Monday, June 20, 2016

Path to Yoga



June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. Over 190 countries, including 40 Islamic nations, supported the move to have a special day for yoga. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge.What is yoga? Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in ancient India. Including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation. all of which keep a person in good health.  Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise.I wish to share my experience about yoga. 

 
I am active and a cheerful person. I am crossing 50 and have been in pre-menopause for a couple of years. As it takes a toll on almost every women  health, it happened to me as well. I faced a lot a health issue recently, like fatigue, stress, anxiety etc. I feel so exhausted and feel weak  all day. But past one year due to personal issues My mental stress and physical stress make my health worst. I faced severe vertigo that even  I can't able to go for walk, Eventually with this kind of lifestyle I started gaining weight..
I feel depressed and lost my self confidence. I wanted to change my life style and my greatest achievement is to gain back my self -esteem and smiles. my first step towards better life was started regular walks in the evenings. . I was walking one hour daily but my heart broke the day I stepped on the scale after a month of regular walking— the scales were behaving like an adamant child.This make me sad.
 One nice eveningwhile gone for a walk, I saw a banner of Ashtanga Yoga Class  is opening shortly just near to my home. I felt I should give it a try, Without thinking further I enrolled  my name and paid the fees and came back home. I started my classes . Ashtanga-yoga literally means eight-limbed-yogaas outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra’s. There are 8 limbs of Ashtanaga yoga:Yama, niyama, asana, prayanam, pratyahara, dharna, dhyan, samadhi in that order.
 
First Ashtanga Yoga has taught me about love—how to truly love myself, those around me and to love life in general .Surprisingly with each class, the ‘weight’  and other issues was out of my mind. I started enjoying the class , postures, breathing patterns and the whole concept of practicing yoga together. I was keen on going for the class the next day. My body was sore for first week . It was very hard .  I remember feeling weak, out of shape and having to stop and rest during some points; but it became fine eventually. The teacher never made me feel inadequate or like I didn’t belong.  In fact, I was completely inspired by her passion for the practice, which was evident as she described it as a “healing” practice and her supportive and confident teaching approach.
 
Attending class five days  a week, I was feeling somewhat confident as an “Ashtangi.” I then had to build up a whole new level of courage. On begin with I didn’t notice much change, but looking back now I can see there have been many small changes that have taken place along the way. . As a result of that my body feels good; strong but flexible, stable but mobile and my mind feels the same…I am not saying these changes will be the same for everyone, however they felt right for me.
Ashtanga is very good for Self-reflection, your practice will soon show you your strengths along with areas of weakness and its up to the individual how they choose to manage seeing themselves more clearly, but I can say the practice has helped shaped where I am today and I am happy with that. Physically I feel the fittest I have ever felt, my body continually surprises me by what it can does seeing and feeling my progress, it’s slow but it is definitely happening and I am happy with that. Also it’s nice to get up early and do the practice surrounded by lovely people and great energy. There is a sense that everyone is on his or her own yoga journey but we are all supporting each other in that process.
 
The benefits of meditation are endless, but mantras for anxiety or sinking into deep relaxation with yoga nidra - -will help you feel centred. I’m stretched out during my first 45-minuteof Yoga; Then Practice  yoga Nidra in class, body cradled in a fully supported Savasana (Corpse Pose), limbs limp, breath quiet, thoughts drifting All traces of the day fade away, time stops, and stillness washes over me. So this is Yoga Nidra Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing! Your body will thank you for this type of Relaxation.
When you feel "I'm too fat" or "I'm too weak".  "I'm to stiff" or "I'm not flexible enough".  Okay, then practice Ashtanga yoga.  Through repetitive practice, your body will grow more supple.  your  body grew stronger and more flexible.  I became satisfied with my outside appearance. You will also learn, over time, to love your body more than ever, if ever, before.
 Both meditation and yoga emphasize that when we are feeling discomfort, whether an uncomfortable physical feeling, emotion, or thought, that we can sit with that feeling and either choose to react or choose to let it go. I practice at home these days. This allows me to listen to my body.
Once I obtained this physical acceptance for myself, my body and mind began to filter out all the unnecessary tension and stress that I had been holding onto for my whole life .yoga makes my body more healthy.. Your own yoga practice begins to work internally, kind a like a free psychotherapy session. In all reality, When you are sick I realized no one can help. you deal with yourself, only you can do the  work. So get moving and love yourself because if you don’t look after yourself no one ever will.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Life is a race!



Life is a race!
The race is long and hard
We begin with high hopes and dreams-
Determined to succeed them in life
It is full hurdles; it is full of jumps,
There are numerous obstacles:
Which block our paths; What do we do?
Got to run with study pace
Our experiences  makes us tough;
Without falling behind
We have to cross line
Healthy, wealthy, miser and wise.
Everybody will have to be in the race.
We have no choice,
We have to run, the race of life.
While realistic to now and the future
Life is a race!
The race is long and hard
We begin with high hopes and dreams-
Determined to succeed them in life
It is full hurdles; it is full of jumps,
There are numerous obstacles:
Which block our paths; What do we do?
Got to run with study pace
Our experiences  makes us tough;
Without falling behind
We have to cross line
Healthy, wealthy, miser and wise.
Everybody will have to be in the race.
We have no choice,
We have to run, the race of life.
While realistic to now and the future!
- See more at: http://myviews-reflection.blogspot.in/2011/11/life-is-race.html?zx=8953b159a28f35bb#sthash.YDiN4uTw.dpuf
Life is a race!
The race is long and hard
We begin with high hopes and dreams-
Determined to succeed them in life
It is full hurdles; it is full of jumps,
There are numerous obstacles:
Which block our paths; What do we do?
Got to run with study pace
Our experiences  makes us tough;
Without falling behind
We have to cross line
Healthy, wealthy, miser and wise.
Everybody will have to be in the race.
We have no choice,
We have to run, the race of life.
While realistic to now and the future!
- See more at: http://myviews-reflection.blogspot.in/2011/11/life-is-race.html?zx=8953b159a28f35bb#sthash.YDiN4uTw.dpuf
Life is a race!
The race is long and hard
We begin with high hopes and dreams-
Determined to succeed them in life
It is full hurdles; it is full of jumps,
There are numerous obstacles:
Which block our paths; What do we do?
Got to run with study pace
Our experiences  makes us tough;
Without falling behind
We have to cross line
Healthy, wealthy, miser and wise.
Everybody will have to be in the race.
We have no choice,
We have to run, the race of life.
While realistic to now and the future!
- See more at: http://myviews-reflection.blogspot.in/2011/11/life-is-race.html?zx=8953b159a28f35bb#sthash.YDiN4uTw.dpuf

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pournami Nilavil..My favorite songs about Moon


My Favourite Moon  Songs

The night is so dark despite being patched with the twinkling stars and her highness, queen of night, the moon. We were sitting on the open balcony under the open sky. There was magic in the air, silhouette of trees on opposite open ground; which resulted some magical combination in atmosphere. Me with my children always enjoy this atmosphere. In Silence . Feeling a sense of calmness and peace seems to reflect on life. My Son asked me, "Ok tell me what are you thinking?", I said "I am thinking about all those beautiful songs on moon, I believe that the lyricists got the ideas in this kind of environment itself and they fill our heart with glory and beauty."

There is something extraordinarily tranquil about listening to these old and Ilayaraja sir's Tamil songs from a FM in my mobile late in the night. I have often think  that  poets and lyricists  must have been in love themselves to bring out such deep and meaningful thoughts in their poems and songs. The voices of SPB, Malaysia Vasudevan, Illayaraja, Jency ,Swarnalatha chitra,S Janaki, PB Srinivas, There is a magic in their voice that reminds us of a moonlit night’s soothing calm and of a cool gentle breeze on a scorching summer day. I shared my feelings about music , lyrics to my children. They too share their favorite songs .Today I share my favorite songs on Moon




What a wonderful song! every word of this song has some sangadhi and gamakam, classy art of working  in the Raga Simendramadhyamam. lyrics are so meaningful.


One of most favourite song from the Great SPB. I like this song for lyrics and for SPB sir's voice.
 பக்கத்தில் நீயுமில்லை பார்வையில் ஈரமில்லை
 சொந்தத்தில் பாஷை இல்லை சுவாசிக்க ஆசை இல்லை
 கண்டு வந்து சொல்வதற்கு காற்றுக்கு ஞானம் இல்லை 
நீலத்தை பிரித்துவிட்டால் வானத்தில் ஏதுமில்லை
 தள்ளி தள்ளி நீ இருந்தால் சொல்லி கொள்ள வாழ்க்கை இல்லை.Wow! what a lyric


பௌர்ணமி நிலவில் பனி விழும் இரவில்  கடற்கரை மணலில் இருப்போமா  மௌனத்தின் மொழியில் மயக்கத்தின் நிலையில்  கதை கதையாக படிப்போமா Beautifully sung by SPB and Janaki Ji. The song was composed by M.S.Viswanathanji lyrics vaali


The melodious love song,"Vaan Nila Nila Alla" sung by SP Balasubramaniam Oh! What A composition with beautiful flow of violin .Lovely Lyrics by Great Kannadasan
deivam kallila oru thokaiyin(nedil tho) sollil inbam kattila aval degak kattila


I cannot find words to describe the feelings that this song evokes even after all these years. excellent melody. What a song, I was just mesmerized...Whenever I listen to this song . one of the best evergreen melody of SPB. Music: V.Dakshinamoorthy Lyrics: Na.Pandurangan. Full credit goes to the great composer Dakshinamoorthy sir and the one and only singer for this song SPB.


l like the lyrics of the song. what a wonderful song.one of the best guitar melodies what a combination of this unit Ilayaraja, SPB & Vairamuthu Fabulous composition hats off to lead guitarist chandrasekarji 
 நீல வானிலே வெள்ளி ஓடைகள் 
போடுகின்றதே என்ன ஜாடைகள் 
விண்வெளியில் விதைத்தது யார் நவமணிகள் 
இளைய நிலா பொழிகிறதே இதயம் வரை நனைகிறதே Mukilingal alaikirathe mugavarigal tholainthanavo.. Mugavarigal thaviriyathal aluthidumo athu mazhaiyo.... Awesome lyrics.... Thanks to Mr Vairamuthu Sir.... This is one song where lyrics, music and movie scene have all come together to make it a perfect song.

Nilavukku En Mael Ennadi KobamGolden voice of Dr.P.B.S. How many times I've heard this song!!! A BW classic to the lovely voice of PB Srinivas set to the tune by the legendary duo MSV & TKRamamoorthy ji

One of raja's best melodies One of the best melodies by ilaya raja, the song has good a soothing effect, A song which u can be listening for ever end ever, Amazing music score By issai gnani Illayaraja Sir, Hats Off to you Sir!!!!
Nilaveparthu vanam sonnathu

The beauty of the lyrics blend so well with the music,
 நிலவைப் பார்த்து வானம் சொன்னது, என்னைத் தொடாதே.., நிழலைப்பார்த்து பூமி சொன்னது, என்னைத் தொடாதே..!, , நதியைப் பார்த்து, நாணல் சொன்னது, என்னைத் தொடாதே.., நாளைப் பார்த்து இரவு சொன்னது.., என்னைத் தொடாதே What a Lyrics written by Kannadasan!!!


An evergreen song beautifully rendered by PBSrinivas in his magical voice.I Love this song for his voice and lyrics.


Where is the mesmerism ? is it in the lyrics, music, tune, voice ? Extra Ordinary Rendition.  One of my all time favorite.

Arrahman's one of the Classic melody Song. So pleasant to hear in Hariharan Ji 's voice and heart touching

Vennilave vennilave I love this song very much for lyrics, Music, choreograph,picturization and melodious voice of Hariharan ji
Songs of singers that are a sweet comfort, in our moments of loneliness ….. In a voice that echoes in our ears with tenderness when even the full moon and the gentle breeze fail to comfort us.