Yearly Archives: 2013


Holiday Peace, Not Stress

Here we are entering the beautiful season of focusing on love, gratitude and divine Spirit…. all of which are beyond the material. But the material “jumps out at us from everywhere in America” as a visiting LCY student from Israel said this week.

The pressures of the material during the holiday season can lead to anxiety, tension, and insomnia. In studies at Yale, these disorders were shown to be exacerbated due to the failure to produce adequate levels of the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system called GABA (gamma amniobutyric acid). Also, addicts addicted to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, caffeine, food, gambling and EVEN SHOPPING all have one thing in common: not enough GABA.

As you can see, GABA is very important! People who regularly meditate have considerable increased levels of GABA.

Join us for Friday Night Meditation Class from 7:15-8:45pm to release the inner nectar of love, gratitude and divine Spirit […]

By | 2013-11-22T00:37:59+00:00 November 22nd, 2013|Classes, Inspirational, Meditation, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

Wake Up! Ida, Pingala & Sushumna Energy Channels- One Day Retreat

Within us are planes of existence, areas of consciousness, which are in absolute darkness. How are you going to penetrate and illuminate them? It’s useless to talk about the different stages of consciousness. You must be able to experience them, like you experience the state of dreams or sleep.

When the pranic energy is aroused and awakened through the yogic practices, it is circulated to these dark areas of consciousness. Kind of like when you do a yoga pose and you feel all the awakened energy go to the side you did the pose on and the other side is so dull and almost lifeless in comparison. It’s the same with consciousness. Once the energy is circulated to the dark areas of consciousness the inner city is illuminated and you are reborn into a new dimension of existence!

Hatha yoga is practiced in order to initiate a process in this physical body […]

Twist It Out!

Unravel old patterns (Samskaras) in your body, mind and emotions which no longer serve you via Twisting Poses and Yoga Sutra 1.18 as our theme this week in asana classes at Lake Center Yoga.

Samskaras, or laughingly called Sam-scare-as keep us bound in postural patterns, reactions, imbalances in our asanas and a clogged outlook. They come from staying glued to repetitive, knee jerk reactions from something in the past that continues to influence our life and behavior in the present in an unfavorable way.

Emotions, stress, anxiety and fear are held in the belly area, the Manipurika energy center. Twisting poses (as opposed to regular turning in life or in unconscious asana practice), clear and detoxify that area including the vital organs of the intestines, liver, spleen and stomach. They flush loads of fresh blood and energy into all those organs. You may find you don’t need antacids after twisting poses and […]

By | 2013-10-15T22:03:40+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Classes, Inspirational, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

Ka Ching! Hip Openers!

Tight hips are a major roadblock on the journey to a deeper yoga practice. Without flexibility in and around the hip cradle many of the seated forward bends, some arm balances and inversions will remain a struggle. The good news is that working on opening your hips pays benefits, Ka Ching!, that go far beyond your asana practice. Counteracting tightness in your hips can help to ease back pain, improve circulation to your legs and even improve the way you walk.

The hips have been called “the junk drawer of your house” because stress, emotion, fear and negative memories are energetically stored in your hips. Hip openers are an important key to releasing them and “cleaning out the drawer”. Cleaning out that drawer lightens your spiritual load making room for prana to flow through the entire pelvic region and allowing breath and vitality to move freely throughout your body. Deepen your […]

By | 2013-10-01T23:13:58+00:00 October 1st, 2013|Classes, Inspirational, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

Inversions Galore!

What will it be? Handstand, Headstand, Forearm Balance or Shoulderstand… or all those together tee, hee… come and see!

Benefits of Inversion Poses:

1. Gravity is used to provide the brain with more oxygen and blood and this increases mental functioning, improves concentration, memory and processing abilities.

2. Getting upside down allows lymph to more easily travel into the respiratory system to eliminate toxins and bacteria and increase immunity to prevent illness.

3. Heating inversions such as handstand, headstand and forearm balance get more blood moving to the brain which is physically invigorating and mentally revitalizing.

4. Cooling inversions such as shoulderstand and legs up the wall calm the nervous system to activate the parasympathetic nervous system to produce feelings of balance and calm.

5. Balancing on the hands or head is the next step after balancing on one or two legs in finding equanimity.

6. Inversions create body balance by developing upper body strength.

7. Inversions build […]

By | 2016-12-26T22:16:33+00:00 September 11th, 2013|Classes, Inspirational, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

Let Go and Let God

Crown Chakra Yoga and Meditation Retreat With Sri Ekan
Sunday, September 15th- 9:30am-4:30pm

In Sanskrit,the Crown Chakra is called Sahasrara,or thousand petaled lotus. Like a king or queen whose crown signifies order in the kingdom, the Crown Chakra represents the ruling principle of life- the place where the underlying order and meaning of all things is perceived. It is the pervading consciousness that thinks, reasons, and gives form and focus to our activities. It is the true essence of Being as the awareness that dwells within. In the unconscious, it is the wisdom of the body. In the conscious mind, it is the intellect and our belief systems. In the superconscious, it is awareness of the Divine.

Come explore and experience the infinitely profound seat of cosmic consciousness known as the 7th Chakra or Crown Chakra. This Chakra connects us to divine intelligence and the source of all manifestation and spiritual illumination. It […]

Arm Balance Poses For Strength and Flexibility Now and Into Your Golden Years

Arm Balances give strength to your upper body for independent living as you age and make your core strong to hold you up in good balance.  The combination of osteoporosis with poor balance reflexes can lead to falls and broken bones (wrist, shoulder, and hip fractures are most common), with potentially life-threatening consequences as you age.  Due to upper body weakness many seniors can’t even open heavy doors or carry their own grocery bags.  Arm Balancing Yoga Poses will help prevent these issues.

Arm Balances can be challenging so they are often the favorite category of poses to “forget” to practice.  One reason arm balances are so challenging is they require both strength and flexibility. You may be very strong but still not be able to do arm balances if you don’t have the necessary flexibility. And yet excellent flexibility is no guarantee of success if you don’t have the needed […]

By | 2016-12-26T22:16:33+00:00 September 5th, 2013|Classes, Inspirational, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

Still The Thought Waves Of The Mind And Ride The Wave of Bliss

According to Patanjali’s definition in the very first sutra, yoga is the cessation of the activities of the mind. The vrittis are any sequence of thought, ideas, mental imaging, or act performed by the mind, intellect or ego… pretty much any state of mind whatsoever.  The essential point for understanding yoga is that all forms or activities of the mind are products of matter and completely distinct from the soul or true Self, pure awareness or consciousness. The mind is merely a physical substance that selects, organizes, analyzes and molds itself into the physical forms of the sense data given to it.  In and of itself it is not aware of them. Sense impressions or thoughts are imprints in that mental substance, just as a clay pot is an item made from the substance clay, or waves are movements of the sea.

The mind can be compared to the software and […]

By | 2013-08-29T22:44:08+00:00 August 29th, 2013|Classes, Inspirational, Meditation, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

Detox Your Body and Mind with Twisting Poses, Forward Bends and Yoga Sutra 1.11

Detox your body and mind with Twisting Poses, Forward Bends and Yoga Sutra 1.11 and move your spirit into a pristine space of pure energy and a blissful, high state of Consciousness!

Forward Bends slow you down so that you can imbibe Yoga Sutra 1.11 which teaches about memory as a form of knowledge. There are different forms of memory. In Yoga we practice discriminating between them to cultivate the influence of constructive and life-enhancing memories as causative influences (karma) to empower our yogic path to Higher Consciousness.

Twisting poses support us in this endeavor with their naturally detoxifying and purifying benefits. There are physiological benefits to the circulatory system and internal organs, structural benefits to the musculoskeletal system, and focusing, de-stressing benefits to our consciousness.

Yoga Master B.K. S. Iyengar describes twists as a “squeeze-and soak” action. The organs compressed during a twist, pushing out blood filled with metabolic by-products and toxins. […]

By | 2016-12-26T22:16:33+00:00 August 29th, 2013|Classes, Inspirational, Retreats, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments
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