Eye exercises are a perfect 3rd eye chakra yoga activity. They are easy and can be done anywhere and at anytime. Not only will eye exercises improve vision, it can increase our sensitivity to the beauty around us which awakens our 3rd eye or our ability to see a more expanded picture of the world around us.
With the eyes open:
Twists ‘wring out’ all the chakras, sending energy up towards the 6thchakra. Performing a seated twist before meditation can allow for a longer more comfortable session and bring awareness to the third eye.
Sit comfortably in a crossed leg position with the spin elongated upward. Place your right fingertips on the ground behind you with your elbow bent. Place your left hand on your right knee. As you inhale lengthen your spine. As you exhale twist to the right. With each inhale continue to lengthen the spine and with each exhale continue to deepen your twist. Make sure as you continue to deepen the twist that your legs do not turn but are stationary. Stay in the pose for at least 5 long deep breaths. On your last inhale turn back to the front.
Switch the cross of the legs and repeat on the other side.
Alignment points: If your knees are higher than the top of your pelvis, sit on some blankets or a block so that you can straighten your back with ease.
As you twist to the right, pull the left leg inwards towards the pelvis. This action will insure that your legs stay stationary while the spine twists.
This spiral twists and releases our limitations, opening the mind to all the wonders of earth and sky as one hand is placed on the ground and the other reaches towards the heavens.
Start from a lunge with the left front ankle aligned directly under the knee and the other leg either straight with the ball of the foot on the ground or with the knee on the ground for more ease. Place the right hand next to the left foot and exhale, twist to the left. With each inhale lengthen your spine. As you exhale twist a little deeper. Stay in the pose for 5 long breaths and then switch sides.
Resting the forehead on the mat in this pose activates the 6thchakra. Resting in this position allows us to focus inward on a chosen uplifting memory.
From hands and knees, bring the big toes together and extend the buttocks back towards the heels. Keep the arms extended out in front of you with your forehead touching the floor. As you root the hips towards the heels extend the spine from the sacrum to crown of the head. Breathe.
While resting in the pose, recall a blissful dream and focus on this vision, uplifting your spirits.
Lay down on your back with your feet almost as wide as the mat and the hands about a foot away from your hips with the palms upwards. The shoulder blades should be on the back so that the head of the arm bones are close to the ground. Allow the body to relax fully with a few long deep breaths. As the body continues to relax, focus the mind on an uplifting dream. Remember all the details of the dream, including the emotional feelings that uplifted you the first time you dreamt it.
Zen Meditation and Yoga Retreat
A Day of Loving Kindness
A full day retreat at the Hidden Valley Zen Center designed to calm the mind and nurture the body. During this bliss filled day you will learn and practice Zen and Metta Meditation, do Hatha and Restorative Yoga, partake in Mindful Eating and enjoy the beauty of nature.
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Reiki 1 Training
September 14th - 15th
1-5pm both days
Reiki means universal life energy and is a healing practice used to promote balance throughout the human system. Reiki works with the subtle vibrational field that surrounds and penetrates the body promoting natural healing. Once trained the practitioner may treat oneself or another.
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