Monthly Archives: September 2014

Raju the Elephant update

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Court is now delayed until 10/13/14 so if you have not signed the petition we need your signature it only takes a minute please help save Raju from injustice!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/730/817/211/help-save-raju-the-elephant-from-being-returned-to-his-cruel-former-owners/

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We all have a story what is yours ?

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Dear Students and Friends,
MC YOGI
I don’t know if you remember the rap songs of the 80’s you know Run DMC that sort of thing! Anyhow MC Yogi was born 9 years after me and he has an amazing story that led him to where he is today. His story is really cool and I thought it was worth while to share from a speakeasy he participated in last year.

What I like about his story is that he speaks from his heart and reminds us that we can do each share in this magical love of yoga.

As we come to a close in our 3rd Global this week it is important to remind yourself to please take something away from your time in reflection.

I challenge you to share your story with others and if you don’t like your particular past aka your story please remember it’s was a significant part of the journey to where you are today, but more importantly you have time to add a few chapters and perhaps aid in rewriting the ending.

Satnam/Namaste,
Kat

Can’t touch your toes? No worries…we’ve got this… seated forward bend Paschimottana

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A lot of students can’t reach their toes or their feet I hear this a lot.

As a practitioner I have to tell you that this will happen over time if your body allows and if it doesn’t then you simply say, “oh well that is not my thing”, that’s right I said “oh well”. If you focus solely on reaching your toes you will end up with extreme tightness. What truly matters is the good overall flexibility you work towards achieving each time you sit on the mat and it does happen in time I promise.

If you are new to yoga or just joining us now please feel free to use props like folded towels, bolsters, blankets and soft pillows to modify any pose.
At jerseyyogalicious we stress safety first.

A good starting point is the forward bend, which is not so much about the “bend” but about extension of the spine while stretching the lower back of your body all the way through your hamstrings as far as you can safely stretch.

It is most important to pay close attention to your joints the hip, knees, and elbows particularly.
When you bend properly you are bending at the hip joints which allows the torso to extend into forward fold while keeping your spinal muscles neutrally relaxed.
Also, in the beginning for a few months if you bend one knee during forward fold you are aiding your hamstrings and the glutes on that side which helps you to go forward into a much deeper stretch.
Lastly, your elbows help to lift your chest up lengthening your spine eventually you lean forward pressing your legs down into the mat and you can start to reach for your foot, one day possibly you might just surprise yourself by reaching those toes.

Sit on the floor with your buttocks supported (folded blanket is awesome) with your legs straight in front of you.
Actively press through your heels to the ground.
Lift your left buttock up and pull your right sitting bone away from the heel with your right hand and do the same on the other buttock.
Turn your thighs inward and press down to the mat.
Press your finger tips and palms into the floor beside your hips.
Draw your inner groin deep inside your pelvis take an Inhale as you lean forward from the hip joints not the tummy try to reach for your feet with your hands.
You should only start out going as far as you safely feel you can and then remain there release with an exhalation.
I want you to try to do 5 sets of inhalations/exhalations, with each exhale try to go just a little deeper and determine your own limits.
60 -120 seconds minimum in this pose before slowly coming out of it with a nice inhale up stretching your arms overhead and pressing your tailbone down into the pelvis.

Here is a nice Global Sadhana quick mediation to finish off your night by the way we are at day 30 only 10 more days until done with this prayer can I challenge us to keep going beyond… sure why not let’s remember it doesn’t stop at day 40 it only becomes more of a practice.

Satnam/Namaste,
Kat

Hold That Pose! Yin Yoga

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Dear Students and Friends,
So were chugging along in week #2 on Global Prayer and now that we have that figured out and can chant and stretch at the same time with greater ease we will go into part #2 of our Yin Yoga lesson.
Please watch the video and follow along.

I was thinking of all that we are blessed with during my meditation yesterday and the people that have touched our lives and I remembered this family and wanted to post them again as they are truly a great bunch.

Satnam and Namaste my dear sweet friends,
Kat

Sat Nam Fest from the past and an update on Raju the Elephant

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Dear Students and Friends,
As we jam along through our Monday during our wonderful Prayer Global Sadhana this week let us take a minute to step back in the time machine and listen to Sat Nam Fest from 2010.

The energy just builds as we chant and if you send out your intentions they will be heard.

Raju update: He is in safe hands and Wildlife SOS is doing all they can for legal representation.
Please make sure to sign the petition as this former guy aka alleged drug dealer vows to put him back in chains and make money off of his misery. We need to pray for Raju to continue in his freedom. He only needs 28k more signatures.
It only takes a minute do what you can it costs nothing.
Sat Nat and Namaste,
Kat

Keep Raju Safe

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Dear Students and Friends,
Tonight I send a special request during our 40 days of Global #3. Please pray for Raju and sign his petition to help free him.
He cried after 50 years of being unchained, can you even imagine? I cry to think of what it must feel like to Raju inside.
My heart is with all the animals they need our help and they give so much pleasure to us all.
Namaste and Satnam
Kat

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