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Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday Level One class - Starseed Yoga in Montclair

8-8-10 A Bird in the Hand - Gratitdue

  Aesop fable 73 - A nightingale was perched on a tall oak tree, singing as they always do.  A hawk saw her and as he had nothing to eat, swooped down and snatched her up.  She tried escaping from the jaws of death by begging him to let her go.  She was too small, she said, to make a meal for a hawk; if he was hungry, he had better chase some bigger bird.  But the hawk's answer was: 'I should be crazy if I let the food I have in my claws to go after something which is not yet in sight.'

It is the same with human beings.  It is senseless to let the hope of a bigger prize tempt you to give up what you have within your grasp.  Be happy with what is.  Think of one thing that you are grateful for and create an intention of gratitude today.

Seated meditation - Imagine there are roots coming out of the bottom of your feet and seat (whatever is making contact with the earth is your foundation) connecting you to the center of the universe. See these roots go deep into the very center of our world.  Feel the energy originate here as your inhale, breath rising up through the roots into your being up your spinal column into your crown, and then as you exhale return the breath down the spine rooting down into the earth, into the center of the universe.  Now see light coming up the roots into your body filling your entire being with healing and purifying white light.  Let the light engulf and nuture you.
Warm up - shoulder rolls, neck rolls, body circles, seated cat/cow with one leg in Virasana and the other leg in Sukhasana (inhale and roll hip open 3x then add arm and lift hip 3x), Paschimottanasana with belt, shoulder opener with belt (hold strap a little wider than shoulder distance apart, pull the belt - inhale the strap comes up, exhale down), table/cat/cow, table balance (lift left leg and right arm).
Body - Adho Mukha Svanasana > plank 3x > Uttanasana, Ardha Uttanasana, Surya Namaskar (with lunge and ashtangasana), Virabhadrasana II both sides 2x, then add vinyasa vira II >Parsvakonasana > Vira II >Trikonasana, lunge, Vrksasana, Salamba Sarvangasana.
Cool down - Dandasana, Paschimottanasana (does it feel different now), Janu Sirsasana, Upavista Konasana, Marchiyasana I, Savasana.

During Savasana, attention brought to gratitude again.  From the Bhagavad Gita:  Once you take one side, the other follows.  Don't reach for what's good, there's no evil or good in you.  When you grasp for pleasure, there is pain.  With one quality the opposite is always there.

Be content and grateful. Namaste

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