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The Buddha Yoga Body

lobsterlobster Veteran
edited January 2 in Diet & Habits

As some of us know the body is a manifestation of Bodhi Mind. We are as we extend our manifest.

In order to deal with anger/fear and excessive comfort eating I have decided to engage in yoga plus ...
@Kerome is working towards a 30 day hatha yoga challenge. Hope he will share his reasons and progress <3

https://newbuddhist.com/discussion/comment/560329/#Comment_560329
I have been doing my daily (usually 20 mins) and this is what suits me in terms of exercise:

After doing meditation with @how I do exercise. So this is just after 6.30am for me.
I sometimes use guidance - plan to do one of these in a few hours ...
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/55151792

Already I am noticing my preference needs and progress:

  • limited space and a wintery room means a quick bout of martial muscle tension exercise warms
  • yoga and tai chi stretches and loosens
  • a led or timed session is very inspiring
  • daily is good practice

There even seems to be something to inspire my lobsterian tendencies. Nice claws.

Comments

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Already some of my required asana are emerging:

    • The plank
    • Balance, for now the tree
    • lotusing (Well preparing for)
    • child's pose
    • warrior poseur
    • the twisters
    • The dog

    These of course will change
    https://www.lionsroar.com/buddhism-and-yoga-where-the-paths-cross/

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Did a beginners 30 min youtube session after spilling water on my Turkish prayer mat and chanting some vulgarities ...

    Luckily the session ended with corpse pose

    • nailed it!
    Rob_V
  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    Chanting vulgarities - I like it! Why did I never think of that?

    Shoshin1lobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited January 5

    @Fosdick glad you like ... japa yoga is a powerful transformation through word ...

    It does not matter what we chant. Some people chant in languages unknown to alien deities/principals ...

    Here are is a vulgar mantra mumble NOT SUITABLE FOR MINERS or the irreverent ...

    Fuckity Fuck Fuck
    Fuck it
    I iz a stupid can't
    Fuck me. Fuck everything. Fuck!

    Om mani peme hum

    You can repeat this until the moment passes ... and love and laughter breath in again o:)

    FosdickVimalajāti
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    My journey into yogihood is going well. Did this session this morning, with the sound off

    Sit down. Be quiet. Be yogi.

  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran

    @lobster said:
    @Fosdick glad you like ... japa yoga is a powerful transformation through word ...

    It does not matter what we chant. Some people chant in languages unknown to alien deities/principals ...

    Here are is a vulgar mantra mumble NOT SUITABLE FOR MINERS or the irreverent ...

    Fuckity Fuck Fuck
    Fuck it
    I iz a stupid can't
    Fuck me. Fuck everything. Fuck!

    I'll clean it up for you.

    Flippity-dipstick.
    Schmuck it.
    I'm a schmuck -- a washed-up hack.
    Fimbledy-fiddlesticks.

    lobster
  • ChoephalChoephal UK Explorer

    Lobsters mantra is in Vajrayana terms, Nyingma

    Vimalajatis is Gelugpa.

    🙂

    lobsterKerome
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited January 8

    Dear Friends of Tantra, Mahamudra, Tibetan Tantra, Bon-bons and the raving lobster,

    I swear rather too much. I have very little to be angry about but that does not stop me :3

    The repetition/claiming of the sanctity of:

    • English
    • Words of power (swear words)
    • Wrathful concrete poetry

    is a form of hell realm protection/expression, humanising and transforming our mood/being

    Remember we are in the Purelands/Hell Realms/Human world ... all at the same time. It is a question of interpretation, mind processing if you will ... 💗🤬😱🤗🌈

    ... and now back to the yoga discipline
    https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/mystic/

    Choephal
  • It is going well.

    Covid Clown Brexit Boris too late, advised us to stay home. I decided not to go for a local walk (I still legally can) but to yogi it as usual.

    Yogacise is a skilful means/discipline.

    Yesterday left TV yoga instructors off and combined my known asana, martial tension and aerobic exercises with determination to relax and recuperate.

    May look to a virtual class experience soon enough ...

  • This morning left the sound off and did this for my mental health

    Then at breakfast I swore at the toaster repeatedly for deciding to retain half a slice of home made wholemeal multigrain bread. I eventually retrieved the half a toast ... with a fork. Yes I did unplug the toaster.

    Guru toaster was unmoved by my wrathful and unskilful expletives. :3

  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran

    I made my bicycle trip to the supermarket twice today... the first time after I got there and disposed of the recyclables I realised I wasn’t wearing my rucksack, which contains the reusable plastic bags. So I cycled back, got them, went back to the supermarket and then did the shopping. Not clever.

    I have yoga’ed a couple of times, but have yet to settle into a rhythm. Must buy a yoga mat too.

  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran

    I did a yoga for beginners session just now, I must say my body feels better for it, not so,stiff and creaky. Maybe I will try and get up earlier on a regular basis. It’s just that this morning at 5 I felt unusually clear-headed and so I decided to have coffee.

  • Good tip to drink coffee before yoga @Kerome

    • increases concentration
    • strengthen ones body, yes coffee before practice makes one able to work harder
    • I prefer sipping a beverage to resting poses ...

    Did the yoga for mental health again today with the sound on. Was worth the repeating. The toaster was smiling ... and so was I ...

  • I have yoga’ed a couple of times, but have yet to settle into a rhythm. Must buy a yoga mat too.

    I have only used a borrowed yoga mat twice since restarting
    Here are free resources:

    https://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/g29264172/best-yoga-videos/

  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran

    I woke up at 5.45 this morning again, so decided to have coffee and do yoga. It agrees with me, this early morning session.

    lobster
  • Bravo @Kerome

    I drank a silver tips (White) tea before starting ... coffee is used by dervishes to ensure they can pray all night (ideally) ...
    https://commonground.ca/coffee-the-nectar-of-sufism/

    Then ...
    Our water pressure was low and the boiler difficult to access. So after sorting that through removing an impeding ladder and other obstacles ... decided a relaxing restorative session would be ideal ... Strangely enough I was nicely warmed by contorting past the washing machine to the boiler.

    The yoga is working, not too much swearing at the boiler ... :3

  • What if we combine yoga with qigong? Will it help our meditation?

    Here is a Western Theravadin monk who thinks so ...

    I did this session this morning. Very good.

  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran
    edited January 15

    Im still trying to complete a week of beginners yoga at 5 am. This morning was session nr 4. And my yoga mat has arrived. Mint green with a mandala print.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited January 16

    Well I did a mostly standing series today before my morning meditation for a change. My body dictated the required moves. B)

    Now for some zazen ...

    Update:
    This might be the ideal. Stretch/Relax the Bodhi/Body and then ... and then ... more of the same ...

    Iz plan 🐲

  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran

    I totally agree @lobster boredom is the enemy... I just had two large mugs of coffee, a chunk of a Terence McKenna lecture and my yoga session on the new mat.

    lobster
  • @Kerome
    One of the hardest lessens for Western Yogi is less is more. Or rather gently does it.

    For example the pose of a child is an advanced lesson stretch pose if devoted to aerobic panting.

    My advanced pose is kneeling. Balance and 🧎🏼 finding patient poise

  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran

    Yes, it’s one of the reasons I find Adrienne such a nice teacher... she is so relaxed in her body. I had a little break yesterday, but this morning I was back on the mat, woo!

    lobster
  • @kerome Adrienne is rightly very popular.

    May try to find a free real time zoom class ...
    https://www.bwy.org.uk/www.bwy.org.ukacts-ofkindness/

  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran

    @lobster said:
    Update:
    This might be the ideal. Stretch/Relax the Bodhi/Body and then ... and then ... more of the same

    I find it too that yoga in the early morning is very conducive to a clear mind. The stretching and becoming more supple, energising the body, working the kinks out of the neck and the spine, very good.

    Then afterwards to do some meditation or to go back to bed and snooze a little, either way is fine.

  • If you have a rock or chair available roll up your trouser leg. Masons Welcome. Roll up your sleeves and do some easy graft ...

    This is a great Chi Kung routine AND you can keep the volume up because the instructions are written on the screen. The only sounds are birds and peace. Ahhh ... breath in ... and gently out

    So easy

    10 minutes

    I preceded it with another Judy Young video this morning
    20 minutes

    Now the question is Yoga or Qiong? Both? Depends on ... ?

  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran

    I have only just started with yoga, having just completed my beginners week. I think I will stick with it for a while, also because there is a good mixture of strength and body flexibility.

    Qigong seems nice, but based more on movements than stretches, I’m not sure if it is as good for the body. Reminds me a lot of Tai Chi.

    lobster
  • @Kerome Qiong is the warm up preceding many tai chi classes.

    Managed to get my mother doing a few of the 8 brocade ...

    Well done on completing first week. B)

    Kerome
  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran
    edited January 20

    I was just looking for a successor to my 20-minute yoga for beginners video, would like to do something the same length or a little longer, but then a bit more challenging. So I checked out a 20 minute Yoga Flow video... that was a bit too challenging, lol. I don’t think I can hold the plank that long. I’ve settled on this one.

    lobster
  • @Kerome said:
    Im still trying to complete a week of beginners yoga at 5 am. This morning was session nr 4. And my yoga mat has arrived. Mint green with a mandala print.

    5am is a good time.

    Sam I am, I am 5am

    is a book by Dr Seuss I believe ... :dizzy:

    Kerome
  • KeromeKerome Certainty is the enemy of wonder The Continent Veteran

    This morning I woke up at 4.45... so I snoozed a little... at 5.30 I still felt very tired, so I slept on... until 6.30 at which point I got up for coffee and yoga... then at 7.30 afterwards I yawned and thought I would go back to bed... at which point I slept a deep, dreamless sleep until 11.30.

    At least I had my yoga.

  • Rob_VRob_V North Carolina Explorer

    @lobster said:
    Dear Friends of Tantra, Mahamudra, Tibetan Tantra, Bon-bons and the raving lobster,

    I swear rather too much. I have very little to be angry about but that does not stop me :3

    The repetition/claiming of the sanctity of:

    • English
    • Words of power (swear words)
    • Wrathful concrete poetry

    is a form of hell realm protection/expression, humanising and transforming our mood/being

    Remember we are in the Purelands/Hell Realms/Human world ... all at the same time. It is a question of interpretation, mind processing if you will ... 💗🤬😱🤗🌈

    Being from New England originally where 'Lobster' is pronounced LAWB-stah, and one comedian says "We use the 'F' word like a fuckin' comma." I too was overly fluent in the Anglo-Saxon for most of my life. I feel ya. I stopped for two reasons; one is I've now lived down south for more than half if my adult life and its not as prevalent here, and secondly I see it as 'wrong' or unskilful speech. That is not to say I judge others for their use if it. I do find it jarring though. I wonder if age has anything to do with that...

    lobster
  • At least I had my yoga.

    <3

    Daily regularity works for me. I am quite shocked that I stopped, yoga is so beneficial. It will take me awhile to return to some of the poses I find easy.
    I am great at the corpse for example. To my utter amazement my body is a lama/guru.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_and_the_body

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