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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 87 "Every Thought Changes Your Face"
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Every Thought Changes Your Face     
 
 Every thought creates a color and that color is also transferred to the body. Every thought changes your face. Thoughts feed the ego only when they are selfish. The moment you become selfless, though the ego is there, it becomes harmless. Think beautiful, selfless thoughts. When your mind is beautiful and happy, your face glows.

“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.  Sri Swami Satchidananda
 
Mother's Day Inspiration: The Love that Birthed the Cosmos

Swami Satchidananda tells the story his adopted Indonesian mother told him about mother’s love. It’s a very graphic, but moving story about the nature of the unconditional love of a mother for her child. He continues to explain how that is the example for how we should love and how this is the basis of the love that gave rise to the entire creation.

 

Jnana Yoga: Asking the Big Questions
By Rev. Jivana Heyman, founder of Accessible Yoga


I remember when I was young, I would look up at the stars in amazement and wonder what the hell was going on. Somehow the infinite space in the sky opened up space in my mind for big questions like “Who am I?” “What am I doing here?” and “What’s the purpose of my life?”.... As I got older, I bought into a story about my life, which focused on finding a partner, settling down, making money, etc. It was a nice story, but it didn’t include those big questions, which hung over me like stars, always there, but imperceptible in the light of day....I was obviously looking for some clear spiritual guidance....As I began studying Yoga philosophy and the teachings of Swami Satchidananda, I was excited to learn that the process of asking these questions is a key element of Yoga practice, called Jnana Yoga, or the path of wisdom and self-inquiry. What a relief it was to find teachings that focused on the meaning of life and how to be happy. When I first heard Swami Satchidananda speak, I remember sitting in stunned silence with the feeling that he was finally addressing my big questions.  MORE

 

How Volunteering for the Dalai Lama Taught Me
the Meaning of Authentic Kindness

By Kyle Riordan


I always thought I was a kind person. But like most people, I was pretty selective in my kindness. I chose who I believed was worthy. I’m not sure what gave me the authority to think I was able to judge who was or wasn’t worthy of kindness. I just thought as long as I was a mostly kind person, that’s all that mattered. I also chose when to be kind; as long as it didn’t interfere with my life, then being kind was easy. But I have begun to learn that authentic kindness urges us to be kind regardless of the other person’s story. It urges us to be kind even when we could lose something we want dearly. My greatest lesson in kindness came when I volunteered for the Dalai Lama on his last trip to Brisbane, Australia. When I received the email confirming my acceptance as a volunteer, to say I was beyond excited is an understatement. To be honest, I screamed like a schoolgirl seeing the Beatles in the 60s....It didn’t take long for my mind to become flooded with thoughts of the Dalai Lama...Thoughts about meeting him, face-to-face, sent shivers down my spine.  MORE


"Lean Into What Life's Dream is For You"
 
During a recent appearance on the "Van Jones Show," Oprah Winfrey was asked about her bucket list. She proceeds to explain why she doesn't have one. Then, she gives an inspirational message about finding one's life purpose. It's a gem! 

After conducting a promising pilot study of Yoga’s effect on bone loss in 2005, Dr. Loren Fishman conducted a more thorough study from 2005-2015. During the longer study, participants were encouraged to practice 12 poses every day, holding each for about 30 seconds. Dr. Fishman discovered that participants who practiced regularly over the ten-year period had improved bone density in the spine and femur. The majority of the study’s participants had osteoporosis or osteopenia, so the results may support the claim that Yoga can help reverse bone loss. You don’t have to be suffering from bone loss to reap Yoga’s benefits of better bone health. In fact, you may be able to help prevent the onset of osteoporosis or osteopenia with regular Yoga practice. Find the 12 poses here.


Integral Yoga Institute of New York teacher Aarti Sanan grew up in India and completed all her school years at Swami Chinmaya Mission in Kerala, where Yoga, chanting, meditation, and spiritual teachings were part of the daily curriculum. After working for many years as a journalist, she felt a deep urge to return to her roots and explore and share the teachings that she grew up with. Aarti explains: "When I was growing up, I resented all the teachings that were thrust upon me forcefully. Today I go out seeking and spreading those same words of wisdom. As a teacher, I hope my students will get tools to help them in life-knowledge that they might not find useful today but will have in their spiritual arsenal to be able to pull out later in life when the need arises. I hope I can provide a safe space for them to question and grow in their spiritual path. I firmly believe that no knowledge ever goes to waste. I am always aware that I am simply a channel for all the great masters before and hope I can continue to share their light through my classes." Read the full interview with Aarti here. (photo: Aarti during an interview with celebrated chef Rocco DiSpirito)

In this video, Will Tuttle, Ph.D. (author of the World Peace Diet) poses a question about what it means for Yoga teachers and spiritual teachers to not only embrace, but to teach principles such as ahimsa (nonviolence). Dr. Tuttle, a former Zen monk, has created several wellness and advocacy training programs and co-founded the Circle of Compassion. He doesn't mince words when he asks: "Should spiritual teachers be vegan?" Watch here.
Integral Yoga Media Announces New Multilingual Playlists

The "Yoga Wisdom with Swami Satchidananda" podcast has expanded to include playlists with talks translated into various languages. These new offerings are made possible by the Integral Yoga Digital Archives (IYDA) project. A recent donation made it possible to send the decades-old cassette and reel-to-reel tapes to an archival restoration and digitization company. Some of this audio has not been heard since it was recorded. It is now being carefully cataloged and talks given by Swami Satchidananda that contain a translation are being uploaded. IY Media will continue to upload further tracks as they become available. Currently, there are playlists in Dutch/Flemish, French, Japanese, Spanish, and Tamil. See them here. Would you like to support IYDA? Donate here.


Kidding Around Yoga: Astonishing New Stats!

Congratulations to Integral Yoga teacher Haris Harini Lender, founder of Kidding Around Yoga (KAY), on the launch of the new KAY website and for the incredible success of this amazing program. Harini recently reported that 1 million plus children are now practicing KAY and that KAY kids have spent close to 17,000 hours meditating! Since the launch of the KAY Teacher Training program, there are now over 4,000 KAY teachers. And, adorning the home page of the new KAY website, are some of the beautiful children (see photo) of Yogaville—the birthplace of Camp Yogaville and KAY! Jai!

Yogaville Environmental Solutions (YES) has been working closely with the Union Hill community in a joint effort to block the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Yogaville and Union Hill are in Buckingham County, one of the counties that will be negatively impacted by the ACP. This short film, produced by Unicorn Riot, tells the story of the Union Hill Community. (Contributed by: Jeff Ananda Kamen)
Inspirational Meme of the Week
 
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