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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Unconditional love

1-8-12  Unconditional Love
Starseed Yoga and Wellness of Montclair, NJ

Be Love Now, Ram Dass, Ch 1 ~ the path of the heart
"Imagine feeling more love from someone than you have known.  You're being loved even more than your mother loved you when you were an infant, more than you were ever loved by your father, your child, or most intimate lover - anyone.  This lover doesn't need anything from you, isn't looking for personal gratification, and only wants your complete fulfillment.
"You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing.  You don't have to do anything to earn it.  Your shortcomings, your lack of self esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic sucess - none of that matters.  No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.
"Imagine that being in this love is like relaxing endlessly into a warm bath that surrounds and supports your every movement, so that every thought and feeling is permeated by it.  You feel as though you are dissolving into love.
"This love is actually part of you; it is always flowing through you.  It's like the subatomic texture of the universe, the dark matter that connects everything.  When you tune into that flow, you will feel it in your own heart - not your physical heart or your emotional heart, but your spiritual heart, the place you point to in your chest when you say, "I am."
"This is your deeper heart, your intuitive heart.  It is the place where the higher mind, pure awareness, the subtler emotions, and your soul identity all come together and you connect to the universe, where presence and love are."
"Once you have experienced unconditional love, you have no where to go.  You can run, but you cannot hide.  The seed is planted and it will grow in its own time.  You can only grow into who you truly are."

Class began with Sukhasana for breath awareness, even the inhale and exhale and come into the present moment.  Supta Baddha Konasana with one belt, two blocks and one blanket - surrender, above reading shared.  Focus on the breath.  Sukhasana - 3 OM's, unconditional love discussion and class introductions of names and poses students want to work on (core, shoulders, hips, shoulderstand, bridge).  Shoulder rolls, root down to rise up.  Baddhangulyiasana, Gomukasana, tabletop, cat/cow, table balance, Balasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana.  Vinyasa Balasana > table > Adho Mukha Svanasana 3x, Uttanasana.  Surya Namaskar A 3x, Utthita Trikonasana 2x, Ardha Prasarita Padottanasana, Prasarita Padottanasana.  Vinyasa Adho Mukha Svanasana > Plank > Chataranga Dandasana > Bhujangasana > Adho Mukha Svanasana.  Sarvangasana > Halasana, Paschimottanasana.  Urdhva Dhanurasana and/or Setubandha Sarvangasana 3x, Baddha Konasana 2x for five breaths each, slow the breathing down but still engage the bandhas.  Lie back hug knees into chest for Apanasana and then Savasana with guided relaxation.  Breathing through the feet/hands and letting a cooling feeling expand upwards into the legs/arms.  Relax the core, throat, jaw, eyes, and whole body.  Played the anahata chakra crystal singing bowl.  Fetal pose, short reading, three minutes silent meditation and closing peace chants.

"Once you have experienced unconditional love, you have no where to go. You can run, but you cannot hide. The seed is planted and it will grow in its own time. You can only grow into who you truly are."

Closing Peace Chants
Asaato Maa Sat Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Maa Amritam Gamaya
Lead us from unreal to Real
Lead us from darkness to the Light
Lead us from the fear of death to the knowledge of Immortality
OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Lokaah Samastaah Sukhino Bhavantu
May the entire universe be filled with Peace and Joy, Love and Light.

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