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Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 - Today the Dalai Lama reminded me that people are kind to you, you appreciate it. So, being kind to others will also be appreciated. :-)
The Breath Helps Remove Mental Obstacles
Sept 1, 2022 - In the "Sutras of Patanjali," it says that by concentration on one thing you can remove mental obstacles. Today, we'll focus on the breath and see how it goes. :-)
Misconception of the world isn't helpful
Sept 2, 2022 - In the Sutras of Patanjali, the first part of the book is about how you want to calm the fluctuations of the mind, but there are things that get in the way of that. One of them is misconception. I realize this is something everyone does. It happens all the time. In class we'll ...
Non-harming in thought, word, and deed
Sept. 5, 2022 - Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word meaning non-harming or non-killing. Of course, I think we all do our best to practice this is deed...but to fully practice Ahimsa you also want to do it with non-harming words and deeds. Let's try it out for practice today and see how it goes. :-)
Finding Truthfulness is a Practice
Sept 6, 2022 - One of the practices is yoga is "satya" - which means truthfulness. What I've come to recognize is, like everything in life, truthfulness isn't black and white and you can struggle with it. Today we consider truth as we practice.
Movement as Meditation
Sept 7, 2022 - In today's class we focus on experiencing the body as mediation. Holding postures for longer and more deeply experiencing being present with the body, and doing a short meditation near the end of the practice to see how it effected our minds, bodies, and hearts. I think you'll en...
The Most Relevant is Experience that is Direct Experience
On Jane and my motorcycle trip this summer, we had people tell us various roads we should and shouldn't take. In the end, our own experience was really the thing that mattered, not other people's input. That's true in yoga as well. Your direct experience is what matters most.
Let Thoughts go Like Leaves on a River
Sept 12, 2022 - Today we do a backbend class while we let the thoughts in our mind pass, like leaves floating down and away on a river.
Using the Breath to Support the Practice
Sept 13, 2022 - Today we focus on using the breath as an underlying anchor to support the physical practice.
Opening Up for Deeper Breathing
Sept 14, 2022 - Today we'll do a breathing exercise to start, and then a practice of opening the body for deeper breathing.
Counting the Breath of Focus the Mind
Sept 15, 2022 - Today we using counting along with the breath to help with mental clarity.
9.19.22 - I watched the movie "Licorice Pizza" the other night. A great movie! One of the things I loved about it was the emotional rollercoaster of the characters...you need to see it. :-)
It was a reminder that we are emotional creatures, and having emotions is part of our deal. Today we'l...
Pearls on a Thread
9.20.22 - In the Bhagavad Gita it talks about the idea that we are all connected like pearls on a thread. The pearls are each individual person, and the thread is the goodness that connects us. A nice idea to ponder. :-)
Like a Candle Flame in a Windless Room
9.21.22 - In the Bhagavad Gita it talks about meditation like having the calm of a candle flame in a windless room. I love that imagery. In class we imagine the flame and do our best to keep it still, through smooth movement and a calm mind. I think you'll enjoy it.
The Lords Club
Sept 22, 2022 There were a group of Lords that decided to form a social club. At their first meeting they were all excited to be together and then one of them asked where the bartender was to give them a drink. There was no bartender, or dishwasher, or cook, or any non-lords at the club. The L...
Appreciating Your Consistent Practice
Monday, 9.26.22 - Something that I am really feeling today is gratitude to have something I do everyday that makes me feel good...which is the yoga practice. And, you know, it doesn't have to be yoga. What I recognize is having something in life that is a regular thing can feel really good. En...
Aligning with Your Bright Yogic Virtues
Tuesday, 9.27.22 - In the "Bhagavad Gita" it takes about our "yogic virtues"...there's a lot of them. The take away is that virtues are already inside. Another translation for the Sanskrit of virtue is "inherent within." We already have peacefulness, patience, kindness, along with a bunch of ot...
The Latent Bright Qualities are Inherent Within You
Wednesday - 9.28.22: Today we talk about the Bhagavad Gita and the idea that we have "bright qualities" already inside of us, and one of those is the "study of sacred texts." That could be the Gita, but also anything that makes you feel more in touch with your heart, and a bit brighter.
Humility is a Bright Virtue
Thursday, 9.29.22: I had a very funny experience yesterday of lacking a few of the bright qualities we've been talking about this week. It's a reminder that we are all doing our best, and also that humor is a very important quality to maintain. :-)