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Reclining Hip Opening Poses, part 2

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Figure 4 foot down

In an earlier post, we discussed a few of the reclining hip opening yoga poses. In the hip opening sequence given here, I will be introducing two more poses – the Baddha-konasana (bound angle pose) and the Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby pose) in addition to the figure-4 stretches that we did the last time.

I hope you will enjoy watching the video and practicing with me.

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Suryodaya (Sunrise) Yoga, Sunday, Oct 15, 6-7:30 AM

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Virabhadrasana (Warrior2)

As you may be aware, I have been teaching these early morning yoga programs – 21-day yoga immersion, the 14-day meditation and 14-day pranayama intensives, from time to time. Many of the participants from these programs have expressed a desire to have an occasional early morning yoga class which can help them rejuvenate their own personal yoga practice.

Here is your opportunity to either begin a new yoga practice or rejuvenate an existing one. I invite you to join me for this new early morning Suryodaya Yoga class as per details below.

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No prior asana, pranayama or meditation experience is required.

  • What: Suryodaya (Sunrise) Yoga
  • When: Sunday, Oct 15, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:30 AM
  • Location: 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Routine: Asana (postures), Pranayama (15 min), Relaxation (10-15 min)
  • Live video streaming: the class will also be broadcast live via "facebook live".
  • Fee: Voluntary donation (cash, check or paypal); Suggested donation:
    • $10 (at the studio)
    • $3 (if you are attending via live video)
  • To register: fill out the registration form, providing information in all the fields, and submit it online

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to your participation.

Five Vrittis – workshop transcript, yoga sutras 1.6 thru 1.15

 [This is an edited version of the transcript of the monthly workshop on the yoga sutras held on September 16, 2017. In this session, we covered sutras 6 through 15 in chapter 1. Visit the podcast page on my blog for the audio recording]

Invocation to Sage Patanjali

In this invocation, Patanjali is credited with three areas of knowledge – science of Ayurveda to purify the body, the commentary on Sanskrit grammar to purify the speech and the science of Yoga (Yoga Sutras) to purify the mind.

योगेन चित्तस्य पदेन वाचां । मलं शरीरस्य च वैद्यकेन ॥योऽपाकरोत्तं प्रवरं मुनीनां । पतञ्जलिं प्राञ्जलिरानतोऽस्मि

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yogena cittasya padena vācāṃ । malaṃ śarīrasya ca vaidyakena ॥ yo’pākarottaṃ pravaraṃ munīnāṃ । patañjaliṃ prāñjalirānato’smi

"I respectfully bow down with folded hands and offer my salutations to Sage Patanjali, the highest among the Munis (sages), who has presented the remedies for removing the impurities of the body through his treatise on Ayurveda, of language through his treatise on grammar (Patanjala Mahabhashya) and the impurities of the Chitta (mind field) through his treatise on Yoga (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)"

In the session last month, we covered the first five sutras of Chapter 1.

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14-day Meditation Intensive, Monday, Oct 23 – Sunday, Nov 5

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Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

I am pleased to announce the next Meditation Intensive. In this program, I will discuss the basic concepts of meditation and practice several of the concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana) techniques. Most of the information that I will be sharing is based on the concepts discussed in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and related classical yoga texts.

No prior asana, pranayama or meditation experience is required.

Here are the particulars:

  • What: 14-day Meditation Intensive
  • When: Monday, Oct 23 – Sunday, Nov 5, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:30 AM
  • Location: 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Daily Routine: Light stretching (10-15 minutes), Pranayama (15 min), Relaxation (10-15 min), Meditation – discussion and practice (45 min)
  • Commitment: A firm commitment to follow this schedule and attend every day
  • Fee: $90 (cash, check or paypal)
  • To register: fill out the registration form, providing information in all the fields, and submit it online

Strongly recommended

  • Light,’sattvic’, nutritious, VEGETARIAN food
  • No alcohol, drugs, tobacco or any other item of similar nature
  • A personal commitment to continue the practice after the program is over

Please visit here for more details…

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to your participation.

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) with Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana)

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Virabhadrasana (Warrior 2)

If you’ve attended a yoga class with me, you would have noted that Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is an integral part of the routine that we practice. Typically, we practice three rounds of Surya Namaskar. In the first round, we go through the basic sequence which has the classic 12 movements. In the second and third round, we add some variations to many of the movements. For example, in the second round some of the common poses that we practice include warrior 1, warrior 2, triangle pose, pigeon pose etc. In the third round, we usually practice the upward facing dog and also occasionally some twisting variations from the lunge position.

In today’s post, I am presenting the sequence of three rounds of Sun Salutation with warrior 2 and the Reverse Warrior 2 integrated into the second round. My friend Bipin has graciously agreed to be your guide for the video presentation.

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Definition of yoga – workshop transcript, Sutras 1.1 thru 1.5

[This is an edited version of the transcript of the monthly workshop on the yoga sutras held on August 19, 2017. In this session, we covered sutras 1.1 through 1.5. Visit the podcast page to listen to the audio podcast.]

Whenever we study the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, we begin with an invocation to Sage Patanjali. In this invocation, Patanjali is credited with three areas of knowledge – science of Ayurveda to purify the body, the commentary on Sanskrit grammar to purify the speech and the science of Yoga (Yoga Sutras) to purify the mind.

योगेन चित्तस्य पदेन वाचां । मलं शरीरस्य च वैद्यकेन ॥योऽपाकरोत्तं प्रवरं मुनीनां । पतञ्जलिं प्राञ्जलिरानतोऽस्मि

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yogena cittasya padena vācāṃ । malaṃ śarīrasya ca vaidyakena ॥yo’pākarottaṃ pravaraṃ munīnāṃ । patañjaliṃ prāñjalirānato’smi

"I respectfully bow down with folded hands and offer my salutations to Sage Patanjali, the highest among the Munis (sages), who has presented the remedies for removing the impurities of the body through his treatise on Ayurveda, of language through his treatise on grammar (Patanjala Mahabhashya) and the impurities of the Chitta (mind field) through his treatise on Yoga (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)"

We concluded the previous round of discussions on the yoga sutras during last month’s workshop. That round took us a little over a year and a half. Today we are starting this new series. Again, we’ll study one sutra at a time. We’ll recite each sutra as we go along. I will try to explain the meaning of the sutra word-by-word first and then give the meaning of the entire sutra. A sutra is the Sanskrit word for a thread. So the yoga sutras represent a thread that connects all the statements together.

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Live video streaming of yoga classes via Facebook

Many of you have requested the ability to attend yoga classes that I teach over the internet via live video streaming. I was recently made aware of the "live video" feature that Facebook provides. I plan to use this feature to broadcast some of my yoga classes via live streaming.

As you may be aware, I started the 14-day pranayama intensive, 6-7:30 AM EST daily, this morning. I plan to broadcast the remaining 13 days via live video starting tomorrow. Please go to my FB site – https://www.facebook.com/scmittal a little before 6 AM and look for the live video.

The fee for the class will be purely by voluntary donation (suggested donation: $2 per class/$20 for the full two-week program). You can make the payment via paypal on my website (go to the bottom of the page).

Given that this will be my first attempt to go live, I do not expect the broadcast to be perfect or without problems. At the end of the class, I would love to get your feedback/comments and, most importantly, suggestions for improvement.

I certainly hope you will find this live video feature helpful in attending my classes, especially if you do not live in the triangle area of North Carolina or are traveling.

Looking forward to your participation in this 14-day pranayama intensive via "live video"!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Five Tibetan Rites (fountain of youth)

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Twirling

The book Five Tibetan Rites (The ancient secret of fountain of youth) was originally published by Peter Kelder in 1939. It contains a description of five exercises, now knows as the Five Tibetan Rites. Even though most of these exercises are the ones we do in our class in one form or another (with the exception of twirling), what makes the practice challenging and enjoyable is the fact that each exercise is to be repeated 21 times.

The book is based on the experience of a British Army Colonel who visited India and Tibet seeking knowledge about some of the esoteric Eastern practices that help maintaining good physical and mental health. He ended up in a monastery in Tibet where the monks, even though advanced in biological age, looked amazingly youthful. They told him that the secret of their youthful appearance was the regular practice of these five rites. Based on the story told by the colonel, Peter Kelder wrote the above mentioned book describing in detail the practice of these five rites.

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14-day Pranayama Intensive, Sep 18 – Oct 1, 2017

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Vishnu Mudra

I am pleased to announce the next Pranayama intensive. In this program, we will be practicing some of the main pranayama techniques given in our ancient yoga texts. I will also discuss the underlying concepts in the practice of pranayama and all the wonderful benefits that the practice can bring us.

No prior pranayama or meditation experience is required.

Here are the particulars:

  • What: 14-day pranayama intensive
  • When: Monday, September 18 – Sunday, October 1, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:30 AM
  • Location: 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Daily Routine: Light stretching (10-15 minutes), Pranayama (40 min), Relaxation (15 min), Yoga philosophy/meditation (15-20 min)
  • Commitment: A firm commitment to follow this schedule and attend every day
  • Fee: $90
  • To register: fill out the registration form, providing information in all the fields, and submit it online

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Yoga Retreat (August 2017) experience

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Lakulish Ashram 1

"… the retreat was a life-changing experience, because I truly came away from it a different (and hopefully better) person. … Since the retreat, I have been practicing every day, and I have found myself using some of the concepts from our lectures in my daily life. The retreat was one of the most joyful experiences I’ve had a in a long time… "

"… Wonderful! Thank you for facilitating such a magnificent time of reflection and community.  I felt a lot of my resentment towards my ongoing physical pain and the ending of a relationship melt away over the course of the weekend for which I am very grateful…"

" … Incredible, emotional. We covered a lot of material in a short period of time. Would love to have continued 3 more days…a month? …"

[Please read the full reviews here ….]

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