Monday, November 4, 2019

Yoga (Holistic) Strength

Participation often occurs upon the strength of our convictions, the tenets (yamas) and precepts (niyamas). When Centering, stand (tadasana), notice the strength and energy of the feet, pelvic floors/perineum, core, hands and neck. Feel muscles, tendons and ligaments throughout the body drawing bones into a cohesive whole. Notice breath (vyana pranayama), withdraw (pratyahara) from distractions, focus (dharana) upon yama, niyama, asana, pranayama through pratyahara in an enduring focus known as meditation (dhyana) while perfecting practices (ashtanga) of awareness (samadhi)! defines strength as:
  1. The quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
  2. Mental power, force, or vigor.
  3. Moral power, firmness, or courage.
  4. Power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc.
  5. Number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body:
A regiment with a strength of 3000.
  1. Effective force, potency, or cogency, as of inducements or arguments:
The strength of his plea.
  1. Power of resisting force, strain, wear, etc.
  2. Vigor of action, language, feeling, etc.
  3. The effective or essential properties characteristic of a beverage, chemical, or the like:
The alcoholic strength of brandy far exceeds wine
  1. A particular proportion or concentration of these properties; intensity, as of light, color, sound, flavor, or odor:
Coffee of normal strength
  1. Something or someone that gives one strength or is a source of power or encouragements, sustenance:
The Bible was her strength and joy.
  1. Power to rise or remain firm in prices:
Stocks continued to show strength. The pound declined in strength.

The above definitions can be placed in holistic categories. The categories classifications or protections include, responsibilities values principles of a healthy physical body, powerful emotional energy, wealthy mature mind, wise intelligent intellect and happy blissful spirit. Most people have heard of body/mind or body/mind/spirit practices while approaching from a Yoga Therapists perspective Classical practices include principles of body, energy, mind, intellect and spirit!

Practicing during Strength Sessions the precept of discipline (tapas) applies. According to Deborah Adele, author of The Yamas & Niyamas, “It is our determined effort to become someone of character and strength.”  Holding positions (asanas) of strength is character building, forming us into svelte images; ‘our bodies are our temples’!

Prana, ‘energy in from the environment’ breaths help resist strain and wear. Relaxing (pratyahara) into strength is a surrendered determination which is comforting during long isometric holds. Focused attraction (dharana), often at the sight of muscular improvements may help in staying attentive (dhyana) during strength poses or thinking about the benefits of being strong, like helping with tasks. A Oneness or Holistic strength of being able is felt through to the bones with a density that lives on (see Yoga Lift); om namah shivaya!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Sanskrit, For the Love of Language


I’ve stated, “Sanskrit is the Latin of the East”. Both languages are ancient considered “dead” rather than extinct as extinct languages no longer have any speakers. Dead languages are often adopted, not usually native to the speaker. Languages adopted by a community, spoken by practitioners for the sake of stability and unity survive.

Dead languages are super special in that the words spoken are understood to resonate with love. Speakers of dead languages are caring for the language to remain alive. Dead languages remain when the words notate love, understanding, caring, kindness and compassion. Dead languages have special unique qualities understood by the speakers and listeners of the language embodied by a sense of having, feeling, doing, loving, speaking/listening, knowing and being. 

Sanskrit carries forth intentions (sankalpa) with intimate communities or relationships among speakers ultimately thriving upon the efficacy of words with inspiration optimally grounding and centering success. Hebrew is a language that has been revived due to the formation of a Nation State and Cornish has moved from the extinct list to critically endangered when 3500 claimed native speakers were recognized by UNESCO¹. The hope expressed in reviving languages is as optimistic of the kindness and compassion found by people caring for the welfare of endangered species of animals; when the option is extinction, speaking a dead language is known by speakers and listeners as an atmosphere of love.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Cultivate Good (Tapas)


❣️Hatha Yoga pronounced hah tah is a Physical Practice of uniting opposites; pose (asana) counterpose, standing and sitting, prone and supine asana and movements (vinyasa) of strength, balance and flexibility. Ashtanga or Eight Ways, of perfecting awareness, are Classical Practices including precepts (niyamas). Discipline (tapas) is a niyama of ashtanga

The language of Yoga is Sanskrit (to learn more read the "Sanskrit" Blog). A more literal translation of tapas is, “practice changing heat”¹. Many of us appreciate attending to our needs whether rest and relaxation (zen) or activation and movement (zest).Tapas is a way of regulating heat. 

Exercise, movement, work and play, dancing, prancing and sway are forms of tapas. Body Type (Dosha) responses to trainings are beneficial, for example Lift Sessions ground, center and improve bone density balancing vata's small build, Basic Sessions help balance pitta's medium build, and the extra flow and go of Power Sessions balance kapha. All Trainings have specific benefits helping improve more than a person's body type. People interested in the options available at Yoga Training (Touch) can find out more by visiting  

Translating tapas as a way of cultivating good with optimistic discipline is acceptable. For example completing a Hatha yoga routine can be considered good while knowing the way of optimism, with a smile helps. Letting go of the illusions of immaturity for the protections of a wealthy mature mind (mano-maya-kosha) may initially feel difficult, yet being able to wait, reevaluate and follow-through with spiritual growth has greater amounts of freedom; tapas to the rescue❣️

1.) "The Language of Yoga" by Nicolai Bachman

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Supported Piano Balance, Extending Torso Over One Leg Hand to Foot Pose (Utthita-hasta-padangusthasana)

Balance, Extending Torso Over One Leg Hand to Foot Pose (Utthita-hasta-padangusthasana), being supported by a piano is optional! Align (bandhas) of feet, pelvic floors, core, hands, and neck (leading with our hearts not our heads), energy rise (kundalini) from tailbone (muladhara chakra) to top of head (sahasrara chakra), energy rise (kundalini) from tailbone (muladhara chakra), to top of head (sahasrara chakra), hinge at hips, lengthen the spine. Breathe (pranayama), envision, imagine, and notice an holistic body, energy, mind, intellect, and spirit. Feel the integrated [skin (hair, nails)/bones (skeletal), cardiac/respiratory, muscular/reproductive (sexual), digestive/immune, nerve (neurological)/hormone (endocrine) effects!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Core Strength, Balance, and Flexibility

Having a strong foundation is integral to core strength!  Begin on hands and knees or hands and feet in Chaturanga Dandasana (All Fours).  If you feel your stomach and back sag come out of the pose(s), rest, and move back into the pose (asana)!

Splay fingers wide in "Starfish Hands" placing the weight of the body into the finger and thumb pads like, "Gecko Fingers"!  Lift forearms (Radius and Ulna bones) up away from the wrist bones (Carpals), roll elbows out, neutralize the shoulder girdle, and lift up and out of joints.  Prevent contraindications by feeling strength, balance, and flexibility (dynamic tension)!

Develop a relationship with your body!  Contract core muscles squeezing them strong; stabilize front (anterior) muscles of the chest (pectoralis) and the abdomen including rectus abdominis, the anterior sheath, and the transverse abdominis that wraps like a belt around the hips, engage side abdominal walls (obliques) and the muscles under the armpits (seratus) during side movements (vinyasa) while holding various back muscles strong.  Balance reaching arms and legs long improving flexibility.  Move quickly, as you are able, from face down (prone), side facing, and face up (supine) asana improving agility and proprioception, the body's awareness in space!

Prevent muscle spasms, especially of the back, by engaging opposing muscle groups, like the abs., and or take time to rest!  Work up to completing this sequence  every day at least five times per week.  Feel the effects noticing how an agile back enhances your lifestyle!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Swan Feather (Pancha Hamshasana)

Practice Swan Feather (Pancha Hamshasana) from Plank/Hover (Caturanga Dandasana) by floating into Hovering Butterfly! Support the body, hugging upper arms (Biceps and Triceps) towards the ribcage by contracting Serratus muscles, under the armpits, and Pectorals muscles of the chest, lift the body by stacking bones, aligning wrists below elbows using Gecko fingers or Starfish hands (Hasta Bandha) to protect the wrists; lifting out of joints by engaging muscles abates arthritis. Squeeze low back muscles (Latissimus Dorsi) and buttox muscles (Gluteaus Maximus, Minimus, and Medius), lengthening legs upward contracting the muscles (Hamstrings and Quadriceps) of the back and front of the legs. Try throat breaths (Ujjayi Pranayama) to engage the parasympathetic, relaxation (Pratyahara) response to hold (santosha) the pose, focus (Dharana) on closing the throat slightly, keep focusing (Dhyana) on the eight limbs of responsibility (ethics, morals), pose (strength, balance, flexibility), breath (counting), relaxation (parasympathetic response/prefrontal cortex engagement), focus (one pointed), meditation (continual focus), perfection (keep practicing/upward spiral)!

Practicing Reverse Plank/Hover (Purvottanasana) helps build strength for perfecting (Samadhi) Panca Hamsasana. Yoga Planks known as Hovers in the Fitness Industry are excellent core strengtheners!  Practicing Hovers prone (caturanga dandasana), supine (Purvottanasana), and to each side (Vasisthasana) create cohesive body strength, balance, and flexibility.  Actively recover in Down Dog Pose (Adhomukha Svanasana) or Child/Wisdom Pose (Balasana) before your next set.  Look for the Plank (Chaturanga Dandasana) video to come!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Waging Peace (Ahimsa) With Environmental Justice

Interested in environmental justice?!  One of the best ways of helping the environment is valuing vegetables.  Eating plant based protein is the number one way of reducing green house gases while still an excellent way of improving muscle, collagen, and human growth hormone (HGH) function!

Replace eating animals with beans and quinoa, one of the grains highest in protein.  Edamame is a full protein without having to add grain.  Mix your favorite tasting grains and beans until you love the taste of your highest protein choice, I like adding curry making  a delicious Dahl!

Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are essential nutrients!  Edamame, beans and quinoa (traditionally beans and rice) are excellent protein choices.  Nuts and seeds are mostly fats.  Vegetables, fruits, and grains are carbohydrates (if you are underweight include more grains). Satiety, feeling satisfied, occurs when eating proteins, fats, and carbs together at one time.  Eating with gusto, enjoyment, and pleasure, is my favorite way, while curbing flatulence by eating slower!

Remember value vegetables!  If you are battling any bulge you can eat as many greens (think salad without sauce) as your snacking heart desires.  Fresh is best!

Your body will thank you!  Liver function improves, fat dissipates (remember to exercise daily with a good dose of Kriya (See Sessions and Pricing at the side bar of Good Luck!