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IndiGlow - The Ordinary Illuminated

"Energy cannot be created or destroyed,

Monday, April 15, 2013

 it can only be changed from one form to another.”      ― Albert Einstein

This weekend during our Yoga Teacher Training program we continued our discussions on the subtle energies of the body and consciousness.  That inner-light of awareness (consciousness; the soul; the purusha) is something we all share...riding around inside of our individual 'organic body suits.'  We know the physical body has a shelf-life...it will expire someday, but the essence of who we are (the True Self) is timeless, changeless, and eternal.  

Part of what makes the practice of yoga so special to me is the opportunity to connect with, acknowledge and honor that sacred light of being within each of us.  When we bow to each other and offer the greeting of "Namaste" we are taking a moment to deeply appreciate that one-ness we all share.  While we're all unique in so many ways, at the very heart of each of us...we are one.


Namaste,

IndigoGrrl

The one Sutra I've memorized...

Friday, March 08, 2013

is said to be the one in which the entire science of Yoga is based upon.

Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah

Yogas = Yoga; chitta = of the mind-stuff; vrtti = modifications; nirodhah = restraint

"The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is yoga."

(Book I, Sutra 2 in the "Yoga Sutras of Patanjal")


I like Satchidananda's commentary on the subject.  "If you can control the rising of the mind into ripples, you will experience yoga."  I find my mind rippling to the point of tidal waves on many occasions.  I spend hours of my life contemplating the deeper aspects of yoga...especially since I teach the practice to others I am always praying in my heart for more refined/more effective ways in which to share my understanding of what yoga "is" (and what it isn't).

When I find myself struggling to better explain the heart of yoga, my heart/mind comes back to this sutra.  Satchidananada goes onto to summarize it in this way, which really resonates with me:

"The entire outside world is based on your thoughts and mental attitude.  The entire world is your own  projection.  Your values may change within the fraction of a second.

...That is why yoga does not bother much about changing the outside world.  There is a Sanskrit saying, "Mana eva manushyanam karanam bandha mokshayhoho." "As the mind, so the man; bondage or liberation are in your own mind."  If you feel bound, you are bound.  If you feel liberated, you are liberated.  Things outside neither bind or liberate you; only your attitude toward them does that." 


I am reminded also of the Ken Wilbur Meditation, "I have a body, but I am not my body..."

What a liberating concept to know that the essence of our very being is eternal...can never grow old...never gets sick, and never dies.  While this 'organic bodysuit' we inhabit while we live this precious life will not last forever, the true Self is perfect, pure, radiant Energy.  To glimpse at this within ourselves is to know God.  To honor it within each other is to share God.  

This is yoga.

Namaste,

IndigoGrrl


I haven't felt the Earth move

Monday, January 28, 2013
under my feet nearly enough this winter.  I spent so much time and effort building up a running practice last year from April all the way until the end of November.  I even ran my first races...two different 5k's which I found to be exhilarating experiences! 
 
It wasn't easy...I never was a runner and could never get past that first mile.  I started with alternating 3 minutes of jogging with several minutes of walking early last Spring.  It wasn't pretty, but I'd make myself go for 45-minutes...even though I couldn't run half of that at the time.  
I just kept at it...and then I got the best advice yet on how to approach my cardio, "The first 5 minutes are going to suck.  Know that & do whatever you can to make it fun,"  advised my friend who frequents our Wellness Studios who is also a doctor (Dr. Margaret Millar).  She encouraged me to keep at it...to get past those first 5-10 minutes, and to make it FUN!  
Hello, technology!  It hadn't occurred to me before, but once she filled me in on these simple pointers I loaded my iPhone with all kinds of crazy club music (which I don't normally listen to at ALL), invested in some good supportive shoes from the experts at Running Wild, and accepted the "suck" of the first 5 minutes.  And then...magic!  I love the stress-relief and weight-management that comes from a dedicated practice.  It doesn't hurt a bit that it makes my husband notice my legs.
  
But, OH MY GOD it has been a crazy winter.  December hit and those running shoes haven't been on my feet once (well, maybe a couple of times but it wasn't to actually RUN, sadly.)  I can't even blame the weather...especially since I love the cold & snow!  Between purchasing a 2nd business, battling the flu season with 3 kids, the holidays, and a mile-long list that even bores ME (so I'll spare YOU), this mama has lost her steam (and found her beer belly.)

Well, guess what?  Screw YOU crazy/busy schedule!  I'm getting my ass back in the saddle..er, running tights and I'm going to burn off that stress.  It's gonna suck for more than a minute, but not nearly as badly as it sucks to feel defeated & pudgy.  Help me out, Carole King...mama's finding her groove today!

Happy trails, friends!
~IndigoGrrl



Who's Howling

Saturday, January 26, 2013



...at the Full Wolf Moon tonight?


I love a Winters Full Moon more than any other, I think.  It could be that I was born in February in the snowy midwest, but when I really search my heart I know.

The moon is Yin energy:  quiet, cold, still, silver.  It is the opposite of its Yang counter-part, the Sun (which is roaring, hot, active, and golden.)  Winter herself is the energy of the Yin Goddess, so a Full Moon on a Winters Night is as Yin as it gets.  I want to be silenced by the peace of the cold, bright, beauty of her.  I want to dive into a silent retreat, immersed in introspection so that I can emerge in the Spring ready for personal growth and abundance.  

But within the very heart of Yin, is Yang. While she is shrouded in her quiet power her very heart burns with wild fire.  She looks out upon the attractive, fiery dance of Yang, but within his heart is Yin...dark & cold.  This eternal dance between the night and day, fire and ice, hot and cold preserves and sustains all of creation...of nature...what the yogis would call, Prakriti (and what we would refer to as "nature.")


How do we find that balance of these two energies within ourselves?  How do we acknowledge and accept both aspects instead of falling into the temptation to grasp to one way of being or the other?  We could just howl in agony over the pain this dilemma creates, or we could tune into the Wisdom of the Full Winters Moon, travel deeply within our own hearts, and through introspection explore the answers to these ancient questions.  

Wherever your path leads, may the light of the Full Wolf Moon shine brightly upon you tonight.  May you find the peace, wisdom, and compassion to unite both the Sun and the Moon within your heart.  May all beings be happy and free from Suffering.


Namaste,

IndigoGrrl


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