Defending Earth is Self Defense

We will realize protecting Mother Earth is self defense.

Yoga, or the realization that the self exists as an inseparable part of the whole and our meaningful existence is found by serving the whole, is the first step to overcoming the obstacles in battling climate chaos and eradicating humanity’s egocentric thinking that Earth and all its creatures and resources exist solely for human use.

Destruction of the environment and our stable climate is a direct result of the mistaken thinking that humans are on top with the rights to use, abuse, manipulate, and destroy as they like.

Malcolm X said, “I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.” At what point will standing in the sidelines be more violent than resisting the destruction of the planet and its ability to provide for future generations?

Excerpt is from a highly recommended read titled Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth:

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Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga teacher training isn’t just an opportunity to learn to teach yoga, it’s where you refine all levels of your yoga practice. The yoga teacher trainings I have participated in always felt like stepping into a cocoon to emerge at the end with glistening wings of knowledge and love.

Yoga changes your life, yoga teacher training is the acceleration of your evolution into the best version of yourself.

Join me for an unforgettable 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Institute of Beauty and Wellness (IBW)

Yoga brings the body, mind, and spirit together into one harmonious existence. This 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification program is centered on both the physical and meditative properties of the practice. You will graduate with a strong understanding of:

Asana and how to sequence and instruct it

Patanjali’s Ashtanga (Eight Limbs of) Yoga

Anatomy

Role of the Yoga Teacher

Pranayama

Meditation

Working with specialty populations such as elderly & pregnant

Ayurveda

We will meet for 9 modules either the 2nd or 3rd weekend per month.

Friday: 5-9pm

Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday 9am-5pm

This program begins April 13, apply and reserve your spot at IBW.

Sadhana, or spiritual practice is how, not what

Approach everything and every act with intent to serve nature and then life becomes yoga or sadhana, spiritual practice.  The following is written by Sri Swami Satchidanda.

Spiritual Practice is Not What You Are Doing, But What You Are Thinking – November 30
When you repeat your mantram, you should feel, “I’m not doing it for my sake. I am doing it to train my mind. If I train my mind, I can serve better.” So even your mantra repetition becomes an offering. “I’m doing everything as an offering to God, guru and humanity,” Then you don’t make distinctions between, “Ahh, this is sadhana, this is spiritual practice. That is not.” Sometimes we say, “Oh, I don’t have time to do sadhana. I’m always working on the bulldozer.” So what is bulldozing then? Your working on the bulldozer is not spiritual? Do you think that only by going into a corner and closing your eyes and murmurinmg something you are doing spiritual practice?
Spiritual practice is not what you are doing, but what you are thinking. Remember that. If you could understand the meaning of sadhana you would know how to do it. You don’t have to change your activities and say “This is sadhana but this is not.” Even your eating. Even when you sit on the toilet you are doing sadhana. Remember that. Everything becomes a spiritual practice. We should transform all our activities into this kind of sadhana. That means “I am doing everything as a meditation, as an offering, as a prayer to serve God through service to the humanity.” I wouldn’t even say to humanity; do it as a service to the nature. Why only humanity? Humanity means only human beings. Serve the dogs, serve the cats, serve the rats, serve the mosquitoes. Serve the plants. Be nice to them, be loving. Even if you have to pull out a weed, do it in a loving way.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi

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