Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lower Back Relief Sequence

1hour,2 blocks, 2 blankets, 1 strap, 1 bolster (optional)

Lie on back (with knees bent or bolster under knees)

Relax senses one by one

Pranayama - ujjayi breath review

Apanasana - kees to chest - roll to side to all fours

Cat/cow

Down Dog (DD)

Modified plank knees on floor

Cat Chattaranga 9x

Plank

DD

Walk up hands to feet

Uttanasana - Standing forward bend (with blocks high knees can bend)

Tadasana - mountain pose

Urdva hastasana - hands over head

Virabhudrasana 2 - warrior #2 - right and left (r&l)

Parsvakonasana - right angle pose r&l

Trikonasana - triangle pose r&l

Vrksasana - tree pose r&l

Virasana - hero pose (on blocks)

Gomukasana - cow face arms in Virasana r&l

Lie back

Setu bandhasana - bridge 2x

Pavan muktasana - wind expeller into

Supta padangustasana - reclining hand to foot pose r&l (with strap)

Reclining ankle to knee r&l

Jathara parivartanasana - reclining twist r&l

Savasana - final relaxation (with bolster under knees)

Yoga Helps Us to Nourish the Seed of Greatness that's Within ALL of US!!!

Watch this great video where Todd Norian, well-recognized Anusara yoga teacher in the US, speaks about how yoga helps us to nourish the seed of GREATNESS that's in all of us!! I will be fortunate enough to study under Todd for a week this December at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts, US. The workshop/continuing education course is focused on "Illuminating the Soul through yoga, meditation and pranayama"! Can't wait to learn new things, re-energize my own practice and come back with all new tricks!! :)

http://dh-sky.dreamhosters.com/projects/flash_player/www/?v=48BF159173270

Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My November Schedule!

MONDAYS
8pm Sunrise Studio (Beginner Hatha/Vinyasa Level)

WEDNESDAYS
6pm Dalkey Studio (Breathwork and Meditation)
7:45pm Sunrise Studio (Hatha/Vinyasa Flow Open Level)

THURSDAYS
7pm Sunrise Studio (Hatha/Vinyasa Flow Open Level)

SATURDAYS
11:30am Sunrise Studio (Hatha/Vinyasa Flow Level 2)

SUNDAY, November 22nd
Chakra Workshop, Sunrise Studio

Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Awaken and Strenghten the Arms: Excellent 20 min Sequence



Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I might have the answer to conquer the lack of sunlight in Ireland!!!!

Jyoti (Inner Light): A Source of Healing for Seasonal Depression

According to the ancient yogis, Jyoti is our inner source of divine light. During daylight savings time when days are shorter, people become light deprived and experience signs of Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) such as depression, lethargy, and apathy. It is at this time that they need to tap into their internal glow.

The analogy of a plant awakening and growing in sunlight, then losing its vitality, becoming limp, and recharging from the inside during the night while at rest, can help us to understand how by turning to our Jyoti, we too can better function while awake when the sun goes down and our vitality is low (we do not have the luxury to purely rest and renew like the plant during the dark hours). Though science has tried to accommodate our schedules by creating special lamps at a frequency similar to that of the sun, we cannot fill our surroundings with that light which also makes us feel energized inside. Practicing five minutes of Jyoti where you experience the light internally, has a far longer reaching effect than the external stimulation of sun lamps.

Jyoti occurs when the brain is in a relaxation similar to that of sleep, yet the person remains awake. Holding the attention to the midbrain and diencephalon region (Ajna Chakra) stimulates this inner light. Science acknowledges that there is an optical radiance that takes place in the mid brain during a state of deep relaxation.

Practice:
Count backwards from ten to zero, tapping the center of the forehead. Between each tap, pause for 2 seconds , feeling your consciousness move to that point in the center. When you reach zero use the mantra "Aim" (ah-eem) to relax and clear thought, allowing the light to remain in the mid brain region for five minutes. When finished, rub your palms together to create heat and move the energy down chakra by chakra to reground. Practice this every day in the late afternoon.

Blessings and Namaste!
Anna