Sunday, September 30, 2018

Back to Yoga - Week 5 - Aparigraha - Non-possessiveness

Back to Yoga - Week 5 - Aparigraha - Non-possessiveness
This week is the last of the Yama's. It will also be my last Back to Yoga blog until I am Back from India.  Although I don't leave for another month, it is a busy one.  I will start the Niyama's in the new year. 
This can also give you time to read the book I've been using, The Yamas and Niyamas - Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice, by Deborah Adele or other books you might find and work on some of the journaling exercises Deborah suggests. 
When we bring this ancient practice into our daily lives we begin to experience changes in how we react to ourselves and interact with others.  We experiences changes in body, breath and mind.
The fifth yama is aparigraha, which means non-possessiveness, non-greed or non-attachment. 
Deborah writes that aparigraha invites us to let go and to pack lightly for our journey through life, all the while caring deeply and enjoying life.
She writes that we must use the breath as our teacher.  If we are attached to the breath and don't let it out or let it go, we will die.  Some things give us nourishment, until we hang on or get too attached and then it becomes toxic. 
I like how Deborah explains that there is nourishment until we get attached to these things, often unconsciously, and then disturb ourselves with expectations, opinions, criticisms, disappointments, all because we forget to trust life, exhale, and let go.
I have never been a big one on possessions but I of course still have "things" that would be hard to let go of.  Deborah puts it as, "what we posses, possesses us" and it doesn't actually have to be physical possessions. It can be how we think of ourselves or others too!
"Subtle attachments come in the form of our images and beliefs about ourselves, about how life should be, about how others should be."

I soon will be heading on a few trips.  I find packing a bit daunting.  You have to choose wisely what you are going to bring because you can't bring everything.  I usually start by taking out too much, knowing that I will need to eliminate items.  In some ways this is a form of non-attachment because I have to let so much go, but also a bit of a form of attachment because I am taking the things I really like and feel can't live without. 

Deborah writes of this too and says, "How many suitcases full of expectations, tasks, plans, resentments, and unforgiven moments was I toting around with me everyday?"
"Pack light for the journey..Strip yourself to raw nakedness and vulnerability, the yogis teach us.  This is the invitation of nonpossessiveness.  Are we up to the unpacking?"

To be non attached can come across as being non-caring. 
Deborah writes,"Nonattachement does not mean that we don't care.  In fact nonattachment frees us up to be immersed in appreciation of life and one another."

Deborah invites us to take time this week to journal and explore this yama of non greed.
Pay attention to your breath. Let the simple act of inhaling and exhaling teach you about the fullness of breathing in life without the need to hold on to it. Notice when you may be grasping the breath for too long.

Take time to also examine the objects in your life and how they make you feel.

Deborah ends with a quote by Swami Jnaneshvara:

"Love is what is left when you've let go of all the things you love."

In Peace and Gratitude,

Saturday, September 29, 2018

One Hundred Days of Celebrating B.K.S. Iyengar Quotes and Sutras - Day 71-83

One Hundred Days of Celebrating B.K.S. Iyengar Quotes and Sutras - Day 71-83
Here is a link to a chanting of Vibhuti pada III.

With Peace and Gratitude,
Pam Nelson

Sunday, September 23, 2018

October Update

Below is my October Update.
Reminder of upcoming classes, dates with no classes, AGM in Ottawa, invitation to Celebrate B.K.S. Iyengar's Centenary and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica.
Links will not work as copied and pasted.
Peace and Gratitude,


Fall into YOGA.

I have been back to my fall schedule for almost a month now.  Hard to believe that September is coming to an end and October will soon be upon us.  That means Thanksgiving, Halloween, Ottawa for Iyengar Yoga AGM and teachings with Birjoo Mehta, Leaving for India and most special - my daughter's 21st birthday!

Busy month for me, how about you?

I hope you will be able to find time to join me for some yoga though.
I have quite a few classes each week until I leave.
Below is a list of weekly classes.  There is no classes Monday, October, 8th for Thanksgiving and  Wednesday October 10th & Saturday October 13th as I will be in Ottawa for the Canadian AGM.  I am flying out to India on October 28th so my last day of teaching is October 27th...right down to the last day...that's how much I love teaching classes with you!  Really I feel so much gratitude.

Please feel free to email me with questions.

I will be back teaching classes in December when I return.
I'll send out a reminder note of upcoming classes.
Right now I will have Monday morning classes starting December 3rd, 10th and 17th
Tuesday classes at Yoga Sublime - December 4th, 11th and 18th and Saturday Classes at Yoga Sublime - December 8th, 15th & 22nd.

I also have hosting an evening to Celebrate B.K.S. Iyengar's Centenary on December 12th in Christopher Lake.  Please pre-register for this event and see poster and details below!

Peace and Gratitude,
9:00-10:30 a.m.
A.M. All Levels
 Christopher Lake
Anderson Community Centre
Sept. 10th to Oct.22nd 
no classes Oct. 8th
A.M. All Levels
Yoga Sublime Studio
Sept. 4th to October 23rd
A.M. Eye Opener
Yoga Sublime Studio
Sept.8th – Oct. 27th
No classes Oct.13th
Noon Yoga
6 weeks
Sept. 18th – Oct.23rd
Prince Albert Arts Centre
Iyengar Beginner –
Mobility and Stability
 Yoga Sublime
Sept.8th – Oct. 27th
No classes Oct.13th
Yoga for Osteoporosis/osteopenia
6 weeks
Sept. 18th – Oct.23rd
Yoga Sublime Studio
3:30-5:00 p.m
Bloom Where You Stand

Youth after school program in Christopher Lake

 Iyengar All Levels
Yoga Sublime Studio
Sept. 4th to October 23rd

Evening Yoga for Everyone
Christopher Lake
Anderson Community Centre
Sept.12th to Oct.  24th
no classes Oct. 10th 
7:15-8:30 p.m.
Yoga Sublime Studio
Sept. 4th to October 23rd
 Active Adaptive Yoga Class
Sept. 6, 13, 27 & Oct.4
Alfred Jenkins Field House
I have been continuing my 100 Days of Celebrating B.K.S. Iyengar.  I am currently on my 3rd set of 100 days - so have almost made it one year!  I hope you will check out the posts in my blog using the link below or on my Facebook page. @plnyoga or @100daysofiyengar
Link to my website/blog
September is always like a new year to me.  Getting back into routine with family and classes I decided to also write a blog a week and incorporate an idea into classes each week.  I decided to start with the first two limbs of Patanajali's Yoga Sutras - The Yamas and Niyamas and have written a blog each week.  You can check them out below if you like.  They are based on Deborah Adele's book - The Yamas and Niyamas - Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice.
2018 Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada AGM Guest teacher - Birjoo Mehta
I hadn't originally intended on attending the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada's AGM this fall as the dates were so close to when I leave for India, but when I found out Birjoo would be leading the classes I knew I would be going.
Birjoo Mehta, from Mumbai, an engineer by profession is an advanced senior practitioner. He has studied yoga with Guruji, BKS Iyengar throughout his life. Birjoo traveled with BKS Iyengar on all of his international events and Mr. Guruji used him as a model to demonstrate poses and the finer points of the practice. Today, Birjoo Mehta is A Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher at RIMYI Pune. He has been a student of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar since 1974 and teaching Yoga in Mumbai since 1987. Trustee of "Light on Yoga Research Trust" Mumbai. He has been also teaching internationally since many years regularly.

I will write more on my return!
Please join me in Celebrating B.K.S. Iyengar's Centenary year.  I have been building up to this during the past year with posts almost daily and my trip to India to study with the Iyengar family and teachers at the Iyengar Institute in Pune.

Pre-registration required.
Costa Rica Yoga Retreat - Journey to the Centre of the Self - February 17-23rd

Click here for trip pricing & details:…/yoga-costarica-pamela-roxan…/

Still room and time to join Roxanne and I in Costa Rica.

"Yoga is the Golden Key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquility and joy"
-B.K.S. Iyengar
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