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H”OM”E Remedy

PYS 1.28 taj-japas tad-artha-bhāvanam

By Chanting Om one realizes the meaning of Om.

PYS 1.29 tataḥ pratyak-cetanādhigamo ‘pyantarāyābhāvaś ca

From repetition of and reflection on Om, comes Cosmic Consciousness as well as destruction of physical and mental diseases.

Although our true Self is not the body and mind, we do have a body and mind, and are very often victims of disturbing thoughts or physical pain. It is the nature of the human form to feel this way sometimes, and it is often difficult to get past. Unfortunately it has become custom in our society to turn to “pain-killer” drugs or anti-depressants to deal with these issues, but there is a better way! According to Patanjali, all we have to do is chant Om!

Om (made up of four sounds: ahh-ooo-mmm, and silence), when chanted, vibrates throughout the body, starting in the abdomen, moving through the heart, and then finally through the skull. Om is the first sound that was, when the world was created, and it resonates in all that surrounds us. It is universal. It is boundless joy. We are “Om”.

In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Om is referred to as pranava, ever new, and each time it is said, you are re-newed, “brought into alignment again.” Repeatedly chanting Om will allow you to start fresh, wiping the slate clean of the pain we feel.

In PYS 1.29, Patanjali prescribes the repetition of Om as the cure for antarāyablocks or obstacles; or rather, physical and mental diseases. He goes on to name these obstacles – sickness, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sexual preoccupation, error of perception, failure to be grounded, instability, and distractions of the mind. But how? What is it about Om that can cure these ailments? Well for one, Om is God (in whatever form that means to you), and if Om resonates in everything of this Earth, including us, then we are God too. When we chant Om, we are connected to everything and anything that is part of this earth, and eventually we realize we are the same as everything of this Earth. If we are all the same, then the pain and suffering we feel is unsubstantial. Unfortunately the mental and physical afflictions we feel prevent us from realizing this right away, or even realizing it in this lifetime. In order to become a Jivanmukta, one who becomes liberated, or enlightened, in this lifetime, one must realize that they are not the pain and suffering that they feel. Om can help us get there.

Om is also considered to be the most powerful of mantras. A mantra is a word or phrase that has “transcendental powers”, traversing, or protecting, the mind. When chanting Om, no other thoughts can break through. Any distractions are forgotten about. Om is like our own personal magical elixir that causes a shift in perception – the cure is inside of us. But the trick is to keep going, working at it, practice – pratyak means you relinquish going out – you want to turn back, but you keep going.

We often feel these physical and mental afflictions when practicing asana. Tightness in the hamstrings and hips, thoughts about something that happened earlier in the day, week, month, year. If we focus on the pain, it can become a burden, stopping us from becoming a Jivanmukta. But by chanting Om while in various asanas, it will allow the mind to stop focusing on the physical difficultness of the pose, maybe even make the pose easier. Om into the pain. Feel it vibrate through the body. Let the silence that comes after permeate through you. Feel the pulsation of the entire universe inside the body, and eventually realize that you are the entire universe. You are Om. You are God.

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

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Sacred Geometry: An Asana Lab Experience

Register Here: http://bit.ly/1RvcCsf

Sacred Geometry

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July Aerial Mukti “Move of the Month”

Take Aerial Mukti Yoga classes with me every Monday and Wednesday at 7:00pm at Jivamukti Yoga Center Jersey City!

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Arm Balance Workshop at Yoga People, Brooklyn Heights

Arm Balances

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The Key to Happiness: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra – Sadhana Pada

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Welcome to Perkville!

Jivamukti Yoga School NYC is now part of Perkville! you can get amazing Perks just by attending class! More details below!
Perkville – Our version of frequent flyer miles
What is Perkville? Simply put. Perkville is an equivalent to a frequent flier program.  Perkville keeps tracks of your Perks and is integrated with the Indie Yoga’s point of sale and back office systems to keep things simple for you. You now can earn points for attending class, referring a friend, or posting about us on Facebook.  Points can be redeemed  to your account for classes.
 Simply create an account at (http://www.perkville.com/) and let the Perks begin.
Earning Perks:
Join rewards program : +50pts,
Refer a friend: +50pts
Facebook post: +5pts
Tweet: +5pts
In-Class-Private: +35pts
Workshop Attended: +15pts
Basics Class: +15pts
Open Class: +10pts
Spiritual Warrior Class: +10pts
Meditation / Satsang: +5pts
Redeeming Perks:
A Free Class for a Friend= -200 points
A Free Smoothie at Jivamukti Cafe = -250 points
30% off any one retail item of $15 or more” = -350 points
A Free Jivamukti T-Shirt or Tank” = -400 points
A Free 30-Minute Private Training Session” = -600 points
A Free 60-Minute Private Training Session” = -800 points
A Free Workshop” = -1000 points
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Dive deeper into your practice and join me for a cup of tea!

I am now teaching 8:00 am Open and 10:30 a.m. Basics on Saturdays at Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City!

This is a great opportunity to dive deeper into your practice! Warm up by taking open first, then work on specific alignment in basics right after! Basics is not just for new students! It is a great way to focus on specific poses, and move into the next level of your asana practice!

In addition to teaching these classes, I will be offering a satsang, or gathering of like-minded beings, in our vegan cafe during the time between the two classes. Students will have the opportunity to ask any questions related to the basics curriculum of that week, discuss injuries they are working with or anything else related to their practice, and this can be directly addressed in class in a practical way. Free tea will be provided by the cafe!

If you are unfamiliar with the Basics curriculum at Jivamukti, each week we focus on a different set of postures:

Week 1: Standing Poses

Week 2: Forward Bends

Week 3: Backbends

Week 4: Putting it all together, and turning it upside down

I look forward to connecting to the Jivamukti students in this way! Join me beginning this Saturday, December 6th, and each week following!

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Follow up video to Cowspiracy

I have received many comments in regards to my last post, one of which I would like to share with you all. This person does not disagree with me or the creator of Cowspiracy that Animal Agriculture is indeed the largest cause of our environmental decline, but that it is not really the fault of the Environmental non-profit organizations whose job it is to protect our environment. The job of the people who were interviewed in the film is to raise money for the non-profit organization they work for, and (according to the argument being made below) they are not qualified to answer the questions being posed to them in the film. The biggest message at the end of Cowspiracy, and in the video below is that the only real answer to this is to lead a vegan lifestyle. Watch the video below and let me know your thoughts!

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Help make Jivamukti History on Saturday July 12th!

Want to help make Jivamukti history? Each Saturday morning at 8 am, I teach a 1 hour set sequence class called Spiritual Warrior. The room I teach in holds about 70 people, but the most students we’ve ever had has been about 20 or so, maybe less. Let’s pack the room! How cool would it be to be part of the largest Spiritual Warrior class ever!

You would be done by 9:00 am and have the rest of your Saturday to do whatever it is you normally do! AND if you’ve never been to Jivamukti before, your class will be free! What is better than free yoga??!!

Class starts at 8:00 am sharp – get there early, especially if you’ve never been before. See you in class!

Jivamukti Yoga School, Union Square, 841 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Saturday, July 12th, 8:00 am.

Fill this room!

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