Sunday Conference 9.22


Sunday Conference with Diana...

September 22, 2013

Let’s review:   PRANA – energetic breath/life force – Ashtanga is a pranic practice – focus on and maintain breath training

Why is yoga healthy for us?
1.      Keeps the skeletal system; bone mass healthy with weight-bearing asanas; maintains a healthy spine.
2.     Keeps the muscular system (ligaments/tendons) strong, mobile and flexible.
3.     Keeps the body fluids moving with breath, movement, sweating.
4.     Spirit.  Essence of who we are; our emotional and physical lives

Chakras – the human body contains 7 energy centers and 72,000 energy meridians (electrical system)

Study our “spirit body” with knowledge of the 7 chakras.  Paraphrase from Myss’s “Anatomy of the Spirit” re: chakras:  “Data banks in our bodies where you invest your energy.”

Koshas:  Anammaya = Body, Pranamaya = breath, air

Our “spirit” energy:  we are spiritual/holistic beings.  Put on a different “pair of glasses” to see another perspective and keep our energy healthy for a spiritual evolution (caterpillar to butterfly).

Homework: 
Finish reading Chapter 1


Weekly Messages:

A friend once told me, “A true journey of discovery is not so much about changing
our surrounds as about changing the way we see.”
 ~ from the film Lucia Lucia ~


      

Sunday Conference 9.15


Sunday Conference with Diana...


September 15, 2013

Let’s review:   PRANA – energetic breath/life force – Ashtanga is a pranic practice

Why is yoga healthy for us?
1.      Keeps the skeletal system; bone mass healthy with weight-bearing asanas; maintains a healthy spine.
2.     Keeps the muscular system (ligaments/tendons) strong, mobile and flexible.
3.     Keeps the body fluids moving with breath, movement, sweating.
4.     Spirit.  Essence of who we are; our emotional and physical lives

Chakras – energy centers – the human body contains 7 energy centers 
and 72,000 energy meridians (electrical system)


Study our “spirit body” with knowledge of the 7 chakras.  Paraphrase from Myss’s “Anatomy of the Spirit” re: chakras:  “Data banks in our bodies where you invest your spirit.”

Overview of the Foreword, Preface and Introduction of “Anatomy of the Spirit.”

Body + Mind + Breath + Spirit = create more focus and can be a mood stabilizer

Homework: 

Please read Chapter 1

Weekly Messages:


“The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit
of it; you have to catch up with it yourself.”

~ Benjamin Franklin ~ 


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Sunday Conference 9.8


Sunday Conference with Diana


September 8, 2013

What are we studying this semester?  PRANA – energetic breath/life force

Pattabhi Jois’s “Yoga Mala,” not only illustrates how to properly enter an asana, but also the benefits.

Benefits of yoga:  Bone-health – weight-bearing keeps the skeletal structure strong; keeps muscles long, healthy, lean and strong; since we’re 70% water, circulation of bodily fluids through breath work; engaging the bandhas to lock in the energy.

Chakras – energy centers – the human body contains 7 energy centers and
72,000 energy meridians.

Study our “spirit body” with study of the 7 chakras.  Paraphrase from Myss’s “Anatomy of the Spirit” –“Data banks in our bodies where you invest your spirit.”

Storytelling time:  The miracles of the monarch butterfly; the transformational “process”; miraculous, inspiring, spiritual.  Started with a milkweed plant ->eggs laid-> 7-10 days caterpillars appear -> 7-10 days caterpillar forms a “J” and connects to a branch to chrysalis; 
-> 7-10 days later the magical cells form the butterfly.

Einstein:  "There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle
you can live as if everything is a miracle."

Analogy:  The caterpillar is the “muladhara” chakra as it is “closest to the ground.”  As the caterpillar morphs from the chrysalis, and then to a butterfly, we move to higher ground, higher health.

Homework:   This semester’s conferences will refer to Caroline Myss’s, “Anatomy of the Spirit.”

ReadForeword, Preface and Introduction.

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Sunday Conference 9.1


Sunday Conference with Diana...


September 1, 2013

What are we studying this semester?  PRANA

·      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 keep the energy “in” and centered (working from inside out)
·      Mula bandha (root) - contraction of the perineum
·      Uddiyana bandha (flying upward), contraction of the abdominal muscles about 3” below navel

“Locking” the bandhas = lightness, steadiness, focus and influences the body patterns through the mind.  Improves balance in life’s perspectives; less distraction, more focus and centering.

Ujjayi breath is the most powerful of breath work in that it efficiently moves the prana to the edges of body.  

Vinyasa creates internal heat/fire, makes us mindful of the locking systems, strengthens/lengthens muscles.  Psychology of our practice: if not focused, our minds are scattered, stressful and we experience low energy.

Pranayama (stretching the breath).  Allow the breath to lead the asana.  Sometimes we “drink” too much in the beginning and nothing is left at the end.   Lengthen and stretch the breath out while keeping the energy in.

Vayu is “wind/air”  There are 5 vital forces of prana:  Udana (throat/speech); prana (chest/heart); samana (central/digestion); apana (lower abdomen/elimination) and vyana (all energies).  Our practice focuses on Prana vayu and Apana vayu

Practice:  “Sippy-cup” technique to move the prana up and down sushumna nadi moving through each chakra from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.  5 inhalations/exhalations – fluid, quiet, strong.

Homework:  Read first 2 chapters of Viktor Frankl’s, “Man’s Search for Meaning.”

This semester’s conferences will refer to Caroline Myss’s, “Anatomy of the Spirit.”  Read up!

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