"In this time Piscean values are giving way to Aquarian values. The difference between the two is very simple. Piscean values work from the ego, creating boundaries. Aquarian values have no boundaries; they are Infinite. Aquarian consciousness takes you inside your soul, so that you can relate to the soul in all."
-Yogi Bhajan from Aquarian Times, Spring 2003
Kundalini Yoga is more than just a physical practice, it is a philosophy and lifestyle. Ever since I completed my teacher training, I constantly find myself coming back to one of these sutras (lines to meditate on) to better understand myself and others.
1. Recognize that the other person is you.
When we are able to see that we all serve as reflections of each other, we are given the gift of understanding the areas where we can grow. The things that drive us nuts about certain people are likely the things we don't like in ourselves and what we love in others is what we can love and embrace in ourselves.
2. There is a way through every block.
This is an excellent reminder to honor the ebb and flow of life. When we find ourselves meeting an obstacle, this is the time to take action and opportunity for growth.
3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
Great advice for procrastinators, right?!
4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
As the Dalai Lama says, "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive".
5. Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.
Everything vibrates at a frequency, including our words, images, and thoughts (WIT), so when we put out positive WIT, the universe tends to work in our favor.
I invite you to take a sutra each day or day to integrate into your daily life. When you find yourself in a pickle, see how any or all of these can apply. Part of a yoga practice is also practicing the philosophy so that we can apply these beautiful teachings to our relationships and community.
Join me! I teach Kundalini with Yoga Nidra at the Awareness Center every Friday from 11am-12:15pm in Pasadena, CA.
I love Thai Massage. I love Thai food, Thai people, but most of all, I love Thai massage. I love it so much I traveled all the way to Thailand just to learn Thai Massage. As a therapist, it's easier on the body with proper alignment, and as a receiver, it gives my body a whole other experience.
Michael and I have decided to take all of the things we love, put them together, and take our passion to the next level by facilitating workshops and opening up with cacao to open the heart and kundalini yoga to warm up the body. This trio is such a perfect combination for connecting to yourself and to a partner. So far we've done these workshops in L.A. and San Francisco and loving the experience!
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It's easy to set resolutions, but even easier to forget them. So how can we make this different from any previous year?
Just be about it! (Said playfully, but still quite seriously ;))
There's the intention, resolution, goal, or whatever you want to call it, but more importantly, there is the ACTION. "When the time is on you, act and the pressure will be off" is one of the 5 Sutras of the Aquarian Age given by Yogi Bajan (https://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/5-sutras-aquarian-age).
What can I do in this very moment to work towards something that is going to help me achieve whatever it is I want to accomplish? And whatever it is, just friggin' do it! Start with setting long term goals, then break them down into monthly, weekly, then daily goals. No excuses, just do it.
As cliche as this may sound, we don't have to feel like we are alone. I find such joy when surrounded by people with similar goals and passions. Seek support and love from the people you cherish. Share a cup of tea, listen to music, share stories, whether its in the comfort of your home or your favorite gathering place. Do what makes you happy with the people you love.
Commit to a daily practice.
Choose something and commit to it for at least 3 minutes and as the days go on, increase the minutes. It can be meditation, yoga, walking, dancing, whatever it is, let it be something you enjoy. Hold yourself accountable by scheduling it in your calendar if you must. Then, observe the before and after feeling. Don't beat yourself up if you skip a day, just start again.
So in case you are interested in our goal, here it is. Create a Wellness Center...Purple Lotus Medical Massage and Wellness. This is a space where we incorporate massage, yoga, meditation, dance, therapy, gatherings and whatever else it takes to create a sense of wellness, harmony, and peace in the lives of the people in our community. This is our passion, our joy, our love, and this is how we want to share ourselves with the world.
So 2016, get ready 'cause it's about to go down!
About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, practicing yoga, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.