Inspirational Quote and Photo of the Week ~ Where is the Beloved?

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In truth everything and everyone
Is a shadow of the Beloved,
And our seeking is His seeking
And our words are His words…
We search for Him here and there,
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side, we ask:
‘O Beloved, where is the Beloved?’

– Rumi

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A Yoga Practice For Beginners

Here is a simple sequence for Beginners, enjoy!

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Savasana – start with long slow deep breaths
Eka Pada Apanasana (Pull one knee to chest)
Apanasana (Both knees to chest)
Roll to side to sit up
Cat and Cow pose
Child’s pose
Child’s pose reach hands forward
Down Dog (Feet as wide as mat and knees bent, reach through sitbones. Lengthen lower back)
Child’s pose
Down Dog
Child’s pose
Down Dog
Low Lunge with back knee down
Down Dog
Low Lunge with back knee down
Down Dog
Walk hands to the back of mat
Uttanasana
Hands to hips and come up with a flat back
Tadasana
Tadasana reach hands up
Sun Salutation A x 2
Step out with right foot and face sideways on mat
Warrior 2 each side
Triangle pose each side
Prasarita Padottanasana A
Prasarita Padottanasana C
Prasarita Padottanasana Twist with hands on blocks
Tadasana
Surya A
Down Dog
Drop knees to mat and come to seated on mat
Dandasana seated on a folded blanket to elevate hips
Marichyasna C
Lie down onto mat on belly
Salabhasana x 2
Lie on back on mat
Bridge Pose x 2
Apanasana (Knees to chest)
Easy Twist (Take arms out to sides, drop knees to one side look to the other side and then switch)
Happy Baby Pose
Thread the Needle
Supta Padangusthasana (use a strap)
Savasana

5 Fast Facts About Deep Breathing

deep_breathing1. Breathing helps to burn calories by better oxygenating the blood. A California study found that women burned 140 percent more calories with 15 minutes of breathing exercises than by riding a stationary bike.

2. How the body removes its waste products by percentage.

 

Breath   70 %

Skin  20%

Urine  7%

Feces  3%

3. Deep breathing strengthens weak abdominal and intestinal muscles

4. Because oxygen is alkalizing to the body and carbon dioxide is acidic, when we’re not inhaling and exhaling fully, we tend to become overly acidic.

5. Deep breathing enhances immunity by eliminating toxins. While the heart is the pump for the vascular system, the lymphatic system has no real pump: It depends upon movement (exercise) and breath for stimulation. Properly used, the lungs act as sort of a suction pump for the lymphatic system.