Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Flowers and chocolates and greeting cards abound. Have you ever heard someone say, “What an ugly bunch of flowers?” It’s a ridiculous statement, have you ever seen an ungly bunch of flowers? I know I haven’t. If every bunch of flowers is a beautiful bunch of flowers, doesn’t that acutally mean that none of them are beautiful because none of them are ugly in comparison? What a stupid question! Of course they are all beautiful, there is no need for ugly flowers so other flowers can be beautiful.
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As I mentioned in class tonight, you can practice live with the community at the Amrit Yoga Institute tomorrow (Friday, 14 February) at 4AM MST. Gurudev will then give darshan at about 5:10AM our time. If those hours are too early, you may be able to participate by recording.
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If you’ve been reading Facebook recently, you might have seen an article shared from the Daily Mail about meditation. The headline reads, Meditation ‘works just as well as anti-depressants’: Half an hour a day offers as much relief as tablets.
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“’Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.”
Juliet, Romeo and Juliet Act 2
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I am out delivering some gifts but there are so very many of you that I want to share this gift with that the only way I can reach you all—some of you live VERY far away!—is to put this all online. I hope you’ve had a very Merry Christmas!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
I’ve made a special gift for you, I hope you enjoy it!
Just click the present below.
You can also download this and other free sessions via the download page.
5 minutes of meditation
20 seconds of plank
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It’s Thanksgiving today here in the US. By all rights, this post should be all about the many things for which I am thankful but it isn’t. Instead I want to offer a challenge to you today. I want you to start practicing Yoga at home, today . . . on Thanksgiving. For many, many people, this will be a busy day of cooking and eating and family and friends and most of it in excess. Tomorrow will be a day of shopping and again, likely in excess. Take just a few minutes of your day for you.
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This is just a public service announcement that there will be Yoga Nidra tomorrow night at 8pm in Lindon. The studio is located at 625 East 340 North in Lindon. This will be a donation session, please pay what you feel is appropriate. I hope to see you there!
We will begin promptly at 8pm; so, please arrive a little early.
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It’s the end of November and in the US that means school children learning about pilgrims, turkey dinners and a month of prolific gratitude posts on Facebook. Some may want to argue the validity of some of these practices but no one will disagree that true gratitude is both ennobling and a sign of a humble spirit. It was with this mindset that three years ago I listened to a dear friend, Anita, share that she keeps a gratitude journal. Every day she would write in her journal something for which she was grateful. Imagine the group’s surprise when our teacher, a rather acerbic old soul named Eric, said, “That’s kindergarten stuff.” Most of us had spent quite some time under the tutelage of this man and trusted him; so, instead of shock, there was a great deal of curiosity about what he meant. He went on to explain that it was quite likely that every entry in Anita’s journal was about something pleasant and enjoyable. “It’s easy to be grateful for the things we like but the truly enlightened person steps barefoot in warm dog shit and, as it squishes up between his toes, he is grateful for it.”
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Pressing into the earth, extending toward the sky and feeling energy moving from one to the other. That all has a very nice ring to it, does it not? Using these simple concepts, I have watched time and time again as new students bring their bodies into beautiful alignment and if alignment were all there is to asana then there would be no point in writing a part II post. Last week I wrote that breath is the key that unlocks the body and asana opens that door. The question is, where does that door lead?
Continue reading Amrit Yoga Stage I: Asana, Part II