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YOGA POSES TO IMPROVE YOUR ZENKUTSU DACHI AND RELIEVE LOWER BACK PAIN (3/3) By Ece Savas

This is the last blog-post for this yoga series to improve Zenkutsu dachi and release lower back pain. Take your time going through the previous poses before you come into one legged king pigeon, the deepest stretch of this series. This pose reaches deep into hip flexors (psoas muscles), stretches the groins, gluts and outer legs. As difficult and painful this pose can be, it is also one of the most powerful poses in yoga.

Be patient with yourself as it may take some time to get comfortable in this pose. Use your breathing to open tightness, and as always be observant of your mind and emotions. We hold a lot of emotions at our hips, especially women. It’s where our fears, traumas and worries get trapped in. So be open to whatever may come up without any judgement. Come to a complete stillness of mind and body, relaxing the face and shoulders. With each breath allow your body to feel heavy and visualize realising all that is un-pure down towards the earth.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure your body is warmed up before getting into stretches. Move slowly and mindfully at all times. Feeling tight muscle pain is normal but having sharp pain is NOT! Always listen to your body.

 

Start with poses 1-4

 

       

  1. ONE LEGGED KIND PIGEON (EKA PADA RAJA KAPOTASANA)

From downward dog position bring your right knee towards your right hand and place your knee on the floor, extend your left leg back making sure your left heel is aligned with your left hip. Your right shin is almost parallel to the front of your mat. If this is too much, bring your foot closer to your hip. Press your hands firmly on both sides of the hips, pull shoulders back, lengthen the spine up and expand your chest forward. Make sure your hips are not falling on one side or the other.

 

Hold for few breaths then keeping the length of the spine walk your hands forward and slowly lower your self down on your elbows or all the way down. Breathe deeply and relax here for 30 sec. up to 5 minutes.

To come out of this posture, tuck your back toes under and press on your hands to push the hips up to downward dog, shake your leg off, let your circulation come back to normal then change sides.

10 minutes of stretching will help you achieve better posture; longer stances, high kicks and most importantly prevent injuries.

Namaste!

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Tackling a divine mystery.

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CHAKRAS – part 3 by Ece Savas

We mentioned that chakras are energy centres in our bodies; relating to our endocrine system that governs our physical and emotional health. This means if something is going on at our energy body, it will eventually manifests itself in our physical body. The location of the problem will show us which chakra centre we need to look at.

It is important to understand that once an energy problem manifests physically, then it must be taken care of physically first; however, while doing that it’s crucial to support the healing process at an energy level. This will not only quicken the physical healing; but also, ensures the problem wouldn’t return.

 

There are many ways you can heal and balance your chakras which I’ll be talking about on my next post.

 

  1. MANIPURA CHAKRA or SUIGETSU
    or SOLAR PLEXUS
    mani-gems, pura-town “city of jewels”

 

 

Associated with the element FIRE – colour YELLOW – shape TRIANGE

Located at the solar plexus – above the stomach

Develops between ages 2 and 4

 Symbolizes how we manifest ourselves in this word. Our sense of self –
ego identity.

 Basic Right is to act and be an individual

 Basic Purpose is transformation

 Negative Emotion is shame

 Physically effects abdominal core.

 When balanced we shine like the sun with warmth, humility, joy – we feel confident and in balance with our emotions. Transform challenging situations to opportunities.

 Deficiency: Low energy, weak will, letting others take control, poor self discipline, victim mentality, passive, blaming of others.

 Excess: Aggressive, dominating, controlling, need to be right, manipulative, power hungry, high tempered, competitive.

 Balancing yoga practices focuses on core work, arm balances, crow, camel, twisting poses emphasizing radiance, movement and stimulating the fire within.

 

The Earth’s Solar Plexus Chakra

Uluru- Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory, AustraliaUluru- Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru and an area called Kata Tjuta is believed to be the Solar Plexus charka of the earth. These areas are still considered sacred to the native Aboriginals today. The Female Great Dragon Ley Line connects both Lake Titicaca and Uluru.

 

“They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.” _Christian Bovee

 Warrior’s Yoga Flow
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Sunday: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

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Saturday: 10:00am – 11:15am

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BrainTech Robotics STEM-Girls Workshop

BrainTech Robotics STEM-Girls Workshop

Event Information

STEMTASTIC Girls!! Come join BrainTech Robotics STEM Learning team at Apple Fairview Mall and get hands on with Apples Swift; a powerful programming language that’s used to build many popular apps. Join a sisterhood of girls exploring code in our special 1hr. workshop session and explore Swift Playgrounds on an iPad. Discover how interactive and fun coding is and experience the charge of using the same code professional developers use every day. Girls ages 11 – 17 welcomed. Coding knowledge is not required. All the tools will be provided.

DATE AND TIME

Wed, June 7, 2017

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

Apple Fairview

1800 Sheppard Avenue East

Toronto, ON M2J 5A7

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Organizer: BrainTech Robotics STEM Learning Centre

BrainTech Robotics STEM Learning Centre is a non profit organization serving youth from diverse communities across the GTA; helping Toronto’s youth to become self aware by developing their STEM skills.  BrainTech Robotics STEM programs empowers young people by provideing them with exposure to amazing technologies, science and the opportunity to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in a team environment.  BrainTech Robotics provides both a summer and after school program that engages young people in developing, programming and prototyping drone and robot concepts to meet real world case studies.

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Ai Zuchi = The meeting of minds. by O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

The harmony of three forging a blade.

Soto soton jikan deskara.

“Gee it ‘s hot…   I’m thirsty…  Let’s get some beer.

Miyamoto Musashi had a son (adopted). He had not seen him for 20 years, when he heard that he was about to be executed because his General had died and it was the custom that his soldiers were to follow him to a grave within a certain time.

This time had come.

Musashi went to the Town and met his son.

They never spoke, performed the Tea Ceremony together and left each other.

Volumes spoken without a word said.

On hearing this, the Emperors changed the law.

– O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

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Zen Meditation Seminar – June 18th

See: https://www.meetup.com/Young-St-T-O-QiGong-Meditation-Zen-Energy-Work-Healing/events/238941122/ for full details.

To Register for this event, you will need to create an account on Meetup and RSVP to the event.  Look for the Join and RSVP button at the upper right.

(Workshop) **Price includes exta (Zazen) class. Also includes sharing tea circle at the end of class. We supply use of meditation chairs, mats and blankets. Also very special Tea at the beginning and end of class (please arrive 15 minutes early).

Join Hae Kwang Sunim for The Full Bad Stress Out “‘Inner Peace” Qigong – Don’t Miss It! **THIS IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER QI-GONG YOU EVER EXPERIENCED** TORONTO Class also Includes full lying down guided Inner Peace Qigong.

People that attend this class also receive an extra class FREE called “Zazen: Learn and become skilled in the art of MEDITATION at a later date (See Bottom of this page for Link and full details on FREE Bonus Class).

Workshop / Investment: Only $20.00

**Benefits of attending this class**

***Soft ‘Inner Peace’ Qigong leads to the deep release of dis–ease / stress and the restoring of ones energy channels and the infusion of fresh Qi and Peace through the body (reconnection to the Universal Qi field).

Workshop **Please Register on this Meetup as early as possible **Register Today** Conveniently located just steps from St.Clair Subway station.

**Includes sharing tea circle at the end of class. We supply use of meditation chairs, and blankets. Also very special Tea at the beginning and end of class. Please arrive 15 minutes early / at 12:15 p.m. (class starts promptly at 12:30 p.m.). 

See: https://www.meetup.com/Young-St-T-O-QiGong-Meditation-Zen-Energy-Work-Healing/events/238941122/ for full details.

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YOGA POSES TO IMPROVE YOUR ZENKUTSU DACHI AND RELIEVE LOWER BACK PAIN (2/3) by Ece Savas

Last time we talked about downward facing dog and low lunge. These two poses are essential to all yoga practices. They’re great after a long day of work and/or sitting down for long hours. Nov, lets get deeper into hamstrings and hips. Start by warming up the body with poses 1 and 2…

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure your body is warmed up before getting into stretches. Move slowly and mindfully at all times. Feeling tight muscle pain is normal but having sharp pain is NOT!  

Always listen to your body.

 

  1. HALF MONKEY (ARDHA HANUMANASANA)

Moving from low lunge position, bring your hand on both sides of your front foot on the floor. Push your hip back towards your heel until your heel starts digging down and your leg is straight. Flex the front foot back and bow your chest down towards your knee. Activate the front leg, pressing the knee down and straight. You can use blocks under your hands if your hands don’t reach the floor. Make sure your hips are still parallel to the front of the mat.

 

  1. LIZARD (UTTHAN PRISTHASANA):

From half monkey position move your hips forward again to low lunge, heal toe your front foot outside of your shoulder and bring elbows down on the floor inside of the foot. Breathe deeply and relax your hips down. Let the weight of the hips sink down without forcing it. To deepen this stretch press the top of the back foot down and lift the knee off the floor.

 

to be continued…

Namaste!

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Maths 101

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CHAKRAS – part 2 by Ece Savas

Trying to explain chakras is like explaining colors to a blind person.

The word ‘chakra’ चक्र is a Sanskrit word that means “wheel” as well as “circle” and “cycle”. A common metaphor used in ancient text to describe chakra is ‘padma’ or the lotus flower.

The energy lines in our body are described like rivers of light. And chakras are major centers where these rivers meet. So according these descriptions we can visualize chakras as rivers of light spinning like a wheel around the center, creating a whirlpool of energy and unfolding like a flowers.

This week I will be introducing the Sacral Chakra or Tan Tien. When earth meets water the creation begins.

  1. SVADHISTHANA or SACRAL CHAKRA (DAN TIEN)
    sva-self, adhisthana-dwelling place

Associated with the element WATER – colour ORANGE – shape CIRCLE

Located at the pelvic area, bellow navel

Develops in 6 to 24 months old; also referred as the oral phase, when we start to explore the world and start experiencing pleasures. At this stage of life we develop likes and dislikes, a sense of curiosity and sensuality.

Symbolizes the core feelings and emotions.

Physically if effects out bodily fluids, reproductive organs, lower back, flexibility, sexuality

When balanced: We move gracefully, we are flexible and adaptable to changes, we enjoy the pleasures of life and express our emotions freely and comfortably, we are emotionally intelligent.

Deficiency: Rigid in body motion and attitude towards life, frigidity, fear of sex, poor social skills, denial of pleasure, fear of change, lack of desire.

Excess: Addicted personality, clinging, mood swings, strong emotions creating drama, over sensitive, compulsive, sexually manipulative

Balancing yoga practice focuses on the fluidity of movement, self-exploration and mobility of the hips.

 

Softness triumphs over hardness, feebleness over strength. What is more malleable is always superior over that which is immovable. This is the principle of controlling things by going along with them, of mastery through adaptation. _Lao Tzu

 

Warrior’s Yoga Flow

Hasu Dojo
Tuesday: 6:45pm – 8:00pm
Sunday: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Enzan Dojo
Saturday: 10:00am – 11:15am

http://www.martialartstoronto.ca

 

 

The Earth’s Sacral Chakra

Lake Titicaca, Peru-Bolivia, South AmericaLake Titicaca, Peru-Bolivia, South America

The Titicaca Stone is the geometrical center for the Sacral Chakra of Mother Earth. The surrounding area of Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Iquitos are also believed to have a very high energy.

Two Ley lines intersect at Lake Titicaca, these include the Male Great Dragon Ley Line which runs from Mt. Shasta to Lake Titicaca and the Female Great Dragon Ley line.

 

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And this too shall pass

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