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Cosmic Download

Posted by on Oct 12, 2019 in Soul Talk | 0 comments

Cosmic Download

In our recent yoga sutra studies, we’ve been contemplating the sutras on samadhi. Sutras I’ve struggled with ever since I first began reading them. What does samadhi actually mean and what are all these different types and levels about? Sutras on samadhi that in my humble opinion are obscure, daunting and hard to understand to say the least. So what is samadhi? It’s hard to explain because the word doesn’t have a Sanskrit to English translation or any other way to reference it. It is a process where through consistent practice and letting go...

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The Returner

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in Soul Talk | 0 comments

The Returner

Recently, I was in one of those places that jars your mind back to a lost memory, almost forgotten. The last time I attended a party at this place, some 25 or so years ago, my brother, despite my protests, was betting on me (with real money$!) to win at Ping-Pong. Player after player, to my horror, he bet that I would win. He did so because he knew that I had been trained and he was the one who had trained me. Once upon a time in my younger days, I was a fairly decent Ping-Pong player. Of course, I was laughable competition for anybody that...

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Favorite Day

Posted by on Aug 17, 2019 in Soul Talk | 0 comments

Favorite Day

My husband Willie and I recently joined Ruben Vasquez and a group of yoga friends and family on a yoga retreat in Italy. During one of our classes Ruben quoted the famous English philosopher, Winnie the Pooh, who said, “Today is my favorite day” and challenged us to make each and every day our favorite day. That was easy at the 800-year-old Tuscan villa Locanda Cugnanello where you awaken each day to the sun peering over the mountains and the peace of the bird’s song greeting the morning. In Tuscany, every direction you turn...

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Witnessing the Gayatri

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Soul Talk | 0 comments

Witnessing the Gayatri

I’ve been chanting the Gayatri Mantra for quite a while.  It was probably the first complete mantra that I learned. It is one of the oldest, and generally thought of as being the greatest and most powerful mantra of all. The ancient yogis believed the Gayatri is so powerful that it can protect you from harm no matter where you are or what the circumstances. The Gayatri is said to remove all obstacles on the path to increased wisdom and spiritual growth. I love to chant it. I love the rhythm, the Sanskrit words, and the energy it produces, but...

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Balance

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Anatomy | 0 comments

Balance

In Yoga Asana, balance poses are an ingenious way of challenging oneself both on a physical and mental level. However, there are many systems involved in balancing if we take a closer look. The ability to balance depends upon sensory, muscular and motor systems as well as the vestibular system of the inner ear. Proprioceptive information which informs the body’s position in space enters visually, through the tiny little levels of the vestibular system, and through skin, joint and muscle receptors. Input from tactile, pressure and vibrational...

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Winter Solstice

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Soul Talk | 0 comments

Winter Solstice

UTTARAYANAS / SVADYAYA Winter Solstice / Self Study Om asatoma sat gamaya Lead us from the darkness to the light The Yogins believe that each of us embodies an entire universe inside of us, -the sky, the planets, mountains rivers, seasons, – moving with the rhythm and flow of the cosmos. During the Fall Equinox, the days get shorter giving us longer periods of darkness and night. December 21st, the Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, but with it comes the celebration of the sun’s return. The nights will gradually grow...

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ON CHANGE by Gloria Munoz

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Soul Talk | 0 comments

ON CHANGE by Gloria Munoz

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” Alan W. Watts Change can be scary. In fact the threat of looming changes can keep us awake at night full of anxiety, questions and resentment. These emotions can wreak havoc on the mind and body. These emotions can leave anyone feeling helpless and vulnerable. Why is all this negativity attached to change? Mainly, because there is an incredible degree of uncertainty that comes during a time of change, and we, with our five-year-plans, smartphone...

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TRANSVERSE ABDOMINUS

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Anatomy | 0 comments

TRANSVERSE ABDOMINUS

The Transvers Abdominis (TVA) is the deepest and in my opinion the most important abdominal muscle. It literally forms a “corset” of support around the spine and internal organs. The TVA attaches to the inside of the lower 6 ribs to the top of the pelvis at the iliac crest and ASIS (or hip points). It wraps around the waist from the thoracolumbar fascia in the back of the body to the linea alba (or midline) in the front of the body forming a “support belt” around the soft belly. The TVA has fibers that interdigitate with the diaphragm (our...

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JAWASANA

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Soul Talk | 0 comments

JAWASANA

Saying that my Guru, Baba Hari Dass, is “a man of few words” is a monumental understatement. The few words he “says” are written on a small chalkboard. Babaji has taken the “vox mauna”-a vow of silence and hasn’t spoken for well over 50 years. Whenever I mention this to my students, the reaction is always the same; faces filled with complete disbelief; foreheads scrunched into ? marks; and then the inevitable question- “BUT WHY?!” (I would imagine he is asked that question as many times as a vegan is asked-“But how do you get your protein?!”)...

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BURY THE BAD

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Soul Talk | 0 comments

BURY THE BAD

Society teaches us to bury the bad. Headache? –take a pill. Hard day?- eat some ice cream, have a drink, smoke a joint. Or in other words, bury it. From a yogic standpoint, using drugs (legal or otherwise) or food to alleviate pain only serves to cover it up, leaving the underlying cause of the pain to gravitate to some other place in the body. Like in our neck, shoulders, hips, or back-or to create some chronic illness. Teaching yoga at the Veterans Administration has been an awe-inspiring experience that has afforded me the opportunity to...

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