Monthly Archives: April 2013

Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda – Free, Original 1946 Edition

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autobiography-book-coverAutobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda – Free, Original 1946 Edition.

What a nice gift from http://www.ananda.org this free digital version of one of the most amazing autobiographies written by an Awesome Master – Paramhansa Yogananda.  Links are available to send via almost all electronic methods.  This is an important read for those who embrace Yoga, all forms, it is a lengthy read but worth every bit.  Do place it upon all your devices and read in your leisure and send to others as gifts! Happy Reading,  (just click the link below the picture)                      Namaste

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Yogini Commencement…Meet Adriana

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The text below is from one student who has truly evolved this semester practicing Classical Hatha Yoga.  Her name is Adriana and she has fully allowed herself to be guided safely from her yogic expressions on the Mat and her intellectual contemplations of the meanings of the Yamas from her electronic studies and melded the experiences into mastering her inner development.  I cannot state there is an end-product as I am certain that she has truly embraced the Yogic path as she has realized the benefits on multi layers, this is now embedded into her cells.  This is how a Yogini…Awakens…Births Herself Consciously…Becomes a Beacon of Light and Refuge for her own self and others.  This happens rarely, unfortunately, but I understand why there is so much for people to shift through to get to this experience and it is not valued and rated hourly like the stock market.  For me  as a teacher who teaches with the hopes that this will happen and blossom in each I feel the Reward on so many levels because I know how difficult and rare an occurrence this is…but nontheless so grateful. As a side note last week some of my students took part in a Live African Drumming and Dancing Class at the college and Adriana was one who participated and she is also a student in this class and her Instructor commented when she noticed that Adriana also is a Yoga student she said, “Adriana is taking Yoga…MMM…she is a very Bright Young Woman!” I always tell students…our energy can be read by others who know what: composure, confidence, balance look like as it moves in and around our bodies. I say this is not the end but the beginning of many positive successes Adriana will have as she graces the planet.  Please read Adriana’s reflections below and marvel….at America’s Next Top Yogini…(broadcast on Channel Real Life! ) Smiles filled with Pride….Thanks for reading and do feel free to share….Namaste

The vlogs this week made me contemplate about time. How we divide it into past, present and future and how we attach ourselves to certain memories and things we experience and see or hear. We hold ourselves to certain standards of beauty and sexuality that we forget to live in the moment. When we expect to repeat a moment of pleasure, we imagine it as it happened before and hold standards for the times to follow and close ourselves to spontaneity. Each moment has it place and time, and what I thought about is the uniqueness of that moment that made me remember those moments that happened and taught me and helped me to experiences different things. But it is unfair of myself to expect them to happen the same way every time, because it the beauty of mystery and trust in life itself that makes life worth so much. What I really enjoyed about the reading Bramacharia was that it compared sexual pleasure to the beauty of nature, such as the sunset. It really made me understand how desire to repeat pleasure limits our ability to perceive what surrounds us and how it affects our senses. In nature things constantly change, there can be no attachment because there is no continuity and we obtain pleasure from watching the differences in species and plants that grow, or the way the sun rises and set each day, it is always different. The media set up scenarios around us telling us that we will arrive at pleasure by repeating what we see by buying, or wearing or doing things, and that way we will be accepted and indulge in the ever-present sexual pleasure. It always sells us security and promises of “needing” things to be greater. I have many long distance relationships, one with my boyfriend and other ones with my family in south america, and I have learned that there is a difference between trust and commitment and dependence. We you commit to a relationship you bring care and love and respect, and its mutual. It hinders both when you begin to depend on the other because you lose yourself and there is no longer a way for the people involved to grow, learn from each other and help each other. The attachment I had at first prevented me to see the opportunities to grow individually I had in front of me, I thought I need to be with them always but that only created pain and sadness. But slowly I finally understood that being physically away form the people I cherish has taught me and helped me grow to understand it is healthy to embrace each moment, that way enjoy the time I have to spend with those I love. These readings really spoke about issues in our media and society, and for me on a very personal level that brought a lot of thoughts and I hope to keep working on them, to accomplish living in the moment and live fruitful life I can share.
I have practiced the Isha Kryia a couple of time this week, it has helped me deal with the stress of the end of the semester I feel coming and helped me to sleep better. When Im stressed I can’t sleep, and then I can’t concentrate, so this really has been a great thing to do to help me stay on track with the things I have to do.

Sadhguru explains about how to create a Meditative Quality….

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521545_186713784801868_2062747835_nLearn How To Meditate For Beginners Online Course, Meditate Properly Benefits.

For those who aspire for the benefits of Dhyan or Raja Yoga…sitting and creating a Meditative Experience…do have a listen to Sadhguru explain…Be…Breathe…Blossom….Namaste

(please click the link below the picture here to see the YouTube video, thanks and please share with others, Namaste)

Almond Milk and Almond Cardamom Tea Recipe from Isha Blog

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Almond Milk and Almond Cardamom Tea Recipe | Isha USA Blog | Be, Breathe, Blossom.

Great healthy recipe, that’s vegan and full of needed nutrition and yummy! The Isha Blog includes the instructions for this easy recipe as well as the nutritional value information.  Anyone can try this you don’t have to wear any labels like vegan.

Just click on the link above the picture, enjoy and please share….thanks to Isha Foundation! Be, Breathe, Blossom! OM

Danny Curran shares this – Kandisa – Indian Ocean (Full song) – YouTube

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20120617-102628.jpgKandisa – Indian Ocean (Full song) – YouTube.

On the occasion of Daniel Curran’s Recital this evening, sharing here one of his Fav Picks!  Thanks Yogi Danny for sharing Yoga and Positive vibrations at Purchase College this Academic Year!

Sending Danny Rays of Light, Peace and Joy for his Performance! OM Shanti OM

JUST CLICK THE LINK BELOW THE PIX TO LISTEN TO THE YOUTUBE VIDEO, THANKS

Can You handle Your Own Technology as well as your smartphone?

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252659_10151347105354146_1178155134_nThe End of Suffering – Sadhguru – YouTube.

The video posted here is from The Isha Foundation and is a short Darshan, talk, by Sadhguru.  A question was asked, “How do we end suffering?” Sadhguru responds with his useful comparisons to technology usage.  We know and are very interested in learning quickly how to get our new phones and tablets up and running with the latest applications, but are at a real loss when knowing how to take care of ourselves.  He notes that those with below average intellects suffer less, similar to animals who have much less suffering than humans.  Those who are in the Intellect Domain are existing at SUFFERING CAPITAL! When one knows how to rise above intellect they are Buddhas!  For shortcuts people have invented and continue to invent methods to dull the intellect: binge eating, drinking, physical pleasures, chemical substances, all to avoid the consequences of suffering. However, these inventions never remove the actual cause for suffering it is always there when the binge is over.  Of course, he brings us to Yoga, as Patanjali says, “…And now Yoga…” as after you’ve tried all these other things just see how Yoga will sustain Joy.  Once a Yoga practitioner chooses to stay on the Path and cultivates the science of the yogic tools they may experience Joy.  How one sustains Joy is when they stay on the Path with the Yoga Practices…cultivation for knowing how to live well with ongoing health, peace and joy, what an App! Just click the link below Sadhguru’s picture to view his talk – Darshan, and please share with others and stay well, Namaste!

Yoga may be a new practice for you but it has a long lineage….check out this Reblog…

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The Evolution of Yoga [INFOGRAPHIC] – Isha USA Blog | Be, Breathe, Blossom | Isha USA Blog | Be, Breathe, Blossom.

Thanks to Isha, check out this informative chart, just click the link above.

Keep to your practice and stay well, Namaste539087_453316281380406_2055475301_n