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NARAYANI_OM's Photo NARAYANI_OM Posts: 87
1/16/13 10:47 A

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Om Namah Sivaya HealthyBear24! I have to thank you, because of your presence I remembered I had abandoned this group.

I don't want to do this, I welcome you with much much love and thank you enormously. I hope we can be good friends.

I do Yoga at home and teach kids Sivananda Yoga. It's a pleasure and a bliss, kids are so wonderful.

I hope we can share our experiences, and our efforts with weight loss.

Much kisses from Argentina

Narayani.



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1/13/13 5:40 A

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Hello I'm Esther and I enjoy doing yoga. I'm not very good at doing it at home due to distractions. I have taken yoga classes at the local jr. college and a studio in my town.

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EMRANA Posts: 655
10/31/11 2:37 P

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Welcome to everyone!

Swami Sivananda was a monk from India ~ you can read about him here ~ www.dlshq.org/ . Some of the spiritual teachers in the West were initiated by Swami Sivananda, such as Maha's and my teacher, Swami Satchidananda.

I also want to add about Krishna Das ~ get the Heart Full of Soul album! The full ecstatic joy really comes through that one! I found his studio albums that I have so far to be very wonderful and joyful, but I sometimes wanted the chant to build more than it did. No worries on Heart Full of Soul! Definitely recommended!



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8/27/11 11:44 A

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Hi back at you.


You are brave the thought of hot yoga makes me queasy.



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8/26/11 7:21 P

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Hi Iffy, and Welcome!
I actually don't know who Sivananda is but maybe I'll read ... I do Bikram Hot Yoga and I'm feeling around for some kind of cohesive practice.
Cheers!
Maggie

"Self-discipline is choosing 'what I want most' over 'what I want right now'."
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8/26/11 6:24 P

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Hi new here but not new to yoga. My first book on yoga was Sivananda, back before the yoga boom.



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8/24/11 8:34 P

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Wow, your four weeks sounds great. That IS the tricky part, for me, anyhow - how to integrate everything. "The world is too much with us" ... but I have a notion that "wholeness" means bringing the stillness and the busy-ness into some kind of integrated whole, even for those of us who don't get to live on the mountaintop..
(I'd love to hear people's thoughts on this, by the way.)
Anyhow, WELCOME, Sruti!
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Maggie

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EMRANA Posts: 655
8/24/11 3:10 P

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Welcome Sruti! How marvelous that you've done a TT! I always wanted to do the same.

I'm very happy to see you join our group. OM Shanti.

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8/24/11 1:52 P

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Virtual sangha -- LOVE IT!

Om Tat Sat,
Mahalakshmi


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3026


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8/24/11 1:05 P

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Om om!

I'm so glad to find this group. :) I'm very new to spark people but excited to get started.
I just finished the Teacher's Training Course at the Sivananda HQ in Val Morin, Quebec. It was a very intense experience and I'm definitely still digesting all that I learned not only about the philosophy and asanas, but about myself. The consistency of ashram life - wake up at 5:30, satsang at 6, lectures, classes, karma yoga, only 2 meals a day! etc., was so difficult at first, but by the middle of the second week (out of four), the routine became comforting and it is the thing that I wanted to most take back with me to the " real world." Unfortunately, life tends to get in the way... At the very end of the training I messed up my shoulder (actually, someone fell back on me from handstand... A yoga accident, oy!) I am recovering slowly but surely, and I have to wait 2 more weeks, says my chiro, before I can do any weight bearing exercises, no Surya Namaskar, my favorite. I lost probably about 10 pounds while I was at training and definitely gained it back quickly because I fell off the wagon exercise and diet-wise. I'm bummed, but not nearly as upset as I would be before I did TTC. Everything is temporary, including weight-loss and gain, and i am moving forward from the present. :)
Anyway, I'm excited to start sparkpeople and work towards my goals. I notice that a lot of people on the intro pages are new to yoga, and not that I'm an expert, but if you have any questions, I'll do my best to help, and I still have my handy TTC manual to consult :)

Om Tat Sat!
~Sruti

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8/2/11 9:41 A

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mmmmmmkrishnadas! I tend to be more drawn to the really ecstatic kirtan (meaning, where it builds until you can't sing it any faster), but there is something really centering and powerful about Krishna Das. I have a few of his albums too and hope to see him next time he comes to Yogaville, since I'll be a local by then. Besides, VALERIEMAHA attends that sometimes ~ another reason to go!

You're very welcome here on our small team! I have to admit, when I read the Ramayana, Hanuman occupied his own place in my heart. I do the Hanuman chants very happily. I can also definitely understand why Lord Shiva resonates with you. I absolutely adore the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra ~ we chant it at Yogaville for many reasons. It's a regular part of the Saturday kirtan, but it can be spontaneous group chanted to celebrate a lot of different things. That one was one of the first I learned and it remains very loved in my heart.

Yes, the day is completely different when we live our yoga. I wouldn't have it any other way. Feel completely free to add teachings you love or jump into threads wherever!

~ OM Shanti ~

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8/2/11 1:07 A

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WOW, I'm so happy to find this team.
Huh, I just typed and deleted a bunch of babble. I'm fairly new to Hindu/Eastern spiritually but it speaks to me very strongly. Emrana, I read some of your posts - you mentioned that Ganesh and Krishna are vivid to you. It's funny who comes to us. I say as many of the Maha Mrityunjaya every day as I can - it's Shiva's mantra and it's very beautiful. I love listening to Krishna Das to the Hanuman Puja, too.
I went to a four day retreat weekend before last. Karunamayi was here and I saw her. AMAZING time. Doors have been opened. I now have a real practice, every morning - yoga, mantra, pranayama, meditation. The day is so completely different when I do this.
Anyhow, thanks for having this team. I'm looking forward to what I can learn and share.
Om Namah Shivaya ~
Maggie

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EMRANA Posts: 655
6/19/11 11:13 A

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Welcome to our team! Please feel free to jump in anywhere ~ we're happy to meet you.



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6/17/11 12:26 P

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I have been a very inactive Sparks member for the last maybe 3 years emoticon
so anyway I am back with a new motivation. I love yoga very much, I have taken classes at the school for the past 3 years, once a week all year long. The problem is I am not good about practicing at home. I have lots of really good DVDs . I hate being interupted when I try to do them at home,so I just kind of gave up. But I am here to start all new again and to not let the disturbances bother me. emoticon emoticon

Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty,believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. -
-Louisa May Alcott
gosh, I had forgotten all about this saying. It will be my new vision again.


"Every person is a God in a embryo. It only desires to be born.
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4/3/11 11:46 P

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Hi there...and WELCOME!

I always recommend beginners to start by taking some classes in order to get instructor feedback and assistance. But as videos go, I think the Gaim Am-Pm video is purdy good. Both Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden are supremely gifted teachers. I've used it on-and-off over the years. Good to watch it through once, then have the remote close at-hand to put it on pause as you move into the poses.

www.amazon.com/M-P-M-Yoga-Rodney-Yee
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p/B00007JME6


Blessed be!
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3026


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EMRANA Posts: 655
4/3/11 11:19 P

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Hi Donna! Lovely to meet you!

I haven't set any team goals, just because we are such a small team. It was inactive when I found it and I've tried to put a lot of topics and inspiration here.

If there is a goal you would like to see, let me know and I will open up that section.

I learned yoga at my ashram in Virginia and with two other teachers in classrooms, so I am not very familiar with the DVDs available. I know there are lots though! Perhaps someone else here can offer you some good suggestions.

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4/3/11 9:04 P

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Hello, my name is Donna. I am new to this group and new to yoga. I am not exactly new to Sparkpeople, but I haven't been active for three years. I just renewed my commitment to myself to live a healthier life style. I was just browsing the teams and this caught my eye.

I have wanted try to do yoga for many, many years. I've gotten books and videos out of the library, but never felt like I was doing it properly. Any time I've looked into taking a class, it was filled or not a possibility with my crazy time schedule. I've only heard good things about it, so I hope to learn a little at a time. One of my personal goals was to stretch each morning before the craziness begins and just by chance (without looking for it), I found an article about yoga-for-beginners today that said to start with one stretch each day (and there were seven stretches discussed), so I'm going to start tomorrow with the "Wall Dog." I have no idea if this is Hatha or Java or Sivananda or whatever.

Right now, I going to check to see if this team has any team goals and join them. I hope to learn a lot from you, and will offer support back as much as I am able!

"Above all else, remember this: to thine own self be true."


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VALERIEMAHA's Photo VALERIEMAHA SparkPoints: (50,433)
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2/20/11 8:46 P

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Hari Om!

I also subscribe to the Weekly Words of Wisdom, Emrana! I find them so inspiring. I am so happy to have found this team through Emrana.

I am a student of Swami Satchidanda (since 1982), as is Emrana. After the sudden death of his wife in 1942, at age 28, Swami Satchidananda was drawn to Rishikesh in the Himalayas. It was here that he met and became a disciple of his Guru Sri Swami Sivananda of the Divine Life Society and was initiated into the Holy Order of Sannyas. It was during his initiation that he was given his spiritual name of Swami Satchidananda.

So nice to be here with this intimate little group of Sparkers, who are also on a spiritual path.

Om Shanthi,
Mahalakshmi



Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 2/20/2011 (21:08)

Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3026


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EMRANA Posts: 655
1/17/11 5:13 P

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Hari OM ~

I am glad to find this small group. I've been a devotee of Swami Satchidananda since 1996 (one of Swami Sivananda's initiates). I follow Integral Yoga as my spiritual path.

Hope to see some more activity in this group! I'll add some quotes and excerpts from the Gita when I am not at work.

~ OM Shanti ~

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10/16/10 1:41 P

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Welcome! Introduce yourself to the team, and enjoy a peaceful life, and loose weight with yoga!



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