Sunday Conference 1.26.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

January 26, 2014

The 3 D’s – Discipline, Dedication and Devotion

Chinese New Year – January 31, 2014 – Year of the Horse.  
Homework:  What are your intentions?

How are you devoted to yourself?  What promises will you make and keep to yourself?

Read Karen Kingston’s “Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui.” Energy clearing. 
As T.K.V. Desikachar comments in The Heart of Yoga, “rid yourself of the rubbish.”

Devotion:  a spiritual commitment to yourself and others; a heart practice; a place of love; self-realization;  Demonstration of being your best self.  Choose love.  Take ownership of your personal practice.
Guruji’s YouTube:

“One method, yoga method: asana, pranayama, pratiyahara – this is all one type method. That is why yoga is important. That is universal, not one man’s property. This is not one country’s property. This is universal. Yoga is universal.

Yoga not physically purpose, no! This is internal yoga, internal cleaning. Yoga internal cleansing, internal exercise – not external exercising. Yoga means – you, self-knowledge. Self-knowledge, this is the method.

Asana, you start. You take asana, more asana, asana, asana, asana. Much asana is there. The more asana you do, good strength and stamina. Your energy is increasing everyday, everyday. Your mind is also correctly standing. This is yoga method. Abhyasa (constant and determined study or practice). You can take practice. Don’t talk.

95% practice, 5% theory. Now people’s 99 and half percent theory, half-percent practice. No, no good.  Practice this very bad. Discipline means you can take yoga practice. First your stamina, you get it first. Your body strength, you get it. Body means three types of body…external body, internal body, spiritual body. That is three types of body strength. You get it only from yoga practice with breathing system with vinyasas all included.

So breathing is very important. Without breathing, the spiritual body is not coming, spiritual mind also is not coming. Breathing means that way is the method. (1) Ekam (2) Dve (3) Trini, that is vinyasa, that is called vinyasa – inhalation, exhalation. One type of time: 10 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 15 seconds.  Inhale 10 seconds, exhale 10 seconds. inhale 15 seconds, exhale 15 seconds – same method you follow.”

Weekly Messages

“You taking long practice.  Not one, two, or five years – You taking looooooong practice,
then you are understanding.” 
~ Guruji ~

Guru:  the remover of darkness, teacher.

Sunday Conference 1.19.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

January 19, 2014

The 3 D’s – Discipline, Dedication and Devotion

Chinese New Year – January 31, 2014 – Year of the Horse.  
Homework:  What are your intentions?

Last year was the Year of the Snake:  Spine openings.  The year prior was Year of the Dragon: Strength.

Energy clearing – rid yourself of “blockages” not only in the 72,000 meridians in your body, but in your personal environment.

Read Karen Kingston’s “Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui.”

More heartfelt, tenacity, love, single-mindedness, purposefulness, steadfastness, passion

Did you do your homework?  Excerpts from “Enlighten Up” – interview with Guruji and a “non-spiritual” student:  “The Ashtanga system is both a spiritual AND physical practice.  They are one”.
Let go of theory and just practice.

Guruji:  “Yoga is for everyone; but not for lazy people.”

After many years of practice, your yoga “class” will become your “practice.”  Take ownership.

From “Yoga Mala”, Eddie Stern’s Foreward:  “Jois here offers another kind of mala, which is ancient in tradition, as a sacred prayer, and as beautiful as flowers.  His mala is a garland of yoga, in which each vinyasa is like a sacred bead to be counted and focused on, and each asana is like a fragrant flower strung on the thread of the breath.  Just as a japamala adorns the neck and pushpamala adorns the gods, so too does this garland of yoga, when diligently practiced, adorns our entire being with peace, health, radiance, and ultimately, self knowledge.”

Weekly Messages

“Practice, practice, practice, you must taking practice.”   ~ Guruji

“For the deeper understanding to arise, the mind must be transformed.  But to get a feeling for what yoga is, you have to practice.  How can you convey the flavor of honey to someone who has never tasted its sweetness?  It is the same with yoga:  You have to experience it to understand it.”  ~ Guy Donahaye

“The yoga texts note that the teacher can show you what to do and how to do it.  But the student must fill in his or her own experience by constant, dedicated practice.  ~ Eddie Stern, Guruji

Sunday Conference 1.12.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

January 12, 2014

The 3 D’s – Discipline, Dedication and Devotion


A lineage; specific form of yoga we study; a science …
It is an aspect of being committed to something, like a regular practice.

Story of Guruji.  Taught for over 64 years.  He passed at 93 years of age.  His guru was Krishnamacharya; who was also guru for Iyengar.  Iyengar is a static practice using blocks, props, straps, etc.

Ashtanga is a vinyasa system of synchronized breath and movement.  Guruji described it as a “mala thread” that is continually connected – a dynamic practice – of orchestrated movement.

An interview with Guruji in Ashtanga New York cited his belief of ashtanga – just practice.

As a new student, we may be more goal-oriented to learn the sequence of poses and to “get it.”  After practicing for about 5 years, one can truly begin to understand the practice – a holistic one; a mind practice.
1.      Learn vinyasa;
2.     Do it correctly with proper breath and mindfulness.

Weekly Messages

Ashtanga Yoga is a Discipline that requires discipline.

Simple words of wisdom from our teacher, Patabhi Jois – lovingly Guruji:

“When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.”

“Body is not stiff.  Mind is stiff.”

“You can take practice.  Don’t talk.”

Sunday Conference 1.5.14

Sunday Conference with Diana...

January 5, 2014

Begin this new year with intention, service, healthfulness, your biggest self.
Reflect on the year past – review your journals/daily planner.
Look into your life with “chakra” glasses and see how your chakras have experienced.
6th chakra – wisdom and listen to your inner gut/intuition
7th chakra – forgiveness, trust

Live every corner of your life in joy, compassion and love.


Watch (or re-watch) the movie Invictus

Weekly Message

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
~ William Ernest Henley

Sunday Conference 12.29.13

Sunday Conference with Diana...

December 29, 2013

Chakras Overview:
1st – Muladhara – your family, tribe
2nd – Swadhisthana – forming relationships (usually at the age of 7)
3rd – Manipura – Self-will, who you are, personal power
4th – Anahata – Higher self, love, forgiveness, letting go
5th – Vishudha – Living and speaking your truth
6th – Ajna – wisdom, trust
7th – Sahasrara – crown chakra – color is purple – devotion, inspiration, transcending ideas, mental and emotional ability to trust life , compassion, joy– nervous, muscular and skin systems

Jan’s story about her recovery back to her mat … her “dark night of the soul” and hero’s journey

With all the sufferings of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people, how is it that he is so gosh darn joyful?

Live every corner of your life in joy, compassion and love.

Weekly Message

“The question is not what you look at, but what you seen.”
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Happy 2014