Find World Within Yourself…

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*World Within*

“Once in a while I encounter some events that carry life changing character. Some events make an impact because people who participate there are inspirational, other events bring up unforgettable emotions and experiences, while next one carry you through expanded states of consciousness. All of these reasons are great catalyst for spiritual evolution, all these factors serve as a stepping stone for maturing emotionally. And all of this together happened for me in sattva yoga teacher training.

In my life I tried and seriously practiced dozens of yoga styles, healing systems and various physical activities like martial arts and circus disciplines. All of these movements influenced growth of my character from within, strengthening will and honing my skills. I felt proficient in many ways of movement that I practiced, but it never brought me happiness. Only more desire to learn and more topics to cover. As hard as I tried to catch happiness as fast it was running away. And every time I felt that I can reach my success it just disappeared and reappeared in another place. I couldn’t understand what is happening, why the bliss of life is quietly running away each time I approach it.

It continued more or less 10 years. Self improvement, and philosophy of success were able to bring only a quick fix, something like a coffee that helps you when eyes are shutting off and leaves you in state of craving next time when energy is down. All the motivational speeches and hard workouts were serving as an energy boost that wears off on the next morning. But the desire to outgrow my struggle was deeply inside and it moved me forward, exploring what else can I learn from this world. Luckily I found yoga.

It was first time in my conscious life when I found strength in relaxation. Before I would just pump my muscles with numbers of repetitive exercises , bring my body to the limits of it’s possibilities by performing extreme jumps and acrobatic movements. All of it was concentrating on what my body represents externally. Yoga was a first guide to show me vast world inside. Mesmerized by new sensations and feelings, I slowed down on all external improvement or accumulation of material goods. Visual and sensual experiences that would arise during or after yoga practice was a sweet bait for me to follow deeper into the teaching. Thoughts were still coming, but now they brought more wisdom and clarity into my life. This practice of breathing and different body positions somehow slowed me down to feel more of life going on in every moment. Teaching felt infinite and I only approached the doorway into new perception. I started to visit more and more spiritual festivals and conscious events to gather the knowledge and collect experience about the path that led me to calm celebration. Everywhere I visited I soaked information like a sponge. Atmosphere of every new place was nurturing my growing desire for spiritual knowledge. Every place and teacher I met gave me valuable understanding of different aspects of life but somehow felt incomplete so I was forced to move on, to complete the quest.

And here I am, in the foothills of Himalayas . It doesn’t feel that quest is completed . But at least it feels that I found the thread that can help me uncover the mystery that was hiding light of my life. I am learning from a man who gave me tools to see my own mistakes. I am adopting discipline that keeps me invincible in war against weakness. Weakness that was arising through life in forms of attachments, and desires for pleasure, self identification through opinions, and lack of respect for others and life itself. This weaknesses have no power over my life any more. I gave all control to love and kindness. Now intelligent desire to evolve is running engine of my daily life. Dramas, fears and aggression cannot decide what I am supposed to do. All the decisions come from clear mind and calm heart. I can catch destructive thoughts or negative acting patterns before they can arise and influence life. Life feels pure, like a fresh gust of air, or sweetness of a spring water. Giving away what I don’t need anymore prepares space to receive presents of every NOW.
These changes are not a result of some magical elixir or a mystical influence of invisible forces. It is a humble gift of a great teacher. A man who doesn’t look or try to look like traditional spiritual teacher. He looks like he is, always moving in service, always present in what is relevant, rooted in core values, and still in the infinite . A man whose words you start to realize fully when life starts to shift. And in his presence it shifts really rapidly. So there is no way back – only to transcend or to perish. To be reborn in grace or to leave all that you are with garbage of yesterday. For the ego it is hell, but it is salvation for the soul.

Teaching comes in many forms, in Gyana – wisdom and personal advice, in practices of asana and pranayama. Through life changing practice of kriya that opens universe inside and through meditation that helps to stop a flock of wild thoughts to see life with clarity. Bhakti or Devotion is a way to be humble so you can enter the greatness. But the most influential gift i’ve got came not from engaging in funny postures or breath exercises but from learning to be accountable and bringing value to the community. To act with a genuine desire to be useful IN and FOR the world around. When one acts positively without intention to get benefit it is called selfless service. It grants the biggest joy. In this service all problems dissolve. When you concentrate on helping others, you see only benefits, value and purpose that you can bring . There is no room for worries, or self destruction. When you think of the world you merge with it and it cannot deal damage to you any more . Only a habit of positive action and presence in abundance consciousness is left in your mind.

If you can not even spend a dollar or a minute to help someone you will live in a mood of lack. But if you can give something it means you have enough. Just give it a try and see how all problems fade away. Just make sure that what you give has relevant value for surrounding. Bringing peace, clarity and sustainable resources is a way to act in order to create harmonious life for yourself and those who share this world with you.

Mood of service was something that I should learn twenty years ago. Sad but true. In the western world everyone strive to rule and command. Ability to serve is not commonly accepted as important quality for a well developed human. Now I see service as a first step of a ladder. For a president or a head of corporation, general or captain of sport team is equally important to learn selfless service. Only when you learn to be useful in simple things it is possible to command in a way that will serve the others.

For me it became available only when i gave up on competing and trying to prove my worth. I found that worthy is what i can give. If i cannot give it or share it for the benefit of surrounding it has no value. All the idea of evaluating something came from a need to exchange the goods and services. So there is no need to waste time for something that has no relevance to society or your personal evolution (that is essential need of all modern societies).

If you will hold a barrel of water for your self it will be very heavy experience. But you can stand in the river enjoying all the water running through you to refresh body and mind. Big joy and abundance works like this river. When we try to hold them they become to heavy to manage. But if we share it, the flow will never cease.

When we struggle from loneliness ,fears, doubt or irritation, it means something. Maybe we hold too much or give too little as well it means that we don’t know our self very well. Downtime is the best opportunity to get to know yourself, find the root of all problems while it is visible and to stop running away from what is painful. We are here to help you. Soothe the pain with loving attention. There is no need to look for happiness outside, because you carry it within, hidden under stories of failure and disbelief, between traumatic experiences and social conditioning. Mindful awareness will clear all that is useless leaving your natural perfection to shine. Yogic practices are developed in a way that can rid you of all struggles and disease through your own effort and dedication. It is a scientific method that works on all systems of your body to purify and gradually liberate mind from worries. You can forget what I said, or believe in these words. But the best way is to give it a try.

It may be an ending of this article, or a beginning of your happy life, it depends only on your viewpoint and desire to take responsibility for what will come. Everything that happens to you, ultimately is happening For You. Make the best out of this chance to live, to live a life of your dreams!”

**Take a best experience at Sattva Yoga Academy, Rishikesh, India **

Source- SYA Blog

Top 30 Articles for Spirituality From Past Years

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Here are the most popular information in spirituality from the past years. From prophecies, to the veil, the shift, awakening and beyond!

You can find the top 30 for spiritual life and spirituality….

  1. 8 Ways God Speaks to Us Today
  2. How to Ask God for a Miracle
  3. Six Truths About God That Can Change Your Life
  4. How to Find Strength in Tough Times
  5. How to Get Past What You’ll Never Get Over
  6. When the Encourager Needs Encouragement
  7. How to Find the Good Life
  8. Three Ways to Increase Your Faith
  9. Five Ways to Find Healing From Your Past
  10. You Cannot Do “All Things” Through Christ
  11. How to Hear From God Regularly
  12. What’s the Big &%#*! Deal About Profanity?
  13. Jupiter Ascending: Is This Movie Telling Us the Truth in Plain Sight?
  14. What Do The Elders Say About The Shift?
  15. The Awakening 2015 — Full Documentary
  16. Cosmic Awareness: Wave X
  17. 12-12-15 Global Consciousness Experiment
  18. The Veil Of Deception Is Lifting Around Us
  19.  7 Common Experiences With The Ascension Process – You’re Not Alone!
  20. Did Edgar Cayce Predict THE EVENT?
  21. A Door Is About To Open!
  22. 6 Ways to Super Charge Your Vibration
  23. The Unstoppable Spiritual Revolution of Non Compliance
  24. The War of Words – Evidence of the Awakening
  25.  Guided Meditation for World Peace and Healing of Mother Earth
  26. The All-Seeing Eye: Sacred Origins Of A Hijacked Symbol
  27. 936Hz Pineal Gland Activation Solfeggio Meditation
  28. Crucial Message from Cosmic Awareness
  29. Cosmic Awareness: Urgent Message for Mankind
  30. How To Deal With Growing Spiritually While Your Partner Is Not

    Bonus Article…

  31. 70 Year Old Prophecy : The Earth Will Soon Be Swept By Extraordinary Rapid Waves of Cosmic Electricity

    You can find a vast information about spirituality and yoga here. Yoga training through spiritual yoga gurus gives you physical, mental and spiritual health benefits…

A Poem to Sincerity….

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***POEM***

Some where between the sacred and thought
is, is, is
īśvara
a gap between breaths
the sacred space
Lam Vam Ram
a golden light
said Amy
a lightness of Being
said Anand
completely part of
all separateness
like dew from Jupiter
beneath bare soles
dancing to Saturn’s song
gaining cosmic feedback feedback:
let go
let go
let go
the moon returns
to echo sun
the busted lights bow to act like heaven
which can be viewed in every blade of grass
when time is out
nothing weeps
so gently as
sincerely swaying yellow flowers being….

by…Sattva Yoga AcademyYoga Teacher Training School Rishikesh India…

The Top Ten Best Yoga Articles of 2016 with a Great Social Sharing

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Yoga is increasingly popular and not a passing trend. It has a big following and engrained in our society, from spotlights on TV among countless other inclusions throughout popular culture.

Yoga has touched your life in some way if you are reading this article or you at least want it. Yoga is not just a physical practice of asanas. It is a rich, spiritual and enlightening practice that unites people from around the world through a collective yoga community with the physical, spiritual and mental benefits. You can get its benefits through yoga teacher training programs under the guidance of spiritual yoga gurus.

To honor the growing popularity of yoga and meditation and use it as a wellness tool for healthy living here is a list of top ten best yoga articles of 2016 those have a lot social shares by the people. These articles are a reflection of the collective yoga spirit within us all. The popularity with social sharing of these articles is an indication of the expansive reach of this profound practice.

We find out a list of articles according to their social sharing and popularity. In no particular order, here are a picks for the best yoga articles of 2016 those people liked-

1. Watch “The Science Behind Yoga”

2. 8 yoga poses you can do in 8 minutes to relieve back pain

3. The Best Yoga Blogs and Online Publications of 2016

4. How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

5. Jordan Carver Doing Yoga Is An Incredible Sight..Seriously…

6. ‘Rage Yoga’ encourages posing while cursing, drinking, and listening to metal

7. Spiritual Yoga Symbols and What They Mean

8. Rage Yoga will help you find inner peace with swearing, rock music and beer

9. Hot Girls in Yoga Pants

10. Yoga for Healing: Why Western Doctors Are Now Prescribing Yoga Therapy

Yoga Poses That Can Alleviate Your Back Pain Easily

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline. It improves not only physical health but mental and spiritual health too and makes you more flexible both physically and mentally. In Yoga and meditation, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of every human being. It has become very popular in the West. The main aim of yoga to keep body and mind fit and it does more than burn calories and tone muscles. You can join yoga teacher training to get benefits of yoga under the guidence of an experts or spiritual yoga gurus.

Yoga controls many disease and disorders and have a lot of health benefits. In the Gym typically you improve your physical health. Exercises have core effects on the body parts where yoga has a control on both body and mind. Everybody knows about yoga but very few people know the traditional name of yoga is “Yog” means “to unite” or “to join together”. It unites the spirit and physical body together.

Yoga has a power to boost your immune system and prevent many diseases. It has over-all fitness health benefits. A yoga teacher training also has mentally health benefits, physically health benefits and spiritually health benefits. Some yoga poses also can be used to heal back pain. There are some yoga poses in this infographic that can alleviate your back pain.

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Mi encuentro con mi maestro de Sattva-

En el verano del 2013, tuve la oportunidad de tomar un journey de Sattva Yoga con su fundador el renombrado master de yoga Anand Mehrotra en Los Ángeles, California. La primera vez que experimenté Sattva Yoga, mis ojos no dejaban de derramar lágrimas de gracia por haber practicado una técnica muy liberadora que incluye Pranayama, Asana, Kriyas, Meditación y movimientos sufíes y estáticos. Fue como experimentar un entrenamiento cósmico que me liberaba de varias cargas emocionales y corporales en varios planos, no sólo el físico. Fue un verdadero descubrimiento. Había llegado a mí una yoga nueva y muy ancestral a la vez que va más allá de la postura.

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En ese mismo año seguí tomando clases de Sattva Yoga en Los Ángeles y decidí lanzarme a la gran aventura de entrenarme con él personalmente como maestra de Sattva Yoga en su centro de retiros: Sattva Retreat en Los Himalayas, India, en Rishikesh. La idea de ir con él en las montañas sagradas donde los Rishis y yoguis recibieron la ciencia de la meditación y yoga, era una bendición y regalo del creador, pues yo ya tenía 4 años dando cursos de meditación y la enseñanza que yo imparto viene directamente de esa zona del mundo.
Cuando llegué a Los Himalayas en India, el paraíso del universo, como se le conoce, vi con mis propios ojos porque los maestros recibieron la ciencia veda precisamente en este lugar. Es un lugar extraordinario y lleno de belleza natural. El Sattva Retreat un lugar único lleno de paz, buen gusto y con encantadoras vistas de las montañas y el río que pasa por un lado, el cual es un océano hermoso para la meditación y aquellos que ya tienen una práctica establecida.  La yoga que aprendí allí, en el entrenamiento para maestros, ha sido transformadora y liberadora no sólo para mí, si no para muchas personas y para muchos de mis alumnos. Los maestros que hemos tomado el entrenamiento sentimos como si nunca hubiéramos dejado ese lugar mágico donde parece que uno se recarga de una energía universal con la naturaleza del lugar y la sabiduría del maestro Anand Mehrotra.
Para concluir esta reseña me gustaría compartir que actualmente enseñó Sattva Yoga en Los Ángeles, CA y doy cursos en México varias veces al año. La práctica de Sattva yoga ha transformado y ayudado a muchas personas. Estoy muy agradecida con mi maestro fundador de Sattva y con toda la familia de maestros y personas que hemos experimentado juntos un verdadero estado de gozo, gracia y conciencia juntos.  He llegado a pensar muchas veces que las personas que llegan a Sattva Yoga Retreat o toman los cursos de entrenamiento son personas listas para ello y privilegiadas con una apertura global, universal, profesionales, cool, inteligentes y conscientes, verdaderos líderes del mundo actual que sirven y aportan a la sociedad, pues han trascendido a un mundo monótono o de condicionamiento y se han dado cuenta de la importancia del ser, la salud, la sabiduría, el servicio y el bienestar.  Muchos de los que hemos coincido en Sattva Retreat y en sus cursos, tenemos distintas profesiones y tipo de trabajos y verdaderas responsabilidades en la comunidad, pero nos une un estado de conciencia donde lo que importa es reconocer nuestra verdadera identidad y la capacidad de trascender para vivir la vida que siempre hemos deseado y podamos aportar a los demás.
Me encantaría que sattva yoga y las enseñanzas de su fundador lleguen a otros países del mundo y que muchos lleguen a Sattva Retreat para que experimenten un bienestar mágico y lleno de gracia.

Santa María Rivera
Educóloga, Instructora de Meditación y Yoga.
Los Ángeles, CA/ Guadalajara, Mexico

Refrence- Sattva Yoga Academy Blog post on my meeting with my teacher..

Top Eleven Things Not To Do In A Yoga Teacher Training Class

After the top ten must-do list for yoga teacher training class. Now there are top eleven things not to do in a yoga teacher training class in yoga institute. Yoga is a journey (and that letting go is too!). I hope you enjoy these and possibly even see a reflection of some of your own behaviors. None of these things are really going to add to your yoga class – so do your very best to avoid them!

 

  1. DON’T gasp or hold your breath or breathe through your mouth. If you hear a sudden “haaaaaaa” as you finish a pose, it probably means you’ve been holding your breath!

 

And mouth-breathing under stress (for example: hard yoga pose!) tends to trigger paradoxical breathing, which mimics anxiety. Always breathe through the nose, except when directed otherwise (eg kapalbhati).

 

  1. DON’T wear loose clothing or fleecy track-suit pants. We’ve probably all done it – or at least seen someone turn up to their first yoga class wearing classic yoga gear – long baggy pants and a loose t-shirt.

 

Unfortunately it traps the hot air and soaks up the sweat, making your clothes heavy, hot and clingy – and more importantly, it’s harder to lower your core temperature efficiently. Not a good recipe for hot yoga!

 

  1. DON’T gulp too much water. You’ll end up feeling sick and downright uncomfortable in some of the belly-down poses. Trust me … I’ve been there!

 

  1. DON’T talk to others in class. It is tempting (especially when a tough pose is held for a long time) to turn to your friend in class and discuss what is going on.

 

I’ve even heard inane conversations about “relationship issues” going on during class. Leave your gossip outside the yoga room please!

 

  1. DON’T ignore the instructor or anticipate poses or deliberately procrastinate. It simply means you are not “present” and you will not get the best out of your class.

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  1. DON’T make up your own poses or do a pose modification without first consulting your instructor. It could be dangerous and you may not be approaching it in the right way.

 

  1. DON’T wipe the sweat away (unless it’s stinging your eyes). Your sweat is there to cool you down. It is counter-intuitive, but wiping it away WILL make you hotter.

So don’t refer this article again- http://goo.gl/fjZDzX

  1. DON’T push past pain (“no pain, no gain” is NOT yoga!). Work to your own edge – that’s all you need to do. You don’t need to do ‘better’ than yesterday at a pose. You need only to be a better version of you (and that means listening more to yourself).
  2. DON’T eat a large meal 2-3 hours before class. I won’t describe what is likely to happen!

 

  1. DON’T come to class after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, no matter how “brave” you feel.

 

(Yes, I have taught classes where someone had had a few shots before coming. He admitted it to me after class – and had spent most of the class on the floor. He said that he’d never do it again – it was that unpleasant!).

 

Actually it’s unfair to your teacher. They are supposed to take care of you and be responsible for everyone in the class.

  1. DON’T compare YOUR practice to that of anyone else – including your own! Who cares what you could or couldn’t do yesterday – it has no bearing on your regular enjoyment of the benefits.

Our bodies can work in mysterious ways, so just let the yoga work for you. A yoga teacher training class actually has a ton of information about how to correct common mistakes that are some students still make after years (and even decades) of practice.

Know more- http://goo.gl/YHRkbt

 

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