Dance with the Mayapuris!

If the journey of yoga corresponds to the journey out of the ego, then this journey also entails an upsurge of creativity and joy. In this wonderful video you will see how both creativity and joy combine to create this matrix of music, dance, and melody.

You can find out more about The Mayapuris here. Kirtans are devotional singing and dancing and are done in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga. The Mridangam that the Mayapuris play is a very ancient Indian instrument. Lord Shiva, the first yogi, is said to have danced to the beat of Mridangam. This is the beat, that even today is supposed to energizes the Universe.

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The Test Of Three

Keep this philosophy in mind the next time you either hear or are about to repeat a rumor.

In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?”

Wait a moment, Socrates replied. “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Test of Three.”


“That’s right, Socrates continued. Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to test what you’re going to say.” Continue reading

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Call It What It Is

Christine Schaefer

Christine Schaefer

Last week I realized that I went to pursue my nursing degree far too soon. I went back slowly…..class by class with a two-week old baby and two toddlers, while my husband was a mere shadow in our lives due to his hectic work schedule. WHAT WAS I THINKING? The good news? I graduated with a degree, but not in nursing. The bad news? That time was fraught with chronic, needless anxiety that I had heaped on my plate. This timing mistake (yes, mistake because I should have known better but charged ahead anyway), was one that I learned a great lesson from, once I was open enough to receive it.

I have learned numerous lessons from my many mistakes, and am happy to cop to having made them. I still may never comprehend why people refuse to admit that they make mistakes, or try to gloss over their gaffes with play on words. In fact, when I look back, I can percolate a commonality in all of my decision hiccups and they are as follows…

1. Ego – Ahhhh EGO….we have all (well those of us who are self-aware) taken a spin on the dance floor with Sir or Madam Ego! Ego is always the driving force behind ANY inability to believe that one has the capability to make a mistake. Call em what you want…‘lessons, my path, my destiny, fate’, what have you. The fact remains that you blew it, no matter how big or how small, and that is OK. When you erase the accountability from your screw ups, you also incinerate the lesson. Continue reading

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Marichasana C with Kino MacGregor

Please note this is an advanced posture and there is risk of injury if not done properly. If you are doing this for the first time make sure you do it under supervision. Do not try this on your own. If you cannot do this posture, that is normal. There are simpler variations and twists that can be done instead. Do not view any given yoga posture in isolation. The sequence leading up to a posture may be as important as the posture itself as it prepares the mind body system for the posture.

The Ashtanga Yoga method purifies the internal systems of the body, clears emotional and psychological blockages and frees the student to experience a new depth of consciousness within themselves and their lives. When you begin the practice there are a series of simple movements in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series that will help you tap into the immense power of this sacred lineage to heal your body and train your mind. One easy tool is the simple seated twisting posture called Marichasana C. All Marichasana postures are named after the great sage Marichi. This posture is the third variation and it cleanses the digestive system, opens the muscles along the back and shoulders, helps build a deeper awareness of the essential breath-bandha connection and encourages the life energy rise along the central column of the subtle body. Continue reading

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Elena Brower

Elena Brower

“Your family will see you as they see you… The important question is, ‘How do you see yourself? ’If I think that they need the Work, I need the Work. Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you… [it] begins and ends there. If your truth now is kind, it will run deep and fast within the family and will replace manipulation with a better way. As you continue to find your own way into inquiry, sooner or later your family will come to see as you yourself do. There’s no other choice.”

Byron Katie is responsible for the above quotes. A brief interpretation offered as support for my own process as well as yours. Our attention is all we have. Like light, air, water, our attention is an actual substance that we can bring to all of our interactions and exchanges. When we do, there is more space, even more luminosity in our experience of others and our circumstances. When our attention is elsewhere at any time other than the present, we’ve forfeited the opportunity to experience the light in the moment.

Use your attention to listen to yourself, your surroundings, your family. We have the capacity to be open enough, via our breathing in every single moment, to hold space for that potential light, as well as our deepest resistances; to hold space for the ones who give to us freely, as well as the ones who seem to take from us. Each person in our lives is there to show us the way to our freedom. Sometimes the ways in which people seek acceptance are so confusing; in the face of such moments it is our work to breathe, and through our breathing, soften more, and through that softening, listen well. Once we are listening we have access to our own freedom, as the openings, as the light.

Founder and co-owner of Virayoga in New York City, Elena Brower has been teaching yoga for 14+ years. After graduating from Cornell University in 1992 with a design degree, she worked in textile and apparel design for 6 years, living in both New York City and northern Italy. After completing a year studying Art Education at the New School and teaching art in two schools in downtown New York City, she trained with Cyndi Lee, subsequently met John Friend, and began studying Anusara. More than ten years of study with John Friend, Douglas Brooks and Hugo Cory led her to the Handel Group™, with whom Elena collaborates to bring practical, day-to-day relevance to the yoga.

This article was originally posted here. Reposted with permission.

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