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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 67 "See the Spirit"
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See the Spirit       
 
 “Let us see the same light, the same spirit dwelling everywhere as everything. If we see the spirit, we realize: I am you; you are me; we are one. My prayer is always that universal love will light our paths.

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

(photo: Swami Satchidananda presents His Holiness Pope John Paul II with gifts from Satchidananda Ashram, including a handmade card from the Yogaville Vidyalayam schoolchildren, a photo album, and medallion of the Integral Yoga All Faiths Yantra, Rome, 1984. IY teacher Karuna Ehlermann, of Germany, arranged this meeting.)

A New Year's Message from Sri Swami Satchidananda

“In this New Year, let us reaffirm to lead a life filled with love. Let us be reminded of our inherent divine nature, inherent peace, the inherent joy which is otherwise called 'the image of God' within. Keep yourself healthy, happy, and thus holy. Or, in other words, be easeful physically, be peaceful mentally, and then be useful in your life. And to accomplish this, all you have to do is to be vigilant constantly and stay away from whatever would disturb your ease of the body, peace of the mind. It’s not that you are going to acquire that ease and peace newly. It is there already. That divine nature, God has given to you. May the New Year dawn in you and bring a new life in the spirit.”

2018: Yoga is in Vogue!

Just as we were pondering what the next Yoga "wave" might bring in 2018, Vogue magazine delivered its "Wellness-themed" January issue featuring actress Lupita Nyong'o in Vriksasana  (the tree pose) atop a paddleboard on its cover! India continues to promote Yoga with First Lady Usha Vohra observing that its practice evolves an individual physically, mentally and spiritually and energizes the entire metabolism. According to Tribune India, "She said people across the world are incorporating Yoga in their daily lives. Its popularity could be gauged from the fact that since 2015, International Yoga Day is being celebrated on June 21 in many parts of the world..." Let's hope that these are early indicators of how Yoga around the globe will continue to thrive in 2018 and beyond!

Wellness and Veganuary

Continuing the theme of "Wellness," Veganuary.com encourages us all to join the thousands going vegan for January. If that's a bigger commitment than you are ready to make, Sir Paul McCartney suggests "One Day a Week." The McCartney family launched this short film highlighting the environmental impact of animal agriculture and that encourages people to help by eating less meat. With appearances by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone, this short video might help you (or someone you love) take the first step! The film uses Sir Paul's own music – tracks from his 1997 classical music album Standing Stone, as well as an unreleased song called "Botswana."
 
New Year's Eve & How You Can Actually Do Yoga on January 1st!

Not sure how to get your New Year's resolutions off to a good start? Perhaps ones that include a more regular Yoga practice, starting on January 1st? Drinking on New Year's Eve can sideline those type of resolutions or trying to kick off the new year with a healthy start — unless you make the party festive without the usual rounds of mind-numbing drinks! From a Mountain Mojito to a Pineapple Ginger Beer, or a Strawberry Chamomile Martini, Town & Country has you covered with 30 of the best non-alcoholic cocktail recipes! Party on — and still be able to do your Yoga!

Changing samskaras is not a process to be taken lightly. What typically happens on New Year’s Day is that we identify something we want to change, or something we want to manifest, and so we create that tired old “New Year’s resolution.” We declare our resolve in January, and by February, we’ve slipped back into old habits of behavior and forgotten about our commitment. Changing our samskaras requires a much stronger intention and a dedication to a practiced discipline that will support our intention.Yoga teaches us that the intention we are looking for is called a sankalpa. Unlike our New Year’s resolution, a sankalpa is a sacred intention formed by the heart and the mind. It is a solemn vow that is steeped with determination to harness our will and create focus in our mind and our body. But there is an interesting paradox that we must observe when setting our intention and making our vow. We must realize that we are already perfect as we are, even while we are reaching for change.  MORE


Start Off the New Year with Gratitude: The Key to a Happy Life
 
Both Swami Satchidananda, and his beloved interfaith partner, Br. David Steindl-Rast, agree that the one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. And happiness flows from living a dedicated life, one that is born from gratitude. In this Ted talk (with over 6 million views!), Br. David offers an inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where we're going, and above all, being grateful. This video is part of the "gratitude playlist" available on Ted.com.

Party On with Vegan Alternatives to Cheeses & Spreads!

"Astoundingly Good Cheeses" reads the headline of this recent Washington Post article. Yet, it's all about the wonderful varieties of vegan gourmet cheeses that you can prepare (recipes provided!) or purchase from some of the newest artisanal cheesemakers like Kite Hill and Three Girls Vegan Creamery, to name a few. And if you're looking for a yummy spread to serve guests, Yogaville's got you covered with this Vegan Chickpea Tuna recipe!

Improving Mood Through Diet

Just when you thought that you knew all the benefits of a vegetarian/vegan diet, here comes Dr. Michael Greger (world-renowed nutritional expert and author of How Not to Die) with this fascinating review of a study showing how those on a veg diet experience less depression, anxiety, and stress! Now that's the kind of news to put anyone in a good mood!

Inspirational Meme of the Week
(artwork by Peter Max)

Inside Yogaville

Beautiful photo of the progress onthe Steps to Kailash project. With the generous support of Mr. & Mrs. Satish Daryanani and other donors, this beautiful vision of Swami Satchidananda's—to have steps joining the three shrines in Yogaville  (LOTUS, Chidambaram, Kailash) enabling a "pilgrimage" type experience, like one would have at a traditional hilltop Indian temple—become reality!
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