Anywhere hair.

I’m not the most hair savvy person. I can do a ponytail and a side braid, but that’s about the extent of my hair skills.
I found this quick little bun idea and I am loving how easy it is to do. Enjoy!

Simple and pretty bun idea.
Simple and pretty bun idea.

Introduction to Chakras (part 2)

Shushumna, Ida and Pingala Meridians.

In the same way that the physical body is more than just a collection of organs, the subtle body is more than just a collection of Chakras. The body has a complicated system of nerves, highly developed senses, intricate piecing together of muscles and bones and a vitally important system of hormone regulators. The physical body has pieces that are connected as part of a whole system, and the chakras are also connected together as part of a whole system.

The subtle body has a vital system interconnecting energy channels called meridians and nadis (nad means to flow).

The shushumna, which is the most important of the nadis rises within the base chakra and flows along the spine. There are two other important a channels; Ida (also known as Chandra, the moon) and Pingala (also known as surya, the sun).
Pingala nadi emerges from the right side of the base chakra and travels up the body in a series of of twists and curves crossing over the Shushumna. The Ida nadi emerges from the left side of the base chakra and travels up the body, creating the other half of a symmetrical pattern.
Ida, Pingala and Shushumna meet at the brow center to form a braided knot of energy.

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Understanding the Chakras:

By working with the energies of the chakras, we are seeking to understand ourselves wholly.
Yoga offers an integrated system for awakening the energy body, incorporating techniques of pranayama (breath), meditation and asana (postures/poses).
Asana functions on many levels, including the obvious effect on the physical body by releasing muscle tension, strengthening the internal systems and releasing joint stiffness. The asanas also impact and work with the nadis to circulate subtle energy. When combined with meditation and working with the state of the mind, it brings calmness and control.

The breath is a profound tool for creating physical, emotional and intellectual change. The breathing pattern mirrors the way in which you interact with the world and yourself (It is frequently shallow and incomplete).
Controlled breathing is quite different from the often shallow and unconscious rhythms of daily life, and should be practiced in a well ventilated room, on an empty stomach and bladder and the body should be relaxed.

Yogic Breathing:
Yogic breath has three parts as air is brought into the abdomen, the chest and then the nasal passages.
1. Deep inhale
2. Allow the air to fill your belly and feel the expansion within your abdomen.
3. Allow the air to fill your chest and feel your ribcage expand.
4. Allow the air to move into your throat and nasal passages.
5. On the exhale, empty your nasal passages, then your chest, and finally your abdomen.

It is important to move the air smoothly and without a break. There should not be separation between the inhale and the exhale.

 

 

 

 

source: The elements of the chakras.

Introduction to the Chakras (part 1)

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‘Chakra’ is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel. They spin on their own axis and in relation to the amount of energy in the system.

Chakras are sometimes referred to as lotuses, which is a great way to bring to life the force of the Chakra system.
The lotus blooms upon the surface of the water, but is rooted deeply in mud far below the surface.  This has come to represent the human condition. Just as a lotus, the chakra can be closed, in bud, opening, or blossoming, either active or dormant.
Just as everyone has a physical body, so too do we each have a subtle body. The Chakras bridge the physical and subtle matter.
Physical body:
Each of the Chakras correspond to a physical system and the related organs.
Base Chakra: relates to large intestine and rectum, it shares responsibility of the kidneys with the sacral Chakra.
Sacral Chakra: relates to the reproductive system, ovaries and testes, the bladder and the kidneys.
Solar plexus Chakra: relates to the liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen and small intestine.
Heart Chakra:  relates to the heart and arms.
Throat Chakra: relates to the lungs and throat.
Brow Chakra: relates to the brain.
Crown Chakra: not related or limited to one specific part of the body, but rather to the whole being.
There is a relationship between the condition of the Chakra and the relating physical organs. For example, dysfunction of the reproductive system will often manifest with obvious physical symptoms, such as disrupted menstruation. This will then be mirrored by disruption to the related energy network and chakra itself.
Traditionally, each of the chakras are also related to a major gland.
Base: adrenals
Sacral: ovaries in women, testes in men
Solar: pancreas
Heart: thymus
Throat: thyroid and parathyroid
Brow: pituitary gland
Crown: pineal.
The endocrine glands play an important part in our everyday health and well-being. The hormones released into the bloodstream govern all aspects of growth and development, therefore dysfunction by any of the endocrine glands will have a serious effect on the physical body.

Apple Tree.

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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with it’s yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples fall around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you have tasted as many as you could.”

~ Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum.

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Run//Yoga Retreat.

Run//Yoga Retreat.

Before the holiday season arrives, take time to focus on yourself and re-energize your body, mind, and spirit by joining us on a Run//Yoga Retreat. Set in beautiful Carmel, at ‘The Carmel Valley Villa,’ you may partake in daily yoga classes, scenic runs, and relaxing recovery time in the indoor hot tub and pool. Along with enjoying the great outdoors, you will dine on fresh, local, and wholesome food prepared by San Francisco chef Alison Monuntford of Square Meals. There will also be ample free time for exploring, hiking, or just lazing on the beach.

All athletic ability levels and experience are welcome, however it is required that you have completed at least a half marathon within the past year if you choose to go on Saturday’s guided run. Due to the layout of the Villa, we highly encourage you to bring a friend or partner to share your room with.

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The 11+ mile scenic run will be led by certified run coach and ultra marathon runner, Alex Ho. Alex has a passion for taking people out of their comfort zones and leading them on new adventures. So why run the 17 mile drive? It is simply a different way to experience a beautiful place. Half trail and half road, the picturesque coastal run takes you along the historic roadway where we pass the world renown Spyglass and Pebble Beach golf courses. This will be a “no drop” run with multiple stops along the way to enjoy the views. It will be open and available for all, with the goal of enjoying the beauty of Carmel’s popular scenic route while connecting with some new friends over a nice long run.

Jacqui Rowley will head up the daily yoga sessions, incorporating both energizing and restorative principles into her classes. Jacqui’s teaching methodology integrates precise alignment principles and breath into a vinyasa flow sequence that will leave you feeling challenged and restored, without adding unnecessary layers of intensity. Jacqui approaches each class with the group’s needs in mind to create a safe environment to learn, let go and relax.

Fueling our bodies with healthy, fresh and incredibly tasty meals is a big part of this retreat weekend. Chef Alison Mountford uses fresh, local ingredients and will take great care to keep us fed and fueled throughout each day.

Friday – Sunday, November 8 – 10
$650 per person
Space is limited.
Sign up at http://runyoga-carmel.eventbrite.com/

Contact Alex at ho.alexw@gmail.com or Jacqui at jacquirowley@gmail.com to register or if you have any questions.

Registration fee includes accommodation, all activities, plus meals and snacks.

New class schedule.

I am so excited to announce that I have added more public classes to my teaching schedule.

Monday:
12.15 – 1.15 at Yoga Tree Hayes
7.30 – 8.45 at Bernal Yoga

Tuesday:
4.30 – 6.00 at Planet Granite SF

Wednesday:
12.15 – 1.15 at Yoga Tree Hayes
7.30 – 8.45 at Bernal Yoga

Thursday:
4.30 – 6.00 at Planet Granite SF

Friday:
12.15 – 1.15 at Yoga Tree Hayes

Saturday:
11.15 – 12.30 at Planet Grainte SF

I still have space in my schedule to come to your office and teach, and I have a couple of slots available for private sessions.

Be in touch for further information or any questions.
jacquirowley@gmail.com

Thanks OMies.

 

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How Real Deal Christians Schooled This Yogini on Love and Forgiveness

A wonderful lesson in love and forgiveness from the talented Katie Silcox.

Katie Silcox

Yoga-mat-carrying-chics could learn something from bible-carrying chics. I should know. I got schooled by some sassy, suit-wearing lady-preachers this past year when I moved back down south to Virginia, land of the notorious Bible Belt.

A few months back I had a big ole’ fat case of the poor-me’s. A mind gremlin had actually wrapped her slimy webbed palms around my head and heart. She was ruthless, loudly blaring things into my heart space that made me wanna’ give up on my dreams and get in bed with a box of Chex-mix and a block of cheese.

Luckily, my mama (Vera) was around to pull me out of funk-city, dragging me kicking and screaming to a bible study. The last time I had been to bible class I was wearing MC-hammer pants, braiding friendship bracelets and listing to Toni Braxton. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled at the prospect…

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