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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 99 "Respect Everything"
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Respect Everything     
 
 “A yogi should respect everybody and everything—including money. Money is also a form of God. If you don’t respect it, it won’t come to you. See everything as a manifestation of the cosmic energy. Treat and respect all properly. This is Yoga.

“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”  —
Sri Swami Satchidananda
 
(photo: Integral Yoga Institute, Los Angeles, California, early 1970s)


How to Live Yoga
By Swami Satchidananda

Yoga is something that you live. If you want to be a yogi you should be a yogi always, not just while you are standing on your head. If you are a yogi only when you stand on your head, then what are you when you walk on your feet? If you are a Yoga teacher, you are not a yogi only when you teach. The Yoga class is a very minor part. You teach by living Yoga, every minute living the life of a yogi, the life of a spiritual person. Living Yoga means living the practices. Practice means you apply it in your daily life. It’s not that you do certain things that are practice, and at other times you aren’t practicing. I sometimes hear people say, “Oh, I missed my Yoga practice today.” By that they mean they missed doing some asana, pranayama, meditation. Everything you do should become a Yoga practice. During our Yoga retreats we have Karma Yoga sessions. Some may do weeding in the garden, some will do some work in the kitchen, and so on. But what is meant by Karma Yoga? Only when you go and do some cleaning, collect some rocks, pull some weeds, that’s what you call Karma Yoga? MORE

For the month of August, we have decided to practice recovering and dwelling in the natural joy that is our birthright.  The founder and spiritual guide of Integral Yoga, Sri Swami Satchidananda, as well as the saints of many faiths, taught us that our true nature is to be at peace and enjoy all of life, independent of what happens. But the messages of our culture contradict this teaching at every turn. We are constantly assailed by the thinking that if we acquire or achieve the right things, we can lead a secure and successful life, filled with enough money and pleasurable experiences to be happy. This compels us to engage constantly in planning, judging, measuring, and often worrying about how to make our lives enjoyable. A mind that is preoccupied this way is effectively cut off–both from the heart, where we experience love and connection, and from the present moment, the only moment in which true joy can occur. When we open our hearts to others and make efforts to serve and give, we find a deep sense of fulfillment that is free of dependency on people or things.  MORE


Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection
A Conversation with Sharon Salzberg
 
Earlier this year, Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg was in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she gave a talk about the Buddhist principle of lovingkindness. During this talk, she gave very practical and applicable teachings on the difference between self-love and narcissism, the principle of metta as connection, and what it means to love all beings.

 In the Hindu Upanishads, there’s a passage that speaks to how those who become wise lose their names in the Great Oneness, the way rivers lose their names when they flow into the sea. In this transformation from the solitary to the communal, there’s a mysterious physics that each generation has to relearn regarding what is possible when we can work together. Time and again, we’re asked to discover, through love and suffering, that we are at heart the same. How do we come to this knowledge in our lives, in our families, and in our communities? What brings us together and what throws us apart? How do we inhabit what we have in common as well as what makes us unique in ways that deepen our daily practice of service and compassion? To explore these questions, I have gathered stories and lessons from across cultures and history, which reveal moments of community and the qualities of being and relationship that bring people together. My aim is to affirm that, despite the hardships always present, we are more together than alone....I remain convinced that there is a living lineage of human kindness and cooperation, which needs to remembered and uplifted.  MORE

Yoga Therapy is the adaptation of the Yoga practices for patients with various chronic dis-eases. Yoga is a stepwise practice for Self-realization. During the practice a person also develops some health benefits, which can be used as adjuvant therapy for chronic dis-eases. A daily practice of Yoga Therapy will cause Rogir Chikitsā (treatment of dis-ease), secondary prevention or therapeutic medicine, and Swāsthya Rakshma (maintenance of health), primary prevention or preventive medicine.  It also helps in the rehabilitation of a dis-ease with better management of the dis-ease, less pharmaceutical support, and better quality of life. In addition to bringing back our health, the practice of Yoga Therapy causes wellness in all realms: physical-mental-spiritual. Physical wellness provides strength and stamina, but mental and spiritual wellness provides healing. As most chronic endogenous dis-eases manifest with an acute onset, standard evidence-based Western Medical therapy should begin at that time, along with personal lifestyle modification through Yoga Therapy.  MORE

This summer, Rivers Cuomo and his band Weezer, were featured on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Rivers, who, with his brother Leaves, attended the Integral Yoga Primary School at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville East (Connecticut) in the 1970s, went on to become a serious student of Vipassana meditation teacher, S. N. Goenka. Recently, alumni of the Integral Yoga School and Yogaville Vidyalayam had a reunion, organized by alum Radha Metro-Midkiff, in Yogaville. Read our full interview with Rivers here. And, enjoy the video—Weezer's rendition of the Toto hit, "Africa."

Summer is the perfect time to be outdoors, but with the hot temperatures it’s also important to stay healthy and hydrated. In Ayurveda, the summer season is considered to be the pitta season. The pitta dosha is associated with heat, which can exacerbate imbalances related to excess heat with signs such as skin rashes, gastroesophageal reflux, and an irritable mood. Cooling foods like watermelon are great ways to balance the pitta dosha in this season. Watermelon is not only a cooling, pitta-balancing fruit; its mineral-rich, 90% water content makes it a wonderful way to stay hydrated in the summer heat. This sweet fruit’s vitamin and mineral makeup includes potassium, magnesium, copper, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, and the antioxidants Vitamin C and lycopene. A newly researched amino acid called citrulline found in watermelon may help prevent excess fat cell accumulation.   MORE

The Golden Present App: iOS Version Improved!
 
Enjoy and be inspired by a thought for the day created by the Integral Yoga Institute of Coimbatore*. Based on the book, The Golden Present by Sri Swami Satchidananda, this newly updated app for Apple devices features daily quotes and a calendar. The free app can be found by searching the app store for "The Golden Present."  Also available in the Google Play Store.
*Special thanks to Sri O. A. Balu, Director of the Integral Yoga Institute, for providing this service and IdeaSurge.com for creating the app.

Each week, we'll be featuring the latest and greatest in new books, CDs, DVDs, and everything Yoga, Yoga-therapy, wellness related! Find this under the "What's New" section (under the "News" menu tab) on our new Integral Yoga Magazine website. This section also features videos by the authors and media creators. Do you have a new release you'd like to recommend? Email us with your suggestions so we may share with other readers. Thank you! Om Shanti.

Inside Yogaville
 
 Guru Poornima—the traditional July full moon observance during which students honor their Gurus and spiritual teachers—was celebrated last weekend in Yogaville, and by Integral Yoga centers and sangha around the globe. There were many highlights throughout the weekend in Yogaville, including the puja at night at Kailash, the interfaith service and panel, the beautiful tributes to Swami Satchidananda by grateful students, and more. (photo: Interfaith panel)
Another special blessing was the dedication of the steps leading to Kailash, site of the Lord Nataraja Shrine complex (top of photo). The steps were the vision of Swami Satchidananda and inspired by the steps he often traversed during pilgrimages to hill temples like Palani. With years of planning and donations gathered, they are now a reality. Jai!
Inspirational Meme of the Week
 
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