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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 […]

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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 […]