Yoga this Week – February 4, 2012

Greetings dearest yoga students,
 
This week brings us to our final yama in the first limb of yoga’s eight limb path.
 
 
 
Aparigraha
greedlessness, non-attachment

“The yogi feels that the collection or hoarding of things implies a lack of faith in God and in himself to provide for the future….By the observance of aparigraha, the yogi makes his life as simple as possible and trains his mind not to feel the loss or the lack of anything. Then everything he really needs will come to him by itself at the proper time.”

                                                                BKS Iyengar
 
It is fitting that the last yama is about letting go.  As we have seen with all the yamas, cultivating faith in our divine intelligence is a foundational requirement if we are to walk on our true, right path.  Working with aparigraha requires a letting go and a giving heart.  It is releasing the need to come from a place of lack and acknowledge that there is always enough.  Think about it…don’t we always seem to get what we need although we may not always get what we desire.  Learning to live from an attitude of abundance allows you to give freely and walk your path with serentity.  Greed is based on fear and fear leads us to cling to impermanant things (money, titles, people, things..).  Clinging will not lengthen your life, bring lasting happiness or keep you safe. 
 
 
 
Attachment, hoarding and greed leads to making decisions that are based on fear.  Letting go of fear and cultivating faith empowers us to let go of  our competitive human nature and dive deeper into the interconnectness of all things which allows us to see that you and I are not separate.  The next time you notice yourself acting from a place of fear based greed, envy or unhealthy grasping, try repeating the mantra silently or quietly out loud:  “There is always enough, my higher power will always provide exactly what is needed and I am exactly where I need to be”. and see if your perception shifts to one of giving, acceptance and effortless love. 
 
 
 
Classes for this Week
 
Monday and Thursday Evening 730pm
 
Tuesday 930am with 11am Meditation to Follow Class
 
Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am
 
(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
 
 
Lakshmi – Goddess of Abundance

*Tonight! Live Kirtan with ShaktiPath at Breathe in Port Jefferson – Feburary 4th, 7-9pm $25 ($20 for you)

*Vinyasa & Live Music with ShaktiPath – February 18th, 3-5pm Yoga for Life $25 ($20 for you)

*Restorative Yoga and Acupunture – March 14th, 7-9pm Home Studio $45

Looking forward to seeing you all in our “expanded” Yoga Room!  Much gratitude to Billy for putting much time and energy into doing the work!!  Its awesome.  Watch for your Aparigraha thoughts this week!! 

“When you grasp, you lose; when you give, you gain”
 

Namaste,

Amy 

 

Amy Perri
RYT500
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr
631-839-0644
http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com 

Yoga this Week – January 22, 2012

“When the practitioner is firmly established in continence;
knowledge, vigor, valor, and energy flow to him”
                                    Yoga Sutra II:38

 
 
Greetings dearest yoga students,
 
It is with great pleasure that I share the ancient teachings from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with you.  It is through transmitting this knowledge to you that I learn and grow in my own practice.  The ethical practices of yoga are life long, daily and pertinent if we are to bring peace to our lives, those immediately connected to us and the larger world.  These “codes for living” are not unique to those that follow the Sutras but variations can be found in nearly every spiritual tradition since the beginning of  time.  Try to connect with them on your own personal level with any other spiritual/religious path you believe in.
 
The fourth week in our studies brings us to Brahmacarya, which literally means to “walk with God”.  This is one of the more confusing yamas for me  as I have read many different explanations and perspectives.  The most general definition that I came up with that is most easily understood is that Brahmacarya means to practice moderation in all of our affairs.  This yama is most frequently associated with sexual energy and warns the practitioner to use their sexual energy wisely and with awareness with the highest intention.  However, the deeper I studied this yama what was revealed to me is that it truly is a call to practice moderation or temperance in all our thoughts, words and actions.
 
 
Practicing moderation brings us into balance with our vital energy.  When we find ourselves mindlessly dumping our energy into non-healthy or task-avoiding behavior, all we have to do is become aware, refocus and begin again.  This week as we explore the concept of Brahmacarya, I invite you to notice your relationship to food, money, sex, work, exercise, family, appearance, etc.  Notice if those things bring about a sense of well being or anxiety.  Look at your life without judgement and become aware of places you may be unconsciously dumping your precious time and energy into; either physically or simple obsessing in your mind.  Bring the preceding yamas into your practice by cultivating non-violence, honesty and deep contentment for what you have in your life, knowing you have everything you need to create equanimity and peace. 
 
All Hatha Yoga practicies work to cultivate balance.  When you are truly balanced by practicing moderation in all parts of your life, you will ultimately gain true freedom and ease.  By actively restraining your indulgent, addictive, self-defeating behaviors you will create the atmosphere for all the “knowledge, vigor, valor and energy” that you have always desired to flow through just as the right conditions in nature allow snow flakes to fall effortlessly from the winter sky.
 
Classes for this Week
 
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm
 
Tuesday Morning at 930am with 11am Meditation to follow class
 
Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am
 
(please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
 
Looking forward to Restorative Yoga and Acupunture on Wednesday at 7pm.  If you are one of the attendees, please dress comfortably in stretchy layered clothing and come prepared to leave your cares at the door.  Try to arrive ten minutes early if possible.
 
 
Hope to see you all in class!!
Namaste
Enjoy the snow!!
Amy 
Amy Perri
RYT500
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr
631-839-0644
http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com 

Yoga this Week – January 15, 2012

“To one established in non-stealing, all wealth comes.”

– The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sutra II.37

Asteya – Non-Stealing
 
As we continue our study of the Yamas, (ethical constraints that teach us how to interact with the world) we come to the third out of fifth yama which is Asteya.  Asteya is not stealing.  It is not looking beyond our own means (people, places or situations) to bring us happiness.  It is not taking something that is not given to us freely.  It is not manipulating, fabricating, or forcing things in a certain way to gain power, attention, material wealth or piece of mind.  Asteya works as a profound practice in our lives when we stop focusing on what we lack and become aware of all that we truly have in our lives in the present moment.  When you are established in Ahimsa (non-violence) and Satya (Truthfullness), stealing becomes an unacceptable behavior. Instead of coveting what another has, we rejoice in their happiness and contententment finds its way to us naturally as will all the abundance you seek. 
 
 
 The practice of asteya goes far beyond not phyically taking what is not yours but extends its concept to not “stealing” your own or someone else’s time, happiness or self-will. 
Think  about ways in which you may “steal” without realizing it:  Enabling another to continue a destructive pattern by excusing or accepting it, agreeing to do something when what you really need is to honor your own needs, not giving that well deserved compliment because of your own insecuriites, etc. 
 
Martin Luther King said that “All life is interrelated.  We are all caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny”.  What we steal from others, we are ultimately steal from ourselves.
 
 
 
Classes for this Week
 
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm
 
Tuesday Morning at 930am with 11am  Meditation to follow
 
Friday Morning 930am Healing Yoga
 
(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
 
Live Kirtan with ShaktiPath on Saturday, February 4th at Breathe in Port Jefferson!!!
Come channel that  loving “shakti” energy with the healing power of music and chant!
 
Shanti, shanti, shanti
Namaste
Amy
 
 
 
Shanti, shanti, shanti!!
Amy

Amy Perri
RYT500
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr
631-839-0644
http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com 

Yoga this Week – January 7, 2012

Satya – To seek and honor the truth in yourself, others and the world

(Sat-Truth + Ya-that which is of the essence)

“Probably the hardest form of this practice [commitment to satya] is being true to our own heart and inner destiny. Confusion and mistrust of our inner values can make it difficult to know the nature of our heart’s desire, but even when we become clear enough to recognize what truth means for us, we may lack the courage and conviction to live our truth. Following what we know to be essential for our growth may mean leaving unhealthy relationships or jobs and taking risks that jeopardize our own comfortable position. It may mean making choices that are not supported by consensual reality or ratified by the outer culture. The truth is rarely convenient. One way we can know we are living the truth is that while our choices may not be easy, at the end of the day we feel at peace with ourselves”

Donna Fhari

Greetings Dear Yoga Students,

Hope this email finds you well, embracing the truth of your life whatever is put before you at this moment. I hope you enjoyed practicing ahimsa (non-violence) and that you continue to do so as the year moves forward for Ahimsa is at the core of all yogic practices.
We now come to our second out of five yamas: Satya (truthfullness) which requires clear seeing, courage and steadfastness. Try and be aware of situations in which you tend to color or deny the truth with yourself or others. Be aware without judgement if you think another is bending what you believe to be the truth taking into consideration that we only see the world through our own individual lense. Practing satya is having the courage and faith to first clear your own lense and then act on what you see with a compassionate heart.

 Classes for this Week

Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday 930am with Meditation to follow class

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

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

Please note that payment for the January 25th Restorative Yoga and Acupunture Class is due by January 11th. If you have not given your payment yet and still plan to attend, please either send it in or contact me. I do have a waiting list so if you cannot make it, please let me know.
Thanks so much!

Watch for your daily thoughts on Satya. Any feedback is much appreicated as we are on this journey together.

Sat Nam
(I honor the truth within each of you)
Amy

Amy Perri
RYT500
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr
631-839-0644
http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com

Yoga this Week – December 31, 2011

May we have eyes to see the divinty amoung us
May we have ears to hear truth
May we have bodies to feel both the pleasure and the pain
May we have hearts that give and receive an infinite amount of love
and may  gratitude fill you everyday of the New Year!
 

Celebrate, dream and allow the empty pages of the year ahead be filled with a vision of hope, happiness, fufillment and abundance for yourself and your life.  The secret art of abundance is simple:  Cultivate contentment by truly seeing how much you already have.   Use this brand new beginning to let go of old ways of being that do not serve you any longer  so you can make room for new perspectives and attitudes that empower you to empower others.  Just as our yoga asanas teach us that opposing actions empower us, (grounding down to rise up, huggin in to shine out, emptying to become full) we learn that the letting go actually allows you move forward. 

Take some time today to peacefully reflect on the past year and honor the lessons you have learned and the people that brought them to you.  Whether the lessons were full of grief,  joy, empowerment,  acceptance, perserverence or undconditional love, they were brought to you for reasons that may be beyond your human understanding.  Try not to try to hard if you are still wrestling with finding answers to your questions and trust that in the new year to come, more will be revealed when you are ready. Be gentle with yourself and others by responding with compassion and non-judgemental acceptance; try to live the questions as our journey of self-discovery never ends but only grows deeper as hours turn into days and days turn into years and years turn into a life well lived.

Lakshmi – Goddess of Abundance

Classes for this Week

Monday and Thursday Evening 730pm

Tuesday Morning 930am with 11am Meditation to follow class

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

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

I wish you love, peace and contentment in this New Year and always.  Choose to see all that is divine in you and others as you move through your days.  Feel your connectedness, know you are being led and sometimes carried, give of whatever you possess and your life will have meaning and your heart will be full.

Blessings for a Happy, Healthy New Year

Namaste

Amy

 

 

Yoga this Week December 24, 2011

“My beloved child, break your heart no longer.
Each time you judge yourself, you break your own heart.
You stop feeding on the love which is the wellspring of your vitality.
The time has come.
Your time.
To celebrate.
And to see the goodness that you are.
You my child, are divine. You are pure. You are sublimely free.
You are God in disguise. And you are always perfectly safe.
Do not fight the dark. Just turn on the light.
Let go, And breathe into the goodness that you are.”
                                                           –Swami Kripalvanandaji (Bapuji)

Hari Om Dearest Yoga Students,
 
May Peace, Contentment and Joy fill your heart and soul this entire weekend and beyond!  Thank you sooo much for being part of our little yoga community.  The Winter Solstice Sangha was so much fun and the connection I see between you all fills me with such happiness.  Afterall, what truly is the most important thing in our lives? From my vantage point it is how we touch the lives around us Much gratitude to you for touching my heart so deeply and with such love. 
 
May you enjoy your life, this holiday weekend exactly how it is in the present moment,  for it will never be exactly like this again.  Breathe…..Relax…..Feel….Watch….Allow… the grace that surrounds you to flow through and around you just as the scent of something wonderful cooking fills you with the feeling of comfort, joy and happy anticipation of what is to come. 
Classes for this Week
 
Monday & Thursday Evening at 730pm
 
Tuesday and Friday Morning at 930am
 
(Please reserve or cancel if your plans have changed)
 
 
 
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Love & Blessings,
Amy

 



Amy Perri
RYT500
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr
631-839-0644
http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com 

Yoga this Week – December 18, 2011

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one
fainting robin unto his nest again I shall not live in vain.
 ~ Emily Dickinson

 

The message in the above quote is powerful and simple;   Emerge from your own suffering and be of service in any small way and your life will have meaning and your heart will be full.  I take this opportunity to thank all of you for allowing me to be a small part of all your lives.  Your presence in class, on the computer or phone has had amazing effects on me and my life.  My personal path is being supported, clarified and illuminated everytime I lead a class!  Each time one of you expresses their gratitude for this humble space I have created, I am filled with the knowledge that I am being used for something bigger than I can even realize; even if in very small ways.    I cannot express enough how blessed I feel to have the opportunity to use this ancient system of yoga to “ease one life the aching or cool one pain” even if it is just the short time we spend together in class, the effects I see within me and you all are amazing. 

 

Never doubt what any small act of kindness can accomplish.  Live from you heart, experience the light the shines inside and reflect the brightness on to another giving them the opportunity to connect with the light they too have within. Most of all, I sincerely hope you enjoy this journey from the darkness into light and receive within your gifts of the holidays, more love than your heart can hold!

Classes for this  Week

Monday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to follow class

Friday Morning 930am 

(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed, due to the Winter Solstice Party on Wednesday, there will be no Thursday night class this week)

Winter Solstice Celebration, Wednesday Evening 7 –  9pm

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the first day of Winter.  As we journey deeper into the darkness the promise of light abounds.  Our winter holidays are festivals of light.  We celebrate the light within and around us.  We honor the warm light of those that are close to us as we come together as one:;  one voice, one breath,  one mindful purpose of giving and receiving peace, love and joy.

 

 

The Gaiyatrye Mantra

Om bhur bhuvah svah

Tat-savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Dhiyo yo nah Pracodayat

“Let us meditate on the light of the sun which shines on the earth, in the sky and in space.  May this divine light shine also within us to inspire our intellects to make the right decisions at the right time.”

 

 

Namaste

Amy

 

 

 Amy Perri
RYT500
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr
631-839-0644
http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com 

 

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