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Yoga Sutra 2.39 Aparigraha

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Summer 2020 | Living in Right Relationship This sermon dives deep into the final yama, which is non-grasping or non-attachment. How does our need to acquire and possess keep us from living in right relationship with the world? This question is important. In fact, it's so important that the yoga sutra-s link it to the meaning of life. Yoga Sutra 2.39 Aparigraha (& Freedom) HOW TO APPROACH THE YAMA-S This practice is based on Yoga Sutra-s 2.33 & 34, which outline the ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-08-29T09:51:24-07:00August 29th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Yoga Sutra 2.38 Brahmacarya

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Summer 2020 | Living in Right Relationship This week we're exploring brahmacarya—which is quite possibly the most confusing yama. This sermon explores the many facets of brahmacarya and asks good questions about how we build, contain, and harness our energy so that we can move toward Divine Mystery and practice loving better. Yoga Sutra 2.38 Brahmacarya (& Energy) 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 ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-08-22T13:18:56-07:00August 22nd, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Yoga Sutra 2.37 Asteya

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Summer 2020 | Living in Right Relationship In this sermon we continue our study of the yama-s. The yama-s are the first limb of the 8-limb path of yoga practice. There are five of them: non-violence truthfulness non-stealing energy containment non-grasping The yama-s are considered the great vow of the yogi. They describe the path of living in right relationship with others. In this era of illness, upheaval, and disparity it seems right to explore our ethical code. Depending on your own family and religious traditions, you probably have other ethical ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-08-08T10:59:12-07:00August 8th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Yoga Sutra 2.36 Satya

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Summer 2020 | Living in Right Relationship We continue our exploration of the five yama-s (the ethical underpinning of yoga) with satya, or truthfulness. This sermon leads us back into our study of the klesha-s (the things that keep us stuck. You know, attachment, fear, things like that...) and asks important questions about our identity. In order to establish ourselves in truthfulness, we have to see ourselves and our world with clear vision. This is an important sermon that touches on the heart of yoga. Yoga Sutra ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-07-17T13:44:27-07:00July 17th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Yoga Sutra 2.35 Ahimsā

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Summer 2020 | Living in Right Relationship This week begins our exploration of the yama-s (the ethical underpinning of yoga). We begin with ahimsā, which is most often translated as non-violence, but is so much more than the suppression of violence. Ahimsā is an inner attitude of reverence for all beings that simply doesn’t allow space for violence to arise. This sermon explores possibility and limitation. It explores violence and love. It includes the wisdom of Pandit Rajmani, Ravi Ravindra, and bell hooks. It dives deep into the klesha-s (the afflictions ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-07-17T13:43:00-07:00July 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
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