Join me now on my YouTube channel where I offer you, virtual yoga classes. There currently are 3 classes available and one fully guided Relaxation class. I am making these videos firstly for my Purchase College students who are currently Distance Learning due to the Pandemic. However, many of my Yogini and Yogi Friends have asked about the videos and are enjoying them in the comfort of their home. Some people especially appreciate the Guided Relaxation where they can start the video and set themselves on their mat or their bed and experience a restful Savasana or Deep peaceful night sleep. During this unprecedented challenging time many of us are feeling anxious, angry, sad, unsettled about so many unknowns. If we can have a regular Yoga practice this helps us balance our minds, body, energetic patterns and in turn we can find stillness and peace. I hope you may make time to visit the YouTube channel, Yoga with Julie Broglin, or Julie Broglin. Please help me grow the channel and click the bell so you will be notified when the next new Yoga class is available. Please share the Free classes with your Friends and Family who may be missing going to their regular fitness, wellness classes. Know the Guided Relaxation is wonderful for All, even those who never have done Yoga before, even children. I would love to know about your experience with the virtual yoga classes so please leave me your comments on the YouTube channel. Take the best care, stay safe and healthy, Namaste 🙏🏽 Julie
I am sharing here about The Finger Holds an energy and emotion balancing technique that is safe, simple and effective. This is from the Jin Shen Jyutsu Practice developed in Japan and it is a kin to Reiki in that it is subtle, safe and uses the hands, [there are a few different spellings of the practice]. It is related to yoga in that it is an energy balancing technique that uses breathing, nadis (energy channels) similar to mudras. I came to learn about this practice due to friends who keep leading me to more wonderful enriching experiences and I might add all quite innocently. However, there is an Isha connection….when at an Isha Pooja (at Judit’s home) I met a meditator friend (Anu) who let me know of another friend who was going to hold a Memorial Service for her Mother (Anju). I attended the Memorial for selfish and friendship reasons; selfish in that it was almost the one year anniversary of my own Sister’s Mahasamadhi and that I wanted to get to know and give tribute to my new friend’s Mother. While there I met Anju’s sister Hema who is an Acupuncturist and Healer. Around the same time someone who I know was experiencing serious health issues and not responding to any advice given. I suddenly remembered meeting Hema who instantly revealed herself to be a quite powerful, dynamic, well-informed and graceful Healer, just with a glance and conversation. So……I was able to bring the friend to receive treatment from Hema who I thought would administer acupuncture but instead she applied Jin Shen Jyutsu! I was unaware of this Practice, but felt it would be safe as I had complete trust in Hema, but within about twenty minutes I witnessed with my own eyes a transformation within my friend’s entire physical and emotional being that was nothing less than remarkable! It was a different type of therapy wherein I was able to sit in the treatment area and witness the process, Hema had given me some Jin Shen literature to review and I did start to review but while it was a dark evening somehow the room was lit up when the transformation occurred and I was agog with wonder. I have since this first encounter had a couple of meetings with Hema for more specific personal orientation and information. I have also spent a bit of time reading the recommended elementary books that Hema made reference to and I have shared this with several groups: different Senior Citizens chair yoga sessions, a Girls Teen Club, Yoga friends and students. Every group had a positive and immediate noticeable experience. I might add that this is a very safe practice that everyone and anyone can apply and share with others. There is of course training courses and workshops with certifications, [The Finger Holds are just one of many Jin Shen Jyutsu practices] but I find it such a gift that there are safe, basic and easy practices we can all share. So please do watch the video and try it out for yourself, you can practice while going to sleep, (do know, not mentioned in the video, if you cannot sleep, try holding your left thumb while breathing) or any time, just don’t try it while driving or operating equipment! Also, parents can apply for their young children/babies (use opposite hands) and CareGivers too! Thanks again for Youtube and Pam Doremus of Peaceful Spirit for making this Video. Thanks to Binita for hosting last summer’s Party that got these friendship connections incubating. I do feel quite rich in that I have been fortunate to have a circle of wonderful, knowledgeable, caring people who share not only good times, good vibrations, but ways to live well, some say “have long life” but is it not better to live with optimal wellness? In Gratitude, OM
n.b. I shared here the network of friends and instances that occurred to share that one of the blessings of a yogic culture is to form friendships that are rewarding and how these informal and formal satsangs benefit all aspects of our lives….your family members may not practice or care about your yoga, but as you deepen your practice and cultivate a wider circle of dedicated Yoginis and Yogis everyone who is in your life may also benefit from the knowledge and energy you harvest. I also, always try to give a nod of thanks to All who I learn from out of respect for their teachings and to acknowledge what they share with me is valued, Namaste.
On the Eve of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving in the USA wishing all joyful celebrations with loved ones and friends. Just click the link below the picture to watch this upbeat and inspiring video that evokes Oneness and Gratitude. OM, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti OM.
Do check out this easy to read chart about some of the benefits documented from participants in the Isha Foundation Inner Engineering Program. Please do share, thanks, Namaste
Asato Ma Sat Gamaya Tamaso Ma, Jyotir Gamaya Mrityor Ma, Amritam Gayama, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti OM
We recite this invocation at every yoga sadhana: Take us from the unreal, to the real, take us from darkness to Light, Take us from death to immortality. This is from the ancient Brihadaranyak Upanishad, 1.3.28….
This reference about darkness and light relates to ignorance and knowledge. Ignorance, like darkness obscures true understanding. The remedy for darkness is light, and the remedy for ignorance is knowledge of one’s own true nature, our Divine Spirit.
The cultural significance is this festival is a way to enjoy and celebrate our Spiritual Birth, our Second Birth. Diwali celebrations take place all over the whole subcontinent of India, from north to south, east to west, from different religions from Hindu, Sikh to Jain and Christian, including Muslim as it is an agrarian harvest celebration and the business of farming includes all who consume. The festival spreads over five days, historically marked the end of the harvest season and beginning of the winter season. Farmers give thanks for their bounty and wealth. Lakshmi is the deity associated with wealth and is celebrated to bring continued good fortune for families.
Diwali, (spelled differently depending on the state and religious background) means lighting diyas (small clay vessels filled with oil and lit with cotton wicks). These lights are arranged in huge arrays in beautiful patterns like the rangoli drawings (like the background pictures on this homepage. The picture just above this text has tea light candles as any candle may be used and fire crackers are often lighted to celebrate the spark of our inner light.
The Yogic and Spiritual significance celebrates the realization of our own inner Light. Honoring, Atman, the pure, infinite and eternal Divine Energy which can be awakened in all people. This celebration of victory of good over evil signifies the victory of self-knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness. The awareness that we are much more than our physical body, but an infinite, ever-present Spirit. Every year people celebrate their birthday and Diwali celebrates their second birth…the Spiritual Awakening…our Inner Light…the true reality for All.
I read this as a post on Facebook…“Auditions are being held for you to be yourself…Apply within.”
May you choose to wake up and realize your Inner Light! HAPPY DIWALI!!!!!!!!!
Hari OM Tat Sat OM
When my Guruji the Late Shri Radha Kant Jha was in residence at our Omlink Studio he shared his interpretation of Namaskar:
“... When we bow our heads we lower our ego, when we join our hands we limit our physical might, (any disagreement/violence) to another, and with the hand gesture placed at our hearts we let our heart energy guide us as we let our Divine Spirit Rise in union with All. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti OM.”
Do click the link below the picture to read Sadhguru’s explanation for Namaskar, a powerful mudra and more….please do share with all of your Yogini, Yogi friends, OM Namaskaram
Thanks to Student Yogini Ashley Sabino for sharing her favorite Blog for Smoothie Recipes, just click the link above to see the Site. It is a good idea especially for busy on the go folks like college students to quickly make a drink they can ingest and take along to drink later in the day. It takes a simple blender that is not so expensive along with shopping ahead to stock up with ingredients. Chain stores like Bed Bath & Beyond sell blenders at inexpensive prices (there is also a $5 coupon on the website). Some yard sales and Good will stores also sell blenders which can be cleaned with baking soda and boiling water a few times before safe home use. One can stock up on the paper cartons of almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk, soy milk, coconut water or milk, aloe vera, juice or other liquid choice for the base. Then make regular stops at your favorite green market for veggies and fruits. I keep basil , mint, tulsi, lemongrass and other herbs growing to add herb benefits. I use dates and agave for sweeteners. I add flax and chia seeds, these can be stored and last a while inexpensively thanks to shops like Trader Joes. For college students that make a collective they may share veggies and fruits so that they don’t spoil easily. The picture below shows a mason jar to hold the smoothie and that is a good idea for carrying along for later and inexpensive and come in different sizes, it is glass and not harmful plastic. Thanks for stopping by here and please do share with others….Here’s to your good health! Namaste
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
Do click the link above to read about the many benefits for Tulsi. I drink it as a tea almost every morning and when in India I just use the fresh leaves, almost everyone’s home has at least one plant, to brew my cup of tea. Organic India has now in the USA many flavored varieties available in stores, in tea bags. When using herbs remember its like cultivating a garden but within your tissues and cells so it has to be attended to daily to keep the benefits growing in and around the cells. Don’t ever expect to reap the benefits with a single application, it has to be an ongoing ritual. Tulsi is a herb and doesn’t have any caffeine or chemicals (unless pesticides were used on the plants). Thanks to Lalitji for posting this and to Green Yatra Blog for an excellent post!
Here’s to your good health! OM
A while back while in an Isha Yoga workshop I watched a video in which Sadhguru explained about our bodies need for water. He joked about how surprised he was to see so many Americans walking around carrying water bottles and drinking all day long, he said in India when temperatures are often close to or over 100 degrees you never see folks carrying water and drinking like in America. This really jolted me to be true….I myself don’t carry water while at home in the USA or when in India, even while riding a bicycle at mid-day in India I never felt dehydrated. As a Yoga Teacher my studio’s rest room is in another part of the property and often participants are leaving during the class to go to use the facilities. I have tried to explain that one should not ingest food and drinks at least 2 or more hours prior to class to leave the digestive process dormant for yoga practice. I have explained about using Himalayan sea salt to help keep the body properly hydrated but still there are those who come to class with their water bottles and those who apparently have gulped water all along right up to walking in class. Another important thing that Sadhguru explained was about how disruptive leaving the yoga class is to a participant, previously I was concerned about disruption to the entire group and just wanted the individual to feel comfortable to relieve their system at the restroom. All of this got me to think again about how conditioned western folks are and how they are “educated” by the corporations who only concern is grabbing their dollars at the cost of their overall health and wellbeing. Several years ago there was some disturbing news that many foreign nationals had wrangled the rights to many major USA communities/towns/cities/regional water utility contracts. Around the same time the commercialization of bottled water sprang up and Americans were strongly advised to ingest at least 8 glasses of water per day…another industry driven “quasi-health” campaign?
Back to the basics…Water does provide for the necessary exchange for nutrients to reach our cells and for waste to leave via our elimination processes, but what’s the truth about the needed daily amounts? Just recently The institute for Medicine in the USA published this….”the vast majority of healthy people adequately meet their hydration needs by letting thirst be their guide.” (Please do click the link to see a short video with Sadhguru and Ed Begley Jr. talking about this subject a few months ago in the USA.) Many have been brain washed to believe they must always hold a water bottle in their hand all day long to ingest enough water. Hence sales of chic designer water bottles, bottle carriers and artisanal Waters from France to Fiji. For those who eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies (9-15 servings per day) they are getting lots of water as these foods are high in water content. In the video I watched in the workshop Sadhguru explained a bit about the science behind what happens to the body when ingesting too much water, and I can say I witness some of these imbalances (including unexplained allergies and more) my students who are always sharing proudly about how much they drink water. The Medical field is usually careful about what they share so as to avoid legal battles, so we may have to wait for a longer time to know the upside of this change of advice and its negative implications and havoc this trend has placed on so many who were just trying to take care of their health by buying and drinking water. At the safe side, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, Professor of Medicine/Renal, Electrolyte and Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania stated, “…if anything drinking too much water can slightly impair the ability of the kidneys to filter blood. The only people who should drink excess water are those who have had kidney stones.” I also want to add for nursing mothers like my Daughter-in-Law, Alyson who is nursing our Grandson Rowan, drinking water and herbal teas are necessary as you are sharing your supply with the Baby, so keep drinking up while nursing. As well, other conditions that one may be advised by their doctors to keep to a certain regime.
I think many who are aware about taking care of our Mothership Earth, that plastic water bottles are just damaging the planet and I recommend getting a water filter and a copper vessel. In the link there is print information and in the video Sadhguru explains about what happens to the energy of our water as it moves in pipes to our sinks. Once again, Sadhguru brings us back to think about the most subtle and extremely important points about energy consumption and how it affects our energetic levels. Another instance of modernization hazards, convenience of having sophisticated piping to bring water into the home vs. having to carry it from the well to the kitchen, but something beneficial was there when we had to do this. Perhaps now we can understand about how useful the time may be as our water is filtered and is stored allowing for the molecules to re-establish a harmonious level. Please do click the link below the image to see the information compiled by IshaUSA and the video, thanks again to Isha Foundation for preparing this really important information. Thanks for reading this post and please do share it with others, here’s to your good health, Namaste, OM!