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Yoga Sutra 2.35 Ahimsā

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Summer 2020 | Living in Right Relationship Yoga Sutra 2.35 Ahimsā (& Love) HOW TO APPROACH THE YAMA-S This practice is based on Yoga Sutra-s 2.33 & 34, which outline the practice of pratipaksa-bhavanam. We're told that when negative feelings/thoughts (anything counter to the yama-s) restrict us, the opposite should be cultivated. This is done through the practice of meditative awareness. When negative feelings/thoughts are present meditate on the following questions (through sitting meditation or journaling): Am I acting on this negativity? ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-07-02T16:12:32-07:00July 2nd, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

YAMA: The Ethical Underpinning of Yoga

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Summer 2020 | Living in Right Relationship For the past few weeks I've been pondering what to write about... I wanted to focus on something that would be useful for this moment. Something that would help us spiritually resource ourselves. And in a quiet moment, I heard an inner whisper: Start at the beginning. 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, ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-06-25T18:39:34-07:00June 25th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|3 Comments

Spiritual Bypassing vs. Spiritual Resourcing

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Spring 2020 Let's begin with our simple mantra. Let's presence ourselves: Here we are. Here we are in this moment. This complex and potent moment. We've been facing a global pandemic for months. And now, in the US, white people are grappling with the reality of white supremacy in a way that feels different than anything I've experienced in my lifetime. Here we are. I invite you to notice your breath. Feel your feet on the floor. And direct your attention inward. How's your body responding to all that's happening? ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-06-13T14:47:36-07:00June 7th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

We have to imagine the world as if it could be otherwise.

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Spring 2020 First of all, let me say thank you! Last Sunday I took a break to cultivate the pause. And I really paused. I stayed off the internet. I ignored clock time. I read and hiked and ate carrot cake! And I felt deeply supported by you (thanks for reaching out to me with such kindness) and the Universe (a few magical things happened!) and my husband (of more than 20 years now...). On our hike Jeremy and I talked about action and equity and racism and feeling helpless ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-05-29T19:21:00-07:00May 29th, 2020|Beltane, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|5 Comments

The Next, Right Action

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Spring 2020 Do you ever look at everything happening in the world and feel overwhelmed? Me too. But we can't get lost or frozen in the feelings of overwhelm. No matter how small we feel, our actions matter. Our actions create the world. Think about that: Our actions create the world. (This is a big deal!) I've got a new sermon for you this week that explores the root of our actions and the ways our practice can support our efforts to act with intention and move toward love. ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-05-08T17:56:22-07:00May 8th, 2020|Beltane, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|1 Comment

Spiritual Practices for Beltane

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Spiritual Practices for Beltane The moment we're born, we inhale. And with this powerful first in-breath, we're called to exhale. And the rhythm of life begins! The rhythm of breath. The rhythm of our beating hearts. The rhythm of waking and sleeping. Of sun and moon, day and night. The rhythm of winter giving way to summer and summer giving way to winter. Up in the northern hemisphere where I live, we've just arrived at the mid-point of spring--which is a wildly potent time. Celtic teacher Glennie Kindred describes it like ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-04-30T18:27:39-07:00April 30th, 2020|Beltane, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Let’s Not Go Back To Normal – Coronavirus and Action

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Spring 2020 Did you know that I love superhero movies? Superman, Captain America, Thor... I love these characters. In fact, I keep their action figures on my writing desk :-) Superhero stories help us imagine a force that's big enough and powerful enough to fix the immense problems of our world. Unfortunately, Thor probably isn't going to show up in a storm of lightning and stop the spread of coronavirus. Which means we have to figure it out on our own. But here's the thing: When we try to solve ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-04-18T22:24:34-07:00April 18th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|3 Comments

The Space Between – Coronavirus and Emotion

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Spring 2020 This was a tough week for me. I found myself randomly bursting into tears while listening to a doctor on a podcast or walking with my dog in the woods... Emotions—all different kinds—are coming fast. I'm doing my best to let them come. And I'm doing my best to let them go. It's a dance. And it's ongoing. This week's sermon explores the importance of feeling our feelings. I know that resistance can be strong in moments like this, but it's crucial that we stay present to what's ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-04-24T10:27:40-07:00April 4th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Here We Are | Coronavirus and Grief

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Spring 2020 As you can imagine I had a whole set of sermons planned for the spring season. But this week, I decided to set them aside for the time being... We're in a moment we never could have planned for. We're having to pivot and shift. And so, I wrote a new sermon. It was hard to write. But in the end, it turned into something really beautiful. While I can't actually give you a physical hug right now, I hope this sermon will feel a bit like a ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-05-29T18:08:09-07:00March 28th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|4 Comments

Spring Equinox in the Context of Covid-19

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons the Spring Equinox in the Context of Covid-19 This past Thursday was officially the equinox, and in the northern hemisphere we've moved into brighter, lighter days! The spring equinox is usually a celebration, but in this strange global moment celebration feels a bit odd. Still, we need to mark the moment because Mother Earth is reminding us that spring always follows winter. And this is a message we desperately need. The spring equinox is the festival of awakening, balance, and new life. And while we'll need to adapt our celebrations, I think ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-03-21T09:41:32-07:00March 21st, 2020|Spring, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments