Posts Tagged ‘Yoga’

Effortless Meditation Outdoors

Meditating outdoors (when feasible) can bring an effortlessness to the process for some of us. Technique: For 5 to 10 minutes (or more) let your mind focus on the FEELING of the sun on your body, the sounds of nature around you, the fragrances. Feel the air around your skin. Feel the air entering your nostrils and lungs. Let go of effort and feel.
Chances are you will feel more centered and refreshed when you open your eyes. Sometimes answers will come to things you were previously over-thinking.

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The mind gets a bad rap in some spiritual traditions.

I like my mind most of the time; and there is no need to exterminate it as some practices would have us believe!

Anyway it is a part of us, and a part of this life experience! It can work for us, not against us.

Mind discerns, creates, contemplates and invents good things!

Sometimes it runs a muck, but in a flash it comes back to the present with a little gentleness on our part.

Colors of the Mind Batik by Stephanie Pappas

Colors of the Mind Batik by Stephanie Ann Pappas

Praises to a healthy mind! And body/mind.

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Is it possible to get a “contact high” from a documentary? Do you remember that term? If you do, then you probably know what I am talking about. I think I got one this week, and

Stephanie with her mom June in the 1960's

Hippy days: Mom and Stephanie

I was reminded, or should I say transported, back to my past experiences with these so-called  “spirit’ molecules.

The documentary DMT: THE SPIRIT MOLECULE documentary  http://thespiritmolecule.com/ weaves an account of Dr. Rick Strassman’s groundbreaking DMT research through a multifaceted approach to this intriguing hallucinogen found in the human brain and hundreds of plants, including the sacred Amazonian brew, ayahuasca. N-dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, is an extremely short-acting and powerful psychedelic.

Utilizing interviews with a variety of experts to explain their thoughts and experiences with DMT, and ayahuasca, within their respective fields, and discussions with Strassman’s research volunteers, brings to life the awesome effects of this compound, and introduces us to far-reaching theories about its role in human consciousness.

The film transported me back to my few, but profoundly spiritual experiences, in the 1980’s with the compounds used in LSD and Ecstasy. During one long-lasting and strong trip I recall thinking, “ah-ha, so THIS is what the yogis were experiencing and trying to convey to us!”

I remembered some of my deeper experiences during long periods of practice in yoga, meditation, and observing silence.

Reality altering experiences also happened when I was in grammar school and in my teens, during sustained periods of high fever as well. I often had acute strep infections when growing up in the suburb Kendall Park, NJ.

Somehow all these experiences tie themselves together by a fact: they elicited chemical changes within my brain. I can’t explain why, but this documentary did a great job graphically illustrating and articulating the reasons for my chemical induced mystical experiences from a scientific view-point. It made more sense to me.

We naturally have these compounds occurring in our brains. The compounds are made by plants too.
Sometimes through long periods of intense focus, or sudden happenings of grace, or during illness, or with the help of chemicals, we go beyond our puny identities, and expand into the oneness and unity of all things. Yoga =Unity, but it is not a concept when you EXPERIENCE the unity. It becomes a concept when we go back and attempt to intellectually explain the experience to others.

Words can only POINT to the experience. Now, it even feels futile to write this blog at all.

Those of you who know, know, and there is no need to write anything else. Ommmmmmmm…

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Published today on the great yoga site for the latest blogs and articles…


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Published today on the great yoga site for the latest blogs and articles…


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My good  friend Pattie wrote me this today. What a great phrase. She is my biggest fan, but maybe she should be a writer, too.

Yes, it is true. I have been to hell and back…hate to admit that, but it’s true. And who hasn’t in one way or another.

It is good to be back, though. And if hell comes again, I know that I can “unlike” it or “unfriend” it, like I do on in modern times facebook. Or simply be fully with it, and experience it like I have in the past. This juicy stuff of life never ends!

Sticky, and juicy.

Stephanie Pappas, author

Christmas 2011

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I just released my first yoga book in Spanish! It is a translation of my Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting book. Here is the back cover information in Spanish. For the holidays, it is a great gift for Spanish speaking yoga teachers, trainees, or serious yoga students. There are not many books about yoga in Spanish for teachers, so I am delighted to have published one of them!

La primera guía extensa y comprensible para instructores y estudiantes de yoga en español, que incluye todos los detalles sobre cómo ajustar y asistir a alguien mientras realiza una postura de yoga. Con la reciente popularidad que el yoga ha adquirido, este libro es particularmente invaluable para millones de personas que enseñan o practican esta disciplina, pues las claras instrucciones y la generosa cantidad de fotos facilitan a los instructores el aprendizaje y la comprensión para asistir a sus estudiantes. Los estudiantes también pueden utilizar esta guía para profundizar en su práctica personal y aplicar los principios en parejas. Aquí se demuestran y explican las técnicas de ajuste y asistencia para más de 65 posturas, ilustradas con alrededor de 200 fotos.

Usted puede aprender:

* Como ajustar y asistir a alguien mientras realiza una postura de yoga

* Como ejecutar ajustes utilizando mecánicas corporales efectivas

* Múltiples variantes de como ajustar en una postura

* Frases que pueden ayudar a sus estudiantes o parejas/compañeros de yoga

* Maneras de acomodar diferentes tipos de cuerpos

* Como ayudar a sus estudiantes a profundizar en las posturas de manera segura

La comunidad internacional de yoga se beneficiará enormemente con este libro.

“Pienso que tu libro es fabuloso. Tengo muchos libros de yoga, todos reconocidos internacionalmente por algunos de los Yogis más famosos en el mundo. Aún así llevo largo tiempo buscando “este” libro, con simples, aplicables y manejables técnicas para asistir a mis estudiantes mientras realizan posturas. Encuentro tu libro naturalmente amigable sin ser intimidante ni pretencioso. Es una gran herramienta para instructores y estudiantes en entrenamiento. Me gusta mucho el hecho de que tus modelos sean gente “real”; todos con diferentes tipos de cuerpo y niveles variados en su práctica. Me gustaría utilizar tu libro en mi propio programa de entrenamiento”. – Violeta Pastor Wilson, Entrenadora de Instructores de Yoga, Fundadora de la Alianza Canadiense de Yoga.

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