Yoga this Week – January 26, 2014 – No Friday Morning Class

“Do not allow past experiences to be imprinted on your mind. Perform asanas each time with a fresh mind and a fresh approach.

B.K.S. Iyengar

The Fourth Klesha  in the tree Avidya (misperception)


(Aversion or Rejection)

   Dvesa expresses itself by rejecting or avoiding things. we believe will cause us pain.    We have a difficult experience and are afraid of repeating it, so we reject the people, the thoughts, and the settings that relate to that experience, assuming they will bring us pain again.  Dvesa also causes us to fear the unknown, which can be as obvious as the future or as subtle as our daily decision making. Here is an except from my teacher, Rolf Gates’ Year of Meditation blog in which he describes the attributes of fear which is the underlying aspect of Dvesa. 

Year of meditation day 133: Using a “fear the mind killer” meditation while surfing.  by Rolf Gates

Fear of the size of the wave, fear of missing the wave, fear of being in the wrong place, fear of being in the right place, fear of being to tired or not ready.

Becoming empty of all of the fears that I see instead of the moment I am in.

I was breathing into the space created by letting go of fear  when a wave came to me. Then sun hit it from behind and I could see two dolphins surfing inside the wave.I turned and caught the wave.

Fear the life killer

When we are working from the misperception of dvesa (aversion and fear of repeating a negative experience) we loose the beauty of the present and will sadly miss what opportunities the universe is bringing to us.  Its can be thought of as tasting a chocolate cake and disliking the taste of that particular cake.  Then in another place and time you are offered a chocolate cake and you simply refuse to taste it in fear of it tasting like the one you had before.   So you see, it stops you from experiencing something entirely new and wonderful.  Even if you taste it and you don’t like it again, at least you were open to whet the present moment and all of its lessons has to offer.  In other words, breathe into the space that you create when you let go of fear and old patterns of thinking to have a fresh perspective.  Don’t miss the dolphins, hold your breath, catch the wave and let it take you to shores beyond your wildest dreams.

“Aversion, dvesa, after all, is the flip side of the same coin as attachment. When we resist or resent something, it is because of a remembrance that this thing caused us pain in the past.” Edwin Bryan  “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.”

Classes this Week

Monday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation

Thursday Evening at 730pm

No Friday Class this Week or Monday Class next Week

Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed – Classes are beginning to fill up with new year energy…


February 11th Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture is all filled and accounted for!  If you would like to be on a the list for the next session and as soon as we get enough responses we will add another session!!

February 13th Thursday Evening at 730pm will be a Special Partner Yoga Class – Please reserve your spot – Regular class fees/cards honored.

Partner yoga is a fun way to connect, deepen your poses and have fun!  It can be deeply rewarding.  Feel free to bring a partner of your choice or come on your own, we will work it out!!

February 15th is the Have a Heart Kirtan at the Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library!   1:30pm to 3:30pm in the afternoon!

Open your heart with live music, and experience a kirtan with ShaktiPath. A kirtan is an ancient participatory music experience that originated in India and involves call-and-response chanting. The performance is being held in conjunction with the Community Library’s Have a Heart Food Drive. Come and allow your shakti to flow with the joyful, transformative power of chant as you connect to your community, open your hearts, and help feed the hungry.
Please bring a non-perishable food item.
Light refreshments will be served.
Open to all!

To insure that as many adults as possible are able to attend our programs, spots are guaranteed for those who are registered and arrive promptly. A waiting list is used to fill cancellations before a program begins or for no-shows the day of a program. This does not apply to fee based programs.

Shanti, shanti, shanti!  Oooommmmm

Big Hug


3 thoughts on “Yoga this Week – January 26, 2014 – No Friday Morning Class”

  1. Good Morning Amy- I went to bed last night having my eye lid hurting – I got up this morning and it is swollen. Maybe pinkeye???? I was hoping it would calm down after being awake for a while. I better not come in this morning on the chances it is pinkeye. ugh……… I’m sorry for this late notice! Hope to see you soon! Gretchen


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