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Yoga Sutra 2.1 Kriya Yoga

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons In this sermon we return to the question: What do I want to remember? But we turn our focus toward how we remember the most important things. We turn our attention toward the practice of Kriya Yoga (yoga in action). Kriya Yoga includes three aspects that need to be in balance with one another. It's not all about effort and discipline. It's not all about self-reflection. And it's not all about handing it over to Divine Mystery. It's about all three. It's my prayer that this practical sermon will help you (and ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-04-17T16:08:19-07:00April 17th, 2021|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

bhavana: to cultivate, bring about, and dwell upon

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons A few weeks ago, as we celebrated the arrival of spring, I asked you to contemplate your sense of intention. To craft a simple phrase that captured something about the Truth of your Being, something about the energy you try to move from as you move through the world. Spring is a lovely time (a potent time) to work toward goals. But in order to move toward our goals with integrity, we need clarity on where we're coming from. So today, I have a new sermon to support your efforts to ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-04-03T17:40:56-07:00April 3rd, 2021|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Coming to Practice as a Refuge

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons The practice of yoga asks us to find the Center point deep within. It asks us to find a posture of steadiness and ease, a place from which we can relax into the infinite. A grounded place from which we can remain undisturbed by the play of opposites. (Yoga Sutra 2.46-48). This teaching describes the place where we can allow what’s real to move through us. In the Yoga Church Community Hub last week, someone shared that her heart was heavy and she was trying to sit with it, without getting stuck ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-03-27T15:25:09-07:00March 27th, 2021|Yoga|0 Comments

Niyama Recap

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Niyama: The Foundation of Personal Practice We’re coming to the end of our study of the niyamas (for now…) and I’m excited to share a guest sermon written by my friend and colleague Marci Becker. She offers deep reflection (that I know so many people in this community will relate to) and her hope for what’s possible when we're able to do the hard work of personal practice within the container of supportive community. Doing My Work & Minding My Business: A Recap of the Niyamas by Marci ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-02-27T14:45:22-08:00February 27th, 2021|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Yoga Sutra 2.45 Ishvara Pranidhana

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Niyama: The Foundation of Personal Practice Today's sermon dives into the final niyama, which asks us to explore our relationship with the Mystery we most often call God. I know this topic can be tricky. It can be difficult and loaded with painful baggage. And so I offer you this sermon, which I hope will arrive in your heart as an open invitation. Yoga Sutra 2.45 Ishvara Pranidhana (& Mystery) REFLECTION QUESTIONS How do you understand your place in the vastness of the ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-02-20T13:33:49-08:00February 20th, 2021|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Yoga Sutra 2.44 Svadhyaya

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Niyama: The Foundation of Personal Practice In this week's sermon we turn our attention toward the 4th niyama (remember, the 5 niyamas form the foundation of our personal practice). The 4th niyama is svadhyaya, which means "to move toward one's self." There’s an understanding in spiritual traditions that as we move toward the Self we move toward Divine Mystery and as we move toward Divine Mystery, we move toward the Self. It's an ever deepening spiral. The teachings of svadhyaya are rich and I'm excited to explore them with you. ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-02-20T12:24:17-08:00February 13th, 2021|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Yoga Sutra 2.43 Tapas

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Niyama: The Foundation of Personal Practice Tapas is such an integral part of practice that my teacher says: “There can be no Yoga without tapas.” This sermon is about inner fire. It's about what it takes to build, contain, harness, and direct energy. It's about what it takes to create sustainable, transformative change in your life. It'll offer you a dose of realness ('cause we have to be real with ourselves) and a boost of inspiration ('cause sometimes we just get stuck). Yoga Sutra 2.43 Tapas (& Commitment) ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-02-06T17:11:43-08:00February 6th, 2021|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|2 Comments

Yoga Sutra 2.42 Santosha

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Niyama: The Foundation of Personal Practice Yoga Sutra 2.42 Santosha (& Gratitude) REFLECTION QUESTIONS How often does your thinking take the shape of an if/then statement? If this happens, then I’ll be happy... When that happens, everything will fall into place... How much of your life energy do you spend on wanting things to be different than they are? What are the cravings, attachments, and aversions that cause you the most distress? Robin Wall Kimmerer reminds us that “contentment is a radical proposition” ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-02-06T16:57:33-08:00January 16th, 2021|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Yoga Sutra 2.40-41 Sauca

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Niyama: The Foundation of Personal Practice Yoga Sutra 2.40-41 Śauca (& clarity) REFLECTION QUESTIONS What are the habits that hinder your ability to think clearly, choose happiness, maintain focus, and remember your True Self? What are the "opposites" that you can focus on in order to begin shifting these habits (pratipaksa bhavanam)? What are the habits that support your ability to think clearly, choose happiness, maintain focus, and remember your True Self? How can you strengthen these habits? What gunks up your clarity? ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-02-06T16:57:00-08:00January 9th, 2021|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Niyama: Foundations of Personal Practice

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Niyama: The Foundation of Personal Practice Yoga is a state of being AND the practices that help us reach that state of being. The practices of yoga are laid out in an 8-limbed path that includes everything you would suspect: movement, breath, meditation. But the path of yoga begins with what it means to live in right relationship. As we explored in our study of YAMA, yoga begins with ethics. With living in right relationship with others. It continues with NIYAMA, which are the daily rituals we enact in order to care for ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-02-06T16:56:24-08:00January 2nd, 2021|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

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