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The seven chakras and their significance | The Isha Blog

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The seven chakras and their significance | The Isha Blog.

I guess it’s because of the Yoga media hype that so many have heard the word chakras.  This media has given a heightened mystical twist about the chakras and so many students, especially those new to the practice are so fast to ask about how they can know and experience their chakras.   These are the same students who do not regularly show up for classes, are easily distracted and make excuses, fall ill over and over again.  It is so amazing that the media can trick us into believing that we can “own” and master a phenomenon, which does not exist on the physical plane.  Why would someone think they can access such an advanced stage of awareness when they have not yet decided to engage themselves regularly on the physical plane?  To access experiences that grow cumulatively we must invest and dedicate ourselves on a regular basis.  Just like the steam from boiling water evaporates leaving cooler temperatures when the fire dies down, our energies lose their vibration in a similar way.   Only when we seek an authentic hatha yoga with the support and guidance of an experienced teacher will we be able to access the more subtle aspects of awareness.  But hey, with so many distractions that we can easily become engaged in and possibly addicted to…who needs awareness…especially at the cost of having to divide our time or worse divert our time away from our distractions.   Mediocrity is the norm nowadays and with it comes lower vitality until it ebbs away and morphs into illnesses from anxiety, nervous disorders, disease in various forms.  The easy solution for many becomes medication that may give acceptable results along with toxic buildup.  Why is it so hard to choose to make time to create ease, wellness and pleasantness for ourselves? Why is it so easy to ask the hard questions rather than sit and apply the easy practices that create Joy?  Witness the silly monkey brain, jumping all around, never staying still for long.  Witness the carrot and stick behavior we take part in: we can follow our job description in  a routine fashion for days, months, years because it brings the pay check and benefits.  In other areas of our lives we cannot easily follow regimes, why?  Bottom line….doing the Isha Kriya is easy….practicing hatha yoga is easy…..knowing your chakras is hard….but the only way to get there is to make a commitment to staying on the path with your daily practices.   Let’s start where it is easy and possible to gain mastery.  Maybe you may experience the powers from the chakras, maybe not, but you will surely know pleasantness if you stay with your practices.  When we choose to become conscious we choose reality and I choose to keep on the path with my practices.  I wish that you too may choose to stay on your path with your practices daily….OM

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Arianna Huffington: How To De-Stress With The GPS For The Soul Mobile App (VIDEO)

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IMG_0618Arianna Huffington: How To De-Stress With The GPS For The Soul Mobile App (VIDEO).

Here is a very nice App to have on hand when you need help calming down, need to take a break, bored with life, need motivation, find yourself lonely…..and you can add more scenario to this list….but instead of making a list, go to the App Store and download it!  It’s Free!  It can be customized and link to other of your favorite things like your own pictures and music. You may  share it with your friends or keep it private.  I give it all thumbs and toes up!  Thanks to the Isha Foundation USA for creating such a wonderful environment and World Peace Day Program.  I had an opportunity to see, hear, learn, think and reflect on new and old ideas that resonate with qualities that are necessary to cultivate for weaving Peace into every moment, and yes that is definitely possible and not utopian.  When at the App Store, look for GPS for the Soul.

The image is the QR to download this blog to your Kindle or Kindle app on any device, and there is a small one dollar a month fee.  Happy Apping! Please share……Namaste OM

▶ Can Work be Used as Sadhana? – Sadhguru – YouTube

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In this YouTube Sadhguru plainly explains why it is so important to daily work on our inner peace.  He says, “creating an inner space is very important because that energy is not subject to anything else.”  He goes on to say that some people no matter how noble their work after some time of being fully engaged in that they begin to become miserable to greater or lesser degrees.  So creating and nurturing, by daily practice of some Kriya such as Isha Kriya is the key to maintain ease and success with all other aspects of our involvement in this life.   I like to use the imagery of tending to one’s own garden, planting, watering, feeding with nutrients, harvesting yields bounties of plants, flowers, vegetables, just like our inner realm.  When we take the time to nurture we are rewarded, working on our inner sacred space allows us to move with ease and everything becomes possible.  Sadhguru repeats, ” Establish who you are and then…Act…” Thank you for taking the time to read and watch this post, please do share with others especially those who may be workaholics, Namaste OM.

n.b. sadhana is sanskrit for practice…in Yoga we call our practice, Practice for conscious living.314507_186402684832978_1040794516_n

▶ Can Work be Used as Sadhana? – Sadhguru – YouTube.

Facts about the Evolution of Yoga to Impress your Friends | Isha USA Blog | Be, Breathe, Blossom

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We are best at creating a meditative quality through our Yogic Practices...read and listen to Sadhguru explain more about this....

Facts about the Evolution of Yoga to Impress your Friends | Isha USA Blog | Be, Breathe, Blossom.

Please click the link above to connect to the article posted by Isha USA Blog, thanks and please do share, Namaste.

Isha Inner Engineering Online

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Isha Inner Engineering Online.

Please do click the link above to learn more about experiencing Isha’s Inner Engineering program, available online at your pace and times.

Do share this with others on all your social media links, thanks for stopping by here, Namaste, OM.

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Yogini Commencement…Meet Adriana

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The text below is from one student who has truly evolved this semester practicing Classical Hatha Yoga.  Her name is Adriana and she has fully allowed herself to be guided safely from her yogic expressions on the Mat and her intellectual contemplations of the meanings of the Yamas from her electronic studies and melded the experiences into mastering her inner development.  I cannot state there is an end-product as I am certain that she has truly embraced the Yogic path as she has realized the benefits on multi layers, this is now embedded into her cells.  This is how a Yogini…Awakens…Births Herself Consciously…Becomes a Beacon of Light and Refuge for her own self and others.  This happens rarely, unfortunately, but I understand why there is so much for people to shift through to get to this experience and it is not valued and rated hourly like the stock market.  For me  as a teacher who teaches with the hopes that this will happen and blossom in each I feel the Reward on so many levels because I know how difficult and rare an occurrence this is…but nontheless so grateful. As a side note last week some of my students took part in a Live African Drumming and Dancing Class at the college and Adriana was one who participated and she is also a student in this class and her Instructor commented when she noticed that Adriana also is a Yoga student she said, “Adriana is taking Yoga…MMM…she is a very Bright Young Woman!” I always tell students…our energy can be read by others who know what: composure, confidence, balance look like as it moves in and around our bodies. I say this is not the end but the beginning of many positive successes Adriana will have as she graces the planet.  Please read Adriana’s reflections below and marvel….at America’s Next Top Yogini…(broadcast on Channel Real Life! ) Smiles filled with Pride….Thanks for reading and do feel free to share….Namaste

The vlogs this week made me contemplate about time. How we divide it into past, present and future and how we attach ourselves to certain memories and things we experience and see or hear. We hold ourselves to certain standards of beauty and sexuality that we forget to live in the moment. When we expect to repeat a moment of pleasure, we imagine it as it happened before and hold standards for the times to follow and close ourselves to spontaneity. Each moment has it place and time, and what I thought about is the uniqueness of that moment that made me remember those moments that happened and taught me and helped me to experiences different things. But it is unfair of myself to expect them to happen the same way every time, because it the beauty of mystery and trust in life itself that makes life worth so much. What I really enjoyed about the reading Bramacharia was that it compared sexual pleasure to the beauty of nature, such as the sunset. It really made me understand how desire to repeat pleasure limits our ability to perceive what surrounds us and how it affects our senses. In nature things constantly change, there can be no attachment because there is no continuity and we obtain pleasure from watching the differences in species and plants that grow, or the way the sun rises and set each day, it is always different. The media set up scenarios around us telling us that we will arrive at pleasure by repeating what we see by buying, or wearing or doing things, and that way we will be accepted and indulge in the ever-present sexual pleasure. It always sells us security and promises of “needing” things to be greater. I have many long distance relationships, one with my boyfriend and other ones with my family in south america, and I have learned that there is a difference between trust and commitment and dependence. We you commit to a relationship you bring care and love and respect, and its mutual. It hinders both when you begin to depend on the other because you lose yourself and there is no longer a way for the people involved to grow, learn from each other and help each other. The attachment I had at first prevented me to see the opportunities to grow individually I had in front of me, I thought I need to be with them always but that only created pain and sadness. But slowly I finally understood that being physically away form the people I cherish has taught me and helped me grow to understand it is healthy to embrace each moment, that way enjoy the time I have to spend with those I love. These readings really spoke about issues in our media and society, and for me on a very personal level that brought a lot of thoughts and I hope to keep working on them, to accomplish living in the moment and live fruitful life I can share.
I have practiced the Isha Kryia a couple of time this week, it has helped me deal with the stress of the end of the semester I feel coming and helped me to sleep better. When Im stressed I can’t sleep, and then I can’t concentrate, so this really has been a great thing to do to help me stay on track with the things I have to do.

Yoga may be a new practice for you but it has a long lineage….check out this Reblog…

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The Evolution of Yoga [INFOGRAPHIC] – Isha USA Blog | Be, Breathe, Blossom | Isha USA Blog | Be, Breathe, Blossom.

Thanks to Isha, check out this informative chart, just click the link above.

Keep to your practice and stay well, Namaste539087_453316281380406_2055475301_n

Content of Your Mind is not Your Choice

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For yoga practitioners we spend a lot of time thinking about the best route to wellness and peace.  There is also many paths, routes, practices, information about the BEST way…some are complicated…some require lengthy preparation….some seem dubious….of all the practices and teachings I have been fortunate to study, learn about and experience I truly believe that the Isha Inner Engineering is the highest evolution for the science of hatha yoga.  Please do click the link below the picture above to follow to a short video by Sadhguru explaining in such plain language the answer to a type of query that has troubled many a seeker.  After viewing you too may feel, believe and understand that Sadhguru has designed a method for our ultimate practice for harmony.  So I invite you to explore all the links on this page from Isha/Sadhguru….especially the”Free Guided Meditation.”  It is about the Isha Kriya which I keep posting and re-posting for it is so valuable.  Once you begin to follow the Isha Kriya and spend some time listening to Sadhguru’s talks (which he so freely shares with us via YouTube) you begin to understand why he says we cannot “do meditation….we can begin to create a meditative experience by engaging in these practices….it is a quality that we can choose to cultivate for ourselves….like beginning to design, and make a garden with our own hands….it takes a desire for something that is not yet present…a belief that the work we put out will yield the result….and the committment for the work that goes on and on.  Nowadays many say they want to “do meditation” because the scientists are now proving the benefits…but they are not really ready…they haven’t figured out that everything else is not going to be a shortcut to happiness….so they continue to go around and around….some are setback due to the misfortune of having abundant capital and may hire a gardener or landscape company to tend to their garden and miss the entire gateway to finding their own treasures…but whenever one decides to become a seeker – the answers from the aroma of the un-bloomed blossom lures one on this path!  Thank you Sadhguru and The Isha Volunteers for sharing your teachings with us and may you feel the deep gratitude that so many across the globe now feel as we try to keep this wave of peace flowing, even those of us who are not yet fortunate to experience Ananda Alai first hand….but the message has arrived first class already!

I wish you all to find your way easily towards Wellness and Peace…..OM