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TAPAS-INNER FIRE, MAKES YOUR YOGA PRACTICE PERSONAL
dhristi, bandha, pranayama
We lose the focus many times, we lose the involvement many times, the breath rushes many times....
focus, involvement, breath
When we start our yoga practice we hear about dhristi, bandha and pranayama (focus, engagement, breath) regularly.
Tapas, your inner fire (self-discipline) is the bridge to keep practicing how hard it may seem. The endurance pays off with satisfaction, strength and union.
It makes yoga a personal practice: it's about your breath, your focus, your engagement. Being completely involved and committed to your practice is what brings you to union.
you move to union step by step
second by second
every single second counts
every single effort counts
it's your practice, it's your journey.
When we practice integration of these 3 in our yoga practice it increases endurance, strength, acceptance, humility and ability to focus. It trains us to move through challenges gracefully. This is what we train for on the mat... moving gracefully through life in a strong body, focused mind towards our hearts goals.
our goals are the rivers towards the ocean
our inner fire is the boat to cross the rivers and move into union (yoga)
We lose the focus many times, we lose the involvement many times, the breath rushes many times.... nevertheless keep practicing and moving back to focus, involvement, breath again and again. Keep integrating these three points.
When the strength increases, you can start to direct the strength in your daily life.
focus, involve, breathe
Goddess- and gods-yoga:
One story about Hanuman
by Doris Lilienweiss
Hanuman is known as one of the most beloved gods of the Hindeon Pantheo because of his good heart qualities: devotion and courage. Born with the playfullness of a monkey he experienced many adventures during his time on earth and one of them goes like this:
Hanuman is the best friend of the god Rama. When Ramas wife Sita was kidnaped by the demon Ravana to the island of Lanka (todays Sri Lanka) the monkey god was the one who safes Sita. How did he do this? As son of the beautiful human Anjana (Anjali Mudra) and the wind god Vayu Hanuman has his father's energy and swiftness, power and strength. Out of love and loyality to his best friend Rama Hanuman calles his deepest courage in his heart and with full of devotion, trust and faith (Sanskrit: Shradda) he does the absolutly impossible: he leaps over the ocean from India to the island of Lanka. After a while Sita was brought back her husband Rama who organised a celebration to honor his faithful friend Hanuman. At the peak of the celebration Rama gives him a necklace of precious pearls to honour the monkey god. When he receives it, Hanuman immediately takes it apart, and peers into each pearl. The monkey god starts to bite and destroy the pearls and using them apparantly as spy-glasses.
The guest were distgusted by Hanumans behavior. Taken aback, many of those present demand to know why he is destroying the precious gift. Hanuman answeres: "In every awaken moment of my life I sing the name of my friend Rama to remember myself how much I love him. I am looking into the pearls to see the names of my friends, if they are not, the necklace is of no value to me." At this, a few mock Hanuman, saying his reverence and love for Rama and Sita could not possibly be as deep as he implies. And in response, Hanuman tears his chest open, and everyone is stunned to see Rama and Sita literally in his heart.
Two other Asana, besides Hanuman itself, are also related to Hanuman Asana: Anjaneyasana (cresent pose), the name of Hanuman while he was living with his mother Anjana, and Virasana, hero pose, of course Hanuman is a true hero.
All three Asana stretch the Psoas muscle. The Psoas is the major flexor of the hip and it is the muscle where we keep on holding fear and anxiety. He is attached to the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. The flexor muscle affects a number of important muscles, including the diaphragm, the trapezius, and the quadratus lumborum, which also attach on these vertebrae. The psoas crosses three major joints-the hip socket, the joint between the lumbar spine and the sacrum (L5-S1), and the sacroiliac joint (SI joint between the sacrum and the pelvis).
It ́s a muscle which is often stressed which is enhanced by to much sitting. By opening and stretching the Psoas muscle we let go of deep seated fear and anxienty. So let ́s get closer to the fearless leap of Hanuman across the ocean and align yourself into Hanuman Asana.
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