From Rajanna ….

తల్లి కొరకు చేసే ఆ త్యాగమెంతధైన దేహమైన ప్రాణమైన కొంచెమే కదమ్మ …. అమ్మ అవని .

Thanks to Sri. Sivadatta (Keeravani’s father), and all the other lyricists, Keeravani garu and Nagarjuna for a beautiful album.

After hearing the songs, naku enduko chala diguluga anipinchindi ….

Hear the songs on Raaga.com. All the songs have great lyrical value.

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Time very well spent on Thanksgiving 2011

I really enjoyed the day from its start to finish. Everything as planned (even more than I planned) with Baba’s grace.

I went to Baba’s temple in the morning with some prasadam made. I initially thought of making Perugu vada and Mysore Pak (papam Mysore Pak feels bad), as someone on youtube correctly pointed out – it came out as burfi or may be little harder. But Baba asked for Tomato bhath too. So I offered all those three items with a yellow and red pattu sari . I arrived at the temple around 11 a.m., I was thinking of making 108 pradakshinas and then I thought the temple might be crowded. For my surprise, the temple was almost empty except for 2 devotees and the priest. And Sai bajans are filling out the atmosphere soothingly. And my happiness knew no bounds when I heard the song playing ‘Veena dharini Saradae’ when I was entering the temple.

I happily did my 108 pradakshinas and the priest had told me that he would offer the prasad at noon Arathi and he put the saree on Baba. I was so contended. Then I offered my prayers at Ganesha Temple. I stopped by at my sister’s place for half an hour and then rushed back home to go to New Jersey to attend Thanksgiving potluck supper at Sirisha and Ramana’s place.

Actually I took a leading role for the potluck by setting up a base menu and coordinating with all ladies.

Before I left for New Jersey, I was able to finish my online shopping at Macy’s that actually helped me to avoid going to the shop, waiting on long lines and being amidst huge crowds and finally getting tired .

I prepared Samosa Chat at Sirisha’s place. We were able to do Baba bhajan and Harathi and as I planned I got into 11:12 p.m. train heading towards New York. Thanks to Sekhar and Ramu for safely putting me onto the train. Chaitanya was so worried as I took a train at that late hour. But I am little stubborn and sometimes feel very proud for being so as it would give me lot of confidence that I could attain things alone, of course with the help of the Almighty. The train was full of people at that hour and ofcourse I was little bored for being on the train for one hour and twelve minutes. Ramu and Sekhar warned me to take a cab from New York Penn Station to my place. I said ok, but once I got out of Penn Station, there were so many people on the road as most of the stores are opening at midnight with Thanksgiving sales. I decided to walk, and I stopped by at Macy’s, there was an amazing crowd. I did not need to do any shopping, but I just want to walk through the ground floor to feel the crowd. Macy’s is one the biggest stores with nine floors – length wise Broadway to 7th Avenue and width wise 34th Street to 33rd Street. I was there for around 30 to 40 minutes, just walked through without buying any stuff and then walked back home.

I was never imagined my self walking around 1 a.m in New York City, for that matter at any place.. I would not have done this at any place except for Midtown, Manhattan. I am proud to be a New Yorker. I was kind of tired, but I reached home by 1:45. Just prayed to Baba and thanking Him for everything and slept around 2:15 a.m.:

Surya Namaskaram

Surya Namaskara (pronounced SOOR-yah nah-mahs-KAHrah) known in English as Sun Salutation (lit. “salute to the sun”), is a common sequence of Hatha yoga asanas.

The physical base of the practice links together twelve asanas in a dynamically performed series. These asanas are ordered so that they alternately stretch the spine backwards and forwards. When performed in the usual way, each asana is moved into with alternate inhalation and exhalation (except for the sixth asana where the breath is held in external suspension). A full round of Surya namaskara is considered to be two sets of the twelve poses with a change in the second set to moving the opposite leg first through the series.

Some proponents of the use of Surya namaskara as part of the modern yoga tradition prefer to perform it at sunrise, which the orthodox consider to be the most ‘spiritually favorable’ time of the day.

Surya Namaskara improves the breathing capacity and fills one with the feeling of endurance and exhilaration.

Benefits of Surya Namaskara:

  1. The to and fro movements of Surya Namaskara renders flexibility to the spine and the large muscle groups of the body
  2. It reduces the abdominal fat
  3. It helps all the body systems
    1. heart and circulatory system
    2. lungs
    3. nervous system
    4. digestive systems
    5. and endocrine organs

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The asanas of Surya Namaskaram –

Sculpture depicting 12 asanas of the Surya Namaskar at Terminal T3 at IGIA Airport, New Delhi, India, created by Nikhil Bhandari

Yoga for life

In 2010, I went to India for almost six weeks. Few days before I was heading back to New York, a strong desire had born in me – to go to Yoga classes. I did regret a lot that I did not utilize the opportunity of attending yoga classes during that period. coincidentally, Immediately after my return,  one of my family friends mentioned to me that he was attending yoga classes in Manhattan, the place is almost 1.5 miles away from my residence. And there was a promotion going on at that center at that time – unlimited classes for about $50 per month. I immediately plunged into it. I started at level 1 and did for a month. My husband used to do yoga everyday for almost several years. And I too had an opportunity to practice some asanas with him. But I did not take it very seriously then.

Then I almost stopped for a year with the usual excuse – I do not have time, I go to classes in the evening (my voluntary service) and on Saturday too and I have only Sunday – kind of stuff.

Six weeks ago, I put behind all my reasons and explanations for not able to do something which I would love to do, and started YOGA all over again and I am trying my best to go 3 to 4 times a week. And I hope I would stick to my resolution and my regime and continue to do yoga as long as I live ….