10.30.2008

Yoga and knitting

I have started a Yoga class! I have taken yoga off and on for years. And tried a few kinds. Mostly whatever class I could find.

Yoga is a binding together of the body, mind and spirit. The ultimate goal is the union of the individual's consciousness with the infinite consciousness. Al though it can be practiced religiously each day, yoga is not a religion.

This one is Kundalini yoga.

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Kundalini, which incorporates mantras (chanting), meditations, visualizations, and guided relaxation. It focuses on healing and "purifying" the mind, body, and emotions. Kundalini yoga is designed to activate the kundalini energy in the spine.

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This is achieved with poses, breath control, chanting, and meditation. Kundalini yoga is beneficial in dealing with addictions, and many people find it a natural way of releasing endorphins just by breathing and doing the poses.

Kundalini yoga consists of poses combined with breath control, hand and finger gestures, body locks, chanting and meditation. You will practice precise postures; sounds and breathing that activate different parts of the body and the brain to produce specific results

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I like it very much, it alternates between postures with serious breath work with meditation and rest. I was surprised at how it got my heart rate up. My yoga neighbor warned me not to become alarmed when "my hands start to tingle". I'm glad she did, they did and we started sweating and chanting.

I forgot how much better I feel when I'm taking a yoga class. It is as if my muscles have been making "rocks". And I finally stretch and relax all of them.

Yoga classes are everywhere these days, I urge you to check one out. Usually any good yoga studio will let you take a complimentary class.

You can use MapMuse to find one in your area.

It is a great compliment to knitting, clears the mind, and then creativity flows.....

May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies...

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