Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review - A Garland of Advice

A Garland of Advice: Special Instructions on How to Bless a Mala and General Advice for Recitation Practice
In this book The 12th Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche offers advice on how to use a Buddhist mala and engage in mantra recitation practice because it is important to know how to use a mala correctly to gain merit. 
As he writes, it might seem basic, but sometimes the simple can be profound.
Rinpoche also explains the significance of the mala in Tibetan Buddhism and the commitments relating to the mala and includes special instructions on how to bless a mala and make your mantra practice more powerful.
The book begins with the interesting biography of the 12th Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche, how he was recognized, his enthronement, education and many activities.
The title of this book is very relevant because Rinphche gives many insightful pieces of advice in his writing about malas.  This book really can be relevant to all.
He talks of how Buddhism, and I feel other traditions like yoga, have remained relevant because it has moved with the times without sacrificing its main principles.  He writes, "When we fail to adapt to change, we cannot make progress in our lives." and that change will come when we decide to change for the better.
In Buddhism the purpose of life is to be happy and to share happiness with others.
How can a mala do this? 
Well, one way is that it requires one to sit still, reflect and become aware of themselves and realise that happiness must be formed from within.  Often our internal emotions are more dangerous than things around us as we cannot run away from them when they are within us.  Rinpoche clearly writes that, "If not free in yourself and are imprisoned by your emotions then you will never find happiness and joy."
One can find merit in the simple act of sitting, meditating, reciting mantras with meaning. 
Success in this will depend on our own efforts.  So the practice is very much up to us.
He jokingly writes how people can easily watch tv, search the internet, etc. and not keep track of time, but when it comes to sitting we become serious timekeepers. :) 
Although I am not at a stage to use all the directions given, this book was a very interesting read and has shown me how to give even more respect to my mala and my practice.
All proceeds from this book go to the not for profit Zurmang Kagyud Buddhist Foundation.
Pamela Nelson



Mother's Day Yoga

Join me in Christopher Lake to celebrate Mother's everywhere and give thanks to Mother Earth for her many gifts.

Please contact me to register by April 30th, 2016


Pamela Nelson
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Monday, March 21, 2016

A seed


A seed begins to grow from the inside.  

When given the correct amount of nutrients, air, water and sunshine it will flourish into a beautiful plant - whatever it was meant to be. 

So, although the seed begins to grow from the inside out, the conditions on the outside must be ripe for that to happen. To move inward, one must not forget the body. Through the journey inward, the body must be kept active. 

We may not know exactly when the seed of yoga was planted, but with awareness we too can realize we are exactly who we are meant to be and from this core our life force and true Self. 

Let your yoga sadhana blossom from the outside in and the inside out to experience true Yog.

Pamela Nelson
Certified Iyengar yoga instructor

-above adapted from BKS Iyengar's wise words 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Upcoming Spring Classes and Events

Below is posters for my upcoming spring classes in Prince Albert and Christopher Lake.
Please share with others you feel may be interested.

I have a few other upcoming events I am working on plus my summer schedule so please check back!

Pamela Nelson

Pamela Nelson is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor. She has been teaching in the Christopher Lake and Prince Albert area for over 12 years.