You know you are hooked on yoga when you’re driving down the highway sitting well with straight spine, turning off the Sirius XM Grateful Dead satellite radio, and singing the guru mantra in Sanskrit:
guru Brahma guru Vishnu guru devo Maheshwara
guru sakshat param Brahma tasmai shri gurave namah
Here’s the translation I learned:
From Guru Stotram, “Our creation is that guru. The duration of our lives is that guru. Our trials, illnesses, and calamities is that guru. There is a guru that is nearby, and a guru that is beyond the beyond. I humbly make my offering to the guru, the beautiful remover of ignorance, the enlightenment principle that is within me, and surrounds me at all times.
Peace be with you.
Here’s to all the teachers including yours and mine. They come in many forms.
“When the student is ready, a teacher will appear.”
I can’t say whether Buddha made that statement or even spoke English yet found blog post on origin:
I can say that within this past year, my studies in yoga produced the most transformation within me than any other thing in life to date. Why? Because I found the right teachers including the one within each of us. Love and compassion for all. God bless all creation.
om bolo shri sat guru bhagavan ki jai
ॐ बोलो श्री सत गुरु भगवान की जै
To my teacher within, the only teacher of truth… Victory!
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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
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:
- Thread the needle
- Pigeon prep – kapotasana
- Bridge pose – setu handha sarvangasana
- Reclined spinal twist – supta parivartanasana
- Shoulder stand
- Final relaxation – savasana
- 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.
play list – sat yam dharma talk
The play list has three main sections:
- soft introduction to initiate dharma talk, set intention, stretch out, and evoke emotion
- flow songs for the top of the bell curve in the vinyasa flow sequencing diagram
- 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.
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.
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After starting my yoga practice, I became intrigued with the chakras and the meaning of the symbols. For example, the 7th chakra uses the Om symbol as shown below (all credits for images go to respective sources).
Another image of the 7th chakra contains additional symbols that from my very limited research represent petals of the lotus flower and consonants in Sanskrit language.
There is a variation in the symbol regarding Element 4 in the following diagram that further explains the meaning of the symbols. The first image contains a diamond shape. The second image contains a circular shape.
Now, focus for a moment on the 4th chakra. Below are 3 images each of which contains a variation.
That third image of the 4th chakra looks the best to me. If I were to modify that image by replacing the circle with a diamond, would the meaning change? I found the following chart this morning on Sanskrit consonance.
The innermost symbol matches “ya” consonant and would then have a diamond instead of a circle on the image I create. What would be your interpretation of that resultant image?
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