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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 189  The Self Doesn't Need Yoga
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The Self Doesnt Need Yoga”

Know that it’s not the Self that needs Yoga. The Self is always tranquil. But the limited mind goes through these practices to expand and see the Self clearly. Then, when the Seer sees itself, it rests in its true nature.

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

 
Earth Day, Earth Month—Always!
By Sri Swami Satchidananda

Mother Nature allows us to make the mistakes and to learn by our own mistakes. The earth is not going to condemn you once and for all. And we cannot literally ruin the whole nature. It’s not in our hands. But we suffer by our actions and we learn to correct ourselves by that suffering. All the terrible things that are happening in the environment and climate help us to realize we must clean things up.  MORE 
(Watch powerful ecology music video by Natasha, Nalanie Chellaram's grandaughter.)

LOTUS, the world's first interfaith shrine, opened in 1986 (and LOTUS India in 2014). In this short video, Swami Satchidananda (founder of LOTUS who has been honored as an "interfaith visionary") explains why he built the LOTUS and important role it plays in a world in dire need of its message. The doors of LOTUS are usually open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs. Until they re-open again, enjoy this virtual tour! (Our thanks to Les Anand Roberts for producing this beautiful video; visit LOTUS.org for 2 more virtual tours!)

Sometimes friends ask me to help with some problem in the world, using some “magical powers.” I always tell them that the Dalai Lama has no magical powers.... We are all the same as human beings, and we experience the same fears, the same hopes, the same uncertainties. From the Buddhist perspective, every sentient being is acquainted with suffering and the truths of sickness, old age and death.... In recent years I have been stressing “emotional disarmament”: to try to see things realistically and clearly, without the confusion of fear or rage.  MORE


Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and all the Integral Yoga global centers have many online offerings. A new offering (starting May 5th) is "Tuesdays with Mataji" (inspired by Tuesdays with Morrie!). The Integral Yoga Virtual Studio lists global offerings from centers worldwide. See the daily listings on the Integral Yoga Global Facebook page. Each Friday, Integral Yoga master teachers continue to offer a live Zoom satsang hosted by Integral Yoga Europe. Coming May 1st: Gentle Chair Yoga workshop with Swami Vidyananda.
Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Directed by Jeff Gibbs

Michael Moore's new YouTube documentary, released on Earth Day, is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. Removed from the debate is the only thing that might save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Featuring: Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Vinod Khosla, Vandana Shiva, and many more.

When Rupture Becomes Rapture
By Pema Khandro Rinpoche

Bardo refers to that state in which we have lost our old reality . . . we lose our grip on the old reality and yet have no sense of what a new one might be like. There is no ground, no certainty, and no reference point . . . The more we learn to recognize this sense of disruption, the more willing and able we will be to let go of this notion of an inherent reality . . . Until now, we have been holding on to the idea of an inherent continuity in our lives, creating a false sense of comfort for ourselves on artificial ground . . . if we have some reliable idea of what is happening in that intermediate, groundless space, rupture can become rapture.”
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In this conversation between Avi Gordon (Director, Integral Yoga Teachers Association) and Heike Amma Farkas (Director, Integral Yoga Germany), they discuss the practice of Integral Yoga and how their own practice has evolved over time.
Swami Hamsananda, senior Integral Yoga monk at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, shares this inspirational story, containing wonderful wisdom for our times...
Funny Yoga Meme of the Week
 
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