Trataka – focalizare pe lumina lumanarii

poate multi dintre noi vor avea o lumanare in mana in zilele ce urmeaza, nu ii intereseaza nici ce zice preotul, nici bunica, prietenii sau altii din preajma si se gandesc ce ar putea sa faca mai constructiv cu acel moment.. trataka?

Trataka

trataka candle lumanare

inseamna a privi focalizat, a-ti pironii privirea, a te uita lung, a contempla – ca metoda se foloseste un punct (sau un cerc plin cu un diametru specific), flacara unei lumanari iar in unele cazuri mai avansate alte flacari, Luna si Soarele.

Cum se face trataka?

in principiu exista multiple succesiuni sau serii de focalizare intr-o practica, vorbind acum de lumina unei lumanari, in prima sesiune voi fi foarte atent la baza flacarii, in a doua sesiune voi fi foarte atent la centrul flacarii, apoi la varful flacarii, margini si intr-un final la toata flacara (sau tot obiectul in focus)..

ochii raman deschisi

cu tot efortul posibil – sa nu clipeasca in timpul unei sesiuni, promitandu-ti tie insusti ca nu-i vei inchide pana cand rauri de lacrimi nu vor cadea pe obraz (destu de greu ca din primele sesiuni sa existe o asemeanea disciplina, insa e de inteles directia acestieia)

dupa ce se inchid ochii

atentia si “privirea” ramane indreptata spre flacara (sau obiectul focalizat), incercand sa privim flacara cu ochii inchisi pentru aproximativ aceiasi durata de timp petrecuta in sesiunea anterioara cu ochii deschisi

pozitia flacarii

coloana vertebrala trebuie sa ramana alungita, dreapta, erecta in totalitatea procesului.. respectiv flacara (sau obiectul focalizat) nu trebuie sa fie prea jos sau prea sus (incat sa se plece capul) iar distanta sa fie de aproximativ 1 m fata de ochi

intentia

(vorbind aici de lumanare) vrem sa absorbim aceasta flacara in interior, sa ramana prezenta in noi chiar si atunci cand inchidem ochii sau ea este indepartata din fata noastra

Cum se termina Trataka?

dupa ultima sesiune proposa se intind picioarele si se pastreaza 2 x durata unei sesiuni in shavasana

Alte indicatii
Cate sesiuni?

trataka se efectueaza in minim 3 sesiuni

Ochelari sau lentile de contact?

ca aproape in orice practica se elibereaza ochii de ochelari si aici in special inclusiv de lentilele de contact

Muzica

efectul este marit in lipsa sau cat mai redusa prezenta a stimulilor senzoriali, fara muzica, fara alte surse de lumina, miros, senzatii, etc..

De ce am face Trataka?

Printre altele unul din efectele technicii este kriya, respectiv ajuta la curatarea gandurilor suprimate. Creste disciplina si capacitatea de concetrare, elibereaza glandele lacrimale si detensioneaza muschii ochilor.

Mai sunt si alte detalii legate de purificarea elementelor din care suntem construiti si amintim aici de Foc si in acest caz pozitia flacarii poate fi usor diferita – in dreptul buzelor la o distanta de 20-30cm.

savurati momentul!

mini sugestii spre 21 mai 2016

pentru ca sunt putin departe si vreau sa clarific unele mentiuni legate de aceasta perioada, astern aici si informatile ce le-am mentionate la cere mai recente clase:

Asana
  • cow (vaca)
    • cat-cow
    • cat-cow-tiger
    • face
  • fluturi ampli (baddha konasana)
  • bridge (podul)
  • hip-openers (deschizatori de solduri)
  • triangles

plus cele din perioada anterioara (plug / plow, warriors, virasana, vajrasana, lumanarea / shoulders stand)

Pranayama

cat mai multa curatire, nu doar prin practica unor kriyas (neti pot, kapalbhati, bastrika) cat mai ales prin runde dimineata si seara de:

nadi shodhana – respiratia prin alternarea narilor (incepand de pe stanga) si pastrarea duratei inspiratiei = expiratiei, fara rententie..

Altele
  • scaldarea picioarelor in rau

enjoy 😉

Astre, culori si zilele saptamanii

ma intalnesc din ce in ce mai frecvent cu persoane care poarta (involuntar) anumite culori in respect cu unele zile ale saptamanii, ii intampin zambind, mai ales cand probabil purtam si acelas tip de articol asociat cromatic  si atunci deschid ei usor subiectul (asortarii)..

MM: “[…] verde”
Eu: “foarte bine, azi e miercuri”

putin nauciti de raspuns si in acelas timp curiosi imi lasa spatiu sa continui ideea:

Eu: “[…] fiecare zi a saptamanii are asociata o planeta, azi Miercuri, Mercur, verde”

Dar ce treaba are verde cu Mercur? ca doar planeta nu e verde.. vom deslusi in cele ce urmeaza.. insa inainte de toate trebuie sa recunos ca prietena mea e foarte happy ca mi-am gasit un sistem de selectie mai viguros al alegerilor vestimentare :)) Iar in alta ordine de idei, tot mai multe persoane vor sa la scriu odata legenda acestor asocieri cromatice cu zilele saptamanii.. Cum ziceam, 7 astre din sistemul solar – 7 zile in saptamana:

  • Soarele – Sun – Sunday – Duminica
  • Luna – Moon – Monday – Luni
  • Marte – Mars – Tuesday – Marti
  • Mercur – Mercury – Wednesday – Miercuri
  • Jupiter – Jupiter – Thursday – Joi
  • Venus – Venus – Friday – Vineri
  • Saturn – Saturn – Saturday – Sambata

Daca am mentionat anterior ca Miercuri e verde, probabil exista asteptarea unui ROGVAIV, insa aceste sincronizari cromatice nu au legatura nici cu chakrele, nici cu spectrul de lumina.

Pentru a inlatura efectele sau influentele negative ale unor planete in astrologia vedica erau prezentate aceste tehnici ce se imparteau in materiale si spirituale. Metodele materiale includ purtarea unor pietre pretioase sau semipretioase, ce poarta energia unor diferite plantele.

Spre exemplu, daca in horoscopul personal, Mercur e slabit se poate purta un inel de smarald pe degetul mic si/sau purtarea unor haine verzi, Miercuri (ziua Mercur) de asemenea postul pana la orele pranzului. Insa toata povestea cu inelele este ca nu sunt asa de usor de procurat, marimea pietrei trebuie in general minim 5 carate, sa fie de o calitate buna si asa ajung scumpe, in plus cel mai important este ca piatra trebuie sa atinga mereu pielea (ca e inel ca e medalion) si pe cealalta parte sa patrunda lumina Soarelui + in cazul personal, fiecare piatra o duc spre consultare unui guru (care se uita si dupa incarcatura pietrei, intampinand des cazuri in care reconstruirea unora prin diferite procese, oricat de bine ar arata in final, nu trece prin filtrul lui, zicandu-ti daca e multumit de vibratia pe care o are, daca sa mai cauti sau daca e goala). Si mai sunt si alte metode, ritualuri si actiuni de caritate care se pot face in acele zile asociate cu planetele mai slabe (in horoscopul personal).

Interconexiunea vedica a planetelor cu culorile si zilele saptamanii este:

Sun – Sunday – Orange; Moon – Monday – Milky white, silver; Mars – Tuesday – Pink, red; Mercury – Wednesday – Green; Jupiter – Thursday – Yellow; Venus – Friday – White, blue; Saturn – Saturday – Dark blue, black; Rahu and Ketu have no days of the week, but Rahu is like Saturn – Saturday, and Ketu is like Mars – Tuesday.

Cromatica zilelor saptamanii

Duminica | Soare | rubin | red spinel & red garnet | Surya
Luni | Luna | perla | moonstone & white coral | Chandra
Marti | Marte + Ketu* | coral  | red carnelian & red blood stone | Mangala
Miercuri | Mercur | smarald | tsavorite & green tourmaline | Budha
Joi | Jupiter | safir galben | yellow topaz & tourmaline | Guru
Vineri | Venus | diamant | white sapphire & colorless quartz | Shukra
Sambata | Saturn + Rahu** | safir albastru | iolite & indicolite | Shani

*Ketu – Cat’s eye – tourmaline & fibrolite – 
**Rahu – Hessonite  – hyacinth & spessertite –

in speranta ca de acum o sa aveti zile cat mai colorate,

hari om, tat sat, namaste!

last 7 weeks of India – part 2 – Goa & Prenatal

I want to express some gratitude, so I thought, initially to post this in English, now I think that i’ll alternate between Romanian and English between these parts..

Arrival

here i was, landing in GOA.. where, we were announced that NO PHOTO is allowed to be taken at the airport, so i already started to ask myself why? Is it this airport maybe so small? is it that jungleish? or dirty? or diseases? security issues? anyway..

dressed all in black mountain clothes – with the idea to be protected against the cold (Romania & Germany) as also against the hot/sun in Goa – i already started to have the feeling that i need to breathe more with my skin.. got my heavy backpack.. the phone was not registering to any service – another reason to be happy (when you charge your prepaid phone with a lot of $ so that you can use it in roaming and there nobody wants to accept you 🙂 ). I sit myself on the taxi line, then trying to find an ATM, cashing out at some tourist agency (with a 10% fee for minimum 10000), then finally going to the taxi…

it started to look like a rich environment, comparing the Green with Jamaica and already feeling that it would be a great experience.. then after maybe 1h I arrived into some place a bit more deserted that expected..  somehow i was expecting it to be closed to the beaches, to the ocean..

i don’t know what was in my head that moment, but when I looked at this map.. i thought.. hey.. this green/forest whatever could be foot-passed for the beaches

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getting of the car..

I was remembering my 1st arrival to India [2013].. shortly someone run to me, asked my name and took the luggage to the room… the house, was just over the street of the school,  BIG, trying to impress with a green like american grass before the porch, then a large day room – except of big closet the room was empty (while on the right side of the house, the same space was filled with a kitchen), then ahead after one door there was the bedroom with 2 beds and ants/mosquito nets over them and one bathroom..

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dropped the luggage and went straight to the school, the staff from kitchen area were very friendly and smiling faces, they asked me to sit, have a drink, asked about my travel and communicated a short schedule of the next day and the services they provide inside.. what the travelers would say.. a WELCOMING and smiling ATTITUDE 🙂

the 1st day

the previous experiences in India, my plans to have some remote working from there as also that my phone was not registering to any network turn the remaining time of that day to the journey of getting a phone prepaid sim card..

with a small, sketched on paper, map to Chaudi Market 🙂 I planned a 5-6km trip, on foot, to experience the surrounding, maybe make some shopping.. but i didn’t realize how tired I was.. and I had to walk a lot until some shops started to arise..

starting to experience the Sun set on the way to.. Great.. or not so great :))) because in the end it was a long tiring trip, with no results (i had to had passport copy and a lot of things for get a sim card).. so the only things i bought was water..

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the road back was filled by darkness and thoughts, hurrying to catch at least the dinner as a comfort way to end the day… and so it was.. 1st day summary: we are deep enough in the nature, if you want to reach something better ride a scooter (or bike)..

the 1st impressions

trimurtri goa panorama

The school looks great is like yoga camp Oaza, the staff are very friendly, everything looks clean, the food included in the course is great as also there would easily prepare you something else from an option list in change of a specific money donation – like if you are craving for sweets or for something else to drink they can please you to some degree, still in a healthy way (e.g. kombucha).

The Training

initially when I thought Prenatal Yoga, you’ll view some postures and some techniques that need to be avoided.. you’ll focus on the space and how not to touch it.. but as an outsider.. that’s how you’ll consider it.. basically.. and this was the space of my preconceptions..

From the 1st day we started, we were asked to find ourselves a story, about your pregnancy, where we are, etc. then that during all prenatal yoga classes we’ll be practicing with a pillow sticked to our abdominal alea, that we would start to feel & understand our future students by limiting ourselves to what we believe is the available expression. Hearing that, our first class was very strange, we want so far pretending that on the end-class feedback everyone felt that was sick/ill – that was our primary lesson – these beautiful women are full with energy, they kick life with two hearts in the same body and without any reason.. we are tagging them instated of understanding.

Like this, day by day, we grew on understanding and learning things that we didn’t know nor had any idea they were there. Karo had a beautiful structure of the course so that each part of the program was a step further and higher.

the group

the expecting yogis

We had the honor to have with us also a pregnant colleague, Adriana, which was almost each time teaching us that pregnant women are way more stronger, fit for exercises and willing to get involved that we estimated. Then by the end of the course we understood why Karo was so into (street-)picking even local women to train with us or hear their feedback, as also why everyone wanted to pair with Adriana if there was any activity demanding a partner 🙂

Erica Prenatal Yoga Teacher

some other colleagues were experienced with pregnant women or kids, either by teaching prenatal Pilates, dancing, arts or sciences. I don’t want to explicitly associate them with their background, just that here I wanted to thank them for their presence and sharing: Niha, Sandra, Celine, Letitia, Paula, Vicky, Nanika & my brother.. thank you!

Kad local indian prenatal yoga teacher

the material

Prenatal

we had 6 teachers during the prenatal phase of the course, where Karo was leading the majority of the hours teaching us about the 1-3 trimesters, special conditions and the labor as also leading some classes (some very thematic as openings, warm-ups, standing & walll, mat sequences, etc). Beryl took care of the anatomy and Bhaskar of philosophy. For our experience we also had normal and prenatal yoga classes lead by Claire, other prenatal by Erika and Kad (an local indian prenatal yoga teacher).

Bhaskar teaching prenatal philosphy

The remaining time was filled by classes where we were teaching something that we learned that day (or the previous one) in a small group or full class.

Postnatal

following a familiar structure but a bit faster we went over what’s the need, place of postnatal yoga.. having experience from almost all the previous teachers.. learning also more about props, restorative, adjustments, nutrition (with Susan) and partner yoga..

the feedback

just to leave some numbers, we had 7 teachers, each with their specific focus, who lead about 37 sessions + 17 other assisting (were we had some teaching practicum). The information and the knowledge that was shared exceeded all my expectations, in such a way that this part of the journey became one of the richest experiences (training & location included). I will return to this place, to this school, to these people with open heart as I also recommend it, starting from my closest friends and family 🙂

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cele 7 saptamani in India – partea 1 – agenda

acum 65 de zile am inceput a 3-a aventura in India.. 

a 3-a x India?

pentru multi acest spatiu nu este nici macar in lista de destinatii, fiecare a auzit de mizeria lor, de listele de boli, de miros si orice invazie nepoliticoasa a fiecarui simt, de maimute agresive, de numarul “mare” de violuri, talharii, droguri, bombe, teroristi, etc – si daca n-am fi intrat deja pe firul rosu, cu aceste cuvinte, al agentiilor de securitate.. as mai fi amintit cateva..

de ce atatea vizite in India, oare nu sunt alte destinatii mai interesante?

probabil ca sunt, insa inca n-au intrat in prioritatile mele, in acelas timp India este atat de inepuizabila, acum, atunci, mereu.. este asemenea unui teren de joaca, locul unde expansiunea experientelor nu cunoaste limite, unde inveti sa-ti eliberezi fricile, sa cunosti aceea libertate, bucurie, prezenta (atentie) pe care ai avut-o cand erai mic..

am pasit prima oara in India sa invat yoga – atat cat sa o pot preda, apoi a 2-a oara aveam mai multe planuri – sa-mi adancesc practica, sa invat cum sa invat pe altii ce vor sa invete pe altii :), sa re-experimentez gaselnitele din prima colindare si alte cele..

acum a 3-a oara planul era mic

foarte mic si durata parea atat de intinsa de parca poate prea.. voriam sa dezvolt ceva skillset in paralel cu yoga – ceva sa fie totusi prin Yoga Alliance U.S.  si atunci am gasit Prenatal Yoga – apoi ma mai gandisem eu la cateva cursuri, ca era masaj, ca era ayurveda, ca era pressopunctura, astrologie.. eram pregatit pentru orice aparea ca destinat pe drum..

Deci cum mai ziceam si in alte ipostaze, deseori experienta yoga consta mai mult in a realiza ca exista o perioada (40 de zile) in care poti sa schimbi orice la tine, regimul alimentar este specific construit pentru asta iar acei teacheri nu fac nimic mai mult decat sa-ti rupa din pattern-urile posturale (prin asana) sau mentale (prin anatomie, fiziologie si filozofie).. in plus locul are si el inseamnatatea lui… dar daca ai deja spatiul-timpul-alimentatia si un drum.. schimbarile sunt posibile..

 alte destinatii

sunt.. sa vedem insa cum se vor aseza lucrurile pentru Thailanda (ceva kudalini-tantra probabil), Angkor Wat (imi doream sa ajung acolo inca dinanite de India si se pare ca primesc semnale sa efectuez misiunea) si alte locuri mai specifice, incluzand tarile asa zis civilizate si bineinteles, Romania.

 aceleasi locuri in India?

acum a 3-a oara am fost si in Sud, insa in primele dati am fost intradevar in acelas loc, acelas gen cartier monahal yogic al Rishikeshului. Motivul pentru care alesem acelasi loc era exact pentru ca il cunosteam cat de cat si imi reducea din tentatia de a pierde timpul explorand (exteriorul). Acum insa, ar fi fost prea frig daca aterizam asa devreme.. si in acelas timp imi facea Sudul cu ochiul..

drumul in India

daca nu ai vazut vreun videoclip cum se conduce in India, sigur ai auzit despre aceasta viteza de reactie intre intelegerile rutiere nelefigerate de banda dreapta..

taxi / masina / scooter

astea fac parte din experientele pe care le sugeram fiecarui noi ajuns in India, un fel de botez, de cedare a increderii, de predare in mainile divinitatii.. insa sunt diferente intre Nord si Sud. In Nord nu e doar mai aglomerat dar si strazile sunt pana si de 2 ori mai inguste ca in Sud, in plus nu este vizibilitate in Nord precum in Sud..

avion / tren

astea sunt cele mai rapide si cele mai ieftine forme de a calatori in India, atat ca pentru tren ai nevoie de minim 2-3 spatamani inainte sa-ti asiguri un loc.. iar aproape toate marile orase au cate un mic aeroport.. atentie doar la greutatea bagajului cu care calatoresti / firma cu care zbori 🙂 sa nu te trezesti ca mai platesti aproape un bilet pentru diferente cumulate de 13kg 😀

Agenda

intr-un final planul acestei de 3-a vizite in India se aseza asa:

  • mergem in Goa pentru Prenatal
  • avem 1 saptamana in care alegem ce sa facem (Goa vs Bangalore vs ???)
  • Inner Engineering la Isha Foundation (gen Coimbatore)
  • avem cateva zile poate-l vedem pe Sadhguru
  • Yaksha & Mahashivratri cu Sadhguru @ Isha Foundation
  • zburam spre Nord (Rishikesh) pentru ultimele 12 zile

si sa vedem ce s-a intamplat… in urmatoarele postari 🙂

Yogathon: Ancient Yoga Flows – descriere clasa

acum o saptamana, la yogathon am propus o clasa de yoga in care cu anumite pauze de observatie. Am experimentat cateva serii, secvente posturale dinamice – flow-uri, ce au fost cunoscute in practica pre-clasica yoga, ce sunt prezente in anumite linii mai traditionale de yoga, retete terapeutice sau partial modificate si in kundalini..
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Warm-up

in partea de incalzire nu am apelat la cunoscutele serii Pawanmuktasana 1 sau 2 ci pentru partea superioara am corpului am amintit de o incalzire activa din picioare a degetelor memberlor inferioare, flexie si rotatie glezna, flexie si rotatie genunchi, rotatie sold – succesiune ce a fost importata si de unele arte martiale. Apoi..

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Upa Yoga

contituita din miscarea incheieturilor in cele patru directii prin sincronizarea cu momentul respiratiei, respectiv expirand deschid pumnii de la piept ca si cum as scapa ceva din palme in timp ce intind mainile (directia 1 lateral, 2 inainte, 3 sus, 4 jos) iar cand am ajuns la expresia completa a lungimii mainilor, re-aduc, inspirand, mainile la piept inchizand pumnii ca si cum as prinde ceva. Exista intensitate musculara, contractie, pe toata durata miscarii astfel ca la inceput incheieturile pot aparea usor sensibile si miscarea poate sa fie usor disconfortanta.

Apoi urmeaza incalzirea genunchilor prin o usoara rotatie de 3 ori in sensul ceasornicului si 3 in celalat sens, cu expiratia pe momentul cand genunchii se intind in fata.

8-12 leganari ale bazinului

miscari de incalzire la nivelul gatului, avand momente specifice de respiratie – unde amintim de cea mai vizibila diferenta, inspiratia pe twist in axul coloanei (barbia spre umar) – ajutand asfel mai mult la alongatia coloanei decat adancimea rotatiei.

Vajrasana Series

pozitia picioarelor a variat de la cea clasica in care genunchii sunt apropiati si degetele lipite, la o talpa in arcul talpii opuse, la glezna peste glezna (gen shimhasana), genunchi departati iar apoi picioare departate.

Intre aceste variatii au fost introduse rotatii de sold, cat-cow stretch, cat-cow-tiger stretch, eye of the needle strectch

Observatia fiind orientata in special spre respiratie – abdomen – si apoi alternarea narii dominante in functie de pozitia picioarelor sau variatia mainilor.

spre flow-uri din picioare
Shakti Bandha Series (Energy Block Postures)

Vaslitul in aplecari, trasul funiei alternand mainile, twistul dinamic de la un varf de picior la altul, invartitul mamaligii, salutatul din stat pup (squat), twist cu un genunchi jos si priviere peste umarul opus, taierea lemnelor, twist cu bratul intins contra/sub genunchi, usoare intinderi de picioare cu degetele mainilor sub talpi

cateva salutari
Shiva Namaskar

dupa fiecare serie – recomandarea este de o pauza in Pranamasana – Prayer pose – ochii inchisi

Yoga Namaskar

de asemenea pauza, dupa fiecare revenire in standing si se inchide cu palmele spre sol, formand un triunghi cu degetele mari si cele aratatoare..

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Copacul aruncator de sageti

pentru a rupe din pattern-ul momentului cinetic creat intr-un singur plan

Surya Namaskar (Traditional)

pentru a practica ceva familiar cu ochii inchisi

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Flying Dragon

pentru twisturile dinamice, echilibru, deschiderea soldurilor si schimbarea dinamica a centrilor de greutate

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Cool Down

foarte putin din Moon Salutation cat sa mai schimbam planul in care ne angajam cu miscarea..

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Laghoo Shankha Prakshalana

apoi bridge, barcute london-bridge, lumanare, plugul, pestele, twistul universal, aumkara, shavasana..

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si cum ziceam la Yogathon, este o practica de aprofundat personal

hari aum, tat sat.. namaste!

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in Bucuresti

🙂 nu este o gluma, momentan sunt in Bucuresti pentru a participa in principiu la Yogathon evenimentul din 2 Aprilie unde se vor desfasura 15 clase diferite de yoga..

In ultima perioada am construit / intuit o succesiune de serii posturale, atat prin inspiratia descrierilor gasite in cartile de terapie prin yoga cat si intalnindu-ma cu ele in India, in cursul unor programe specifice de dezvoltare / realizare personala. Accesibilitatea lor este foarte ridicata insa exista o diferenta majora de la un practicant la altul.

Am observat, in diminetile cand imi finisam personal acest drum – ce l-am numit Ancient Yoga Flows – o surprinzatoare adancime a atentiei in special colorata de diferentele observabile intre fiecare serie, uneori chiar intre fiecare ciclu.

Ce se intampla cu corpul, cu respiratia, cu gandurile.. imi stimula mai puternic disciplina si sustierea unei linisti, unui echilibru doar pentru a gusta pana si cele mai subtile experiente. Respectiv eram cuprins de o tentatie continua de a reduce orice fluctuatie din corp, din minte si a surprinde tot ce aceasta practica avea sa imi ofere.

asta este cadoul meu pentru Yogathon, o particica accesibila dintr-o practica personala, eficienta sau aducatoare de beneficii prin respectarea indeaproape a unor serii traditionale, intr-o succesiune ce deschide 1000 de petale de lotus, pentru cei care cresc o asemenea floare sau pot privi indelung rasaritul sau apusul Soarelui..

hari om, tat sat, namaste!