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.
Stepped out my front door on Saturday and swoosh, my feet went right out from under me. Down the stairs I went. I’d like to say that I landed in wheel pose, but no. I slammed down in an undignified heap on the ground. I immediately spouted something profane about the person who was supposed to clear the stairs. Of course it’s their fault, not mine… I was able to right my mind stream before getting up, laughing at my automatic reaction of anger and finger pointing. Looking back, my mind was already in the car, and wondering how the roads were. Not being present landed me flat on my back. ouch. I had great hang-time though. That moment in the air. Can remember the last time you slipped, had a near miss in the car, reached for your wallet and it wasn’t there, tripped on something, or watched the car door lock closed with your keys in the ignition? The split second before you react, that’s stillness, fully present in the moment. That’s what we’re moving towards in our Yoga and Meditation practice. More time in the present. Stretching out that stillness, so there’s time to choose an appropriate action instead of mindlessly reacting. No, don’t throw [...]
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
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)
Thanks to all who Joined us for the full-house Yoga of Sound workshop on Saturday. I'm getting lots of great feedback along with requsts for more Kirtan and Movie nights. Your presence makes these events possible. The Namesake is one of my favorite films and the soundtrack is just stunning, it was a pleasure to watch it again with all of you. Our next event is a Free Yoga Class with three teachers at Yoga and Nia for Life, December 6'th 12-2pm. Bring a donation of food for the Food Pantry and get a great Yoga class! I'll be warming us up with breathwork and gentle twists. Kate will take over for a nice flow. Natalie will then lead us through an amazing restorative series of postures, and ease us all into a nice long Shavasana. Join us in helping to feed people. You'll be doing good, and feeling great. find out more at the Yoga Events page We'll end just in time for the Polar Bear Plunge at Walden Pond. Yes, they go swimming to encourage education about global warming. There's a video of last years plunge on the page. I wish you all a healthy, happy and compassionate holiday, I'll be in retreat at the Ashram for the next five days, Susan Chorman is sub-teaching our classes on Monday. Om [...]
Click to see the Newsreel video of B.K.S. Iyengar 1938 Yoga Asana demonstration:
A beautiful poem to visualize our interconnectedness.
This Bhagavan Das video will stir your soul, He's been practicing Yoga and Meditation longer than I've been alive! Her he shares his journey of awakening, Alan Watts, Travelling to India, Neem Karoli Baba, and Ram Das. Be sure to watch till the end. Jai Ma! Join us for the Yoga and Meditation Workshop this weekend, and Free movie night!