The regular practice of Somayog brings a genuine lasting change in comfort, range of movement, posture and general body functioning. Any lower back pain will start to dissolve, and you will begin to move with greater freedom and flexibility.Through Somayog you will create strength, flexibility and awareness, starting where you are with what you have. You will begin to feel that wonderful paradox of yoga - relaxed and energized at the same time. Your body's intelligence will awaken, along with your ability to hear what it wants to tell you.
The Art of Posture
The Art of Sitting
Note: If you have suffered an injury involving the spine, please check with your physician for any possible contraindications.
Discovering the unchanging in the field of change.
(Feature Article in FOYTspace – Federation of Ontario Yoga Teachers Newsletter – Fall 2007)
What is meditation? It is not eating – it is not gardening – it is not bungee jumping. It is the art of awakening – of opening up to the life of the spirit, which is in fact our true reality and identity, and is what we long for at our deepest level.
Meditation develops inner awareness. It allows us to connect with that canvas of unchanging reality on which the whole panorama of changing phenomena plays. We crave that which is unchanging, because somewhere we know that is who we are; we crave the recognition of that. Meditation is the door to the unchanging.
What is meditation? It is not deep sleep – not dream – not the waking state. It is the science of unfoldment – of being that which we are already, the turiya state of consciousness, and knowing it on every level of our being.
Meditation happens when we close the eyes, because any time we close the eyes, we see that space unchanging. The mind can be liberated if it is immersed in this space. As long as we watch it, freedom from mind is there. Slowly and slowly, mind’s thinking gets absorbed in it; when we open our eyes, we again become a body and mind, and get on with life’s activities.
But don’t just listen to me. Experiment for yourself!
Begin by just watching. You will see the movie of your day, your life play out before you on the screen before your eyes.
You will become aware of the transitory nature of events. You will prove to yourself that you are not defined by your mind’s whims and desires, because you are the one who is watching them parade. You have the capacity to watch – not act – to watch and breathe.
Let the thoughts and images come and go – as if you are watching children playing in the schoolyard.
YOU are: be the one watching, aware of the transitory nature of the mind, and observing that the body, heart and mind are arising from the web of life where nothing is disconnected. The constant is the YOU, at the center, at the heart.
The movie of life is an ever-changing, unpossessable and unstoppable process, but YOU are the one watching it all – YOU – the only constant - eternal, immortal and unchanging.
Starting to get interested in meditation? Susan Randall (Madhurta) of 'Your Lifestyle Center', invites you to take the 5-minute meditation challenge. This timed video provides a positive, encouraging environment for you to start and grow your practice through daily, 5-minute meditations. The challenge is to meditate with this video every day for 30 days: that's how long experts say it takes to cultivate a new habit.
By integrating yoga practices and recommendations into our lives on a daily basis, we discover a time tested stress reduction and management program that works. Some of the benefits include decreased physical and psychological symptoms of stress, an increased ability to handle life’s challenges and respond more effectively to them, as well as an increased ability to relax and enjoy the moment.
It is through communication and interaction that we all make progress. I welcome your feedback, thoughts, ideas, experiences and insights regarding the inclusion of yoga and meditation in your life.
Meditate with SuAn:
Six weekly sessions for the Fall Season on Mondays at 11am in the Fellowship Room of St. James United Church, 330 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John's; starting date of Monday, October 17. Overall topic will be Consciousness and Aging.
Each session will explore the theme of Consciousness via the theory of meditation, effective techniques and practice time, offering knowledge, skills and support to enhance your personal development.
Studies of meditation have shown that its practice reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, reduces chronic pain and improves health, vitality and self-esteem. If you have never meditated, or have tried and found it dificult to continue your practice, yet you still have interest, please join us!
Cost is a donation to the Food Bank, or the ongoing Life and Work of St. James.
If driving, please park for free in the first line nearest to Elizabeth Avenue. Anywhere else in the parking lot is liable for a ticket.