The fourth Niyama (or observance) in the Eight Limb Path of yoga is the study of the self.
Like so many yoga practices, svadhyaya is the process of getting to know who we really are; our true self. Yoga asana, pranayam, and meditation are all ways to peel off the layers of our false selves. Doing this and staying present to the process is not always easy. As we peel the layers and really look at our exposed wounds, memories, conditionings and patterns, we may feel more confused and defeated than when we began. Trust the process and turn again and again to those spiritual teachers that came before us. They are there to guide us; in books, in music, in our dreams, our prayers or maybe sitting right across from us at work, home or in our communities. As we work to let go of others (or even our own) ideas of who we should be, the more open and compassionate to our own “particular genius” we can become and the more our “natural channels” to the divine open and our dharma (life’s purpose) is revealed.
Yoga this Week
Monday & Thursday Evening 730-9pm
Tuesday 930am with 11am Meditation following class
Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930-11am
(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
Special Two-Hour Asana/Chakra Meditation Class
Live Musical Accompaniment by ShaktiPath
Evening or Morning Session
Thursday Evening, August 11th from 730 to 930pm
Friday Morning, August 12th from 930 to 1130am
We will begin with our pranayama and asana class to prepare our minds, bodies and spirits for the second half of class which will be a chakra balancing/meditation class utilizing chants, music and restorative yoga postures to connect and open the seven major chakra centers. ShaktiPath will provide the live music for this special class.
(Please reserve your spot as soon as possible as this class is limited to the first ten students who sign up)
For further information events page on my website
The important thing is to be awake now, to feel the transparency, to feel the universal shining through the individual, and then to allow life to express itself though us.
Greet the new day with yoga outdoors
And join us for
**Karma Beach Yoga Fundraiser**
Accompanied with Live Music by
Sunday, July 10th
At the North Shore Beach Assn’s
Beech Road Private Beach in Rocky Point
Hallock Landing Rd North – Right on Magnolia – Left on Beech Road – Parking Lot at end of Beech Road on Soundview Drive – walk down the stairs to beach
**$10 per person**
Weather Permitting – Rain Date Sunday, July 17th
*Future summer dates will be announced as we go*
(All Levels/ages Welcomed)
Bring your mat, a towel or blanket and an open mind and heart!
The yoga of action resulting in selfless service for the good of all
** All proceeds will go directly to our local soup kitchen,
“The Invited Inn”, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rocky Point**
For more information contact:
Amy Perri, RYT
“The Pali (an early language of Inda) word ‘Metta’ is commonly translated in English as ‘loving-kindness.’ Metta signifies friendship and non-violence as well as “a strong wish for the happiness of others.” Metta is a very specific form of love — a caring for another independent of all self-interest — and thus is likened to one’s love for one’s child or parent. Understandably, this energy is often difficult to describe with words; however, in the practice of Metta meditation, one recites specific words and phrases in order to evoke this “boundless warm-hearted feeling.” The strength of this feeling is not limited to or by family, religion, or social class. Indeed, Metta is a tool that permits one’s generosity and kindness to be applied to all beings and, as a consequence, one finds true happiness in another person’s happiness, no matter who the individual is.”
Greetings Dearest Yoga Students
If you were in class this past week, you undoubtedly felt the power of the Metta Meditation in your practice and possibly in your life. When we recite metta, we create that energy of loving kindness towards ourselves and others. In fact, whatever we focus our minds on manifests itself in an energy that moves inside of us and releases towards others. If we focus on fear, pain or hopelessness, we genergate a negative energy which ultimately ends up releasing on others around us. If we focus on happiness, joy and acceptance, that too will radiate through us to others. The art of loving kindness is a practice. Metta is a formal, simple way to practice cultivating loving kindness. You may want to try reciting the following phrases in a specific order.
May you be safe and protected.
May you be peaceful and happy.
May you be healthy and strong.
May you walk in this world with ease.
Ater metta flows easily to yourself, try to incorporate sending metta in the following order or pick one to focus on at each sitting.
A loved one or dear friend
A neutral person (someone you neither like nor dislike)
A difficult person (no need to start with the most difficult person, but someone whom you have a distaste for)
All beings, individuals, personalities, creatures (or break it up further by saying: All beings who are suffering, All children, All teachers, etc.)
The power of metta is one that has to be experienced. Look to this day with unconditional love and spread metta as far and wide as your heart can open.
Classes for this Week
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm
Tuesday Morning at 930a with Metitation at 11am
Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am
Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed.
Hope to see you in class.
Namaste and much metta to you all