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An Opening Prayer

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 22:05 -- admin

I-1 Atha-yogānuśāsanam Now, let’s start our study of Yoga as it has been practiced, experienced, applied, and only then passed down from teacher to student throughout the centuries. May it be an auspicious beginning for the benefit of all future generations of Yogi-s.

Atha Atha creates an auspicious atmosphere for a new beginning. Something significant is going to happen. You have passed through the prerequisite to this new beginning, and now are ready to move on to something new. You are going to transform so get ready!

Nothing starts without a prayer in India, so Patanjali’s YS are no different. Instead of OM, however, here he uses Atha, which is non-religious and thus, for everyone - theists, atheists, and agnostics alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you committed to?

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 19:29 -- admin

Patanjali Statue Yoga SutrasEvery Sunday, Maggie Reagh will present a month-long series of blog posts on one of Patanjali’s key Yoga Sutra-s (YS), encouraging you to reflect on how it relates to your current life situation through a Yoga Sutra Journal Question.

The sacredness of Sun (Surya)-day, the day that the Sun is honoured in many cultures, is a brilliant day to do Sva-dhyaya (Self-reflection) through the vehicle of the YS, which like koans, can break your head open, revealing the wisdom of your inherent shining Heart.

Maggie honours her great Yoga-acharya, DV Sridhar of Yoga Rakṣanam, Chennai, India for teaching her the YS for more than 10 years. This blog is dedicated to him and her other teachers with great gratitude.

We start our exploration with the first sutra of the first chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra-s, Sāmadhi Pādaḥ, The Path to an Enlightened Heart.

I-1 Atha-yogānuśāsanam Now, let’s start our study of Yoga as it has been practiced, experienced, and applied, only then being passed down from teacher to student throughout the centuries. May it be an auspicious beginning for the benefit of all future generations of Yogi-s.

Yoga Sutra Journal Question

What are you committed to? What are your long term goals? What are the benefits or pitfalls of being committed to pursuing those goals? Are they coming from your head or Heart? Do you struggle with sticking to one thing for a long time, jumping from one experience to another OR do you commit and go in deeply through the ups and downs of each long term experience?

RYT 200 in THERAPEUTIC YOGA - Registering Now

Registration is limited to 10 students, so register early. Prerequisite: Two years of personal Yoga practice experience

Schedule: Part-time, September/14-April/15
Two 12-week terms including Fall and Spring Intensive Weekend Retreats
Saturdays 9-6pm with one hour lunch break

Term 1: September 20-December 13, 2014 = 12 Weeks Holidays: Oct 11th and Nov 8th

Term 2: January 10-April 11, 2015 = 12 Weeks Holidays: Feb 9th and April 4th

Capilano Spirit Award - Summer 2013

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 14:58 -- Maggie

This summer, I won the Capilano Spirit Award for my work with Therapeutic Yoga and EAP at Capilano University. It was a great honour to receive it and to be recognized by my inspiring Yoga students at Cap U!

This is what my nominators said: Maggie Reagh is an inspirational motivator in the lunchtime therapeutic yoga sessions, which she has been squeezing into her busy schedule for the benefit of employees. Many have enjoyed the benefits of going to yoga, not just feeling invigorated to return to their afternoon work, but also inspired to do more with their lives, coming from the enthusiasm and happy spirit of Maggie. Her abundance of energy, never ending smile and beautiful voice stay with many of us throughout our work and private lives. She totally embellishes the work/life balance with her yoga and positivity.

She also has worked tirelessly in bringing a new direction to ESL, now called English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and in making changes to the program. One of the recent changes is the new EAP 100/101 course, which holds University credit and students may use these courses as elective credits in other programs.

Maggie is very worthy of the Capilano Spirit Award, giving endlessly to students and employees alike!

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