Yoga Shala Calgary, January 25, 2019
The following is just a small summary of the conference at the Yoga Shala Calgary given on the 25th of January 2019.
Thank you to all that attended our Led Primary and Conference, we look forward to the next one so make sure to save the date:
February 22, 2019
Led Primary - 5:30am
Conference/Chai - 6:45am
This conference was so much fun! Lots of laughs and the chai was amazing ;0)
I always loved conference time when I was in India, a time for everyone to come together to learn and share with each other. The *last Friday of each month at the Yoga Shala Calgary we have Led Primary and Conference/Chai. This is a time we can ask questions, discuss different topics and more, but most of all it is a time we can gather as a community and support one another off our mats.
Everyone is welcome to participate! No matter where you are in your practice you are capable to attend Led Primary and the Conference. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and we hope to see you there!
We covered the importance of Mula Bhanda - "Mula Bhanda is your mantra" and the first Yama... Ahimsa. I thought I would share the following articles:
Ashtanga Yoga and the Secret of Mula Bandha - by David Garrigues
Sharath Jois on Experiencing Yoga Beyond Goals
I also did promise to post the chants... so I will hold my promise ;0)
Ashtanga Yoga traditionally has both an opening chant and a closing chant. Because of Yoga's ancient roots, chants (or mantras) are offered in Sanskrit (the ancient language of India), however their meaning is said to be universal as Sanskrit is the language of the heart.
Chanting acts to shift the consciousness of the individual practicing the chant to a higher level of vibration. This in turn brings us closer to our Source or Higher Self – the aspect of ourselves that remains eternal – and leaves the practitioner filled with peace and feeling calm and centered.
Studies have shown that when a person chants it can stabilize their heart rate, lower blood pressure, produce beneficial endorphins in the body and boost metabolic processes, so it perfectly complements the physical practice of asana.
Ashtanga Yoga Opening Chant
The Opening Prayer is a blessing of gratitude offered to the lineage of teachers and their students who have enabled this ancient practice to survive through thousands of years so that we can experience its benefits today. The recitation of this mantra cleanses the energy of the space we have chosen to practice yoga, as well as preparing the mind, body and emotions for the forthcoming Ashtanga sequence.
Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
Sandarshita Svatma Sukava Bodhe
Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane
Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru
which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
which are the refuge, the jungle physician,
which eliminate the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of Samsara (conditioned existence).
I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)
and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).
Ashtanga Yoga Closing Chant
The Closing Prayer brings the practice to a peaceful end; sealing in the work done and offering the efforts of our practice to improve the state of the world.
Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam
Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha
Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.
May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
May all beings everywhere be happy and free
Om peace, peace, perfect peace
Books to Recommend:
Maps and Musings: Writings That Celebrate Hatha Yoga and the Quest for Self Knowledge by David Garrigues
AGELESS by Sharath & Sawhney, Isha Singh Jois
Astanga Yoga Anusthana by R. Sharath Jois
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson
Yoga Mala: The Original Teachings of Ashtanga Yoga Master Sri K. Pattabhi by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Author), R. Sharath (Foreword)
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice andPhilosophy by Gregor Maehle
The Power of Ashtanga Yoga: Developing a Practice That Will Bring You Strength, Flexibility, and Inner Peace--Includes the complete Primary by Kino MacGregor
Much was covered but I will leave it with this, better to come join us and hear it in person ;0)
We join Dana when she said how grateful she is for all the students who create this amazing community, we feel very blessed and look forward to sharing more with you all!
See you on the Mat!
*date subject to change pending on months schedule