Intentions & Insights
This link below is a wonderful piece which includes Tina Turner. It may be your first introduction to Mantra or similarly Kirtan and chanting......or you maybe well versed in them:
If you wish to be inspired further, I would recommend having a look at Nikki Slades site, her sound work is wonderful and there are CD's to purchase too should you wish:
Or indeed our very own fellow student Amanda Kent who runs her own sound healing and workshops too at Karma Studios. Experience for yourself by staying on after class one Saturday to join Amanda for a restorative hours Gong Meditation.
Following our most recent Yoga Day at Bore Place, many of you have requested some of the recipes for the delicious food, here's just one of them to get you started:
Beetroot & Bramley Soup with Horseradish
500g Raw Beetroot (I actually used cooked Beetroot from Holwood Farm near Downe)
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
2 medium onions, roughly chopped
2 Bramley apples, peeled, quartered & cored
1 1/2 ltrs light vegetable stock
2 star anise
1 tbsp. low fat natural yoghurt
1tsp horseradish sauce.
Preheat oven to 200C. Place beetroot in 1cm water in a baking tray. Cook for 1hr, or until tender. Take them out, cool under cold water and peel.
Heat oil in a thick based pan. Add onions, sweat over a medium heat with lid on until soft but not coloured. Add apple quarters, roughly chopped beetroot.
Pour over the stock, stir in star anise and season. Simmer for 15mins. Remove star anise, blitz with a hand blender until pureed.
Serve with snipped chives, swirl of yoghurt and horseradish.
'Anger is a Band-Aid for fear....catch yourself before acting out and instead report on your process.' Ask yourself or whomever you are relating to that is upset or angry, 'What are you afraid of right now?' Know that beneath the anger, frustration, upset, is fear.......so breath, be present, acknowledge what you are afraid of and move through it in a healthy, healing way.'
Part of an article I find helpful to understand the physical location of our anger and how best to channel it through our bodies.............
Yoga For Releasing Anger
The mindfulness practice of yoga can help us discern what we are feeling: Is this anger empowering or disempowering? It can also physically move excess energy, especially when we stimulate Manipura Chakra, an energy center located in the solar plexus. It’s right where you feel anger, fear, and anxiety. The following practices can help direct you away from confusion and toward clarity and compassionate action. As always, check with your doctor if you are pregnant or have other concerns.
1. Vigorous movement: get thee to Power yoga. Heat, sweating, and deep breathing give the fire what it wants. Trying to “just breathe” and sit still may only harden it into bitter coal.
2. Abdominal work: All core work stimulates Manipura chakra. My favorite is scissor kicks:
Lay on your back with your hands behind your head, and your legs raised straight up to the ceiling.
Inhale while raising your shoulders up, exhale while raising your tailbone up, avoiding swinging your legs towards your face, and stay.
Exhale and extend your right leg straight out in front of you, bringing your right elbow towards your straight left leg. Inhale while returning back to center and repeat on the left.
Keep moving with your breath, or begin to switch your legs as fast as you can, twisting at the belly. Keep your legs straight and the breath strong and even. Try to switch 20 or 30 times. When you come back down and release your legs to the floor, you will feel a glowing fire right in your solar plexus.
3. The Woodchopper: Stand with your feet shoulders distance apart, knees slightly bent. Interlace your fingers and bring them up over your head as if you were holding an axe. Imagine what you’d like to chop. Give it something tangible that your blade could destroy. Bring your hands down hard and yell HA! as loud as you can—this is the mantra of Manipura chakra. Do it as many times as you want, as loud as you can. When you feel complete, stand softly with your eyes closed.
After any of these practices be open to what comes next. Journaling can help clarify what you feel. If you start to cry, try not to hold anything back: the intention is to unstick the energy. You may feel clean and clear or you may discover there is something you need to do. Trust your instincts. You have all the courage you need.
April 2013 by J. C. Peters
"I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don't just want to possess it, it will find you."
An article I found to be very clear and insightful into our backbend challenges.........
The Surprising Way to Deepen Your Backbends
For a very long time I thought my backbends were tight because my back was tight. I don’t mean to humblebrag, but, uh, logic is one of my strong suits. Unfortunately, my logic was causing me to see only half of the picture: My hips were impeding me just as much as my computer slouch.
I had to change my perception of backbends: They not only require bending your spine, they require openness along the whole front side of your body. In other words, it might not be your spine and back muscles that are hanging you up in your backbends, it might be tightness along the front of your thighs, hips, and abdomen.
Most of us are tight there as a result of sitting for long periods of time. This tightness makes it difficult to tilt the pelvis backward (posteriorly) — think hip bones lifting, tailbone dropping. This backward tilt of the pelvis is necessary if you want to create an even backbend. If you can’t get your pelvis into position, you’re more likely to compensate by overarching your lower back.
August 31, 2015 by Andrea Ferretti