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

What Grounds and Guides You?

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Fall 2020 As we make our way toward the end of 2020 and into the heart of winter, I've got a really important sermon for you. It's meditative. It's practical. It's filled with both ancient and modern wisdom. It will help you find the ground beneath you. It will help you listen inward for guidance. Get yourself in a cozy posture and listen now. Trust me, your heart will thank you. What Grounds and Guides You? REFLECTION QUESTIONS As we move into ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-04-04T07:38:46-07:00December 5th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Gratitude as a Quality of Being

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Fall 2020 The 2nd limb of yoga practice is called the niyama-s, which is a 5-part teaching about how to live in right relationship with yourself. It's a potent set of teachings that includes the practice of contentment. Contentment is not the passive acceptance of life no matter what's happening... It's the active practice of showing up to what is from a place of awareness and grounded ease. It's a way of being in the world. A core aspect of contentment is gratitude, not as some consumer based cliché, but as a way of understanding ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-11-28T14:08:01-08:00November 28th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Svadhyaya: Exploring The Stories That Shape Us

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Fall 2020 Svadhyaya: Exploring the stories that shape us. REFLECTION QUESTIONS These are big questions and I encourage you to explore them on your own and with the people you love. You were born into a family and a country that gave you holidays. What are the holidays you were taught to celebrate? What’s the traditional story and history of these holidays? And what’s the story of the holiday in your family? Do these two stories have anything to do with each ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-11-21T15:17:04-08:00November 21st, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Finding Refuge

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Fall 2020 HERE I AM. Take a breath and say it to yourself: Here I am. What's happening in your life right now? Take another breath and let's say it together: Here we are. HERE WE ARE. We're heading into the darkest part of the year (sunset is happening around 4:30pm up north where I live), The global pandemic continues to rage on. In fact, numbers are climbing, The holidays are coming and there's nothing normal about how we'll be able to celebrate them, In the US, presidential politics continue to confound, And ... (Continue Reading)

By |2021-02-13T16:36:53-08:00November 13th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|2 Comments

The Beauty of Feeling

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Fall 2020 Sometimes strong emotions—like anger or despair—make us feel uncomfortable or guilty. Sometimes we're tempted to push strong emotions away. But our emotions keep us rooted in our humanity. And our world needs our humanity right now. We've got to build the capacity to stay with (and learn from) our strong emotions. This sermon draws on the wisdom of Valarie Kaur, Donna Farhi, and the Upanishads to help us remember the importance of feeling our feelings. The Beauty of Feeling REFLECTION ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-10-10T18:09:54-07:00October 10th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Here We Are (an invitation to grieve together)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Fall 2020 There’s so much happening in the world right now and we need to meet it as our best selves. (Please know when I say "best selves" I'm not talking about notions of perfection or false happiness.) Our best self is the part of us that yearns to reach our highest potential. And in this moment, reaching our highest potential requires a willingness to feel our feelings and face the discomfort of uncertainty. Reaching our highest potential requires a willingness to be present with what’s real. So I decided to ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-10-03T18:33:52-07:00October 3rd, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Lady Gaga, Jesus, and an angel walk into a bar. A recap of the Yama-s.

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Fall 2020 | Living in Right Relationship We're coming to the end of our study of the yama-s (for now...) and I'm excited to share a guest sermon written by my friend and colleague Marci Becker. She offers deep personal reflection (that I know so many people in this community will relate to) and her hope for what's possible in this life through practice. Lady Gaga, Jesus, and an angel walk into a bar... (A recap of the Yama-s) REFLECTION QUESTIONS What ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-09-26T19:10:49-07:00September 26th, 2020|Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|3 Comments

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

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