Harnessing Energy

Not just any energy but a positive energy like a PAWSITIVE energy with a little help from a furry friend! (Spotted a car generated by a new kind of energy at a parking lot.) 

Whenever you feel depleted:

1. Get in touch with nature and get out of your head.  Need not be out in the wilderness camping at a mountain top (though that would be nice!) – if you can’t get to a beach, forest, mountaintop – try walking barefoot maybe just back yard lawns, parks … find a sanctuary of a garden –  if that’s all we can get to – that will do to feel the sunshine, the fresh breeze, the rustles of the leaves in trees, smell the flowers blooming …

2. Exercise – jog, run, walk – skip – on the beach counts !

3. Okay – not all of us can get to the oceans and mountains – find a closest yoga studio and try a class that appeals to you.  Try regenerative therapeutic yoga. Gentle yoga not a push yourself self flagellating workout kind of yoga where you get agitated over a pose you can’t seem to nail just right.

4. Note:  gentle does not equal easy but still challenging  – it means gentle enough to not cause injuries to one’s body; not punishing but Nourishing kind of practice. What does that look like -if that means sweaty hot super intense workout that allows you to relax by passing out – then – guess that works for you.  Just be open to all possibilities and know there are many paths to get there.  You just haven’t tried them. See about blending different practices for a “program” you can stick to.

4. Meditation to be included in #3 & #4 above. In fact, Yoga, meant to be “forceful” union of mind and body was devised/designed to curb and down-regulate the hyperactivity of young men, so that they can settle down to meditate for spiritual enlightenment … and for practical day to day – to keep their body fit, mind clear and focused and spirits UP. If you are interested in Origins or History of yoga, check out Richard Rosen and Mark Singleton.  Fascinating reads.  For more a daily or approachable reads, if you are a woman, those juggling several roles, highly recommend “Living Your Yoga” by Judith H. Lasater:) More scholarly reads –  by  Georg Feuerstein … readable like Srivatsa Ramaswami … Basically what’s applicable TODAY to optimize our health today… Gary Kraftsow’s books on therapeutics and  … there’s so much.

5. Make the time for above which magically creates more time you thought you didn’t have. Really.  Time expands when you rest and relax more because … you are less tired, and therefore have more ENERGY and things get done more efficiently. Less time wasted just feeling like there’s no time – signs of stress.

6.  Challenge yourself to do or learn something new.

7.  If there is that “time” – volunteer to help someone, some group, some organization to make a little, at a micro-minuscule-tiny level a difference.  That can start from those closest to you – a family and then … beyond. Do a nice deed for another human being without seeking any recognition or return.  How does that feel to have no agenda – to be just kind – how does that feel? You are not trying to get something out of another, you are not networking, marketing, trying to impress, trying to gain an advantage … What would that look like?  What if you just wanted to make another person feel better?

Seems easy but sometimes not – it’s not the I am better than you  attitude as honestly that’s so easy to detect.  It’s hard to serve with humility.  I volunteered the other day and I said after the experience – I can never be Mother Teresa – yep, that’s why there’s only one Mother Teresa – but we can do just a tiny little bit, right?

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Low Tide; No Sleep; No Sounds

By the observance of aparigraha, the yogi makes his life as simple as possible and trains his mind not to feel the loss or the lack of anything. Then everything he really needs will come to him by itself at the proper time.” 

–B.K.S. Iyengar

Have you ever started out with all good intentions but the Universe introduces obstacles when least expected – that while in scheme of all things, very trivial, so small and perhaps even irrelevant – and yet, you feel a bit deflated?

I have.

It’s not that you are defeated by these life’s curve-balls – of things not quite going as planned turn of events – but nevertheless, you feel depleted of your energy?

Have you ever thought about how to deal with and change the story-lines not going the way you planned ?

I have.

We all have.

I enjoy a silent class or class without any music typical of some yoga classes.  But that’s just it – while I enjoy that kind of class for “learning” as a yoga teacher where the yoga teacher is explaining every tissue, every muscle group, every movement, etc. as though yoga teacher him/herself fearing any pockets of silence or for pure relaxation (lettt goooo) as a yoga student- for my practice, and for my students, I enjoy sharing … positive sound vibes. Sounds are uplifting to the spirit.  Unless you are Srivatsa Ramaswami, a master to lead the sun salutation with chants, some chanting just does not seem authentic in my own humble opinion – even kind of a cultural appropriation-ish to be avoided – so least I can do is to offer my playlist as at Cal, I once interned for a DJ at the student radio station.  Love different genre of music only problem being I may get “stuck” on one track and play it over and over – I don’t get tired of things very easily !

Inspired, curated a playlist until midnight last night; exhausted crawl into bed but end up tossing and turning all night –  terrible or no sleep; not getting any shut eye, tracing the prior day to figure out the cause of this insomnia –  is it the Kombucha made with green and black tea, thus CAFFEINE?  Is it the stress of seeing a homeless treated unkindly at a food bank ?  Is it the to-do-list growing with unchecked items? Is it … this or that?  The mind races to find answers to this puzzle … rumination leads to answers only then to morph into constant chatter… clock reads 3am  … Good Morning – almost ran over a jogger who dashed out in front of our car …slamming on breaks; woken by the jolt – was the jogger in a runner’s high?  Unexpected swerve to avoid hitting her – a scare to drive an otherwise uneventful commute   … walk into a studio to teach yoga – relieved to be in a peaceful space – Yeay !  I love teaching yoga …

BUT

the stereo system just does not work  … sooooo …. the said playlist is not accessible.  Told there’s a problem with the stereo system … normally I would take that in a stride – of all days, the day after staying up late to curate a playlist when there was that stroke of insight to make a new one.  In fact, no other music comes on either … unable to retrieve any of my musical selection – the class time is upon us…

Have you ever set an intention to be very well prepared, striving for perfection? Or at the very least attached to a certain kind of class you wanted to put on?

I have.

Have you ever felt like … screaming in sheer frustration (esp. when sleep deprived) or crying in annoyance over little petty thing?  You know it’s really not a big deal … but still.

I have.

So does someone want to holler out a primal scream on my behalf so I don’t have to?  So that I can flush out the toxins of …attachments and ego from my system ?

Low Tide

New Moon

Super New Moon …

Tomorrow – Friday the 13th.

Yoga to the rescue … practice is essential.

Thank you for the reminder.

To which I respond – Yogis are people too:)

We have attachments to want certain outcome -it’s human.   It’s only that in teaching yoga, we want every single student to feel a little bit better after the class than before.

Recognizing we have the power and choice to shift our mindset from that of suppressed primal scream of annoyance to a resolute mindset more in alignment with our higher self, Self that is patient, compassionate and resilient.  That mindset echos the vibrant chant of OMMMMM … There’s no need to dwell on the past nor fear for the future – all is well.

Cessation of agitation …calming the fluctuations of the mind …  comes.

Gratitude to a student who stopped by after class to ask if he opened the shades the way I liked it for the class – wow – such a gentleman and all knowing.  Thank you – if the sounds weren’t right (or more like void), at least the lighting worked as … it’s the morning sunshine.  Sun salute – sun always shines in the hearts of those with grace – Namaste.

  • My Jade Harmony mat along with a mat holder bag went missing for months (assume in the hands of someone getting good use I hope – miss it but decided that I am not getting the same brand mat) and for months I have been looking for a practice mat to replace it  while using a travel mat – Think I found it.  Grassy texture feels grippy – Yes to Everest for home practice.   Stroke of serendipity when least expected.

 

Let’s all have a good week – as we head towards Friday the 13th, blessed with Super New Moon.