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  • Returning to Yoga after a Back Injury | Expanding Light
    forward flexion to enter like Shoulderstand or Headstand were off the list The innervation to my legs was still affected so I fell over in balance poses I adopted Patanjali s sutra Asana should be steady and comfortable as my guide I joked about how I was doing tiny yoga In Ardha Chandrasana Half Moon Pose my lean to the side was about ½ inch off center I used straps and blankets and pillows and walls to support my body It was very frustrating for a long time but I persevered I now had to apply to myself all those adages I had said hundreds of times to my students Go only to the point of first resistance Deeper isn t better Honor your body and its history Present time is the only place you can do yoga Don t compare the body of today with the body you once had Breathe breathe breathe Fast forward to present time I am a much better yoga instructor for having been through this experience I am more present and my attention to proper alignment is meticulous I have deeper compassion for people with physical limitations There are still poses that I cannot do deeply and I often use students for demos something I never used to do it was ahem a point of pride I tell my students that I am a walking advertisement for the fact that yoga is for everyone not just the young and flexible Interestingly although my body is more limited my classes are fuller than ever proof that people come to yoga for more than a physical workout I feel now that God and Guru wanted me to have this experience to learn so many things humility patience mindfulness compassion subtlety I am an acupuncturist who deals daily with other people s pain and I now have personal knowledge of the psychological and physical challenges of chronic pain As a devotee the plethora of techniques given to us by Yogananda was what got me through each day and brought me out the other side This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training and tagged Yoga Teacher Short Stories Bookmark the permalink Comments Mary Jo Cleaveland says April 8 2015 at 12 59 pm I so appreciate this acccount of working with Yogananda and Ananda s teachings of working with the body that is in pain I too recently have experienced a fracture at Thoracic vertebra 8 the most intense pain I have experienced in this life even more than labor pains with childbirth I have just moved and have needed to cancel my yoga classes in order to tend to this body I will use your wisdom and examples as the fracture heals and bring the students back soon so that we all heal together Thank you Lynn You will be with me in my journey forward Reply Lynn Lloyd says April 8 2015 at 8 15 pm Mary Jo I will be with you and so

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  • Motherhood and Meditation | Expanding Light
    I am challenged with a busy mind When I sit still in meditation my mind is very aware of those activities It wants to continue reviewing the projects from the day and begin planning the next ones This is why I like to practice Ananda Yoga before my meditations It helps me redirect my energy from action to stillness Paramhansa Yogananda said that Hatha Yoga can be very helpful to prepare the body for meditation but it is not essential for spiritual growth So if I have limited time and have to choose between doing yoga or meditation then meditation it is What I ve realized in this first year of motherhood is that my focus in meditation needs to shift from quantity to quality There isn t space in my life to have those three hour meditations every week It s more important to me to sit in the stillness and feel God s presence for one minute than to sit for one hour thinking about everything else but the present moment So even though I have much less time to meditate these days I can see that God is teaching me to use my free time wisely by going deeper in Him The situations He gives each of us are truly for our highest good This entry was posted in Meditation Yoga and tagged hatha yoga meditation prenatal yoga Bookmark the permalink Comments iYogaprops Leading Yoga Mats Supplier says January 26 2015 at 12 52 am Motherhood and meditation perfectly go with each other I must say that even with the lineup of tasks that one has to do it will really help a lot if there will still be time left for meditation so that thoughts will be organized and tasks will be accomplished with lesser difficulty

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  • The “Right” Way to End Deep Relaxation | Expanding Light
    perhaps after lying on your right side for a bit begin with the following guided meditation visualization from Paramhansa Yogananda Tune in with the Cosmic Sound You ll try to hear inside the right ear the cosmic sound of AUM which is the creative power behind our very existence To help you connect with AUM the recording includes Swami Kriyananda chanting AUM most of the time quietly in the background it s from his CD Mantra of Eternity When you finish listening to the external sound of this recording listen intently to whatever internal sound you hear even if it s only your own heartbeat It will take you to a more internalized state of awareness This guided practice is also effective during the expansion phase of your meditation after you ve completed the practice of your meditation technique For your convenience the words of this guided meditation are provided below Tune in with the Cosmic Sound by Paramhansa Yogananda Metaphysical Meditations 1932 Edition Listen to the cosmic sound on the sensitive right side of your head Feel it spreading through the head Hear its continuous pounding roar Now hear and feel it spreading over the spine and bursting open the doors of the heart Feel it resounding through every tissue every feeling every cord of your nerves Every blood cell every thought is dancing on the sea of roaring vibration Watch the spread of the volume of the cosmic sound It sweeps through the body and mind into the earth and the surrounding fifty miles of atmosphere into the airless ether and into millions of universes of matter Meditate on the marching spread of the cosmic sound It has passed through the physical universes to the subtle shining veins of rays that hold all matter in manifestation The cosmic sound is commingling with violet orange and a million multi colored rays The cosmic sound has entered the conscious cosmic rays Listen behold and feel the embrace of the cosmic sound and the eternal light The cosmic sound now pierces through the heart fires of cosmic energy and they both melt into the bosom of cosmic consciousness and cosmic joy The body melts into the universe The universe melts into the soundless voice The sound melts into the all shining light And the light enters the bosom of infinite joy This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training and tagged Especially for Yoga Teachers Bookmark the permalink Comments Tracy says September 29 2014 at 3 28 am Thanks Gyandev I also like the additional suggestion you give in your recent book Spiritual Yoga about how the practice of lying on one side can open the opposite side of the nostrils for pranayama breathing energy practices such as alternate nostril breathing or variations p 151 and pp 160 163 Before getting deeper into yoga and meditation I thought How could breathing through one nostril or another possibly make a difference I also highly recommend the Advanced Pranayama course even if you

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  • The “Right” Way to End Deep Relaxation | Expanding Light
    after lying on your right side for a bit begin with the following guided meditation visualization from Paramhansa Yogananda Tune in with the Cosmic Sound You ll try to hear inside the right ear the cosmic sound of AUM which is the creative power behind our very existence To help you connect with AUM the recording includes Swami Kriyananda chanting AUM most of the time quietly in the background it s from his CD Mantra of Eternity When you finish listening to the external sound of this recording listen intently to whatever internal sound you hear even if it s only your own heartbeat It will take you to a more internalized state of awareness This guided practice is also effective during the expansion phase of your meditation after you ve completed the practice of your meditation technique For your convenience the words of this guided meditation are provided below Tune in with the Cosmic Sound by Paramhansa Yogananda Metaphysical Meditations 1932 Edition Listen to the cosmic sound on the sensitive right side of your head Feel it spreading through the head Hear its continuous pounding roar Now hear and feel it spreading over the spine and bursting open the doors of the heart Feel it resounding through every tissue every feeling every cord of your nerves Every blood cell every thought is dancing on the sea of roaring vibration Watch the spread of the volume of the cosmic sound It sweeps through the body and mind into the earth and the surrounding fifty miles of atmosphere into the airless ether and into millions of universes of matter Meditate on the marching spread of the cosmic sound It has passed through the physical universes to the subtle shining veins of rays that hold all matter in manifestation The cosmic sound is commingling with violet orange and a million multi colored rays The cosmic sound has entered the conscious cosmic rays Listen behold and feel the embrace of the cosmic sound and the eternal light The cosmic sound now pierces through the heart fires of cosmic energy and they both melt into the bosom of cosmic consciousness and cosmic joy The body melts into the universe The universe melts into the soundless voice The sound melts into the all shining light And the light enters the bosom of infinite joy This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training and tagged Especially for Yoga Teachers Bookmark the permalink Comments Tracy says September 29 2014 at 3 28 am Thanks Gyandev I also like the additional suggestion you give in your recent book Spiritual Yoga about how the practice of lying on one side can open the opposite side of the nostrils for pranayama breathing energy practices such as alternate nostril breathing or variations p 151 and pp 160 163 Before getting deeper into yoga and meditation I thought How could breathing through one nostril or another possibly make a difference I also highly recommend the Advanced Pranayama course even if you are

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  • Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching | Expanding Light
    August 18 2014 by Nayaswami Diksha Some teachers misunderstand Hong Sau and miss its subtlety and power Hong Sau helps us develop concentration by observing the natural movement of the breath We want to let the breath flow without controlling it in any way not trying to breathe diaphragmatically Continue reading Posted in Meditation Teacher Training Tagged Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching 3 Comments Teaching Meditation in the Hospital Posted on July 30 2014 by Nayaswami Diksha by Christi Harsono I taught the Ananda Meditation Class at Sutter Roseville Medical Center It was presented in a package as a part of Integrative Care Program which included Future of Health Care Acupressure Jin Shen Jitsu Aromatherapy Self care techniques Continue reading Posted in Meditation Teacher Training Tagged Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching Leave a comment How to Teach Meditation to Children Posted on July 30 2014 by Nayaswami Diksha Author A graduate of MTT prefers to remain anonymous Letter written in 2014 I have been an aid in the school district of a town with a population of about 8500 and with a strong Christian tradition I mainly work Continue reading Posted in Meditation Teacher Training Tagged Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching 4 Comments Directing a Meditation Center in Dent UK Posted on July 29 2014 by Nayaswami Diksha by Annette Brooke I had the privilege to be asked to become Director of The Meditation Center in Dent UK in February 2012 The Center is a beautiful converted chapel in the Yorkshire Dales It is run as a charity Continue reading Posted in Meditation Teacher Training Tagged Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching Leave a comment Creating an International Family Posted on November 25 2013 by Nayaswami Diksha In October of 2013 we had a Meditation Teacher Training Level 1 at The Expanding Light Retreat 19 great souls joined us from all over the world Participants came from 11 different countries USA Italy Germany England Belgium Israel Thailand Continue reading Posted in Meditation Teacher Training Tagged Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching Leave a comment I Have a Dream Posted on November 19 2013 by Nayaswami Anandi Yes I am a great admirer of Martin Luther King Jr but that s not what I want to talk about Martin Luther King s work and his famous I have a dream speech helped change the face of race relations in Continue reading Posted in Meditation Teacher Training Tagged Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching Leave a comment Level 2 Meditation Teacher Training Posted on February 4 2013 by Nayaswami Diksha As I ve worked with meditation teachers over the years I ve listened closely in order to understand what tools they realize they need now that they re out in the field teaching Over and over I ve heard that they need additional meditation related Continue reading Posted in Meditation Teacher Training Tagged Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching 1 Comment Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the

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  • Unique Yoga Teaching Experiences | Expanding Light
    May 21 2013 by Melody Hansen In addition to instructing teenage dancers in Ananda Yoga Yoga for Teens Part 1 I also had the opportunity at Langley Fine Arts School to teach a group of beginners grades 10 11 from a Western Civilizations Class who Continue reading Posted in Yoga Teacher Training Tagged Inspiration for Your Yoga Teaching Unique Yoga Teaching Experiences yoga yoga for teens 4 Comments Yoga for Teens Part 1 Posted on May 8 2013 by Melody Hansen I recently had the privilege of teaching Ananda Yoga and meditation to teenagers at my old high school in Fort Langley BC a private school uniquely designed where students major in one of the arts Dance Drama Music Writing Photography Continue reading Posted in Yoga Teacher Training Tagged Inspiration for Your Yoga Teaching Unique Yoga Teaching Experiences yoga for teens 14 Comments Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the Expanding Light better serve people Categories About Expanding Light Meditation Meditation Teacher Training Nature and Spirit Spiritual Travel Superconscious Living Sustainable Living Uncategorized Yoga Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Therapist Training Recent Posts Adriana s Meditation Student Doctor s Experience Teaching Meditation Testimonials for one of our Meditation Teachers Changing One Woman Changed an Office Healing on All Levels Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 December 2013 November 2013 August 2013 June 2013 May 2013 February 2013 January 2013 January 2012 September 2007 March 2007 June 2006 December 2005 March 2004 October 2003 March 2003 October 2002 Meta Log in

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  • Taking God Out of “God”: A Crash Course in Semantics | Expanding Light
    energy within A hospital healing circle In contrast to this experience I was asked to co lead a weekly healing circle with the rabbi at Rhode Island Hospital where I work My role was to lead participants into meditation before healing intentions were heard Those in attendance were scared grieving family and loved ones of patients as well as over stressed caregivers and staff My assumption was that I would be able to use the language that came naturally to me in this environment a beautifully uplifting stained glass clad multi faith chapel I was mistaken At the conclusion of our first healing circle the rabbi cautioned me against using the word God so as not to offend anyone After the second week I was told that I shouldn t use the word prayer either because people might feel uncomfortable By the third week the words Spirit divine and sacred were all called out and dissected one by one By the fourth week I felt paralyzed with fear that my word choice would accidently offend the people in attendance who I knew by now had come to the healing circle to pray As we fumbled around the language needed to communicate what we were trying to say and offer in the chapel those in attendance often seemed baffled and confused When I have time I use the chapel on my lunch hour to meditate Most weeks I share the space with a fellow employee who is a devout Muslim and another who is a devout Catholic My Muslim friend spreads his prayer rug in the corner facing Mecca and quietly conducts his daily spiritual practice My Catholic friend quietly recites the rosary while I meditate and practice Kriya Yoga In these moments although we are all engaged in separate practices praying with different words God s presence is tangible an undeniable energy that all three of us have experienced together due to our combined devotion in this shared sacred space It is the rabbi s job as part of the spiritual counseling staff to be inclusive to all persons looking for spiritual comfort and guidance Her intentions were coming from a place of love and compassion for all but in an attempt at political correctness and not to offend we had diluted the essence of what we were offering to the people who came to us looking for relief during times of emotional stress By tiptoeing around the words that best describe the sacred and divine we had taken a beautiful devotional environment a haven from the storm and made it sterile the very quality families and staff were trying to escape from found in such abundance elsewhere in the hospital rooms and hallways After careful thought I spoke to the rabbi about my concerns and asked if I could conduct the meditation portion of the service with the inclusive language that I had been trained to use as an Ananda teacher She agreed and the healing circle began to

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  • Taking God Out of “God”: A Crash Course in Semantics | Expanding Light
    within A hospital healing circle In contrast to this experience I was asked to co lead a weekly healing circle with the rabbi at Rhode Island Hospital where I work My role was to lead participants into meditation before healing intentions were heard Those in attendance were scared grieving family and loved ones of patients as well as over stressed caregivers and staff My assumption was that I would be able to use the language that came naturally to me in this environment a beautifully uplifting stained glass clad multi faith chapel I was mistaken At the conclusion of our first healing circle the rabbi cautioned me against using the word God so as not to offend anyone After the second week I was told that I shouldn t use the word prayer either because people might feel uncomfortable By the third week the words Spirit divine and sacred were all called out and dissected one by one By the fourth week I felt paralyzed with fear that my word choice would accidently offend the people in attendance who I knew by now had come to the healing circle to pray As we fumbled around the language needed to communicate what we were trying to say and offer in the chapel those in attendance often seemed baffled and confused When I have time I use the chapel on my lunch hour to meditate Most weeks I share the space with a fellow employee who is a devout Muslim and another who is a devout Catholic My Muslim friend spreads his prayer rug in the corner facing Mecca and quietly conducts his daily spiritual practice My Catholic friend quietly recites the rosary while I meditate and practice Kriya Yoga In these moments although we are all engaged in separate practices praying with different words God s presence is tangible an undeniable energy that all three of us have experienced together due to our combined devotion in this shared sacred space It is the rabbi s job as part of the spiritual counseling staff to be inclusive to all persons looking for spiritual comfort and guidance Her intentions were coming from a place of love and compassion for all but in an attempt at political correctness and not to offend we had diluted the essence of what we were offering to the people who came to us looking for relief during times of emotional stress By tiptoeing around the words that best describe the sacred and divine we had taken a beautiful devotional environment a haven from the storm and made it sterile the very quality families and staff were trying to escape from found in such abundance elsewhere in the hospital rooms and hallways After careful thought I spoke to the rabbi about my concerns and asked if I could conduct the meditation portion of the service with the inclusive language that I had been trained to use as an Ananda teacher She agreed and the healing circle began to blossom

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