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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 193  Yoga Means to Become United
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Yoga Means to Become United

Yoga means to become united, to come together. With Yoga, you can be united with whatever you want—money, name, fame, other people, property, whatever you desire. It’s all possible with Yoga. But being united with everything you like outside you won’t be possible until the Yoga or uniting happens within you first. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”    Sri Swami Satchidananda

 
Theres Nothing to Surrender To
By Sri Swami Satchidananda

Many things just seem to happen. It’s something like what occurs with a magnet. The magnet is sitting there, static, but the magnetic field spreads out. When iron particles come within a certain distance of the magnet, they move around. Can you say that the magnet is moving these particles? No. The magnetic field is dictating the movement. The very presence of the magnet is enough to make the particles move. In the same way, the spirit or the awareness in you, is just sitting there as static energy.  MORE

Recently, Avi Gordon (Integral Yoga Teachers Association director) had a conversation about the spiritual path with Swami Karunananda (senior monk and chairperson of Integral Yoga's Spiritual Life Board). Among the many topics they discuss is the relationship between Jnana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga, the path of service, meeting her Guru, and the path to freedom.

Compassion is threatening to the ego. We might think of it as something warm and soothing, but actually it’s very raw. When we set out to support other beings, when we go so far as to stand in their shoes, when we aspire to never close down to anyone, we quickly find ourselves in the uncomfortable territory of “life not on my terms.” The commitment traditionally known as the bodhisattva vow, or warrior vow, challenges us to dive into these noncozy waters and swim out beyond our comfort zone.  MORE

The Yoga Alliance Foundation Emergency Relief Fund provides financial support to those within the Yoga community who are experiencing extreme economic hardship due to COVID-19. The Fund is a global resource available to Yoga professionals worldwide. To initiate this fund, the Foundation redirected funds originally earmarked for an inaugural grants program scheduled to launch in early 2020. Due to the sudden disruptive economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, 100% of these funds will now go directly to Yoga professionals who can no longer meet basic income needs. Apply here.

From The Wudang Taoist Wellness Academy in the mountains of China, Master Gu and his Dutch student Eli share some thoughts on the current epidemic. How can Taoism help in such a situation? Balance, adaptation, being like water so that we may learn to lead our lives in a calm way and welcome a better future.

The Wisdom of the Poets
By Anubha Kothari

A good poem can act as a balm for your soul as well as prepare you for the truths you’ll rediscover at this time. One of the poems in this article, “The Guest House” by Rumi, is frequently recited in mindfulness circles as a reminder not to resist the thoughts and emotions passing through you but to meet them with courage, warmth, and respect. Heartbreak is like a cleanse. These seemingly unwelcome guests in the guesthouse of your mind will scrub away at everything that is untrue or unhelpful, if you let them. And not to worry, being guests, they’ll eventually depart as well.  MORE 
 

Find online events for Integral Yoga centers worldwide via the Integral Yoga Virtual Studio calendar. Click on the links to get more info and easily register for programs & trainings. You can also find a daily schedule on the Integral Yoga Global Facebook page. During the month of June, join Sandra Amrita McLanahan, MD for Yogaville's "Wellness Thursdays with Dr. Amrita" series. A unique opportunity to learn from one of the leading pioneers of Yoga therapy and lifestyle medicine.
Social distancing and no live kirtan? No problem! Veena, one of Yogaville's youngest residents (daughter of Anandi and Narada) is all set to enjoy kirtan at home! Mom and dad enjoy chanting and their precious princess clearly has music in her genes—and her name (Veena is the name of the ancient Indian plucked string instrument; Narada is the name of the Vedic sage and musician; Anandi means bliss!).
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