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Friday, 17 August 2012

Tantra on The Great South West Walk

I am planning to walk the GSWW( from  November 19,  you are welcome to accompany me.  The walk is a minimum of 12 days, if you average 20 km + a day and don't take any rest days. Most people, including myself,  take two weeks to complete the walk. See the map above. About 80 km of the walk is along the beach.  There is no cost.
Disclaimer:  At no point do I accept liability for loss of property or injuries sustained whilst on this work. You accompany me at your own risk.

Selection Criteria
Bail points much after day two, when you are within phone range of Portland are limited. So you need to be fit enough to walk 25 km a day whilst carrying 20 + kg. This is the one non-negotiable criteria. Anyone who is clearly unfit  will be rejected on application. Most likely we will walk the Eastlink Trail ( and see how people hold up. I am no speed demon and average about 5 kph over the sort of terrain we will be walking.
Applications and questions are to be via Facebook. You can find me at "Tantra of The Light".

The terrain is pretty flat. It is a fuel stove event, especially along the beach. The facilities as far as washing yourself, clothes etc., are nonexistent on the walk and limited in expect to get smellyish. Water on the walk is courtesy of rainwater the amount isn't unlimited. Mobile phone coverage, if the websites are anything to go by, is pretty good. I would suggest acquiring a solar recharger for mobiles, ipods etc., Please ensure that walking boots are broken in, the first time I tried this walk I ended up with egg sized blisters from wearing only one set of socks instead of two and had to bail after day 2. Also know how to set up your tent and work your stove

I intend to practice meditation and yoga whilst on the GSWW. I will be bring a Dharma and or Tantra book with me. So don't expect any formal teachings.
Being Tantrics,  it's byo contraceptives & lube. I think skinny dipping in the Glenelg River is up to you. Discovery Bay is both unpatrolled and known to be dangerous, so no swimming there.

Apart from this: enjoy yourself

Saturday, 4 August 2012

The Great Salutation

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Based on Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation, the so-called "Great Salute" is a sequence of 22 postures (see the Posture Page). It includes the postures of the Sun Salutation, plus Warrior I and II , the Triangle and others. Like the Sun Salutation, the Great Salute is a complete workout, stretching, opening and strengthening the whole body. When repeated at a brisk pace, it also helps build stamina. Try several different approaches to this vinyasa. For example, move through the sequence, coordinating each step with an inhale or exhale, but never hold a pose for more than one breath. Then try it holding each of the major poses for 3-5 breaths. The Great Salute works as a warmup or part of a longer routine. On days when you have little time, it's a simple and quick way to work in many of the major standing poses.

1. Mountain
Begin in Mountain pose, feet about hip width apart, hands either by your sides or in prayer position.

2. Hands up 
 On your next inhale, sweep your arms up overhead and gently arch back, but only as far as feels safe and comfortable .

3. Head to knees 
As you exhale, bend forward, bending the knees if necessary, and bring your hands to rest beside your feet.  

4. Lunge

Step the right leg back

5. Upright lunge 
Maintain the leg position, while straightening the back and bringing the hands to rest on the thigh.

6. Warrior I

Inhale and raise the arms overhead. If comfortable, hold the hands in temple position and look up.  

7. Lunge
  Bend forward, bringing the hands to either side of the foot

8. Plank

Step the left leg back into plank position

 9. Stick

 Exhale and lower yourself as if coming down from a pushup. Only your hands and feet should touch the floor. 

10. Upward dog

Inhale and stretch forward and up, bending at the waist. Use your arms to lift your torso, but only bend back as far as feels safe and comfortable.  

11. Downward dog
 Exhale, lift from the tailbone and hips and push back and up.

12. Lunge

Step the right foot forward into the lunge position
13. Triangle

Move into Triangle by turning your left hip up and the right down, bringing the right side of your torso in alignment with your right leg. Raise your left arm.  


Straighten up, keeping your arms up and extended.

15. Warrior II

Bend your right knee, keeping the knee over the right ankle, and move into Warrior II. 

16.Open heart

Straighten up, clasp your hands behind your back, lift your chest and keep the arms and legs engaged, pulling shoulders back and down

17. Standing seal


 Bend forward at the hips, bring the head down to the knee and lift the arms up into the air. Lift the arms up and move them forward as much as possible

18. Open heart

Straighten up 
19. Lunge

 Bend the right knee and move into the Lunge

 20. Head to knee

Step the left foot forward and lift the tailbone into the air, moving into Head-to-Knee 

21. Hands up
Sweep the arms out to either side, bend upward from the hips, keeping the back straight

22. Mountain 

 In a slow, sweeping motion, lower your arms to the sides or bring them into prayer position. Repeat the sequence, beginning with the other leg