Thursday, March 31, 2011

on yoga way...

Ten guidelines to life and living, fall under the category of Yama (restraints) and Niyamas (observances).

The first two yamas are

  • ahimsa = non violence
  • satya = truthfulness
The practice of non-violence consists of being aware of and not using thoughts, words or any form of physical violence against oneself.  When this is achieved, then practicing the same non-violence against others is an extension of oneself.

Truthfulness, seems simple, but is as challenging as ahimsa.  Truth is not, when it shows in the untruths we speak or sometime not speak; satya is not possible with a "violating" approach.

Ahimsa and Satya when practiced in its true essence and spirit, is a major part of living the yoga way.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

i thought...

that  when i love, thats all there is,
yes it is, but only for me,
i forgot the you, your vision, your dream, that you see.
see with your heart, and see with your love.

i grow, and love and florish,
our every dream intertwined,
each thread, each sutra, a tapestry of life.

 "i" love, is the "i" to perish.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

where the sunset was spectacular....a spray of rainbow on water

A trip to Nicaragua

A country that was only seen through the news media, became a place; three days back I took a trip to Nicaragua…entering the country  i walk across the border, and find myself surrounded by people selling cordoba, the local currency of Nicaragua, with wads of money being flashed across my eyes, i am dazzled.  Wow this place must be pretty safe if people just walk around with all this cash.

The bus ride, and shared taxi and a final drop off in San Juan del Sur.  The internet cafĂ© was our first stop to check facebook for any message from a friend we were planning to meet…and across the street we see signs of a spa…sometimes the only way to indulge is to surrender, so we did.  After finding a half decent hotel across from the playa, we went back to the spa for some pampering…spa personnel are trained to indulge the customers and make them feel special…even the waxing of all the hard to reach spots, can become enticing in a spa…so when I moved to the next room for a pedicure and a manicure and sat back into the cushions, my body was ready for the delicious foot massage.  Was it the relaxation of the foot massage or the glass of white wine that I was offered, probably a combination, to make me a puppet, and when the girl asked for a color I forgot all my resolutions of not putting color on my nails, and opted for a bright green color for the toes, she insisted on putting a natural color on my finger nails…it did not surprise me when I later  checked the name of the colors….the green was called “who the shrek am I” and the natural was called “passion”…very befitting, as feet represent our grounding, and the hands are considered an extension of our hearts... 

and i think to myself, yes I reach out with passion and walk this world asking myself “who am i”…

the contemplation went in a little deeper, in the past two years i chose to stay  away from using any color on my body or skin,  and why?   could it be that I wanted to be different,  free myself from the attachment of external definers of who I am, or somewhere in between, with the idea of being “natural” and simple...this did  appeal to my idea of being closer to earth; can one person help to minimize the human footprint on this earth?

…I walked out into the warm night air of the beach town, a little lighter, scrubbed, waxed and massaged…yet I was still the same me, as ordinary as any other person, and as special as the other…a queen and  a subject in one, the ruler and the ruled, living with no rules

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

what about the Earth...

The earth has been bruised, beaten and hurt,
the children of this earth are lost,
when the nurterer, the creator and the sustainer cries
floods of tears and wails of tsunami,
all drown, destroy and devastate.

Help me, fear abounds,
heal me, heal me, i am transformed.

As love abound,
the soil waits to ground,
the ocean waits to create.

The sun is the fire,
bring the energy to move to heart,
in compassion, in communication, in following our instincts,
we return to live, to love, to our state of being.

Friday, March 4, 2011

happenings in yoga....happens in life

yesterday the morning yoga practice ended with a "surreal" energy...after teaching the session i opened my eyes, all the faces i saw looked like masks.

later i realized what i was sensing at that moment; the energy, prana,  had dissolved all body separation, what i saw was not through my form,  i was not back in my form.   the energy was seeing separation, while the mind was still out of the equation...whew!!! glad all is back in alignment.


i continued the practice on the pond deck, with the sun on my face; in Trikoasana, i looked up to see an eagle in flight, i soared with the eagle....

again this morning, under the open sky, in Savasana... i open my eyes to see two eagles gliding over the pond...was that the answer to my question? maybe....

i choose to go in to meditation and ask for some "signs"...coming out of meditation i gaze over the pond, 5 rainbow bass are gliding in the  middle of the pond...

Caramel, the dog has snuggled behind my legs, as I sit in the bar booth writing this log, her face and her warmth on my feet feels good....

i soar i glide, 
am i an eagle, or a cloud
in this body, in this form...

the fish swim, and they glide,
each movement serene, each breath so light,
no questions, no conflict,
one, in their doing, 
at peace within their being.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Balancing the energies

In yoga we refer to the unbalanced or unblocked energies as areas in the body, mind and spirit that have developed fear, doubt and insecurities, these manifest as extremism in behavior and can result in physical disease.

Through guided meditation, and by focusing on the chakras, or energy centers of the body, we uncover the fears and doubts.

We practice yoga on the mat, and each asana or shape helps in clearing the blocked energy center.  The relaxation after a session of yoga helps one to de-stress, allowing the body to realign with the mind, freeing the spirit.  Regular practice of yoga, combined with mindfulness of living life fully in the moment, creates a sense of joy.  This is accessible to everyone of us, with no dependency on age, gender or finances.   Regular practice of yoga has shown to eliminate anxiety and depression, making the body strong and flexible.

When practiced regularly,  the union, or yoga, becomes part of ones' living.