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Purusha
Meditation with Saraswati and Chitra ~ Sunday 1/29/12 Saraswati Andrea Lee and Chitra Jessica Sunshine Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ Sponsered by The Yoga Life Society Patanjali Yoga Sutra 4.18 - The modifications of the mind-stuff are always known to the changeless Purusha, who is its lord. Tonight we are jumping ahead a little bit in the yoga sutras to book four. The final chapter is a summation of all that is been previously discussed in the sutras lived a particular emphasis on e... Read More
Pratipaksha bhavana
Meditation with Saraswati and Chitra - Sunday 1/22/12 Saraswati Andrea Lee and Chitra Jessica Sunshine Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ Sponsered by The Yoga Life Society Patanjali Yoga Sutra 2.33 and 2.34 - Pratipaksha bhavana When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana. When negative thoughts or acts such as violence and so on, are caused to be done, or even approved of, whether incited by greed, anger,... Read More
Evolution
1-15-12 Evolution - Level One Hatha Yoga Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ Chitra Jessica Sunshine The force of evolution is innate to all beings and objects.  The very nature of Prakriti (mother nature, the material universe) is change, from birth to death, and then again to rebirth.  Consider the evolution of our species and the gradual progression of an individual. "Natural selection and survival of the fittest (theory of evolution) provide an incomplete understanding though.  If competition for food, shelter, and reproduction ceased, evolution wou... Read More
Sankalpa
1-8-12 Sunday Meditation based on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras Saraswati Andrea Lee and Chitra Jessica Sunshine Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ Sponsered by The Yoga Life Society Hari OM call/response chant lead by Saraswatiji. Sankalpa With this time of year comes a landslide of resolutions that we make for the upcoming year. Some are small and well defined, while others are ambitious and grandiose. What so many have in common is their purpose: to change or alter ... Read More
Unconditional love
1-8-12  Unconditional Love Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ Be Love Now, Ram Dass, Ch 1 ~ the path of the heart "Imagine feeling more love from someone than you have known.  You're being loved even more than your mother loved you when you were an infant, more than you were ever loved by your father, your child, or most intimate lover - anyone.  This lover doesn't need anything from you, isn't looking for personal gratification, and only wants your complete fulfillment. "You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing.  You don't have ... Read More
Walking Sticks
11-6-11 Walking Sticks and Scented Soap Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ "The techniques are like nicely scented soaps.  Hatha Yoga, meditation, mantra repetition, pranayama, headstand, fasting - all are soaps.  Use them to wash away the old dirt.  Once you have washed away the old habits, you won't need the soap.  When the road is no longer slippery, will you need a walking stick?" - Sri Swami Satchidananda To Know Your Self , ch 26 walking sticks, p. 158 The goal of Yoga is to experience unshakabl... Read More
Kleshas
10/30/11 ~ Backbends and Kleshas Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ Breath awareness and 3 OM's to open. Backbends are heart openers and for some may feel like opening pandora's box, unleasing confusion, attachment, aversion, and even fear.  The existential suffering we expereince in backbends is an undercurrent in our lives.  This discomfort is linked to the kleshas , or mental afflictions.  The five kleshas are... 1. avidya - ignorance - lack of awareness of the Self, one identifies with only the body-mind 2. asmita ... Read More
Ahimsa
11-3-11 Sub for Amy's Mixed Level Hatha Flow Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ OMkaraam Bindu Samyuktam Nityam Dhyaayanti Yoginaha Kaamadam Mokshadam Chaiva OMkaaraaya Namo Namaha OM, united with the source On which the yogis ever dwell Grants desires and liberation Salutations to the OMkaram. From the Bhagavad Gita, Ch 2, verse 20 nehabhikrama - naso sti praty avayo na vidyate svalpamapy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat No ... Read More
Seven stages of True Insight
10/30/11 Sunday Meditation based on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras Saraswati Andrea Lee and Chitra Jessica Sunshine Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ Sponsered by The Yoga Life Society Hari OM call/response chant lead by Chitra-ji. Patanjali Yoga Sutra 2.27 tasya saptadha pranta-bhumih prajna - The Yogi's true insight has seven ultimate stages - One's wisdom in the final stage is sevenfold. Last time we met we spoke about the differences between our Purusha, or our eternal spirit,... Read More
Gunas of Prakriti
Sunday 10/16/11 Meditation based upon Patanjali's Yoga Sutras Saraswati Andrea Lee and Chitra Jessica Sunshine Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ Sponsered by The Yoga Life Society OM Namah Sivaya call/response opening chant led by Saraswati-ji. "The essence of a kitten and a tiger is the same." - Master Sivananda Consciousness Everything is infinite consciousness:  unconscious, subconscious, conscious, and superconscious = infinite consciousness.  It is this spiritu... Read More
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