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Practice & Detach
This class was recorded at The Kaivalya Yoga Method and centers around yoga sutra 1.12 (outlined & defined below). In this class we talk about the incredible importance of a consistent practice - particularly for yoga teachers - and the ability to remain a calm center in the middle of your life. Also, below you'll find relevant quotes cited in the dharma talk. Enjoy the class!
Abhyasa vairagyabhyam tan nirodhah Yoga Sutra I.12
Both practice and non-reaction are required to still the patterning of consciousness.
“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.” - Joseph Campbell
“For everything there is a time, so there comes a time for the unfoldment of the soul - but the period of that development depends upon the speed of the progress man makes through life." - Hazrat Inayat Khan
This class was recorded live at The Kaivalya Yoga Method teacher training. It focuses on a passage from the Bhagavad Gita (cited and defined below) and reveals the importance of equanimity as a constant state of mind for the yogi. The old hermeneutical precept of "As Above, So Below," is exemplified to one who can look with equanimous eyes upon all things. Below you'll also find some quotes that are relevant to the context of the class. Enjoy!
Jnana vijnana trptatma Kutastho vijitendriyah Yukta ityuchyate yogi Sama loshtashma kanchanah Bhaghavad Gita 6.8
A true yogi has equanimity of mind and is able to perceive lump of clay, stone or gold nugget as the same.
“It’s a magnificent idea - an idea that appears in India in the mythic image of the Net of Indra, which his a net of gems, where at every crossing of one thread over another there is a gem reflecting all the other reflective gems. Everything arises in mutual relation to everything else, so you an’t blame anybody for anything. It is even as though there were a single intention behind it all, which always makes some kind of sense, though none of us knows what the sense might be, or has lived the life that he quite intended.” - Joseph Campbell
“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.” - Carl Sagan
Art of Appropriateness
This class was recorded live at The Kaivalya Yoga Method teacher training. One of the coolest qualities of a yogi is that we can be cool in all types of situations. Learning and understanding the art of appropriateness is key for ease in all aspects of life. This class deals with this concept through uplifting dharma and philosophy, groovy music and intelligently sequenced asana. The referenced sutra and quotes are below. Enjoy!
Tada viveka nimnam Kaivalya pragbharam chittam Yoga Sutra IV.26
Consciousness, now oriented toward distinguishing between consciousness and awareness so that the ongoing construction of the self ceases (sutra IV.25), can gravitate toward freedom - the fully integrated knowledge that pure awareness is independent from nature.
“All things are good but all things are not good for every person, nor right at all times.” - Hazrat Inayat Khan
“There are some questions which can be answered and others which should wait for an answer until those who ask them are able to understand.” - Hazrat Inayat Khan
Goddess of Music
The Goddess of art, learning and music: Saraswati, was the focus of the day for The Kaivalya Yoga Method. This class features the highlights of the myth of Saraswati and the lessons she brings into the consciousness of the yogi. Class includes chanting (saraswati's chant is written and translated below), dharma and intelligent vinyasa. Enjoy!
Ya kundendu tusara hara dhavala ya shubhra vastravirta Ya vina vara danda mandit akara ya shveta padmasana Ya brahmacyuta shankara prabhrtibhir devaih sada vandita Sa mam patu Sarasvati bhagavati nihshesha jadyapah
She is the one who wears a garland of beautiful lotus flowers. She is always clothed in pure white. In her holy hands she holds the vina and always gestures a blessing. She sits in a white lotus throne and is worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. May she protect me and allow me to be receptive to learn the Truth by removing avidya. - Sarasvati Stotram by Sage Agasthya
Yoga is Now
Recorded live at The Kaivalya Yoga Method teacher training. Yoga is simple. Our work is only to realize it's ever present existence in our lives and get out of our own way. This class covers the simplicity and beauty of the path of yoga through uplifiting dharma talk, philosophy, music and intelligent sequencing. Referenced sutras and quotes are below. Enjoy!
Atha yoga nushasanam Yoga Sutra I.1
Yogash chitta vritti nirodhah Yoga Sutra I.2
Now, this is Yoga. Yoga occurs with the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the Questions.” -Rainer Maria Rilke
“Your only job is to be free, free to laugh, free to sing, free to think you might be king. Or, you might fly or swim the sea. You have it all when you are free. But, freedom puts the fear in some and they will tell you not to run, and not to dream all you see inside the open world of free. For freedom follows no command. It has no feet, no arm, no hand. It has no language it has no rhyme, it has no clock no goal or time. For freedom is it’s own reward.” - Joseph Arthur
This class was recorded live at The Kaivalya Yoga Method teacher training. Our world is entirely of our own creation. If we love our world, then it is perfect. If there is something we want to change or upgrade, we must root out the source of that change within ourselves. This key unlocks our unlimited potential and provides us with the freedom to live in the greatest world possible. This class explains this concept through sutra and quotes (below), music and intelligent vinyasa. Enjoy!
Vastu samye chitta bhedat Tayor vibhaktah panthah Yoga Sutra IV.15
Each individual person perceives the same object in a different way, according to their own state of mind and projections. Everything is empty from its own side and appears according to how you see it.
“Original experience has not been interpreted for you, and yso you’ve got to work out your life for yourself. Either you can take it, or you can’t. You don’t have to go far off the interpreted path to find yourself in very difficult situations. The courage to face the trials and to bring a whole new body of possibilities into the field of interpreted experience for other people to experience - that is the hero’s deed.” - Joseph Campbell
“Free your mind.” - Morpheus, from The Matrix
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” - Carl Sagan