Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014

"We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. They are on the same journey, but each takes a different path.

Along this gravity-driven journey, some snowflakes collide and damage each other, some collide and join together, some are influenced by wind... there are so many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. But, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always finds itself perfectly shaped for its journey. 

I find parallels in nature to be a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration. One of these parallels is of snowflakes and us. We, too, are all headed in the same direction. We are being driven by a universal force to the same destination. We are all individuals taking different journeys and along our journey, we sometimes bump into each other, we cross paths, we become altered... we take different physical forms. But at all times we too are 100% perfectly imperfect. At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. I’m not perfect for your journey and you’re not perfect for my journey, but I’m perfect for my journey and you’re perfect for your journey. We’re heading to the same place, we’re taking different routes, but we’re both exactly perfect the way we are.

Think of what understanding this great orchestration could mean for relationships. Imagine interacting with others knowing that they too each share this parallel with the snowflake. Like you, they are headed to the same place and no matter what they may appear like to you, they have taken the perfect form for their journey. How strong our relationships would be if we could see and respect that we are all perfectly imperfect for our journey. "


Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Live each present moment completely 

and the future will take care of itself. 

Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each instant. 

Practice the presence of peace. 

The more you do that,

the more you will feel the presence of that power 

in your life." 

Paramahansa Yoganananda

Sunday, December 7, 2014

*Restorative Yoga 
is a slow-paced deeply powerful meditative (often candle lit) practice open to all levels and ages. Only a few poses are practiced per class, together with guided relaxation, and yogic breathing. This meditative practice balances the nervous system and encourages emotional/physical healing as well as relaxation, through the utilization of props -such as blankets and bolsters- to dissolve stress and tension physically as well as mentally.

**Pranayama -extension or expansion of breath-
The word  Pranayama consist of two words, "Prana" -life force energy- and "Ayama" -expansion, extension- . By controlling the way one breaths one is able to calm or invigorate the body and to regulate one's life force to connect to a deeper level of consciousness. This is the core of Pranayama practice. 
"Pranayama is the means by which a yogi tries to realize within his individual body the whole cosmic nature, and attempts to attain perfection by attaining all the powers of the universe." Swami Sivananda.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"This Soul of mine within the heart is smaller than a grain of rice, or a barely-corn, or a mustard seed, or a grain of millet, or the kernel of a grain of millet; this Soul of mine within the heart is greater than the earth, greater than the atmosphere, greater than the sky, greater than these worlds. Containing all works, containing all desires, containing all odors, containing all tastes, encompassing the whole world, the unspeaking, the unconcerned - this Soul of mine within the heart, this is Brahman." 

Chandoga Upanishad 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart.
And try to love the questions themselves …
Don't search for the answers,
They could not be given to you now,
Because you would not be able to live them,
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday in the future, 
You will gradually, without even noticing it,
Live your way into the answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke - 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"I will tell you a secret, something they don't teach you in your temple. 
The Gods envy us. They envy us because we are mortal, because any moment might be our last. 
Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed. 
You will never be lovelier than you are now.
We will never be here again."

Achilles ~