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28 08, 2019

The Six Healing Assumptions of Ashaya Yoga

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I just finished teaching a Yoga Therapeutics Workshop at Kripalu Center and want to share something I taught on the first night.
In Ashaya Yoga Therapeutics we begin with six Healing Assumptions which form the basis of Ashaya Yoga. These assumptions are based on the Tantric philosophy of radical affirmation – learning how to say yes to life with all of your being.

Pain-free living is your birthright. If you’ve been in chronic pain for some time, you’ll need to adjust your expectations and open yourself to a bigger energy.
Healing is a power we all have. No one is exempt from it. We all have the power to heal. Even if you’ve been diagnosed with physical pain for the rest of your life, as human beings, we have the power to adapt to the pain and find peace within ourselves mentally and emotionally. If you can’t heal physically you can heal emotionally or spiritually.
We live in a healing universe. Every cell in your body is pre-programmed for healing. When you cut yourself, your body will immediately attempt to heal itself. It can’t not begin healing. It’s in your DNA.
The key to healing is attitude. Attitude is power. When you are negative and have a pessimistic outlook, you make it harder for life to support you. But when you turn that around, think positively, find something to be grateful for, you open and then life can flow into you and begin to support you. Within an attitude of hope, creative solutions will begin to arise.
Spanda is the pulse of life. It’s the throb of the life force. This pulse is critical in healing. When you balance the opposites of contraction and expansion, […]

14 08, 2019

Can You Be a Yogi Without Adhikara?

By |August 14th, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

Last week, I was on line at the farm stand, waiting to pay for my greens, corn, and fruit so that I could go home and make a meal of summer’s bounty, when I found myself listening to the women ahead of me. They were visiting the Berkshires for the week, enjoying all that this beautiful part of the planet has to offer. One told the other that she wanted to pause and “do some poses” on their hike today so that she could take pictures for her social media. I went to my car thinking about the ways in which yoga has enriched my life. Over the past three decades, my practice has supported me through some very difficult moments.
Even a little bit of yoga is better than none at all, but how much are you getting out of your yoga practice?
One of the most beautiful things about the practice of yoga is that there is no limit to learning and no limit to the benefits a yogi can derive from study. Each person is responsible for his or her own journey on the path. Some people get on their mat daily; others only sporadically. Some practice only within the confines of weekly class; others develop additional practices such as meditation, chanting, and pranayama (breath work). The level of “studentship” that we bring to our learning is known in Sanskrit as adhikara.
Adhikara means that we are dedicated and open to learning about our bodies, minds, and hearts.
When we cultivate adhikara, we bring our full hearts and whole minds to each practice, each session of meditation, each moment of study, each journal entry.  We are open to the entire experience, not just the result.  […]