Inspirational Quote (and One-Handed Handstand Photo) – On Being Unique by Osho

 

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“Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable.You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.”
Osho

 

Inspirational Quote and Photo of the Week ~ Dance Upon Injustice

Brock Cahill in handstand“Open up the doors and let the music play
Let the streets resound with singing
Songs that bring Your hope
Songs that bring Your joy
Dancers who dance upon injustice”
-“Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble” by Delirious

“Jump for Joy” Yoga Music Playlist with Link to itunes PING Playlist

Marysia Weiss in yoga pose Eka Pada Bakasana 2. Photo by Jim KnowlesMusic for vinyasa yoga!

Here is a music playlist I used for my “Jump for Joy” yoga sequence last sunday at Yogis Anonymous! To get the mix on itunes click here for the PING playlist!

Check out this photo of my talented yoga friend of The Hot and Healthy Blog Marysia Weiss in Eka Pada Bakasana. the photo is by photographer Jim Knowles.
Here is a short description of the class that goes with this playlist…
Buckle up yogis and get ready for some fun transitions!  Float from Eka Pada Bakasana (One legged crow) to Tripod headstand and later learn to glide from Marichyasana I (Seated forward fold wrap) into Eka Pada Bakasana. Jump start your handstand practice with some explanations on pikes and one legged entry methods. Complete your adventure with kicking over from Urdhva Dhanurasana at the wall. Enjoy!
  • Initiation (Change)Adam Plack & Johnny (White Ant) Soames
  • Devil May Care  euphoria
  • Weird Fishes/Arpeggi Radiohead
  • This Heart’s On Fire (Wolf Parade) Jacob Ruefer
  • Blues From Down Here TV On The Radio
  • Conversation 16 The National
  • Rome Phoenix
  • Where Do You Run to? Vivian Girls
  • All a Them a Do Noiseshaper featuring Juggla
  • Make You Mine Best Coast
  • Mystery of Life (Featuring Andrea Monteiro)Nickodemus featuring Andrea Monteiro
  • Entre (feat. Kormac) Simon Resoul
  • Into My Blues (feat. Pegah Ferydoni)Eva Be
  • Still? Yes! Nightmares On Wax
  • Shh Frou Frou
  • Fader The Temper Trap
  • Fireworks (Album) Animal Collective
  • Pink Bullets The Shins
  • Watching You Well The National
  • Kettering The Antlers
  • Everywhere I Go Lissie
  • Shavasana Sound Bath Therapy – Deep Healing Through the Power of Sound (Feat. Ann Malone)Music for Deep Meditation

Heart and Core Via K.O. Yoga Blog

Angela Kukhahn in Handstand. Photo by Leelu Morris

Props to handstanding yogini Kristin Olson of the K.O. Yoga Blog for writing this amazing post on handstand….

While working on handstands in Brock Cahill‘s Flight Club class at Yogis Anonymous, I was chatting with other students about handstand tips. We were talking about how hard it is to manage simultaneously two of the tricks to finding balance in a handstand: engaging your core while opening your heart. Thinking about it after class, I was pondering about how these two principles apply in life. Read More…

Resources For The Sanskrit “Yoga Speak” Newbie

Angela Kukhahn in Upward Facing Dog in the Tuscan sunflower fields (yoga pose) photo by Tara RiceWhen I first found myself in a yoga class figuring out how to actually do Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) was a challenge enough,… let alone trying to learn the ancient language of Sanskrit. (the language of yoga)

To say I found Sanskrit intimidating is to put it mildly. All I knew is that  all the names of the poses sounded alike since the name of each pose ends in the word asana. (asana means pose, so Trikonasana is Triko which means Triangle followed by asana which means pose.) All I have to say is Yogi rappers have a huge advantage, but I digress….

After deciding I wanted to become a yoga teacher I was a little distraught  when I learned I was going to have to learn this ancient language of rhymes whether I liked it or not.

I must admit, at first I didn’t really see the point, however, as a teacher it has become essential for me to have a good grasp on both the Sanskrit names of the poses and basic Sanskrit terminology.

Click below for a few  great online resources to acquaint yourself with the Sanskrit names of poses, and commonly used yoga terms from the Sanskrit language.

I found these websites extremely helpful for you “new to Sanskrit” yogis!

This one www.tilakpyle.com is great because it has audio. The guy recorded his voice pronouncing the names of the poses in Sanskrit. If you click on the name of the pose it takes you to a page with photos of the pose and a description.

Also try www.YogaJournal.com for pronunciation and great photos and descriptions as well!

Also check out www.YogaDancer.com which gives you the all of the poses (even ones I’ve never heard of! ) and when you click on the pose it shows you all the different variations as well,…very cool!

Also for the meanings of a lot of commonly used Sanskrit terms check out Yoga Glossary.

Good Luck on your yoga journey!

Inspirational Quote and Photo of the Week ~ I Believe

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”- Audrey Hepburn
Photo Credits:
Photo by Trent and Susie
Photo of Krista Cahill

Music Playlist: Yoga Music Playlist For Vinyasa Flow Yoga: “Free Your Hips” No. 15 (with Link to itunes PING Playlist)

Briohny Smyth and ice lida-Klein doing yogaMusic Playlist For Vinyasa Yoga!

Here is an eclectic mix of upbeat tunes for your “yogaing” pleasure! Click here to view the full PING playlist on itunes!

Prepare to free your hips in the spirit of the July 4th holiday! This is intense, sweaty flow will deeply open the hips and hamstrings in preparation for Visvamitrasana prep with the option to take the full pose and transition through Astravakrasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana and Ghanda Bherundasana. Plenty of opportunities to take inversions throughout and ending with creative backbends. Watch full class via Yogis Anonymous website HERE.
Music Playlist:
Om Namah Shivaya (Bhakti Brothers MahaDread Omstrumental) MC Yogi
Wavin’  Flag K’naan
Freedom Akon
Freedom Jimi Hendrix
Set You Free The Black Keys
Freedom Jurassic 5
Culture of Fear Thievery Corporation
Lokah Samastah (Sean Dinsmore’s Happy Free Mix) Sharon Gannon
Bullet and A Target Citizen Cope
Hey NaNa Katie Herzig
She’s Long Gone The Black Keys
Let The Drummer Kick Citizen Cope
Dropping Out of School Brad Sucks
Vaporize Broken Bells
Morning Mr. Magpie Radiohead
Fire In the Hole euphoria
Pure Shores All Saints
Keep Your Heart TV On the Radio
Nude Radiohead
Black Balloon The Kills
Free Fallin’ (Live) John Mayer
The Devil’s Tears Angus & Julia Stone
Gopala’s Dream Jai Uttal