Sunday Conference 10.19.14

Sunday Conference with Diana...

October 19, 2014

Preparation for Diwali (or Deepawali) – October 23, 2014

The Festival of Lights – beginning of a new year
The story of a hero’s journey – Lord Rama, Sita and
brother Bharat’s return to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile.

~ clean your home and business ~
~ settle all debts and finances ~
~buy new clothing ~
~fresh flowers and candles ~
~ Sweets for family and friends ~

Review last year’s journal – begin journaling for this upcoming year

How do you want to improve relationships, your practice, your health, live your dreams

Abayasa – Discipline – dedication - mind training – healthfulness with
your practice, mind and spirit

Weekly Message

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you
will find your treasure.”
~ Paulo Coelho

Sunday Conference 10.12.14

Sunday Conference with Maria…

October 12, 2014

Let's continue the discussion of "Vinyasa"

TRISTANA - union of breath/vinyasa; drishti;bandhas

DRISHTI - focal/gazing points - aids in concentration and focus

1.  Nasagram - tip of nose;
2.  Bhrumadhya - between the eyebrows;
3.  nabhi chakra - navel;
4.  hasta - hand;
5.  pada - toes;
6.  parsvha - far to right or left;
7.  angushthamadhyam - thumbs (as in sun saluations).

CHATURANGA DANDASANA - keep your shoulders, elbows and wrists healthy.

1.  Avoid "pinching" the shoulders together.  Roll your shoulders inward to open up the upper back area.  Pull your heart area through.
2.  Avoid sinking your torso below the elbow level (and buttocks in the air) as it puts undue stress on the elbow joints.  Keep elbows close to body (no chicken wings, please!)
3.  For proper weight distribution, fully engage your legs.
4.  Distribute your weight to the base of the fingers and finger tips so the palm of your hand does not carry all the weight.

Focus on big, deep breaths to cleanse and detox all organs.


Sunday Conference 10.5.14

Sunday Conference with Diana…

October 5, 2014

We continue to study Vinyasa... As it is the heart of the practice, and to study Ashtanga means to study vinyasa.

Traditionally, ashtanga student would take one led class a week, and Mysore classes on the other days. In Mysore class, one asana is given at a time and it's taught by giving a vinyasa for every movement, as every asana has a specific number of vinyasas.

Every vinyasa is meant to accomplish something specific... For example, in pashimotanasana, you start with inhale and as you look up, you stretch and engage your bandas; then you exhale into the asana and stay for 4 inhales and exhales; then inhale, look up and engage your bandas before releasing...

Vinyasa helps to stay fully engaged in your body... And mind... To keep your internal fire, to keep your moving meditation...

If you stay in every vinyasa with articulation, you will feel the energy of the practice...

... So please don't dink around!

You will get more benefits from your practice if stay more present, 
focused, and articulate every vinyasa!

Weekly Message:

One's personal theology should not be complicated.

~ Be consistent:  live what you believe.
~ Change is constant.  Every life goes through phases of difficult change, as well as peace.  Learn to go with the flow
of change rather than try to stop change from occurring.
~ Never look to another person to make you happy - happiness is an internal, personal attitude and responsibility.
~ Life is essentially a learning experience.  Every situation, challenge, and relationship contains some message
worth learning or teaching to others.
~ Positive energy works more effectively than negative energy in each and every situation.
~ Live in the present moment, and practice foregiveness of others.

Excerpt from Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

Sunday Conference 9.28.14

Sunday Conference with Diana...

September 28, 2014

Last Semester - Backbending – opening the FRONT of your body.

Open to your tallest, biggest, widest self ~ “Roll and Unroll” the paper

Become the “looking bird”

Vinyasas – where in your practice can you take your inhalation to a
Truly BIG inhale, feet/legs engaged, heart/throat area open wide

What defines our practice?  Ashtanga is a breath practice.  However, the specificity of the sequence of breath and movement demonstrates its unique system – VINYASA.

Vinyasa – specific sequence of synchronized breath and movement as an 
entrance and exit of the asana.  Articulate your vinyasa; it is very precise.

Keep your mindfulness and focus in your practice. 
Dance beautifully; moving deeper into your practice.
Articulate each movement with full deep breaths and extension.

There are NO “hybrid” asanas in Ashtanga… don’t miss out on the full inhalation
and full exhalation of each vinyasa and each asana


Are you focused, mindful and present?

Weekly Message

How do you show up?
Are you focused?  Are you mindful?

Take your “medicine” of full breaths and movement