Sit with your back straight and your feet flat on the ground, head pointing up to the sky or ceiling.
Close your eyes and begin to relax your body.Start with the top of your head and relax this area, then focus on your forehead and relax this section, from the front of your head to the back and the middle, too, if you can. Then move down to your eyes, relax everything here, then your nose, below your nose, and your lips. Step by step focus on each area and relax all of the muscles you can.
You can do both arms at the same time and your legs too. Finally, relax your entire feet, from the top near your ankle all the way down to your toes.
Then scan your entire body down and up and down again, relaxing any tense areas. This should take about five minutes. Take your time and drop deeper into your breath and into your body.
Focus your attention on the sensation of the breath as it comes in and comes out of your nostrils. What do you feel? What do you notice? Breath in and out of your nostrils normally but focus your mind, with alertness on all of the sensations you feel as the breath comes in and out of the nostrils. Follow the full duration of the in breath and the full duration of the out breath. Take your time, don't rush! Allow yourself to drop deeper into your breath and the way the body responds to the breath.
You yourselves are the Being you are seeking~ Swami Vivekananda
Something beautiful happens on the mat for the student who stay with yoga practice even for a short time. An awareness begins to dawn. Having been immersed in an outwardly focused culture, most of us come to yoga in search of something we do not have, something we cannot even name. As the weeks turn into months, thought, we begin to understand that we are no longer seeking something outside ourselves, or something that we do not have. A powerful understanding starts to take shape.
Our attention shifts from what we can get to who we can be. Without anyone needing to tell us- but simply by spending time on the mat with ourselves-we arrive at the conclusion that we are the ones we've been waiting for. This is the beginning of svadhyaya, or self-study, on the mat.
Here are some simple practices to connect with your own warrior's heart. First, bring breath into your heart. By breathing into the muscles of your heart you increase the oxygen levels in your blood which moves out the toxicity in your cell tissue faster. This practice also relieves the tightness and pressure so many of us carry in the chest and upper back which helps us be more at ease in our bodies. Your basic health and attitude will improve by breathing into your heart.
Start right now. Put your hands on your heart. Take at least ten deep breaths into your heart, chest, and/or your upper back. Use the warmth of your hands to defrost the shielding and scars around your heart. Next, breathe into your heart with a willingness to feel your world, if only for a few minutes a day, including those moments that are kind of scary and painful. Now focus on something of beauty to you, whether it's your child or pet or the vast blue sky. Deliberately breathe that beauty into your heart, learning to nourish your heart.
No one else can do this for you. In cultivating a warrior's heart, we learn to grow up and tend to our own needs. The next step is to ask your heart what is precious to you, what matters to you. Write it down, even if you feel foolish doing it. Do this practice every day so you build a repertoire of your heart's priorities. What a great way to start your morning -- breathe into your heart, ask what it needs, and then do something each day that nourishes your heart, even if for just a few minutes a day.
I ask the ones who want to live with a warrior's heart to live a life you can be proud of. How fun it is that you get to define what that means!
Inspired by Ana Forrest
It's easier to change when you don't feel restricted or forced into it but for those time when you do feel forced go to the temple of your heart and meditate. Mentally ask yourself how you can let go and know that what is happening maybe an opportunity for great change? An opportunity for growth a rebirth perhaps.
Sometimes our view is blocked by one of the five hindrances outlined in Buddhist tradition: desire, ill will, sloth, restlessness, and doubt.
For this meditation start in a simple seat and meditate on which hindrance maybe holding you back from embracing change.
The Yamas and Niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path. They’re like a map written to guide you on your life’s journey. Simply put, the Yamas are things not to do, or restraints, while the Niyamas are things to do, or observances. Together, they form a moral code of conduct.
The five Yamas, self-regulating behaviors involving our interactions with other people and the world at large, include
No Sew Medicine Bag
This great little medicine bag requires no sewing and the only tool you absolutely need is a good pair of scissors
Supplies: Good pair of scissors Piece of leather, suede, felt or non-raveling fabric Cord or leather lacing Pattern ,( you can find the pattern below), Leather hole punch (helpful not absolutely necessary
Trace pattern on the wrong side of your leather or fabric using tailor's chalk or even a ballpoint pen. Since you're tracing on the wrong side, the marks won't show when you're done. Using sturdy scissors, cut out the pouch and snip small holes at all the little ovals, just large enough for your lacing to fit through. If you have a leather punch you can punch the holes instead.
Cut a piece of lacing 36" long. Lay the pouch on the table with leather right side up and feed lacing through the holes as in the illustration. Pull the lacing tight and as you do so, the pouch will form as the leather folds into pleats. Cut another piece of lacing about 4" long and fold it in half. Feed the two loose ends of this piece through the horizontal holes in the body of the pouch. This will create a small loop in the folded lacing. Feed the ends of the lacing down through the loop and pull it tight to form a tassle. Feed the ends of the tassle through the slit in the flap to hold the pouch shut. You can also use a small button of toggle sewed to the front instead of this tassle.
You can tie the ends of the 36" lacing together to make a necklace or use them to tie the pouch to your belt.
Types of Composting
Before you start piling on, recognize that there are two types of composting: cold and hot. Cold composting is as simple as collecting yard waste or taking out the organic materials in your trash (such as fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds and filters, and eggshells) and then corralling them in a pile or bin. Over the course of a year or so, the material will decompose.
Hot composting is for the more serious gardener but a faster process—you'll get compost in one to three months during warm weather. Four ingredients are required for fast-cooking hot compost: nitrogen, carbon, air, and water. Together, these items feed microorganisms, which speed up the process of decay. In spring or fall when garden waste is plentiful, you can mix one big batch of compost and then start a second one while the first "cooks."
What to Compost?
Composting is a great way to use the things in your refrigerator that you didn't get to, therefore eliminating waste. Keeping a container in your kitchen, like this chic white ceramic compost bucket from World Market, is an easy way to accumulate your composting materials. If you don't want to buy one, you can make your own indoor or outdoor homemade compost bin. Collect these materials to start off your compost pile right:
What NOT to Compost?
Not only will these items not work as well in your garden, but they can make your compost smell and attract animals and pests. Avoid these items for a successful compost pile: