Category: Yoga

A Lunar Eclipse….so, between now and then we are in the Gibbous phase.  Act Accordingly.  Please.  Best use during this 3 day period?  Self-care. Self-reflection. Spiritual practices.

Om Shanti.

Astrology lunar phases The Lunar Cycle Yoga Yoga Therapy

I knew it was coming.  It was inevitable.  Today the announcement was made in the Berkshire Eagle.  It’s too much to process right now.  It’s a big deal for me, and many, many others.  There will be many stories in the days to come.  Mine will be one of them.

My first visit to Kripalu Ashram was right after Gurudev Amrit Desai, the Guru, had left.  That was 1993?  Over the next couple decades I commuted to Lenox frequently to assist/teach/train/volunteer/retreat and then some.  The Kripalu Community spans the globe and when I did volunteer work at the Amrit Institute in Florida a few years ago,  I discovered even more how the teachings of Swami Kripalu are available in other places as well.  Nevertheless, the feng shui and energy of this property will live on.  I hope I get to go there again.

I’ve written a lot here about Kripalu.  If you’re interested type Kripalu into the search bar.

more to come.

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Holistic Health Kripalu Meditation Yoga Yoga Therapy

Self Study or Svadaya in Sanskrit, refers to the practice of introspection to ‘study of the self’.  It encourages one to practice focused awareness and nonjudgmental self-reflection.  My intention as facilitator is to align various yoga (therapy) practices with cosmic forces to create optimal conditions for participants to have a meaningful experience.  Transformation, healing, or enlightenment are  possible side effects.  Read more here.

INQUIRE WITHIN – ONLINE!!

Under a Pisces Moon

May 16-17, 2020

Our workshop this weekend will take place 1-4pm on Saturday and 9-am-12 on Sunday.  We’ll be alone and together online.    You are welcome to attend one or both.

The Moon will be moving thru Pisces, a perfect time to explore the topic of Healing.  Healing is not curing.  We don’t need to be deathly ill to reap the benefits of healing practices. Whatever throws us out of balance, be it by choice, chance, divine will, or the unexpected consequences of a global pandemic, we all have some healing work to do.  If not for ourselves, then in service to others.

This workshop-on-retreat is an opportunity to do the kind of inner work that frequently occurs when we travel to be with strangers.  Participating from the confines of your home without the external structure of the typical retreat experience will be an interesting experiment in svadaya. 

Experiential portions of this program may include: Asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, meditation, art, journaling, expressive movement,  storytelling. Hatha yoga and experience with astrology is not necessary. The practices will be gentle & challenging at the same time. Experiences and insights that stimulate the mind-body-spirit connection can be profoundly transformational. Inner space explorations of outer space can at times stir up the unconscious and help us to see places we don’t often visit consciously.

Submit the form below to register or call/text 721 531 9013.  Once you’ve registered you’ll receive the zoom link and an information sheet on how to prepare.  There is no set fee for this program.  Donations gratefully received thru Paypal/Venmo/Personal Checks  PayPal button is here.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So, I’ve been  organizing my personal library and came across this very old, very yellow, coverless paperback copy of Autobiography of a Yoga.  I read it at least twice before I enrolled in my first yoga teacher training program and one (or is it 2?) again since.   I downloaded it on Kindle so that when this copy turns to dust I will still be able to read it.  But, today, in the midst of all that is, I randomly opened it to this page.

 

Once again I am stunned by the sychronicity between the *universe* and what is happening in the moment.  This constant, expression of “As Above, So Below” helps me feel safe.

Meanwhile….     I have been offering my yoga therapy classes online now for 3 weeks and it looks like this trend will continue for some time.  The astrology of the day supports the movement to use technology better and safer.  I continue to rearrange my living space to accommodate these new working conditions.

If you are interested in joining an online yoga therapy class with me let me know.

FYI   I took the photo at the top of this post at the Lake Shrine Temple, which is in Pacific Palisades, CA.  A very peaceful place.  There are Temples all over the world promoting the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.  The organization is called the  Self-Realization Fellowship and it’s based in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Om Shanti.

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…..followed by a Solar Eclipse.  Big.

more later.

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Buddha’s Five Remembrances

– Thich Nhat Hanh

I am of the nature to grow old.

There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health.

There is no way to escape ill health.

I am of the nature to die.

There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.

There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.

I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.

My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

Buddhism Dharma Karma Yoga

I  can’t even tell you how excited I am to be presenting this program at Kripalu Center in October.  It is literally a dream come true!
My history with Kripalu goes back many decades….so far in fact that it certainly does seem as though destiny has had a hand in everything.  I received their very first catalog in the mail sometime in the late 80’s. But it wasn’t until circa 1992 that I walked thru the door.  I was a full-time, frustrated, stressed out Real Estate Broker & Trainer then. It was August and I was taking The Mystical Path of Yoga with Yoganand. on the recommendation of my local yoga teacher. Nearly everyone but me in the program was a working yoga teacher.  It was an unexpected life-changing experience .   My real interest in going was to meet the guru, Amrit Desai, but, that wouldn’t happen until 2017,.  Still, yoga became an integral part of my life from that point forward.
When I arrived, the receptionist asked me about my employment  and I declared at that moment I was an astrologer.  It wasn’t a lie.  I had a small, side gig going on offering Feng Shui & Astrological Consults.   My expertise in Feng Shui made being in the RE industry tolerable and provided many unusual opportunities to teach, consult, and do research on the art/science.   My avocation was preferable to my vocation.
Over the next 25+ years I returned to Kripalu Center so often I probably should have moved there!   My Karma Yoga included many different jobs, ie. yoga teacher, facilitator, a/v assistant, musician.  I took over 1000 hrs of YTT and worked as a faculty assistant to the many different Yoga presenters that taught at Kripalu .
All said, it was my work within the Inner Quest Intensive under the direction of Aruni Nan Futuronsky that has informed my own teaching of yoga & yoga therapy.   Through my experiences facilitating that program I became particularly interested in yoga (therapy) for mental health, recovery, and spiritual development.  I’ve written a lot of short stories detailing many of my experiences along this Sun/Jupiter line and I look forward to more to tell.
So now, I get to present my own program, which literally took a saturn cycle to imagine, create, and now finally deliver.   I hope you’ll check it out and share the news with like-minded friends.
It’s a program for everyone and you don’t need to know much of anything about astrology or yoga to take it.
The topics we cover are universal; birth/death/loss/fate/change/relationships/health/spirituality.  Life, as it is.  All that is needed is curiosity and a desire to know yourself better.
Possibilities for healing, personal growth, expanded consciousness, spiritual development are inherent in the work.
At the very least you’ll come home with a new plan for time management and stress relief.
 
 

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The tropical charts above represent the ‘curriculum for our weekend at the Gurukulam.

Regardless of which system/zodiac you use, or what philosophy/tradition you base your interpretations on, the actual movements of the planets are regular and predictable.

On Friday night there’s a exact conjunction of the Moon with Neptune in Pisces.  The general public/collective body is in need of spiritual support.  In these last hours of the gibbous lunar phase, (the full moon is exact on Saturday just after midnight), the discomfort of previous cycles is felt in our emotional/nervous systems as unresolved tension with no apparent relief.   Many will be seduced into their habitual forms of escape/addiction/delusion.

The Virgo/Pisces axis in astrology highlights the concepts of mutability, being flexible, maybe neurotic and  concerned with bringing physical health into balance with spiritual health……more on this later.  The best practices for gibbous days include anything that aids self-development.

The Sun sits between Venus & Mars, perfect timing for self-study on relationships.  To others, to our communities, to ourselves, and to a higher power or whatever you want to call that which is greater than ourselves.

…..to be continued.

Experiential portions of this program include: Asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, meditation, chant, integrative breathwork (optional, depending on content) art, journaling, expressive movement, dyads & storytelling. Hatha yoga and experience with astrology is not necessary. The practices will be gentle & challenging at the same time. Experiences and insights that stimulate the mind-body-spirit connection can be profoundly transformational. Inner space explorations of outer space can at times stir up the unconscious and help us to see places we don’t often visit consciously.

More information here: http://www.ifcullen.com/inquire-within-sept2019/

Astrology Yoga Yoga Therapy

So, we’re in the middle of two eclipses and five planets are retrograde.  You don’t really need to know much about astrology to get a sense of the epic time cycle we’re living in.    It really doesn’t matter where you look there’s change, upheaval, and fluctuating conditions mostly everywhere.  You can try to block it out using whatever methods/medicine/magic you have at your disposal.  But relief is temporary.  There really are some terrible things happening if we are to believe the images and words on our screens.  It’s important to check in with the people around you since many are feeling fragmented, confused and hopeless.   Anyway, it’s  an auspicious time to Inquire Within and the stars will guide us accordingly.  It might not read as a “fun, summertime activity” but, for those who understand how transmutation and transformation work, the opportunity provided to you from this upcoming program is priceless.

 

more later.

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