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April 14, 2012

anjanaya asana …. yoga

Anjanaya asana Instructions:


1. Sit  in the vajra-asana (thunderbolt pose) comfortably.

2. Kneel up on your knees until your back, buttocks and thighs are aligned.

3. Extend your left foot foward bending your left knee at about a 90 degree angle.

4. Place the palms of your hands together at the heart in the anjali-mudra.

5. Raise your arms stright up keeping the palms together while bending the head backward and looking up.

6. Slowly bend backward stretching the arms backward and straightening out the right leg. Hold this position for as long as comfortable while breathing gently through the nostrils.

7. Come back to the vajara-asana (thunderbolt pose) then reverse the posture by alternating legs.

Anjanaya asana – The Salutation Pose

The anjaneya-asana combines several postures and mudras (gestures) in a fluid, evolving flow that combines motion, stretching and holds. It delivers great benefits for the back, arms, chest, legs and hips. Regular practice will strengthen concentration and improve balance. Perform this posture with a sense of reverence and praise. Take a moment to reside in silence and peace as your hands are held at the heart in the gesture (mudra) of salutation (anjali-mudra). Keep the intention of praise in mind as you extend your arms skyward. Feel your entire body-mind-heart extending outward in recognition of the sacredness of life.

April 13, 2012

Surya Namaskar 15 Yoga

Today, April 13th, the Sun moves into Aries where it is exalted. It will remain in this Zodiac sign until May 14 (ET). This is the sign where the Sun has its most power and strength. It is celebrated as the real New Year in cultures that are in deep connection with the rhythm of Mother Nature. This is the time when the energy of renewal, rejuvenation and hope manifest strongly in us and all around us.So it is synchronous that this Surya Namaskar blog posting that started on the Summer Solstice, continued on Spring Equinox should culminate on this very special day.
Position 12: Pranam asana.
From Hasta Padasana, the 11th position, bring your arms down, palms in anjali mudra,(prayer position) in front of your chest,in contact with the sternum. This is the last and the first position of the Sun salutation. You have come a full circle. Your body is straight, completely balanced and relaxed. Your breath is flowing evenly; your mind is focused and alert. This posture denotes steadiness on completion and readiness on commencement.The whole movement is done on an exhale.
The focus is on the anahata chakra, the heart center.
Points of reference:
There are two ways of bringing the arms down. One is by seperating the palms and describing a full circle, allowing the palms to once again meet up in front of the heart region. It is as if you are sketching the sun energetically and paying the ultimate homage of gratitude.
The other way is to bring the clasped hands straight down to the heart center. It is as if you are guiding the higher energy to descend into your anahat chakra.
There is no right and wrong way. Do whatever you feel guided to do.
As you have seen, you start with the focus on the Anahata (Position 1) and end with the focus on the same chakra,(Position 12). The Anahata is the chakra of unconditional love and compassion. The symbolism here is that it is the energy of Love that has the power to move and transform. You are ‘full unto yourself’. Therefore, all you are capable of is to give and radiate this effulgent energy! You are now guided by your Inner Sun…supreme and magnificent in your inner radiance…a source of light to all whom you encounter in this journey of Life!
The Chant: om bhaskaraya namaha: Salutations to He who bestowes lustre; who leads to enlightenment.
On this wonderful note, namaste!
More postings on the pranayama sequence, the mantras and their effectiveness will happen after a short break.
April 10, 2012

Surya Namaskar 14 Yoga


 
Position 11: Hasta uttanasana ( Raised arms pose)
With  your body weight evenly distributed on both your feet lift your arms, face, chest and stretch up to the skies. Allow your spine to arch back slightly. This is a deep stretch, not a back bend. Your palms can be held together as in a namaste position for more intense work on the spine, the laterals and upper shoulders or the arms can  be parrellel to each other with the palms facing up.
The movement is done on an inhale as the whole body opens up to receive prana, the life breath.
The focus is on the vishuddhi chakra, your throat center,accessing deep energy to radiate your unparalleled uniqueness.
Points of interrest:
Just remember: as you come out of uttanasana with your arms extended ahead of you, the centre of gravity shifts. Your arms become a dead weight that needs effort from the back of the legs and lower back to be lifted up.
If your lower back is weak and your hamstrings ( the back of your legs) are extremely tight or weak, allow your knees to relax a bit as you lift your torso and arms upwards. Straighten your knees when your arms reach the final position.
If all is well with your back and hamstrings then keep both your arms close to the respective ears, fully extended forward, with the elbows straight. Next, move your arms and torso smoothly into ardha uttanasana (half lift) and continue to complete the posture in one single inhale. Utilise the natural upward movement of the inhale breath to lift your upper body and arms. Allow your mind to be focused on breathing with the movement. You will experience the sheer exhilaration of effortessness happening in you. When the body, mind and breath move together in a synchronised flow,the spirit celebrates!
The chant: om hroum arkaya namaha – which means Salutations to Him who is fit to be worshipped as the very essence of vitality; who is the remover of impurities and afflictions.
April 2, 2012

Surya Namaskar 13 Yoga

Position 10 – Uttanasana (complete forward bend)
From ashwa sanchalanasana bring your head down towards the knees as you step the back foot (right or left) forward to join the other foot. Palms placed on the ground on either sides of your feet.This is uttanasana, sometimes referred to as padahastasana. The movement is done on an exhale. Though position 9 to 10 just seem as a reversal in movement from position 3 to 4, only the postures   are the same but not the process, nor the sequence of movements, nor the state of your mind. Here you are moving in from an open to closed position, the breath is from inhale to exhale and the mind is more inward oriented, deepening from the physical (asana) to the mental/emotional (pranayama) and the withdrawal of the senses towards the inner environment (pratyahara.)
As before, the focus is on the swadishtana chakra, the hara centre.
Points of interest:
If the back of the thighs, the hamstrings or the upper back is feeling stiff, allow your knees top ‘give’ a little to relax the stiffness. Hold your ankles or chin bones. Use the breath to deepen the posture. As you exhale take your abdomen in and up into a kind of a natural uddiyana bandha. Helps to strengthen the abdominals and intensify the forward stretch.But before you inhale into the next posture remember to relax your abdomen. It will be much easier for the diaphgram to allow expansion if the abdominal muscles are relaxed.
Also, when you step the foot forward to join the other foot, maintain a small distance between the two feet. This will help you to distribute your weight equally on both your feet and lend stability for you to move into the next position.
Dont bounce the body to enable you to touch the ground! Work with the breath and flow with the movement for the desired results to occur. Simply enjoy the deep stretch from your heels, calves, hamstrings, lowerback, spine and your full arms. And remember, with each repetition of the sun salutation, your body will be more relaxed and flexible.
Do not be in a hurry to reach an imagined perfect posture. You will only hurt yourself and delay your progress.

Touch the earth with reverence. Feel your connection to the feminine energy expressed in the exhale breath.

Yoga is all about unravelling the mystery of who you are! Enjoy the inward journey;linger here and there to savour the changing scenes being painted on your inner canvas. Experience the awe of your radiance.

The chant: om hraim savitre namaha- salutations to Him who is beneficent; who produces everything.

Wonder, silence, gratitude

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