Sow your path with flowers: 60 minute Asana Sequence

“Let us decide on the route that we wish to take to pass our life, and attempt to sow that route with flowers” Madame du Chatelet

Asana Practice

Happy Baby

Reclined Pigeon

Breath work with lowering legs

Roll up to Navasana

Baddha Konasana

Purvottonasana

Adho Mukha Sivasana

Surya Namaskara A x 2

Surya Namaskara B x 2

<Adho Mukha Sivasana – Core Extensions

<Side Plank

<Dolphin Plank

Vinyasa

<Virabhadrasana 2

<Parivrta Virabhadrasana

<Parsvakonasana

Vinyasa

<Virabhadrasana 2

<Trikonasana

<Ardha Chandrasana

Vinyasa

Padangusthasana

Wide angle pose

<Bhujanghasana

<Salabhasana

<Dhanurasana

Setu Bandhasana

Halasana

Matseyasana

Dandasana

Paschimottonasana

<Janu Sirsasana

<Marichiyasana 3

<Ardha Matsyendrasana

Supta Parvritta Trikonasana

Savasana

 

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Applied Meditation attempt 1

After trying unsuccessfully to get a meditation practice going for over a year, today I caved.  I went to a meditation class through a meetup group I joined. The class was focusing on applied meditation, following your heart rhythm, which I’m not familiar with. I was very impressed. The theme we focused on was a desire or need that was unfulfilled in our life that we would like to bring into our life.  

I was able to quiet the monkey mind!!  

We did two rounds of meditation exercises.  We began by sitting in chairs, feet on the ground, hands on legs, sitting up straight.  After closing your eyes, you focus on your posture, noticing how your spine feels.  If it feels straight and long, or hunched over.

After focusing on that, then you move on to your breathing.  You concentrate on how your breath feels moving in and out of your body, where its going, if its smooth and even, if its shallow.  You begin to deepen your breathing.  

Then you concentrate on your heart, try to feel your heartbeat. This can be difficult, especially at first. You can put your hand on your heart, solar plexus, or fingers on wrist to feel your heartbeat. How does your heartbeat feel?  How does your heart feel? 

The final step is trying to deepen and synchronize your breathing with your heartbeat.  If you can’t find your heartbeat, you count slowly and synchronize your breath that way.

During the first exercise, I had a hard time finding my pulse.  I couldn’t just feel it, I had to put my fingers on my wrist. I felt my heartbeat very slow and steady. When we timed our breath with the heartbeat, my pulse became erratic and discombobulated. The rhythm was off.  That was a bit strange to me. After that I lost the hearbeat all together, and I might have drifted off a bit… At the very end, I felt a small twinge of pain behind my heart, which I also found to be a bit disconcerting.

The second time around went much better, I was able to keep the monkey mind at bay.  The main reason I think I was able to do that though, was because I had this very strong, intense visualization.  When we were focusing on the breathing, and then on the expansion and contraction of the breath, I had this image in my mind.  A heart, almost cartoon-like, in my chest, and as I breathed in and out, the rib bones opened from the red heart into beautiful blue butterfly wings with the rib-bones as the frame of the wings.  The heart was expanding and contracting with my breathing, and the wings were opening and closing in rhythm with my heart.  It was very macabre, Dia de los Muertes, but still very cool.  

 

Define your experience

“My experience is solely what I choose to attend to” William James.

Great quote from class tonight. If you want more joy, love, compassion, laughter…attend to that. Don’t pay attention to those things that don’t bring you the positive things you want in your life.

Getting lost

P193

Let’s find someplace beautiful to get lost

Create more love

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao Tzu

365 days of Yoga!

New Years resolutions are overdone and often times are forgotten within a few weeks. And that might happen to this too, but …. shoot for the moon, right? I just received my yoga teacher certification, so I know I have a lot to learn to become a good teacher. I also want to learn more in my personal practice, for the advancement of my education, more about the philosophy and mythology of yoga, ayurveda, mantras, Durga…. I need to develop a solid meditation practice, which I’ve always found to be difficult. But you have to start somewhere! My goal is to practice yoga every day this year, 365 days, 365 ways. Meditation and asana class for my personal practice, instructing classes, workshops, and reading books for my teaching practice. So much to do, so little time! Time to get started…. there’s no time like the present to change my life for the better.