In Asana Classes this week at LCY we’ll access a deeper power within via the 2nd Limb of Yoga, The Niyamas in Yoga Sutra 2.32 along with asymmetrical poses to lead us back into symmetry of the One. In fun asymmetrical poses we’ll have one leg off the floor or one arm off the floor or one arm and one leg simultaneously off the floor to strengthen different musculature and make us more expanded in the full symmetrical pose and merge with the One.
The first limb of Yoga, The 5 Yamas are universal social practices. The second limb of Yoga, the 5 Niyamas, evolve from individual practices necessary to build up the yogis own character. Mastery of Yoga would be unrealizable without the observance of the ethical principles of the Yamas and Niyamas.
The Niyamas consist of:
1. Saucha- cleanliness of body and mind
2. Santosha- contentment
3. Tapasya- self discipline to let go […]
In Asana Classes this week we’ll be activating Yoga Sutra 2.31 into our Being along with more core strengthening and Muscular Energy to shine out the 1st Limb of Yoga, the 5 Yamas of non-harming, truthfulness, non-stealing, conscious control and right use of our vital force and non-attachment in Balancing Poses.
B.K.S. Iyengar translates this sutra as: “The five components of Yama are called ‘mighty universal vows’, as they are not confined to class, place, time or concept of duty. They should be followed unconditionally by students of yoga in particular. They form the framework of rules on which society is based. This universal approach should also be applied to all the other component states of yoga without distinction of time, place or circumstances to lay down the precepts of a universal culture. They represent the ideal, responsible way for everyone to live.”
Meditation Master Sri Mooji says that without meditation, without […]
Today we begin a new Six Week Session which will be the last session before we take our Spring Break from Monday, March 30th-Sunday,April 12th in case you want to up your yoga practice to create more pools of energy to carry you through those two weeks. Please register before your first class by PayPal here on the website or by check, cash or credit card at the studio.
This week we begin our study of The Eight Limbs of Yoga from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Our class theme will be on Yoga Sutra 2.30, the first limb of yoga,The Yamas, or outer disciplines to live in society. They happen naturally when we are grounded in our own Truth. We will focus our Asana Practice to stabilize us in our Truth from which to live, with a solid foundation of the hands, feet and breath opening to the power […]
This week learn to balance the two subtle breaths called Prana Vayu and Apana Vayu along with Yoga Sutra 2.12 and Asana classes emphasizing intelligent, aligned and integrated movement.
One of the main objectives of Hatha Yoga is that of stimulating the Vayus in a harmonious manner. The human being is a transformer of energy, or prana. An uninterupted flux of particles, molecules and atoms traverses our bodies, not just as solid or liquid form but also as gas, and subtle energies. Air that brings us oxygen is also charged with water vapors and subtle smells, such as the smells of nature. These play an important role in preserving health as shown by aromatherapy. Life means changes and transformations. The more active our changes and interactions with the environment are, the more we are alive, in the most dynamic sense of the word. Our body is a whirlpool of energy in […]
Join us this week in asana classes at LCY to establish a pattern of moving while having restful awareness via Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2.11 and a vinyasa yoga sequence with intelligent alignment. In this practice you will retrain your nervous system to go from just having awareness, which isn’t always restful, into restful awareness in action! In your practice you can instill this state to extend into your life and constantly be in the unclutched mode while walking, talking, sitting, working, cooking- doing everything in unclutched restful awareness!
Meditation Master Roy Davis translates this sutra as, “Troublesome influences are effortlessly resisted and their forces weakened and dissolved by super conscious influences that prevail when, and after, meditative states of samadhi are experienced. Gradual or sudden immergence of our innate knowledge of what is true replaces erroneous ideas and illusions.”
Yoga Master B.K.S. Iyengar says of Yoga Sutra 2.11, “Here Patanjali offers meditation […]
Experience space as grace in classes this week at LCY via Yoga Sutra 2.10 and Inversion Poses and allow the subtle Kleshas, the obstacles of avidya-spiritual ignorance, asmita-ego, raga-attachment to pleasure, dvesha-aversion to difficulty, abinivesha-fear of loss of life or identification, to be silenced at their very source.
Yoga Master B.K.S. Iyengar says of Sutra 2.10, “The father of subtle afflictions is the mind, whose movements should be directed towards the seer by the yogic process of involution. In this way, subtle afflictions are vanquished and an unpolarized state of pure knowledge is attained.” What better process than involuting upside down with inversions or variations of them to suit you!
Here are some other benefits of Inversion Poses:
*Viparita Karani (legs up the wall pose)- Your head, throat and neck are supplied with blood in abundance resulting in a new surge of energy in the nerve centers of the brain, pituitary glands and […]
Move mindfully from the temporary to the eternal, the impure to the pure, the painful to the pleasurable, the non- self to your true Self in this week’s inversion practice at Lake Center Yoga.
On the surface level of life we can often feel disconnected and fragmented. Reconnect with the real YOU this week in classes at LCY reinforcing the importance of moving with mindfulness, integration and cohesion. We will use intelligent alignment in a slow flow culminating in a variety of inversions such as handstand, headstand and shoulderstand. There are variations of all of these to accommodate any body issues. We will integrate integrate Yoga Sutra 2.5 to support the theme of moving mindfully through our practice.
Yoga Sutra 2.5 says, “Ignorance is confusing the permanent, the pure and the bliss of the unlimited Self with the limited individual self.”
The Four major forms of ignorance of this are:
Seeing the temporary as […]
Listen With the Whole Body Instrument and Yoga Sutra 2.4
This weeks practice will be a slow meditative flow that will attune your body/mind instrument to listen in order to follow the inner promptings and to recognize those magical moments of synchronicity beyond the Kleshas (obstacles, afflictions) and will include breathing practices to balance the nervous system and end with a meditation.
This practice will be supported by Yoga Sutra 2.4 which teaches us to recognize the layers of intensity of the Kleshas in order to reduce, weaken and inactivate them permanently.
Yoga Sutra 2.4 says, “Inability to accurately perceive what is True is the primary cause of afflictions which may be dormant, weak, controlled, or very influential. Subliminal conditions that prevent spiritual growth result from flawed perception and incomplete understanding.
Those afflictions which are dormant may be activated and cause problems in the future or may be eradicated when understanding is improved. Those […]
Join us for Week 1 of a new six week session of Yoga and Meditation at Lake Center Yoga. This week we will focus on standing steady inside and out with Standing Poses and Yoga Sutra 1.39.
Standing poses strengthen the body and the spirit. They invigorate us physically, mentally, and emotionally. The standing poses teach us to be simultaneously strong and flexible. The more precise our standing poses, the more energized and free, and internally stable we feel.
Yoga Sutra 1.39 is the last of the group of sutras on steadying the mind. We will integrate this sutra by approaching our asana practice as a bona fide support for fixing the mind without distraction to attain steadiness.
Once the mind has attained steadiness in one area, this steadiness can be readily transferred to other areas. Once the mind has become stilled, it’s sattvic nature can manifest, as a result of which the […]
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.