electronic battlefield in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?”

The war you DON'T SEE - HEALING YOGA - John pilger

click to watch full movie

“John Pilger says in the film: “We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is”

“For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home… In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us… Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.”

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The war never seen – 1975 East Timor 250 000 people died.

“Children don’t smile anymore….”

Documentary: The East Timor Genocide – 1/8

“….in an emerging global system managed by the United States and ultimately subordinated to American interests. In 1967 Richard Nixon wrote, ‘With its 100 million people and its 300-mile arc of islands containing the region’s richest hoard of natural resources, Indonesia is the greatest prize in South East Asia”

East Timor map

“……….the CIA operations officer in Indonesia at the time of the invasion confirmed to me in 1993. What in other countries would have been condemned and punished as an act of barbarism and a crime against humanity has, it seems, been quietly deemed acceptable. When pressed in an interview Gareth Evans, the Australian foreign affairs minister, whose policies have supported the Suharto regime, admitted that the number of East Timorese dead ‘is horrifyingly large’.

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“How they died has been Indonesia’s and its allies’ great secret. Western intelligence has documented the unfolding of the genocide since the first Indonesian paratroopers landed in the capital, Dili, on December 7, 1975 – less than two months after two Australian television crews were murdered by the Indonesian military, leaving just one foreign reporter, Roger East, to witness the invasion. He became the sixth journalist to die there, shot through the head with his hands tied behind his back, his body thrown into the sea” THINK WORLD TRAVELER.COM

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http://www.oneeyeopen.com.au/These-Walls-can-Talk“Street art has a unique way of capturing the soul of a city, as civilians and artists use the public space as a canvas to express their deepest hopes and dreams”

People involvment in democracy should be encouraged and helped as a healthy behaviour

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 Wilfred Burchett  1911 – 1983 

  A story of deny

“For most of his working life, controversial Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett chose to report from the “other side”. His unorthodox views and activities caused him to be labelled a traitor by many”

“At the dawn of the nuclear age, an independent Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchett traveled to Japan to cover the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The only problem was that General Douglas MacArthur had declared southern Japan off-limits, barring the press.

Over 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but no Western journalist witnessed the aftermath and told the story. The world’s media obediently crowded onto the USS Missouri off the coast of Japan to cover the surrender of the Japanese….” Full Story

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“We are the one we have been waiting for” June Jordan

The law of attraction is to attract what you want by thoughts and actions.

Karma Yoga has been teaching to me as a way of acting, thinking and willing towards realization without consideration of personal self-centred desires, likes or dislikes.   

As a yoga teacher Yoga is my practice.

As a citizen getting informed is my duty.

And both gave me compassion, hope and elevate my consciousness. 

With confidence and engagement, I will dedicate my own practice to raise: 

  • perseverance  “it’s always impossible until it is done”
  • Courage “ is not the absence of fear but triumph over it”
  • Personal development “a good head and good heart are always a formidable combination”
  • Gratitude, compassion and worthiness “to improve the innate state of Happiness”
  • Understanding “Education and information are the most formidable weapon which can be used to change the world”

I wish you Freedom and Expression for 2014

Stretching the mind

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Indian head massage – ‘If we all had half an hour of this a week, I am convinced, life would be sunnier’

What is an Indian Head Massage?

As implied by the name, the Indian Head Massage is a form of massage therapy created in India thousands of years ago. It is deep style a massage derived from the Ayurvedic tradition that focuses on the head, shoulders and neck.

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Through a variety of different techniques, the massage works to release any blocked negative energy in the body that may be manifesting itself as disease or injury in any one of the seven Chakras (energy centres) of the body. It does so by applying pressure to certain points on the neck, shoulders and head that correspond to each Chakra (which is a similar approach to that of reflexology). This unblocks the Chakras, and allows for a free flow of energy around the body, restoring the individual to optimum health and feelings of wellbeing.

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The head neck and shoulders are very important energy centres within your body.  If you are feeling stressed or angry, tension tends to accumulate here. This tension can later show up as a stiff neck and shoulders, eyestrain and sometimes even hair loss. Indian head massage involves working with a firm gentle rhythm to help un-knot blockages and release this uncomfortable build up of tension.

What to Expect From an Indian Head Massage

An Indian Head massage is the ideal way to get a person “out of their head”, far far away from everyday emotional and mental stress.

The massage usually goes between 25 – 45 minutes, and may or may not use certain oils in the hair and on the body. Starting at the upper back, the Indian Head masseuse begins by applying pressure to points that dissolve knots and relax the muscles.

They then move to the shoulders and upper arms to release other common areas of tension, and to the neck and head to release headache-causing blockages and to encourage better circulation of the cerebral fluid. The massage then progresses to the scalp, relaxing the entire head, encouraging circulation and stimulating hair growth. Lastly, the masseuse may choose to perform a gentle face massage that may relieve symptoms of sinusitis & headaches, and encourages good circulation and a glowing complexion.

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Benefits

 An Indian Head Massage may prove beneficial by:

 •Relieving built up tension that can often result in headaches, migraines, neck and back pain..

•Detoxifying the body by stimulating lymphatic drainage

•Boosting overall immunity

•Improving circulation, which in turn increases energy levels.

•Promoting clarity and increased concentration.

•Soothes symptoms of asthma by calming the respiratory system.

•Relieves Mandibular Joint Tension.

•Increases muscle tone.

•Relieves symptoms of sinusitis.

•Boosts cerebral spinal fluid circulation.

•Relieves sleeplessness, restlessness and insomnia.

An Indian Head massage may also improve overall mental health by:

 •Relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression

•Providing relief from stress and promotes relaxation

•Improving concentration levels

•Renewing energy levels

•Increasing feelings of peace, calm and well being.

•Boosting memory capabilities

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What Conditions can an Indian Head Treatment help with?

 •Tension Headaches / Migraines

•Tinnitus and other ear problems

•Helps hair loss and thinning

•Muscle tension – neck, shoulder stiffness

•Eye strain

•Insomnia

•Sinus congestion

•Stress, Anxiety, Depression

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Subtle Benefits:

 •Re-balances the energy flow to the body.

•Releases stagnant energy from the body.

•Revitalises the person and the body.

•Energetic healing.

 

Reaction during a treatment:

 • Body will feel totally relaxed

•Feeling of inner peace and calm

•Emotional

•Tired or alert – depending on type of massage given

• Possibility of falling asleep during treatment

Reaction after a treatment:

 • Improved skin colour and texture

•Improved natural sebaceous secretions

•Stress relief

•Relaxed, sleepy or invigorated

•Slightly Disorientated

•Uplifting / Euphoric

•Positive in thoughts

•Clarity of thought and concentration

•Greater feeling of self-worth

•Deeper, calmer breathing

•Increased energy levels

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‘Regular head massage is wonderfully relaxing, enhances the health of the scalp and promotes the growth of lustrous hair’.The Observer

‘Regular head massage…is guaranteed to lift you out of the hustle and bustle’.Harpers and Queen

‘It is unbelievably relaxing and leaves you with a great feeling of well being’.Girl About Town

Yoga an Allergy Antidote?

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So many of u, annually are plagued by seasonal allergic rhinitis, Asthma, and Immunology. And the number of sufferers has doubled in the last 20 years, due to factors such as environmental pollution, poor diet, and increased stress, which make our immune, nervous, and respiratory systems hypersensitive.

Allergies aren’t just annoying; they can affect sleep, concentration, and productivity and put you in a bad mood. Moreover, growing evidence shows that allergies and asthma may be two sides of the same coin, as asthmatics are more likely to be allergy sufferers too and those with allergies have a greater chance of developing asthma.

 

While people often think of spring as the beginning of “allergy season,” there are actually three separate times of year when seasonal allergies tend to occur: spring (tree pollen), summer (grass pollen), and early fall (ragweed pollen). Allergy shots (immunotherapy), nasal steroid sprays, and over-the-counter antihistamines may work for many, but a more holistic approach can help too. As a lifestyle measure, your yoga practice can help reduce allergy symptoms by tempering your immune system’s response to the perceived offender—pollen.

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“Allergies are worsened by a stress reaction, which causes physiological responses, including the release of stress hormones and histamine, and triggers inflammation,” says Jeff Migdow, M.D., director of Prana Yoga Teacher Training through the Open Center in New York as well as a holistic physician at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. “Relaxation diminishes fight-or-flight response, and thereby reduces allergic symptoms.” Through relaxation, the nervous system basically tells the immune system to hold its fire. Once the immune system backs off, the inflammation and mucus decrease, and symptoms diminish.

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Migdow suggests you make de-stressing your immune system a priority by modifying your yoga practice to be less vigorous and much more calming. “For example, avoid Bikram Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga where there is already heat. Instead, practice asanas in a smooth and relaxing way with lots of slow breathing.”

Gary Kraftsow, the founder of the American Viniyoga Institute and the author of Yoga for Wellness, adds: “When allergies flare up, avoid anything that may add insult to injury and keep energy up, since allergies are also associated with low energy.” Plus he advises against using forceful breathing or any pranayama through the nostrils, as congestion might make this difficult and uncomfortable. “In your breathing, place a greater emphasis on exhalation; a short inhalation followed by a longer one has a calming effect,” he says.

 

Harriet (Bhumi) Russell, who is a holistic health educator, yoga teacher, and director of Bhumi’s Yoga and Wellness Center in Cleveland, says that inversions can help clear the upper respiratory tract and drain secretions from the nose, allowing freshly oxygenated blood to flow into the oral cavity.

Doing Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)

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Halasana (Plow Pose) can open nasal passages, ensuring proper drainage of sinuses, she says. Yoga and allergy - healing yoga

“But don’t keep your head down too long in poses like Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) and Sirsasana (Headstand), which can put extra pressure on nasal passages.”

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Also I recommend doing more standing poses—forward and backward bends, and twists—in your practice, all of which tend to massage various parts of the spine and the thoracic cage and condition the lungs. “Strong lung meridians help strengthen immune-system functioning,”

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Can Yoga change your life?

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If you ask most practicing yogis they will respond with a definitive “Yes.” And perhaps it is because that much of this ancient art form lies in connecting with the breath. This simple concept, when practiced at a deep level, can clear the mind of thoughts that contaminate mindfulness and positive thinking — both of which are directly connected to happiness

Other than leading you towards a happier, more forward thinking inner being, yoga has a multitude of physical and social benefits that can lead to a more fulfilling life.

1. Improve your body

This is the most obvious of reasons, but it is very true. Your body will 100 percent change from consistently practicing yoga. Your muscles will become longer, and leaner; you will loose body fat and inches. I have seen a huge transformation in my own body from practicing. Yoga also helps us become more in tune with how we feel and with what is going on inside our bodies.

2. Go with the flow

Yoga teaches us how to breathe. Breath is one of the most important parts of our practice. Learning to use our breath helps us just go with the flow, and go wherever life takes us!

3. Deal with stress better

Now that you know how to go with the flow, things that used to stress you out won’t anymore. Yoga teaches you breathing exercises and poses that help you better cope with stressors.

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4. Glow from the inside out

Seriously… People will start to notice a little pep in your step, or a glow to your skin.  All the moving causes increase in blood flow, which helps clear toxins from the body producing a healthy glow. Get used to hearing. “Wow, you look great!”

5. Connect with people

When you start taking public classes, you begin to meet wonderful like-minded people. Nothing compares to healthy friendships; friendships that involve sharing similar interests, quality experiences and a healthy lifestyle, not pizza and late nights at bars (although those have their place!)

6. Learn to slow down

Yoga teaches us to slow down, to live in the present, to stop ruminating on the past, and stressing about the future. You learn to be fully present and take time to really enjoy what is happening in the NOW. You will stop zipping through life without truly experiencing it.

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7. Let go of things that are not serving you

Yoga teaches us to let go of things that are not serving us. The teachings in yoga are subtle, but when you start to notice actual shifts happening in your life, you beging to feel renewed and at peace with whatever comes your way. You may finally be able to release that negative friend, that abusive relationship, etc.

8. Find your intuition/inner voice

As you become more in tune with your body and your mind, you can actually start to listen to your intuition/inner voice. This was a huge step for me. I was so indecisive, and I was never able to figure out what I truly wanted, or what I felt. Yoga changed that for me!

9. Open up and love more

There are poses in yoga called ‘heart openers.’ These poses are meant to open the heart, to allow love to flow. At first I was sceptical, but yoga teaches us more about love and truly loving people and other living things. Yoga really does open our hearts up, to new people, new experiences, and new things.

10. Happiness

 Yoga teaches us that true happiness comes from within. After consistently practicing yoga for sometime you start to find this true happiness within yourself. It is amazing, and it feels so good. You realize that looking this way or that way, making more money, being the best at everything etc. does not lead to happiness. The happiness is within us all, and it is easily attainable!

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Yoga and practice of letting go

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“Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.” C. JoyBell C.

 Yoga has taught me a great many lessons in our 10 years love affair, and for that I am eternally grateful. One of the greatest gifts this multi-dimensional practice has blessed me with is a greater capacity to both hold on and let go.

Lately my awareness has been heightened around the many levels of tightness and tension we hold onto in our bodies, minds, hearts, and energy fields. Through on-the-mat and off-the-mat yoga we are called to soften, melt, and liberate ourselves in deeper and broader ways. Life offers us the compelling invitation to let go,  to consider the relationship between detachment and freedom.

Detachment involves a deep of paradox.  It’s true that those without a lot of clutter in their lives have more time for inner practice. But in the long run, disengaging ourselves from family, possessions, political activism, friendships, and career pursuits can actually impoverish our inner lives. Engagement with people and places, skills and ideas, money and possessions is what grounds inner practice in reality. Without these external relationships, and the pressure they create, it’s hard to learn compassion; to whittle away at anger, pride, and hardness of heart; to put spiritual insights into action.

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So we can’t use detachment as an excuse not to deal with fundamental issues such as livelihood, power, self-esteem, and relationships with other people. (Well, we can, but eventually those issues will rise up and smack us in the face, like an insulted ingenue in a 1950s movie.) Nor can we make detachment a synonym for indifference, or carelessness, or passivity. Instead, we can practice detachment as a skill—perhaps the essential skill for infusing our lives with integrity and grace.

The Bhagavad Gita, which is surely the basic text on the practice of detachment, is wonderfully explicit on this point. Krishna tells Arjuna that acting with detachment means doing the right thing for its own sake, because it needs to be done, without worrying about success or failure. (T.S. Eliot paraphrased Krishna’s advice when he wrote, “For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”)

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At the same time, Krishna repeatedly reminds Arjuna not to cop out of doing his best in the role his destiny demands of him. In a sense, the Bhagavad Gita is one long teaching on how to act with maximum grace while under maximum pressure. The Gita actually addresses many of the questions that we have about detachment—pointing out, for instance, that we are really supposed to give up not our families or our capacity for enjoyment but our tendency to identify with our bodies and personalities instead of with pure, deathless Awareness.

Detachment, Step by Step

 When things are going well for us, when we feel strong and positive, when we’re healthy and full of inspiration, when we’re in love, it’s easy to wonder why the yogic texts carry on so much about detachment. When we’re faced with loss, grief, or failure, it looks much more appealing—our practice in detachment becomes a lifeline that can move us out of acute suffering into something close to peace.

Yet we can’t leapfrog into detachment. That’s why the Bhagavad Gita recommends developing our detachment muscles by working them day by day, starting with the small stuff. Detachment takes practice, and it reveals itself in stages.

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Stage One: Acknowledgment

 When we’re dealing with a major loss or strong attachment, we always need to begin by acknowledging and working with our feelings. These feelings are the stickiest aspects of attachment: the excited desire we feel when we want something, the anxiety we feel about losing it, and the sense of hopelessness that can arise when we fail to achieve it.

Acknowledgment doesn’t just mean recognizing that you want something badly or that you’re feeling loss. When you want something, feel how you want it—find the wanting feeling in your body. When you’re feeling cocky about a victory, be with the part of yourself that wants to beat your chest and say, “Me, me, me!” Rather than pushing away the anxiety and fear of losing what you care about, let it come up and breathe into it. And when you’re experiencing the hopelessness of actual loss, allow it in. Let yourself cry.

Stage Two: Self-Inquiry

 Once you’ve felt your feelings, you’ll need to process them through self-inquiry. To do this, start by probing the feeling space that the desire or grief or hopelessness brings up in your consciousness, perhaps naming it to yourself, and gradually breathing out the content, the story line. (It sometimes helps to talk to yourself for a while beforehand, to take care of the part of you that needs comforting. Remind yourself that you do have resources, recall helpful teachings, pray for help and guidance, or simply say, “May I be healed,” with each exhalation.)

To begin the self-inquiry part of the process, bring yourself into contact with your inner witness. Then explore the energy in the feelings. As you go deeper into this energy, its knotty, sticky quality will start to dissolve—for the time being. In any process for working with feelings, it’s important to find a way to explore your feelings that allows you both to be present with them and to stand a little aside from them.

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Stage Three: Processing

 In the third stage of detachment, you begin to become aware of what has been useful in the journey you’ve just taken, in the task or relationship or life stage you’re working with, regardless of how it all turned out. The mother who came back after her son’s birthday and thought, “At least I saw him,” was experiencing one version of that recognition. Many of us reach the third stage of detachment when we realize that we have actually gained something, even if it’s just a lesson in what not to do.

A young scientist I know spent two years on a career-defining study and was nearing a breakthrough when he picked up a journal one day and found that someone else had gotten there before him. He was devastated and lost his enthusiasm for his work. “My mind kept coming up with hopeless thoughts,” he told me. “I’d find myself thinking, ‘You’re just unlucky; the gods of science won’t ever let you succeed.’ I didn’t even want to go to the lab.”

He learned to move through his hopelessness using a combination of tactics: mindfulness (“It’s just a thought”), talking back to it (“Things will get better!”), and prayer. He told me he knew he’d begun to detach (the word he used, actually, was heal) when he realized how much he’d learned from the research he’d done, and how it would come in handy later.

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Stage Four: Creative Action

 The scientist will have reached the fourth stage of detachment when he’s able to start something new with real enthusiasm for the doing of it, rather than out of the need to prove something.

Loss or desire can paralyze us, so that we find ourselves without the will to act or else acting in meaningless, ineffective ways. One of the reasons we take time to process is so that when we do act, we’re not paralyzed by fear or driven by the frantic need to do something (anything!) to convince ourselves we have some degree of control. In the early stages of loss, or in the grip of strong desire, it is sometimes better just to do the minimum for basic survival. As you move forward in the processing, however, ideas and plans will start to bubble up inside you, and you’ll feel actual interest in doing them. This is when you can take creative action.

Stage Five: Freedom

 You’ve reached this stage when thinking about your loss (or the thing you desire) doesn’t interfere with your normal feelings of well-being. Desire, fear, and hopelessness are deeply embedded in our psyches, and we feel their pull whenever any remnant of attachment exists. We know that we’ve begun to achieve real detachment in a situation when we can contemplate what’s occurring without immediately getting blindsided by these feelings.

The fifth stage is a state of true liberation, which the sage Abhinavagupta describes as the feeling of putting down a heavy burden. It’s no small thing. Every time we free ourselves from one of those sticky feelings, we unlock another link in what the yogic texts call the chain of bondage.

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Detachment as Offering

 Whether we’re doing it daily or as a way of dealing with a big bump in our road, practicing detachment is easier if we do it with a soft attitude. I have a huge amount of respect for the Zen warrior approach to the inner life, the one in which you heroically renounce your weaknesses and tough out the hard stuff, perhaps using your sense of humour to give you the power to move forward. But when I try to detach in that way, it seems to lead to a kind of emotional deep freeze.

So instead, the way I ease myself toward detachment is to practice offering. I connect myself to the inner Presence (the Vedantic texts call it Being/Awareness/Bliss), and then I offer up whatever it is that I’m doing, whatever I’m intending or wanting, or whatever I’m trying to get free of. That’s the time-honoured method set forth in the Bhagavad Gita: Offer the fruits of your labour to God.

Every spiritual tradition includes some form of offering (and some form of God), but for detachment practice, the two most powerful ways to offer are to dedicate your actions and to turn over your fears, desires, doubts, and obstructions to the one Consciousness. Offering our actions helps train us to do things not for any particular gain or personal purpose but simply as an act of praise or gratitude, or as a way of joining our consciousness to the greater Consciousness. Offering our desires, fears, and doubts loosens the hold they have on us, reminding us to trust in the Presence—the source of both our longings and their fulfilment.

When we begin to let go, it’s as if everything begins to break down. All our concepts and beliefs that we use to use to define ourselves by slowly begin to dissolve until they are no longer there. Our expectations fade and our awareness expands until reality becomes something very subjective and impermanent. We begin to realize that every individual is uniquely special and on their own path. Then, we are able to release the need to control other people, we are able to take responsibility for ourselves and begin to live more deeply from our own truth—knowing everyone we meet and every situation we encounter is, most likely, just another lesson in letting go.

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So, next time you practice yoga, instead of thinking about it, talking about or analyzing it, try just being it.

Practice of Karmasa – Do your best without get attached to the result, without wanting the fruits of the actions – BE THERE HERE AND NOW – DON’T FORCE – JUST DO YOUR BEST – THEN LET IT GO – DON’T GET ATTACHED AND DESTINITY WILL APPEARS TO YOU

Mantra is one for letting go. “I release all that no longer serves me. I am safe. All is well.”

Time ॐ

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TIME has two meanings:

One is chronological time, the clock’s time. I cannot say much about it. You have to ask a physicist; only he can say something about it. That is not my dimension of work. If you ask the physicists, Albert Einstein and others, they will say time is the fourth dimension of space. But that does not make much sense, the mystery remains. The mystery remains as mysterious as it was before Albert Einstein.

Saint Augustine is reported to have said, “I know what time is if nobody asks me; if somebody asks me then I don’t know.”

Time is a mysterious quality. Everybody lives in it, everybody feels it, everybody knows it, and yet it is inexplicable.

The physicist has come to a certain understanding — that it is the fourth dimension of space — but that too does not demystify it. In fact it becomes even more mysterious. We have never thought of space and time as one; now physicists say that they are not two. They use a single word for both: spatiotime.

But that is not my world, science is not my world. There is another meaning of time, and whenever I use the word ‘time’ I use it in that other sense — psychological time — which has significance, more significance than chronological time.

What is psychological time? Mind is psychological time. Mind is time. If you don’t have any mind and you are simply silent with no thought moving within, there is no time for you, not psychological time. The clock will go on moving, but for you the inner clock stops — time stops, the world stops. That is my dimension, the dimension of meditation.

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As you go deeper into meditation time disappears. When meditation has really bloomed there is no time found. It happens simultaneously: when the mind disappears time disappears. Hence down the ages the mystics have said that time and mind are nothing but two aspects of the same coin. Mind cannot live without time and time cannot live without mind. Time is a way for the mind to exist.

Mind creates future through desire, through dreaming. The future does not exist, it is only in imagination, and mind creates the past. The past also does not exist, it is only in the memory. The past is no more, the future is not yet, but both exist in the mind. And because of the past and the future you have the feeling of time.

Time is not divided into three parts as it is usually divided. Mystics divide time into two parts: the past and the future. Time has only two tenses: past, future. And what about the present? Mystics say the present is timeless because the present is mindless. When you are utterly in the present, here now, there is neither mind nor time. You transcend time and mind both, you enter into eternity. You are beyond time. You are in a totally different world — transformed, transmuted, transported.

When I talk about time I mean this time that is created by the mind. Mind clings with the past and clings with the future. It is not ready to renounce the past, it is not ready to die to the past, because it is in the past that it can have its roots. And it is not ready to renounce desiring, dreaming, because it is in desiring and dreaming that it can live. It needs space; it creates a very false space for itself: tomorrow, which never comes. Mind knows of yesterdays and tomorrows, and nothing of today.

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Hence all the Buddhas have insisted, “Live in this moment.” To live in this moment is meditation, to be simply here now is meditation. Those who are simply here now this very moment with me are in meditation. This is meditation: the cuckoo calling from far away, and the airplane passing, and the crows and the birds. And all is silent, and there is no movement in the mind — you are not thinking of the past and you are not thinking of the future. Time has stopped, the world has stopped.

Stopping the world is the whole art of meditation. And to live in the moment is to live in eternity. To taste the moment with no idea, with no mind, is to taste immortality.

Time is mind. Time is death. Going beyond time is going beyond mind and beyond death.

But if you want to know about chronological time you have to ask a physicist; that is not my concern. Psychological time is my basic concern. That’s my whole work here: to help you get out of psychological time.” And reach Eternity….

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Rajadhiraja Yoga class

Every Tuesday 6.30pm to 8pm and Thursday from 8pm to 9.30pm

@ Holistic Health Clinic, Brighton

All levels of experience welcome, beginners encouraged!

“Letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of a new life.” ॐॐॐ

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Yoga for musicians – Mia Olson

Yoga for musician - healing yoga - Rajadhiraja yoga Yoga for Musicians is a practice developed by Mia Olson out of experience with music and yoga. It can help in so many ways including the development of a concentrated and focused mind for performance, an awareness of the body to prevent overuse injuries, and an overall awareness of breath to help with relaxation and musical phrasing. She was originally introduced to yoga as a way of exercise, but soon experienced that it offered so much more. “Yoga is truly a way to balance the mind, body, and spirit” Through her own practice of yoga, she started relating these elements to her life as a musician, and now she is able to help other colleagues and students along their journey. “It has been exciting to see so many transformations throughout the years”

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Through practicing yoga techniques, you can develop an awareness of breath and body that can help with any task at hand. For example, many students get very nervous before an audition or performance. Practicing a few of the following exercises prior to a performance can greatly reduce anxiety, and enhance performance. In addition, many people have developed a disconnection with their body. Through practice, they have been able to change the relationship that they have with their body, become more aware of their body, prevent injuries, and even heal overuse injuries.

As with any physical exercise, it is important to work within your limits. If anything does not feel quite right for your body, do not do it. We are trying to develop awareness to how our body feels and honor that without trying to force anything.

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There are a couple of key elements that are important when practicing yoga. First of all, be aware of keeping a tall, straight spine regardless of whether you sit or stand. Keep the shoulders relaxed back and down as the chest opens and lifts slightly. Feel that there is a string attached to the top of your head, as you elongate the neck and keep the chin parallel with the ground. Secondly, develop an awareness of the breath and keep this awareness throughout all of the exercises.

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The easiest and most effective exercise to practice before a performance is simply to become aware of the breath. This will bring our focus immediately to the present and will start to calm our nerves. When we get nervous or upset, the first thing to go is the breath, so by focusing on it and making it deeper, we can actually calm the nerves and develop more focus and concentration.

Let’s start with the most basic breath, the Full Yogic Breath, or Three-Part Dirgha Breath. Begin this breath by exhaling all of your air, pulling the muscles of the abdomen in and up towards your spine. Then relax the muscles of the abdomen and allow the air to fill up the belly, chest and all the way up to the collarbone. Continue exhaling and inhaling fully. Think about expanding the front, back, and sides of the body. Also think of slowing the breath down. If you need to reduce stress more, try to make the exhalation longer than the inhalation. By simply becoming aware of this full yogic breath, one can bring calmness back to the body and begin to develop focus and concentration,

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Also try the Alternate Nostril Breath or Nadi Shodhana Breath. This is a very relaxing, balancing and calming breath. It is a great breath to help calm the nerves and reduce stress and anxiety. It also helps to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Start in a comfortable seated position with your spine tall. Begin to come into the Full Yogic Breath for a few rounds. Then, as you are ready, take your right hand and place your first and second finger between your eyebrows (third eye point). Even by lightly pressing this point, you can calm the mind. Start by exhaling all of your air. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through your left nostril. Close your left nostril with your right ring finger, then release your thumb and exhale through your right nostril. Inhale right side, closing this nostril, then exhale left side. Inhale left, close, exhale right. Continue with this breath for a few minutes, slowing down the pace of the breath a little more with each round. Release your hand back to your lap and notice how you feel now compared to when you first began.

     The most basic posture in yoga is the Mountain Pose, or Tadasana. This is a great pose to use for playing on stage, as you will want to feel firmly rooted and planted when you perform. Practice this posture to help with spinal alignment and creating space in the ribcage for a full breath. Keep your feet hip width apart, toes pointing parallel and firmly planted on the ground. Engage the muscles of the legs, keeping the knees slightly bent, tuck the tailbone under slightly to keep a straight pelvis. Roll your shoulders back and down, lifting through your spine and through the crown of your head.

Most musicians tend to carry their stress in the upper body. The following exercise routine is great to do before a performance, audition, or as a way to warm up the body before a practice session. Once the exercises are learned, it only takes a few minutes to do them, and it can make all the difference in how you feel. All these exercises can be done in a comfortable seated or standing position. Just make sure the spine is elongated, shoulders are relaxed back and down, and the chest is open and slightly lifted. Connect with your full yogic breath. Do as many of these exercises as you would like, holding each stretch for 3–5 breaths.

 

Neck Circles: Allow the chin to rest towards your chest. Breathe into the back of your neck for a few breaths to release any tension. As you are ready, inhale right ear to right shoulder and breathe into the left side of the neck. Exhale chin towards chest and inhale left ear to left shoulder, breathing into the right side of the neck. Continue with half circles in front of the body. Then, come into full circles, being gentle as the head comes back. Reverse the direction after a few circles.

 

Shoulders – tension/release and circles: Inhale the shoulders up to your ears. Squeeze the shoulders up as high as you can, holding the breath in. Exhale as you drop the shoulders. Relax, and repeat two more times.

Next, inhale the shoulders up towards your ears, exhale rotating the shoulders back and down, opening up the chest area. After your shoulders come all the way down, inhale the shoulders forward, rounding the back, and continue the circles until the shoulders come all the way up to your ears again. Circle back for a few rounds and then reverse directions, exhaling the shoulders forward and down, rounding the back of the body. As the shoulders come all the way down, start to inhale the shoulders back, opening up the chest area, then up to your ears once again. Continue with shoulder rotations, making full circles coming forward.

 

Wrist and arm rotations: With the elbows bent by your sides and shoulders relaxed, circle the wrists away from each other in front of you. As you do this, feel free to move the fingers creatively, loosening them up. You can also bend one finger at a time toward the palm to loosen up the fingers. Repeat several times then rotate wrists towards each other in circles. Pause, then rotate the fore arms and hands towards each other in a circle in front of the body, then rotate them away from each other in the opposite direction.

Eagle Arms: This is one of the best exercises for reducing upper back and shoulder tension. Inhale and extend the arms out in a T position with your palms facing down. Exhale the right arm under the left arm, crossing at the elbows. Bend the elbows so that the palms face outward. Draw the right hand towards your nose and wrap it around the left hand, fingers pointing up toward the sky and palms come close to touching. Breathe into the back of the body opening up the shoulders. Rotate the elbows in circles in one direction, then in the other direction to loosen up the upper back. Then, inhale the elbows up and exhale the elbows down to feel the stretch in different places. Release the arms, shake it out, and repeat the whole sequence on the other side.

 Standing Yoga Mudra: Start with your feet wide apart, toes pointing parallel. Lift the arms in front of you as you inhale then push the palms away from you on an exhale as you draw your hands towards each other, clasping the hands behind your back. Elongate the spine, lifting through the crown of your head. You can stop here and get a nice stretch through the chest and shoulders. Continue with the next stretch only if it feels comfortable. Begin by leading with your chest as you exhale, bending forward you’re your waist with your head coming down between your legs. Keep the knees slightly bent to protect them while you continue to draw the arms up and back, feeling a nice stretch in the arms and shoulders. Hold for a few breaths and come up to standing very slowly. Whenever the head is below the chest, you should move slowly, as all of the blood rushes to your head and you will become very dizzy if you move too fast.

Helicopter: This is one of the best exercises to practice totally letting go of tension in the upper body. Start in a standing position with the feet a little wider than hip width apart. Keep the knees slightly bent. Allow the arms to hang freely down by your side and start to turn the torso from side to side. As you start to move from side to side, the arms should flop back and forth like coat sleeves flopping in the wind. Imagine that the tension is rolling off your upper back, shoulders and arms, releasing out your fingertips, never to return again! Gradually come back to stillness after you feel that you have released some tension. Pause and notice how you feel.

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These exercises can make a world of difference in how you feel and play. So, the next time you are waiting to go on stage or waiting for that audition, don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Spend that time connecting with your breath and doing a few of the exercises to release your tension and become focused. Just a couple of deep breaths, neck circles, or helicopters can do wonders. Experiment to find which exercises work best for you.

If you would like to learn more, I recommend finding a certified yoga teacher in your area. There are so many styles, so try different ones to see what feels right for you. Then, see for yourself how yoga can transform your life and your music.

Mia Olson is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She has developed and teaches Yoga For Musicians classes at Berklee College of Music where she is a Professor in the Woodwind Department. Mia also teaches Harmony courses for Berklee’s online extension school, BerkleeMusic. Mia has presented Yoga for Musicians seminars for many organizations and music festivals around the world including the Seminario & Encuentro Internacional De Jazz in Mexico, the Greater Boston Flute Association, and the Zeltsman Marimba Festival. To find out more information about Mia and her projects, please visit her website.

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Alternate nostril breathing ॐ Purifying breath

Your nose is exceptionally clever. Simply by practising a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing (pranayama) for a few minutes each day, you can help restore imbalances in your brain,  improve sleep, calm your emotional state, boost your thinking. . How impressive is that!

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Another interesting fact about your nostrils, is that you don’t breathe through them equally all the time. Right now, you will be favoring either your left nostril or your right nostril.

Left nostril for calming – right nostril for energy:

Your nose is directly linked to your brain and nervous system. For thousands of years the Indian yogis believe that many diseases are connected to disturbed nasal breathing.

in through your left nostril will access the right “feeling” hemisphere of your brain, and breathing in through your right nostril, will access the left “thinking” hemisphere of your brain. Consciously alternating your breath between either nostrils will allow you to activate and access your whole brain.

Yogic breathing, the perfect relaxation tool: Alternate nostril breathing is something I first learnt about through yoga, many years ago, and then in more depth from Ayurvedic medicine. It helps greatly to cool a busy mind and calm an over stimulated nervous system.

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12 benefits of alternate nostril breathing:

1: Revitalizes you:  A few rounds of alternate nostril breathing is a quick pick me up if you are feeling flat, tired or even stressed. It provides your body with a much needed dose of extra energy.

2: Improves brain function:  When you mind is dull – concentration and clarity is poor. Alternate nostril breathing brings equal amounts of oxygen to both sides of the brain for improved brain function. Five minutes of alternate nostril before an exam or interview is a great way to access your whole brain for improved performance.

3: Cleanses your lungs:  A daily five minute practice morning and night of alternate nostril breathing is great way to remove stale air and impurities from the bottom of your lungs.

It wasn’t until I started reading the by Dennis Lewis that I discovered something I did not know. 70% of our air eliminated via our lungs.

4: Calms an agitated mind: I’m prone to worrying. A few minutes of focused alternate nostril breathing is helpful (for me) in calming my “over thinking” mind. The ancient yogis believe that if you can regulate, then you can control your mind.

5: Merges the left “thinking” brain and right “feeling brain:     Alternate nostril breathing optimizes both sides of your brain so you can access your whole brain, and all the benefits that go with it.

The flip side of course is, single nostril breathing can be used to activate, just the left “thinking” or just right “feeling” side of your brain for specific situations.

Try it out next time you need to drive your car. Cover your left nostril with your thumb and breathe only through your right nostril for one minute. This should keep you more alert when driving.

6: Encourage a calmer emotional state:  In times of and upset, a few rounds of mindful nostril breathing will soften the intensity of over reactive emotional states. The longer you practice, the more stable you’re thinking, and the calmer your emotions will become.

7: Improves sleep: If you can’t sleep at night lie on your right hand side, gently close your right nostril with your right thumb and breathe through your left nostril. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system which will calm you down and slow your heart rate.

8: Great preparation for meditation: Alternate nostril breathing is a simple little trick that can be practiced for a few minutes before you begin your practice. It’s a very easy way to help you find your meditation groove.

9: Soothes your nervous system:  By focusing on your breath and deepening it, your brain will register this message and trigger the parasympathetic nervous system. You have effectively switched your nervous system from a stressed response, into a relaxation response. Single left nostril breathing (by closing your right nostril) will direct the flow of oxygen and energy to the right hemisphere of your brain, allowing once again, for the parasympathetic nervous system to be switched on. Gosh, your breath and nose is very clever.

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10: Regulates the cooling and warming cycles of the body: Left nostril is feminine, nurturing, calm and cooling. Right nostril is masculine, heat, competitive and force. Favoring one nostril more than the other can affect the heat or coolness of your body.

11: Clears and boosts your energy channels: Slightly forced alternate nostril breathing improves and directs the flow of energy throughout your body – preventing sluggishness. It oxygenates your blood and allows the energy (prana) in your body to be strong and flowing.

12: Enhances rest and relaxation:A restless mind cannot relax. Alternate nostril breathing melts away an imbalance between the right and left hemisphere of your brain and calms your thinking. This is perfect for helping you access rest and relaxation far more efficiently.

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An alternate nostril breathing exercise – purifying breath:

Step one: Use right thumb to close off right nostril.

Step two: Inhale slowly through left nostril

Step three: Pause for a second

Step four: Now close left nostril with ring finger and release thumb off right nostril

Step five: Exhale through your right nostril

Step six: Now, inhale through right nostril

Step seven: Pause

Step eight: Use thumb to close of right nostril

Step nine: Breathe out through left nostril

Step ten: This is one round. Start slowly with 1 or 2 rounds and gradually increase. Never force your breathing. quietly for a few moments after you have finished.

There are many, many different techniques of pranayama such as inhaling for 4, holding for 4 and exhaling for 4.

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Caution:

Do not hold your breath if you have high blood pressure. More advanced methods of pranayama (alternate nostril breathing) need to be practiced with an experienced practitioner. Practicing on an empty stomach is preferred.

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Rajadhiraja Yoga

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Rajadhiraja Yoga is the original Tantra modified for today’s society, using systematic and scientific process for the development of the body, of the mind and of the soul, leading to the total experience of the infinite. This is called “self realization”.

In the West we have come to equate the term “yoga” with yoga postures, but in fact they form only a small – albeit important – part of the whole system. In Sanskrit, yoga postures are called asanas. Asana means a “posture giving physical comfort and mental composure.” Asanas affect the glands, nerves, muscles and all the organs of the body.

There are many physical benefits: flexibility, improved respiration and circulation, the prevention and cure of diseases, etc, but the main effect is on the mind, through pressure on the endocrine glands and the subsequent balancing of the hormones secreted from those glands.

The relation between the physical body and the mind is very close, and it’s the endocrine hormones that determine one’s emotions. If the hormones are balanced, the emotions will also be balanced, facilitating concentration and meditation. But without that balance there will be tendencies of mind that distract us from deeper ideation, and despite having a sincere desire to live a constructive and fulfilling life, it may be that we are unable to because of those extroversial tendencies. We may understand that we should meditate, but if we cannot concentrate the mind it will be very difficult. So it is important to rectify the defects of the glands. Asanas help in this to a very large extent.

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There are more than 50,000 asanas, but only a few of those are necessary. Many asanas are named after animals, because certain animals have specialized propensities of one sought or another. For example, by doing the Peacock (Mayurasana) one develops fearlessness and a strong digestion – both characteristics of the peacock.

The tortoise can easily retract its extremities, and if one practices the Tortoise Posture (Kurmakasana) the mind can more easily be withdrawn from the external world. The Hare (Shashaungasana) puts pressure on the crown of the head and stimulates the pineal gland to produce melatonin, the hormone which gives the feeling of well-being and bliss. This is especially important in meditation.

The Shoulderstand is called Sarvaungasana in Sanskrit, meaning “whole body,” indicating its effect on the thyroid gland, which controls the whole body’s metabolism. Other asanas such as the Mountain (Parvatasana) and the Wheel (Cakrasana) are named after the physical structures they resemble.

There is even a relatively recent one (Matsyendrasana) named after the king who invented it. Asanas such as the Lotus (Padmasana), Perfect Pose (Siddhasana) and Brave Pose (Viirasana) directly place the mind in a state beneficial for meditation, so it is these meditation postures (Dhyanasanas) that we use in concentration and meditation.

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Dirga Pranam – Holding breath position

Mudras are similar to asanas, but usually incorporate some kind of ideation. Their effect is on the nerves and muscles rather than the glands.

Before asanas the body should be cool and calm, and this is achieved quickly and conveniently in Rajadhiraja Yoga by what is called the Half-bath. Asanas should be done on an empty – or at least not full – stomach. The room should be clean and warm, with no draught or smoke. Except for the meditation postures, asanas should not be practiced during menstruation or pregnancy. There are more guidelines to ensure that asanas are practiced without damage to the health, and they require a deeper commitment. For example, strictly speaking – with the exception of the meditation postures and a few other simple asanas such as the Cobra – vegetarianism is important, as is breathing through the left nostril, as opposed to the right, while practicing asanas. These are little-known finer points which Rajadhiraja Yoga brings to light, the reason for them being the protection of the physical and mental constitution. In general, asanas and mudras should only be practiced on the advice of a proper teacher.

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After practicing asanas, a skin massage should be done before lying in deep relaxation (Shavasana) for at least two minutes. The skin massage helps in the absorption of sebaceous oils that are naturally secreted onto the skin surface. This increases the suppleness and glamour of the skin, as well as relaxing the nerves, increasing the blood and lymph circulation, and harmonizing the energy (pranah) of the body. Deep relaxation gives the body a chance to assimilate the positive energy gained from the asanas. It also relieves stress, lowers the blood pressure, and decreases the need for sleep.

Yoga means to unite. In the west, for the last couple of years, we have seen yoga literally explode and you can find almost more yoga teachers than yoga practitioners in the big cities around the world today. Unfortunately, we have peeled off a lot of what is actually yoga and embraced only a very small part of yoga which suited our society, culture and mindset.

But yoga does not only consist of a number of physical postures and is not only a physical and mental practice. Yoga is a way of relating to life. Yoga is 24 hours a day. Yoga is about becoming a conscious human being.

The final goal of yoga is to experience oneself as part of everything and in no way separated from the rest of creation. In that state, you experience infinite happiness, total stillness and you know that you are unconditionally loved, always.

Rajadhiraja yoga and is sometimes called Ashtaungika Tantrika Yoga. It is based in Patanjalis system of Ashtaunga Yoga.

Ashtaunga yoga means eight limbs of yoga and includes ethical guidelines (yama and niyama), physical postures (asanas), withdrawal techniques of the mind, concentration practices, breath exercises, yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and also a practice of complete enlightenment.

The poses are similar to those that are practiced in Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Iyengar yoga and other styles of yoga. The difference in Rajadhiraja yoga is that the poses are repeated several times, usually for four or eight times and that you hold your breath for about eight seconds in each pose.

This makes the asana work deep on nerves and glands and leads to a release of energy which makes you feel relaxed, calm and at the same time filled with lots of energy after a yoga session. It also creates an effect that stays with you, long after the yoga session is over. In Rajadhiraja yoga the practice is calm and contemplative and gives you more energy and increased consciousness.

Every session is always concluded with a self massage which work to help the lymphatic flow in our bodies. During asana practice our sebaceous glands produce a fine secretion, this is very beneficial to gently rub back into the skin. It is also just a beautiful thing to get in touch with every part of your body after a session.

It doesnt matter how flexible you are and the goal of yoga is not to become flexible or get a beautiful body. When we practice yoga we focus on finding harmony between our breath, movement and intention and how they flow together. We try to become conscious of ourselves. The most important in yoga is to be present in body and mind. You just need to be what you are right now. Nothing else is needed.

Benefits  : Yoga effects the endocrine glandular system which leads to a balanced hormone production. This in turn, affects our cakras and it all leads to good health for both body and mind. Body and mind is touched on a deep level through the combination of movement, breath and intention.

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