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InSpire - October 2013

Time for Immune boosters! What are the options other than taking vitamins? Some ideas to consider....
“Even thinking about helping others boosts our health. Psychologist Dr. David McClelland of Harvard University had a group of students watch a film about Mother Teresa’s work in the slums of Calcutta. Sit and watch was all they did, but later tests revealed that students responded to the film physically, with an increase in immunoglobulin A, an antibody that defends against certain diseases.” ~ Craig & Marc Kielburger

“Simply WATCHING someone serve others boosts people’s immune system. That’s pretty amazing.

Reminds me of an Idea from Wayne Dyer’s The Power of Intention (see Notes) where he describes the fact that serotonin (the happiness hormone/neurotransmitter) is activated in your body when you do something nice for someone. AND serotonin is released in the body of the person for whom you did the kind act. AND (!!!) it’s released in the body of someone who happens to watch you do the kind act.

Amazing. It’s almost as if nature wired us to be kind and contribute to our community. So, let’s get out and get our kindness and service on and experience the joyful by-product of an improved immune system, a shot of serotonin and the knowledge that we’re playing a role in making the world a better place!” Brian Johnson, En*theos

How can we take this idea to our yoga mat? First, let’s reconnect to the idea of “vinyasa”.

“Sri Krishnamacharya defined vinyasa as any cycle with a beginning, middle or end, the intelligent unfolding of a sequence in practice, life or nature...From this definition, our life is a maha vinyasa from our one cell state of embodiment as the starting point to the release of our last exhalation. Vinyasa is the cycle or waves that compromise our life.” Shiva Rea

We are embodied in this flow every minute or our lives, on and off the mat. On the mat we are offered the opportunity to be fully present and aware of the factors contributing to encouraging this flow or disrupting it. Vinyasa is the flow or connection of one moment and/or movement to another, and yoga (a verb, to unify) is the link or the joining of whatever was disjointed. To bring it together, we need Rasa, the juice or flavor. “Life is full of juice, savor each moment”. (Shiva Rea). May be this is our ultimate vitamin booster for the autumn?!

What are we observing and practicing on and off our mat this month?
Serve others.
Pranayama: 9 clearing rounds.

Mantra: Bija Mantra.

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