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yoga moment Doctor Lynn Anderson

Monday, April 01, 2013

The Chakras

The Chakras according to yoga are seven major energy wheels that move up and down the spine as well as hundreds of minor wheels that are distributed throughout our body and make up the energy field knows as our aura. At the base of the seven we find the three chakas that make up the base or triangle from which we establish balance. Once established we can move into the higher chakras or higher levels of consciousness. The real task is the balance of the lower triangle. It is made up of the root, sacral and solar plexus chakras. The root chakra is considered the center of physical and material existence, health and survival. It is essential that this center be balanced; otherwise we suffer and struggle with our basic existence. Health and survival are at the basis of all human existence. Without our health and our ability to survive we would perish.

When the root is balanced our instincts and habits are grounded. We are dependable, realistic and secure. But how do you know if you are out of balance? Too much energy in the root leads to greediness and not enough energy in the root makes you feel fearful and nervous. To balance out your energy; if you are feeling fearful and nervous wear the color red, eat red foods such as tomatoes and red berries and wear or carry a red gem stone.

If the root is over active than wear something blue, eat blue berries or grapes and carry a blue gem stone.

Each chakra has a different level of consciousness. We must balance out the lower chakras if we are to open ourselves up to reaching the higher levels where peace and serenity exist.

Posted on 04/01 at 01:30 PM


Monday, March 04, 2013

Contentment

That which is taken from us is not really taken from us, but replaced by that which we need more dearly. Sometimes this is a difficult pill to swallow. We cannot always see why things slip away and what good has come to replace them. In yoga it is the practice of contentment. Being content with your life just as it is in the moment, realizing that life is constantly changing and what might be important today is of no value tomorrow.

Contentment reminds us of the importance of balancing the energy of the lower chakras or energy center of our being. The base or the lower triangle of the chakras must be balanced so that we can obtain peace of mind, which is needed to tap into the energy of the higher chakras.

First we must find our footing in the root chakras, second establish the fine line of balance between giving and receiving in the sacral chakra and third establish ourselves in the solar plexus, the seat of our power, so that we can be focused and fearless in the face of life’s events.

When the base is solid and grounded, and the energy is balanced, we stand strong even in the face of uncertainty and disappointment. We don’t let life’s constant changing throw us off balance. We remain content with the full knowledge that what is here and important today may be of little importance tomorrow. 

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 03/04 at 01:20 PM


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Energy

We both give off and collect energy. How we balance our energy has a direct bearing on the nature of our lives. It is said that our bodies contain hundreds of chakras or spinning wheels of energy and that these wheels of energy are keys to the operation of our being. These spinning wheels draw in energy from our environment. The energy we draw in has a profound effect upon the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves. That is why toxic environments and other people’s moods affect us.

Come in contact with someone who is depressed, angry or manipulative and you can feel the energy begin to penetrate and off set your energy field.  That is what is known as getting a good or bad vibe from a person.

Posted on 02/05 at 01:05 PM


Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Ishvar

If there is one thing you do this upcoming year, let it be finding your Ishvar. It is that thing, that energy, that you can devote yourself to for the purpose of finding joy, peace and happiness. Yogis refer to the Ishvar as the energy that is beyond form. It is the cosmic energy of the universe that unties all of us. The Ishvar is a devotion to bringing balance and harmony to all of existence; body, mind and spirit.
Whatever action you perform it should not be done for the purpose of obtaining something, but because it has meaning and purpose within itself. This is what it means to reach cosmic consciousness.
In this New Year follow your passion. Live your life to its fullest. Laugh, love and play. Whatever you do, do it gently and with love and always give all your action a little conscious forethought. In this you will find your Ishvar.

Namaste

May your days be filled with health, happiness and peace.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 01/09 at 05:12 PM


Monday, December 10, 2012

OM

In the yogic tradition OM is the symbol of reality and the sound of eternal peace. This is the time of year when most people stop to wish each other a happy and peaceful holiday season.  When I was a child I believed that the whole world was at peace on Christmas Eve. Growing up in an isolated Christian based community I knew little about the outside world. To me the world celebrated the symbol of Christ which was peace on earth and good will towards all. It was the one night that everyone, everywhere was at peace. When I grew up I realized that this was not true. There are many beliefs and many times a year when different cultures celebrate and honor their chosen following. But I still think it would be wonderful if the whole world could come together on one day and celebrate humankind as one, wishing for peace on earth and good will towards all humankind.

The mantra AUM is the mother of all sounds. It is Om, it is Amen and it is the sound of all blessings. When it reveals itself, introspection is attained and obstacles are removed. And what is the quickest way to establishing peace on earth? A little introspection into the nature of life and removing the prejudice obstacles that stands in our way and keeps us from becoming one. To everyone…Ommmmm may you enjoy health, happiness and peace not just for the Holidays, but for all the days to come.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 12/10 at 06:30 AM


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Karma

Karma is an often misunderstood concept. We think of it as good and bad when it fact Karma simply means action. Anything that we think, say or do becomes the energy that creates Karma. At present we are the accumulation of all our past thoughts, words and deeds and where we will be in future begins at this very moment with our now thoughts, words and deeds. We cannot escape karma for it is action and life is action based.  What we can do is learn to consciously examine our thoughts, words and deeds and make conscious choices that will lead to a more harmonious and peaceful life.  In this way we can direct our individual karma.  However we do not live in isolation. We are affected not only by our own choices, but by the collective karma of the universe.  All of the universe is energy in motion and it is this dance of energy or action that creates life which affects us all. To coin a famous phrase,” the flapping of the butterfly’s wings in Hong Kong, affects the hurricanes forming in the South Atlantic.”  Remember your personal life experience is inextricably entwined with the whole. We are in a greater sense truly one with the universe. With all your thoughts, words and deeds choose wisely.

Namaste

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 11/06 at 07:13 AM


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The Warrior Pose

One of the poses we work on in Aero*boga and in my yoga classes is the warrior pose. The warrior pose works to balance the third chakra located in the gut area corresponding to the ego.  Warrior is an important pose because it teaches us to stop and focus on finding awareness. This awareness leads to discipline.  We become aware of the greatest enemy of all and that enemy is the negativity within our own heads.  With discipline and awareness we begin to learn how to control ourselves. We learn to refrain from outwardly and inwardly expressing negative energy. The difference between the warrior and the victim is that the warrior refrains and the victim represses.  The warrior has learned how to refrain from expressing emotions until they can be expressed in the right degree and at the right time.  The warrior stands tall and breathes through life’s obstacles turning them into strength.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 10/02 at 07:47 AM


Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Sun Salutations

Now we know that by the time we’re 50 the heart beats about 2 billion times.  Yoga can repair some of the wear and tear by lowering the heart rate, relaxing our blood vessels and reducing stress.  One study found that 36 percent more heart attacks happen on Monday morning as opposed to Sunday when we are more relaxed. It’s important to start your morning off with a few yoga exercises to balance the body-mind and reduce stress. The Sun Salutations are a great comprehensive yoga exercise because they bring strength and vibrancy to every part of the body including all the organs. The arms and the legs become flexible and symmetrical and thus we establish balance.  On a mystical level the Sun Salutations awakens the kriya kundalini – our dormant potential life force that rest at the base of the spine.  When we lift our life force up above the day to day stresses of life we open the doorway to experiencing love, creativity and spiritual enlightenment.

Do 4-5 Sun Salutations daily.

Namaste

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 09/04 at 07:40 AM


Friday, August 03, 2012

The Niyamas – the practice of observing

The first two Niyamas – Purity and Contentment were covered in the June and July Newsletter. This month we will look at the third Niyama or Austerity.  Austerity is defined as the power to withstand hunger, thirst, heat and cold, as well as other discomforts. It is through mental, verbal and physical austerity that we release the life force to attain that which is unattainable.

In the intellectual realm there is what is called contra-currents running through our brain. One is the realm of thought and one is the realm of emotion. To best understand this – our thoughts may tell us we can do something but, our emotions may tell us we are afraid to do it.  Mental or intellectual austerity means to balance these two opposing currents so the mind becomes quiet (austere). This removes the ego, attachment and conceit.  When these are removed the mind is not distracted, and when the mind is not distracted we can enter into a deeper realm of balance and begin to tap into our eternal spiritual energy. It is through mental austerity that the mind is withdrawn from outward movement and brought back to inner awareness.

Namaste
Doctor Lynn

Posted on 08/03 at 06:03 AM


Monday, June 04, 2012

The Niyamas

This month we are beginning to study the Niyamas or the Laws of Observance. The first is Purity.  It has two levels, external and internal.  Like the Yamas the Niyamas have three parts, intellectual, verbal and physical.  The body is purified with water.  The mind is purified by truthfulness and the soul is purified by knowledge and austerity.  Intellectual purity consists of lifting your thoughts and emotions to a higher consciousness.  Verbal purity is achieved by continually clearing the throat chakra by speaking that which is consoling, harmonizing, gentle, uplifting and straightforward.  Physical purity is observed externally and internally.  External purity is achieved by cleansing the body and internal cleaning is achieved by proper eating, exercising, sleeping and meditating.  Purity in modern day terms means to simplify.  Keep the body healthy and clean.  Be truthful and the mind will be quiet and clear.  Seek knowledge and thus obtain wisdom and the soul will need nothing more.  Purity does not mean we go without and live a life of poverty.  It is good to prosper as this allows one to give more to others, society and the world.  The yoga approach is always to observe purity of body, mind and soul as it pertains to the Niyama – be the observant one.  Give it some thought.

Namaste
Doctor Lynn

Posted on 06/04 at 11:47 AM


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Relax

Much of the physical emphasis in yoga is devoted to relaxation. It means to release tension from the body-mind. Only when the mental self is no longer emotionally charged and the physical self is no longer over-stimulated may we obtain a place of bliss. It is a moment of detachment from the stress of life. Yoga provides a better understanding of life by providing us with a better understanding of our bodies and of our selves. Understanding life is very different than reacting to life. Understanding means making wise decisions. Wise decisions are not random or habitual. Wise decisions are conscious decisions based upon honesty and clear intent. Making wise decisions an individual begins to live in a place of total harmony. Relax, breathe deep and choose wisely.

Posted on 05/01 at 06:19 AM


Monday, April 02, 2012

Celibacy

The month of April brings us to a study of the fourth abstention or the practice of celibacy. Celibacy means control over the sensual self in all respects. According to yoga our life is divided into four parts. The first quarter is referred to as studentship and requires celibacy because it is the time we study and learn. The second quarter is the time of the householder or a time when one marries and begins a family. The celibacy practiced here is that of provider and teacher. One should be devoted to one’s family. The third quarter is mid life where there is a return to a stricter focus on control of the senses, and then finally a person enters the fourth quarter where celibacy is reestablished. It is a misnomer that celibacy means to abstain from sexuality.(although one may abstain through spiritual practice) Celibacy according to yoga means that the concept of sexuality should be linked to a healthy attitude physically, mentally and spiritually, in all circumstance and at all times.

Posted on 04/02 at 04:45 PM


Friday, March 02, 2012

The Third Yama

This Month we will study the third yama – non-stealing. Most people think of stealing as taking something that is not theirs. In yoga it means not committing theft physically and/or not permitting any one else to do so – in thoughts, words or action.  Remember thoughts are powerful, words can hurt or heal and actions create Karma. Think before you speak and/or act or react upon something. Remember there are many truths. Reflect upon the circumstances, do no harm and do what is the greatest good for the greatest many. What is the greatest good? Reflect upon it and then choose wisely.

Posted on 03/02 at 06:16 AM


Thursday, February 02, 2012

Truth

This month we are studying truth. It is the second yama or abstention. Truth means to conduct our thoughts, words and action in harmony with each other. Words that harm are not truthful. They should not be spoken. Examine your words before you speak and only utter them if they are useful and good. In other words if you don’t have something good to say be quiet. Remember that truth is not fixed. Truth can take on different meanings within different cultures.

When it comes to the truth remember these two things;

Speak only with no intention to harm; look at truth as it exist within you and how your truth relates to the whole of life.
The practice of truthfulness produces a steady mind, truthful words and harmonious actions. Be true to yourself and live a harmonious life.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 02/02 at 05:39 AM


Monday, January 02, 2012

A Beginners Mind

Remember the first time you did something? The challenge, the fun and the lift of energy that comes from something new and exciting. Beginner’s mind in yoga means to come back to the present moment. It’s the jolt that lifts us from our wanderings and brings us into newness. It is in that split second we realize that everything is new and fresh and we can begin again with a beginner’s point of view which becomes shaped in the moment. We often times lose precious moments and opportunities to refresh and gain another point of view because we are lodged in the past or fearful of the future. Try to arrive at the moments in your life with a sense of adventure; open to the infinite possibilities that exist in the precious moments of now.

Doctor Lynn

Wishing you a happy, healthy and Peaceful New Year.

Posted on 01/02 at 05:56 AM


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