What are these sutras
Feeling like a troubled, tuckered out muggle? Want to enter the wizard- like state of clarity, and focus? Choose to ground your outer body to create the conditions for a vast inner freedom. You need space inside for the magic to do its work. Albus Dumbledore teaches us... "It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
Each pose has a corresponding charm for you to breathe into your structure. The more you breathe with awareness, the more potent the charm becomes. With each inhale; feel the wand drop the charm into the crown of your head. With each exhale; drop the meaning of the charm into the same space. Say the word to yourself as you drop it down into your heart.
The charm Duro is used to keep objects still. It is cast by Hermione while escaping from Death Eaters in Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows.
Stay balanced in each pose by softly gazing at an immobile object. Inhale DURO, EXHALE FREEZE to keep the object still.
“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” — Albus Dumbledore.
Rennervate is a charm that awakens and energizes whomever the caster's wand is pointed at. It is accompanied by a flash of brilliantly colored red light. Harry uses it to attempt to revive Professor Dumbledore after Dumbledore has succumbed to the potion guarding the locket in the lake.
Pose: Wake Up Mountain
Stand with your feet parallel and evenly rooted to prepare for WAKE UP MOUNTAIN. Exhale as you reach up high with outstretched hands and take hold of the universal energy. Inhale and pull the power into your core. Each time you exhale stretch out higher. Each time you inhale, bend your elbows and pull in deeper. Visualize the movement of energy around and inside your body. Accelerate your breath to accelerate your movement.. Then decelerate your breath to slow your movement. When your movement follows your breath, you feel more alive. Inhale RENNERVATE, Exhale WAKE UP!
Mobiliarbus lifts a tree a few inches off the ground and levitates it to where the caster points his or her wand. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione uses the charm to move a Christmas tree beside her table to hide Harry.
Pose: Root Tree Rise
Ground your left foot to prepare for ROOT TREE RISE. Place the sole of your right foot inside of your left thigh or shin. Reach your right hand behind your waist between your shoulder blades. Lift your left arm overhead, lowering your hand to interlock with your right hand. Rise up inside with each breath as you open your shoulders and stretch your branches. Exhale, expand and explore. Root into the earth and into your own center. Experiment with gazing both outward as a tree rising up toward the sky and inward as the same tree roots down into the earth. Inhale MOBILIARBUS. Exhale RISE. Ground your right foot and repeat on the other side
This charm creates a flock of birds from the caster's wand and is shown in Goblet of Fire, cast by Mr. Ollivander to test Viktor Krum's wand.
Pose: Flap Eagle Fly
Ground your feet to prepare for FLAP EAGE FLY. Inhale; lift your arms. Exhale your right elbow under your left one-twisting to bring your palms together. Steady your breath for balance. Lift the right leg up, over and around your left leg. Center your wrists, elbows, knees and ankles in one line. Slowly untangle your right leg and extend it behind as you hinge forward. Stretch your crown, fingers and elbows forward. Inhale AVIS. Exhale FLY. Flap for stability and fly with freedom. Ground your feet and repeat on the other side. Let your brilliance soar.
Incendio produces fire. It is first seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when Hagrid produces fire out of his umbrella in the little house the Dursleys took refuge in. In Half-Blood Prince, this charm is used several times in battle, for instance when Hagrid's hut is set ablaze.
Pose: Playing with Fire
Ground your sitting bones to prepare for PLAYING WITH FIRE. Lift your legs and rub the soles of your feet together. Balance and rub your palms together. Create friction. Generate heat by scooping your tailbone until your lower belly fires up. Draw into you internal fire to provide energy and fuel your focus. Inhale INCENDIO. Exhale FIRE.
Revelio will reveal to the caster whether any other humans are within its area of influence. In Deathly Hallows, when they first arrive at Number 12, Grimmauld Place after leaving Bill and Fleur's wedding, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are concerned that there may be Death Eaters lurking. Hermione casts Homenum Revelio to determine that the house is, in fact, empty.
Pose: I Am What I Am
Sit in Easy Pose. To prepare for I AM WHAT I AM. Press thumbs into each of your fingers in the following order. Say "FOCUS" and press thumb and first second together. Say "CLEAR" and press your thumb and third finger. Say "CERTAIN" and press your thumb and ring finger. Say "BRIGHT" and press your thumb and little finger together. Repeat out loud for a minute. Whisper for a minute. Hear it inside while you silently keep moving your fingers for one minute. Do another minute of silence, then one minute of whispering, then one minute of saying it out loud. Close your eyes. Inhale REVELIO. Exhale REVEAL
Lumos creates a beam of light. It is first cast in Chamber of Secrets and then constantly throughout the series.
Pose: Lighten Up
Lie on your back and press the back of your head into the ground to prepare for LIGHTEN UP, keeping your chin level. Exhale as you lift your legs to a 90-degree angle, making an L shape with your body. Inhale; root your upper arm bones down and back by your sides. Exhale, spread your toes and extend your flame. Soften your back body into the earth. Inhale LUMOS. Exhale LIGHT.
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. " - Albus Dumbledore
Charm: Quietus and Sonorus
Quietus makes a magically magnified voice return to normal.Sonorus magnifies the charm caster's voice, functioning as a magical megaphone. These charms counter each other and were used by Ludo Bagman and Cornelius Fudge in Goblet of Fire to commentate at the Quidditch World Cup and during the Triwizard Tournament. Also used by Dumbledore to silence everyone in the Great Hall in Goblet of Fire. Used by Voldemort several times during the Battle of Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows.
Pose: Just Breathe
Roll up into Easy Pose to JUST BREATHE. Close your eyes and tune in to your own internal magic elevator. Visualize a silvery white light beginning at the base of your spine and flowing upwards, reaching your head and spilling out from the top of your head like sparkling stars soaring upwards into the universe. Through your nose inhale a spacious breath into your basement, up into your atrium and toward the roof of your mouth. Exhale the breath from your roof all the way down into your basement. Establish a steady rhythm of your breath. Inhale QUIETUS. Exhale Quiet. The quieter you become, the more you can hear the quiet whisper of your heart. Listen. Magnify your heart's voice so it functions as a magical megaphone. Inhale SONORUS into your heart. Exhale Magnify. Listen...That's the magic.
"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" - Albus Dumbledore
Yoga is the stilling
of the changing states of mind~
The act and policy of
No chitta* left behind.
Yoga is the re-channeling
of habits of the mind~
Capacity for Contentment grows
And Vrittis* get declined.
Yoga is the resolution of
the agitations of the mind.
A uniting of consciousness in the
heart of all mankind.
Yoga is the settling of the
mind into silence.
Nirodha* the misconceptions,
And ignorant defiance.
Yoga is the deepening into
the state of tranquility~
Out of the surface ripples~
And into heart’s reality.
Yoga is a steady process
of fire and nectar release ~
A move toward settling
into the natural state of peace.
Practice the yoga of quelling
your scattered surface thoughts~
before slinging the reactive,
impulsive, negative shots.
Instead of playing Whacamole with
your worries, doubts and fears~
Consider focusing your attention on
the music of the spheres.
Each inhale, think calm~
Each exhale, think peace.
Favor these words~
Your distractions will decrease~
*Citta means mind, or consciousness.
*Vritti means tendency or fluctuation.
*Nirodha means restriction or suspension.
Yesterday, I was with my friend Autumn, and she wanted to go to Taco Bell, which is her favorite restaurant. The only way my mom was willing to take us is if we went to a place called "Kale Me Crazy". Basically, we were bribed. I'm not a huge kale person, so I never even thought about going there.
A couple months ago, my mom had gone in there and gave the owner her recipe for nut milk. He turned it into a smoothie, naming it Grounded after my mom's company. Of course, my mom ordered that one for us. It resembled the concoctions that my mom normally would make. It was a brown, grainy, mixture that literally looked like it came from the ground. I guess it lived up to its name.
Unenthusiastically, Autumn and I tried it. And we were surprised. It tasted like a healthy version of a chocolate milkshake. We couldn't stop drinking it. Being the nice person that I am, I let Autumn have it so I could "enjoy" my kale smoothie, which was really disappointing compared to Grounded. I guess you never know what to expect.
To try this smoothie, I would recommend going to Kale Me Crazy or, you can even make the smoothie at home by blending these ingredients.
Handful of raw almonds (soaked)
3 tablespoons of raw cacao
1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
1 teaspoon of hemp protein
Handful of raw Brazil nuts (soaked)
11/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of raw honey
2 scoops of ice
1/2 cup of water
Tags: Grounded, healthy, Yoga, smoothie
Bondage and ignorance and limitation!
We contract like a sneeze~
You want to know why?
Tags: Rhyme yoga, Kids Yoga, Breath, Sutra, Dr. Seuss
These are the roots of our issues,
Unworthiness, insecurity, feeling un-free.
These deep darkened roots,
known as Anava Mala,
cloak our awareness
like pollen all upon 'ya.
This pollen of unworthiness
Helps us forget~
How miraculous we are~
We recoil ~we regret.
We regret and we doubt.
We feel separate and small.
Our pimples and frizzes
Keep us enthralled.
How, do we, how do we
How DO we re-remember?
Our goodness, our freedom
From here to September?
Good question, my dear!
So at your request~
I'll teach you the tools
To elevate your quest!
Your breath is the broom
that sweeps away pollen,
Shines light on the ignorance
Which is hidden and smallen.
Sit tall, close your eyes,
Tune into your spine.
Inhale your breath
Down the left side line.
Sweep your breath out~
On the same side,
From bottom to top~
Sweep your breath in,
Down the right side this time.
Get real close and real low~
To release dust and grime.
Sweep your breath out~
From bottom to top.
Keep sweeping your spine~
No reason to stop!
No reason to stop~
Till you feel lighter and free!
Relieved of unworthy
Pollen and debris.
The pollen of ignorance~
And debris of limitation~
Can be swept to the surface
For expansive illumination.
Each time we remember,
We grow and expand~
We become more real.
And that is quite grand!.
It seems obvious that teaching yoga requires flexibility, right? You have to be physically able to do most poses to teach them and to have credibility as a teacher. You need to have flexibility in your lesson plans to be able to teach to the level of the students in your class. And, in my experience teaching children's yoga, you need an additional level of flexibility. You need to help the parents feel comfortable.
I teach in several different locations, and most parents are thrilled to send their children to yoga. However, living in the South on a very conservative side of town, I run into parents who are concerned about the practice of yoga. On several occasions I have had to answer the common question, "is yoga a religion?" No joke, I have even been told that I practice yoga; therefore, I am going straight to Hell. Years ago, I had a lengthy phone discussion with DeAnna Smothers, co-founder of Yaweh Yoga, a Christian yoga studio and teaching academy.
I chose to create 12 Tips for a Smoother Pre-Grounded Class for 2 reasons:
- I've been teaching yoga to preschool students for 6 years and have learned, firsthand, some things that work and others that don't with my students.
- Teaching preschool yoga is intimidating to many teachers, so having a list of tips to try may minimize that fear.
I included many of the things I do on a regular basis in my classes that make managing young kids easier and result in my having more time to actually teach.
Tip #13: The most important tip, however, is to be yourself. When you read a list of tips, if you read something that doesn't sound like you or you know you won't feel comfortable doing, don't do it! Young children have an amazing capacity for seeing through you and will know when you are pretending to be something or someone you are not.
Last week President Obama visited College Heights Early Childhood Education Center where I teach yoga to 1 year olds and up since last year. When I asked my students several questions regarding the time they spent with President Obama, my passion for the importance of teaching yoga to preschoolers was completely validated. Read on and I'm sure you will appreciate the brilliance of these kids as much as I did.Tags: Sedef Dion, Yoga, Ages 3-6, Pre-School, Pre-Grounded, Pre, President Obama