Lake Center Yoga Blog

Mend Your Mind

Why meditate? A better question is, why not meditate? Meditation is good medicine for body, mind and soul. Countless studies have explored its therapeutic benefits and found meditation can lower both stress and your risk of heart disease, as well as treat many anxiety disorders. Meditation can help you temporarily shut the door to your outer life and explore what’s happening within you. (Svadyaya-self observation)

A simple definition of meditation is the practice of focusing your mind and observing yourself in the moment. As you relax inward via guided yogic practices leading to meditation, stress you didn’t realize was there drains away and you come to a place of blissful, restful awareness and expanded Consciousness. Meditation is one of the best things you can do to relax your body, calm your mind, and transform your soul all at the same time!

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Stand In Your Abundance

Become stable in your Being and merge with the second Yama in Yoga Sutra 2.37, Asteya: Non-Stealing, as you access the abundance of your inner and outer treasures in classes this week at Lake Center Yoga.

The energy meridians in your feet affect your whole body and mind and ultimately spirit. When we are constricted through the feet we constrict on all levels and feel a need to grab and covet what we feel lacking in be it physical, mental or emotional. We’ll use the feet to align and enliven the abundance in our lives that is present in us and all around us.

The feet can be the gateway to alignment of the joints, balanced action in the muscles and ease in the Asanas.  In our practices this week you will mindfully focus on the actions of the feet as well as balancing the weight on the feet as the foundation […]

By |April 22nd, 2015|Classes, Inspirational, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

Immerse Yourself in Satya, Soul Truth To Express Life From

Do you think you are doing Yoga because you do yoga poses?

Do you tell people you do yoga since you attend asana classes?

Well, the Truth (Satya, Truth, our theme for the week) is that you’re NOT doing yoga! Yoga is union of body, mind and spirit, not just about the body. Asanas, or yoga poses are a very small part of Yoga barely mentioned in the Yoga Sutras. Asana, the physical poses are the 3rd of the 8 Limbs of Yoga.

The beauty of LCY is that in our classes, although the focus is asana, we do touch on all the other 7 Limbs. It would be so incomplete not to. So in our classes you do actually go beyond the rampant, physical only asana classes which are actually NOT yoga. Most people can’t focus beyond the physical so you have to be at a more refined awareness to even come […]

By |April 17th, 2015|Classes, Inspirational, Meditation|0 Comments

Twist It Out!

Join us this week and delve deeper into twisting asanas by activating the back body in standing poses, standing twists and seated twists.

Twists are postures that generally involve moving the shoulder girdle to face in an opposing direction in relation to the hips. There are different twists that target the upper, middle and lower portions of the torso, all having heir own unique set of health benefits.

This week we’ll access core power in the usually dull and collapsed mid to upper back by moving the back ribs forward and taking the belly and pelvis back as we go deep into twisting asanas.

Benefits: Twists improve digestive function by flooding your digestive organs with fresh oxygen and nutrients via fresh blood flow. This also cleanses the cells of any built up waste and so detox’s stagnated impurities and moves them through the digestive tract due to the compression that comes with twisting. […]

By |April 16th, 2015|Classes, Inspirational, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

New Class With Barry

Spring Break is over and time to return to Yoga School!

Lake Center Yoga resumes classes today and we are excited to add Barry Sowder on to our schedule. Barry has attended classes for over 10 years with us and has trained extensively with John Friend and Sri Ekan in Anusara Yoga Immersions and Teacher Training. Many of you got a good dose of Barry’s teaching skills the past two Saturdays at the Yoga Basics Workshop/ Classes.

Barry will be offering Yoga 101 on Mondays from 7:30pm-9:00pm. This class is perfect for the brand new student so let anyone you know of that has been nervous about starting yoga that this class is Perfect for them. It’s also a mellower version of the ongoing Beginner classes we had before. Mellow is better for the later classes as people may not want to work so hard then but yet want a good yoga […]

By |April 15th, 2015|Classes, Inspirational, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

Get Your Ahimsa On

This is Week 6 of our session and the last week before our two week Spring Break so come get your Ahimsa on!

Ahimsa, non-violence, is the first of the five restraints of the Yamas, the 1st Limb of Yoga.

Our practice will focus on Ahimsa in action and includes the application of patience, compassion and love. We’ll invite peace and stillness into our individual actions of body, mind and spirit via Yoga Sutra 2.35 as well as upper body alignment and strength to establish the heart in non-violence.

Yoga Master B.K.S. Iyengar translates this sutra as, “When non-violence in speech, thought and action is established, one’s aggressive nature is relinquished and others abandon hostility in one’s presense.”

Namaste & Have a Peaceful Day~

By |March 26th, 2015|Classes, Inspirational, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

The Practice of Cultivating Awareness

When you quiet your mind, you can take your mental “temperature” and steady your energy, regardless of what thoughts arise. When you take an active role in observing your thoughts, rather than a passive one, you’ll notice a difference in the way you react to them and to the world around you. By becoming more aware of your energy, you are better able to stay balanced throughout your day, and less likely to overreact to situations. This is called “cultivating awareness” because it requires practice and attention.

Join us tonight for the practice of cultivating awareness at Friday Night Meditation Class from 7:15pm-8:45pm.

Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,

Nirgunavathi & Sri Ekan

By |March 6th, 2015|Classes, Inspirational, Meditation|0 Comments

Line Up With The ONE

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 […]

By |March 4th, 2015|Classes, Inspirational, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

Take The Great Vow (Maha Vrata) To Live The Yamas

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 […]

Get Calm Mastery at Friday Night Meditation Class 7:15-8:45pm

“Letting go can be as scary as dropping backward over a cliff with your eyes closed, but once you’re able to let go, you float in the arms of the interconnected universal fabric.”
Meditation Teacher Jack Kornfield

Many approaches to meditation might be obvious but unless you hear them spoken while deep in a receptive state they can be hard to bring into life. Come and enter that receptive state in meditation class!  As you follow your breath with the calm detachment of listening to a breeze through the trees you stop struggling with what you cannot change and ‘float in the arms of the interconnected universal fabric.’

Sri Ekan will guide you to this place of stillness and impermanence, calm mastery and deep understanding through the more subtle of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. In Asana Classes at LCY we incorporate all 8 Limbs but the focus is more on the first […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Classes, Inspirational, Meditation|0 Comments