Music has always played an important role in my life. kirtan_instruments_018_SMALL8b5e95The first song I can remember, if only vaguely, is the German version of Away in a Cradle. That song continued to figure large in my life as I sang each of my children to sleep with it.


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200312947-001You may not know this but Yoga saved my life.  For years I lived with severe bouts of depression, I am not sure when they first began but I do know that the accompanying thoughts of suicide began before I was 8 years old.  Over the years, those thoughts turned to plans and those plans eventually turned to action.  Thankfully, those actions taken long ago and in a far away country were thwarted.  Still, I struggled for years and suicide was often on my agenda.


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Sharing From the Heart

Each year as I teach Yoga, I see how it changes lives.  Some report that their anxiety disappears and others that they lose weight or that they feel healthier and stronger.  The one thing everyone usually reports is that the feel happier, more at ease, in their day to day lives.  That is the reason I teach Yoga, to watch as these simple practices lead people into greater happiness and ease.  Of these many stories I’ve heard over the years, one of my favorites came in the form of a letter from a 12 year old girl:  “Thank you for helping my mother see how happy she can be.”

There are many in our community that have tremendous needs that cannot be met simply by coming to a Yoga practice.  They are the hungry and the homeless among us.  Yoga and similar practices can still bring ease and increased happiness but it does not fill bellies with warm food nor does it cover shivering bodies with warm clothes, at least not directly.

I invite you to join me on November 29th at 7PM for an enjoyable evening of discovery, music and wonder that will help fill some of those empty bellies with warm food and cover those shivering shoulders with warm coats and blankets.

 
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Over the next few days, I’ll share some of what you will discover and a bit of the wonder.  See you then!

Jai Bhagwan
Ramdas


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The Power to Create Reality

#LikeAGirlAt the right is the Asatoma Prayer that we chant at the beginning of every session of Amrit Yoga, Amrit Yoga Nidra and any other Yoga class I teach.

Why do I insist on chanting these mantra at the beginning of my classes?  Chanting makes so many people so very, very uncomfortable; so, why do I do it and why do I require students to chant along?

This chant teaches something so very powerful:  You are the source of everything you experience.


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Pet Peeves

 
Something is not right here.

Have you ever noticed that we, correctly, name our peeves “pets?”  We nurture and feed them.  We love them.

The reality is, these pets of ours are just another set of buttons for people to push but these, these we aggrandize.  These buttons we wear with honor and pride.

There is, however, a sinister nature to these pets of ours.  They encourage us to use them to make ourselves right and others wrong and so divide us from those around us.

We can either feed the raging little beasties, remaining indentured to these pets, or we can free ourselves from them and live with much more ease.


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Perfected Imperfection

Posture Pics I am still writing the student manuals for Wasatch School of Yoga, an important part of those manuals is a detail of each of the postures used in the Level I sequence.  I recorded myself and took stills from the recording to use in illustrating the postures.  I immediately saw all the places where my body doesn’t move like it once did and bulges where there used to be none.


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Getting an Early Start!

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I mentioned last week that Wasatch School of Yoga would soon be offering courses in Yoga.  When the idea for this school first entered my mind, I planned to wait until Fall to begin teaching but stories that some of my current students have shared over the last week have changed my mind.  I cannot keep what I know, what I have experienced, what I can teach to myself any longer.  For this reason I am happy to announce that Wasatch School of Yoga is ready to start scheduling courses, now!


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