The Secret Power of Desire
In my last blog I recounted a synchronous occurrence a few weeks back on my flight home, when I met Bhupendra Badhe, MD, and we spoke about yoga philosophy. He let me know that his teacher's name, the one who taught him about the formula for happiness, is Vedic scholar and teacher Jaya Row of Vedanta Vision. She spends her time interpreting and teaching ancient Vedic wisdom so that the current, modern populations of the world can understand and use its immense wisdom in everyday life. I'm so happy to have learned more from Bhupendra (who is now a friend on Facebook - thank you social network for connecting us even though we live on opposite sides of the planet) and to be able to share the source of some of the wisdom of my last blog with you. Apparently what I wrote was a HOT topic! I have heard from many of you readers in emails, comments, and conversations at class about how much you liked the last blog and wanted to know more. Shortly after my last post, I taught a series of classes and sessions here in Chicago themed around desire and happiness. I wanted to explore with yoga postures and breathing exercises the conscious connection to the formula for happiness in my last blog via Jaya Row and Vedanta Vision - happiness = number of desires achieved divided by number of desires total. What came up from the student perspective was incredible. Some students said it was inappropriate of me to speak about desire in a yoga class - that it was a topic not spiritual enough to be associated with yoga practice. I think they might have only associated desire with sexual intimacy and not in any greater realm or definition.Read more >>
Intercepting Injuries - November 29, 2013 - Yoga Now Chicago - 7:30-9:30pm - 742 N LaSalle
In yoga, one size does not fit all. Alignment is an individual act mapped onto your unique body. Tweaks and injuries often occur from a misalignment repeated over time. Going through the anatomy of various poses in this workshop you will learn how to therapeutically address alignment concerns through corrective exercises and sequencing. Delving into deeply activating techniques from Forrest Yoga for the hips, shoulders, wrists, knees, and back, you will leave prepared with ideas to help you strengthen the alignment of common poses before they become injurious. By intercepting injuries before they occur through proper preparation, you will learn to practice yoga safely for your body for a lifetime. Register online at www.yoganowchicago.com.
Moving Beyond the Wall - November 30, 2013 - Yoga Now Chicago - 1:00-3:30pm - 742 N LaSalle
Learn how to take your inversions away from the wall in a fun and safe way! Using the practices of Forrest Yoga to explore the alignment and flight into inversions at and away from the wall, you will go through any fears you have related to going upside down. You will take away techniques for falling safely, knowing how to assist and be assisted in inversions of all types with a partner, and moving beyond the effects of perceived limitations on and off the mat. This workshop is for all levels and all practitioners – even if you have never done an inversion! Modifications will be offered for all levels and for injuries. Register online at www.yoganowchicago.com.