We were scrolling through @FireHawks #42DaysofMaat Challenge and came across a unique yogini! Cosmonaut7, the cool name caught my attention. Her page is packed with wonderful photos and experience so I thought it would be kind of us to find out a little bit more about the explorer! Here is the CosmoNaut7 Q&A Session
Greetings and blessed love London, Abedah here – Cosmonaut7 here once again. 🙂
How did you come up with such a cool name and what does it mean?
Oh, thank you. I did some reading and came across a definition that stated: The word cosmonaut derives from the Greek “kosmos” – meaning “Universe” and “nautes” meaning “sailor”. So in essence the name cosmonaut to me is how I see myself at this point in time – a sailor in the waves of The Universe – a spirit on a journey.
Give us 3 ways yoga can help you connect with nature?
We as a species are not separate from Nature – a relationship of interdependence exists. Yoga constantly teaches me many values such as mindfulness of the present moment, observation of where Ican improve and having the discipline to follow through on working towards doing better for myself and others. All these values are to be practiced with a sense of compassion. These values can be exercised between human beings and Nature – so, by being mindful of the importance of caring for our Earth and precious resources, we see that there are many aspects we can improve on in an effort to maintain a balanced relationship with Nature. Nature does so much for us and I think we need to develop a deeper sense of compassion and discipline on how we treat ourselves and Nature.
In which ways can yoga help you build mental strength?
Yoga is such a beautiful and sophisticated conscious management system and when it is lived with enthusiasm and overstanding – one can fully benefit from what it is truly intended for. Yoga is not just something you do with your body – yoga is a state that exists in the mind too. It takes strength to practice self-restraint and when you refrain from habits that do not positively serve your life – you free up time and energy to put your mind, body and soul to good use.
If you had to pick a yoga partner …which animal would you choose to practice with?
I would say a Jaguar. Jaguars are described as animals that enjoy solitude – they are known to live and hunt alone. This resonates with me because I am in a point in my life where I am actively setting aside more time to be alone – to recharge and contemplate the quality of the relationship between my physical body and my higher self. I suppose practicing with a Jaguar would teach me more about the importance of “me-time” – haha!
Who are some of the yogis that inspire you to continue practicing?
I enjoy learning from teachers such as Koya Webb as well as Kritsa Marie Starr – both teachers display incredible strength and elegance. Jason and Chelsea Magness also motivate me in my AcroYoga journey – they have such majestic moves!
What similarities do you see between art and yoga?
Art has this magical way of conveying thought-provoking themes. Art moves people with its composition – the colours you see, the lines and shapes used as well as symmetry.To quote Amit Ray, “Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.”
Have you had any yoga related dreams?
No, not recently to be honest. I do however spend a substantial amount of time looking at yoga blogs for inspiration as well as watching tutorials online.
If there was two people you could get to do yoga who would they be?
I would love for my family to do some yoga with me someday. ❤ they both work so hard – I think they would enjoy and benefit from a yoga nidra class to unwind.
How often do you meditate and what can you share about your experience with chakras?
I meditate at least four times a week straight after a yoga practice. I really enjoy going through Vinyasa Ashtanga series – they make you sweat! There is magic once I become fully absorbed in synchronizing my breath and movement – it’s enough to induce a trance like state in which your heartbeat is like a rhythmic drum. As for Chakras, let me explain my understanding of them with an analogy. If your being is a student riding the waves of life, we can look at the Chakras as classrooms. Within each classroom there is a teacher waiting for you to attend lessons on varied subjects. Said teachers provide assignments on learning about skills that will help you to survive.
Creative skills, having will power, compassion, speaking truthfully, feeling intuitively and remaining in tune with the interconnectedness of all being s throughout The Universe. These teachers are always open to share their valuable knowledge – it is the student who needs to make the effort to get to class on the daily. I feel meditation is the gateway to getting into the right frame of mind to speak with one’s “inner teachers”.
What would you share to someone who thinks they can’t do yoga because they are not in shape?
I think there is a misunderstanding of what yoga is about and who can do yoga. The truth is everybody can do yoga. Big people, small people, young and old – yoga is for everybody. If I were to get someone to do yoga I would start by explaining the importance of mindfully occupying one’s body, how you feel and how you move – granting yourself time and space to observe the thoughts in your mind without judgment. I would also mention the importance of appreciating each breath you take – such a simple action is significant in that it reminds you that you are alive right now and that is such a precious gift. Everyone can do this – yoga is not about how it looks, yoga is about how good it makes you feel.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers of infocus247.com?
First off I give thanks for this opportunity to share with you and your readers – it is always a blessing to use a platform like social media to express ideas and feelings with open minded individual around the World. We have so much to learn from one another – learning is truly a humbling experience. Thank you again. Bless.