Pearls Of Wisdom

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Continuing the personal transformation

Now that you’ve left Island Yoga for home or further travels, we know it can be sometimes be difficult to maintain a regular yoga schedule. The purpose of Pearls of Wisdom is to help you create a personalized take home yoga and spiritual awakening practice that allows you to consciously evolve far beyond this retreat experience. This document does not address asana yoga practices as these are readily available to most students. Instead we focus on the more esoteric themes such as Meditation, Tai Chi, Pranayama, Mantra, Chanting & Music.

Reccomended Lectures

How your brain is wired from childhood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXQ9BeI5ibM

Defining clear Intention

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP1yPCLJ6_s  

How your thoughts are connected to your future

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5reo3dXOicU&t=3s

Everyone must know this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDShGBA-p7k

Stress is killing you…This is how…and what you can do about it..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfdvbZFXbNA

Continuing the personal transformation

Now that you’ve left Island Yoga for home or further travels, we know it can be sometimes be difficult to maintain a regular yoga schedule. The purpose of Pearls of Wisdom is to help you create a personalized take home yoga and spiritual awakening practice that allows you to consciously evolve far beyond this retreat experience. This document does not address asana yoga practices as these are readily available to most students. Instead we focus on the more esoteric themes such as Meditation, Tai Chi, Pranayama, Mantra, Chanting & Music.

Develop Your Own home Practice

Home Yoga: Creating sacred time and space for daily spiritual practice

Koh Yao Noi is not the sort of island that everybody visits

1. Choose a Time

Commit to a regular time each day for your practice. This may be the most important discipline because maintaining a daily practice allows you to stay connected to the Divine aspect of yourself.

2. Pick a Space

Create a sacred space within your home. This is your temple. Keep it spotless and adorn it with sacred objects of your own choosing.

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3. Rise Early!

Rising with the dawn is a great time for Tai Chi, Yoga & Meditation. Morning practice expands your mind, raises your vibration and opens you to the unlimited potentials which each day brings.

4. Be Creative

Create a “Yoga fusion” from the practices of asana, Tai Chi, pranayama, mantra and meditation. If you stay inventive, you will stay interested!

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5. Energy Flows Where Attention Goes

Be sure to always direct your attention and intentions towards the positive aspects in life!

Meditation

Meditation is at the heart of spiritual practice. It is the journey of going beyond the mental constructs of the mind in order to access to the wisdom of our soul. The silent realm that lies beyond mental chatter is the abode of our spirit/soul nature or higher intelligence. 

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Meditation

Meditation is at the heart of spiritual practice. It is the journey of going beyond the mental constructs of the mind in order to access to the wisdom of our soul. The silent realm that lies beyond mental chatter is the abode of our spirit/soul nature or higher intelligence. 

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Meditation Resources

Most Powerful Yoga Breathing Meditation Exercise

Sodarshan Chakra Kriya from the Kundalini tradition is one of the most powerful breathing meditations using the mantra “Wa Hey Guru. It is the simplest kriya, but at the same time the hardest. It cuts through all barriers of the neurotic or psychotic inside-nature and is truly transformational. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvtx62lUho0

Tai Chi Resources

I like to think of Tai Chi as Oriental Yoga and as such, it is a practice that allows you to get in touch with and to develop your bio magnetic energy fields. Used principally as a means to gain increased health and vitality, the form also quickly becomes an exquisitely graceful moving meditation which is best practiced early morning.

As well as the health benefits of Tai Chi, many practitioners are also drawn into the healing arts; Japanese Reiki and Sei Ki are just 2 examples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FJy0EDoYK0&t=137s 8 Brocade Qi Gong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV6PjN55Lb4 Yang style Tai Chi 24 routine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2DXdFYDXCk Energy Bubble Demonstration

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Pranayama & Bhanda Locks

Pranayama or “The Art and Science of Breathing” is a powerful yoga practice in its own right and also a key component to asana practice.

The Most Common & Popular Breathing Exercises

Ujjayi breathing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwEdfOuhoY4

Bhasrika (bellows breathing)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXZE5ctNBaY

Kapalabhati

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UURgA8Rf7E

In this video Michaël will guide you step by step through this wonderful breathing practice of Kapalbhati or Shining Skull Pranayama. It has a great number of benefits for mind and body. Only do this on empty stomach ( 3 hrs after eating at least) Don´t do this if you suffer from heart problems.

Bhramari

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GepGmj5sTjs

Bhramari (Bee Breath) is a very effective pranayama (breathing exercise) for meditation. Performing this breathing exercise helps to induce a calming effect on the mind almost immediately. Practicing Bhramari pranayama benefits in reducing high blood pressure, fatigue, and mental stress.

Nadi Shodhana alternate nostril breathing)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l11qFpRqhIQ

Nadis are subtle energy channels in the human body that can get blocked due to several reasons. The Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is a breathing technique that helps clear and purify these blocked energy channels, thus allowing the life-force (prana) to flow freely. Clearing mental clutter and calming the mind, this practice also lowers one’s heart rate and helps harmonise the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Kumbhaka ( breath retention)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgdwixtsFvU

Bandha Locks- there are 3 main locks that act as “seals” to retain the prana/chi within the torso:

Jalandhara (throat lock)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynz3fZW203k

Uddiyana (abdominal lock)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVYWF9L8eww

Mula Bandha (anal/root lock) lock).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgHt9y0RPGg

Sacred Sound, Mantras & Chanting

The word mantra comes the ancient Sanskrit language and it essentially consists of 2 words, manas and trayate.

The Most Common & Popular Breathing Exercises

Manas stands for mind and trayate is a verb that means to liberate or set free. Thus the complete meaning would be “that which liberates the mind from material captivity” All the artists below are masters in the use of mantra through the medium of sacred chanting.

Deva Premal

Deva Premal Albums: Embrace, Love Is Space, Moolamantra, The Essence, Soul In Wonder

www.devapremalmiten.com

Krishna Das

  • Krishna Das can be regarded as the western Godfather of devotional Indian chants. He has performed with some of the world’s top musicians and has an impressive catalogue of cd’s to his name.
  • A premier selection would be: Flow Of Grace, All One, One Track Heart

www.krishnadas.com

Snatam Kaur

  • Snatam Kaur Khalsa is another recommended chant artist performing Indian devotional music and touring the world as a peace activist.
  • Recommended CD: Shanti

www.snatamkaur.com

Steve Gold

Steve Gold is a singer, musician, and songwriter whose contemplative music has become a mainstay in the global yoga culture

Recommended Album So Much Magnificence

http://www.stevegoldexperience.com/music.html

 

Spiritual Literature:   My top 5 spiritual books would be;

Deepak Chopra   7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga

Eckhart Tolle     The Power of Now

David Hawkins   Power vs Force

Stuart Wilde   Infinite Self

Gary Zukav Seat of the Soul

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