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Bringing the Yoga Community together for the yearly event at Prema Yoga Studio, celebrating the summer solstice and a year of Yoga.

My Last class for 2010 Thursday December 16 @ 6:15pm (further details in http://www.yogawithmaryanne.com under timetable)

Healing with the sound of the Gong, deep relaxation and chanting in a Group Solidarity Meditation.

Yours in Yoga, Love and Light

Hari Das

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Drinking water at certain time maximizes it’s effectiveness on the body:
 
2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
 

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
 
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
 
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

Winter Solstice

The shortest day, the longest night. 

I had never heard of Winter and Summer Solstice till I began Kundalini Yoga. 

I often feel that my previous life was  somewhat lived in a different dimension.  I just love all the stuff I learn in this life time, it’s all so familiar but yet so new.

Winter solstice is  time for introspection, a time to go inward, a time to reflect upon the past without too much attachment, or dwelling on what we haven’t liked about out past, so that we can move beyond this day knowing what we want to leave behind, and what we want to nurture into the longer days coming ahead.

Tonight’s class kriya will be working on opening the ‘heart chakra’ our area of compassion.  I like to remind students, and myself, that compassion is not only to others, but also to ourself, giving ourself unconditional love.  When we learn to love ourselves unconditionally we can then love others.  How we feel about ourself, is what we radiate out to others.

Love yourself a little bit more every day.  Be grateful for each new moment to express self-love.  Be grateful for all that you have and not focus on the lack.

When you witness the challenges the world faces, send unconditional love and pray that solutions be found with love.

It’s all  been said so many many times before , 

“LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED”

  Sat Nam

 

I Am A Woman

  When you walk toward light, you have to forget the darkness. In darkness you can’t see what you’re doing, and ego is just like darkness. It is a total cloud in which you are very limited, and you won’t make it anywhere. When you are brilliant, you are flexible, smiling and everything is just all right. It is. The fact is, everything is all right. If it is not, then don’t worry.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 23, 1981 brought to you by:

http://www.yogibhajan.org

 How great is this!!

Love Thy Armpit (from freshmint@yogamint.com)

 
Make Your Immune System Smile – A Yogamint Classic
 

The armpit is more that just an aroma factory. There’s vital stuff tucked up there. Beneath the skin is the meeting place of the glandular system and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

So when you’re in the shower, lather up and scrub, rubbing deeply in the armpit area; a thorough massage awakens these bodily systems, increasing awareness, energy, immune response, and circulation. While you’re at it, hum a tune, infusing your touch with a little love. Your body will thank you. For added benefit take a cold shower. It multiplies the effects exponentially

 

Her name means Precious Star

 

This is my beautiful grand-daughter, Tehya Star.  She was welcomed to Mother Earth December 2, 2009

Being a Nanny is such a blessing, a wonderful gift, and I am so grateful to experience this part of my journey. My journey is absolutely amazing.  I must say that a good part of my life has been like a dream.  I awoke from the dream some twenty-five odd years ago into a haze.  As I moved deeper into the haze, the haze began to dissolve, and vanish! 

What took me deep into my haze was having my son.   I was a single mum for some of the time of my son’s early years and experienced ‘unknown fear’ a lot of the time. I raised my son the best way that I knew how. 

As I was deep in my dream of life, something very extraordinary happened to me one day, I  had a realisation.  I realised that I was becoming my mother.  (Blessings to my mother whom I love and am very grateful for all the lessons).  One single moment is all it took,  I saw myself and didn’t like what I witnessed, there was no blame, I simply saw myself.  I made a conscious decision at that moment.  I had to change.  I needed to awaken.

All sorts of books began coming my way.  It’s just great how the Universe works, I love it!  I read lots of books, began meditation and attended interesting courses.  I  did a diploma in remedial massage, I learned a lot about the body and enjoyed all this wonderful new knowledge.  Two key pivotal points came from that course,  I became a vegetarian and I was re introduced to yoga.  I had only ever done one yoga class in my life, and that was long forgotten.

Knowledge continues to enter my cup.  Knowledge is what began to dissolve the haze.  As my yoga practice deepened and I began to live the knowledge, the haze vanished.

Now with Tehya in my life, I cannot help but constantly review my past in the present moment.  I am so grateful to witness my son be a ‘dad’ and so blessed to have a beautiful daughter in-law.

My lessons continue without a doubt,  knowing it is all part of this journey makes it easier to bless.  I have a yoga student who says that she is looking forward to getting older, as she relates age to wisdom.  I can now relate to that as I approach my 6th decade.

I love my life, I truly do.  I love what I do.  I love to guide the yoga students who want to be guided.  I love to observe myself in others, and I can honestly say that I am truly surrounded by people I love. Thank you Universe.

Meatless Mondays

Dear all,

One of our friends has been busy working on a growing international initiative called Meatless Mondays and Australia has finally gone live.  

 Here is our website:

http://meatlessmondays-australia.com/

 We have launched for the festive season, and then we will have as of Jan 2010 weekly newsletters with recipes and green initiatives.

 We need you!!! 🙂

 So does Mother Earth – Please Uncle and Aunty do officially Make The Pledge and I would deeply appreciate if you could spread the word via email contact you have and get others to Make The Pledge. The more people who join, the more we can make a difference.

 Thank you deeply in anticipation for making the pledge and for spreading the word.

 For the people, for the planet

 With love and best wishes to all the family,