I dont often talk about Patanjali much anymore but these Sutras spoken are still my favourite to sit with and will always be one of my favourite sounds. Atha Yogānuśāsanam. Now the Exposition of Yoga is being made. Yogaś citta vrtti nirodhah. The restraint of the modification of the mind-stuff is Yoga. Tadā drastuh svarūpe vasthānam. Then the seer (self) abides in its own nature. Book 1 Yoga Sutras of Patanjai. The first three Sutras are probably the most important for at least one reason. They are relatively easy to understand. The most useful spiritual discipline will be unique to each individual. The most resonate advice I have read came from a devote Aghori Vimalananda. He believed that each individual should carve out his own niche: "study what he or she could understand. Select those practices which they could sincerely do, and do them faithfully." My yoga is changing and in another way is regressing to when all I cared for was the consolations of philosophy for my heart.. I feel that again and I welcome it home...... however words without action are just that. Also on mala beads, these were about 10 cents from a merchant. Mala beads will not make you a more practised yogi if you dont use them, I remember thinking once that I needed precious stones like that would make me a better yogi. I bought them and they never really had any true value to me, This set are one of the most valuable things I own, for the time, love and devotion I have spent with them.
feeling overwhelmed by the demands of life lately ~ suppressed creativity ~ feeling like an inferior version of myself 🥀
my internal battle is stirring ~ roaring ~ fighting to break free from this enslaved mind.
... however, gentle whispers of surrender remind me of the inherent power of reinvention and transformation.
my passion, my lust for life ~ love ~ travel ~ will be reborn in 2019... and the reemergence of an eminent self will rise.
Thank you @stephaniesnyderyoga & @lovestoryyoga for hosting the Book Launch and Show last night. Such a lovely lovely night! Thank you everyone who helped and everyone who came and helped create such a wonderful event. Big big love to all!! And so much gratitude from a full (& -happily!-tired!) heart!!! #gratitude#yoga#yogaart#artwork#artshow#yogaeverydamnday#yogasutras
May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. – Saint Terese of Liseaux
Sun. December 16, 2018
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
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9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Not Hot Vinyasa Flow
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Inferno Hot Pilates
I cannot wait to dive into this book. So many people tell me that they cannot do yoga because it is boring. I have never had that problem. In so many ways, yoga saved my life. Like I said yesterday, I am no stranger to stress and anxiety. Over the last three years, my mat has been one of the few places that my mind is FREE. Free of the lists, stress, and anxiety. When I step on my mat, all of my struggles magically melt away and I can just focus on me and on my breath. When I go more than a week without my practice, I feel it mind, body, and soul.
Yoga is about so much more than the postures. Asana is only one of the 8 limbs of yoga. Did you know that? Yoga is not only about the time spent on your mat, it is a way of living. Bringing more yoga and the peace that comes with it into my life off the mat is the main reason I signed up for a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I cannot wait to dive into the Sutras. 🧘♀️ .
When you feel that funky, sad depressive cloud starting to bubble up around you... MOVE.
Literally get up right away and dance around, turn some music on and sing your heart out, go for a nice walk around the park down the street, swing your hair around in the air like a rockstar... I dont care how you do it but just Move and get your heart rate up and your body moving. 💫🤸🏻♀️💃🏻🙏
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Patanjali uses the term ‘dharana’ which is a Sanskrit term. This can be translated as concentration or aptitude of directing the mind in one direction and staying there. It can also be translated as discipline of attention. Desikachar explains that dharana is only one step away from the seventh limb dhyana which is contemplation or meditation. Dharana is a necessary requirement without which meditation would not be possible. Desikachar uses the image of a large reservoir of water used by farmers for watering their fields. There are many channels going in different directions to water the plants. Each has the same depth as all others. However, if one channel runs deeper than the others, more water flows through it. And this is what we do in dharana where we focus our mind on one single object to the exclusion of others. With this we create a mental channel which runs much deeper than others.
If you remember the previous limb pratyahara, you know this was the result of turning our senses inwards. With this we have stopped following noises, smells and other sensory influences that might inhibit our meditative practice. Whilst it is important for our meditative practice to turn inward we are usually still left with a mental chatter. We have decreased our attention to present sensual stimuli but might still contemplating things from the past or future. There might be thoughts about things we have to do, things that did not go well in the past which we find difficult to forget or worries about the future. Dharana is the discipline to tame those thoughts and exclude them, so we can fully focus on the chosen object of our meditation. This is by no means an easy process, but it needs to be mastered to be able to meditate.
✨Light up your wings!✨ To fly we have to lighten the load of our thoughts and expectations. There’s a Sutra for that! 👊🏼
Abhyasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah. Repeated practice of resisting the downward pull and detachment from the outcome are the two wings needed for flight out of the self-limiting, self-defeating mind. 🦋
A very interesting analogy works out as we study the words: “The web pulsates. It contracts and expands”. The underlying thought is that of pulsation, of diastole and systole, of ebb and flow, of cyclic activity, of the day of opportunity and the night of inactivity, of inflow and output, and of those many appearances and disappearances which mark the sweep of all lives in all kingdoms and dimensions. This day and night cycle which is the inevitable mark of manifested existence has to be recognized. One of the things which every disciple has to learn (putting the truth in the simplest terms) is to achieve that wisdom which is based on a knowledge of when to work and when to refrain, and on an understanding of those periods or interludes which are characterized by speech and by silence. It is here that mistakes are made and here that many workers fail to make good. - A Treatise on White Magic ✨✨✨
Thank you everyone for such a wonderful evening last night @lovestoryyoga ! So much fun! Seeing the work up. Sharing it with everyone. Talking about the work and about the Yoga Sutras with the radiant @stephaniesnyderyoga. So much love and support and help!! @kristiehansenart without whom I’d NEVER manage to hang the paintings! @bejosa3 (who I might have mis-tagged in earlier postings!) who stayed & helped until the very end taking it all down!! And to Shirley Gibson (tell her, @georgia_rules24 !!) More pictures to follow!! (Later!!) 💜🙏💜 to all! #yogasutras#yoga#yogaart#yogainspiration#love#support#gratitude
Virabhadrasana 1/ Pranayama .
Pranayama is the fourth limb of the 8 limbs of yoga from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Pranayama is the movement of energy through breath. 🌬 Breathing in and out through the nose activates it counter part, the nervous system. 🌀 The mind directly affects the breath and the breath directly affects the mind. That means if I can change the quality of my breath, I can change my experience. ✨👁✨
I believe you are integrated when you are connected with your breath. 🕸 Looking through my notes, I was reintroduced to my main goal in life, to be integrated 💯% of the time!! 🙌 To live in the moment 💕 to be present. 😊. And you know what they say, ”If you can change the quality of your breath, you can change the quality of your mind!” 🧠 I do this by practicing a pranayama technique throughout the day. I practice 3-part breathe when watching TV, talking to someone, reading, even while writing this post. Practicing pranayama techniques allows me to slow down and become a witness to the moment I am in rather than reacting. It’s amazing how we are so used to being in autopilot we forget we are not connected to our breath, our life force! ⚡️ I also practice pranayama techniques when I meditate or practice asanas. Adding pranayama to these practices helps to change the quality of my mind and connect to my true self, the stillness within. 💕🌬🧘♀️💯💕
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DHYANA. “Las lámparas son diferentes pero La Luz es la misma; viene del más allá. Si te quedas mirando la lámpara estás perdido, pues entonces surge la diversidad y la dualidad. Fija tu vista en La Luz y te sacará de la dualidad.” Rumi
"The lamps are different but the Light is the same; it comes from beyond. If you stare at the lamp you are lost, for then diversity and duality arise. Fix your sight on The Light and it will take you out of duality. " Rumi
G R A T I T U D E ||| My mentor and big teacher in this lifetime is Wendy Newton @wendynewtonyoga . She has brought me from darkness into light many many, times. And she just wrote the most amazing translation of the Yoga Sutras with Alan Finger that I’ve ever read. “Tantra of the Yoga Sutras” (link in bio). .
What is a yoga teacher really? .
Is it a person who pushes you beyond what you perceive as your limit? Is it a person who truly sees you? Is it a person who honors your path and give your tools for your own empowerment ?
This is how I see it. When I get caught in my thoughts 💭, my gripes, my fears, my irritations, my high-octane dreams, she pulls me back to the ground.
When I feel lost, she finds me.
I don’t know how she does what she does, but the magic that she is, and I know it is a magic, is a great power that is uniquely hers. And that I admire very much. She is my Yoga Teaching mentor, and my Polarity Therapy Teacher, and I’m lucky to say my friend. .
I hope you will be as lucky as me to learn directly from her in this life. @ishtayoga
Our advanced studies dive into the traditional texts of Yoga. Here we are studying The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with our respected teacher Swamiji. In our 300hr Yoga Teacher Training, we engage in Swadyaya is (self study and studies of the scriptures.) When guided by the teacher so much understanding takes place. This ashram is a place of knowledge and with knowledge comes Self realization.
Backbending into the weekend like @yogafordharma - getting ready for a full day of Christmas parties and Santa photos! PS we have a huge collection of gifts for anyone in need of a bit of health, wellness and zen this Christmas. Hop to our website and choose one of our curated HLE Boxes or Build Your Own Box for a truly personal gift. Happy Saturday! x
Pratipaksha Bhavana is a simple and direct way of keeping our minds calm and out hearts open. How often during the day do unwanted thoughts or feelings disturb your calm? “When presented with disquieting thoughts or feelings, cultivate an opposite, elevated attitude.” This is Pratipaksha Bhavana. It helps us to change our attitude rather than hoping to change the situation or people who cause us to be unhappy. So if you feel fear, cultivate courage, anger, cultivate love and so on... It’s worth a try ✨
These are not yoga photos! I mean they are photos of me one freezing cold morning in our newly decorated lounge (no clutter) trying to get photos of me performing yoga postures for our web site, I was saying to kirsto 'but this isn't yoga, this is just showing what people think yoga should look like'.
I remember what @gemma_skells_yoga taught me in my brief encounter with her, not to go on about what yoga isn't but to share what it is!.
I'm now coming to the end of my first real block of teaching yoga, and that is exactly what I have tried to do. Patanjalis second sutra says" the restraint of the modifications of the mindstuff is yoga" so if you can control the mind into ripples this is yoga. So as a new teacher this is exactly what I aim to share with my students.So our focus is not to form a perfect shape in a routine or mechanical way, but to feel fully into what the body is experiencing without judgment, to stay with their breath with interest and freshness, to feel part of and supported by the the wonderful universe . When these things are happening the minds chatter does indeed dissolve into ripples and stillness, this may be brief but it can happen during your first class or when you're years into practicing. It can happen standing, sitting, balancing, or upside down, you just need to show up to the mat. The practice is both the route to and the result. So this stillness is available to all! I still have so much to learn and so much space to grow, love light and thanks to those who have shown up so far and those who have showed interest to practice in the future!
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I’m learning to chant the yoga sutras from @sadhanainthecity who has been (very) patiently teaching me. It’s a nice way to wind up morning practice and get set for the day. I’m only up to 23 (but who’s counting (besides me lol)). 📷 by @sadhanainthecity who caught me in my favorite blanket (sort of a Linus situation, I’m afraid). I know I was feeling quite wiped - it’s been a long week- so this little bubble of calm was like manna to me.