Friday, July 27, 2012
Grounded for Life Around the Curves 7/27/12
Grounded For Life
Tonight’s flow is all about grounding, and not the punishment you got when you were naughty. Grounding is the deep connection between the earth, you and ultimately, the sky.
From the Daily Om:
Our thoughts, dreams, visions and plans are all aspects of the Heaven realm, and they are vital to our well-being; however, it is easy to become intoxicated in this potential-rich territory, and sometimes we find ourselves disinterested in more earthly concerns. We may dismiss the importance of taking care of our bodies and homes, forgetting to pay bills and return phone calls. The tasks of the earthly realm can seem mundane compared to the apparently limitless mind, but being embodied is what enables us to transform our heady visions into new forms, giving us the traction we need to create change in the world. This is why caring for our bodies, and homes, is essential.
When we surrender excessive energy to the Heaven realm, we begin to feel rootless and scattered. This feeling is our psyches' way of letting us know that we need to get grounded
The Ayurvedic system of medicine says that "root" issues (like family and security) often show up in their physical equivalents. So we might get ungrounded when our finances are out of whack, our home is in disarray or our family is in conflict. Are there any root issues manifesting physically? Think about it and consider journaling about it as well.
Tonight, set your intention to be grounded and then let your spirit soar!
The playlist tonight can be found at Pandora under Yoga Groove and features artists as diverse as Snatam Kaur, Ravi Shankur and more.
We always honor the breath, with pranayama practice. To warm up, we will salute the sun. Tonight’s flow is based on grounding poses: prayer, mountain, tree, table and goddess.
They are the foundations for the remained of our flow: a warrior series, a series highlighting cobra, sphinx and locust.
Tonight’s savansana is based on the Buddhist Chant:
Om Mani Padme Hum
Generosity Pride / Ego Devas
White Wisdom Perfect Realm of Potala
Ma Ethics Jealousy / Lust for entertainment Asuras
Green Compassion Perfect Realm of Potala
Ni Patience Passion / desire Humans
Yellow Body, speech, mind
quality and activity Dewachen
Pad Diligence Ignorance / prejudice Animals
Blue Equanimity the presence of Protector (Chenrezig)
Me Renunciation Poverty / possessiveness Pretas (hungry ghosts)
Red Bliss Perfect Realm of Potala
Hum Wisdom Aggression / hatred Naraka
Black Quality of Compassion the presence of the Lotus Throne (of Chenrezig)
My favorite post yoga treat? Smoothies of course
2 c berries
1 c chocolate protein powder
1 c spinach or kale
1 c non dairy milk
Throw into a blender and go!