Powerful opening circle ceremony!

Powerful opening circle ceremony!

Powerful opening circle ceremony! I've been leading these ceremonies for a long time and I think they are always so profound. We are losing spaces in our modern world where we are really being seen and heard, and we aren't encouraged enough to hold the spaces for others and really see them and listen to them share their story. Make space for someone in your life. Sit down with them. Look at them. Listen to them. It's time for us all to get a little more vulnerable with each other and to get a little more intimate with each other.

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The Five Restraints from Classical Yoga

The Five Restraints from Classical Yoga

Yogis!  One of the things I've been talking about in class this past week comes from classical yoga and the 8 limbed practice of astanga yoga, written down by Sage Patanjali around 2000 yrs ago.

Classical yoga gives us our description and systematic approach to concentration and meditation practices, leading us into a state of samadhi, a state in which the mind is quiet.  When we say we are looking to "go inward" and "quiet the mind" in yoga, we are referring to classical yoga.  When the mind is quiet, the classical yogis tell us, we are able to experience the most subtle aspect of who we are, the pure consciousness part of ourselves, the part of us that is beyond the body, mind, thoughts and ego.

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