Karachi Yogini

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feel no pain & chakra cleanse November 17, 2010

Filed under: Chakra Love,Uncategorized,Yoga Class,Yoga In Karachi — yogini786 @ 10:32 pm

Its been an interesting few days…2 days a go I went in the morning to my usual yoga spot in the garden to find a dead crow…feathers everywhere, and other crows picking at the carcass…feeling overwhelmed by the scene I practiced yoga on the patio…and then the next day I finally felt like I could try out a new spot to practice yoga in.

I always remember something i read about how even in our yoga class we get used to a certain spot, and we like to always practice there…so much so sometimes if another student takes your spot unknowingly you even feel irritated…i had always been like that…i found myself attracted to a certain area in the yoga room and in my personal practice I had been cultivating a similar preoccupation about practicing yoga everyday in the same spot.  Because its outside my gardener had politely mentioned that I should sometimes shift around…so long story short yesterday the memory of the crow got me to do it.  I moved to another part of the garden and guess what, even changed the direction of my mat:)

while all this is going on I’ve been listening to the Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle and everyday before I sleep I listen to a little bit more of him.  and everyday I am inspired, and transformed by his words. Tolle says that there is no pain in the present moment…no pain in the now.  it is in the past or the future, and being stuck in this time bound consciousness collectively causes all our insanity.  and today, i woke up from deep slumber, the book had been playing in the background, and I was drifting in and out of snoozing, when I heard, make the intention to not create anymore pain for yourself…it sounds simple but it is quite a radical thought…and he’s right…never had i considered that I have the power to make an intention so transformative…no more pain…and he continued…that you will only get here when you are truly fed up of suffering, and the only route to no pain is presence…

so with that profound intention I want to take you through a chakra cleanse…feel your being in your body…bring your attention to the base of your spine. feel the moment.  ground your body in the earth and listen to your breath and while sitting cross-legged move your body in circles.  send the vast power of the moment to your root chakra.

let the energy travel up to your lower belly and allow yourself to feel the pulse of your life there, the sacral chakra.  I like to imagine a seed in the pit of my belly…feel its oneness with everything that is alive…the wind, the grass, the mat:)  I lie down on my back and do the reclined big toe poses.  feel the hips open and release emotion.  i keep vigilant with my thoughts, and return to watching myself, and feeling my body.

solar plexus chakra…i’ve been feeling this chakra a lot this week…i think it is because of the shift in temperature, the navel is where you can build internal heat.  I started first with holding some planks…allowing the body to start pulsing, breathing, and get the heart beat to move faster.  soon i shift into a modified boat and then a beautiful eagle legs (or twisted root) twist.  when i twist I can access the moment in a special way feeling the release of the spine, I’ve always loved twists…sigh…let out an audible one…and let that internal sun shine bright…

heart chakra…transitioning to my stomach through a brief childs pose…i decide  to do a series of mini cobras and then finally lift my heart into a full cobra…continuing to lengthen my lower back feeling

my legs pull back…making space…there is nothing like this intention to bring you in the moment during an asana…when in any pose…create space in your body…space that needs to be cultivated, understood, and breathed in to.  I move on to 2 bows, and then finish with a camel.  then i sit to feel the heart, and instinctively my fingers join in gyana mudra and I start to dance with my arms…my body is starting to feel surreal now…intuitively moving from the heart…

throat chakra…moving into a fish…and then shoulder stand…staying a while in both of these poses…feeling the jalabandha (chin lock) and the same seed from the pit of my belly somehow seems to be here.  I am starting to feel good.  I massage my spine after plow…and then roll up to do a crow…effortlessly lifting my feet off the ground and focusing on my third eye chakra

now my mind is not making stories, the thoughts have taken a vacation, and i’m just moving into the side crow, scissored legs and then dropping my head on the ground to practice a fallen angel…I feel like my legs are floating in the sky…and then i lift up to attempt a handstand, to finish with my forearm stand practice…

fallen angel (it's not me!)

crown centre…settle into a headstand…for a few minutes…i keep on creating space in the back by widening my shoulders and grounding into the earth…it feels like i have come full circle…

after resting in child’s pose…i sit up to finish the cleanse with floating my arms over my head and then back down…i can feel my aura now…its energy is tangible…its beautiful…bright and light…and fun:)  its been a while since I realized this simplicity, this presence that I have access to every moment I am in the now…thank you Ekhart Tolle…thank you mother earth..


8 Responses to “feel no pain & chakra cleanse”

  1. Now that I think about it, it’s true; pain really isn’t in the present. It’s not right here right now. It’s in the past, and no matter how much we say what’s done is done, we still don’t believe it, because if we did, we wouldn’t cling on to those happenings from our past, hoping things had worked out differently. Happiness is simple & attainable, it’s in making a decision to be happy & then BE! But most of us don’t make that decision. We’d rather be in a constant chase to be happy then actually be happy. I think it’s because we are scared to be happy, or rather too comfortable with our old-company; pain! It’s only when we are ready to come out of our comfort zone and actually believe that we deserve to be happy would we be able overcome that fear! Thanks for a beautiful post. Love everything about your blog =)

    • yogini786 Says:

      thanks zainab! i’m honoured you’re reading my blog:) so ekhart tolle talks about this life energy within us that he calls the “pain” body. It’s worth a read/listen when you get a chance bc i could try and explain but i know i won’t do it justice. and exactly like u said it is actually our fear of letting go of what we have become accustomed to, our pain, that is our biggest obstacle to being in the moment. xxx

  2. I spent the entire night reading as many posts as I could and it was one great ride filled with moments of happiness, strength and surrender. I love personal blogs because they are real, and there is no fakeness about them, there is no convincing or impressing that has to be done, it’s as real as it can get, and believe me, reading all those posts, going through your journey of each day, your struggles, your way of dealing with struggles, your moments of self-reflection, your search for meaningfulness; it has all filled me with so much energy, I don’t really know how to explain it, but I can say it’s definitely for good =) Keep writing and inspiring us.
    (Definitely downloading that audio book)

    • yogini786 Says:

      thanks so much zainab, u warm my heart:) i don’t know if it was just good energy but i also got the most hits i ever have gotten yesterday on my blog! I hope you are in one of my classes next semester

  3. very good one. now i’ll try to read all your blogs. your chakra love techniques are wonderful 🙂

  4. khurram Says:

    Welcome 🙂
    Rightnow I’m struggling with my chakras and your blog is going to help 🙂

  5. I’ve been practicing Moksha Yoga (obsessively, might I add) for about 3 months now and it’s just so funny that you mention having a “spot” because I definitely do! If a fellow student (usually a newcomer) is in “my” spot, I do get a little irritated and find it hard to find my drishti!
    After reading this, the next time it happens I won’t get flustered; I will just accept it as part of my practice and move on, without letting it distract me.

    I’m so happy I found your blog!

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