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Nirgunavathi Ananda

About Nirgunavathi Ananda

Nirgunavathi has studied yoga for 32 years in France, India and the U.S. She has studied Anusara Yoga with John Friend since 1998 and was licensed as an Anusara Yoga teacher in 2003. She is delighted to offer the Yoga Sutras and other life enhancing yogic themes in her playfully serious alignment based Anusara Yoga classes at Lake Center Yoga.

This Week at Lake Center Yoga

Sunday, October 25th Full Day Yoga Retreat!
Join us for The Ascendant: Your Karmic Doorway Astro Yoga Retreat this Sunday, October 25th from 9:30am-4:30pm. The Early Yogi Discount of $65 goes through tomorrow night, Wednesday, October 21st and registration is $75 afterwards.

The menu for the Organic Vegan Feast is: Roasted Red Pepper Soup, BBQ Tofu with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice, Steamed Kale with Cranberry Beans, Mixed Salad with Tahini Dressing, Plantain Chips, Mango Pomegranate Tea and Ginger Candies.

You may treat your Self to this fabulous retreat by registering at:

Yoga 101 Class
We review the alignment principles of Week 1, the foundations of the four mounts of the hands and feet and the breath as the essence of action. Week 2 is learning Muscular Energy that creates stability, strength and physical integration in a pose and Organic Energy that is the extension in a pose that […]

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 3.5


We’ve been doing a lot of practice on concentration. Normally we concentrate on one thing but our attention jumps around.  Just feel like you are focused but your attention is diffused. It’s aware of everything but still focused. It’s aware of everything but not jumping around. All the attention is subdued to motionlessness. Like looking at a diamond. You see the cacets of the diamond. then the light of the diamond, then the diamond disappears. When that happens you are at the essence of the diamond and that’s Samadhi. The mind, intelligence and consciousness is all intermingled. We bring them all together in Yoga, that’s Samyama. the three fold practice of Dharana, focus, Dhyana, meditation and Samadhi, absorption in a chosen object or state of consciousness. When that happens you get a glimpse of the light. the luster of wisdom shines brightly. Like when a disciple […]

Meditation Gives You Direct Insight and Knowledge

Our Yoga Sutra of the Week 3.5 says: When focus, meditation and blissful absorption are practiced together, insight and true wisdom shine forth!

Meditation teacher Ryan Kurczak gives this commentary on Yoga Sutra 3.5: “Concentrated meditation to the stage of complete absorption into the object or ideal contemplated gives direct insight and knowledge into that object or ideal.”

You can see a good example in the picture above regarding love.  Another example is when we meditate on divine qualities until we are aware of nothing else, we can experience those divine qualities first hand. Then our insight is born of knowledge rather than belief or just reading or hearing about something.

Knowledge from direct experience results from the combined skillful practice of concentration, meditation, and blissful absorption.

Come and get the experience of divine qualities first hand at 7:15pm Friday Night Meditation Class with Sri Ekan!

Joyful Backbends

Join us in asana classes this week for a focus on Backbending Poses along with Yoga Sutra 3.5.

This Sutra says when we combine focus, concentrated meditation and blissful absorption into an object or ideal that is a Samyama which results in the true wisdom of that object or ideal.

Backbends relieve anxiety and stress, bring your spine back into it’s natural flexion, relieve chronic back and neck pain, improve breathing, help with insomnia, compress and flush the kidneys, encourage bravery and trust among many other benefits. The benefits of backbends are endless.

Come and apply Samyama into your practice and receive illumination of wisdom for your soul!

Get The Inside Job of Happiness Done

Here’s where to get the Inside Job of Happiness Done in classes this week at Lake Center Yoga~

*Beginner & Ongoing Yoga Classes with Sri Ekan & Nirgunavathi will enjoy a slow flow warm up of hip openers, leg stretches and forward bends to prepare you for the grand finale of your version of Lotus Pose, Padmasana. We’ll be aided by the intoxicating Yoga Sutra 3.4.

*Friday Night Meditation Class with Sri Ekan will unveil the highest state within you. Samadhi is always in us. We don’t feel it because we haven’t been practicing. Psychological research has found that you are able to change significant features of your personality with conscious intent. Meditation can help you strengthen the parts of yourself that have been lost, including the state of Samadhi, the 8th Limb of Yoga. In this class you will tap into the true self that has been obscured by your false […]

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 3.3 on Samadhi

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 3.3

Sit upright with minimal effort. Open hearted. Open minded. Tap into your breath, not rushing it, not forcing it, just slow it down and see if you can take your attention from having to breathe to the act of being breathed. The act of letting the air enter you and leave you and it will find its own natural flow in and out. Cleansing breath; hold at the top expend into the lung space, part your lips and exhale. 2 more. Relax into the breath. After concentration is developed you are able to concentrate without losing concentration. That is meditation. But we go back and forth. When you’re able to keep the concentration it is meditation. then there’s samadhi. whatever you’re focusing on you see from the observer. whatever you are focusing on disappears and the observer […]

Sweet Samadhi at LCY

Stabilize some Sweet Samadhi (The 8th Limb of Yoga) in your soul at 7:15pm Friday Night Meditation Classes with Sri Ekan followed by a sweet treat to take you even Higher!

“By mastering asanas and mudras, bring body, senses and mind under your control.
Through control of your mind and prana, all chakras are purified.
When these open, perfection in yoga is not far away.

When the sahasrara (crown chakra) stands revealed,
currents of nectar flow ceaselessly.
You attain the inner Witness, the Self.
You drown in an ocean of bliss,
your own true nature.” (Samadhi)

Swami Muktananda

Om, Om, Om~

Live In Samadhi!

Join us in class this week and integrate Yoga Sutra 3.3 on Samadhi, the 8th Limb of Yoga, into your asana and meditation practices. At it’s highest level Samadhi intoxicates us with the divine vision of the omnipresence of God.

There is an expression, “The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is perspective.” Often in life things feel like they are big, they’re heavy, there’s a lot going on and if you just flip your perspective somehow it seems a lot more accessible, like you can handle it, you can overcome it, and hopefully have fun while your doing it.

When one is in the state of Samadhi, absorbed in ones True state of innate joy, everything is experienced as an adventure rather than an ordeal. Samadhi is the greatest adventure!

Our intention through our classes this week is for you to drop into the state of Samadhi and carry that adventure […]

Yoga Cares About The Person You Are Becoming

Fall is in the air and we are coming up on a new season of ‘Becoming” and “Embodying the essence of Yoga”!

Join us in its vast and profound purpose in one or more of these classes this week at LCY:

Yoga 101-The focus is on the inner and outer alignment of the arms to engage the shoulders and shoulder blades for protection and power through the upper torso and clearing tension in the upper back and neck.

Ongoing Yoga and Ongoing Beginning Yoga – The focus is on Yoga Sutra 3.2 on the 7th Limb of Yoga, Dhyana, Meditation combined with a continuation of hip and hamstring openers for Padmasana (Lotus) and Hanumanasana (Split). This is a deep insightful practice that will help your hips open for better balance and more energy. You’ll unwind deep seated tensions in the muscles that surround your hip joint with reclined postures, low lunges, standing postures […]

Enter The Inner Kingdom

Through meditation,” teaches Thich Nhat Hanh, “we can recognize the miracle of being alive, and that is the greatest of all miracles.” Experience guided Meditation at Friday Night Meditation Classes as breath by breath, you enter what Meditation Master Thich Nhat Hanh calls “The Pure Land of the Buddha, the Kingdom of God, in the here and the now. When your body and mind work together as one, you are fully and naturally present in the moment. This is the essence Meditation Practice—allowing us to touch the wonders of life in the here and now.

In our hectic modern world, many of us race from one to-do to the next, planning this and worrying about that. Thoughts and unconscious habits often consume us, numbing us to our true experience and to the suffering we create for ourselves and those around us. Meditation breaks this cycle brings us home to our bodies—and […]

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