What is Discipline?

Abhyasa- Vairagyabhyam tan-nirodahah
The restriction of these fluctuations is achieved through practice and discipline.
-Yoga Sutra 1:12

Yoga, a state in which the mind is still, can be achieved by practice (discipline) and detachment. Discipline isn’t about checking off a task or an activity on your to-do list. Quality over quantity. Discipline is when you are completely absorbed in what you are doing, because in that moment you are fully present. Practice then is discipline in action. Do what you can and always do your best. Practice is not about what you get, it is about what you give. Do what is truly possible with an unwavering commitment to giving yourself to that moment. Without this intention, practice becomes another task to be completed and it loses its ability to transform. After all, transformation, or freedom, is the reason for all discipline.

In addition to practicing asanas (physical postures) on your mat, I encourage you to take your practice off the mat. Stay engaged in whatever it is you are doing, driving, cooking, listening to music or relaxing. By cultivating this awareness to be present in all your experiences, you are contributing to being your best self. Remember, practice is about what you can give. Thank you for assisting in raising the Universal vibration. Namaste.

Letting Go

It was a wet morning in Waialua, being flexible yogis, we moved the class from the outdoor deck indoors to the barn. I was carrying my new mat and there was red dirt everywhere. Immediately, I caught myself thinking… “MY NEW MAT!” My mat is my sacred space, I only recently learned to share this space with others. As I looked around the barn for something to wipe my feet with, Piper the fox terrier ran straight across it and left cute little muddy paw prints all over. I couldn’t help but let out a giggle. In that moment, I was truly present. Fully engaged but detached. I let go, accepted and surrendered to what is. This conscious choice left me feeling lighter. I peeled off another layer of the onion, a layer that I didn’t even know existed. My perspective shifted, I removed the smoke screen of ignorance and realized it is just a mat.

I am grateful for this opportunity to experience Yoga at a Barn. Good vibes.

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Be Your Best Authentic Self.

“Life will give you whatever experience that is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle
 
There are no mistakes, only lessons. See each setback as an opportunity for personal expansion and spiritual growth. The secret to happiness is simple. Find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. Once you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires are filled with ease and grace.
 
“Sthira Sukham Asanam” – Yoga Sutra 2.46
Yoga happens when there is an equal measure of steadiness/stability (Sthira) and ease/joy (Sukham)
 
Find Strength. Find flexibility. Find Ease. Find Your Bliss. Practice yoga to assist in getting rid of the toxins so that our body will always be healthy and tension-free. The moment we sit down for meditation in such body, we’ll forget it. Meditation allows us to connect with that divine essence that is within all of us. It is seated deep within our soul, in our heart. Let go of the ego, relax the body and let your heart breath, let it open. Make space to receive what was always yours.

Good Vibes

I have been feeling a lot of love and aloha lately from all corners of the world. ‪#‎grateful‬. Do everything with a happy heart and the good vibration will attract all that you desire. Be patient. Be clear with your intention. Be ready to receive all that is yours. Stay present in your experiences. The Universe will support you in your journey. Have faith. 

Equanimity

Equanimity is a perfect, unshakable balance of mind. -Nyanaponika Thera

What is equanimity?

Equanimity means not reacting to your reactions, whatever they are. Equanimity creates a buffer around the feeling tones of experiences so that you do not react to them with craving. It is like the circuit breaker that blocks the normal sequence in the mind that moves from feeling tone to craving to cling to suffering. Equanimity is when you are engaged with the world but not troubled by it. Think of a mud-room, where you leave your wet shoes and coats before entering the house. Similarly, your mind is like a house with a mud-room. Equanimity is that mental mud-room to leave your initial reactions at, so that you can keep the mind clean and peaceful. Through this non-reactivity, you create space for compassion, loving-kindness, and joy at the happiness of others.

In everyday life, stay present in your experiences. Be aware of your thoughts and mindful of your feelings towards your experiences. Remain disenchant with them – pleasure or pain. Craving, not desire, is the root of suffering. We crave to grab onto pleasure and resist pain and anything that we don’t like. Observe your stream of thoughts, without letting any bit of it hook you. Situations are just situations. People are just being themselves. Don’t grasp enjoyable experiences or push against unpleasant ones, let everything flow, no reason to chase or resist. Let everything be.

Equanimity is an unusual brain state. Your brain does not naturally stay engaged with neutral stimuli, thus you must make an conscious effort to sustain this. Through your consistent practice, you can sensitize yourself to neutral aspects of experiences and your mind will become more comfortable staying neutral and thus less inclined to seek rewards or scans for threats. Ultimately, bringing stillness of the mind and tranquility.

Open Heart

Believe. Everything is the way it is meant to be. No matter how sad or scared you may be, there will be a rainbow waiting at the end. Don’t be afraid of the uncertainty. Keep moving forward. Have faith that you are taken care of. Stay in the present. Don’t let your past hinder this moment. Focus on this experience. Be here. Show up with an open heart. It is amazing how positive thoughts can alter not only your state of being, but also your experiences. Be yourself and surround yourself with what you want to have present in your life. Participate in your own life, be a co-creator. Keep the intention clear, but let life manifest. Be patient. Things may not happen the way you expect it to, but it will. And when it does, be prepared because it will be better than your wildest dreams. Choose how you want to live. Be grateful for what you already have.

Recently, I experienced a period of sadness combined with lot of doubts and fear when one of my relationships came to an end. It was painful when those layers of dark truth started to peel open like the layers of an onion. I questioned what was true and what was real. Every time I started to feel a little better, I would get hit with another ugly truth. My grounds started to shake along with my beliefs, I was losing my center. But, life keeps going, so we must remember to move forward. I’m happy that I no longer feel sad or hurt. I’m grateful for this experience because it made my heart stronger. Today, without any attachments to this past, I open my vulnerable heart to love once again because it is the only way to live. With love.