Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Broamlette Yoga--30 minutes

Breath of Joy -- Orchestra Style -- inhale, inhale, inhale, exhale (take a bow)

shoulder rolls
neck rolls

Kneel with your heels under your chicken cheeks.  Grasp a strap widely in front of you.  Inhale and raise both arms overhead.  Exhale and move your arms in a arc, to take them behind your back.  Inhale and raise your hands once again then exhale as you bring them in front of you.  Continue the movements with your breath.

Put the strap aside and reach your right arm over head, reaching down your back with elbow to the sky
gently pull the elbow back, breathe

Keep your right arm in place, drop your left hand by your side.  Rotating from your shoulder joint turn your left thumb behind you  Bend your elbows to catch hands or use a strap to extend your arms. breathe.

Repeat stretching left arm.

Table top for a tea party
inhale cow
exhale cat

down dog

inhale right heel to the sky, exhale kick between your hands
right knee behind right hand for a pigeon stretch.
move your right foot toward your left hand (parallel to the short side of your mat), okay to have right foot at left hip joint.  Place your fingertips on the floor in front of you.  Use the muscles of your spine to arch into a long, even backbend and gaze straight ahead for slow breaths.  Keep hips square.

repeat on left

transition--Partly Cloudy, Sun A
bring feet together for plank, tailbone to sky for down dog.  Look between your hands, walk or jump to forward fold.
inhale halfway lift and lengthen
exhale dive to the floor for a forward fold
inhale arms overhead for extended mountain
exhale thumbs to heart


dead bug

corpse--story of walking in the woods, Worry Woman, bubbling brook, clouds

3 part body blessing

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wrapping My Brain around . . . Samkhya

Graduation Cap
Radical Metaphysical School
400-200 B.C.E.

Thinking Cap
Dualism (much like how science of the Enlightenment Period competed with religious explanation during the 1600s & 1700s)--Kapila believed the visible world was not a manifestation of the Divine.

Tree and Brain
Nature separate and completely distinct from the universal consciousness, a radio signal we can all tune in.

Cosmology--"study of the origins and eventual fate of the universe" Wikipedia--difference between the seer (purusha) and that which is seen.

So the school failed but .  .  . these ideas were incorporated and carried on as building blocks:

Girl and Boy
separate forms of reality
(1) PURUSHA--Male--all knowing, without beginning and without ending, no features or characteristics, exist without motion or form as pure CONSCIOUSness

(2) PRAKTRITI--Female--UNCONCIOUS--constant motion, active, distinct, creative, formative--qualities assigned to all of nature, material world.  Everything created through the manifestations of her nature (gunas).
Gotta Yoga YTT manual, p. 3-4

Sunday, February 3, 2013

How Yoga Works

Thoughts after reading How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach:

p.284, A pose is perfect only when you are doing the very best you can--gazing steadily, breathing sweetly, and thinking of how it will help someone else.

It's comforting to me when Ajit teaches Busuku's boys.  He is not handicapped, but handicapable!  I cannot do many of the yoga postures but I am doing the best I can and that's "good enough" or even better--that's the goal.  The opportunity to build strength or improve through practice is exciting but where I am today is PERFECT.  I also think I am helping others through my "weaknesses."  If I am comfortable with where I am today, I invite others to feel "good enough" too.

p.284,  instant brilliant faith of the young
p.213, "I love to teach children," I said.  "They are wonderful students.  Very open-minded to new ideas, even very big ones."

I have worked professionally with children for over 20 years, and I am so excited to teach "how yoga works" with kiddos for my next adventure.  This endeavor will build a better world.  Much like the vision of the Crown Prince and Queen Mother in rearing the Prime Minister with the common people, I too believe what kiddos learn in youth they carry into their adulthood, influencing their decision-making and priorities. It is a wonderful opportunity to work at the ground level.  To help establish a strong foundation for future structures.  A school system recently allocated personal handheld devices for high school students and then  middle school students.  I wonder if these devices had been first shared with elementary students if there would be as many issues with the implementation process?  Primary teachers may have laid a foundation for students to incorporate this tool in their learning in a more responsible and productive way.  Building a house from the ground up seems common sense, but sometimes we go for a more glamorous, quick fix, an achievement of a short term goal.  The building process takes perseverance, dedication and commitment   It may be costly in time invested .  .  . but I think it is an investment well worth the effort.

p. 38, You can't rush it, you see.  Fixing your back is not like fixing a broken chair--just pop in a new piece and sit on it.  It's more like straightening out a young tree that's been growing a little crooked.  

I liked this illustration of "cultivating your practice over an extended period of time."  With the advent of the microwave oven, ATMs, fast food restaurants, and other technologies, we are groomed to be impatient and not-so-good at waiting.  We also tend to look at a problem singularly instead of wholistically--I'm not sure if I'm making up words here--but we do not address the connectedness or the worldview.  If I am working with a kindergartner who is having difficulty listening and following directions in class, and then I hear his single parent works before he goes to school and is too tired to do more than put the child to bed when he gets home .  .  . I've got more to work on than helping a child be successful at school  .  .  . I like the idea of starting small, planting seeds, holding steady, watering, weeding, practicing patience and contentment, building and growing over time.

p.247, "These ideas--I can't accept them.  I mean, they go against .  .  . they go against what well, just what everybody knows; and what everybody says.  And of them, they are just, you know, old-fashioned, I mean.  Modern thinking has gone way beyond them."

Now this totally cracks me up since the setting for this story is 1101 A.D. .  .  .

p.366, It is a commitment to be content with what we have .  .  . None of the great ones who followed this path before us--none of them, over the centuries--possessed perfect circumstances either.  And so they just worked hard with what they had available to them, and they reached their ultimate goals."

I remember a Bible song from my childhood, "well, it was different back them .  .  .  remember they were only just men!"  There are no perfect circumstances.  We have to start right where we are, making the world a better place, one seed at a time.  We are each uniquely designed to garden in a way only we can do it.  Finding balance in all parts of us, our physical and emotional states, our work and play.  Cleaning up, moving on, letting go and being content with today.

I appreciated the style of this book because I think we learn best through story.  Although, I don't understand everything I've read, I know the seeds are planted.  I know that continued practice, study and helping others will nurture what's been planted.  I am thankful and contented.  I am sitting on my front porch, breathing, soaking in the sun, enjoying the journey and the miracle of the garden.