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February 14 Restore

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Mudra
Jnana Mudra - Gesture of Higher Knowledge for Awakening Clear Seeing

This is a mildly stimulating mudra for awakening the clear seeing through the power of witnessing and enhancing one-pointed concentration as well as giving you the ability to discern between the limitless true Self and the limited personality.

Touch the fingertips of your index fingers to your thumbs on each hand, creating a round, open circle.  The pinky, ring and middle fingers all extend straight out.  Rest the backs of the hands on the lap or thighs and relax your shoulders as you hold the mudra.



Notice how the breath is directed into the upper chest, neck and head.  Feel the fuller breath coming into the upper part of your lungs, creating an uplifting feeling. Supported in this uplifting feeling, the attention is directed into the frontal brain, your area of higher reasoning. Sense the space between the brows, as your center of clarity allowing you to witness all that arises in your mind. Take several breaths …

February 7 Restore

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I suggest reading this article in Yoga Journal on a Buddhist approach to dealing with difficult times that may be out of your control. It is from Tara Brach's book, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart. Click the link for the full article.
http://www.yogajournal.com/article/philosophy/let-it-rain/

In a nutshell, RAIN stands for 
R - Recognize what is happening
A - Allow life to be just as it is
I - Investigate with an intimate attention
N - Nonidentification: Rest in Natural Awareness

The Poses
Support Childs Pose
Props: bolster,  2-3 blankets Benefits: Gently stretches the lower back, relieves shoulder tension and quiets the mind.  Give a sense of security. Feeling support and release. Extras:sandbag for sacrum

Place bolster in front of you and a blanket on your lap with one end folded over. Before folding into the shape of childs pose, inhale to lengthen the spine. Rest your forehead on the bolster with space to breathe easily. Adjust blanket if it is too confin…