Books on Yoga

Here are a few books which fortify my practice, both personal and as a teacher:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati

The Science, Psychology & Philosophy of Anahata Nada Yoga, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati

Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar

Teaching Yoga, Mark Stephens (Stephens has multiple manuals on yoga - all useful!)

Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda 

Yogabody, Judith Lasater 

The Healing Promise of Qi, Roger Jahnke

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Bullet Journals

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I used to love my planner as a student.  In the past I've successfully used a planning calendar to pave my pathway.  I didn't realize that with precise tools and a dotted grid on a journal page, we can hand make charts, goal trackers, calendars, to-do lists, etc., combined with the therapeutic function of doodling.  My daughter just shared some wonderful artists who produce youtube channels dedicated to this craft.  I am excited to share them with you, remembering that we all gift our loved ones with our positivity and our passions through sharing.

https://youtu.be/VQwK4b84-Os

https://youtu.be/cigfDmZQVlI

Kirtan!

I just want to send a thank you to all of the recent kirtan participants at yesterday's Zenergy workshop, combining a hatha yoga class and kirtan.  Cathie Caccia led a heart-opening yoga sequence, which prepared us for the experience of call and response singing.  I think my favorite feedback was from a participant who said: "I forgot how much I love singing!"

Onward to the next.  Idayoga?  February?  We are working out the details now.  Again, Thank you!!!

What's with all of the different music files?

I am placing a link to itunes music in most of my current marketing.  It is considered appropriate to do so.  However, I purchase music from Amazon Mp3 I do so because Amazon sells a normal .mp3 file.  itunes does not.  It modifies the file slightly so that you are limited to how many devices you can play it on and how many times you can share it.  I want full access to my music files and so I choose to purchase my music from Amazon.  

A .wav file (such as the one available on my website) is many times the size of an mp3.  It is what you hear when you play a CD through a stereo system.  My pricing on the file is quite arbitrarily made for the sake of giving supporters an opportunity to support my music through a unique purchase.  Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in more reasonable pricing.  I'm pretty loose with the discount codes.  

Click here to purchase my single as an mp3 from Amazon.

Lululemon

I have signed on to be a Lululemon Ambassador.  The timing couldn't be better.  I have spent the past 3 months watching (and helping) my life redesign itself.  As I have recently developed and refined my production skills, my ability to create and share music has increased.  I have reduced the number of classes I am teaching and have designed a website to bring forward more and more music, meditations, and videos.  I have much to offer in terms of inspiring us all to do yoga from our hearts.  Thank you to everyone at Lululemon, Ketchum.  I am excited to expand my reach!   

Kirtan: a telling

Kirtan translates to "a telling" or "praise."  The limitless attributes of God are enumerated through mantra.  Eliciting the myriad of expressions of God overtly invites high vibrational tendencies such as abundance, patience, compassion, ease, grace, understanding, generosity, collaboration, and bliss.  Combining the utterance of the attributes of God with the playing of music unites the expression in the language of creation.  Vibration upon vibration echoes into eternity, landing intention into the lap of all that is.

A quick music lesson

Because music is a creation of vibration, it is all of us (since we are all vibration).  When we sing off key it is most often due to the fact that we are not listening carefully to the music.  Sometimes it is necessary to listen to a melody repeatedly before learning it properly to sing it.  There is a tiny percentage of the planet which is actually tone deaf.  The rest of us, well, we're basically not trying hard enough.  If you love to sing, but fear the criticism of your voice, I encourage you to memorize a song, note for note.  You will, most likely, surprise yourself when you put in the work, pay close attention, and use the wholeness of your mind.  

Sanskrit

I love that my Sanskrit teacher, Manorama, calls Sanskrit the luminous language.  In my twenties I came to the conclusion that our language was embedded in our culture, was embedded in hatred, domination, lies, violence, and ultimately fear, and therefore we needed to create structural change by retooling language.  Singer Tracy Chapman apparently felt the same way and released "New Beginning" in which she literally called for new signs, symbols and language.  And yet, here was this realized, liturgical, luminous language which has mathematical resonance already waiting for our study and use.  Sanskrit mantras are powerful tools for positive change.  I choose to remember how potent this language is in supporting the expansion of peace and harmony on the planet.  Each mantra is a prayer, an offering, an invocation for positivity and growth.  

Many practitioners and teachers of yoga hesitate to use sanskrit, often due to difficulty with pronunciation.  Here is a link to just one of Manorama's resources on pronunciation of key yogic terms.  (She has many to choose from).

https://sanskritstudies.org/product/yoga-language-series-learn-to-pronounce-yoga-poses

 

Fascia

Bob Cooley, The Genius of Flexibility

https://www.thegeniusofflexibility.com/resistance-stretching/fascia.html

I teach five Yin Yoga classes a week now.  In a town where many yoga practitioners exit the classroom looking like they have bathed in their own sweat, it would make sense that the opposite end of the spectrum would become popular in contrast.  (Little does the beginning Yin Yoga practitioner anticipate the beads of sweat that begin to pop out while deep in pigeon).  Yin Yoga is said to work on the fascia.  This link that I have provided is not for a Yin Yoga practitioner, but rather a specialist in the area of fascia.  Many of his postures are reflective of yoga poses, but his approach is slightly more focused upon working to make something occur in the fascial tissue in order to actively heal the body.

My teaching in class is inspired also by Roger Jhanke, a qigong specialist, who discusses the measurable electromagnetic field emanating from the water which runs through the fascia.  In his book The Healing Promise of Qi, Jhanke describes the fascia as a "liquid crystalline lattice."  My discussion of a person's energy field, aura, or subtle body typically begins by describing the fascia as a way of grounding these topics of feeling in the gross manifest.

http://www.feeltheqi.com/Dr_Jahnke/