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Inversion Week this Week!

Greetings Great Yogis & Yoginis,

Welcome to Week 4 of our current session!

We want to give a HUGE thank you to all who donated their time and energy (more than we predicted, lol) to posing in many, many asanas for our film maker nephew Sean Benson. We will have new photos showing them in all their glory as representatives of Lake Center Yoga in all sorts of formats known and unknown at this moment 🙂

Please join us in Yoga 1, Yoga 1-2 and Yoga 2 Classes this week for a full spectrum practice with a focus on Inversions. Inversions give great benefits to the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous and endocrine systems. Check out this fantastic link for some really wonderful information on the benefits of inversions!

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/everybody-upside-down/

This week’s Yoga Basics Classes will focus on the alignment of the arms to reverse the effects of gravity (slouching) by engaging and strengthening the upper […]

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Self-Compassion and Yoga – It’s Transformative Power

The Yoga Sutras are the basic tenets of yoga. Yoga Sutra 1.33 says practicing compassion (karuna) in the face of suffering quiets the mind – which is the basic purpose of yoga. Self-compassion is no exception.

What are Compassion and Self-Compassion?

Compassion is “shared feeling,” a level of deep empathy that inspires action to heal another’s sorrow or pain. Forgiveness may be the highest form of compassion. But the highest test of compassion may be “Can I practice self-compassion?”

Read the infographic below to learn about the amazing benefits of self-compassion:

The Scientific Benefitsof Self-Compassion infographic

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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 […]

Nurture Your Practice With Venus Energy- Full Day Retreat at Lake Center Yoga

Live life more skillfully by cultivating your Venus energy to make choices to evolve your Self at this full day yoga and meditation retreat at Lake Center Yoga on Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

Venus is the planet of Love, Romance and Affection.  Venus is the planet of Art, Beauty and Appearance. Venus is the planet of Value, Price and Finance. Venus is the planet of Guidance and Teaching. Venus is the planet of Balance, Agreements and Compromise. Venus represents our Inner Desire to be Good manifesting as Love of God and devotional practices such as Bhakti Yoga.

After this day of well-rounded yogic practices you will leave with a full understanding and radiant glow of your Venus energy!

The Early Yogi Discount of $65 is available through next Wednesday, July 30th. Included in the retreat is a delicious Vegan Greek Feast of Cucumber “Feta” Salad, Spanikopita (spinach pie), Dolmas (stuffed grape […]

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Fire Up With Mars Full Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Join us for the Fire Up With Mars Full Day Yoga Retreat at Lake Center Yoga on Sunday, April 13th from 9:30am-4:30pm.

This retreat will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore, cultivate and apply the awesome energy of Mars into our Yoga practice and into our lives! The full day retreat gives us the extra time needed to go deeper into not only the intellectual understanding which is important, but also a longer time to settle into a deeper experience.

Mars is the fire in us. It is our will to follow what we believe. It is that part of us that can get the job done. It is that part of us that can follow our instincts. Mars gives us courage, drive, initiative, good logic and the ability to engineer and build things. A good Mars makes you a good leader. If it is agitated one might not have full […]

Yoga As Alchemy

To compliment this past week’s Yoga Sutra 1.35 on the topic of subtle perceptions leading us to Self Realization, here is a 13 minute enlightening video talk by extrasensory luminary Teal Scott on the topic of Alchemy.

Yoga is known as a form of Alchemy, the conscious, intentional process of transmutation, purification and perfection of our limited self into unlimited Being, becoming a walking embodiment of the soul, rather than a muted reflection of it.

Alchemy as Yoga is a process of turning the smaller self into a higher form of itself. In Yoga as in Alchemy in general there can be no external alchemy without there first being internal alchemy.

Enjoy~

http://www.askteal.com/videos/what-is-alchemy-the-philosophy-and-practice-of-liberating-a-physical-substance-s-fixed-properties

 

 

Subtle Perceptions and Back Bending Poses

Join us this week in classes at Lake Center Yoga and open up to subtle perceptions within your own Being via Back Bending Poses & Yoga Sutra 1.35.

Most of us come to Yoga seeking sanctuary. We realize how important it is to briefly step away from the demands of life and relax into a spacious quality of mind that allows us to be with ourselves as we are, without judgment. Insulated from the racket of demands and from the need to rush, we become quiet enough to hear the stirrings of our hearts. In this act of opening to subtle perceptions within, we replenish our energy and inspiration.

Connecting with the Truth of our selves, our hearts, our muscles, and our level of energy in any given moment is the height of subtle perception which takes us to exalted states of Being. With this experience we can have a steady union […]

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 […]

Experience The Power Within

What is meditation? It has been described by many different people in many ways. Everyone has their own personal experience. Nevertheless, the yogic text Shvetashatara Upanishad says, “Those who are devoted to meditation and contemplation see the divine energy hidden in its own qualities. It is the One who rules over all causes from time to the soul.” This is the experience of the yogic sages. When they went deep inside in meditation, they experienced the power within. When you go inside, the same divine energy that exists within everyone is awakened. The yogic sages tell us if we only wander around the world outside we do not experience the awakened energy that lives within us.  We simply stay on the surface of life and feel we’re not really in touch with ourself, there is something more, but we just can’t get to it. As we go within, we have […]

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