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Sedona Yoga Festival 2018

yoga-mobileWhat isn’t a drug but has the ability to make us feel better and not just temporarily? What is so powerful that it can rewire the circuitry so that we become happier, healthier, more peaceful and more loving human beings?

Yoga has the unique ability to still the mind. When the mind is still, we are able to more clearly see the truth of our being and thereby feel true happiness. The happier we are, the better off we are. This is not selfish. On the contrary, if we are to heal the mass neuroses of our times, we have an obligation to feel good. Yoga is the magical elixir that can accomplish this.

Yoga is not a new trend. It is actually an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more than 5000 years. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means to “unite or integrate.” Yoga then is about the union of a person’s own consciousness and the universal consciousness.

Ancient Yogis believed that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he must integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be assimilated, emotion, action and intelligence must be in balance. The Yogis formulated a way to achieve and maintain this balance – through a series of practices, including exercise, breath and meditation.

In Yoga, the body is treated with care and respect for it is the primary instrument in man’s work and growth. Breathing techniques, or pranayama were developed based on the concept that breath carries the life force and transmits it throughout the body’s energy system. A yogi gains control over the breath through increased inhalations, exhalations and retention of breath as well as regulated breathing such as Kapalabhati.

  • Sit in a cross legged position
  • Inhale deeply as you bring your arms up overhead in a “V”
  • Exhale fully
  • Inhale to a comfortable place (about half way)
  • Begin short sharp exhales through the nose drawing the belly in each time to force the air out
  • Do 15 breaths
  • Repeat 3 times

By focusing on breathing, a student calms his mind and prepares for the next step – concentration and meditation.

In meditation practice, the activities of the mind are brought into focus and transcended, resulting in a ‘quiet’ mind. By designing physical poses and breathing techniques that develop awareness of the body, yoga helps us to focus. This can, in turn, relieve us from our everyday stress.

Yoga is intimately connected to the religious beliefs of Hinduism and the other Indian religions including Buddhism.

Bhakti Yoga is the path most followed in India. This is the path of the heart and devotion. Yogis who practice this branch see the Divine in everyone and everything.

Raja Yoga or Yoga of Self Control sees the self as central. As such, respect for oneself and for all creation are vital to this path. Self-respect is achieved by learning to be masters of oneself. This is self discipline to the max!

Jnana Yoga is the path of Yoga that basically deals with the mind and focuses on man’s intelligence. Jnana Yogis consider wisdom and intellect as most important and they aim to unify the two to surpass limitations. Their belief is that an open and rational mind is crucial in knowing the spirit.

Karma Yoga or Yoga of Service teaches that the present situation is based on past actions, so by doing selfless service now, one is choosing a future that is free from negativity and selfishness. Karma Yogis change their attitude towards the good and in the process, change their souls, which leads to a change in their destiny.

Tantra Yoga is about using rituals to experience what is sacred. Although sex is a part of it, sex is not the whole of it since this path aims to find what is sacred in everything we do.

Hatha Yoga or Yoga of Postures is the most popular branch of Yoga in the West and probably what comes to mind whenever “yoga” is mentioned. This branch of Yoga uses physical poses or Asana, Breathing Techniques and Meditation to achieve better health as well as spirituality.

Yoga is meant to develop the body and keep it healthy. In this respect, Yoga is a way for us to keep fit. And how terrific is this – fit, spiritual, relaxed and mentally alert all in one fell swoop. Seems pretty magical, this Yoga, don’t you think?


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About the Center for the New Age

Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.

Description
We’ve searched the globe and pulled the most accurate Psychics and Healers and amazing Massage-Therapists from all over the world who have come here to be part of this special community, whose energy makes them even more psychic. Their services are offered at the Center daily and by phone at (928) 282-2085.

Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111

888-881-6651 Free
928-282-2085 Main
928-282-7220 Concierge

www.sedonanewagestore.com

sedonanewage@gmail.com

Yoga, A Spiritual Path

yoga-mobileWhat isn’t a drug but has the ability to make us feel better and not just temporarily?  What is so powerful that it can rewire the circuitry so that we become happier, healthier, more peaceful and more loving human beings?

Yoga has the unique ability to still the mind.  When the mind is still, we are able to more clearly see the truth of our being and thereby feel true happiness.  The happier we are, the better off we are.  This is not selfish.  On the contrary, if we are to heal the mass neuroses of our times, we have an obligation to feel good. Yoga is the magical elixir that can accomplish this.

Yoga is not a new trend.  It is actually an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more than 5000 years.  The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means to “unite or integrate.”  Yoga then is about the union of a person’s own consciousness and the universal consciousness.

Ancient Yogis believed that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he must integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit.  For these three to be assimilated, emotion, action and intelligence must be in balance.  The Yogis formulated a way to achieve and maintain this balance – through a series of practices, including exercise, breath and meditation.

In Yoga, the body is treated with care and respect for it is the primary instrument in man’s work and growth. Breathing techniques, or pranayama were developed based on the concept that breath carries the life force and transmits it throughout the body’s energy system. A yogi gains control over the breath through increased inhalations, exhalations and retention of breath as well as regulated breathing such as Kapalabhati.

  • Sit in a cross legged position
  • Inhale deeply as you bring your arms up overhead in a “V”
  • Exhale fully
  • Inhale to a comfortable place (about half way)
  • Begin short sharp exhales through the nose drawing the belly in each time to force the air out
  • Do 15 breaths
  • Repeat 3 times

By focusing on breathing, a student calms his mind and prepares for the next step – concentration and meditation.

In meditation practice, the activities of the mind are brought into focus and transcended, resulting in a ‘quiet’ mind.  By designing physical poses and breathing techniques that develop awareness of the body, yoga helps us to focus.  This can, in turn, relieve us from our everyday stress.

Yoga is intimately connected to the religious beliefs of Hinduism and the other Indian religions including Buddhism.

Bhakti Yoga is the path most followed in India.  This is the path of the heart and devotion.  Yogis who practice this branch see the Divine in everyone and everything.

Raja Yoga or Yoga of Self Control sees the self as central.  As such, respect for oneself and for all creation are vital to this path. Self-respect is achieved by learning to be masters of oneself.  This is self discipline to the max!

Jnana Yoga is the path of Yoga that basically deals with the mind and focuses on man’s intelligence.  Jnana Yogis consider wisdom and intellect as most important and they aim to unify the two to surpass limitations.  Their belief is that an open and rational mind is crucial in knowing the spirit.

Karma Yoga or Yoga of Service teaches that the present situation is based on past actions, so by doing selfless service now, one is choosing a future that is free from negativity and selfishness.  Karma Yogis change their attitude towards the good and in the process, change their souls, which leads to a change in their destiny.

Tantra Yoga is about using rituals to experience what is sacred.  Although sex is a part of it, sex is not the whole of it since this path aims to find what is sacred in everything we do.

Hatha Yoga or Yoga of Postures is the most popular branch of Yoga in the West and probably what comes to mind whenever “yoga” is mentioned.  This branch of Yoga uses physical poses or Asana, Breathing Techniques and Meditation to achieve better health as well as spirituality.

Yoga is meant to develop the body and keep it healthy.  In this respect, Yoga is a way for us to keep fit. And how terrific is this – fit, spiritual, relaxed and mentally alert all in one fell swoop.  Seems pretty magical, this Yoga, don’t you think?


Appointment Request

About the Center for the New Age

Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.

Description
We’ve searched the globe and pulled the most accurate Psychics and Healers and amazing Massage-Therapists from all over the world who have come here to be part of this special community, whose energy makes them even more psychic. Their services are offered at the Center daily and by phone at (928) 282-2085.

Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111

888-881-6651 Free
928-282-2085 Main
928-282-7220 Concierge

www.sedonanewagestore.com

sedonanewage@gmail.com

What is Yoga?

yogaEveryone has heard the word yoga, but how many of us know what it really is. Oh I know , its some kind of exercise. Well yes and no. To understand Yoga we have to know its history, so that we can understand it and hopefully incorporate it into our lives.

Although archaeological evidence goes back to 3000 B. C. with yoga figures appearing in stone seals, scholars have traced its existence back to the Stone Age, It started out as a community oriented activity and then turned into individual practice.

If we go back to the Vedas sacred scripture and the basis for modern day Hinduism, we find the oldest known recorded teachings called Vedic Yoga. These teachings are characterized by rituals and ceremonies designed to help the individual surpass the limitations of the mind. Vedic people relied on Yogis to help them live in divine harmony. Yogis were also gifted with the ability to see beyond reality through their intense spiritual practice and give helpful advice and insights.

Yoga shares some characteristics not only with Hinduism, but also with Buddhism. Buddha taught the importance of meditation and the practice of physical postures. Siddharta Gautama, the first Buddhist to study Yoga, achieved enlightenment at the age of thirty five.

Later around 500 B.C. , the Bhagavad Gita was created and is the oldest known Yoga Scripture. The Gita says that, to be alive means to be active and in order to avoid difficulties in our lives our actions have to be benign and have to exceed our egos. The belief is that the body is a temple, and the Yogis attempted to use Yoga techniques to change the body and make it immortal.

Yoga was introduced to the West during the early 19th century. It was first studied as a Eastern Philosophy and began as a movement for health and Vegetarianism around the 1930’s. By the 1960’s there was an influx of Indian teachers who expounded on Yoga. Among them was Maharishi Mahesh who popularized Transcendental Meditation. Another was Swami Satchitananda who introduced chanting and Yoga to Woodstock. Yoga Bhajan started teaching Kundalini Yoga in the 70’s. Up to this day, Yoga has taken on many styles and variations and continues to proliferate and spread its teachings across the boundaries of cultures .

What is Meditation?

meditationThink about a ten day period of meditation extending from the crack of dawn till after twilight where the end result is a way of self-transformation through self-observation, and you have Vipassana (vi posh´un na)

This is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation, rediscovered by the Buddha more than 2500 years ago and used by him to free himself from the ills of existence – the agitation, irritation and disharmony we all experience from time to time.

We become unhappy when we find someone behaving in a way that we don’t like, or when we find something happening which we don’t like.  Unwanted things happen and we create tension within.  Wanted things do not happen, some obstacle comes in the way, and again we create tension within.  Throughout life, unwanted things keep on happening and wanted things may or may not happen.  This process of reaction can make our entire mental and physical structure so tense, so full of negativity, that life becomes miserable.

So the question arises, how can we stop reacting blindly when confronted with things that we don’t like?  How can we stop creating tension and remain peaceful and harmonious?

There are those who have studied this problem and have taught that if something unwanted happens and you start to react by generating anger, fear or any negativity, then you should divert your attention to something else to deflect the mind.  Good idea; it works, on the conscious level at least.  On the surface there is a layer of peace and harmony, but in the depths of the mind –the unconscious –the negativity remains.

Vipassana is a scientific method for purifying the mind on both a conscious and an unconscious level to totally eliminate the negativity that causes distress and pain.  Vipassana meditation provides an insight that cuts through conventions to perceive mind and matter as they actually are:  impermanent, unsatisfactory and impersonal.  Seeing this truth purifies the mind, eliminating all forms of attachment.

The difficulty is that we are not aware when negativity starts.  It begins deep in the unconscious mind, and by the time it reaches the conscious level, it has gained so much strength that it overwhelms us, and we cannot observe it.   There is a solution to this problem, however.

Whenever any impurity arises in the mind, physically two things start happening simultaneously.  One is that the breath loses its normal rhythm.  We start breathing harder whenever negativity comes into the mind.  In addition, at a subtler level, a biochemical reaction starts in the body, resulting in some sensation.  Every impurity will generate some sensation or the other within the body.

This presents a practical solution.  Ordinarily, we cannot observe intangible corruptions of the mind –abstract fear, anger or passion, but with proper training and practice, it is very easy to observe respiration and body sensations, both of which are directly related to mental distortions.  Thus, by observing the respiration or the sensations, we are in fact observing mental impurities, and by acknowledging them, these impurities lose their strength and no longer overpower us as they did in the past.

In this way the technique of self-observation shows us reality in its two aspects –inner and outer.  Prior to this insight, we only looked outward, missing the inner truth.  We looked outside for the cause of our unhappiness; we blamed and tried to change the reality outside.  Being ignorant of the inner reality, we did not understand that the cause of suffering lies within, in our own blind reactions toward pleasant and unpleasant sensations.

In Vipasanna Meditation, one learns to be aware of one’s breathing and also of what is happening inside.  Whatever it is, breath or sensation, Vipasanna provides the opportunity to observe it without losing mental balance.  The observer can stop reacting and multiplying  misery.  Instead, the participant allows the disturbances to manifest and pass away.

This direct experience of our own inner reality, this technique of self observation, is a practical approach by which it is possible to free the mind of negativities.  Vipasanna Meditation may not be magical or mystical in itself, but it certainly is a universal path, the result of which might be considered a magical experience at the very least.