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Yoga and Ethics

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Chidanandi Sheri Cherokee

Yoga and Ethics Through the practice of Yoga we can tap into our highest human potential, which gives us the ability to transcend our human condition of pleasure and pain. If we don’t have a genuine longing for self-transformation we will not have genuine Yoga. Yoga is about purifying ourselves on all levels, which includes body, mind, spirit, speech, actions and our thoughts. This is about cultivating ethics for ethics is the foundation of Yoga and the gateway to God-realization.

About the Author: 

Chidanandi Sheri, Founder and Director of Alpha- Omega Yoga, has been practicing yoga for 42 years and teaching for 32 years and is an internationally renowned teacher of Yoga. She has continually furthered her education in many areas related to the yoga way of life. Chidanandi is a registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Experienced Yoga Teacher with over 100,000 hours of Teaching Experience) She holds a Bachelors degree in Body Science, two degrees in Herbal Medicine, and a Masters in Business Administration. In addition, Sheri holds four certifications in Ayurveda and travels to India annually to further advance her understanding of the ancient practice of yoga. Chidanandi is experienced in a wide variety of yoga styles, such as, Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Tantric Yoga, Vinyasa Style Yoga, Heated Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, and the Yoga Sutras. Practicing yoga has brought Sheri so much joy and it is her mission is to inspire, encourage, and improve the lives of those who would like to embark on the path to better health and spiritual awareness.

Is there Magic in Yoga?

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Ellen de Jonge

They had to drag me to my first yoga class. I always thought yoga was not for me. I was not ready to sit on a mat and talk with something higher than myself. I am a sports person and not a dreamy softy. That was my idea of yoga. I was so wrong. Right after my first class I felt like a load had been lifted off my shoulders and I asked my teacher for a book to learn more about yoga. I needed to know what this was all about. How could just one class have given me the feeling I touched something magical?

About the Author: 

Originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ellen moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2001. In Playa del Carmen is where she did her first Yoga practice and right away felt that this was her life changing moment. She embraced the practice and science of Yoga daily and became an E-RYT with the Yoga alliance and has been, and still is, studying with many great teachers. As they say; always the student.
Ellen's uniquely designed Vinyasa Flow has become highly popular, drawing students from around the world to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, where Ellen is based. Renowned in her field for her strength and helping her students to find their own strength Ellen will challenge you in class, but not without a special focus on safety, alignment, breath and meditation. Bringing into the practice that Yoga is not only asana but a great journey to take and if you let it a way of life.
Having trained with teachers such as Baron Baptiste, Erich Schiffman, Dharma Mitra, and Bryan Kest, Ellen now continues her studies with Para Yoga founder Rod Stryker who, amongst other things works in finding “supreme accomplishment" both in yoga practice and in life.

Why Retreat? Who Needs a Retreat? When to Retreat

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Kathryn Templeton

Why Retreat? Who needs to retreat? When to retreat?
One word~ HEALTH... physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and beyond!

Yes, because when you take the time to care for yourself you rebuild your health and well being. We generally do not slow down and care for ourselves in a meaningful way until we start to show symptoms of fatigue, a cold, skin rash... the list of subtle and not so subtle symptoms is loooong!

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Kathryn Templeton has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 20 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT and NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga and Ayurveda with clinical theraputic techniques. Kathryn is currently a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, teaching courses on the Three Wisdom Traditions and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Training. In addition, she teaches in their 500-hour RYT program along with other yoga teacher training programs around the country and is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology in the Connecticut Community College system. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Yoga and Breast Cancer

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Susan Reeves

Recent clinical research shows promising proof that practicing yoga can have beneficial effects for those going through cancer treatment and for survivors of cancer. In a lecture about this topic, Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Director of Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson, shared some of his research findings. In a collaborative study with the Vyasa Group, Dr. Cohen worked with women who were in radiation treatment for breast cancer.

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Susan Reeves, MA, E-RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and co-founder of Yoga Bridge™ - Yoga for Cancer. Yoga Bridge™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that offers free and low-cost yoga programs to all people affected by cancer in North Texas. Students are part of a nurturing community where they find relief from fatigue, muscle weakness, and stress. Yoga Bridge also trains yoga teachers in their method of Yoga for Cancer classes.

The Only Real Yoga

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Alex Hamby

I'm holding a grudge. That's bad for a yoga teacher, right? But I can't seem to help myself as I walk through a class of women (and a lone, older gentleman) moving and sweating in time with the fast beat and thrumming base playing during their nightly Zumba class. Each of their faces look bright and happy, but concentrated and present as they follow the movements of the teacher.

I hear a buzzer, loud and sharp, and I look through a window down onto a basketball court. Below me teenage boys scurry back and forth chasing that orange sphere, working team against team to score points.

About the Author: 

Alex didn't grow up a competitive athlete. He didn't exercise or eat right or meditate. He lived like most Westerners on a diet of television and McDonalds. Then one day he looked in the mirror and saw reflected there a man he didn't recognize and that guy looked sick and unhappy.

He made a series of changes that led to dramatic weight loss opened his eyes to what is going on around America and the world. After finding yoga Alex realized there was a tool, a practice that could help him and others make positive change and so chose the path to bring it to others. Now he celebrates and shares movement through yoga with whomever he can get onto a mat.

The Good Traveller

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DeAnna Shires

Lao Tzu said, “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” I would have called BS on the above quote until the day I lost control of my life wheel, while heading towards the life I thought I was meant to live. I had a plan, a good one, a solid one, and a fun one. I guess I got too cocky or maybe just a bit too comfortable because the direction I was heading took a major detour, then another, then another, until I was completely lost.

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DeAnna Shires Nielsen, M.Ed. E-RYT 500 & Reiki Practitioner, has been studying and practicing various aspects of yoga since 1993. In 2005, DeAnna created the “Breathe Into Recovery” program for those healing from addiction and is a strong believer of Yoga for Emotional Healing and has been training teachers and offering workshops since 2007 through her “Breathe into Awareness” Programs. Always a student, DeAnna is currently studying Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology with The American Institute of Vedic Studies under he guidance of Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva) and Yogini Shambhavi. Beyond asana that is approachable for all, DeAnna incorporates Ayurveda, Psychology of the Subtle Body, Pranayama, Meditation, and Mantra into her classes for a holistic yoga experience. Her playful spirit encourages laughter, exploration, and the freedom to "Bliss Out" and Just “Be”.

Meditation

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Mike McNally

Reprogramming the Human Bio-computer

Meditation is a catalyst for experiencing comfort and equanimity. At times those feelings expand into a translucent experience of our holistic nature – an awareness of an essential ‘presence’ that permeates the world. Some pragmatists suggest that such experiences are merely a rush of endorphins that create a physiologic euphoria. I prefer to believe that meditation facilitates a connection with our mystical nature, the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty that our dull faculties can comprehend.

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Mike McNally

Trust Yourself First

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Judith Hanson Lasater

One of the most important things I have learned from teaching yoga is very hard to do but of incalculable value.

Trust yourself first.

Please notice I did not say "trust yourself only". Listen to others' wisdom but do not lose
your rootedness in your own.

It has taken me a long time to consistently do this.

I am definitely make mistakes in my life.

About the Author: 

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D. and PT, has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a senior teaching certificate from B.K.S. Iyengar and has taught in almost every state of the union and on six continents. She is the author of eight books and the mother of three children.

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