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Motivation Mondays: Advanced Yoga Routines That Inspire Me…

This post is about motivation, or the lack thereof…

As a musician and an artist; someone who’s best traits fall more on the creative side rather than the analytical… I have ideals and goals that I constantly strive for.

Though we may achieve our goals, there are even more goals to set, and to achieve in the future.

I am always a work in progress when it comes to my musical talents. It’s an ongoing lifelong commitment.

Motivation: The psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior.

And along with whatever practice routines I have on piano and drums, whether it’s practicing my rudiments or playing scales, modes and chord progressions, I do indirect activities to improve my musical performance as well. This usually falls under activities like doing cardio workouts, strength training, yoga, meditation and eating a healthy diet.

I’m currently working my way back to a regular yoga practice. For some reason I stopped and I don’t really have a good excuse as to why. But, I know in my heart that a regular yoga practice is good for body, mind and soul. So, my current goal is to practice yoga at least 2-3 times a week.

For inspiration, I’ve collected several yoga routines that have inspired me to get back into it.

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Inspirational Yoga Videos

Here are a few videos from YouTube that can be used to motivate and inspire one to get into Yoga (or get back into it). I’m not an advanced Yogi with regards to the postures, but I have years of experience in meditation, one of the limbs of Yoga.

Origins of Yoga

I have this DVD, and it’s quite inspirational. It definitely looks at Yoga from the perspective of Yoga being primarily a spiritual practice to become more attuned to the divine. And follows real life Yogis living in India who have given up everything, their careers and worldly possessions to practice a life of ascetism, devotion, meditaiton and the practice of Yoga.

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Yoga Championship 2004

I’m not really into Yoga as a competition, because I think that Yoga is just a tool to achieve a greater, deeper sense of spirituality. The ultimate goal of Yoga would be union with “The One”. It really is more a spiritual practice than a physical one. And there is more to Yoga than the asanas, or physical postures.

Still, this is a great video of advanced Yoga postures. And an advanced Yoga routine.

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Sharath Ashtanga Yoga Demonstration

This is probably one of the advanced routines in the Ashtanga Yoga series. Sharath is the grandson of the late, and esteemed Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: one of the founders of Ashtanga Yoga who brought this style of Yoga to America and the world. Many celebrities and actors, like Gwyneth Paltrow, are dedicated students of Ashtanga Yoga.

This routine is extremely advanced, but very inspirational in motivating one to strive to the more advanced levels of asanas.

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BKS Iyengar Demonstration 1938

The founder of Iyengar Yoga in a rare, vintage newsreel. BKS Iyengar, demonstrating his advanced style of Yoga, which is now one of the most popular forms of Yoga throughout the world.

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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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