THANK YOU YOGA

Truly the experience of writing, reading, studying, practicing, living and breathing Yoga has been one that has forever changed my life. Yes, Yoga has physical benefits of strengthening and flexibility, but Yoga has also provided an inner awareness to my strength within. I have overcome addictions that had stifled my body and mind for years and I have changed my life with daily practice.

“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit the broken pieces together. Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.”

B.K.S Iyengar Light on Life

Thank you to all the readers and supporters.

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YOGA MONTH

TEACHER

Day 3

COMPASSION= Good Yoga teachers always remind their students that it doesn’t matter how perfectly we do each posture only that we try the right way,

Yoga blogs are buzzing with September being the month of Yoga. Here are some sources for those looking for the ultimate retreat.

www.mayatulum.com

www.bishopslodge.com

www.hawkresort.com

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EQUANIMITY

noun.
mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, esp. in a difficult situation

Facing all things whether pleasant or unpleasant with a calm, even temper–encourages us to do the same in every situation. Don’t constantly run from bad situations and chase after good ones. Because once again, both the bad and good will continue to happen whether we like it or not. Try to hold your composure through thick and thin and you’ll end more satisfied with yourself, your life, and you’ll soon realize that you can handle anything.

CALM

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IN THE MOMENT

Life is unpredictable

Do not pursue the past.

Do not lose yourself in the future.

The past no longer is.

The future has not yet come.

Looking deeply at life as it is

in the very here and now,

the practitioner dwells

in stability and freedom.

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TRANSFORMATION

RIGHT UNDERSTANDING

The 3 Marks of Existence:

*Impermanence–Nothing in this world is fixed or unchanging–no thing, no thought, no emotion. Because of this, it is pointless to try to grasp, or hold on to anything material or immaterial. Instead, we should be open to things as they happen, accept them for what they are, and let them go when they pass.

**No Self–Every individual’s identity is also constantly changing and in transition. Our minds and bodies are an amazing collection of cells and energy in perpetual motion. The person we were yesterday, or even an hour, one minute, or one second ago is already different from the person we are right now.

***The Source of Suffering–To fail to realize that the first two marks of existence are true will cause unhappiness and dissatisfaction because we will continue to want the world to be other than what it is.

The hardest one to swallow is the second , because we like to think that we have control over who we are, and that the person each of us thinks of as “me” is a solid, constant, reliable being. But all you have to do is consider who you were ten years ago and it becomes obvious that your views, memories, emotions and thoughts are constantly in flux. The bright side is that because our thoughts, feelings, and bodies are always changing, we are constantly becoming someone new, and, potentially, someone better.

(Courtesy Girl Seeks Bliss)

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PART OF THE PATH

Day 9

100 days of Yoga. Trying to train my heart, mind and body to mold into a place of balance everyday while still learning new habits and trying desperately to break with the old. Meditation has been difficult, to say the least…but I believe in the source of energy and inspiration in my practice, and being that meditation is a factor of this whole I will continue to try.

Exercise:

Choose one of the most frequent and difficult mind states that arise in your practice, such as irritation, fear, boredom, lust, doubt, or restlessness. For one week in your daily sitting be particularly aware each time this state arises. Watch carefully for it. Notices how it begins and what precedes it. Notice if there is a particular thought or image that triggers this state. Notice how long it lasts and when it ends. Notice what state usually follows it. Observe whether it ever arises very slightly or softly. See how loud and strong it gets. Notice what patterns of energy or tension reflect this state in the body. Become aware of any physical or mental resistance. Finally sit and be aware of the breath, watching and waiting for this state, allowing it to come, and observing it like an old friend.

(Courtesy of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom)

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OBSTACLES

HAPPY HOUR

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die, so, let us all be thankful.

-Buddhist Quote

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