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Wow! I've been having an awesome time again! I just shared some things I've been learning over at the thread, "2012 and the Mayan calendar," so I've put a link to it here in case anyone wants to read my very last post dated today -- January 1, 2013.

 

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"I've recently gotten back into my yoga and regular meditation, after pretty much dropping everything when things got really hot last summer and I got really tired, dealing with no AC and all. When I got the inspiration to get back into it again, I was scared that I'd end up dropping the ball and quitting. But Spirit assured me that if I'm meant to do Yoga, I'll do Yoga. Whatever I'm meant to do I will do"

 

Susan, I love your last sentence. It seems my faith in the divine plan is being tested every day. I read your post (by the way I am T~V. Facebook often takes over/dominates my mothering sign on, it''s so annoying) I am going to take some heat for mentioning this but I think that it was a mistake to assume that the shift would be recognized by all of humanity. I think that a lot of the spiritual people of all faiths have long since tuned our body energy to the new vibration. People in my life that are committed to the old vibration, and resonating to their belief in their past selves seem to be falling apart. Close loved ones, it's pretty difficult to watch. I pray often that I can just hold on to the thread, and dance with the divine will. Somehow I will be a peace, anyway. I am hooping more than practicing yoga as of late. Yoga is important enough to make time for. I'm still trying.


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T--V, I'm so happy to see your response! For some reason, I didn't get notified of your post, and just noticed it now when I came back over to post again. It's so good to know that someone else is still believing in the new vibration.

 

I am feeling so much better now that I'm back into regular practice. One thing that's helping is that I'm no longer pressuring myself to do other exercise in addition to my yoga. Previously, I'd felt that I needed to briskly walk or march for at least 30 minutes, at least three times a week. Now I've got nothing against getting out there and walking in the fresh air, I do enjoy it when I get the chance, but being so regimented and feeling like I needed it for the 30 minutes of aerobic exercise...well, it's just too time consuming at this point of my life.

 

My 12yo, who was walking and doing yoga (she would insist on doing it even though she didn't like it) with me before I kind of dropped all exercise last summer, has worked into her own routine of taking a three mile walk nearly every day with the dog, with her headphones on and her music blaring. She is so fast that I couldn't keep up with her at all when I tried to accompany her a while back (when I'd first started getting more active again), plus she seems to really cherish this as something she does on her own. At this time, she's not at all interested in doing yoga anymore so now she has her thing and I have mine.

 

I feel my Kundalini yoga is my main yoga, and I actually do work up quite a sweat at it and I know my heart is beating really rapidly at times, though I don't know if stays speeded up for the full 20 minutes required for it to be called a cardio workout. But it's helping me to keep moving into a more intense integration between body, mind, and spirit. I do still try to do the Hatha easy floor workout at least two or more times a week, which makes me feel so stretched out and relaxed. When I do my Kundalini, I actually follow it, most of the time, by going to the end of my Hatha video so I can do the corpse pose without actually having to watch the time myself, and then join the Hatha lady, Diane for the little stretches like two-knees twist that she does coming out of that pose. I'm not even trying to do the 5 Tibetan Rites anymore, as they're supposed to be a daily practice, and I've just given up on trying to get up an hour earlier each morning. I usually do my yoga in the afternoons after finishing lessons, or earlier in the day if I have a long break.

 

A lot of my meditation now takes place in the big closet where we are growing tomato plants that dh started from seed, and basil plants. I feel a real spirit of thankfulness to them for being a part of us and for allowing us to be part of them, too.

 

I'm preparing mentally for another hot summer, because it looks like we'll be without ac again this time, and I keep reminding myself that yoga originated in India, one of the hottest parts of the world. I'm actually believing that this may be the time when a lot of my excess weight drops off. I just really want to push through and never go so many months without practicing again. Now, I don't want to be regimented about it either, but I just realize that, for me, a big part of my spiritual growth is coming about through learning to more deeply experience the unity between the spiritual and material world. I keep thinking of the phrase "getting out of my head and into my body" -- but that's not exactly what I mean. I want to be in both places at once, and experience that current of energy flowing back and forth and helping me move into what they call "a higher vibration."

 

I'm also preparing myself for the time when we start fluctuating back and forth between warmer weather and cooler weather, because I did so great all last winter, and then when we had a bit of  a heat wave last February, I got really sick, and drained, from some sort of a respiratory illness. I don't want to assume it will happen again, but if it does, I want to push through and keep up my practice, even if it's only for a few minutes at a time.


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I pray often that I can just hold on to the thread, and dance with the divine will. Somehow I will be a peace, anyway. I am hooping more than practicing yoga as of late. Yoga is important enough to make time for. I'm still trying.

 

I love what you say here about "(holding) on to the thread, and (dancing) with the divine will." Just remember that the divine will, and the divine thread, won't let go of you!

 

By hooping do you mean with a hula hoop? I think I'll go look it up.


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Wow! Just wow...I need to get some hoops for my girls and me.


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While meditating a little this morning, it occurred to me that hooping actually seems very "Kundalini," in that it involves a lot of spinal flex. So I googled "hooping and kundalini yoga" and found, along with other things, a post about a class that combines hooping and Kundalini yoga.

 

http://www.yogistrong.com/hoopdalini-yoga/

 

I hope to start hooping soon, although I must confess that I was never able to keep a hoop going as a child. It would be so cool it this turned out to be somethng my daughters (or at least one of my daughters) and I could enjoy together!


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Does it make a difference what kind of hoops we buy?


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Sorry Susan. I made a few hoops last summer. My daughter bought me one for christmas, the bought one is prettier than the homemade but otherwise they are very similar. It's plumping pvc I think I have used 3/4  http://www.psihoops.com/DIY.htm

To be honest, though, the pretty factor is really contributed to my dancing, I love my new hoop:)
 


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By the way Susan, I don't know if you do facebook  I just joined a newly formed hooping group. I found them through kindovermatter she just started a page called hooptacular. Namaste


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I don't have much time for Facebook, but I did want to tell you that, even though I don't have a hoop yet, I've been practicing some of the basic moves from over at the Kind Over Matter site, and after just a few minutes of that even without a hoop, I feel like I'm really tightening up and getting healthier and slimmer in my core. It's awesome!

 

I've been using the spinal flex Kriya of Kundalini as a sort of "firemaking" kriya, in that it increases the communication between my fire center and my heart, or love, center. I've been using it to burn out the impurities and make room for new growth...and now I sometimes visualize myself keeping a hoop going with my spinal flex, flexing forward as the imaginary hoop hits my belly, and flexing backward as it hits my back, and I'm remembering that in addition to burning out impurities, fire also brings people together and provides comfort and sustains people during the hard, cold times.

 

So we "hoopers" are joining in the basic fire dance that keeps our world revolving in the circle of life. What can be more yoga than that?


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I don't have much time for Facebook, but I did want to tell you that, even though I don't have a hoop yet, I've been practicing some of the basic moves from over at the Kind Over Matter site, and after just a few minutes of that even without a hoop, I feel like I'm really tightening up and getting healthier and slimmer in my core. It's awesome!

 

I've been using the spinal flex Kriya of Kundalini as a sort of "firemaking" kriya, in that it increases the communication between my fire center and my heart, or love, center. I've been using it to burn out the impurities and make room for new growth...and now I sometimes visualize myself keeping a hoop going with my spinal flex, flexing forward as the imaginary hoop hits my belly, and flexing backward as it hits my back, and I'm remembering that in addition to burning out impurities, fire also brings people together and provides comfort and sustains people during the hard, cold times.

 

So we "hoopers" are joining in the basic fire dance that keeps our world revolving in the circle of life. What can be more yoga than that?

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Hello ladies

 

Can I join? Im relatively new to yoga I started practising on and off last year mainly doing sun salutations first thing in the morning I thinks its uch a lovely peaceful way to start the day, although I will admit that I once the winter rolled in I havent practised as much but Im looking to start it up again as part of me and my fiances 'health kick' as he calls it. As for meditation Ive done it since I was a child and love the sense of calm I get from it.

 

I like vinyasa as the constant movement keeps me focused but Im finding it difficult to find any short routines around 20 mins long so if anyone has any links they could suggest that would be great :D

 

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Welcome Yammas! I'm so glad you're here. I haven't found any short videos. However, when I just have a short time, or sometimes to lead into my meditations, I like to make up my own little short routine of Kundalini Kriyas. You may want to do this with some of your vinyasa asanas, but here's a link to a Kundalini video on YouTube in case you or anyone is interested.

 

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I'm so excited! My hoop is arriving sometime today. Here's a link to an exciting article on hooping and the second chakra:

 

http://hooping.tribe.net/thread/4119eb89-3237-4fd7-bb2b-d5f97e3a9168


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So tri31 -- how soon were you able to keep your hoop up? I know I need to ease into it -- but I was wanting to at least manage to keep it going for a few seconds before stopping for today! I've watched videos, read instructions, and practiced the movements some without a hoop, but now that it's finally here, I'm just not getting the timing right!


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Today, I decided to take the advice of the lady over at the "Kind Over Matter" site, and get as close to naked as possible in order to increase friction. And, remembering her reference to her hoop as "her" or "she" (I think), I decided to stop thinking of my own dear hoop as "it" and to give her a name. Ever since someone told me recently about the Italian name "Verdiana" (after the patron saint), that name has just been in my head.

 

It means green -- which is, of course, the color of life, and seems a very appropriate name for my partner who is helping me join in with the dance of life. Since I also see fire generation as a huge part of this dance, and we all depend on the Sun's fire for our very being, I decided to give her, as a middle name, the Italian word for sunshine, so her full name is Verdiana Luce del Sole, and her nicknames are Sunshine and Green Flame.

 

I worked up quite a sweat in my few minutes of practice and -- JOY! -- I was actually able to keep her going a few times for just a few seconds. This feels wonderful!

 

One reason I'm really excited about eventually becoming proficient at this is because my daughters are seeing me struggling so much to get this right now, and I think seeing me eventually really shine in an endeavor that was so hard for me at first will help them have the determination to persevere in their own goals.

 

By the way tri31, I was wondering which motion works best for you? I've been trying both front to back and side to side, and so far, the only times I've been able to keep her going were when I was moving side to side. It feels easier for me right now to swing my hips from side to side, but it seems like front-to-back may be the more frequently-advised stance. Of course, I want to become proficient at both, but I was wondering which worked best for you in the beginning?

 

Of course, any other hoopers are very welcome to chime in, too!


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I'm so excited! My hoop is arriving sometime today. Here's a link to an exciting article on hooping and the second chakra:

 

http://hooping.tribe.net/thread/4119eb89-3237-4fd7-bb2b-d5f97e3a9168


This is the coolest link!! <3 <3 <3


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Today, I decided to take the advice of the lady over at the "Kind Over Matter" site, and get as close to naked as possible in order to increase friction. And, remembering her reference to her hoop as "her" or "she" (I think), I decided to stop thinking of my own dear hoop as "it" and to give her a name. Ever since someone told me recently about the Italian name "Verdiana" (after the patron saint), that name has just been in my head.

 

It means green -- which is, of course, the color of life, and seems a very appropriate name for my partner who is helping me join in with the dance of life. Since I also see fire generation as a huge part of this dance, and we all depend on the Sun's fire for our very being, I decided to give her, as a middle name, the Italian word for sunshine, so her full name is Verdiana Luce del Sole, and her nicknames are Sunshine and Green Flame.

 

I worked up quite a sweat in my few minutes of practice and -- JOY! -- I was actually able to keep her going a few times for just a few seconds. This feels wonderful!

 

One reason I'm really excited about eventually becoming proficient at this is because my daughters are seeing me struggling so much to get this right now, and I think seeing me eventually really shine in an endeavor that was so hard for me at first will help them have the determination to persevere in their own goals.

 

By the way tri31, I was wondering which motion works best for you? I've been trying both front to back and side to side, and so far, the only times I've been able to keep her going were when I was moving side to side. It feels easier for me right now to swing my hips from side to side, but it seems like front-to-back may be the more frequently-advised stance. Of course, I want to become proficient at both, but I was wondering which worked best for you in the beginning?

 

Of course, any other hoopers are very welcome to chime in, too!

Susan~ sounds like you are off to a rocking start! My daughter (19) is watching me learn more and more and she is anxious for spring ( our house is not built for space) as I am. Practice will create body memory and you will develop personal preferences. I dance with the hula hoop for stress release, creativity, exercise. I REALLY meditate very well, within the circle "in orbit". Life will never be the same. I don't get notifications, sorry computer time is taboo, the little ones don't approve. I will have to check back in more often, I am totally digging the vibe here. Namaste.


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tri31 -- did you have any problems with knee pain when you were first learning to hoop? I've been practicing for almost 2 weeks now, and it's been exciting when I've been able to occasionally keep it going for a few seconds at a time. I'm also past the point of getting too sweaty or out of breath. I'm still only doing it for a few minutes a day.

 

But the knee pain just seems to be getting worse and worse. At first I thought it was just an adjustment thing -- but now I'm thinking that I may need to stop until I lose more weight. I've heard that some obese people develop a form of arthritis in their knees that goes away when they lose weight.

 

I hate to have to stop and wait, but the pain interferes with the rest of my life, so I'm not sure what to do right now.


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I'm so sorry, Tricia Valek, I didn't see your posts until I dropped back by just now to give an update. It seems like forever, but my knees are finally back to normal. I've been able to completely resume my yoga practice, and I'm also doing some really brisk marching a few times a week. It's funny, but my knees allowed me to march and even run in place during the time when I was in too much intense pain to do a couple of kundalini kriyas.

 

So it feels good to be pain-free, but I'm so sad about not being able to hoop again just yet. I'm scared to try again before getting all my excess weight off. I honestly can't figure out what caused that pain, I know it's not normal, and think I was following the instructions regarding keeping my knees slightly bent and relaxed. I was also careful about just easing into it by only practicing a few minutes a day, so all I can gather is that I must have developed some weight-related knee issues, and all I can hope is that they'll disappear when I'm slim again.

 

At least this does make me super-motivated to reach a healthy weight as soon as possible.

 

Thanks so much for your caring and concern! :)


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Susan~ I am super happy to here you are feeling well again. Best follow your instincts, we know how to heal ourselves when we do this.

Have you all come across this yet http://www.rebellesociety.com/rebellewellness/ my husband is even drawn to the advice I am reading in these articles. I hope you are all well. Now that baby is 9 months I am feeling so much ease in my own body again. I have energy and stamina. I know it is my still unfolding love of yoga that has changed my attitudes and built a foundation for better health. 


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Again, I did not realize that there had been more posts since my last one, until coming back today to give an update. Welcome SweetSilver! And I'm thrilled about another cool link from tri31 -- I absolutely love the Reality Sandwich site that she turned me on to, and, after a quick glance at the new site she just linked to, I know I'll be heading over there to read when I have more time.

 

I have taken up the hoop again, in spite of being nowhere near my ideal weight yet. And it's going awesome! I decided to try the front-to-back motion instead of side-to-side, and although it initially seemed harder, I was able to almost immediately keep the hoop going for a few seconds, and I'm just getting better and better every day...and my knees feel great! So it must actually have been something about the way I was hooping before that hurt my knees.

 

The yoga is all going great -- I actually see hooping and marching as part of my yoga practice (I incorporate kundalini into my marching by periodically speeding up and running in place for about 30 seconds or so while doing rapid breath of fire), plus I am still doing my Kundalini workout and my Hatha easy groundwork throughout the week.

 

I also love starting my day with some headrolls and sunbreath; it helps me get centered, and being centered is really helping me with eating mindfully and not cramming to fill some emotional or mental need.


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tri31, I love the Rebelle Society website!

 

About my own approach to nutrition, I keep seeing my interaction with food as a relationship, as I think I've already mentioned. Lately, I've been getting more and more focused on learning what is a healthy amount for me to eat -- not in the sense of scrupulously measuring and counting calories, but in the sense of living as one who is connected 24/7 to the Source of everything I need.

 

With human relationships, do I think in terms of taking all I can get from a particular interchange -- of sucking that person dry? I hope not! I'm sure that I slip into that clingy, needy role at times -- but hopefully less than I used to. These days, I try to approach interactions with others as lovely opportunities to participate in the give-and-take of boosting one another's morale and energy levels. I don't see other people as my Source -- we are simply all connected to the same Source, and people in healthy relationships try to help one another really feel and experience that connection within themselves.

 

Food is not my Source, either -- but, just like other people, it is also connected to that ever-giving Source. So I'm endeavoring to approach eating at the same relaxed, peaceful but also joyous, pace that I approach a get-together with a dear friend whom I get to be with quite frequently. As some dieticians have said, we shouldn't sit down to eat with the idea that it's our last meal.

 

I'm realizing that I can feel energized and sustained after eating much smaller amounts of food than what I'd have previously considered even a serving -- and I think that as living this way becomes ingrained in me, the transition to eating sustainably is going to become a lot more natural. Currently, our family consumes such large amounts of certain food items -- such as cow's milk -- that dh and I can't even imagine buying that many gallons per week from an organic farm.

 

Right now, the change is occurring in me, but I'm praying for it to spread to my whole family. It's not something I want to talk about with them directly, because I have a 13 year old who worries about getting fat like me, even though she's a perfectly healthy weight for her height, and I wouldn't want her to start cutting herself short on nutrients.

 

I'm just really excited about being able to model a healthy lifestyle for my girls, and I believe it will rub off on them over time -- and hopefully dh, too.


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I wanted to share this link to a really awesome article that does a great job explaining the connection between hooping and sacred geometry, and so much more.

 

http://www.mandalahoops.com/1/category/sedona%20arizona/1.html


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Hi everyone! I got in touch with some really cool truths while I was hooping this morning.

 

Lately, I've been hooping along with the first six or seven songs from the following YouTube mix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frbb46OP1zo&list=RD02GtPK0gRdFgI

 

 

And today, as I was hooping and meditating along with "Magic Arrow" by Timber Timbre (a song about the European invasion of the American continent -- that individual song can be found here --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icJOkfS7ImA), I was struck by the realization that the natural flow of life, during any time of ill-health and ill-balance, is to keep turning and cycling back into a time of healing and renewed health and balance. Healing is natural -- not something requiring a strong effort on our part, while blockage of the healing flow is unnatural and can only be sustained by an intense clamping down on the life force.

 

I found myself wondering what forces in my own life might be clamping down and hindering the healing flow, and two are standing out at the moment.

 

One is a desire to compare myself to others and feel superior. On an individual and societal level, this tendency is rooted in concern that there's not enough life and joy to go around, and a desire to be part of the "deserving" group. I believe, for example, that this tendency is being played out right now whenever any group of immigrants (such as my own European ancestors) act as if they have more right to be where they are living than any other group.

 

The other is lack of faith in my, and humanity's, ability to cycle back into a sustainable way of life. And here, it's important to remind myself that moving toward sustainability is part of the natural flow of the life force back toward a healing dynamic, while hanging onto unsustainable practices is part of a rigid clamping down on the life force and a numbing of the mind in order to keep myself/ourselves locked into mindless, deadly habits.

 

On a personal level, I'm learning that it really is natural to be mindful about, and very interested in, what I eat -- and to stop eating once I've taken in what I need for health and energy for that particular portion of the day. It's unnatural to stuff my face like a zombie just because I like the taste of something. The hard part about rigidity and clamping down on the flow is that if you've done it long enough in a certain area, it feels more natural that just letting go, listening to your body, and letting it heal itself.

 

And what's true about the individual is true about the culture. Honestly, humanity has a much longer history of living sustainably than it has of living suicidally. And I believe our current crisis may very well be the catalyst that helps us to shut off the voices that keeping blaring in our (collective) head and that helps us (collectively) to let go of all the noise and fear that is keeping us rigid, so that we can relax and begin moving, swaying, and swirling with the healing dance.

 

May each of us find a way to get swept into that dance -- in any way that works for us!


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