Pose of the day: Wheel Pose (Chakrasana) Wheel pose is an intermediate/advanced backbend with numerous benefits. Remember you are as young as flexible is your spine: 1. strengthens and lengthens the vertebrae, increasing the flexibility of the spine. As we age, our spines compress. However, many yoga poses, particularly wheel, create the necessary space in the spine to keep young and healthy, and standing tall. 2. strengthens your arms, wrists, abdomen, legs, shoulders and chest. 3. opens up the chest and strengthens the lungs. Respiration will improve. 4. enhances the nervous system and improves hormone secretions that keep your body in optimal health. 5. removes fat buildup from your oblique area with slimming effect. 6. loosens tight hips, hence, increased hip flexibility. 7. energizes you physically and mentally. Yogis believe it counteracts stress, depression and anxiety. 8. reduces the onset of osteoporosis. 9. Fires up all seven of the chakras, keeping all the processes of the body in harmony with each other. 10. it is a heart opening backbend that cures any broken hearts from our past, while allowing ourselves new opportunity for love. It is recommended to hold wheel pose for one to three minutes, gradually increasing the time with practice
Self-love: love is a natural phenomenon. There are 5 simple things to do First love your body Then love your mind Then love your soul Then love your totality And then love your reality When you start loving your reality, the whole world will love you Yogi Ji, 1992
Pose of the day: Spinal Twist This pose is part of the warm up series and is featured in many of the Kundalini Yoga Kriyas. How to do it: Sit in easy pose Place the hands on the shoulders, fingers in front and thumbs in back. Inhale, twist to the left. Exhale, twist to the right. Twist your head to each side as well. Gradually feel an increased rotation in your spine. Keep elbows parallel to the ground, allowing the arms to swing freely with the body. This exercise can be done standing up, or sitting on your knees Continue 1-2 minutes or 26 times. To end: Inhale center, hold the breath, apply rootlock, exhale, relax and feel the energy circulate, especially at the level of the heart. Benefits: This exercise opens up the heart center and stimulates the upper spine. It releases tension across the full length of the spine with the rotation from the base of the spine all the way up to the crown chakra. It stimulates blood flow into the head by releasing blockages in the neck area, removes pain from the shoulder blades, elongates the spine and works on the pelvis to remove tension from sitting all day. If done vigorous enough it will bring your energy level up and will realign your spine.
I often find that in busy metropolitan cities such as London, people tend to isolate themselves. They live in solitude surrounded by multitude. Yogi Bhajan said the one thing not to do when you feel stressed and sad is to isolate. Do just the opposite. Connecting at those times will restore perspective and heal you. He challenged us to look at how we isolate and insulate ourselves from others. He emphasised that this common ego process blocks us from our potential and happiness. Instead, learn to be human, present, and in relationship to everyone. That is the beauty of a human.
Pose of the day- Sufi Grind This is an essential asana in Kundalini yoga, a pose we use to warm up the spine before class. It is also known as spinal rotation. Benefits of the pose: This pose will relax and adjust the lower spine and ribcage, will massage the internal organs, the stomach, the liver and the whole digestive system. It works miracles for the lower spine, especially if you are sitting all day as well as working on the lateral side of the body. Internal it massages the internal organs, allowing them to restore and detox flushing out toxins from the bloodstream. If done for 5-10 min every day it helps with digestion and constipation. It will put you in a state of tranquility and at the same time stimulate your immune system and vitality of the digestive system. How to do it: 1. Sit in easy pose, legs crossed in front 2. Place your hands on your knees 3. Start making circles from the waste, grinding the ribcage 4. After some time reverse and start the other way 5 When you complete inhale in the middle and squeeze the Root lock to channel the energy up 6. Exhale and let go
Pose of the day: Lotus Pose We begin our series of exploring the benefits of the many different poses and mudras with the most basic yoga pose- lotus pose Benefits of the pose : Improves digestion Reduces muscular tension and brings blood pressure under control Relaxes the mind Helps pregnant ladies during childbirth Reduces menstrual discomfort Padmasana or Lotus pose is a cross-legged yoga posture which helps deepen meditation by calming the mind and alleviating various physical ailments. A regular practice of this posture aids in overall blossoming of the practitioner, just like a lotus; and hence the name Padmasana. How to do it: Sit on the floor or on a mat with legs stretched out in front of you while keeping the spine erect. Bend the right knee and place it on the left thigh. Make sure that the sole of the feet point upward and the heel is close to the abdomen. Now, repeat the same step with the other leg. With both the legs crossed and feet placed on opposite thighs, place your hands on the knees in mudra position. Keep the head straight and spine erect. Hold and continue with gentle long breaths in and out. If you are beginner start with easy pose legs crossed in front of you or half lotus, and work your way to full lotus.
Hot yoga in Beverly Hills- this was not hot yoga, this was let's see at what point we can cook you for dinner. Insane really. Tried the bikram and the yin yoga, and after full 3 hours and 3 kilos less I am ready to sleep. It's good body work out but I am still for kundalini. Off to Santa Monica beach yoga and Golden Bridge Santa Monica tomorrow . More to come. Sat nam
Yoga flow SF- what a workout... And I thought my classes were tough.. :)) well done California
Masterclass on flying- lesson 9 After a long flight the best way to fight jet lag is to do inversions. Shoulder stand or legs resting against the wall are a great way to restore vitality in the body and balance the whole system. Stay here for good 5-10 min.
Masterclass on Flying - lesson 8 On my way to San Francisco. What should you do on a 10h flight? The answer is simple- sleep. There is nothing more restorative to the nervous system and nourishing for the body and mind than a good peaceful sleep. And when you fly, you empty the mind, leaving all your preoccupations and troubles on the ground. Visualise how you become lighter and brighter as you take off and reach higher in the sky. Close your eyes , relax your face. If you have one, place an eye mask and earplugs to isolate the noise. Alternatively play some relaxing meditative music. Try not to work, as your body is already in stress due to flying. This is what I used to do, writing my notes, reading depressing newspapers and preparing for meetings. Adding more anxiety will not help. Learn to appreciate your health and peace, your body will pay you back 10 fold and you will find yourself more focused and sharp minded than any amount of preparatory work on the plane would have achieved. Be radiant, be healthy and be compassionate with yourself. Sweet dreams from me. Sat nam. Mariya xx
Being peaceful is so much easier on Friday!!
Keep the attention that you keep free from tension - remaining light and easy, bright and breezy. Don’t be tense, it’s not a good look!
With my inner power I am independent - free from the approval of others for my self esteem and happiness. From Dadi Janki’s book, Stepping into Happiness.
Masterclass in flying- lesson 7 On my way to Zurich so had another thought. Always bring a shawl or scarf on an airplane. The aircon can be very strong sometimes and can cause inflammation in the neck and shoulders area, soar throat or headaches. Protecting and keeping that area warm will save you lots of trouble, especially if you are on the plane as often as I am. Mariya
Masterclass on flying- lesson 6 So as we embark on yet another flight to Frankfurt, here is another thought. Do not underestimate even few minutes of stretching. Especially if like me, you are flying early. The body needs to adjust for you to travel comfortably. Simple neck rolls, spinal twists, and flexes, shoulder shrugs will do a great deal for you to sit and relax and enjoy your flight. Bon voyage from me. Sat nam, Mariya
JUPITER IN LEO - you feel lucky yet? rejoice in your amazing luck! Right now Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, is hot in fiery, loving Leo. And this golden combination of Jupiter's cosmic luck infused with Leo's high-spirited energy won't be back again until 2026! The unrestrained exuberance of this event can open your heart to incredible new opportunities for happiness, love and success. Jupiter has the potential to reward you in many positive ways now ...if you need a bit of help to attune yourself do the opportunity and green energy set to direct your energy for prosperity to manifest in your life. M
'Keep up and you will be kept up'- Yogi Bhajan Our yoga class in Mayfair. What a lovely, blissful energy. Sat nam