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Get The Inside Job of Happiness Done

By |October 6th, 2015|

Here’s where to get the Inside Job of Happiness Done in classes this week at Lake Center Yoga~

*Beginner & Ongoing Yoga Classes with Sri Ekan & Nirgunavathi will enjoy a slow flow warm up of hip openers, leg stretches and forward bends to prepare you for the grand finale of your version of Lotus Pose, Padmasana. We’ll be aided by the intoxicating Yoga Sutra 3.4.

*Friday Night Meditation Class with Sri Ekan will unveil the highest state within you. Samadhi is always in us. We don’t feel it because we haven’t been practicing. Psychological research has found that you are able to change significant features of your personality with conscious intent. Meditation can help you strengthen the parts of yourself that have been lost, including the state of Samadhi, the 8th Limb of Yoga. In this class you will tap into the true self that has been obscured by your false […]

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 3.3 on Samadhi

By |October 4th, 2015|

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 3.3

Sit upright with minimal effort. Open hearted. Open minded. Tap into your breath, not rushing it, not forcing it, just slow it down and see if you can take your attention from having to breathe to the act of being breathed. The act of letting the air enter you and leave you and it will find its own natural flow in and out. Cleansing breath; hold at the top expend into the lung space, part your lips and exhale. 2 more. Relax into the breath. After concentration is developed you are able to concentrate without losing concentration. That is meditation. But we go back and forth. When you’re able to keep the concentration it is meditation. then there’s samadhi. whatever you’re focusing on you see from the observer. whatever you are focusing on disappears and the observer […]

Sweet Samadhi at LCY

By |October 2nd, 2015|

Stabilize some Sweet Samadhi (The 8th Limb of Yoga) in your soul at 7:15pm Friday Night Meditation Classes with Sri Ekan followed by a sweet treat to take you even Higher!

“By mastering asanas and mudras, bring body, senses and mind under your control.
Through control of your mind and prana, all chakras are purified.
When these open, perfection in yoga is not far away.

When the sahasrara (crown chakra) stands revealed,
currents of nectar flow ceaselessly.
You attain the inner Witness, the Self.
You drown in an ocean of bliss,
your own true nature.” (Samadhi)

Swami Muktananda

Om, Om, Om~

Live In Samadhi!

By |October 1st, 2015|

Join us in class this week and integrate Yoga Sutra 3.3 on Samadhi, the 8th Limb of Yoga, into your asana and meditation practices. At it’s highest level Samadhi intoxicates us with the divine vision of the omnipresence of God.

There is an expression, “The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is perspective.” Often in life things feel like they are big, they’re heavy, there’s a lot going on and if you just flip your perspective somehow it seems a lot more accessible, like you can handle it, you can overcome it, and hopefully have fun while your doing it.

When one is in the state of Samadhi, absorbed in ones True state of innate joy, everything is experienced as an adventure rather than an ordeal. Samadhi is the greatest adventure!

Our intention through our classes this week is for you to drop into the state of Samadhi and carry that adventure […]

Yoga Cares About The Person You Are Becoming

By |September 22nd, 2015|

Fall is in the air and we are coming up on a new season of ‘Becoming” and “Embodying the essence of Yoga”!

Join us in its vast and profound purpose in one or more of these classes this week at LCY:

Yoga 101-The focus is on the inner and outer alignment of the arms to engage the shoulders and shoulder blades for protection and power through the upper torso and clearing tension in the upper back and neck.

Ongoing Yoga and Ongoing Beginning Yoga – The focus is on Yoga Sutra 3.2 on the 7th Limb of Yoga, Dhyana, Meditation combined with a continuation of hip and hamstring openers for Padmasana (Lotus) and Hanumanasana (Split). This is a deep insightful practice that will help your hips open for better balance and more energy. You’ll unwind deep seated tensions in the muscles that surround your hip joint with reclined postures, low lunges, standing postures […]

Enter The Inner Kingdom

By |September 18th, 2015|

Through meditation,” teaches Thich Nhat Hanh, “we can recognize the miracle of being alive, and that is the greatest of all miracles.” Experience guided Meditation at Friday Night Meditation Classes as breath by breath, you enter what Meditation Master Thich Nhat Hanh calls “The Pure Land of the Buddha, the Kingdom of God, in the here and the now. When your body and mind work together as one, you are fully and naturally present in the moment. This is the essence Meditation Practice—allowing us to touch the wonders of life in the here and now.

In our hectic modern world, many of us race from one to-do to the next, planning this and worrying about that. Thoughts and unconscious habits often consume us, numbing us to our true experience and to the suffering we create for ourselves and those around us. Meditation breaks this cycle brings us home to our bodies—and […]

Get True Yoga at Lake Center Yoga

By |September 15th, 2015|

Join us in one or more of these classes this week at LCY and embody the Essence of Yoga in your life!

The Yoga 101 Class this week focuses on the Inner and Outer Spiral of the legs to protect the low back, the hips and knees. The lower body roots and the spine rises for more efficient performance of the entire nervous system. On a subtle level this creates an open channel for energy to pass through the seven Chakras or energy centers from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Theme: Realize and imbibe what raises your life energy!

The Ongoing Beginner and Ongoing Experienced Yoga Class theme is Yoga Sutra 3.1 Dharana, auspicious focus. In our practice we’ll filter attention for equanimous focus through the entire body. Quality of attention is as important as y quality of movement. We’ll incorporate that into full body awareness […]

Master The Outgoing Senses and The Mind Is Mastered

By |September 13th, 2015|

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 2.55


“Pratyahara results in the absolute control of the sense organs. The effect of pratyahara is felt when the senses are mastered, and the mind is ripe and avid for its spiritual quest. When the senses have ceased to run after endless pleasures obtained from the phenomenal world, they can be yoked to serve the soul.” B.K. S. Iyengar

Pratyahara is shifting attention from the outer world to the inside. We try to shift counter productive habits from the outer world, the senses, rather than the inside. Unless it comes from the inside, the change won’t stick. Withdrawing the senses brings us to our peace, our Truth, and from there what isn’t beneficial falls away. There is a dissolving into ecstasy.


tatah = then, thereby, thence, from that
parama = highest, supreme, ultimate, perfected
vashyata = mastery, control, being willed
indriyanam = of the mental organs of actions and senses

Close your […]

Create An Inner Environment of Balance and Happiness

By |September 11th, 2015|

Come to 7:15pm Friday Night Meditation Class and create an INNER ENVIRONMENT where the world reflects back your inner BALANCE instead of your inner IMBALANCE.

A constantly chattering mind will not allow any balance, any possibility of TRUE happiness because only a silent mind will be balanced enough to distinguish passing pleasure from true happiness. Only a silent mind can hear the silence, the happiness that is always bubbling there. It is so subtle that with the noise of the mind you cannot hear it. The outside can only be a mirror. When happiness flowing from within is reflected FROM the outside, with the outside functioning as a mirror, it is called pleasure and is impermanent.

When we live in a state of imbalance, more attention on the material world for happiness, we just exist in the endless, temporary and ultimately ending pleasures which leave us depressed because they are gone or […]

This Week’s Classes at LCY

By |September 8th, 2015|

We hope you had a most wonderful Labor Day Weekend~

Sri Ekan has been busy planting  the Lake Center Yoga garden with over 500 fresh starts of plants to enjoy in our home kitchen and in recipes for our yoga retreats!

We look forward to seeing you back on your mats this week in one or more of our our well rounded classes at LCY which always include all Eight Branches of Yoga.  Here’s what’s happening:

The Yoga 101 Class focus is on balance of stability and freedom, effort and ease both in asana practice and daily life.

The Ongoing Beginner and Ongoing Yoga Classes offer a smooth yet powerful practice that unites Yoga Sutra 2.54-mastering the mind and senses, along with lunging sequences, variations of arm balances, backbends, hip openers, standing and one legged balance poses to help you reawaken your clarity and inner guidance to have a fresh […]

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