Motorcycle Yogi May Be Back On The Road

So, part of my life outside of yoga is to teach motorcycle safety courses.  I end traveling all over Texas, and generally miss my family while I enjoy teaching people how to do what I love.

Last night, my boss drove down from Dallas to San Antonio to come talk to us about what needs to happen and how its gonna work.  So, on top of teaching at the Shriner Auditorium, I’ll be on the road again a couple of times a months to teach motorcycle safety in other towns.

This weekend’s destination – Midland, Texas!  I get to work with a company-renowned pain in the ass, and was offered the choice to work there on alternating weekends, so after this one time, I don’t have to work with him again!

I like to think that I am a pretty decent RiderCoach, with a good background with working with difficult folk, so I shouldn’t flip out.

This is a mixed bag.  On top of a fatter paycheck for going, I have the dubious comfort of staying at my deceased grandmother’s house. 

How I do is another story, but I will have to face up to the lingering issues concerning my grandmother on top of being professional.

So, on that note…

How to Purge Ghosts and Restore Intuition (a meditation with visualization)

In Easy Pose, raise your arms with palms facing each other and begin moving them together in a figure-eight pattern.  Your torso may rock some with this, but don’t let it be distracting.  Close your eyes and focus on your third eye point.  Allow the darkness behind your eyes to begin isolating yourself from your body, and find the dazzling white light.  Let it raise you up out of yourself.  (up to eleven minutes)

Visualize after you enter the light a vast desert, hot and beautiful.  As you traverse this desert in the air, allow the clinging pains of nagging doubts and regrets fall off into the wastes.  Let the heat purge you and make your pure.  (up to 15 minutes)

Now raise your arms to vertical, keeping the same motion.  In your visualization, let yourself fly up, over the clouds, into the blazing sunshine.  Let the last of the pains, guilts, and sorrows melt off of you.  If you feel the need to cry, let the pain out as you cry, to be purified and cleansed by the sun.  When you are pure and light, descend into a blissful rainforest, lush and full of life.  Let the scents of life fill your spirit as the cool rainforest soothes your purified soul. (up to eleven minutes)

Inhale deeply, and spread your arms wide.  Exhale.  Repeat.

Now see  yourself in the mountains after the snowfall.  Everything is pure and bright.  take in the purity of the fresh snow and allow to bring your soul’s purity to the light. (up to fifteen minutes)

Spread your arms wide again.  Inhale, and exhale.

Bring your hands to your lap, right over left.  Using a gong or recorded gong, allow the vibrations to penetrate as you review your school days, bringing back your most creative energies as you touch on your days from kindergarted, first grade, until you reach your senior year.    Let your incoporeal self absorb it all, until you are filled with your own creative energies.

Bring yourself back to your body.  Open your mouth and breathe through it, without your teeth touching. (3 minutes)

Begin breathing through your nose, inhaling and exhaling as slow as you can.  Let the purity, creativity, and sense of self merge back into your physical being, and reach out with your soul to God.  Bathe in the light of God, the love of God, the sense that God is with you. (3 minutes)

Praise God with heart and song.  If you would prefer, play Rakhe Rakhanhaar and try to follow the mantra.  (six minutes)

Deep breath in, pull all three body locks.  Exhale, and relax.

 

 

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Motorcycle Yoga Set – Mastering Your Domain

As a biker yogi (Jeez, its been this long and I still snicker at that) I have to feel like I am dialed into the world around me, moreso now that people drive like lunatics entitled to the road in front of them. So, this set is designed (and modified) from a kundalini yoga set that I ran across that gives the yogi(ni) mastery of their domain.

By stimulating the glandular and deep circulatory system, this set helps release tension and refreshes the body and mind, boosting clear thinking and responses, thus assisting in mastering the self and therefore your domain.

The standard warnings apply – don’t do something if it hurts.  Don’t continue if you feel lightheaded or offbalance.  Don’t fall off your bike.  Don’t make your bike fall on you.  Don’t do this if it contraindicates something your doctor says.  Don’t do this on someone else’s bike without permission, and lastly, don’t blame me if something happens – no one told you to do this yoga set.  You are your own beautiful, wonderful person and capable of making your own decisions, which includes choosing to do this and understanding if something happens, it is all on you!

So, that being said, if you choose to continue:

1. Feet on pegs, lie back. Curl your toes toward the sky. Make a circle with your mouth and begin Breath of Fire.
Now, keeping BOF rhythm, lift one foot off the peg, straighten, and lift up til its 90 degrees in relation to your body. set it down. Lift the other leg in the same manner. Alternate legs for five minutes.

Take a deep breath in, sit up, and extend your legs straight out. Release slowly and lie back, continuing BOF and leg raises for another two minutes.

2. Shift your feet to the back pegs, and put your hands on the tank or handlebars. Begin BOF again and alternate extending legs back and up (take care not to hit lights or saddlebags) and back to you. Move at a fairly rapid clip for four minutes.
Now, from there, begin lifting a hand with your leg as you continue BOF. Right hand, left leg. Left hand, right leg. Keep your abs engaged to maintain balance and continue for two minutes.

3. Move feet back to your normal pegs. Place hands at saddle and stand, and lift your butt up until your legs are straight. Bring your butt down until it touches the seat, and extend again. Do this 52 times.

4. Sit in your saddle, feet off pegs and sit in Easy Pose. back straight and arms straight, lift your arms to 60 degrees, palms facing each other. Inhale and lift to 90 degrees, then exhale back to 60 degree position. continue for five minutes while completing a breath every two seconds.

5. In Easy Pose, hand on knees and back straight, with long deep breathing for five minutes.

6. Set feet back on pegs, and recline in a modified corpse pose for 11 minutes.

The Original You and Essence of Self

Let’s all tune in and get comfortable.  Are we ready?  Good!  Yoga is the joining of mind and body, higher and lower selves – union, yoking two parts together to make a glorious whole.

But, who is this glorious being that we share every waking moment with?  Our original selves, the being under the various ideas, identities, and illusions that we all have.  We’re moms, dads, bikers, soldiers, and so on.  However, our higher selves don’t have such identities – we are who we are, and we are beautiful and unique.

We will touch on that for this set and kriya.

Meditation – the Original You

1.  In Easy Pose, interlace your fingers in Venus Lock, then turn the mudra so your palms face outward.  Put your arms straight in front, with no bend in the elbow – do not raise or lower the arms once they are out.  Focus on the tip of the nose and breathe in this pattern – inhale for 20 counts, exhale for 20 counts, and hold out for 20 counts.  This should give you a breath a minute.  Continue for 3 minutes.  If you feel like you need to breathe, do so.  You can continue the breathing when you are comfortable again.

2.  Still in same pose, inhale sharply through the nose and forcefully exhale through the mouth with cannon force with your lips in an O shape.  Continue focusing on the tip of the nose.  2 minutes.

3.  Remaining in position, inhale and hold the breath in.  Pump your navel point rhythmically until you need to exhale.  Exhale, then inhale again and hold, pumping the navel point until you need to breathe again.  Continue breathing at your own pace and pumping the navel point vigorously.  Eyes are still focused on the tip of the nose.  3 minutes.

4.  Inhale deeply and push your shoulders and arms forward as far as possible without shifting your back.  Exhale in cannon breath.  Repeat 2 more times.

5.  Extending your Jupiter (index) fingers, lock your thumb atop the other fingers, folded down to the palm.  Move in outward circles vigorously enough to make your body move.  2 minutes, 30 second.  Inhale, exhale, and relax.

Kriya for the Essence of Self

1.  In Easy Pose, extend the arms out and away from you in a V-shape.  Moving in outward circles, start small and gradually increase in size, speed and vigor.  Breath should be deep and long, increasing in power with the power of the circles.  1 to 4 minutes.

2.  Come to Bow Pose.  Rock back and forth rhythmically for one minutes while using Breath of Fire.  Release and rest briefly.

3.  Lie on your back and clasp knees to chest.  Rock rhythmically back and forth along the length of your spine while using Breath of Fire.  One minute.  Release and rest briefly.

Note Bene (Good Note): If you find yourself short of breath, switch to long deep breathing and recover, then rejoin the group.  If you are on your moon cycle, then replace Breath of Fire with long, deep breathing.  BOF will exacerbate symptoms associated with your moon cycle.

4.  Crow Squats.  Stand with hands in Venus Lock atop your head.  Drop in a controlled squat, taking care your knees to do extend past your toes.  Rise back to standing position.  Repeat 26 times.

5.  Repeat Exercise One for 2 minutes.

6.  In Easy Pose, cross hands at heart chakra, palms to chest.  Eyes closed with no particular focus, visualize love and light from your heart chakra lighting your other chakras, flowing up through your crown chakra to connect with the Universe.

7.  Corpse pose for 11 minutes.

The Meditation for the Original You helps you connect with your higher self.  This connection gives you the ability to see things as they really are, to feel and intuit situations and to be able to react with the best intentions.

The Essence of Self moves energy from the body through the heart center, giving you the ability to move from love and with love in your life.  This ability to move from and with love is what allows us to heal our inner scars and wounds and to see and taste the broader reality that is our birthright, not just this narrow world view.  This also releases tension, helps the digestion, and opens the lungs.

First New KY Kriya for Bikers!

Vrrooom.... ommmmmmmmmm!

Everyone can get elevated

Come on, admit it.  You ride and you do yoga.  I do – I can’t be the only one who has been seen riding a motorcycle to yoga class.  I know that people must be out there all dressed to ride with a yoga mat on their back or in their saddlebag, ready to get elevated.

Come on… its ok to admit it.  Honest.  I swear.  Look!

See?   Orlando Bloom was caught with a yoga mat and a bike helmet getting ready to do a yoga workout.  Its really just putting the two things we love together, riding and yoga. 

For those of who are not ready to come out of our secretly-granola closet, I’m developing yoga sets based on Kundalini Yoga for bikers.  Your bike will be an integral part of this system, as bikers and machines are often one and the same.  There will be meditations, yoga sets, and mantras you can do on your own at a rest stop, or in your garage, or even during a gas stop.

A little warning – this is not intended to sub for a doctor or any type of medical care.  Don’t hurt yourself.  If it hurts, quit.  If you are unsure of yourself, don’t do that posture.  This is not intended to be used while riding.  Don’t do anything that might entail you falling off your bike and landing on the floor, or doing anything that may cause the bike to fall on you.

Get the idea?  Good.  Let’s be smart.  Its not my fault if you do something and end up falling  – by following these instructions, you are taking your own safety into your hands.  These instructions are for edification only.

That in mind…

This set is based on the Basic Spinal Energy Series.  Bike is parked with side stand down. 

For Beginners:
Anything marked with 108 repetitions can be cut down to 26.
Take a break if you feel the need for it, then continue when you feel ready, especially the breathing portion.
Don’t do the exercise if it starts hurting.
Root lock is like doing a Kegel – squeeze and tighten the anal and genital area and hold it.
Navel point is three fingertips over your belly button.

1.  In Easy Pose (sitting criss-cross) grasp your ankles.  Inhale as you flex your spine forward while pulling on your ankles.  Exhale and flex the spine back.  Use long, deep breathing and find something to gaze at.  The head remains level and does not flip-flop back and forth.  108 repetitions.

2.  Put feet on your pegs/footboards or ground.  Place hands on your thighs and continue as in Part One.  Mentally vibrate “Sat” (sounds like ‘sought’) as you inhale, and “Naam” (like in “nom nom nom” LOL) as you exhale.  Keep your eyes level.  108 repetitions.

3.  With feet on pegs or ground, grasp your shoulders with same-side hand, fingers in front and thumbs in back.  Twist to the left and inhale, twist right and exhale.  Complete 26 twists.

4.  Feet still on pegs or ground.  Grip your hands in bear lock (fingers locked together, thumbs out) and as you inhale, move your left elbow up.  Exhale and lower left elbow as you raise your right elbow.  The motion should be like a seesaw.  Complete 26 times, then raise over head.  Inhale, pull root lock/Mulbanh and hold for 10 seconds.  Exhale and release.

5.  Return to Easy pose on saddle.  Grasp knees and flex spine forward during inhale, and backwards during exhale.  Eyes and head remain level during motion.  Complete 108 times.

6.  In Easy Pose on saddle.  Place hands on knees and raise shoulders as you inhale, and relax during exhale.  To finish, raise shoulders, hold for 15 seconds, then exhale.

7. Still in Easy Pose on saddle.  Roll the head to the right five times, then the left five times.  Inhale as your head rolls to the front, and exhale as it rolls to the back.  Bring head back to a neutral position, inhale and hold for 15 seconds, then exhale.

8.  Still in Easy Pose on your saddle:
A.   Bear grip in front of your throat.  Inhale, and pull root lock, then release.  Exhale and pull root lock again while you hold your breath out. 
B.  Raise bear grip over your head.  Inhale and hold breath while pulling root lock, then release.  Exhale and hold breath out while you pull root lock again.
Repeat A and B for three cycles total.

9.  Put feet back on pegs or ground. Raise your arms up straight over your head.  Interlace fingers and press index fingers together, pointed straight up.  Arms should be next to your ears.  Say “Sat” as you pull your navel point in, and “Naam’ as you release. Continue for 3 minutes.

Notes on this set:
Age is measured by the flexibility of the spine; to stay young, stay flexible. This series works systematically from the base of the spine to the top. All 26 vertebrae receive stimulation and all the chakras receive a burst of energy. 

Many people report greater mental clarity and alacrity after regular practice of this kriya. A contributing factor is the increased circulation of the spinal fluid, which is crucially linked to having a good memory

11/29/2010

Sat Nam everyone!

I have to apologize for the break in time there.  I was dealing with a few life issues.  I apologize.  However, that part is over, so I am back, happily working on more yoga for you.
Today’s yoga set is designed to build your spiritual strength and to build your reserve energy.  With the advent of the commercial nightmare that is the Christmas season, we will all need a little help.

Meditation for Tremendous Strength

Sit in Easy Pose (legs crisscrossed, back straight) and relax the arms down with the elbows bent.  Draw up your forearms into each other until the hands meet at throat level.  Separate the fingers and thumb of each hand and point the palms at each other with fingers pointed up at the ceiling, like making teepees with your fingers.  Press fingertips together (index to index, middle to middle) and keep thumbs apart.  Long, deep breathing.  Time: up to 8 minutes.

Yogic philosophy: this meditation alters the metaconsciousness of everyday life.  By doing this, you alter your personal magnetic field.  By using long, deep breathing, your energy is calmed and collected, allowing your body to summon more energy in an efficient way – giving you all the strength you need at the time you need it.

Kriya for Reserve Energy

1.  Come into Plank Pose (up part of push-up position) and deeply inhale.  Exhale and sink down to the floor as your lungs empty.  As you inhale, rise back up.  Modify by using Half-Plank Pose (Rise up to your elbows, then sink down).  In the down part, keep your hands under your shoulders.  1 Minute.

2.  Come into Bow Pose. (Lie on stomach, arch both legs back, and grasp ankles with your hands).   Begin Breath of Fire for 30 seconds.  Release and lay face-down, hands at side.  Modify by doing Half-Bow (Grasp one leg with same-side hand, extend other arm and leg outward like Superman) and use strap or towel if you can’t grasp your ankle with your hand.

(Breath of Fire: Find your navel point (3 fingertips over your bellybutton) and from there, expel breath forcefully.  Relax the navel point, and then do it again.  Your lungs fill passively as your relax.  If you feel out of breath, then stop Breath of Fire until you feel able to continue.

3.  Lie on stomach.  Make fists with hands and place them at the crease between torso and leg.  Inhale and raise left leg, exhale and lower leg while raising right leg.  Long, deep breathing.  Time: 2 minutes.

4.  Come into Cobra Pose.  Holding pose, relax into it, heels together with head back.  After a minutes, spread legs and bring hands closer to body, deepening curve.  Turn head left to right slowly, inhaling as you turn right, and exhaling as you turn left.  Modify with Half-Cobra (Rise up on elbows instead of hands).  Time: 2 minutes.

5.  Lie on stomach.  Grasp wrists behind your back.  Roll left and right while grasping wrists with legs and heels together.  1 Minute.

6.  Release and lie on stomach, chin on ground.  Long, deep breathing.  5 minutes.

7.  Lie on back, hands on side.  Roll to stomach and back without bending arms or legs.

8.  Come to Corpse Pose, flat on back, with palms up.  Long, deep breathing for ten minutes.

Yogic Philosophy: Exercise 1 taps the kundalini energy at the base of your spine.  From there, 2 and 3 move that energy to the navel point and 4 moves it up the spine, promoting thyroid production in order to liberate sucrose to the brain.  5 moves the energy to the brain, stimulating clear thinking and allows the electromagnetic field of the body to intensify with the clarity of thinking.  6 and 7 unify and draw your spiritual and physical resources into a usable and more stable form of energy to be utilized when you are tired.

Clear and calm thinking

The Motorcycle Yogi

Week of October 3rd-9th

Sat Nam!

This week’s sets will focus on balance, bringing equality to our lives, and balancing the aura.   

Todays Class Sets:

Balance and Equality
Balancing the Aura

Balance and Equality (meditation)
Mudra: Ravi Mudra (tip of thumb and ring finger meet, rest are straight)

Sit in Easy Pose (Indian style, crisscross, however you want to think of it) and bring your hands up to shoulder height.  Keep your elbows close.  Begin using Cobra Breath (draw in through nose sharp enough to hiss, and exhale) and raise hands as you inhale til your arms are all the way up, palms facing each other.  Exhale and bring arms down to shoulder level.
Continue for 11 minutes.
This works by balancing the interior forces that often manifest in the outer world.  By bringing our own internals into balance, we can often bring the outer world into balance around us, as well.  Think of locks of water in a water way.  Often, the water is not equal in length, so by doing this set, we bring our internal energy locks into level equality, to better move to that in our lives.

Balancing the Aura

1.  Sit in Easy Pose, elbows out level with shoulders.  interlace your fingers but don’t lock them together.  With eyes open or closed, begin moving hands apart as you inhale, and together as you exhale.  keep arms parallel to floor.

2.  Stand in Archer Pose.  (right leg bent with knee over toes, left leg straight and back at 45 degrees to front foot.  Right arm in front, straight and hand fisted with thumb up, right drawn back like pulling a bow).  Exhale and sink the body downwards, then come back up as you inhale.  Continue with power and rhythm.  Switch sides for equal amount of time (avg. 3 mins) then switch each side again for 2 more minutes.

3.  Move to Cobra Pose, stomach first on ground with hands under shoulders.  Lift up with shoulders and extend chest out.  Inhale as you rise into Triangle Pose, exhale into Cobra. Five minutes.

4.  Sit in Easy Pose, hands on knees.  Breathe in for five count, root lock for five count, and release as you exhale for five counts.  Then pull three Great Locks for ten seconds each time.

Rest in Corpse Pose.  Then close and long Sat Nams.

This set balances the aura and strengthens it.  Our aura is the mental and spiritual defense mechanism, like a shield naturally generated out of our life-energy.  If you immerse yourself in seawater, your body’s aura magnetizes, creating a discrete field which strengthens as you swim.   Your aura, if its weak, leaves your prey to energy drainers (you know, the people who make you tired just by being near them) and others’ negativity.  The aura is influenced by your physical and emotional well-being, so maintaining it is important in times of crisis.  Keeping it strong keeps you strong!

Thanks for everybody who turned out to yoga class!  I hope to see you soon, and may hope and love lead and follow you.

Sat Nam.

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