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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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Who can you count on?

May 29, 2013
When you really need someone – who can you count on?
When you are feeling low? When you want to share your joy? When you make a huge mistake or a huge accomplishment, do you have that go to person who is always at the ready to listen to you and comfort you/support you?
Well, that’s a pretty tall order for a best friend, spouse or even parent – to always be there, all the time, at a moment’s notice. Who can you count on for that sage advice, any time of day or night? The answer is so easy. It’s you!
We have to be there for ourselves.
Love all of ourselves, support all of ourselves, be the wise sage with the answers for our best well-being. So the question is: how do you cultivate this relationship with yourself? You are too busy being there for others. Too busy working and distracting yourself with the internet. Is that last hour a night on the computer the absolute best way to support your self?
In yoga we learn to be there. We cultivate a relationship with our Inner Teacher. This inner teacher knows what we should do, knows how to avoid the same mistakes and directs us with love and support. We learn to be our own best friend. The practice of yoga is for self-sufficiency. Then when we are not looking to others for love and support, when we feel complete and whole within, we can share that confidence and love with others.
We can inspire and be a bright light. We are never alone. You are so very wise, and yet, you may be completely dependent on someone else. The journey of self -discovery is rewarding beyond belief. It is not always easy. That is why we avoid. But once you understand how strong and happy you are, your self is such a wonderful place be. You can spend time inside and on your side, every time you practice yoga.
You may just learn you have a new best friend!
See you in class.
Namasté,
René
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