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[08/18/18] Thank you to everyone for helping me to celebrate "graduation day" and sharing your experiences. OM shanthi, peace.
On this day 26 years ago, I graduated from Yoga Teacher Training at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville. I had no plans to teach, but while talking on a pay phone in Middleburg, (pre cell phone days), an art gallery owner overheard that I was a yoga teacher. And after the call, she enthusiastically offered her space for a class. During my training, we were told, "Never miss an opportunity to serve" and so I began to teach and my appreciation and respect for yoga has just increased over the years. it has been a wonderful journey not only because of yoga's greatness, but made even better because of the greatness of the sangha (students/community) who have participated in class, some for over 20 years. Thank you and of course.
This is what you may experience with a yoga practice - how beautiful, graceful and easeful.
Margery is from Sketty, she's 90 years old... oh and she's way more flexible than you are 💪
Do these butterflies know how beautiful they are? Do they have to "act" a certain way to be seen and loved? Realize that you are beautiful and loved - walk in your own beauty.
Sri Swami Satchidananda
Balance in standing position- bone density, proprioception, concentration, strengthens joints, , stimulates mechanoreceptors and addresses loss of balance / falls.
Improve your balance with these simple exercises!
Denise Moore has been recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists - IAYT as a Certified Yoga Therapist - C-IAYT. She joins the elite ranks of some 3500 C-IAYTs worldwide throughout 40 countries. IAYT defines yoga therapy "to empower individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teaching and practices of yoga." Please contact via FB message or email firstname.lastname@example.org for personalized or workplace therapeutic yoga.
Contemplative Yoga in Nature at Oatlands, Sunday July 1, 9:30 - 11 am $25 with part of proceeds to support historic Oatlands. Practice will promote clarity, calmness, connection and independence.
Nature, the greatest teacher: yellow nasturtium, orange nasturtium, then orange/yellow = beauty. We are all in this together.
Yogis have known through experience for thousands of years what Pranayama, breathing practices, and meditation, can do as the scientific evidence in this article shows. Pranayama and meditation classes coming in August and in the fall in Leesburg and Purcellville. Information soon at mooreyoga.comm.
www.scientificamerican.com A new mouse study reveals a set of neurons that may point to physiological roots for the calming effects of breathing control
theladders.com You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them. Trust neuroscience.
This is the view from my kitchen window in spring. The awareness to stop, take a deep breath and gaze out the window is a moment of joy, the kind of joy which cultivates gratitude and santosha, the Sanskrit word for contentment. I was pulled by the scent and sight of flowers' fireworks to run out in pajamas,barefoot through the rain-soaked grass to bring some of this prana/vitality in the house. What do you see from your kitchen window? Pause, take a complete breath and look at spring - inside and out.
Give the earth a hug - get grounded. Contemplative Yoga in Nature at Oatlands, Sunday, April 2, 9:30 - 11:00 am. $25 / partial donation to Oatlands Foundation. Register email@example.com
Where have all the flowers gone? Transition/change is not always gradual as Mother Nature has shown us from this past week of 75+ degree temperatures to today’s (March 15) single digit windchills. How do we adjust to the ups and downs which life brings? All of the yoga practices, including ethics, physical culture, breathing techniques for working with the life force, regulation of the senses, help to navigate the pathway to shanthi, peace.
Here’s what is happening this spring:
Right now – applications are being accepted for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training to begin September 2017. Additional information is available on the Teacher Training page.
And this Saturday, March 18, 9:30 - 11:30 am, I will co-teach a 2 hour yoga practice to address some of the causes of discord such as fear, anger and indifference. This is a meditative practice to settle the mind, breath and body for a progression toward inner stillness, a deep connection with the present moment, letting go of what keeps us from experiencing equanimity and harmony.
Breathing Techniques/ Pranayama no one has examined, refined and practiced more than yogis - several thousand years and counting. Pranayama Level 2 begins on Thursday January 12, 5:30 - 6:45 PM. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
nytimes.com Controlled breathing, an ancient practice, can reduce stress and soothe your body.
OM shanthi. Peace and gratitude to the yoga sangha.
yes it is...
I hope you have been enjoying the long hours of daylight, abundant rain, heat and humidity of summer. We've had meteor showers, fireflies and lively thunderstorms to entertain and wake us up this year. On a calm day such as this one, we don't really think too much about weather preparations, we just go along, having fun, doing errands, etc. But let the cell phone "awaken us" with weather alerts, and we spring into action, bringing in patio furniture, the pets, and parking the car in the garage.
In yoga and meditation, a daily practice is the preparation which readies us to ride out any storms which appear whether announced or zooming in like a derecho. Yoga websites, books, dvds and magazines offer a variety of practices to tone and strengthen, to calm and energize, or even cure a hangover. A balanced yoga practice prepares us for anything; we may think we know what is going to happen each day, but we don't – not really. It is worth it to hold the space of moment-to-moment awareness that anything could happen.
Yoga practice does help to maintain muscle strength, balance, bone density, it relieves stress, increases flexibility, lowers blood pressure, etc. But when the body fails, and it eventually does, classic 8-limbed yoga delivers equanimity, inner strength and self-awareness to weather such times. These qualities are developed with a committed daily yoga, pranayama and meditation practice, over long period of time and with enthusiasm, (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book 1, Sutra 14). I will be co-teaching an overview of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali on Saturday, September 24 at Loudoun Valley Yoga from 1:30-3:30 PM. This overview is part discussion and part activity and will inform about the underpinnings of yoga practice and show how this classic yoga text is still relevant to today’s yoga students.
A schedule of yoga classes and special events is available at mooreyoga.com. Additional classes and workshops will be added over the next few weeks. For additional information, email me, email@example.com.
Jai, Mindy van Seeters for sharing this post and rowing along in the river of life!
Mind = Blown
Book 1, Sutra 33 - my favorite of The Yoga Sutras of Patanajali
“To preserve openness of heart and calmness of mind, nurture these attitudes:
Kindness to those who are happy
Compassion for those who are less fortunate
Honor for those who embody noble qualities
Equanimity to those whose actions oppose your values”
― Nischala Joy Devi, The Secret Power of Yoga
Good advice for all aging children/yogis...
iyi.org.uk At the age of 92 years of age BKS Iyengar continued to practise yoga for several hours each day. Here he describes how his practice changed with age and offers advice to students on yoga in later life.
Prana Thief - aka Midge the Cat. I have been writing/working on new yoga programs for the upcoming year. When I got up to get some water, she took my seat - complete with back support! See how nicely it supports her spine? And now who is sitting on the floor? Animals love your focus and if they love you, they sponge up your energy/prana. I'll get back to work later. OMMMMMM seeking a lounge chair in the shade now with dreams of a cool breeze on this hot July day.
Sri Swami Satchidananda
You Enjoy The White Writing Because There Is A Blackboard Behind It - June 30
Don't give room for temporary depressions. Things come and go. Nothing is permanent in this world. Even our bodies come and go. You once had a young body; now you have an adult body. Someday you will have an old body, and one day you will even have a dead body. But still, you have a body. It's the body that goes through all these changes. You are immortal. Identify with that real you, the real "I."
When you play soccer, you kick the ball around. The ball goes through all the motions, but you are doing the playing. You enjoy the movements of the ball. Likewise, let your mind be your soccer ball. Wherever it goes, just enjoy it.
Even to enjoy nice, beautiful writing on a board, the board should be black because the chalk is white. You enjoy the white writing because there is a black board behind it. Don't forget that. You enjoy the pain because there is pleasure behind it.
We are the knowers, we are the seers. Remember that truth always. Apply this whenever you are in a depressed state. Jump up, shake it off and say, "Hey, l am a lion! This is all just temporary. I have come across this before and l know it will go away." You can heal yourself. There is a beautiful part of the mind, a powerful part of the mind, that can always get you out of any problem. Use that part, the brilliant part, the bright part. Don't succumb to the other side of the mind.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi
I had a wonderful time teaching yoga to the staff at Loudoun Physical Therapy. The thousands of yoga asanas (poses) create mobility and strength in the body and promote healing, similar to physical therapy. And then there's yoga nidra, specific to yoga, this meditative practice is where the deepest healing happens, letting go of physical, mental and emotional tension and connecting to one's inner stillness,
As part of our healthy business wellness program, and being that today is international yoga day, our staff participated in a fun yoga class...
Befriend your body - practice yoga with self-love, appreciation and for yourself.
~ nayyirah waheed
I cannot love this quote more.
An important message from Swami Satchidananda and a great photo of some of the resident organic gardener yogis at Yogaville!
Unity In Diversity - May 31
In essence we are one, but in nonsense we are many. We need essence and nonsense. Life is for fun; otherwise God could have just created everyone alike with the same thoughts. Everything is God's Will. Nothing happens without His Will. He allows this chaos. Why? He must have thought, "Only by this chaotic situation will they really thirst for peace. Then, if I give them peace, they will really relish it."
That is why we are looking for peace. We have had enough of fights and problems. If you realize this, you can begin right in your own home. Love your family, your pets, your plants. Do not treat them as something different from yourself. They all have the same essence, the same spirit. If we want to show the unity in diversity, that is where we can begin. At home, with our pots and pans. You may be angry with your husband or wife, but do not put the pot down with a bang. Be gentle. See the same spirit in everything. That is unity in diversity. There is nothing without life in this world. Be gentle, be nice, be loving. See your own Self in all and treat everything properly. That is how to show the unity in diversity visibly and powerfully. A real spiritual experience means to see the unity in diversity.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi
ContemplativeYoga in Nature at Oatlands, Sunday, June 5, 9:30- 11 AM, Cost: $25 per person with 40% of proceeds to benefit historic Oatlands. For further information or registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Harrison seated in half lotus, surrounded by flowers - this yogini's dream chitta vritti.
Well, yoga has come a long way. But this is a path to "laughing yoga."
Elvis Presley as Lt. Ted Jackson singing the song Yoga Is As Yoga Does, from his 1967 movie Easy Come Easy Go.
This weekend’s gusty winds dislodged blossoms and branches from the trees in my yard and all over our area. I was cleaning up fallen branches, and noticed in the woods, whole trees which had been uprooted. Some, which came down in previous storms, were composting the earth and others provided habitat for birds and other critters. When I finally looked up for a back-relieving “standing cobra”, the woods were full of spring’s vibrant green, and the trees which received the “sudden pruning” appeared even more fresh and brilliant as “dead wood” and lifeless branches had been shed.
We, too, are the recipients of the winds of change and “pruning” without much notice. How do we respond to “involuntary dead wood removal” after filling our houses, garages, storage sheds and lives with so much “stuff” we no longer know what we have and can’t find what we need when we need it.
In the yoga code of ethics, which are the first 2 limbs in the 8 limbs of yoga, one of the yamas, aparigraha, non-hoarding or generosity of spirit, calls on the yogi to have just what is needed and share when you have more than that. Saucha, one of the niyamas, encourages purity of thought, word and deed – how many books, shirts, etc do I need, how many hours must I spend on the internet, can I even recall what I read yesterday?
When I lived in D.C. many years ago, one very cold night, someone broke into my car and all they took was a cassette tape and a pair of gloves. The cost of repairing the lock /window on my car door was many times the value of those items. As I thought about it, someone must have really needed those gloves, and I had a couple of other pairs. I don’t know why they took the Rolling Stones tape, and I laugh about it even to this day; everyone needs a little music, right? “You can’t always get what you want, but you might find, you get what you need.”
New yoga classes include Gentle Yoga at Barre Buddhi, Leesburg, starting this Thursday, April 7, 10:45 -11:45 am, and beginning on Sunday, May 15, from 8am – 9:15 am, I will be teaching a hatha yoga class at Loudoun Valley Yoga in Purcellville.
A six week Pranayama Series. Level 1, at Loudoun Valley Yoga on Mondays from 5:30 – 6:45 PM begins on May 16. Additional information will be available at mooreyoga.com
OM shanthi, peace,
Denise Sumuki Moore, E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified
Starting this week I will be teaching Gentle Yoga, Thursday, April 7, 10:45- 11:45 am at Barre Buddhi in Leesburg. Who will benefit from Gentle Yoga? Everyone and anyone because the practice is as fulfilling and potent as a standard hatha class. Enjoy modified hatha yoga postures for developing strength, flexibility and balance; breathing practices to smooth the emotions and nervous system; and relaxation to reduce stress and discover the natural ease within ourselves. This class pace is moderate and props / chairs will be used to support your practice. For further information, please contact me - email@example.com. Register at barrebuddhi.com.
OM shanthi, peace,
Denise Sumuki Moore
E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Registered
Lead Trainer, Open Dimension Yoga Teacher Training, RYS 200 Yoga Alliance School
Contemplative Yoga in Nature at Oatlands Greenhouse this Sunday, April 3, from 9:30 - 11 am. Absorb the spring energy with a hatha yoga class to create ease, well-being and peace. Fee for this class is $25 with 40% of the proceeds to benefit Oatlands. Pre-registration required to Denise Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Of Attraction
Sri Swami Satchidananda and Yogi Bhajan - different types of yoga, mutual respect and friendship!
God Never Takes Sides - March 12
God is neutral. He never takes sides. You should also be that neutral, that pure. Don't ever discriminate between people. Don't ever look down on anybody. See the same spirit functioning through all the various bodies and minds.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi
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