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Line Up With The ONE

By |March 4th, 2015

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 […]

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

By |February 24th, 2015

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, […]

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

By |February 20th, 2015

“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 […]

2nd Chakra Full Day Astro Yoga Retreat at Lake Center Yoga

By |February 19th, 2015

Our next  Full Day Astro Yoga and Meditation Retreat at Lake Center Yoga will be on Sunday, March 1st from 9:30am-4:30pm!

In this retreat you will enjoy a great morning yoga practice with asanas focusing on opening the Second Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, the Sacred Chakra, called Svadistana Chakra. The Second Chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment. The gift of this chakra is experiencing your life through feelings and sensations. The Second Chakra is the center of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy and connection. The energy of this Chakra allows you to let go, to move and to feel change and transformation occurring within your body. It allows you to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness. Everything you create, a poem, a drawing or a website, originates from the energy of the Second Chakra. A person with an open Svadhistana Chakra is passionate, present in body, sensual, […]

New Session Begins Today with The Eight Limbs of Yoga

By |February 16th, 2015

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.

Asana Classes
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 of […]

Prana and Apana Vayu

By |September 30th, 2014

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 […]

Have Restful Awareness While Being Active

By |September 25th, 2014

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 […]

Space is Grace

By |September 18th, 2014

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 […]

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 […]