Saturday, June 28, 2014
Concentration is a branch of yoga – there are eight branches. The poses are one branch. Concentration is internal. It is about learning to control the mind, with attention and not tension. This is also true for the poses. Our goal is to hold the poses with attention, but not tension. This creates balance. Why learn to concentrate? Because in yoga we are trying to learn how to control the energy of the body-mind so that we can find peace and serenity. We are trying to consciously (with attention) control our energy without creating tension. Let’s use dieting – we want to consciously control the portions we eat without creating tension. If we create tension we create cravings and this disturbs the quietude of the mind.
Sometime we need to get out of the mind and into the body and that is why we practice the yoga poses.
Self restriction is sometimes called the decent to hell. It takes discipline. History tells us that all avatars have descended to hell before they ascended to heaven. Give this some food for thought. Pay attention to your life without tension and in this you will discover peace and serenity.
Difficult ? Yes! Impossible? No!
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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Once upon a time there was an archery contest. A fish was tied to a pole. The eye of the fish was used as the target. Many people came forth to hit the target. Each time someone came forward the judges would ask, “What are you aiming for? The contestants each said the fish. Each one missed the target. Then one archer came forward and was asked, “What are you aiming for?” He replied, “The eye. All I see is the eye.” He alone hit the target.
To hit your mark you must shut out all irrelevant and disruptive data so that you can gain the concentration needed to hit your mark. Our mark is to quiet the mind and find peace and serenity. To accomplish this we must practice balance, flexibility and strength. That is why we practice yoga.
To hit your mark you must shut out all irrelevant and disruptive data so that you can gain the concentration needed to hit your mark. Be quiet, be still and be at peace and you have hit your mark.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Aero*boga-the way of the heart
The cover of this book has a lotus flower floating over the crown of the head. I chose this to symbolize the meaning attached to the lotus flower. It signifies the original nature and purity of the heart opened fully to the soul. It is the symbol of love, compassion, passion and all other qualities of the heart.
Within Bhagavad Gita (Hindu Scripture), the quality of the lotus blossom to stay untouched through the water and dirt of the pond where it grows, symbolizes the capability of an individual to remain unaffected through all sins as well as dirt associated with worldly matters, and accomplish spiritual perfection.
Aero*boga is the journey known as the way of the heart. Like the lotus flower the heart opens and blooms when compassion and understanding take you down the pathway of appreciation for all of life.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Just say aubergine and visions of Mediterranean stews and casseroles might dance in your head. Aubergine is the French and Italian name for the eggplant. Who doesn’t just love the deep purple eggplant color which seems to compliment any skin tone and match with just about any color? And the eggplant is,well, just so funny looking it can make you laugh.
The delectable fruit is a staple in Europe and the Middle East. It is nicknamed the “mad fruit” because of its relationship to the deadly nightshade fruits such as belladonna. Because of its shape and color it was also nicknamed the “bad egg.”
Now if you love ratatouille, mousaka, eggplant parmesan and babba gouache, you’ll be really happy to know that the eggplant supplies such great nutrients that not only help to prevent disease, but eggplant is a great addition to a dieter's menu with only 28 calories and 3 grams of sodium for 1 cup (240 ml) of boiled drained cubes. Almost fat-free, that quantity contains 0.2 grams of fat.
Although the eggplant is low in calories it is not very rich in vitamins, However, it has a plus on the mineral side. Eggplant delivers 21.4 mg of calcium, 13.0 mg of magnesium, 248 mg of potassium, and 22 mg of phosphorous.
Interestingly the body needs potassium for muscle strength and the brain needs potassium to lift one from an apprehensive mood. Calcium of coarse builds strong bones, adequate levels of magnesium have been shown to positively affect mental health and phosphorous is needed for the transport of nutrients in and out of cells. Minerals are essential to both physical and mental health.
To boost the nutritional benefits, pair eggplant with other vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, and peppers, which supply an abundance of vitamins.
Eggplants have become very popular in the U.S. and are a major source of the cuisine of both Turkey and the Middle East. Next time you see an eggplant in the grocery store smile and think of this-- There is a Middle Eastern saying that goes like this,
"To dream of three aubergines is a sign of happiness.”
Now that’s it… a recipe for happiness; found in a plump purple fruit!
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Louisiana State Researchers reported that certain “good” bacteria in the stomach feed off dark chocolate! The bacteria ferment the dark chocolate into compounds that are good for your heart. There are two kinds of microbe in the gut. One is “good” bacteria and the other is “bad” bacteria. When you eat dark chocolate it grows the good bacteria which are anti inflammatory. The so called bad bacteria produce inflammation which is associated with bloating diarrhea and constipation. When the good compounds are absorbed by the body they lesson the inflammation produced by the bad compounds.
So to our delight, dark chocolate gets another top mark!
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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Concentration is essential. You must learn to focus and hold steady to the task at hand. Most of the time humans concentrate on something, without much thought. When you concentrate with full awareness the task gets accomplished. However, we must also know when to let go. It is wise to realize that thinking over and over (obsessing) is not problem solving. Sometimes we need to let go and return to the problem when the mind is fresh. With yoga we discipline the mind to focus and also to let go when necessary.
Concentration from the yogic standpoint means to master your mind. When you master your mind you free yourself from scattered energies. Then you apply your intellect, undisturbed by emotions and cravings. In this you free your energy, learn to focus and achieve the goals you have set for yourself in this lifetime. You become the master of your destiny.
Concentrate without obsessing and learn to let go when necessary. Sit quiet, breathe deep, refocus and then tackle the task at hand. In this you will learn to master your life.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
When I was much younger without a lot of money, a lot of responsibility(the single mother of two children) and not enough time or energy at the end of the day, I dreamed of three things; traveling and seeing the world, expressing my artistic soul and promoting health and fitness for the body, the mind and the soul. Here I am now taking a giant leap of faith into my soulful space, as I launch my new project. Aero*bogo™ and my art project -The Jeanome Project.©
This is how you do it – devote yourself to something you love. Work hard, consistently and persistently, be willing to expose the raw side of yourself and be undeterred by what others may think or say. There are those that will laugh at you, criticize you and dismiss you, but more than likely those are the same people who are afraid to take the leap. I have failed. I have done remakes and retakes. However, I never stopped trying and that is the secret to having the guts to take the leap!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The French are known for many things among them the French kiss. It was the Greeks and Greek mythology that first invented the kiss of the tongues. Zeus became angry with Erato the muse of love and poetry and punished her by forcing her to kiss all men that she met with the tip of her tongue. This was a punishment that she dis tasted. Eventually she met and fell in love with a man who she lovingly kissed with the tip of her tongue. When their tongues met their souls were kissed. The French perfected this kiss and called it the “soul” kiss. Leave it to the French to drop themselves of the puritanical burden and perfect the art of a sexy kiss.
Besides French kissing and Paris, the French have Provence located in Southeastern France. It is home to many herbs among them lavender, thyme, basil and fennel. These herbs were picked fresh from the garden and used in cooking stews and to season meats and fish.
In the 11th and 12th Century, known as the Golden Age in Provence the troubadours broke away from the Latin influence and began to compose love songs and poetry of their own. The most famous troubadour was Folquet de Marseille whose love songs were famous throughout Europe and who was praised by Danti in the Divine Comedy.
Provence has always attracted writers and artist such as Edith Wharton, Summerset Maugham, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cézanne, Renoir and Matisse.
The cuisine of Provence is a result of the warm Mediterranean climate although the terrain is rugged making it difficult to grow produce. Hearty vegetables, goats, cheeses and fish are stables of the diet. Bouillabaisse and ratatouille come from Provence.
The native drink is Pastis, liquor that is flavored with anise. But what does this all have to do with sex and French kissing? Just smell the fragrant air with blossoming herbs of thyme, basil, fennel and lavender. Each scent relaxes, invites and excites the senses. That’s why the French created Herbs de Provence, a mixture of these aromatic herbs to tempt the body, the mind and the soul. They touch the body with nutrients such as the B-complex and vitamins A, C, and D all known to support a healthy sex system. Fennel has been used to increase the libido in both men and women. Basil was used as a dusting powder to attract lovers because of its erotic scent.
All of these herbs, basil, thyme, fennel and lavender belong to the Labiatae family Labiatae herbs are culinary which indicate their affinity for digestive processes. The scent of these wonderful herbs is invigorating, stimulating, fiery and reawakening; making them an excellent combination for stimulating the sexual urges.
Herbs and their essence touch the soul in the same way a French kiss excites the tip of the tongue with a subtle force that brings the art of cuisine and love making to perfection.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Master your life -There are six impediments
The first five are: control your emotions, slow down and take the time to relax; stop over doing everything; remove stress and take care of your health; listen within the quietude of yourself so you learn to trust your inner voice; and stop being concerned with loss or gain.
The Sixth Impediment to mastering your life is lack of proper attitude towards your body and your mind. I am not my body. I am not my mind. They are merely instruments for the expression of me. I am the self existent one. According to yoga you are an eternal soul who has taken on this body and this mind as a means of expressing your true self. Most people are ignorant of this and live their life directed by the mind and the body. But if you get quiet and really listen intuitively, you will discover the true nature of your soul and in that discovery you will find your purpose and meaning here on earth. When you express yourself from your soul you will always find happiness and peace. In this you will learn to master life. How? Get quiet and listen.
Really listen and do not be afraid or concerned. Simply listen to the voice of your soul. Remember no one can do this for you. But once you learn to listen your life will change and you will become the master of your destiny.
Many of my students tell me how much they appreciate my passion and my way of expressing and teaching yoga. I am not the best teacher. Sometimes my body will not allow me to do poses and postures and sometimes I struggle to control my thoughts and emotions. But my teaching comes from my soul. Through yoga I use my body- mind to teach. It is simply the instrument for the expression of my soul.
Control your emotions, slow down and take a little time to relax. Stop over doing everything, remove stress and take care of your health. Stop and take the time to listen to your inner voice. Stop being concerned with gain or loss and above all take care of your body and your mind. They are the instruments for the expression of your soul here on earth. You are here to learn the lessons of life and what it means to be a fully integrated being; body, mind and soul. When you realize this you will begin to master your life.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
If you want to stay healthy dig deep down into the roots of your being- circulation. A sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to our health. Everyone knows we need to move the body to insure proper circulation, maintain strength and stay flexible but did you know that many food s can also help insure proper circulation? What’s so important about circulation?
Blood circulates throughout the body carrying nutrients to the organs, muscles and bones. This fresh blood is needed by the body to maintain health. When circulation is compromised parts of the body suffer. That’s why it is good to dig deep into your body and keeps the blood throughout the body moving. But this blood moving around the body also needs to be supplied with nutrients.
Some foods that we eat enhance circulation and some foods like heavy fatty foods inhibit circulation. One simple food that is good for circulation is full of nutrients and is very cheap to buy, is radishes. Yes, those little bunches of red roots (and sometimes black) you see in the grocery store or are so easy to grow in your garden, are packed full of nutrients.
I am one of those people, who love a fresh radish. Its peppery clean taste seems to excite the taste buds while cleansing the palette. Bite into a radish and you can feel the slight jolt of heat. That’s the radish going to work to create circulation throughout your body.
The radish is a root vegetable. It’s very low in calories; about 16 calories per 100g. However, they are a great source of anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber. Radishes are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. They are an excellent source of fiber. Radishes are an excellent source of copper, manganese and potassium as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and sodium.
They also provide a very good supply of vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant required by the body for the synthesis of collagen and collagen is needed for healthy glowing skin.
B6 is an essential vitamin that has been found to help with carpel tunnel, skin problems, nervous disorders and mucus membranes. It also has been shown to help improve depression.
Folate is another important nutrient is found in radishes. A 2010 opinion article in the New York Times states that folate may be helpful in treating Alzheimer’s disease
In one of the earliest of myths, the hero Gilgamesh goes out in search of a plant that promises to give him immortality. It is the radish that he finds. Buddhism also references the radish as a food that has deep roots. The roots of the radish are like the feeling you get when you are inspired from some deep place within to make a move within your life or to create an object of beauty.
Perhaps may-be the meaning of life lies hidden within the vegetable section of the grocery store where little radishes await to bring forth nutrients that will fire up your salad and bring goodness to the body, the mind and the soul.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The first four are: control your emotions, slow down and take the time to relax, stop over doing everything, remove stress and take care of your health, and listen within the quietude of yourself so you learn to trust your inner voice.
The fifth Impediment is concern over gain or loss. Quietly and consistently practice the art of concentration (sitting quiet without distraction). Live your life without concern for gain or loss. In the big scheme of things there are no gains and no losses; simply lessons to be learned. For every gain in life there must be a loss and for every loss there must be a gain. Let’s say you lost all your money. How can there be a gain in that? Perhaps you needed to be humbled or perhaps it gave you insight into your sense of judgment, decision making and problem solving. In this you have gained.
Live your life without concern for gain or loss. When you see life this way you will live a healthy, happy and peaceful life. Sit quietly, unconcerned with gain or loss and simply experience the power of your breath. You will be surprised by how rapidly you will progress towards mastery of your life.