Our Light Inside

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“Imagine this – each of us has a light inside that shines out to the world. If the glass that surrounds that light is smudged, or blackened, our light will be dull or faded. The practice of saucha cleans the glass so the light can shine brightly.”

from Kara-Leah Grant, The Yoga Lunchbox

2016-10-15T01:44:19+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Tags: , |Comments Off on Our Light Inside

Physical Purification

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“Jugupsa is an expression of the protective intelligence inherent in every individual. There is a principle central to Ayurveda, the healing science of India, which states that until our bodies are well purified, we tend to crave the foods and activities that entrench and even aggravate our imbalances. We will be attracted to the things that are bad for us.

It is only when purification has restored the natural balance that we begin to be drawn to that which is beneficial while turning away from that which is harmful. For example, if a lit cigarette were held next to a baby’s nose, it would squint and withdraw for the smoke. This natural impulse arises from the inborn capacity of clean lungs to discriminate between what is harmful and what is healthy.

As a result of physical purification the body’s protective instincts become fully awakened and alert. Unhindered by the influences of entrenched toxins, they become engaged in the business of warning us away from foods, drinks and activities that are detrimental to our health. And just as important our immune systems can now work at their optimum level, improving the body’s defense against disease.”

Rev Jaganath Carerra, from his book, Inside the Yoga Sutras

2016-10-15T01:44:24+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Physical Purification

Practical Saucha

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Here are 3 easy and practical ways to begin practicing Saucha from Peaceflow Yoga, Boulder, CO:

  1. “Consider committing to a cleanse. Eliminate drugs, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, sugar, dairy and meat.   Try removing one of these, or all of them for a day or week or longer, just see what happens and how you feel.  Starting smaller can make it easier to eliminate and keep these things out of your diet. And removing one at a time will give you the opportunity to see how each of these things affects your system.
  2. Pick up someone else’s trash.  Take loving care of our “mother” earth and keep it clean anyway you can.  Use as many “green” products as possible as they are so much less harmful to the earth and environment.
  3. Keep your living space as clean and organized as possible.  From an energy and psyche perspective, clutter clogs the mind and can overwhelm the senses.  Create serenity in your life by living in a neat environment.”
2016-10-15T01:44:24+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Tags: , |Comments Off on Practical Saucha

Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does It End?

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By Mary Oliver

There are things you can’t reach. But
you can reach out to them, and all day long.

The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.

And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier.

The snake slides away; the fish jumps, like a little lily,
out of the water and back in; the goldfinches sing
from the unreachable top of the tree.

I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.

Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around
as though with your arms open.

And thinking: maybe something will come, some
shining coil of wind,
or a few leaves from any old tree–
they are all in this too.

And now I will tell you the truth.
Everything in the world
comes.

At least, closer.

And, cordially.

Like the nibbling, tinsel-eyed fish; the unlooping snake.
Like goldfinches, little dolls of goldfluttering around the corner of the sky

of God, the blue air.

2016-10-15T01:44:24+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Tags: , |Comments Off on Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does It End?