The Yoga Sutras with Tim Feldmann Part 2 of 6



This podcast series is taken from six lectures Tim Feldmann gave on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Chapters 1 & 2. His intention with these talks was to create an overview, a map of The Yoga Sutras – an important text for any sincere yoga practitioner to be familiar with. Tim gives us an idea of what Patanjali is attempting to teach us, why he is teaching us, how to progress, what to expect along our yogic journey, and some of the more difficult philosophical notions found in the Yoga Sutras.

Patanjali sets forth the yoga darshana, the yoga point of view. With this series of lectures, Tim hopes to simply present what Patajanli has presented. So that hopefully when we step on our mats for asana we have some a roadmap to look a little deeper.

In this second episode of this series, Tim continues with the first Chapter – Samadhi Pada. Starting with Sutra 12, unpacking the meaning of practice. Followed by a philosophical look of where we end up if we do this practice, and what will be available to us.

For more opportunities to practice and study with Tim go here http://miamilifecenter.com/workshop-events/


The Yoga Sutras with Tim Feldmann Part 1 of 6



This podcast series is taken from six lectures Tim Feldmann gave on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Chapters 1 & 2. His intention with these talks was to create an overview, a map of The Yoga Sutras – an important text for any sincere yoga practitioner to be familiar with. Tim gives us an idea of what Patanjali is attempting to teach us, why he is teaching us, how to progress, what to expect along our yogic journey, and some of the more difficult philosophical notions found in the Yoga Sutras.

Patanjali sets forth the yoga darshana, the yoga point of view. With this series of lectures, Tim hopes to simply present what Patajanli has presented. So that hopefully when we step on our mats for asana we have some a roadmap to look a little deeper.

In this first episode of this series, Tim goes through the beginning of Chapter 1 – Samadhi Pada.

Samadhi is the state of yoga. There’s all the suffering we are living in that Patanjali and other eastern philosophers are postulating, and the samadhi state is the yogic state, the other state we are trying to reach. Right from the beginning of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali sets forth a problem and a solution; but at first not with sufficient detail to base a practice on. Listen in as Tim digs deeper into these details according to Patanjali, and how knowledge of these details can transform our lives.

For more opportunities to practice and study with Tim go here http://miamilifecenter.com/workshop-events/


Kino on The Beginner’s Mind: A Talk and Meditation



These monthly classes with Kino MacGregor at Miami Life Center, have become a space for us to not only reconnect into the physical practice; but also become immersed in the philosophy, the theory of the practice and the meditative mind.

In this episode, Kino talks about the appropriate attitude to bring to the mat. How do we show up on our mats? It should be something like the beginner’s mind. When we live in the box of our knowledge, our hearts become hardened, as Kino explains in more detail. We must walk the path of the student with an innocence of mind, which is the essence of the yoga journey.

Every yogi is on a path of initiation – an initiation into the heart. We need to remind ourselves again and again, each time we get on the mat, that we are here with an open heart to practice, not to showcase what we can do or how much we think we know.

How can we come to this place? Of truly perceiving what is present without any agenda? Kino guides us through this journey by inspiring us to rediscover ourselves fresh in each moment. It’s no easy task. What can get in the way of this experience? How can we be free to experience each moment as it is? Tune in to listen to Kino’s thoughts.

End this episode as Kino guides us through a meditation in an attempt to implement these ideas using the tools of yoga.

 


Knowledge Event: Is Yoga Good for Me?



Our very first Knowledge Event taking place at Miami Life Center, a panel discussion on the  question – Is Yoga Good for Me? We gathered a panel of experts in their field of study to share their ideas about if an how the practice of yoga works. Listen to different perspectives alongside each other for an inspiring and thought provoking conversation.

Yoga has become the go-to-fix-all for a growing series of physical, psychological and spiritual pains in the west over the last decade. But is yoga really working and if it is, how is it working? Does modern science and Yoga agree on the benefits of yoga? Tune in to hear what these experts have to say.

The Panel:

  • Bob Schroder – Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Christine Spadola – Ph.D Social Welfare & Master in Counseling Psychology.
  • Jesus Caballero – Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
  • Tim Feldmann – Teacher of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Michael Mannino – Ph.D Candidate in Neuroscience

Our next knowledge event will be on Yoga & Body Image. Part of a larger weekend event ‘Yoga & Body Image Confluence’ with workshops and a panel discussion. For more info and registration – http://miamilifecenter.com/workshop-events/


Practicing Ashtanga Yoga with SharathJi in Mysore, India



Monica, Patricia and Esme, all teachers at Miami Life Center are currently practicing Ashtanga Yoga at KPJAYI under R Sharath Jois, for the second and third time. It a sort of pilgrimage Ashtanga Yoga Practitioners from all over the world make to connect with the source of the practice.

Watch this video to find out whats its like to practice in the shala & live in Mysore, India and some practical information you need to know to apply for practice and plan your trip. Making this trip can be intimidating and a bit mysterious but it shouldn’t be! We hope this video help you find the assurance and inspiration you need to make it happen.

On the other hand, traveling to India and leaving home for a month is simply not possible for many of us. Luckily, SharathJi will be coming to the US this spring! He’ll be in Miami May 1-7, as well as Stanford and New York. This is a unique opportunity to touch the source of the practice and be a part of a worldwide Ashtanga Community; to be a part of this passing down of knowledge from generation to generation and feel like were all a part of something bigger than ourselves, of this lineage that has changed so many of our lives. We hope to see you in Miami! For more info and registration – http://miamilifecenter.com/paramaguru-sharath-tour/

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any more questions either on Instagram @miamilifecenter or email us at info@miamilifecenter.com


Joseph Armstrong on The Ashtanga Yoga Method, Recovery and the Role of a Teacher



On this episode of Chat & Chai: Yoga Talks from Miami Life Center we have a very special guest. Joseph Armstrong was a dedicated and long time student at MLC, transitioning into our month long intensive course and then into our most in depth curriculum, a 2 year apprenticeship program. After successfully completing the 2 years, he move to Antigua, Guatemala to start up his own Mysore program.

Joseph’s story is one of inspiring will power and self-awareness. He found his way through addiction into the healing practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Listen in as he talks about how yoga served as a tool for him through recovery, and even further in becoming the successful teacher he is today. His respect for the tradition, passing on what he has learned from his teachers, and his sincere devotion inform the role he takes on in the Mysore room. Tune in to learn more about Joseph’s thoughts on the role of a teacher and what keeps him getting on the mat.

An opportunity coming up at the end of the month to learn and practice with Joseph! He’ll share the tools and methods that have been integral on his path of healing. A 1 day workshop, Yoga Truly: Tools for Recovery. Sign up here http://miamilifecenter.com/workshop-events/


Tim on Obstacles to Practice



In this episode of Chat & Chai: Yoga Talks from Miami Life Center, our Director Tim Feldmann touches upon the distractions that so many of us come up against in our practice. At the beginning, the practice seems exciting and easy to commit to, but what happens when we stick it out for the long run, through the ups and downs? It’s common for distractions and disturbances to be present, which make it difficult to continue returning to the mat. Luckily for us, Patanjali knew this might happen to any spiritual seeker, so he gave us guidelines for recognizing them and overcoming them.

Join Tim as he goes through the specific obstacles to practice as outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, going into an explanation for each. He uses a modern day application to help us understand what they look like in our lives and on the mat. He then goes into how to determine when these distractions have become a problem and what we can do continue moving forward with a clear mind.


Kino on The Notion of I Am: Talk and Meditation



Last month, Kino started off her class at Miami Life Center with a talk investigating this notion of I am we all seem to come up against. In order to understand the effect identifying with certain roles or stories has on us, Kino first touches upon why we have an inclination towards this grasping.

Then going deeper into what this grasping to identify looks like, and how we allow certain identifies to define us and ultimately limit us. We become attached to this false sense of self, allowing it to define so much of our existence.

If we are not these notions of what I am telling myself I am, then what am I? Tune in as Kino explains the spiritual practice of yoga as a path to break this bondage of I, in order to tune into our true nature. Since it is only through the experience of the practice that these lessons can begin to take root, Kino ends with a guided meditation focusing on how we can ‘soften the edges of the I’. How can we crack open the ego of I am, to find more freedom, peace, and empathy towards one another.

 

 


Full Moon Yoga Nidra with Natalia



Join our restorative, yin and nidra teacher Natalia Vasquez as she guides you through another 1 hour yoga nidra practice, a guided meditation in savasana. This class was from a special class she gave during last month’s full moon. Use this practice during the next full moon, or anytime to reflect on where you presently are, and gain insight into what you need to move forward. This is a great practice to do on its own, or after an asana practice for deep relaxation. It is thought that 30 minutes of a yoga nidra practice is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep.

In the practice of yoga nidra it is possible to enter a state between wakefulness and sleep. As your body settles into stillness for the duration of the practice you can tap into the realms of your mind and your emotions and begin to non-judgmentally observe what’s happening in your inner world.

Before you begin:

Find a quiet and comfortable space you can lie down on your back. Take a moment to settle into savasana. You can place a bolster below your knees but make sure your feet are touching the ground.

You can cover yourself with a blanket in case you get cold, or to place under your head. Make sure your neck is neutral and that your body feels completely supported.

If you do not want to fall asleep completely, maybe it’s a good idea to set an alarm.

Happy practicing! Namaste.


Pregnancy & Ashtanga Yoga with Alexandra Santos



Alexandra Santos is our early morning mysore teacher. She has experienced the practice during 3 pregnancies and has developed a keen sense for guiding mothers through their yoga practice. The beginning of motherhood aka ‘the 7th series of Ashtanga Yoga’ can be a tricky transition to navigate through. But with the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced teachers, it can become a bit less overwhelming.

Alex gets into questions like “When is it ok, and not ok to practice Ashtanga Yoga while Pregnant?” She points out some important things to be especially attentive to during your pregnancy.

Alex shares her personal experiences and how each pregnancy brought its own unique conditions. She needed to listen to her body and feel what she personally needed in the practice during those 9 months as well as after giving birth. Tune in to begin to understand how the practice can be accommodated to fit the needs of what your body, mind and spirit needs during these life changing experiences.