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Be a Student of Your Body - Student Workshop Series

with Sandy Gross

Sat, January 19th Noon to 5pm

Study Yoga Mentoring Group

with Swami Atmarupa & Sandy Gross
 2/8, 2/10

Restorative Yoga : Opening to Healing Energy 

with Deb Smith
Friday, Feb. 15th 5:30 to 7:30pm

Forgiveness & Salutations : Lifestyle Yama & Niyama

with Swami Atmarupa
Sat. March 2nd 2:00 to 4:00 pm

 

 

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India 2014: The Material and the Spiritual

The Material and the Spiritual

We have just returned from Agra, where we saw two amazing pieces of architecture - the Red Fort of Agra and the Taj Mahal. These two edifices are linked through history but also by the fact that they are testaments to the material ingenuity of humankind. The Taj took 22 years and 20,000 people to build, according to our guide, but the more impressive fact is that it all of the precise joining, carving and inlay was done without the help of any modern technologies. The designers even took the time to include clever optical illusions - the script at the top of the Taj's arches looks to be the same size as the script near the bottom, although it is such a distance away from the viewer at the base that it should look much smaller as one gazes upward. What intelligence and foresight it took to include this trick!

Now the journey continues to a place of equal intelligence and foresight - the yoga ashram. Here the emphasis is not on developing impressive material structures without, but unmatched spiritual growth within. The techniques we will be experiencing have been passed down for centuries because they create beautiful, durable human beings. What insight the ancient yogis had to develop techniques that produce calmness, joy and wisdom, no matter the age, culture or educational level of the student.

When we return, we look forward to sharing with you not only our photographs of outer perfection but the results of our inner work, as well. Until then, may you all enjoy both the material and the inner wealth of the holiday season.

 

Best & oms,

Atmadarshan






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India 2014: Hari Om from Delhi!

Hari Om from Delhi!

Members of our group are arriving safe and sound. Most of our group started traveling on Tuesday and arrive here on Thanksgiving Day. We are taking the opportunity to refresh ourselves with great vegetarian food and with a long sleep. In just a few hours we board a private bus for a trip to one of the most magnificent architectural sites in the world -  the Taj Mahal.

I have had the privilege of seeing the Taj twice now and am eager to see it again. The time of day makes such of a difference for the experience. My first time, our group visited at sunrise, and the reddish-orange light on the white marble was breath-taking. The peace and quiet of the new dawn hours gave us plenty of time to linger in the silence of the inner chamber, experiencing the incredible acoustics and energy of the place.

The second time, just a few years ago, we visited during the day, when a bluebird sky framed the main structure and all of its towers brilliantly.  The crowds made our time in the Taj much shorter and more hurried, but the people- and squirrel-watching opportunities made up for that.

Each time I have visited, I have learned something more about the stories behind the Taj's construction - both inspiring and saddening - and the culture that produced such an impressive piece of art. I am certain I will have that same experience again. We look forward to sharing our journey with you!

 

Best & Oms,

Atmadarshan


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The Holidays Are Upon Us....

It comes every year. Preceded by almost two months of Hallmark movies, often portrayed as a happy gathering of everyone from the distant corners of the globe in which they reside. We love to think of the holidays as a special time. But as the songs play out, the wind gets bitterer, and the cheery-ness grows overwhelming, we find ourselves looking towards the New Year end of the tunnel.

Don't get me wrong. It truly is a wonderful time of the year... but it is exhausting and stressful as well. Those stresses come in many forms: in-laws, the ever-present consumerism, weather, the overeating, Uncle Luke's tireless "stories" of how he backpacked through the Swiss Alps with nothing on but yoga pants and flip-flops riding a yak that he befriended after beating off the mountain goats bullying said yak...

Here at the Atma Center, we understand. We also share your frustrations and stresses and we wish to relieve you of them! Our Satyananda Yoga Nidra® classes introduce techniques to help overcome the obstacles of the body and achieve calmness of mind. Through guided meditation, you will discover how to silence your mind and create stillness in your body. After just one class you can feel the effects take hold; allowing you to find peace inside of the "storm" known as the holidays. Offered on Mondays and Thursdays, this class led by Gita will teach you how to reconnect with the spirit of the season.

Another unforgotten aspect of holiday stress is dealing with the pounds upon pounds of food that we consume. We pack on extra weight and end up making New Year’s resolutions to get rid of it. The overeating coupled with Jack Frost keeping us inside throws off our digestive process. The Atma Center is offering a workshop to deal with just that... your digestive fire. Omkar will show you how the nervous system and immune system are related to the digestive system, and why that matters for optimizing your digestive health. She will also show you how to safely exercise the abdominal area and improve food absorption, increase your energy and boost your immunity; through breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques! This workshop will be held on Saturday, December 13th, from 2:00 - 4:00PM.


Join us here at the Atma Center, and let us show you how to change your life through a holistic approach. The Atma Center, yoga for everyBODY.


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““The yogi who is satisfied with the knowledge and wisdom of the SELF, who has conquered the senses, and to whom a clod of earth, a piece of stone and gold are the same, is said to be harmonized””

Swami Sivananda’s translation and commentary of the Bhagavad Gita

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How Satyananda Yoga® supports Breast Health - by Omkar

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. While many pink ribbon campaigns are at the forefront this month, it is important to think about the daily or weekly ways that we women can support the health of our breasts. One great system for that support is yoga.

The thought of yoga for the breasts might seem strange at first. Indeed, imagining special postures with or for the breasts could lead to some funny images. However, the breasts are an integral part of the female body and since yoga is a holistic practice, the breast should also be taken into account – not only during National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Anatomically, the breasts are made of a variety of tissues, including muscle, fat, glands, ducts, circulatory and lymphatic structures. Blood circulates through the breasts thanks to the pumping action of the heart, but lymph circulation depends on the movements of our limbs as the lymphatic system has no independent pump structure.

One way in which SATYANANDA YOGA® serves breast health is through the first Pawanmuktasana (PMAs) series. Whenever we do any full joint movement, we actively stimulate lymphatic circulation. Working with the joints closest to the breasts - the shoulders (shoulder rotations) and neck (all four of the neck PMAs) - is especially beneficial to circulate lymph in the breast tissue. The armpits and neck hold the largest concentration of lymph nodes, specialized glands which play a key role in the immune system, producing immune-boosting lymphocytes and serving as filters. Increasing the blood and lymphatic circulation in their vicinity supports their important role.

Besides the mechanical aspects of lymphatic flow, there is also an important hormonal component to breast health addressed through Satayananda Yoga Nidra®. This practice of deep relaxation balances the activity of the pituitary and pineal glands, which are key endocrine glands located in the brain. They control the activity of other glands, including the thyroid and ovaries, which in turn influence the hormonal processes of the breasts.

These are only two of many aspects of how yoga, and Satayananda Yoga in particular, promotes greater breast health. There are many more, including other asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and meditations that are important for the holistic health of the female body. Join the Oct 25th workshop on Yoga for Breast Health, led by Omkar, to learn the details of these practices. While yoga might not cure breast disease, it can serve as a fantastic support for holistic breast health – in October and always.

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“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.”

The Bhagavad Gita

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Current Class Themes



Yoga for Healthy Aging
 (Tuesdays & Fridays with Mantram): The BEST of Yoga for Healthy Aging

Managing the Mind (Tuesdays with Atmadarshan): Science of Mudras for Mind Management

Restorative Yoga (Wednesdays with Jyoti): Self-Compassion

Foundation C (Thursdays with Atmadarshan): Higher Practices of Yoga

Yoga for Anxiety (Saturdays with Atmarupa): A Holistic Approach to Yoga for Anxiety

Prenatal Yoga (Saturdays with Atmarupa): Nurturing Yourself

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“Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.”

Swami Sivananda

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“There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.”

Swami Vivekananda

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More Quotes of the Week

If you want to befriend your mind, treat the whole world as your family, and reach out to as many people as you can.

-Swami Satyananda (from the bookmark on Jyoti’s desk)

 

If everyone wished for poverty, the world would be heaven. Everybody is trying to be wealthy, but the great saints have said that one has to live a life of self-imposed poverty. Actually the word “poverty” should be replaced by the word “simplicity”. Simplicity in life is living exactly in accordance with your necessities and means.    

-Swami Satyananda, in Swami Sivananda’s 18 –ities and the Practice of Pratyahara

 

The final outcome of yoga is not isolating ourselves from the world, but involving  ourselves more deeply in the affairs of the world, knowing our place in it, our duties, and how we can make a difference in other people’s lives. This is what Swami Sivananada called ‘The Divine Life’.

-Swami Niranjananda, in Swami Sivananda’s 18 –ities and the Practice of Pratyahara

 

Useless and corrupting elements in our lifestyle can unnecessarily hold us back in our quest to evolve.  We need to look at our interactions, maybe write them down, and assess what they are doing for us or to us in this quest.

-Dr. Rishi Vivekananda Saraswati, in Practical Yoga Psychology

 

Develop the ability to accept the ups and downs of life as they are. Swami Satyananda said, “Life is full of ups and downs, but for the yogi, every ‘up’ is a joy and every ‘down’ is an adventure."

-Dr. Rishi Vivekananda Saraswati, in Practical Yoga Psychology

 

 


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