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Lokaha Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu



May all beings everywhere be happy and free


"Quando vôce quer alguma coisa, todo Universo conspira que vôce realize seu desejo."

"When you really want something, the entire Universe will conspire to fullfil your desire".
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At the end of class:

May the light in me shine to the light in you, and may the light in you radiate to those around you. Namaste'

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Hope is the high; dread is the low; life is the stuff in between! -- Medium

"There is no such thing as destiny, only different choices. Some choices are easy. Some aren't. Those are the important one; the ones that define us as people." Quote from the movie 23.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis)
Inspire others by your example.


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9/12/11 10:57 A

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However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
Buddha



What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


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Deidra55 that is one of my all time favorite verses. Thanks for reminding me!!:) Namaste!

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!!


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Deidra55 that is one of my all time favorite verses. Thanks for reminding me!!:) Namaste!

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!!


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That's why it is said that one "practices" Yoga...one never completes or finds perfection...like life, we just practice at getting better and better.

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“Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.” ~ Mahalia Jackson

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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very interesting quotes all! thanks for sharing!!!! emoticon



“Abandon what is unskillful. One can abandon the unskillful. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it..... Cultivate the good. One can cultivate the good. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it...” Budha


DIANECROL, I was curious to know what Shri Guri Gita was, so I found this link, are you a practicioner or have you read the text?
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What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


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“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." ~ Psalm 30:5
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From the current issue of Yoga International in the article Know Thyself, Swami Rama (who I don't know anything about as I am new to yoga) in talking about thoughts from the unconscious mind:

"The way to work intruding thoughts is to let each one come, whether it is good or bad, and become an observer... Realize that this thought, whatever it is, cannot disturb your whole life. TO THINK OTHERWISE MEANS THAT YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE WEAK AND THE THOUGHT IS POWERFUL..." (Caps added).

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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Wishing all a wonderful weekend. :)

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Does anyone practice the Shri Guri Gita here? Curious.

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“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.” ~ Wilma Rudolph

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You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.
Sharon Gannon

From Amphibi's posted site...

I know what you mean Scott, for me it's not really about the exercise, but centering myself, and bringing myself back to a mindful, present moment. It's something I've really been trying to work on, the centering of my spirit, and not so much the physical fitness aspect of it, although that is a nice addition.

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I really identify with this one:

For me, yoga is not just a workout - it's about working on yourself.
Mary Glover


I live in an area where there are not many places to practice with others. The places that are available are more interested in the exercise benefits than anything else. The same is true for most videos I have found.

Aren't the fitness benefits supposed to incidental?

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I didn't know about that. Thanks.

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@ SCOTT, I know where to find them ... at Lexi Yoga:

www.lexiyoga.com/yoga-quotes

101 Yoga Quotes


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I don't remember where I heard this when I was a kid, but it has stuck with me all my life:

"Today is the Tomorrow you worried about Yesterday".

So relax and take one day at a time.

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I like the thought of being my own best teacher....

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Oh, can I quote more blogs, can I? can I?

Well, I will, anyway:

The Pondering Yogini - (Meredith LeBlanc posted to that site)

"Mudra Mamma: Your Own Personal Library Card"

"The Self is the Guru.

"We all come equipped for this life with all of knowledge we need, we just have to unlock the door to access it. Books, teachers, working, classes, workshops, and life experiences are the keys while the Third Eye, Ajna Chakra, is the keyhole.

"When I first started taking Yoga I kept thinking to myself 'wow, how is it that all of this new information seems so familiar, so ingrained?' At that time 15 years ago it wasn't all that easy to find materials on yoga and fortunately the one teacher in the area was wonderfully willing to share knowledge with me in addition to class time. It was a turning point for me to start looking past the surface and trust the library of within me.

"Our lesson in life through Yoga and Meditation is to learn to trust our innate knowledge, to trust what we know is right, and to stop second guessing ourselves.

"Centering

"Come into balasana, hips to heels, arms by your sides, forehead to floor. Feel the connection to the Earth through the Third Eye supporting you. Breath deeply and slowly. Don't rush.

"Slowly rise up into vajrasana, kneeing, or a cross legged seat with your eyes closed. Inhale and exhale deeply for 10 deep, expansive breaths. Observe what is happening in your mind, body, and spirit.

"Place your left hand into your right palm, left thumb over right into Naga Mudra, hands in front of the heart. Naga Mudra allows to access our wisdom and to help find answers to our questions.

"Set an intention of gaining knowledge and pose a question to which you are seeking an answer.

"Chant OM eleven times forming the 3 syllables with your mouth ~ ah-ooo-mmm ~ to vibrate the body and preparing the voice.

"OM is the bija, seed, sound of the Ajna chakra and the sound of the Universe. The sound of all sounds and of infinite knowledge.

"Eleven is the number of unity and balance.

"Asana

"Normally in this section I would suggest three asana for you to do to strengthen the chakra; however we are looking to strengthened our trust in ourselves and our knowledge. So here I will ask you to listen deeply to your body.

"What is your body craving?
How is your being asking to move?
What will nourish your spirit?

"Maybe Surya Namaskar is what you need. Maybe savasana. Maybe going upside down. Here is where your inner teacher will guide you down the path of learning. There is no wrong answer, only what is right for you.

"Practice for as long as necessary.

"Close the practice with balasana, hips to heels, arms by your sides, forehead to floor finding your Earthly connection.

"Slowly rise to kneeling or seated bringing your hands to Naga Mudra.

"Finish by chanting OM 11 times.

"The Self is the Guru
I am my own best teacher
I trust myself

"OM OM OM
Hari OM"


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I really enjoy Gretchen's blog, I had stumbled across it a while back, maybe around the time she was writing her book?

My boyfriend has another name for "challenging fun", he calls it "type 2 (or type 3 depending on how challenging) pleasure. Meaning, you feel great pleasure and satisfaction after the event is over (for us this usually involves climbing something) and not so much during the event. Challenging it is, and worth it, so much more! Not to say I don't watch TV also, but really, how much satisfaction does anyone actually get from that?

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That's great, KAYOTIC.

Being that today is Independence Day in the United States, and that I am at a certain place in my practice, I take the liberty of quoting not scripture, or Buddhist teachers, but just a writer, Gretchen Rubin, from The Happiness Project:

"[...] I'd figured out that 'fun' falls into three categories: challenging fun, accommodating fun, and relaxing fun.

"Challenging fun is the most rewarding but also the most demanding. It can create frustration, anxiety, and hard work. It often requires errands It takes time and energy. In the end, however, it pays off with the most satisfying fun.

"Usually less challenging, but still requiring a fair bit of effort, is accommodating fun. A family trip to the playground is accommodating fun. Yes, it's fun, but I'm really there because my children want to go. Was it Jerry Seinfeld who said, 'There's no such thing as 'Fun for the whole family' ' ? Going to a family holiday dinner, even going to dinner and a movie with friends, requires accommodation. It strengthens relationships, it builds memories, it's fun--but it takes a lot of effort, organization, coordination with other people[;] and, well, accommodation.

Relaxing fun is easy. I don't have to hone skills or take action. There's very little coordination with other people or preparation involved. Watching TV--the largest consumer of the world's time after sleeping and work--is relaxing fun.

"Research shows that challenging fun and accommodating fun, over the long term, bring more happiness, because they're sources of the elements that make people happiest: strong personal bonds, mastery, an atmosphere of growth. Relaxing fun tends to be passive--by design. So if relaxing fun is the least fun kind of fun, why is watching TV so popular? Because although we get more out of challenging fun and accommodating fun,we must also put more into it. It takes energy and forethought."



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I've been really focusing better during my practices lately, perhaps it's the recent move, lower stress level from my new job, and I'm doing my yoga in the evening more often....whatever it is, I can tell I'm getting better at bringing myself back from my minds wandering....

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I love metta blessings and often use them with good friends at important occasions.

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From another of my books, available to me today--

"I'm quite surprised to find myself introducing metta practice as Wise Effort practice. I learned it as a concentration practice--reciting, continuously and silently to myself, metta blessing phrases--and it's still an important practice for me. I've also long thought of metta as the spontaneous response to mindfulness, the natural benevolence that arises in moments of clear connection. Nevertheless, [...] it has become ever more clear to me that the steadfast decision to cultivate a noncontentious mind, one that meets experience without the imperative that it be different, requires ongoing, unflagging effort. It is the continuing attempt to cultivate a mind filled--according to the Metta Sutta (Sermon on Lovingkindness)--with enough 'gladness and safety' to be able to wish, without exception, 'May all beings be at ease.'"

"According to legend, the Buddha taught metta--resolute well-wishing for oneself as well as others--as a protection practice for monks who were about to go off on their own to meditate in jungles, apart from the community, in situations where they might be frightened. The traditionalist of practice benefits includes immunity to 'poisons and weapons and fire.' For me, having my mind in a benevolent mood so I am protected from animosity, resentment, jealousy, or envy--from the pain of feeling disconnected from others--is the immunity I want. In face, although an important metta chant begins with the words 'May I be free of enmity and danger,' which I imagine was originally meant as 'danger from external sources,' I always think, 'free of enmity in me.'

"The technique of formal practice begins with blessings for oneself and ends with blessings for everything alive. One particular phrase in the Metta Sutta, the two words 'omitting none,' seems to me the essential key to the entire teaching. Peace of mind, I take it to mean, depends on unconditional benevolence. In other words, any antipathy in the mind at all, any contention, obviates personal happiness. With happiness as the goal, the technique of systematically blessing everyone the mind can think of routs out hidden aversion and any leftover clinging to grudges."

--Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, Happiness is an Inside Job


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I didn't know Birch taught Ashtanga.... I happen to be learning about it my yoga intensive training. It's original intent of perfecting one pose before you go on to the next is intriguing to me.

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From Yoga of Meditation, Chapter six (Bhagavad Gita):


He who does the task
Dictated by duty,
Caring nothing
For fruit of the action,
He is a yogi,


From Zen Flesh, Zen Bones:

Not twice this day
Inch time foot gem.
This day will not come again.
Each minute is worth a priceless gem.

From the indian guru Neem Karoli Baba, who gave just one instruction to his devotees: "Love everyone, serve everyone, remember God"

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What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


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"He is an all-knowing God, lord of the emperors,
Ageless, subtler far than mind's inmost subtlety,
Universal sustainer,
Shining sunlike, self-luminous."

"What fashion His form has,who shall conceive of it?
He dwells beyond delusion, the dark of Maya.
On Him let man meditate
Always, for then at the last hour
Of going hence from his boyd he will be strong
In the strength of this yoga, faithfully followed:
The mind is firm, and the heart
So full, it hardly holds its love..."

Bhagavad Gita Ch. VIII


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Isn't it funny about YMMV:

Carol Jean picks up on the fact that Bender Birch taught (possibly still does teach) Ashtanga yoga, but age and arthritic infirmity has caught up with her and she had to change her tune, which is why she wrote the book Boomer Yoga ....

Punchie, you pick up on the actual intent of the quote ...

Please note, The Hard and The Soft Institute has a name that is like Soft to Be Strong *my own invented style*, but her school has little to do with Soft 2 Be Strong which is a yoga-pilates fusion and takes forever to do ...

I am wondering if S2BS is okay for the July challenge: it isn't a video, class, or externally-structured sequence ...


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Beryl Bender Birch quote is very true: "The best style of yoga for you, is the kind of yoga you'll do."
Once I read in Yoga Insight site:
"Your yoga education can begin at any age, at any weight, at any stage in life and at almost any physical and mental condition. Yoga classes range from the gentle, fluid movements and breathing of Vinyasa yoga; to the high-intensity, strenuous and hot movements of Bikram yoga. There is a yoga class and a yoga teacher for every individual, be it group yoga, private instruction or even a yoga video."

and in a Zen book :" when you are ready, the teacher will appear"

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What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


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I am learning lots about Ashtanga yoga and am very impressed.

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"The best style of yoga for you, is the kind of yoga you'll do."

--Beryl Bender Birch, in her book Boomer Yoga


Please note, Beryl Bender Birch, founder of The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute is one of the original popularizers of Ashtanga yoga in the United States, AND of Power Yoga - in (okay) younger days - predating some also-ran Power Yoga proponents such as Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste ...


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One thing that helps me be mindful is to be very aware of my breath and coordinating it to my asanas. It helps a lot.

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That quote is great.... I have found the teacher and teaching style I want to follow from now on. I have done several workshops with him and am now doing an intensive training... it is a repeat of my 200 hour training... with anatomy I understand and also a certification as a yoga Wellness Coach. Learned a great Thai Yoga massage tonight.

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"spiritual snorkeling" now there's a visual I can not soon forget!

I'm still in the struggle to tune out the distractions during my practice, and to stay mindful and present more often during my day. I think maybe once the mind is used to wandering, either back to the past or out to the future, it's hard to bring it back to the present and get it to stay there....but I'll struggle on!

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From Donna Farhi, on finding that Inner Teacher:

"Many yoga practitioners have become self-proclaimed 'workshop addicts', hopping from teacher to teacher gathering copious information that remains undigested and unintegrated. This is like repeatedly filling a glass with water without ever drinking from it. This dilettantism makes it almost impossible to internalize our own teacher, for we never allow ourselves to sustain any process long enough to do more than skim the surface. We don't learn how to dive deep with our teacher, and this makes it difficult to learn the skills to dive deep on our own. In this form of spiritual snorkeling, we limit ourselves to what can be seen from the surface. This is especially true if after many years of study we are still incapable of practicing on our own. "

Just love this quote.


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Starting yoga intensive training today. Will let you know how it goes!!

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Me too. Yet another reason there is so much floor Pilates in my yoga practice.
(Yes, the Shiva Rea module is more Pilates than yoga)

(I've never been so vain to think about my abs that much.)

The strain of the Pilates makes me shake more than the vibrations in the floor ...

(Somehow the treadmill causing the vibrations is operated earlier in the evening as well)


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At this point, I can mostly not be bothered by those random outer sensory inputs, but just integrate into the process.

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That is an interesting interpretation of Jihad.

In light of my struggles with my home practice, I will quote here about Pratyahara--

(thoughts of nasty, noisy neighbors: begone!)

"The willingness or unwillingness
to withdraw attention from sensory experience
is a significant dividing line between
those who experience true meditation and
those who experience only physical relaxation."

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:

2.54 "When the mental organs of senses and actions (indriyas) cease to be engaged with the corresponding objects in their mental realm, and assimilate or turn back into the mind-field from which they arose, this is called pratyahara, and is the fifth step."

(sva vishaya asamprayoge chittasya svarupe anukarah iva indriyanam pratyaharah)

www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-25455.htm


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These are wonderful posts and I really appreciate them. It's almost like taking time from busily Sparking to shift into a meditative feeling.
Jihad... which most people take to mean holy war against non-Muslim actually has a different and much more individual meaning... Jihad literally means struggle... the struggle to achieve submission to Allah.

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Enough me quoting the Bhagavad-Gita for now. Here is someone who does the popularizing of the Bhagavad Gita better than I do:

"One of the first difficulties that confronts the new reader of the Gita is that Arjuna is being urged to fight a bloody war, one in which he knows many of his friends, teachers, and relatives will be killed.

"This can be somewhat of a shock to someone reading the Gita for spiritual enlightenment, perhaps aware that it was one of the guiding lights for Gandhi.

"How can we resolve this issue of the Gita’s attitude toward war? Here are a few suggestions:

"1) You can decide that this is a justified war. Think of his opponents as like the Nazis–they need to be stopped or they will enslave us all. It’s not obvious in all commentaries, but some make it clear that Arjuna’s opponents, at least its leaders, are really bad people. They are dishonest, violent, abusive, immoral, materialistic, and power-hungry.

"2) You can see war as a metaphor for struggle. It’s true that the Bhagavad Gita was Gandhi’s bible. The ultimate pacifist concluded that war was an ordinary human activity back then, like going to the office for the elite classes. It’s what they did, so that was an obvious example to use at that time. But it’s just a metaphor now. Perhaps it was a metaphor even back then.

"Gandhi and others simply convert Arjuna’s battle into their own life struggle, even a rigorously pacifist agenda like Gandhi’s. This point of view removes the difficulties of justifying violence. The Gita helped Gandhi give himself completely to his mission, which was to free India though non-violent means. See Gandhi’s The Message of the Gita, p. 211-221 in Mitchell.

"3) A third way to reconcile the war setting is that many commentators think the Gita was grafted into this context from another source, since the vast majority of it has nothing to do with war, and, in fact, much of the Gita is more supportive of Gandhi’s pacifism than war. It really does seem like a complete non-sequitor when, after a long flowing passage about loving all beings as one, Krishna will suddenly say, “So now go out and kill like crazy.” Probably a bolt on?"

www.elephantjournal.com/2010/12/gita
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Just came off of practice ...

[Feeling really in another dimension, altogether but that's a different story ..]

This time I present to you:

Quickly I come
To those who offer me
Every action,
Worship me only,
Their dearest delight,
With devotion undaunted.

Because they love me
These are my bondsmen
And I shall save them
From mortal sorrow
And all the waves
Of Life's deathly ocean.

Be absorbed in me,
Lodge your mind in me;
Thus you shall dwell in me,
Do not doubt it,
Here and hereafter.

--Bhagavad-Gita Ch. XII §4


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This is great.... thanks for sharing.

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As promised, I am giving you the Page 14 of my script :

"He who regards
With an eye that is equal
Friends and comrades,
The foe and the kinsman
The vile, the wicked
the men who judge him
And those who belong
To neither faction
He is the greatest"


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