Survey 2019 responses

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At the beginning of June we ran a survey to learn more about my kula (community).

We wanted to know:
What style of yoga did they enjoy practicing?
How many practiced online versus in the studio?
What were they looking to learn more about?

I thought it’d be fun to share some of the highlights:

 

We received over 200 responses!

Not surprisingly, my community loves Vinyasa/Flow yoga and meditation and 89% tend to stick to the teachers that they love most.

When asked what they appreciated most about my teaching, it was:
-Authenticity/Creativity in sequencing (21% of responses)
-Mantras/Chanting/Pranayama/Philosophy (20% of responses)

Which are the two things that light me up the most about teaching!
Happy to see we’re on the same page 🙂

Based on this feedback there will be lots of focus on sequencing, mantra and meditation.

 

I also learned that 60% of my kula practice yoga online. This insight helped to motivate me to create my platform to practice yoga online.

51% of the respondents have attended teacher training

40% of those who have not attended a teacher training are interested in attending one in the near future.

Many of you shared you preferred part time teacher training versus immersions.

Based on that feedback our 2020 training format has changed.
200 hour yoga teacher training has been broken up into weekend modules over four months.
300 hour teacher training has been broken down into three 10 day modules
Both are being offered in Vancouver, BC.

Many of the participants appreciated how we value intimate trainings, capping the 200 hour training to 18 and the 300 Hour YTT to 12 people.

Another core value of mine is giving student teachers lots of individual attention so again, so happy we’re on the same page!

One piece of great feedback from those who have taken yoga teacher trainings, is that they’d like to have more support after the training. Based on that, I will be launching an online forum in the near future to connect all my student teachers together to share ideas, receive feedback from not only myself but their peers.

 

Thank you Michelle for creating and aggregating all the surveys!
I also want to thank all 200 of you who took the time to fill out the survey!!
And I can’t wait to share what we have brewing for you. Stay tuned 🙂

 

I am so grateful to my community for being so open to trying the many, let’s say “alternative” ways I like to express, teach and explore yoga.

You inspire me to continue to learn, play and think outside of the “mainstream” yoga box. I would not be the teacher I am without you.
Full pranams,
Clara

Resources:
Playlists on Spotify
Meditations on Soundcloud
Free Yoga Classes on my site

108

108 meaning

The Mystic Meaning of the Number 108

Throughout history, the number 108 has held a multi-dimensional meaning.  In geometric terms it is a natural division of circle (108=36+72=9 X 12). In the Eastern part of the world, different traditions talk about the108 navamsas.  The Shiva malas, or rosaries, both Tantric and Tibetan are composed by 108 beads. The number 108 is also one of great significance inside of the Rosicrucian order, since it exemplifies the time frame of some of their cycles. Interestingly enough, a leap year displays 366 days and 3 x 6 x 6 gives 108.

The number 108 is considered sacred in many Eastern religions and traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and connected yoga and dharma based practices. Even the pre-historic monument Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter.  108 is a number known to be referring to spiritual completion, and it is no surprise that the early Vedic sages were renowned mathematicians and in fact invented our number system. 108 is a Harshad Number, an integer divisible by the sum of its digits. Harshad in Sanskrit means “joy-giver”. 108 was the number of choice for this simple reason: 108 represent the whole of existence. There are said to be 108 types of meditation. Some say there are 108 paths to God. Indian traditions have 108 dance forms.

Another interesting example, Hindu deities have 108 names, whilst in Gaudiya Vaishnavism, there are 108 gopis of Vrindavan. Recital of these names, often accompanied by the counting of the 108-beaded Mala, is considered sacred and often done during religious ceremonies. The recital is called namajapa. Accordingly, a mala usually has beads for 108 repetitions of a mantra.

In some schools of Buddhism, it is believed that there are 108 defilements. In Japan, at the end of the year, a bell is chimed 108 times in Buddhist temples to finish the old year and welcome the new one. Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations a person must overcome to achieve nirvana. Likewise, Zen priests wear juzu, a ring of prayer beads, around their wrists, which consists of 108 beads. The Lankavatara Sutra has a section where the Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions.

In modern Gnosticism, through the teachings of Samael Aun Weor, it is believed that  an individual has 108 chances, or lifetimes, to eliminate his egos and transcend the material world before “devolving” and having the egos forcefully removed in the infradimensions. In other words, each one of us carries the reminiscent memory cells of at least 108 previous incarnations, which constitutes the body of our incarnational selves. Inside of this essentially holographic template is stored the repository of the emotional and spiritual involvements that your Soul may have experienced and have retained the impression of, but that needed to be cleansed and  integrated in order to continue the spiritual evolution.

The Buddhism tradition talks about the 108 earthly desires in mortals, 108 lies humans tell and 108 human delusions.

The esoteric presence of the number 108 can be seen in various spiritual practices and theories: In Kriya Yoga, the maximum number of repetitions allowed to be practiced in one sitting is 108. Also, 108 Sun Salutations in yoga practice is often used to honor change, for example the change of seasons, or at a time of tragedy to bring peace, respect and understanding. It is said that if one can be so calm in meditation practicing pranayama to have only 108 breaths a day that enlightenment will come.

Energy Point

There are said to be 108 energy lines, or nadis, converging to form the heart chakra. Marma points are like Chakras, or intersection of energy, with fewer converging energy lines. On Sri Yantra, the Marmas have 54 intersecting energy lines where three lines intersect. Each has feminine, or shakti, and masculine, or shiva, qualities. 54 X 2 = 108. Therefore there are 108 points that define the human body and the Sri Yantra or the Yantra of Creation. The same rule is observed in the Sanskrit language, with its 54 letters, both representing the two genders and they are also called Shiva and Shakti respectively; again, 54 X 2= 108.

Importance in Astronomy and Astrology

The earth cycle is supposed to be of 2160 years = 20 x 108. The distance between the Earth and Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon. The universe is made up of 108 elements according to ancient texts. The current periodic table claims a few more than 108.

There are 12 constellation and 9 arc segments. 9 times 12 equal 108. The 9 planets travelling through the 12 signs constitute the whole of existence. 9 x 12 = 108. The 27 nakshatras or lunar constellations spread over the 4 elements – fire, earth, air, water or the 4 directions – north, south, east, and west. This also constitutes the whole of existence. 27 x 4 = 108.

 

Keep reading the rest of the article here:

Source of article: http://humanityhealing.net/2011/08/the-mystic-meaning-of-the-number-108/

 

 

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Little Dragon Yoga Playlist

Little Dragon yoga playlist

Little Dragon Yoga Playlist

Yoga is a medicine for your soul, not just for your body. You have not experience the wonder of yoga if you have not had Hozier playing in the background. Some songs just go really well with yoga and it is very easy to forget which song you were listening to that last time that you did yoga. This is why having a playlist comes in handy. You just have to play the playlist and let the music take over you while you do different yoga exercises. Even as a yoga instructor, you will need different playlists for teaching your students.

The thing about yoga is that it works in wonderful ways for everyone. It might be a source of flexibility for you while for someone else, it is a source of mental peace. This is why many people do yoga regularly as they want to maintain their physical and emotional health, both. It is not uncommon for yoga instructors to have different playlists for different classes. Some might have different playlists for each month while others curate playlist based on the exercises they are doing. Whenever you take out your yoga mat, you will need some soothing music in the background that you can lose yourself to.

Effect of Music During Yoga

While in other kinds of exercises, you can synchronise your movements with the beat of music, in yoga, you can actually feel mesmerized by the music. The music should be good for the movements that you are going to do. It should be relaxing and gentle so that you can find yourself in the words and the beat of the music. This is why there are certain songs that are associated with yoga.

Spotify is a good place to find music for yoga. There are thousands of options that you can choose from. You can make your own playlists but there will come a time when you will need some expert’s advice. If you are going to try out new yoga routine, you will need some new songs too. For the faster movements, you will need fast-paced songs while slow-paced songs go well with slow and flexible movements.

Little Dragon Playlist

The Little Dragon Playlist is suitable for beginners and experts. You will surely find a song that you can relate to, during yoga. The whole playlist is on a relaxing note and you can just play it every time that you are doing yoga. There are songs from artists like Boards of Canada, The Knife and Little Dragon. Some of the songs are longer, for exercises where you have to stay in a certain pose for a specific duration. This playlist is pretty awesome for vinyasa yoga, whether you are teaching or doing yoga at home. As a student, you can also suggest this playlist to your yoga instructor so that the whole class can benefit from the relaxing tones of these songs. If you want to see more playlists curated by me, you can search for them on Spotify.

 

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Yoga Playlist-Banks

Yoga Playlist-Banks

There are different kinds of exercises in yoga and it depends on the yoga teacher which exercises they are doing that day. If you are part of a yoga class, your teacher will inform you beforehand which exercises you will be doing that day so that you can come prepared for it. Back bending is a part of yoga and most of the pictures you see of yoga online are of yogis doing backbends.

More about Back Bending

Back bending involves bending the back forward or backward. You would be surprised to see what it can do for your physical and spiritual health. Our spines are strong yet flexible. While bigger bone in the back give us strength and the cartilage provides protection, the joints allow the back to be flexible. So, you can get into any pose and it would increase the strength of your back, if you are doing it right. Back bending is quite effective for physical wellness. Since the activity is invigorating, it helps in stretching the neck and back while keeping your chest flat. If you do these exercises regularly, your legs will gain more strength. It also makes arms and back stronger. Basically, the mobility of your back muscles is increased so the incident of back pain is reduced.

You might not have expected it when you first started doing back bending but it also has energetic benefits for your body. When you feel that you are in danger, your body has a natural reflex to curl up. Since the torso is the most vulnerable part of the body, as this is where the heart lies, our body tries to protect it by curling up. However, when you are doing backbends, you are making your body open. By exposing yourself, you are utilizing your courage. This also helps in giving you more courage and the ability to fight your fears.

Music for Back Bending

There are a lot of things that are important during back bending. You have to make sure that you do not end up injuring your back. This is why you must do back bending under the supervision of a teacher, when you are doing it as a beginner. Over time, you will learn to what extent your body can be flexible. This will prevent any injury. Also, you should do warm-up exercises so that your body does not get physically harmed during yoga.

Secondly, good music is very important. Expert yogis are able to do yoga even in silence and by listening to the sound of nature but when you are starting out, you need some background music. I have made this playlist for back bending lessons. Even if you are doing it at home, you can just play from the very beginning or choose any song to play for your exercise. Some of the songs in the playlist are longer so you can stay in your position for a longer time. I hope you find this playlist helpful.

 

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Yoga Playlist-Magic

Magic yoga playlist

A playlist inspired by Coldplay…

 

 

 

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Peace Mantra

Peace mantra

Peace Mantra

AUM saha navavatu, saha nau bhunaktu
Saha veeryam karvaavahai
Tejasvi naa vadhita mastu
maa vid vishaa va hai
AUM shaantih, shaantih, shaantih.

Meaning of the Sahanavavatu Mantra

Let us together (-saha) be protected (-na vavatu) and let us together be nourished (-bhunaktu) by God’s blessings. Let us together join our mental forces in strength (-veeryam) for the benefit of humanity (-karvaa vahai). Let our efforts at learning be luminous (-tejasvi) and filled with joy, and endowed with the force of purpose (-vadhita mastu). Let us never (-maa) be poisoned (-vishaa) with the seeds of hatred for anyone. Let there be peace and serenity (-shaantih) in all the three universes.

This mantra highlights the nature of the teacher-student relationship that produces ideal results for the student. The transference of mental, spiritual and intellectual energies from the teacher to the student can be achieved through a mutually nourishing relationship which is based on (mutual) respect, joy (of giving and receiving), and absence of malice or negative thoughts.

The “Sahanavavatu mantra” is one of the shaanti (peace) mantras which has its origins in the Taittiriya Upanisad. This mantra is often used as a “universal” prayer, to send the message of peace and prosperity. The mantra may also be used to invoke God’s blessings for harmony amongst teacher(s) and student(s).

Source: http://www.eaglespace.com/spirit/sahanavavatu_mantra.php

 

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Blues yoga playlist

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Yoga teachers or yoga studios always have an amazing playlist that you can easily do all your yoga moves to. However, when you are doing yoga at home, you end up wondering which music you should play in the background. Some people are okay with doing yoga in silence while others need a beat of the music to which they can sync their yoga movements. A Blues playlist is what you need when you are feeling a little stressed and you need to let it all out. The musical beats will resonate with your feelings and yoga moves.

Background Music for Yoga at Home

When you are doing yoga at home, you do not have to go with the same playlist every day. Sometimes, you are doing yoga as a part of your daily routine while at other times, you are doing it to relieve some stress. The playlist differs based on what purpose you are doing yoga for. An upbeat playlist is for times when you are in the mood and you just want to bust some nice moves to stretch your body and feel active. On the other hand, if you are slightly stressed and you want to relieve the tension, you should go for a more laid-back playlist.

A Blues Playlist for Yoga

The music genre, Blues, originated back in the 1870s. Having its roots in African-American traditions and musical culture, this genre has become popular in the whole world now. This genre does not only have instrumentation but there are also bass lines and lyrics. So, you get the best of everything with such a playlist. Back in the day, the first time of the song was repeated four times. Even though the pattern has changed since then, there is still a lot of repetition. This is really great for yoga since you need to do repeated movements and your body will be able to create a rhythm with the same music being played four to eight times.

This playlist has some amazing songs such as ‘Go with Love’ in which Taylor McFerrin is addressing a lover who does not believe in their love anymore. Then, there is Kojak asking a lover to tell what is on their mind even though it will break the singer’s heart. As you go down the playlist, Aretha Franklin sings for you to get on a train that you do not need a ticket for. It is a song for the Lord’s praise, a song about hope and faith. You will find something to love in every single song.

1. Wayfaring Stranger-Jamie Woon

2. Go With Love-Rah Feat. Taylor McFerrin

3. No Shoes-John Lee Hooker

4. Take My Hand-Ben Harper

5. The Thrill is Gone-BB King

6. Do You Feel Me?-Anthony Hamilton

7. The Truth-Kojak

8. Otherside of the Game-Erykah Badu

9. Satisfied Mind-Ben Harper

10. Where Could I Go?-Ben Harper

11. Just the Two of Us-Bill Withers

12. Nothing Even Matters-Lauryn Hill Feat D’Angelo

13. People Get Ready-Aretha Franklin

14. The Grey Funnel Line-Maddy Prior & June Tabor

 

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Choosing the right yoga class

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Choosing the right yoga class

So, you’ve decided to try yoga. 

You proceed to check out studios in your neighborhood and if you live in a big city, chances are, there are many options. Which option is right for you?

One of the most common comments that I hear from new students is that they are overwhelmed by the choices. They wonder, what are the differences in styles?  Which one is best for me?

Most classes are ‘open’ level which means there is an assumption that you know the basics. If you can, take a basic/beginner class prior to going to an open level class.

One thing to know about yoga is that no matter the style, you will get a good stretch. Most practices focus on opening the muscles around the pelvis, i.e. hips, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Picking a style has more to do with, how would you like your stretch packaged?

Here are some of the more popular styles, with their pros and cons respectively. Bear in mind, classes can range depending upon the teacher. I recommend trying a few different teachers out before making a decision on whether or not the style works for you.

Hatha Yoga
This is the least consistent style in that it can differ from teacher to teacher. Generally, it’s a slow moving class that incorporates breath work (pranayama), poses (asanas) and meditation. Classes start with breath work then go into the physical part, ending with meditation. Most classes take the time to open all major parts of the body, hips, back, shoulders, legs and arms.
This is a yin (mellow) style.

Pros:
For beginners: It moves slower than any of the other more yang (high energy) styles, so it can be easier to follow along.
For those suffering from lower back pain: Because this is a slow moving class, you can take the time to be aware of how each pose is affecting the lower back region.
For Type A personalities and those suffering from stress related disease: Hatha yoga focuses on creating an quiet, contemplative atmosphere. This helps relieve tension, relaxes the body and quiets the mind.
For ‘older’ people (50s & 60s): Since it’s a slower paced class you can stay more mindful of your how you’re body is moving through space so the likelihood of injury is smaller.

Cons:
Since it’s slower paced, some people get ‘bored’.

Hot/Bikram
This a practice done in a heated room, usually at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. In Bikram, it’s a set series of 26 poses that focuses on back bends and hamstring opening. In hot, the sequence can vary.
They both incorporate breath work at the beginning and end of each class. This is a yang (high energy) practice.

Pros:
For beginners: Since Bikram is a set series, you can measure your progress from class to class, which is encouraging for beginners.The transitions from pose to pose are slow, so people can follow along easily.  
For Type B personalities: Since it’s very heating, it can be very energizing.
For those with wrist injuries: Most of the series is done standing so there is little to no weight on the wrists.
For those looking to cardio: Since it’s so warm, your heart rate increases.
It’s great in the winter because it warms your body for the whole day.

Cons:
People with low blood pressure have been known to faint from the heat.
Dehydration occurs often. Hydrate prior to and as soon as you leave. You can loose a lot of electrolytes when you sweat that much.
Since you’re looking in the mirror the whole practice, I find people are much more competitive and are less likely to listen to what their body needs. This is when injury can occur.
*If you suffer from hamstring injuries avoid this practice, a lot of the practice is geared towards hamstring lengthening.
I find that set series practices generates an attachment to the series and a rigidity that ‘this is the only way’. Be hip to this mindset, it can limit your spiritual practice.

Ashtanga
Like Bikram, this style is based off a set series. All classes start with sun salutations. It goes through a standing series, forward folds, back bends, twists and inversions. It’s a very yang (high energy) practice that can move quite quickly. Ashtanga incorporates the use of bandhas (locks/engagement of the pelvic floor and lower abdomen) and breath work (pranayama) throughout the whole practice.

Pros:
For Type B personalities: Since the practice is constantly moving, it is a very energizing class.
For those suffering from stress related disease: Ashtanga is a set series, repetition can be very meditative. If you know where you’re going, you don’t have to focus as much on the external shapes and some people feel it takes them deeper into a meditative state.
For those looking to build strength: Ashtanga focuses on engaging the pelvic floor and lower abdomen throughout the whole practice, cultivating a strong core. There are many half vinyasas (plank, chaturanga, up dog), this helps build biceps and triceps.  
For those looking for cardio: Since these practices are continually moving, the heart rate increases.
There’s a lot of movement at the beginning of the class but the last half is usually slower and contemplative so it give students a taste of two both kinds of meditative states (moving and stillness).

Cons:
The practice generally moves at a faster pace, so if you have a hard time learning new things I would recommend taking a Hatha class or beginner workshop prior.
If you are dealing with lower back pain and are new to the practice, I don’t recommend this style. Since it is more fast paced, you cannot move with as much integration.
This practice is very hamstring lengthening focused, if you are looking to for more quadriceps and outer hips openers, so this may not be a beneficial practice.
I find that set series practices generates an attachment to the series and a rigid mentality that ‘this is the only way’. Be hip to this mindset, it can limit your spiritual practice.

Vinyasa/Power
These two styles were born out of Ashtanga. They flow through poses as Ashtanga does but the sequence varies depending upon the lineage of teacher. Most classes create sequences based on a peak pose that is done at the end of the standing series. Power tends to be a more fiery style since it usually has you holding intense poses while vinyasa flows through poses more. These are both yang (high energy) practices.

Pros:
For those looking to build strength and cardio: As it’s predecessor Ashtanga, these two focus on using the bandhas throughout the practice building core strength. There are also many half vinyasas (plank, chaturanga, up dog), helping to build biceps and triceps.  Since these practices are continually moving, the heart rate increases.
For Type B personalities: Since the practice is constantly moving, it is a very energizing class.
For those with tight hips, lower back and hamstrings and no pain: The standing series focuses on opening and strengthening the quadriceps and hamstrings while weight bearing. The floor sequences usually have hip openers, twists and hamstring openers that are a bit more passive.
There’s a lot of movement at the beginning of the class but the last half is usually slower and contemplative so it give students a taste of two both kinds of meditative states (moving and stillness).

Cons:
The practice generally moves at a faster pace, so if you have a hard time learning new things I would recommend taking a Hatha class or beginner workshop prior.
If you are dealing with lower back pain and are new to the practice, I don’t recommend this style. Since it is more fast paced, you cannot move with as much integration

Yin/Restorative Yoga
This practices differs from most other styles in that it focuses on stimulating the connective tissue (ligaments, bones and joints) versus muscles. The poses are held for 5 minutes each and the point is to soften into each pose, which takes time. The whole practice is done on the floor, sometimes with the help of props. Yin differs from Restorative which uses props throughout the whole practice. The idea of restorative is to be supported in each pose so there is no ‘work’ being done. This has a very calming effect.

Pros:
For Type A personalities and those suffering from stress related disease: Generally it’s taught later in the day and it’s a great way to unwind from the day and prepare for sleep. The slow movements are great for those who are new to body mind practices as well as for those who are used to moving very quickly. It also creates a more meditative state for the mind since there isn’t too much physical activity.
For those suffering from lower back pain: Most people who suffer from lower back pain have tight hamstrings, hips and a weak core. Yin yoga focuses on opening the the pelvis and strengthening the core.
For those with shoulder and wrist injuries: Most of the poses are done on the ground so there’s generally very little pressure upper body.

Cons:
This is not a great practice for those who are very flexible, they need less stretching and more strengthening of their muscles. If you are flexible and take a Yin class, focus on drawing in and up versus down and out.
Since it’s slower paced, some people get ‘bored’.

A few things to keep in mind when you go to class:
1)Let your teacher know of any injuries you may be working with
2)Let your teacher know if you are pregnant and what trimester you’re in
3)Sit in the middle of the room. We don’t always face forward and if you’re sitting in the back you won’t be able to see the transition or how to do the the next pose. Sit in the middle so you have people on all sides of you.
4)Keep an open mind and be patient with yourself.
5)Rest whenever you need to. Never feel pressured to do anything that you think may hurt your body.
6)If a teacher physically adjusts you and it hurts, let the teacher know. If you’re uncomfortable, write an email to the studio. Feedback is so important.

 

 

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Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

This is one of my favourite chants of ALL time

 

Om tryambakam yajamahe 

sugandhim pusti vardhanam

Urvarukamiva bandhanan

mrtyor mukshiya mamritat

Translation:

Om. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.

 

Here’s a word by word translation of the Mahamrityunjay Mantra:

tri-ambaka-m “the three-eyed-one”
yaja-mahe “we praise”
sugandhi-m “the fragrant”
pusti-vardhana-m “the prosperity-increaser”
urvaruka-m “disease, attachment, obstacles in life, and resulting depression”
iva “-like”
bandhanat “from attachment Stem (of the gourd); but more generally, unhealthy attachment”
mrtyor “from death”
mukshiya “may you liberate”
ma “not”
amritat realization of immortality

There are very few mantras that stand on par with Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (also known as Mahamrityunjay Mantra, Rudra Mantra, Tryambakam Mantra or Maha Sanjivini Mantra). This mantra is said to have the power to remove all sufferings, ward off all evils, remove diseases and bestow the aspirant with health and energy. And it is said that when this mantra is it chanted with great devotion and serious contemplation it is said that the knowledge of this birth and death cycle is revealed to the aspirant. And thus it helps in overcoming the fear of death.

The literal translation of this name means Great Death-conquering Mantra. This mantra is from the Vedas. It is written in the Yajur Veda (3-60). This mantra worships a three-eyed deity commonly identified with Lord Shiva. It is also called Tryambakam Mantra or Mrita-Sanjivini mantra or Rudra Mantra. The reason for it being named Tryambakam Mantra is self explanatory because it worships a three-eyed deity. Similary, since the mantra observes Shiva in His fiery aspect of Rudra, it is also called Rudra Mantra.

The name Mrita-Sanjivini mantra has a story behind it. It is said that Sage Sukracharya accepted a challenge of Lord Indra and took up a rigorous penance of hanging upside down from a tree with his face being fanned with fumes of a fire direcly beneath his hanging body. And after Sukracharya did this for Vimsottari dasa period (twenty years), Lord Shiva appeared before him and give him this Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra to restore his physical condition. Hence the name Maha Sanjivini Mantra.

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can be chanted by anybody. It is important one understands the meaning of this mantra word for word before chanting it. That’s because by knowing the meaning, the aspirant can easily contemplate on the aspect of birth and death cycle.

Source: 9Dozen’s Blog

 

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Yoga Playlist Friday

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Some of you might think that yoga is for physical flexibility. Yoga can actually help broaden the spiritual horizons for you. It is one of those methods for learning about yourself that has been tested over the centuries. If you want to relax, just take out your yoga mat, play some relaxing music in the background and you will be transported to a much calmer world. Yoga has been used as a relaxing tool, throughout time. It has different names and principles in different cultures but the basis was the same.

Relax with Yoga

When you come home from work on a Friday, you are ready for a weekend ahead. Has the work from the whole week tired you out? Well, you can always relax with yoga after a long and hectic week. When you are well-rested, you will be able to get the best out of any weekend. There are different poses for relaxing. For example, the Leg Against the Wall pose is great for relaxing for your body. When you raise your body slightly, the circulation gets much better. The lymphatic fluid and other essential fluids in the body can be easily transported from the lower part of the body to the abdomen. If you have menstrual cramps, this pose will soothe them too. Moreover, it helps in alleviating lower back pain and headaches. Once you come back from the pose, you will feel an instant burst of energy.

If you want to sit in place, you can do the Child’s pose for 30 seconds. It helps in relaxing your body, from your arms to legs. While you are stretching your ankles, thighs, hips and shoulders, you are relieving any pain in your torso or head. It also helps in reducing the aches that are due to tiredness or stress. With the Forward Bend, you will be doing basically the same thing but while standing up. It assists in improving digestion, reducing stress or anxiety and relieving menstrual cramps. You can also do the Corpse Pose. It is pretty simple but you will feel your the body getting relaxed when you are in that pose.

Music for Relaxing Yoga Poses

When you are doing these poses on a Friday evening, you will need to pour yourself a glass of wine and play some music in the background. I have made this relaxing playlist for you that you can start playing on your way home from work. When you get home, pull out the yoga mat and give your body the rest that it deserves.

1. Good Disease feat. Stephen Jones-Ailm
2. Final Home-DJ Krush
3. The Boogie Man Song-Mos Def
4. Got to Give It Up (Part 2)-Marvin Gaye
5. Free Ton Style-Dimitri From Paris
6. Taxi (BPM Remix)-BPM
7. What Do People Do All Day-Aim
8. New Dawn-Beat Pharmacy
9. Groove is in the Heart-Dee-Lite
10. I Want Your Love-Chromatics
11. Keep On Searching-Kraak & Smaak
12. Single (Photek Remix)-Everything But the Girl
13. Indu-Massod Ali Kahn