Weekly Newsletter from Sri Sri Yoga New Jersey - Monday Sep 3rd, 2011
Weekly Newsletter from Sri Sri Yoga New Jersey - Monday Sep 3rd, 2011
SRI SRI YOGA LEVEL 2
HAPPENING FIRST TIME IN CANADA
The Sri Sri Yoga Level 2 Course offers a deeper experience of yoga, breathing techniques and meditation in a retreat setting. Explore yoga postures, better symmetry and balance in your body. Become familiar with ancient yogic knowledge and scriptures. Discover a unique process consisting of subtle strengthening and healing contractions (SSAHC) to enliven the body and mind. Learn how to correct your postures, to eliminate physical and mental pain, and at the same time, enjoy a stronger body and mind.
Date: Oct 13th 7:00 pm Oct 19th 10:00 AM.
Prerequisites: One (1) Art of Living course and One (1) Sri Sri Yoga Level I course.
Early Registration Fees (through September 8, 2011):
Course Fee: Click here
From September 9, 2011 onwards:
Course Fee: Click here
For course information: fall2011.info@...
Additional housing charges apply based on the type of accomodation selected. For housing charges refer to the registration form.
Only a limited number of seats are available
About Krishan Verma:
Yogacharya and Yoga Shiromani Krishan Verma has been with the Art of Living since 1986 and is the global director of Yoga Research and Training and the Sri Sri Yoga Teacher Training Programs. He has trained more than 2,000 yoga teachers in more than twenty countries. Bringing a depth of wisdom and experience, Krishanji guides his students to capture the true experience of yoga through the outer study of the ancient discipline and the inner study of the self.
Please note, if you are interested in becoming a Sri Sri Yoga teacher, completion of the Sri Sri Yoga Level 2 course is a pre-requisite. Art of Living Teachers may attend the Sri Sri Yoga Level 2 without having done the Sri Sri Yoga Course.
MEDITATION AND KNOWLEDGE SERIES
MEDITATION AND KNOWLEDGE SERIES PART 1
Series of Eleven Talks by Sri Sri Ravishankar on
Ashtavakra Gita `Highest Knowledge on Consciousness and YOGA'.
The Ashtavakra Gita documents the unveiling of the highest knowledge in the form of a dialogue between the sage Ashtavakra and the wise King Janaka many thousands of years ago. It is one of the most profound discourses that exist in this world. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shows how, step-by-step, King Janaka is taken to deeper levels of understanding and how we too can apply this knowledge to our own lives. Sri Sri in his lucid, humorous style brings the knowledge to life and makes it practical for us.
We will be doing
· Guided Meditation
· Listen to the Knowledge Talk
· Discuss in a group
Discussion groups will be led by Shreedhar, RYT a senior Art Of Living Yoga teacher.
How is one to acquire knowledge? How is one to attain freedom? And how is one to reach dispassion?
Tell me this, sir.
You have long been trapped in the snare of identification with the body.
Sever it with the knife of knowledge that "I am awareness" and be happy.
"Knowledge begins with enquiry and leaves you in wonderment" -- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Venue: Mike and Carla's Residence
Farm house w. natural surroundings near Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA
548 County Road 579 (Milestone Manor), Ringoes, NJ 08551
Start Date: September 8th, 2011; Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Contact: Michael/ Carla @ 908-284-9638 / 908-528-2825, RSVP
Admission: OPEN TO ALL
Suggested Donation: $25 per person for all sessions
From Art Of Living, A non profit organization, dedicated to educational and humanitarian service projects
YES! COURSE FOR TEENS
Youth Empowerment Seminar in New Jersey
Age: 13- 18 years
Benefits of the course
- More enthusiasm and dynamism in activities
- Increased harmony in relationships at home and at work
- Increased resilience to withstand stressful situations
- A smile born from inner stability
- Experience of a new depth in life and spirituality
- Repeaters welcome for the course
To Register for the course
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb
(NaturalNews) Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, most widely used to aid the mind and body in adapting to stress. It is indigenous to India, used and studied by Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries. Ashwagandha helps its users to remain calm during times of stress whether emotional or physical, as with hard labor or vigorous exercise. Ashwagandha is a powerful soothing tonic, useful to restore vitality and prolong longevity. Its anti-spasmotic effects have been used in the treatment of asthma. Traditionally, ashwagandha is used in pregnancy to relax the uterus to stop miscarriages, also known as spontaneous abortions.
Two Clinical Studies Show Ashwagandha`s Adaptability
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine released a study in 2009 which was performed to determine the efficacy of ashwagandha as an immune booster. Five participants consumed ashwagandha extract twice a day for four days. Blood samples were drawn before and after the study was done, plus once at 24 hours. Across the sampling, there was a significant change in immune cell activity at the end of the four day study. The conclusion of the report was that "more study is warranted."
In another clinical study, the traditional use of ashwagandha as a "rasayana," an herb known to promote health, prevent disease, and promote longevity, provided the motivation to determine whether ashwagandha could be used as an alternative to antidepressants and anti-anxiety pharmaceutical drugs. A team of researchers in the Department of Pharmacology at Bandaras Hindu University, led by S.K. Bhattacharya, published their findings in Phytomedicine, in December of 2000. The researchers found that ashwagandha does stabilize mood in both anxiety and depression in rat models.
Herbalists Widely Recommend Ashwagandha for Adrenal Support
The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys. They secrete some sex hormones, control blood glucose, and regulate sodium levels in the blood. They also secrete epinephrine and norepinephrine, the stress-reducing hormones.
If the human body is exposed to long term physical or emotional stress, the adrenals can malfunction. This leads to adrenal fatigue or exhaustion. Just a few symptoms of adrenal fatigue include feeling exhausted all the time, only having energy at night, craving sweet or salty foods, feeling overwhelmed and experiencing brain fog, low immune function, low blood pressure and extreme sensitivity to cold.
Besides avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and switching to a low-sugar diet, ashwagandha may be taken to help restore balance to the adrenal glands and the entire body. Herbalists recommend taking between one and three tablespoons of ashwagandha daily. Referring to its taste, ashwagandha is called "the sweat of a horse." Because of the taste, some herbalists recommend taking ashwagandha with organic apple cider vinegar and others suggest taking it with a glass of raw, unpasteurized milk.
[Editor`s Note: NaturalNews is strongly against the use of all forms of animal testing. We fully support implementation of humane medical experimentation that promotes the health and wellbeing of all living creatures.]
Dreddy Clinic.com, "Ashwagandha- Indian Ginseng (Withania somnifera)"
Altmd.com, "Ashwagandha Herbal Remedies"
Pubmed.gov, Mikolai J, et.al. "In vivo effects of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract on the activation of lymphocytes." J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Apr, 15(4): 423-30.
Medical-Dictionary. The Free Dictionary.com, "Rasayana"
Pubmed.gov, Bhattacharya, SK, et.al. Anxiolytic-antidepressant activity of Withania somnifera glycowithanolides: an experimental study. Phytomedicine. 2000 Dec;7(6):463-9.
About.com, "Adrenal Fatigue/ Adrenal Exhaustion"
About the author
Donna Rae is a freelance writer, blogger, and herbalist. She owns Donna Rae Online Writing Services (ANCHOR TEXT) , niche writing regularly in the alternative health care and education industries. Donna also owns Donna Rae At Home.com, a college prep home education website, and Bluebonnet Natural Healing Therapies.com ANCHOR TEXT, a blog site dedicated to educating people new to using herbs and natural methods to improve health.
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By H H Sri Sri
Living the mystery of life
If you want to lead a life full of joy and happiness, forget the past, worry less about the future and live in the present.
What is the purpose of knowledge? Purpose of knowledge is to make you feel that you dont know! If knowledge makes you feel that you know it all, then it has not fulfiled its goal. The more you know, the more you become aware of the unknown.
There is one I dont know that comes out of ignorance. But when one goes through knowledge then it becomes a transformed "I dont know. This I dont know is wonderful. This is how you can turn every question into a wonder. The difference between a wonder and a question is that a question is associated with sorrow and restlessness whereas wonder is an expression of joy.
The purpose of knowledge is to create awareness of the Being. This creation is enormous and infinite. It is a mystery. Mysteries are not to be understood but to be lived. Love is a mystery, sleep is a mystery, your mind is a mystery and all that you see around is a mystery. Your life is also a mystery. Trying to understand mystery is confusion, but living it fully is called enlightenment.
What is your life? In the time scale, millions of years have passed and millions will come in the future. After all, how many years are you going to be here on this planet? Maybe 60 years, 70 years or 100 years? Your span of life is insignificant. It is not even a drop in the ocean. In terms of space you simply dont exist! This understanding dissolves the ego. Ego is ignorance of your reality, ignorance of your existence. Just open your eyes and see, who are you? How are you on this planet? This brings awareness and then you do not worry about small things like, this person said this thing to me and how could he do that to me, etc. You will see that all the smallness will simply drop away.
Ignorance has its necessity. Ignorance keeps the joy in the game. In a game if you know the result before you are playing you wont be playing sincerely. If you know whether you are going to win or lose the game there is no charm in playing. The game is joyful when its results are unknown. Nature is so kind and loving that it does not tell you about your future and does not remind you of your very old past. But, even with the short little memory it has given, you try hard to make your life miserable!
Have you noticed that the mind is not at all stable; it is like a roller coaster, crowded with thoughts going up and down. This is because you want to know all the time. You try your level best to understand your feelings and your emotions and get into more and more confusion. This is what has happened with psychology today. It tries to explain to you why you feel the way you feel. The question why arises always when you are unhappy. Nobody ever asks, why am I so happy? or why is there so much joy and beauty in the world? Everyone wants to understand, why am I not feeling good? or why this pain is given to me?
The more you try to understand and try to dig it; you seem to understand it less and less. The mystery deepens and there is just an illusion that you know all. But thats for a short while.
Just be in the innocent state of I dont know! and you will feel the mind becoming quiet. This makes life simple. This life is a beautiful mystery. Just live it!
It is only when you live the mystery of life that joy dawns.
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Jai Guru Dev
Victory to the BIG mind