After taking a mediation workshop with one of my gurus and fellow teachers, Tania Kazi. I discovered a new way of looking at mediation. In that workshop she addressed how everything and anything that we do could be a meditation with the right intention and focus. Eating, sleeping, drinking walking, even performing a task or a job. By slowing down the awareness in order to focus on what we are doing, why we are doing it and then doing it with gratitude, reverence and joy, it totally can change even a seemingly mundane task into an act of joy.
This doesn’t mean that there isn’t tremendous value in taking time towards practicing a more traditional mediation, even if only for a few moments of the day. It just means that by broadening the spectrum of what a meditation is, and how it can be done, we can bring more joy into our entire day even if we aren’t able to sit down and formally meditate the way we want to. Mediation is made to bring us joy not something for us to feel bad about when life is throwing curve balls and we are just trying to keep up.
I am happy for this moment. I am grateful for what I have, Now. I’m not dwelling on what I used to have or what I hope to have one day. Everything in my life is a gift. It is not mine to hold on to forever, just a loaner. From the money in my wallet to the hair on my head (even though there’s a lot of it). Even my arms and my legs are only mine to borrow. They are all gifts. I don’t get to keep them for eternity; maybe not even for this entire lifetime, but while I have them, I choose to cherish them. I use them as gifts, not with entitlement. I will use them with gratitude and with the freedom of knowing that they aren’t even really mine. If tomorrow they are gone, I will keep in mind that I have had the chance to enjoy these gifts, and for that chance, for those moments, maybe even for a while, I am glad to have had the chance to.
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YOTM: Caroline Alarcon Loor
GREW UP: I was born here in the USA, but I spent my childhood in
Ecuador, where my family is from.
OCCUPATION: Photographer, visual artist, early childhood teacher.
MOVED TO NYC: Late 1995.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING YOGA? About 8 years, on and off, but for the last few years it has became steady, thanks to Sonic.
WHAT DOES YOGA DO FOR YOU? It removes tension from my entire body, especially my tight shoulders. It has made me more flexible and I have more control of my body in dance. From my experience in doing yoga, I know that I can do anything if I put my mind and time into it! Continue reading
Namaste Dear Friends,
I hope you are enjoying the peak days of summer. I’ve been moving through busy days filled with wonderful moments with family, friends surrounded by the beauty of nature that envelops us all at this amazing time of year. Yet somehow, in the midst of all this beauty there are still those unsettling moments of stress, anxiety, indecision and pain. I wonder, how can this blissful perfection be so easily disturbed by one difficult interaction, feeling, or thought? How can I so easily lose my center of ease and joy…? For the answer to this question, I look to my most revered teacher at this time of year, the great “maha” ocean. Continue reading
Eudora Ellis Chooses Pose of The Month for August: Fire Log – Double Pigeon Pose – Agnistambhasana
I love to practice Fire Log in the hottest month of the year. You may ask why fire, the Rig Veda personified fire as Agni, when its already so hot? Agni is present in the sun, stars and our digestion igniting transformation in the Universe and the self. The summer is a time to play let go of tension and emotional pain trapped in our hips. We go deeper into nature building fires at the beach dancing under the stars burning away old patterns that no longer serve us. Yoga practice for me is an Art form where one can connect with their creative impulses. Asana, Prana and Mantra are pathways to liberation. The body is a gateway to freedom and a living altar of the sacred fire. When we are open to melting away negative suffering we arise to a childlike spontaneous deeply connected pure self. We are reborn from the ashes rising to joy love bliss and free expression. The intense opening in the core, groin, gluts and hips, with Apana downward moving energy, awakens a stimulating powerful centered state of being. Its the prefect prep for those who want to practice meditation postures as the freedom in the hips allows for sitting longer. Take it even deeper by twisting or folding forward. I invite you to build a strong foundation, build a fire, then ignite your inner fire softening and opening to the endless possibilities of your happiness. Dance into the rebirth and transformation of the self.
HEALER OF THE MONTH: Christopher Temple – Thai Yoga Body Work
Relax, recharge, revive. Enjoy the healing power of Thai Yoga Body Work – affectionately called, “lazy man’s yoga” has the same roots as yoga in India. It became what we know it as today in Thailand. It is a beautiful combination of martial arts, stretching compression and massage. Along with it’s physical benefits of reducing stress and tension as well as helping the body to detoxify, it also moves metta (life force energy) through the body to release stoppages where negative energy stagnates.
Christopher received his certification with Lotus Palm School of Thai Massage and has been practicing for about 3 years. His
Studio is on 35th Street between 7th and 8th. Session by appointment only.
Sonic Member Rate – $90 for 90 minutes (regular rate $150)
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