Category Archives: KLESHAS

Yoga this Week – February 22, 2016

 

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“He [came to] realize that identifying his practice with things that could be lost [advanced postures & breath work, deep states of meditation],  would always leave him susceptible to fear anything that could be taken away through sickness aging or life circumstances was not a very wise thing to stand on.  It  was then that he realized that the only security lay in using his yoga practice to tether his awareness to the part of himself that was and is eternal.   It is in this tethering of awareness to the unchanging core of our being that true security can be gained….As our practice deepens and we gain confidence and courage,  we develop a growing appetite for this groundlessness and we start to yearn for a more liberated and open experience of ourselves and we become more willing to let go of old hand holds.We start to feel a resolute commitment to real freedom & we become vigilant about things that offer the trappings of freedom but fall short of delivering the goods”  Donna Farhi from Bringing Yoga to Life

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Greetings dearest yoga students,

The above excerpt from Donna Farhi’s book is, in essence, describing what Patanjali wrote about in the Yoga Sutra’s called Kleshas.  Kleshas are basically the core confusion of what is permanent with what is impermanent and the suffering we cause ourselves when we try to hold on to the impermanent things.  We all have fear of losing things we hold dear.  It may be loved ones, our jobs, our health, our strength, our physical appearance or the myriad of ego driven personas we believe ourselves to be. Finding rest within this “groundlessness” of living with the truth of uncertainty allows us to see through false promises,  let go and live with freedom, peace and joy!

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Yoga this Week

Monday Maryhaven Yoga – 5:15 Maryhaven Center of Hope Port Jefferson

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation

Wednesday Gentle Yoga w/ Philosophy & Meditation-Class One of Session Two –  9:45am  Preregistration  Required – Session Full

Thursday Evening 7pm

Friday Morning Gentle/Healing Yoga 930am

(Please sign up or cancel if your plans have changed)

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Happenings

Monday, March 7th 7-9pm- Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with Essential Oils

Still has a few spots open.  $55 secures your spot in class.  If you have been curious about this session, don’t hesitate.  No yoga experience necessary, all are welcome.

The Yoga Jam was such a success and I received such wonderful feedback…I am going to put another one on the schedule for March!  Message me if you have interest and we will make it happen.

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Yoga this Week – January 11, 2014

Yoga this Week

Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with meditation to follow class

Friday Morning Gentle/Healing Yoga 930am

Friday Evening 7-9pm Brian Miller Meditation and Book Discussion

(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)

Lion’s Breath

The Kleshas

Asmita – Ego

Our Ego is a complicated part of our psyche.  On one hand is it the part of the right brain that allows us to take action, to make plans and to accomplish what we desire in our lifetime.  It drives us forward.  On the other hand, it is when the ego side of us begins to attach our existence to what we do, what we have, the past or the future,  or any other outer impermanent feature of our lives,  that it causes suffering.  When our ego begins to whisper “you are not good enough as you are, you need to do more, be more. to be whole” is when it begins to increase anxiety and creates trouble inside ourselves and to others around us. The hunger for control and outer validation never gets satisfied and we remain in a state of depletion when we let the ego guide our days.

Yogic practices greatly soften the ego’s hold on us, Ethical Practices such as:  nonviolence, truthfulness, nonstealing, nonexcess, nonpossessiveness, purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study and surrender to the divine plan as well as yoga asana, breath work and meditation all bring us closer to the reality of life and away from misperception.  In walking a spiritual path we keep our ego in check because these guidelines create inner tranquility and equanimity, we stay in the stream of goodness and out of self-seeking, ego driven rewards.

When something doesn’t feel quite like “you”, check in with your intentions.  Is the goal to attain some outer praise, avoid some inner pain or simply satisfy the need to feel validated?  If so, stop and breathe into the present moment, align yourself to what’s really important and let go of the rest.  Most of all, stay on the path that feels true to you, and only you, stepping away from fear and into the light of your true self.

HAPPENINGS…

 A great way to begin 2014 is to spend the evening with Brian Miller  in our Yoga Room on Friday, January 17th to discuss his new book:

Overcoming Self-Limiting Beliefs that Impede you on Your Path to a Fulfilling Life

Join author and teacher Brian E. Miller as we unite ancient wisdom with modern science and psychology to explore and implement simple yet very powerful creation tools

that will give you the power to manifest the life you wish to experience.

Based on his latest book “Small Steps to Giant Leaps” Brian will discuss how we can use meditation and other simple, effective techniques to become the conscious creators of our lives. Are you ready to be the master of your destiny?

Copies of the book are available here or on Amazon.  Cost is $15 for book or $35 prepaid for Lecture and Book

(Cost for Talk and Meditation is $25 Prepaid or $30 at the door  – Please reserve your spot)

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Chanting with Amy and Asana Class led by Diane, Director of Yogaholic – Friday Evening, January 24th at 6-730pm at Yogaholic in Center Moriches

www.Yogaholic.com

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Yoga Jam – January 25th at 830-945am

Join us as we shake of the winter doldrums together!  This class is open to all levels of students who would like to kick their practice up a notch!  Fast paced flows, rockin music and some adventurous holdings sure to build heat, pump up energy and enliven our spirits!!  Please sign up as soon as possible. $12 or class card

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Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture with Essential Oils – Tuesday, February 11th at 730pm – Only One Spot Left

If you have reserved a spot, please get your payment in to hold it as there will soon be a wait list.  Thanks

These classes have been filling up so please reserve as soon as possible.  Payment of $50 holds your spot

Namaste

Amy

Yoga this Week – January 5, 2014 = Regular Schedule Resumes!!!

“The goal of Yoga is not to obtain something that is lacking: it is the realization of an already present reality. Yoga practice removes the obstacles that obstruct the experience of “Moksha” true freedom”   (Jaganath Carrera, Inside the Yoga Sutras).

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Classes this Week

Monday & Thursday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to Follow

Friday Morning Healing Yoga – 930am

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(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)

I wish all of you a happy, healthy, joy filled 2014!   In keeping with the tradition of studying  yogic philosophies in the first part of the year,  for the next several weeks, we will be focusing on part of the Yoga Sutras called The Kleshas.  The Kleshas are known to be the misperceptions that keep us bound  and are often depicted as a tree that at the root of all our suffering is Avidya (spiritual ignorance) or misperception;  believing  the unreal to be the real or the impermanent to be permanent.

Avidya is the core klesha from which all the others arise.

Avidya – Ignorance

Asmita – Ego

Raga – Attachment to Pleasure

Dvesa – Aversion to Pain

Adhinivhesa – Fear of Death 

Think about the Kleshas as all the misperceptions you have gathered in the course of your lifetime.  Some are born in our childhood, some we have been born into this life with.  Some are very subtle and some are very gross.  The yoga sutras tell us that if we are aware of these Kleshas at the root, and to not allow them to take hold in our psyches, we can release their power.  Together over the next few weeks, we will explore yogic tools that help us to find freedom from our Kleshas.

HAPPENINGS…

 A great way to begin 2014 is to spend the evening with Brian Miller  in our Yoga Room on Friday, January 17th to discuss his new book:

Overcoming Self-Limiting Beliefs that Impede you on Your Path to a Fulfilling Life

Join author and teacher Brian E. Miller as we unite ancient wisdom with modern science and psychology to explore and implement simple yet very powerful creation tools

that will give you the power to manifest the life you wish to experience.

Based on his latest book “Small Steps to Giant Leaps” Brian will discuss how we can use meditation and other simple, effective techniques to become the conscious creators of our lives. Are you ready to be the master of your destiny?

Copies of the book are available here or on Amazon.  Cost is $15 for book or $35 for Lecture and Book ($5 Savings)

(Cost for Talk and Meditation is $25 Prepaid or $30 at the door  – Please reserve your spot)

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Yoga Jam – January 25th at 830-945am

Join us as we shake of the winter doldrums together!  This class is open to all levels of students who would like to kick their practice up a notch!  Fast paced flows, rockin music and some adventurous holdings sure to build heat, pump up energy and enliven our spirits!!  Please sign up as soon as possible.

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Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture with Essential Oils – Tuesday, February 11th at 730pm

These classes have been filling up so please reserve as soon as possible.  Payment of $50 holds your spot

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