All posts for the month December, 2013

personal reflections at the end of another year

Published December 30, 2013 by ck

1. ok cupid, tinder and zoosk are a waste of time …. so is facebook but at least you feel like you are connected with your friends around the world, even just by getting a ‘like’ or seeing a picture of them, and that makes it worthwhile.
2. exploring/learning new ways of being … I”m gonna start with giving myself all the attention I need, not asking it from anyone else, and with focussing my efforts on what I really love. Is that called ‘being selfish’? Well, then, my new year’s resolution is to be really really selfish! 🙂 … wow, wonderful, feeling great already!
3. nobody’s opinion is the ‘bible’. it’s only their opinion, at a certain moment in time. don’t take it personal. it’s the reflection of their experiences in their life. it’s personal to them, not to you and I. Bless them and move on if you can’t accept or agree.
4. must remember that if someone is really negative over a long period of time, they are not that way because they want to be. they can’t help it, and must be helped. but you/I can only extend the offer, and maybe gently encourage to take it, never force it on them and never make it too easy either. if they want a way out they will make the effort. however, physical help may be needed. not necessarily chemical as in medication, but ‘nutritional healing’ could be a start. and yoga. nature. the outdoors. sunshine. fresh air. movement. and please try not to criticise. here’s your chance to practice being a ‘saint’ (forever patient and extending love). {but who wants to be a saint?}
5. most things are constructions of the mind. luckily our minds are very flexible and we can make a different construction to the one that doesn’t make us feel good. why not, it’s all made up anyway. might as well be Pollyanna!Forever live Pollyanna!

yoga challenge day 2

Published December 29, 2013 by ck

I don’t know why it is so hard to get myself on the mat … I’m thinking about yoga all the time and it feels as if I’m doing it already 🙂 .. and people seem to think I do a lot .. but the truth is … I already have day 15 of the doyouyoga challenge in my inbox, and I have only finally done day 2 today! but it feels good, definitely, every time I get myself on the mat. It was only 20 mins, and then I added a headstand, the king of all asanas, and some pranayama and meditation, inspired by those 20 mins of yoga for posture. The best yoga practice tip I found was not to worry about how long and what practice, but just get yourself on the mat. up up up, buttercup! My mat is ready at the end of my bed, but still .. and when I tried that and after a few rounds of sun salutations went on to my day, I felt a bit like a cop out; I wonder if this is an ‘achievement complex’ or if it is that my body really wanted more, my soul wanted more, and I didn’t give it to them? Hard to say what’s intuition or instinct and what is acquired behaviour, expectations to self …

Expectations … that’s a good one. It’s on my “new year, new me-list”, to get rid of expectations, to just follow my flow and let other people follow theirs, and not take it personal. A nice challenge. Just thinking it could work out, I could actually reform myself in that way, feels liberating. Live and let live, live and let die.

New ways of being … this beautiful musician I found on the world wide web inspired me … new ways of being … aren’t we always learning new ways of being? I guess not. Sometimes we go on forever, making the same mistakes, same habits, same thoughts .. it is a conscious effort to learn and discover new ways of being.
I, for once, want to be more free from depending on other people’s approval. Which means, follow my heart, do my best, follow my passion and my intuition, but/and don’t expect others to come with you (me). The right people will turn up, manifest.

To follow what you love doing can be extremely attractive. Just think of, say, that musician, that virtuoso, how incredibly sexy he is just playing his music, doing his thing. And it’s the people who do that, really dive into their talents and express their souls, it’s those people who inspire us and lighten up our day and make the world beautiful. Music, art, architecture, gardens, and all these inventions that make our lives here so more comfortable. None of this would exist without the people who poured their hearts out, took a risk, believed in their dreams.

So, I wish for everyone, but first and foremost for myself (cause I can only do it for myself), to wholeheartedly live your dream and give it all you got.
Because “your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”
(Marianne Williamson, A return to love)

Nadi Shodana – Anuloma Viloma

Published December 18, 2013 by ck


Homework on Pranayama: Nadi Shodana – Anuloma Viloma

Doing Pranayama in the morning is a good start to the day.
It sets you up for the day in a good way.
Although I still cannot switch off my thoughts and am always thinking about my to do list, sitting cross legged with straight strong back, doing Pranayama feels like I’m cleansing my spine with breath and gives me a sense of rooting and grounding and of power and self reliance, as well as feeling connected with spirit. So, connected up and down, a sense of focus and being ready for the day/world.

Initially I forgot to use the bandhas, and they seemed to come in automatically on the second round, the right nostril.
The practice instantly felt more active, more powerful, more focused.
Ujay breathing in the middle and at the end also helps to calm and focus.

I found that when pausing between the breaths helped me to calm and focus.
When counting I was often just wanting to get to that last count, so just breathing without counting also seemed more relaxing. But I guess counting is necessary.
Why does the alternate breathing not calm me? Is it because I’m counting and I want to be done with it? Or is this the point, that it is supposed to invigorate?

So I am checking what the benefits are supposed to be.

They all seem to agree that it is calming.
So I will carry on and carry on observing. And I don’t mind the side effect of having both sides of my brain function optimally ☺


• The benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing: Mr. Gandhar Mandlik (Rishi Dharmachandra) , Yoga Vidya Gurukul (University)
• Proper supply of oxygen is ensured and carbon dioxide is effectively removed.
• More oxygen is made available per breath, making the breathing most efficient.
• Blood is purified of toxins.
• Very effective for stress management.
• Helps reducing the anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. Also it reduces hyperactive disorders related to mind.
• Balancing Ida and Pingala removes all the blockages in the pranic energy channels, which may lead to spiritual awakenings.

Anuloma Viloma creates a balance of energy in the brain and promotes optimal brain function, helping you achieve the highest potential of creative and logical verbal processes. The left side of your brain is where logical thinking occurs, and the right side is responsible for creative thinking. During Anuloma Viloma, the two sides receive the oxygen they need to perform with the same vigor, creating a balanced, more aware state of mind.
The Yogis believe this exercise was the best way to calm the mind and nervous system.

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-optimum function to both sides of the brain
-optimum creativity and optimum logical verbal activity
-balance between a person’s creative and logical thinking
-best technique to calm the mind and the Nervous System.