Sunday Conference 5.25.14

Sunday Conference with Diana...

May 25, 2014

Your Journey … Continued


Refinement  – 100% commitment to our practice – growth and awareness – being present

1. Tapas – the alchemy of transformation
2. Small tweaks – subtle changes in our physical practice as well as the mental practice
3. Grace and Strength

For 10% of your practice, be mindful of your refinement techniques.  Challenge yourself with your external and internal process; precision;  articulation …

Primary series = “Yoga Chikitsa” (yoga therapy);
Second series = “Nodi Shodana” (nerve cleansing); and
Third series = “Sthira Bhaga” (strength and grace)

Demonstrations are ONLY to teach and INSPIRE. 

“Handstand” – fully engaged:  plant your feet (root down); reach up/out with your hands (extension) and bandhas.

“jumpbacks” – fully engaged:  root down hands, feet and the  power of your bandhas, extension - graceful


How does this pose serve you on your journey?  Find magic in the smallest details in your life-long practice.  “Dance” more with your practice; realize the beauty of the moment; explore the small corners of your practice.  Why hurry?  Enjoy the jewels of the moment – no destination


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Ithaka

As you set out for Ithaka,
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery. 
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon – don’t be afraid of them:
You’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon – you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one. 
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind –
as many sensual perfumes as you can.
And may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind. 
Arriving there is what you’re destined for. 
But don’t hurry the journey at all. 
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey. 
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And, if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

--- C. P. Cavafy

Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard (C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems.  Rev. Ed. Princeton University Press 1991

Sunday Conference 5.18.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

May 18, 2014

The Journey … Why hurry?

Find perfection in the imperfections …

Refinement  – 100% commitment to our practice – growth and awareness

1.     Tapas – the alchemy of transformation
2.     Small tweaks – subtle changes in our physical practice as well as the mental practice
3.     Remain present – get out of auto-pilot – here; now


Emphasize bigger breath with each pose, perhaps eliminate “research” poses

90% of the time do your practice; 10% of the time be mindful of your refinement techniques
Challenge yourself with your external and internal process; precision; how does this pose serve you on your journey?

The most difficult and challenging part of the practice is the “head games.”  Wherever you go, there you are!

Storytelling:  Guruji at a workshop several years past; room was packed with over 100 students.
Like a conductor in an orchestra, Guruji was VERY succinct about the pace and rhythm of the breath and flow.  All students were very mindful, remaining present as each count was called out.  However, one student was always one pose ahead of the rest of the students.  Finally, in exasperation, Guruji stopped the count, moved through the room and up to the student.  His question was simple, “why hurry????”  Wherever you go, there you are!

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“Why Hurry????”    ~ Guruji


There is no destination in yoga – only the journey.

Sunday Conference 5.11.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

May 11, 2014


We honor our mother first – in the vedic tradition, the mother is the first Guru – our first teacher.

Guru –     “gu” – darkness      “ru” – the destroyer of darkness

In the Indian tradition, who are the 2 most important individuals after your Mother?   2nd is Father and 3rd is Guest.

Honor our Mothers for the gift of life and being our first teacher

Opening chant:                        
Vande gurunam charanaravinde   
I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers,

sandarshita svatma sukhava bodhe
Who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness

The true teacher/guru is our practice.  Yoga helps to keep us present and focused.
A led classes affords the energy of group vinyasa; all at the same attention- at the same time
A mysore practice is at your own pace; your personal practice


Whichever method of practice, it is the jewel – the light – your emotional nourishment

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