Wellness Wednesday: Sun Exercises- Yoga Sun Salutation

"What's your morning routine?"

Exercise is needed to keep your body running properly. A great exercise is the Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara. It only takes 5 minutes of your time. It is a collective of poses that each come with a meaning and function. It's a daily practice that you do in the morning and night. Usually you practice it outside in nature where you can send gratitude and absorb the sun's energy but feel free to do it anywhere.

Some benefits are:
* Strengthens the entire digestive system.
* Invigorates and restores the nervous system.
* Energizes the heart and regulates blood pressure and heart palpitations.
* Promotes healthy lungs and breath.
* Stimulates glandular activity.
* Strengthens the muscles in your upper and lower body including your abdomen and back.
* Reduces excess fat on the body.
* Improves kidney function.
* Encourages proper posture.
* Brings clarity to your mind.

How to:
* To begin, stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Distribute your weight evenly over both feet. Establish a slow, steady rhythm for your breath. Find your center.
* Next, inhale and stretch your arms out to the side and overhead into Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute). Reach your heart and arms to the heavens, sending your greeting to the sun.
* As you exhale, hollow out your belly and fold into Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), connecting down into the earth. Keep your legs firmly engaged.
* Inhale and lengthen your spine forward into Ardha Uttanasana (Half Standing Forward Bend). In this pose, the gaze is lifted, the spine is extended, and the fingertips can stay on the floor or rise to the shins.
* Exhale and step or lightly hop your feet back behind you into Plank Pose. Your wrists should be flat on the floor, shoulder-distance apart, and your feet should be at hip distance. Take a full breath in as you lengthen through your spine.
* Exhale and lower into Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose), keeping your legs straight and pushing back into your heels or bringing your knees to the floor. Build heat in the center of your body as you hold this challenging posture.
* Inhale and carve your chest forward into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog), directing that energy out from your heart. Pull your shoulders back and open your collarbones. Engage your legs but relax your gluteal muscles.
* Exhale and roll over the toes, coming into Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Ground down through your hands and feet as you lengthen your spine. Remain here for five breaths.
* On your fifth exhale, bend your knees and look between your hands. Then inhale and step or lightly hop your feet between your hands, returning to Ardha Uttanasana.
* Exhale back to Uttanasana, surrendering into the fold.
* Inhale, reaching your arms out wide to your sides and coming to stand through a flat back. Feel a renewed sense of energy as you draw your arms overhead into Urdhva Hastasana.
* Exhale and return to Tadasana, your home base. Remain here for a few breaths, feeling the movement of energy through your body, or continue on to your next salute.
* Then repeat with the other leg.

Make sure or take breathes and do each pose with intention to get the full experience.

"Let your light shine"

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Transformation Tuesday: Sun Gazing: Harness the power of the sun

"Can you get energy from the sun to fuel your body?"

Sun gazing is the act of looking directly at the sun. It is sometimes done as a religious or spiritual practice. It invloves staring at the sunrise or sunset; these two times are rhe best because the uv rays are the least. The human eye is very sensitive, and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can lead to retinopathy. The practice of sun gazing has some truly amazing benefits, not only for your physical health, but also for your mental wellbeing and spiritual development. 

Some of the benefits include:

  • Relief of stress and tension
  • Increased energy
  • Boosts production of the feel good hormones serotonin and melatonin
  • Improved eyesight
  • Reduces hunger pains –body is completely nourished by the sun (Some people claim to have been able to take part in this practice and not eat anything during the entire process which is usually about 9 or 10 months)
  • Stimulation of the pineal gland
  • Increased size of pineal gland
  • Releasing of internal blockages
  • Increased human potential

Hira Ratan Manek is the man who brought sun gazing to western society. He founded the Solar Healing Centers. He lives off the energy that the sun produces and water, and thats it. While under supervision, he did 3 long fasts and claims that sun gazing brings you better physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It heals the mind, body and spirit. A scientist named Vinny Pinto conducted a survey on 56 participants and documented their experience. He called it the "First sungazing list group sungazers survey." His findings were:

  • Health improvements especially among women
  • People who practiced sun gazing for more than five years and who gazed mid-day (instead of the insisted hour after sunrise and hour before sunset) were more likely to report adverse effects
  • 35 out of the 51 participants reported to have “increased or greatly increased energy” while only 1 participant reported reduced energy
  • The number of people who reported a “decreased need for solid food” was approximately equal to the number of people who reported “no significant change in the need for food.” Only 1 person in the study reported an increased need for food.
  • People who had sun gazed for at least a year for at least 4 times per week were far more likely to report a decreased need for solid food.
  • The most common physical/mental/spiritual experiences reported from sun gazing were bliss, joy, peace and calmness.
  • No one from the study reported a decrease in physical health, everyone reported that his or her health was the same or had improved.

How to:

  • Begin by spending a maximum of 10 seconds on the first day by looking directly at the sun during the safe hours.
  • It is an important part of the practice that you stand barefoot on bare earth. Apparently this helps to keep you grounded and enhances the benefits of sun gazing.
  • As you are staring at the sun visualize the energy from the sun coming into your body and filling your body and cells with rejuvenating light.
  • On the second day aim for 20 seconds, each day after that continue adding 10 seconds to the previous day. So at 10 days you will be looking at the sun for 100 seconds, or 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Continue this daily until you have reached 44 minutes. This should take between 9-10 months depending on the weather. According to HRM this is all you need to gain the benefits described above from sun gazing.
  • After this you will need to walk for 45 minutes each day for the 6 days following the completion of the 9-10 months of sun gazing.
  • From here on out, just make a conscious effort to continue to walk barefoot on the earth, preferably in the sun whenever you feel like it or get the time.

Try it for yourself.

"Harness energy from the sun by being a vessel"

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Motivation Monday: The power of the sun

"How do we use the sun as a source of energy?"

The sun gives off a power called "Nuclear Fusion". It is the hearty of the sun's power. Nearly everything on earth is indirectly powered by this power reaction.

The sun raidiate light, heat or solar energy, which makes it possible for life to exist on earth. Plants need sunlight to grow. Animals, including humans need plants for food and oxygen they produce. Without heat from the sun, the earth will freeze.

We use a lot of the sun's energy for cultivating land, producing crops, and raising livestock. The sun is also used for solar architecture which stores heat. Buildings have windows and skylights for air circulation. Other aspects include using selective shading and choosing building materials with thermal mass. And example is a greenhouse. Greenhouses create a environment for growing that otherwise isn't available in that location. You can also use solar energy to cook, and heat water in solar cookers. Solar cells can also convert sunlight directly into electricity. They don't produce much so they have to be grouped together in large numbers. Solar cells are used for everything from calculators and watches to homes, commercial buildings, and even stadiums. The sun offers clean, free energy in abundance. It gives us more energy than we could ever need. Time to use it.

"The power is in our hands"

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Scenic Sunday: 7 ways to make the world a better place

"What's your ideal earth?"

Make the earth the place you would want to live in. It's a huge house, treat it accordingly.

7 ways to make the world a better place:
1. Volunteer your time and visit local schools
2. Recognize the humanity of other people and respect their dignity
3. Use less paper
4. Drive less
5. Conserve water
6. Donate clothes and water to charities
7. Be generous

"Treat the earth like your home"

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Soul-try Saturday: How to heal the world in one easy way

"How can you become a change?"

Once you find love for yourself, then you can love yourself and others. Find caring, love and appreciation for yourself and you can show others. See it in yourself and see others as your mirrors. See the good and the bad, the yin and the yang. Find balance within yourself and be able to empathize with others.

"Be the man in the mirror"

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Talk-About-It Thursday:101 Ways to save the earth

“Who have you saved lately?”

This list is distilled from three sources: “The Greenhouse Crisis: 101 Ways to Save the Earth,” published by the Greenhouse Crisis Foundation, 1130 17th St. NW, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036; “Personal Action Guide for the Earth,” published by the Transmissions Project for the UN Environment Programme, 730 Arizona Ave. #329, Santa Monica, CA 90401; and Context Institute research.

1. Insulate your home.

2. Buy energy-efficient appliances.

3. Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows.

4. Install storm windows.

5. Close off unused areas in your home from heat and air conditioning.

6. Wear warm clothing and turn down winter heat.

7. Switch to low-wattage or fluorescent light bulbs.

8. Turn off all lights that don’t need to be on.

9. Use cold water instead of hot whenever possible.

10. Opt for small-oven or stove-top cooking when preparing small meals.

11. Run dishwashers only when full.

12. Set refrigerators to 38°F, freezers to 5°F, no colder.

13. Run clothes washers full, but don’t overload them.

14. Use moderate amounts of biodegradable detergent.

15. Air-dry your laundry when possible.

16. Clean the lint screen in clothes dryers.

17. Instead of ironing, hang clothes in the bathroom while showering.

18. Take quick showers instead of baths.

19. Install water-efficient showerheads and sink-faucet aerators.

20. Install an air-assisted or composting toilet.

21. Collect rainwater and graywater for gardening use.

22. Insulate your water heater. Turn it down to 121°F.

23. Plant deciduous shade trees that protect windows from summer sun but allow it in during the winter.

24. Explore getting a solar water heater for your home.

25. Learn how to recycle all your household goods, from clothing to motor oil to appliances.

26. Start separating out your newspaper, other paper, glass, aluminum, and food wastes.

27. Encourage your local recycling center or program to start accepting plastic.

28. Urge local officials to begin roadside pickup of recyclables and hazardous wastes.

29. Encourage friends, neighbors, businesses, local organizations to recycle and sponsor recycling efforts.

30. Use recycled products, especially paper.

31. Re-use envelopes, jars, paper bags, scrap paper, etc.

32. Bring your own canvas bags to the grocery store.

33. Encourage local governments to buy recycled paper.

34. Start a recycling program where you work.

35. Limit or eliminate your use of “disposable” items.

36. Urge fast-food chains to use recyclable packaging.

37. Avoid using anything made of plastic foam. It is often made from CFCs, and it never biodegrades.

38. If your car gets less than 35 mpg, sell it, buy a small fuel-efficient model, and spend whatever money you save on home energy efficiency.

39. Maintain and tune up your vehicle regularly for maximum gas mileage.

40. Join a car pool or use public transport to commute.

41. Write to automobile manufacturers to let them know that you intend to buy the most fuel efficient car on the road.

42. Reduce your use of air conditioning.

43. Encourage auto centers to install CFC recycling equipment for auto air conditioners. Freon is released during servicing to become both a greenhouse gas and an ozone layer destroyer.

44. Remove unnecessary articles from your car. Each 100 lbs. of weight decreases fuel efficiency by 1%.

45. Don’t speed; accelerate and slow down gradually.

46. Walk or use a bicycle whenever possible.

47. Urge local governments to enact restrictions on automobile use in congested areas downtown.

48. Enjoy sports and recreational activities that use your muscles rather than gasoline and electricity.

49. Buy products that will last.

50. Rent or borrow items that you don’t use often.

51. Maintain and repair the items you own.

52. Use colored fabrics to avoid the need for bleach.

53. Use natural fiber clothing, bedding and towels.

54. Don’t buy aerosols, halon fire extinguishers, or other products containing CFCs.

55. Write to computer chip manufacturers and urge them to stop using CFC-113 as a solvent.

56. Invest your money in environmentally and socially conscious businesses.

57. Avoid rainforest products, and inform the supplier or manufacturer of your concerns.

58. Use postcards instead of letters for short messages.

59. Eat vegetarian foods as much as possible. Meat makes less efficient use of land, soil, water, and energy – and cows emit 300 liters of methane per day.

60. Buy locally produced foods; avoid buying foods that must be trucked in from great distances.

61. Read labels. Eat organic or less-processed foods.

62. Start a garden; plant a garden instead of a lawn

63. Water the garden with an underground drip system.

64. Support organic farming and gardening methods; shun chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

65. Compost kitchen and garden waste, or give it to a friend who can.

66. Inform schools, hospitals, airlines, restaurants, and the media of your food concerns.

67. Stay informed about the state of the Earth.

68. Talk to friends, relatives, and co-workers about preventing global climate change.

69. Read and support publications that educate about long-term sustainability (like this one).

70. Start a global climate change study group.

71. Educate children about sustainable living practices.

72. Xerox this list and send it to ten friends.

73. Go on a citizen diplomacy trip and talk with those you meet about averting global climate change.

74. Get involved in local tree-planting programs.

75. Join an environmental organization. If they’re not involved with climate change, get them involved.

76. Support zero population growth.

77. Support work to alleviate poverty. Poverty causes deforestation and other environmental problems.

78. Donate money to environmental organizations.

79. Support programs that aim to save rainforest areas.

80. Support solar and renewable energy development.

81. Work to protect local watershed areas.

82. Pave as little as possible. Rip up excess concrete.

83. Encourage sewage plants to compost their sludge.

84. Write your senator now in support of S. 201, the World Environment Policy Act.

85. Write your congressperson now in support of H.R. 1078, the Global Warming Prevention Act.

86. Support disarmament and the redirection of military funds to environmental restoration.

87. Write letters to the editor expressing your concern about climate change and environmental issues.

88. Support electoral candidates who run on environmental platforms.

89. Run for local office on an environmental platform.

90. Attend city council meetings and speak out for action on climate change issues.

91. Organize a citizens’ initiative to put a local “climate protection program” into place.

92. Learn how to lobby. Lobby your local, state, and national elected officials for action on climate change and environmental issues.

93. Organize a demonstration at a plant that uses CFCs.

94. In place of TV and the stereo, spend time reading, writing, drawing, telling stories, making music.

95. Live within the local climate as much as possible, rather than trying to isolate yourself from it.

96. Strive to establish good communications with friends, neighbors and family including learning conflict resolution skills.

97. Spend time seeing, hearing, and rejoicing in the beauty of the Earth. Feel your love for the Earth. Make serving the Earth your first priority.

98. Learn about the simpler, less resource-intensive lifestyles of aboriginal peoples.

99. Think often about the kind of Earth you would like to see for your grandchildren’s grandchildren.

100. While doing small things, think big. Think about redesigning cities, restructuring the economy, reconceiving humanity’s role on the Earth.

101. Pray, visualize, hope, meditate, dream.

“It takes a village”

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Motivation Monday: 10 ways to heal the earth

“What have you done today to heal the world?”

The world is one, if we help he ourselves we can heal others. Healing the earth is important because we all live here. We can’t go anywhere else. It’s what we are made of. We are organic beings living on a organic star. It’s one of our missions to take care of self and others. Let’s a join in.

10 ways to heal the world:

  1. Withhold judgement
    • Judgement means that the other person is wrong. We all have a choice to make. We do things for many reasons that we feel are the best for ourselves and others. Be like a video camera and observe. Let things and people be.
  2. Practice compassion
    • Experience everything with a open heart. See that everyone has a part that may have made them this way. Love the person they were before they accumulated baggage. The heart is open to all people.
  3. Be present
    • Be in the moment, enjoy every moment, you are here. Enjoy it.
  4. Make eye contact
    • The eyes are the windows to the soul. See people for who they truly are. Look them in the eye and meet their gaze with a loving one. Soften your eyes. Let the mask down and allow others to let theirs down as well.
  5. Practice random acts of kindness
    • Give the thing you want to receive. Do things for others that will make them smile. Create great karma. Watch how it will also make you feel really good.
  6. Offer hope
    • When someone comes to you with negative news lift them up. Give someone kind words. Everyone complains so much. Do the opposite and send praise, hope and positive energy to all the people you meet.
  7. Gift others with healing touch
    • In Western society, the distance between people is 3 ft. That’s a long way to receive or give touch. We need physical connection with others. It’s what scientifically determines if we live or die. There is a study that determined at birth, children who were hugged by their parents lived better, more efficient lives. Those that didn’t get that touch, had a shorter life span and less developed social skills. When was the last time you gave or received a hug?
  8. Entrain others
    • Regardless of the chaos around us. We are meant to be still. Take the time to find inner peace and when you find it, give it to others. Have others join you. Invite people to join in your meditating or yoga sessions. Quite your voice, slow down and allow others to see. Let them mimic and heal.
  9. Listen generously
    • Once you stop judging, stop trying to comment, we can listen. Actively listening allows others to truly trust you, be comfortable, feel important and acknowledged. 
  10. Awaken your consciousness
    • Once ego is let go you are awakened to soul. Love, kindness, giving and appreciation are important to give to yourself and others. When your vibration is raised so is the planer’s vibration. Be committed to your spiritual growth and listen to your inner voice. It will change your life and the people around you.

“Heal the world, it’s the only one we have”

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