alleyCat Yoga Week of Mindfulness

March 12-18, 2017

 
In an age of constant acceleration,
nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow.
In an age of constant distraction nothing is so luxurious as paying attention.
In an age of constant movement nothing is so urgent as sitting still.
~Pico Iyer
 
 The practice of mindfulness is defined by Jon-Kabat Zinn as “the ability to pay total attention to the present moment with a nonjudgmental awareness of the inner and/or outer experiences.”  When practiced mindfully, yoga draws our attention from the outside world of continual thought and action and transfers that attention deep within. The result of practice is a renewed connection to our inner being and a quieter, less reactive mind.
 
A benefit of practicing yoga in a community is shared experience and intention. As we build practice together we support one another through our individual intention and our shared efforts. During this week of mindfulness, join us for your regular yoga class as we share this common focus of being in the now, sharing sacred space and quiet introspection. Leave the busy world behind and experience a time of reflection and contemplation. We invite you to use this time as an opportunity to soothe your mind and body and deepen your connection with yourself.
 
Class will be held at the regular time as usual and teachers will use guided instruction in each class as always. During this focused week of mindfulness, each teacher will bring their own practice of mindfulness, teaching and meditation to the class as we hold the common goal of greater attention to the moment. Please speak with your teacher before class as needed and limit social conversation to the lobby area during this week. You may choose to hold silence as you leave class and in other areas of your life to deepen your experience.
  
 Please enter the studio in silence before each class March 12-18. 
 

Where The Light Gets In

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In the tiny cracks in the armor
that I built to protect myself
the Light gets in
to soften me
and illuminate my wholeness.

Through the tiny moments of pause
in the busyness of my mind
the Light breaks through
reminding me that sacredness lives
in every moment.

When I breath in
the Light spreads through me,
tracing the tiny thread of gold
that knits together my soul.

When I open my eyes to see
the Light shines out and reveals
that Golden Web that weaves
me to you and you to me.

SM 4-10-16

Morning Prayers

15220026_10155493433208858_2527305294282649876_nMorning Prayers 

Grabbing the clock. 5:30 am, I sign. 

I shuffle the pillows and turn over, hoping for one more hour of sleep. 

You snuggle in, and the rhythmic sound of your breath soothes me for a while. 

My unwilling mind demands I wake.  More signs. 

Exuberantly you jump from the bed, joyfully greeting the day with staccato barks. 

My hand smoothes your soft fur. 

I shuffle to the door, grab coffee and return to bed. 

The discipline of practice sets in, seeking inward refuge. 

I settle into the quiet of morning meditation, your head gently resting in my lap.

You watch the world as I watch the breath. 

Together we meet the day in silent reverence. 

Yoga Video Inspiration List

TEDxHous

6 October 2010 20:45 Added November 21/10

Psychological support for the power of yoga practice in discovering yourself, becoming authentic and developing connection. Focus on fear and shame.

Beliefs:Meditation 19 October 2010 10:02 Added November 12/10
Joseph Goldstein interviewed on abc TV. Interviewer’s testimonial “most exhilirating experience of my life”.

What’s my Core Message?
 30 August 2006 9:42 Added September 23/10
Gangaji an American born non dual teacher and author.

Reality is a Holographic Illusion 19 October 2009 10:10 Added September 6/10
The physics of consciousness and how thoughts shape reality.

As It Is 16 June 2009 7:09 Added September 5/10
Explaination of non dualism by Tom Bolton. Very clear.

No Arms, No Legs, No Worries 30 Oct 2009 4:11 Added Aug 24/10
Inspiring videos about Nick Vujici

A Random act of Consciousness December 2007 1:43
What a wonderful world it could be. Read more here.

World’s Cute Yoga Teacher 0:53
Very fun video.

Satsanga with Mooji 11 February 2009 6:54
An antidote for depression – my personal favourite.

Satsanga with Marlies Cocheret 27 Oct 2009 1:34:20
Never not here with Marlies. “just let it be…

Puppetji on Enlightenment 21 March 2007 1:50
All is an illusion. Lets party! Turn volume down. This video is a little rude.

Puppetji on Seeing 21 March 2007 2:13
Seeing is an illusion don’t you see.

Puppetji Who am I 27 Nov 2007 4:01
Just be in this moment… This is a little crude but life is crude.

Jim Carrey on Awakening 4 June 2009 2:31
A short talk about his personal experience of insight.

Hanuman Chalisa 9:47
Homage to Neem Karoli Baba with Krishna Das

Why Mom’s Can’t do Yoga 9 April 2008 1:09
Very cute video of mom doing headstand and baby…

When the Monks came to Chant at Kripalu 29 April 2009 1:43
Very creative and interesting short poem.

Ksenlya Simonova 8:33
Absolutely amazing sand-drawing.

Flexibility Dance 3:44
Just a fun old-time act.

Kids Yoga and the Practice of Kindness

PlayingwithBlocksKindness is a practice. In yoga, Ahimsa or “Non-harming” is the foundation of practice.  As a yogi and yoga teacher, this is the building blocks of my life, my Yoga with a capital “Y”. Young children can astound us with spontaneous outbursts of kindness.  Yet in another moment we will observe the same child act out of frustration.  Taking the perspective of another is a developmental milestone for preschoolers. This perspective is necessary in tasks such as waiting, sharing and taking turns. As a result, young children are not always kind.  They are learners, growing in the practice of friendship. Children learn kindness through imitation, through experience and with practice.
 
In all children’s yoga classes my primary objective is to model kindness. In doing so, I am planting the seeds that will grow and bloom in the future.  As parents and teachers, our actions are vital, we are setting the example that children will follow. Treating children with kindness and respect is more than “the right thing to do”, it is a powerful tool, a gift.  Just as important, acknowledging simple acts of kindness reinforces that kind behavior is how we treat others.  

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