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Ādhyātmik preparations. “Flush out the mundane practice so that you can evolve.”

III.15: Krama anyatvam parinama anyatve hetuh. Successive sequential changes cause the distinctive changes in the consciousness. –Light on Yoga Sutras (LOYS) In this session we applied and observed how the succession (krama) and sequence (krama) from different asanas transformed (parinama) … Continue reading

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The elixir of life, Pranayama

Day 3, Dec. 19, 2017, PM session. Pune, India After an exhaustive and exhilarating exploration of how the shoulder blades can support the lungs, chest and neck, we were ripe for pranayama. The afternoon session began with an introduction to … Continue reading

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The razor’s edge

Day 3, Dec. 19, 2017, AM session, Pune, India. “We do not merely breathe to live, we breathe to become. Moment to moment there is a constant becoming taking place in us, either positive or negative. Change is a constant … Continue reading

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Prashant’s yoga or classical yoga

Day 2, Dec. 18, 2017, AM session 2, Pune, India. Prashant began the morning session with a talk about spiritual identity, Ishvara and the Sutras. I will address this material at a later time. Asking if we needed clarification, his … Continue reading

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We have a universe within, and just the world without

Day 2, Dec. 18, 2017, AM session, Pune, India. “We have a universe within, and just the world without.” The elegance with which Prashant leads you into the invocation is an entire lesson itself. “Exhale to flush out the worldliness, exhale … Continue reading

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Breath and Breathing

Day 1, Dec. 17, 2017, PM session, Pune, India. Prashant began our afternoon session by setting expectations and asking us to recognize the nature of his work. “We have to be on that plane where we are doing together, not … Continue reading

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There is a Teacher in You!

Day 1, Dec. 17, 2017, AM session, Pune, India. Today the actual sessions began. Abhijata waved the diya (candle) around Patanjali and we all joined together for the invocation. There was so much material covered that I want to post, … Continue reading

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Living the Practice

Dec. 16, 2017, Pune, India I watched the last part of Prashantji’s class this morning, took Abhijata’s lady’s class, and then sat at Geetaji’s feet for a spontaneous talk about the how community must practice and learn from one another. … Continue reading

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Four Generations of Iyengars

Dec. 15, 2017, Govinda’s Gardens, next to the Ragwada Hotel, near Baner road, Pune, India. 4:00 onwards, dinner at 7:30. A sweet reunion; the intimate family, five sisters and one brother, with the extended spiritual family of students and teachers … Continue reading

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The Totality

Totality: that is what everyone called it. The magnificent eclipse of August 21, 2017. The hype was exhilarating. I happen to live part time on the Oregon Coast, the place where the eclipse would initiate this continent and then continue … Continue reading

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