Yoga and the Chakras

Posted on   July 25th, 2013 by  admin

 

The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj which means union.

Yoga has been practiced for some thousands of years in India. It is thought of as a science of the mind by Hindus. The purpose of yoga has been variously described as: the union of individual consciousness with divine consciousness, the union of the human with the divine, the realization of the true self, the discovery of the ultimate truth, and enlightenment.

There are 5 types of yoga, each representing a different path to the common goal of achieving enlightenment. These 5 types include: Raja Yoga – meditation, Jnana Yoga – true knowledge, Karma Yoga – selfless action, Bhakta Yoga – spiritual devotion, and Hatha Yoga – physical discipline.  Tantric yoga uses elements from these 5 systems. Kundalini Yoga focuses specifically on the chakras and activating the latent kundalini energy.

Awakening the Kundalini

Awakening the kundalini is considered the highest possible achievement in Hindu spiritual practice. Kundalini is a Sanskrit word meaning sleeping serpent. In the context of the chakras it means the awakening of primal cosmic energy contained within the chakras, spiraling up from the base chakra through to the crown chakra. This has traditionally been achieved through the use of specific postures, meditation the chanting of mantras, and visualization techniques. These activities are preceded by many years of discipline practicing yoga.

Charne Murphy

 

 


Karma Yoga whilst travelling

Posted on   July 11th, 2013 by  admin

Through the system of Karma Yoga all our actions have the potential to become ‘yoga’.
This important path aims to combine action with equanimity, resulting in a dynamic form of meditation.
The philosophy behind karma yoga is that we are bound in this world of joys and sorrows due to the
cause and effect of our actions (karma), and in order to free ourselves from this cycle of bondage we
need to develop immunity to the reactive and negative components of an action.

In traditional ashrams all activity is based around the concept of karma yoga.
The aim is that people act with awareness of their actions so that the spirit of yoga permeates all
aspects, from cooking, cleaning and office work to interacting and relating to others.

However, in resort based yoga destinations assisting in day to day activities is rarely expected but to
search for an opportunity to do so, is Karma Yoga.

There are an infinite number of ways to pass on kindness in your everyday life and also during your
travels.  Understanding how your actions can affect other people on your journey is a yoga practice in
itself.  Doing things selflessly spreads goodwill among people and with goodwill spreading around you,
your travels may become easier and more positive.

It is an undeniable truth that small actions can have huge consequences and it is within each person’s
grasp to positively impact the world one person, one group, one community at a time.

Karma Yoga Projects supported by Travel Yoga

 

Namaste

Charne Murphy


Yoga on Magnetic Island

Posted on   July 10th, 2013 by  admin

Recently, I traveled to North Queensland, and spent some time on the beautiful Magnetic Island.

An idyllic spot where there are many contrasts.

From full moon beach parties frequented by travelers from all over the world to holiday houses, where time stands still laying in wait for life to engage once more.           Many large exotic houses overlook the cliff tops and majestic bays provide a perfect  haven for yacht owners looking for nightly anchorage.

The island is small but offers a lot and added to all of this, I found yoga!

Travelling to Magnetic Island took its toll on my back and shoulder.  Note to self..’I must try and travel lighter. Carrying ‘baggage’ is not good for the soul’.

So finding a yoga class was on top of my to do list and was so grateful when I did.   A lovely local class, very central and run by a  very experienced teacher ” Dani “of Magnetic Island yoga

Always remembering that every yoga class is different and mindful to be open to all new learning experiences, I joined the class with an open mind.   For me I try and enter a class as a beginner leaving ego at the door, ready to take in any new ideas and stretch my boundaries.  I wasn’t disappointed  and took away some very simple but very effective new stretches to benefit areas I needed to work on.

Always getting back to basics makes me realize how much I still have to learn after 25 years of practice.       Remembering to respect that my body is never the same from one day to the next….. We are human after all.

Yoga is available everywhere now, large cities, small towns, island getaways and when you are on a travel adventure make sure you put a local yoga class at the top of your  ’to do list’. It is a great way to take in a more personal experience of your destination.

Happy yoga holidays…

Charne Murphy