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WHAT IS YOGA


What is Yoga

This originally appeared on Barbra Brady’s   Yoga blog at the following link:

http://barbrabrady.com/2011/11/05/what-is-yoga/ but I found it so concisely said, in clear and precise language, that I wanted to share it with you but still give credit to the original.  Enjoy with thanks to Barbra.

This is one of the best concise descriptions of what yoga really is I’ve read in a long, long time. I’ve been practicing yoga seriously for 15 years, and have been in continuous yoga teacher training with some of the best teachers in the world for 12 years, and this sweet synopsis sums it up beautifully and meaningfully. It is all the more charming in that English is not the first language of the writer.

This is it, folks:

A question to the Yogis of today…

by Yogsadhna on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 10:10pm

Yogis were primarily scientists to experiment within the laboratories of their bodies utilizing the tools like breath, 5 sensory & 5 motor faculties and posture.  Observing the results of certain practices done over and over again, they consolidated the experience into sutras, mantras and shastras.

The Yogis of today…are you scientists? Do you observe keenly….do you notice how the breath, the heart beat, the temperature(within as well as over the body) and the taste( in the mouth) changes with each asan, each pranayama and each kriya you perfrom?

What steps do you take to filter the energy if it is not filtered or do you just practice Yogafrom one movement, breath, mantra to another in a robotic fashion? Are you in touch with the real practice?

Every Yoga Asan is therapy….there is nothing sepcial about Yoga Therapy as all asan are to make the body healthy and fit for the subtle energy to  move into the central channel taking the madhya patha (central channel~ sushumna)

What is your pratice primarily made up of? Do you contemplate after every asan, pranayama or kriya…how does your thought process change, how are your emotions affected? How has this movment, this breath touched or triggered or churned the panch koshas?

How that vibration that you induced with your pracitce created ripples and where does these ripples reach…how has it increased the energy field, how has it raised your awareness? How deeper has it touched you?

Yoga is not merely learning the sanskrit names, stading on head, chanting mantras or reciting sutras? It is inner transformation…that happens only with awareness…moment to moment awareness! It requires patience to observe these changes, accept these changes, digest these changes and grow from these changes. it requires courage to accept the new person that you have become or are becoming in the process of introversion!

Where are you in your practice?

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Not  “Being Best

BE "THE BEST" YOU CAN

Not being the best, ( or “having” to be the best) at everything doesn’t mean you are mediocre or lazy, or that you have no ambition. It just means you have learned to stop comparing yourself with others and simply do the very best that YOU can in everything you undertake to achieve. By having to be the best at everything, we leave ourselves open to frustration and disappointment and eventually loose the will to keep trying.

As long as we continue to strive for our OWN “best” in all things, we ARE actually the best we can be. That is all that should concern us. It also leaves us much more content with our lives and at peace with ourselves – and of course healthier on all levels.  So enjoy not being best  as you continue along your life’s journey-for you most definitely ARE the best!!

With love light and Joy

Jane

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EAT DESSERT FIRST

Today I turned 65!!  Life is a miraculous blessing to be sure, each and every moment of each and every day!

65 YEARS YOUNG TODAY

Eat dessert first, even when it is not your birthday-stay in touch always with your inner child-it is the best way to grow young!!

with love light and JOY

Jane

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Just for Today I Will Not Worry

Shiva with Offerings-Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh

This is the first of the five Reiki Prinicples*(See end of post).  Below is a full length  article I wrote several years ago for William Rand’s International Reiki Magazine.  It discusses in full what worry is, why it is a useless expenditure of energy,  (worrying is like praying for what you don’t want – worrying is like paying interest on money you don’t have, etc), and ways and reasons to avoid it.  Faith plays a very vital part in this and I hope you will check out this article.

Just for Today I Will Not Worry

Below are a couple of additional thoughts re: the issue of Worry and the Role of Faith which perhaps may be of assistance to you.  I find “not worrying” to be one of the greatest gifts I have given myself over the past 10 years, and that it brings me great tranquility and feelings of well-being, and also makes my life a lot easier.  My wonderful Ayurvedic Doctor in Rishikesh, India, once said it very simply.  “Worrying is God’s job, not yours” (Dr. Arora).

Cultivating Faith is no different than cultivating a garden.  The more time you spend on it, the more beautifully it will grow and bring you joy.  You must weed it continually, and the weeds in the garden of Faith are Fear and Doubt.  The water and fertilizer which allow it grow are Prayer, Meditation, Patience and more than anything else, Gratitude.

Not knowing is not necessarily a bad thing.  But if you do not truly trust the Universe to provide you with exactly what you need, at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way, the “not worrying” becomes more difficult.  Cultivate Faith and then you will not be concerned about what the future holds in store for you, or be stressed by the “not knowing”, as you will be confident that what it holds for you are only good things…even if they don’t always seem to be “good” from your own human perspective at the moment.

Accepting and truly believing that all things are good…WORK ON THIS IDEA

I know that this is fairly easy to understand on a mental level, if we truly begin to work on it and think in this direction. But true application of this idea in our daily life, no matter what happens and no matter how difficult things may seem, is another thing.  The understanding of accepting all things as good must eventually come from the heart and soul , not only from the brain.  It is something which must become part of the essence of our being if we truly want to feel the amazing feeling of acceptance and the lightness and ease of living which it can bring into our lives….

 *Reiki Principles with my personal editing which makes them all the more powerful for me and my students when chanted on a daily basis:

-Just for today I will not worry

-Just for today I will not get angry

-Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings

-Just for today I will love and respect everything living creature (including myself)-  LINK to another full length article

-Just for today I will do an honest day’s work (0n myself)  my daily practice (see Previous Post to see what this involves) sustains me and is the most important daily work I can do, as everyone benefits from it. It is an anchor in a churning sea-like the eye of the storm- granting me harmony in chaos and tranquility in turmoil.

with love light and JOY

Jane

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I have put together my first collection of  thoughts, observations, understandings and lessons learned which I have posted over the past 10 years  on several blogs.  (the dates noted refer to the original post date).  Hope you find something here to make you think…would love comments, “likes” and ratings if you care to take a minute or two.

with love light and JOY

Jane

Tapovan Village - Rishikesh

August 30 2003

Before the “next thing” we sometimes need a period of “no-thing”…very cleansing and relaxing and a good way of renewing energies for whatever is to come.

Sept 7 2001

… I had interesting dream…in which I heard a voice saying “accept the night as the day” and understood it to mean that all things come and go in their own time and according to master plan and both nite and day, easy and hard, happy and sad, fast and slow, peace and upset, everything follows each other and must come together…you cannot have one without the other.

Sept 15 2001

I am surrounded here by nature and it is no wonder that green is the color of the heart chakra. G-d has chosen to make this the main color for all the beauty He has created and to show us his infinite love for all mankind. The peacefulness and strength of the trees, which truly do invite us to be like them “be rooted and at peace and then grow”

Sept 19 2001 The magic of music

The tabla and sitar  are instruments which, if you let them, simply take care 0f all the chakras together. The tabla ranges from root chakra to solar plexus in tones and beats and frequency and the sitar perfectly matches in range from the heart up to the crown chakra. The music had me floating outside of myself for almost a full hour and although I almost fell asleep at dinner, I am now full of vitality and energy…amazing what music can do.

Oct 5 2003

I decided to try the Triund path (A trek up from Dharamkot, Dharamsala)-not to get to the top-just to walk it for awhile, and now I am sitting quite deep in the forest (went off the beaten path) and just enjoying. I don’t need to get “to the top” to take pleasure in what these forests and mountains have to offer. Others may see a spectacular view today at the top, but how many of them truly enjoyed the journey up?

 October 11 2003

MOUNTAINS:
I am drawn to their mystical, magical, majestic peaks
which climb ever higher
Urging heart, mind and soul to soar to the sublime heights of
Divine Unity.

 October 18 2004

Only Love can bring good things into this world and into our lives. If we deny our soul’s desires and needs, we block out its light. We become dark and dull. We no longer shine from outside, we have no true joy or happiness. My soul is now rejoicing and my face is bright with smiles and the glow of happiness.

 October 28 2004

“Learn to properly digest life…you must digest only one meal at a time”

 Nov 1 2004

… the terrible things we do to ourselves when we “sell our souls” for any reason….freedom in the sense of being true to yourself no matter what and not thinking that someone else can make life easier for you or that love can bring you freedom…these things are external and temporary …only what comes from inside and is true is what is real and right….

 Nov 1 2004

You do not always need the right reasons-you need the right feelings. Learn this and you have learnt the important lesson.

October 2004

Unhappiness is the food of anger – Buddhist monk lecturing on patience

All shit stinks!! – same monk !

 MORE GREAT QUOTES and THOUGHTS TO MAKE YOU THINK!

“The most creative moments have often arisen at times when circumstances appeared most helpless.”

” If we fear someone we give them power over us.
So be gentle but don’t allow yourself to be trod upon”

” There are no fresh starts in life.
But there are new directions – learn to zig-zag.”

” Try loving your enemies – if nothing else, you’ll confuse them”

 “Life will always give us what we know we are worth
It never fails to take us at our own valuation”

 “They always come so quickly those turning points in life.
And always down a lane we are not watching.”

 “When a difficulty presents itself – remove it at once if you can
For the longer you look at it, the less you will like it.”

” Bad times are good times to prepare for better times.”

” There is no dependence that can be certain but a dependence on yourself.”

” Before you discuss anyone’s faults…
Take time to count to ten…
Ten of your own!”

” You can have Fear or Faith – not both”…Mutant Message Down Under

 ”when you keep fretting about [the outcome of ]something you’ve done, you can’t give your mind to anything else”….”expect the best-always expecting the best and usually you will get it!” ruskin bond

 Sign in a restaurant: “Regard the one who reveals your faults, as the one who tells you about a hidden treasure”

 “The fact that many a man who goes his own way ends in ruin means nothing…He MUST obey his own law” (which I understand to mean soul/heart whatever) From the book Snow Leopard pp. 45 quoted from C.G. Jung-Collected works.

 “The absurdity of a life that may well end before one understands it, does not relieve one of the duty to live it through as honestly and generously as possible” snow leopard

“Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous”

…AND-if this is not enough for today…If you want a link to a full post with quotes…check this out:

http://mindfulnessjournal.wordpress.com/2006/06/14/thoughts-become-thingschoose-the-good-ones/

 

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January 25, 2012 – Same Same But Different

One of the difficult things about my not being in India this year is that I don’t get to enjoy my daily walks – anywhere between 2-6 hours on any given day.  Why not?  Good question!!

So I decided to do something about it.  There is no good reason not to be out walking here as well, on nice days especially, and although the sights may be different, they are no less interesting or less surprising or less beautiful than those in India.  And to my surprise, once I began these walks, I realized that there is much in common- with slight differences. So, since the blog is called Not In India 2012, lets do some comparing

SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT and I will try to make this a good photo post to give you some idea of what I mean.

However, before I could actually begin benefiting from these walks, I had to realize that one of the things that makes my walking so wonderful in India, is that I am ALWAYS aware of what is going on around me, and I marvel at the sights I see.  So why not do that here as well?  Less interesting you say?

Well, have you ever gone walking with a toddler or young child.  Doesn’t matter where you take them.  They will always find fascinating things to see and do along the way. Like a birds nest,

or an interesting entranceway to a house

Once I decided , mindfully, to connect with my own inner child (after a few walks with my 18 month old granddaughter) and become completely aware of everything around me, the walking became a magical experience, even here in the middle of town.

OBSERVATIONS:

Doesn’t matter whether you are walking in Rishikesh or Herzlia.  Better keep your eyes open and watch where you step, or chances are you will not enjoy the results.  In India it will be cow dung, and here it will be dog poop…but the chances of it happening if you don’t watch your step are about equal!  And just as annoying!!

You might not see any interesting animals walking around here, like MONKEYS,

Lemurs

Rhesus Monkey

DODNKEYS

Donkeys

Donkeys with Full Loads

 

or COWS,

Mother and Baby Cow

Mean Cow

but watching the cars go by, and the people racing along can be just as interesting (Just hard to photograph because everything here moves so quickly…no shanti to be seen anywhere).  And you MAY even see something FOR animals like this:  A PLAYGROUND FOR DOGS…something you would NEVER see in India!!

And then there is always the glorious contrast between blue sky and green trees-

HERE:

OR THERE,

Blue Sky-Green Trees India

it is wonderful to see.

And then there are the trees:  So many different types and shapes….never a dull moment when we walk with mindfulness.

Bare Tree

Strange Tree

Spreading Branches

Even when the clouds begin rolling in, it can be beautiful, and brings some cooling air when the sun gets too hot suddenly.

Clouds In India

Clouds Rolling In

And what would be a good walk without stopping along the way for something to eat?  In India, my favorite choice of a snack or brunch would be Aloo Parantha served with yogurt and chutney and a steaming glass of spicy masala chai.

Aloo Parantha with Curd and Chutney

That of course will not be found here, unless of course I make it at home myself:

 

Aloo Parantha Puffed on the Flame - A bread stuffed with spicy potato mixture

but what could be bad about this lovely Israeli breakfast with a lovely cup of steaming hot chocolate to drink?

Life is good, if we choose to perceive it as such.  Wherever we may find ourselves, blessings and miracles and beauty and wonder are all around.  Use mindfulness next time you are out and about…become aware of ALL…connect frequently with you Inner Child to truly celebrate life !

 

with love light and JOY

Jane

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This is an article about an option from WordPress, called reblogging, which allows you to easily share a post from MY blog which you might find interesting enough to want to share on YOUR blog. It helps me also get more hits on my posts and introduces me to your blog as well, which I might then want to share via my blog with other readers. A win-win situation.

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