Last night I practiced Chakra/Kundalini Yoga... Kundalini yoga, however awesome it is, manages to fill me full of energy... sometimes a calm energy and sometimes an erratic energy... sooooo I didn't fall asleep until 10:45p.m... nevertheless, when I nourish myself with oils, good food, yoga and mantra... my body seems to need less sleep...
So, this morning I woke up and did the same routine as yesterday (called Dinacarya - pronounced deena-char-eeah) and it felt amazing... then I went to Sadhana and I noticed that my breath was more mellow and controlled... easier than yesterday. I felt very awake and very present.
During nadi shodhana pranayama, this intense heat and tension began forming in the upper portion of my back. I brought my attention to it and began breathing Prana into it with the hope of dispelling the discomfort like I did yesterday... that didn't work.... it didn't go away... so I remembered that Shraddha had told me once that when parts of our body experiences heat, fire, or discomfort like that, that it could mean that it's a place of blocked energy... energy related to the particular chakra in that area.
So.... this pain is just chillin' in the upper portion of my back... at my Anahata Chakra - heart chakra.... The Anahata Chakra is associated with making decisions, 'following your heart', based upon one's higher self, and not from the unfulfilled emotions and desires of your lower nature. It is also associated with love and compassion, charity to others, and forms of psychic healing.
I recalled that the mantra for the Anahata Chakra is "Yam" pronounced "Yum" and so I began chanting the mantra internally to myself and with each inhale I focused on becoming more humble (I had noticed my chin rising while practicing pranayama - representing ego)... and with each exhalation I focused on feeling gratitude for my mother earth.... the earth that was beneath me and all around me... and I expressed love to the people in the room, sending out gratitude for their presence and love for their beings...
Within a few seconds, the pain subsided and I could sit taller and breathe longer and deeper....
It was an amazing moment for me... I couldn't help attaching to the feeling of joy and I allowed myself a quick smile and then I returned to my practice...
After nadi shodhana pranayama, Zac asked us to release our nostrils and to focus on breathing deeply through both nostrils at the same time.
After than he asked us to release all control of our breath and to breath naturally without forcing it. When I released control of my inhalations and exhalations, I immediately felt tired and a sense of release and surrender... and immediately after that I became aware that I felt tired and that awareness woke me up again.
I don't know what to say now... I feel like I'm truly growing as a person... I feel like my practice is becoming more and more spiritual and intense. It makes me want to cry; in a good way. It makes me feel joy.
Ayurveda - A quick note
Hopefully I can convince my friend Shannon to come over and rub Maha Narayana Oil into my back... she's a natural massage therapist and the best ever.
Just for your info, Maha Narayana Oil is a traditional and potent Ayurvedic massage oil that is prepared according to ancient Ayurvedic texts. It combines over 40 herbs in its preparation and it helps to promote deep healing of the muscles and joints. I highly recommend it... I purchase mine at 7 Centers, but you can also get it online at this website.
Gardening - What I learned today
GUESS WHAT I ALSO LEARNED!? How to plant garlic! I had no idea that all you do is break open the bulb, separate all the little cloves and then peel away the dry skin and place the root side down into the earth 3 inches and cover it. The root side is the skinny side. It's that easy.
I also learned about the dangers of GMO's and how to avoid pesticides and radiation in even my organic produce that I purchase in the store. I learned that 2 months ago was the ideal time to plant a cover crop (legumes) and winter crop (garlic, shallots, potatoes, root veggies). I learned that there's a business called The Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden that offers organic, radiation free seeds...
Did you know, that by planting legumes (seeds) all over your garden bed and then allowing them to grow, but not mature, and then cutting them down and pulling them out by the root and then burying the root back into the soil provides your garden bed with tons and tons of nutrients? If you let it decompose for a couple of weeks you will have soil that is high in nitrogen and it will be ready for vegetables, etc. It's better and more economical than purchasing topsoil and mulch.... crazy huh?
*sigh... so that's been my day so far. I need to practice yoga now in order to prepare for my first yoga class at Sedona Hot Yoga on Friday... I'm still so nervous, but I'm feeling more and more capable as my heart opens each day and my mind quiets down.
I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday :)