Invariably the question: "Why 108?" comes up. There are many opinions about Why 108, but here I'll mention a few that people tend to agree upon.
Please take a few moments to watch this video, an introduction to a most-unusal animal shelter in California. Over 700 cats and a bunch of dogs live together in harmony at the Cat House on The Kings: Share with a friend who could use a smile! Piece of cake if you use the button below to email the link. Registration now open for the Yoga and Cooking Class, check the events page for details. Om Shanti. -j
A very-inspiring Asana practice from the folks at Elephant Beans, click the link below to see the video: karandavasana I'm often asked to recommend books, dvd's, but am most-asked about the music playing in class. I've begun to populate the john's favorite link on the left side of my website with selected items. I'm now working on a way to post the songlists from class. Now that would be very-cool. Om Shanti, See you in class! -john
The ancient teachings agree, the peace you seek is not out there. What you're seeking, you already have. The practice of Yoga is one way to reveal this peace, your truest nature.
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May All Beings be Happy and Free Om Lokah Samastha Sukino Bhavantu Wishing peace and prosperity for you and your family in 2009 Om Shanti
The philosophy of Yoga teaches us that that conciously shifting from the mindset of "what can I get, to what can I give" is the path to lasting freedom and happiness.
In the 1920's, it was believed that smoking cigarettes helped with respiration, Tour DeFrance riders would lite up and share cigarettes before big hills. Aren't you tired of the old thoughts, beliefs, prejudices? How do we release who we used to be, and embrace who we are becoming? Steady practice wipes the slate clean. Patanjali wrote these Sutras over two thousand years ago: 1-13 Tatra sthitau yatno-’bhyasah Being firmly established in the state of controlled thought waves is called practice. 1-14 Sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkarasevito dridha-bhumih Persistent practice, becomes firmly grounded in presence when it has been practiced for a long, uninterrupted time, and with earnest devotion. sah - that practice tu - however dirghakala - (for) a long time nairantarya - without interruption satkara - reverence, devotion, respect avesitah - pursued, practiced, continued dridhabhumih - firmly grounded I saw this bag in the store the other day. Old news. Not much good except for cat litter and bird cages. What old ways do you hold on to? Next time you practice, shed your skin, and thaw your heart. Let each breath out make room for the new. It's never too late to re-write your story. I'm planning a special New Years Day workshop on making space for lasting change. we'll explore our practice as a vehicle for transformation. [...]
we raised a half of ton of food from one yoga class.. . A new record at the Acton Pantry. 8)
Daan Yoga, or Recession proofing your life Two fellow Yoga teachers and I are hosting a benefit for the food pantry Today. Coming off this cycle of abundance and frivilous spending by much of the country, I think we need to re-learn how to give, how to really experience generosity. Two ways to experince the gift of giving: 1, Root through your shelves and find the box of pasta, and can of soup bought so long ago, and bring them along to class. Yes, that will feed somebody, and we will very-much appreciate your contribution. 2, Search your cabinets and find the favorite item amongst your stores. Hold it to your heart; imagine the person who will receive it. Beam your prayer into the container, infusing the food with this light. Do this until your eyes well-up. Bring it to class and place it in the bin. Don't tell anybody. It's not a story; it's a sacred act of compassion between you and the recipient. It's important to notice even a slight hesitation in your giving. Is it an expensive item, does it activate a sense of 'I don't have enough?' Our lower chakras blindly grasp the material world, and keep us in a feeling of fear and lack. Our [...]