Here are 7 more B.K.S. Iyengar quotes
1. "Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open."
2. "Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat."
3. "The highest point of yesterday should be the lowest point of today."
4. "Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."
5. "Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union -- the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions."
6. "When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world."
7. "Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it."
Randy Chu 4:00 pm
Backbends represent a celebration of the heart. Join us for a 30 minute Power Vinyasa practice with a focus on opening into Eka Pada Rajakapotasana 1 (King Pigeon 1).
About Randy Chu:
I am a self-professed Yoga Mutt, having practised for over a decade with local and international teachers in various styles which include Anusara, Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vijnana. The physicality of the practice drew me in...the deep inner work sealed the deal. In 2006, I saddled up and completed my first teacher training program with the intention to do for my students what my teachers have done for me. Although my approach is light hearted, the deep gratitude and respect that I have for this practice is unquestionable. I look forward to seeing you in class. Be prepared to sweat, laugh, play and dig a little deeper into the relationships within. — with Randy Choo Choo Train at Karma Teachers.
When I first moved to the Crosstown area I realized I was geographically sandwiched between the very wealthy and the extremely poor. To my west is Yaletown and the seawall with the luxurious yachts and the million dollar condos to my East is the poorest postal code in Canada with many people pushing shopping carts that contains all of their belongings.
When I accidentally ventured into the East Hastings ,awhile back, I was overwhelmed with fear and discomfort I panicked and I started looking for a taxi. I was embarrassed by my action that I was judging the addicts and homeless and my behavior was unacceptable so the next day I faced my fear with the help of San Miguel my bubbly and cheerful cocker spaniel. He smiles at everyone and does not discriminate. Copying my canine teacher I looked at everyone in the eye and smiled at them and most of them smiled back at me. That day I felt a shift in my heart and made me prepare in running a non for profit organization called karma teachers.
Today after teaching an enthusiastic group of homeless youth I want to share the beautiful energy in my heart and walk on East Hastings with San Miguel. They are getting to know me and my loyal companion. They smile back warmly at me and pet San Miguel. I ran into three nuns from the Mother Theresa convent, they recognized what I was doing and one of them said "Keep up the good work and pray for us." and I said "Please pray for me." A part of my meditation and path is to walk occasionally on East Hastings to smile at everyone that I see as a part of my service to others. The smiles that I get back are the most genuine and beautiful expressions of humanity. To think that they are homeless and faced with the burden of addiction, deepest pain and to be able to smile back is a miracle in itself and probably what helped Mother Theresa on her journey. Although I have many millions of steps to take to achieve what she has done and I still have a lot of flaws I find comfort that the path that I am taking is the first steps in practicing compassion. To be on the same street as the nuns of the convent is a great honor and and a very humbling experience of how far I still have to go. I encourage everyone who wants to walk the talk to take an hour of your time and practice smiling to any Being that you meet on East Hastings, the street where the most beautiful transformations can happen.
Mark it on your calendar. Our next yogathon is scheduled on Saturday, June 9, 2012. It will another exciting event! More details to follow. Stay tuned.
Wonderful and super exciting announcement:
KARMA SOCIAL CLUB is born!
What is Karma Social Club? It's a monthly event bringing all dedicated yogis/yoga teachers in Vancouver together to have fun, share ideas and inspirations.
Our first event will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Mark the date on your calendar and start telling your yogi friends about this.
Stay tuned for more details.
RESTORATIVE BLANKET DRIVE:
We need old blankets for donations for our upcoming Special events Karma Kula Teachers Restorative class this coming Wednesday. We need around 30 and up. I am going to call Salvation army and see if they have any and if they do I will pick them up and wash them. If you have any extra ones lying around or if you have any friends who can donate it would be greatly appreciated. Blankets can be dropped off at the Karma Studio.
Much love and bright light to you all!
Restorative guru Tianne Banerd will be honoring the Karma Studio for a very special event (Restorative with candlelight) on Wednesday May 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm to 9:30 pm to Inaugurate our joint Karma Kula Teacher OCEAN flow which will start the following week at a beach location near you.
More details to follow. Mark your calendars and reserve your spot to avoid disappointments.
Here is a note from Elizabeth Tse, a participant at the last Rainbow Kids Teacher Training in Vancouver.
"I did this training with Amanda and I LOVED it so much, that I'm doing the RKY 300hr mentorship program right now. It is an amazing program and believe in everything that RKY stands for. "I LOVED THE RKY TRAINING"! I would do it over and over again! Amanda is an awesome teacher and had everyone feeling like we were best friends in the first 5 minutes of the training. Be prepared to laugh a lot in this intensive program while moving through these emotional and healing, heart-warming exercises through yoga games and flowing mandalas. There might be some crying involved but they are all good tears! If you love working with children, don't miss out on this upcoming RKY training right here in Vancouver!"
Here is a quote from Nick, also a former participant at Rainbow Kids Teacher Training.
I have to tell you about a fantastic yoga experience that Elizabeth and I had. We enrolled to do a teacher training workshop for kid's yoga with a group called Rainbow Kid's yoga (http://www.rainbowkidsyoga.net/ ). Rainbow Kid's was founded by an Israeli guy named Gopala (who has recently moved to Australia) who is an amazingly creative and spiritual yogi. We were taught by Amanda who looks after Canada and the U.S. and she is an amazing teacher with loads of creative energy, full of fun and crazy ideas and the joy of life and knows how to play like a 6 year old! We spent 3 days (8 hours/day) learning how to get kids of all ages into all the animal poses you can think of pigeon, eagle, dog etc(and more- penguin, road runner, owl?) as well as alien, popcorn, lemonade, burrito (roll them up in the yoga mat!) as well as creating human mandalas, flowing rivers, moving with the newspaper, tree freeze game and loads of partner poses- double airplane, double downward dog, double plank, human backpack (all with one person balancing on the other). It was a really hilarious and heart-warming workshop (you can see photos of us on the website - Vancouver December 4). There was 18 people all together and we really all played and bonded together amazingly well, laughing and sometimes crying our way through a truly inspiring and healing experience.
If you haven't signed up, DO SO now! It's going to be a beautiful experience. Karma Teachers can guarantee that!