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About Kat Wendorf

Kathleen Wendorf is a certified NESTA sports yoga instructor located in Central Florida. Kathleen has studied Hatha, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin and Kundalini yoga as well as others. Kathleen is also a writer who has been featured on The Morning Show. She invites you to bookmark and follow her blog jerseyyogalicious.wordpress.com to learn inspirational yoga. You can also visit Amazon to find other books on yoga and travel savings as well as her children's books and fictional novels. www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Wendorf/e/B004XM1G4A . Kathleen also has 2 awesome retail websites you will want to check out: https://www.DiscountDollhouse.com https://www.ExoticCustomCanvas.com Kathleen has a mission to share as much as she can with her yoga friends. Please feel free to reach out to her at any time for any comments or questions.

The Mat S6 E9 “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras1-6” by Kat of JYL

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Yoga Sutras 1:6

(The vritis are) right and wrong conceptions of what is , imagination, sleep, and memory. All vritis, in stirring the waters of feeling, distort the reality that is soul-Bliss.

Dear Friends,

Boy is it hot! I hope this blog post finds you enjoying the start of summer. We have been studying the Yoga Sutras for a couple of month’s now and learning what Patanjali wanted to express to us in his writings. As we dig deeper into the Sutras we find ourselves taking apart little pieces of this vast puzzle of how to live our yogic lives.

Sutra 1:6 tells us that practicing meditation and calm wisdom is the best way to avoid the illusion of our vrittis (desires).

Think of God, pray for his grace and ask to seek his presence in meditation.

Srikrishna said in the Bhagavad Gita: “Get away from my ocean of suffering and misery!”

Don’t worry if that quote confuses you, it should. We will study the Gita in 2018 after we better understand the Sutras.

Namaste With love,

Kat

Marriage & Yoga = Union

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My niece and her husband have been together for over 7 years before they tied the knot.

What a beautiful ceremony and reception for such a wonderful couple.

Did I mention she is a Yogi?  She recently did a perfect headstand /Sirsasana.

That got me thinking about the meaning of yoga and its correlation to marriage.

It is commony known that yoga means union, oneness and eternal bliss.

However, as we study Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras this year we learn he did not express that

yoga was “union” but more of a “restriction” of the fluctuation of consciousness.

In the Gita, yogi’s are advised to practice Brahmacharya Vrata (celibacy).

In India, yoga is considered “union”, “eternal bliss” and also described as “love”.

As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and

the two are united into one.”

Webster defines marriage as this:

mar·riage
ˈmerij/
noun
noun: marriage; plural noun: marriages

1.
the legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship (historically and in some jurisdictions specifically a union between a man and a woman).
“a happy marriage”
synonyms: wedding, wedding ceremony, marriage ceremony, nuptials, union

Webster’s definition of yoga:

yo·ga
ˈyōɡə/
noun
noun: yoga

a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

Origin
Sanskrit, literally ‘union.’

I have to say there is something magical about “union” especially when it brings two

hearts and souls together for eternity.

May God bless this “union”.

Thanks to Meg and Chris for having us share in your special day.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E8 “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1-5” by Kat of JYL

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Dear Friends,

“Demystifying Patanjali” was based on the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda presented by his disciple- Swami Kriyananda as a basis for a balanced Yogi to study. It is important to understand that these interpretations can somehow get mixed up. As far as 1-5 is concerned it is a complex Sutra and one that you should take your time with learning.

Key Points

Vrittis= one’s self-developed inclinations (desires & attachments)

Some cause pain, some give pleasure.

*No self-definition can bring anyone happiness.

Sharing with others can only help to remove a layer of egoism from the giver’s consciousness.

We must try to overcome all self-definitions.

Our vrittis do not define us as we are; they only define us as we think we are.

We may tread the downward path to further suffering, or the upward, to eventual bliss in him.

Take what you can from each lesson and share your knowledge.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E7 Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1-4

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Dear Friends,

Yoga Sutra 1-4
“Otherwise (if one hasn’t found inner peace) the vrittis cause the indwelling Self to assume many (outward) forms.

Your “vrittis” or “desires” can cause things to happen. Until you learn to attain inner calmness, your “vrittis” or (inclinations, attachments) can self-define you as you are not truly meant to be seen.

The writer gave us this as an example: “We can tell ourselves I am ________. None of that is true. We are the immortal, ever changeless Atman, the Supreme Self.”

Point being, we are not our “vrittis”, you are not what you desire, those desires only determine our temporary life. We are made from God this is true because all creation itself is only his manifestation. There is something to ponder on this week through the eyes of one that went before us.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E6 Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1-3 by Kat of JYL

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Dear Friends,

Patanjali says “Experience over many years has convinced me that, if we really repose our trust in God, and ask nothing for ourselves, he will supply all of our needs.”

The context of Sutra 1-3 teaches us that by having a calm mind, we can calm opposition in our lives. When we don’t allow a calm mind to take precedent, we disarm the calmness of our mind.

So, what this said to me personally is that by first trusting in God for your outcome in all things, Secondly, by being calm in your mannerism when dealing with people and situations all of your

needs will be met. Not only that they will be met while you find “tranquility”.  I know this one is difficult to wrap your head around at first, it seems almost too much, this is where faith is built.

As the book reminds us, this aphorism of Patanjali, therefore, should be taken not only as a promise of reward but as counsel for the right attitude to hold under any circumstance.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E5 Patanjali Sutra 1-2″Yoga is the neutralization of the vortices of feeling”

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Dear Friends,

Welcome back to the Sutra review! Today we discuss Vritti= Eddy, vortex or “whirlpool” and how this affects your life. From Demystifying Patanjali Sutra 1-2:

“Our desires and attachments do not make our thoughts fluctuate so much, like waves, instead, we grip them to us just as a river’s current draws things to the center, we revolve our desires around our egos, as in a vortex”

Pretty strong stuff for us to focus on, but oh so helpful in the lessons of life. Basically, as long as we find ourselves pulled in both directions between what we desire and what life will have for us, we are inwardly divided and can never know peace. However, if we find God first in all things and direct our tendencies in one direction we are no longer denying that higher nature and this will lead us to that peace that was meant for us.

Vocab lesson:

Mon- mind- centered in the top of the head

Buddhi- intellect, centered between the eyebrows

Ahankara- ego, centered in the medulla oblongata

Chitta- feeling, centered in the heart

Take away:

Every desire must be neutralized. Yoga is the neutralization of every little vortices.

Yogananda says ” Desires, forever gratified, never satisfied”

Have a beautiful week,

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E4 Patanjali Yoga Teachings: Sutra #1 “The subject now being offered is Yoga”

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Dear Friends,

Join us as we review the teachings of Patanjali in the book review of  “Demystifying Patanjali”. To best understand what the “founder” of  Yogic teachings was trying to express when he created his masterpiece we will take an approach of going through each of the   Yoga Sutra’s (system of learning the eight limbs of yoga).

Patanjali is considered to have created the authoritative text on yoga in his classical writings during C 2d Century B.C.; The Yoga School of Indian Philosophy.

What we soon discover in the beginning of the book ” is that Patanjali did not offer any particular system or way of learning yoga. Instead, he teaches us in his writings as translated with the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda there are stages in our journey which every “truth seeker” must travel.

Patanjali explains “Sankhya”  is meant to persuade people of the uselessness of seeking fulfillment through physical senses. Our physical bodies are not our true self.  Sutras are a meditative discovery of liberation consisting of these eight steps of yoga.

Namaste,

Kat