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Why Meditate?

KALIJI EXPLAINS HOW MEDITATION WORKS FOR US:
"How many of us spend more time designing our home than our own mind? In our home, we can move one piece of furniture here and one piece there and get things into place temporarily. There may come a time when we want to change everything and start fresh. We take everything out of the room and consciously choose what will go back into that room, so we can feel at home. But this scenario is an illusion. The room and the house are not our true home because we are not this mind. And yet this mind and this body are leading our lives. When we become interior designers of our own mind through meditation, then we can find our true home.When we meditate, we step back. It’s almost as if we’re watching someone else’s mind except we’re more familiar with the contents. 
Kaliji in Meditation

Over time, we gain distance from “my thoughts,” “my experience,” and “my desires.” We become detached to the degree that we can begin to see and feel what we want to have in our minds. We can learn to rearrange and remove the “furniture” of the mind. Some people think, “I don’t have time to meditate; my life is so busy.” All of us, to some degree, can relate to that. But it’s not true because meditation gives time.
Many of us spend a lot of time dwelling on the problems that are produced by the various thoughts in the mind. Sometimes we say, “I don’t know what to do. I have so many things going on in my life that I just don’t know what to choose.”
If we take time before we start the day to step back and allow the mind to empty, then afterwards, we experience the benefits of that meditation. When we are meditating, our mind may follow a thought, so we lose the meditation. Then we realize, “Oh, I’m supposed to be meditating,” and we pull ourselves back to witnessing. Then some time passes and an interesting thought gets us again, and we pull ourselves out again. Every time we return to the witness state, it makes a print on the mind. It’s like a camera taking pictures continually. The prints start to create new grooves in the brain. The new grooves are the positive changes that allow us to step back from the mind. We start to find our mind is clearer throughout the day.
If we learn to pay attention and listen through meditation, we can discern the inner voice of the higher mind. It may be very simple like “It’s time to clean up your room,” “It’s time to complete this project,” or “It’s time to offer kindness to this person.” When we start to follow this inner voice, when we start to listen, it will more and more determine our actions. Meditation creates the quiet in the mind necessary to hear this inner voice.                            
When we stop to witness, we’ve opened ourselves up for something else to come through. This is the Higher Self. Let’s not let this life pass without truly diving into our source of happiness, our true self, our true home."

NEW Meditation Class Begins on Sunday October 7 at 8:30am

Prana Vidya means control of the life force. It is TriYoga's method of diving into a profound state of meditation. Learning how to control the breath, the mind and the pranic energy is important in nurturing ourselves and in handling the stresses of our modern world. Through a series of breathing practices and visualisations, the mind becomes very calm and quiet and we naturally enter meditation. It's a wonderful gift. Come learn how to do it and practice it once a week for 8 weeks.
The class is at Kamala's Home Studio. It begins this Sunday from 8:30-10:00am and the tuition is $108. Register online or contact Kamala to reserve your space.


Alternate Nostril Breath is calming.

What is Trinity Practice?


While all TriYoga classes are designed to be meditations in movement, in a designated Trinity Practice class there is a great emphasis on focusing on the complete breath to remain in the moment. There is very minimal alignment instruction so the student can concentrate on the inner flow. The teacher's job is to help the participants stay in the flow rather than provide instruction, so we limit the class to those who have been attending TriYoga classes for at least one year and who understand the alignments and transitions.
So if this sounds like something you would like to try, please register soon as the location is Kamala's home studio and space will be limited.
Four Sunday mornings from 8:30-10:30. November 4, 11, 18, Dec 2 (no class Thanksgiving Weekend).
All levels welcome!

Partner Stretching Can Greatly Enhance Your Practice


PARTNER YOGA and Autumn both Begin on September 23 at Davis Holistic Health Center

Partner Stretch Workshops are awesome-Learn Why


Here’s an excerpt from an article I enjoyed, by 
LAUREN FERRIER, a freelance journalist, creative writer and blogger who has written for several publications, including Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, The Culture Trip, Colorado Yoga Magazine and Gaia. She in finishing her studies in Journalism and Psychology at University of Colorado Boulder. You can read more of her work at http://www.laurafarrieryoga.com/blog/
Want to heighten your yoga experience? Deepen your practice through body and mind with partner yoga. Partner yoga is a practice for any level of yogi. It can be done with a friend, loved one or acquaintance. You will learn to strengthen your practice by creating a greater sense of awareness in your own body while also paying close attention to the presence and movements of your partner.

Things to keep in Mind with a PARTNER PRACTICE
·         Partner yoga does not have to be complicated to be beneficial.
·         Partner yoga can simply be sitting back-to-back with your partner and breathing. It can be meditative. It can be as simple as massaging your partner’s back after a stretch or wiggling your partner’s legs after the standing series.
·         Partner yoga works on the same principles as individual yoga: Listen to your body and do what feels right. Challenge yourself, but only to a healthy limit
·    If you’re new to partner yoga, take time to build strength, stability and flexibility in order to grow in the practice. Remember that in any form of yoga, there is no competition.
START WITH A SIMPLE PARTNER YOGA POSE
Partner yoga can be a challenge for even the most advanced practitioner: It doesn’t matter how many hours you have spent on your mat, how many downward dogs or side crows you have done in your life. Maybe you are focused and resilient but need to work on your strength. Maybe you are strong and advanced in your movements but need to work on the act of giving yourself to your partner in a selfless manner.

LEARN THE ART OF BALANCING/connecting WITH YOUR PARTNER
Partner yoga poses exist to teach us how to gain better awareness and alignment of the body through precise adjustments and articulated movements.
Partner yoga is for everyone. It is about trust and connection. It is about feeling the electric sensation between you and another person. It has the power to strengthen bonds between friends, unite strangers and fuse people together in a new way. Partner yoga has the powerful ability to create a profound level of intimacy between two people. The combination of breath, balance, trust and connection create for a unity that is unlike any other. Partner Yoga is not just about you. It is a practice that focuses on the unity of two. Listen to your partner's needs. Are they comfortable? Do they feel supported? Do they feel capable of holding you in a pose? Are they calm and present? Through the power of breath and touch, you will be able to sense your partner's physical and emotional state. And help them have a deeper stretch and experience.
Just as we protect our family, friends and loved ones, we must protect each other when practicing partner yoga. Emotionally and physically, we must rely on each other to reach the ultimate goal of unity and connection.

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