As we continue to navigate the waters of these strange times we are in, I am slowly working on adding more online video offerings. Some are guided meditations that help you to ground and find peace. Others are short sessions on improving active ROM. My newest one is 20 minutes of standing leg strengthening and stretching. My hope is that they are useful and helpful!
Please find the videos here: Claudia Fountain on Vimeo
Stay well my friends!
Namaste my fellow yogi/yoginis!
My favorite time of the year is just around the corner–Fall! It is the perfect time to contemplate how prosperity is manifesting in your life right here, right now. The universe, your physical body, your mental thoughts, the objects and people that surround you, abundance both given and received, are energy bound in different forms. This month we will be exploring prosperity and abundance, both physically and energetically, via our hips and mantra.
Mantra is a repeated word or phrase that is meaningful or sacred to the practitioner. Mantra can elevate or modify consciousness, through meaning, sound, rhythm, tone, and reflexology of the tongue against the palate of the mouth. Mantra helps us connect with, and embody, positive, meaningful, or sacred energy. One of my favorite mantras we will be working with this month is “Om Gum Ganapataye Namaha.” This mantra invokes the energy of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity who is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Beginnings. Ganesha helps clear the way for success and abundance to flow more readily in our lives. Below is a brief video clip of me working with this particular mantra. And, just in case you were wondering–after watching the clip–mantra can also be silent! Chanting or singing out loud is always optional.
See you on the mat!
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” -Albert Einstein
There is a Sanskrit saying, “Manana trayate iti mantra.” Translated, this means mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness such as worries, fears, habits of thought, the groove your mind slips in to over and over again. The word mantra itself, in Sanskrit, can be broken down to ‘man’, which means mind, and ‘tra’, which means to free from. Mantra = tool to free the mind. Mantra are “sound vibrations that permeate every cell of your being and allow your mind to dissolve and repose.”* Mantras when spoken aloud, in essence, are energetic sound formulas. As we repeat the mantra, our energy levels shift, our nervous system slows down, the mind becomes less agitated, less stirred up.
Some mantra chants, such as OM (AUM) contain the essential, root, sound of the Universe. When chanted, OM vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature! Other mantras are considered “seed” (bija) sounds, and are often used to help clear energy blocks associated with chakras (energy centers) in the body.
This month we will be exploring spoken and silent mantra repetition as part of our meditation practice. See you on the cushion!
Fridays, 1:30-2:00pm Breathe & Meditation @ Breathe Los Gatos