Thought of the Day

I don't believe in morality, but I believe in ethical conduct as set out by His Holiness the Dalai Lama: "Ethical conduct = a way of behaving that respects others’ right to be happy".

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Springclean Contemplations

We are all part of the evolutionary process. To contribute to evolution, we need to allow transformation by avoiding stagnation and calcification in our body and  emotional sphere. Spring is the time flowers start blossoming and animals come out of lethargy. In the same way, our body asks us to get rid of the winter storage and detox to gain new energies and grow.
How? Yoga is one of the many technologies we have at our disposal to facilitate this process. Each of us will choose their preferred tool for transformation. Here some recommendations drawn from my experience at Time to Renew + Spring Clean with Jeff Phenix 

~ Revisit your diet and, if possible, follow a detox regime. Explore the possibility to cut out for a few days some ingredients from your diet and see how you feel. Your unhealthy cravings might cease.
~ Practice relaxation and healing practices to purify the digestive and reproductive organs {restorative yoga and yoga nidra}.~ Clean, cleanse, de-clutter your body, house and emotions - give away the things no longer serve you (there is always someone who wishes what we no longer want), write down three things you want to get rid of in your life and three things you want to blossom, and then burn the paper.
~ Create tapas (heat) to detox {energetic hatha yoga practice}.~ Twist your body ~ twists massage and oxygenate your internal organs. With a twist you create a compression, when you release it, a flood of blood irrigates that area. 
~ Breathing techniques help calm the mind and increase the core strength at a deep level. When you slow your breath, you slow your brain and become happier. Some yoga breathing techniques are bhastrika, kalabati (breath of fire), agni sama (purification of inner fire) and nauli/uddiyana bandha. In Iyengar students are not allowed to practice pranayama until they are very advanced in the asana practice as prana (life force) can upset the nervous system. So, be gentle and mindful. These techniques did give a forceful stir to the stagnant energy in my belly area associated with digestion and reproduction. ~ Chant a healing mantra to let go the mind, get absorbed and dissolve  your self into the sound. This is a great way of connecting to the universe.

*Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat*

*Om. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.*
This mantra is said to have the power to remove all sufferings, ward off all evils, remove diseases and bestow the aspirant with health and energy. And it is said that when this mantra is it chanted with great devotion and serious contemplation it is said that the knowledge of this birth and death cycle is revealed to the aspirant. And thus it helps in overcoming the fear of death.
Yoga takes you outside your comfort zone. Try to explore your edges without pushing. Always apply discernment and moderation.

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