Friday, October 24, 2014

Work, Word and Wisdom - karma, jnana and bhakti

In an interview with Mr. Shekhar Gupta, the ex-editor of India's national, Mr. Iyengar was asked how to deal with the fact that we all seem to want change and for it to happen immediately.

His reply was "through work, word and wisdom - karma, jnana and bhakti."

As a yogi he said, "my job is to guide people." "I should not think about my growth. I should think more about the growth of others. That is what yoga has taught me."

So, there is no short cuts, which is good because really what would we do if there was :)

So, with these wise words it's back to work I go. Hi HO! 

Pamela Nelson

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am truly grateful to all, as you all are a blessing on this journey. Namaste.

It's a Gift to be simple

Its a gift to be simple, Its a gift to be free, Its the gift to com...e down where you ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, Will be in the valley of love and delight. When true simplicity is gained, To bow and to bend, we will not be ashamed, To turn, turn, will be our delight, Till by turning, turning we come round right Its a gift to come down where you ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, Will be in the valley of love and delight.

This is just one version of the song I could find.
I always loved the version by John Denver and the Muppets too.

Pamela Nelson

New Saturday Morning Session - Flow, All Levels and Youth

For anyone who might be interested in a Saturday morning practice I have attached the poster for the next upcoming Saturday Morning Classes.

Please pre-register and pass along to anyone you know that might be interested.

Thank you.
Pamela Nelson

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Patanjali"s Yoga Sutra I.16

In the eight limbs of yoga (astanga yoga) Patanjali discusses many important steps one must go though to reach kaivalya, or eternal emancipation.

After discussing abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (detachment) where Mr. Iyengar writes in practice we activate and purify our energy and detachment we disentangle ourselves from involvement in even the subtlest of the phenomenal world, leads to sutra I.16.

Sutra I.16 tatparam purusakhyateh gunavaitrsnyam

The ultimate renunciation is when one transcends the qualities of nature and perceives the soul.

In Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Mr. Iyengar says the purest form of renunciation is when one is free from the qualities of nature. One realizes the soul at once. Clear intelligence of head and heart leads to this. 

There is five stages of vairagya (detachment) and the involution of prakrti (nature), moving from specific to unmarked.
The first begins with disengaging the senses from action, then keeping away desire, stilling the mind, mastery of desire and finally supreme detachment. 

We all want more energy, but as B.K.S. Iyengar writes, the creation of energy alone, without control or restraint, cannot lead to freedom.
To begin to relate this to today's world is challenging with so many distractions and desires to do, be and have more. Even being disciplined is seen as giving up your freedom to do whatever you want, when you want.
But, it is only through a long, uninterrupted sadhana of practice and detachment that the movements of consciousness can be stilled.

Pamela Nelson

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall Morning Yoga Workshop - October 25th

Join me for a refreshing morning workshop on October 25th at the studio in Prince Albert.

Contact me to register or for details.

Pamela Nelson