The Path of Yoga

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Lead me from dreaming to waking.

Lead me from opacity to clarity.

Lead me from complicated to simple.

Lead me from obscure to obvious.

Lead me from intention to attention

Lead me from what I’m told I am to what I see I am.

Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.

Lead me to the place I never left.

Where there is peace, and peace.

Upanishads

Printmaking for the Floating Land event.

In June 2013 the local Cootharaba artists held an exhibition in the Sailing club during the Floating Land Event at Boreen Point, SEQld.  It was a fantastic experience working as a group bringing together a broad range of talent.  I used photography and printmaking with my aim being to combine my yoga and artistic practices.  These images were made by rolling ink onto a sheet of glass; then placing a sheet of paper over the ink and drawing onto the back to produce a one off print.

Padmasana - Lotus

Lotus – Padmasana

Cobra - Bhujangasana

Cobra – Bhujangasana

Peacock - Pincha Mayurasana

Peacock – Pincha Mayurasana

Cow - Gomukhasana

Cow – Gomukhasana

Superfood Bliss Balls

I recently bought a fantastic book on Superfoods – The food and medicine of the future by David Wolfe.  The majority of the foods are easily available and ready to incorporate into a healthy diet.  I have adapted a bliss ball recipe to make the most of some of these ingredients.  Rest assured they are delicious and simple to make by hand and beat munching on a biscuit with your cuppa!

Superfood Bliss Balls

SUPERFOOD BLISS BALLS

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds and/or walnuts
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1 tablespoon maca powder
2 teaspoons bee pollen
1/2 cup of unhulled tahini
2 tablespoons honey
6 marjoola dates pitted and chopped
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon rose water
1/2 cup desiccated cocnut

Blend altogether without pureeing.  It is good to use hands and knead.  Roll into balls and then roll in coconut.

Small porcelain bowl from Telena Rogers.

Chair Twist – Bharadvajasana on the Chair

This is a safe and simple twist that can be performed whilst sitting on a chair.  It stimulates and massages the abdominal organs, improving the digestion and providing a gentle stretch that releases tension from the neck and spine.  It can relieve arthritis in the lower back, and alleviates rheumatism of the knees.  Before you begin, a reminder to work within your capabilities.  Never force a posture and remember to breathe.  It’s ok to feel discomfort in muscles as you stretch, but discontinue if you experience pain in a joint.

*Avoid if suffering from a spinal injury, diarrhea, migraine or insomnia.

Sitting on a flat based chair sideways, with the back of the chair on your left.
Make sure your tail is to the back edge of the chair and that your feet are firmly planted on the floor 15cm apart.  Place them on a phone book or blocks if need be.
Place your hands on top of either side of the chair back with your elbows extending away from the body.
Bring your spine back slightly so that is directly above your hips.
Inhale and lift from the crown of the head; drawing you abdomen in so that you create height and length to the spine.

Chair Twist (a)

Then as you exhale gently twist to the left, using your left hand to push away and your right hand to draw yourself towards the chair.
Broaden into the collarbones and let the shoulders release away from the ears.
Concentrate the twist into the spine rather than the neck.
Keep lengthening on the inhalation and turning on the exhalation breath.
Hold for 3-5 breaths and release to the front.
Then turning around and repeating for the other side.
(Try to keep the knees in line so one doesn’t move forward as you twist. Using a block or a thick paperback between the knees can help with this.)

Chair Twist (b) To finish, sit on the front edge of the chair with your legs and feet wide apart.
Have your arms by your sides with the palms facing outward.
Inhale raising your arms and then turning the palms to the front exhale and stretch forward and release your body taking your hands towards the floor.
Let go so that the crown of your head releases towards the floor.

Chair Twist (c) Continue to breathe and let go for 3-5 breaths, then inhale to come up.
*If it is difficult or uncomfortable to release towards the floor stretch forward and place your hands on another chair or table.

Mixed Seed Crackers

Recently I have been looking at new recipes for healthy living.  How good do these look?  I found this recipe on a great site called glutenfreevegangirl.  They do not contain flour, fats or animal products and I can say they are delicious and so easy to make.  Can’t wait to try some more of her fantastic ideas.
Mixed Seed Crackers

1 cup of water
1/2  cup linseeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt
Optional seasoning : 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast  ( I used a dessertspoon of vegemite
1/2 teaspoon of rosemary,  1/2 teaspoon of thyme,  2 cloves of garlic crushed

Mix all ingredients together and let sit for 10 minutes.  Spread the mix to a thickness of 4mm on a paper lined baking tray. ( 32cm square )  Bake at 175c for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cut with a pizza wheel, turn over and bake for a further  20 minutes.  When cool store in an airtight container for up to a week.