More ON Ashtanga Yoga & Mysore Style

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Mysore is open to all levels, from absolute beginners to more experienced students. The practice is not led and all instruction can be given on an individual basis. As you gain strength, stamina, flexibility and focus, poses will be added on to your sequence, its recommended to begin by fallowing the half primary series and from there move on to the the full primary series. Enjoy the journey, don’t force anything, focus primarily on your breathing, let your mind body and soul connect in order to surrender and feel the joy in recharging energy from every pose and the full practice.

More benefits of a Mysore Practice:

  • You can doit on your house or show up and join in when it suits you. As long as you  finish your practice, you can come to Mysore class at any point.
  • You can develop your meditation practice by following your own breath: Ashtanga is intended to be a moving meditation. Led classes are a fantastic way to learn about the breath and the vinyasa, but Mysore-style is where you follow your own breath and deepen your focus and meditation skills.
  • Mysore style is for everyone. Its great to see families and couples who wish to practice together, but had different levels of experience. With everyone in the room doing their own practice, the Mysore practice is a great way to work at your full capacity.

Post by: Francisco Neri Bonilla

The “eight limbs of yoga”

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Ashtanga Yoga means “eight limbs of yoga.” These limbs are defined in the the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and comprise the foundation of the Ashtanga Yoga philosophy.

Asana is the 3rd limb of the 8 limbs, however today, when many people say “Ashtanga” they are often simply referring to Asana, which is the physical sequence of postures as taught by Sri. K Pattabhi Jois.

The following are the 8 practices or limbs:

1. yama  / or moral restraints / how we relate to others
2. niyama / observances / how we relate to ourselves
3. āsana / posture / how we relate to our body
4. prāṇāyāma / breath extension / how we relate to our breath or spirit

5. pratyāhāra /sensory withdrawal / how we relate to our sense organs
6. dhāraṇā /concentration / how we relate to our mind
7. dhyāna /meditation / moving beyond the mind
8. samādhi /meditative absorption / deep realization and inner union

What are the Yamas?

The Yamas or the first limb, consists of five parts:

  1. ahimsā / non-harming
  2. satya / truthfulness
  3. asteya / non-stealing
  4.  bramacharya / focus of energy towards the divine
  5. aparigraha / greedlessness

What are Niyamas?

The Niyamas also contain 5 aspects:

  1. śauca / purity
  2. santoṣa / contentment
  3. tapas / purifying practices
  4. svādhyāya  / self study and the study of sacred texts
  5. Īśvara praṇidhāna / surrender to the divine

What are Asanas?

The Āsanas we practice and teach have been given to us by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois called Guruji.  He believed it was necessary to enter into the eight limbs of yoga through the physical postures, the third limb.

External and Internal Yoga

The first four limbs are referred to as “external yoga,”and the last four limbs are called “internal yoga.” The fifth limb, pratyāhāra, acts as a bridge between the external and internal limbs.

As students of yoga we are able to actively practice the external limbs, while the internal limbs are the fruits of a sincere and continuous practice.

The final limbs of our practice are manifested through Divine Grace and arise spontaneously. They are not mental states that can be brought about by our own individual efforts. They are the result of fully understanding what it means to completely surrender to something greater then oneself.

The eight limbs of yoga are interconnected, and not separate steps along the path. Whether one starts by practicing the physical postures, breath awareness, or mindfulness in the daily practice of the yamas and niyamas, each limb encourages growth in the other.

As the body becomes steady and at ease, the breath starts to come under control, and the mind begins to experience moments of clarity, and essential peace.

Post by: Francisco Neri Bonilla

 

Juego de Tronos

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¿De qué casa eres?

¿Quiénes son los héroes y quienes los villanos de Poniente? Cada personaje, y cada fan, tiene su propia respuesta. Ésta ha sido la idea en la que se ha basado la cadena estadounidense para crear la campaña.

Los usuarios deberán mencionar a @GameOfThrones, la cuenta oficial de la serie, utilizando el hashtag de su casa favorita: #HouseLannister, #HouseStark o #HouseTargaryen. Automáticamente desde el perfil de la serie te devolverán una respuesta con un vídeo que muestra un desafío directo a su bandera.

En el vídeo de la Casa Stark un rayo ilumina las tierras del norte mientras Ramsay Bolton dice: “Invernalia es mía. Venid y lo veréis”. El Gorrión Supremo afirma en el vídeo de la Casa Lannister: “Todos nosotros somos pobres y débiles, pero juntos podemos derrocar a un imperio”.

Los seguidores de la Casa Targaryen verán como un guerrero desconocido dothraki que le dice a Daenerys: “Tú no eres nada, hay un millón con tu nombre. Reina de nada”. 

Esto es solo un adelanto, tendremos que esperar al 24 de abril para ver que retos amenazan a las tres familias en el estreno de la nueva temporada de “Juego de Tronos”.