The Buddha said that it’s our mind which makes our world. The mind is the source of all our experience. It’s not our eyes that see but our mind. It’s not our to...ngue that tastes but our mind. Our mind is truly powerful. Neurological scientists have found that our mind is pliable. Repeated experience can change the way our brain works. The point of meditation is to change the mental habits that cause us unhappiness. Through retraining our mind, our brain can develop new neuronal connections so that we move beyond anxiety and pain to happiness and peace. Meditation is a very simple exercise in resting the natural state of our mind. We focus on our breath ( sometimes it's a mantra or a koan but breath is the easiest) and when a thought or feeling comes up, we neither reject or accept it, we simply let the experience pass. This place of stillness and peace is what the Buddha called our true home. It's our inner gold. Click on the link for my full article http://ow.ly/LrE130icDMx
Hot Yoga might not be quite as beneficial as some people think. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/…/abstract;jsessionid=4EB8B3….
Look after your SI joints. Don't over stress them in asymmetric Asana.
Finally figured out where my siatic pain is coming from. I have a SI joint injury on my right side. Thinking back I think I can trace the injury to being adjust...ed in Marichyasana D. Sure enough others (Kino McGregor too) have injured themselves in deeply asymmetrical poses. Ironic that I have injured myself more often in yoga than kickboxing and aerial. https://my-yoga-blog.blogspot.co.uk/…/si-joint-new-insights…
Happy New year beautiful spirits let's count our blessings and make 2018 amazing ❤️🙏
‘Ratridevi cover me now with
A hem of your garment
Dim Chandras piercing gaze
Give me, please, peaceful rest...
until your sister approaches
and sets the birds singing of
her radiant smile.’
– 08/12/14. Egypt on the occasion of the years last full moon.
This. So much. Move, dance, bounce, invert, whatever you do, sit less!!! http://blog.amnacademy.com/…/what-everybody-should-know-ab…/
But you have to get started...
This is for all my yoga friends, be they teachers or students, don't strive for perfection but rather understanding https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3uTpamADhEs
Old but genius and with the swearing taken out. Super quick summary of some good reasons why being vegan is not a problem for your health and directly reduces animal suffering. I know the yoga community has different opinions on the meaning of ahimsa but *personally* it includes not taking action, whenever I can, to not end the life of an animal.
The 'Side warrior posture' (Virabhadrasana B or Parsva virabhadrasana) has archery as its main martial application. My son and I just did a really great worksho...p with Bow Master Lars Richter where he helped us craft our own traditional long bows.
When you practice archery you can really see why Sri BKS Iyengar taught this pose the way he did to us. When you draw the bow string back in this ‘Side warrior posture’ before releasing your arrow, you get the best power if you move your pulling arm from your core (the Kanda in India and Dantien in China) to rotate (twist) your spine to the right even though your head and feet are pointing to the left. In other words make your core rotate to the right, as shown in this photo, to lead the pulling arm to the right and initiate its movement. This means you need to move from you core and not lock your core (or simple tense your abdomen) with the exhalation muscles as so many people tend to do.
This method of rotating the spine opposite to the head and feet direction might seem counter intuitive to some people but it is exactly how Sri BKS Iyengar taught me this posture decades ago how most internal martial arts work.
This rotation of the spine in the opposite direction to the legs in the ‘Side warrior’ is also what is meant to be being done postures such as the ‘Triangle posture’ (Trikonasana) and the the 'Side angle posture' (Parsvakonasana). In all three postures the thigh of the right leg (assuming it is the rear leg) is meant to be trying to rotate towards the left side while the spine should be trying to rotate to the right side and this is what frees the sacro-iliac join in the hip of the rear leg, strengthens the knee joints and gives power to the trunk and arms.
Many people don't realise that many of the physical postures in yoga were originally part of the martial arts.
Back to the gentle yoga of archery. Once you have drawn back your arrow do drishti (gazing) at your target with both eyes open to collect the data to do the sub-mental trigonometry to calculate location and distance to the target. Then breathe with your diaphragm into your abdomen to calm you, even though your abdomen will be firm to touch from moving into the posture in the way I have described. Then simply relax, and release, and let the force be with you!
Thanks to Lars for a great two days of brilliant tuition and guidance in Long bow making and Archery. It was one of the most bonding things I have ever done with my son.
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Striking distance from Hassocks in UK? This should be amazing
Humming.. who knew 😁🙏
Humming has been shown to cause up to fifteen times the normal production of Nitric oxide gas in the sinuses of the skull [Weitzberg & Lundberg; 2002]. Nitric ...oxide has been shown to have several beneficial effects on the body. It is an important signalling molecule that acts in many tissues to regulate a diverse range of physiological processes including vasodilation (expansion of the blood vessel width), neuronal function, inflammation, immune function and in programmed cell death (apoptosis). Nitric oxide has also been implicated in smooth muscle relaxation, pregnancy and blood vessel formation (angiogenesis). Nitric oxide functions as a neurotransmitter in both the central and peripheral nervous systems [Snyder; 1992]. Endogenous and exogenous Nitric oxide possesses anti-parasitic effects on both protozoa and metazoa [Ascenzi et al., 2003]. Nitric oxide has a central anti-stress effect, apparently mediated by limiting the release of catecholamines [Bondarenko et al., 2001].
Bhramari, also known as the humming breath or the bumble bee breath, is a type of breathing exercise (pranayama) that involves audible humming on the exhalation through the nose. This may explain why yogic texts have always regarded bhramari pranayama with high esteem. Note that chanting or singing will produce very similar effects as humming. Note also you can hum or chant in any posture and it is highly likely that even the most subtle and quiet ujjayi pranayama will have the same effect as humming. However, if the ujjayi pranayama (or humming, or chanting or singing) is done with hyperventilation (over-breathing), as is often encouraged in many yoga and exercise classes, this usually leads to vasoconstriction (blood vessel diameter shrinking) and will attenuate or negate any of the positive effects of the nitric oxide produced.
Note also the the drug Viagra works by increasing the production of Nitric oxide. Maybe its cheaper and safer to simply hum!