Archive for the ‘Yoga quotes’ Category

Yoga and the wave of the breath in the spine

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The breath is something that all yogis talk about. It is the background sound of everyday life. Some quotes:

Waves on a beach, South coast of Spain 2009“Most of us remember the exuberance of our own early youth when we breathed with relaxed open bellies and as a result had an almost limitless supply of energy. Then we began to learn and develop poor breathing patterns. Now, as adults we find ourselves looking for ways to reawaken this experience of aliveness.”

Donna Farhi, The Breathing Book.

pebbles on beach“First of all, become aware of how your body is breathing – where it is inviting the breath to enter. Each asana challenges our habits of breathing in a different way. With each posture, discover the particular challenge it is making to your old patterns of breathing and allow yourself to release your resistance to it. Yes, the resistance will be there- we always resist change (that is part of the nature of maya).”

Healing Yoga

Swami Ambikananda Saraswati

Yoga and food

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

lettuce and tomatoesYoga has a lot to say about food, on a superficial level it can seem like it is all about eating certain things or excluding other things from your diet. Sivananda yoga has a reputation for encouraging people to be veggie and not to eat garlic or onions (too stimulating). Jivamukti yoga encourages people to exclude meat from their diet for ethical reasons if not health.

I’ve tried many diets over the years and have ended up not really liking to be told to eat this food or not to eat that food. Being told what to eat or what not to eat tends to bring up the inner rebel in me and eventually I rebel and can’t be bothered any more.

riceI like the approach which says, ‘work it out for yourself’.

In ‘Meditation Yoga’, Mashiro Oki says:
“A correct diet cannot be found through studying dietetics or by counting calories. To eat what is right is to eat whatever will develop your innate abilities to the ultimate and enable you to help others to to develop their innate abilities”.

In Okido yoga retreats, everyone says a pledge

“I have come to know that nutrition means to take in the suitable, not take the unsuitable, and to elminate the unnecessary.

I have come to know that it is wisdom granted by the grace of nature that my body itselft understands what is good or bad to accept into itself.

From now on, in accordance with my inner wisdom, I will strive to take in what is suitable and necessary and to elminate what is unsuitable and unnecessary.

I pledge that I will return the energy given to me by other life through serving others. ”

Awakening the spine

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

GuitarJust been reading Vanda Scaravelli’s book, ‘Awakening the Spine’.

Came across one of many great quotes:

“It is evident that a child will learn a piece of music more quickly where there is melody, rather than an exercise in which only technique is required. Therefore beauty comes first.

Amsterdam in June 2009In the same way, yoga will be accepted by the body when it is done without resistance. The wave along the spine is like the melody in music. When the beautiful flow of extension is in action, this wave (felt along with the magical attraction of gravity) will help the body find the right adjustment in the performance of the various movements.”

Vanda Scaravelli, Awakening the Spine P95