focus of the month

this session goes deeper into specific topics, such as yoga poses, practices, and inspirational writings.
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July 8, 2017
WOMEN’S YOGA [from my recent workshop]

Practices recommended during the phases of women’s life.


Traditionally, during menstruation (and for several days afterward) is recommended to suspend all Yoga practices—with the exception of Savasana (Corpse Pose) and Naadi Suddhi (Nerve Purification Breath).

However, this may not be suitable for all women, particularly those with a regular daily practice. In their case, it is recommended to be sensitive and gentle with her body, especially during the first few days of the cycle, or when there is a heavy flow. Menstruation is a good time to practice less asana and more deep relaxation.

In general, poses that are gentle and more cooling to the system may be providing comfort—like forward bends, Baddha Konaasana (soles of feet joined, knees to the side), supported or rejuvenating poses. But ultimately, it is by paying attention to your body that you will be able to discover what works best for you.

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July 5, 2016
Resistance to What is

from Swami Ramananda Blog

Stephen Levine once wrote, “Suffering is resistance to what is.” It is natural to avoid painful situations, but we suffer when we try to escape from the pain that we do feel. When we judge or reject our difficult feelings and react with anger at ourselves or others, we layer a new painful feeling on top of the initial one.

Instead, we can train ourselves to pause and breathe with moments of dark emotion rather than repress or escape them with drugs or distraction. We can learn to make space around what we feel by being present to it, and we can turn this same awareness towards a person or situation that challenges us. From a place of greater clarity, we can then make conscious choices.

We may choose to act carefully, mindful of what we see in ourselves or someone else that may obstruct clear communication. Or we may choose to withdraw from interaction to process our emotional distress on our own and regain our balance before taking action. Accepting what comes into our lives, as well as what arises inside us, enables us to be present to life as it is and respond skillfully.

by Swami Ramananda