“I cannot leave the truth unknown.” Sophocles
“In the stormy ocean of life, take refuge in yourself.”
Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh
Life is challenging. Life is unpredictable. Life is impermanent. And sometimes we suffer. But, there are specific practices that will bring happiness, ease and joy into your life. Yoga and meditation have the power to transform your conditioned way of thinking and open you up to your greatest potential.
Here at Lotus Yoga Centre, a variety of deeply thoughtful and experienced teachers will guide you through the sacred practices of yoga and meditation.
Yoga is designed to work on the entire nervous and glandular systems in the body, thereby slowing down the aging process and stimulating overall health and vitality. The word “Kundalini” simply means awareness – the greatness of which you are capable. Kundalini energy is portrayed as a coiled serpent lying dormant at the base of the spine. To raise the Kundalini means to awaken and enliven this creative energy. It is a powerful tool for increasing intuition, mental clarity, creativity, strength, flexibility, and happiness.
A Unique Approach to Practicing Yoga
As you move your body through postures, breath techniques and meditations, you will also be guided toward mindfulness, concentration and insight. Practicing yoga with mindfulness will give you a deep experience of oneness and unity. When we understand that we are not ‘separate’ or ‘alone’ we feel secure. Security reduces fear – you become a courageous spiritual warrior capable of lifting yourself up – out of depression, anxiety, mood swings, anger and sadness.
The Power in Your Breath
You will move your body in LYC yoga classes, but you will also open your mind to the power inherent in your breath. This is the key to wisdom. Your breath is your life force and it has special healing, transformational and spiritual qualities. Pranayam (breath mastery) is a fundamental tool to realize greater health, mental well-being, wisdom and power. If you give reverence to your breath – your very life source – you will always have resources and spirit at your command.
The Power in Your Voice
A typical class at LYC also includes chanting. The science of “mantra” or sound is considered very transformative. Sound is a form of energy having structure, power and a definite, predictable effect on the human psyche. To have a real and deep connection with your the innermost self, and burn away mistakes and negative karma from your past, is the gift of chanting sacred mantras.
“What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike
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