What makes Yoga so unique to our western culture is the recognition and integration of our energy systems. Yoga, Ayurveda, and all Eastern medicine and healing modalities, teach us that within our physical structure flows our life force - that which makes us lively!
We can certainly survive if our energy is lacking, stuck, or frenetic, yet how our energy flows is the key to our ability to THRIVE!
The primary intention of Yoga Asana (postures) is not to stretch our hamstrings, develop a yoga butt, or look cool in on your Pinterest page. The primary intention is to relieve unnecessary tensions and awaken areas of dullness in both the body and the mind in order to allow our energy to flow freely, easily, and abundantly. When this occurs, our ability to be present, to be kind,to make wise choices, to live at ease is attainable.
The yogis proclaim that we have over 72,000 energy channels within and around us. Our being-ness does not stop at the surface of the skin. Our energy, when flowing, expands outside of our physical container and has a direct affect on those around us.
Take a moment now to notice how you feel energetically.
When you pause and pay attention you will be able to feel whether you are contracting or expanding.
Personally, as I sit in my garden, I feel my energy shifting between the two. I feel a bit contracted from sitting for a bit too long so very soon I will gift myself a little yoga asana break to release areas of dullness. On the other hand, my mind and heart feel expansive as I enjoy hearing the breeze in the trees, feeling the soft summer air on my skin, and tapping away on my keyboard as I write to you.
When we stay tuned to this energy, known as Prana, we can adjust the dial to fine tune the flow.
Feel your energy awaken, move, and expand toward balance.
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- Pranamayakosha - The Energy Body
- Pranayama Langhana (quieting breath practices)
- The Five Prana Vayus
- The Three Bandhas
- Anusara's Universal Principles of Alignment
- YogaMotion Warm Ups
- Yoganatomy of Legs and Hips
- Standing and Balancing Postures
- Living in Rhythm with Ayurveda
- Yamas and Niyamas on and off the mat.
Watch for Home Study Lessons 3 - 9 coming in this blog.
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