In harmony with the Purusha (Unmanifest), the sky is clear and spacious, earth is solid and full, all creatures flourish together, content with the way they are, endlessly repeating themselves, endlessly renewed. When man interferes with the Prakrti (Nature/Manifest), the sky becomes filthy, the earth becomes depleted, the equilibrium crumbles, and creatures become extinct. The Yogini views the parts with compassion because she understands the whole. Her constant practice is in humility. She doesn’t glitter like a jewel but lets herself be shaped by the Nature.  (From Dao Te Ching #39.  Stephen Mitchell’s translation with a few changes to fit in as Yoga philosophy.)

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Karma Yoga

EFFORTLESS KARMA YOGA

         Understand the chore in hand and the steps involved in executing it. We may need to organize the details by writing them down. Be aware of the outcome and the common good in it. Start the task with the internal stillness by minimizing the chattering of the mind and outside interferences. Do the task with an awareness of  comfort in the body and those sensations increasing and flowing  into whatever we are doing. In case we find ourselves not quite in that space of serenity, slow down to reconnect. When we are in that zone, stay there and watch the boundaries between the work and the worker melt away. When the chore is done, walk away regardless of how pleasant the experience was.

 

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Aananda Reunion

When: July 9, 2016 at 12 Noon onwards

Where: WARSAW COFFEE COMPANY

Address: 815 NE 13 St.  Fort Lauderdale.

 

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Our Teacher Training Venue Info.

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Tao Te Ching

“Understanding others is knowledge,

Understanding oneself is enlightenment;

Conquering others is power,

Conquering oneself is strength;

Contentment is wealth,

Forceful conduct is willfulness;

Not losing ones’s rightful place is to endure,

To die but not be forgotten is longevity.”

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KAYASTHAIRYAM (BODY FIRMNESS)

(Kaaya = Body and Sthairyam = Firmness/stillness. This is the initial practice that helps to bring firmness and stillness into the body before even starting the meditation. By the end of Kaya Sthairyam one should feel as if the whole body is glued onto itself and that it takes effect to move the body. One may personalize the Kaaya Sthairyam to fit his/her practice.)

  1. Do any initial warm up, jointing freeing postures if needed.
  2. Mentally decide which sitting posture is best for that day (if the knee or ankle hurts, the posture could be suitable to fixing that pain instead of worsening it, etc. Some discomforts do vanish in time.)
  3. Sit in any meditation posture (use cushions only if absolutely needed.) Make sure the knees, ankles, or hips are correctly placed and the spine is lengthened upward; especially lower part of the spin. Apply gentle binds (bandhas) and the hand mudras.
  4. Do alternate nostril breathing with retention to balance the energies in the body and/or chant OM to increase the vibration in the body.
  5. Breathe deeply for a few rounds (inhale, lifting upward the spine, exhale, keeping the upward lift and tightening the belly – easily.)
  6. Close your eyes. Make a commitment to sit for a certain period of time. May need to invoke or pray to your inner or outer Guru or personal deity to give strength (choose the deity according to your faith or belief.) Also invoke your body, mind, and spirit to assist in your meditation.
  7. Look at your body from the front, from the back, from the sides, from the top down, from bottom up, and look at the body from all sides together using the mind’s eye (psychic eye.)
  8. Look at the body as a mountain (Meru) and see the spine as a rod in the center of the mountain (Meru Danda.)
  9. Witness the sensations in the body (heat, cold, itchiness, etc.)
  10. Scan the body parts (head, arms, torso, legs, feet) and then look at the whole body together.
  11. Invoke the Samkalpa (sum total of your time in this body – past flowing into future.) Eg. A Healthy, Healthy, Prosperous and Long Life. (Ayur-Arogya-Santhosha Sampat.)You may also place a seed of an issue that you need answer currently. (May do the Samkalpa at the end of the meditation.)
  12. By this time the body may feel like glued (this is Kaya Sthairyam) Now, you may start your personal style of meditation.
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HATHA YOGA (As per  Swami Svatmarama, the author of Hatha Yoga Pradipika.  Different Hatha Yoga masters such as Swami Gheranda organized them differently.)

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Definition

Connection to the Higher Self through balancing the left and right energies (ha and tta) in the body.

It is an active, and forceful practice.

How to Do

After following certain rules for living that is conducive to Hatha yoga practice and cleaning the body inside out:

  1. Posture practice
  2. Breathing exercises
  3. Learn to close, open, and channel energies in the body.

(All the above can be done separately or mix and match as one’s ability. For example:

  1. postures alone.
  2. Breathing with retention alone.
  3. postures and breathing.
  4. Postures done as a flow, coordinating breathing and certain sequences to regulate the energies, lessen energy blockages, and correct posture and joints, etc.

Result

  1. No discomforts in the body (without any aches and pains blissful body.)
  2. Slow down decay and aging in the body
  3. Strengthens the body
  4. Fully energize body, thus clarity in mind too
  5. Physically and mentally able to connect with the Higher Self (yoga.)

 

 

 

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Saucha (cleanliness) is one of the Niyamas (rules) of Ashtanga Yoga (eight-fold path of Yoga) which is often called as the royal path to (Raja Yoga.) It expands from cleaning the body and mind to cleaning our home, neighborhood, streets, beach etc. We can build on our personal skills by doing Saucha and increase our confidence too – not the ego boost one receives by running around and proclaiming to save the world.  The people those work on a 9 – 5 kind of job, where they get the financial security and the identity through their work, often do not value the skills involved in the day to day chores such as keeping a toilet clean.

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2016 Aananda Yoga Teacher Training Schedule

 

2016 Aananda Yoga Teacher Trainings:

Urban Namaste, 915 NE 20 Ave,

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.

SPRING WEEKDAYS COURSE (APR – JUL) MON, WED, FRI.9:30 AM – 2 PM YEAR-LONG WEEKEND COURSE (MAR – DEC) 8AM -6 PM
FALL WEEKDAYS COURSE (SEP – DEC) MON, WED, FRI. 9:30 AM – 2 PM

 

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INTRO. TO YOGA (HISTORY, BRANCHES, MYTHS), AANANDA YOGA (CLASSIC HATHA & VINYASA), SANSKRIT, AYURVEDA, CLASSIC YOGA TEXTS (SUTRAS, UPANISHADS, GITA), PRADIPIKA, SPIRITUAL BODIES (KOSHAS, NADIS, AGNI, CHAKRAS), ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY, POSTURES, TEACHING TECHNICS, PRACTICUM, YOGA STYLES (KUNDALINI, YIN, RESORATIVE, ASHTANGA), KRIYAS, HAND MUDRAS, ETHICS, BUSINESS OF YOGA.

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Kaya Kalpa Kriya

KAAYA KALPA KRIYA (KNOWN AS TIBETAN RITES)

(Kaaya = body/Kalpa = time)

(Must be done in sequence, starting with 3 or 7 repetitions and working up to 21, a day.)

  1. Whirling.

Standing with arms outstretched, palms facing downward; spin in the clockwise direction. Repeat.

2. Lying Down, Legs Up, Chin to Chest.

Lie on your back with your arms close to the body on the floor, palms facing down. Starting a deep inhalation, bring your chin to your chest; lift your legs to a vertical position, keeping the knees straight and heels stretched. Tighten your body. With deep exhalation, slowly lower both the head and legs, keeping the knees straight, to the floor. Repeat.

3. Camel with toes tucked under.

Kneel on the floor with your body upright, toes tucked under. Keeping the arms straight, place your hands against the thighs, spreading the fingers, and bring the chin to your chest. Starting a deep inhalation, arch your spine backward as you gently roll your head backward as far as it will go. As you arch back, brace your hands against the back of the thighs for support. With deep exhalation, return to the original position and tighten the hips and abdomen. Repeat.

4. Staff pose to Table Top

Sit on the floor with your legs straight, feet hip width apart, your palms on floor with fingers facing forward, and bring the chin to your chest. Starting a deep inhalation, let your head sink back as far as it will go, bending the knees, raise the trunk of the body to a horizontal position. Tighten your body. With deep exhalation, come down. Repeat.

5. Upward Dog to Downward Dog

Support your body into down ward facing dog position. Starting a deep inhalation, move your head forward as far as it will go, dropping the hips down. When you are ready to exhale, keeping the hands and feet in place, bend at the hips up to original position. Repeat.

 

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