Charakas the Yoga of food – No ordinary Moments

I just finished the most amazing Yoga session and meal of living food and thought I would recap the experience to integrate better what I have just learned and share it with any readers that may take interest.

To let my system catch up after a week of a bit too many complex carbs I had a pretty light day of eating, I consumed a mandarin for breakfast, kiwifruit for morning tea, 10 almonds for lunch and a Tablespoon each mix of Spirulina, Wheatgrass and Barleygrass for Afternoon Tea.  I had my usual pre Ashtanga ritual and at about 7 pm I sweated and glided (not so gracefully as I am just starting ( a few years) to work with the physical style of yoga) my way through two hours of a workshop style Ashtanga session, working with a few blocks, straps and holding the poses through a lot of the of the vinyasanas on the video,  so I could go in slower and really feel it everywhere, with a focus mainly in the heart charka and letting the energy look for the right lines or feeling the energy channels that emanate from the different positions in the chest and back, whatever label that I am using for an experiences beyond words .

Charaka

It was an area the we covered in Pauls Workshop a couple of weeks back. Physically this meant: keeping the focus on the ribs, taking the attention/mind into that area, keeping the shoulder blades down the back and keeping the should blades from popping, which is a challenge for me at present. Below photos: One area I was working on . .


Keeping the lower back broadening with all of this is another challenging thing


When looking at it from the front keeping the lower ribs extending downward stopping them from popping while keeping the action on the back.

There are no ordinary moments,  is saying I once heard, which is true.  Really for us to be here us to be hear now, integrating all the energy brings you to that moment is just an amazing thing. Anyway the Yoga went well and I had a really fantastic relaxation for 15 mins.

Then about 30 minutes later I had dinner. Pretty late around 10 pm . ( too late to be eating really )

22:30 150grams white fish with lemon juice,170grams raw salad (50 grams mixed Mescalun salad greens-120grams carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, red capsicum),10ml mixed hemp and flax oil,40 grams avocado and balsamic vinegar.

I was reading a book once called The yoga of food.  It suggested that a good idea was to chew the first mouth full so many times that the food trickles down your throat with our swallowing and to put your eating utensils down until this is complete, so you are not tempted. So after about 100 chews the first mouthful was gone.

This had given me a heightened awareness of how the living food was becoming part of the vibration of space and information that I am ( well what appears to be me) & had set the tone for the rest of the meal . Back to the book, which advised that when we eat we should focus and mediate on what we are doing, not watching TV ( fine for me as I pulled the plug on that years ago ) or surfing the Web, (hmm that is a challenge ) reading, talking or working or whatever… you get the picture . Focus and breathe. Chewing the food is the first stage of the digestion process,so you must Chew, Chew and Chew some more otherwise you body does not use the food efficiently and if you are seeing whole chunks the next day ( you know what I mean) you have obviously not used it efficiently.

Leading a very busy business life  I do not do this mindfully  all the time. I am working towards it, being aware is the first key.

 

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About Al Hall

Al has been a student of Yoga for the best part of 2 decades. Loves to surf, play beach volley ball and explore the deeper nature of reality. Fancies himself as a bit of a philosopher. Loves to make videos and is the founder of the Yoga.org.nz site.

3 Responses to Charakas the Yoga of food – No ordinary Moments

  1. Hi Al,
    yeah cool post! Like what you say but just not chew the 100 times sounds a bit gross.
    I prefer the Confucius saying that just before you eat remind yourself to stop eating when about 80% full.
    To help be mindful I try not leave a heap of food on the table. I dish it out, put the rest away or further from me and just eat what is in front of me!
    I also try to think about the food (Im not complete vego i do eat fish)
    thanks for your post

  2. Hi All – Great article – not enough information out there about yoga and food. I truly wish I had your discipline. Even after all these years I still struggle with consuming the correct amounts and kinds of foods. Thanks for the motivation!

    • Hey Steve thanks for the comment. I see your running a learning centre nice work . You should have a little more discipline, I am a film believer in practicing what we preach . Keep on track

      Namaste
      Al

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