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Yes To Higher Aim…No To Lame

Inspired by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1:30 Vyadhi-Styana-Samsaya-Pramada-Alasya-Avirati-Bhrantidarsana-Alabdhabhumikatva-Anavasthitatvani-Cittaviksepah-Te-Antarayah

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Say YES to Brightness,
To Certainty, To Health
Say NO to dullness,
To doubt, to filth.

Say YES to Careful,
To Enthusiasm, to Aim
Say NO to careless,
To backsliding, to lame.

Say YES to Activity,
To Attention, To Humility.
Say NO to heedless,
inertia, instability.

How to say NO
To such 9 Disturbances?
Create a “no” prop
To play interference.

A block will work wonders
To impede interruptions.
Place between your hands
To help with deductions.
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Press your hands in
To fire your inner shoulders.
Breathe your arms up
And become a beholder.

Keep pressing in
To activate what’s dull.
Reach the block up high
As well as your skull.
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Hold a block in one hand
Lift up your opposite knee
Tilt to block side
Finding freedom is key.

Place the “no” block
Right between your thighs.
I know it is awkward
May your enthusiasm rise!
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Press your thighs back
Keep your shins fixed.
Fold Forward, touch the floor
Breathe steady while betwixt.

Step back into Downward Dog,
Bend your knees a lot.
Press your block up and back
Notice your train of thought!

Shift forward into plank
Lower down flat like a pancake.
Keep shins pressing down
Lift thighs up with a mandate.
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Stretch your belly and heart forward,
Hips back toward your toes
Open your shoulders
Like a polyphonic prose.

Press back to Down Dog
Come down to table.
Remove your block
Keep hands and shins stable.

Prepare to find freedom
With boundaries no less.
In this grounded pose
We call “No Table Yes”.

As you stretch right leg back
Exhale YES to Higher Aim.
As you bring knee to forehead
Inhale NO to Low Lame.

Your spine arches and curves
As you continue 5 times
Try it fast, Try it slow
Switch sides
Cause it’s prime.

Press toes together
Root hips to your heels
Stretch heart and hands forward
Notice what is revealed.

Sit in easy pose
Tune into your frame.
Each inhale in
Think YES to high aim.

Each exhale out
Think NO to Low Lame
May this help you
Up your game.

 

Sat Nam

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A Poem of Wacky, Wonderful Noises While Clawing The Mat, CAT!

soundsIn celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday we learned how to work our feet and our hands.  Just as Suess’ Mr. Brown Can Moo!, Mrs. Cat can MEOW!   In “Mrs. Cat Can Meow! Can You?”  A Poem of Wacky, Wonderful Noises – While Clawing the Mat we allowed our inner animal out on the mat while paying close attention to our hands and feet. Are they wacky?  Are they flat?  Are they clawing the mat?  When practicing this wacky flow while making Suesserrific noises you too will learn the importance of clawing the mat.  In playing “Stop Foot, Go” (a zany spin on the all time favorite game, Musical Chairs) and studying the 4 corners of our feet we checked on our left foot and our right foot making sure they were fuzzy fur feet.  While “Roaring”, “split – splatting” and “meowing” along with Mrs. Cat we learned that when our four paws are aligned we feel more steady, more grounded, and in balance with the universe.

To push ourselves farther and to study our hands more thoroughly, we used a block in forward fold

FxCam_1332603901140throughout this silly flow and colored a Feet and Hands coloring page inspired by Grounded teacher, Vanessa Braun’s Mandala picture.

Mrs. Cat Can Meow!  Imagine That?!  ~ A Poem of Wacky, Wonderful Noises – While Clawing the Mat

by Kelley Sue Hardin

 

(Inspired by Dr. Suess’ book “Mr. Brown Can Moo!  Can You?”)

 

Oh, the wacky, wonderful sounds

Mrs. Cat can make!

 

She can sound like RAIN

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Dibble, dibble

Dibble, dop

Dibble, dibble

Dop, dop, dop

 

She can sound like a LION

In Pride Plank while clawing the mat

“ROAR!”

 

She can sound like a DOG

In Down Dog

Ruff!  Ruff!  Ruff!

She can whisper, whisper

In Dark Seed Light

Like the soft whisper of a BUTTERFLY

She can hover over her mat

And spread her wings

FLAP!, FLAP!, FLAP!

While lying on her belly

In Flat Like a Pancake

 

With fingers spread wide

And her back puffed up

She can HISS!

She can CLAW!

She can stick her tail up in the air

And MEOW!  MEOW!

In Cat Scratch Fever

 

She can sound like a HORSE

KLOP!  KLOP!  KLOP!

In No Table Yes

Imagine that?!

 

She can sound like THUNDER

BOOM!  BOOM!  BOOM!

In Go To Your Room!

She can even slam the door

SMACK!

 

She can sound like a CLOCK

In Do The Twist

While moving her hands

Just like this… Tick, Tock

Tick, Tock

Tick, Tock

 

She can SPLIT!

She can SPLOT!

She can sound like a BUG

In Baby Got Back

Oh, the wonderful sounds

Mrs. Cat can make.

All while clawing her mat.

 

Why don’t you try them out?

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Grounded? Yes! Restricted? No!

blank-slate_copyFor many of us, a new year represents a blank slate, a Tabula Rasa. Imagine being able to “refresh” any or all areas of your life. Now visualize this table with two columns, Yes and No. You create your truest life by thoughtfully choosing what goes in the No column and what is a Yes. Everything you say YES to and everything you say NO to matters.  What if your yes’s and no’s were tabulated and at the end of a day, week, year, lifetime, you could see how the data, otherwise known as your life, balanced out?

 

Think of it like playing a game. Each morning, start with a wide-open YES in your heart and make room on the table. As you go through your day making decisions, interacting with others and living your life, be aware of what you say No to and what Yes is automatically created out of that No. Conversely, what do you say Yes to and what is the No side of that decision? Before you go to sleep, check in with yourself and see if you feel balanced. You already posses the winning pieces of confidence, clarity, and integrity, so use them as you play.
 
No Table Yes is a pose we use to teach kids these concepts to kids. It is on the fourth floor, Balance Beam, of our Elevator Series. This floor represents the heart chakra. Balance begins with centering and softening the heart. Winning pieces in the game of life are cultivated in the heart. Courage and determination can’t be found in a textbook. Compassion and connection grow from the inside and only then can be expressed outwardly. When our heart chakra is open, these qualities can inform our mind and through our Yes’s and No’s, we create and live our truest life.
 
 
Prepare to find freedom within boundaries. Say yes to life by breathng fully and expansively. Exhale and come on to your hands and knees shoulder width apart. Ground your clawed hands and your left shin to the earth. Inhale and curve your spine, bringing your right knee and forehead together. Hug into your basement. Say “No!” to your fears, doubts and old habits that are not serving you well. Exhale “Yes!” to something new as you stretch your head up and lift your right leg straight behind you. Keep your hips level. Inhale an bring your knee to forhead. “No!” Create boundaries. Establish confidence in what you believe. Keep the sides of your neck long. Exhale “Yes!” as you kick back. Feel free and expansive. Open to your possibiities. Your spine arches and curves as you continue with the right leg three more times. Try it fast, slow, soft and loud. Repeat five times with your left leg.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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