Mountain Energy Yoga

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Leslie

Mountain Energy Yoga

During my yoga teacher training, I taught one class to the group I trained with. I was very nervous about teaching the class. After teaching this class, one of my teachers mentioned that I had mountain energy. That is how I decided that I would take that name for my business. I take a lot of time with things; is that like a mountain? You don’t see mountains moving around a lot; they move very slowly. That’s how I have interpreted mountain energy. Mountains are made of rock, and that means they are strong.

I know that people are easily injured. Asana practice is a great example of where we fall into the ego trap. We want to get into a physical posture because it looks amazing. I love this aspect of asana practice myself. But it is an attachment to something outside of ourselves — an image that we…

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Never More by swo8 Blues Jazz lyrics by Rajiv Chopra

Sunday is November 11th and it is a time to think about those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the peace we have today. The first World War was suppose to be the last. They didn’t get that quite right.                                                                                                               The song and video Never More reflects on the issues. Rajiv Chopra wrote the stunning lyrics and Big Dio and I do the narration. 3:22 min.

For a Loaf of Bread by L. Martel

I did a drawing of this on October 5th, 2018 and decided to try it in oil. So I took a 12″ x 16″ canvas and made a start with oils. I added some faces on the left hand side because I thought it needed them. It’s far from being finished. Each face (some will be out of focus others not) needs work and the foreshortening of the hands isn’t right yet. Lots of challenge there.

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original sketch is here:

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Aparigraha

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Leslie

Mountain Energy Yoga

Aparigraha is one of the yamas which Patanjali writes about in the Yoga-sutras. Aparigraha is a Sanskrit word which means nongreediness or nongrasping. It is releasing control and freeing the self of anxieties. An example of grasping is holding on in the body. You might notice clenching in your hands or in your feet or in your jaw, so to let go and release this clenching is aparigraha. Holding a grudge is also a type of grasping, whereas forgiveness is a way to practice aparigraha. Trying to control others is another way that we are grasping, so when we stop trying to control others, we are practicing aparigraha.

“Greed is good,” said Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film Wall Street.

Greed is seen as something that benefits civilizations because without greed there is no ambition. It is said that if we did not have greed, we would…

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Jahan’s Tribute by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj in iTunes

The song in this video is called Jahan’s Tribute. It was a February when we were in India. The weather is cooler then and very pleasant. The flowers were abundant and it was magical there. Jahan’s Tribute was the creation of the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife in the city of Agra. I believe it is one of the seven wonders of the world and a must see. The architecture is phenomenal. It was commissioned in 1632 and opened in 1648. Built of ivory white marble, it has a lustre that makes it sparkle in the sunlight. 3:17 min.

Moonlight Drama by L. Martel

This is a 24″ x 36″ oil on canvas I started last year. The title of the piece keeps changing because the tableau keeps changing. It started out as a moonlit night in the woods in the winter season. I added the moose on the right hand side then decided to add the wolves on the left. The woods on the left side was turned into a rocky cliff. The stream is running through it but I haven’t got that right yet. Also the wolves need a little more work.

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Ishvara Pranidhana

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Leslie

Mountain Energy Yoga

This is the last of the niyamas listed by Patanjali in the Yoga-sutras. Ishvara is translated as Supreme Being, God, the Creator, Ultimate Reality, or True Self. Pranidhana means to fixate, surrender, or dedicate. Practicing Ishvara Pranidhana is similar to karma-yoga. As with karma-yoga, we detach from our egoistic tendencies and sensory desires when performing our duties, and we focus on our task. Doing this, our task becomes more meditative, which brings us closer to our True Self.

It is a noble act to detach from our ego and selfish desires because then we are not only interested in doing things that we know we are good at. Tasks are not chosen based on confidence; the concern is not with winning a prize. It’s less likely that you will take on projects that only benefit yourself. Instead, you may choose projects that benefit the whole.

Brahma Indian, Pahari, about 1700…

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Winter Before the Storm by L. Martel

This is a 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas painted in 2018. I found the inspiration for this painting from a photo in the newspaper. The photo was so small I could barely see the composition so a lot of this is composed by me. It was the feeling that the photo gave me that caught my attention. If you live in a northern climate you know when a storm is coming in the winter. There’s a stillness in the air and there’s a silence to the scene. I did the drawing for this painting awhile ago and finally got a chance to work on it. It is signed and dated.

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The Gunas

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Leslie

Mountain Energy Yoga

Prakriti presents itself in objects and living beings. Within prakriti there are three different qualities, known as the gunas, which are seen in many combinations. The three qualities are sattva, rajas, and tamas.

Characteristics of sattva: goodness, truth, clarity, harmony, purity, balance, joy, intelligence

Characteristics of tamas: darkness, steadiness, heaviness, rest, laziness, ignorance, inertia, procrastination

Characteristics of rajas: passion, action, confusion, aggression, assertion, change, movement, cravings

Sattva helps with determining which guna we need to cultivate in order to improve well-being in the moment. At bedtime we wish to experience more tamas; darkness and rest are essential qualities needed for sleep and recovering the body, which will allow for more sattva during the day. When we are feeling overly tamas during the day, rajas with regards to habits can help us to experience more sattva.

In nature we observe an interplay of the three gunas as well; soil is dark…

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