The Consummate

Big Shot On The West Coast

Posted in animals, art, artists, beauty, california, family, friendship, health, humor, life, love, neighborhood, sex, spirituality, subculture, WTF, yoga by the consummate on December 13, 2011

Papa large here.
Living the life of a toothless* senior with Woody Allen anxiety issues. ARI. (more…)

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Nataraja-asana – The King of the Dance Pose

Posted in artists, beauty, Feminism, health, life, love, spirituality, subculture, swami satchidananda, yoga by the consummate on January 11, 2011

We practice yoga asanas (poses) in an effort to purify our bodies. The idea is that if we bring our bodies to a healthy state we will be able to purify our minds, getting closer to our True Selves and bliss. If you’re familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs you can consider asana practice as the bottom of the yoga pyramid, a basic survival necessity.

When practicing asanas one may find there are some poses that hit the spot more than others or even find within each asana there is a point of sheer bliss. That AH-HA moment.

Last week I found myself in Nataraja asana (The King of the Dance or King Dancer’s pose) and that AH-HA moment hit like a wave crashing over the beach. It was MY sheer bliss.

The thing is, you don’t have to be in the perfect position, you can be in a position that is suitable for your comfort level and reach that AH-HA moment. Don’t push yourself, that’s how injuries occur. I do urge you to seek out that  AH-HA moment with an asana practice. However, let it come to you. It may take a few times but it’s worth waiting for.

Upside Down.

Posted in life, love, music, relationships, sex, yoga by the consummate on June 3, 2010
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Happy Birthday Little Rose!

Posted in california, family, health, life, love, neighborhood, relationships by the consummate on September 11, 2009

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Gurudev

Posted in life, san francisco, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 19, 2009

Swami Satchidananda

Thoughts of you today.

More on the life and work of Swami Satchidananda.

Beautiful chants by Gurudev.

Be a Humble Teacher

Posted in life, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 3, 2009

Be a Humble Teacher

“If you want to enlighten others, get enlightened yourself. What you read in books is not enough. As a Yoga teacher, you should show your students the way because you know it well. Don’t pose as an all-knowing person. That’s the problem: Are you going to teach or preach? Preaching is not important.

Practicing is what’s important.

In fact, nobody is a teacher; we are all learners. Sometimes, we learn from the students themselves. So be humble and gently impart what you know. Say: ‘This is all I know; this what I’m hoping for. You try. You may even get it before me.’ That kind of humility is important.

“God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

– Sri Swami Satchidananda

There is Thunder In Our Hearts.

Posted in relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on June 30, 2009

 

image courtesy of lucas byrne

image courtesy of lucas byrne

Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill”

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Om Namah Shivaya

Posted in art, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on June 2, 2009

Bolo Bolo Sab Mil Bolo Om Namah Shivaya

Bolo Bolo Sab Mil Bolo Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya
Jhuta Jata Me Gangadhari
Trishula Dhari Damaru Bajave
Dama Dama Dama Dama Damaru Baja
Gunj Utha Om Namah Shivaya

Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya

Namaḥ Śivaya has such power, the mere intonation of these syllables reaps its own reward in salvaging the soul from bondage of the treacherous instinctive mind and the steel bands of a perfected externalized intellect. Namaḥ Śivāya quells the instinct, cuts through the steel bands and turns this intellect within and on itself, to face itself and see its ignorance.

Sages declare that mantra is life, that mantra is action, that mantra is love and that the repetition of mantra, japa, bursts forth wisdom from within. The holy Natchintanai proclaims, “Namaḥ Śivāya is in truth both Āgama and Veda. Namah Śivāya represents all mantras and tantras. Namaḥ Śivaya is our souls, our bodies and possessions. Namaḥ Śivāya has become our sure protection.”

Pranayama.

Posted in health, yoga by the consummate on April 2, 2009

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