• 10Nov

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    http://youtu.be/oTmaTD5H0iM

    15 min.
    95-year-old Hatha Yoga teacher
    Marched with Gandhi in 1930 (thanks to her uncle’s interest)
    “All the power of the universe is right inside of me.”

    Published on Jun 30, 2014

    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Be inspired by yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch’s indomitable spirit, philosophy of Oneness, and incredible life, from marching with Mahatma Gandhi to modeling for Coco Chanel. Walking on stage with her signature high heels and easing into a full raised Lotus position, Tao makes us all believe “There is nothing you cannot do!”

    Millions across the globe have been inspired by 95-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch: World World II activist, model, film star, wine connoisseur, ballroom dancer, and one of the oldest yoga teachers in the world. She started dancing competitively in her 80s and has received almost 600 first place awards. The spark in her eyes and child-like smile immediately capture you, yet her lean frame belies the strength in her body, mind and spirit.

    From Wikipedia:

    Professional yoga

    Later on, Porchon-Lynch, now a married woman, found herself becoming more serious in yoga. Having studied with yoga greats Sri Aurobindo and Indra Devi,[6] she abandoned her acting job in 1967, deciding to become a full-time yogi.[2] Jack LaLanne was the first to hire her to teach yoga.[7] In 1976, she became one of the founders of the Yoga Teachers Alliance, now known as the Yoga Teachers Association.[4] She based her operations in New York and set up the Westchester Institute of Yoga in 1982, which now has a students from all over the world.[2] In 1995, with Indra Devi, she flew to Israel to attend the Yoga for Peace International Peace Conference.[6] Porchon-Lynch has also been one of B. K. S. Iyengar‘s disciples in yoga and reportedly the first “foreign” student of his.[8]

    Porchon-Lynch has embraced her age and carried her yoga with her. She has mentioned, “I’m going to teach yoga until I can’t breathe anymore.”[9] She received the Guinness World Records title of world’s oldest yoga teacher from Berniece Bates in May 2012. Porchon-Lynch was 93 when she broke the world record.[2] In 2013, in collaboration with Tara Stiles, she released a DVD on yoga, titled Yoga with Tao Porchon-Lynch.[6][10] In addition, she published a book about meditation, titled Reflections: The Yogic Journey of Life.[6]

    About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

    Her websites -

    http://www.taoporchon-lynch.com/

    and

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2743582/The-world-s-oldest-yoga-teacher-Meet-96-year-old-mindblowing-agility-puts-athletes-quarter-age-shame.html

    and

    https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/tao-porchon-lynch-aging-advice-from-96-year-old-yoga-96883845258.html

  • 28Oct

    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/healthy-vegan-foods-you-should-be-eating-before-yoga/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=141a5e8707-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-141a5e8707-106006397

    Tips on Choosing the Best Pre-Yoga Eats:

    You want to focus on foods that are: easy to digest, light on the stomach, not too heavy in protein or fat, and don’t contain simple carbohydrates (like sugar and cereal).  Think foods that contain soluble fiber (which is slow to digest), small amounts of healthy fats and protein, and foods that are friendly to your blood sugar. Pairing a little light protein with some easy-to-digest carbs is another good tip to support blood sugar levels and prevent lean muscle mass even further.

    So what exactly are you supposed to eat before you get your downward dog on? There’s a good bit of conflicting advice out there on what the best pre-workout eats are, however, for yoga, there are five vegan choices that most anyone can agree on. These options are, of course, not set in stone, but are some great general suggestions you can try out to see how they work for you.

    1. A Banana and a Small Serving of Vegan Yogurt

    A banana contains soluble fiber, which digests slowly and won’t spike your blood sugar. Bananas are also friendly to the stomach, and their natural sugars will help sustain you through your workout practice. In the body, bananas act like a starch due to their binding nature, which means they won’t disrupt your blood sugar levels like sugary, pre-workout drinks will. Bananas also contain potassium, Vitamin B6 for energy, and even natural sugars that act as pre-biotics to feed good bacteria. Pairing a banana with some low sugar or low sugar or sugar-free vegan yogurt (that contains live cultures to feed good bacteria even further) will help sustain you even longer and support your digestion.

    2. Sprouted Grain Bread with a Tablespoon of Raw Almond Butter

    If you’re not into fruit, then sprouted grain toast may be another good option to try for some healthy carbohydrates. Your body needs a little bit of carbs before a workout; otherwise you run the risk of losing your “juice” which leaves you low in energy and less likely to have as great of a workout. Sprouted grain bread is a healthier option than refined bread on the shelf since the bread is flour-free, contains a small amount of protein, and has live, natural enzymes to support your digestion. Raw almond butter goes great on sprouted grain bread, since it will lower the glycemic effect of the bread and will add a little bit of protein and more fiber. Keep the almond butter to one tablespoon and choose raw almond butter since it’s lighter on your stomach than roasted almond butters with added oil and salt.

    3. A Dried Fruit and Nut Bar

    Dried fruit and nut bars that contain no added sugars are a great pre-workout option. The dried fruit will provide you with energy and the raw nuts in the bar will help the sugars in the fruit digest more slowly. Choose a bar that contains no more than 200-300 calories so it’s not too heavy on your stomach. Also, try to stick to those that just contain dried fruit and nuts versus those with added syrups or nectars. You can also make your own energy bars or bites right at home instead of eating store bought bars.

    4. A Small Green Smoothie

    A small green smoothie is another great-pre workout idea. Try to keep the ingredients in your smoothie to mostly greens to support your blood sugar and maybe add a couple slivers of avocado, a tablespoon or two of chia or hemp, or some frozen acai puree for just a little healthy fat. The healthy fats will help you absorb the nutrients in the smoothie better and support your blood sugar levels. You can add a little plant-based protein as another option, along with some low-glycemic fruits like berries, a half a banana, or a half a green apple.

    5. Oatmeal or Quinoa With Berries

    Oatmeal is a fantastic grain to eat before yoga, but try to have it at least an hour before so it has time to digest properly. Oatmeal contains soluble fibers, which digest very slowly into the bloodstream and it’s extremely high in magnesium to support your energy levels and prevent muscle cramps. Oatmeal is also rich in B vitamins and one of the most delicious grains to enjoy. If you’re not into oatmeal or eating a grain-free diet, the almighty quinoa seed is another great option to choose since it’s high in protein like oats. Pair your oatmeal or quinoa with some berries or pomegranate arils to include some fresh produce into your meal, and maybe add a little bit of ground flax for extra fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. Keep your serving to around 1/3 cup so it doesn’t sit too heavily on your stomach.

    For more tips on how to support your yoga practice, check out The Yoga Diet: Foods that Heal and Energize Your Life.

    What do you eat before your yoga class?

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  • 21Aug

    http://m.bbc.com/news/magazine-28867890

  • 13Apr

    http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/HwPySZf2iADJ9Zi2FHPGAI/BKS-Iyengar-Body-and-soul.html

    BKS Iyengar: Body and soul

    The yoga guru most followed in the world, turns 95. We look at how Iyengar Yoga evolved as a brand, in a non-brand way

    Iyengar does not really answer my question about being able to go on and on, offering instead a distilled view of what he practises and shares with the world. “Regarding perfection, that’s a very difficult question. I can say that I have superseded most in my sadhana (devoted practice). I am in it, and my mind and my intelligence gets better in my sadhana, and it reaches a certain place. When I stretch, I stretch in such a way that my awareness moves, and a gate of awareness finally opens. When I still find some parts of my body that I have not found before, I tell myself, yes I am progressing scientifically. My body is a laboratory, you can say. I don’t stretch my body as if it is an object. I do yoga from the self towards the body, not the other way around.”

  • 25Feb

    Top Superfood Picks to Enhance Your Yoga Practice

    Top<br />
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    Any yoga lovers in the house? If you’re practicing yoga odds are that flexibility, strength, and health of body, mind, and spirit are important to you. Proper nutrition is absolutely critical when it comes to building and strengthening a solid yoga practice. Yogis and yoginis – check out our most recent blog post written specifically with you in mind.

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    Yoga is far more than a physical practice. It is in fact one of the most effective ways of turning the consciousness within and experiencing more joy, flow, and ease within our lives. As daily life draws our consciousness outward into a whirlwind of activity, yoga helps us find even-mindedness by drawing the consciousness back inwards. The result is a sense of peace, wellbeing, and a deeper connection with our inner selves.

    Through yoga we discover all sorts of interesting things about our own bodies that might have otherwise gone under the radar. A forward bend might illuminate areas of tightness and discomfort. Balancing in tree pose on the left foot might prove to be far more difficult than on the right side. A seated spinal twist may quickly reveal a misalignment going on within the spine, or that certain muscles are gripping and holding onto tension with a vengeance. Our bodies are constantly responding to our thoughts and emotions and as we practice yoga we begin to understand just how closely body, mind and spirit integrate with one another.

    So, how does this all correlate to diet? The foods we eat (or choose to avoid) play a huge role in how our bodies feel. Yoga amplifies the awareness of how food (and everything else) affects the body. The two absolutely go hand in hand. There are certain things that we can do nutritionally to help our bodies feel amazing and really give our yoga practice a huge boost. Here are 6 of them

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  • 26Dec

    Yoga Alliance Approved, My Ass

    http://www.yogaanatomy.org/2011/yoga-alliance-approved-my-ass/

    Another gem fro my friend J. Brown of the Abhyasa Yoga Center
    Flipping through the catalog for a big name yoga and retreat center, I was shocked to notice that they advertised their yoga teacher training programs as “Yoga Alliance Approved.” Misrepresentations like this are the dirty little secret of the yoga industry. No one really wants to admit there is no accreditation for Yoga.
    Anyone who claims to be “approved,” “certified” or “licensed” by the YA is either grossly uninformed or disingenuous. The YA maintains a registry of yoga teachers and training programs. In filling out the paperwork and paying the fees, yoga teachers and training programs purport to follow a vague set of curriculum guidelines that are posted on the YA website and assume a service mark of RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) or RYS (Registered Yoga School.)

    What no one ever seems to acknowledge or mention is that the YA provides no oversight whatsoever. No one checks to see if anyone is actually doing what they say. Everyone is on the “honor” system. Consequently, the registry amounts to a digital rubber stamp or paid advertising. Not to mention, the YA does not disclose what they do with the money they collect from the Yoga community.

    Even if everyone is being true to their word, referring to the YA guidelines as “standards” is quite a stretch. For example, being registered at the 200 hr level is said to have 20 hours of yoga philosophy. Generally, this entails a cursory reading of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s and a written test, kind of like reading the chapter and answering the summary questions in my 9th grade social studies class…

    Read the rest here…

    Yoga Alliance Approved, My Ass

    Flipping through the catalog for a big name yoga and retreat center, I was shocked to notice that they advertised their yoga teacher training programs as “Yoga Alliance Approved.” Misrepresentations like this are the dirty little secret of the yoga industry. No one really wants to admit there is no accreditation for Yoga.

    Anyone who claims to be “approved,” “certified” or “licensed” by the YA is either grossly uninformed or disingenuous. The YA maintains a registry of yoga teachers and training programs. In filling out the paperwork and paying the fees, yoga teachers and training programs purport to follow a vague set of curriculum guidelines that are posted on the YA website and assume a service mark of RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) or RYS (Registered Yoga School.)

    What no one ever seems to acknowledge or mention is that the YA provides no oversight whatsoever. No one checks to see if anyone is actually doing what they say. Everyone is on the “honor” system. Consequently, the registry amounts to a digital rubber stamp or paid advertising. Not to mention, the YA does not disclose what they do with the money they collect from the Yoga community.

    Even if everyone is being true to their word, referring to the YA guidelines as “standards” is quite a stretch. For example, being registered at the 200 hr level is said to have 20 hours of yoga philosophy. Generally, this entails a cursory reading of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s and a written test, kind of like reading the chapter and answering the summary questions in my 9th grade social studies class.

    Given the profound diversity of texts and interpretations that exist within Yoga philosophy, simply designating 20 hours of time means absolutely nothing.

    Don’t get me wrong, I feel strongly about Yoga teachers and schools being held to high standards. My point is that Yoga is not an academic pursuit. Attempts to standardize Yoga training into a set of requisite hours completely undermines yoga pedagogy, which is not contingent on time.

    “Standards” implies greater quality, not a specific quantity of time spent on who knows what. If we want to encourage more qualified yoga teachers, lets start talking about “competencies” instead of hours and, more importantly, lets be straightforward with the public so they can make informed choices.

    Brian Castellani, founder of yoganomics.net, has been leading a personal crusade to hold the YA to account for its misgivings. Initially, he was hoping to bring integrity back to the YA but, as he has continued to dig into the YA’s activities and policies, his sentiments have changed.

    He recounts a conversation with Jeanine Frest, the longest standing employee of the YA up until she quit in 2010, where she said, ”Maybe it would be better to scrap everything and start over.”

    I can already hear my wife’s criticism of this post. When I mentioned to her the topic I was taking on, she said, “Oh really? I think its better when you stay ‘positive’ like last month’s thing on Nurturing.” She thinks I do myself a disservice by inviting controversy and she is probably right.

    I almost heeded her call until a recent exchange with an editor at the megalith of yoga-related publishing. She told me that the credo for their bloggers is “What are you adding to the conversation?” I didn’t think it wise to speak my mind as freely as I might but what I really wanted to say was, “What conversation?”

    As far as I can tell, there is not much of a real conversation happening. In risking the ire of others, I suppose I’m hoping to get one started. I don’t think holding the Yoga industry’s feet to the fire by shining a light on hypocrisies and inconsistencies is negative. In fact, Yoga encourages this sort of discernment.

    Yoga also encourages truthfulness. The fact that the only trade organization offering a title to Yoga professionals is not an example of being truthful does not speak well to the profession of Yoga.

    At the very least, any trade organization that wants to represent the yoga community must operate with complete transparency and accountability. Members of that organization must also do the same. Anything less is a discredit to Yoga and deserves scrutiny.

    Honestly, for me, it’s not just about the YA. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’m venting some. I feel frustrated and tired of entrenched power that continues to undermine people and go unchallenged. I remain stalwart in the belief that we are capable of more.

    Holiday Schedule

    Thu. Nov. 24 – Closed
    Fri. Nov. 25 – 4pm Community
    6:30pm Basics

    All other classes as scheduled.

    Welcome to the new folks.
    Hope I didn’t scare anybody off.
    Wishing everyone well.
    J. Brown

    Abhyasa Yoga Center
    628 Metropolitan Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY 11211
    718-782-8272
    abhyasayogacenter.com

  • 23Dec

    http://www.wikihow.com/Do-Laughter-Yoga

  • 04Aug

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjbMB5IEUFI

    Anulom Vilom is the breath – Alternate Nostril Breathing

    5 minutes per day for 7 days.

    10 minutes per day for 7 days

    30 minutes per day for 30 days

    1 hour per day, etc.

    ANULOM VILOM PRANAYAM – THE ALTERNATE NOSTRIL YOGI

    Anulom Vilom Pranayama

    Anulom Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing) is one of the most effective pranayama (breathing exercises) to purify the mind and body. Anulom Vilom offers benefits in curing most of the internal body conditions and is very useful in releasing stress and anxiety. Anulom Vilom pranayama can be performed by people of all ages. It will help to practice this breathing exercise in a peaceful place like near a river or in a garden with plenty of greenery…

    …and where there is a lot of oxygen. The best time to practice this breathing exercise is considered to be early in the morning before having your breakfast. You can also practice it after giving a gap of five hours after eating. This will allow the food that is consumed to get digested. To perform Anulom Vilom, you should first close your eyes and relax all your muscles for while. Then, inhale from your left nostril while keeping your right nostril closed with the thumb of your right hand. Retain the breath for a few seconds and exhale from your right nostril with your middle and ring fingers closing your left nostril. Then, once again take in the breath from your right nostril. Finally, exhale from your left nostril while closing your right nostril with your thumb. This will complete one round of the pranayama. You could perform this exercise for around 15 minutes while taking a minute rest after every 5 minutes.

    Anulom Vilom benefits us by balancing the body’s three dosas. Any imbalance in the three dosas will lead to illnesses. You can also awaken the Kundalini if you focus on the Moolandra Chakra while performing this exercise. Anulom Vilom also benefits us by bringing relief to conditions like sinus, respiratory problems, and asthma. Removing of artery blockages and maintenance of cholesterol levels are other Kapalbhati benefits. It is also effective in dealing with conditions like constipation, flatulence, diabetes, and obesity. As Anulom vilom has no side effects it is considered to be very effective for weight loss.

    However, performing Anulom Vilom should be avoided by women during pregnancy and periods. Individuals who suffer from heart troubles should not perform this exercise with too much force and should practice it under the guidance of a qualified instructor. For you to reap the Anulom Vilom benefits, it is important that you practice it daily. It is also essential for you to combine it with a yogic diet that is purely vegetarian and Kapalbhati (Cleansing).  Kapalbhati benefits the body by helping to flush out toxins.

    Anulom Vilom Pranayama is another type of pranayama.In this breathing technique, you inhale from one nostril at one time and release the breath through the the other nostril. You alternate between the two nostril at a regular comfortable pace.

    Here is how you do it:

    1. Close your eyes and relax. Sit in this position for a couple of minutes till you settle down.
    2. Close your right nostril with your right thumb
    3. Breath in from your left nostril. Hold the breath for a couple of seconds.
    4. Open right nostril and close left nostril with middle and ring finger
    5. Breath out from right nostril.
    6. Breathe in from right nostril, close the right nostril
    7. Open left nostril and breathe out.
    8. Repeat again, steps 1 through 7.

    You can practice this pranayama for bout 5-6 minutes per day.

    Anulom Vilom pranayam is said to have benefited people with Heart ailments, high blodd pressure, heart blockages, depression, migraine pain, asthma, sinus, allergy

    It is important that you breathe deep into your lungs and not into the stomach. Most elements that absorb oxygen are in your lungs.

     

  • 22Oct

    http://www.yogananda.com.au/drlewis-Kriya.html

    Kriya Yoga — Science of Yoga

    Informal talk by Dr.M.W.Lewis (San Diego, 23 March 1958)

    “Now you practice the techniques of yoga, you will find your breath begins to slow down. Why? For the very reason I have pointed out, because you are lessening the amount of carbon in your bloodstream. The heart slows down, and that 18 tons of blood, think of it, is not to be moved. No wonder the heart is better. No wonder the lungs are better. All the bodily functions are better, if you perform yoga, especially Kriya Yoga.

    Now when the carbon is less in the blood, the heart slows down. Reciprocally, the breath slows down, and then the tremendous amount of Life Force is released from these, especially, these two organs. With that Life Force penetrating your body, how can you be free? How can you find God (panting), or your breath going like that? You see, you cannot do it – it’s an impossibility.

    But the performance and life of Kriya Yoga will stop that holding your Life Force, which is none other than God’s Cosmic Energy in you, throughout your body. You’ll be free from that attachment. That’s why Kriya Yoga is so scientific, and so exacting. These are very important points.

    Now what does that Life Force do when it’s free? I have told you. It goes back to the spine. And there by the process of Kriya Yoga, it is utilized to magnetize the spine, as I have said, up and down….”

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  • 09Aug

    http://news.health.com/2012/08/07/aerial-yoga-learning-to-fly/?hpt=hp_bn16