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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

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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 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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5 Countries, 2 Islands in 12 Days

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5 Countries, 2 Islands in 12 Days

Dear Friends,

Kat n Ira’s South America Trip Video

It is always a pleasure to share my journey with you. We were lucky enough to score Spirit airline miles as part of a promotion and we saved up and went to South America for the 1st time. As a travel agent an old hobby of mine we also scored a 7 day cruise at an unheard of price. Your money travels well in South American 50,000,000 Colombian Pesos equals $17 US. We played and dined like queens and kings for next to nothing.

If you have ever walked down the streets of NYC you will find it similar. Full of life, people heading in all different directions and unlicensed vendors trying to sell you everything. Yes much like being in NYC with a twist they don’t speak a word of English. They will try but it’s their country learn their language right?

We took refresher Spanish online (if anyone needs a good teacher I will pass on her contact info). Between Ira and myself we did okay. I don’t think we suffered with too much of a language barrier once we were acclimated a few days. We speak Spanglish basically. However, we also decided when we got back to continue with our lessons to improve.

We flew to Cartagena,Columbia and stayed in the walled old city for awhile. The next leg of the trip was the cruise we went to Curacao (which is a favorite holiday place for us we have been twice before by plane). Then we went to Bonaire for the first time where Ira went diving. This is more an ecological friendly vacation destination. The next stop was Aruba (AWESOME excursion you’ll see us on the Banana boat and slides so fun) and then to Colon, Panama where we did not venture off the ship as the excursions were 7 hours a piece and we were wiped out! Upon our return to Cartagena we stayed in BocaGrande along the beach and were able to see other parts of Cartagena.

I hope you enjoy this video we try to keep it real.

Where will we head to next well we will have to wait and see but we have ideas.

Everyday is a journey,

Kat