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Good Morning,

And what a wonderful morning it is…  I hope you are following my teachings and are teaching them to at least one person in your household, like me – I teach the cat (and you).  The cat is looking good (as am I)

 

BRIGHT AUTUMN BREATH

Sit, and relax… let the world slide by.

Gently breathe into all parts of your body.  At the same time as you are doing this breathe into the various areas of the body the different organs, and let them speak to you.  Pay attention.  Listen to what they need.  If they are uncomfortable, in pain, having difficulties (the lungs for instance) exhale any excess strain.  If the organ or area is below par and not functioning efficiently, send bright, sparkling energy into that area.

Pain/discomfort should be visualised as a black or dark grey cloudy mass and immediately exhaled and sent back to the universe as far away from you as possible.  Weak organs, areas that are working but struggling should be sent bright golden energy, consciously breathing golden light into them.

This visualisation is perfect if you wish to establish contact with your body and want to do it regularly.  At the moment with the covid problem, I highly recommend it and have been concentrating on the lungs and brain.  Just wander the mind through the body.  No hurry, no distress, first breathing into the toes and the fee and then meandering up the body… no plan, just noticing, just having a conversation….  Feel what the organs have to say to you and send them loving energy.

 

YOGA CARDS/planner

I have been writing a lot to students – just keeping up, letting them know I am here, mainly on the email, but when I do send an actual card to a student the response is wonderful.  People don’t often receive actual cards and planners, so I am making cards, and updating my planners, and putting them on my ETSY site www.myyogabooks.etsy.com, so that you can download them and send them to your clients.  They will remember you, I guarantee it!  (I was playing with the images yesterday, and have put one image up there,  and will put more when I have the time this afternoon.

Make this HOME-STAY a time of growth, don’t sit in a corner worrying, or escaping with the television.  When the Going gets tough, the tough get going.  Remember ……  And THIS TOO WILL PASS. Be Happy.  Everything is in the right place, everything is proceeding as it should.  We don’t know the outcome, so we can’t say if this experience is good or not, and even that will pass.  What seems bad today, maybe good tomorrow.  So just enjoy it, whatever it is.  WHATEVER IT IS.  Talk to me.  yogafirst@netcon.net.au

Stay warm and well on this blissfully beautiful day.

Namaste – Jahne

Good morning Yogis,

I hope you are all well, keeping happy, keeping busy.  Yesterday Woodend ran out of Vitamin C entirely.. no powder, no tablets, no fizzy… nothing.  If any of you are having the same problem let me know, and I will pass on where I can get them.  Because it is raining and I can’t sweep leaves to relax, I am making soft, wildly colourful masks.  How are you keeping busy and calm?

 

How are you managing with yesterdays meditations?

Here is a new “breath”.

THE MORNING DEW BREATH

Breathe gently through the nose AND THE MOUTH.  At first put all your attention on the INHALE.  As in every breath we take, exhaling is most important and should be done as slowly as possible, and as delicately as possible.   No force used.   Notice everything that is going on in the body whilst you slow your inhale as much as you can.  As thoughts and feeling arise, exhale them in a calm and purposeful manner – acknowledging as you do this that no emotion is permanent.

Now pay attention to the EXHALE.  Keep the breath slow, soft and even.

As you slowly exhale imagine the whole world being your body (or your body as the world).  Perceive every organ and all of your senses.

This state of awareness will soon flow through the entire body.  Sit, practising this exercise for ten minutes.

 

Keep well, keep happy.

 

NAMASTE.  JAHNE

 

Dear Yogis,

THE RAINBOW BREATH

I have been a student of many yogis, and the most gentle of these were Tibetan.  From them I learned the prostration and gentle aspects of breathing.  It is the breath that I would like you to focus on as we get through this time.  I presume that you are doing your yoga first (even 7 minutes of practice) to prepare for the sitting.

This is the beginning of series about the exercises I do to maintain my physical body, my mind and my heart through this time –  My focus is to come out the other side of this crisis (crisis of Faith?), stronger not weaker.  My practice is to deal with each day in a yogic way.. loving each minute, each day no matter what. Every day it becomes more apparent that we have to look after our body (and lungs) in a Yogic way.   Breathe. Breathe, Breathe.    Not, “almost Breathe”, not pant.  Consciously BREATHE.

Remember the principle of the body, language and mind.  The physical aspect  is represented by the head. Language is located at the throat, and the heart represents the mind. Each of these three aspects is represented by a syllable which are in actual fact older than Buddhism itself, being used by the ancient people of India.  These syllables let your body vibrate as soon as they are chanted (said).  As we have learned in our classes, they influence the nervous system and thereby have a direct effect on the chakras.  The sounds that the Tibetans have attached to these exercises are OM AH HUM.

As you sit preparing for this exercise, imagine a figure floating in front of you about 30 centimetres in free space.  This figure can be the Buddha, Christ, or any other Being which emanates qualities that you find worthy of striving for.  The figure in front of you is golden, clear, vibrating and surrounded by a golden light in all directions of the heavens.  It can be sitting or not sitting.

Direct your attention to the perfect physical energy of this being.  All physical tensions are dissolved in the white light streaming from the top of its  head flooding your entire body.    Illness, and any inclination to treat YOUR body badly, are dissolved in this energy.  Now recite the OM several times and let the vibrations of this syllable flow through every fibre of your being.  Your body is light, floating.  Continue experiencing this “lightness of being”.

Now direct your attention to this Diety’s throat chakra . Its language related energy streams towards us in a red colour.  From its throat to your throat flooding it with strength and creativity.  Everything that stands in the way of your creative energy falls away, dissolved.  Blockages that stand in the way of your personal development disappear.  During this visualisation allow AH to stream, vibrate,  through the body.

The Heart Centre of the Diety is the next point of attention.  A Blue HUM sound surrounds and radiates from the Heart Centre.  This allows you to see reality clearly.  Flase hopes, and confusing imaginings are dissolved in this clear blue.  All obstacles that distract you from a clear view of your reality are dissolved in this beautiful blue, cooling the body and calming an agitated mind.  Imagine this whilst singing/saying HUM several times.

For me, the image is sometimes that of the Buddha, sometimes QuanYin the female aspect of the Buddha… sometimes The Jesus.  The Tibetans are not concerned about the visualisation.  It does not have to be this or that.  However, keep in mind that the more that you visualise it, the closer you approach it and the more you become similar to it, as you intensively dedicate yourself to this exercise.

Let me know how you go.  We will work on other visualisations, other “breaths”, as we go.  This exercise is calming, relaxing, healing and I rest in the knowledge that this is the perfect way for this time.

NAMASTE.  JAHNE