Sunday Conference 11.16 & 11.23

Sunday Conference with Diana

November 16, 2014

Visit from Chusang Rinpoche and Blessing

"We are visitors on this planet.  We are here for 90, a 100 years at the very most.
During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives.
Try to be at peace with yourself and help others share that peace.
If you contribute to other people's happiness, you will find the true goal,
the true meaning of life."

~ HH, the 14th Dalai Lama

November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Schedule - 6-9 a.m. Mysore only
All other classes cancelled

Reviewing R-E-S-P-E-C-T
It is taught and a daily practice of devotion
Practice your daily living with gratitude and intention

Invitation by Diana
Why not share your devotion, gratitude and intention with a friend or family member?
Create a bond of positiveness to support one another - try it for 30 days.

Another Invitation by Diana
What are you grateful and thankful for?
Write down your list on a slip of paper and leave on the altar.this week.

There will be "Mat in the Middle" demonstrations during the latter part of Conference.
Today's demonstration by Diana:  "UP" - Tolasana - Bakasana - avoid moving forward or
backwards while moving into bakasana; drishti forward.

Weekly Message:

A Letter to Diana from Breast Cancer Survivor Lizette

Good morning Diana!

I would like to share with you my journey with breast cancer. I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Breast Cancer on Jan. 24, 2014. I opted for a mastectomy of the right breast and had surgery on Feb. 7, 2014. Six weeks post surgery, I started chemo therapy that lasted for 6 months. After my second chemo therapy, my hair started to fall off & I opted to have it all shaved by my husband. This was around May 2014. My husband and youngest son shaved their hair off as well to show their support. Chemo therapy was brutal for me as it made me sick- I was nauseated, had joint pains, was weak, had restless legs, insomnia, made me bloated, lost my taste buds, I  gained 15 pounds, made my finger/toe nails turn black, and sometimes I would have difficulty breathing. I had more bad days than good days during chemo. Soon after I completed chemo therapy, I started my radiation treatment. I had to complete 25 treatments of radiation which was scheduled from M-F for 5 weeks. I had to drive from Laguna Niguel to Ontario everyday for my radiation treatment. The radiation treatment side effects were not as harsh as the chemo therapy. The side effects were fatigue (I slept a lot and felt tired easily) and sun burn. The radiation made my skin turn very raw and burnt. Despite of the long processes of trying to beat cancer, in the end, I was told by my radiation oncologist and medical oncologist that I am now considered "cancer free". Today, I still experience joint pains/aches, muscle aches, dull taste buds, decrease in energy level and strength. Because of these symptoms, I decided to change my diet to just plant based diet since my last chemo (end of August) to be able to give my body the time to heal, feel better, and detox. I believe that since I have been on this diet, the extra weight has slowly diminished and my hair started to grow faster.  My oncologists said that it will take at least a year or so to feel the same, but my goal is to feel better sooner than that.

I know that I could have not done this alone without my strong faith, yoga practice, meditation (I thank you for teaching me how to meditate as it helped me go to sleep at night without having to take pills for insomnia or pain), and a great support system (like my husband, 2 boys, mother, brothers, yoga community, friends, relatives, co-workers, physicians, & other health care providers).  I strongly believe that I did not have any complications from my mastectomy (removal of the breast tissue) and right axillary (armpit) lymphadenectomy (lymph node removal), if it was not for the yoga practice. Thank you for being part of my journey!

Namaste! Lizette

Trunk Show Saturday, November 22

Our annual Trunk Show will feature artists from our Shala community, 
as well as local artists.  Included are handmade jewelry, accessories, and clothing. 
We will also have mats, yoga rugs, yoga clothes 
and Pacific Ashtanga logo'd t-shirts and hoodies.

Our Open House will feature a few demonstrations, and is a great time for 
new students or potential students to come check out the Shala.
Invite your friends and family!!

Sunday Conference 11.9.14

Sunday Conference with Diana...

November 9, 2014

R - E - S - P - E - C - T
(yourself and others)

One of the many aspects of our practice is it's sacredness, 
traditions and rituals

Life enhancements are more meaningful and
becoming more second nature - a better way of living

It is taught; and also a daily practice -
it is something so precious and worth passing on - parampara
it is a gift in itself, to be the student, receiving with honor
and for our teacher in being honored

Love yourself in every aspect of your life -
dance freely - practice gestures of respect

Respecting others - Yoga manners:
cleanliness (physically and your mat/rug/towels
mindful of other's space during practice
(stay on your mat; arms in during crowded classes)

Weekly Message

Sunday Conference 11.2.14

Sunday Conference with Diana…

November 2, 2014

Diwali – Festival of Lights – New Year

Reflection ~ setting intention ~ goals ~ clean up all old business

What is a puja?  It can be a tradition; a ritual; expressing gratitude;
Expressing intention ~ sacred ~how you begin your day
Be mindful of your connection to nature ~ to your spirituality ~

Be respectful of your own creation with devotion

Intention with Sankalpa
“San” – connection to the highest truth  -   “Kalpa” – Vow

Be mindful of your connection to nature ~ to your spirituality ~

Diana’s “Invitation” – conduct your daily puja with meditation

Weekly Message