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Sculpture

Meditation comes in a multitude of forms, even sculpture.

In order to create the form you must observe the subtleties that make it unique. The act of observing a model (or anything) with complete awareness heightens consciousness. To look and see:  ridges, curves, creases, bumps, edges, lines, points. Noticing the fine details allows you to see something more fully. Only later does one step back and take in the piece fully.

Sculpture, and art in general, highlights the importance of small details. Looking closely, then stepping away, manipulating the shape but also allowing it to hold form.

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Practice this sequence when you wake up in the morning or after a run.

YOGA AT YOUR DESK & MINDFUL BREATHING

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Gentle stretching throughout the day helps to reduce shoulder rounding, takes pressure off the lower back, and allows you to breathe more deeply.

  1. Seated Spinal Twist – Twisting at your desk helps to gently detoxify throughout the day. Moving the spine, relieves lower back pain, improves digestion, and even reduces stress.
  2. Seated Ankle to Knee – Draw you ankle to knee on each side and gently lean forward until you feel the opening of your outer hip. Hold for about a minute and deepen your breath.
  3. Reverse Prayer Pose – Start by grabbing alternate elbows behind you.  If you have more range, press your hands together. If you can, bring the pinkies and thumbs to touch. This posture stretches the wrists, hands and chest.

STRESS REDUCTION – The simple act of bringing mindfulness to your breath throughout the day can be a powerful tool to better manage and cope with stress. The key is start simple.

Begin by sitting at your desk and lengthening your inhales and exhales. Plant your feet firmly on the ground while sitting up straight and broadening across your chest. Inhale and count: 1…2…3…4…5….Now Exhale: 5…4…2…1.

As you continue to practice, increase the count.  Direct the breath to the lower belly and back. This is a simple technique, known as, Full and Complete Breath. Focusing on the breath helps to increase concentration and focus, calm the mind, and it physiologically increases oxygen intake in the body.

 

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The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

 

To read more work by Oriah, check out her blog: http://www.oriahmountaindreamer.com/

 

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For many, running is a treasured form of exercise, offering physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. Yoga is an excellent supplemental tool for runners to build core strength, loosen and lengthen muscles and improve oxygen intake. In this workshop, we will explore ways to keep your muscles open and limber to help increase range of motion, improve flexibility, build core strength and prevent injury. In addition, we will explore pranayama to link breath and movement and create greater relaxation during rigorous activity.

This workshop is open to all levels. 

WORKSHOP DETAILS

  • DATE: Sunday October 13th 2013
  • TIME: 2pm -4pm
  • RATE: $20 Early Bird Registration/ $25 Day of Registration Fee
  • PLACE: HOSH YOGA, 55 Nassau Ave  Brooklyn, NY

Props and mats will be provided. All participants must come with an open imagination.

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