Swami Jnaneswariananda is from the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley CA and has been a yoga teacher since 1996. She teaches in the teacher training courses along with the Yoga Health Educator program focusing on Anatomy & Physiology and how to modify the postures.
In this video on Adjustments to Key Poses in the Sivananda Sequence, Swami Jnaneswariananda gives a detailed review of 4 of the sivananda postures.
Swamiji shows us how to do the poses correctly and some common mistakes along with the pose benefits & some small corrections in the pose.
In this video on Exploring the Sivananda Shoulderstand Cycle, Swami Jnaneswariananda gives a detailed review of coming into the shoulderstand, the plow, the bridge, and the wheel.
11:24 Adaptations for Shoulderstand and Plow 19:44 Moving in and out of Bridge and Wheel 27:51 Other Variations 32:45 Advanced Variations for Plow and Shouldertand
Swamiji shows us how to do the poses correctly, how to adpat the posture for certain body types and some key techniques to improve in the practice.
In this video on Sivananda Yoga Gentle Modifications and Advanced Variations of the Shoulderstand & Fish Pose, Swami Jnaneswariananda gives a detailed review of these 2 sivananda postures and their gentle modifications and advanced variations.
01:00 Modifications for Shoulderstand using the Wall 06:42 An Advanced Variation of the Shoulderstand – The Candle 11:05 The Fish Pose – Matsyasana 17:41 A Gentle Modification for the Fish Pose 19:54 An Advanced variation of the Fish Pose – Lotus Fish
Find a cool and ventilated, quiet place with an even, level floor. The best place is a space reserved for Yoga and meditation, with an altar. It is suggested not to do Yoga in the bedroom as the energy is more tamasic.
It is better to practice in silence without music or chanting.
Group performance of asanas brings about awareness of collective energy.
Wear light and loose fitting cotton clothing for better efficiency of movement.
Use a sticky Yoga mat for better grip.
Order, Timing & Rythm
Perform the sequence of the postures in order. This will ensure the proper flow of energy.
Try to hold each posture for at least one minute to three minutes. It is said that holding for three minutes is the minimum time required to get all the benefits of the postures.
The sequence of the postures follows the chakras, stimulating the chakras from the top down.
The headstand cycle goes first and the standing cycle goes last because of the spiritual principle of turning inward first to find inner balance (headstand inverts all energies, stimulating the highest chakra, going against normal tendencies, after which the energy is flowing properly) then tuning the mind outward and trying to achieve balance and composition with worldly activities (standing postures are performed with the focus on external object to ground oneself).
Practice daily, or at least 4 times a week, for 1-2 hours for maximum benefit.
Breath & Mind Awareness
Breathe consciously during the performance of postures. When holding the posture, the breath becomes calm and the mind focused.
When holding, know where to concentrate for the specific posture.
If there is tension, focus your attention on the tension, breathe consciously while focusing on the area, sending prana to the muscles or ligaments, and during every exhalation try to progress a little more.
Keep the mind inspired by being aware of the physical and mental benefits of each posture.
Yoga is not a competition, so try to do what you can but observe your limit. Always try to feel comfortable. Never push yourself to the point of pain, strain or exhaustion.
Do not compare or compete with each other when perform in group.
Medu vada is an Indian fritter made in a doughnut shape, with a crispy exterior and soft interior. A popular food item in South Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil cuisines, it is generally eaten as a breakfast or a snack.
1: one pound Urad Dal
Soak the dal in the morning for 5-6 hours.
Grind the dal with Food Processor in batches with no water
2: Salt to taste
3: one teaspoon whole pepper corn, Pinch of hing
4: cilantro, fresh shredded ginger, Chili peppers may be 1-2
5: Lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients well.
6: take small portion of mixture , pour little lemon juice and pinch of backing soda; mix it well and fry in a medium to high flame.
7: Eat with green chutney, Tamarind chutney and coconut chutney
With Swami Sitaramananda, Swamini Svatmavidyananda, Ellen Grace O’Brian (Yogacharya), Krishna Darshan
In this inspiring Thanksgiving Retreat: Success in Life and Self Realization, you will be learning the deep teachings of Vedic wisdom regarding the fulfillment of our purposes in life and at the same time achieving self realization.
This is an inspiring weekend retreat which will help you to readjust your personal purpose and recommit yourself to your Self Search journey with renewed energy. The teachers are extraordinary accomplished teachers in their knowledge who have pondered on the topics for a long time.
If you are victim of the recent California fires in Paradise and in Malibu, and have lost your property and home.
If you are distraught and upset in this crisis situation.
The Yoga Farm community and Ashram is established in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California for over 48 years, would like to assist you in this time of transition and we would like to open our home and community to you.
We would like to offer free food (vegetarian), free lodging (in simple cabins with bathhouse nearby), free daily Yoga classes and meditation, which are excellent to calm the mind and recharge you with positivity and energy. Furthermore, you can also consult with our senior teachers who are expert in the art of how to cope with crisis and transition. As part of community living you are invited to help in the daily chores of the community in good spirit. The number of cabins are limited. The free offering is on a first come, first serve basis.