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Sunday, January 15, 2012


1-15-12 Evolution - Level One Hatha Yoga
Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ
Chitra Jessica Sunshine

The force of evolution is innate to all beings and objects.  The very nature of Prakriti (mother nature, the material universe) is change, from birth to death, and then again to rebirth.  Consider the evolution of our species and the gradual progression of an individual.

"Natural selection and survival of the fittest (theory of evolution) provide an incomplete understanding though.  If competition for food, shelter, and reproduction ceased, evolution would still continue due to other influences.  The sun, rain, and soil help the seed unfold its hidden nature as a flower.  Likewise, our interactions with others, good or bad, help bring out our strengths and weaknesses.  Every climatic, political, spiritual, astronomical, biological, artistic, and commerical event is an "incidental event," an occurence that can remove obstacles to evolution."
- Reverend Jaganath Carrera, Inside the Yoga Sutras, p. 206

Sequence:  Supta Baddha Konasana for opening breath awareness and reading on evolution.  Deergha Swaasam Pranayama (three part breath practice), evening the inhalation and exhalation for four counts each.  Surrender to the breath.  Sit up in Sukhasana for 3 OM's and introductions. 

Tadasana/Samasathiti (focus on foundation, feet together, heels digging down, rooting the feet as you lift the front body.  we root down to rise up.) Windmill arms into Urdhva Hastasana, up and down following the breah 3x - Uttanasana.  Urdhva Hastasana - Gomukasana 2x - Shoulder rolls.

Surya Namaskar with modifications:  tadasana - urdhva hastasana - uttanasana - ardha uttanasana - adho mukha svanasana - table - balasana 5 breaths - table - adho mukha svanasana 5 breaths - uttanasana - urdhva hastasana - tadasana.  2x

Surya Namaskar second version with modifications:  tadasana - urdhva hastasana - uttanasana - ardha uttanasana - adho mukha svanasana - plank - ashtangasana - bhujangasana - adho mukha svanasana - uttanasana - urdhva hastasana - tadasana.  2x

Adho Mukha Svanasana - plank 3x, Balasana, Balasana - table - Ashtangasana 3x. Adho Mukha Svanasana - plank - Ashtangasana - Bhujangasana.  Bhujangasana 3x (emphasis on foundation, especially feet), Bekasana prep and pose (pressing the thighs down into the earth), Dhanurasana, Setubandha Sarvangasana 3x (pelvic tilts prep).  Dandasana - Paschimottanasana.  Sucirandrasana, Supta Hasta Padagusthasana, Jathara Parvrittiasana (knees bent).  Savasana with guided relaxation.  :Played the Anja Chakra crystal singing bowl.  In fetal pose, relax, surrender to the breath. Following blessing:

May we awaken to the evolution of the planet.  May we awaken to the evolution of the human species. 
May we awaken to the evolution of us as individuals.  May we awaken to the evolution of our breath.  

Seated quietly with the eyes closed in Sukhasana, return to the breath.  Short silent meditation. 
A single OM to close.  Lokaah Samastaah Sukhino Bhavantu -
May All Beings Everywhere, Be Free and Happy!

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