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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 60 "When You Are in Peace"
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When You Are in Peace  
 
 “When you are in Peace, you are in God. You are with God.
God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
   —Sri Swami Satchidananda
 
Thich Nhat Hanh in Dialogue with Astrophysicist Dr. Trinh Xuan Thuan

Do animals and plants have consciousness? Are electrons alive? Consciousness is a mysterious force and raises the question: does every living thing–from electrons, to animals and stones–have consciousness? University of Virginia's Dr. Trinh Xuan Thuan, believes that electrons can’t have consciousness and that there is a hierarchy of consciousness for each living thing, with humans being at the most conscious level of the scale. His question on this topic, and the amazing answer from Thich Nhat Hahn, points out the mind of discrimination, the mind hidden in scientific logic, is the foundation of all kinds of suffering.

As the hours of daylight decrease and darkness creeps into our lives a little earlier each evening, there’s a natural tendency to withdraw from outward activity. As winter approaches, many animals migrate or prepare to hibernate. Some plants shed their leaves and will wait for Spring to grow again. Though we’ve mechanized our lives sufficiently to ignore the rhythms of nature if we choose to, we can recognize this inborn prompting to slow down and go within. For this reason, we chose to practice pratyahara for November. Pratyahara, often translated as withdrawal of the senses, is the fifth of the eight limbs of Yoga. It is practiced to gain control of the senses both for the purpose of developing concentration and to make good use of that control as we move through the world. It is inherent in any meditative practice in which we purposely turn our senses inward in order to sustain our meditative focus.  MORE

Br. David Steindl-Rast in Conversation with Oprah Winfrey:
The Full Interview

In case you missed last week's Super Soul Sunday, during which Oprah Winfrey interviewed Br. David—Gratefulness.org founder and close friend of Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga—the whole program has been made available via Gratefulness.org and it's filled with inspiration! Br. David Steindl-Rast—91 year-old Benedictine Monk—is beloved the world over for his enduring message about gratefulness as the true source of lasting joy. His conversation with Oprah covered a wide range of subjects from Br. David’s background, how he became a monk, living with joy in challenging times, loving our enemies, and how to practice living gratefully.The audio is also available via the Super Soul Sunday podcast.
 

Some of Swami Satchidananda’s senior students have made a formal commitment to a life of selfless service to humanity. Some have chosen the path of sannyas or monasticism. They have the title of “Swami” and are similar to monastics of other traditions. Other students, while moved to dedicate themselves formally, did not feel that the monastic path was best suited for them. These interfaith ministers, given the title “Reverend,” serve the public in many ways such as performing ceremonies like weddings, blessings for newborns, and memorial services. This Sunday, in Yogaville, Laksmi Scalise, Sumati Steinberg, Shakti Hall, Bharati Gardino, and Siva Moore will be ordained. Additionally, Swami Ramananda facilitated an ordination in San Francisco in October for Kamala Berrio. We wish all the new Integral Yoga Ministers many blessings in their service. (photo: Swami Satchidananda with first ordained ministers, Yogaville East, 1980.)

This past week, the San Francisco Bay area Yoga community organized an outdoor "Yoga Flashmob" to shine a light on cover-ups of sexual assaults by Yoga teachers. So, this article about the sensitive subject of touching students to correct posture in class, couldn't be more timely.
     Do not touch your students without permission. I repeat, do not touch your students without permission. Being in a Yoga studio does not eliminate the concept of boundaries. Being in a Yoga studio is not a safe space or a sanctuary for everyone. Being a Yoga teacher does not allow you to do whatever the you want (regardless of which gender the teacher or student is). As a Yoga teacher and former studio owner, a major issue I’ve witnessed in the Yoga community is a lack of awareness on what a Yoga teacher’s actual scope of practice is. Spoiler alert: the scope of practice isn’t very big.  MORE
 
Cultivating Awareness:
The Integral Yoga Method

 
On a recent episode of "The Meera Gandhi Show," Meera explored the topic of Yoga. She spoke to her own Yoga teacher, New York Integral Yoga Institute teacher Inga Ishwari Benson, about the Integral Yoga Hatha method and how it takes one to deeper levels that helps students cultivate awareness, mindfulness, and equanimity.

Veterans Gratitude Week: November 3-12, 2017

This week the Veterans Yoga Project will be hosting its fourth annual national Yoga event. This event enables communities to support recovery and resilience among our veterans, families, and communities. Teach a community benefit class to express gratitude for our freedom and honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces. Learn more about the Veterans Yoga Project here.

Inspirational Meme of the Week
A Halloween Tribute & In Honor Of World Vegan Month!

Jai Uttal This Weekend: Join via Livestream or Digital Download!

Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville's new "Online Course" offerings have taken another leap in convenience and accessibility: you can join the program live virtually or watch at your leisure via the "digital download" option just added for Jai Uttal's "Awakening Bhakti: A Celebration of Divine and Human Love" program this weekend (November 3-5) . Details here.

Inside Yogaville

Autumn colors abound in Yogaville bringing lots of joy to residents and guests!





Including Jai Uttal (above) who is conducting the "Awakening Bhakti" weekend workshop!
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