Meditate for Tibet

Meditate for Tibet

For as long as I can remember, I have offered opportunities to raise funds for various charities through my classes. The goodwill of all who have taken part in these various endeavours makes me feel very grateful to know such wonderful, generous people who are willing to give time and energy.

 

It has been some while since my last fundraising activity. Though it needs to be said, it took some recovering from! 108 Sun Salutations on a very hot Saturday in July several years ago, raising funds for an Egyptian children’s charity – Little Stars.

 

This time we will be flexing a different kind of muscle – our meditation muscle will be put to the test. We shall be sitting for a total of 108 minutes (broken down into 3 x 39 minute sessions) in order to raise funds for Tibet Relief Fund.

 

In addition, we shall have a small stall of Tibetan gifts from the charity’s on-line shop available as well as much-needed refreshments!

 

Our challenge will be taking place on Saturday 02 July in Watford, Hertfordshire. If you would like to take part, then please drop me a message.

 

Alternatively, if you would like to support us and the people of Tibet, many of whom are living as refugees, then you can do so via our JustGiving page.

 

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Yoga in Palestine

When we think of yoga, we usually conjure up someone walking down the street, their yoga mat over their shoulder, being able to attend a class without any barriers or restrictions, in an area that is (generally) free of violence or risk of attack.

 

Often we read of how yoga has helped someone through depression; how great it can be for women prepare for birth when pregnant and even as a form of rehabilitation following brain tumour surgery.

 

We are less likely to consider, or even pair yoga and war within the same sentence. In fact, until reading this, can you remember the last time, if at all, you put the two words together?

 

Yoga is being increasingly used for veterans returning from war zones as an additional approach to easing PTSD and the many consequences of that. You can read more of this here

 

How about yoga in a war zone? Hard to imagine isn’t it? This is why this article stood out for me. How yoga is being offered in Ramallah, Palestine.

 

The many gifts of yoga bring a sense of hope, calm and peace to those who attend – irrespective of their religion, race or gender.

 

Yoga without boundaries.

 

These offerings are then taken by those who attend and are extended to all they come into contact with. Surely these are the stories we need to be reading more of?

 

You can read the full story here on the wonderful site: Sutra Journal

 

This kind of initiative brings me hope that the gifts of yoga can be appreciated by more and more and not just those who view it as the latest accessory in their lives.

 

Photo credit: www.sutrajournal.com

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Mahakala

D̦n Season РWatch out for the bumps in the road!

Have you found you’ve been perhaps a little ‘mindless’ rather than ‘mindful’ the last few days?

Perhaps there just seems to be one thing after another?

Or maybe you feel you haven’t made a good decision over something?

Well it could just be ‘one of those days’ or it could be attributed to Dön Season.

This is the phase prior to the Tibetan New Year where, well, let’s just say, things can go a bit wonky round the edges.

Last year I introduced a simple mudra at the beginning of class, and I shall be doing the same this evening.


This year’s Dön Season runs from 29 January through to 07 February – with a neutral day on 08 February (phew!)
We herald in Losar – the Tibetan New Year on 09 February.

Typically at this time, extra prayers are also offered – these are commonly referred to as Mahakala prayers. Mahakala (the image above gives you an idea of this handsome chap) is a protector deity and similar to Ganesh, is summoned to remove obstacles, particularly if we want a fresh start.

The prayers for Mahakala are very long (very, very long!), so I’m offering a short video below of Ekajati Mantra, utilising the feminine principle, as she is a Dark Goddess and her mantra is also for the removal of obstacles.

Here’s wishing you a great day and hoping there’s not too many bumps in your road!

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News, Views & Tips

Yoga Research: Yoga Reduces Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

From Yoga U Online:

By: B Grace Bullock PhD, E-RYT 500

 

Type 2 diabetes is a leading global public health crisis, with the number of adults diagnosed with the condition more than doubling in the past 30 years. A systematic review of controlled yoga trials for adults with Type 2 diabetes (DM2) published in the Journal of Diabetes Research suggests that regular yoga practice may help … [Read Original Article]

 

For details of yoga classes in Watford, please visit www.claire-murphy.com

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