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The Therapeutic Relationship

In the coming weeks, I will post various briefs about therapeutic relationships and the importance of finding the right practitioner to assist us with our personal healing and wellness goals.

I invite you to send your questions and comments to my inbox at jaijot@jajjot.ca

I will do my best to include answers to your questions in my posts.  If you have found a great therapeutic relationship, I would love to meet your practitioner.  Please share your healing community resources.

Stay balanced and focused while navigating the path of your wholesome destiny.

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Yoga Beyond the Trend-September Classes

It is time to move into a wholesome fall season.

Yoga Beyond the Trend

As yoga has gained popularity, the trend seems to be attending large group classes offered by many teachers in countless urban studios.  The relationship between a Teacher and student and the individual attention such a relationship provides often gets lost in the crowd.

I invite you to experience the development of a personal practice that will serve you everyday both in class, at home and at work.  A yoga practice becomes a way of life when the principles are brought to the front of our minds while the physical practice supports living the philosophy and psychology of yoga in everyday life.

Have you ever wondered why yoga is so popular?  Do you have a thirst for a more meaningful life?  Are you tired of rushing around losing perspective on your goals and values?  Where is the enjoyment amidst our high speed society?  These questions and more come to mind when we assess our lifestyles and overall satisfaction.  Engaging yoga beyond the trend, beyond the surface of physical practice, we literally redesign our lives to meet our deepest needs and longings.

Moving from the mat into the flow of life with the vast psychological and spiritual gifts of yoga, we live Yoga Beyond the Trend.  Whatever your beliefs, a well rounded yoga practice can enhance your daily life.

Join our yoga group classes this term.  

Classes offered at four locations:  Yonge and St. Clair, Bathurst and Bloor, Eglinton and Bathurst and Greenwood and Danforth.

Book private and semi private classes at a time that is convenient for you.  Consider a Yoga Event at Home or Office.

 

Contact jaijot@jaijot.ca to discuss details and receive a courtesy consultation. 

The Therapeutic Relationship

In the coming weeks, I will post various briefs about therapeutic relationships and the importance of finding the right practitioner to assist us with our personal healing and wellness goals.

I invite you to send your questions and comments to my inbox at jaijot@jajjot.ca

I will do my best to include answers to your questions in my posts.  If you have found a great therapeutic relationship, I would love to meet your practitioner.  Please share your healing community resources.

Stay balanced and focused while navigating the path of your wholesome destiny.

Year of the Dragon-A Note from Hanshi Platt

Here is a note From Hanshi Platt for the upcoming year.
I trust that it will be an excellent year for all of us.
 
Water covers about 75% of our planet.  Our bodies are about 70% water.  Our brains are made up of 75% water.  We simply cannot live without it.  
In Chines!e element theory, water produces wood, which signifies growth and is the natural element of the Dragon.  
Dragons are one of the most powerful and revered symbols in Feng Shui that symbolize power and in Chinese culture the Dragon represents strength.   
 
So the dragon represents Power, strength, righteousness, and the spirit of change and transformation with success and prosperity.  
The dragon governs east/southeast, 
wealth accumulation and 
the hours of 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.  
They are Associated with thunder, lightning and arousal, 
the Water Dragon personifies creativity at its best.
 
In 2012 the Yang Water Dragon Year starts January 23, 2012 and ends February 9, 2013.  
It brings many possibilities for good fortune.  
Water Dragons occur every 60 years, the last was in 1952.  
The next Water Dragon year will be 2072.
 

January 2012: The year of transformation

 
The upcoming thirteen periods, (Lunar Months), are a real opportunity for anyone who is serious about making real positive change in ones’ life to really make it happen.  The energy alignment taking place is conducive to making such an effort.  
Ones own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.  
To believe, 
is to become what you believe.  
 
This is the year of self-mastery if one chooses to face the challenge.  
What is required is an empty mind and an open heart where one loses the ego and the manufactured personality that one presents to the world and instead looks deep into the true nature of ones’ self.  
This is where the real shift is taking place on the quantum level.  
Still waters run deep and one needs to seek the silence through meditation and training.
 
Remember speaking comes by nature, 
silence through understanding.  
Knowledge is just a pile of information, 
whereas wisdom developed trough a cultivated spirit and an elevated consciousness makes one aware of how one should apply that knowledge.  
 
When learning the martial arts and as a student of the art one must listen and learn before talking and teaching.  
The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give ones’ self greater insight into ones’ true nature through self-mastery.  
This you cannot do for someone else; one must choose if this is what one wants. 
In a dojo, as in life, one must yearn to learn to then earn the level one is working towards.  
This is a martial virtue and law of life, like a right of passage.  
We must make the choice then go after it, then what we seek will seek us.  
 
In the end, as in the beginning, one is seeking wisdom not knowledge; becoming a seeker not a follower.  
A deep insight into ones’ true nature takes time and patience, but through self-mastery any level can be achieved. 
Programming the mind and projecting positive emotions is really important this year.  
How your inner focus affects your outer world.  Altering ones consciousness through creating an awareness of ones true nature.  
This is the way of budo.

Social Media Experiment

-A SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERIMENT
conducted by Victory of Light-

http://www.facebook.com/VictoryOfLight

“Like” Victory of Light and your name will be added to our monthly Return to Wholeness Contest. You can win courtesy sessions for bodywork, energy work and yoga.

Share Victory of Light on your timeline to share the opportunity with your friends.

This experiment is designed to test Facebook’s marketing value for small local businesse

s while serving the community and providing added value for time spent on FB. *smile*

MAXIMIZE TIME ON FB
Running for 48 hour this experiment will let us know how effective FB is for local business marketing.

WIN WELLNESS SERVICES-Return to Wholeness
Let’s see how many people respond and we will randomly select 10% of the names on our “like” list during the fall season.

Winners will be notified by Facebook message.

Thanks for participating!

Namaste!

Spring Cleaning with Social Media

FIND ME ON FACEBOOK!
FIND ME ON TWITTER!
FIND ME BLOGGING
…BUT FIND ME!

 

Because we want to stay in touch!

 

Actions:

1. Stay on this mailing list (moving to MailChimp)
 
Much Needed Spring Cleaning. 
The cleaning project includes updating the Victory of Light mailing lists and utilizing social media to reach you and others interested in healing arts and living well.
 
Win Healing Arts Sessions
In the coming weeks you will have the opportunity to win courtesy healing arts sessions on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.  The directions will be clear and winners will be notified by email and announced in our newsletter (upon approval to publish winners’ names).
 
Find Yoga Notes on the Blog
Yoga students will be able to review some important yoga notes on our blog.  Our curriculum is always expanding as our practice deepens and training opportunites provide more knowledge, skills and insights.  The blog will be a place for review while classes and workshops provide the space for practice and growing community.
 
Thank you for sharing Light and Love.

Be well.  See you on the Path!

Sat Nam!

Heart Balancing and Opening

Sat Nam!

During Monday’s class we experienced a kriya designed to open and balance the heart chakra.

Here is the set for your personal practice.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions.

1. Chest Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

a. Guided Instructions for Chest Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

  • Sit up straight with your legs crossed (sukh asana).
  • Bring your arms out to the side with the palms facing forward.  Arms are parallel to the ground.
  • As you exhale rotate your arms forward, keeping them straight almost to the point where the palms meet (but don’t clap).  The pectoral chest muscles will contract.
  • Now rotate your arms back as you inhale thus expanding and stretching your chest area.
  • Start off slowly at first to stretch and warm up your shoulders, then find a good rhythm and continue at a comfortable pace.

b. Duration for Chest Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise: 1-5 minutes.

c. Benefits of Chest Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

  • Works on your chest muscles, shoulders and upper back.
  • Activates and balances the Heart Chakra.
  • Improves lung capacity.

d. Practice Tips for Chest Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise:  For all the Kundalini Yoga exercises in this kriya that require you to sit in sukh asana, you may want to keep a firm cushion or rolled up blanket under your buttocks so your hips are raised above your knees.  This will help take the pressure off you lower back, hips and knees. 

 

2. Ringing Bell Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

a. Guided Instructions for Ringing Bell Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

  • Sit with your legs parallel and extended in front of you.
  • Now lean back and look upwards.
  • Begin breath of fire.
  • Now reach up and pull down with alternating hands each time pretending you are pulling a bell rope to make a bell ring.  As you reach up make a fist around the rope and pull down so your fist ends by your waist.  When you reach up straighten you arm.  Remember you are reaching up grasping pulling down with one hand, as that hand is coming down you should be reaching up with the other.
  • You should go at a moderate to fast pace.

b. Duration for Ringing Bell Kundalini Yoga Exercise: 1-5 minutes

c. Benefits of Ringing Bell Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

  • Works on your chest muscles, shoulders and upper back.
  • Cleanses the Heart Chakra.
  • Loosens the shoulder joints.

d. Practice Tips for Ringing Bell Kundalini Yoga Exercise:  Use the Breath of Fire Breathing Exercise to help get you through the early points of resistance.

 

3. Relax in Yoga Corpse Pose: 

a. Guided Instruction for Yoga Corpse Pose:

  • Lie on your back and have your arms out to your sides about six to twelve inches away from your body.
  • Turn your palms slightly upward.
  • Relax your body and breath.

b. Duration for Yoga Corpse Pose: 1-3 minutes.

c. Benefits of Yoga Corpse Pose:

  • Allows the body to consolidate the gains from the previous exercises.
  • Helps the body heal and rejuvenate itself.
  • Promotes relaxation and peace.

d. Practice Tips for Yoga Corpse Pose: Try to consciously relax your entire body.  Release all your tensions and worries and stay in the present moment as best you can.  

 

4. Double Arm Rotations Kundalini Yoga Exercise: 

a. Guided Instructions for Double Arm Rotations Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

  • Sit up straight in sukh asana.  Bring your chin back and in slightly like a soldier at attention, you should feel a slight tension in the back of your neck.
  • Extend your arms out in front of you.
  • Make a fist of both hands, with your thumbs inside your fist.
  • Begin the breath of fire
  • keeping your elbows straight make big circles with your arms.  The circles should be big, but kept in front of you.  The right arm is moving clockwise, while the left arm is moving counter clockwise.  The arms should move at a moderate to fast pace.
  • The arms should move in sync — outward together and inward together.

b. Duration for Double Arm Rotations Kundalini Yoga Exercise: 1-5 minutes.

c. Benefits of Double Arm Rotations Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

  • Awakens and expands your Heart Chakra.
  • Improves respiration and circulation.
  • Oxygenates your blood and gets your energy going.
  • Develops your shoulder and upper back muscles.

d. Practice Tips for Double Arm Rotations Kundalini Yoga Exercise:  Don’t give up at the first sign of discomfort.

 

5. Kundalini Yoga Camel Pose:

 

a. Step-by-Step Instructions for Kundalini Yoga Camel Pose:

  • To start this yoga pose, come up onto your knees and have your feet hip distance apart, with toes extended.
  • For modified Camel pose have your hands, fingers pointing downward supporting your lower back and arch back as far as comfortable.
  • Now tilt your head back and such that you are facing the ceiling.
  • You should be pressing forward with your hips and also expanding your chest region, by pressing your elbows back.
  • In the full version of Camel Pose, drop your hands back and hold on to your heels.  Again you should arch your back, press your hips out and expand your chest.
  • Begin breath of fire, in either pose.

b. Duration for Kundalini Yoga Camel Pose:

  • 30 seconds – 7 minutes

c. Benefits of Kundalini Yoga Camel Pose:

  • Excellent yoga posture for overall health and wellbeing.
  • The pose expands the abdominal region, helping digestion and elimination.  It helps to heal and balances the Navel Chakra.
  • Opens and heals the Heart Chakra by expanding and stretching the chest region.  Excellent for the respiratory and circulatory systems.  Bestows softness of character.
  • Releases tension in the ovaries and helps the immune system by working on the lymphatic system.
  • The posture, activates and balances the Throat Chakra, and works to heal and rejuvenate the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
  • The exercise opens up the hips and builds strength in the thighs and arms.
  • Stretches and strengthens the shoulders.

d. Practice Tips for Kundalini Yoga Camel Pose:

  • Start with the modified version of Camel Pose and work your way to doing the full version over time.
  • If the Breath of Fire makes you dizzy or uncomfortable, just switch to normal breathing instead. 

6. Shoulder Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

a. Guided Instructions for Shoulder Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

  • Sit up straight with your legs crossed (sukh asana).
  • Bring your arms out to the side with the palms facing up.  Arms are parallel to the ground.
  • As you exhale rotate your arms up, keeping them straight almost to the point where the palms meet (but don’t clap). 
  • Now rotate your arms back down to the starting position (out to the side and parallel to the ground)  as you inhale.
  • Find a good rhythm and continue at a comfortable pace.

b. Duration for Shoulder Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise: 1-5 minutes

c. Benefits of Shoulder Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise:

  • Works on your shoulder muscles and upper back.
  • Balances the Heart Chakra.
  • Improves the functioning of the lymph nodes and strengthens the immune system.  Good anti breast cancer exercise.
  • Draws the energy upwards to the higher centers.
  • Improves lung capacity.

d. Practice Tips for Shoulder Fly Kundalini Yoga Exercise:  This is the last tough exercise in this kriya and since you have come this far, why not finish well.

 

7. Relax in Yoga Corpse Pose (#3 above) for 2-5 minutes:  While in Shav Asana, try this simple Heart Chakra Meditation.  With every inhalation feel more and more love radiating from your heart center and flowing through your system.

This concludes the Heart Chakra Balancing Kundalini Yoga Kriya.