yoga

Hatha Yoga Asanas: the Union of body, mind & spirit.

Yoga entails mastery over the body, mind, and emotional self, and transcendence of desire.
Daily practice is beneficial for improved health, emotional well-being, relaxation and calmness,
mental clarity & awareness, flexibility, energy and joy in living.
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"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity.
This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization.
Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul.
Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows
skill in the performance of one's actions."
B.K.S. Iyengar, Astadala Yogamala

Vids
Hatha Yoga classes on YouTube

Links
Yoga wiki
Energy Stretches For Stress Reduction and Energy Balance
9 rasas : the yoga of nine emotions

Recommended DVD's
Lilias' Yoga 101 Workout For Beginners
Yoga Zone: Conditioning & Stress Relief
Yoga Mind & Body New-Zealand
Gurumukh Kundalini Yoga (not for the unprepared)

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape!"


5 Tibetan Energy Rejuvenation exercises

I recently got this book from a friend Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth by Peter Kelder, I read it in two days and found it very interesting. Not because I want or need to look more youthful (quite the opposite lol :p) but the energy rejuvenation aspect is interesting. The link above contains all 5 exercises with an animated image, it's a quick yoga routine which is more easy and fun to do than any Hatha Yoga routine I've come across.

I then ran into this wiki article which is very skeptical of the exercises and their origins. I think it doesn't hurt to say that everyone needs to be very skeptical about all wiki articles and their origins aswell lol as a lot of articles seem to be composed by amateurs who know just a fraction of what the hell they're typing about. So here's a rebuttal of all the reasons they listed why these exercises are fiction.

1. There are five chakras in Tibetan medicine, not seven chakras.

So what, Kelder could have just edited the number of chakras to the more western used view.

2. Tibetan medicine considers health to be a balance of five elements, not the speeding up of seven vortices.

Generalizing Tibetan medicine, or anything is generally ignorant :p

3. Yoga in Tibet never included whirling.

Shamanism and Sufism (whirling) are the basis of most if not all mystical traditions in the world.

4. Buddhist Lamas teach to transcend attachment to the body, including ideas of being young, thin or beautiful. Tibetan master Milarepa taught that illness and signs of aging were a wonderful blessing for cutting though our ego and attachment.

There are so many schools, traditions and lineages in Tibet that no generalization is even respectful, views within these schools, traditions and even lineages differ greatly aswell.

5. Authentic Tibetan yoga includes over a 100 movements and involves a variety of exercises.

So I guess that makes sure that a routine of 5 postures is invalid...

6. Tibetan yoga also includes several breathing practices, hundreds of complex visualisations and many meditation practices that a practitioner will take years to perfect under strict guidance from their personal Lama.

Again, so what, some breathing practices are more advanced than others, not all practices include visualisations and not all exercises are performed under strict or any guidance from a personal or temporary Lama.

7. An authentic Tibetan practitioner will always reveal the name and lineage of their teacher, usually accompanied by long dedicational verses. Similarly, authentic practitioners of any Tibetan system will make frequent citation and indeed veneration of any practice from an authentic ancient text. Generally said, any authentic Tibetan practice will have numerous references to lineage and provenance

Well the Colonel wasn't an authentic Tibetan practitioner but an Englishman, and usually & frequent = not always...

and will contain countless safeguards against invasive foreign interpolations.
8. Tibetan monks did not teach secret yoga practices or share anything but minor spiritual practices with Westerners or laypersons generally in 1939.


Holy generally generalization batman? Alexandra David-Neel was a WOMAN who travelled through India, China and mostly Tibet and got exposed to more knowledge, techniques, traditions, schools, mystical practices and teachings twenty to thirty years before the colonel supposedly went to Tibet.

Even if the 5 Tibetans are made up by Peter Kelder or the Colonel or anyone the huge amount of positive reviews on Amazon seem to be clear that either they are most effective. The unconscious mind combined with repeated practice is extremely powerful whatever the case.