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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