May 2018

Cultivate Your Best Life

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ This is my favourite quote from Maya Angelou, a motivating author and speaker, who showed the world the truth of what she believed while aiming to become ‘an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, and a woman who teaches by being.’ A long list of inspirational quotations attributed to Maya was recently circulated throughout the wider community. Those below clearly align with the yoga teachings, motivating us to ‘Be Good – Do Good’ as expounded by Swami Sivananda.

 

The Value Every Action – Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.

 

Power and Perspective – If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

 

Balance – A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

 

Forgiveness – It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

 

Befriend Yourself – I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself.

 

Courage – One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

 

Personal Growth – We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!

 

Integral Yoga teaches that the deeper essence of all of the yogic practices is to recognise, and be open to receive, the profound wisdom of our inner self. The following programs aim to offer potent insights to help you cultivate your best life.

 

Chanting with Shanthi and Marie in Sandringham

Sunday 6 May 3:00-4:30pm, $10/$15 families

Enjoyed for thousands of years in many cultures around the world, chanting relaxes and energises the body, quiets the mind, opens the heart, lifts the spirit and connects people of all backgrounds. Everyone is welcome and no chanting or yoga experience is required. This session is at Shanthi’s calm, air-conditioned home studio.

 

Cosmic Abundance

Saturday 19 May 2:00-6:00pm and Sunday 20 May 9:30am-5:00pm, $600

Jivana is facilitating a course designed to empower spiritual development and manifest abundance in daily life at the Hughesdale Community Centre, 160 Poath Road Hughesdale. For more information please visit www.multidimensionalhealth.com.au, email jarrod.vains@gmail.com or phone 0417 302 919.

 

Winter Meditation

Saturday 2 June and Monday 4 June, incorporated within usual class times, no extra fee

Meditation provides the means to access an inner knowing, enabling us to realise our full potential. Practising in a group creates a harmonious atmosphere which deepens that experience. During the first class of every season we will lengthen the meditation component within the regular hatha yoga sequence, extending access to innate intelligence, awakening awareness and enlightening consciousness.

 

Shoulderstand Workshop – Sarvangasana Queen of the Asanas

Monday 11 June 5:15-5:45pm, $10

What if life were turned upside down? How strong would your convictions look? Practising hatha yoga helps us to gain an understanding of balance in our life and the union of the body and the mind. The insights that come to us during the inverted postures gradually move beyond the purely physical. You might consider a supported version of the pose utilising the wall or a chair, or explore the early, middle or later stages of the pose. Work individually, ask questions, receive personalised advice and share feedback.

 

Room Temperature

Given that we all experience the heat and cold differently it’s unlikely a specific room temperature will suit everyone. Some students tend to overheat very quickly and others are ultra-sensitive to chills. Please remember to dress in layers of clothing that are easy to slip on and off. To add warmth during the winter months, an extra top, beanie, gloves or socks will help keep you cosy.

 

Please contact me if you require further information regarding the programs detailed above. Advance bookings for special events are always appreciated. May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light!

Om…Marie

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