Today for Yogi Focus we are focusing on Maati Ra. We ‘discovered’ each other via instagram. Like me Maati loves yoga and interestingly/coincidentally enough is a photographer. After communicating for a bit we knew we definitely wanted to take some photos and get to know more about each other via yoga and photography. Though we were 1,360 Miles apart 6 weeks later we have come together in Houston to make some magic happen! I will be posting a short doc/ portrait on Maati Later this week so Stay Tuned!
Your subconscious contains all of your memories, emotions, beliefs, programs, habits, preferences and drives. It controls all functions of your body, heals and balances you when you’re sleeping. It is the gateway to your other dimensions of your being: your spiritual energy, past lives, akashic record, parallel lives, your mythic reality, symbolic reality, transpersonal reality. Your subconscious is really running the show. Or is it? Your subconscious mind has all this power, but takes its orders from your conscious mind. The thing is, most of us don’t know this and give the subconscious mixed signals. So how good would it be if you intentionally let your subconscious mind know what you want and if you could understand the messages the subconscious was giving you?
Two keys to influencing the power of your subconscious:
1) Understand that your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between what is ‘real’ and what is imagined. The classic example is to think, right now, of a lemon. A bright yellow, beautiful lemon. In your imagination, cut the lemon open and get a whiff of that lemon scent. Squeeze the lemon into your mouth and feel all the juice, tangy sourness, spreading through your mouth….. chances are, if you are really doing this exercise, by now you are salivating and you are really feeling the sourness of the lemon. Your subconscious treated the experience as real and your body responded.
2) Your subconscious speaks in images, feelings and metaphors. You were able to affect your subconscious mind only with the image of a lemon. So, to give direction to your subconscious it is important to visualize what you want. Also, be aware of the images and metaphors your subconscious is sending you to get your attention on an important matter, to guide you, warn you, help you. They can come in the form of dreams, images, hunches, songs that spontaneously go through your head and even words.
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Yogi Focus will shine a spotlight on one single yogi for a truthful Question & Answer session.
For our first Yogi we have went with MsLovelyDesire! We would like to focus in on her and learn a little bit more about how yoga helps her through out the day to day.
Whats your name and where are you from?
“Ashley Coleman from California. “
How were you first introduced to yoga ?
“I picked up a Dvd, I love working out and yoga was on my list of things to try.”
Have you ever had any yoga related dreams?
“No, only if I did it would be about getting the pose just right”
What have you learned about yourself physically and mentally through yoga?
“That I am beautiful and strong. That I can do anything I set my mind on I even inspire myself at times! Yoga has made me a better me not just for me but for those around me. Such a blessing! “
Whats your favorite pose/routine
Which type of yoga do you connect with most if any?
What was your first memory, The furthest back you can remember.
“When i was a child in San Diego, All i can remember is this big park across some apartments, but when I ask my parents if we ever lived in San Diego they tell me no but we visited. Sometimes the kid in me runs back to that time at the park. I guess It was a safe place.”
What do you find yourself visualizing most throughout your day to day?
“My life, how I have changed and so have the things and people around me. How beautiful life is. That I am nothing but a speck in this world. I’m not like most I don’t need fancy things, lots of money no no not me. As long as I have love and understanding Ill be just fine. To be remembered for my laughs and talks is just fine with me 🙂 When I look at my life I see a bright future because I do Love and understand on so many different levels! “
What is the best advice you can give to people that would like to improve their health and well being.
“Do it for you and you only. You are your only competition. Making a lifestyle change is big. You get to see yourself in a new light, that may be the light someone special is able to see you under. Its a beautiful thing to see yourself in a new light I did and Im not turning back. The best you, you can be is you. Love the skin your in embrace your be different”
Is there anything else you would like to share?
“Different is good , Im always willing to share more in depth if need be so let me know”
Thank you for taking the time to answer a few question to encourage people to join in on yoga
@NightmareTales is one of the most brave and flexible yogi I follow on Instagram. His post will make your stomach drop and confidence rise. Pushing the limits to test your ability is the only way to know your max! … If there even is one. He inspired me to climb and test my balance. Balance I barely can keep on flat surface! … Stay In Focus
Bodhi: (boe-dee) Sanskrit word meaning “to awaken to, to understand, to know.”
The Bodhi-Tree or wisdom-tree is the world tree, and its roots drink deep of the waters of infinity. Its branches and leaves blow in the winds of the Void, and it is lit by the clear light. It is a tree of refuge, a place of safety from the raging tigers and dragons of desire.
Each leaf has the bright green of spring, and its bark has the darkness and fragrance of the forest. It has fruits of knowledge but these are not fruits forbidden to mankind by a jealous god. These fruits of knowledge are intended for all beings. While the fruits on the lower limbs give knowledge of good and evil, and awareness of many lives, those on the upper limbs give knowledge of unity and immortality.
The image of the Bodhi-Tree at this site has two components – the tree itself and its reflection. The tree represents life which is outwardly full of desire, sorrow, and ignorance. Its reflected image represents life’s perfection. It is life as reflected by pure, clean, awareness. It is what life can be in its ideal form and when understood in its true nature. Here, life is a set of changing reflections with no permanent anchor in physical form. The tree reflected in the water is like the self reflected in awareness. From a distance and without close examination, the tree like both the person and physical world appear to be whole and consistent things. Without meditation, physical forms appear solid and enduring. Their changing and fluctuating nature is not visible.
The Bodhi-Tree or wisdom-tree is a sacred symbol in Buddhism for a number of reasons.
- It represents the place of the Buddha’s enlightenment, and is therefore sacred geographically.
- It is ancient. Some would say it is the mythical World Tree. Thus, it is sacred temporally.
- It represents growth towards liberation. Therefore, it is sacred developmentally.
- It was said to rain blossoms, and is thus sacred aesthetically.
The Bodhi-Tree is a symbolic representation of the individual’s journey to infinity. As the seed which begins tiny and hard grows open and free, so should the mind and heart
Full Article here at Wisdom Tree
The topic of breathing and pranayama (the practice that works to direct the movement of life force) is a fascinating one.
Exhaling through the mouth can be beneficial in that it allows for a greater volume of air to be released at once and may help your jaw to relax. We all do this naturally when we are exasperated, tired, or weary. Take a breath in, then breathe out with a soft, sighing sound: You will feel your shoulders release, and as your jaw releases, your tongue will relax down into the base of the mouth, creating a quieting effect on your mind.
However, in most instances, it’s preferable to breathe through your nose. There are several reasons for this.
The first reason is that the nose does much more than just let air in and out. There are texts that claim it performs more than 30 functions, such as containing the receptors for smell, filtering out dirt and pathogens, and moisturizing and warming incoming air.
The yogic viewpoint is less concerned with the mechanical functions of the nose and breath and more interested in the process of how our breathing affects the nervous system. The ancient texts describe a network of subtle channels, called nadis, the three most important of which originate at the base of the spine. The ida flows to the left nostril, the pingala flows to the right nostril, and thesushumna is the central channel and balance point of the other two.
The ancient yogis were able to map out thousands of these channels, not through dissection of the body, but through intense practice of introspection and awareness development of both the gross and subtle levels of the body-mind. Current research supports the yogic observations.
The reason that nose breathing is more effective in creating energy changes is that when you breathe in or out through your nose, you stimulate the olfactory nerve; this impulse is then passed on to the hypothalamus, which is connected to the pineal gland, which is associated with the third eye area—seat of the “sat guru,” inner wisdom. Some say the ida and pingala interlace their way up the sushumna and end somewhere in the sinus chambers; others say that they end in the “third eye.” When you breathe through your nose, you are helping to open and balance the sushumna and quiet and steady the mind.
For more helpful information go to the Yoga Journal