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General Discussion / Re: SMF upgrade
« Last post by lutherm1 on May 03, 2014, 10:18:03 AM »
SMF has been updated to 2.0.7.

Happy posting!

--Luther
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General Discussion / Re: SMF upgrade
« Last post by lutherm1 on December 11, 2013, 10:53:28 AM »
SMF has been updated to 2.0.6.
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Workshop Feedback / London workshop, September, 2012
« Last post by David Williams on September 08, 2012, 11:55:49 PM »
 Dear David
 
I just wanted to send you a personal thank you for such an amazing workshop at TriYoga in London last weekend (30 August to 2nd September 2012)
 
I have come away from the weekend feeling more balanced and energised than I have ever felt in my life.  Two major things (well....very simple things really) that you taught me are:
 
1. If something hurts - don't do it!!
2. If someone/something in your life is negative and draining your energy then walk away from it.
 
You also taught me that if I am thinking I am not doing yoga,and just to breathe, move and "feel the feelgood"!!
 
I hope to practice with you again very soon - maybe next year in Bali.
 
Warm and kind regards,

Sarah
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Workshop Feedback / London workshop, September, 2012
« Last post by David Williams on September 08, 2012, 11:53:11 PM »
Hi David,
it was great to see you in London.
I really enjoy your workshops so much, and they really teach me everything I have come to understand about yoga, and know to be true.
I always leave your workshops feeling pain free and well and full of good energy. even when i start your practices with a little pain, or a bit tired, I always leave pain free and well.
It is a real gift and relief listening to your teaching, it's all i need to remind me again about why i practice.
See you soon, really really with thanks,
Juliet
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General Discussion / Re: SMF upgrade
« Last post by lutherm1 on December 14, 2011, 09:59:04 AM »
A new security update for SMF has been released, and it has now been applied.  As per usual, speak up if you see any issues.
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General Discussion / Re: Another Satisfied Customer
« Last post by Ganesh on November 14, 2011, 12:03:22 PM »
"I just drop it" Thanks this helps
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Ask a Yogi! / asana practice
« Last post by David Williams on October 19, 2011, 07:46:46 PM »

Hi David, 
Long, slow, complete breaths,,, wow, I was sweating a lot.  I let the breath be natural unto me.  with the bandhas, how should I be thinking of them or doing them?  I think I'm doing it correctly but than again.... want to make sure.  ok,,,,, thanks, I'll keep my practice up with all that, which should keep me busy for some time.


Dear Howard,
The deepest possible breathing is always the best. 
Focus on continuous mulabandha, use jalandhara bandha on all forward bends, and when you think you have totally exhaled...squeeze out another pint or 2 of exhaust.  The secret to breathing more in is to simply exhale until you are really empty. This dynamic expansion and contraction of the ribcage is the source of the "real stretching".  Don't worry about "external tugging."
 Also, "yoga is cessation of the fluctions of the mind."  Yoga ends when thinking begins.
Om,
d

Hi David,
ok, so the only consciousness, or better yet. awareness, should be the continuous mulabandha, (uddanya than happens naturally?), and counting of the breaths i.e. 5, than move to next asana.  listening, watching and being in the breath.  thinking about how you're doing, if you're tight, about people, or up coming dinner etc.   is the preoccupation of the mind and takes you further away from yoga and realizing and experiencing "you." 
is this correct?  thanks very much for your suggestions,,,, they are making a huge difference already.
Howard-

Dear Howard,
Yes, that's it.  Concentration leads to meditation.  Yes, uddiyana comes automatically with mulabandha.
Introduce your mind to meditation during the practice.  It will love it and want to stay zen all day.  Thinking and worrying unnecessarily is a waste of prana.  The mind figures it out.  Everything is seeking equilibrium.
Om,
d







 




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Ask a Yogi! / Pranayama
« Last post by David Williams on July 19, 2011, 05:16:29 PM »
Dear Matthew,
The pranayama that I learned from Guruji and the one that I practice to this day is the one listed on the syllabus.  We didn't do any other methods together.
1/4/2/1 is a classic standard and I practice it and recommend it in my workshops. 
I mainly do the 1/4/2/1 lying in bed at night with no bandhas, just getting into the breath.  It is useful for jet lag or sleeplessness.
Tests at Maharishi's university showed that meditation results in even greater rest than sleep, so there is the possibility of getting rest using this mindfulness of the breath to bring about chitta vritti nhrode. Usually, the breathing puts me to sleep relatively quickly and the problem of sleeplessness is solved.
Aloha,
David 

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Ask a Yogi! / Pranayama
« Last post by David Williams on July 19, 2011, 05:09:59 PM »
guru, in ashtanga pranayama we have rechaka kumbhaka, puraka kumbhaka, rechaka puraka kumbhaka, samavrtti, visamavrtti, bhastrika, surya bhedana, chandra bhedana, then sitali. besides bhastrika the ratio on inhalation/exhalation is 1:1 in all these breathings. does a time ever come when one incorporates ratios such as 1:4:2:1 to any of these breathings or did guruji not use these in the pranayama circle? i humbly appreciate your wealth of knowledge in this area. namaste-matthew
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General Discussion / Re: SMF upgrade
« Last post by lutherm1 on June 19, 2011, 02:07:45 PM »
2 Updates in as many weeks!  SMF 2.0 Final has just gone live, and I've uploaded/installed it.   As per usual, please let me know if you have any issues.

--Luther
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