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I’m lagging a little bit with the updates on the TTC – but here i am again…between silent walks, ashtanga vinyasa practice, adjustments, waking up at 5.30am and whatnot, i have nonetheless managed to squeeze in an hr to recap on days 6 & 7 – and if the internet connection is good enough, the i’ll even upload some pix…why not? So on day 6 getting up was hard, I can’t seem to go to bed before 11.30pm – after meditation, Miyuki & I read and I’ve also got the nightly calls from my father and mother respectively J In Pranayama class we started chanting the mantra Om a few times (up to 21 times) as well as learning 2 mantras: Sahanau Bhunaktu and Patanjali’s one. Getting the correct pronounciation, intonation and pitch is not always easy, especially because Sanskrit might be foreign to some of us. In sirsasana, after A & B, I now attempt C – I need to strengthen my shoulders and arms for this…Kamal has given us some amazing exercises, but they are TOUGH…perhaps not at first, but because we have to add 2 extra breaths each day (we’re up to 18 breaths in each posture today) then it’s gets harder and hard…at the end, your arms are dead. Correcting old habits might be hard, but slowly it will all come together…just need to keep at it. On this night, we had to meditation on our own by staring into the flame of a candle – Tatraka it’s called. Staring at the outer form without blinking for as long as possible – i had never done this before. It’s harder than it sounds…i couldn’t stop blinking, my eyes were burning! Tears form, but that’s a good thing, it’s cleansing…let the tears fall, keep staring into the flame, and don’t blink for as long as possible – then when you can’t keep your eyes open anymore, close your eyes and visualize the flame in your third eye. Day 7 – personal practice is improving, more aware of my alignment, breath, ribs in, shoulders open, rolling them up and back, pelvis tucked under, belly tucked in. On this day, we did a group meditation where we all stared at the flame of a candle for intervals of 5mins – it was impossible, at least for me, to keep my eyes wide open for 5 whole mins…i must admit that i did get better, there no way was i even close to 1min! Please have a go, and let me know how you did! I want to know how you guys feel whilst doing it and whether you found it easy or hard! Here are a few pix i took yesterday on our silent walk to the temple and whilst shopping in Lakshman Jhula 🙂
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