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 […]
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.
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 […]
“Pain is ALWAYS born out of resistance to the present moment. As soon as you accept the present, you cease to suffer.”
Yoga and Meditation Master
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 […]
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 […]
Tofu and cauliflower are the perfect blank canvas to carry the Indian flavors of mustard seeds, ginger, curry powder and cayenne pepper. Chickpeas bring their protein and hearty mouth feel to this easy to prepare one pot wonder!
· 1 (14 ounce) package extra-firm tofu
· 3 tablespoons grapeseed, canola or peanut oil
· 1 tablespoon mustard seed
· 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
· 1 can artichokes, diced
· 1 teaspoon asofoetida (hing) from the Indian store)
· 1 tablespoon ginger root, minced
· 4 teaspoons curry powder
· 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
· 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
· 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
· 1/4 cup vegetable broth
· 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas
· 1 teaspoon salt
· juice from 1 lemon
· 1/4 to 1/2 cup tofu sour cream
· 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Prepare a cutting board with a layer of paper towels. Place the tofu on top of the paper towels and top with another layer of paper towels. […]
Join us this week in classes for creative sequencing with a focus on cultivating the energy in the feet to ground you into the earth, dissolve imaginary concepts in the mind and create a Lightness of Being!
The first chapter of the Yoga Sutras concentrates on the problems encountered and ways to overcome them in our attempts to reach a state of Yoga or union. We’ll take the support of Yoga Sutra 1.9 as our theme. Yoga Sutra 1.9 enlightens us on the modification of the mind called vikalpahs or verbal delusion that follows from words with no corresponding reality. Sounds develop concepts and then the mind cements itself to a concept. These concepts have no corresponding reality but we begin to live them and this can create stress in the mind, body, life and even our yoga practice.
Here are some translations of Sutra […]
“Keep your focus. Be the person you always want to be.”
Meditation Master Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
Seclude yourself on Friday nights at the sanctuary of Lake Center Yoga from 7:15pm-8:45pm for a mini meditation retreat and reconnect with the person YOU always want to be. Transformation of outer circumstances actually comes from a pure energy within us which expands back out and creates magic in relationships, job opportunities and success in all areas. To access that transformative energy we MUST meditate! There is no way around it.
When that energy is pulsing strong from you and keeps building in you with each meditation session you will just witness in awe the magic in your life. Circumstances you tried to change for years will melt into this energy and the alchemy between the circumstance or relationship at hand and the expanded sacred energy inside you will take things to a higher level. It’s true! Try […]
Yoga Sutra 1.8 and Standing Poses
Yoga Sutra 1.8 as the class theme of the week will serve to move through limiting concepts and illusions about what you can and cannot do in yoga poses. This along with a focus on Standing Poses will stabilize you into direct perception of your possibilities! Standing poses build stamina while increasing flexibility. Through intelligent alignment in Standing Poses poses your internal organs become healthier, your nervous system becomes stronger and you gain more vitality while heightening your mental awareness. Standing Poses help you to chill out and go beyond a flawed sense of self-identity by grounding you into your wholeness and bringing equilibrium and harmony to move you beyond the illusion of limitation in your practice!
Try Asana Classes AND the Friday Night Meditation Class and see how that combo really takes you beyond your incomplete perceptions to transcend the illusional sense of Self!
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