Spiritual Sundays: Sun Salutations

Greetings Spiiirits!

So as many of you may, or may not, already know…I practice yoga. I am self-taught and definitely somewhere between beginner and intermediate, but I am forever increasing in knowledge and skill daily. 🙂

Yoga is such an amazing practice, for your mind, body, and spirit. It has numerous positive effects on all areas of your being, helping you to become more balanced in every regard. Each pose not only targets a certain area of focus physically, but also has history and spiritual implications tied along with it as well. It is important to be aware of the spiritual connections to each motion as a means of setting your intention for each step of your practice, and thereby getting the full benefit of the poses.

Which leads me to the Sun Salutation. Its more or less a sequence of poses and, though done by those at all levels, it is vastly popular among many beginner yogis. Rightfully so, as it is a delicious mind, body, & spirit warm-up and pretty do-able for those at any level. As I said before, it is important to a full and proper practice, to know the history and spiritual importance of each pose/sequence you do. Being as though the Sun Salutation is so popular and perfect for beginner yogis, I think its a marvelous place to start in making sure we are fully informed. So here’s a little info and I hope it proves useful! ❤

THE SUN SALUTATION

The original Hindu name is Surya Namaskar, Surya meaning “the sun” and Namaskar coming from the root word namas which means “to bow or “to adore”.

Hindus have revered the Sun for thousands of years. They see the Sun as the physical and spiritual heart of our world and the creator of all life itself….an image of, and pathway to the divine.

The sequence begins and ends with a mudra (joined-hands) at the heart center. This is no coincidence as the Hindus see the heart as our own “inner sun”, the seat of our consciousness and higher wisdom. The mind can be corrupted by viparyaya (misconception), but only the heart can know the truth.

The sequence consists of the following basic poses (but poses can be varied for increased difficulty): Mountain Pose, Upward Salute, Forward Fold, Lunge, Plank Pose, Four-Limbed Staff Pose, Cobra Pose, Downward Dog

…ending back in Mountain Pose with hands joined over heart center.

Here’s a video that shows a good visual example of the Sun Salutation in action.

If you practice yoga or are planning to start practicing yoga, I would definitely suggest doing Sun Salutations and taking this knowledge into your practice! I don’t know about you guys, but doing the sequence with this information in mind, definitely makes me feel even more connected and inspired, in motion.

The Sun is within you, spiiirits, and so is the truth!

Namaste

☮ A.T. ☮

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10,000 Thanks for 10K Views! ❤☮

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Greetings, Gods & Goddesses!

I haven’t paid much attention to my blog views for a little minute now. I guess I just come on here and blog my heart out when I can,  and it just hasn’t really crossed my mind to take a minute to check, recently…butttttttt

I was about to blog today and I decided to give my views a look-see…and guess what??

I’VE GOT 10,729  BLOG VIEWS!!!!!!!!!!!

^_^ AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ^_^

Garsh, thanks guysssss. c:

The love I feel in my heart for each person who takes a moment to check out my ramblings, is infinite.

I’m so glad to share my soul with you guys!

Give me some feedback, let me know what types of posts you guys are loving the most!

Oh, & keep those views coming!! I’ll keep on sharin’ ❤

PEACE & LOVE EVERYONE!!!

☮ XOXO A.T ☮

This or That? Beauty Tag

Greetings Gods & Goddesses!

I found this really cool tag on NikkieTutorials and I thought that I’d share it with you guys.

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MAKEUP:
blush or bronzer – toughie…but BRONZER is more versatile (I love blush at the right times, though!)
lip gloss or lipstick – LIPSTICK
eye liner or mascara – EYE LINER
foundation or concealer – NEITHER (i’ve never used foundation & I only used concealer around my brows for a short stint)
neutral or color eye shadow – I use NEUTRAL more often for everyday, but I loovvve me some color!
pressed or loose eye shadows – PRESSED
brushes or sponges – BRUSHES (can’t go wrong with the precision of the right brush!)

NAILS:
OPI or china glaze – CHINA GLAZE
Long or short – LONG
Acrylic or natural – NATURAL
Brights or darks – BRIGHTS
Flower or no flower – FLOWER (or some form of design…on that index finger, or all the fingers!! )

BODY:
perfume or body splash – PERFUME (scents are better & last longer…especially when oil based)
lotion or body butter – BODY BUTTER (allll dayyy….*insert shameless plug for Goddess Body Mango Butter here* yummm)
body wash or soap – BODY WASH (unless it’s Black Soap)
lush or other bath company – right now its GODDESS BODY for my latest bathing supplies

HAIR:
curly or straight – CURLY (kinks allll day)
bun or ponytail – BUN (adds chic-atude in any situations)
bobby pins or butterfly clips – BOBBY PINS 
hair spray or gel – NEITHER
long or short – LONG
light or dark – DARK
side sweep bangs or full bangs – SIDE SWEPT (or my coveted middle part)
up or down – you know me, stay UP, highhh in the clouds ❤

RANDOM:
Rain or shine – SHINE (though I do miss the rain, living in LA 😦 )
Summer or winter – SUMMER
Fall or spring – SPRING
Chocolate or vanilla – VANILLA
East coast or west coast – WESSST COASSST (*sings* Cal-i-forn-i-A)

DopeChicStyle, HazelEyedBeauty, B.Younique, TheChicSavant, SageandClare, SownBrooklyn, TheStyleManifest….(and any other lovely spiiirits who want to participate…) …I DEEM THEE TAGGED!!! 😀

You are now officially commissioned to choose…”THIS or THAT?” ! Don’t forget to tag the blogger you got this from (me ^_^) and tag 7 other bloggers to pass it along to as well.

Namaste, folks!

Peace & Love

☮ A.T. ☮

B.A.R.S : A Kwithy Kat x Free Spiiirit Production

{Excerpt from FreeSpiiiritLife}
***Apologies for the lack of posts, but I got something from the past couple weeks that will hopefully insight & excite ya! ENJOY!***

 

Greetings Spiiirits!
So much love & light to you all!

 

About 2 weeks ago, Kwithy Kat & Free Spiiirit conjoined to create a piece of art that would speak to the people in a way words alone, could not. Something that would activate thought, inspire, and empower.

 

We thought a short film would be the perfect thing and for it, we had the perfect concept. When particles collide…sometimes they create something that is truly magic. And that’s what we feel we have manifested here.

 

Here are a couple of Behind the Scenes Sneak-Peeks into the process

Here a couple shots from the impromptu Photoshoot that took place

{More photos from this set on Tumblr}

And HERE…is the short film that came of it…

BA.R.S. Breaking All Restraints of Self

’cause it’s about time we broke free…
Creative Direction & Styling: Free Spiiirit
Cinematography: Kwithy Kat
Liiive Free dear Spiiirits, more awesomeness to come!

{Watch, watch, watch the vid & comment, comment!! Let me know what you think!!}