How & Why Meditation?

There are so many ways we can connect with our inner selves or meditate. Some people prefer sitting still for 30 minutes a day and witnessing their thoughts and mental chatter -or joining a retreat and sit for 10 days – or focusing on the body sensations – or letting the thoughts go with the intention of a blank slate, with a job well done IF successful or perhaps walking meditation – gardening, listening to a guided recording – or just “being” truly present with oneself. I am sure you can think of many more.

I have tried so many of the ways meditation is taught over the past 30 years and the style of meditation that best suits me is Yoga Meditation – awareness of combining the breath with the postures. Also I enjoy connecting with nature – decreasing outside distractions like mindless chatter with ear plugs in and listening to my breathing. Chanting or prayerfermations sung to my favourite tunes is another sensory way of mine.

I experience these forms as fine tuning my inner vibration and connecting with myself in a world that encourages disconnecting. A huge distraction for me is technology and busyness – I can always find something to do – but today I ask myself to aspire for 10 mins morning and night (often this can morph into longer time permitting)

Yoga is an act of self love to listen and really hear my inner selves – give them a voice – some team work within me and most importantly I do not set my bar too high for further self criticism or lack of self love.

My understanding of meditation is to listen to my intuition – some may call that God – Wisdom – or even the gut – I aim to feel the sensations in my body – I use my breath as the bridge between my mind and body – creating connection and I use daily triggers to have some conscious long exhalations.

Yoga Meditation is free yet difficult to make the space / time to do.

The Yoga sutras – yamas & niyamas are what leads us to yoga (mostly unconsciously until we hear them) sustaining, nourishing and enhancing our lives.

The 8 steps Patanjali passed down and the Buddha the no 1 teacher of meditation focused on the 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 – not 3, the asana or exercise.

The Buddha gave detailed descriptions of many forms of meditation and mind control techniques. The mind & senses constantly seek distraction & naturally want to find a way out of the stillness – the mind & ego wants to move & change – so a new layer or meditation technique needs to be added to keep the mind still.

Recognition of our thoughts our physical sensations our reactions towards self and others is a noble path – to take responsibility for our actions and to understand our re-actions ( which often comes from our childhood templates ) can make the planet a better place.

Going backwards by banning Yoga from schools

How can Yoga for kids be harmful? Yoga creates flexibility of body and mind – flexible and strong like the willow tree – open gracious and giving. Or brittle closed and fearful – what do you want your kids to be? Read this article and let me know what you think!

A recent controversy has been making the news in the United States about banning yoga in schools because of its supposed religious and Hindu overtones.

Sadhguru explains that yoga is a technology, and religion has nothing to do with it. Sadhguru: What religion you belong to has nothing to do with your ability to make use of the yogic systems, because yoga is a technology. Technology does not make any distinction as to what you believe in and what you do not believe in. What you may believe in or not is purely a psychological process – it has got nothing to do with making use of a technology.

Yoga is Hindu just the way gravity is Christian. Just because the law of gravity was propounded by Isaac Newton, who lived in a Christian culture, does it make gravity Christian?

Yoga is a technology. Anybody who is willing to make use of it can make use of it. It is ridiculous to even think that there could be a religious tinge to yoga. The spiritual process and the technology of yoga predates all religion. Before human beings started thinking of forming religious groups to fracture humanity in a way that you can’t fix them, the idea that a human being can evolve himself came from Shiva, the Adiyogi.

Hindu is not an “ism”

Why the yogic sciences have gotten labeled as Hindu is because this science and technology grew in this culture. And because this culture was dialectical in nature, naturally they delivered the science in a dialectical manner, involving the cultural strengths of the land, which is essentially the Hindu way of life.

The word “Hindu” has come from the word “Sindhu,” which is a river. Because this culture grew from the banks of the river Sindhu or Indus, this culture got labeled as Hindu. Anybody who is born in the land of Indus is a Hindu. It is a geographical identity, which slowly evolved into a cultural identity, and when some very aggressive religions came into the land and a big “competition” was set up, they tried organizing themselves as a religion – which has not happened yet. You still cannot put them together because they don’t have one belief system.

We need to understand this – Hindu is not an “ism;” it is not a religion. Being a Hindu does not mean having a particular belief system. Whatever you did in this culture was Hindu.

There is no particular god or ideology which you can call as the Hindu way of life. You can worship a man-god and be a Hindu; you can worship a woman-god and be a Hindu; you can worship a cow and be a Hindu; you can give up all worship and still be a Hindu. So you are a Hindu irrespective of what you believe or don’t believe.

The God-makers

At the same time, there was a common line running through all these.

In this culture, the only goal in human life is liberation or mukti. Liberation from the very process of life, from everything that you know as limitations and to go beyond that.

God is not held as the ultimate thing in this culture, God is seen as one of the stepping stones. This is the only culture on the planet which is a godless culture in the sense that, there is no concretized idea of God. You can worship a rock, a cow, your mother – you can worship whatever you feel like – because this is a culture where we have always known that God is our making.

Everywhere else, people believe “God created us.” Here, we know we created god so we take total freedom to create whatever kind of god we can relate to. It is a science of how to take a human being to his ultimate potential.

We evolved a whole technology of God-making – not just creating forms, but energizing them in such a way that it will assist you to touch that dimension of life which is the basis of creation. It is not because somebody believes in it that it reverberates. This is the science of consecration where we know how to turn a stone into the Divine.

http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/is-yoga-a-religion/

About Breathing

We know what to do in a given situation when our breathing matches God’s breathing ( or something that is greater than your frail manipulative powers )

In comparison, with control our breathing is often unnatural and short.

There is constriction in the body.

We feel driven and fixed without a sense of having real choices when we operate from rigid control.

We speak without thinking, and we feel embarrassed.

We then punish ourselves harshly and apologize to others a lot.

We hold unpurged resentments.

Ayurvedic Basti Enema

Ayurvedic basti enema

In Ayurveda enemas are called Basti (Vasti). Ayurvedic Bastis (Vastis) can be very helpful in a variety of complaints. This section is for general information only. As Ayurveda is a very complex topic and includes diet and lifestyle changes please visit a Ayurvedic practitioner or Vedya before attempting to administer an ayurvedic Basti.

“Basti” literally means bag/container/bladder. In ancient times, sterilized urinary bladders of animals were used to instil the enema, hence the name of the procedure is Basti Karma.

They involve the introducing of liquids like medicated oils, herbal concoctions and milk through the perineum (through the anus, urinary meatus or vaginal orifice in women) in order to clean or heal the lower part of the body (below umbilical part). The toxins (ama) accumulated in the lower part of the body or the toxins pushed to the colon, urinary tract or reproductive tract by previous ayurvedic procedures like Oil-therapy (snehan) or Sweat-therapy (swedan) can be cleared with bastis.

What are Ayurvedic Bastis?

An Ayurvedic Basti has significant multiple effects and hence cannot be compared with contemporary enema, which is used for bowel cleansing or nutritive therapies. Though Basti practices directly affect the colon they are much more than a localized, symptomatic treatment. In administration, effects and intent the Basti differs significantly from Enema and Colonic treatments which only address the eliminative capacity of the colon.

The Basti procedure restores the balance of the body types (doshas) in particular VATA body type (there are 7 body types in Ayurveda). It increases weight in emaciated people, decreases weight in the obese, improves vision, prevents aging, brings back lustre and strength, and healthy longevity. It is specifically for vatic disorders. It relieves constipation, distention, chronic fever, cold, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, backache, sciatica and other pains in the joints. Many other Vata disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscle spasms and headaches may also be treated with Basti.

Basti is effective for most of the digestive disorders like dry colon, dry rectum condition and the tendency towards constipation resulting from such conditions. It also provides relief in conditions like distention of abdomen, flatulence, spastic colon, dryness of digestive tract observed in chronic fever, etc. Body debility, senile debility, impaired immunity, muscular dystrophy and bed ridden conditions like paralysis can also be treated by Basti. Basti can also be used to give some energy supplementation to the body, as the mucous membrane of the rectal canal is a semi permeable membrane.

Types of Basti

There are different types of internal Bastis (Pakwashaya):

* Anuvasana Basti – enemas with medicated oils, tonics, herbal milks

* Nirooha-asthapana Basti – enema of water based medical extracts or medicated water

* Uttar Basti – the vaginal douche, given with medicinal decoctions for various

gynecological complaints, such as uterine prolapsed, leucorrhoea, mennorhagia, urinary obstruction, habitual abortions, infertility, etc.* Mutrashaya Basti – medicated fluids are introduced through the urethra (male)

* Vranagata Basti – medicated liquids are used to irrigate and heal deep wounds and abscesses

* Yoga Basti – a series of 8 treatments, beginning with Anuvasana Basti then followed by Nirooha basti. These two treatments are given on alternate days and the last two treatments are concluded with Anuvasana Basti

* Kala Basti – a series of 16 treatments, beginning with Anuvasana Basti then followed by Nirooha basti. These two treatments are given on alternate days and the last four treatments are concluded with Anuvasana Basti

* Karma Basti – a series of 30 treatments, beginning with Anuvasana Basti then followed by Nirooha basti. These two treatments are given on alternate days and the last six treatments are concluded with Anuvasana Basti

* Bruhan Basti – nutritional enema

Basti is given four to six hours after a meal or best in the mornings. Bowels and bladder must be evacuated prior to Basti treatment. It is best to provide a warm oil massage on the belly and back followed by fomentation of the abdomen (a warm water bottle on the belly for 10 minutes) before the treatment. If emesis (vomiting) and purgation treatments are to be given, they are best administered prior to Basti.

Medicated water enemas are to be retained for 48 minutes (minimum 15 minutes).

There are other external Bastis also used in Ayurveda which are not discussed here.

Contraindications

Basti is generally contraindicated in all types of diarrheas, dysenteries, rectal bleeding, diabetes, severe anaemia, hypoproteinaemia, breathlessness associated with any problem and pulmonary tuberculosis (raj-yakshma).

It is also contraindicated in infantile problems and senile debility.

Contra-indications for Nirooha Basti

Pregnancy (unless specified by physician), Children under 10 yrs, after meals, after sex, dysentery, internal obstruction, after vomiting or purging, if too tired, exhausted, serious skin disease, urinary disorder, intoxicated states, piles, anorexia, psychosis, dryness of throat, anal inflammation, oedema, malnourished, weak persons, or those suffering from tuberculosis, accumulation of fluid, peritonitis, diabetes.

Contra-indications for Anuvasan Basti

Persons in whom Nirooha basti is contraindicated; anemia, jaundice, piles, fewer, diarrhea, poisoning, emaciation, enlargement of the spleen, chronic catarrhal inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane, fasting.

Complications of Basti therapy

When Basti therapy is incomplete, spasmodic pains, burning sensation, anorectal itching and pain, anorexia, blockage of stools and wind are noticed. If given in excess, it causes anorectal inflammation and ulceration, fissure, weakness, and muscular cramps.

For pain in abdomen after Basti, massage the abdomen gently!

For headache experienced immediately after Basti, a gentle head and forehead massage followed by Ginger tea can be given. This can be followed by Nasya (special ayurvedic treatment to cleanse the sinus area).

If liquids are not expelled after 48 minutes another Basti treatment is prescribed with hot water (38C) and fomentation to the lower back and abdomen. Warm water can also be consumed. If complications arise fast acting purgatives (eg Castor oil with warm water or prune juice) must be administered immediately to expel loosened toxins from the colon.

What to do after the Basti

A light diet should be taken after bastis for one day and the following activities should he avoided:

  • sitting for a long duration
  • standing for long duration
  • excessive talking
  • traveling
  • sleeping during the day
  • coitus
  • exposure to cold
  • too much sunlight
  • sexual relationship
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • untimely meals
  • an incompatible diet
  • suppression of natural urges (e.g. sneezing, farting, burping, elimination of faeces)

The Ayurvedic Oil Enema (Anuvasana Basti)

oil enemaThe oil enema will moisturize and rejuvenate your entire system. It is generally recommended if the body or any part of it feels dry.

Preparation:

This procedure is best done 4 to 6 hrs after a meal or in the morning. Bowel and bladder must be evacuated prior to the treatment. If possible give yourself a light belly massage with warm oil then put a hot water-bottle on your tummy for 10 minutes.

You will need a 60 ml syringe, a rectal tube, 50 ml of Black Sesame Oil

Directions for use:

* Pour 50 ml of lukewarm oil (preferably Black Sesame Oil) in a glass, suck the oil into the syringe by putting the tip into the oil and pulling on the syringe handle.

* Connect the rectal tube to the syringe.

* Turn the syringe and tube with the tip up and slowly push any air out of the tube.

* Lie on your left site with the left lower leg straight and the right leg flexed at the knee and at the hip joint.

* The Anus and the tip of the rectal tube should be lubricated with Black Sesame seed oil.

* Carefully insert the rectal tube (about 5 cm).

* Then slowly and steadily inject the oil.

* Stay lying on the side for 15 minutes before getting up.

The oil should be retained for 24 hours or more. This will happen naturally, more so if you do it at night time. It is recommended to wear a pad during the day, especially if you have a tendency to release wind.

Buy a Implant Kit (syringe and rectal tube):
Buy in Australia: Implant Kit

http://www.enemainfo.com/types/ayurvedic_basti.htm

 

How to stay well in the change of season 

I am hearing the groans and moans from people not treating their body mind systems in tune with the change of season.


I believe knowing your dosha and living a #Yoga #Ayurveda lifestyle can alleviate many painful symptoms of dis-ease

An article below from Depak Chopra who brought attention to the other half of Yoga that many overlook or find too complicated – but in actual fact it’s the oppposite and is all around us – you can even see it at the movies with a grounder casting director!

Humans aren’t the only parts of the universe with different doshas—nature has different mind-body types, too. 


The seasons reflect all three doshas—Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. Vata is a mind-body type consisting of air and space, Kapha is a cold, wet, and heavy mind-body type that is composed of earth and water, and Pitta is made up of fire and water.  

You are a part of Nature and as a result, are affected by her doshas. You can learn to take better care of yourself and feel balanced as you move through the seasons when you understand doshas and how they can affect you from within and from external sources. 


Greater health and well-being can be achieved by staying in harmony with the change in seasons and understanding what dosha is dominant. 

For instance, the transition from winter to spring is considered a Kapha season because it is wet, even though it is getting warming. As summer approaches and the temperatures rise, the Pitta—and its strong fire element—begins.

Seasonal Eating 

During Kapha season, those who are of the Vata dosha would benefit from eating more warm foods and incorporating sweet tastes, which help create mass and keep Vatas grounded. Kaphas should focus on lighter, crispier foods to bring some lightness back into their bodies. Pittas feel more in balance when they integrate astringent and bitter tastes into their meals.


Seasonal Exercise

Exercise is important for all people, and the type of activity you choose can have a more balancing effect on each dosha. People with a dominant Kapha dosha need to stay committed to, or even increase, exercise during the wetter months. Energizing activities such as running, spin classes, flow yoga, and other enlivening routines are best. 

Activity is also highly recommended in order to balance the water component of the Pitta dosha. However, Pittas would be best served engaging in energetic exercises that do not entail too much competition, which can cause their fire element to become imbalanced. 

Vatas can enjoy activities like yoga, tai chi, or long nature walks when weather permits, to help them stay grounded.

Year-Round Meditation

All mind-body types benefit from meditation. During the winter and spring months, stay committed to your meditation practice. 

Vatas will find this practice stabilizing, especially when he or she focuses on feeling centered. 

Kaphas can add some energizing pranayama, or breathing techniques, to the start and end of their meditation routines. Those with a predominantly Pitta dosha will feel balanced from meditation’s calming effects.

The Role of Temperature

Temperature affects each mind-body type differently. Thanks to Pitta’s natural fire, those who are Pitta dosha can find themselves feeling warm, even in winter. Heat can aggravate this dosha, so it’s important for Pittas to go outside into the cold weather once in a while. Conversely, Kaphas and Vatas both should do what they can to stay warm.

Changes in weather and the seasons can affect your mood. For instance, short, gray, and damp days can sometimes make people feel sad or depressed. Those with a Kapha dosha are particularly sensitive to cloudy and colder weather. Kaphas should try to wear bright colors and surround themselves with uplifting shades. Vatas can find greater balance from muted, grounding colors; and those who are Pitta dosha do well with earth tones in both clothing and living spaces.

Find balance as you transition between seasons by following these tips: 

Give yourself a daily Ayurvedic self-massage, also known as an abhyanga

Engage in a detoxifying one-day cleanse to prepare for the new season ahead. The cleanse need not be a complete fast. Instead, consume all food in liquid form to help gently detoxify the body. 

As the end of spring nears, begin to incorporate a more Pitta-balancing diet into your daily routine. Reduce spicy, sour, and salty foods are all ways Pittas can find balance, and every dosha can adopt this healthy eating style. 

Each season is rich and full of unique gifts. Fall presents us with beautiful colors and crisp clean air. Winter feels as though the world around us is asleep, yet it is simply preparing for the beautiful show of the lushness of spring. And summer offers us longer days, and more time to relax with family and friends. 

As you embrace the beauty of Nature’s bounty, reflect on your own connection to Nature and move in harmony with her rhythms as the seasons change.

*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center’s Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program. 

http://www.chopra.com

Yoga and pubs 

I remember when there used to be a pub on what seemed like every corner.


When I started my yoga life in India 30+ years ago there was not a lot of awareness of yoga and some would even make a “joke” and call it yoghurt.


Now there is almost a yoga teacher on every corner! That’s great that many people on the planet are evolving into a higher sensitive & aware vibration. Yoga really is a sustainable answer to good balanced  health and wellbeing. 


If you are new to yoga and thinking of joining a class that’s fantastic and  if your heart gets touched by yoga you will have what I believe the best tool on the planet that you can use anytime and anywhere for free!


Just a word of caution who you entrust your body, heart and mind too – if it’s that yoga teacher on the corner where the pub used to be – make sure they are well skilled – and not just looking good – yoga  is not a competition of how well you can do a posture or what the person next to you is doing – nor should you push yourself too hard – yoga is a “work in” not a “work out.” 


The gift of Yoga is the bridge between the body, heart and the mind so that you know what’s going on down there. 

Ayurveda says dis-ease comes in 6 stages – if you truly take the time to breathe and listen – you will hear your body talk to you and you will become your own doctor – you will recognise when you are out of balance, & Ayurveda can teach you skills on how to bring yourself back into balance.


I think balance is the quest of life – the planet is spinning and tilted so of course there is no static state of balance and perfection – but this beautiful 5000+ year old science Yoga Ayurveda gives us the skills – yoga ayurveda can cost no money to live  – your health really is in your own hands.

I remember in my  20’s I never thought that my body would change and as a result so would my practice – I heard my teacher say it would happen – and I didn’t believe it could happen to me – but life happens and from my experience the more you can look after yourself in your younger years the easier the transition will be. Having a healthy, body and mind is our vehicle for this life – look after it – no one else will.

These images are from the Bondi promenade street art show that rotates every few months along the wall.

@Animiniyoga at http://www.animiniyoga.com is the creator of this very sweet street mural art piece here at Bondi beach on show now – well done – I love it!

By Zoe Campbell 

Bondi Yoga therapist 

Bondi beach Australia 

Polymath 

The Autodidactic Polymath

Being autodidactic and a polymath are sort of frowned upon in our ultra-specialized school-taught society. Personally I believe that true autodidactic polymaths are essential to modern society. People who can claim to be experts in many fields can often see connections between subjects that are not usually connected and being self-taught often allows a person to approach a subject thinking outside of the box.


http://autopolymath.blogspot.com.au/?m=1

Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci is one of history’s best known autodidacts.
Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) or self-education (also self-learning and self-teaching) is the education without the guidance of masters (such as teachers and professors) or institutions (such as schools). Generally, an autodidact is an individual who chooses the subject they will study, their studying material and the studying rhythm and time. An autodidact may or may not have formal education, and their study may be either a complement or an alternative to it. Many notable contributions have been made by autodidacts. Influential autodidacts include Leonardo da Vinci, Goethe, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Srinivasa Ramanujan.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autodidacticism

Waverley Health forum 

Waverley Council and Bondi and Districts Chamber of Commerce together provide regular interactive forums that work for business. Situated in Sydney’s East, Waverley is home to over 70,000 people and home to nearly 30,000 businessesYou are receiving this invitation because you have previously been invited to or attended a Waverley Council event. If you would like more to know more about this event business@waverley.nsw.gov.au or call 93698204.

14 Fake Olive Oil Companies Are Revealed Now

Avoid These Brands

It was found that even 7 of the biggest olive oil makers in the USA, mix their items with cheap oils to get more profits. Namely, one of the products we regard as healthiest and a remedy for longevity has been corrupted.

Apparently, even 70% of olive oil sold in the U.S. stores is fake, as they have been cut with cheaper, inferior oils like canola and sunflower oil! This is similar to the 2008 practice in Italy. This meant seizure for 85 oil farms that mixed some percentage chlorophyll with sunflower and canola to the olive oil.

fakes

The oil was mixed, colored, perfumed and flavored too, and these things made the Australian government investigate their oils. The results were awful. After that, not one brand named extra virgin olive oil got the 2012 certificate of approval.

These scams made the University of California to study 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil and discovered that more than 70% of the samples did not pass the test.

THESE ARE THE BRANDS THAT FAILED THE TEST:

Carapelli

Mezzetta

Pompeian

Mazola

Primadonna

Colavita

Sasso

Antica Badia

Star

Whole Foods

Felippo Berio

Safeway

Coricelli

Bertolli

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE FOLLOWING BRANDS ARE TRUSTWORTHY:

Lucero

McEvoy Ranch Organic

Corto Olive

Omaggio

Bariani Olive Oil

California Olive Ranch

Lucini

Ottavio

Cobram Estate

Olea Estates

Kirkland Organic

HOW TO TEST OLIVE OIL:

Additionally, you can also test the olive oil you have at home. You should put the bottle in the fridge for half an hour, and if it starts to solidify, it means that the oil is pure, as it contains a large amount of monounsaturated fat.

On the other hand, if it does not solidify, it is fake. Yet, just to be sure, look for official governmental seals of approval on the label, like “Australian Extra Virgin Certified” and “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.”

We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.

http://naturalcureshouse.com/the-14-fake-olive-oil-companies-are-revealed-now-avoid-these-brands/

Yoga in the Sun 

Personally I don’t like yoga in the sun or out in the open around people and the elements. 

 I prefer to practise yoga so I can listen internally and connect with my intuition & become aware of a deeper awareness that may be stored up in areas within body  – as it was said to me once – yoga is not a work out but a work in.


Sunday afternoon a headstand is performed in Bidigak park north Bondi beach  – with many people picnicking with their loved ones and pets running around