Archive for ‘anusara’

August 15, 2012

Yoga Diaries – Second Chakra

by mandy lipka

Sometimes I like to take beginner and fundamentals classes to refresh proper alignments and basic adjustments in poses because once we get going on the yoga machine we often overlook the most important things we learned in the early days. Or, maybe our first teachers overlooked them, too, and we missed them completely. Either way, I find it a great exercise in learning and reminding our bodies.

Tonight, is a perfect example. We focused completely on our second chakra and began our session by meditating with legs bent up the wall to give our low backs some rest.

The second chakra is the Svadisthana, or Sacral chakra. In Tantric tradition, it can also be translated as

from Wikipedia

“one’s sweetest abode” or “one’s own place.” This second chakra is shown as the orange lotus in Shaktism, which has a crescent in the center– the tattwa, or truth, of water. Svadisthana corresponds to the element of Water and often is associated with sexual energy. Though it does not connect with the sex organs (that’s the first), it is the force behind the life-sustaining energy behind sexual impulse. The crescent moon in the center is also symbolic of the mysterious powers within the subconscious, relating to the pre-rational dream state of consciousness.

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July 13, 2012

Yoga Diaries: Present Moment of Success

by mandy lipka

It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present
moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems
to work in whispers and small kindnesses. Charles de Lint via Stress Resources

It’s been a busy summer and I have so much in the yoga backlog to write about. But, today was a special day worth noting. It’s the day I did my first successful headstand in ~4 years. I took a bit of a yoga break after I graduated college— focused my time on the move, reconnecting with friends and starting a new job.

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May 31, 2012

Yoga Diaries: Back to the Basics

by mandy lipka

Now that the dust is beginning to settle in the Anusara world, rather than worry about where the movement is going, I think it behooves us to revisit the beginning. Whenever I start to lose faith in something that matters to me, I tend to go back to the start to remind myself of those sparks that once ignited something special.

Anusara takes its name from a verse in the great text, the Kularnava Tantra. It reads in Sanskrit:

Shakti-nipata-anusarena sishyo’anugraham-arhati

Meaning:

By stepping into the current of Divine Grace’s descent into the heart, the true seeker becomes worthy, enveloped in the Grace that sustains and nurtures his or her every action.

So, let’s do it. Let’s bring meaning back to descending into our hearts to find the TRUTH. The truth in ourselves, the truth in grace– that which sustains us and nurtures our soul.

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