Monday, March 30, 2020

Self-Inquiry (Vichara)





Definition of Self-Inquiry (Vichara)
by James Swartz

"If you think inquiry is closing your eyes and looking within, you are sadly mistaken. You cannot see your face with your eyes open or closed unless you have a mirror. To see yourself you need the mirror of Vedanta, a word-mirror that reveals your self. When you look into a mirror you do not see the mirror, you see yourself. Self-inquiry is Vedanta. It is a lifelong practice of inquiry into the world, the Jiva and the self. Inquiry negates Jiva and the world, leaving only the self."

More here.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Finding Peace During the Covid-19 Outbreak



Rupert Spira on Finding Peace During the Covid-19 Outbreak


Monday, March 23, 2020

The Way We Live Now





"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless way, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to love and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."

- Kitty O'Meara

sent to me by 200-hr teacher trainee Agatha DeFranco
photo snapped by me last night, courtesy of Mother Earth (Ma Shakti)

Friday, March 20, 2020

Tips for Weathering the Storm






Tips from Parvati Om


-Do not succumb to fear and doubt. If you become overwhelmed, go outside and gaze at the sky. Don’t look for something to focus on, rather let the image of the sky move towards you.

-Remember that love and peace the sustain it all. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna says, “With a single fragment of Myself, I stand supporting the whole universe.”

-Be grateful for every moment of health.

-Minimize your time on electronics and watching the news.

-Create a daily routine of self-care. Get up at the same time you normally would.

-Spend time in nature. Stand barefoot on the grass and release stress into the earth.

-Spring is here! Open the windows.

-Breathe deep and with the mouth closed!

-Start a home yoga practice. (sun salutations, headstand, shoulderstand, fish, a few backbends and forward folds, spinal twist and end with deep relaxation)

-Practice yoga nidra

-Meditate on color or the moon or mantra (like Om) or space

-Observe silence – Stop talking and listening for a little while each day.

-Eat Healthily. Sleep well. Laugh. Laugh a lot!

More tips here.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Free Multilevel Yoga Classes on Facebook Live




Join us for free, multilevel yoga classes on Facebook Live!

Yoga at Home with Kali Om

Tuesdays 6pm Central Time
Thursdays 6pm Central Time
Sundays 10am Central Time

Join us here.

Facebook account not necessary.






Monday, March 16, 2020

Essential Practice






“Don’t teach too many postures; just the main ones, and hold them for a long time.”

~Sri Dharma Mittra



Home Practice – Essential Poses


Om

7 Surya Namaskar (sun salutations)
Sirsasana/Balasana (headstand/child's pose)
Sarvangasana/Matsyasana (shoudlerstand/fish)
Bhujangasana (cobra [or any backbend])
Paschimottanasana (seated forward fold)
Ardha Matsyendrasana (half Lord of the Fishes seated twist)
Savasana (corpse) - at least 7 minutes

Om shanti shanti shantih

This may be followed by pranayama and meditation.


More info on developing a home practice here.




Jai Guru!