“Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.” Yoga Sutra III.18
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. 2019 Theme: Climate Action. UN International Day of Yoga
Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form. Patañjali
A real yogi is one who can maintain a peaceful mind in the midst of any crisis. Mata Amritanandamayi
When you are meditating you are sitting in the cosmos. Amma Sri Karunamayi
I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul. Rumi
In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already possess these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go. Pema Chodron
Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” Donna Farhi
Asana has two facets, pose and repose. Pose is the artistic assumption of a position. ‘Reposing in the pose’ means finding the perfection of a pose and maintaining it, reflecting in it with penetration of the intelligence and with dedication.” B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
International Day Of Yoga: On December 11, 2014, the United Nations recognized the universal appeal of Yoga and declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. This is the fifth year that we are celebrating Yoga, with the UN as an endorser, and enthusiasm for this beneficial celebration continues to grow. While some people mistakenly dismiss Yoga as only a religious practice, its holistic benefits have been enjoyed by people from all walks of life. You can start a simple practice today and build on it; Yoga is not just the reserve of practitioners and pundits. For starters, you can take a beginner’s Hatha Yoga class that teaches simple postures, stretches and breathing exercises. Twisting yourself into a pretzel is not a requirement for taking up the practice. Besides, it takes years of advanced study and practice to master even the simplest movements so bloom where you are planted. What matters is your commitment to maintaining harmony and balance in your life so keep it simple. You can take a moment to enjoy the 10 minutes Salutation to The Sun – Surya Namaskar sequences above or even try a morning meditation walk. A truly gifted yoga teacher knows how to connect with people at all levels and abilities.
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The Laughing Heart By Charles Bukowski
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
Kindness By Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
The Guest House By Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
“Knowledge of the Self, compassion, equanimity, pure devotion, inner faith, and complete divine love—these are the qualities that illuminate the heart.” Amma Sri Karunamayi
To perform every action artfully is yoga. Swami Kripalu
Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone. Mata Amritanandamayi
You must have a heart filled with self-sacrifice. You must have the feeling that you have come to this world for the pure work of meditation and selfless service. Amma Sri Karunamayi
Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul. Amit Ray
Make every day a day of Thanksgiving and continuous contentment will sparkle in your body, mind and soul. Paramahansa Yogananda
When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. Hatha Yoga Pradipika
When you get into your car, shut the door and be there for just half a minute. Breathe, feel the energy inside your body, look around at the sky, the trees. The mind might tell you, ‘I don’t have time.’ But that’s the mind talking to you. Even the busiest person has time for 30 seconds of space. Eckhart Tolle
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you? Rumi
Practice Makes Perfect: The popular text on yoga, Hatha Yoga Pradipika teaches us that “Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” Whether we practice yoga and meditation to maintain health in our bodies or study it to enrich our minds, it offers many benefits that ultimately lead us back on the path to harmony, peace, and pure action. Some of us study the Chakras and the ancient Sanskrit texts to delve deep into the mystery of yoga but, it is a matter of preference. Developing a simple daily yoga practice and adopting a beginners mind in all we do can yield a bounty of results that include a sense of well-being, clarity of mind, and balance in our lives. In the five years since this became a globally recognized event, there have been themes for each year of International Yoga Day as follows: 2015: Yoga for Harmony and Peace, 2016: Connect the youth, 2017: Yoga for Health, 2018: Yoga for Peace, and for 2019: Yoga for Heart.
A Great Yogi – Poem by Mirabai
In my travels, I spent time with a great yogi.
Once he said to me.
“Become so still you hear the blood flowing
through your veins.”
One night as I sat in quiet,
I seemed on the verge of entering a world inside so vast
I know it is the source of
Behind the Thunder BY Mark Nepo
I keep looking for one more teacher,
only to find that fish learn from water
and birds learn from sky.
If you want to learn about the sea,
it helps to be at sea.
If you want to learn about compassion,
it helps to be in love.
If you want to learn about healing,
it helps to know of suffering.
The strong live in the storm
without worshiping the storm.
In Blackwater Woods BY Mary Oliver
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and where the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUN-JUL 2019 are:
05/01 – 01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05 – 05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 – 12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19 – 19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 – 27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day
06/01 – 01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
06/09 – 09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 – 16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23 – 24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking,
06/30 – 30 BET Awards
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“Do your work and perform your duties with all your heart. Try to work selflessly with love. Pour yourself into whatever you do. Then you will feel and experience beauty and love in every field of work. Love and beauty are within you. Try to express them through your actions and you will definitely touch the very source of bliss.” Mata Amritanandamayi
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Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are. Jason Crandell
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. The Bhagavad Gita
Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go. What does matter is who you are when you get there. Max Storm
Yoga is a method to come to a nondreaming mind. Yoga is the science to be in the here and now. Osho
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Khalil Gibran
Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute. Baba Muktananda
The earth has disappeared beneath my feet… It fled from all my ecstasy. Now like a singing air creature, I feel the rose keep opening.” Hafiz
Summer Solstice & World Refugee Day: In addition to celebrating Yoga Day, we will also welcome the arrival of summer as one of the earth pole’s tilts closer to the sun and gives the longest day of light on the 21st. Something about summer gets us all excited. It marks the beginning of light days, light clothing, summer foods, drinks, and flowers. Mother nature knows how much we love her Earth and so she powers up the sun on this day to give maximum amounts of light late into the day. For those at the pole region, there is continuous daylight around the summer solstice. 24 hours of SUNLIGHT! Isn’t that amazing? World Refugee Day, which occurs on the 20th, is a day to remember those displaced people around the world who can no longer call their place of birth home. Why? Because of strife, wars, human rights violations, and other issues. To leave a home country by force is fraught with so many problems. Most of us would be reluctant to abandon our homes and everything we grew up knowing and loving to flee into the night and into unknown and often unwelcome territory. Imagine waking up one morning to the sound of gunfire and an urgent message to vacate your premises immediately. Refugees need our help and compassion and on the 20th, consider learning more about the issue and ways to help those in need.
How does all of this tie into our celebrations of Yoga Day? We are reminded through our practice to love our earth as well as our body, mind, and spirit. When we become acutely aware of the needs of our planet, of others on it, and we take time to treat ourselves with love and respect, we develop a universal consciousness that helps us honor the theme the UN recommends for this year. Climate in Action – A climate consciousness that leads to actions that reduce our carbon footprint, reduces waste and diminishes selfish actions towards other living things/people. May this month fill us all with thoughts and actions that encourage Yoga for Heart, Home, and the World. Namaste!
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Excerpt: FROM “You Begin” BY Margaret Atwood, 1978
This is your hand, these are my hands, this is the world,
which is round but not flat and has more colors
than we can see.
It begins, it has an end,
this is what you will
come back to, this is your hand.
Wild Geese BY Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile, the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
“The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler Yeats, 1890
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
Positive Motivation Tip: Do the inner yoga work and the outer form will shine.
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