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March, 2007
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Bhujangasana, Cobra Pose
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The Cobra Pose pronounced "Boo-jang-Gahs-anna" in Sanskrit, is a backward bending pose. "Bhujanga" means serpent or snake, and "asana" means comfortable seat, or pose.

Technique:
Remember that all breathing is done through the nose, breathing deeply and steadily into the abdomen. All movements should be executed in a graceful manner with no jerking or straining...only effort. Straining in yoga creates more stress in the body so remember to flow and move the body towards a "feel good" stretch.

* Lay down on your stomach on your mat.
* Feet and legs are aligned straight out in back of you. Heels are touching, or slightly apart with the tops of the feet flat on the floor.
* Place the hands palms down beneath the shoulders aligning the fingertips with the tops of the shoulders. Elbows bent and arms are pressing gently into the body.
* Place the forehead on the mat.
* Inhale and slowly roll the head forward brushing the forehead, nose and chin against the mat, then raising the head neck and chest upward arching the back.
* Lengthen and tilt the head back slightly. Avoid crunching the neck or stretching out the chin.
* Roll shoulders back and down opening the chest.
* No pressure on the palms. Your awareness should be on the space between the shoulder blades using the upper back for strength. Imagine you are squeezing a ball in between your shoulder blades remembering not to strain.
* Breathing deeply and steadily, the pelvis presses into the mat.
* Hold the pose for 15 seconds.
* On an exhalation lower down slowly, first bringing the chest to the mat and then brushing the chin, nose and forehead to the mat.
* Relax the feet, keep the arms in place and rest the head on one cheek, observing the breath as you rest for a few seconds.
* For the second round bring the feet in place as before, check the positioning of the hands, bring the forehead to the floor.
* Inhale and raise up once more feeling that you are able to go slightly deeper into the pose by lifting up just a bit higher on the inhalation.
* One again, hold the pose for 15 seconds.
* Lower down on an exhalation and rest in Advasana, the relaxation pose on the abdomen: feet about hip width distance apart, arms slightly away from the body with palms up and rest the head on one cheek.
* Observe the breath.
* Rest and Enjoy.

Benefits:
Strengthens the spine
Stimulates abdominal organs
Relieves constipation
Helps prevent disorders of the uterus, ovaries and testes.
Helps relieve stress and fatigue
Opens the heart and lungs
Therapeutic for asthma
Soothes sciatica
Tones adrenal glands
Regulates blood sugar levels
Improves posture

Contraindications:
Back injury
Carpal Tunnel syndrome
Headache
Peptic Ulcer
Hernia
Hyperthyroid
Pregnancy

 

Greetings of Peace and Joy!

Lessons in Yoga

by Reverend Jaganath Carrera

"Sacred Wisdom"

Bhagavad Gita,
a dialogue between Lord Krishna and the warrior, Prince Arjuna.
Chapter 9, "The Yoga of the Regal Science
and the Royal Secret."

26. Whatever is offered to me with true devotion - if only a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or a sip of water - I accept it because it is given with love.

27. Whatever you do, Arjuna, make that an offering. Whether it's eating, sacrificing yourself, giving help, or even your suffering (tapas), offer it to me.

28. In this way you free yourself from the bondage of karma and its good or bad results. Through this Yoga, you thus achieve true renunciation and come to me in a state of liberation.

34. Think of me constantly; devote your life to me; offer all your actions to me, and bow down and surrender before me. Thus you become steady on your path to the supreme goal, and come unto me.

Offer everything as an offering. Every act of prayer or worship, every act in life, even our suffering, should be offered up to God. This is the essential teaching of the Gita and the very heartbeat of spiritual life. Recognizing that absolutely everything is God and from God, the highest worship and the highest sadhana is to offer everything to God. It is gratitude and faith in action. It strengthens the mind, brings discriminative power, and the experience of unshakable peace and joy. This is the Yoga Life, this is how we should live. Everyday, in some small way, let us cultivate this attitude and shine as mature yogis, enlightening the paths of others, soothing their suffering and bringing comfort, faith, and bliss to their lives. Live your life as a sacrifice to God in any form - as Goddess, Vishnu, Siva, Jesus, The Cosmic Power (Parashakti), Guru - it doesn't really matter, approach in whatever form is most dear to you. Ultimately, God is your Self, nearer to you than your own heart.

Let's do it and let's do it now. Let's do it now.

Love and Blessings.

Yours,

jaganath


Sri Swami Satchidananda

Gurudev

"Hinduism", "Catholicism", and "Judaism", all the "isms" are different decorations. But they all have the same basic principle, that the individual must become fit to realize the Cosmic One, to know that he is not different from the Cosmic One. Let us accept all the different paths as different rivers running toward the same ocean. "

OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti


Interfaith Observances

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March, 2007

3 - Magha Puja Day - Buddhist celebration of the teachings of Buddha.
4 - Purim - Jewish celebration of deliverance from slavery. Charity to the poor, sharing food with friends, and vigorous merrymaking mark the observance.
4 - Holi - Hindu spring festival.
17 - St. Patrick's Day- Christian saint known as a missionary celebrated for haven brought Christianity to Ireland.
19 - Spring Navaratri & Hindi New Year- Sacred 9 day festival of praise and devotion to the Divine Mother. Also coincides with Hindu New Year's observance.
21 - Nau-Roz- Baha'i New Year.
21 - Norouz- Zoroastrian New Year.
25 - Annunciation to the Virgin Mary- Christians remember Mary as she receives word of the coming birth of Jesus.
27 - Ramanavani - Hindu celebration of the Lord Rama.
30 - Mawlid an Nabi - Islamic remembrance of the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
31 - Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian remembrance of the resurrection of Lazarus.

Google Guruji

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Question - A Sangha member writes:

I was raised a Catholic and for a long time have tried to understand what it means that Jesus is "Christ."

What is the Christ and how is that same thing described in the Yoga teachings?
Thank you very much.

Guruji Answers:

Hari OM,

Thank you for the question.

What we are encountering in this question is a fundamental puzzle that has faced spiritual seekers from the beginning.

Let's start with a little Yoga philosophy. There is spirit and matter. Matter is constantly undergoing change. Things come into creation, change, and pass from our view. Spirit is One, eternal, and unchanging. It is pure consciousness. In Yoga, the mind is also part of matter. It comes into being, changes, and one day passes. Keeping this in mind, let's look at Jesus the Christ.

Jesus is the physical being; the body and mind that lived 2000 years ago. The Christ is the eternal Spirit that functioned through Him. Because Jesus was such a pure vessel, the Spirit, which he called God the Father, could be experienced through Him very fully. The Spirit is our True Nature, it is our common ground; our very core and essence. That is the Christ. We all have that Spirit within us as our own Self. It is the same Spirit we see expressing through Lord Krishna, the Buddha, Mohammed, and all the saints, sages, and gurus of all traditions and times.

Lord Jesus said, "Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." He was speaking about experiencing the perfection - the Spirit - within. He also taught that the pure in heart will see God. When our minds are serene, tranquil under all circumstances; when we grow to see all in creation as our brothers and sisters, and when we naturally express loving- kindness to all, our minds will be pure enough to realize our own Christhood, Krishnahood, Buddhahood. It is an experience that is in all our futures.

Christ is from the Greek for, "anointed." It is the Greek equivalent for Messiah. To be anointed is to be chosen, to inherit a Divine post. That is certainly true of Lord Jesus. But it is also true of all of us. God put us here to do our part in fulfilling the Divine Will. And to do it fully requires that we go deeply within to experience the Spirit that is our Self. When we do, we, too will be anointed by Spirit.

I hope that answers your question.

Love and Blessings.

Yours,

jaganath

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Do you have a question for Guruji???

If you have a question for Guruji and would like to see it in print in our next newsletter, please submit your inquiries for Guruji to bhavani@yogalifesociety.com. All questions will be initially answered by Guruji via email. Upon review and with the inquirer's approval, the correspondence will be printed in April's Newsletter.

News From Our Sangha

Narani

Scheduling Programs with Narani

Our beloved Karuna Lynne tirelessly serves Guruji and the YLS Sangha as Vice President to the YLS Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee. She is the video editor for Guruji's recorded satsang programs and is developing the Spiritual Arts Department within the YLS.

Karuna was also serving as Guruji's Personal Assistant but with so many responsibilities and up and coming projects on her plate, Narani Lisa Lorelli has graciously accepted the service of Personal Assistant to Guruji.

Narani is a YLS Board of Trustees Member, Treasurer and a member of the YLS Executive Committee.

Our warmest thanks and deepest appreciation to both Karuna and Narani for their unwavering dedication to service.

If you would like Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera to speak at a function or your Yoga center, or perhaps if you have a program idea you would like to discuss and develop with Guruji, please contact Narani via email at revjaganathprograms@yogalifesociety.com.

Narani will be happy to help you with scheduling details and more in depth projects and ideas.

The Vegetarian Cafe - Recipes

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Peter's Breakfast Rice Bowl

Warming, delicious and aromatic breakfast alternative to oatmeal. Great for balancing and energizing the body and mind in the cold early spring months.

3/4 cup plain cooked white basmati rice (hint: prepare basmati rice the night before according to package directions- you can use the rice as a side dish for dinner and save some for a nourishing breakfast - refrain from using cooked basmati rice which has been refrigerated for more than 3 days).
1/2 cup milk (cow, goat, soy or nut)
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 tsp. ghee (optional)

If using left over cooked basmati rice, warm it up in a small saucepan with a small amount of water to prevent scorching. Add milk, spices, raisins and ghee to the warm rice and mix gently. Bring all ingredients to a gentle boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 3-5 minutes, continually stirring.

Serve whole or blend to create a farina type consistency.

Great with a touch of honey or maple syrup.

Enjoy!!

New Beginnings, From the Editor's Desk

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by bhavani dirito
Editor, YLS Newsletter

Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Yoga,

Heartfelt greetings of Peace and Joy!

I am looking outside my window as i am writing this article.
Snow is blanketing the ground and tracing the oak trees in shimmering bands of white. In the mist of all this winter is a precious little purple crocus flower making it's way through the weight of the snow.

Traditionally, the crocus has been a symbol for the approaching spring season. Its appearance always fills me with a sweet anticipation of seeing the earth wrapped in different shades of green, flowers blooming everywhere, and experiencing that intoxicating perfume that only travels on the softest of spring winds.

In many faiths, spring ushers in a new year. Everything is reborn with a glorious new strength and vibrance. The sun becomes ever more present and all of nature is nourished by its light.

It seems the same happens to us with each "rebirth" as we come closer to our goal of self-realization. As the Light becomes more prominent in our lives, we also begin to reach towards our inevitable growth.

The YLS Newsletter is also experiencing growth and change and I want to thank you all so much for your contributions. Because of your creativity and participation, together we are developing a haven where new ideas are shared, a place to inspire and to be inspired. It's a joy to work with all of you. I truly hope you enjoy this month's newsletter and that it serves as an aid to deepen your practice. Please feel free to submit your ideas or comments to me at bhavani@yogalifesociety.com.
I look forward to hearing from you.

I wish you and your loved ones a blessed spring season. Just as the wondrous crocus flower makes it's way through the cold and frigidness of winter, may all beings realize the infinite beauty of the True Self as it blossoms from out of the blanket of ignorance.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,

Joyfully at Your Service,
bhavani

YLS Mission Statement

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The Yoga Life Society functions under the guidance of Reverend Jaganath Carrera, who is its founder and spiritual head. Based on the Integral Yoga teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj, it exists to foster the study and practice of the branches of Yoga, and to share these teachings with anyone seeking health, happiness, and peace.

Upcoming Satsangs with Guruji

Happy meditator

March Satsangs


Integral Yoga Institute, (201)796-7585, Fairlawn, NJ:

Living Your Values
Friday, 2 March, 9:15am-10:45am
--- Suggested Donation $12

Integral Yoga of Princeton, (609)683-9199, Princeton, NJ:

Three Precious Jewels: Secrets for Success in Yoga
Sunday, 4 March, 10am- 12pm
--- Suggested Donation $15

Freehold Yoga Center, (732)462-YOGA, Freehold, NJ:
Conversations with God: Meditation and Prayer
Friday, 9 March, 8pm-10pm
--- Suggested Donation $15

Simply Yoga, (609)924-7751, Kingston (Princeton area), NJ:
Introduction to Raja Yoga
Sunday, 11 March, 1pm-5pm
--- Fee $45

Yogaville, Satchidananda Ashram, (434)969-3121, Buchingham, Virginia:
4 Day Raja Yoga Intensive
Thursday thru Sunday, 15-18 March
For more information, please log onto http://www.Yogaville.org

Inner Light Yoga Center, (732)951-1100, North Brunswick, NJ:

Raja Yoga
Friday, 23 March, 6:30pm- 9:30pm
Please note that this class is part of the ILYC's Yoga Teacher Trainee curriculum, but is open to the public.
--- Fee $25

Integral Yoga Institute, (201)796-7585, Fairlawn, NJ:

Raja Yoga
Wednesday, 28 March, 7pm-10pm
Please note that this class is part of the IYI's Yoga Teacher Trainee curriculum, but is open to the public.
--- Fee $25

Starseed Yoga, (973)783-1036, Montclair, NJ:
Bhagavad Gita Introductory Course
3 week study course,
Thursdays, 8pm-9:30pm, 29 March, 12 April, 15 April
--- Fee $52

Integral Yoga Institute, (201)796-7585, Fairlawn, NJ:

Why Me? The Meaning of Suffering
Friday, 30 March, 2007, 8pm-9:30pm
--- Suggested Donation $12

Lotus Yoga Center, (973)783-5060, Montclair, NJ:

Raja Yoga
Saturday, 31 March, 2007, 4pm- 7pm
Please note that this class is part of the Lotus Yoga Center's Yoga Teacher Trainee curriculum, but is open to the public.
--- Fee $25, Pre-registration by phone is required as space is limited


April Satsangs


Integral Yoga of Princeton, (609)683-9199, Princeton, NJ:

Drop Your Burdens and Be Free
Sunday, 1 April, 10am-12pm
--- Fee $15

Integral Yoga Institute, (201)796-7585, Fairlawn, NJ:
Blessed Are You: Yoga and the Beatitudes
Friday, 6 April, 9:15am-10:45am
--- Suggested Donation $12

Easter Service
Sunday, 8 April, 10am-12pm
--- Free of Charge

NY Integral Yoga Institute, (212)929-0586, New York City, New York:
Raja Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program
With Swami Ramananda, Swami Bhaktananda,
Swami Karunananda and Reverend Jaganath Carrera
Monday, 9 April thru Monday, 4 June
--- Fee: $900 Active IYI Teachers. Other Teachers $1000.
Deposit of $100 is required.
To ask for an application or register, contact Sevika at (212) 929-0586 ext.16

For further information, please log onto http://www.iyiny.org be sure to click on the "Teacher Training/Graduate Level" listing on the website for a more in depth description and class schedule


Freehold Yoga Center, (732)462-YOGA, Freehold, NJ:
Bringing Yoga Into Your Relationships
Friday, 13 April, 8pm-10pm
--- Suggested Donation $15

Inner Light Yoga Center, (732)951-1100, North Brunswick, NJ:

Raja Yoga
Friday, 20 April, 6:30pm- 9:30pm
Please note that this class is part of the ILYC's Yoga Teacher Trainee curriculum, but is open to the public.
--- Fee $25

Integral Yoga Institute, (201)796-7585, Fairlawn, NJ:
Truth is One, Paths Are Many: the Essential Teachings of Yoga
Friday, 27 April, 8pm-9:30pm
--- Suggested Donation $12

Raja Yoga
Wednesday, 28 April, 7pm-10pm
Please note that this class is part of the IYI's Yoga Teacher Trainee curriculum, but is open to the public.
--- Fee $25





Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera

Reverend Jaganath, called Guruji by his students, is the founder-director of the Yoga Life Society and author of Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Source book for the Study and Practice of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

He has been teaching all facets of Yoga since 1973 at universities, prisons, Yoga centers and interfaith programs both here and abroad.

He was a principle instructor of both Hatha and Raja Yoga for the Integral Yoga Teacher Training Certification Programs for over twenty years and established the Integral Yoga Ministry. He also co- developed the Integral Yoga Meditation and Raja Yoga Teacher Training Certification programs.

Guruji served for eight years as chief administrator of Satchidananda Ashram -Yogaville and founded the Integral Yoga Institute of New Brunswick, NJ.

He also holds a Masters Degree in Acupuncture., teaches acupuncture at the Eastern School of Acupuncture and supervises at its Intern Clinic.

Guruji in prayer
OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
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