“Then what do you depend on? My own internal reactions. I read myself, not the person in front of me. I always know a lie because I want to turn my back on the liar.”
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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-11-15

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  • once they've been committed to memory you can't tell apart perception & imagination: http://twurl.nl/53jq5u #
  • getting to know your pulse in life and in yoga: http://bit.ly/vt5f0 #
  • @DinoSoldo watched it a 2nd time (http://iLike.com/t/L2YI), very different, very demanding … looking forward to hearing more in reply to DinoSoldo #
  • Life extension with Yoga http://bit.ly/3dpcMA #
  • we lived in an age where everything was explained, but little was understood #
  • ripping of my Dave Mathews Band cd's! http://twurl.nl/ibxfvl #
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  • Happy 5th birthday, Firefox! http://bit.ly/Fx5yr1 #Firefox5 #
  • RT @SaraJChipps: rt @bradygaster: RT @NathanRichie: "Holding a grudge is like taking arsenic and waiting for the other person to die." #fb #
  • RT @t: "Cynicism as an attempt to appear cool is just sad. Create, build, invent! Critcizing is too easy. … Take a risk!" – @stubbornella #
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  • sometimes removing hairs from the shower drain seems to go on forever… that I expect a surprise 2 appear at the end #
  • @Yariv6s אנא הסר אותי מהרשימה … תודה מראש #
  • RT @ronenk: סיעור מוחות עם מטומטמים זה בעיה. #
  • quick look… this is what the sky looks like right now!! http://twurl.nl/mio6gr #
  • אולי יש למישהו דיסק קשיח כזה שמלפני כמה שנים למחשב נייד? ברכות :) #
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  • "When Gandhi 1st heard thesound of the shakuhachi, he supposedly wept&said he had finally heard thevoice of thedead." http://twurl.nl/ri3leh #
  • I'm in the shower and iTunes does a radical switch from shakuhachi to robbie williams' new album! woah! #
  • RT @yogawithluc: Complete guide of barefoot running http://bit.ly/1ft9uu #
  • working on a series of posts on counter postures, processing images #
  • you're alive – is it really you?: http://twurl.nl/k73faq #
  • @CambridgeYoga thank u liz :) looking forward to publishing them … getting it right in writing is always more work then it seems at first in reply to CambridgeYoga #
  • some great chanting guides from Srivasta Ramaswami who studied extensively with Krishnamacharya: http://twurl.nl/c4vdhj #
  • @ronenk חיים טובים ידידי :) in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk אתה קולט כמה אנשים נחשפו בפעם הראשונה לצ'נטינג בזכות הגלגול שלך לאור הילד? in reply to ronenk #
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  • if you copy from Photoshop and paste into a document editor and it crashes … you know it's Microsoft software! #
  • a preparation for upcoming posts on #yoga counter postures – correct placement of the neck: http://twurl.nl/f4vzar #
  • @yogawithluc not easily (unless there is a pathology). excess chin-lock requires much focus&effort… eventually evolves into a bandha in reply to yogawithluc #
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  • another great one http://twurl.nl/patavb from http://twurl.nl/m7mcv7 #
  • Moon: http://twurl.nl/lhdbmh #
  • another step in preparing for basic #yoga postures – this time placement of the arms http://twurl.nl/5pvpvh #
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  • when someone comes to you outlining a problem and offering a solution – you are being used – walk away! #
  • does anyone have any idea why transform in the photoshop menu would be disabled when there is an active layer with content selected? #

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Arm Placement in Yoga Asana

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I touched on placement of the arms when I introduced the idea of coordinated breath and movement. I would like to revisit this with some images to reinforce some of the fine points as a preparation and reference for upcoming posts on postures. The base posture for this explanation will continue to be lying on the back with the feet on the floor and arms alongside the body. The movement is simply raising the arms above the head all the way to the floor and then returning them back alongside the body.

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There is a tendency to stretch the arms straight above the head when actually there is a better and more effective position. This position is unique for every person, so you will need to find it for yourself. Here are some focuses to help point you in the right direction. You are looking for a position in which the arms are placed completely on the floor – something like this:

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The first thing to focus on is your elbows – you want to get the elbows on the floor. It you insist on stretching your arms too far you may find that your elbows are raised from the floor. Avoid this by releasing the shoulders and bending your arms enough to enable your elbows to settle on the floor.

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Next check your fingers – all 10 of them (count – you’d be surprised how much the mind is willing to cut corners). They should be stretched flat on the floor – all 10 fingernails should be touching the floor.

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Finally bring attention to the backs of the hands. They too should be placed flat on the floor.

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Take some time to find the correct place for  your arms. You may find that your position is far from straight arms – this is fine. Practice from your position and your posture will improve. Over reaching will create strain, stiffness and deplete your energy – leaving your body and consciousness with very little space for observing, learning and improving.

Here is a simple practice sequence for assimilating this:

  1. Lay on your back, feet on the floor and place the arms above your head – remain in this position exploring until you find your position.
  2. Add Ujjayi breathing – and remain static – feel the affect of the breath on your selected position for 8 breaths.
  3. Return the arms alongside the body – begin a dynamic practice –  using Ujjayi breathing – inhaling as  your move the arms to your selected position, exhaling as you bring the arms back alongside the body – repeat this 8 times.
  4. Sit on your knees with a straight back – repeat the movement another 8 times with Ujjayi breathing. Be attentive to the position of the arms – there is no floor to provide a reference.
  5. Stand up, feet together, arms alongside the body – and again repeat the movement 8 times with Ujjayi breathing.

Correct arms position is a healthy habit to form early in your practice – it will resonate with many (if not most) of the postures you will practice in Yoga. Unlearning an incorrect position will take much longer and will limit the effectiveness of many postures.

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Moon

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Wonderful, unique, surprising, insightful movie. Almost important to watch. Enjoy :)

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Neck Placement in Yoga Asana

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The neck is the most mobile part of the spinal column – it can twist and bend extensively. Therefore it is also sensitive and fragile and deserves caring attention. This article will focus on movement with the head centered – which is where it is most of the time (in life and in practice). It is comfortable to explore this range of movement by lying down on your back – where the floor provides a clear reference. Even though it maybe a small range of movement – you will find that there are numerous positions for the head even while it is resting on the floor:

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The white line on the image illustrates changes in the length of the neck. When the head is rolled back the length of the neck gets shorter – the vertebrae in the neck are pushed together. When the head is pulled forward – the chin pulled in towards the chest – the neck lengthens and the vertebrae are stretched apart.

The latter position, with the chin pulled in towards the chest – is the position you want to maintain most of the time when practicing asana. It is a natural continuation of the stretching we usually work at in the back, it relieves pressure from the shoulders and upper back (which in turn provides more range of movement) and it improves the flow of blood to and from the head.

There is a natural tendency to compress the neck, especially when performing strenuous postures. There are mostly downsides to this:

  1. It doesn’t help – the neck is optimized for mobility not for load bearing (when compared to the rest of the spine which has a more rigid structure).
  2. It interferes – a compressed neck locks the shoulders, upper & mid-back areas – which may actually be useful to the posture you are practicing. By compressing the neck you are limiting their mobility.
  3. It wastes energy – the effort & energy you are expending in the neck comes at the expense of other muscles better suited for the job.

The general idea is to lengthen the neck. Try it first on the floor – so you don’t need to deal with the front and back movement. Then you may try it in standing and seated positions – without the floor as a guide & reference.

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Glimpses 08 – November 2009

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towards the end of the year-long hunch program, numerous sessions were dedicated to site-specific work. one of the sites we visited was dizengof center –  a large and established shopping center in the heart of tel-aviv. i remember worrying about getting my photography equipment in – many places in israel give you a hard time because of an unhealthy mix of security and privacy paranoia. i was relieved when i went through smoothly by parking in the underground garage, instead of walking through one of the main entrances.

i wasn’t really happy about this location. i am not a big fan of shopping malls, especially big and busy ones like this one. we gathered on one of the top floors and i recall shahar inviting us to look out and down at the space. at first I saw the noise i expected to see, but then, rather quickly, i felt as if all of my senses were softening and  coming slightly out of focus – and the noise became peaceful. the place became a single living & sensible organism – and i was inside it, no longer an outside observer. my body became soft & relaxed and my anxiety and opposition faded.

shahar spoke about a place having its own resonance and how we can relate to this resonance. we can resonate with the place and become a part of it and we can resonate in another frequency and stand out – we can appear and disappear at will. it sounds magical and it is. the group split into smaller groups of two or three people and went to explore and work in the space. i traveled the vast space – sometimes visiting shortly with a group and other times joining and working for a longer period of time with others. on numerous occasions i recall looking around and wondering how can people ignore some of the weird and crazy stuff that we were doing. people were walking past us as if we weren’t there. magic.

for me the main event took place around these stairs. ilay and yael were grazing the space and tamar was tagging along with them. i spotted ilay walking on these stairs from a distance and i ran to a vantage point on the opposite side just in time to meet this image.

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then an amazing story began to unfold with tamar. i am not inclined yet to write about it – i still feel it is a very intimate story, more hers then mine. maybe i’ll ask her permission to write about it. this image of fear, yearning, craving, surrender and friendship is a beginning of that story – at the end of which tamar commanded the attention of people as far as two floors above us.

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