What Kind of Yoga Do You Practice?

When you hear the word yoga, do you think of the physical poses practiced on yoga mats?

Many people only think of yoga as being the asanas, the postures done for health and relaxation, but yoga encompasses much more than just stretching the body. There are actually many ways to practice yoga.

The word yoga means “union” and so the goal of the yogic practices done by a yogi (male) or yogini (female) is to achieve a state of union with divine consciousness. Depending on your beliefs, you may call that consciousness God, Goddess, Divine Love, Nature, the Universe, or many other names. In the yoga tradition it is believed that your deepest self is connected with that divine consciousness, so when you do yogic practices you feel that union inside yourself.

I began spiritual practices on the yogic path more than fifteen years ago, and while I have occasionally attended yoga classes, the physical postures generally do not work for my body. So I have gravitated towards other kinds of yoga. I practice the yoga of the mind, the yoga of the heart, and the yoga of the soul…

Yoga of the mind ~ Since I tend to orient towards mental activities, like reading and writing, this yoga is a good fit for me. I regularly study spiritual teachings and sit daily in meditation.

Yoga of the heart ~ This is my favorite kind of yoga! It is called bhakti yoga, which means the yoga of love and devotion, and the main practice is chanting. The sacred singing opens the heart and the yoga of sound harmonizes the energies. I chant every day! My favorite chant artist is Krishna Das.

Yoga of the soul ~ There are many ways to practice soul yoga, which you will enjoy reading about in my new book coming soon… Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life*… One way is to cultivate the witness consciousness in which you watch yourself closely and learn to not get so caught up in the difficulties of life. Another way is to send healing energies out wherever they are needed, for healing and for peace. Sending love to others connects us with our own deepest selves, which are ultimately pure love energies.

So, what kind of yoga do you practice? What helps you to feel connected with your deepest self?

Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed this post.
May your days be happier and happier!

 

*This weekend I did get the new book uploaded and published successfully. Now I am waiting to receive the proof copy, and once I approve it, Reaching for Orange will be available for you to order!

 

Sunset image by Geralt on Pixabay.

 

 

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StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Be Willing to Do the Work When the Work Shows Up

 

May you face difficult emotions with courage.

May you remember that emotions are just energies passing through.

May your weekend be blessed with authenticity and bravery and comfort.

May you be willing to do the work when the work shows up.*

 

Dear reader,

When difficult emotions arise, do you tend to run away from them and fill yourself with distractions? Or do you stop everything and tend to them?

In my experience, when difficult emotions arise, if I try to push through and carry on with my plans, I find that I cannot enjoy myself… So I think it is better to just stop and tend to the emotions first. That is called doing the work when the work shows up.

The thing is, our natural human tendency is to push away pain and seek pleasure. But, the things that really bother us are points of inquiry. Our triggers are actually very juicy and when we lean into them fully, by asking why and how questions, then they often will bear very sweet fruits!

So, my dear reader, my blessings for you this weekend are to face your juicy triggers. If you tend to run away from difficult emotions, make it a new practice to stop and tend to them. Surrender to the energies passing through you. If something is upsetting you, ask why and how, and then listen deep within for the answers.

If you currently do not have any difficult emotions passing through, thank your happy stars and enjoy your weekend plans!

This weekend my plan is to work on the final stages of publishing my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life… Well, that is my “plan” but since there have already been a few delays to publishing this book, I just have to trust that it will happen in “right timing” which I sure hope will be this weekend! 🙂

See you all back here on Monday…

With lots of love,
Teja

* Please see follow-up post on July 23rd: “What to Do with Difficult Emotions When You Cannot Stop to Tend to Them”

 

Oranges photo by Julie Aagaard on Pexels.

 

Soaked Oats: A Super Easy Breakfast Recipe

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast recipe? Did you know that oats have many health benefits?

High in antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber, oats are very good for your heart’s health, and can lower cholesterol as well as improve blood sugar control. And, if you eat a gluten-free diet, you can buy gluten-free oats.

Have you ever heard of eating soaked oats?

Yes, it is true. You do not have to spend any time cooking oats. Instead, you can soak your oats overnight. This saves a lot of time in the mornings! When my sons were little, I made them each a jar of soaked oats the night before, and in the morning when they were ready to eat, they simply opened their jars, stirred, and began eating.

So, for this recipe you will need an empty jar, oats, optional ingredients such as raisins and dates, and some pure filtered water. Sometime in the evening, as part of your bedtime routine, add ½ cup oats to the jar and top with any dried fruits you like (I prefer raisins and medjool dates), then add water until it covers the top of the dried fruits. Secure the lid tightly and sit on the counter. Then enjoy some sweet restorative sleep, with happy dreams…

In the morning, you can simply stir and eat out of the jar if you are like my sons… Or, you can pour your soaked oats into your favorite bowl. I prefer my bright red bowl! Next, sprinkle on cinnamon (I use a heaping ½ teaspoon), and any other spices you like, such as ginger powder, turmeric, or cardamom. Then add any nuts, seeds, or nut butters. I love walnuts and almond butter stirred into mine. And finally, if you have any fresh fruit or berries, you can add them also. I really love the soaked oats with strawberries and red grapes.

Before taking that first yummy bite, take a relaxing breath, cultivate gratitude for the blessing of having healthy food, and then eat mindfully. You might also consider doing a practice of offering the food to the Divine… to your concept of Something Greater, such as God, Nature, Source of All Love, or the Universe. I offer my food to Hanuman, who is an aspect of God in Hinduism. He represents Love, Devotion, Strength, and Positive Energy, so I invite those qualities to come into me through the food.

I hope you enjoy this super easy breakfast recipe! Please let me know how it goes… Who knows, it might just change your life!

Please buy organic food whenever possible, as it is best for your health and best for the environment.

Thank you for reading the StarFire Teja Blog!
I hope that these posts help you to happy up your life.

May All People Have Healthy Food and Pure Water.

 

Reaching for the Stars

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

What are you reaching for today? And what are you reaching for in your life in general? Are you reaching for the stars? Are you inspired to change the world?

When I think about how I would like to help change the world for the better, I often remember that Gandhi quote, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” That saying helps me to stay focused on doing my small part, right where I am today.

As for reaching… today I am reaching for coffee*, reaching for goals, reaching for Orange, and reaching for the stars ~

~ Coffee = my liquid happy-ing up medicine, black as the dark night sky.

~ Goals = helping others to happy up through helpful blog posts.

~ Orange = a state of inner happiness that you will enjoy reading more about in my new book, coming soon… Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.

~ Stars = StarFire Teja shining brightly in the world! After a decade of hardships, I am ready to enjoy life! I hereby take the prosperity vow, and I ask the Stars to bless me with wealth to support my ministry! My mission is to help elevate the human species to happier and healthier vibrations! I work for the Forces of Goodness!

So, dear reader, what are you reaching for today?

 

*If you would like to order a bag of my favorite coffee, please click on this link, and if you order through this link I will gratefully receive a small commission: Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw, Dark Roast, Certified Organic Fairtrade Coffee.

 

Orange Stars Image: Source Unknown.

 

Put A Sun On It.

Hello dear readers… Greetings from Indiana, where the wind is blowing and clouds are gathering, as the rains from Tropical Storm Barry make their way up here. I am grateful for the cheerful birdsong and for my colorful room, as I write and sip my strong black coffee*.

(*If you would like to order a bag of this coffee, which is my daily favorite, please click on this link, and if you order through this link I will gratefully receive a small commission: Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw, Dark Roast, Certified Organic Fairtrade Coffee.)

This morning while eating some soaked oats (watch for a recipe post soon), I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, and I noticed that there was a balance between good happy news and bad sad news, which made me think of the happy-ing up practice I already had in mind for this post… This practice brings a little humor and helps shift your perspective with regards to good and bad times.

Years ago there was an episode in the TV series “Portlandia” (that I never watched but heard about) in which an interior decorator’s solution was to “Put a bird on it.” That expression became a popular catchphrase, and when I heard it, somehow it tickled me deeply, so lately I’ve been playing around with the idea… That is how I came up with today’s practice: “Put a Sun on it.”

Having a bad day? Put a Sun on it.

In the Adhyatma Ramayana (translated by Swami Tapasyananda), Rama’s brother Lakshmana tells Guha, “In the midst of happiness, misery can occur, and in the midst of misery, happiness too can occur.”

So, beyond the humor of “Putting a Sun on it,” in this practice there is also a shift in your perspective. In times of misery, it is all too easy to spot the misery, but can you find the happiness in the midst of the misery?

The next time you feel less than happy, try this practice… Think to yourself, “Put a Sun on it.” Next, ask yourself, “What is right in this situation? What happy thing is happening? What small joy can I find in this moment?”

I hope this practice helps you to happy up… And if you are already feeling happy, that’s awesome… Put a Sun on it, and perhaps you will feel even happier! 🙂

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!