to See Beyond the Mat After
I began practicing I began to seek out every book I could find on the topic
of yoga. I read practice books which were written for the general public
as well as more esoteric books which were seemingly written in some sort
of code for the students of antiquity.......
students say that sometimes they have problems getting themselves
to practice at home. Often I hear the statement, "I just don't have any
discipline." I would like to redefine the concept of "discipline" by
contrasting it with the concept of "commitment".....
Beginners: the Benefits of Yoga Practice There
is an old story in the ancient literature of India about a student attempting
in vain to describe the taste of a mango. Listening to the futile words,
the teacher shakes his head, smiles, and picking up a ripe luscious mango,
bites into it. Writing about the benefits of hatha yoga is a little like
this...(Thanks to ThriveOnline on Oxygen for providing "Benefits of Hatha
Yoga". You can find ThriveOnline at www.thriveonline.com or on AOL with the AOL keyword: ThriveOnline)
Concerns in Teaching Yoga - One day
as a child on a family outing, I was seated in a small motor boat facing
backward as we cut a sharp path across an icy blue lake....
Ten Most Important Sutras - As a child, my experience of summer
was that of an endless progression of days filled with infinite time
to pursue whatever seemed interesting to me and the gang of kids who gathered
each morning on our street.. ..
I squirmed impatiently in my seat as I waited for the parenting expert
to finish his talk at my children's school. I was eager to go up to the
lectern to ask my personal question: How could I get my two older children
to stop bickering all the time?
Ease: Learning how to sit - A brief look at the chairs which are
offered to us in schools, cars and on airplanes reveals that there seems
to be little understanding of how our human anatomy functions in the sitting
the Journey: Living the Yamas of Patanjali - When our children were young, my husband
and I would occasionally summon up enough courage to take them out for
dinner. As we stood outside the selected restaurant, one of us would stare
down into their upturned innocent faces and remind them, to “be good” or
we would leave the restaurant...
the Presence of God: Living the Niyamas of Patanjali -Recent
research has proven that not only are human beings inherently social creatures,
our very health and longevity may depend upon our social ties....
the Spirit: Understanding the Meaning of Asana - All
I remember of my first asana (posture) class is the ceiling. Between movements
we would be instructed to lie down on our mat and rest. I do not remember
very much about what we did, but I do remember I wanted more....
of God: the breathing practices of pranayama - We
usually take the ability to draw a simple breath for granted, but our everyday
language reveals our intuitive awareness that breathing is critically important
to the Self: the practice of pratyahara - In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the second chapter is filled with teachings
about the astanga or eight-limbed yoga system. The astanga system
is presented as a series of practices which begin with external limbs like
ethical precepts and move toward more internal limbs like meditation...
to the Self: the practice of pratyahara - (part 5)I
was sitting in my favorite chair, the chocolate brown one with the fringe
along the bottom and I was engrossed in a Nancy Drew novel. I was eight
years old, and I was completely mesmerized as I read about the daring exploits
of my favorite heroine.....
Life Is Not To Be Lived On The Edges
Life is not to be lived on the edges.
Because we are only able to see one vista from the edge.
Joy is Big
Your joy is too small, caged by the jailor of your thoughts.
It lives in the land beyond Infinity and is big beyond measure.
peace with the present moment.”
often our mental process is to judge ourselves for what we are thinking
or feeling. A thought arises and our inner dialogue says something like,
“Oh, I shouldn’t be thinking that” or “How can I be thinking/feeling
that when I am a yoga student, teacher or meditator?”.
we react to those judgments with even more judgments for judging, and we
are caught in a repeating pattern from hell.
practice I have been enjoying for some months now is to “make peace with
the present moment”. That means that when thoughts arise followed by thoughts
of judgment I tell myself that the whole process is part of my practice:
the original thoughts and the secondary or following thoughts as well.
I do this by saying to myself, “how human of me to have a thought of X”.
This helps so much when I look at the behavior of others as well.
I say silently to myself, “How human of him to act/react with anger or
fear or disappointment” then there is a space for compassion to arise in
me. And I like how that feels. Then I am at peace with the present moment.
the insights gained on the meditation cushion and yoga mat live in our
lives is a great and wondrous challenge. One thought that helps me to do
this is to think of myself as a “spiritual sociologist”. Whenever I can,
I try to observe what is happening within me and around me using the curious
mind of a sociologist. I observe what others say and do; I observe what
I say and do, all with an open heart and non-judging mind. I sometimes
use this phrase silently to myself, “isn’t that interesting?” as I observe.
When I am able to remember to keep my perspective on myself and the others
around me framed by an open heart, I like how I feel and how I chose to
act in the world.
us be respectively aware, Life and death are of supreme importance.
swiftly passes by, and with it our only chance.
of us must aspire to awaken.
aware: do not squander our life.
in natural great peace this exhausted mind, beaten helpless by karma and
neurotic thoughts, like the relentless fury of the pounding waves in the
infinite ocean of samsara.
First this food is for
Second it is for our teachers
Third it is for all nations
and all beings.
Thus we eat this food
with everyone, we eat to stop all harming, to practice serving and to accomplish
the awakened way.