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Being Lucky October 31, 2011

Filed under: Meditation — rainbowyoga @ 11:52 pm

It’s been said that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Once in a while, everything comes together and magic happens. Like when you leave the house at exactly the right time to miss traffic, or when you get an intuitive “hit” on when to search for the best airfare or you need to reach someone and at that moment the phone rings and it’s him or her. Most of the time, good fortune is a result of planning and hard work, as well as a bit of luck.

Luck also happens when you apply your meditation and intention to bring about the changes you want in your life. You can tap into the universal forces of good will through a regular yoga and meditation practice. Meditation sharpens your intuitive powers to help you act with awareness, intention and synchronicity. Through your meditative mind, you will be able to create magic and see pathways through any challenge. Then it’s just up to you to seize the opportunities! How lucky can you get?

 

Urdhva Dhanurasana October 30, 2011

Filed under: Asanas — rainbowyoga @ 3:01 am

1. Lie supine on the floor. Bend your knees and set your feet on the floor, heels as close to the sitting bones as possible. Bend your elbows and spread your palms on the floor beside your head, forearms relatively perpendicular to the floor, fingers pointing toward your shoulders.

2. Pressing your inner feet actively into the floor, exhale and push your tailbone up toward the pubis, firming (but not hardening) the buttocks, and lift the buttocks off the floor. Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel. Take 2 or 3 breaths. Then firmly press the inner hands into the floor and your shoulder blades against the back and lift up onto the crown of your head. Keep your arms parallel. Take 2 or 3 breaths.

3. Press your feet and hands into the floor, tailbone and shoulder blades against your back, and with an exhalation, lift your head off the floor and straighten your arms. Turn the upper thighs slightly inward and firm the outer thighs. Narrow the hip points and lengthen the tailbone toward the backs of the knees, lifting the pubis toward the navel.

4. Turn the upper arms outward but keep the weight on the bases of the index fingers. Spread the shoulder blades across the back and let the head hang, or lift it slightly to look down at the floor.

5. Stay in the pose anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds or more, breathing easily. Repeat anywhere from 3 to 10 times.

 

upekshanam

Filed under: Dailies — rainbowyoga @ 2:55 am

Detachment keeps your mind calm and serene, but the moment you show any attachment, you put tension in the mind. A yogi is one who has a tranquil mind, a neutral mind that has found the zero point, so his or her judgment will be absolutely clean and perfect. To find neutrality, one should be detached, with neither likes nor dislikes; if the mind leans to either of the sides, it will lose its power of judgment. That neutral point can be achieved only by a completely detached mind. That is the goal of Yoga: neutrality, tranquility, equanimity.Samatvam yoga uchyate, says the Bhagavad Gita. Equanimity is Yoga. To such a mind permanent happiness is its property.

-Swami Satchidananda

 

October 25, 2011

Filed under: Asanas — rainbowyoga @ 12:00 am
 

October 24, 2011

Filed under: Pranayama — rainbowyoga @ 12:33 am

Beginning students often ask for instructions on the “right” way to breathe. Alas, there’s no single answer to that question, since the optimal breathing pattern at any given moment depends on the type of practice. Restorative yoga focuses solely on relaxation, though, and emphasizes breathing that creates calm and serene states of being. When you settle into restorative poses, try the following techniques for cultivating breathing patterns that are hallmarks of relaxation and well-being.

MOVE THE BELLY WITH THE BREATH. When we are at ease, the diaphragm is the primary engine of the breath. As we inhale, this domelike muscle descends toward the abdomen, displacing the abdominal muscles and gently swelling the belly. As we exhale, the diaphragm releases back toward the heart, enabling the belly to release toward the spine.

KEEP THE UPPER BODY QUIET. During high-stress times, it’s common to heave the upper chest and grip the muscles in the shoulders and throat. When we’re at rest, the muscles of the upper chest remain soft and relaxed as we breathe, and the real work occurs in the lower rib cage. To promote this type of breathing pattern, consciously relax the jaw, throat, neck, and shoulders, and envision the breath sweeping into the deepest parts of the lungs as you breathe in and out.

BREATHE EASY. Although some breaths may be deeper or faster than others, when we’re relaxed, the alternating rhythm of the inhalations and exhalations feels like a lullaby—smooth, soft, and uninterrupted by jerks and jags. Consciously relaxing into this wavelike, oceanic quality of the breath deepens our sense of peace and ease.

LENGTHEN THE EXHALATIONS. When we feel stressed, our exhalations tend to grow short and choppy. When we’re relaxed, though, the exhalations extend so completely that they are often longer than the inhalations. Some teachers even instruct that if we’re deeply relaxed, each exhalation will be twice as long as the inhalation. To facilitate this, try gently extending each exhalation by one or two seconds.

PAUSE AFTER EACH EXHALATION. In our most relaxed state, the end of each exhalation is punctuated by a short pause. Lingering in this sweet spot can be deeply satisfying and can evoke feelings of profound quiet and stillness.

LET THE WHOLE BODY BREATHE. When we are at ease, the whole body participates in the breathing process. Imagine a sleeping baby: When he breathes in and out, the belly swells and releases, the hips rock to and fro, the shoulders bob, and the spine gently undulates. This offers a mini-massage for the muscles and organs of the whole body, and turns each breath into a soothing melody that further calms and quiets every cell within.

 

Filed under: Asanas — rainbowyoga @ 12:23 am

 

October 23, 2011

Filed under: Dailies — rainbowyoga @ 12:38 am