The Gentle Giant by L. Martel

I did this drawing many years ago. Unfortunately I didn’t date it. I love elephants. I think they are very intelligent and they have many feelings like ours. I’ve seen and ridden an elephant in India and have seen an African elephant. The India elephants have a slightly smaller ear.



Ujjayi Breath and Prana

Thank you Mountain Energy Yoga. I will practice that.

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Ujjayi breath is also called ocean breath and victorious breath; there is a sound to it. It sounds like waves of the ocean. It is a form of pranayama, conscious breathing. It is commonly practiced while doing asana, the physical postures of yoga. This type of breathing is useful because when it is done correctly it helps you to assess the quality of your breath. You can hear if your breathing becomes jagged and laboured, or if the sound of your breath is steady. It supports slowing down your breathing, which allows you to breathe more deeply.

Prana is life force. Healthy life force is energetic and lively. When we think of where we get our energy, we habitually think of food. Sometimes we might think of water. When I started to take my yoga practice earnestly, I chose to practice hot yoga. This is mostly physical postures which we…

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Etienne’s Trumpet by L. Martel

This is a 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas which isn’t completed yet. I started this about two weeks ago and it’s coming along nicely. The trumpet needs more work so do the hands and face but it has to dry before I do anything else. Here it is so far….



swo8 Blues Jazz has a song called Namaste. Thank you Mountain Energy Yoga for your post.

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Namaste is a greeting, derived from Sanskrit and it means “the divine in me bows to the divine in you.”

Anjali mudra is also sometimes called namaste mudra. A mudra is a seal; some mudras are done with the entire body, and many are done with only our hands.

How to do namaste mudra: bring your hands together, fingers pointing upwards and thumbs close to the sternum.

Anjali mudra is known to benefit you in the following ways:

  • promoting flexibility in the hands, wrists, fingers and arms
  • alleviating mental stress and anxiety
  • assisting the practitioner in achieving focus and coming into a meditative state

You may notice that your teacher will say namaste, hold their hands in anjali mudra, and bow to end a yoga class. Namaste is a salutation used when you may have come into a space where you are more balanced. As the class has ended, you may have discovered the peacefulness that is your True Self. The teacher honours that by closing with a word of…

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Tribute to the Bardo Museum by swo8 Blues Jazz

The song is called Prayer for the East by swo8 Blues Jazz. The video depicts the amazing collection of mosaics at the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. You may remember that there was a tragic attack on the 18th of March, 2015. Many people were gunned down by terrorists and some of the relics at the museum were destroyed. Fortunately, we were there before the attack and captured many of these beautiful, archeological findings in photos. 1:31 min.

For a Loaf of Bread by L. Martel

This is a 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas. I did a drawing of this a couple of weeks ago and have since done this oil painting. The idea was taken from a photo by Emilio Morenatti of the Associated Press and depicts some Pakistani men reaching out for bread being handed out near a mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. In the original photo the faces are blurred and one is struck by the number of hands reaching for sustenance. I added a few faces and have shaded them out. It isn’t quite finished but near enough. I will spend some time focussing on it to bring it to completion.




Let It Go Or Let It Be

Let it Be is a song from the Beatles and it all makes sense now. Thank you Mountain Energy Yoga.

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As I explained in my last post, this year has led to my exploration of anger. Anger is a healthy emotion that provides clues about what is important to us.

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In “Five Habits of Mind That Are Obstacles to Waking Up” an essay written by Toni Bernhard which is found in the book All the Rage:Buddhist Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance, the author explains the five hindrances: sensory desire, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and worry, and doubt. These hindrances are the obstacles that keep us in suffering. The Buddha says to overcome the hindrances we are more successful when we treat them as guests in our mind. Try saying to yourself “I see you” in a friendly way when you experience any of the hindrances. This helps because when we try to shut them out and are unsuccessful, it arouses one of the…

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