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A Car for.Meditation?

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Many people use their car for the transport of goods and passengers.... I would like to share another application!  I believe achieving a pleasurable drive can provide a great moment of inner calm and euphoria ;-) Driving for myself over 800.000kms of "road trips" I have encountered this spontaneous pleasure of "meditative wheeling"!  The "Drive Recipe" is simply the following...... A Combination of ..... Being immersed in forward movement Visual stimulation The melodic aounds of the tires & motor  Plus! The occasional adrenaline jolt! Happy Travels and Hope you Find Your own  Wheeling Moment of Calm!! Namaste, Michael Sands 

New LiveStream YouTube TRX classes daily!

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YouTube Channel:   michaelsandsyoga7809  With TRX CrossFit Suspension Training system you can work out anywhere!  Even strapped into a car door or a tree!! Come and join me for creative and varied workout spots daily!  

LiveStream Meditation Shares now on YouTube:-)

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YouTube Channel:  michaelsandsyoga7809 Happily settled now in Ella, Sri Lanka! I will be sharing LiveStream guided meditation sequences from the Mountainside Skyscape :-) Namaste, Michael Sands

Forced Air = Forced Breath?

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Hello this is a personal experience that I wish to share regarding the heating systems that can be found across the United States. .    These are forced air ducts normally found in the floors and receiving their heat element usually from a gas boiler.  The subject is that these ducts and heaters have to be cleaned!  Otherwise many people like myself could be suffering needlessly a dust cloud of allergens in their own home or living space!!       As a result of this experience I am almost a month now with both nostrils blocked!  Making yoga, meditation, on-line classes and Pranayama almost impossible!        Typically the yogic method of a Shatkarma called Netti using a warm water solution in a pot and passing through the nostrilsl a stream of water is generally a very good solution!  In my case I have added hot showers with a forward bend to fill the nose, plus on the mat seated in Thunderbolt, Padhasana with the hands under the armpits (thumbs out and upwards) for many min

Restorative Yoga on Lake Shafer Docks

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Just uploaded today to YouTube! A very gentle all levels yoga sequence on the lake in Monticello, Indiana!   Here is the Link: Yoga on the Lake with Michael Sands YouTube Channel   michaelsandsyoga7809 Namaste! :-) Michael Sands Happy Sunrise Yoga 

Meditation Plate Share

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This is a very personal share that perhaps can be understood by many without even mentioning.  In any case I felt inspired as I am taking a Tantra Course and one of the first lectures elaborates on the need to have a meditation space and 5 items as an offering for the deities that one is guiding their thoughts to!   The suggested practice includes, water, candles, flowers, sandal paste, incense & fruit.  I believe it is acceptable practice to amplify the focus by including additional items that augement a strong emotional centering.  Therefore on my plate I have added 2 Buddha's with the corresponding coins which are customary, plus the cup with the water has a faded but raised lettering of the number "13" which has always been a positive numeration for me.  Then there is the very first shoe my son wore, a photo of skateboarding and a photo of Yoginanda a person whom I highly respect and is author of  "Autobiography of a Yogi".   This blog entry

Where to find a Techno Yoga Studio?

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Sharing photos from what appears to be "THE Mecca of Techno Yoga!" in Budapest, Hungary!  Looks fantastic!! Definitely planning a trip there soon!! πŸ€—πŸŽ§πŸŽΆ✨πŸ”Š❤️‍πŸ”₯ See their Instagram Page for Dates & Events!! @technoyoga.official

Techno Yoga Vinyasa Returns Soon!! @goburnalong ❤️‍πŸ”₯✨πŸ’ͺ🧘🏻

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After 6 weeks recovering from a Surgery!! :-( The😎 Techno 🎢Yoga 🎧Vinyasa πŸ”Šseries will return at wellness.burnalong.com Platform of Live & On-Demand Yoga & Wellness Classed!!  A few photos to share meanwhile;-) .....(and a huge thanks to Arana Eco Lodge, Ella whom organised Nicolo the Super Photographer!!! πŸ€—) Nicolo Instagram @yakashi_9_

Celibacy or Imperminance?

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Celibacy or Imperminance? Which is easier? Unbeknownst to me I have fallen onto the yogic path of celibacy more than a year ago! This experience has lead me to make some interesting observations which I have decided to share here in this Blog entry today!  Basically for myself I can now understand the focus of Brahamayana or sublimation of sexual energy for spiritual pursuits!  It is not just the energy that dissaptes the moment that an orgasim occurs! ... But rather it is my belief the savings of mental stanima by avoiding the repitious cycle of unaccepted impermanence between couples!  What happens many times is the intimate pleasure between two persons can instill a desire or "greed" to keep this pleasure somehow for ourselves!  Hence why partners become obsessive or jealous which are in my opinion two of the most destructive emotions that corse through the veins of mankind!  Hence it is almost "easier" to avoid the entire subject and.all.of the juxta

Techno Music Maha Bandha - Innovative Class Share! @goburnalong

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>>Techno Music! Adding Tunes & Rythm to your practice!! Enjoy Health Benefits such as Improved Intimate Relationship Health!... Rejuvenation of every Cell in the Body! ....along with impeding any degenerative diseases and even the body's aging process! Music & Maha Bandha!!.= The Great Lock with Pulsing Perineal Contractions :-) Always looking for ideas to share and new Meditation or Asana Sequences ;-) In this class we will integrate Maha Bandha = The Great Lock with Techno Music!! This Bandha is essentially the combination of the 3 Bandhas! >> The Throat Lock, Perineal/Cervix Contraction and the Abdominal Contraction all at once! Therefore you have the benefits of these 3 Bandhas plus some key additional positive additions to the list! The Maha Bandha affects the secretions of the pineal gland which regulates the endocrine system. And highly noteworthy this Bandha is cited to be capable.of stopping degenerative diseases and the agi

The Four Yogic Bandhas : New Class Offered Live or On-Demand @goburnalong

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Bandhas in Yoga Practice are used to unblock the free flow of Prana (energy) along the Sushumna Nadi. There are essentially 3 "Psychic Knots" called "Granthis" that can be transcended by the use of Bandhas. >>The first "Granthi" is "Brahama" it is located at the base Chakras Mooladhara & Swadhisthasina. It is linked with the survival instinct, urge to procreate, deep instinctive knowledge, awareness and desire! When the Brahama Granthi is transcended the primal energy = Kundalini can rise above the Chakras and this aids in avoiding attractions and personality. >>The second "Granthi" is "Vishnu" it is associated with the Manipura and Anahata Chakras. The Manipura Chakra is key to the energy, digestion and metabolism in the body. Anahata Chakra is the heart and emotions.  When the Vishnu Granthi is transcended one is no longer bound by physical, mental and emotional attachments.  >>The third

Mudras>>New Meditation Class @goburnalong Wellness Platform

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Come and join me Michael Sands for a new class sequence I added at the "Live" & "On-Demand" Wellness Platform BURNALONG ❤️‍πŸ”₯ ❤️‍πŸ”₯ BURNALONG LINK This Class will focus on Hand & Head Mudras (gestures) that can be used during or before meditation and in some cases in unison with Yoga Practices, Asanas / Postures.  A mudra is a sacred and symbolic gesture found in yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The most well-known mudras are used during yoga and meditation practice as a means of channeling the flow of vital life force energy known as prana. The term translates from Sanskrit as "gesture,"’ "mark" or "seal". Each individual mudra has unique symbolism and is thought to have a specific effect on the body and mind by clearing energetic pathways.

New Chair Yoga & Meditation Sequences @goburnalong Wellness Platform:-)

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Mudras, Bandhas, Standing Chair Yoga Poses + New Exterior Beach Front Morning πŸŒ… Meditation Shares πŸ€—πŸ™πŸ» Recent Class Photos from  wellness.burnalong.com

Tantric Beginnings

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Over 24 years ago in the previous century!! My first foray into the world of Yoga was a very exciting and adrenaline charged spiritual experience!  For purposes of a Yogic CV I generally mention that Power Yoga with Mark.Blanchard in Studio.City was my first yoga experience.  But now that time has passed I look back fondly on the gift of knowledge and life changing experience that crossed my path shortly beforehand!  It was in 1999 in Hollywood that I met a performance artist who helped me delve into the powers that can be shared between two beings with a unified consecration to a higher plane of psyche.  Surprisingly in retrospect the mantras, rituals, mandalas.and thought process behind Tantra I assimilated and enjoyed right from the outset!  Since this brief but impactive year of my life I have only sought out the Yoga Asanas and meditation practices.  As I felt I needed a deeper basis and more fundamental training before reinitiating into Tantric practices and teachings

Material Freedom

A close friend of mine Leslie once said to me ..... "I am so happy to be "broke"!! This means I have no money and I feel free!....." This statement to me in its moment that I heard it over 20 years ago I grasped mildly and understood.  But now with passing of time and life experience I herald this observation as being a Sage Truth!   We enter this world with nothing...we leave this physical body with nothing.... So to go through life in the same state with objectives beyond the material such as teaching, coexistence in harmony and spiritual objectives are actually attainable ideals.  One just has to be open to the possibilities and choose to avoid the illusions of material pursuits.  An object or item precious to us or others is not capable of taking us beyond a momentary lustre of contentment.  Knowing oneself and finding inner happines with one's connectedness and coexistence with the universe requires no currency just a beautiful internal journey. Namaste

Positive "Tantric" Ideas About Imagination

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When the physical body does not respond the mind becomes refuge for studies & visions.... Recently this book fell into my browser as I was cross-referencing footnotes in a Bihar Publication :-) So I therefore share the following 4 pages from this Tantric Practice book... Tattwa Shuddhi, The Tantric Practice of Inner Purification. by Swami Satyasangananda >>Under the Guidance of Swami Satayananda Saraswati

Harvard Medical Study Shows Yoga to "Help Fight Frailty" of seniors over 65 years old!

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Harvard Staying Healthy Study Report Link Here So join me Michael Sands for Chair Yoga suitable for the  Office or at Home with a special focus on practicing Anti-Arthritis & Anti-rhuematism Sequences from the Pawanmuktasana Practice from India!  ......want to try a class? Find Michael Sands at  The BurnAlong Online Wellness Platform  wellness.burnalong.com ❤️‍πŸ”₯πŸŽ§πŸŽΆπŸ”ŠπŸ§˜‍♂️🌟

Leading a Class With Eyes Wide Shut?

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Students many times at the beginning of a class ask what style of Yoga we will practice.  My most sincere answer would be "improvisational" based on what I see as everyone's abilities and needs for that practice in the moment!  Although many time to not overly complicate introductions I will say a blend of Vinyasa and Yin Yoga without a "planned sequence".   Now if I were to tell new students I also.occassionally get very experimental and lead an entire class with the Eyes Closed!! ?Why?? Well it has a method of working for me... I use this for very simple seated mat practices more restorative yoga style and I listen carefully to each student's breath as we transition between asanas or when holding a posture for some minutes to know when they are ready for the counter pose.  Truly speaking nobody ever suggested this to me but it has had very successful outcomes for example a wife brought her husband for his very first yoga class with me and by th

Chair πŸͺ‘πŸ§˜‍♂️Yoga in Action!! Photos Share of Recent Classes :-) πŸ™ŒπŸ€©

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Improvisational Advanced Asanas Sequence...NEW! Classes on BurnAlong ❤️‍πŸ”₯

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The following yoga postures can be found regularly in the improvisational yoga sequences that I share in class. They come from Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa style practices.   I thought it would be nice to list some of them here with their Sanskrit names for reference. If you would like to request a personal class or wish to be updated on new ones feel free to DM or WhatsApp . :-).  Namaste, Michael Sands..... +94764328555 Instagram @happysunriseyoga YouTube @michaelsandsyoga7809 Burnalong Asanas (Postures) for reference: Halasana = Plough Pose. Vrischkasana = Scorpion. Maraji-Asana = Cat Stretch. Vyaghrasana = Tiger. Shashankasana = Rabbit or Moon Pose. Shashank Bhujangasana = Striking Cobra. Ashwa Sanchalanasana = Equestrian Pose. Ushtrasana = Camel Pose. Supta Vajrasana = Sleeping Thunderbolt. Tadasana = Palm Tree Pose. Tiryak Tadasana = Swaying Palm Tree. Druta Uktasana = Dynamic Energy. Samakonasana = Right Angle Pose. Dwikonasana = Double Angle Pose. Tri