Raising your energetic vibration – What is your technique?

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Science has confirmed that has been part of spiritual life wisdom of many cultures for thousand years. That’s an unseen energy flows through and connects all living things.

Energy is all there is! Some energetic vibrations we are familiar such as sound, light, radio waves… From a scientific perspective, the only difference between these various forms of energy are their frequency, or rate of vibration.  We are also vibrating human beings, each of our cells, atom, particles are vibrating and form or electromagnetic field.  Dr Valerie V hunt was the first to detect and record the body’s high frequency energy field and the relationship between energy field disturbances, consciousness and disease.

When I was in Indian I learnt that the world’s oldest scripture, the Rig Veda, which is thought to date back 7000 years, was underlying a force from which all things are formed.

This force or energy has diverse names Qi (Chineses), Prana (India) or Life force. This means that all things are Prana or Life force. Like a hub on the wheel of life.

Prana – Breath of life if it’s stop in the human body life stops. Prana is the connecting energy of every energetic field.

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When I took my first Yoga class I realised the power of the breathing as a revelation! As a knowledge that should be available to everyone. Coming back to our breath is coming back to us, to life itself. It’s a powerful healing technique. It can be used as training for a more present life, moment to moment, to learn about ourselves, or as a technique of meditation passive or active.

A Pranayama or breath exercise is connecting with the practice of Asanas or body exercises i (the 4e and 5e aspects of Yoga in the tree of Yoga, the Asanas are the branches and Pranayama the leaves. Asana is an Art so is Yoga and Pranayma is the vital energy that leads to creation and distribution of energy.

When practice together they can free the body from disease (disturbance of ease) and regulate the vibration of each cells and  even more raise their frequencies and prevent from and disturbances to the restoration of ease in the body and all around the Aura field as remember we are all connecting. Healing or raising your vibration will help others around.

I found for myself that practicing Yoga and Pranayama transformed my life, my body and my internal energy which was pretty law some years ago.

I decided to teach Yoga and use my hands for massage and healing purposes. In other words to practice what I found there and I didn’t know yet that my life would be transformed forever and that the road or the inner travel undertaking will be full of new information and lessons learnt and yet to be.

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It doesn’t mean that is easy every day I must admit, but I choose Freedom from all things I thought I knew and dive deep in the unknown of self-discovery.

I would like to invite the readers to send articles, information, tips, advises, life experiences, about raising this energy and connecting it to higher purposes. Because they are a lot of path available to it as we are all the same and yet all different.

Please send your feedback and life experiences will great to share knowledge together and make 2015 the human being cooperation’s year.

krishna-eyes

Namaste

 

Living La Vida Yoga ॐ

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 Yoga is currently the centre of attention for members of the media, scientists and medical workers, owing to its numerous benefits, which include improving outcomes for women overcoming breast cancer, reducing migraine and back-related pain, and helping mothers in high risk pregnancies achieve better outcomes for themselves and their babies.

Yoga has additionally been found to instigate the regression of atherosclerosis (the thickening of the artery walls), one of the most common causes of heart attack. For those who have been practicing yoga for many years, however, yoga is more than a practice; it is a lifestyle, as set out in the Yoga Sutra, which is often traced back to around 250CE and attributed to Patanjali.

Although Patanjali is often referred to as the ‘Father of Modern Yoga’, he may not have been the author of the Yoga Sutra, since it is not until the 10th century that this work is attributed to him. Regardless of authorship, the Yoga Sutra contains Eight Limbs, which are hailed as the foundation of the yoga lifestyle.

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The Eight Limbs comprise:

 Yamas (‘restraints’): These represent our attitude towards our environment and other sentient beings.

There are five Yamas

  1. Ahimsa or compassion/non-violence:

    This Yama implies living our lives while attempting not to harm others, in our words, deeds and thoughts. Not only is violence towards others shunned; there is an inherent respect for all sentient things, which is why many fervent yogis also happen to be vegan.

    Veganism is seen as one of the ways be can be most compassionate to animals and to create positive energy in the world. This is specially true when we consider that the meat industry has changed drastically since the Yoga Sutra was written, and farming methods are much less conscionable than they were in the past. Moreover, by consuming meat from animals which have been overloaded with antibiotics and medications, we may be harming our health in the long run, as well as damaging the environment.

    It is vital, of course, that we also have compassion for ourselves, by ensuring we obtain all the nutrients we need. The vegan lifestyle, with its high quotient of phytonutrients, is packed with vitamins and minerals; Vitamin B12 is not found naturally in plants, though this can be overcome through supplementation or through the consumption of fortified foods. Other nutrients vegans may also need extra supplementation for include zinc, calcium, iron and Vitamin D.

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  1. Satya or a commitment to honesty:

    The yoga lifestyle espoused the importance of speaking the truth without harming others. Honesty is required to build positive human, community and governmental relationships and should govern all our dealings and actions.

  2. Asteya or not stealing:

    This yama is self-explanatory: we cannot take what is not ours out of a mistaken sense of entitlement.

  3. Brahmacharya or sense control:

    This Yama implies the value of responsible sexual activity; of employing our sexuality to move towards truth. Sex should never be a vessel through which to harm others.

  4. Aparigraha or not being greedy: 

    The yoga lifestyle implies a commitment to spirituality, since excessive materialism and hoarding of wealth can steer us off the path to truth and harm others in an indirect manner.

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II NIYAMA (Personal Observances):

I The Niyamas are rules by which we should live in order to live in a spiritual manner.

They include:

  1. Saucha or cleanliness: The aim is to clear the body of harmful toxins through asanas and pranayamas, but also to rid the mind of destructive thoughts and emotions like greed, hatred and vengefulness.

  2. Samtosa or contentment: We have the right to pursue contentment, so long as we do not hurt others in the process.

  3. Tapas or spiritual austerity: This Niyama refers to the importance of exercise and aiming our energy at our ultimate goal, which is being at one with the Divine.

  4. Svadhyaya or self study: Knowing ourselves helps us change the bad habits and destructive thoughts that can get in the way of progress-

  5. Isvara pranidhana or surrender to God: In everyday life, surrendering ourselves to God involves taking the time every day to realise that there are spiritual forces that guide our lives and the world at large; we are not the end, if not a small part of the greater Universe.

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III Asanas: These are the postures we perform when doing yoga; they help us control body and mind and develop our ability to concentrate.

IV Pranayama: This involves controlling our breath to connect it with the mind and emotions.

V Pratyahara or sensory transcendence: This stage of the yoga lifestyle encourages us to rise above our senses and observe how our desires can interfere with physical or mental purity.

VI Dharana: This stage involves concentration on one single point, as a precursor to meditation.

VII Dhyana or meditation: Meditation is the constant flow of concentration. Meditation is vital for bringing our stress levels down and focusing ‘on the here and now’ rather than letting our worries and daily events prevent us from reaching true happiness.

VIII Samadhi: This is the state of ecstasy, when we transcend the self and become at one with the Divine. It is the ultimate reward of adopting a lifestyle that enriches the world we are born into, rather than destroying it.

Author Jenni Byers

 

 

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http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02939/Yoga-More-Than-a-Workout.html

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/257650236_Yoga_for_High-Risk_Pregnancy_A_Randomized_Controlled_Trial

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/12058673_Retardation_of_coronary_atherosclerosis_with_yoga_lifestyle_intervention

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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

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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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Can Yoga change your life?

Yoga change your life - Healing Yoga

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

 Healing yoga  - yoga for let it go

“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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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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Yoga and Seniors

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Growing old is the stage when you have more time for yourself, your family, for leisure, recreation and relaxation. However, it is also the time when you are more susceptible to some ailments that are linked to old age like Arthritis, rheumatism, incontinence, and High Blood Pressure. This raises the need for the seniors to stay fit and healthy during this age. Though the degeneration of the body also set some limits to the types of exercises they can do. This leads to the practice of milder forms of exercise such as jogging, brisk walking, and even Yoga.

Yoga can, in fact, be good for adults of all ages, especially seniors. Studies have shown that yoga can be extremely helpful when it comes to combating stress, fatigue and pain. Some yoga poses increase core strength and balance, which reduces the risk of fall-related injuries. Other poses can alleviate senior-related health issues such as menopause. Above all, yoga is forms of exercise that can help seniors feel younger.

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Even though you may never be able to bend yourself into a pretzel, learning some simple yoga poses can improve your overall quality of life. If you’re just starting out, look for a beginning class taught by a certified yoga instructor. Good instructors will help you attain correct body positioning and encourage you to learn your body’s limits. You may not able to perform all the poses or hold them for very long, but good teachers understand that and encourage you to do your best.

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Yes, of course older people can do asanas. The basic premise in yoga is union – union of the various aspects of our existence like body, breath, mind etc. In fact the word yoga comes from a Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, which means ‘to unite’. Hence, it is possible for people of all ages and from all walks of life to utilize the techniques of yoga for creating a harmonious and joyful existence.

Type of asana :

Substitute warm-ups with  brisk walking and joint movements.

Standing Yoga Poses Triangle Pose (konasana      series) and Standing Spinal Twist (Kati      chakrasanas)

Sitting Yoga Poses Butterfly      Pose, Cradling (if possible), body rotation, Cat      stretch and Child pose (Shishu Asana).

Yoga Poses lying on the back  or stomach Focus on repetitions rather than holding any posture such as the Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana), the Locust Pose (Shalabhasana) or the Knee to Chin Press (Pawanmuktasana).

Yoga nidra or deep  relaxation is by  far the most essential part of any yoga practice, and as age progresses, it becomes even more essential to help assimilate the effect of the asana practice into our system.

Some Yoga Asanas are designed to normalize your blood pressure and balance the Nervous System and are essential in the prevention of heart ailments and problems in the nervous system. The Breathing Techniques can make you feel refreshed and cleanses the air passages which can help prevent respiratory ailments.

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In practicing Yoga, know your body and respect its limits. Do not push yourself too hard in a pose. Yoga can only be effective if you practice it properly. The harder you try, the more you expose yourself to injury. Do not put more stress to your already stressed out body. Remember that Yoga aims to quiet the mind as you exercise the body. If you feel pain, stop what you are doing. The following is a Basic Yoga Session for seniors. You do not have to do all the poses, stop when you already feel tired.

Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati is a Breathing Technique used specifically for cleansing. If you have a lot of mucus   in the air passages or feel tension and blockages in the chest it is often   helpful to breathe quickly. This article will introduce you to this breathing   techniques and show you its its benefits.

Easy Pose   (Sukhasana)

This is one of the classic Meditative Poses and is usually performed after   doing the Corpse Pose. The Easy Pose helps in straightening the spine,   slowing down metabolism, promoting inner tranquility, and keeping your mind   still.

Cat   Pose (Bidalasana)

The Cat Yoga Pose teaches you to initiate movement from your center and to   coordinate your movement and breath. These are two of the most important   themes in Yoga practice. Keep in mind that the Cat Pose may not be advisable   if you have any chronic or recent back pain or injury.

Dog Pose (Adho   Mukha Shvanasana)

The Dog Pose improves flexibility of your spine, stretches the hips and   middle and low back, rejuvenates   the body, and helps in preventing back problems. Take note that this Yoga   Pose should not be performed if you have serious back pain or injury.

Double Leg   Raises

A Double Leg Raise is similar to a   Single Leg Raise, only this time, you will raise both legs. In doing this   Yoga Pose, make sure that the full length of your back is resting on the   floor and your shoulders and neck are relaxed. This section covers the steps   and guidelines on how to do this pose properly.

Half   Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

If done properly, the Half Spinal Twist lengthens and strengthens the spine. It is also   beneficial for your liver, kidneys, as well as adrenal glands. Practice this   Yoga Pose under the supervision of a Yoga instructor. In this section, learn   how to perform the Half Spinal Twist.

Locust Pose   (Salabhasana)

If the Cobra Pose works mainly on the upper back, the Locust Pose targets the   lower part. This posture also strengthens the abdominal area, arms, and legs.   Another thing that makes it different from many poses is that it entails   rapid movement. Check out how it is done in this section.

Wind   Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

The term Pavanamuktasana comes from the Sanskrit word ‘pavana’ which means   air or wind and ‘mukta’ which means freedom or release. The Wind Relieving   Pose works mainly on the digestive system. specifically, it helps in   eliminating excess gas in the stomach.

Yoga   Exercise – Corpse Pose (Savasana)

The Corpse Yoga Pose is considered as a classic relaxation Yoga Pose and is   practiced before or in between Asanas as well as a Final Relaxation. While it   looks deceptively simple, it is actually difficult to perform. Learn more on   how to do it with the help of this article.

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Sukshma Yoga may be practiced independently or as part of a larger yoga plan. People of every age can practice and receive the benefits of these exercises that can be comfortably practiced within 20-30 minutes. It includes simple and gentle exercises for the eyes, tongue and jaws, neck, hands, feet, knees, ankles and hips.Sukshma means subtle. Sukshma Yoga is that which penetrates subtle levels. It is an ancient but comparatively unknown form of Yoga and is very simple to perform. Sukshma Yoga is basically subtle yogic warm ups with gentle stretching and coordinated breathing that results in deep relaxation. This readies you for a more dynamic sequence of asanas and other physical exercises.In Sukshma Yoga the whole body, from head to toe, is treated, relaxed and rejuvenated. External and internal body parts undergo deep transformation in this type of Yoga. These are scientific exercises that not only make us strong and supple, but also help remove impurities from the body and improve the memory, concentration and will-power. Regular practice of this type of Yoga ensures a long healthy life.

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The Patanjali Yoga Sutras define asana as “sthira sukham asanam” that which is stable and comfortable is an asana. Thus, any posture, held with awareness, in a stable and comfortable manner constitutes an asana.The same asanas performed by a younger individual could be more challenging in terms of effort put into the posture, the duration of holding the posture and amount of flexibility required. Some cardio vascular movements and abdominals would be more appropriate for a person with higher level of endurance and body fitness.Here again, the Patanjali Yoga Sutras provide a clue – it says – “heyam dukham anaagatam”, so that we can avoid the misery that has not yet come. As our age increases, the efficiency of our bodies and immune system seems to deteriorate, bringing on the possibility of various diseases. Regular practice of yoga techniques, such as asanas, pranayama and meditation can help to avoid these conditions, remove the misery, and lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

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Can Yoga help to reach your goal?

“In order to achieve a state of yoga, one must develop both practice and detachment.”

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 —Yoga Sutra I.12

 In Yoga Sutra I.12, Patanjali explains that to achieve a state of yoga, or focused concentration, one must cultivate both practice (abhyasa) and detachment (vairagyam). Practice and detachment are two of the very first tools Patanjali offers to help us in this process of refining the mind toward clearer perception and a deeper connection with the Self.

The Yoga Sutras are a set of 195 phrases, for lack of a better word, written by the Indian philosopher Patanjali and are considered one of the six darshanas, or visions of reality, in the Hindu school of philosophy.
But, it wasn’t Patanjali who actually penned the Sutras as they were traditionally passed down by memory from teacher to student for generations. Of course, this doesn’t lessen the impact that Patanjali had on the world of yoga.
His assemblage of this once oral tradition formed the theoretical and philosophical base for all Raja Yoga and is still considered one of the most organized and comprehensive definitions of this practice. (read article What is yoga Sutra)

 Patanjali deliberately does not define practice as asana or meditation because your practice can be anything that helps you to quiet your mind and focus your attention, bringing you closer to this goal. Walking, chanting, knitting, rock climbing, and asana can all be forms of practice. From a broader perspective, you can think of practice as anything that brings you closer to whatever goal you have, whether it’s improving your health, learning a new skill or trade, or being a better listener.

Clearing the Path

 The other half of the relationship described in Yoga Sutra I.12 is vairagyam, or detachment, which is best, understood in this sutra as a letting go of any habit or tendency that impedes you from reaching your goal. Practice is mentioned before detachment, which indicates that there has to be some movement toward practice first. But in the sutra, the Sanskrit words abhyasa and vairagyam share a single ending, bhyam, indicating that the two concepts are equally important. Like the two wings of a bird, they work together—neither can serve its purpose without the other. In other words, practice alone is never enough to get you to your goal; you must also cultivate the discipline of letting go of the habits or impediments that are standing in your way.

 If you want to develop a regular asana practice, for example, you have to make the effort and the time to actually do it (abhyasa), which may mean giving up an extra hour of sleep in the morning or late nights drinking wine or watching Giants replays (vairagyam). If your goal is to spend quality time with your partner in the evenings after work, you have to make the effort to be present and perhaps give up playing games on your iPhone or checking your email. Vairagyam applies not just to tangible habits and behaviors like checking your email or drinking wine, but also to mental obstacles such as negative thinking, worry, fear, or any other mental pattern that’s tripping you up.

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Note that Patanjali isn’t saying that you have to give up wine or your iPhone. Vairagyam refers specifically to the habits, practices, and attitudes that impede your progress toward whatever goal you have set for yourself—and these are different for everyone. For one person, it might be coffee or wine; for another, it might be a defeatist mindset.

You can think of abhyasa and vairagyam as two sides of the same coin—the first is moving toward the goal; the second is clearing your path of obstacles. The important thing to know about vairagyam is that, when you are strongly and positively focused on your goal, giving up what’s getting in your way will, ideally, not feel like an enormous struggle. The more dedicated you become to your early morning asana practice, for example, and the more you can see the positive changes that happen in your life as a result of that dedication, the easier it will become to forgo staying up late indulging in wine or surfing the Internet. Likewise, the clearer you are about wanting to spend quality time with your partner, the easier it will be to set aside your phone for the evening.

A Greater Letting Go

This meaning of vairagyam is part of a broader understanding of the idea of detachment in the Yoga Sutra. In the first sutra of the second chapter, Patanjali talks about Isvara pranidhana, which in this sutra (but not in the first chapter, where he uses it to mean “total surrender”) is also translated as “detachment.”

Detachment in this sense refers to the idea that you make the best effort you can, but that you’re not attached to the results or outcome of your actions. Whether you reach your goal or not, whether you win or lose, whether you’re healthy or sick, you practice for the sake of the action itself rather than for a particular result.

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 Vairagyam and Isvara pranidhana are both translated as “detachment,” and they’re related in that both are about this relationship between effort and letting go. While vairagyam is a letting go of obstacles, Isvara pranidhana is a letting go of the result of your efforts or practice. In both cases, you’re letting go of an attachment that causes you agitation.

Connection With the Self

 Neither understanding of detachment implies a lack of feeling or caring. You can feel disappointment, anger, or grief but move through those feelings and then move on rather than holding on to them and allowing them to negatively impact your day, your relationships, or your life. In the face of loss, injustice, or anything else you feel passionately about, detachment means that you strive toward your goal, but if things don’t go the way you want them to, your sense of Self is not shattered. You remain connected to your deeper essence. This has the effect of keeping you in the present moment of your action or practice rather than being distracted by thinking about the outcome. And it teaches you to differentiate between your current experience and who you really are, helping you cultivate a greater connection with your Self and ultimately leading to a happier, more peaceful, and more fulfilling life.

 In and Out

 Your breath is the link to your quiet inner source of strength, insight, and peace.

 This simple visualization with the breath is helpful for cultivating that which supports you and letting go of that which does not. It requires no preparation and can be done almost anywhere. If you are in a public place and don’t want to draw attention to yourself, simply lower your gaze and focus on the floor as you breathe.

 In a comfortable position, with eyes closed, take a few conscious, relaxed breaths. Once the breath is smooth and comfortable, begin adding this simple visualization with the breath: On the inhalation, imagine bringing into your system whatever is most supportive of your goal—it might be strength, confidence, or healthy cells.

 On the exhalation, imagine letting go of what no longer supports you. This could be something like fear, doubt, or negative thinking. It is important not to focus on the negative quality. Instead, focus on what you are bringing in; then, through the exhalation, imagine relinquishing or gently releasing whatever feels like an obstacle—but without giving it too much power.

After 8 to 12 breaths, or even several minutes, gently return the focus to the breath, without the visualization. When you feel ready, gradually expand your attention once more to your body and your surroundings, remembering that your inner resource of the Self is always there within.

 Time is valuable and there are a number of successful methods for goal realization. Yoga will cross train your mind and body for maximum potential. Imagine being able to optimize your attitude in one hour, per day, or less. Every day, people attend Yoga classes for physical or mental health, and walk away with the tools, to be masters of their own destiny. How is this possible? Regular attendance to Yoga classes will result in a positive attitude adjustment for the student. Many of us walk around with a perceived handicap. We blame everything for our setbacks and lack of opportunities. Society, your boss, and your family, are all easy targets to blame, for lack of opportunities. It is true that age, financial status, gender, and ethnic background, are factors in success. However, these factors can all be overcome by working toward your goal on a daily basis, and taking life one-step-at- a-time. Remember, that if you think you situation is a disability, it will be.

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How can Yoga do anything for you? For one thing, you will appreciate life to its fullest. You will stop wasting time, by letting daily opportunities go by. Many of us have opportunities, but we think it won’t work, we don’t have what it takes for success, or we lack the drive to carry a plan through. Yoga and meditation teach you to supervise your mind. Your mind has been allowed to work against you. Much like a back seat driver.

 

 

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What is Yoga Sutra?

Basically, the Yoga Sutra is the foundation of yoga. It gave yoga a philosophical basis in which we still observe today. Transcribed by the Indian philosopher Patanjali, it was the first written account of an oral tradition.

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Features

The Yoga Sutras are a set of 195 phrases, for lack of a better word, written by the Indian philosopher Patanjali and are considered one of the six darshanas, or visions of reality, in the Hindu school of philosophy.
But, it wasn’t Patanjali who actually penned the Sutras as they were traditionally passed down by memory from teacher to student for generations. Of course, this doesn’t lessen the impact that Patanjali had on the world of yoga.
His assemblage of this once oral tradition formed the theoretical and philosophical base for all Raja Yoga and is still considered one of the most organized and comprehensive definitions of this practice.

Function

The Yoga Sutras are not actually sacred scripture. They’re not historical accounts or facts or anything of that sort. They’re a series of aphorisms, a book built on the foundation of the Bhagavad-Gita as well as the text and philosophy of the Vedic school. Think of them as a set of phrases strung together like a string of beads designed to hold still one’s thoughts and feelings, clearing the mind of that which binds us. Basically, they are a means to give us perspective.

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 Effects

To silence one’s mind and come together with that of the divine, theSutras call for an adherence to the eight limbs of yoga — Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. By this practice, our physical, mental and spiritual freedom hinges on the ability to detach from that which binds us (the things of this world) and allows us to realize the possibility of the spiritual world (actual freedom).

Types

 The Sutras are divided into four chapters, or pada. The first of the four chapters holds 51 of the sutras and is referred to as Samadhi Pada. It is in this portion where you would achieve a blissful state of being and be absorbed into “the One.”

The second chapter contains 55 sutras and is entitled Sadhana Pada. This pada illustrates the actual practice of yoga in the forms of Kriya, or action yoga, and Ashtanga, or eightfold yoga. Within Ashtanga, one would follow the following abstentions: violence (ahimsa), lying (satya), thievery (asteya), sexual activity (brahmacharya), and possessions (aparigraha), as well as the following observances: purity (saucha), contentment (santosha), austerities (tapas), study (svadhyaya), and a surrender to God (ishvarapranidhana).
The third chapter also contains 55 sutras and is referred to as Vibhuti Pada. It is here where one would find the higher states of awareness and the techniques of yoga to attain them.

The final chapter possesses only 34 sutras and is identified as Kaivalya Pada. To translate the word literally, Kaivalya would mean isolation, but within the Yoga Sutra, a better interpretation would be liberation or emancipation. One must transcend thoughts of the here and now in order to attain absolute freedom.

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Considerations

For all intents and purposes, the Sutras gave yoga a basis in which to act philosophically and theoretically. It showed the mystical concepts of traditional Indian thought. It is the thread that runs through the practice itself, linking pose to pose, thought to thought, intention to intention. It teaches what yoga is, why yoga is and how yoga is. Without the Sutras, yoga would most likely not be the same.

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