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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 63 "Meditation as Medication"
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Meditation as Medication    
 
 “Meditation is to calm the mind, bring the mind into balance. If you are already peaceful, why do you need meditation? Meditation is a sort of medication. In the same way as you treat a disturbance in the body with medication, when you feel a disturbance in the mind, practice meditation. And don’t get disappointed if you can’t meditate right away. Nothing is achieved overnight. When did you learn to walk or run? When you were a baby, you couldn’t even stand up or even crawl. Then you gradually learned to crawl, then walk, and run. Meditation is also like that.

“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.  Sri Swami Satchidananda

Five Masters of Meditation: Focus on Oneness

In 2000, Swami Satchidananda participated in a program in New York City that was organized by the Temple of Understanding (TOU). As one of the first interfaith organizations in the USA, TOU organized many wonderful programs over the years. This program featured five meditation teachers from different faith traditions: Swami Satchidananda, Pir Vilayat Khan, Rabbi Marcia Prager, Father Laurence Freeman, and Sister Annable Laity. This film, by Emily Squires, was produced in conjunction with the Harley Film Foundation and TOU.

"The time has come to understand that we are the same human beings on this planet. Whether we want to or not, we must coexist." – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

When the red clad monk speaks, people listen. We smile and instantly understand his simple yet potent message, that kindness is the way....Responding to the challenges of the world today, his latest book: An Appeal to the World: The Way to Peace in a Time of Division gives us a clear pathway to follow if we want to solve global issues today, and is something sorely needed at this time. The book is an extended interview with His Holiness, now 82 years old, who was voted in a global survey as being the nicest person on the planet.  MORE


Personalizing Your Meditation Practice
An Interview with Reverend Sumati Steinberg

Most people don’t have the introduction to meditation that Rev. Sumati Steinberg had. An Integral Yoga minister, IY teacher, and a physician's assistant, Sumati’s incredible meditation journey started with her first meditation experience—as a 2-year-old learning from her father. In this interview, Sumati answers questions about how to make meditation adaptable, how to set goals for our practice, and how to use the senses to take us deeper in our meditation.  MORE

How I Practice Dying Every Day
By Angela Warburton

With the passing of one of our beloved Yogaville members, Rev. Jnanam MacIsaac (memorial service is this Sunday), many in our sangha have been going through a grieving process and deep sadness. The following article may offer some wisdom about death and dying, which is surely what Jnanam (Sanskrit for "wisdom") would want all of us to gain in the process...
     When I was 26, my boyfriend’s dad and brother both died unexpectedly in a relatively short time period. It was at this time that my mentor said something I never forgot: “Practice dying every day.” What does this mean? To practice dying? When we think about it, our modern world doesn’t have a lot of space for dying. We don’t like to think about, talk about, or face it—unless it’s in our movies, media, or video games, which are full of it in a detached way. Yet, death is the one thing we’re assured of from the moment we are born. Our time here is limited. 
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How Yoga Helped Me To Heal: Hope Knosher's Story
 
Last month, Hope Knosher (who received Yoga therapist training through an Integral Yoga Inspired program) was featured on the cover of Northside Woman, a magazine in northern Atlanta, Georgia. Hope's inspiring story of healing was shared in this issue (see page 8). As Hope explains: "You may know that my journey into Yoga began after a breast cancer diagnosis and the death of my mother rocked my world. During that time and since, Yoga has been a transformative practice for me. My practice helped me to heal, and to put my life back together. I was so transformed that I felt called to share the power of Yoga with others in a way that is appropriate to each individual and their circumstances....With this in mind, I would like to share with you my story..."  MORE
Nalanie Harilela Chellaram 'Lessons I Learnt from My Beautiful Master Part 2' 03.2017

Lessons I Learnt from my Beautiful Master — Part 2
With Nalanie Chellaram
 
In this video series, Integral Yoga teacher and centre director, Nalanie Chellaram, shares stories of lessons she learned from personal interactions from her spiritual teacher, Sri Swami Satchidananda. In this video, Nalanie tells the story about how she learned a lesson in surrender and humility.

Accessible Yoga Featured in Yoga Journal Italy

Very recently, Yoga Journal Italy featured a 6-page spread in the magazine about Accessible Yoga. Wonderful to see Accessible Yoga become "accessible" to Italian language yogis! Watching the incredible growth of this Integral Yoga inspired program is just amazing! AY is now a global phenomenon and there are now over 12 trainings scheduled in 2018—and that's just through the summer! Learn more about AY through the website and Facebook page.

A Yogaville Thanksgiving — Livestreamed!
 
Ever wonder how Yogaville observes Thanksgiving? Wonder no more. Here is a link to a Livestream of the Thanksgiving service conducted this past week in Yogaville. It features the Light of Truth Universal Service, during which representatives of various faiths each offering gratitude as it is expressed in that particular tradition through prayer and offerings.
Inspirational Meme of the Week
 

Inside Yogaville

This photo by Jeff Ananda Kamen, community resident and star chronicler of all things Yogaville, captured this moment of a long-running tradition: the lunch-time birthday song! Usually someone will announce it is someone's birthday, and the dining hall—filled with residents, guests, program participants—breaks into song! Always a joyful moment and often a surprise for the birthday gal or guy! For those unfamiliar with the tradition, the usual ditty is followed by this verse: "May you do a lot of japa [mantra meditation], may you grow to be like Papa [Gurudev], may you realize [Self-realization/enlightenment] in this lifetime, happy birthday to you!"
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