Weird yoga or not? You decide

Would you be surprised to learn that lying flat on your back on the floor is a yoga pose?

Well, it is!

The common name for this pose is reclined mountain or corpse pose. Imagine that! A yoga pose that isn’t really odd looking, but the name for it is!

The Sanskrit label for this same pose is Savasana (shah-VAHS-anna) where sava is the word for “corpse.”

This is a restorative pose usually performed at the end of your yoga practice.  Check out the video and it minute 38:39 you will see how you already know and practice this comfortable posture:

Savasana

Click here to see the posture at the end of this video class in Youtube.

This is a restorative pose usually performed at the end of your yoga practice.  Check out the video and it minute 38:39 you will see how you already know and practice this comfortable posture:

Savasana

Strength and relaxation

Kundalini yoga (KY) is active and powerful.  When practiced regularly (2-3 times per week), it strengthens one’s endurance and perseverance. We have had several students reporting these positive changes.
The exercises in KY will develop strength in you and within you. It will  help you create a routine – a routine that distracts attention from the physical effort and focuses concentration on the mind.
If you continually challenge and maintain your practice, you will feel how your success creates experiences, and the sense of your own value is strengthened.

With the aid of exercise sequences, the muscles of the body are strengthened, the mobility improved, and body awareness trained. The breathing technique is also trained.
The physical exercises are completed with movement and mantra meditations, which stimulate concentration, inner stability, and tranquility.

We will explore more about mantras and meditations in our future Newsletters.

Thank you & Live Blessed!

5 Ways Towards Driving Away Negative Thinking

We all deal with the “problem” of our thoughts, which our mind produces, are mostly negative or belong to the past.

Seldom do we stop to “listen” to the thoughts we are producing. Experts say most of our thought are the equivalent of garbage thoughts.

Why?

Because almost all our thoughts are negative, detrimental, judgmental, condemning to ourselves and to others. If you think I am exaggerating or that it doesn’t happen to you, I kindly invite you to review your thoughts. There are many ways to go around this but we are going to hear, in this post, five easy steps to start incorporating.

Driving away negative thoughts doesn’t require as much effort, but it can be a pretty serious battle. You can’t just tell them to be gone, but instead, need to develop a longstanding strategy for driving them away and keeping them out for good.

1. Admit you have a problem. It can be downright impossible to do self-reflection on this topic, because we often don’t pay attention to our own words or body language. One helpful way to gauge our level of self-defeatist attitude and negativity is to create a chart with two sides. On one side, write down all you positive thoughts that day. On the other, write down all your negative thoughts. You’ll be amazed by how much negativity the average person keeps in their head.

2. Exercise. Getting your body moving is great for changing your mood and your thoughts. You don’t have to run a marathon or swim across Hudson Bay in Canada to make that kind of change… you can just step up, take a walk, do some jumping jacks, or dance. That’s right… dance. Try turning on your favorite music and moving and grooving for a few minutes; see if you’re feeling negative afterward.

3. Practice Gratitude. If making a list of your thoughts was the first step to recognizing your negativity problem, building a positive list could be the first step toward solving it. Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for. Having trouble coming up with a list? How about your breath, your pulse, your sight, and all the other basic amenities we take for granted. Once your start writing your list out, you will find that it snowballs and fills your mind with positivity.

4.  Talk about it. Find a friend, family member, therapist, or helpful ear to listen to your problems without judgement, and without recommendation (unless you want it). One could also pray, journal, or craft an art project around your feelings. Once they’re out there, you’ll find yourself strangely (perhaps magically is a better word) unburdened of negative thinking.

5. Change your language. Take stock of the vocabulary and phrases you use regularly, as you did in point number 1. Eliminate negative phrases and words from your lexicon, and watch your thoughts change as well. You should also take note of your body language and posture. Avoid slouching, and above all, smile!