Author Archives: Anne Robinson

Gratitude

 

Every day acknowledge one thing you are grateful for- the softness of your pets fur, your home, your surroundings, freedom, the list goes on and on.  It can be the smallest thing and just that acknowledgement will change your state, expand your consciousness and bring you joy.

The practice of gratitude reaches far beyond our personal space.  Our energy travels further than we can possibly imagine.  Go for it. Expand.

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The Subject Tonight is Love -Hafiz

 

“It happens all the time in heaven,
And some day

It will begin to happen
Again on earth -

That men and women who are married,
And men and men who are
Lovers,

And women and women
Who give each other
Light,

Often will get down on their knees

And while so tenderly
Holding their lover’s hand,

With tears in their eyes,
Will sincerely speak, saying,

My dear,
How can I be more loving to you;

How can I be more kind?”

 

-Hafiz

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Radiance Sutra 34

 

The air I am breathing was exhaled in ecstasy by an ancient Sun.                                               This Earth I am standing on was born of cosmic fire.                                                                    The blood flowing through my veins is as salty as the primordial ocean.                                       The space permeating my body is infinite as the space all around.

Above, below, to all sides, within. The elements of the universe are engaged in their ceremony of delight.                                                                                                                                            This is my religion. The attraction between suns is the same as the love pulsating in my heart.

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Non attachment!

 

The practice of yoga is all about letting go of habit.  Easier said than done! First, we have to become aware of them.  If you’re lucky enough to become aware, that’s where the work begins.  Hmmmmmm, habits……….do you always go to the same spot in class? How bout, come 4:00 a nice cup of tea or coffee? Take the same route all the time? All habits that seem pretty non-threatening. Habits are attachments although and having attachments leads to suffering.  It seems quite clear, however that if you are human, you have beautiful attachments, to those you love, ideals, self, etc.  So looking at this is truly a practice.

Vairagya is nonattachment-letting go of aversions, fears, false identities that cloud the true self.  If you can’t start with those, start with going to a different spot in yoga class!

Abhyasa is practice-persistant effort and observation of the deeper levels as they unfold. Notice what happens when you go to that different spot, but don’t judge it, just be with it.

There are many benefits to vairagya and abhasa but a really easy one to grab hold of is, it’s good for your brain!  Changing things up creates new grooves and new grooves are really good. We want youthful brains!  I was watching “The Simpsons” once and Homer’s boss Mr. Burns was told he had so many illnesses that they balanced each other out and the graphic was all these crazy, evil looking germs caught in a doorway together, not able to go anywhere. It was hilarious and I thought it a perfect example of how habits can also hold us together. We accumulate ways of dealing with our world and they become unconscious behaviors that start to rule over us. Instead of falling into that trap, let’s all let go and even if it’s just in a yoga class, when the instructor says (maybe for the billionth time) let go, just do it and see what happens.  It’ll feel amazing.

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Awe

 

As this fall slowly begins to wind down, I am amazed at how beautiful it still is and how lucky I am to live in the Hudson Valley.  The color of the leaves, the clarity of the air, the brilliant sky make me feel alive and vibrant. I am reminded of the dialogue between God and Goddess in The Radiance Sutras………….

What is this delight-filled universe
into which we find ourselves born?

What is this mysterious awareness shimmering
everywhere within it?

What are these instinctive energies
that undulate through our bodies,
moving us into action?

And this “matter” out of which our forms are made -
What are these dancing particles of condensed radiance,
Are they an illusionist’s projection?

What is this power we call Life,
appearing as the play of flesh and breath?
How may I know this mystery and enter it more deeply?

Beloved, my attention is ensnared by a myriad of forms,
the innumerable individual entities everywhere.

Lead me into the wholeness beyond all these parts.

You, who hold the mysteries in your hand -
of will, knowledge and action,
Reveal to me the path of illumined knowing.

Lead me into joyous union
with the life of the universe.

Teach me that I may know it fully,
realize it deeply,
and breathe in the truth of it.

This is his response……….

The One Who is Intimate to All Beings said,
Beloved, your questions require the answers that come
through direct living experience.

The way of experience begins with a breath
such as the breath you are breathing now.
Awakening into the luminous reality
may dawn in the momentary throb
between any two breaths.

The breath flows in and just before it turns
to flow out,
there is a flash of pure joy -
life is renewed.
Awaken into that.

As the breath is released and flows out,
there is a pulse as it turns to flow in.
In that turn, you are empty.
Enter that emptiness as the source of all life.

All we have to do is breathe to experience wonder! Every breath is divine prana entering our bodies keeping us alive and with that breath, we can do, be, create, practice yoga, anything we want to partake in is given with a simple breath. How great is that?

If you have some time, practice the meditation on the breath and enjoy!

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August in the mountains

 

There’s something about the “pre fall” sunlight and clarity of the air right now that is so divine! It brings to mind one of my favorite writings by Krishnamurti. Here’s an excerpt….

“It was such a clear morning, breathless, full of that strange light that one sees not only with one’s eyes but with one’s heart. And when you see it the heavens are very close to earth, and you are lost in the beauty.”

I am lost in the beauty of my surroundings today, watching the hummingbirds dance outside the window with the butterflies, enjoying the flowers.  This beauty and grace offers the perfect space for meditation. Krishnamurti says the solitude of nature is the perfect place for meditation. Complete solitude where the mind can be still.  The mountains in Ulster County offer us plenty of this amazing beauty and stillness.

Ulster County also offers us a bountiful harvest of local and organic veggies not only this time of year, but spring through fall. One of the most prolific veggies is zucchini and I just made a soup that is so easy and so tasty that I will never again dismiss this humble squash!

Here tis……..steam chunks of zucchini and garlic, fill a blender, add 1 oz of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and 2 oz olive oil. Blend and chow down.

Happy August to you all. Enjoy the beautiful angles of light and the amazing clarity of the air. Let it inspire your yoga practice as your yoga practice inspires your life.

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Hudson Valley fabulosity…….

 

One of the most amazing things about the Hudson Valley, other than the fabulous yoga community that is, is the homespun, back to basics attitude of the people. In regards to food, we grow it, cook it, bake it, ferment it, and prepare it in the most delicious and healthy ways possible .  I’m in love with this area, it’s people and all they have to offer. Just today, a friend came to yoga class with a witch hazel, lavender and lemon tincture that he made himself with fresh lavender from his garden.   Great splash for the face……take fresh cut lavender and put it in a container with witch hazel and a lemon slice. If you like it strong, use a lot of lavender.   Here’s  another easy recipe for a super refreshing drink that comes out of the garden. It’s called Greenmarket Herbal Gatorade and comes from Ger-Nis at ger-nis.com

1/2 c water’ 1/2 c sugar of any kind, 1 T lemon zest, 1/2 c lemon juice, 1/4 c fresh parsley, 1/4 c fresh basil, 1/4 c mint, 1/4 c lemon thyme, 1/4 c sorrel and 4-6 c seltzer or regular water.

Combine water, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce the temp to low and simmer about 5 minutes. Allow mixture to cool slightly. Add fresh herbs and blend whole mixture in a blender until ultra smooth, then strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth .  Put in pitcher with ice, add water and garnish with lemon. Drink up and enjoy!

One of the reasons we practice yoga is to keep the body healthy, as it houses the soul. Every kosha, layer of our being is divine and interconnected, so anything healthy we do for our body affects our mind, emotions, intellect, energy, personality and ultimately our soul.  Think of feeding your soul when you feed your body. That’s a different way to think about it right? But how great to know that when you do something good for your body, that your whole being benefits and others around you benefit and the ripple effect of a healthy and mindful eating practice reaches far and wide, just like your yoga practice. Wow! How amazing that even the small things we do can be so beneficial and have such a huge effect, even if we don’t know what it is. Rest assured, it’s there, every time you practice, every time you do something good for yourself, you are creating a positive effect. SO, keep up the good work, keep coming to yoga class and keep enjoying the amazing bounty of the Hudson Valley!

 

 

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Spring into summer juice delights

 

Yay! It’s almost officially summer and time for juicing and eating as many local organic veggies as possible! I belong to the vitamix cult and throw greens, fruit, ginger and the kitchen sink in there and blend it up. It’s awesome.  It feels great to be doing something SO great for your health. (on top of yoga that is) Another favorite is a banana, avocado, cacao powder, soaked almonds or cashews, 1c water and blend to taste. It’s a fabulous pudding.  There are so many great juices and fabulous summer drinks that come right out of the garden. I’m including a few recipes that use maple water that are also fab and the maple water can of course be substituted since it can be hard to come by, unless you tap your own trees. If you do, rock on. Nothing like tapping in to the flow of spring as an elixir for health. Again, on top of the flow of yoga! Whatever you do, enjoy the beauty of our amazing neighborhood. We are so fortunate to be living in this paradise.  Also, keep a lookout for upcoming posts.  Love, love, love to all.

Gods Gatorade workout water:  1 glass of maple water, 1 shot of aloe vera juice, lemon, himalayan sea salt (optional tsp of maple syrup)

Coco-Green shake: glass of maple water, tsp raw cacao powder, 1/2 tsp. macs powder,  heaping tsp. Vita Mineral green or your favorite green powder blend, 1T of maple syrup. Shake! awesome.

Maple Water Smoothie: maple water (sap),  big handful frozen blue berries, 2 stalk of celery, frozen banana, sweeten with maple syrup or raw honey.

Banana Creme:  2 frozen bananas, cup of maple water, vanilla pod, tsp. cinnamon, 2T tahini (or peanut butter or almond butter), 1T coconut oil. Blend!

Watermelon lemon/lime aid  pack a blender with watermelon and add lemon or lime to taste plus a little mint. FABULOUS!!!

(credit to Raghunath for several of these great recipes!)

 

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Spring Radiance Sutra intro and Sutra #1

 

The amazing intro for The Radiance Sutras makes me feel like spring, bringing with it all the joy I felt as a kid getting dressed up on Easter Sunday to go egg hunting, grass rolling and chocolate eating. The first sutra follows up with a beautiful sense of peace and space in the observance of the breath.   This is such a divine time of year in so many traditions that it seems to call for a gigantic all inclusive party acknowledging the divinity and transcendent unity of all religions.  How beautiful would that be? I had the pleasure of being in Sweden on Ascension Day many years ago and it was a huge, raucous spirit filled party. Very fun, very heart opening. Enjoy.

One day The Goddess sang to her lover Bhairava,

Beloved and radiant Lord of the space before birth,
Revealer of essence,
Slayer of the ignorance that binds us,

You, who in play have created this universe
and permeated all forms in it with never-ending truth.
I have been wondering . . .

I have been listening to the songs of creation,
I have heard the sacred sutras being sung,
and yet still I am curious.

What is this delight-filled universe
into which we find ourselves born?
What is this mysterious awareness shimmering
everywhere within it?

What are these instinctive energies
that undulate through our bodies,
moving us into action?

And this “matter” out of which our forms are made -
What are these dancing particles of condensed radiance,
Are they an illusionist’s projection?

What is this power we call Life,
appearing as the play of flesh and breath?
How may I know this mystery and enter it more deeply?

Beloved, my attention is ensnared by a myriad of forms,
the innumerable individual entities everywhere.

Lead me into the wholeness beyond all these parts.

You, who hold the mysteries in your hand -
of will, knowledge and action,
Reveal to me the path of illumined knowing.

Lead me into joyous union
with the life of the universe.

Teach me that I may know it fully,
realize it deeply,
and breathe in the truth of it.

1.

The One Who is Intimate to All Beings said,
Beloved, your questions require the answers that come
through direct living experience.

The way of experience begins with a breath
such as the breath you are breathing now.
Awakening into the luminous reality
may dawn in the momentary throb
between any two breaths.

The breath flows in and just before it turns
to flow out,
there is a flash of pure joy -
life is renewed.
Awaken into that.

As the breath is released and flows out,
there is a pulse as it turns to flow in.
In that turn, you are empty.
Enter that emptiness as the source of all life.

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Common Sense Sutra

 

I love Sutra 2.33 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali because my mom could’ve said it!  It’s such common sense!  ”When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana.”  Duh!  Here’s the sanskrit “Vitarka Badhane Pratipaksa Bhavanam.”  Great isn’t it?  It’s all about controlling the mind, so it doesn’t control you.  There are so many self help books out there that are all great and valid and extremely helpful, but the Yoga Sutras contain it all, just written in a way that might not be quite as accessible.  This is one of the only sutras that I could remember back when I was learning them in my very first yoga teacher training at Integral Yoga Institute. We called it “PB” because no one could say it, but everyone knew and understood it.  The only problem with putting it into practice is when you WANT to be pissed off about something that you know you shouldn’t be, but can’t stand letting it go. So, you watch yourself struggle and practice your yoga and THAT will move you from that negative space to the beautiful positive, open hearted space where you’re meant to exist.  AWESOME.

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