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The Mat S6 E11 “Yoga Sutra 1-8”

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Dear Friends,

We continue of our journey into Demystifying Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1-8:

“Wrong understanding is when we mistake true nature of that which is being considered.”

Have you ever done something and then later found out that you made a huge mistake? Sure you have, we all have at one time or another. In this Century most of us  are on information overload and don’t even realize it because we are too busy being busy taking on more information or “data”. I will give you one huge example that we are each familiar with “Social Media:”

How many hours of your life do you spend on your mobile device or computer tagging family/friends, uploading images, reading posts, agreeing or disagreeing over those posts etc. Are you so glued to your Social Media that you bring your phone to the table while eating? Sure you do, most of you do, admit it. Do you sit across from a friend or coworker and totally pretend to be listening to them while your engrossed in the next chime on your cell phone from Facebook, Snap Chat, Twitter etc.?

While Social Media is clearly a tool that society uses to share and express we are to be mature enough to curtail our intake and output in the electronic World and in the World in general.This is why mediation and reflection are so important in your daily lives. But I understand, for some of you, your too busy just treading water right?

At least take the time to consider how if you stop what you are doing and pick up this book and begin to study along that you may just find a way to clear out a path in your schedule for “you time” and then when you actually do this you will thank yourself for it.

We need to clear the mind and to do that we need to clear a path, then and only then we can see the truth.

So how do we tell the truth from false visions? This is not so easy. When we have “wrong understanding” it becomes an obstacle in our life, especially as we try to go on our spiritual path.

As Patanjali teaches us we need a few things in out tool kit to take along:

We need to learn:

Humility

Devotion

Openness

Our minds are inclined to self-deception. We are born of wishful thinking and ego-protectiveness.

So how do we get started? We each need to find our Guru (teacher,mentor). When we find the Guru we need to approach this Guru with the right attitude in order for things to progress in our manifestation.

How will you know who your Guru is? It will just feel right, you’ll know when you meet him/her. There are times in your life when you will move on to new Guru’s and it is possible to have more than one Guru. For now try to clear your path and open your mind.

Trust me, please trust me, if you have a heart of humility, you devote yourself to your practice and you open up to all possibilities and are ready to listen, learn, try new ideas and new things then you will be able to tell truth from false visions. It is a process, yoga is a process. It took your body, mind and soul many years to be the way you are today and it will take a long time to undue what you need to clean up and to add the new tools that you need to survive and become enlightened.

The good news is that if you are watching this video and reading along, you are already practicing on your spiritual path.

Namaste,

Kat

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The Mat Season:6 E:10 “Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1-7”

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“Right understanding comes from direct perception, inference, and valid authority.

Dear Friends,

How do we know God exists? Most of us can’t speak from personal experience. So, should our knowledge come from interpretation or assumption? Wow this Sutra is awesome!

The author of Demystifying Pantanjali tells us “When it comes to a simple earthly matter, valid authority may come to us by a phone call or a radio report. But when it comes to spiritual matters- like, “Does God exist?”- true perception is rare; without true intuition, perception is not always reliable.

The take away:

God must be consciousness!

Valid authority is the most important of all.

Do Not Take Advice From Men

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 E3 “Mercy, Compassion and Karma

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Dear Friends,

We can’t avoid difficulties or problems in life. Now for the good news- we can change our Karma. We can change every aspect of our lives. You may ask ” Why would I want to change my life?” So I’ll answer that for you. By changing your life, your karma changes deep within your being for the better.

From the Buddhist point of view on life and death- happiness is for eternity- in other lifetimes- in the future. When we change with a “Mission” we awaken this eternal happiness.

Ask anyone what “Karma” means to them. Generally, people tend to believe “Karma” is something bad that happens from bad actions.

What is “Karma” really? Let us study this together. Karma is Sanskrit for “action”.

It is the happenings of cause and effect that goes beyond life and death. Think of it like this, every thought, every action, each word that crosses our tongue and how we act are all little seeds that we plant in our garden of “our life”. These “seeds” or “causes” which is truly what they are can sit quiet and dormant now or during the future. However, from time to time, or under certain circumstances, these seeds will reveal themselves. This happens as “results”- whether it be a reward or punishment.

Buddhists believe life is not just “now” but the past, present and the future lives or “three existences of life”.

Let us examine “The General Law Of Cause And Effect”.

Our actions at any time become part of cause and effect. Buddhists believe if we hurt others, steal from them, cheat, lie etc. these things will express themselves in the present or future with bad effects on our lives.

To start believing in this we would have to do something positive for every bad action we have even done to rid ourselves of such bad karma. We would also have to stop making bad decisions and acting in any manner which leads to bad karma. This could leave many of us feeling hopeless like we don’t have enough time in our lifetime to fix this.

The best news is we can change simply by striving to live with respect for our own happiness and the happiness of others.If we spread this type of action or “behavior” we begin to immediately change the direction of our life. No longer do we feel “hopeless” or “powerless”. By seeking to live better, our laundry list of sins can be cleansed by wisdom.

As we strive to clean up and make any change we will run into opposition, people and things will interfere with your attempts to clean house. You need to look at those times as “added bonuses”. By overcoming the difficulty you have naturally removed your karmic incidents.

By devoting yourself and showing others your path by your actions you will have removed negativity during the walk through your troubles. The key is to do this with a positive attitude. Turning your negatives to positives ,thus transforming your destiny.

Namaste,

Kat

 

 

 

Warming Up With Hatha Yoga!

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Dear Friends,

The yoga “basics” that we see in a lot of different styles of yoga stem from the routines found in Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is an active yoga. Ha “sun” and Tha “moon”brings us balance.

Today we will go through a warm up that is sure to keep you energized before you head out into your day or to unwind after coming back home.

In this video, I demonstrate how we can also start our warm up with an intention and a candle lighting to calm your mind and allow the proper spirit in preparation for class.

This type of yoga is perfect for a beginner or if you are looking for that “key” component to add to another form of exercise Hatha might just be for you.

The poses that we go through are all part of Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation

Mountain Pose

Forward Fold

Downward Dog

Upward Dog

Remember inhalation going up and exhalation going down!

Enjoy your Holiday season the right way with extra energy and repeat often!

Enjoy The Video Below click on “Hatha Yoga”

Enjoy Each Day With Much Love,

Kat of JYL Yoga

 

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The Heat Is On…

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Dear Friends,  As we get ready to enter this long weekend and maybe hit the water for the first time this season I think back on when I started working on Aquatacise a few years ago. Incorporating a work out into your swim time is not only tons of fun it is simply easier on the joints. http://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Wendorf/e/B004XM1G4A

As I travel no matter where I land I see people of all shapes and sizes young and old alike doing water work-outs.I recently met  and learned of a group of 75-90 year old great bunch of people that are doing this daily in the Keys. If your in the north you have 3 great months now so give it a try. You also probably have indoor pool access with group aqua classes if you belong to a gym. If you are residing in the warmer areas then what are you waiting for?

This is how you stay fit and enjoy the water at the same time!

Wishing you a safe and healthy weekend,

Namaste,

Kat