It was an honour to present for YYOGA’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program on Yoga Therapy Perspectives last weekend. The students were very engaged and a delight to spend the day with. I look forward to future opportunities to serve the YYOGA community
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Sundays 4-6PM - Inner City Ashram – – Mixed Levels – 10 Weeks
Winter Term: January 10 – March 20th (No classes on March 13th) $220 + $11 GST
Tuesdays 10am-12noon -Inner City Ashram – Mixed Levels – 10 Weeks
Winter Term: January 12 – March 22th (No classes on Feb 9th) $220 + $11 GST
The Inner City Ashram is located in East Vancouver near North Vancouver and Burnaby. Contact Maggie for details.
Maggie Reagh, MA, E-RYT 500, and founder of Yoga Therapy International speaks about the power of yoga therapy and the role of yoga therapists as a facilitator to healing.
In the fall term, we move through the 5 movements of the spine around samasthiti (standing tall with your feet together in a balanced way). These practices include forward bends, side bends, twists, inversions, and back bends.
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Public Yoga Therapy Fall 2015:
For the coming Spring session Maggie Reagh will be running a special 5-week term starting back on Sunday, April 12th finishing May 14th.
Summer Term: June 14 –August 16, 2015
(Special Term for all YTI Students – Mixed Levels) – FREE Practicum Class – Student Teachers Assisting/teaching – One on One Attention – 4-6pm Sundays-Sign Up Early
The Return of the Sun
During this holiday season, we celebrate the return of the Sun in many of the world’s spiritual traditions. No matter where we turn, Christmas tree lights and candles brighten the intense darkness of our winter landscapes.
This is a Perfect Reflection of That
In my Therapeutic Yoga classes, we open each two-hour session by meditating on the Light in the Heart. Why?
In the Yoga tradition, it is said that the Soul (Puruṣa) shines like the Sun with an unchanging brilliance, while the mind, like the Moon, is always changing with the tides of Life. That said, one (the seen, the manifest) is a perfect reflection of the other (the unseen, the un-manifest). When the Moon mind is perfectly clear, it perfectly reflects the Light of the Sun Soul. And when the mind-body dies, all that remains is the radiance of our inner Light. That is who we truly are.
OM purnamadaḥ purnamidam
Śanti Patham, Brihadaranyaka Upaniṣad, 5:1:1
That [spiritual world] is perfect. This [phenomenal world] is perfect. If That is taken away from This, That is all that remains. May there be peace in our thoughts, words, and actions.
Radiant Beauty Shines All Around
During the last two weeks of our fall series this term, we focussed on back bends, opening our Hearts to Grace, Joy, Peace, and Light. All these qualities, celebrated during this holiday season are within us, just waiting to be experienced. All we have to do is to get quiet enough to feel that endless expansive Joy with our Hearts, ready to Light up any room with Its endless Radiance.
To facilitate this experience, this term, I introduced my students to the Gāyatrī Mantra, the Māhā (great) Mantra of the Vedic tradition of India. The meaning is so universal that it has the power to transcend the diversity of our spiritual expressions across the globe.
Gāyatrī Mantra - Māhā Mantra
By honouring (varenyam) and meditating upon (dhimahi) the (tat) radiant (feminine aspect) Sun (savituh), purifying (bhargah) for even the deva-s (devasya), may our minds (dhiyah) become enlightened (pracodayat) with her purifying Light
Maggie’s English Gāyatrī
Cast your Light upon my Heart
Break me open, pull me apart
That's how your Light gets through
Loving only what is True
Shine your Light upon my face
Fill my Heart with your amazing Grace
Radiant Beauty shines all around
Darkness breaks - hands clap - no sound
Shine on me
Happy Holy-day Blessings!
My wish for all of you this holy-day season is to have some quiet time away from the external forms of celebration, to experience the inner celebration of Light, Radiance, and Joy, just waiting to be first received and then abundantly shared with all you touch this season. Happy Holy-day Blessings!