"Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give of yourself freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, scriptures; learn to be detached from material things and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm and living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show goodwill to all. Put others first and yourself last. All these Arjuna will reveal your true nature, which is divine."
Dear yoga family and friends,
Breathing in deeply the fullness and joy in our hearts, we breath out and let go of thoughts of limitation and distress. Let our meditations and commitment to compassion deepen and stabilize our center, eve as events and people around us may be changing and adjusting. Let us keep our hearts open and our dedication to yoga - unity consciousness - steadfast in bringing inner peace to ourselves, families, community and world.
We welcome Sri Dhyanyogiji to our meditation hall and yoga practice space. The murti (statue) arrived on November 19, and is already transforming and uplifting the energy here. It is traditional in India that murtis of Saints are instilled with prana (vital life force) and in this way brought to life. As this murti is, to many, the very being and essence of Sri Dhyanyogiji, we hope that you experience and honor the quality of energy emanating in Muktidham. Information about Sri Dhyanyogiji's life and teaching is available in brochures near the murti. His biography, This House is on Fire, is in the bookstore.
Kindly note that Art's Gentle Beginners yoga on Wednesday morning has moved to 10:30 am for the winter session.
Due to the increased cost of keeping the center open during the winter (high heating and snow plow bills) the Sunday evening programs are offered less frequently during January 2012, and not on Christmas 2011. We have a concentrated offering of classes listed. Remember, if your class is canceled due to inclement weather, you are welcome to make up the class in any other class during the series
We appreciate everyone's participation in our annual fall fundraiser. Your donations truly do sustain us, especially through the expensive winter months.
We look forward to seeing you soon in class, at a free program, or volunteering in our yoga community.
May your holiday season and New Year be blessed with joy, prosperity, radiant health and inner peace.
With love and gratitude in our hearts,
- a few small outdoor lighting/grounds and maintenance projects
- a small activity that might add 10 minutes to your regular visit to WYC
- special projects housekeeping such as removing candle wax from the carpet, or cobweb management
"Devote yourself to meditation and japa, and your heart will overflow with love for humankind.
“Of all the forms of meditation, meditation through attention on the breath is probably the easiest and most direct way to self-realization. By performing breathing exercises called pranayama in conjunction with meditation, the aspirant can coordinate and integrate various functions and energies of the nervous system. Once this is accomplished, the aspirant easily controls the life-supporting vital air or prana. This in turn, leads to control over the mind. When the aspirant gains control over the mind, s/he enjoys unique joy and peace. Then s/he realizes that the entire universe is the creation of one God. If this happens on a large scale, the miseries of the world will come to an end, and there will be peace and happiness all over the world.”
The Woodbury Yoga Center (WYC) was established in 1984. Incorporated as a non-profit education center, WYC supports the religious diversity of the community and welcomes people of all backgrounds.
Janaki Pierson, co-founder and director of WYC, has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years. WYC offers day and evening classes in hatha yoga and meditation. Free informational programs are offered every Sunday evening.
WYC's philosophy is based on the experience that the answers to all questions of living lie within us and are accessible through the practices of yoga and daily meditation. Our purpose is to share this understanding and the benefits of these practices with our neighbors throughout the region.
If you have questions speak with your instructor or with Diane or Pam in the office.
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The Practice of Hatha Yoga Postures
The Regular, Daily Practice of Meditation
Janaki’s Ayurvedic Experience
Personal Thoughts on Healing & Wellness
I have ordered many copies of Dr. Joshi's book: Ayurveda and Pancha Karma about the ancient science of healing and rejuvenation for the WYC bookstore. It is the best explanation I have ever seen on the topic, clear and interesting, with examples from his clinical practice of success with patients where western medicine has failed. I highly recommend it. Dr. Joshi, who treated me in India, will be offering Pancha Karma in New Mexico in the fall. I definitely had the strong sense that these procedures (which recommends daily yoga postures and meditation as adjunct practices) heal not only the physical body, but are also cleansing the subtle body and bringing the entire body/mind/soul system closer to God.
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