September’s dynamic astrology continues to unfold this week bringing us a few notable events. We are still buzzing from the second of two eclipses that shook us up on Friday, this one a full moon and lunar eclipse in Pisces. It may take up to six months or so to figure out exactly what was shifted or transformed for us in this eclipse portal. This Wednesday is a day you’ve all been waiting for: Mercury turns direct in Virgo. Remember that on a station day, like when Mercury turns either retrograde (backward) or direct (forward), those energies will be exaggerated and like a rubber band effect, a lot of the energies will come flying back to smack us in our faces. Take it really easy on Wednesday and try to avoid conflict. You’ll see posts on social media celebrating Wednesday’s direct motion, but professional astrologers will always caution you against this premature enthusiasm. Wait until Thursday when we enter into the shadow period in which Mercury will slowly get comfortable and gai..
41 views 0 comments Shiva Rea – “Stillness is peace with movement.” Shiva Rea embodies the power of movement as a dancer, yogini, passionate activist, and global adventurer. Embracing the body’s poetry and kinesthetic intelligence, the basis of her transformational Prana Flow practice is from the tantric orientation of being moved rather than moving. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic, and life-transforming ways. Shiva is also the creator of Samudra Global School for Living Yoga, Yogadventure Retreats, Yoga Trance Dance for Life, Moving Activism for 1,008,000 Trees, Global Mala Project, and a solar energy project called Be a Light. by Hung TranSeptember 8, 2016 I’m very much into restoring our instinctual body through yoga. Prana Vinyasa is based on the five movements of Prana. Samana is this coiling in we are meant to experience that is an instinctual waking up. Living in Oakland was a very tough environment. ..
6 Amazing Yoga World Records CHECK THIS OUT TOO Indian Yogi Holds Guinness World Record for Motorcycle Yoga Yogis, for the most part, aren’t known for competitiveness on the mat. But once in a while, yogis around the world get together to try and set yoga-related world records. Some do it for fun, some for fame, and some do it to promote yoga and its benefits on the world stage. Here are six Guinness yoga world records we found interesting, amusing, inspiring, or all three. Largest Prenatal Yoga Class In June 2016, 1,546 expectant moms gathered in Rajkot, India to perform prenatal yoga simultaneously as part of the region’s International Day of Yoga celebrations. India’s Prime Minister reacted to their feat via Twitter: “I congratulate these women for embracing Yoga and joining the #IDY2016 celebrations. Very inspiring.” Image credit: Hindustan Times Largest Laughter Yoga Class Laughter is good for you, and so is yoga. In September 2015, 1,028 happy Hong Kongers LOL’d their wa..
get elephant's newsletter Canadian police officers meditating before they start their day. Meditation isn’t just for monks anymore. While it’s true that meditation isn’t just for monks, I must admit that my serious exploration into meditation began in 1993, after my parents lost their Los Angeles-based multi-million dollar jewelry business, and we went almost completely broke. This launched me into a life of introspection filled with questions such as, “Why is this happening to me?” and “What in the world did I do to deserve this?” In 1999, I retreated to a monastery in India where my day started at 4:00 a.m. and involved a two-hour meditation practice along with many simple services like cleaning, cooking, and serving out lunch. This simple life of introspection, meditation, and service was so nourishing to my soul and calming for the mind, I decided to continue the lifestyle when I returned to the U.S. six months later. The plan was to spend another six months in the monas..
get elephant's newsletter My mother died five years ago. On that day I lost my best friend. What I didn’t expect is to rekindle her after all this time. While she has left, her spirit remains. On summer nights, as the sun goes down and I sit outside on the patio, I can still hear her laugh. It makes me smile. It reminds me of simpler times when the only entertainment was being surrounded by green leaves, grass and hearing the crickets at night as we talked about whatever came to our minds. On mornings when I wake up to rain and had planned to go for a long walk, I think of how a few showers and grey skies did not stop my mother. She said, “That is why we have raincoats.” So out we would go in our raincoats for a run. We came home wet and damp, but smiling. There is something exhilarating about feeling the raindrops on my skin on a morning run. It had a charm all its own, one should try it sometime. It was her unstoppable nature that I thought I had lost. My mother had this unca..
get elephant's newsletter Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis presents: “We all tend toward selfishness, but then we can remind ourselves that we’re fundamentally good, and we can be of service to this society, to our community, to ourselves and to this planet.” ~ Waylon Lewis “I can take a good posture, bow in respect and friendliness to my world, and offer myself and my world a reminder through meditation practice that the present moment is right here.” ~ Waylon Lewis “The good news is that it’s not that difficult because it’s connecting with our basic fundamentally good nature.” ~ Waylon Lewis ~ ~ Thanks to our sponsor Jade Yoga: They plant a tree with every mat sold and have no PVC! For free shipping go to jadeyoga.com use code: ELEPHANT (at checkout). ~ Relephant: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche: Meditation 101. How to Meditate: The Dathun Letter, via Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Meditation Instruction: Chogyam Trungpa. Video: Chogyam Trungpa’s Obstacles and Antidotes to ..