BKS Lyengar

This is a film made by McPetruk in 1938 showing the Great yoga teacher demonstrating asana and pranyama. He was the teacher of BKS Iyengar and Sri K. Pattahbi Jois, founder the Astanga style of yoga.

BKS Iyengar a great inspiration to the Yogi community and will surely be missed as his legacy is passed on.

You must purge yourself before finding faults in others.
When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake.
This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement.
Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority.
All people are born with different constitutions.
Never compare with others.
Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength.
Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”

“You do not need to seek freedom in a different land, for it exists with your own body, heart, mind, and soul,” he wrote in Light on Life.

Ancient Mathematics

The story of mathematics starts at least 5,000 years ago in Ancient Egypt. Tradition holds that the first geometers were Egyptian. As the annual flooding of the Nile river wiped out all boundary markers, it was necessary to figure out each year where one property ended and another began.

Building the pyramids would also require mathematical knowledge. Some of the pyramids also contain interesting relationships which, although they are usually accidents or coincidences, are interesting to note. For example, the ratio of the length of one side of the Great Pyramid of Cheops at Giza is approximately π/2. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that the pyramid was built so that the area of each lateral face would equal the area of a square with side length equal to the pyramid’s height, in which case the ratio above would automatically approximate π.

The advent of an agricultural society in Ancient Egypt led to a class of priests and scribes who spent some of their time working on mathematics. These scribes would have wrote on papyrus. In some cases papyrus can be well-preserved in the dry Egyptian climate, and so some of the papyri have survived to this day. From a mathematical perspective, the most important are the Moscow Papyrus and the Rhind Papyrus.

The Egyptian Calendar: The Egyptian calendar appears to date from 4,241 B.C., although it is possible that it dates from 1,460 years later. It consisted of 365 days; as the mean solar year is about 365.2422 days, the Egyptian calendar would gradually fall out of synch with the seasons over a cycle of around 1,460 years.

Egyptian Numerals: The Egyptians wrote numbers using a base-10, non-place-value system. On a mace dating to 3100 B.C., numbers in the millions are recorded.

You may also be interested in Egyptian Fractions.


Tear Gas 101

Infocus247 is  a reflection of the knowledge that I have come across and discuss on a day to day. Being there are protest going on in Ferguson, having knowledge of how to protect yourself from tear gas is and will be useful to you as well as me if we face similar forces in our neighborhoods.

Tear gas is used both by the police for crowd control, and by individuals for self defense. According to”Tear Gas, With an Emphasis on Self Defense, there are three kinds of tear gas a consumer can buy:

  • CS (chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile)
  • CN (chloroacetophenone) – often sold as Mace
  • Pepper spray – made from chili peppers mixed with a vehicle like corn oil

CS is stronger than CN but wears off more quickly.

Tear gas that you hear about on the news, in the form of CN or CS, is often used by law enforcement when they are faced with a combative crowd. The tear gas is launched in the form of grenades or aerosol cansso that the liquid becomes an aerosol. Both CN and CS are irritants — they irritate mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, and cause tearing, sneezing, coughing, etc.

Pepper spray is an inflammatory agent that causes inflammation in the eyes, nose and mouth. Its effect is more debilitating, but you have to hit someone with it directly for it to be effective. This makes it more useful for self-defense against an individual. It is also useful against attacking dogs and bears.

Tear gas usually is delivered in the form a grenade, which is fitted onto the end of a gas gun and fired with a blank shotgun cartridge. Therefore, you may hear shots being fired when tear gas is used. Don’t assume you are being shot at. Do not panic. Look up when you hear the shot and avoid being in the path of the grenade. Tear gas grenades often explode in the air, delivering a metal container which will spew gas. This container will be hot, so do not touch it. Do not pick up an unexploded tear gas canister, since it could explode and cause injury.Tear_Gas_LG2-1024x958

Defensive Measures

The best defense against tear gas is a gas mask, but if you don’t have a mask there are still steps you can take to minimize damage from tear gas. If you think you might encounter tear gas you can soak a bandana or paper towel in lemon juice or cider vinegar and store it in a plastic baggie. You can breathe through the acidified cloth for several minutes, which should give you sufficient time to get upwind or reach higher ground. Goggles are a great thing to have. You can use tight-fitting swim goggles if chemical safety goggles aren’t available. Don’t wear contacts anywhere you might encounter tear gas. If you are wearing contact lenses, immediately remove them. Your contacts are a loss as is anything else you can’t wash. You can wear your clothes again after you wash them, but wash them separately that first time. If you don’t have goggles or any sort of mask, you can breathe the air inside your shirt, since there is less air circulation and therefore a lower concentration of the gas, but that is counterproductive once the fabric becomes saturated.

FireHawks #NoPainCampaign

Normally I would simply like and encourage challenges as such but I never really was compelled to join in until now!  This is the #Nopaincampaign created by @FireHawk I have been following along and have some catching up to do!  Check out the FireHawks’ Website  and Challenge your self everyday.

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‪#‎NoPainCampaign‬ @FirehawkYoga DAY 20: TREE POSE Balance was in order today while the weather played with our emotions here in the ATL. I’m grateful for the day still and welcoming the challenges, lessons and changes it has to offer. So here I am! Open arms and standing strong in a pose I couldn’t do one month ago due to a knee injury. A week off followed by re-introduction through the Lotus variations was really trying on my patience levels, but practice has an irrefutable way of bringing one back to where we may feel we left off due to injury, illness or pain. The fact that I didn’t stop or give up all together has me appreciating my journey, embracing the trips, falls, tears and scars as much as my successes and smiles


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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 19: SPIDER POSE I’m happy! I still wish I could get this pose like my amazing sistar @indicaroze, but I accept my journey and am in LOVE with my improvement. What a liberating feeling to learn through my yoga practice that I can change how my body works! Improved strength, flexibility and endurance are in my control and discomfort in some of my more challenging poses is disappearing. This is Spider Pose III, a variation of the backbend that specifically challenges the muscles of the lower back, quadriceps, gluteus, feet, latimus dorsi, the shoulders and those along the entire length of the spine. Lifting each leg further enhances balance and the proper flow of life-force energy. Join us by posting your favorite variation of this heart-opening backbend. http://firehawkyoga.com/
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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 18: LUNGE POSE I chose the high or extended variation of the lunge pose to focus on the elongation of the hidden but essential muscles behind my knees. In high school I suffered a knee injury supposedly due to horseback riding, and almost 20 years later I found the name of the condition: Patella Subluxation. And the cure: Yoga. When I dug deep enough, I found that the cause is nothing more than weakness of surrounding muscles. This pose is the answer as it elongates and strengthens the attached calf and thigh muscles that can help prevent the painful shifting of the knee cap. It took many, many practices before I could get my knee straight behind me while staying well balanced and in safe alignment from the heal up to the crown of my head. Check us out at firehawkyoga.com to learn more about the YogaSkills Method including Geometric Progression and Rule-of-Four Breathing, our keys to understanding why and how to practice yoga
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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga Day 17: LOTUS POSE Congratulations and a great thanks to those who have participated and followed our challenge thus far! There are 15 days remaining, but there are no new poses. We will take the next 15 days of opportunity to improve and share our progress in each of the 15 poses we’ve already done (with the exception of Day 16) so that we can focus on our growth and improvement through consistent practice. This challenge strives to be a little different than most in that out goal is to enhance us and our way of practice rather than build up our photo portfolio. I really hope that this challenge has offered you the time and space to delve deep inside and work some of the blockages out. Feel free to explore variations of the daily pose. All I ask is that you create fresh posts and continue practicing safely to prevent injury and pain!
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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 15: SCORPION POSE I fell in love with the YogaSkills Method of Kemetic Yoga on the day that the Master showed me how to do this pose. I didn’t even know how to do a headstand at the beginning of the class, and as we were walking out of the class he asked, “do you want to try Scorpion?” Without hesitation, I said YES! and while listening to Yirser’s guidance on how to breathe through the transitions into the pose, I felt an amazing feeling of liberation from any negative or defeatist thought I ever had, and performed the pose with ease. My point is that the challenge of this pose is more mental than physical and success has more to do with the breath than the size of your muscles. If you want it and you trust in your ability to control your body and mind with the breath, you’ll get it. The only muscles that are really holding the entire weight of the body once up in the full pose are those of the upper arms and shoulders. Supporting muscles involved include those of the chest, upper back, abdominals, obliques, lower back and the forearms. The final muscles used to tighten the pose are those of the head, neck, legs and feet. You can do a number of exercises or other poses to increase strength and flexibility in all these areas, or you can create a consistent practice of the Scorpion, breaking the pose into steps that are most natural for the body to move in and along with deep, conscious breathing. To start, practice close to a wall to achieve balance and comfort. Check out our step-by-step photo tutorials on our blog or Facebook page from our website http://firehawkyoga.com/ to learn how the YogaSkills Method along with Firehawk’s attention to precise alignment and proper breathing can help you achieve that pose you never dreamed possible.
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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 14: TRIANGLE POSE The majority of the time, our physical pain can be traced back to our emotions. The mind is a very powerful, creative, and sometimes tricky “muscle” that we should think more about when we’re “working out.” Our thoughts are responsible for generating our wellness as much as our illness, and until we take responsibility for our thoughts, we are unarmed against the negative behavior, actions, feelings and dis-eases of ourselves and others. The Triangle Pose is a secret “weapon” against blockages in our body that threaten our vitality and ability to love. We open up in places that allow us to breath better. Take this opportunity to really elongate through the hamstrings and quadraceps of the upper legs, spreading the pelvis while allowing it to sink to the ground from your center. The shoulder-opener seen here is not too advanced, but does require balance that can be achieved with a consistent practice of the basic triangle pose, with my right hand palm down on the mat at the inside of my right foot and my left arm extended to the sky. Either level offers a revitalizing heart-opening that improves circulation, strengthens the lungs and can clear our heart of regret, fear or lack of purpose, if we let it go. Check out our blog or Facebook page fromhttp://firehawkyoga.com/ for step-by-step photo tutorials of the Triangle Pose using the YogaSkills Method.
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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 12: EKA PADA KOUNDINYASANA II I hope that this yoga journey has offered you a chance to explore your abilities. This pose means one-footed Koundinya, the name of an ancient Indian sage most revered for his prediction that Siddhartha would be the next Buddha. I add this pose because it is brand new to my practice and I found it to be great for increasing arm, ab and leg strength and it greatly improved my mood and redirected my focus on what really matters. Rule-of-Four Breathing and Geometric Progression, the two fundamental aspects of YogaSkills Method of Kemetic Yoga, helped me to practice safely and comfortably. If this pose is new to you as well, try this method of getting into it: 1) place palms flat on floor in front of your feet, knees bent and up on your toes 2) bend elbows and bring right foot up and flat to the side of your right hand 3) straighten left leg out behind you up on the toes and relax the pelvis down so that your hip bones rest on each elbow 4) lift the head and shoulders, looking straight ahead 5) lift the left foot off the ground, letting the body rock slightly forward on the arms, while allowing the right foot to come off the ground 6) unbend your right knee, pushing straight out through the heel. Have fun with it!
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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 11: POSE OF IMMORTALITY Immortality may not be a goal that is on your mind, but know that your body strives for nothing more than to grant you such longevity. Once we connect our minds with our bodies’ true function and open up to our spirit, we are able to let a lot more happiness, health, wealth and abundance into our lives, limiting the space and time we have for worry, pain, fear and illness. There are very few parts of the body that are not benefited by a practice of the Pose of Immortality and that is one reason why it is the signature pose of YogaSkills Kemetic Yoga. The breath takes over as the guiding force, increasing the flow of oxygen and life-force energy, clearing the body of physical and emotional blockages that cause us pain or shortened lifespan. It stimulates the body from head to toe. Kneeling while twisting the spine AND opening the shoulders like this provides an immense burst of energy through the practice that lasts long afterward, increasing your likeliness to change the way you look at the world and yourself in it. Among a long list of physical health benefits, one of the most rewarding effects of this pose is the knowledge that you have gained back some or all control over your very existence. A single practice will have you saying “I accept the challenge to live longer.” Learn more about Kemetic Yoga can help you master thyself at http://firehawkyoga.com/kemeticyoga. Find our video of this pose on our Tumblr blog or on Instagram @firehawkyoga
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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 10: EARTH WIND & FIRE Happy to share with you my progress here. A few years ago I went to a masseuse who told me I had contusions in my back. I said, “What’s THAT?!?” Fancy word for a knotted muscle, but it told me I had some imbalance going on back there, and it was becoming uncomfortable, before I took on my yoga practice, that is. I am still attempting to feel even, but years of neglect to the alignment of my spine are behind me. Earth Wind & Fire is a pose created by the Master of Kemetic Yoga for practice with a partner, so the pose above is a modification for when you’re alone but want to feel similar benefits. The pyramid straddle helps to elongate the calves, hamstrings and gluteus while the forward bend relieves tension from the muscles running along the entire spine, and the hands bound behind the back provide a shoulder opener, further reducing tension through the rest of the back, neck and head. Keeping your elbows straight, allow your arms to float up, rolling the shoulders open to bring the hands as far as they will, aiming them toward the ground in front of your head. If your shoulders are tight like mine, be VERY cautious to the body and arms lower along with slow, controlled exhales, and come out of the position at the same slow pace as you entered, using deep and controlled inhales to raise the body up and out of the pose. Happy Super Moon!
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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 9: COBRA Remember that the alignment of your spine is very important to achieve all the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of a yoga practice. Along with proper alignment comes the things we wish for most, such as strength, flexibility, balance and NO PAIN! The cobra practice is our tool to strengthen and lengthen the muscles along the spine and those that support throughout the back, shoulders and arms. Any discomfort is usually felt in the lower back due to incorrect posture, and in the wrist, arm and shoulder muscles that, more often than not, are not used to support our weight. This pose improves the body’s balance from side to side and from the crown of the head down to the toes. It is important to use slow, deep breaths into and throughout. Shoulder blades should be drawn back and down toward each other so the chest may be opened up to fill with fresh oxygen. Consider this pose a mild cardio workout for energy required and produced from the heart center, so give it rest accordingly in between attempts with deep breathing to slow the heart rate back down. Learn more about the significance of the cobra in the practice of Kemetic Yoga in one of our weekly classes. More info at http://firehawkyoga.com/classes


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#NoPainCampaign @firehawkyoga DAY 8: SESH We tend to take advantage of all sorts of parts of our body, ignoring their importance to the proper functioning of the system as a whole until something goes wrong. While our minds play tricks on us to think we can get away with this, our bodies will often remind us physically and/or psychologically that that’s not the way to live a vibrant and happy life. Taking into account the littlest part of your body may have a greater affect than you could imagine, both on and off your mat. There are several variations of Sesh Pose that are unique to the practice of our Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) ancestors. These poses were maintained for long periods of time by scribes while they filled the temple walls with images and language depicting their sacred sciences. Sesh practice will stimulate reflexology points in the feet, particularly those which induce healthy functioning and activity in the head region, including the eyes, nose, ears, brain and pineal gland. It is also helpful in increasing balance, improving overall posture and enhancing patience, calmness and self-control. While the ultimate goal is to be able to remain in the pose endlessly without discomfort (if we wanted to), our goal today is to hold it for just one or two deep breaths, returning to hands-and-knees position in between attempts. Eventually, pain will cease and longevity will increase. To learn more about Kemetic Yoga poses and techniques visit http://firehawkyoga.com/



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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 7: QUEENS/KINGS DANCER Part 1 When Yoga is practiced along with correct breathing and proper alignment, you greatly reduce your chance of causing injury and increase your chance for healing. Patience, focus, concentration and precision are the skills required AND enhanced with consistent practice. These are also the tools to help keep the mind open to allowing the release of tension, pain, injury and dis-ease along with some of their causes such as fear, regret and self-hate. Dancer’s Pose is a test of the balance in your life as much as one of your physical balance. Stumbling goes with the territory as you learn, so embrace it! It helps to find a focal point ahead before beginning and follow it straight down to to your tow, and then come back up and out of the pose the same way you went into it. The standing leg must be straight but careful not to hyper-extend at the knee. Using the inhales to aid you in rising and the exhales to lower you help greatly in securing better balance and creating a nice flow through this pose. Learn more about the breathing and alignment techniques shown here at http://firehawkyoga.com/


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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga DAY 6: CROW POSE Remember that pain in your body is really a loving message to the care-taker (YOU!) to give it a little more attention and appreciation. Our bodies never attack us or make us want to feel bad, so we must not confuse pain as something unhelpful or pointless. We just need to show patience through the breath in our practice so we may challenge ourselves without hurting ourselves. Arm strength is more important to the overall posture, balance and alignment of the body than one may think. This balancing pose engages all of the muscles from the shoulders blades to the elbow, down to the base of the wrist and through the finger-tips. Small details can make a major difference in your practice, particularly your attention to maintaining flat palms with your weight balancing on the fleshiest part at the heel of the hand. While the head and neck muscles are working, it is important to keep the throat muscles open and relaxed. The other major part engaged is your entire core including your abdominals, obliques and muscles around the mid and lower spine. The involvement of the legs is almost an illusion because the ability to lift and hold your legs up is dependent on the body center’s not-so-visible strength and action rather than super leg strength. Learn more at http://firehawkyoga.com/


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#NoPainCampaign @FirehawkYoga! DAY 5: HEADSTAND Getting on your head is said to be one of the best ways to adjust how you see yourself and the world around you. That makes it a perfect pose to explore in this challenge as we change the way we look at and feel pain. We are building strength in each practice and sometimes it hurts, but with knowing that the breath is there to supply you with all the life-for e you need and to clear the channels through which this energy travels, we learn of the power we have to alleviate ourselves from discomfort. When one is upside down, this healing energy has no choice but to take new course throughout your body, shining light and vitality into our parts that need it. This tripod headstand variation offers steps to get you into a full headstand. Check out our Instagram, Tumblr or Facebook page for a video demonstrating the use of YogaSkills Method to achieve a headstand safely along with the breath. Learn more about our studio at http://firehawkyoga.com/


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Firehawk’s #NoPainCampaign Yoga Challenge DAY 4: TREE POSE This low impact pose is great for making you feel your best! If you’ve ever felt low, small or unimportant, stand up and stretch yourself to the sky like a tree! Focus, balance and strength are inseparable in the proper practice of the tree pose. Slow deep inhales elongate and tone the abdominal muscles while slowly released exhales ground you through your standing leg. Allow the breath to support you and relieve you of tightness or discomfort. Variations let you progressively work the foot of your bent leg up from the floor, to the ankle and eventually up to the knee or higher. Trees amaze us with their ability to stay strong through storm and even fire, so let us absorb some of nature’s skills for self-preservation and divine expression.


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Firehawk’s #NoPainCampaign Yoga Challenge!!! DAY 3: SPIDER POSE Remember that there are no “tricks” to achieving your goals. The idea of skipping the painful parts of anything in life is to rob yourself of the truthfulness and the uniqueness of your life journey. Same goes for your Yoga practice, so take your time, love your time, and yourself! Correct alignment along the spine in the practice of Yoga is crucial. This is because it is the central part that essential functions of the rest of the body rely on. We must increase the strength and flexibility of each of our vertebrae with a balanced practice of forward bending poses, backward bending poses and spinal twists. The Spider Pose opens your whole body from toe to the crown of your head, it leaves your heart wide open to give and receive abundance. It’s not easy but each try will show you how much your body wants to be pain-free. Don’t resist! To join in, simply follow @firehawkyoga and/or our facebook page, then try out a pose! To learn more visit us athttp://firehawkyoga.com/


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Welcome back and thank you for joining Firehawk’s#NoPainCampaign Yoga Challenge!!! DAY 2: LUNGE POSE We are focusing on embracing our pain and understanding that the power to control and release that pain is OURS! The Lunge Pose is a wonderful way of opening parts of your body, mind and spirit no matter how long you may have kept them locked up. When practiced along with proper breathing, one can gain control and understanding of their own balance, strength and alignment. Pain may be felt in the knees so use extra padding if necessary, but once you learn which other parts of your body contribute to achieving balance and you strengthen them, you will find a pocket that your pelvis and hips can relax and sink into. A straight spine is essential to aid you in finding this balance and in ultimately aligning the entire body. Be kind to you, never jerking yourself into or out of this pose, especially when discomfort or pain increases. Use slow deep breaths to move yourself out of the pose just the way you went into it. Do not be surprised if you feel like your heart and mind went through the same release and now are as open as your hips! Fully enjoy it!!! To join in, simply follow @firehawkyoga and/or our facebook page, then try out a pose! Full details at http://firehawkyoga.com/8-14challenge


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Welcome and thank you for joining Firehawk’s#NoPainCampaign Yoga Challenge!!! DAY 1: LOTUS POSE Let us use any pain we experience as an indicator of where we can go from here with the self-healing power of Yoga. Pain does not say ‘stop,’ it says slow down or take another way about achieving your goal. Today we explore the Lotus, a minimal movement pose that can help you uncover where some of your discomfort points are, and with practice, it can bring the body and thoughts back into structural and emotional alignment that you may not have known was missing. Variations of the lotus pose consist of 1) cross-legged 2) half lotus and 3) full lotus. All three should be practiced on both sides (switching leg on top) in that order to ensure that the body is eased into recovery, never forced or rushed. Sit and breathe…ground yourself by relaxing your seat bones toward the floor, elongating your spine, and let each slow and deep breath rise to the crown of your head. Feel the releasing of pain and negativity as you carefully fold your upper body over each thigh, bringing the chin toward the knee. This pose fosters a relaxed and meditative state that reduces stress by encouraging the flow of your life-force energy, empowering you on and off the mat. To join in, simply follow @firehawkyoga and/or our facebook page, then try out a pose! Full details athttp://firehawkyoga.com/8-14challenge



Be Metaphysical Time X Wisdom

You may have heard the saying …. your ahead of your time, You seem older than you are. It could be stemming from physical appearance. You may look younger than you appear, adding a more magnetic quality to your wisdom and insight .   GG-2

This makes me question what time is really ….. If someone like myself can pass for 5 + years older even though I look younger makes me wonder if age has anything to do with wisdom or experience.

If you start to complete a loop around a track with the knowledge of how to  walk only, it may take you some time to get around fully. While you are half way around the track someone begins to make their way around the very same  track but the difference is they have started with the knowledge of running.  GG-1

Even though the 1st person was on the track longer, the knowledge of the 2nd person and the ability to run  gave em the appearance as being on the track as long as the 1st person.

I think knowledge is the key, what you know can give you insight into how to appear beyond your years as well as be able to relate from your elder perspectives. I noticed the more generally knowledgeable and logical you are that older people tend to think you are closer to their age if physical appearance doesn’t arouse a second judgement.

Desire also give away your age. When we are younger I think most of us value possessions more than the quality of life. Its like grabbing something or anything to hold on to as your pushed and pulled through a world full of twist and turns. GG-6As we get older I think an exchange happens where you don’t hold on to the material objects or value them is such high regard being you are coming closer to departure and the same objects that validate your existence has no importance when your existence is moving beyond the physical.   This transition of mindset happens at different times for everyone if it even happens at all.

I also think knowledge/wisdom in combination with discipline is the way to completing task efficiently based on time. GG-3When I think of time I think in the terms of past and the future and the constant exchange of the two we label as now.  Usually people are looking to appear younger and not older so I think the key to looking young is feeling young.  How do you feel young … do the same things you did that made you smile when you were once young and be disciplined enough to make it a habit. A healthy diet,  drinking thirst quenching aloe water, eating some happy cashews and splitting a few bananas always helps with the feeling as well!

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It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.

Root Chakra Video Coming Next … Maybe Sacral deciding on which location is good for each! Until next time

Be Metaphysical, Peace

Yogi Selects 29

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@trycja_yoga  Now the Prairie Rock Grill, the building behind me has been a fixture in downtown Elgin since 1921. It has been a movie theater, a soul food restaurant, a dance hall, a microbrewery and a venue for mixed martial arts. Thankfully this intersection was not that busy in the early morning so I could do a quick forearm balance in the street. This is right in the heart of #elginil, like all my pictures for #pasadena5love And this post wraps up this fun challenge, but there is one more big part of the downtown area I would be remiss not to share, so stay tuned for a bonus #elginlove post tomorrow
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The account I have chosen to feature @ameliakyoga. I have spent several nights in tears reading her words and have been inspired myself to be the best mother I can to my two little boys. Inspiration to be a better mother is worth more than I can put a value on. I encourage you to follow her and go through and read her posts. Her story is heart wrenching but her spirit and the light she gives is inspirational. I have been a follower myself of Amelia for a long time. I don’t really remember how I came to follow her but I was enchanted by her images and beautiful asana.
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@Briyr It’s been one of those weeks where I question everything. Doubt. Stress. Judgement. Love & Hate all at the same time. And as I sat waiting for the students to arrive into class I just started crying. Had no idea why, just was. I closed my journal because I didn’t want water to destroy the pages, but before I closed it I wrote: my practice requires tears. My practice requires me to practice on the mat and off. My practice requires truth. My practice doesn’t have to be seen or displayed because it’s mine. My practice is about me. And today at this very moment I am practicing feeling my feelings. #feelingsometypeofway #brogiyoga #curlyyogachick #steadyandjoyful #feeltheyogahigh #bemagic #beopen



Crystal Select: Onyx

It has a long history of use for hardstone carving and jewellery, where it is usually cut as a cabochon or into beads. It has also been used for intaglio and hardstone cameo engraved gems, where the bands make the image contrast with the ground. Some onyx is natural but much of the material in commerce is produced by the staining of agate.LargeBlackOnyx

Onyx was used in Egypt as early as the Second Dynasty to make bowls and other pottery items.[

Onyx is thought to increase regeneration, happiness, intuition and one’s instincts. Onyx is also told to decrease sexual desire, and to aid in changing bad habits.

The shapes or patterns that onyx holds inside it have led some to suggest that onyx has a picture in it that tells a story or carries a lesson. Lore tells us that an onyx will retain memory of the physical occurrences surrounding a person. A strong stone to use in psychic work as it tells the story of the wearer.

A strength-giving stone, good for athletes or people under extreme mental and emotional stress. Onyx brings balance to mind or body as well as strength of mind.

Onyx is a wonderful  stone for those who are flighty by nature, as it will help ground and focus your attention. A strengthening stone that can help you approach a lesson or task with greater self-confidence.

Onyx is an excellent mineral for initiating the modes of centering and alignment of the total person with the higher powers.Onyx can be used to banish grief, to enhance self-control, increase stamina, stimulate the power of wise decision-making and to encourage happiness and good fortune.

Onyx helps one to absorb, from the universe, those energies which are needed.

Onyx assists with challenges in life, especially those caused by a drain of energy.  It prevents the draining away of personal energy and can be used for protection from such.  It also helps with grounding and controlling or eliminating excess or unwanted energies.

Onyx is highly recommended that Onyx be used in conjunction with pearls and diamonds to increase their own metaphysical qualities.

Legend of the 5 Suns

Sacrifice was a common theme in Mesoamerican cultures. In the Aztec “Legend of the Five Suns”, all the gods sacrificed themselves so that mankind could live. Some years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, a body of Franciscans confronted the remaining Aztec priesthood and demanded, under threat of death, that they desist from this traditional practice. The Aztec priests defended themselves as follows:

Life is because of the gods; with their sacrifice they gave us life…. They produce our sustenance… which nourishes life.[8]


What the Aztec priests were referring to was a central Mesoamerican belief: that a great, on-going sacrifice sustains the Universe. Everything is tonacayotl: the “spiritual flesh-hood” on earth. Everything —earth, crops, moon, stars and people— springs from the severed or buried bodies, fingers, blood or the heads of the sacrificed gods. Humanity itself is macehualli, “those deserved and brought back to life through penance”. A strong sense of indebtedness was connected with this worldview. Indeed, nextlahualli (debt-payment) was a commonly used metaphor for human sacrifice, and, as Bernardino de Sahagún reported, it was said that the victim was someone who “gave his service”.

Human sacrifice was in this sense the highest level of an entire panoply of offerings through which the Aztecs sought to repay their debt to the gods. Both Sahagún and Toribio de Benavente (also called “Motolinía”) observed that the Aztecs gladly parted with everything: burying, smashing, sinking, slaying vast quantities of quail, rabbits, dogs, feathers, flowers, insects, beans, grains, paper, rubber and treasures as sacrifices. Even the “stage” for human sacrifice, the massive temple-pyramids, was an offering mound: crammed with treasures, grains, soil and human and animal sacrifices that were buried as gifts to the deities. Adorned with the land’s finest art, treasure and victims, these temples had become buried offerings under new structures every half a century.

Read more on MesoAmerican culture rituals on WikiPedia 

Mio Liquid Yoga

I was searching the webs for some info and interesting facts and came across some Liquid Yoga … Seems like there is something for everything these days…  I have not given it a try but it sounds like it could be quick fix to the sensation that extra stretch can induce

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Liquid Yoga is your personal masseuse in a bottle; helping with muscle fatigue, relaxing tight, stressed shoulders and soothing tired, achy bodies whilst detoxifying and re-energising. No other bath treatment is as rich in incredible actives. Magnesium-rich Epsom salts and Arnica relieve aches and pains whilst helping muscles recover—and help eliminate toxins that prevent your body from reaching its potential. We also added our heady blend of V-Tonic™, spearmint, cypress, lavender, mandarin and chamomile essential oils to ease your stress and anxiety, plus moisturising, anti-inflammatory Murumuru Butter so your skin feels as good as your mind upon stepping out of the tub. Importantly, it is Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) free.

What the heck are we talking about did we hear you ask? Well these two ingredients are probably in almost anything you have that makes bubbles in your home – go ahead check your shampoo, your bubble bath, your dishwashing liquid, your kitchen floor cleaner and your car shampoo. Weird, eh? We thought so to – so we don’t use it, ever. Plus it’s a well-known skin irritant linked to all kinds of not-so-nice things. We don’t want to bore you with too much detail, but google it.

Read more info on LiquidYoga  from MioSkin Care

13 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Mosquitoes hate the lemony scent of this plant. With some patience, you can easily grow this plant in your garden. You just have to buy stalks easily available in the market. Lemongrass prefers good drainage and full sun. However, it’s important to understand that this beautiful tropical plant does not tolerate freezing temperatures.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

For some gardeners, this is a perennial. For others, it is an annual plant. Catnip is considered about 10 times more effective than DEET for repelling mosquitoes. However, this plant has a tendency to be quite invasive.

If it’s in the garden bed, cats can crush this plant. But you can keep a couple of them in hanging containers to avoid both problems.

Marigold (Tagetes spp.)

This is a sun loving annual plant. Besides mosquitoes, this one can also repel aphids. It can be an exceptional companion plant for the vegetable garden. Marigold plants are very easy to maintain. You don’t need a lot of care to keep them healthy and flourishing.

This is a border plant that offers the simplicity to collect seeds for next year’s planting. Due to this, Marigold is an excellent addition. However, you should never rub this plant on your skin.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary oil is considered heavenly to most humans. This shrub can easily repel mosquitoes, and keep your garden safe. This is one of the most attractive plants for herb and container gardens. It does not require a lot of water. In addition to this, Rosemary is also delicious, and you can use it for cooking soups, egg dishes and meat.

For the Full List of Plants check out PlanetCareToday!


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