Jenny Davis Yoga Relaxation Meditation
|Posted on May 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM||comments (33)|
Due to a number of requests from my yoga students I have finally added a Yoga Videos page to my website. Thanks go to my wonderful son Sean for his patience with a technical ignoramus mum and his experience with "green screens" and video editing. He has succeeded in producing a lovely result, having had to work with limited technical facilities. We have spoken about the possibility of creating some voice-overs for the videos but that is a whole new ball-game and is something that may happen in the future if I get my act together! In the mean-time, I hope all visitors to my site enjoy watching the videos as a sneak peak into how we work yoga asanas in my yoga classes. As always, if you have any medical conditions, injuries, are pregnant or are new to yoga, seek the advice of your health professional and expert yoga teacher's assessment of how to practise yoga safely and adapt the asana to your own individual needs. Why not try one of my yoga classes - go to the timetable page on this website to see what classes are currently on and book your place!
|Posted on January 8, 2013 at 5:58 AM||comments (96)|
Many students ask why Yoga teachers begin and end classes with the word "Namesté". "Namesté" is one of the world's great spiritual greetings. Originally from the Hindu religion, "Namesté" was taken on by Yoga (which is non-religious) because of its powerful spiritual message. In essence, the greeting can be translated to mean "I celebrate or honour the place in you where we are One". As the essence of Yoga is to unite or yoke together, the greeting sums up Yoga's philosphy in one word. The hands are usually held in prayer position and head bowed also as a sign of respect and honour. A slightly longer explanation of the term is "I honour the place in you that is the same in me. I honour the place in you where the whole Universe resides. I honour the place in you of Love, of Light, of Peace and of Truth. I honour the place in you that is the same in me. There is but One. Namesté". When you understand the meaning of Namesté then it becomes a powerful positve mental focusing tool. Anyone can use the word as a mantra to shift your thoughts away from the separatism of the Ego to the Unity Consciousness of the Spirit. The more often you use it, the more effective it becomes.
Try this. For one day, whenever you meet anyone, friend, colleague, relation, stranger, silently repeat "Namesté" before interacting with them. Focus on going into each interaction with love, peace and "win-win" as your aim, rather than as the Ego often directs you going into interactions to beat, be proved right or for some form of winner-loser goal. See what sort of a day you have!
Many other words and phrases from other spiritual, religious and cultural traditions convey a similar meaning - can you think of any? Here are just a few:
"I See You" (from James Cameran's movie Avatar)
"May the Force Be with You" (Star Wars)
"We are One in the Spirit, we are One in the Lord" (Christian)
Can you send me any more you can think of?
Let me know how your day of Namesté goes.