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A Teacher’s Story

September 5, 2013

I can remember when I first began practicing yoga, it felt so natural. It felt like it was meant to be, I was in the right place. Like HOME. Even after practicing just a couple of months, it felt like I had been practicing for years.

Attending a teacher training had actually crossed my mind back then but when I looked for programs, they were on the other side of town taking place while I was at work. And not to mention the part I was already working and 8-5 and attending night school from 6-10 most evenings.

So, I settled in to develop a practice. Not only did my physical asana practice improve, but my spirit started to evolve. I began to loosen up and some of my anxiety was relieved. I started to have fun! Granted I was no stranger to spirituality or seeking that out, but I needed more –time to just be.

Upon 2 pregnancies, I continued to practice; right up until birth and then right after. My yoga gracefully carried me through all of these stages. I remember being impressed by the support from the yoga community. My Love for yoga continued to grow.
And yes, another natural step came next; a Teacher Training. This time it could be a reality! It was Yoga Madre’s program, taking place on the weekends. Right here in town. But what about the time? the money? the baby?! Somehow it worked out. I was so excited.

And I can’t say I was frightened of any spiritual work and self study to be had–I was excited to go deeper. I was keen on the part about growing & moving forward; there’s going to be uncomfortable moments & stuff–fear, pain, judgement. It became my job to be fearless in this pursuit.You ask what has come of this? Knowing myself better, getting in touch with my dreams, developing a sense of where my energy is going, sharing (teaching) what I love with others, and a regular meditation practice (something I’ve longed for).

This is an ongoing continuous journey filled with love, fear, joy, and countless opportunities to learn! So, there. For those seeking to deepen their practice, get clear, and follow your dreams, we offer you our Teacher Training/Advanced Studies program.

Next 200 hr starting in January.

Namaste and Love,
Keely T.
Honored to be teaching yoga

Freedom

July 1, 2013

I have been thinking so much about freedom lately – what with our wonderful holiday and all. We are such a fortunate people to be free. But I continue to come back to what freedom really is. Are you free?

We all think that freedom is being able to do what we want, say what we want, eat what we want, drink, think, feel, behave. And then what do we have really? Excess. Excess weight, extreme behaviors, drinking problems, emotional turmoil and the ability to be a slug and not take care of ourselves. Hmm, then comes illness or the inability to run or even touch our toes.

True freedom is the ability to adapt. Adapt to our surroundings and the needs of our bodies; the ability to adapt to a situation and thrive. To make the right choices and breathe into adversity – THAT is freedom.

Freedom is not the constraint of our beliefs, or slavery to our ever-chattering minds, or the pressures of the lives we have created.

That is suffocation.

How do we then explore our freedoms? Get on the mat, of course. Learning about how we can transform ourselves, learning about the possibilities, getting to know our egos, our fears, our edges, getting stronger and feeling the empowerment, learning to fly (ardha chandrasana), these are freedoms. It’s not about a diet it’s about making the food choices that will allow our bodies to do paschimotanasana (forward fold) or hike up the Mount Wilson Trail.

It’s about staying in balance so that we have a better chance of surviving by not getting sick. The best freedom of all is for our minds to be calm, for us to learn to love ourselves and for us to be happy.

So once again, I advocate getting on your mat every day. Create a discipline for yourself that will allow you to be free!
Namasté, René

 

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Tradition: Tantra

June 5, 2013
Yoga is a science.
Real yoga is based on what has been taught for many, many years. It is not a fad or passing craze. The really amazing, life changing, transformational practices come from the yoga of tradition.
This traditional yoga is called Tantra. Most all of our current styles of yoga today stem from Tantra. Tantra is the yoga for real people. But a lot of yoga has gotten away from the tradition.
On June 17, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, my teacher’s teacher (which makes him my teacher too) will be speaking in Pasadena on Living Tantra. You do not even need to practice yoga to go listen to this amazing man. But you will be so glad that you did.
Panditji is one of the most amazing yogis ever. He is the Chairman and Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute and the successor to Sri Swami Rama. He will be dressed in plain clothes and there will be no poses – just lecture and a meditation, but he will be speaking on what the tantric masters proclaim: “There is an innate wisdom in your body, and an immense power in your mind. What you need is the time-tested technique for discovering yourself – your wonderful body and beautiful mind.”
I cannot recommend going to see him enough. The beautiful light of his soul shines right through his eyes. You can get tickets on our website at yogamadre.com. They are $20 in advance and $30 the day of.
I am sure this event will sell out.
You can get more info at livingtantra.com. You don’t want to miss! Have a great week.
Namasté,
René
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