Sunday, September 14, 2014

MONDAY, September 15th CIRCUSOUL @ 7:00p YOGA 101 BEGINNERS (NEW CLASS!) ~ TUESDAY, September 16th CIRCUSOUL @ 10:00 & 6:30pm (restorative) ~ WEDNESDAY, September 17th CIRCUSOUL @ 10:00 ~

"Krishna then told the brothers the story of Valaka. A hunter called Valaka shot an arrow at a creature he saw drinking water from afforest pond. Only after he released the arrow did he realize that the creature was blind. He regretted releasing the arrow but it was too late - the arrow hit the target and blind animal was dead. As Valaka approached the animal, full of remorse, flowers fell upon him form the sky and the Devas appeared before him to thank him. They said 'This blind beast you feel sorry for was actually a demon that was planning to destroy the world. By killing him you have saved the world. 'Thus', said Krishna, sometimes an action we think is wrong turns out to be right.'"

Jaya, an illustred retelling of the Mahabharata - Devdutt Pattanaik 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"The mind becomes settled when it cultivates friendliness in the face of happiness, compassion in the face of of misery, joy in the face of virtue, and indifference in the face of error." 

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras (300-200 BCE) India 

Sunday, August 31, 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. 

*Yoga nidra (the term "nidra" means sleep in Sanskrit) is a powerful technique, in which you learn to relax consciously… people feel that they are relaxing when they are collapsing into an easy chair with a cup of coffee, a drink, or a cigarette, and read a newspaper or switch on the television. But this will never suffice as a scientific definition of relaxation.These are only sensory diversions.True relaxation is actually an experience far beyond all this. For absolute relaxation you must remain aware. This is yoga nidra, the state of dynamic sleep. 
Yoga nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. During the practice of yoga nidra one appears to be asleep but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. For this reason yoga nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness contact between the subconscious and the unconscious dimensions occurs spontaneously. 
In yoga nidra, the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences." 

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Saturday, August 23, 2014

“The man who sees me in everything 

and everything within me

will not be lost to me, nor will I ever be lost to him.

He who is rooted in oneness

realizes that I am in every being; 

wherever he goes, he remains in me.

When he sees all being as equal 
in suffering or in joy

because they are like himself,

that man has grown perfect in yoga.” 

The Bhagavad Gita 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"It is you that pervades this universe, 
and this universe exists in you. 
Your true nature is pure Consciousness. 
Don't be small minded." 

Ashtavakra Gita (800-400BCE) India 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"This body is sustained by altars
To the radiant nectar of life -
Around you, an oacean of air 
Ready to become your breath.
Above the head, the glow of an invisible SUn.
Within the spaciousness of the heart,
A pulsing throb of creation -
Where the breaths meet, fuse
And transform into each other.

Whenever, wherever your mind wanders,
Whatever you wonder,
Return to the luminous.
Choose any altar, imbibe its energy as your journey.
Throw your attention again and again 
Into one of these centers
Where spirit and flesh consummate their love.
Day by day, old whirlpools fade, the endless circles.
You are living in the temple of your essence."

The Radiance Sutras - Lorin Roche

Sunday, August 3, 2014

"When you keep thinking about sense objects, attachment comes. Attachments breeds desire, the lust of possession that burns to anger. Anger clouds the judgment; you can no longer learn from past mistakes. Lost is the power to choose between what is wise and what is unwise, and your life is utter waste. But when you move amidst  the world of sense, free form attachment and aversion alike, there comes the peace in which all sorrows end, and you live in the wisdom of the Self." 

The Bhagavad Gita