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Burn All That You Are Not

By |August 1st, 2014

“Meditation is fire – It burns your thoughts, your desires, your memories; it burns the past and the future. It burns your mind and the ego. It takes away all that you think that you are. It is a death and a rebirth, a crucifixion and a resurrection. You are born anew. You lose your old identity totally, and you attain to a new vision of life.” ~Osho

Burn all that you are not, move from the the temporary to the eternal, the impure to the pure, the limited self to the True Self at Friday Night 7:15pm Meditation Class at LCY!

Move Mindfully With Inversion Poses This Week at LCY

By |July 29th, 2014

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 […]

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

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

By |July 26th, 2014

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 […]

Expand Your Love With Meditation

By |July 25th, 2014

Join us at Friday Night 7:15pm Meditation Class and expand your LOVE capacity!

Meditation Mystic Osho says,  “Love has no basis unless it is grounded and centered in meditation. Any problem of love can be solved only when the problem of meditation has been solved, not before it, because it is really two non-meditative persons who are creating the problem. Two persons who are in confusion, who don’t know who they are will naturally multiply each other’s confusion, they magnify it. Unless meditation is achieved, love remains a misery.

When you are in love, don’t forget meditation… Love is only going to show you who you are, where you are. And it is good that love makes you alert…Now is the time to meditate. If love and meditation go together, you will have both wings, you will have a balance. Love and meditate, meditate and love, and slowly, slowly you will […]

Listen With The Whole Body Instrument

By |July 23rd, 2014

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. […]

Stand Strong and Steady

By |April 1st, 2014

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 […]

Fire Up With Mars Full Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat

By |March 30th, 2014

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 […]

Yoga As Alchemy

By |March 9th, 2014

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

 

 

Don’t Be A “Yoga Sheep”

By |March 6th, 2014

Don’t be a “yoga sheep” following the herded masses of so called yoga practitioners who stay stuck in the 3rd Limb of Yoga, Asana or yoga poses. Don’t forget the subtle perception of the Eighth Limb of Yoga- Self Realization and the practices to invoke that!  That is the big bottom of the yoga iceberg and most of real yoga. The other 7 Limbs of Yoga are practices to prepare us for this pinnacle of human life experience, Self-Realization.

The most familiar Limbs of Yoga the masses of “yoga sheep” do are the 3rd Limb, yoga poses or Asanas and maybe, maybe a little of the 4th Limb, Pranayama or breathing practices. In doing so they stay in the ignorance, density, competition and frustration of the body/mind vehicle and never progress to find the subtle perceptions leading to blissful Self-Realization of the True Self beyond the body/mind ego. In fact […]

Subtle Perceptions and Back Bending Poses

By |March 4th, 2014

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 […]