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Purify. Cleanse. Manifest.

As we look forward into the New Year we often look for ways to reinvent ourselves. “This is the year that I get into shape” or “This is the year that I follow my dreams.”

To find this transformation in way that is truthful and authentic we must first look at the current situation. How are we currently treating our bodies? How are we currently communicating this transformation to others and to ourselves? What thoughts are consuming our minds and how do they serve this purpose?

Lets break this down into 3 simple areas to clean out and purify in order to manifest our dreams in 2018.

Purify the Body

The asanas, or physical yoga practice, purify the body through movements that increase the flow of circulation, oxygen and prana (life energy) to our muscles, organs and tissues. As we move and contort our bodies we are massaging the muscles and internal organs in a way that motivates any stagnant blood or energy resting in the body to move around and be excreted if unneeded. Haha. “Excreted if unneeded” I like that. Yoga practice aids in digestion. But what are we digesting? Take a look at your diet and see if you are supplying your body with clean nutrition. Finally the six kriyas in the panel to the left will aid in cleansing and purifying the body.

Purify the Speech 

Purity of speech comes from being truthful and through the use of words that are not injurious, hurtful or distressing to others or ourselves. Here we get a bit more tricky . . . having a clean physical body through breathing exercises, yoga practice and eating a yogic diet is a bit straight forward. Monitoring our speech internally as well as externally can get to be a bit more demanding.

Begin with a one-day commitment to just listen to your external speech. What are you saying out loud to others? Your family, friends, coworkers, people in the street or store . . . how are you speaking to them? What are you saying? Are you communicating in a positive light? Are you being truthful? Are you authentic?

Then the next day, focus on your internal communication. What are you telling yourself? What language are you using? For example “I am exercising today.” verses “I will exercise today.” The former use of language makes a statement that is happening (truth) rather than giving you the option in the future for the action to happen or not to happen as in the second statement.

This exercise will help to bring awareness to our internal and external  language which we can then begin to cleanse by using the language that is in alignment with our Truth.

Purify the Mind

Here is the icing on the cake. Cleansing our thoughts is truly the key to mastering purity and living a life of Truth. I offer you this poetic expression for purity of the mind.

“The mind may be likened to a garden, which can either be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild. Gardeners cultivate their plot, growing fruits, flowers, and vegetables in it. At the same time, they also ensure that it remains free from weeds. Similarly, we must cultivate our own mind with rich and noble thoughts, while weeding out the negative and debilitating thoughts. If we allow resentful, hateful, blaming, unforgiving, critical, and condemning thoughts to reside in our mind, they will have a debilitating effect on our personality. We can never get a fair amount of constructive action out of the mind until we have learned to control it and keep it from becoming stimulated by anger, hatred, dislike, etc. These are the weeds that choke out the manifestation of divine grace within our hearts.”

Remember: Thoughts Become Things – whatever we spend our time and energy thinking about manifests in our being and materializes in our reality. So lets take some time this month and first create an awareness of our body, speech and thoughts and then use that awareness to purify ourselves.

Purity will align us in a way that our dreams become effortless to catch.

 

Shatkriya

Once our immune system has identified and extracted a pathogen there are several ways to eliminate the toxin from our body, or detox. Shatkriya practices promote such elimination and lead to purification:

Neti – cleansing the sinus passages

Agni Sara – a breathing exercise to massage internal organs (see video)

Nauli – a more advanced version of intestinal massaging (see video)

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Basti – this is the use of an enema or colonic to clean the lower intestines

Kapalabhati – “breath of fire” this is a rapid breathing technique using a forceful exhalation.

Trataka – a meditation technique used to cleanse the eyes, it involves staring at a single point such as a candle flame.

In addition to shatkriya practices, yoga asanas promote breathing, digestion, and perspiration which all help the body get rid of toxins.

 

Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana

(Revolved Hand-to-Foot Pose) is a standing balance with a strong twist.  In this pose, the IT band receives a deep stretch, and the glutes and hamstrings are lengthened.  The core and standing leg are worked strongly to keep the body stable, while the twist improves mobility in the spine and massages the abdominal organs, contributing to healthy digestion. All twisting poses are going to aid in the elimination process so this month we will focus on several variations of twisting.

Vishuddha Chakra
The Throat Chakra is the fifth chakra and it is the first of the higher or spiritual chakras. Visuddha is located in the region of neck and shoulders.The gift of this chakra is accepting your originality, expressing our authentic voice and speaking our Truth. Artistic expression and contentment in career are other ways that we experience throat chakra harmony. The energy of this chakra allows you to seek knowledge that is true, beyond limitations of time and space, beyond cultural and family conditioning.

Tips for a Yoga Teacher Training

Tips for a Yoga Teacher Training

 

Let me start by saying congratulations! If you are reading this article, you are considering beginning a lifelong, ever changing journey. Let me also say, there is absolutely no reason to be scared or doubtful. It is natural to feel intimidated, but know that everyone who is starting a Yoga Teacher Training journey, is on the same page. Everyone is mixed with excitement and anxiety, amongst a bunch of other emotions. That’s all perfect and beautiful. If you have anxiety, don’t worry, yoga is all about dealing with anxiety. To start, remember this: “yoga is the practice of the observation of yourself without judgement.” This is just the beginning of your journey into yoga. Let go and enjoy the ride. You are more than ready for your training.

 

Here are 7 pointers to help prepare you for your journey of Yoga Teacher Training

 

  1. The 200-hour yoga teaching training offers an introduction into the philosophy of yoga.

You will learn universal alignment principles, anatomy & physiology, proper assists and the Atmananda Yoga Sequence. You establish a solid foundation into not only the practice of yoga, but understanding its history and the heart of this sacred science.

 

  1. As you continue through your journey, remember it’s a foundational course which provides a working knowledge of how each pose should feel in your body.

With each passing day, you will feel a greater ease in your body when it comes to your physical practice. You will begin to feel stronger, lighter, and more balanced. However, do not hold onto what you did the day before. Hold space in knowing that each day your body is different and will react differently. Allow for what is.

 

  1. Set your intention.

Just as you have done at the beginning of many yoga classes, set an intention. Start to recall why you began the practice of yoga and why you wanted to take the teacher training course. For example, if you came into the training judging yourself and comparing, perhaps you make non-judgment an intention for yourself.

You are here to learn and grow. Be patient with yourself and be okay with the idea that your original intentions or reasons might change throughout the journey.

 

  1. Release Expectations.

Now that you have your intention set, release the how. No one can tell you what will happen & no one can tell you how you’ll feel. Honestly, not even you can tell yourself all the will happen.

All you can do is your best and knowing that your best is exactly where you need to be. Allow for play and give yourself to the moment at hand.

 

  1. Embrace the unknown.

Everyone’s motto in life should be to risk, to fail and to risk again. Always allow yourself to be curious. Take that childlike mind where all they did was ask questions because they were genuinely curious about themselves and the world around them.

You are expected to be feel uncomfortable, tired, have unexpected emotions to surface; you might even begin to feel overwhelmed. Keep in mind, this is all 100% normal and actually recommend. Allow yourself the privilege of just being with the un-comfortability; this is where you have the abilities grow and self-discover.

Watch yourself, admire yourself and love yourself. Be mindful and kind to your body and mind. Talk to yourself the same way you want others to speak to you.

 

  1. Take the time to study well.

Along with your road of self-awareness and discovery, it is essential to know what you’re doing. (Sanskrit will come with repetition and practice; don’t stress it.)

Make sure you’re helping yourself which leads to you helping others. Just keep in mind, help not harm. We never want to harm our bodies or anyone else’s.

 

  1. Ride the roller coaster.

I will not lie, but a yoga teacher training is a bumpy ride. There are ups and there are downs. Allow yourself to go with the flow and take day as it comes; never compare it to the previous ones.

I know you are going to want to think about yoga 24/7, especially if you do the one month intensive, but don’t. Just like we can’t eat the same foods every day and expect results, you can’t think about yoga every moment of every day. Allow yourself the opportunities to engage in other activities and maybe, just maybe, you might notice yourself embodying the principles you’ve learned thus far.

 

Now with all that in mind, take a deep breath. This is only the beginning of a lifelong practice of yoga. You will continue to grow and discover your truth every single day. Absolutely no one expects you to know everything and be perfect within the first day, let alone the first month. Just remember your intention, teach and learn from your heart and share what you know. Even more importantly, remember to put aside all the studying, terminology, intentions, and goals of teaching. Do this for yourself. Let go of the notion of being perfect and allow yourself the opportunity to become your best friend. Honestly, if you don’t love yourself, who will? Share you, that’s all the world wants. Enjoy this beautiful journey. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

To learn more about the one-month intensive 200 hour teacher training program at Atmananda, email nycmananger@atmananda.com or call (212) 625-1511.

 

Article written by Atmananda 200hr Graduate – Nicole Kemmet

Atmananda Yoga Sequence Follows Breath And Movement

By S. Mathur

Sarah Giordano is General Manger of the Atmananda Yoga studio in Manhattan, NY, but her connection to yoga is much more than administrative. In fact, she feels that it has transformed her life.

“Yoga has led me to discover a deeper awareness of my mind, my body, and my spirituality,” she said. That’s the impact that the studio’s Vinyasa yoga practice has on many members.

The founder of the Atmananda Yoga Sequence, Jhon Tamayo, intended for students to create their own personal practice by connecting to the body and breath.

“Vinyasa Flow is a blend of several traditional styles of yoga such as hatha, iyengar, ashtanga, or even kundalini to appeal to the modern practitioner,” Giordano said. “Vinyasa connects us to the breath in movement. As a result the body, mind and spirit are taken on a journey during a vinyasa class that allows the practitioner to completely disconnect from daily activities of the mind and become absorbed in the breath and the movement.”

Inhaling and exhaling create a dance within the body, she explains. Following the direction of each breath and its movement create awareness.

“Connect to the breath, listen to the sounds of the breath, feel the physicality of the breath, taste the breath,” she said. “Let everything else become secondary to breathing. This fundamental part of life gets lost in our busy lives and when students first come into yoga practice this is the best place to start.”

Giordano’s advice to beginners is to practice, at least two or three times a week. This allows the body to get used to the poses and breathing exercises. The sequence is designed to open the body safely and fully. It is composed of seven groups of asanas or poses. These include standing and balancing poses, forward and back bends and inversions, as well as spinal twists and seated poses. The sequence is taught around the world including countries like Japan, Dubai, China, Germany, Sweden, Colombia, as well as the US.

The studio also has a specially designed mat which helps people hold poses correctly. Atmananda Yoga Sequence has locations in New York City and Miami. All locations offer the 200 and 300 hour teacher training programs which use the immersion method.

Newcomers quickly discover that while the poses look intimidating, the studio has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They describe the sense of community as spirited, organic, diverse and genuine, and as an oasis in the concrete jungle. As well as physical well being, the practice provides opportunities for spiritual, emotional and psychological wellness. Most members agree with Giordano that the Atmananda Yoga Sequnce is a life changing practice.

The studio can be found at 112 E 23rd Street Suite 200 and can be contacted via phone and email at (212) 625-1511 & nycmanager@atmananda.com.

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3 Ways Yoga Detoxes the Body

It has been proven throughout the years how important exercise is. Not only for the physicality, but for the mind, body and spirit. After a workout, despite how taxing it was, we can’t help but feel fantastic about ourselves. We did what we deemed to be impossible at the moment and made it possible. That’s the message of life. Take what we deem to be scary or fearful and plunge into the unknown.

Energy is always racing through us. It’s a matter of if we can channel it and spread it so wide, other people can’t help but latch on. So why would you say no to yoga. Anyone I have talked to stated, “Oh, I love yoga” or “Oh, I just can’t get into yoga”. I always ask those that can’t get into yoga “why not?” and get the same response “I don’t like to be quiet.” It’s not a matter of being quiet; it’s a matter of connecting the mind, body and soul into a high consciousness; into one union. I believe people, who fear yoga, fear themselves. We all talk about unity and how our world needs more peace and unification, but if we can’t gain peace within ourselves, how do we expect the world to reach a state of higher consciousness. A state of being and united as one. One humanity. One love. One mind. One body. Oneself.

So, you might ask, “Why do I start with yoga?” Well, our bodies are naturally formulated to remove wastes and toxins. Most of the time, when we feel lethargic, heavy, unbalanced, uninspired, not motivated and anxious, we might need to do a cleanse, meditate more and stop comparing ourselves to the rest of the world. We need to live in the present and not the future.

Meditation

1. Yogi Diet
Not only are yogis know for their lifestyle, but know for the way we eat. When you consume a healthy balanced diet, your bodies digestive system, circulatory system and lymphatic system begin to eliminate pollutants. You start to feel less bloated, tired, lazy & begin to have more energy.

2. Breathing
Breathing is the most important aspect of yoga. When you take a class, you will always hear “focus in on your breath.” This allows you take the tension off of the uncomfortable pose. Questions you might ask yourself when you’re in a pose focusing on your breath: Am I holding before I exhale? Is my exhale longer than my inhale? Do I hold in hard poses? Do I hold my breath during stress? Breathing allows you to tune into yourself and understand where you might be cutting yourself short. It’s almost a HUGE stress reliever.

3. Meditation
Meditation extends to all parts of the body, including your heart. It allows for mindfulness and connectedness to oneself. It can help you navigate stress and emotions, help you get along with others and boost personal positive skills like memories and awareness.

Before you knock yoga, you might want to take a second guess. It can’t hurt to try new things. Who knows, you might even like it or better yet, fall in love with it.

To try a class at Atmananda, check out our class schedule today.
 

  • Article written by Nicole Kemmet – 200hr RYT Atmananda Graduate