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Why chant Om?

Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone. It’s both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth and when pronounced correctly it is actually AUM.
Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable.
The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of your throat and you stretch it out. You will start feeling your solar plexus and chest vibrating.
The second syllable is U, pronounced as a prolonged “oo,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along your upper palate. You’ll feel your throat vibrate.
The third syllable is M, pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm” with your front teeth gently touching. You will now start to feel the top of your vibrate.
The last syllable is the deep silence of the Infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, you have to merge your chant from the ‘M’ to the deep silence.
Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy (Shakti) and it’s 3 main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation and (3) liberation.
Why do we chant it?
Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.
As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.
Read the full article at Mind Body Green 

YogiFocus Maati RA

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!
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Yogi Selects 20

@Thenemophilist -Power resides in you
@Thenemophilist -Power resides in you

 

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@Miingz – Saw This Pose & Of Course I Had To Try It! #loveyourbody #knowyourbody #loveme #loveyoga #yogapose #bendyyogis #yogaofcolor #inspiredyogis #yogaeverydamnday #twist #HappyPractice #highofflife #goddess #try #igfit #igyoga
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@Pauladhy – Side view of #utthitatrikonasana #trikonasana. I remember the cue from past teachers for this pose: “Think of yourself being placed between two walls… (and that sounds claustrophobic to me!)… and your body should be in one line..” Well, something like that. Now, I decided to take pictures of trikonasana with different hand placements to achieve that alignment. Left photos: Holding the big toe here. Really trying to push my hips more forward and lengthening the spine. Middle photos: Placing the hand on the top of the foot. Right photos: Hand on the shin bone. Left hip pushed more forward (for the left side of the pose). Feeling that sharp yet comfortable stretch on the side of the ribs. Chest is more open. More stretch also on the other side of the ribs. Now I am in one straight vertical line! And the best part, it feels so much better! Thanks @ashtanga_vinyasa_108 for teaching us this! #yoga #collage #alignment #ashtanga #ashtangayoga
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@afunkysoul – Awhile back @mango_twee tagged me for 20 things about me. While it’s definitely been weeks if not longer, I still remembered! Also @smiling_yo_ganja tagged me for #stopdropandyoga some time ago as well so consider this a double whammy. Here it goes: 1. I have a very strange memory. For example, remembering to do this post forever later. 2. I’m a walking contradiction. I love yoga and eating really healthy nutritious food and living a healthy lifestyle but I also really love doughnuts and burgers and pizza and wine. 3. I’m pro-marijuana. It’s true. Both medicinal factors and recreational factors. It’s a beautiful plant with amazing functions! If you think its bad you should do some research cuz you’re severely mistaken 🙂 4. I’m not a fan of routine. To a fault. I get bored when things stay the same which can result in me hopping from one hobby to the next without giving it a real shot. 5. All my friends live in CO. I’ve tried making friends here but they all want me to hang out with all of their friends and as an introvert hanging out with a bunch of people I don’t know is not my thing especially when doing activities I don’t really care to be apart of. So the closest I have to friends outside of Colorado is all of you on here! 😀 6. I love nature. Seriously I LOVE it. Unfortunately there’s not much of it around me and I’m pretty sure it’s starting to take it’s toll on my attitude. 7. I could lay under the stars for hours and be completely happy and at peace. 8. People say they have a crazy family but seriously…. Mine really is CRAZY. My family is well seasoned lol. 9. I have juvenile myochlonic epilepsy. They claim it’s genetic but no one else in my family has it. 10. I once had a Mohawk.

 

The Subconscious Mind

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 Selects 19

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MAAT Day 8 of #abofakemeticlife2014 @BlueTreasurePhotography #kemeticyoga challenge Ma’at is the Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) concept of #truth, #balance, #order, #law, #morality, and #justice. Yoga principles goes hand in hand with Ma’at because they both #focus on Balance, Self Discipline, and being Righteous. Ma’at is also the #goddess of Justice and Truth as her teachings helps the consciencness of each individuals. The word Yoga, comes from the Sanskrit word yuj which means to yoke, to concentrate or bind and is often interpreted as “Union” or a method of #discipline. This practice unites the #body, #mind, and #spirit. It joins individuality with the Divine Intelligence that orchestrates the #universe. So, if you are a seekers of greater #wellbeing, #vitality, and #wisdom, #yoga offers a map that ultimately leads you back to Spirit. Whether you are new to yoga or been practicing for some time, it will definitely shift your conscious awareness. The balance created in Yoga helps your body to develop #strength, #flexibility, emotional and spiritual balance. This is done through the performance of poses or asanas, each of which has specific physical and emotinal benefits. In addition to practicing the poses, yoga helps you to #focus on breathing techniques as well. The #breath is the #life force of your body. Meditation is also an integral part of yoga which takes you into a stillness or #meditation into your every breath and movement. Yoga, when aligned with breath awareness and #inspirational #affirmation, you will be able to move past your physical body, beyond the subtle body (Mind, Intellect, Ego) and ultimately to that universal state of oneness with yourself. Ma’at and Yoga helps us to #transform our lives and others to become healthier, happier and more balanced in all areas of life.

 

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@TheblackYogi #NYC Last NIght LOVE was in the HOUSE! I’m still on a high. @laughinglotusny Y’all really went in!!! No one wanted to leave. Memories were made, years were shed, tons of laugher, and a crazy amount of dancing. 🙏😻👳 Thx @junobrown, Emily, @leo_risingyoga, @smirtypants, @pwrmoves, @yinandjuice, @danatrixieflynn, Kenny, Ola, Kerri, Fonzo, and everyone at #LaughingLotus especially the OMazing Front Desk staff. Namaste Y’all!🙏😘 #BlackYogisMashup #blackyogis #yogaofcolor

 

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@TryCja704 Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ❤ Confucius Yesterday’s #boundanglepose for #healthybeautyyogi with @lorana_yoga and sponsors @agentcali @byjuliadesigns

 

 

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Follow, follow the sun and which way the wind blows when this day is done. Breathe, breathe in the air. Set your intentions. Dream with care. Tomorrow is a new day for everyone, Brand new moon, brand new sun. So follow, follow the sun, the direction of the bird, the direction of love. Breathe, breathe in the air, cherish this moment, cherish this breath. Tomorrow is a new day for everyone, brand new moon, brand new sun. When you feel life coming down on you, like a heavy weight. When you feel this crazy society, adding to the strain. Take a stroll to the nearest waters edge remember your place. Many moons have risen and fallen long, long before you came. So which way is the wind blowin’, and what does your heart say? A favorite picture and a favorite song. Happy Thursday dear friends! XO #followthesun #xavierrudd #gratefuleverydamnday #lovelovelove #yogaistheteacher  @TheSwedishYogi 

Yogi Focus with Ms Lovely Desire!

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.Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 4.23.43 PM

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

“I love me some back bends but I love flowing through Sun salutations popping up to a handstand down to an arm-balance.  So free you know “Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 1.49.52 PM

Which type of yoga do you connect with most if any?

“Ashtanga yoga”

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.”Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 1.50.18 PM

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

The Bridge of Energy in Motion

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The bridge .. There is not just one type of bridge. The type depends on the different ways to distribute the tension, bending and torsion throughout the structure.. Sometimes we must build are own bridge and distribute stress/get across pain, disappointment and grief in different ways each time. Be a builder!
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Chilly Georgia mornings are great for the feet! The cold seems to wake up my senses and gets everything flowing.
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A deep stretch while i gaze down at the flowing river below.
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One of my favorite asanas … the shoulder stand is good for balance and getting those shoulder muscles strong. It also looks cool when your just floating
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The Great Plough variation….. Last night I attempted to put my legs behind my head sitting with legs crossed and I was almost successful.
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Another Plough variation… simply walk your legs to the left then hold and breathe …. walk over to the right hold and breathe…. then separate! now relax!
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Not too often I attempt this one but it def gives me a great leg stretch and I have been working hard at breaking down my leg stiffness lately!
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Rocking the cradle …. a great hip opener.
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Sometimes im surprised at how easy it is for me to hold this position its almost too easy… I may have to step it up with a variation
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Watching the birds fly
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Have a great day Relax and breathe !

Yogi Selects XIIV

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@NightmareTales    •Humanity Rising• Photo by @nois7 http://www.CYBERYOGA.LA

@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

•Earth 2014 A•D• Photo courtesy of @briancrawfordphotography Check out my new YouTube video CYBERYOGA 1•0 GENESIS
•Earth 2014 A•D• Photo courtesy of @briancrawfordphotography Check out my new YouTube video CYBERYOGA 1•0 GENESIS

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The Bodhi Tree

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.BodhiTree1

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.bb 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

Pranayama: The Nose Knows

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.16963-122

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.nadis

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