Archive for April, 2011
April 19th, 2011by Michelle Muttart
1080 – LIVING YOGA PROJECT 2011/12 – An Eye On The Light
Everything in the world is vibration and what we focus on is what we manifest. Essentially, we are what we think. We are constantly sending out signals into the universe through our vibration and the universe mirrors back those signals as the circumstances we live in. What we see around us, including on TV and in the paper, sets ourselves into a vibration of that manifestation.
This year we want to send a clear message about what we, as the human race, want to focus on. What we are going to set our eye on, so to speak.
We are going to keep An Eye On The Light . Will you join us?
We want your heart to be part of an intention to live together as one in the Light. In doing so, you will be supporting projects and aspiring Yogis.
So… for Project1080 – we ask that you put your hands together in an intention of holding the light within, take a photo of it…(see example below) then bring in your $20 donation.
Omkarra Yoga will be taking photos after yoga classes.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
All 1080 photos will be assembled onto a 4.5’ x 4.5’ stretched canvas and will be configured into a “work of art” (a mock up example is at the top of the column to the right – note this is not the final image) which will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder in February 2012.
WHAT ARE YOU SUPPORTING?
ALL net proceeds of this project will benefit the building of a Yoga Sadhana space at Tattwa Darshan (Kimberley BC), as well as supporting the organisation of Sw. Satsangananda’s Confrence as part of her North American Tour in 2012 and finally, to offer scholarships to yoga students to participate in the conference.
If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship to be part of Sw. Satsangi’s conference in 2012 please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 13th, 2011by Michelle Muttart
Bring On the Good Vibes
In Yoga we learn that each moment in our lives has a certain vibration to it. It is similar to when you go to church and are filled with the Holy Spirit, when you finish a spiritual yoga class or when you are chanting mantra, and feel that hum or as my husband puts it, the “wa,wa, wa”. This is a vibration. Each vibration resonates on a certain frequency. The goal is to stay in the upper levels. These levels are lowered by negative thoughts, words, beliefs; by taking anything into your body that is a suppressant such as drugs or alcohol; by eating foods that are not pure such as processed foods, foods high in sugar, meats, and anything sprayed down with chemicals; and by hanging out in areas or with other people who live in these lower vibrations, (you know where and who they are). These levels are raised by positive thoughts, words, beliefs; taking into your body sattvic foods, foods that are pure, that are cooked with good intentions; by keeping the body as pure in every way that you can; and by spending time with positive people and in places of higher vibrations ( this could be in nature).
So when it comes to movies, which I love; I have realized that I can be living the day in the upper vibrations of love and light and when we turn on the TV to a murder mystery or crime show, I actually begin to get grumpy or agitated. So just recently I have decided that I wouldn’t watch anything with a low vibration, only movies and shows that are positive. No murder, no crime shows, no dark plots, dark themes, scary characters. I will only watch positive, inspiring, uplifting movies. (With the exception of Breaking Dawn, hey I’m human!)
I thought I would share for those of you that are interested. I have purchased Titans of Yoga, and Living Yoga and will plan a couple movie nights at the studio in near future.
My List of Enlightening Movies
- The Peaceful Warrior
- 10 Questions for the Dali Lama
- Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
- Eat, Pray, Love
- The Secret
- The Human Experience
- Life As A House
- Tibet Cry of the Snow Lion
- The Buddha
- Shades of Gray
- Travelers and Magicians
- Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
- Why Has Bodhi Darma Left for the East?
- Garden State
- Life As We Know It
- The Mists of Avalon
- What Dreams May Come
- Defending Your Life
- Little Buddha
- Dream Keeper
- Mother Theresa: In the Name of GODS Poor
- Zen Noir
- Short Cut to Nirvana
- Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- Children of Heaven
- Darshan the Embrace
- Go Further
- The Eleventh Hour
- Yoga Inc.
- The White Diamond
- Conscious Acts of Creation
- One: The Movie
- Titans of Yoga
- Living Yoga, the Life and Teachings of Swami Satchidananda
- Enlighten Up
- Yoga Unveiled
- Y Yoga
- Ayurveda, the Art of Being
- Astanga NY
- Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
- Born Into Brothels
- The Blind Side
- The Celestine Prophecy
- Yes Man
- Bruce Almighty
- The Family Man
- Forrest Gump
- The Bucket List
- Pay It Forward
Ok, there it is! If you know of anything that I missed please let me know.
April 5th, 2011by Michelle Muttart
Yoga Sutra 1.4
vritti sarupyam itaratra
At other times (the Self appears to) assume the forms of mental modifications.
The Ego vs. The Self
As we struggle to find the authentic self we can see glimpses. Most of us do not live fully in the truth of that self. Why? Partly because our society encourages the individual. However, individuality does not lead to liberation or self-realization. It only leads to separation and labeling. Both slyly distorting the reality that we are all essentially the same. The ego is “I”. We are all pure consciousness. The differences are only external, we only appear to be separate because of modifications in the mind a.k.a. the broken and dirty mirror.
Ashram Life, Easy?
Some say the sannyasins (ones that have chosen to live spiritually dedicated lives) living in the ashrams (spiritual centers & homes of yoga masters) have it easier because they don’t have family to care for on a day to day basis on top of their daily physical work and their Sadhana (spiritual work and study). Life is easier in the ashram in that there is no temptation, you are stripped of anything that could hinder you form the spiritual path. But don’t pack your bags just yet! You do work from sun up to sun down and without all those distractions your only left with the self, and cleaning the mirror is not an easy process!
Who am I?
The most important thing is to not lose who we really are. Many of us have suffered abuse, neglect, or trauma in our lives. These negative experiences leave impressions in the mind (vrittis). Overtime we identify with these vrittis; they begin to determine ‘who we think we are’. Thoughts such as “I am happy.” “I am sad.” “I am damaged.” Even “I am a survivor,” are all misidentifications. The true self does not identify with ‘I’ and is not recognized when the mind can’t get past the ego. Remember the self is not past memories, attachments, aversions, (likes or dislikes), that is the all ego!
Did Someone Say Chocolate?
The chocolate comparison for this sutra:
Take formless melted chocolate, a candy mold with diverse sections, pour in the chocolate and let it cool and you have many different chocolate candy pieces. But, even though it seems that we have many very diverse individual pieces of chocolate, really it remains that it is only the same chocolate we began with.
Now, the yoga scenario:
Consciousness is like formless melted chocolate, memories and beliefs are the candy mold, consciousness wraps around these memories and beliefs, we begin to mistake these individual thoughts and ideas for “who we are”. So, when we see clearly, or whenwe resonate with the true self, we rest in pure consciousness. Without clarity, we misidentify with the vrittis (our role in life, our job, our abuse, our beliefs, etc.) and we end up forgetting who we really are.
The Horse Race
Living in the world and sticking with a consistent yoga practice is one of the most difficult things to do. And that is the position most of us have! In the world we have children, extended family, jobs, and other responsibilities; then on top of all that our Sadhana. The world has many temptations and since many of us were not born into yoga there is a lot of renouncing and purging to get where we are now. However, renouncing every worldly desire may not be realistic; it’s necessary at times to make mistakes and it’s natural that we struggle. Forgive yourself, evaluate the lesson, and move on. I heard once: be like a horse in a race, keep your blinders on, and keep your eyes on the prize…. the light, the end goal of enlightenment.
Unfortunately, many of our friends and family are not seasoned yogis and probably don’t quite understand the path we’ve chosen. We try to balance our new life and our old, struggling to find support and consistency. The best thing is to seek out the same, put yourself out there and make new friends that are on the path. Not to say that you let go of all the old, but begin spending time with like-minded individuals, they are the ones that are going to encourage you when you feel all hope is lost. Join in a group, a class, or seek yoga counsel from a trusted source. Yogis love to talk about all things yoga!