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Bridging

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Oct 19th was a great day for contemplation. I’ve been doing my asana practice with more calmness but it seems that the mind isn’t always happy with the results. There are bridge poses in yoga and perhaps due to doing some of these poses, I came to reflect on the fact that we are bridging 2 worlds – that which is going on in our minds (mental/spiritual) and that which is going on in our bodies (physical/material). I have always be fascinated & attracted to the idea of bridging these aspects of self (being in balance). Interestingly enough I am finding the balance poses challenging although with practice getting a bit better each time. My aim is to be and to remain more centered & my hope is that my yoga practice will keep me there.

Asanas focus on the physical for the most part but we can involve the mind by posing questions about the pose itself. If the mind flutters, we can do some mind watching; just being aware of where the mind drifts to. What about on a physical level, does what happens to the mind translate to what is happening in the body? Tension moving around as you move from one pose to another? Does the energy wane?

I’m looking forward to see what art is inspired by this reflection.

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October 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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Healing Mudras

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Picked up a great modern/old book called Healing Mudras (Yoga for your Hands) by Sabrina Mesko. It looks like something from the 70s but actually published in 2000. Sabrina is in all the photos and decked out in far out clothing, makeup and hairdos but great mudras and explanations. There are mudras for strong nerves, preventing stress, dieting, inner security, prosperity and many more. Worth a look!

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October 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm

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You are already the way you are meant to be!

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Oct 7th, 2010

It is definitely fall in all its colored splendor.

I have been trying to motivate myself into doing more practice for conditioning while the main point of it all is for de-conditioning ourselves of all previous programming.  As the months go by I can’t help seeing the parallels between what is happening to me in my yoga asana practice and what is happening in my painting. Without intent, the technique and focus keep changing. Like when I am arching my back like a cat while gazing toward my navel or relaxing the back into a downward dog, I paint gazing at the canvas and flex and relax my hold on the paint brush. The image unfolds itself on the canvas to my great delight, most of the time. There are times, I have no clue where it is going and I may not even like the outcome but then I stand back and let it sit sometimes for a day or two and the next stage of the painting unfolds, looking nothing like the last time I looked. It looks like a completely different image. We need to be freeing our mind from distractions of the outside world and awaken ourselves to other possibilities. Here are some of my latest paintings. Now up to 25 of the 108!

 

Take Sides

 

 

Create a Future

 

 

Transition

 

 

Anjali

 

 

Sacred

 

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October 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm