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Singing Bowl Steps: Inviting the Bell to Sound

WHO

Everyone has the right to invite the bell and invite others to stop and practice.

WHAT

An invitation to sound the bell. Inviting instead of striking is more sacred, more of a nonviolent attention.

WHEN

  1. Beginning of the day, end of the day, and transitions.

  2. Before meals.

  3. Whenever someone doesn’t feel grounded or the atmosphere doesn’t feel peaceful.

  4. Before a yoga practice.

WHERE

  1. Front of the room

  2. Meeting space

  3. Mini centering center

  4. Small room

HOW

1.Sat Nam or Namaste or Hello your singing bowl~ as your friend.

2.Close your eyes. Place one hand on your belly and the other on your heart.

3. Tune into your rhythm, your pattern, your sensations.

4. Place bowl in the center of your palm, fingers open wide. {Closing fingers will stifle the sound.}

5. In and out, take two breaths.

6. Gently tap the bowl to “awaken the bell” and let those around you know that soon there will be a full ring.

7. Invite everyone to stop what they’re doing and tune in.

8. Follow your breath for another 11 seconds, 22 if you’re generous.

9. Invite the bell fully. The sound as Thich Nhat Hanh describes it, sounds like a bird soaring up.

10. Take 3 deep breaths and invite the bell again. And again-three breaths and one final invitation.

11. Invite everyone to open their eyes and look at you when they don’t hear the sound of the vibration anymore.

WHY

  1. The sound brings us back to our true home where we feel grounded and elevated.

  2. Others feel they can breathe deeper by being around you.

  3. The deeper we tune in, the deeper our breath, the deeper our nerves, the deeper our thoughts, the deeper our words, the deeper our actions, the deeper our lives..

Please share your singing bowl stories with us..

Sat Nam

 

 

 

 

Yippee Ki Yay Namaste

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Want to build your positive mind?

Feel bright in every which way?

Breathe in BIG and stretch real wiiiiiiiiide

Exhale a Yippee Ki Yay!

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To activate Positive Mind

Release worries that stick like glue

Mooooove inside your rib cage

Let out a Yabba Dabba Doo!

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The negative mind is protective

fearing, “it’s just not possible”,

The positive mind takes risks

Makes the impossible, possible

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Go from Negative Mind clenching

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To stomping…

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To Jumping…

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To Laughing…

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To  quite Positive consequencing

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Let’s head toward the Neutral Mind

~the balance that hears both sides

Make choices from a centered space.

So our Trust gets… Magnified!

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Positive mind is calm, contained

and inspires expansion and boldness,

We don’t get rid of the Negative Mind,

It protect us from dangers, like coldness..

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   May we brighten ourselves  from the inside

So we easily Yippee Ki Yay

May we see each other’s goodness

Namaste Namaste Namaste

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Sat Nam

Thank you Yogi Bhajan for the teachings

Jenni Miller for the Yippee Ki Yay when I really needed it

and Rachel Schattle for capturing the children’s radiance

 

 

You get what you need…

TS30_WarriorIIDecide_outlineThis is the time of applied, intuitive consciousness.

This is the time we let our hearts open up.

This is the time we need our children to experience reality through the compassion of the heart.

This is the time I asked our Fernbank Yoga Club Students~

What do you need to feel more present?

This is the time to state your needs so we can better serve our yoga club…

 

 

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Celia, fourth grade

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Ellis, third grade

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Beverly, fourth grade

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Julia, second grade

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Elena, first grade

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Emily, second grade

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Audrey, second grade

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Lauren, kindergarten

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Lucy, first grade

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Jack, third grade

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Brooklyn, kindergarten

…This is the time to strengthen our nervous systems, so the power of the magnetic human heart can be the force of peace.

Peace has a force to it.

It’s not passive.

This is the time to create a peaceful force to help us navigate through ups and downs, so we can really move mountains.

 

Let there be Peace
Let there be Peace of Mind
Let there be Peace with Mankind
Let there be Peace of the States
Let the World dwell within the Force of Peace~ Yogi Bhajan

Thank you, Traci Childress, The Mindful Reflection Project, for the “What are your needs?” inspiration.

Sat Nam

 

Oh, Say Can You See, the Sacred and the Silly…

 Part of my practice is to create sacred spaces where I honor my guides, my teachers, a theme, what I am manifesting, what I am inspired by, and what I am teaching.

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This ritual helps me remember my intention, connect to the deeper teachings which I take quite seriously, and to myself {which I don’t }.

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My routine usually entails selecting pose cards or chips, children’s drawings, a poem or passage, photos of my heroes and heroines, and my particular notes and books about the message I am working on to share with my students.  I usually add stones and malas.

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When I gaze upon these creations, I see the world differently and know what I’m opening to.

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When I then close my eyes, I see myself differently. I know what I’m stepping into.

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I hold this space to focus my intention on the best outcome for my creations and projects. It works to enliven and build more life force in my body, lift the clouds of doubt, and sharpen my mind so it can penetrate beneath the surface.

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I start to gain a higher perspective and feel brighter and more clear and present~ and perhaps a bit silly. That just happens to be my wish for the children.

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Joseph Campbell says, ​”​[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.​”​

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I want my students to experience themSELVES. I do this practice so I can give them that.

Oh, Say Can you See? The Sacred and the Silly~ Please share your sacred {and silly} spaces with us. What objects have you brought together to manifest your creative projects?

Sat Nam

 

Photos by Rachel Schattle & Annabelle Finley, my brilliant and creative interns.

Yoga By Letter: Z

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In Z Out Z

Yoga with the Z

Zing, Zealous, Zest

In Z In

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In Z Out Z

Yoga with the Z

Zonked in, Zonked out, Zero

Out Z Out

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In Z In

Yoga with the Z

Zippy, Zany, Zero

In Z In

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May Zillions of children Zigzag their way into the Zone.

7 year old Lillian, almost certified Grounded Kid, created this visualization to help you zzzzzzz….

 

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