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Yogic Beauty and Healthy Glow

Posted May 21 2011 10:56am

Greetings from the Midwest Yoga Conference !

Thanks to Wellsphere , I’m able to spend the weekend learning about something quite new to me.

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It was a smooth and sunny drive up here yesterday morning. Smooth meaning that I didn’t get lost – which is kind of a big deal for me. I have a horrible sense of direction, but thanks to my GPS it was easy peasy.

What the heck did humans do before the invention of GPS? Winking smile

The conference is being held at a beautiful (and huge) resort!

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I arrived right in time for the 2:30-4:30 session. There were quite a few classes that sounded intriguing, but one really stuck out to me.

Yogic Beauty and Healthy Glow

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We began the class with a discussion in which Dr. Arora explained the various poses we would be practicing during the second half of her class.

Dr. Arora was a fountain of knowledge – so bear with me as I try to summarize her words.

She began by posing the question: “What is beauty?”

Her version of beauty involves a balance of abundance, health, and prosperity – internally and externally.

The goddess Lakshmi is the embodiment of beauty. Ashta Lakshmi are the secondary manifestations of the goddess, of which there are eight.

  1. Adi – the first manifestation of Lakshmi.
  2. Vijaya – achievement. With a sense of achievement, we radiate a different glow of beauty. Beauty that comes from within.
  3. Vidya – strength, confidence, and willpower. Confidence is a synonym to beauty. We must acknowledge the things we are confident in or else it will fade away. Confidence serves as a catalyst to beauty.
  4. Raja (king) – sense of authority and empowerment. We have conscious control over ourselves and our willpower. With this control, we can make healthy choices. Not only in food, but in voice. We can make the choice to speak healthy words.
  5. Gaja (elephant) – honor and presence. You cannot ignore your presence or anyone else’s for that matter. 
  6. Santana – loving relationships. Relationships in any form. It’s about connecting with a sense of love because love radiates beauty.
  7. Dhagya – luck. Universal laws are not partial. Those who seem ‘lucky’ are not really lucky at all. They are hard working and are then returned with good karma. The ability to stay with good karma is beautiful.
  8. Dhanya – food. Not only food in the literal sense. But abundance, wealth, and prosperity in regards to live and love regardless of the amount of money in your bank account.

We all have strengths in some areas and weaknesses in others. All 8 Lakshmi radiate beauty - Dr. Arora encouraged us to identify our weaknesses and then strive to strengthen them.

I think that’s an important lesson not only in yoga practice, but also for life in general. We want to tear ourselves down for our weaknesses. When in reality, we should be strengthening ourselves and building ourselves up.

Admittedly, it’s easier said than done. I think it ties back into only speaking healthy words. Negative words are unhealthy – we shouldn’t speak unhealthily to others and we certainly shouldn’t speak that way to ourselves.

Before this class, I had never thought of words as healthy or unhealthy. But now I completely see the connection. Health radiates from the inside out – conversation and words are a huge part of that. Healthy words are beautiful. Loving words are beautiful. Beauty is so much more than skin-deep.

How do you define beauty?

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After the discussion, we learned Asana (body positions to help restore well-being and vitality).

Asana yoga has many healing properties. There are poses to relieve almost any discomfort.

A few poses:

  1. Stkat – chair pose to tone breasts
  2. Padahast – hands to feet to tone hips and abdominals
  3. Triyaka tarta
  4. Apasan – helps in reverse osmosis (good for the skin)
  5. Ardha – half twist (beneficial for the entire core)
  6. Gimakh – cow face pose (great for the thighs and core)

Then for the second half of class, we practiced what she preached.

I was a bit flustered when she told us to do our own interpretation of a sun salutation. Newbie right here! All it took was a little glancing around and I was flowing right through the poses.

It was an amazing class – totally out of my realm and yet so very interesting.

I’m excited to see what today has to offer! First up? Strong Mom yoga! Smile

Have a beautiful Saturday!

<3 Stefanie

P.S. Don’t hesitate to correct me if I butchered a word or explained something wrong. Like I’ve said, I’m a newbie – but I’m always willing to learn more!

Again, a BIG thanks to Wellsphere for giving me this opportunity!

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