Sunday Conference 8.18

Sunday Conference with Diana
August 18, 2013

 Quick review of last week’s conference:

·      Prana (also known as “Chi” or “Ki”) – energy, life force
Increase the inhalation and attention to deep, full breaths (smooth, strong and gentle)
·      Chakras – energy centers – the human body contains 7 energy centers and 72,000
energy meridians.
·      Bandhas – body locks keeping the energy “in” and centered (working from inside out)

·      Mula bandha, contraction of the perineum
·      Uddiyana bandha, contraction of the abdominal muscles about 3” below navel

Dantian” - martial arts principles of energy centering or life force.  Intentional movement (careful, flowing, balanced); Rhythmic breathing (slow, deep, fluidity); focus; softness; center of gravity; powerful

Yoga Shala Etiquette (Gestures of Respect)

  • ·      When another student moves their mat to make space for you, please thank him/her.
  • ·      Please drink sufficient amount of water prior to your practice.  “Water breaks” can be disruptive.
  • ·      Please attempt to arrive for class in a timely fashion.
  • ·      Cleanliness (saucha).  Please be aware of any odors that may be in your clothing, mat or rugs.
  • ·      Please refrain from cologne or perfumes.
  • ·      If you leave a pool of sweat around your mat, please wipe up prior to leaving.
  • ·      Savasana is part of our practice and completes the “garland.” Please refrain from leaving until this pose is completed.  If you need to leave early, please advise your teacher.
  • ·      If you arrive early to class and some students are still in savasana, please no talking or chatting.
  • ·      After completing your practice and ready to leave, please acknowledge and thank your teacher.

Today’s added pose for Baddha Konasana from Dragon series.  Move upward from center; extend right leg out slowly (like moving through molasses) while left leg is held close to body.  Slowly return extended leg back to center.  Complete same movements on left side. Be mindful of centering, intention, flowing energy.

Refer to T.K. Deskichar’s, “The Heart of Yoga,” page 55, Seated lotus, Illustration (2) – “A peaceful, healthy person keeps more prana within the body.

Both Weekly Messages from Viktor E. Frankl

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to
choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Did you miss the latest Sunday Conference?
You can now schedule personal sessions with Diana.
More info here: Svadyaya Sessions

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