Cary, NC – New Open Level Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class

First class free, $10 suggested donation thereafter.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, 5:45 PM – 7:15 PM

Open level (inversions, back bends, balancing) with alternative poses offered for any given advanced pose to keep our bodies safe.

Smiling Circle Yoga
312 W. Chatham St. # 203
Cary, NC 27511

http://www.smilingcircleyoga.com/

We will accept Smiling Circle Yoga class passes.

Here’s our new Meetup to reserve your spot:

vinyasa flow yoga

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015, 5:45 PM

Smiling Circle Yoga
312 W. Chatham St. #203 Cary, NC

2 yogis and yoginis Attending

first class free, $10 suggested donation thereafter.Jim Ray, RYT 200 Jim started Yogaray.org in 2014 and a free yoga practice for seniors in his home. He completed RYT 200 yoga teacher training at Republic of Yoga with Nicole Nichols in 2015. Jim practices yoga daily and enjoys vinyasa flow that synchronizes the breath with the movement. “My goal …

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Regards,

Jim

Jim Ray

Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks – Managed Services Behind the Scenes, After-Hours, and Out of Your Way since 1997
web: www.neuse.net phone: 919-838-1672 x100 email: jim@neuse.net
For service, email ticket@neuse.net and call 919-838-1672 option 1.
Jim Ray, RYT 200
Jim started Yogaray.org in 2014 and a free yoga practice for seniors in his home. He completed RYT 200 yoga teacher training at Republic of Yoga with Nicole Nichols in 2015. Jim practices yoga daily and enjoys vinyasa flow that synchronizes the breath with the movement. “My goal is to bring yoga to others to help them the way my teachers have helped me.” Jim On his day job, Jim formed Neuse Networks in 1997 that specializes in managed services (MSP) to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State 1985. He has been in IEEE since 1980 (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern North Carolina Section 2010, past Chair for NC State Student Branch 1981). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior

Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior Class by Jim Ray starts at 10 AM this morning 11/2/2015 at Championship Martial Arts in Morrisville, NC. Please join us.

Championship Martial Arts

Park West Village
1408 Village Market Place
Morrisville, NC 27560

Phone: 919.463.9833

morrisvillecma@gmail.com

Regards,

Jim

Jim Ray

Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks – Managed Services Behind the Scenes, After-Hours, and Out of Your Way since 1997
web: www.neuse.net phone: 919-838-1672 x100 email: jim@neuse.net
For service, email ticket@neuse.net and call 919-838-1672 option 1.
Jim practices yoga daily and formed Neuse Networks in 1997 that specializes in managed services (MSP) to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State 1985. He has been in IEEE since 1980 (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern North Carolina Section 2010, past Chair for NC State Student Branch 1981). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

Sex, Nudity, and Yoga – What is Your Intent?

Jim Ray

Don’t worry. This blog article is safe for work. I purposely use rhetoric to gain readership and to get attention. Then, I have the punch line. If you take my rhetoric out of context, if you don’t wait for the punch line, if you misunderstand my intent, then we might not make great company together. Your approval is not necessary.

Oh, and on the nude selfie featured image, that’s me. I’m 54 and proud of my physique especially after skiing accident in 2010 prevented me from using my left leg to walk without equipment for 2 years due to broken leg and two knee surgeries. Yoga has been good to me and allowed me to lose 23 pounds plus move in ways I never dreamed when in the wheelchair. I have had to listen to my smart wad friend tell me I have a side boob (see next picture) when I had put on the weight and had shot selfie in lounge chair at swimming pool a couple of years ago. So, if you are offended by the photo, then get over it. Really. Just get over it.

sexy speedo and side boob

For what it is worth, here’s a photo from last ski season 2015 where we enforced the rules whereby others are not allowed to pass including ski patrol and, as usual, had altercation with ski patrol. It may be in my best interest to retire from the type of skiing I used to do that won me a silver NASTAR medal in competition with NC State and ECU three decades ago. My knees can’t take the bending over into crouched position to reduce wind resistance for extended periods of time.

tree pose - vrksasana

Sex, Nudity, and Yoga

Here’s the deal. When your yoga practice progresses into the advanced domain that I define not as some fancy pose but rather as what you are able to do with a given pose, you will be close together and touching other students and teachers. Your bodies will be exposed to varying degrees. You will be moving and breathing together. Combining it all with elements of music and dance have produced some of the most meaningful experiences I have had in life to date. The advanced assists take it to a whole new realm of intensity. When you are breathing together for several breathes, assisting another or getting an assist, moving deeper into the given pose on the exhale, and having your bodies touch very closely whether male or female, you must be professional and have clear intent.

I do not dance with everyone. Why? Because we might not know the same steps. Clear intent may be misunderstood in yoga with beginners. So, I do not dance the same way with beginners that I like to do with the advanced yoga practitioners. It is not a matter of prejudice. It is a matter of training. To me, hardly anything is more beautiful than working with others that have mastered the art of the assist. It does not happen on the first trip to the mat. It took me over a year to gain a deeper appreciation for the assist. For a beginner or anyone I do not know fairly well, I ask before I touch and then only do minimal assists such as a little shoulder pressure during savasana. For a more advanced yoga practitioner, I may also ask before I touch yet will move deeper into poses with firm touch as opposed to soft touch that might indicate a different intent. Nonetheless, our bodies will be close together. Close enough to hear the breathe. Close enough to see and to synchronize that breathe. Close enough where parts might accidentally bump. You have to be mature and advanced enough to laugh it off and move on or to not do it. There must be trust, clear intent, and professional delivery.

Personally, I like bringing home techniques learned in yoga regarding breathing and movement with my spouse of 17 years where I am in monogamous marriage even though no marriage is always a smooth ride. It is a choice. Choose what it right for you. I keep my pants on at yoga.

So, here’s the punch line. Whether a teacher or student in yoga, have clear intent. Be professional with assists. Communicate very clearly. If something doesn’t feel right, say so. If the teacher does something wrong, the student needs to say so in private and nicely. If the student does something wrong, the teacher needs to say so in private and nicely.

That is all.

Namaste,

Jim

Jim Ray, President
Neuse NetworksManaged Services Behind the Scenes, After-Hours, and Out of Your Way since 1997
web: www.neuse.net phone: 919-838-1672 x100 email: jim@neuse.net

For service, email ticket@neuse.net and call 919-838-1672 option 1.

Jim practices yoga daily and formed Neuse Networks in 1997 that specializes in managed services (MSP) to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State 1985. He has been in IEEE since 1980 (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern North Carolina Section 2010, past Chair for NC State Student Branch 1981). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

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Playlist for Yoga 6/13/2015

In keeping with a philosophy of advanced planning, here is the play list I just finished for my yoga practice in 15 minutes.

Play list - yoga 2015-06-13

I also will add this dharma talk:

Take a moment to arrive on your mat. I had opportunity to arrive in my space on top of sacred ground at Mount Mitchell for six hours seated meditation on granite. At that time, I had a profound moment about my yoga practice I wanted to share. To arrive on your mat means many things to many people. Now, arrive on your mat with the following thoughts. There is no judgment. No one cares about the car you drive or if you have a car at all. The size of your house makes no difference now. The color of your skin does not make you better or worse than anyone else. It does not matter what name you call God. Just arrive.

Breathe in as you count to four. Breathe out on same count. Notice how you feel. Enjoy several more breaths on same count.
Add hold for four count top and bottom of breath.
Set an intention for practice.
Jim Ray

About:

Jim Ray is President at Neuse Networks and holds EE degree from NCSU, has been in IEEE for 34 years (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern NC Section, past Chair NCSU Student Branch), and lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

Contact Information:

Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks
web: www.neuse.net direct extension: 919-838-1672 x100 cell phone: 919-606-1772 skype: neusedotnet email: jim@neuse.net

Sat Yam Dharma Talk

In the Laws of Manu from 1500 BC translated into English by G. Buhler, consider Chapter IV, verse 138:

Let him say what is true, let him say what is pleasing, let him utter no disagreeable truth, and let him utter no agreeable falsehood; that is the eternal law.

In Sanskrit, it says:

Satyam bruyat – priyam bruyat- na bruyat satyam apriyam – priyam cha nanrutam bruyat – esha dharmah sanatanah.

In Hindi, it says:

सत्यम ब्रूयात प्रियं ब्रूयात न ब्रूयात सत्यम अप्रियम

प्रियंच नानृतम ब्रूयात  एषा धर्मः सनातनः

Happy Businessman in the Nature

What does it mean to me? One of my teachers had used the mantra “sat yam” in her classes. Sanskritdictionary.org defines satyam as truthfulness. She also said do everything with love. Therein lays the magic to embody truthfulness and to say what is pleasing by doing so with love. More specifically, consider love as the basis for the following three main points:

  • good thoughts for ourselves and for others
  • kind words for ourselves and for others
  • good intentions for ourselves and for others

Short seated meditation: inhale and silently say to yourself “sat,” exhale and say “yam.”

Asana sequence for initial practice prior to vinyasa flow:

  • Seated neck rolls
  • Forward fold with crawl to left and to right
  • Child’s pose – balasana
  • Cat/cow – bidalasana/bitilasana
  • Down dog – adho mukha svanasana

What is love? Is it a cold and broken hallelujah? Is it something we learn? Is it the trinity – the father, son, and holy ghost? The Bible says God is love in John 3:16. Jesus said love as I have loved. Hugh Hefner may have said the same thing. Love between partners certainly is another type of love. There is love between teacher and student, friends, family, pets. There is also loss, separation, sweet emotion, and dark emotion that drives one to check out.

Asana sequence for vinyasa flow:

  • Sun salutation – Surya namaskar A
  • Sun salutation – Surya namaskar B
  • Warrior I/II/III – virabhadrasana

Do you feel like checking out of the hotel? Take it in. Acknowledge it. Notice how you feel. Then, exhale, and purge thyself of all things that do not serve you. One may not change events destined to occur. One may change how you feel about those events.

Asana sequence for floor work:

  • Table
  • Thread the needle
  • Pigeon prep – kapotasana
  • Bridge pose – setu handha sarvangasana
  • Reclined spinal twist – supta parivartanasana
  • Shoulder stand
  • Plow
  • Final relaxation – savasana

Closing:

  • Fetal position – with your eyes closed, slowly roll over to right side, and come back to your intention.
  • Comfortable seated position – keeping your eyes closed, slowly push up to comfortable seated position.

What are you going to take off the mat now for yourself and for others? How about a little bit of love? As you inhale, raise your arms up to the sky, reach up and find that love. On the exhale, lower your arms and twist to the left to send out that love to one side. On the inhale, reach up while coming back to center to find your love. On the exhale, lower your arms and twist to the right to send out that love to the other side.

  • Inhale your hands to heart center and bow your head. Be true. Be love. God bless all creation.

Hum Buzz Studios II

play list – sat yam dharma talk

The play list has three main sections:

  1. soft introduction to initiate dharma talk, set intention, stretch out, and evoke emotion
  2. flow songs for the top of the bell curve in the vinyasa flow sequencing diagram
  3. floor work songs for background music after flow while doing floor poses

It contains 21 songs and lasts about 90 minutes. Most of the selections come from the classic rock genre. Some of the selections are original compositions.

Playlist-SatYamDharmaTalk

About:
Jim Ray is President at Neuse Networks and holds EE degree from NCSU, has been in IEEE for 34 years (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern NC Section, past Chair NCSU Student Branch), and lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

Contact Information:
Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks
web: www.neuse.net direct extension: 919-838-1672 x100 cell phone: 919-606-1772 skype: neusedotnet email: jim@neuse.net

Jim Ray

Free Yoga for Seniors Meetup Now has 35 Members!!!

Eagle Arms

Our Meetup has grown to 35 folks. We practice yoga at my house on Saturdays at 4 PM when I am available. Our next gathering is June 6. Join us here:

Yoga Free Gentle Geriatric Community Sharing of Practice

Cary, NC
35 yogi and yogini

4 PM Saturday in Cary. Bring mat, props, poses, and beverages. Enjoy an hour of inspiration.You are welcome to join me this Saturday from 4 PM until 5 PM for free gentle ger…

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Free Gentle Geriatric Community Sharing of Yoga Practice

Saturday, Jun 6, 2015, 4:00 PM
1 Attending

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About:

Jim Ray is President at Neuse Networks and holds EE degree from NCSU, has been in IEEE for 34 years (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern NC Section, past Chair NCSU Student Branch), and lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

Contact Information:

Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks
web: www.neuse.net direct extension: 919-838-1672 x100 cell phone: 919-606-1772 skype: neusedotnet email: jim@neuse.net

Playlist for Free Yoga for Seniors Today

Bks Iyengar

In keeping with a philosophy of advanced planning, here is the play list for this afternoon’s free yoga that I just finished.

Playlist-yoga2015-05-02

If you wish to join us, we meet most Saturdays when possible from 4 to 5 PM at my house and usually have between 2 and 5 others. Sign up using Meetup at the following link:

Yoga Free Gentle Geriatric Community Sharing of Practice

Cary, NC
31 yogi and yogini

4 PM Saturday in Cary. Bring mat, props, poses, and beverages. Enjoy an hour of inspiration.You are welcome to join me this Saturday from 4 PM until 5 PM for free gentle ger…

Next Meetup

Free Gentle Geriatric Community Sharing of Yoga Practice

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 4:00 PM
5 Attending

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For those that wish to look at the notes that I use for our yoga, then you may download them here:

Yoga-SuryaNamaskar

That’s all for now. Time to go sweep the dirt under the carpet before guests arrive.

Namaste,

Jim

About:

Jim Ray is President at Neuse Networks and holds EE degree from NCSU, has been in IEEE for 34 years (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern NC Section, past Chair NCSU Student Branch), and lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

Contact Information:

Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks
web: www.neuse.net direct extension: 919-838-1672 x100 cell phone: 919-606-1772 skype: neusedotnet email: jim@neuse.net
Jim Ray

Playlist for Yoga 4/4/2015

chakra4-heart-tat-rev3

I am looking forward to practice tomorrow and prepared the playlist this morning with an eclectic mix inspired by one of my favorite teachers. Some songs on the playlist are deep and dark love stories guaranteed to open up your heart chakra. I slipped in a Joni Mitchell song with The Band backing her up and extend prayers for healing to her. Play time without the Chakra Journey piece by Anugama is right at an hour. My plan is to use Chakra Journey at beginning while people come into their practice and at the final shavasana.

Namaste,

Jim

Playlist yoga 2015-04-04

About:
Jim Ray is President at Neuse Networks and holds EE degree from NCSU, has been in IEEE for 34 years (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern NC Section, past Chair NCSU Student Branch), and lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.
Contact Information:
Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks
web: www.neuse.net direct extension: 919-838-1672 x100 cell phone: 919-606-1772 skype: neusedotnet email: jim@neuse.net
Eagle Arms

Playlist for Gentle Yoga 3/21/2015

In keeping with philosophy of advanced planning, here’s the playlist I made for today’s free gentle yoga at my house in 30 minutes.

Namaste,

Jim

Playlist yoga 2015-03-21

Jim Ray is President at Neuse Networks and holds EE degree from NCSU, has been in IEEE for 34 years (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern NC Section, past Chair NCSU Student Branch), and lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

Jim Ray

Yoga Beginner Sequence with Sun Salutation and Chair Modifications

Bks Iyengar

Yoga Beginner Sequence with Sun Salutation and Chair Modifications contains the notes from previous sequence and adds some chair yoga modifications as well as some addition notes that I incorporate into our practice for gentle yoga.

Yoga-BeginnerClass-SunSalutation-ChairModifications

Feel free to download my notes that I compiled from various sources for educational purposes only by clicking on the above link (PDF file format).

Namaste,

Jim

Jim Ray

Jim Ray is President at Neuse Networks and holds EE degree from NCSU, has been in IEEE for 34 years (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern NC Section, past Chair NCSU Student Branch), and lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.