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Yoga and Menstruation

Yes it's that time of the month. There are many postures that are not recommended during ones menses but none are expressly forbidden. When on your period, the body's temperature is raised. There is usually some discomfort, pain and a general feeling of being unwell. The most recommended postures then to undertake during your monthly cycle are calming and cooling asanas which are gentle stretches and rests. Avoid practicing inversions and bending postures.

Here are a few postures you can try for this womanly time :
ButterflySupta Baddha Konasana (I especially love this one when I have the visitors - that's my favorite euphemism for being on my period)CatSeated Stretches - Wide Leg and Head to KneeCorpse Pose - basic relaxation, while practicing slow yogic breaths This series I have found absolutely wonderful. It has helped me get through many visitations with little or no pain and discomfort.

Pause

It's late, you're tired. I know. There's a heady breathlessness about you tonight, you are about to start something new. Be someone new. Uncover something special. Life has rushed all over you and you wonder where the years went?

I can't predict how your mornings begin - Perhaps you stretch your arm out and switch off your alarm (or hit the snooze button). I, myself scramble out of bed and search for my alarm clock in the dark. I kill the beast and then I tumble backwards into bed. But some mornings... I pause. I listen to the silence that rings just as loud when juxtaposed to the cacophony that preceded it.

Today your mission is to pause. Feel the coolness of the ground beneath your feet. The texture. The pleasant sensations of your body reanimating. How many breaths before you started making lists, adding costs and feeling claustrophobic. OK maybe not claustrophobic, but before long the silence is gone. It's taken by nothing more than our invasive thoughts. How…

Shoulder Stretch

This right here is a yoga Shoulder Stretch.
First let me say this. I have been injured for the last month because I pushed my body too hard trying to get this stretch. It’s just not worth it. My yoga practice is all screwy and I’m grumpy as a result. But none the less after a strenuous workout this is a lovely stretch. Please always let your body heal after an injury and always seek medical attention if you feel it’s necessary.  It just goes to show that one needs to be mindful even with the easy asanas.

Step 1: While in a sitting or standing position raise your left hand. bend the arm so that your left elbow is quite close to your left ear while your hand reaches down towards your back.
Step 2: Bend the right arm now so that the right elbow is close to your waist and the hand on the right arm is reaching upwards towards your left hand. If possible – and only if this does not cause you any strain – clasp both your hands together.

Step 3: Relax and feel the stretch in your left shoulde…

A Course In Miracles – Lesson 44

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Welcome to 365 to Happy's Podcast. An Everyday guide to happiness. This podcast complements my blog where I journal my experience of doing the lessons in ACIM scribed by Dr Helen Schucman. The book is available to download on Amazon.con or iTunes store. The book was made freely available by Dr Schucman to anyone who wished to have a copy or teach it.
Today I will be reading ACIM Scribed by Dr Helen Schucman-Lesson 44 (used to link to a podcast I recorded - I will try to find it) .

Why Should You Care About Today's Lesson:

If you are searching for a spiritual path this is it. In all the reading I had done till now, a personal Guru was always touted as the best way towards enlightenment. Spend your days learning and putting into practice your Guru's teachings and one day you shall know God. What if you do not feel a pull towards becoming a nun and living in a convent is there a middle ground where you can have a spiritual life and a family? This is what I believe A Course i…