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.
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.
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: https://www.ifcullen.com/inquire-within-sept2019/
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.
In 1926, Virginia Woolf wrote about how, when one is ill:
All day, all night the body intervenes; blunts or sharpens, colours or discolours, turns to wax in the warmth of June, hardens to tallow in the murk of February. The creature within can only gaze through the pane – smudged or rosy; it cannot separate off from the body like the sheath of a knife or the pod of a pea for a single instant; it must go through the whole unending procession of changes, heat and cold, comfort and discomfort, hunger and satisfaction, health and illness, until there comes the inevitable catastrophe.
The above quote was taken from a fairly dense but beautifully written article that I found posted to my Yoga Therapy group. Some of you may find it very interesting. The posting yoga therapist referenced the similarity between the neuro/psycho states in the article with our practice of Yoga Nidra.
You don’t need to be ill to practice Yoga Nidra. The process works on healthy bodies too. Enhanced creativity, greater ease under stressors, and increased happiness and joy are all common benefits. On July 11, at the midpoint between two eclipses, we’ll practice Yoga Nidra at The Sanctuary. Lunar aspects to Neptune, Sun & Pluto promise us deep healing, regardless of source event be it trauma, tension, or stress. Join us. Please call ahead to save your place.
….feeling the need to re-post this today. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Within the city of Brahman,
which is the body,
there is the heart,
and within the heart
there is a little house.
This house has the shape of a lotus,
and within it dwells that which is to be
Even so large as the universe outside,
is the universe within the lotus of the heart.
Within it are heaven and earth,
the sun, moon,
and all the stars.
Whatever is in the macrocosm is in this microcosm also.
2019, SYTAR conference was inspiring, validating, and rejuvenating. I was inspired to be part of this international community of yoga professionals bridging the gap between Western medicine & Yoga. There were 500 of us. Many who attended had completed research projects with hospitals, universities, governmental agencies, non-profits, and large corporations. The results easily confirm, without a shadow of doubt, what all of us who’ve practiced already know, and that is that Yoga works. It works as a stress management tool, a time management tool, and a vault of knowledge stored in our higher chakras that we can access at will……. as long as we practice. …every chance we can.
On the first day I learned about yoga therapy and cancer care. There are many who are working within this community and doing some amazing work with evidence-based results. On the second day I attended a 2-part session on yoga therapy and cardiac care. Nischala Joy Devi was a familiar face at Kripalu over the years of my training, yet I was unable to attend any of her classes. But here in Newport Beach, CA I was grateful to spend time with her.
On the third day I continued to learn more of ayurveda, which is providing me with good info on aging & longevity. The last session I attended, appropriately titled, The Last Breath offered up yoga therapy for dying. It was the second best presentation of the weekend and was exactly what I needed.
The event was well worth my time & effort and I’m grateful to my daughter for providing me with daily transportation to and from the event. It was a wonderful experience overall. I look forward to sharing all I’ve learned in the months to come. Feel free to contact me if you’d like some information on how Personal Yoga Therapy can help you.