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The more you do something, the more you will do it.

August 2015

As humans we become habituated to certain things within our environment, social structure, and interpersonal relationships. As a direct result of this, we develop certain boundaries around our experience of enjoyment and satisfaction; these are called preferences. So the human prerogative to choose amongst our preferences, in many cases, is equivalent to the human prerogative to choose amongst our fetters. In the yogic understanding these preferences can be experienced in two forms; Raga: likes and Dvesha: dislikes. 

According to Swami Sivananda:

“Raga-Dvesha in the mind is the real Karma. It is the original action. When the mind is set in motion or vibration through the  currents of Raga-Dvesha, real Karmas begin. Real Karma originates from Sankalpas (desire) of the mind. It is the actions of the mind that are truly termed Karmas. External actions manifest later on. It is desire that sets the mind in motion. When there is a desire, Raga and Dvesha exist side by side in the mind. Desire is a motive force. Emotions and impulses co-exist with desire.”


Take, for example, the case of thirst. If you have the habit of drinking soda when you are thirsty, the brain habituates to the soda, creating a preference for soda. Then, when you experience a feeling of  thirst, you will more than likely reach for a soda instead of an alternative. Consequently, when soda is unavailable, forcing you to choose a less preferable alternative, dissatisfaction occurs. Essentially, the habit has limited your capacity to enjoy. 

So, we learn how to enjoy life through our habits; binding ourselves through repetition and precedent. We derive a sense of satisfaction and a feeling of security from indulging our “likes” and rejecting our “dislikes”. Unfortunately, this indulgence only provides us with a “sense” of satisfaction and a “feeling” of security. And, as Swami Sivananda so aptly points out, this process is deeply interwoven with our emotions and impulses. Therefore, the indulgence of raga (likes) presumes the presence of fear and anger. This, because in the absence of the object of our desire, we are bound to become angry and dreadfully fearful of being without. 

So, although it is not immediately obvious, detachment from our creature comforts, our status symbols, and our expectations of others is a more direct route to a truly enjoyable and satisfying life. Furthermore, and most fortunately, we never have to try to detach ourselves from anything. Trying to detach doesn't work and can, in fact, be counterproductive. Instead, focusing our attention in this moment on gratitude, abundance, and love will attract those same qualities to us. Where your attention goes, your energy flows. And the more you do it, the more you'll do it. 

For more information on how to implement this process, come to a yoga class with Heather Promise.  

Events

We have many exciting new events coming up. Be sure to save the date for these special offerings. 

Sex and Yoga 101

September 27, 2015
12-3PM
Gilbert Yoga
$50/individual $80/couple

Register by September 1, and save $5!

Join Heather Promise for an afternoon of challenge and adventure while you uncover some of the deeper aspects of sex and sexuality as it is understood from the yogic perspective. Learn how to enhance your human experience and develop a deeper level of intimacy. The curriculum is based on the book “Sacred Sexual Bliss” by Sat-Kaur Khalsa, Ed.D. and the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. This workshop includes: lecture, physical practice, Q&A, and meditation (plus a surprise bonus feature). This educational program is an introduction to the subject and is open to individuals as well as couples. Yoga teachers can receive 3 hours of Yoga Alliance CEUs. There is a $5 discount for registration before Sept. 1st. Sign up in person at Gilbert Yoga or contact Heather Promise to reserve your space.  480.370.7405 or Heather@HeatherPromise.com

Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Discourse

October 11, 2015

11AM-3PM
SRI
$40

Register by October 1, and save $5!

Learn more>>

Contact Heather Promise to reserve your space.  480.370.7405 or 
Heather@HeatherPromise.com

Draw Down Destiny

November 15, 2015
12-3PM
Gilbert Yoga
$65

Register by November 1, and save $5!

Learn more>>

Contact Heather Promise to reserve your space.  480.370.7405 or Heather@HeatherPromise.com

Mahabharata Watch Party


Mahabharata Watch Party at Gilbert Yoga 
December 13, 2015
8AM-5:30PM
$40
Register by December 1, and save $5!

Gilbert Yoga

Yoga teachers can receive eight hours of Yoga Alliances CEU's. 

Bring a snack and wear your comfy clothes. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, as well as a short meditation. 

Learn more>>

Contact Heather for more information
Heather@VisitSRI.org or 480-370-7405
Mahabharata translated literally means, “the great story of mankind” and is the longest poem ever written. Composed of Sanskrit stories, it encompasses the whole of the human experience. From the Mahabharata itself, this statement of import and potency: “That which is found in these pages may be found elsewhere, but what is not in these pages exists nowhere.” 

Join Heather Promise to screen Peter Brook's The Mahabharata.
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