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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 82 "The Happiness Formula"
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The Happiness Formula   
 
 “When you are filled to overflowing with love there’s no need to look for someone to give you love, because you have no lack of it. Nobody is going to make you unhappy. You make yourself unhappy, so don't become unhappy. That’s the simple formula.

“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.  Sri Swami Satchidananda
 
(photo: Swami Satchidananda at Haleakala Crater, Maui, Hawaii, mid-1970s.)

Questions & Answers with Swami Satchidananda:
How to Bring Meditation into Daily Life?

Q: How can we have our sitting meditation remain with us throughout the rest of our day?
 A: If your meditation doesn’t extend into your daily activities then there is something wrong with your meditation; you’re not meditating properly....Meditation is almost like winding a clock. You wind the clock for half a minute, and that makes the clock tick for 24 hours. Anytime the clock stops ticking, it means you have not wound it enough. It is the winding—or the tension, or the spring, or the energy—that is produced by the winding of the spring, that keeps you ticking. Whether it is noon, morning, or evening, there are not different ticks for the different times of day. You don’t say the ticking is a little slow at noon, or it’s getting dull at midnight. It’s immaterial. The same is true for the ticking in your life. Sitting and meditating is one form of ticking. Walking and doing things is another form of ticking. Jumping and dancing, lying down and sleeping are just other forms and if you are capable of sticking to the ticking, you can stick around a little longer! 
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NEW! Integral Yoga Hatha Class

Enjoy a full length class that you can watch anytime or take with you anywhere via your mobile device! The Integral Yoga Hatha method was designed by Swami Satchidananda to draw the practitioner into a physical and mental stillness that leads to an experience of one’s true nature—peace and happiness. It includes asanas (postures), pranayama (yogic breathing), Yoga nidra (deep relaxation), and meditation.
 
Spring is a time of transition, when the dark and barren days of winter give way to light, warmth and new growth. With the intention of making space for a fresh perspective and new ways we might bloom, we chose to practice the tradition of spring cleaning for the month of April. From a spiritual perspective, cleanliness applies to all levels of our being, from the environment that we inhabit and our physical bodies, to the inner recesses of our hearts and minds. Spring is an ideal time to de-clutter our homes and cleanse our bodies in preparation for the renewing energies of the season. Thus, Spring cleaning may mean ridding both our outer environment and bodies of the unwanted accumulations of the past that encumber our lives and hinder our health. Fasting is an excellent way to eliminate toxins that inhibit vitality and our potential to thrive. There are many ways of doing this to make it physically and emotionally suitable, each supporting the body’s natural ability to heal and grow.  MORE

"We Carry the Dream"
By Stephen Siva Longfellow Fiske

Integral Yoga teacher and senior member, Siva Fiske, founded "The Jerusalem Prayer Project" as a platform that articulates an alternative narrative to hate, violence, enmity, war and destruction. He is a musician, author, poet, interfaith minister, and long-time peace and environmental activist, who has performed in Yogaville and at many Integral Yoga events (including the LOTUS opening). Bravo Siva!
    This year, in the 50th commemoration of Dr. King’s death, and the 55th anniversary of the Great March, I have recorded and produced a music video, "We Carry the Dream," as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As a teenager, at 17, and just graduated from the high school of music and art in New York City, I traveled to Washington, DC for the Great March on August 28, 1963. The historic event changed my life, and I wrote this song years later. The video includes archival footage from the Civil Rights Movement and up-to-date clips from recent marches including the MLK parades, Women’s Marches, March for our Lives, and other historical events portraying the quest for peace, justice, freedom, and the equality.

At the end of 2017, Ycat founder, Jnani Chapman was killed in a car accident. What are the future plans for YCat and how has Jnani’s passing affected the YCat community? Susheela Gilbert explains...
    After Jnani’s passing, I knew that I would want to take her program forward. We had talked about it years ago. Since her passing, I have just tried to get through the shock and at the same time I have taken on responsibility for YCat. It was almost as if I grew up overnight, professionally speaking. I have taught and presented at different places, but this was profoundly different. I would have been happy to have continued sitting by Jnani’s side, listening and continuing to learn from her.  With the encouragement and support of Integral Yoga and Jnani’s family, I began this new phase of my life and a new era of YCat. There are eight YCat faculty members. We have a lot of work to do and this group of very talented teachers is helping with everything from marketing to editing, from teaching to brain storming, as we go forward. We have a plan in place to take Jnani’s work forward because her work is truly premiere.  MORE

Born in St. Louis in 1928 [her 90th birth anniversary was this past week], Maya Angelou had an unmistakable rhythm to her soul, a deep strength that held her up and the ability to make words dance. Just like a phoenix, she faced adversity in her life, and rose, again and again, from the ashes. Having lived her life to the fullest against all odds, Maya Angelou fought to show the world the truth of what she believed– that every life counts and “it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.” Today, we’re sharing wisdom from the great woman herself, so that we can all rise together.
On life: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
On the power of perspective: If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
On what really counts: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. 
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Lessons I Learnt from my Beautiful Master — Part 7
With Nalanie Chellaram

In this ongoing video series, Integral Yoga teacher and centre director, Nalanie Chellaram, shares inspiring stories of lessons she learned from personal interactions from her spiritual teacher, Sri Swami Satchidananda. In this video, Nalanie continues sharing stories during a visit by Sri Swamiji to Spain and Gibraltar that she hosted. She reveals how she experienced the truth of "when the student is ready, the teacher appears" and a mystical experience that ensued...

If you have ever felt drawn to the idea of teaching Yoga to Teens, this unique Integral Yoga training program may be just what you've been looking for! Erin Lila Singh, who helped to develop Integral Yoga's "Yoga at School"  program, will be leading the training on July 13–15 at the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco. This comprehensive certification course focuses on how Yoga can serve as a transformative life practice for teens by fostering their physical, mental, social, and emotional development. The program is suitable for Yoga teachers, school teachers, social workers, therapists, parents, and those who want to make a difference in the lives of youth. While the training includes guidance on teaching teens in various settings, it emphasizes teaching and managing Yoga classes in the schools. Additionally, it explores ways to help teens develop mindfulness in daily life, cultivate positive belief systems, build community, trust, and connections.

Inside Yogaville
 
Last week we had the joy of welcoming Integral Yoga Centre director Nalanie Chellaram to Yogaville for her program: "Finding Peace in Chaos: A LOTUS Fundraiser retreat." All donations made during this event were contributed to the preservation of the LOTUS. (topmost: photo display by Bhuvaneswari Pipitone to inspire all who attended!)



Nalanie was joined by her partner Les Anand Roberts (blue shirt), her sister Kantu Mahtani (next to Nalanie) from New Jersey, and her assistant Shanti Alman (not pictured). During this luncheon during the program, they were joined by Rev. Dhyani (purple blouse), Swami Karunananda and Mataji (next to Dhyani), among other ashram members.
Inspirational Meme of the Week
(Happy 87th Birthday to Ram Dass!)
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