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Congratulations and thank you to all who attended the 20 hour pranayama training. This beautiful prana- filled bouquet from Nature Composed in Middleburg is filling the room with fragrance and grace.
The Garden Of Pensiveness
Beauty is about what's inside us, loving who we are and nurturing that. Outward beauty can really blossom from there.
~ Connie Britton
~ Image by Bahman Farzad
This is a unique program with a compassionate and knowledgeable horsewoman and yoga instructor. An opportunity to look beyond the surface to discover deep peace and contentment.
Our thoughts are powerful. They shape the way we interpret our reality, thereby shaping reality, as well. Most people have little to no control over their thoughts, which results in little to no control over their words and actions. So how does one gain control of the mind and thoughts? Yoga, and when I say yoga, I mean pranayama (breathwork) and meditation, too. These practices teach you how to observe your thoughts without attachment, which is the first step to gaining control of the mind. Focus and concentration are also key skills, and pranayama is especially good at helping one cultivate these. All of these practices are taught in my new program, and everything I teach has scientifically proven benefits. In this program, I work with you one-on-one, just like yoga was originally taught, to help you create the reality you choose. You CAN be happy. You CAN be abundant. You CAN be peaceful. Let me show you how💗
Criticism- we can get a little bristly about it. This perspective helps - so clear and simple .
How to receive criticism
When others criticize you, there are two things to think of. First, “That’s the way they look at me and that’s what they see.” Give them that freedom. They may not see the other, better side. Feel sorry for them. Leave it at that.
The other thing to think about is, “Yes, that person is like a mirror. Through him or her I see my defects.” You go in front of a mirror to clean the dirty spots from your face. In the same way, this person is revealing your dirty spots. Thank the person and work on it. Then you will even look for criticism, because you can get help from that. If people don’t criticize you, you will never know your own defects. If you see it in this light, you will never be angered by that. But if the mirror continues to show your dirty spot and you become defensive and punch it, you lose your mirror, you lose your fist and you still have the dirty spot.
Excerpted from The Golden Present, by Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Garden Of Pensiveness
What the air is to a bird... and the sea is to a fish... The inner chamber of stillness is to your human soul. Go there often, my friend...It is your natural habitat.
~ Steve McSwain
~ Image by Graham Taylor
Early morning yoga students- try this class! You'll enjoy Nancy's thoughtful instruction and great sense of humor.
Morning Yoga Class starting next week!
Join us for a hatha, slow flow yoga practice. Each class includes poses, breath work and guided meditation that will stretch and strengthen your body and settle your mind and spirit for the day ahead.
Your instructor will be Nancy McMahon, RYT 200. Nancy is joining us at the Studio at Middleburg where her classes are open to students of all ages and abilities. Nancy teaches in an open, encouraging style with a focus on balance, flexibility and centering.
Class will be held in the Studio on Mondays and Fridays from 7-8:15 am. Each 10 session package is $185 or drop in for $25.
Students should bring a mat and blanket plus any yoga props (i.e., blocks, straps), wear comfortable clothing and refrain from heavy eating two hours prior to class.
Questions? Contact Nancy at 703-597-8981 or [email protected]
I learned many great ways to improve my practice from Roger Cole, a master teacher.
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Learn how to prevent or deal with injuries to the knee, hamstrings, sacroiliac joint, low back, shoulder, wrist and neck.
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Lifting the Arms and Shoulders: Cinch Down & Turn Out to Protect Your Rotator Cuff
Video: How to Maximize Arm/Shoulder Lift in Yoga - Roger Cole Demonstrates Iyengar Technique
No end to loving yoga PRACTICE. This works for adults as well!
Children attending this school learn to cope through yoga and meditation as opposed to receiving detention
Whether it's a basic class or therapeutic, yoga is a healing practice on every level.
Some synonyms for healing...
Thank you Geeta Iyengar, for your dedication and sharing your wisdom of yoga for so many years.
thehindu.com Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar, the eldest daughter of legendary Yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar and a noted exponent of the yogic science in her own right, passed away at her residence on Sunday, aged 74.The cause o
VDOT sign in front of Emmanuel Church.
Yoga Padma Rishikesh
Preparation for Handstand!
[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.
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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 [email protected] 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 protected]
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 [email protected] 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 protected].
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...
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