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30 Yoga Nidras in 30 days

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We have finished the second week of classes at Cleveland State University and the yoga classes I am teaching this semester are in full swing. My experience this week has been “Watch for what you wish for” in that I gave up all health/wellness and other physical education classes at the university to concentrate on teaching only yoga and skating.  So this semester I am teaching 9 hours a week of yoga in 2 days;  4 hours of back to back classes on Monday and 5 hours of back to back classes on Wednesday. As I said, “Watch what you wish for.”

Group of Students During  Yoga Nidra

While it is pretty intense teaching so  many classes in a row,  I cannot help but feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for being given this opportunity. The classes are full, the students are eager to learn, and I am fortunate to be an ambassador of yoga to so many.  Knowing that this is a very big responsibility; representing the Satyananda lineage, my obligation to the university, etc. I understand that to successfully meet my obligations, I need to keep up with my own practice.  If that suffers, my delivery will suffer, and so will my students.

Hence the “30 Yoga Nidras in 30 days” challenge that I am self imposing.

There are different guided mediations that are called “yoga nidra” out there, but the one that I will be doing is specific to the Satyanada tradition.

Satyananda Yoga Nidra™ is a guided meditation practice devised by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati. It is a systematic practice that guides the practitioner into a state of complete physical and mental rest.  It is often called “physic sleep” because the body rests fully, the mind rests, but the practitioner stays conscious throughout, unlike normal sleep where we are unconscious.

Among numerous benefits, it is believed that 20 minutes of this practice is worth about 2 hours of sleep! For those of you who are like the 100 college students, faculty, and staff that take my classes, you are most likely sleep deprived.  If  this is true for you,  then this practices is a “must do” and it is why I include it in my lesson plans a minimum of once per week for each class.

When it comes to being a yoga teacher it is important to practice what you preach.  So I have decided that yoga nidra will be my constant.  I have practiced yoga nidra regularly for over 14 years, but have never practiced daily, and certainly not 30 days in a  row.

You can join in with this challenge by going to the following link Yoga Nidra Downloads and scroll down the page and you will find a few Yoga Nidra recordings as well as other breathing and meditation exercises.  You can also find additional recordings through the Atma Center.

In our hectic fast paced lives we truly need to carve out time daily to relax our body and mind.  It is a “must do” for me, it will be a “must do” for my classes (at least once per week!)  and should be a “must do” for you!

Experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga nidra by starting today!

Let me know how it is going by checking in on the Mobile Yoga Workout page on Facebook.

Hari Om Tat Sat

 
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Guru Poornima

Published on July 14, 2014 by in Religion, Yoga
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Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati & Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati

On July 12th at the Atma Center, where I study and teach yoga, we celebrated Guru Poornima. Guru (teacher) Poornima (full moon) is considered a very auspicious time for Hindus and yoga aspirants.  It falls in the months of June or July during the full moon and is a time for us to give thanks to our teachers (not just in yoga but in life) for their enlightened teachings by which the darkness of our ignorance is dispelled.

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Traditionally, a Puju (prayer ritual) and Havan (fire ritual) are performed.  Offerings such as lit candles, flowers, or fruit are placed in front and around the pictures for the puja and mantra chanting, kirtan (call and response chanting), etc.take place to assist in making the connection between teacher and student.   For our celebration, and to keep compliant with the city’s fire code, we conducted  a flower Havan instead of a fire Havan  where we offered our gratitude for the untiring work of the guru.

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My Teacher of 15 years and owner of the Atma Center, Swami Atmarupa Saraswati.

Guru Poornima serves as an opportunity to reset our course as yoga aspirants.   Offering thanks to all our teachers during Guru Poornima reminds us that we are not alone on this journey.  There are teachers all around.  We just need to be ready to receive.

So thank you to all my teachers, near and far, in yoga and in life.  May I be open to your teachings and guidance and allow it to strengthen my own inner light, “or guru within” so that I may have the chance to awaken that light in others.

Hari Om Tat Sat

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With my friend and fellow teacher Sue following the celebration.

All  Photos Courtesy of Judy Evans (Jyostna)

 

 

 

 
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More Yoga, More Skating

 

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Exploring Barcelona with friends earlier this month.

Practicing what I preach gets tough sometimes but if I am preaching it I’ve got to live it. I am always telling  people “more yoga, more skating” believing the two are the perfect combination for physical and mental health.  But to be authentic it can’t just be lip service.

In previous blogs I have written about how my yoga practice ebbs and flows.  While I often get discouraged by this I am comforted in knowing that it is always there for me.  It isn’t going anywhere and I can pick it up anytime and anywhere.   After 15 years of study and practice I have quite a few tools that I can pull out when needed and turn any moment into a yogic one.  So really there is no excuse not to practice daily.   Skating is the same for me as I have been skating for nearly 40 years on ice and inlines and in various disciplines.  The only draw back for skating outside is the weather and if it isn’t cooperating  then a 20 minute drive to the ice rink is the easy answer.   There’s no excuse.  So this week, the last of my 46th year, I have decided to get a jump on having a stellar 47th full of both yoga and skating and have begun to incorporate these two loves into my life daily.

For the yoga component, I have been getting pretty good at scheduling time for a daily practice. A little asana upon waking, followed by some pranayama, such as nadi shodhana to balance my often very unbalanced life ,and periodically throughout the day meditation in the form of mantra, yoga nidra, japa, etc. has been a regular source of spiritual nutrition for me.    It may be only 10-15 minutes at a time, or longer if time or patience permits,  or maybe I’ll even take a class.  I would like to do better, meaning spend more time with the physical, breath, and meditation practices, but I know something done regularly is better and more sustainable than a lots of something sporadically so I think that I am on the right track.  The bonus for me is that my older daughter Evan is also a yogini and practices regularly which is a great source of motivation.   While she usually does her own “yoga thing”  every once in a while she’ll invite me to join her for a  class or we will practice together at home-which serendipitously happened this week with a spontaneous session down by the beach!

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Finishing up our practice with side by side inversions.

As for the skating, I have been inspired by a good friend of mine Franc in Slovenia who sends regular updates of his DOS (days on skates)  According to his latest check in a week ago, he had 167 DOS–which, if you look at the calendar, is close to a perfect record as we near the half year mark. Pretty impressive for someone who took up skating as an adult and even more impressive now that he is in his 70′s!  If Franc can make the effort daily, so can I!

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Franc from behind on a sunset skate toward Piran, Slovenia. A much anticipated ritual of ours every time I visit!

This past week I decided to enlist my 8 year old daughter Jade on one of my skates, which made it all the better.  She is a figure skater and been on skates shortly after she could walk so she makes the perfect skating partner.  We navigated the streets of our city quite easily doing errands, eating ice cream and visiting friends, and while I am sure my heart rate didn’t get over 100, I know that I not only met but exceeded my daily goal because I was sharing my love for skating with my daughter.

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Summer is finally here and I am looking forward to spending as much time enjoying it as I can.  After the winter vortex we had here in Cleveland, spending time outside in the warmth and sunshine is a no brainer.  Also, living near Lake Erie makes the perfect backdrop.   Whether I am inside or outside, I have the perfect venue for a yoga practice with a sound track of lapping waves.  As for the skating. I can skate right out my door or hop onto the next ice session while my daughter is practicing.

More yoga and skating. No excuses.

 

 

 
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