Meditate on this…….

The quieter you become the more you can hear.

Baba Ram Dass, B.1931

Yoga Meditation - Releasing Emotions, Stilling the Mind

Yoga Meditation – Releasing Emotions, Stilling the Mind

Yoga helps us to release emotions. They may be positive or negative.

The photograph above features a pregnant woman who clearly shows a release of emotion during her yoga practice. As she sits in wide leg pose (Upavista Konasana) she is supported by her yoga partner.  As she meditates in pray pose (anjali mudra) she sheds a tear releasing emotion.

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Yoga Workshops Merseyside, Liverpool

“Pranayama is the connecting link between the body and the soul of man,

and the hub in the wheel of yoga”

B.K.S Iyengar

Amity Yoga welcomes Sama Fabian Yoga Master for a special master class workshop 17 October 2015.

She will be teaching us about Prana, “the life force present in the Universe and permeating through all living creatures is in constant flow
Our intention is to tap into our vital resources and dissolve any resistances to that flow.”

During the workshop she will be teaching cleansing breathing practices and sensitive bandha work to prepare for a fluid and integrated asana sequence.

See our yoga workshop page for more details of the Yoga Master Workshop and how to book your place.

Sama Fabian Yoga Workshop 4 & 5 July 2015

Sama Fabian Yoga Workshop ‘Riding the Wave’ 17 October 2015

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Harmony Meditation – Amity Yoga recommends taking a few moments to meditate on……….

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

Take a moment out of your day to meditate on these words.  Listen to your heart and soul.  Take a deep breath in and a slow extended exhalation.  Repeat reading the words written by Mahatma Gandhi.  Slowly and thoughtfully.  Continue to allow your breath to settle and let your breath be smooth.

Let your focus be fully on the words your read.

Meditate and focus on what you hear from deep inside your heart and soul.

Reflect on your actions recently, are they in harmony with your thoughts? Listen again to your answer.  Listen to your internal voice.

If you are not feeling in harmony with your thoughts and actions then meditate on why you feel this way.

Meditate on ways you can make changes to achieve happiness and harmony in your life.

Namaste

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Namaste –  Amity Yoga Merseyside Rainhill Haskayne

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Karma Yoga & Karuna – Compassion for the people of Nepal

Karuna - Compassion for the people of Nepal

Karuna – Compassion for the people of Nepal

Karuna – Compassion, tenderness. It also implies devoted action to alleviate the suffering of the afflicted ones. (Light on Yoga, B.K.S Iyengar)

Karma Yoga – selfless action for the good of others

Practice karuna (compassion) and karma yoga to help the thousands of people in Nepal affected by the earthquake.

Please pray and donate NOW! Here is a link to the British Red Cross http://www.redcross.org.uk/en/What-we-do/Emergency-response/Current-emergency-appeals/Nepal-Earthquake-Appeal

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Meditate on this thought provoking poem – The Journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice –

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do.

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets in the clouds,

and there was a new voice

which slowly

recognized your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do –

determined to save

the only life you could save.

Mary Oliver 

http://maryoliver.beacon.org/publications/

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Karma Yoga

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Karma Yoga

Karma (KAR-muh) – means action, cause and effect.

Karma yoga is selfless action for the good of others.

Karma yoga – the achievement of union with the Supreme Universal Soul through action. (B.K.S. Iyengar)

What does Karma Yoga mean to you?  Think about how you practice Karma Yoga? How does it make you feel?  Do you find Karma Yoga easy to practice or is it a challenging practice?

Amity Yoga Saturday’s are an ideal opportunity to practice Karma Yoga. Think about how Karma Yoga benefits our whole group. Reflect on how you can contribute with using Karma Yoga during our yoga day.

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Restorative Yoga Breathing Technique – Breath Awareness – Breathe Easy

Settling into a restorative yoga pose gives us the opportunity to emphasize our breathing which helps us to become calm and serene.  Choose a restorative pose such as:

  •  Balasana – Childs Pose
  • Restorative Janu Shirsasana,
  • Supta Virasana – Reclining Hero Pose
  • Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclining Bound Angle Pose
  • Corpse Pose – Savasana
  • Viparita Karani – Legs up the wall

When you settle into your chosen restorative yoga pose try the following breathing technique.

Restorative Yoga Breathing Technique - Breathe Easy

Restorative Yoga Breathing Technique – Breathe Easy

Breathe easy. Observe the breath and notice how some breaths may be deeper than others.  When relaxed notice the alternating rhythm of your inhalations and exhalations.

Notice the breath becoming smooth and soft. Observe how the breath feels when relaxed. Feel the undisturbed flow of the breath, quiet, effortless. Listen to the flow of your breath, the rhythm of your breath.

Consciously relaxing your breath. Your breath deepens,  it gently flows as you inhale and as you breath out.  Your breath feels easy, serene, peaceful and relaxed.

Breathing easy promotes a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

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Amity Yoga – Kindness Meditation

Meditate on these words, “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”

Aesop (650-560 BC)

What comes into your mind when you read these words?

Does it make you think of someone who has been kind to you? do you think about yourself? When was the last time you did an act of kindness?  It may be everyday?  It may have been a long time ago. Meditate on these questions.

Reflect on a time when you were kind to someone. Maybe your family or close friends.  It could have been a stranger you unexpectedly encountered one day.

Amity Yoga - Kindness Meditation

Amity Yoga – Kindness Meditation

Reflect on being kind to yourself. How does that make you feel?

Meditate on these words.  A small amount of kindness goes a long way and I’m sure it will be warmly received.

Ask yourself this question – Have you ever received a small act of kindness unexpectedly from a stranger? How did it make you feel? Did it make you smile.  Did it surprise you?  

How do you feel when you are kind to someone else?

Consider giving yourself a small amount of time to meditate.  No matter how short that time maybe. This will be an act of kindness to yourself.  Acknowledge that you deserve to receive an act of kindness for yourself.

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Appreciation Meditation – for you (self meditation)

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Find a comfortable position for meditation. This may be seated on a meditation stool, cushion or seated on a chair.  Either sitting cross legged or with legs straight out and wide legged. Whatever position feels the most comfortable for you.  Ensure that your spine is long and upright.

Focus now on sound of your breath.  Either with your eyes closed or if you are feeling anxious keep your eyes open.  Notice your inhalation and then observe your natural pause before you exhale.  Keep your focus of the flow of your breath. Inhaling (followed by a natural pause in your breath) and then exhaling.

Relax your jaw as your breath out.

As you inhale take your awareness deep into your heart. Feel your heart softening, feel your heart relaxing, feel your heart opening, as you inhale.  As you exhale feel your heart release tension, release any tightness, release any resistance with each exhalation.

Focus now on an image of yourself and listen to your inner voice repeating your name. Feel comfort and compassion for yourself.  Let your heart appreciate your unique and special qualities.  Let your heart celebrate your uniqueness.  Thank yourself for being you!  Say thank you to yourself.  Say your name and feel appreciation for yourself.

Silently say to yourself, may I be confident, may I feel from any self doubt, may I be strong and positive, may I bring hope into my life, may I be happy and may I feel reassured.

Allow your focus to remain in your heart.  Keep yourself in your heart. Feel appreciation for yourself.

Take a deep breath, feel a deep compassion in your heart for yourself and smile to yourself.

Namaste

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