Equality and Yoga

The Bhagavad Gita states that when one knows Truth, one sees all living beings as equals with equal vision. One sees oneself, the trees, plants, insects, birds, animals, and all varieties of humans as all children of the same source.

“One who sees Supersoul equally present everywhere, in every living being, does not degrade himself by his mind” (13.29).

If we awaken to this commonality, Earth and all of its waters, forests, wetlands, oceans, creatures, crops, and all humans whether or not we agree with them, deserve equal reverence, protection, rights, and most importantly love.

Because many humans think we’re more important and more deserving than the rest of life is how we got to be in this state of climate catastrophe and social injustice. Like children raised by parents who are more interested in their own selves, nature is beginning to aggressively cry and act out for the attention and love that it had always deserved.

In degrading nature we degrade ourselves. For example, if the water is polluted and we rely on the water to drink, cook, and bathe, we ingest the pollution through our bellies and skin. Same goes with the air, soil, etc.

Yogis: you have the knowledge. You must act on this every moment, embracing all life as your family. It is time to put the rainforests and respect for animals before our taste and diet preferences. It is time to bury consumeristic conveniences in the past by spiritualizing the way you cook, eat, walk, and live. It is time to recognize the sacred in everything, and then turn towards and serve the Supersoul. After all doing so is our True Nature.

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Making Peace with Death

According the the Bhagavad Gita, death isn’t the loss of life, but it is the soul’s exchange of one body to it’s next. The soul is infinite and simply acquires and lets go of bodies just as we acquire clothes and let go when they’ve become worn out.

Fear of death is one of the kleshas, or obstacles of Yoga, which is resolved in the Bhagavad Gita, death really is not an issue because the essence of a being is eternal. Sadhguru stated a question that illuminates this point, that I paraphrase: when someone loses weight, have they lost part of themselves? No because they are not the body. When a tree loses its leaves it is still the same tree.

When you love someone are you in love with their body? When parents love their children and after ten years their children have completely different bodies, yet they still love them, so they must be loving something much deeper than the body.

Our thoughts and state of mind at death determines the body and the conditions of our next life, and death could arrive at any time. So, we must tend to the spirit as if today was our last. How do we know the state of mind or what we will think of at the time of our death which could happen at any moment? Look at what you fix your mind on. What are your daily and moment to moment focuses?

Japa Mala Beads

Japa meditation, or the chanting of mantra has changed my life. I have stuck with it for 7 years, because it has been stable ground to stand on to endure an emotionally and physically abusive relationship in 2009-2010, then gave me the strength to leave that situation. Japa combined with asana practice enabled healing from that trauma in a way that I feel safe to say I don’t experience the samskaras from that period.

Japa is the ground from which I offer my teaching. It can be more transformative than silent meditation because we are replacing the observation of endless wandering thoughts with a meditation that is intentional thoughts and vibrations on the Super Soul.

My handmade mala beads are at Yama Yoga, so you can charge up your meditation practice with 108 reputations of transcendental sound. Pick one up or private message me if you’d like me to shop you one! These handmade beauties are $70 a piece.

Maha Mantra

According to the Bhagavad Gita, translated by Swami Prabhupada, in the Age of Kali, there is no process that allows one to realize the Supreme other than chanting ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.’

Winter Solstice Yoga Nidra

7PM – 8:30PM on Friday, Dec. 22

at Yama Yoga (231 E Buffalo St. Milwaukee)

The winter solstice, also called hibernal solstice, the longest night of the year, marks the start of winter, but also marks the start of days getting longer. The winter solstice is a time to become still inside ourselves, just as the sun appears still in the sky, behold the magnificence of the cosmos, and reconnect to the sacred. Yoga Nidra, similar to guided meditation, facilitates the deepest state of relaxation, allowing for deep healing of chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and trauma. Take a long pause in the midst of the holidays to rest, to dream, to celebrate the triumph of light returning to reign over darkness.

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Sign up in advance at http://www.yamayogastudio.com/workshops/

Juniper Berries

Juniper berries. I continue practicing this lesson from every fruit-bearing tree, which is to selflessly offer the fruits of my labor without hoping to receive anything in return. Often when I do expect something in return, it ends up causing deep pain, because I am not living according to Truth and love. However, when giving without attachment to receiving anything, it leaves my mind and heart at peace. Right work done well and in the mood of serving the Lord without attachment to the fruits is a form of prayer. Through karma yoga, we can obtain mukti, or liberation. “Remain evenminded in success and failure. Evenmindedness is true yoga.”

Horses’ sacred lessons

Hayagriva, the horse-headed incarnation of Vishnu, is the epitome of intelligence and is the guru of Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and study. Brahman gave each animal species a secret to teach to humans. Horses are here to teach us the lessons of how to be a yogi: to live a life of service, to yoke ourselves to community without pride, to tolerate and forgive, to protect ourselves from evil, and to listen and observe without judgement are just to name a few.