SparkPeople Sivananda Yoga Team - Losing Weight with Yoga Team Messageboard Starting or restarting on Sparkpeople? Lose weight with Sivananda Yoga. Live with inner peace. Meditation, Asanas, Hindu Culture, Nutritional Balance. This place is created as a haven for joy. SparkPeople Sivananda Yoga Team - Losing Weight with Yoga Team Messageboard Introducing myself Hi Everybody! I am new to Spak so I am learning my way through it. I am so glad I have found this group. I have been practicing different types of yoga over the years, and recently I found a Sivananda yoga studio close to home, decided to try it, and I am so glad I did. I am loving it. <BR> I hope to interact with you all soon. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:53:34 EST Virgo Jan. 20 to 26th <BR> <BR> This week you'll be willing to try new stuff. You'll be wanting to taste new flavours, to fly to new horizons. But you have to remember to communicate this, so others understand where you are, and why. Money or some good news about work are coming. Maybe a raise, or new job. Or even a new project on the way. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:38:01 EST How to change 1st of all you need to notice that you need to change... this is the first step <BR> 2nd- Simple and long-term changes <BR> 3rd- investigate, go to natural cooking classes, search the web, etc <BR> 4th- cook new recipes at home, then share with friends and family Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:27:07 EST Make your food your best medicine Healthy eating: <BR> <BR> - It will give you and adequate supply of nutrients <BR> - It will give you and adequate supply of pure energy <BR> - Healthy food has an easy digestion (and give you more energy than your digestion demands) <BR> - They help and maintain the development of a healthy intestinal flora <BR> - They maintain a stron inmunologyc system <BR> - They prevent the development of diseases and illnesses <BR> - Healthy food is recognized by our digestive system and we are able to... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:24:52 EST Sivananda Yoga's Weekly Poem 20. MY ORIGINAL HOME <BR> <BR> I was tired of this illusory life of sense-pleasures. <BR> I became quite disgusted with this prison of body. <BR> I had Satsanga with Mahatmas. <BR> I imbibed their nectarine instructions. <BR> I started my perilous journey to Brahmapuri, <BR> Which is otherwise known as Niralambapuri, <BR> The distant Brahmic abode of splendour and glory, <BR> My original Home of pristine purity. <BR> I crossed the dire forest of love and hatred, <BR> I roamed far b... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:42:32 EST Stepping Down I feel I owe this team an apology. I found it with an inactive team leader, and I decided to step up because I have lived the Sivananda Yoga path for the past 15 years. It has saved my life in many ways. <BR> <BR> I also, however, have a long history of mental illness and clinical depression. It has been interfering in my life for the past few months, and has kept me from having the energy to actually lead the team. A Spark Friend of mine posted a blog today expressing impatience at team... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 09:34:56 EST ~ Yoga is a Joy ~ “Yoga practice is not about self-denial. It should be fun and joyful. You don’t have to deny your senses. You have taste buds for a reason, so you can enjoy eating—just be sure that it’s the right amount and that it doesn’t create indigestion. Give the senses the proper enjoyment, in the proper way, at the proper time. There’s no harm in eating tasty foods. But don’t eat just for the sake of taste. When you eat, enjoy the taste. Eat for the sake of eating, and, while eating, enjoy the taste. ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:29:17 EST Wishing you all a Happy New Year! I know that I don't post often, but I'm going to try and remedy that in the New Year. I am once again determined to get healthy, lose this weight, and feel better! And my first goal of the year is to find and take a beginning yoga class. I haven't been very successful trying it with videos or books. <BR> <BR> May 2012 be all you hope it will be. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:15:44 EST Ascended Company ~ by Sirgun Kaur <BR> <link><BR>nded-company.html?showComment=13148234<BR>58962#c5273371972526823796 </link> <BR> <BR> You would like to see me fail <BR> but I will pass this test <BR> I will not fold and meekly bend <BR> under-slept and stressed <BR> <BR> I will not ignore the hoops you throw <BR> I will choose to walk around <BR> Silently blessing and thanking you <BR> for the chance to stand my ground <BR> <BR> I will not cry for I understand <BR> ... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 13:03:54 EST ~ The Real Me is the Spirit ~ Question: Swamiji I have loved you for a long time. How much longer will it be till I get closer to you and to enlightenment? <BR> <BR> Sri Gurudev: Ohhh, my sweetheart. If you have really loved the real Swamiji you are already closer to him. He is closer than your own heart. That is the real Swamiji you should love. Don't think that Swamiji is this physical person sitting here. No. The spirit in you is the real Swamiji. I am only a mirror to reflect that in you. If you learn to see that Swa... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 12:05:35 EST Looking for a good yoga soundtrack? If you do a gentler yin style of yoga like I do, check out Sudha and Maneesh de Moor's Sharanam CD. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ha-Maneesh-Moor/dp/B000P7V4JE </link> <BR> <BR> It's such a perfect background for a focused and devoted practice. <BR> <BR> What music do you like during your hatha practice? Sat, 23 Jul 2011 12:50:35 EST The Best Thing We Can Do The Best Thing We Can Do <BR> <BR> Don't ever, ever put yourself down. You are here for a purpose, and you are great in your place. You may not know what that purpose is; but no matter what you look like, what handicaps you might have, what size or what color you are, the fact that you are here is enough. God has something for you to do. Let us always live in that knowledge. Let us become humble instruments in the hands of that great Lord. That's the best thing we can do. He will take care o... Sun, 22 May 2011 10:44:29 EST Clean Money Clean Money <BR> <BR> Don't work thinking only of your salary. If God is satisfied with your work, He will give you plenty. You will get your salary, and more, from many other sources. Think of your job as an opportunity to serve, not just an opportunity to make money. If you work with that serviceful attitude, then whatever you make will be clean money, well-earned money that will certainly bring health and happiness to you. It's not how much money we make, but how we make it that's importa... Sun, 15 May 2011 09:39:54 EST Don't just go with the flow This may very well be my favorite reading in the entire book, The Golden Present. I love the teaching about flowing in the right direction. It made a major difference in my life when I first read it fifteen years ago. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Get Into Their Boat <BR> <BR> Question: How do I know the difference between going with the flow and being out of control? <BR> <BR> Sri Gurudev: That's where you should learn to apply moderation; be neither too tight nor too loose. If you can't figure... Wed, 4 May 2011 09:17:24 EST The Sign of a Healthy Person The Sign Of A Healthy Person <BR> <BR> What is the sign of a healthy person? Such a person is happy anywhere. He or she is relaxed everywhere - always at ease and in peace, within and without. Even in hell, such a person will be at ease. A healthy person hates no one, dislikes nothing. Total love, universal love emanates from within. There is no tension anywhere, no stress or friction. These are the signs of real health. <BR> <BR> A person who is healthy doesn't hurt anyone. He or she is no... Mon, 2 May 2011 09:45:45 EST Receiving and Returning If you think in terms of how much benefit we get just by being here on the surface of the earth, how much we get from the nature, how much we get from people, how much we get from association, we receive constantly. Good thoughts, good food, good air, good rain. <BR> <BR> Even the smile from a baby is a gift. When you enjoy the smile of a baby, you are getting something from that baby. And you have to return it; although not necessarily to the same baby. You don't have to give it back at th... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:55:40 EST Being happy wherever you are A Teepee On Mars <BR> <BR> The mind is restless; it is always looking for a change. That is the nature of the mind. It can never be satisfied. It might rebel and want you to go live in a teepee in the mountains. After a while it won't be happy with your teepee on the mountaintop; it will think that only putting a teepee in the valley will make you happy. Once you are in the valley, it will want a teepee on Mars. There is no limit for the mind's restlessness. <BR> <BR> You have to educate th... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:13:34 EST Non-Attachment "What is not destined to be yours will not stay even if you guard it; what is destined to be yours will not leave even if you cast it aside.” ~ from the Tirikkural <BR> <BR> Another wonderful insight from my ashram discussion group. <BR> <BR> I recently had an experience with a valuable crystal. I originally purchased it in 2005. I adore purple ~ and purple crystals ~ and one day, I found this amazing sugilite sphere in an eBay store. It's an exceptional piece. It's large (bigger than ... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:48:12 EST Compulsive Eating as Stealing This month's value we are discussing on my ashram forum is asteya, or non-stealing. <BR> <BR> One member talked about how she views her compulsive eating as stealing from her own vital energy when her choices make her body sluggish and less able to do what she wants and help others. <BR> <BR> Today, she added this ~ <BR> <BR> "Reading over these threads, I realized that my compulsive eating is a form of hoarding, which is connected to stealing. Not only do I steal my own vital energy by in... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:13:39 EST Resistance is Necessary Resistance Is Necessary <BR> <BR> We are all searching for the happiness and peace that we once experienced. Now it seems to be missing. Certainly we want to find it the quickest way possible. Unfortunately, it doesn't come that easily. We have to go through many kinds of resistance. Why? Because only by passing through resistance do we become stronger. Resistance is necessary. <BR> <BR> A seed needs some sort of resistance. That's why you dig a hole, put the seed in, and cover it up. Then ... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:21:31 EST The Real Yoga The Real Yoga <BR> <BR> “The more you think of the bad side of people, the more you think of the bad side within you. The mind will get spoiled, because it invites bad thoughts. Before you make someone else the bad guy, you become the bad guy. So don’t ever invite bad thoughts; think good ideas. Speak good words; do something good. Then, we really enjoy supreme joy—there’s no doubt. Be ready to give yourselves completely for the sake of the good of the entire humanity. That is the real Yoga.... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:59:19 EST Gratitude & serenity can only come from within Two things: <BR> <BR> One of my daily spiritual practices is writing down at least five things I'm grateful for each morning. I have a journal that I write them in, but as long as it's convenient I enjoy posting them with friends in the Thanksgiving Community. I wanted to share the link with you in case any of you wish to consider it: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28721x395<BR>87947 </link> <BR> <BR> The second thing is the link post... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 16:26:43 EST Spiritual Quotes from other Luminaries There are some spaces for quotes and ideas by swamis here. This is a place for sharing inspiration from other individuals. <BR> <BR> To start it off, I want to share a quote from Gandhi that I love. I love Gandhi because he didn't just shake his head at things he felt no longer served him. He made the changes in himself, and by doing that, he helped changed the world. Gandhi did establish ashrams, and I feel that even though his name was not "Swami," he was just as much a master. <BR> <... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 16:11:46 EST Another beautiful soul ~ Amma In Sivananda Hall, at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville in Virginia, there are framed photos of luminaries from all faiths. One of these is Amma, known as the hugging saint, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. <BR> <BR> I follow a couple of different Amma feeds on Twitter, and I wanted to share her beautiful words in this place too. <BR> <BR> You can learn more about Amma here ~ <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I will be adding to this thread with inspiring quotes from Amma. If you ar... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:56:18 EST Samadhi Many people think that samadhi means you just sit like a rock, motionless, going into an unconscious state. If you stay in that samadhi, you are of no use to anybody. <BR> <BR> Sahaja samadhi means a natural samadhi, always present. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, your body and mind are involved in those activities, but your inner state is always the same, unaffected. <BR> <BR> Self-realization means you realize that you are the Self. You are different from the body and mind,... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 20:58:21 EST The Real Nirvana Sri Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita that when there is no peace, there can be no happiness. How can we enjoy happiness then? From where will this peace come? <BR> <BR> Only from leading a dedicated life: 'Tyagat shantir anantaram.' That means, unending peace will come to you only when you are a dedicated person, ready to give. You can never become poor by giving; on the other hand, you will become richer and richer. Your mind will always be light and pure. <BR> <BR> For such a perso... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 20:28:44 EST What Makes You Beautiful? The more you worry about your weight, the more sick you become. The worry itself causes increase in weight because many people eat a lot when they worry. The more you think of weight, the more weight you will have. As you think, so you become. <BR> <BR> Worry is the most dangerous disease. Keep the mind healthy always. If someone doesn't want to like you because of your weight, that person is only interested in your flesh, not in your qualities. <BR> <BR> What will make a person bea... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:50:12 EST Controlling the Palate... Today's Thought for the Day from Eknath Easwaran is just so *spot on* that it seems to deserve its own forum space: <BR> <BR> The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind. <BR> -- Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> I first became interested in improving my diet under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi, who used to include articles on diet and health in his weekly newspaper along with all the latest political news. I had been brought up on traditional South Indian cuisine. I ha... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 07:51:51 EST Celebrating Our Yoga I thought it would be good to set up a place here where we can celebrate our daily hatha yoga practice. The idea is *not* to beat yourself up if you miss days, but to share the joy of your hatha. I know I always feel so wonderful after my sessions. This can be our little place on Spark where we string all our joyful energy together! <BR> <BR> You don't have to limit to hatha either. If you had a wonderful meditation experience (raja), or read a scriptural quote that moved you (jnana), fe... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:54:45 EST Real Beauty Every thought changes our face, and it's not only the face, the entire body is changed, though the change is more visible in the face. By this we can assume that thoughts have a say over the body, and if certain thoughts are very strong, the body changes according to those thoughts. <BR> <BR> If you want to have a nice, beautiful, relaxed, charming face and body, you have to think in that way. All the thoughts must be like that. Then you get that face. It's not just external makeup that... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 20:15:26 EST The Darkness will Run Away The February 15 reading from the Golden Present <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Question: How can you trick your mind into getting rid of a bad habit? <BR> <BR> Sri Gurudev: How can you trick your baby so you can take away something that would hurt it? Suppose the baby is playing with something sharp. What kind of trick would you use? You would give her something nice to distract her. <BR> <BR> In the same way, find some nice, positive habits. Present them to the... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:36:25 EST Helloooo Hi! My name is Portia, and I'm been trying to lose weight for the past month, and have lost 7 pounds, although it keeps fluctuating like crazy. I'm very excited to be here and can't wait to talk to you all. <BR> <BR> xx-portia Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:58:49 EST Let Us All Remember the Real Truth Today's Golden Present reading by Swami Satchidananda <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter what form you choose to worship. As long as your interest is in recognizing and realizing the presence of that Spirit, you can approach It in any form you like. If you don't care for any of the traditional forms that have been handed to us over the ages, you can create your own form and God will come to you as that. There is no limit to God's expression. God need not be put into only a few categories. God is re... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 12:23:18 EST The Real Spiritual Experience The Real Spiritual Experience ~ Swami Satchidananda, from the Golden Present <BR> <BR> Living and working together as one beautiful family with total love is God. People often ask me, "Why is it that I've been practising all these years but I haven't realized God? I haven't had any experience." I don't know what it is that they are looking for. Do they mean they haven't been lifted off the floor a few inches? They haven't had any hallucinations? That's not the kind of spiritual experience yo... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:20:57 EST Overcoming Inertia in One’s Practice Overcoming Inertia in One’s Practice ~ Swami Satchidananda <BR> <BR> “If it is just mental laziness, you must exert your will more by doing the simpler practices first, instead of immediately going deeper into the more strenuous practices. Little by little you can develop the will to win over laziness, but, if inertia is due to physical weakness, then you must develop strength in the body through proper exercise and diet. Even sluggish glands in the system might make a person dull. The Yoga ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:22:01 EST Inspiring Quotes from Swami Sivananda & Initiates Hate less, love more. Take less, give more. Preach less, practice more. Worry less, laugh more. <BR> ~Swami Sivananda Wed, 26 Jan 2011 22:01:05 EST Spark changes to yoga on fitness tracker As many of you may have noticed, Spark changed their yoga entry on the cardio tracker so it only "counts" if it's power or vinyasa. <BR> <BR> For those of us who do gentle hatha yoga, that leaves us wondering how to track now. <BR> <BR> I've been using the Quick Track module and just entering my number of minutes, but I saw a much better suggestion on the team leader forums today. <BR> <BR> 1. Go into the cardio tracker and click "manually enter calories burned." <BR> <BR> 2. Enter your... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:16:22 EST Japa Yoga One very important practice within Sivananda Yoga is mantra repetition, or japa yoga. <BR> <BR> Mantras can be as simple as the single word OM, or can be longer. Traditionally, gurus passed mantras to initiates in a ceremony, but we can adopt any mantra that resonates. <BR> <BR> Mantra repetition is a tool to keep the mind focused. As Swami Satchidananda has said, it is also a shield of protection. When we develop a deep relationship with our mantra, it takes us to a place of inner pea... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:27:17 EST Swami Sivananda Radha I've written about my guru, Swami Satchidananda, who was initiated by Swami Sivananda. <BR> <BR> Another initiate, Swami Sivananda Radha, established an ashram in British Columbia, Canada. I haven't been there but everyone I know who has visited has loved it. <BR> <BR> Swami Radha has written some marvelous books that are well worth checking out. All the ones I've read are great, but I especially love her autobiography, Radha: Diary of a Woman's Search, as well as On Sanyas and Time to ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:14:06 EST Jnana ~ free downloads of Sivananda's books For those who are interested, I have used this link directly from Divine Life Society to read many of Swami Sivananda's books. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My favorite of his books that I've read is Bliss Divine, which is not available here, but a profound book. I read it at my ashram's library years ago. <BR> <BR> There are many good titles available through Divine Life though! Most are from Swami Sivananda himself, while others are written b... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:47:09 EST You can win Nobel prizes Today's Golden Present reading from Swami Satchidananda ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> You Can Win Nobel Prizes <BR> <BR> People talk a lot about God-realization and spirituality, but they don't realize how much they have to pay for it by their own effort. <BR> <BR> You can become an Olympic champion and win all the gold medals. You can win Nobel Prizes. You can even become a statesman, a president, a multi-millionaire. It's all nothing. Anybody can do that, and people are doing it easily. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:42:05 EST See Yourself Swami Satchidananda's Weekly Words of Wisdom e-mail this week ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> See Yourself <BR> <BR> “How do you know that you are the image of God? Only by seeing your Self. The mind is ready to show you your true nature, when the mind is stilled and peaceful. But you are trying to keep the mind quiet by talking about it. Are you quiet, if you say, ‘I want to be quiet?’ It’s almost like talking while trying to fall asleep: ‘I want to sleep.’ When would you sleep? Even the wanting to slee... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:05:47 EST Swami Satchidananda ~ The Yoga Way of Life My guru, Swami Satchidananda, was initiated by Swami Sivananda. I have studied a lot of the teachings since I first met him ~ including some Weekly Words of Wisdom I receive by e-mail. Here is one that I particularly enjoy. More will be shared as time goes on. <BR> <BR> ~ The Yoga Way of Life ~ <BR> <BR> The people who want to acquire the yogic ideals have already experienced the misery of the world, the worry and anxiety of the world, and they feel that they cannot continue in that way. ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:05:16 EST Bhagavad Gita I have Swami Satchidananda's translation and commentary called The Living Gita. There is so much I've received from the words, so I thought I would begin posting some excerpts here for others to enjoy. <BR> <BR> Let's start with this ~ <BR> <BR> When your mind, which has been tossed about by conflicting opinions, becomes still and centered in equilibrium, then you experience Yoga. <BR> <BR> The yogi who has disciplined the mind and has control of the senses can move about amidst sense obj... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:00:21 EST The Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga Compiled by the Sage Patanjali Maharishi in the Yoga Sutras, the Eight Limbs are a progressive series of steps or disciplines which purify the body and mind, ultimately leading the yogi to enlightenment. These 8 limbs are: <BR> <BR> 1 - Yamas.....................(Dont's) <BR> 2 - Niyamas...................(Do's) <BR> 3 - Asanas....................(Postures) <BR> 4 - Pranayama.................(Energy Control) <BR> 5 - Pratyahara................(Withdrawal of Senses) <BR> 6 - Dharana............. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 14:07:37 EST Jnana Yoga Jnana Yoga is the Yoga of Knowledge and Wisdom. This is the most difficult path, requiring tremendous strength of will and intellect. Taking the philosophy of Vedanta the Jnana Yogi uses his mind to inquire into its own nature. We perceive the space inside and outside a glass as different, just as we see ourselves as separate from God. Jnana Yoga leads the devotee to experience his unity with God directly by breaking the glass, dissolving the veils of ignorance. Before practicing Jnana Yoga, ... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 14:01:56 EST Karma Yoga "Karma Yoga is the selfless devotion of all inner as well as the outer activities as a Sacrifice to the Lord of all works, offered to the eternal as Master of all the soul's energies and austerities." (Bhagavad Gita) ************ Remember: When doing Karma Yoga (or selfless service) the important thing it is not what you do, but the attitude you have while doing it, the motives why you are doing it, whether if you are doing your best or not, whether if you're expectin some results or not, ... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 13:59:53 EST Bhakti Yoga Bhakti Yoga is the Path of Devotion or Divine Love. This path appeals particularly to those of an emotional nature. The Bhakti Yogi is motivated chiefly by the power of love and sees God as the embodiment of love. Through prayer, worship and ritual he surrenders himself to God, channelling and transmuting his emotions into unconditional love or devotion. Chanting or singing the praises of God form a substantial part of Bhakti Yoga. <BR> <BR> In this forum, I will give you tips to become mor... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 13:53:34 EST Creating a new group! Hey you all there! First of all I have to apologize for my bad English, I'm from South America! <BR> <BR> I'm starting this group for those who, like me, are trying to loose weight with Yoga and a healthier life. <BR> <BR> How are you doing there? Introduce yourself so we can know each other! <BR> <BR> Are you vegetarians? Do you exercise often? <BR> What's your yoga routine (Sadhana)? <BR> <BR> Om & Prem to all, <BR> Narayani. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 13:29:29 EST