As Mr. Rogers once said,
“Your costume is the disguise you wear on the outside. Who you really are is what is underneath the costume!”.
Come shed the layers of your outer ‘costume’ and experience the blissful nature of your True Self at today’s 4 p.m. Jivamukti class with Sofi – only ay LYR!
Celebrate the darkness.
Taken from Pema Chodron’s book Comfortable with Uncertainty
“The Shambhala teachings speak of “placing our fearful mind in the cradle of lovingkindness.” Another image for maitri (lovinkindness) is that of a mother bird who protects and cares for her young until they are strong enough to fly away. People sometimes ask, “Who am I in this image, the mother or the chick?” The answer is we’re both, both the loving mother and those ugly little bird chicks… We stay with ourselves and others when we’re screaming for food and have no feathers and also when we are more grown up and appealing by worldly standards…Sometimes we feel good and strong. Sometimes we feel inadequate and weak. But like mother-love, maitri is unconditional…. When we start to meditate or to work with any kind of spiritual discipline we think that somehow we’re going to improve, which is a subtle aggression against who we really are. It’s a bit like saying, “If I jog, I’ll be a much better person.” ” If I had a nicer house, I’d be a better person.” “If I could meditate and calm down I’d be a better person.” Or the scenario may be that we find fault with others. We might say. “If it weren’t for my husband, I’d have a perfect marriage.” “If it weren’t for the fact that my boss and and I don’t get on, my job would be just great.” “And if it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent.” But lovingkindess – maitri toward ourselves, doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest. Curiosity involves being gentle, precise, and open- actually being able to let go and to open. Gentleness is a sense of good heartedness toward oursleves. Precision is being able to see clearly, not being afraid to see what’s really there. Openness is being able to let go and to open. When you come to have this kind of honest, gentleness, and good heartedness, combined with clarity about yourself, there’s no obstacle to feeling lovingkindness for others as well.”
This is a version of a traditional Buddhist Lovingkindness Meditation. It can be recited inwardly in sitting meditation or while holding a Yoga posture.
It’s helpful to place hands on your heart to feel the care you have for yourself.
May I be peaceful
May I be happy
May I live with ease and well-being
May all beings be peaceful
May all beings be happy
May all beings live with ease and well-being
You can find Lindsay at the studio Friday mornings at 9 am.
by Danna Faulds
It only takes a reminder to breath, a moment to be still, and just like that,
something in me settles, softens, makes space for imperfection. The harsh voice
of judgment drops to a whisper and I remember again that life isn’t a relay race;
that we will all cross the finish line; that waking up to life is what we were born for.
As many times as I forget, catch myself charging forward without even knowing
where I’m going, that many times I can make the choice to stop, to breath, and be,
and walk slowly into the mystery.
You can check out Lindsay’s class Friday mornings at 9 am.
- HyFi travels around the country as a DJ for yoga students practicing meditation in motion- HyFi’s experience and technique leads to fluid, deep, and intuitive movement.
- When you let yourself go with the flow, notice the benefits of focused practice. Let the music guide you and your intuition inform you.
- To attain perfection in the yoga postures requires attention to detail. The art of the passion of yoga comes through surrender into flow, into the wavelike rhythm of the music, energy, and breath.
- Feel wrapped up in the class by minute 3. Heightened ambient surround sound and heightened internal awareness.
- Music and yoga make the heart beat, the breath full, the body dance. Enjoy your energy rising, and the collective energy of the freedom in the room.
See you Friday as we welcome special guest HyFi to town and raise the vibrations. Namaste!
Friday, October 22, 2010
6-8 pm, $30
Three seven week series (7 for $70) begin this week.
Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm Yoga for Beginners with Emily
Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm Chakra Yoga with Sofi
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm Yoga for Core Strength with Mandi
Seven week series are a great way to get to know some other yogis and deepen your understanding of a theme. Hope to see you at the studio!
Fall colors have arrived. Take some time, even if it is a moment to stop and look out the window, and absorb the beauty that is around you.
Yoga for Core Strength starts a week from Wednesday. Taught by trained Pilates Instructor and yoga teacher Mandi Michetti, this class will teach you how to access and strengthen your core abdominal muscles. The use of these core muscles helps to prevent and heal injuries and brings strength and support into both your yoga practice and life.
Yoga for Core Strength
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm
October 20-December 1
$70 for all seven classes
Please pre-register here.
Some days are easier than others. Yoga asks us to enter the same pose over and over again as an invitation to meditation. Though the postures may stay the same, we notice that every thing is in constant flux, every breath is new. Through your devotion you will experience the greatest rewards.
Did you know that Laughing River Yoga offers seven by donation classes a week?
Monday – Friday 9 am
Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 pm
Part of our mission is to reach out to all people, everywhere, regardless of financial situation, and get them to yoga class. In a by donation class each student decides what to give in exchange for the class. By donation does not mean free-your support is what allows us to offer these classes. However you have the opportunity to choose the amount that you can afford and that you feel represents the quality of teaching you received. We suggest a range of $5-$15, sometimes more, sometimes less.