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


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.




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



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,



Awaken With Kundalini Yoga

Awaken With Kundalini Yoga

Moving right along in the different types of yoga we come to another favorite study of mine, Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini yoga dates back over 5,000 years, in short, Kundalini yoga is the “yoga of awareness”.

The Upanishads or “the sacred scriptures” of Hinduism date back to the fifth century B.C. and they mention a description of Kundalini but there are conversations of this type of yoga dating back even further.Kundalini was observed by psychiatrist Carl Jung in 1932 and later brought into the US in 1968 by Yogi Bhajan who founded the “Healthy, Happy, Holy Orgainization,(3HO)” as a teaching organization.

When we endeavor upon Kundalini we first learn that the sole purpose of this type of practice is to awaken your higher self. The masters believed that Kundalini is an energy center for your creative awareness.

Kundalini was first practiced in what is now India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. The early practitioners taught that if you cultivate your inner stillness you will prosper in life.

Perhaps one of the most interestingly named styles pulled from Sanskrit Kundalini literally means “coiled snake”. The belief is that  your divine energy is stored deeply at the base of your spine and by practicing this yoga you will awaken your higher self and turn all of that energy into kinetic energy.

When we previously studied the Chakras at JYL we were, in fact, practicing Kundalini. There are Mantras also which correlate directly to Kundalini. One of my favorite Mantras is “Adi Shakti Mantra”. This mantra is practiced mainly in the morning but of course, depending on your set schedule you can do it at any time, there are no set rules in practicing.

Recently we encountered Hurricane Matthew here in Florida. We happen to own a house in Volusia County, Florida where we sat through the storm. Volusia county although not hurt nearly as bad as the Carolina’s was one of the hardest hit parts of Florida in terms of damages. It is 3 weeks today since that hurricane has passed and we are still picking up the pieces of everything. When one goes through the storms of life they can choose to deal with the experience in one of two ways. They can either rely on their inner strength to overcome and continue onward, or they can wallow in self-pity and irritability because life tossed them a hardball.

When one goes through the storms of life they can choose to deal with the experience in one of two ways. They can either rely on their inner strength to overcome and continue onward, or they can wallow in self-pity and irritability because life tossed them a hard ball. If there is one thing I took away from going through this storm locally it is that my training both in my Christian belief system and my yoga studies has come to hold my hand during the tossing of the hardball. I have also observed as I interact and see others in the community and listened to them. I heard a lot of negativity and blame and frustration. Unfortunately,  these people are really are lost, confused and angry on both the inside and the outside when things don’t go as planned. I wanted to say “Hey people, we did not get the worst of it, what are you complaining about?”  but I just listened and observed because sometimes that is the best course of action. Later as the weeks went on that is when I realized that my work is a life journey as I have to continue to get the message out and help others. For me the ups and downs that I witnessed and experienced surely gave me more of a purpose, isn’t that awesome?

Kundalini can calm irritability and offer an inner awareness and peace unlike nothing else on such a physical and spiritual level. I welcome everyone to try this Mantra as part of learning on your journey.



Adi Shakti Mantra

Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo
Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo


I bow to the primal power.
I bow to the all-encompassing power and energy.
I bow to that through which God creates.
I bow to the creative power of
the Kundalini, the Divine Mother Power.


First force of all creation, to You I bow
Divine force, everywhere, to You I bow
Creative force, primal force, to You I bow
Rising up, Divine Mother, to You I bow

Here is a great video to follow do 11 minutes to start and go from there:

2 Hour Adi Shakti Mantra

Adi Shakti

How To Meditate Book Review Summer 2016 Part #1 By JYL

How To Meditate Book Review Summer 2016 Part #1 By JYL

Dear Friends,

It has been five months since I last blogged to you. I’ve been slowing down due to  a few reasons and missed you all so much. I’ve had a lot of time to gear up in the reading department.I wanted to bring you something really special for your summer enjoyment. This summer we are discussing the book “How To Meditate” by Author Pema Chodron. Pema Chödrön is an American, 79 years of age, and a Tibetan Buddhist. She is an ordained nun, acharya, and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Chodron has written several books and is the director of the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada.

We will start with pondering why we should meditate and how to get started meditating.

I would like you to join me in discovering the importance of looking within.

Please watch Pema as she discusses the experience of “getting hooked” on meditation and then my video introduction as we begin  going through the book review.





1 Minute Booty Boot Camp Downward Facing Dog


Dear Friends,

Downward facing dog Adho Mukha Svanasana is a great pose for the end of the day. All day we are upright and this allows your body to invert and remove any unnecessary tension.

Adho= Downward

Mukha= Face

Svana= dog


Come onto your mat on to your hands and knees. Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders.

Spread your palms , index fingers are parallel and toes turned under.

Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. You want to keep your knees with a bend and your heels lifted away from the floor. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of your pelvis and press it lightly toward the pubis. Using this resistance, lift your sitting bones toward the ceiling, and draw the inner legs up into the groins using your inner ankles.

Exhale and push your top thighs back and stretch your heels onto or as close as you can toward the floor. Straighten your knees but be sure not to lock them. Firm the outer thighs and roll the upper thighs inward slightly. Narrow the front of the pelvis.

Firm the outer arms and press the base of your index fingers into your mat. Lift along your inner arms from the wrists to the tops of the shoulders. Firm your shoulder blades against your back and widen them always drawing toward the tailbone. Keep you head between your upper arms and don’t hang remain active in your pose.