You’ve heard your yoga teacher say it hundreds of times: “link your movement with your breath.” This key mantra in the yoga practice is crucial to letting the prana, the breath, the life force soften into our bodies and minds.
Surya Namaskara A
This mantra in motion combines the breath and movement of Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara A with a mantra to keep your yoga practice flowing.
First off, how do you do Surya A?
Musings on Tim Whewell’s “Saving Gaza’s only grand piano”
Listen to “Saving Gaza’s Grand Piano” on BBC Radio 4’s Crossing Continents: “When my eyes got used to the gloom of the Nawras Theatre in northern Gaza, I gasped at the scale of the destruction. A tangle of cables, twisted metal and broken lamps hung down like spilled entrails from the shattered ceiling. The luxurious scarlet seats were littered with crumbled plasterboard. The theatre – one of very few in Gaza – had been expensively refurbished just months before a rocket landed a few metres away during last summer’s war with Israel.”
“Saving Gaza’s only grand piano,” celebrates the restoration of Gaza’s one remaining grand piano, which is being used for lessons for and performances by young musicians.
Finding myself with an afternoon hour to spare between work and class, I decided to crack open my favorite yoga DVD, by my gurus, Tracy Rich and Ganga White of White Lotus. Though I hadn’t followed the Total Yoga: The Flow Series “Fire” practice in quite some time, the DVD is one I’ve gravitated toward since I started doing it about seven years ago.
Hang out with this mantra from Ganga White. (Photo Courtesy White Lotus Foundation)
A mantra from my guru, Ganga White:
“What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the earth
If forests were our church
If holy water – the rivers, lakes, and oceans
What if meditation was our relationships
If the Teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being?”
My church, Saint Monica’s in Santa Monica, live-streamed Ash Wednesday mass. The main message of the homily was: Lent is a time to pause and remember: ashes to ashes dust unto dust. We — people, the trees outside, the church, everything — will someday return to dust, so we should take time to remember the preciousness of our life, of our now, and to examine our priorities.