How the World You Create is Reflected Back to You

It’s all Alchemy!
“Ancient alchemists, like their Yogi counterparts, saw all of creation as composed of earth, air, fire, water, and space.
 
Each and every one of us is an #alchemist. Our laboratory is our brain. We concoct our potions and elixirs based upon our thoughts. These chemicals then course through our neurological systems and spread into our organs, muscles, bones and tissues. Depending upon the quality of our thoughts and our level of consciousness, we are either creating black magic that will only cause us pain, or we are creating miracle potions that can help us lead the lives we have always desired.
 
For instance, a chronically agitated, fearful and angry person creates too much adrenaline and cortisol, the primary chemicals associated with our instinctive fight-or-flight response. Our fast-paced, stressed-out culture contributes to this alchemy and such a person finds themselves in increasingly toxic life situations. This pattern often leads to lowered immune function, mental or physical ailments, and ultimately serious disease.
 
The thoughts of a more positive alchemist create serotonin and interleukins. These chemicals boost the immune function, relax our adrenals, and promote healing. This pattern leads to a happier life in which greater health, greater achievements, and greater experiences seem to go hand-in-hand.
 
Simply put, as we all have heard, “You are what you think.” The hypochondriac becomes sick. The person who thinks negatively creates a reality in which things always seem to go wrong. Those who believe they cannot accomplish something have already seeded their own defeat. On the other hand, the positive person who takes a sugar pill in a blind test of a new medicine may actually experience benefits far beyond what the real drug has to offer. Those who are convinced of their potential are likely to realize it no matter what obstacles arise. Those who see the world filled with light and love often have this reflected back to them as their reality.”
– By #BhavaRam
 
#alchemyofyoga #earth #water #fire #air
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Yoga Class Plan

Philosophical Theme: Giving and Grounding

2 ganesha king dancerPhysical Focus: Lower Body Stability, Upper Body Strengthening

Elements: Earth and Fire

Chakras? Root and Sacral. First and Third.

Pranayama: Double inhale through nose, double exhale through mouth (in planks)

Emphasis: Dynamic and Static Masculine Energies

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding;
And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.
And is there aught you would withhold?

 

All you have shall some day be given;

 

Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors’.
See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.
For in truth it is life that gives unto life while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.

 

And you receivers… and you are all receivers… assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.
Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings;
For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the freehearted earth for mother, and God for father.
– Kahlil Gibran

OPENING WAVE:

WAVE 1:
Seated meditation 3 minutes
Seated cat/cow
Seated Shoulder openers: Hands on shoulders twisting kriya, Rotate in a circle (release trapezoids)

WAVE 2:
Bharavajrasana side 1, 2
Table – wrist stretches
Dog
Down Dog with twists/Skier Dog optional lift 1 arm up

WAVE 3
San Salutation C with variations

WAVE 4 Arm Balance Wave
Including hitchhiker from lizard and half Titibasana
– Taking it apart in steps into Koundinasana
And including half titibasana/half crow arm balance into Koundinasana A

WAVE 5
Adding into Sun Sal C variation full side plank (Vasistasana)

CLOSING WAVE
Bharavajrasana side 1, 2
Supine twist (walk down on side, curl into a ball)
Savasana

Alchemy of Stability: Earth Energy of Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is also known as the Earth Chakra. Truth is, we all benefit from having more of an Earth personality. Characteristics include stability, reliability, and thoughtfulness. An earth person has a reputation for being nurturing and grounded. People we value as dear friends are often those that are self-accepting, peaceful and supportive. They are comfortable with who they are. We can achieve this by investing time into stabilizing our Root Chakra. When we’re at home with ourselves, we’re less likely to worry. When we are grounded, our roots go deeper, providing us more physical and emotional stability. Like a plant, the deeper the root base, the bigger the bloom above ground. The stronger we are in our foundation, the more confidence we have to reach for our greatest visions. The Root Chakra feeds and gives strength to the power of manifestation. The Alchemy of Stability breeds a belief in abundance. From the .

Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com

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Alchemy of Stability: Earth Energy of Root Chakra by Silvia Mordini on Do You Yoga

Alchemy of Stability: Earth Energy of Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is also known as the Earth Chakra. Truth is, we all benefit from having more of an Earth personality.  Characteristics include stability, reliability, and thoughtfulness. An earth person has a reputation for being nurturing and grounded. People we value as dear friends are often those that are self-accepting, peaceful and supportive. They are comfortable with who they are.   We can achieve this by investing time into stabilizing our Root Chakra. When we’re at home with ourselves, we’re less likely to worry. When we are grounded, our roots go deeper, providing us more physical and emotional stability. Like a plant, the deeper the root base, the bigger the bloom above ground.   The stronger we are in our foundation, the more confidence we have to reach for our greatest visions. The Root Chakra feeds and gives strength to the power of manifestation.  The Alchemy of Stability breeds a belief in abundance. From the .

Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com

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Alchemy of Earth Yoga Playlist

Name Time Album Artist
1 Shanti (Peace Out) 6:59 Elephant Power MC YOGI
2 The Setting Sun 3:32 The Rise of Downtempo Dub Sutra
3 Jai Ma 7:38 Sounds of Tadasana Annmarie Solo
4 Tango to Evora 4:10 The Visit Loreena McKennitt
5 Afterglow (feat. Soundmouse) 4:41 Fallen Light Phaeleh
6 Lazy Calm 6:35 Stars and Topsoil – A Collection (19… Cocteau Twins
7 Gobinday Mukunday 9:55 Yoga Living Series – Temple Spa Spirit Voyage Artists
8 24-25 3:38 Declaration of Dependence Kings of Convenience
9 Into Dust 5:38 So Tonight That I Might See Mazzy Star
10 Open Door 3:38 Rose Ave. You + Me
11 Birds And Ships 2:16 Mermaid Avenue Billy Bragg & Wilco
12 Serenity 3:28 Dragonfly Arthur Lee Land
13 Om Namah Shivaya I 5:14 Moments of Silence Kristian Thorsager
14 Shavasana/Deep Relaxation 4:28 Yoga Sol Shiva Rea
15 Inward Journey (Dawn’s Mirage) 3:15 Canyon Trilogy R. Carlos Nakai

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Saturn Mantra for Meditation

OM SHAM SHANAYE NAMAHA

Chant 108 times at a sitting. Fully activated after 23,000 repetitions.

Benefits? Promotes calm and forgiveness. Earth energy. Root chakra. Gives peace when faced with difficulties. Relieves stress and anxiety. This mantra will slow down your mind, giving it stability and rest. Promotes sleep. Antidote to insomnia.

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Alchemy of Yoga Earth Element Class May 22, 2015

Alchemy means Transformation! Come experience the 4 elements (Air, Fire, Water and Earth) and related Chakras as an inner and outer map of TRANSFORMATION. These are archetypal and energetic maps that are as metaphorical as they are very real and embodied. Everything we see, taste, touch, feel, and do can be interpreted through the gateway of the elements.

During this special monthly class we will learn how to tap into these sacred relationships and align ourselves with their Alchemy in order to gain insight into healing our psyche, emotions and well-being. This Alchemy is a guide to life in spiritual rhythm with Nature, for bringing about real, lasting change and cultivating inner happiness. Expect inspirational music and talk story.

This class is open to all levels, though some experience with Hatha Flow or Vinyasa is best.

WHERE: Yogalife Queen Anne, Seattle
COST: Regular Class Pass
WHEN: Friday May 22nd 6.30pm – 8.00pm
EARTH: Physical Alchemy – Clearing your Physical Self, Tapas detox

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Friday February 27th 6.30pm – 8.00pm
AIR: Mental Alchemy – Clearing your Mental Self, Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness

Friday March 27th 6.30pm – 8.00pm
WATER: Emotional Alchemy – Clearing your Emotional Self, Releasing energy zappers.

FIRE: Spiritual Alchemy – Clearing your Spiritual Self, Saying YES to life.

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