Zen And More will soon be closed down. I will blog about the topics I did here over at my other blogs. Older posts worth saving will be moved to either of the blogs below, the rest will disappear when I take down this blog.
Yesterday I was told about Yoga Today, a site with free yoga videos.
Whether you are a newcomer experiencing your first practice, reawaking your interest in yoga after a lapse in practicing or a seasoned yogi looking for a way to practice between studio sessions, you will love the convenience of our inspiring, refreshing new classes waiting for you on your computer every day.
You can also find Yoga Today at You Tube where there at present is 46 videos, the hour long ones as well as videos around ten minutes long.
I have looked at some of the videos and am impressed.
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My yogateacher, Cristiaana at truth is your identity, had an event on New Years Eve with a speech and yoga class. All of us also got an affirmation, she had written different ones and put them in envelopes that we got at random. I got this affirmation:
The way is not in the sky,
The way is in the heart.
Three friends of mine have been in India and bought me a present. I got a small statue of Ganesh or Ganesha, the Hindu Elephant-Deity. I of course had to find out more about this god and what I found is very interesting and matches me in many ways.
Ganesh is the Hindu God of knowledge and the remover of obstacles or God of elimination of troubles. He is also called Ganapati (leader of people), Buddhividhata ( god of knowledge ), or Vighnahara (god to remove obstacles).
The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.
In Sanskrit, “sat” means “truth” and “nam” means “identity”. There are many differing interpretations when you put the two together – some websites have given the following interpretations: “truth is my identity” and “The essence of God is within me”.
Other common interpretations include: “in name there is truth” and “the light shines in you”; light being a metaphor for truth just like in mystical Kabbalistic teachings. The words themselves have a soothing and centering quality due to their monosyllabic nature, similar to sounds made by babies.
The Kundalini Yoga website lists SAT NAM among mantras:
SAT NAM is the Seed Mantra or Bij Mantra and it is the most widely used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Sat means the Truth; Nam means to call upon, name or identify with. Sat Nam means Truth is my identity and I call upon the eternal Truth that resides in all of us. Chanting this mantra awakens the Soul, and more simply means “really”. It is pronounced to rhyme with “But Mom!”
Both “truth is my identity” and “The essence of God is within me” are powerful statements.