The force is strong with this one.
Padmini in Raj Tilak (1958)
look at the hand movements
Dance moves on point 😩😍👌
Martha Grace Star of Space: I am beautiful.
Sea Sage: I am strong and bountiful.
J Hope Falkenberg: I am blissful.
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Seen taking a moment to both spend time with Judy (my cat) and to also share what is happening in my little yogi life right now.
I am going through yoga teacher training! Finally. I ended up deciding on Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center’s nine month Evolution program. Truthfully, the universe decided it for me. The path more or less unfolded before my feet. In addition to being a student in this program, I am a Karma Yogi there at OYBC. The path of a Karma Yogi is one of selfless service, action without attachment. I currently am helping this center in any way I am able.
My eldest sibling is in the OYBC teacher training program with me; as well as three other friends I have held dear in my heart for a great while. Our first training weekend was so special for me. My sister and I held hands looking at each other with tears in our eyes. The time was here. We have been dreaming of and speaking of taking teacher training for a long time now. We are now doing it! It is such a magnificent success to just be there. A year ago this sister and I set a clear intention that we would be in a teacher training program together. Through the power of manifestation we arrived in the perfect place for us to thrive and grow as yogis. I am so blessed to have entered into such a rich program alongside already monumental individuals on my yoga journey. The other yoga students that I didn’t previously know are simply phenomenal beings as well. Great friendships and bonds will be built in this experience. I feel honored to be learning the ancient practices and philosophy of Yoga with these people and am especially honored to being learning underneath a master, my teacher Susi Amendola.
In that September 2014 weekend when it began, there was so much information and history given that I felt pretty overwhelmed and still a bit do a couple weeks later. There is so much to the practice of yoga apart from the asanas (the poses) that it is just mindboggling. I will go into a little of what I have learned thus far. There are in yoga what are called Yamas, which are so-to-speak guidelines for behavior. Practicing the yamas aid you in leading a more yogic lifestyle.
- Ahimsa: Non-harming, non-violence, loving kindness, compassion. Reverence and respect for all beings.
- Satya: Honesty, truthfulness, integrity. Not exaggerating or downplaying, being honorable in word and action.
- Asteya: Non-stealing, not taking credit, not robbing others of their own personal experience or freedom, not desiring others’ possessions or status. Cultivation of generosity and gratitude.
- Brahmacharya: Ethical conduct, unconditional love, integrity without selfishness or manipulation, restraining from sexual misconduct, not lusting. Moderation of the senses and energy.
- Aparigraha: Non-possessiveness, not clinging, not accumulating things, non-attachment. Cultivating abundance and voluntary simplicity.
Then there are Niyamas; these help us in how we relate to ourselves and how we direct our energy.
- Shaucha: Purity, cleanliness, orderliness, precision, and clarity.
- Santosha: Contentment, peace, acceptance of the way things are.
- Tapas: Heat, burning desire for union through self-discipline.
- Svadhyaya: Self-study, self-inquiry, mindfulness, study of scriptures, chanting and recitation of scriptures.
- Ishvara Pranidhana: Surrender to God of your own image, open-heartedness, willingness to serve a greater power.
In just about any book written on yoga there are mention of the five yamas and the five niyamas. I recommend making yourself aware of these if you are not already. What is yoga if not applying it to leading a good life and maintaining an enlightened state of being? Without any intention, yoga would just be putting the body into postures, nothing more. Yoga isn’t just the asanas, my friends. Apart from the yamas, niyamas, and asanas there are five other limbs of yoga totaling eight, which I will delve into more in the future.
For the rest of the month after a training weekend we allow ourselves time to absorb the information and complete assignments given —all the while, of course, keeping our personal daily practices: asana, relaxation, and meditation (Dhyana). For my homework, aside from focusing on my chosen yama (Asteya), I am currently working on my relaxation vocal tone and will be turning into my mentor a recording of my “teacher voice” to critique, I will be posting a copy of this recording on my YouTube channel for people to use freely as a guided relaxation.