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Kundalini Yoga Workshop Follow Up: Kriyas and More!

This weekend in Edmond, OK, we led workshops on using sound in Kundalini Yoga, tuning up the immune system and going over simple morning routines for a fresh start to each day. As a reference to those of you who attended the workshops, or those of you who couldn’t come but are interested, please find some of the kriyas we did listed below!  Sat Nam and be well, Ann

Friday evening: We explored how naad yoga, the yoga of sound, can multiply the positive effects of your yoga practice.  One amazing example of the effects of sound on us are from Masaru Emoto’s Water Crystals…more on that here: http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/index.html

har aerobic kriya:

http://www.kundalinirising.org/KRIResource/Kriyas/HarAerobicKriya.pdf

fire up the metabolism:

http://www.kundalinirising.org/KRIResource/Kriyas/Firing%20up%20the%20Metabolism%20Kriya.pdf

Kriya to Become Superhuman

http://www.kundalinirising.org/KRIResource/Kriyas/Kriya%20to%20Become%20Superhuman.pdf

Saturday’s workshop was on boosting your immune system through Kundalini Yoga.  A simple 3 minutes of dog panting, a quick cold shower and of course, eating healthy foods all help to boost the immune system.  When you want yoga to help out too:

immune 1:
http://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20Strengthening%20the%20Immune%20System%201.htm

kriya to boost your immunity:

http://www.kundalinirising.org/KRIResource/Kriyas/ImmuneSystemII.pdf

The inner sun (l. nostril) immunity meditation, 3-5 minutes (which I originally learned from Dr. Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa)

http://www.yogibhajan.org/ybkriyas/index.php?id=99

Sunday:

First thing in the morning: 1.  Stretch pose with Breath of Fire 2. Tuck pose with breath of fire 3.  Rock n Roll on Spine  4.  Ego Eradicator with Breath of Fire

And the 15 minute (not really 15 minute) morning set: http://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20fifteen%20minutes%20in%20the%20morning.htm

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Black Friday Yoga Style

Yes, it’s Black Friday and there simply are not enough articles on where to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving.  Not only are we supposed to boost the economy by buying, but it probably gives many of us a distraction from having to continue entertaining friends and relatives.

As a yogic shopper, the mantra is “less is more”.  Do you really need to buy things in order to achieve greater happiness? Probably not.  If you’re a shop-a-holic, meditating on the roots of the desire can be of great help or at least you can consult a Yoga Grump here on the topic. 

So if you can’t resist shopping today, here are some holiday gifts you may want to consider that have a “lower impact” on the environment and will make others feel good too.  How Yogic of you!!!  Here are 3 categories of shoppers reading this blog:

 

  1. Buy nontangibles. 
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A young reader loves his yoga book!

This could be a yoga, dance or music class from a favorite instructor (good for kids and adults) where you give a gift that lasts while giving a freelancer a job, a donation to a favorite cause (hello Hurricane Sandy relief), or my favorite, a massage with a certified practitioner.  If you’re reading this blog because you’re into yoga, you can even send one of our amazing teachers to a local public school to give an afterschool class—we’ll take a photo and send a thank you to the recipient.  

 

  1. Buy almost nontangible.

You need the necessary equipment in order for these to work, but purchasing music online is another way to cut down on unnecessary packaging.  Browse local bands on Bandcamp.com.  For children, we of course recommend Asana Alphabet’s Yoga Songs for Kids.

     3.   I MUST give a tangle gift.  If you’re in this category, at least consider buying from a local artist or from somewhere that will not over-package your gift.  Though it’s a “thrift store”, The Angel Thrift Store in Chelsea (NYC) often has fashionable, brand new items that anyone with fashion sense will love.  Our favorite kid items include Annika Jermyn’s beautifully designed teddy bears (great for leading a children’s savasana or incorporating into a family yoga class), the yoga book Yogi and Yogette Learn the Asana Alphabet, or cool yoga cookie cutters designed by Karen La Du.

Well, if you just don’t want to give anything material, you can spread the word of yoga, starting by hugging yourself and twisting from side to side. Inhale left, exhale right. 3 minutes.  You’ll open your spine, your heart and make yourself feel good!

Emergency Yoga

Whether you have been affected by the recent east coast Hurricane Sandy directly or not, if you have been watching the news even, your body and mind could be reeling from the effects of traumatic shock.  Of course, a regular and consistent yoga and meditation practice are the best ways to stay calm, cool and collected in times like these but there are some techniques that work at a faster pace to rebalance your system. 

Here we have the “Earthquake Meditation” which really can be used for any major catastrophe.  Anne Novack does an excellent job of calmly leading us through the “how to” here: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdxqL_JsGD0

If you need something closer to a ‘workout’ feel free to do a search for Anne’s other calm yet challenging videos of Kundalini Yoga kriyas. 

Great for kids and adults, if you are facing a situation of grief, pant like a dog and “hit” yourself on the pecs with your “paws”.  This quickly alleviates severe depression, grief and anger, basically detoxing you physically and mentally.  Try 3 minutes and work up to 11.  

The 3ho yoga community also has some words of advice as well as volunteer and coordination of help here: http://www.3ho.org/ecommunity/2012/11/hurricane-sandy-support-tools-and-help-getting-to-winter-solstice/

For longer term anxiety relief, check out Mukunda Stiles’s book, “Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy”.  The vata series of hatha poses certainly brings calm with even one repetition. 

Many blessings to those of you suffering due to Hurricane Sandy. May we all cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” and recognize the other as you as we try to help each other in this time. 

Yoga for Creativity Workshop: Recap

If you couldn’t make our last workshop at 3rd Street Yoga this Sunday or you just want to remind yourself of what we did, here’s a little sneak peak of what you may have missed:

We started off class with an exercise that melds drawing with breathing, a nice way to center yourself because as we know, “a relaxed mind is a creative mind” (thanks Yogi Bhajan).  This wonderful kriya comprised the bulk of our physical activity, here taught by Sat Dharam Kaur.  Several meditations from Yogi Bhajan’s intellectual and inspiring book, “The Mind” had us chanting and holding our arms up in somewhat challenging positions….not that the arms or so challenging, but holding them up for 11 minutes can really create a nice burn! All to ignite more creativity.  We rounded out the class with a class-created visualization savasana, which is also a great technique to use with your middle school and high school students.  Hope you can join us next time.

 

 

Yoga for Healthy Sleep

When a teacher sleeps well, her/his ability to effectively teach is magnified. This weekend, Asana Alphabet’s director, Ann, will be teaching “Kundalini Yoga for a Healthy Sleep Cycle” at 3rd Street Yoga Studio in Edmond, OK; Friday, 7-9pm. Appropriately enough, one of our favorite yoga writers as well as one of best children’s yoga teachers, writes this week in the Examiner about this same subject.  I could write about it myself, but she does it so well, just click on her link here.  Apart from the tips MacKenzie Pause gives us in her article, the Kundalini Yoga tradition offers several breathing meditations as well as physical sets to help with a healthy sleep cycle, namely left nostril breathing and Shabd Kriya.  Note that these adult sets are NOT intended for children; however, if your child can sleep on her/his right side (and thus keep the left nostril open), this is one way the parasympathetic system can begin to calm down a young body for sleep. Sweet Dreams.

Upcoming Retreat: Kundalini Yoga in Tulum

Kundalini Yoga Retreat: March 18-23, 2011Sometimes you have to get away from your everyday surroundings in order to gain clarity and a new perspective.  Come join us in sunny and beautiful Tulum, Mexico, March 18-23, 2011 for a 5night/6 day retreat including lodging, intensive Kundalini Yoga practice, some meals, surprises and fun at an amazing price!!  Children are welcome to travel with adults; however, the yoga offerings are for adults only this time around.  As always, full-time teachers are appreciated by Asana Alphabet and receive a spring break discount for joining us.

Early Bird Special, register by Nov. 1, 2010 and receive $50 your vacation.

More info: AsanaAlphabet@gmail.com